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are quite cold and frigid, so we’d bundle up and head out with our skates to the lake. There was a warming house where we could escape the cold or warm ourselves with a cup of hot chocolate. Many families enjoyed an evening of skating as Christmas music played, and we all enjoyed the season without cell phones or digital distractions. It was a simpler time when families turned off the TV, took time to wish friends and family a Merry Christmas, and make memories that would last a lifetime. Making memories like ice skating with friends and family is what I fondly remember about the season – not the gifts or the fruit cake but the people and the fun we had together. So I hope you make fond memories this Christmas season with your family that will be remembered for years. From all of us at Everything Knoxville, we wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

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HEN JONATHAN Bradshaw was growing

up in Mississippi, little could he have imagined that so many of his childhood experiences would lead to the entrepreneurial lifestyle that he now pursues. His father’s hardware store was a second home to both Jonathan and his younger sister. They used to head directly to the store immediately after school to either complete their homework assignments or work alongside their father, which was often the case. Jonathan later discovered that working in the family’s second enterprise, a quick oil change business, further helped him to understand the need to work together as a team member and to provide the highest level of customer service possible in order to successfully differentiate their family owned company from the competition. After completing his education in dentistry at Louisiana State University’s School of Dentistry in 2007, Jonathan completed his General Practice Residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in 2009 and continued at UT as an instructor in the school’s hospital residency program. Applying many of the same success principles he learned early on from his father, Jonathan launched his successful medical practice, Heritage Family Dentistry, first in Lenoir City and then in Farragut in 2017. The Heritage Family Dentistry team of medical professionals has earned a reputation for excellence by offering their patients the highest level of experienced and compassionate care combined with today’s state-of-the-art technology, honesty, and integrity. Everything Knoxville is excited to present this recent interview with Dr. Jonathan Bradshaw, DDS. EK: I’m sure many of our readers are interested in just what led you to pursue a career in family dentistry.



Jonathan: Growing up I was always interested in the medical field but wasn’t sure which area of medicine I wanted to pursue. After shadowing many different types of physicians, dentists, and surgeons, it became apparent that dentistry provided all of the things I was interested in for my career. As a dentist, I am able to build and maintain patient relationships, I utilize daily my clinical and surgical skills as I care for my patients, and there are many opportunities for me to serve those in need within the community and in the mission field. Family dentistry was the perfect fit. EK: How have your personal experiences in your father’s family businesses helped prepare you to launch and operate your medical practice? Jonathan: In dental school, we are not prepared and taught how to be business owners. We are superbly trained to be clinicians, but there are no classes on how to manage associates or provide the highest levels of customer service. Having grown up watching my father run his own small businesses, I saw firsthand the sacrifices, hard work, and dedication it took to own and operate a customer service-oriented business. I witnessed the day-to-day demands and satisfactions of managing employees, caring for clients, and meeting the needs of the public, all of which helped to equip me to build a patient-focused, family dental practice, where the highest levels of service and quality care are our first priorities. EK: How has being a husband and father of four youngsters better prepared you to succeed in the field of family dentistry? Jonathan: My family is a priority to me. It is a value instilled in me by my parents and one that my wife, Casey, and I aspire to every day. We have four children ranging from 4 to 10 years old. Understanding Photos by Ben Finch

the family dynamic helps me to better relate to the various people that come into our practice. Each person in a family is an individual. Just as each relationship within a family requires getting to know that person and his or her needs, we are committed to listening to and understanding each and every patient. There is no successful cookiecutter system for caring for people. At Heritage Family Dentistry, our goal is to build genuine relationships with each patient, addressing their individual needs and desires. EK: Describe briefly the services you offer at Heritage Family Dentistry in Farragut. Jonathan: We offer all aspects of general dentistry, ranging from dental implants and cosmetic dentistry to fillings, crowns, dentures, routine cleanings, and treatment for gum disease. We also provide sedation dentistry for patients who have anxiety regarding dental treatment. As a family practice, we see patients of all ages. EK: Patients that are new to Heritage Family Dentistry frequently offer positive comments on your friendly and attentive team of dental care providers. Just how important is your team to the patient’s experience? Jonathan: I couldn’t do what I do without my team. Each team member exemplifies the values that are important to making this practice successful. Every one of them truly cares about our patients and seeks to make them feel at home while providing the highest quality of personalized care. EK: One area of dentistry that you specialize in is the partial or full replacement of teeth resulting from injury, dental abnormalities, disease, or decay. What options do you offer patients that are experiencing one or more of these challenges? Jonathan: I offer a multitude of services to provide restorations, including partial dentures, crowns, and bridges. However, dental implants are one of the most effective ways to restore a patient’s smile and quality of life. Implants are the closest thing that man has developed that is capable of replacing our God-given natural teeth. EK: Can these alternatives that you’ve outlined be used for aesthetic purposes as well? Jonathan: Absolutely! Dental implants and the other restoration techniques we offer can be used to restore and enhance a patient’s smile. EK: Tell us a little more about dental implants. Why are they regarded as superior to dentures? Jonathan: Dental implantation is a process where teeth are securely fastened in the mouth by anchoring them to the jawbone. Implants are superior because they provide greater stability and comfort in chewing, speaking, and smiling and offer a higher level of

confidence that you most likely will not experience with traditional, removable dentures. EK: How can our readers best determine if they are a candidate for dental implants or the other options you offer? Jonathan: Patients can determine if they are a candidate by scheduling a consultation at our office. During this process, we will evaluate their overall health, perform an exam of their mouth, and evaluate the quality of their jaw bones with our state-of-the-art 3D CT x-ray. EK: Heritage Family Dentistry also offers patients several other exciting opportunities to take full advantage of the full range of services you offer. Tell our readers about your Dentistry Membership Club for those of us who might not have dental insurance and the special financing options available for more patient involved dental procedures. Jonathan: Heritage Family Dentistry offers a loyalty membership program where patients pay for their routine, preventative care via low monthly payments. As a member, they receive a 15% loyalty discount on all procedures. We also offer low-interest and interestfree payment options via Care Credit and Lending Club. EK: How can our readers learn more about Heritage Family Dentistry? Jonathan: Readers can always visit our website at www.hfdsmiles. com. We would also love for them to come by for a tour of our practice and meet our team. EK: In closing, is there anything else you would like to add? Jonathan: I am truly blessed to be able to care for many wonderful patients, and I look forward to many more years of building relationships within our community.

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Company will present the annual holiday tradition The Nutcracker in their 46th anniversary season. The production features live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. The Appalachian Ballet Company will present four public shows: December 2 at 7:30 pm and December 3 at 3 pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium AND December 8 at 7:30 pm and December 9 at 3 pm at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. Dancing the role of the Nutcracker Prince will be dancer David Ward, who trained at English National Ballet School and most recently danced with Ballet Met in Ohio. This international guest artist will be partnering ballerina Laura Morton, the Sugarplum Fairy, formerly with The Atlanta Ballet. This year’s production will include several new pieces of choreography featuring guests artists Addison Ector from Complexions, a New York-based dance company, as the Snow King and Jeff Wolfe as Herr Drosselmeyer. Owen Scarlett from Chicago will dance the role of the Arabian Prince. New sets, props, and costumes will bring the charming and spellbinding production to life. For more than 100 years, this classic story has proven to be a favorite, enchanting audiences of all ages. Come see the magic with lavish scenery, glorious tutus, soldiers, snowflakes, and sugar plums at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium or The Clayton Center for the Arts. For tickets, visit www., or call the Clayton Center for the Arts at 865-981-8590.



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D o l l ywo o d ’s S m o ky M o u n t a i n Christmas presented by Humana celebrated its 10th consecutive victory in Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards. Once guests experience the park’s festive holiday atmosphere for themselves, they understand why Dollywood has earned the award for the last decade. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas (now through Jan. 1st) kicks off the holiday season with its signature light displays, family-favorite shows, delectable food, and warm Christmas spirit. The awe-inspiring Parade of Many Colors returns for its second season, while traditional holiday performances – including Christmas in the Smokies and It’s a Wonderful Life – and four million festive lights delight guests during this lively festival. “There is no time of the year that is more special to me than Christmas,” said Dolly Parton. “Some of the best memories of my life are from my time spent with family and friends celebrating Christmas together. It’s when we all come together to enjoy sweet traditions and the warm love of family and to have those special experiences we’ll always remember. “Now when we were growing up, we never could have imagined millions of Christmas lights or even a life-size Rudolph. But I know the families who come to visit my Dollywood this Christmas will leave with wonderful memories they’ll treasure forever – just like me and my family.” Dollywood, which earned its ninth consecutive Golden Ticket Award for Best Shows, continues to provide guests with 10


classic Christmas entertainment that brings the holidays to life! Based on the timeless holiday story of love and generosity, It’s a Wonderful Life follows small town businessman George Bailey as he discovers the true value of life, family, and friends with a little help from his guardian angel, Clarence. One of Dollywood’s greatest entertainment offerings, Christmas in the Smokies, returns to D.P.’s Celebrity Theater and serves as the headline show for the festival. Guests can celebrate the joy of the season while a cast of singers and dancers performs hometown holiday favorites accompanied by a band of live musicians! After a successful debut season in 2016, the crowd-favorite Parade of Many Colors returns to celebrate the fun, faith, family, and harmony of the holiday season. The parade features whimsical floats, interactive characters, and a heart-warming, cheerful message for Dollywood guests to enjoy. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the beloved Christmas television special, again comes to life at Dollywood this season. Guests can meet Rudolph and his friends, including Clarice, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, and Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph’s Holly Jolly ™ Junction, a magical area where festive fun awaits. After meeting Rudolph and his friends, families can head to Clarice’s kitchen to decorate custom Christmas cookies or even take part in a few reindeer games! Dollywood’s entertainment features several other beloved shows this season, including An Appalachian Christmas, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, O’ Holy Night, My People, and Christmas with The Kingdom Heirs. Guests also can experience Santa Land, a

whimsical workshop where the smallest guests can share their wish list with Kris Kringle. Families can finish their visit with a traditional Christmas meal as several of Dollywood’s menus feature holiday-themed items. Among the new offerings this year is the Thanksgiving Feast sandwich – a ciabatta roll filled with cornbread dressing, slices of oven-roasted turkey breast, topped with cranberry sauce and served with sweet potato tater tots. Returning favorites include turkey and dressing, Christmas ham, chicken and dumplings, Cornish hens, center cut pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, hot flavored drinks like wassail, Mayfield hot chocolate and cider, and much more. Holiday desserts available throughout the park include gingerbread man cookies, red velvet and pumpkin spice funnel cakes. Smoky Mountain Christmas guests can upgrade a paid one-day admission ticket to a regular 2018 season pass for as low as $30 (plus tax when buying four or more). Ticket purchasers receive credit for the value of a regular one-day ticket ($69) toward the purchase of a 2018 season pass. A season pass purchased during Smoky Mountain Christmas provides unlimited admission to this year’s Christmas festival along with Dollywood’s entire 2018 season. Additionally, for each child’s season pass purchased, families will receive a copy of Parton’s newest children’s album, “I Believe in You.” (A one-day ticket is valid for upgrade on the day of visit only.) For more information, including operating days and hours, daily show schedule, and more helpful tips to help plan a visit, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit www.

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N BEHALF of Svetlana, me, and our children, we would like to thank each of you for both your support and encouragement. You have helped us to make our American dream a reality. We are truly grateful not only for the freedoms we enjoy, but also for the opportunity we have to contribute to our nation. I think often of my grandfather, who taught me the wood craftsmanship skills practiced for centuries in Europe that we relied on to launch European Fine Hardwood Floors. I am also grateful to him for instilling in me a strong work and family ethic, honesty, and integrity. At European Fine Hardwood Floors, we have combined the woodworking skills I began learning from my childhood with the latest state-ofthe-art technologies that allow us to offer homeowners a hardwood flooring experience that is totally unique in today’s flooring marketplace. The European Fine Hardwood Floors experience begins with a total commitment to quality. Whether you are installing a new hardwood floor or replacing or refinishing an existing hardwood floor, you will discover not only this commitment, but also a

Joseph Falsetti with his mom, Rosemary Falsetti, and Valera Tomescu dust-free experience. There is also one other way that we are unique in the industry. We are one of the very few hardwood f looring contractors recognized by Bona, the world’s most recognized and respected name in the hardwood finishing industry, as Certified Bona Craftsmen. The Certified Bona Craftsmen designation is much coveted and earned by very few individuals in our industry. Using the patented Bona dust-free system, we are able to safely and efficiently remove all dust commonly associated with hardwood f looring refinishing with our high-volume vacuums placed outside your home and connected to our equipment to remove all the dust that homeowners asso-

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E L F O N T H E S H E L F ® is a magical Christmas tradition recognized in households around the world. Once again, magical Scout Elves will be sent from the North Pole by Santa and will land in Knoxville to be adopted by three dozen downtown Knoxville businesses. Families are invited to explore downtown and find where these little Scout Elves have landed each night for a fun-filled, holiday scavenger hunt. The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a magical story about how Santa’s Scout Elves help him manage his naughty and nice lists. Once a Scout Elf is adopted and named, the elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa about the day’s adventures. Each morning the Scout Elf returns to its family (or in this case, downtown Knoxville) and perches in a different place to watch the festive fun. The number one best-selling book, which has sold more than 11 million copies across the globe, was written by mother-daughter duo Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. Aebersold, a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, is delighted that Knoxville will again host this community-wide The Elf on the Shelf® scavenger hunt. “We’re looking forward to The Elf on the Shelf Adventure adding to the magic of the season and helping create fun family memories in downtown Knoxville,” she said. Scout Elves began landing in Knoxville to begin the scavenger hunt on November 24th. Children of all ages are invited to pick up a North Pole Pass at any of the participating businesses to help guide them through the adventure. There will be fun, treats, and prizes along the way until the Scout Elves return to the North Pole on January 7th. Lucky for Knoxville, Santa granted these Scout Elves special permission to spend some extra time in the city after Christmas. Mast General Store, the downtown Knoxville Santa-Approved Scout Elf Adoption Center, along with the Downtown Knoxville Central Business Improvement District (CBID) and Visit Knoxville, are sponsoring the fun, which is part of a jam-packed, season-long, holiday schedule of events in downtown Knoxville. Information about the scavenger hunt can be found at Information about all that’s happening in downtown Knoxville this holiday season can be found at City-wide events can be found at www.

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URING THE COURSE of 48 hours, as many as 20 floral donations – from weddings, events, memorial services, and grocery stores – can be transformed into more than 100 beautiful bouquets. These bouquets will be delivered to individuals in area hospitals, assisted living facilities, hospice care centers, and community health organizations. The key to the swift journey from donation to delivery: Dozens of dedicated Random Acts of Flowers (RAF) volunteers. The bouquets created by their efforts spread joy to recipients, and medical research shows that a positive attitude quickens the healing time associated with illness. There are many ways to get involved with RAF. Volunteers can pick up floral and vase donations, deconstruct donated floral arrangements, create beautiful bouquets, assist with workshop organization, process donated vases, and assist at special events. Many groups and organizations will hold vase drives; to date, RAF has recycled more than 91,000 vases! “The volunteers are the heart of this mission,” said Mandie Thacker Beeler, Program Director. “Each one shares a bit of themselves with the recipient, whether it’s by washing vases, deconstructing a

Volunteers Denise Vermeulen, Connie Gates, Fran Scheidt, and Claire Eldridge help wash vases in the workshop

Volunteers from WOW Urban Ministries volunteer each summer to help clean and organize the RAF workshop

floral donation, arranging flowers for a new bouquet, or spending a moment visiting with a recipient during the delivery.” During this season of giving, we hope you find a way to get involved with RAF’s mission and share with others. RAF has delivered more than 80,000 bouquets in Knoxville, and each delivery is a special, unexpected moment of kindness. The impact is felt not only by recipients, but also by family members, nurses, facility staff members, and many more. “As a volunteer at Random Acts of Flowers, I thought I would only be ‘delivering ’ kindness, which is a reward in itself, but I have received kindness directly from staff and other volunteers,” said Anetha Grant, RAF volunteer. “We really care about one

another, and what a bonus it is to work with so many smiling volunteers!” To donate or learn more about how to get involved with Random Acts of Flowers, call 865-633-9082 or visit Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and well-being of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness.

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The Grainger Foundation Supports Ijams Nature Center, Inc. T HE GRAINGER FOUNDATION, an independent, private foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois, donated $10,000 to Ijams Nature Center, Inc. in support of the nature center’s new Nature Preschool, which is scheduled to open August 2018. The preschool will focus on helping children develop a solid foundation for lifelong learning while cultivating a love of nature that will serve as the basis for a conservation ethic later in life. “This grant will allow Ijams to prepare the Miller Building and its grounds on the Ijams family’s original homesite to become a place for children ages three to five to explore and learn about nature,” said Amber Parker, Ijams Executive Director. “Our goal is for these preschoolers to spend 80% of their time outdoors. Part of this grant will be used to purchase desks, chairs, and supplies, but the majority will go toward funding a nature play area and renovating the building’s deck to provide a space for outdoor education activities. We are extremely grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.” The new Nature Preschool will offer a morning and an afternoon session five days a

(L to R) W.W. Grainger, Inc. Operations Manager, Renee Trexler; Ijams Education Director, Jennifer Roder; W.W. Grainger, Inc. Sales Specialist, Jeff Stewart; and Ijams Executive Director, Amber Parker week for up to 18 children per session. Ijams also plans to offer a morning-only Nature Preschool Summer Camp prior to the school’s fall opening to allow younger children to experience an age-appropriate version of its Nature Adventure Day Camp.

Ijams will host open houses on December 7 and December 12 from 5 to 7 pm for individuals interested in learning more about the new Nature Preschool, 2018 summer camps, and other activities at the nature center. This donation was recommended by Renee Trexler, Operations Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s Knoxville location. Grainger has been a part of the Knoxville business community for more than 60 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products. The Grainger Foundation was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc. Ijams Nature Center is a non-profit, 315acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities, and walks of life. Located just three miles from downtown Knoxville, Ijams features 12 miles of hiking and mixed-use trails, a public access river dock, swimming, boating, biking, and more. The Ijams grounds and trails are open every day from 8 am until dusk. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 865-577-4717 or visit

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often part of celebrations, but for those looking for a healthier holiday, it can feel like you must choose between your nutrition goals and the foods you love. Swearing off your favorite seasonal foods could make you feel like a Scrooge, but a few simple cooking and entertaining hacks will let you enjoy the treats you love while keeping your health top of mind. Amazing appetizers It might seem counterintuitive, but eating before a big meal can be a smart step for healthy living. Try creating a crudité platter with a variety of fresh veggies. If you make dip, swap mayonnaise and sour cream for Greek yogurt, which provides similar flavor and texture without the calories. Fill up on this healthy pre-meal snack and you’ll eat less during dinnertime. Better baking Replace half the sugar in baking recipes with Stevia In The Raw Bakers Bag, a zero calorie sweetener made with extracts from the sweet leaves of the stevia plant. By keeping half of the regular sugar, you still achieve the proper browning, rising, and caramelizing only sugar can provide, but the swap allows you to cut calories without sacrificing sweetness. In fact, up to 700 calories are saved for every cup of



sugar that is swapped out. Baking with Stevia In The Raw Bakers Bag is a simple hack for baking any time of year, as it is formulated so that 1 cup has the same sweetness as 1 cup of sugar, so no conversion is needed. Great gravy Gravy is a staple at holiday feasts, but it’s also heavy in calories and fat. If you’re making homemade gravy, try putting it into the refrigerator before serving. As gravy chills, the fat collects at the top and you can skim it off before re-warming and serving to guests. When eating, resist the urge to dump gravy over everything on your plate. A light drizzle on potatoes and meat provides plenty of flavor. Petite plates One of the simplest healthy entertaining tricks has nothing to do with food and more to do with psychology. Whether you use a big or small plate, people tend to fill the whole thing up. So instead of those grand china dishes, use moderately sized plates, and you’ll likely end up eating less. Your eyes will see a full plate, and your belly will be satisfied. Have you been tasked with creating a holiday dessert but want a healthier option that will still please everyone’s sweet tooth? Be inspired by this recipe that features two classic holiday flavors: Chocolate and peppermint.

Chocolate Peppermint Truffle Tart Ingredients:

Cookie Crust

» 9 ounces chocolate wafer cookies » 5 tablespoons butter, melted » 1 tablespoon Sugar In The Raw » 1 tablespoon Stevia In The Raw

Chocolate-Peppermint Filling

» 12 ounces unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped » 5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes » 1 1/4 cup heavy cream » 3/4 cup Sugar In The Raw » 3/4 cup Stevia In The Raw » 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Whipped Cream

» 1/2 cup heavy cream » 2 teaspoons Sugar In The Raw » 1 teaspoon Stevia In The Raw Preparation: Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9-inch round springform pan with removable bottom and sides. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse chocolate cookies until fine. Transfer to a bowl and stir in melted butter, Sugar In The Raw, and Stevia In The Raw until well combined. Press mixture into bottom and up the sides of pan. Bake crust until firm, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. In a medium bowl, add chocolate and butter. In a small saucepan, bring cream, Sugar In The Raw, and Stevia In The Raw to a boil, whisking constantly until Sugar In The Raw and Stevia In The Raw are completely dissolved. Pour cream over the chocolate and butter and whisk until chocolate has melted. Stir in peppermint and pour into crust. Chill at least one hour. In a large bowl, beat cream, Sugar In The Raw, and Stevia In The Raw on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve tart. Slice tart, top with whipped cream, and dust with cocoa powder.

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Let’s Celebrate the Holidays Together!


LEASE JOIN the staff and fellow friends for elle BOUTIQUE’s Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 14, from 10 am to 8 pm. We will be in full on Christmas mode serving up some fun holiday cocktails, making wish lists, gift wrapping, and featuring several designers who have the best gift items around! Stacey Setzer, artist of Stacey Martin Creative, will be in store with her newest art and handpainted Christmas ornaments. She has been featured on HGTV for her talented designs, and we are so excited to have her in store. Stacey’s artwork is the perfect addition to any home, and at friendly prices, making them tempting to buy multiples for you, as well as gifts for others. Her ceramic painted ornaments are full of festive colors that brighten up any tree and make the cutest stocking stuffers, as well as the perfect toppers for gifts!

Christmas CandlelightTours December 9 • 4–8 pm • Marble Springs


ARBLE SPRINGS State Historic Site is proud to present Christmas Candlelight Tours on Saturday, December 9, from 4 to 8 pm. Experience the historic site through the soft glow of candlelight. The historic buildings will be decorated with fresh greenery and lanterns. Music, open hearth cooking, baked goods, and warm drinks will set your heart aglow with holiday spirit. Details are subject to change. Admission is a suggested $3 donation. All activities take place at Marble Springs State Historic Site, located at 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway in Knoxville. For more information, call 865-573-5508, email, or visit www.

We will also have an exclusive holiday collection designed by Melody Vintage Jewelry that will make someone especially happy this Christmas. Her collection is created with pave diamonds, hand cut leather, one-of-a-kind vintage pendants, and other unique pieces that are unlike any other artist on the market. Most excitingly she will be offering a special sale for holiday shoppers in store on this day only, so come take advantage of it while you can! Other designers we are highlighting on this festive day are our all-natural skin care lines – Babescrub and Herbivore – known for their soothing face masks, body oils, body scrubs, and more; Shashi jewelry – perfect price points for teacher and friend gifts; Eberjey sleep shirts and pajama sets that anyone is sure to love; and a special holiday sale rack of up to 50% off, featuring your most beloved designers like Autumn Cashmere, Trina Turk, Brochu Walker, Pam and Gela, Kule, Velvet, Krisa, and more. We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you during our extended hours on December 14th from 10 am to 8 pm. Keep up with our other new arrivals and store happenings by signing up for our email list on our website at www.


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Warm Some Very Special Hearts This Christmas BY JES SE BOLING, OWNER OF CH INTERIORS & GIF TS



mas gifts for those very special people on your holiday shopping list can become a daunting task, especially if you’re looking for those unique gifts that will be remembered for years to come and not the generic gifts you typically find at the “big box” stores. At CH Interiors & Gifts, you’ll discover some of the most amazing and beautiful holiday gifts you could imagine. Personally selected by me, these unique gifts include items that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Discover holiday home décor, exquisitely designed Christmas tree ornaments, holiday garland, seasonal indoor and outdoor wreaths, holiday figurines, gourmet holiday foods, trees, florals, a huge selection of scented and realistic flame-free candles, assorted gifts, and much more, all carefully chosen to make this Christmas holiday one that friends and family will remember for many years to come.

During your visit, be sure to sample our awardwinning Mulling Spice Apple Cider and our award-winning Raspberry Jalapeño Jam served over cream cheese, which we have sold more than 12,000 jars of in just the last three years, and the many other tasty gourmet treats we feature at CH Interiors & Gifts. Be sure to visit our Crabtree & Evelyn display to discover their latest selection of all-natural bath and body skin care products, which make great stocking stuffers. We offer a variety of holiday gift baskets for you to select from, or we can create your very own specialty gift basket designed to fit your budget from items that you select in our store. We also offer special layaway and gift certificates for all occasions. You’ll also be eligible to win one of our many door prizes, as well as take advantage of our unadvertised in-store specials featured throughout the store. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for December 5th from 6 to 8 pm for our special Holiday Wine & Cheese event, where you’ll experience the sights, sounds, and fragrances reminiscent of your favorite Christmases past and where you’ll be treated just like one of our family. Discover the gift of warming hearts this Christmas season at CH Interiors & Gifts.


Candlelight Tour

December 10 • 6–8 pm • Ramsey House


CH Interiors & Gifts

12556 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37934 865.288.7887

NCE A YEAR we decorate our home with natural greens, colorful fresh fruits, and nuts in the manner that it would have been decorated in 1797 by the Ramsey family. We fill the home with candles and open our doors to the public for a tour. The Visitor’s Center will offer holiday treats, the sweet sounds of children’s chorus, and Santa Claus ready to hear the wishes of the children that have been very good all year. This is a free event, and the public is invited. Donations are always appreciated to help support educational programming.

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Best in Show, Zheng Wu, 12th Grade, Baylor School, Gouache, Overlapped Providence, Art Teacher Betsy Carmichael

Best in Painting, Jessica Ilgner, 12th Grade, Lenoir City High School, Watercolor, I Know You Have A Heavy Heart, Art Teacher Susanne Tyler

Best in Middle School, Grace Sivak, 6th Grade, Montgomery Ridge Intermediate, Chalk & Glue, Crazy Face, Art Teacher Debra Allen

The Knoxville Museum of Art Presents the 2017 East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition


H E K N O X V I L L E Museum of Art and the Tennessee Art Education Association present the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition now through January 14, 2018. Now in its 12th year, the exhibition offers middle and high school students from around East Tennessee the opportunity to participate in a juried exhibition and to display their talents and be honored for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment.   Students, family, friends, and the public are invited to a reception and awards ceremony on Tuesday, December 5, from 6 to 8 pm at the Knoxville Museum of Art. The

event is free and open to the public. The East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is open to students in grades 6-12, attending public, private, or home schools in 32 counties across East Tennessee. Fewer than a third (349) of the more than 1,073 entries in this highly competitive show made it through a rigorous jury process. The best-in-show winner will receive a purchase award of $500, and the artwork will become a permanent part of the collection of Mr. James Dodson, on loan to the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Education Collection. Since 2005, the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition has presented the work of nearly 4,000 students who have

Best in Photography, Leah Montgomery, 12th Grade, Maryville High School, Photography, Conformity, Art Teacher Dr. Jeanie Parker



competed for a total of $7 million in scholarships made available to eligible juniors and seniors by colleges and universities from around the nation. About The Knoxville Museum of Art The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit

Best in Computer Graphics, Carter Coughlin, 12th Grade, Webb School of Knoxville, Photography, Cosmic Café, Art Teacher Sharon Mann

Bobby Todd FOR ALL YOUR Knoxville HOLIDAY NEEDS For All Your J G D Holiday Needs



OBBY TODD Knoxville, located at 4514 Old Kingston Pike in the iconic UP and Down Gas Station, is your one-stop shopping center for all your holiday needs. Bobby Todd offers a wide variety of holiday décor, gifts for everyone on your shopping list, and everything you need to host your holiday parties. Whether you need a beautiful wreath for your front door, unique ornaments for your Christmas tree, or a beautiful holiday centerpiece for your table, Bobby Todd has you covered. Unique jewelry from GYPSY, Julie Vos, and Mary James make wonderful gifts, as well as a wide selection of scarves, fragrant candles, books, luxurious soaps, lotions, pillows, lamps, and accessories for every room in your home. Please note that Bobby Todd Knoxville is hosting Jeanette Simon of GYPSY jewelry on Thursday evening, December 14, from 3 to 7 and continuing on Friday and Saturday, December 15 and 16, from 10 to 5 each day. GYPSY jewelry is handmade jewelry from artisans in Istanbul, and each piece is inspired by the history of the Ottoman Empire.



4514 Old Kingston Pike in Knoxville 865-249-6612 • Open Monday - Saturday 10-5

GYPSY Jewelry Trunk Show Thursday, December 14, 3-7 Friday, December 15, 10-5 Saturday, December 16, 10-5 Bobby Todd continues to have the most unique selection of whimsical and vintage-inspired Christmas decorations featuring Lori Mitchell, Shiny Brite, Byer’s Choice Carolers, Cody Foster, Bethany Lowe, and Joe Spencer. Each of these artists has introduced new collections this year so you can add to your current collection. Bobby Todd also offers holiday scented candles from Nest, Aunt Sadies, and Votivo. Visit Bobby Todd Knoxville Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5 daily for all your holiday needs!

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4514 Old Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919 865.249.6612

December 19 • 7:30 pm • Bijou Theatre


IM BRICKMAN HAS transformed the genre of solo piano music with his original pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations. His extraordinary keyboard skills have earned him 21 number one albums and 32 Top 20 radio singles in Billboard magazine. He’s garnered two Grammy nominations, gospel music’s Dove Award, two SESAC Songwriter of the Year Awards, and the Canadian Country Music Award. He also has a music scholarship named for him by his alma mater, the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. Brickman has sold eight million albums worldwide. He’s written three best-selling books, starred in four TV concert specials, and is in the 20th season of hosting radio’s popular “The Jim Brickman Show.” “Hope,” “Faith,” and “Peace” are truly at the heart of Brickman’s passionate songwriting. “I write music to be shared – to soothe, to inspire, to celebrate, to love. To me, music is the pure and simple soundtrack to life’s most memorable moments.”

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Rediscover the Magic of Christmases Past BY VICKIE SAL ADIN, OWNER OF GALLERY ON MAIN



approach, it becomes increasingly obvious to each of us that time is passing faster than we could ever had imagined. Thanksgiving has already passed, and Christmas will arrive in three weeks. There is so much to get accomplished, not to mention shopping for all of those loved ones on our holiday shopping list. I would personally like to invite each of you to join us in Sweetwater for two very special days of holiday shopping for friends and family as we host our First Annual Cookie Crawl in historic downtown Sweetwater. The “Cookie Crawl” offers you a unique opportunity to join us for two exciting days of holiday shopping in our historic downtown shopping district on Friday, December 8th, from 5 to 8 pm and all day on Saturday, December 9th, for this all-new event. You are invited to browse in each of our shops and boutiques in Sweetwater, where each will present you with several tasty holiday cookies. At the end of the evening on Friday or Saturday, you will find yourself returning home with at least a dozen holiday Christmas cookies, just for shopping with us, in addition to some great holiday gifts that you won’t find at the mall or “big box” stores. It promises to be lots of family friendly fun, so please plan on joining us when we transform Christmas shopping to a time of excitement and holiday wonder. Merry Christmas and seasons greetings on behalf of all of us at Gallery on Main in historic downtown Sweetwater.

Gallery on Main

109 Morris Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.7400

December 19 • 3 & 7 pm • Tennessee Theatre


ELEBRATE THIS CHRISTMAS with the experience taking North America by storm! Marking the 25th North American Anniversary Tour in 2017, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production values and world-class Russian artists. Larger than life puppets and nesting dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life. Gather the family and see why the press raves “Knock Out!” (New York Times) and “Christmas Cheer!” (LA Times).

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First Annual

Cookie Crawl December 8 • 5-8 pm December 9 • All Day Historic Downtown Sweetwater

Best Wishes for a Joyous Christmas & A Prosperous New Year

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Flower Shop and Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant would like to wish each of you a merry and blessed Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. We would also like to take this time to express our heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of you for your continued support and encouragement throughout the years. The Christmas season is a very special time of the year when we transform our entire two floors into a winter wonderland showcase that we look forward to sharing with you and your family. We would like to personally invite each of you to share our special holiday wonderland all throughout the month of December. You’ll find it truly magical and inspiring, and it’s also our way of saying thank you to all of our faithful customers and friends. Please come and share this most special time of the year with us. Our shop has a spectacular selection of Christmas wreaths and table arrangements, as well as holiday home décor, Christmas ornaments, and gifts. You’ll also discover hundreds of floral arrangements and wreaths, all designed and handmade by me personally, along with a large selection of beautiful gifts, including ladies’ apparel, scarves, designer handbags, designer-inspired jewelry, home décor items, and much more that will make perfect holiday gifts even for that person on your holiday shopping list that seems to have everything. Also, Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant is the perfect venue for sharing the holiday spirit with friends and family. With limited holiday seating, please call 423-371-4100 to make reservations and for special holiday hours. We have finished stocking our University of Tennessee room with all new merchandise for the Big Orange fans on your Christmas list, so be sure to visit our “Big Orange” display area. Not sure what to buy that special person on your Christmas list? How about a gift certificate to Sweetwater Flower Shop? Gift certificates make great holiday gifts. During December, please be sure to stop by. We look forward to your visit and for the opportunity to share our holiday greetings and a bit of cheer with each and every one of you.

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December 30 at 2:30 & 7:30 pm • December 31 at 1:30 pm Tennessee Theatre


LF THE MUSICAL is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child

who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf.

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Enjoy the Season and Discover a New You for 2018



is without a doubt the most exciting holiday of the year for most of us. Christmas brings friends and family members together to celebrate this most festive occasion, creating experiences that last a lifetime. Colorful decorations, holiday music, family gatherings, midnight services, and gift giving are just a small part of the Christmas experience. And how about all the tasty food? Ahhh! There are the turkey and the ham, cranberries, mountains of mashed and sweet potatoes, pecan and pumpkin pies, and Christmas cookies. And then there are the calories. If there are any regrets at all about the holidays, it’s the extra inches we add on through New Year’s. And if you add those inches onto the inches you might have already needed to lose, the problem compounds itself. Well, fortunately, there’s a solution that may fit in quite well with your resolutions for the New Year. The solution is CoolSculpting®. At The Face Place™ in nearby Farragut, we offer our clients the opportunity to reduce

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To the Men in the Lives of Our Lily Pad Customers

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#10: One size fits all! #9: She gets to choose the pieces she really wants! #8: It’s always in style! #7: We gift wrap beautifully! #6: We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, checks, or even cash! #5: We’re a phone call away at 423-337-5537! #4: We deliver or ship! #3: She’ll love multiples of these! #2: She’ll be impressed you remembered her favorite store! #1: Best of all, along with our gift certificate comes our heartfelt appreciation for your business and wishes for a joyous holiday season with the woman in your life! The Lily Pad Boutique 209 N. Main Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.5537 Mon-Sat: 10am-5:30pm

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The Black Lillies:

ROCK & ROULETTE December 30 & 31 • 8:30 pm • Bijou Theatre whirlwind year touring the country and internationally, The Black FLillies return ahome for a two-night run at their favorite venue in the country. RESH OFF

The spectacular acoustics and intimate setting of the Bijou set the tone for an unforgettable end to 2017. On December 30, you’ll experience them as you never have before, as a roulette wheel takes center stage and the songs are left up to chance in a loose, interactive, and laidback show where not even the band knows what songs will be played! On December 31, The Black Lillies will ring in the New Year with an electrified performance of fan favorites and brand new tunes, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Also, join the guys on New Year’s Day for the 2nd Annual Hangover Bowl – a bowling party with the band at downtown’s Maple Hall. A Gold Pass will give you access to both shows plus the Hangover Bowl.

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ANY OF US have had near identical conversations with our

family doctor when reviewing the results of our latest annual physical examination. We’ve added a few extra pounds since our last exam, our blood pressure is slightly elevated, and our bad cholesterol is a bit higher than last year. We’re really not surprised by our results. When working around the house or engaging in physical activities, we tire much more easily, our heart races, and we feel less ambition. Last year’s New Year’s resolution included personal goals to exercise more, to lose weight, and to eat healthier. In fact, you made the same resolution the year before, and the year before that, too. And you’ll probably make the same resolution in 2018. Sound familiar? Well, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans make similar resolutions every year and, like you, never follow through. Could 2018 be any different? Why not make 2018 your breakout year where you achieve your fitness goals to feel and look better, increase your personal stamina, and add years onto your life? Sound like a pipe dream? It doesn’t have to be. All it takes is a single phone call to Fitness Together. You can experience a totally new level of personal fitness, and a healthier lifestyle can literally change your life. Are you ready to commit?

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how special they are this holiday season, give them the gift of Spa 9700. You can trust the staff at Spa 9700 to provide excellent service and treatments in a warm, friendly, and private environment. Absent the high-energy setting and sometimes offensive smells found in hair salon spas, both men and women are able to relax and escape at Spa 9700. You can find a list of seasonal features and specials at You can also choose a gift certificate, which is wrapped in the very popular, reusable gift bag. Spa 9700 gift certificates also make great stocking stuffers! In addition to being a full-service day spa, Spa 9700 has a boutique that is packed full of thoughtful and unique gifts. If you have never stopped in, you owe it to yourself to make a visit. You’ll find something perfect for everyone on your list - even the “hard-to-shop-for.” There are many new additions and familiar old favorites in the carefully selected retail offerings. You will want to allow plenty time just to make sure you don’t miss anything! You might even want to make a wish list for yourself! So give yourself the gift of stress-relief this Christmas by doing your shopping at Spa 9700!

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Nashville Ballet Celebrates 10 Years of Nashville’s Nutcracker December 2-23

celebrating 10 years of Nashville’s Nutcracker December 2-23 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall with all-new magical elements to mark the occasion. Since its world premiere in 2008, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO, Paul Vasterling’s, original spin on the classic has cemented its place as one of Music City’s most beloved holiday traditions. Nashville Ballet premiered The Nutcracker in 1989, but the production was reinvented as Nashville’s Nutcracker in 2008 with a unique concept incorporating Nashville’s vibrant past along with new choreography, sets, costumes, and on-stage magic tricks. Now entering its 10th year, Nashville’s Nutcracker will debut additional elements to celebrate the milestone. “I added a few surprises for this anniversary year as a special way of saying thank you to the community for making us a part of their holiday tradition,” said Vasterling. “For the first time, it’ll snow on the audience during the iconic snow scene. Another big addition is the debut of a new youth cast role, the Dancing Bear Cavalry, which allows us to welcome even more young dancers on stage with us.” Along with 54 members of Nashville Ballet’s professional dance company and second company, Nashville’s Nutcracker will feature a youth cast of 296 young dancers from School of Nashville Ballet and the community - the largest youth cast in the organization’s history. The local dancers, along with 60 members of the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s celebrated score, will transport audiences into a holiday dreamland filled with clever nods to Music City’s sparkly past, including well-known landmarks and characters.

Beginning at the 1897 Centennial Exposition in Nashville, Clara and her Uncle Drosselmeyer meet a colorful cast of characters from faraway lands. When Uncle Drosselmeyer gifts Clara with a wooden Nutcracker on Christmas Eve, the toy magically transforms to life as a handsome prince and leads her through a remarkable adventure. Clara visits everyone from the Snow Queen to the Sugar Plum Fairy, including the spellbinding characters she met at the Exposition. When Clara finally returns home, the audience is left to decide if it was all just a dream - or not. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at 615-782-4040, or at A complete performance schedule and more information can be found at Nashvilles-Nutcracker-2017.

Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from local, regional and national institutional funders and community partners, as well as hundreds of generous individuals, provide ongoing support of Nashville Ballet’s missioncritical programs.

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About Nashville Ballet Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 70,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Community Engagement programming. Curriculumbased Community Engagement programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries, and public elementary, middle, and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70. Nashville Ballet receives public funding from

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OR THE PAST few years, many Knoxvillians

have made it a new Christmas tradition to attend the special annual Christmas shows of acclaimed singer/ songwriter, Dave Barnes. In fact, it’s popularity has grown to the point that, for the first time, a second show has been added. Dave recently shared some details about the show and what we can expect. “It’s always one of my favorite things to do every year. I think this is our sixth or seventh year doing it, which really wasn’t on purpose. I did the first tour – my first Christmas tour – with my buddy, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors and his band, and I put out a Christmas album, like I said, six or seven years ago. We had such a good time, and the response was so good. Thankfully that Christmas album – I have two Christmas albums – when it came out, it really resonated. I remember iTunes did a big feature on it at the time and did a free download of one of the songs. It really kind of caught. It’s fun to see a lot of fans who didn’t know my music to find me through that. “Christmas music is so cool, because it really, maybe as much or arguably more than any other music, becomes a part of your life because it’s every year. You can love a record, but there’s not a schedule for when you’re going to listen to it all the time. So you can easily forget a record and five years later go, ‘Ah! I loved



Hotel California, but I forgot about it!’ But Christmas music – every year it’s going to pop up. “The most covered song of all time is White Christmas, which people mistakenly say Yesterday. But the reason it’s so covered is there’s a venue for it every year. It’s been fun, because we did this tour, then the next year we did another one on our own, and then it caught on, because we realized that Christmas shows are sort of – in the best way – the lowest hanging fruit, because people always want something to do during Christmas, and they love to do the same thing every Christmas. It’s literally an algorithm that you can’t get wrong if you just have a good show. So if you can give them something that’s good, they’re gonna go, ‘Yeah. We’re in. We’ll see ya every year!’ And you’re like, ‘Yes!’” Continuing with regards to what Barnes and his band put into the show, he said, “We put a lot of effort into it. It’s not easy music to play. It’s really fun, because it’s always engaging to us – the band – to remember how stuff goes. This is a really weird thing to say: It’s sort of like church music. Some of it is church music, because of the season. It feels like you’re sort of leading people through an emotional journey; like you’re the conductor of these emotional moments, which every concert is, but I think especially at a Christmas show. ‘I’m reminding you of what it feels like at Christmas when I sing this. Oh my gosh! It makes me think of my sixth Christmas when this happened.’ You know what I mean? It can almost feel like church in some ways. It can sound sacrilegious, because it’s got such a tie to people, and you’re guiding them there. It’s fun, and every year it’s more fun, because we’re slowly adding markets. It’s pretty easy listening to me, which I love. I feature a lot of special guests. The band guys do their own songs, too. It’s really fun. It’s really a benevolent show for me to play... in the best way. It’s a very communal show for us. It’s not something that I get too stressed out about, because I’m always excited about getting up there and being a part of it myself.” You can be a part of Knoxville’s extraordinary Christmas tradition by purchasing your tickets now for either of Dave Barnes’ two shows at the Bijou Theatre at Also, there is so much more to this interview. Please visit www. to learn about Dave Barnes’ insights to the music business, as well as what he shares about his soon-to-bereleased new album. Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. Tom Parker. Thirty-six years later he founded the webzine,, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.

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This decorative Christmas wreath was designed and personally hand-crafted by Jack Wilson, owner and master designer. Hundreds of holiday wreaths and florals are on display, in addition to a huge selection of gifts, including ladies’ apparel and accessories, home décor, candles, body and bath products, art, and more. Available at Sweetwater Flower Shop, 118 W. North Street in Sweetwater, 423.337.6623.


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These beautiful Mission-style, graduated-size nesting end tables are hand-crafted from 100% American hardwoods by Amish craftsmen. Three tables in one, they combine style, quality, and convenience. Available exclusively at Amish Excellence, 613 N. Campbell Station Road in Knoxville, 865.392.6000,

Treat your holiday guests to quick and easy dip mixes that taste great and are served beautifully in hand-crafted pottery. Available at The Town Framery & Gifts, 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut, 865.671.6627,


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ECORATING DEN Interiors | Kozar Design Team hosted our 1st Annual Client Appreciation Open House recently in our new studio. Our guests were met with warmth and thankfulness at the door. A catered menu of delicious small bites, beverages, and something a little sweet helped make them feel welcome. As a special gift of thanks, we provided materials and helped them design a wreath that they were invited to create and take home. Denise Jordan, Manager of CHICOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Turkey Creek, treated us all to a Holiday Fashion Show with some of our clients, and our designers delightfully participating as models! Lastly, our new Accessory Shop allowed our guests to shop at their leisure with a generous discount. Many were eager to start

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So Just How Many Ways Are There to Clean an Oriental Rug? BY KERRY MCDUFFIE, OWNER OF SUPERIOR CARPET & RUG CLE ANING


RUTH BE TOLD, probably hundreds

of ways. As many as the human mind can imagine. I’ve heard of Oriental rugs being washed on the driveway of a home using a garden hose, dishwashing detergent, and a stiff broom. Some carpet cleaning companies have even cleaned Oriental rugs that were still in place on hardwood floors, using the same methods as those used to clean wall-to-wall carpeting. Then there are the rugs that are hung in the backyard and beaten with a broom. There may be hundreds of ways to clean an Oriental rug, but based on decades of experience, and after considerable input from Oriental rug experts, including rug weavers themselves, there’s only one way to clean them thoroughly and safely, and that’s by washing them. The problem for DIY homeowners, however, is that an 8x10 rug can easily weigh several hundred pounds when wet and is nearly impossible to wash by hand. That’s why we designed our very own rug spa that uses our proprietary 11-step washing process that will thoroughly and safely wash your fine Oriental rugs. Our highly specialized process allows us to safely move your rugs throughout our facility through our multiple step inspection process, dye stabilization test, pre-vacuuming, pre-conditioning, washing, water extraction, pH neutralizing, drying, grooming and combing, fringe cleaning, post-vacuuming, and final inspection. As is plain to see, it’s virtually impossible to duplicate this washing process on your driveway, in your home, or in your backyard. In fact, many of these alternative methods can actually permanently damage your fine Oriental or area rugs by abrading them on concrete surfaces, causing the dyes to migrate (bleed), or by adversely changing your rug’s pH. Not a DIY project, Oriental rug washing is best left to an experienced professional – that is, if you value your rugs and your back. With just a few weeks before holiday guests begin arriving, isn’t it time to call Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning for all your upholstery, carpet cleaning, and rug washing needs? Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.


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UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month: Chinese Pistache LAST

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F A L L I was driving in my neighborhood and noticed a beautiful planting of street trees that was unfamiliar to me. What drew my attention was the symmetrical round shape, the delicate looking – almost lacy – foliage, and the brilliant redorange fall color. I knew that this particular landscape had been designed by one of my University of Tennessee colleagues, Garry Menendez, whose office is right down the hall from mine, so it was to him that I turned for identification. He told me that the trees in question were Chinese pistache trees (Pistacia chinensis) and agreed that they were beautiful specimens. I had to learn more. Related to the pistachio nut tree, P. chinensis has many qualities that make it a desirable choice for home or commercial landscapes. It is a smaller tree that typically grows to an average of 30 to 35 feet with an equal spread that makes it ideal for smaller urban or suburban yards. The compound leaves usually have between 10-12 leaflets, which give the tree a fine texture and create a refreshing dappled shade effect. Chinese pistache is disease resistant and can tolerate heat, drought, a wide range of soil conditions, and moderate air pollution. This is

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why you may see it, as I did, often planted as a street tree. The most striking characteristic, however, is its fall color. As temperatures cool and days shorten, the foliage turns crimson red, brilliant orange, or even yellow, often on the same tree. Leaf color can vary from tree to tree, but it is often very eye-catching. The smaller leaves make for easy fall-clean-up. Chinese pistache trees are either male or female, and the 1/4-inch seed produced on the female trees can be equally attractive, growing in clusters that are red in color before ripening

to a rich blue. Unlike its pistachio nut cousin, Chinese pistache fruit is inedible, although birds seem to enjoy them. Hardy in zones 6-9, the tree may survive even a little further north with some winter wind and chill protection, for instance next to a fence or wall. Young trees in the nursery may appear gawky, but given time they will grow to a nice straight tree. Staking with a bamboo cane will help ensure a straight trunk, but this is not necessary. Nice specimens can be seen at the University of Tennessee Gardens, Jackson, in the north shrub border, and on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus in Knoxville next to the Brehm Animal Science Building. The UT Gardens include plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson, and Crossville. 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 www.


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S 2017 COMES to a

close, I’d like to take a moment to share how grateful we are to the many customers, craftsmen, and staff who have helped make this year a huge success. We’ve been blessed beyond measure. During the past year, we expanded the showroom and added talented designers and an experienced delivery team. Our desire is to continuously improve and enhance the customer experience with Amish Excellence. With Christmas fast approaching, I would like to welcome you to visit Amish Excellence to enjoy all of the newest furniture pieces we recently brought into our newly expanded showroom. And here’s a novel idea for you to consider this Christmas season: How about giving furniture from Amish Excellence as a holiday gift this year? If you’re shopping for that hard-to-please person, we have gift certificates available as well. Throughout the month of December, there will be unannounced specials and sales on

numerous showroom pieces as well. In addition to beautiful furniture, Amish Excellence stocks home décor pieces such as candles, galvanized metal trays and planters, cutting boards, and hand-crafted Nativity sets. Crafted to last for generations, Amish Excellence furniture is individually designed and hand-crafted to last many lifetimes. Both beautiful and functional, Amish Excellence furniture will create a living legacy not only for the giver, but also those loved ones that will continue to share your thoughtful gift with future generations as well. How about an exclusive hand-crafted, wooden rocker for that new mom to cradle your granddaughter or grandson? Or how about a beautiful new bedroom suite for that newlywed couple? If you have a son or daughter who are just beginning to raise children of their own, then a new dining table and chairs or even a bench might be the perfect gift for a growing family. Or perhaps you have a special family member that is moving into their very

first home? Consider a hand-crafted dining table and chairs, sideboard, buffet, or entertainment center. Amish Excellence furniture is individually hand-crafted by craftsmen who have dedicated their lives to their art. Each piece we sell tells a story of the craftsmen who created it and of the legacy that will be created by those who gift it and those who lovingly share it with generations to come. Why not let us help you make this special holiday season one that will be remembered for many years and generations to come with your very own legacy gift? Stop by the showroom during the holidays and enjoy refreshments and hot apple cider with us.

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F YOUR HOME isn’t equipped with retractable screens, will you be able to fully enjoy your home’s outdoor living spaces next spring? The answer is likely no. Why? Because flying and biting insects are probably keeping you indoors. But here’s Santa’s solution. While homeowners across the country are increasingly creating popular outdoor “rooms” such as porches and lanais with kitchens complete with large, permanently-installed grills, refrigerators and work areas, luxurious fireplaces, beautiful lighting, and even artwork specially made to be weather-proof, flying and biting insects often keep homeowners from using their new outdoor spaces. Retractable screens provide the perfect answer to these problems. By combining indoor and outdoor spaces, these innovative screen solutions enhance and promote our outdoor living experiences. They provide much needed shade and allow people to extend the time that they, family, and friends can enjoy their patios while keeping annoying, biting insects at bay. Large, motorized screens are a perfect example of how to blend function with comfort. These screens can be recessed into the beams or walls of your home, thereby staying truly hidden when fully retracted. The best part about using retractable screens is that these screening solutions don’t diminish your views or your home’s aesthetics, as the screens are in place only when needed. For the ultimate in elegance, many of these retractable screen solutions can be seamlessly blended into virtually any architectural style. These retractable screens are available in a variety of custom colors and wood grain finishes that help to coordinate your screens with your interior or exterior color schemes. The screens can also be programmed to come down and retract with sun and wind sensors and be connected to your home’s automation system to have the screens come down at a specific time of day when extra shade or insect protection is most needed. If you’re uncertain what to buy your family for Christmas this year, take Santa’s advice and install retractable screens from Screens of East Tennessee, and create a season of memorable out-of-door experiences with family and friends next year. For more information about retractable screen options, visit Screens of East Tennessee 865.919.1615



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December in the Garden BY LISA GRUGIN


KNOW that most of you are too busy doing holiday stuff to worry about your garden, but there are a few things that can still be done in your yard if you need to get away from the holiday chaos for a while. » You can still clean. As things die back, you can remove the stalks and get up the leaf debris. » You can still weed. Lord knows the weeds never stop growing! If you can keep the weeds from getting a head start this winter, you will be a happier person next spring. » You can still plant. Our ground seldom freezes, so you can continue to plant most trees and shrubs all winter long. There are a few that won’t like it, however, so give us a call or stop by if you have questions. » If you need more excuses to go outside this month, tell everyone that you are going out to collect Christmas decorations! Those of you with older, established lawns probably have a plethora of plants to choose from. Boxwoods, hollies, magnolias, and nandinas have great foliage to mix with the typical fir and cypress greenery. Winterberry hollies, nandinas, and beautyberries can add a

splash of color with their berries. Re m e mb e r t h at you are pruning your shrubs when you take those cuttings, so don’t go overboard! After you have taken your cuttings, use pliers to crush the ends of the stems and then give them a nice long soak. Overnight is best and will help them last for several weeks. There are also other things that you can use for décor. Hydrangea blooms, seed pods, and pine cones are great either natural or spray painted. » Keep your feeders full and clean, and keep your wintersafe birdbaths full and clean. Metal and plastic birdbaths can stay out year-round, and we have heaters for really cold nights. Now let’s move on to holiday plants and their care. » Amaryllis bulbs are frequently given as gifts, and the flowers are stunning. Their care is fairly simple: Put the bulb in a sturdy pot and leave 1/3




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of the bulb above the soil. Put them in a sunny area, and don’t overwater them. Once the bloom stalk goes up, you may need to stake it to keep it stable. Rotate the pot every few days to keep it from leaning, and cut the stalk back after the flowers fall off and it turns yellow. It will send out leaves, and you can basically treat it as a houseplant. Trying to get them to re-bloom “on time” is a chore that starts in late September, so call us next year if you are interested. » The Christmas cactus can live for decades if given proper care. They are a tropical cactus, however, and do not like hot afternoon sun or being allowed to dry out completely. If they dry out after they have set buds, they will throw all their buds off and refuse to bloom. Once it finishes blooming, you can cut back on the water a bit and let it rest. Resume regular watering and fertilizing in the spring. They enjoy living outside in the summer in a spot that gets morning sun and afternoon shade. Re-blooming is determined by daylight hours and temperature, so call for instructions in October. » Now let’s talk about the Christmas Diva: The poinsettia. It is beautiful, but it is picky, delicate, and frequently misunderstood. It is a tropical plant that someone decided would be perfect for a winter holiday. Not a good combination. When I say it is tropical, I mean it does not like cold AT ALL. More than a minute of exposure to freezing temps will turn it black. It is also very fragile, and the branches will break off easily. Here is my advice: 1. Buy from a grower, not a box store or a grocery chain. They have no idea how to take care of poinsettias, and you are usually buying a plant that is doomed. 2. Don’t buy one that is already wrapped. Plastic sleeves are a fungal breeding ground and camouflage damage. It should be wrapped for transportation, however. Just pull that plastic sleeve down or cut it off when you get home. 3. Don’t expose it to cold air. No vents, no open doors, and no sitting it outside unless the temperature is above 50 degrees. 4. Water it in the sink with the foil wrap removed, and let it drain. Then put it back in the foil. Don’t let it stand in water or it will get root rot. From all of us at Meadow View, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! We hope to see you soon, because we get really bored in the winter.

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Give the Gift of Unlimited Out-ofDoor and Fun-Filled Family Activities this Christmas


HILE MOST FAMILY events have moved indoors

for the winter, why not surprise your family this holiday season with a special gift that will ensure unlimited, funfilled, out-of-door events next season? Winter is the perfect time to install the totally unique underdeck ceiling under your home’s existing raised decks. This will ensure that next season’s events will be protected from unexpected and unwanted rain and the searing summertime sun. “This is the perfect time to weatherproof all of your out-of-door events,” said Undercover Systems owner, Jim Conn. “Throughout the entire process, our skilled craftsmen work with you, each step of the way, until your project is complete. Because your project will be completed this winter, you can enjoy your new outdoor living spaces at the first sign of spring.” Undercover’s patented system also helps extend your outdoor season of family enjoyment by protecting you from early spring showers, July and August’s relentless sun, and autumn rains. You’ll appreciate Undercover Systems’ attention to detail, which comes from years of experience, as they help you craft a seamless transition from your home’s interior to your new out-of-door living spaces, which will perfectly complement your existing architecture and landscaping plans. You’ll also appreciate the fact that every installation is customized to meet your exact needs using Undercover Systems’ proprietary underdeck ceiling components and not the “big box” store, one-size-fits-all generic products used by the competition. 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 this holiday season with the gift of unlimited and memorable out-of-door activities for next year? Call Jim Conn at 423-267-0091 today and let the party begin.

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Setting the Perfect Holiday Table E


V E R Y H O L I D A Y season

you invest hours planning and preparing the perfect menu for each celebration you host. While easy and fun may be the name of the game for buffet-style events, when it’s a sit-down soiree, the delightful cuisine you produce deserves a presentation worthy of your efforts. A beautifully set table can elevate your holiday dinner from just great to simply perfect. “Table-setting is an art form anyone can learn to execute beautifully,” said Mary Bernardo, Director of Product Development at Princess House, a leading provider of unique and exclusive cookware, food storage, and home and entertainment products. “Simple touches like elegant holiday plates, colorful linens, and an eye-catching centerpiece ensure a holiday table looks as inviting as the food smells.” Bernardo and the table décor experts at Princess House offer these tips for creating a beautiful holiday dinner table: Layers look lovely Tablecloths, placemats, table runners, and chargers not only help protect your table from spills and scrapes, but they also create a lovely backdrop for dishes, glasses, stemware and - of course - the food. Layering these 46


items adds depth and interest to the tabletop. Consider starting off with a simple white or red tablecloth, and then add either placemats in seasonal patterns or a festive runner. If chargers take up too much room on the table (or too much of your holiday budget), you can layer dinner and lunch plates to create the same effect. For example, place a Pavillion Berry Dinner Plate beneath a Poinsettia Lunch Plate. The solid deep red of the dinner plate is the perfect complement to the elegant creamy background and poinsettia pattern of the lunch plate. Keep dishware seasonal and simple “It’s been said simplicity is the soul of elegance, and that’s certainly true when you’re setting a holiday dinner table,” said Bernardo. Choose dishes with a basic white or cream background accented with a traditional holiday motif. Flatware should also be simple; if your everyday collection is in good condition, feel free to use it for your holiday celebrations. If you don’t have enough pieces, supplement with basic flatware that’s free of embellishment or heavy designs. Glassware should also be simple and, whenever possible, multi-functional. For example, stemless wine glasses can be used for soft drinks and water, as well as wine.

Add seasonal accents Even the simplest table setting can feel festive when you add holiday-specific touches, like napkin rings in jewel green or red, a centerpiece filled with evergreen or holly, and twinkling candles. For a centerpiece that’s festive and practical, consider using your favorite holiday serving bowl, such as a crystal bowl, for the foundation. Then add holiday décor items, like mini Christmas packages, your favorite Christmas tree decorations, or a pillar candle in a holiday hue like red, green, or snow white. Top with a few sprigs of evergreen, holly, or fresh flowers and you have an easy, elegant DIY centerpiece. Finally, don’t overlook the opportunity to extend the table’s festive atmosphere to the chairs as well. You can add to their elegance by adding simple decoration such as a miniholiday wreath strung on a piece of ribbon and looped over the back of the chair. “The dinner table is where holiday magic occurs,” said Bernardo. “With a few special touches, you can set a holiday table that’s perfect for the festive and welcoming spirit of the season.” For more holiday décor and inspiration for your table, visit

A Christmas Perspective


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about my messy home. My husband, John, agreed with me and mentioned a couple of out-ofcontrol areas. He knew I had my work cut out for me. As I stood there doing the dishes a few moments later, I was feeling blessed and thankful that my husband is so understanding. I was also feeling a little guilty, because I have done more than my share of playing this week. John left for work and my 14-year-old son remarked in a conspiratorial whisper that he “couldn’t believe how upset dad was!” What? How could we have interpreted that moment so differently? Rewind a few years... In 2012, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After a botched surgery, I was left without a voice for seven long months. I became desperate and depressed. In January 2013, some friends prayed my voice would be restored, and that very day, I received an

amazing gift. I went from a barely audible whisper to regaining about 75% of my voice. I can now talk to my family and friends and on the phone, although I am unable to sing or be heard in noisy settings. If I had simply lost 25% of my voice, I’d likely be frustrated, but having come from nothing to 75% has given me a new perspective, and I am so grateful. When we began the Surface Doc company in 2008, the economy was in a recession. Those first few months we nearly starved as we waited for the phone to ring. We had several friends who blessed us with meals and even a grocery gift card. We were in dire circumstances! One of our first clients was a pizzeria who paid in pizza trade. We ate pizza for a solid week – breakfast, lunch, and dinner! The kids loved that week, and we were so thankful to be able to put “food” on the table. We came through that challenging season feeling loved as we were ministered to by friends and family.

Christmas is a season where we are particularly mindful of our blessings. As I reminisce over the last decade or so, it is obvious that the seasons of great personal growth took place during particularly difficult experiences. I am reminded that the Lord CAN change any situation we find ourselves in. But, when the circumstances don’t change, our perspective has an opportunity for growth. My desire this season is to do a better job looking to Him instead of my circumstances. Perhaps this is the cry of your heart as well. Wherever we find ourselves, God’s grace is sufficient to carry us. It is our heartfelt prayer that each of us feels the love of our Savior Jesus Christ and His blessings that surround us. Merry Christmas from Surface Doc.

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to stately mansions, these East Tennessee landmarks invite you into the past to experience the times and events that shaped them and the families who occupied them. This holiday season enjoy a variety of heartwarming experiences. Each home is operated by a private non-profit that is supported by your participation. Though some of the homes require a fee, those that are free to the public will gladly accept and appreciate donations that aid in the continued restoration, preservation, and mission of education.

Glenmore Mansion

Glenmore Mansion 1280 N Chucky Pike, Jefferson City The 1868 Victorian treasure in Jefferson City will host its annual Christmas tours the first two weekends in December (December 3-4 and 9-10). On each date, Glenmore Mansion is open for afternoon tours from 1 to 5:00 pm. It re-opens for candlelight tours from 7 to 9 pm each evening. Glenmore will be decorated inside and outside with seasonal greenery and 12 lighted trees. At the end of the tour, Glenmore Wassail and homemade goodies are served to each guest in the beautiful Victorian dining room. Visitors follow a self-paced route throughout the 10 rooms of the mansion. Docents are available in each room to provide information that is unique to each room. Live seasonal keyboard music will be available during two of the candlelight tour dates. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Contact: 865-475-5014. Historic Westwood 3425 Kingston Pike, Knoxville Open HouseDecember 3 from 1 to 5 pm Admission: Free

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Join us at Historic Westwood for tours of this 1890 Victorian house and enjoy holiday decorations and refreshments. Contact: 865-523-8008. Blount Mansion 200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville Open House December 1 from 5 to 8 pm Admission: Free Experience the 1792 home of William Blount through the glow of candlelight. Contact: 865-525-2375. James Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fort 205 E. Hill Avenue, Knoxville Christmas Open House December 9 from 11 am to 3 pm Admission: Free Experience the Fort of James White, one of the Founders of Knoxville, this holiday season with blacksmithing, holiday decorations, and refreshments. Contact: 865-525-6514. Marble Springs State Historic Site 1220 W. Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville Candlelight Tours December 9 from 4 to 8 pm Admission: $2 donation Experience the home of John Sevier, first governor of Tennessee, through the soft glow of candlelight. The historic log structures will be decorated with fresh greenery. Music, open hearth cooking, baked goods, and warm drinks will set your heart aglow with holiday spirit. Contact: 865-573-5508. Historic Ramsey House 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville Candlelight Tours December 10 from 6 to 8 pm Admission: Free Experience the 1797 home of Francis Alexander Ramsey through the glow of candlelight. The historic home will be decorated for the holiday season. Enjoy musical entertainment; refreshments will be served. Contact: 865-546-0745. Mabry-Hazen House 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville Annual Christmas Tours December 9 from 5 to 8 pm and December 10 from 2 to 5 pm Tour the historic 1858 home of Joseph Alexander Mabry this holiday season. Admission: Suggested donation of $5 for non-members, kids under 13 and members are free. Contact: 865- 522-8661. Crescent Bend House and Gardens 2728 Kingston Pike, Knoxville The 1832 historic home of Drury Paine Armstrong will be decorated for the first half of December. Tours are available by appointment only. To schedule a tour, call 865-637-3163 or 865-255-1834.

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of Toby, Aaron, and me, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We would also like to express our appreciation for your continued support and all of your encouragement since first opening Premiere Consignment in 2012. Premiere Consignment, we feel, has provided a valuable service and resource to our Tellico area communities. We offer those of you who are new arrivals the perfect opportunity to find a new home for gently used furniture, home décor items, art, and Oriental and area rugs that you may no longer need. We are also the perfect venue for those of you who are empty nesters, who may be downsizing, and for estate sales as well.

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OIN US for a presentation of the traditional Christmas story of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. With a cast and choir of more than 200, a professional orchestra, and live animals, the story is told in pantomime on realistic sets. This one-hour performance has been held annually since 1969 and is open to all audiences. Sunday and Monday performances are offered with interpretation for the deaf and hearing impaired. Admission is free, and parking is $5 per car.

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Creative Arts Help Veterans Reclaim Their Voice A R T I C L E C O U R T E SY O F B P T



was her first love, her passion, and her whole identity. “Once a singer, always a singer,” she often says. That was true even after she joined the U.S. Navy in 1985. But what happened next forever changed Walker’s perspective on what it means to have a voice. When she was 26, Walker knew she had a calling to serve and protect her country and its ideals. She served as a naval airman and sang cadence in boot camp while training to work on helicopters. During boot camp, she developed a throat condition and lost her voice. When Walker was medically discharged, she was devastated. On top of that, Walker’s illness worsened, and she was later admitted to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital, where she would meet a therapist who helped change her life. One day I met Jessie,” Walker recalled. “She played the piano and would encourage patients to sing along with her. She kept at me, until I gave in and sang ‘Summertime’ by Ella Fitzgerald. In that moment, I found my voice again.” 52


Once Walker began singing again, it was clear she still had talent. So much so that years later, she would become a five-time finalist at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF), which is open to veterans who participate in their local VA hospital’s creative arts therapy programs. Veterans can submit their work in the categories of performing arts, creative writing, and visual arts through their therapists for a chance to be selected for the NVCAF. Once selected, veterans from around the country join together for the week-long event with creative workshops, an art exhibit, meetand-greet, and a live stage show to display their talents. Today Walker volunteers at her local VA hospital to help others find their voice, in addition to traveling on tour and singing commercial jingles. Her story is not that different from many other veterans involved in art therapy programs, which help veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. Creative arts gives them an outlet to express themselves through various forms of art. Often this form of therapy is the lifesaving tool veterans need for rehabilitation.

The NVCAF is co-presented by the VA and the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization and one of the nation’s most prominent advocates for veterans’ needs. For 17 years, the ALA has partnered with the VA to co-present the festival to celebrate veterans and their talents. Thanks to volunteers from across the country, the ALA assists veterans with art projects and their travel to the NVCAF, assembles displays, and supports publicity, production, and materials development during the weeklong event. Many of the volunteers from ALA units make it a yearly commitment to donate their time to support this program. Sharon Neville helped host the NVCAF in her home state of North Carolina in 2014 and has volunteered at the event multiple times since then. “This experience is unlike any other,” said Neville, who began volunteering in 2013. “This festival is life-changing for all who attend, not just the participants. It’s a way for the public to understand a veteran’s journey, appreciate it, and celebrate it. It’s a story that many of us will never know, but we should start listening.”

Make Sure Fido is on Santa’s List, Too!


UR PETS want to be included in our family Christmas fun. Dog toys have many benefits besides entertainment to deter pent-up energy. Toys alleviate the temptation to damage household items and reduce stress, helping to prevent behavioral problems. Safety in toy selection should be your top priority. In selecting the best toy for your dog, dimensions are important. If it’s too big, your dog will have trouble holding it in their mouth and paws. If it’s too small, the toy may become a choking hazard. Next, consider the materials and construction of the toy. If your dog is one to cuddle his toys, a stuffed toy may be the perfect complement to their personality. If your dog likes to roughhouse, look for durable materials that will stand up to their rough-and-tumble playing. Keep in mind that all dogs are different. Fido may prefer a simple ball, while Rex requires a complex puzzle to keep him engaged. It’s also a great idea to have

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several different toys for your dog’s enjoyment, as boredom is less likely to set in. Dogs are “pack animals.” The bonding and socialization process is accomplished through playtime. Treats come into play also. Assure the safest, most nutritious ingredients are in your treats. Homemade treats are your best option. Only homemade, healthy treats are served to guests at Ms. C’s. Through proper playtime and treat dispersion, your dog will develop a deeper bond with you and be a happy member of your family. There is simply no substitute for companionship. Play smart, play safe, provide nourishing treats, and above all, love your pets like family! Merry Christmas to one and all!

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Nominations for the 2018 Orchid Awards Are Open


is now accepting nominations from the public for its beautification awards, the Orchids. Since 1979, Keep Knoxville Beautiful has presented Orchid Awards to Knoxville and Knox County buildings and outdoor spaces that beautify and elevate the local landscape. Orchid Awards will be granted in the following six categories: » New Architecture » Redesign/Reuse » Restaurant/Cafe/Bar/Brewery » Outdoor Space (Parks, Patios, Rooftop Gardens, Neighborhoods, etc.) » Public Art (Murals, Sculptures, Signage, etc.) » Environmental Stewardship (properties that incorporate renewable materials, energy efficiency, LEED certification, and/or other sustainable building practices) Anyone can nominate a location or outdoor public artwork by completing a simple online form on Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s website,, or by calling the office at 865-521-6957. Private residences are not considered for this award. Properties that received an Orchid Award since 2008 are ineligible,

except in cases of major renovations. For a list of previous winners, visit the Keep Knoxville Beautiful website. Nominations are due by December 18. Keep Knoxville Beautiful will announce the winners of the beautification awards at the annual Orchids Awards Dinner on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 6:00 at The Standard, located at 416 W. Jackson Avenue. For more information, contact Ke e p Kn oxv i l l e B e a u t i f u l a t i n f o @

About Keep Knoxville Beautiful Founded in 1978 to help “clean up” prior to the 1982 World’s Fair, Keep Knoxville Beautiful is a local non-profit with a mission to promote a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful community. We pursue this by: » Educating students and the public about waste-prevention, litter, recycling, and environmental stewardship » Facilitating and supporting litter pickups that make our roads and local waterways cleaner » Creating and protecting murals and hosting beautification mobs to make Knoxville a more beautiful and interesting place to live and visit During 2016-2017, we: » Facilitated or supported 61 litter pickups » Collected 55,615 pounds of litter » Planted 18,000+ daffodil and tulip bulbs » Reached 1,255 kids with our presentations » Used our recycling trailer and recycling bins to provide recycling for 10 large events » Worked with 1,542 volunteers » Facilitated 4,108 volunteer hours To learn more about Keep Knoxville Beautiful, visit



All-New Christmas Show Underway at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures



Adventures Dinner & Show continues its inaugural season with a new holiday tale that invites families on a journey that brings together special Christmas memories and magic that shaped Dolly and her family. The new show, which opened last month and continues through December 31, allows guests to make wonderful holiday memories and discover the true spirit of Christmas. The combination of festive holiday music, two million dollars in special effects, acrobatic feats from both performers and the show’s canine stars, a mischievous elf, a series of “reindeer games,” a moving live nativity, an ice skating spectacular, and many other unexpected surprises combine for a one-ofa-kind, “must see” show. This exciting new Christmas adventure is set in a small town that’s hit by a major snowstorm, which leaves the fate of the town’s Christmas celebration in the balance. The audience journeys with the



cast to learn whether their Christmas will be canceled or whether the storm sets the stage for the most miraculous Christmas ever. Elements of the regular show that have proven to be audience favorites this season will take on a holiday flair and deliver a joyful treat for the senses, including the Chinese poles, aerial silks suspended three stories above the stage, and in the amazing Electro-wheel. An exclusive Smoky Mountain Adventures version of The Nutcracker and fun with the classic “12 Days of Christmas” are sure to become audience favorites. The show concludes with a moving seasonal rendition of the mountain classic “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” and a Christmas light spectacular and special effects transform the town scenery into a captivating Winter Wonderland. “Thanks to the powerful story of when Dolly’s parents met and fell in love, Smoky Mountain Adventures has experienced an amazing debut season,” said Jamie Parish, General Manager of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures.

“We are excited about sharing more of this special story in our new holiday show, inspired by heartfelt moments that will capture the simple joys of Christmas. Our entire cast is looking forward to sharing this new component of Dolly’s family story – we know it will become a new holiday tradition for the families that come to experience it.” Another star of this yuletide show is the food, which is a mouthwatering feast of magnificent proportions. This Smoky Mountain holiday feast treats guests to tantalizing tastes inspired by some of Dolly’s favorite holiday recipes: A special holiday soup recipe, homemade buttery biscuits, spiral ham, pan fried chicken, old fashioned Southern dressing, a sweet potato treat, buttery corn on the cob, and Southern peach pie for dessert. Unlimited Pepsi, tea, and coffee are also part of the meal. For the complete Christmas show schedule, visit or contact the box office at 844-322-4400 for ticketing.

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hard and saved diligently in your 401(k) and IRA throughout the years. Perhaps the time is drawing near to take the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) at your age 70 1 / 2 , and Yvonne Marsh, you’re faced with the higher tax CFP®, CPA bill this creates. Unfortunately, your higher income can also force you into paying more for Medicare Part B & Part D premiums, plus subject more of your Social Security benefits to taxation. Here are a few tax tips to soften the impact of your RMDs: » For charitable giving, have a portion of your RMD paid directly to the charity according to the Qualified Charitable Distribution rules. That amount is then excluded from your adjusted gross income. This is especially beneficial for retirees who do not itemize and receive no tax benefit for their charitable giving. » In the last couple of years, the Qualified Longevity Annuity Contract (QLAC) has been introduced into the marketplace. By segregating up to 25% of your IRA (up to $125,000 per person) into a QLAC, the IRS allows you to exclude that amount from your annual RMD calculation. RMDs aren’t required to begin on these funds until age 85. A few other IRA tax-savings tips: » Consider defusing the RMD tax time-bomb with a multi-year strategy of Roth conversions. Each year convert a portion of your IRA to a Roth, being mindful to not push yourself into the next tax bracket. » Review your IRA beneficiary forms to ensure that both primary and contingent natural persons are named to preserve Stretch IRA tax rules for heirs. » In 2015, the IRS issued a ruling that specifically allows the after-tax portion of a 401(k) to be rolled into a tax-free Roth IRA. This is a game changer for people who have too much income to contribute directly to a Roth IRA. And self-employed people can set up an individual Roth 401(k) plan and add up to $53,000 ($59,000 if you are over age 50) each year. If you look ahead into the next 20-30 years of retirement and believe that tax rates will be higher in the future than they are now, it pays to create a tax strategy today. Uncle Sam is a co-owner of your IRA – it’s up to you to decide how much he gets to keep.


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

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know... every year just seems to fly by, and we find ourselves at the end of yet another year. I hope it has been a good year for you.  I hope, despite the challenges that you have faced, that you can remember times where others showed you love and kindness and support.  May 2018 be even better.   I want to end the year with a reminder to all of us parents that “it’s not a race.”  What I mean by this is that we are not racing towards some unseen finish line when it comes to raising our children.  For some reason, we tend to feel like we are under some time constraint that tells us we have to make sure our children have shed all of

their bad habits and have acquired every single lovely character trait that there is all before they turn 18. Right!  Well, I have news for you… wrong! Parents, may I remind you to take a look in the mirror.  Are you still working on shedding bad habits?  Are you still trying to become more patient, less judgmental, more forgiving, less selfish, etc.?  Of course we are, and we always will be.  We must remember that it takes a lifetime, and even that’s not long enough, to work on becoming better.  Too often parents can exasperate their children when trying to fix every little weakness and character flaw that their children exhibit.  It’s not that we need to not care or quit trying to teach; however, we do need to be careful and understand that

sometimes it takes a lifetime to finally shed a bad habit. May we not expect perfection. May we celebrate the small steps of progress that our children make.  May we not focus too much time on the personal flaws of our children, but celebrate their unique gifts and talents and personality.   Be patient mom and dad.  Trying to be good and act good is hard work.  May we remember that. Happy holidays!

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“Elf: The Musical Jr.” A live musical play based on the 2003 New Line Cinema film



with The Ritchie Company, will present “Elf: The Musical Jr.” The play will be performed December 1-17, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 1 and 5 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm. Also, a special 7 pm performance will be held on Sunday, December 10th. This hilarious musical play is based on the 2003 comedy film. Buddy Hobbs, a young orphan child, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Years later Buddy finds out that he’s an ordinary human being and heads off to New York City in search of his father, Walter Hobbs. But Walter, like many New Yorkers, doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. Neither dies Buddy’s brother, Michael! Buddy must win over his birth family and help New York City remember the true meaning of Christmas.



The play is performed by 27 talented young actors from ages 8 to 17. Simeon Thress plays Buddy, and Keegan Stump plays Walter. Jacob Sousley plays Santa, and Logan Bell plays Michael Hobbs. Eight actors are making their KCT debuts: Hannah Beth Bibee, Austin Bishop, Jake Borden, Abby Cowan, Sarah Grace Faught, Dale Gross, Miley Jenkins, and Jackson Lelle. The rest of the cast includes KCT

veterans: Natalia Adams, Campbell Ayres, Hallie Boring, Evie Braude, Reece Brown, Ella Clayton, Nico Ellerbusch, Abby Ann Ramsey, Tori Randall, Eva Rogers, Noah Seaman, Lily Segars, Laura Snyder, Averi Waller, and Olivia Wilson. KCT Student Director, Wheeler Moon, directs the production. The musical director is Paul Jones. Amy van der Merwe is the stage manager. The show’s designers are all high and middle school students: Wheeler Moon (scenery), Max Harper (lighting), and Bethany Moon (costuming). Derrick Washington, Jr., KCT’s current directing intern, is the Assistant Director. KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of plays for children and families. Knoxville Children’s Theatre is located at 109 E. Churchwell Avenue in Knoxville. For more information, call 865-208-3677 or visit www.

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F YOU’RE INTO rock music at all,

you’ve had to have heard Three Dog Night. If you’re a baby boomer, you for sure have. Songs like Joy to the World, Easy to Be Hard, Never Been to Spain, One, and many other songs by the band dominated the airwaves of the ‘70s and reportedly enjoyed 40 million in LP sales. Though a trio, the voice of Three Dog Night is often attributed to Chuck Negron. By the time the band disbanded in 1976, Negron had a very serious drug problem. In 1999, he chronicled his story in his autobiography, Three Dog Nightmare, which is being released this month in a revised version. It was about that book that Chuck and I talked by phone. I started off by mentioning to him that, from reading his book, it truly is a miracle that he is still alive. I asked him about that. “Yeah, well, I guess there’s a bigger plan for me. Ha! Ha! The book has become part of a program of many rehabs across America, and I’ve ended up speaking. Several months ago I spoke in Kansas for many judges, probation officers, and incarcerated men about addictions. It seems that I’m helping a lot of people understand addiction. It seems to be a

greater purpose for me.” Negron has been clean for quite a few years now, but I just had to ask if there’s any temptation still to go back to using. “That’s been a blessing to me,” he said. “I’m 26 years clean and sober, and I have not had the obsession to use – EVER – with my recovery. It’s been removed, and the miracle of that is that was my burden. I couldn’t get sober because the obsession was with me every minute. I couldn’t shake it. So it was a real blessing when it was removed.” At 75, Negron’s voice is still remarkably similar to its heyday quality. I asked him what he attributes that to. “It’s kind of you to say so,” he said. “I think a lot has to do with genetics and has much to do with preparation and work. I think for a singer, you have to sing. You have to work on your voice – especially as you get older. You have to train. You have to have strong muscles. The breathing. The stomach in good shape. It’s a muscle that breathes. There’s a lot to do. I take voice. I never took voice in my whole life, and I’ve taken it the last 15 years. I started taking voice to learn as much as I can to keep myself viable and learn, and I still am. Plus, I love to sing. It’s my – excuse the

saying – but it’s my voice. It’s how I express myself – the very free part of me. I love it! I love to sing!” I had to ask if Three Dog Night was going to reunite. “Nah, it’s not going to happen,” said Negron. “There was a time when Cory and Jimmy were alive that it could work – especially if we get Floyd Sneed back involved, because Floyd still plays and is a good drummer and a great guy. There was a time that was something I would’ve enjoyed. But once Cory and Jimmy died, there was no reason to do anything. It was me, Danny, Michael, and maybe Floyd. Besides all the genius that was the band and musicians, what made the name Three Dog Night special in my mind was three-part harmony. How can you do threepart harmony with two guys? So, it’s over. There’s no reason. That was my reason – to hear that beautiful sound; that powerful, guttural sound. It can’t be done. It would just be an interference in my life at this point that I don’t need.” When asked how he wanted to be remembered and what he hoped his legacy is, he jokingly said, “Well, it’s probably too late to be remembered as a nice guy. Ha! Ha!” He then said that he wanted to be remembered as “someone who helped a lot of people. Turned his tragedy into someone’s victory.” The new addition of Three Dog Nightmare is available via various online outlets. You can also sign up for Negron’s blog at www. There is also a muchexpanded version of our chat on www., where he discusses his latest LP that he recorded with his daughters, as well as several other topics of interest. Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. Tom Parker. Thirty-six years later he founded the webzine,, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.






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December E V E N T S THINGS TO DO • PLACES TO GO • PEOPLE TO SEE December 1: Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice in Market Square. Open through January 7, 2018.

December 5: Holidays Sparkles & Spirits! at Cherokee Country Club at 6:30 pm. A benefit for The Joy of Music School.

December 1: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm.

December 6: Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Celebration Tour at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

December 1: WIVK Christmas Parade along Gay Street at 7 pm.

December 7: Celebrate the Season at Farragut Town Hall from 4:30 to 7 pm. The event features photos with Santa (4:30 to 6 pm), cookie decorating, crafts, museum tours, and entertainment. Free!

December 1: Delbert McClinton with Sam Lewis at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. December 1 & 2: A Candlelight Christmas at the Museum of Appalachia from 5 to 8:30 pm. December 2: Chris Tomlin at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm. December 2: Kathleen Madigan at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. December 2: Market Square Holiday Market in Market Square from 11 am to 5 pm. Also on December 9, 16 & 23. December 2 & 3: Christmas Tours at Historic Bleak House. December 2 from 12 to 6 pm and December 3 from 1 to 5 pm. December 2 & 3: Appalachian Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. December 2 at 7:30 pm and December 3 at 3 pm. December 3: Knoxville Firefighters Association presents Mark Chesnutt at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 6:30 pm. December 4: Mighty Musical Monday Christmas Celebration at the Tennessee Theatre at noon.



December 14: Puddles Pity Party at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. December 15: Tour de Lights in Market Square at 7 pm. Decorate your bike with lights and garland, and decorate yourself with décor for the holiday bike ride through downtown, 4th & Gill, and Old North Knoxville. December 15 & 16: Dave Barnes at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

December 8: Christmas in Chilhowee at Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center from 6 to 9 pm.

December 15-17: Kinky Boots at the Tennessee Theatre. December 15 at 8 pm, December 16 at 2 & 8 pm, and December 17 at 1:30 & 7 pm.

December 8: Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee” Show at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm.

December 19: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Tennessee Theatre at 3 & 7 pm.

December 9: Jingle Bell Run at World’s Fair Park at 8:30 am. A benefit for the Arthritis Foundation.

December 19: Jim Brickman at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.

December 9: Annual Holiday Wreath Workshop at Ramsey House at 12:30 pm. December 9: Candlelight Tours at Marble Springs State Historic Site from 4 to 8 pm.

December 21: Knoxville Jazz Orchestra presents A Swingin’ Christmas with Wycliffe Gordon at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. December 25: Christmas Day.

December 9-11: 49th Annual Nativity Pageant of Knoxville at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. December 9 & 10 at 3 pm and December 11 at 7 pm.

December 30 & 31: Elf – The Broadway Musical at the Tennessee Theatre. December 30 at 2:30 & 7:30 pm and December 31 at 1:30 pm.

December 10: 5th Annual Ijams Holiday Marketplace at Ijams Nature Center from 11 am to 5 pm.

December 30 & 31: The Black Lillies at the Bijou Theatre at 8:30 pm.

December 10: It’s a Wonderful Life at the Tennessee Theatre at 1 & 5 pm. December 10: Annual Candlelight Tour at Historic Ramsey House from 6 to 8 pm.

December 31: New Year's on the Square in Market Square. The Temper Evans Band will perform at 10:30 pm; ball drop at midnight

Arts & Culture Alliance Presents the 2017 Members Show December 1-22

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Alliance proudly presents its 2017 Members Show, the largest annual exhibition of local artists in the Greater Knoxville area. The fresh mix of two- and three-dimensional works created within the last two years encompasses a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, fine craft, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, and more from regional artists who are all individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance, which serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. Membership is open to all, and information may be found at Most of the works in the 2017 Members Show are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on December 1 from 5 to 9 pm with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and sweets. The First Friday reception features violin carolers at 5:30 pm and dance by Pasión Flamenca at 6:15 pm.

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The WIVK Santa Claus Parade starts at 7 pm along Gay Street and passes right by the Emporium. “The annual Members Show is a perfect way to round out a year of diverse programming at the Emporium,” said Liza Zenni, Executive Director for the Arts & Culture Alliance. “We’re excited to see what so many local artists have been working on throughout the year.” Individual members of the Alliance participate locally and regionally in gallery exhibitions, art festivals, sculpture trails, weekend shows, studio tours, and public murals. Some of the members are full-time artists, while others have day jobs and create on evenings and weekends. Some Alliance members include art professors with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Carson-Newman University, Maryville College, Pellissippi State, Roane State, and Walters State. Others are teachers within Knox and surrounding county’s elementary, middle, and high schools. Some Alliance members teach classes privately or through community classes with the Fountain City

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Art Center, Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, or Knoxville Museum of Art. Many of the artists have working studios in their own homes, while some are part of studio collectives such as The Emporium Center, The Vacuum Shop, 17th Street Studios, Mighty Mud, Studio 2515, and Broadway Studios & Gallery. The 2017 Members Show will be on display throughout the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, from December 1-22. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Please note that the Emporium will be closed December 23 through January 1 for the holidays. For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865-523-7543 or visit About the Arts & Culture Alliance The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.



Snap a Giant #SnowflakeSelfie

Asheville’s busy downtown sidewalks are dressed in holiday style, thanks to Winter Lights Downtown in Pack Square, with double the number of lights this year. » New: A 10-foot gilded purple snowflake serving as the pièce de résistance will make for the perfect #SnowflakeSelfie.

Winter Lights at Olmsted’s Garden

As the sun sets, the North Carolina Arboretum’s 434 acres transform into a glowing winter wonderland, strewn with nearly 500,000 lights. In its fourth year, the Winter Lights exhibit brings back favorites such as the 50-foot animated tree, model trains, and lighted Quilt Garden, while introducing new features like interactive motion-sensor games and even more lights and music. » Tip: Take advantage of “friends and family” pricing on Tuesdays, or go all out with the Winter Lights Holiday Tour and arrive in vintage style on a trolley.

America’s Largest Home – Brighter Than Ever

See Biltmore  in a different, even more opulent light with its Candlelight Christmas Evenings. Biltmore staff deck the halls, lawn, and select estate locales with candlelight, firelight, and holiday lights – and the after-dark hours are the perfect time to take in the sparkle of a 50-foot fir. » New: This year even more lights and ornaments will illuminate Antler Hill Village. Don’t miss the recently renovated Winery’s tasting room for a particularly “sparkling” new display.

Handmade Holidays

Find unique gifts for friends and family – do your holiday shopping  in the land of all things local and handmade at craft fairs, pop-up shops, and indie boutiques. Historic Biltmore Village and downtown’s Grove Arcade sparkle with holiday light displays, as does Asheville’s bustling Biltmore Park shopping district to the south. Pop in and out of galleries and independent stores featuring one-of-a-kind items for everyone on your list. Plan ahead to catch a special market like The Big Crafty’s Hand to Heart Holiday (December 2-3) or the Show & Tell Holiday Pop-Up Shop (December 7-20).

National Gingerbread House Competition Celebrates 25 Years

No Asheville holiday is complete without a glimpse at the National Gingerbread House Competition & Display at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Celebrate the 25th year of this pastry Parade of Homes by sipping on a hot chocolate with house made marshmallows (or ginger-applecider hot toddy) by one of the towering fireplaces flanking the Great Hall of this historic resort. » Tip: Check Grove Park’s website for viewing times. 62


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Asheville Holiday News: More Lights at America’s Largest Home, Snowflake Selfies, and Gingerbread

Sippable Traditions

Make spirits bright… lively libations abound this time of year as well. Highland Brewing Company, Asheville’s oldest brewery, will once again release perennial favorite – and the city’s original seasonal beer – Cold Mountain Winter Ale. The ale will hit shelves and taps in limited distribution, along with its imperial version. Ninjabread Man Porter by Asheville Brewing Company also resurfaces for the season, spiced to perfection. » New: Global pop-up cocktail bar “Miracle” will spread the holiday cheer to Asheville at MG Road now through December 24. Launched in New York City in 2014, the concept has expanded to more than 50 locations around the world. Think creative holiday-themed concoctions served in custom glassware, kitschy, nostalgic, and vintage decorations, and a soundtrack to match.

Small-Town Christmas Charm

For the Kids (and Young at Heart)

Santa Claus is coming to the Blue Ridge Mountains by train as Craggy Mountain Line gets in the holiday spirit. The Jingle Bell Trolley Train Run takes off on the hour on Saturdays, now through December 17, and on Friday, December 23. The cost of $10 includes hot cocoa, cookies, and a meet ‘n’ greet with Santa.

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Minutes from downtown you’ll find Asheville’s Norman Rockwell-esque neighbors with their own holiday traditions. Weaverville’s Candlelight Stroll (December 8) lights up the town’s Main Street, complete with music, horse and carriage rides, carolers, and children’s activities. The historic Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain hosts Deck the Trees, a tree-decorating contest benefiting a local charity. Christmas trees adorned around an “80 Years of Christmas” theme illuminate the hotel’s lobby for all to see – and vote on – throughout the month of December. 

There’s no shortage of holiday performances to dazzle you this year, from the classic Nutcracker to a sidesplitting, adults-only Christmas sketch comedy. Watch the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy four ways with Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (December 3) and three interpretations of the classic ballet by local dance companies at Diana Wortham Theatre. Asheville Community Theatre brings back a family favorite with the Best Christmas Pageant Ever, running December 1-17. And only in Asheville can you experience the Magnetic Theatre’s Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular – everyone’s favorite R-rated, envelope-pushing, holiday comedy (now through December 22). December 2017 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Rebalance and De-Stress B Y TO M I R M E N


understand that owning and operating a small business is anything but a stress-free experience. Stress is an inevitable part of our lives and can often be accelerated when we find ourselves out of balance. Oftentimes we believe that we can achieve greater productivity simply by working longer hours, although often at the expense of family, friends, and other healthier pursuits. But, in fact, we often discover that when we neglect these other important facets in our lives, stress will often worsen, negatively impacting not only our business and important relationships with our customers and co-workers, but our family and friends as well. Most small business owners find that there isn’t always a direct correlation between the hours you invest in your small business and

the productivity that results. Just the opposite can result, where longer workdays can often diminish your productivity and increase the stress that you experience. Stress should not be taken lightly, as it can have a very serious impact on not only your health, but just about every other aspect of your life. While true stress-free living is unachievable, you can strive towards a balanced life that will allow you to truly appreciate and enjoy your relationships with your family, friends, co-workers, and customers and the success in business you are working to achieve. The secret is balance. Commit to making time for those special people in your life. Don’t risk sacrificing your relationships with these very special people in your life in pursuit of your dream. After all, it’s that same dream whose rewards you hope

to share with those closest to you in the future. Date night and quality time with your kids are not negotiable. Cherish them as rewards for the many hours of effort you have invested in your journey to achieve success in your small business endeavor. Sacrificing relationships for the sake of success is a recipe for disaster and a fool’s errand. Also, if you’re truly sincere in your desire to minimize the stress associated with building your small business and in achieving balance in your life and in your personal relationships, go one step further. Tell a trusted friend about your commitment to de-stress and rebalance, and then ask them to periodically review your efforts and to hold you personally accountable. An unwillingness to become personally accountable may signal your true lack of commitment.

E D U C ATO R P R O F I L E by Courtney Craig


to-do list always seems to get longer, not shorter. But it’s okay when he’s doing what he loves. Cantrill is principal of Blue Grass Elementary, one of seven Knox County schools selected for Tennessee’s 2017 Reward Schools, which are the top 5% of schools for academic achievement and the top 5% for student growth. “Being a Reward School means the hard work we put in each and every day is preparing our students for the future – being college – and career-ready,” said Cantrill. “It means that we are moving in the right direction, and I could not be more proud of our students, teachers, and staff.” Cantrill has worked in education for 20 years. Eight of those have been in administration, with five at Blue Grass. “I was influenced by a lot of great teachers in my life,” he said. “I wanted to be a role model for students the way my teachers 64


were for me. I enjoy working with children and helping them to achieve their goals. It is rewarding to watch my students grow and take pride in what they have accomplished.” Cantrill has a bachelor’s degree from Berea College and a master’s from Eastern Kentucky University. He begins each day greeting students as they arrive at school, followed by an administration meeting or parent meetings. The rest of his day is usually spent visiting classrooms to support teachers and ensure high-quality instruction, conducting walk-throughs and evaluations, planning for upcoming events and professional development, being visible in the halls, and being present for dismissal. He also often has to address another 100 issues not anticipated or on his to-do-list. He describes it all as just

Being a Reward School means the hard work we put in each and every day is preparing our students for the future – being college – and career-ready.” another day doing what he loves. Cantrill says the biggest challenges of his job involve funding ever-changing technology, implementing new standards, and finding time in the day to fit everything in. But the bright side is that he gets to do what he loves by celebrating student and teacher successes, making connections with students, and making a difference in the lives of his students. Other Knox County schools selected as Reward Schools include Gap Creek Elementary, Sequoyah Elementary, L&N STEM Academy, East Knox Elementary, Pleasant Ridge Elementary, and Whittle Springs Middle School.

Discover the Gift of a Financial Legacy B Y G A I L H AT F I E L D , F I N A N C I A L PA R T N E R S O F T N , L LC


HE GREATEST GIFT you can give your family this holiday season is to create a strong financial legacy in the New Year. Meeting with a financial advisor and placing your financial affairs in order is the foundation for building this legacy. To ensure your family and/or charities are the recipient of your legacy, and not the government, you should start with the following steps. When meeting with your financial advisor, you should first create a budget. Once your budget has been established based on your current living needs, be sure to stay on target with that budget. This will allow you to progress faster throughout the remaining steps in achieving a strong financial legacy. Next you will want to focus on using discretionary funds, the money left over after paying all expenses in your budget, to pay down any debt and build your credit. You may want to consider refinancing options to achieve a lower interest rate on current debt to pay it down quicker. The next step is saving and investing. All current investments, insurance, and savings should be properly evaluated and possibly changed to match your financial goals and objectives. The sooner you invest your money, the more potential for growth on your accounts. If you have paid down all your debt, you will be able to invest more of your money. The potential growth on your accounts may allow you to leave a larger legacy or to enjoy a more luxurious retirement life. Investment objectives and goals should be continuously assessed to protect your legacy. If your legacy is large enough, it is important to set up trusts to ensure your financial assets are protected once you are gone. Starting to plan for your future today will help to assure the success of your legacy. Under the guidance of your financial advisor, the legacy you have provided for will allow your family time to grieve without the financial concerns that can result. Your legacy will allow your memory to live on with both family members and future generations to come. As a financial advisor, I recommend meeting with a trusted advisor this holiday season to give your family the greatest gift: A strong financial legacy. For more information on this and other financial topics, contact Financial Partners of TN, LLC at 865-558-8182.

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H E H O L I D A Y S will come and go quickly, and then it’s time to ring in the New Year. The New Year’s Eve party you go to can be one of the biggest festivities of the year – if you know where to party. Celebrate in Chattanooga with a variety of family-friendly and adult options.

New Year’s Eve for Adults New Year’s Dinner Train aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum December 31 8 to 10 pm Join the Tennessee Valley Railroad for a special Dinner Train excursion on New Year’s Eve. The trip includes a three-course dining experience usually on board a restored 1924 dining car. No alcohol allowed on trains. Departs from Grand Junction Station.   New Year’s Eve Party on the Bluff at the Hunter Museum of American Art December 31 9 pm to 1 am Kick off 2018 in unmatched style at the Hunter Museum of American Arts’ annual New Year’s Eve Party on the Bluff! Gather with friends for a remarkable evening of dancing and the best views in Chattanooga.   New Year’s on the River on the Chattanooga Riverboat Co.’s Southern Belle December 31 9 pm Ring in the New Year with great food, live entertainment, DJ, dancing, toasts, Pilot House tours, and more. Must be 21 or older and have valid ID. Reservations can be booked online or by phone.

New Year’s Eve at The Chattanoogan Hotel December 31 9 pm to 1 am Stay and celebrate the New Year at the Chattanoogan Hotel. Party includes a plated gourmet dinner served in the ballroom, live entertainment by The Power Players, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Party at the Chattanooga Choo Choo December 31 7:30 pm to 1 am Ring in the New Year with games, tasty food, and dancing along to live music from Chattanooga’s own, The Beaters, who specialize in classic rock, Motown, and soul.   New Year’s Eve at Songbirds Guitar Museum ft. Unknown Hinson December 31 9 pm to 12:15 am Unknown Hinson is known for his politically incorrect songs and unpredictable performance style! Dance the night away in the Southside’s newest attraction.

New Year’s Eve for Families New Year’s at Noon/Creative Discovery Museum

December 31 10 am to 4 pm Celebrate New Year’s with your kids. Create noise makers to use in the parade, enjoy live music, and toast the New Year at noon with apple juice.

New Year’s Eve Early-Bird Dinner Cruise/Chattanooga Riverboat Co.’s Southern Belle

December 31 4 pm Bring in the New Year a little early! Enjoy a delicious dinner, live entertainment, Pilot House tours, and more. Reservations can be booked online or by phone.

Ice on the Landing’s Special Late Skate New Year’s Eve Party

December 31 11 pm to 1 am Ice on the Landing is the perfect place for the family to ring in the New Year. Enjoy fun music, skating, and a sparkling cider toast at midnight. This event does require a separate ticket. For more information, visit

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energy and microneedling to improve the appearance of skin on multiple areas of the body. But that is only half of the Votiva story. Votiva is the industry’s first and only system indicated for sexual dysfunction and pelvis strengthening. It is a safe and effective treatment of common feminine health concerns such as stress incontinence, dryness and discomfort during intercourse, and it also enhances tightness, muscle tone, and external appearance. At Southeastern Dermatology, we are proud to introduce the women’s health team. Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, Deborah Connatser, will be performing these treatments.  I have asked Deborah to provide her insight on why we wanted to offer this service to our clients:  “Many of us are already proactive in order to maintain the health and function of our skin, or at least most of it.  As women, we have expected and accepted certain changes to our bodies due to childbirth and hormonal changes.  Some of these changes we may joke about, such as stress incontinence.  Other changes are seldom discussed, because treatment options have been limited, including vaginal dryness/atrophy and labial hypertrophy.  Finally we have a treatment that does not involve long-term medications or invasive surgical procedures!  Votiva allows us restore the function and appearance of treatment area.  I believe this empowers women to assert control of their feminine wellness and sexual health.  Votiva is a non-invasive, painless treatment I am able to perform in our office in less than 30 minutes.  I am excited to offer this potentially life-changing procedure to our patients in an environment where they are already comfortable!”   If you are interested in learning more about Votiva, please join us on Thursday, December 14, at 5:30 pm at our west location. Call 865-474-8800 to RSVP.

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