Everything Knoxville February 2021 Edition

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ur approach to each project is from an interior design perspective that comprises space planning, improvement in flow and function, and creative storage solutions – developing a uniquely custom design, specifically for you. “Todd is a perfectionist in the very best way. His work is like he was doing it for his own home.” — Ellen Bright


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10 Premiere Consignment

Susan Cafferty Publisher + Editor

Fall in love with your home all over again.

16 PremierGarage

Brett Cafferty

Sales + Operations

Learn how to clear the garage clutter in your home.

18 Marsh Wealth Management

Kendra Menendez

Editor + Administration

Get tax advice along with your investment advice.

21 Closets by McKenry

Meredith Hancock

35 Undercover Systems

Contact Information Post Office Box 24532 Knoxville, TN 37933 865-640-3015

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Discover whatʼs HOT for your organized home. A Valentineʼs gift the entire family can enjoy all year long.

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AULA CLANCY, Interior Designer and owner of Nouveau Classics Contemporary Furniture, is excited to continue to share her design aesthetic and fine furnishings with Knoxville. With her exclusive furniture lines, Paula is able to bring contemporary style from many parts of the world to her downtown corner store.

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From the Publisher


B E L AT E D Happy New Year to everyone! As 2021 gets underway, we are all ready to put 2020 behind us and look optimistically at the coming months - to warmer weather, more time spent with family and friends, and more freedom to travel. Take this time while it’s still a little chilly outside to start making plans - plans always make us feel hopeful! Start with a good look at your yard and garden. Lisa at Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center, a long-time friend of Everything Knoxville, has some practical ways to begin getting ready for spring and all the wonderful plantings that come with it. By making some future travel plans, you’ll give yourself the gift of having an adventure to look forward to. Until then, check out all the virtual “travel” and learning ideas highlighted in our Travel &



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Recreation spread this month. And speaking of gifts, the middle of this month brings another Valentine’s Day, so remember to do something special to show those you love that they continue to hold a special place in your heart. To me, St. Valentine’s Day is always a good marker that spring will soon be here! You may notice that Everything Knoxville has had a bit of a face-lift with fresh, new type fonts. One of the inspirations to update our “look” was our cover story, Paula Clancy. Her downtown store, Nouveau Classics, and her work as an Interior Designer offer clever, artful ideas and contemporary furnishings to update or remodel your home or office. She and her store have been a staple of modern style here in Knoxville for more than 30 years. We invite you to read more about Paula and to visit her website and store to be inspired yourself!

Susan Cafferty Publisher + Editor

Cover photo by Teela Shandess Photography

‟Your home is a reflection of YOU. It is so important to your quality of life to live in an environment that is comfortable, functional, inspiring, peaceful and energizing, fashionable, and COOL.”


stand out from the other area businesses nouveau C L A S S I C S . C O M that also sell furniture? Paula: Nouveau Classics sells Modern and Contemporary furniture, while most stores in Knoxville and Nashville focus on Traditional or Transitional furniture. Most of my lines are from Europe and are exclusive in the Southeast region to Nouveau Classics. I carry several lines that are otherwise only available in cities like NYC or LA. It is exciting to have these sources to offer furniture stores, selling product not geared to my clients. Not only is the quality of my product outstanding, but so are the designs the masses. Contemporary furniture was definitely of the furniture pieces themselves. EK: What is your overriding business not as popular then! However, I was totally fearless, a bit flamboyant, and determined philosophy? Paula: It is of the utmost importance that to make the business work. I have always pushed the boundaries by offering uncom- each and every client feels they had a great mon products and was not (and am not) experience after working with me. My goal is afraid to be different. Luckily, people found to always give more than expected and my me, and I began to develop a strong client client be beyond thrilled with the outcome. To base, many of whom still shop with me succeed with this philosophy, I learn about today. My business has grown and evolved my client, listen and ask questions in order to a lot since those early days. I like to say it understand how they live, and then I am able grew up with me. Friends and sales reps take them to how they WANT to live. Each have mentored, encouraged, and supported space, like each client, is unique. High design me and GRATEFULLY, loyal clients have and quality are also key. After changing the atmosphere in someone’s home or business, helped me continue in the business I love. EK: How does your store continue to in many cases, the end result can be like a




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AUL A CL ANCY, designer and founder of Nouveau Classics and Design, began her business shortly after graduating from the University of Tennessee. Nouveau Classics, located downtown at 101 S Gay Street, has definitely filled a void in the Knoxville area by offering clean, contemporary furniture and creative design services. Everything Knoxville had the opportunity to talk to Paula about the start of her business and how she hopes to continue to broaden Knoxville’s concept of interior design well into the future. EK: What made you decide to open your own business, and how were you able to accomplish this at such an early age? Paula: I have loved modern furniture and interior design since I was a little girl. In 1989, there was no place in town to buy the type of furniture I liked. There was a huge opportunity to fill a niche in the market while pursuing a field I was passionate about. Bartending my way through college and continuing well into the third year of being open enabled me to self-fund my business. In retrospect, I had no idea what lay in front of me! Here was a young girl with no experience, putting herself into competition with big established






“Decorating is not just about function, it’s also about fashion.” personal reinvention. That is heady stuff and very fulfilling. EK: Tell us more about the services you offer. Paula: 30+ years of experience working in the contemporary furniture field is significant. This means I have developed a relationship with many credible vendors and have extensive product knowledge of the pieces I offer to my clients. Going to trade shows every year, visiting manufacturing facilities, building relationships with the companies, buying and placing furniture in real life situations helps you understand quality, scale, and what works and what doesn’t. In addition to understanding the contemporary furniture world, I am an Interior Designer and work with contractors, electricians, plumbers, custom cabinet craftsmen, etc. In many situations, I am the creative lead - coming up with the renovation plan - and then the liaison between the subcontractors to oversee the project. EK: What are some unique or new offerings you'd like to share? Paula: I am forever evolving and constantly looking for new lines to add to my library of sources. Outdoor furniture has always been part of the lineup, but recently I have expanded in that area of my business by adding Gloster, Harbour Outdoor, and Unopiu to my sources. In addition, the Harlequin Zero Gravity mattress from Literie Laurier, a Canadian Line, is now available at Nouveau Classics. (It’s amazing, by the way!) Quality is extremely important, so



prior to offering a new line to clients, I must see the product in person and be educated on the details. Home and business staging is another service offered. I can work with what clients already own or pull together a creative and cost-effective plan to help the client in selling or renting property. EK: What do you consider to be your personal successes?

Paula: Although I have been a designer for the Symphony Show House several times and sat on several boards in Knoxville, I am most proud of the relationships I have built with my clients. There is no bigger compliment than getting a call or referral from a happy and satisfied client. In fact, I have been in business for so long now that I am even getting calls from the 2nd generation, past clients’ grown children who remember me working with their parents or designing their own playrooms and bedrooms. When the 3rd generation starts calling, it may be time to stop... ha ha.



EK: How can interested customers learn more about Nouveau Classics Contemporary Furniture & Design? Paula: They can call me! They can visit my store and design studio to actually see/ touch/feel the products and learn more about what is offered on-site. I am an unusual case, as many Interior Designers do not have showrooms. Clients can experience the products in person. I am all about having a conversation with clients. It’s so important to learn all you can about each other - and this goes both ways, as it has to be a good fit for both parties when working together. With so many years of experience, there are a ton of projects and people I have worked with throughout the years. I am happy to share information about my projects. The showroom does not keep set business hours in the Knoxville or Nashville locations, as I need the flexibility be with clients on the jobsite. Please call 865-525-4755 or 615-383-3164 to make an appointment. Visit my website at www.nouveauclassics. com to learn more about the product lines.

Nouveau Classics Contemporary Furniture & Interior Design 101 S Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902 865.525.4755 www.nouveauclassics.com


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TEE $300

Security Has a Name



L E E N O R I S B AC K ! W hile Fleenor Protective Services, once owned by Mike Fleenor, is gone, Fleenor Security Systems, headquartered in Johnson City, TN, is proud to be serving the Knoxville area once again! Fleenor Security Systems, founded by Norman Fleenor in the early ’70s, has become one of the largest family-owned security companies in Tennessee. Mike Fleenor, Norman’s brother, started Knoxville’s Fleenor Protective Services a decade later in the mid-1980s. The companies were always separate, but for many years, Knoxville’s FPS used Johnson City’s Fleenor Security System’s monitoring center. Once Mike sold FPS in 2015, Will Fleenor, vice president of Fleenor Security Systems, pushed to get back into the Knoxville market. Mike Fleenor was very supportive, and since Fleenor Security already had some Knoxville accounts, it just made sense to open a Knoxville office as well. Same family, same values, same culture. “Fleenor Security employs many of the same people who worked in the Knoxville

office for years; many have 25 to 30 years of experience, which translates to quality work,” said Will. One of those long-term employees is Andre Duhaime, branch manager, who began as a technician and has worked in security for more than 30 years. “With his industry experience, Andre could work just about anywhere,” states Will. “But the big companies don’t provide local customer service,” Duhaime explained. “I wanted to get back to what I was used to here with Fleenor.” Fleenor Security Systems provides residential and business security, fire, cameras, monitoring, and home automation systems supported by our prompt, local service.

We invite you to experience the Fleenor family difference!

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Fall in Love with Your Home All Over Again BY A A R O N H U N T, C O - O W N E R O F PREMIERE CONSIGNMENT


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HY NOT USE the occasion of Valentine’s Day to fall in love with your home all over again this February? Focused primarily on upscale name brand furniture, home décor, art, Oriental rugs, and area rugs, Premiere Consignment in Tellico Village can help you make those much desired enhancements to your home’s décor at just a fraction of the cost that you would be likely to spend at other conventional retail furniture stores. Our showroom and warehouse, surrounded by upscale lake and golf front communities that attract higher income families from around the country, have been the key to our success. Whether relocating to Tellico Village, Rarity Bay, or more than a dozen other nearby communities, new residents share one thing in common: A moving van loaded with gently used, high-quality furnishings - some that either doesn’t fit into their new home or doesn’t match their new home’s décor. We offer our newly arrived neighbors the perfect venue for selling their gently used, quality, name-brand furniture and home décor items, which in turn can be resold at a savings from their original retail prices to other homeowners who are in search of that just-so-perfect accent chair, dining room table, art piece, décor item, and Oriental or area rug. At Premiere Consignment, everybody wins! We are also the perfect solution for homeowners who are downsizing or wish to conduct an estate sale. Whether you are buying or selling, why not give yourself a Valentine’s Day gift and let Premiere Consignment become your home’s perfect solution for all of your furniture and home décor needs? Our inventory is constantly changing, so make the beautiful drive to Loudon and see what we have that could be “new to you!” Premiere Consignment




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Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show Returning as Virtual Show in 2021 Free Event Premieres February 12th - March 14th at DogwoodArts.com


OR MORE than 40 years, the Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show has showcased the latest trends in home improvement, landscape design, décor, and more. The 2021 event will be no exception and will offer attendees the opportunity to engage with quality vendors without fear of safety and health concerns. The Dogwood Arts Virtual House & Garden Show will premiere February 12th through March 14th on our brand new website, www.dogwoodarts.com. From there, visitors will be able to attend Virtual Expert Sessions via Zoom, browse a comprehensive Exhibitor Directory, and save hundreds on their next home projects by taking advantage of our exclusive Show Specials – all from the comfort of home. The event is completely free! The Exhibitor Directory showcases the top vendors in several categories: Appliances, flooring, windows, outdoor landscaping, kitchen/bath, cleaning, storage solutions, shutters/blinds, pest control, fencing, water systems, gardening, and more – all accessible 24/7 from February 12th through March 14th on our easy-to-use virtual platform. Photo courtesy of Dogwood Arts

Introducing the New DogwoodArts.com

Exhibitor registration is now open. Participation includes a listing in the Exhibitor Directory, a unique Vendor Page, and the opportunity to host a Virtual Learning Session. Interested businesses can apply online at www.dogwoodarts.com/ houseandgardenshow. The Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show is presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union. This event is the largest fundraiser for Dogwood Arts and helps keep 99% of Dogwood Arts events free to all each year. Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission is to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty.

Your Destination for Art, Culture, and Natural Beauty in East Tennessee Dogwood Arts is excited to share their new website. Beyond an updated look, the new site provides increased functionality for virtual events/exhibitions, better visibility for artists/ sponsors/partnering organizations, and users visiting our site via mobile will now have a fully integrated experience. 

 Conveniently locate event information, apply to upcoming festivals and exhibitions, order dogwood trees, explore the trails, and much more! They want to give a special shout out to their presenting sponsor, ORNL Federal Credit Union, because these improvements would not have been possible without their continued support! February 202 1



Celebrate Valentine’s by Falling in Love with Your Hardwood Floors Again


O U R H O M E ’ S hardwood floors were once rich and luxurious looking. The f ir s t feature that greeted your gues t s when they entered, making a lasting impression on everyone that visited. But years of use, an occasional accident, and the sun’s relentless UV rays have left them dull, scratched, and unattractive. In f ac t , ins tead of adding to the overall appearance of your home, they now detract from it, causing you to strategically arrange area rugs over high traffic and damaged areas in an attempt to camouflage them. If you’re considering refinishing your existing hardwood floors or installing new ones, discover the European Fine Hardwood Floors difference. Owner Valera Tomescu’s old-world craftsmanship taught by his grandfather, combined with today’s cutting-edge hardwood flooring refinishing technologies from Bona, means that you experience double the benefits! Thanks to hardwood

flooring expert Bona’s state-of-the-art technology, artisans like Valera can offer a dust-less hardwood flooring refinishing experience that removes more than 99% of all dust from indoor sanding by using high-capacity vacuums located out-ofdoors, in addition to their low or no-odor finishes. Celebrate this Valentine’s month in style by allowing European Fine Hardwood Floors to restore that showcase quality look to your home’s hardwood flooring and fall in love with your home’s hardwood floor all over again!

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“Several years ago we refinished our hardwood floors. Upon meeting Valera and Svetlana, we were immediately impressed with their professionalism and knowledge. Valera was very hard working and meticulous. The job was completed on time, there was no mess or dust to clean up, and the floors were restored to a higher level than we had previously seen. We recently purchased another house and called Valera and Svetlana to refinish the floors. Again, the results were outstanding. Friends and visitors always compliment our beautiful floors and often ask who did the work. We are happy to recommend they call EFHF. They are fine craftsmen and delightful people to work with. Seeing them again for the new project was like meeting with old friends.” - Bob Marquis

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Our super-charged delivery system, coupled with a hospital-type disinfectant, is revolutionizing the standard of clean. bioPURE’s advanced treatment process allows us to sanitize and disinfect more surfaces quickly and effectively. We specialize in commercial and residential disinfection applications, with no inconvenience to staff or family members. Call bioPURE Hardin Valley at 865-317-0920 or visit our website at biopureservice.com/Hardin Valley

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FEW months ago John and I went out for lunch. Upon entering the establishment, we noticed several “Slippery: Floor Wet” signs positioned around the dining area. I walked as flat-footed as John possible to avoid falling all Fitzwilliam the way to our seats. Once seated, John explained that all the grease and chemicals embedded in the floor had combined with the rain tracked in from outside and had created a dangerous situation. Sad fact: Billions of dollars are paid out by restaurants every year for “slip and fall” accidents of both guests and employees due to this very situation. Perhaps you have had a similar experience in your own home. If businesses that mop and clean every single day have these issues, it stands to reason that homeowners can suffer the same aggravations. The only way to improve the safety of your floor is to remove ALL foreign debris. A

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

mop simply can’t remove all the impurities, since it only addresses the top most layer of dirt/chemical build-up. The real problem lies under the surface. To open the pores within your tile and force them to relinquish

the grime trapped within, you must apply extreme heat. Surface Doc uses a combination of scalding water, high-pressure, and powerful suction – all contained within one powerful tool. This process removes everything that doesn’t belong. Without this procedure, you can only penetrate the topmost layer of the floor, leaving millions of particles behind. These impurities can cause premature wear to your floors over time, as well as cause a slippery mess. Since everyday cleaning methods push dirt deeper within the pores of your floor, it may be time to enlist the help of a professional. If it’s time for your floors to look new again and you’d like to improve the safety of your home, please give us a call. We would be honored to give you a free in-home demonstration on your floors. You can also check us out online by visiting us at www.SurfaceDoc.com.

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Fall In Love With Your Home! Remember that new-home feeling? The excitement, the possibilities, and how welcoming it felt when you first walked in? You can feel it again, and you won't even have to pack! Redecorating is a great way to make you fall in love with your home all over again! Over time certain areas can feel stale or might not function as they need to for how you live now. Plus, as often as we are in our homes our needs change, and our house might need to as well. One of the things many of our clients are doing now is repurposing spaces to suit their needs. Maybe it's a dining room into a relaxation space, or guest bedroom into a home office. We are also revitalizing spaces with bright and happy colors that promote a sense of cheer. It's your home, so it should feel like yours, not from a showroom. We help bring out your style and vision for your home so you will rekindle why you fell in love in with your home in the first place.

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Clear the Garage Clutter Kitchen Renovations


O, IT’S NOT just you. Most of the 9700 messKINGSTON and mounds ofPIKE stuff in your garage is oftenTN just 37922 the busyness of KNOXVILLE, life. However, without efficient storage and (865) 313-2656 organization solutions, clutter and chaos

will continue to plague you. If your garage looks chaotic, you can quickly gain control with custom garage storage cabinets from PremierGarage of Knoxville. Powered by Tailored Living, PremierGarage will help you find storage space for anything and everything. One of the biggest advantages of custom garage cabinets is they are tailored to your specific space so you can maximize your available storage. These cabinets are designed to fit around water heaters, electrical panels, doorways, and windows. You’ll get a clean, uniform look throughout your garage without having to piece together ready-made, do-it-yourself storage pieces. Styles include traditional cabinet doors or siding doors - perfect for enclosed cabinets in narrow spaces. Cabinets can be integrated with countertops, drawers, and wall-hanging storage systems to maximize your storage space. One-inch-thick adjustable shelves

Check out our new Furniture Showroom location in for the garage. If your garage looks chaotic, FRANKLIN SQUARE! Renovation 3D Renderings The perfect foundation for your garage you can quickly gain control with cabinets is a durable custom garage floor. Next to Smart Toys & Books House Planstorage Development custom garage cabinets PremierGarage, the nation’s leader in garage and remodeling, can transform from PremierGarage of Knoxville. enhancements an oil-stained, pitted, or peeling epoxy-coated

inside the cabinets hold large plastic bins and other oversized items. Other cabinet and storage options include: • Adding locks to doors or drawers provides additional safety precautions to keep tools or toxic products like paint thinner, radiator coolant, and fertilizer out of reach of children. • Slatwall, with its various hooks and baskets, is ideal for sports equipment and large tools like rakes, shovels, and hoses. Slatwall helps keep everything off the floor and close to the wall for easy accessibility. • Overhead automated lift systems for bikes, kayaks, and other items keep large objects safe from the outside weather without taking up valuable garage floor space. • Tailored Living’s wide range of styles, finishes, and colors let you coordinate your garage cabinets with your home’s existing décor, or you can create a whole new look

garage floor into a showroom quality look. PremierGarage uses a proprietary hybrid polymer technology. Their extensive industry knowledge and experience provide a high-quality finish that is chemical, stain, and slip resistant. Choose from multiple colors to coordinate with your cabinets. Never dread going into the garage again! Call PremierGarage of Knoxville to schedule a free, in-home consultation to help clear the clutter.

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Think You Won’t Owe Estate Tax?

Don’t Guess About Your Financial Future, Plan For It

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HE CURRENT estate tax exemption amount is $11.7 million per spouse before a 40% estate tax kicks in. Think this won’t matter to you? Stay with me and I’ll show you how estate taxes just might reach out and grab you. Changes are on the horizon. Congress tinkers with the estate tax exemption more often than you think. In 2008, the exemption was only $2 million. It’s already legislated to be reduced to $5.5 million per spouse in 2026. The new administration’s tax plan reduces it further to $3.5 million while increasing the rate to 45%. Here’s how that could play out: Let’s suppose the exemption is $3.5 million. A married couple has a combined estate of $3 million when the wife passes away. There’s no estate tax on marital asset transfers… so far so good. The husband lives another 15 years, and the estate grows to $5 million before passing to their daughter. Since he can only pass $3.5 million tax exempt, the daughter pays estate tax on the excess $1.5 million. At 45%, the cost is $675,000. Whew, that’s a chunk of change. What could the husband have done differently to save his daughter $675,000 in taxes? He could have paid about $250 to have a timely Form 706 estate tax return prepared, where he would have elected the “portability provision,” allowing the surviving spouse to claim their deceased spouse’s unused exemption. Simply by filing that return, he could have claimed his wife’s exemption as his own, raising his total exemption to $7 million. His daughter would have paid $0 estate tax on his $5 million estate. Since he didn’t, the portability was lost. How would he have known about this obscure rule? He didn’t owe any estate taxes when his wife died, so why would he have filed an estate tax return? Truthfully, he couldn’t have known, but his financial advisor should have. It was a $675,000 mistake. As part of our integrated wealth management services, it’s our business to understand these intricate tax rules and advocate for our clients. If your investment professional isn’t addressing taxes (or can’t without proper licensing), then you should be talking to us. There’s too much at stake to get investment advice without tax advice. The two are intertwined. Marsh Wealth Management, LLC Fiduciary Registered Investment Advisor

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504 Ebenezer Road Knoxville, TN 37923 865.622.2162 www.marshwealth.com Financial Planning & Investment Advisory Services are offered through Marsh Wealth Management, LLC (“MWM”), an independent investment advisor registered with the state of Tennessee. Yvonne Marsh is an Investment Advisor Representative of MWM in the state of Tennessee. Marsh Professional Group, LLC, is a TN registered public accounting firm and a separate legal entity from MWM. For a detailed discussion of MWM and their investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV on file with the SEC at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

Tremont Institute Opens Registration for 2021 Summer and Adult Programs


IGN UP for an awesome outdoor a d ve nt ure! Tre m ont Ins t it ute hosts a range of outdoor programs designed for all ages to live and learn in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 2021 program schedule features summer c amps for kids and teens, family camp, professional development for teachers, photography workshops, hiking and backpacking weeks, naturalist programs, wilderness emergency medical courses, and more! These programs, lasting from 3-10 days, offer a unique experience including meals and lodging on Tremont Institute’s beautiful campus. In 2020, Tremont had to cancel many spring and summer programs due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, with new safety procedures in place, Tremont has been successfully hosting adult field programs this past fall and plans to utilize these precautions and procedures for its 2021 programs.

By offering a variety of nature programs that serve different interests, abilities, and age groups, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont has something for everyone. This summer, camps include Firefly Camp, Discovery Camp, Wilderness Adventure Trek, Girls in Science, and Teen High Adventure, among others. Register soon and receive a $50 Early Bird discount until February 28, 2021, on selected summer camps. Tremont also offers unique educator programs such as the popular Teacher Escape Weekends. This program is designed to help teachers meet other educators, share ideas, and learn tools and knowledge to bring experiential learning to their schoolyard. Teachers who participate have the opportunity to bring their students to Tremont at a reduced cost. Registration for teachers to bring school groups will open at a later date. A previous program participant said,

“Tremont showed me how much fun it is to explore and learn about nature. I never knew I could explore my own backyard until I went to Tremont! Going to Tremont made me want to explore more of the world.” To learn more and to register for a program, visit http://gsmit.org/program/ calendar. While Tremont Institute plans to move forward with these programs, schedule changes may occur as program leaders monitor evolving best practices and trends in the current health crisis. Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is proud to provide in-depth experiences through educational programs that celebrate ecological and cultural diversity, foster stewardship, and nurture appreciation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Join others with the same interests for fun while learning more about America’s favorite National Park! For more information, visit www.gsmit.org.

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The McKenry team: Meghan, Andrew, Elijah, Cesar, Robin (not pictured), and Chris (seated).


H R I S M CK E N RY has been keeping busy during Covid. The owner of Closets by McKenry and Designer Garages has been expanding his showroom and growing his team, focusing on bringing new, exciting storage and organization options to the area. “The pandemic has made our homes our work, rest, play, and vacation spot during the last year,” said McKenry. “When major factors in our life spin out of control, getting organized helps us gain control of our environment.” More Room to Dream When the suite next door became available just one year after McKenry opened his showroom on Center Park Drive in West Knoxville, he envisioned a more relaxing creative experience for his clients. “Our expansion gives the opportunity for ‘visual’ clients to actually see the many options that are available without being overwhelmed,” he said. McKenry’s 2,000-square-foot Idea Center features 13 displays filled with storage options for the entire house and the Designer Garage showroom that includes flooring. McKenry’s consultation area has also been moved, offering a quiet, private design center where your ideas will come to life in 3-D renderings using a state-of-theart design software. It’s All in the Details McKenry knows it’s the little things that count when it comes to organization, and he’s carefully curated dozens of new products and components that are as tasteful as they are functional. For a laundry room or bedroom, a handy tri-fold mirror and ironing board both tuck away when not in use. In the closet, a rack that slides out for easy access can hold pants or scarves, and a motorized clothing rod moves seasonal garments down from high places. For a guest room or home office, a convenient Murphy bed instantly frees up space for playtime or exercise. With its inviting interior lighting for reading or working in bed, you might not want to fold it away! Photos by D. Roberts Photography

Modern closet featuring LED lights, wardrobe lift, pant rack, and island with back-painted glass top.

Swisstrax garage floor with custom cabinets. Storage by Design No one knows better than McKenry that storage and organization can be the focal point of a room’s décor. With a new line of custom cabinet doors, items can be stored or displayed behind contemporary aluminum doors offering limitless design combinations, including back-painted glass in colors and patterns, satin glass, and even magnetic dryerase boards. And no more shades of gray for the garage; McKenry offers two kinds of colorful floors: Durable epoxy and innovative snap-together Swisstrax tiles, along with a rainbow of custom powder-coated cabinets. Your Expert Team Lead Installer Andrew Grissom, Installer Elijah Pinchak, Designers Cesar Rivera and Robin Carbough, and Showroom Manager Meghan Wilson join McKenry in inviting you to visit the showroom to see where your dreams can take you. For another peek at what’s new, look for the Closets by McKenry and Designer Garages booths at the virtual Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show

February 12-14 and the HBAGK Home Show March 26-28 at the Knoxville Expo Center. “Being a custom storage firm allows us the ability to be creative,” said McKenry. “If you don’t see something you’re interested in, just ask.”

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Chamber Classics Series Presents Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale February 7 at 2:30 pm Livestream from the Bijou Theatre Aram Demirjian, Conductor Marble City Opera GO! Contemporary Dance Works This livestream from the Bijou Theatre fe at u re s a s t a ge d p e r fo r m a n ce of Stravinsky’s neoclassical theatre piece “The Soldier’s Tale” with a seven-piece orchestra on stage. Musicians will be joined on stage by Knoxville’s Marble City Opera and GO! Contemporary Dance Works performers as they relate the story through narration and dance. This charming cautionary tale tells the story of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for fame and fortune (reminiscent of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”), allowing audiences to join in the story through live storytelling set to music. Q Series Presents Principal Quartet & Principal Woodwind Quintet February 10 at 12 pm Livestream from the Bijou Theatre




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The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents the KSO Q Series for classical music Wednesdays! This live broadcast from the Bijou Theatre features the KSO’s Woodwind Quintet in music from “tango king” Astor Piazzolla, in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth, and the KSO’s Principal Quartet in Mozart’s String Quartet in D Major. Also showcased will be the classic Flight of the Bumble Bee and Valerie Coleman’s Portraits of Josephine. News Sentinel Pops Series Presents Ragtime Kings February 13 at 8 pm Livestream from the Tennessee Theatre Enjoy the uniquely American music that was born and bred in New Orleans. Featuring Ragtime classics from Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, and W.C. Handy, including The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag, King Porter Stomp, St. Louis Blues, and solo turns from the virtuoso musicians - the KSO! Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series Presents Mozart & Schumann February 18-19 at 7:30 pm at the Tennessee Theatre Sameer Patel, Conductor Weiyin Chen, Piano Fantasy and reality intermingle on this February Masterworks program, which features two pivotal works of early romanticism by Schumann and Wagner. Conductor Sameer Patel leads the KSO in a program featuring Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman, the classic opera that tells the story of a ghost ship destined to forever roam the seas. Pianist Weiyen Chen makes her Knoxville debut with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, a piece that displays a heroic quality that influenced a young


Beethoven. This program also features contemporary composer Al-Zand’s Visions from Another World, a piece based off of three drawings by the 19th century caricaturist, J.J Grandville. All students grades K-12 can attend this concert FREE with purchase of one adult ticket as part of the Penny4Arts program. Up to 3 students per adult ticket; some restrictions apply. Must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office at 865-2913310 prior to the day of the concert. Offer not available online or at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.knoxvillesymphony.com. Photos courtesy of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

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HE ENDS We Seek, a historical fiction one-act play that moves between actual events in the 19th and 20th centuries, will be performed for Black History Month by The WordPlayers with music by Ethan Norman. The play vividly and powerfully illustrates how major historical events - Lincoln’s election and Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the movement for civil rights inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - impacted the lives of individuals and families. A mother and a son, in two different centuries, play out the average person’s life struggles in a dysfunctional society rife with racism. Scenes of daily life within those historical backdrops reveal how national, social, and political turmoil have lasting and powerful effects on ordinary families. With sharp dialogue inspired by true stories and captivating musical interludes, The Ends We Seek personalizes and humanizes the experience of ordinary people swept up in the events of history. Schedule of Free, Public Performances • Feb. 20: Oak Valley Baptist, 194 Hampton Rd, Oak Ridge at 4 pm • Feb. 21: Fifth Avenue Baptist, 2500 E 5th Ave., Knoxville at 4 pm • Feb. 24: Walters State – Greeneville at 9:40 am & Sevierville at 4 pm • Feb. 25: Walters State – Morristown at 9:40 am & Tazewell at 2 pm • Feb. 28: One Life Church, 2900 Knoxville Center Dr., Knoxville at 4 pm For more information, visit www.wordplayers.org.



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O C A T E D I N T H E mountains of Knoxville, Tennessee, Raintree Terrace is an assisted living and memory care community where residents enjoy the comforts of home with the opportunity to get to know their neighbors. Striving to offer services that address the mind, body, and spirit of our residents, we offer the utmost care in a vibrant and comfortable living environment. No matter where you are in life’s journey, home is meant to be a place of comfort and enjoyment. Our neighborhood offers you or your loved ones a beautiful blend of privacy, safety, security, and community to create a warm and familiar environment. Raintree Terrace’s amenities aim to make you and your guests feel comfortable and at home, in a place where you can enjoy quality time. Enjoy the independence of your own living space with the amenities and care of our staff so you can enjoy more. Raintree Terrace embraces an innovative approach to the dining experience. Residents enjoy a warm and comfortable dining room. Our dining program is an enhanced culinary experience, integrating cooking with our residents’ favorite homestyle meals. We offer attention to detail with exciting new seasonal dishes that are accented with Raintree Terrace’s signature touch. At Raintree Terrace, our residents take part in an innovative lifestyle program, allowing residents to create their own schedules. Thoughtfully designed to connect you with family, friends, and the community, our program truly inspires, challenges – even dares you to be adventurous. With a host of optional outings, you create your own schedule based on your interests, preferences, routines, and abilities. Our Community Offers the Following: • Private studios and companion suites • Private bathrooms • Balconies • Housekeeping services • Pet-friendy • Activity and game rooms • Salon • Library • Multiple dining areas • Transportation options • And much more! To learn more about Raintree Terrace, call 865-291-1385 or visit us online at www.raintreeterraceseniorliving.com. Raintree Terrace Senior Living 555 Rain Forest Rd Knoxville, TN 37923 865.291.1385 www.raintreeterraceseniorliving.com

New Year, New Projects for Your Kitchen or Bath! W

ITH THE new year comes inspiration to tackle some projects around the house. Although you may have dreams of gutting your kitchen or renovating the bathroom, these big jobs are costly and time-consuming. Instead, consider taking on smaller projects that will give you the best bang for your buck. Here are some ideas to spark your creativity. • Declutter and better utilize your pantry. Throughout the year, you probably accumulate all sorts of things in your pantry. By removing the contents and throwing away expired items, you can start with a clean slate. Consider installing pull-out shelving to better access your items. Hard to reach items will be at your fingertips, and you will increase your storage capacity. • Create usable storage space in your bathroom cabinet. Bath products, hair products, and cleaning solutions may be taking up all the space under your bathroom sink, leaving you no room for

• Improve organization of your pots and pans. Are you frustrated with the way your pots and pans are stored? Tired of looking for the right size pot and matching lid? With pull-out shelving, you can easily arrange your pots, pans, and lids so you can access them quickly when cooking. • Make better use of corner cabinets. Most kitchens have a corner cabinet that is hard to access creating dead space. With a unique, pull-out solution for corner cabinets, you can add more storage space in your kitchen. It’s a cost-effective way to use the space you already have without adding to the footprint of your kitchen. You may not be able to redesign your whole kitchen, bathroom, or pantry at this time, but you can ease your frustration by working on smaller projects that will have lasting impacts throughout the new year! essentials like toilet paper and tissues. With a two-tiered pull-out shelving system, you can maximize your storage and easily find what you need.

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Made between 1930 and 1967, this salt glazed Red Wing 5 Gallon Jug from Union Stoneware Co in Red Wing, MN, is available at Premiere Consignment, 320 Lakeside Plaza in Tellico Village, 865.458.9721 www.premiereconsignment.com.


Flowers that will last forever! This bouquet is a sweet mix of lush pink and cream peony cuttings placed in a round, clear glass vase with faux water. Available at Decorating Den Interiors | Kozar Design Team, 521 Lovell Rd., Suite 205 in Knoxville, 865.392.6222, www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com.


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Swags of natural wooden beads contrast against a textural white plaster finish to give this chandelier casual elegance. This stunning piece is available at Shae Design Studio, 9700 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, 865.313.2656, www.shaedesigns.com.


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Have You Started Your New Year’s Resolution?


T ’ S F E B R UA RY and the holiday celebrations have faded away, and our lives have found their new normalcy this winter. This month also means it’s time to take on the challenge of some New Year’s resolutions you haven’t started. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get more organized, and often that starts with your closets. However, organizing your closets sometimes feels more like a dream than a real possibility, and sometimes we try to convince ourselves that no one sees our closets but our family. Research shows that people waste as much as 50 minutes a day - almost eight days a year - looking for things they own but can’t find. So it pays to be organized, because lost time is one commodity we can’t get back. Just a little time to organize can make even the most chaotic of spaces relatively manageable. The most important thing is to just start! Make sure to choose a day when you’re full of energy as you focus on dividing all

your clothes and accessories into one of three categories: • Throw it away: Is it torn, broken, stained, or very, very old (but not vintage)? Well, it’s probably time to let it go. • Donate: Clothes that don’t fit or you haven’t worn in a year or more? Do a good deed and help someone in need. • Keep: Clothing and accessories that are in good shape and you’ve worn in the past year. While your closet is empty, clean the floor, baseboards, and shelves. Closets get dusty, too. Now separate your clothing by item type: Shirts with shirts and pants with pants, etc. Clothes that you wear often go in the easyto-reach areas of your closet. Clothes and accessories that you rarely use, including outof-season clothing, should go in the upper part of the closet or corner spaces. Additional ways to keep items organized, and create a home for everything, are: • Wool, cashmere, and angora sweaters should be folded to keep their shape.

• Create tag or labels for the bins or boxes you use in your closet. • Store accessories you rarely use on the top shelf. • Use a storage box with a handle for items like hats or scarves and place it on a shelf. • Standardize your hangers. It really does make a difference! Most of all, stay organized. You can keep everything in order by spending just 10 minutes a day de-cluttering. An organized home reduces stress by also de-cluttering your mind so you can focus on the important things in life!

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2021 Orchid Awards Nominees and Honorees



of Fe b r u a r y, Ke e p K n ox v ill e Beautiful will host it s annual Orchid Awards, honoring Knoxville’s most beautiful properties, public spaces, and public art. Awards will be presented to winners in six different categories: New Architecture, Redesign/Reuse, Outdoor Space, Community Space, Public Art, and Creative Reinvention. “The nominees for the 39th annual Orchids Awards experienced new hurdles in 2020 but persevered to continue improving our local landscape,” said Alanna McKissack, Keep Knoxville Beautiful Executive Director. The nominees for New Architecture are The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Five Thirty Lounge, and KCDC’s Five Points 3. The nominees for Redesign/Reuse are First Presbyterian Church, Loghaven Artist Residency, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, SmartBank Corporate Headquarters, South High Senior Center, and West Knox Senior Center. The nominees for Outdoor Space are Baker Creek Bike Park and Gateway Connector Trails, Cal Johnson Park, Everly Brothers



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Park, IC King Park Expansion, Ladies of Charity Parking Lot Renovation, Lakeshore Park HGTV Overlook, Mayor Ralph McGill Plaza at Campbell Station Inn, Randy Tyree Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park, and Volunteer Boulevard Beautification. The nominee for Community Space is Oakwood Lincoln Park’s Burwell Gardens. The nominees for Public Art are Cal Johnson Park Outdoor Basketball Courts and Mount Olive Elementary Tunnel Mural. For 2021 only, Keep Knoxville Beautiful will present the Creative Reinvention award to downtown Knoxville for initiatives such as Peppermint Grove and the extended seating on Market Square. This award is given for creatively adjusting to social distance guidelines. Additionally, Krutch Park will be honored with

The Mary Lou Horner Beautification Award. This award is given to an Orchids winner from 10 or more years ago that has maintained their orchid-worthy status. Robert Graves of Carex Design Group will be honored with The Felicia Award. This award is given to an individual that has exemplified the mission of Keep Knoxville Beautiful. Keep Knoxville Beautiful will announce the winners of the beautification awards February 1 through 26 on Facebook. For more information, visit www.keepknoxvillebeautiful.org/orchid-awards. 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 inspire and empower Knox County communities to improve their quality of life through beautification and environmental stewardship. 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; and creating and protecting murals and hosting beautification mobs to make Knoxville a more beautiful and interesting place to live and visit. To learn more about Keep Knoxville Beautiful, visit www.keepknoxvillebeautiful.org.

Expand Your Knowledge of History


HILE MOST schools teach a histor y that focuses on traditional events and the achievements of predominately white figures, Black Histor y Month gives everyone the opportunity to dive deeper into the history and contributions of African Americans and people of African or Caribbean descent. When it comes to pioneers in African American history, most of us recognize the names Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and Muhammad Ali, but there are many other noteworthy Black Americans who helped form our nation with their ideas, inventions, and accomplishments. As an example, The Forgotten Patriots Project from the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) documents the names of thousands of African Americans, Indigenous, and those of mixed heritage who fought against the British for our freedom. This list includes Crispus Attucks, the first person killed in the American Revolution at the Boston Massacre. We all remember learning about George Washington Carver, the inventor of peanut butter and 300 peanut products. But did

you know that he also came up with 118 products made with sweet potatoes? And 75 products with pecans? As a well-respected college professor and botanist, he also worked with three U.S. presidents. When his daughter almost fell down an elevator shaft, Alexander Miles patented a mechanism to automate elevator doors. His door designs are largely reflected in the elevators we still use today. Garret Morgan witnessed a carriage accident and came up with the three-signal traffic light featuring the yellow signal that alerts drivers when to slow down or yield. After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War, Lewis Latimer got a job as an office boy and through his drawing talent, eventually became head draftsman. Along with many inventions of his own, we can thank him for the success of Edison’s light bulb, which originally had a short lifespan of just a few days. Latimer created the filament system that made them last longer. This efficiency made light bulbs less expensive, enabling them to be widely used in homes and as street lights. Edison’s elite team of inventors included only one Black American, Lewis Latimer. And Frederick McKinley Jones definitely

deserves our gratitude for inventing refrigerated trucks, allowing fresh items to be delivered to our grocery stores and restaurants. Jones’ company, Thermo King, played a vital role in World War II by helping preserve blood, food, and other supplies. Before Jones’ invention, the only way to keep goods cold during transport was to use blocks of ice. If you’d like to learn more about the important contributions Black Americans have made, visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Much of its information is available online, including Curator Chats that provide additional insights about the museum exhibits and upcoming projects. Check out PBS TV as they celebrate Black History Month with musical performances, Oscar-nominated documentaries, and profiles of individuals who forged new paths in science, civil rights, sports, and more. The truth is, black history is really just everyone’s history. Black Americans have been making contributions to America from its inception, but like countless others whose achievements have altered and enriched our lives, many of these Black Americans remain relatively unknown.

Nourish Knoxville’s 2021 Winter Farmers’ Market Now Offers Online Ordering & Curbside Pickup


O U R I S H K N OX V I L L E is teaming up with Grow Oak Ridge to offer Market To-Go, online ordering for curbside pickup at the Nourish Knoxville Winter Farmers’ Market and the Grow Oak Ridge Winter Farmers’ Market. How it works: Customers create a free Local Food Marketplace account, select their pickup location (either Knoxville or Oak Ridge), shop from market vendors during the ordering window (Mondays at noon through Thursdays at noon before a scheduled market date), then pick up their order curbside during the scheduled time. To protect our staff, volunteers, vendors, and customers, Nourish Knoxville will require all guests over 2 years old to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while shopping on the Plaza. Check the information booth for free, disposable masks and gloves, as well as reusable cloth masks for sale. No unmasked person over 2 years old will be allowed to enter the market area during the Winter Farmers’ Market. Nourish Knoxville will continue to offer SNAP & P-EBT processing & doubling

2021 Winter Farmers’ Market Mary Costa Plaza, outside the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue 11 am to 1 pm February 6 & 20, March 6 & 20, and April 3 & 17 (Double Up Food Bucks) for all customers receiving benefits. SNAP & P-EBT purchases are doubled 1-for-1, up to $20 per day in Double Up Food Bucks, redeemable at the market for free fresh fruits and vegetables. Nourish Kids activities, geared towards children ages 2–12, will be offered at each of our markets. The take-home format will include a unique activity, a fruit or vegetable sample, and $5 in Produce Bucks to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at the market! “For the past seven years, Nourish

Knoxville’s Winter Farmers’ Market has served as a vital community food access point, as well as a key outlet for small, local farms and businesses during the winter months,” said Ellie Moore, Markets Manager with Nourish Knoxville. “Nourish Knoxville is committed to continuing this essential work through the pandemic by doing everything we can to keep our community and vendors safe as Covid-19 case numbers continue to climb. We hope our new, online marketplace will serve as an additional helpful tool, offering a contactless way to support local growers and producers as we transition into these new market modifications.” For more information about the Winter Farmers’ Market, visit www.nourishknoxville. org/winter-market. To learn more about the Market To-Go, our online ordering system, visit www.nourishknoxville.org/market-to-go. Nourish Knoxville is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization cultivating healthy communities by supporting relationships between local farmers, producers, and the public.

UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month

‘Taylor’ Juniper: A Standout Tall and Narrow Conifer BY A N DY P U LT E , D I S T I N G U I S H E D L E C T U R E R A N D D I R E C TO R , D E PA RT M E N T O F P L A N T S C I E N C E S

The ‘Taylor Juniper,’ seen here in Knoxville, is a great addition to Tennessee landscapes. The plant mimics many characteristics of the Italian Cypress.


HERE ARE several regions of the world where you can see the very narrow variation of Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens ‘Stricta’ Zone (7)8-10) in cultivation. They thrive in warm Mediterranean climates as their common name suggests. I’ve also seen very nice specimens in places like Charleston, South Carolina. However, I know several people across Tennessee who have tried with little success to grow this plant, perhaps due to the double whammy of wet-coldish winters and humidity. If you have seen the Italian Cypress and love its form and structure in the garden, there is a plant that comes very close to mimicking these attributes and can withstand Tennessee’s climate. ‘Taylor’ juniper, Juniperus virginiana, is named after the village of Taylor, Nebraska (population 186), a windswept prairie town in the heart of the Great Plains. Allen Wilke, a nurseryman from Columbus, Nebraska, found the plant in 1978, growing on land belonging to Marlin Britton west of Taylor.



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The parent plant was 25 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It was from this tree Wilke took his original cuttings. When designing gardens, I certainly like to combine formal elements with more natural features. Often we think of formal elements in the garden as high maintenance. This can include clipped hedges or very straight lines that need to be maintained. Perhaps ‘Taylor’s’ best feature is maintaining a tight formal appearance with little to no pruning. The size of the parent plant described above is what you can expect in the garden - just 3 feet wide but towering 25 feet high. ‘Taylor’ will do well planted in full sun and will be tolerant of almost any soil (except for soggy) you plant it in. However, I caution against overly amended, overly moist, or nutrient rich soils. This can cause ‘Taylor’ to grow too fast, and its form cannot be guaranteed. Think of the best spot in the garden for this plant as full sun in less than ideal soil. Overall, you will be impressed with the growth rate of ‘Taylor.’ It is not as quick as

some of the very common screening evergreens you might encounter. However, it only takes a few years to have a noticeable plant in the landscape. This plant is of course a cultivar of the very common Eastern Redcedar you see growing throughout Tennessee. It is tough, resilient, and can make a great addition to your landscape. ‘Taylor’ junipers can be viewed at each UT Gardens location: Knoxville, Crossville, and Jackson. The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Crossville, and Jackson. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit utia.tennessee. edu/state-botanical-garden.

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HILE MOST family events have moved indoors for the winter, why not surprise your loved ones this Valentine’s Day with a special gift that will provide unlimited out-of-door events in 2021 that the entire family can enjoy all year-round? Now is the perfect time to install the totally unique underdeck ceiling system from Undercover Systems under your home’s existing raised decks. This underdeck system will ensure this year’s events will be protected from unexpected and unwanted rain, snow, and the searing summertime sun. 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. Undeck ceilings are available in a variety of colors and textures - even bead board! - to perfectly complement your existing architecture and landscaping plans. “It’s a great time to weatherproof all of your out-of-door events,” said Jim Conn, owner of Undercover Systems. “Throughout the entire process, our skilled craftsmen work with you, each step of the way, until your project is completed to your satisfaction. And because your project will be completed this winter, you can begin enjoying your new outdoor living spaces at the first sign of spring.” As a complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau, Undercover Systems offers homeowners the peace of mind that they deserve in a building contractor. Your entire Undercover underdeck system will be installed using genuine Undercover components custom designed for your unique project and not the generic, big box store, off-the-shelf components used by the competition. Why not surprise your family this year with a special Valentine’s gift that your friends and family can enjoy all year long and start creating a lifetime of memories? Undercover’s patented underdecking system helps extend your outdoor season of enjoyment by protecting your family from early spring showers, July and August’s relentless sun, and autumn rains. Call Jim Conn today at 423-267-0091 and make this a Valentine’s Day celebration you and your family will long remember. Undercover Systems 423.267.0091 www.UndercoverSystems.com February 202 1



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


OME of you may wonder why I even write a gardening article in the winter. Frankly, this is one of the most critical times of the year for your yard, because this is when the dreaming and planning starts. In order to have a successful season, you need to begin thinking now about what you want to do. The first thing I suggest you do is a good walk-around. Pick a pretty day and venture into all the corners and nooks in your yard so you can see what is going on. Remember to look up, down, and all around. Look up at tree branches to see if you have sparse canopies, broken or damaged branches, loose bark, woodpecker holes, or mushrooms. Look down for weeds, mole tunnels, vole holes, or shallow holes where possums, skunks, or raccoons are digging for grubs. Look all around in shrubs, perennials, and annuals for signs of disease or overwintering insects. Do you have plants that need to

... this is one of the most critical times of the year for your yard, because this is when the dreaming and planning starts. be pruned, divided, or moved? Make notes and call us if you have any questions. Here are some other things that you can do this month: • If a vegetable garden is in your plans, this is a good time to get it ready by tilling processed manure and compost into the soil. All those nutrients will break down and be available in the soil when planting time comes. If you did raised beds, work in compost with a shovel. • By the end of the month, it will (hopefully) be warm enough for you to sow greens, lettuce, peas, radishes, and onions in those beds. • If you have a cold frame, you can start cold weather veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. • Perennial herbs can be planted indoors, but wait a little longer on annuals and warm season vegetables. I know you want







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a real tomato, but if you plant a tomato before the ground is warm enough, it will not bear fruit. Patience, grasshopper! • Our winters tend to be erratic, and a 3" layer of mulch helps keep the temperature of the soil more stable. Remember to make donuts and not volcanoes around trees. Piling mulch around the trunk damages the tree. • Yes, you can prune. It always causes my stress level to rise when I say that because some of you will use it as an excuse to take out all your frustrations for the year on your plants. Please don’t. Educate yourself about what you should and shouldn’t prune and how to prune properly. Please do not commit Crepe murder, and do not prune your spring bloomers or you will have no bloomers. • This is a great time to cut out the privet, honeysuckle, and wild grapes that hide amongst your shrubs. That is where you can take out your frustrations! You can also get some really good exercise pulling weeds. Herbicides will not work when it is cold, so please check the directions for minimum spraying temperatures. • Do not forget the birds. They are having a hard time in the cold and will really appreciate a full, clean feeder. High fat foods such as black oil sunflower seeds and suet will help them stay warm. A heated birdbath will also make their lives ever so much better. It is hard to drink or bathe in ice. There are some things going on in the gardening world that I need to tell you about before I finish up. Number one, there are some shortages. Chemicals, bagged goods, birding supplies, and garden tools are much harder to get right now. There are several items that I have been out of for months, and no one seems to know when they will be back in stock. There are also shortages in the plant world. Many growers had sold through the 2020 crop by the beginning of September and had tapped into the 2021 crop. What I am telling you is that some plants may not be available or may be smaller than usual. Please be patient. We can’t print out plants on a 3D printer! Thatʼs it for this month. I know you will soon have lots of questions about your plants, so don’t hesitate to give us a call or stop by. We want to help you have a beautiful home!

Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center 9885 Highway 11E Lenoir City, TN 37772 865.986.7229 www.meadowviewgreenhouse.com

Sandstone Court Makes its Mark S ANDSTONE COURT, located in the heart of downtown Knoxville on W. Clinch Avenue, was built in 1928 by the Morris Plan Bank. The building is named after its sandstone façade and was designed by local architects Baumann & Baumann. Morris Plan Bank was organized on the theory that people of limited means should have opportunities to borrow money on the basis of character. The bank was organized on February 1, 1916, with $50,000 and was owned entirely by local Knoxville stockholders. The first president was James Allen Smith, the owner of J. Allen Smith Company, makers of the famous White Lily flour brand. Morris Plan Bank occupied the building until 1948, when the Tennessee Valley Bank relocated there. Throughout the years, the second floor was home to many businesses, including a dentist, beauty salon, bookstore, photography business, and law firm. In 2005,

the building was renovated, and the first floor became home to the local architectural firm, Studio Four Design, Inc., with condominiums on the second floor. In 2002, Knox Heritage and the Junior League of Knoxville created the Downtown Knoxville Marker Program. Fifty downtown buildings received bronze oval markers with the name of the building and the year the building was constructed. This program was expanded in 2009 when Knox Heritage created the Downtown Knoxville Walking Tour brochure, which featured 50 buildings and included the history of each. A few years later, the brochure was expanded to 60 buildings and finally, in 2016, was expanded to 70 buildings. Sandstone Court is one of the buildings that was featured in the 2016 expanded edition of the brochure. In December 2020, the building received its bronze marker as part of a Knox County Defined Services Tourism, Arts and Cultural grant. “As architects and business owners, we wanted to show our commitment to and be a part of Knoxville’s downtown revitalization efforts in the early 2000s,” said

Mike Keller, 414 Clinch Ave, LLC. “So when the opportunity came up to own a historic piece of downtown’s story, we jumped at the chance. To find out after the fact that the building has been recognized by Knox Heritage with a plaque for its historic importance and for it to be on the historic walking tour, where those on the tour get a chance to appreciate Sandstone Court’s character and architectural detail, is the icing on the cake.” Downtown Knoxville Walking Tour brochures are available for free at the Knoxville Visitors Center, located at 301 S. Gay Street, and other businesses in downtown Knoxville. It is also available at www.knoxheritage.org.

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Winter Wellness: 3 Expert Tips to Boost Overall Health A RT I C L E C O U RT E S Y O F B P T


OW THAT WE’RE in the chillier months, the winter season brings simple pleasures such as hot cocoa and cozy nights by the fireplace. However, winter can also take a toll on your well-being, as colder weather tends to make many people want to curl up inside with a blanket. Plus, the ongoing challenges of virtual learning, remote working, and staying home can also impact overall health. Fortunately, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner has three simple tips to boost your overall health and immunity this winter: 1. Get active daily With so many people working and studying remotely, physical activity is already lower. With the addition of colder weather, people of all ages may not be getting enough exercise. It’s important to make time to be active at a moderate level for 20-30 minutes a day. You can stay safe working out at home by following free online workout videos, practicing stretching and yoga independently, playing actively with your kids, or doing another activity that gets you up and moving. Whatever you like, just make sure to carve out time daily to be active to ensure the most benefits. 2. Soak up the sun whenever possible Fresh air and being outside is great for supporting mental health, but it has physical benefits as well. Being outside for 10-15 minutes each day helps your body absorb adequate vitamin D from the sun. So even if the weather is chilly, it’s worth putting on a few layers and going outside on your patio or taking a walk around the block. You’ll be amazed how refreshed you feel! Remember, if you’re going to be outside longer than 15 minutes, you’ll want to wear sunscreen, because even during cool or cloudy days, sunburn is a possibility. 3. Choose nutrient-dense foods Ensuring you get plenty of vitamins is important, especially during winter months, to support health and wellness. One simple swap you can make is adding nutritious Eggland’s Best eggs to your diet. Compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs are richer in a variety of micronutrients, including six times more vitamin D, 10 times more vitamin E, and more than double the vitamin B12 and omega-3s. These micronutrients can only be derived through the foods we eat and can help support a strong immune system throughout the winter. To add even more nutrition, pair your eggs with plenty of colorful vegetables like spinach, tomatoes, bell peppers, and more. If you’re looking for a nutritious and delicious brunch recipe this winter season, try the Asian Frittata from Eggland’s Best.



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Asian Frittata Ingredients: Sauce • 1 tablespoon white vinegar • 1 tablespoon soy sauce • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root • 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic Frittata • 6 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/4-inch strips • 1 teaspoon soy sauce • 2 teaspoons sesame oil • 6 Eggland’s Best Eggs (large) • 1/2 teaspoon pepper • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper • 4 (1/2 cup) green onions, thinly sliced • 1 small stalk (1 cup) bok choy, cut into 1/2-inch pieces Directions: Heat oven to 350º F. Place oven rack in upper middle position. Combine all sauce ingredients in bowl; set aside. Combine chicken, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon sesame oil in bowl; set aside. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil, eggs, pepper, and salt in bowl; beat with whisk. Set aside. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in 10-inch nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until sizzling; add chicken strips. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove chicken; set aside. Add 1 tablespoon butter to same skillet; add bell pepper, green onions, and bok choy. Cook over medium-high heat 2-3 minutes or until vegetables just begin to soften. Remove vegetables; set aside. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in skillet over medium heat until butter is sizzling. Add chicken and vegetables to egg mixture; pour egg mixture into skillet. Cook, stirring and lifting around bottom edges with spatula, 1-2 minutes or until eggs just begin to set. Place skillet into oven; bake 8-10 minutes or until eggs are set. Carefully place large plate over skillet; turn skillet to release frittata onto plate. Serve with reserved sauce.

Are You Tired of Dry, Cracking, Itchy Skin? BY D AV I D B R E W S T E R , O W N E R O F A Q U A C L E A R WAT E R S YS T E M S , L LC


OR THE longest time, I thought it was the grass that caused my dry, flaky, itchy skin. As a kid growing up in the country, that made the most sense to my parents when itchy, red bumps formed on my skin! Typically we managed it by grabbing a bottle of lotion formulated for “skin relief” or visiting the dermatologist when the pain worsened. Those creams and even the dermatologist only helped temporarily. It wasn’t until I got into the water treatment business that I discovered what the CAUSE of my dry skin was - my water! Below are the top 3 skin irritants that were present in my water and are most likely in yours! 1. Chlorine: The water I bathed in had as much chlorine, if not more, than a swimming pool. Chlorine is made to kill bacteria, and it’s extremely effective at destroying both the good and bad kind. This means your dehydrated skin could be because of your water killing off the good bacteria that lives on your skin’s surface. 2. Hardness: Hard water has high levels of calcium and magnesium. This caused a

soap film on my skin and hair, just like on your glass shower door. Why, you ask? The chemicals in soap bind to the dissolved rock in your water, which clogs your pores and strips your hair of essential oils. Soft water can eliminate that soap build-up and begin to heal your skin. 3. Chromium: Have you ever heard of Erin Brockovich? This is the chemical she fought the power company, PG&E, over! Many experts consider chromium-6 to be a human carcinogen, which causes skin irritation, serious skin rash, and allergic contact dermatitis, among other things. The grass or our laundry detergent made the most “logical” sense as the culprit of my issues, but once I improved the quality of the water, everything changed. I fixed the CAUSE of my skin issues and stopped merely treating the symptoms. We believe that improving the quality of your water is the easiest health upgrade you can make. For anyone struggling with skin problems - not only have I been there, but so have hundreds (if not thousands) of my 9,000+ clients until they gave us the opportunity to educate them about WHY

they were having skin issues. I’m not a doctor, but I am someone that has improved people’s water for the last 26 years and seen success story after success story! You could have your own success story, and we’d love to help you on that journey! Give us the opportunity to solve your skin issues with one of our whole-home Kinetico water treatment systems, and you won’t regret it! As an extension of good faith, we’ll give you a 100% refund and uninstall the system if you don’t see results. Give us a call today to turn your skin story around!

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Tips to Help Make the Most of Your Health Plan in 2021 A RT I C L E C O U RT E S Y O F B P T


AST YEAR was a difficult year as the Covid-19 pandemic swept through our countr y, impacting families and communities nationwide. The health challenges of the pandemic also provided a crucial reminder about the importance of healthcare. For many Americans, new health plan benefits began in January. If this is your situation, now is the perfect time to learn how to maximize this year’s health benefits, which may help improve your health - and possibly save money, too. Ann Marie O’Brien, R.N., national director of health strategies at UnitedHealthcare, provides the following tips to help you take charge of your health and get the most out of your plan in 2021: 1. Understand health insurance concepts. Review common health insurance terms like premium, deductible, and copay. This may help you better understand your plan and how your costs are calculated. Insurance plans differ depending on the providers you see and how much you pay for services. Remember, in-network providers are contracted with your health insurer to provide services at a lower cost, so consider checking whether your current healthcare providers are in your network before making an appointment. Out-ofnetwork providers may cost more and lead to higher out-of-pocket costs for you. 2. Schedule preventive services. Be proactive by taking advantage of



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preventive services that are often covered by your insurance, like an annual physical, mental health screening, or flu shot. Scheduling these appointments with your primary care doctor may help prevent health problems before they arise. 3. Check your behavioral health coverage. Some insurers, such as UnitedHealthcare, offer behavioral health care programs that can range from treatment for substance use, eating disorders, anxiety, and stress, with a goal of helping to improve your overall well-being. For example, an on-demand emotional support mobile app called Sanvello ® is available to help you cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. 4. Take advantage of telehealth visits. A popular healthcare choice, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, has been telehealth or virtual visits, which enable people to connect 24/7 with a healthcare provider via a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. They may be an easier, more affordable way to talk to a doctor about common health issues. Log in to your health plan’s member portal to check availability. 5. Explore your options for wellness programs. Many health plans now offer discounts and other incentives for working out, walking, signing up for an online health coaching program, lowering your cholesterol, or avoiding nicotine. Incentive-based wellness programs are designed to reward people for

making healthier choices. Check with your insurer or employer to see what programs are available to you. 6. Review your prescription coverage. Check to see what’s covered under your prescription drug plan by logging into your health plan’s member portal or by calling the phone number on your ID card. Your plan will show medication costs and coverage and help you locate a network pharmacy. It also helps to ask about generic medication options. In many cases, generic medications contain the same active ingredients as their brand-name counterparts, and they may save you money. 7. Apply for a child medical grant. Some charitable organizations, such as the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF), provide child medical grants to middle- and low-income families who don’t qualify for Medicaid. Families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child ($10,000 lifetime maximum per child) and do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded more than 25,000 grants valued at over $54 million to children and their families across the United States. Families can read eligibility criteria and complete an online application at www.uhccf.org. Becoming familiar with your new health plan - especially at the start of a new year is one way to help you be proactive when it comes to your health.

Block the Sun, Not Your View Like Sunglasses for Your Windows


ITH WINTER now in full swing, the sun is lower on the horizon and the afternoon UV rays, coming in through your windows and glass doors, can be damaging to your home’s furniture, draperies, carpets, and wood flooring. Not to mention the annoyance of a blinding glare, especially when it is reflecting off a nearby lake or pool. Like sunglasses for your windows, Retractable Sunshades from Screens of East Tennessee can filter the sun rays, eliminating damage to your furnishings and the unwanted glare. You can maintain your views from your living room and kitchen or opt for a complete “black out” effect in a media room. Unlike permanent shade products, Retractable Sunshades are controlled by a wireless remote so they are only there when you need them and retracted out of sight when you don’t. Exterior mounted Retractable Sunshades provide a clean look from inside your home without affecting your interior window treatments and operate with your windows whether they are opened or closed. A variety of fabric types and styles can filter as much or as little light as you desire, and Screens of East Tennessee offers a wide selection of options to match or complement your home’s décor and color scheme. Many homeowners already use Retractable Sunshades to prevent passive heat gain in the summer months by preventing the sun’s rays from reaching windows, doors, and patios, and they are a great way to keep your home cooler and more comfortable while reducing energy costs. Retractable Sunshades also offer UV protection, which safeguards your home’s interior and furnishings all year-round. Whether preventing the glaring winter sun or protecting your home from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays, now is a great time to call Screens of East Tennessee to receive your no-cost, no-obligation consultation and estimate for Retractable Sunshades for your home. Screens of East Tennessee 865.919.1615 www.tennesseescreens.com www.phantomscreens.com

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Toto's Steve Lukather Shares His New Album & His Birthday Gift to Ringo Starr BY R A N DY PAT T E R S O N , B O O M E R O C I T Y.C O M


E ADERS MAY already know that Toto’s Steve “Luke” Lukather is a good friend of Boomerocity, going back at least eight years. Luke has always been generous with his time and a gracious host for several Toto shows, in addition to a show with Ringo Starr. Luke has been a member of Ringo’s All-Starr Band for almost 10 years. I reached out to Luke at his SoCal home to discuss his new album and to catch up on Toto’s post-litigation news. We started off, however, discussing a new music video that features Ringo Starr, titled “Run to Me.” “That was a gift to Ringo,” said Luke. “That’s why I put it out so early (before the album), because it’s nothing like the rest of my record, stylistically. But it was a cool tune written for Ringo for his 80th birthday. It was supposed to be included in a video thing that never actually came out. Me, Colin Hay (Men at Work), Gregg Rolie (Santana & Journey), and a bunch of the guys who made it never used it, and I’m like, ‘Why didn’t it happen?’ “So I said, ‘Well, you know what, this is so cool. We got Ringo to play on it and everything. I love the tune. So let’s put it out in the summer. It’s a happy tune for unhappy times!” Luke finished by saying, “It was made for zero dollars! Joseph Williams (also of Toto fame) made it on an iPhone and then got Brent Carpenter to go to Ringo’s, and we taped him playing. He then sent the film to Joe, who put it all together. It was just meant for Ringo’s birthday, but it came out so good! I thought, well, let’s put it on it (the new album). Let’s put it out. Come on. It’s a happy tune. Look, it has Ringo Starr - one of my favorite human beings on planet Earth, as well as one of my favorite drummers - and he just came in and killed it Ringo-style and played the tambourine.



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That tambourine was the same tambourine that was on the Beatles records, and it was on Revolver. You’re like, pinch yourself! I have a lot of pinch me moments.” Luke is right, it is a cool video with Ringo playing the drums and that iconic tambourine. It’s done in classic “pandemic home video” style, complete with dance moves in the kitchen, loved ones, and, of course, a cute dog. Be sure to catch the “Run to Me” video on Boomerocity.com. Click on the “Read More” button on Steve Lukather’s photo to watch Ringo Starr’s special birthday song while we find out more about Luke’s pinch me moments. Luke and the band he has been with for more than 40 years, Toto, have had a tumultuous few years, legally speaking, that has recently been settled. Luke and lead singer Joseph Williams, along with Toto’s David Paich, are continuing Toto’s legacy, with Luke’s upcoming release of a new solo album, “I’ve Found the Sun Again,” and a new release on the same day from Joseph Williams. On the subject of his and Joseph Williams’ solo albums that both land this month, Luke said, “We’ve been rehearsing the new band

from a distance, wearing masks and all that. It’s been a long year for everybody. We put together a plan to have our albums come out the same day and have a similar cover. We’re on each other’s records. David Paich is on mine and also Joe’s, and we co-wrote together. I did duets with him. It’s not a Toto record, but it’s probably as close as you’re ever going to get to one again.” Boomerocity asked Luke to share more about his new solo album, and he responded: “My record’s harder, more jam. There are longer pieces of music. A lot of improvisation. It’s cut 90% live. I overdubbed the vocals the same day, and we made the whole album in eight days. All the solos are real. I got David Paich, Jeff Babko from Jimmy Kimmel’s band, Jorgen Carlsson from Gov’t Mule, John Pierce (Huey Lewis & The News) on bass, Gregg Bissonette (drummer, also in Ringo’s All Star Band), and myself. We didn’t rehearse. I pointed to guys to solo like I was conducting in the studio! It’s all on film. Brent Carpenter, my dear brother, came down and filmed ‘Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys,’ which was a big jam! I was really proud of the way it came out and just had so much fun making this record. We wanted to make a record old school with 1972 values. Everybody’s playing live in the studio but with 2020’s fidelity.” There is so much more that Luke shares, including insights into how the album was made, more about the Toto litigation, playing with Ringo, and how it is being Steve Lukather; blasting his guitar to a neighbor who made the mistake of mowing his yard a tad too early in the morning…

You can watch it all on video by visiting www.Boomerocity.com.

What Is a “Covid Dog?”


UE TO COVID-19 “stay at home restrictions” this past year, pet owners were home for more hours than usual due to adults working remotely and kids being homeschooled while not attending extracurricular activities. The extra time with their family members was appreciated but, unfortunately, dogs have not been getting proper socialization, causing them to have a tough time being boarded or left in someone else’s care. At our kennel, we are seeing many dogs who are now scared of their own shadow! We term them “Covid Dogs.” It’s not any fault of the dog, but rather the circumstances of constant, full attention, “only dog” s yndrome they have developed by being at home with family almost 100% of the time. Socialization is an essential tool for your dog to understand that “new and different” doesn’t inevitably translate to “bad and scary.” Having positive interactions with a variety of people, places, and things can set the stage for your dog’s confidence and appropriate responses to new experiences. Allowing your dog to “be a dog”

with proper, supervised play with other dogs (and people!) assists him in being well-rounded. Every dog doesn’t need to be a “social butterfly” and love everything or everybody - the goal is for them to be comfortable enough to feel safe, secure, and happy in new environments. The dangers of under-socialization can be avoided with a well-constructed doggy daycare plan. At Ms. C’s, we design an individualized development plan for each dog based on their personality and circumstance. Doggy Daycare allows your dog to meet new friends (people and other canines) and learn the rules of friendly play. Ms. C’s Doggy Daycare runs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday morning, afternoon, or all day. Call to discuss your dog’s situation and to begin developing his socialization.

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Random Acts of Kindness 2021 T

HE MONTH of February is the last month of winter, meaning that spring is on its way. Even with its wintery mix of cold weather, February has some very nice occasions that can make even the coldest day feel warm and happy! Valentine’s Day on the 14th is a wonderful day that gives us the opportunity to show our caring and affection for others by giving them flowers and a moment of kindness. National Random Acts of Kindness Week runs from the 15th through the 21st, and people are encouraged to do random acts of kindness to others to give them an emotional boost and make them feel included. At Random Acts of Flowers, these two wonderful occasions are blended into a weekly activity where we randomly deliver recycled and re-purposed flowers to individuals in healthcare facilities to provide them with an emotional boost, a moment of kindness, and a smile! Even during these challenging times, Random Acts of Flowers is delivering an average of 250 flower arrangements every week, which means that the 250 recipients, plus their families, and their healthcare providers all receive the uplifting, positive, emotional boost of randomly

National Random Acts of Kindness Week February 15-21 Do random acts of kindness to others to give them an emotional boost and make them feel included!

receiving flowers and an act of kindness. Not only do our recipients, their families, and healthcare providers get an emotional boost from this effort, but the Random Acts of Flowers volunteers do, too! Whether it is picking up the donated flowers, prepping the donated flowers, or creating the arrangements, Random Acts of Flowers volunteers get to experience the warm feeling of helping others – even on the coldest days! If you want to make an impact with Random Acts of Flowers by volunteering or making a donation, call us at 865-6339082, email us at info@RAFKnoxville.org, or visit www.RAFKnoxville.org.

A volunteer with the beautiful bouquet she created!

Arrangement delivered to an individual in an assisted living facility. February 202 1



Center New Exhibitions Opening Emporium February 5-26


HE ARTS & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center February 5-26. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, February 5, from 5 to 8 pm. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

windows into the past: A glimpse of hopes and dreams - some fulfilled, some not. They, too, tell a story about people, society, and culture. Through her photographs, she hopes to awaken the viewer’s soul and invite them to be transported to other cultures and times. 
Steve Rehn: A Day in the Life

National Juried Exhibition of 2021

Dark Harmony (acrylic) by Shannon Deana Johnson The Arts & Culture Alliance presents its 15th annual National Juried Exhibition, a new exhibition featuring selected works from 45 artists throughout the region. The National Juried Exhibition was developed in 2006 to provide a forum for artists to compete on a regional scale and display their highest quality work. The exhibition encompasses all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists working in photography, acrylic, pencil, fibers, oil, paper, and a variety of other media. More than $1,000 in cash awards will be announced at a brief awards ceremony on February 5 at 6 pm. Dana Moody: Havana: Behind the Façade

Dana Moody’s obsession for architectural studies began at a young age and has formed both her career as a professor of interior architecture and her creative endeavors as a photographer. In an effort to translate how her eyes see historic architecture and interiors, Dana explored different mediums and styles of art, including acrylic paintings and marker and pencil renderings on hand-drafted drawings. Eventually, she discovered that photography captures the integrity of architectural details that are often glossed over in paintings and drawings. Moody’s architectural photographs are



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Artist’s statement: Life inspires art, and art captures life. While this collection of images is eclectic (watercolor, colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, cut-paper), it follows the theme of representing important people, places, and events in my life that have inspired artistic interpretation. Perhaps by viewing these pieces, you can share in my journey of developing artistic skill by creating meaningful and lasting visual memories. 
Having lived in the state of Washington during the entirety of my first six decades of his life, the majority of Rehn’s artwork has revolved around depicting the beauties of the Pacific Northwest, in particular its coastal regions. Now that he lives in Eastern Tennessee, Steve is discovering the joys of mountain views, of which there are plenty, and is beginning to build up a collection of art that reflects his new surroundings. Conny Zhao: A Place to Land

Conny Zhao is a multimedia artist, musician, and ethnomusicologist from Knoxville. She enjoys exploring musical communities throughout the world and hopes to combine photography, videography, and audio to create accessible platforms for folk musicians to demonstrate their own traditions. Her work as a multimedia artist focuses on

underrepresented peoples, how they interact with and exist within their surroundings, and how they perform their identities through various mediums. A Place to Land focuses on the relationships between indigenous peoples of China, Palestine, and Mongolia and their historic and cultural ties to land. Zhao explores how marginalized groups, such as Southern or Inner Mongols, Kam (Dong), Buryats, Tibetans, and Palestinians can navigate and negotiate their identities through the passing down of cultural artifacts to younger generations, mundane daily rituals, and active acts of resistance. Her series of photographs from 2018-2019 specifically concentrates on each group’s historical connection to land and the types of landscapes they inhabit, looking at how these various landscapes can impact and shape ethnic identity. She also examines what oppressive government policies, urbanization, or environmental damage might mean for the future of these groups. Robert Simon: Meanderings of the MIND

Artist’s statement: Drawing is and has been an incredible escape for me throughout most of my life. People often ask me how I can do this. To me, it makes more sense to ask how can I not do it. Drawing puts a sense of balance and order into my world. People frequently ask me what certain drawings mean. I believe that art evokes thoughts and feelings that are the viewer’s own. To dictate what should be interpreted interferes with what the viewer may need most out of the experience. Each person is free to input whatever meaning they wish on my work. There is much about my work that at first seems chaotic and confusing, but, if one looks closely, continually repeating patterns form a larger entity. I see my art as visual jazz of limitless patterns and infinite combinations with no set conventions to follow. The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 865-523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.



FEBRUARY February 4: Ice Bears vs. Birmingham Bulls (Throwback Thursday) at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm. February 4: Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7:30 pm. February 4-7: The Snow Queen at Knoxville Children’s Theatre. February 4 & 5 at 7 pm, February 6 at 1 & 5 pm, and February 7 at 3 pm. February 5: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. February 5-27: The Delaney Brothers Lives in Art at UT Downtown Gallery. Wednesdays-Fridays from 11 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm. February 6: Knoxville Classical Guitar: Jeffrey Fratus in concert at Holston Hills Country Club at 7 pm. February 6: Ice Bears vs. Huntsville Havoc (All Vol Night) at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm. February 7: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale featuring Marble City Opera performers livestream from the Bijou Theatre at 2:30 pm. Fe b r u a r y 1 0 : K n ox v i l l e Sy m p h o ny Orchestra presents Principal Quartet & Principal Woodwind Quintent livestream from the Bijou Theatre at 12 pm.



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February 11: PechaKucha Night livestream from the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. February 12: Ice Bears vs. Huntsville Havoc (All Vol Night) at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm.

February 12-14: Dogwood Arts House & Garden Virtual Show from 10 am to 5 pm at www.dogwoodarts.com. February 13: Ice Bears vs. Birmingham Bulls (Star Wars Night) at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm. February 13: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents Ragtime Kings livestream from the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. February 14: Valentine’s Day. February 15: Presidents’ Day. February 18: Home Composting Webinar Thursday Talks from Keep Knoxville Beautiful from 10 to 11 am. February 18-19: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart & Schumann at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. February 19-21: Knoxville Flea Market at the Knoxville Expo Center. Friday 2 to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.

February 20: The Oddities & Curiosities Expo at the Knoxville Convention Center from 10 am to 6 pm. February 20: Winter Tree Walk at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum at 10 am. February 20: Paul Belcher presents Battle of Songs featuring Primitive Quartet, Triumphant Quartet, The Browders, and Mark Trammell Quartet at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 6 pm. February 20: The Search for Persephone - A Mythological Ballet by Go! Contemporary Dance Works livestream performance from the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm. Fe b r u a r y 2 5 - 2 7 : Th e P i c k y C h i c k Consignment at the Knoxville Expo Center. Thursday & Friday from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. February 25-28: 2021 Bassmaster Elite Tournament along the Tennessee River and Volunteer Landing. February 26: Ice Bears vs. Pensacola Ice Flyers (Military Appreciation Night) at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm. February 27: Ice Bears vs. Pensacola Ice Flyers (Wiener Dog Races) at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm.

February 20: Polar Plunge at the West Side Family YMCA. All event dates and times subject to change.

Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits SUCCESS

On January 12, 2009, our lives were turned upside down when Goody’s closed, where John was an IT manager. Living in a borrowed motor coach and with a contractor building our kennel, our income had just been cut in half. Worried was an understatement! Hearing of our misfortune, Tom from Everything Knoxville helped us to create a cost-effective, well-thought out marketing plan to help us secure potential clients for our new kennel. Everything Knoxville is not just magazines. Behind those publications is a great team of professionals, sharing their personal experiences, inspiring and promoting small businesses like ours. In 2014, Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits was recognized as a top boarding resort and grooming spa in the Knoxville area by the Knoxville News Sentinel Reader’s Choice Award. God has truly blessed us! Thank you Everything Knoxville for your role in our success.

JeanAnn & John Carrigan Owners of Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits

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Things to Do When You Can’t Do Things! A S WE COME very close to having spent a year doing our best to stay home and be socially distant, the walls of our home, while offering shelter, can (and have begun to!) feel more than a little confining. Travel is still limited, filled with restrictions and anxieties of its own. So where do we find some respite from the every day, something different to focus on, and maybe even broaden our knowledge base? Enter the “virtual experience” to break up some of the monotony. While online tours and classes are certainly not “new,” we are all feeling the need to expand our boundaries right about now, and the world wide web is conveniently at our fingertips! Think of these virtual adventures as a mental vacation where you can focus on a National Park, your favorite artist, or the Eiffel Tower instead of yet another TV show. It is truly amazing just how much content is available now. Whatever hobby or interest you may have, there is surely an online experience to match it. Begin locally with a tour of Knoxville’s own Blount Mansion, or watch the animals play at Zoo Knoxville. Expand your reach to Nashville with a tour of downtown or the Country Music Hall of Fame. Visit the Lexington Historical Society or selected parts of the Biltmore House in Asheville. Enjoy a beach view in Maui, Hawaii, or check out what’s going on at Pacific Walrus Beach in Round Island, Alaska. Take a tour of Paris’ Louvre museum or Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. And from there, the sky is the limit - literally! Take a trip on NASA’s International Space Station to see what the earth looks like while they orbit.

In addition, every craft tutorial imaginable is represented in a YouTube video. Interested in learning more about container gardening? Playing the guitar? Science projects with items you probably already have on hand? New makeup techniques? While most virtual experiences are free, some ask for a donation, and some charge a fee. So go ahead and learn to cook with a TV star, “walk” through The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York - even Graceland is accessible through virtual tours now! Maybe you’ll discover a place you just “have” to visit when we can all get outand-about again. It’s always nice to have something to look forward to!

Here are a few ideas to get you started on your virtual journey: Take Route 66 from Illinois to California and “travel” this piece of America’s bygone auto culture before it’s gone! Find unique motels, iconic service stations, food stops, and other roadside attractions. Love t ra n s p o r t at i o n? How a b o u t the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Michigan or The Museum of Flight in Seattle? Or watch the ships navigate through the Panama Canal locks. Visit historical sites here in the U.S. like New York’s Ellis Island, where many of our families began their American adventure. Remember the Alamo in Texas, explore Alcatraz Island to bring “The Rock” to life, or discover Castillo De San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida - the oldest remaining 17th century masonry fort. Go abroad with a tour of the Colosseum in Rome, the Egyptian Pyramids, or explore Peru’s Machu Piccu. Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil and the Great Wall of China are also available.

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For music lovers, the Metropolitan Opera House hosts international concerts, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ready to be explored. Type your favorite singer or band into your browser and just see what comes up - they may have a new album out or concert footage for viewing. Many noteworthy museums are offering virtual tours, from the curving halls of the Guggenheim in New York to the British Museum in London that houses the Rosetta Stone. Or check out the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. Have a fondness for a specific artist or architect? Type in their name, hit return, and you’ll be amazed at what is available! Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh all have tours - just to name a few. There is also access to many Frank Lloyd Wright designed houses - even his personal home in Wisconsin, Taliesin. If nature is more of what “speaks” to you, then most of America’s National Parks now offer virtual tours. Watch Old Faithful erupt in real time, go on a hike in Bryce Canyon, or visit Congaree National Forest in South Carolina to experience the largest old growth forest in the southeast. The San Diego Zoo now live-streams many of its animal areas, as does the Houston Zoo. View everything from jellyfish to sea otters at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. You can even live-stream African

elephants when the herd comes to drink at a Kenyan river. Want a more interactive experience? Sign up for a cooking class to make homemade pasta with an Italian grandma or opt for delicious empanadas with a Costa Rican chef. Some of these classes are offered for individual or group participation, so making it a “party” with far away friends is a good way to reconnect! Sports fan? Try the National Baseball Hall of Fame America, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, or maybe the Chicago Sports Museum. Get to know your way around Augusta National, where the Masters Golf Tournament is played. Space nerd? Log on to Astronomy and Space to take a virtual tour of NASA’s Langley Research Center. Fan of both space & sports? Go straight to the International Space Station, Expedition 64, where last month they had a conversation with Pittsburgh Steelers’ Quarterback Josh Dobbs (of University of Tennessee fame!) While travel has slowed considerably during the coronavirus pandemic, technology is allowing you to visit almost any place on the planet. From historical spots in the USA like Colonial Williamsburg and Mount Vernon to beautiful national parks and art museums here and abroad, there are many wonderful experiences waiting for you - all just a click away!

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Business Note


V E R Y T H I N G K N OX V I L L E w a s conceived 15 years ago by Tom & Judy Irmen to provide a means for small business owners and Knoxville residents to connect with each other. It’s been a highly successful venture that has helped many entrepreneurs start and grow a business, many of whom are in this month’s issue. The Irmens have mentored and entrusted us with the publication, and we are excited for the future. Our aim is to continue helping small business owners communicate their best message, provide a resource for our readers to discover area professionals and the expertise they offer, and to offer news and events on what’s going on in Knoxville and surrounding areas. As we move into 2021, there are many in our small business and entrepreneur community who have struggled with the challenges of the past year. Many of us have had to change our business model, how to conduct business, and what to offer. What has been learned? Probably more than we realize. This could be an ideal time to take a step back and work on your business rather than in your business. A change in routine, environment, and those you interact with can be highly beneficial in gaining a fresh perspective with time to think, reflect, and to perhaps recognize new ideas or creative solutions

to issues you have faced. Your spouse may also appreciate the break from your routine! For those who may be stuck in a work-from-home isolated “rut,” encourage yourself to engage your mind by learning something new. Anything. Simple or complex. On a physiological level, learning new things is good for your brain, as new information enhances neural pathways and may help you problem solve from outside of your usual “box.” There are a multitude of resources for online learning or simply exploring virtually. While researching our “virtual tours” article, we came across fascinating information that would interest young and old alike. A few examples can be found on pages 48-49, where one of the most interesting things we found is an interview with former UT quarterback Josh Dobbs and the astronauts on the International Space Station, which also has continuous live streaming of the view to Earth. Quite cool indeed! As you prepare for the coming year and consider how you can personally or professionally broaden your horizons and revisit priorities, please support your fellow small business owners. They are our friends and neighbors, a vital part of our community, and their survival is dependent on us! Spend your $ locally, encourage them, and refer others to those you know who would benefit from their business. To a happy and healthier 2021!


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HE COOL, dry winter days can be detrimental to our skin and skin tone. Temperatures drop as the sun’s rays are further away. But don’t let these seasonal effects trick you. If you’re outside, you’re still at risk for sun exposure and skin damage. 

 Sun exposure without proper protection, such as sunscreen and protective clothing, can cause brown spots and skin irregularities. Most hyperpigmentation is triggered by unprotected sun exposure, while some hyperpigmentation, such as melanoma, is induced by hormones. Melasma, more commonly seen in females, is usually triggered by UV exposure or even induced by heat. It may appear during pregnancy or after starting birth control and typically appears as a symmetric hyperpigmented patch on some exposed areas of the face, neck, or chest. 

 While using sunscreen is still key to preventing skin cancers and signs of premature aging, it doesn’t erase the damage already done. Most skin irregularities require a treatment such as laser, IPL, chemical peels, or fractional resurfacing to reverse the damage already visible. What works for one person may not work for everyone. At Southeastern Dermatology, we offer a wide range of treatment options from any skin condition such as hyperpigmentation. One popular treatment for hyperpigmentation is Clear + Brilliant treatments. 

 Clear + Brilliant is a gentle treatment that uses fractional laser technology to address and prevent the early signs of aging skin. Clear + Brilliant is based on fractional laser resurfacing, a technology that has been proven in clinical trials to successfully address several common concerns that occur as the skin ages. The treatment works by creating millions of microscopic treatment zones

MATTHEW B. DOPPELT D.O., F.A.O.C.D., F.A.A.D. Board Certified Dermatologist

in the upper layers of the skin, which replaces damaged skin with healthy tissue and yields younger looking skin.

 The Clear + Brilliant system has two options. In overall skin texture, the original handpiece helps improve fine lines and the appearance of pores, which unfortunately tend to enlarge with aging skin. The Permea handpiece is slightly milder and may be more effective for pigmentary changes and helps to give a more uniform, even skin tone. It is called Permea because the mild injury of the laser is designed to temporarily make the skin more permeable to skin care products, such as Vitamin A and C. 

 A typical Clear + Brilliant treatment requires 30 minutes or less for a complete session. Application of topical numbing cream is an option to provide additional comfort during treatment. The laser handpiece is then gently guided across the targeted areas and actively treats the skin in 15 minutes or less. Immediately post treatment, it is common to experience some redness and swelling up to 12 hours with little or no downtime. Clear + Brilliant’s smart-tip technology and advanced precision energy system ensures excellent results with little to no social interruption. More than 85% of Clear + Brilliant patients claimed their skin looked younger and felt smoother, and they saw a noticeable glow after a series of three treatments. 

 It is important that patients team with a doctor and practice that they know and trust, as well as one with proper credentials and qualifications. Board-certified dermatologist, Matthew B. Doppelt, and his team can help you develop a personalized treatment plan and see if Clear + Brilliant is the best treatment for you. For more information, visit www.DrDoppelt.com or call 865-474-8800 to schedule an appointment.

For a limited time, get a free 3mL bottle of Latisse® with your purchase of a Clear + Brilliant™ treatment.

1930 Pinnacle Pointe Way | Knoxville, TN 37922 | 865.474.8800 | www.drdoppelt.com

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