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MARCH 15 The Town Framery & Gifts

Judy Irmen

Spring Open House featuring artist Robert A. Tino.

Publisher + Editor in Chief

30 CH Interiors & Gifts

Tom Irmen Director of Sales + Marketing

Discover the beauty of spring at their Easter Open House.

Kendra Menendez

39 Resurfacing Solutions

Editor + Administration

Rediscover affordable bathroom remodeling.

Meredith Hancock Design + Production

40 Premiere Consignment

Silent auction for “Western Puma Head” print by Guy Coheleach.

Contact Information P.O. Box 432 Vonore, TN 37885 Phone: 865.856.6463

51 Closets by McKenry

Making your garage beautiful and organized.

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52 Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting Helping you light up your nights.

Hours of Business Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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grown to three locations. You can now protect your vehicle's value by having your car hand washed at the Knoxville, Morristown, and the newest location in Halls. Brian, owner of Synergy Auto Wash, and his son, Price, as well as all of the Synergy Auto Wash team, invite you to experience their "Hands On... Dirt Off!!" service.

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son when we focus on our home’s interior and exterior, as well as landscaping and garden areas. It’s time to do a thorough house cleaning with organization of closets and storage areas. Windows need washing, carpets require cleanPhoto by D. Roberts Photography ing, walls could use painting, and there is a variety of household repairs that have been waiting for attention. Plus, during the winter, our garages, outdoor storage areas, and decks have been neglected. With the warmer weather, we become more motivated to attend to all those chores we’ve placed on our spring “to do” lists. And this month, Everything Knoxville focuses on the home and home improvements and enhancements all meant to get you motivated to eliminate those chores on your list. You’ll find services for your home and landscape, and even your garage can look its best. We have it all in this edition. 4


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Besides focusing on our home, spring is a great time to get your vehicle looking its best by getting all the winter dirt and grime removed both outside and inside. This month we have highlighted the services that Synergy Auto Wash offers that can help keep your vehicle clean. Brian Davis, owner of Synergy Auto Wash, outlines the services he has for his unique hand washing car wash and also gives us insight into his third and newest location in Halls. Plus, seeing that this is a family business, you will meet Price, Brian’s son, and Jolene, Brian’s mom. Synergy Auto Wash has now grown to three locations servicing the Knoxville area and promoting their Hands On... Dirt Off!! policy to keep your vehicle looking its showroom best. Spring is all too short here in East Tennessee, so make the most of the mild weather and maximize your time outdoors. We have all the resources in this edition to help you find the products and services you need to make outdoor living and spring spruce up enjoyable.

Judy Irmen


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B E E N six years since local entrepreneur, Brian Davis, first launched Synergy Auto Wash just east of Farragut at 10500 Kingston Pike in Knoxville. An instant success, Synergy Auto Wash has now grown to three locations thanks largely to Synergy’s loyal customer base that is attracted to a level of customer service that is difficult to find elsewhere. With locations in Knoxville and Morristown, and now with its newly opened flagship store in Halls, Synergy Auto Wash has become East Tennessee’s premier, fullservice express hand auto wash. But what you may not know is that Synergy Auto Wash originally began as a dare. Brian, who might best be described as a “car guy,” was voicing his displeasure to good friends about a local car wash he had just visited. “Half the dirt was still on my car, and the dirt trapped on the soft cloth wash equipment used at the car wash from vehicles washed earlier was beginning to scratch my car’s exterior finish,” complained Brian. In a “put up or shut up moment,” Brian accepted their challenge and launched his first car wash in 2012. Whether you’re a business owner or an entrepreneur, we think that you are going to enjoy this interview with Brian.



EK: We understand your response to the challenge from your friends, but you chose to launch Synergy Auto Wash during the most recent recession when most entrepreneurs elected to hibernate. Describe your thoughts at the time. Brian: Yes, the economy was a mess at the time, but one thing I learned through the downturn in the economy was to diversify. With so many vehicles on the road, whose value owners wanted to protect, I felt that a hand wash alternative to conventional auto washes would be a success. EK: While most newly launched businesses favor high levels of automation with as little customer interaction as possible, you chose to provide a level of customer service that most would agree is uncommon today. Explain. Brian: I think most new business owners are trying to achieve the “less labor as possible” model, because labor is the largest controllable expense of most businesses. Most of our competition employ very few employees and a lot of automated equipment that only washes the exterior of your vehicle, requiring the customer to clean the inside, which is typically the most time consuming part of cleaning your car. We chose to offer a car wash alternative that makes

it much easier for our customers by providing a full-service, hand wash, upscale facility performed in a safe and efficient manner by trained, hand-mitted associates. While our labor costs are higher, our volume and efficiencies allow us to offer very competitive prices that are often less than the competition. EK: Were you surprised by your customers’ responses to Synergy Auto Wash? Brian: I wasn’t surprised by the amount of business volume we experienced almost from the start, because I felt that when given the option of hand washing over automated washing, customers who were genuinely interested in protecting their vehicle’s finish would naturally be attracted to Synergy. I was pleasantly surprised by the kindness and encouragement expressed by so many of our customers who continue to praise our concept. Becoming friends with so many of our customers has truly become one of the most rewarding aspects of this business. EK: While Synergy Auto Wash selectively uses automation at its three locations, why do you believe that it is important that no automated equipment touch your car? Brian: Since we have no equipment that comes in contact with your vehicle, we don’t

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have to worry about the type of damage that can occur at fully automated car washes. Secondly, I can’t imagine anyone feeling comfortable watching automated mitters, side brushes, and spinning wraps, which are found in most conventional car washes today, contact their vehicles after the very same cloth just washed that filthy car in front of theirs or, even worse, that cloth that went into the bed of that pickup truck just before running up the hood and roof of your vehicle. Vehicles washed in this manner often show swirl marks in their painted finishes as a result of dirt and abrasives trapped on this equipment coming into contact with the exterior surfaces of their automobile. Hand washing is really the only safe and thorough way to clean a vehicle EK: What other services do you offer at Synergy Auto Wash? Brian: To make things easy for our customers, we’ve created a menu of services that you can pick out at any one of our three locations, or you can view them online at www.synergyautowash.com. We offer four basic washes that range from $8-$26 (tax inclusive). If you require additional services or if you’re in the mood to pamper yourself a little, we also offer an A La Carte menu that consists of a variety of services, including a buff wax, carpet shampoo, leather cleaning and conditioning of the seats, dash/door panels/console protectant, and other services to help keep your vehicle looking showroom new and protected.

EK: What else would you like our readers to know about Synergy Auto Wash? Brian: 1. We offer a full-service, all hand wash facility concept at all three of our locations that nobody else in East Tennessee offers, nor can compete with, and we offer it at a price unavailable elsewhere. 2. With the help of our district manager, Keith Hall, my mom. and our entire Synergy Auto Wash Customer Care Team, we take great pride in providing a level of exceptional customer service that we guarantee to be the best in the area. 3. We are committed to delivering the highest quality hand wash available. If you aren’t satisfied, we will wash your vehicle again until you are fully satisfied. EK: You said that once someone tried Synergy Auto Wash, you had a customer for life. Why? Brian: It is amazing to hear all the positive comments we receive every day. We have people that drive from all across East Tennessee to take advantage of the superior customer service we offer. When we see a customer for the first time, it is usually only a matter of days or weeks before we see them again. EK: Has the success of Synergy Auto Wash exceeded your expectations? Brian: There is a risk inherent in launching any new concept, but the dramatic decrease in customer service that consumers have begun to experience during the last decade or so has actually worked to our advantage. People are tired of today’s one-size-fits-all

customer service model. Who isn’t shocked today when a human being answers their phone call? I was convinced from the very beginning that customers would respond favorably to our high level of customer service. I have not been disappointed. EK: In closing, is there anything else you would like to add? Brian: If someone asked me, “Why should I try Synergy Auto Wash?” I would say this: We are a family-run, small business that excels in customer service and quality. We hand wash every vehicle in the safest and most efficient environment, and all at a price that is competitive with our competition. We invite you to experience the Synergy Auto Wash difference for yourself. I would also like to thank all of our loyal customers for helping to make Synergy Auto Wash the success that it is and for providing an employment opportunity for all of our team members. Synergy Auto Wash 10500 Kingston Pike in Knoxville 865.297.3403 6852 Maynardville Pike in Halls 865.922.7438 1333 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy in Morristown 423.586.0471 www.synergyautowash.com


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dealership marketplace results when you develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of your customers’ needs. To succeed, you have to offer a wide selection of premier watercraft from the nation’s top marine manufacturers combined with a superior service department and a team of experienced sales associates. At Premier Watersports, we are proud to offer a full line of performance, sport, and pontoon boats from Yamaha, Supra, Moomba, and Sylvan, in addition to offering a large selection of quality, name brand, pre-owned boats. Because a growing number of our customers have expressed a growing interest in pontoon boat ownership, we are pleased to feature a selection of these versatile watercraft that combine both luxury and performance. We offer today’s boating enthusiasts a totally new way in which to experience a season of fun with family and friends on the water. Enjoy cruising, tubing, skiing, fishing, and more from your new pontoon boat from Premier Watersports. These pontoon boats from Sylvan, which feature the best warranty available in the industry, offer you a level of versatility that is simply unavailable with most other watercraft. With an abundance of deck space, our pontoons from Sylvan offer a stable platform perfect for entertaining your way. Premier Watersports is proud to feature the Sylvan S-3 Extreme, 24’ 10” of sheer fun in the sun, performance, and comfort. From its sporty all black tri-toons to its full wake tower complete with tower speakers, and a maximum engine rating of up to 350HP, the S-3 Extreme offers the best of all worlds for today’s watersports enthusiasts. You can also select Sylvan’s optional marine grade aluminum deck while taking full advantage of Sylvan’s unbeatable Lifetime+6 Warranty. Whether you’re in the market for the total versatility of a Sylvan pontoon boat or a performance or sport watercraft, we invite you to experience the Premier Watersports difference today and a lifetime of memories on the water this season with family and friends.

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April 7 • 10 am – 1 pm Founders Park at Campbell Station


OOK FEST is a free annual event sponsored by the Farragut Arts

Council. It features book signings by local authors, storytelling, art activities, cookie decorating, face painting, music, refreshments, and Bright Star Touring Theatre, along with other performers. For more information, call 865-966-7057, email ParksandRecInfo@townoffarragut. org, or visit www.townoffarragut.org/communityevents.




“She Just Liked to Have Her Nails Done” AMILY MEMBERS faced with

the difficult decision of selecting an assisted living community for a loved one often discover that this experience can become one of the most challenging decisions of their lives. When we genuinely care for someone that requires the additional and much needed care that is unavailable at home, we often begin searching for a senior assisted living community that is both safe and can provide for our loved one’s current and future needs. Pinnacle Assisted Living in West Knoxville near Lovell Road and Pellissippi is Senior Solutions Management Group’s newest community specializing in providing highly personalized care for each of its residents. Their trained and experienced care staff is available 24 hours a day. “Each member of our care team was hand selected,” said Leslee Wilkinson, Pinnacle Assisted Living Executive Director. “Experience was important, but they must have a heart for their chosen profession and for each of our residents. I would trust each of our care team members with my parents.”



“At Pinnacle Assisted Living, you will discover the quality of life experience that is second only to your own home.” Pinnacle Assisted Living, which opened last month, is a beautiful, state-of-the-art senior living community located in a peaceful setting in West Knoxville. It features a community center that provides for resident dining, enriching activities, social programs, and a variety of other activities. Amenities include large, private and companion-style suites, zero entry showers, homestyle cooking and dining, medication management, emergency response system, beautifully landscaped courtyards, housekeeping, linen, and laundry services, safe and secure 24-hour staffing, beauty and barber salon, on-site therapy, and respite care.

“The service we provide extends far beyond our physical spaces,” said Leslee. “Your loved one is a member of our family as well. We enjoy learning about your family member, because we have a heart for each of our residents. And we enjoy spoiling them.” “One of our residents was somewhat withdrawn,” said Christina Hampton, Community Relations Director. “But with time and patience, we discovered that she enjoyed having her nails done. It was truly amazing to see how this simple gesture transformed her and lifted all of our hearts.” “It’s been said that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” said Leslee. “At Pinnacle Assisted Living, you will discover the quality of life experience that is second only to your own home.” To learn more, call 865-444-1451 or visit www.pinnacleknoxville.com.

Pinnacle Assisted Living 10520 Waterville Lane Knoxville, TN 37932 865.444.1451 www.pinnacleknoxville.com

What’s Hiding in Your Bond Portfolio? B Y Y V O N N E M A R S H , C F P ® , C PA


I N R A (the Financial

Industry Regulatory Authority) periodically surveys people about their financial knowledge. It asks respondents to rate themselves as to how financially knowledgeable Yvonne Marsh, they think they are. In 2015, 76% CFP®, CPA of people rated themselves as having a “high” level of financial knowledge, giving themselves a score of 5 to 7 on a 7 point scale. (And if they are sitting around taking a FINRA test voluntarily, they must really be into finance.) Then the survey asks five questions about financial situations that may be encountered in everyday life. One question in particular was answered incorrectly by more than 7 out of 10 people – and again the vast majority of people thought they were highly knowledgeable. Are you curious as to what the question was that so many people missed? Here it is: If interest rates rise, what will typically happen to bond prices? (a) They will rise (b) They will fall (c) They will stay the same (d) There is no relationship between bond prices and the interest rate. The correct answer is (b) They will fall. We call this interest rate risk. As interest rates rise, bond values fall. This applies whether it is an individual bond or a bond fund. Here is a quick example: Let’s say you own a $100,000 bond paying 3%, but then you retire and need to sell some of that $100,000 bond to live on. But interest rates have risen to 5% since you bought it, and now your 3% bond isn’t as valuable because other companies are paying 5%. So you have to sell your $100,000 bond for less than you paid for it. In retirement, we sell investments – either because we need the income or because the IRS comes knocking at age 701/2 and forces us to sell IRA investments to satisfy the annual withdrawal rules. Look ahead 5 and 10 years. If you think interest rates will be higher, you’ll be looking at bond losses. Choosing the right bond mix for your portfolio is paramount. Finding the balance between the length of maturity, the yields, the credit quality, and the inherent interest rate risk needs deliberate thought and strategies. If you want a second opinion on the interest rate risk you might be taking in your investment portfolio, call, email, or visit our website to schedule a complimentary meeting today.

Marsh Wealth Management, LLC 1341 Branton Blvd, Suite 105 Knoxville, TN 37922 865.622.2162 www.marshwealth.com erin@marshpros.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.

Is Your Financial Team Playing in Harmony? At Marsh Wealth Management, we know that the pieces insurance, and legal, should work together in harmony. That’s why we provide a team of experienced professionals including and insurance agents. Now that’s beautiful music.

Ready for What’s Next (865) 622-2162 MarshWealth.com Financial planning and Investment Advisory services are offered through Marsh Wealth Management, a TN Registered Investment Advisor. Tax services are offered through Marsh


March 30 • 8 pm • Bijou Theatre


SEEDS, the electrifying CD by Shovels and Rope, finds the awardwinning South Carolina duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst exploring fresh dimensions in their sound with a brace of bold, candid, highly personal new songs. The 12-song collection succeeds 2014’s Swimmin’ Time and 2012’s O’ Be Joyful; the latter title garnered the twosome Americana Music Awards for Song of the Year (for “Birmingham”) and Emerging Artist of the Year. Last year’s Busted Jukebox, Volume 1 was a collaborative collection of covers featuring such top talents as the Milk Carton Kids, Lucius, JD McPherson, and Butch Walker. On the new release, Trent and Hearst play all the instruments and penned the material, which range from stomping rockers to delicate acoustic-based numbers. Many of Little Seeds’ finely crafted and reflective new songs are drawn from tumultuous events experienced by the couple during the course of the last two years. ITTLE

For more information, visit www.knoxbijou.org. March 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


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


PRING MARKS that time AFTER of the year for many of us when we engage once again in the age-old ritual of spring cleaning. Windows, cabinets, draperies, floors, and carpeting are all thoroughly cleaned. Your home is as spotless as the day you moved in. But there’s one area of your home that all the cleaning and elbow grease cannot restore, and that’s your home’s ha rdwood f loors. Cleaning cannot remove scratches, dents, gouges, fading, a nd U V damage that all hardwood f loors experience. European Fine Hardwood Floors in Knoxville has been helping Knoxville area homeowners rediscover the natural beauty of their home’s hardwood f loors using skills 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, mess, or odor typically associated with conventional hardwood floor refinishing?


Thanks to the latest technology from Bona, the world’s leader in innovative hardwood f loor finishing and refinishing, you can finish and refinish your home’s hardwood floors without the dust. Valera Tomescu, owner and founder of European Fine Hardwood Floors, learned his craft first 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 refinish-

ing 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 f loors, 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. Dust and odor free, you can have the hardwood floors you want without the mess. Also, did you know that it’s possible to change your hardwood flooring’s stain color? Call Valera for your free, no-obligation, in-home consultation today.

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Swing into Spring with a Kitchen Cabinet Update B Y C A R L E E N H E A D , O W N E R O F N - H A N C E W O O D R E N E WA L O F K N OX V I L L E


O U W A N T your dream kitchen, and the color of the

cabinets will make or break the room. Replacing cabinets is too expensive, but what about painting? Think again. N-Hance has a better way. Let’s start from the beginning. First, the prep. Cabinets get dirty with time. Oils, grease, and waxes build up and keep new paint from adhering. Most people do not always take the extra step necessary to thoroughly clean their cabinets before painting, but N-Hance does. N-Hance uses a special proprietary cleaner to completely remove the contaminates that cause paint to peel. Next, N-Hance primes your cabinets. Not with the wall primer most painters use, but with a special cabinet primer that blocks stains and stops bleed through. Now for the fun part – it’s time to select that color that will create your dream kitchen. Any color! N-Hance custom creates your color with our acrylic-polyurethane blend base mixture, which resists chipping and peeling. Most painters use latex paint, which is made for walls, but that lacks the durability required for cabinets and it’s often brushed on, leaving unwanted brushstrokes and paint drips. The N-Hance process provides a completely smooth factory-like finish, with no brushstrokes. Finally, N-Hance applies an industrial strength clear topcoat that is cured instantly using ultraviolet light to create a rock-hard durable finish. Some painters use top coats that can take days to dry, but the N-Hance UV light process cures the top coat immediately, minimizing your downtime and disruption to your family life. Why settle for cabinets that look like they have been painted by an amateur? Get the quality and durability you dream of and deserve at the price and convenience you desire. Refinish without compromise. N-Hance – wood refinishing done right.



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OR Symphony, Sound Company to Perform Noah’s Ark Opera ON SATURDAY, MARCH 10,

the talented young vocalists of the Sound Company Children’s Choir of Oak Ridge will join forces with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra to perform British composer Benjamin Britten’s acclaimed “Noye’s Fludde.” This “opera of Biblical proportions” is based on the 15th-century Chester mystery play about the Old Testament story of Noah’s Ark. The orchestra, conducted by Music Director Dan Allcott, will also play “Siegfried Idyll,” German composer Richard Wagner’s beautiful tribute to his wife and newborn son. The concert will take place at 7:30 pm at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center. “Noye’s Fludde” is a one-act opera intended primarily for amateur performers, particularly children. The opera received its American premiere in New York in March 1959. Since then, it has been staged worldwide; the performance in Beijing in October 2012 was the first in China of any Britten opera. The occasion of 14


Britten’s centenary in 2013 led to numerous productions at music festivals, both in the UK and abroad. Son of a dentist, Britten (1913-76) was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music with a range of works, including opera, other vocal music, as well as orchestral and chamber pieces. The Sound Company Children’s Choir comprises about 100 children ranging from grades 1 through 12. The multi-age choir performs in Oak Ridge, Knoxville, and other sites in East Tennessee. Older children travel periodically to participate in competitions and concerts. Sound Company’s wide-ranging repertoire includes classical, pop, show, folk, and multicultural music. Its members come from schools and communities all across East Tennessee. Sound Company was founded in 2003 as a nonprofit performing arts ensemble. Best known for his operas, Wagner (1813-83)

composed the “Siegfried Idyll” as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son, Siegfried, in 1869. It was first performed on Christmas morning in 1870 by a small ensemble on the stairs of the Wagners’ villa in Switzerland. Cosima awoke to its opening melody. Wagner originally intended the “Siegfried Idyll” to remain a private piece. But financial pressures convinced him to sell the score after he expanded the orchestration to 35 players to make the piece more marketable. The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is a proud participant in the Penny4Arts program. All students 18 and under may attend any Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, or Chamber Music concert for free during the 2017-18 season. General admission is $25; a discounted young adult ticket (ages 19-29) sells for $10. Tickets are available at www.ORCMA. org or by calling 865-483-5569. Photo courtesy of Don Miller

Saturday March 24 10 - 4

The Town Framery & Gifts

Spring Open House Special Guest Artist

Guest Artist

Robert Tino

Robert A. Tino Saturday ~ March 24th ~ 10 am to 4 pm


& Gifts is pleased to welcome one of the Southeast’s premiere landscape artists, East Tennessee’s own Robert Tino, to the Spring Open House held on Saturday, March 24, from 10 am to 4 pm. Robert will be available to meet and greet, as well as sign prints from 10 am to 2 pm. Although known most for his landscapes of the Smoky Mountains, Robert’s work is not limited to the mountains. Structures, birds, flowers, and contemporary paintings complete his portfolio. As a student at the University of Tennessee, he released his first limited edition print in 1980, and then his following began. Throughout the years, Robert has become one of the most collected artists of our region. The shop will also welcome other fabulous local fine art crafters and artists at the Spring Open House. From watercolors, to pottery, to jewelry, these artists will set up special displays for the day. Sales tax-free shopping and incredible edibles will be served all day. Inside the shop are bunnies and bunnies and more bunnies in creative new displays. Just in time for Easter, the shop is filled with delightful wreaths, florals, and accents to accessorize your home for the upcoming holiday. If you are looking for that perfect gift for a wedding, house warming, or birthday, the collection of unique items has never been better. From that special event to a simple hostess gift, the shop offers one-stop shopping! In preparation for the Open House, the shop will be closed on Friday, March 23, to prepare. The staff and volunteers of The Town Framery & Gifts look forward to serving you at the Spring Open House on March 24th. Think big… shop small!

12814 Kingston Pike, Farragut 671-6627 M-F: 10-6 ~ Sat: 10-4 www.thetownframery.com

Located one block west of Renaissance Center/Farragut

Come see what we have in store for you!

The Town Framery & Gifts 12814 Kingston Pike Farragut, TN 37934 865.671.6627 www.thetownframery.com



East Tennessee Kidney Foundation™

Knox Shamrock Fest™ Featuring 7th Annual Lucky Kidney Run T HE EAST TENNESSEE

Kidney Foundation invites families, runners, volunteers, and visitors to Knoxville to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and support local dialysis patients by participating in Knox Shamrock Fest™, presented by Fresenius Kidney Care, in downtown Knoxville’s Market Square on March 16th from 3 to 10 pm and March 17th from 10 am to 10 pm. Knox Shamrock Fest™ is a weekend-long, family friendly way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! All proceeds benefit the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation™, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving 1,800+ individuals suffering from kidney disease each year. This event raises support and awareness of kidney disease in our community. Contributions always stay in East Tennessee and support those here at home who are struggling to survive with this incurable disease. The seventh annual Lucky Kidney Run 6K run/2K walk takes place in downtown Knoxville on March 17 at 10 am. The Lucky Kidney Run is part of the two-day Knox Shamrock Fest, which offers fun ways for runners and nonrunners to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and support a worthy cause. Race-day registration is open from 7 to 9 am in Market Square, and the race starts at 10 am on Wall Avenue behind the Market Square stage. Early packet pickup will be on March 10 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Runners Market in Bearden. The cost is $40 and only $25 for ages 9-12. Children ages 8 and younger are FREE! Strollers are welcome. "Whether you plan to walk or run in the Lucky Kidney Run™ or celebrate St. Patrick’s

Day with friends or family, Knox Shamrock Fest™ promises fun for the entire family,” said Katie Bolt Martin, ETKF Executive Director. “Locals, tourists, and anyone whose lives have been touched by kidney disease are welcome to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, all while supporting a great cause.” To register or for more information, visit www.ETKidney.org. Individuals or community service groups interested in volunteering to assist at Knox Shamrock Fest events may visit www.VolunteerETN.org/ETKidney to view volunteer opportunities. The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation weekend-long Knox Shamrock Fest™ is presented by Fresenius Kidney Care. The Lucky Kidney Run is sponsored by WATE-TV Channel 6 and Q100.3 Country Hits radio station. About the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation is a local charitable 501(c)(3) organization that provides patient services and support to East Tennesseans affected by kidney disease. Programs include helping with costs for transportation to and from dialysis treatments, providing nutritional supplements and blankets to make dialysis treatments more comfortable for patients. ETKF also provides information and education on the prevention of kidney disease. It serves 1,800+ patients annually in 16 counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Monroe, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties. For more information or to donate, visit www.ETKidney.org.


»» 3 to 8 pm: Family friendly Shamrock Festival – live Irish music, including Knoxville Pipes & Drums, Irish dancing, and Irish cultural interactive demonstrations. Vendor booths are FREE. Kids will enjoy large inflatables, carousel, midway games, activities, balloon animals, and face painting, which are available with purchase of “festival” tickets. Tickets for children’s entertainment are available online during race registration or at the event. »» 8 to 10 pm: Free concert: “Raven & Red,” award-winning Americana and folk music group based in Nashville, live on the Market Square stage.


»» 7 to 9 am: Lucky Kidney Run™ check-in and race day registration in Market Square »» 10 am: Lucky Kidney Run™ begins behind Market Square stage on Wall Ave. »» 10 am to 8 pm: Shamrock Festival. »» 5 to 7 pm: Free concert: “The Magill’s,” featured musicians at Biltmore Estate’s Candlelight Christmas, Celtic duo from Asheville, NC, live on the Market Square stage. »» 8 to 10 pm: Free concert – “Way Sneaky Eddie,” local Irish rock and cover band, live on the Market Square stage.

3 Simple Tips to Get Delicious, Balanced Weeknight Meals on the Table A R T I C L E C O U R T E SY O F B P T


EEKDAY SCHEDULES get crazy, which is why the first casualty of all

that chaos is the family dinner. While most families say eating together is a high priority, day-to-day reality is different. According to a 2013 poll by NPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, only half of children in the U.S. are in families that dine together. Yet research cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that children reap many benefits from regular family meals, from improved academic performance to developing a deeper sense of resilience. “But busy families can find time to sit down together more often,” said Colleen Burns, a lifestyle expert and spokeswoman for Nestle’s Balance Your Plate program. “To be successful, set the intention with good planning and smart strategies. What’s more, these meals can also be delicious and nutritious. “When you have simple solutions in your toolbox to get those well-balanced and tasty meals on the table in the little time that you have, it lets you establish and keep an important family ritual. At the same time, you don’t get burned out, and that’s key to staying motivated and inspired.” To help you get started, Burns shares her top three simple tips to get delicious and nutritious meals on the table quickly. 1. Shop the freezer section When you’re in a time pinch, frozen foods have many offerings that set a good foundation for any home-cooked meal. Oftentimes the quality is just as good as their fresh counterparts, and they eliminate many steps of prep time, whether you’re looking at entrees, veggies, or sides. On top of all that, fruits and veggies are flash-frozen, which locks the nutrients in place. 2. Don’t sacrifice If you know what to look for when shopping the grocery aisles, you can find convenient entrees and sides without sacrificing taste or quality. Burns recommends Stouffer’s Macaroni & Cheese as one easy solution that helps you get a great meal on the table. It has ingredients that consumers would use in their own kitchens, such as freshly made pasta, butter, cheddar cheese, and milk. Burns likes to serve it as a side to marinated chicken (see recipe at the right) and roasted seasonal veggies, because it’s a simple solution that makes her and her family feel good about dinner. 3. Maintain balance Look to a variety of entrees and sides to bring a nutritional balance, as well as delicious flavors, to your dinner menu. Burns recommends opting for lean proteins like fish and chicken served with fresh or frozen veggies. 18


Marinated Garlic and Lemon Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with Honey Mustard Sauce Ingredients » 10 chicken drumsticks » 1 large lemon, zested and juiced » 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil » 3 whole cloves garlic, chopped » 1 teaspoon paprika » 1 teaspoon oregano » 1 pinch each salt and pepper » Minced parsley for garnish Honey Mustard Sauce » 3 tablespoons melted butter » 1/2 cup honey » 1/2 cup mustard » 1 tablespoon lemon juice Directions In a bowl, mix together lemon juice, zest, olive oil, chopped garlic, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. Add chicken drumsticks and toss to coat evenly. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. When ready to cook, let chicken come to room temperature for about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange chicken on oiled foil-lined sheet pan. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Flip chicken pieces and cook another 10 minutes until chicken reaches 165 degrees and is no longer pink. Make sauce in a small bowl by whisking together the mustard and honey. Add water as needed for a workable consistency. With a small pastry brush, brush sauce over chicken and broil 5 minutes until bubbly. Place chicken pieces on a serving platter and sprinkle minced parsley over all. Source: Nestle’s Balance Your Plate

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Pace Rolls into Knoxville, Offering Modern Dockless Bike Sharing to City’s Residents, Students & Tourists PA C E ,

T H E dockless bike share service of choice for America’s smart cities and colleges, launched last month in Knoxville, making 200 smart bikes available for residents, students, and visitors to make on-demand trips with just a tap on their smartphones. “The City of Knoxville is proud to welcome the Zagster team,” said Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. “Their Pace bike share service will support Knoxville’s existing bike-friendly culture and complement our extensive network of greenways and bike lanes for recreational riders and commuters.” Knoxville is the second in a wave of cities that recognize the benefits of modern, dockless bike sharing but want to avoid the drawbacks of completely “free-floating ” dockless services. Pace achieves this balance by using bikes that lock to fixed objects – not



just to themselves – and by providing dedicated Pace parking throughout the city. After debuting in Tallahassee, Florida, in December 2017, Pace will arrive in Albuquerque, NM, in March, Rochester, NY, in April, and dozens of other cities and colleges in 2018. Pace features a first-of-its-kind dockless bike share model that blends predictability and convenience for riders while preserving order and safety for communities. In Knoxville, riders can rent and return bikes from any of Pace’s 20 dedicated bike parking racks or from any public bike rack available throughout the city. This mix of intelligently placed bike share hubs, plus the freedom of being able to lock Pace bikes to public racks, enables true point-to-point travel while ensuring riders can reliably add bike sharing to their daily transit mix. “We could not be more excited about this

partnership with Pace,” said Kim Bumpas, President of Visit Knoxville. “This bike sharing service is powered by Zagster, the leading provider of bike share programs. With the love Knoxville has for biking, it’s only natural that we’d want and expect the best – and that’s what we’re getting. Pace will allow visitors and locals alike to enjoy more than 85 miles of greenway throughout Knox County and access many of Knoxville’s most popular spots, including the UT Campus, World’s Fair Park, the Tennessee River, and Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.” To ride Pace, riders simply download the free Pace bike share app, available in the App Store or Google Play. Riders find available bikes and parking locations in the app and can unlock bikes at the touch of a button. Pace rides in Knoxville cost $1.50 per half hour, and the first 30-minute ride for every new user is free.

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame “Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Promote the Future”


T H E Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2018. The members of the Class of 2018 are Ceal Barry (coach), Rose Marie Battaglia (veteran, contributor), Chris Dailey (contributor – assistant coach), Mickie DeMoss (contributor – assistant coach), Chamique Holdsclaw (player), Katie Smith (player), and Tina Thompson (player). The 2018 induction will mark the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999. The Class of 2018 will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, receiving their coveted Eastman Trophy and Baron Championship Induction Ring, on June 9th in Knoxville. With the induction of the Class of 2018, the Hall of Fame has honored 164 inductees. In addition to inducting the Class of 2018, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame will recognize the Women’s Professional Basketball League (WBL) for their contributions to the game with a display at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame entitled “Trailblazers of the Game.” The WBL will join eight other teams and organizations that have been recognized as “Trailblazers of the Game.” The WBL was the first professional women’s basketball league in the United States, playing three seasons from 1978 to 1981. Any former WBL players, coaches, and administrators are requested to contact the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame at jsullivan@wbhof.com to receive information to participate in this celebration of the WBL. The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors serves as the selection committee in determining which individuals will be inducted each year and which groups will be honored as “Trailblazers of the Game.” Voting is based on minimum candidate requirements, which include record of performance, national or international recognition, and contributions to the game of women’s basketball. The mission of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is to “honor the past, celebrate the present, and promote the future” of women’s basketball. For more information on the 2018 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Weekend, visit www.wbhof.com.

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame – Class of 2018 Ceal Barry (Coach) » All-time coaching record of 510-284 in 26 seasons with 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including six Sweet 16 and three Elite Eight appearances » Big Eight Coach of the Year four times (1989, 1993, 1994, 1995) » 1994 U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Coach of the Year Rose Marie Battaglia (Veteran – Contributor) » NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee with four NJCAA Final Four in 38 years of coaching and an overall record of 702-240-2 » Led Paramus Catholic High School (Paramus, New Jersey) to two consecutive state championships » 1998 WBCA Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Chris Dailey (Contributor – Assistant Coach) » As Connecticut’s top assistant coach for the last 32 years, the Huskies have posted a 1015135 overall record en route to 11 NCAA National Championships » Helped develop 19 Huskies into First Team All-Americans and eight National Players of the Year » Inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame Mickie Demoss (Contributor – Assistant Coach) » Her overall record as an assistant coach is 845-207 » As an assistant, she helped guide Tennessee to six NCAA National Championships and 12 NCAA Women’s Final Four appearances » Two-year stint as an assistant for the Indiana Fever, including their 2012 WNBA Championship season Chamique Holdsclaw (U.S. Player) » All-time leading scorer and rebounder at Tennessee, leading the Lady Vols to three NCAA National Championships (1996, 1997, 1998) and was recognized as a four-time Kodak/WBCA All-American and two-time WBCA NCAA Division I Player of the Year » Helped guide USA Basketball to a gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney » 1999 WNBA Rookie of the Year and a six-time WNBA All-Star Katie Smith (U.S. Player) » Three-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2000, 2004, 2008) » Led Detroit Shock to two WNBA Championships in 2006 and 2008 and was named the 2008 WNBA Finals MVP » Two-time Kodak/WBCA All-American (1993 & 1996) and Big Ten Player of the Year (1996) while at Ohio State Tina Thompson (U.S. Player) » Two-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2004, 2008) » Number 1 pick in the inaugural 1997 WNBA draft, guiding the Houston Comets to the first four WNBA Championships (1997-2000) » Named one of the WNBA Top 15 Players of all time in 2011 Women’s Professional Basketball League – WBL (Trailblazers) » First professional women’s basketball league in the United States, playing three seasons from 1978-1981 » The league was created by sports promoter Bill Byrne and featured eight teams during its inaugural season » Many notable Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductees participated in the WBL, including Carol Blazejowski, Cindy Brogdon, Nancy Dunkle, Peggie Gillom-Granderson, Lusia Harris Stewart, Tara Heiss, Nancy Lieberman, Muffet McGraw, Ann Meyers Drysdale, Pearl Moore, Inge Nissen, Patricia Roberts, Rosie Walker, and Holly Warlick





VERY WRITER dreams of

writing the great American novel, and songwriters dream of writing that one song that everyone knows. Forty-seven years ago, singer/songwriter, Don McLean, accomplished both with his masterpiece song, “American Pie.” While McLean has written other huge hits such as “And I Love You So” and “Vincent,” “American Pie” is THE song. The hit. The indelible mark on humanity and culture around the world. It doesn’t get much headier than that. I met with McLean and his publicist in his hotel suite in downtown Nashville. He was there for a brief exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as to receive BMI’s Million-Air Award. Oddly enough, as we set up to prepare for out chat, McLean and I slid into an impromptu chat about Elvis Presley and, among many other things, his cover of McLean’s “And I Love You So.” “Elvis’ cover of that song was one of my favorites, and the other one was the Fred Astaire version of ‘Wonderful Baby,’” said McLean. “Those are two that I’m very proud of. Elvis recorded the song twice. He recorded it live. It’s on his last album – the concert album – and he recorded it on that Today album. But he also did it just about every night in that last year of his life. So I guess there are now quite a few board mixes floating around of those shows. The song is on every one of them. “It was a big thrill for me many, many years later – in 1978 – to be in Nashville and record ‘Since I Don’t Have You,’ ‘Crying,’ and do two 22


albums, ‘Castles in the Air,’ the re-recording, all with the Jordanaires – two whole albums with them. I got to know them, and I took them on the road. Played Carnegie Hall three times, I think. And we also went overseas and did a BBC television special with a lot of guys from Nashville and the Jordanaires in 1978, around there.” Later in the conversation, McLean shared about his brief exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and receiving the BMI MillionAir Award. “It’s a real nice thing. Again, I’m not one of those powerhouse guys with all these platinum records. I do have gold and platinum records all around the world in many countries, amounting to 40, I guess. But I’m not a major star or a major commercial entity, but I am a piece of Americana, I think. For that, I think Americans like me. They like my music, and it belongs, I think, in the exhibit. I think it will be entertaining. Interesting.” And the BMI Million-Air Award? “Well, it’s so often, I guess, when they notice that I’m with BMI, they decide to look and see how many plays off of so many songs. So that’s what’s gonna happen.” Our chat eventually moved to “American Pie.” He’s obviously had a lot of years to reflect on it and endured a lot of idiotic questions about it, so I wondered, with him being at this stage of his life, what his assessment was about why it still stands so well and why the intrigue about its mystique. “Well, it was always a phenomenon from the very beginning,” he said. “It always dominated my image – to the detriment, really, of people listening to my sound, my style,

my singing style, my guitar playing, my performing skills. It’s always been about the fascination with that song. As I’ve gotten older, I’m really thankful that I have something somebody wants to hear, because I’m 72 years old. So it started off as a bit of a drag, and then it turned out to be a very good thing as time went by.” When I asked how he wanted to be remembered and what he hoped his legacy will be, he said: “If you had asked me that 10 years ago, we didn’t have YouTube. Now I know that anybody that’s interested in singing and songwriting and guitar playing can follow me back to 1969 and see me progress along with hundreds of these performances of many, many, many different songs and, also, lots of different situations: TV shows, in the studio, in front of thousands of people, outside, inside, small venue, whatever. And interviews to go with it so that anybody can find out – and then there are books telling my story and hundreds and hundreds of articles written about me. They say, ‘He reinvented himself.’ I say, ‘I was alright to begin with! I just need to keep on going!’” There is much more to this interview that can be read and listened to on www. boomerocity.com. You can follow Don McLean at www.Don-McLean.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.


POWER of Pink! A


HHH! Spring is definitely in

the air, and how welcome it is this year, coming on the heels of a brutally cold winter! Spring 2018 is all about color and especially “Millennial pink.” Even if you haven’t heard of it, you’ve seen it! At first in 2012, when this color started showing up everywhere, it appeared as a toned down version of Barbie pink… a softer shade that looks as though the blue tones have been taken out of it. By the time everyone started calling it “Millennial pink,” the color had expanded to include a range of shades from beige with just a touch of blush to a peach-salmon hue… the most common being a soft, delicate shade that won’t just go away! Color abounds this season… kaleidoscopes of rainbow colors. From gorgeous shades of green, many of which are traditionally seen in fall clothing, to sunny yellows and pink’s sister color, red! All are bright and happy and complement the grey silvery tones for spring ’18. Worn alone, gray can be a problematic color,

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HE BANFF MOUNTAIN Film Festival, a program of Banff Centre,

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E CELEBRATE St. Patrick’s

Day, or Lá Fhéile Pádraig in Irish Gaelic, which is both a cultural and religious celebration, on March 17th each year. This date marks the traditional date of death of Saint Patrick, who lived from AD 385–461. This “Day of the Festival of St. Patrick,” as it is also known, commemorates St. Patrick primary patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland and is widely celebrated around the world. What you may not have known is that Saint Patrick’s color was actually blue and not green. The popularity of green on St. Patrick’s Day first began during the 1798 Irish Rebellion, when the clover and the “wearing of the green” became a symbol of nationalism. St. Patrick is said to have used the clover to describe the Holy Trinity. Ever y leprechaun from Irish folk lore i s f a s h ion a bly a t t i r e d i n g r e en . It i s believed that leprechauns pinch those who aren’t wearing green and that others, in similar fashion, pinch people to remind them that leprechauns wouldn’t approve of those who neglect to wear green. Here in America we believe that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish for the day. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day parades were celebrated in the U.S. two centuries before they spread to Ireland. Whether the leprechauns are in America or not, don’t risk a pinch. Come visit us at Gallery on Main in historic Sweetwater, where you can select from a wide variety of custommade jewelry pieces in green that will be sure to protect you from getting pinched this St. Patrick’s Day.

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Accountability: The Key to Reaching Your Goals “I live more in a year today than I did in the decade of my 30s.” MARRIED AND

with two young daughters, Jim Brogan was 80 pounds overweight, had high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and was beginning to experience insulin resistance. He was balancing an active family life, a weekly radio show, and a demanding career as a financial planner, which created a level of stress that resulted in an eating disorder. “Food became a drug rather than the fuel our bodies require to survive,” said Jim. Jim’s unhealthy lifestyle began raising red flags. “I knew that if I didn’t make some changes in my life, that I might not live to walk my girls down the aisle someday or see my grandchildren,” he said. “I purchased some in-home gym equipment and started to diet. But I also had a plan B. I set a goal for myself that if I didn’t achieve certain criteria, that I would seek the help of a personal trainer to help me.” While Jim experienced some limited success, he missed his goal and moved onto his plan B. “I don’t remember how I learned about Fitness Together and its owner, Andrew Henderson,” said Jim. “Perhaps it was at the radio station where I do my broadcast. I know the steps I needed to take. In fact, we talk about them regularly on my show. I just lacked the necessary accountability.” Jim contacted Andrew 10 years ago this April. He worked closely with Andrew and fellow team member, personal trainer, and former Marine, Rufus Ross. “They’re the best trainers there are,” said Jim. “I couldn’t have done it without them. There were days when I just wanted to quit, but then I knew that Rufus would be waiting for me to show up. Ten years later, I’m 80 pounds lighter, my blood pressure and blood sugar levels are normal, and my strength is up 50%.” Jim passed on this photo of himself and Rufus, where Jim had just completed the 5k Tampa Bay Frogman Swim in support of the Navy Seal Foundation back in January. Regardless of your personal circumstances, everyone can take the necessary steps to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and greater longevity provided they’re willing to take that first step. Why not call Fitness

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Dentures vs. Implants I

F YOU ARE one of the millions of

Americans contemplating dentures, there are a variety of factors you should consider before making your decision. The major advantage that dentures have over their alternative implants is cost. But there are important other pros and cons to consider before deciding. Dentures are not permanent and need to be removed for cleaning. Patients often report that dentures feel large, bulky, and unnatural. You may also experience occasional instability, which can lead to dentures becoming dislodged during eating or even while talking. Dentures only deliver 30-40% of normal chewing function, and because they cover large surface areas of your mouth, can influence taste. Dentures also need to be realigned and even remade. Finally, without any replacement of teeth, bone and facial structure loss can continue, often resulting in a slimmer and more aged appearance. Although more expensive in the short

term, dental implants may actually prove to be more cost-effective over the long term, particularly when you factor in the quality of life considerations you will likely experience with implants. Dental implants can last a lifetime, are permanent, and remain in your mouth. They both look and feel like your natural teeth, and they restore 90-100% of normal chewing function. Implants preserve bone and prevent jaw bone and facial structure loss. Implanted in your jaws like natural teeth, all you will experience is a beautiful, natural smile and enhanced self-esteem. A third option exists that represents a hybrid alternative involving a combination of implants and dentures. The cost of implant dentures falls between the costs of dentures and full dental implants. With the various options available to patients resulting from the continued advancements in dental medical technology, candidates for dentures and

implants are well advised to seek the advice of their family dental professional. At Heritage Family Dentistry in nearby and convenient Farragut, Dr. Jonathan Bradshaw and his team of experienced, caring, and compassionate medical professionals can assist you in making the right choice of dentures or implants, as well as provide family friendly dental care. Heritage Family Dentistry can also assist you with financing to help assure that you receive the dental care you need. To learn more, call Heritage Family Dentistry today at 865-816-9211 or visit them at www. hfdsmiles.com.

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So how much are you really saving ? Wouldn’t it be a lot less stressful to drop off the dog at the groomer? Taking your fourlegged kid to Ms. C’s for grooming gives you time to run errands, go fishing, play golf, tennis, you name it. Regular grooming also allows your pet to feel happy, healthy, and beautiful. Why not provide your dog a day at the spa by including daycare the day of his grooming? Do you have a big project due at work, or do you need a day out? Is your dog going to be home alone from 7 am until early evening? A bored dog plus an empty house could spell potential disaster at home. Why not set a day for grooming and daycare together? Your dog deserves to be pampered, and you deserve less stress in your life.

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Ijams River Rescue Looks to Expand Reach More Volunteer Site Captains Needed for Annual Cleanup


trash might not sound like a good time, but hundreds of volunteers join forces each year to clean up the Tennessee River during Ijams River Rescue, and it’s clear from their smiles that they enjoy it. This year celebrates the 29th annual Ijams River Rescue. The event, which draws between 600-1,000 volunteers each year and removes between 10-14 tons of trash from the river’s shorelines and its tributary creeks, is scheduled for April 7 from 10 am to 2 pm. Ijams Nature Center would like to add more cleanup sites this year to have an even bigger impact, but to do that, Ijams needs to add about 40 more volunteer site captains to its roster. “The more site captains we have, the more areas we can target,” said Lauren Bird, Ijams Volunteer Coordinator. “Site captains keep each site running smoothly and help us address any issues that may arise.” A site captain’s duties range from checking 28


in volunteers and going over safety procedures to handing out snacks and completing a brief cleanup report. There are at least two site captains at each location. These volunteers are required to attend a brief training session prior to the event. Training will be offered on a few different dates to ensure everyone can participate. “In 2017, about 700 volunteers removed 11.5 tons of garbage from 35 sites starting above the river’s headwaters and ending at Fort Loudoun Dam in Loudon County,” said Bird. “When River Rescue started, some of these locations were in terrible shape. Waste had been collecting for years, and volunteers were finding couches, televisions, and other large items.” As cleanups have continued, Bird said they have seen fewer big items at these locations. While volunteers still find plenty of trash and debris, these areas take less time to clean, so they need fewer volunteers.

“Adding site captains will allow us to address sites we haven’t been able to get to in a couple of years and focus on new areas,” said Bird. “A site captain’s work isn’t terribly strenuous or hard, but they determine how many sites we can care for. If you have a friend, spouse, or partner, you can volunteer as co-captains, which will make it more fun.” For details about Ijams River Rescue, or to volunteer to be a site captain, contact Lauren Bird at lbird@ijams.org or 865-5774717, ext. 135. A general call for volunteers will be issued at a later date. Ijams Nature Center is a non-profit, 315acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities, and walks of life. Located just three miles from downtown Knoxville, Ijams features 12 miles of hiking and mixed-use trails, a public access river dock, swimming, boating, biking, and more. For more information, call 865-577-4717 or visit www.ijams.org.

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and Saturday, March 23rd and 24th, from 10 am to 6 pm, and help celebrate the arrival of spring! New merchandise awaits you at CH Interiors & Gifts, including great selections of everyday and spring décor, designer-inspired bunnies, stylish and fun napkin holders and table linens, Michel luxury soaps, Darzzi blankets for home and baby, and much more. Discover their newly arrived Ginger Snaps, an interchangeable jewelry concept that allows you to mix and match a large variety of fashion snaps to create your very own look. You are also sure to enjoy their BEEKMAN 1802 Pure Goat Milk artisan crafted skincare products, which make the perfect gifts for friends, family, or even for yourself. What you will likely enjoy most about CH Interiors & Gifts is that everything in their specialty boutique store, including their unique gifts, home décor pieces, and gourmet food items, has been personally selected by one of the shop’s owners. They pride themselves on knowing and meeting the unique needs of their customers, who are treated like family. CH Interiors & Gifts values shopping local, and many of their products have a story or good cause that supports other small businesses. During your visit, sample their tasty gourmet treats and specialty beverages. Also, be sure to pick up a jar of CH Interiors & Gifts’ very own Raspberry Jalapeño Jam. With more than 17,000 jars sold, this jam is their most popular in-store item with many uses. Be sure to also check out their savory cracker seasoning, Belgian Chocolate Edible Candles, Oreo and S’mores Pops, specialty cheeses and crackers, and Mudpie ceramic tableware and accessories for all of your spring get-togethers with friends and family. Be sure to save these “Celebrate Spring” dates and take advantage of unadvertised in-store specials and other fun-filled activities, including drawings and registration for door prizes with a purchase. Also, mark Thursday, April 12th, from 6 to 8 pm on your calendar for CH Interiors & Gifts’ annual “Spring After Hours Wine & Cheese” event. CH Interiors & Gifts: “Interiors & Gifts to Warm the Heart & Home.”

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are Knoxville area homeowners considering when contemplating a f forda ble updat es for t hei r home’s bathrooms? Let’s face it: A sharp, updated, modern bathroom that creates a showcase look can be the subject of much praise and enhance your home’s resale value. Outdated bathrooms, on the other hand, can not only be an embarrassment, but they can also have a negative impact on your home’s value. Traditionally, when people think of updating bathrooms, three prominent thoughts come to mind: TIME, MONEY, and MESS! Today’s bathroom updates often take a long TIME to complete, can cost a lot of MONEY, and create an incredible MESS. At Resurfacing Solutions, homeowners discover how to save both TIME and MONEY while significantly reducing the MESS resulting from updating your home’s bathrooms. Recent Resurfacing Solutions customers could not stop talking about the time and money they saved by having their home’s bathtub refinished: “It would have taken several days and cost four times as much if we would have torn out this tub and replaced it.” Resurfacing Solutions was in and out the same day. The customers saved 75%, and there was no mess from demolition.

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ve r y f e w days at Premiere Consignment in Tellico Village that I would describe as dull or boring. The vast variety of household items we accept for consignment, combined with the p e rs o n a l i t i e s a n d stories of both our consignors and customers, provide an endless source of fascinating stories. When you consider that the items we sell were acquired from throughout North America and occasionally from around the world as our consignors pursued their individual careers, and that many of the items we resell include antiques, as well as items that have been in some families for many generations, shopping at Premiere Consignment can be an adventure in itself. Retirees converge on the Tellico Lake area from all around the globe, bringing with them possessions they have acquired throughout their lifetimes, many of which find themselves at Premiere Consignment. A perfect example is a Guy Coheleach print, “Western Puma Head,” which recently found its way to Premiere Consignment. Guy is an internationally renowned American wildlife artist. He was born in New York City in 1933, and his paintings have been exhibited in nearly two hundred shows and exhibitions worldwide, including the National Collection of Fine Art, the Royal Ontario Museum, Washington, D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery, and the White House. Guy has also been featured on PBS, has been the subject of two films, and has been the focus of articles in Reader’s Digest, Saturday Evening Post, National Wildlife Magazine, and Audubon, as well as numerous other publications. The first print that we are offering is a Guy Coheleach print titled “Western Puma Head.” This print is double signed by the artist. We will accept bids now through March 31st. Enter with your name, phone number, and bid. The winner will be announced on April 1st. If you have interest in the other works of Guy Coheleach, let us know, as we have access to many of his most popular prints. I would also like to personally invite you to visit our family at Premiere Consignment to discover your treasure.

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often 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. » Mariah Carey has a climate-controlled closet with a separate room for more than 1,000 pairs of shoes. » Victoria Beckham’s closet includes a clothing camera that gives a 360-degree view of each outfit before exiting the closet. » Since comedian and actor Ray Romano travels a lot, he has a closet designed just for his luggage and travel accessories. » Actress Jessica Alba has a hat wall with specialty hooks for her signature chapeaus. » Sir Elton John has custom shelves with lighting to display his iconic sunglass collection. While these closets cost more money than most of us want to spend for a custom closet, you can easily develop your own celebrityinspired 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, small LED lights in the right place are good accent lights. They look great in glass

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cabinets or shoe shelving. You can also get hanging rods that have built-in LED lighting. Select Decorative Hardware Instead of plain drawer knobs, opt for bolder hardware or beautiful glass knobs. Think of hardware as jewelry for the drawer! Create a Dressing/Sitting Area If your closet has enough space, it is an excellent idea to 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 seating area is also helpful when you want to wear/try on shoes. Create a Place for Everything Special jewelry drawers, hampers,

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March in the Garden BY LISA GRUGIN


PRING IS IN THE AI R! Well, some days

it is. Other days I just want to huddle on the couch with tea and a blanket and look at garden magazines. I know from experience that what we can expect from March is a rollercoaster. Some days are balmy and gorgeous, while others are cold and miserable. There are plenty of things to keep you occupied on either type of day, so here is your list for March. » Early March is a good time to get your plans set. What needs to be done in your yard? What needs to be added, removed, divided, pruned, fertilized, or replaced? Would you like an area to sit and drink your morning coffee or tea? Would you like to set up a birding area? Do you need more blooms and less evergreens or vice versa? Would you like to establish a pollinator friendly area? Do you need to scale back on plants that require too much maintenance? Now is the time to make these decisions and call around

for landscape installation before everyone gets too busy. As a note, remember that not everyone who slaps a “landscape” sticker on their truck knows what they are doing. Get recommendations and realize that cheaper isn’t always better when you are dealing with living organisms. It is better to pay a little more for someone who will put the right plant in the right place the right way. » Once you know what you are going to do, get the beds ready. Remove all weeds and work a little compost into the soil if you have not already done so. If you are not planting, add fresh mulch or fluff up the mulch that is already there. As a side note, I like to put mulch around trees in my yard to prevent weed whacker damage. You wouldn’t believe how many dogwoods and other thin barked trees are killed by weed whackers! » You can plant trees, shrubs, and cool season perennials in your yard as soon as the ground is workable. I don’t advise planting when it is a muddy mess. You can also plant pansies if you didn’t get them in








last fall or if your fall plantings failed. » You can start warm season annual and vegetable seeds inside. Yes, by mid-month you can plant your precious tomatoes and peppers! They need to stay inside, however. Cool-season greens, onion sets, beets, carrots, potatoes, and radishes can be seeded directly into the ground. » Seedlings of cole crops can go in the ground mid-month. This includes head lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. » You can fertilize trees and shrubs after the middle of the month. I like to use organic products so there’s no risk of burn. If using a chemical fertilizer, please read the directions. Chemical burns are hard for plants to withstand. » Fertilize perennials when they begin to show new growth, crocus after blooms have faded, and daffodils when they start to yellow. » Divide and transplant summer blooming perennials such as daylilies, hosta, and Siberian iris. » I really hate to say these words, but you can prune summer flowering shrubs like roses and (oh how I hate to say this) Crepe Myrtles before they start putting on new growth. It is also a good idea to go ahead and prune out any dead or damaged wood from trees and shrubs. We are having a pruning class on March 3rd, so come to that before you start chopping like some kind of garden samurai. For those of you who can’t attend, I put a link on our Facebook page for pruning Crepes. » Grasses and groundcovers can be cut back now. The easiest way is to set your lawnmower on the highest setting and run over shorter plants. Large grasses should be cut back, but leave enough old growth to protect the baby grass as it emerges. Divide overgrown clumps. » You may have perennials that look terrible right now. My Lenten roses look like last week’s roadkill. I usually wait until mid to late month to cut them back, however, because that yucky old growth protects the baby growth. Once the new growth has emerged at the base of your perennials and is happily growing, cut all that ugly old stuff off. If you have questions, please call. » Don’t forget the birds! Keep feeders clean and full of a good quality birdseed, and keep birdbaths clean and full when they aren’t frozen. Clean out birdhouses, but make sure they are not occupied first! High fat foods such as black oil sunflower seeds and suet are best this time of year. That’s all for this month. We are getting shipments in daily of gift items and plants, so stop by and see what’s new!

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Termites eat 24/7, and you have no idea that they’re even there. Imagine the damage a termite colony could cause as an infestation expands to as many as 50,000 termites! The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites cause $5 billion in property damage every year. A professional pest control company is essential to evaluate the severity of the infestation and recommend what type of treatment is needed. In almost all situations, the cost of termite REPAIR IS HIGHER than the cost of termite CONTROL! New customers will receive $150 OFF a Termidor® HP Injection System through April 2018. Other services Dayton’s provides include convenient quarterly perimeter pest control, monthly/quarterly/one-time pest control services, pest control for ants/wasps/bedbugs, carpenter bee control (April-Aug), mosquito control (MayOct), fungicide/moldicide treatments, VA/ FHA inspections, CleanSpace® Crawl Space Encapsulation System, and radon testing / mitigation.

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(INSIDE OF THE HOLIDAY INN-DOWNTOWN) Join us for the world premiere of the opera “Follow Suit” by composer, Griffin Candey, and librettist, Emily Anderson (a Knoxville native). Starring Morgan Smith as “Hixon,” Kathryn Frady as “Jo,” and directed by Matthew Haney. A comic wedding-centric romp (in English) set in a hotel bar. A lone bartender (Jo) serves a lone man (Hixon) who seems to be separating himself from something. Through their flash-in-the-pan interaction, we draw out both the backstory of each of them – Jo still very much reeling from having canceled her own wedding, and Hixon facing down his apprehension about long-term relationships and the foolish, selfish trends that surround the modern wedding. Who is a wedding for? What do we hold onto for tradition’s sake, and what do we hold onto because others demand it? Full of both tongue-in-cheek energy and genuine self-reflection, Follow Suit stands true to one central theme: No one can tell you that there’s right way to live your life.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. For more information, visit www.marblecityopera.com.






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the subdued colors and intricate patterns of meticulously hand-woven Oriental rugs. These rugs have found a special place in nearly every room in our homes. One common problem shared among Oriental rug owners, however, is how often the rug should be washed and, even more importantly, who you should trust to wash them. You see, genuine Oriental rugs cannot be cleaned like their wall-to-wall, synthetic carpeting BEFORE AFTER cousins. Oriental rugs have two unique qualities. These rugs are durable, often lasting for centuries when properly cared for, making them future family heirlooms. But because these rugs are handmade using allnatural fibers and organic and vegetable dyes, they can be permanently damaged when washed by those unfamiliar with proper Oriental rug washing techniques. Despite the growth in popularity of Oriental rugs, the rug washing industry has not grown proportionately. That means that there is an abundance of both inexperienced and unqualified trades people in the marketplace that are representing themselves as Oriental rug washing experts. Don’t judge the qualifications of the rug washer the hard way – with a permanently damaged rug. At Superior Carpeting & Rug Cleaning, we combine my more than 33 years of experience with our state-of-the-art Oriental rug washing boutique that utilizes our proprietary 11-step rug washing system. I personally inspect and supervise each and every rug we wash, and we adjust our process to meet the specific requirements to each rug. Some important steps included in our 11-step rug washing process include: » Pre-inspection » Dye stabilization test » Pre-conditioning » Washing using only soft water » Adjusting your rug’s pH » Drying in controlled chamber » Grooming & combing » Fringe cleaning These are just a few of the steps required to safely and thoroughly clean your valuable Oriental rugs. If the company you select doesn’t offer these services, you may have selected the wrong company. To view our informative video on the art of Oriental rug washing, I invite you to visit www. superiorofknoxville.com.

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Leaving a Legacy of Hope and Compassion



said, “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – that is to have succeeded.” Cindy McConkey Cox most certainly left the world better than she found it and shared the gift of hope and compassion with thousands of people during her lifetime. After a heroic four-and-a-half year battle with cancer, Cindy passed away on January 25 with her family by her side, but her legacy will live on through the many lives she touched. Cindy served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Random Acts of Flowers, where she led the organization through several celebrations and milestones, including the 250,000th national delivery in October 2017. “I cannot begin to express how devastated we are as a team,” said Larsen Jay, RAF’s founder and CEO. “Cindy was a guiding light in our organization since her first day in April 2016. Within our organization, she was known as a brilliant communicator, a strategic thinker, and someone who always put others above herself.”



RAF’s 250,000th national delivery with special guest and Knoxville native, Chris Blue, winner of season 12 of The Voice. Cindy took great pride in her career. She was honored at the YWCA Tribute to Women in 2015 and was named one of CableFAX Most Powerful Women in Cable four years running. During her tenure as SVP of Communications at Scripps Networks, she was named National Association of Professional Women’s Woman of the Year. She was a Princeton Premier Business Leader & Professional and received the PRSA Sports Editors National Investigative Journalism award. Those who knew Cindy best describe her as thoughtful, warm, and “one tough cookie.”

She was born in Knoxville and was the youngest of six children. After attending Powell High School, where she competed in track, basketball, and softball, Cindy graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s in Journalism. Cindy was many things in her life: An athlete, sportswriter, adventurer, communications expert, mentor, and friend. Most importantly, she was a wife, sister, mother, and a new grandmother. Cindy was grounded by her faith in Jesus, which sustained her throughout her fight with cancer. Cindy’s legacy will live on at Random Acts of Flowers through an endowment in her name. Donations in her honor can be sent to Random Acts of Flowers at 3500 Workman Road #101a, Knoxville, TN 37921. Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and well-being of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness.


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career development opportunities through Amish Excellence internships. Your continued support, along with these career development opportunities we offer, represents a partnership designed to further the futures of students pursuing careers in interior design. Thanks to your generosity, Amish Excellence has offered paid internships to three Pellissippi State and East Tennessee State University students currently enrolled in these schools’ challenging interior design curriculum. Students study art history, CAD drawing, architectural design, current and future trends in building materials, and other areas as well. When visiting Amish Excellence, customers have the opportunity to interact with our interns, and we know that you will be as impressed with their enthusiasm, expertise,

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of-doors in? The sun is getting stronger, and the days are getting longer. Before you know it, summer will be here and with it will come the endless possibilities to enjoy your home’s backyard experience. In East Tennessee, homeowners are creating more and more outdoor living spaces, yet are you really enjoying your new spaces to their full potential? In many parts of the country, if your outdoor space does not include retractable screen solutions, then the answer is most likely no. Here’s why. Homeowners are increasingly adding outdoor “rooms,” such as porches and lanais with kitchens, complete with large, permanently-installed grills, refrigerators and work areas, luxurious fireplaces, beautiful lighting, and even artwork specially made to be weather-proof. However, the hot afternoon sun and biting insects often keep homeowners from fully enjoying their new outdoor spaces. Retractable screens provide a solution to these problems. By combining indoor and outdoor spaces, these screen solutions enhance and promote the outdoor living experience. They provide shade and allow people to enjoy being outdoors during hot summer days, extending the time spent on patios in areas where there are lots of biting insects that can spoil your family’s evening events. Large, motorized screens are a perfect example of how to blend function with comfort. These screens can be recessed into the beams or walls of a home, thereby staying truly hidden when fully retracted. The best part about using retractable screens is that these screening solutions don’t diminish your views or your home’s aesthetics, as the screens are in place only when needed. For the ultimate in elegance, many of today’s retractable screen solutions can be blended into virtually any architectural style. Increasing in popularity are different custom colors and wood grain finishes that help to blend your screens with your home’s existing interior or exterior color schemes. Your screens can also be programmed to come down and retract with sun and wind sensors and can be connected to your home’s automation system to have the screens come down at a specific time of day when extra shade or insect protection is required. For more information about how to begin enjoying your home’s outdoor living areas to their fullest potential, call 865-919-1615 or visit www. tennesseescreens.com.

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” The Musical at Knoxville Children’s Theatre



Theatre presents live performances of the classic fairy tale musical, “Cinderella,” by Broadway legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. KCT will be presenting the special G2K version of the musical; “G2K” stands for “Getting To Know” and features an adaptation especially geared for young performers and audiences. The live stage play will be performed March 1 & 2 at 7 pm, March 3 at 1 & 5 pm, March 4 at 3 & 7 pm, March 8 & 9 at 7 pm, March 10 at 1 & 5 pm, and March 11 at 3 & 7 pm. W h e n R o d g e r s & H a m m e r s t e i n ’s “Cinderella” premiered on TV years ago, it was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Since then, the stage version has enchanted children and adults all around the world. In this specially created G2K version, all the beloved songs and familiar characters have been adapted for young performers and audience members with warmth and comedy. And hearts will soar when the slipper fits! The play is performed by 20 talented young actors from ages 10 to 18. The title role will be performed by Laura Snyder, a junior at Oak Ridge High. Olivia Wilson, a senior at Central

High, will play the Fairy Godmother, and Wyatt Edwards, a senior at Grace Christian Academy, will perform as The Prince. Four actors are making their KCT debuts: Meredith Bishop, Wyatt Edwards, Madison Foshie, and Hannah Liske. The rest of the cast includes Ben Barber, Caleb DeLong, Dale Gross, Miley Jenkins, Bethany Moon, Isabella Murrell, Bella Patterson, Tori Randall, Brycen Ritchie, Boone Sommers, Keegan Spurr, Keegan Stump, Konnor Stump, and Madelyn

White. KCT Student Director Wheeler Moon, a senior at West High, directs the production. Central High sophomore, Jacob Sousley, is the stage manager. Knoxville Children’s Theatre is East Tennessee’s leading producer of plays for children and families. KCT is located at 109 Churchwell Avenue in Knoxville. For more information, call 865-208-3677 or visit www. knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com.

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A L L E G H A N Y viburnum, known scientifically as Viburnum xrhytidophylloides ‘Alleghany’, is a large, robust semi-evergreen shrub that is worthy of adding to any landscape. It has dark, leathery, green leaves that are resistant to bacterial leaf spot. The stiff branching habit is softened by the tomentose, or woolly gray-brown stems and under sides of leaves. This woolly plant can be irritating to skin, so wear gloves when pruning. It is best left to develop its 10 to 15 foot vigorous, dense habit naturally. The foliage makes an excellent coarse-textured plant for screens or large areas. Mixing with other plants of different textures creates an impressivelooking landscape. Alleghany viburnum leaves turn purple in the winter and may persist even when temperatures reach into the single digits with ice and snow. White flowers three to four inches in diameter appear in spring. Their display on branch tips looks gorgeous against the dark green foliage. Alleghany viburnum is one of several cultivars originally produced by crossing Viburnum rhytidophyllum and Viburnum lantana in 1925 in the Netherlands. Alleghany was developed in the U.S. and released in 1966. It is adaptable to most soils; however, it does not like wet soil. Sun to part shade sites are

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preferred. Flowers are more plentiful when the shrub has sufficient sunlight. Red, ripening to black, fruit will appear in August through September. Birds are attracted to these drupes, but fruit production requires cross-pollination. Use another cultivar resulting from the cross, or use one of the parent species, Viburnum rhytidophyllum or Viburnum lantana. Once established, Alleghany viburnum is drought tolerant and does not have insect or disease problems. It transplants easily and is trouble free to maintain. Its four-seasons of interest include beautiful foliage, flowers, and fruit, which add up to one nice shrub for

the landscape. You can see a specimen of Alleghany viburnum at the UT Gardens, Knoxville. The UT Gardens include plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson, and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg. March 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


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A Beautiful Room Is Always Enjoyed BY CHRIS MCKENRY



should be used by everyone for every space in the home. The correct color choices, style, cabinet finishes, window treatments, and floor coverings all come together to make an enjoyable room for the entire family. After a long day, there is nothing more pleasant than having the first room you enter be vibrant and alive with style. Of course, that room is the garage. There are many functions for today’s garage such as storing home overflow, outdoor activities, lawn tools, holiday decorations, craft projects, tools, and the list continues. Some also need space to fit their vehicles. It is different for every family, but one thing remains

constant: The garage is an extension of your home and the way you live. When the living room gets a makeover, finishes, color choices, and design style are all important. Today’s garage should be no different. When warm weather approaches, the garage becomes an epicenter to the home that, with a well-planned approach, can be organized with all the outdoor items. What are the activities that will happen or be housed in your garage? What is your most efficient use of space for storage? Slat wall is a great option for garden tools and various sporting items. It allows vertical storage that stays close to the wall and can easily be changed with your needs. Open

shelving provides easy access but is not so easily adjusted. Cabinets keep clutter hidden and can serve many uses to work/desk areas. Even if you do not tinker with tools, a work space is great for loading and unloading the car. Now that East Tennessee is enjoying the start of spring, it is time to consider enlarging your usable space with a beautiful, well-planned, organized garage. Chris McKenry provides custom closet design and professional organizing services to unpack your home.

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Y O U have recently built your dream home or if you are busy updati n g you r newly a cqu i red existing home, each of us has a goal of accentuating the many positive features of our home’s exterior architecture and landscaping plan. But at night, most people passing by will only see a few of these otherwise unique characteristics of your home dimly illuminated by the entrance and garage door lighting. Sadly, your home’s unique character, which likely is even more dramatic at night, is hidden under the cover of darkness. At Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting, we can help you light up your nights. We’ll help you transform your dimly lighted home into a spectacular panorama that accentuates all of the qualities that truly makes your home and its surrounding landscape unique. Rated number one in the nation, our architectural and landscaping lighting designers represent a team of trained, certified, and award-winning consultants recognized among their peers as leaders within the lighting industry. We offer homeowners a complete turnkey experience, including design, sales, installation, service, and maintenance. Also, each of our exterior fix-




tures is designed and manufactured by us from solid cast brass. From project conception all the way through finished installation, you will discover a level of personal service that is uncommon in today’s hurried world. And the only thing our expert installation team leaves behind is your new work of art – your lighting masterpiece – all backed up by one of the best warranties in the marketplace. You’ve seen how dramatic other homes look at night. Isn’t it time you discover just how Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting can light up your nights? Why not let our designers demonstrate how you can capture your home’s dramatic visual appeal? You’ll see

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New Events Venue Opens in Historic Building BY DIANE POWELL


H E H IS T O RI C renovation

bug bit me when I bought my first Victorian home in Washington, D.C. in the late 1980s. Even then my friends laughed at me for buying a house that needed lots of repair and was in what they called a neglected (ok, kind of sketchy) neighborhood. After a lot of hard work, that purchase worked out really well for me, and the neighborhood, Capitol Hill, turned around quite nicely. When my husband, Mark Uhran, and I moved to the Knoxville area four years ago, I did it again. Together we purchased a century old 15,000 square foot neglected, boarded up retail building in Lenoir City from Knox Heritage. To say it kindly, the building was ugly, smelled bad, and featured suspended ceilings, dirty carpeting, asbestos tile, and broken windows. Unfortunately, I can see past these things and may be too quick to say, “we can fix that.” Oh, and of course, not a single mechanical system was usable. I actually admit that I see it as a personal challenge to turn these old buildings into places that people will use and appreciate once again. This building was actually very plain, but as we began to tear off the layers of the past hundred years, we found a building that delighted us because it was so well built and structurally sound. The wood floors were hidden by asbestos tile for years, but now, after refinishing, they are just as beautiful as they were when they were first laid. The floor joists are 2” x 12”, oak, laid 12 inch on center, and are in great condition. Even after several renovations, I’m still learning new techniques to tackle problems. 54


In the old Rexall drugstore area, the entire ceiling was covered in bead board with at least 20 coats of paint and dirt that had to be removed. We hired someone who used a process to blow a blast of fine glass beads and removed all the paint from the grooves and didn’t damage the wood. We’ve tried to expose and restore as many of the original surfaces as possible – plaster walls, brick walls, hardwood floors, and pressed tin or bead board ceilings. After complete demolition, we installed all new electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems and replaced or repaired all the windows on the first floor. Since we began our renovations in 2015, the entire downtown area of Lenoir City has experienced a strong turnaround. What was once a strip of pawnshops and boarded up buildings is now a variety of home décor and gift shops, a coffee shop, and a bistro. Several other historic buildings have new owners and are being renovated and given new facades. These changes are bringing new energy to downtown, and the shops are thriving. One of the best rewards for me is when people say, “I remember shopping in this store with my grandparents when I was a child. Thank you for what you’re doing here!” From the beginning, I knew I wanted to use a portion of the building for an events venue, so last month we opened Southern Bell Events, located on the first floor. It features many of the original Art Deco architectural details that were popular in the 1920s when this part of the property was built – 3,500 square feet of refinished heart pine floors, 13-foot high ceilings completely covered with pressed tin, and colored, prism glass window

tiles on both the front and rear entrances. Southern Bell Events is named after Southern Bell Telephone, who rented the second floor of the building for several decades. Approximately 40 women switchboard operators worked there daily to connect Lenoir City residents to the rest of the world. We reclaimed an original 17-foot-long wooden store counter that had been stored in the dank basement for more than 60 years to be used to serve food and drinks to guests. The venue has new bathrooms, a caterer’s prep kitchen, and a bridal dressing suite. Throughout the space, we used old doors from the telephone office upstairs and other vintage pieces to create a beautiful venue for weddings and other special occasions. Southern Bell Events offers a nontraditional venue to brides that want to add a bit of history and vintage flair to their special day. To see more pictures or to inquire about renting the venue, visit www.southernbellevents.com.

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T’S HARD to believe that Alice

Cooper – both as a band and individual – has been rocking the world with his shock rock for almost 50 years, but he has. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer not only hasn’t slowed down, but he has gained velocity in his career even as he just turned a very young 70 years old. That velocity is hitting Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel & Casino with ferocity on March 17th. To talk about that show and his latest CD, Paranormal, Cooper called me from his Paradise Valley, Arizona, home. About Paranormal, Cooper drilled into the nuts and bolts about why he feels it’s his best album yet. “It’s funny,” he said. “Every once in a while you hit on an album with the right people at the right time with the right producer and the right songs. This album was in the top 10 in 30 countries. It was just one of those albums that caught on. I don’t know if it was the fact that I switched things around. I used Larry Mullen, Jr. from U2 on drums, and that was a big shock to people. They said, ‘Well, that doesn’t sound like it would fit.’ It fit perfectly! “Getting Billy Gibbons to play on Fallen in Love (and I Can’t Get Up) – it was the perfect song for him! Roger Glover, current bassist for Deep Purple, playing on Paranormal. The idea was to put the right person on the right song. Bob Ezrin, Tommy Denander, and I sat down, and our only goal on this album was that we all have to get off on every song. It has to be a song that all of us go, ‘Yeah! That really works!’ 56


“Then adding the original band for three songs made it even more of an eclectic kind of album, but it all stayed to hard rock. That’s all we’re gonna do is hard rock. It’ll have a different flavor here and a different flavor there depending on who’s playing on it, but it’s always going to be a hard rock album for Alice Cooper.” As for what fans can expect from his Cherokee show, Cooper doesn’t mince words. “The show is just absolutely pure Alice Cooper,” he said. “I mean, it’s got everything you could imagine in it. It’s got every element of Alice Cooper in it. I’ve never seen such good reviews as this tour, and it’s just going to keep going on and on.” Expecting Cooper to say “a horror film,” I asked him what he hasn’t done professionally that he still wants to do. His answer surprised me. “Well, you know, the Broadway thing. Doing Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, that’s only a one-night thing. But I would love to see Welcome to My Nightmare on Broadway. The show’s already written. All you have to do is get up and plan it. So if somebody comes up to us and says, ‘I would like to produce Welcome to My Nightmare on Broadway,’ I would say that would be a great idea.” Would he play himself ? “I could, but at the same time, somebody else could play Alice Cooper, too,” he said. “I would want to be involved in the direction of it only because I wrote the whole show. I would want to see how this guy plays Alice and sort of direct him and say, ‘Alice would

never do that’ or ‘Alice would never take it there.’” When I posited that it was kind of like the “Love, Janis” stage show, Cooper piped in and said, “Yeah, except that usually happens when you’re dead!’ As for how Cooper wants to be remembered and what he hopes his legacy will be, he said: “I think that it’s pretty much written that Alice will always be the Busby Berkley meets Bela Lugosi. Shock Rock has always been termed with Alice Cooper. But really, we brought theater to rock and roll. I mean, we brought really legitimate theater to rock and roll, and nobody had done it before us. Being very modest about this, I don’t think anybody’s ever done it better than us. That’s always been my key thing. If you’re going to be an Alice Cooper show, it has to be guitar rock, take-no-prisoners rock and roll. And it has to be theatrical. To me, that’s what I think I’ll be known as: Maybe the Barnum and Bailey of rock and roll.” You can check ticket availability for his Cherokee show at www.caesars.com/ harrahs-cherokee/shows. 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 Rob Fenn



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third year, the Big Ears Festival continues to expand film programming and collaboration with The Public Cinema, a Knoxville-based group dedicated to sharing vital works of contemporary American and international film. Films will be screened at the Knoxville Museum of Art, the downtown Regal Riviera Stadium 8 Theater, and the University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery, with several cinema-related live events presented during the festival weekend. All film events will be open to Big Ears pass-holders – and a “film program only” ticketing option is on sale now at www.BigEarsFestival.com. Big Ears will host artist Lewis Klahr and present a multi-program selection of his films, including an installation at the UT Downtown Gallery. Named one of the greatest avant-garde filmmakers working today by Film Comment, Klahr has been making films since 1977. He is known for his uniquely idiosyncratic films, which use found images and sound to explore the intersection of memory and history. Klahr’s films have screened extensively in the United States, Europe, and Asia – in venues such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the New York Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the LA County Museum of Art. Klahr was The Wexner Center for the Arts 2010 Media Arts Residency Award Winner, the 2013 Brakhage Vision Award winner, and a 1992 Guggenheim Fellow, among many other honors. He lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches at the California Institute of the Arts. His work is represented by The Anthony Reynolds Gallery in London. The 2018 Big Ears Festival will feature A Sense of Place: American Regional Cinema, 1960-1989, a survey of groundbreaking films by artists living and working outside the commercial film production centers of Los Angeles and New York. Made with small budgets and minimal crews, these filmmakers helped lay the foundation of today’s American independent cinema. The retrospective includes major auteurs (Pittsburgh’s George A. Romero, Baltimore’s John Waters, and Portland’s Gus Van Sant), genre films with a deep sense of place (Victor Nunez’s neonoir A Flash of Green), formally adventurous works like Trent Harris’s The Beaver Trilogy, and seminal films like Eagle Pennell’s The Whole Shootin’ Match, which inspired Robert Redford to launch the Sundance Institute. Taken together, these films point the camera where it had not been pointed before and do so with a passion and style that continues to speak to us today. In celebration of 50 years since Canyon 58


Cinema’s incorporation, we will present three shorts programs curated by David Dinnell. Canyon Cinema began in filmmaker Bruce Baillie’s Canyon, California, backyard in 1961 as a forum for filmmakers to share work with each other and the community. In late 1966, the filmmakers founded Canyon Cinema Co-op. as a distribution company – established as a cooperative, owned and operated by filmmaker members (it was formally incorporated in 1967). Canyon Cinema’s unique collection of artist-made films – comprised of digital media, 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, and 35mm prints – traces the vital history of the experimental and avant-garde filmmaking movements from 1921 to the present. A survey of 3D cinema – experimental and mainstream, short and feature-length, contemporary and historical – Stereo Visions will encompass and demonstrate the full visual and affective capacities of our favorite on-again/off-again format. From Norman McLaren to Johnny Knoxville, Ken Jacobs to Alfred Hitchcock, Lillian M. Schwartz to Jodie Mack, the filmmakers showcased here have been unpacking the creative potential of 3D image-making for decades, with each representing unique incarnations, moments, and impulses. As reality and media increasingly steer toward the virtual, augmented, and multiple, Stereo Visions is an opportunity to experience where these drives came from, and where they presently reside. Stereo Visions has been curated in collaboration with Blake Williams, whose acclaimed new 3D feature, Prototype, will be a centerpiece of the

program. The Big Ears Festival continues to explore harmony between music and film, with multiple live score performances set to take place during the festival weekend. Bang On A Can All-Stars will present Field Recordings, including Michael Gordon’s score Gene Takes A Drink with film by Bill Morrison, Christian Marclay’s Fade to Slide and Nick Zammuto’s film and composition Real Beauty Turns, and more. Celebrated violinist Jenny Scheinman and ensemble will score H. Lee Waters’ hypnotizing Depression-era portrait footage in Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait. Focusing on children, dance, labor, and community, a smile in slow motion, the Washington Post calls this moving film and score “beautifully coordinated.” Wordless Music, in partnership with Knoxville ensemble Nief-Norf, will score the documentary film Brimstone & Glory, with original music written by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, the creative team of Beasts of the Southern Wild. Brimstone & Glory offers a glimpse inside the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, a wild, 10-day celebration of explosive festivity unlike any other in the world. Big Ears also hosts Atlanta-based artists, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel, who will sonically represent the celluloid explorations of filmmaker Robbie Land. All this and more information, including full line-up, ticketing, and other details, can be found at www.BigEarsFestival.com, by “liking” Big Ears Festival on Facebook, and by following @BigEarsFestival on Twitter. Big Ears Festival Described as “one of the most quietly earthshattering, subtly luminous festivals the world over” by the Oxford American, Big Ears Festival has established itself as one of the most exciting and imaginative cultural gatherings in the world, bringing together a virtual who’s who of established and acclaimed iconoclasts, innovators, and influencers with younger artists who are synthesizing their own experiences into fresh, new creative work. Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville – and taking place in its world-class historic theaters, excellent clubs, and unique alternative performance spaces, all within easy walking distance of one another and intermingled with superb restaurants, bars, and shops – Big Ears offers an unparalleled experience for adventurous artists and audiences alike. While primarily focused on music, Big Ears is also developing a strong independent/experimental film component while also presenting installations, exhibitions, and interactive experiences.




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March 1: Miranda Lambert at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm. March 1: Beth Hart at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. March 2: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. March 2 & 3: Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble: “Reaching New Heights” at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. March 2 at 8 pm and March 3 at 2 & 8 pm. March 2-4: The Wizard of Oz at the Tennessee Theatre. March 2 at 8 pm, March 3 at 2 & 7:30 pm, March 4 at 1:30 & 7 pm. March 3: 11th Annual Mardi Growl Parade in downtown Knoxville from 11 am to 3 pm. Proceeds benefit YoungWilliams Animal Center. March 3: Shamrock Ball: A FatherDaughter Dance in the Farragut High School Commons Area from 7 to 9 pm. For more information, visit www. townoffarragut.org. March 4: KSO Chamber Orchestra at the Bijou Theatre at 2:30 pm. March 4: Harlem Globetrotters at Thompson-Boling Arena at 3 pm. March 4: Jo Koy: Break the Mold Tour at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 6 pm.



March 5: Mighty Musical Monday with the Farragut High School Band at the Tennessee Theatre at noon. March 9: James Gregory at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. March 9: Jason Mraz at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. March 9 & 10: Marble City Opera presents “Follow Suit” at Windows on the Park (inside Holiday InnDowntown) at 8 pm. March 10: Knoxville Sumphony Orchestra presents Music of Disney: Tale As Old As Time at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm.

March 17: Lucky Kidney Run in Market Square at 10 am. All proceeds benefit the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation. For more information, visit www.ETKidney.org. March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Gay Street in downtown Knoxville at 1 pm. March 17: Robin Trower at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. March 21: Maks, Val & Peta Live on Tour: Confidential at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. March 22-25: Big Ears Festival in downtown Knoxville.

March 10: National Geographic Live’s Beauty and the Bizarre by Anand Varma at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

March 26 & 27: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm.

March 11: Steven Curtis Chapman at the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm.

March 27: Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour at the Tennessee Theatre at 6 pm.

March 12: I’m With Her: Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins, Aoife O’Donovan with Andrew Combs at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. March 15 & 16: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents Carmina Burana at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. March 16: Four Leaf Peat at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. March 16 & 17: Knox Shamrock Fest in Market Square. March 17 from 3 to 8 pm and March 18 from 10 am to 8 pm.

March 29: Hot Tuna at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. March 30: Shovels & Rope at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. March 30 & 31: Home Free: Timeless World Tour at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. March 31: Tyler Childers at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

New Exhibitions Opening at the Emporium Center on March 2


Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from March 2-29. A reception will take place on Friday, March 2, from 5 to 9 pm as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

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Fountain City Art Guild’s Spring Showcase in the Upper Gallery The Fountain City Art Guild will feature original art by nearly 30 local artists, including oils, watercolors, woodworking, and more. The mission of the Guild is to create an atmosphere that promotes, encourages, guides, supports, and informs artists in our guild, which currently has about 50 members. The Fountain City Art Guild began in 1979 as a group of women who met in the “Art Cellar,” the basement of Chloe Harrington’s home. Most of the Guild members were watercolor artists. For several decades, they were known as the Fountain City Watercolor Guild, and they met in various churches and homes in the community, holding exhibitions in local businesses. In 2000, the Guild voted to allow other 2-D media in their exhibits, and in 2015, members voted to allow nonfunctional 3-D work as well. In 2004, the Guild was instrumental in helping open the Fountain City Art Center at 213 Hotel Avenue, the location of the old Fountain City Library. They welcome creative, committed artists who will bring fresh ideas, energy, and enthusiasm to join the Guild. Applications for admission are accepted each spring and fall. The Guild meets monthly and holds two exhibits each year at the Art Center. They also coordinate painting retreats and workshops. Richardson Turner: Recent Works 2018 in the Upper Gallery A new exhibition of recent, narrative works by Knoxville artist Richardson Turner will include paintings, photographs, lithographs,

Richardson Turner

and sculptures. Turner received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1968. In 1981, he started his own construction company for commercial buildings. During this time, he continued to create images through painting, sculpture, lithography, screen printing, ceramics, and photography. Since 2003, Turner has taken classes at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, including painting and drawing, clay, and lithography. His work has been displayed in McGhee Tyson Airport and the Emporium Center in Knoxville, as well as in various regional juried shows. New Reflections: Work by Bill Lee in the Display Case Bill Lee is fascinated by natural design: Seashells, budding forms, organic architecture. A sculptor first, he approaches clay as an explorer. Lee chose hand building with slab construction to best express these organic forms in his pottery. This exhibition is about looking back with new perspective and re-interpretations. All of the work is durable stoneware clay, glazed with overlapping layers of Bill Lee studio made glazes.

Kailey Leehans

Recent Works by Kailey Leehans on the North Wall Kailey Leehans is a young, emerging artist whose preferred medium is watercolor. She enjoys experimenting with acrylic, mixed

media, and clay. She also creates jewelry, such as clay beads, resin with dried local flowers and bugs, and metal working. Leehans first realized her abilities in drawing when she was very young. She copied children’s books covers and then online photographs with pencil. Eventually she realized she could create original artwork from her imagination, which proved more satisfying and expressive. This new exhibition includes a variety of styles.

LMU’s Law in Fine Art Society: Justice for the Vulnerable Unseen in the Atrium In this new exhibition, participants ranging from middle and high school students to proCaitlin Cloninger fessional artists were asked to reflect on what happens when mental illness and the criminal justice system collide and present an ethical dichotomy. This exhibition reflects the challenges faced by both the vulnerable defendant and the judges, attorneys, law enforcement, and mental health professionals tasked with ensuring justice for all. These vulnerable defendants are our nation’s veterans, our next door neighbors, our families, and our friends. Some are forgotten. Some are ignored. Some are never seen at all. And, while their actions thrust them into the spotlight of the criminal courts, their internal struggles often remain unseen. This collection of artwork is dedicated to ensuring justice for the vulnerable unseen. The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Please note that the Emporium will be closed on Friday, March 30, for the holiday. For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865-523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com. About the Arts & Culture Alliance The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation. March 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


In the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District, the Museum of the American Revolution is the country’s first venue dedicated solely to the exploration of the war that transformed a set of colonies into an independent nation. Among historic art, artifacts, and recreations, the museum’s standout holding is George Washington’s tent, preserved from the battlefields. Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Some of Philly’s Finest Attractions


HEN IT COMES to visiting Philadelphia, some

of the best things to see and do are free or close to it. For families and budget-conscious travelers eager to explore the region, that’s great news. Check out the city’s many low-cost or no-cost attractions, including historic Independence Hall, student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, and tours (and beer tastings) at the Philadelphia Brewing Company.

American Philosophical Society Museum

Benjamin Franklin Museum

Next to the site of the Founding Father’s home, this museum celebrates Franklin’s legacy with artifacts, computer animations, and interactive displays that explore the inventor-statesman-philosopher’s life and character. Day-of tickets are available at the door and cost $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 4 to 16. Admission is free for children 3 and under. 317 Chestnut Street, 215-965-2305, www.nps.gov/inde.

Betsy Ross House

On 5th Street, next to the east wing of Independence Hall, Philosophical Hall (1789) was built by the American Philosophical Society, the nation’s first “think tank,” as the first U.S. museum and scientific society. Today visitors can see exhibitions featuring treasures from the Society’s collections of more than 13 million manuscripts and other historical objects. $2 donation requested. 104 S. 5th Street, 215440-3440, www.apsmuseum.org.

At the pint-sized Colonial home of Betsy Ross, who is credited with sewing the first American flag at the request of General George Washington, visitors meet Ross herself as she works in her upholstery shop. In summer, visitors can start every day in the house’s courtyard with a free colonial flag-raising at 10 am. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children, plus $2 for the optional audio tour. 239 Arch Street, 215-629-4026, www.betsyrosshouse.org.

Inspired by the scripture quote engraved on its surface – “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” – the Liberty Bell served as a symbol to abolitionists who advocated for the emancipation of enslaved Africans. Visitors gravitate to the Liberty Bell Center to admire the history of the iconic bell, its famous crack, and how its serves as an international symbol of freedom.

Independence Hall is a centerpiece of Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia’s Historic District. Built in 1753 to house the Colonial legislature, the building gained renown for being the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. The lowest chamber of the original wooden steeple was the first home of the Liberty Bell, which now resides across the street. Visitors obtain free timed tickets for tours of Independence Hall at the Independence Visitor Center, located one block north at 6th and Market Streets.

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City Hall Observation Deck

Those brave enough to journey to the top of the world’s tallest masonry building enjoy bird’s-eye views of Philadelphia just below City Hall’s William Penn statue. City Hall’s tower hosts four-person visits weekdays, every 15 minutes from 9:30 am to 4:15 pm, and select Saturdays. The cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for students and children, and free for children under 3. City Hall Visitor Center, Broad & Market Streets, E. Market Street Portal, Room 121, 215-686-2840 or 267-514-4757, www.phlvisitorcenter.com.

Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site

At the home of the legendary author, who wrote short stories such as The Black Cat in Philadelphia, visitors explore Poe’s fascinating life and modern-day impacts. Tours are self-guided or led by a park ranger from Friday through Sunday. Free. 532 N. 7th Street, 215-5978780, www.nps.gov/edal.

Elfreth’s Alley

The oldest continuously occupied residential street in the U.S. is a quaint cobblestone alley located in the Historic District. The Museum House opens Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons spring through fall and for events and private tours in the winter. Admission for a guided tour of the museum and alley is $5 per person. Family rates are available and vary depending on size of family. Children under 6 get in for free. Between Front & 2nd Streets and Arch & Race Streets, 215574-0560, www.elfrethsalley.org.

Independence National Historical Park (INHP)

The birthplace of our nation includes the Liberty Bell Center, The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation and Independence Hall, the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Timed tickets for Independence Hall are available at the Independence Visitor Center on the day of the tour for free or reserved in advance online for a $1.50 reservation fee per ticket. All other attractions are free, and no tickets are required. INHP attractions, between 5th & 6th Streets and Market & Chestnut Streets, 215-965-2305, www.nps.gov/inde; Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets, 800-537-7676, www.phlvisitorcenter.com.

Johnson House National Historic Site

This Germantown home served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Today the house displays various slavery-era artifacts and hosts lectures, art shows, and other special programs. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for children 12 and under. Open for walk-in tours year-round Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm; February-June

The pint-sized Betsy Ross House, built in 1760, was home to the seamstress who is widely believed to have made the first Stars and Stripes flag used to celebrate independence in July of 1776. In the courtyard, visitors find seating on the cobblestone, Betsy Ross’ grave site, and a statue of cats in the very center of the yard. Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

and September-November, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm; and by appointment Monday through Wednesday. Group tours available by request. 6306 Germantown Avenue, 215-438-1768, www. johnsonhouse.org.

National Museum of American Jewish History

The ground-level Only In America® Gallery/Hall of Fame celebrates the lives and achievements of 19 Jewish-Americans. The space boasts some big-name artifacts, including Albert Einstein’s pipe and Steven Spielberg’s Super 8 camera. Free. 101 S. Independence Mall East, 215923-3811, www.nmajh.org.

Once Upon A Nation

Memorial Day through Labor Day, history buffs of all ages enjoy storytelling benches at 13 locations around the Historic District. Children can obtain a story flag at any bench, collect a star from each storyteller, and exchange the flag complete with 13 stars for a certificate and coupon that can be used at the Betsy Ross House and the Franklin Square Shop. Free. 215-629-4026, www.historicphiladelphia.org.

Pennsylvania Hospital

The nation’s first chartered hospital was founded in 1751. Today visitors can explore its surgical amphitheater used from 1804 through 1868. Guided and self-guided tours are available with a suggested $5 donation; visitors can call to schedule a guided tour. 8th & Spruce Streets, 215-829-5434, www.uphs.upenn.edu/paharc.

United States Mint

Self-guided tours of this moneyed site include witnessing coin production from 40 feet above the factory floor and the nation’s first coining press. Audio and video stations explain coinage history. Free. 5th & Arch Streets, 215-408-0112, www.usmint.gov.

Valley Forge National Historical Park

The site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of General George Washington and the Continental Army offers a glimpse into the Revolutionary War with historic structures such as Washington’s Headquarters and commemorative monuments such as the National Memorial Arch. Visitors can explore the park by car, by bike, or on foot guided by the park’s cell phone tour, obtained by calling 484-396-1018. Free. 1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, 610-783-1000, www. nps.gov/vafo. For more information, visit www.visitphilly.com.

Elfreth’s Alley is America’s oldest – and possibly most charming – continuously inhabited street perfect for tiptoeing along the cobblestones and exploring its quaint museum. Visitors can get a rare glimpse inside the 18th-century private homes during special events in June and December. Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® March 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Make Some Waves B Y TO M I R M E N


D I S C O V E R that the theme of this month’s entrepreneur article is very much the same as last month’s. It is because I feel so strongly about this subject that I felt it deserved repeating. As a youth growing up in the ’50s, I was surrounded by a group of loving, encouraging, and supporting parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who all felt invested in the future success of not only their own children, but the success of their nieces and nephews as well. However, they all shared one common experience that shaped the advice they afforded to each of us, and that was that they had all lived through one of the most devastating economic catastrophes in U.S. history: The Great Depression. The Great Depression saw my mother’s father, my grandfather, after the death of his wife, placing his five children with relatives on family farms while he traveled to Alaska

Maybe it’s time for you to make some waves and to reignite your hope for the future. to seek work as a tree cutter. My late father once shared with me that he and his brother used to go into the family basement to turn on the gas, which had been shut off for nonpayment, so that their mother could warm a meal for her eight children. And my wife Judy’s grandmother, and my friend, once saved all of the aluminum foil that our restaurant served baked potatoes in, rather

than see it disposed of – a lesson she had learned 50 years earlier. Waste not, want not. Each of us is comprised of lifetime experiences – ours and those who were responsible for raising us. And despite the economic boom and the prosperity that occurred after World War II, a great many people avoided taking risks, fearing the future as seen through the prism of their past. Almost to a person, the advice I received was to get a good education, go to work for a Fortune 500 company, and not to make waves. Basically, choose security over the uncertainty of making waves. I won’t risk predicting what the future holds for you. And it’s ok to learn from the past unless it defines your future. Many people sense a resurgence of the American dream. I guess I share their optimism. Maybe it’s time for you to make some waves and to reignite your hope for the future.

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

Business Etiquette 101: A Professional Does Not Complain


ET ME ASK you a question. Do

you enjoy working with or spending time with those that habitually complain? I already know your answer. Have you ever noticed that when people start complaining, they typically do not start by asking, “Do you all mind if I just unload my life right now onto you, so you can carry some of it, too?” But, they should! That’s what’s happening, right? A professional does not complain – ever. Now before we get all knotted up inside, let me add that a professional never makes unofficial complaints. An unofficial complaint is simply complaining with no purpose other than to let off steam, build our own support for our anger, or to tear down the ones we are complaining about. On the other hand, an official complaint is when we are unhappy or unsatisfied with the functioning 64


of a team, project, policy etc., yet we have a solution of how to make it better. If we have a solution for improvement, then we have an official complaint. We handle official complaints by taking them to our superior and asking permission to share our idea. If our superior does not respond in a way that is satisfactory to us, then we must decide whether or not to take our official complaint to the next person in the chain of command. We can do this once we have informed our superior that we are doing so. A professional knows the difference in official and unofficial complaints. A professional remembers that everyone has a right to come to work and just work, focusing on the job at hand. Yes, of course we all have personal and professional stressors that we

need to discuss with others at times, but we should be extremely careful about how and who we relay these frustrations to. Work is not the place to unload unofficial complaints about the job, our spouse, our co-workers, the weather, etc. Let’s make sure that you and I are contributors to the positive energy in our place of work, and let’s make sure that we do not distract from the job at hand. For information regarding Business Etiquette Training for your staff, email me at monica@TheEtiquetteFactory.com.

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

Bitcoin What is it?

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I T C O I N W A S F O U N D E D in 2009 by Satoshi Na ka moto. It is a form of cryptocurrency, which is digital money stored in a digital wallet. It is maintained by a network of computers that record each transaction on a public ledger known as blockchain. The blockchain allows each transaction to be verified to prevent the act of double spending (sending the same bitcoin to multiple people). The process of verifying the transactions is called mining. Unlike cash, bitcoin operates independently of a central bank; therefore, miners use software to solve bitcoin algorithms and are rewarded with bitcoin and the release of new bitcoin. There is a fixed supply of 21 million bitcoins, of which almost 17 million are already in circulation. The bitcoin network will automatically adjust the difficulty of solving an algorithm block every 2016 blocks until the maximum amount is released. Bit c oi n c a n b e b ou g ht a nd /or sold i n exchange for fiat currency, used as currency for international remittance, or payment for goods and services. While most goods and services are not currently priced in bitcoin, future demand and supply could result in the wide adoption of bitcoin and other cryptocurrency. However, resistance to change and regulators’ warnings of the higher potential for fraud could hinder the popularity and acceptance of bitcoin. Bitcoin futures currently trade under ticker symbol XBT with a highly volatile price history. Should an investor decide bitcoin is an appropriate investment to meet one’s goals, it is important to build and maintain a well-diversified portfolio and have a clear understanding of its characteristics before making an investment purchase. If you have questions regarding bitcoin, or to discover how to create a balanced portfolio, you are invited to contact Financial Partners of TN, LLC at 865-558-8182 or visit www. financialpartnerstn.com.

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Southeastern Dermatology Introduces


T SOUTHEASTERN DERMATOLOGY, we are always looking

for innovative ways to help our patients reach their aesthetic goals and improve outcomes. One of the best ways to achieve better outcomes is through combination therapies. Targeting skin aging requires a multifaceted approach, because the outward appearance of aging skin is the result of multiple factors. In March, we will be introducing the exclusive c2Lift to our practice. This technique combines two powerful procedures, Ultherapy and Radiesse, to stimulate collagen production in two different ways. Ultherapy is the non-invasive lifting procedure that is FDA approved for the brow, chin, and neck. It uses ultrasound energy to stimulate the production of new collagen fibers at the foundational level. When new collagen is created, the skin responds by lifting and tightening. Radiesse is a unique facial filler that offers instantaneous volumizing, sculpting, and lifting benefits, as well as stimulating collagen production. The results are long lasting and natural looking. Southeastern Dermatology is proud to be Tennessee’s exclusive provider of the c2Lift, which targets skin laxity, volume loss, and wrinkles in a simple, customized procedure. To learn more about the c2Lift, we invite you to our special event on Thursday, March 15th. Call 865-474-8800 to schedule your complimentary appointment for a customized treatment plan.

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

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

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