Everything Knoxville January 2018

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a New Year is a great time to make changes. For instance, it might be beneficial to change how you handle your finances and maybe start saving more. Or maybe your home needs a change in its décor to update its look. Or you might want to make Photo by D. Roberts Photography some positive changes in your own look and feel. So whatever your focus will be for 2018, it is important to make a commitment and then follow through on it. Fitness is one of the top resolutions for the New Year, and what better way to get fit than to visit Fitness



Together and have their team put you on track to better health. Their proprietary system of “1 Client. 1 Trainer. 1 Goal®.” offers a truly customized approach along with nutritional counseling, a fitness routine, and motivation. By working the Fitness Together program, you can be on your way to a healthier lifestyle. So now that all of your resolutions have been made and you begin the New Year, remember to focus on the follow through. We at Everything Knoxville wish all of you a very happy and prosperous 2018. Make it your year!

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Fitness Together Your Partner in Achieving a Healthier Lifestyle


T’S THAT TIME of year once

again to make resolutions for 2018. In fact, an estimated 58% of Americans routinely or occasionally make New Year’s resolutions. So what are the top resolutions we make? Four out of 10 of the most common resolutions involve health and fitness. This is probably of little surprise to many of us who are becoming increasingly more aware of our nation’s growing health crisis. Sadly, more Americans die each year from the unhealthy impact of sedentary lifestyles than from many other higher profile health related problems, including smoking. While these annual New Year’s resolutions might signal our growing awareness of the need for a healthier lifestyle, sadly, only 8% of those who make resolutions actually achieve them. Few of us have the self-discipline or the expertise needed to create the well-thought out strategies required to succeed in our goals for improved health, greater flexibility and mobility, and enhanced longevity. Success in attaining your optimum healthy lifestyle has a greater potential for success when you combine the talents of those dedicated professionals, including your family physician and personal trainer, to help you succeed where perhaps you have failed in the past.

Fitness Together is a proprietary system that combines “1 Client. 1 Trainer. 1 Goal.” Fitness Together offers a truly customized approach to fitness for each of their clients. They provide and combine the nutritional counseling, fitness routine, and motivation that are needed for your success and that are often missing from most other programs. In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are excited to share with you our recent interview with Fitness Together owners, Andrew Henderson and Shea Sims. EK: Tell our readers how the concept of Fitness Together came about. Andrew: Fitness Together was originally created to provide a place where people who were not into the “big gym” setting could go to exercise in private. While personal training as we know it has been around since the 1980s, Fitness Together’s unique and proprietary fitness model of fully equipped, private training suites adds the extra privacy and focus on the client that is difficult to find elsewhere. EK: How does Fitness Together differ from the other weight loss or fitness programs that our readers may have tried in the past? Shea: At Fitness Together, we take a very comprehensive approach to our clients’ health. We start each new client off with a full fitness, postural, and nutritional assessment

in order to create a customized fitness program designed to help them to achieve their individual goals. We combine sound, scientifically based exercise, and nutrition principles to enhance our clients’ potential for success. Finally, we help guide each of our clients to establish ambitious but realistic expectations. We don’t push supplements or fad diets, and we know that most people don’t have (or want to spend) two hours a day and six days a week at the gym. We create fitness programs designed to blend into each client’s everyday lifestyle. EK: Why is it so important that each client is partnered with his or her own personal trainer? Andrew: Our clients’ success is based largely on accountability to their personal trainer and to themselves. Establishing that personal accountability and that relationship with the trainers is crucial! At Fitness Together, we go one step further by taking a “team” approach with our clients, providing them with the opportunity for them to work with a variety of trainers, each possessing unique skills designed to enhance your personal experience. EK: Describe the level of training that your Fitness Together personal trainers possess. Shea: Each of our personal trainers are certified through well-respected national Photos by D. Roberts Photography

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was 64 when I became a client at Fitness Together with a goal to lose 30 pounds before I turned 65,” said Cheryl Haskins. “I was probably my biggest obstacle! It was difficult to stay motivated. Life tends to get in the way, and as many women, mothers, and wives do, I would put anything and everything else ahead of what I wanted or needed to do for myself.” As Americans, the older we are, the less active we become. There’s no denying that routine physical activity can boost not only your life expectancy, but it also lowers the risk of conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and some forms of cancer. So what’s the best way to motivate yourself to exercise regularly? A growing number of older Americans have discovered that a personal trainer represents your very best potential for success, as it combines both an exercise partner with fitness trainer that can help to create a customized fitness program designed to help you achieve your personal fitness goals. Cheryl had been doing Jazzercise three to five times a week

for several years. While pleased with the cardio benefits she experienced, she was unsuccessful at losing the extra weight she wanted to lose despite trying a variety of diet programs. “I stopped by Fitness Together one afternoon, got some information, and set up a time to do a fitness evaluation,” said Cheryl. “The rest is history. I definitely needed to be held accountable. I knew that having a definite time and place and someone to workout with would keep me on track.” Fitness Together offers an affordable alternative for those individuals seeking to improve their health. They offer a proprietary fitness system that provides you with both a certified, professional trainer and a premier, private, one-on-one personal training studio. “We can’t stop the aging process,” Cheryl said with a smile, “but we can make it more enjoyable by getting the most out of life, and you can only do that by being able to participate fully in life.”

thing y r e Ev tion ille and y n e M noxv an K $118 off of age ive rece ing pack ssions train more se 24 or organizations such as NASM, ACSM, and ACE, and all of our trainers are required to obtain advanced certifications as well. Almost all of our trainers hold bachelor level degrees in an exercise related field, and five trainers have earned master’s degrees. Because we understand that education is an ongoing process, our trainers meet every week to discuss new research findings and applied techniques for exercise designed to offer you the best possible outcome. In addition, we also invite a physical therapist to our staff training sessions monthly to help us better understand how to train clients with physical limitations and injuries. EK: Do you offer no-cost, no-obligation consultations to potential new clients? Andrew: Yes, we do! During your initial consultation, we will help to identify those main areas of concern you wish to address, make recommendations for what type of training is best for you to enhance your potential for success, and encourage you to participate in a light session before any decisions are made! EK: Tell our readers what they should expect as a new Fitness Together client. Shea: You should expect a great experience every time you enter the doors of one of our four conveniently located Fitness Together locations. You should expect to be greeted by a personal trainer who identifies you by name and with a smile, a fresh towel, and a chilled

bottle of water. You should also expect an exciting, fun, scientifically-based training sessions that uses your time efficiently and effectively in a clean, motivating, and upbeat studio environment. Our expectation is to make the 45 minutes you invest at Fitness Together the BEST part of your day EVERY time! EK: How affordable is Fitness Together? Andrew: While personal training is certainly not your least expensive fitness option, at Fitness Together, we strive to deliver you the best possible value and fitness outcome for your investment. We also offer PACK Small Group Training and semiprivate training (2-on-1) options at lower price points to help you manage your fitness dollar. Also, at Fitness Together, you will discover that there are no additional fees or hidden charges for anything. In fact, you can even come in and use our cardio equipment at your convenience at no additional charge. EK: How can our readers learn more about the Fitness Together experience? Shea: Simply contact one of the studios below or visit www.KnoxFT.com to learn more and request your free consultation! EK: In closing, is there anything else you would like to say to our readers? Andrew: I would like to express our appreciation to our many loyal clients we have had the privilege of working with for the past 10 years. Helping them to achieve their

full potential, regardless of age or personal obstacles, has been a truly rewarding experience for our team. In 2018, we look forward to helping many others, perhaps someone like yourself that may have failed to succeed with your past fitness resolutions, to achieve a healthier, fuller, and longer life.

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out of necessity, but I wear three hats out of personal choice. I’ve been blessed in many ways, particularly as an entrepreneur. At a very early age, I was introduced to the world of selfemployment by my mother and father. It was a fascinating, fast-paced experience for which I became enamored with. My first venture as an adult, CH Interiors & Gifts, was launched in 2013, followed by my second business, Knox Graphics & Designs, in 2017. I learned early on first to successfully differentiate myself from the competition and secondly, to find like-minded staff who shared my vision to provide a high level of personal service often lacking in today’s business world – a level of service that meets needs and fosters trusting, lasting relationships. More recently, after having made a personal inventory of the most positive char-

acteristics I’ve been successful at developing during my time as a self-employed entrepreneur, I came to the conclusion, along with the concurrence of several trusted mentors, that these skills would serve me well in the real estate marketplace as a REALTOR®. In fact, I recently joined Exit Real Estate Professionals Network in Knoxville. I am committed to using my hard earned skills to offer each of my clients a level of service and expertise that you might have thought no longer existed today. By listening carefully and relying on the exceptional resources of Exit Real Estate Professionals Network, I look forward to helping both buyers and sellers achieve their individual goals. At the same time, I look forward to forging the lasting relationships that I have come to enjoy during my years in business – an experience that has led to the creation of thousands of business contacts that I am

confident will serve both myself and my real estate clients well in the future. Thanks entirely to my outstanding associates at CH Interiors & Gifts and Knox Graphics & Design, you will continue to enjoy the exceptional service that you have come to expect, even as I pursue my real estate career. If in the New Year you are considering buying or selling a home, I hope you will consider asking me to represent you. Give me a call at Exit Real Estate Professionals Network at 865383-3948 or my cell at 865-335-7270. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you and to exceed your expectations.

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ERHAPS ONE of the most significant components of your home’s décor, hardwood f looring creates one of the most important impressions guests experience when first entering your home. An elegant foyer or entryway featuring distinctive hardwood flooring provides a welcoming atmosphere and a lasting statement. While alternative floor coverings, including vinyl, tile and carpeting, go in and out of fashion, hardwood flooring offers a sense of timelessness that has lasted for centuries. If you are contemplating insta lling new hardwood floors in the New Year or refinishing your existing f loors, you are encouraged to discover the European Fine Hardwood Floors difference. European Fine Hardwood Floors is unlike most other hardwood f looring companies you may have encountered in the past thanks to its founder, Valera Tomescu. The quality of craftsmanship they provide comes from

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Knoxville’s Learn ® Bridge in a Day


ID YOU KNOW that an estimated

25 million Americans, including Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, play bridge? People play because it’s fun and it’s exciting. They play because of the mental and social stimulation. But, most importantly, they play because of friendships they have formed throughout the years. If you want to see why bridge is so appealing, come to Knoxville’s Learn Bridge in a Day® seminar on January 20. You will be introduced to the basics of playing contract bridge. This seminar is for you if you have never played or have played in the past and are looking for a refresher course. Pre-registration is not required but is highly recommended. Register online at www. knoxbridge.org/LBIAD or call 865-539-4150 today to reserve your seat. The cost is $30. Check-in time is 12:30 pm, and the seminar begins at 1 pm. Kevin Wilson, a Knoxvillian and nationally

recognized bridge teacher and professional, will conduct this Learn Bridge in a Day® seminar at the Knoxville Bridge Center. Our previous seminars have been a huge success! Many past participants continue to play bridge, develop their bridge skills, and form new friendships. Current players will be on hand to help with the seminar and to answer your questions. Bring a friend or come by yourself. Your new best friend just might be waiting to meet you! Seminar participants will also be able to attend a Beginning Bridge class on each of the next two Tuesdays at no additional charge. Beginning with the third class, there will be a $5 charge per person. The follow-up bridge lessons will be held every Tuesday evening at 6 pm at the Knoxville Bridge Center beginning January 23. The Knoxville Bridge Club is located at 7400 Deane Hill Drive. For a map or additional information about the club, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/knoxvillebridge/about or on the web at www.knoxbridge.org.

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even our four-legged kids (canines). Here’s a post-holiday treat Fido will love. All you need is canned “pure” (not “pie filling”) pumpkin. It should state “pumpkin only” on the can label. Do not use raw pumpkin. Pure pureed pumpkin has about three to five grams of fiber per cup and is great for your dog’s health. Fiber can relieve constipation and at the same time help with large bowel diarrhea. The bulk stimulates the gastrointestinal walls to contract, while the fiber draws excess fluid, firming up the stool; thus regularity can be established by introducing pure pumpkin. Pumpkin provides other nutritional benefits as well. It’s an excellent source of potassium, which is important for muscle contractions. Calcium and iron are also important minerals found in pumpkin. Vitamin A maintains a healthy immune system and aids in healthy

vision. Vitamins C & E aid enzyme activity, help with collagen for healthy joints, and are antioxidants, as are alpha and beta carotene. These are all found in pumpkin, which helps slow down the aging process. Pumpkin can help in your dog’s weight loss program, too. Dogs fed one to four tablespoons of pumpkin (depending on the weight of the dog) will tend to feel full and do less begging. Only nutritious, wholesome treats are served at Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits. Homemade biscuits and muffins for our canine guests are often on the menu. We would enjoy discussing other nutritious alternatives to commercialized treats with you. Give us a call at 865-986-6325.

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leng th revolutionary contemporary ballet based on the Lewis Carroll novel Alice in Wonderland. The ballet will run February 10th and 11th with three performances at Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theatre. Lisa Hall McKee, Artistic Director, describes GO!’s version “exciting and daring, animated and wildly intense with a whirling atmosphere.” This immensely popular story combines classical, contemporary, and aerial dance with powerful sets and vibrant costumes. A diverse selection of classical and contemporary music combined with supreme technical feats, both in the air and on the ground, will delight audiences of all ages. A collaboration of the works of six choreographers, the enchanting story of Alice is rediscovered with bravado and brimming with wit and versatility. Harper Addison, professional dancer new to Knoxville from San Francisco, will be dancing the lead role of Alice. She has worked with notable organizations, including Robert Moses’ KIN, Davidson College, and SAFEhouse Arts, among others. Addison, with her endearing yet unyielding athletic and contemporary style, leads the audience through Alice’s adventures, meeting with metamorphic creatures such as smoking caterpillars, a spinning Cheshire, and flipping cards. Exceptional pre-professional soloists demonstrate daring athleticism and technical excellence. Visits from character dancers in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party bring great humor and charisma to this infamous scene that is guaranteed not to disappoint! ALICE will also integrate projected images onto the stage and onto the dancers. “It is exciting to use projection and integrate it into the choreography,” said McKee. “It will enhance the darker and lighter elements, truly defining the story. This is an ALICE no one should miss!” Show times are Saturday, February 10, at 2 and 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 11, at 3 pm. There will be a Mad Hatter’s High Tea event prior to the Saturday matinee performance in the Bijou’s upstairs gallery. Meet Alice and friends, enjoy fanciful “Drink-Me” potions and “Eat-Me” cakes, with much more pre-show entertainment. GO! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tickets may be purchased by calling STUDIO ARTS for dancers at 865-539-2475 or online at www. gocontemporarydance.com.

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Help Yourself by Helping Others: Make a Commitment to Volunteer A R T I C L E C O U R T E SY O F B P T


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hou r s of volu nt e er i n g i s t he equivalent of working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year with no days off for 17 years? For American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) member Sarah Brooks, who was recently recognized for volunteering more than 35,000 hours in service to military veterans, those are hours spent offering fellowship, kindness, and attention to those who made sacrifices for our freedom. Brooks’ decadeslong dedication to the military community has helped hundreds of veterans in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area. The veterans she serves have become her family, her lifeline, and a blessing she never thought she would receive. How did the 91-year-old come to dedicate her life to serving others? “It starts with a hello,” said Brooks. Brooks shares her time between a veteran’s home, ALA-sponsored events, and a veteran’s rehabilitation center. “A hello can be the bridge to a great interaction and a wonderful memory,” said Brooks. “In my 59 years of volunteering, I can say I don’t have a favorite memory from my volunteer efforts, because every day is a new 16


and beautiful experience.” People can give back in many ways, such as donating material items like canned goods and clothes or offering financial support. But giving time is one of the most unselfish actions we can perform. By becoming personally involved with others through volunteering, we have the opportunity to deliver simple acts of kindness that can help others find healing, support, and a new beginning. In addition, volunteering has real benefits for the volunteer. It can provide a sense of fulfillment that benefits our minds and bodies. Studies have shown that people who volunteer live longer, healthier, and happier lives. “When I returned home from military service in my early 20s, I wasn’t sure how I could serve my community since I didn’t have the means to donate monetary gifts to any organization,” said Victoria Pridemore, a former truck driver, battalion paralegal, and division chief paralegal in the U.S. Army. “I realized I could have an impact on my community just through my actions and donating my time.” In 2012, Pridemore founded ALA Unit 1 in Washington, D.C., to help serve veterans and families in that area. Now serving as

president of the American Legion Auxiliary unit, Pridemore, 33, works with loca l community organizations to plan monthly volunteer events for ALA members and nonmembers in the area. Their local activities range from cleaning the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to holding a holiday drive for donations for inpatient veterans to send gifts to their family members. In 2016, ALA Unit 1 helped almost 200 veterans in the D.C. area. While Sarah Brooks recently received a lifetime achievement award from the ALA for her 59-year commitment to service, Pridemore reminds us that there is no “small” act of kindness and service. “Every give-back moment is an opportunity to have a real impact,” she said. “A touch, a smile, just a brief conversation can make a difference in someone’s day. And, when a group of people do come together for a day of real service, it’s so fulfilling. That is why I believe so strongly in the ALA’s mission ‘In the spirit of service not self.’” Pridemore and Brooks agree that all it takes is a few hours and a heartfelt commitment to caring to help change someone’s life. To learn how to get involved and volunteer, visit www. ALAforVeterans.org.

Say Goodbye to Winter Blues with Vitamin D-Rich Foods A R T I C L E C O U R T E SY O F B P T



Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million Americans, according to Psychology Today. Another 10% to 20% may have mild SAD. Even if you don’t have diagnosed SAD, it’s not uncommon to have bouts of the winter blues. There are many reasons people experience a “winter funk” – cold weather, little sunlight, shorter days, limited outdoor activity, etc. Additionally, between the months of November and March, the lack of vitamin D absorption from the sun can be taxing on your immune system and may also be contributing to your winter blues. Dubbed “the happy vitamin” by some researchers, vitamin D could be the key to turning seasonal frowns upside-down. Maintaining vitamin D levels during the cold winter months may help keep you healthy during cold and flu season while also boosting your mood. What’s more, vitamin D may help you maintain a healthy weight. It’s no secret that many people experience weight gain due to the flood of comfort foods available during cooler months. This, paired with lower physical activity, causes many people to put on a few winter pounds. According to a study quoted in Men’s Health, a University of Minnesota doctor found that people with adequate vitamin D



levels lost more weight than those with low levels, even though all study participants reduced their calorie intake equally. To get all the benefits of vitamin D, start by adjusting your diet. Vitamin D occurs naturally in eggs and oily fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel, but it’s important to look for foods that contain even higher levels of vitamin D to naturally boost your intake, especially in the winter. “Food is quite literally one of the best medicines out there when it comes to improving your mental and physical health,” said registered dietitian nutritionist, Dawn Jackson Blatner. “One of my favorite tips for boosting vitamin D intake is to simply swap out ordinary eggs for Eggland’s Best eggs, since you’ll automatically get six times more vitamin D – it doesn’t get any easier than that!” In addition to added vitamin D, Eggland’s Best eggs provide superior nutritional benefits such as 10 times more vitamin E, double the omega-3s, more than double the vitamin B12, and 25% less saturated fat than ordinary eggs. A healthy diet that uses mood-boosting ingredients doesn’t have to be boring. Get creative in the kitchen and try new recipes featuring vitamin D-rich ingredients like this BLT Salmon Caesar Salad from Eggland’s Best and TheAlmondEater.com.

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treats during the holidays can do a number on our waistlines and add an extra seven pounds for the average American. Let our awesome staff at Workout Anytime get you and your family back on track with our simple and affordable plans, including our Friends and Family plan. It’s time for a new you! There’s no need to dwell on all the extra food you ate or the workouts you missed; let’s just get busy getting your body back! At Workout Anytime, you’ll find more than just your average gym. We are locally owned and operated, so you will get the individual treatment you need to be successful. We offer super clean facilities with all the equipment you need to get back in shape and feel great, including lots of free weights, toning machines, and cardio equipment. If you need a little extra help, we have that covered with Nationally Certified Personal Trainers on staff so you can get your questions

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Bridge Lessons for Newer Players on January 23rd W HAT IS THIS game called

Bridge? It is a fascinating card game that NEVER gets boring! Bridge consists of three components – bidding, playing the hand, and scoring. You will learn the basic tools and strategies for playing bridge plus the importance of a successful partnership in winning bridge. It is also a social game where players meet new people and develop friendships that will last a



lifetime. In addition, health researchers believe that bridge stimulates mental function and may help to delay the effects of aging on the brain. To learn more about this exciting game, we invite you to attend our next Beginning Bridge class on Tuesday evening, January 23, at 6 pm. Bring a friend or come by yourself. Your new friend is waiting to meet you! Our Beginning Bridge lessons have been a huge success throughout the years. After completing the lessons, you will most likely want to continue to play in bridge games offered at the Bridge Center. The first two weeks of classes are free. Beginning the third week, the fee is $5 for each lesson that you attend. What a deal! It is hard to imagine anything as worthwhile and inexpensive as bridge. This is your opportunity to learn something new in 2018! Registration is not required but is suggested. To register, call 865-539-4150 or visit www.knoxbridge.org/classes. The Knoxville Bridge Club is located at 7400 Deane Hill Drive. For a map or additional information about the club, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/knoxvillebridge/about or on the web at www.knoxbridge.org.

Make Regular Dental Care a Resolution in 2018



70% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions list health and wellness as their top resolutions. And if you don’t visit your dentist regularly, this should be a top resolution for you in 2018. In recent years, a growing number of people cite cosmetic reasons for regularly visiting their dentist. That’s understandable, as a great smile can impact how we view ourselves, as well as how others view us. But the health component of regular dental visits can’t be overstated. Did you know that regular dental care, while enhancing the appearance of our teeth, offers the following health benefits as well? » Gum disease prevention – Regular dental checkups can prevent gum (periodontal) disease, which can result in tooth loss. » Good health – In recent years, strokes and heart attacks have been linked to gum disease. It is possible that regular dental care could potentially lessen your risk of a stroke or the development of heart disease. » Bad breath prevention – Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by gum disease and poor oral hygiene. Regular dental care and

improved oral hygiene can help prevent halitosis. The benefits of regular dental care extend far beyond a whiter, brighter smile. In fact, regular dental visits can often detect other health related problems that are going untreated. For the sake of your and your family’s overall health, consider making regular dental care a New Year’s resolution in 2018. At Heritage Family Dentistry in Farragut, you will discover an exceptional level of dental care combining today’s newest medical technology with our team of compassionate and caring health care professionals. We also offer the Heritage Family Membership Club for our patients without insurance. This exclusive club allows you to save money on both your preventative and dental care. This is our commitment to helping you receive the quality dental care you deserve. Why not make regular dental care a priority for you and your family in 2018? Call us today to learn how to benefit from the optimal dental care provided by Heritage Family Dentistry.

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Happy New Year and Happy Savings! B Y B R E N D A B R YA N

ANUARY is a great time to reas-

Winter clearance... just in time for all the cold weather ahead!

sess 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 20th 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. 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 2018!

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Nominations Open for Tenth Annual Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards VOLUNTEER EAST

Tennessee announces the call for outstanding adult and youth volunteer nominations as part of the 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards. The organization is coordinating nominations for the following East Tennessee counties: Anderson, Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Roane, and Sevier. Nominations are due by January 11th and can be submitted online by going to www. volunteeretn.org/VolunteerAwards. The Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards (GVSA), an initiative to recognize outstanding volunteers from each of Tennessee’s 95 counties, is the highest honor a volunteer can receive in the state of Tennessee. One youth and one adult finalist from each

participating county will be invited to attend the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards ceremony in Nashville on March 11th. “Our citizens who serve in their communities as volunteers contribute significantly to the vitality of every Tennessee town and city,” said Alyson Gallaher, Executive Director of Volunteer East Tennessee. “They respond to all calls of need, from emergencies and natural disasters to mentoring our youth and providing companionship to the elderly. It is their donation of time that allows community non-profit organizations to stretch resources and deliver the greatest amount of service possible. This is a small token of thanks in comparison.” All nominees from East Tennessee counties will be invited to attend the 3rd Annual

East Tennessee Volunteer Recognition Awards in Knoxville on April 22. For more information about the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards or to find volunteer opportunities in your community, contact Volunteer East Tennessee at 865-582-4085 or email info@volunteeretn.org. Volunteer East Tennessee’s mission is to inspire service by equipping organizations and mobilizing volunteers to connect with one another and strengthen communities. Volunteer East Tennessee is a non-profit organization that offers a unique technology that will assist local non-profit organizations with fulfilling their needs with quality volunteers, volunteer training, and a broader reach into the community and region. Januar y 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE





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January 30 & 31 • 7:30 pm • Tennessee Theatre


HEN YUN BRINGS to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, capturing the spirit of a culture long lost. The show moves quickly through regions, dynasties, and legends. Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with color and energy. Tremendous athleticism, thunderous battle drums, and masterful vocalists are all set to animated backdrops that transport you to another world. It is a grand production with nearly 100 artists, 400 costumes, and the only orchestra in the world masterfully blending two of the world’s greatest classical music traditions, Chinese and Western, into one glorious sound as permanent members.

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F ONE OF YOUR resolutions in the New

Year is to break out of your old dining habits, you will be in for a treat when you make plans to visit Upstairs at The Mansion restaurant in historic downtown Sweetwater. Nestled just above the ever-popular Sweetwater Flower Shop, Upstairs at The Mansion’s chef, Josh Russell, carefully prepares a wide selection of delectable entrees to satisfy the diverse tastes of its clientele. Upstairs at The Mansion is showcased in an antebellum mansion setting created by Sweetwater Flower Shop owner and master floral designer, Jack Wilson. The Mansion’s memorable dining experience and ambiance, combined with chef Russell’s eclectic menu, which features regional and seasonal favorites, are the main reasons that Upstairs at The Mansion enjoys its well-earned reputation. Open from 11 am to 4 pm Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 am to 3 pm Saturdays, Upstairs at The Mansion, located at 118 W. North Street in Sweetwater, features a wide selection of southern comfort food, including: » Fried Green Tomato BLT: Bacon and fried green tomatoes served on a toasted wheat berry bread and garnished with iceberg lettuce (also available as a wrap) » Homemade Chicken Salad Sandwich: The Mansion’s own homemade chicken salad featuring fresh chicken, poppy seeds, red grapes, toasted pecans, honey, and apple cider vinegar served on toasted wheat berry bread and garnished with iceberg lettuce, tomato, and red onion (also available as a wrap) There’s also Pesto Mozzarella, Tomato Panini, Shrimp Po’ Boy, the North St. Burger, Nashville Chicken Sandwich, and much more. Upstairs at The Mansion also serves salads, homemade soups, and a variety of sides. Also not to be missed is their incredible homemade desserts, including their Southern Cheesecake. If you are ready to move on from the old and on to the new in 2018, then plan a day in historic downtown Sweetwater, topped off by lunch at Upstairs at The Mansion.

Upstairs at The Mansion 118 W. North Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.371.4100 www.upstairsatthemansion.com

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F YOU’RE a country music fan and,

more specifically, a country music fan in the ’90s, you are quite familiar with country star, Collin Raye. His music dominated the country air waves with hits like “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “My Kind of Girl,” and “I Can Still Feel You.” Recently Collin and the co-writer of “Love, Me,” Max T. Barnes, re-teamed for one of Max’s songs, “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead,” from Max’s album of the same name. The three of us had the privilege of meeting up in Nashville to discuss the song and other subjects. Randy: What has been the response to the new song and video, “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead?” Max: People hate this song. Ha! Ha! We’re here to squash and to put it to bed for good. Ha! Ha! This is the front end of the launch. People seem to get a kick out of it. Collin: You might have heard Max say earlier, talking about the buddy songs are kinda gone by the wayside. There hasn’t been anything like that in a while. The George and Merle – the album they made back in the ’80s; these buddy/party songs. Randy: I can’t help but notice that your first hit, “Love, Me,” has the imagery of death and now, “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead,” obviously alludes to it, too. Is this coincidental, or did you guys consciously plan it that way? Collin: I think it was coincidental. Ha! Ha! Max: Part two! Collin: Our last collaboration, if you will, was a heavy song. A beautiful song about love beyond the grave. I thought it was kinda nice that we get together all these years later and do something that, for me, compared to hits that I’ve had. It’s far more “That’s My Story 26


(and I’m Sticking to It)” than it is “Love, Me.” I think that’s kind of refreshing. For people who know that Max wrote “Love, Me,” and here we are, all these years later, instead of trying to redo that again. Randy: Is there another “Love, Me” in there between the two of you? Collin: Wouldn’t that be sweet? Max: It would be amazing. You know, “Love, Me” or the songs of that era, I’m not sure that they would go or that they would make it. I think there were so many things that lined up for us on that song. The lay of the land was just right for it. Collin’s an amazing artist. He did a perfect job on it. It was produced wonderfully. He was with a great label who could put it out there. A year later or a year before or a five or 10, I don’t know if it would’ve worked. But we had that one, didn’t we? Collin: We had that one! I’ve heard people say, too, like we were talking a few minutes ago about doing an album. If you could get onto a major label and someone wanted to do an album with retro artists or whatever, and

they say, “Wouldn’t you love to have another hit?” and you go, “I got plenty. I got plenty of ‘em. I got more than I can play in a show.” Max: That’s when you’ve done well. “Love, Me” is a good case of this… not to keep going back to it. “Love, Me” took off, and it was very big. It went five or 10 years. It had this very, very long tail where it’s still played now. Somebody said on Facebook the other day, “Would you rather write a number one song that people kinda forgot,” which I’ve written those, too – “or would you like to write a number 30 song for Glenn Campbell in 1967?” Well, that number 30 song was “Gentle on My Mind,” which is the most performed song of all time. So, in the end, they won. Randy: I hope to interview you many more times in the future, and when we do, we’ll ask these questions of you every other time: How do you want to be remembered, and what do you hope your legacy is? Max: I’ll jump right in there. I raised two great kids. I stayed married my whole life. The rest of it, you can have. Collin: I agree. I’m not married, but I’m really, really proud of my kids, and I’ve got an awesome granddaughter. That’s my world. So glory, as General Patton said, is fleeting. It comes and it goes, so you can’t put any emphasis or any value on that or what work you did. That’s just going to be what it is. Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. Tom Parker. Thirty-six years later he founded the webzine, Boomerocity.com, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.

Bobby Todd Knoxville Winter Sale

Huge Winter Sale Sale Begins January 2nd

25% to 70% OFF Select Merchandise Beat the Winter Blues at the Bobby Todd Annual Winter Sale


HOP BOBBY TODD at 4514 Old

Kingston Pike for the annual Winter Sale starting Tuesday, January 2nd, for savings up to 70% off select merchandise. The annual Winter Sale includes select furniture, antiques, lamps, pillows, artwork, gifts, home accessories, jewelry, and Christmas décor. Look for savings of 25% to 70% off select red-tagged merchandise. All Christmas merchandise will be 60% off the original price starting Tuesday, January 2nd. Bobby Todd Knoxville offers the most unique, whimsical, and vintage-inspired holiday décor available in Tennessee, so we encourage you to shop early for the best selection. All Christmas merchandise will be on sale through Saturday, January 13th. The Bobby Todd Winter Sale is the perfect time to find that perfect accessory or furniture piece for your home at incredible savings. Now is the time to purchase that piece you have been thinking about, because it is probably on sale. Every January Bobby and Todd host the Winter Sale to keep the Bobby Todd inventory fresh and current. New home and gift market finds and a fresh shipment of antique furniture and accessories will be brought into the store in February. Bobby Todd is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5 and is conveniently located in the iconic UP and Down Gas Station at the corner of Lyons View and Kingston Pike in the heart of the Bearden shopping district. For more information, call 865-249-6612.

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February 2 • 8 pm | Tennessee Theatre


HE BLACK JACKET SYMPHONY returns to the Tennessee Theatre to perform Tom Petty’s “Damn the Torpedoes” album in its entirety! The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience by recreating classic albums in a live performance setting with a first class lighting and video production. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of hand-picked musicians specifically selected for each album. With no sonic detail being overlooked, the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. Following the album and a brief intermission, the Black Jacket Symphony returns to the stage to perform a collection of greatest hits by the evening’s artist.

For more information, visit www.tennesseetheatre.com.



Steep Canyon Rangers at the Bijou Theatre W ITH “OUT IN THE OPEN,”

Steep Canyon Rangers affirm their place as one of the most versatile and idiosyncratic bands in all of contemporary American music. The GRAMMY Award-winning, North Carolina-based sextet has spent nearly two decades bending and shaping the bluegrass aesthetic, wedding it to elements of pop, country, folk rock, and more to create something original and all their own. “Out in the Open” is perhaps Steep Canyon Rangers’ bravest excursion thus far, transcending bluegrass while in many ways getting closest to the genre’s true form thanks to producer Joe Henry’s very traditional approach towards recording. Steep Canyon Rangers have been expanding the parameters of bluegrass since coming together in 2000. Since then, the genre-defying band has developed a remarkable catalogue of original music – predominantly co-written by Sharp and bassist, Charles R. Humphrey III – that links them to the past while at the same time, demonstrates their ambitious intent to bring string-based music into contemporary relevance. With that goal in mind, Steep Canyon Rangers have in recent years begun collaborating with some of Americana’s most distinctive producers, working with top studio hands like Larry Campbell (2013’s Tell the Ones I Love) and Jerry Douglas (2015’s Radio) to take newfangled routes in crafting their ever-evolving approach. “Out in the Open” sees the band teaming up with Joe Henry, an accomplished singer-songwriter as well as a 3x GRAMMY Award-winning producer (Solomon Burke, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Carolina Chocolate Drops) with a particular affinity for American roots music. In July 2017, Steep Canyon Rangers arrived at Fidelitorium Recordings in Kernersville, NC, an intimate studio facility built, owned, and operated by legendary producer Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Let’s Active). Having not previously discussed Henry’s plans, the band 28


was surprised to discover that their producer – with the invaluable help of engineer/mixer Jason Richmond – intended to record in classic fashion, with all six members singing and playing in a room with no overdubs. Though Steep Canyon Rangers had some trepidation, they promptly rose to the challenge. “We’ve recorded in a circle before,” said Platt, “but with baffles and other ways to isolate yourself. This record, if I stepped six inches to my left, I’d bump into the mandolin player. Six inches to my right, I’m bumping into the banjo player. Our microphones were all over each other, if you turned off my vocal mic, I was in twelve other ones. So really there was no way to fix anything, just like our live show.” Indeed, “Out in the Open” was recorded completely live, with “not one overdub,” said Platt. “Not one vocal, not one instrument.” The organic process allowed SCR to work faster than ever before, tracking a dozen songs in just three-and-a-half fertile days. Tracks were jammed, rehearsed, played, and recorded with no time wasted, the band moving on to the next song after just a couple of hot takes. “There’s no sleight of hand,” said Sharp. “It may not be straightforward, but it’s honest.” “What you lose in perfection you gain in energy and authenticity,” said Platt. Though simply recorded, “Out in the Open” is richly textured and fully etched, the band’s uncanny interplay and exceptional musicianship enabling them to create worlds with only the bare essentials at their disposal. “Going Midwest” was laid down in but a single take, with all of the song’s power and emotion captured in real time. “We only played it once,” said Platt. “We just walked in there and played it. Joe came over the speaker and said, get in here. We went in, a couple of the guys were crying during the playback. It was special.” Steep Canyon Rangers attempted to

fast finish a number of additional songs, but Henry wisely advised them to call it a wrap: “Out in the Open” was complete. With that, the band returned to the endless highway they call home for near 150 nights a year. Indeed, Steep Canyon Rangers are easily among the hardest working bands in any genre, anywhere, pulling double duty on their own and as collaborators with Steve Martin. Since teaming with the legendary actor-comedian-writerbanjo player in 2009, SCR has produced not one but two unique bodies of work, dual catalogues in constant development – along with their own works, the band has teamed with Martin for 2011’s GRAMMY Award-nominated Rare Bird Alert and 2017’s The Long-Awaited Album, while also backing Martin’s own partnership with Edie Brickell on both 2013’s Love Has Come for You and the sold-out tour that followed (captured for posterity on 2014’s Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell – Live CD/DVD). In addition to the highly anticipated release of “Out in the Open,” 2018 will also see Steep Canyon Rangers uniting with their local Asheville Symphony for a series of unprecedented live performances and the recording of yet another new album, once again pushing their increasingly distinctive music into unexpected terrain. “Out in the Open” is an undeniable milestone on Steep Canyon Rangers’ ongoing creative journey, its spirited, eclectic approach recasting the myriad sounds of string-based American music in their own unique image. As they fast approach their second decade, Steep Canyon Rangers are still moving forward, as ever searching for new horizons and musical vistas. The Steep Canyon Rangers will be performing at the Bijou Theatre on February 1 at 8 pm. For tickets or more information, visit www.knoxbijou.com.

Decorate in Your Style in the New Year BY JES SE BOLING, OWNER OF CH INTERIORS & GIF TS


H INTERIORS & GIFTS is excited



January 14 • 8 pm | Bijou Theatre Band’s first new album in two years, LOVE. AIN’T YLOVE, is undeniably theString Colorado-based progressive bluegrass outfit’s most ONDER MOUNTAIN

surprising, creative, and, yes, energetic studio excursion to date. Songs like “Chasing My Tail” and “Alison” are rooted in tradition but as current as tomorrow, animated by electrifying performance, vivid production, and the modernist power that has made Yonder one of the most popular live bands of their generation. Melding sophisticated songcraft, irrepressible spirit, and remarkable instrumental ability, LOVE. AIN’T LOVE is a testament to Yonder Mountain String Band’s organic, dynamic, and intensely personal brand of contemporary bluegrass-fueled Americana.

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to introduce many new and exciting home décor and gift items for 2018. We are continuing to expand our product lines by personally visiting a variety of regional markets and selecting those items we know you will just love. In 2018, you are encouraged to decorate in your own style with today’s latest trends, which range from bold colors (this year’s pantone color of the year is ultra violet), textures, art, and brass. CH Interiors & Gif ts will continue to feature its popular farmhouse style décor, including tobacco baskets, cotton décor, tin containers and trays, and more, as well as a variety of new décor items that are first being highlighted at market. As you might have already anticipated, we will continue to increase our delectable edibles in our gourmet food section. Select from Vermont maple syrups, Soberdough Brew breads, mulling spices, salsas, BBQ sauces, Moonshine pickles, bread ‘n’ butter pickles, local honey, and chocolate covered cranberries – just to name a few. Also, don’t forget our very own Raspberry Jalapeño Jam. And don’t just take our word for it – we have already sold more than 17,000 jars of this jam that, when spread over a block of cream cheese or layered with cream cheese and served with your favorite cracker, is to die for. One thing that hasn’t changed at CH Interiors & Gifts is our commitment to a level of customer service that you might have thought no longer existed. At CH Interiors & Gifts, you will be treated just like family. So no matter what the occasion, we will help you find or design the perfect gift for a friend or loved one that will not soon be forgotten. And if the gift is for yourself, say a home décor item, you can be assured that we will help you select the right piece that will both blend with and accentuate your home’s décor. Make a New Year’s resolution today to visit CH Interiors & Gifts as soon as possible as we transition from winter and welcome in spring. CH Interiors & Gifts: “Interiors & gifts to warm the heart & home.”

CH Interiors & Gifts

12556 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37934 865.288.7887 www.cranberryhollowgifts.com




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lery on Main in historic downtown Sweetwater, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a safe and prosperous New Year. As our way of thanking you for your continued encouragement and support, we would like to extend to you a very special opportunity to enjoy a 20% savings on all artwork in the gallery through January 31, 2018. It has been our greatest pleasure to share with all of you the creative works of so many talented local, area, and regional artists. East Tennessee has truly been blessed by not only her artists, but also the natural beauty of our state that has inspired so many of them. Gallery on Main showcases artists and crafters presenting their craft using a variety of mediums, including ceramics, original paintings, woodworking, jewelry, mixed media, pebble art, photography, silk painting, and more. Collectors from throughout the region have added the works we feature to both their private collections and as important elements in their home and office dĂŠcor. Gallery on Main is also proud to host a variety of art classes, including watercolors, for both beginners and those wishing to enhance their existing skills.

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20% OFF ALL WORKS OF ART I know that you share our enthusiasm for the many talented artists and crafters that call Tennessee and the Southeast home. If you would like to find that perfect art or craft piece for your home or office, or to give as a gift, I would like to personally invite you to visit us at Gallery on Main in historic downtown Sweetwater. Rediscover the beauty of Tennessee and the Smokies through our artists.

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across the desk from me as we discussed the financial implications of her husband’s unexpected passing at age 61. He had recently retired and had been enjoying his hard-earned monthly Yvonne Marsh, pension. As I asked about her CFP®, CPA current income sources, she quietly acknowledged that her husband had chosen a “single life” pension payout since it was the largest monthly benefit and so, at his untimely passing, his pension stopped. There was nothing for her. In another real–life scenario, a gentleman retired in 2007 and rolled his lump sum pension into an IRA invested in the markets. Along came 2008 when, in the panic of losing almost 40%, he sold out of his holdings and forever changed he and his wife’s retirement years. You get the idea – deciding how to take your pension benefits is one of the most important decisions you will make, and it’s irrevocable once you decide. Here are some tips to make it easier. Ask your HR department for ALL of your options, and take the time to understand them. If you are married, weigh the joint life survivor benefits payout options of 50% versus 100%. While the 50% survivor benefit will be temptingly bigger than the 100% survivor benefit, remember that your household will lose a Social Security check at your passing. The continued 100% pension payment can make the difference between a comfortable or meager retirement for the survivor. Importantly, rather than risking a lump sum rollover in the markets, consider a lump sum rollover to an annuity IRA, choosing a high-quality insurance company that will give you and your spouse lifetime income payments. There are three main benefits to owning your own IRA annuity versus leaving the lump sum with your employer. First, you no longer have to worry about the potential of an unfunded liability that may be buried in your pension plan. Second, you retain control of the lump sum; if you and your spouse are in a common accident, the lump sum is still available for your heirs, whereas in a corporate pension the lump sum would be gone. Third, your own pension annuity can provide an increasing payment that will keep pace with inflation, whereas many corporate pensions do not increase over time. Don’t guess with this important decision. Let us help you weigh your options. Contact us today to request a one-hour complimentary meeting.

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This future family heirloom rocker has been beautifully hand-crafted by Amish craftsmen from 100% U.S. hardwoods. The rocker and its rocking ottoman would make the perfect gift for mom, dad, or new mother-to-be. Available exclusively at Amish Excellence, 613 N. Campbell Station Road in Knoxville, 865.392.6000, www.amishexcellence.com.

PREMIERE CONSIGNMENT This majestic, heirloom-quality, Smithsonian Eagle Estate Weathervane by Good Directions is hand-crafted from pure copper and is perfect for adorning the rooftop of your home, garage, or cupola. Available exclusively at Premiere Consignment, 320 Lakeside Plaza in Tellico Village, 865.458.9721, www.premiereconsignment.com.

SWEETWATER FLOWER SHOP With a reputation for making anything elegant sparkle, Sweetwater Flower Shop is excited to offer you a wide selection of sunglasses, readers, ear buds, watches, bracelets, rings, earrings, and more – all beautifully embellished in Swarovski Crystals from Jimmy Crystal of New York. Available at Sweetwater Flower Shop, 118 W. North Street in Sweetwater, 423.337.6623.




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It’s important to have the perfect chandelier for your space. These go-to, affordable lighting options are “designer favorites” and are available at Shae Design Studio, 10420 Kingston Pike, Suite C in Knoxville, 865.313.2656, www.shaedesigns.com.


Custom wing-back chair (as pictured in our ad) with your choice of fabric and finishes. Available at Decorating Den Interiors | Kozar Design Team, 521 Lovell Road, Suite 205 in Knoxville, 865.392.6222, www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com.


Stay stylish and warm with beautiful scarves – now buy one, get one free (of equal or lesser value)! Available at The Town Framery & Gifts, 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut, 865.671.6627, www.thetownframery.com.


These vintage, rustic, farmhouse décor vegetable prints, along with many others, are available at CH Interiors & Gifts, 12556 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, 865.288.7887, www.cranberryhollowgifts.com.




I T’S 2018,

and it’s time to act on one of your top resolutions: Updating your home’s interior. New paint, wallpaper, carpeting, and hardwood floors are just the beginning point, but what about your home’s furniture, art, and home décor? Updating your home’s interior can be an expensive proposition, and if you’re closely watching your budget during retirement, as most of us do, you need to find a cost-effective solution to your updating resolution. Here is where Premiere Consignment can help. Every day Premiere Consignment takes delivery of gently used, name brand furniture, home décor items, art, and Oriental rugs from homeowners who have relocated here from other areas of the country. We also sell items from homeowners who have downsized and from estate sales. At Premiere Consignment, you will discover art from regionally and nationally popular artists and furniture from Henredon, Lane, La-Z-Boy, Bernhardt, Hooker, Stickley, Drexel, Bassett, and more. You’ll also find quality Oriental rugs from a variety of source countries, including Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Turkey, and others. One other thing you’ll discover at Premiere Consignment are savings that are up to 90% off their full retail pricing, providing you with the needed financial incentive to tackle your New Year’s home updating resolution. Just how do you take advantage of all of the savings offered by Premiere Consignment you might ask? Start by making a list of furniture, art, décor, and area rugs you are considering in your home’s update. Second, visit Premiere Consignment with your list. We can show you the inventory we have on hand and contact you in the future when we take delivery of items on your list. The other way is to visit us often, as inventory items often move into and out of inventory in a matter of just a few days. So if you’re prepared to act on your home’s décor update, visit us today at Premiere Consignment in nearby Tellico Village and begin enjoying that new interior showroom look within your home during 2018.

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The More You Clean, the Dirtier It Gets? B Y C H R I S T I N A F I T Z W I L L I A M , C O - O W N E R O F S U R FAC E D O C , I N C .


HAVE A CONFESSION. I am not a neat freak. Not even close. One evening early in John’s and my relationship, I was in a bind for a babysitter for my then fouryear-old daughter. John happily volunteered to watch her while I went to work. When I came home, he had completely re-organized my entire bedroom, closets and all. I was mortified! Did I mention I hadn’t even allowed him to SEE my bedroom because I was selfconscious of my lack of organization skills? As a single mom, I was content if the main living areas of my home “looked” tidy. If I mopped four times a year, that was a bonus! Yet somehow, despite my lack of true deepdown floor cleaning, my grout and tile remained looking new. In contrast, my selfproclaimed OCD friend’s floor looked dingy and stained within one year of moving into her new home. We assumed something was wrong with the grout, but I have since learned that this is a common issue. It goes like this:

The more you clean, the dirtier it gets! Here’s why: Your floor has millions of tiny pores that actually accumulate dirt and grime. As you clean, only the top surface layer is exposed, and the very practice of mopping pushes dirt sitting on the surface deeper inside. Add a cleaning chemical, and it’s even WORSE! So the more you mop your floor, the worse it looks. How’s that for frustrating? The truth is that no matter how often you clean, if you use traditional cleaning chemicals and cleaning techniques, you are literally pushing soil, grease, grime, and chemicals beneath the surface of your floor. The result is darkened, dingy, lifeless looking tile and grout that is impossible for YOU, the homeowner, to clean effectively without help. The good news is that Surface Doc is the best in the business at getting down deep in the pores of your grout and flooring to release trapped soil and debris. We use a patented process of high heat (to open the pores of

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your floor), pressure, and extraction simultaneously to remove even deep-down buildup. Without the heat and extraction, one can only penetrate the top layer of the floor. You will be amazed as deeply embedded dirt in your floor is effortlessly extracted and removed, leaving your floors looking practically new again. After a good cleaning (and sealing if you choose), John and his crew will explain to you exactly how you can keep your floors looking beautiful long after your cleaning. Surface Doc and owner, John Fitzwilliam, look forward to helping your home reach is finest potential. Call him today at 865-5671986 or visit www.SurfaceDoc.com to see streaming videos of recent cleanings and before/after photos. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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A New Year’s Resolution to Stay Cool and Dry


HILE MOST FAMILY events have moved indoors

for the winter, why not surprise your loved ones this New Year with a special resolution that will provide unlimited out-of-door events in 2018 that the entire family can enjoy all year-round? Winter is the perfect time to install the totally unique underdeck ceiling system from Undercover Systems under your home’s existing raised decks. This underdeck system will ensure this year’s events will be protected from unexpected and unwanted rain, snow, and the searing summertime sun. “Winter is a great time to weatherproof all of your out-of-door events,” said Jim Conn, owner of Undercover Systems. “Throughout the entire process, our skilled craftsmen work with you, each step of the way, until your project is completed to your satisfaction. And because your project will be completed this winter, you can begin enjoying your new outdoor spaces at the first sign of spring.” Undercover’s patented underdecking system helps extend your outdoor season of enjoyment by protecting your family from early spring showers, July and August’s relentless sun, and autumn rains. You’ll appreciate Undercover Systems’ attention to detail, which comes from their years of experience, as they help you craft a seamless transition from your home’s interior to your new out-of-door living spaces, which will perfectly complement your existing architectural and landscaping plans. Also, you will have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your home’s underdecking system was installed using only components designed and engineered by Undercover Systems specifically for your project and not generic, off-the-shelf components so often used by the competition. A complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau, Undercover Systems offers homeowners the peace of mind that they deserve in a building contractor. Why not surprise your family in 2018 with a New Year’s resolution to enjoy unlimited and memorable out-of-door family activities this year? Call Jim Conn today at 423-267-0091 and let the celebration begin.

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January in the Garden BY LISA GRUGIN


017 WAS a pretty good year in the garden, so let’s see what 2018 has in store. Will it be wet or dry, hot or cold, stable or erratic? There is no way of knowing, so the best idea is to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature decides to throw our way. Here is a start on that preparation: » January is a great month for planning. The chaos of Christmas has abated, and the weather tends to keep us indoors more. Magazines, Pinterest, and HGTV are filled with visions of magnificent yards that convince us that we too can create a Garden of Eden in our backyard. Start envisioning what you would like to see when you look out your windows. Look at any plans you made last year, and make revisions as necessary. Stop by and visit us if you have questions. » Pick a nice day to do your monthly walkabout. It is so much easier to fix problems if you don’t wait until spring to get started! Here are the things you need to look for: 1. Is there damage to your trees and larger shrubs that needs to be addressed? You do not want to learn during a spring storm that the top of the pine

tree beside your house is dead! Look for obvious dead areas, but also look for heavy lichen growth, shelf mushrooms, oozing wounds, a n d /o r w o o d pecker holes. Be especially attentive to trees that seemed stressed or not as full last summer. 2. Check smaller shrubs for damage, and make note of pruning that needs to be done. Look for signs of insects and disease. You may also need to plan on moving some shrubs if their growing conditions changed or if they (or you) are unhappy with their locations. 3. Check perennials periodically during the winter to make sure none of them have heaved out of the ground. Some may need to be cut back or mulched for protection. Make notes on any that will need to be moved or divided this year. 4. How are your pansies? They may need to be fertilized. They tend to pull the nutrients out of the soil quickly.






5. You can also use your time outside to start visualizing for those plans I mentioned. What would you like to see? Would you like new flower beds, or a bigger patio, or an area for raised vegetable gardens? Would you love to replace some high maintenance plants with easy care substitutes? Is your garden boring in the winter and in need of some plants that are interesting? Let us help you plan. » Weeds never stop, and pulling them can be very therapeutic. Herbicides don’t usually work when it is cold outside, so that means you must get down and dirty. Ball weeders and trowels will help with things like green onions that seem to have roots extending to the earth’s core. Preen or another preemergent will help to keep the weed population down. » I’m already seeing people pruning. January is a good month to prune summer blooming shrubs, but please, for the love of all that is beautiful, educate yourself! There is an abundance of information on the Internet that will guide you, or you can call us. If you think you know what you are doing, please call us anyway. Many of you do not know nearly as much as you think you do. » Houseplants may need some attention this month. Keep dust off the leaves by dusting or rinsing. Slow down on the watering schedule if plants seem to be taking in less. You may also find that running a humidifier or placing plants in a pebble lined tray of water will help your plants stay happy through the winter. Watch for insects to suddenly appear out of nowhere and start treating them. Insecticidal soaps are safe for indoor use but will not work on mealybugs. Use rubbing alcohol on a q-tip for those. » If your soil is naked, please dress it with mulch or chopped leaves. Nobody wants to see your dirt! Seriously, mulch keeps temperatures and moisture levels stable. » I will repeat my monthly plea for the birds: Keep feeders and birdbaths clean and full! Don’t allow food to mold in the feeders, as this will make the birds very sick. Refill daily as needed and replace weekly. If food has molded, clean the feeder well and rinse with a very mild bleach solution and then again with water. That’s all I have for this month. It’s a great time to stop by with questions or if you need help deciding what changes you would like to make in your yard. Let us help you have a beautiful garden!

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

Not Feeling Good… Could Be Radon!


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Air containing radon gas and radon progeny, which are the products radon produces as it decays, can be breathed into the lungs where they break down further and emit “alpha particles” that are absorbed by nearby lung tissue. This results in lung cell death or damage, which increases the potential to develop lung cancer. Not everyone exposed to radon will develop cancer, and the time between exposure and the onset of cancer is usually many years. In comparison to do-it-yourself tests, Dayton’s testing is in compliance with the radon gas industry’s recommended practices, and elevated levels of radon are relatively simple to resolve. New customers will receive $50 OFF a continuous electronic monitoring test ($150 list price) or $100 OFF a radon mitigation system (one coupon limit). RODENTS: These pests can cause more damage to your home than you think! Often entering through the basement or crawl space area, rodents can chew through just about anything – electrical lines, cables, water pipes, structural beams, and a whole lot more! Because they breed rapidly, a fullblown infestation can happen relatively quickly. New customers will receive $25 OFF a preventative rodent control treatment or rodent remediation. Other services provided by Dayton’s include termite control, convenient quarterly perimeter pest control, carpenter bee control (Apr-Aug), mosquito treatment (May-Oct), fall invader control (AugNov), one-time pest control, bedbug elimination, VA/FHA termite inspections, fungicide/moldicide treatments, and CleanSpace® Crawl Space Encapsulation.

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OO KNOXVILLE is offering $5 off admission tickets during Kroger Discount Days now through February 28th. During Kroger Discount Days, guests can discover why winter is an enjoyable time to visit the zoo. Many animals, including red pandas, river otters, elephants, gorillas, red wolves, lions, and tigers, enjoy the cooler temperatures. On days when the temperature drops below 40 degrees, some animals will be moved indoors, but visitors can still see many in their indoor viewing areas. The Pilot Flying J Wee Play Adventure is a popular indoor area that’s an entertaining stop for creative play during visits as well. Discounted tickets can be purchased at the zoo ticket window during regular zoo hours and online at www.zooknoxville.org. Discounted admission tickets must be used by February 28th and cannot be combined with any other promotion, discount, or coupon.

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to Benefit Smoky Mountains Bulldog Rescue February 10 • 6 pm | The Crowne Plaza Hotel (401 W. Summit Hill Drive SW in Knoxville)


NJOY GREAT FOOD and wine while helping a good cause! This event, which benefits bulldog rescue in East Tennessee, will feature five wine and food pairings – from appetizer to dessert – as well as silent auctions and a blind wine sale. The cost is $85 per person, and discounts are available for tables of eight. For more information or tickets, contact Ken Dudley at 908-319-3428 or kendeeedudley@gmail.comor, visit www.smbcarn.org, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ SmokyMountainsBulldogRescue.



country are increasingly creating popular outdoor “rooms” such as porches and lanais with kitchens complete with large, permanently installed grills, refrigerators, work areas, luxurious fireplaces, beautiful lighting, and even artwork specially made to be weather-proof, flying and biting insects often prevent homeowners from fully enjoying their new outdoor living spaces. Retractable screens provide the perfect answer to these problems. By combining indoor and outdoor spaces, these innovative screen solutions enhance and promote your outdoor living experience. They provide shade, allowing people to extend the time that they, family, and friends spend on patios while keeping annoying, biting insects at bay. Large, motorized screens are a perfect example of how to blend function with comfort. These screens can be recessed into the beams or walls of a building, thereby staying truly hidden when fully retracted. And the best part about using retractable screens is that these screening solutions don’t diminish your views or your home’s esthetics, as the screens are in place only when needed. For the ultimate in elegance, many of the available retractable screen solutions can be blended into virtually any architectural style. These retractable screens are available in a variety of custom colors and wood grain finishes that help blend your screens with your home’s interior or exterior color schemes. The screens can also be programmed to come down and retract with sun and wind sensors and can be connected to your home’s general building automation system to have the screens come down at a specific time of day when extra shade or insect protection is needed. Why not make a New Year’s resolution this year that your entire family can enjoy? Create a season of memorable out-of-door living experiences with family and friends in 2018 with retractable screens from Screens of East Tennessee. For more information about retractable screen options, visit www.phantomscreens.com.

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New Year’s Resolution: Get Organized!



New Year’s resolutions is to get the home more organized. Why? Research reveals that on average, we waste 10 minutes a day – 2.5 days a year – looking for things we’ve misplaced. It clearly pays to get organized, because time is one commodity we can’t recover. However, getting organized can feel overwhelming. So here are some tips on getting started. » Schedule the Time to Organize Plan this project like any other appointment. Write it on your calendar! If you don’t plan the time, it’s too easy to put it off until another time. » Start Small Trying to organize your entire house in a week is very enthusiastic but unrealistic. Start with a space that’s an organizational priority, or simply choose one closet or even a drawer. » Clear the Clutter In each room, remove items no longer needed. Place them in piles for donating, recycling, or tossing away. Then make a list of organizational items you need, such as additional shelving or cabinets in the laundry or children’s rooms. » Straighten Up the Garage and Front Door Entry One of the most important areas of the

house to keep neat is the entrance to your home. If you always enter and exit through disorder, you’ll carry that clutter – emotionally and physically – into the rest of your home and out into the world. Having a clean entryway and garage flows into the rest of your home and life. » Organize Your Closet Having an organized closet will save time getting dressed. On average, it will save 10 minutes each morning. To help you get organized, invite a friend over so it feels more celebratory as you decide which items to keep, donate, or toss. Then organize clothes by style, color, and season so everything can be seen at a glance. Add shelving so shoes can be easily seen. Install belt or scarf racks to end the search for disappearing accessories. If your closet is a wire system, consider investing in an affordable, custom-designed closet to maximize available space. A custom closet adds 30% more storage space than wire shelving or do-it-yourself kits. » Stay Organized Keep everything in order by spending just

15 minutes a day de-cluttering. An organized home reduces stress by also decluttering your mind so you can focus on the important things in life. From the closet to the garage, Tailored Living can help organize every room in the house. Using 3D design software, Tailored Living’s organization specialists listen to your needs, create a computer model of your new organization system, and provide a quote – all in one visit. With Tailored Living helping you get organized, this is one New Year’s resolution you can keep!

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If you enjoyed the large selection of custom made Amish furniture we offered you in our newly expanded showroom last year, you’re going to absolutely love all of the latest styles and trends in Amish furnishing we’re showcasing in the New Year. In 2018, you’ll discover many exciting new designs in all of our furniture, including bedroom suites, occasional tables, entertainment centers, and dining and living room furniture. A number of our furniture pieces feature a more contemporary style with burnished and brushed metal table legs and decorative accents. We are also featuring a large selection of furniture pieces in which skilled Amish craftsmen have created striking patterns using rich wooden inlays. These intricate inlay designs offer a more exotic appeal, making these furniture pieces



perfect for even the most formal rooms in your home. They can complement your existing décor or serve as a focal point. During your next visit, be sure to browse our collection of bedroom suites. You’ll be amazed at the variety of finishes that are available in anything from mission style to traditional French country. With your imagination combined with our design expertise, we can help you create virtually any type of furniture, for any room in your home, for far less than you might have thought possible. But the real magic is that you don’t have to sacrifice quality or your options when shopping at Amish Excellence. All of our furniture is certified authentic Amish. And because we work directly with each of our Amish craftsmen, you are assured of receiving exactly what you ordered without the added

costs of middlemen or distributors. Whether you need a single piece of furniture or you need to furnish an entire home, Amish Excellence can provide you with quality, custom designed, 100% Amish crafted hardwood furniture, often at costs below assembly line manufactured furniture offered at the “big box” stores. And beyond the inherent beauty of our furniture is the real possibility that your furniture is destined to become legacy heirloom pieces that you will pass on for many generations to come.

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DIY Network Stars Confirmed for 40th Annual Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show DIY NETWORK’S

Robert Kulp, Mike Whiteside, and Sara Bendrick are all confirmed to appear at the 2018 House & Garden Show on February 16-18 at the Knoxville Convention Center. Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside are stars of Salvage Dawgs on DIY Network. When Mike and Robert aren’t filming an episode of their hit show, these Navy veterans and business partners can be found running Black Dog Salvage, one of the country’s premier architectural salvage operations located in Roanoke, VA. From carefully extracting architectural elements from private homes and classic historical properties to disassembling old hospitals and crumbling mills, every project has a mission to reclaim, renew, and redefine architectural salvage for a sustainable future. Landscape designer, Sara Bendrick, gets her hands dirty beautifying the outdoor spaces of California homes as star of two DIY

Network series – Build It Like Bendrick and Lawn & Order, a new series set to premiere in April 2018. Growing up in San Diego, she discovered a passion for being hands on and creating what she wanted to see in her world. Sara brings that passion to each of her landscape design projects, realizing each one has unique challenges and budget constraints that pave the way for creative solutions. Sara studied Landscape Architecture at California Polytechnic State University. After college, she honed her residential design skills by working for a design and build firm,

eventually starting her own landscape design business. Sara prides herself on incorporating her clients’ personalities into elements of her designs, whether for private residences or large-scale commercial projects. The Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show runs February 16-18 at the Knoxville Convention Center in downtown Knoxville. More information regarding the full entertainment schedule will be coming soon. Visit www.dogwoodhouseandgarden.com as details unfold. The Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show celebrates its 40th year as the largest annual fundraiser for Dogwood Arts. Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate our region’s arts, culture, and natural beauty. For more information, call 865-637-4561 or visit www.dogwoodarts.com.


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The Sound of Music January 20 • 7:30 pm Clayton Center for the Arts


HE SPIRITED, ROMANTIC, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy®, and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song. The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in more than 50 years when The Sound of Music Live! aired on NBC in December 2013 and was seen by more than 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

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stressful, but staying organized in the process and at the new home sure helps. The “to-do” list becomes more like an activity booklet during a move. You may still need to find a moving company or get everything packed, but work, family responsibilities, and other commitments have not slowed. A professional organizer can guide you through these tasks. During the packing process, boxes should be labeled to the new house dest i nat ion . This makes unpacking much easier. Even before the move, take time to think about how to be more organized. Unpack things where they will be used, not necessarily in the same area they were in the old house. Does the new home s t ora ge meet you r Custom laundry room needs? Unpacking storage by Closets by will be much easier McKenry if the pantry, closets, even the laundry room and garage have storage systems that work for you. Don’t think of a closet as just a place to keep “stuff” behind a door but as a good storage design and place to showcase your collections in a way that brings you joy. When unpacking, sort by category in every room and then start placing. In closets, use uniform hangers so everything will hang at the same level and clothes will not be playing hide and seek. Utilize walls for vertical storage. Open wall space works well for ties and belts in closets or pots and pans in the pantry. Line a wall with shelves if you need storage in a garage or basement. I love the beauty of stylish design and architecture, and there is something appealing about a wall of modern shelves organized into zones. A slat wall is also a fun way to organize a work space. The best and most important moving tip is to de-clutter before you pack the old house. There is a lot of junk hiding in our homes that is no longer important. With the clutter gone, all that is left to organize is what will enhance your new home and life. Chris McKenry provides custom closet design and professional organizing services to unpack your home.

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HE HARRY POTTER™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. The concert will feature the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.

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How the Interior Styling process works: Our Interior Stylist will come to your home to discuss your needs, wants, and style you desire for your home. While there, we will measure and take photos of your space. We will then pull items from our 10,000 square foot showroom and from our numerous vendors to create a design plan that is specific to you and your home! After we have created a design plan with the perfect furniture pieces and to-die-for lighting scheme, you are now left thinking, “How am I going to pay for all of this?” Our design plans have the option to pay for a few pieces at a time or you can pay for everything at once – the choice is up to you!

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about little bluestem, I remember thinking about how interesting the scientific name was and how hard it was to pronounce: Schizachyrium (skits-ah-KEER-ee-um) scoparium (skoh-PAIR-ee-um). The genus name Schizachyrium comes from the Latin schizein, meaning to split, and achyron, meaning chaff. The specific epithet scoparium means broomlike. If you take a good look at this upright native prairie plant, you get the picture of how it got its name. Perhaps, when grown in the right conditions – full sun, in drier, well-drained, low nutrient soil (think parking lot median or a sunny hillside) – there is not a grass with a longer season of interest. Little bluestem took center stage last month with other native warm-season grasses, as green becomes less a part of the landscape. A tough plant? Yes, when some 400,000 acres of prairie covered North America, little bluestem was a major component of that grassland system. And to survive in that world, you needed to endure competition from other plants, buffalo, and frequent fires. After areas are disturbed, often you will see little bluestem as one of the first new plants to arrive on the scene. It requires very little care in the home landscape, including infrequent to no waterings after establishment and perhaps a trim after the fear of frost has passed in the spring. Home gardeners assume the buffalo’s role and rejuvenate the plant by cutting it just above the circular crown, allowing its bluish-grey spring growth to emerge unencumbered. And that is basically all it needs to thrive. There are many garden-worthy selections of little bluestem on the market: Some chosen for wonderful spring color, and some chosen for rich copper and orange fall shades. Still more have been chosen for their sturdy upright habit. Many have several overlapping attributes, and all maintain their drought tolerance and stability in the garden. This grass is native to all but three states and extends its range into parts of Canada. As with other warm-season grasses, it is best to add little bluestem to your garden in late spring when soil temperatures become more accommodating. Winter is a time to enjoy and dream about what is to come – perhaps little bluestem will find a home in your landscape next year. You can find little bluestem on display at the UT Gardens, Knoxville, and in the Plateau Discovery Gardens in Crossville. 52


The UT Gardens include plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson, and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to

foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit www.ag.tennessee.edu/utg. Photo by A. Pulte

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G A R D E N E R S and growers across the state should enjoy a new resource in 2018 available free from University of Tennessee Extension. The Tennessee Home Garden Vegetable Calendar has been developed by the UT Extension Fruit and Vegetable Workgroup to help users create a comprehensive plan for home vegetable gardens. “We are excited about this new calendar, because it can support both new and experienced gardeners with schedules, tips, and information on vegetable varieties for the garden,” said Natalie Bumgarner, UT Extension plant sciences expert. The calendar includes tips for scheduling planting, harvest, and general management. It is formatted like a regular calendar, and you can print and display in a convenient area or use on your computer throughout

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Calendar is available for download from the UT Extension website, and the final pages of the file include management templates for crops, climate, pests, and diseases. The file also includes fillable boxes that enable it to be used as an electronic record keeping system for gardeners who do not wish to print the file. To download your copy of the Tennessee Home Vegetable Garden 2018 Calendar, v i s i t www.exte n s i o n .te n n e sse e .e d u / publications and type “2018 calendar” into the search bar. Dr. Bumgarner also points out the PDF contains links to connect readers to other UT Extension gardening resources, denoted by green text throughout the calendar. For more information about gardening, contact your local county Extension office or visit www.ag.tennessee.edu.

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see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” – Helen Keller Knoxville grower, John Benzinger, has been cultivating the local soil for more than 50 years. In that time, he ran a tobacco farm and a dairy farm followed by a sunflower nursery. He got into the flower business several years after selling the dairy farm in the mid-1980s. During the interim, John returned to the University of Tennessee to complete his college education. “I finished my degree at age 45. I started in 1957 and ended in 1984,” John laughs as he recounts the dates. Then he taught horticulture and agriculture at Lenoir City High School and learned greenhouse gardening alongside his students. Over time, the cut flowers that John grew found their way into farmers’ markets from Knoxville to Atlanta, and then he sold sunflowers in Kroger grocery stores. Then he saw RAF co-founder and CEO, Larsen Jay, on TV and thought, “This is a way I can give flowers to people so they can enjoy them.” The RAF Knoxville workshop enjoyed the sunny faces of John and his sunflowers, dahlias, and other blooms all summer long. Bouquets featured the beautiful orange and yellow flowers and



John Benzinger and his granddaughter with RAF Founder and CEO, Larsen Jay, and National Director of Finance, Sarah Cronan brought sunshine to recipients in assisted living facilities and hospitals from Oak Ridge to Maryville. And a piece of John goes with each one of his flowers – the brightness of his smile, the earthiness of his laugh, and his commitment to the people in his community. To donate or learn more about how to get involved with Random Acts of Flowers, call 865-633-9082 or visit www.RAFKnoxville.org.

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re m e mb ra n c e wa s h e l d o n December 3rd at Loveland Baptist Church to commemorate the church’s founding 75 years earlier at the home of charter members Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Sharp, Sr. The East Knoxville church was established on December 7, 1942, the one year anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Sharps also donated the land that was the site of the first of three sanctuaries that would house the membership throughout its history. The opening hymn at the first service in each of Loveland’s sanctuaries has proven a fitting theme, “We’ll Work ‘til Jesus Comes.” The initial vision of 19 charter members was realized when the congregation held the first worship service in the basement of the original building on January 31, 1943, with 81 people attending Sunday School and $35.65 received as offering. The difficulty of obtaining building materials during World War II delayed completion of the first church building, resulting in a three year wait for the first service to be held in the new sanctuary on February 24, 1946. The men of the church and community did all construction on the original building except for the brickwork and roof. On June 6, 1948, the church conducted a note burning at its morning service, declaring the church free of the $30,000 construction cost. In 1954, an education building was added to the original church, complete with a nursery and restrooms. Prior to this, the church utilized outhouses. On September 2, 1959, the education building was paid off, and ground was broken for a parsonage. It became evident by the mid-1980s that Loveland’s membership had outgrown its facilities. The church voted on April 6, 1986, to construct its second building. Ground was broken on August 29, 1987, with four charter members in attendance. On July 3, 1988, the first service was held in the new building. The first building was razed, but the beautiful stained-glass windows were preserved, restored, and installed in the second building. Members Lloyd and Betty Cruze were instrumental in the formation of a large, lighted cross using a portion of the original windows that hung in the new baptistery. The church once again became debt-free on July 11, 1993. Continuing growth resulted in the church once again voting on April 27, 2003, to construct its third and present sanctuary. Ground was broken on April 1, 2007. The 56


first service in the new sanctuary was held on February 28, 2010. Ten men have served Loveland Baptist as pastor/interim. Rev. D. J. McGlothin was elected first pastor on March 4, 1946. He served two non-consecutive terms as pastor, and Gerald Brown served two non-consecutive terms as interim pastor. The congregation was saddened that two of its pastors, Rev. McGlothin and Rev. Orville Valentine, died in 1955 and 1964, respectively, while serving as pastor. The two most immediate former pastors served the longest. Rev. Raymond Young pastored Loveland from September 8, 1969, to February 28, 1979. He was succeeded on the church’s 38th anniversary, December 7, 1980, by Rev. Oliver Wolfenbarger. Preacher Wolfenbarger pastored Loveland for 35 years and eight months, just a shade under half of the church’s total existence. Six months later current pastor Rev. Jonathan Grills was called as the church’s 10th pastor in February 2017. The six month period from August 2016 to February 2017 was the longest span that Loveland was without either a pastor or interim pastor. The furnishings of the third and current vestibule and sanctuary reflect the reverence the present congregation holds for the history of Loveland Baptist Church. The lobby features a display case that houses a quilt reflecting scenes and events from the church’s past, as well as commemorative plates that picture all three sanctuary buildings. Also on display is the shovel used to break ground for both the second and third sanctuaries. The gothic style light fixtures that adorned the second sanctuary are now in use in the present sanctuary. The new baptistery is adorned by a beautiful

stained-glass, backlighted scene of Christ as the Good Shepherd, while the cross that was made from the windows of the original building is mounted on the back wall of the sanctuary. Perhaps most intriguing to many was the presentation at the 75th anniversary service of the solid cherry housing for the Loveland Baptist Church bell. This beautiful housing was donated by the Nicely family to encase the cast bronze bell that was donated to the church by John H. Daugherty, MD. The bell was originally a train bell – it was customary at the time for bells from retired and scrapped trains to be donated to communities. The bell was received by church members Sam Pratt and T. R. Schropshier on June 10, 1965. Throughout the years, this bell has called many to Sunday School, church services, weddings, and even funerals. Pastor Grills honored church historian, Duane Idol, with the distinction of being the last person to ring the bell, as it will very soon be protected by glass while taking its silent place among the other church treasures in the vestibule. If only those 19 charter members could see the glorious result of their vision! How proud they would be that the church they founded has spanned parts of two centuries. While Loveland Baptist Church has proudly persevered for 75 years, the present congregation has the glorious opportunity to forge the next 75 years of serving God in the East Knoxville area. May those who follow find us faithful, and may those who take part in the 150th church anniversary remember us as well as we remember all who have sustained Loveland Baptist Church as a powerhouse to serve God for three quarters of a century.

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January 18 & 19: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents Bohemian Rhapsodies: Dvorak, Smetana & More at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. January 19: Darrell Scott with Eli Fox at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. January 20: Family Fun Day: Curtain Call at the McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture from 1 to 4 pm. January 20: Neko Case with Mt. Joy at the Bijou Theater at 8 pm. January 24: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Very Young People’s Concerts: Symphonic Citizenship at the Tennessee Theatre at 11 am. January 25-28: East Tennessee Fishing Show & Expo at the Knoxville Expo and Grande Event Centers.

January 12: Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm.

January 26 & 27: Cabaret at the Tennessee Theatre. January 26 at 8 pm and January 27 at 2 & 8 pm.

January 13: Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm.

January 27 & 28: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert featuring the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. January 27 at 7:30 pm and January 28 at 1:30 pm.

January 14: Yonder Mountain String Band with the Southern Belles at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. January 15: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert at the Tennessee Theatre at 6 pm.



January 27: Dave Rawlings Machine at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. January 30 & 31: Shen Yun 2018 at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

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Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from January 5-26. A reception will take place on Friday, January 5, from 5 to 9 pm as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Knoxville jazz musicians, Will Boyd and Kelle Jolly, will perform during the reception, and Juice Bar – Market Square will provide tastings of their juice, smoothies, and food. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. Genevieve S. Byrd: Pour L’amour des Chevaux in the Lower Gallery Genevieve S. Byrd specializes in equestrian paintings and will display artwork created with pencil, oil, watercolor, and acrylic in this solo exhibition. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Drawing from UT-Knoxville, graduating in 1999. Specializing in pastel, watercolor, and oil paint, her works include a variety of mediums. Her paintings capture the boldness, silent power, and spirit of the horse. Whether working abstractly or in realism, Genevieve hopes to allow the art critic to feel the emotional reverence, power, and energy of this amazing creature Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Gallery of Arts Tribute in the Balcony Gallery The MLK Gallery of Arts Tribute will kickoff the 2018 King Week Celebration (January 10-15). The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission is partnering with the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville to provide this annual exhibition. The Galley of Arts Tribute is a juried exhibition developed to recognize local artists and

Jo Marie Brotherton

honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The exhibit will feature works by local artists reflecting the 2018 theme, Transforming the Community by Committing to Service, attributed to the Dream and the Dreamer who affirmed, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” Works may also be a reflection of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and have pertinence to the themes of Unity, Community, Love, Reconciliation, Social Justice, and Civil Rights. Works by Jo Marie Brotherton, Renee Mathies, and Cheryl Prose in the Display Case Jo Marie Brotherton, Renee Mathies, and Cheryl Prose are all recipients of 2017-2018 Bailey Opportunity Grants. Jo Marie Brotherton has been passionate about glass her entire life. The orb is the unspoken visceral shape to which humanity is drawn. Held, it allows the viewer to have ownership in the exploration of visual absorption. Her work forces the viewer to engage in rotating it to explore. In creating a finished piece, there is a peace coupled with challenged anxiety when she is sitting at the flame. Renee Mathies is a glass and metal artist that loves to play with fire. Her media include handmade glass beads, acid etched copper, forged copper, and bronze and sterling jewelry components. Every piece comes out unique. Teaching glass beadmaking (lampworking) and metalsmithing have become her passion. Cheryl Prose will display encaustic wall art, handmade books, artist jewelry featuring wire work, lampwork beads, and mixed metal. Prose is a bookbinder and mixed media artist. She frequently serves as a studio and instructor’s assistant at Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and John C. Campbell Folk School.

Cheryl Prose

Carol Robin King

Sam Stapleton: Stilled Life on the North Wall As the son of a 40-year employee of Eastman Kodak, photography seemed ordained to be a meaningful part of Sam Stapleton’s life, if not his livelihood. His first camera, a Kodak Brownie, was purchased with money earned at Eastman, and among his first images were photos of the smoke plume rising from the 1960 Eastman plant explosion that killed 16 employees including one of his neighbors. Through the years, his dedication to the varying pursuits of rock concert photography, color landscape imagery, magazine collaboration with his freelance writer/wife, Patricia Hudson, as well as black and white portraiture arising from the births of two daughters have led inexorably to the maturation of his photographic vision. Carol Robin King: Jewelry for the Walls in the Atrium Carol Robin King was born and raised in Argentina as a daughter of foreign missionaries. While in Argentina, she attended a professional art school for several years and continues learning through workshops, books, and videos. King has had opportunities to paint commissions and create illustrations, as well as teach art classes for children and teens in a private school setting. King works in various mediums, including watercolor, acrylics, and pastel, and she recently began working in bas relief 3D art with drywall. The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. The Emporium will be closed on January 15. For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865-523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com. Januar y 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


The Cast of The National Tour of Finding Neverland C O U R T E SY O F T N VAC AT I O N . C O M


Sandhill Crane Cruises Spectacularly Cap River Gorge Explorer’s Nine-Year Run With their five-foot wingspan, brilliant red crowns, and sheer numbers, the winter migration of Sandhill Cranes to southern roosts is a wondrous sight to behold. But for birding enthusiasts, the arrival of these majestic waterfowl to the Tennessee Valley at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge is as much an aural spectacle as a visual one. Passengers aboard the River Gorge Explorer get a one-of-a-kind perspective of these magnificent birds during special Sandhill Crane Cruise eco-tours. These two to two-and-a-half hour trips, which include a circumnavigation of Hiwassee Island, offer passengers spectacular views of the cranes and other birds that find refuge there, from spike-crested Kingfishers and enormous White Pelicans to rafts of ducks and Bald and Golden Eagles. This year’s Sandhill Crane Cruises depart from Sale Creek Marina (3900 Lee Pike in Soddy-Daisy, TN) at 10 am and 2 pm on January 5-7 and January 12-15. This year’s Sandhill Crane cruises mark the last chance for guests to board the River Gorge Explorer. The vessel will end operations after a nine-year run with the last cruise on January 15. The cruises coincide with the annual Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival, which will take place January 13-14 at the refuge and nearby Birchwood Community Center in Birchwood, Tennessee. The festival, which is hosted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, features live music, food, and animal demonstrations. But the real appeal to the 2,000 to 3,000 guests is the wildlife spectacle, which is in full view from the covered sanctuary of the refuge’s observation platform. “Based on early arrivals at the start of December, this year’s 62


migration should more than satisfy the birding crowd,” said Mime Barnes, TWRA Wildlife Information Specialist. “We’re seeing good numbers. The technician at the refuge said they had 5,000-6,000 birds last week. As someone who just enjoys wildlife and bird watching, that area has so much to offer.” Standing on the deck of the River Gorge Explorer just off shore offers an even more intimate, unobstructed way to appreciate the arrival of the largest flock of Sandhill Cranes in the Southeast outside of Florida. “I really hope folks come out and experience it in every possible way, which means from land and from water,” said Barnes. Cruise registration is $35 for Aquarium members and $45 for nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For registration and more information, visit www.tnaqua.org/sandhill-crane-cruises.


Nashville’s 3rd Annual Wine in the Winter Tickets on Sale Now The 3rd Annual Wine in the Winter takes place February 17 from 4 to 8 pm at the Hilton Nashville Downtown. Tickets are on sale now, and proceeds benefit the local charity The DISTRICT. Wine in the Winter will be modeled after its sister event, Wine on the River, now in its 16th year. Attendees will be able to take a break from the cold and sample nearly 100 different wine, beer, and spirit beverages in a Winter Wonderland setting in the heart of downtown Nashville. Lipman Brothers, the official beverage sponsor of Wine in the Winter, will provide all wine, beer, and spirit tasting samples. Established in 1939, Lipman Brothers was the first distributor of wine and spirits in Middle Tennessee.

Photo by Carol Rosegg


Photo by Betsy Bowden

Sandhill Crane Cruises


Finding Neverland to Play Memphis’ Orpheum Theatre in 2018

Wine in the Winter

Advance general admission tickets are $69 (plus tax) per person and include a souvenir wine glass and all wine, beer, and spirit samples. Day-of general admission tickets are $75 (plus tax) per person and will only be available if advanced tickets have not sold out. Designated driver tickets are $25 (plus tax) and DO NOT include a souvenir wine glass, wine, beer, or spirit samples. VIP tickets are $125 (plus tax), only 50 spots available, and include an hour-long private wine tasting instruction at 3 pm, prior to the start of the event, a specialized Reidel wine glass and all wine, beer, and spirit samples. General admission tickets, designated driver tickets, and VIP tickets can be purchased online at www.WineInTheWinter.com. Wine in the Winter is proud to maintain a charitable component by contributing proceeds and collaborating with The DISTRICT. The DISTRICT is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to economic and community revitalization of three historic districts in downtown Nashville. Its programs seek to foster and stimulate growth of a district identity, community spirit, civic pride, and unity. Connect with The DISTRICT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ TheDistrictNashville.

Finding Neverland plays for audiences January 23-28 at The Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are on sale now. Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. Directed by Tony®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®-winner Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium), this new musical, packed with mesmerizing visuals, songs, and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination and proof that you never really have to grow up. The production features scenic design by Tony Award®-winner Scott Pask (Pippin, Book of Mormon), lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Kenneth Posner (The Coast of Utopia, Pippin), costume design by Suttirat Larlarb (Of Mice and Men), sound design by Tony Award®-nominee Jonathan Deans (Pippin, La Cage aux Folles), hair and make-up design by Richard Mawbey, projection design by Jon Driscoll, music supervision by Fred Lassen, musical direction by Ryan Cantwell, and casting by Stewart/Whitley. Finding Neverland is produced by Weinstein Live Entertainment and NETworks Presentations. For more tour and casting information, visit www. FindingNeverlandTheMusical.com.

About the Orpheum Theatre Group

The mission of the Orpheum Theatre Group is to enhance the communities we serve by utilizing the performing arts to entertain, educate, and enlighten while preserving the historic Orpheum Theatre and the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. For more information, visit www.orpheum-memphis.com. Januar y 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Acts of Kindness B Y TO M I R M E N

RECENTLY, WHILE FUELING UP at Costco, I witnessed the Costco fuel attendant coming to the assistance of an elderly couple having difficulty navigating the self-serve features of the fuel pump. Their experience was made even more difficult because their automobile’s fuel cap was on the opposite side of the fuel pump. This attendant went well above and beyond by not only helping them relocate their vehicle, but also by offering his arm as support for the husband, who was having difficulty walking. And this same attendant remained with them until their transaction was completed. Today we seem to witness fewer displays of kindness, likely the result of our increasingly societal polarization. But hopefully this single random act of kindness witnessed by multiple Costco customers will encourage others, regardless of what might separate us, to extend a helping hand to a person in need. In our society, these displays of kindness are not demonstrated

... add one more resolution to your list of resolutions for 2018, and that would be to commit to performing random acts of kindness within your community. as often as they should or could be. Regardless of the size company you own, whether you employ hundreds, dozens, or just yourself, I would encourage you to add one more resolution to your list of resolutions for 2018, and that would be to commit to performing random acts of kindness within your community. Perhaps you can come to

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


Paula Franklin’s philosophy is to care about her students as people first. It’s that kind of inspiration that led to Franklin being awarded $25,000 from the Milken Family Foundation in a surprise ceremony. “Receiving this award has been both validating and humbling,” said Franklin, who is in her sixth year teaching at West High School. “I am so thankful to the Milken Family Foundation for this amazing opportunity and for all they do to lift up the teaching profession. I am so excited for all that I will be able to learn as a result of this award and look forward to bringing it all back to West and our students.” Franklin, a social studies teacher, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in teacher education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She also earned her EdS in instructional leadership from Lincoln Memorial University. “I love that my job is different and fun every single day and that I get to share the content I am passionate about with my 64


students,” she said. “I am so thankful to work in a school where professional growth is valued and fostered by all staff members. I work with some of the best educators around who inspire and challenge me to be better every day.” Franklin credits her high school AP Biology teacher, Mr. Wheatley, for inspiring her to become a teacher. “He made it evident in his class that he cared about his students as people first and whatever we learned about biology was secondary,” she said. “As a result, I learned a lot of biology but a tremendous amount about myself for which I am forever grateful. I work every day to provide the same type of environment to my students so that I may teach them about themselves through the lens of civic education.” Franklin enjoys that her days are full of unique challenges and opportunities. “I teach two sections of AP US Government

the assistance of an elderly individual having difficulty loading their car outside of a store. Maybe you can help an unemployed veteran find a job. Or perhaps you could donate food store gift cards to your church, who in turn can gift them to a needy families within your community. Commit yourself to performing these random acts of kindness – not for the purpose of self-edification, but because what we do when no one is looking defines who we are as a person. As small business owners, we often come into contact with numerous people throughout our day. Why not use this opportunity to display random acts of kindness and perhaps inspire your associates to do the same – not just during the holiday season, but every day of the year? Consider adding just one more item to the growing list of products and services your small business already offers, and add random acts of kindness. Their impact might amaze you.

I am so thankful to the Milken Family Foundation for this amazing opportunity and for all they do to lift up the teaching profession.” and Politics and one section of CP US Government and Civics each day and, depending on the day, I may be involved with our leadership team, instructional support team, or small learning communities,” she said. “The constant among all of these is that every day I get to focus on students and what I can do, both as an individual and part of a team, to provide them with the best possible education.” Franklin says her biggest challenge is fitting it all in, but she’s up to the task. “The end of the year sneaks up on me every year, and I am constantly working to refine my courses to fit in as many different learning opportunities for my students as possible so that I can reach more of them,” she said.

Simple Tasks for a Better Financial 2018 B Y R I C K M O O R E M AC C O F F I N A N C I A L PA R T N E R S O F T N , L LC


ITH EVERY NEW YEAR our thoughts routinely turn to potential enhancements we might make improve both our personal longand short-term financial plans. Here are four recommendations that you may wish to consider that could positively impact your finances in 2018. 1. Define Your Goals We all have financial objectives that we would like to act on, such as paying off debt, increasing our savings, and investing more of our income. But in the absence of well-defined and written goals, you’re left with little more than good intentions. The key to success is to establish written goals and to hold yourself accountable. Create a budget and begin tracking your expenses. Decide which debts you would like to pay down or eliminate, and then allocate the necessary resources to accomplish your objective. Finally, establish a target savings amount needed to provide for your future retirement. 2. Create an Emergency Fund Life is full of surprises and unplanned events such as unforeseen medical emergencies, unplanned home maintenance, or costly auto repairs. To avoid taking on new debt or facing penalties from withdrawing needed funds from your retirement account, create an emergency fund. A good rule of thumb is to set aside between three to six months of expenses for your emergency fund. 3. Take Advantage of Free Money While most of us take advantage of employers matching 401(k) programs at work, there may also be other incentivized savings programs available that you can take advantage of. Talk to your human resources department at work about Flex Spending Accounts or Health Savings Accounts. Both types of accounts allow you to save money for health expenses with the added benefit of tax deductibility. 4. Understand Your Own Human Nature We are continually being bombarded by marketers trying to entice us into the investing our hard earned money into the “best opportunity of a lifetime” or other “ground floor” opportunities. Avoid the temptation to listen to the investment advice from family, friends, or news reports. And, most importantly, avoid the temptation to experience immediate gratification by tapping into your retirement savings. Stick to your plan. Following these four steps can provide you with the financial peace of mind that evades many of us during our lifetimes. It’s your decision. For more information on this and other financial topics, contact Financial Partners of TN, LLC at 865-558-8182.

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February 8 • 7:30 pm Knoxville Civic Auditorium


ANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE!” is going back on tour across America this winter with “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night.” This all-new production showcases every style of dance seen on ABC’s hit show, from sizzling salsas to elegant waltzes and high-energy group numbers, plus original pieces choreographed by Emmy© winning choreographer, Mandy Moore. “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night” is traveling to more cities with more beloved dancers than ever before, including Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, plus Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Hayley Erbert, and Brandon Armstrong, with additional surprise casting to be announced. (Cast subject to change.)

For tickets or more information, visit www.knoxvillecoliseum.com.



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

Communicating is Simply Polite


ELLO 2018!

I hope you are committed to having a wonderful year. Truly, regardless of our circumstances or the circumstances of those around us, even the ones we love, we have the ability to choose to have a wonderful year, starting with today. It is completely dependent on our decision to find joy in every day, even in the smallest moments. Once we recognize those moments, show gratitude for them and feel the happiness in that moment. This month’s message is about communicating. Honestly, it seems to be the most difficult thing for so many, and it is absolutely what gets a lot of us in trouble. The fact is, communicating thoroughly and thoughtfully is polite and necessary for healthy relationships. We must be considerate of others’ time and plans and life by making sure that details are communicated, which lessens the opportunity for



misunderstandings. When we make a commitment to meeting someone, helping someone, or visiting someone, let’s make sure that we verify the time, date, place, and expectations. It’s great to verify these details at least a week ahead of time and then once again the morning of. Sometimes people hesitate to make firm commitments. This is so rude (unless there’s a really good reason). Other people deserve to be able to depend on us or not. No one wants to wait around wondering if people are coming. All of our lives are important, and all of us want to make plans for ourselves. It’s difficult to make plans with my friend for lunch on Friday when my family member won’t tell me for sure if they can or cannot come by that day to help me with a project. This is just an example, but I hope you can see that by us not making commitments to others, then others sometimes feel they have to put their own plans and lives on hold. Of course my

recommendation would be to never put your life on hold while waiting for others to decide on commitments. My rule is: “You snooze, you lose.” Ladies and gentlemen are thoughtful for others’ lives. They are conscious of the fact that everyone is busy and everyone needs time to make plans. May each of us be more diligent in communicating our intentions very clearly to anyone who is depending on us for anything. It is a way to show respect and honor to others. May we show our children through our example so they too will learn this trait of a true lady and a true gentleman.

Monica Irvine The Etiquette Factory President 865.719.7302 www.theetiquettefactory.com monica@theetiquettefactory.com

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