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FEBRUARY 8 Shelf Help

Judy Irmen Publisher + Editor in Chief

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RANITE TRANSFORMATIONS in West Knoxville has been recognized as one of the top performing franchises in the world, and Buddy and Patti Baker, owners of the West Knoxville franchise, have exemplified the principles of success, even in a challenging economic environment. This husband and wife team has pursued their very own American dream by combining the skills learned in corporate America with their own unique talents. And now, 13 years later, they have created a business model that has exceeded their customers' expectations and that they are personally proud of. They invite you to visit their Design and Discovery Center to see how Granite Transformations can transform your kitchen or bath into a showcase

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ED ROSES, paper hearts, and chocolate candy are all representative of February and Valentine’s Day. I remember as a child, I handmade my Valentine cards for my parents with hearts and words of sentiment, signed with my name in crayon and ending Photo by D. Roberts Photography with a series of X’s and O’s across the bottom. Those simple cards of sentiment, I later discovered, were carefully saved in a box and treasured by my parents throughout the years. A thoughtful gift that comes from the heart will last a lifetime. A digital representation will only fade within days. This Valentine’s Day give the special people in your life a personal sentiment that shows you care. That 4


personal message or gift that you give will mean so much more and may be saved as a treasured memory in a “shoe box,” only to be discovered years later and bring back all those wonderful sentiments. In this edition of Everything Knoxville, we have highlighted businesses that offer special gifts and services that have a personal touch and show your Valentine that you took the time to find something just for them. So don’t forget to make this Valentine’s Day memorable. Take the opportunity for your sentiment to last a lifetime like the little treasures I had found in a box 50-plus years later and that now have become my treasures. Wishing all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day.

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is excited to share our recent interview featuring husband and wife team and local area entrepreneurs, Buddy and Patti Baker. Since first launching Granite Transformations 13 years ago, Buddy and Patti have truly exemplified the principles of success, even in a challenging economic environment, having been recognized as one of the top performing Granite Transformations franchises in the world. Their commitment to success continues to serve as an inspiration to many other area small business owners. From their very first sales center, to their new Design and Discovery Center and state-of-the-art fabrication facility in West Knoxville, Granite Transformations continues to earn a reputation for outstanding quality, craftsmanship, and integrity. EK: First of all, congratulations on achieving your 13-year milestone in business. What do you feel has been the single most important factor in your success? Buddy: Well, it’s hard to pinpoint just one factor. I believe we owe our success to our unique products and proprietary processes and our unwavering commitment to excellence. EK: Buddy, you spent years in the retail buying industry. What inspired you and Patti to venture out on your own into the world of self-employment? Buddy: When Belk acquired Proffitts, where I was employed, we considered other opportunities, but we decided to pursue our



very own American dream. Owning our own business provided us with the opportunity to take the skills we had learned in corporate America and to combine them with our own unique talents to create a business model that exceeded our customers’ expectations and that we could personally be proud of. E K : While you have meticulously implemented a well-thought out marketing strategy, share with our readers just how important the quality of Granite Transformations’ engineered granite product is when compared to conventional slab

granite. Budd y : Before launching Granite Transformations, we were committed to identifying a product that was far superior to anything our competition might offer. Simply put, conventional granite can’t match the superior performance characteristics of our proprietary engineered granite surfaces. In fact, we are the only granite surface that can be used in commercial kitchens, where food safety is paramount. EK: Tell us what other ways your granite products can be used in our homes. Photos courtesy of Granite Transformations

Patti: Our products are designed to be used on just about any flat surface. Its strong physical characteristics allow us to install our granite products just about anywhere, from floor to ceiling, despite its thinner profile. Conventional granite, on the other hand, requires a thicker profile to compensate for its inherent weakness. EK: What other products and services does Granite Transformations offer homeowners? Patti: We also offer homeowners premium grade cabinet refacing. We can transform your home’s cabinets in just a matter of days, providing a completely new look to your kitchen or bath. Our process eliminates both the demolition and cost associated with replacing existing cabinets with new cabinets. Certified by the Green Builders Council, Granite Transformations is committed to eco-friendly building practices through reducing or eliminating unnecessary demolition. EK: Two major advantages you offer that many homeowners may not be aware of are your quick turnarounds and significant reduction in costly demolition. How does the Granite Transformations experience make that possible? Buddy: Because we install our proprietary granite surfaces on top of your home’s existing countertops, most countertops can be installed in a single day with no demolition required. We like to say “Done in a Day, Beautiful for Life.” We even provide our customers a limited lifetime warranty on our countertops. E K : Cabinet refacing continues to become a growing business within Granite Transformations. Explain. Buddy: It just makes sense. Cabinet refacing in just one day is not only smart, but it’s very smart. Weeks without your kitchen while installing new cabinets is a major disruption in your family’s life. With our resurfacing system, you can get your new kitchen in just a few days.

EK: In addition to your Design and Discovery Center, you also have design consultants that offer homeowners free, in-home consultations. How do your in-home consultations benefit your customers? B u d d y : This is just a common sense strategy we embrace at Granite Transformations that better serves you, our customer. Many of our competitors will quote your project based on the information you provide while never visiting your home unless you buy. To assist you in making this important buying decision, we believe that it is critical for you to view our products in your own home, in your lighting, next to your cabinets and flooring, before you make this very important decision. Granite Transformations will bring a mini design center right into your home. This process offers greater peace of mind to our customers. EK: How can our readers learn more about Granite Transformations? Patti: We invite you to visit our Design Center at 10539 Lexington Drive in West Knoxville or visit us online at www. EK: Any last thoughts you would like to share with our readers? Patti: We would both like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude to the thousands of Granite Transformations customers who have contributed to our success. We look forward to the next 13 years of making your dream for a showcase kitchen and bath come true.

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“Your sales representatives answered all my questions and promptly returned all my calls. Your installers did an incredible job. My kitchen looks gorgeous!” – Daniela S. (4/18/2017) “Your salesperson was professional, courteous, and helpful. We also appreciate your installers calling ahead, being on time, and leaving our home neat and clean. We love the color of our granite.” – Wayne & Josephine B. (12/20/2017) “All your installers worked straight through, keeping us up-to-date on their progress. I appreciate them using protective floor coverings and their attention to the care of our home. Beautiful! Fabulous!” – Doug & Cathryne H. (12/14/2017) “We are very pleased and appreciate all that Granite Transformations has done. You’ve been great!” – Judy H. (10/16/2017) “From our first contract with your business about a year ago, everyone we have dealt with was very helpful, knowledgeable, efficient, and professional.” – Marilyn G. (4/24/2017) “Your sales rep was great – very courteous and helpful. Installers were professional, courteous, and clean. Great job. We are very pleased. Love it!” – Mary N. (3/16/2017) January 2011 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE Februar y 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE

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The Best Improvement We’ve Made to Our Kitchen Having trouble comfortably reaching your under cabinet items? Wishing you had under cabinet lighting to aid in kitchen tasks? Hoping there’s a way to utilize that wasted corner cabinet space?


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Help, we design and install cu s t om rol l- out shelv i n g a nd orga n i zers i nto you r home’s existing kitchen and bath cabinets or pantries, which allows you easy access and maximum use of your available storage space – all at a 50% savings from national brands! As experienced Knoxville-area kitchen and bath remodeling consultants, Shelf Help has the understanding and knowhow to evaluate, design, measure, and install solutions tailored to your needs. Now imagine how installation of under cabinet lighting would transform your kitchen workspace! Whether it’s a soft ambience you’re looking for or illumination of specific task areas, Shelf Help offers installed LED lighting

systems that add radiance to your home. Our clients are so pleased with the results that they say, “Why didn’t we do this years ago?” “Best improvement we’ve made to our home – hands down.” – Judy F. of Tellico Village “Great product – well designed, smooth installation, and a far more efficient kitchen.” – Mark & Susan D. of Knoxville Call today to request your free, no-obligation, in-home consultation. Also, don’t forget to ask about our under cabinet lighting systems! Locally owned and operated, let Shelf Help make the most of your home’s kitchen, bath, or pantry.

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HE SOLUTION to an outdated kitchen is much simpler than you might have imagined. N-Hance Wood Renewal will help you discover just how the custom kitchen cabinets of your dreams can be yours at a savings of up to 80% off replacement kitchen cabinets. We love our kitchens! No longer just a place to prepare meals, our kitchens have replaced other living spaces in our home to become a focal point and gathering place for friends and family. That’s why we place so much importance on the appearance of our home’s kitchen. However, your kitchen, which features the latest styles and trends from a decade or more ago, may be due for an update. But have you seen the costs of replacing a kitchen today? That’s why I launched N-Hance Wood Renewal here in East Tennessee. Did you know that N-Hance can help you update your kitchen into the showcase home look that you’ve been hoping for? And what you’ll appreciate even more is that you can update your kitchen for far less than you might have imagined. Cabinet refacing is a popular alternative to replacing your home’s cabinets. N-Hance can help you renew and refinish your existing kitchen cabinets for two-thirds less than the cost of replacing them. Also, our proprietary process offers you hundreds of color options to choose from, offering a near endless array of options. Our design consultants will help you select the finish that perfectly suits your individual style and tastes, and they can help you further customize your look with a variety of finishing techniques, including glaze, antique look, or other accent. An affordable and innovative option for refinishing your cabinets, why choose the expensive alternative that often requires a week or





more to complete, not to mention the dust from demolition? N-Hance can transform your existing kitchen into the kitchen of your dreams in just a matter of days and for 80% less than replacement and 65% less than resurfacing. Hmm... maybe there’s enough savings to update the master bathroom? Discover how to fall in love with your kitchen all over again!

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The 40th Annual Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show DIY Network’s Robert Kulp, Mike Whiteside, and Sara Bendrick Confirmed to Appear at 2018 House & Garden Show


the Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show has showcased the evolution of the trends in home improvement and landscape designs. The 40th Annual Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show will be at the Knoxville Convention Center February 16-18. The show hours are Friday, February 16, 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday, February 17, 10 am to 8 pm; and Sunday, February 18, 11 am to 5 pm. There will be more than 200 exhibitors at the House & Garden Show offering innovative new ideas for your home and garden. Eight incredible Grand Gardens will be created by local landscape design firms. The Art Market features unique art made by regional artists. At the How-To Stage, presented by DIY Network, experts will provide tips on lifestyle, interior design, home improvement, and gardening. In the Dine & Design section, local chefs will prepare meals and show you how to present them. You can learn how to restore and re-purpose things at the DIY Pavilion. See what plants are new at the Herb and Flower Market. Meet the interior designers who have created beautifully decorated rooms on-site. DIY Network will host appearances by some of their television stars at the main How-To Stage. Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside, stars of the hit TV show Salvage Dawgs, will discuss how they salvage architecture from old homes and commercial properties to repurpose it. Landscape designer, Sara Bendrick, stars in two of the DIY Network series – Build It Like Bendrick and Lawn & Order. She will share her passion for creating interesting landscape designs. The 40th Annual Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show is presented by longtime sponsor ORNL Federal Credit Union. This event is the largest fundraiser that helps provide free admission to many of the events at the Dogwood Arts Festival in April. Dogwood Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts, culture, and natural beauty of East Tennessee.



Tickets to the House & Garden Show are $10 at the door, $8 seniors 65+ and military, $5 children 6-12 years old, and free for children under 6. Tickets can be purchased in advance at all ORNL Federal Credit Union locations and receive a $1 discount. For more information, call 865-637-4561 or visit

Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside are stars of Salvage Dawgs  on DIY Network. When Mike and Robert aren’t filming an episode of their hit show, these Navy veterans and  business partners can be found running Black Dog Salvage, one of the country’s premier architectural salvage operations located in Roanoke, VA.  From carefully extracting architectural elements from private homes and classic historical properties to disassembling old hospitals and crumbling mills, every project has a mission to reclaim, renew, and redefine architectural salvage for a sustainable future.  Landscape designer, Sara Bendrick, gets her hands dirty beautifying the outdoor spaces of California homes as star of two DIY Network series – Build It Like Bendrick and Lawn & Order, a new series set to premiere in April 2018. Growing up in San Diego, she discovered a passion for being hands on and creating what she wanted to see in her world. Sara brings that passion to each of her landscape design projects, realizing each one has unique challenges and budget constraints that pave the way for creative solutions. Sara studied Landscape Architecture at California Polytechnic State University. After college, she honed her residential design skills by working for a design and build firm, eventually starting her own landscape design business. Sara prides herself on incorporating her clients’ personalities into elements of her designs, whether for private residences or large-scale commercial projects. 



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F YOU’RE SELLING your home or buying a new home, the listing price is one of the most important factors for success. For the buyer, the listing price matters, because a buyer wants to get the best home at the best price. For the seller, setting an appropriate listing price is often the difference between selling their home and having it sit on the market longer than desired. Before you settle on a home or a listing price for the home you’re selling, it’s important to evaluate the listing price against certain factors to ensure the price is fair and adequate. Below are four listing price considerations to keep in mind when buying or selling a home. #1: What did other comparable homes sell for?

Listing Price Considerations to Keep in Mind

A home’s listing price isn’t always what it sells for. In cases of bidding wars, the selling price can be higher than the listing price. Or, in cases in which the buyer negotiates well, the selling price may be lower. To make sure

the listing price is set appropriately, do your research to find out what other comparable homes in the area sold for. Keep in mind that “comparable homes” means homes with the same number of bedrooms and baths, similar amenities, and similar lot sizes.

#2: What are competing homes being listed for?

For a home seller, knowing what the other homes in your area are priced at is important, because you don’t want to price yourself too far outside of the competition. Homebuyers are going to compare your home with others in the area, so keep your home in the running by pricing it competitively.

#3: Where is the house located?

The location of the home being sold has an impact on the home’s listing price. For instance, if the home is located next to a commercial facility or on a main thoroughfare, its listing price should be lower than similar homes located in

quieter neighborhoods. For listing prices, everything from the town to the neighborhood to its place in the neighborhood matters.

#4: Are home improvements needed?

If the home needs extensive repairs, then the listing price should reflect that. A seller shouldn’t list their home at a similar price to a home that doesn’t need repairs, or their home won’t sell. The buyer has to put money into the home to make it safe and livable, so the listing price should be reduced by the estimated cost of the repairs. If you’re considering buying or selling a home, give me a call at 865-383-3948 or 865335-7270. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you and to exceed your expectations.

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Love Your Hardwood Floors All Over Again


O YOU REMEMBER the very first time you saw your home’s hardwood f looring? R ich a nd lu x urious, your hardwood f loors created a rich ambiance that highlighted your furnishings and décor throughout your home. And who wouldn’t revel in the compliments from friends and family who routinely commented on just how beautiful your home was? But that was then! After a number of years of usage, your hardwood floors no longer create that “wow” factor they once did. Scratches, dents, fading, UV damage, and wear have all taken their toll on your once beautiful floors. But this is now! Fortunately, you can fully restore your home’s hardwood flooring to

their showcase, “like-new” condition. But what about all the mess? While ma ny ha rdwood f looring ref inishers continue to use outdated ref inishing practices, today’s newest refinishing technolog y tota lly eliminates the dust so common with the technologies from the past. Thanks to Bona, the undisputed leader in hardwood flooring finishing and refinishing worldwide, you can restore your home’s hardwood f looring without the dust or odor. You can even shift stain colors to create an entirely new look. European Fine Hardwood Floors, located right here in Knoxville, is Bona certified. This much coveted certification is your assurance that your home’s hardwood f looring will be returned to its original condition without the mess and odor that

you’re likely to experience with other refinishing contractors. European Fine Hardwood Floors can also install new hardwood f loors in virtually any room in your new or existing home using Bona certified best practices and old-world craftsmanship learned in Europe by Valera Tomescu, European Fine Hardwood Floors’ owner. During this Valentine’s month of February, why not fall in love with your home’s hardwood floors all over again?

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Live & Learn with Tremont Institute in the Smokies


R E AT SM O K Y Mountains Institute at Tremont invites you to explore nature and to participate in a program this year. Tremont Institute hosts a range of outdoor programs designed for all ages to live and learn in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “I’ve had the privilege of experiencing firsthand the unique educational programs provided by Tremont,” said Cassius M. Cash, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent. “These programs at Tremont are an integral part of the park’s overall Resource Education mission, helping to weave together the many and varied natural and cultural strands of past and present.” The 2018 program schedule offers summer camps for kids and young adults, educator workshops, photography, hiking, naturalist programs, backpacking, and more. Program participants typically stay on Tremont’s campus for 3-10 days, living and learning in the world’s greatest classroom. Program prices include lodging and meals provided by Tremont Institute. Summer camps include firefly camp, discovery camp, wilderness adventure trek, girls in science, and more. Register today and receive a $50 discount on selected summer camps. Discount ends February 23rd. For more information, email laurabeth@ Tremont offers unique educator programs, including our Teacher Escape Weekends. These programs are designed to meet other teachers, share ideas, and equip teachers with the tools and knowledge to bring experiential learning to your schoolyard. Teachers who participate have the opportunity to bring their classes to Tremont at a reduced cost. Other teacher programs include achieving literacy in the classroom – air quality and climate change and birdsleuth educator workshop. A previous program participant said, “Tremont not only introduced me to the wonders of the mountains and the elegance of wildlife, but also showed me how to work together. Through cooperation and hard work, we were able to overcome what seemed impossible obstacles. I learned that if you put down electronics, a whole other world opens to you.” To learn more and register for a program, visit



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the weight room because of the results they get. However, many women still think that if they lift weights, then they will get bulky and look like a man. This is simply not true! Because women only have 5-10% of the testosterone levels as a man, we physically can’t gain the same mass they do. What does happen is that we gain a little lean muscle, which helps us blast body fat big time! So kick your fat to the curb and hit the weight room. Our goal is to provide a great atmosphere for men and women alike. We have it all, from free weights and cables to plate loaded equipment and strength and toning machines, as well as lots of cardio, tanning, and Hydromassage! The key this year is to stay focused, because change doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient and keep your goals in mind, and we will help you transform your body one rep at a time. We do our best to take away any excuses by

providing great equipment and staff, 24/7access to 150 Workout Anytime locations, showers and locker rooms, and a wide variety of plans to choose from, including our Friends and Family membership! Local owners April and Kurt Nitzsche, who own the Bearden location, and John and Gina Heifner, who own the Farragut location, would like to invite you in for a free, “no hassle” trial to see why everyone loves Workout Anytime!

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Love is in the Air! for romance when wedding bells begin to ring. Clients often ask about their dogs being included in their wedding plans. As romantic as this might sound, our suggestion is to “think” like your dog. Your dog is not going to understand the context of the event and the “cute” part they play in it – if there’s no ball throwing, belly rubbing, and healthy treatdispensing, chances are they’re not going to enjoy the day. Dogs don’t understand that we’re including them in something very special – two people declaring their love and commitment for a lifetime. Dogs only know that they’re confused, their routine has been thrown off, they are among strangers who are staring at them, laughing as they walk down the aisle. The strange clothes they are dressed in are rubbing against their fur and restricting their movements. That’s not a fun day for your dog! Dogs love being in the owner’s company, but if it’s a matter of being with a strange, unusual

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crowd, making them a prop/decoration, it is best to find alternative ways to include them. At the reception, include photos of your pet on your table number cards, or make your wedding favors in tribute to your beloved pooch. If you insist your dog be at the wedding physically, hire a pet sitter to be responsible for bringing them to the reception for a very short amount of time then taking them to their familiar surroundings. Most dogs would rather be at their familiar doggy camp/resort where play, meals, and outdoor time are consistent and reliable. At Ms. C’s, we’ve assisted brides and grooms in assuring their four-legged kids were safely and responsibly cared for on the most important days of their lives. Give us a call to discuss various options.



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virtuoso, Jonny Lang, on February 27th. If you’ve never seen him perform live, you’re in for a real treat. I caught up with Jonny to talk about his new CD, “Signs,” and about what fans can expect from his show. Jonny started off by sharing what fan reception to “Signs” has been. “It’s been really positive for the most part, I think,” said Jonny. “We’ve been having some really good reviews about it. It seems to be reflecting at the live shows. There are some more people coming out. A lot of people seem to know the lyrics. They sing along. Those are all the things you want, you know?” And what are fan favorites from “Signs?” “It’s all over the place, really!” said Jonny. “I haven’t seen one that people have tended towards. It seems to be pretty evenly dispersed – maybe five or six of them – so that’s pretty cool!” When I asked how recording “Signs” was different from his previous six albums, Jonny said, “I can’t say that a whole lot was different about the approach other than just life changing for me. You’re just growing as a person. What that did, naturally, to inform the style and subject matter of the songs. I guess I never really go into making a record or writing a song – or anything else in life, really, for that matter – with a plan, really. I guess the first time I felt that feeling of whatever you want to call it, this inspiration, that unbridled



sort of inspiration where you can just let go. “All of a sudden you’re not thinking. Something’s happening, and it’s just flowing. It’s like, ‘Wow! I can experience life like this! It’s crazy! I don’t have to strive or struggle or think my way through it. I didn’t know this part of life could exist.’ And when I first felt that, I just chased it for the rest of my life! It continues to be that way. As a lot of the people that I work with – and my wife and a lot of my friends – could probably tell you, I could stand to be a whole lot more proactive about the way I do things. And they’re right, I’m sure. I think that I have to learn how to do that, because I tend to get in my own way. That was a pretty long answer to your question, and I really didn’t answer your question.” I interjected, “You kinda did! Because you inspired a subset to that question, because I’d read that, like me, you’re a believer, too. The question you inspired to me was do you feel that God gives you songs in the process?” “I think God’s influence in my life – in anybody’s life – we shouldn’t really designate it to the moments that feel magical,” said Jonny. “I think it starts when you arrive here on this earth. He builds a lot of it into you. It’s my thinking, anyways. We’re built with the tools that we need to accomplish what our purpose is. Agreeing with the plan with that purpose, on our part, is a tricky part. But yes, I do. There are moments where it’s like I feel there’s another person at work. There are times where I feel that didn’t come from me. I never even come close to thinking this or

feeling that way before or conceiving of what just came out of me. So yeah, I would definitely give God the credit for something like that even though I couldn’t give you empirical data, empirical proof. But it just seems there are these – I don’t know, man! It’s like there’s this radio signal that’s constantly going, and sometimes your antenna picks it up.” With our call wrapping up, I asked Jonny what fans can expect at the Knoxville show and other shows during this tour. “Shoot, I don’t know what to expect from our shows! Ha! Ha! A lot of new stuff off the new record. We have a form of each song. There’s a basic form, arrangement wise, that’s in that. There’s a lot of room to change things – the intricacies of it within the song. We all know each other so well musically and trust each other with those moments to where most of the time it ends up being a cool thing. Sometimes we fall on our face real quick and then pick ourselves up and hope nobody saw! Ha! Ha! We just go with the flow and have fun with it.” You can read the expanded version of this interview at Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. Tom Parker. Thirty-six years later he founded the webzine,, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music. Photo by Daniella Hovsepian




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HASING A PLACE on the podium isn’t possible without the proper fuel for your body. Whether you’re going for the gold or just passing the pigskin in honor of the big game, athletes and amateurs alike need the right combination of nutrients to take on their training, and sports nutritionists across the nation are recommending one vegetable in particular to get them there: Potatoes! Here’s why: » Carbohydrates: Potatoes are a nutrient-dense vegetable with 26 grams of quality carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are important for optimal physical and mental performance as the primary fuel for your brain and a key source of energy for muscles. And, because your body’s own stores of carbohydrates are limited and may be depleted – even in a single session of intense and/or prolonged exercise – it’s important to replenish them. » Potassium: Did you know a medium-sized potato with the skin has more potassium than a medium-sized banana? A medium (5.2 ounce) skin-on potato contains 620 mg of potassium, an important electrolyte that aids in muscle, cardiovascular, and nervous system function. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines mention potassium as an under-consumed nutrient of concern and recommend consuming foods with high levels of potassium such as white potatoes. » Energy: Potatoes are more energy-packed than any other popular vegetable. Adequate energy intake supports optimal body functions, and it’s critical to take in the appropriate number of calories to match the demands of the day, especially while training. Are you partial to pasta or rice? With as much – if not more – of several essential vitamins and minerals found in spaghetti, brown rice, or whole wheat bread, potatoes are a smart addition to your other favorite performance foods (compared on a per-serving basis). What’s more, a medium Russet potato with the skin has more vitamin C and potassium than a medium sweet potato. There is a medal-worthy potato option to fit your tastes (and schedule) no matter what sport is your specialty. “I love potatoes for their versatility, affordability, and applicability to all types of culinary options,”



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HEN ASKED by an inter-

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caring team of dental professionals, in addition to the comprehensive approach taken by Dr. Bradshaw and his associates. Earl learned of the variety of treatment options available to him, the advantages of each, the procedures, and their costs. After careful deliberation, Earl decided on crowns and bridges, which would provide him not only with the smile that he had hoped for his entire life, but with teeth that would feel and function like natural teeth. In the video, Earl goes on to discuss his experiences throughout the entire process. He just couldn’t stop smiling. In fact, it’s difficult to watch the video without smiling all during the video yourself. Earl’s transformation is truly inspirational. If you or a loved one suffers from tooth loss, misalignment, periodontal disease, or injury, you are encouraged to visit Dr. Jonathan Bradshaw and his dental team

at Heritage Family Dentistry in nearby Farragut. At Heritage Family Dentistry, you will discover a level of dental care for your entire family that will offer you not only many years of great dental health, but also the promise of a beautiful smile. Whether you are in search of outstanding family dentistry or a new smile, Heritage Family Dentistry is looking forward to serving you with a wide selection of services, the Heritage Family Membership Club for patients without insurance, as well as financing options. A lifetime of great dental healthcare and a beautiful new smile await you.

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REW AND ELLIE HOLCOMB are a husband and wife Americana duo from Nashville, TN. Shortly after their marriage in 2006, the couple began touring together with Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. The band has supported many national touring acts, including Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, Don Henley, and Willie Nelson. Ellie is no longer a touring member of “The Neighbors” and has found success in a solo career as a Christian singer/songwriter. Her albums “As Sure As the Sun” and “Red Sea Road” have both topped the iTunes Christian chart. Drew Holcomb still tours nationally with Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, and their most recent album, “Souvenir,” is their most critically acclaimed release yet. An Evening with Drew and Ellie Holcomb is a special engagement event, allowing the Holcombs to collaborate once again.

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HE CHRISTMAS season is over, a New Year has begun, and Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. This year will bring an unusual quirk, since Valentine’s Day happens to fall on Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season. Here’s an idea: Why not make an evening of it and go to your church’s service, leave with your ashes, and then take your special sweetheart out for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day? Add a special gift, some roses, and chocolates, and you will have created a very special evening that you will remember for many years to come. Looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift? Look no further. Gallery on Main has some very unique, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that would make the perfect gift to present to your Valentine at dinner. We also have some exquisite hand-turned wood pen and pencil sets, acrylic pens, desk sets, razors, and letter openers that will remind your loved one just how much you care every time your gift is used. I invite you to visit Gallery on Main ahead of time to discover that just-so-perfect gift for your Valentine. Don’t wait. Avoid the last minute scramble. Your Valentine’s gift awaits you at Gallery on Main in historic downtown Sweetwater. P.S. Another unusual quirk: Easter falls on April Fool’s Day this year. No fooling!

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INCE IT FIRST debuted one year

ago, the all-new Upstairs at The Mansion restaurant, located within Sweetwater Flower Shop, has succeeded in delighting a great many restaurant goers who have enjoyed dining at the shop’s popular eating destination. Located on the shop’s second level, Upstairs at The Mansion features an upscale antebellum décor complete with raised ceilings, crystal chandelier lighting, rich, decorative wood molding, and exquisite table linens and place settings. The perfect oasis from shopping, Upstairs at The Mansion offers busy shoppers to Sweetwater’s iconic historic downtown retail district the perfect venue to pause with friends and family. Upstairs at The Mansion, under executive chef Josh Russell from North Carolina, offers patrons extended hours of operation. “Our extended hours are from 11 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday,” said Josh. “We will consider additional adjustments to our schedule in response to customer demand.” As always, Upstairs at The Mansion will be available for special events, including corporate, small weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and more. “While you no doubt have noticed a number of menu changes during the last year, we have continued to offer our traditional selection of popular sandwiches, soups, and salads,” said Josh. “Because we are here to serve you, we encourage your suggestions and comments on future menu additions as well. We are confident that you have been pleased with both the selection and quality of our menu items and our attentive wait staff.” While you’re visiting, take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy two floors of pure shopping delight at Sweetwater Flower Shop, which features a large selection of fresh flowers, florals, gift and home décor items, ladies’ apparel and accessories, designer-inspired jewelry, art, and more. Why not plan a Valentine’s Day outing with your sweetheart to historic downtown Sweetwater and double your fun with a visit to Sweetwater Flower Shop and Upstairs at The Mansion restaurant? Join us for our Valentine’s dinner on Saturday, February 10, at 6:30 pm at Upstairs at The Mansion. The cost is $59.99 per couple and includes complimentary champagne. Reservations can be made now with a credit card to hold your place. 

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February 21 • 7:30 pm • Tennessee Theatre


AIN: A TRIBUTE to the Beatles celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! For the first time ever, RAIN will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular, in addition to all your early favorites! This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. Experience the world’s most iconic band and come celebrate 50 years of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.

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Dollywood Announces Spring Mix Music Series Schedule, Festival of Nations Lineup


ITH DOLLYWOOD’S “Season of Showstoppers” now on the horizon, and with the buzz surrounding Dollywood’s Spring Mix continuing to grow, excited concert-goers can begin circling dates on the calendar as the lineup has been set for the park’s impressive new music series. During 2018, guests also will be treated to an exciting new Festival of Nations lineup, thrilling summer shows, and more great entertainment throughout the season. If there has ever been a year to take advantage of the value of a Dollywood season pass, this is it. With a number of new entertainment options (all included with park admission) available throughout the season, guests certainly will want to make several return visits in 2018. The season begins with Dollywood’s Festival of Nations (March 17 – April 9), a fascinating festival that offers a captivating glimpse at a number of cultures from across the globe. Three internationally-known groups – all new to Dollywood in 2018 – headline this season’s festival. The National Dance Company of Siberia, The Flamenco Kings starring Los Vivancos, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo – who worked with Dolly on her 1996 album Treasures – bring three unique, high-energy shows to Dollywood. Also new to Festival of Nations in 2018 is JigJam, a quartet from the heart of Ireland that blends traditional Irish music with bluegrass to create a new genre known as “Celtgrass.” Perennial Festival of Nations favorites, including the Caribbean’s Invaders Steel Drum Orchestra and Ecuador’s Atahualpa, return to provide guests a fun, educational escape around the world without leaving the heart of the Smokies. Dollywood’s Spring Mix (April 11-29) features three weeks of stellar performances across multiple genres. The impressive roster of Spring Mix artists have combined to earn 42 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, 25 Grammys, 12 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Country Music Awards, four American Music Association Awards, and 56 Dove Awards. The first week includes classic country artists like Crystal Gayle, Shenandoah, Pam Tillis, and Dollywood entertainment alumnus, Suzy Bogguss. The second week plays host to inspirational artists, including Amy Grant, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and comedienne Chonda Pierce – also known as “The Queen of Clean.” Classic artists like



The Marshall Tucker Band, The Drifters, and The Atlanta Rhythm Section entertain park guests during the final week of the event.

2018 Dollywood Spring Mix Concert Schedule* Week One (Country) »» Wednesday, April 11: Crystal Gayle and Suzy Bogguss »» Thursday, April 12: Shenandoah and Restless Heart »» Friday, April 13: Janie Fricke and The Malpass Brothers »» Saturday, April 14: Connie Smith and Mandy Barnett »» Sunday, April 15: T.G. Sheppard and Sylvia »» Monday, April 16: Pam Tillis and Exile »» Tuesday, April 17: Dollywood closed Week Two (Inspirational) »» Wednesday, April 18: Amy Grant and The Martins »» Thursday, April 19: Chonda Pierce and Triumphant Quartet »» Friday, April 20: David Phelps and Wayne Watson »» Saturday, April 21: Blind Boys of Alabama and Dallas Holm »» Sunday, April 22: The McKameys and Carman »» Monday, April 23: Selah and Larnelle Harris »» Tuesday, April 24: Dollywood closed Week Three (Classic) »» Wednesday, April 25: The Marshall Tucker Band and The Drifters »» Thursday, April 26: Orleans and Al Stewart »» Friday, April 27: Atlanta Rhythm Section and Maureen McGovern »» Saturday, April 28: Firefall and In My Life: A Beatles Tribute »» Sunday, April 29: Debby Boone and The Tams *Artists currently scheduled to appear. Performer listed first appears in DP’s Celebrity Theater; performer listed second appears at Showstreet Palace Theater. Artists at DP’s Celebrity Theater have two one-hour performances (2 and 5 pm), while those at Showstreet Palace Theater have three 40-minute performances (2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 pm). Dollywood’s popular Barbeque & Bluegrass

(May 25 – June 10) adds an extra week in 2018 and includes performances by Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dailey & Vincent, The Grascals, and many more. Dollywood’s Summer Celebration (June 16 – August 5) is just that – a time to celebrate making memories with family at a place everyone enjoys! This summertime event features extended park hours from 10 am to 10 pm daily. (Park hours are extended to midnight on June 30 and July 7.) America’s Got Talent finalists, iLuminate, bring their electrified glow-in-the-dark costumes to perform dynamic dance routines and illusions which will mesmerize guests, while DRUMLine Live! creates a synchronized musical masterpiece based on the hit 2002 movie Drumline – but it’s not the typical halftime performance! To complete the day, the park’s festive nightly fireworks show is a colorful extravaganza set to uplifting music which celebrates the fun of Dollywood after dark! Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (September 28 – November 3) provides more fall family fun with the expansion of the new guest-favorite Great Pumpkin LumiNights and the largest Southern gospel event in America. Dollywood is open until 9 pm every night during the festival. Celebrating a decade of being honored as the Best Christmas Event at any theme park worldwide, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (November 10 – January 5, 2019) provides the perfect holiday atmosphere to put families in the Christmas spirit. For the first time, the park is open every day during the festival, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For guests who wander through the park’s more than four million holiday lights, enjoy the spectacular holiday performances and warm Christmas atmosphere, or taste the holidaythemed food, it is easy to understand why it has become a family tradition for so many. Dollywood won the 2017 Golden Ticket from Amusement Today for Best Entertainment at any theme park in the world. The honor was the ninth consecutive triumph for the park in that category. With Parton’s commitment to show-stopping entertainment in 2018, Dollywood looks to lead the way in securing its 10th victory in the category. For questions about Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit


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unique for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? After returning from market, CH Interiors & Gifts has a variety of new merchandise from which to choose the perfect gift for the special man or woman in your life. For Him Select from designer quality dress socks, ties, and bowties featuring Tennessee and Southerninspired patterns. For the grilling enthusiast, we offer a wide selection of gourmet sauces and salsas that will transform an ordinary BBQ event into an extraordinary experience. Soberdough Brew Breads come in a variety of flavors – just add a can of beer for a great addition to any meal. For Her Add some sparkle to her life with new pieces from Glee jewelry, a line where every item is influenced by nature and designed for beauty. Or create a custom bracelet, necklace, or earrings from our new Ginger Snaps jewelry collection to appeal to her individuality. For those who deserve and enjoy pampering, we introduce BEEKMAN 1802, a line of natural, pure goatmilk cleansing and beauty products to moisturize and enrich her skin. Classic customer favorites that can sweeten a personalized gift basket include our best-selling private label Raspberry Jalapeño Jam, handcrafted scented candles from A Cheerful Giver, local organic honey, and a variety of gourmet chocolates. We invite you to allow our friendly staff to assist you in selecting from a variety of items, both old favorites and new collections, from our trip to market. No matter what you choose, a Valentine’s Day gift from CH Interiors & Gifts is sure to make a lasting impression on your loved one. Also, just around the corner, we will be making room for new merchandise from market! Visit us February 8-10 for special pricing on many existing furniture and home décor items. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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March 2 • 8 pm | March 3 • 2 & 7:30 pm March 4 • 1:30 pm | Tennessee Theatre


HERE TRULY is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, The Wizard of Oz, twists its way into Knoxville! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the “Yellow Brick Road” and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow in this lavish production featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs. A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel “Over the Rainbow” and experience this national treasure on stage.

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Opening This Month at Biltmore: First Large-Scale Exhibition of Costumes from Oscar-Winning Film “Titanic”


UICKLY ON THE heels of the

20th anniversary of 1997’s blockbuster hit “Titanic,” Biltmore will launch a new exhibition, Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie. The exhibition offers dazzling attire worn by actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, and many others from the film’s large cast. Staged throughout Biltmore House, the exhibition opens February 9 and runs through May 13. With these costumes, guests will have perfect examples of the luxurious wardrobes favored by transatlantic travelers like George and Edith Vanderbilt in the early 1900s. Award-winning designs in America’s Largest Home This is the first large-scale exhibition of fashions from Titanic, which won a record 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Costume Design. Showcasing the work of Oscar-winning designer, Deborah L. Scott, the garments evoke the lifestyle of the era when voyages on the great ocean liners of the early 20th century offered high society and luxury on ships known as “floating palaces.” First class passengers took every opportunity to see and be seen in the finest fashions of the time. And, just like Jack and Rose, the fictional couple at the heart of Titanic, the days at sea fostered friendships and romances, including Vanderbilt’s courtship of Edith Stuyvesant Dresser. “We are all fascinated with Titanic and this moment in history,” said Leslie Klingner, Biltmore’s curator of interpretation. “It’s intriguing to think about what was happening in the daily lives of the Vanderbilts and how closely that connected to what the filmmakers showed onscreen.” For example, the formal dinner scene in which Jack joins the first class passengers takes place in the ship’s dining room. Costumes from that scene are set in the Banquet Hall where the Vanderbilts and their house guests dined in full evening dress for their evening meals. Klingner notes that many of the gowns displayed in the Second Floor Living Hall were worn by an actor portraying a real person who actually sailed on Titanic. They included the Astors and the Guggenheims – couples the Vanderbilts would have known or were familiar with. The costumes are luxurious and highly detailed, featuring accessories such as fans, elaborate jewelry, and long gloves. “Guests at Biltmore would have dressed in a very similar manner,” said Klingner. “I can imagine them assembled in the Living Hall, taking a moment to visit with fellow guests or admire the paintings before going down to dine in the Banquet Hall.”  



Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in “Titanic” ©1997 Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

New guided tour debuts during Glamour on Board The exhibition is part of the self-guided tour through Biltmore House and is included in estate admission. Guests interested in a more in-depth experience may wish to take the Glamour on Board Guided Tour, created and designed by Biltmore’s museum services team especially for this exhibition. Hosts conducting the tour will provide colorful details about the costume design process, with insights into the elegance of the era’s fashions, culture of the times, connections with the Vanderbilts, and making of the film. This guided tour requires a separate ticket. Learn more about the Vanderbilts Guests will be able to learn even more about the family who called Biltmore home by visiting the Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village. The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad exhibition is located here and gives guests deeper insight into the family’s time at home and on their extensive travels throughout Europe and the Far East. Complementing Glamour on Board, the Legacy exhibition delves into the Vanderbilt family’s daily lives and their unique personalities. Guests will get a close-up look at many of the exotic and rare

treasures they collected throughout their lives. Opens March 15. Glamour on Board around the estate When Glamour on Board opens on February 9, The Inn on Biltmore Estate will offer a special Valentine’s Package during the month that includes a special room delivery of Biltmore red wine, chocolates, and a dozen red roses upon arrival. The Inn is perfect for those seeking a retreat with personalized service and four-star accommodations in a private hilltop setting. Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate is for guests looking for a casual overnight stay. It is located in the heart of Antler Hill Village, just steps away from shopping, dining, Biltmore’s Winery, and live music in the Village. Both The Dining Room at The Inn on Biltmore Estate (February 9 through 17) and Bistro (February 14) will offer special Valentine’s dining options. Reservations are required. Glamour on Board: Tea at The Inn Live orchestral music, period décor, and actors in period attire create an immersive atmosphere as guests dine on a selection of teas and artfully prepared light bites inspired by the tea menu served on the Titanic. Taking place in the Vanderbilt Room at The Inn, the tea will be held on April 14 from 1 to 3 pm. For reservations, call 866-336-1245. Orchid talks in the conservatory Biltmore’s large collection of orchids in the Conservatory is the subject of Biltmore’s free Orchid Talks. Biltmore’s on-site orchid experts offer the history of orchids on the estate and how they are grown and cared for. Now through March 16. For tickets, reservations, and more information, visit About Biltmore Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt.  Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art, and antiques.  Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres, including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture.  Today Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm, The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, Equestrian Center, numerous restaurants, event and meeting venues, and Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division. For more information, call 877-BILTMORE or visit Photos courtesy of The Biltmore Company

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of the Big Ears Festival around the corner, organizers are revealing the final details and finishing touches for the fully immersive, kaleidoscopic weekend hailed as “…the most adventurously programmed festival in America” by Rolling Stone. Big Ears is proud to announce more than a dozen new artists and performances. New additions to the Big Ears lineup include: Guitar wizard Marc Ribot returns to Big Ears for his third festival with two very different performances, including a duo with inimitable singer/guitarist David Hidalgo, front man for the American rock band Los Lobos. They’ll share a unique vision of classic American country and rock tunes, “border music” favorites, and a few classics from the Los Lobos songbook. Ribot’s punk/funk band Ceramic Dog, featuring Shahzad Ismaily and Chas Taylor, will return to the festival ahead of its first new album in four years. Soulful R&B singer, songwriter, bassist, and rapper Meshell Ndegeocello will make her Big Ears debut on the heels of her eagerly anticipated new recording, Ventriloquism,

which features her always unique approach to classic tunes by Prince, George Clinton, Force MD’s, and Sade, among others. Trailblazing virtuoso improvisers Okkyung Lee (cello), Ikue Mori (computer electronics), and Ned Rothenberg (woodwinds) will collaborate with legendary British saxophonist Evan Parker, in his Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, as well as presenting their own individual solo performances. Yuka C. Honda will present her solo show, Eucademix, and appear as a special guest on celeste and electronics for Nels Cline’s big band opus, Lovers, performed with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and others. Drummer Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin & Wood will also present one of his special solo excursions. Saxophonist and flutist Jon Gibson, an original member of Philip Glass’ original ensemble in the early 1970s, will present his fully immersive classic from that time, Visitations, and perform solo works for saxophone and flute during the weekend. Violinist Johnny Gandelsman, a member of the acclaimed string quartet Brooklyn Rider, will present his recently recorded

program of J. S. Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. Brooklyn Rider will be performing their own program, as well as collaborating with Béla Fleck. Some very special additional performances have been added: For only the second time in his career, composer and saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell will present the four interactive TRIOS that recorded his chart-topping 2017 ECM recording, Bells for the South Side, and will add Trio Five, a separate concert with a fifth interactive trio, joined by Junius Paul and Vincent Davis. In addition to the live world premiere of William Eggleston’s MUSIK, instrumentalist Aine O’Dwyer will offer a second concert of her own compositions. Saxophone powerhouse Mats Gustafsson (of the Thing) will combine forces with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet). Astonishing drummer Paal NilssenLove (also of the Thing) will go head-to-head with guitarist Arto Lindsay. As always, there will be more to come, including more music programming, films, talks, exhibitions. Weekend and daily passes are on sale now. For more information, visit www.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful Announces Orchid Awards Nominees


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Knoxville Beautiful will host its annual Orchid Awards dinner honoring Knoxville’s most beautiful properties, public spaces, and public art. Awards will be presented to winners in six different categories: Environmental Stewardship, New Architecture, Outdoor Spaces, Public Art, Redesign/Reuse, and Restaurant/Café/ Bar/Brewery. “We received a wide range of nominated properties that exemplify Knoxville’s continuous development,” said Alanna McKissack, Keep Knoxville Beautiful Executive Director. “Once again, the Redesign/Reuse category continues to be our strongest, with projects showcasing Knoxville’s value for historical preservation.” The nominees for Environmental Stewardship are the City of Knoxville’s Public Works Building and the parking lots of Lakeshore Park. The nominees for New Architecture are East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Scripps Addition, Gastrointestinal Associates Medical Building, KCDC’s Senior Living facility, the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors, South



Knoxville Elementary’s Library Entrance, and the University of Tennessee’s Volunteer Boulevard Parking Garage. The nominees for Outdoor Spaces are Baker Creek Preserve, the Cagle Terrace Garden, the Fulton High School Garden, Marble Hall and Pavilion at Lakeshore Park, St. John’s Cathedral Prayer Garden, and the University of Tennessee’s Volunteer Boulevard beautification. The nominee for Public Art is Zoo Knoxville’s entrance sign. The nominees for Redesign/Reuse are All Smiles Family Dentistry, Asheville Highway Animal Clinic, the Knoxville Botanical Garden Mule Barn, Market Square Parking Garage’s Restrooms, Master Dry, McMillan Flats, The Ely Building, The Park at Fountain City, The Prince Building, and The Tennessean. The nominees for Restaurant/Café/Bar/ Brewery are Elkmont Exchange, So Kno Taco Cantina, and Steamboat Central. Additionally, The Mary Lou Horner

Beautification Award will be granted to a former Orchid Award winner whose property remains Orchid-worthy. Keep Knoxville Beautiful is honored to have a panel of judges from various outlets in Knoxville. The judges for the 2018 Orchids are Mary Campbell of the University of Tennessee, Leslie Fawaz of the East Tennessee Community Design Center, Alan Sims of Inside of Knoxville, City Councilman Marshall Stair, and Anne Wallace of the City of Knoxville Office of Redevelopment. Keep Knoxville Beautiful will announce the winners of the beautification awards at the Orchids Awards Dinner on Tuesday, February 20, at 6:00 at The Standard, located at 416 W. Jackson Avenue. The evening will include live music, a silent auction with complimentary beer and wine reception, dinner, and the awards ceremony. Erin Gill, the Sustainability Director for the City of Knoxville, is the speaker. For tickets, visit www. All proceeds benefit Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s programs. To learn more about Keep Knoxville Beautiful, visit www.

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The Knoxville Museum of Art Announces Contemporary Print Exhibition


(Detail) Barbara Takenaga (North Platte, Nebraska 1949; lives and works in New York), The Night Visitor, 2002. Color lithograph, 1/2 patron impressions (edition of 25), 24 x 20 inches. Knoxville Museum of Art, gift of Helen and Russell Novak in honor of their children, Janet Novak Goldberg of blessed memory and James Alan Novak.




of Art presents Press Ahead: Contemporary Prints Gifted by Helen and Russell Novak February 2 through April 15, the first showing of the largest group of prints ever donated to the KMA. The exhibition features 38 works by great 20th and 21st century artists from around the world, including Roger Brown, John Buck, Christo, Lesley Dill, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Red Grooms, Sol LeWitt, Barbara Takenaga, William T. Wiley, Brad Brown, Enrique Chagoya, Tom Huck, Jiha Moon, and Hans Schabus. Some of the artists represented are leading printmakers, while others work primarily in other media but became interested in collaborating with master printers in order to realize their ideas in print-based formats. The KMA’s selection includes great examples of each artist’s work, prints produced in small editions, and those representing a broad range of printmaking techniques and formats (including sculptural and book-format prints). In 2015, Chicago collectors Helen and Russell Novak made the largest gift of prints in the museum’s history. The Novak’s collection includes thousands of contemporary

prints acquired during a period of more than 30 years. The Novaks became interested in the KMA thanks to Helen’s childhood friend, Knoxville educator Marilyn Liberman. The Novaks’ desire to place works at the KMA was sparked by the strength of the museum’s existing contemporary art collection, the museum’s long association with printmaking, and the local presence of the University of Tennessee’s School of Art’s top-ranked printmaking program. Press Ahead celebrates the Novak’s generosity and enables KMA visitors to explore contemporary printmaking and the exciting range of expressive possibilities and technical approaches it encompasses. A complete listing of the Novak’s gift can be found at The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit

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will host Flowers After Hours on Wednesday, April 25th! Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the class will be from 6 to 8 pm. This is a perfect time to get your girlfriends together for a fun night out where you’ll learn how to make beautiful floral arrangements! A professional florist will instruct participants in a hands-on demonstration of basic floral design. Each attendee will produce a floral arrangement they will take with them and a second arrangement that will be delivered to an ill or elderly member of our community, adding enrichment to RAF’s mission of delivering hope and kindness. The $35 ticket price includes container, flowers, and instruction on floral arranging. Coffee, water, and light appetizers will be provided. BYOB for participants 21 and over. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.RAFKnoxville. org. Select the events tab at the top of the page. All event proceeds benefit Random Acts of Flowers, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that improves the emotional health and wellbeing of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness. If you have questions or want to learn more about

Participants learned the art of floral arranging from Emily Campen of The Flower Pot during our December 2017 event.

Ladies showing off their gorgeous arrangements!

Random Acts of Flowers, call 865-633-9082, visit, or email info@ If you are interested in booking a private Flowers After Hours event, please email Mandie Beeler at Mandie@RAFKnoxville. org or call 865-633-9082. Private parties are perfect for birthday parties, bridal showers, reunions, or even just a special girls’ night out! Private events require a minimum commitment of 10 people per class.

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Zoo Knoxville Has Third Consecutive Record Attendance Year in 2017




welcomed 495,055 visitors in 2017, setting a new attendance record for the third year in a row and exceeding the record set in 2016 by 21,376 people. While more than 255,000 zoo-goers came from Knoxville and the surrounding counties, almost half of all visitors (49%) were tourists whose impact to the local economy amounted to $28 million. “With the opening of Tiger Forest at the Boyd Family Asian Trek in 2017, we completely changed the way our guests experienced the zoo with the most immersive habitat for tigers and cranes in the country,” said Lisa New, Zoo Knoxville President and CEO. “These beautiful and complex habitats emphasize our commitment to saving

these animals from extinction as part of a collaborative effort with accredited zoos nationwide. I believe our record attendance reflects the desire our visitors have to connect with wildlife and their support of the conservation work being done here in Knoxville.” “As an anchor destination for the Magnolia Avenue Corridor Plan, we are happy about bringing more people to East Knoxville,” said Pete Claussen, Chair of Zoo Knoxville’s Board of Directors. “Zoo Knoxville continues to

be Knoxville’s most visited attraction, and it is our strategic goal to continue to bring more tourists to Knox County.” The attendance for 2017 exceeded the zoo’s previous record, set the prior year in 2016, when 473,679 guests visited the zoo. Zoo Knoxville is open year-round, and October was the highest attended month with 76,331 visitors. According to zip code data, visitors came from four continents and as far away as New Zealand. In March 2018, Zoo Knoxville will open new habitats for silvered-leaf langurs and white-handed gibbons in the Boyd Family Asian Trek that will allow guests to explore their habitats on multiple levels. For more information, visit



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will host the 13th annual “Shamrock Ball – A FatherDaughter Dance” on March 3 from 7 to 9 pm at the Farragut High School Commons. Fathers and daughters of all ages – as well as all family members – are welcome and encouraged to attend. The “Shamrock Ball” will be an evening of music and dancing, light refreshments, and a craft. Photos of each couple or family will be taken and available for purchase. Event proceeds benefit the Farragut Middle School Band and Kiwanis Fresh Air Camp, which is operated by the Downtown Knoxville Kiwanis Club to provide disadvantaged youth with an overnight camp experience. Tickets are $20/couple and $30/family in advance and $25/ couple and $35/family at the door. Extra tickets are available for $10 in advance or $15 at the door. A family is described as children, step-children, parents, or legal guardians. Purchase tickets at www. or at the Farragut Town Hall (11408 Municipal Center Drive). For more information, call 865-966-7057.



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NOXVILLE KNOWS who Beth Hart is, if for no other reason than by reading our two interviews with her in Everything Knoxville. We’re about to get to know her quite a bit better, because she is going to be performing at our own Bijou Theatre on March 1st. I caught up with Beth by phone at her home in SoCal. After we caught up on personal news, I asked how her latest CD, “Fire on the Floor,” was doing for her. “People really seem to love that record when we play it live,” she said. “We don’t play all the songs from it every night. We play different songs from the record at different times. If you go to all the shows on that tour or whatever, you’ll see the whole record at some point. We’ll do maybe four or five songs off the record and then switch them out on different nights. It’s just gone over like gangbusters, and it’s funny because I loved ‘Better Than Home’ even better as a record. But it seems like ‘Fire on the Floor’ goes over better for live shows for some reason. I don’t know, maybe because ‘Better Than Home’ was a lot of ballads. ‘Fire on the Floor’ is more up-tempo. “I started making a new record though with Rob Cavallo, and we just got into the studio 10 days ago. We started our first round for four days. We have Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, which is really exciting for me, because I’d only done the show with Jeff Beck that he

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had me do with him years ago. Vinnie was the drummer in our band. So it’s amazing now that I got him for one of my records! I can’t believe it! And Chris Chaney on bass and Stephen Pierce on guitar and, of course, Rob is playing guitar. It’s just a really great group of people, and it’s so fun making a new record! So I’m excited about that.” As for a crowd favorite from the album, Beth said, “Yeah! It’s like ‘Bang Bang’ had that kind of thing – the Bang Bang Boom Boom record – where people just want to have fun with those songs and dig in. It’s just been really, really cool. My band plays it so great! My band right now is playing better than I ever heard them play. It’s just like we’ve really gelled and become like a band. Everything is effortless and really fun! I love them so much! We’re going to start back up here in a little over a month. I’m really looking forward to that. I miss them! I see them all the time, but I still miss them!” The chat switched to what we can expect at her Knoxville show. “This has always been what I do, and it probably will always be what I do,” said Beth. “We go out and just play songs from every record, and we change it up night after night. That way it’s always seemingly fresh to us and then, hopefully, that energy translates to the audience. I think more than anything I just want that little bit of on-the-edge energy there. And what I try to do is don’t assume that people have all the records. Sometimes

people will have one record of yours, so maybe we have a shot at giving them at least a song or two that they know really well or that they really like. It’s not like I’m a hit song person, you know what I’m saying? Where I know that I have certain songs that are, ‘Oh, my, my, my!’ You know what I mean? So I mix it up night after night and just truly try and have fun with that. “We’re definitely going to be playing some stuff off of ‘Fire on the Floor’ and then stuff from all the other records, but I’m not sure exactly what songs yet, because each night I make a new little set list. So we’ll see, but it will be a mix. But then I’ve got my stuff where we’re rockin’ and we’re doing some soul stuff. And then I sit and play by myself at the piano. And then John and I do an acoustic set where I play some bass and some acoustic guitar with him. Tell a lot of stories and that kind of thing.” There’s much more to this interview at Also, buy tickets to Beth’s show... if they’re still available! Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. Tom Parker. Thirty-six years later he founded the webzine,, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music. Februar y 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE




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Upcoming Events at Historic Ramsey House

Tinsmithing Workshop with David Drake February 10 from 9 am to 1 pm On February 10, learn all about the use and trade of tin in the 18th century from local professional Tinsmith, David Drake. This workshop is an instructional, handson workshop, where participants will have the chance to make their own tin creation! Participants will learn the basic use of hand tools used in the tinsmithing craft. During this workshop, participants will lay out a pattern, cut, pierce (punch) a design, fold, form, and solder a candleholder using hand tools. This workshop will be limited to six participants. The goal is for everyone to leave with a completed candleholder. The cost is $50, and all supplies are included. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 865546-0745 or visiting Registration will end on February 6th. The Legacy of Woodworking with Hal Galbraith February 24 from 10 am to 2 pm On February 24, a four-hour discussion and demonstration devoted to furniture making

during the Federal Period (1788-1825) will be given by Master Woodworker, Hal Galbraith. The talk begins with the design and function of essential cabinet making tools from that period. Next, pieces from the Historic Ramsey House collection will be viewed and discussed. Joiner methods used and some decorative details will also be demonstrated. Attendees of the workshop should come away

with an appreciation for the extraordinary work done by hand that was achieved by the Federal makers before the advent of electrically powered machines. The cost for the workshop is $25. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 865-546-0745 or visiting www. Registration will end on February 18th.

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OCK TO BACH is back! The sixth Oak Ridge Rock to Bach Music Festival, presented by the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, will showcase talented local musicians on Saturday, February 10, at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike. A feast for music lovers, Rock to Bach will feature 19 live performances from 10 am to 8 pm. The performers include bands with singers, such as the Ridge City Ramblers and Mt. LeConte Jug Band, as well as string quartets, a flute choir, a jazz band, and two klezmer bands. Solo artists are Allen McBride on the hammer dulcimer and vocalist Kelle Jolly, one of East Tennessee’s most celebrated jazz musicians. She is the host of Knoxville’s radio show on WUOT 91.9FM, Jazz Jam with Kelle Jolly, an hour-long show on Friday at 8 pm that celebrates great local, national, and international singers of jazz. In addition, the Rock to Bach festival will have food and drinks for purchase, including

sandwiches at lunch and a buffet dinner by Birdwell Catering, Inc. You can make reservations for the $50 dinner by calling 865-483-5569 by February 8. The after-dinner music will be provided by a cello ensemble from Tennessee Tech led by Dan Allcott, conductor of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and a cello player and teacher. During the festival, you can come and go as you please or stay all day for a low cover charge of the advanced ticket price of $12 or the same-day charge of $15. The cost for children ages 5-18 is $6 per child and for families of three or more, $30. Children under the age of five get in free. Tickets can be purchased at TN Bank or the ORCMA office. For those attendees who enjoy shopping for a good deal, a silent auction will be held. The festival is a fundraiser for the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, an umbrella organization for the professional Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, the longest continuously running symphony in Tennessee; the all-volunteer Oak Ridge Chorus; the Chamber

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T H I N K one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had since launching Amish Excellence in 2016 is the opportunity to see the expressions on the faces of our first-time visitors to our Farragut showroom. I have come to understand that many new customers rely on a 1960s or 1970s perception of Amish furniture. They expect to find high-quality Shaker or craftsman-style furniture hand-crafted from durable oak. Instead, they discover a large selection of chairs, rockers, ottomans, and sofas beautifully upholstered in a variety of fine fabrics, leather, faux leather, and suede. What hasn’t changed is the superb quality that is built into every piece of our all handcrafted Amish furniture, made one piece at a time to your exact specifications. While oak continues to be a popular choice, our selection of solid American hardwoods includes hickory, cherry, curly maple, elm, reclaimed barn wood, and quarter-sawn white oak. Another experience I enjoy is the smile on our customers’ faces when they discover that their custom crafted furniture from Amish Excellence is reasonably priced and



is of superior quality as compared to mass produced or imported furniture sold elsewhere. Even though we are approaching our second anniversary in business, we meet new customers daily who are amazed at the limitless options available to them. We especially enjoy having our regular customers stop in to discover what’s new, as our showroom inventory changes frequently. Amish Excellence designs have continued to evolve to appeal to a wide variety of styles, design preferences, and the most sophisticated tastes. Our rich leather upholstery

and latest geometric design fabrics allow even the most discerning homeowner the opportunity to combine today’s current trends with the quality of Amish old-world craftsmanship that you might have thought no longer existed. Additionally, we are introducing a line of lighting, home décor, and artwork to complement the beautifully made furniture. Come visit the showroom to see what new items we have to complement your home.

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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 2018 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. “Now is a great time to weatherproof all of your out-of-door events,” said Jim Conn, owner of Undercover Systems. “Throughout the entire process, our skilled craftsmen work with you, each step of the way, until your project is completed to your satisfaction. And because your project will be completed this winter, you can begin enjoying your new outdoor living spaces at the first sign of spring.” 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. 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. You’ll also 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-ofdoor living spaces, which will perfectly complement your existing architecture and landscaping plan. A complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau, Undercover Systems offers homeowners the peace of mind that they deserve in a building contractor. Why not surprise your family this year with a special Valentine’s gift that the entire family can enjoy all year long and start creating a lifetime of memories? 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

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Q: WHAT KIND OF PESTS like to chew up wood 24/7 and can cause serious structural damage to a home? A: TERMITES… so call Dayton’s! Q: WHAT ODORLESS GAS could be seeping inside your home from your concrete slab, crawl space, or basement that is dangerous to your health? A: RADON… so call Dayton’s! Q : W H AT T H R I V E S F R O M MOISTURE, grows quickly, and sends out spores into the air you breathe? A: MOLD… so call Dayton’s! Dayton’s Pest Control Services has served this area for more than 30 years and is proud to be a long-standing member of the Greater Knoxville community. Other services provided by Dayton’s include convenient quarterly perimeter pest control, carpenter bee control (Apr-Aug), mosquito treatment (May-Oct), fall invader control (Aug-Nov), one-time pest control, bedbug elimination, rodent control, VA/FHA termite inspections, and fungicide/moldicide treatments.

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UST LIKE CLOTHES and home décor go through style changes, so do walk-in master closets. Homeowners not only want to be organized, but they want this very personal space to reflect their individual taste. As homeowners renovate or build new houses with larger closets, there are current key features and style trends being incorporated that balance style with functionality. Make Sure the Shoe Fits Gone are the days when dusty shoes are piled on the floor and you were constantly bending over to get them. Today’s closets have dedicated shoe shelving – even shoe walls – designed to maximize specific shoe needs. Not only are the shoes easy to see, but the shelving can be adjustable for various heel heights and boots. Shoe shelving is literally a time and energy saving feature. Because each pair of shoes has a space, it also helps extend the lifespan of many shoes. It’s About Drawers Homeowners are minimizing the amount of furniture in the master bedroom, so drawers have become a must in closets to provide more out-of-sight storage. To hold up to daily use, quality drawers are very important. A drawer box with dovetail corner joints, highquality chrome slides, and full-extension are

a must. Flat drawer fronts are the least expensive style and can be dressed up with handles. Think of it as jewelry for a drawer! Mix It Up Mixed media finishes are popular in the closet, as well as the rest of the house. People are mixing textures, hardware finishes, and colors. For example, a closet using a matte gray finish will incorporate high-gloss gray drawer fronts to give the space a more contemporary, clean feel. Keep It Bright From the kitchen to the closet, white is in. From a traditional matte white finish to white wood grain, these colors also help a closet look and feel larger. Additionally, chandeliers continue to be popular in closets. Chandeliers not only provide much-needed lighting, but they set the tone for the space. Even in smaller closets homeowners are investing in good LED lighting. Admit it, we’ve all put on one navy blue shoe and one black shoe because of a

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V A L E N T I N E ’ S month everyone! On behalf of both Aaron and myself, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support and encouragement. Life has a way of surprising each of us. Although both Aaron and I are outgoing people, we never anticipated the many friendships that would result from the many customers that come through our doors every day at Premiere Consignment. Each of you represents a new friend that we might never have met had it not been for our upscale furniture and home décor consignment business. We remain very pleased by just how well received Premiere Consignment has been by both our Tellico area consignors and customers. While consignment businesses are not new business models, a consignment business like Premiere Consignment that focuses primarily on upscale name brand furniture, home décor, art, and Oriental and area rugs is. Our location, surrounded by upscale lake and golf front communities that attract higher income families from throughout the country, has 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, much of which they will part with because it may not all fit in their new home or doesn’t match their new home’s décor. Premiere Consignment offers our newly arrived neighbors with the perfect venue for selling their gently used, quality, name brand furniture and home decor items, which in turn can be resold to other homeowners at a savings from their original retail prices to other homeowners who are in search of an accent chair, dining room table, a piece of art, an Oriental rug, you name it. 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 let Premiere Consignment become your home’s perfect match for all of your furniture and home décor needs? Premiere Consignment

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February in the Garden BY LISA GRUGIN


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ahead and get this out of the way: Yes, you will likely have damage to your plants from the cold. There are three types of damage that may have occurred. The first is when the root ball of a plant freezes because the soil around it has frozen. This is most hazardous to plants that were dry when they froze and plants that are borderline hardy here. (Yes, we are Zone 7, but we are having a Zone 6 winter.) Those plants may not recover. The second type of damage occurs to evergreen plants when their roots and stems are frozen but the sun gets warm enough for the needles/leaves to thaw. Those needles/leaves then lose water through transpiration but cannot draw more up because the stems are frozen. This doesn’t usually kill the plant but will

kill some of the exterior foliage. There will also be damage done to those poor unfortunate plants that had already started budding in the balmy November/ December weather. The bloom quantity may be reduced, and there may be areas of the plant that do not leaf out. The bottom line is that we are not going to know the extent of the damage until late spring. If you remember the freeze that happened a few years ago that killed so many plants, you will also remember that several people pulled up plants that would have survived if they had been a little more patient! If there is flexibility in the branches or green in the stem, leave it alone. Call or email us if you have questions. As for my to-do list for February, it is mostly all the things that didn’t get done in January because it was too dang cold!



» When it does warm up, do your walk around the yard to check on things. Lots of plants look pretty sad right now, but don’t panic. Mother Nature is resilient. » Use the miserable days to plan all the lovely things you want to do in your yard once the cold has moved back up north where it belongs. » If a vegetable garden is in those 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. » By the end of the month, it will hopefully be warm enough for you to sow greens, lettuce, peas, radishes, and onion. » 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 a real tomato, but I promise that if you plant a tomato before the ground is warm enough, it will not bear! Patience, grasshopper! » I hope you have mulch around your plants. If not, you can still put it down to protect surviving plants from the freeze/thaw cycle. » Yes, you can prune things now. Do not go out and just start whacking! Call us, Google it, or do something so that you do not destroy trees and shrubs that are already stressed from the brutal cold. Also, 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. You can also get some really good exercise pulling weeds. » 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 ice. Some of you may have seen that we have a new cat. Her name is Honey Bun, and her job is to help keep the mice out of our birdseed. She is not a year old yet and has been a little hazardous to some of our glass items! She is very sweet, however, and she and Oatmeal Cream Pie are ready for you to come visit them. That’s 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!

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UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month: Parney Cotoneaster B Y R I C H A R D G I B S O N , A S S I S TA N T H O R T I C U LT U R I S T W I T H T H E U T G A R D E N S , J AC K S O N


T I M E of year many of us seem to get a little “down in the dumps.” The temperatures are cold, the skies are gloomy, and the garden is taking a rest. We have a tendency to stay cooped up inside and not explore nature. However, if you can bring yourself to venture into the garden, Mother Nature has a lot to offer. You might be surprised at the beauty you come across. Take a look at a public garden or even a friend’s for inspiration for your own. Many plants provide winter interest. Winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) shows off clusters of cheerful red berries, red-twig dogwood (Cornus sericea, C. sanguinea, and C. alba) reveals bright red stems, and ‘Florida Sunshine’ anise (Illicum parvaflorum) displays vibrant chartreuse foliage. These plants become the center of attention in the winter garden. One particular example I have grown fond of is Cotoneaster lacteus (syn. Cotoneaster parneyi), commonly known as parney cotoneaster. The genus Cotoneaster contains at least 70 species, but unfortunately, their use is limited in much of the United States due to several factors. As Dr. Michael Dirr notes, most species are susceptible to excessive heat, heavy wet soils, lace bug, mites, and fireblight, which contribute to their relatively short life in the landscape. With that being said, C. lacteus is truly the exception to the rule – it is virtually pest-free. Parney cotoneaster was introduced to the U.S. in 1930 from western China. Growing to between six and eight feet tall and wide in 10 years, its habit is somewhat upright and spreading, with graceful arching branches. This evergreen produces two to three inch clusters of small white flowers in mid May to early June. The flowers give way to beautiful bright red berries that remain on the plant through winter, making this cotoneaster a showstopper. The dark green, deer-resistant foliage provides the perfect backdrop and contrast to the berries. This cotoneaster grows well in full sun to part shade, and, while it is very drought tolerant, it performs best in moist, well-drained soils. The specimen at the UT Gardens, Jackson, flourishes beautifully with virtually no care along the parking lot curb near the gazebo. C. lacteus works well in groupings or as a mass planting and is a wonderful addition to any mixed shrub border where additional winter interest is desired.

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For a plant that is resistant to drought, diseases, and insects, as well as very low maintenance, tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions, and interesting in winter, parney cotoneaster is surprisingly underused. I encourage you to visit the UT Gardens in Jackson or Knoxville to admire parney cotoneaster at its peak at a time when many plants are taking a rest. Consider adding this cotoneaster, and other winter beauties, to your own garden landscape.

The UT Gardens include plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson, and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit



Landmark African-American Church in Peril BY CARROLL MCMAHAN


EVIERVILLE’S New Salem Baptist Church has weathered many storms since Isaac Dockery and a small, determined band of AfricanAmerican craftsmen built the church in 1886. Nevertheless, the storms of the past pale in comparison to the tempest facing the future of the oldest brick church remaining in Sevier County. After the church was built using bricks fired at an onsite kiln, members joined together as a singing group to raise money. Traveling throughout East Tennessee, the singers raised funds for a piano, hymn books, and Sunday school supplies, as well as wire fencing for a cemetery. The church was not only used to fulfill the community’s spiritual needs, but also served as a gathering place for social activities. During the first half of the 20th century, there were very few places available for African-Americans to gather for special celebrations. The church served the black community until the 1950s, when the last services were held by the descendants of the original congregation. Since that time, the church has been used by other congregations, and the historic integrity has slowly chipped away. The last time the church was used as a worship space was sometime in the 1990s. By 2006, a problem with mold prevented the use of the building entirely. But some of the descendants of Isaac Dockery were determined to save the historic structure. The original bell tower and pulpit furniture have been removed, and the overall interior has been altered significantly. Even with these changes, the church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, and a Tennessee Historical marker was placed on the grounds in 2006. The building suffers from lack of maintenance and ventilation issues, which compromise the structure. In 2010, the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance placed the building on the list of East Tennessee’s most endangered treasures. 52


Led by Alverrene Bridgeforth, New Salem Restoration Task Force has been working since 2011 to raise funds to save the church. The task force has been disheartened at times with the financial outlook, such as writing grant proposals only to be rejected, as well as dealing with state and local codes. However, they have persevered and remain hopeful that they can somehow reach their goal. The Dockery family has had its reunion in Sevierville every summer since 1972 and gathers by the hundreds on the church grounds for a picnic. The task force has posted a thermometer in the church’s front yard, with lines marking the steps to their goal of $500,000. In addition to soliciting donations, fundraising events include Isaac Dockery Day, an annual dinner and silent auction, and a gospel concert in partnership with Knoxville’s Cokesbury United Methodist. This year the task force will be selling 2019 commemorative calendars. “My husband’s great grandfather donated the land for the church, and I feel it’s very important to preserve this historic site for posterity,” said Dr. Carolyn Henderson, a local preservation activist. “I have been soliciting donations to raise the required 25% match of a new grant proposal, which could make our goal a reality.”

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance works to preserve the structures and places with historic or cultural significance in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties. ETPA partners with Knox Heritage to serve as the regional arm for preservation activities in these 16 counties.

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means more time living indoors – working, playing, relaxing, and staying warm. It’s important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust, and allergens. The following are some key areas to tackle for a comfortable and efficient home. Wash windows Washing away dirt and water marks from your windows and screens gives you a clear view of the outdoors and lets in more natural light. It will also make your home feel lighter and brighter, keeping cabin fever at bay. And to help maintain a controlled climate inside the home, prevent air from leaking in or escaping by using weatherstripping or caulk around your windows. You’ll stay cozy inside and save money on your energy bill. Check and replace your vacuum bag, filter, and belt A full vacuum bag, clogged filter, or broken belt can hinder your vacuum’s effectiveness, leaving dirt, dust, and allergens behind. 54


Replacing your vacuum bags every one to two months, filters every three to six months, and belts once per year is recommended to help your vacuum achieve peak performance. Even more, a Filtrete HEPA vacuum filter will help trap particles 75 times smaller than a human hair, including 99.97% of dust mite debris, animal dander, molds, and pollen. Don’t forget to look up After tackling floors, dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. These hard-to-reach and hard-to-see places can harbor dust. And while you’re up there, change the direction of your ceiling fans to counterclockwise for the winter. This will keep air moving but circulate warm air instead of cooling the room down. Clean around your HVAC With the heater on, be sure to clear the area around your HVAC unit to make sure there is nothing blocking the flow of air. Next, remember to swap out that filter for maximum effectiveness and change your filter every 90 days. Turn on the humidifier Increasing the humidity in your home

during the cooler months adds moisture to your air and living space. This raises the “heat index,” making 68 degrees feel more like 76 degrees. If your house has low humidity, you may notice chapped lips, dry skin, or a dry, sore throat. Be sure to maintain a relative humidity in the home between 20% and 40%. As the temperature outside drops, lower this percentage so condensation doesn’t form on the windows. Add extra insulation to all areas of your home Adding insulation to your home reduces energy usage and increases comfort. If your home uses less than 12 inches of insulation, chances are heat is escaping. Add insulation in the attic to prevent warm air from escaping. Also consider adding insulation in crawl spaces, under floors, and against basement walls to stop the transfer of cold through the house. Take back your clean, fresh home today Tackling each of these simple projects will help you take on winter with a fresh, cozy home you and your family can enjoy. For more information, visit

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In the Footsteps of Sergeant York: A Feature Exhibition at the Museum of East Tennessee History


ETWEEN 2006 AND 2 0 0 9 , an international team

of historians, archeologists, and geographers traveled to the Western Front battlefields of World War I to rediscover and document where Fentress County-native Sergeant Alvin C. York made his heroic stand against overwhelming odds and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courage under fire. In the Footsteps of Sergeant York, the exhibition now open at the Museum of East Tennessee History from the Museum of the American Military Experience, showcases this groundbreaking research and allows visitors to retrace the steps of one of America’s best-known military heroes. Alvin C. York is one of the most decorated and colorful soldiers of World War I. York was born of humble beginnings in Pall Mall as the third of 11 children and raised in a one-room log cabin. Nearly 100 years ago, on October 8, 1918, York displayed valor and courage worthy of a Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Croix de Guerre, the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur, and later, a major motion picture, when he single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 more in a battle in the Argonne Forest in France. Until now, the movie Sergeant York, staring Gary Cooper, has provided the most compelling story of York. In the Footsteps of Sergeant York runs through July 8th. The exhibition, produced by the Museum of the American Military Experience, includes 18 exhibit panels, eight exhibit cases of artifacts, a documentary film, and a supporting interactive website. The East Tennessee Historical Society augmented the exhibition with East Tennessee stories and artifacts. It includes a bible carried by Sgt. York during WWI and later carried by a friend’s son who had it with him in WWII and every day until he died at the age of 94, as well as examples of American and German gas masks, U.S. uniforms, medals, banners, firearms, and wartime souvenirs. One of the most compelling features of the exhibit is that visitors are invited to walk through a life-sized trench much like the ones American troops hunkered down in during the war. Museum visitors will develop a sense of York’s home life through a sampling of items from the York home, experience the sounds of war and machine gun fire, view 56


Recreated WWI trench for museum visitors to walk through

Alvin C. York’s Papers. These programs are presented in partnership with the University of Tennessee Center for the Study of War and Society and the State of Tennessee World War I Commission. Community partners include Tennessee State Parks, Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation, and the Knox County Public Library.

Recreated German pillbox with machine guns

About East Tennessee Historical Society Established in 1834, the East Tennessee Historical Society is widely acknowledged as one of the most active history organizations in the state and enjoys a national reputation for excellence in programming and education. For 184 years, the East Tennessee Historical Society has been helping East Tennesseans hold on to our unique heritage – recording the events, collecting the artifacts, and saving the stories that comprise the history we all share.

clips from the famous movie portraying Sergeant York’s life, and take away a copy of his draft card, where he claims his exemption from the draft is that he “don’t want to fight.” The East Tennessee Historical Society will provide a variety of corresponding programs throughout the exhibit’s run, including a lecture on “Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America” with Michael Neiberg, PhD, on Sunday, February 11, and a screening of the film Sergeant York on Sunday, February 18, with commentary by Dr. Michael Birdwell, professor of history at Tennessee Tech University and curator of

The Museum of East Tennessee History is open Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and FREE for children under 16. Each Sunday admission is FREE to all, and ETHS members always receive FREE admission. The museum is located in the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street in Knoxville. For more information about the exhibition, scheduling a school tour, or visiting the museum, call 865-215-8824, email, or visit www.

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February 1: Steep Canyon Rangers at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. February 2: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. February 2: The Black Jacket Symphony: Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. February 4: KSO Chamber Orchestra at the Bijou Theatre at 2:30 pm. February 5: Mighty Musical Monday with the Knoxville Opera at the Tennessee Theatre at noon. February 7: Jazz Lunch featuring “Will Boyd Plays the Music of Kenny Garrett” at The Square Room from noon to 1 pm. February 8: Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up the Night at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7:30 pm. February 9: Brantley Gilbert “The Ones That Like Me” Tour at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm. February 10: Tinsmithing Workshop with David Drake at Historic Ramsey House from 9 am to 1 pm. February 10: Eddie Izzard at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. February 10: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra – Broadway Romance at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm. 60


February 10 & 11: GO! Contemporary Dance Works presents ALICE at the Bijou Theatre. February 10 at 2 & 7:30 pm and February 11 at 3 pm. February 11: Bill Engvall at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 3 & 6 pm. February 11: Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Winter Concert at the Tennessee Theatre at 3 pm.

February 17: Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 2 & 6 pm. February 17: PBR Velocity Tour at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm. February 18: Todd Snider with Rorey Carroll at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. February 19: Presidents’ Day.

February 12: Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Concert at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm.

February 21: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

February 13: Knoxville Jazz Orchestra presents Jazz is for Lovers with John Pizzarelli at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

February 22: Brad Paisley at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7:30 pm.

February 14: Valentine’s Day. February 14: Marc Broussard at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. February 15: An Evening with Drew and Ellie Holcomb at the Bijou Theatre at 7 & 9:30 pm. February 15 & 16: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series: Valentine’s Weekend: Russian Passion at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

February 23: Winter Jam: Christian Music’s Largest Tour at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm. February 23 & 25: Puccini’s Turandot at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. February 23 at 7:30 pm and February 25 at 2:30 pm. February 24: The Legacy of Woodworking with Hal Galbraith at Historic Ramsey House from 10 am to 2 pm. February 24: Polar Plunge at the UT Aquatics Center at 11:30 am. A benefit for Special Olympics Tennessee athletes.

February 16 & 17: Erick Baker with the Young Fables at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

February 25: Tape Face at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

February 16-18: Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show at the Knoxville Convention Center.

February 27: Jonny Lang at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

New Exhibitions Opening at the Emporium Center on February 2


Alliance is pleased to present four new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from February 2-23. A reception will take place on Friday, February 2, from 5 to 9 pm as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

this day. He has exhibited his work regionally and nationally, including the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, and the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. Educated at Yale University and Temple University, Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Morton is a professor of art at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA. Morton is a recipient of a 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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National Juried Exhibition of 2018 in the Upper Gallery The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present its 12th annual National Juried Exhibition, a new exhibition featuring selected works from 44 artists throughout the United States. The National Juried Exhibition was developed in 2006 to provide a forum for local artists to compete on a national scale and display their highest quality work. The exhibition encompasses all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists working in a variety of media such as photography, acrylic, pencil, fibers, oil, paper, and more. More than $1,000 in cash awards will be announced at a brief awards ceremony on February 2 at 6 pm. Jeffrey Morton served as juror for the exhibition. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Morton is a resident of Signal Mountain, TN. During a two-year residence in Japan, earlier in his career, Morton was drawn to Japanese art and culture, which influences his work to

John Humphries: Constellations of Drawings in the Lower Gallery John Humphries is a visual artist, gardener, and designer focusing on communicating, through abstraction, stories and phenomena from nature and mythology. This creative work takes the form of watercolor drawings and ceramic objects. He took an unusual path to get where he is today. Originally from Texas, pausing briefly on the Ozark Plateau and along the Puget Sound, he now finds the Miami Valley is the perfect location for locking in roots. During life travels, he has completed degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts in Design, following a brief foray as a saucier. He teaches Architecture and Interior Design as a Professor at Miami University, OH. “The watercolor drawings for this exhibition are emotional and technical but with a colorist’s sensibility,” said Humphries. “They link the visual language of landscape, color theory, and constructed elements.” Humphries makes his watercolor drawings by researching a natural phenomenon, creating various codes to represent these elusive conditions and then organizing the codes into a series or constellation. Constellations of Drawings includes collaged photographic elements and other constructed pieces of wood floating above the plane of paper. Brandon Lutterman: Sculptural Vessels and Pots in the Display Case Brandon T. Lutterman lives in Middlesboro, KY, and is Assistant Professor & Program Director of Fine Art at Lincoln Memorial University. For more than 10 years, he has

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taught full range of undergraduate courses in the studio arts, as w e l l a s c e ra m i c studio set-up, management, and maintenance. He received a Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics from Kansas State University and from Minnesota State

University-Mankato. “My current body of work is created to celebrate life and to help people recognize that we need to be stewards of all forms of life, not just our own,” said Lutterman. “There is a precious balance at stake between the needs and desires of the industrial man and the needs of our diverse population of organisms, fish, plants, animals, and ecosystems. My goal through my work is to prompt more awareness, appreciation, and preservation of our environment and species.” Lutterman’s work is versatile, including naturalism, utilitarian, and sculptural forms. He uses multiple techniques and styles of art to convey a concept. His glazes are developed through ongoing glaze research, as he aims to develop unique surfaces at low, mid, and high fire temperature ranges. Yvonne Hosey: The Hungry Month in the Atrium The Hungry Month pieces evoke the hardships and beauty of winter. Done in watercolor, scratchboard, acrylic, and glasspaint, the colors are muted, and the images are of the inedible – the scarce, precious, and beautiful – in the month of February. Hosey was born during a February blizzard in Manhattan but has spent most of her life in the South, where she experienced her first snow in Atlanta at the age of nine. Practicing as a nurse here in the state of Tennessee has brought her in contact with many people who know the true meaning of the Hungry Month. The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 865-523-7543 or visit About the Arts & Culture Alliance The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation. Februar y 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE




HE MOST POPULAR time to visit New Orleans is the extended weekend before Mardi Gras (February 9-13). Come then and you’ll be sure to catch the most popular parades, like Endymion, Bacchus, Zulu, Rex, and all of the festive celebrations throughout the whole city. Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of the carnival season, as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Most visitors will plan to arrive no later than Saturday, February 10, in order to enjoy an extended weekend of festivities. Family Gras 2018 will be Friday, February 2, through Saturday, February 3.

MARDI GRAS TRADITIONS Mardi Gras is about music, parades, picnics, floats, and excitement. It’s one big holiday in New Orleans! Revelers know to wear costumes or at least dress in purple, green, and gold and adorn themselves with long beads caught from the floats of previous parades. You’ll see a lot of crazy costumes, kids with their families are everywhere, and both locals and visitors having a great time.  Parade goers will sit on the ground, throw balls, play music, eat great food, and watch the crowds walk by between parades.  On Mardi Gras day, the majority of non-essential businesses are shut down because of the celebration.     Experienced revelers know to bring a large bag with them so they can haul away all the beads and trinkets they will catch from the parades!



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Whether they cover the wearer’s eyes or whole face, masks add an element of mystery and intrigue when worn, especially around this particular holiday in the city. It’s safe to say that masks are one of our favorite Mardi Gras traditions. When did the mask tradition start though and why? Masks have been worn by different societies for centuries. Some groups wear them for rituals, some for celebrations, and still others for the performing arts. Mardi Gras masks in particular originated in ritual celebrations. New Orleans has been celebrating Mardi Gras for hundreds of years and is the largest masked party in North America. In the beginning, masks worn during Mardi Gras allowed wearers to escape society and class constraints. When wearing a mask, carnival goers were free to be whomever they wanted to be and mingle with whatever class they desired to mingle with. However, they were also considered to be a diversion for poor people, and women who wore masks had their reputation questioned. Today everyone wears masks during Mardi Gras. In fact, float riders are required to wear masks by law. On Fat Tuesday, everyone is free to wear masks, adding to the excitement and magic of celebrations throughout the city. While many masks are simple, there are those who put a lot of pride behind creating elaborate and beautiful ones. One such place is Maskarade, located in the French Quarter.  Maskarade carries an extensive collection of masks from local and national artists. They even have some handmade Italian masks created in the old traditional Venetian style. If you’re looking for a mask that’s unique or special, then that’s the place to go.

The Best Places to Stay During Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is upon us, and hotels are already beginning to fill up. If you haven’t started planning your trip already, now is the time. With so many hotels throughout the city, it’s hard to know which ones are the best for Mardi Gras. Location is important. Take it from us – you do not want to have to drive and park during Mardi Gras celebrations. Being able to walk to where you want

to be is a lifesaver, especially when you need to use the bathroom. If you want to stay on or near a parade route, then we have a couple of suggestions: For a hotel that is close to the Uptown parades and has that classic New Orleans feel, then any of the hotels that are a part of the Garden District Hotel Collection are great places to stay during Mardi Gras. This hotel group includes The Prytania Park, Prytania Oaks, and Queen Anne Hotels. Each one of these hotels is located in the historic Lower Garden District and only steps away from the parades and streetcar line on St. Charles Ave. Using the streetcar, it’s only a short ride to downtown and all of the Mardi Gras celebrations in the French Quarter. There are also some more modern hotels along the parade routes. Hotel Indigo is an upscale property in the Garden District, and it’s right on St. Charles Avenue. Request a window facing St. Charles Avenue and you can watch the parades while you sip on your coffee from your room with wooden floors and chic décor. St. Christopher Hotel at the foot of Magazine Street, steps away from the Warehouse District and the French Quarter, is ideal for those who want to spend a lot of time in the French Quarter but would like to have an easy walk back to a slightly less-hectic area to get some rest. There are also a lot of great options for those who want to stay in the French Quarter. The Maison Dupuy Hotel is about as good as it gets. It embodies everything New Orleans is about, with a stylish courtyard and that historic-home feel. It’s also right in the middle of the Mardi Gras action. Hotel St. Helene is a beautifully restored hotel and only two blocks away from Bourbon Street. It offers great views of the French Quarter, and the rooms are fully equipped with all the modern comforts of home (like LCD flat screen TVs and iPod docking stations). The Frenchman Hotel is just outside the French Quarter, in the hip Faubourg Marigny, and has both contemporary and “period” rooms. The private balconies and awesome pool are two of our favorite features. Also, the brand new Royal Frenchmen Hotel & Bar, also in the Marigny, is absolutely lovely and has a bar that is fabulous as well. For more information, visit and www.



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of 1930, during the Great Depression, which started in mid 1929, the first bank panics occurred, starting first in Nashville and then spreading throughout the Southeast. Referred to as a “bank run,” hundreds and sometimes thousands of depositors who lost confidence in the security of their financial institutions would converge of their local bank, withdrawing all of their hard earned money. As a consequence, more than 1,300 banks failed in 1930, and it continued on through 1931 and 1932. As a child born in 1950, I often recall the conversations of adults reliving their experiences of both the Great Depression and that period of bank failures that followed, which saw American depositors lose an estimated $140 billion in deposits. Because these bank failures occurred prior to the creation of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which today insures

Be careful not to allow previous economic challenges to limit your future for economic growth. your deposits held in participating banks, this money was lost for good. It was no wonder that many Americans continued to mistrust financial institutions for decades after, electing to keep their money elsewhere, just not in a bank despite the protection offered by the FDIC. People often referred to their mattress as their bank. The experiences of the Great Depression, while far more dire than our most recent

Great Recession, have nonetheless upended the economic confidence many of us hold for the future. And while our lack of optimism may be driving our desire to keep our heads down and our powder dry, the renewed confidence in our economy experienced during the last year is undeniable. So just what should you do? Our history is filled with multiple examples of both economic hardship and periods of economic boom. I encourage you to closely examine today’s economic indicators, including the small business confidence index, which is at a new all-time high. Be careful not to allow previous economic challenges to limit your future for economic growth. Don’t throw caution to the wind, but don’t put yourself in a position where you will have missed what might become one of the biggest economic opportunities in recent times. The best place for your money may not be the mattress.

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integrity. » A recent survey estimated that the average person lies four times a day. » Dishonesty is saying something that is not true. This might be exaggerating the truth a bit to help us to look a little better. This might be leaving out a few details to make sure our point is not misunderstood. This might be misleading someone and allowing them to come to a conclusion that we know is not 100% accurate. This could be taking credit for something that we did not do or in the way that the information was related. This might be allowing others to make false assumptions about a situation or someone. Sometimes this is when we take advantage of someone else’s naivety or lack of knowledge in order to get what we want or need.



I’m sure there are many more examples of dishonesty. With these examples laid out before you, do you agree now that the average person lies at least four times per day? Do you? Do you know how many times someone with integrity lies per day? Zero. What happens when you didn’t meet a deadline? How do you explain it? How should you explain it? What if you make a mistake? Ruin a report? Lose something important? How does someone with integrity handle that? Do you ever tell someone you’re going to do something, call someone, bring something, finish something, etc., then you forget or just don’t do it? What do you say? Do you go into hiding? What would someone with integrity do? It is important that you do what you say you’re going to do, when and how

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After IPL

Matthew B. Doppelt, D.O., F.A.O.C.D., F.A.A.D. Board Certified Dermatologist

blood vessels, thickening skin, and pimple-like breakouts. IPL reduces the appearance of redness associated with rosacea. All IPL devices are not created equal, and technology by itself will not ensure optimal results. At Southeastern Dermatology, we employ the most powerful IPL on the market, Cynosure’s ICON with the MaxG handpiece. It is important that patients team with a doctor they trust, as well as one with the proper credentials and qualifications. As a board certified dermatologist with more than a decade of experience, Dr. Doppelt can help you develop a personalized treatment plan and see if IPL is the best treatment for you. For more information, visit or call 865-474-8800 to schedule an appointment.

Southeastern Dermatology 1930 Pinnacle Pointe Way Knoxville, TN 37922 865.474.8800

Before IPL

After IPL

Lips to Love!

Over time, the natural aging process includes volume loss in the face and lips. Injectable fillers, such as hyaluronic acid found in the JUVEDERM lip collection, are commonly used to add fullness and volume to those areas. Done correctly, lips injections can add a natural fullness, making lips appear more youthful and smooth. Dr. Doppelt is a board-certified dermatologist with over 15 years of experience in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Doppelt has detailed knowledge of the intricacies of facial anatomy that are necessary to provide superior patient outcomes. If you want enhanced, natural looking lips, schedule an appointment with Dr. Doppelt today!




and receive a FREE Skin Medica HA5 lip plump system with the purchase of any syringe form the JUVEDERM lip collection!










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Everything Knoxville February 2018  
Everything Knoxville February 2018