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eclipse of the century, for those of us in East Tennessee, has ushered in one of my favorite seasons of the year, autumn. Temperatures will soon moderate; leaves will begin to transform from their endless shades of green to a rich palette of orange, brown, gold, rust, and Photo by D. Roberts Photography more. The Smoky Mountains are especially striking during this season, which is why visitors travel to our area to enjoy our special corner of Tennessee. Fall also ushers in a variety of county festivals for the entire family to enjoy, as well as East Tennessee’s favorite pastime, football. September begins with the Labor Day weekend signaling symbolically the end of summer. Labor Day is a day that is dedicated to the achievements of American workers and the contributions they make



to the strength and prosperity of our country. In this edition of Everything Knoxville, we are pleased to introduce Keri McFarlane, MD, a mom, entrepreneur, and founder of Northshore Urgent Care. This facility is a clinic offering urgent medical care without an appointment, functioning much like a mini emergency room treating urgent but non-emergency conditions. Stop and visit their new facility and meet their team of professionals. Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention another September day in our history – September 11th. We at Everything Knoxville will always remember those that were lost on that fateful day and those that suffered losses. Let’s not forget this now historic day that changed everything. So enjoy September and the coming of the fall season. And yes, let’s cheer our Vols on to a victory!

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to avoid the hospital emergency room, life’s unexpected realities often necessitate emergency or urgent care visits. When the unexpected occurs, whether fever or flu symptoms, stroke, heart attack, allergic reactions, animal bites, severe burns, cuts/lacerations, or broken bones, you or your loved one will need immediate treatment. Until now, patients typically sought medical care at their hospital’s emergency room. Today, however, as a result of the latest innovation in the healthcare industry, patients have an alternative that provides the same high level of care that they would receive in an emergency room but with



shorter wait times and at a fraction of the cost. Northshore Urgent Care, founded by Keri McFarlane, MD, is a family owned clinic offering urgent medical care without an appointment. Functioning much like a mini emergency room, Northshore Urgent Care can treat fevers, flu symptoms, allergic reactions, animal bites, broken bones, and an entire host of other urgent, non-emergency conditions. In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are pleased to bring you this interview with doctor, entrepreneur, and mother, Dr. Keri McFarlane. EK: Dr. McFarlane, tell our readers a little bit about your training and experience.

Dr. McFarlane: Since I was eight years old, I have known that all I wanted to be was a doctor. I went to medical school at East Carolina University and from there completed my residency in Family Practice at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. I was in private practice for a couple of years and then had the opportunity to do a trauma fellowship at Bayfront. I have been doing emergency medicine since 2004 in a multitude of ERs. EK: How did your experience as an emergency room physician lead to the launching of Northshore Urgent Care? Dr. McFarlane: It has always been a dream of mine to own my own clinic, and my experience in the ER, where I was exposed

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to a wider variety of medical emergencies than one might expect to experience in a typical private practice, has contributed greatly to my ability to treat my patients. I envisioned a treatment center where you could receive great care that was both fast and convenient – a place where you were treated as an individual and where you could get in and out without the long wait times often experienced at hospital ERs. Throughout the years, as medicine has changed, I have felt that we have lost that personal touch that we called the art of medicine. Today a growing number of physicians have left private practice to join large healthcare corporations. While that has freed them up from the enormous administrative burdens associated with private practice, it has come at a cost. Physicians are told how many patients they must see in a day and how long they can spend with each individual. Because my team and I are committed to the goal of providing patient-centered and compassionate care at a level that you might have thought no longer existed, I created Northshore Urgent Care. EK: How has being a mom helped you provide a higher level of compassionate care for your patients? Dr. McFarlane: Being a mom has taught me to really listen – listen to every patient, and don’t always go by disease process or the book. Sometimes it is not as easy as black and white. My kids may look like each other, but they are very different. Each patient, while they may have the same symptoms, is very different, and your care has to be individualized. So I listen to all of their concerns and answer all of their questions. I take everything into

consideration to provide the best quality of care. And, most importantly, being a mom has taught me a lot more about patience. My kids have also played another important role in my practice, as they helped me design the children’s waiting room. I am sure that you will be able to discern their influence when you visit our clinic. They contributed some great ideas. EK: How would you differentiate between a typical emergency room and your urgent care clinic? Dr. McFarlane: We are able to provide much of the same care that you get in the emergency room but without the wait. We have x-ray on-site and can splint you and refer you if needed. We have the capability of giving IV fluids and IV antibiotics. We have on-site lab testing and can provide most labs/

tests in as little as 10 minutes. EK: At Northshore Urgent Care, all patients are seen by a board certified MD. How is that different from other urgent care clinics? Dr. McFarlane: Some other clinics may have a MD on-site or available, but most times you are still seen by a FNP or PA. At Northshore Urgent Care, you will always be seen by a MD. EK: You have been successful in significantly reducing patient wait times, but you have also helped your uninsured patients reduce their out-of-pocket expenses. Explain. Dr. McFarlane: Because medical care has become so expensive throughout the years, our prices are significantly lower in general. For our uninsured patients, we offer a sliding care for visits, x-rays, and procedures. We are also able to provide most antibiotics and non-controlled medications at a fraction of the cost of most pharmacies. EK: You refer to Northshore Urgent Care as a mini emergency room. What else would you like our readers to know? Dr. McFarlane: We are your mini ER in your backyard. We also are able to be your local neighborhood doctor and would love to have the opportunity to do so. EK: In closing, is there anything else you would like to add? Dr. McFarlane: Most patients come in needing urgent care but end up switching to us for primary care because they have such a great experience at our clinic. If you need urgent care or are in search of a primary care physician, we accept most insurances and would love for you to stop by, see our new clinic, and meet our extraordinary medical team that I am so very proud of.

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will take place at St. George Greek Orthodox Church and is sure to once again be a favorite tradition of the Knoxville community. Features include authentic Greek food and pastries, live music, traditional Greek dancing and costumes, and shopping. The marketplace will offer imported jewelry, gifts, and cultural art. Also, guests can enjoy an authentic taverna, Greek wines, coffee, and frappes (iced coffee). Papou’s Pantry and YiaYia’s Cuisina will offer authentic Greek products for purchase. As always, the St. George youth will perform traditional and modern Greek dancing. The popular a la carte menu includes favorites such as roast lamb, gyro, souvlaki, pastichio, spanakopita, Greek salad, Greek



pizza, and saganaki. Inside the church hall, there will be a huge selection of pastries. The church itself, which was sadly destroyed by fire, is still awaiting the hand-painted mosaic tile to be completed before it can be installed in the church. Festival guests will be invited into our temporary sanctuary located in the hall. There we will offer presentations on Greek Orthodox religion and history. Admission is $2 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. Weekend passes are available for $3. Parking is available in the lower level of Western Plaza (all three days), West High School (all three days, only after 5:00 on Friday), Laurel Church of Christ and 2nd Presbyterian (all three days, only after noon on Sunday). There is no parking at the church. Free shuttles are provided from these parking locations.

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Protecting Your Investment Workshop Learn how a quality skincare regimen will protect your aesthetics treatments during this 5 pm sit-down workshop. One attendee will win a Lytera 2.0 System, valued at $356. Live Microblading Demonstration Pop in from 6–8 pm to view a live eyebrow enhancement service taking place. One attendee will win a series of SkinMedica peels, valued at $465. Exclusive Event Offers Enjoy exclusive offers on injectables, Microblading, chemical peels, facials, and retail products. The first 10 clients to spend $1,000+ will receive a free 3 mL kit of Latisse. Food and wine will be provided. Call or visit us online to RSVP. Restrictions apply. The supervising physician at Pure Luxe is Dr. Stephen Russell, MD.

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solution to kitchen and bath remodels or upgrades. Both quick and affordable, we offer homeowners the highest quality engineered granite, quartz, and recycled glass products. We also have a large selection of cabinet refacing options that are a quick and easy way to get a new look. But at Granite Transformations of Knoxville, we are more than your source for high-quality remodeling materials. We are also your source for expert design consultation, fabrication, installation, and after-the-sale service. Whether you are planning on selling your home or are just tired of the out-of-date look that your kitchen projects, I invite you to call us today to schedule your free, no-obligation expert design consultation today. Discover the difference that Granite

Brent Lasorsa Transformations of Knoxville can make in your home’s kitchen or bath. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest member of the Granite Transformations of Knoxville team, Brent Lasorsa, former United States Marine. We at Granite Transformations support our military and make it our priority to hire former members of our armed services.

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HAT VALERA TOMESCU, owner of European Fine Hardwood Floors, remembers most about his early life in Europe was his grandfather’s passion for quality woodworking. “I seemed to be natura lly drawn to woodworking and refinishing, which later transitioned into quality hardwood flooring installation and refinishing,” said Valera. Having learned from Europe’s true craftsmen, Valera has combined his passion and experience with today’s newest innovations in fine hardwood floor refinishing to deliver a level of quality craftsmanship that most homeowners thought no longer existed today. “I continue to offer our customers the highest quality hardwood flooring finishing and refinishing experience, but we have made it far less intrusive than in the past thanks to Bona.” Bona is the world’s foremost leader in the hardwood flooring industry. They manufacture and sell all of the products and equipment used by Valera and his team of professionals at European Fine Hardwood Floors. But Valera and company have gone one step further. Valera is a Certified Bona Craftsman. This much coveted distinction

Bona and European Fine Hardwood Floors have teamed up to provide you with the finest stains and finishes available anywhere in the world. And the use of Bona finishing equipment ensures one more important feature - “totally dustless sanding.” That’s right, totally dust-free. “Using Bona’s ‘dust-free’ system has been a significant investment,” said Valera. “It allows us to deliver a totally ‘dust-free’ experience for our customers by removing dust out-of-doors safely and efficiently. Through large diameter recovery hoses attached to industrial sized vacuums outside your home, dust is virtually eliminated.” If you are considering the installation of a new hardwood floor or refinishing your home’s existing hardwood floors, why not trust your project to the winning team of European Fine Hardwood Floors and Bona? has been earned by very few individuals in the hardwood flooring finishing and refinishing marketplace. The Certified Bona Craftsman designation is your assurance that your hardwood flooring installation, finishing, and refinishing project is being performed by a true craftsman.

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“So excited! No more squatting or bending to reach lower cabinet items.” – Susan C., Farragut “Best improvement we’ve made to our home – hands down.” – Judy F., Tellico Village “What a huge help! We are much more organized and can now reach everything in our cabinets.” – Patty S., Tellico Village “Great product – well designed, smooth installation, and a far more efficient kitchen.” – Mark & Susan D., Knoxville To learn how you can better organize your kitchen, bath, or pantry, call today to request your free, no-obligation, in-home consultation. Mention this article and receive up to $250 off with a minimum purchase. Locally owned and operated, let Shelf Help make the most of your home’s kitchen, bath, or pantry storage space.

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quickly approaching and will be here before you know it! It’s a time for family and friends and decorating your home with festive wreaths and table displays. We all want to have the stunning holiday home, and now is the perfect time to start the project. With fall beginning, there is no better time to start thinking about a home remodel. If you want to have your kitchen completed for holiday festivities, we want to hear about your project now! The kids are back in school, and the craziness of summer is over, so it’s a perfect time to focus on your home! It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is especially true around the holidays. It becomes a place for loved ones to gather and share love and laughter. If your kitchen is outdated or doesn’t function as well as you need it to, come in to Shae Design Studio so we can help design an amazing space for you! We can help you maximize your kitchen’s functionality in so many different ways. Whether you need to add an island in your space or just need to reorganize the layout of your cabinetry and appliances, we can help you customize your kitchen. This means

that your kids can be rolling out cookie dough and making a mess with flour while you prepare Christmas Eve dinner at the same time. When we come to your home, we make sure to understand exactly how you use your current space, what kind of cooking you love to do, and how we can make it better for you! We also have amazing interior stylists

that work with our designers throughout the entire design process to help you find the perfect pieces to complete your new space. They can help you pick out lighting, furniture, artwork, home décor, and so much more. Whether you are going for country Christmas or simply glamorous, our stylists know exactly how to achieve the look you want. Shae Design Studio wants to help you transform your home to provide a space for gathering with loved ones this holiday season. From cabinetry to candles, no detail is left out!

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refined sugars and flours, artificial flavors, and preservatives, and it will naturally lead to a healthier lifestyle. When you fill the house with healthier foods, you’ll automatically eat smarter when hunger strikes. » Eat your “green base.” It can be difficult to make the right nutrition choices all the time. So when you are eating more decadent food like fried chicken, Chinese, or pizza, put it on a base of leafy greens like spinach, spring mix, or kale. That way you will get to eat what you want, but you’ll fill up more on your superfood greens and eat less of the high-calorie foods. » Set the table. One of the simplest ways to start naturally eating less and enjoying food more is to eat all meals and snacks at the table. When you put food on a plate, eat at a table, and sit in a chair, you’ll eat much less than if you were eating while working on the computer, watching TV, standing in front of the fridge, or driving! » Build a better breakfast. A healthy diet starts with a nutritious breakfast. Think whole foods instead of pre-packaged foods high in calories and packed with preservatives. Eggland’s Best eggs contain double the omega-3s and more than double the vitamin B12 compared to ordinary eggs, which can be perfect for maintaining heart health. They also contain 25% less saturated fat, six times more vitamin D, and 10 times the vitamin E of ordinary eggs. Plus, they taste great. Get your day started with this amazing recipe, and you’ll be happier and healthier all day long.

Spinach, Grape Tomato, and Cheddar Frittata Ingredients » 2 tablespoons olive oil » 6 ounces baby spinach » 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half » 8 Eggland’s Best eggs (large) » 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese » Salt & pepper to taste » 1/4 cup milk Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Whisk eggs and milk together until smooth. Heat cast iron or oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and saute spinach until wilted and then add half of the grape tomatoes. Pour eggs slowly into pan. Sprinkle cheese over eggs and spread remaining grape tomatoes evenly over the egg mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Place skillet in oven and bake for 20-30 minutes or until eggs are cooked through and golden brown. Remove skillet from oven and let rest for a few minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm. To find more delicious recipes, tips, and tricks to celebrate 25 years of a more nutritious egg, sign up for the EB newsletter at

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Engage Your Corporate Team with Random Acts of Flowers!



looking for a creative employee engagement opportunity to energize and strengthen your team? Join Random Acts of Flowers for a corporate Day of Service! Your team will experience the therapeutic benefits that come along with working with flowers, as well as the joy and satisfaction of seeing the positive impact your work can have on others. Random Acts of Flowers’ Day of Service program offers both half-day and full-day options where skilled RAF volunteers work with your team to process and prep donated flowers and then turn the repurposed flowers into beautiful arrangements. Your team will also have the option of doing a special delivery to area community members who are most in need of personal moments of hope and encouragement. We pride ourselves on being able to provide a flexible yet meaningful experience to the corporate community through projects tailored to suit the needs of your team! Additionally, your agency’s logo will be featured on our floral delivery cards, and we’ll help to cross promote your efforts by featuring your Day of Service on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). The mission of Random Acts of Flowers is

PYA Summer Leadership Conference Group (May 2017) to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness. Using flowers as the vessel, our vision is to inspire and nurture a culture of care and compassion. By spending a Day of Service with us, members of the corporate community can experience the joy of engaging in the mission of Random Acts of Flowers while also strengthening team bonds. Start planning your employee engagement event today! For a minimal tax-deductible donation, RAF will provide your organization

with a tailored employee engagement experience that is sure to motivate and inspire your team. Contact Random Acts of Flowers at 865-633-9082 or

Random Acts of Flowers recycles and repurposes flowers by engaging dedicated volunteer teams to deliver beautiful bouquets and moments of kindness to individuals in healthcare facilities across the country.

One-A-Chord Trio Performs “Music for a Sunday Afternoon” Concert Series at First Farragut United Methodist Church


the regionally popular Christian music trio, will perform a lively concert of spiritual music at First Farragut United Methodist Church, located at 12733 Kingston Pike, on Sunday, September 17, at 3 pm. The concert is free and open to the public. Trio members, Beth Burkey, Doug Richesin, Michael Rodgers, have been sharing their love of Christian music together for the past 13 years. They each have individual singing ministries, in addition to singing together as a trio. Their trio’s group name, One A-Chord, is taken from the scripture in Ecclesiastes 4:12: “…a chord of three strands is not easily broken.” Beth Burkey is a dynamic Christian speaker, singer, and worship leader who utilizes her ministry gifts as a featured soloist, worship leader, and speaker for retreats, conferences, church services, and special events throughout the Southeastern United States. In addition to singing and speaking, Beth serves as the Executive Director of GodSong Ministries, founded in Athens, TN, in 1996, a Christian non-profit organization that offers conferences, seminars, and special events for Christian growth. Beth holds a Bachelor’s 20


Degree in Music Education from Tennessee Wesleyan College. She is a certified music teacher and taught public school music for several years, served in churches as a Music, Programs & Youth Director, and has also been a vocal coach. Michael Rodgers is a well-known and much sought-after soloist throughout East Tennessee. His remarkable solo voice has been featured with the Knoxville Opera, the Knoxville Choral Society, and the Knoxville Symphony, and he sings regularly at his home church, Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Knoxville. Michael is a special education teacher in Knox County schools

who graduated from Knoxville College and completed post-graduate work at UT. He has performed for President George W. Bush, Tennessee Governors Bredesin and Haslam, and numerous elected officials. Doug Richesin has been singing inspirational music since the age of 12. He has performed on the same stage as Bill and Gloria Gaither, Howard and Vestal Goodman, Greg and Janna Long, Andre Crouch, and Jerry Reed and has worked with Dove award winner Lari Goss. He was awarded the grand prize in the vocal competition at the 23rd annual Christian Artists Seminar in Estes Park, CO. Doug describes his musical style as inspirational. Song selection runs the spectrum from southern gospel and old-time hymn favorites to black spirituals and contemporary Christian tunes. He incorporates familiar and powerful songs by Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, David Phelps, and The Gaithers into his musical performances. His newest CD release is titled “Work of Art.” Doug lives in Sweetwater, where, in addition to an active traveling ministry, he serves as Executive Vice President at Peoples Bank. For more information, visit

Your Journey into Autumn Begins at CH Interiors & Gifts BY JES SE BOLING, OWNER OF CH INTERIORS & GIF TS


HERE’S NO NEED for you to wait for

our trees to magically transform from their many shades of green to their brilliant palette of fall colors before you can begin to enjoy the scents and colors of autumn. Your journey begins at CH Interiors & Gifts in nearby and convenient Farragut. Experience fall scents with an extensive selection of hand-crafted candles, and savor the tastes of our fall gourmet food lines, including Mulling Spice, Pumpkin Butter, Chili Grande, and, of course, our number one best seller of all times, our very own Raspberry Jalapeño Jam. Discover why our customers have purchased more than 12,000 jars of this simply delectable jam that you can use to top most any of your fall epicurean creations. Also, during your visit, be certain to browse CH Interiors’ very own line of gourmet foods from J&J Gourmet, which we make fresh in small batches in our farm kitchen right here in East Tennessee! While at CH Interiors & Gifts, don’t forget to check out our amazing selection of fall-inspired décor, floral, candles, and unique gifts, including our ever-popular Crabtree & Evelyn personal body care products that will be appreciated by the gift’s recipient as winter fast approaches. Crabtree & Evelyn’s full line of propr iet a r y moisturizing products can help to prevent dr y skin that so many of us experience during the harsh winter months. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for our special Fall Wine & Cheese event. Join us on Tuesday, September 26, from 6 to 8 pm for our annual wine and cheese tasting event, and take this special opportunity to enjoy the tastes and scents of a Tennessee autumn. With the holidays approaching, we are making our popular layaway program available again, in addition to special Sunday hours from 1 to 5 pm beginning in September. We look forward to joining you in welcoming the autumn season at CH Interiors & Gifts, where you’ll discover “Interiors & Gifts to Warm the Heart & Home” and where you’ll be treated as one of the family.

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Sugarlands MountainFest September 28 – October 1 Downtown Gatlinburg


UGARLANDS MOUNTAINFEST is a four-day music and outdoor festival held September 28 through October 1 in downtown Gatlinburg. It’s a celebration of the great outdoors nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains that combines an amazing musical lineup of more than 30 bands, outdoor running, biking, and fishing events, a gathering of Tennessee distillers at the Tennessee Whiskey Experience, a host of outdoor brands, Appalachian food and arts, as well as craft cocktails and beer.

The festival will benefit two area non-profit organizations: The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and DreamBikes.

For tickets, event registrations, lodging, and more information, visit September 2017 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


New Exhibitions Opening at the Emporium Center on September 1

Linde Mills



Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from September 1-29. A reception will take place on Friday, September 1, from 5 to 9 pm as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Pasión Flamenca will perform during the reception. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. Linde Mills & Mary Smith: Art in Motion in the Lower Gallery Linde works with various materials and primarily acrylic on canvas. “Many of us take great pleasure in watching people in motion; from sports to dance, the ease with which some can make the power in their bodies explode into motion is captivating,” said Linde. Her subject matter almost always involves this type of activity, typically in a dance fashion or involving water. Mary began painting in 2015 as a form of therapy after the loss of her husband. She developed a passion for abstract painting and the freedom of expression it offers. Each piece she paints brings comfort. Her acrylic paintings are often spontaneous and the result of “wherever the brush takes her hand.” Painting and talking with others about her work provides Mary pleasure, joy, and solace. “ David Gildersleeve… And Now for Something Completely Different in the Balcony Gallery David paints subjects that invade his subconscious, using a wonky style to help bring these images to life. Using textures and a selective palette, he creates an unmistakable style in his work that most people refer to as “whimsical.” He displays his art in several galleries up and down the east coast and takes part in several shows a year that focus 22


Mary Smith

David Gildersleeve

on his original paintings. Annamaria Gundlach: Clay Dreams in the Display Case As a figurative artist, Annamaria is fascinated by the female form and its impact on art and religion throughout history. Nature is her inspiration, and her figures reflect sensuality, strength, and connection to the earth. “Each of my clay sculptures has its own voice which speaks as I create it,” said Annamaria. “I strive to create organic figures that exude natural elegance. I burnish and pit-fire my work so the smoke ages and mutes the colors with a patina that has a haunting suggestion of lost and forgotten eras. I refer to my work as ‘modern artifacts.’ This oxymoron reflects my contradictory intent of modern elegance achieved with primitive methods and various surface enrichments that connect the past to the present.”

J. Brooks Brann Works by J. Brooks Brann on the North Wall J. Brooks has been an avid photographer for 40 years concentrating on landscapes and wildlife images. He spent 34 years in Seattle where he worked for Boeing as a Senior Engineer. During that time, he explored many of the national parks, national monuments, and Western wildlife refuges. From 1988–2010, he conducted more than 20 solo long distance river trips in Northern British Columbia and

Annamaria Gundlach

the Canadian Northwest Territories. “Some of my favorite places for photography include Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the coastal areas of Olympic National Park, the Yukon’s Dempster highway above the Arctic Circle (in Canada), the lava flows and coastal regions of the Island of Hawaii, and the Appalachians of East Tennessee,” he said.

Anthony M. Donaldson Anthony M. Donaldson: Time (Past, Present & Future) in the Atrium Anthony is a local painter who lives in Knoxville and is a KAT bus driver. He studied art heavily in high school and continued taking some classes in college. As a writer expresses in a book, an artist expresses in art. “I ask myself: Does art imitate life or does life imitate art?” he said. “I think sometimes it’s both. For me, God is the master artist, and He created everything. I find drawing easy, yet creativity requires deep thinking and studying.” Anthony aims to tell a story with his art, and the recent work he will display features many subjects such as climate change, human trafficking, Harlem Renaissance culture, and more. The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865-523-7543 or visit

Fall 2017... Wrapping up the Trends




of what you can expect to see at The Lily Pad this season… don’t be shy, embrace the trends and have some fun! Let’s begin with the newest look of athleisure wear, the “skegging” (skirt + legging = skegging). Top your skegging off with a cashmere look hoodie or a decorated bomber jacket. Or, if this look isn’t for you, choose a jogger bottom in cozy French terry combined with a camo print top! Denim and chambray, it’s all in the decoration… e m b ro i d e re d , h a n d painted, raw etches, patches, or ripped and repaired, mostly rolled up or ankle length… all so new! More than ever the knitwear category of dressing is cozy, comfortable,

and convenient. Deconstructed, oversized, ruffled, ribbed, textured, and fringed, you’ll have slouchy sweaters and chunky cardigans. Reveal still has an appeal… cold shoulder, off the shoulder, one shoulder, and ruffles at the shoulder are all so feminine! Color in the seasonal spectrum… greens from hunter and ivy to yellow and olive that morphs into mustard; rich fall wines of burgundy, Bordeaux, plum, and merlot; fifty shades of grey from silvery shimmer to classic charcoal; and shades of blue from icy pales to intense cobalt… all mixing beautifully with ivory, snow, and winter white, now worn year-round! As for your silhouettes, asymmetrical remains a favorite, with tunic length tops

over leggings a close second. Many tunics are even longer, resembling a dress. These are referred to as “tunic dresses” and are a great look with tall boots as a dress or booties and leggings as a tunic! The Lily Pad is stocked with all of the latest looks, so come in and let us do what we enjoy most… celebrating YOUR style through the many trends waiting to be worn!

The Lily Pad Boutique

209 N. Main Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.5537 Mon-Sat: 10am-5:30pm

“Days of the Pioneer” Antique Show

September 15 • 9 am – 5 pm | September 16 • 9 am – 4 pm | Museum of Appalachia


the beautiful grounds of the Museum of Appalachia, the “Days of the Pioneer” Antique Show has already been touted as the premier antique show in the country! The show features more than 60 of the finest selections of 18th and 19th century antique dealers. “This show is truly a one-of-a-kind event and is slated to be one of the best antique shows in the country,” said Elaine Meyer, president of the museum. “With the 65-acre Museum of Appalachia as a backdrop, attendees can experience the museum, which houses thousands of early American artifacts in their natural setting, and then have the opportunity to purchase similar items from scores of outstanding dealers who will be here from across the country.” During the show, traditional craftsmen will be on the grounds demonstrating their various and centuries-old talents. The venue will also provide mountain music in different locations on the grounds, while other areas will highlight Civil War-era soldiers and civilians in their period dress. Tickets also include a tour of the museum, a farm-village with some three dozen

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historic log structures, exhibit halls filled with authentic Appalachian artifacts, gardens, and farm animals in a picturesque setting surrounded by split-rail fences.

For more information or tickets, call 865494-7680 or visit www.museumofappalachia. org. The museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of I-75 at exit 122. September 2017 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE




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September, but we’ve really turned up the heat on some exciting news that I just know you’re going to love. First of all, at Upstairs at The Mansion, look for some new menu items, including their signature fried green tomato BLT on toasted wheatberry bread with iceberg lettuce, bacon, and mayo. Next, you’ve just got to savor their chicken salad sandwich on toasted wheatberry bread and prepared with mayo, poppy seeds, red grapes, toasted pecans, honey, and apple cider vinegar, topped off with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions. Enjoy these and eight other scrumptious sandwiches, three salads, and homemade chicken noodle and loaded potato soup every day. They have also added fresh fruit as a side item. Also, don’t forget to sample their specialty seasoned fries that all the ladies love. Next come in and preview our new ladies’ apparel for autumn. New items are arriving daily and include Sleevey Wonders, which will help you look fit and trim in your favorite sleeveless tops. With our weather already beginning to transition into autumn, this is the perfect time to add to your fall wardrobe. Our spring and summer line of women’s clothing will be reduced to 40% off this month.   September is also the perfect time to transition your home’s décor from summer to fall, and Sweetwater Flower Shop is here to help you with fresh cut flowers, floral arrangements, and wreaths. Also, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for that someone special in your life, look no further than Sweetwater Flower Shop. One new gift line that we just recently introduced is an exciting baby collection from Bearington. This designer-quality selection is made from the finest quality materials available and features superb craftsmanship. This newest addition includes everything from soft baby blankets and snugglies to musical banks and crib pulls, bibs, rattlers, and pacifier holders. So on your next trip to historic downtown Sweetwater, plan a visit to Sweetwater Flower Shop and Upstairs at The Mansion and enjoy a day of shopping and dining as we help heat things up just for you.

Sweetwater Flower Shop 118 W. North Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.6623

A Passion for Woodworking Takes Flight BY VICKIE SAL ADIN, OWNER OF GALLERY ON MAIN


OHN JOHNSON was born and raised in

Oregon. He joined the Navy after high school during the Vietnam War and was sent to the Philippines for shore duty as a radioman. Upon discharge from the Navy in 1968, John returned to Oregon to attend Southern Oregon College, majoring in Law Enforcement. While attending college, he became a reserve deputy sheriff and was eventually an Oregon State Trooper. After a short career of nine years in law enforcement, John obtained his private pilot license, deciding instead to pursue a career in commercial aviation to fly for a living. John attended flight school and became a commercial airplane and helicopter pilot, where he met his future wife, Kathy.

John accepted a position flying a traffic helicopter in Chicago before moving to Kentucky for a year, where he and Kathy married. For the next 20 years, John was employed as a corporate airplane and helicopter pilot in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and then relocated to Florida, where he was employed by a worldwide flight training organization giving recurrent training to professional helicopter pilots. During this time, John and his wife bought some vacation property in East Tennessee because they missed the mountains. John and Kathy are building their dream home between Madisonville and Tellico Plains, where they plan to enjoy their retirement years. John has always had a passion for woodworking and creating wooden military and civilian plaques, inspirational and custom signs, and a variety of other products hand-crafted from wood. Kathy designs the signs that John creates, and they display and sell them at craft shows, along with a large variety of military plaques and signs. You can view John’s woodwork at Gallery on Main in historic downtown Sweetwater, where his pieces are available for sale, along with the art of dozens of other local and regional artists.

Gallery on Main

109 Morris Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.7400

JOHN SEVIER DAYS LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND September 23 & 24 • Marble Springs Historic Site


N SEPTEMBER 23RD and 24th, Marble Springs Historic Site will be hosting a weekend of Living History in celebration of the first governor of Tennessee. Enjoy 18th century demonstrations such as open-hearth cooking, spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, weapons demonstrations, which will showcase tomahawks and periodappropriate firearms, tours of the historic buildings, 18th century style militia drills, regional craft demonstrations, and more. Marble Springs State Historic Site is the last remaining home of John Sevier. Born in Virginia in 1745, John Sevier made a name for himself as a Revolutionary War Hero during the Battle of Kings Mountain (1780), a key player and governor of the shortlived State of Franklin (1784-1788), and ultimately was elected to serve as the first Governor of the State of Tennessee (1796). Marble Springs was the approximate 350acre farm that Sevier lived on from 18011815, the last years of his life.  Sevier

named his farm Marble Springs because of the Tennessee Rose Marble that was quarried on site and the natural springs that flowed on the property.   While visiting Marble Springs, you will have the opportunity to tour several historic structures that are designed to represent various aspects of John Sevier’s life and times.  These structures include the Tavern, Loom House, Smoke House, Spring House, and the John Sevier Cabin and detached kitchen.




Meet Justin Goins

Another Fitness Together Success Story B Y A N D R E W H E N D E R S O N , O W N E R O F F I T N E S S TO G E T H E R

“I pushed myself to new limits and am probably in the best shape of my life.” Justin started his weight loss journey at 330 pounds

A year later and 137 pounds lighter!


GOINS first became acquainted with Fitness Together through his job delivering packages to us. Although he did not have any health problems at the time, he knew he needed to change his lifestyle if he wanted to remain that way. But Justin lacked the necessary motivation and self-control to stick to an exercise and nutrition program by himself. When Justin became a member of the Fitness Together family, he set a personal goal to lose 100 pounds. Through our Fitness Together PACK class – our small group personal training program that encourages healthy eating – and exercising on his off days, Justin met his goal and more! “I pushed myself to new limits and am probably in the best shape of my life,” said Justin. In just 13 months time, Justin lost a total of 46.5 inches (14.5 inches in his waist), and his body fat decreased from 38.4% to 17.4% – a total of 21% body fat lost. He has gone from doing 15 pushups

to 45 pushups in one minute and zero to five pull-ups. He has added five inches of flexibility. If you would like to start enjoying a happier and healthier lifestyle, why not do what Justin did, and discover the Fitness Together difference? The personal trainers at Fitness Together will help you custom design a fitness plan to help you achieve your individual goals – goals that you and your trainer will work on together. It all starts with a phone call! Why not make that life-changing call today?

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musical legends, and the legends don’t get a whole lot bigger than Graham Nash. Knoxville will be welcoming Nash to the historic Bijou Theatre on September 17th. It is because of that upcoming show that I had the privilege of chatting with the two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame about the show and what fans can expect. As with past solo tours, Nash is touring with his long-time guitarist, Shane Fontayne. I asked how long they have known each other and worked together. “Well, Crosby and I sang on a couple of tracks on a couple of albums of Mark’s, and one day, at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, he was playing, and he wanted me and Crosby to come and sing a couple of songs. So we did. His lead guitar player was Shane Fontayne. “Now, with a name like Shane Fontayne, I thought he was from Alabama or something, but he’s actually English. At that time, Crosby and I were two weeks away from going on tour in Europe and our lead guitar player, Dean Parks – who was a very important session man – didn’t want to lose his place in the queue for the first call for musicians, you know? And so he couldn’t go. We asked Shane, and Shane learned 32 songs in three days and became our lead guitar player with Crosby, Nash, and then he was the guitar player in Crosby, Stills, and Nash with the other lead guitar player being, of course, Stephen Stills. No pressure there, of course. Then, for the last couple of years, it’s been me and Shane stripping the songs down to their very essence as to how they were created – a simple way, with a guitar or a piano. People are responding brilliantly to it.” Nash’s latest album is entitled This Path Tonight. It’s a magnificent body of work, with any one song on it making it worth the price of the entire album. I asked what the response to it has been – both as an album and the songs performed at shows. “When me and David, or when me and David and Stephen, or when me and David and Stephen and Neil do great work and people respond – let’s say, to Teach Your Children, a 28


song written 45 years ago – it’s been in their hearts and souls for years. They love the song, right? But when you can get them to their feet, applauding, with a song they’ve only heard once, that’s impressive to me!” Does there seem to be a crowd favorite from the album? “Actually, that one,” said Nash. “Yeah. And actually, Encore. People really love that song for some reason.”

same for me,” he said. “I try and write decent songs and get them in the first take. I’m trying to be as real as possible. But I can only deal with my life. There’s only me in here. I have to satisfy myself every day. I have to create something every day or else I get upset with myself. My time is running out. I’m 75 right now. How much longer can this go on, seriously? But I have to do the best I can, and that’s all I’m trying to do.”

With more than 50 years of performances under his belt, does Nash see a difference in the crowds between then and now? “We’ve always had great crowds,” he said. “But what I’ve been noticing lately is this beautiful thing where parents and brothers and sisters (older brothers and sisters) are passing on the music to the younger generation. So I see 70-year-old people at our concerts, and I see 15-year-old people at our concerts. The truth is, we’re not Brad Pitt, you know what I’m saying? It must be the music, and that’s what’s thrilling to me as a musician.” Artists such as Nash, whose career has spanned generations, often lament the digitization of recording music today. I asked if he missed how music used to be recorded. “I don’t miss much, because it’s still the

Wrapping up our chat, I asked Nash how he hoped to be remembered and what his legacy will be. “I want to be remembered as a human being that cared and tried to do his best,” he said. “That’s all. I think the music stands for itself, and I think it speaks volumes.” Keep up with the latest Graham Nash news and happenings at To read the expanded version of this interview, visit 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,, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.

Planning for Fido’s Vacation


a great vacation? Just as you select a hotel for your personal stay away from home, you should choose the proper kennel for your fourlegged kids. These are the most important features you should consider: » Are tours available prior to initial stay? If the kennel doesn’t offer tours, cross it off your list. » Does the air smell clean? Try sniffing the air. Consistent air temperature and circulating air ventilation systems are a must, along with a state-of-the-art sanitation system. » Are food and water bowls clean? » How large is the outdoor play area? The exercise area should be large, providing room for dogs to run, romp, and play. It should also be free of debris. » Is the staff loving and caring? Are they detail oriented? Is there 24-hour surveillance with someone living on the premises? Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits offers all these


basics, plus many additional amenities, including: » Free bath after five-night stay » Fastidious handling of elderly and special needs dogs » Nightly “tuck in” with homemade biscuits, all-meat hot dogs on Fridays, and special treats on holidays such as almond biscottis » Various size suites accommodating individual needs » Surround sound music Call Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits at 865-986-6325 for your tour and to arrange your dog’s special vacation. Daycare is also available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.

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E T I Q U E T T E by Monica Irvine

We’ve Never Needed Courage Like We Do Today



Can we help our children develop moral courage, the courage to stand up in the face of adversity, staying true to both themselves and the things that they hold dear and true? As we look around, it’s easy to see that our society is struggling to not only identify moral conviction, but to also identify when and the best way to stand up and be a voice for good, a voice against oppression of the weak, and a voice of strength for all that is right. I believe that we absolutely can teach moral courage to our children who will need it to be engraved upon their hearts and minds in order to leave this world better than they found it. We start, like with all things, when they are very young. We start by helping our children to notice injustices, those in need, and those who need an advocate. It’s more than just noticing; it’s realizing that we as individuals have enormous power to cause change. Unless we believe that one can make a difference, then

we might shrink at the opportunity to do so. A great way to start is to continually read about and discuss others from the past who have done just that. There are so many books to read to our children, but why not be more purposeful in the books that we choose, starting when they are very young? Look for books about common people who have demonstrated great courage, moral conviction, and impeccable character and because of these qualities have made a huge difference in individual lives. We never want to underestimate the importance of the single individual. Another wonderful thing we can do to teach courage to our children is to help them overcome things they are afraid of. Teaching our children to do hard things is imperative to their success. Such things might be going over to another child on the playground and introducing themselves and inviting them to play, role playing with our children what to do when they see another child being teased or bullied so they’re prepared to defend those who need defending, teaching our children to

speak for themselves at a very early age by refraining from speaking for our children, and many other things. Finally, it’s important to help our children identify their own strengths, talents, and abilities that God has given them. As they identify their unique abilities, as parents, it’s our duty to help them understand that the reason God has blessed each of us with these talents is to bless the lives of God’s other children. When our children better comprehend that they have the power to do great good on this earth, it unlocks the doors of compassion, service, and advocacy. Courage is to act, even when we are afraid, but it takes practice. Start today.

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OIN US Friday, September 15th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Marble Springs for the fifth annual Sevier Soiree. We will celebrate the rich history and scenic beauty of the historic farmstead of John Sevier with music and a Southern inspired dinner prepared by Bradford Catered Events. Guests will enjoy our scenic 35 acre property, five historic structures, and a silent auction that can’t be missed! Please secure your ticket for this event by September 2nd. Tickets are $50 per person. Please mail payment to P.O. Box 20195, Knoxville, TN 37940 or purchase online at www.marblesprings. net. A portion of your ticket price is tax deductible. Marble Springs State Historic Site is located at 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway in Knoxville. For more information, email info@marblesprings.



net or call 865-573-5508. Marble Springs State Historic Site is the only historic site charged with interpreting the life and times of the first governor of Tennessee, John Sevier. Marble Springs is operated and maintained by a non-profit organization, the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association. This fundraiser will help us reach our mission of education and preservation of the historic farmstead, ensure quality school tours and educational programs, and assist in the continued maintenance of our arbore tum and hiking trails. Marble Springs is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission, and supple mented by additional funds raised by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association.


get questions from people trying to manage financial transitions in their lives. I thought I’d share some of these real-life scenarios as a collaborative learning tool. After all, life is complicated – so Yvonne Marsh, let’s figure it out together. CFP®, CPA Q: My sister, who was 75, just passed away after a brief illness and named me and my other sister as 50% beneficiaries on her $450,000 IRA. Can I take my portion and use it to finish paying off my house? A: Every dollar withdrawn from an IRA is taxable, so if you withdraw the entire amount, you’ll give Uncle Sam about one-third of your inheritance. Since you’re a named beneficiary, you can “stretch” your withdrawals over your lifetime, greatly reducing the tax bill. If you really want to pay off your house, you could consider a five-year payout and stretch the tax bill over that period. Q: I am 65 years old, married, and want to retire next year. I’m trying to decide if I should take my Social Security next year or wait until I’m 70 and live on my investments until then. How do I decide? A: The time between retirement and age 70 is the sweet spot for retirement tax planning. One strategy is to delay SS until age 70 (thus growing 8%/year) and live on your 401(k) dollars. This assumes you’ll be in a lower tax bracket before age 70. Because there are several factors to weigh, this is a part of retirement planning that needs professional guidance. Q: My husband has always been the financial person in our house. He has recently been diagnosed with a form of dementia, and I don’t know what to do next. A: The first step is to get your finances organized using an online tool like Everplans or a hard copy binder. You’ll know what assets and insurance you have and can make a plan to pay for his care. You’ll also need a financial power of attorney that allows you to manage his financial affairs. And, just as importantly, make sure you have a plan for yourself in case your assets are drained paying for his care. To learn more about the real-life topics addressed here today, call our office for a complimentary meeting. Have a question you’d like answered? Email your question to and you might see it in this column next month.

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September in the Garden BY LISA GRUGIN


HAT A DIFFERENCE a year makes! Last year, at this point in the season, it was hotter than Hades and dry as a bone. This year it has been warm, but we have had a few glorious days, and Mother Nature has not yet turned off the spigot. We are, however, still feeling the effects of last year. I am still waiting on my house to be finished after the tree landed on it, and I have become paranoid during storms. There are some very large trees out there that were terribly stressed by the drought, and it will take them years to recover. In the meantime, there are all sorts of insects and diseases that are preying on the weakened systems. That leads me to the list of things to do this month. » Walk around your yard. I say this every month, because you need to do it at least once a month! Look up for dead/ dying/damaged branches. Look down for insects, mold, and vole holes. Look in to your plants for signs of disease and insects. » While you are out there, make observations and take some photos

and some notes. What did well? What didn’t? Are there things that you really love and want more of ? What would you like to see different? This is a good time to make plans for next year. » You can plant trees, shrubs, and perennials now with one condition: You must be prepared to water. September and October are typically dry. Please call us if you have questions about watering! We see so many plants killed every year by people with good intentions and bad information. » You can plant cool season vegetables this month and continue to harvest warm season veggies. We don’t usually get a frost until late October, so you can have fresh produce until the plants give out! If you have an overabundance of garden goodies, the Good Samaritan Center in Lenoir City will take donations and give them out to those not fortunate enough to have access to fresh produce. » When your vegetable garden stops producing, clean it out. This is





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especially important if you had disease or insect problems. They can overwinter and cause problems next year if they are not removed. Do not compost those plants either! » Some of your summer annuals will survive another few weeks if you give them a haircut and a gentle application of fertilizer. Others just need to go to the big compost heap in the sky. Wait until the nights are cooler before replacing them with pansies. If planted while it is too warm, pansies will stretch and get leggy. This is especially true in containers, because the soil gets warmer. » We are getting a lot of calls about webworms. They seem to be everywhere this year! You have several options for treatment: You can prune out the affected area and destroy it. You can use a rake or stick to tear the web apart, letting the birds have access. You can spray the web with an insecticide geared toward caterpillars or use the organic product bT. Please do not try to burn them out! I have seen people use a blowtorch, and it often does not end well. » It is mum season, so let’s have a quick lesson on these fall favorites: N u m b e r 1 : The mums that you see everywhere from the garden center to the gas station are hybrids that are far removed from the original perennial mums. If you get them in the ground by mid-September, they may come back. They may, however, be a different color, or they may come back as dozens of little “mumlets.” Number 2: There is no such thing as a mum that blooms from September to November. They have a four to six week bloom season that is extended by cooler temps and shortened by hot temperatures. If your neighbor has one that has bloomed all fall, it is not real! » If your mulch washed away in the summer rain, put a fresh layer down to protect your plants this winter. If your mulch is still thick enough but has gotten compacted, fluff it with a rake. » If you are planning on bringing tropicals or houseplants inside, you need to make sure they don’t bring unwanted guests with them. Treat them with an insecticide, and give them a bath. You may have to treat them more than once, so watch them carefully! » Don’t forget the birds! Keep feeders and baths clean and full. That’s it for this month. Please don’t hesitate to call or stop by if you have questions!

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The Best for Bug Control Is Dayton’s! Wouldn’t you want the “Best of Knoxville” to take care of your bug control? It’s a simple question with a simple answer… YES! That’s why choosing Dayton’s for all your pest control needs is a smart decision! Voted three years in a row by members of the Greater Knoxville community as the “Best of Knoxville for Pest Control Services,” you can feel confident that Dayton’s provides excellent services with guaranteed satisfaction! As the weather begins to cool, start looking for multi-colored Asian ladybugs to appear around your home. These ladybugs intuitively know that it’s not long until winter arrives and are actively looking for a place to hibernate until spring. And your home is a perfect place for them to hibernate for several months until they emerge in large numbers when spring arrives! Keep a sharp lookout, and you’ll see these Fall Invader nuisances start to gather in clusters around windows or other light sources. Ladybugs can cause allergy symptoms such as eye irritation and asthma, plus they emit a messy staining fluid that can soil your curtains, furniture, and other places in your home.

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“I’m Goin’ South” at the Grove Theater in Oak Ridge S I N G I N G R E S O U R C E S from all

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always makes me pause in awe is the giant exotic-looking foliage of Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’, commonly known as rice paper plant. Native to the swampy forests of Taiwan, this tropical can be used to make rice paper veneer sheets, artificial flowers, and is commonly utilized in traditional Chinese pharmacopeia to treat various ailments. While evergreen in zones 8 to 11, in Knoxville, the rice paper plant behaves like an herbaceous perennial with hardy roots and frost-sensitive stems that die back when temperatures fall below freezing. Copper-colored pubescent stems are adorned with oversized, deeply lobed graygreen leaves that can grow up to three feet wide. In the fall, small white flowers rise above the foliage on a multiple-branch panicle and are pollinated by bees. Once established, rice paper plant can reach up to 15 feet in height with an equal spread within a growing season. It can be used as a lush background in mixed borders, along walls, or used as a screening plant. At the UT Knoxville location, the plant is located in one of the annual trial beds where the dramatic foliage adds intense contrast to lower-growing flowering annuals. The UT Gardens, Jackson, location has a showy specimen in their courtyard that welcomes visitors. It is also more easily contained and managed. Both locations have the cultivar ‘Steroidal Giant’ that features a large clumping growth habit. Other noteworthy cultivars of rice paper plant include ‘Rex’ and ‘Empress’. ‘Rex’ forms clumps about half the size of ‘Steroidal Giant’ and ‘Empress’ is more tree forming with fewer suckers. When selecting a site, I

recommend using ‘Steroidal Giant’ for larger areas where it has enough room to grow and fill in. Cultivars ‘Rex’ and ‘Empress’ are better suited for smaller sites such as in garden beds or in borders. These great selections can add outstanding texture and a huge “wow” factor to your garden. Rice paper plant is not threatened by serious diseases or pests that persist; however, prolific suckering can be problematic if the plant is not maintained or if site selection was not considered. Rice paper plant spreads via underground rhizomes that can reach up to 10 feet from the original plant. These can be easily pulled up and removed to reinforce desired planting perimeter. When handling plant materials, gloves and a mask may be required, as the pubescence that covers stems and leaves can irritate eyes and skin if disturbed. Rice paper plant should be planted during late spring in rich, moist soil in conditions that range from full sun to partial shade. Be cautious of planting close to smaller plants, as they may get shaded out or taken over by the vigorous growth of rice paper plant. A thick layer of mulch should be added in the fall to provide roots protection during winter. The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson, and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit Photo by A. Smith, courtesy UTIA

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will benefit from t h e E a s t Te n n e s s e e Kidney Foundation’s 5th annual VOLS for Kidneys Golf Classic on Monday, September 11, at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville. Registration opens at 10 am, lunch begins at 11 am, pictures with VFLs start at 11:30 am, and the shotgun start is at 12:30 pm. Registration is now open at and costs $1,000 per team of four, $250 for individuals, and $200 for hole sponsorships. The event will feature former athletes from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, otherwise known as Vols for Life (VFLs). Instead of pairing up with registered teams to play a full round of golf, the VFLs will be stationed throughout the course in order to interact and take pictures with all registered participants. The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation (ETKF) helps local kidney patients in 15 East Tennessee counties with costs for

transportation to and from dialysis treatments, free dental work for patients whose last barrier to placement on the kidney transplant waiting list is dental clearance, and provides nutritional supplements and also blankets to make dialysis treatments more comfortable for patients. It also provides patient and caregiver education, facilitates prevention, detection, and awareness of kidney disease, and promotes organ donation. “This is a great event for any golfer or anyone who is interested in University of Tennessee athletics,” said ETKF Executive Director, Katie Martin. “Anyone whose life has been touched by kidney disease, who is interested in meeting VFLs or just interested in enjoying the outdoors for a great cause, is welcome to participate.” Those who wish to register may contact Martin at 865-288-7351 or katie@ with names of their players and are encouraged to do so quickly, as tournament spots fill up fast. Registered golfers will receive a tournament gift and other items from tournament sponsors, catered lunch by Cherokee Country Club, and snacks and beverages during and after the tournament. Awards include top three teams, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Drive. Individuals or community service groups interested in volunteering may contact Martin at 865-288-7351 or About the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation is a local charitable 501(c)(3) organization that provides patient services and support to East Tennesseans affected by kidney disease and also information and education on the prevention of kidney disease. It serves patients in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties. For more information or to donate, visit or www.

Knoxville Symphony Opens 82nd Season with “Knoxville Postcards” Led by Music Director Aram Demirjian


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the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 82nd season and the Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series with Knoxville Postcards: A Musical Love Letter to Knoxville. KSO Music Director, Aram Demirjian, conducts the orchestra and special guests for this artistic and celebratory season opener. The concert will take place on September 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm at the Tennessee Theatre. Musical selections include a world premiere commission dedicated to Knoxville by American composer, Michael Schachter, entitled “Overture to Knoxville,” Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” and Aaron Copland’s Suite from “The Tender Land.” The program concludes with Sergei Rachmaninoff ’s Symphonic Dances. Featured guest artists are Joelle Harvey, soprano; R.B. Morris, Knoxville Poet Laureate; Carson Newman A Capella Choir, and the brass section of the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra. This is Aram Demirjian’s second season as KSO music director after he was appointed on June 1, 2016, and he will conduct six of the eight Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series performances this season.

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Aram Demirjian, KSO Music Director Patrons can attend pre-concert chats at 6:30 pm in the concert hall before each performance. Guest performers will offer their personal perspective, and audience members will have a chance for Q&A with the artists. This is a unique get-to-know-you opportunity! There will be a very special Opening Night champagne toast in the Tennessee Theatre lobby at 7 pm. All patrons are invited to enjoy complimentary champagne and toast to the next KSO season!

About the KSO Established in 1935, and now under the leadership of Music Director Aram Demirjian, the KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee continuously for more than 80 years, providing excellence in musical and educational programs. The orchestra consists of 80 professional musicians and performs 300 programs throughout the region each season, reaching audiences of more than 200,000 people. The KSO performs in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre, and the Civic Auditorium, as well as non-traditional places like hospitals, schools, city parks, and churches. For more information call 865-291-3310 or visit www. September 2017 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE




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How to Keep the Creepy Crawlies Outdoors This Winter B Y G EO R G E H AY N E S , O W N E R & F O U N D E R O F OT I S T E R M I T E & P E S T C O N T R O L


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insects and other creatures, recognizing that Mother Nature is preparing to put on her winter coat, are beginning to look for a warm, dry place to harbor during the winter. There is no better time to begin your home’s winterization pest control plan than right now in order to prevent those crawling creatures from invading your home this winter. Insects and rodents, including mice that can enter your home through a 1/4” crack, seek warmth, and they will enter anyplace where they feel that warmth to get in. In addition, because food becomes scarce in winter months, animals and insects are in search of any food source they can find within your home. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that your home is winter ready and critter free: » Check the entire exterior perimeter of your home. Seal all cracks and crevices around chimneys, doors, windows, dryer vents, cable and electrical entrances, and in the eaves in your roof. Also, check for and seal any openings behind gutters. » Check to be sure that your garage door seals are in good condition and that they fit tight along the bottom of the door and all the edges. » Check for cracks where all water and gas lines enter your home and seal them. » Inspect the weather stripping around all your home’s doors and windows. Replace worn weather stripping. » Install caps on your home’s chimneys to prevent birds from nesting in the spring. Cracks in your home’s foundation walls can be a welcome invitation for mice. Also, bird seed and dog food that are spilled or not stored in sealed containers are welcomed meals, and you won’t have to guess who’s coming to dinner! Employing a reputable and experienced pest control professional, in addition to following these helpful tips, will ensure that your family keeps toasty warm this winter while keeping unwanted pests outdoors. For all your pest control and termite treatment needs, trust Otis Termite & Pest Control, the family owned business that thousands of East Tennessee home and business owners have trusted for 45 years.

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about new trends and customer preferences in furniture design. A phrase we often say is, “If you can imagine it, we can build it.” In addition to tables, chairs, and beds, you’ll also find upholstered furnishings such as chairs, sofas, and loveseats in both fabric and leather. One thing that has not changed is the Amish commitment to quality craftsmanship that simply doesn’t exist elsewhere. In addition, Amish Excellence is committed to a superior customer service experience. It is our mission to provide an exemplary product at a reasonable price. We sell only Amish-made furniture and do not offer imports, veneers, laminates, previously-owned, or pressboard

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Stories in Stitches: Quilts from the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Permanent Collection


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treasure quilts made by their ancestors. Besides warming and decorating the bed, quilts also serve as reminders of important events – births, weddings, service to our country, the death of loved ones. Often these memories are preserved in notes attached to the quilts or through stories handed down to younger generations. Sometimes notes are lost and memories fade, leaving families with a “mystery quilt.” Did Grandma Jones or Granny Smith make this quilt? Or was it Aunt Jane? When did she make it? Why did she choose this pattern? What caused this stain or that tear? These are some of the mysteries that quilt historians try to address through genealogical research and technical analysis. From histories handed down to mysteries that remain, the new feature exhibition at the Museum of East Tennessee History provides visitors the opportunity to learn the “stories in stitches” from the quilts that have been entrusted to the East Tennessee Historical Society. Stories in Stitches features more than two dozen quilts with dates ranging from c. 1820 to 2001. The exhibition will be on display in the RogersClaussen Feature Gallery of the East Tennessee History Center now through January 2, 2018. Stories in Stitches is dedicated to Linda Claussen and Ginny Rogers for their years of service and support of the East Tennessee Historical Society’s quilt collection. When the East Tennessee Historical Society was founded in 1834, early collection efforts focused on books and manuscripts. In more recent decades, objects began to be added, and the idea of displaying them in a museum grew. The ETHS Permanent Collection acquired its first quilt in 1992, one year before the Museum of East Tennessee History opened on the first floor of the renovated Customs House. Now a part of the expanded East Tennessee History Center, the museum and its collection includes more than 100 quilts. The ETHS Permanent Collection focuses on quilts made or used in one of East Tennessee’s 35 counties. An acquisitions committee reviews potential additions, evaluating the quilt’s history, condition, and importance to the collection as a whole. Some quilts are displayed in the museum’s 52


“Rising from the Rubble,” 2001. Made and gifted by Joan McGinnis of Knox County, in memory of those who died in 9/11 attacks and all veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

signature exhibition, Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee. Others are cared for in climate-controlled storage and are brought out for special events or exhibitions like this one. The exhibition highlights more than two dozen quilts in a variety of fabrics and patterns and highlights some of the families who have made and cherished them. Patterns include everything from Rose of Sharon and “Knoxville Crazy Quilt” to a Civil War memory quilt and one pieced together out of clothing labels. The quilters range from John Sevier’s wife, Bonny Kate, to the Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee.

About the East Tennessee Historical Society Established in 1834, the East Tennessee Historical Society is widely acknowledged as one of the most active history organizations in the state and enjoys a national reputation for excellence in programming and education. For 183 years, the East Tennessee Historical Society has been helping East Tennesseans hold on to our unique heritage – recording the events, collecting the artifacts, and saving the stories that comprise the history we all share. The Museum of East Tennessee History is open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, and 1 to 5 pm Sunday. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and FREE for children under 16. Each Sunday admission is FREE to all, and ETHS members always receive FREE admission. The museum is located in the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street in Knoxville. For more information about booking the exhibition, scheduling a school tour, or visiting the museum, call 865215-8824, email, or visit

Elegant Log Home Predates Morgan County’s Establishment 200 Years Ago In October, Morgan County celebrates its bicentennial and honors a historic house that bears testament to mountain craftsmanship at its finest. B Y J O E N O W OTA R S K I A N D D AV I D B R I L L

Stonecipher-Kelly Root Cellar Stonecipher-Kelly House of bottomland farther east, along the margins ORGAN COUNTY, of Beech Fork Creek, and there began conTennessee, forms the struction on what would become one of the eastern edge of the region’s more elegant log homes and Morgan Cumberland Plateau, County’s oldest surviving structure. a rugged, mountainous region that proved a Stonecipher built the original single-room daunting barrier for European-Americans cabin in 1814. From there, he and subsequent determined to migrate west. The future owners, the Kelly family, greatly expanded county, as the Plateau itself – then described the house in stages. as “the Wilderness” – remained largely The completed log structure, a classic isolated and unmapped until 1788, when saddle-bag design (separate rooms on either Peter Avery and his crew hewed a primitive side of a shared wall and central fireplace), road leading from Clinch Mountain, north of comprises three stories and more than 2,000 Knoxville, through Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs, square feet, quite large for a cabin of that era, and today’s Wartburg to the Cumberland considering that building materials were Settlements near modern Nashville. State fashioned using hand tools, and the interior Route 62 roughly follows Avery’s original space had to be heated. route though the county. The builders favored white oak for the Avery’s Trace may have resolved some of the home’s lower runs of logs because of the physical challenges to western migration, but wood’s strength and rot resistance, but territorial barriers remained until 1805, when upper walls were crafted from poplar, a much the Cherokees, in exchange for money and lighter wood and, thus, easier to skid into goods, ceded lands, including parts of today’s place. The builders joined the corners with Morgan County, through the Third Treaty of half-dovetail notches, which provided a secure Tellico. Soon after, Samuel Hall became the joint, and the downslope of the underlapped first European-American settler to arrive in log tended to keep rain from penetrating the the region. Hall built his house about seven joint and causing rot. At various points along miles northeast of today’s Wartburg on land the home’s history, additional features were awarded by North Carolina for his service in added, including a rear kitchen/dining room, the Revolutionary War. (Hall’s house did not clapboard siding, an open porch spanning the survive.) At the time, Hall had settled in a front of the structure, and a root cellar that sits nameless tract of wilderness. on a rise a few yards behind the main cabin. The county’s future and its nomenclaIn 1846, several years after Ezra’s death, ture were resolved in 1817, when Tennessee the Stoneciphers sold the house to the family created its 39th county and named it for of James Martin Kelly. By then, the original Revolutionary War hero, General Daniel Avery’s Trace had become a well-traveled Morgan. Wartburg acquired its name in the route, and Kelly later built a general store 1840s from in-migrating Germans and Swiss and post office to capitalize on the ready conand in 1870 became the county seat. sumer market that flowed right past his front Shortly after Hall’s arrival, Joseph door. The store and the Kelly farm – more of Stonecipher, also a war veteran, claimed his a plantation, in fact – were prosperous venland in the shadow of Frozen Head Mountain, tures. The house was continuously occupied east of today’s Wartburg. His son, Ezra, a by James Kelly’s descendants until the midskilled carpenter, later acquired a large parcel 1980s, and throughout the years, the house


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served as the site of extended Kelly and Stonecipher family reunions. The house retains most of its original design and structural integrity, though it bears some signs of neglect and the ravages of time and weather. In recent years, the house has attracted the notice of the region’s historic preservation organizations. East Tennessee Preservation Alliance includes the house on its 2017 “Endangered Eight” list of at-risk structures. Knox Heritage is also working to support restoration, and representatives from the Tennessee Historic Commission have visited the home. In 2013, Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area acquired the house and lands and is exploring plans for creation of a historical interpretive site. Join Morgan County’s Bicentennial Celebration and Visit the House » Community Festival: Saturday, October 7, Courthouse Square, 2-10 pm, featuring opening ceremony, parade, fireworks, food, crafts, and music » Stonecipher-Kelly House Celebration: Saturday, October 14, Stonecipher-Kelly House, SR 62, 1 pm For information, contact the Morgan County Chamber of Commerce at info@ or visit www.

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance works to preserve the structures and places with historic or cultural significance in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties. ETPA partners with Knox Heritage to serve as the regional arm for preservation activities in these 16 counties. September 2017 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


KOWS to Host 6.2-Mile Open Water Swim Through Downtown Knoxville


K N O X V I L L E Open Water Swimmers (KOWS) and Tennessee Aquatics will host the Bridges to Bluffs Open Water Swim (B2B) on Sunday, September 17. This inaugural race is a 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) swim in the Tennessee River, through downtown Knoxville, and is the only race of its kind in the country with an “off the boat” race start. “This is going to be a great event in East Tennessee,” said Allison Ware, Southeastern LMSC Chair. “B2B is perfectly positioned to attract swimmers from a huge geography due to the scenery and accessibility. With a great team organizing, a great course, and thorough planning, I really think this is a fantastic opportunity for Knoxville and easily will be a national caliber event.” The U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) sanctioned open water event is expecting 100 plus participants, including solo swimmers, duo relay teams, and pilots (kayakers supporting the swimmers to help guide them during the race). The race begins at 9 am from the Star of Knoxville Riverboat, which will be positioned adjacent to the new Suttree Park. From there, swimmers and their pilots will head downstream towards the urban skyline, under the Gay and Henley Street Bridges, past the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Neyland Stadium, swim adjacent to the Cherokee Bluffs, and then finally under the Alcoa Highway Bridge in a race towards the finish just off shore of Sequoyah Hills Park. As participants finish, each will receive a branded race shirt, custom finisher’s award, post-race lunch, and race photos. The race



will last for a maximum of four hours, with race officials asking boat traffic in and around downtown that day to please operate at no wake speeds and be extra vigilant of race participants. The race is expected to draw interest locally and from around the globe. To date, local athletes have signed up, as well as swimmers from multiple countries, including past Olympians, athletes that have traversed the English Channel between the United Kingdom and France, and swimmers who have participated in the Manhattan Island swim off New York City. “I am so pleased with the support for the event already!” said Blaik Ogle, Co-Director of the B2B swim. “I hope this race will be just the start and provide local swimmers, myself included, a yearly event we can look forward to close to home.” Organizers are hopeful for a successful event, and the KOWS hope to make Knoxville a regular host for future open water events, with the possibility of bringing the USMS National Open Water Championships to Knoxville as soon as 2019. In partnership with Outdoor Knoxville and Legacy Parks, fundraising to support the race is currently underway with a variety of in-kind donations being accepted and sponsorship packages available. Any proceeds from the race are expected to go towards advancing river and shoreline beautification efforts already underway by Billy Lush Board Shop and KOWS via their four times yearly river clean-ups. To learn more or donate, email

On the Saturday immediately prior to the race, participants will be treated to a prerace day buffet dinner cruise on the Star of Knoxville, where athletes and pilots will get acquainted and receive a course preview. Additional meal tickets will be sold beginning September 10th on a first come, first serve basis until the boat is full. In September 2016, a small group of original KOWS members participated in an open water “race” in the Tennessee River, with some of the Chattanooga Open Water Swimmers, the COWS. It was at that point that the seed of an idea for a more formal race was planted. “We had a really fun time at that swim last fall and received a lot of positive feedback from swimmers in Chattanooga,” said Jack McAfee, Co-Director of the B2B swim. “We didn’t want to see it become just one and done.” The KOWS partnered with Tennessee Aquatics, the elite national swimming program in the area, who absorbed the group, and the KOWS benefited from their insurance coverage. That action opened the door for USMS sanctioning and allowed for the Knoxville race in September to be added to competitive swimming websites/calendars nationwide. KOWS continues to grow in numbers by working in coordination with local Triathlon Club presidents, who host a beginner’s open water session on some Mondays at The Cove, as well as training through Tennessee Aquatics, who provide training opportunities for those interested in competitive swimming.

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ETTAC Launches New Evening Program for People with Disabilities


HE EAST TENNESSEE Technology Access Center will launch a new evening program, SPARK, for young adults with disabilities beginning on September 11. Daily activities will include art, music, recreation, tutoring, and literacy skills, as well as skillsbuilding classes such as robotics, gardening, and photography. The program will run from 4:00 to 7:30 pm Monday through Thursday at ETTAC’s South Knoxville location. “Whether participants are here to learn vocational skills, socialization, or just to have a good time and get out of the house, we want the SPARK program to be a safe and inviting place for people of all abilities,” said Joel Simmons, one of the coordinators of the program. “Our community center approach introduces a whole new set of experiences for our SPARK participants, and it allows us to spread the word about other assistive technology services that ETTAC offers.” SPARK is open to people of any ability ages 14+, including siblings and friends. Participants will work with ETTAC staff and caregivers to develop a plan to meet their personal, academic, and vocational goals. The weeknight program

offers parents and caregivers respite time and an opportunity to learn about other ETTAC services. Varied participation options are available. For more information about program curriculum and registration, call 865-219-0130, email, or visit at About ETTAC East Tennessee Technology Access Center’s mission is to connect people with disabilities in East Tennessee to the adaptive technology tools and services they need to live with maximum independence and dignity. Since 1988, ETTAC has provided services and devices to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers, teachers, therapists, and employers. Services are provided through education, vocational, community living, and outreach programs and are designed to meet the unique needs of each individual. From seniors who want to live independently to youth and adults with disabilities who want to improve literacy and employment skills, ETTAC provides specialized equipment, technical support and training, design and adaptation of products used at home, school, or work, as well as literacy and GED skills training.






has been rockin’ for more than 30 years. Atlanta residents have loved him since the 1980s when he and his brother, Rich, conquered their city – first as Mr. Crowe’s Garden, then as The Black Crowes. It was that last band name that the rest of the world became gleefully aware of them when their album, Shake Your Money Maker, was unleashed. In 2010, Chris and Rich put the band on an indefinite furlough and began to work on their own projects. Chris’s is The Chris Robinson Brotherhood and has been described by some as what you would get if you blended the Allman Brothers with the Grateful Dead. Chris would say they’re just making music. The CRB is hitting Knoxville’s Bijou Theatre on September 24th for the third time in support of their latest CD, Barefoot in the Head. It is about that album and the upcoming Knoxville show that I recently chatted with Chris. Early in our conversation, I mentioned the Allman Brothers/Grateful Dead analogy and asked Robinson if that was a fair assessment. “Well, I think the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead probably listened to a lot of the same records growing up just like the Rolling Stones listened to a lot of the same records that the Beatles did,” he said. “As much as music has influenced me and is an inspiration, I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where my father was a folk singer on ABC/ Paramount. I grew up in a house full of roots music. So on one hand I think it’s a broader influence, or you can find inspiration in the tradition you work in and take that and sort of turn it inside out and then find a place that’s ultimately big in the now or being in the present. “So I think those qualify, but I do think, between all of us in the CRB, there’s more than a hundred years of people making records or have been on tour. I’ve been doing it 30 years, and the others have been doing it 25 or 30 years themselves – Adam MacDougall and everyone, Tony Leone included and Jeff Hill.” In describing Barefoot in the Head for fans, Robinson said: “I think it’s the natural progression of the CRB’s sonic cycle that 56


we’re on. I don’t know. It’s a hard thing to describe. They’re songs and they’re melodies and images, and sometimes those images are musical and sometimes they’re literary. Sometimes they’re cinematic, and sometimes they’re super earthy and real. Hopefully the songwriting makes a connection and the band takes the material and presents in an interesting, dynamic way. We’re super lucky in this day and age to even have the opportunity to go into amazing studios and have this time to work and continue doing something that other people find archaic. Hopefully listening to the record is like an awesome evening of stimulation and conversation and culture with the people you love the most.” What can fans expect from this tour? “We’ll keep what we’re doing,” he said. “I think the more we keep our head down and just concentrate on this music – our scene grows every year. Knoxville is a great example. The first time we played, there were not that many people. The next three times, it’s like there’s always another 100 or 200 more people – another 250 people. Like I said, I don’t think we have to beat anyone over the head. It’s not the average jam band experience, and it’s not the average rock and roll experience, and it’s not this and it’s not that. I think you just have to come see if it’s something that works for you – if you like the sound."

Wrapping up our chat, I asked Robinson how he wanted to be remembered and what he hoped his legacy would be. “Oh my word. I’m the Draymond Green of rock and roll. I’m sorry, man. We have the best basketball team in the world six miles from my house! I never thought about that. I mean, I would hope that the songs would speak for themselves. I dedicated my heart and soul to the muse. For better and for worse – my opinions notwithstanding about how much I love music – it would be nice, in that pantheon of people who dedicated their lives to their muse, I would like to be put in there. I don’t know what that means except life is beautiful and strange and sad, and there’s loss and there’s hope and there’s madness. At the end of the day, I’ve been lucky enough to experience all that stuff through the lens of music. As a dyslectic, weirdo kid from Atlanta, I just see it as a gift.” To read the expanded version of this interview, visit 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,, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.

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Trail’s 150th anniversary. The Chisholm Trail is the greatest migration of livestock in world history that relocated cattle from South Texas through Oklahoma all the way to Abilene, Kansas. The first herd to make the journey using the Chisholm Trail set off in 1867 and continued until 1885, relocating more than five million cattle and a million mustangs. Take a look back into the Texas cowboy way of life by visiting the Texas towns and countless museums that continue to pay homage to the trail and the cattle industry’s history. You can explore the rich Texas history of ranch hands, cowboys, and cattle by planning a trip to any one of these towns or all six.


Sitting on 825,000 acres in South Texas, an area larger than Rhode Island, the King Ranch established a “cow camp” and quickly became one of the most influential ranches in the world. Today the King Ranch is a National Historic Landmark and offers several daily tour options: From the history of the ranch where you’ll see the historic Santa Gertrudis Creek, where Captain King first camped in 1852, along with the grand home built in 1912 by Captain King’s widow, Henrietta – to nature tours. A surprise to many is the fact the ranch is home to such a diverse ecosystem of plants and animals. In fact, famed conservationist Aldo Leopold called King Ranch “one of the best jobs of wildlife restoration on the continent,” and it is now home to more than 363 species of birds, including the largest known population of ferruginous pygmyowls in the U.S. 58



Like many towns that benefited from those traveling the Chisholm Trail, Yoakum did not sit on the trail itself but is located about an hour from San Antonio. Due to its proximity to this population center, it quickly became used as a gathering ground for cattle to be driven up the Chisholm Trail and is considered by many to be the official starting place of the trail. With the introduction of the railroad, the trail became defunct, so this inventive town found new ways to prosper beyond the cattle industry by encouraging its residents to grow tomatoes that could be easily shipped on the rail lines.

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San Antonio became a gathering location for many herders starting their long journey. Trail drives were extremely important to the local economy. Now both the Witte Museum and the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum provide artifacts and exhibits that give visitors an idea of the beginnings of Texas cowboy life. While the Battle of the Alamo was long over by the time of the Chisholm Trail, history buffs can’t miss this incredible landmark while in town, along with the four other Spanish colonial missions, which were named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2015.


Just 70 miles northeast of San Antonio, Lockhart was where two herding routes converged and on some days, 5,000 to 6,000 heads of cattle passed through this outpost. Today, on the second weekend of June, Lockhart celebrates the Chisholm Trail by hosting the Chisholm Trail Roundup, a fourday festival featuring a chili cook-off, rodeo, and even a cowboy breakfast around a chuck

wagon on the courthouse square. You can also celebrate the trail’s spirit year-round at Chisholm Trail Bar-B-Que, which has been serving slow-cooked meats from real pits using post oak wood since 1978.


Continuing northward, cattle herds crossed the Brazos River in Waco on their way to Kansas. In 1870, the newly completed Waco Suspension Bridge, a National Historic Landmark created by the same architect behind the Brooklyn Bridge, provided a convenient, albeit costly, means for cattlemen to move herds across the Brazos. A sculpture near the Waco Suspension Bridge still commemorates the famous Chisholm Trail and captures the diversity of trail riders. These days Waco provides visitors with an incredible range of activities, from checking out Ice Age–era fossils at the Waco Mammoth National Monument to uncovering delightful home and garden goods at Magnolia Market.

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Fort Worth, for many traveling the Chisholm Trail, was the last main stop to rest and refresh supplies. The city quickly became known as “Cowtown.” Today the Fort Worth Stockyards transports visitors back in time when watching the Fort Worth Herd, the world’s only twicedaily cattle drive, which takes place from 11:30 am to 4 pm every day in the stockyards. This area also features several restaurants and shops, along with the Stockyards Museum. Explore historic Texas towns and make history come alive in celebration of Chisholm Trail’s 150th anniversary across the Lone Star State. For more information about travel experiences in Texas, visit

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September 10: Penny & Sparrow with Lowland Hum at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

September 22: Rodney Carrington Live at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7 pm.

September 11: VOLS for Kidneys Golf Classic at Cherokee Country Club at 10 am.

September 22: Donna the Buffalo at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

September 14: Soul2Soul World Tour featuring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7:30 pm.

September 23: UT Football vs. Massachusetts at Neyland Stadium.

September 15 & 16: “Days of the Pioneer” Antique Show at the Museum of Appalachia. September 15-17: Greek Fest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church (4070 Kingston Pike). September 15 & 16 from 11 am to 10 pm, September 17 from 11 am to 8 pm. September 16: The Scott Brothers’ House Party at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7:30 pm. September 17: Graham Nash at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. September 19: Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm. September 21 & 22: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents Knoxville Postcards at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. September 22: Wine on the Water at Volunteer Landing from 6:30 to 10 pm.

September 23: St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer at Zoo Knoxville at 7:30 am. September 23: Art Gone Wild at Zoo Knoxville from 6 to 8:30 pm. September 23 & 24: John Sevier Days Living History Weekend: War of 1812 at Marble Springs State Historic Site. September 24: 2017 Greater Knoxville Heart Walk at World’s Fair Park at 1 pm. September 24: Chris Robinson Brotherhood at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. September 27: Rhiannon Giddens at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. September 28: Positive Hits Tour featuring Skillet, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, Tauren Wells, and Gawvi at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7 pm. September 29: Mastodon at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7:30 pm. September 30: UT Football vs. Georgia at Neyland Stadium.

98th Annual Tennessee Valley Fair September 8-17 at Chilhowee Park



a non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing East Tennessee heritage, agriculture, and the arts. Highlighting the very best of our region has been our focus for nearly 100 years, and we are proud to be one of Knoxville’s largest and longest running events. In 2017, we will welcome more than 150,000 guests to enjoy all the Tennessee Valley Fair has to offer: Educational exhibits, livestock shows, thrilling rides, exciting concerts, and, of course, deliciously fun fair food. With nearly 100 food stands on-site, the fair offers a great selection of delectable deep fried favorites. From funnel cakes and corn dogs to turkey legs and cotton candy, there’s plenty of deliciousness to devour at this year’s fair! New this year: Fair Food Fest! On Wednesday, September 13, enjoy discounted fair food in smaller portions from select food vendors from 3 pm to close. Here’s your chance to try a variety of deep fried goodness, so bring a friend and come hungry! In the Wade Shows Midway, there are more than 50 fantastic rides and attractions. Ride tickets cost $1.25 each, or you can purchase 20 tickets for $20. All-you-can-ride wristbands (good for one day of unlimited rides) are also available for purchase. LOCASH will kick off the concerts at the fair this year. The concert lineup is as follows: » September 8: LOCASH at 8 pm – Reserved seats $10-15 » September 9: UT Football Day! » September 10: Michael Ray with Drew Baldridge at 7 pm – Reserved seats $10 » September 11: Matthew West at 8 pm – Reserved seats $10 » September 12: Josh Turner at 8 pm – Reserved seats $20-30 » September 13: Cheap Trick at 8 pm – Reserved seats $5-30 » September 14: Jagged Edge at 8 pm – Reserved seats $10

» September 15: Kool & The Gang at 8 pm – Reserved seats $5-30 » September 16: Con Hunley at 8 pm – Reserved seats $10 » September 17: John Michael Montgomery at 8 pm – Reserved seats $15 Please note that you must have a fair admission ticket to attend the concerts. The prices listed above are for reserved seats close to the stage. Free general admission seats are available with your paid fair admission to all concerts (except Cheap Trick and Kool & The Gang) on a first come, first served basis. To purchase tickets, visit or call 865-215-1482. Fair admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens 65 and older, $7 for children 6-11, and free for children 5 and under. Get your tickets before September 7 and save: $8 for adults and $6 for children 6-11. You can also purchase a three-day admission ticket (good for one person only for any three days) for $20. Parking is $10 per car. Opening day special - $1 admission! In celebration of the 98th year, fairgoers can enter the fairgrounds on Friday, September 8, for only $1 for the first 98 minutes. Discount begins at 3:00 and ends promptly at 4:38 pm. Who’s ready to dig into some fair fun? We’ve planned all year, and we’re so excited that it’s almost fair time in Tennessee! So bring the entire family and enjoy all that the Tennessee Valley Fair has to offer. About the Tennessee Valley Fair The Tennessee Valley Fair is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization and one of the state’s largest multiday events, attracting 150,000 attendees each year. Known for its innovative exhibits, livestock shows, concert series, action sports, exciting rides, and variety of unique foods, the Tennessee Valley Fair offers great entertainment for the entire family. For more information, call 865-215-1470 or visit September 2017 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


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UNDRESS ACADEMY for the Arts is excited to announce its first writing retreat for veterans on October 7-8. This two-day retreat at SAFTA’s Firefly Farms is for military veterans and current service members and will be a space for creativity, writing exercises, discussions on ways to write about trauma, advice on publishing, and more. This weekend will be an opportunity to express shared experiences and learn to write your story for a non-military audience. A weekend pass includes one-on-one and group instruction, writing supplies, food, drinks, and all on-site amenities for $75. Tents, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment are available to rent. The event will be open to people of all backgrounds and experience levels and will provide an opportunity to work with talented, published fiction writers and poets, including Jeb A. Herrin and Jan LaPerle. We have two full scholarships available for the retreat, as well as limited partial scholarships for those with financial need.



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A R T S & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, in cooperation with the local arts and culture community, is proud to announce the eighth year of Penny4Arts, a program developed to meet the local arts community’s longterm goal of serving and educating East Tennessee’s children. Penny4Arts provides every child in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Pickett, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties, including home-schooled and private-schooled students, an opportunity to attend local arts and culture events/activities by 25 organizations at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY (or FREE) when accompanied by one paying adult during the 2017/2018 academic school year. Most organizations

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra allow up to three children to attend for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Concerts, fairs, plays, dance performances, historic home tours, fairs, museums, festivals, arts workshops, radio broadcasts, movies, the zoo, and more are part of Penny4Arts. Organizations whose admission is regularly free are offering special programs. Like us on Facebook at for all the latest updates. More than 70 events are included in Penny4Arts, and, in addition, seven organizations offer year-round opportunities for Knox County school children: Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens,

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East Tennessee Historical Society, James White’s Fort, Knoxville Museum of Art, Mabry-Hazen House, and WDVX-FM Radio. The schedule of performances is listed chronologically at, where families may also sign up for weekly event notices. Highlights include: » Five productions by the Clarence Brown Theatre » Eight Masterworks and five Chamber concerts by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra » Five free admission days to Zoo Knoxville » A free admission day at Tennessee Valley Fair » And more! The following organizations are participating in Penny4Arts for the 2017/2018 school year: Asian Culture Center of Tennessee, Bijou Theatre, Blount Mansion Association, Circle Modern Dance, Clarence Brown Theatre, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, East Tennessee Historical Society, Flying Anvil Theatre, Go! Contemporary Dance Works, Historic Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Knoxville Guitar Society, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, MabryHazen House, Marble City Opera, McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture, Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, Pasión Flamenca, Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, Tennessee Valley Fair, WDVX, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and Zoo Knoxville. Most participating events will allow one paying adult to bring up to three students for one penny each. Proof of residency (driver’s license) may be required. Students ages 16-18, not accompanied by an adult, may be asked to show proof of residency, and if in a group, at least one in the group of up to four students ages 16-18 must purchase a regular adult admission/ticket (if applicable) for the group to be able to participate in Penny4Arts. Each participating organization’s specific guidelines are also listed on the Penny4Arts website. For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865-523-7543 or or visit www. About the Arts & Culture Alliance The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the City of Knoxville and the Tennessee Arts Commission.



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I’ve always loved learning and wanted to help kids fall in love with learning as well. Inspiring a child to love learning and reach his or her goals is such a rewarding experience.” needs of all her students, who have a wide range of ability levels. “Making the lesson and skills we are working on accessible and relevant to all students, regardless of their ability level, can be a challenge,” she said. “However, this challenge is worth it when a student experiences that ‘a-ha’ moment and his or her confidence grows.” Pickett is excited to learn more as a member of the fellowship, which includes four teachers from Knox County. “As a special educator, I feel that a big part of my job is advocating for my students,” she said. “Being selected for this fellowship will allow me to learn more about how to be a better advocate for them. I am excited to bring back what I learn and use it in my classroom, school, and district.”

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back to school, working parents are also preparing for “back to after school.” Despite the fact that 60% of parents report having flexible work hours that allow them to take care of their children once the school day ends, a survey from Boys & Girls Clubs of America shows 75% still find that after-school time causes as much or more stress than in-school time. When it comes to after-school programs and resources, the study also found parents’ top priorities are providing a safe place for their children, academic mentoring, and support, as well as sports and fitness programs. As an expert in youth development that specializes in these key areas, Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers these tips to help parents take the stress out of transitioning “back to after school.” Safety first Each day 11 million children and teens leave school with no place to go, increasing their risk of being unsupervised, unguided, and unsafe in communities across the country, according to a 2014 Afterschool Alliance study. And, since juvenile crime escalates during the hours of 3 to 7 pm according to the U.S. Department of Justice, parents have cause for concern about how their children spend their time during these critical hours. Particularly for working parents who cannot be home with their children when the school 66


day ends, taking advantage of affordable, accessible after-school programs – ideally staffed by trained, trustworthy adult leaders – alleviates stress by providing peace of mind that their kids are safe, supervised, and on a path to success. Homework help Parents perceive the biggest challenges their children face when starting a new school year are preparing for the needs of the next grade level and keeping up with homework. According to Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s survey, nearly 60% of parents find it difficult to ensure their children are on a path to a successful school year. By making a plan for how and when to tackle homework each day and sticking to it, parents and kids can make the most of after-school time. Whether it’s at home with support from a parent or guardian, at a tutoring facility, or at a community organization with academic programming such as a local Boys & Girls Club, setting aside a specific time and place for homework will avoid headaches for parents and children alike. Explore and inspire After spending a full day in school, kids and teens often benefit from tapping into their creative side after class lets out. Make time for them to explore art, music, dance, and STEM programs to not only relieve stress, but also to express themselves, explore new areas of interest, and ignite potential passions that may last a lifetime.

Get active With more than three out of 10 kids today considered obese or overweight according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physical activity and nutrition education are paramount to changing this equation for future generations. After-school time offers the chance for young people to take part in sports and fitness activities that not only burn off pent-up energy, but also build self-esteem and instill sportsmanship. Also, having kids help with dinner preparation not only offers an extra hand in the kitchen, but it also teaches healthy cooking and eating habits. Fun with friends As many adults can attest, school is a formative time for academics, as well as social growth. Spending time with friends and building relationships helps kids and teens hone social skills, unwind, and simply have fun. After all, you’re only a kid once! While a structured after-school plan reduces stress, allow some flexibility to accommodate time with friends. While these best practices are based on the success of the after-school programming Boys & Girls Clubs around the country offer kids and teens, the tips can be implemented by any parent or caregiver looking to foster academic success, healthy living, and character development as the young people in their lives head back to school.

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treatments based on the patient’s response to previous injections. Typically patients need anywhere from two to five treatments depending on the amount of correction needed. Southeastern Dermatology offers multiple treatment options for submental fullness, including Kybella, SmartLipo, and Ultherapy. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Doppelt to discuss which option is the best for you.

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of their bodies that make them feel self-conscious of their looks. One of the most common areas we hear complaints about is submental fullness, also known as the dreaded double chin. In this era of selfies, patients have coined a new term for this problem – “tech neck.” Unlike other areas of the body, excess fat in the neck cannot be easily concealed. The cause is often due to weight gain, but genetics seem to also play a big role. Unfortunately, a double chin can make patients look heavier than they actually are. In the past, liposuction of this area provided the best results. However, we now have a non-surgical option called Kybella. Kybella is an FDA-approved aesthetic injectable treatment for fat in the neck area. Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is administered as a subcutaneous injection that permanently destroys fat cells, resulting in the reduced appearance of the double chin. The results are gradual, which patients often find desirable because it eliminates questions about “having work done.” The improvement in the patient’s jawline helps them feel more confident in the way they look. There is no downtime or scarring associated with Kybella treatments. Dr. Matthew Doppelt of Southeastern Dermatology likes that he can customize subsequent

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