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at European Auto Garage are ready to take care of one of your most prized possessions. Factory-trained mechanics, with a love of all things auto, will treat your vehicle with the same care and respect as if it were their own. For routine maintenance, specific repairs, and secure storage, EAG excels at handling beloved cars and their enthusiast owners.

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From the Publisher


UGU S T I S t ypically my reset month. While it is not technically the change of a season (as we can all tell by the oppressive heat here in the south), it has the feel of the “end of summer” probably due to student s going back to school. Although we are Photo by Mirtography personally past that stage - except for a daughter-in-law in grad school - I have good friends who are teachers that are gearing up mentally for the transition back to workdays filled with new faces and new schedules. The idea of getting “back on track” has never been one I adhere to, as I have never felt “on track” to begin with! My reset has to do more with a flexible routine of getting tasks done, whether that is exercising regularly, cleaning out the craft closet, or repainting the laundry room. It begins with giving myself grace for whatever it was I had planned to do during the summer that somehow is still not completed. Instead, I choose to give



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attention to what I am going to do next by figuring out tasks in order of my own priorities - realizing that if the task is not important to me personally, it probably won’t happen. I have also found that setting realistic goals - taking some time to stretch everyday vs. being able to join a regularly scheduled yoga class - gives me positive incentives. Focusing on what is possible and available to me instead of what I might not have the time (or energy!) to accomplish keeps the negativity at bay. Making sure my list is short and specific also helps me stay motivated, as I get a lot of satisfaction in being able to cross things off! As a wise person once said, “Progress is a spectrum, not a specific place.” And I will fully admit that during August, most if not all of my “to do” list will be happening inside with air conditioning! Progress is still progress even if you aren’t sweating - thank goodness!

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HE OWNERS of European Auto Garage, Rich and Cyndi DeFrancisco, have been in business since 2007 and have been operating at their new location since 2017. After visiting their state-of-the-art facility (and the cleanest shop we have ever encountered!) on Lovell Road just north of I-40, Everything Knoxville had the opportunity to find out more about their thriving business and where they are headed in future. EK: How long has European Auto Garage been in business, and how did you become the owner/operator? Rich: European Auto Garage has been a leading automotive service facility here in Knoxville since 2007, and we are dedicated to being the first choice for our customers when servicing their BMWs, MiniCoopers, VWs, Audis, Mercedes Benz, Volvos, Land Rovers, and more. Cyndi and I met when I was a Grayson BMW Master Technician. After we married, I left Grayson and worked

at a few other independent service shops before the previous owners of EAG hired me to manage the shop. Cyndi: The owners offered to sell us the shop when they decided to go in a different direction. It was a win-win decision - we wanted to stay in Knoxville, and Rich wanted to continue working with BMWs, so we agreed to buy the shop. After a few years, we purchased the five acre site off Lovell Road and were able to build our dream shop and eventually expand. We made the official move in July 2017 and just finished our newest endeavor, The Stables, last month. EK: What services does EAG provide for its customers? Rich: European Auto Garage specializes in maintaining and repairing European vehicles. Our factory trained and certified technicians are well equipped to perform diagnostics, manufacturer recommended maintenance, and complex repairs, whether large or small. Each

customer also receives a complimentary 50 point digital inspection report, providing a detailed evaluation, complete with photos and recommendations if repairs or additional services are needed. Our customers know they can rely on us and our state-of-the-art equipment to fix their vehicles right the first time. We back up all our repairs with our 3 year/36,000 mile nationwide warranty. Our warranty is one of the best in the industry. We even offer expert, hand wash detailing and ceramic coating services. Cyndi: We realize that there are many shops in the Knoxville area, so we need to set ourselves apart. The best way to do that is to treat our customers with honesty and

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integrity. We always think EVERY CUSTOMER, EVERY TIME.” of how we would want to be treated if we were on the with one of our Service Advisors, whose other side of the counter. EK: What makes EAG stand out from other vehicle knowledge and knowledge of the industry is superior. Most customers don’t service competitors? Cyndi: At European Auto Garage, the leave our shop without a full and complete majority of our team are car enthusiasts understanding of the “health” of their vehiwho work with cars as a career choice, cle. Because our customers are happy, they not just a job. When your goal is excellent do the best advertising by letting friends service, it’s easy to do with our team - a and family know about us. EK: We noticed that there is a second “big great bunch of people - who look at every car like it is their own, starting with the red barn” on the European Auto Garage propfront end all the way to the team mem- erty. Can you tell us your plans? Rich: We have been in business for more ber that cleans and maintains our shop. Everyone works to provide an excep- than 12 years now, and because we were fortunate enough to purchase the 5 acre tional customer experience. We also took great care in creating a lot for our business, we knew we eventually lobby that is welcoming, comfortable, and wanted to add more to our original shop. A clean - just like our shop. We realize our storage facility seemed like a great idea. We customers’ first impression of our busi- are now getting ready to open our newest ness would be very important in what they venture, “The Stables,” a 9,000-square-foot, thought about us overall. Between that secure, climate-controlled, state-of-theand our commitment to communicating art, concierge style, vehicle storage facility. with our customers, we feel that we have We expect that our Horsepower Barn will house 50 to 60 vehicles, with available a competitive edge over our competition. Rich: It is a priority for us to invest in lease terms spanning from monthly all the training our team, state-of-the-art equip- way to a Founders space. Cyndi: We have many customers that ment, and the tools required to be the best European shop in Knoxville. Each customer have multiple vehicles, whether they are is provided with their 50 point inspection racecars, collector’s automobiles, or a conreport followed by a review conversation vertible they only use seasonally. Storage

was a perfect expansion, that way we could also offer our other shop services (maintenance/repair/detailing) without having to add an additional team. We have also recently installed Blink Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and even invested in a fully electric Ford Lightning. We understand that with the new federal vehicle mandates, we need to be innovative and always be looking at what the future may hold for the automotive industry. EK: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? Cyndi: We understand that car maintenance and repairs are not everyone’s favorite thing to spend money on. We also understand that cost is not the only factor when customers are deciding where to take their car for service. We believe people are looking for value, and that is why we offer our nationwide extended warranty, use OEM parts, and employ Master Certified technicians. EAG wants our customers to feel good about where and what they are spending money on. Rich: We are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more insight into our company. Call us for a shop or Stable tour, and join us for our Cars and Coffee at the shop on the first Saturday of each even numbered month - October 1st is the next date. We look forward to meeting you!

European Auto Garage 1229 Lovell Road Knoxville, TN 37932 865.862.5270 EuropeanAutoGarage.com


They’re Not Created Equal


O YOU 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



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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 add 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 it 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

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floor looking brand new. Bottom line, a polyurea garage floor is definitely worth the investment and increases the value of your home. Yes, a garage floor can be both beautiful and strong!


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F SOMEONE peeked into your closet, chances are they would see a little bit more of something. That something could be sneakers, handbags, or even logo t-shirts. No matter what you’ve developed an affinity for (or maybe an addiction), show it off stylishly with personalized storage for your closet. Shoes - The bug for shoe collecting doesn’t discriminate: Men or women of all ages and interests can develop a fondness for footwear. Highlight your high-tops, wingtips, or designer heels on glass shelves with LED lighting.

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Neckties - If your tie collection includes a dozen Big Orange designs, a selection for every major holiday, and a few bowties thrown in for good measure, try organizing with customized tie cubbies or a pull-out rack that will hold 108 of your very favorites. Jewelry - Velvet-lined partitioned drawers can keep your glittering jewelry collection tangle-free, organized, and protected from chips and scratches. To enjoy particularly pretty pieces, try a glass-topped closet island that gives a clear view of the baubles stored beneath. Hats - Whether you prefer sun hats for the beach, ball caps featuring your favorite teams, or fascinators fit for a Derby Party, keep your headgear dust-free with shelving

storage protected by glass cabinet doors. Accessories - Sunglasses, cufflinks, watches, purses, pocketknives - all are covetable, collectible, and easy to store. Light-colored cubbies or glass shelves will make your purses pop, and for smaller pieces, opt for a shallow velvet-lined drawer. Jeans - Your denim collection may consist of the latest silhouettes, good old-fashioned American staples, designer names, or all of the above. No matter - hang your best blues on double closet rods so you can choose whatever pair you’re in the mood for with ease. Set It Off in Style - With personalized closet storage, you can contentedly survey your own “guilty pleasure” collections. Call, click, or visit the experts at the Closets by McKenry West Knoxville showroom for design help. And make sure you leave space for new acquisitions!

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Pro-Active Planning Lets You Give Uncle Sam His Due Without Leaving an Unnecessary Tip!

BY T R AV I S C U L L M A N , C F P ® , C P FA



Halloween joking with my kids about the “dad tax.” Bryan, my oldest, asked, “What’s a dad tax?” “Oh, easy,” I replied. “For every three pieces you receive, I get one.” Needless to say, I’ve soured my children’s opinion on taxes. Kids and candy aside, taxes Travis Cullman, CFP®, CPFA leave a sour taste with retirees also! Here’s a scenario to consider: Joe, age 65, has accumulated $1M in his company 401(k). He is proud of his accomplishment and excited to start withdrawing $3K/month to help cover his monthly hobbies and expenses. Imagine his surprise, however, when his accountant says his “take-home” pay after taxes is closer to $2,400 (once accounting for his pension and other income sources). Since Joe saved on a “pre-tax” basis, he must pay ordinary income tax on every dollar he withdraws. That’s not all. If Joe is collecting social security, he could be subjecting up to 85% of his benefits to taxation! He could also be triggering a future increase in his Medicare premiums if he’s not careful. A good financial advisor can devise a plan that provides the income you need without overpaying in taxes (or triggering an increase in your Medicare premiums!). Are you prepared to send Uncle Sam his due without leaving a tip? Call us today to review your tax strategy and understand all of your options!

BEYOND RETIREMENT... You have a plan to get to retirement, but do you have a plan for the decades after that? Your retirement isn’t just a destination, it’s the start of an entirely different journey for which you will have different goals and needs. Call us for a complimentary review of your current and post retirement plans. We would love to discuss what a fulfilling retirement would look like for you. ®

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E ARE ALL aware that our healthcare system is broken and becoming more frustrating: • You are paying more to have less access to your doctor than ever before. • When you do go see your doctor, you get an average of 7 minutes for your visit - and that is after having to book an appointment weeks (maybe months) in advance. • Urgent care is who treats you when you are sick, not your doctor. • You often feel like your insurance adjusters are calling the shots over your healthcare. It’s time to take back the control of your health with a provider you have access to when you need them and that can give you the time your health deserves. By removing the insurance middleman, MBody Healthcare is restoring the doctor-patient connection with improved overall health, including savings in time and money in the process. By cutting out the insurer, they keep costs low, access to care open, and decision-making in the hands of the doctor and patient. You will get the healthcare you deserve, on your time, with direct access and a personal relationship with your provider.

MBody Healthcare is a concierge or direct primary care practice. They are a doctor and nurse practitioner team - Meikel Major, MD and Melissa Major, NP - with more than 40 years combined medical experience. Most of their background has been internal medicine, although Dr. Major is a board-certified family practice physician. During his 17 years in the Air Force, he had the honor of working at the Pentagon, as well as a provider for servicemen. Melissa has invested a large part of her nursing career in geriatrics and rural health population. Most recently they have been employed as hospitalists in the local area and

have served the community throughout the recent/ongoing pandemic. Throughout the years, they have consistently been told by patients that they are easy to talk to and are described as “down to earth.” Direct care is rising in popularity as an alternative to the commercial health insurance marketplace. MBody Healthcare patients pay a monthly membership fee that includes all primary and preventive care, as well as acute needs when they arise - no commercial insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare needed. Their patients have direct provider access (24 hours a day for emergencies), a personalized relationship with the doctor (aiding to greater insight), same/next day appointments (no more urgent care or ER waiting rooms), and longer appointment times, all of which ensure quicker diagnosis and thus treatment. Rewrite your personal healthcare to include physician access, time, and connection.

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Like Like Having Having a a Doctor Doctor in in the the Family Family Access. Time. Connection. MBody Healthcare is here to offer a return to authentic medicine. Easier access to your doctor’s advice, more time at appointments, and medical decisions back in the hands of you and your doctor - not an insurance company. As a membership-based, direct care practice, MBody Healthcare strives to take the hassle out of doctor visits with the time your health deserves. They are now accepting new patients, so find out more of what focused, affordable healthcare would look like for you.

“Absolutely love this doctor’s office! I have never been treated better by any doctor that I have seen before! I feel better knowing that my doctor is invested in me and is spending as much time with me as needed. I also have the comfort of knowing I can reach out to them 24/7.”




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Don’t Live with Chronic Back Pain T

ODAY WE are here with Drs. A.J. and Monica Sarrat of West Knox Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine to learn about Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, which is one of their specialties in the clinic. What is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome? Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is a term that describes the set of symptoms someone has after a back surgery that was not successful. These patients continue to experience chronic back pain even after surgery, and the likelihood of getting this condition increases with multiple back surgeries. Other symptoms may include anxiety or depression, in addition to the continued back pain.

Over the years, I have had back injections that really haven’t helped, and physical therapy that didn’t do a lot either. This has been going on for more than 30 years. We sat down with Dr. A.J., he told us what to expect and what the procedures would be like. I am now able to do more things around the house, and even travel more. We made a trip recently and I spent 10 hours in the car with no pain - I could have never done that before!

Why do some people get this condition? Some common causes are choosing the wrong surgical procedure, an inappropriate surgical candidate, or not performing surgery at the correct level in the spine. Certain types of spinal procedures like fusions, especially if they are multilevel fusions, will likely cause pain or new disc herniations above or below the fused spinal segments due to the fact that the discs above and below the fusion are not



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Successful treatments are available for chronic back pain able to withstand the pressure exerted on them and end up creating bulges, herniations, or extrusions. If the sacrum is fused to the last lumbar vertebrae, it can also cause another type of low back pain by putting excessive pressure on the joints lower down in the pelvis. Sometimes this is unavoidable because the surgery was necessary to keep the patient from losing the ability to stand or walk. What are common treatments for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?

Most treatments are limited to pain medications, injections, or spinal cord stimulators. The days of multiple surgeries and revisions seems to have passed, as we are seeing fewer and fewer of those patients in recent years. What is your experience treating this condition? Dr. A.J. was hired by a hospital specifically to treat these patients and was there for almost 15 years. He had a greater than 85% success rate during that time and also

I had a two level lumbar spinal fusion 15 years ago and developed other related issues - joint pain and dysfunction, plus some muscular issues. After an intensive pain management series with both doctors, I am amazed and grateful for the difference it has made in my life. I am moving better, able to start slowly working out again, and wow! What a mood booster not being in such pain 24/7. My quality of life has changed so much for the better.

in his private practice. These were mostly patients who had been prescribed dangerously high doses of pain medication to the point that their doctors wanted them to safely detox from them. Dr. A.J.’s goal was to get the patients’ pain down to a manageable level so that opiates would not be needed when they were discharged after treatment - usually two to three months. How do you help these people? Our clinic uses many other types of treatments, in addition to acupuncture, to get the results that we regularly see. Some of these block pain signals from reaching the spinal cord, others reduce inflammation to help with pain, and others resolve muscle imbalances that can be contributing to the overall condition. Who are good candidates for these treatments? Anyone with back pain after surgery should schedule an in-office consultation to see if they are a good candidate. During our initial meeting, we will be able to tell them what the likelihood will be that we can help. If we do not believe we can help, we will also let them know. How long does it take to see improvement? This mostly depends on the severity of the condition and how long they have had it. Because of our extensive experience in this area, we can give a good estimate of

what to expect and how long it will take during the initial consultation. What are the goals for treatment? First of all, we want to reduce the pain, although this doesn’t happen overnight. As the pain decreases, we like to get the patient to slowly increase their activity levels, because gentle exercise can generally help them long term. It is very rewarding to get someone moving again, playing with their grandchildren, going for walks, or even playing sports they love like tennis or golf. Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers? We know that the debilitating pain that goes along with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome can be a terrible drain on you and your loved ones. We are excited to bring cutting-edge, non surgical, natural pain interventions to Knoxville. If chronic pain is impacting your life, medications may not be your only solution. We will evaluate your specific needs, then a customized treatment plan will be created specifically for you. Don’t wait until it’s too late. What is the next step for people with chronic back pain? Call our office at 865-275-2444 and make an appointment to determine if your back pain can be treated. We have helped thousands of people just like you. You don’t just have to live with it.

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Make Life Easier

with an Organized Garage



H E GAR AG E is the per fect location for activities that involve many moving (and often cluttered) parts: lawncare, automotive, sports, and hobbies. Make it easier to keep things neat, clean, and organized in your garage by installing storage designed for the purpose of the space. Cabinets and countertops, slatwall, and overhead racks provide an attractive way to keep your garage in top shape no matter what messy adventures your busy household may embark upon. Create Order with Cabinets and Countertops. Keep sports equipment, garden tools, pool toys, and much more in durable melamine or color-rich powder-coated cabinets made to fit your storage needs. When you need time to unwind from your activities, LED-lit countertops with power strips provide a relaxing space for woodworking and other hobbies. Hang Supplies Big and Small with Slatwall. Hard to store equipment such as shovels, brooms, and bikes can be stored safely out of the way with attractive

Taupe slatwall, Shadow Frost cabinets, Dolphin Epoxy/Polyaspartic floor.

Overhead storage, Nightfall Epoxy/Polyaspartic floor, Pewter powder coated cabinets.

poly-resin slatwall. Smaller items like tools, spray paint, and cleaning supplies can be stored on slatwall accessories such as shelves, hooks, baskets, and bins - in view and within reach. Keep Items Up, Up, and Away with Overhead Storage. Keep seasonal or infrequently used items high and dry in storage racks suspended from your garage ceiling. Store suitcases, fishing equipment, removable car roofs, and more, or use bins to hold smaller, lighter items such as Christmas decorations. Tie Things Together with an Epoxy Poly Floor. Your garage improvements aren’t limited to the walls and ceiling. Transform

your worn, cracked, and stained concrete floor with an attractive and durable Epoxy Polyaspartic floor. Not only will your garage make style strides, it will be easy to clean oil stains from the car, potting soil from the garden, and grass from the cleats. Call, Click, or Come in for Your Free Consultation. Visit the Designer Garages showroom in West Knoxville to see the latest in storage design trends, and let their experienced professionals clear the clutter of your on-the-go clan with an organized garage!

What’s New at the Zoo?


F YOU haven’t been to the zoo in a while, now is a great time to go! Zoo Knoxville welcomed another new silvered-leaf langur monkey at the end of June. Unlike the adults of this species who are gray and black, baby langurs are bright orange! The male baby, who is now exploring the outdoor habitat, will retain this orange color for a few more months. They are all a part of the Silvered-Leaf Langur Species Survival Plan. The Zoo will soon be introducing baby chimpanzee, Stevie, once she reaches a more independent phase and can be reunited with the adult chimpanzees. Her keepers have been taking care of her in an off-viewing area since her mother’s surgery after she was born. You can also watch the river otter’s antics in their new habitat - part of the ARC project. River otters are an indicator species whose presence is a sign of good water quality. Visit ZooKnoxville.org or their Facebook page for more great animal photos and information! ZOO AFTER HOURS

Thursday Evenings thru September • 5 to 8 pm Free for annual pass members or with a general admission ticket (same day re-entrance allowed). Featuring a patio DJ, special menu items, a new food truck each week, craft beer, wines and specialty cocktails, it’s a perfect way to wind down each week with friends and family or the perfect date night! Always kid-friendly and always wildly fun for the whole family! The Splash Pad is open all day and evening!



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You’ll Get What You Pay For

OLONIAL VILLAGE in south Knoxville, part of the post-war residential boom, is where Lauren Moroz found her 70 -year-old home complete with red oak floors that definitely needed some TLC to restore them to their former glory. After finding out who not to go to for refinishing from her friends on Facebook, she called European Fine Hardwood Floors to tackle the job. After meeting with Valera and Svetlana Tomescu, owner/operators, her initial impression was “knowledgeable and detailed” - exactly what Lauren was hoping to find! “They asked a lot of questions about the project and answered all of mine - in detail,” said Lauren. “I felt confident from that first meeting that they would do an exceptional job on my floor.” European Fine Hardwood Floors was also able to remedy the issue of an addition to the main bedroom that Lauren thought had laminate flooring that unfortunately did not match the original hardwood in the rest of the room. After four other flooring companies quoted the job on that basis, Valera was the first to recognize that the add-on

did indeed have hardwoods that could therefore be refinished to match the rest of the bedroom. “That was a really big deal to us and again speaks to his knowledge and attention to detail. “The bedroom refinishing was completed, and the floors are absolutely gorgeous from end to end and corner to corner!” Lauren happily relayed. She was so delighted that she had the Tomescu’s install new hardwood floors in her kitchen (the only room that did not come with hardwoods) and was again pleased with the transformation, as well as the transition from the new kitchen flooring to the original flooring in the dining room. After Valera made a few repairs and dealt with a couple of existing stains, the home project was done. The most surprising aspect of the job?

“Svetlana also told us there would be very little to no dust, which I found very hard to believe” said Lauren. “But she was right! There was no noticeable dust throughout the entire project.” Lauren added, “In my experience, you often get what you pay for. The quote from European Fine Hardwood Floors may not be the lowest you receive, but I feel confident you’ll be happy with the end product. The work is exceptional.” Whether your existing hardwood flooring needs an update or you’re needing to add some hardwood flooring to your home, contact the certified professionals at European Fine Hardwood Floors for superior craftsmanship and attention to detail. Like Lauren, you’ll be so glad that you did!

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The Best of Two Seasons


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 LilyPadBoutiqueOnline.com August 2022








Authentic southern pimento cheese hand-crafted right here in Knoxville! Available in Classic and 3 Alarm Spicy. Perfect as an appetizer, recipe ingredient, topping for your burger, or straight from the container. Pick up a delicious tub (or two!) at Euphoric Cheese Shop, Butler & Bailey Market, Simpson’s Meats and Farm Grub Delivery Service, as well as Dixie Lee, Market Square, Ebenezer Road & Historic Oak Ridge Farmers’ Markets. CooksontheCurb.com

A uniquely adjustable table that takes your work surface to new heights. Adjusting effortlessly on a smooth pneumatic cylinder, a simple push or pull on the Serif tabletop glides it to the perfect height. The table’s slim and sturdy base slides easily under a sofa or chair, always keeping the versatile surface close at hand for work or play. Available at Nouveau Classics Contemporary Furniture & Interior Design, 101 S Gay Street in Knoxville, 865.525.4755, NouveauClassics.com.



Making room for fall arrivals, select Michel Design Works products are 25% off! While supplies last at The Town Framery & Gifts, 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut, 865.671.6627, TheTownFramery.com.



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Women’s Health Best of Skincare Awards 2021 winner Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield Flex SPF 50 for “Best SPF for Sensitive Skin.” A lightweight mineral sunscreen with tinted color coverage immediately evens skin tone for a flawless look - advanced antioxidants, hydrating ingredients, and tone-adapting buildable color coverage. Available at Southeastern Dermatology, 1930 Pinnacle Pointe Way in Knoxville, 865.474.8800, DrDoppelt.com.


Accent your home with charming tabletop décor featuring cheerful sentiments in a variety of free standing shapes and pedestal options. Available at Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center, 9885 Highway 11E in Lenoir City, 865.986.7229, MeadowViewGreenhouse.com.


These oversized ceramic jars are a vibrant orange glaze, watertight, and made in Portugal. Available at Decorating Den Interiors | Kozar Design Team, 521 Lovell Road, Suite 205 in Knoxville, 865.392.6222, SandyKozar. DecoratingDen.com.


You’ve seen Kristi’s beautiful photography featured with her travel articles. Add some peace and tranquility to your décor with lush nature photographs - mountains, streams, flowers, seashore, and more! Large prints for framing that also make the perfect gift. Available at BlueRidgeRefections on Etsy.com.

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Autumn is coming... and with it, so much new merchandise to pick up.

Dog Daze VI Village Green Shopping Center August 12-14


HIS WILL be a 3 day festival of fun, food, shopping and competition! SHOP FARRAGUT and the Town of Farragut have teamed up with Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs and Ricki’s Pet Depot to bring a nationally sanctioned regional canine aquatics competition by DOCK DOGS INTERNATIONAL. The festivities take place in the Village Green Shopping Center parking lot, just south of Planet Fitness, Friday, August 12, through Sunday the 14th.

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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. Smoky Mountain DockDogs is the local club that will be supporting this event. Last year there were more than 30 competitors and more than 5,000 visitors during the sophomore effort of this soon-to-be annual Farragut event. Registrants will be able to gain qualifying points toward attendance at the World Championships in October. If you have never witnessed this expect the unexpected! First Utility District is a major sponsor, supplying more than 27,000 gallons of fresh Tennessee River water to fill the pool for the weekend. 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. There will be more than 400 jumps with 150 competitors. Between qualifying rounds, spectators can shop the Village Green Shopping Center, visit the many merchant booths on-site, mingle with pet food suppliers, plus get food and drinks at the Festival Tent while visiting pet related vendor booths, local merchant showcases, and displays. The festivities will start on Friday afternoon with local dogs taking a “Pooch Plunge!” Area dog owners have the opportunity for their “puppy” to try a Dock-Dive! The SMDD Club has organized this activity, allowing non-competitors to try the DockDog experience free of charge from 4 to 7 pm as an introduction to the sport. For more information, visit DockDogs.com or FarragutBusiness.com.



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Mudroom: Form and Function Work Together



hate the label “mudroom,” it’s a good description of how we often use the space. It can be a messy catchall for daily items like shoes, coats, bags, and dog leashes. However, the mudroom has evolved into a highly functional family center. Since it’s in a common entryway that visitors see, homeowners want the mudroom to match the style of the house while functioning as a control center. So besides a place to sit as you put on your shoes, the mudroom can be designed to do so much more. Include Hooks and Cubbies Every member of the family needs their own coat hook and cubby space. Cubbies help everyone keep track of everyday items like a purse or cap. Kids are more likely to hang their backpack and jackets on a hook, keeping them organized and saving valuable time on school mornings. Add Cabinets A mudroom is part of your home, so dress up the look of the space by adding cabinet doors over the cubbies. Doors make a mudroom look more stylish rather than a

catchall zone. And let’s be honest, a cabinet door hides any cluttered shelves. Put in a Hamper With a hamper, clothes that are wet or muddy have a place to go. Otherwise, those clothes end up dropped on the floor or left in a kid’s backpack. Nobody wants to discover a smelly, wet t-shirt days later in a backpack! Create a Communications Station Since the mudroom sees daily traffic, make it a place for family communications. Include a chalk or corkboard for reminders

such as grocery items or baseball practice. Now the refrigerator won’t be covered with notes, invitations, and pictures. Also, include USB ports to create a place to recharge cell phones, tablets, and other electronic equipment. Use the Garage If you don’t have the space for a mudroom inside your house, use the garage! Placed just outside the door, a garage mudroom serves the same purpose and keeps a lot of the dirt out of the house. Want to create a mudroom for your house? Tailored Living of Knoxville will work with you to design, select materials that coordinate with the rest of your house, and install the space that best fits your family’s needs. You’ll love your new space and ask yourself, “Why didn’t we do this sooner?”

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L AND of adventures, a dearly loved trail town on the Appalachian Trail, a perfect place along the Virginia Creeper Trail, all things Appalachia, a charming small town, home of Trail Days, and one of my most favorite destinations. All of the descriptions listed came to mind when first thinking of how to express all that Damascus, Virginia, is to me and countless others. If you live in Knoxville and are looking for a getaway to nip your wanderlusting, drive northeast for about three hours and you’ll find everything that you’re looking for and more!

Stay A visit to Damascus can certainly be done as a day trip from Knoxville. However, to truly experience the spirit of the area, I highly recommend that you stay at least a night or two if you can. From bed & breakfast spots in town to cabins in the hills and camping locations, you have plenty of options. My top three choices? In The Heart of Damascus: Dragonfly Inn If you want a downtown Damascus experience, you can’t pass up checking out the Dragonfly Inn. Ralph and Patti Wilson are

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living the not-so-retired dream retirement as hosts for this perfect home of southern hospitality, as well as their highly rated Damascus Diner. They provide guests with a high quality and traditional inn stay in the heart of town. One look at reviews and there’s no doubt that you’ll be treated to a gem of a place with friendly folks that are gracious and welcoming. Oh, and “The Best Breakfast in Town” at their diner is included in your stay, too. Be sure to stop in before heading off for a day of adventures. Trailside in Green Cove: The Haven at Green Cove The Haven at Green Cove stole my heart on a cold December day while waiting for a friend to complete her Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike just minutes away at Grayson Highlands State Park. Locally owned by Scott and Alison Little, this cozy and beautiful AirBnB is filled with art, handmade quilts, pieces of Damascus, intriguing books, and a level of hospitality that immediately makes you feel as if you’re just staying at a friend’s place. One of the biggest perks of the home is the fact that it sits just steps away from the Virginia Creeper Trail, historic Green Cove Station, Green Cove Community Center, and the Little’s community-based, brick-and-mortar outdoor shop,

Green Cove, Barn next to AirBnB

Green Cove Collective. Stay on a day when the food trucks are set up and you’ll be in a one-stop spot for a place to stay, play, shop, and eat. You can’t go wrong with this one! Escape at Rugby Creek I’ll start Rugby Creek off by saying that this “Stay” feature could easily be given its own writeup. Rugby Creek Cabins is home to an Overlook Cabin, a Gypsy Wagon Tiny Home, Mountain Top Cabin, Pond Side Tiny Home, pet-friendly accommodations, overnight stables for horses, and others. Their website is a fantastic source of information on all things to do nearby, and they’ve even included downloaded maps for you. If all of that wasn’t enough, they are also connected to Rugby Creek Animal Rescue, a non-profit that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, retirement, and adoption of at-risk, injured, and geriatric animals.

Eat & Drink

Mojo’s Trailside Cafe & Coffee Located in downtown Damascus and right along the Virginia Creeper is a dining spot that I can’t miss anytime I’m in town. Mojo’s Trailside Cafe & Coffee has been a favorite of mine since my first stop in this beautiful little town. Their menu includes Lowcountry Shrimp & Grits, Cali BLT, Paragon’s Pancakes, Huevos Rancheros, Southern Steak Bagel, Trail Tacos, fresh locally baked cake, a variety of both hot and cold drinks, and just about anything else that will make your mouth water and have you stopping in every time you visit. Service is always excellent, food is fresh and delicious, and the overall vibe is laid-back and fits the trail perfectly.

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A stop on the Virginia Creeper

Wicked Chicken Winghouse & Tavern Lover of wings and yummy things? Stop off at Wicked Chicken Winghouse & Tavern. This Damascus grub hub is packed with wings, burgers, sandwiches, homemade sides, gourmet cheesecakes, and more. They have a great outdoor seating area for beautiful mountain days, so if you’re wanting to take in some fresh air while enjoying a great ambiance and great selection of food, Wicked Chicken is the spot! Damascus Brewery Damascus Brewery offers up good vibes, local brew, live music, and the ideal place to wrap up a day of riding bikes, hiking, or just wandering the area and experiencing all that this little corner of Virginia has to offer. Owner Adam Woodson describes himself as the brewery founder, daddy extraordinaire, and the first employee. And, well, I think that’s the perfect kind of local guy doing great things that I’d love to support, what about you? Their unique flavors range from Beaver Fever, to Honey Mango Sour, to “The Lightest Thing We Have” and many others.


Grayson Highlands and The Appalachian Trail The Land of Wild Ponies and the Appalachian Trail is one of the top outdoor destinations in the Damascus area. Located near the two highest mountains in Virginia, Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain, Grayson Highlands State Park offers never-ending views, historic places to explore, a section of the AT, waterfalls, outdoor picnic

Grayson Highlands State Park

areas, camping, as well as horse trails and horse camping area. On the park’s website, you’ll also find fun events like this month’s Old Time Barn Dance. Do a little research, plan out your day, and always remember to practice responsible stewardship on our public lands and leave no trace when you play! The Virginia Creeper One of the features of Virginia that I love is that they have taken their old railroad grades and turned them into trails for their Rails to Trails program. The top spot on the list is the Virginia Creeper, and while you’re in Damascus, you’ll be next to a 17-mile section that runs from Whitetop Station into downtown Damascus. You can rent bikes in town, get a shuttle lift to the top, and then enjoy the ride back down. Plan on giving yourself plenty of time to make stops and explore. I suggest that because on my first ride on The Creeper, I was having so much fun that the next thing I knew I was already back in town and wanting to go again. So, by all means, slow down and enjoy the journey!

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Cast Your Cares Away Are you an angler or dreaming of being one? Small stream fly fishing in Damascus is a great way to start if you are or if you’re a seasoned pro and love a little time relaxing while casting. Whitetop Laurel Creek is considered one of the top natural freestone wild trout streams east of the Mississippi and is just minutes away from this month’s destination. Connect with Matt Reilly Fly Fishing for more info and a guided experience. Are you ready to stay, eat, and play in Damascus, Virginia? It’s a destination that offers plenty of relaxation, as well as a chance to support many locally owned spots doing great things and the public lands of Virginia. Visit Damascus.org to start planning your trail town getaway today! Kristi Parsons is a local photographer and writer with a love for the mountains, art, music, travel, and all things local. @Kristi_Parsons August 2022





ATHERING FRIENDS and family doesn’t need to be fancy. With its prime positioning between breakfast and lunch, brunch is a more casual and lighter alternative to the typical dinner party. When charged with hosting a mid-day gathering, a little pre-planning can go a long way toward ensuring your brunch get-together is as simple as it is scrumptious. Get creative with decor. When prepping your tablescape, think outside the box. Opt for unexpected serving dishes such as tartlet tins and vases, and transfer syrups and jams from their everyday containers to glass bowls or creamers. Fresh flowers and produce can add natural pops of color to the table, and a bowl of fruit can make for an eye-catching centerpiece. Plan a variety of dishes. Make sure you have a mix of both sweet and savory dishes on the menu that can please a wide variety of palates. Earmarking some recipes that can be made ahead, like pastries and casseroles, can be a simple way to avoid waking up extra early to prepare. How about a sizzling sausage link wrapped with French toast? It combines a favorite breakfast protein and traditional deliciousness in one little roll. Drizzled with warm maple syrup at the end, even adults can’t help but indulge in these breakfast bites. Save the morning of your event for dishes that are best served fresh, like the Herbed Spanish Omelet, which features potatoes, fresh, spring herbs, and red onions and packs protein, B-vitamins, and cancer-protective phytochemicals. Serve it buffet-style. Setting your spread out on the counter and allowing guests to help themselves not only makes it easier for the host to mingle, but it allows guests to customize their meals as they wish and gives the gathering a more casual vibe. Try themed stations, such as a coffee or mimosa bar, parfait bar or bread bar, in addition to more traditional dishes to let guests take the customization to the next level. For more brunch ideas and recipes, visit Culinary.net.

Sausage French Toast Roll-Ups Servings: 12 Ingredients: • 12 sausage links • 2 eggs • 2/3 cup milk • 3 teaspoons almond extract • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 6 bread slices, crust removed, cut in half • 3 tablespoons butter • Syrup



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Directions: In skillet, cook sausage links according to package directions. Set aside. In medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, almond extract, and cinnamon. Dip bread slice in egg mixture. Wrap bread slice around cooked sausage link, pressing seam to keep from unrolling. Repeat with remaining bread slices and sausage links. In large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Place roll-ups in skillet, seamside down, and cook until all sides are browned, approximately 10 minutes. Drizzle with syrup.

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Herbed Spanish Omelet Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research Servings: 4 Ingredients: • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and diced or shredded • Water • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 1/2 cup diced red onion • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 4 large whole eggs, lightly beaten • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives • Salt, to taste (optional) • Fresh herb sprigs, for garnish (optional) Directions: Place potatoes in large pan. Cover with water. Bring to boil and cook, uncovered, 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain well. In deep, 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and garlic. Cook about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add potatoes and cook 5 minutes. Combine whole eggs and egg whites. Stir in parsley, basil, and chives. Season with salt, to taste, if desired. Pour mixture over potatoes in hot skillet. Reduce heat and cook, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until bottom of omelet is golden. If desired, brown top under toaster oven. Garnish with fresh herb sprigs, if desired.

Hats Off to Orange Hat Brewing


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.

IME TO tip our hats to Orange Hat Brewing Company, Knoxville! Orange Hat is owned by Rodney Ramin and Brian Hatmaker and opened to the public in February 2020. Have you noticed how our scruffy city has amazing breweries tucked away all over the place? This fun spot in Hardin Valley definitely needs to be added to your must-go list, because it is a must go! What can you expect at Orange Hat? First, you’ll probably notice the friendly, welcoming staff behind the bar. Second, you’ll find a great selection of craft beer and kombucha options. Wondering what in the world kombucha is? Orange Hat says, “Kombucha is a drink made from fermented sweet tea resulting in a refreshing effervescent drink with a somewhat sweet and sour taste.” Next, if you’re like us, you’re going to see so many good beer options, you’ll need to order a flight so you don’t have to pick just one. Denton ordered a flight of IPAs, and Lori got a flight of lagers because, you know, too many choices. Orange Hat is not only about their fabulous craft beer, though! You can expect some super yummy food options as well. We shared some soft pretzels with beer cheese and a scrumptious burger with pimento cheese. We will definitely get that again! Orange Hat has daily food trucks and monthly food specials from The Collab Food Truck, and they are

oh so good. Watch their calendar for a Hawaiian hog roast this month! Not only is Orange Hat about good beer and good food, they also know how to have a good time. There’s always something happening at Orange Hat: Tuesday Trivia, where the last Tuesday of the month is themed (August is Saved by the Bell Trivia), Thursdays and Saturdays will bring live music, there are family events throughout the month, including a Lego Build night, and last but not least, Salsa Dancing Saturday with Ha Cha Knoxville on the 13th. (This sounds super fun!) Needless to say, hats off to Orange Hat Brewing! They know how to have a good time and told us there’s more to come and the calendar is still growing. Orange Hat is easy to find at 10246 Hardin Valley Road, so what are you waiting for? Give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram, keep your eyes on their calendar, and prepare to have your taste buds tingled and your fun times mingled in the good vibes at Orange Hat Brewing, and tell them Somewhere in the South sent you! Follow our fun times as we venture out from Somewhere in the South for more local food, drink, and life adventures @somewehere.inthe.south on Instagram and Facebook, and look for our video on Orange Hat Brewing! Till Next Time, Denton & Lori


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UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month

Sun-loving Lantana Can Be Hardy in Tennessee When Conditions Are Right 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


S A C H I L D, I was always fascinated with Lantana and its blooms. All those tiny individual florets forming one substantial flower cluster was a wonder to me. I used to pick the little flower heads apart and see how many single flowers I could get. The color of the flower head also captivated me. I remember how the separate flowers slowly faded or darkened to other shades as they aged. Then there were the bicolors that would have contrasting colors on the outer rings of the cluster (or umbel inflorescence as I learned later). These, too, transitioned as they aged. How cool was it that a flower could change colors! As an adult gardener, I became aware of just how valuable Lantana (Lantana camara) is in the landscape. It is drought tolerant once established, very heat resistant, and provides season-long color, even tolerating a light frost before succumbing to winter freezes. It is a semi-woody shrub that can get up to 2 to 4 feet tall and wide or larger, so one specimen can make a big splash in a garden bed. Newer varieties are more compact and are ideal for mixed containers or as a landscape border. Throughout Tennessee, we treat them as annual bedding plant for the most part. There are a few cultivars, however, that have been shown to be hardy in some parts of the state and will re-grow each year. It all depends on how low the temperature gets in the winter. ‘Miss Huff’ is perhaps the most reliably hardy, widely available, and popular cultivar in Tennessee. Established plants can withstand 0º F. With showy pink, yellow, and orange florets, this selection is standout. Jason Reeves at UT Gardens, Jackson related that he has plants there that have been coming back for 15 years now. It is a vigorous grower and his reaches in the 4-foot range, though they can get taller. Another Lantana that has shown to be hardy in many areas of Tennessee is ‘Ham and Eggs.’ This variety has a rather richer, deeper bicolor inflorescence pattern with the outside flowers shaded a bright, deep pink (ham) and the inside flowers being yellow (eggs). It also can grow to be rather large, and Jason indicates it has been hardy in Jackson.



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Vivid Lantana, like this yellow ‘Chapel Hill’ cultivar, thrive at the UT Gardens, Knoxville and Jackson. In each location, some Lantana varieties have proven hardy, surviving winter temperatures to thrive again. That’s not the case at the cooler - and higher - elevation UT Gardens, Crossville, where Lantana are true summer annuals.

‘Chapel Hill Yellow’ has proved hardy for us in Knoxville and has come back for about four years. Somewhat smaller than ‘Miss Huff’ or ‘Ham and Eggs,’ it usually tops out about 18 to 24 inches. It has a spreading habit that makes it ideal for the front or mid-border. Its solid yellow color brightens up any full-sun location where all Lantanas thrive. When we are dealing with “hardy” or “perennial” Lantana, those terms can be relative in Tennessee, as we are in a transition zone of their hardiness range. Depending on your particular micro-climate, one cultivar may be hardy for you but not your neighbor. Shalena Durkot at the UT Gardens, Crossville has said she has had no luck with any of them; however, Jason and I have had success in Jackson and Knoxville. My advice is to try any of these varieties and see how you fare. Lantanas

are beautiful, low maintenance, pollinator-attractors whether they last one season or many. A variety of Lantana can be found at the UT Gardens, Jackson and Knoxville. The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Crossville, and Jackson. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public.

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


ELIEVE IT or not, fall is coming soon. As we get ready for the change in seasons, we also need to think about changes that may be happening in our lives and in our landscapes. Change is the one inevitable aspect of life, other than death. That is also true of your yard. Young plants mature. Trees fall and trees grow. What was once sunny may now be shady and vice versa. Some plants thrive and others struggle. Neighbors arrive, and areas that were once wooded are cleared. Or maybe those neighbors put up a big fence or wall of trees, and your view is impacted. The situation could also be that you are the new neighbor who is struggling to learn how to garden in an unfamiliar environment where some of the plants you love don’t do well. It isn’t only the outside that changes. Sometimes our health or the health of a family member declines, and we are no longer able to do the gardening that we once did. Sometimes the one who did all the work in the yard is no longer there. On the other side of the coin, children may arrive or take up a sport and suddenly your free time is no longer free. All of this is a roundabout way of telling you to not be afraid to make the changes that you need to make. I want your yard to be a place where you can go to enjoy life, not something that you dread! If you hate maintaining big beds and can’t afford to hire someone else to do it, take them out and sow grass or spread mulch. If you have shrubs that require constant trimming or treating or babying, take them out and replace them. Embrace the change and move on! Now that I have that out of the way, let’s talk about some general plant stuff that needs to be done. Yes, I know it is hot with 100% humidity and the mosquitoes are as big as hummingbirds, but your plants need attention. ☼ Do your monthly checkup of your yard. Walk on out there and look to see what is really going on. Plants that look good from your patio might not look so healthy up close! ☼ You may be getting plenty of rain at your house, but I have had to drag out the hose a few times at mine. If you don’t have a rain gauge, use sentinel plants like hydrangeas (that droop when they are thirsty) to tell you when things are dry. You know what I am going to say next: Sprinklers are good for grass and flowers but don’t do diddly for trees and shrubs. Yep, I’ll keep saying that until everyone in the area understands and I stop hearing “but I have a

sprinkler” when you come in and want to know why your plants are dead. ☼ Check for disease on your plants and treat as needed. Powdery mildew, rust, black spot, and shothole disease are making an appearance, as well as the less treatable root diseases. Remember that good hygiene is a primary way of stopping the problem, so remove diseased areas if practical and pick up any leaves that fall to the ground. It is also best to water at soil level, not overhead. ☼ Check for bugs, but make sure the ones you have are bad guys before you start spraying. Overtreatment is causing two serious problems: The problem bugs are becoming resistant to the chemicals, and good guys like bees are getting wiped out. Always start with the least toxic products first, then progress if the problem continues. I will add, however, that some insects will require a systemic product unless you can catch them in the crawler stage. Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale is one of those. ☼ 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. ☼ Isn’t it amazing how fast the weeds can take over? Keep pulling them, and don’t forget to apply a pre-emergent. ☼ If there are areas of your yard that are struggling with no apparent reason, come in and talk to us. You might need to do a soil test to determine if you have a pH or nutrient deficiency. Our pH in the area tends to run neutral at 7 or so. Acid lovers like hollies, azaleas, rhododendrons, and roses will need to have that level brought down to 5.5-6.5. ☼ Don’t forget to feed the birds! They can dramatically reduce the number of insects in your yard. Our fall merchandise has started arriving, so stop in and see what is new!

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F YOU WERE listening to country music back in the ’70 s, you will remember Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. Larry had started off solo. In the late ’70s, Larry and the Gatlin Brothers released their f ir s t album, Str aight Ahead. That album gave the brothers a hot number one hit with their song “All the Gold in California.” The album was certified platinum, topping out in the U.S. at number seven and in the Canadian charts at number five. The brothers went on with other hits that still resonate with fans and bring back memories. Each time songs like “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You),” “She Used to Be Somebody’s Baby,” “Talkin’ to the Moon,” and “Love of a Lifetime” are heard, fans are taken back in time, as they are crowd favorites at Gatlin Brothers shows all across the country. Knoxvillians will get to experience that firsthand when the Gatlin Brothers perform at our own Bijou Theatre on Saturday, August 27th. Rudy Gatlin called me to chat about what he and his brothers have been up to and what fans can expect from the show at the Bijou. The brothers have been in the music business for an astonishing 67 years, but Rudy wants fans to know that he and his brothers, Larry and Steve, survived the pandemic and are doing well. “We’re fine. Everybody’s in pretty good shape health-wise. 2020 was kind of a reset for everybody on all kinds of things in our life - personally and professionally. Things are a little different. Since then, we’ve done a few dates - 30 to 35. We’re going to do about that many this year. Crowds are

good. Travel’s a little weird,” referring to the pains of flying in today’s economy. Rudy then proudly said, “But we haven’t missed one concert yet!” Adding about fan attendance, “They’re glad to be back out there. They’re glad to be back in a venue or outside and not having to mask up and sit six feet apart and all that stuff. They’re happy to be back and enjoying concerts.” Responding to the comment that the Gatlin Brothers may be the Rolling Stones of country music, Rudy said, “Well, we started before they did. We started 67 years ago in 1955. Of course, they’re older than we are, a little bit.” Gatlin is referencing Larry (6 years old), Steve (4 years old), and Rudy (2 years old) singing southern gospel music as they listened to the greats who were recording it at that time. They recorded a total of four gospel albums. Larry was noticed by Dottie West, who encouraged him to write music. He wrote eight songs for her, which she recorded. This led to Larry meeting Kris Kristofferson, who took him under his wing and introduced him to all the right people. Shortly thereafter, Steve and Rudy joined Larry in Nashville and formed the group we know and love today. Of course many years have passed, and Rudy acknowledges changes in him and his brothers, as well as the fans attending their concerts - most are their age or a just a little younger. The majority have been with them since the early days, and for many this won’t be their first Gatlin Brothers’ concert. Rudy and his brothers are definitely up for making it worth the time and ticket cost by

putting on an entertaining show for those first-timers and returning fans. When asked what fans can expect from the Gatlin Brothers at their Knoxville show this month, Rudy said, “Well, we’re gonna do some of the hits - a lot of the hits throw in a couple of the ‘misses,’ ha-ha! They appreciate the hits. But we were blessed to have had a bunch of Top 30 and Top 40 radio hits. We don’t do all of them, but we do most of them. We cut up a little bit, have a good time, and crack a few funnies. Hopefully it’s entertaining and they are pleased that they’ve spent their hardearned money, and we’re thankful for that because they have any number of places to spend those entertainment dollars that they have. We’re glad that they will come to see us and let us entertain them for a couple of hours.” To purchase your tickets for the Gatlin Brother’s Knoxville show, visit KnoxBijou. org. Tickets are selling fast. You can also listen to the interview with Rudy in its entirety by visiting Boomerocity.com.

Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. Tom Parker. Thirtysix years later he founded the webzine, Boomerocity. com, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.

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Sunday, August 28 • 10 am -6 pm | Parade begins at 10 am at the fountain


HE ASIAN Culture Center of TN (ACCTN) was founded in 2014 to promote culture, diversity, and unity in the community. Communities benefit every time there is an organized event leading people to develop an open mind about others and their culture. Our aim is to develop Asian cultural diversity and understanding in our Tennessee community. Similar to previous years, the 2022 Asian Festival will offer authentic traditional food vendors representing Asian Cultures such as Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Korea, China, Japan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistani, and Vietnam. We are especially proud of the featured performance art that includes traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thailand, and Indian, Indonesia Japan, and Philippine dance and music. For the first time, one of the most famous instruments used in traditional Indonesian music, Angklung, which is made up of a number of bamboo tubes fixed on a bamboo frame, will be performed. Various martial arts demonstrations will be showcased, Thailand Traditional Dancers from Washington, DC, K-Pop and J-Pop performances, Kimono Show, a bonsai exhibition,

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a cosplay contest, Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese drummers Taiko Drum group from Disney World, and Korean Fan Dancers from GA. You can learn Japanese summer dance. Many of our artists will travel to Knoxville from all across the country and from various Asian countries to participate in this year’s festival Amphitheater performances. The Asian Festival also includes a strong educational component. We recently implemented “Asian World,” where visitors travel through various booths named after Asian

Far East Deep South Documentary about the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and its profound impact on generations. Eye opening! Pakadava Documentary about Taiwan tribes. Rashomon Rashomon First Japanese film to receive significant international reception. Memories of Murder 2003 South Korean crime thriller co-written and directed by Bong Joon-ho. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Documentary of Studio Giburi.

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cultural interactive activities, featuring traditional foods and art for each one. Receive a stamp on your festival passport for each cultural booth visited! Everyone is encouraged to visit all cultural booths to learn about the diversity of cultural traditions. Visit KnoxAsianFestival.com for more information.


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Center New Exhibitions Opening Emporium August 5


HE ARTS & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 5-27. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or by visiting the online shop at KnoxAlliance.store. Tennessee Artists Association: 50 Years of Artistic Excellence: From the Past into the Future in the Lower Gallery This new exhibition celebrates Tennessee Artist’s Association 50th anniversary as the area’s oldest member-supported arts organization. TAA began with five members who met for coffee. Highlights of the first year included an art workshop and a Spring Show. By 1978, it had more than 230 members from 34 cities in Tennessee. Shows expanded in the 1980s to include Pigeon Forge, Chattanooga, Kingsport, Nashville, and Children’s Hospital Fantasy of Trees. The 1990s saw TAA’s continued interest in Betty Bullen social causes with shows supporting Children’s Hospital, the Scholastic Arts program for 7-12 grade students in 14 counties, and the sponsorship of a Boy Scout Explorer Post in the Arts. Monthly meetings - free and open to anyone - at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Knoxville include practical art demonstrations, discussions, and opportunities for individual artists to get involved in learning, community and shows. Guests are welcome to the TAA gallery and artist studio at the Emporium, Suite 106. New Work by Terra Madre: Women in Clay in the Upper Gallery Terra Madre is a juried group of women clay artists founded in the year 2000 by female ceramic artists in East Tennessee. Their mission is to support each other in their clay work, advance the appreciation of ceramics in Tina Curry East Tennessee, and encourage each other in the pursuit of their dreams as artists and as women. Terra Madre members are affiliated with many juried and professional arts organizations. Collectively, the group exhibits in several shows annually; individually, their work has been exhibited all across the country and can be found in galleries, shops, juried fine craft shows and fairs, and in many private art collections. Works by Sergio, Estefano, and Valeria Martínez & Héctor Saldivar in the Atrium Sergio Martínez Ávila and his children live and work in Cantarranas, Honduras. He has 34 years of professional experience with primitivism,


genre painting, and figurative art with exhibits in Europe, Asia, Canada, and Latin America. Estefano Martínez and his sister, Valeria, are emerging artists in their last year of high school. Both have exhibited work in Honduras, where they have participated in muralistic Sergio Martínez Ávila activities since 2019. Born in Mexico City in 1966, Héctor Saldivar began developing his artist talents later in life. He has participated in Casa HoLa events (part of HoLa Hora Latina) in Knoxville and the Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville. He is an alebrijes artist working mainly with papier-mâché and clay but also paints with acrylics and oils. Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical (fantasy/mythical) creatures. His art honors his Mexican roots. Foothills Craft Guild Fine Crafts in the Display Case Foothills Craft Guild is dedicated to encouraging the development and appreciation of arts and handicrafts of all types, promoting high standards of workmanship in handicrafts, conducting educational programs on handicrafts with all ages, sponsoring handicraft shows and demonstrations, and engaging in activities that contribute to the advancement, development, and appreciation of arts and handicrafts. Featuring work by more than 15 guild members, it highlights their upcoming Tennessee Showcase of Fine Artisans, Pam Harris November 4-6 at the Expo Center.

Jack Retterer: Languages of Art on the North Wall Art, in its purest form, often communicates deep and strong feelings, private thoughts, or shared events in the human experience. The Languages of Art is an exploration of these human experiences through both photographic and verbal artistic skills. Jack Retterer first created photography to be followed up with a poetic interpretation of each image. However, he soon began to write the poems first and then seek an ideal image to reinforce the feelings, thoughts, and shared events of the poem. Jack is a fine art photographer, teacher, and poet who is active in the arts community in East Tennessee. His American Impressionist style photography and large canvas prints have been on display throughout the area. Prior to his move to East Tennessee, Jack taught photography at Benedictine University in Illinois. Currently, he teaches Fine Art Photography at the University of Tennessee. The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. For more information, call 865-523-7543 or visit KnoxAlliance.com. Jack Retterer

re you interested in fine arts? New members always welcome! Monthly meetings include practical art demonstrations, discussions, and opportunities for artists to get involved in learning, community, and shows. Ongoing classes and workshops for beginners and intermediates in painting, introduction to photography, digital photography, and more! Many artistic disciplines are represented including watercolor, oil, ceramics, photography, pastels, mixed media, printmaking, and graphic design. Stop by our artists’ studio in downtown Knoxville at the Emporium Center, Studio 106 downstairs on the left from 11 am to 5 pm weekdays. Tennessee Artist’s Association • 865.888.5540 • TNArtistsAssociation • TNArtists.org

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SEE! DRAWING FROM LIFE Thursday, August 18, 6:30-8:30 pm CANNING 101 Saturday, August 27, 10 am-noon GUIDED NATURE WALK: MOSS Saturday, September 3, 10-11:30 am BEESWAX CANDLEMAKING Saturday, September 10, 11:30 am-2 pm Members get discounted rates for workshops and classes. Join today! Members help us keep the grounds and gardens open, safe, beautiful, and free to the public!

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AUGUST THROUGHOUT THE MONTH Currents: Women Artists from the KMA Collection at the Knoxville Museum of Art now through August 14. You Should Have Been There! 1982 World’s Fair 40th Anniversary at the Museum of East TN History through October 9.

AUGUST 6 East Tennessee’s Children’s Hospital Butterfly Run at World’s Fair Park from 8:30 am to 1 pm. Smoky Mountain Quilters’ Quilt Show #41 at the Knoxville Expo Center from 9 am to 4 pm. NPC Knox Classic at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 9 am and 5 pm. Summer Tours at the Tennessee Theatre at 11 am. Summer Movie Magic - Popular Picks: The Big Chill at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.

AUGUST 7 Summer Movie Magic - Family Fun: Mary Poppins at the Tennessee Theatre at 2 pm. Oak Ridge Community Band “Back to School” Concert at A.K. Bissell Park (1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike) at 7 pm. Free admission - bring chairs or blankets for outdoor seating.


Lawn Chair Concert Series at Founders Park in Farragut from 5 to 9 pm. Elevation Worship Summer Tour with Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm.

AUGUST 14 Old City Market on West Jackson Avenue from 11 am to 4 pm. Second Sunday Art Activity at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 1 to 4 pm. Hands-on art for K-6th grade. Second Sunday Docent Tour at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 2 to 3 pm. Brit Floyd at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

AUGUST 17 “Weird Al” Yankovic: Unfortunate Return of the Ill-Advised Vanity Tour at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

AUGUST 18 Concerts on the Square: Variety Third Thursdays on Market Square from 7 to 9 pm. Amy Grant at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.


Celebrating 8th of August at Mabry-Hazen House. Tours at 10:30 am, noon, and 1:30 pm. Reservations encouraged. 8th of August: East Tennessee’s Emancipation Day Brown Bag Lecture with William Isom II at the East Tennessee History Center from 12 to 1 pm.

Knox Food Fest at World’s Fair Park from 2 to 9 pm. Also the 20th from 11 am to 9 pm. Alive After Five at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Luke Bryan: Raised Up Right Tour at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm. Summer Movie Magic - Summer of Sound: The Song Remains the Same at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.



Tennessee Smokies vs Mississippi Braves at Smokies Stadium at 7:15 pm. Also the 10th-13th at 7:15 pm and 14th at 2 pm.

Fun with Farragut’s Fleet at Mayor Bob Leonard Park from 9 to 11 am. Kids can see and climb on big trucks and equipment.


Suffrage Coalition: A Vote of Her Own at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.


First Day for Knox County School Students

AUGUST 11 After-Hours at Zoo Knoxville from 5 to 8 pm. Also the 18th and 25th.

AUGUST 12 6th Annual Dog Daze at the Village Green Shopping Center in Farragut from 4 to 7 pm. Also the 13th and the 14th. Alive After Five at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Movies Under the Stars Shawshank Redemption at Ijams Nature Center. Doors open at 7 pm, movie begins at dark.

AUGUST 13 Ijams Hummingbird Festival: A Celebration of Wings at Ijams Nature Center from 7 am to 1 pm. Adult Field Day by Girls Inc. of Tennessee Valley at World’s Fair Park from 4 to 8 pm.

Summer Movie Magic - Popular Picks: Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.

AUGUST 21 Summer Movie Magic - Family Fun: The Princess Bride at the Tennessee Theatre at 2 pm.

AUGUST 23 Tennessee Smokies vs Rocket City Trash Pandas at Smokies Stadium at 7:15 pm. Also the 24th-27th at 7:15 pm and 28th at 2 pm.

AUGUST 26 4th Friday Jam: ETN Bluegrass Association downtown at the Knoxville Visitors Center from 5 to 7 pm. Movies Under the Stars Ghostbusters at Ijams Nature Center. Doors open at 7 pm, movie begins at dark.

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Lost Dog Street Band at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

AUGUST 27 Tennessee Vintage Base Ball: Knoxville Holstons vs Emmett Machinists of Knoxville at Historic Ramsey House at 1 pm. Sunset on Central (900 Central Street) from 4 to 10 pm. A free music festival! Lawn Chair Concert Series at Founders Park in Farragut from 5 to 9 pm. Little River Band at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. The Gatlin Brothers at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

AUGUST 28 9th Annual Knox Asian Festival at World’s Fair Park from 10 am to 6 pm. Shinedown: The Revolution’s Live Tour at Thompson Boling Arena at 7 pm. Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: NXT GEN Concert Series at Old City Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm.

AUGUST 29 Neko Case at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.

AUGUST 30 Pass the Mic: Creating a Stage for Change at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. PJ Morton at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: SEPTEMBER 2 First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. 7th Annual Ancient Sounds Festival: Celtic and Appalachian Outdoor Music Festival at Historic Ramsey House. Also the 3rd.

SEPTEMBER 4 Big Kahuna Wing Festival at World’s Fair Park from 3 to 9 pm. Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Showdown at the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm.

SEPTEMBER 5 Oak Ridge Community Band Labor Day Concert at A.K. Bissell Park (1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike) at 7 pm. Free admission - bring chairs or blankets for outdoor seating.

SEPTEMBER 6 Concerts on the Square: Jazz Tuesdays on Market Square at 7 pm.

SEPTEMBER 7 Resting Peacefully in the Smokies: Documenting the Veterans Buried in the GSM National Park, Brown Bag Lecture at East Tennessee History Center from 12 to 1 pm. Dawes & Bahamas at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm. All event dates and times subject to change.

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Flowers After Hours volunteers and their creations.


VERY WEEK for the last 13 years, Random Acts of Flowers has stayed focused and true to its mission to improve the emotional health and well-being of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering re-purposed flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness. Even with the challenging environment that we are all facing, we are still able to accomplish this mission with the hard work of our more than 350 dedicated volunteers, our numerous donors, and our committed Perennial Society members; however, we can always use more support to keep delivering hope to our community. Helping Random Acts of Flowers serve others can take many forms. Volunteering is a way that one can support our effort, and there is a variety of volunteering opportunities available, from volunteering

Volunteers engaged in a Day of Service.

to pick up donated flowers, to prepping donated flowers, to creating the bouquets, to delivering the completed bouquets. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, go to the volunteer section of our website at RAFKnoxville.org/volunteer. To make a financial donation to support Random Acts of Flowers’ mission, you can visit our website at RAFKnoxville.org and click on the “Donation” tab and make an online contribution, or you can mail a check to 2936 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921. Another way to financially support Random Acts of Flowers is to have your next private

celebration or team building event here at our workshop or at your facility. These events typically include an overview of Random Acts of Flowers and its mission, followed by a demonstration on how to create beautiful flower arrangements. Participants are then guided through the process of creating flower arrangements that will be delivered to individuals in local healthcare facilities. For more information on making a donation, having a Random Acts of Flowers event, or volunteering, please call us at 865-6339082, email us at info@RAFKnoxville.org, or visit our website at RAFKnoxville.org. August 2022



The Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection


NOXVILLE IS VERY fortunate to be home to the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection (not to be confused with the Frank H. McClung Museum, a wonderful museum on the campus of the University of Tennessee). The Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection is the local history and genealogy department of the Knox County Public Library and housed on the third floor of the East Tennessee History Center on Gay Street. The McClung is home to a large collection of regional history and historic documents and is a top-notch genealogy research library. Some of its resources include newspapers, maps, manuscripts, government records, books, historic photographs, free access to web-based genealogical databases, and that’s just the beginning. The McClung makes it easy for anyone to visit. It is open every day, but the times will differ depending on the day of the week. With helpful and friendly staff, fast service, and quiet corners to delve into a genealogy book or historic manuscript, anyone can find something to be excited about at the McClung. If you are starting to research your family’s genealogy or just have some spare time one day, plan a visit and take one of the free introduction to internet genealogy classes. Find out who lived in your house in 1925 or check out where your grandmother lived in the 1940 U.S. Census. Make a day of it, and while you’re downtown, have lunch on Market Square, shop for bulk candy at the Mast General Store, or see a show at the historic Tennessee Theatre. So many changes have been taking place in downtown Knoxville, and your research on local history at the McClung will most likely make you want to explore more of this historic area. For those wanting to explore the McClung online, they make it easy for you to look at historic images right from the comfort of your own home with its online digital collection. Spend hours hunting down historic images from Knoxville and East Tennessee. You can even purchase photos in a number of different ways. Our favorite collection is the Thompson Photograph Collection taken by Knoxville’s own professional photographer, Jim Thompson. This collection has an estimated 75,000 negatives, providing a visual legacy of Knoxville and East Tennessee from 1907 until 1960. Preservation printing of these negatives has been the major focus of the McClung Historical Collection for two decades. Jim Thompson (1881-1976) and his younger brother, Robin Thompson (1895-1977), were business



August 2022

Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection

partners from 1920 to 1926 as Thompson Brothers. Both men were pioneer commercial photographers. By the late 1920s, Jim’s (Jim Thompson Co.) and Robin’s (Robin Thompson, Inc.) photographs were appearing in local and national commercial publications. The next rainy day that has you looking for something to do, visit cmdc.knoxlib.org/ digital/collection and start exploring. The Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection is located on the third floor of the East Tennessee History Center, located at 601 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Open every day, admission is free to the public. For more information, call 865-215-8801 or visit KnoxCountyLibrary.org/Calvin-M-McClung-Collection. 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.

Enjoy More Outdoor Family Fun


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Reminding You to Not Let the Cat Out of the Bag So You Won’t Get the Cold Shoulder

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Business Note


DIOMS ARE defined as a group of words having a meaning not deducible from the individual words but instead established by usage. A recent article I came across was written to help new English speakers gain understanding of idioms that are frequently used in business and social situations - definitely not a piece of cake! This led to a search of a few common idiom phrases and their origins. “Close, but no cigar” comes from traveling fairs and carnivals in the 1800s. The prizes back then were targeted to adults, usually cigars or bottles of whiskey. If you missed the prize at a carnival game, the carnie folk would shout, “Close! But no cigar!” By the 1930s, the phrase had extended beyond the fairground to mean any situation that was a near miss. “Cold shoulder” is another one from the 1800s. If guests overstayed their welcome, the hosts would serve them a cold cut of shoulder meat (pork, mutton, or beef shoulder) - inferior in taste and the toughest part of the animal as a not so subtle signal that the meal was over and it was time for them to be on their way. It has morphed into any time your “friendliness” towards another has worn thin. “Pull out all the stops” is a common term for using all available resources to achieve a desired

result. This originally referred a pipe organ’s stop knobs, which are used to regulate the sound and volume. When the stops of the instrument are all pulled out, it opens the air flow to every pipe, which in turn makes the volume incredibly loud. “Let the cat out of the bag” came about in the 1700s when piglets were sold in the street markets and placed in bags. A common scam was to replace the paid for piglet with cat that was much less valuable. When a cat was let out of a bag, the fraud was revealed. Now it’s mainly used for those who divulge a secret too soon. “Chew the fat” was a common sailor’s term referring to the days when ships had to carry food that wouldn’t spoil. One of these was a tough, salted pork skin consisting largely of fat that would only be eaten if all other food was gone… the sailors often complained as they tried to consume these dregs of the food chain. Hence, this phrase for talking with no real purpose or outcome. Within all this, I often feel sorry for those trying to learn “American English” as a second language, because many times our words do not mean what the words mean! Thank goodness for LinkedIn, Reader’s Digest, Merriam Webster, and ESL teachers everywhere who are there to help wade through our sometimes strange language and phrases.

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August 2022

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