Everything Knoxville March 2022 Edition

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12 Closets by McKenry

A mix of elements makes a beautiful closet.

Susan Cafferty

Publisher + Editor

18 Marsh Wealth Management

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Their passion and state-of-the-art equipment will make your home or business sparkle.

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HE KOZAR DESIGN Team at Decorating

Den Interiors encourages you to make every space beautiful - from the smallest powder room to the largest living room. Being surrounded by what makes you happy enhances your well-being, allowing you to not just survive but thrive!

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From the Publisher


T WAS a lovely day yesterday - not quite “spring time,” but definitely closer than it has been! We made the decision to get out from behind our computers and go for a walk. Sometimes just a change of scenery does wonders for mind and body. We chose the UT Arboretum (on Photo by Mirtography the way into Oak Ridge) for our outing. Along with being a research and education facility, it also boasts seven miles of trails with a lovely creek running through the property. Some of the trails are wooded and hilly so you really get the feeling of being “away from it all.” Knoxville has been blessed with an ample number of parks and greenways in our beautiful city - an excess of 50 parks and more than 100 miles of greenways. If you have not ventured out to your local park, you are encouraged to do so. If you are a regular there, then why not explore some of the other parks and greenways available? Victor Ashe is a sprawling park to the



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north, Lakeshore has some of the best river views, and Neyland Greenway (although not actually green but blessedly paved for strollers, bikes, and wheelchairs) follows the Tennessee River downtown under stately bridges with informative historical markers. Kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards can be rented at The Cove at Concord Park on Northshore - along with the occasional view of sailboat races on Fort Loudon Lake. There is also the new Mayor Ralph McGill Plaza in Farragut that will be hosting its first Bluegrass on the Lawn with the East Tennessee Bluegrass Association on March 26. So get out there and get some fresh air! While you are being refreshed outside, don’t forget to refresh your inside spaces, too. Decorating Den Interiors rightly points out that making your surroundings uniquely yours is good for your well-being. Get started today, and don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead before you go to bed on Saturday the 12th!

Susan Cafferty Publisher + Editor

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create your space to


Sandy Kozar, Owner/Principal Designer

Rachael Sheridan, Interior Designer

“A great interior designer possesses extraordinary listening skills.”


A N DY KO Z A R , ow n e r of Decorating Den Interiors, is an award-winning and professionally trained designer, and her talented design team has been featured on HGTV as a Pro Network Designer, Best of Houzz three years in a row for customer service, and Dream Room Winner. Featured in “The Kitchen Bible” book by Barbara Ballinger and “Love Your Home,” a book by Carol Donayre-Bugg, Sandy has also been featured in well-known trade publications such as Elle Décor and House Beautiful. Her creative planning and design of residential homes is well-known and respected throughout the Knoxville area for the past 12 years, and she remains a frequent cont ributor to Ever y thing Knox ville magazine. We talked to Sandy about how the



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pandemic has affected peoples’ home décor needs, how she and her team go about filling those needs, and the most rewarding parts of being an interior decorator. EK: Before beginning a home decorating project, what should people look for when considering a professional interior designer? Sandy: Whether you are redecorating your existing home or beginning from the ground up with a new home, the greatest challenge starts with choosing the right interior designer. Good listening skills are crucial to working with clients. We have found that many people just can’t articulate exactly what they want; they just know what they DON’T want. It’s up to us to not only listen to what the client is saying, but also guide them through the millions of design options to discover their own unique style.

We know every project presents its own unique set of circumstances. We take the necessary time to help establish the scope of your project with the style you desire; our initial consultation is always complimentary. Your designer should ask you questions about your overall project goals, your family and lifestyle, personal preferences, and a budget should be discussed. Beyond listening skills, look for a professional interior designer that is a capable facilitator and communicator. EK: What design changes have you witnessed in light of the pandemic and the trend towards working from home? Sandy: If you thought you knew your home backwards and forwards before, odds are you’ve come to know it even better post the pandemic lockdowns! Many of us have been working virtually since early 2020.

Before people knew it, their jury-rigged office setups that were supposed to be temporary have become permanent. Along with the blurring of boundaries between home and office life, clients aren’t getting the decompression and relaxation needed when “off the clock.” Many struggle with the difficulty and frustration of trying to channel creativity and productivity when their surroundings seem to constantly stunt both. Our solution - make a room or space beautiful and functional. A place that allows you to thrive, rather than just survive, and boosts your mood to provide both style and comfort all in one package. One way or another, your home is an expression of yourself and your current well-being. You share it with your family and friends, experiencing both the highs and lows of life within its walls. Spending so much extra time inside your home can highlight the interiors that don’t yet live up to your personal vision of comfort and beauty. EK: We’re sure you are exposed to many design trends. How do you aid your clients in choosing what is right for them? Sandy: We focus on lifestyle designs - not everyone wants to incorporate the latest trends into their design. We do keep up with the trends by attending Market several times a year and by analyzing what we are seeing from our suppliers around the world. If a client desires a specific trend, we will do that on a smaller scale. As colors, styles, and trends change, it allows the client to change without completely redesigning the room. It’s an exciting time as a designer, as there are so many different styles and colors available to fit anyone’s taste. As degreed professional designers, our team possesses the education and experience required to design beautiful and functional spaces for our clients. We typically focus on the quality of the products and services each client desires to realize the greatest impact for their budget. We can offer our clients a curated collection of fine furnishings, upholstery, custom window treatments, accessories, art, and more, with access nationally and internationally. EK: Decorating Den Interiors has been a successful business for more than 10 years. What is most gratifying about interior design? Sandy: From the beginning of each project to its conclusion, my design team is there with our clients every step of the way, listening carefully to ensure their vision becomes a reality, but also keeping them up to date during every step of the process - one of the things we take very seriously. Constant and clear communication skills with each client are essential our success. Whether we are redesigning one room at a time or an entire house, we work to keep every project moving smoothly and efficiently. We love helping our clients get the most from their home by making it an accurate representation of their unique tastes and preferences. Very rewarding! Excited yet? Call the Kozar Design Team today at 865392-6222 or visit SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com to take the first step in making your home the beautiful reflection of you and your family that it’s meant to be.

Decorating Den Interiors Kozar Design Team 865.392.6222 SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com skozar@decoratingden.com March 202 2



When the Only Choice is Uncompromising Quality



Group has been crafting quality custom houses, notable home renovations, and distinctive backyard spaces for more than 45 years. Whether you are searching for the perfect design/ build team to complete your dream home, need your condominium/townhome updated, or want to create an inviting outdoor area, our team at Tennessee Pinnacle Group is an excellent place to start. Our longtime success is due to our unmatched customer service and transparency. All of our projects begin with clear expectations and explicitly defined steps that allow everyone involved to be on the same page. We have the experience and expertise to make your home dreams a reality. So sit back. We’ll handle the details. Meet the Tennessee Pinnacle Group Tony Mamone Tony has been building custom homes and outdoor spaces for more than 40 years. He has an impeccable reputation amongst his peers and clients and continues to do work for many of them. Tony has received multiple awards through the Home Builders Association for the single family homes he has built. Through hard work

and perseverance, Tony went from the coal fields of West Virginia to building homes at the Greenbrier Sporting Club. Cameron Nelson Cam is also originally from West Virginia but went to college in the SEC. Don’t worry, we will get him in that “gaudy” orange soon enough! Through his experience working in the federal government, all red tape headaches are easily maneuvered and avoided. Cam is able to decipher laws and codes that are intentionally vague and confusing for homeowners so you don’t have to worry about breaking rules during your build.

Global Asias:

Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art


HE KNOXVILLE MUSEUM of Art is pleased to present Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation through April 24. Global Asias examines the cosmopolitan, playful, and subtly subversive characteristics of contemporary Asian and Asian American art. The exhibition highlights the work of 16 artists of Asian heritage who draw on a rich array of motifs, techniques, and cultural motivations to construct diverse “Asias” in a modern global context. “The artists included in this exhibition open our eyes to what it is like to cross boundaries both real and cultural,” shared Jordan Schnitzer, whose family has a longstanding history of championing Asian art and culture. “I hope each viewer is as moved as I am by this exhibition and is challenged and inspired by the art. The power of this exhibition will influence all of us for years to come.” What does “Global Asias” mean? Is it a place? An idea? This exhibition moves us away from considering Asia as a geographical location and instead invites us to think broadly about how “Asia” has long served as an imaginative construct. By focusing on the conceptual dimensions of Asia - and in thinking about Asia, not in singular but plural terms - Global Asias encourages us to recognize the power of imagination in constructing Asia as a site of meaning across the globe. Visit KnoxArt.org for more information. The museum is also offering the following programs in conjunction with the exhibition: Global Asias Community Day Saturday, March 19, 11am-3pm Cocktails & Conversation with Artist and UT Professor, Koichi Yamamoto Wednesday, April 13, 6-7pm



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Habibi Mamone Habibi is a University of Tennessee alumni who has made a career out of making the hard things easy. With a degree in supply chain management, she can move mountains to get the tools, supplies, and labor you need to complete the home of your dreams. Bianca André Bianca was born and raised in Knoxville and has plenty of memories of playing basketball in Farragut. She moved away for college and a government position in Washington, D.C. but now brings her expertise in appropriations to leverage federal dollars into our local community. She is happy to return to Knoxville and looks forward to making our town better, one home at a time. We are all excited to be back in East Tennessee - the Appalachians have always been our home, and are ecstatic to return. We have the experience and expertise to make your home dreams a reality. Please visit our website, TNPinnacleGroup.com, to see many examples of projects we’ve completed.

Tennessee Pinnacle Group 9827 Cogdill Road, Suite 5 Knoxville, TN 37932 865.291.6293 TNPinnacleGroup.com

Crafting Stunning Custom Homes for Over 45 Years


ony Mamone and the Tennessee Pinnacle Group’s success is due to its unmatched customer service and transparency. Their unique total concept construction service brings simplicity and creativity to your project. Through thoughtful floor plans and meticulous attention to detail, they put your needs first. Tennessee Pinnacle Group’s exceptional staff, from inside their office to inside your home, pledges to provide a superior level of concierge service. You are a part of every step in the realization of your family’s new home or renovation project. We have known Tony Mamone for close to 20 years both on a personal and professional level as a general contractor. We purchased our dream house from Tony and for the 16+ years that we owned the home, Tony quickly and efficiently took care of any problems and needs that come with owning a home. He is kind and caring and will go out of his way to make sure everything is done correctly and neatly. We would not hesitate to recommend Tony, for there isn’t a job he won’t tackle. — Jerry and Karen West, NBA All-Star and Coach

9827 Cogdill Road, Suite 5 Knoxville, TN 37932 865.291.6293 TNPinnacleGroup.com

Always a Good Time for a Cookie



T’S THAT TIME of year again… Girl Scout Cookie time. If you’ve ever wondered which wines go best with which cookies, here’s a quick guide to get you through the next box of deliciousness. We’ll pair them based on the order of popularity of my office co-workers. There are conflicting accounts about which cookie is the most popular, which has led to some pretty heated arguments. Still, I really don’t think this list provides much of a controversy. THIN MINTS The reigning champion. I think I have Thin Mint crumbs between my couch cushions from last year. They are great frozen or at room temp. The mintiness of the cookie is its trademark, but pairing directly with mint is a challenge because the chocolate adds another layer to consider. I’ve been on a French wine



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kick recently, so I’d recommend going with a Syrah or a Bordeaux. • 2017 Becheras Crozes Hermitage Rhone, France ($29.99) • Rothschild Blanc Selection Prestige Entre-Deux-Mers ($19.99) SAMOAS I’m sure the suggested serving size is one sleeve. I honestly thought the creators just decided to throw as much stuff on a cookie as possible. If it was a wine, I’d describe it as complex. I’d match it with a Malbec, or if I wanted to double down on my sweet tooth, I’d pair it with a Port. • Fabien Jouves Les Escures - Cahors, France ($24.99) • Quinta do Infantado Tawny Port - Porto, Portugal ($18.99) TAGALONGS When chocolate and peanut butter combine, good things happen. The critical ingredient to pair in this dynamic duo is peanut butter because it’s the dominant flavor. I think most people, when they hear peanut butter, automatically associate it with PB&J sandwiches. In my opinion, the best comple­menting jelly flavors on a PB&J come from black fruits. I’d recommend pairing this with cabernet sauvignon, which has a flavor profile that includes black cherries and blackberries. • Brea Cabernet Sauvignon - Paso Robles, CA ($29.99) • 2017 Unanime - Mendoza, Argentina ($25.99)

TREFOILS The iconic shortbread cookie-cut shaped like the emblem of the Girl Scouts of America logo needs no introduction. There are multiple ways to approach pairing. You can match the richness of the shortbread and complement it with a Chardonnay. You can also cut it with bubbles, which would add some complexity and texture, leaving your palate with a brioche-like taste and finish. • Macrostie - Sonoma, CA ($19.99) • 2019 Catena - Mendoza, Argentina ($16.99) LEMON-UPS These cookies aren’t really my style because I’ve been spoiled by Ham ‘n Goodies Lemon Cookies, but they made the list. Not to be confused with (retired) Lemonades, Lemon-Ups have motivational words to get you through the box. They have just enough sweetness for the citrus to stand out. You’ll need something with a medium-high acidity to balance things out. I would recommend a Pinot Grigio. • 2018 Terlan Pinot Grigio - Alto Adige, Italy ($19.99) • 2019 Albrecht Tradition Pinot Gris Alsace, France ($19.99) I hope that these suggestions will help you complement the next sleeve of cookies you eat with a bottle of wine. Please remember that my recommendations might not match your palate, so feel free to pair your favorite wine with your favorite cookie. Cheers!

Suffer from Hip or Knee Pain? RELIEF is Possible! I couldn’t do the things I enjoyed and I had run out of options.


were always very caring and helpful. When Dena was asked what she would say to someone who was on the fence about trying something like this, she said, “Whatever issue you’ve got, West Knox Acupuncture can help.” You can see Dena personally talk about her experience if you go to wate.com/living-east-tennessee/ west-knox-acupuncture-testimonial. If Dena’s situation sounds like you or someone you know, call West Knox Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine at 865-275-2444.

ENA HAD a lot of pain in her knee from a torn meniscus, even after having surgery to repair it. The knee pain caused her to walk in such a way that her lower back and hip also started hurting. She had already done steroid injections and physical therapy, but nothing helped. Dena had always enjoyed working out and living an active lifestyle with her friends and family, but the pain was really holding her back. She couldn’t e ve n t a i l g a t e a t UT football games because of the pain. Her friend told h e r a b o u t We s t Knox Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, so she gave them a call. Dena was able to set up an initial consultation and start treatment right away when they told her they could help. It was very comforting to know that the doctors at West Knox Acupuncture have been helping people just like her get out of pain for almost 20 years. About 10 weeks into her treatment plan, Dena was pain free for the first time in years! She was finally able to sleep without her pain waking her up at night. At the end of her treatment plan, she was able to hike up the hills and walk the stairs to the stadium at UT football games. Her family was

almost as excited as she was now that she had gotten her life back! When Dena was asked about what the treatments were like, she told us that the first time she didn’t even feel the needles. She also said that she felt much more relaxed overall, and the clinic was so nice that she felt like she was at a spa. Dena shared that the doctors there were very empathetic and truly cared about her and wanted her to feel better. The front and back office staff

After my treatments, I was pain free for the first time in years!

West Knox Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine 9125 Cross Park Drive, Suite 150 Knoxville, TN 37923 865.275.2444 WestKnoxAcupuncture.com

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A Mix of Elements Makes a Beautiful Closet BY C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y, W W W.C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y.C O M


E K E E P cherished items in our closet - the lit tle black dress that never goes out of style, the cashmere sweater that matches our eyes, the designer shoes that we scored on sale. We wear and care for these items, but what about the closet that they live in? Why can’t storage be just as striking? By combining simple, carefully chosen elements, you can create a beautiful backdrop for your belongings. After all, aren’t they worth it? The Power of Color Don’t leave your closet behind when it comes to good design - elevate it to match the décor of your home by using color on cabinets, doors, and drawers or on the back of a wall of shelves. Finishing Touches Choose cabinet handles, door knobs, and closet rods in metals that match the hardware in your house. Glass cabinet doors add style, and crown moldings and trims complete the room. Storage Companions Invest in baskets, matching hangers, a valet rod, and storage bins to keep



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your clothes organized. A clothes-folding board for shirts and sweaters will give your closet a neat, department store look. It’s time to break free of the “no one will see it but me, so what does it matter?” mentality when it comes to your closet. Using color, a variety of finishes, and storage accessories, you can create an interesting and unexpected home for your wardrobe. The design team at Closets by McKenry looks forward to helping your clothes live happier. Contact them today!

Closets by McKenry 201 Center Park Drive, #1070 Knoxville, TN 37922 865.249.6382 ClosetsbyMcKenry.com

The Town Framery & Gifts

Spring Open House March 24-26 10 am to 4 pm


OULD IT already be time for the Spring Open House? Absolutely! Join us on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, March 24th-26th, for a great time checking out all of the new fun products for spring! The time is now to get ready for Easter!

Bunnies, bunnies, and more bunnies... what would spring be without those furry little creatures? There are lots of styles and sizes to choose from. The flowers of the season are all around, too. From wreaths, to floral arrangements, to stems, the colors of the season are abundant. A variety of bird feed from Mr. Bird to keep our feathered friends happy will also be available. The most wonderful collection of table linens ever is now on display! The ever-popular chindis to plaids, prints and solids so much to choose from! Napkins, placemats, runners, tea towels, and a great assortment of napkins rings await you. Food tasting will include dips from Rabbit Creek and the delightful collection from Captain Rodney’s great for quick and delicious hors d’oeuvres for your next gathering. Sales tax-free shopping all three days along with a discount coupon on your next framing order! The staff and volunteers of The Town Framery & Gifts look forward to serving you at the Spring Open House on March 24th-26th! THINK BIG... shop small!

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Say Goodbye to Winter D

O E S I T SOUND strange to hear “clean” and “garage” in the same sentence? It’s really not an impossibility, even though garages are notorious for being messy, dusty, and thoroughly uninviting. The aftermath of winter may be a garage with additional mess and clutter, including residue from salted winter roads and muddy boots. However, rather than closing the door on the chaos, make a plan to clean your garage. And once you’ve cleaned out the winter mess, here are some storage tips for maintaining your garage for maximum efficiency. • Use plastic, lidded storage bins instead of cardboard boxes to protect stored items. Cardboard absorbs moisture, attracts pests, and deteriorates over time. • Transfer bags that can burst open and spill into plastic containers (pet food, sand, plant food). • Create low-level storage with shelves, drawers, or baskets so kids can manage their own things like sports equipment. • Store seldom-used items up high; keep



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what you use most often within easy reach to eliminate constantly shifting things around. • Keep the floor clear. Bulky items like camping tents, holiday decorations, and lawn furniture can be stored out of the way in overhead storage racks. Garden tools, even a wheelbarrow, can be hung on versatile slatwall. • Purge, purge, purge! Get rid of items you no longer need or want. Donate or sell what is in good condition and throw away the rest. A clean garage contributes to your whole house staying cleaner by eliminating tracked in dirt, oil, pollen, and anything else that could stick to the garage floor or your shoes. Investing in a low-maintenance floor for your garage is also key to maintaining a clean space. An unfinished concrete floor makes it almost impossible to keep your garage clean. Surface cracks and crevices attract and hold dust and dirt, and its porosity retains moisture that can facilitate the growth of mold and bacteria, creating an unhealthy environment. An easy-care custom garage floor from

PremierGarage of Knoxville, in business for more than 15 years, will help keep your garage cleaner with surfaces that resist spills and moisture, as well as reducing dust and dirt buildup. Backed by a multi-year warranty, the proprietary polyaspartic flooring provides durable elegance while eliminating stains, cracks, chipping, and peeling. The slip-resistant surface is available in a variety of colors, is UV resistant, and stands up to years of hot tires, stains, and dropped tools. With competitive pricing without sacrificing quality, PremierGarage also provides excellent customer service. The company and its employees are committed to customer satisfaction to help you make your garage spring ready!

PremierGarage powered by Tailored Living 865.947.8686 TailoredLivingKnoxville.com






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

865.622.2162 | bethany@marshwealth.com 504 Ebenezer Road • Knoxville, TN 37923 • www.marshwealth.com

Which Way Will the Markets Go When You Retire? BY Y VO N N E M A R S H , C F P ® , C PA



first day of retirement and you leisurely get your first cup of coffee, flip on the news, and ugh! The markets are dropping! You end up 15% down in your first year of not working. Your $500,000 nest egg is now Yvonne® Marsh, CFP , CPA worth $425,000 and will need an almost 18% rebound to even get back where you started. Maybe you won’t book that cruise you’ve been thinking about after all. But what if the opposite were true? Everything is glorious and the markets boom, up 15% for the year. Hooray! Your $500,000 is now worth $575,000. Caribbean cruise, here we come! Well, which is it going to be? Markets up or down? Can you predict that? I sure can’t. Market corrections EARLY in your retirement years, coupled with ongoing withdrawals, can dramatically decrease the ability of your money to last your lifetime. It’s called Sequence of Returns investment risk, and few investment professionals talk about it or plan for it. Markets don’t give you the exact same rate of return every year; they give you up and down returns that work out to an average. If the downs come early in retirement, that can spell trouble. Your money won’t last as long as an average return might predict. What’s a retiree to do? Structure your investments according to time and purpose. For assets needed earlier in retirement, invest conservatively. For assets needed later, invest with a growth focus. “Accumulation” advisors simply invest by account type: IRAs one way and brokerage accounts another way. This simply does not mitigate Sequencing Risk, and it is a “must do” when you’re within five years of starting withdrawals, entering the “distribution” phase of life. Secondly, have enough guaranteed income to meet your lifestyle needs. This gives you the flexibility to wait out a down market. If Social Security isn’t enough to do that and you don’t have a pension, create your own pension with a highly rated insurance company. Many new guaranteed income opportunities exist today that didn’t exist 10 years ago. Your early retirement years define your later retirement years - all due to the unknowable Sequence of Returns risk. Take the steps today to protect your tomorrow. Have a question? Submit it on our website. Or give me a call to learn more.

Marsh Wealth Management, LLC Fiduciary Registered Investment Advisor 504 Ebenezer Road, Knoxville, TN 37923 865.622.2162 MarshWealth.com

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



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SPECIALIZING IN COMPLETE WHOLE ROOM FURNISHINGS, AND FULL SERVICE INTERIOR DESIGN Shae Designs has a warehouse full of new upholstery, lighting, furniture, and home decor Come see our showroom in Franklin Square! With new inventory arriving, you’re sure to find something you can’t live without! Visit the website at www.Shaedesigns.com to schedule your design appointment. View our social media platforms to see the latest in trends and design projects.

ACCOMPLISHED INTERIOR DESIGNERS The award winning SDS design team has over 40 years combined experience in luxury interior design. From conception to installation our deisgn team will ensure your space will be a brilliant reflection of you.

BEAUTIFUL FURNISHINGS We take pride in bringing luxury design to Knoxville. We offer a wide selection of unique, quality furnishings, from custom sofas to drapery. We carry everything you need to put the finishing touches on any space.

CAREFULLY CURATED DESIGNS The SDS design process encompasses the full service interior design to include a presentation of the space. This will include furniture layouts, renderings, project selections, lighting, custom drapery, and wall coverings.


What’s Your Passion? BY 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 FA C E D O C , I N C .


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HEN I WAS in the market for a paddleboard, I noticed them wherever I went. When we were expecting our first child, we shared knowing glances with fellow parents to be. When we are passionate about something, that “something” jumps out at us wherever we go. We tend to notice everything about the subject that interests us. For my husband, John, his passion is floors. You may laugh, and sometimes I do, too, but since we entered the deep-cleaning and restoration business a decade ago, he notices every single floor, walkway, and patio we encounter. Imagine conversation starters like: “This restaurant should have sealed this floor when they installed it. It could have stayed beautiful, but now it’s ruined.” Or “It looks as though an acid wash has destroyed the integrity of this tile. That’s unfortunate.” If the flooring is salvageable, sometimes he approaches the business owner and asks if he would like some help dealing with the problem. More than once, the owner is grateful for some free expertise, and a friendship is born. John has a vast array of knowledge about whether a stone is manmade or natural, if porcelain is old or new. He can differentiate between a color seal and a colored grout and which cleaning/sealing method the home or business owner should use. He knows how to properly clean and maintain tile, carpet, concrete, and even brick pavers. He often takes before/after photos of his day’s work. When he gets home, he often whips out his photos, describing each one in detail. Sometimes I chuckle when he gets so excited about his day’s work, but it makes me realize why he is so good at cleaning and why our clients appreciate him so much. He genuinely cares. It’s not only John’s passion about cleaning that sets Surface Doc apart from other cleaning companies. The equipment his crew uses is mind-blowing all by itself. A self-contained disc uses purified water and 3,000 psi and 15 pounds of suction to blast dirt out of the pores of your floor and whisk it away. John’s knowledge and enthusiasm, partnered with the strength and precision of Surface Doc’s equipment, makes the difference, and that’s what sets Surface Doc apart from everyone else. If you want someone with the know-how, passion, and state-of-the-art equipment to make your home or business sparkle, call John at Surface Doc, or you can visit us online to see before/after photos and streaming videos at SurfaceDoc.com.

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Dedicated toDistinctive Decorating FOR EVERY SEASON

Spring has sprung at Design Decor, where our team of expert decorators specializes in transforming your home or business for the holidays and every day. We custom design, install, maintain, remove and store seasonal and event decor with price points for every budget. Visit our one-of-a-kind showroom and be inspired.

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Intentional Charitable Giving BY T R AV I S C U L L M A N , C F P ® , C P FA


F YOU FAIL to plan, better plan

to fail.” My mentor’s words still buzz through my head every time I sit down with a soon‐to‐be retiree. Questions like “Do you have a plan for retirement?” and “What about your income needs?” inevitably arise in these conversations. My mentor’s truism also hits home when I’m meeting with those in a season of transition or sudden wealth. A heartbroken widow with little understanding of finances needs a financial roadmap. A 55‐ year‐old entrepreneur receiving an uncle’s $5M inheritance also needs a plan - that’s obvious. But do we have a plan for our charitable giving? Are we intentionally planning out our giving AND deriving the greatest tax benefit at the same time? Are we giving out of our income when we could be giving out of our assets? One of my greatest joys in life is supporting philanthropic donors in their mission to impact the world and make a difference in the local community. Why not enjoy the tax benefits while we’re at it?

Matt DeGraff, Luke Powers, Charissa Leonard, Tim Johnson, Erin Phillips, and Travis Cullman.

We would love to be a resource for you and leverage your charitable giving in a more impactful, tax‐friendly way.

Travis Cullman, CFP®, CPFA Senior Vice President, Southwestern Investment Group Wealth Advisor, SWIG 136 Concord Road Knoxville, TN 37934 865.686.5202 SWInvestmentGroup.com Investment advisory services offered through Southwestern Investment Advisory Services, Inc., an independent registered investment adviser. Southwestern Investment Group and Cullman Wealth Team are not registered broker-dealers and are independent of Raymond James Financial Services. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SPIC. Representatives may not be registered to offer securities and advisory services in all states. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®, CFP® (with plague design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individual who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

COMMUNITY DAY Thursday, April 28th Hosted by Cullman Wealth Team

Free on-site shredding by Shred-Pro Secure 11 am – 1 pm Safely destroy your old statements, bills, and other outdated confidential documents at our shred event. No limits on the shred amount, bring a trunk full!

Complimentary Consultations for Public Employees 9 am – 7 pm MEETINGS AVAILABLE WITH SEVERAL FINANCIAL ADVISORS, AN ESTATE LAWYER, A TAX SPECIALIST, AND A FINANCIAL COACH 30-minute consultations are on a first come/first serve basis. Limit one meeting per person.

Contact erin@swinvestmentgroup.com to schedule an appointment.

136 Concord Road , Knoxville, TN 37934 | (865) 686-5202 Investment advisory services offered through Southwestern Investment Advisory Services, Inc., an independent registered investment adviser. Southwestern Investment Group and Cullman Wealth Team are not registered broker-dealers and are independent of Raymond James Financial Services. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SPIC. Representatives may not be registered to offer securities and advisory services in all states. Raymond James does not provide tax or legal advice.

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Bottoms Up!


The Refugee King

Old City Performing Arts Center 111 State Street in Knoxville March 31 - April 2 at 7:30 pm April 3 at 2:30 pm


OU KNOW the story. A long time ago, Jesus lived, died, and rose again. We tell it and re-tell it, and for good reason. But to what end? How does it really affect our daily life 2,000 years later? The Refugee King by Ethan Norman is a fresh, vibrant play with music wherein a couple finds themselves in a story - unfolding at a kitchen table like yours - where they must choose to be like Jesus or like everyone else. Thursday is Pay What You Wish admission. Tickets are available at OldCityPac. com and at the door. For more information, call 865-539-2490 or visit WordPlayers.org. The WordPlayers is a 501(c)(3) theatre company.



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PR I NG 202 2 is all about personalization… whatever works for you, especially when it comes to pants! Don’t be confused by all of the styles you’ll see this season; we’re here to help you break it all down and find which bottom works best with your top of choice. Tunic tops are still strong this season - and will be into fall as well! Pair these with either a straight leg pant or the ever popular legging… these pieces present a flowy feel, covering Bootcut at least the derriere and usually ending mid-thigh. The ankle pant can be worn with most every style top and is perfect to show off your cute spring shoes - w h e t h e r i t ’s a fun-colored sandal or a sporty sneaker! The flared-leg or boot cut pant, particularly popular with taller ladies, can be w o r ke d w o n d e r fully into your spring wardrobe; pair with a statement jacket or Ankle Pant spring sweater and your look is complete. The gaucho is back again! Another fun and flowy silhouette that’s perfect as the temperature warms up and the days get longer. These wider leg pants look best paired back with shorter tops. The newest and most popular pant for Gaucho spring is the jogger, recognizable by a slight fullness through the leg and tapering in at the ankle. This is the sportiest of all the pants style, making it perfect if you lead a more casual lifestyle. Whatever pant style you choose, make your fashion statement by choosing the one that makes you feel comfortable and confident! Springtime is a time of fun in fashion… of independent thinking Jogger and pushing your imagination. Be adventurous, personalize your look, and remember the magic of fashion! Happy shopping! The Lily Pad Boutique 209 N. Main Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.5537 LilyPadBoutiqueOnline.com


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Moe’s Mercantile Honey - Pure, Raw, and Unpasteurized is locally made at the Tangled Mane Farm in Lenoir City. Available in 16oz and 36oz jars at Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center, 9885 Highway 11E in Lenoir City, 865.986.7229, MeadowViewGreenhouse.com.


Give your climbing vines a beautiful home on an iron trellis that is perfect for seasonal displays. Available in an assortment of styles and heights at The Town Framery & Gifts, 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut, 865.671.6627, TheTownFramery.com.



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The Liberty Task chair from Human Scale is an intelligent mesh task chair engineered to provide automatic lumbar support for every user. Liberty was designed to offer a unique, minimal aesthetic and to provide custom comfort for every person who sits in it. Available at Nouveau Classics Contemporary Furniture & Interior Design, 101 S Gay Street in Knoxville, 865.525.4755, NouveauClassics.com.


The playful insect on the Grasshopper Table Lamp plays hide and seek. View the lamp from the front and you see its pert profile; view it from the side and it goes incognito! The body of the lamp and the twig finial are made of cast aluminum to look like the trunk of a sapling. The bronze gold finish reads as convincingly close to a tree’s true color. Available at Decorating Den Interiors | Kozar Design Team, 521 Lovell Road, Suite 205 in Knoxville, 865.392.6222, SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com.


Spring is blooming at The Lily Pad! It’s the perfect time to start planning your wardrobe for spring and summer events. This beautiful dress by Canadian designer Joseph Ribkoff is available now at The Lily Pad Boutique, 209 N. Main Street in Sweetwater, 423.337.5537, LilyPadBoutiqueOnline.com.


These LED wax candle fountains offer a warm glow with the soothing sound of a gentle waterfall. Available in four colors with a subtle butterfly design, they’re a popular piece this spring. Available at Design Decor, 627 American Glass Way in Knoxville, 865.769.0039, DesignDecorKnoxville.com.

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Get the Most Out of Your Garage This Spring! BY C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y, W W W.C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y.C O M


T LAST, WARMER weather is just around the corner, and it’s time for spring cleaning. As you air out your home’s interior and tidy up its exterior, don’t forget the garage! A handy hybrid of indoor and outdoor living, the garage is an underused space that is gaining in popularity - and getting a makeover of its own. Improve Your Home’s First, and Last, Impression You work hard to keep your home beautiful, so why face an oil-stained concrete garage floor every time you begin and end each day? Just in time for spring, dress up your garage with an easy-to-clean polyaspartic epoxy floor coating or fun, versatile SwissTrax floor tiles. Take Advantage of Creative Storage Let the garage shoulder some of your home’s storage duties. With overhead storage racks, slatwall and accessories, and attractive custom cabinets in a variety of colors and finishes, you can stylishly clear your space and get items up, up, and away from your garage floor. Make Room for Work or Play World-famous companies Apple, Disney,

and Mattel have one thing in common: They were all started in a garage. Design your own idea lab in your garage with countertops, cubbies, power strips, and LED lights, or carve out a “get-away-from-it-all” zone for stress-relieving hobbies. Welcome spring and increase your home’s value by giving some love to your garage. The experts at Designer Garages in Knoxville are ready to help… in-person or virtual consultations are free!

Designer Garages 201 Center Park Drive, #1070 Knoxville, TN 37922 865.268.4868 DesignerGarages.com

Help Random Acts of Flowers Help Others


VERY WEEK for the past 12 1/2 years, Random Acts of Flowers has stayed focused and true to its mission to improve the emotional health and well-being of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering re-purposed flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness. Even with the challenging environment that we are all facing, we are still able to accomplish this mission with the hard work of our more than 350 dedicated volunteers, our numerous donors, and our committed Perennial Society members; however, we can always use more support to keep delivering hope to our community. Helping Random Acts of Flowers serve others can take many forms. Volunteering is a way that one can support our effort, and there is a variety of volunteering opportunities available, from volunteering to pick up donated flowers, to prepping donated flowers, to creating the bouquets, to delivering the completed bouquets. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, go to the volunteer section of our website at RAFKnoxville.org/volunteer. To make a financial donation to support Random Acts of Flowers’ mission, you can visit our website and click on the “Donation”



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Random Acts of Flowers volunteer dropping off donated flowers gathered from a community event.

Program Associate Jacqlyn Schmitt delivering beautiful arrangements to Tennova North Medical Center.

tab and make an online contribution, or you can mail a check to 2936 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921. Another way to financially support Random Acts of Flowers is to have your

next private celebration or team building event here at our workshop or at your facility. These events typically include an overview of Random Acts of Flowers and its mission, followed by a demonstration on how to create beautiful flower arrangements. Participants are then guided through the process of creating flower arrangements that will be delivered to individuals in local healthcare facilities. For more information on making a donation, having a Random Acts of Flowers event, or volunteering, please email us at info@ RAFKnoxville.org, call us at 865-633-9082, or visit RAFKnoxville.org.

Thank You for 10 Extraordinary Years! BY B E C K Y H U N T, C O - OW N E R O F P R E M I E R E C O N S I G N M E N T

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HE PREMIERE Consignment family would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to our clients who have been there for us for the past 10 years. Premiere Consignment was started when we saw a need for an upscale furniture consignment store in Tellico Village. We (Mom and Son, Becky and Aaron) rolled up our sleeves and got to work! After weeks of trying to find a good location, we set our eyes on the old “grocery store” at Lakeside Plaza. After lots of cleaning, scrubbing, and securing the necessary paperwork to start a business, we opened our doors in March 2012. Our inventory on opening day was very limited, but the support from our clients was huge! We soon saw the need for different avenues to help our clients “downsize.” At that point, we opened our eBay store and have now shipped all across the world… even to places that don’t have zip codes.

Shortly after we opened, a client needed help with an estate sale, so once again, we said “Why not?” Since that time, Premiere Consignment has hosted estate sales in Tellico Village, Rarity Bay, Avalon, Loudon, Vonore, Madisonville, and other nearby areas. Our “girls” who work the sales with us have become like family, and we all enjoy working together and getting to visit with our “regulars” at each sale. As the store has expanded what we offer the community, Mom and Son have been joined by Dad and Wife, Toby and Misty. We are now truly a family business. These past 10 years have been a blessing to our family, and we look forward to another 10 years of growth and serving our friends and those friends who we are hoping to meet soon! Thank you, Aaron, Misty, Toby & Becky

Premiere Consignment 320 Lakeside Plaza Loudon, TN 37774 865.458.9721 PremiereConsignment.com

CUSTOM LANDSCAPE LIGHTING DESIGN & INSTALLATION Custom Landscape Lighting Design A thoughtful and well-conceived landscape lighting design will add warmth and elegance to your home or business. Our teams of professional lighting designers can turn your place into a nighttime show stopper. When amazing matters, you can count on Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting.

BEFORE We Design Nightscapes to Enhance the Way You Live A professionally installed landscape lighting system, no matter how complex, should be discreetly installed with little to no visible impact to your landscape. We leave every property picture perfect.


Call Heath Myrick, Owner of Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting of Knoxville, today! It won’t cost you anything to have us come out to look at your project and show you what we do. Every professional landscape lighting installation is done with painstaking care in keeping with the highest standards in the industry.

Mabry-Hazen House Three Generations of History

Mabry-Hazen House


OCATED ON A promontory with sweeping views of the Smoky Mountains to the south and the skyline of Knoxville to the west, Pine Hill Cottage, now called Mabry-Hazen House, sits at the crest of the ridge, slightly obscured from the roadway by the century-old magnolias. Finished in 1858 for Joseph and Laura Mabry, the house was situated just east of the city. During the next century, Pine Hill Cottage would then shelter three generations of their family and unbeknownst to them, also would serve as a museum for thousands of visitors to learn about their colorful history. The stories of the Mabry-Hazen household are worthy of their own period dramas. The house tells the origins of Knoxville’s iconic Market Square, the bitter divisions of the Civil War, the lives of enslaved and domestic workers, the infamous 1882 Gunfight on Gay Street, the scandalous 1934 breach of promise and seduction trial, and much more through the rich, colorful lives of the Mabry and Hazen families. Joseph A. Mabry cultivated a reputation as one of Knoxville’s most dynamic characters, investing his resources wherever he saw a potential profit and using whatever means necessary to protect his holdings, whether peaceful or violent. His portfolio ranged from land speculation and real estate development to railroading and mercantilism. Indeed, it was his real estate dealings that provided Knoxville with one of its most iconic spaces: Market Square. In 1853, Mabry, along with William Swan, donated land to the city for the express purpose of building a market house. While the structure itself was demolished in 1960, Market Square continues to serve as Knoxville’s central commercial and social district. In 1883, Mabry’s oldest daughter, Alice Evelyn Mabry, was married to Rush Strong Hazen. Rush Hazen’s personal initiative and business acumen led to a successful career as a wholesale grocer. He moved his family to his wife’s old home in the early 1890s, joining his aging mother-in-law. They expanded the home, building a rear wing with a new kitchen, bathroom, and office to meet the new century. In 1899, Rush and Alice’s youngest daughter, Evelyn Montgomery



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Hazen, was born. Evelyn enrolled at the University of Tennessee at the young age of 15, graduated at 19, taught English at Knoxville High School, and worked briefly for the New York Times. Yet her life was sadly defined by an ill-fated 15-year love affair and scandalous breach of promise and seduction trial in 1934. Despite the odds, she won the trial and was awarded the unprecedented amount of $80,000. She likely never received a dime of the award and for her perceived impropriety and “unladylike” activities, Evelyn Hazen was blacklisted by Knoxville society. When Evelyn died in June 1987, she had outlived every member of her immediate family by three decades and spent all of nearly 88 years in her family’s antebellum home. In her will, she left two options for it - either the house razed to the ground and the property sold for the benefit of the Humane Society or the home and the family heirlooms in it converted into a museum for the benefit of the public. To satisfy the latter of these options, the Hazen Historical Museum Foundation was created to preserve the home, the extensive family collection, and tell the occasionally wild, always colorful, sometimes tragic stories of the house and its family since the museum opened in 1992. Because the home never left the family, the museum showcases one of the largest original family collections in America, with more 2,500 original artifacts on display and several thousand more in the archives. Walking into the historic house museum, you are offered a glimpse of the styles and tastes of the family. Throughout the year, the historic house museum presents a variety of special programming that highlights stories of emancipation or recreates 19th century Spiritualist seances. From March 10-12, Mabry-Hazen House will premiere Rate R for Risque: Courtship, Romance, Intimacy in the Hazen Household that will focus on romantic conventions in the early 20th century. For more information on visiting the museum, tours, and our special programs, visit MabryHazen.com. Knox Heritage preserves structures and places of historic or cultural significance for our community. Established in 1974 as a non-profit educational corporation our organization works to protect and raise awareness of what is beautiful and irreplaceable in East Tennessee.

Spring Cleaning Can’t Restore Your Home’s Hardwood Floors


PRINGTIME IS THAT time of the year for many of us when we engage once again in that annual ritual of spring cleaning. Windows, cabinets, draperies, floors, and carpeting are all thoroughly washed, waxed, and cleaned. Our homes are once again as spotless as the day we moved in. But there’s one area of your home that all the cleaning and elbow grease in the world can’t restore, and that’s your home’s hardwood floors. Cleaning cannot remove scratches, dents, gouges, fading, and the UV damage that hardwood floors experience. European Fine Hardwood Floors has been helping Knoxville area homeowners rediscover the natural beauty of their home’s hardwood floors using the same expertise learned from highly skilled European craftsmen combined with today’s state-of-the-art technology. Did you know that your home’s hardwood flooring can be restored to its original, likenew condition without the inconvenience and mess typically associated with conventional hardwood floor refinishing? Thanks to the latest technology from Bona, the


world’s leader in innovative hardwood floor finishing and refinishing, your floors can be finished or refinished nearly dust-free and odor-free, with a wide variety of proprietary finishes from Bona. Valera Tomescu, owner and founder of European Fine Hardwood Floors, first learned his craft in Europe from other experienced craftsmen and then furthered his expertise by earning a Bona Certified

Craftsman certification. Valera’s training, experience, and certification represents a skill level in the hardwood floor finishing and refinishing marketplace that is earned by very few individuals. If this spring is the season that you decide to restore that showcase quality look to your home’s worn, faded, and damaged hardwood floors, you are invited to discover the European Fine Hardwood Floors difference for yourself. Experience a level of craftsmanship that you might have thought no longer existed combined with today’s cutting-edge technology. Nearly dust-free, you can now have the hardwood floors you want without the mess. And while you’re at it, why not ask Valera about updating your hardwood flooring’s stain color? Call Valera for your free, no-obligation, in-home consultation today.

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Create Your Own Celebrity Closet


ELEBRITY CLOSETS can be more impressive than the stylish clothes they wear. So prepare yourself: The special features in these celebrities’ closets will definitely leave you with closet envy. • Singer Carrie Underwood has a washer and dryer in her closet’s center island. The singer also has a shoe wall and a huge mirror for snapping outfit selfies. • It’s not just women who love a beautiful, organized closet. NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes renovated his closet to organize and display his large sunglass and sneaker collection. • While Carrie Bradshaw isn’t a real celebrity, the character, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, has become famous enough to be considered one. Her iconic closet from the recent films has all of the elements that make closets great: A light and luxurious feel, glass display elements for easy access and highlighting pieces, and a sectional for tossing clothes onto when trying them on. While these closets cost more money than most of us want to spend for a custom

Make Everything Visible Stacking clothes in storage bins may seem like a good idea, but if you can’t see your clothes, you’ll forget they exist. It’s the old adage, out of sight out of mind. Focus on keeping an open layout to help keep things organized. Even if you don’t have a large space or designer clothes, you can still have an impressive, celebrity-style closet. Tailored Living of Knoxville, the area’s whole-home organization experts, can design a custom closet that maximizes your available storage space and add accessories that make it easy to find everyday items. When working with Tailored Living, your closet can have celebrity status at an affordable price!

closet, you can easily create your own celebrity-inspired space. Displaying your clothes and accessories is easy and elegant with these tips: Upgrade the Lighting Add light and glamour to any space by including a small chandelier or wall sconces. Also, LED lights in the right place are good accent lights. They look great in glass cabinets or shoe shelving. You can also get clothing rods that have built-in LED lighting. Select Decorative Hardware Instead of plain drawer knobs, opt for bolder hardware. Think of hardware as jewelry for the drawer! Create a Dressing/Sitting Area If your closet has enough space, include a dressing area so you can get ready in your closet instead of running back and forth to another area of the bedroom. A sitting area is also helpful when putting on shoes. Create a Place for Everything Special jewelry drawers, hampers, fashionable hooks, slide-out valet bars, and an area designed just for scarves are a few options to help organize everything.

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“You Should’ve Been There!” 1982 WORLD’S FAIR 40th Anniversary Museum of East Tennessee History Opening March 5


N CE L E BR ATION of the 40th anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair, the Museum of East Tennessee History invites you to visit the interactive, one-ofa-kind exhibition “You Should Have Been There!” in the Rogers-Claussen Feature Gallery at the East Tennessee History Center from March 5 to October 9, 2022. The exhibition’s theme is a nod to the international exposition’s marketing catchphrase, “You Have Got to Be There! The 1982 World’s Fair!” and also an acknowledgement that four decades removed, there is a generation of East Tennesseans who were not alive to experience the historic event. “You Should Have Been There!” traces the fair’s development from conception to the pivotal moment when The Wall Street Journal referred to Knoxville as a “scruffy little city” and questioned its ability to host an international event. The negative publicity, however, brought out the “I’ll show you spirit” and stiffened local resolve to



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make it a highly successful fair. More than 11,000,000 visitors from around the world were informed and entertained in the various pavilions, exhibitions, and attractions put on by 22 countries and some 50 private organizations. Popular fair souvenirs were shirts and buttons proclaiming, “The Scruffy Little City Did It!” The fair’s theme, “Energy Expo,” played to the region’s reputation as technology and science center. In fact, it was at the 1982 World’s Fair that users were able to try out a touchscreen for the first time. To honor that spirit of innovation, “You Should Have Been There!” incorporates engaging touchscreen experiences alongside, of course, displays of original fair materials from pickle pins to deely-boppers and everything in between. We invite you to come visit this “scruffy little” exhibition as Knoxville looks back on - and revives - the spirit of when the world came to town! For more information, visit EastTNHistory.org/1982worldsfair.

“The persistent energies of people from this region have produced a forum for the people of the world to gather and examine how ‘Energy Turns the World.’” – Jake F. Butcher, Chairman, 1982 World’s Fair “Our ideas and energies combine in a dynamic force - the kind of force that made the developments and breakthroughs and discoveries in this building possible.” – President Ronald Reagan, dedication of the US Pavilion, 1982 World’s Fair








UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month

Magnificent Moss BY PA U L M O O R E , N A S H V I L L E - B A S E D P L A N T S M A N A N D P H OTO G R A P H E R


HAT COMES to your mind when you think of moss? Do these small, non-vascular flowerless plants in the taxonomic division Bryophyta sensu stricto transport you to an enchanted forest in a fairytale or a memory of hiking along a mountain stream hugged by moss-covered boulders? Whatever your memories or knowledge of moss might be, it is a fascinating living thing that is often either misunderstood or simply goes about its life unnoticed. I have loved moss for as long as I can remember. Photography and the love of nature have been central in my life for more than 40 years, and moss has always been part of the visual background and beauty of many of the areas I hold near and dear to my heart, yet I knew little about them. In the fall of 2011, that was all about to change, because moss was about to enter my world in a big way. I had been trying to establish a nice lawn to complement my native plant garden for years, but the soil was so thin and of such poor quality that I had all but given up on it. One fall I was walking the lawn area (or what was left of it) and trying to decide if I was going to plant grass seed again when I noticed a small patch of moss about three feet in diameter growing in what lawn remained. I made the decision to nurture the area by keeping it free of leaves and debris and encouraging the moss. I manually removed the grass and weeds in the area so the moss didn’t have any competition. Then I used an assortment of natural weed and grass killers, with various levels of success, to speed up the process. Slowly the moss began to spread, and by spring, it had filled in most of the area, though it was still not what one might call “lush.” After a few years, the moss filled all the areas that had been lawn, and it was beautiful! I began posting photos of the moss lawn on my social media and website and sharing them with all my plant friends. The reactions and interest were immediate and far-reaching. In all my years of growing and promoting native plants, nothing compared to the level of interest and enthusiasm the moss lawn received in those early days. With all that positive feedback, I began reading in earnest everything I could about moss. The more I read, the more fascinated I became. The questions from visitors and from followers on social media were



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Photo of his personal moss lawn provided by Paul Moore.

A moss lawn can provide many benefits to homeowners who struggle with landscaping with traditional grasses.

unending, and the excitement was palpable. Questions began to roll in: “Can I walk on it?” “Does it stay green year round?” “Are there mosses that grow in the sun?” “Do I need to weed a moss lawn?” My research assured them they could, it would, and yes, yes, yes. More questions came: “Do you have to fertilize it?” “Do I have to mow it?” “Does moss need good soil?” “Does the buttermilk in a blender thing work?” And with them more answers: No, absolutely not, nope, definitely not. Then came the more complex questions that required more in-depth answers, such as: “Does moss have roots?” The answer? Moss doesn’t have true roots but a root-like structure called rhizoids that attach to the soil surface. The more I researched, and the more complicated the questions and answers became, the more enthralled I was, and the more momentum this new interest gained with followers. New moss enthusiasts were born. A moss lawn may not be the solution for everyone, but it’s a great option for those with the right conditions. A moss lawn is a great environmentally friendly lawn alternative, and its year-round beauty will reward you for years to come. My suggestion for those that want to give it a try is to start out with a

small area to learn its requirements. The primary varieties in my moss lawn are Thuidium delicatulum, Oxyrrhynchium hians, Hypnum curvifolium, and Brachythecium sp. I’ve only touched the surface about moss and moss lawns. To further your knowledge, I recommend the following three books: The Magical World of Moss Gardening by Annie Martin, Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Common Mosses of the Appalachians by Karl B. McKnight, Joseph R. Rohrer, Kristen McKnight Ward, and Warren J. Perdrizet. It is critically important to buy mosses from nurseries that are both responsible and sustainable in sourcing what they sell. A reputable nursery that I strongly recommend is Mountain Moss Company (MountainMoss.com) in Brevard, North Carolina. You can view an installation of diverse mosses at the UT Gardens, Crossville. The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Crossville, and Jackson. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit utia.tennessee.edu/state-botanical-garden.

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warm, cold; that is what the weather does this time of the year here in our little corner of the world. It might be 40 one day and 70 the next. It is very tempting to want to go outside and start planting on those nice days, but don’t get carried away. Our average last frost is not until early to midApril. Don't be tempted to plant too early, it never works out well. There are, however, many things that you can do on pretty days: • Do your walk around. What has changed in your yard? Have you had trees come down so that a normally shady spot is now sunny? Do you have trees that have grown so that a formerly sunny area is shady? How have your plants fared during the winter? Do you need to add, subtract, multiply, or divide? What would you like to do this spring to improve your yard? Stop by if you need some help with your planning. • If you have an area where nothing seems to thrive, do a soil test. This will let you know if your problem spot has an imbalance that needs to be corrected. • This is the time to do a good cleanup. Get fallen leaves and plant debris out of the beds and see how badly the weeds have taken over. Pull those weeds and treat the beds with Preen or another pre-emergent to keep them from coming back. While you are out there, work some good compost into the soil to add nutrients. • Cut perennials back to where new growth is emerging, but please consider leaving perennials that still have seed heads for the birds. They need the food to prepare for spring families. • Consider freshening or topdressing your mulch beds. It protects the plants from the spring freeze/thaw cycles and keeps moisture stable. Do NOT use too much, however! Three inches is optimal. NEVER pile the mulch around the base of plants or create volcanoes around trees. Your mulch should look like a flattened donut around trees and shrubs. If you already have a good base of mulch in place, give it a good raking to “fluff” it. Mulch can become very compacted and hard during the winter. • You can plant cool season annuals, perennials, and vegetables, but please do not plant warm season annuals and veggies yet. Everybody wants to get the first tomato of the year, but a tomato planted while the soil is cold will not bear well. Flowers will sit and pout because you were mean to them. Wait.

• Please stop pruning your plants without research. Crepe myrtles get murdered, hydrangeas and spring bloomers don’t bloom, and trees are horribly deformed by homeowners (and some bad “landscapers”) who have no idea what they are doing. Our first workshop of the season is on this subject, so call and sign up for the 10 am class on March 5th if you need help. The Knox County Master Gardeners Program also has some wonderful pruning videos on YouTube. • Houseplants are ready for some TLC this time of year. Clean them up by washing the leaves off. Small plants can go in the sink for a good rinsing and larger ones can be cleaned with a damp cloth. I use a Swiffer on some of my biggest plants! Check for disease and insects, and up-pot if necessary. Don’t go too big! One pot size is enough. Use the best potting soil you can afford, because cheap soil is the equivalent of junk food for humans. I also resume fertilizing in March. • This is a good time to get your containers ready for the spring. You can dump the soil from small pots into your garden beds and work it in. Some pots may just need a quick rinse, and some may need a thorough scrubbing. If you had a fungal

problem with the plants that were in the pot, rinse it with a mild bleach solution. If there are white lines on your pot, it is an indicator that you have been a bit overzealous with your fertilizing and salts are building up, so you need to scrub those off and ease up on the fertilization. If your containers are large, you don’t need to dump the entire thing out every year. If there are trees, shrubs, or perennials planted in them, you can top dress with compost. If you do seasonal planting, replace the top 6"-12" with fresh soil. If you have had problems with fungus or insects, however, you may want to start all over. Both can hide out in your soil and re-infect new plants. I’ll finish up this month with a reminder to take care of our feathered friends. Keep your feeders clean and full, keep birdbaths clean and full, and protect the birdhouses. We are getting shipments in on a daily basis right now, so stop in and see what’s new!

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

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Professional Automotive Service at Affordable Prices


WNER AND operator, Jesse Hawe of Dents & Detail, takes his “commitment to quality” very seriously. Having worked in the vehicle repair service industry for more than 18 years, he opened his own shop Maryville three years ago. Jesse’s business on South Washington Street in Maryville has thrived, so he has recently opened his second location here in Knoxville. After a major building renovation, Dents & Detail’s Knoxville location is now open for business at 8525 Walbrook Drive, conveniently located just before the Walker Springs Road intersection past the Sam’s Club/Walmart parking lot. As a body shop alternative, they offer paintless dent repair. This method is actually the repair most insurance providers prefer, as it is less expensive than standard body shop part replacement and with less downtime. Dents & Detail is able to afford their customers substantial savings on time and service, as there are no backordered parts or paint matching (or mismatching!) issues. They are able to

restore most vehicles back to pre-collision condition, and their work comes with a lifetime warranty. As a veteran and a father of four, Jesse’s mindset is one of providing a community service to save people both time and

money. Many of their satisfied customers include local rental car companies that need their vehicles repaired quickly and reliably. Dents & Detail also provides other automotive services like window tinting, interior and exterior vehicle detailing, and for the serious car enthusiast, ceramic coating to enhance and restore a lustrous paint job. Visit Jesse’s website at DentsDetail.com to see their many testimonials, request a quote, or book an appointment. A Google search will turn up more than 100 5-star reviews! After any collision or vehicle body damage, Dents & Detail encourages you to seek their opinion first before assuming a costly replacement is your only option. There is rarely a backlog, so you can be in and out in record time with a “like new again” repair.

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Why Local Monitoring Matters


T FLEENOR Security Systems, our business is to help protect your family and your property, and we understand that when a problem arises, you need answers promptly. The 24/7 Fleenor central monitoring station is always on duty, and our Knoxville office is staffed with professionals who are familiar with your system, where your home or business is located, and ready to help you. The many benefits of local security system monitoring: • Live operators to answer incoming calls, 24 hours a day. No voicemail when you call direct. • Top quality team members who care about our customers, hand-picked by Fleenor. • Our customers are our own. We know you, and you know us. • Local event awareness - like severe weather and power outages - that keeps you better informed. • Direct contact with service department so customer needs or questions get handled. • No need to make a second call if after hours technician is needed. We handle it for you. In order to best serve our customers, we proudly own and operate our very own UL Listed Central Monitoring Station right here in East Tennessee. Unlike many other security companies, we do not outsource our monitoring to mega stations that handle thousands of accounts from many different security providers. We believe it is important to have our dispatchers trained, managed, and employed directly by Fleenor Security Systems, ensuring that Fleenor is always ready when it counts - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. UL Listed Central Monitoring Station means that our station has been independently tested and meets the most stringent requirements to be able to handle life safety systems. These requirements cover everything from building structure, receiving and monitoring equipment, and staffing issues, in addition to installation and ongoing service. Get peace of mind by knowing that our UPS (uninterruptible power supply) system includes batteries that maintain power in the event of an outage, with dual generators to make sure when electric power is out, we are still ready when it counts. And rest assured that our redundant software and equipment eliminate any single points of failure so our equipment is always working, signals are received accurately, and the facility is properly staffed for fast response times. Call us today to experience the safety, security, and local monitoring that only Fleenor Security Systems can offer and enjoy the Fleenor family difference! Fleenor Security Systems 10446 Cogdill Road Knoxville, TN 37932 865.544.9964 FleenorSecurity.com TN C-0239 VA 11-1901 NC 1721-CSA

Flying in or out of Knoxville? Enjoy Arts in the Airport!


HE ARTS & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) present Arts in the Airport, where regional artists compete and display work in the most visited site in the area through April 2022! Featuring contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork that is exhibited behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint. All works are available for sale at knoxalliance.store/product-category/airport. Thank you for your support of our local artists!

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What to Look for in Your

Vacation Resort C O U RT E S Y O F B P T


A R M S A N D between your toes, a cool drink in your hand, the sun setting over the beautiful ocean... these are the dreams of an ideal spring break. After what feels like years of video calls with friends, it’s time to re-connect and take that muchneeded tropical vacation where bare feet, hammocks under palm trees, and swim-up bars are just what you need to make new memories. With an all-inclusive getaway, planning is minimal so you can focus on enjoying what matters most - your vacation. The best resorts have something for everyone: Mom relaxing at the spa, dad having a cocktail poolside, kids playing all day, and adventurous friends seeking beachfront activities and entertainment. And while today’s all-inclusive resorts deliver elevated experiences and offerings for every age and interest, not all are alike. For example, some all-inclusive resorts offer enhanced food and beverage options such as ceviche and handmade empanadas alfresco served in a seaside lounge, while others may offer mojito and tequila lounges or unforgettable views with customized drinks prepared by expert mixologists. But not all resorts offer this level of service. Before you book your all-inclusive spring break or summer vacation, make sure your resort has the following five items: 1. Look for a Variety of Cuisine... and Then Some A vacation means a break from cooking and meal planning, so when looking to book an all-inclusive resort, make sure they offer multiple onsite restaurants to remove the hassle of deciding where to eat with your group while giving a chance to try various cuisines. Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort, offers numerous restaurants and



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dining experiences. For example, you can savor the rich traditions of Mexican cuisine at Maxal, while Auma, the experiential restaurant, prepares meals with ritualistic theater in full view of fire and flame. The resort also features a trattoria serving Mediterranean classics, a Southeast Asian concept, a high-energy all-day lounge, an ice cream and churro shop, and a taqueria with a mezcal and tequila bar. 2. Find All the Fun in the Sun Second to plentiful food and drink at hand, the best thing about an all-inclusive resort is all the activities included in your stay. Be sure to find a resort that offers everything you want. For instance, most Mexican and Caribbean resorts have pools and beaches. But if you need adventure, seek resorts that also include water sports equipment for snorkeling and kayaking. The fun should continue when the sun goes down. Look for resorts offering live music, dazzling shows, and dancing. 3. Privacy by the Sea Hilton’s All-Inclusive Resorts offer a range of breathtaking beachfront resorts in highly coveted locales for families with kids of all ages and couples. If your spring break vacation is a romantic getaway, you’ll want seclusion and serenity. All-inclusive hotels

often cater to couples’ needs by offering privacy options, including adult pools, private swim-out suites, and jetted tubs, plus romantic restaurants, world-class spas, and casinos. Or, choose an all-inclusive resort with a kids’ club, which offers supervised and fun programs for children while giving mom and dad some space to hit the links or enjoy a quiet meal. 4. Education Destination via Culture The best all-inclusive resorts integrate local culture into food and beverage, activities, and hotel design. According to a recent travel trends report, travelers are “looking for unique experiences to immerse themselves in, seeking meaningful ways to connect with the different cultures and destinations whilst discovering something new.” Learning about and enjoying new cultures stimulates the mind and satisfies the curious soul, without leaving the resort. Great all-inclusive resorts integrate the local culture with engaging programs, classes, and experiences that will enhance your vacation, such as salsa and merengue lessons, tequila tastings, and local crafts. 5. Above and Beyond Hospitality A final box every traveler should check is a place that spoils you yet feels like home. The right all-inclusive resort will have more than beachfront accommodations. Seek world-class spas, personalized concierge, friendly team members, and high-end offerings. While enjoying new experiences, places, and cultures, you also want the trust and reliability that comes from a well-respected company. The best brands offer loyalty programs with earned points to help book that special vacation. Once you have selected your resort, book, pay, and go. All you need to do is have fun. The all-inclusive resort handles the rest.




I G E A R S collab or ate s wit h artists, audiences, and communities to create joyful, meaningful, and transcendent cultural experiences that defy boundaries, fuel curiosity, ignite the spirit, and nourish the soul. Described as “one of the most quietly earth-shattering, subtly luminous festivals the world over” by the Oxford American and “one of the world’s greatest music bashes” by The New York Times, the Big Ears Festival—the flagship program of the organization—has established itself over the past decade as one of the most exciting and imaginative cultural gatherings anywhere. The festival brings a Who’s Who of acclaimed iconoclasts, innovators, and luminaries together with inspired younger artists making fresh and new creative work. The Big Ears Festival takes place throughout downtown in more than a dozen venues: historic theaters, intimate clubs, majestic churches, pocket parks, galleries, and repurposed industrial spaces, museums, galleries, and clubs—with pop-up events and performances, exhibitions, films, literary readings, workshops, markets and talks taking place in cafes, bars, hotels,

restaurants, in alleyways and other nooks and crannies. The festival experience is full of surprises. As one journalist wrote after attending, “Knoxville has the most venues with good sound within walking distance of any place in America.” Performance locations are interspersed among a vibrant collection of restaurants, bars, and shops, offering an unparalleled festival experience for artists and audiences alike. A festival pass offers access to all publicly announced performances—enabling festival goers to not only see familiar artists that they know and love, but also to explore the music of artists with whom they are not already familiar. Big Ears draws robust contingents of both Tennessee residents and visitors from around the world who come together to form a shared community energized by joy, discovery, and engagement. To add context and promote access, Big Ears programs an array of community events during the festival that bring world-class artists into collaborations with Knoxville’s diverse creative community. With a very rare exception, everything— all the venues, along with Knoxville’s finest

hotels and award-winning restaurants—is within an easy, short walk of everything else, with a dedicated festival trolley service offering assistance should you wish to rest up for a moment and catch your breath. While no two Big Ears are quite the same, each year the festival presents many of the world’s most visionary composers and musicians, artists whose work reaches for new heights and expands to new frontiers. The programming transcends generation and genre—bringing together iconic trailblazers and young iconoclasts performing and sometimes blending classical and contemporary composition, jazz, rock, folk traditions from throughout the world, pop, drone, avant-garde, ambient and beyond. For more information and tickets, visit BigEarsFestival.org. Big Ears is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that receives substantial investment from donors and sponsors in the Knoxville community, as well as from private foundations, government agencies, and dedicated supporters across the country for whom the festival has become an annual pilgrimage. Explore our list of generous partners or join the ranks of our supporters. March 202 2



Simple, Sweet Energy Bites C O U RT E S Y O F F F E



fuel to make it through a long day can be challenging. No matter if you’re a stay-athome parent, corporate worker, or small business owner, having a high energy level that lasts throughout the day is important for both you and those around you. Energy helps you stay alert and attentive to what is going on around you, whether that’s cleaning up after your little ones, filing a report your boss asked for, or hitting the gym after work. We can all use a quick, convenient pick-me-up, and graband-go foods can supply the added energy needed for an active day. When it comes to snacking during the day, delicious, mouth-watering Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip or Sweetpotato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites can give you the boost you need. Skipping salty snacks and opting for more nutritious alternatives puts you ahead of the game! Energy Bites are a perfect snack time nosh, rolled into simple balls, that can help you finish the task at hand - laundry, late afternoon calls, or your daily workout. Try these yummy options - creamy peanut butter and chocolate chips curb your sweet cravings but still provide sustainable energy with shredded coconut and rolled oats. Sweetpotatoes, along with flavorful spices and a touch of honey, have antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and aid in the muscle repair process, plus sweetpotatoes help with both your endurance and recovery. According to the American Diabetes Association, sweetpotatoes are a “diabetes superfood” because they are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, all of which are good for overall health and may help prevent disease. Fun fact: The one-word spelling of “sweetpotato” was adopted by the National Sweetpotato Collaborators in 1989 in an effort to avoid confusion with the potato and yam among shippers, distributors, warehouse workers, and consumers. Stock up on Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites for your afternoon slump or whip up a batch of Sweetpotato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites using the versatile veggie that’s easy to add to a multitude of recipes for flavor enhancement and nutritional content. Each recipes uses a combination of honey, shredded coconut, and rolled oats, so why not try them both? Not only can they be that afternoon pick-me-up, they are also simple to make and simply delightful to eat. You can store them in the refrigerator in a container for anytime snacking - which means it’s easy to prep your snacks for the entire week ahead of time. Stop settling at snack time for stale crackers or high-calorie dips. Eating something that can make your body feel good and energize you for the rest of the day keeps you prepared for what’s to come.



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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites Recipe courtesy of Culinary.net Yield: 20 bites Ingredients: • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter • 1/3 cup honey • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 cup raw oats • 1/2 cup shredded coconut • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal • 6 tablespoons mini chocolate chips Directions: In medium mixing bowl, stir peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract until combined. Add oats, coconut, flaxseed meal, and chocolate chips. Mix until combined. Shape into 1-inch balls. Store in airtight container in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Sweetpotato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites Recipe courtesy of Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN, on behalf of the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission, NCSweetpotatoes.com Yield: 14 bites Ingredients: • 1 cup cooked sweetpotato • 3/4 cup rolled oats • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or desired nut butter) • 3 tablespoons honey • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/2 cup shredded coconut Directions: In large bowl, combine sweetpotato, oats, nut butter, honey, ginger, and cinnamon; stir until well combined. Refrigerate bowl about 20 minutes to firm. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove dough and portion into snack-sized bites. Gently roll bites in shredded coconut and refrigerate 15-20 minutes or freeze 10 minutes before serving.

Knox Shamrock Fest™ is back, live and in-person this year! Saturday, March 19 10 am – 10 pm World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn


HE KNOX Shamrock Fest is the region’s premier, family friendly St. Patrick’s Day Festival! The all day festival kicks off with everyone’s favorite Lucky Kidney Run™! All-day entertainment includes live musical performances by Way Blue Yonder and other local artists, plenty of children’s activities, face painting, balloon twisting and crafts, cultural presentations, and delectable food from our local food trucks! Why Lucky “Kidney” Run? Did you know that 1 in 7 Americans has kidney disease? That’s 30 million people! However, 96% of those with early kidney disease (stages 1 and 2) don’t even know they have CKD. And of those with severely reduced kidney function (stage 4) but not on dialysis, 48%, are not aware of having the disease.* That’s why we at the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation host the annual Lucky Kidney Run™ and Knox Shamrock Fest, to bring awareness of this “silent” disease and educate the community about its risk factors, symptoms, and prevention. The Lucky Kidney Run™ is a major fundraiser for the East

Tennessee Kidney Foundation. ETKF asks for your help in making this a strong and successful fundraising event. No donation or fundraising goal is too small! Please support our local mission of improving the lives of East Tennesseans suffering from kidney disease; 100% of funds raised stay right here in East Tennessee! The Lucky Kidney Run™ options include the traditional in-person 6k and 1 mile walk, as well as virtual options for both distances! This way you can register for the option with which you are most comfortable. Refer others and fundraise through the 19th to earn SWAG rewards and prizes! So grab some friends, come up with a unique team name, then register on the events page at ETKidney.org. Knox Shamrock Fest Bonus Online Content Check out presentations from 2021’s virtual Knox Shamrock Fest, presented by the professional leadership at Cumin Gaelach Knoxville (Knoxville Irish Society). Visit ETKidney.org, 2022 Knox Shamrock Fest and Lucky Kidney Run for more information.

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A.J. Croce’s Got a Name and Plays by Request BY R A N DY PAT T E R S O N , B O O M E R O C I T Y.C O M


AY THE NAME “Croce” in front of music-loving baby boomers or people who love the music of our generation and great music comes to mind. Songs like “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” “Time in a Bottle,” and “I Got a Name” instantly come to mind. That’s because the writer and singer of those songs, Jim Croce, achieved musical greatness with those songs - songs that I still hear on the radio and in establishments all around the world every day. That greatness and timelessness came from a career that lasted only 18 months. Sadly, Jim met an untimely death in a plane crash. A death that left a loving wife, Ingrid, and a son, A.J., who turned two years old eight days after his death. Ingrid and A.J.’s story from that moment on is one of serious challenges and rising above them. In the case of A.J., to be a successful artist and musician in his own right. With 11 solo albums and countless collaborations under his belt, A.J. tours to connect with his fan base. His current tour is bringing him to Maryville College on March 31st, with tickets almost sold out. Before A.J. shared what fans can expect from that show, he revealed an amazing story that took place while he was focusing on his own music and not leveraging his dad’s work, but managing his dad’s publishing and recording archive. “I wanted a certain integrity, and with not even touching my father’s music for 20 years, not so much because I didn’t love it, but I just I wanted to make a name for myself,” he said. “I got to a certain point in my early 30s, I was really taking over (my dad’s) publishing at that point. I had had a lot of experience with my own for 10 years prior to that and was transferring these old audiotapes. There was one in particular that I heard where my father was playing all these obscure blues and old country blues songs. They were songs that I had covered since I was 12 years old, and it was like 10 of the 12 or 13 songs on that tape. I had played every single one of them since I was a kid but never knew that my father had ever played them. It was so eerie. The hair on my neck just stood up. I was just completely blown away by this.” As to what fans can expect from the

IN CONCERT MARYVILLE COLLEGE • MARCH 31 upcoming show, A.J. said, “Oh, it’s a really fun show! I’ve been having a lot of fun with it... it’s been on and off for a while, for a couple of years. But it is really great to be able to connect with the audience. It’s a very energetic show. Some people might think of my dad’s ballads. There’s some of those in there - certainly, the famous ones are part of the show. Some of the biggest songs are part of the show. Outside of that, it’s really free. I can move around musically through my music, through his music, and I’m telling stories about where it all came from and how it connects. The whole thing about this, for me, is I want people to feel the way that I felt when I listened to that recording of my father and found this deep connection. I want them to feel that for me, for my father, and how everything is connected. I want them to have a great time while they discover this, and I think people will laugh. It’s really fun.” One of A.J.’s personal and direct influences was the late great Leon Russell. “I wrote with Leon Russell. We wrote a bunch of songs together, and it was a very similar thing. I liked Leon. I always respected him. I dug those early albums. But that wasn’t my influence. I was listening to what he was listening to; listening to that old boogie stuff, early rock and roll, Little Richard, Johnny Johnson, Pete Johnson - all

those old New Orleans and early rock and roll and blues based piano players and performers. We had all these similar influences, probably mostly Ray Charles. Ray was such a big influence on everyone that came after him. “It was funny because he (Leon) said, ‘You know, I heard your dad was a musician.’ And I said, ‘I would figure you would have known some of the songs,’ and I named some of them and he didn’t know what they were. It was so funny because we came to know each other by accident, sort of, through me opening for him or playing on the same festival bills.” Watch this fascinating interview in its entirety to find out more about A.J. Croce’s life as a musician by visiting Boomerocity.com.

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. Photos by Joshua Black Wilkins

The Best Home Underdecking System Available



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MARCH THINGS TO DO • PLACES TO GO • PEOPLE TO SEE THROUGHOUT THE MONTH Nourish Knoxville Farmers’ Market at Market Square on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Blood at the Root at the Clarence Brown Theatre through the 13th. Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art Exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art through April 24.

Ice Bears vs. Quad City Storm at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm. Country/Off Road Night! Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Revolution - Music of The Beatles at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm. Steep Canyon Rangers with Fireside Collective at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.


Downtown Knoxville Boat Show at the Knoxville Convention Center from 2 to 8 pm. Also the 4th from 12 to 8 pm, 5th from 10 am to 8 pm, and 6th from 11 am to 5 pm.

Daylight saving time begins - spring forward Bert Kreischer: The Berty Boy Relapse Tour at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7 and 9 pm. Of Montreal with Locate S, 1 Personalia at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.




9th Annual Knoxville Spring Home & Garden Show at the Knoxville Expo Center from 10 am to 5 pm. Also the 6th from 11 am to 5 pm. 15th Annual Mardi Growl Pet Parade & Festival in downtown Knoxville from 11 am to 3 pm. A benefit for Young-Williams Animal Center. Shamrock Ball, a father-daughter dance, at the Farragut Community Center from either 2 to 4 pm or 7 to 9 pm. Visit FarragutParksandRec.org. Cody Jinks at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7 pm. Wellred Comedy Tour at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

MARCH 6 Gin Blossoms at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. Joe Bonamassa at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm.

MARCH 7 Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm. Also the 8th and 9th at 7 pm.

MARCH 10 Napoleon Dynamite at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 6 pm. Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional: Surviving the Truth Tour at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm. Korn at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm. American Aquarium with Margo Cilker at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

MARCH 11 MercyMe at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm. Ice Bears vs. Quad City Storm at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm. Peanuts Night! Marc Broussard with Jamie McLean at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

MARCH 12 Knox St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Cel-O’bragh-tion along Gay Street & Krutch Park at 1 pm.



March 2022

13th Annual Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture with Dr. Kellie Jones at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 6 to 8 pm.

MARCH 16 From Batboy to Congressman, 30 years in the US House - John J Duncan, Jr. at the East Tennessee History Center from noon to 1 pm.

MARCH 17 St. Patrick’s Day Ice Bears vs. Peoria Rivermen at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm. St. Hattrick’s Night! Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series: Brahms Symphony No. 2 at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. Also the 18th at 7:30 pm. Four Leaf Peat at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

MARCH 25 Jackie and Me at Knoxville Children’s Theatre at 7 pm. Also March 26-27, March 31-April 3, and April 7-10. Thursday and Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1 and 5 pm, Sunday at 3 pm. Ice Bears vs. Birmingham Bulls at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm. Wrestling Night! MARCH 26 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Kids Run in downtown Knoxville at 5:30 pm, 5K at 7 pm. MARCH 27 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon in downtown Knoxville at 7:30 am. Bluegrass on the Lawn, featuring performers from the East Tennessee Bluegrass Association, at Ralph McGill Plaza (corner of Campbell Station & Kingston Pike) from 5 to 8 pm. Free bring a blanket or lawn chairs! MARCH 29 Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm. MARCH 30 FIRST Robotics Competition Smoky Mountains Regional 2022 at Thompson-Boling Arena from 7 am to 6 pm through April 2nd. Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Series: William Shaub and Friends with Claire de Lune at the Knoxville Museum of Art at 7 pm. Also the 31st at 7 pm.

Alive After Five at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

MARCH 31 Johnnyswim at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. The Vegabonds with The Stews at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.




Lucky Kidney Run - participate virtually or in person at World’s Fair Park. A benefit for the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation. Visit ETkidney.org. Global Asias Community Day at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 11 am to 3 pm. Little Feat with special guest Amy Helm at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.

MARCH 20 First day of spring Ice Bears vs. Macon Mayhem at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 5 pm. Brian Regan at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm.

MARCH 21 75th Annual UT Student Art Competition at The Ewing Gallery through March 31st.

MARCH 22 L.O.L. Surprise! Live at the Tennessee Theatre at 6 pm.

MARCH 24 Big Ears Festival in downtown Knoxville through the 27th. Visit BigEarsFestival.org.

APRIL 1 First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. Nate Bargatze: The Raincheck Tour at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7 pm. APRIL 2 Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk in downtown Knoxville/Market Square/Krutch Park. UT School of Music Spring Gala: Ritz, Glitz & Orange at Cherokee Country Club at 6 pm. Call 865-974-7547 for tickets. APRIL 3 Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra at the Bijou Theatre at 2:30 pm. Oak Ridge Community Band Showcase Concert at First Baptist Church (1101 Oak Ridge Turnpike) at 3:30 pm. This free event features band members and area musicians in small ensembles performing a variety of musical numbers. Visit orcb.org for info. Newsboys: Stand Together Tour at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm. All event dates and times subject to change.

Center New Exhibitions Opening Emporium March 4


HE ARTS & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from March 4-26. A free reception with the artists will be on Friday, March 4, from 5 to 9 pm and and features music by Partners in Rhyme, Cal, and Richard. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at KnoxAlliance.Store. Robert Felker: Patron Saints of Rock in the Lower Gallery Artist statement excerpt: This exhibition comprises a series of mixed-media collages portraying icons of the music world. These epic figures have been canonized into a church of my own making - a “Communion of Saints” - based on their worship status in the public eye, as well as my own. Music has accompanied me in my countless hours as a visual artist. Patron Saints of Rock is my attempt to share my admiration for the music creators which has stirred my soul. It is also my hope to honor the legacy of these artists’ contributions. Artists that have moved mountains. Jessica Burleson: Don’t Touch in the Upper Gallery Jessica Burleson is a Panamanian-American artist and recent Knoxville transplant. Her debut solo exhibition speaks to her experience of femininity and nature through the materiality and objectivity of paint. These acrylic paintings are created from acrylic skins and impasto cake decorating techniques to form a collage of textures and control. Artist statement excerpt: My works are a reflection of the embodiment of femininity and nature that is met by the world with an all-consuming hunger. I compose impossibly thick, icing-like, touch-worthy feminine floral elements. I speak to the exploitation of femininity as a pound of flesh to be devoured. My work lives in a world where worth is not of the body but within one’s essence, where femininity is allowed to remain sacred and untouched by burden, blooming into its full potential - living beyond objectification and allowed to accept our full spectrum of self. CAW: Coral and Amos Works in the Atrium CAW is an idea that Coral and Amos fabricated more than 10 years ago and is finally coming to fruition. This exhibition will be their first step toward collaborating together. Coral’s work had utilized more illustrations in the past compared with the natural elements she currently uses in her hand screen


printed fabric. These images all started as a photograph on her phone that she took while in nature, which she then separated by hand into several layers. Registration is used to create a repeat pattern, and there are random printed elements on each piece of linen yardage. Amos’s work is a mix of images from life and abstract scenarios, intended as screen shots from inner space. He draws inspiration from the endless and teeming variety of life on planet Earth with a particular focus on humor, absurdity, and small pleasures. Bruce Bunting: New Works in Paper in the Display Case Bruce Bunting is a retired engineer with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering who spent his career working in the automotive industry. He became attracted to papermaking because it combined art, chemistry, materials, and equipment. When he retired, he built a papermaking studio and fabricated all the equipment needed. He continues on with paper exploration, including materials, equipment, and techniques and considers himself fortunate to have the time and independence to follow his heart. Artist statement: I am calling these works “sculptural collages” collages, because they are assembled from paper with glue, and sculptural, because the works have depth and the paper has thickness and texture. I made the paper for these pieces in my studio. I’m working more toward a sculptural approach, rather than flat work, as I want the paper itself to be the art and not just a backdrop for another media. Stephen Brayfield: Pawtraits and Mewsings on the North Wall Artist statement: This is a collection of realistic portraits - or whimsical “Pawtraits” - that exhibit my ability to capture the essence or soul of our furry family members. These Pawtraits seem to be the most requested thing from me now. For most of these works, rather than stretch my watercolor paper, I mount it onto cradled wooden panels normally used for oil painting. When the painting is complete, I seal it with cold wax medium, thereby eliminating the need for a frame and glass. It can then be displayed more like an oil without any interference between viewer and art. The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. For more information, call 865-523-7543 or visit KnoxAlliance.com.

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens Open 9am to 5pm everyday from March 12 to April 10


HERE’S NO place more beautiful than Cheekwood in the spring as tulips, daffodils and spring blooming bulbs spill from the gardens, creating a colorful, showstopping experience you won’t forget. Magnolias, redbuds, and dogwoods are also in on the act as warmer weather and longer days arrive. Celebrate the changing season with family activities, special performances, Sunday Jazz and a weekend Beer Garden, plus plenty of natural inspiration. Cheekwood in Bloom The 10th Anniversary Celebration opens March 12 with 250,000 blooms for the largest and most colorful celebration of spring to date. Cheekwood in Bloom, which has become a beloved tradition to welcome warmer weather, longer days, and the rich colors of spring perennials, will also feature live concerts, workshops and programming for all ages, and outdoor wellness classes to encourage visitors to take advantage of Cheekwood’s 55 acres of breathing room to

rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. Spanning the Atlantic: The Arts and Crafts Movement Exhibit The Arts & Crafts m ove m e n t w a s a n international trend in the decorative arts that first developed in the British Isles during the 19th century before its influence made its way across the Atlantic to America. The movement stood for traditional craftsmanship, often incorporating medieval, romantic, or folk styles of decoration. Leading examples of works by Charles F. A. Voysey, William Morris, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, to name a few, will be included in this twopart exhibition with the American portion on display in the spring of 2023. Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on

the historic Cheek estate just outside of Nashville. Since being converted into a museum of art and botanical garden in 1960, Cheekwood has presented world-class art exhibitions, spectacular gardens, and a historic estate unlike anything else. As one of Nashville’s top attractions, Cheekwood has activities, programs, and festivals to celebrate all four seasons. Cheekwood will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. throughout the festival. Advanced reservations are required for all happenings, including workshops, classes, and general admission. To purchase tickets and learn more about Cheekwood in Bloom and The Arts and Crafts Movement Exhibit, visit Cheekwood.org.

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Is Everyone Really Moving to Tennessee?

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NGOING CONVERSATIONS about rising home prices, the boom of new home construction, scarcity of inventory, and our own thoughts of “should I stay?” in our older home with a big yard or “should I go?” to something newer, smaller, easier to maintain (but shockingly expensive!) resulted in a quick and quite revealing Google search. Did you know… • U-Haul ranks Tennessee as the #1 state in the U.S. for net migration for trucks coming in vs going out • Realtor.com reports January 2022 listing prices up almost 16% since the same period last year

During the 2022 Real Estate Forecast Summit, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) ranked Knoxville as one of the Top 10 “hidden gems” of the housing market. NAR defines a “hidden gem” as a market whose median home price-to-median family income ratio is at the lower end of 378 housing markets relative to the distribution of market fundamentals. Market fundamentals include job growth, wage growth, population growth, population to housing permits, net domestic migration to population, share of population ages 25 to 44 years old, and fraction of household with broadband services. “With continued growth on the horizon, it’s important to underscore that housing is the backbone of sustainable economic growth and prosperity. Meeting the rising demand for affordable housing of all types - subsidized, market-rate, single-family, multifamily - is one of the foremost challenges facing the East Tennessee region right now,” said Hancen Sale, KAAR

• The top three out-of-state buyers are coming from New York, Chicago, and LA • In May 2021, the Knoxville Association of REALTORS® (KAAR) reported 17 households per day moving to our area • Median prices continue to rise, and in November 2021, 38% of homes sold above asking price • Knock, a digital homeownership platform, lists Knoxville in their top 10 housing markets for Gen X and Baby Boomers So it seems the answer is a resounding “YES” and our local Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS® explained this trend further.

Governmental Affairs and Policy Director. KAAR released its annual Housing Market Forecast, projecting 0-3% home sales growth and 5-8% home price growth in 2022. “While home price growth is bound to decelerate, I fully expect our housing market to remain strong in 2022,” said Sale. “Despite the likelihood of higher interest rates, I anticipate robust buyer demand will persist due to East Tennessee’s above-average net domestic migration, strong employment growth, and relatively affordable home prices. Near historic low housing inventory, which will be a chronic issue for our region moving forward, should keep home prices high and rising.” The purpose of the Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS® is to unite and serve its members and to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business ethically, professionally, and successfully and to promote the preservation of the right to own, transfer, and use real property.


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