Everything Knoxville May 2018

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10 Marble City Petsitting

Judy Irmen

Learn about the benefits of at-home pet sitting.

Publisher + Editor in Chief

11 Spa 9700

Tom Irmen

The perfect way to say “I celebrate you, Mom!”

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22 Gallery on Main

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26 The Town

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

Random Acts of Flowers.......................25 Insights & Highlights...............................32 Knox Heritage..............................................54 Calendar of Events....................................60 For Entrepreneurs....................................64 Etiquette in Training................................64


OCAL ENTREPRENEUR and Exit Real Estate

Associate Broker, Jesse Boling, combines comprehensive marketing strategies, sales expertise, and relationships to provide his clients with a fresh new approach to today's residential real estate marketplace.


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Sunday in May is traditionally set aside to celebrate mothers, past and present. Women who fill the role of mom deserve to be honored for all their contributions and sacrifices that they show daily for their families. Moms are role models for their children and Photo by D. Roberts Photography their loving, caring demeanor will greatly impact their children’s upbringing. Those children will in turn go on to impact the lives of all they come in contact with daily. So moms should not take their role lightly. We, as sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, should make sure we take the time to honor the person in our lives who fills the role of mom not only on Mother’s Day but every day. It’s as simple as taking time out of a busy schedule to touch mom with



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a phone call or an unscheduled visit with a hug and an “I love you.” These are all gentle reminders to mom of how much she is appreciated. My own mother has been gone now for a number of years, and I miss her very much. I miss talking with her, visiting her and helping her to make those special holiday dinners. But every Mother’s Day, I reflect on my mom and all the wonderful memories I have of my days growing up. I even take out the old photo albums and relive the family moments captured on film that are so precious and all that I have left of mom. This Mother’s Day make sure you honor your mom. Your time with her on this earth is not unlimited so make the most of it. We at Everything Knoxville wish all moms a very Happy Mother’s Day.

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DISCOVER A FRESH APPROACH to Today’s Residential

Real Estate Marketplace


N T O DAY ’ S real estate

marketplace, most buyers and sellers share a generic view of the agents that act on their behalf. You sign an agreement, the “for sale” sign goes up, ads go online and in print, buyers make inquiries, offers are made, contracts are signed, and a closing occurs. But decisions to buy and sell real estate are rarely that simple and often require the combined skills of a trusted real estate professional that can also act in an advisory role.

Local entrepreneur and Exit Real Estate Associate Broker, Jesse Boling, first began his self-employment career at a very early age in his parent’s business and later launched two successful businesses, CH Interiors & Gifts in 2013 and Knox Graphics & Design in 2017. Jesse’s success in retail came about largely from his unique ability to build winning teams of associates and to differentiate his companies from his competition. Success also resulted from developing lasting relationships, comprehensive marketing strategies, and by developing all of the necessary skills needed to succeed at every new venture.



Today, as an Associate Broker at Exit Real Estate Professionals Network, Jesse has combined his years of successful entrepreneurship, along with Exit Realty’s commitment to provide the highest level of professionalism and training, offering each of their clients an uncommon level of expertise when buying and selling a home in today’s fast-paced and evolving real estate marketplace. We hope you will enjoy this recent interview with Jesse. EK: How have your years of experience as an entrepreneur and business owner prepared you for today’s residential real estate marketplace? Jesse: Success in any worthwhile endeavor involves planning. Before launching any new business, every aspect of that new venture must be thoroughly examined, considered, and planned for. Comprehensive analysis and plans must then be developed. But, even more importantly, you need to consider the human component for every transaction, never forgetting that there are family members emotionally invested in every home that is bought or sold. EK: What is the most important characteristic or skill required to succeed in residential real estate? Jesse: While there are a variety of skills required for success, the most important skill is the ability to listen to your clients. Without the ability to listen, all of your other skills are of little value. EK: You had multiple real estate companies to select from. What made you choose Exit Real Estate Professionals Network?

Jesse: That’s simple. It was their comprehensive approach and commitment to provide a level of client service that is uncommon in today’s marketplace. It was the same commitment I made to each of my customers in my retail businesses that was required to achieve success; a commitment to provide a level of service that most people thought no longer existed today. EK: How would you describe a typical “buyer’s” experience? Jesse: As I stated earlier, it begins with listening. What are the buyer’s expectations? What are their priorities (schools, shopping, proximity to work, emergency services, churches)? We need to determine budget and pursue mortgage pre-approval. These are just a few of the requirements we need to consider, allowing us to transform ourselves from a real estate professional to a trusted advisor and ally. EK: How would you describe a typical “seller’s” experience? Jesse: Well, listening still is my number one priority. We need to establish a current market price for the seller’s home, as well as a realistic timeframe for the sale to take place. There are also a large number of recommendations we might make to the seller to enhance the probability for success at the highest possible price. This is also where our team goes to work to create a comprehensive marketing plan designed to achieve a successful outcome. EK: How important is communication in the buying and selling process?

Jesse: Next to listening, communication is perhaps the most often neglected component in the real estate experience. Buyers and sellers deserve to be in the loop to whichever degree they wish to be included. Also, with all of the communication tools available today, there’s really no excuse not to keep buyers and sellers informed. Regardless, it’s the number one complaint we hear from buyers and sellers today. EK: If a reader has an interest in buying, selling, or perhaps purchasing an income property, what is the best way for them to reach you? Jesse: Those interested in reaching me can call or text me at 865-335-7270 or email me at j.boling865@gmail.com. EK: In closing, is there anything you would like to add? Jesse: I would first like to thank the many thousands of people that have helped us to succeed in business, in addition to the countless friendships that have occurred as a result. I would also like to ask you for the opportunity to earn your trust as an advisor and real estate professional on any residential real estate opportunity that you may become part of in the future.

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Introducing OKNA Windows & Patio Doors by Window Works


STABLISHED IN 2005 by local entrepreneurs a nd hu sba nd and wife team, Tom and Kay Moon, Window Works has been committed to providing homeowners with the highest qua lity replacement windows and siding products at an affordable price. Now a second generation has joined the Window Works family. Tom and Kay’s son and daughter, Chris and Wendy, are as committed to Window Works’ founding principles as their parents, in addition to introducing the latest and most innovative products available in the marketplace. Window Works is proud to introduce their newest line in energ y eff icient window and patio doors from OKNA . Manufactured in the U.S. at their 220,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, OKNA windows and patio doors are meticulously crafted using the latest advanced technology to produce windows and patio doors of unmatched quality, efficiency, clarity, and durability. And windows from OKNA have the lowest air infiltration available

shutters on your home or office, you are invited to discover the Window Works difference for yourself. Select from either composite or vinyl windows and let Window Works color match your new windows to match any color you select. Family owned and operated, A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, lifetime limited transferable warranty, award-winning service, and fully insured protection are your assurance that all work performed is designed to meet and exceed your expectations. Also, be sure to ask about their newest windows and patio doors by OKNA. anywhere, making them one of the top performing windows in the nation. If you are considering installing new windows, siding, patio doors, gutters, or

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Marble City Petsitting

The Benefits of Using a Pet Sitter


MERICANS HAVE a love affair with their pets as evidenced by the approximately 80 million homes in our nation that own dogs, cats, and other pets. Their unconditional love and loyalty earn a special place in our hearts and our families. Our affection for our pets is often complicated when we travel and are confronted with the choices of how or where to board them. Our choices are a boarding kennel, a friend or relative’s home, or pet sitters. Benefits of an at-home pet sitting service include remaining in a known safe and secure environment and being surrounded by familiar sights, sounds, smells., and routines. A successful at-home pet sitting experience is largely dependent on the quality of the pet sitter you select. That’s precisely why local entrepreneurs and friends, Miriam Wilson and Katharine Karter, launched East Tennessee’s premier at-home pet sitting service. “We have combined our nearly four decades of veterinary and practical experience to offer pet owners a level of expertise not often found in athome pet sitting services,” said Miriam. “I have a degree in Veterinary Technology from LMU, and my experience has included intensive care, emergency, teaching, radiology, kennel, and general practice. Katharine’s expertise is in the areas of kennel management, cat rescue, and bird care.” Marble City Petsitting is not only unique in the love they share for your pets. Miriam and Katharine’s veterinary experience allows them to respond proactively to unforeseen situations that can occur while you’re away from home. Services they provide include: »» Routine pet care »» Walking, exercise & playtime »» Transportation (vet, grooming, bathing, training appointments) »» Liaison (vet, groomer, bather, trainer) »» Field trips (dog park, pet store, training classes, play dates) »» Nail trims »» Belly rubs & companionship »» Puppy support : playtime, exercise, socialization, training »» Prescribed medications & treatments »» Emergency support »» The not-so-routine special care you provide and want duplicated while you are away: Katharine and Miriam have walked dogs at sunrise, injected medications into blueberries that had to be tossed and caught, tucked dogs in with stories or Animal Planet channel, sent short clips of cats chasing a laser, walked cats on harnesses, comforted dogs who are afraid of thunder, and all that comes with pet life, from neonatal to hospice care. If an upcoming trip, vacation, or other plans call for an at-home pet sitter, trust the service that combines decades of veterinary nursing and kennel experience with a level of care for your dog or cat that is second only to your own. Marble City Petsitting 865.919.4325 10


Spa 9700 Mother’s Day Celebration

Celebrate with Mom in May “Mom’s Royal Treatment” Package


HETHER YOU CHOOSE a day of pampering, a single signature service, or a lovely gift from the extensive retail selections, Spa 9700 has the perfect way to say “I celebrate you, Mom!” You can treat your mom, stepmom, mother-inlaw, grandmother, aunt, sister, or the “just like a mom” in your life to something very memorable, sure to make you her favorite. The thoughtful spa treatment packages created just for Mother’s Day make your job easy. Packages such as “Mom’s Royal Treatment,” which includes a hot stone massage, custom luxury facial, spa manicure, spa pedicure, make-up application, and lunch catered from the Chop House. The budget friendly “Off Duty Mom” includes a full body massage, custom luxury facial, a spa manicure, and lunch catered from the Chop House. This is the perfect selection for a first-time spa go-er or for someone who is short on time but who still needs a “treat.” To truly celebrate with Mom, try the 2018 version of “Mom and Me” which includes, for each of you, a full body massage, a custom luxury facial, pedicure, and lunch catered from the Chop House. You really can’t go wrong. Spa 9700’s comfortable, private, and relaxing environment is suited for treating anyone, but especially Mom, like royalty. In addition, Spa 9700 also celebrates strawberry season with treatments featuring that sweet red berry that is abundant this time of year. During May and June, you must try the Strawberry Smash Pedicure, which begins with a relaxing soak in sparkling, citrus, cilantro oil, and finishes with an application of strawberry fruit cells and whipped shea butter. An added pleasure will be a serving of fresh strawberries to tantalize your palate. If you have visited the retail boutique (a part of the spa entrance), you know that Spa 9700 offers some exclusive gift items. Known for their pajamas, beach cover-ups, and tunics, you will also find Hobo leathers, jewelry, and the most popular candles and body care. There are also beach bags, beach towels, sunscreens, luggage, and other essentials for summer travel. A true “resort style” boutique, you’ll find great gifts and something for yourself also. You and Mom are sure to love a visit to Spa 9700, so celebrate her with a gift certificate or gift from Spa 9700! Spa 9700

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storytelling, music, arts & crafts, science experiments, food, and fun! Join us Saturday, May 19, at World’s Fair Park from 10 am to 3 pm. Kids will meet favorite authors, dance and sing along to great performances, participate in science experiments, crafts, and games, and sign up for the Summer Library Club! This year’s lineup features Linda Sue Park (author of the Newbery Award-winning novel A Single Shard and other middle grade novels and picture books) and Eric Litwin (original author of Pete the Cat, The Nuts, and Groovy Joe).

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Give Your Home’s Hardwood Floors & Family a Vacation I

F YO U R H O M E ’ S hardwood f looring and your family are in dire need of a vacation, here’s a suggestion that you are going to love: Have your home’s hardwood f loors refinished while you are away on your trip to the beach, Disneyworld, cruise, or wherever you go to get away from it all. The only thing you will come home to are the hardwood floors that look just the way they did when they were first installed. European Fine Hardwood Floors offers area homeowners a totally unique experience in hardwood flooring refinishing. By combining skills learned from European craftsmen with the latest technological advances available in the refinishing marketplace, you will discover how easy it is to restore your home’s hardwood floors to their original showroom look. If your home’s hardwood f loors are faded, scratched, dented and gouged, then European Fine Hardwood Floors can help.


see when you return home are your home’s beautiful floors. Before you leave on your trip, they will refinish a small area of your f looring so you will be able to see firsthand just how your floors will look when complete. Recipient of the much-coveted Bona Certified Craftsman designation, this is your assurance that all work performed by European Fine Hardwood Floors is compliant with the standards set by the number one leader in the world’s refinishing marketplace: Bona. If both your family and your home’s hardwood floors could use a vacation, why not call European Fine Hardwood Floors today to schedule an appointment?


The first step is to contact European Fine Hardwood Floors and request your no-cost, no-obligation, in-home consultation. If you decide to proceed, they will schedule a time when your family is on vacation to restore your hardwood floors. While you are enjoying your family’s fun in the sun, their skilled, fully insured and bonded craftsmen will refinish your floors while safely and efficiently removing the dust resulting from refinishing out-of-doors by using high-volume hoses attached to high-capacity vacuums, which remain outside your home. All you will

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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


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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 thei 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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We Don’t Have to Be Fat, Unhealthy, and Self-Conscious “I discovered the importance of accountability.”


OMEONE ONCE told me that about managing

weight and eating well,” said 52-year-old Kevin Waters, a husband, dad, and entrepreneur. “You pay for it now with your money to eat well and exercise or you will pay in medical bills and brokenness in the future. Your choice.” Kevin’s 6’3” height allowed him to hide his weight, which tended to range between 210 and 225 pounds. But at an annual physical, he was surprised to learn that his weight had increased to 232 pounds. “The doctor also informed me that my blood levels were elevated, which increased my risk for Type II diabetes,” he said. In January 2017, Kevin did what he had done so often in the past: Starve himself and also eat better. “It worked initially… it always does,” said Kevin. “I was down to 219 pounds and feeling that it was good enough to go back to the bad habits of snacking at night and not exercising.” By April, Kevin’s weight began to climb again. By October, his weight was back at 228, and he was feeling bad. Bad habits, 60-hour work weeks, and a sedentary lifestyle were all undermining Kevin’s goal of enjoying a fuller and healthier life. It was time to act! Kevin and his wife scheduled an initial assessment and complimentary workout with Andrew Henderson, trainer at Fitness Together. “We were sore for days!” said Kevin. “But something clicked. I discovered the importance of accountability. There was something about the physical environment, the encouragement, the fact that it was on my calendar.” Today Kevin works out two to three times a week with Mac Bowers, a certified Fitness Together trainer. Kevin is down to 205 and continuing to drop, hoping to hit the 190s for the first time since the late 1990s. He feels stronger than he was at 35, with more muscle mass and physical strength. And his body fat percentage has fallen from 26% to 19%. Our longevity and quality of life are directly tied to our health. Everyone has a story to share. But whether it’s one of success or not will be determined by the decisions we make in our life. Why not let the professionals at Fitness Together help you rediscover a healthier, happier lifestyle? Call today to schedule your free evaluation and complimentary workout.

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Knoxville Awarded Third Event to June Lineup for USA Cycling Professional National Championships



time, all U.S. national champions in professional road cycling will be crowned the same week under the organizational umbrella of one host community. The 2018 USA Cycling Professional Road, Individual Time Trial, and Criterium National Championships will be held in Knoxville June 21-24. This is the second year for Knoxville to host the U.S. Pro Road and Individual Time Trial (ITT) championships. The U.S. Pro Criterium championships, held in Louisville, KY, in 2017, were staged in conjunction with the U.S. Amateur Road National Championships in previous years. In partnership with Visit Knoxville and USA Cycling, event management agency Medalist Sports has designed new courses for the championships this summer. The ITT will be held Thursday, June 21, on a 7-mile section of roadway that traverse the banks of Melton Lake and the internationallyacclaimed Oak Ridge Rowing venue in Oak Ridge. Friday will add the criterium events to the mix of popular night-time activities in downtown Knoxville, with the start and finish on Gay Street. Championship races will conclude Sunday with the signature road races on a similar 8-mile course that was used in 2017. This year the women’s and men’s road races will feature the Gay Street corridor for the start/finish line, expo activities, and award ceremonies. Four types of VIP Hospitality Access Passes will be available for purchase, including VIP Access for Individual Time Trial, Criterium, and Pro Road, as well as a 3-Day VIP Fan Experience Package to encompass the entire event. “We are very pleased that USA Cycling has expanded this National Championship event to include the Criterium here in Knoxville,” said Chad Culver, Visit Knoxville Sports Commission Senior Director. “We have worked hard to confirm great courses in and around our community. We expect the professional athletes, as well as the passionate fans, will find this year’s event even better than 2017.” “We are thrilled to have USA Cycling return to Knoxville,” said Kim Bumpas, Visit Knoxville President. “We look forward to welcoming athletes and spectators alike to experience the well-designed courses, the hospitality of our community, and the allaround vibrant atmosphere of downtown Knoxville.” “Our objective in bringing professional road and individual time trial national championships to Knoxville last year was to increase the stature of these marquee

events,” said Derek Bouchard-Hall, USA Cycling CEO. “Knoxville exceeded our high expectations, so we are thrilled to add the criterium to the line-up this year. We are so excited that America’s best cyclists will have such great courses and fans again this year, and we are very grateful to Visit Knoxville for what they have helped us create in this remarkable city.” The championships get rolling on June 21 with the new ITT course in Oak Ridge, located 30 minutes west of downtown Knoxville. The professional and elite women will complete two laps of the ITT course for a total distance of 14.1 miles. The professional and elite men will complete three laps for a total distance of 21.25 miles. The course is relatively flat with three technical u-turns, allowing spectators to see athletes pass multiple times from one location. As the “race of truth,” the ITT is distinct in its format for participants to race against the clock rather than in a big group against each other. Both women and men will compete in waves, with each individual rider being separated at the start by a one-minute gap. In the women’s event, the top U23 women (under the age of 23) will be awarded a separate championship. On June 22, the Criterium Championships will be held under the lights of downtown Knoxville, with races beginning at 6:15 pm. The 1.1-mile circuit is fast, with an uphill and technical final section before the finish. The pro women will race for a maximum of 75 minutes, followed by the men racing for 90 minutes. “I am excited for Crit nationals to move to downtown Knoxville,” said Rally Cycling’s Erica Allar of Demorest, GA, who won last year’s criterium title for pro women. “It will be great for spectators, but also moving our road nationals so that they’re all in the same place will make it easier for other teams to justify the travel. Winning the U.S. Pro Crit Championship in 2017 was a highlight for me and my cycling career.” After a rest day for the athletes on Saturday, racing returns to downtown Knoxville on June 24. The Road Race course will use the same start/finish line in downtown Knoxville as the Criterium. The route will cover familiar territory used in 2017, crossing the Tennessee River via the iconic Gay Street Bridge, traversing the signature climb up Sherrod Street, and using the James White Parkway to return downtown through Knoxville’s historic Old City. A new challenge for the athletes will be a punchy climb at the end of each circuit on Clinch Avenue to reach the start/finish on Gay Street. The women will race nine laps, for a total distance of 72 miles, and the men

will complete 15 laps, for a total distance of 120 miles. Amber Neben (Lake Forest, CA/Team Velo Concept) made it two for two at the 2017 Pro Road & Time Trial National Championships in Knoxville by winning both the ITT and the road race. Joey Rosskopf (Decatur, GA/BMC Racing Team) scored the men’s title in the ITT and Larry Warbasse (Traverse City, MI/ Aqua Blue Sport) won the Stars-and-Stripes jersey in the men’s road race. “Wearing the Stars and Stripes for the last nine months has been an incredible honor,” said Warbasse, who rides for a Pro Continental team based in Ireland. “I’m excited to race at the 2018 edition of the USPro Nationals and looking forward to the proposed course changes this season. The new finish line location in downtown Knoxville on Gay Street will provide an awesome backdrop for the finale. I’m glad the climb of Sherrod Road will remain in the race, as the atmosphere there was incredible in 2017, lined with lively fans the whole way.” W h i l e A l l a r ( D e m o re s t , G A / R a l l y Cycling) earned the Women’s Pro title in the Criterium, Travis McCabe (Tucson, AZ/ UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) captured the Men’s Pro title. The Women’s U23 criterium championship was taken by 19-year-old Skylar Schneider (West Allis, WI), who now rides for Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team. “Coming away with the national criterium championship last year was a big target that I had, and this year’s goal is to focus on road nationals,” said McCabe. “Combining the races makes things more convenient for the staff and the teams to come just spend the weekend in Knoxville. I also think it will be more exciting for the fans.” This will be the 33rd year for the men’s professional road race national champion, first won by Eric Heiden in Philadelphia, PA, in 1985. The USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships began for men in 1986, held for many years in Illinois. The USA Cycling Professional Time Trial National Championship was introduced for men in 2006. In 2013, USA Cycling added professional women’s titles for all road championship events, with events for elite women going back to 1985. For a full schedule of events and course maps, visit www.usacycling.org/2018/proroad-crit-time-trial-nationals. The Visit Knoxville Sports Commission will coordinate and oversee local sponsorships, expo booth space, and live broadcasts of Sunday races. For information on hotels, VIP Hospitality Access Passes, local activities, and volunteer opportunities, visit www. usacycleknox.com. May 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE



The Hot Food Trend You Can Enjoy Without Leaving Home



ARM-FRESH EGGS. Locally grown tomatoes. Herbs sourced onsite. If you’ve eaten out recently, you’ve probably noticed the menus feature locally sourced ingredients. The farm-totable movement continues to flourish at restaurants throughout the country. In fact, rather than the exception, it’s become the expectation. According to the National Restaurant Association, farm-totable is quickly becoming the new norm. Diners are so attracted to the freshest fare possible that it’s inspiring some restaurants to start their own gardens on a rooftop, terrace, or simple outdoor plot. Hyper-local culinary concepts like these represent the top trend on the annual “2018 Culinary Forecast” report. You can take a cue from this hot trend by starting your own farm-to-table concept garden at home. Just imagine plucking ruby red tomatoes and rich green basil straight from your garden to make a farm-fresh, scrumptious caprese salad without ever leaving home. An at-home take on the farm-to-table trend can easily be translated to a convenient “garden-to-table” concept in your own backyard. Growing your own at home will elevate your cooking, and you’ll feel good about being able to produce your own food while lowering your grocery bill (and certainly save by not dining out as much). No matter the size of your garden space, you can grow fresh foods that are readily available right at your fingertips, even if you just have a small patio or balcony. What’s more, some of the most popular produce to eat is also easy to grow. The experts at Bonnie Plants offer some easy-to-grow, space-saving suggestions to encourage a garden-to-table trend at home. 18


Caged tomatoes Whether you choose big, juicy slicers or sweet cherry-sized snackers, caged tomatoes are easy to grow and offer endless cooking opportunities. Determinate varieties of tomatoes are container favorites, because the vines are relatively compact yet bear a productive harvest. Or create your own container garden using tomato varieties especially bred for small spaces. Caged peppers Try popular and versatile Green Bell, a heavy yielder of large fruits and a good allround pepper for slicing and stuffing. Or spice up your recipes with jalapeño chile peppers, which yield a bountiful harvest. Strawberries in hanging baskets Sweet, juicy strawberries add loads of flavor to salads, dressings, drinks, and desserts. Think you need a plot to grow a productive strawberry patch? Think again. Maximize space with Bonnie Plants’ strawberries in hanging baskets, which are everbearing and produce cascades of berries throughout the growing season. Herbs in combo pots Want to raise the flavor profile of any culinary dish? Fresh herbs are your best bet. Herb gardens can be grown in compact spaces, which means you can fit your favorites in no matter how much space you have. For example, a kitchen herb combo container featuring sweet basil, cilantro, and curled parsley is a powerhouse pot that’s both practical and pretty. You can set it right outside your door for convenient access and continuous harvest. Herbs are ready for harvest upon purchase and will keep growing and giving all season long. Bonnie Plants offers more than 250

varieties of vegetables and herbs, from tried and true classics to some unusual varieties you may not have tried, such as Holy Basil, Tepin Chili Pepper, Barbeque Rosemary, Little Napoli Patio Roma, and many more. Once it’s time to harvest, have fun exploring new recipes and experimenting with home-grown, fresh-picked produce that will shake up your supper and then some. For more inspiration for easy at-home gardening, visit www.bonnieplants.com. This recipe for a classic caprese salad is sure to hit the spot as a light lunch or satisfying start to dinner.

Caprese Salad Ingredients: » 1 fresh tomato » 1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese » Basil leaves » Olive oil » Balsamic vinegar » Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Slice tomato in 1/4-inch thick slices. Do the same for the mozzarella. Alternate layers between the tomato, mozzarella, and basil. First a tomato slice, then a mozzarella slice, then a few leaves of basil; begin and end with tomato. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or your favorite Italian dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Sweetwater Main Street Opens New Doors!


HE YEAR 2018 is looking to

be a banner year in historic downtown Sweetwater. In the past few months, Sweetwater’s nationally accredited Main Street district has helped four new businesses open. Building entrepreneurs is an important goal for the Sweetwater Main Street organization. In partnership with the City of Sweetwater and funded in part with a grant through the State of TN Economic and Community Development, a formerly vacant building in downtown Sweetwater is being transformed into a business incubator. The beautiful historic building, once known as the Carter Brick Mason Building, is owned by Sweetwater Architect Sam Moser. His vision for the building has created space for a restaurant, coffee shop and bakery, a retail store, and several residential apartments in the future, as well as the relocation of his own architectural office. Last fall the first business, Her Majesty Boutique, opened to much fanfare. It hasn’t been unusual to see a line out the door of this trendy second floor boutique. Clothing and apparel, jewelry, accessories, and more, as well as a new children’s line, Reign Couture, have drawn many new shoppers to downtown Sweetwater. The shop is owned by Ashley Ingram, Miss Tennessee United States 2017. 20


“It’s a very good thing to have young, smart entrepreneurs in Sweetwater,” said Mayor Doyle Lowe. “We’re so glad to play a part in these businesses success.” In January, Vittorino’s Italian Cucina Restaurant opened and has stayed busy even through the traditionally slow months of January and February. The cuisine is fresh and made with love by owner Rosa. The venue is beautiful and cozy. Open Tuesday through Sunday, a meal in Vittorino’s Italian Cucina Restaurant is well worth the trip to Sweetwater. March 1st welcomed the Cup Runneth Over Coffeehouse and Sweet Station Bake Shop. The Coffehouse serves Crimson Cup coffee, as well as a variety of hot teas, espressos, cappuccinos, and more. Paired with a treat or breakfast item from the Bake Shop, and this stop is a must when visiting Sweetwater. The eclectic interior spotlights the original brick walls and locally made countertops, tables, and chairs. A space was created for live entertainment, and the back section of the building has a meeting room available for parties and gatherings. Several years ago the Sweetwater Main Street organization hired a consultant for a master plan as part of a grant through the East TN Foundation. The process of creating the master plan identified several goals for downtown Sweetwater. Some of those

goals included a restaurant serving pizza that more locals would support, businesses that stayed open past 5 pm, and a coffee shop. “These new ventures are a clear fulfillment of several long-term goals, and it’s exciting to watch,” said Jane McGuire, Sweetwater Main Street Director. “We are so proud to play a part of this process.” Sweetwater is home to so many unique shopping experiences and dining options. These new businesses will help continue to draw visitors and locals alike and enhance what is already a great day trip. So make plans to visit Sweetwater soon! For more information, follow the Main Street Marketplace Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shoplocalatmsm.

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OMINICK ARGENTO’S “Postcard from Morocco” (with libretto by John Donahue) is an opera that has more in common plot-wise with the surrealist plays of Samuel Beckett than it does with most other works in the operatic canon. The chamber opera centers on seven travelers waiting inside of a train station. Each of the unnamed travelers carries with them a piece of luggage that not only defines their character, but also reveals something about their personality. By detailing what they carry in arias scattered throughout the show, each character anchors a vignette that both answers a question about their “reason d’etre” and causes the audience to ask, often uncomfortable, questions of themselves. Motivated by a quirky libretto and masterfully scored, the piece explores themes of control and the great lengths that people will go to protect what they hold dear. The shows stars Brandon Evans (Mr. Owen), Ryan Colbert (Lady with a Cake Box), Jennifer Barsamian (Foreign Singer), Cat Richmond (Lady with a Hand Mirror), Ryan Ford (Man with Old Luggage), Collin Levin (Shoe Salesman), and Daniel Berry (Man with a Cornet Case/Puppet Maker). The show is directed by James Marvel and conducted by Peter Leonard. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.

For more information, visit www.marblecityopera.com. May 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE




Jeanne Robertson:

The Rocking Chair Tour May 18 at 7:30 pm • Knoxville Civic Auditorium


T 74, Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences with her humorous observations about life around her. This former Miss North Carolina, standing tall at six-foot-two, has an infectious personality, heart, and sense of humor. With seven nationally released DVDs, three books, hundreds of hours on Sirius XM satellite radio, and more than 20 million YouTube hits, the demand for Robertson’s family-friendly and engaging brand of comedy has grown exponentially. Some of her most popular anecdotes include “Don’t Go to Vegas Without a Baptist,” “Don’t Bungee Jump Naked,” and “Don’t Send a Man to the Grocery Store.” Robertson’s witty depiction of everyday situations never fails to have audiences of all ages rolling with laughter. Don’t miss this performance by a truly funny lady!

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T’S THAT TIME of the year once again. Time has really f lown, and now we find ourselves at this special time when we celebrate our seniors graduating from high school and college. They are about to embark on an exciting new phase of their young lives, whether they are pursuing to further their education or to seek a lifelong career. According to Wikipedia, “Ceremonies for graduating students date from the first universities in Europe in the 12th century. The typical dress for graduation are gowns and hoods or hats adapted from the daily dress of university staff in the Middle Ages, which was in turn based on the attire worn by medieval clergy.” From the Daily Universe: “The traditional graduation dress of cap and gown started in the 13th and 14th centuries when universities began forming throughout Europe. The graduation cap and gown date back to England.” From The Daily Universe: “The ceremony, in Islamic tradition, is vindication of knowledge that licenses one to teach what one has learned.” Regardless of just where the tradition of graduation gift giving arose, Gallery on Main in historic downtown Sweetwater has a selection of gifts for your graduate that will be cherished and long remembered. Choose from a handcrafted fine writing instrument, art piece to decorate their college dorm room or first office, or a variety of other gift items. Visit us at Gallery on Main and discover that perfect gift for your graduate and create that memory that will last a lifetime. Gallery on Main

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Celebrate Mother’s Day

at Sweetwater Flower Shop


F YOU’RE LOOKING for the perfect

gift for Mother’s Day, look no further than Sweetwater Flower Shop and Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant, located in historic downtown Sweetwater. Treat Mom with a special day on the town at Sweetwater Flower Shop, featuring two floors of gifts, ladies’ apparel and accessories, jewelry, florals, and some memorable, eclectic cuisine at Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant, which offers a graceful and charming southern ambiance. Let Mom try on one of Sweetwater Flower Shop’s latest fashions, which she can further enhance with a stylish new scarf or perhaps a handbag from their extensive accessories selection. And while you’re browsing all of their recently arrived fashions, have Mom select a stunning jewelry accent piece from Sweetwater Flower Shop’s array of designer-inspired jewelry. Another way to please Mom is to surprise her with a gift certificate from either the flower shop or Upstairs at The Mansion. Also, don’t forget that a silk or a cut flower arrangement is another way to remember Mom on her special day. Call 423-3376623 to place your special order. Deliveries are available in the Sweetwater area, or you can call ahead and pick up your order for a more personal delivery. Sweetwater Flower Shop also has a wide assortment of memorials that can help celebrate the memories of a mother or grandmother who may no longer be with us but whom you wish to remember this Mother’s Day. However you plan on celebrating Mom this Mother’s Day, every celebration can be made even more special with a visit to Sweetwater Flower Shop and Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant. “Creating Memories That Last a Lifetime”

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ENRY’S TV credits include appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show, CBS’s The Late, Late, Show, and NBC’s Young Comedians Special. He served two years as host of NBC’s Friday Night Videos and had many guest roles on various network sitcoms. Henry was co-creator, co-producer, and co-writer of “The Henry Cho Show” on GAC. His one hour Comedy Central Special, “What’s That Clickin Noise?” is currently running, and he can also be heard daily on Sirius XM and Blue Collar Radio. He’s also a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry. Some of Henry’s film credits include McHale’s Navy with Tom Arnold and David Allen Greer, Say It Isn’t So with Heather Graham and Sally Field, and Material Girls with Hilary Duff and Angelica Houston. Henry was the keynote entertainer for the 59th Annual Radio & Television Correspondents’ Dinner and has worked extensively with Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood, and many others. Henry’s clean comedy is so versatile that he can headline Vegas and then tour with Michael W. Smith in the same month.

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fine jewelry business industry since 1961, Vince Riggio, owner of Vincent’s, has put his experience to work in some rather unique ways. “I’ve been fortunate in my career to have met many of the leaders in the world diamond marketplace and to have been privileged to work with many of the nation’s premier jewelers,” said Vince. “I’ve loved every minute of this fascinating and fast-paced industry, and the thought of retiring has never occurred to me.” With an office in the Farragut area, in addition to an office in St. Louis, Vince and company purchases diamonds of all shapes and sizes, as well as fine jewelry, sapphires, and rubies from both individuals and estates. “In addition to purchasing diamonds and fine jewelry at the highest possible prices, we also offer sellers a totally unique selling experience,” said Vince. Vince personally meets with each client on an appointment only basis in their Farragut office, offering a secure, private, and safe environment. All consultations are confidential and are performed on a no-cost, no-obligation basis. If you are interested in selling your unused or unwanted diamonds or fine jewelry, why not trust Vincent’s and their more than 50 year tradition for integrity, experience, and courteous service?





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Introducing the New Family Member


AST MONTH we discussed the possibility of adding a new dog to provide company for another dog or dogs in your family. This month let’s discuss improving the chances of a happy transition once your new dog comes home. Introductions are the first step to success. Oftentimes family members are excited about the new dog and often provide it their full attention. While the new dog needs to feel welcome, avoid doing it at the expense of the older dog. The older dog might feel “pushed out,” which can strain the relationship bond between the new and old dog. The way to avoid this is to bring the new dog in and err on the side of giving priority access for everything to the older dog. Let them know you recognize they were here first and are the number one dog. The older dog should be fed, petted, and given treats first. It also helps to have a good solid rule structure for both dogs, so everyone is clear about what happens when and under what conditions. The command, response reward program in which the dogs must obey a simple command before receiving valued rewards is an excellent way of obtaining the needed structure for

both dogs. If introductions are done properly, over time the dogs will work out for themselves what really matters individually. They will determine who has priority access to each resource. For the older dog, food may be the most important thing, so always fill that dog’s bowl first. For the newer dog, it may shake out that it’s most important to receive snuggles and stroked along the muzzle first or given a beloved toy first. You as the owner will learn by watching, over months, what is most important to each individual dog and respond accordingly. At Ms. C’s, owners often ask us how we handle all of our guests without collars or restraints. We use voice commands. In addition, with each stay we get to know our canine guest better and better. This allows us to acknowledge what is most important for each guest and to respond accordingly.


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May Flowers are Blooming! R

ANDOM ACTS of Flowers

will host Flowers After Hours on Monday, May 29! Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the class will be from 6 to 8 pm. This is a perfect time to get your girlfriends together for a fun night out, where you’ll learn how to make beautiful floral arrangements! A professional florist will instruct participants in a hands-on demonstration of basic floral design. Each attendee will produce a floral arrangement they will take with them and a second arrangement that will be delivered to an ill or elderly member of our community, adding enrichment to RAF’s mission of delivering hope and kindness. The $35 ticket price includes container, flowers, and instruction on floral arranging. Coffee, water, and light appetizers will be provided. BYOB for participants 21 and over. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www. RAFKnoxville.org. Select the events tab at the top of the page. All event proceeds benefit Random Acts of Flowers, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that improves the emotional health and well-being of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of

Residents of the Tellico Village HOA creating beautiful bouquets during a private floral arranging event kindness. If you have questions or want to learn more about Random Acts of Flowers, call 865-633-9082, email info@rafknoxville. org, or visit www.RAFKnoxville.org. If you are interested in booking a private Flowers After Hours event, call 865-6339082 or email Mandie Beeler at Mandie@ RAFKnoxville.org. Private parties are perfect for birthday parties, bridal showers, reunions, or even just a special girls’ night out! Private events require a minimum commitment of 15 people per class.

Members of Executive Women International Knoxville Chapter showing their gorgeous arrangements 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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NE OF THE BEST concerts

East Tennesseans will ever see is coming to the Tennessee Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm (not the normal 8 pm start time). There’ll be a quiz at the end of this article. Because Chicago is coming to Knoxville, I was afforded the opportunity to chat with one of the band’s co-founders, Jimmy Pankow. While chit-chatting before getting down to talking about the upcoming show, I was delighted to learn that Jimmy is a fellow Tennessean by way of the Nashville area. He shared how that came about. “I relocated the family here almost eight years ago for a better life and, indeed, we found it,” said Jimmy. “We escaped the L.A. area. It was not doable any longer. My children were approaching high school age, and I did not like the idea of them growing up in a third world country. It was overcrowded and dangerous. I explored options and, actually, Nashville made a lot of sense – not only for a better quality of life, but a simpler life, a more affordable life.” As for what we can expect from the band at the Tennessee Theatre, Jimmy shared: “The band is just better than ever. The band is slamming. People are loving the shows. We’re doing sell-out business. We’re far from throwing in the towel! “The fact is, people not only love this music, they keep wanting more. They want to come back, and they want to re-live the moments in their lives that these songs represent. We get on stage and we look at an audience and we can see these people re-living whatever song is the song that is meaningful to them. We can see them making that connection

– that emotional connection. These songs have become the fabric of their lives, and they come to have that communion with the band. That’s what makes it magical. It’s that give-and-take with an audience. That has not changed, and thank God it hasn’t, because I’m still putting food on the table doing something I love, which is a real blessing, as I’m sure you understand. “When we’re on that stage doing that show, there’s nothing else on our minds. I mean, a bomb could go off, and we wouldn’t know it, because when we’re on stage, the business, the day-to-day situations, are not on our minds. We’re absorbed absolutely 100% in the moment, performing these songs and having a great time doing it! It’s like the first night every night because it’s a different audience. There are certain songs that everybody wants to hear. There’s the requisite songs – ‘You’re the Inspiration,’ ‘Saturday in the Park,’ ‘25 or 6 to 4,’ ‘Color My World,’ – the usual suspects. “But this year we’re doing something that we’ve never done before. This year we have kind of an experimental change, if you will. The second album, Chicago II, is being considered for the Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and we videotaped the performance of the entire album on a soundstage in Chicago. It’ll be airing on public television networks across the country later this month. This album is arguably the template for all of the music that followed. I would venture to say that this album represents everything musical for Chicago. This is kind of the album that set the groove for all of the music to come. “But the folks in Knoxville, as well as the

rest of the tour, will be hearing this album performed in its entirety. People – even the young fans – are amazed at the musicality. To be able to perform this again, live, is really a trip, because people are hearing the essence of what Chicago is, musically, without hit, hit, hit – three-minute little commercials, hit singles. “However, the second set is an hour and 15 minute encore, because it’s all of those hits. So the first set is a listening set – it’s a journey for the audience, and then the second set is all hit-bound. It’s all the songs that they hear on the radio, and it’s the songs that they’ve embraced as part of their lives. The songs that they hum in the shower. It’s really a great time. It’s the first approach like this that we’ve ever done, and so far the reaction has been incredibly positive. So we’re hoping that the folks in Knoxville are just as enthusiastic about this approach. “They’re getting a little of everything. They’re getting the formative music that put this band on the map, and they’re getting all the greatest hits. It’s a heck of an evening.” We’re certainly looking forward to the show! Now, for the quiz: The sold-out show is on May 23rd. Does anyone really know what time it is? Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. Tom Parker. Thirty-six years later he founded the webzine, Boomerocity.com, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music. May 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Cirque Italia:


Cirque Italia has TWO traveling shows? For the first time ever, the new Gold Unit is coming to Knoxville, with a state-of-the-art water show you don’t want to miss! Cirque Italia has grown to the point where the next logical step can only be to expand operations and double our presence at the national level. In response to our wonderful fans all across the U.S., and with more than 90% of shows being sold out, now is the perfect time for a substantial investment. In 2017, Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, introduced a second unit, the Gold Unit: A luxurious experience where technology and performing arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show. Now, for 2018, a brand-new performance has been created. This new performance will feature an ultra-modern water curtain that controls every droplet of water meticulously. Audience members can expect to see words and beautiful patterns as the water falls to the “lagoon” below. Cirque Italia is ready to provide a breathtaking experience. This new stage by itself is enough to amaze the most demanding audience and synchronized with the most creative display of superhuman talent – the result is simply out of this world! The latest trends of the industry are challenged with every Cirque Italia appearance, and this second unit is not going to be any different. A careful casting selection has united the best artists from all across the world. This production will feature acts all the way from Russia to Mexico. Cirque Italia believes in multiculturalism as one of our strongest assets. Packed full of incredible acts, there is no room for boredom. The variety presented is exceptional. For those who



enjoy whimsy, we have an Avatar. There is almost no bodily limit for our contortionist, Ricardo, as he bends in ways you never would have imagined. Our incredible wheel of death performance features a front summersault flip, something you will be hard-pressed to see anywhere else. If that doesn’t get your head spinning, perhaps our five roller skaters and their incredible tricks and turns will. And although Cirque Italia does not use animals in our performances, this year we will be featuring amazing lifelike elephant puppets. They are so well made that you might just think they are real. Whether it’s a futuristic laser act or mesmerizing aerial performances, the show has something for all tastes and expectations. One thing Cirque Italia sets out to accomplish is to create a type of world-class entertainment suitable for all age groups. The “magic touch” of the Italian entrepreneur Manuel Rebecchi, President and Owner of Cirque Italia, added to the flawless direction of the COO, Chanté DeMoustes, and has turned this once romantic project into a successful production known and acclaimed all across the country. Don’t miss the opportunity to be amazed and transported to a fantastic realm where your deepest dreams can – and will – come true! The show will be held at West Town Mall under the stunning white and blue big top tent on May 10 and 11 at 7:30 pm and May 12 and 13 at 1:30, 4:30, and 7:30 pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 941-704-8572 or visit www. cirqueitalia.com and check all of our social media accounts. Tickets can be purchased for $10-$50, depending on availability. Cirque Italia offers one free child admission with every full priced paying adult ticket in levels 2 or 3. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts, or deals. Call 941-7048572 to find out the promo code for the Knoxville show. Non vediamo l’ora di vedervi allo spettacolo! Let your imagination wander... and come DIVE into the magical world of Cirque Italia!

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The Quebe Sisters at the Clayton Center for the Arts May 12 WHEN THE QUEBE SISTERS

from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most. And whether the Quebes (rhymes with “maybe”) are decked out in denims and boots or fashionably dressed to the nines in makeup, skirts, and heels, the fresh-faced, clean-cut sisters, all in their 20s, look as good as they sound. Not surprisingly, the Quebe Sisters win standing ovations at just about every show. It’s been that way since 2000, when they started fiddling together as pre-teens. The sisters’ past is as colorful and eventful as their future is bright. Growing up in Burleson, a southern suburb of Fort Worth, Hulda, Sophia, and Grace were ages 7, 10, and 12 in 1998 when they attended their first local fiddle competition in nearby Denton

and decided fiddling was what they wanted to do. The girls earned solo and group accolades early on, winning state and national championships in their respective age groups in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. The Quebes’ evolution from the whiz-kid Western swing fiddlers they were back then to the smokin’-hot young adult Americana band they are today is a remarkable story, by any measure. Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky, and many others. Today, after more than a decade of traveling the U.S. and the world and recording three acclaimed albums, Grace, Sophia, and

Hulda Quebe are pros in a variety of genres and count many famous musicians among their biggest boosters. The Quebes’ unbridled passion for American music, along with their talent, skills, and a lot of hard work, have taken them far beyond their wildest early aspirations. “One thing is for sure, you don’t see a group like The Quebe Sisters come along every day,” famed Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs told listeners on his own show on Nashville’s WSM. “Give them your undivided attention, and if you’re not already, you, too, will become a fan.” The Quebe Sisters will be at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville on May 12 at 7:30 pm. Tickets cost $18-32. For more information, visit www.claytonartscenter.com. May 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Museum of East Tennessee History Wins Multiple Awards at 2018 Tennessee Association of Museums Conference THE MUSEUM

of East Tennessee History was recently awarded three Awards of Excellence and an Award of Commendation by the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) for exhibits, programs, audio visuals, and staff. The awards were presented at the Tennessee Association of Museums Conference held in Selmer, Tennessee, on March 21. An Award of Excellence was presented for best temporary exhibit for Rock of Ages: East Tennessee’s Marble Industry, as well as An Award of Commendation for best Audio Visual Exhibit Component for the introduction video produced in partnership with East Tennessee PBS. The Rock of Ages exhibit was developed in partnership with MTSU Center for Historic Preservation and the Knox County Public Library and was on view at the Museum of East Tennessee History November 2016 through July 2017. The award-winning exhibition featured a look at the region’s rich marble history, the importance of the stone to the local jobs and economy, and highlighted buildings, sculptures, and furniture made from the unique stone. The exhibit also facilitated a variety of well received public programs and partnerships with Candora Marble Company, Knoxville Museum of Art, and the Tennessee Pink Marble Trail, to name a few. ETHS’s new children’s event, “Monsters at the Museum,” was the recipient of an Award of Excellence in the Special Event category. Nearly 400 people partook in the free Halloween event in its first year. Attendees participated in a variety of fun Halloweenthemed crafts, games, and activities, with storytelling that focused on regional folklore and superstitions, such as the wampus cat, while artifacts demonstrating eerie Victorian mourning traditions were on display. The event also featured museum scavenger hunts, costume contests, and trick or treating. The Second Annual Monsters at the Museum event is scheduled for October 27. Hannah Rexrode, ETHS education and volunteer coordinator, was recognized as the East Tennessee Emerging Museum Professional. Hannah joined the ETHS staff in December 2016 and has since brought enthusiasm and new ideas to the historical society’s team. Hanna’s experience in children’s programming and interpretation at Belle Mead Plantation and Historic Travellers Rest in 30


Nashville have improved ETHS’s school tours, outreach, and docent programs. Mrs. Rexrode has also been instrumental in developing new family programming, including the Monsters at the Museum event and a WWI Family Day coming up on June 9. The purpose of the TAM Awards of Excellence is to recognize, encourage, and promote excellence within the activities of the Tennessee museum community. Nominations are made either by museum staff or community individuals and are submitted in January to regional representatives for adjudication. Each entry is presented to the TAM Awards Committee, composed of six regional representatives, two at-large members, and the committee chair. The committee makes the final decisions for the awards. Awards are based on creativity, originality, resourcefulness, success, support of museum mission statement, and utilization of staff and volunteers. About the Tennessee Association of Museums Founded in 1960, the Tennessee Association of Museums fosters communication and cooperation between museums, cultural societies, and other members on matters of common interest to all. Our goal is to inform the public on the importance of understanding and preserving Tennessee’s cultural, historical, and

scientific heritage. We also encourage publication and dissemination of information on the state’s past, as well as the development of professional standards of members who bring that past to the public. The organization is currently comprised of 109 museums and historic sites from across the state. About East Tennessee Historical Society Established in 1834, the East Tennessee Historical Society is widely acknowledged to be one of the most active history organizations in the Southeast and enjoys a national reputation for excellence in programming and education. For 184 years, the East Tennessee Historical Society has been helping East Tennesseans hold on to our unique heritage – recording the events, collecting the artifacts, and saving the stories that comprise the history we all share. The historical society pursues its education mission through publications, lectures, conferences, school programs, museum exhibits, and heritage programs such as the popular First Families of Tennessee and the Civil War Families of Tennessee. The East Tennessee History Center houses the staff and programs of the East Tennessee Historical Society, the Museum of East Tennessee History, the Calvin M. McClung Collection, and the Knox County Archives. For more information, visit www.eastTNhistory.org.

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ISTORIC LOCATIONS in Knoxville and East Tennessee celebrate Statehood Day with free admission, tours, and events. The sites include places of historical significance in the exciting journey from the creation of our country to the founding of our state. The Historic Homes of Knoxville include Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs, Ramsey House, and Historic Westwood. Each site will have individual ways of celebrating the birth of Tennessee. Please check with each home as to the date/time their event will take place. This is a free museum day to the public, with self guided tours. Tennesseans for Living History volunteers will be demonstrating the lifestyle of 1796: Open hearth and fire pit cooking, blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, and other pioneer era tasks. Donations gladly accepted.

For more information, visit www.hhknoxville.org. May 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE





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HE PERFECT SPICE can make your recipe one that the whole family will enjoy, but not being able to find it or easily access it can make cooking or baking frustrating. However, with some easy organizing tips and the perfect spice rack or cabinet, you can explore new flavors, speed up your dinner prep time, and keep your kitchen looking nice and tidy. Here’s how to become an expert spice organizer: 1. Look closely at your spices The only way to organize your spices is by taking them all out of the cabinet and going through them – one by one. While spices don’t expire, they will lose their flavor over time. If a spice is more than two years old or has lost its aroma, toss it. This is also a good time to combine any repeat spices into one container. 2. Label your spices Once you’ve tossed all your old spices, get ready to add some labels. You can either use stickers or get uniformed containers with chalkboard or slide-in labels. On the labels, write down when you got each spice. You don’t need to know the exact date; just jot down your best guess

to make it easier for yourself next time. 3. Pick your spice storage solution At ShelfGenie®, we have a handful of options for spice organization. You can pick a custom sliding spice rack, a door rack, a custom spice cabinet, or a drawer insert that allows you to place your spices in a convenient location and easily find and access them. If you need a little help in deciding, consider calling us for a free, no-obligation design consultation in your home. We would be glad to help. 4. Arrange your spices Once your spice storage solution is prepared, it’s time to organize your spices. There are a few ways you can do this: » Arrange them alphabetically or by frequency of use » Place them in zones such as baking spices and cooking spices » Create groups such as whole spices, ground spices, and spice blends Whichever method you choose, make sure it’s simple to keep up with as you bring more spices into your home.


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May in the Garden BY LISA GRUGIN


a crick in your neck from being yanked around by Mother Nature? Warm weather started in February, but then we hopped on a temperature roller coaster. Plants were confused, gardeners were confused, and on top of that, it rained almost every weekend. Some of you planted way too early, and some of you are still waiting. The good news is that it should be ok to plant now! The bad news is some of your plants may be a little traumatized. » As usual, the first thing you need to do is a good walk-around. It is more critical now than ever, because I am sure there are things in your yard that need attention. Here is the deal, however: Don’t get in a hurry to try to “fix” them! Plants need time to recover from a traumatic winter. Don’t rush to prune, and don’t rush to fertilize. Both of those will stress the plant more. Remember that a plant may look dead but just have winter burn. Let it rest and recuperate. I advise all of you to wait until at least mid-May before pruning, fertilizing, or pulling anything out. » This is a good time to plant trees and shrubs, but let’s talk about doing it correctly.

1. Have you heard the old saying “dig a $20 hole for a $2 plant?” Your hole doesn’t need to be deeper than the root ball, but it needs to be twice as wide. Work planting mix in with the soil you dug out in a 50/50 mix, especially if you are going into clay. Compost and/or good topsoil can also be used. 2. Loosen the root ball on the plant. Take your fingers or a knife or a trowel and pull those roots loose from the ball. If the plant is rootbound, you may need to use a saw to

remove the outer layer. (Call us before you do this!) 3. Place the plant into the soil and backfill with the soil mix. Water it in using a root stimulator. 4. Keep watering if we are not getting 1” of rainfall per week. Some trees and shrubs will need this for one to three years, and some will always need supplemental water. If you need guidance, give us a call. » When planting smaller plants like annuals, perennials, and vegetables, the $20 hole rule still applies. Take the time to amend your soil and your plants will be grateful. » If you need to prune spring flowering shrubs or trees, do it right after they stop blooming. Do not be too aggressive! We suggest no more than 1/3 of the plant be removed. It is very stressful for plants to be over-pruned, and they are already terribly stressed from the winter weather. » The insects are already abundant! Be very careful not to be careless with your chemicals, however. There are many pollinators and beneficial bugs that you do not want to kill. Our bee and butterfly populations are in serious trouble, and some insects prey on the “bad” bugs. A single ladybug can clean all the aphids off your tomato plant in a single day! My suggestion is that you do not use an insecticide unless the insect is causing trouble for your plant, and then start with the lease toxic chemical first. » How about fertilizing? I suggested earlier not to rush to fertilize traumatized plants, but compost and organic fertilizers can be used almost anytime on most plants. Chemical fertilizers are much more potent, and I only use them if a plant is telling me that it needs help. On the other hand, plants that are in containers or plants that flower heavily like annuals and topicals should be set up on a bi-weekly fertilizing schedule. » If you haven’t mulched, I suggest you do. Mulch helps control weeds, keeps temperature and moisture levels stable, and helps stop dirt from splashing up onto the plants. This is important for vegetable gardens, as well as ornamental plants. » My last topic is birds. Keep feeders clean and full, because there are babies to be fed! If squirrels are a problem, consider one of our squirrel-resistant feeders or a seed that has capsaicin in it. Birds can’t taste the heat, but animals can! That’s all for this month. Please be patient with your plants and give them time to recover. Call or stop by if you have questions!

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VERY YEAR we hear news reports about people getting sick after being bitten by mosquitoes carrying diseases such as West Nile virus or the Zika virus. Since we’ve been experiencing frequent rain so far this year, you’ll probably notice mosquitoes very soon as the weather warms. The best way to help lower your risk of getting bitten is to take precautions like using Dayton’s Mosquito Control Management Program. Offered from May through October, this program is an affordable and effective way to interrupt the seven-day breeding life cycle of mosquitoes from egg to biting adult and eliminate these pesky nuisances from your yard! Dayton’s pest professionals know the specific areas to treat that foster mosquito breeding such as standing water, waterscapes, and mosquito resting areas like landscaping, vegetation, trees, and shrubs.

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May 12 at 10 am | New Harvest Park Just like we come outside more when temperatures rise, so do other warm weather pests such as carpenter bees, ants, and wasps. Dayton’s treats the source of where these pests are coming from, such as nesting places underground or inside wooden eaves, which is essential to keep them from coming back! New customers will receive 1) $25 OFF the initial service for Dayton’s Mosquito Control Management Program with a contract through October and 2) $25 OFF one treatment for warm weather pests with an annual pest agreement. Other services provided by Dayton’s include convenient quarterly perimeter pest control, pest control for ladybugs/bedbugs, monthly/quarterly/ one-time pest control services, fungicide/ moldicide treatments, VA/FHA inspections, CleanSpace® Crawl Space Encapsulation System, and radon testing/mitigation.

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HE SPRING 2018 East Tennessee Plant Swap will be held at New Harvest Park, located at 4775 New Harvest Lane in Knoxville, on Saturday, May 12. The swap will begin at 10 am, and a pot-luck lunch will be shared at 11:30 am. Knox County Master Gardeners will be there to answer your questions and lead a discussion after lunch. Everyone is invited to join us for this exciting and fun event that brings together people who love plants and gardening. The swap is a great way to add beautiful, rare, and useful plants to your home and garden. New gardeners, without a lot to exchange, are especially welcome! Don’t forget to stay for the pot-luck lunch. There is no charge for attending the swap or for exchanges. Donations to help cover costs are welcome.

For more information, visit www.easttnplantswap.com. May 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Worn-Out Bathtub Solution


VER TIME bathtubs are subjected to daily wear and tear, which can cause them to become cracked and experience damage. And the original finish often becomes dull, making it almost impossible to clean. There are two options when it comes to damaged or worn-out finishes on a bathroom tub: Replace them or repair and refinish them. After 10-12 years, a fiberglass tub will begin to dull and may even crack, perhaps rendering it not useful. If you are contemplating replacing a fiberglass tub, you need to consider the costs and time of demolition, disconnecting the plumbing, the purchase of a new tub, and the cost of a plumber to install and re-plumb the new tub. Total costs could easily exceed $1,500 and take three days or more to complete. Porcelain coated cast iron tubs, often weighing 500 pounds or more, are even more of a challenge to replace. To remove them, they will likely need to be broken up into pieces, as they were set in place before your home’s walls were sheetrocked and door and door casings were installed. Total costs can be $2,000 or more from start to finish. But here’s is a cost-effective alternative for you to consider – refinish your tub. Whether your home’s tub is fiberglass or porcelain coated, bathtub refinishing can be up to 70%




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Experience the Great Out-of-Doors This Spring and All Year-Round


HANKS TO THE PROFESSIONALS at Undercover Systems, you can take advantage of unlimited out-of-door events this season that the entire family will enjoy all yearround. Spring is the perfect time to install the totally unique and proprietary underdeck ceiling system from Undercover Systems under your home’s existing raised decks. This underdeck system will ensure that this year’s events will be protected from unexpected and unwanted rain, searing summertime sun, and winter snow and ice. “Right now is the perfect time to weatherproof all of your outof-door events,” said Jim Conn, owner of Undercover Systems. “Throughout the entire process, our skilled craftsmen work with you, each step of the way, until your project is completed to your total satisfaction. And because your project will be completed this spring, you can begin enjoying your new outdoor spaces before barbeque season heats up.” Undercover’s patented underdecking system is designed by and manufactured exclusively by Undercover Systems, unlike other systems that use off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all underdecking products. And because Undercover’s system is supported entirely by their patented drain system and not your deck, air is free to circulate under your deck to ensure the longevity of your deck’s wooden structural supports, preventing them from premature failure. You’ll also appreciate Undercover Systems’ attention to detail, which comes from years of experience, as they help you craft a seamless transition from your home’s interior to your new out-ofdoor living spaces, which will perfectly complement your existing architecture and landscaping plan. You will also appreciate that every Undercover Systems decking project is personally supervised by Jim. A complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau, Undercover Systems offers homeowners the peace of mind that they deserve in a building contractor. Why not surprise your family this season with a special gift that the entire family can enjoy all year long and start creating a lifetime of memories? Call Jim at 423-267-0091 today, and start celebrating spring out-of-doors.

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organized is hard enough for most of us, but helping our children stay organized can seem almost impossible at times! And a child’s closet is an essential tool in helping minimize a messy room. A kid’s closet can be one of the more difficult spaces to design in your home and one of the most important. To grow from a toddler to a six-foot teenage boy, a closet design should provide flexible space to meet your child’s needs today while thinking about their future. Tailored Living of Knoxville, East Tennessee’s whole-home organization experts, suggests these tips and ideas when thinking about creating a new closet for a child: Get Your Child’s Input If they’re old enough, ask for your child’s opinion when designing a closet. When kids help with the organization, they feel a part of the solution versus being told what to do. Kids are more likely to maintain a clean closet if they help create it. Pull-Out Baskets Sturdy, wire baskets make it easy for a child to see their toys or older children to quickly identify clothing items. They can also be used for a hamper to toss dirty clothes into.

Adjustable Rods and Shelves If kids can’t easily reach hangers, shelves, and bins, they’re not going to put things away. For younger children, hang adjustable rods at lower, child-friendly levels. As a child grows, those rods are adjusted to accommodate bigger clothing items. Shelves can also be added and adjusted. Color-Coded Hangers For younger children, establish which color hangers will be used for different types of clothes. Separate clothes into categories of school, play, and dress. Hooks Placed at a child’s eye level, or within their reach along the inside walls of the closet, hooks keep accessories such as caps, purses, and necklaces organized and easy to reach. Or hang the next day’s outfit to simplify the morning routine. Slide-Out Racks Belts, scarves, and other everyday clothing items are hung on racks that slide in and out from the side of panels, allowing easy access and more space in the closet. Seasonal Clothing Since most children’s closets are smaller in size, store hand-me-down and seasonal clothing in clear plastic bins in the back of

Slide-out baskets and adjustable rods are key elements for a closet designed to change with a child’s needs the closet or on a shelf. Label the bin with a description and size of the contents. A Tailored Living custom closet organization system is the perfect solution for today and tomorrow by accommodating all the stages your child will go through. A customdesigned system allows you to keep pace as needs change without having to completely remodel the closet every few years. Make a few adjustments, add some new accessories, and the closet will be ready for the next stage!

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EARN ABOUT the historic Pleasant Forest Cemetery and church at the inaugural Pleasant Forest Cemetery Living History event on Sunday, June 10, from 5 to 7 pm. The cemetery is located at the intersection of South Campbell Station Road and Concord Road in Farragut. Local performers will portray interesting individuals buried at the cemetery, and volunteers will share info about the historic property. ADA parking is provided on-site; all other parking is at Farragut Town Hall, with transportation provided to the cemetery. Tickets are $5 (ages 5 and under are free) and can be purchased at Farragut Town Hall or the cemetery entrance beginning at 4:30 pm.

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I N T E R H A S P A S S E D , and the dogwood blooms have finally blossomed, welcoming our much anticipated spring. For a few precious weeks, we can open up our windows to allow the mild spring breezes to refresh our homes. But all too quickly temperatures rise, windows close, and air conditioners are turned back on. One challenge many of us experience during those periods of time when our homes are “buttoned up” is that dust and allergens are trapped inside, and our home’s HVAC and ceiling fans only help to redistribute these contaminants throughout our entire house, as is evident by the dust on your furniture. No amount of dusting seems to alleviate the sneezing and coughing that many of our family members experience from these contaminants. While there is no way to totally eliminate annoying dust and allergens in your home, there are steps you can take to significantly reduce these airborne contaminants. One surefire way is to remove dust and allergens from your home’s carpeting and Oriental rugs. While vacuuming helps, your vacuum only removes a small portion of the accumulated contaminants that are trapped deep in the fibers of your home’s carpeting and rugs. At Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning, we offer homeowners two proven solutions to dust and allergens in your home. For your home’s wallto-wall carpeting, we offer a deep cleaning and extraction process that thoroughly cleans your carpets using only specially treated water from our truck-mounted cleaning plant that assures a level of clean that leaves our competition in the dust. For your home’s Oriental rugs, we offer our proprietary 11-step rug washing process at our state-of-the-art rug washing boutique that achieves a level of clean that is simply not achievable using any other method. Call us today, and discover for yourself a Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning level of clean – a level of clean that is nothing to sneeze at, and a level of clean that we have been offering all of our customers for more than 33 years. Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning 865.691.5686 www.superiorofknoxville.com info@superiorofknoxville.com

New Design Trends at Amish Excellence


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of Amish hand-crafted furniture as “trendy,” the fact is that Amish made furniture has actually led the furniture marketplace in a variety of important ways. Amish craftsmen have always embraced the responsible use and sustainability of our nation’s natural resources. By embracing timeless designs and superior craftsmanship, Amish furniture has earned a reputation for its heirloom quality that is made to last many generations. Time and time again our customers tell us they prefer to invest in quality furnishings that their family will not only enjoy, but they appreciate that it is sustainable and has little VOC or offgassing. The imported furniture (wood, fabrics, finishes) is constructed of or treated with a variety of chemicals that emit toxins in the home for long periods of time. Families who share our

environmental concerns and/or allergy sensitivities find great value in choosing American hardwoods that are not chemically treated and finishes are low VOC. This year you will discover a variety of dramatic fabric colors, particularly in our dining and bedroom suites, in addition to a growing palette of all-natural wood stain colors that accentuate the rich grain of our all U.S. hardwood constructed furniture. Although traditional by nature, look for intricate wood inlay designs, contemporary influenced table and chair legs and wooden accents, and “live” edges on dining and accent tables. The upholstered furniture availability comes as a surprise to many. We now have a wide variety of sofas, loveseats, sectional sofas, chairs, and upholstered headboards. All are made with solid hardwood (maple) frames, 8-way handtied springs, and high-density foam. Add splashes of color with performance fabrics and superior quality leather. Rustic wood is growing in popularity, as is the use of reclaimed barn wood. The beauty of the original saw marks, nail holes, variation in wood tone and patina found only in aged and reclaimed woods has been in high demand in recent months. Here’s something else that we think you will enjoy about Amish Excellence. Every

piece of furniture we sell is custom made. That means that your new furniture fits your interior design plans rather than being “forced” or “made to work.” What is even more surprising is that all of our custommade furniture is competitively priced and is of higher quality than the assembly line furniture found online or in big box stores. I invite you to visit our showroom often, as new pieces are arriving every week. In fact, you might find that our newly expanded showroom is more of a discovery center, where you will realize there are virtually unlimited design possibilities for the highest quality furniture available anywhere. Everything is produced one piece at a time by our Amish craftsmen, who exhibit a level of skill and pride that you might have thought no longer existed. The Amish people, whether in their craft or home life, continue to be peaceful caretakers of the Earth by replanting, repurposing, and restoring. We look forward to your visit soon.

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What Builds Character in a Home?



y o u ’d a n s w e r that question by rattling off characteristics like hardwood floors, deep baseboards, and cheerful front porches, but those are just a small part of the total equation. They can’t imbue a house with character any more than Prada shoes can make a boorish person elegant. “Character is more of an overall feeling produced by a house – a combination of emotional and physiological responses to the surroundings,” said designer/builder Jenny

Blalock. In short, it’s what makes a house feel like home. “We know what home feels like, but we don’t always know why, because most people can’t define the source of that feeling,” said Jenny. “They don’t know what to ask for when they’re designing a new home or renovating an existing one, and too often they’re disappointed with the results. In actuality, our response to a house is triggered by the way its designer shaped space, light, and order. We respond positively to certain features, such as spaces that are sheltered and repeated elements like shapes or

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colors, because our brains are wired to do so.” The designers of many older homes incorporated those elements into their designs, which is why we tend to think of older homes as having character. Nevertheless, Jenny doesn’t equate character with just age or style. Rather, she assists homeowners to incorporate and blend these characteristics into their own unique designs in order to create the feelings of comfort and belonging for their family members and guests. “Unfortunately, many newer homes miss that mark,” said Jenny. “They just don’t have any soul to them.” Homes became houses and started to lose their uniqueness and character when mass production reached the housing industry. Time became money, so easy-to-build rectangles and squares became the norm. Gone were elements like hand-crafted doors and cabinetry, generous use of windows, and interesting nooks. Jenny believes that natural materials like reclaimed wood and stone give a house an authenticity that look-alikes can’t match. “They have their own life, and you sense them,” she said. “They can transform the ordinary into extraordinary.” Jenny’s specialty is helping you make your dream home a reality. “Every custom built home should be a reflection of the unique needs of the family that will live there,” she said. “As families grow, they care more about function than form. They want a home that meets their needs and lifestyle.” Jenny is there with you during each step of the process to help you refine your options that meet both your budget and your individual needs. “Your home is an investment in your future and your family’s lifestyle, so you want it to meet your unique needs today, as well as 20 years from now,” she said. Luxe Homes & Design is there to simplify that process and to help you create a home that transforms your dream home into reality. Contact Luxe Homes & Design today for a free, no obligation consultation for your new dream home.

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Put Your Garage in Gear A


to leave your garage door open very long? Have your cars been displaced from their rightful home to make room for more clutter? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Of U.S. homes that have two-car garages, 35% can’t park their cars in the garage because of the junk! Garages often become a dumping ground for whatever doesn’t fit into the house. So let’s cut the clutter and talk about finally getting your garage organized this spring! Plan the Space How are you going to use your garage? If there’s enough space, homeowners are now using the garage for “flex space.” Besides parking cars, people utilize the garage for multiple purposes, workshops or hobby area, exercise space, or a man cave. People are planning their garage so it looks and works like a part of the house, rather than an addition. Eliminate the Waste Go through everything in your garage. Place items into three piles on tarps on your driveway: Keep, donate, or toss. Toss or

Cabinets, constructed for use in the garage, provide valuable space to store anything from holiday decorations to yard tools donate outgrown toys, things that are broken beyond repair, outdated chemicals or paint, which may need special disposal, and anything you haven’t used in two years. If you need to store items for a couple of nights, renting a trailer is the least expensive way to store something short term. Maximize the Space When putting items back into the garage,

put similar items near each other, making it easier to find things. For example, all the sporting equipment goes in one area and your everyday tools in another. Things you use the most, like bikes or the lawnmower, place close to the garage door. Put seasonal items that you use once a year in hard-toreach places. The most important clutter-busting tip is to keep items off the floor! You’ll free up more room for your car. PremierGarage can help maximize wall and ceiling space by designing and installing cabinets and an organizational system, along with a durable, easy-to-clean floor that stands up to the heat and friction of tires. Let PremierGarage help you get your garage in gear by taking it from chaos to clutter free!

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UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month:

Koreanspice Viburnum A fragrant spring shrub not to be missed


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HE CHERRIES have bloomed and

so have the magnolias and redbuds. Next we’ll see the spring displays of dogwoods, azaleas, and another very special group of plants that I love: The viburnums. Many are not familiar with viburnums, but I can’t imagine any landscape not having at least one. They have so many outstanding qualities. Viburnums comprise a huge group of plants that includes more than 150 species and oodles of named cultivars. They include deciduous and evergreen shrubs and even small trees. Most are native to North America or Asia. If I had to select just one viburnum to have in my spring landscape, it would be the Koreanspice viburnum. Known botanically as Viburnum carlesii, this viburnum is one of the most fragrant spring-flowering shrubs you can have in the landscape. As the common name implies, it is native to Korea and has spicy, clove-scented blooms. Beautiful pink to red buds lead to showy halfinch white flowers that form 2- to 3-inch snowball-like clusters. In Tennessee, flowering usually starts around late March lasting into mid April. The plant species grows up to eight feet tall and wide, with a dense, rounded habit. This deciduous shrub has foliage that usually turns dull red in fall but may sometimes 52


display attractive shades of wine-red to burgundy. It prefers full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Red turning to black, small, drupe fruit mature in late summer. Because of numerous varieties on the market, this shrub lends itself well for multiple uses in the landscape. Depending upon selection, cultivars range three to eight feet tall and three to eight feet wide. Use in mass or mix with other plantings. Viburnum species make nice shrub borders, hedges, or foundation plants. Small selections can be grown in decorative containers. Following are the most popular selections of Koreanspice viburnum on the market that I recommend; all grow well in our region of the country. » ‘Cayuga’ – This hybrid selection was introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum and is considered a superior plant. It is a large, dense grower that reaches five feet tall and seven feet wide. Striking pink buds lead to pink fading to white blooms. » ‘Aurora’ is known for having a superior floral display. The clusters are larger with pink-white blooms that open from deep pink buds. The fragrance is very strong. This cultivar grows six to eight feet high and wide. Its prolific deep pink-red buds open to pinkish-white flowers.

» ‘Compactum’ is a dwarf form reaching three to four feet high. It was originally introduced by a Rhode Island nursery in 1953. » Spice Bouquet™ grows four to five feet high and five to six feet wide. Dark rose-pink buds open to soft pink flowers. » Spice Island™ grows three to five feet high and wide. It sports red-pink buds and white flowers. It also features dark green leaves and a red color in the autumn. » Sugar N’ Spice™ grows four to five feet high and wide. It has dark green leaves and a maroon color in autumn. » Spice Baby™ is compact growing three to five feet tall and just as wide. You can find Cayuga, Compactum, and Spice Baby on display in 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 www.ag.tennessee.edu/utg. Photo courtesy of H. Conlon

Upcoming Events at Tremont



Institute at Tremont invites you to its third annual Spring Open House on May 25th. The event will be held on Tremont’s campus from 9 am to 12 pm. Admission is free. The event kicks off bird banding season and celebrates “Citizen Science Day” nationally. Citizen Science Day is an annual event to celebrate and promote citizen science: Amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, and inspiring projects. Hands-on activities will introduce you to the world of citizen science at Tremont and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Activities include bird banding, butterfly inventories, phenology monitoring, soil respiration monitoring, and terrestrial and aquatic salamander monitoring. Local partners will host booths to showcase raptor rehabilitation and conservation and water quality monitoring. Join us for a fun and educational day in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All are welcome. Sign-up online at www.gsmit. org/event/spring-open-house. Tremont also invites you to “DISCOVER” on June 1 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. The

luncheon-style event celebrates Tremont Institute and the education programs that have inspired thousands of children and adults since 1969. Guests are invited to enjoy a summer afternoon along the Tennessee River with spectacular views of the Smokies at Lakeshore Park. Guest speaker for the event is Milton Chen, PhD, who will discuss “Learning from the Outside In.” During the past four decades, Dr. Chen served as the Executive Director, Emeritus of the George Lucas Education Foundation, Director of Research for the Sesame Workshop, Professor in Education at Harvard University, Chair of Education

for the National Parks Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Panasonic Foundation. He has published more than 30 books, including the best-selling “Education Nation.” Tickets are $125 per person, and sponsorships are available. Please RSVP by May 11. Purchase tickets online at www.gsmit.org/ event/luncheon-2018. Each year Tremont Institute hosts 6,000 residential participants, including students, teachers, and adults from across the nation. “Tremont not only introduced me to the wonders of the mountains and the elegance of wildlife, but also showed me how to work together,” said a Tremont student. “Through cooperation and hard work, we were able to overcome what seemed impossible obstacles.” Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing in-depth experiences through education programs that celebrate ecological and cultural diversity, foster stewardship, and nurture appreciation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tremont welcomes all ages to step away from their daily routine to learn, reflect, and grow while living in the heart of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Bethel Methodist Church on the National Register of Historic Places: Recognizing a Landmark in Morristown, TN B Y L I N D S AY C R O C K E T T, H I S TO R I C P R E S E R VAT I O N P L A N N E R , E A S T T E N N E S S E E D E V E LO P M E N T D I S T R I C T



downtown Morristown and west of the former Morristown College site, Bethel United Methodist Church is an unassuming building, with a modest brick exterior that underlies the century-and-ahalf of history within the church. While the existing building was constructed from 1907 to 1908, the congregation dates to the years just after the Civil War, and it has been a home for Morristown’s African-American community to the present day. The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 28, 2018, which serves as an honorary recognition of the church’s contributions to local and regional history. The first iteration of Bethel Methodist Church was organized in a schoolhouse on Old Holt Road, immediately west of the existing church building. The schoolhouse was also used by Mrs. Almira Stearnes, a Northern missionary who was also credited for organizing the first educational efforts for recently-freed enslaved persons in Morristown. Bethel Methodist Church originated as First Methodist Episcopal Church, and the church can trace a clear line of pastors from 1881 to the present day. In 1881, the Morristown Normal and Industrial College was founded immediately to the east of the schoolhouse and church. The college’s success was reflected in the nearby congregation, known as the “home church” for Morristown College. By 1888, the church had grown significantly, and the trustees purchased an adjoining lot just south of the schoolhouse. Through the end of the 19th century, the church then known as First Methodist Episcopal provided educational opportunities and religious guidance for the African-American community of Morristown. By the early 1900s, Morristown College was thriving, adding additional collegelevel courses and constructing multiple new buildings. In January 1907, founder of the college, Judson S. Hill, donated land from the college’s holdings to the congregation. The current building was built from 1907 to 1908, using bricks fired on the Morristown College campus. The church served as a home for the East Tennessee Conference of the Methodist Church (the segregated African-American conference of the Methodist Church) from 1908 to 1939. Re-organization within the overall Methodist Church occurred in 1939 and further segregated AfricanAmerican churches into a single, nationwide



1908 - Bethel United Methodist Church

jurisdiction named the Central Jurisdiction; the East Tennessee region’s Central Jurisdiction met at Morristown College for business and at Bethel for religious activities. The church was also re-named Bethel Methodist Church in 1939. The congregation grew so much that it needed a major three-story addition in 1951, which provided classroom spaces, a major kitchen, and other rooms to accommodate a growing membership and new visitors. The major addition also allowed Bethel to host regional Vacation Bible Schools for black students for many years in the mid-20th century. It was officially called Bethel Memorial Methodist in 1953 and became Bethel United Methodist Church in 1968 when the segregated Central Jurisdiction was dissolved. Bethel even has connections to the nationwide Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Seminary students at the Union Theological Seminary in NYC were inspired by the lunch counter sit-ins in Greensboro, NC, and other southern cities. After witnessing Martin Luther King, Jr. speak in New York in 1959, a Union student asked the leader how best to help the movement, and King urged her to go south and work firsthand with predominately black churches. In the summer of 1960, a group of students from Union spread throughout the Southeast to gain experience. One student, Franklin “Chris” Gamwell,” worked with Reverend Maurice King at Bethel in Morristown. Gamwell went on to organize the Student Interracial Ministry, a major Civil Rights organization similar to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). The church has served as an anchor for Morristown and East Tennessee’s AfricanAmerican Methodist community since its founding in the late 1800s and maintains an active congregation today. The current pastor, Reverend Edwin Cunningham, has been the minister for more than 25 years.

Today - Bethel United Methodist Church

They hold “homecoming” church services for Morristown College alumnae, regular services, and numerous other community events. Church members are active in promoting the history of Morristown College, including the production of a video titled “Voices of Morristown College” in 2017. As the buildings of Morristown College were recently demolished, it’s more important than ever to document and preserve Morristown’s African-American history. Bethel United Methodist Church’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places is a critical step forward in recognizing and sharing the wide breadth of black history and the history of the Methodist Church in East Tennessee.

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

New Exhibitions Opening at the Emporium Center on May 4



Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from May 4-25. A reception will take place on Friday, May 4, 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.

Kate McCullough The Artistic Pulse: An All Media Exhibit by the Knoxville Watercolor Society in the Balcony Gallery In 1963, the Knoxville Watercolor Society began when the head of the University of Tennessee’s art department, Kermit (Buck) Ewing, invited watercolor artists exhibiting at the university’s McClung Museum to form the nucleus for the organization. The purpose of the organization is to educate the members, as well as the community, to the understanding of watercolor as a significant art form. Active membership is juried by the members and consists of Knoxville area artists who are currently active in the serious pursuit of aqueous painting and meet regularly to share knowledge and new techniques. Local watercolor artists interested in joining KWS have the opportunity to apply for active membership each October and submit paintings to be juried by the membership at the November meeting. For more information, visit www.knxvillewatercolorsociety.com. International Latino Art Exhibition II: Art for Integration in the Main Gallery This biennial exhibition provides an overview of what is happening with Latin American contemporary art and seeks to continue promoting cultural integration and diversity. Curated by Dina R. Ruta, the exhibition features 13 art masters and emerging artists from seven countries who have excelled in their careers, having been consecrated winners of biennials and international 56


competitions. The featured artists include: » Argentina: Masters Eduardo Lozano and Liliana Jones and Ángel Barón Da Conte » Colombia: Master Orlando García Luis Landa Camacho » Honduras: Master Santos Arzú Quioto and Luis Landa » Peru: Master Pedro Fuertes Bolaño, Dora López Prieto and Guido Garaycochea » México: Master Jose Luis Malo and Veronica Jimenez » Venezuela: Master Patricia Quevedo » United States: James Taylor Each work presented is a range of multiple colors and meanings with well-elaborated symbolism, suggestive shapes, and images. The works create a poetic link between the emotional universe of the artist and the viewer. Work by Booder Barnes in the Display Case Booder Barnes has been sculpting for 20 years, developing a style that uses texture and motion to express character in figure. His exhibition will feature a sample Booder Barnes of these sculptures. His heads are from an imaginary community called Heresville, and his performance characters are from a series of acrobats called Mudman Circus. Currently he is working on grotto scenes of dramatic poses imitating religious scenes. Dream in Color by Debbie Wills on the North Wall Debbie Wills is inspired by the beauty of the world around her, memories, moments in time, and the many emotions that are

Debbie Wills

experienced in life. Color has the ability to move us in so many different ways; it can bring us to tears or fill our hearts with joy. It can capture our souls and take us to another level. Color is a beautiful commonality shared by all. Wills’ passion for art began the moment she was able to pick up a crayon and create. Since then, she has expanded to alcohol inks, acrylics, watercolor, and mixed media and enjoys trying new techniques and mediums.

Richard Jansen Richard Jansen: A Potpourri of Photography in the Atrium Photography has been Richard Jansen’s passion since 1970 after he returned home from Vietnam. As a freelance photographer, his motivation comes from his surrounding world. Scenic and landscape photography is his main area of interest, and he enjoys the spontaneity of creative photography. After his experience in Vietnam, he realized how much he had taken for granted in his environment. His new exhibition will include a combination of scenic, landscape, close-up, and creative photography. 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 to 5 pm. Please note that the Emporium will be closed on Monday, May 28, 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.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Performs Free Concert in Market Square



through August 28 and Orchestra kicks off the City of Variety Thursdays run Knoxville’s Concerts on the Square from May 10 through Series on Thursday, May 10, at 7:30 June 28. on Market Square in downtown Knoxville. “One of our goals Symphony on the Square is offered free at the Knoxville of charge as part of the KSO Education & Symphony Orchestra is Community Partnerships initiative. By for all East Tennesseans Aram Demirjian to have access to great performing a free concert, the Knoxville Symphony provides the community exposure KSO Music Director symphonic music,” to classical music and showcases the talented said Aram Demirjian, musicians we have living in Knoxville. Music Director. “We take joy in presenting free Patrons are encouraged to arrive early concerts in the community as one way of sayand bring blankets and/or chairs to enjoy ing thank you for the support throughout the popular concert. Concert goers can the year. I hope we see people of all ages in also bring picnic dinners or pick up food the audience, particularly families, as this is at one of the many downtown restaurants. always a light-hearted enjoyable music.” Convenient parking is free for those arriving Demirjian leads the Knoxville Symphony after 6 pm in the city-owned Market Square, Chamber Orchestra in a concert of light Walnut Street, Locust Street, and State pops, including timeless music of the Street garages. The event kicks off the City stage and screen, including “Waltz” from of Knoxville’s Concerts on the Square series, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, a tribute to which includes free concerts on Market Broadway composers Lerner and Loewe, and Square. Jazz Tuesdays run from May 8 music from the films Chicago and the more

recent La La Land. In case of inclement weather and/or cold temperatures, this concert will be held at the Bijou Theatre, located at 803 S. Gay Street. About the KSO Established in 1935, and now under the leadership of Music Director Aram Demirjian, the KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee continuously for 80 years, providing excellence in musical and educational programs. The Orchestra consists of 80 professional musicians and performs more than 300 programs throughout the region each season, reaching audiences of more than 200,000 people. The KSO performs in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre, and the Civic Auditorium, as well as non-traditional places like hospitals, schools, city parks, and churches. For more information regarding the KSO, call 865-291-3310 or visit www.knoxvillesymphony.com.

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Knoxville to Host 2019


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OR THE FIRST TIME in its 49-year history,

the GEICO Bassmaster Classic will be held on the Tennessee River out of Knoxville. The prestigious championship bass tournament – widely known as the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” – will be held March 15-17, 2019, in downtown and on the University of Tennessee Campus. “Knoxville meets and exceeds all the requirements we have for the Bassmaster Classic – great fishing on the Tennessee River, first-class facilities to accommodate crowds of fishing fans, a vibrant city with plenty to see and do, and a corps of state and local tourism professionals who will ensure its success,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “Bass fishing is hugely popular in this part of the country. In fact, 10 of our 109 Bassmaster Elite Series pros are from the Volunteer State, and most live in East Tennessee. This is going to be a very exciting Classic.” “Hosting the 2019 Bassmaster Classic is an incredible privilege for the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission,” said Chad Culver, Visit Knoxville Sports Commission Senior Director. “This has been a total team effort during the past two years to land this highly respected event. We look forward to welcoming the anglers and their families, along with all of the loyal Bassmaster fans from around the country to our great city.” “Knoxville is honored to welcome the Bassmaster Classic to Knoxville in 2019,” said Kim Bumpas, Visit Knoxville President. “We hosted the Bassmaster Elite in 2017 held on nearby Cherokee Lake, which was a great success. We anticipate the 2019 Classic to really showcase the partnership between B.A.S.S., our own Visit Knoxville Sports Commission, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, and both Knox County and the City of Knoxville. The Tennessee River is the perfect setting for this competition, and anglers and spectators alike will enjoy the beauty that surrounds our city.” The Bassmaster Classic pits 50 of the world’s best bass anglers against one another for shares of the $1 million purse, including $300,000 for the winner. Jordan Lee of Grant, AL, a 26-yearold former college fishing champion, is the current defending Classic Champion after becoming the youngest ever – and one of only three in history – to win back-to-back titles. Lee is guaranteed the right to defend his title. Other anglers will spend the rest of this season trying to qualify from several B.A.S.S. circuits, including the prestigious Bassmaster Elite Series. Tournament waters include Fort Loudoun and Tellico lakes,

twin reservoirs connected by a canal and comprising about 30,000 acres. Competitors can fish either lake and anywhere along the Tennessee River upstream from Fort Loudoun Dam about 55 miles to the Interstate 40 bridge on the Holston River and the Highway 168 bridge on the French Broad River. B.A.S.S. Nation Championship tournaments for topranked amateur club fishermen were held on the Tennessee River at Knoxville in 1998 and 2000, but B.A.S.S. has never held a professional bass tournament on that section of the Tennessee River. “Anglers can expect to catch good numbers of bass in Fort Loudoun and have the potential of catching some aboveaverage smallmouth,” said Bart Carter, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Region 4 fisheries manager. “Largemouth will be the go-to fish for both reservoirs.” Since 2015, TWRA has been stocking those waters with Florida-strain largemouth, which have the potential to grow much larger than the native “northern” largemouth, but the agency pointed out that it’s probably too early for those bass to reach trophy size. Still, 7-plus-pound bass are not uncommon in early spring, and a one-day tournament held on Fort Loudoun a year ago was won with a 27 1/2-pound limit of five bass, which is considered a game-changing catch in any fishery. The Classic is a catch-and-release event, with bass being returned to the fishery under the supervision of the TWRA. The 2018 Classic saw a 99.7% survival rate among the bass weighed in. Daily takeoffs will be from Volunteer Landing in downtown Knoxville each competition day, and weigh-ins will take place in the Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus – a 20,000-seat facility that is the fifth largest in the country. The fan-favorite Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo will be held March 15-17, 2019, in downtown Knoxville Convention Center and the adjacent World’s Fair Exhibition Hall, which is being newly renovated this spring. For the past decade, combined attendance at Classic venues has averaged more than 100,000 per year, and the event typically generates about $25 million in economic impact. All activities and venues are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.bassmaster.com.



May 1-6: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Tennessee Theatre. May 1-3 at 7:30 pm, May 4 at 8 pm, May 5 at 2 & 8 pm, and May 6 at 1:30 pm. May 2: Market Square Farmers’ Market featuring products made or grown in East Tennessee. Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, from 11 am to 2 pm and Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19 & 26, from 9 am to 2 pm. May 3-5: City People Downtown Home Tour in downtown Knoxville. May 4: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. May 4 & 6: Verdi’s Aida at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. May 4 at 7:30 pm and May 6 at 2:30 pm. May 5: Cinco de Mayo. May 5: The L.E.A.P. 5K and Kid’s Mile at Volunteer Landing at 8:30 am. A benefit for the Ladies of Charity. May 5: JDRF One Walk at the World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn at 10 am. May 5: Tennessee Pottery Festival at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center from 10 am to 4 pm. May 5: Derby Day at Crescent Bend at 1 pm. May 5: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ at the World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn from 2 to 6 pm. May 5: Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts at the Tennessee Amphitheatre at 7:30 pm. A benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. May 5: Leanne Morgan at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. May 8: Off the Record V with Hal & Phil at the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm.



May 8 & 9: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. May 8: Concerts on the Square: Jazz Tuesdays in Market Square from 8 to 10 pm. Every Tuesday through August 28. May 9: Steve Earle & The Dukes with the Mastersons at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. May 10: Concerts on the Square: Variety Thursdays in Market Square from 7 to 9 pm. Every Thursday through June 28.

May 13: Mother’s Day. May 16: Tank and the Bangas with Sweet Crude at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. May 17 & 18 : Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents Rhapsody in Blue at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. May 18: Jeanne Robertson: The Rocking Chair Tour at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

May 10-13: Cirque Italia at West Town Mall.

May 19: Children’s Festival of Reading at World’s Fair Park from 10 am to 3 pm.

May 12: 36th Annual Smoky Mountain Model-Con at Chilhowee Park & Expo Center from 9 am to 4 pm.

May 20: Open Streets Knoxville in South Knoxville (Sevier Avenue to Suttree Landing Park) from 2 to 6 pm.

May 12: 34th Annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo at Anchor Park from 9:30 to 11 am.

May 20: Kevin Smith at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

May 12: East Tennessee Plant Swap at New Harvest Park from 10 to 11:30 am. May 12: Studio Arts for Dancers Spring Concert at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm. May 12: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Under the Streetlamp at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm. May 12: National Geographic Live’s View from Above by Terry Virts at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

May 20-27: Destination Imagination at World’s Fair Park. May 26: Tennessee Statehood Day at the Historic Homes of Knoxville. May 26 & 27: Espresso Exotic Animal Expo at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum from 9 am to 5 pm. May 28: Memorial Day. May 31: Knox News Sports Awards at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm.

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H E F O O T H I L L S of the Smoky Mounta ins come to life w it h blueg r a s s mu sic, a r t s a nd crafts, time honored traditions, and Appalachian cooking at the annual Townsend in the Smokies Spring Festiva l. Scheduled for May 4-5 at the Smoky Mountain Visitors Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy) in Townsend, the Townsend in the Smokies Spring Festival and provides an atmosphere where family and friends of all ages can partake in time-honored Appalachian traditions at the free community event. Parking is $10 per day, with proceeds benefiting the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department. Two-day parking passes are available at the Visitors Center for $15. For everyone’s convenience, a free shuttle service provides transportation to and from the different Townsend sites participating in the weekend’s festivities from 10:30 am to 6 pm both days. “The spring festival provides an opportunity for our community to share the area’s history and heritage with families, friends, and visitors,” said Jim McBride, festival chair. “We all cherish our traditions, and there is no better way to celebrate them than to showcase them during the beautiful spring weather at the festival.” An event for all ages, the spring festival will center around traditional and contemporary bluegrass and mountain music, along with clogging and square dancing, art and craft booths, numerous Appalachian demonstrations, old-fashioned kids’ games, and Southern food, such as fried pies and kettle corn. Festival-goers can also take the opportunity to enjoy an interactive walking tour featuring a full-sized engine, coal and water tank at the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum, as well as a unique shopping experience at Townsend’s downtown – Trillium Cove. Whether you are searching for an Appalachian piece of artwork for your home, hungry for some delicious barbeque, or just looking to enjoy the many bluegrass performances, there is just about something for everyone to enjoy at this special two-day event. Music and Dancing On Friday and Saturday, from 11:30 am until after 9 pm, musical performances are scheduled on stage inviting locals and visitors to bring lawn chairs from home and sit back, relax, and enjoy the toe-tapping, mountain tunes. Bluegrass music will also resonate from impromptu jam sessions in all areas of the festival grounds.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy an evening square dance on Saturday at 8:10 pm. A tradition of the annual spring festival is to highlight and showcase music with Appalachian roots. This year’s festival will present the unique sounds and musical talent of bands, including Notchy Creek, Jay Tipton Band, Carolina Bluegrass, Hot Water, Wilson Family, Blackberry Jam, High Point Quartet, Steve Jordan Band, Jones Brothers, Mike Clemmer, Gravel Road, Lost in Tyme, Saving Grass, Muleskinners, Blue Streaks, Appalachian Drive, and Raven Welch. Arts, Crafts and Appalachian Demonstrations The festival grounds will showcase numerous art and craft booths, and local artisans will be demonstrating their talents while visitors watch. Among the many unique demonstrations will be cornmeal making, antique farm equipment, raptors, and apple and peach butter making. In addition, visitors will have the chance to experience the area’s natural history at the Cades Cove Preservation and walk through a replica of an old Appalachian church. The church replica at this year’s festival will be sponsored by CHilhowee Area Ministries (CHARM). Storytelling and Local Authors Local storytellers will educate and entertain visitors of all ages at this year’s spring festival, delighting them with mountain stories that will paint a picture of Appalachian heritage. The spring festival’s featured author is Roy Oliver, author of Last Man, from Tremont. He will hold signings on Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. About the Townsend in the Smokies Spring Festival The Townsend in the Smokies Spring Festival takes place on the grounds of the Smoky Mountain Visitors Center in Townsend. The event is free and family-oriented. Pets are no longer permitted on the festival grounds, and this will be strictly enforced for the health and safety of both people and pets. For more information on the Townsend in the Smokies Spring Festival and Old Timers Day, including updates on the schedule, call the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority at 800-525-6834 or 865-448-6134 or visit www. smokymountains.org.




Aunt Granny's Restaurant Recast with New Look, Menu Items


N E O F D O L L Y W O O D ’ S best-known restaurants has been recast in 2018 with a little help from another iconic Tennessee brand, Lodge Manufacturing Company. Aunt Granny’s All-You-Care-ToEat Buffet, which earned its name from the loving nickname Dolly Parton’s nieces and nephews have called her for years, receives a fresh look this season complete with new menu items that will have guests ready to pull a seat up to the table. Now named Aunt Granny’s Restaurant presented by Lodge, the eatery features a number of changes designed to create a bright and airy space to serve as a comfortable respite for guests to slow down and enjoy a meal together. Interior renovations include action stations, like a new carving station, where guests can watch Dollywood chefs create a number of delightful delicacies. “Dollywood is known for its quality southern food offerings, and a visit to the buffet at Aunt Granny’s certainly should be on the list for any foodie,” said Phil Bernard, Dollywood Vice President. “With our continuing focus on great food, we felt the time was right to recast the restaurant and add new menu items while also keeping many of the old favorites.

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“The opportunity to partner with Lodge, which is another iconic Tennessee brand, also made perfect sense. When you think of traditional southern foods like fried chicken, cornbread, or apple cobbler, you think of cast iron cookware. And when you think of cast iron cookware, there’s only one company that comes to mind – Lodge.” The unique partnership with South Pittsburg, Tennesseebased Lodge brings a selection of the company’s famous cast iron cookware into the dining experience. The iconic cookware adorns displays throughout the restaurant, while food on the buffet line will be served from Lodge products. “We are extremely excited about the collaboration between these two great Tennessee companies,” said Mike Otterman, President of Lodge Manufacturing Company. “We share company values, consumers, location, and brand similarities that should allow us to grow together for many years.” With more than 130 different items, Lodge Cast Iron produces the largest selection of cast iron cookware on the market, including skillets, griddles, grill pans, Dutch Ovens, and restaurant serving pieces. Founded by Joseph Lodge in 1896, Lodge is the oldest continuously operating cast iron cookware foundry in the U.S. The company is also the oldest family-owned cookware company in the country. Henry Lodge, CEO, and Lee Riddle, Vice President of Sales, are fourth and fifth generation descendants of Joseph Lodge. Located in Dollywood’s Rivertown Junction, Aunt Granny’s was constructed in 1986 and opened during the park’s inaugural season. It has been a favorite spot for guests, as its all-you-can-eat format offers up a wide selection of the southern staples Dollywood’s foods team has cooked up for years. Fresh off winning Amusement Today’s 2017 Golden Ticket Award for Best Theme Park Food, the foods team has refreshed the menu with a number of items that will surely become new guest favorites. Among those new offerings are Southwestern herb baked chicken, country chicken & dumplings, roasted red-skinned potatoes with cheddar cheese & bacon, corn puddin’, and much more. Stone Soup, inspired by Parton’s famous story about how her mother would use the classic fable to encourage her children when they might be discouraged, also finds its way on to the buffet. Those with a sweet tooth have plenty to select from, including apple cobbler, various cupcakes, brownies, and more. For more information about Dollywood’s 2018 Season of Showstoppers, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit www. dollywood.com.

Become Your Own Marketplace Disrupter B Y TO M I R M E N


owners live in fear of the potential for “disruptive technology” to enter their marketplace, putting them out of business. The fear of an Amazon-like disrupter displacing established marketplace leaders with innovative new ideas is enough to cause even the most ardent entrepreneur to lose sleep. But take a step back for a moment. Amazon, which was first launched as an online bookseller in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, generated only $511,000 in sales in 1995, posting a net operating loss of $303,000. What you may not know is that Amazon was founded in the garage of Bezos’ home in Bellevue, Washington. On April 1, 1976, Apple Computers, Inc. was founded by college dropouts Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Once again, launched from a garage, Jobs and Wozniak started building the Apple 1 and selling it without a monitor, keyboard, or casing, which weren’t added until 1977. And childhood friends Paul Allen and Bill Gates set out to succeed in business

While few of us will rise to the level of Bezos, Gates, or Jobs, each of us has the potential of becoming a disrupter within our own marketplace by identifying changing consumer needs and then satisfying them with our own unique marketplace innovations. utilizing their shared skills in computer programming, launching their first company, Traf-O-Data, in 1972 before establishing Microsoft in 1975. Without question, the new technologies I have cited have had a profound impact on the world of business and our own personal lives, leaving many lamenting the fact that these disrupters have been the root cause of tens of thousands of companies closing their doors and millions of employees losing their jobs. But the fact is that these innovators

simply set out to satisfy existing or future perceived consumer needs o r m a r ke t p l a c e changes that they identified and responded to with their own unique marketplace innovations. And they accomplished their objectives with the meager resources they possessed at that time. While few of us will rise to the level of Bezos, Gates, or Jobs, each of us has the potential of becoming a disrupter within our own marketplace by identifying changing consumer needs and then satisfying them with our own unique marketplace innovations. Sound daunting? Perhaps, but try to imagine the task ahead of you if your competition acts first. Perhaps what is most remarkable about these early marketplace disrupters is just how unremarkable they likely appeared to others at the time. Marketplace disruption is the domain of risk taking, forward thinking, and innovative entrepreneurs and not just a handful of billionaires.

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

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me say this before, but I want you to look at this skill today through the lens of professionalism. A true professional is someone that typically has the respect of his/her peers and someone who others strive to follow in their footsteps. As a professional looks for the good in others, they are able to pull out of their colleagues the very best that they have to offer. Allow me to explain. One truth that I know is that we find what we are looking for, whatever that is. If we want to figure out what each of our colleagues possess that is unique to them, a great benefit to the team, and a character trait that is invaluable, then that is more than likely what we will find. However, if we want to compare our colleagues to what we do and how we complete each task and what we would do if we had their job, then we will



always be disappointed. If it’s not our job to analyze the job that others are doing, then we really shouldn’t. Our job is to do the best that we know how and to focus on what is expected of us. So much time can be wasted at work, being preoccupied with what others around us are doing or not doing and worrying about who knows about it and who does not. For some reason, if we’re not careful, we can become preoccupied with comparing our job performance to those we work with and then scrutinizing whether or not we are being fairly compensated based on that comparison. This is very destructive and typically contributes to less job satisfaction. A professional understands that the optimum strategy for continual growth in his/ her career is to be a team player and to strive to build future team leaders. Great leaders

naturally develop other leaders due to their dedication to the team. They take great pride and experience real joy when their colleagues excel. Continual adherence to a strict code of conduct and a desire to uplift those around them give them a sense of great job satisfaction. Studies reveal that an employee’s job satisfaction is directly related to their relationship with their colleagues. A professional continues to be mindful that as he/ she looks to find the good in those they work with, they are much more likely to experience immense success, both professionally and personally.

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lar cosmetic treatments available. However, there are still a few misconceptions about what it does and doesn’t do and who the best candidates are for the treatment. Here are six myths debunked. MYTH: Botox freezes your face. Some people think that Botox will prevent you from making facial expressions and freezes your face into one position. If done correctly, this is not true. Botox works by blocking signals from your nerves to the muscles, preventing contractions and smoothing out lines. As a trained, board certified dermatologist, Dr. Doppelt can administer Botox that allows wrinkles to soften and relax but still allows you to express a full range of emotions - happiness, surprise, joy, and even anger. MYTH: Botox injections are poison and unsafe. Doctors have been using Botox for a variety of medical and aesthetic reasons for close to two decades. Nearly 6.5 million Botox injections were administered last year alone according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, suggesting that this treatment is popular, effective, and safe. When administered correctly, no significant long-term side effects have been reported, even after more than 10 years of regular use. MYTH: Botox is just for wrinkles. In addition to its cosmetic use, Botox is used as a medical treatment for hundreds

of medical conditions, including arthritis, hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating, migraines, TMJ, involuntary movements, and tremors, to name a few. Treating these medical conditions often requires much higher doses of Botox than are used for cosmetic conditions. There’s no denying the therapeutic qualities of this versatile treatment. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that aesthetic-related Botox use has risen 700% since 2000, indicating that the treatment is an accessible anti-wrinkle solution for a growing number of people from all walks of life. MYTH: If you stop getting Botox, it will make your wrinkles worse. Botox injections typically last three to four months. That means that over time, the relaxed muscles will begin to contract again, returning your facial muscles to their previous positions. Though regular injections will maintain the treatment effects, you can stop receiving Botox at any time without any damage or making wrinkles worse. MYTH: Botox is only for women. More and more men are coming into the office to have Botox treatments. Botox can help to soften a man’s look to give a natural, more youthful appearance. As the business marketplace becomes more competitive, men are looking for something to give them a competitive edge. MYTH: The best time for Botox is when the lines appear.

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Not so. Lines and wrinkles are formed by repetitive muscle movements like raising the eyebrows, squinting, and scowling. If you wait until the lines and wrinkles are etched into your skin, it can be more difficult to smooth their appearance. Dr. Doppelt often compares the etched-in lines on the skin to the visible creases that remain in paper after it has been unfolded. By inhibiting muscle contraction, it prevents the folding that causes the lines to appear. Don’t worry if the etched-in lines have already appeared. With continued use of Botox, over time the body will do a good job of repairing them. Also, with repeated Botox injections, the treated muscles will become smaller from disuse. As this happens, patients may find they need less Botox or that the effects seem to last longer. To learn more, give us a call at 865-4748800 or visit www.drdoppelt.com.

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