Everything Knoxville November 2021 Edition

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Inside or out, big or small - they do it all!

Susan Cafferty

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Publisher + Editor

Tips for "putting your garden to bed" for the winter.

Brett Cafferty

Marketing + Operations

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Keep your home safe and secure this holiday season.

Kendra Menendez Editor + Administration

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Ready to help you and your family for the upcoming holidays.

Meredith Hancock

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Contact Information Post Office Box 24532 Knoxville, TN 37933 865-640-3015

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Food and Recipes...................................... 38 Random Acts of Flowers......................... 43 Calendar of Events.....................................46 Travel and Recreation .............................. 48 Business Note............................................ 50


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ET DESIGN DECOR’S professional designers take the hassle out of decorating! Specializing in seasonal and event décor, owners Linda and Mary Ellen provide home and office décor, custom floral designs, and so much more. They have the perfect solution for your holiday parties and entertaining this and every season!

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From the Publisher


HE WEATHER is cooling, the leaves are falling, and the holiday plans are being made! As the season of giving approaches, Everything Knoxville is highlighting some of the wonderful shopping here in the city limits and not too far off. So don’t forget to think big and shop small - you’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list! With November holding both Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, we would be remiss if we didn’t extend a big Thank You to those who serve or have served our country in the military. Your contributions to our freedoms and opportunities are remembered and appreciated! And our cover feature - Design Decor’s Mary Ellen and Linda - remind us that the holidays are designed to be fun! The dictionary defines “holiday” as a day marked by a general suspension of work - tell that to a



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busy mom! But let’s all try not to make this time simply a list of to-dos but to actually enjoy the preparations. If nothing else, the pandemic has made us rethink which activities are important and which ones aren’t the priorities we thought they were. Regardless of your place in life and those in your life - small children, adult children, large family, just-thetwo-of-us, pet parent, tight-knit group of friends, close neighbors, etc. - make a point to slow down enough to enjoy yourself and those around you. Remember that holidays are for being thankful and enjoying the time spent with friends and family. Years from now, we won’t remember what we ate or the gifts we received, we’ll remember the time shared and the fun we had doing the celebrating!

Susan Cafferty Publisher + Editor

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Mary Ellen Nichols first launched Christmas Decor Plus More in 2020, she approached this new venture with her same unbridled level of enthusiasm that has marked her entire business career. Mary Ellen started in business as a commercial banker with a large regional bank, later leaving to acquire multiple The UPS Store franchises with her husband, John. With their desire to diversify and Mary Ellen’s love for everything Christmas, they acquired an existing business, Christmas Decor of Knoxville, in 2020. For 15 years, Christmas Decor of Knoxville had focused primarily on holiday outdoor decorating and lighting. But why stop on just the outside? Mary Ellen and new business partner, Linda Heaton Ridings, soon expanded their services to include interiors with their newly launched Design Decor, an all-inclusive concierge decorating company specializing in seasonal and event décor and interior decorating. Linda is also no stranger to Knoxvillians. The creative genius of Design Decor, Linda is the former owner of Knoxville-based Elegant Essentials, master florist, interior decorator, former Executive Director of Marketing for East Tennessee PBS, master networker, fulltime realtor, culinary artist, wife, and mom. Ask a busy woman, RIGHT? In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are



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excited to bring you this recent interview with two of Knoxville’s busiest women and dynamic duo, Mary Ellen Nichols and Linda Heaton Ridings. Whether you’re considering a future event or if your holiday décor or home’s interior requires a much needed boost, this interview will be sure to please. EK: First of all, for all the aspiring women entrepreneurs out there, what motivated you to launch your own businesses? Mary Ellen: As a commercial banker, I first became inspired by my almost daily interactions with small business owners. I understood their commitment and responsibilities to their businesses, but I also saw the enthusiasm for their futures that only seemed to be limited by the size of their dreams. Linda: My mom said that I was born an entrepreneur. Selfemployment soon became an outlet for my creative side. A traditional career path might have stifled my creativity by placing me in a box. Regardless of your age, it’s never too

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late to venture out on your own and to pursue your dreams! EK: Does Design Decor provide services to both residential and business clients? Linda: Absolutely! Homeowners and business owners understandably become frustrated with the time required to properly decorate the interior and exterior of their homes and businesses for the holidays. They also get bored with their two decades old ornaments and seasonal décor. Mary Ellen: We take the frustration out of seasonal and event decorating. We do it all, leaving you with nothing but the fond memories of a very special event or seasonal celebration enjoyed with close friends and family. EK: To be clear, Design Decor is not just limited to the Christmas holiday, correct? Mary Ellen: Correct. For any season and any reason, we can assist you in finding the perfect décor to

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rom Christmas to graduations and every celebration in between, our talented and experienced decorators will inspire your imagination. fit your unique style. From Christmas to graduations, from autumn celebrations to weddings, and from grand openings to anniversaries, our talented and experienced decorators will inspire your imagination. Linda: And it all begins with our free consultations, where we listen to your dreams and offer you the benefit of our decades of planning expertise to create a special or seasonal event designed to exceed your wildest expectations! EK: What options are available? Linda: For our seasonal clients, there are a variety of interior and exterior packages available. We help you select a signature theme - say Champagne Taste or Crystal Christmas, just to name a few - which can be leased or purchased. We create, install, maintain, remove, and store your themed décor. Also, you’ll especially like our protective floor coverings used during setups and removals, which help

ensure that not one piece of sparkle or glitter remain after we’ve gone! Mary Ellen: We do everything from A to Z, freeing you up to enjoy your holidays or special events. We also offer a wide variety of options and price points for every budget. All you need to do is to enjoy your stress-free holiday or event! EK: What else would you like our readers to know about Design Decor? Mary Ellen: We encourage your readers to visit our recently remodeled retail showroom at 627 American Glass Way in Knoxville. We’re located just off the I-40 and Lovell Road interchange on Outlet Drive. Our showroom features a variety of beautifully decorated vignettes designed to inspire you into your world of endless possibilities. Linda: We offer a full range of interior decorating services as well. Our experienced decorators can help you achieve that designer-inspired look that you’ve been dreaming of, whether it’s a single room or your entire home. Visit us online at www. designdecorknoxville.com, where you can purchase a wide variety of seasonal and interior design décor items all personally selected by Mary Ellen and myself. EK: In closing, is there anything else you would like to add? Linda: We hope that you will take the time to visit our designer showroom Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Monday is reserved for appointments only. Take the opportunity to visit our website to begin imagining a worry and hassle-free next event, seasonal celebration, or interior decorating project. Mary Ellen: Your future of stress-free holiday and special events begins with one phone call to schedule your free consultation. Why not transform all of your events from “ordinary” to “EXTRAORDINARY?”

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Get the Most Out of Your Kitchen


licensed, professional installer will then install your order in one day. Finally, your designer will come by on a follow-up visit to ensure you’re completely 100% satisfied. Enjoy a more useful kitchen Turn frustration with your kitchen into a joy. You can expect to increase your storage area by up to 50%, reduce wasted time looking for items, and avoid having to bend, twist, or reach into the backs of cabinets.

E ALL WANT a beautiful kitchen, but a kitchen also needs to be a functional room where we cook, bake, and store essentials like food, supplies, and pots and pans. A functional kitchen has plenty of storage and is designed so you can quickly and easily find what you need and reach it. ShelfGenie is a leader in making kitchens more useful ShelfGenie designs, builds, and installs custom, glide-out shelves that pull out the full depth of your existing cabinets and pantries to maximize usable storage and increase organization and accessibility. More shelves can fit into an existing cabinet or pantry, you can access the entire shelf front to back, plus each shelf is made with high-quality materials and craftsmanship and can hold up to 100 pounds, so you can load them up. Our process begins and ends with the homeowner Our design consultant will get to know your needs during our free, in-home consultation. Together, we will design a plan with your goals and needs in mind. The glide-out shelves are manufactured in our facility in Alabama to your exact specs. Our

“We love the new shelves. They are truly life changing in the kitchen.” - R.K., Knoxville “Great improvement to what I had and very happy with the people I worked with.” - S.O., Vonore What our clients say “ShelfGenie was the perfect solution to help me love my kitchen again. The designer and installer were wonderful and took the time to make sure it perfectly fit my family’s needs.” - B.R., Knoxville


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Dogwood Arts Sets Out to Keep Knoxville Blooming - One Tree at a Time

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T’S PLANTING TIME in Tennessee! Dogwood Arts is on a mission to Keep Knoxville Blooming - and make it easy for you to make a difference - by selling dogwood trees through their annual Bazillion Blooms program. Beautify your own landscape, honor someone special, or donate a tree to the Dogwood Trails and Keep Knoxville Blooming for years to come! “We started Bazillion Blooms in 2009 with a mission to revitalize tree plantings along the historic Dogwood Trails,” said Vicki Baumgartner, Dogwood Arts Trails & Gardens Manager. “Since then, more than 12,000 dogwood trees have been added to East Tennessee’s landscape, ensuring our region’s spring beauty will continue well into the future.” ​Bare-root trees (2-4 feet tall) are on sale now for $25 each or $20 each when five or more are purchased. The trees come from a grower in Middle Tennessee and are disease-resistant, April-blooming, and available in either white or pink flowering varieties. Orders can be placed yearround, but trees are distributed in the fall to coincide with optimal planting time for successful growing. Planting in the fall gives

trees time to develop strong root systems during the winter months before facing the challenges of drying summer heat. Gift & Memorial Trees Not only does planting trees beautify the landscape, but it’s also a great way to celebrate a special event, honor an individual, or memorialize loved ones. Gift trees can be purchased year-round through Dogwood Arts and include a handwritten commemorative card mailed to the recipient of the purchaser’s choosing. The trees are planted along one of Knoxville’s historic Dogwood Trails, which

have been a symbol of civic pride and community celebration since 1955. Trees ordered through November 17th will be available for pickup at the Dogwood Arts office (123 W Jackson Avenue) on Friday, December 3, from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, December 4, from 9 am to 1 pm. For more information or to purchase, gift, or donate trees, visit www.dogwoodarts.com/bazillionblooms. Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty. November 202 1



Your holiday shopping headquarters with more than 100 vendors ANTIQUES-CRAFTS-COLLECTIBLES-FURNITURE-FOOD A one-stop shopping destination featuring a wide variety of unique vendors who are sure to carry something for everyone! 800 N. Main Street Mon-Thurs 11-5, Fri-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-4 SweetwaterMarketattheMill.com



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Kick Off Your Holiday Season in Style!


ECORATIONS AREN’T just to be used in your home or on your tree this year - holiday fashions are all about shine! Whether you choose vegan leather for a little bit of sheen, either on tops or the popular jogger bottom, you’re right on target. Enjoy the inventive details... laser cut motifs, smooth as leather to the touch, and cuttingedge materials. Look for the shimmer of gold or silver threads woven through fabrics as lurex becomes a key eye-catcher. A soft shimmer pervades the fabric whenever even a small touch of lurex weaves its way into a simple design... headto-toe glamorous! The holiday sweater as we once knew it Let vegan has softened into the leather add sporty chic look that sheen to is now so popular. your Effortless dressing with holiday a clean style, maybe in fashions. French terry or soft cotton knit, is that dressed down look we have all grown to love. This style is perfect for the woman on the go... lunch with friends, holiday shopping, dinner out, or maybe all three! These casual but polished looks are perfect no matter what the day holds. Pants are running the gamut this holiday season with so many lengths and widths available. A full leg pant or a skinny? Let our sales associates help you choose the best look for your occasion and your body. Remember, that’s what we’re here for and what we love to do... find the best look for you! We look forward to helping you shop for yourself and your loved ones this holiday season. We carry a wonderful selection of “easy” gift items, including Brighton jewelry, Joy Susan handbags, Capri Blu candles, and more... perfect for any and every woman on your holiday shopping list! We look forward to seeing you soon! The Lily Pad Boutique 209 N. Main Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.5537 www.lilypadboutiqueonline.com November 202 1



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S A RECIPIENT of the Bona C e r t i f i e d C r af t s m a n Aw a r d , European Fine Hardwood Floors strictly uses Bona stains and sealers - for some very good reasons. A 100+ year old Swedish company, Bona is the world’s number one name in the hardwood flooring refinishing industry. By focusing on the needs and safety of their craftsmen, as well as floor owners, Bona is devoted to providing solutions that offer lasting, sustainable results for professionals like Valera Tomescu, owner of European Fine Hardwood Floors. With taking responsibility for everyone’s air quality, Bona’s waterborne finishes and sealers for wooden floors are a history making innovation offering the same durability as other previous products only with lower VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), making it safer for installers and homeowners. Among the first to remove toxic and hazardous chemicals from hardwood floor finish, Bona proved water-based finish to be a reliable and durable alternative. These newer finishes exceed all VOC standards across the globe. Combined with Bona’s state-of-the-art dust containment system that virtually eliminates dust from the sanding process, European Fine Hardwood

“Bona always strives to develop innovative products with a longterm sustainable perspective in mind, ensuring that our products are environmentally sound not just today, but tomorrow too.” - Glenn Svensson, Bona Research & Development Senior Vice President Floors is able to offer a dustless, safer - both now and long term - refinishing experience. Not only are Bona finishes and sealers better for you and the environment, they dry faster and don’t “yellow” over time like other finishes - maintaining the beauty of your floors. With a reputation for exceptional performance, you can understand why Valera and his team at European Fine Hardwood Floors use only Bona’s innovative products and machines. Bona’s DriFast Stains come in four beautiful color collections in more than 20 colors:

• Classic with rich presentation of authentic browns and rich auburns • Essentials that are comprised of warm ambers and hints of exotic spices • Naturals are subtle and soft with a mixture of light tones • Metropolitan offers sophisticated, saturated reds, browns, grays These colors can be used individually or blended to create a unique stain color for your specific flooring. If you are ready to restore the beauty of your hardwood flooring - with low VOC stains and finishes in a wide range of colors and a virtually dustless experience - call European Fine Hardwood Floors. With their years of skilled craftsmanship, long list of delighted clients, and tried-and-true sustainable Bona products, they offer the highest quality standards in the refinishing industry.

European Fine Hardwood Floors 865.640.3680 www.knoxvillehardwoodrefinishing.com Certified Craftsman by Bona

K November 26 through January 3 at Zoo Knoxville

NOX VILLE’S NEWEST LIGHT spectacular, Zoo Lights by Chick-fil-A Knoxville, is returning for a second year! Light up your nights this winter when you experience the outdoor lantern light-up at Zoo Knoxville. An all-new light extravaganza, Zoo Lights features: • Colorful Animal Lanterns • Moravian Stars • Enchanted Forest of Multi-Color Trees • Festive Food and Drinks Come and enjoy this unforgettable holiday tradition in the making - fun for the whole family! Zoo Lights opens on Friday, November 26, and continues through January 3 from 5 to 9 pm each evening. (Closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1.) For tickets or more information, visit www.ZooLightsKnoxville.com. Private party locations for hosting your own Zoo Lights party are also available each night.

Zoo Knoxville is a non-profit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. Zoo Knoxville features exhibits of wild animals in natural habitats and is world renowned for its efforts in conservation and species survival. It is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Knoxville’s largest attraction, the zoo is currently open from 9 am to 4 pm daily. (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.) Admission and ticket sales stop one hour before the zoo closes. For more information, visit www.ZooKnoxville.org.



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Don’t Forget to Winterize Your Garage


HE DAYLIGHT hours are getting much shorter and the temperatures a r e ge t t i n g co o l e r a s w i n t e r approaches. And so the yearly ritual of preparing your home for colder weather is underway. As you think about your house, don’t forget about prepping your garage. While the weather isn’t bitter cold outside, don’t procrastinate getting your garage winter ready so your car doesn’t spend another winter outside in the cold. PremierGarage of Knoxville, serving East Tennessee for 15 years, has the following suggestions in helping to get your garage ready for winter. Declutter Garages are the go-to dumping ground for items that you’re reluctant to part with or just can’t find a storage spot for within your heated living space. Getting your garage organized and keeping it that way requires you to regularly declutter. Yes, it takes time, but it is worth the effort! It will make you feel better emotionally, especially every time you step into your garage.

Don’t Keep Certain Items in the Garage There are certain household items many homeowners tend to keep in the garage that should be stored in their heated living space. They include: • Paint, cleaning products, and many household chemicals - frigid temperatures affect their consistency and effectiveness • Electronics you plan to donate - condensation can damage solder joints and cause circuit board crack or rust • Paper products - they attract rodents and other pests • Clothing or linens that aren’t in vacuum-sealed storage bags Make the Garage More Energy Efficient Your garage doors account for as much as one-third of your home’s front exterior. Make sure they are properly insulated to keep as much cold air out. Additionally, make sure window frames and any other doors have weather stripping to eliminate drafts. Investing in a durable garage floor coating will also help. Cracks in your concrete floor may be leaking heat into the ground underneath. Additionally, with snow comes roads covered in salt and de-icers. These

chemicals make it safe to drive, but they attach to the undercarriage of our cars, only to be deposited on bare concrete. Once this brine is diluted by enough melting snow, or when temperatures drop extremely low, it refreezes inside concrete pores, expanding and slowly breaking it apart, resulting in broken concrete known as spalling. For the toughest garage floor available, PremierGarage’s high-quality finish protects your garage floor all year long from spalling and is chemical, stain, chip, and slip resistant. The company’s PremierOne coating protects and beautifies with a permanent, seamless finish that is twice as hard as most other epoxy finishes. And it’s easy to clean. With winter weather fast approaching, call PremierGarage of Knoxville. Home really does begin in the garage!

PremierGarage powered by Tailored Living 865.947.8686 www.TailoredLivingKnoxville.com

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Celebrate the Holiday Season at Historic Westwood


ISTORIC WEST WOOD IS one of Knoxville’s premier historic house experiences. Celebrate the holidays in grand style at the beautiful former residence of artist Ann Adelia Armstrong Lutz. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1890 home is a rare example of the Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque architectural styles. Today, visitors can enjoy tours led by trained volunteer docents and can experience Gilded-Age architecture and interiors, a large collection of original art by Adelia Lutz, and a stunning collection of antique slag glass lamps from the Coates collection. Tours are provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. On Sunday, December 5, Historic Westwood will open its doors for the annual Holiday Home Tour. The grand home will be filled with beautiful holiday decorations, including a tree featuring handmade Victorian ornaments created by the Knoxville Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America. Experience docent-led house



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tours, holiday music, and refreshments. Santa will be stopping by between 2 and 5 pm. A daytime tour is available from 1 to 5 pm, and a special candlelight tour is available from 6 to 8 pm. Tickets are available to purchase at www.knoxheritage.org. Free parking is available at the adjacent Laurel Church of Christ located at 3457 Kingston Pike. Make Historic Westwood part of your family’s Christmas tradition. Explore more at www.historicwestwood.org.

Your Trusted

Hometown Jeweler


OMEGROWN IN the heart of the Smoky Mountains, Mackley Jewelers & Gemologists have been Knoxville’s hometown jeweler for more than 40 years. Treating customers with respect, providing ethical service, and selling beautiful jewelry with natural stones is the foundation of Mackley Jewelers’ philosophy. Founder Joseph Mackley believed that the tradition of highquality craftsmanship and ethical business practices coupled with excellent customer service was the ideal formula for building a successful business. These principles continue with Darryl Mackley, Joseph’s son, who took over the helm in 2013.

Every day, our goal is to be the best family-owned jewelry business we can be - all while giving our customers an authentic small business buying experience with genuine Southern charm. Mackley Jewelers’ extensive collection of beautiful colored stones led them into the custom arena many years ago. Today, they are deeply involved in producing unique custom jewelry, including exquisite bridal pieces, from anyone’s imagination or picture. Whether you want to create a one-of-a-kind engagement ring she will love or have another piece of custom jewelry in mind, they are ready to help with their extensive knowledge and creative experience. Mackley also offers a full range of professional jewelry repair and jewelry appraisal services. In addition to their dedication to custom creations and services, Mackley Jewelers has always had a deep passion for estate and antique jewelry and truly enjoys helping people find new homes for timeless treasures. Many one-of-a-kind, beautiful jewelry pieces reside in their extensive inventory. Stop by their business, located in Franklin Square, Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. By offering their customers the highest quality jewelry, outstanding customer service, and the best jewelry buying experience, Mackley Jewelers & Gemologists are destined to become your trusted hometown jeweler.

Mackley Jewelers & Gemologists 9648 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37922 865.693.3097 www.mackley.com November 202 1




DESIGNER Contemporary Furniture & Interior Design

Nouveau Classics Contemporary Furniture & Interior Design

101 S Gay St Knoxville

865.525.4755 www.nouveauclassics.com

Expand Your Home’s Horizons in Your Garage BY C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y, W W W.C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y.C O M


F YOU’ D LIKE to add valuable square footage to your home, consider coating your garage floor with durable and attractive epoxy. Available in endless color and style variations, epoxy floors are stain-resistant, easy to clean, and a pleasure to walk on. The experienced team at Designer Garages can install an epoxy floor in days, transforming the way you use your garage! Here’s how it works: Preparation is Key After performing a moisture test on your concrete, we use a commercial grinder to carefully sand and level your garage floor. Cracks and divots will be filled, and we’ll lightly go over the floor again for smoothness. Because this is a dry process, we use a high-powered vacuum system to collect any dust. Getting Flaky A base coating of colored epoxy is applied using a proprietary formula that wicks deep into the concrete, creating a lasting bond. Then the real magic happens: Colored vinyl flakes are hand-thrown across the floor. These flakes will add slip-proof traction and are available in a variety of colors and sizes, providing endless decorative possibilities.

Sealing the Deal After the layers have cured, your garage floor will receive a chemical and abrasion-resistant clear gloss finish that resists hot tire markings and is non-yellowing. A day later, you can enjoy walking on your new epoxy floor, and in five days, it can be driven upon. Call Designer Garages today to add square footage to your home in less than a

week, making your garage a multi-purpose space for working, playing, and living! And when you’re ready for storage, let us provide a free proposal for custom, affordable cabinets to finish the space.

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

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H O D O E S N ’ T love cabinets? They safely hold items dust-free and accessible and can be installed low or high. With the change of a cabinet door, however, these humble organization champions can transform your interior. Closets by McKenry carries Element Designs, a revolutionary line of cabinet doors made of aluminum, glass, and acrylic that marries function with design. When you’re contemplating your own organized storage options, consider versatile cabinet doors when asking the following questions: 1. Where will the storage be located? Markerboard cabinet doors give a child’s room the perfect place to draw, while clear glass doors with hidden hinges can add a feeling of spaciousness to your primary closet. 2. What will be stored? Show off your collection of designer handbags behind transparent doors offered in a variety of frame styles, or hide your home office supplies behind back-painted glass available in 10 matte or high gloss colors.



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3. What is your home’s style? Aluminum frames with resin inserts offer designs that simulate leaves, leather, brushed metal, and gold leaf, matching any décor from a downtown industrial loft to a cozy country farmhouse. Cabinets offer more than storage - they can add value and funtionality to your home and pizzazz to your decor. Visit our showroom to see the exclusive line of Element Design cabinet doors, where our professional designers create custom storage just for you. With financing and 18 months same as cash for those who qualify - contact us today!

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





Unforgettable treasures and treats for all of your friends and family this holiday season, like these beautiful 17” tall nutcrackers. Available at Towns Toffee, 1006 N. Main Street in Sweetwater, 865.684.0287, www.townstoffee.com.


Celebrated for artistry and innovation, Barton Perreira was born out of independence and intuition. Barton Perreira sunglasses are offered exclusively at Clancy Optical, 9700 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, 865.539.2835 and SPEX, a division of Clancy Optical, 4620 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, 865.584.7739, www.clancyoptical.com.


Capturing life’s small moments, these framed Sharon Nowlan reproductions of sea-washed pebbles and sea glass are a delightful addition to any home. Available at Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center, 9885 Highway 11E in Lenoir City, 865.986.7229, www.meadowviewgreenhouse.com.



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The Southern Market proudly offers Preserve Press’ officially licensed homewares, which celebrate campus life and the memorable moments we experience as fans, alumni, and students, as well as a city life lived to its fullest. More than 175 local merchants and artists under one roof at Knoxville’s premiere design marketplace featuring home decor, gifts, fashion, art, and cuisine. Shop local at Southern Market, 5400 Homberg Drive in Knoxville, 865.588.2260, www.southernmarketshops.com.


This magnificent, collectible Vintage Asian Enamel Ginger Jar has a decorative floral design surrounding a woman and her attentive children. Approximately 18” tall and sturdy. Available at Premiere Consignment, 320 Lakeside Plaza in Tellico Village, 865.458.9721, www.premiereconsignment.com.


For the bird lover on every gift list, Mr. Bird has great seed feeders ready to hang. Then sit back and watch the beautiful birds of East Tennessee feed until their heart’s content! Available at The Town Framery & Gifts, 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut, 865.671.6627, www.thetownframery.com.


This cocktail table has a ribbon stripe mahogany veneer top with elegant black ebony inlay and features scalloped corners with a shelf below. Antique brass finished ferrules add unique detail to this sophisticated design. Available at Decorating Den Interiors | Kozar Design Team, 521 Lovell Rd., Suite 205 in Knoxville, 865.392.6222, www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com.

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Holiday Visitors?



abound - and usually in bad taste most families like each other, and spending time together is important. When your in-laws or other family members come to visit, you want to ensure they have a good time at your house. The hustle and bustle of more people in the house is both fun and sometimes anxiety-inducing. Tailored Living of Knoxville, your local whole-home organizing company, has some suggestions to help you stay calm and get your home ready for family visits by enhancing organization to create a calm and comfortable home for everyone’s benefit. Welcoming Sleeping Space Nothing makes a guest feel more unwelcome than to be a burden at bedtime. The “where can we stick you?” attitude would put off anyone. Making sure that your guests have appropriate, comfortable sleeping quarters will add to their appreciation of your home and you! If there are no extra beds, you can convert a home office, craft room, or playroom into a guest room when needed with a custom Murphy Bed that disappears when your guests are gone.

5 Ways to Make Them Fall in Love with Your Space

Also, make sure to have extra pillows of varying firmness. Think Like a Resort Hotel Adding amenities make guests feel like they are in a five-star hotel. First, be sure they have closet and drawer space to use so they aren’t living out of suitcases. Then create a welcome basket with shampoo, soap, a new toothbrush, and toothpaste - things they might have forgotten to pack. Respect Morning Rituals Check ahead of time to see what they prefer in the morning - coffee or tea and if they use milk, creamer, or sweeteners. We all have a preferred beverage for starting our days, and this small act of kindness will make them feel more at home. Have a User-Friendly Pantry Take a look at your pantry. Could someone visiting find what he or she wants? Are cereals in one place? Are all the snacks in one section? A well-stocked, organized pantry invites everyone to help themselves when the need-to-feed strikes. Give a quick “pantry tour” so they don’t feel like trespassers and won’t be hesitant to serve themselves.

Create a Technology Information Sheet Every home is different with how technology functions for TV viewing, Wi-Fi access, and smart-home systems. Save everyone repeating instructions, frustration, and embarrassment when things don’t work by creating a cheat-sheet about your home’s technology with passwords and steps to make everything work. If an impending visit from family has you questioning the suitability of your home for company, maybe it’s time to evaluate your space. From your closet to your pantry, the design professionals at Tailored Living of Knoxville will take time to understand your family’s needs and style preferences to create an organizational solution that is tailored to your needs.

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


Hardin Valley Church of Christ 11515 Hardin Valley Road, 37932 Thursdays 3 pm - 6 pm


209 Jackson Square, 37830 Saturdays 8 am - Noon


By providing independent makers a space to sell their quality and unique goods to the community, the Retropolitan Craft Fair has been bringing indie-craft markets to the Knoxville area since 2014. Come shop with us! November 21 from 11 am - 6 pm The Mill & Mine 227 W. Depot Avenue Knoxville 37917










H A N C E S A R E that you haven’t heard of the artist Mutlu (pronounced moot-lu). However, once you catch his show at Knoxville’s Open Chord on November 11, you will never forget him. That was certainly the case of none other than Daryl Hall and John Oates. Mutlu is a first-generation American whose parents moved from Turkey to the United States in the 1970s. He discovered the strength of his voice in high school while singing in a Broadway revue. He liked being on stage but didn’t anticipate pursuing it as a career. However, while earning a marketing degree from Drexel University, he spent innumerable hours practicing guitar, writing songs, and playing open mic nights. Now, roughly 15 years into a career as a professional musician, he believes that his Turkish heritage informs his perspective as an artist. He shares, “From a writing standpoint, having that multicultural background from a young age fuels your creativity in a different way. It makes you empathize with things differently than you would have.” Coming up in the scene, he played around town and in area clubs before landing his first tour opening for Joe Jackson. Since then, he’s toured across the U.S. and Europe with his musical brother, Amos Lee, who discovered Mutlu’s music just as both of their careers were taking off. In addition, he’s found an advocate with Daryl Hall and John Oates, who invited Mutlu to support a national theater tour. Mutlu reflected, “Representing the sound and legacy of Philly music is at the core of everything I do. My music is an extension of the city that I grew up in, and it’s shaped who I am as an artist and a songwriter. Using my music as a vehicle to provide social commentaries is very important to me. This is true of songs like ‘Lifeline,’ ‘Not Escapable,’ and ‘95 to 5.’ ‘Lifeline’ was inspired by, and is a tribute to, the late Civil Rights hero and Georgia Congressman John Lewis. The album’s title, Good Trouble, is also a tribute to John Lewis.” Mutlu also has a less serious side, as he’s the first to offer that an element of humor is integral to his overall body of work. He offered, “My song ‘Caramel’ is a good example of that. It’s a song that’s both sexy and absurd. I want to communicate a whole range of emotions, and being able to make people laugh is a key part of making a strong connection to the audience. On a broader level, being able to deliver the songs in the simplest, most direct manner is paramount to what I do. I love working with a great band, but I know a song is truly special when I can impact the audience with just my voice and guitar.”



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Whether crooning a love song like “Caramel” (which echoes the Gamble & Huff output of the ’70s), spreading optimism in “Lifeline,” or sharing a look into his own life as in “Scarred,” Mutlu can bring his diverse catalog together through the power of his voice. He’s been recognized by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Philadelphia Inquirer for his sweet, silky tone. Bruce Warren of WXPN once described Mutlu’s music as “a mix of soul, reggae, world music, and folk, all tied together in the singer-songwriter tradition.” “The vocal connection - that’s the cornerstone of everything I do,” he said. “Everything else is in service of that, performance-wise and production-wise. In R&B and soul music, singers try to really emotionally connect, vocally. It’s about that special thing that can happen when you really dig down deep and give a performance that moves people.”

Mutlu launched his career on Manhattan Records with the 2008 album Livin’ It, produced by mentor and friend T Bone Walker. Since then, he’s developed his international audience through touring, multiple appearances on Live from Daryl’s House, and a steady stream of independent singles and EPs, most recently 2019’s Good Trouble. He cites songs like “Livin’ It,” “Hello Morning,” and “One Life with You” as staples in his set, yet he believes that the show experience is far more than just playing the same material every night. “For people who know the songs, it’s about giving something more than they would get on the record,” he said. “I tour a lot solo, and for me it’s about going beyond just playing the songs. Building a community around my music is as important to me as anything. Whether it’s through the online community, live concerts, or my involvement in programs like Musicians On Call, using my music to build personal relationships and make an impact on people’s lives is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a musician.” Join the Mutlu community at the Open Chord on November 11.

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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Big or Small: We Do It All! Inside or Out: Give Us a Shout! 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 .


ET ME APOLOGIZE for that lengthy title. For this month’s article, my husband, John, wanted me to write something that encompassed ALL we do. When we started out, we were a “tile and grout” company that also did carpet, so a catchy subject was a pretty short order. But more than a decade later we have found ourselves specializing in so many other surfaces that it makes for a lengthy title! Most everyone around Knoxville knows that we are the best at cleaning tile and grout, but surprisingly we still have clients that don’t know that one of our most in-demand services is exterior natural stone (bluestone, flagstone, slate, etc.). We also do all sorts of carpet cleaning, from steam extraction to Roto-vac restoration, both with eco-friendly cleaners. For our clients that want to go the extra mile, we offer Scotchgard protection. We continue to resurrect many carpets and save our clients costly replacements. But back to our exterior services. What began as mostly driveways and walkways expanded quickly to docks, pool decks, and composite decking. As word got around about how good we were at exterior surfaces, we began to get numerous requests for soft washing and vertical surfaces. A few years ago we invested in equipment to safely soft wash houses and roofs made of sensitive and exotic material: Cedar shakes and shingles, stucco, vinyl, and brick. For roofs, we can tackle asphalt shingles, slate, clay, and even metal. Once your outdoor surfaces are clean, many areas can be sealed to protect it for years from the abuse of Mother Nature. Why is our soft-washing so effective? What makes us better than other companies? To start with, we have been fortunate enough to have partnered with the manufacturers of a top-quality soft wash solution. Since the product we use also contains a commercial grade rinse aid, when Surface Doc does an exterior soft wash, you also get the added benefit of clean windows! In addition, our cleaning technicians will go the extra mile to treat your property with care to ensure nothing gets damaged. We encourage you to visit our webpage (www.surfacedoc.com), Facebook (@surfacedoc), or our Instagram (surfacedocinc) to review our weekly photos of current clients. If you are curious about YOUR troublesome surface, chances are you’ll find exactly what you are looking for in one of our past jobs. If you’ve been a client of ours, you may even see your floor or outdoor surfaces pictured! With the holidays upon us, there’s no doubt that you are sprucing up for your relatives and friends. Surface Doc is the one call that does it all; inside or out, give us a SHOUT! Our professional team will show up and help you tackle your most daunting tasks. Give us a call today and have a cleaner tomorrow!

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UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month

Bigleaf Magnolia: Magnolia Macrophylla



O M E T H I N G A B O U T b ig flowers and foliage is so enticing to me. The first time I saw Magnolia macrophylla was at a botanical garden in Kentucky, and I was totally taken aback by the gargantuan leaves and flower buds. I knew at once this was one of my favorite plants I have come across. Commonly known as bigleaf magnolia, this is a deciduous, native tree that reaches 30-40 feet tall. It is generally found in the eastern part of the state, along with western North Carolina, southeast Kentucky, and parts of Alabama and Mississippi. This underutilized tree works well in spaces that get full or part sun. Sporting the largest non-compound leaves in North America, mature leaves are green above and an attractive silvery-gray below and can be up to 36 inches long and 12 inches across. The large leaves can add a unique texture to your landscape! M. macrophylla also has the largest flowers of any tree in North America. The cream-colored blooms are usually 8-10 inches across, beautifully fragrant, and appear in late May. After flowering, the seed pods swell with seeds covered in a protective red seed coat. These three unique characteristics of the flowers and foliage make this species easy to identify in its native habitat as an understory tree. Two cultivars of this plant are ‘Palmberg,’ which has even larger flowers than the species, and ‘Purple Spotted,’ a cultivar that has purple markings near the center of the flower. Though these cultivars are hard to find on the market, they will make a beautiful and interesting addition to any landscape. The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Crossville, and Jackson. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit utia.tennessee.edu/ state-botanical-garden.



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The gargantuan leaves of the aptly named bigleaf magnolia tree make colorful litter on the lawn. Photo courtesy of C. Reese.

Bigleaf magnolia is a deciduous, native tree that reaches 30-40 feet tall. Photos courtesy of Lindsay Duncan of a specimen at the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, Kentucky.

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




had a beautiful fall so far! It has been a bit warmer than some of my workers would prefer, but I am a warm weather lover. I turn cranky when it gets cold. I know that many of you will be switching into holiday mode once that calendar page turns to November, but there are still plenty of things that can be done in your yard. This is the month to start “putting your garden to bed.” What does that mean? It means doing a few little things that will help your plants make it through the winter without any worries. ✻ The first thing of course is a good walk about. You know the drill: Look up, down, and all around to see what is hiding. Check trees, shrubs, perennials, vegetables, and annuals to see how they are doing. Are they happy or sad? Do you have insects, diseases, damage, etc.? Let us know if you have questions about how to address those issues. ✻ The second thing is a good cleanup. You can dramatically reduce your insect and disease problems next year by cleaning up plant debris this year. Insect eggs and fungal spores like to hang around on old leaves during the winter so they can emerge to a host next spring. ✻ Cleanup also involves weeding. I know you are tired of pulling weeds, but letting them go to seed will make your life much harder next year. Get as many out as possible and apply a pre-emergent to keep them from coming back. Remember that those products do not stop weeds with bulbs (nut sedge) or “running” weeds (clover, Bermuda, smilax). You will have to keep pulling those. ✻ This is a good time to add mulch. Some of you had your mulch wash away with the rains, or you might have skipped re-applying it this spring. Mulch helps to keep soil and moisture levels stable. It helps roots establish and keeps perennials from heaving out of the ground. Once you get things tucked in, there are other things that can be done as well: ✻ If you have bare areas, keep planting. Trees and shrubs can be planted as long as the ground isn’t frozen. Let’s have a little refresher course on planting trees and shrubs: 1. Dig your hole twice as wide as your root ball, but no deeper. 2. Mix the soil that comes out of the hole 50/50 with a good planting mix or soil conditioner. If your plants want acidic soil, add soil acidifier. 3. Loosen up the roots on your plant. 4. Place your plant into its hole and

backfill with the soil mixture. Press the soil firmly around the root ball. 5. Water your plant well and use a root stimulator to help feeder roots establish. ✻ There are some perennials that can still be planted. You want to get them in soon, however. Roots need to get established before the ground gets too cold. ✻ Pansies and violas can still be planted. They add such a ray of sunshine when we get into those grey, dreary days of winter! ✻ Fluff those containers and get them ready for the holidays. Replace annuals with pansies or evergreen foliage. Don’t be afraid to play around with colors and textures! ✻ Continue to remove falling leaves from grassy areas. Chop them up with your lawn mower and then use them as mulch around your plants. Decomposing leaves are wonderful for your soil! ✻ Speaking of soil, fall is a good time to add compost and manure so they can break down and enrich your soil during the winter months. Now I am going to switch gears and talk about Christmas trees, because many of you are buying them earlier than you used to. Here are some things that you need to be aware of:

✻ There is a shortage. My order was cut 35% by the grower, and some sizes are not available. Many of the growers have gone out of business, and it isn’t a quick fix. Trees take 5-10 years to grow and must be sheared, cleared, and watched. You might end up with a tree that is not quite the size, shape, or variety that you would have preferred. Please remember that all Christmas trees are beautiful once decorated, and don’t let a bare spot or European styling (more space between branches) keep you from buying. ✻ Ask where the trees come from and when they were cut before you buy, and only buy from a reputable source. ✻ Keep your tree watered. Use as big a stand as you can, and don’t let it go dry. The tree will seal over if it isn’t in water continuously and will no longer be able to “drink.” I will talk about other holiday plants next month. We have gorgeous plants and gifts still coming in. Stop by and see us soon!

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


OPEN MON-THURS 9-5, FRI & SAT 9-6, SUN 1-5

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Keep Your Home Safe and Secure This Holiday Season


Christmas Marketplace at Historic Ramsey House 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville November 13 from 10 am to 5 pm


HE HISTORIC Ramsey House, home to one of Knoxville’s founding families, Colonel Francis Alexander Ramsey, is excited to announce their Christmas Marketplace - an outdoor, juried, family-friendly event featuring regional artisans and vintage/antique dealers from across East Tennessee. Choose from unique holiday décor, pottery, vintage-inspired jewelry, handmade soaps, custom wreaths, handspun yarns, and more! It’s the perfect venue to find that special, one-of-a-kind item for your holiday gifting and celebrations! 

 While you are there, grab a hearty lunch, watch blacksmiths at work in our new Blacksmith Shop, and tour Historic Ramsey House! There’s something for everyone at the Christmas Marketplace! For more information, visit www.RamseyHouse.org.



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HETHER YOU’RE home for the holidays or setting off on a well-deserved family vacation, the security of your home is of top importance. Join Fleenor Security as we go through helpful tips to keep your home safe and secure this holiday season! Holiday shopping early this year? Be sure to keep it under wraps! Setting out perfectly wrapped gifts under the tree may be all too tempting for an optimistic thief. At the same time, leaving empty boxes from large purchases outside on the curb could also let a burglar know that your home might be worth the risk. Be sure to break down all boxes before setting them outside and keep gifts in a location that is not easily seen from the outside. If you are planning on traveling during the holiday season, be sure to tell a trusted neighbor that you’ll be away. Ask them if they can check on your property, take your mail and packages inside your home, and even park a car in your driveway. A build-up of mail is a tell-tale sign for a burglar that the house may be empty. So, better yet, it is always a good idea to contact your local post office to ask to put a hold on your mail while you are away. Be sure to keep your travel plans off all social media sites. Even if your followers consist of close friends and family, it is never a good idea to broadcast that you will be away from your home for an extended period. Instead, save the fun-filled family pictures for when you return! Consider investing in a home security system. A home security system with smart home automation allows you to remain connected to your property. With a mobile app, you can control your system directly from your smartphone. You can turn lights on and off, ensure all doors are locked, and even set your thermostat to take advantage of energy savings. You’ll likewise get a notification right on your phone if a sensor is triggered. A home security system can bring you peace of mind that your home is safe and secure while you’re out of town or just out doing some holiday shopping. Fleenor Security Systems 6700 Baum Drive, Ste. 22 Knoxville, TN 37919 865.544.9964 www.FleenorSecurity.com TN C-0239 VA 11-1901 NC 1721-CSA

Helping Your Aging Parents

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

BY Y VO N N E M A R S H , C F P ® , C PA


HE PASSAGE of time can catch you off-guard years fly by, and suddenly you realize that your parents Yvonne Marsh, might need help when it comes to CFP®, CPA managing their finances. Whether that time is imminent or somewhere in the unknown future, a critical first step is simply having a conversation with your parents about their finances. Make sure you are covering these topics: • Bill paying: Do they have enough current income to pay their bills, and do they have a process to make sure payments don’t accidentally get missed? This is especially important for annual life insurance or long-term care insurance premiums. Policies they have been paying for years could lapse due to non-payment. • Do they have critical legal documents in place? We all think of a will as important, but do they have a financial power of attorney that will allow someone to act in their place if they are incapacitated? How about a living will and a healthcare power of attorney? • Do they have long-term care insurance that can help pay for their care later in life? It’s good to know what your financial responsibility might be in the future if they haven’t made any long-term care plans. Many plans pay for in-home care, so it’s good to read the policy to see what it covers. • Are their IRA beneficiary designations up to date? Keep in mind that beneficiary designation forms override the will for IRA accounts. Additionally, there are critical tax consequences when IRA accounts are passed to the next generation without properly completed beneficiary forms. • Do you know where their investments and life insurance or long-term care insurance policies are? I have witnessed first-hand how hard it will be for you - as the adult child financial caregiver - if you have to search for this information. • Are accounts titled in such a way that the will would be circumvented? For instance, if your mom has a joint bank account with your sister, your sister will own the entire account at your mom’s passing, no matter what the will says. Talking about money with your parents can be tough, but who knows? They might be waiting for you to start the conversation. If you need help managing a financial transition in your life, give me a call. I can help make the complex decisions easier.

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

Fall is in the House!

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

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

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A Sweet Coffee Treat C O U RT E S Y O F F F E


O YOU KNOW that moment when something sweet hits your taste buds and a smile instantly spreads across your face? It’s almost magic to some. To others, it’s simply bliss! This holiday season, make something that’s simple yet sophisticated for an easy way to ensure smiles all around. Try an Easy Tiramisu Dip, because whether you’re relaxing at home, having a small get-together with friends, or joining your annual family gathering, this dip is sure to spread culinary cheer. The outcome is yummy, fluffy, rich, and sweet with a hint of espresso. It’s not overpowering, however,

so little ones or non-coffee lovers can still enjoy this delicious dip. The recipe starts with “easy,” and it holds true to its name. With a short list of ingredients and only a handful of instructions, this is something you can whip up (literally) in just a few moments. Also, using minimal tools in the kitchen is always a plus for at-home chefs - easy cleanup, too! The only appliance needed to make this recipe is a mixer. No oven time needed! This is also a unique dessert because it can be served cool for dipping or chilled like a mousse. If you are planning to take a

sweet treat to a party this holiday season, this is nearly perfect. Serve with ladyfingers or fruit to bring that sweetness to a whole new level, and it’s topped with a final sprinkle of cocoa powder to give it that extra appeal for kids and adults alike. You do eat with your eyes first after all! Give this one a try and see the faces of your loved ones light up with joy this season. This creamy, tasty dip is sure to impress, so you may want to double the recipe as there are sure to be requests for seconds! For more easy dessert recipes, visit www.culinary.net.

Easy Tiramisu Dip Servings: 4 Ingredients: • 1 cup heavy whipping cream • 1 tablespoon espresso powder • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened • 8 ounces Mascarpone cheese • 1/2 cup powdered sugar • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder • Cookie wafers or fruit for dipping Directions: In medium bowl, whisk heavy whipping cream and espresso powder until blended. In large bowl, use hand mixer to beat cream cheese until smooth. Add Mascarpone cheese and beat until combined. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating after each addition. Add vanilla extract; beat mixture. Add espresso mixture; beat until soft peaks form. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Spoon mixture into serving bowl. Sprinkle with cocoa powder. Serve with wafers or fruit.



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Holiday Help from The Lunchbox! Fresh, delicious pies & baked goods Take & bake meals Holiday side dishes


HE LUNCHBOX is more than your one-stop shop for delicious homestyle, quality lunches and catering options. We also offer some of the best pies and baked goods in town! Local favorites include Chocolate Chess, Pecan, Lemon Chess, Chocolate Peanut Butter pies, and more! Pick up our Knoxville-famous pumpkin muffins for brunch, a take & bake meal to heat and serve fresh when time is tight, and enjoy our fresh-made pies and cakes throughout the holidays. If you are new to The Lunchbox, we are celebrating 40 years serving Knoxville. What keeps customers coming back is simple – “The formula hasn’t changed.” We stay true to founder Karen Sproles’ recipes, which continue to be the heartbeat and foundation of The Lunchbox. The signature chicken salad, soups, fresh sandwiches, and ready-to-go desserts have always been a major draw. Our downtown Market Manager, Josephine, has been with The Lunchbox for too many years to count and has been making these “tried and true” recipes from scratch for more than 20 years. Rhonda, our Market Manager at The Atrium, has taken customer service to the next level, greeting customers daily with smiles and gratitude. We continue to offer homestyle, quality foods that people keep coming back to, and our mission is to stay consistent in honoring The Lunchbox legacy. Daily menu specials include our fresh made sandwiches and wraps, pimento cheese, chicken enchiladas, pumpkin muffins, chicken gumbo, Italian cream cake, box lunches with a side and dessert, and Knoxville’s favorite chicken salad. Our Bearden location also offers take & bake meals - family meals made from scratch, served fresh from your oven. Call 24 hours in advance and Sally will have your order ready to go! Expect friendly, efficient service and the favorites Knoxville has loved for 40 years without sacrificing time and nutrition. Come see us at The Lunchbox! The Lunchbox Bearden Downtown Atrium Office Park 5005 Kingston Pike 607 Market Street 1225 Weisgarber Road 865.249.6010 865.409.4211 865.602.2232 www.LunchboxKnoxville.com Photo by KnoxFoodie

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This Season, Are You a Buyer or a Seller? BY A A R O N H U N T, C O - O W N E R O F PREMIERE CONSIGNMENT


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N OW A N Y shoppers who want to pay full retail price, especially for furniture? Me neither! That’s why we launched Premiere Consignment in nearby Tellico Village. We offer both buyers and sellers the perfect venue for conveniently buying and selling quality, name brand, gently used furniture, décor, rugs, and art at prices far below their original retail selling prices! Homeowners, here’s a great suggestion when planning for the upcoming holidays. Think back to how conveniently and comfortably your guests were able to enjoy your home last holiday season. Did a particular room appear cluttered, or was the traffic pattern or flow obstructed? Was there sufficient seating for everyone? Was your dining room table too large or too small? Would a buffet or sideboard have been helpful when serving meals? Reflecting on last year’s holiday events provides you with the perfect opportunity to determine how to improve your home for the upcoming holiday season, allowing you to comfortably and efficiently entertain friends and family this Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. If you find that letting some items go would be the best option, Premiere Consignment is the safest and most convenient way to sell no longer used, quality items. Safe because sellers won’t have to invite strangers into their home or wait for potential buyers - who may never show up or who want to negotiate an already agreed upon price. Convenient because sellers don’t need to be concerned about bad checks or handling large amounts of cash. If you find that you could use those extra guest chairs, a rug for cold feet, or a smaller table, Premiere Consignment has a large selection of home décor with every style imaginable represented. Buyers can browse our extended showroom during business hours, as well as having access to our full-service eBay store. Buyer or seller, Premiere Consignment can help. From décor to furniture, we can help you enhance every room in your home or help you find a new home for those quality items that you find you may no longer need. Let us take the inconvenience out of buying and selling quality, name brand furniture, décor, rugs, and art while saving up to 90% off full retail prices. You can also visit our website to view our current inventory and shop from your couch! Premiere Consignment is simply your smartest and easiest way to buy and sell. Premiere Consignment 320 Lakeside Plaza Loudon, TN 37774 865.458.9721 www.premiereconsignment.com

Do You Have Pinhole Leaks? It Might Be Your Water… B Y D AV I D B R E W S T E R , O W N E R O F AQ U A C L E A R WAT E R SY S T E M S , L LC


HAVE heard pinhole leaks are a huge pain. Not from personal experience, but from the clients I have worked with. Stories of massive floods, ripping out drywall, hidden mold growing behind the wall, and 10k-20k re-plumbing jobs having to be done. And the sad part is most people think it’s just their old plumbing, and there is no alternative but to invest in totally gutting the plumbing. Luckily, we have saved many clients from turning their home into a job site by fixing the water that travels through those old pipes. Chlorine is corrosive to copper. It reacts with the copper to create a chemical compound: Copper chloride. This compound can slowly attack copper from the inside, which results in those tiny but destructive

pinhole leaks. Also, hard water, an abundance of calcium/magnesium, can erode copper pipes if a hot water recirculation pump is installed. Kinetico water systems remove the chlorine, chloramines, and hardness that can attack copper pipes. We also add a special coating filter, after the Kinetico system, to recoat the copper plumbing from the years of damage. After installing hundreds of Kinetico Systems to fix our clients’ pinhole leak issues, we can say with 100% certainty that it works. We’ve been saving our valued clients from 10k-20k re-plumbing jobs and from turning their home into a job site. And not only did they save their plumbing, but they also get all the other benefits of installing a Kinetico whole house water filtration system. We are

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Cheekwood Holiday Lights


AVOR THE sights and sounds of the 2021 season at Cheekwood and make lasting memories with what is soon to be one of your favorite holiday traditions. Holiday LIGHTS is open 7 nights a week beginning November 20 through January 9. When the sun goes down, the gardens light up for the prettiest holiday stroll of the season, featuring more than a million lights throughout our 55 acres of beautiful botanic gardens. Enjoy seasonal favorites like real reindeer, s’mores stations, and TRAINS! lit up for the holidays. And don’t forget to visit the Frist Learning Center to drop off letters to Jolly Ole St. Nick!

New This Year Begin your journey on Peppermint Path featuring clusters of candy cane coated cylinders. The arches in the Bradford Robertson Color Garden come alive as you make your way through the interactive Tunnel of Lights. It wouldn’t be the holidays without a grand tree of live botanicals created by Cheekwood’s gardening team. This year’s 20-foot tree is designed with a stunning arrangement of orchids. The Holiday Marketplace features festive merchandise including home decor, custom-scented candles, nutcrackers, winter accessories, holiday stationary, and more.

Plan Your Visit Open every night from 5 to 10 pm though January 9. Purchase tickets in advance at Cheekwood.org. Military, first responders, and healthcare workers can enjoy half-priced admission every Monday night during Medical & Military Mondays. Tickets do sell out, so reserve your timed-entry tickets to Holiday LIGHTS in advance. This one mile trail is packed with holiday excitement that you won’t want to miss, so bring the whole family - it’s great for youngsters and those just young-at-heart. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville. More information is available at Cheekwood.org.



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The Ripple Effect of Delivering Hope



in our community already know that Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and well-being of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering hope, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness through the delivery of flower arrangements created from repurposed flowers. But, what they - and you - may not realize is that the impact of our mission goes far beyond our direct recipients in hospitals, assisted living homes, hospice, and other community health organizations. Every arrangement delivered also positively impacts family members, friends, healthcare providers, and our volunteers. Recipients of our repurposed bouquets enjoy receiving the flowers and getting the emotional boost the bouquet provides them. “I wanted to tell you thank you for the flowers that were delivered to me. They are beautiful, and I am enjoying them so much. They were beautiful when you delivered them, and they are still beautiful after several days. Thank you so much!” - Vicki, recipient

Family and friends can also see the positive effect that a floral delivery has on their loved ones. “My mother, who is in assisted living, was a recipient of your beautiful act of love! I can’t tell how much it meant to her because she mentioned it several times in our video call tonight. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your hearts, for community, and for noticing her and all of the residents.” - Tina, family member A recipient’s healthcare providers and caregivers also get an emotional boost knowing that their patients and residents will be having better days because of the flowers and moments of kindness and connection extended to them. “I just wanted to tell you that the bouquets that you dropped off today were absolutely beautiful. Thank you to the volunteers that created these wonderful arrangements - they were the most beautiful arrangements that you have ever delivered. They helped all of our patients and healthcare staff have a much better day.” - Lisa, healthcare provider

Random Acts of Flowers volunteers also get an emotional boost knowing that their time, energy, and efforts provide many better days to a recipient, as the flowers will be a recurring reminder that someone cared for them and is thinking of them. This is what Random Acts of Flowers calls the “Ripple Effect of Delivering Hope.” The number of lives impacted by a single delivery goes far beyond the recipient. Our deliveries of hope and encouragement not only have a positive impact on the recipient, but also on the recipient’s family members, friends, caregivers, volunteers, and – hopefully – you, too! If you want to make an impact with Random Acts of Flowers by volunteering or making a donation, call 865-633-9082, email info@RAFKnoxville.org, or visit www.RAFKnoxville.org. November 202 1



Center New Exhibitions Opening Emporium November 5


HE ARTS & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from November 5-23, with an opening reception on Friday, November 5, from 5 to 9 pm. Masks are required for all visitors, as is maintaining physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store. Marcia Athens, Anne Kinggard, and Lennie Robertson: Three Women! in the Upper Gallery Three Women! features work by three local artists who have long been friends, supporting one another as they each explored and grew their individual creative expression. The women all share the same spiritual path and, to one extent or another, also embrace a similar underlying visual consciousness that has led them to explore imagery Anne Kinggard that includes unique alternative perspectives. Marcia Athens embraces her internal dialogue, which then arrives as vibrant imagery that invites the viewer to look within; Anne Kinggard sees unique connections between improbable objects, sometimes whimsical, causing the viewer to reconsider their own viewpoint; and Lennie Robertson sees the constant changing world and the small beauties that most frequently miss. Lennie Robertson

Work by Recipients of Bailey Opportunity Grants in the Lower Gallery The Arts & Culture Alliance presents an exhibit of painting, photography, woodwork, forged metal, jewelry, sculpture, and more by 20 of the individual artists who are recipients of an FY22 Ann and Steve Bailey Megan Lingerfelt Opportunity Grant. A part of the Arts & Heritage Fund, the Bailey Opportunity Grants provide financial and technical support to individual artists and small, professionally oriented arts and culture organizations. The grants are designed to spur artistic and administrative growth in innovative, entrepreneurial artists and organizations at any stage in their development. Throughout the next eight months, the 31 artists will utilize their funds for local, regional, and national workshops, studio time, Yvonne Dalschen technical equipment, and more. Martyn Strange: New American Pop on the North Wall Martyn Strange is a multimedia artist, musician, and writer who works primarily in painting, drawing, and prose writing. He has self-produced three music albums under various monikers and has



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performed with numerous bands across the U.S. He has self-published volumes of poetry, an illustrated zine, and has written scripts for film and television. Excerpts from the artist’s statement: My work examines the expanding relationships among celebrity, technology, social media, and advertising. It explores how certain images, phrases, colors, and ideas stay in our minds, often on a loop. The phrases paired with them come from a variety of places: Song lyrics, overheard conversation, commonly Martyn Strange repeated sayings, or internet slang. My work is very much informed by the history of pop art and references the likes of Warhol, Ruscha, and Rauschenberg. Original Paintings by Olive Oliver in the Atrium Olive Oliver seeks to explore the depths of abstract landscape painting. He uses an expressive style that involves bold colors, detailed lines, and texture. The subject he expounds upon is nature, specifically pertaining to the beauty of Tennessee landscapes and other places with awe-inspiring elevations and majestic valleys. His color choice draws from his own ancestral history: He is African American, and his ancestors have historical ties to the Congo, Benin Togo, and the Ivory Coast, as well as parts of Olive Oliver Eastern Europe and Ireland. Lesley Eaton: Shaping Maternal Lineage: A Collection of Painted Paper Collage in the Display Case Excerpts from the artist’s statement: Shaping Maternal Lineage showcases my newest painted paper collage work. I let the imagery reveal itself to me instead of seeking out a theme or subject matter to focus on. I ended up surrounded by a trove of lush velvety green, bright florals, and obscure kitchen tools. At first it seemed the connecting thread of this imagery was my grandmother’s kitchen, but a deeper examination revealed a connection with my own mother’s kitchen and a realization of the beauty and love passed down through simple, often uncelebrated, habits: Trimming cut Lesley Eaton flower stems at the sink, lining the window sills with African violets, and meticulously chopping, sifting, grating, stirring, and perfecting each savory and sweet offering of nourishment. I worked almost exclusively with scissors, cutting shapes and letting them take on organic forms, relating more with Henri Matisse’s notion of “drawing with scissors.” The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 am 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 1 pm. Please note, the Emporium will be closed November 24-27. For more information, call 865-523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

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Kip Moore at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful Summit: Cleaner, Greener, Connected at UT Conference Center at 8:30 am.

Regal Celebration of Lights at Krutch Park, Market Square, and Union Avenue from 6 to 9 pm. Downtown Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt & Peppermint Trail in downtown Knoxville through January 2. Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice in Market Square through January 2. East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art through January 9. Zoo Lights at Zoo Knoxville from 5 to 9 pm through January 9.

Gaelic Storm at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

NOVEMBER 5 First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. Circus Moon at Ijams Nature Center at 6:30 pm. Also the 6th at 8:30 pm. Lynyrd Skynyrd at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm.

39th Annual Christmas Fair at the Knoxville Expo Center through the 14th. Friday 2 to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm. Eric Church at Thompson-Boling Arena at 8 pm.

NOVEMBER 13 Tennessee vs. Georgia at Neyland Stadium.

Ice Bears vs. Fayetteville Marksmen at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm.

Christmas Marketplace at Historic Ramsey House from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Dirty Guv’nahs at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

Todd Snider at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

Jurassic Quest at the Knoxville Convention Center through the 7th. Friday & Saturday 9 am to 8 pm, Sunday 9 am to 6 pm.

NOVEMBER 17 NOVEMBER 18 Brantley Gilbert at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm.

Foothills Craft Guild Showcase of Fine Artisans at the Knoxville Expo Center through the 7th. Friday & Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. Also on the 19th.



Leanne Morgan at the Bijou Theatre. Also on the 7th. Saturday at 3 pm and 8 pm, Sunday at 8 pm.

Christmas in Chilhowee at the Chilhowee Park & Expo Center from 6 to 9 pm.


Ice Bears vs. Vermilion County Bobcats at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm.

Diving for Pearls at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum from 5 to 8 pm. A fundraising event for Marble City Opera.


NOVEMBER 9 East Tennessee Veterans Memorial: A Brown Bag Lecture at the East Tennessee History Center at noon. Free! RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

NOVEMBER 10 Watchhouse at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. Bob Dylan at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm.

NOVEMBER 11 Veterans Day Veterans Day Parade along Gay Street from 10:45 am to noon.

James Gregory at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm. Tennessee vs. South Alabama at Neyland Stadium.

NOVEMBER 21 Retropolitan Craft Fair Holiday Market at The Mill & Mine from 11 am to 6 pm.

NOVEMBER 23 Light the Park at Founders Park and along Campbell Station Road in Farragut. Lights are on until 10 pm nightly through January 2.

NOVEMBER 24 Fantasy of Trees at the Knoxville Convention Center through the 28th. Wednesday 9 am to 9 pm, Thursday 3 to 8 pm, Friday & Saturday 9 am to 9 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm. A Christmas Carol at the Clarence Brown Theatre through December 18.

Suffrage Coalition’s Guided Walking Tour at the East Tennessee History Center at 11 am and 3 pm.

Ice Bears vs. Birmingham Bulls at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey and Friends at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum through the 14th.

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NOVEMBER 27 Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium. Old City Market on Jackson Avenue from 11 am to 4 pm.

NOVEMBER 28 Knoxville Symphony: Classical Christmas at the Bijou Theatre at 2:30 pm. Light Up Lakeshore at Lakeshore Park from 4 to 8 pm.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: DECEMBER 1 Murder and Mayhem in East Tennessee: A Brown Bag Lecture at the East Tennessee History Center at noon. Free! Robert Earl Keen at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

DECEMBER 2 Gaither Vocal Band at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7 pm. Home Free at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. Paul Thorn at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

DECEMBER 3 First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. Candlelight Christmas Tour at Historic Ramsey House at 5pm. Also on the 4th. WIVK Christmas Parade along Gay Street starting at 7 pm. Acoustic Syndicate at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

DECEMBER 4 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at the Tennessee Theatre at 3 pm and 7:30 pm. The Nutcracker by the Appalachian Ballet Company at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7 pm. Performances through the 11th. Larkin Poe at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

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The Perfect Holiday Gift Unlimited Out-of-Door Activities for Family & Friends


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Your New ‘Happy Place’ May Be the Caribbean C O U RT E S Y O F B P T


UNNY SKIES, sandy beaches and blue ocean waters always make for an amazing getaway, especially now that travelers are looking ahead to chillier weather at home. Many are searching for their new ‘happy place,’ and a trip to the Caribbean with your family, a significant other or to reconnect with a group of your closest friends can be a great way to find serenity, relaxation and bring you to that happier state of mind everyone has been longing to find. To help you spend less time worrying about travel, and more time enjoying activities, here are a few tips to make your upcoming trip a seamless experience: Pick somewhere that has thorough health and safety protocols When choosing a travel destination, finding a location that prioritizes health and safety and has protocols and guidelines in place can put your mind at ease. Always double check to make sure you meet the destination’s health requirements before traveling there (and keep an eye on any changing protocols that could impact entry or departure). The Caribbean island of Aruba, also known as “One happy island,” has been safely welcoming tourists (after a brief closure) since July 2020 and therefore has its health and safety protocols down to a science. Aruba has adopted the use of the CommonPass digital health app, enabling travelers on specific flights to upload documents and test results needed for entry, making the experience more seamless than ever before. Pick a close and easy destination for less traveling and more vacationing After a long year and a half of basically being stuck at home, many are itching to explore the world again. But before you pull the trigger on a long-haul flight, consider a shorter flight that allows you to spend more time vacationing. Aruba is located just outside of the hurricane belt and is an easy flight from the East Coast, Midwest and South, perfect for easing back into travel. Many cities across the country offer direct flights like Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Minneapolis and Atlanta. Know the best times to book to save money, so you can spend more on the fun stuff When setting your trip budget, explore your options by finding good deals on flights and hotels but also on experiences - which many destinations incorporate in their travel packages. Once you are ready to book, according to Travel + Leisure, there is a correlation between the times you book and how much things cost.



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Get creative with a few of these suggestions: • Try booking flights at least three months in advance • Look to book Wednesday flights (this is typically the cheapest weekday to travel) • Complete your online bookings for hotels on Sunday or Fridays during the week, as you’ll find the best deals • Try to book your hotel the same week you book your trip (though note this depends on peak travel times/demand for lodging) Know what amenities and bonuses might be available Many premium destinations are offering high-value packages with extras that can make your trip feel more luxurious. Before you book, see if your destination has any travel packages on their website that offer additional amenities. You may find that hotels have different incentives to take advantage of - such as complimentary dessert and bottle of champagne if you stay for a certain number of nights, activity credits or access to a private cabana. Some hotels may even throw in a bonus night or can set you up with a specialty concierge who can help elevate your dinner and activity experiences to be unforgettable. Make wellness an essential element of your trip Self-care is of the utmost importance now more than ever, and wellness travel continues to trend as people look to unwind and combat burnout. Aruba is known for a number of unique wellness offerings, so consider your relaxation style. If you want to burn off steam for a burst of endorphins, give kiteboarding a try with Aruba Adventure Tours, as the island has trade winds that will help you stay present and give you a great workout in the sun. A watsu water treatment at the Moreu Facilitation & Healing Center takes a uniquely therapeutic “floating” approach to massage, using a form of aquatic bodywork to promote a state of deep relaxation. Or try out a treatment from the newly transformed ZoiA Spa at the Hyatt Regency, which pulls from Aruba’s plethora of natural minerals, crystals, herbs and oils for an all-natural facial experience. Take time to find and enjoy your ‘happy place’ When traveling now, you may notice your mindset has shifted. The things that once seemed important may have changed as you rediscover and redefine what makes you happy. The island of Aruba is one destination that recognizes this and welcomes those to search for their ‘happy place’ - whether it is on the beach breathing in fresh ocean air, exploring beautiful parks or enjoying renowned wellness offerings. Find more information at Aruba.com.

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What Does True Leadership Look Like? Our guest columnist this month is John Smith, an Operations Supervisor at Fleenor Security Systems. Originally from Michigan, John lives in Knoxville with his wife and three daughters.


HEARD a sermon centered on the biblical account of the Apostles asking Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” There was a bit of competition, and each of these men were hoping to get this recognition; but Christ surprised them by bringing a small child into their midst. He shared that the “greatest” is the person who ministers to this little child. While I believe He was putting an intentional focus on the importance of children, it also placed a broader emphasis on helping the “lowliest” among us. While there are many applications for this, it’s a great example for leaders. Too often the emphasis is on the “performers,” the “cream of the crop,” or stars that shine above all others. Why not? They are the ones who win the awards, get the recognition, get the promotions. But imagine what better, healthier, and more

successful organizations we could have if leaders would be more intentional and consistent in taking an interest in developing all employees. Spending time with the under performer, not in a corrective manner but in a sincere interest in helping them. Or learning about the people with whom they work. What motivates/demotivates them? What do they want to do or become? Having worked for more than three decades, I have had very few bosses who seemed to care about me personally. As long as I was performing, all was good. It wasn’t that they didn’t care but, like so many, their focus was on the “bottom line,” profitability, all things that are important and necessary but often at the expense of helping and/or developing people. It seems like most bosses just show up every day to ensure that the wheels don’t come off the bus. It’s a cycle

that continues until they retire or move on, but that’s not really leadership. I now have had the opportunity to lead others, and looking back I don’t regret not having another meeting or working more hours or even making more money and getting more responsibility. You know what I do regret? Not investing more in people. I regret not being more intentional about spending time with the people with whom I worked. Not helping an under performer become better. I regret not helping a person who was unhappy in their role find happiness. I regret not learning more about what people wanted to become and helping them get there. We need more leaders. Not self-appointed. Not title only leaders. We need leaders who genuinely care about helping and developing people. Leaders who intentionally invest in others. They are the greatest among us.


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