Everything Knoxville September 2022 Edition

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EVERY THING KNOX VILLE | VOLUME 16 | ISSUE 8

12 Closets by McKenry

Teach kids organization starting with their closets.

Susan Cafferty

Publisher + Editor

14 Full Boar BBQ

Brett Cafferty

From humble beginnings to award-winning sauces and rubs.

Marketing + Operations

21 Marsh Wealth Management

Kendra Menendez

23 The Lily Pad Boutique

Meredith Hancock

Editor + Administration

Don't let your parents fall for these scams.

Design + Production

Discover modern twists to past favorites this fall.

Contact Information Post Office Box 24532 Knoxville, TN 37933 865.640.3015

39 ShelfGenie

Learn how to get the most out of your kitchen.

Insights & Highlights..............................26

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Travel and Recreation ...........................32 Food and Recipes...................................42 Knox Heritage..........................................46 Calendar of Events................................ 48

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From the Publisher

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AM very excited as we wrap up this issue because we are headed to a cabin in Pickett State Park for the weekend. Pickett is located a little less than two hours northwest of here. Brett and I are meeting some of our good friends, plus our son and his wife are coming up from Nashville - woohoo! Photo by Mirtography We discovered the Pickett area during the pandemic days - it was the perfect equidistant meeting place for our Nashville kids, so we gathered at Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area for a (socially distant) hike and a (bring your own food) picnic. The unusual rock formations there are truly amazing - it is a really beautiful area, plus it was nice to be in different surroundings after being cooped up in the house for so long. During that trip, we discovered that Pogue Creek Canyon - right outside of Pickett - was an officially designated Dark Sky Place per the International DarkSky Association. We knew of quite a few Dark Sky

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areas out west in Colorado, Utah, and Arizona but were surprised to find one so close to home! To learn more about what it takes to get a Dark Sky certification - Obed Wild and Scenic River is another location here in East Tennessee - visit DarkSky.org. The friend we are meeting is a layman astronomer with the inquisitive mind, fancy telescopes, and knowhow to prove it, so he will be our official night sky guide. We have been waiting for a new moon - i.e. no moon, occurring about two weeks after the full moon for optimal night sky viewing. This will give us the best view of constellations, shooting stars, satellites (yes, there are quite a few buzzing around up there now), and hopefully the Milky Way! I am so looking forward to our weekend away and am considering this trip to be my night owl version of “stop and smell the roses.” A break from the day-in day-out, a visit with good friends and family, and a valid reason to be up late!

Susan Cafferty Publisher + Editor Cover photo by Whitney Jade Photography


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ANOTHER BRILLIANT DESIGN PROJECT successful interior design studio and shop for more than 18 years, Shae Design Studio shares one of their recent stunning interior design projects with Ever ything Knoxville’s readers. The interior design process and installation requires a team, and at Shae Design Studio, the interior designers, design assistants, project manager, and support staff help make the “fabulous” happen. Call Shae and her team for a consultation - from conception to installation, the team at Shae Design Studio will ensure that your space will become a brilliant reflection of you!

MEET THE SDS LEAD INTERIOR DESIGNERS Interior designer and entrepreneur, Shae Seeber, has always had a passion for curating beautiful spaces and dynamic designs. With a career in construction design, renovation design, and interior design, Shae has earned the reputation of bridging the gap between contractor and client by designing some of Knoxville’s top designs. Shae and her team take pride in creating custom designs, completely tailored to each client’s individual lifestyle and interests. Shae designs and oversees 60-80 new construction, renovation, and interior design projects a year. She is versatile and proficient in modern, transitional, and traditional styles. Shae’s experience and expertise allow her to offer a variety of services to help clients reach all of their design goals and dreams. Shae has been recognized by City View magazine as “The Best of the Best” interior designer, the Knoxville News Sentinel’s “Interior Designer of the Year” several times, and has also designed spaces for HGTV. Shae also brought her dream and vision to life by opening a design showroom full of fabulous furnishings, art, accessories, lighting and open to the public. Holly Hill is widely known for her love of luxury interior design. Holly was based in Atlanta, Georgia, for more than 20 years of her career before making Knoxville her home. She earned her reputation as the travel designer, specializing in high-end projects for second homes from Colorado, to Florida, to the private islands of the Caribbean. Holly inspires every piece of the design from construction and furnishings to artwork, lighting, and custom draperies. Her specialty is customized attention to detail. Holly is the Director of Interior Design at Shae Design Studio and has gained local popularity as one of Knoxville’s best interior designers. Holly’s work has been recognized and featured in the following showcase homes: Southern Living, Street of Dreams, Roswell Women’s Showhouse, Milton Tour of Homes, the Alliance Theater, and the Atlanta Symphony. The Atlanta Journal Constitution recognized Holly for the “best use of color” interior design.

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Facebook: @TheShaeDesignStudio

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LUXURY LAKE HOUSE PROJECT

This lake house was not missing the incredible view or stunning outdoor entertainment space; however, the interior was in need of a design renovation that would reflect the magnificent exterior. As soon as Shae and Holly saw this space, they knew there was incredible potential for a luxurious design. The client is beautiful, stylish, and adventurous, which made her willing to take design risks. Shae and Holly wanted to weave her personality (and desire for comfort!) into the dynamic new layout. The lower level renovation would require contractors, materials selections, and a detailed design plan for the project. The SDS team began by creating 3D design renderings for a total kitchen transformation, including the removal of several walls. The existing small dining room was converted into a magnificent walk-in panty with an oversized fridge and freezer. The large keeping room was transformed into the new extravagant dining space with lake views that is now perfect for parties and entertaining. After opening up the kitchen footprint by removing walls, the design team anchored the dream kitchen by incorporating a custom 9-foot island with stunning quartz countertops and dramatic light fixtures.

Shae and Holly then began working on the custom furniture for the rest of the lower level. The large living room was the perfect place for an oversized sectional, which they covered in a performance fabric that protects against stains, spills, and odors. Given the amount of light coming in from the reflection of the lake, the SDS design team wanted to make sure the custom, tailored draperies were as functional as they were beautiful. To enhance the lake views, the SDS team used a neutral color palette and large scale prints. Layering textures and patterns made this luxurious design rich in detail. Even the selected rugs, hand-knotted out of soft bamboo, silk, and wool, add another layer to this dynamic design. To synchronize and balance the other elements, finishing touches and accessories were brought in from the Shae Design Showroom located in Franklin Square. Interested in seeing the full transformation? Check out the Shae Design Studio social media pages for the before and afters. They are incredible!

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Something for Everyone? Yes, Everyone!

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F YO U H AV E N ’ T b een to Dollywood in a while, now is the time to plan an excursion! Dollywood ranked number one in the Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Amusement Parks in the United States and the number eight theme park in the world during the Tripadvisor ® 2022 Best of the Best Awards. With its theme park and surrounding properties, Dollywood Parks & Resorts definitely have something fo r eve r yo n e , a n d w it h a m e n it ie s , accommodations, shows, restaurants, and rides being added each season, there is always something new to experience. Understandably, many Knoxville residents invest in season passes to enjoy Dollywood’s theme park all year round. All of the festivals and seasonal celebrations are full of exceptional music, exquisite decorations, and delicious food. Harvest Festival begins on the 23rd and runs through the end of October, and November 5th through the first of January brings Smoky Mountain Christmas. With our milder winter temperatures, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoor rides and entertainment. Consider heading up to Dollywood for a special getaway weekend - with or without the theme park. Unwind at The Spa at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, their full-service salon and spa. Whether you want some special mommy and daughter time or are planning a girlfriends’ spa mini vacation perfect for the birthday girl, mommy-to-be, or “just because!” And with a complete selection of customized seasonal treatments - Pumpkin Luminous Facial, anyone? - you’ll feel pampered in Southern style. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa isn’t just for the ladies, as it has several unique areas and experiences for families to spend quality time together. Families gather to play checkers by the fireplace in one of the resort’s grand living rooms, enjoy a glass of sweet tea in a rocking chair on one of the many porches, or swap stories on one of the beautiful garden benches. Full-service dining, indoor and outdoor pool complexes, and exclusive park privileges - like complimentary transportation to Dollywood theme park and complimentary TimeSaver passes for Dollywood rides and shows - make the property a must-visit experience. At night, families gather around the fireplace for a bedtime story with a book selected from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library or to roast complimentary marshmallows to make s’mores around the fire pit. If you would rather be “away from it all,” consider staying in one of the Bear Cove Cabins. There’s no better way to wind down after an exciting day at Dollywood Parks than to curl up in one of the luxurious Pigeon Forge cabins. Choose what Smoky

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“We’re working every single day to ensure our guests have the best possible time while they are with us. This award is a little bit different, because there is no voting factored into these rankings. The Tripadvisor rankings come from actual reviews left by guests about their time here with us at Dollywood. It is extremely gratifying to see this recognition for the effort our hosts give to ensure our guests have an unforgettable time while they are here.” - Eugene Naughton, President of The Dollywood Company

Mountain cabin best suits your family. With amenities such as stunning mountain views, outdoor hot tubs, game rooms, state-ofthe-art electronics, and more, Bear Cove Cabins are the ideal Smoky Mountain cabin getaway for families of all sizes. So whether you have decided on a much needed weekend away or are looking for a special Christmas memory maker, Bear Cove has the perfect cabin to make it happen. Pre-registration for 2023 Dollywood season passes ends on the 30th, so get them while you can. Those who register during this time receive the guaranteed lowest price on passes. As always, Dollywood Parks & Resorts is drumming up the excitement for the upcoming Big Bear Mountain, a nearly 4,000 foot long roller coaster that allows guests to embark on an unforgettable expedition through the Smokies in search of the elusive “Big Bear” in the Wildwood Grove area of the park. In addition to becoming the

longest roller coaster at Dollywood, Big Bear Mountain also marks the first attraction at the park to feature on-board audio. The sound system provides auditory thrills to match the ride’s dynamic movements as guests come daringly close to Big Bear. Also new for 2023 is Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort, a well-appointed, reimagined property that features a variety of accommodations and amenities. Tucked away in a beautiful cove in the rolling foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the “reimagined lodge” is designed to bring that intangible feeling to life, honor everything that makes the Smokies special, and invite you to experience the wonders of finding your own heartsong. With all the Dollywood Parks & Resorts have to offer, isn’t it time to head that way? And with Pigeon Forge being only an hour away, it could almost be considered a staycation! Photos courtesy of Dollywood


The Many Benefits of Direct Physician Care

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wellness with none of the S AN osteopathic influence of what is “covered” physician trained in and what is not. All decisions inter nal m e dicine, are yours and your physicians rheumatology, and regenerative whether diagnostic, medicinal, medicine, Dr. Bret t Smith or therapeutic. Tennessee specializes in adult and pediatric Direct can especially benefit rheumatological conditions and those patients with previously musculoskeletal procedures, as diagnosed ailments, high well as routine primary care. Dr. Brett and his wife, Dr. Sarah, Drs. Brett and Sarah Smith deductible insurance policies, or Health Savings Accounts. who is an endocrinologist, Tennessee Direct is able to offer flat annual have teamed up under Tennessee Direct Rheumatology and Endocrinology to bring fees for clinic visits and price transparency their patients the best in diagnostics, on all other diagnostic screenings with no deductibles, co-pays, or other additional treatments, and therapies. Tennessee Direct, as an active DPC costs. And because of this direct care model, (Direct Primary Care) and DSC (Direct Dr. Brett is able to offer substantially longer Specialty Care) practice, is perfect for those office visits, allowing ample time to address seeking high quality, one-on-one personal all issues and form a strong patient-physician care with their doctor, direct access through relationship. The patient becomes the priority, telehealth phone/email/text, same day not the insurance company or the agenda of appointments when needed, and a cost any other large institution. Dr. Brett specifically chose osteopathic savings on common laboratory tests and medications - all for a monthly membership medicine to bring integrative medicine into fee that prioritizes your health and wellness. his daily practice by offering the specific The Direct Physician Care model puts benefits of osteopathic manipulative your healthcare back in your control treatment and to incorporate natural without mainstream health insurance, therapies that allow the body to promote Medicare, or Medicaid. As a member, self-healing. He prioritizes early diagnosis you have access to your physicians, their to optimize the outcome for each of his diagnostic findings, and pursuit of overall patients. The whole patient - maladies,

lifestyle, diet, stress level, etc. - is taken into account in order to provide the most restorative care possible. With an aim to minimize medication usage, Tennessee Direct explores a range of therapies for an inclusive overall solution that you can feel good about, while also providing access to specialty medications when needed. If you have felt your healthcare to be more of an assembly line rather than the personal attention you desire, Tennessee Direct Rheumatology and Endocrinology are now accepting new patients. Isn’t it time to forge the doctor-patient relationship you’ve been searching for? With upfront pricing, greater access to your physician, more control over your treatments and therapies, and the time and attention needed for thorough and accurate diagnosis, call Dr. Brett Smith at Tennessee Direct to begin your new and improved healthcare journey.

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Introducing Jake’s Affordable Painting Services

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ELIABLE. Not a word usually associated with painting companies, but when Jake Kormish says that he owns and operates a “Professional Painting Service You Can Trust,” he means it! He and his business partner - wife, Jennifer - can back up that claim with hundreds of fivestar Google reviews. More than 570 at last count! So, yes, Jake’s Affordable Painting is your new reliable painting contractor. “Jake and his team did a fantastic job! They were extremely responsive, polite, and professional - all while getting the entire job done in one day. I would highly recommend their services!” - Justin D.

Conscientious. With more than 60 years of combined experience, the professional services that Jake’s team provide will transform your living space or business into something you can be proud of. From attention to drop cloth coverage to the filling of nail holes, they guarantee their friendly staff will go the extra mile to make you 100% satisfied. At Jake’s Affordable Painting, they pride themselves

“Very clean lines and work. Very responsive and on time. Affordable and very pleased with the interior of my home. 5 of 5 for quality work, as well as very respectful.” - Denise B. on exceeding your expectations with their conscientious services. Affordable. It is part of the business name! Jake guarantees your job will be done quickly, professionally, and at a cost that is competitive and reasonable. Be sure to consider all of their affordable services: interior and exterior painting, power washing of driveways and sidewalks, deck and fence painting and staining. Jake’s prices are always in line with current costs, and you know you’ll get what you pay for. Jake’s Affordable Painting understands that you want your home or business to look great and feel inviting. Adding a fresh coat of paint can go a long way in adding value both inside and out. And don’t forget to spruce up your deck or fence with paint or stain to protect it from the elements, ensuring year-round enjoyment. From residential homes to commercial businesses, Jake’s Affordable Painting has

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Teach Kids Organization Starting with Their Closets BY C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y, C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y.C O M

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I T H T H E school year underway, it’s time to return to a busier daily routine. From sports practices to homework assignments, lunch bags to backpacks, keeping things in order at home is a must. You may not think of your child’s closet as a training ground for good organizational skills, but according to Chris McKenry, President and Storage Design Specialist at Closets by McKenry and Designer Garages in Knoxville, it’s the perfect place to start. “Your child’s closet is a fun and comfortable place to teach kids to be organized,” said Chris. “What better area is there than one which holds all of their favorite things?” Teaching a child to get organized can begin as early as two years old. Learning where things belong, the importance of helping, and how to keep things tidy builds confidence and independence in your little one. And the benefits reach far beyond the closet. “The earlier you teach kids to be organized, the easier it is for them to apply these traits to other areas, such as their schoolwork,” explained Chris. Making things accessible is key. Lowhanging closet rods can enable children

to participate in hanging up their clothes at the end of the day, and shelves can be installed at the perfect height to allow your youngster to reach what they need (and put things back in the right place). Fabriccovered or plastic bins hold stuffed animals and oversized toys, and low-placed cubbies keep books handy for bedtime reading. Carefully planning your child’s closet will also provide room to grow - and room in your house. “Designing your child’s closet storage will allow you to use every inch of space,” said Chris. “And you can install rods and shelves that can be adjusted as your son or daughter gets older.” Chris invites parents to visit the Closets by McKenry showroom in West Knoxville to explore storage options for their children’s closets. “Many of our designers and installers have kids of their own,” he said, “and they fully understand the value that organization can bring to a child’s life.”

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Sweet Times at Honeybee Coffee & Brewery

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

URELY NOT only sweet tastings but sweet times can be found at a spot with honey in its name, right? T his is e x a c t l y w h at we experienced at our most recent visit to Honeybee Coffee & Brewery in West Knoxville. It was a Saturday evening, we were exhausted by… you know… life things, needed to get out, and on a whim we decided to go to Honeybee for dinner. We had read that they are now offering their own brews and thought we’d give it a go. We are so glad we did. It was an absolute delight from the moment we walked in the door. As soon as we walked in, we were drawn to the beautiful sounds of Addie Levy’s voice and talent on the guitar. The open, light, and sunshine-filled space said, “Come on in. Have some food and drink. Sit down. Relax and stay awhile.” And we did. We had no idea there was a musician playing that evening, though we weren’t surprised since they invite musicians into their space regularly to share their music. It was lovely. The food was delicious. We had the Classic and Reuben Smash Burgers with kettle cooked chips and their savory house ranch. Denton got the Salute to the Hill Hazy IPA, and Lori had the Blueberry Lemon Pale Ale. Just wow. We knew it would probably taste good, but this super exceeded

our expectations. Excellent local craft beer. Our time at Honeybee Coffee & Brewery was simply sweet and calming. The food was wonderful, and the craft beer was exceptional. The music was entertaining, and the space was inviting. We appreciated how patrons listened and took in the music, offering a well-deserved applause after each song. It was delightful, and we will go back. Maybe even tomorrow. If you haven’t had the c h an ce to visit o ne of Honeybee’s charming locations (West Knoxville, South Knoxville, West Town Mall, and Sevierville), it’s time to give them a follow on Instagram or Facebook to see what’s happening. You’ll find lots of events like SINGO, trivia, and fantastic live music. Make time to savor their space, food, and craft beer, and tell them Somewhere in the South sent you. You won’t be disappointed. Follow us as we venture out from Somewhere in the South for more local food, drink, and life adventures @somewhere.inthe.south on Instagram, and look for the post of our time at Honeybee! Till Next Time, Denton & Lori September 2022

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FULL BOAR BBQ

From Humble Beginnings to Award-Winning Sauces and Rubs

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BY J A C O B LU B B E R S , O W N E R

ROWING UP in Indiana, one of the things my friends and I looked forward to the most was a small backyard BBQ competition in Ferdinand, Indiana, called the Heimatfest. After purchasing a button for only $3, you could walk around and sample as much delicious BBQ as you could handle - it was great! There were always plenty of competing BBQ teams, and it was a big deal locally to win bragging rights for the upcoming year. After returning from college one summer, my buddies and I headed out to Heimatfest for delicious BBQ samples but were taken aback to find only three teams competing. Many of the previous teams were getting older and had “retired,” others had quit for one reason or another, and it seemed none of the younger crowd had picked up the BBQ competition tradition. Hometown pride immediately began to kick in! My friends and I decided then and there that we would not let Heimatfest die out if we could help it. First, we formed our own team. After forming our own five member team, we assigned each person in charge of

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one of the four meat categories to practice and named the other member Bloody Mary specialist. We began encouraging our peers to become involved, as well as reaching out to some of the teams who had simply lost interest. The next year six teams showed up (or 100% YOY growth if I am doing the math right)! Even though our team had been practicing for a while, we came in with very low expectations, one old propane smoker, and a kettle grill. Some other teams may or may not have made a little fun of our setup! The first competition category announced was chicken. And guess what…? WE WON. We took first place in chicken and grabbed second place in pulled pork on our way to a third overall finish! We were absolutely and hopelessly hooked, so from there our crew got together as much as possible for competitions and have been overachieving ever since. What started as a few high school buddies not wanting a tradition to die has turned into a brand name that is trusted everywhere it is known. Along the way, we

have found some tricks of the trade, taken home a lot of trophies, and created some pretty great sauces and seasonings of our own. Since relocating to Knoxville, I began sharing Full Boar BBQ sauces and rubs tested, tried, and proven in competition - at local area stores. See our ad below for the area stores that carry our products. With pit masters and backyard chefs alike in mind, my goal is to spread the gift of delicious BBQ far and wide. Check the Full Boar BBQ website for helpful product Flavor Guides that indicate the tasty proportions of Salt, Sweet, Savory, and Heat so you can choose the best topping or baste for your next meal. Now you too can take your classic recipes to another level and add the perfect flavor combinations for any event!

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No Way! Are Those Images Real? I BY CHRISTINA FITZWILLIAM

T’S HARD TO believe that we are celebrating 10 years in business this month. Before Surface Doc, my husband, John, was missing out on so much happening in our family because he was working in restaurant management 60+ hours a week, mostly nights and weekends. I was constantly looking for a new career path for him, something we could possibly do together. That’s when I found some videos from a company in Arizona demonstrating cleaning equipment that was so dramatic I was immediately intrigued yet skeptical. So when John got home late that night, we watched in awe one video clip after another. We saw tile and grout, carpet, concrete, stone, and most every other surface we could imagine undergo dramatic transformation. A few days later we traveled to Arizona to see this equipment firsthand. We were even more impressed in person, and Surface Doc was born the following week. We had an amazing service, and we knew it. But those first few months we would pray for the phone to ring. It was a slow start, but we couldn’t go back or give up. Slowly the calls began to come in. Then almost

overnight, by word of mouth, Surface Doc exploded. Being the only deep-cleaning company with this equipment has given our company a niche, which we are grateful for. Sometimes when people check out Surface Doc’s website, they are as skeptical as we were. People have asked us, “Are those images doctored?” Even better is when they stand beside John as he does a test cleaning and exclaim, “I can’t believe what I’m seeing. I never thought my floor could look like this again!” So what makes Surface Doc different? Basically, we use a combination of extreme heat to open the pores of your floor and force out deeply embedded soil with high pressure and extraction to remove ALL foreign matter. Without this combination, one can only get into the top most layer of your floor, leaving most of the embedded

soil locked underneath. But with 3,000 pounds of psi and 15 pounds of suction, dirt is literally blasted out of the pores in your floor and whisked away. We even use Green Clean Chemicals and purified water, which ensures absolutely NO residue is left behind. Now we have a plethora of our own unbelievable but real photos and videos from previous jobs. This year we have added a new service called SOFT WASH for your home’s exterior. This is the only safe process for your home’s roof and siding. You can see some of our videos and photos at SurfaceDoc.com. Drop us a note or give John a call today at 865-567-1986.

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Design Decor for All Things Beautiful!

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ESIGN DECOR makes it easy for everyone to have a designer home. Our unique business provides designer-quality interiors customized for your home and your st yle. Our client s ru n t h e gamut from leasing or purchasing a complete designed and installed look, to in-store floral workshop par ticipant s, to those shopping for individual pieces from our extensive showroom to create their own looks. Owners Linda Ridings and Mary Ellen Nichols are passionate about sharing their joy for all things beautiful with their clientele. Fun Designer Workshops Linda, our Master Florist who leads all our classes, helps participants create their own custom designer pieces. Everyone who attends one of our classes leaves saying, “It’s not just a class, it’s an experience!” Workshops are a fun activity for a

girls’ night out, team builder, or just something different to do - and you leave with a designer-quality work of art you made yourself! Our workshop schedule, prices, dates, and sign-up can be found at Classes. DesignDecorKnoxville.com. Hope to see you and your friends there soon! The Holidays Are Coming! Although it seems like an early cry, the holidays always get here so much sooner than we think, so now is the time to begin preparations in order to get ahead of the game - easing stress and anxiety! Design Decor offers full-service decorating for any style and budget. Christmas trees can be a real hassle to put up and take down, but our team takes away that headache. From one room to a whole house, our team can deliver, decorate, and be done in less than four hours, leaving you free to enjoy the season. Forget climbing into the attic and digging through boxes! By setting up the pieces AND taking them down and storing them, we really offer a lot of convenience for folks to make their homes lovely for the upcoming season. Don’t wait to schedule a holiday consultation or installation - our calendar is filling quickly. Whether you are interested in

leasing or purchasing decor for the upcoming November and December celebrations, come talk to the experts! Don’t Forget Our Unforgettable Showroom Here at Design Decor, we’re gearing up for our big fall/Christmas VIP Preview Party on October 18th and 19th, where we’ll debut our new holiday themes. We encourage people to visit our 4,000-square-foot showroom during the preview parties (or any time!) to get a feel for all the distinctive themes and designs. Just the size of our showroom fully decorated for the season is a sight to see in itself! Discover how to add a little warmth of autumn color to each space in your home, what is new, adorable, and lovely for the upcoming holidays, and how Design Decor can ease your seasonal stress. Mary Ellen and Linda are always excited to show you just how much they love the holidays and how they are truly “dedicated to distinctive decorating!” for this season and the next!

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TIRED OF WIRE?

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AS THIS EVER happened to you? You are getting something out of your wire system closet and suddenly your clothes collapse on the ground in a tangled heap. Or all the items in your old wire pantry crash to the floor in the middle of the night.

Custom Storage Spaces Replace Inefficient Wire Shelving

A new house or an old one, many homeowners face a common problem: A premade wire closet system. Wire is inexpensive, but in the end, is cheaper always better? While wire is certainly adequate and easy to install yourself, the non-adjustable hanging and shelving don’t utilize all the storage space available. Additionally, there’s a probability of an untimely failure. “We often receive calls from homeowners asking for a custom design after their wire pantry collapses, or they come home to find all their clothes dumped on the floor,” said Kathryn Norton, designer and co-owner of Tailored Living of Knoxville. “There can be inherent structure problems with wire shelving since the anchoring system is not sufficient to support hundreds of pounds of clothes or pantry items.” A custom closet is not only more durable, it also: • Maximizes Storage - A custom closet design adds 30-40% more storage space than wire or do-it-yourself kits. • Fits Any Budget - A custom closet by Tailored Living doesn’t have to mean expensive. An experienced designer can help meet almost any budget. A simple design will still maximize the available storage space.

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

Tailored Living

865.947.8686 TailoredLivingKnoxville.com

Showcasing East Tennessee Heritage, Agriculture and Arts for 102 Years September 9-18 Daily Fair hours vary so be sure to check their website at TNValleyFair.org for specific times, and please remember only clear bags are allowed. Say hello to Jasper the Rooster, TVF’s mascot since 1978!

IN CONCERT

Saturday, September 10 - Mountain Music Showdown Sunday, September 11 - Queen Nation Monday, September 12 - Dylan Scott Tuesday, September 13 - Bret Michaels Wednesday, September 14 - Brian McKnight Thursday, September 15 - Ryan Hurd Friday, September 16 - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Sunday, September 18 - Clint Black

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The Tennessee Valley Fair offers family-friendly entertainment to Knoxville and the surrounding area. Fairgoers of all ages will find numerous activities to enjoy on the fairgrounds as well as rides, live music, competitions, shows, food, action sports, special events, and so much more! The economic impact the Fair has on our community is $11.4 million annually. For a complete listing of events, go to TNValleyFair.org. Not only is this a place to have fun but also a place to learn. Educating fairgoers about agriculture is important after all, agriculture is what feeds us, clothes us, and helps us live. Be sure to visit the Ponderosa Zoo & Rescue and the AgSimulator to get the feel of a real harvester cab! There is a little something for everyone - in addition to Fair rides and awesome Fair food - from mountain music showdown, to axe throwing contests, to a demolition derby, to Agri-Puppets, to antique engines & tracors, to beer gardens, to Anatastini Circus! And that is not even half the list!



Home Loan Options for Here and Now

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O FAR 2022 has been a wild ride with the rise in interest rates, low inventory, and soaring home prices. While these factors have made it tougher for homebuyers to navigate, there is still plenty of reason to stay in the market. The increased rates have already started cooling things off and continue to give time for the supply to catch up to the demand. This means you may not have to compete against multiple offers or offer thousands above asking price to secure a contract. You may even be able to negotiate on the asking price or get the seller to assist with closing costs. Don’t wait too long though - if there is a recession and the rates drop, the craziness could start up again. Remember, even if the interest rate you lock in isn’t as low as you’d hoped, there is always the opportunity to refinance in the future.

You may even be able to negotiate on the asking price or get the seller to assist with closing costs. There are several common misconceptions about what it takes to qualify for a home loan. Despite common belief, the minimum down payment for a Conventional loan is MUCH lower than what most of us have been told. It can be even lower for first-time buyers or those with reduced incomes. FHA also has a great product with a smaller down payment requirement and tends to be more lenient on credit scores and/or higher debt to income ratios. VA loans for veterans are always popular, as they offer 100% financing in most cases, whether it’s your first or fifth home. Investor loans have become very popular, as rentals are in high demand. These loans require a larger down payment than for primary homes. There’s even an option where you can qualify on the potential rent a property will produce! Remember, the best course of action is for us to talk so I can assess your specific situation. Give me a call at your convenience, and let’s get started!

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Don’t Let Your Parents Fall for These Scams

You have worked hard for your money.

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

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R ECE IVE D a call a few weeks ago

from a lady who excitedly told me that she’d just been notified that she won $5.4 million in a lottery but first had to send $500 for processing to the National Sweepstakes Bureau. I had the unfortunate task of telling her there was no such thing as the National Sweepstakes Bureau and she was getting scammed. Certain scams targeted at senior citizens are particularly egregious. According to the FBI, in 2021 there were more than 92,000 older fraud victims which led to $1.7 billion in losses, up 74% from just the prior year. Here are a few of the top senior scams: • Gove r n m e nt Im p e r s o n at i o n S c a m s : Scammers call older adults and pretend to be from the IRS or Social Security. They tell them there are unpaid taxes and the senior will be arrested or their SS benefits cut off if they don’t pay immediately via wire transfer. Bank accounts are emptied and the senior’s identity stolen. Remember that NO federal agency will ever call. All legitimate communication is by mail. • Robocalls: A common scam is using automation to dial a large number of households. The robocall says “Can you hear me?” and the senior says “yes.” The robocall disconnects and now the scammers have the senior’s voice signature captured that can be used to authorize unwanted credit card charges. What to do? Simply hang up if you ever answer the phone and hear those words. • Grandparents’ scam: By studying Facebook or simply calling and saying “Hi Grandpa, do you know who this is?” scammers can pick up the names of grandchildren. Posing as the grandchild, the scammer says he’s gotten arrested or his car has broken down and he needs money fast. What grandparent doesn’t want to help their grandchild? So off they go to Western Union to send cash - for a totally fake scenario and the money is lost. Rule of thumb: If a grandchild calls, independently verify with another family member that they really need help, even if the grandchild asks you not to tell anyone. The list of scams goes on and on. You can find great information on the National Council of Aging website, where I researched this information to share. Please talk with your parents and warn them about these types of calls. It might save them from losing their life’s savings.

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Easily see, reach, and store everything in your kitchen & bath Your local source for custom-designed & installed roll-out shelves & organizers – at 50% LESS than national franchises

PROFESSIONALLY INSTALLED IN YOUR EXISTING CABINETS OR PANTRY We just had Shelf Help install rollout shelving throughout our home. Due to aging, we found it too hard to reach lower shelves or the "stuff'' we had placed in the back of our cabinets in the kitchen, laundry, baths, etc. If you are having the same problem, we recommend you call Shelf Help. We cannot say enough about the very prompt service, accurate measurements, high-quality shelving, and expert installers! This is one of the best decisions we have ever made! You will do your knees and back a real favor if you call them. — The Henrys, Vonore, TN

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Modern Twists to Past Favorites This Fall

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HE OLD adage “everything old is new again” certainly applies to fashions for fall 2022! Many styles from decades ago are making strong comebacks, but this time with some modern twists. Did you love the feminine fashions of the ’50s? Modern, romantic nostalgia... in between the past and the future. Audrey Hepburn inspired collars adorn many of the dresses and jackets in store this season - a flattering and elegant style on anyone! The wide leg pant lends itself beautifully to a dressy look, very loose in nature, and flowing almost to a skirt fullness with the extremely wide leg. A return from the ’70s for sure! The matching pant suit is another ’70s trend that’s “new” once again. Glamorous and sophisticated, this look has always been one that makes a statement! It’s no surprise that we’ve already been reordering fall styles at The Lily Pad! It’s without a doubt the most fabulous collection we’ve had to choose from for many seasons - the styles are so diverse, which is perfect for our diverse clientele!

Get your slice of scrumptious Hummingbird Cake!

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Whether this is the first time you’ve worn the “new again” styles or you sported them the first time they were in style, we would love for you to visit the store and see all of what’s new for this season.

Happy fall and happy shopping!

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A Southern favorite featuring the tropical flavors of banana and pineapple with a rich cream cheese frosting. Available for a limited time, so come in today! Bearden/Homberg 5005 Kingston Pike 865-249-6010 Open M-F 11-3

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INSIGHTS

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THE TOWN FRAMERY & GIFTS

This beautiful, functional, and seasonal tray, measuring 15" x 21", is the perfect piece to add to your fall accessories, whether you use it to serve, as a centerpiece, or prop it up for viewing! Available at The Town Framery & Gifts, 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut, 865.671.6627, TheTownFramery.com.

THE LILY PAD BOUTIQUE

Fall weddings are quickly approaching! You’ll find a great selection of mother and grandmother of the bride or groom dresses at The Lily Pad Boutique, 209 N. Main Street in Sweetwater, 423.337.5537, LilyPadBoutiqueOnline.com.

DECORATING DEN INTERIORS

Comfortable yet tailored, this large scale sectional is shown at 140"w x 140"d and is perfect for large scale rooms. Available in more than 100 configurations and 1,000+ fabrics to make it uniquely yours at Decorating Den Interiors | Kozar Design Team, 521 Lovell Road, Suite 205 in Knoxville, 865.392.6222, SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com.

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FULL BOAR BBQ

All you need to be a star in the kitchen or the backyard! Make cooking easy when you add any Full Boar BBQ premium rubs and sauces to your meat, fish, or vegetables. Available locally at Butler & Bailey Market, Food City, and Elder’s Ace Hardware (Hardin Valley, Bearden & Halls) or online at FullBoarBBQProducts.com. See page 14 for a special online offer!

MEADOW VIEW GREENHOUSES & GARDEN CENTER

DESIGN DECOR

The Gray Gables Sunflower Tray is a perfect transition piece from summer to fall. In basic black and white, it works with any decor or color scheme, serving endless possibilities! Available at Design Decor, 627 American Glass Way in Knoxville, 865.769.0039, DesignDecorKnoxville.com.

Adorable mini birds with autumn-themed hats and collars sit holding inspirational banners. With corded legs and cute clunky shoes, they are perfect for dangling off the edge of a shelf to add a touch of whimsy and fall flavor to your home this season. Available at Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center, 9885 Highway 11E in Lenoir City, 865.986.7229, MeadowViewGreenhouse.com.

865LIFE®

Show your hometown pride with these fashion caps with logo cork appliqués from 865LIFE. Many caps, stickers, and t-shirts are available, so check their Facebook page and follow them on Instagram for Pop-up Shop locations around Knoxville and surrounding areas. 865LIFE - MORE THAN A NUMBER… IT’S HOME.®

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TRY TAILGATING IN YOUR GARAGE BY C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y, C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y.C O M

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T’S FOOTBALL TIME in Tennessee! Fall in East Tennessee brings crisp air, changing leaves, and the long-awaited football season. The game schedule has been set, and it’s time to start gathering your tailgating supplies. Before you pack up the car, however, try tailgating from the comfort of home. It’s easy when you’ve made your garage game day ready! Bring on the Food Forget the folding tables, and ditch the cumbersome coolers. Instead, install convenient countertops to hold your football feast and a mini-fridge or Kegerator for your touchdown toasts. Power strips will keep the chili-filled crock pots hot, and cleanup is easy with a pull-out trash bin that keeps your garage looking and smelling fresh. Shelter in Place Don’t bother untangling tent poles - your garage is ready to provide instant shelter and shade. No Porta Potties here… restrooms are just steps away. Hide your household supplies behind powder-coated cabinets (in your team’s colors, of course), and use overhead storage to lift bulky items up and out of the way. Provide foldable chairs for your special guests - easily retrieved from built-in custom cabinets. Have Spirited Fun Create an alumni inspired atmosphere with a school colored epoxy polyaspartic floor, or choose a checkerboard style with Swisstrax floor tiles. On blue-sky days, your driveway can serve as

ground zero for cornhole games and grilling. Use slatwall to hang sports-themed art, posters, jerseys, or autographed photos (try visiting local antique stores for great memorabilia), and install LED lights to illuminate the area during night games. Don’t worry about transporting food, supplies, tents, and tables at your next football gathering - everything you need to have a comfortable, convenient, and enjoyable VFL experience can be found right at home. With designer cabinetry and countertops, durable flooring, overhead storage, slatwall, and custom lighting, your garage will become the perfect football destination. Call the experts at Designer Garages for a free, no-obligation consultation, and visit their West Knoxville showroom to make a game plan for your own garage today!

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

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JASON SCHEFF LEADER • LEGACY • MENTOR

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BY RANDY PATTER SON, B OOM EROCI TY.COM

ASON SCHEFF. SON of Jerry Scheff, legendary bassist for Elvis, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Chris Hillman, and so many others. At age 23, young Jason joined Chicago, replacing Peter Cetera. Chicago. At age 23. Wow. Jason held that position for 31 years until his departure from the legendary band in 2016. It’s Jason’s voice that we hear on the band’s 1986 remake of their 1970 hit single “25 or 6 to 4” and “Will You Still Love Me.” After his departure, Jason joined Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Denny Laine (of Wings fame), and Badfinger’s Joey Molland for a tour of “It Was Fifty Years Ago Today – A Tribute to the Beatles White Album.” He has also donated a significant amount of time performing for charities. It was at one such event that I first met Jason, as well as his son. Backstage at a 2019 Nashville fundraiser hosted by Jason’s dad’s former bandmate: the legendary James Burton, we had a brief conversation and parted ways agreeing that an interview was in order. Fast forward to today. With Rascal Flatts’ bassist, Jay DeMarcus, Jason has formed the super group Generation Radio with Journey drummer, Deen Castronovo, and guitarists Chris Rodriguez and Tom Yankton. The band’s sound brings to mind Chicago, Eagles, and, yes, Rascal Flatts, as well as Journey. It is this unique sound that will make Generation Radio THE new band to seek out in 2022-2023 and beyond. The new band’s self-titled debut album landed last month, giving Jason and me the perfect excuse to set up an interview. Before chatting about Generation Radio and the new album, I brought up Jason’s legendary father. “I’m going to be able to get to hang out with my dad for a good three weeks when he comes out here for Elvis Week along with my other brothers and one of my sons will be there. My father is just amazing.” The subject shifted to Generation Radio, and Jason shared the backstory to its creation. “Well, going back to the very beginning, Jay DeMarcus played the Washington State Fair in 2002 with Rascal Flatts two days before Chicago. The lady who runs the event, who I’ve gotten to know over the years, said, ‘Jason, do you know who Rascal Flatts is?’ and I said no, that I was really not into country. She said, ‘Well, they’re big fans of you guys, and they’re so excited that they sold the grandstand out and knew you were going to be here a couple of nights later. Jay wanted me to give this to you.’ “She gave me their CD with a letter. I thought I was going to open the letter and it would say ‘Dear Chicago,’ but it said ‘Dear Jason, I’m a bass player in a band called Rascal Flatts. I’m a huge fan of Chicago. That’s what made me want to play music. And I’m a big fan of yours. I’ve followed your years with the band.’ “That was the moment for me where I realized wow, this is my legacy now. I grew up on Chicago in the ’70s. When I joined the band in ’85, I thought - along with a lot of other people - this is probably not going to work. I mean, come on, this kid is just not on this level. But something happened on the way to the office that I felt comfortable going in the studio with David Foster, and the rest is history.” From that humbling letter with the Rascal Flatts CD, a close friendship began.

When Rascal Flatts decided to take a sabbatical just before the pandemic hit, Jason and Jay started laying the groundwork for Generation Radio. With friendships with Journey’s Deen Castronovo, as well as Tom Yankton and Chris Rodriquez, everything began to gel. Jason remembered, “The whole concept Jay always had was ‘Let’s put a band together with the talent levels of like an Eagles, where everybody sings strong, everybody writes.’ And that’s what we did.” When asked if there were any surprises as the band and its new album came together, Jason replied, “I was not surprised because of the talent that we’re bringing to the table. Because you’re kind of going, ‘You shouldn’t be surprised that it turned out like it did.’ But when you actually hear it - Surprise, Surprise, Sergeant Carter. It’s like, wow! We knew from the first notes we played in the studio, and it was just coming back, feeling so great.” You can watch the interview with Jason Scheff, where he talks about his friendship with Doors guitarist, Robbie Krieger, Generation Radio’s album sound being a throwback to a “kinder, gentler time,” and his conversations with current Journey lead singer, Arnel Pineda, on Boomerocity.com. You can also check out more info on the band at their website, GenerationRadio.net, and JasonScheff.com.

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


Why Having a Long-Term Care Plan is a Must BY T R AV I S C U L L M A N , C F P ® , C P FA

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0% OF PEOPLE over age 65 will need some form of long-term care services during their lives!1 Yet only 7% of Americans have purchased long-term care insurance!2 While none of us like to discuss the reality of aging, the data is clear - you may not necessarily need an insurance policy, but having a long-term care plan is essential. Whether it’s additional investments, home equity, or an insurance policy, odds are you or someone close to you will pay significant long-term care costs during their lifetime. Consider that here in Knoxville, the cost for an assisted living facility is upwards of $3,900/month! And for anyone who goes into a private room at a facility, they can expect to pay more than $7,500 per month.3 I’ve seen with my own eyes the sad reality of the financial and emotional cost. With women generally living several years longer than their husbands, it is not uncommon to see the husband go into a nursing home, drain the family savings, and leave the surviving spouse destitute and dependent upon government assistance. As my mentor used to remind me, “If you fail to plan, then plan to fail.” If we don’t proactively address this risk, you may be jeopardizing your dreams of leaving a legacy to your loved ones. Even worse, you may force your adult children to choose between paying for your care and saving for their own retirement! If you don’t have a care plan, are worried about your parents’ longevity strategy, or simply want additional information, please give us a call. A long-term care plan might be easier than you think! Travis Cullman, CFP®, CPFA Senior Vice President, Southwestern Investment Group Wealth Advisor, SWIG 136 Concord Road Knoxville, TN 37934 865.686.5202 SWInvestmentGroup.com

How much Care Will You Need? LongTermCare.gov, 2/18/20 Designing Universal Family Care, National Academy of Social Insurance, 2019 3 payingforseniorcare.com/assisted-living-in-knoxville-tn 1 2

The information has been obtained from sources considered to be reliable, but we do not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete. Any opinions are those of Travis Cullman and not necessarily those of Raymond James. Expressions of opinion are as of this date and are subject to change without notice. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Every investor’s situation is unique, and you should consider your investment goals, risk tolerance, and time horizon before making any investment. Prior to making an investment decision, please consult with your financial advisor about your individual situation. Raymond James and its advisors do not offer tax or legal advice. You should discuss any tax or legal matters with the appropriate professional. Investment advisory services offered through Southwestern Investment Advisory Services, Inc., an independent registered advisor. Southwestern Investment Group and Cullman Wealth Team are not registered broker dealers and are independent of Raymond James Financial Services. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Service, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Representatives may not be registered to offer securities and advisory services in all states. Guarantees are based on the claims paying ability of the issuing company. Long Term Care Insurance or Asset Based Long Term Care insurance products may not be suitable for all investors. Surrender charges may apply for early withdrawals and, if made prior to age 59 1/2, may be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty in addition to any gains being taxed as ordinary income. Please consult with a licensed financial professional when considering your insurance options.

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temperatures cooling (fingers crossed!) and the upcoming change in season, now is the time to enjoy the beauty in and around Knoxville. As summer transitions into fall, sunny days offer opportunities to get back out in nature to take in the changing leaves, cool breezes, and many outdoor activities East Tennessee has to offer. Whether you and your crew are into biking, hiking, kayaking, or simply picnicking, you’ll need to take a few steps to enhance the experience and ensure you’re ready for whatever the day may bring. When it’s time to head outside, consider these tips from the experts at CURAD ® to protect your body (and skin) from the elements:

Protect Skin from UV Rays Any time you’ll be outdoors for more than 15 minutes, you should wear protective sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, even if it’s partly cloudy or overcast. One mistake many people make is applying sunscreen before they leave the house then not reapplying throughout the day. To help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, reapply sunscreen at least every two hours and more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating. Also be sure to cover all exposed areas, including often overlooked spots like the tops of your ears, neck, and tops of your feet, if they’re exposed by sandals or other open shoes.

Stay Hydrated One of the most important ways to protect your health when you’re spending the day outdoors is staying hydrated, especially on warm days when you’re more prone to losing your body’s water reserves to sweat. Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, throughout the day can help replenish what you lose so you don’t get dehydrated, and you’ll also have an easier time regulating your body’s temperature.

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These eye-catching CURAD® bandages designed by Kendra Dandy add a splash of fun, color, and flair while you heal.

Be Prepared for Cuts and Scrapes Even for short day trips, it is always wise to bring along a first aid kit with some essentials: cleaning wipes, antiseptic spray or cream, and bandages in a variety of sizes. An option like CURAD® Adhesive Bandages with a four-sided seal that keeps dirt and germs out and a nonstick pad that’s extra absorbent and made with a comfortable, stretchy material that conforms to your body for maximum protection that can aid in healing.

Repel Bugs Aggressive insects can put a damper on outdoor fun. Bug spray or roll-on products should go on top of your sunscreen but never under your clothes. Apply a sparing coat to all exposed skin and clothing, paying special attention to your waistband, pant and sleeve cuffs, collar, and socks. Rather than applying spray directly to your face, spray the palms of your hands then rub the repellant onto your face. Be sure to wash your hands afterward to avoid accidentally transferring spray to your mouth or eyes. If you have sensitive skin or prefer not to use spray or roll-on for other reasons, products like repellant fans or wearable repellant bracelets may be good alternatives. Some essential oils are also natural bug repellants.

Don’t Forget Your Lips While faces, necks, arms, and legs are often top of mind to protect from the sun’s rays, lips can be easy to forget. However,

using a lip balm that is rich in oils, beeswax, and petroleum can help seal in moisture. Similar to sunscreen, lip balms featuring SPF should be reapplied every two hours when outdoors and often offer added moisturizing benefits.

Wear Layered Clothing When it’s hot outside and you’re engaged in physical activity, you’re at a greater risk of overheating. Dressing for the climate, while also protecting yourself from the elements, should be a top priority. If the temperature will vary throughout the day, consider layering so you can warm up or cool down as needed. Lighter clothes that don’t add weight are a good idea, and it’s important to be conscious of the fit. Ideally, clothes should be loose enough to allow for easy, comfortable movement but not so baggy they get in the way or pose a snagging or tripping hazard. Don’t forget accessories like a hat and sunglasses, which can protect your head and eyes.

Support Areas Prone to Injuries Twisted ankles are one of the more common injuries, especially for hikers or runners who may stumble over rocks or curbs and even weekend warriors playing pick-up basketball or softball games. Keeping an ankle support on-hand can help stabilize a sprain or provide extra support during recovery. If you do experience a mild injury, it’s important to choose a high-quality product, like CURAD® Performance Series IRONMAN ankle supports and braces. With options available to support both mild and moderate ankle injuries, they offer a rugged yet comfortable design to wear on the field, in the gym, at work, or out on the town. Find more tips and resources to take care of your body this summer and beyond at CURAD.com.


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promotes a strong bond between the epoxy and the floor surface. Grinding creates the correct surface texture for the base coat to adhere to the concrete. Some companies try the less-expensive method of acid wash floors, but that does not create a good bond, resulting in a much higher probability of floor failure due to a lower bond strength. Full Flake Coverage, Not Partial The amount of flake broadcast into the epoxy not only has a decorative purpose, but it also has a functional purpose. Decorative flakes actually make the epoxy layer thicker and act as an additional bonding agent. Since the flakes are more flexible, they can help prevent chipping when objects are dropped onto it. Saturating the base coat

with the flakes makes it up to three times thicker than if someone “sprinkled” flakes onto a solid epoxy color. Commercial-Grade Top Coat Using a high-quality, commercial-grade polyurethane topcoat is vital so the floor stands up to hot tires and dropped tools for many years. Polyurethane provides chemical, slip, UV, and scratch resistance, as well as gloss retention. It also reduces allergens by resisting the growth of microorganisms. The non-porous coating cures to twice as hard as traditional epoxies, making the garage floor resistant to gasoline, auto fluids, paint thinner, pesticides, and other household chemicals that can destroy inferior epoxy finishes. Call PremierGarage of Knoxville to help you create a long-lasting garage floor. Then add custom garage cabinets and other storage solutions to turn your garage into your favorite spot in the home.

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UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month

PERENNIAL MILKWEED Add Beauty and Feed Pollinators

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flowers, reminiscent of the scent of a rose, and pollinators love them, especially monarch butterflies. When the milkweed is in bloom, you can hear the insect activity simply by standing beside the plant. Common milkweed blooms early to mid June, around the time when butterfly weed blooms. This is the milkweed that is often mowed by road crews. It rebounds quickly and provides fresh leaves for late summer monarchs. Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is lesser known, but it is an easy species of milkweed to grow. Also known as red or rose milkweed, its native range is mostly in Middle and East Tennessee. It grows naturally in wet areas yet tolerates a wide range of soils. Unlike the root systems of common milkweed and butterfly weed, swamp milkweed has a fibrous root system and can easily be divided. It is also grown easily from seed. Swamp milkweed can get four feet tall, and its clear pink flowers appear in early July on the Cumberland Plateau (USDA Zone 6b) and earlier for warmer zones. Swamp milkweed is a great plant in the landscape but appreciates extra water in extremely dry periods. Other interesting milkweeds in Tennessee include poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata), whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata), clasping milkweed (Asclepias amplexicaulis), and redring milkweed (Asclepias variegata). Researchers have found that habitat for the Eastern monarch butterfly can be improved by cutting back perennial milkweeds in early to mid-summer to encourage new young

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ENNESSEE IS fortunate to have 14 native species of milkweed (Asclepias sp.). Most are easily grown from seed and can do well in landscape plantings. All are excellent plant s for feeding our native pollinator insects. Butterflies, bees, beetles, flies, moths, and a variety of wasp species obtain nectar from milkweed plants. Milkweeds have become synonymous with the monarch butterfly. Yet, the monarch is one of many insect species that depend on milkweed to complete their life cycle. Other insects use the plants as their sole food source. You will also see them on milkweed, and they should not necessarily be viewed as pests. Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), also known as butterfly weed, is the most identifiable milkweed species, featuring orange flowers that open in early June. It is also known as “chiggerweed” because it is often found in pastures and roadsides growing with other weeds that people associate with finding chiggers. Yet, butterfly milkweed does not harbor the biting arthropods. This milkweed is one of the smaller, more tidy species you can grow in your garden, staying about 24 inches tall. However, it may struggle in overly fertile soils in the home landscape while thriving in a range of poor soils, including heavy clay. Full sun is a must, otherwise the plant stretches to the sun and often flops over. Butterfly weed is best grown from seed in the location you want it to grow and needs to be left alone after planting. Over time, it develops a tap root that is very large and woody, making it nearly impossible to dig up when the plant is mature. Also, the plants are very slow to break dormancy in spring before warm weather arrives, so it is difficult to find it well-grown in pots at early spring plant sales. Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is also often seen in Tennessee pastures and roadsides. This prolific grower can mature up to five feet tall, and its suckering habit will lead to large colonies over time. Common milkweed has pinkish purple, ball-shaped clusters of flowers under its leaves. It is best grown in a wild setting where space is plentiful, otherwise it can dominate a flower bed and tower over, and shade, smaller perennials. This species has wonderfully fragrant

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Butterfly milkweed adds bright pops of vivid orange color to Tennessee landscapes starting in early June. The native milkweed species, shown here growing at the University of Tennessee Gardens, Crossville, has a small, tidy habit that fits well in many garden beds. It performs best, however, when planted in poor soils, even heavy clay, rather than rich, fertile soils, and full sun is a must.

growth that is more attractive to egg-laying adults that are creating the final generation of the late season southern migration. The plants can be cut back to about two to four inches tall just when the plants are beginning to flower. To provide a floral display, try cutting back only half the patch to create caterpillar habitat. The University of Tennessee Gardens in Knoxville, Jackson, and Crossville grow native milkweed species. The UT Gardens, Crossville has all three of the species described in this column in its Butterfly Garden. Go for a visit and check them out! 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.


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

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’M MORE EXCITED for fall this year, and I think it’s because summer has been kind of miserable. It was hot and rainy, and the humidity was ridiculous! Whatever the reason, I’m ready for cooler days. September is a busy time in the garden. Our first frost is usually mid-October, but forecasters say it could be as late as early November. You may have a while to get things done, but I suggest not putting it off. Once the holiday season begins - Halloween to the New Year - things like “putting your garden to bed” get pushed to the side! Walk around your yard. Look up, down, and all around. Make notes about what did well and what didn’t. Notice any changes in your yard and what impact those may have had. Did your new neighbor clear off land that was wooded? If so, your shade plants might not be shaded. If trees have grown, your sun lovers might not be getting enough sun. Plan for any rearranging that may need to be done. Also think about hardscaping that you’d like to have done and get on the schedule with a reputable company. Many are booked out for months! Let’s discuss mums and pollinator plants. I’ll start with mums, which are the ubiquitous plant of fall. Those little blooming balls you see everywhere are not true mums and may or may not come back if planted. They are hybrids bred for a compact shape and uniform blooming with a bloom time of 4-6 weeks from when the buds open until the blooms die - a time period shortened by heat. There is no such thing as a mum that blooms from August until November! There are early, mid, and late bloomers, so you can continue to pick them up through the season. If you want mums to come back, get them in the ground by mid-September. If you want a perennial mum, the term is Dendanthrumum. Those are much taller and leggier that the hybrid balls but come back reliably year after year. Again, try to get them in the ground by mid-September. Now let’s talk about pollinator plants. I’m sure you’ve heard about the dramatic decline in our primary pollinators, which are the bees. There has also been a major decline of our secondary pollinators, which are the butterflies. Why is that a problem? Not only does it throw the balance of nature off, but it also has a negative effect on our diet. More than 30% of the food we consume relies on a pollinator. Image a world without apples, strawberries, blueberries, and vegetables. How about chocolate? Or coffee? Even if you’re a true carnivore, those cows depend on clover and alfalfa, which are pollinated by bees. Without the pollinators, we would be hungry, malnourished, and cranky!

So, what can you do? ☼ Plant pollinator friendly flowers. These are generally sun perennials (native if possible) planted in clusters. This will attract more pollinators than individual plants. Choosing a variety with overlapping bloom times will keep them around your yard. Plant host plants for egg laying and caterpillar feeding. Our butterfly weed is a good example of this (see UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month on the facing page), as it’s the only plant the now endangered monarch will use for egg laying. ☼ Provide nest sites. Ground bees make up most of the bee population and need access to bare earth. It’s helpful to leave dead wood, hollow stems, and brush piles for cavity nesters. If leaves aren’t infected with fungus, consider leaving them for the newly mated bumble bee queens, who hibernate under leaf litter or at the base of grass clumps. A shallow basin of water with pebbles for resting will help many pollinators. ☼ Protect them from chemicals. Use as few chemicals as possible and use them wisely. Start with insecticidal soap, use when the pollinators are not active, and only move up to stronger products if

necessary. It’s also critical to know what you’re treating. Often we have customers who have been treating laurels with an insecticide, when the issue is actually shot-hole disease. Or they have been spraying worms with an insecticide, which has no effect on them. A little research and education go a long way! ☼ Spread the word! Educate children and your neighbors about the danger our pollinators face before it’s too late. Not everyone is willing or able to let their lawn return to nature, but everyone can put a few plants in their yard to feed the pollinators. Use chemicals wisely. As I told my kids when they were young make good decisions! We’re starting to get fall plants and décor, so stop in to take a look! Fall is the best time for planting most trees and shrubs, so come by and let us help you make good planting choices. HAPPY FALL!

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Recognize (and Use!) Ripe Fruits C O U RT E S Y O F F F E

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EEPING FRESH fruit around the house provides a healthier alternative when your sweet tooth comes calling. Understanding how and when to buy at the peak of ripeness (or just before, in some cases) can help you avoid food waste while keeping your doctor happy.

Mixed Berry Pizza Recipe courtesy of Healthy Family Project Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Ingredients: • 1 egg • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour • 2 tablespoons brown sugar • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted • 1/4 cup honey, plus additional for drizzling, divided • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract • 1 pinch salt • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt • 1/2 lemon, juice only • 3 strawberries, sliced • 1/4 cup blueberries • 1/4 cup blackberries

Consider these simple tips for recognizing ripe fruits: Strawberries: Check the area at the top of the berry near the stem and leaves. A ripe strawberry is fully red; green or white near the top means the fruit is underripe. Watermelon: The “field spot,” or the area where the melon sat on the ground, should be yellow, and a tap on the rind should produce a hollow sound. Cherries: Flesh should appear dark with a crimson color and feel firm. Blueberries: Similar to cherries, color should deepen to dark blue. A reddish or pink color may be visible in unripe berries. Blackberries: Look for a smooth texture without any red appearance. Because blackberries don’t ripen after being picked, they tend to spoil quickly. Cantaloupe: You should detect a sweet smell, and the melon should feel heavy upon lifting. Peaches: A sweet, fragrant odor should be apparent. Skin should feel tender but not soft. Pineapple: Smell is again an important factor for pineapple - a sweet scent shows it’s ready, but a vinegary one likely means it’s overripe. Raspberries: Generally follow the same rules as blackberries. Best eaten within a couple days of purchase. A bright red color represents ripe berries. Bananas: A ripe banana features a peel lightly spotted without significant bruising. Your best bet may be to purchase bananas still slightly green and allow them to ripen at home. Whenever possible, opt for in-season produce. Typically, fresh fruits cost more when out of season since they’re not as readily available. Buying in-season produce also helps ensure you get better tasting fruits and veggies. Use your produce before it spoils by whipping up a delicious mixed berry “pizza” complete with a crunchy, sweet oatmeal and coconut crust. Great for an after school treat or a colorful dessert that everyone will love! Find more food tips, tricks, recipes, and videos at Culinary.net.

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Directions: Preheat oven to 350º F. In mixing bowl, mix egg, rolled oats, coconut, flour, brown sugar, butter, 1/4 cup honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt until incorporated. Evenly spread mixture in a greased springform pan and bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove pan from oven and cool while combining Greek yogurt with lemon juice in a separate bowl. Once oatmeal crust is fully cooled, use spatula to spread lemon yogurt mixture on top, leaving the edges uncoated. Top with sliced strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Drizzle with additional honey if desired.

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therapeutic benefits that come along with working with flowers, as well as the joy and satisfaction of knowing their efforts will have a positive impact on others. In addition, our Flowers After Hours events are a great way for groups to spend meaningful time together having fun and participating in our mission. There are public Flowers After Hours scheduled quarterly and are listed on our website. We also offer private Flowers After Hours for groups of 12 or more. Make your team stronger while helping Random Acts of Flowers achieve our mission of delivering recycled flowers, hope, and personal moments of kindness to those in local healthcare facilities! For more information on making a donation, having a Random Acts of Flowers event, or volunteering, please call us at 865-6339082, email us at info@RAFKnoxville.org, or visit our website at RAFKnoxville.org.

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Center New Exhibitions Opening Emporium September 2

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HE ARTS & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from September 2 - October 1. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at KnoxAlliance.store. Tom Owens & Marianne Woodside: Capturing People, Recording Environments A Decade of Recent Work in the Lower Gallery Tom Owens and Marianne Woodside share many of their favorite photographs that represent a variety of photographic styles. Images from global and local environments, including pre-pandemic and pandemic times, as well as solo photographic works and images they created during joint photo shoots. They have collaborated and supported one another’s photographic pursuits for more than a decade. Excerpts from To m ’ s a r t i s t statement: A still photograph puts a frame around a moment froTom Owens zen in time. It sits still and allows and perhaps commands the viewer to look at something real. I’m looking for that moment. My still photography is influenced by a diversity of photographers, including Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, Minor White, and Diane Arbus. Excerpts from Marianne’s artist statement: I believe in the magical qualities of photography. Technical knowledge and skills support the creation of lovely, interesting, and whimsical images. I look for ways to combine colors, lights, shapes, and textures to evoke a viewer’s mood or emotion. It is in nature that I find many of my Marianne Woodside favorite subjects. Larry Cole: Figures, Faces and Fantasy in the Upper Gallery Intense color, abstract shapes, and a sensation of mystery combine to establish the overall mood of this new exhibition by Larry Cole. Shadowy and obscure images of the human form suggest they have a story to tell. The artist has opened a visual portal to connect to some personal memory, an encounter, or a remembered dream and a sense of déjà vu. Artist statement excerpts: I rely on shapes and colors that are dreamlike yet recognizable. Using swirls, marks, and blocks of vivid color, I create a setting that allows my subjects to be interpreted differently by each observer. My goal is to create works that are visually striking, inviting, and filled with intrigue. EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE September 2022 144EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE Februar y 202 1

Greg Lach: Paint and Pixels in the Atrium Greg Lach learned that all artists should be photographers, and all photographers should be artists - an outlook reflected in his current work. He now lives in Seymour, TN, where he works o n p i xe l p a i n t i n g watercolor, acrylic portraits, still life, landscapes and Dollywood paintings, and commissioned works. Artist statement excerpt: With the coming of the Digital Age, I embraced digital photography and pixel painting. This combination of traditional watercolor brush strokes and digital manipulation produces a one-of-a-kind image. Where does the brush stroke and photograph begin or end? Risa Hricovsky: Stranger Things in the Display Case Risa Hricovsky is a post-discipline/installation artist. She creates punctuate space through pattern, color, and her use of the multiple. The work juxtaposes similarly colored materials with opposing properties, such as fired porcelain with soft sculpture or paper. The series Strange Stranger is a collection of sculptures made with different materials with varying degrees of likeness. They all have a familiarity that draws the viewer in but simultaneously reject identification as knowable objects. This ambiguity creates tension within the viewer, who wants the object to be recognizable yet can enjoy the sculpture on a formal and aesthetic level. Jan Burleson: Things Pile Up on the North Wall Artist statement excerpts: The pandemic year was extraordinary in its spectrum of ruptures: The human spirit struggled under the weight of death and burgeoning cultural and systemic fractures. During the disruption and isolation of the year, I found good use for the magazines that had long piled up. My work is both deconstructive and reconstructive - here, of torn society. I have used cut and torn images from those accumulated magazines in collage, gleaning slivers of culture and halted experience, borrowing color, content and shape, sometimes including direct art historical references, to create pilings of redesigned matter, things stacking up, collaborations of opposites, painting sturdiness in the face of great constraint. I paint arrangements of those fragments, creating lively, precarious balances of chaos and order, unifying fragility and stability. The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday - Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. For more information, call 865-523-7543 or visit KnoxAlliance.com.


Sunday, September 11 2 pm to 5 pm at UT Gardens The CELEBRATE SOUND ® Walk is a one-mile walk or run hosted by our local Greater Knoxville Sertoma Club to raise awareness of hearing health, as well as raising much-needed funds to combat hearing loss and provide services to those in need. The family friendly event will feature fun and games, kids’ activities, refreshments, door prizes, and several educational opportunities and vendors dedicated to hearing health. CELEBRATE SOUND returns 60% of the net proceeds directly to East Tennessee through support to: University of Tennessee Speech and Audiology Department Friends of Tennessee’s Babies with Special Needs The Hearing and Speech Foundation The remaining proceeds provide nationally awarded grants and scholarships.

CELEBRATE SOUND® is an event program shared by Sertoma and Hearing Charities of America® (HCOA). Events like this help raise funds for local and national programs, but equally important, they help raise awareness of the importance of hearing health. Sertoma and HCOA are well-respected for their similar hearing health missions. Hearing health agencies, the audiology and speech pathology professions, deaf and hard-of-hearing students - these communities know of the contributions made through each of these organizations, whether in the form of grants and scholarships or in providing hearing aids through the Hearing Aid Project. Sertoma Inc. is “service to mankind.” It’s more than just how they got their name; it’s been their foundation for more than 100 years. Their mission and their passion is to improve the quality of life for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss. For more information, visit Sertoma.org. Now is the time to shine the spotlight on hearing health, so grab your friends and family to come join the fun on September 11 at UT Gardens, located at 2518 Jacob Drive. You could be enjoying a beautiful garden, learning something new, supporting a good cause, and having a great time! For more information, visit p2p.onecause. com/knoxvilletn2022_celebratesound.

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HOLSTON HILLS: One of Knoxville’s Best-Kept Secrets

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NE OF the best-kept secrets in Knoxville, Holston Hills is named for the river that borders the neighborhood to the south and east. The neighborhood has meandering street lines with roomy houses on spacious, tree-lined lots. Holston Hills dates from the mid-1920s, when part of the neighborhood was developed in connection with the establishment of the Holston Hills Country Club. A group of Knoxville businessmen, who wanted Knoxville to have a top-caliber golf course, formed a corporation called Holston Hills, Inc. in 1926 and purchased the McDonald farm along the Holston River. The corporation began construction on the clubhouse and established a membership program with an annual fee of $1,000, which also included a free home site! The clubhouse was designed by local architects Barber & McMurry in 1927 and the golf course was designed and laid out in 1928 by famous golf course designer Donald Ross (1872-1948). The clubhouse is perched on a hill overlooking the golf course and features alternating bay windows with tall, elegant, arched doors and a central ballroom with a large cathedral ceiling and exposed wood trusses. Also noteworthy is the main exterior entrance with its porte-cochere and double stairway that leads into the main lobby. The 18-hole Donald Ross designed golf course sits on 180 acres of rolling hills with beautiful views of the Holston River. Designed and opened in 1928, the course has changed very little from its original design. Today, the course rates in the top 100 historic golf courses in the United States and was rated the 6th best golf course in Tennessee by Golf Digest in 2021. When the course was designed, Ross was one of the most famous golf course architects in the world. Ross did not have the modern means to design a golf course like designers today; he did not have golf carts, aerial photography, or heavy equipment. Ross would walk his layouts and would manually stake out the basic design. His main tools and resources included manual labor, mules, picks, shovels, and wheelbarrows. Many large homes within the neighborhood were built during the 1920s, but following the stock market crash of 1929, smaller cottage-style homes with stone and brick details were constructed. World War II stopped further housing development, but in the

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post-war housing boom, several ranch-style homes were built around the original neighborhood development. Holston Hills was included in a major annexation into the city of Knoxville in 1962. It was Knoxville’s first eastward annexation since 1917. Established in 1956, Holston Hills is a popular Dogwood Arts trail. In recent years, many specimens of trees have been added by the Garden Club of Holston Hills, and the neighborhood features many beautifully designed gardens. Holston Hills has always been a community of successful middle-class professionals: doctors, lawyers, educators, businessmen, and civic leaders. One of its most famous residents was John J. Duncan Sr. (1919-1988), former Mayor of Knoxville and a U.S. House of Representative from the Tennessee 2nd Congressional District. Knox Heritage’s mission is to protect Knoxville’s unique character for future generations by preserving, restoring, and transforming historically significant structures and places.


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THINGS TO DO PLACES TO GO PEOPLE TO SEE

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Brown Bag Lecture Series Resting Peacefully in the Smokies: Documenting the Veterans Buried in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the East Tennessee History Center from 12 to 1 pm. 2022 Medal of Honor Celebration through the 10th. Visit MOHKnoxville2022.org.

Butterfly Festival at UT Arboretum from 10 am to 1 pm.

Knoxville Symphony Mozart in the Gardens at the Knoxville Botanical Garden at 7 pm.

SEPTEMBER 8 Symphony on the Square in Market Square at 7:30 pm.

SEPTEMBER 9 Tennessee Valley Fair at Chilhowee Park through the 18th. Visit TNValleyFair.org. See page 18 for more info. Knoxville Opera Glory Denied in tandem with the Medal of Honor Celebration at the UT Alumni Memorial Bldg at 7:30 pm. Tale of Colonel Thompson, America’s longest held POW. Also on the 11th at 2:30 pm. Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

SEPTEMBER 10 Smoky Mountain Air Show at McGhee Tyson Airport (Tennessee Air National Guard Base) from 8 am to 5 pm. Also the 11th. St. Jude Walk/Run Knoxville at World’s Fair Park from 9 am to 12 pm. Tito Puente Jr.’s Latin Jazz Ensemble at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

SEPTEMBER 11 Blue Knights 21st Anniversary 9-11 Remembrance Ride at Bootlegger HarleyDavidson (Lovell Road) at 8:30 am. Old City Market on West Jackson Avenue from 11 am to 4 pm. CELEBRATE SOUND® Walk at UT Gardens from 2 to 5 pm. See page 45 for more info. Twilight at Ijams fundraiser at Ijams Nature Center from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Amanda Shires at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.

SEPTEMBER 13 Jazz on the Square Larry Vincent on Market Square from 7 to 9 pm.

SEPTEMBER 15 Concerts on the Square Dirty Grass Soul on Market Square from 7 to 9 pm. Knoxville Symphony Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. Also the 16th at 7:30 pm.

SEPTEMBER 16 PARK(ing) Day Knoxville in downtown Knoxville from 9 am to 4 pm. Residents and businesses display their creativity with pop-up parks in curbside parking spaces along Gay Street. Knoxville Film Festival at the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8. Also the 17th and 18th.

New Ground Music Festival at Lakeshore Park. Visit NewGroundFestival.com. Also the 18th. UT Vols vs. Akron Zips at Neyland Stadium at 7 pm.

SEPTEMBER 18 Art Fest at the Farragut Community Center from 1 to 3 pm. Free art activities geared toward children, but anyone can participate. East Tennessee Bluegrass Association Monthly Jam at Ijams Nature Center from 3 to 6 pm.

SEPTEMBER 20 Jazz on the Square Shawn Turner & Pinky Ring on Market Square from 7 to 9 pm.

SEPTEMBER 21 Brown Bag Lecture Series Nellie Kenyon: Trailblazing Tennessee Journalist at the East Tennessee History Center from 12 to 1 pm. The Mountain Goats at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.

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SEPTEMBER 30 Jurassic Quest at the Knoxville Convention Center from 9 am to 8 pm. Also the 1st from 9 am to 8 pm and 2nd from 9 am to 6 pm. Knox Pride Fest at World’s Fair Park. Also the 1st and 2nd. Darrell Scott + Robbie Fulks at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. Second Bell Music Festival at Suttree Landing Park. Also the 1st.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: OCTOBER 1 Black Jacket Symphony Van Halen’s 1984 at the Tennessee Theatre at 4 and 8 pm. Water Lantern Festival at Chilhowee Park from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. Knoxville Symphony Music of Pink Floyd at the TN National Amphitheater at 7:30 pm. Henry Cho at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

OCTOBER 2

First Day of Autumn

Victor Wooten at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.

Pam Tillis at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.

OCTOBER 4

St. Paul & The Broken Bones at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

SEPTEMBER 23 Movies Under the Stars The Lion King at Ijams Nature Center. Doors open at 7 pm, movie begins at dark. Anjelah Johnson-Reyes at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. Kathleen Madigan at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

SEPTEMBER 24 UT Vols vs. Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium. John Sevier Day Open House at Marble Springs Historic Site from 10 am to 4 pm.

SEPTEMBER 25 Knoxville Symphony Mozart and Ginastera at the Bijou Theatre at 2:30 pm.

SEPTEMBER 27 Jazz on the Square Jon Hamar on Market Square from 7 to 9 pm.

SEPTEMBER 28 Knoxville Symphony Q Series at the Elks Lodge at 12 pm.

John Moreland at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm. Carly Rae Jepsen at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.

OCTOBER 5 Knoxville Symphony Carmen Fantasy at the Knoxville Museum of Art at 7 pm. Also the 6th at 7 pm. Ani DiFranco at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.

OCTOBER 6 The Ears of Leicester at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

OCTOBER 7 First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North from 5 to 9 pm. Movies Under the Stars Zombie Movie Marathon at Ijams Nature Center from 6 to 11:30 pm. Knoxville Symphony Fire and Rain: 70s Folk Anthems at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. Rising Appalachia at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

OCTOBER 8

Greta Van Fleet at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm.

Hola Festival at World’s Fair Park from 4 to 10 pm. Also the 9th from 11 am to 6 pm.

Wheel of Fortune Live! at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

Knoxville Community Band Free Concert at World’s Fair Park Amphitheater at 3 pm. All event dates and times subject to change.


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LEIN AIR in the Smokies will bring 20 nationally-acclaimed artists to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, September 25-October 2. Artists will paint outdoors, “en plein air,” throughout the national park to capture the beauty and magic of the Smokies. Artists will be painting outdoors in various areas of the national park. The art competition and public sale benefits Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Plein Air painting, in its strictest sense, is the practice of painting landscape pictures outdoors. The purpose is to create intense impression of the open air (French: “en plein air”) in a landscape painting. En plein air painting was essential for the Impressionist Movement to take place. Impressionism is the painting of what the artist interprets as taking place at a certain place at a certain time. It is the changing of the shadows, the shimmering of the water, and the movement of people. Impressionists start and finish their paintings outdoors to be able to depict what they would later be so famous for - capturing their impression of life. In-park painting demonstrations will take place September 26-30. A “Quick Draw” competition will be held Saturday morning in downtown Maryville and is open to all artists. The weeks concludes at Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, with judging, a gala, and private art sale on Saturday evening, October 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, followed by a public sale on October 2. Tickets to the Reception & Private Art Sale are available and your ticket can be applied toward the purchase of one painting at the Reception & Private Art Sale. Proceeds from the event will help fund several projects and programs that support the park’s efforts to preserve the historic and natural resources of the Smokies while providing a safe, enjoyable experience to more than 14 million annual visitors. For the complete schedule of events, participating artists bios, or more information, visit FriendsOfTheSmokies.org/Plein-Air.

September 9-10 Powell Branch Library 10 AM - 5 PM

September 16-17 Farragut Branch Library 10 AM - 5 PM

September 29*-October 1 Fall Sale at Central United Methodist 10 AM - 5 PM *Members Only Day Sept. 29 from 3:30 PM - 7 PM

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Taking Advantage of Life’s Possibilities IN OTHER

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ECAUSE I’M a former university professor, the beginning of the school year always feels like the start of the year. For me, fall feels full of potential and possibilities for things to begin, grow, and develop. Sometimes the greatest obstacles to turning opportunities into realities are things we carry in ourselves - doubts, reservations, fears, and false-truths that hold us back. How can you take advantage of life’s possibilities? A lengthy process of therapy, self-help, or re-education might help, but here are some ideas that might offer a quicker path to maximizing your opportunities. Act on what you know. Many people fret about what might happen, then make contingency plans for every possibility. Instead, take action based on what you do know.

Attaining your life goals often requires turning a blind eye or deaf ear to things that could-be-but-may-not occur. We’re all limited in what we can accurately anticipate, so it’s better to act on the clarity we have, trusting that more clarity will come as we work through the process. Let go of what you don’t love. My wife sometimes has a spring garage sale where she takes the clothes, furniture, knick-knacks, and stuff we held onto but never used and makes them available to people who might actually need and use them. The goal is to unload stuff and simplify. Coming to grips with what you don’t love in-and-about your life is valuable - it forces us to focus. We waste time and energy feeling guilty about things for which we aren’t truly passionate when it’s much healthier to simply give them away or stop doing them, then focus our energy where it counts. Live like an artist. Everyone needs a

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creative outlet, though they may need to redefine what it means for them to be creative. Develop and create hobbies, art, and life practices that restore you because you love them - not for a paycheck, being responsible, approved, or promoted. Too many of my near-retirement clients spent so many years doing only what was required, practical, or sensible that they failed to do the things that flesh out their lives and give them meaning. Enlarge your life. Keep your income and your identity separate in your thinking. Don’t complicate life by putting these two together. Who you are and how you choose to earn a living must not be dependent on each other. If you’re fortunate, they may overlap or merge, but it’s always healthier to understand that your vocation is a place where you apply who you are, rather than the thing that defines who you are. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” - John Wooden. Start creating and offering your gifts, strengths, abilities, and resources as you can. Don’t wait for someone to ask, endorse, or “anoint” you or do it for an audience, a paycheck, a position, or a title. Do what you can. Don’t wait for things to be “ideal.” Don’t wait on the big transition or life change to start something new. Don’t wait for a job or position offer, endorsements, a raise in pay or greater savings, an inheritance, or “the right people to appear” to begin walking toward your heart’s desires. So many people miss valuable opportunities waiting for “perfect” or “sensible” situations when those things rarely (if ever) happen to most of us. Recognize growth is essential. We cannot become better people without more knowledge, more experiences, taking risks, failing-then-trying-again, getting mentored or coached. In human development, there are only the choices of growing or dying. The notion of attaining a high level of competence, insight, and wisdom, then forever staying there with no effort, is a myth. A risk-averse life leads only to a small life. You will never fully become who you were meant to be without pressing through adversity towards growth. It can be enough to simply “try.” Yoda was flat wrong when he said, “Simply do or do not, there is no try.” Sometimes trying wholeheartedly is the most important thing you can do in life. If the things you want meet your moral and ethical standards and they don’t adversely affect how you perform your responsibilities (as spouse, parent, employee, etc.), then go after them. Even if things go differently than you hope, it’s always better to have tried. There are differences between “waiting on God” and procrastinating, and between moving forward in faith and acting rashly, but we were all created to move forward and make things happen. Understand the differences, choose to live authentically, and take hold of the opportunities you’ve been given.



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