Everything Knoxville August 2021 Edition

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HRIS MCKENRY, owner of Closets

by McKenry and Designer Garages, has more than 20 years of experience - from designing efficient closets, pantries, and craft rooms to setting up an awesome garage space complete with a custom floor and the perfect storage for your needs. An award-winning designer, Chris and his team delight in benefiting their clients’ lives through beautiful, intentional organization.

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From the Publisher


HE PASSING of time has been very much on my mind as of late. It is strange how it can go so fast and yet so slow at the same time! The Dog Days of Summer have already arrived, our “baby” is turning 25, the pandemic seems to be lingering on. We are coping with some personal losses of beloved friends and our dog of 16 years, and these very evident time passages can make the melancholy set in. It was wonderful to be able to spend time with friends - old and newly met - this past July 4th just like “old” times complete with a potluck and fireworks. Restaurant parking lots are full again. We are able to publicly smile at each other. But these occasions also make me aware of just how different and difficult this past year has been. And that this time, unfortunately, cannot be reclaimed, as



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Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson points out in his interview with Boomerocity. I try to remind myself that now is the time - to start the exercise routine, to de-clutter and get organized to reduce stress (a little help Chris McKenry?), to have the dinner party, to make time to hike and visit family. There is always hope in the future, always happenings to look forward to, and I am so very thankful of that fact! I know it sounds trite, but I am making a point to choose joy - because I know that if I don’t fix my mindset on the positives, the negatives will become my focus. So this is a reminder (to myself!) to not become as overwhelmed by the concept of time passing but to use it to spur myself on to what is on the horizon. Here’s to better days - because we know there will be!

Susan Cafferty Publisher + Editor

Cover Photo by Teela Shandess Photography


Intentional & Beautiful Closets by McKenry and Designer Garages BY C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y | C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y.C O M Photo by Teela Shandess Photography


IVING IN a neat and organized home is a gift that keeps on giving - providing extra mental energy, extra space, and extra time. No one knows this better than Chris McKenry, owner of Closets by McKenry and Designer Garages. Setting up shop in Los Angeles as a professional organizer in 2000, the Knoxville native became a board member and president of the L.A. Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers and received recognition for his layout and design of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Throughout the years, he has received multiple awards for his talents and was featured in Oprah’s “O” magazine, Women’s Day, the L.A. Times, and L.A. Weekly. While in California, Chris realized that the right environment can enhance organization, and he began designing custom closets. After moving home in 2015, Chris opened Closets by McKenry, and four years later, Designer Garages. Chris now helps his clients lead happier lives by offering customdesigned storage solutions for virtually every room of the house. Local freelance writer Carrie McConkey learned more about Chris’ background and services in an interview for Everything Knoxville magazine. Carrie: Your family owned and operated McKenry Produce in Knoxville. What is one lesson you learned from the business? Chris: McKenry Produce was opened by my great grandfather's brother-in-law in 1897 and was in business for more than 100 years. Starting as a one-room storefront that sold live chickens to customers, in the ’60s the company began supplying poultry to Kentucky Fried Chicken. I started working there after graduating from Carson-Newman University.



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Photos by D. Roberts Photography

We love working on projects of any size, from your closet to pantry, laundry or wall bed, we create organized style for your entire home.

Photo by Teela Shandess Photography

The McKenry Team: Robin Carbough, Meghan Wilson, Andrew Grissom, Chris McKenry, Cesar Rivera, Elijah Pinchak, Cory Phillips.

In addition to KFC, we served local white tablecloth restaurants like Regas. Focusing on the community was important to my family, and my dad, Joe McKenry, insisted on taking care of every customer’s needs. Often, we would meet a restaurateur after hours so they would not be out of product. At Closets by McKenry and Designer Garages, we strive for that same dedication. If Joe McKenry & Col. Sanders something out of the norm is requested, we try to source what is needed. We want our clients to know how much we appreciate their business. Carrie: What sets Closets by McKenry and Designer Garages apart from your peers? Chris: I believe our continued growth is proof of our desire to serve Knoxville to the fullest. When I first opened Closets by McKenry, I would give clients a tour of my own home to show them different organization ideas. In 2018, I realized a showroom was necessary to better display our products and store a competitively-priced inventory. The following year, I doubled our space and opened the Designer Garages showroom. continued...




To support this expansion, our team has tripled since I started the business. As professionals, and as people, I think they’re just the best. Our designers love what they do and bring experience and creative talent to their work. Our installers are conscientious and courteous. And our showroom manager is always there for our customers while keeping the rest of us on track! Carrie: You give back in many ways. What is the importance of community to you? Chris: When I returned to Knoxville after 15 years in L.A., I knew I wanted to be active in our wonderful community. My first year back, we designed the craft room in the Knoxville Symphony League ShowHouse. Two years later, we participated in the first Alzheimer’s Tennessee Home & Garden Tour, for which we received a national award for Best Closet Design. Currently, we’re the Knoxville collection site for Carson-Newman University’s “Career Closet,” where donated professional garments in good condition will give a needed boost to students. We’re also excited to be opening our showroom for the Interior Design Society’s monthly meeting on August 17th at 5:30 pm. We welcome other community groups if they need a spot to hold events.

Carrie: Do you still offer professional organizing? Chris: While I no longer provide professional organizing services, we have several local organizers that I confidently refer. Our custom designs will help you map where things should be placed in your new space. Carrie: In what other areas of the home can you provide storage? And what type of budgets do you work with? Chris: We provide beautiful storage - shelves, drawers, cabinets, lighting, countertops, islands, and more - for nearly every area of your home. We have helped clients transform their laundry rooms and linen closets, primary closets and pantries, guest rooms, mud rooms, hobby rooms, and home offices. Some of our newest storage solutions include wall beds and wine storage. And we can outfit your garage from floor to ceiling with Swiss Trax or epoxy floors, slatwall panels, and cabinetry, including a beautiful powder-coated premium line from Carolina Garage. It may sound trite, but we welcome every size budget and project. We can help you remodel the corner of one room or plan out your entire new construction home - we enjoy working with developers, contractors, and architects. Whether you know what you

want or are unsure, we’ll ask what is needed to achieve your goals - from extravagant to purely functional. Carrie: How can people find you? Chris: Closets by McKenry and Designer Garages showrooms in West Knoxville are open six days a week. We can schedule an at-home visit, where we will design your space together, or meet virtually. Call, click, or come in - whatever is easiest for you. We want to make your experience planning a new closet, garage, or other storage system as simple and satisfying as possible.

Closets by McKenry Featuring Designer Garages 201 Center Park Drive, Suite 1070 Knoxville, TN 37922 865.249.6382 www.closetsbymckenry.com www.designergarages.com



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European Fine Hardwood Floors

“They Did Exactly What They Said They Were Going to Do”


HEN WE decided to update our house, we asked a few neighbors who they used, and a couple of them recommended European Fine Hardwood Floors,” said Joann Brown, co-owner of Knoxville-based CertaPro Painters. “I had also seen their ad in Everything Knoxville, so I gave them a call. “I was very impressed when Valera and Svetlana Tomescu, European Fine Hardwood Floors owners and husband and wife team, came to do the estimate. They took their time taking measurements and answering our questions. They explained the process to us and offered suggestions on things I hadn’t even thought about. “It was a very large project. Our floors were the old shiny hardwoods, and they stripped both our upstairs and main floor, including our staircase and railings. They replaced all of our air vents with vents that are flush with the floor. We changed the flooring color to a more neutral tone and used a matte finish.



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"They took their time taking measurements and answering our questions. They explained the process to us and offered suggestions on things I hadn't even thought about." - Joann Brown, Co-owner of CertaPro Painters

“I would definitely rate them a 10! My biggest concern was the dust from sanding. They assured me that there would be minimal residual dust. I have to say that I had my doubts, but it was amazing how little dust there was. They cleaned up at the end of each day. “I recommend them all the time. We are a painting contractor and customers always ask for recommendations on different projects. We tell our staff to not be afraid to

recommend European Fine Hardwood Floors. They do what they say they are going to, and they show up when they say they are going to. “Remodeling projects are never easy and can be very stressful. We had several different contractors at our home, and working with European Fine Hardwood Floors was, by far, the easiest part of the project. They explained what would be happening each day and did exactly what they said they were going to.” To learn more about new hardwood floor installation and refinishing, do what Joann Brown did and call European Fine Hardwood Floors today at 865-640-3680.

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NE DAY, MY wonderful, loving wife and I decided that we needed to make a move. A move away from the place we both grew up but now found unsuitable to raise our children. Through prayer and guidance, we made the trek from California to our new home in Tennessee! What we found here was more than we expected. I opened a small cleaning business, Servant’s Heart, and we enrolled our kids in a great school. We found a wonderful church and found peace knowing we could be certain in a bright future for our children. My wife, Jessica, who makes friends with everyone she meets, struck up a conversation with a woman at the store one day. Her name was Christina, and her husband was in the same profession! Fast forward a year, and I gave up Servant’s Heart to open a new service area for Surface Doc. I wasn’t too proud to say that Surface Doc had developed better processes for doing the same job. As I thoroughly enjoy what I do, having the best equipment and knowledge for each cleaning task makes every day on the job an absolute treat. Our small family is thriving here, and we are incredibly blessed and grateful. Jessica is busy at home taking care of her dad and the kids. She is active in her prayer group, enjoys home improvement shows, and is absolutely my best friend. Our daughter, Bella, is an avid cook who also excels at baking, enjoys reading, and is an honor roll student. She loves serving in the church nursery. Our son, Silas, is a champion speller, who also loves to read, has a skill for drawing, and is a straight A student. Both children have a love for the Lord and continue to make their parents proud. When I do take time off, I enjoy spending it with my family, always finding new, fun experiences to make lasting memories. I also find joy in facilitating a men’s group called “Maximized Manhood.” Seeing surfaces restored to their original luster is what makes me happy during the week, and seeing my smiling wife and kids is what I look forward to every evening. I can’t wait to meet you and be of service!

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A Custom Kid’s Closet: Go from Toddler to Teen



• Color-Coded Hangers - For younger children, establish which color will be used for different types of clothes. Separate kids’ clothes into categories of school, play, and dress. • Hooks - Placed at a child’s eye level or within their reach along the inside walls of the closet, hooks keep accessories such as caps, purses, and necklaces organized and easy to reach. Or hang the next day’s outfit to simplify the morning routine. • Slide-Out Racks - Belts, scarves, and other everyday clothing items are hung on racks that slide in and out from the side of panels, allowing easy access and more space in the closet. Helping kids of any age organize their closet also has an automatic self-benefit: When they’re more organized, you have time to do the things you want.


organized is hard enough for most of us, but helping our children stay organized can seem almost impossible at times. A child’s closet is an essential tool in helping minimize a messy room. A kid’s closet can be one of the more difficult spaces to design in your home and is also one of the most important. To grow from a toddler to a six-foot teenage boy, a closet requires flexibility to meet a child’s changing needs. A closet design should provide adjustable spaces to meet your child’s needs today while thinking about their future. Tailored Living of Knoxville, the area’s whole-home organization experts, can help you develop a closet designed specifically for your child. Some ideas and features that a child’s closet should include: • Get Your Child’s Input - Ask for your child’s thoughts when designing a closet. When kids help with the organization, they feel a part of the solution versus being told what to do. Kids are more likely to maintain a clean closet if they help create it. • Pull-Out Baskets - Sturdy, wire baskets make it easy for a child to see their toys or older children to quickly identify clothing items. They can also be used for

tossing dirty clothes. • Adjustable Rods and Shelves - If kids can’t easily reach hangers, shelves, and bins, they’re not going to put things away. For younger children, hang rods at lower, child-friendly levels. As a child grows, those rods are adjusted to accommodate bigger clothing items. Shelves can also be added and adjusted.

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2021 Russell Biven Clayfest Benefiting the McNabb Center


“It’s not just another golf tournament, it’s something different and unique,” said Biven. “We still have open spots for each flight. I’d like to invite the community to come out to support the Center and show us what you got!”



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NJOY A fun day outdoors with Russell Biven from WBIR AND make a positive impact on our community! The 2021 Russell Biven Clayfest, presented by Cherokee Distributing Company in memory of Herb Ogle (a long-time Cherokee Distributing employee and friend of the McNabb Center who also helped organize this event for many years) will mark the 28th tournament hosted by the McNabb Center, a premier, non-profit provider of behavioral healthcare in East Tennessee. Russell Biven will host and participate in this year’s tournament to be held on August 6 & 7 at Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club - more than 110 acres of outdoor beauty located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. There will be an abundance of orange, not unlike a UT football game, only this orange comes in the form of safety vests and clay pigeons! Throughout the tournament, which includes two flights on Friday and one morning flight on Saturday, Biven will spend the day visiting with participants and partaking in the day’s activities. Proceeds of this tournament will enable the McNabb Center

Friday, August 6 & Saturday, August 7 Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club 7601 Old Railroad Bed Road Maryville, TN 37801 to continue their mission of improving the lives of the people they serve; helping children, adults, and families with addiction, mental illness, and social challenges. The registration fee includes lunch, a goody bag, an event shirt, and use of a golf cart. Individual and team commemorative prizes will be awarded after each flight, and participants get the satisfaction of supporting the McNabb Center. Volunteers are always needed to help with the event. For registration information, please visit Mcnabbfoundation.org. Don’t miss this fun and fierce competition!

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OR THOSE who are new to this gorgeous East Tennessee Valley, welcome to our distinct change of seasons, which may be part of why you’ve chosen to join us! You’ll hear a sound when you’re outside in the late evenings that’s very recognizable and familiar to those who were fortunate enough to be born here… the cicada, or the “Katy-dids” as we East Tennesseans prefer to call them! It’s a sound that, to us, signals the ending of summer and the transitioning into autumn or “Indian Summer.” Just as the seasons change wonderfully four times a year, so do our wardrobes, leaving us no time to become bored with the weather or our own closet. You’ll still want to enjoy many of your summer pieces as you begin the transition, and with The Lily Pad’s selections, you’ll find cottons and linens are the perfect wardrobe extenders. Many of the fabrications available today are seasonless, especially in our area. We have no need for wool sweaters and coats; only lightweight blends are important. Remember, last winter was extremely mild; not until after the holidays was there a need at all for a coat! The focus for fall will be strongly on a brown color palette; however, we’ll never be giving up black as THE staple in women’s apparel. Grey is coming on strong again also, so you know whichever color you choose there will be many color combinations for your skin tones and hair color. Browns are extremely striking on redheads, brunettes, and blondes when used with the right accent pieces; grey works well with any skin tone when the right color is paired with it, nearer the face. Blacks, as we all know, just work! If you don’t have at least one great pair of black pants as a staple in your wardrobe, let us help you select them. They are absolutely a must when you purchase for any season, and we have many great styles to choose from. Remember our complimentary alterations; a big plus, as many times a simple adjustment of the hemline makes a tremendous difference in the fit. Enjoy this time of year! There’s a calming and slowing down of all of nature, a beautiful season to behold, and a valley that’s about to be painted with the colors of fall both in nature and in your wardrobe. The Lily Pad Boutique 209 N. Main Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.5537 www.lilypadboutiqueonline.com

Smart Strategies Before You Retire BY Y VO N N E M A R S H , C F P ® , C PA


F YOU’RE LOOKING forward to the day when you can permanently silence your morning alarm clock and pursue your own interests, you’re not alone. Perhaps your days will be filled with a hobby, golf, tennis, exotic travel, or just relaxing. Here are some suggestions to help you to achieve that goal: • If you’re retiring before age 65, budget for the health insurance that will be required to fill the gap between the end of your employer’s plan and the beginning of Medicare. Shop for individual insurance policies, and make sure you understand the true cost of Medicare once it begins. • If you are married, create a Social Security claiming strategy that will allow you to maximize your benefits as a couple. At our firm, we have proprietary software that can help you identify a strategy to maximize your Social Security benefits. • Create an after-tax emergency fund so you don’t create taxable income by dipping into your 401(k) or IRA to pay for an unexpected home or auto repair. • Segregate your investments into time horizons. Conservatively invest a portion of assets for the first phase of your retirement years, and use a growth focus for phase two assets. A key to success is having a well-diversified portfolio that can withstand the market’s inevitable rollercoaster ride. • Have enough guaranteed income to cover your fixed living expenses. If you don’t have a company pension to combine with Social Security, you can create your own. The right pension annuity can pay you (and your spouse) lifetime income that keeps pace with inflation and provides a death benefit to your heirs if you pass early. • At age 72, Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) begin, creating additional taxable income for you. Prepared in advance and create a smart tax strategy for the years between retirement and age 72. Your retirement can become the dream that you’ve worked and saved toward for so many years, and proper planning is the key to help you achieve those retirement dreams. Call me today and discover how together, we can help you secure your retirement by scheduling a one-onone, no-cost consultation or introductory phone call today. Retirement dreams begin here.

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

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“The Cabry Design crew was knowledgeable, professional, and paid attention to detail. The design team listened to our needs and pulled all aspects of our style together to create a beautiful and functional space.” - JB, Knoxville

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Choosing Fido’s Best Boarding Vacation J UST AS you choose a hotel for your personal vacation, you should choose a fun resort for your four-legged kids’ home away from home. These important features should be present: • Tours available prior to initial stay. If the kennel does not offer tours, cross it off your list! • Kennels should smell clean with no odor of stale urine. Good ventilation systems should be in place, along with a sanitation system. If the kennel smells sour when you walk in the lobby, walk out! • Clean food and water bowls. • Outdoor play yard should be large, allowing dogs to romp and play. It should be free of debris. • Caring, loving, and detail-oriented staff. 24 hour surveillance with someone living on premises is ideal. Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits offers all these basics,

plus many additional amenities, including: • Large suites with plenty of room for dogs to move around and not feel cramped. • Special handling of elderly dogs. • Separate play groups based on activity level. • Nightly “tuck in” with homemade biscuits. • TGIF all-meat hot dogs every Friday, special treats on holidays such as pumpkin muffins and almond biscottis. • Surround sound music. • Certified PetAirapy Air Purification System. • Free bath after five-night stay. Call Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits for your tour and to arrange your dog’s special vacation. Daycare is also available.

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An Enlightening Conversation with

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson BY R A N DY PAT T E R S O N , B O O M E R O C I T Y.C O M


NYONE IN the mid-70s that actively listened to popular radio heard the band Jethro Tull, who commanded a lot of the radio airwaves. Even today, our ears perk up when we hear their songs such as “Bungle in the Jungle,” “Aqualung,” “Locomotive Breath,” and “Living in the Past.” The band was founded in 1967 and led by Ian Anderson, who handled its vocals, some guitar, and flute. Under his leadership, the band has remained active and relevant despite many personnel changes. That activity has produced 21 studio albums, 11 live albums, and 17 compilation albums. Until the pandemic hit, Anderson had kept Jethro Tull’s catalog of music alive and well, often touring to the delight of the band’s loyal fans. Sharing how he has weathered the lockdown in his home in England, Ian indicated that he has been helping others with their recordings - collaborating with a wide range of artists and groups and even playing some instruments that he hadn’t picked up in years. While Ian has been working on a new album, and that was the primary reason I reached out to contact him, he wasn’t ready discuss the album yet as it won’t be released until next year. He did, however, spend close to an hour on a Zoom call with me to discuss Covid, music, political diplomacy, and the future. Already known as a highly intelligent person with a broad range of interests, Ian also showed himself to be a gracious interviewee. It was a thrill and honor to speak with him, and I was again reminded of the incredible breadth and depth of his subject matter. When asked how he had filled his extended time at home, Ian lamented on having spent a large amount of time on “housekeeping stuff - a lot of it involves planning tours that don’t happen and then having to cancel them or move them when they don’t. That actually does take up and waste a huge amount of time.” But he also explained that “in more creative terms, last year we released the Jethro Tull book, ‘The Ballad of Jethro Tull,’ which took quite a lot of my time intermittently through 2019 and into 2020.” Knowing that Ian had been influenced by American blues artists, I asked if there would ever be a blues-oriented album from Jethro Tull. “The only time I’ve done really anything that you might call was essentially blues would be when, on rare occasions, I’ve got up with somebody to do something and that is the genre in which they perform,” said Ian. “But no, I made a decision back in end of 1968 to not in any way be what I consider frivolous and maybe potentially disrespectful to a genre of music that was so important to me when I was growing up as a teenager. As a middle-class white boy, I don’t believe I own the credentials to sing music that is Black American folk music.” Years ago, I happened upon a newscast wherein it showed Ian chatting with the show’s host, Tony Snow (former press Secretary to President George W. Bush). In the piece, it became clear that Ian and Tony - two men with opposing political views - had a mutual respect and admiration for each other. They also shared a mutual talent for the flute. Tony succumbed to colon cancer in 2008. Ian eulogizes his dear friend on his website. I asked him for his comments about Tony and his advice as to how people can disagree agreeably in today’s political climate. “It’s about listening to what other people have to say,” said Ian. “And if you disagree with it, then you choose your words with some diplomacy as to how you make a counter argument. Tony Snow was a Southern gentleman, a lifelong conservative and deeply wedded to the Republican ideology. But he could see things from both sides, and he had - you had to have if you were the press secretary for George W. Bush - you had to have diplomacy and tact and political



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skills if you are going to survive a White House press conference.” Closing his thoughts about Tony, Ian concluded: “You know, we’ve lost someone who was a very intelligent, very bright, very experienced, very learned person known primarily within the media, and as a speech writer for Bush, junior and senior. I think he had political skills. And, above all, he had political charm to go with that native intelligence.” As we wrapped up out chat, Ian shared his outlook for the future. “It’s nice to be busy. It’s nice to have something to look forward to in terms of some challenges. Right now, I suppose the thing that hurts the most is just not being able to jump on a train or a plane and step out onto a stage in front of an audience. Now you’re my age, you do necessarily have time running out. Hopefully we get to see it happen quite soon. It might never happen at all. I try to be optimistic and try to keep hopeful. We’ll see how it pans out in the weeks and months to come.” The chat with Ian was quite extensive and covered topics from his views on politics in the U.S. to his experiences within the music business and can be viewed in its entirety at www.Boomerocity.com.

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RREVERSIBLE IS NOT a word you want to hear from your doctor, but it’s a common one if you’ve been diagnosed with Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy, or CIPN. Gary R. survived testicular cancer only to be living life in constant pain. He felt as though he was walking on pins and needles, becoming weaker and weaker every day. “I was beginning to be worried that one day I would be wheelchair bound.” Chemotherapy meds travel throughout the body and attack cancer cells. Sadly, they can also cause severe damage to healthy nerves. CIPN can begin within weeks of starting treatment and can worsen as treatment continues. A high number of really unfortunate people will be forced to endure the symptoms associated with CIPN for months, or even years, after they’ve completed chemo. When asked how CIPN was affecting his quality of life, he responded, “It was difficult to even walk up and down stairs and do other things we usually take for granted.” The most common symptoms include: • Pain, tingling, burning, weakness, or

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H E G R OW T H O F Random Acts of Flowers since its beginning in 2008 has been quite remarkable. During the past 12 years, Random Acts of Flowers has delivered more than 139,000 bouquets of re-purposed flowers to individuals in healthcare facilities here in the Greater Knoxville area. With a staff of just three full-time employees, the only way Random Acts of Flowers can create and deliver this many personal moments of kindness is thanks to its dedicated, funloving, and hard-working volunteer base. During the past 12 months, even with all of the Covid-19 challenges, Random Acts of Flowers volunteers still were able to put in more than 6,500 hours into delivering hope by collecting flower donations from grocery stores, florists, and events around the area sorting and preparing the flowers, repurposing them into beautiful individual bouquets, and delivering them to local healthcare facilities. Volunteers come to Random Acts of Flowers for a variety of reasons: Some volunteer to enjoy the comradery of being with others that enjoy giving back to the community; some volunteer as part of a corporate day of service; some find floral arranging therapeutic; some volunteer in honor of a friend or family member that received one of our bouquets;



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H O P FA R R AG U T a n d t h e Town of Farragut have teamed up with Smoky Mountain DockDogs and Ricki’s Pet Depot to bring a nationally sanctioned regional canine aquatic s competition by DockDogs International. Dog Daze is a 3-day festival of fun, food, shopping, and competition held at the Village Green Shopping Center parking lot in Farragut August 13-15. “We are delighted to host another East Tennessee competition,” said Kaye Noble, President of local Smoky Mountain DockDogs Club. “We expect teams from as far away as Ohio and Florida to compete throughout the weekend. Our Farragut event has become a premier stop for many of the serious Dock Diving Dog Teams!” Competitors love coming to the Dog Daze at Village Green event because of the atmosphere of the crowd, the local food trucks, and the level of competition this event brings. In fact, all event registrations sold out in less than an hour last year. Additional time had to be added to the schedule to accommodate the demand. There will be more than 400 jumps with 150 competitors. Smoky Mountain DockDogs will also conduct a silent auction, which will benefit the B.A.A.R.K. foundation, an organization that helps the DockDogs community in their time of need. DockDogs® was established in 2000; its first event was at the ESPN 2000 Great Outdoor Games competition. This competition will attract dog owners from across the Southeast. Last year there were more than 30 competitors and more than 5000 visitors during the sophomore effort of this soonto-be annual Farragut event. Registrants will be able to gain qualifying points towards attendance at the World Championships in October. If you have never witnessed this, expect the unexpected! The festivities will start on Friday afternoon with local dogs taking a “Pooch Plunge!” Area dog owners will have the opportunity to have their puppy try an actual Dock-Dive! K9



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Center of East Tennessee has underwritten The Plunge activity for the fifth year. The SMDD Club organized this activity to allow non-competitors to try the DockDog experience free of charge between 4 and 7 pm as an introduction to the sport. Actual competitions will commence on Saturday at 9 am - go to DockDogs.com, All Events, Dog Daze Village Green to register. The final rounds of competition and award presentations will take place late Sunday afternoon. Between qualifying rounds, spectators can shop the Village Green Shopping Center, stop in at the many merchant booths on-site, mingle with pet food suppliers, plus get food and drinks at the Festival Tent while visiting many pet related vendor booths, local merchant showcases, and displays. For more information, visit www.DockDogs.com.

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Fun, On-the-Go Health Hacks Make Every Bite Count with Whole-grain Popcorn Snacks



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back into normal routines, they’re returning to familiar on-the-go lifest yles by heading back to work, traveling to new destinations, and enjoying time with loved ones. While you get out to explore and gather with family and friends again, remember you’ll need fuel for your adventures. According to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, most Americans fail to get enough whole grains each day, opting instead for mostly refined grains. Foods like tasty whole-grain popcorn

offer an easy health hack so you can make every bite count. Try getting in the habit of popping 9 cups of popcorn in the morning and dividing it into two containers. Season one container with salt and herbs and the other with a pinch of sugar and cinnamon so you can alternate between sweet and salty throughout the day. Bringing delicious options like these while on the go can help satisfy hunger pangs while adding the fiber your body needs. Because mouthwatering whole-grain popcorn is versatile and 3 cups is equal to one serving of whole grains, it’s a simple yet

flavorful option for meeting dietary recommendations. It can be a breeze to add it to snacks like Blueberry and Pomegranate Power Bars, Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix, or Sweet and Savory Curried Popcorn. You can even satisfy kids’ cravings with Grab and Go Pizza Popcorn, a six-ingredient recipe made in a matter of minutes. So whether you are looking for a quick breakfast, packing up for a hike, or having a family movie night, don’t for get the popcorn snacks! Visit popcorn.org to find more nutritious snack ideas.

Sweet and Savory Curried Popcorn Yield: 8 cups Ingredients: • 8 cups unsalted, unbuttered popped popcorn • 1/3 cup ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil • 2 tablespoons brown sugar • 1 tablespoon honey • 1 teaspoon curry powder • 1/2 teaspoon cumin • 2 teaspoons flaked sea salt Directions: Place popcorn in large mixing bowl. In saucepan over medium heat, melt ghee, brown sugar, honey, curry powder, and cumin; stir until dissolved. Bring to light boil; remove from heat. Toss ghee mixture and salt with popcorn; transfer to serving bowl.

Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix

Blueberry and Pomegranate Power Bars

Yield: 9 cups Ingredients: • 5 cups popped popcorn • 3 cups wholegrain oat cereal • 1/3 cup raisins • 1/3 cup peanuts or other nuts • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine • 6 tablespoons brown sugar • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup Directions: In large, microwavable bowl, stir popcorn, cereal, raisins, nuts, and seeds; set aside. In small saucepan, heat butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup until boiling; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour over popcorn mixture, stirring to coat evenly. Microwave 3-4 minutes, stirring and scraping bowl after each minute. Spread mixture onto greased cookie sheet; cool. Break into pieces and store in airtight container.



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Yield: 12 bars Ingredients: • 8 cups popped popcorn • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats • 1 cup dried blueberries • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds • 1/2 cup whole natural almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped • 2/3 cup honey • 2/3 cup light brown sugar • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted Directions: Line 13-by-9-inch pan with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine popcorn, oats, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, and almonds. In small saucepan over low heat, boil honey, brown sugar, and butter 2 minutes. Pour over popcorn mixture and mix thoroughly. Using damp hands, press mixture firmly into prepared pan. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Cut into 12 bars. Dip bottoms of bars into melted chocolate. Place on wax paper-lined pan; refrigerate until ready to serve. Store in tight covered container in refrigerator.

Grab and Go Pizza Popcorn Yield: 6 quarts Ingredients: • 6 quarts popped popcorn • Olive oil cooking spray • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese • 2 teaspoons garlic salt • 2 teaspoons paprika • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning Directions: Place popcorn in large, sealable plastic container or 2 1/2 gallon plastic sealable bag. Spray popcorn lightly with olive oil cooking spray. Sprinkle cheese, garlic salt, paprika, and Italian seasoning over popcorn and shake to distribute evenly. To serve, scoop popcorn into reusable plastic cups. Source: Popcorn Board

Enjoy More Out-of-Door Family Fun


ET YOUR COURSE for year-round fun with the professionals at Undercover Systems, and get ready to celebrate unlimited out-of-door events that your family and friends can enjoy, rain or shine. This is the perfect time to install the totally unique underdeck ceiling system from Undercover Systems under your home’s existing raised decks. This underdeck system will ensure that all of your events will be protected from unexpected and unwanted rain, the searing summertime sun, and the snow and sleet of winter. “Now is a great time to weatherproof all of your out-of-door events,” said Jim Conn, owner of Undercover Systems. “Throughout the entire process, our skilled craftsmen work with you each step of the way, until your project is completed to your satisfaction.” While Undercover Systems’ patented underdecking system allows you to extend your outdoor season of enjoyment by protecting your family from late summer’s relentless sun, autumn rains, and winter snow, sleet, and ice, you’ll also appreciate their years of experience and attention to detail. By designing a seamless transition from your home’s interior to exterior, your new out-of-door living spaces will perfectly complement your home’s existing architecture and landscaping. Undercover Systems uses only proprietary components - not those generic, one-size-fitsall, off-the-shelf components from the big box stores used by the competition - so your underdeck system will always have that “custom” finish you’re looking for. A complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau, Undercover Systems offers homeowners the peace of mind that they deserve in a building contractor. Why not surprise your family today with a special out-of-doors gift that everyone can enjoy all year long and start creating a lifetime of memories? Call Jim Conn at 423-267-0091 today, and start celebrating the extended summertime fun with family and friends. Undercover Systems 423.267.0091 www.UndercoverSystems.com August 202 1



UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month

Perfectly Named for Summer: Suncredible! BY J A M E S N E W B U R N , I N T E R I M D I R E C TO R , U T G A R D E N S , K N OX V I L L E

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name brings a smile to our faces as we picture the bright yellow blooms in our mind’s eye. We think of warm summer days, sweet tea, fireworks, and the gigantic flower, whose name was the first flower many of us learned. Helianthus annus, as its name implies, is an annual and is often grown from seed. In the garden though, they can exhibit two shortcomings. One: They can get a bit too large for the area planted. Two: They can have a relatively short blooming time - a oneand-done type scenario. Enter Suncredible sunflowers, an introduction from the folks at Proven Winners. These beauties provide solutions to the issues mentioned above. The size of the Suncredible is ideal in a variety of gardening situations. Reaching a height of 24 inches to 36 inches with a spread measuring between 20 inches to 32 inches, they can be massed together along a fence or behind a low hedge to provide bursts of season-long color. They are also the perfect size for containers, either alone or in striking combinations. Suncredibles are considered everblooming, meaning they keep sending out flowers on strong, multi-branched, bush-like plants throughout the growing season. The spent flower blooms do not need to be deadheaded as they wither away and are quickly



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Suncredible sunflowers form a border at the UT Gardens, Knoxille. covered by new branches and flowers. The blooms are about 4 inches across and make for a manageable cut flower that is not too big for a dining room table arrangement like other sunflowers. They are available in two colors: Traditional Suncredible® Yellow, with the brown eye, and Suncredible® Saturn, with a copper inner ring that is reminiscent of some rudbeckia cultivars like the Gloriosa Daisy. This patented sterile plant is sold as a potted annual. It requires full sun (up to 6 and possibly more hours a day), is heat tolerant, and once established is drought tolerant. The Suncredible sunflower is pretty forgiving of soil conditions, too, though wet sites

are best avoided. Bloom time should last until frost, so it is a good transition plant from the summer garden to the fall garden. Bring a little brightness into your life with this outstanding sunflower choice. The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Crossville, and Jackson. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit utia.tennessee.edu/state-botanical-garden.

August in the Garden BY L I S A G R U G I N


E ARE NOW officially in the “Dog Days.” Did you ever wonder where that term came from? It doesn’t have anything to do with our pets! In ancient Greece and Rome, the Dog Days were believed to be “a time of drought, bad luck, and unrest, when dogs and men alike would be driven mad by the extreme heat.” I got that from The Farmers Almanac. Now we use the term mostly about the time of summer’s peak temperatures and humidity. That was a long and meandering way of saying it is pretty miserable outside. It is hard to make yourself go out and water or weed or deadhead when the air is swampy and the mosquitoes are trying to suck out every drop of your blood. I’m sorry, but your plants need help. The rain has been erratic, fungus is everywhere, and insects have arrived en masse. If you don’t help your plants get through this stage, be prepared to replace them this fall. Here are the things you need to do: ✻ Monitor your yard. Do a walk around at least once a week to see what is going on. It is much easier to treat problems when you catch them early. This is also a great time to evaluate what has happened in your yard this year so far. What has done well? What hasn’t? What needs to be moved, removed, cut back, fertilized, treated, or composted? Do you need to add or subtract? It may be too hot for the actual work, but you can dream! ✻ Can you plant? Yep. It just requires a little more effort. We still have plenty of beautiful annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs. Pull up ugly annuals and replace them with fresh color. Add perennials to sunny or shady locations. Trees and shrubs can also be planted but will take a little more care. That means you will have to water the daylights out of them. ✻ Since I mentioned water, let’s talk about that. You may believe you are getting plenty of rain, but sometimes it isn’t as much as you think. If you don’t have a rain gauge, you can use plants (like hydrangeas, forsythia, weigela) that droop when they are thirsty to tell you when things are dry. By the time hollies, azaleas, and other evergreens tell you they are dry, it is usually too late. Please remember sprinklers are good for grass and flowers but are NOT adequate for trees and shrubs. Those need a drip system or hand watering. ✻ Powdery mildew, rust, black spot, and shothole disease are making an appearance everywhere. Your first round of defense is removing infected leaves and making sure they do not remain on the ground. Pruning (carefully) to improve air circulation will help with airborne diseases, and spraying with a fungicide will kill fungal spores. I am also seeing many

plants succumbing to root rot. Root diseases are much harder to treat, and it usually involves removing mulch and applying a systemic product. Call us, stop by, email us, or contact us on Facebook if you have questions. ✻ Check for bugs, but make sure you have bad guys before you start spraying. Overtreatment is causing two serious problems: The “bad” bugs are becoming resistant to the chemicals, and “good” bugs like bees are getting wiped out. Don’t add to the problem. ✻ Summer is not the time to do major pruning of shrubs and trees. It is simply too stressful. As I mentioned above, you can take off wonky or diseased branches and do some minor shaping, but save the bigger jobs until the plants are dormant. If someone is doing surgery on you, wouldn’t you rather be asleep? ✻ Cut back perennials and annuals that have gotten leggy. Many will have new growth at the base, so be careful not to cut that off. ✻ Keep deadheading those annuals! Some of them could use a haircut and a good shot of fertilizer. Many will perk back up as the temperatures cool, so don’t give up. One the other hand, don’t be afraid to compost them and replace them with

new plants. ✻ Did you plant vegetables? How did they do? If you didn’t enjoy the success you had hoped for, come in and talk to us and let’s see if we can figure out what went wrong. Sometimes the solution is very simple, like plant rotation or installing drip irrigation. If you have an overabundance, consider donating some to a food pantry. ✻ Isn’t it amazing how fast the weeds can take over? Keep pulling and spraying them, and don’t forget to apply a pre-emergent. There are some really nasty plants like Smilax (an awful, thorny vine that can have roots 20 feet long) that are really difficult to eradicate, so don’t give up! ✻ The fall bird migration will start soon. Keep your bird feeders and birdbaths clean and full so visiting birds can have an Airbnb at your house! Our fall merchandise has started arriving, so stop in and see what is new!

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


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

TASTE The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the REAL freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the FLAVORS field and are brought directly to you—no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm. ENJOY The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. Shopping and THE cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the SEASON cycles of nature in our region. As you look forward to asparagus in spring, savor sweet corn in summer, or bake pumpkins in autumn, you reconnect with the earth, the weather, and the turning of the year.

SUPPORT Family farmers need FAMILY your support, now FARMERS that large agribusiness dominates food production in the U. S . Sm a l l fa m i l y farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy. PROMOTE HUMANE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS

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


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


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


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




Ebenezer United Methodist Church 1001 Ebenezer Road, 37923 Tuesdays 3 pm - 6 pm


Hardin Valley Church of Christ 11515 Hardin Valley Road, 37932 Thursdays 3 pm - 6 pm


4775 New Harvest Lane, 37918 Thursdays 3 pm - 6 pm


Wednesdays 10 am - 1 pm Saturdays 10 am - 1 pm


Jackson Square 209 Jackson Square, 37830 Saturdays 8 am - Noon

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Emory Place: A Rich History of Knoxville’s Early Development


Emory Place Historic District

MORY PLACE is a short, two block long, divided street located near the intersection of N. Central Street and N. Broadway. It was developed in 1888 by The Central Market Company, a syndicate chartered to develop a market house for the citizens of the incorporated town of North Knoxville (Fourth and Gill and Old North Knoxville Historic Districts). Emory Place first appears in the Knoxville City Directory in 1889 and was called Central Market. The Central Market Company built a one-story market house of frame construction that housed 30 stalls. Land to the north and south of the market house was divided into lots for building development. Soon after the construction of the market house it was sold to the City of Knoxville. At this time, the “City Scales” were placed on the west end of the market house and a fire hall was located on the east end. The monumental growth of North Knoxville was most likely the catalyst of the early development of Central Market. Situated in the center of a rapidly growing section of the city, it became evident that a market house would be a convenient added benefit to those citizens and businesses. Another reason for the Central Market development most likely came from citizens feeling that the market house (built in 1854) on Market Square in downtown Knoxville had become overcrowded and dilapidated. The Central Market house opened with about a dozen tenants, but it always had several vacancies and listed fewer merchants each year. The market house was short lived and did not prosper, but commercial development around the market house did. Assorted commercial enterprises included Swan Bakery, The Walla Walla Gum Manufacturing Company, W.F. Green & Company, and the Whittle and Spence Trunk Company. Additional businesses along N. Central Street and N. Broadway opened, including produce and grocery stores, liveries, hardware stores, drug stores, saloons, laundries, and a meat market. In April 1905, due to the market house not being patronized, it was torn down and the space was turned into a public park. The area was renamed Emory Park, in honor of Reverend Isaac Emory, a well-known religious figure in Knoxville who died in the New Market Train Wreck on September 24, 1904. Emory Place was an important part of Knoxville’s transportation development. The corner of N. Broadway and Tyson Street was the location of the southern terminus of the Fountain Head Railway Company’s steam powered “Dummy Line.” These small trains closely resembled future streetcars in body style. The 5.25 mile track ran from Central Market to Fountain City and opened for business in May 1890. The steam powered “Dummy Line” ran until 1906 when it was replaced by electric streetcars. Emory Place was a key stop along the popular Broadway Line. In the early 20th century, residential development around Emory



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1917 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Place started, most notably with the construction of rowhouses along W. Fifth Avenue and N. Central Street. The construction of two apartment buildings, The Sterchi and The Lucerne, solidified the area as not only a desirable commercial hub, but also as an attractive residential area. Increased popularity in the area led to the construction of Knoxville High School, located on E. Fifth Avenue. Constructed in several phases, the main portion of the building was completed in 1910, with additions in 1914 and 1920. Throughout the 1930s and into the mid-1940s, the area continued to prosper as a hub of commercial activity. A decline began in 1955 when Emory Park was renamed Emory Place and trees planted in 1905 were cut down to make way for parking. A few businesses remained into the 1960s and 1970s, but many eventually closed or relocated. By the early 1980s, many of the buildings were rundown, with only a handful of individuals investing in the area. The City of Knoxville returned some of the areas at Emory Place to its original park-like space in 1989. During the beginning of the 21st century, the area saw an influx of popularity that grew from individuals wanting to move back into the surrounding historic neighborhoods. This influenced a desire to bring back commercial businesses to the corridor and improve existing buildings. In 2007, the City of Knoxville adopted the Broadway-Central-Emory Place Small Area Plan. This plan provided guidance for redevelopment and included a number of recommendations. Some recommendations included creating a more pedestrian friendly street, encouraging mixed-used development, enhancing stability in the surrounding neighborhood, and improving the aesthetic character of the corridor with façade improvement grants and incentives for redevelopment. The Emory Place Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Knox Heritage is currently working on a nomination to expand the district to include buildings along N. Central Street and N. Broadway. Knox Heritage preserves structures and places of historic or cultural significance for our community. Established in 1974 as a non-profit educational corporation, our organization works to protect and raise awareness of what is beautiful and irreplaceable in East Tennessee.

Center New Exhibitions Opening Emporium August 6


HE ARTS & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 6-27. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, August 6, from 5 to 9 pm and features live, contemporary music by classically trained musicians who regularly perform with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Nief Norf ensemble. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store. Kate Aubrey: From the Heart in the Lower Gallery A devoted watercolorist for more than 40 years and a great lover of people and portraiture, Kate Aubrey began drawing at age six. Since then, she has studied with such notable artists as Charles Reid, John Salminen, Stephen Quiller, Ted Nuttall, Don Andrews, Jeannie McGuire, and Lian Quan Zhen. Life has taken her to six states across the U.S. She is a past vice president of the Knoxville Watercolor Society, as well as a member of the Arts & Culture Alliance and the Oak Ridge Art Center. Farther afield, she is a member of the National Watercolor Society and many regional watercolor societies. She is also a master artist at the Cape Cod Art Center in Massachusetts. Her work has earned awards in multiple national and international exhibitions and has appeared in many magazines. When she’s not teaching, she and her standard poodle can be found in her studio concentrating on her figure and floral paintings with a dash of still life or apples thrown in. Dale Mackey and Shawn Poynter: HERDCORE in the Upper Gallery HERDCORE, part photo series and part “Party PPE” fashion line, is both a blithe diversion from and somber look towards the lasting cultural effects of a global pandemic in the age of connectivity. This collaboration between Central Collective co-founders Dale Mackey and Shawn Poynter vacillates between whimsical, unsettling, hopeful, and cynical, echoing the range of emotions collectively experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic. The exhibition features portraits taken throughout the pandemic, embellished masks and face shields, and reflections gathered from the Knoxville community. Dale Mackey is a mixed media artist whose work has appeared in juried exhibitions by The Visionary Arts Collective and Create Magazine. She curates The Central Collective gallery in North Knoxville and has served on the City of Knoxville’s Makers Council and the City of Knoxville’s Business Advisory Council, and she co-chaired the Dogwood Arts Regional Art Exhibition in 2014. Shawn Poynter is a commercial and editorial photographer specializing in reportage, portraiture, and travel photography. His work has appeared in national publications including The New



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York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vox, and The Washington Post. Locally, Poynter has exhibited work with Dogwood Arts, the Emporium, and Fluorescent Gallery. Donna Moore: Hope is the Thing with Feathers... on the North Wall Donna Headrick Moore is a photographer and educator from Blaine, Tennessee. She wo r k s w i t h p i n h o l e cameras and historic/ alternative photographic processes. Her work has been shown in Knoxville and the surrounding areas, as well as across the United States. Artist statement: I consider myself a memory collector more than a photographer. Memories of my past, people and places, faded dreams, flowers, birds, and the sun as it crosses the sky. It takes time to gather them up. When I make a photograph, it feels like a meditation, being in the moment, counting the time for each exposure in seconds and minutes - sometimes waiting days and months. Creations of Love by A. D. in the Atrium A. D. lives in Knoxville and is a Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) bus driver. He studied art intensely in high school and continued taking classes at Roane State Community College. A. D. aims to tell a story with his art, and the recent work he will display features many subjects such as climate change, human trafficking, Harlem Renaissance culture, political and social issues, racism and classism, and more. Our Favorite Three Rs - Reimagining, Repurposing, and Recycling in the Display Case Debbie and Marc Meritsky will present a selection of handmade jewelry, mixed media collages, and stained glass all utilizing reimagined, repurposed, and recycled components. Artist statement: As is our passion, we integrate repurposed items in many of the pieces we create. The selected pieces that we will exhibit will encompass these types of elements to complement some of the more mainstream “ingredients” in our work. For example, you’ll find everything from slumped wine bottles, computer parts, and vintage typewriter parts to electrical components, antique buttons, and various “found” items. The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 865-523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

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August THINGS TO DO • PL ACES TO GO • PEOPLE TO SEE August 5 & 7: Shakespeare OFF the Square: Twelfth Night at Ijams Nature Center at 7:30 pm. August 5: Heather Land: The Age Gap Tour at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm. August 6: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. August 6 & 8: Shakespeare OFF the Square: The Tempest at Ijams Nature Center at 7:30 pm. August 6 & 8: Summer Movie Magic: Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Tennessee Theatre. August 6 at 8 pm and August 8 at 3 pm. August 7: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Butterfly Run at World’s Fair Park from 8:30 am to 1 pm. August 7: NPC Knox Classic at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Pre-judging at 9 am, finals at 5 pm. August 7: Ijams Field Day: Butterflies of the Fields and Forests at Ijams Nature Center from 10 am to 12 pm. August 7: Intro to Native Medicinal Herbs at the Knoxville Botanical Garden from 10 am to 12 pm. Visit knoxgarden.org for more information. August 7: Sports Animal SportsFest at the Knoxville Expo Center from 10 am to 4 pm. August 7: Vintage Baseball Games at Historic Ramsey House. Knoxville Holstons vs. Quicksteps of Spring Hill at 10 am. August 8: Old City Market at West Jackson Avenue from 11 am to 4 pm. August 9: First Day of school for Knox County students. August 10-15: Tennessee Smokies vs. Rocket City Trash Pandas at Smokies Stadium Tuesday - Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm. August 13: Movies Under the Stars Beetlejuice at Ijams Nature Center. Doors open at 7 pm, movie begins at dark.



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August 13: Catfish Cooley & Donnie Baker’s Nitro Comedy Tour at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm. August 13-15: The Hobbit at Knoxville Children’s Theatre. For details visit www.knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com. Also on August 19-22 & 26-29.

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August 21: Knoxville Brewfest at Southern Railway Station in downtown Knoxville. Gates open at 1 pm for the day session and 6 pm for the evening session. Proceeds benefit CureDuchenne. August 21: Lawn Chair Concert Series at Campbell Station Park from 5:30 to 9 pm.

August 14: Beginning to Bird: Hummingbirds at Ijams Nature Center from 9 to 11 am.

August 21: Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Tennessee Theatre at 5:45 pm.

August 14: Fun with Farragut’s Fleet at Mayor Bob Leonard Park from 9 to 11 am.

August 22: Scruffy City Veganfest at World’s Fair Park from 10 am to 4 pm.

Au g u s t 1 4 : T h e re s a C a p u t o L i ve ! The Experience at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

August 22: Melissa Etheridge at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

August 14: Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Townsend Visitor’s Center from 5 to 10 pm. August 15: East Tennessee Bluegrass Association Monthly Jam at Ijams Nature Center from 3 to 6 pm. August 17: Jim Gaffigan: The Fun Tour at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm. August 17-22: Tennessee Smokies vs. Birmingham Barons at Smokies Stadium Tuesday & Wednesday 7 pm, Thursday 5:30 pm, Friday & Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm. August 19: Gotta Know Knoxville two-hour walking tour to learn about the history, attractions, venues, and retail outlets in the Knoxville area. Classes at 10 am and 2:30 pm. August 19: Women’s Fund of East Tennessee’s Advocacy Forum IV at the Knoxville Museum of Art at 5:45 pm. August 20: Friends of Literacy Luau at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum from 6 to 9 pm. August 21: Vintage Baseball Games at Historic Ramsey House. Knoxville Holstons vs. Phoenix of East Nashville at 11 am. August 21: Mic Harrison and The High Score at Ijams Nature Center from 5 to 8 pm.

August 27: Movies Under the Stars Mad Max Fury Road at Ijams Nature Center. Doors open at 7 pm, movie begins at dark. August 27: Erick Baker at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. August 27-28: Second Bell Fest at Suttree Landing Park. August 27 & 29: Summer Movie Magic: The Goonies at the Tennessee Theatre. August 27 at 8 pm and August 29 at 3 pm. August 28: GermanFest at First Lutheran Church and School (1207 Broadway St.) at 11 am. August 28: Vintage Baseball Games at Historic Ramsey House. Knoxville Holstons vs. Franklin Farriers at 11 am and Knoxville Holstons vs. Mountain City Club of Chattanooga at 2 pm. August 29: Smoky Mountain Blues Society’s Sunday in the Park with Peter Karp at Ijams Nature Center at 4 pm. Mark your calendar: September 2: Smoky Mountain Blues Society’s International Blues Competition at Open Chord at 7 pm. September 3: Movies Under the Stars Predator at Ijams Nature Center. Doors open at 7 pm, movie begins at dark. All event dates and times subject to change.

Attract More Birds to Your Backyard Basic Tips for Feeding Wild Birds



ITH ALL THE constraints people lived through in 2020, many turned to their own backyards - nature, in particular - for hope, solace, wonder, and even entertainment. Despite the worldwide crisis, nature’s n o r mal c y re main e d int a c t ; f l owe r s continued to bloom, bees continued to pollinate, and birds continued to fly and forage food. Feeding birds can be enjoyable for any age group and provide stress relief for all who partake. A University of Exeter study, focused on nature’s impact on humans in suburban and urban areas, found lower levels of depression, anxiety, and stress were associated with the number of birds people saw during afternoons at home. The benefits of birdwatching come from seeing lots of birds - quantity, not “quality” - the study found. People “felt relaxed and connected to nature when they watched birds in their gardens,” researchers said. These feelings increased with the level of bird feeding in the yard. For millions working and schooling from home, this stress reduction was an unintended bonus. Data from 2020 shows sales of bird feed, feeders, nesting boxes, and bird houses spiked as interest in backyard birds soared while people spent more time at home. And experts from the Fish & Game Department have lifted the 2021 “caution” for feeding wild birds that was issued due to a salmonella

outbreak (mainly in the western U.S.). It is still strongly suggested that feeders and food be kept clean and dry, but outbreaks have dropped significantly in the past few months. That is a good thing since interest in birding isn’t slowing down. If you haven’t tried attracting birds to your backyard, now is a perfect opportunity to start. The experts at Cole’s Wild Bird Products Co. offer these bird feed and feeder basics to attract more birds to your backyard. Feeders A variety of bird feeder types placed at different heights attract more birds than one feeder featuring one seed type. Start with two feeder types that accommodate most feed options. Bowl feeders serve not only seeds, but also dried mealworms, fruit, and suet. An option like Cole’s Bountiful Bowl Feeder comes with an adjustable dome cover you can raise or lower to prevent larger birds and squirrels from getting to food and protect it from rain. Traditional tube feeders are all-purpose options for bird feeding, especially for small birds that cling. For example, the Terrific Tube Feeder is made with state-of-the-art materials to prevent warping and discoloration and includes a quick-clean, removable base to make cleaning fast and easy. Just push a button and the bottom of the feeder pops off for easy access to the inside. Rinse the feeder with soapy water, dunk it into a water-bleach solution at a concentration of 9-to-1, rinse, dry, and reattach the bottom. Regular cleaning of feeders is essential for preventing mold, germs, and disease.

Popular Foods Birdseed: Not all birdseed is created equal. Look for quality blends without cheap filler like red millet and oats. All-natural seed containing no chemicals or mineral oil is safe and more appealing to birds. Top seed picks include all-natural black oil sunflower and Cole’s “Hot Meats” (sunflower meats infused with habanero chili peppers that birds love and squirrels dislike). Or an option like Special Feeder blend, packed with favorites including black oil sunflower, sunflower meats, and pecans, attracts the greatest number of wild birds. Offering a wide variety, Cole’s feed is researched and specifically formulated to attract certain bird species, the largest number of birds, and the greatest variety of birds. Insects and Worms: A healthy, lush lawn is one of the best ways to feed birds that prefer insects and worms. You can supplement birds’ diets by serving dried mealworms in a packaged variety that’s easier to feed and less messy than live mealworms. Mealworms are packed with energy and contain essential nutrients, fat, and protein. Fresh Fruit: Apples, orange halves, and bananas are favored fruits. Suet: Perfect for insect-eating birds, suet is a high-fat food that provides abundant calories, rich nutrition, and is a high-energy treat. Using the right feeders and high-quality feed can enhance your backyard and entice more birds, bringing stress relief and enjoyment. For more information on attracting birds to your backyard, visit www.coleswildbird.com.

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this year’s vacation by planning an extra-long trip, you’re not alone. Whether it’s extra vacation days that accumulated due to pandemic restrictions or pent-up desire for a change of scener y (or both!), tr aveler s are planning longer getaways. In fact, Vrbo data indicates travelers are 34% more likely to book a stay of at least seven nights and 31% less likely to book a three-night stay this summer. “After a year of storing away vacation days, this summer is quickly shaping up to be the season of PTO for many employees,” said Melanie Fish, Vrbo’s travel expert. If you’re considering an extended getaway, consider these tips help ensure your trip meets your expectations. 1. Adjust your budget to accommodate the needs of a longer trip. A longer getaway obviously means more days of lodging and more meals away from home, but don’t forget to account for other costs that come with an extended vacation like more days of parking at the airport and more entertainment expenses as a result of those extra days you’ll get to fill with fun. 2. Choose a destination where you’ll find plenty to explore and enjoy over an extended period. Popular options this season on Vrbo include Outer Banks, North Carolina; Oak Island and Southport, North Carolina; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Rehoboth Beach and Fenwick Island, Delaware; and Jersey Shore, New Jersey. All of these coastal destinations offer a mix of entertainment and relaxation for a chance to truly refresh and recharge. 3. Create an itinerary, even if it’s loosely outlined, so you can make the best use of your vacation days. Keep an eye on the weather as you plan which days to spend on the beach or at the pool and when it might be better to see some sights indoors. Try to build in activities that appeal to each member of your travel party and aim for a balance


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between adventure and relaxation. Do avoid overscheduling so you don’t spend all your time getting from one adventure to the next - balance your itinerary by building in some unstructured downtime. 4. Choose a home over a hotel if you are sticking to a single destination. When you’re away for a longer period of time, look for extended-stay amenities that make your time more comfortable, like kitchens where you can prepare some of your meals. Private outdoor spaces where you can enjoy your morning coffee or see the stars at night are also a bonus. 5. Shop for discounts to make a longer stay more affordable. For example, some Vrbo hosts offer discounts for new listings, as well as week- or monthlong stays. Travelers can use filters to find these discounted properties when searching for a place to stay. 6. Avoid overpacking for an extended getaway. You may be tempted to pack extra clothes and other belongings, but that can weigh you down. Instead, choose capsule wardrobe pieces that can be mixed and matched into different outfits, and look for accommodations with laundry facilities so you can wash and re-wear clothing.

7. Be sure to include a few necessities that are usually an afterthought: • Quality footwear for sightseeing - cute is not always comfortable! • A small tote, belt bag (fanny pack), beach bag, or shoulder backpack - a lightweight way to carry your essentials for a day out and about. • A refillable insulated drink bottle to take with you on day trips, beach outings, and the like. • A nightlight, because everyone needs a little help finding the bathroom in unfamiliar surroundings after dark. • A collapsible backpack or duffle bag for carrying those souvenir, gift, and memento purchases back home. 8. Make arrangements to ensure your home life is in order before you go. Being away for an extended period may mean a little extra work to maintain things back home. For example, you may need to arrange for someone to water your plants, take care of your pets, check your mail, and receive deliveries and packages. And be sure to let your credit card companies know if you will be traveling out of the country so your cards don’t get flagged and frozen. Start planning your extended getaway at Vrbo.com.

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Are You a Positive Influence? "What if, a little bit at a time, we all worked to come together instead of looking for ways to stay apart?"


RECENTLY FINISHED my annual binge of the Band of Brothers miniseries based on the book of the same name by Stephen E. Ambrose. What strikes me each time I watch Band of Brothers is the esprit de corps shared by the men of Easy Company. These men built a special bond fostered out of shared experiences during training at Camp Toccoa, through the Battle of the Bulge, to the end of the war, and through the rest of their lives. They came from different backgrounds and belief systems, but no matter. In no way am I comparing the esprit de corps of Easy Company or that of any of our servicemen or women past, present, or future to that which we have in our businesses or communities. Our experiences are just too different. However, I firmly believe the principles of pride, fellowship, and common purpose that make up esprit de corps applies to us all. Have you ever worked in a toxic culture? Was there common sense of purpose?

Could fundamental disagreements be worked out for the common good of the team? Compare that experience to the camaraderie of a workplace with a common sense of purpose. Where the team can disagree and still reach a solution that advances the team’s goals. Where the culture is one of accountability and recognition. How about your neighborhood? Do you know your neighbors, and do they help each other when needed? Is there a true sense of community? Or does everyone bicker or keep to themselves such that it becomes no more than a group of houses without a common sense of what’s best for the community? So, as I reflect every year on the underlying message of the Easy Company story, I am forced to challenge myself. What am I doing in my professional life to build the esprit de corps of my team? I have opportunities every day to positively affect someone else and strengthen our team

and must be aware of and take advantage of those opportunities. Am I a positive influence in my community or even just in my neighborhood? I must ask myself if I am doing enough to uplift others and just maybe bring my community that much closer to success and harmony. Ultimately, each of us can impact the esprit de corps in each of the groups, big and small, that make up our lives. What if, a little bit at a time, we all worked to come together instead of looking for ways to stay apart? Find a way to find common ground through differing beliefs and opinions. Look for an opportunity to impact someone positively. How can you make it a little better today than yesterday? Our guest columnist this month is Andy Barton, Director of Residential Operations at CertoPro Painters. Andy is native and resident of Maryville who enjoys fly fishing and spending time in our beautiful mountains with his family.


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