Everything Knoxville May 2022 Edition

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CERTAPRO PAINTERS of East Tennessee owners, Ben and Devin, are seasoned pros who understand that every job they do begins and ends with customer service. Look to them for all your painting projects and so much more! From drywall repair and deck construction to interior trim and crown molding, make CertaPro your first call for all your home improvements.

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ECENTLY, WE were able to reconnect with longtime friends that we had not seen in many years - 10 to be exact! Once together, we weren’t even able to come up with a reason why there had been such a big gap in our visits, although the pandemic definitely accounts for the last two Photo by Mirtography years of the 10! Days, months, and years have a way of scooting by when the busyness of raising children, caring for parents, and changing careers take up the majority of your waking hours. We have known each other as “couple friends” since before Brett and I were married (our 30 year anniversary is this month!), so even with a 10-year hiatus, we’re still talking about a more than 20-year friendship. This would account for us falling right back into the ease of our relationship, owing to our shared experiences and the bond we have because of the important roles we



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have played in each other’s history. All this to say, don’t let a few years get in the way of reconnecting with others. The pandemic put a hard stop to a lot of relationships, especially those that required plans and traveling. As an introverted person, I often struggle to align my energy level with the exercise of purposefully engaging with others. Knowing that as humans we need each other and then actually taking action to make that happen, tend to be very different mindsets for me at times! I encourage you to call or text someone who you may have let quietly slide out of your daily life. Just a simple “How are you?” can open a welcomed door. We all need reliable “mainstays” in our lives for mutual encouragement and weathering the tough times, so be sure to nurture yours without letting 10 years go by!

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A Continued Commitment to Customer Service ONGTIME


Painters of East Tennessee owners, Jeff and Joann Brown, have passed the torch on to Devin Taylor, President, and Ben Johnson, Vice President. Devin and Ben’s combined experience of more than 20 years in the “paint business” and being a part of the CertaPro family made them the logical choice to take over the operations of the most trusted and referred painters in the Knoxville area. We got the chance to catch up with the new co-owners, Ben and Devin, to discuss their backgrounds, business models, and where they see their company, CertaPro Painters, headed in the future. EK: You were both employees of CertaPro long before you became the owners. When did each of you begin your career, and what have you learned?



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Devin: I started in the painting industry in 2004 when I was still attending the University of Tennessee. After graduation, I began my career with CertaPro Painters. In these 11 years, I have learned more skills than I could ever imagine such as project management, estimating, finance, leadership, emotional intelligence, and many others that come with running a business. After college, I wasn’t sure if I would continue my career with a painting company. However, CertaPro Painters is so much more than a painting company - we are a customer service organization. By focusing on people in all aspects of our organization, from our customers, to our painters, to our management team, we’ve learned that building a team that takes pride in their work will translate into an organization that strives for excellence

in customer service. We continue to focus on putting solid processes in place for our projects and having a high sense of urgency around our customers’ needs. Ben: After attending UT, I started working in my family’s business that owned and operated 19 restaurants. My parents have always taught my sister and me the value of hard work, so it was no surprise that I had to start from the bottom, cleaning lobbies and bathrooms, and work my way up. It was an invaluable experience I have carried with me my whole career. My family sold that business in 2016, and I was able to join the CertaPro Painters team as a Residential Service Manager. I was immediately attracted to the culture of this company. CertaPro emphasized excellent customer service, and I fell in love with the CertaPro culture of developing people. I didn’t know much about painting, but my experience in management, leadership, and customer service allowed me to grow my career here. EK: Why did you make the decision to take over ownership of CertaPro when the Browns stepped down? Ben: When the opportunity came to purchase the business from Jeff and Joann Brown, Devin and I knew we could not pass up the chance to own the business together. With a combined 20 years of CertaPro experience, we were already familiar with the ins and outs, so it was a pretty seamless transition. Jeff and Joann had built such a successful team of people that we considered family, and we felt our leadership was the best way to keep that going. Devin: I feel like this was meant to be. The past decade has prepared me for this. I was an employee of the organization, and I owe a lot of my own business development to the leadership and coaching I received from the Browns during that time. Ben came on board six years ago, and we have worked so well together. This is our first year in business as owners, and we are excited to continue leading East Tennessee’s best painting company! EK: The CertaPro experience has definitely left its mark on you both, as well as thousands

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Devin Taylor, President, and Ben Johnson, Vice President

of satisfied customers. Why is your company so successful at what they do? Devin: We know there are many options out there when it comes to maintaining your home or business. One of the most important things that set us apart is our heavy emphasis on our processes, our people, and our level of service because we feel these three things are essential to earn trust. At the end of the day, without trust, we cannot be a successful business. Customers put a lot of trust in our team when we come out to repair and paint your home or business. We do everything in our power to earn and maintain that trust because we want to be your painting contractor of choice for many years to come. Ben: Our dedication to service, communication, and our customers’ overall experience is what makes us stand out. Having any contractor come into your personal space is not a pleasant process, but we try to make it easier. Our team is committed to showing up on time, not cutting corners, and leaving your property better than when we found it. We are so confident in our processes and level of service that we don’t even ask for money up front like most contractors do. This also ensures that we build trust into our customer relationships. EK: From both your experiences working at CertoPro, it has been a superior place to work. What are your plans to keep fostering that environment in order to grow your business? Ben: We have always believed that a great business is nothing without great people. Everyone is valued and part of the family here. If our people enjoy what they do and feel comfortable and respected, Devin and

I know they will do the same for our customers. Put simply: it all goes back to the Golden Rule. Devin: We put a lot of focus on the people who work in our organization. We want them to feel appreciated for the hard work they put in and to know that it actually counts for something at the end of the day. Homes and businesses are essential to everyday life in our community, and it’s important that we are able to help beautify, repair, or maintain them. When someone feels that sense of purpose, they will take pride in their work. When someone takes pride in their work, it will result in a level of customer service that is hard to match. EK: What are some services that CertaPro Painters offer that our readers might not be aware of? Ben: I am always surprised when people ask if we paint outside or if we only paint the interiors of homes. I like to tell people “we will paint anything as long as it’s not a car!” While residential work is the largest part of our business, we have a very large commercial division that works with many companies in town everyone would recognize. We also have a carpentry division that can repair pretty much anything we come across. We want to be the one-stop shop for a customer. Devin: We actually offer a wide range of services that complement painting. For interiors, we can remove wallpaper, repair drywall, and install moldings. On exteriors, we can offer pressure washing, carpentry repairs, and we love re-building decks! Because we are a locally owned and operated business serving East Tennessee, our


CertaPro SERVICES: • Interior and Exterior Painting and Staining • Kitchen Cabinet Painting • Interior Trim and Crown Molding • Drywall Repair • Carpentry Repair • Deck Construction • Re-Screen Porches • Wallpaper Removal • Re-texturing Drywall and Ceilings • Stripping/ Refinishing Wood

HHHHH team consists of East Tennessee residents who are ready to serve their community. We hope you will give us a call to see how we can be of service to you.

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I Have a Website. Now What? M that needed to be printed, OST BUSINESS filled out, and mailed in with owners launch a check. With less than 100 we b si te s s o t h at subscribers after the initial p ote nt ial cus to m e r s c a n launch, they knew the key to easily find them and explore growth was bringing everythe products and services thing online. After exploring they offer. Some even have WSCA’s current system and stores for online purchases. goals, Art and his team at But when it comes to actually Web Services provided a making your website work road map to success, and to automate workflow and Art DeVaughn today WSCA has more than provide long-term business 6,000 paying subscribers. success, most fall short. WSCA started with bringing their registraArt DeVaughn from Web Services, a locally owned and operated software development tion online for both individuals and groups. firm with more than 20 years experience, Built-in payment processing, including says, “Most businesses are missing vital paying by invoice, has saved them countfunctionality when it comes to interacting less hours spent manually charging cards with their customers. Businesses that want and depositing checks. All subscribers now to keep up with their competition should receive their membership cards, used for be thinking of modernization and automa- access to sporting events and other services, tion. Everything from account management, directly within their very own portal, saving to invoices/payments, to support can be thousands of dollars annually for paper and brought online and organized into the work- postage. In addition to downloadable membership cards, the member portal allows flow of their business website.” A great example is Washington State subscribers to manage their account, print Coaches Association. This non-profit started receipts, and interact with new content. An administration dashboard was also built with a website and a registration form PDF

to help WSCA manage member accounts, provide support, and send dedicated marketing emails and texts to those who desire to receive sport-related news and event information. Overall operational costs have decreased, memberships have exploded, and member engagement is only getting better. “To become truly successful, businesses should think about how their website can work for them by setting business workflow integration goals,” said Art. Web Services provides complex web programming for all types of businesses both locally and nationally. They’ve completed more than 250 projects and own and operate three SaaS (software subscription) services with more than 100,000 customers. Web Services is experienced, reliable, affordable, and offers support that is above and beyond. To see what can be done for your business, call Art and his team at 865-686-5713 or visit them online WebServicesCorp.com.

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N 1982 , more than 11 million people came to Knoxville to experience the hospitality o f E a s t Te n n e s s e e a n d cultures from around the world. The 1982 World’s Fair, for mally k nown as the Knoxville International Energ y Exposition, ran May 1 through October 31 under the theme “Energ y Turns Our World” and would b e c o m e r e c o g n i ze d a s t h e last successful World’s Fair held in America. More than 50 private organizations and companies took part in the Fair. Participating nations included Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, and West Germany. The amphitheater and Sunsphere, still standing on site today, hosted all official ceremonies and entertainment, including Broadway shows, world-renowned orchestras, ballet, and opera companies. The list of entertainers and performers included Johnny and June Carter Cash, Japan’s acclaimed Grand Kabuki, Rudolf Nureyev, Red Skelton, Richie Havens, The London Symphony, and Bob Hope. Today, Knoxville still draws visitors with history, music, food, culture, and festivals that reflect many of the countries represented here years ago. The 40th year celebration kicks off with international food and festival partners, technology and entertainment offerings, history walks with Jack Neely, representation from Knoxville’s Maker Community, and a variety of family-fun activities. The Children’s Festival of Reading will be a special addition to the festivities, with authors, illustrators, storytellers, arts & crafts, toddler town, and more! Presented by the Knox County Public Library as a kickoff to its summer reading programs, the Festival is proud to host world-class artists and authors. The Festival is free to the public; hours are 10 am to 5 pm.

 Join us for the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair and feel the ENERGY of our nature-loving-adventure-seekingartsy-kinda-town. Visit VisitKnoxville.com/worlds-fair for more information.

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a surprise? You could be in a higher tax bracket when you retire and reach age 72 than when you were working at age 60. On the face of it, it seems counterintuitive, since surely you would have less Yvonne® Marsh, CFP , CPA income in retirement. But for retirees who have built a nice nest egg in their tax-deferred retirement plans, the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) dictated by the IRS at age 72 can create enough taxable income to push them into a higher tax bracket - and create a Medicare premium surcharge to boot. Tax planning can save the day! The window of time between retirement and age 72 is a golden opportunity to convert a portion of your taxable retirement accounts into tax-free Roth IRAs. Your taxable income may drop significantly in the year after you retire, especially if you defer Social Security and delay withdrawals from your taxable retirement accounts and use non-retirement investments for income instead. Structured correctly, this could be the lowest-tax-bracket time of your life and a perfect opportunity to convert “always taxed” IRAs to “never taxed” Roth IRAs. Since Roth’s are not subject to RMD withdrawal requirements, you have total control over leaving the account to grow as a legacy asset or taking tax-free withdrawals down the road. (And those withdrawals are not counted in the Medicare premium surcharge calculation either.) Need another reason for Roth conversions? Under the SECURE Act, your heirs now have to recognize the taxable IRA inheritance as income within a 10-year time frame. No more stretching it out over their lifetime. Envision them layering that income on top of their current tax return, and to think that over a third of your IRA could go to the IRS is not far-fetched. How nice it would be for them to inherit an income-tax-free Roth IRA instead. And even if you didn’t need another reason to act, I’ll still give you one: taxes are on sale under our new tax code! Through 2025, tax rates are the lowest of your lifetime. A multi-year Roth IRA conversion strategy is included in the comprehensive wealth management services we provide our clients. If your financial advisor isn’t talking to you about tax strategy, give us a call. It’s our specialty.

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

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


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

Burning, Numbness, Pain in Your Feet?

There is Hope!


ARIANNE HAD BURNING, tingling, and numbness in her feet for years. It got so bad that she had trouble walking at work and was scared she might fall. She went to her doctor and was diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy. She was told there was nothing she could do other than take medication for the rest of her life. She didn’t want to believe there were no other treatments, and when she saw an article here in Everything Knoxville about the great success people just like her had at West Knox Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, she decided to give them a call. At her initial consultation, Dr. A.J. Sarrat performed an exam to see how bad her symptoms were and if she would be a good candidate for treatment. Luckily, she was still in the range where he believed she could be helped, and they started her treatment that day.

At work I had trouble walking and was afraid that I might even fall!

Real Patients, Real Results Other patients like Marianne have also had marked improvement in sensation and feeling. • Jane H. - 66% • Marilyn R. - 40% • Jacquelynn G. - 47% • Sharon K. - 52% • Philip S. - 54% • Marianne G. - 47% And there are many more…

Marianne was aware it would take some time to start feeling better, but she was hopeful based on all of the other success stories she had seen from the clinic. She had even seen patients telling their stories on TV commercials and news interviews with the doctors. About halfway through her recommended treatment plan, Marianne was already noticing significant improvement. She could wear

high heels at work again and even started to feel her toes. The burning and tingling was a lot less, and the best part was she wasn’t as afraid of falling because she could feel her feet again! If you have been told that there is nothing you can do for the numbness and pain in your feet, call 865-275-2444 today and schedule your consultation with the doctors at West Knox Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine to see if they can help. There is hope!

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

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HE THER IT ’S a new house or a home undergoing renovations, most Knoxville area homeowners are choosing to invest in a custom master closet so they don’t have to search through an overstuffed, disorganized closet again. Tailored Living of Knoxville, a local provider of whole-home organization, works closely with homeowners to design a closet that meets their needs and style. If you’re thinking about a new closet, pantry, or home office, here are five of the most common questions homeowners ask Tailored Living design consultants: 1. How much does a new closet cost? Our products range in price, depending on the color, accessories, and decorative elements you choose, as well as the size of the space. For example, selecting a white finish will cost less than a dark, wood-grain finish, and an off-the-floor system will be more economical than floor standing. Tailored Living works to stay within budget and create a system that meets your needs, lifestyle, and wallet.

2. What type of material to you use? All of Tailored Living’s products are made of high-quality materials and designed with expert craftsmanship to create a long-lasting system. Shelving and panels are made with industrial-grade laminated composite. The custom shelving and cabinetry has a 3/4inch thermo-fused laminate. This thick finish provides strength and durability. Because it’s laminated, Tailored Living offers a variety of finishes and textures that are not available with solid wood. 3. Do your systems mount to the wall or sit on the floor? To ensure the best stability to stand up to everyday wear and tear, Tailored Living mounts all its systems to the wall. Some cabinets are designed to be off-the-floor, while others go to the floor with crown molding to look like a piece of furniture. Your design consultant will discuss these options with you. 4. Will updating closets and storage areas increase the value of my home? As most real estate agents will tell you, maximizing the functionality of a closet and other storage areas definitely increases the value of

Answers to Five Common Questions a home. When prospective homebuyers see a customized storage area, they can envision their own clothes or belongings in that space. Adequate storage space is essential, and well-organized closets are extremely valuable. 5. How long does it typically take to install? Installation times vary depending on the size of the project, but most projects are completed in a single day. If installation includes numerous rooms in the house several closets, a pantry, home office, garage cabinets, etc. - the installation may take one or two additional days. Most importantly, from the owners to each employee, Tailored Living of Knoxville maintains a sharp focus on providing excellent customer service. Call Tailored Living to help you develop beautiful organization!

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ONE ARE the days when you had to settle for a drab, cement-gray garage floor. Today, your garage floor - as well as the entire garage - can be as beautiful as any other room in your home. Why consider anything beyond your standard-issue concrete garage floor? • Protect concrete from the harsh chemicals and liquids that leak out of your automobile. Even the water, salt, and snow your car drags in 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 children’s play area or workout space while the car is out. • Increase the resale value of your home. For a striking and durable garage floor coating that is easy to maintain, Knoxville’s



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PremierGarage uses the latest concrete coating technology, making them the toughest in the industry.

PremierGarage can transform an oilstained, pitted, and peeling epoxy-coated garage floor into a showroom quality look. PremierGarage, serving the Knoxville area for more than 15 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 each floor to the

ideal surface condition to achieve a permanent chemical bond that substantially outlives traditional epoxies. Curing two times harder than epoxy, the flooring 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. Not only will your garage look more “finished,” but cleanup requires only a hose or mop. Available in hundreds 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. Call PremierGarage and discover the affordability of transforming your garage floor. Home really does begin in the garage!


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Interior designer and entrepreneur, Shae Seeber, has always had a passion for curating beautiful spaces and dynamic designs. She decided to open her own interior Design Studio in 2004. Today, the beautiful Design Studio is located in the Franklin Square Shopping Center next to Smart Toys and Books and The Chop House. Shae Design Studio is a place for customers and other designers to come to be inspired and find everything needed to put the finishing touches on any space. The showroom is full of fabulous furnishings, draperies, accessories, lighting, and more - all of which have been hand-selected by Shae and her team of expert interior designers. Shae and her design team take pride in creating custom designs, completely tailored to each client’s individual lifestyle and interests. Shae’s experience and expertise allow her to offer a variety of design services to help clients reach all of their design goals and dreams. Shae has been recognized by Cityview magazine as “The Best of the Best” interior designer in Knoxville, Knoxville News Sentinel’s “Interior Designer of the Year” several times, and has designed spaces for HGTV. She and her team average 60-80 construction and interior design projects a year. Shae is not only committed to enriching the homes of Knoxville, but she is also enriching the lives of her community by donating her time and a portion of her business’s proceeds to local non-profits and charities every month.

Holly Hill is widely known for her love of luxury interior design. She is a versatile designer proficient in modern, to transitional, to traditional styles. Holly was based in Atlanta, Georgia, for more than 20 years of her career before making Knoxville her home. She earned her reputation as the travel designer, specializing in high-end designer projects from second homes in Colorado to Florida, to the private islands of the Caribbean. Holly inspires every piece of the design from construction and furnishings to artwork, lighting, and custom draperies. Her specialty is customized attention to detail. Holly’s work has been recognized and featured in the following showhouses: Southern Living, Street of Dreams, Roswell Women’s Showhouse, Milton Tour of Homes, the Alliance Theater, and the Atlanta Symphony. The Atlanta Journal Constitution recognized Holly for the “best use of color” interior design. Holly is the Director of Interior Design at Shae Design Studio and has gained local popularity as one of Knoxville’s best interior designers. She is dedicated to her clients and the design process. The interior design process and installation requires a team, and at Shae Design Studio, the design assistants, project manager, and support staff help make the “fabulous” happen.

Make It Easy on Yourself with Custom Shelf Storage



NCE UPON a time, you wouldn’t think twice about perching on a stool to reach those high kitchen shelves or crouching in your bathroom to grasp an item under your sink. Today, it’s a different story. If you have mobility issues, you may be using those storage areas less and less. You love your home and aren’t ready to downsize. Now, you don’t have to. Get your cabinets back, and more, with the space experts at Shelf Help! Celebrating five years in business, Shelf Help specializes in sturdy and attractive custom roll-out shelving and organizers for your kitchen, bath, and pantry. We’re your neighbors in Knoxville - not a franchise, but locally owned and operated. Because we’re a small business, our customers save 50% or more when compared to national brands. Best of all, everything we do is custom tailored to you. In the Kitchen… Whether you have limitations in movement or are simply “vertically challenged,” pull-down units will provide effortless access to those hard-to-reach upper shelves in your kitchen cabinets. For help managing heavy pots, pans, and skillets, a soft-close pot and lid organizer pull-out

"We recently had Shelf Help install roll-out shelving throughout our home and cannot say enough about the prompt service, high-quality, and expert installers! You will do your knees and back a real favor if you call them. " – The Henrys, Vonore, TN can be installed in lower cabinetry for clutter-free and easy-to-handle storage. And you no longer have to strain your eyes to see into those deep corner cabinets - we have a variety of solutions like a lazy susan, pull-out shelf, or corner half-moon shelf. In the Bath… Stop stooping in your bathroom to retrieve grooming products by installing a Salon Station with roll-out organizers for brushes, blowdryers, and other supplies. Or, try a powered vanity drawer that stores your plugged-in electric grooming appliances with an automatic shut-off switch when the drawer is closed. Under the sink, recover unused space around the plumbing with custom roll-out shelving, and

try a removable basket to hold cleaning products. In the Pantry… From pull-outs to swing-outs, maximize your pantry with convenient rolling shelves that will store your canned items, dry goods, paper products and more. No matter the size of your pantry, you’ll be shocked at the amount of space you’ll gain after installing custom shelving. And prepare to do away with cumbersome, door-mounted storage racks - you won’t need them! Make your day-to-day living comfortable and your house fully usable with Shelf Help custom-designed roll-out shelves for your kitchen, pantry, or bath. Call us today for your free, no-obligation, in-home consultation. Our experienced design consultants will evaluate, design, and measure according to your lifestyle and unique needs, and our professional installers will provide thorough and competent service with a smile. Make it easy on yourself - call us for a free consultation today!

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Transform Your Yard into a




is a re sid e nt ial sus t aina bilit y certification program led by UT Extension that encourages Tennesseans to take small steps in their own yards to make them more enjoyable, more manageable, and healthier for our environment. The elements and actions that make up a Smart Yard take just a little thought and benefit our families, neighbors, and communities in lasting ways. When Dr. Andrea Ludwig, Director of Tennessee Smart Yards, presented the program to the Knox County Master Gardener Intern Class of 2021, we wasted no time raising our hands to help spread the word. Just by looking around our own yards, we found we were already on our way to achieving Smart Yard status. The changes and additions we made to put us over the top to certification were not overly laborious, expensive, or complicated. Quite the opposite. They were simple shifts in practice that were immediately impactful, making us all the more eager to put them in place! Smart Yards is organized around nine principles of sustainability. Under each principle is a generous list of action items you can select from to implement in your own yard. The beauty of the program shines through in its flexibility and adaptability to various yard configurations and constraints. Homeowners can select which actions work best for them under each area of sustainability. For some, this might mean installing rain barrels or a pond. For others, it can be as simple as minimizing pesticide use or mowing tall fescue grass at a height of 2.5 to 3 inches. As various action items are put in place, homeowners begin to accumulate points for each action completed. These points are counted as “inches.” In order to achieve Smart Yard certification, a total of 36 inches is needed. The benefits of certification span a wide range of positives: the personal enjoyment



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you get from a thriving, healthy yard, the community impact of reduced storm water filling up our drains and contributing to flooding in our neighborhoods, and the encouragement and education a Smart Yard offers to other neighboring property owners. Homeowners can order a sign upon completing their certification so anyone enjoying the space will know how the yard is contributing to the health and beauty of our Tennessee landscapes. As you pursue certification of your yard, you will notice that each action has its own immediate effect. This is one of the great aspects of Tennessee Smart Yards: there is impact even in the smallest changes.

WHY A SMART YARD? Mona Yethiraj, a retired physicist who currently works as a potter, was hooked on the program when she learned that putting the garbage bin in the path of the rainwater running to the stormwater drain was exactly the wrong thing to do. “One might naively think that the water would wash any debris away; however, that debris would head straight into the watershed (our lakes, rivers, and streams). Moving the garbage bin to the other side of the driveway - a trivial task - would in fact make a difference!” For Sarah DeWitt, who has a background in farmers market management, local food systems, and urban studies, the synergy of individual homeowner decisions with smart gardening and the potential for large scale impacts across a metropolitan area were so exciting. “The idea that you can have a role in reducing flooding from the runoff at your own house, with gardening actions as well as simple tweaks like disconnecting and/or redirecting your gutter downspouts - that is inspiring and satisfying because it’s immediately actionable.”

You can begin your path to a Smart Yard by visiting TNYards.utk.edu and exploring the available action items and educational videos that will help you dive into each sustainability principle. If you are looking for additional motivation, yards that are certified before the first day of fall (September 22, 2022) will help Knoxville beat Chattanooga in the NoogaKnox Challenge, a friendly competition to see which city can have

more individuals contributing to better downstream water quality (tiny.utk.edu/ NoogaKnox). For us, creating and nurturing a Smart Yard has been about cultivating beauty, gathering outdoors with friends and family, supporting pollinators and wildlife, growing good food, enjoying Tennessee’s lakes and rivers, and offering our children a healthy and beautiful world. It has been so satisfying to make these changes in our own yards. Whatever your motivation, the choices you can make in your own space do in fact echo out into your neighborhood, your community, and the environment. The Smart Yards program is a great way to take those elements that motivate you personally and turn that motivation into action that is a win across the board. As Certified Knox County Master Gardeners, we provide Smart Yard outreach in the Knoxville community by offering speaking events (HOAs, garden clubs, etc.), articles, and guidance to homeowners interested in seeking Smart Yard Certification. For more information, Sarah and Mona can be reached at KCMGsmartYards@gmail.com.


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ID YOU KNOW that the kitchen island concept began as early as the 1800s, when households placed work tables in front of the hearth? Today, the handy structure has moved into the closet, where it’s never been more at home. Below, we’ll explore the storage, function, and beauty that an island can bring to your closet. Storage Flexible storage is the most important role of a closet island. Although its standard height is usually 36" to 42", yours can be as large (or compact) as you need it to be. A place for shoes, jewelry, and scarves can be part of the design or a rod for short-hanging clothes such as shirts, pants, or blouses. Function Adding an island to your closet is not only a smart way to make the most of unused space, it can expand your closet’s uses. Add a convenient padded bench or a desk or vanity counter under which you can tuck a chair. Outlets or a charging station are a smart option, and hooks are handy for hanging tomorrow’s clothes.

Beauty Use your island to create a stunning focal point in your closet. Decorative knobs and cabinet doors provide texture and color, lighting adds drama, and the top of your island can be made of marble, backpainted glass, or clear glass that displays your jewelry in drawers underneath. No longer limited to the kitchen, the island can be an indispensable addition to your closet. Call, click, or visit Closets by McKenry to design an island of your own today!

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Random Acts of Flowers Makes 150,000th Delivery!


A N D O M AC T S of Flower s started when its founder, Larsen Jay, was in the hospital recovering from a serious accident. During his stay, he received so many floral arrangements that his room was overflowing. He felt the positive emotions that each delivery of flowers gave him and felt encouraged knowing that others were thinking of him during his long road to recovery. When he was wheeled out of his room to get some fresh air and sunshine, he noticed that many other patients had no flowers, so he shared his with those that had nothing. He saw them light up and smile with happiness upon receiving a random act of kindness - and that was how Random Acts of Flowers started! In its first full year in 2009, Random Acts of Flowers made 2,140 flower arrangements from donated and recycled flowers, then delivered them to individuals in local healthcare facilities. From this humble beginning, Random Acts of Flowers has achieved an incredible milestone - it recently made its 150,000th delivery of flowers to an individual in a local hospital that needed encouragement, a personal



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moment of kindness, and a smile! Currently, Random Acts of Flowers delivers 1,200-1,400 beautiful arrangements per month created from flowers that are donated from grocery stores, large retail stores, churches, and event centers. The vases are donated by groups doing vase drives at their workplace, school, or church, from healthcare centers returning the vases from previous deliveries, and from individuals cleaning out their homes. Being very focused on our environmental responsibility, all donated vases are used by Random Acts of Flowers, donated to our

floral partners, or donated to local thrift stores to raise funds for a charitable institution - none of them are discarded. Random Acts of Flowers has used and re-purposed more than 188,000 vases that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill. In addition to recycling flowers and vases, Random Acts of Flowers has recycled tons of green waste that is used in various green compost mixes. We want to thank all of the dedicated Random Acts of Flowers’ volunteers, donors, and supporters who have sustained our effort over the years and made it possible to achieve this incredible milestone of delivering 150,000 random acts of kindness! We look forward to pursuing this effort for many years to come and continuing to provide encouragement and a moment of kindness to those in local healthcare facilities that need an emotional boost - and a smile. 200,000th delivery, here we come! For information on making a donation, having a Random Acts of Flowers event, or volunteering, call 865-633-9082, email info@RAFKnoxville.org, or visit RAFKnoxville.org.

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A painted wooden birdhouse adds a touch of color to any outdoor garden or indoor spring display. Many styles and colors to choose from at Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center, 9885 Highway 11E in Lenoir City, 865.986.7229, MeadowViewGreenhouse.com.



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It’s grilling time in Tennessee! Full Boar BBQ has a variety of spices and sauces to complement your culinary creations. Bottles are available at your local Food City, Elder’s Hardware, and Butler & Bailey Market stores. Gift boxes can be purchased at FullBoarBBQProducts.com.


Keep your birds happy this spring and year-round with Mr. Bird birdseed cylinders, wreaths, and bells. Available at The Town Framery & Gifts, 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut, 865.671.6627, TheTownFramery.com.



These life-size metal geese are sure to make mom’s day. The friendly fowl are great for outdoor décor and a fun way to greet guests. Available at Design Decor, 627 American Glass Way in Knoxville, 865.896.3450, DesignDecorKnoxville.com.

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Mother’s Day:

Always a Good Time for Brunch BY J E F F G OTC H E R


O T H E R ’ S D AY i s r i g h t around the corner, and most people will celebrate by going out for brunch. If you plan on going the homecooked route, be sure to pick up the supplies for a special beverage too. There is nothing that goes better with brunch than a cocktail. Here are a couple of winebased cocktails that you’ll be proud to serve to any “motherly figure” and any other guests that may arrive to celebrate. Orange Sorbet Mimosa (virgin option available) This vibrant twist on a classic drink is definitely a crowd-pleaser. The sorbet cuts down on the acidity, a barrier for most. It is still fresh and smooth. There is a virgin option if you want to substitute a Sprite or soda water for the kiddos or non drinkers. Serves 1. • 1 scoop of orange sorbet • Sparkling wine or champagne • Garnish: 1/4 of an orange slice

Grapefruit Mint Bellini A good Bellini is hard to find. Too many times the elements of the drink are out of balance, so this recipe is a little advanced. Regardless, it’s a beautiful cocktail that is as equally tasty. I can confirm that it’s not quite peach season just yet when writing this article, so we’ll use grapefruit instead. Here’s an easy twist on an Italian cocktail you can never go wrong with. Do not deviate from the Campari or the Prosecco if you’re looking for authenticity. If you want to leave out the rosemary, you can. • 1/4 cup honey • 1/4 cup water • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves • 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice • 2 tablespoons Campari • 1 cup Prosecco • Garnish: fresh rosemary sprigs In a small saucepan, bring honey, 1/4 cup

water, and rosemary leaves to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat; cover and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain and discard rosemary. Let cool completely. In 4 champagne flutes, combine 1/4 cup grapefruit juice, 2 tablespoons rosemary-honey simple syrup, and 1/2 tablespoon Campari. Top each with 1/4 cup Prosecco. Garnish with rosemary sprigs if that’s your jam. There is always time for a cocktail, especially for moms or Mr. Moms. On their day, give them a cocktail and some space so they can actually relax. I want to shout out to my mom, who put up with a lot in my childhood. I also want to shout out to my wife, who continues to be a fantastic mother day in and day out. Cheers! Jeff Gotcher is a graduate of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, member of the Wine Scholar Guild, and a winemaker who resides in Knoxville.


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Focus on What You Can Control BY T R AV I S C U L L M A N , C F P ® , C P FA


E LIVE IN tumultuous times. As of this writing, Russia continues to devastate Ukraine, inflation continues to rise, and Covid-19 refuses to retreat into the shadows. It’s so easy to feel lost, anxious, and upset with everything happening beyond our control in this present world. At Cullman Wealth Team, we believe in focusing on what we can control. We can’t control the stock market, but we can control how we react to it. We can’t control the impact of Covid, but we can donate to the charities that are helping. We can’t control the chaos in the world, but we can look after our Travis Cullman, neighbors. Many times, ® CFP , CPFA it’s the little things that make the biggest difference, and sometimes just having a plan in place can make everything easier to handle. At Cullman Wealth Team, everything we do is based on our shared beliefs in our duty as financial stewards, the collaborative effort of teamwork, and the importance of treating our clients like family. If you have questions about the market, inflation, or are wondering if you need to adjust your financial plan, we would love to help you focus on what you can control.



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Let’s Get Smokin’!


ULL BOAR BBQ was started by Jacob Lubbers and a group of his high school buddies trying to keep a local backyard BBQ competition alive in their native state of Indiana. They entered the competition on a whim with an old propane smoker, a kettle grill, and a lot of determination. The guys were amazed to place in most categories - winning 3rd place overall. They were absolutely and hopelessly hooked. From there, Jacob and the rest of the crew got together as much as possible to compete and have been overachieving ever since. Along the way, they have found some tricks of the trade, taken home a lot of trophies, and created some pretty great sauces and seasonings of their own. What started as a few friends not wanting a tradition to die has turned into a brand name that is trusted everywhere it is known. Now Full Boar BBQ strives to create a new tradition of spreading the BBQ that has brought them so much joy on to others. With pit masters and backyard chefs alike in mind, their goal is to spread the gift of delicious BBQ far and wide. Jason has since relocated to Knoxville and began sharing Full Boar BBQ sauces and rubs - tested, tried, and proven in competition - at local area stores. So now you too can take your classic recipes to another level and add the perfect flavor to any meal or event! Please see their ad for locations that carry their products. Let’s tackle a traditional classic. Who doesn’t love pulled pork? With this method and these flavors, prepare to take this average cut of meat over the top. Many people make these, and everyone thinks theirs is the best - well, let’s make sure yours actually is. Follow the recipe to be a backyard BBQ superstar!


Ingredients: • 8-10 lb. pork butt • Plain yellow mustard • 1 12 oz. can of Sprite • Roll of aluminum foil • One deep foil pan big enough to fit the butt without it touching the sides • 2-3 tablespoons Full Boar BBQ Garden, Barn, and River Rub* • 2-3 tablespoons Full Boar BBQ Classic Campfire BBQ Rub* • 2-3 tablespoons Full Boar BBQ Bonfire Sweet Heat Spicy BBQ Rub* • Full Boar BBQ 17th and Vine Kansas City BBQ Sauce* for serving *Rubs and sauces can be substituted for your favorites, but if you try these, they will become your new favorites!

Directions: Preheat your smoker to 250º. While the smoker is warming up, prep your pork butt. Start by patting dry with paper towels, then add a light layer of plain yellow mustard. (You will not taste the mustard on the final product.) Next, take the Full Boar BBQ Garden, Barn, and River Rub and apply a heavy layer. Follow with a 50/50 blend of the Full Boar BBQ Classic Campfire BBQ Rub and Full Boar BBQ Bonfire Sweet Heat Spicy BBQ Rub until well covered. Leave this side turned up for 10 minutes so the rub sets - look for a nice wet look to the rub, letting you know that you can turn it over without losing all your flavoring. Flip the butt and rub with mustard and a generous layer of the rubs. Once the rubs are set, it is time to transfer to your pre-heated smoker. Plan to cook for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes per pound. You may need to add wood 3 hours in. It will take about 6 hours or when the temperature reaches 140-160º. But you are not necessarily waiting for a time or temp but a “look” - the meat will take on a nice dark mahogany. This is when it is time to wrap. Using the foil pan, pour the Sprite into the bottom of the pan to fill about a quarter inch full. Place the butt, fat side down, into the pan, cover with foil tightly, and return to the smoker. If using a permanent temperature probe, place it into the meatiest portion and keep in the smoker until the temperature is 203-205º. Remove from the heat and sit at room temperature with the foil still on but loosened for 20-30 minutes. After that short rest, shred the meat. I find it most effective to use rubber BBQ gloves to break it down, or use shredding claws or a couple of sturdy forks. If this is at all difficult to do, then your pork butt is not done. The most common mistake in pork is pulling a pork butt off too early! That is what happens when you cook to a temp instead of a “feel.” Once shredded, it is time to serve! My serving suggestion is just a classic bun along with your Full Boar BBQ 17th and Vine Kansas City BBQ Sauce. I also like to top the sandwich with a nice creamy coleslaw. (Find that recipe in my Mississippi Ribeye Sandwich recipe at FullBoarBBQProducts.com.) ENJOY!!!

No Need to Look ELSTwhere


Denton & Lori Lesslie love to eat. They are Knoxville natives who have fun finding and experiencing local food and drink spots while sharing their adventures @somewhere.inthe.south.

OOKING FOR a local craft brewery to try, Knoxville? Then no need to look ELSTwhere! ELST Brewing Co. + Taproom is one of our absolute favorites. From their super friendly staff to their oh-sogood brewed creations, we find ourselves going back again and again to drink something ELST. It’s also fun to play around with their name, can you tell? ELST was founded by Shane Todd, Dan Leonard, Chris Hall, and Chris Sexton. They opened their taproom at 2419 N Central Street in July 2019. Did you know that Elst is an old middle English word that’s origin comes from the sanctuary part of a monastery? ELST founders say, “Crafting beer and having that creative outlet has become our sanctuary. Beer is our art. Beer provides a common bond between races, religions, and countries.” You never know what’s behind a name. Not only does ELST have great tasting craft beer and fantastic vibes, but their food truck completely rocks! On several occasions, we’ve had their made-to-perfection smash burgers, and they are scrumptious. You may even find yourself ordering more than one they’re so good. Yep, we did that, too. Denton’s go-to favorite beer here is their Juicy IPA. Every. Single. Time. If it’s on tap when we go out and about, you can know for sure that this is what he’ll order. Lori’s go-to is the Blonde Ale or Christmas Ale 2021

(not only available at Christmas). It’s also fun and totally worth it to go for the flight and try some new brews! What ELST can you experience at this local brewery? Give them a follow on Instagram @elst_beer to know when you can join them for trivia nights, game nights, “Create your own Adventure” grilled cheese with any toppings for only $4 nights, yoga Sundays at 11:00 ($5 per class and $1 off your first beer!), and other fun events highlighting local artists and community organizations. What’s happening in May? IPA’s will be celebrated all month with several new IPA releases, a special sour release for Cinco De Mayo, a charity fundraising event for ChainFree Knoxville, and Knoxville Craft Beer Week the 20th-28th. So what ELST are you waiting for? (I know, we’re playing this up for all it’s worth!) Head on over ELSTwhere, give this top-notch local brewery some love, and tell them Somewhere in the South sent you. You’ll be glad you did - there’s no one ELST quite like them! Follow us as we venture out from Somewhere in the South to join us for more local food, drink, and life adventures @somewhere.inthe.south on Instagram and Facebook! Till next time, Denton & Lori Lesslie May 202 2



The Curious History of the




N UNAS SUMING building situated on the northern edge of Old City, and now home to the county’s Democratic Party, 311 Morgan Street holds an unexpected piece of Knoxville history. The Peabody School was the first purpose-built schoolhouse constructed by the Knoxville public school system and was erected in 1875, just four years after the establishment of the school system itself. As the name suggests, the funding for the building was owed in large part to contributions from noted investor and philanthropist George Peabody, whose foundation had previously donated a sum of $7,500 to Knoxville schools. The building was dedicated on April 6, 1875, with a procession from the Bell House School to the new Morgan Street site, where a fairly large crowd was gathered to watch Mayor Peter Staub present the keys to the building and listen to an abundance of choral music sung by the students. This fanfare reflected the popularity of the project and the magnitude of support for publicly funded education by the citizens of Knoxville. So great was the pride of some citizens for the new schoolhouse that a few even wrote to newspapers to complain about it being named for Peabody, when the majority of funds had come from the “liberal generosity” of taxpayers. As beloved as the schoolhouse was, there were some immediate difficulties that appeared when students began their



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first semesters at Peabody. The school was originally staffed with two instructors, but it quickly became apparent that the volume of students - nearly 200 were enrolled by the end of the first term - demanded more oversight, and another teacher was added just two weeks after the school opened. In addition, the school system struggled to pay the teachers it staffed for the first several years after its opening, probably due to the fact that the city government under Staub had accrued well over $100,000 in debt - a debt that was created in no small part by the funding of the school system and

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Knoxville Mayor Peter Staub

purchase of the Bell House School. In 1876, it narrowly escaped burning down when a piece of the plaster detached from a wall and was ignited by the main furnace. Despite its rocky start, the Peabody School maintained a nearly full roster and was repeatedly commended for the quality of the students that it taught for the next 45 years, often appearing in the newspaper as the producer of local award-winning young authors, artists, and spelling bee champions. However, in 1920, the school board decided that it would be more efficient for the students of Peabody to combine with those of the Jesse A. Rayl School at the location of the latter. This was due in part to the fact that some staff members were commuting between the schools multiple times a day to teach and in part due to the capital that could be gained from selling the Peabody schoolhouse. Even after its use as a full-time school was discontinued, the building was utilized by the city government and school board as an all-purpose meeting place. Between the years 1920 and 1930, it was variously used as a clubhouse for the parent-teacher association of the Peabody-Rayl School, a voting site for local and national elections, and off-campus mechanics and printing classrooms for Knoxville High School. Finally, in 1930, the Peabody School building was set to be sold at auction for no less than $10,000 and was purchased by the Central Labor Council for exactly that much on July 16th of the same year. Under this new ownership, the façade took the shape that it remains in today. Two parallel wings were added to the front of the building, now sufficiently old enough to be considered historic in their own right. The Central Labor Union operated out of the old schoolhouse until just a few years ago, when the property passed to the hands of the Knox County Democratic Party to be used as their headquarters. Knox Heritage preserves structures and places of historic or cultural significance for our community. Established in 1974 as a non-profit educational corporation, our organization works to protect and raise awareness of what is beautiful and irreplaceable in East Tennessee.

Local Makes the Difference


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Summer Is Upon Us! BY C H R I S T I N A F I T Z W I L L I A M , C O - O W N E R O F S U R FA C E D O C , I N C .


UST TYPING THOSE words sends a shiver of anticipation through

my soul. For us, warmer weather means barbecues and weekend gettogethers with friends. But, before I feel comfortable inviting everyone over, my home needs some TLC. Perhaps your does, too. At the top of my list are reorganizing, lawn maintenance, and a good deep cleaning of all my hard surfaces, including floors, counters, walkways, and decks. Enter the honeydo-list. Lucky for me, there is one chore on that list that John doesn’t mind tackling in our home. Guess which one! Fourteen years ago, before we began the deep cleaning business, John was a restaurant manager. One of his most frustrating challenges was getting the commercial kitchen and dining areas clean. I think he tried almost every cleaning technique, product, and tool in the market, but those restaurant floors never looked the way he wanted them to look. The LAST thing he wanted to do when he got home was to help me scrub the kitchen floor. So, in 2008, when John and I flew to Arizona to check out some innovative cleaning equipment, my husband fell in love with the equipment and the process immediately. He couldn’t wait to bring the equipment to Knoxville and tackle as many restaurant floors as he could manage. That first week we practiced using the equipment in our own home, and I was astonished at how different my tile and grout floors looked. My carpet lightened several shades, and my driveway literally glowed in the dark. Many of our friends got free cleanings those first few weeks as well, and they were equally impressed! Here’s some of what I have learned during the past 14 years. Every now and then, every home needs a deep cleaning – a time to clean places that aren’t part of a regular cleaning schedule or places that are generally overlooked. I’ve also learned that no matter how often a home is cleaned and the floors scrubbed, that dirt and contaminants build up over time, which cause beautiful tile and grout to discolor. This dirt becomes trapped within the pores of the floor and cannot be removed without some powerful measures and professional help. Surface Doc has the equipment that allows them to do what homeowners simply cannot do on their own. With a combination of high heat, high pressure, and a powerful spinning brush, all contained under a pressure hood, floors have no choice but to release all soil and contaminants buried deep within them. This process allows for the complete removal of years of build-up within your floor. If it’s time for your floors to look new again, please give John a call at 865567-1986. You can expect fast, courteous, reliable service the first time. The quote and in-home demonstration are always free. For more information or to schedule a visit, you may also visit SurfaceDoc.com.


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Talks About McCartney and... Bonnie & Clyde? 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



HEN ONE listens to or reads interviews with rock musicians, it is not unusual for them to reference seeing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan or to hearing the first hits of the Fab Four as their inspiration to become a musician. What is unique, however, is when a musician gets to play regularly with a former Beatle. Those few musicians who have played - or are playing - with one of the four legends form a unique fraternity and are viewed as the cream of the crop. Brian Ray is one of those special few who has played guitar (lead, rhythm, and bass) for Paul McCartney since his performance at the Super Bowl half-time show in 2002. In the 20 years since, Brian has toured with Sir Paul, as well as played on many of his albums - especially the live albums. Look for Brian when Paul McCartney plays the ThompsonBoling Arena on May 31st. Brian has also worked with many other renowned artists throughout the years. His career started with a bang by playing guitar for the legendary Etta James. He’s also worked with The Reggie Knighton Band, Steve Goodman, Crystal Lewis, Rita Coolidge, Stephanie Mills, Brenda Russell, Johnny Hallyday, and many others. Equally impressive, Brian co-wrote the title song for the huge Smokey Robinson album One Heartbeat that went to number one on the Billboard R&B chart in 1987. The pandemic has sidelined many popular music acts - Paul McCartney was among them. As with most musicians in that situation, they have used the time to create new music and to spend quality time with their loved ones. Such has been the case with Brian. I connected with Brian via Zoom from his getaway home (complete with an amazing vanishing edge pool in the shape of a Les Paul guitar!) in Palm Springs, California. Why Palm Springs? “I bought a little getaway pad out here in the desert because for my whole career I’ve loved coming out to the Desert Hot Springs/ Palm Springs area to just relax after a loud



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noisy busy tour. It’s a perfect sort of complement to that. It’s the opposite of the noise and hustle-bustle of a tour. So I’ve been coming out here a long time, finally got a little getaway pad - a small, nice little place.” Commenting about the impact of the pandemic, Brian said: “Like everyone else, I’m really tired of it. I would love to be free of this embuggerance. Also, a lot of my work when I’m not on the road is the sort of stuff that you have to do alone - like writing in my home recording studio is alone. I will be alone, writing quite a bit. Then, I’ll be alone with my engineer, recording, and he’s vaxxed and safe. Fortunately, I have a small home studio at my main house. So it has been actually, in some ways, a productive time.” Then, concluding the glimpse into his private life, Brian shared that he had begun a “really beautiful relationship,” had done a lot of songwriting, and completed a podcast series called On Tour with Brian Ray. (Definitely worth a listen in my opinion!) He went on, “I got busy doing the things that you can do alone. And, to be honest with you, I don’t mind my own company. I wasn’t one of those persons that got homicidal or suicidal - thank goodness.” Among the other things that Brian accomplished during the pandemic is a great song and a music video titled “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” that is built on the infamous poem written by Bonnie Parker of the actual “Bonnie and Clyde.” Brian shared the story behind the song. “Mandi Wimmer, who produced the On

Tour with Brian Ray podcast, has a really good podcast media company that she owns with her brother called Black Barrel media. One of the shows that she does, called Infamous America, is about people just like Bonnie and Clyde. When they were about to do a new season, they were starting the Bonnie and Clyde episode, which was going to be a few episodes long. They approached me about doing some music for it.” Brian discovered that Bonnie Parker’s poem, “The End of the Trail,” held a special, pleasant surprise. “We found that it was public domain... she didn’t want it owned by somebody.” After approaching his longtime friend, Australian musician Orianthi, about the idea of a guitar and vocals duet, they “cherry-picked” some ideas and edited the long poem to make it work as a song. Brian explained that they connected so well that “she was over at my house for maybe three hours, and we’re done with it.” Brian was “really proud of it” and will be using it as the B-side of his upcoming solo single put out by Wicked Cool Records, so look for it on vinyl later this year. There is much more to this interview online, where Brian talks about his early influences, his extensive guitar collection, and how fortunate he feels about a career that “never gets old!” You can watch it in its entirety - including a scoop about what’s next musically for Brian - at 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.

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UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month

Zinnia Are Colorful Favorites! Featuring Profusion and Zahara Series BY C E L E S T E LU C K E Y S C OT T, U T E X T E N S I O N M A D I S O N C O U N T Y


INNIAS ARE a longtime favorite of home gardeners. They come in a wide variety of colors and flower forms ranging from single to fully double, cactus flowered, and even crested. They are easy to grow from seed, relish full sun, are loved by pollinators, and have a long vase life for cut stems. They also are tough and drought tolerant, requiring little to no additional watering once established. What more could a gardener ask for than a flower that has attributes like these? How about disease resistance? The typical garden zinnia, Zinnia elegans, falls short in one category: disease resistance. It is susceptible to a wide range of foliar diseases, including powdery mildew, cercospora leaf spot, alternaria leaf spot, and bacterial leaf spot. Some Z. elegans cultivars claim resistance to these diseases, yet none can compare to the clean foliage offered by the hybrid Profusion and Zahara series. These series are hybrids of

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Z. elegans x Z. angustifolia, which incorporate desirable attributes from each parent. Z. angustifolia, commonly known as the narrow leaf zinnia, has natural resistance to foliar disease and passes that trait along, while Z. elegans provides an array of flower

Photo by Celeste Luckey Scott, courtesy UTIA

The soft contrasts of color and leaf forms create a pleasing display at the University of Tennessee Gardens, Jackson. Featured here are zinnia ‘Profusion Red Yellow Bicolor’, Flamethrower™ Salsa Verde Coleus, and castor bean.



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color and larger blooms up to 2.5 inches in diameter. There are some tradeoffs, however. The hybrids have a compact growth habit of only 1 to 1.5 inches height similar to that of Z. angustifolia. This change in stature shifts its use in the garden from that of a striking mid-border cut flower to a non-stop flowering front-border plant. Profusion and Zahara have been recognized through the years for their endurance and performance in the landscape as All-America Selection (AAS) winners. In the early 2000s, ‘Profusion Orange’, ‘Cherry’, and ‘White’ each received AAS recognition. In 2010, ‘Zahra Starlight Rose’, ‘Double Zahara Fire’, and ‘Double Zahara Cherry’ were recognized, followed by ‘Profusion Double Deep Salmon’ and ‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’ in 2013. Most recently, ‘Profusion Red’ and ‘Profusion Red Yellow Bicolor’ received AAS winner award status. This broad color range allows makes for a very versatile plant in the landscape and containers. Zinnia in general do not look particularly attractive to shoppers in cell packs or small containers and for this reason may be difficult to find at local garden centers. However, they are very easy to start from seed and can even be direct-seeded outdoors once soil temperatures rise and all threat of frost has passed. The University of Tennessee Gardens, Jackson grew ‘Profusion Red Yellow Bicolor’ in 2021, and it was phenomenal all the way until frost. The older blooms faded to shades of orange and pink, while the new growth simultaneously produced new flushes of vibrant yellow-red blooms. All three UT Garden locations grow at least one example of these outstanding Profusion and Zahara zinnias during the summer months. 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. Visit utia.tennessee.edu/state-botanical-garden for more information.

May in the Garden I

DON’T THINK I’ve ever seen a more erratic spring than the one we’ve had. Those ups and downs made it hard on some of our plants and on us! Let’s cross our fingers that the craziness is past. May is one of a gardener’s busiest months, so let’s get started on your to-do list: • It’s critical that you do a good checkup on your yard this month. You need to know how much damage was done by the cold. Tender plants and plants with new growth took quite a hit, so you may need to do some careful pruning. Please remember that they’re not dead if the branches are flexible! If you need guidance, give us a call. • Remember to look up. Check the trunk and canopies of your trees. Do you see sparse areas, dead or dying branches, woodpecker holes, or mushrooms? Is there sawdust anywhere at the base? Are there holes that seem to be too small for woodpeckers (toothpick size)? Do you have oozing areas? All these are signs that your tree could be struggling. If so, you need an arborist, which is basically a tree doctor. Call us for recommendations. • Look down. Do you have signs of moles or voles? They can be chased off with a repellant. If something is digging, it is likely possums, squirrels, or skunks looking for grubs. You can apply a grub killer. Do you have brown patches or dead areas in your lawn? Come in and talk to Steve the lawn guy. He is here every Saturday morning! • Look all around. Check for signs of disease and insects on your plants. So far we’re seeing a lot of fungal infections, azaleas with lace bugs, crepe myrtles with bark scale (another reason to NOT commit crepe murder, as it makes them more susceptible), and laurels with phytophthora root rot. It’s easier to treat an outbreak before it becomes an infestation! • If you’re planting this year, try to get larger trees and shrubs in by the end of June so they can establish root systems before they start battling the heat. It will also behoove you to not postpone planting this year, as we are encountering even more plant shortages. • Smaller shrubs and ornamentals can be planted throughout the spring and summer but may require a little more attention to help them get established. They are trying to put down roots and grow at the same time. Don’t overcrowd them, and give them a gentle boost with an organic fertilizer regularly. • Let’s talk about water, because over or under-watering is the number one plant


killer. Remember that sprinkler systems are great for grass and flowers, but they are often inadequate for trees and shrubs. You need to get 1” of water to the roots of larger plants every week. If it gets dry, I drag the hose out to my trees/ large shrubs and turn it on just a trickle. I let it run for 20 minutes or so, then move it to the next plant. I strongly suggest you set a timer, as I have turned my yard into a bog a couple of times by leaving the hose going overnight! It’s important to water deeply and less frequently to encourage plants to develop deep roots instead of shallow roots. It’s also best to water in the morning. Water at soil level instead of overhead. Watering the foliage encourages fungal growth. • Did you mulch this spring? If not, apply a fresh layer or top-dressing or at least go out and rake 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. Please do some

research or give us a call if you need help. Remember that you are doing plant surgery, so don’t go out and start whacking! • Wait until the foliage has died down before cutting back spring bulbs. They are storing energy for next year’s blooms. A little BulbTone will give them a boost. • Some of your perennials may need a little assistance as they emerge. Tall plants may need to be staked or caged, and it’s easier to do that while the plants are small. You can also pinch plants back to encourage them to be shorter and bushier. • Be a friend to the birds and they will be a friend to you! Keep feeders and baths full and clean. Birds will remove lots of 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’s new. Happy gardening!

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Center New Exhibitions Opening Emporium May 6


HE ARTS & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from May 6-28. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at KnoxAlliance.store. Denise K. Cumming and Mike C. Berry: Motion, Time, and Light in the Lower Gallery Denise is a self-taught artist whose work includes original paintings, large-scale pole carvings and experimental photography. Her images in this exhibition result from an experimental approach to the photographic medium. The artist uses camera movement and long expoDenise K. Cumming sure times to “paint” unique images with the sun, various lights, and fire. The photographs are “one shot” images created in camera without use of Photoshop or composites. The resulting images are colorful, abstractly ethereal and challenge the viewers perceptions. Mike’s works include new compositions highlighting the urban landscape; they are created in pastel and charcoal, emphasizing movement and light within the cityscape. Mike’s works have featured Knoxville and surrounding areas for the past 20 years, and he is represented by River Gallery in Chattanooga and The District Gallery in Knoxville. Mike C. Berry Four Artist TN: From this Point in the Upper Gallery The pleasure taken from natural landscapes serves as an impetus for the four Tennessee-based artists Mike Martino, Emily McGrew, Susan McGrew, and Randy Purcell. The group that came to be the Four Artist TN met when all exhibited work in December 2012. Common ground was found in a variety of topics relating to the visual artist and the profession. They began meeting to discuss current work and professional outlook and had their first Four Artist TN show in 2017. The beginning of the pandemic in early 2020 forced some changes, and the group decided to use that time to grow. Organically, the discussion eventually touched on the idea of designating assignments that might give the work even more cohesion when presented together. In this, their fourth group exhibition, they will show for the first time group projects developed during the past two years, as well as individual artworks. Like a camera taking pictures from different perspectives, their work shown together provides a more multidimensional model of the world we inhabit.


Sam Stapleton: Hidden Dimensions on the North Wall Artist statement: I have photographed flowers persistently for more than a decade, always in search of some new aspect or insight. I’ve frozen them, pulled them out of the neighbors’ trash, buried them in sand, and pulled them apart petal by petal to reconstruct them into imaginary new creations, all in search of some revelation about the source of their continual beauty. This exhibit reflects my quest for new dimensions within individual flowers using the power of digital processing to re-imagine their original portraits. Fiber Works by Timothy Bridges in the Atrium This new exhibition features a collection of scarves, pillows, jewelry, and apparel - all of which are based on traditional quilt patterns re-imagined in a contemporary way. Artist statement: I have been sewing since childhood, and I am fascinated by the way intricate detail can combine with color and pattern to create new forms grounded in tradition. Whimsy, fun, and a tongue in cheek attitude that is nevertheless a bit sophisticated are always a part of creativity for me. “Everything old is new again.” Timothy worked as a visual merchandising coordinator for several major department stores and spent several years designing costumes and sets for theater productions. He also designed wedding dresses and formal party wear and now devotes his time and skills to creating wearable art and home accessories in his inimitable style. TN Voices: Behind the Mask - Unmasking Mental Health in the Display Case This exhibition of theatrical mask images designed by 20 youth and young adults is to raise awareness and to promote acceptance of mental health issues. TN Voices, Tennessee’s leading mental health support non-profit, hosts this exhibition as part of Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week May 1-7. TN Voices is an active advocate for emotional and behavioral well-being by providing services, support, and advocating for policy change at the local, state, and federal level. They are deeply committed to supporting Tennesseans by reducing stigma and increasing acceptance. Their vision is to build hope for all generations and to be the collaborative leader in guiding mental health transformation. The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. For more information, call 865-523-7543 or visit KnoxAlliance.com.

Spring Showers Bring Millions of Blooms to Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival


OR A THIRD year, Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival blossoms against a Smoky Mountain backdrop to deliver brilliant floral hues to guests now through June 5. The festival features elaborate floral installations that emerge throughout the park to translate nature into living art, each coming together to create a breathtaking displays. Guests can appreciate the vibrant beauty of more than a million blooms, explore the fresh flavors of spring with an immersive tasting pass, and delight in unique entertainment offerings. “Spring has always been so wonderful to me, because the flowers start growing, the sun shines for a little longer, and the birds start singing a new song,” said Dolly Parton. “When I was little and the weather started warming up, all us kids would gather on the porch in the afternoon and enjoy lemonade that Mama brought out for us. That’s springtime to me - getting to make memories with my family and taking in the beautiful colors everywhere.” While admiring the vivid colors blooming throughout the park, guests can explore a menu crafted with inspiration from fresh spring flavors and Smoky Mountain flair. Returning for this year is the tasting pass, which allows guests to partake in multiple food items at different festival locations. With the tasting pass (purchase in the park or online), guests can sample five food offerings at any Flower & Food Festival culinary location. This year’s festival menu features a Cuban sandwich with mojo sauce, Reuben spring roll, chicken and andouille skillet, beef bulgogi nachos, seafood mac and cheese, berry and honey funnel cakes, and hand-decorated flower-themed cookies and cupcakes, among many other tasty spring dishes. A highlight of the festival this year is entertainment, including Dolly’s Butterfly Garden and the return of a former guest favorite to the park. Dolly’s Butterfly Garden is an immersive experience that allows guests to interact with nature elements in a new way. Performers from Australia combine theatrical elements and acrobatics for a thrilling new show called “Bloom!” that takes place high above ground while performers are Photos courtesy of Dollywood

situated atop sway poles. Guests will not want to miss this elevated display. Dollywood’s streets are filled with music during the Flower & Food Festival. The Hall Sisters, an energetic quartet of country pop performers, will set the stage in Craftsman’s Valley. A returning favorite show, “A Brighter Day,” features five daily performances at the Back Porch Theater. All shows are included with park admission. A full schedule of live performances is available at Dollywood.com. Back to provide shade along Showstreet is the mesmerizing Umbrella Sky, which brings together hundreds of colorful umbrellas in a brilliant, suspended arrangement that makes for an “Instagram-worthy” background. Guests looking to capture picture-perfect memories at Dollywood can stop by several locations in the park for an amazing photo. These include the Hillside Carpet Display that brings a florally-crafted sunset to Rivertown Junction, the pathways of Adventures in Imagination that are decorated with creative chalk art portraits, and Dolly’s Butterfly Garden exhibit in Adventures in Imagination. Festival elements carry over into Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, where guests find festive décor and stunning floral accents. Daily mocktails and cocktails will be served in The Lounge at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and

Spa, each drawing inspiration from the essence of springtime. Families can enjoy live entertainment in the lobby atrium, festival-inspired cuisine at Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery, and festival-themed activities at Camp DW. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa hosts a Winemaker’s Dinner for guests on Saturday, May 21, inside Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery. This unique dining experience pairs festival-inspired culinary creations with exemplary wines. Reservations for the dinner can be made by calling 865-868-1246. Dollywood looks forward to a season bigger and better than ever before. This is the perfect year to purchase a season pass in order to create memories with family and friends at the park all year long. Once the Flower & Food Festival is over, the fun continues with Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration presented by Bush’s Beans (June 18-August 7), which features an expanded drone and fireworks show every night. Experience the all-new Hoot Owl Hollow as part of this year’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (September 23-October 29), then get in the holiday spirit with Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (November 6-January 1, 2023). The celebration continues all year long at Dollywood. For more information about Dollywood or the Flower & Food Festival, visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood mobile app. May 202 2



Fishing Tips So You’re Ready to

Start Catching C O U RT E S Y O F B P T

“With access to multiple lakes plus great river fishing, Knoxville is a natural fit for anglers seeking quality fishing in a variety of locations. And since Tennessee has a unique climate that allows for the overlap of typically northern or southern fish, we are home to more freshwater species of game fish than any other state. You may come for the bass fishing, but you can’t help discover the amazing variety our healthy lakes produce.” - Legacy Parks Foundation, LegacyParks.org


OU CAN SMELL it in the air. A warm, fresh breath of spring. And to you and millions like you, that can mean only one thing... fishing! Here are 10 tips from the fishing enthusiasts at Rapala, the world’s best-selling fishing lure for the past 50 years, on what you can do now to be ready to hit the water and start catching. 1) Declutter the tackle box - If you’ve been fishing awhile, no doubt your tackle box might be feeling a bit cluttered. On one of those colder, nasty days, bring the tackle box inside to the warmth of your home and pluck out the stuff that doesn’t work and focus on what does. Taking the time to organize your gear will help you spend more time fishing and less time messing with your stuff. 2) Put on fresh line - What comes between you and a trophy fish? Your fishing line, of course. Don’t tempt fate. The experts at Sufix fishing line recommend changing out fishing line at least once a year. As you take off old line, look for frays and nicks - this may be a sign that one or more of the guides on your fishing rod is cracked or even missing. 3) Smooth fishing rod guides - Use a cotton swab and run it around the inside of each guide of your fishing rod. This will help you see if you have any cracks or breaks in your guides, which could cut your fishing line - when you have a fish on the line. 4) Watch fishing videos - Getting outside and spending time on the water is what fishing is all about. However, watching how-to videos on the Rapala YouTube Channel, which features more than 600 videos, can help you catch more fish yearround, on open water, in saltwater, and on hardwater (ice fishing). 5) Sharp hooks equal more bites - What’s the first point of contact with a fish? It’s the



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point of your fishing hook. Sharp hooks mean you’ll catch more fish; dull hooks mean you’ll be one frustrated angler. Take some time to replace hooks on your go-to lures. It’s also important to select the right hook, say the hook gurus at VMC, one of the world’s largest fishing hook manufacturers. The mouths of fish vary from species to species, so make sure to select a hook that meets the challenge. 6) Go with your confidence bait - Nearly every angler has their go-to lure. It’s that one lure that seems to catch fish when all others fail. When you find your confidence bait, stock up on it. Have a few more of that lure tucked away in your tackle box for when you might need them even more. Don’t have a confidence bait yet? Well, you can’t go wrong with the lure that’s caught more world records than any other lure. 7) Experiment more - You wouldn’t play an 18-hole golf course with just a putter. Different lures are made to catch fish under different conditions. For example, Rapala offers freshwater lures, saltwater lures, and ice fishing lures. It offers lures that can reach fish in any depth, from deep down to the surface. This year, treat yourself to a lure you’ve never tried before to learn from it and expand your ability to catch fish anytime, anywhere, under any condition. Or, try a lure, such as an ice fishing lure, for deep water bass and walleye in open water

- sounds crazy, but it works. 8) Play fantasy fishing That’s right. Playing Rapala Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing gives you an opportunity to win some incredible prizes. At the same time, it allows you to track the world’s best bass fishing pros and watch how they manage to catch fish even in the most difficult conditions. Understanding what they do can improve your realworld, on-the-water fishing. 9) Try someplace new - Anglers can be creatures of habit. We like to go to our favorite lake and often go to our favorite fishing hole time and time again. While you might be catching fish, you also may be limiting yourself. This year, try someplace new. Go to new water. Try a different way of fishing, such as using a kayak. Go for a different species and see if your knowledge in bass fishing applies to a species such as walleye, muskies, or redfish. 10) Introduce someone new to fishing Spending time on the water, enjoying all that nature has to offer and catching fish is awesome, but there’s something even better - hooking someone new, especially a young person, on the joy of fishing. Take some time this year to intentionally teach someone about how to fish or how to fish for a different species. It just may be your biggest catch of all. From Concord Park and Ijams Nature Center to surrounding lakes and rivers, Knoxville is a great area for fishermen. Visit LegacyParks.org or VisitKnoxville.com: Knoxville Area Lakes for more information. Remember: Fishing licenses are required for all citizens 13 years of age and over in the state of Tennessee.



Historic Ramsey House


T’S THAT time of year again! We are gearing up for our 9th season of Vintage Base Ball at Historic Ramsey House. During the past 8 years, the grounds of the Historic Ramsey House have played host to two local Tennessee Vintage Base Ball Association teams, the Knoxville Holstons and the Emmett Machinists. These teams are modeled after two original teams that played here in Knoxville during the 1860s. 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. They bring living history 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. This is a FREE event for the entire family! As always, concessions will be available, and all proceeds will go directly to the ongoing preservation of Historic Ramsey House. Make sure to bring your own chair and a shady umbrella or tent. Historic Ramsey House is located at 2614 Thorn Grove Pike in Knoxville. For more information on the Tennessee Vintage Base Ball Association, visit TennesseeVintageBaseBall.com. Summer Game Schedule:

June 4 Emmett Machinists vs Quicksteps @ Noon Knoxville Holstons vs Quicksteps @ 2 pm June 18 Emmett Machinists vs Knoxville Holstons @ 1 pm July 9 Mountain City Club of Chattanooga vs Emmett Machinists of Knoxville @ Noon Stones River Scouts vs Knoxville Holstons @ 2 pm July 30 Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga vs Knoxville Holstons @ 11 am Phoenix of East Nashville vs Emmett Machinists of Knoxville @ 1 pm Phoenix of East Nashville vs Knoxville Holstons @ 3 pm August 27 Knoxville Holstons vs Emmett Machinists of Knoxville @ 1 pm

Check RamseyHouse.org for more info.

Renaissance Center 12740 Kingston Pike, 37934 Saturdays 9 am - Noon


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Ebenezer United Methodist Church 1001 Ebenezer Road, 37923 Tuesdays 3 pm - 6 pm


Jackson Square 209 Jackson Square, 37830 Saturdays 8 am - Noon

It’s Fishing Time in Farragut!

38th Annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo Saturday, May 14 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 at townoffarragut.org/register. 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.

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You Should Have Been There! 1982 World’s Fair 40th Anniversary at the Museum of East TN History through October 9.

MAY 5 Cinco de Mayo Justin Moore at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm.

MAY 6 Used Book Sale by Friends of Knox County Public Library at Bearden Branch Library from 10 am to 5 pm. Also on the 7th. First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. Annual Street Rod Nationals South at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center. Also the 7th & 8th. Sunset Concert Series: On the Border - The Ultimate Eagles Tribute at Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center Amphitheater at 7 pm. Limited seating, reservations online.

MAY 7 Shinedown at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm.

MAY 8 Mother’s Day Old City Market on West Jackson Avenue from 11 am to 4 pm.

MAY 9 Spring Spectacular Plant Sale at the University of Tennessee Gardens from 9 am to 2 pm. Amigo the Devil at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm. Visit Knoxville Open PGA Tour at Holston Hills Country Club through the 15th.

MAY 10 7th Annual Hal & Phil Off the Record with Bob at the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm. Tennessee Smokies vs. Montgomery Biscuits at Smokies Stadium at 7 pm. Also the 11th - 14th at 7 pm and 15th at 2 pm.

MAY 11 Sons of East Tennessee Civil War Veterans Divided and Reconciled Brown Bag Lecture Series with Jack Brubaker at the East Tennessee History Center from 12 to 1 pm. Peppa Pig’s Adventure at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 6 pm. Justin Hayward at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.

MAY 12 Good Vibrations an outdoor concert at World’s Fair Park beginning at 7 pm.

MAY 13 Kick-Off to Summer at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 7 to 11 pm.



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THINGS TO DO PLACES TO GO PEOPLE TO SEE Blue Man Group at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. Also the 14th at 2 and 8 pm.

MAY 14 38th Annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo at Anchor Park in Farragut from 8 to 9 am and 10 to 11 am. Free! Pre-registration required at townoffarragut.org/register. Southern Skies Music Festival at World’s Fair Park from 2 to 10 pm. See page 12. Hard Knox Roller Derby at the World’s Fair Exhibition Hall from 4 to 8:30 pm. Brooks & Dunn at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm. Knoxville Symphony Orchestra One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to the Music of Marvin Hamlisch at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm.

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Movies Under the Stars: Willow at Ijams Nature Center. Opens at 7 pm, movie begins at dark. Advance tickets suggested. Sunset Concert Series: Tall Paul at Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center Amphitheater at 7 pm. Limited seating, reservations online. Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

MAY 28 Basket Weaving: Make A Lunch Basket at Historic Ramsey House from 9 am to 2 pm. Tennessee Statehood Day Festival at Marble Springs State Historic Site from 10 am to 4 pm. Free! Old School R&B Concert featuring Tony Terry at the Bijou Theatre at 7:15 pm.

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Open Streets Knoxville along Sevier Ave. in South Knoxville from 2 to 6 pm. Walk, bike, dance, hula hoop, and more in the street!

Knoxville’s Caribbean Jerk Festival at World’s Fair Park from 12 to 8 pm.

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Memorial Day

Concerts on the Square: Jazz Tuesdays at Market Square at 7 pm. Tennessee Smokies vs. Chattanooga Lookouts at Smokies Stadium at 7 pm. Also the 18th - 21st at 7 pm and 22nd at 2 pm. Rodney Crowell at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.

MAY 19 Concerts on the Square: Variety Thursdays on Market Square at 7 pm. Dance Gavin Dance at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7 pm. Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series: Beats & Bolero at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. Also the 20th at 7:30 pm.

MAY 20 Paul Cauthen at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

MAY 21 1982 World’s Fair 40th Anniversary Celebration in World’s Fair Park through June 29. Children’s Festival of Reading in World’s Fair Park from 10 am to 5 pm.

MAY 22 NEEDTOBREATHE at the Tennessee Theatre at 3:30 and 7:30 pm.

MAY 24 In This Moment at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm.

MAY 27 4th Friday Jam at the Knoxville Visitors Center from 5 to 7 pm. East TN Bluegrass Association traditional bluegrass jam. Free!

MAY 30 MAY 31 Tennessee Smokies vs. Birmingham Barons at Smokies Stadium at 7 pm. Paul McCartney at Thompson-Boling Arena at 8 pm.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: JUNE 1-5 Tennessee Smokies vs. Birmingham Barons at Smokies Stadium. June 1st - 4th at 7 pm and 5th at 2 pm.

JUNE 3 Sunset Concert Series: Grizzly Goat at Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center Amphitheater at 7 pm. Limited seating, reservations online.

JUNE 3-5 Dolly Fest in the Historic Old City Dress up in your Dolly-best for a weekend of art, music, history, food and fun celebrating Dolly! Supporting Imagination Library of Knox County through the 5th. Visit KnoxDollyFest.com for info. Hairspray at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. Also the 4th at 2 and 8 pm and the 5th at 1:30 and 7 pm.

JUNE 4 18th Annual KARM Dragon Boat Festival at the Cove at Concord Park. Opening Ceremony at 8 am, first race at 8:40 am. Visit Knoxville Grand Prix Powerboat Races on the Tennessee River. Watch from Volunteer Landing for the best views! Dr. Broadway Educational Session: Hairspray at the East TN Historical Society at 5 pm.

All event dates and times subject to change.

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OIN US on May 14th for a fun day utilizing one of the coolest natural resources we have in Knox County, the Beaver Creek Water Trail! Paddle with the Beaver Creek Kayak Club! Bring your kayak, paddle board, or canoe to the put-in right behind Powell High School. Don’t own a kayak but want to do the Flotilla? Our friends at RiverSports will rent one to you. They will bring it to the launch and pick it back up at the end of the day. The Powell High Landing gates will open at 7 am, where there will be helpers to unload your vessels before you park at

Powell High School. The first boat gets launched at 9 am. This year, we connect communities by launching from The Landing in Powell and offering two take out locations. Participants can float to the new Weigel’s on Clinton Highway (roughly a 1.5 to 2 hour trip) or, for a longer journey, float all the way to Roy Arthur Stormwater Park on Harrell Road in Karns (roughy a 4 to 4.5 hour trip). Once you reach the take out, we will help you get out of the water safely and help load your boat onto our complimentary kayak shuttle trucks.

You will be taken back to Float HQ, where we will have food, live music, and fun stuff for kids. Enjoy hanging out with other paddlers, and when you are ready to head home, go get your vehicle, bring it to Float HQ, and we will help you load up your boat and send you on your way! Make sure you document your whole day! Post your pictures to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook using #floatthebeaver. We want to see how much fun you had! Register online at FloatTheBeaver.com. The first 200 to register will receive a free commemorative event t-shirt!



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Time to Weed & Feed? Photo by Mirtography


Business Note


Y DAD was a yard guy, spending countless hours out side with a shovel, a rake, and a wheelbarrow. He took great pride and joy in the work as well as the outcome. Years ago, when we bought a house with a big yard, I came to realize I did not get that “yard gene!” In contrast to my dad, I struggle with all things “yard-ish” and do not relish the time spent working on it. Being confident of how to trim trees, noticing overgrown flower beds, and having the patience to pull weeds - it just ain’t there. I find I force myself to do the bare necessities of yard upkeep. As I was applying a springtime round of lawn Weed & Feed (I actually thought about, bought, and put it down - yay me!), thoughts came to mind of the concept of “Weed & Feed” on a larger scale. I realized that it was a term that could apply to the broader picture of our daily lives and activities. Weed & Feed, in concept, gets rid of the weeds you don’t want and feeds the grass you do want. What if we applied that principle to the projects we pursue, our job responsibilities, and the overall “duties” that we take on? Could we pay attention to the areas where we struggle versus noticing how easy and natural

it can be when we are well-tuned to the task at hand? This leads to the question of why we spend considerable time and energy fighting to do things we are not good at or made for. Is it pride, a need for control, a lack of trusting others, or thinking that we should be able to handle everything that comes across our path with some degree of competence? Business matters, raising a family, and the general goings-on of life continue to illuminate areas where my natural abilities and aptitudes DO NOT line up with the tasks or projects I feel are my responsibility. Anyone else? Rather than continue to struggle, what if we actively worked to WEED out (recognize and accept our natural limitations, be willing to give up control by delegating or actually asking others for help) to free up time and the mental energy to FEED (invest in, practice, and develop) areas of highest and best use? From my armchair quarterback perspective, this would result in less stress, more effective use of time, greater satisfaction in work and home lives, benefiting others, and most likely being a more pleasant person to be around. Not to mention allowing others the satisfaction of using their gifts. Seems logical, right? No time like the present to Weed & Feed!


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