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From the Publisher Time passes so quickly, and here we are at the beginning of a New Year. The start of 2014 is the best time to resolve to make this year one to remember by exercising more, eating healthier, or taking more quality time with family and friends. Many resolutions are made on January 1st but soon are forgotten. It takes discipline to follow through on resolutions. I know, because I am like everyone else with only a handful of my resolutions accomplished in looking back at 2013. But this year, I have made one resolution a priority, which is to focus more on my health and well-being. Regular preventative checkups for my general health will be at the top of my list with visits to the dentist, 4



About the Cover eye doctor, and personal physician. In this edition of Everything Knoxville, we are pleased to highlight the fine orthopedic specialists at Turkey Creek Medical Center. These professionals are dedicated to restoring their patients’ quality of life using the latest in innovation. If you are suffering from joint pain, specifically in your knees or hips, and are a candidate for a knee or hip replacement, then the Joint Replacement Center could provide an answer to restoring an active lifestyle. Innovative solutions such as the MAKOplasty® anterior hip replacement surgery might be your answer. Read about this technology and also the experience of a MAKOplasty® hip replacement patient. It’s a New Year, so make it count. We at Everything Knoxville wish everyone not only a prosperous 2014, PUBLISHER + EDITOR IN CHIEF but also a healthy one.

This month David Roberts of D. Roberts Photography has photographed Dr. Mark MacNaughton, Dr. David Hovis and Dr. Michael Howard of Turkey Creek Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center with patient Frank Iski. Turn to page 6 to learn more about the center, and read Frank’s inspiring story on page 8.

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Top row (L to R): Dr. David Hovis, Dr. Michael Howard, Lance Jones, CEO, and Dr. Mark MacNaughton Bottom row (L to R): Frank Iski and Bet Leffew

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lifestyle and are seeking the latest technology in knee or hip replacement may benefit from the MAKOplasty® solution. Turkey Creek Medical Center’s list of patient innovations continues to grow as its Joint Replacement Center announces another first, MAKOplasty® anterior hip replacement surgery. With more than 46 million Americans suffering from joint pain in their hips and knees, Turkey Creek Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center features a first-class team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, surgical technicians, physical therapists, dietitians, care managers, and home health professionals committed to helping its patients return to full and productive lifestyles in less time and with better outcomes over traditional, often more invasive joint replacement surgery. 6


Today, The Joint Replacement Center’s surgeons, aided by the RIO® Robotic Arm Orthopedic System, are able to dramatically enhance the surgical outcomes of both hip and knee replacement patients, reduce discomfort and recovery periods, and improve the lifespan of the joint replacement implants. In addition to the innovations offered by the daVinci® Robotic Surgical System and cardiac advancements introduced in 2013, this latest announcement underscores Turkey Creek Medical Center’s ability to offer patients the medical benefits of leading-edge technology combined with caring, compassionate health care professionals, providing East Tennesseans with world-class medical care. This month Everything Knoxville met with Dr. Hovis, Dr. Howard, Dr. MacNaughton, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Hoover and Lance Jones, Turkey Creek Medical Center CEO, to discuss the MAKOplasty® solution.

EK: According to a study published by Massachusetts General Hospital, out of 1,823 hip replacement patients, only 50% of the acetabular cups (cupshaped sockets of the hip joint) were positioned in the acceptable range. Why is proper positioning of hip implants so challenging for surgeons? Dr. Hovis: Accurate alignment and positioning of implants using traditional manual total hip replacement techniques can be challenging. This is mainly due to limited pre-operative planning capabilities, as well as having no real-time feedback during surgery that enables the surgeon to make adjustments during the procedure to optimize the alignment of the hip implant. MAKOplasty® anterior hip replacement surgery is an innovative solution for those suffering from degenerative and painful joint disease. It is powered by the RIO orthopedic system, which enables surgeons to achieve a new level of precision in hip replacement PHOTOS BY D. ROBERTS PHOTOGRAPHY

surgery and is designed to enhance stability and increase range of motion. EK: What are the consequences of improperly positioned hip implants? Dr. Howard: The most common drawback of improperly positioned hip implants is impingement, which can lead to dislocation, wear, pain, and decreased implant longevity. These issues may lead to an increased need for revision surgery, as well as higher levels of patient dissatisfaction. EK: How does the RIO® Robotic Arm Orthopedic System aid surgeons performing hip replacement surgery? Dr. MacNaughton: Using the RIO® surgeon-controlled robotic arm technology, MAKOplasty® hip or knee replacement surgery uses the patient’s pre-operative CT scan and creates a patient specific 3D model of their hip or knee. Using that 3D model, the surgeon can then plan the optimal position of the hip implant components. This is critical for proper reconstruction of the hip. During surgery, the RIO® system guides the surgeon in preparing the hip anatomy and positioning of the implants. Real-time data and images allow the surgeon to know and control accurate implant placement, which can be difficult using traditional manual methods. The RIO® then provides summary data to confirm the hip or knee implants are perfectly aligned according to the pre-operative plan. EK: How does MAKOplasty® roboticassisted anterior hip replacement surgery differ from traditional hip replacement surgery? Dr. Hovis: Anterior hip replacement surgery involves a smaller incision at the front of the hip instead of through the buttocks or side of the hip. This approach involves less cutting into the major muscles, and patients typically experience less pain and fewer complications than a standard posterior hip replacement procedure. Using the RIO® Robotic Arm Orthopedic System, MAKOplasty® anterior hip replacement surgery enables the surgeon to achieve more ideal cup positioning and leg length precision compared to traditional hip replacement surgery. This reduces the potential of wear, impingement, and dislocation, as well as provides more accurate leg length restoration. In addition, MAKOplasty® hip replacement surgery reduces the possibility for early hip implant failure, as well as discomfort or walking complications caused by poor leg length restoration. EK: Can the RIO® robotic-assisted joint replacement system be used for both hip and knee replacement? Dr. Johnson: Yes, it can. In fact, the RIOv robotic arm technology can be used for both partial knee replacement surgery, DR. HOOVER & DR. JOHNSON PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

Bet Leffew, MAKOplasty® partial knee replacement patient, and Dr. Mark MacNaughton, Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

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as well as total hip replacement surgery. MAKOplasty® partial knee replacement surgery is a surgical treatment option for those who suffer from early to mid-stage osteoarthritis in their knees. Traditionally, the surgical option for these patients is total knee replacement surgery. This procedure requires substantial post-surgical rehabilitation and often results in a permanent change in knee function and lifestyle. MAKOplasty® partial knee replacement offers these patients a less invasive surgery, reduced hospital stay, a more rapid recovery, and a more natural feeling knee. EK: What are some of the major patient benefits of the MAKOplasty® joint replacement procedure versus a traditional joint replacement procedure? Dr. Howard: The key advantages of MAKOplasty® total hip replacement surgery over traditional hip replacement surgery is more accurate cup placement in addition to more accurate leg length restoration and typically less pain through earlier mobility. As for MAKOplasty® partial knee replacement surgery, the key advantages over traditional knee

replacement surgery include less implant wear and loosening, it is bone-sparing and soft-tissue preserving, it preserves the ACL and PCL, it is less invasive and has less scarring, and it offers a shorter hospital stay, as well as a more rapid recovery. EK: Turkey Creek Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center focuses on a total team approach both pre- and postsurgery. Why is that important, and how do your patients benefit? Dr. Hoover: Focusing on the team approach for each patient allows us to go from good to great in each discipline that the patient encounters. Whether in the operating room where there is a well seasoned surgical team that has advanced training and skills in performing the joint replacement or in the post-operative recovery where the therapy and nursing teams have a very carefully crafted plan to ensure a speedy and safe recuperation, our team approach is designed for the patient’s best interest and best outcome. We use the team approach in the surgical, nursing, therapy, nutritional, and administrative disciplines. EK: What is the best way for someone experiencing hip or knee joint pain to learn more about The Joint Replacement Center? Lance: We offer a special, free educational program for patients having hip or knee surgery at The Joint Replacement Center at Turkey Creek Medical Center. By preparing for orthopedic surgery in advance, you’ll have a better experience and be on your way to a speedy recovery. We provide education materials, one-onone counseling with trained therapists, and general support before, during, and after your surgery. For more information, call 865-218-7140. EK: In closing, is there anything else you would like to say to our readers? Lance: The Joint Replacement Center at Turkey Creek Medical Center is truly a destination center where improving lives through improved outcomes is our goal. We specialize in knee, hip, and shoulder replacements using technology available nowhere else in the East Tennessee region. If you have been considering joint replacement surgery, choose The Joint Replacement Center at Turkey Creek Medical Center to live life to the fullest, pain free.

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Enjoy an Active, PainFree Lifestyle After Joint Replacement Surgery

If you are one of today’s 76 million baby boomers, terminology used to describe post-war babies born between 1946 and 1964, chances are you had never heard of either hip or knee joint replacement surgery growing up. If you witnessed grandparents with joint pain, you likely saw them become incapacitated over time. ut today’s grandparents are yes-

terday’s middle-aged. Credit innovations in health care to this phenomenon, and the innovation continues on at an accelerated rate. Today, hip and knee joint replacement surgery is commonplace, although sadly, a large number of individuals who experience joint pain often ignore the benefits of this procedure. They often tell themselves that they are not candidates, that the recovery period is too long or painful, or that they will never be able to return to the active lifestyle they once enjoyed without pain. The fact is that most patients who received total or partial joint replacements wish they had acted sooner, regretting the active, productive, and pain-free lifestyles they might have enjoyed earlier. Frank Iski, an active individual who enjoys golf, outdoor activities, and helping his wife around the house, describes his experience. “I started having hip pain suddenly. It just started one day, and it never went away. It kept me from playing golf and working outside. I am very active and like to do things outside and help my wife around the house. My primary doctor, Dr. Jason Collins, recommended I see Dr. David Hovis, an orthopedic surgeon. I did not know who he was before my first appointment. Dr. Hovis reviewed my x-rays and told me that I needed surgery. He did give me other options such as the cortisone injections or physical therapy, but I did not want to go that route. I wanted the pain fixed and to be able to get back to my active lifestyle again. Dr. Hovis was very pleasant, and I felt confident that he knew what he was doing and would take good care of me. He answered all of my questions to my standards and was upfront and honest with the surgery and recovery process. I was then scheduled for surgery, and when I went in for my 8


Dr. David Hovis, Frank Iski, and Dr. Michael Howard

hip replacement surgery, everyone at the hospital took care of me, all the staff was very nice, and it was a pleasant experience overall. Today, I have no hip pain at all and am very satisfied with the surgery and results. Overall it was a pleasant experience, and I have no regrets.” Frank, acting on his own good judgment and the advice of his primary care physician, Dr. Collins, is today living a full, productive, active, and pain-free lifestyle as a result of his surgery thanks to Turkey Creek Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center. Combining the skills of orthopedic surgeons, David Hovis, MD and Michael Howard, MD with the MAKOplasty® anterior hip replacement technique, offers an innovative solution for those suffering from painful hip joint disease. MAKOplasty® uses the RIO® system, an advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system technology, which enables Dr. Hovis and Dr. Howard to perform this procedure with a new level of precision that results in quicker recovery and ultimately better longevity of the implant.

The advantage of this technology combined with specialized equipment, such as the advanced operating table called the HANA Table®, allows our surgeons to perform the anterior approach going between muscles rather than cutting them. This translates to less pain, quicker recovery, and improved outcomes. This procedure, in addition to the team of specialists at the Joint Replacement Center, helped Frank return to an active, painfree lifestyle in far less time than that experienced using traditional hip replacement methods. If you or someone you know is living with hip or knee pain, contact Turkey Creek Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center to learn more. Why not live the pain-free, active lifestyle you deserve?

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Discover the MAKOplasty® Advantage Less Invasive • Faster Recovery • Better Outcomes The MAKOplasty® Advantage is now available for both total hip arthroplasty and partial knee resurfacing. This innovative, breakthrough technology offers a new level of precision and accuracy in aligning and placing implants.

To discover if the MAKOplasty® Advantage is right for you, contact OrthoKnox, PLLC at 865-251-3030. 10810 Parkside Drive • Suite 209 Knoxville, TN 37934 865.251.3030 Portrait by D. Roberts Photography




REDISCOVER AN UNCOMMON LEVEL OF COMPASSIONATE CARING THINK one advantage to At my practice, you’ll rediscover a having practiced medicine level of compassionate caring in an for more than 25 years is that unrushed environment where we my experiences reach back listen carefully to each and every to a time when physicians patient, which allows us to provide a embraced and nurtured a unique, personalized plan for treatpersonal, caring relationship with ment designed for their specific needs. their patients. In fact, their patients You’ll also discover that we offer were often viewed as their extended today’s state-of-the-art innovations families. Going back to a time, even in medical technology designed to before graduating from the University provide far superior patient outcomes of Tennessee Medical School, I made with reduced recovery periods. a commitment to maintain this same level of comI was the first Orthopedic Surgeon in the passionate caring that I had come to know as a Knoxville area to perform a knee implant using child. Despite all of the ongoing changes in today’s the latest MAKOplasty® robotic-assisted techmedical marketplace, my personal commitment to nology, in addition to the Oxford partial knee my patients remains unchanged. implant, both of which offer superior results over Today, when so many medical professiontraditional procedures. With certifications in als have chosen to become employees of large, both Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, a often national healthfocus on specific areas of care companies, I remain treatment combined with We also employ new OUR AREAS OF independent. Along with today’s latest and proven diagnostic ultrasound SPECIALIZATION my wife, Jill, a Registered technological and meditechnology, which allows INCLUDE: Nurse and mother of our cal advancements, we are many of our patients to » Sports medicine four children, we remain able to consistently deliver avoid costly MRI scans, » Minimally invasive committed to providing the the high level of successwhich can accurately diagsurgery same level of quality and ful patient outcomes you nose problems, including: » Diagnostic ultrasound compassionate healthcare deserve - and all delivered » Rotator cuff tears, » Arthroscopic ACL that you might have also in a compassionate, caring, impingement, tennis reconstruction experienced in the past and and faith-based environelbow, ganglion cysts » Arthroscopic rotator thought no longer existed. ment that you deserve. » MCL/PCL tears of the cuff repairs » Arthroscopic tennis knee, patellar tendonelbow treatment itis, cubital tunnel » Knee and shoulder » Ligament tears of If you’re in need of orthopedic care, and if you reconstruction the ankle and bursitis would like to rediscover a level of compassionate, » MAKOplasty® knee of the hip caring healthcare that you may have thought replacement no longer existed, I invite you to give me a » Oxford knee All diagnosed without call. Discover superior outcomes and faster leaving our office. replacement

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Winning Ideas for Beating Winter Blues Nearly 150 days separate the last day of the winter holidays from the first unofficial day of summer – Memorial Day. After holiday decorations get packed away and winter sets in, it’s not uncommon to experience a touch – or more – of winter boredom. Some people may find themselves in a rut during those long 150 days. Fortunately, a number of tactics can help perk up your spirits. Here is a handful to consider as you enter 2014:

Escape the Routine

Traveling during winter has many benefits. In many areas of the country, winter months are slower business times for hotels and resorts, and you may find great deals. What’s more, breaking up the routine and going somewhere



new and exciting – or relaxing – may help alleviate winter blues. Immersing yourself in relaxation and pampering could be just what you need to release winter tensions. A resort that offers luxurious accommodations can provide the opportunity to step outside the winter routine. How about a getaway to resort that has a spa? Such destinations offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in luxury and do absolutely nothing, or get your blood pumping with all the exciting attractions, activities, and culinary experiences at the resort and surrounding area.

Refresh Your Environment

Travel isn’t always possible, but you can still experience a change in perspective when you make changes in your home environment. Kitchen and bathroom renovations are top choices, and winter is a great time to tackle those projects. If you have the budget, by all means – go big. But if your budget is more modest, don’t despair; even small changes like new shower

heads, faucets, and accessories can give a room a spirit-lifting new look and feel.

Make Your Own Holidays

Who says you have to limit spirit-lifting celebrations to specific days of the year? If gathering with family and friends around the dinner table makes you happy, why not choose one day a month and have everyone over? Decorate for a theme that you enjoy, such as the beach or even the Fourth of July in January. Celebrate each family member with a special outing. Perhaps in January, your firstgrader will choose a trip to the local indoor playground. In February, your husband might opt for a family bowling night. Allowing each member of the family to choose a destination gets everyone involved and excited. Plus, unusual family outings are a great way to brighten winter days. The days between New Year’s and spring don’t have to drag. Just step outside the routine – whether through travel or innovation at home – to help beat the winter blues.


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During a free, no obligation consultation with you, we will answer questions and discuss with you the best approach specifically for you. But, this new dream can’t start until you make the decision to call. Let us help make the beginning of this new year a memorable one! Our office is located in the Cedar Bluff area at 9123 Cross Park Drive, Suite 100, Knoxville, TN 37923. For surgical consultations, contact Dean Kleto, MD, at 865-524-2442 or toll-free at 877-907-0747. For injectable services, contact Cynthia St. Germain at 865-394-4966. For skin care services, contact Sue Hatfield at 865-588-0934.




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In a Do-ItYourself World, We Still Need Professionals We live in a world that encourages us to DIY – “do

it yourself” – in everything from remodeling our houses to building our own websites. While smart, dedicated people can certainly accomplish a lot, professional expertise is still extremely valuable, especially when it comes to investing. Many investors lack the necessary investing knowledge and professional guidance that is so crucial to achieving successful savings outcomes. Today more than ever investors need the support, expertise, and perspective that a professional advisor can bring to the table. A study found that Americans have a low opinion of their own investing acumen, with fewer than one in three (28%) classifying themselves as having “very strong” investment knowledge. Most (54%) say they don’t have a financial plan, and nearly as many (45%) say they don’t even have clear financial goals. Among investors who do have financial plans in place, many are not being realistic: On average, they expect they’ll need 62% of their pre-retirement income to live on once they retire – much less than the 70% to 80% that many experts believe retirees will need. While investors readily acknowledge their lack of investment knowledge, goals, or planning, they’re not doing much to improve their skills. Nearly half say they spend more time planning vacations or home improvements than they do monitoring or rebalancing their investment portfolios. The bottom line is this: Many investors remain unprepared to manage their investments, lacking the knowledge, the time, and – perhaps – the motivation to do all that is needed. With Social Security and pensions playing a diminishing role, and an increased need for other investments that can generate retirement income, under-advised Americans could enter their golden years unprepared and short of money, placing at risk the secure, dignified retirements they have worked so hard to achieve.

Many investors already avail themselves of professional advice. Forty-seven percent have an ongoing relationship with an advisor, and the findings from the study clearly show the benefits. These investors have stronger investment knowledge and clearer goals and plans, are twice as confident that their retirement plans are on track, and have a better overall understanding of risk and how alternative investments work than investors who don’t use advisors regularly. Investors need durable portfolios that are consistent with their risk tolerance, intended for the long haul, and designed to enable them to stay invested and focus on long-term goals. However, there is no paint-by-number investment strategy. While some investors may be successful on their own, the majority of them will be more successful in meeting their goals if they have an advisor by their side. 16


Financial professionals can play an important role in helping investors reach their retirement goals. Here are seven ways they can assist individuals in reaching their goals. Advisors can: 1. Help investors articulate their reasons for saving and set clear goals. Saving for a college education in 10 years requires different strategies than preparing for a retirement decades in the future. 2. Assist investors with developing a financial roadmap. Yes, we can't predict the future, but a good financial plan can help investors make progress toward their goals while mitigating market volatility and other uncertainties. 3. Provide investment expertise. Some investments that would benefit a portfolio, for example alternative investments, can be complex. A trained professional can provide the knowledge and expertise investors require to select the appropriate products and strategies for their needs. 4. Offer an independent perspective. Perhaps the single biggest threat to any portfolio is human emotion. Discussing market volatility with a knowledgeable advisor who can put events into a historical context can help take emotion out of the equation – especially during rapidly rising or falling markets – providing a sound platform for investors to make better decisions.

5. Create portfolios that can generate growth or income while minimizing risk. Advisors can help investors build durable portfolios that are consistent with their risk tolerance and are designed to enable them to stay invested and focus on longterm goals. 6. Identify and provide access to the right products. Not every investment product is appropriate for every portfolio. A good advisor can help select the investments that make sense given an individual's goals, risk tolerance, and timeframe. 7. Implement a financial plan. Let's face it: Executing a financial plan isn't easy. Beyond "paralysis by analysis," many investors never get very far because the steps needed to implement a plan can be overwhelming. Advisors take a broad view of planning, incorporating not only savings goals into the plan, but also current spending patterns and personal budget analysis.


Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) Presented by Ali Swofford

An investment alternative to consider. A real estate investment trust (REIT) is a company that buys, develops, manages, and/or sells real estate such as shopping malls, apartment complexes, or office buildings. Rather than investing directly, investors put their money into a professionally managed portfolio of real estate. There are both public and private REITs. Public REITs trade on the major exchanges, like stocks. REITs make money from rental income and profits from property sales. REITs don’t pay taxes as long as they pay out at least 90% of their net income to investors. Successful REITs offer investors high yields, current income, and moderate growth. Types of REITs. An equity REIT’s main business is buying, managing, and selling real estate. An equity REIT may invest broadly or in particular sector such as office/retail space or apartments. Mortgage REITs make loans or invest in existing mortgages. Hybrid REITs combine the characteristics of equity and mortgage REITs.

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REITs strengths

• All REITs are governed by strict regulations. • Publically traded REIT shares are more liquid than direct investments in real estate. It’s much easier to liquidate shares of a REIT than to sell an office building or other real estate. • REITs are run by professional managers and open up investment opportunities that might not be available to individual investors. • REITs can provide current income.

REITs tradeoffs

• REITs depend on an adequate supply of tenants and/or buyers to occupy their properties. • Rising interest rates affect borrowing costs, profits, and potentially occupancy. • Non-traded REITs are considered relatively illiquid compared to exchange-traded REITs. Other factors. REITs are subject to the risks associated with the general  real estate  market, including possible declines in value or declines in economic conditions and possible lack of availability of mortgage funds. Selecting REITs in different sectors and geographic regions can help diversify your risk (though diversification alone can’t guarantee a profit or protect against the possibility of loss).

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By Greg Samples

Don’t Be A-Salted This Winter inter is the

time we naturally contract and constrict as we brace ourselves for the bitter cold and wind. We have an inherent inclination toward heavier, more hearty food and items that contain more salt. From earliest times, salt was used as a preservative to extend the abundance of summer into the scarcity of winter and was one of the most precious commodities for ancient people. It is absolutely essential for human life; however, the quality and quantity that we consume can have far reaching consequences. Traditionally, salt comes from the sea. Sea salt, in addition to sodium chloride, contains 60-72 different trace minerals that are chemically useful to the body, including gold and silver. Unrefined sea salt can contain up to 2-3% of these trace minerals. Conversely, conventional table salt is a refined manufactured article in which most of these trace elements have been removed. Mined salt is almost pure sodium chloride with the addition of iodine and dextrose. Today, American taste buds have been assaulted by this coarse mined product. Almost any processed food item you buy has excessive amounts of refined salt, and our health has been jeopardized by it. Excessive salt consumption contributes to high blood pressure, increased mass of the left ventricle in the heart, and thickening and stiffening of arteries around the heart and kidneys. It contributes to strokes and the aggregation of platelets. It undermines bone metabolism and has been implicated in stomach carcinomas. Using unrefined sea salt exclusively will gradually allow your taste buds to become more attuned to the subtle tastes in nature’s fare. Your enjoyment of every



morsel will grow with even the simplest of foods. Be aware, however, that not all unrefined salts are alike. Avoid the darker, crude, gray sea salts and use the lighter, brighter varieties. They will bring out the taste of food rather than covering it up, and they do not contain excess mineral compounds. Even with pure unrefined sea salt, however, quantity must be controlled. Children and elderly people need less salt. The more active we are, the more salt we need. Too little salt can lead to a lack of vitality and nervous system malfunctions. Too much can lead to myriad problems as mentioned above but also hyperactivity and aggressive behavior. Too much salt will also cause you to crave sugar, which gives rise to scores of other potential health problems. The best way to avoid getting too much salt is to always use it in cooking and condiments and never directly at the table. Various products such as miso, tamari soy sauce, shoyu, and umeboshi are creative ways of adding salt to the meal in a delicious and appetizing way. So this winter, don’t assault your body with salt. The quantity and quality of the salt you take in could have far reaching effects on every aspect of your life. Note: Consult your healthcare professional

before making any dietary changes. These articles and recipes are not intended to diagnose or treat any illness.

Greg Samples is a Knoxville native and holds a Bachelor degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee. Since 1985, he has been teaching and counseling the lifestyle and principle of macrobiotics in the Knoxville area and throughout the southeast. He is the author of the Health and Freedom Manual, first published in 1998. He can be reached at or through his website at

Miso Recipes By Michelle Samples

Basic Miso Soup › 5 cups vegetable broth or spring water › 2-inch piece of wakame › 1/4 cup fresh daikon › 1 small onion › 2 celery stalks › 1 cup kale, sliced › 1 tsp toasted sesame seed oil › Scallions to garnish To pot add water and wakame and bring to a soft boil. When wakame is soft, remove, slice thin, and return to pot. Add sliced onions and cook until soft. Add sliced daikon root, sliced celery, and 1 cup sliced kale. Cook for 5 min. Lower flame to minimum. Dilute 3 Tbsp barley miso with soup broth and add to soup. Simmer for 3 minutes. Do not allow miso to boil, as this preserves the enzymes for digestion. Add the toasted sesame seed oil for a delightful twist. Serve with garnish of chopped scallions or parsley. For variety, serve with cooked soba noodles.

Onions with Miso Add 6 to 8 small sized onions left whole with 1 tsp miso added to each top. (You may want to carve out a small hole in the top of the onion so the miso will stay.) Add 1/2 cup water. Cover and simmer 30 min or until the onions become soft. You may need to add water during the cooking process if it evaporates. Serve with rice and salad.

Tofu Miso “Cheese” Take one firm tofu from package and rinse. Carefully cover the tofu with plain miso and let marinate in the refrigerator for 3 days. Slice and serve with crackers and sliced vegetables such as scallions, bell peppers, or cilantro for a party favorite.

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Koko FitClub Koko FitClub is Knoxville’s first and only digital gym.

“It’s the most innovative way I know to get fit for life!” said owner Tricia Kilgore. “Our mission is to take the struggle out of working out so people can lead healthier, happier lives. Getting fit and healthy just doesn’t have to be that hard anymore.” Koko FitClub uses technology to make customized workouts by world-class personal trainers like Kathy Kaehler, Rob Parr, and Michael Wood available to you. Using patented Smartraining technology, Koko provides strength, cardio, and nutrition programs customized to your body and your goals that can be completed in 30 minutes or less.

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Our process begins with our Koko Key. With it, you load your workouts and track your progress. A screen at each machine visually guides you through your exercises, managing your reps, weight, and pace. It gives you a score after each workout, letting you know how close to perfect pace and form you were for that session. As you progress, your workouts automatically adjust. We call it automated personal training. All of our programs are sustainable for males and females of all ages and abilities. We even have specialized programs to help with your golf swing or that half-marathon goal. All you need is 30 minutes and the desire to get fit. Simply show up consistently and our FitCoaches will be there to guide and motivate. No more wandering around the gym, wondering what to do, and wasted time. Visit one of our two club locations, and experience what makes us so unique. Spending hours trying to get fit just isn’t practical for anyone. We can help. Get a free fitness assessment to find out your personal fitness level. There are so many obstacles people identify that prevent them from achieving their potential. Our MISSION is to remove as many as possible. Let us help you unlock yours in 2014.

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By J o e S i m p s o n

A New Year’s Wish


n behalf of all of us

here at Audibel Hearing Centers, we’d like to wish each of you a long, full, and prosperous life. I am amazed, as I’m sure you are as well, on the continued advances in medical science. Technology makes it possible to overcome many of the health challenges of the past that were leading causes of death or were debilitating at best. We transplant human organs, implant pacemakers and defibrillators, replace knees and hips, and the list Joe Simpson goes on. Perhaps, more importantly, we have the capacity to not only extend our life expectancies, but also enhance our quality of life. Today’s grandparents live lives much Workout Anytime BeArden


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different than their grandparents. We travel more, we participate in many more physically oriented activities that seem to have added people in their 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, just a generation or more ago. One challenge of longevity, however, is that a growing number of people are experiencing hearing related problems that may have passed almost unnoticed in the past, simply because we weren’t living as long. Our grandparents, who may appear to have enjoyed near normal hearing, might likely have experienced hearing related problems had they been fortunate enough to live an additional 10, 15, or 20 years or more as today’s seniors. Fortunately, the same advances in medical technology responsible for extending our lives also enable most of us to hear at near normal levels for the remainder of our lives. That means we can continue to enjoy personal and meaningful relationships with our life-long friends, neighbors, spouse, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. These technological advances have made hearing aids smaller and almost undetectable. These same strides have also made today’s new digitally driven hearing aids smarter –

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smart enough to program out distractions in a noisy restaurant while you enjoy an intimate conversation with a loved one. Each of us has been blessed with the promise of a long, full, and prosperous life. Yesterday’s seniors are today’s middle-aged. Don’t let anything hold you back from enjoying life to its fullest, and that includes your hearing. For a free, no obligation evaluation and consultation, call me today. Smell the roses, but don’t ignore the singing of the birds.

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A New Year for A New You! By Ap r i l N i t z s c h e , M a s t e r P e r s o n a l T r a i n e r a n d O w n e r o f W o r ko u t A n y t i m e i n B e a r d e n a n d M a ryv i l l e

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The same advances in medical technology responsible for extending our lives also enable most of us to hear at near normal levels for the remainder of our lives.

waistline again, leaving your body looking different than it did last fall? All the extra treats during the holidays add an extra seven pounds for the average American. Get back on track with a simple and affordable plan without having to sign a three year gym contract! There’s no need to dwell on all the extra food we ate or workouts we missed; let’s just get busy getting your body back! At Workout Anytime in Bearden, you’ll find more than just your average gym. It’s a clean facility with all the equipment you need to get back in shape and feel great, including lots of free weights and cardio equipment. If you need a little extra help, then we have that covered. We offer a full staff of Nationally Certified Personal Trainers who can whip your body back in shape in no time! You can even try a relaxing massage on the Far Infrared massage bed to reduce the stress and burn some calories, too! That’s right, this bed allows you to burn extra calories by speeding up your metabolism while you enjoy a relaxing massage. No Hassle, No Contracts, so No Excuses!

Make 2014 the year you accomplish your New Year’s resolution to lose weight and improve your health. This value priced club will make losing weight easy on the wallet, too. You don’t have to go to the biggest or most expensive gym in Knoxville, just the best! Come in for a no hassle tour of Workout Anytime in Bearden or our new Maryville location to see our fantastic facilities. “Workout Anytime Bearden is a great escape from the MEGA gyms. It still has everything you need to get a great workout, but you don’t feel like you’re in a meat market.” - Holly M. “Fantastic facility! Wide variety of new equipment, great staff, always clean. I strongly recommend this gym.” - Beth W.

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Early Detection and Treatment Can Slow the Progress of Kidney Disease ore than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD), a progressive loss of kidney function that’s most often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure. Both kidneys are usually affected by CKD which, if left untreated, may lead to a complete loss of kidney function or end stage renal disease (ESRD). ESRD is a life-threatening condition, since kidneys play a vital role in cleaning toxins from the blood, as well as providing important hormones for normal body function and maintaining normal fluid and blood pressure status. CKD patients whose kidneys are failing need to consider treatment options to replace the lost kidney function, including kidney transplant, hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. The good news is that when CKD is discovered early, a variety of treatment strategies – including medication, exercise, and diet changes – can help to either prevent further kidney damage or slow the progression of this life-threatening disease. That’s why Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, is urging those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or a family history of kidney disease to be screened regularly for CKD. The necessary blood and urine tests are simple, inexpensive, and can easily be done as part of an annual Some people can avoid moving to physical exam. the late stages of kidney disease for “It’s much better to know early if you have CKD, because a long time under a doctor's care. there are often interventions that can slow its progression,” The following tips may help to detect says Dr. Dugan W. Maddux, Vice President of Kidney Disease CKD early and slow the progression Initiatives at FMCNA. “Especially if you have diabetes or high of the disease: blood pressure, you need to understand your risks, learn to recognize the symptoms of CKD, and get regular screenings.” 1. Be tested for CKD yearly if you While most people with early-stage CKD experience few have risk factors for CKD, includsymptoms, later stages of the disease can be recognized by ing diabetes, high blood pressure, changes in urination, swelling of the face, hands or feet, feeling cardiovascular disease, or a family unusually tired, nausea and vomiting, headache and dizziness, history of kidney disease. severe itching, shortness of breath, and loss of appetite. The two leading causes of CKD in the U.S. are diabetes and 2. Educate yourself about kidney high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Diabetes, a disease, its symptoms, and factors group of diseases that affect how the body uses blood sugar, that may increase your risk of develaccounts for about 44% of U.S. patients starting treatment for oping CKD. kidney failure each year. Meanwhile, more than 70 million U.S. adults have elevated blood pressure, which can permanently 3. Stop smoking. damage their kidneys over time. 4. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and other ethnic minorities have higher rates of diabetes and high blood pres5. Maintain a healthy body weight. sure and are up to four times more likely than non-minorities to experience kidney failure. Smokers, senior citizens, and 6. Take all medications as preoverweight individuals also are more prone to developing scribed. kidney disease.

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7. Eat a healthy diet, including lowsalt, low-cholesterol foods. 8. Control your blood pressure and glucose levels as directed by your doctor. 9. If diagnosed with CKD, work with a dietitian, who may suggest further limiting your salt, potassium, and phosphorus. 10. If you have CKD, actively work with your health care team to manage your disease. To learn more about CKD and the different treatments available, FMCNA offers Treatment Options Programs (TOPs), which are open to the public at no cost, at locations around the country. For information or to find a nearby program, call toll-free at 877867-7543 or visit


Let Them Eat Cake! Candace knew she wasn’t going to celebrate Addison’s second birthday with just any run of the mill birthday cake.


n fact, she knew exactly what she wanted: a two-tiered farm-themed cake complete with a barn, some animals, and a sweet little picket fence. But now came the tough part… who could make this cake she had dreamed up? This style of cake is plastered on every mother’s Pinterest board, but was there a bakery in Knoxville that she could count on? That’s when she found The Sweetery, a new bakery in the Lakeside Village shops located on Northshore Drive next to the Northshore Brasserie. “Candace is like many of the customers we have had walk through our doors since we opened in June 2012,” says Bettina McCann, co-owner of The Sweetery. “She has style, great taste, and wants a customized cake that will make her child feel special!” The Sweetery offers all kinds of

confections that will transform your ordinary event into an extraordinary occasion that family and friends will be talking about for a long time. Cheryl McMillan, co-owner and cake designer at The Sweetery, says, “Sometimes our clients know exactly what they want, and other times we have the opportunity to create a concept for them. Whether you want a fondant-covered masterpiece or just a simple cake topped with ‘Happy Birthday,’ a cake can really let someone know you care.” The Sweetery boutique bakery is happy

to produce flavored cakes, buttercreams, or almost any concoction you can imagine. The following is a menu of specialty cakes designed to inspire your taste buds: • Classic cakes with buttercream (white, yellow, vanilla, chocolate) • Deluxe cakes with cream cheese buttercream (strawberry, carrot, red velvet, Italian cream) • Signature cakes (hot chocolate, citrus rum) • Special buttercream cakes (caramel, peanut butter, lemon, strawberry, raspberry, pistachio, almond, chocolate ganache) Not your typical big-box food store bakery, Cheryl and Bettina invite you to their boutique bakery to discover first-hand what can transform a so-so event into a truly memorable occasion.

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Happy New Year! Thank you for a great 2013! We wish you peace and joy in 2014!

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Our passion at Ironic has always been to amaze by offering hand-crafted art and home décor items fashioned from iron, wood, fabric glass, pottery, and ceramics. Beginning in 2014, I am proud to announce that we will be featuring the art of local artisans as well.

Ironic is now featuring creations from Between the Vines, a company founded by two area women, Stephanie Strader and Leslie Grubb, both stay-at-home moms. These two women pride themselves in creating affordable merchandise, much of which is designed using reclaimed materials. Between the Vines’ art includes a line of landscape décor featuring bird houses, butterfly houses, garden angels, and seasonal items. They also offer home furnishings, mirrors, shelves, and a recent addition – an island that could be used in a kitchen, entertainment area, or on a patio. The island was fashioned from a former knitting mill. This art, as well as all of the hand-crafted items you’ll discover at Ironic, make great additions to your home’s interior and exterior decors, as well as seasonal items that offer a whimsical touch to different holidays throughout the year. Also, remember that all iron holiday season items will be on sale all throughout January at up to 50% off. So take advantage of incredible savings, and stock up on seasonal décor for next year. Ironic

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A Special Invitation


First of all, I would like to thank each of you for your continued support and encouragement during a year of transition at elle Boutique as we relocated to our new and more convenient location in Bearden. We have loved shopping with you all at the new store!

As my way of thanking you, elle will be having a HUGE sale on Saturday, January 18th. EVERYTHING in the store will be on sale starting at 30% off and more, making this our biggest sale to date! You’ll discover huge savings on designer clothing from Trina Turk, Splendid, BCBG, MOTHER Denim, Citizens of Humanity, and more!

Now that the holiday festivities have ended, it’s time to clean out your wardrobe, bringing in the new for the New Year. You know that if you didn’t wear something last year, you’re not going to wear it this year, so let those pieces go and shop our sale for some fresh new styles to add to your closets! You won’t want to miss this event, only going on ONE day, so mark your calendars for Saturday, January 18th, and make this day of spectacular savings your first celebration for the New Year! Our store hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am 6 pm. We look forward to shopping with you!

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gift shopping experience, then discover an entirely new, and some might say enchanted, gift buying opportunity at Honeysuckle Rose Boutique in historic Wears Valley. Ne s t l e d i n t h e G re at S m o ky Mountains, Honeysuckle Rose Boutique provides you with the unique gift shopping experience and selection that will leave gift recipients believing you spent days or even weeks shopping for the perfect gift. That’s because we’ve done all the work for you. We research literally hundreds of gift manufacturers and distributors to bring you truly unique gift items you won’t find at the big box stores. Items that won’t leave you sitting on the edge of your chair when gifts are being opened, wondering if someone else might have purchased the identical item. Here are two new gift lines we recently added to our wide and varied selection at Honeysuckle Rose Boutique. Designer Beatriz Ball is the inspiration behind a collection of sand-cast aluminum metalware that is individually hand-crafted by skilled artisans. This creative collection features trays, bowls, napkin weights, pitchers, candlesticks, utensils, and more which have been influenced by nature, antique designs, and Mediterranean cultures. Non-tarnishing, these luxuriously hand-crafted collections are destined to become family heirlooms. For the gourmet friend or family member, you’ve got to check out the specialty food lines from Stonewall Kitchens that include salsas, sauces, confections, toppings, dressings and oils, marinades and glazes, to name a few, that are guaranteed to transform an ordinary occasion into an extraordinary occasion. These are just two of an even larger selection of gift collections you’ll discover when you visit Honeysuckle Rose Boutique. Perfect gifts for him, her, and baby, too, for any occasion, all creatively merchandised throughout a former 1960s vintage East Tennessee home in historic Wears Valley. From our home to yours, Honeysuckle Rose Boutique offers you an enchanted gift shopping experience unlike anything else you may have grown accustomed to.

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January: A Month of Special Observances comes as no surprise to any of us that on the first of January, we celebrate New Year’s Day. Neither should it be a surprise to anyone that on January 21, we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King. But, bet you didn’t know that January is also Bath Safety Month, National Hobby Month, and Hot Tea Month, to name just a few of the lesser known observances occurring this month. In addition, there are certain days within the month of January dedicated to the bizarre and often overlooked celebrations such as Penguin Awareness Day, Dress up Your Pet Day, and our favorite, Trivia Day (January 4). In recognition of Trivia Day, here are some interesting facts that you might not know about Next To New and the business of consignment: » Next To New was established in 1991.

We may look shiny and new to many, but the fact is the business has been around Knoxville for 23 years (with new ownership in 2008). » Reality TV includes a focus on the women’s consignment business on the Style network called Resale Royalty. It follows the real life ownership and management of

Next To New is now hosting Silpada jewelry parties.

Our launch party is January 14th from 6–8. Come check out all the jewelry! Host a jewelry party in the month of January or Februar y and receive a gift certificate for Next To New for $50 and free Silpada jewelry. Ask one of our associates for details. What a great way to star t off the year with great clothes and jewelry!

‘Tis the Season Always Flu season is here, and during this season, we wash our hands more often and avoid placing them near our mouths. Kids come home from school with various cold-like symptoms, which can be contagious diseases. But did you know that even well-cared for pets can get contagious diseases too? So what can kennels do to prevent the spread of contagious diseases? At Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits, we require all canines to be current on vaccinations. No boarding, grooming, or daycare reservations are made without up-to-date vaccination records. It’s the owner’s responsibility to assure their dog’s vaccinations are current and an annual internal parasite test is done. Reservations at Ms. C’s are only temporary until up-to-date vaccinations are received by the owner’s veterinarian.

Vaccination recommendations:

Rabies: A viral infection that attacks the central nervous system. Parvo: A virus that infects the gastrointestinal system with symptoms that include chronic vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and dehydration. Distemper: This contagious airborne virus

the Women’s Closet Exchange in St. Louis. » Consignment is one of the fastest growing small business ventures in the U.S. » Retail prices of items sold in most consignment stores is less than one-third of the prices in retail establishments. » Money can be made in your closet if you “purge” often and select the best of your offcasts for resale. » Next To New is the premier consignment store in Knoxville. We sincerely wish a Happy New Year to our valued customers and consigners. Come see us soon!

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attacks multiple systems, with early symptoms appearing like a cold (runny eyes, fever, snotty nose) and later symptoms being twitching, seizures, and paralysis. Leptospirosis: A bacterial infection that develops a fever, muscle weakness, vomiting, lethargy, and abdominal pain and can lead to permanent kidney or liver damage. Bordetella (canine cough): A respiratory disease that causes a dry cough but can lead to pneumonia. Hepatitis: A serious viral disease that attacks the liver, kidneys, and blood vessels. Also, we require owners to consult with their veterinarian regarding the H3N8 (canine influenza), informing them that the dog(s) will be boarded. Keep your pet safe and healthy this winter and spring break with reservations at Ms. C’s.

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The Mansion Restaurant’s First Anniversary It’s hard to believe that a year has already come

and gone, as December 1, 2013, marked the first anniversary of The Mansion Restaurant at Sweetwater Flower Shop in historic downtown Sweetwater. It’s been a year of success resulting from the overwhelming responses from all of our patrons, and 2013 has also marked a year where, because of your special requests, The Mansion Restaurant has opened its door to a growing number of special events, including business, birthday parties, fashion shows, community events, reunions, little girls teas, and themed events like our upcoming Valentine’s five-course dinner on February 14th and 15th featuring our live pianist.

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The Mansion Restaurant has also distinguished itself in its first year of business with its eclectic menu featuring many traditional southern favorites as well as a selection of Mansion originals, which includes the blue ribbon winning fried green tomato sandwich and our large selection of homemade desserts. Also, be sure to check out our chef’s daily specials posted each Monday on our Facebook page and website, where you can also learn about other special events, including scarf tying and tablescaping. In 2014, The Mansion Restaurant will also be available to host smaller weddings, showers, and anniversaries. Our ability to seat up to 60 guests makes The Mansion Restaurant the perfect venue for just about any occasion. The Mansion Restaurant’s exquisitely designed interior features southern mansion-inspired furniture and décor and beautiful French balcony doors surrounding a baby grand piano. The Mansion is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 2 pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm. So whether you’re looking forward to a leisurely lunch with close friends, a business meeting, a surprise party, or wedding, The Mansion Restaurant in historic downtown Sweetwater offers you the perfect venue for a truly unforgettable occasion. Gift certificates are available, and, as always, you’re free to bring your own wine. Also, don’t forget to make your reservations early for our upcoming Valentine’s celebration dinners.

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by Brenda Bryan


Happy New Year and Happy Savings! a n u a r y is

a great time to reassess your winter wardrobe. There is finally time to go through all of the pieces hanging in your closet that haven’t been worn yet this year and either donate them or take them to your nearest consignment shop. Whichever you choose, you’ve begun the process of updating your own winter wardrobe while selections are still great and on sale! At The Lily Pad, our sales are huge semi-annual events which take place in January and July. Our winter merchandise is now 25% off, and on Saturday, January 18th at 10:00 am, every piece that’s left goes to 50% off! We’ve found this method to be quite effective to not only clear out the store, but also to pass tremendous savings on to our customers.

Please send your email address to LilyPad and we will be happy to advise you of our sales and special events!

The Lily Pad – The Gathering Place...Come With Friends or Make New Ones Here! As the winter merchandise goes on sale, our “La Sale Boutique” (the big room in the rear of the store) goes to 70% off! Thus, the clearing out begins as we ready ourselves and the store for a brand new season! Spring fashions have been ordered, new, fresh looks are arriving and the holiday

decorations have been put away for another year. We’ll look forward to seeing so many of our customers and friends during our unbelievable sale days. If you’ve ever spent a day at Filene’s Basement in Boston, The Lily Pad is almost as wild on the first days of our sale! Plan to spend some

time with us as you visit with friends and neighbors, every arm loaded with bargains and having the time of our lives! What a fun day during a not-so-fun month… it’s a social event you won’t want to miss! At The Lily Pad, we reflect on how blessed we have been this year to again be a part of your lives. We truly appreciate the vote of confidence you place in us to be your fashion headquarters! Our most sincere wishes from the entire Lily Pad staff for a happy and healthy 2014!

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Educator Profile

Susan Davis

Principal of Northshore Elementary School


hen Susan Davis was choosing a career, she went for the position where she could make the biggest difference in her community. “I went into administration, because I enjoy relationships with children, teachers, and parents,” said Susan, principal of the new Northshore Elementary School. “I felt that I could make a positive impact by being in the administrative role.” Susan has worked in education for 21 years. She was a middle school language arts teacher and a school counselor before going into administration. “To be the leader of the new Northshore Elementary School is a great honor for me,” she said. “I have the opportunity to help make this a wonderful place for students to

learn and teachers to teach! I am very aware and ever mindful that it is crucially important for all people to feel like they are an integral part of establishing and building the culture of our school.” Susan earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, majoring in child and family studies. She then went on to earn a master’s degree in teaching from Carson-Newman College and her administrative certification from Lincoln Memorial University. A typical day for Susan begins at 7 am, when she opens car doors and welcomes children to school.  The rest of her day includes observing teachers, participating in meetings (School Support Team meetings and parent conferences), making decisions about ordering materials, and working with her administrative team. She also assists

with dismissing school for the day, opens car doors again, and tells the children goodbye for the day. The end of her day includes catching up on email, returning phone calls, and preparing for the next day. “Scheduling can be a challenge,” she said. “There are multiple needs that many students have, and making sure the schedule fits can be a puzzle.” Even so, Susan considers herself lucky to do something she truly loves. “I especially enjoy the relational part of this job; the children always brighten my day!” she said. Januar y 2014 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE



By K e l l i M a n i s c a l c o, O w n e r o f D o g w o o d L a n e B o u t i q u e

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Happy 2014! It’s the New Year – the perfect

time to take stock of our lives and make those resolutions to be healthier, kinder, and more stylish. We’re still snuggled up indoors, but our thoughts inevitably turn towards the promise of new beginnings. Were you lucky enough to get some clothes for Christmas? Make those long winter nights productive, and clean out your closet to make room for them. Donate items you no longer want that someone else might enjoy, and you’ll feel twice as good! Are you missing any pieces that would complete your wardrobe? At Dogwood Lane Boutique, we’re cleaning out our closets as well with our January Blowout Sale. Visit us to fill any gaps in your outfits at bargain prices, and make the most of the “holiday green” you may have been gifted with. Did Santa forget something? Treat yourself to a trendy statement necklace, stylish belt and purse, toasty sweater, or cozy infinity scarf. While you’re at it, grab some of those fleece-lined leggings that everyone is talking about so you don’t have to wait until next year. Stop by today to enjoy a cup of hot tea, talk fashion, and pick up some amazing deals Kelli Maniscalco before they’re all gone. We are also excited for Pantone’s 2014 color of the year – Radiant Orchid. “An invitation to innovation” according to Pantone’s Executive Director, it “encourages expanded creativity and originality and intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination.” It sounds like a breath of spring. What could be better? Look for this lovely hue on everything from clothing and accessories to nail polish and cosmetics and even wall color and furnishings. Please note that we will be closed for one week, January 27th through February 1st. Look for new merchandise when we re-open on Tuesday, February 4th. Remember to check our Facebook page for any updates, flash sales, and new arrival announcements. Thank you to all our new friends for making 2013 a wonderful year. We wish you and yours all the best in 2014!

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Stay on Trend this Winter Season

As we head into the cold winter months, there is no need to sacrifice your style for warmth. This year, incorporate on-trend looks from the runway into your wardrobe to keep your look fashion-forward throughout the season. Here are five fantastic looks for winter.

Men’s suit styling Menswear is no longer reserved for the boys as women around the world are adapting men’s suit styles and making them their own. This trend embodies looks inspired by Savile Row – the famous street in London known for tailoring the attire of some of the world’s most famous men. Patterns like herringbone and pinstripes are central to this look, while traditional tailoring for men – like the haberdashery cut – is being refreshed with a feminine silhouette.



The neo-punk look channels the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Sid and Nancy, and singer/songwriter, Siouxsie. Add a little edge to your wardrobe with tartan, vinyl, chains, studs, and spikes. Metals make ideal neo-punk accessories. Stack a few customizable PANDORA bracelets and rings in mixed metals for a fashionforward look that is all your own.

Color remains big for winter, with tone-ontone trending on and off the runway. To pull off this look, choose an outfit in a rich hue and then bring it to life by mixing in complementary shades and textures. For example, an emerald green top is enhanced with accessories in various shades of bright green. Jewelry in harmonious shades can perfect the tone-on-tone look with minimal effort.

Renaissance fabric mixing


This season’s hottest designers are showing a reincarnation of 18th and 19th century patterns blended with colorful, contemporary fabrics. This Renaissance inspired look is far from what you’ll find at a medieval fair. To incorporate this trend, pair a long, full skirt with a cropped cardigan. Have fun mixing fabrics to create a one-of-a-kind look. Paisley and pinstripes? Of course!

The sultry, feminine looks associated with film-noir are brought to life with this runway trend. Celebrate classic beauty with nipped-waist tops and flowing, billowy skirt-suits. Complete your outfit with accessories – try necklaces that mix sterling silver, 14 karat gold, and sparkling stones.

No matter what your personal style, these five trends are sure to bring your look to new fashionable heights. By mixing fabrics, colors, prints, and accessories that embrace the top trends, you'll look and feel great all season long.




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Knoxville Ice Bears

Building Relationships and Excitement On and Off the Ice When you go to a Knoxville Ice Bears hockey game, prepare yourself for more than just a hockey game. You will find yourself at a three hour event that caters to people of all ages and interests. In addition to witnessing speed and exciting nonstop action on the ice, you will be engaged from the time you enter the doors until you leave. One of the organization’s biggest strengths is its ability to connect with the community, as well as providing an outlet for people to reconnect with each other.

“We focus on people and life,” said Dave Feather, Assistant General Manager of the Knoxville Ice Bears. “With social media and everybody being disconnected, we provide an opportunity for people to get back together. We know that you can go to the movies as a couple or group or family, but you have to be quiet for two hours. A lot of recreation and activities don’t enable people to express themselves or engage with each other. Here you can yell, you can scream, you can get excited, you can emotionally and physically get back to the human element and reconnect. The liberty found at an Ice Bears game energizes relationships, crosses barriers, and enables people to come together.” The Ice Bears are passionate and tenacious athletes. The talent and skill they bring to the ice keeps their attendance at one of the highest in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Yet, the organization continually strives to engage people on and off the ice. They maximize your experience by looking at each of their 28 home games as an opportunity to throw an event that will give everybody in Knoxville something to enjoy. “There is a hockey game going on, but there is also other stuff going on around the hockey



game that makes it fun and exciting for everybody,” said Dave. No matter your age or background, all it takes is a look at the game schedule to find something of interest. From Superhero Night, Pucks and Paws, Baby Derby, Legends Night, High School Rivalry, Duck Dynasty Tribute, Healthcare Scrubs Tribute, Star Wars Night, Country Night, to the much loved Weiner Dog Race and more, the organization aims to please. They are also open to suggestions of cultural interests to add to their schedule. If their theme nights weren’t enough, they have a Kids Fun Zone where the kids can play floor hockey, bounce in an inflatable, and have their pictures made. On top of that, Chilly the mascot is always around to excite and energize. Having mastered the art of entertainment on and off the ice, the Knoxville Ice Bears is making their mark in a predominantly football-minded area and have built a strong fan base. Once you’ve attended a game, seen the

impact of speed, and witnessed for yourself how competitive and exciting hockey can be, you’ll be hooked. In the words of Dave Feather, “Come out to a game and see for yourself. You’ll have fun and connect with people. It is affordable, exciting, engaging, and entertaining. You won’t be disappointed.”


Bill Cosby: Far From Finished Tour January 19 at 3 pm Tennessee Theatre During the past century,

few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby, Jr. His successes span five decades and virtually all media, remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly project. In the 1960s, his stand-up act was a coast-to-coast sensation, spawning a string of hilarious, best-selling comedy albums, which went on to win eight Gold Records, five Platinum records, and five Grammy Awards. His role on TV’s I Spy made him the first AfricanAmerican to co-star in a dramatic

series, breaking television’s racial barrier and winning three Emmy Awards. In the 1980s, he again rocked the television world with the The Cosby Show, a gentle, whimsical, and hugely successful series that single-handedly revived the family sitcom (and rescued NBC). With hit movies like Uptown Saturday Night and best-selling books like Fatherhood, Bill Cosby is quite simply a national treasure with the unique ability to touch people’s hearts. Tickets start at $67 (plus applicable service fees) and are available at the Tennessee Theatre box office and all Knoxville Tickets outlets. For more information, visit www.

Broadway at the Tennessee: Million Dollar Quartet January 24 at 8 pm January 25 at 2 & 8 pm Tennessee Theatre Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony® award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,”

“That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog,” and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at Million Dollar Quartet! Tickets start at just $37 (plus applicable service fees) and are available at the Tennessee Theatre box office and all Knoxville Tickets outlets. For more information, visit www. Januar y 2014 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Insights + Highlights


Celebrate this New Year in high fashion with this Sag Harbor Satchel, beautiful designer-inspired Tribal necklace, and Chevron infinity scarf. Available at Dogwood Lane Boutique, 504 N. Main Street in Sweetwater, 423.536.7046.


Shop for these Kim and Zozi bracelets at our Winter Cleaning Sale at elle Boutique, 5508 Kingston Pike, Suite 130, in Knoxville, 865.851.7555,


Discover more than just great furniture at incredible prices at Consign To Design. You’ll also find amazing home décor and art, including prints from well-known regional artists such as Robert Tino. Available at Consign To Design, 10420D Kingston Pike in Knoxville, 865.249.7428,


Start your year off with a real eye opener! Who could not smile at this fabulous set of metal rooster and hen all dressed in red and ready to start your day off right? Available at The Town Framery & Gifts, 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut, 865.671.6627,



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This beautiful, hand-crafted, designer purse from Burberry and the exquisite, designerinspired, and semi-precious stone and art glass necklace are available at Next To New, where savvy, fashion conscious, and value-minded women shop. Next To New, 7212 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, 865.584.2878, www.

Enjoy up to 50% savings on all holiday dĂŠcor items all throughout January at Ironic, 5054 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, 865.588.3131,


Mary Frances handbags fuse whimsy with elegance, femininity with functionality, and are richly embellished with opulent natural stones and trims from all across the world. Available at Sweetwater Flower Shop, 118 W. North Street in downtown Sweetwater, 423.337.6623. Januar y 2014 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


ExperienceTraditional Thai Massage Happy New Year! MASSAGE by Terrah Banakas has been very busy preparing many new things. For the past two months, I have been studying abroad in Thailand. The training regimen was a vigorous five day per week, full-time curriculum. New for this year services are available for health and self-care conscious individuals. As always, we are rolling them out with deep discounts!

Traditional Thai Massage Services Offered

TOK SEN is now available. This ancient art of healing uses a wooden mallet and peg to rhythmically tap along energy lines on the receiver’s body. To learn this technique, I travelled to a meditation and healing center in Northern Thailand and was trained by a Traditional Thai Medicine Doctor.



THAI TABLE MASSAGE This service provides Traditional Thai Massage techniques on a massage table. This service is specifically designed for people interested in Thai Massage but may not be physically able to get onto the floor or perform stretching techniques.

THAI FOOT MASSAGE AND REFLEXOLOGY is a foot bath and scrub with massage and reflexology done with the use of a wooden Thai Foot Massage stick. This is done with the receiver sitting in a chair sipping some hot herbal tea.

THAI STEP-ON MASSAGE can now be integrated into all Traditional Thai Massages. This is great for people who enjoy a very slow massage with broader compressions and possibly deeper than that of a traditional massage.

hese are only a few of the services offered at MASSAGE by Terrah Banakas, but the most exciting announcement is the newest line of services we now offer. MASSAGE by Terrah Banakas is happy to bring you the latest line of services: Table Massage Classes for Couples and NonProfessionals and other classes such as Thai

HERBAL BALL THERAPY is traditionally done during Thai Massage but can also be included with the Table Massage sessions. The herbs are wrapped in a cloth and steamed, then are used in compressions on the receiver to help with sore muscles and numerous other ailments.

Massage, Thai Foot Massage, and also Herbal Ball Classes for Couples, Non-Professionals, and for Professional Practitioners! These classes are now being offered as a result of my dedication to helping people interested in feeling better in between their professional massage sessions. If you live with a partner or have a relative or friend also interested in these classes, please call or email and we can set

up your classes. These lessons can either be set up as private or for small groups. As always, MASSAGE by Terrah Banakas is dedicated to bringing the highest quality services possible to you. You can always count on our standards, reliability, ethics, and services to go above and beyond what can be expected from many others. Contact MASSAGE by Terrah Banakas today for a consultation.

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Keith Urban: Light the Fuse Tour January 31 at 7 pm // Thompson-Boling Arena

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most electrifying live performers, four-time Grammy award-winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban is bringing his “Light the Fuse Tour 2014” to Thompson-Boling Arena on January 31. Special guests include Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. Tickets start at just $25 (plus applicable service fees) and are available at the ThompsonBoling Arena box office, Knoxville Tickets charge by phone at 865-656-4444 or tollfree at 877-995-9961, online at, or Knoxville Tickets outlets. For more information, visit

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I’ll be the first to admit it… I am NOT a morning person! Until I’ve had my first cup of coffee and read the newspaper, I can’t think about the day ahead. Recently, one morning was a little different for some reason. I woke and placed my feet onto the soft, warm rug that covers my bedroom’s hardwood, and it had me thinking about area rugs. (I know, not everyone has those thoughts as their first in the morning. That’s just how my mind works!) I thought how different it would be if I had placed my feet onto that hard, cold, wood floor – it made me shiver! So my mind continued. I thought about how area rugs absorb sound, add beauty to a room, gather a room’s furniture into a conversation area, and, of course, warm a room. I also thought about how a rug can really add color and sometimes be a focal point of a room. Here are some great tips you might want to consider about area rugs. “Room -size” it! A space can feel larger with a dramatic room-sized area rug. Create a focal point Use an area rug as a focal point in a room.


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New Year’s Resolution:

Get Organized and Enjoy Life More With the New Year and the resolutions we make, January is the perfect time to finally commit to getting more organized. In fact, since getting organized is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, January is National Get Organized Month. From the closet to the

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your life is to make sure the entrances to your home are neat and tidy. If you always enter and exit through chaos and disorder, you’ll will carry that clutter – emotionally and physically – into the rest of your home and out into the world. Having a clean, organized entryway and garage flows into the rest of the home and life. Organize Your Closet For many, closets can be a daily source of great frustration, because it’s hard to find anything in an over-stuffed closet. A Tailored Living closet specialist can help you get organized with affordable custom closets that are designed to maximize hanging space, drawers, and shelving. In fact, a custom designed closet adds 30-40% more storage space than wire shelving or do-it-yourself kits. Also, research shows that people save five to 10 minutes each morning getting ready for work when a closet is organized. There are some general first-step rules in getting closets more organized, such as anything in your closet not worn in the past year should be donated or tossed. Clothes should be organized by item style, color, and season so you can see at a glance where to find something. Add shelving so all shoes can be easily seen. To permanently end the search for accessories that always seem to disappear among the clothes, include simple accessories like belt or scarf racks. A slide-out


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important things in life. So, once you get organized, you’ve got to maintain it. Spending just 5-10 minutes a day decluttering one specific area will keep everything in order. For example, fold and put away laundry as it comes out of the dryer instead of letting it sit in a basket for days. Most importantly, don’t beat yourself up if you get behind. Just start again. Tailored Living, featuring PremierGarage, offers a variety of home improvement options to organize every room in the house. With Tailored Living helping you get organized, this is one New Year’s resolution you can keep!

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Make a New Year’s Resolution to Fully Enjoy Your Home’s Outdoor Living Spaces This Spring While homeowners across the country

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New Year… New Custom Home! Now that all of the hustle and bustle from the holiday rush has ended and the Christmas decorations have been packed safely away for another year, now is the perfect time to contemplate the New Year ahead of you. What things would you most like to accomplish in 2014?

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A warm, almost rustic ambiance permeates a room surrounded with beautiful grained wood decorating the walls. However, wooden walls also require a bit of maintenance with cleaning and refinishing and can be easily scratched or dented. A great way to keep the beautiful look of wood with durability against dents and scratches is to use wood like ceramic tiles, which emulate the grain and striation of oak wood, extending the warmth of the room for a modern or rustic base. Because they’re ceramic tile, they are durable, easy-to-clean, and hypoallergenic. Or consider bringing texture into your room by adding visible and touchable textures with dramatic raised patterns to your walls. Wall coverings in textured designs can immediately transform the energy in a room as a feature wall.

Bring Emotion to Your Home Home décor can convey many different emotions – from warmth and comfort on cold and dreary winter days to elegance and festiveness. The colors and materials you use set the stage; everything from the textures that appear in the accessories, the arrangement of the furniture, and even how sound reverberates in a room.

It’s important to give your home new energy by occasionally redecorating one or more rooms. This is the perfect time of year to hire a designer and start looking at furniture and color schemes so your project is finished in time for spring and summer entertaining. When redecorating a room to create a new emotion in your home, be sure to consider all the elements, from the floors to the ceiling, that harmoniously work together in developing the room’s ambiance. Here are some elements that can define a room’s emotion, whether you seek the look of a European industrial sleek getaway or a rural rustic retreat.

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Colors, patterns, and even sheen work together to create feelings in a room through flooring. Flooring options range from stone, marble, ceramic, and wood – to name a few – and all of these come in a multitude of colors and patterns. Some homeowners choose to design their floors to blend in, creating a neutral backdrop for the rest of the room’s decorations. Others design the floor to be the

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Bathrooms are usually the first rooms to be upgraded and redecorated, because guests and homeowners alike use them so frequently. Often these rooms are small; using wall-mounted vanities and furniture with clean lines can help create a larger sense of the space. Geometric patterns also impart a sense of order to a room. To capitalize on this concept, use wall-hanging vanities, pivoting wall shelving units, and raised sinks to illustrate geometric patterns highlighting excellent – but out of view – storage. Discuss with your designer your thoughts on flooring, walls, and furniture lines to create the perfect blend of emotions in your room’s décor. Once finished, it will be a room you’ll enjoy spending time in and can’t wait to show off to visiting guests. Januar y 2014 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE



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Cure Your Cabin Fever at Ijams Nature Center ow that the holiday fes-

tivities are over and you’re sitting there, perhaps a bit cabin feverish, staring at those New Year’s resolutions to get out more, do more, exercise more, and, dare say, drop a few pounds, then Ijams Nature Center is the place for you. The greenspace and wildlife sanctuary in South Knoxville, located only a few miles upstream from the University of Tennessee and downtown, has grown to more than 300 acres, and much of the new acreage is set aside for recreational use. Even through the canoes and paddleboards are stored for the winter and won’t resurface on Mead’s Quarry Lake until April, there are hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty meandering about the hillsides.

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Ijams serves as a valuable portal to the Knoxville Urban Wilderness: South Loop, a network of trails designed for hikers and mountain bikers. Currently, more than 40 miles of trails have been built, including one 12.5-mile continuous loop that passes through Ijams at Mead’s Quarry and works its way over the ridges and lowlands through county parks and stateowned Forks of the River. With only three street crossings and a few short segments that travel on a paved greenway, road, or sidewalk, the South Loop is a nearby outdoor escape.

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In 2014, Ijams will be celebrating its 91st year of nature-related programs. Originally in 1923, it was the Girl Scouts, but now programs are geared to all age groups – youngster and oldster alike. If hiking alone is not your preferred activity, the Ijams education staff will offer several programs and get-togethers in January. Ijams own favorite cook, Peg Beute, will serve breakfast most Saturday mornings after January 4 and host an Owl Prowl on Saturday evening, January 11. There’s the popular Seed Swap on January 25. This annual event offers a chance for local gardeners to bring collected seeds to exchange for different, often heirloom varieties they want to try in their own backyard shires. 54

Dr. Louise Conrad, the Ijams veterinarian, will be hosting a Walk n’ Wag Dog outing on Saturday, January 18. It’s also a good way to get advice about your favorite canine from a trained vet. Educator Sabrina DeVault will be hosting a Full Moon Happy Hour on Thursday evening, January 16, and a Single Mingle on Friday, January 31. If you would like to learn more about the Knoxville Urban Wilderness, there’s a South Loop Piece-by-Piece on January 11. On this day, only a portion of the 12.5-mile loop will be hiked, and for aspiring scribes, a Nature Journaling Workshop on Saturday, January 18, is planned. Many of the programs are rain or shine; if the weather is unpleasant, the programs are moved indoors. Saturdays also offer Creature Features with public animal programs scheduled for 10 am, 2, and 3 pm. For more details on start times, fees, and registration on all programs, visit

Tree Recycling

If you still have your Christmas tree, but it’s emotional hold on you is starting to fade, it’s time to recycle it. As in years past, Ijams offers you a place to bring your cherished but dying tree, and it’ll be chipped into mulch to be used

throughout the park. More than 400 trees are generally brought to Ijams every January reports Ben Nanny, assistant park manager. The collection site has been moved to the quarry overflow parking lot.

Nature Almanac

While on a nature walk at Ijams in January, look for these signs of the season. Witch hazel is surprisingly in bloom. Even though most of their leaves are long gone, the native shrub puts forth its flowers late. They look like shredded yellow coconut. Two curious birds that only spend their winters in the Tennessee Valley can be found at Ijams in January. Both are brownish and are generally seen low to the ground. The speckled breasted hermit thrush, the species poet Walt Whitman called the bird with “the bleeding throat” because of its melancholy song, can often be found near the Visitor Center. Also, look for the diminutive winter wren along lowland trails in brush piles. As always, Ijams welcomes you in all seasons, 12 months of the year. Stephen Lyn Bales is senior naturalist at Ijams and the author of Natural Histories and Ghost Birds published by UT Press and available in the Ijams gift shop. Photos by Stephen Lyn Bales



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January in the Garden Happy N ew Year !

How are you going to view the new year? I’m choosing to view it with optimism. As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to believe two things: you see what you look for, and what you put out into this world is what you get back. If you look for the bad, you’ll find it. If you look for the good, you can find that, too. If you choose to throw a positive spirit out into the world, positive things will come back to you. For 2014, I choose to smile. Now let’s talk about your landscape for the new year. What’s going on in your yard? Does it need a little primping, or do you need to tear it out and start all over? Things may have gotten bigger than you expected or failed to fill out as much as you thought they would. Maybe you need something that requires less maintenance, or you want something besides the same boring plants that everyone else has. Now is the time to make your plans for spring. On really nasty

days, go through magazines and seed catalogs, browse the internet, and search Pinterest for the things you want to do in your yard next spring. Please be aware, however, that some of those lovely photos were taken up north or out west or further south, and you may have to adapt them a little to make them work here. Winter is not the time most people choose to do major amounts of yard work, but there are things to be done on nice days when cabin fever has set in. There are also things that can be done inside.

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aren’t over or under watering. They may be drinking less this time of year, so adjust your water schedule. ›› Give tools a good cleaning, oiling, and sharpening. This will get you ready for action when pruning time arrives. If your pruners have worn out, this is a good time to replace them. Treat yourself to a new pair of gloves while you’re at it! ›› Seeds can be started indoors for annuals, perennials, and herbs. You need a sunny window or an artificial light source. Fluorescent lights (including CFLs) work nicely and should be placed 1-2” from plants for best results.

Now for the outside:

›› Some trees are slow to lose their leaves, like Bradford pears and pin oaks. If they have shed their leaves since you did your fall raking, you’ll need to get heavy layers off your lawn or shred them with your lawnmower and use them as mulch. ›› Speaking of mulch, you can still give a top dressing for winter protection. Three inches is all the plants need. More is unnecessary and may cause crown rot of perennials or side root growth on trees. ›› Don’t let the weed situation get out of hand. Weeding is a great antidote for cabin fever. ›› This is a good time to plow if you’re planning on a vegetable garden next year. If you have been tossing compost and leaves on your garden, this can also be worked into the soil now. ›› Let’s talk a little about pruning. I do my pruning on summer blooming shrubs (roses, butterfly bushes, crepe myrtles, etc.) at the end of January or in February. At that point they are usually dormant. The other option is to wait until the forsythias bloom to prune your roses, but at that point we’re busy here at Meadow View and I don’t have time to prune! Whenever you decide to do your pruning, I ask that you do it carefully and not go crazy with the loppers, no matter how mad you are at your spouse and/ or children! You can always take more off, but you can’t put branches back on. Don’t hesitate to call or stop by with questions. ›› Don’t forget the birds! Keep feeders and baths clean and full. Feeders should be cleaned every couple of weeks, and baths should be rinsed out when they are refilled. We have deicers for birdbaths that are left out all winter and some baths that are safe for year-round use. That’s all for this month. Keep warm, and we hope to see you soon! Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center

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Business and Government Leaders Spread Happiness Throughout the Community here are countless people who want to make their community a better place but far fewer who take action to make a difference. Random Acts of Flowers (RAF), a local nonprofit mental health organization delivering recycled bouquets to patients in area healthcare facilities, is operated by more than two hundred volunteers. Beyond the day-to-day mission fulfillment, there are several leaders in the community that help support the charitable mission through grass-roots acts of kindness of their own. This past November, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and members of her staff were gracious enough to hold a vase drive in the City County Building. The team donated more than 120 vases to be recycled as part of the RAF mission. Additionally, RAF was very thankful to have

accepted more than 100 vases from employees of Landmark Center. This company-wide vase collection was spearheaded by RAF Knoxville board member, Sandra Heinig, of Ackermann PR with help from Shirley Sweeten at CRI. “Everyone has 10 vases in their home collecting dust,” said Sandra. “I know it’s hard to throw away a nice vase, and that’s why it makes so much sense to donate them to Random Acts of Flowers! Who wouldn’t take great pleasure in knowing that their donation will turn into a beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to someone in a hospital or senior care facility?”

These vase drives serve an important and overlooked role in fulfilling the Random Acts of Flowers mission. As a 100% “green” charity, RAF uses only donated vases to hold the floral bouquets. With more than 1,000 deliveries on average being made each month, the need to continually accept and recycle vases is ever-present. “RAF takes great pride in partnering with businesses in the community and preserving the environment around us,” said RAF Knoxville Executive Director Lynda Evans. “We’ve recycled more than 34,000 vases to date and made more than 30,000 floral deliveries. That wouldn’t be possible without great community support. Everyone at RAF is incredibly thankful for the generosity of Knoxvillians and their willingness to rally around our charitable mission.” If you’d like to learn more about Random Acts of Flowers, help collect vases, or donate some yourself, call 865-633-9082 or visit Januar y 2014 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


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search. There will be a teamwork and leadership seminar lead by Scott “Yogi” Beare and the business plan competition final pitches for everyone to watch. The expo also offers a business to business trade showcase highlighting company’s products to the general public and offering information about career opportunities. Interested businesses may purchase booth space for $650. For information about vendor opportunities at the expo, contact Jonathan Williams at 865-332-4476 or To learn more about TVBA and the Business and Education Expo, visit

January 27 & 28 | Knoxville Convention Center he Tennessee Veterans Business Association (TVBA) has selected Knoxville to host their 2014 B u s in e ss a n d Education Expo.   This January, members of the public and private sector business community join together in a unique event that combines a business to business showcase with a career and education opportunity summit for veterans. This one-of-a-kind, two-day event that celebrates the diversity of the East Tennessee business community will take place at the Knoxville Convention Center on January 27 and 28. “This is a high-energy event that is a celebration of the diversity in the East Tennessee business community,” said Jonathan Williams, founder and 2013 TVBA Chairman. “We combine a B2B trade show environment with a career opportunity fair for veterans. We invite all businesses (non-veteran businesses are welcome) and education institutions for networking and learning opportunities, and you may also find a great veteran employee candidate or student. The event will also invite the veteran population to come and learn about career and education opportunities and 60


business startup assistance.” On Monday, January 27, the event will start with a networking reception and then a small business awards dinner. At the dinner, the keynote speaker, Scott “Yogi” Beare, will speak. Beare was a Blue Angels Narrator and a Solo Pilot from 1996-1998. There will also be a live musical performance and awards given for Veterans Work, Veteran Young Entrepreneur, and Veteran Innovator, to name a few. On Tuesday, January 28, the high-energy expo kicks off with keynote speakers, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and more. There are breakout sessions with topics ranging from taking advantage of your veteran benefits, to how to start your own business, to utilizing social media in your job

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Life is Sweet When You Live in a Historic House


he East Tennessee

Preservation Alliance is a regional organization that works to preserve historic places in 16 counties. As you might imagine, this ambitious mission takes us to all sorts of fascinating, albeit moldy, places tucked away. Our job is to find new uses and new owners for old buildings. The Alexander Inn (aka The Guest House) in Oak Ridge is probably our highest profile match making project. We worked with the Department of Energy, the City of Oak Ridge, and countless stakeholders to secure a purchase option on the historic hotel and then find a buyer. In November, we hosted a press conference at the Alexander Inn with more than 100 people celebrating the progress made by the new owners, Family Pride Corporation. This model to save places works across the country, and we’re making it work in East Tennessee. Our latest endeavor is helping find new owners for a charming historic house nestled in a historic neighborhood adjacent to downtown Sweetwater. The house was likely built in the early 20th century and has retained many

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of its original features such as hardwood floors, pocket doors, lead glass windows, and gorgeous mantles. The house is ready for modern updates and would make a lovely residence or small office due to its walkability to downtown. The Colonial Revival style influences show up on the front columns and the gracious side porch. The interior features beautiful fireplaces, several French doors, and abundant natural light. The neighborhood and surrounding area have a walkscore of 65, with schools, hospital, churches, restaurants, library, and grocery store all less than a mile away, while still on a beautiful tree-lined street. Sweetwater offers the best of both worlds, with charming, small-town life outside your door, but the amenities and cultural events of Knoxville are about an hour away. Recreational activities also abound, as Tellico and Watts Bar Lake, with numerous opportunities for adventure, is about a half an hour away. Sweetwater is nestled in a valley at the gateway to the Cherohala Skyway i n M o n r o e C o u n t y, Tennessee. Incorporated in 1875, the city flourished

due to the establishment of the railroad running through what is now a revitalized downtown business district and the Sweetwater Creek, which winds its way throughout the city. The Mayes Avenue Historic District, where the house is located, has seen a recent resurgence with several historic houses being rehabilitated. The momentum of the residential district has followed the trends of downtown Sweetwater. Just this year, Sweetwater was added as an official Tennessee Main Street Community, which is a prestigious designation that will help continue the positive impact of preservation on the community and the local economy. For more information about 505 Summit Street and to schedule a showing, please contact Ethiel Garlington at 865-523-8008 or

Each month contributors from the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) write an article for Everything Knoxville celebrating the rich heritage of our region. ETPA is a regional historic preservation membership-based organization that serves Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties. Januar y 2014 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE



New Year, New You, New Boat Insider Tips for Shopping a Local Boat Show new year means new resolutions.

Maybe your resolution is looking to spend more quality time with family and friends? Learn something new? Spend more time outdoors or being active? This is the year to follow through on that resolution and discover boating – an activity that can accomplish all of the above. Boating counts more than 88 million Americans getting on board each year and not only creates priceless memories with loved ones, but it helps kids and adults disconnect from technology and reconnect on the water. In fact, more than half of Americans say getting out on a boat is one of the best ways to bond with family. If boating is on your radar, getting started can be easy. Ring in 2014 by shopping a local boat show to learn more about what, when, where, and how to fish, sail, wakeboard, ride personal watercraft, cruise, and more. Throughout the winter and spring, hundreds of boat shows are held around the country, and they provide a taste of the boating lifestyle, deals on boats for every budget, and an opportunity to compare boat brands side-by-side. Boat shows are a buying environment with hundreds of new-year models at special show pricing. It’s simple to find a show nearby with the Boat Show Finder, which locates shows within a 200-mile radius. Once you locate the nearest boat show, use these insider tips to get the most out of your experience.

» Find your virtual dreamboat. Before visit-

ing a boat show, you’ll want to know which boats to shop. Start your search online with DiscoverBoating. com’s Boat Selector to identify which boat types fit your lifestyle, interests, and budget. Plug in your preferences for on-water activities, number of passengers, boat length, price range, and propulsion to narrow down boat options before leaving home.

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to know what fits in your budget before shopping a show. Use this boat loan calculator to estimate monthly payments, which can be as low as $250 a month or less. Since one of the best times to buy a boat is at a boat show, exhibitors generally offer special show pricing and other incentives during the winter season.

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shows provide opportunities for beginners to learn about getting on the water and experienced captains to hone their skills. Look for shows offering interactive workshops and seminars, including knot-tying, DIY boat maintenance, and docking. It’s not only fun to learn new skills but smart to take advantage of the onsite training boat shows offer usually at little to no cost.

» Bring the whole

family. More than a shopper’s paradise, there’s fun to be had by everyone. Boat shows often offer free activities to keep the kids entertained, including

fishing, paddlesports, sailing simulators, and more. Plus, it helps to make boat buying a family decision, keeping in mind which activities will appeal most to the kids and the adults.

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approval. When shopping for a boat at a show, online, or at a dealership, always check to make sure it is certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. An “NMMA Certified” seal means a boat has met strict industry standards for safety and construction and federal regulations, ensuring the best quality to the buyer. Look for the NMMA certified sticker near the helm, and find a full list of certified boat manufacturers at This year, keep that New Year resolution to get on the water and have some fun. Whether in the market for a boat or just curious about the boating lifestyle, the first step toward keeping that resolution is to visit a local boat show this winter.

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Beaches and Beach Towns of St. Pete/Clearwater in Florida Time to get away from the winter cold? Then explore St. Pete/Clearwater’s beautiful Gulf Coast beaches and beach towns from north to south.

Clearwater Beach

When you see its stunning beaches, experience the endless fun, and enjoy the numerous dining and entertainment options, you’ll understand why Clearwater Beach was voted the “Best Beach Town in Florida” by USA Today readers in 2013. There’s truly something for everybody here. This small, walk-able beach community and the pedestrian-friendly Beach Walk Promenade and colorful red and yellow Jolley Trolley make it even easier to explore. • Beaches: Beautiful white sand and clear, shallow water make Clearwater Beach an ideal playground for families, but everyone loves a beach this gorgeous. From the activity along with the brick-paved, palm-lined Beach Walk Promenade – a great place to walk, bike, and enjoy the beach vistas – to



the natural shores of Sand Key Park, you’re sure to find your perfect spot in the sand. For a truly laid-back beach experience, rent a cabana and beach umbrella from a local vendor, or walk toward the more residential north side of the beach for a little serenity away from the bustling scene of Pier 60 and Clearwater Marina. • Attractions & Entertainment: Clearwater Beach’s fun, energetic vibe extends well beyond the beach. Kids and parents alike will delight in the excitement of a number of boat excursions – from pirate cruises and dolphin watch tours to sunset sails and fine dining yachts. Discover sea life encounters at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to Winter, star of the hit movie Dolphin Tale. Nightly sunset celebrations at world-famous Pier 60 feature street performers, musical entertainment, kids’ activities, arts and crafts vendors, and, of course, enchanting views as the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico. Parasailing and water sports are also abundant here. After the sun sets, adults will also love the variety of dining and nightlife options along the beach, ranging from casual to upscale.

Belleair Shore

This tiny enclave of Belleair Shore is perhaps the smallest beach town in Florida in both geo-

graphic size and population, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in appeal. • Beaches: Imagine living where your front yard is a private white, sandy beach with uninterrupted views of the Gulf of Mexico. In all, just 61 waterfront properties are nestled along a one-mile-long stretch of beach. • Location: The entire town (all 0.4 square miles of it) lies west of Gulf Boulevard, the twolane road that runs the length of the island. Belleair Beach is the neighbor to the north, and Indian Rocks Beach sits just to the south. • Attractions: Mostly a residential community, you won’t have to wander far afield to find beach boutiques, fine dining, and informal beachfront eats. The activity and excitement of Clearwater Beach are waiting just four miles north of this serene, tranquil town.

Indian Rocks Beach

Nestled between mile markers 16 and 18 along Gulf Boulevard, Indian Rocks Beach is the place to bask. Sure, you’ll find restaurants and beach bungalows lining Gulf Boulevard, but the real joy is lolling on the barrier island’s wide, white sand beaches. • Beaches & More: This 2.7-mile-long stretch of beachfront is part of a barrier island set in the Gulf of Mexico, with waterfronts facing emerald Gulf waters and the

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Travel Intracoastal Waterway. At various points, this small island narrows, allowing for spectacular water views on both sides – and perfect for enjoying both sunrises and sunsets reflected on the water. Find comforts at Indian Rocks Beach County Park, with its paved parking, changing and showering facilities, and wheelchair accessibility.

Indian Shores

Indian Shores is a quiet beach community south of Indian Rocks Beach that’s popular with everyone from snowbirds to seabirds. The town’s residential quality and its variety of shops, restaurants, and accommodations help visitors to Indian Shores feel right at home. • Beaches: Indian Shores has more than two miles of sandy Gulf Coast beaches to enjoy, whether your preferred activity is swimming, shelling, sunbathing, or fishing. The Tiki Gardens public beach access, formerly a well-known tourist attraction, offers restrooms, showers, and plenty of parking. • Attractions: One area favorite is the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, one of the largest non-profit bird hospitals in the United States. Dedicated to the care and release of injured birds, the sanctuary is open daily, and admission is free. Pay a visit to Town Square Nature Park and take a stroll on its 800-foot boardwalk, which winds through beautiful, natural Florida landscapes on its way to a fishing pier. Or visit Mayor Bob McEwen Veterans Park, located on the Intracoastal Waterway.

of local shops and restaurants. Two playground areas and two tennis courts are also available for residents and visitors.

Redington Beach

One square mile of beachside fun, Redington Beach has great neighbors. The town is bordered by North Redington Beach to the north, Madeira Beach to the south, the Intracoastal Waterway on the east, and the Gulf of Mexico on the west. • Attractions: This small beach community has a residential ambience, but there’s plenty to explore, including four parks, five public beach accesses, a causeway with benches for relaxing and fishing, and a community recreation area with basketball courts and a large playground. Spectacular sunrises and sunsets are also a major draw, and, like snowflakes, no two are alike.

Treasure Island

Bordered by John’s Pass to the north and Blind Pass to the south, Treasure Island is a unique blend of laid-back beach community and internationally known family vacation destination. • History: Treasure Island got its name from an early hotel owner who buried and then “discovered” a couple of wooden chests on the beach. The hotelier claimed that the chests were filled with “treasure.” News of the discovery spread quickly, and people began calling the area Treasure Island. The name stuck. • Beaches: The main draw for today’s visitors is still the town’s three miles of white, sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Go swimming, shelling, sunning, snorkeling, parasailing, and more, or simply walk the beach and enjoy memorable views, especially as the sun sets.

North Redington Beach

Looking for a relaxed vacation? The pace is slow and friendly here. Pristine beaches and sparkling waters draw residents and visitors alike to the community of North Redington Beach, which is close to all the major attractions in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area. • Beaches: North Redington Beach offers almost a mile of beautiful beaches that slope gently into the Gulf of Mexico. These shores are perfect for low-key relaxation. • Attractions: Although a quieter area, North Redington Beach’s central location means that museums, art galleries, and boutiques are not far from your home base. Along the beach, visitors will find a number

St. Pete Beach

Beautiful, laid-back St. Pete Beach was recently voted TripAdvisor’s No. 1 Beach in the U.S. and No. 5 in the world for 2012, based on millions of reviews and opinions from travelers around the world. It comes as no surprise considering its stunning Florida Gulf Coast beaches coupled with varied attractions,

breathtaking resorts, and local charm. Finding your way around is easy – just hop aboard the Beach Trolley. • Beaches: St. Pete Beach’s sandy shores include the longest undeveloped stretch of public beach in the county at Pass-a-Grille Beach. The area beaches offer a variety of water sports and beachside adventures, from parasailing and stand-up paddleboarding to windsurfing and kiteboarding. • Attractions: For a touch of history, visit the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, site of the first church built on the county’s barrier islands. For livelier diversions, head to the Corey Avenue district. For more than six decades, Corey Avenue has thrived at the heart of St. Pete Beach. There’s a variety of funky specialty shops, galleries, restaurants, the class Beach Theatre, and more, so you can plan to spend an hour or an entire afternoon. Enjoy the Sunday morning fresh market, which takes place between October and May. A variety of special events such as art walks, wine tastings, and craft festivals also take place throughout the year.

Tierra Verde

Head south, all the way south, and you’ll reach the boating community of Tierra Verde. Surrounded by water, the community sits at the juncture of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. • Beaches: The highlight is Fort De Soto Park – 1,136 acres of award-winning Gulf Coast beaches and more set on five islands. In 2011, Parents magazine named it America’s best family beach, and it was proclaimed the nation’s best beach by TripAdvisor in 2009. The park has plenty to keep your family entertained for a full day and even longer – a historic fort, three miles of white sand beach, two fishing piers (one on the bay, one on the Gulf ), a dog beach, a 6.8-mile-long paved recreational trail, a large family camping area, snack bars, and bike, kayak, and canoe rentals. • Island Getaway: From Fort De Soto, take a ferry to Egmont Key State Park, an uninhabited (unless you count the scores of gopher tortoises, seabirds, and other creatures) barrier island at the mouth of Tampa Bay. Accessible only by boat, Egmont serves primarily as a wildlife refuge. A lighthouse that has stood since 1858 still guides ships past this island, which played a role during the Third Seminole War, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War. Wander among building ruins and down weed-strewn red brick roads. Then head to the water for swimming, fishing, shelling, and snorkeling. For more information, visit www.visit Januar y 2014 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE



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Caladesi Island TRAVEL AMERICA:

Stunning Beach, Natural Serenity

n e of Florida’s few remaining undeveloped barrier islands, Caladesi Island State Park is rich with beauty a n d t ra n q u i l i t y. Warm breezes rifle through lone palms and patches of sea oats. Shore birds call above crystal waters. The soft, white sand beckons you to sink in and rest a while. It’s possible to find total peace in this paradise. If you go during the week, you may find yourself virtually alone. At Caladesi Island State Park, swim, kayak, or just relax by the water. Soak up the solitude – others have.

Caladesi Island’s AwardWinning Beach

Caladesi Island is many locals’ idea of a perfect beach, and that’s not just because they live close enough to go all the time. Beach experts agree that Caladesi – just off the coast of Dunedin, north of Clearwater Beach – is a special breed in terms of water quality, sand quality, and beach management. It has been consistently ranked among the nation’s top beaches. When you get onto the island, head for the crescent of soft, white sand that forms Caladesi’s picture-perfect beachfront, accented by calm, azure Gulf waters. You don’t have to do anything but relax and soak it all in. But if you choose, you can enjoy fishing, kayaking, hiking, birding, and more. 66


Creature Comforts Birding, Beachcombing, and Kayaking

Caladesi Island is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Spot terns, gulls, osprey, and other shorebirds. Deeper into the island’s interior, among its mangroves, you can also spot a plethora of wading birds, including herons and egrets. If you enjoy beachcombing, you’ve come to the right spot. Those who love scanning the sand in search of take-home treasures will find that sand dollars and mollusk shells abound, and the sharp-eyed can even spot the occasional sea sponge. A kayaking trail gives you a water view of the island’s mangrove forests, while a threemile nature trail meanders through a variety of habitats, including slash-pine forests. Keep your eyes peeled for gopher tortoises, armadillos, and the occasional snake.

Island History

In ancient times, the island was used by the Tocobaga Native American tribe as a burial ground. After Europeans arrived on these shores in 1613, the island was vacated. It remained that way until the late 1800s, when a Swiss immigrant built his homestead here. His daughter, Myrtle Scharrer Betz, penned a memoir of growing up on the island called Yesteryear I Lived in Paradise. The book is often in stock at the Caladesi Café, which also serves a mean cheeseburger.

Despite its secluded feel, the island is equipped with its fair share of helpful, modern amenities, including a 108-slip marina for private boats. Boat camping is also available. You’ll find bathhouses and picnic tables (picnic pavilions can be reserved for a fee) as well as unexpected touches of luxury – the café rents beach chairs and umbrellas. All you need to bring is your towel and sunscreen.

Getting to Caladesi Island

Half the fun of any day trip to Caladesi Island is the journey. It is accessible only by boat, and a ferry runs hourly from Honeymoon Island. The 15-minute ride increases the sense of destination, of discovery. During your crossing, enjoy the shade of the ferry’s canopy and listen as the captain chats about the sights.

Honeymoon Island State Park

If you don’t want to take a boat to the island, you’ll find a docking point on Honeymoon Island State Park is a fine beach substitute. Rated among the country’s most visited parks, this beach park has undeveloped beaches (including a dog beach) and a tiny café that serves cold beer and hot sandwiches. Beach changing rooms and showers are also available. The  Rotary Centennial Nature Center at Honeymoon Island, another park favorite, allows visitors to witness firsthand Honeymoon Island’s diverse world of plant and animal life through a variety of ecotours and exhibits. Photo provided by Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Clinton Glass SUCCESS

As a business owner I receive calls every day from advertising reps asking me to spend money with them. Whether it’s print, radio or television, they all suggest that their advertising method is the best way to get my message out to potential clients. They have a high hill to climb, because Everything Knoxville already does a great job of finding potential customers for us. Everything Knoxville puts out a quality monthly publication that is mailed directly to homeowners. That means my customers pull the magazine directly out of their mailbox, making it more likely for them to read. We track our client phone calls from several advertising sources, and Everything Knoxville does better dollar for dollar than any other publication I’ve advertised in. Thanks Judy and Tom!

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Jan. 3: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. Jan. 6: Mighty Musical Monday with

Finished Tour at the Tennessee Theatre at 3 pm.

Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Day.

Kathy Huber and Oldie Goldies at the Tennessee Theatre at 12 pm. Free!

Jan. 21: Jason Isbell at the Bijou

Jan. 7-8: Shen Yun 2014 at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

Jan. 22: Tedeschi Trucks Band at

Jan. 9: Steep Canyon Rangers

Jan. 23: An Evening with Big Head

featuring Sam Bush at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

Jan. 10: Iris Dement at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. Jan. 11: Jeff Dunham: Disorderly Conduct at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 5 pm. Jan. 11: KSO Pops "The Music of

ABBA" at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm.

Jan. 16: 2nd Annual Bijou Awards at the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm.

Jan. 16-17: Knoxville Symphony

Orchestra: Strauss for the New Year at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

Jan. 17: Bricks 4 Kidz at Farragut

Town Hall from 6 to 9 pm. Children will play with LEGO toys, LEGO games, and more! There will be structured lesson time, creative play time, and pizza for dinner. Price includes a make-your-own minifig for each child. Cost: $30 for first child, $25 for each additional child.

Jan. 18: Luke Bryan: That's My Kind of Night Tour at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7:30 pm.


Jan. 19: Bill Cosby: Far From


Theatre at 8 pm.

the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.

Todd and the Monsters featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks and Hazel Miller at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

Jan. 24: Justin Moore: Off the Beaten Path Tour with Randy Houser and Josh Thompson at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm. Jan. 24: Robert Earl Keen at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. Jan. 24-25: Monster Jam at

Thompson-Boling Arena at 7:30 pm.

Jan. 24-25: Broadway at the

Tennessee: Million Dollar Quartet at the Tennessee Theatre. Jan. 24 at 8 pm and Jan. 25 at 2 & 8 pm.

Jan. 30: Umphrey's McGee at the

Tennessee Theatre at 9 pm.

Jan. 30-31: The Whipping Man at the Carousel Theatre at 7:30 pm. Performances continue through February 16.

Jan. 31: Gaelic Storm at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

January 31

Keith Urban Light the Fuse Tour

at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm.


2014 King Week

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Announces Schedule of Events and Theme BEGINNING JANUARY 15

h e Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission would like to welcome you and invite you to join us for our Upcoming Commemoration. In 2014, we will observe our 32nd Annual King Week Celebration.  Our 2014 theme, Moving Forward – Claiming our Greatness, is attributed to the Dream and the Dreamer who declared, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”    Since 1982, the MLK Commission has been organizing a special celebration each year for the Knoxville area to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The weeklong celebration focuses on providing education and leadership training for adults and youth and promotes reconciliation through peaceful conflict resolution.  Part of the celebration also includes stories of racial struggles with emphasis on non-violence, equality, and love.  The celebration will begin with an opening prayer service that brings together people of all denominations. That program will be held at the Peace and Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church at noon on Wednesday, January 15. The events the rest of the week will include the annual Leadership Awards Luncheon, a community forum, special training sessions for area teachers and youth, and a leadership educational symposium. The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra will perform a MLK tribute concert on January 19. A highlight of the celebration will be the annual MLK Memorial Parade followed by the MLK Memorial Tribute Service. We invite you to join us as we celebrate and commemorate. For more information, visit www.

Wednesday, January 15, noon Interfaith Prayer Service Peace and Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church 1723 Washington Avenue Thursday, January 16, 8:30 to 11:30 am Leadership Educational Symposium Marriott Hotel 500 Hill Avenue Thursday, January 16, noon Leadership Awards Luncheon Marriott Hotel (ticketed event) Friday, January 17, 5 to 7 pm Gallery of Art Tribute – Opening Reception & Art Exhibit Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Avenue

Saturday, January 18, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm Youth Symposium Austin East High School, 2800 MLK Avenue (Registration required, details on website) Saturday, January 18, 11:30 am YWCA Race Against Racism YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center (Details at Sunday, January 19, 6 pm A Night with the Arts featuring the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra Bijou Theatre, 803 South Gay Street Monday, January 20, 10 am MLK Memorial Parade Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue

Friday, January 17, 6:30 pm Community Forum Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Avenue

Monday, January 20, 11:45 am MLK Memorial Tribute Service Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 3800 MLK, Jr. Avenue

Saturday, January 18, 8:30 am to 2 pm Teacher In-Service Training (Registration required, details on website)

Except for the Leadership Awards Luncheon, all events are open to the public without charge. For more information, visit www.MLK




Big Ears Festival

Returns March 28-30 in Knoxville h e w i d e ly acclaimed Big Ears Festival is proud to announce its return in 2014 for another weekend of visionary music, exploratory art, and southern hospitality March 28, 29, and 30 in historic downtown Knoxville. Hailed by composer Philip Glass as a “tremendous experience” and Pitchfork as “an inspiration,” the Big Ears Festival brings together musicians and artists who span generations and transcend genres for dozens of concerts along with installations, exhibitions, film screenings, interactive workshops, informative talks, surprise collaborations, and unexpected connections. This year, the enormously influential, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Steve Reich, proclaimed “our greatest living composer” by The New York Times, will be in attendance. The brilliant Ensemble Signal will perform his 1976 masterpiece, “Music for 18 Musicians,” along with his new “Radio Rewrite,” inspired by two songs from the rock band Radiohead. Radiohead’s guitarist, Jonny Greenwood, will perform Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint,” and the masterful So Percussion will perform his 1971 classic “Drumming” during the weekend as well. Rock icon John Cale, co-founder with the late Lou Reed of the legendary Velvet Underground, will be presenting new work as well as old classics at the festival. The recently reformed New York rock legends Television will appear as well.



Guitarist Marc Ribot, celebrating his 60th birthday in 2014, will present three projects during the Big Ears weekend. He’ll perform solo (including his music for Charlie Chaplin’s classic film, The Kid, which will be screened during the performance) along with his punk/free jazz/rock band, Ceramic Dog, and his Cuban group, Los Cubanos Postizos. Nazoranai – the darker than dark collaboration between Keiji Haino, Stephen O’Malley, and Oren Ambarchi – will make a rare U.S. appearance at Big Ears. Dean & Britta will present their haunting multi-media show, 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests. The enigmatic Laraaji, discovered by Brian Eno in the late 1970s and the subject of a new reissue program of Warp Records, will make a rare festival appearance as well. In addition, a virtual “who’s who” of groundbreaking musicians and performers from the worlds of electronica, avant-rock, jazz, and beyond will be performing, including Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, Colin Stetson, Vatican Shadow, Nils Frahm, Mark McGuire, Bill Orcutt, Dean Wareham, Glenn Kotche, Susanna, Dawn of Midi, and Son Lux. New additions to the lineup, as well as information and details about performances, workshops, talks, and installations, will be revealed in the coming months at As always, Big Ears concerts and events will take place in different venues, all within an easy walk of one another, in Knoxville’s historic downtown. The heart and soul of the festival will be at Knoxville’s two remarkable historic theatres, the Tennessee and the Bijou. Other venues include the Knoxville Museum of Art and other theaters, clubs, galleries, and warehouses. Weekend passes for Big Ears are on sale now. Passes are $150 plus applicable service fees and are available online at www.

ABOUT BIG EARS Big Ears is created and produced by AC Entertainment. AC Entertainment is known as one of the foremost concert promoters and festival producers in the United States. Presenting more than 700 concerts and events each year, AC is internationally known as co-founders/producers of the acclaimed Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which was cited as “One of the 50 Moments to Change the History of Rock and Roll” by Rolling Stone magazine. They are also founders and producers of Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in Asheville, NC, as well as producers of The Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY.

By D o n H o l e c e k , O w n e r o f C r o w n C l e a n e r s

Crown Cleaners’ Innovations


hile Crown Cleaners

has been busy during the last year implementing a variety of green initiatives designed to protect the communities in which we live, we have also made a variety of other enhances designed to maintain the highest level of customer satisfaction. One major and yet subtle improvement we’ve made at Crown Cleaners is the use of barcodes in our dry cleaning and laundry facilities. Using the same stateof-the-art barcode technology so prevalent in today’s retail and manufacturing marketplaces, Crown Cleaners applies a tiny barcode on each customer’s garment that not only does not harm the item, but in fact goes completely unnoticed by the majority of our customers. So why are these barcodes so important? The barcode scanners not only recognize you, our customer, but also recognize each individual item and the specific laundry or dry cleaning instructions for each item. Our system knows where each garment is in the cleaning process and keeps track of each item in your order, allowing us to ensure that your order is processed correctly and on time. Another benefit that results is that our system literally creates a life-of-garment history. That tiny barcode does even more. This innovation also creates a variety of other positive benefits that allow us to improve our reliability, safety, accuracy, performance, and efficiency. All of these benefits combined help us to not only provide and maintain a level of customer service designed to exceed your expectations, but also helps us maintain our competitive pricing. So if you thought that our green initiatives were our top priority, you’d be correct. But we also strive to maintain a level of customer service that you might have felt no longer existed. We thank you for your nearly half-century of support and re-commit to each of you our pledge to provide the highest level of quality and service in the industry.

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Turning Green Discover how Crown Cleaners’ nearly five-decade tradition of excellence is helping you protect the environment.

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Three Big Ways Small Business Owners CAN

Save on Taxes

you own a small business, every dollar matters, especially when it comes to taxes. Whether your business is a partnership or corporation, Uncle Sam offers some sizeable deductions to lower your liability, allowing you to put those dollars toward capital and employees. Easy-to-use tax preparation solutions have become an increasingly popular way for small business owners to navigate deductions and tax law changes. The programs ask simple questions about business income and expenses to help maximize your deductions. Some tax software solutions allow you to use online features for free and only require payment when you’re ready to file. The following are three ways to reduce your small business taxes. Tip 1: Buy to save

Whenever buying new equipment, technology, software, or even furniture for your business, save those receipts and keep detailed records that include purchase price and date placed into service. You should be 72


able to substantiate any expenses you claim on your tax return. The 2013 Section 179 deduction limit for new and used assets purchased is $500,000. However, your business must be profitable in order to receive this benefit in 2013. In 2014, the dollar limit drops to $25,000 unless Congress extends this tax break. Bonus depreciation of 50% of the cost of new items expired at the end of 2013. Depreciation can be claimed whether or not your business is profitable.

Tip 2: ‘Tis always the season for giving

Company donations of money, supplies, and property are all deductible expenses. So are bonuses (and associated payroll taxes) awarded to your employees, partners, and officers. If your business is an S Corporation, keep a close eye on officer compensation to ensure you meet IRS requirements and thus avoid penalties. Give yourself the gift of education. Take a class or seminar or attend a convention that helps you maintain or improve skills required for your business.

Tip 3: Business is sometimes personal

If you use your home for your business, you may be able to deduct mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, and depreciation. Corporations and partnerships can also deduct actual expenses for non-personal uses of your personal vehicle, as well as reimbursements to employees for business use of their personal vehicles. Actual expenses may include costs for fuel, maintenance, and parking fees. Your detailed mileage records should include date, total miles, tolls, parking, and purpose of trip. You can also deduct vehicle depreciation and loan interest.

The bottom line

Small business owners have year round opportunities to cut their taxes. Do a dry run of your taxes with an online or download software solution before you actually file to identify potential savings. Answer simple questions about your expenses and revenues, and the program will do the rest so you can see how moving revenue and expenses forward or back may change your taxes. Get more business tax tips at

by Tom Irmen


New Year’s Resolutions for Your Small Business All of us are accustomed to making, and oftentimes breaking, New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps it’s the holiday eating frenzy that is responsible for the fact that 60% or more of all resolutions are health and lifestyle oriented. Well, here’s a new resolution

twist for 2014 that you may not have previously considered. If you’re a small business owner, how about a resolution to create a second set of resolutions just for your business? Sound far-fetched? Not if you’re serious about success. I’m not clairvoyant. I didn’t see this last recession coming or anticipate it’s depth, breadth, or longevity even after the so-called experts confirmed its existence. I don’t know what the future holds, and neither do the

experts. One thing I am certain of is that in the absence of a plan, you’re likely to experience lackluster results that often result when you place your business on autopilot. I think most of us could agree that general economic conditions have improved. I think most of us would also agree that we expect these conditions to continue to improve, even if only gradually. I think we could further agree that there are steps we could take that could improve our businesses and enhance the value propositions for our existing and potential new customers. New Year’s resolutions for our small businesses make perfect sense for entrepreneurs who want to successfully navigate 2014’s twists and turns, increase sales, and put even more daylight between them and their competition. For the health of your small business in 2014 and beyond, it makes perfect

sense to create New Year’s resolutions that are designed to help you prosper. Also, consider this. Not making resolutions to prosper amounts to making a resolution to allow your business to continue to tread water in today’s uncertain and competitive marketplace. No matter what 2014 delivers, New Year’s resolutions can enhance marketplace gains while diminishing marketplace dips. For your health and well-being as well as that of your small business, make and keep both sets of resolutions in the New Year.

New Years “Nots” B U S INE S S B A S IC S by Beth Townsend Happy 2014! It’s a time of resolutions and perspectives. A time to review what was done, not done, and how that will affect 2014. No doubt change can be expected as another year rolls in, and you likely have some questions about how to use your time more effectively. To get answers, you must start with questions. For years as a feature story writer I interviewed well known, successful people to ask such questions as: “How did you know what to do with your life?” “Did you have to overcome obstacles?” “How did you make it happen?” “Did you have the money you needed?” The interviews were conducted with athletes, politicians, philanthropists, television stars, and the like. These were successful people, living a life of fulfillment. While they vary in detail, the consistencies are fascinating. One common thread was each had a vision of what they wanted to do and were not afraid to pursue it. You want answers? Then ask questions. 1. What burns in your soul? While successful people go after something, most don’t go after everything. You cannot do it all. Have a self-meeting to dig deep to find what really matters to you.

2. Can you use your life? Often passion starts with compassion. What life experience can bring a deeper meaning to your life? Those interviewed had defining moments that spurred action. You can’t teach what you haven’t walked, so review your life for areas that stir your soul. Use what you’ve learned. 3. Do you believe you can? You cannot be bogged down by the odds. Every person I’ve ever interviewed had to overcome something. That is part of their story. No one wins an election, becomes an athlete, or starts a homeless shelter without a sense of inadequacy or obstructions. 4. Are you determined? None of the people interviewed just believed they could do it. To the contrary, they had to do it. They were driven to push down walls and overcome obstacles until they were on the path headed towards a vision. 5. Who are you NOT? This question is the most important. You cannot know who you are until you know who you are not. People living their dreams pursued their dreams. While we all have jobs to do, commitments to keep, and important people in our lives, we cannot

please everyone by doing everything. One of the most important words in the human language is no, and that no must be driven by vision. If it doesn’t get where you want to go, then don’t do it. Knowing our “nots” is key in a world full of meaningless activity. People are busy, but in pursuit of what? You must be in pursuit of something specific. Define that as you decide how to use your life, your time, and your passions to accomplish your goals. Who are you not? If you want to know who you really are and what you are meant to do, then embrace gracefully who you are not. Then let your potential be your passion as your vision takes over.

Beth Townsend is a dynamic

freelance speaker and writer and can be reached at 225.910.7426 or at Januar y 2014 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE



by D e a n na B r a nn, Ph.D.

Three Little Words Can Change Your Relationship Forever! I often hear people talk about the

words that are the hardest to say. What’s interesting is when people talk about these three words, they recognize how important they are but have all the reasons in the world why they can’t say them. What’s even more interesting is that people won’t say them to the ones that matter the most to them – spouses, parents, MILs, DILs, siblings, children, extended family, even close friends. These are the people who need to hear them the most. Those three words are “I am sorry.” Saying “I am sorry” takes a lot of courage. Saying these three words makes you vulnerable. I know being vulnerable is scary, but if you think about it, it’s the price you pay for hurting someone. No one likes to say they’re sorry, but no one likes to be hurt either. When you put yourself out there and admit that your words or actions have hurt someone you care about – someone who really matters to you – you’re showing the other person how much they do matter to you. Sometimes, to try to escape feeling that


vulnerability, you will hurriedly say “I’m sorry” and try to change the subject or minimize what you did by giving excuses. This only makes the situation worse. Also, saying you’re sorry when you don’t really mean it just to get the focus off of you or just to move on can be worse than not apologizing at all. Believe me, the other person knows you don’t mean it – they feel; they sense it – and the way you do it lets them know, loud and clear, that you’re just trying to get “this thing” to go away. You will then say, “but I said I was sorry!” and expect the other person to be ok. Yes, you did say you were sorry, but even you don’t believe it was coming from a place of genuinely wanting to resolve the stress you created. Remember that the other person is hurting by your actions, and the point of apologizing is to let them know how much you regret hurting them… that your intention was not to cause them pain. When you’re going to say “I’m sorry” to the person you hurt, it’s important to think about these key points:

» Own it. Say you’re sorry, and tell them why you’re sorry. Tell them in words that lets them know you truly understand the impact your actions had on them. » Listen to their pain, even though it’s difficult, and give no excuses. » Ask what you can do to make things better, and then do it. As scary as it is to let someone know you’re sorry you hurt him or her, the closeness and trust you create with that person is greater and deeper than anything you can imagine. Trust me, it’s truly worth it. Dr. Brann holds a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Psychobiological Anthropology.

by M o n i c a I rv i n e

Conversation Blunders


ave you ever been asked

a question that made your stomach sink or made your face turn red with anger or embarrassment? Make sure you’re careful and thoughtful before you blurt out a comment or question so you’re not guilty of conversation blunders. Here are some comments/questions that Etiquette Factory readers have experienced and listed as etiquette blunders: • You look tired. • Oh wow, your baby is small/big for their age. • How do you live in this city/town? • How much did you pay for that? • Is this your mother? (Never assume relationships!) • Why aren’t you married yet? • How can you send your children to that school? • How old are you? • Are those all your kids?



Only ask questions and make comments that reflect highly on the other person. • Are you going to have children? • Don’t take this the wrong way, but... • What happened? (after seeing a scratch, bruise, bandage, etc.) • Aren’t you so glad you finally had a girl? • Did you play basketball? (because of height) • I think you have... (trying to diagnose a medical condition) • Have you had him tested/evaluated? • Oh my goodness! I didn’t recognize you. How much weight have you gained? • You look just like... • When are you expecting? • Do you work? (assuming that staying home

is not work) • Wow, you’ve changed. • Do you own or rent? As you can see, there are many things that we can say or ask that, even though we might have good intentions, can sound hurtful or inconsiderate. Be careful to keep your conversations positive and upbeat, and only ask questions and make comments that reflect highly on the other person. For more information about business etiquette or etiquette for your children, visit

Monica Irvine The Etiquette Factory President


By M at t h e w B . D o pp e lt, D.O.


ULTRASOUND is Heating Things Up

n the medical field,

ultrasound has been used for diagnostic imaging purposes for many years. More recently, ultrasound has been turning up the heat in the field of aesthetic medicine. The power of ultrasound has been harnessed to perform non-invasive cosmetic procedures with some amazing results.

Before Liposonix

After Liposonix

Before Liposonix

After Liposonix

Before Ultherapy

After Ultherapy

Matthew B. Doppelt, D.O. Board Certified Dermatologist

Two companies have brought ultrasound technology to the aesthetic marketplace. These are Solta with Liposonix and Ulthera with Ultherapy. Both Liposonix and Ultherapy use focused ultrasound technology to bypass the delicate upper layers of skin and target deeper tissues. Think of a magnifying glass’s ability to focus sunlight into an extremely high temperature point capable of burning. This is similar to how Liposonix and Ultherapy work. Southeastern Dermatology Consultants is proud to be the exclusive provider of these treatments in Knoxville. Using focused ultrasound to melt fat, Liposonix has been approved to treat the abdomen and flanks (love handles). The Liposonix treatment is ideal for active, healthy individuals who have at least 1 inch or 2.5 cm of fat to lose

in their abdomen or flanks. It is noninvasive, so it is a great solution if you have stubborn fat but don’t want to have surgery. The Liposonix treatment has 10 years of research and testing behind its development. It has a welldefined safety profile during and after treatment with very good patient satisfaction. With a single treatment we typically see patients lose between one and two inches from their waistline, and maximum improvement is seen after two to three months. Ultherapy is the only device that has received FDA approval for a noninvasive neck and brow lift. We use it to lift and tighten the skin of the face, neck, under the chin, along the jaw line, and on the brow. Ultherapy is able to do this by going deeper into the tissue than lasers and radio frequency without injuring the skin’s surface. Another factor that promotes safety and better results is that with Ultherapy we can visualize the targeted areas. Results will unfold during the course of two to three months with maximum improvement at six months. While these ultrasound technologies do not duplicate the results of traditional surgery, Liposonix and Ultherapy are inviting alternatives for those who are not yet ready or who are not candidates for surgery. Please call Southeastern Dermatology Consultants to schedule a complimentary consultation, and see if either of these procedures are a good option for you.

Southeastern Dermatology Consultants

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After Ultherapy

1924 Pinnacle Pointe Way, Suite 300 Knoxville, TN 37922 865.474.8800



Fat reduction that fits.™

INTRODUCING THE LIPOSONIX® TREATMENT Do you have areas of unwanted fat around your abdomen or love handles that you can’t seem to get rid of, even with diet and exercise? If so, the Liposonix treatment may be the perfect fit for you. The Liposonix® treatment is a non-surgical fat reduction procedure that uses advanced ultrasound technology to permanently destroy unwanted abdominal fat just beneath the skin. • • • •

Noticeable results after just one treatment Customizable to address specific “problem” areas Non-surgical with little to no downtime Backed by over 10 years of research and testing

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After Liposonix

Southeastern Dermatology Consultants is proud be Knoxville’s premier provider of Liposonix. To find out more about Lipsonix, call to schedule a complimentary consultation and receive discounted pricing through the month of January.

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865.474.8800 | 1924 Pinnacle Pointe Way, Suite 300 Knoxville, TN 37922


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