Everything Knoxville May 2021 Edition

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If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, Then Here is My Essay... B Y J O H N F I T Z W I L L I A M , C O - O W N E R O F S U R FAC E D O C , I N C .

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E V E R Y T H I N G K N OX V I L L E | VO LU M E 1 5 | I S S U E 4 Susan Cafferty


Publisher + Editor

CertaPro Painters of East Tennessee is excited to be the most trusted and referred house painters in the entire Knoxville area. They are committed to delivering experience and customer care at every stage of your residential or commercial painting project.

Brett Cafferty

Sales + Operations

Kendra Menendez Editor + Administration

Meredith Hancock Design + Production

Photo by Teela Shandess Photography

12 European Fine Hardwood Floors Quality workmanship, attention to detail, and another very satisfied customer.

16 Marsh Wealth Management

Random Acts of Flowers........................... 12 Insights & Highlights....................................26

Are you paying too much for Medicare?

Food and Recipes........................................40

29 Aqua Clear Water Systems

Knox Heritage................................................ 42

34 Premiere Consignment

Calendar of Events......................................46

Invest in improving your water, health, and home.

Overcoming the estate sale blues.

37 PremierGarage of Knoxville The first step in garage renovation - the floor.

Travel and Recreation................................48

Contact Information Post Office Box 24532 Knoxville, TN 37933 865-640-3015 Reach us Online info@everythingknoxville.com www.everythingknoxville.com Hours of Business Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Everything Knoxville is distributed in Downtown Knoxville and select residential communities including Sequoyah Hills, Bearden, West Knoxville, Farragut, Concord and Hardin Valley

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From the Publisher


BEGIN this month with the intention of being more grateful. Grateful for the everyday - like the clean water that comes out of the faucet when I simply turn it on, to the sunshine and how good it feels to walk outside and feel it warming my face. There were many times in this past year where it was definitely a struggle to see the “bright side!” Pandemics are not known for their positive highlights, unfortunately. For many, it was the challenge of setting up a home office, having school children home, actually getting sick, or maybe a combination of all three - ugh! But there are always some positives. During their lockdown, my parents went through a lifetime of photographs and carefully labeled them with as many names, dates, and places as they could remember. A friend, Joy, discovered that she loves making pottery and now crafts adorable little oil lamps. I personally got to do more puzzles in the past year than I have in all the years previous - definitely a win! As we sat outside on our deck last summer when the



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months began to drag on, I commented to my husband, Brett, that this would be a good time to have a mountain getaway to retreat to during all the mess. Brett reminded me that in comparison to the New York City people cooped up in studio apartments, that’s exactly where we were! Just having space to sit outside to enjoy the grass, trees, and birds is something I had forgotten to be thankful for. So I am now consciously working on my “What I Am Thankful For” list! I have recently added good health - it may not be stellar, but it could always be worse! Good friends are also on there. Even if I can count them on one hand, my life is richer and a lot more fun than it would be if they weren’t around! They have kept me going this past year with Zoom get-togethers, fireside outdoor hang outs, and just the right text at the right time! I am always thankful for our wonderful readers and advertisers that do such good work supporting our community! As I add to my Grateful List, I hope you will too.

Susan Cafferty Publisher + Editor Cover photo by Teela Shandess Photography


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T IS WIDELY known that there is not a faster or more cost-effective way to update your interior and exterior sur faces than painting, and Cer taPro Painters are the ones to call. With more than 17 years in Knoxville, an unblemished 2020 Better Business Bureau record, consistent paint crews - some painters have been with CertaPro for more than 10 years! - and reliable customer service, why go anywhere else? After visiting CertaPro Painters of East Tennessee offices, one thing became very clear - the CertaPro team genuinely enjoy their jobs. Each feels they have an important contribution to make in the customer service chain. From initial client contact through the “Pride Walk” at the completion of every project, each employee is confident that CertaPro Painters is the best choice for all your painting needs. Everything Knoxville spoke with president, Devin Taylor, and his team at CertaPro to find out what makes them stand out against their competition. EK: What do you offer that other painting contractors might not? Devin: We focus on our level of service and the experience our customers receive. There are many painters out there, but few are easy to do business with. We want to make our customers’ experience easy and hassle free. We do that by implementing

Devin Taylor, President I thrive working with people and providing solutions to help everyone. Whether it’s being a good leader to our staff or facilitating a project to improve someone’s home, I love seeing the results when I have had a positive impact in someone’s life.





Call the office and speak with one of our Office Associates to schedule an appointment and discuss how CertaPro Painters can assist you!


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Customer meets with a Residential Sales Associate - Kimble, Jacob or Jim - and they will clearly explain CertaPro’s processes and recommendations. They also inspect for any repairs needed and provide a proposal for your project.



Customers will receive a call from Victoria, our Scheduling Coordinator, to get dates set and review next steps to prepare for their project. Photos by Teela Shandess Photography

processes for everything we do. This allows us to provide a consistent experience from project to project. Andy Barton, Director of Residential Operations, along with Matt Riley, Director of Residential Sales, and Victoria Conover, Scheduling Coordinator, elaborate on this especially important issue. Andy: I think it’s the overall attention to each job, regardless of how large or small it is. We say that we paint lives, not houses, and we work very hard to deliver on that to each and every homeowner we have the opportunity to work with. We put great emphasis on remembering that we are working on or in the largest investment most people will ever make. It’s not just caring about the paint we put on the walls, it’s valuing the emotions and memories our clients associate with their homes. Matt: It’s definitely our genuine concern for our customers’ needs. I really try to take the time to listen to customers, not just be an order taker, and present solutions that fit within their desired outcomes and budget. Victoria: I interact with all of our Job Site Supervisors on a daily basis. These are some great, reliable guys that take so much pride in their work - many of them have been with us for years. There is a consistency of character that not all businesses can claim. EK: What are some of the biggest benefits of choosing CertaPro? Devin: The certainty of a job well done. At CertaPro, we have processes in place to ensure things go smoothly, and if for any reason we hit a road bump, we have management in place to address any concerns. Carl Lemmon, CertaPro’s Residential Service Manager, and Kimble Manuel and Jacob Thurber, two of the residential sales associates, add: Carl: Quality and service. Our painters and carpenters take extreme pride and ownership in their work. Our office team will always be there to answer your questions and guide you to the best decision possible. You will never be guessing on prices, what’s going on with your project, or when it will be done. Kimble: As a reliable, trustworthy contractor, we know it is nerve-racking inviting people into your home, but you can trust CertaPro

Jim Mazrimas, Residential Sales Associate

Matt Riley, Director of Residential Sales

Jacob Thurber, Residential Sales Associate

Kimble Manuel, Residential Sales Associate

from beginning to end to get the job done right. We have been locally owned for 18 years and make sure that your project goes according to plan. Jacob: We are the most referred company in Knoxville, and that speaks a lot to what we are providing our customers! Because we deliver exceptional experiences, people want to tell their family, friends, and coworkers. With multiple levels of management on each project, we fulfill our promises, and I think that means a lot to the Knoxville community. EK: What do you like best about working at CertaPro? Carl: I have an awesome team to support

me in my role and really like helping people transform one of the most personal things in their life to something they have always wanted or dreamed of. It is a great feeling to be a part of that transformation and to bring happiness to someone through painting. Matt: I love working with people. I get to meet 3-4 new families each day, learning about their lifestyles, work and what makes them go. Being able to help them accomplish a project, care-free, in their busy lives, just keeps me motivated daily. Andy: This job is great because of the people. I have the opportunity to meet continued...




The Residential Sales Associate, homeowner, and Job Site Supervisor meet the morning the project is scheduled to start to review the project and make sure all expectations are set to be met.



Throughout the project, a Service Manager (Carl or Harry) will come to the job site to check in on everything, making sure the painters are on schedule, following contract, and that the homeowners are happy with everything.



This is when the Job Site Supervisor and the customer walk the painting project together to make sure that everything is complete to the homeowners satisfaction.

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• Interior and Exterior Painting and Staining • Kitchen Cabinet Painting • Drywall Repair

Victoria Conover, Scheduling Coordinator

Harry Puckett, Residential Service Manager

Carl Lemmon, Residential Service Manager

Andy Barton, Director of Residential Operations

as consultants and problem solvers. EK: What personal business philosophy do you stand by? Kimble: It’s simple - I always try to put myself in the other person’s shoes. This really helps bridge any gaps with understanding. Jim: The philosophy I bring to every estimate is to serve as a consultant to listen to your needs, then offer the best available options to bring those needs to fruition. I want a homeowner to be comfortable with me as a person first and confident that I will be able to provide them with the best options or solutions available. Jacob: Don’t make excuses; just make improvements to the process. Devin: And always treat people the way you want to be treated. At the end of the day, we want to ensure that we are listening to our customers’ needs and ultimately meeting or exceeding expectations. EK: We know that you all have been the recipient of quite a few awards. Tell our readers about CertaPro’s business and individuals’ achievements? Andy: The greatest honor is to be named the winner of the CertaCup. This annual award recognizes the top performing franchise in a system of more than 400 privately owned small businesses. We have

won the award four times and have been a finalist for half of the years we have been in business. We have had more nominations and wins than any other CertaPro company in the system. We also have a team full of high achievers who have won numerous regional and national individual awards as well. EK: Anything else you would like Everything Knoxville to know about CertaPro? Devin: In addition to residential and commercial interior and exterior painting, we provide all levels of drywall, carpentry, and remodel work as we strive to become your “one-stop shop.” We would especially like to thank our loyal customers. We have enjoyed working with and for you all these years and are excited to continue these relationships while fostering new ones!

• Carpentry Repair • Deck Construction • Re-Screen Porches • Wallpaper Removal • Re-texturing Drywall and Ceilings • Stripping/ Refinishing Wood

HHHHH and get to know several hundred people each year. It is incredibly rewarding when we deliver on the promises made to every homeowner and to experience, with them, the joy of having a freshly painted and beautiful house. Our guys are great too, not just as painters, but as people. Most of them have been with us for several years, so we have been able to really get to know them and even their families. I love being a part of that. Harry Puckett, Residential Service Manager, and Jim Mazrimas, Residential Sales Associate, also answered. Harry: There is an obvious “family” environment here. Everyone that works at CertaPro understands that teamwork is essential to getting projects completed. There is a real sense of pride in doing their jobs well that I appreciate. Jim: CertaPro presents an opportunity for me to help a homeowner protect and beautify the largest single investment that they will likely own. Whether a small condo or a large home, we are there to help them customize their living spaces to their desires. We do not think of ourselves as salesmen as much as we think of ourselves



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Your Personal Retreat With the warmer temperatures and sunny days, the itch to be outside is irresistible. Whether your summer plans involve a vacation or a staycation, having a retreat within your own home is a great way to relax and rejuvenate every day. When designing your personal retreat, have fun with it! Feel free to layer on the colors, or leave it serene and neutral, letting nature add the splash of color - it's all up to you! Materials should be heavy enough for windy days, and water resistant for rainy days, especially the cushions and fabrics. One of my favorite tips for outdoor spaces is to add a touch of romance, as well as privacy and sun protection, with flowing panels. Window treatments when used outdoors can go a long way to making your space feel luxurious and inviting. Plans of hosting friends and family? Make sure you have plenty of table top space for drinks and food, as well as ample seating for guests! Now's the perfect time to get a head start on your personal retreat, so give us a call to get yours started today.

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Tired of Wire?

Custom Storage Spaces Replace Inefficient Wire Shelving


AS THIS ever happened to you? You are getting something out of your wire system closet and suddenly, your clothes collapse on the ground in a tangled heap. Or all the items in your old wire pantry crash to the floor in the middle of the night. If it hasn’t yet, it probably will! Whether a new house or an old one, many homeowners face a common problem: A pre-made wire closet system. Wire is inexpensive, but in the end, is cheaper better? While wire is certainly adequate and easy to install yourself, the non-adjustable hanging and shelving doesn’t utilize all the storage space available. Additionally, there’s a probability of an untimely failure. “We often receive calls from homeowners asking for a custom design after their wire pantry collapses or they come home to find all their clothes dumped on the floor,” said Kathryn Norton, designer and co-owner of Tailored Living of Knoxville. “There can be inherent structure problems with wiring since the anchoring system is not sufficient to support hundreds of pounds of clothes or pantry items.”

A custom closet is not only more durable, it also: Maximizes Storage – A custom closet design adds 30-40% more storage space than wire or do-it-yourself kits. Fits Any Budget – A custom closet by Tailored Living doesn’t have to mean expensive. An experienced designer can help meet almost any budget. A simple design will still maximize the available storage space. Offers Adjustability – As your needs

change, shelves and rods can be adjusted converting shelves to hanging and vice versa - with no damage to the system or sheetrock. For kids’ closets and pantries, adjustability is a must. Provides Better Organization – There’s a place for everything, and everything has a place. No more emotional stress over feeling disorganized. Increases Home Value - Whether moving in a few years or not, professionally designed closets are high on the list of features homebuyers want. The amount of square footage a home has doesn’t matter as much as how well the space inside is used. Whether classic white or a wood-grain finish, the difference is dramatic both in appearance and usability. Once you have a custom closet, pantry, or laundry room, you will never settle for wire again!

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Downtown Farmers' Market is Back for Its 18th Season


O U R I S H K N OX V I L L E is pleased to announce the return of the downtown farmers’ market for its 18th season! Covid-19 safety protocols will still be in place, but the market locations will be a bit different this year as Nourish Knoxville works with the City of Knoxville to transition market operations to ensure the safest shopping experience for customers while keeping farmers farming and the community fed. The Saturday farmers’ market will operate as the Market at Mary Costa Plaza every Saturday beginning May 1 from 9 am to 1 pm on Mary Costa Plaza, adjacent to the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum. Please note that 9 to 10 am will be a dedicated hour of shopping for the elderly and immunocompromised. The Wednesday farmers’ market will operate as the Market Square Farmers’ Market every Wednesday beginning May 5 from 10 am to 1 pm on Market Square, just north of the outdoor dining area. “We’re beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Ellie Moore,

Saturdays at Mary Costa Plaza 9 am to 1 pm Wednesdays on Market Square 10 am to 1 pm Markets Manager with Nourish Knoxville. “While a full return to Market Square for both our Wednesday and Saturday markets is our ultimate goal, we are excited to celebrate the return of our Wednesday farmers’ market to Market Square and to be able to continue our Saturday farmers’ market at Mary Costa Plaza until a return is deemed safe by the City of Knoxville.” Market shoppers can expect to find a wide variety of locally-grown seasonal produce, meats, eggs, honey products, plants, prepared foods, and artisan craft products

from nearly 60 vendors at the Saturday Market at Mary Costa plaza and 15 vendors at the Wednesday Market Square Farmers’ Market. Free Nourish Kids take-home activities take place on the second Saturday of the month at the Market at Mary Costa Plaza for children ages 2-12. Kids receive a unique activity, a fruit or vegetable sample, and $5 in Produce Bucks to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at market! This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee. The 2021 Market Square Farmers’ Market and Market at Mary Costa Plaza are made possible by the generous support of Grayson Subaru and Downtown Knoxville Business Alliance. For more information, visit www.nourishknoxville. org/market-square-farmers-market and www.nourishknoxville.org/mary-costa. Nourish Knoxville is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization cultivating healthy communities by supporting relationships between local farmers, producers, and the public.








Quality Workmanship, Attention to Detail, and Another Very Satisfied Customer!


H E N L I F E L O N G Knox County residents and husband and wife of 48 years, Jerry and Cheryl Hickman, retired, it was time to make some needed repairs and updates to their home. “We first learned about the quality work of European Fine Hardwood Floors when our son and his wife purchased an existing home three years ago,” said Cheryl. “They decided to pull out some carpet to add more wood flooring. The rest of the main level flooring was already wood. They sanded and refinished the existing wood floors, then stained and finished the new flooring. The completed work was beautiful! “When it was time to replace the flooring in our 27-year-old family home, we knew who to call!” continued Cheryl. “We met with European Fine Hardwood Floors owners and husband and wife team, Valera and Svetlana Tomescu, and discussed a variety of options. They provided us with an estimate, the timeline to complete the work, the costs, the products they would use, and answered all of our questions. We were at ease knowing what to expect as the job progressed and found they did exactly what

they said they would do.” European Fine Hardwood Floors removed the existing wood floors and carpeting in Jerry and Cheryl’s home, removed the existing trim work, installed 1,900 square feet of new hardwood flooring, stained and finished the new flooring, and installed all new trim throughout. “Valera prides himself on his work,” said Cheryl. “He pays attention to the smallest detail, and he wants the finished product to meet his high standards. He was willing to work long hours to complete any particular task. I also appreciated the fact that he

never left a mess anywhere! The finished product is beautiful and exactly what we wanted for our home. “Since our floors have been finished, we have had friends, painters, movers, and others into our home. ALL have commented on the beautiful floors. The quality and details are evident in Valera’s work, and we couldn’t be more pleased! My husband and I were impressed with Valera’s and Svetlana’s character – in addition to being hard workers, we also found them to be honest, trustworthy, and polite. Those qualities are hard to find. “In this day and age, it is difficult to find workmanship of this quality. We have already recommended them to several others.” To discover the European Fine Hardwood Floors difference for your yourself, call them at 865-640-3680 today.

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The Ripple Effect of Delivering Hope


ANY PEOPLE in our community already know that Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and wellbeing of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering hope, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness through bouquets of repurposed flowers. But, what they - and you - may not realize is that the impact of our mission goes far beyond our direct recipients in hospitals, assisted living homes, hospice, and other community health organizations. Every arrangement delivered also positively impacts family members, friends, healthcare providers, and our volunteers. Recipients of our repurposed bouquets enjoy receiving the flowers and getting the emotional boost the bouquet provides them. “I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful flowers that were delivered to me yesterday - they helped me have a much better day! Thank you for what you do, and please know that your efforts are very much appreciated.” - Marinel, recipient Family and friends can see the positive effect that a floral delivery has on their loved ones.



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Volunteers using the prepped flowers to create floral arrangements. Donated flowers that have been sorted and prepped! “Thank you, for being there for my mom when I couldn’t be. What you all do is so important and makes such a difference. I will always have the photo of my mom with her arrangement, looking so happy. It was beautiful.” - Patricia, family member Recipients’ healthcare providers and caregivers also get an emotional boost knowing that their patients will be having better days because of the flowers and moments of kindness and connection extended to them. “The beautifully created bouquets provided our patients and staff with a lasting feeling of encouragement and kindness.” - Daniel, healthcare provider Random Acts of Flowers volunteers also

get an emotional boost knowing that their time, energy, and efforts do not just provide one better day to a recipient, but many better days as the flowers will be a recurring reminder that someone cared for them and is thinking of them. This is what Random Acts of Flowers calls the “ripple effect of delivering hope.” The number of lives impacted by a single delivery goes far beyond the recipient. Our deliveries of hope and encouragement not only have a positive impact on the recipient, but also on the recipient’s family members, friends, caregivers, volunteers, and - hopefully - you, too! If you want to make an impact with Random Acts of Flowers by volunteering or making a donation, call 865-633-9082, email info@RAFKnoxville.org, or visit www.RAFKnoxville.org.








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Are You Paying Too Much for Medicare? BY Y VO N N E M A R S H , C F P ® , C PA


May 30 12-8pm World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn


NOXVILLE, ARE YOU ready? We’re bringing the “island” vibe to you! Join us in shaking the Covid-19 blues by enjoying an epic day of wonderful Caribbean culinary experiences, soulful reggae music that will keep you rocking, and fun for the entire family!

Our ultimate goal is to bring foodie and music lovers from near and far to shed awareness of Caribbean culture and all it has to offer. We aspire to reach all of those around us and bring light and love to an already thriving community. Entertainment includes performances by Atlanta Steel Pan, Deborah - A Sweeter Melody, Atlanta ADT Band, and we’ll end with our headliner, Knoxville’s own Brian Clay, taking us out with melodious, reflective, and vibrant tunes. Join in a spades or dominoes tournament, enjoy fun activities in the Kids Zone, such as contactless face painting by airbrush, balloon twisting, and all terrain train rides. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and Ladies of Charity. For tickets or more information, visit www.knoxjerkfest.org.



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EDICARE IS tricky - it’s an alphabet soup of “Parts” and “Plans” that each have their own costs, and the total monthly premiums quickly add up. Here are two ways to make sure you’re not overpaying. First, many people don’t realize that your Part B premium cost is based on the tax return you filed Yvonne® Marsh, two years ago. So for 2021, the CFP , CPA government is looking at your 2019 return. While the base monthly cost is $148.50 in 2021, if you made more than $176k as a joint filer ($88k single), they’re going to hit you with a surcharge, called IRMAA (Income Related Medicare Adjustment Amount). IRMAAs range from an extra $59 to $356 per month for Part B and $12 to $77 per month for Part D. Let’s say you retire and start Medicare in 2021, so they’re looking at your 2019 tax return to determine your Part B premium - when you were making a lot more money than you are now, being retired. It doesn’t seem fair that you should have to pay that extra surcharge, right? Right. And there’s a form for that… Form SSA-44, where you can request a waiver of that IRMAA surcharge and not have to pay it! In fact, if you’ve had income decrease for lots of life-changing events - divorce, death of a spouse, work reduction, etc. - you can use the same form to apply for an IRMAA waiver. Technically, it doesn’t apply if you have a large capital gain in a year that does not repeat in future years, but I’ve had two clients apply for the IRMAA waiver under that circumstance and been approved, so it’s definitely worth a try. Second, you can shop your Medicare Supplement policy for the cheapest price all year round - not just during open enrollment in the fall. All Med Supp plans offer the same benefits by Plan letter, so you’re literally searching for the cheapest price. Our in-house Medicare expert, Rick Austin, has a free quoting tool that looks across all companies to find your best price, if you need help. Want to learn more Medicare tips and tricks? Join myself and Rick Austin on a Zoom call on May 12th at 10:30 am where we’ll share our Medicare insights and have time for Q&A as well. RSVP to bethany@marshpros.com and she’ll send you the link to register. See you then! Marsh Wealth Management, LLC Fiduciary Registered Investment Advisor 504 Ebenezer Road Knoxville, TN 37923 865.622.2162 www.marshwealth.com

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



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

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The Show Must Go On


forced to table all live fashion show activities for almost a year, The Lily Pad is delighted to let yo u k n ow t h a t w e are resuming our successful service to your club, group, or Brenda & Ivy ot h e r or g aniz at ion , starting now! We are proud of the way our crew weathered the storm with virtual and Zoom responses to the pandemic, but there is nothing quite like real live interaction with you, our friends and supporters. So, we are excited to start taking bookings to share fashion trends with live audiences again while helping your organization raise funds or just for entertainment. And, as always, the event comes to you free of charge! Models from your group are fitted by our staff in Lily Pad fashions, showcasing the most wonderfully diverse looks, direct from the store - usually 8-10 models will showcase 3-4 outfits each, complete with accessories. We provide the commentary and transport the fashions to your venue. These are the same outfits we purchase each season after personally attending markets to buy the latest, most fashionable merchandise for our customers, available at our store and through our Internet sales. We love the opportunity to give back to our surrounding area in this way by providing these fashion events for your groups. For four decades and several generations, The Lily Pad has produced fundraising fashion shows from Knoxville to Chattanooga and everywhere in between. Most organizations sell tickets for between $15 to $25 or $50 to raise money for their particular cause. You select your models and we’ll take it from there, reaching out to set up their fitting times and handling all the details. Most groups include a light lunch on the show date, often with door prizes donated by your local merchants, who are happy for the opportunity to be affiliated with your charity or organization. We hope you will join us in this trouble-free and profitable event in the near future. We know we can plan on all our previous hosts to grab a date immediately and hope to meet many new groups now that events are resuming. Dates will fill up quickly, so if you want to discuss details, ask questions, or book your date for a day of fashion and fun, call The Lily Pad today.

The Lily Pad Boutique 209 N. Main Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.5537 www.lilypadboutiqueonline.com

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“Hoppy” Spring

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Step Into Style On Your Garage Floor Photo by D. Roberts Photography



HO WOULD have thought your garage could make a fashion statement? Now more than ever, garages are sporting their own style with designer upgrades that are attractive, durable, and add value to your home. Make your garage one-of-a-kind by installing a custom, hand-laid modular or epoxy floor. With endless color and pattern combinations available, in just a matter of hours, you’ll have a long-lasting floor that you - and your car - will love. Epoxy Floors Create a gorgeous garage from the ground up with a stain and chemical-resistant epoxy floor. Preparation is key to create a stable foundation and includes a professional moisture test, degreasing, crack fill and repair, and grinding. A colored epoxy base coat is applied, using a

proprietary formula that wicks deep into the concrete for a bond three times stronger than ordinary epoxy. Hand-tossed vinyl flakes provide the granite-like appearance, and a long-wearing, UV-resistant Polyurea top coat seals with a high-gloss touch. Installation takes just one to two days, and your new, smooth, and attractive floor has its own 10-year limited warranty. Swisstrax Modular Tiles Swiss engineered and manufactured in the USA, the unique and versatile Swisstrax has earned a reputation as “The World’s Finest Modular Flooring.” Used everywhere from airplane hangars to health clubs, the durable and colorful floors can give your garage sharp and functional style in less than a day. The tiles are resistant to slips, fading, and stains and feature a channeled design which keeps the surface dry by

allowing dirt, debris, and liquids to flow through. Quick tidying is a snap with a shop vac or pressure washer, or use a mop and degreaser for deeper cleanings. In the rare case that a tile may become damaged, it can simply be replaced, and if you decide to move, pop them apart and take them along! Creative Possibilities Let your imagination run wild when it comes to customizing your epoxy or Swisstrax floor, and take your garage to the next level. Swisstrax tiles come in 18 different colors that can be mixed and matched to create designs, monograms, borders, or checkered floors that match your home’s décor or represent your favorite sports team. The epoxy floor base coat is available in a variety of colors, along with the flakes that mimic beautiful natural finishes such as quartz and marble, and come in a range of sizes from a chunky 1" to a tiny 1/16". Just like a designer accessory or piece of clothing can dress up an outfit, a beautiful floor can make your entire garage appear clean and attractive. Chris McKenry and his team at Designer Garages in West Knoxville are ready to help you choose the right flooring for your needs and make the most of the endless design options. Visit their showroom to see the full variety of epoxy and Swisstrax modular tile colors, and touch and walk on the floors themselves. Then, get your car ready for the red carpet!

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Take on spring showers with style! Choose from a variety of colors and patterns. These reversible umbrellas are perfect to keep you dry no matter where you go. Available at The Town Framery & Gifts, 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut, 865.671.6627, www.thetownframery.com.


This Tiffin Glass Company’s Empress Vase in twilight and green is a vintage original. The trademark Empress Vase was introduced by the Tiffin Glass Company in 1959. With it’s flared sides and free form handwork style, it is the epitome of mid-century modern décor. Available at Premiere Consignment, 320 Lakeside Plaza in Tellico Village, 865.458.9721, www.premiereconsignment.com.


Graceful curves, intersecting lines, and refined fretwork patterns highlight the deep seating and classic performance fabric used on this elegant chaise. The whole outdoor collection features a soft gray Oyster Shell finish. Available at Decorating Den Interiors | Kozar Design Team, 521 Lovell Rd., Suite 205 in Knoxville, 865.392.6222, www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com.



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Oh My Gauze, 100% cotton gauze clothing, is the coolest and most fashionable look for warm weather this year! Available in sizes S-3X at The Lily Pad Boutique, 209 N. Main Street in Sweetwater, 423.337.5537, www.lilypadboutiqueonline.com.



A glider rocker/recliner with style! Fjords Tampa recliner is available at Nouveau Classics Contemporary Furniture & Interior Design, 101 S Gay Street in Knoxville, 865.525.4755, www.nouveauclassics.com.

SkinCeutials Silymarin CF is an oil-free vitamin C serum formulated specifically for oily and blemish-prone skin types that delivers advanced environmental protection and reduces oiliness, refines skin texture, and visibly improves skin clarity and fine lines. Available at Southeastern Dermatology, 1930 Pinnacle Pointe Way in Knoxville, 865.474.8800, www.drdoppelt.com.

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5 Great Reasons to Install Retractable Screens on Your Home This Spring BY S T E V E K R AW C Z Y K , O W N E R O F SCREENS OF EAST TENNESSEE

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1. Let in fresh air and keep out insects. As summer approaches, we look forward to spending more family time on our patios and porches. Yet with warm weather comes bugs, making it difficult to remain outside in comfort. Installing retractable screens on your home allows you to open up your living space without the nuisance of insects. Whether you need to screen your doors, windows, patios, or lanais, there’s a retractable screen solution that fits your needs. 2. Retract your screen for an unobstructed view. Retractable screens allow you to enjoy unimpaired views when the screens are not in use and retracted. Large, motorized screens blend form, function, and comfort. They can be recessed into the beams or walls of your home, thereby staying hidden when fully retracted. They don’t diminish your views or esthetics, as the screens are in place only when needed. 3. Preserve the look and design of your doorway. Homeowners are abandoning the idea of conventional fixed screens and adopting retractable screens as the ideal solution. Retractable door screens provide the utility of a conventional insect screen without the unsightly appearance of conventional door screens, making it a perfect addition for any home. 4. Let more natural daylight into your home when desired. Retractable screens are the versatile and cost-effective choice for creating a more comfortable living environment while reducing energy waste. For example, installing Phantom’s fully retractable screens in the windows on the west side of a home allows homeowners to block the hot afternoon sun in the warmer months or fully retract the screens to gain the maximum warming effects of the sun in the cooler months. 5. Enjoy the convenience of professional design and installation. Homeowners often struggle to find screen solutions that match the design and size requirements of the openings they want to screen. It can be difficult to install screens on large openings like a patio or balcony, especially if you’re considering recessed or motorized options. Professional installers eliminate these concerns by providing screen solutions that are specific to your needs. To discover all the possibilities retractable screens can offer you and your family, contact me today.

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Invest in Improving Your Water, Health & Home Today! BY D AV I D B R E W S T E R , O W N E R O F A Q U A C L E A R WAT E R S YS T E M S , L LC


E AT Aqua Clear Water Systems believe that upgrading yo u r h o m e w it h a w ate r filtration system is the #1 way to increase your home’s value and your family’s health. In the past year, we’ve spent more time in our homes than ever before, and the housing market has absolutely exploded. So, we’d like to give you 5 reasons why a Kinetico Water System is your next best home improvement investment. 1. Improved Water Quality, Taste & Odor. East Tennessee’s water is known for its hardness, as well as chlorine, iron, sediment, and other harmful contaminants polluting the water. A whole house Kinetico water filtration system can remove all of these contaminants to give you tasteless, odorless, and silky feeling soft water throughout your home. 2. Improved Life of Appliances & Fixtures. A system will protect your home from damages caused by a variety of water contaminants! You could be extending the life of your water heater, washing machine, dishwasher, pipes, refrigerator, and more by installing a Kinetico water system, because

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reducing the build-up in these appliances allows them to work efficiently. 3. Increased Value of Your Home. With the housing market booming, we’d love to help you get a bigger bang for your buck when selling. An article titled 10 Upgrades That Increase Home Values by Forbes stated “this amenity will pay off now and in the future when it’s time to sell.” 4. Improved Health. Chlorine is a harmful chemical used to treat bacteria in water. While it’s necessary to kill bacteria, chlorine can’t differentiate between good and bad bacteria. When you shower in chlorinated tap water, your skin absorbs the chlorine like a sponge, leaving your health at risk. To name a few, high amounts of chlorine can cause breathing and lung problems, as well as cancer from THMs agents. Filtering your water could save you from unnecessary illnesses. 5. Improved Skin & Hair. A whole house filtration system reduces the amount of build-up on your appliances, as well as your skin and hair. Who wouldn’t want that? Softened water results in brighter skin, shinier hair, and longer-lasting clothes.

Now that you know the benefits of installing a whole-home filtration system, we’d love the opportunity to help you improve your home in 2021 by doing an in-person or virtual free water health check-up. We’ll come to your house for FREE or connect via Zoom. It’s your choice! For Everything Knoxville readers only, we’re offering an exclusive designer faucet in the color of your choice ($195 value) and $200 off when you purchase a system before May 31, 2021. Give us a call or text today, and become a part of the ACWS family!

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UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month

A Native Showstopper: Virginia Bluebells BY J A S O N R E E V E S , H O RT I C U LT U R I S T, U T G A R D E N S , J A C K S O N


ROM THE MOMENT the blue green mouse-ear shaped leaves break the soil in the spring until they disappear in the summer, these plants provide immense pleasure,” said Allan Armitage in his second edition of Herbaceous Perennial Plants. I could not agree more! I fell in love with Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) the first time I saw them more than 30 years ago. The gardener shared some plants with me, and I haven’t been without since. My home garden would not be complete without Virginia bluebells or our native columbine, Aquilegia canadensis. These t wo wildflowers have become my favorites because they thrive and naturalize with little or no care while putting on a great spring show. Native to the eastern half of North America, Virginia bluebells are commonly found in the wild in moist, rich, shady woodlands and river flood plains but can be found in sunny locations in good soil. Hardy in zones 3-9, they are easily grown in average-to-good garden soil in shade to full sun.



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The leaves of this spring ephemeral are oval in shape and emerge in early spring a deep purple but quickly turn a blue to gray-green, reaching 4 to 8 inches long. Virginia bluebells bloom in mid-spring with loose clusters of flowers that are borne at the ends of 12- to 18-inch arched stems that are frequented by bees, hummingbird moths, butterflies, skippers, and hummingbirds. The pendulous, bell-shaped flowers start out pink in bud, turning sky blue as they open. They combine well with columbine, bleeding heart, celandine poppy, and trillium. The leaves are thin and quickly decay as the plants go dormant shortly after flowering, thus not requiring clean-up. Hosta, ferns, and hardy begonias are also good to grow amongst them to fill the summer void, or they can be overplanted with shallow-rooted annuals. In my home garden, I overplant them with annuals like begonias, impatiens, torenia, petunias, or zinnias, depending on whether the site is in sun or shade. When happy, Virginia bluebells will naturalize and can form dense colonies. The dozen plants I started with in my own

garden have become several hundred, both in shade as well as in full sun areas. They have no serious insect or disease problems and are not favored by deer. They can be difficult to find for sale. One reason is that they go dormant as people really begin to hit the garden centers in the spring. Native plant nurseries and plant sales at nature centers can be a good source. Finding a source for them is well worth the effort. Once they are established in the landscape, they are sure to bring years of pleasure. You can find specimens on display at the UT Gardens sites in Knoxville and Jackson. The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Crossville, and Jackson. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit utia.tennessee. edu/state-botanical-garden.

Photo by J. Reeves of specimen in his private garden, courtesy UTIA

May in the Garden BY L I S A G R U G I N


N SPITE of Mother Nature’s roller coaster, we have had a beautiful spring! I love checking all the new plants that are leafing out or bursting into bloom every day. Yes, some of them got nipped by those nasty nights in the 20s, but others are in full glory right now. May is one of a gardener’s busiest months, so let’s get started on your to-do list: ✻ You know what I am going to say first: Do your walk-about and see what is going on. Remember to look up, down, and all around! Look up to check for signs of disease or damage to larger shrubs and trees. Look down to check for moles/voles. Look all around for signs of disease and insect damage in your smaller shrubs and perennials. While you are out there, make notes about what needs to be moved, divided, treated, or fertilized. You can also dream a little about what you would like to do! ✻ If you are planting larger trees and shrubs this year, try to get them in by the end of the month. It is easier for the plants to establish root systems before they start battling the heat. It will also behoove you to not postpone planting this year, as we are encountering some dramatic shortages. So many people have been working in their yards that the growers simply cannot keep up. Trees and shrubs are a 3-5 year process, so if you see something you love, don’t wait. ✻ Get those container gardens started while plants are small, and leave room for them to grow. Use a good quality potting soil, and pick plants that like the same conditions. Also, remember that any planter that is outside in the elements should have a drain hole or it will become a water garden! Stop by if you need help making your selections. ✻ I want to take a moment to talk about water, because that is the number one plant killer. Please remember that sprinkler systems are great for grass and flowers, but they are often woefully inadequate for trees and shrubs. You need to get 1” of water to the roots of larger plants every week. An easy way to tell how much your system is putting out is to put a tuna or cat food can under a section of your sprinkler and see how much water actually goes into it. It is important to water deeply and less frequently. This encourages plants to develop deep roots instead of shallow roots. ✻ Did you mulch this spring? If not, think about applying a fresh layer or top-dressing. At least go out and take a rake to old mulch to “fluff” it, because it becomes very compacted during the winter. Mulch adds

a neat look and keeps soil temperature and moisture levels stable. It also breaks down and adds nutrients to the soil. ✻ You can prune spring bloomers once the blooms have faded. Forsythia and quince can be pruned somewhat severely. Be more selective with azaleas, rhododendrons, and lilacs. Call us if you have questions. I have seen some truly tragic pruning done, so please do a little research before you start whacking. ✻ As your spring bulbs die back, don’t get in too big a hurry to cut them down. Wait until the foliage has died back, because it is storing the energy for next year’s blooms. If you cut them down too soon, it will have a negative impact on flower quantity. ✻ Some of your perennials may need a little assistance as they emerge. Tall plants may need to be staked or caged, and it is easier to do that while the plants are small. You can also pinch plants back to encourage them to be shorter and bushier. ✻ You will get a much longer bloom season if you deadhead on a regular basis. (Deadheading is cutting the spent blooms

off). You should do this to perennials AND annuals to keep those blooms coming! Take the stalk down to the next leaf cluster to avoid having those ugly sticks poking up out of the plant. ✻ We have lots of bugs already, but I encourage you to avoid using insecticides as much as possible. Always start with the least toxic product first, and spray when bees are not active. If you have a shrub that only blooms in the spring, wait until after it finishes before you apply insecticides. ✻ My last pitch is for the birds. Keep those feeders and baths full and clean! Birds will remove lots of those pesky insects, so attract them to your yard with plants, houses, feeders, and water sources. We are getting several trucks in every week, so stop by often to see what is new. Happy gardening!

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Lilly Winwood BY R A N DY PAT T E R S O N , B O O M E R O C I T Y.C O M


HETHER THEY realize it or not, most baby boomers have heard - or heard of - Steve Winwood. He is the co-writer of two huge hits by the Spencer Davis Group: “Give Me Some Lovin’” and “I’m a Man.” He is also the voice on those two songs from the ’60s. Oh, and he was only 15 years old at the time! Winwood went on to be a member of Traffic and then Blind Faith. In the ’80s, his solo career took off with the release of his Arc of a Diver album and he continued to make records well in to the 2000s. Fast forward to today. Among Steve’s four children is his daughter, Lilly, an apple that hasn’t fallen far at all from the paternal tree. Born in Gloucestershire, England, Lilly, now a Nashvillian, is an up-and-coming Americana artist in her own right. By growing up in both the States and England, Lilly’s international music influences help inspire her unique sound that’s intertwined with her strong Nashville base. With a scheduled appearance at Knoxville’s Open Chord set for June 4th, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you portions of my chat with her back in October. When asked how her fans would describe her sound, Lilly said, “I get a lot of different stuff. Most recently, somebody said that I reminded them of Sarah Jarosz, which was a huge compliment. I guess they might have been listening to some of my older stuff, because I feel like I’ve matured into more of like, I don’t know - I get Bonnie Raitt a lot. These are all huge names that I don’t want to necessarily compare myself to. It’s just, I guess, passing comparisons that people have said. That’s the beauty of Americana. It’s not just one particular genre. I think it falls under a lot of different categories.”



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Lilly shared with me her story behind her single, “A Few More Records to Sell,” from her new album, Time Well Spent. “It’s definitely one of the most upbeat songs on the record. It’s got that kind of ‘boot scootin’ boogie’ vibe to it. I wrote the song in Mobile, Alabama, a couple years ago. I was on the road and had my last stop of the tour in Florida. I had a couple of buddies who lived in Mobile. So I was like, ‘Okay, I’m just gonna go hang out there for a couple days.’ A couple days turned into two weeks, because I couldn’t get home due to an ice storm. You know how they treat ice storms down there - that it’s like the end of the world. Everything’s shut down. I was just like, ‘I could reroute my way home another way but it would take so long.’ “I think I was 22 at the time - 21 or 22 so I was just like, ‘Forget it. I’m just gonna stay down here and party, basically. I was so bummed out (from being on the road so long) and just so ready to get home. But you know how it is. Being a musician isn’t always fun and games. It’s a job. It’s basically about being out on the road, and as much as you want to just go home and be done with it all, you still got a few more records to sell!” When asked which song on the new album she would point to as the “calling card” for the whole album, she replied, “Oh my goodness. I guess probably ‘California.’ That’s the second track on the record. That song is like my baby! It’s been under my belt for about six years now. I play it every chance I get. It’s always the first song or the last song I play on a set. I feel like it’s the one a lot of people can relate to the most. But I also feel like it’s a true representation of my sound as well. I will pick favorites on this record and say that that one is probably my favorite.”

I asked Lilly how being the daughter of a famous musician has impacted her career. “It’s a blessing and a curse. I think, in some ways, it gives you a foot in the door. But then I also think that it sort of gives people a higher expectation of, I don’t know, maybe songwriting or playing or whatever it is. I think people just expect a lot more out of you when you have a dad that’s in the industry. I know that’s definitely something I’ve experienced. But then again, it can open a lot of doors, and I haven’t really experienced any extremes on either side. But as you said earlier, I think a lot of people expect me to sound a certain way. So I guess one of my goals is to try and be like, ‘Hey, I don’t sound just like my dad, but just give it a listen!’” You can do exactly that by catching Lilly’s show on June 4th at the Open Chord. Tickets should sell quickly, so purchase now. You can also watch this interview in its entirety by visiting www.boomerocity.com.

Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. Tom Parker. Thirty-six years later he founded the webzine, Boomerocity.com, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.

Overcoming the Estate Sale Blues BY A A R O N H U N T, C O - O W N E R O F PREMIERE CONSIGNMENT


It’s Fishing Time in Farragut!

37th Annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo Saturday, May 15 Anchor Park, 11730 Turkey Creek Road Free event, open to the public


OIN YOUR friends, family, and the Town of Farragut for a morning of fishing and prize competitions! The Fishing Rodeo is for kids ages 12 and under, with pre-registration required for one of two sessions - 8-9 am or 10-11 am. The Town of Farragut will provide worms for bait, or participants can bring their own. A limited number of fishing poles for use during the rodeo will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your own pole if you can. Event will be held rain or shine; check Farragut Parks & Recreation Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for severe weather updates. The Town is still happily accepting community donations for the fishing rodeo, including youth and adult spincast (push button) rod and reel combos in good working condition, line, hooks, bobbers, and sinkers. Farragut businesses are also encouraged to donate items to be used as prizes for participants.

For more information, visit www.farragutparksandrec.org.



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F YOU HAVE never held an estate sale or tried to sell excess furniture, art, and home décor items resulting from a relocation or downsizing, there is a good chance that you will in the future. And if you are the person responsible for the sale, the experience can quickly become an overwhelming one. The perfect solution for overcoming the estate sale blues is Premiere Consignment. We offer our clients three options: The first option is to display your sale items in our Tellico Village retail showroom. The second option is to sell your items right from your own home. This second option eliminates the inconvenience of moving your items and offers the added benefit of allowing would-be buyers the opportunity to visualize how the furniture, art, and home décor pieces might appear in their own home. The third option to escape the estate sale blues is our eBay store, where people from all over the world shop. We do the photography, listing, shipping, and then send you the money when pieces sell! Premiere Consignment does it all. From our years of experience, we price your items based on what similar pieces sell for, we advertise, and then conduct your sale at the agreed upon dates and times. It couldn’t be easier! At the end of your estate sale, any remaining saleable items can be displayed in our retail showroom or donated to charity with you receiving the donation receipt for your taxes. A full-service, upscale consignment company, we offer our clients the best solution to help you sell your gently used furniture, art, home décor, and Oriental rugs in the most cost-effective and efficient manner possible, whether in our retail store, your home, or a separate off-site location. And remember that our extensive eBay online retail store can be used to sell your other goods, including china, collectibles, art, kitchenware, etc. Whether you have a single item or entire house full of furniture, Premiere Consignment can help you manage the sale of many of your household items worry-free. To learn more, I invite you to call us at 865-458-9721 or visit www.premiereconsignment.com. Premiere Consignment 320 Lakeside Plaza Loudon, TN 37774 865.458.9721 www.premiereconsignment.com

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

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

Brothers Bedding

Custom Made for Your Comfort


ROTHERS BEDDING Mattress Factory is “the home of the 2-sided mattress” - we hand-craft our own mattress brand right here in Knoxville. Locally owned and operated since 1938, Brothers Bedding is the factory direct concept that eliminates the middleman’s extra costs and markups and passes on the savings directly to the consumer. At Brother’s Bedding, we understand that a mattress purchase is a very big decision and strive to make the shopping experience very smooth and easy for all our customers. Quality always begins with the materials composing your mattress - whether you are searching for latex, memory foam, or innerspring, only superior materials make the Brothers Bedding cut. With experienced sales people who can suggest which mattress is best suited for you and your budget, our goal is to build the best mattresses in the bedding industry, and we understand that mattresses are not “one-size-fits-all.” Your hand-crafted mattress will be tailored specifically for you, your needs, and, most importantly, your comfort so you can get that perfect night’s sleep every night! For peace of mind, we offer up to a 20-year, non-prorated warranty and give you 365 days to sleep on your mattress, and if for any reason within the first year you want to adjust the comfort, it’s only a call away. Brother’s Bedding will promptly pick up your mattress, adjust it to the new comfort desired, and ask you to come to the factory to test it before we bring it back to your home. And because 90% of the mattresses we sell are 2-sided, our customers



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Brothers Bedding Mattress Factory is also a wholesale manufacturer of high-quality bedding that is truly customizable. We craft custom mattresses for RVs, boats, antique bed frames, sleeper sofas, trucks, etc. Basically, if you can dream it, we can make it. Because we ARE the factory, we can provide uniquely luxurious mattresses at prices lower than the brand names. Custom made “fresh out of the oven!” enjoy continuous comfort for many years by flipping their mattresses regularly. A Brother’s Bedding 2-sided mattress saves money, minimizes body impressions, and gives your mattress a much longer life. Now Offering Posh+Lavish Mattresses and Accessories While Brothers Bedding Mattress Factory prides itself on our mattress, we also offer great name brands such as Posh+Lavish. A Posh+Lavish mattress is one of life’s genuine pleasures. Built in the USA by teams of skilled tradesmen, Posh+Lavish is dedicated to sourcing and using the most top-notch, natural materials available. These natural “ingredients” like latex, cotton, and wool contribute to the luxury and unmatched quality of sleep. Posh+Lavish mattresses are an ultimate expression of caring for both body and mind by recognizing your spine’s need for long lasting support and your muscles’ need to rest and restore themselves throughout each and every night. Now Posh+Lavish offers the freedom to elevate just one side of the bed without

disturbing your partner’s sleep or losing closeness. Split head technology allows each person to move independently while not having a big gap in the middle of the mattress like most adjustable beds. So if you’re ready to experience pure muscle relaxation while you sleep with adjustable convenience, look no further. Posh+Lavish mattresses provide the ultimate in tension and pressure relief like no other product on the market. At Posh+Lavish, their dream is to grow their company in order to further influence the world for good by donating a percentage of all profits to CURE International - a network of hospitals and medical programs that provides healing to children who either cannot afford or do not have access to proper treatments. Posh+Lavish have the passion and purpose to be sleep enthusiasts with the simple belief that better sleep can truly enhance peoples’ lives, generating extra energy and bigger smiles! At the end of the day, Posh+Lavish are people helping people have a better future. 
 Posh+Lavish can ONLY be found at Brothers Bedding Mattress Factory showrooms in Knoxville, Sevierville, and Maryville. For more information and to find the location nearest you, visit www.BrothersBedding.com.

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The First Step in Garage Renovation? The Floor


E’VE ALL SEEN it: The house that is the epitome of curbside appeal - until the garage door opens, revealing a disorganized mess. If your garage’s main purpose is random storage, maybe it’s time to repurpose all that valuable space. PremierGarage of Knoxville can help you transform your overlooked and underused garage into a functional living space, starting with a custom garage floor to take your garage from frantic to fabulous. Why consider anything beyond your standard-issue concrete garage floor? • Protect concrete from the harsh chemicals and liquids that leak from your automobile. Even the water, salt, and snow your car brings into the garage promote deterioration and cracking. • Cleaning is easier. Untreated concrete gives off dust, but a flooring system significantly reduces dirt and dust. It prevents materials - from cars and your other garage-based activities (gardening, building, painting) - from soaking into the porous concrete. • Fill and cover up existing cracks for looks, safety, and protection. • Open up new activities in your garage. It could double as a workout room, gardening center, or children’s play area. • Increase the resale value of your home. For a striking and durable garage floor coating that is easy to maintain, Knoxville’s PremierGarage can transform an oil-stained, pitted, and peeling epoxy-coated garage floor into a showroom quality look. PremierGarage, serving East Tennessee for more than 10 years, combines its proprietary hybrid polymer flooring system technology with their extensive industry knowledge and experience to provide a high-quality finish that is chemical, stain, and slip resistant. The two-day process starts with technicians who diamond grind the floor to the ideal surface condition to achieve a permanent chemical bond that substantially outlives traditional epoxies. The polyurea topcoat, which cures two times harder than epoxy, provides a continuous, non-porous coating surface that naturally resists various liquids that may leak from your automobile’s engine. It’s like armor for your concrete floor. Your garage will look more “finished,” and cleanup requires only a hose or mop. Available in dozens of various chip and color combinations, you can customize your garage flooring to fit your home and style. PremierGarage’s flooring solutions are also suitable for commercial and light industrial applications. Discover the affordability and beauty of transforming your garage floor. Home really does begin in the garage!

PremierGarage powered by Tailored Living 865.947.8686 www.TailoredLivingKnoxville.com May 202 1



Center New Exhibitions Opening Emporium May 7


HE ARTS & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from May 7-28. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, May 7, from 5 to 8 pm. All visitors to the Emporium are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store. The Professional Photographers of East Tennessee: Different Together in the Lower Gallery

As East Tennessee’s official professional photography trade organization, The Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN) is more than a local camera club - it is a not-for-profit organization promoting professionalism, advancement, and cooperation in photography throughout the region. In their inaugural exhibition at the Emporium, PPETN members will showcase a range of photographic subjects and styles, reflecting works made by professional photographers for their clients, as well as personal projects expressing individual photographic creativity. The exhibition includes competition images prepared by members for various local, state, and national professional photography competitions. Many of these images have received awards in these competitions. 
 A Celebration of Watercolor by the Knoxville Watercolor Society in the Upper Gallery In 1 9 6 3 , t h e K n ox v i l l e Watercolor Society (KWS) 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. It’s purpose is to educate its members, as well as the community, to view watercolor as a significant art form. Members consist of area artists who are currently active in the serious pursuit of aqueous painting and meet regularly to share knowledge and new techniques. KWS members also exhibit with other state and regional organizations, consistently winning regional, state, and national awards.



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Larry Cole: The Color of Light in the Atrium
 The Color of Light presents a romantic look at nature from an abstract expressionist viewpoint. Focused on the intensity of light falling on landscapes or clouds while reflecting and illuminating often unexpected colors. Themes of sunsets, exotic locations, and intriguing fictional ones are painted in vibrant colors, enticing viewers to escape their traditional observation of nature and see it through romanticized and whimsical eyes.

 A native of Tennessee, Larry studied art and business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For several years, he owned a studio and gallery in the Bearden Arts District. His works have been showcased in solo and group exhibitions throughout Tennessee and the Southeast. Sonja Oswalt: Skin Deep – Portraits in Fiber in the Display Case
 Excerpts from her artist statement: From the day we are born, human beings are drawn to faces. We develop our identities in the context of faces we see around us, as well as the reflection of our own faces in the mirror. In this exhibition, I seek to capture a piece of the infinite beauty of the human face across gender, age, race, and ethnicity using the art of needle felting and the medium of merino wool. My great hope as a human and an artist is that by recognizing the beauty and wonder in the faces of our fellow humans, we can overcome our differences and live more fully in community with those around us. 
 Sonja has worked with wool since 2012. Her works includes 3-dimensional animal replicas and fantasy figures, 2-dimensional landscapes and portraits, clothing, purses, and hats. Diana Kilburn: Knoxville in Bloom on the North Wall
 Diana will display watercolors inspired by downtown scenes and outdoor floral arrangements. 

 Excerpts from her artist statement: The flowers, meadows, and forests inspired of my paintings when I lived in southeastern Kentucky. Now, after living in downtown Knoxville for nine years, I appreciate the beautiful colorful plantings by the city and individuals who work and live within the city. I enjoy emphasizing details found in these plantings and in scenes of our downtown. Painting with watercolors gives me joy. Watching colors mix on paper and textures created spontaneously feels like magic as if the paintings are created by instinct. 

 Diana has exhibited in galleries in Tennessee and Kentucky, and she has also been in group and solo shows in Missouri and Ohio. She is a member of the Knoxville Watercolor Society. The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Visitors are required to wear masks and refrain from eating or drinking in the galleries. For more information, call 865-523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

Dogs Need Pedicures, Too!


HEN YOUR DOG walks, his toes rub together and the paw gets repeatedly pressed against the hard ground. Just as you wouldn’t be able to walk comfortably outside on concrete and rocks wearing shoes soled with knots of heavy cotton yarn - like the fibers of a mop head - your dog can’t walk comfortably on fur-matted paws. Although paw fur is short, it can get tangled and matted. If these mats and tangles are not regularly removed, they can harden and cause discomfort. Dogs need pedicures to eliminate the excess fur in their pads, in addition to nail trimming. Just like people, the nails on a dog’s feet never stop growing. Long nails cause him to rock back on his paws, interfering with his gait and putting additional strain on his legs. If nails or dewclaws (on the back of the leg) grow too long, the nails can curl into the dog’s skin, causing pain and possible infection. Trimming your dog’s nails is important! A dog’s nails may grind down naturally if he consistently exercises on concrete, but

most often paws should be manicured regularly by a groomer. Clipping a dog’s furry paws and nails is for hygienic safety and aesthetic purposes. Well-trimmed paws give your dog better traction when walking on smooth, polished, slippery flooring - like hardwood and tile. Plus, shorter nails will not scratch your wood floors or snag your carpet. In addition to providing shock absorption and softening the pressure on a dog’s joints, paw pads also provide traction for quick turns and effective sprinting. Healthy, maintained paws increase your dog’s endurance, plus they come in handy for digging! For all their important functions, paw maintenance should be a basic part of your dog’s regular hygiene care routine. Contact Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits at 865-986-6325 for your grooming appointment.

Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits 2145 Beals Chapel Road Lenoir City, TN 37772 865.986.6325 www.MsCsBedandBiscuits.com

Vintage Base Ball Games

at Historic Ramsey House


OIN THE fun while experiencing America’s game as it was played in 1864. These free public events are enjoying their 8th season, and Historic Ramsey House is proud to be a part of these historic reenactments. The players play by 1864 rules, wear period uniforms, and our local Knoxville teams bear the names of actual teams that existed in Knoxville during that time. The Knoxville Holstons and Emmett’s Machinists play other vintage league teams from around the state. The league has been in existence for seven years and has grown from two teams to 12! The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball was established in 2012 to entertain and educate our communities by recreating the civility of 19th century baseball. We promote living history by bringing the 19th century to life through baseball events that use the rules, equipment, costumes, and culture of the 1860s. By providing cultural enrichment, education programs and activities for youth and adults that emphasize honor, team play, respectful conduct, and community pride, our goal is to exemplify to youth and adults alike the values that are lacking in modern-day athletic programs and encourage a sense of belonging regardless of race, gender, religious conviction, or physical ability. During the games, local food trucks will be on site to provide




you with delicious eats! A full 15% of the proceeds from the food truck sales help us to continue to bring this great educational event to our community. We encourage you to support these local food vendors throughout the season. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket, an umbrella for shade, and leave the coolers at home. Thank you! Historic Ramsey House is located at 2614 Thorn Grove Pike in Knoxville. For more information on the Tennessee Vintage Base Ball Association, visit www.tennesseevintagebaseball.com. May 8 Knoxville Holstons vs. Emmett Machinists of Knoxville at 2 pm Mother’s Day theme $5 craft for kids & game area Knox Wurst Food Truck (menu - www.knoxwurst.com)

May 15 Knoxville Holston vs. Stones River Scouts at 11 am Emmett Machinists vs. Stones River Scouts at 2 pm Butter Churning theme $5 craft for kids & game area Hawg Dawgs Food Truck (menu - Facebook)

Continuing Summer Game Schedule: July 10, 11 am & 2 pm games July 17, 11 am & 2 pm games August 7, 10 am, 1 pm & 4 pm games August 21, 11 am & 2 pm games August 28, 11 am & 2 pm games September 11, 2 pm game Local food trucks announced as dates are booked. Check www.RamseyHouse.org for more information. May 202 1



The Many Ways America’s Most Loved Vegetable Loves You Back



OU DON’T have to choose between foods that taste good and foods that are good for you. In fact, America’s most loved vegetable - the potato - loves you right back! Whether you’re creating a romantic dinner for two, a family meal, or a tasty snack, this versatile, nutrient-dense vegetable brings a lot to the table. For home cooks inspired by plant-based ingredients, potatoes add so much to an array of recipes, ranging from special occasion entrees to globally inspired dishes and more. The top five ways potatoes love you back: 1. Potatoes show your body love. As a nutrient-dense vegetable, potatoes can stay at the top of your grocery list the entire year. A 110-calorie, skin-on medium (5.3 ounces) potato delivers: • 26 grams of good carbs for fuel - whether you’re exercising or just running errands. • 3 grams of protein, as an affordable and plant-based protein option. • More potassium than a banana: Potassium is an important mineral for an overall heart-healthy eating pattern. Potatoes are a food with one of the highest levels of potassium and are considered a good source, providing 15% of your recommended daily value per serving (620 mg). • 30% of your daily recommended vitamin C requirement. • ZERO fat, cholesterol, gluten, or sodium to suit your health goals. 2. Potatoes have good carbs that love you back. The fact is, not all carbs are created equal. Some emerging research suggests the starch in potatoes that’s greatly increased through heating and cooling them, called resistant starch, may deliver similar health benefits to dietary fiber. Dietary fiber, like the 2 grams found in a skin-on medium potato, has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including leaving you feeling satisfied and not hungry again for a while. Registered Dietitian Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD, advises including foods you love, like potatoes, in your daily diet and that all foods - yes, including your favorites - belong in your diet. “Carbs should have a place on your plate every day, ” said Harbstreet. “Not all carbs are created equal, so whenever possible, reach for an option that provides key nutrients, too. Potatoes deliver a nutritional punch and are easy to incorporate into special occasion meals and everyday eating.” 3. Potatoes show your wallet some love, too. Not only do potatoes taste great, they’re also an affordable, nutrient-dense vegetable that provides more nutrients per penny than most other vegetables. And, if you are looking for a way to amp up the fiber content of your daily diet, potatoes are one of the least expensive sources of fiber out there. 4. Potatoes are beloved the world over. It’s not just America that has enjoyed a long-lasting love affair with the potato. Potatoes are a staple in nearly every cultural cuisine, so they’re uniquely suited to deliver today’s most on-trend and craveable global flavors. Using the familiar potato as your base, you can honor and explore plenty of tantalizing cuisines from around the globe. 5. Potatoes create dishes you and your loved ones will love. From the classic fluffy baked potato to the nutty and buttery fingerling, the many varieties of the potato have inspired - and continue to inspire - endless recipes using fresh, frozen, or dehydrated potatoes. From the simple to the complex, potatoes elevate any dish with amazing taste and good nutrition. No matter your nutrition goals or eating preferences, all foods fit within a balanced diet and you don’t have to sacrifice those you love. By creating your meals around whole foods you already enjoy, like potatoes, you can sprinkle in some fun. For example, for a romantic meal, pair Chimichurri Twice Baked Potatoes with a steak and leafy greens. Or enjoy Salt and Pepper Air Fryer Chips with a whole food-based dip - like guacamole or hummus. No matter how you slice it, potatoes are a good carb and nutrient-dense vegetable that loves you back in so many ways. For more amazing recipe ideas using nutritious, delicious potatoes, visit www.PotatoGoodness.com.



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A Signature Side Dish R E C I P E C O U RT E S Y O F F F E

If you’re looking for a versatile, delicious side dish nearly everyone will love, try these Horseradish Mashed Potatoes from Culinary.net. They have a perfect potato texture and are full of creamy goodness with a horseradish kick to savor. Once you sink your spoon into a bowl of these flavor-packed potatoes, you’ll understand why there are never any leftovers. These potatoes can satisfy almost any appetite with a unique flavor combination and appealing aroma.

Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Servings: 4-6

Ingredients: • 2 quarts water • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided • 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, halved • 1 stick of unsalted butter, cut into 8 slices, divided • 16 ounces sour cream • 1/4 cup horseradish, prepared and squeezed of moisture • 1/2 teaspoon pepper • 1/4 cup chopped chives, plus additional for topping Directions: In saucepan, bring water and 1 teaspoon salt to boil. Add potatoes and boil 15-20 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup liquid. Drain potatoes and place in bowl. Add six slices of butter and mash potatoes coarsely. In medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, horseradish, remaining salt, pepper, and chives. Add mixture to mashed potatoes. Add reserved water. Mash to combine. Transfer to serving bowl and top with remaining butter pieces and more chives. Find more side dish recipes at www.Culinary.net.

Same Building, Two Histories

Charles McClung McGhee House


HARLES MCCLUNG MCGHE E (1828-1907) was a

Knoxville industrialist, banker, real estate developer, railroad magnate, and philanthropist. Born in Monroe County, Tennessee, his father was a wealthy farmer and his mother was the daughter of surveyor Charles McClung, who is best known for drawing up the original plat of Knoxville in 1791. His mother is also a granddaughter of Knoxville’s founder, James White. Throughout his childhood, McGhee lived in both Knoxville and Monroe County and graduated from East Tennessee University (now known as the University of Tennessee) in 1846. He permanently relocated to Knoxville in 1860 and became a wealthy businessman and industrialist. McGhee’s interests ran wide, and he became one of Knoxville’s most influential and successful citizens. McGhee is best known for helping establish the Lawson McGhee Library in 1885, which was dedicated to the memory of his daughter, May “Lawson” McGhee Williams, who had died in 1883 as a result of complications from the birth of her first child. In March 1872, it was announced in the Knoxville Daily Chronicle that architectural plans had been designed for a new home to be built by McGhee on the site of his former residence on Locust Street. J.H. Gallaher was to be the architect, and it was to be designed in the Italian Villa style. By June 1872, the Knoxville Daily Chronicle had announced that Gallaher’s design had ultimately been rejected and McGhee had hired the young carpenter and architect, Joseph F. Baumann (1844-1920), to design and supervise the construction of a



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Second Empire style residence. The house was constructed of pressed brick and white mortar and featured an impressive mansard roof and wrap around verandas. The inside featured a parlor, library, billiard room, bathrooms, and well-ventilated bedrooms. The house sat on the crest of a hill a few blocks from Market Square, and the yard and gardens covered a full city block. When President Rutherford B. Hayes toured the Southern States in 1877, McGhee hosted a reception for 600 people in his honor! McGhee and his family lived in the house until his death in 1907. After the death of McGhee, the home was willed to his three adult daughters. Masonic fraternities had been a staple in Knoxville throughout the 19th century but were officially incorporated as the Masonic Fraternity Association in 1908. After purchasing a four story commercial building at the northern corner of Market Square in 1910, the Association felt that the location did not fulfill its needs and sold the building in 1912. From the proceeds of the sale, the Association purchased the McGhee home in 1914 for its new headquarters. After hiring architect Albert B. Baumann, Sr. (1861-1942), the brother and former business partner of the original architect, Joseph Baumann, it was decided to drastically modify the exterior design and remodel the home into the new Masonic Temple. Construction of the Temple was done by Knoxville building contractor J.M. Dunn & Son and started in the fall of 1915. The Temple was completed in early 1916 and was officially dedicated on October 27, 1916. While the outside looks very different, you can still see a few remnants of the

Masonic Temple original exterior design features. The two most prominent examples are the bay window on the south side of the house and the elaborate door surround at the main entrance. The interior has a number of original details still in place that include the main entry hall and staircase, interior woodwork, doors openings, and other interior details. While the Association included a number of original features into the remodel, they did modify a number of details. One of the main modifications was to add a third story to the building and combine rooms to accommodate the need for large gatherings. In order to accommodate the growing needs of the Association, an elevator was installed in 1968 and a kitchen and dining room was added in 1972. Next time you’re downtown, take a stroll over to Locust Street and take a look at some Knoxville history! Make sure to notice the Y.M.C.A. that was built in 1929 and the 1916 Masonic Court (now known as Kendrick Place) named after the Masonic Temple!

Knox Heritage preserves structures and places of historic or cultural significance for our community. Founded in 1974, Knox Heritage is a nonprofit dedicated to historic preservation education, advocacy, and technical services. It also owns and operates Historic Westwood and the Airplane Filling Station. Knox Heritage is supported by members who value preserving historic places in our community. Learn more and become a member at www.knoxheritage.org.

Rediscover the Great Out-of-Doors All Year-Round


HY NOT let the professionals at Undercover Systems help you take full advantage of unlimited out-of-door events this season that your entire family can enjoy all year round? Now is the ideal time to get the totally unique and proprietary underdeck ceiling system from Undercover Systems installed under your home’s existing raised decks. This underdeck system will ensure that all your gatherings will be protected from unexpected and unwanted rain, searing summertime sun, and next winter’s 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 living spaces before barbeque season heats up.” Undercover’s patented underdecking system is designed by and manufactured exclusively by Undercover Systems, unlike other installers 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 ensuring the longevity of your deck’s wooden structural supports, preventing them from premature failure. You’ll 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-of-door living spaces. Underdeck ceilings come in a variety of colors and textures to perfectly complement your existing architecture and landscaping. You will also appreciate that every decking project is personally supervised by Jim and that Undercover Systems is a complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau. Why not delight your family this spring with a special gift that everyone can appreciate all year long? Extend the enjoyment of your out-of-door spaces, protect your family from the elements, and begin creating a lifetime of memories. Call Jim at 423-2670091 today to start celebrating your out-of-doors now and for all the seasons to come. Undercover Systems 423.267.0091 www.UndercoverSystems.com May 202 1




many activities, performances, and summer camps offered by members of the Arts & Culture Alliance!

Muse Knoxville: Muse Pop June 1-30 We’re opening a brand new pop-up museum experience outside! Muse Pop will feature exhibits, workshops, performances, and more within a world of colorful tents: Special Events & Performances, Permanent & Weekly Exhibits, Way Late Play Date, Camps & Teacher PDs.

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo Camp
 June 2 - August 4 Camp activities include animal interactions, games, crafts, fun activities, excursions through the zoo, and trips behind the scenes to learn how we care for zoo animals. Summer fun at the zoo is for kids ages 4-13. Camps run Monday-Friday from 9 am to 3 pm.

Momentum Dance Lab: [Re]Visions
 June 4 at 7 pm and June 5 at 2 & 8 pm at The Square Room and live streamed Join Momentum Dance Lab for our (almost) annual performance. [Re]Visions will be a full length presentation of (mostly) modern dance with work from award-winning choreographers and dancers. This is a family friendly show, and the event will feature a silent



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auction. All children under 14 may attend for one penny with a paying adult. Purchase advance tickets until June 1.

child! Ijams specializes in curating summer camps for curious kids. Whether your child is a budding ecologist, future veterinarian, or an outdoor explorer, Ijams camps offer a unique summer experience. Designed and led by environmental educators and naturalists who bring their knowledge of science, nature, and animals on each exciting adventure. For children ages 6-12.

Muse Knoxville: Camp Muse
 June 7 - July 23 Brain-boosting camps are back with unique topics focused on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Your child will love the immersive, hands-on activities, and you’ll love how much they’re learning! Advanced registration is required. June camps for rising 1st-4th grade are Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 3 pm primarily outdoors. July camps for rising PreK-1st grade are Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 12 pm primarily indoors.

Angela Floyd Schools: Summer Camps
 June 7 - July 26 Held at two locations: Powell and Farragut areas Classes are for ages 2 and up, morning and evening, and include music and dance instruction.

Ijams Nature Center: Nature Adventure Camp
 June 7 - July 30 Exciting explorations, awesome adventures, and delightful discoveries await your

Ijams Nature Center: Preschool Summer Camp
 June 7 - July 30 Child-led, age-appropriate, and experiential learning for children ages 3-5. Days are spent outdoors, exploring nature and connecting with the environment. Children learn through play, discovery, and inquiry. Not only developing a foundation for lifelong learning, but also cultivate a love of nature that is the basis for a conservation ethic later in life. Each session is a combination of outdoor play, nature hikes, and animal presentations. Crafts, art projects, and/or hands-on activities allow campers to explore topics based on their interests. Monday-Friday from 9 am to 12 pm. Knoxville Museum of Art: Summer Art Academy
 June 7 - July 30 Each week offers a new and exciting age-appropriate art class that will inspire and challenge your child. The KMA’s certified art educators provide instruction in small groups with personalized instruction. Morning classes are offered each week for children ages 5-12. Tuition includes workshop supplies, instruction, and gallery activities. Classes and scholarships are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

UT Gardens: Garden Discovery Summer Camps
 June 7 - July 30 New this year is a camp for 12-14 year olds in June and a week of half-days for 4-5 year olds. Limited camp scholarships are available. Knoxville Opera: Musical Theatre Marathon
 June 12 at the Bijou Theatre’s parking lot The Opera is planning a seven-hour musical theatre marathon. Details coming soon! Clarence Brown Theatre: Virtual Audition Workshop
 June 14-18 A week-long online workshop for high school students focusing on Script Analysis, Auditioning, College Prep, and Shakespearean text. The workshop will be taught by David Alley, Carol Mayo Jenkins, and Terry Silver-Alford Monday-Friday from 10 am to 3 pm and will help students with preparing for auditions for school plays, as well as college admissions and scholarships.

Dragonfly Aerial and Circus Arts Studio Summer Camp
 June 14-18 & July 12-16 Kids ages 6-14 can run away and join the circus with Dragonfly Aerial and Circus Arts Studio. Camps are Monday-Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. Each week is full of circus skills, including aerial arts, tightwire, stiltwalking, unicycling, basic acrobatics, and more. Scholarships are available.

Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Summer String Camp
 June 14-18 String Camp provides an opportunity for new orchestra players to become oriented with ensemble playing and gives players with experience a week of great music making and fun during the summer off-season. Students are placed randomly based on experience and application information.

Make sure you meet all the requirements for the level for which you apply. We strive to keep the competitive feel out of the camp program and put no emphasis on seating and placement but will move a student in his/her best interest if the level they are in appears too challenging and stressful. Applicants for the Finale Level may be asked to audition.

Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association: Summer Dance Camp
 June 14-18 Open to rising K-8th grade, MondayFriday from 9 am to 2 pm. Classes are in a variety of dance styles such as ballet, jazz, hip hop, stomp, and musical theater. The campers will start the day off with a campwide warm up (aka Morning Jam!), break off into groups to learn about a specific style, and learn a piece of choreography to showcase their new skills to their family and friends. You don’t have to be a prima ballerina for this camp - just come ready to move and to have fun! No special dancewear or dance shoes are necessary.

Knoxville Children’s Theatre: Summer Intensive
 June 14 - July 30 Summer Term at KCT’s Creative Dramatics Academy consists of 5 days of intensive sessions. Most classes will culminate in a showcase presentation for family and friends at the end of the term. Classes available for ages 4-12 & up. For many classes, we require no experience for enrollment. Acting classes are kept small so the instructor is able to meet the student where they are and help guide them individually through personalized feedback. We try to clearly identify classes that require experience, such as some workshops and for our advanced classes. Mabry-Hazen House: Summertime on the Hill: Young Ladies’ Summer Camp
 June 15-17 from 9:30 am to 12 pm Young ladies of middle school and high school age are invited to participate in activities that will teach the history of the

Mabry-Hazen House and the youngsters who called it home. Participants will also be instructed in manners, setting a table, writing thank you notes, needlework, and card making. Thursday will end with a tea party and an 1860s fashion show. For an additional $25, mothers may also attend the tea party and fashion show. Clarence Brown Theatre: Acting Workshop
 July 5-16 Designed to give young actors training in basic acting technique, voice, movement and improvisation, and musical theatre. While many will have had introductions to these skills and approaches to the craft of acting, our aim is to give workshop participants intensive exposure to tools they will need to pursue as they develop as actors. Theatre is a collaborative art, and all students will be working together toward the final performance. Therefore, daily attendance is mandatory, and all workshop participants must be available for the final performance. The workshop is for 9th through 12th graders and rising college freshmen. Prior performance experience is not required. Tennessee Stage Company: Shakespeare Off the Square
 July 8 - August 8 7:30 pm nightly each Thursday-Sunday The Tennessee Stage Company presents its 31st summer Shakespeare festival featuring the comedies Twelfth Night and The Tempest in partnership with Ijams Nature Center. Up to three students (K-12) may attend for one penny with paying adult. Multicultural Fine Art Camp
 July 19-23 at Overcoming Believers Church Camp is Monday-Friday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Professional artist instruction available for ages 6-14, 18 students total with 6 students per class. Clay sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, environmental art, music, Chinese brush painting, and more! For more information on the summer camps and activities, call 865-523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com/summer for website links.

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MAY THINGS TO DO • PL ACES TO GO • PEOPLE TO SEE May 1: Sheep Shearing Day at the Museum of Appalachia from 9 am to 4 pm.

May 7: The Concert: Simon & Garfunkel Tribute Show at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center at 7 pm. A recreation of the famous 1981 Central Park concert.

May 15: Naturscaping: An Eco-Conscious Approach to Landscaping at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum from 1 to 3 pm.

May 7: Aaron Lewis and The Stateliners “State I’m In Tour” at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 8 pm.

May 18-23: Tennessee Smokies vs. Biloxi Shuckers at Smokies Stadium Tuesday Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm.

May 1-2: Annual Street Rod Nationals South at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center.

May 7-9: Twelve Angry Jurors presented by the Knoxville Children's Theatre. For details, visit www.knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com. Also on May 13-16 & 20-23.

May 19-23: Tee It Up Topgolf Live Tour at Neyland Stadium.

May 2: Knoxville Opera Guild presents “Not Quite Opera” interactive virtual event from 2 to 3 pm.

May 8: Tennessee Pottery Festival at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 10 am to 4 pm.

May 3: Momentum Dance Lab: Mighty Musical Monday at the Tennessee Theatre at noon. Free event.

May 8: Vintage Baseball Game at Historic Ramsey House. Holstons vs. Machinists at 2 pm.

May 4: 2021 Friendship Dinner benefiting Sertoma of Knoxville at the World’s Fair Park Amphitheater from 6 to 8:30 pm.

May 9: Mother’s Day.

May 1: Nourish Knoxville’s Farmers’ Market at Mary Costa Plaza (outside the Knoxville Civic Coliseum) from 10 am to 1 pm. Also on May 8, 15, 22 & 29. May 1: Knoxville Jazz Orchestra Joins the KSO at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.

May 4-9: Tennessee Smokies vs. Montgomery Biscuits at Smokies Stadium Tuesday - Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm. May 5: Cinco de Mayo. May 5: Nourish Knoxville’s Market Square Farmers’ Market on Market Square from 10 am to 1 pm. Also on May 12, 19 & 26. May 6: Nourish Knoxville’s New Harvest Farmers’ Market at New Harvest Park from 3 to 6 pm. Also on May 13, 20 & 27. May 7: Knoxville Go Red for Women Luncheon virtual event from 12 to 1 pm. May 7: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm.



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May 9: Old City Market at Jackson Terminal from 11 am to 4 pm. May 10: The WordPlayers: Althea & Angela staged reading at the Square Room at 7 pm. Free event. May 12: KSO Q Series featuring the KSO Principal Ensembles livestream from the Bijou Theatre at noon. May 13-16: Visit Knoxville Open at Holston Hills Country Club benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley. May 15: Vintage Baseball Games at Historic Ramsey House. Holstons vs. Stones River Scouts at 11 am and Machinists vs. Stones River Scouts at 2 pm.

May 20: Gotta Know Knoxville two-hour walking tour to learn about the history, attractions, venues, and retail outlets in the Knoxville area at 10 am & 2:30 pm. May 20: Moon Taxi in concert at World’s Fair Park at 7 pm. Tickets will be sold in “pod” groupings, see www.bornandraisedknox.com for details. May 20-21: Violin Virtuoso Tessa Lark livestream presented by Moxley Carmichael Masterworks from the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. May 23: Old City Market at Jackson Terminal from 11 am to 4 pm. May 28-30: 2021 Mid-Atlantic CrossFit® Challenge Semifinals at Thompson-Boling Arena. May 29: Statehood Day at James White’s Fort and Ramsey House from 10 am to 3 pm. Free admission. May 30: Knoxville’s Caribbean Jerk Festival at World’s Fair Park from 12 to 8 pm. May 31: Memorial Day.

All event dates and times subject to change.

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Choosing Your Best Possible All-Inclusive Vacation C O U RT E S Y O F B P T


FTER A YEAR of being stuck at home, many of us could use a change of scenery and a muchneeded escape from the monotony of day-to-day life during the pandemic. Imagine waking up each morning and ever ything you need is right at your finger tips - sun, fun, enter tainment, relaxation, great food and drink, and your favorite travel companions. That’s the very definition of daily life at an all-inclusive resort, and it explains why they’re the preferred vacation destination for so many people. Right now, Americans are excited about getting back to the sun and the sand; in a recent Hilton survey, nearly a quarter of would-be travelers want their first post-pandemic vacation to be at a tropical beach. Whether it’s your first vacation after the pandemic or if you’ve already started to travel again, an all-inclusive can make the trip a breeze. You don’t need to worry about pulling together the logistics of scheduling hotel accommodations, restaurants, or entertainment. Within your package, you’ll be offered a full range of activities, adventures, and delicious dining options to please everyone in your party. All-inclusive resorts can be excellent destination choices in today’s climate, since most of their activities are outdoors with strict cleaning and social distancing policies in place. And with programs such as Hilton CleanStay, guests can enjoy a clean and safe



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experience and peace of mind throughout the entirety of their all-inclusive stay. Ready to move forward with the stressfree vacation that offers it all in one easy package? Consider these suggestions as you search and dream. Decide on an adults-only or family-friendly resort. Are you seeking uninterrupted relaxation, or is your goal to make long-lasting family memories? There’s an all-inclusive resort for everyone; some focus on creating calm, relaxing settings, while others welcome children and have a range of activities to satisfy those with boundless energy. Hilton La Romana in Punta Cana has options for both, offering guests the choice of family and adultonly resorts. Plan to vacation safely. Ensure that your destination offers opportunities for guests to follow social distancing guidelines while still ensuring access to fabulous amenities. At Hilton Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico, guests seeking extra privacy may book a suite with their own swim-up access, featuring semi-private pools and private terraces equipped with lounging chaises and hammocks. Consider an exotic tropical location. Beautiful natural surroundings can be balm for the soul and may even give you a new perspective on life. Look around for a destination that takes you out of your everyday surroundings and delights your senses. Often there’s nothing more invigorating than sweeping ocean views, palm-lined

white sand beaches, and turquoise waters. Seek out favorite activities (or don’t). Decide how you’d really like to spend time on your getaway. You may truly need to just lay low, relax, unwind, and enjoy a cocktail or a massage at the spa. Alternatively, you may be seeking a chance to learn windsurfing, practice your scuba diving, dance the night away, or tour local historic sites. All-inclusive resorts can help you plan your favorite activities based on your personal interests and preferred travel itinerary. Check out menu options. By definition, all-inclusive resorts include meals, snacks, and drinks in their daily rates. After months of menu planning and scouring the internet for new recipes to keep mealtime interesting, that’s a welcome indulgence that takes away the guesswork and responsibility of cooking. If you consider that to be the greatest perk (and many guests do!), you’ll want to choose a resort that places a high priority on the quality and variety of your culinary experiences. The best ones usually offer lots of food choices with multiple restaurants, bars, and lounges with delicious, innovative, and (often) locally inspired dishes geared toward pleasing a wide spectrum of guests. Your next venture to an all-inclusive resort may be the cure for your wanderlust and may become your new favorite travel memory. Learn more about choosing the ideal all-inclusive hotel for your wants and needs at www.Hiltonbyplaya.com.


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ECENTLY, I heard it said, “It’s our definition of great that’s the problem.” While it was shared in a specific context, that statement prompted me to think of how I define other things in my life. Whether it’s greatness, success, wealth, love, or any other such concept that people often hope to achieve, the definition can make all the difference in the world. Take success for example. It is often measured by the size of the house, cost of the car, brand of the clothes, and/or the degree or title that follows one’s name. Yet, what we often don’t know is if that person is in debt up to their proverbial eyeballs, if they’re over-extended, or possibly an overlording micromanager only focused on dollars, for whom no one wants to work. The surface things point to “success,” but beneath the surface, it may be a much

Take the long view so you can look back over a life that hasn’t been superficial but one that’s been invested in others, meaningful, and worthwhile. different story. What about wealth? It’s historically associated with money or possessions; yet, I’ve heard too many stories of people who have more money than they know what to do with but are unhappy or have lost relationships with their loved ones because of it. Is a person wealthy if they have financial wealth alone? What about the person who has little in terms of possessions or wealth but has a loving, caring family? Again, it goes back to our definitions. It’s not to say that there aren’t financially wealthy people with loving families - there are. The point is that we

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Wave Goodbye to Stubborn Warts with Swift I

F YOU HAVE a small, grainy growth on your skin, you might have a wart. In the simplest terms, warts are areas of skin that grow faster than the skin around it. Warts can be unsightly and make you feel self conscious. But don’t let warts worry you. Get the scoop on the different types of warts, where they come from, and how treatment from boardcer tified dermatologist Dr. Matthew Doppelt can help.

What is a wart? A wart is a small, skin colored growth on the skin. Warts are benign, which means they are non-cancerous. They can be grainy or smooth in appearance. Warts can grow anywhere on the body but are most common on the hands, feet, or face. Warts are extremely common in children and teens. In fact, as many as 1 in 3 kids and teens are estimated to have warts, while only 3-5% of adults have warts. Adults with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to warts. Kids are likely more prone to warts because their immune systems are still learning to fight the virus that causes warts. Where do warts come from? Warts are caused by a virus called the Human Papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV. There are many different strains of viruses in this family, and they are contagious. This means warts can spread from person to person. Warts are most commonly spread by skin-to-skin transmission. Additionally, sharing towels, razors, or other personal items with someone with warts can lead to an infection. If you already have a wart, you can infect yourself again by touching it.

Warts come from an infection of HPV in the top layer of skin. The virus can enter through a break in the skin, like a cut, scratch, or other injury. HPV is an extremely common virus. Contact does not guarantee a wart. It can take many months after contact for a wart to form. Some people are more likely to get warts than others. How are warts treated? There are a number of different ways your dermatologist can treat a wart from cryotherapy and cantharidin to electrosurgry and excision, to name a few. The method chosen might depend on the size of the wart, the location of the wart on the body, the number of warts, and the type of wart. Common wart treatments are aimed at destroying the tissue where the wart virus lives.  Southeastern Dermatology is now offering a new treatment protocol for warts called Swift. Swift is the pioneering new microwave therapy system for wart removal. With treatment time in seconds, Swift offers patients significantly faster, easier, and more effective results for wart removal than previous methods. Unlike these other methods, Swift is highly effective, boasting a cure rate of greater than 85% and a recurrence rate of less than 1%. Swift wart removal offers clean and quick treatment with no bandages, at-home care, or patient downtime. Southeastern Dermatology is the only provider of Swift in the Greater Knoxville area. How does Swift wart removal work? Instead of destroying the tissue where the virus lives like the most common treatments, Swift works by delivering low-power microwave

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energy that stimulates the body’s immune system to remove warts from the inside out. This is referred to as immunotherapy. With the Swift treatment, your body is alerted to the presence of warts, and it quickly builds up an immunity to the strand of HPV causing them. The body then replaces the wart with new healthy tissue without leaving a scar like destructive methods typically do.  Is the Swift treatment painful? Aside from the slight to moderate discomfort during the 2 seconds of treatment time, the Swift treatment does not produce any lingering pain. Since Swift is non-surgical, no anesthetic is required, and no downtime or follow-up care is needed. Patients can resume normal activity immediately. Patients usually need 3-4 treatments, 4 weeks apart for complete resolution.  Where can Swift be used? Swift can be used on all types of warts on almost any body part. Since Swift generates an immune response to warts, it is not necessary to treat every wart. This is great news for patients who have multiple warts on various parts of their body. If you would like to learn more about Swift or would like to schedule an appointment, call 865-474-8800 or email info@drdoppelt.com.

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