Everything Knoxville October 2020 Edition

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Judy Irmen Publisher + Editor in Chief


Susan Cafferty Co-Publisher + Editor

Tom Irmen

to be joined by his wife, Dr. Catherine Abbott, at Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical, expanding their practice to better serve our community with expert and compassionate care. As residents of Hardin Valley, they look forward to long-lasting patient relationships and helping people of all ages see clearly.

8 Bobby Todd

Shop the Bobby Todd Holiday Store for wonderful décor for the upcoming holiday season.

10 The Town Framery & Gifts

Fall Open House celebration… still festive but a little different.

12 Amish Elegance

Join them for their Open House Spectacular Fall Event!

19 Ms. C's Bed & Biscuits

Learn how Halloween can be very scary for pets.

Director of Sales + Marketing

Brett Cafferty Sales + Marketing

Kendra Menendez Editor + Administration

Meredith Hancock Design + Production

Random Acts of Flowers....................14 Food and Recipes....................................18 Insights & Highlights............................24 Knox Heritage...........................................42 Calendar of Events.................................46

20 Fitness Together

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From the Publisher T HE ARRIVAL

of fall is a delightful time of year with the cooler weather providing an opportunity to get outside and enjoy our beautiful mountains, lakes, and the ever-changing scenery of East Tennessee. Along with this refreshing new season, some new faces Photo by D. Roberts Photography have joined our team. Tom and I are excited to announce two additional members to the Everything Knoxville staff - local entrepreneurs, and husband and wife, Brett and Susan Cafferty. As co-publisher, Susan is a degreed graphic designer with an extensive background in publishing, editing, and branding. Brett has years of experience in the printing and mailing industry, serving in roles from sales to company president. Both have spent their careers in a small business environment and have “lived” the ownership role, so they are excited for the opportunity to help our



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publication’s clients. We look forward to sharing responsibilities with Brett and Susan, so please join us in welcoming them! We are also excited that our local events calendar is full again for the first time in quite a few months! Let’s all take advantage of this great time of year to get out, be (safely!) involved, show our support for local businesses and non-profit organizations, and attend the seasonal events that make Knoxville the vibrant heart of our region. During these unusual and challenging times, it is vital to recognize that small business owners truly are the backbone of America. Like our cover story of local optometrists, Dr. Travis Thompson and his wife, Dr. Catherine Abbott, the professionals represented in Everything Knoxville welcome the opportunity to share their expertise in serving you and your family.

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A Family Affair: Couple’s Business Has a Clear Vision for the Health of Knoxville



Thompson stepped in as the owner of Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical in 2014 and is now eagerly looking forward to expanding his practice with the addition of his wife, Catherine, also an optometrist.

A native of East Tennessee, his goal has always been to move home after graduating from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. It brings him joy to serve the members of his hometown community. Travis’ wife, Dr. Catherine Abbott, previously served the Sweetwater community at a private family practice. She is thrilled to join Travis full-time at Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical this year. They’re both passionate about overall vision health and improving the quality of life of their patients. The expansion to Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical means that they can now serve more new patients and even extend their hours of operation. For the first time, Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical is open on Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm, allowing them to serve more patients in the West Knoxville and Oak Ridge area specifically. Travis and Catherine are excited to establish their optometry practice as a family-owned business in the Hardin Valley community. Together they specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of eye diseases, conditions, and problems for patients of all ages, including correcting vision for children. They only use the most advanced diagnostic technology and vision correction products and are committed to improving the quality of life in the Knoxville community through enhanced vision. We had the chance to sit down with Catherine for an interview to find out more about her goals at Hardin Valley Eyecare. EK: We know Travis has called East Tennessee home for the majority of his life. How long have you been in East Tennessee? Catherine: I’m originally from Virginia! After my undergraduate degree, I went to the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, where I met my husband, Travis. After I finished my Primary Eyecare Residency at the Salem VA Medical Center in Salem, VA, in 2014, we moved to Knoxville, where we’ve

both enjoyed practicing private optometry. EK: What drew you to become an optometrist? Catherine: The level of patient care is what initially drew me to optometry. I loved that optometrists have personal time with their patients and develop a relationship that can span years. If someone brings their child to you to correct their vision when they are small, it’s common to continue to see that child as they grow older. I loved the idea of having that type of long-lasting relationship with my patients. EK: What is your favorite part about practicing optometry? Catherine: My desire to help people see clearly is my favorite part of practicing optometry. I think eyes and how they work are so interesting, and I love interacting with my patients and finding the best ways to help their overall health through their vision. You can tell so much about a person’s overall health by looking into someone’s eyes. EK: What has it been like to run a family practice side by side with your husband? Catherine: It’s been a great experience so far and very rewarding to see the goals that we set when we moved to Knoxville become a reality! I worked at a family practice run by a husband and wife duo in Sweetwater for six years, so I had the chance to see what it would be like to work side by side with Travis. Ultimately, we’re a team that knows we can always depend on each other. This isn’t just great for the business itself, but also for our patients! We’ve called Hardin Valley home since we moved to Knoxville, so we enjoy being able to serve our neighbors by practicing in our own community. EK: What can patients expect when they visit Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical for an appointment? Catherine: We’re both very compassionate doctors. We love our patients, and their vision and comfort is our top priority in everything we do. We were both trained to conduct

comprehensive eye exams to ensure we consider your overall health in any recommendations we make. I personally have had a lot of experience with eye diseases and more complicated cases in some of my past experiences in my career, which has made my career and approach to optometry more well-rounded. I’m so excited to bring my experience to Hardin Valley and the Greater Knoxville area. In their free time, Travis and Catherine enjoy spending time with friends and family, including their sweet dog, Barley. They both love outdoor activities like hiking, which makes East Tennessee the perfect place to call home. Travis is also a huge fan of the Tennessee Volunteers. You can always find him cheering on the Vols on football Saturdays in the fall. Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical offers convenient 24/7 appointment requests through their website. They are currently open Mondays through Saturdays with flexible appointments no matter what your schedule looks like. Dr. Travis and Dr. Catherine look forward to serving patients of all ages. Whether your child needs their first eye exam or you need an updated prescription for your contacts or glasses, they are ready to find the right solution for you and your family. For more information on Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical and the services they provide, call 865-888-0892 or visit www.visionsource-knoxville.com.

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Christmas Is Not Canceled at Bobby Todd!


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invite you to shop Bobby Todd at 4514 Old Kingston Pike for everything you need for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The Bobby Todd Holiday Store is now open with wonderful décor for every upcoming holiday. From lovely tabletop for hosting friends and family gatherings to whimsical, festive holiday décor to make your home warm and cozy for the fall and winter months, Bobby Todd is definitely a store for all seasons! If 2020 has taught us anything, it is how important our homes are as a sanctuary. Nesting has always been important, but even more so in this year of Covid-19. We hope you allow Bobby Todd to help make your house a warm and inviting home to snuggle up in with family and friends this holiday season. Bobby Todd continues to take every precaution in making sure our store is safe for all customers and associates, and in doing so, we will not host a Holiday Open House this year. However, we will offer extended shopping hours and days in December and take scheduled appointments for private shopping times before and after regular hours. Call 865-249-6612 to schedule a private shopping experience! Also, check our Instagram and Facebook page often for updates on Christmas merchandise arriving daily. Store hours for October are Monday through Saturday 10-5. While this holiday season may be a little different, Bobby Todd continues “Making Spirits Bright” with our unique seasonal offerings. Christmas is definitely not canceled at Bobby Todd!

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Our delicious Rabbit Creek dips, Copper Leaf jams & jellies, and Mississippi Cheese Straws are fully stocked and would be perfect to add a little something to all your home-cooked meals and appetizing snacks! We’ll also be introducing new sauces, pepper jelly, and rubs by Captian Rodney’s, which are made in Tennessee, so don’t miss out! Be sure to register for door prizes, which will be drawn on October 31st. The staff of The Town Framery & Gifts look forward to serving you! Think big... shop small!

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HEN LIFELONG Knox County residents, and husband and wife of 47 years, Jerry and Cheryl Hickman retired, it was time to make some needed repairs and updates to their home. “We first learned about the quality work of European Fine Hardwood Floors when our son and his wife purchased an existing home three years ago,” said Cheryl. “They decided to pull out some carpet to add more wood flooring. The rest of the main level flooring was already wood. They sanded and refinished the existing wood floors, then stained and finished the new flooring. The completed work was beautiful! “When it was time to replace the flooring in our 27-year-old family home, we knew who to call!” continued Cheryl. “We met with European Fine Hardwood Floors owners, and husband and wife team, Valera and Svetlana Tomescu, and discussed a variety of options. They provided us with an estimate, the timeline to complete the work, the costs, the products they would use, and answered all of our questions. We were at ease knowing what to expect as the job progressed and found they did exactly what

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

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

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Open House Spectacular Fall Event at Amish Elegance


to announce that our Open House Spectacular Fall Event will be held on Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10, from 8:30 am to 7 pm. News Talk Radio 98.7 will broadcast live from our showroom on Friday, October 9th. Stop by to meet radio personalities Bob Yarbrough from 10 am to noon and Hallerin Hilton Hill from 3 to 6:30 pm. Enjoy delicious food and drinks, along with special sale prices on custom orders and showroom inventory. Three of our artisan families will be in our showroom to visit with customers, discuss their time-honored craft, answer your questions, and assist with custom orders. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to meet our special guests and learn how they can build beautiful, legacy-quality furniture for your home - everything from a variety of furniture styles, wood species, stain and finish options, and so much more! If you can imagine it, our highly-skilled craftsmen can create it, 12

build and finish our clients’ furniture. When you buy furniture made by Amish builders, you not only receive beautiful heirloom-quality pieces for your home, but you also support real families and contribute to a wholesome way of life. The Amish structure their lives around a set of core values: Faith, family, community, hard work, peace, simplicity, and stewardship of the land. Amish Elegance is proud to support these faithful people and invites you to join us in that support. Please join us for our Open House Spectacular Fall Event October 9th and 10th to discover the exciting world of hand-crafted Amish furniture and our extensive collection of unique home décor and art. We welcome you to visit our showroom and experience quality craftsmanship unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. We look forward to meeting you!

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Building or Renovating? Don’t Forget Your Closet


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NE OF THE MOST exciting benefits of building or renovating a home involves customizing the floor plan. Kitchens and bathrooms may hog the spotlight when it comes to personalization, but putting thought and energy into closets and storage spaces can reap exponential rewards. Chris McKenry of Closets by McKenry discusses the importance of preplanning the primary closet in a renovation or new build with two fellow pros, Judy Gooch and Todd Richesin. Closets Gaining Ground Judy Gooch, IDS, owner of Judy Gooch Interiors, weighs in on the growth of the primary closet’s role. She relates, “In today’s homes, the well-designed primary closet has become a ‘value added’ feature that ranks closely to the kitchen and primary bath for selling homes.” Clothing previously stored in large bedroom dressers and chests has now moved inside the primary closet, and his and her separate spaces have become an attractive design feature. Blueprint Review Chris McKenry describes some of the simple adjustments that can be made during the planning stages to provide more space. “Don’t put the closet door in the corner; you’ll end up with unused space behind it.” Place the door at least 20 to 24 inches away

Bath designed by Judy Gooch with closet designed by Chris McKenry.

Interiors and Bobby Todd Antiques, reminds us that every inch of space can become a storage possibility - even the toe kick underneath cabinets. He explains, “Those drawers can be about two inches tall… and if you can get about five of those in a kitchen or closet, you effectively have given yourself one more complete bank of drawers.” They’re the perfect fit for scarves, out-of-season belts, and any other small things that get lost in a larger drawer. All three designers emphatically agree that placing effort into storage planning during a new build or renovation is well worth the time. They recommend starting by taking an honest inventory of your clothing, purging while you’re at it so you’ll have a fresh start in your new space. Consult a professional and experience beauty and order in your primary closet - call Closets by McKenry today.

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has announced his professional exit from Random Acts of Flowers, and he commemorated the announcement with a special milestone delivery marking the 500,000th person served nationwide. “I delivered the first Random Acts of Flowers bouquet in 2008, and I’m proud to deliver the 500,000th bouquet of flowers 12 years later. I never imagined how far reaching this would be when we started Random Acts of Flowers,” said Larsen Jay, who was moved to give back after suffering a near-fatal accident and personally experiencing the healing power of flowers he received during his recovery. Larsen believes Random Acts of Flowers has an incredible team with a dedicated and passionate Board of Directors, and he has expressed his full confidence in their ability to take the organization to the next level while maintaining his original vision and mission of serving those most vulnerable in the healthcare community. To c e l e b ra t e a n d h o n o r L a rs e n ’s accomplishments, there will be a “Toast to Larsen” on October 21 from 7 to 8 pm. This will be a virtual celebration of how 14


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Larsen’s simple idea of sharing flowers and a personal moment of kindness blossomed into the Random Acts of Flowers movement, with active workshops in Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, and Knoxville. Learn more about this event and how to become a sponsor at www.rafknoxville.org/events/ special-events. “I started Random Acts of Flowers for one simple reason: To help improve people’s physical recovery by positively impacting their emotional health,” said Larsen. “I had no idea it would one day serve half a million people and inspire other similar organizations across the nation. I’ve always

known that this day would come; it’s been my goal to pass the organization onto new leadership while remaining an ardent supporter and cheerleader for Random Acts of Flowers.” Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and well-being of individuals by delivering recycled/re-purposed flowers and personal moments of kindness to those in local healthcare facilities that most need a smile. Please call 865-633-9082 or email info@ rafknoxville.org with any questions on how you can support our mission.


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Changes in Breast Cancer Treatment for the Elderly


N F O R T U N A T E L Y , almost every

one of us has known someone within our immediate circle affected by breast cancer. It’s one of the two most common types of cancers in the world according to the World Health Organization. But hope is a word that can now be associated with how this horrible disease affects older patients, thanks to exciting research developments. What does this mean for the elderly population who is more at risk for the disease? The Breast Cancer R e s e a r c h Fo u n d a t i o n (BCRF) indicates the guidelines for treating elderly breast cancer patients are lacking, and their goal is to change that - especially because projections estimate that, sadly, invasive breast cancer cases will double in the next 10 years. Why are there not clearer guidelines for treating breast cancer in the elderly population? This age group is often excluded from clinical trials, which would help researchers understand how toxicities of cancer therapies affect older adults. Plus, older patients may respond to treatment differently since they’re at greater risk of side effects and even death. Thankfully, a BCRF investigator is currently conducting a multi-site clinical trial in older patients with early stage breast cancer. The trial hopes to assess how chemotherapy affects overall health and identify patients who are most likely to be at a higher risk with standard treatments. Early stage breast cancer treatment commonly includes surgery, radiation, and adjuvant hormonal therapies - these therapies are substances that enhance the body’s immune response to an antigen or toxin. What’s exciting is the recent evidence showing that these hormonal therapies are such a beneficial treatment in many older women that radiation may not be required. However, many doctors still favor radiation treatment to help reduce the risk of recurrence and are hesitant to omit it from their protocols. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more on this topic and other breast cancer news, visit www.NationalBreastCancerFoundation.com.

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HE FOOD CHOICES you make can help you feel

more energized and focused, but what some people may not realize is they also have a profound impact on your immune system. Incorporating certain foods into your diet can boost your immunity and help you feel your best. “In today’s uncertain times, it’s important now more than ever to maintain a strong immune system,” said Dawn Jackson Blatner, registered dietitian and nutritionist. “By eating mindfully and adding nutrient-rich foods to your diet, you’re making a positive step to support your overall health and wellness.” Blatner recommends incorporating these five foods into your diet to support your immune system: 1. Bell peppers: A colorful addition to your plate, bell peppers are rich in vitamin C. In fact, the vegetable has two to three times more vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C is crucial for immune health because it increases the white blood cells that fight off infection. For the most vitamin C, it’s best to eat them raw or just lightly cooked. 2. Eggs: Eggs (particularly the yolk) contain vitamin D, which is a nutrient the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes can help the immune system resist viruses and bacteria. But it’s important to keep in mind that not all eggs are created equal. Eggland’s Best (EB) eggs have six times more vitamin D and 10 times more vitamin E compared to ordinary eggs, plus protein, folate, lutein, and omega-3s, which play key roles in immune health. 3. Yogurt: Yogurt contains probiotics to support a healthy gut, where many of our immune cells are found. Yogurt is also a good source of zinc, a mineral that helps to make white blood cells to fight infections and control inflammation. Choose yogurt without extra added sugar and consider pairing it with antioxidant-rich fruits like berries. 4. Spinach: Not only is spinach packed with vitamin C, but it’s rich with antioxidants and beta carotene that act as an anti-inflammatory and help protect against sickness. It’s best to mix it up, sometimes eating spinach raw and sometimes lightly cooked since some nutrients are higher in the raw version and some are higher when lightly cooked.

5. Turmeric: Curcumin gives turmeric its signature yellow color and is responsible for its immunity benefits. A natural anti-inflammatory, curcumin has been shown to enhance immune cell activity and improve antibody responses. Although it is most commonly used in curries, turmeric is also delicious in smoothies, soups, or sprinkled on cooked vegetables or eggs. Aim to eat it with black pepper to increase its absorption by up to 2,000%! For a delicious meal packed with some of these immuneboosting ingredients, try the following recipe.

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Fun for Families... Scary for Pets?


HIS HALLOWEEN put yourself

in your pet’s “shoes” and think like your pet thinks! People in costumes are scary, and because they don’t fit into the routine home environment, Halloween guests may be perceived as intruders. The chaos of trick-or-treaters, costumes, and such may be troubling even to the best natured dog, making him nervous, irritable, and possibly snapping. Your dog may mistake jovial, good fun for genuine threats. During Halloween, do not leave your dog in the backyard. There have been reports of taunting, feeding, agitating, and even poisoning dogs on Halloween. A nervous dog will bark and howl at the constant foot traffic. Do not put your dog in the car or the garage. A half hour prior to Halloween festivities, put your dog in a secure, quiet place in your home as far away from the greeting door as possible. Depending on the dog, you may crate him. If you insist your dog greet

guests, keep him on a leash, as pets can become stressed, feel threatened, and may growl, lunge, or run out the door. Candy is NOT intended for pets! Chocolate is especially dangerous, and candy wrappers are dangerous, too. If your pet consumes wrappers, it can cause intestinal blockage that can lead to surgery to save his life. Keep all candy OUT of reach of your pets! Your dog deserves a Halloween party of their very own! Make boarding reservations for your dog to attend Ms. C’s exclusive “Doggy Halloween Party.” We have special nutritious treats planned for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night during Halloween weekend. Call today to reserve your dog’s suite.

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Susan G. Komen® East TN Announces Virtual 2020 Knoxville Race for the Cure


Decision Prioritizes and Protects Participants’ Health and Safety During Covid-19


announced the 2020 Knoxville Race for the Cure will be held virtually, rather than in-person this year. Originally planned for October 31 at World’s Fair Park, the event will now take place virtually on that day, paired with a Survivor Car Parade at World’s Fair Park. Komen will be maintaining the early bird registration fees for the event as well. “As an organization dedicated to saving lives, it is so important to protect the health of our participants, many of whom are breast cancer survivors or are currently in treatment for the disease,” said Amy Dunaway, Executive Director of Komen East TN. “Therefore, we will be leveraging technology this year to ensure we can race together – even if we can’t be together – because breast cancer is not canceled.” Komen East TN noted that the Knoxville Race for the Cure serves two important purposes. It is an important fundraiser that fuels Komen’s local funding for screening, diagnostic services, and patient financial assistance, as well as breast cancer research. It also provides all those touched by breast cancer a sense of being a part of a large compassionate

community committed to making a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Komen will still honor survivors and MBC thrivers on Race morning at World’s Fair Park with a onemile Car Parade. In addition to the Car Parade for survivors and MBC thrivers, Komen will be creating a discount code for pets to participate this year! Each pet registered will receive a scarf for them to wear during the Virtual Race for the Cure with their family. Be sure to follow Komen East TN on social media to find out about additional contests and events leading

up to the Virtual Race Day. “We believe we will be able to preserve the sense of community through this new virtual fundraising race even though we will be racing where we are,” said Dunaway. “The need is greater than ever before, as people become unemployed, losing their insurance. Komen’s local patient financial assistance program is also saving lives by allowing patients to remain in treatment.” To register and begin fundraising today, visit www.KomenEastTN.org and join us to “Race Where You Are to Save Lives Locally!” October 2020 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE





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REAKY FRIDAY Fright Nite has turned into Freaky Friday Drive-Thru Boo from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, October 30, on Jamestowne Blvd. from Campbell Station Road to Village Green Parkway. Children ages 12 and under are invited to drive-thru “trick or treat” and, as always, costumes and festive attire are encouraged. Participants must pre-register their car with the number of children that will be riding for a 15-minute slot. Registration opens Thursday, October 1, at www.townoffarragut.org/ register. Participants are still encouraged to bring a donation for Ronald McDonald House. For more information, a list of donation items, and updates about the event, visit www.facebook.com/events/640190756636498.

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Visit Knoxville Sports Commission Announces 2020 Kayak Anglers Society of Tennessee State Championship


Society of Tennessee (KAST) State Championship will take place October 9-11 in the waters of Fort Loudon Lake, Tellico Lake, French Broad River, and Holston River. This annual tournament showcases the top kayak anglers in the state. This year’s event will be hosted in Knoxville by Tennessee Kayak Anglers Tournament Trail (TNKATT). Event check-in and awards will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Papermill Drive. The tournament will have two days of competition, followed by an awards ceremony on Sunday morning. With more than 100 anglers from 11 different clubs competing each year, the TN State Championship is one of the biggest kayak tournaments in the country. Anglers vie for the chance to be named state champion but also compete as a team for their respective clubs for bragging rights and to bring home the state championship team trophy. Tennessee is home to one of the biggest and most active kayak fishing communities in the country. Competitive kayak fishing is a rapidly growing sport, and 2020 has seen that growth continue with B.A.S.S. stepping onto the kayak fishing tournament scene. Fort Loudon and Tellico Lakes recently hosted 52 of the top professional bass fishermen from across the nation at the 2019 B.A.S.S. Bassmaster Classic. This event drew record crowds attracting 153,809 people to tournament venues. As the world’s largest fishing organization, BASS has just announced its inaugural kayak series for the 2020 season and has partnered with us to make the 2020 KAST State Championship a qualifier for the 2021 Bassmaster Classic Championship. “We are excited to continue to welcome elite fishing events here in Knoxville such as the 2020 KAST State Championship,” said Chad Culver, Senior Director of the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission. “The surrounding waters of Knox County provide the high-quality environment needed to host competitive tournaments, and anglers can expect a thrilling weekend catching big bass.” Schedule of Events » Friday, October 9 9 am - Captain’s Meeting 11 am - 7 pm - Fishing Session 8 pm - Check-In » Saturday, October 10 6 am - 4 pm - Fishing Session 5 pm - Check-In and Dinner » Sunday, October 11 9 am - Awards Ceremony The following clubs will participate in the 2019-2020 season: » Kayak Bass Fishing Tennessee (KBFTN) of Nashville, TN - Ashley Chaney & Shane McIntyre » Central Tennessee Kayak Anglers (CTKA) of Cookeville, TN Garrad Johnson & Robert Null » Clarksville Area Kayak Fishing Group (CAKFG) of Clarksville, TN - Anthony Shingler & Larry Nolan » Southern Mid-Tennessee Kayak Anglers (SMTNKA) of Tullahoma, TN - John McClenney & Derrick Bailey » West Tennessee Bass Yakkers (WTBY) of Paris, TN - Donnie Jones & Matt Skelton

» Tennessee Kayak Anglers Tournament Trail (TNKATT) of Knoxville, TN - Brent Long & Andrew Dotson » Tri-Cities Kayak Anglers (TCKA) of Johnson City, TN - Brandon Tomlinson & Chris Brumit » Tennessee Valley Kayak Anglers (TVKA) of Chattanooga, TN - Steve Owens & Ryan Lambert » Clinch Mtn. Kayak Anglers (CMKA) of Speedwell, TN - Scott Bullins & Curtis Perez » Cumberland Kayak Trail (CKT) of Lebanon, TN - Zach Powell & David Klosterman » Northeast Tennessee Kayak Anglers (NETKA) of Rogersville, TN - Jimmy Davis & Scott Ridley The entry fee is $100/angler. For more information, contact the Kayak Anglers Society of Tennessee at 865-591-8497 or visit www. facebook.com/groups/KayakAnglerSocietyOfTennessee. About KAST Kayak Anglers Society of Tennessee (KAST) is a group comprised of two directors from each of the participating kayak fishing clubs from across the state. In the past, anglers fishing across Tennessee in multiple club trails found it difficult to judge and compete for a state championship due to varying rules and regulations. Clubs felt the need for a standardized set of rules and regulations in order to adequately and fairly judge kayak fishing tournaments, so in 2014, the idea of KAST was born. About Visit Knoxville Sports Commission The Visit Knoxville Sports Commission, established under Visit Knoxville in 2016, is responsible for bringing tournaments and sporting events to Knoxville and Knox County. The Visit Knoxville Sports Commission has had the honor of hosting top-tier events including the Sports ETA Symposium, USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships, USA Swimming TYR Pro Swim Series, and the largest Bassmaster Classic in B.A.S.S. history. Visit Knoxville, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the official Convention and Visitors Bureau for Knoxville and Knox County. For more information, visit www. visitknoxville.com/sports-commission.



Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights Wins USA TODAY 10BEST Award

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Great Pumpkin LumiNights has won the 2019 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award for Best Theme Park Halloween Event, thanks to the votes of park supporters from around the country. Entering its third season this year, Great Pumpkin LumiNights - part of Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (taking place now through November 2) - has become a new Smoky Mountain tradition with family-friendly activities that are sure to please kids of every age. Dollywood stays open until 9 pm each evening (closed October 22 & 29), allowing families more time to enjoy the glow of thousands of carved pumpkins throughout the park. The 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards include nominees chosen by a panel of relevant experts. The public voting happens digitally on the 10Best.com website. After four weeks of voting, the results are revealed. Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights finished second to Dollywood, with Halloween Haunt at Kings Island third. The complete top-10 can be found on the 10Best.com website. “We knew Great Pumpkin LumiNights was



a hit during the first few evenings of the event in 2017,” said Pete Owens, Dollywood Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. “We received a lot of great feedback from guests about how much they liked it but also about what we could add and change to make it even better. Last year we doubled the size of Great Pumpkin LumiNights by putting in a number of new displays, and this year the event grows even larger with the addition of Wildwood Grove, which includes the harvest story experience at the Wildwood Tree. “Awards like these give us the opportunity to share with the world what our guests already know,” he continued. “The memories made and experiences shared at Dollywood really are unlike anything found elsewhere. We hope new guests will come see why this event has earned the title of best in the country!” Great Pumpkin LumiNights grows again in 2020, stretching into the newly-opened Wildwood Grove. In addition to the pumpkin displays, the Wildwood Tree tells a Smoky Mountain harvest story multiple times each evening. The Plaza at Wilderness Pass also serves as a main centerpiece for the event with

an area for character interaction, additional displays, and a 40-foot tall pumpkin tree. Families will bask in the glow of thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins as they wander through displays throughout Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass, and upper Craftsman’s Valley areas. Beyond the impressive displays, guests can find a number of exciting activities to create thrilling memories together. Dollywood’s Harvest Festival also includes several hundred performances by award-winning Southern gospel artists, making the Harvest Festival’s Southern Gospel Jubilee the genre’s largest event in America. Dollywood guests also can enjoy the spectacular artistry of visiting crafters from across the country or sample the special harvest-themed food items from Dollywood’s award-winning foods team. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity for families to enjoy the experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest! For more information, call 1-800-Dollywood or visit www.dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

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Plan the Perfect Pantry An Essential in Any Kitchen A S WE SPEND less time eating out and more time at home due to the pandemic, the coronavirus has reintroduced many of us to our kitchen. As many local homeowners have discovered, their pantry wasn’t designed to maximize the storage they need. “While newer houses often have a larger pantry space, the size of your pantry doesn’t matter as much as organization,” said Kathryn Norton, co-owner of Tailored Living of Knoxville. “A well-designed small pantry often provides better, more convenient, and functional storage than a poorly designed larger pantry.” No matter its size, today’s pantry should be: » Convenient – Located at or near the area where food is prepared. » Visible – Everything in the pantry can be seen at a glance. » Accessible – Every item can be easily reached and removed without having to move anything else out of the way. Heaviest items, like a mixer, should be close to the floor and least-used items at the highest point. When designing the layout of your pantry, Tailored Living believes what works best for the homeowner is a design that fits their

lifestyle. Tailored Living design consultants will discuss with you how you want to utilize your pantry. Some of the questions a designer may ask are: » What will be in the pantry besides food? Do you want to store dishes, serve ware, table linens, grilling items, or cleaning supplies in the space? » Do you entertain a lot and need to store party supplies? » Do you have a specific design style in mind? » If you have the space, do you want a countertop – often called a landing area – to put bags of groceries on or, if there’s an outlet in the pantry, everyday items like a coffee maker? Other pantry elements to consider are drawers or pull-out baskets. Incorporating baskets makes it easy for kids to see and get the food they like to eat or to store large-bulk items like onions or potatoes. Drawers are perfect for linens, grilling utensils, napkins, or any smaller items. Slide-out spice and wine racks add convenience. How much you’re able to customize depends on the size of your pantry. Whether your pantry provides a walk-in space or is a reach-in, Tailored Living of

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Autism Breakthrough Hosts 21-Day Virtual Challenge, Virtual 5K Race our annual 5K Run out of concern for runners’ health and safety due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Happy Lee, Race Chair. “Those concerns remain present today. We hope you will take the challenge to run, walk, listen, and talk about issues facing adults on the spectrum today. We invite you to hear our stories and share them with friends and family each day during Happy Lee, the challenge.” Race Chair For the race, Breakthrough will offer three virtual 5K events: A certified course in downtown Knoxville at Tyson UTISM BREAKTHROUGH of Park, a certified course in West Knoxville at Knoxville is hosting a 21-Day Virtual Turkey Creek, and a “run anywhere” course. Challenge November 5-25, featuring individual The RaceJoy app will enable participants to runs, walks, and talks that replace its annual track time and distance for each option. spring 5K Run for Autism. Breakthrough is The 21-Day Virtual Challenge will focus inviting the community to learn more about on adults on the autism spectrum, a range of adults on the autism spectrum through the conditions characterized by challenges with 21-day journey with stories from families social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, of adults with autism and discussions with and nonverbal communication. Autism leading professionals knowledgeable in the is estimated to affect more than 2,000 field of autism. Its annual 5K Run will be held individuals of all ages in Knox County. during the challenge, although virtually this Participants may listen each day to a year because of Covid-19. 30-minute audio via Zoom or listen later on “In April, we made the decision to postpone Spotify, iTunes, or Anchor.fm. Those running




or walking while listening are encouraged to be mindful of their surroundings, wear a face covering if with a group, and practice safety protocols. Autism Breakthrough provides residential services, in-home support, a Saturday therapeutic recreation program, day activities focusing on lifelong education, job skill development and community integration, and a social group for adults with Asperger’s syndrome. A non-profit agency, Autism Breakthrough was founded by parents of children with autism. To register for the 21-Day Virtual Challenge and race, visit www.breakthroughknoxville. org, then go to Race under the Events tab or use the RaceJoy app. Those who register will receive a race t-shirt. Autism Breakthrough encourages all of its participants to share pictures in your race t-shirt on Breakthrough’s and your own social media! Participants who registered for the 2020 Breakthrough Run before September 1 may visit the above website for their options for November. For more information, contact Kendrise Colebrooke at Breakthrough at 865-247-0065, ext. 28 or visit www.breakthroughknoxville.org.

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ILLIONS of Americans buy

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bottled water consumption. That’s enough to fuel 100,000 cars for a year! Third, marine life can be affected by plastic bottled water. Many landfills are located near an ocean, and the microplastics can make their way into the water during decomposition. Sea turtles and other marine life can mistake the microplastics for their main food source, jellyfish, and digest the plastic, which can result in injury or death. Fourth, 90% of the cost of bottled water is the packaging, not the water quality. Paying a premium for low quality doesn’t quite add up in our book. The labels on your bottled water state “filtered by reverse osmosis.” Aqua Clear Water Systems (ACWS) uses the same process, reverse osmosis, to filter your tap water, but for a lower cost annually. ACWS offers many reverse osmosis drinking water systems and also provides complete whole home systems. In addition to your clothes lasting longer, your coffee and tea tasting better, and your hair and skin becoming healthier, owning a professional water system is like having a bottled water factory in your home. Upgrading your water is the quickest way to protect your two biggest investments: YOU and your home. It costs $0

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October in the Garden BY LISA GRUGIN



October! This is usually when fall starts looking and acting a little more like fall. Temperatures drop, humidity decreases, and being outside becomes much more enjoyable. After having said that, keep in mind that our weather has been very erratic this year! I have no idea what is going to happen, so I’m trying to be optimistic. There are almost as many chores that need to be done in fall as there are in spring, so let’s get started on your to-do list. » The first and most important task is your walk-about. How did your yard do this year? What did well and what did not? What changes do you want to make? Do plants need to be moved, removed, pruned, or composted? How can you re-work your yard so that you can enjoy it without working yourself to death? Do you need to address drainage problems that showed up while we were having an abundance of rain? Evaluate

everything, because you must know where you are to know where you are going. » Fall is a terrific time to plant trees and shrubs. Our ground doesn’t freeze, so 85% of root growth occurs during the fall and winter. There are a couple of things, however, to keep in mind: 1. Plants that like the soil warm (perennials, grasses, crape myrtles, etc.) need to be planted soon. If you can’t get them in early this month,

wait until spring. 2. October is typically our driest month. If you plant, you will need to water! Remember that sprinklers are not adequate for trees and shrubs. The will require hand watering or drip irrigation. » Were you one of the 19 million Americans that did a veggie garden for the first time this year? How did it go? Whether you were a newbie or an old hand, it was an interesting year. The mild winter last year

and the abundant rainfall this year combined to make diseases and insects rampant. I encourage you to learn from your mistakes, but don’t give up! If your garden is finished, clean it out and plant a cover crop or amend the soil so that the nutrients can distribute throughout the bed. If you still have cool season vegetables, keep harvesting! » Have you transitioned your containers for the season yet? Pansies will cheerfully take you through the fall and winter, and there are some lovely companion plants. Evergreen perennials, grasses, mums, and small evergreen shrubs can be used. Check Pinterest or stop by for ideas. If you aren’t going to replant, dump the old soil out and store your pots. If you had fungal problems, consider rinsing the inside of the pots with a mild bleach solution, then rinsing again with water. » Powdery mildew, leaf spot, shot-hole disease, and root rot have taken a toll on many yards. If you have evergreens that still show signs of fungal disease, you can do a final treatment. Don’t use a product that has a fertilizer at this point in the year, however. You do not want to generate growth. Deciduous trees and shrubs do not need to be treated, but make sure you get all the leaves up off the ground so that the spores don’t re-deposit into the soil. » Insects are doing a final breeding round and burrowing in, so you can also do one more insecticide treatment on your evergreens. Deciduous trees and shrubs do not need to be treated, but get those leaves up! Some plants may need a dormant oil spray. Stop by if you have questions. » Whether you shred, burn, or rake your leaves, get them off your lawn as they fall. If you can’t see your grass, it is being suffocated. » If you don’t have 3” of mulch on your beds, consider adding more. Mulch keeps the moisture and temperature levels stable during the winter. This helps tremendously when the weather is being as erratic as it has been the last couple of years. Remember to make donuts, not volcanoes, around your trees! » Don’t forget the birds! Keep your feeders and baths clean and full. Bring in glass or ceramic birdbaths so that they don’t freeze and break, but consider using a plastic or metal alternative or adding a heater. Birds need water in the winter, too! Stop by and see us for all your fall planting and decorating needs, or stop by with any questions you may have. We want you to be happy with your yard!

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SONGS & STORIES Sunday, October 4 • 6 - 7:15 pm Erin Presbyterian Church Lawn 200 Lockett Road, Knoxville 37919



NOXVILLE FREEDOM SONGS & STORIES chronicles the history of the local black community beginning in the post-Civil War era. The song & story collection narrates the old layout of our town and the population movement that created the Knoxville we know today. It recounts the proud stories of prominent figures of the times and features songs that local musicians were creating to express their response to the world around them - a world where post-war steps forward were met with Jim Crow steps backward. These are stories of celebration and stories of lament. These are stories of Knoxville. The talented singers and musicians performing include Tomi Robb, John Jackson, Ethan Norman, Matthew Cunningham-Stokes, Cole Liles, Adam Whipple, and Dan Higgins. This is a live, outdoor event. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Performers and audience members will be physically distant. Please bring your own chair if possible. Rain date is October 5. For more information, call 865-539-2490 or visit www.wordplayers.org.



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Garage Renovation: Starting from the Floor Up


OST OF US grew up with a totally utilitarian garage with a coated floor – coated with oil and dirt. But today’s garages have become an extension of a home’s living space, and that means creating a clean space with flooring that’s durable and easy to clean. For a striking and durable garage floor coating that is easy to maintain, Knoxville’s PremierGarage ca n t ra n s fo r m a n o i l stained, pitted, or peeling epoxy-coated garage floor into a showroom quality look. PremierGarage, the nation’s leader in garage enhancements and remodeling, combines its proprietary hybrid polymer flooring system technology with their extensive industry knowledge and experience to provide a highquality finish that is chemical, stain, and slip resistant. “There have been many improvements in coating technology during the past 20 years, and the preferred garage flooring is our polyurea coating,” explained Brain Falls, co-owner of PremierGarage of Knoxville. “Polyurea is a hard coating that’s widely specified in commercial settings where failure is not an option and floors are designed to last.” 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. Any clean up 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. The garage will be as aesthetically pleasing as the rest of the home. PremierGarage’s flooring solutions are also suitable for commercial and light industrial applications. Having a PremierGarage floor installed will also: » Increase the resale value of your home. » Improve safety with a floor that is slip, impact, and heat resistant and brightens the area with increased light reflectivity. » Open up new activities in your garage. It could double as a children’s play area or hobby nook. Call PremierGarage, powered by Tailored Living, and discover the affordability of transforming your garage floor.

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Dependable and Delicious Rabbiteye Blueberries UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month

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W O R L D of blueberries is populated by a diverse and colorful cast of characters. From pint-sized lowbush “wild” types with small, intensely flavored berries, to medium-sized highbush varieties with breathtaking fall foliage, to 20-foot-tall thickets of fruit-laden rabbiteyes, the range of growth habits and characteristics are quite impressive. Tennessee has a handful of native blueberry species that thrive in the wild (mostly in mesic woodlands), but the most popular for home gardeners are selections of Vaccinium virgatum (formerly V. ashei), commonly called rabbiteye, a species that hails from a bit further south. The name rabbiteye comes from the pink color of the ripening berry, which reminded someone of a pink-eyed rabbit. Like many common names, it is not entirely helpful for identification since most blueberries exhibit some pink during the course of ripening. Nevertheless, the name has a certain ring to it, and it has stuck. Rabbiteyes are popular for home gardens in Tennessee because they are easier to grow. Compared to highbush types (V. corymbosum), they tend to be more tolerant of heat, drought, and less-than-ideal soil conditions. All blueberries require very acid soil, with a pH range of 4.5-5.5. Rabbiteyes will tolerate the higher end of that range, even up to 4.8. Highbush blueberries are significantly more susceptible to stem blights that shorten their life spans, while well-sited rabbiteyes are extremely durable, often surviving for several decades, and they can grow so large that occasional pruning will be necessary to keep berries at picking height! Be aware that a relatively new hybrid group called southern highbush are for the most part not well suited to the Tennessee climate. Blueberries, like many fruit crops, will bloom once they have satisfied the required hours of cold temperatures, called chilling hours. With a few notable exceptions, most southern highbush cultivars have low chilling hour requirements, making them prone to frost injury when they bloom too early in spring. Many of them are not sufficiently hardy enough to even survive cold Tennessee winters. Rabbiteye blueberries are one of the easiest backyard fruits, but only if necessary soil conditions are met. Good drainage is essential, as are soil tests, to ascertain the crucially important pH range. If the pH is too high, it can be adjusted with sulfur or soil amendments such as finely ground pine bark, but be aware that the pH can creep back up from surrounding soil properties if not addressed on a regular basis. It may be best to prepare a generous raised bed with an ideal soil mix. 40


The various stages of ripening on this cluster of blueberries show the pink stage that gives rise to the common name of rabbiteye

Although they can naturally adapt to shade, planting Rabbiteye blueberries in full sun is significantly better for maximum production. There is the potential for drought stress as the plants have a shallow and fibrous root system and benefit from shredded bark mulch on any site and supplemental irrigation. Do not apply manure. Blueberries are not tolerant of its alkaline properties. These plants will produce new stems from the root crown, eventually making a substantial multi-stem shrub. These new stems make good replacements for those that have become less productive as they age, so after a few years of establishment, it is beneficial to remove those older stems to open up the shrub to more sunlight. Ideally, this is done just after harvest, before it begins to set fruiting buds for the following season. The plants may certainly be pruned during winter if that is more convenient, but some berry production will be sacrificed. Berry size, however, may improve. More than one variety is recommended for pollination. Consider spreading out the picking season by planting early- and lateripening cultivars. ‘Premier’ and ‘Tifblue’ should give you six to eight weeks of fruit ripening (from mid-June through mid-August) and are widely available. ‘Titan’ is a newer form for early season worth hunting down,

as it is reported to have a very large berry, as is another early ripener called ‘Vernon’. ‘Ocholockonee’ is another recent offering that extends late season harvest, has larger berries than ‘Tifblue’, and a delayed spring bloom that may help avoid frosts. It is far too common to see inappropriate selections offered, especially in “big box” store garden centers that pay little attention to regional recommendations. Do be aware that rabbiteyes are not reliably hardy in the coldest parts of Tennessee, where winter temperatures can dip several degrees below zero. Highbush will survive in these colder regions. Besides the aforementioned recommendations, there are many other rabbiteye cultivars that will be good candidates for the home orchard or edible landscape. The UT Gardens include 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 https://utia.tennessee.edu/ state-botanical-garden. Photo courtesy of E. Stafne, Mississippi State University.

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Happy Birthday, Knoxville! T

HE HISTORY of Knoxville began

with the establishment of James White’s Fort in 1786. The fort was selected as the capital of the Southwest Territory in 1790, and the town was platted in 1791. In 1786, James White moved to the future site of Knoxville, where he built White’s Fort. The fort was originally situated along modern State Street and consisted of four cabins, a mill, and a palisade. In May 1790, the United States created the Southwest Territory, which included the area that would become the state of Tennessee, and President George Washington appointed William Blount as the territory governor. Blount relocated to White’s Fort to begin his appointment and established White’s Fort as the capital of the Southwest Territory. At the same time, James White had set aside some of his land for a new town, which initially was bounded by Church Avenue, Walnut Street, First Creek, and the Tennessee River. Charles McClung, a surveyor and son-in-law of White, surveyed the land and divided it into 64 half-acre lots. Lots were set aside for a church, cemetery, courthouse, college, and a jail. On October 3, 1791, a lottery was held to purchase lots in the newly named town: Knoxville. The town was named in honor of William Blount’s superior, Secretary of War Henry Knox. Following the sale of town lots, leaders began construction on a jail, courthouse, and a garrison in 1792. In 1795, James White set aside more land, and Knoxville expanded northward to modern day Clinch Avenue and westward to modern day Henley Street. The first general store was opened in August 1792, and the first tavern was operating by December 1792. The city’s first newspaper was established in November 1791, and in 1794, Blount College (today The University of Tennessee) was established. First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville’s first church, was organized in 1791. By 1795, Tennessee had a large enough population to apply for statehood. In January 1796, delegates from across Tennessee met in Knoxville to draw up a state constitution, and Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. Knoxville was chosen as the first capital of Tennessee. In 2021, we celebrate the 225th anniversary of the State of Tennessee. Stay in touch and get information about events by visiting www. visitknoxville.com/tennessee-statehood. The frontier town’s population grew



Knoxville map, 1790s

steadily after Knoxville became the capital of Tennessee. On October 27, 1815, Knoxville officially incorporated as a city, and Judge Thomas Emmerson became the city’s first mayor. Help us celebrate all month long by visiting downtown Knoxville. Have lunch on historic Market Square, shop for bulk candy at Mast General Store, or learn more about Knoxville’s history and pick up a Knox Heritage Downtown Walking Tour Brochure at Visit Knoxville.

First plan of Knoxville

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.

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Stu Cook and Cosmo Clifford Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of





“Lookin’ Out My Back Door.” “Run Through the Jungle.” “Up Around the Bend.” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” “Long As I Can See the Light.” These are all phenomenal songs that baby boomers (and even boomer wannabes) have enjoyed for many, many years. How many years? Well, you might find it hard to believe that Cosmo’s Factory (the album all those magnificent hits were on) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Because of that, I reached out to Creedence Clearwater Revival co-founders, Stu Cook (bassist for Creedence) and Cosmo Clifford (drummer for Creedence), to talk about the album. The conversations took place separately via video calls. Stu called me from his home in Honduras, and Cosmo called me from his home in California. I asked Stu why he thinks that monumental album still resonates with people after 50 years. “I have no idea,” said Stu. “I think that the album was probably the peak of the band’s success. The band did two more studio albums after Cosmo’s Factory, but I think that it just all came together at the time and made it to number one, and it’s hard for me to... I can’t explain it. I look at all the albums about the same. I wouldn’t say this is my favorite album. It has some of my favorite songs on it, but I just sort of lump them all together. Not to knock success... I mean, it’s hard for me to sit and say, ‘Well, that wasn’t good,’ because they were incredibly successful records. But for me, Bayou Country is the one that has the richest sound.” Cosmo answered the same question by sharing, “That’s our Sergeant Pepper, if you will. It’s kind of a greatest hits album with a lot of cover tunes. There were three single 44


releases from the album, but there are six singles. They were double-sided hits. John Fogerty’s theory on all of this was that if we’re ever off the charts, we’ll be forgotten about. We were the only ones that thought that way but because everybody else, all of our peers - Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, all those other people that we were competing against for radio time back in the day - would do their album and go on an extended tour. So they were off the charts, but no one forgot about them. That was the deal. “The first single released from Cosmo’s Factory was ‘Traveling Band’ and ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain’ - both double-sided hits. And the album - this was January of 1970 - wasn’t released until July of 1970. There’s another album release in between that. In April, we put out ‘Up Around the Bend’ and ‘Run Through the Jungle’. Back then the unspoken rule about singles was don’t put a single out in front of your album because it’ll take away from album sales. Well, so much for that

theory, because that album sold four million copies, and that’s a lot for not being a Greatest Hits album, even though in some ways, it was a Greatest Hits album. There were, as I said, the six singles, so we’re burning at twice the speed when we put out a single. We were putting out three albums in ‘69, so we just really were what I call the ‘roman candle’ of rock and roll. Then, when the album was released in July, the singles were ‘As Long As I Can See the Light’ and ‘Looking Out My Back Door’.” As for how the album got its name, Cosmo said, “John Fogerty told me that they were gonna name it after me because I have no problem talking to the press guys. I like to joke around with them, and I like to tell stories. I’ve always done that. I’ve always been the emcee at the school assemblies, whereas John was very introverted and shy. He said that he knew they were going to be all over him with the release of this album, so he threw my name in there so that was the bait for the press - to get those guys going. I was making it up, and I had a lot of fun and it worked.” The videos of the calls with both Stu Cook and Cosmo Clifford can be viewed in their entirety on www.boomerocity.com. You can also enjoy a trip down memory lane by ordering your copy of Cosmo’s Factory on the very same page. 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.


October 1: Stars on Stage Virtual Concert with Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors at 8 pm. An annual fundraising event for the Tennessee Theatre. October 1-4: Shakespeare OFF the Square featuring Macbeth at Ijams Nature Center at 7 pm. October 2: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. October 2-4 Annual Street Rod Nationals South at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center. October 2 & 3 from 8 am to 5 pm and October 4 from 8 am to 12 pm. October 3: Walk to Defeat ALS Local Neighborhood Walk at 10 am. October 3: Woodworking in the 19th Century at Ramsey House from 10 am to 2 pm. October 3: Flintlock Muzzleloader Workshop at Marble Springs State Historic Site from 10 am to 3 pm. October 3: UT Football vs. Missouri at Neyland Stadium at 12 pm. October 4: Bark in the Park at Lakeshore Park from 12 to 5 pm. October 4: The Phantom of the Opera (1925) at the Tennessee Theatre at 3 pm.

October 5: Mighty Musical Monday Online Viewing Party for the Tennessee Theatre at 12 pm. October 8-11: BOO! at the Zoo at Zoo Knoxville from 5:30 to 8 pm.

October 8-11: Shakespeare OFF the Square featuring Macbeth at Ijams Nature Center at 7 pm. October 10: Tennessee Pottery Festival at Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center lawn from 10 am to 4 pm. October 11: Second Sunday Art Activity Day at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 1 to 4 pm. October 11: Old City Mini Market at Jackson Terminal from 11 am to 4 pm. October 12: Columbus Day. October 12: Joy of Music School “Swing for Joy” Charity Golf Tournament at Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club. Registration at 11:30 am, lunch at 12 pm, and tee off at 1 pm. October 15-18: BOO! at the Zoo at Zoo Knoxville from 5:30 to 8 pm. October 15-18: Shakespeare OFF the Square featuring Macbeth at Ijams Nature Center at 7 pm.

October 4: Knoxville Freedom Songs & Stories by The WordPlayers on the Erin Presbyterian Church grounds at 6 pm.

October 16: Tall Tales of Tennessee: An Evening of Storytelling at Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center lawn from 7 to 10 pm.

October 4: Farragut Fall Festival in the former Kroger parking lot (11240 Kingston Pike) from 3 to 8 pm.

October 16-17: A Weekend with Leanne Morgan at the Bijou Theatre. October 16 at 8 pm and October 17 at 3 & 8 pm.

October 17: UT Football vs. Kentucky at Neyland Stadium.

October 18: Gardening for Caterpillars at the University of Tennessee Gardens from 1 to 3 pm. October 22-25: BOO! at the Zoo at Zoo Knoxville from 5:30 to 8 pm. October 23-25: Trick or Treat in the Cave at Historic Cherokee Caverns. October 23 from 5 to 8 pm and October 24 & 25 from 3 to 8 pm. October 23-25: Knoxville Horror Film Fest 2020 at the Parkway Drive-In in Maryville. October 24: UT Football vs. Alabama at Neyland Stadium. October 24: Water Lantern Festival at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center from 5 to 10 pm. October 25: Sammy Miller and the Congregation at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. October 25: Old City Mini Market at Jackson Terminal from 11 am to 4 pm. October 30: Freaky Friday Drive-Thru Boo. Register your vehicle to trick-or-treat on Jamestown Blvd in Farragut from 5 to 7 pm. October 30 & 31: Trick or Treat in the Cave at Historic Cherokee Caverns. October 30 from 5 to 8 pm and October 31 from 3 to 8 pm. October 30 & 31: Navitat at Night Trick or Trees at Ijams Nature Center after 7 pm. October 31: Komen Knoxville Virtual Race for the Cure at 8:30 am. All event dates and times subject to change.

Joy of Music School Announces Fourth Annual Golf Fundraiser

is excited to announce “Swing for Joy,” a charity golf tournament presented by Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, on Monday, October 12, at the prestigious Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club in Knoxville. WVLT-TV News Anchor and Managing Editor, Ted Hall, will kick off the event as guest host golfer. “Swing for Joy” will provide each golfer the chance for a hole-in-one shot to win a free Ford F-150 Truck from Ted Russell Ford Lincoln, and another hole-in-one opportunity wins a free custom golf cart from Knox Custom Carts! There will be additional prizes for Long Drive, Short Drive, Closest to Pin, a Putting Contest, and more. All golfers receive a goody bag full of surprises! “The atmosphere will be exciting, as always,” said Francis Graffeo, the Joy of Music School’s Executive Director. “Golfers can win prizes of all kinds. Even bad golfers can win the low score prize! And it’s all on a premium golf course.” Registration begins at 11:30 am, lunch provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill will be served at noon, and the event tees off at 1 pm. All proceeds from the event benefit the Joy of Music School, a nonprofit organization providing free music lessons and instruments to hundreds of deserving youth in East Tennessee. Limited sponsorship opportunities remain available as well. “Strong advance sales tell us we are looking at another success on our fourth tournament,” said Erica White, Event Chair. “We hope to attract golfers from all across the area to come together for a fun afternoon that supports the Joy of Music School’s wonderful work.”

Proper distancing and sanitary protocols will be in place to ensure the safest possible experience for everyone. For more information about the event, visit www.joyofmusicschool.org. The Joy of Music School is a non-profit organization in Knoxville providing free music lessons and instruments to many hundreds of financially disadvantaged, at-risk children and teens. All lesson teachers - more than 100 - are volunteers. For more information, contact Francis Graffeo, Executive Director, at 865-525-6806 or graffeo@ joyofmusicschool.org.

Dogwood Arts Exhibition & Auction to Benefit Local Artists


OGWOOD ARTS is excited to

announce Mask-Produced, a virtual exhibition and auction of “maskrelated” artworks created by a talented array of local and regional artists. Proceeds from the auction will provide critical funding to the Greater Knoxville GRACE Fund, a resource for individual local arts and culture workers seeking financial assistance to meet basic needs. As masks are becoming the “new normal” across the globe, artists are coming up with innovative designs and imaginative possibilities to elevate the everyday face covering. Mask-Produced explores both the protective and artistic potential of masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. The pieces in the exhibition were created using a variety of materials, including metal, leather, Swarovski Crystals, denim, animal bones, fabric, paint, glass, and more.

Photos by Shawn Poynter

Online Exhibit & Auction View Mask-Produced artwork and register for FREE (you must register to bid) at www. dogwoodarts.com. Bid online now through October 9th - bidding closes that day at 11:59 pm. The auction offers something for everyone, with prices starting at $30. About the Knoxville GRACE Fund The fund was created by the Arts & Culture Alliance as a confidential resource for local arts and culture workers who need financial aid to meet basic needs. GRACE funds can be awarded to artists of all disciplines of arts and crafts, including literary, film, and performing arts. Residents of Greater Knoxville working (professionally or vocationally) in the local arts and culture community OR who have been an

active participant in this community are eligible to apply for up to $2,000 from the program. 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. For more information, call 865-637-4561 visit www.dogwoodarts.. October 2020 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Cheekwood Hosts Chihuly Exhibition F


and in need of a change of scenery? A little breath of outdoor fresh air? As the temperatures begin to cool, all thoughts turn to the change in the seasons! Everyone could use a little nature, a little art, and a little freedom about now. And Cheekwood Estate & Gardens has all of that and more! Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate in Nashville. Since being converted into a museum of art and botanical garden in 1960, Cheekwood has presented world-class art exhibitions, spectacular gardens, and an historic estate unlike anything else. As one of the city’s top attractions, Cheekwood has family activities, programs, and festivals to celebrate all four seasons. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Cheekwood as a public institution and the 10th anniversary of his blockbuster 2010 exhibition, renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly’s work is installed throughout the park until January 10, 2021. Chihuly at Cheekwood features large-scale installations 48


in the gardens, as well as the art galleries, with a monumental sculpture on view in the Frist Learning Center Great Hall. Visitors will be able to see the fanciful glass exhibition scattered along the pathways during their daytime garden and museum tours. Chihuly Nights offers the unique option of seeing the colored glass displays dramatically lit in the evenings from 5 to 10 pm Thursday through Saturday. Along with the Chihuly at Cheekwood art installation, look forward to all things autumnal with Cheekwood Harvest through the month of October. The lovely changing leaves and bountiful chrysanthemums make Cheekwood the perfect place for a peaceful, leisurely stroll along paths throughout the park. For added festive fun, be sure to visit the 11-foot-tall Pumpkin House, including many more pumpkins for painting or carving! Bring four-legged family members along for special dog-friendly Wednesday evenings. Costumed canines and their owners are also invited to parade around the gardens to participate in Cheekwood’s fourth annual

Halloween Pooch Parade! In addition to the beautiful foliage and abundant flowers this fall, Cheekwood a l so o f fe rs We l l n e ss P ro g ra m s a n d Adult Workshops - everything from tree identification to planting autumn containers to introductory night photography to sound bath meditation. As its mission statement pledges “to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit.” Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, located at 1200 Forrest Park in Nashville, is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 4:30 pm with the Chihuly Nights from 5 to 10 pm Thursdays through Saturdays. At this time, all tickets must be bought in advance. Dates, hours, activities, and capacity are all subject to change based on updated safety protocols and recommendations of the CDC and Mayor John Cooper’s “Roadmap to Reopening Nashville.” Please check the Cheekwood website at www.cheekwood.org for the latest information before traveling. Photos courtesy of ©Chihuly Studio and Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

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dents since 2006, Leslie Godfrey and her husband first began visiting Heritage Family Dentistry in 2013 prior to Heritage Family Dentistry’s relocation from Lenoir City to their convenient, new, state-of-the-art facility in Farragut. “We visited Heritage Family Dentistry for our regular cleanings, x-rays, and gum evaluations,” said Leslie. “We also sought information on cosmetic dental whitening and Invisalign.” Invisalign is an exciting new alignment procedure that eliminates the wire braces commonly used in the past to straighten misaligned teeth. The transparent, nearly undetectable aligners are replaced at regular intervals to incrementally adjust the alignment of your teeth to produce that beautiful new smile that you have always dreamed of. Today Invisalign has more than eight million happy, smiling customers, and unlike other DIY procedures you see advertised, Invisalign’s overwhelming success continues to rely upon the close collaboration of you, the patient, Dr. Bradshaw and his team, and Invisalign. “We have been very happy with our experience,” said Leslie. “The Heritage Family Dentistry office is fantastic, and Dr. Bradshaw

and his team are very attentive to every detail. I would rate Heritage Family Dentistry five stars! They are the best! I would absolutely recommend them to others.” To learn more about Heritage Family Dentistry, and to learn how Invisalign can help you achieve a beautiful new smile in as little as six months, contact them today at

865-816-9211 or visit them online at www. hfdsmiles.com.

Heritage Family Dentistry 11121 Kingston Pike, Suite C Farragut, TN 37934 865.816.9211 www.hfdsmiles.com

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Now Accepting New Patients | 11121 Kingston Pike, Suite C, Farragut, TN 37934

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The Case for a Living Will EVERY YEAR

at my annual physical, without fail, my healthcare provider asks me if I have prepared or amended my living will. Contemplating our own mortality often makes us feel uncomfortable, but as I get older, I have come to appreciate that a living will may become the greatest gift you or I can leave our loved ones. And no, a living will is not something that just the elderly should consider. Regardless of our age, each of us is only one unforeseen accident away from benefiting from this simple yet all important document. A living will is a written directive to your family, personal physician, and other healthcare providers about just what type and level of care you would wish to receive in the event that you were unable to make important personal medical decisions on your own in the event of a medical emergency. Your living will can be of great comfort to your loved ones who might be called on to act on your behalf in the absence of this document. Let’s be honest, not everyone knows what decisions you might make on your own, and two or more individuals that might be asked about your




Everyone of every age can benefit from the creation of a living will. No one is immune from a health crisis. treatment options might not be able to agree on what course of action might be best for you. When these decisions are left to others, you potentially place family members in the very difficult position of having to guess as to what care you might have elected to receive. Disagreements among family members can

occur, resulting in strained or even broken relationships that may last for years or longer. And consider as well that these decisions can have longterm financial consequences for your family members as well. A living will removes this burden from your family members to act on your behalf and asks only that they respect the choices you have made. This simple but important document may be the greatest gift you can give to your loved ones who might one day be forced to struggle with making medical decisions on your behalf in the absence of a living will. Everyone of every age can benefit from the creation of a living will. No one is immune from a health crisis. And if you are selfemployed, a living will is just one of several important documents necessary to assure the future success of the small business that you have devoted your life to, protecting it for your heirs. Our families deserve the peace of mind that can come from the creation of a living will.

MATTHEW B. DOPPELT D.O., F.A.O.C.D., F.A.A.D. Board Certified Dermatologist


O I N U S I N C E L E B R A T I N G 17 years

of Southeastern Dermatology at our annual Glammiversary celebration happening Thursday, November 5th. While things are going to look a little different this year, Glammiversary still promises unmatched discounts on products and procedures and plenty of fabulous prizes that all guests and online shoppers will be entered to win. A Private Shopping Experience The event will take place from 10 am to 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 5th. There will be five different limited-capacity shopping windows of an hour and a half each. Guests who reserve a time will have the opportunity to learn about our products and procedures and meet with our cosmetic team in a more intimate setting. Beer, wine, and light bites will be served. Our office will be sanitized between each timeframe. Huge Discounts on All Products & Procedures Glammiversary features the biggest savings of the year on all of our products and procedures. Enjoy discounts on your favorite skincare products from top brands like SkinMedica and SkinCeuticals. Find out how you can get extraordinary eyelashes with Latisse, tighten skin on your face, neck, and chest with Ultherapy, erase unwanted ink with PicoSure laser tattoo removal, or sculpt your face and body with FaceTite, BodyTite, AccuTite, and Evolve. Reverse the signs of sun damage and aging with procedures like Diamond Glow, dermaplaning, HydraFacial, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Regain a youthful appearance with our collection of anti-aging injections, including Juvéderm and Sculptra.

10:00-11:30 AM

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Shop Online With the launch of our new online store, virtual attendees can purchase all of our products and procedures with the same special Glammiversary discounts. Online shoppers will also be entered into all of our giveaways. Win From More Than $15,000 in Prize Packages All guests and online shoppers at our annual celebration will be entered to win from a selection of prizes valued at more than $15,000. Shoppers have the chance to stock up on the classic wrinkle eraser Botox, correct or prevent signs of aging with the #1 best selling dermal filler Juvéderm, and eliminate fat and loose skin with the revolutionary body contouring procedure EvolveTite, a non-invasive treatment. See our website for the full list of prize packages. Purchase a Dopp Box Guests to this year’s Glammiversary can purchase a custom Dopp Box filled with products valued at $300. All proceeds of the Dopp Box will go to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. There are a limited number of Dopp Boxes available, so call to reserve yours before we run out! Create Your Glammiversary Wish List Stay ahead of the game by scheduling a complimentary consultation before the event to start working on your wish list. Tell us about the products and procedures you’re interested in trying so we can provide a customized treatment plan before you make your purchases. It’s as easy as calling us or visiting our website to request an appointment.

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

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