Everything Knoxville September 2021 Edition

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E V E R Y T H I N G K N OX V I L L E | VO LU M E 1 5 | I S S U E 8

Susan Cafferty

8 The Lily Pad Boutique

Publisher + Editor

A sneak preview of fashions for the fall season.

Brett Cafferty

16 Fleenor Security Systems

Marketing + Operations

Discover why local makes the difference.

Kendra Menendez

18 Shelf Genie

Meredith Hancock

Editor + Administration

Add real value to your home and to your life.

Design + Production

19 PremierGarage

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

Learn the facts before you invest in garage flooring.

36 Undercover Systems

Reach us Online info@everythingknoxville.com www.everythingknoxville.com

Create four full seasons of family fun.

Random Acts of Flowers..................... 10

Hours of Business Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Insights & Highlights..............................26 Food and Recipes...................................38 Knox Heritage...........................................42 Calendar of Events.................................46 Travel and Recreation.......................... 48 Business Note......................................... 50


Photo by Whitney Jade Photography

HAE SEEBER and her team at Shae Design Studio are ready to make your redesign, remodel, or new build the luxurious home you’ve always dreamed of having. Because they have a long standing network of professionals and artisans who share their vision, Shae Design Studio is committed to creating a uniquely dynamic interior, completely tailored to your needs and style.

Everything Knoxville is distributed in Downtown Knoxville and select residential communities including Sequoyah Hills, Bearden, West Knoxville, Farragut, Concord and Hardin Valley

From the Publisher


HE MONTH of September to me is a transitional month mentally. It’s the “end” of summer, the unofficial “mindset start” of the holiday season, and a month of remembrances - from special birthdays, to 9/11, to the official change to autumn on the 22nd. September begins with Labor Day, a day that is dedicated to the achievements of workers in America and the contributions they make to and for our country. (See Brett’s article on page 50.) Everything Knoxville is proud to highlight some of the businesses in our area that enrich our community by striving to positively impact their clients’ lives. Our cover story is definitely one of those businesses Shae Seeber is an interior designer, entrepreneur, wife, busy mom, and owner of Shae Design Studio. Shae and her team are dedicated to their profession of creating and sharing beautiful designs in their clients’ homes and through their lovely showroom in Franklin Square.



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As our 2021 continues, my hope is that this September will be a better one than the uncertainty and anxiety of September 2020, when it was becoming very apparent that the upcoming holidays could not be celebrated in a way that we were accustomed to celebrating. With the uptick in Covid cases - my parent’s retirement community is again on visitor restrictions - I am fighting off the “here we go again” feelings I have been facing. So I will hold on to the September remembrances and adapt (happily!) to the cooler temperatures while enjoying the beautiful fall here in East Tennessee. My intention is to focus on the positives. As Winnie the Pooh says, “What’s wrong with knowing what you know now and not knowing what you don’t know until later?” Oh, and Happy Birthday, Mom!

Susan Cafferty Publisher + Editor

Cover Photo by Whitney Jade Photography


OR MORE THAN 16 years, Shae Design Studio has been creating uniquely dynamic interiors tailored to fit their individual clients’ styles and needs. Everything Knoxville caught up with owner Shae Seeber at their new showroom location in Franklin Square to discuss one of their latest epic projects - a deluxe pool house for an area homeowner. Shae shared with us how this project evolved from the first ideas their client had, to the expert planning of the furnishings and accessories, to the beautiful success we see here.

This pool house project began as a collaborative effort between the client, architect, and Shae Design team. Everyone worked through the initial plans together to ensure the final design was exactly as intended for the success of the space, and the delight of the client. Furniture layouts were created within the architectural plans, and 3D renderings were “walked through” before the first hammer was ever raised to a nail. Almost every selection was finalized before construction began - from flooring, cabinets, furniture, color palettes, wood stains, light fixtures, countertops, hardware, exterior selections, and even pool finishes. With a cohesive plan set for the entire design, few surprises surfaced during the construction process, allowing the budget to be met, and conception to be realized, to the elation of everyone involved. The Shae Design team served as project management from beginning to end. Electrical layouts were drawn, lighting plans created, tile installation designed, and furniture layouts planned. SDS facilitated any necessary handholding among the clients, contractors, and subcontractors involved. Most of the furnishings were custom designs by the SDS team, and a multitude of other items were sourced through trusted Shae Design vendors. From beginning to end, the design team was present throughout every aspect of the design plan, including the final delivery and installation of the project. Furniture was arranged, art was hung, accessories were placed, lamps were illuminated, and pillows were fluffed. Every last detail of the finishing touches convey the message the clients longed to send, “Welcome to our home.” This project beautifully serves as the ideal relationship between contractor, client, architect, and interior designer.

Shae Design Studio | 9700 Kingston Pike | Knoxville, TN 37922 865.313.2656 | www.shaedesigns.com Instagram: @shae.design.studio



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www.shaedesigns.com Photos by Whitney Jade Photography


Design Selections

The Furniture

Some call it “soup to nuts.” Our Interior Design team collaborated for months with the client and architect to bring a pool house dream to reality. From the architectural details to the electrical plan and decorative finishes, we worked with the contractors to ensure the success of the stunning end result. The beauty of the beams, cabinetry, countertops, custom fixtures, and upholstery make this local pool house the envy of all.

While we’ve seen countless woven and leather elements in design throughout the years, the warmth and dimension these materials bring to a space remains indisputable. We love incorporating a variety of textures in our projects to add interest and set the tone of the overall aesthetics. This particular project is replete with custom textiles, handselected fabrics, and unique furniture pieces that were all designed and selected by our team.

The Lighting Artisan-crafted, expertly placed lighting adds sparkle, interest, dimension, and life to a space. Great lighting has the power to determine the mood, energy, and focus of your most beloved belongings and environments. The delicate balance of light and shade brings undeniable perfection to an interior. The scale required for the vaulted ceilings in this project makes these jewelry pieces breathtaking!

The Textiles

The Décor

Textiles bring texture, comfort, beauty, and durability to your home. The layering of upholstery, pillows, throws, and rugs can soften the hard architectural details and create a collected, well-lived-in feel to a space. Cool hues and muted tones set the relaxing energy of this luxurious backyard pool retreat, creating vacation vibes mere steps from the client’s backdoor. During a worldwide pandemic, this lucky Knoxville family can escape to paradise without ever leaving home.

This design project was all about styling. The most successful décor has a meticulous mix of materials, welldefined color palette, and complementary accents, which ultimately define how a space is experienced. With curated décor, natural elements, art, and finishing touches, this pool house project exceeded client expectations and brought their dream to life. The Shae Design team looks forward to doing the same for your next project.




“Primetime Jogger” by Elliot Lauren is the perfect staple pant for your fall wardrobe! Best paired with a cozy sweater and sneakers.

Sneak Preview…

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SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS GUIDED NATURE WALK: MOSS Saturday, September 4, at 10 am Walk led by Eric Shershen, UTK Ph.D. student

ANCIENT FLOWERS Thursday, September 16, at 6 pm Seminar given by Dr. Joseph Williams, UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology INTRODUCTION TO CANNING Saturday, September 18, at 10 am Led by Vivian Williams in the Carriage House Kitchen Next month: Beeswax Candle Making & Fall Tree Walk

HIS PROPERTY started in 1786 as the family-owned Howell Nurseries and holds the record as the longest continuallyoperated business in Tennessee. In 2001, the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum (KBGA) was founded to preserve and protect this historic and overgrown property. The Garden is a magical place featuring walking trails, display gardens, unique and historic horticulture and over two miles of distinctive stone walls and timeless buildings, all located just five minutes from downtown Knoxville. Lifelong learning is an important value at the KBGA. They offer workshops, lectures, and classes for people of all ages throughout the year. Their programs cover a variety of topics such as vegetable gardening, plant maintenance, landscape design, sustainability, health & wellness, and the arts. Pre-registration is required for all programs, and participants should come dressed for the weather and the specific activity.

www.knoxgardens.org • 2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville 37914



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HE IDEA for fall and winter 2021 is casual comfort. Even before the Covid19 pandemic, fashion had been headed in an overall comfier direction for some time! The athleisure category has held strong for years, and stylish sneakers have overtaken sleek high heels as the footwear of choice for women everywhere. Best of all, there’s now a comfortable look for everyone! Matching lounge sets have become a huge style staple - whether it be funky tie-dye or simple all black, these coordinated outfits can take you from morning errands to afternoon Zoom calls with ease. If the matchy-matchy outfits aren’t your thing, an outfit made up of comfortable separates may be the 2021 trend you should explore. Try an “elevated jogger” pant paired with a statement sweater and denim jacket for a perfectly comfortable but still put together look! Of course, all the comfortable outfits for the upcoming season are best paired with sneakers! Whether you choose a simple white, a funky print, a beautiful fall color, or a stylish platform, each sneaker “look” has its place in the fashion world for fall 2021. We still offer a great selection of dresses, jumpsuits, jackets, and separates that can be pieced together if you are needing an outfit for a special occasion - perhaps a fall wedding or a holiday party. At The Lily Pad, we have evolved with these ever-changing times to offer our customers the stylish comfort we are all looking for - and a safe environment to shop in.

Happy shopping!

Brenda & Ivy

The Lily Pad Boutique 209 N. Main Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.5537 www.lilypadboutiqueonline.com

Wonderful, Whimsical WOOPS!™ BY J U L I A M A D D U X , C O - O W N E R O F W E S T TO W N M A L L W O O P S !

Julia & Tom Maddux with their helpful staff.


RE YOU looking for a delectable, delicate, delicious treat? Woops! carries a fabulous collection of French macarons and artisanal pastries right here in West Town Mall. What began in 2012 as a pop up shop in NYC, Woops! continues to offer the most authentic, handmade macarons outside of Paris. We invite you to try one to believe it - fancy, light, and packed with flavor! After tasting these scrumptious, sophisticated sweets, my husband, Tom, and I knew we had to share them with Knoxville! Our uniquely flavored French macarons and pastries are perfect for a yummy moment of indulgence and are available individually or beautifully boxed for gift giving. With more than 10 flavor options, you are sure to find a favorite - or two! In addition to being the ideal thoughtful and unique gift for your loved ones, Woops! French macarons are also available in customized gift boxes for parties, weddings, and corporate functions. Wouldn’t a colorful macaron pyramid be a fun - and delicious - addition to your next special event? With their unmistakable flavors and colors, Woops! macarons create a delightful visual effect on any table top of sweets. Check our website www.bywoops.com for our bright and beautiful Flavor Guide or come to our kiosk to see all the wonderful colors and flavors available. Stop by our charming Woops! kiosk at West Town Mall, located just inside the entrance nearest to The Cheesecake Factory, to try a handmade-to-perfection luscious treat. A little slice of Paris right here in Knoxville, Tennessee! We - our fantastic staff, Tom, and I - look forward to serving you! Woops! French Macarons and Artisanal Pastries West Town Mall Kiosk Knoxville, TN 37919 615.653.1890 www.bywoops.com

Our Customers Say It Best. “Slamdot has been an absolute JOY to work with. They have gone the extra mile to make sure that we’re happy!”

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Make it Your Dream Closet


6 Current Trends

S M AS T E R SU I T E S have gotten larger, so have master closets. Gone are the days of a small, reach-in closet. Today’s master closets are about spacious organization and no more fighting over clothing space. It’s been interesting to notice closet trends during the past couple of years. What are today’s trends in the area? The design professionals at Tailored Living of Knoxville have noticed: Bigger is Better Besides new home construction that includes larger master closets, during the pandemic many homeowners have chosen to renovate their bedroom suite to create a much larger closet area. Often, two closets are included in the master suite to accommodate separate his and her clothing spaces. Everyone Loves an Island If there is enough space, islands are definitely the most requested closet feature. People love having this boutique-inspired element for the extra drawer storage and the horizontal surface to place everyday items like a purse or to use for folding

clothing and packing. A walk-in closets needs to measure a minimum of 10ʹ x 10ʹ to accommodate an island or peninsula. Go Neutral Homeowners are often incorporating bold furniture in their primary bedroom, but in a closet, neutral colors are by far the most popular finishes. Neutral colors such as white, gray, and light-colored wood-grain finishes make a smaller space look larger and allows the homeowner to make a big statement with organization, not color. Decorative Door and Drawer Fronts The most popular drawer front is currently a Shaker-style. However, using a flat front, which is often less expensive, gives the closet a more modern look. Another popular option is to substitute glass door fronts in the place of solid wood. Each style can give the closet a completely different feel. Create Flair with Hardware While the finish may be neutral, adding decorative hardware to drawers will create an eye-catching design element. When you add hardware with an extra pop, you can

give a closet a lot of personality. Jewelry Drawers & Organizers No more mismatched earrings and tangled necklaces. Velvet-lined jewelry drawers offer scratch-resistant storage for jewelry and other precious items. An optional lock feature provides extra security. While features wanted in a master closet may change over time, the need for an organized space will never change. As one customer said recently, “ For the first time in my life I’m organized, a bit trendy, and have the closet of my dreams!” Yes, dreams really do come true.

Tailored Living featuring PremierGarage 865.947.8686 www.TailoredLivingKnoxville.com

Help Random Acts of Flowers Help Others


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VERY WEEK for the past 12 years, Random Acts of Flowers has stayed focused and true to its mission of improving the emotional health and well-being of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering re-purposed flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness. Random Acts of Flowers delivers hundreds of arrangements each week thanks to the hard work of our more than 350 dedicated volunteers and the generosity of our sponsors and committed Perennial Society members. However, we can always use more support to keep delivering hope in our community. Helping Random Acts of Flowers serve others can take many forms. To make a financial donation, you can visit our website (RAFKnoxville.org) and click on the “Donation” tab and make an online contribution, or you can mail a check to 2936 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921. Another way to support Random Acts of Flowers is to experience the mission firsthand. Have your next private celebration or team building event at the Random Acts of Flowers workshop or at your facility. These events typically include an overview on RAF and its mission, followed by a demonstration on how to

Flowers ready to be prepped for arranging. create beautiful flower arrangements. Then, you and your team are guided through the process of creating bouquets that will be delivered to individuals in local healthcare facilities. Random Acts of Flowers also has a variety of regular volunteering opportunities available, from picking up floral donations, to prepping donated flowers, to creating arrangements, to delivering the completed bouquets. For more information on making a donation, having a Random Acts of Flowers event, or volunteering, please call us at 865-633-9082, email us at info@RAFKnoxville.org, or visit www.RAFKnoxville.org.

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Dress Your Windows in Function and Style! Windows can be complicated to address. The shape of the window, privacy or light concerns, energy savings, or the aesthetics of the window,are all considerations we take when dressing your home's windows. As custom window treatments professionals, we tailor custom window treatments for each window so they'll fit perfectly and give you the one of a kind look that fits your style. Draperies add texture, softness, and elegance to a space. Without them, a room can often feel unfinished and even cold. From a practical standpoint, they can help filter or block light, unsightly views, and noise. Layering is often the best way to marry form and function. By pairing a Hunter Douglas Silhouette®, Woven Wood, or Shutter, with soft fashions such as drapery panels, you get not only the look, but also light blocking and control to limit how much heat gain or loss you have in a room. Thinking about updating your windows? Call us today to see what customized solutions we can design for you!


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Deep Cleaning INSIDE and OUT Is What Surface Doc Is All About! BY C H R I S T I N A F I T Z W I L L I A M , C O - O W N E R O F S U R FA C E D O C , I N C .


OST OF us have dealt with dingy tile and stained grout. How about traffic patterns in our carpet? Many of us also deal with algae, mildew, or mold streaking roofs and siding. Another common frustration is discolored driveways and walkways or moss-covered brick pavers. I could go on, but I’m sure you get the picture! If your tough spots are inside the home, you may have realized by now that traditional sweep and mop techniques don’t work for long. What you may not know is that the more you clean tile and grout, the dingier it begins to appear. This is simply because mopping can’t get to the soil load located within your floors. It takes a combination of high heat, high pressure, and high suction to get to any dirt embedded under the surface. To make matters worse, the more you mop, the deeper the soil embeds itself into the pores of your floor! Carpets can be equally frustrating! No matter how much you vacuum, your carpets will eventually show soil build-up

in all of your traffic patterns. To effectively remove all the soil from your carpet requires specific tools that sanitize while leaving no chemical trace behind, as chemicals and cleaning solutions simply attract more dirt. If your problem areas are outside, perhaps you’ve tried to pressure wash on your own. Sadly, traditional pressure washing actually cause harm as they pit your concrete and damage your stucco or siding. To clean safely and effectively, the perfect combination of pressure and green chemicals must be used. For roofs and your home’s exterior, a professional SOFT wash is the only way to remove algae, mildew, and soil. If this is done


tile & grout

incorrectly, your home’s exterior will be permanently damaged. Every home presents its own distinctive challenges and requires professional knowledge and service so destruction can be prevented. There is no one-size-fits-all cleaning technique. Since every problem has a unique solution, why not call someone who specializes in each element and the challenges they present? Please give John and his team a call today and see the difference they will make for your home tomorrow.

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Our state-of-the-art process restores your floors to a like-new appearance

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DESIGNER Contemporary Furniture & Interior Design

Nouveau Classics Contemporary Furniture & Interior Design

101 S Gay St Knoxville

865.525.4755 www.nouveauclassics.com

Local Makes the Difference


Did you know that the rose is the national flower of the United States of America?

The Tennessee Rose Society Celebrates its 75th Anniversary in October! As a non-profit organization with monthly meetings here in Knoxville, the Tennessee Rose Society strives to improve the knowledge of rose culture, promote interest in, and assist others in the growing of roses. Our members enjoy growing roses of all kinds including Knock outs, drifts, Teas David Austens, miniatures, Floribundas, and Grandifloras, and more! Each meeting includes an explanation of monthly rose garden expectations, and diseased or damaged roses are often diagnosed and suggestions made on how to fix issues - fortunately, the TRS’s membership includes consulting rosarians along with several master gardeners. After an exceptional speaker (many from UTK) there are refreshments and socializing. Visitors are welcome to all meetings. The TRS is a charter member of the American Rose Society - www.rose.org. For more information, visit www.TRSroses4life.com.



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LEENOR SECURITY IS owned and operated right here in East Tennessee. We take pride in keeping our community secure, which is why we are proud to own and operate our very own UL Listed Central Station. Unlike many other security companies, we do not outsource our monitoring to mega stations that handle thousands of accounts from numerous security providers. Instead, we believe it is essential to have our dispatchers trained, managed, and employed directly by Fleenor Security Systems. What is a Central Station? A Central Station is an alarm monitoring center that services burglar, fire, and panic alarms for residential and commercial alarm systems. All monitored alarms are connected to an alarm monitoring center where dispatchers are staffed around the clock. If a monitored alarm is triggered, a signal is sent to a monitoring center where the operator can dispatch help to the property, effectively keeping your home or business safe and secure. Why a Local Central Station Matters There are several reasons why we believe local makes a difference, but here are the top seven reasons why a local Central Station increases your security. 1. There is always a live operator to answer incoming calls, 24 hours a day, meaning no annoying voicemail when you call directly. 2. Fleenor Security is able to handpick top-quality team members who care about our customers. 3. Our customers are our own. We know you, and you know us. 4. Our dispatchers are aware of local events like severe weather and power outages, which will keep you better informed. 5. Our customers have direct contact with the service department, ensuring all needs or questions get handled. 6. There is no need to make a second call if an after-hours technician is needed. We handle it for you. 7. Strong local businesses are an integral part of a healthy community, and supporting local businesses plays a significant role in promoting the health of East Tennessee! Local means we’re different. Keeping our community safe and secure is our top priority at Fleenor Security Systems. Therefore, we take pride in owning and operating our very own local Central Station. It ensures we are always ready when it counts, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Fleenor Security Systems 6700 Baum Drive, Ste. 22 Knoxville, TN 37919 865.544.9964 www.FleenorSecurity.com TN C-0239 VA 11-1901 NC 1721-CSA

Do You Need a Trust in Your Estate Plan? BY Y VO N N E M A R S H , C F P ® , C PA



It depends. Trust s are commonly used for three primary reasons: (1) privacy, since Yvonne Marsh, assets pass directly to your heirs CFP®, CPA without going through the public probate process, (2) ease and simplicity for your heirs, as assets are quickly and easily passed via the trust, and (3) preserves your ability to control how and when assets are distributed after your passing. A Revocable Living Trust is an example of a flexible trust that can be modified or even closed while you are still alive. It is not a separate legal entity and will not help minimize your income tax or estate tax. If you decide you want to establish a Living Trust, then a competent estate planning attorney is a must. The attorney will draft the trust document according to your wishes, which will govern how the trust is to be used, both in your lifetime and at your passing. You are typically your own trustee, and you’ll name a back-up trustee in case you’re incapacitated. You’ll also decide how you want the trust assets to be distributed. For example, you might have it pay out to your kids over a certain period of time allowing them time to mature and to make wise financial decisions. A few caveats to remember: The trust only works for assets titled in the name of the trust. More than one person has come to my office carrying a beautifully written trust document, and they’ve never titled any assets into the name of the trust. It’s empty! Title all of your non-retirement assets into the trust, including bank accounts, non-retirement investment accounts, your home, real estate, titled vehicles, etc. Even if your will says to “pour” any assets accidentally left out of the trust into the trust, your heirs still have to probate the will to get it done. And you just defeated two of the reasons you set up the trust in the first place - privacy and simplicity. Retirement assets can not be titled in the name of the trust. Instead, the beneficiary of the retirement accounts could become the trust. (Talk to your financial planner or CPA about the tax nuance to do this now that the SECURE Act has changed retirement asset taxation - it gets tricky in a hurry.) Good planning is always worth it - get going!

Don’t Guess About Your Financial Future, Plan For It But don’t just take our word… “We have entrusted Marsh to manage and grow our investments to support our current lifestyle during our retirement years. We are very happy with the great communication, investment updates, and the personal touch we have received from Marsh.” - Stephen P. This testimonial is freely provided by a non-compensated current client, with no conflicts of interest.

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

Fabulous, delicious & f u n t re a t s ! Just in time for your fall gatherings.

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

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

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Add Real Value to Your Home and to Your Life


HE KITCHEN is probably the hardest working room in your home. We all want it to be beautiful, but it’s where we cook, bake, gather, and store essentials like food, supplies, and pots and pans, so it has to be functional. A well-thought out kitchen has plenty of storage to keep countertops clear and is designed so you can quickly and easily find what you need and conveniently reach it. ShelfGenie is the true turn-key leader in kitchen innovation At ShelfGenie, we design, build, and install custom Glide-Out™ shelves for your existing cabinets and pantries. They increase storage by up to 50% and pull out their full depth so you can access the entire shelf front to back. Each shelf can hold up to 100 lbs and is made in America using high-quality materials and superior craftsmanship. We do not use one-size-fits-all, big box store substitutes. Our process begins and ends with the homeowner 1. Our design consultant will get to know your exact needs during our free, in-home consultation and will provide you with a free 3-D design of your kitchen so you’ll see exactly what your new kitchen space will look like. 2. Your Glide-Out™ shelves will be manufactured in our very own manufacturing facility to your exact specifications. 3. Our licensed, professional installer will then install your order in one day. Finally, your designer will reach out to ensure you’re completely 100% satisfied. Enjoy your innovative new kitchen Turn frustration with your kitchen into joy. You can expect to increase storage, reduce clutter and wasted time looking for items, and avoid having to bend, twist, or reach into the backs of cabinets.

What our awesome clients have to say “Awesome folks to deal with. Great workmanship.” - D.A., Knoxville “We love the new shelves. They are truly life changing in the kitchen.” - R.K., Knoxville “Great improvement to what I had and very happy with the people I worked with.” - S.O., Vonore “I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new kitchen pull-out shelves. Very professional.” - K.B., Powell “Love my new pantry shelves! They are sturdy and beautifully installed. Great customer service and friendly folks.” - M.M, Loudon To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call 865-409-1197 or visit www.shelfgenie.com.

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Facts Before You Invest


OR THE PAST several years, homeowners have been investing in garage floor coatings - and the trend continues to grow. A recent industry report showed that consumer demand for garage flooring has increased almost 20% during the past two years. Since a garage floor takes more daily abuse than any other floor in the home, it should be beautiful, yet tough enough to handle hot tires from cars, trucks, and motorcycles. However, all garage floor coatings are definitely not created equal. Most large home improvement stores sell DIY epoxy garage floor kits. These kits often consist of relatively inexpensive, water-based epoxies, which make good basecoats. However, they do not include a high-performance urethane topcoat or proper concrete preparation, causing the flooring system to fail prematurely. PremierGarage of Knoxville, the area’s flooring experts, says your garage floor coating should include these important industry practices: Grind Preparation, Not Acid Wash A significant factor in the longevity of a concrete coating is the preparation of the floor. It requires a surface texture that promotes a strong bond between the epoxy and the floor surface. Grinding creates the correct surface texture for the base coat to adhere to the concrete. Some companies try to acid wash floors, which is a less expensive method, but it does not create a good bond, resulting in a much lower bond strength and much higher probability of floor failure. Full Flake Coverage, Not Partial The amount of flake broadcast into the epoxy not only has a decorative purpose, but it also has a functional purpose. Decorative flakes actually make the epoxy layer thicker and act as an additional bonding agent. Since the flakes are more flexible, it can help prevent chipping when objects are dropped onto it. Saturating the base coat with the flakes makes it up to three times thicker than if someone “sprinkled” flakes onto a solid epoxy color. Commercial-Grade Topcoat Using a high-quality, commercial-grade polyurethane topcoat is vital so the floor stands up hot tires and dropped tools for many years. Polyurethane provides chemical, slip, UV, and scratch resistance, as well as gloss retention. It also reduces allergens by resisting the growth of microorganisms. The non-porous coating cures to twice as hard as traditional epoxies, making the garage floor resistant to gasoline, auto fluids, paint thinner, pesticides, and other household chemicals that can destroy inferior epoxy finishes. Call PremierGarage of Knoxville to help you create a long-lasting garage floor. Then add custom garage cabinets and other storage solutions to turn your garage into your favorite spot in the home.

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Have You Ever Been Stoned? BY D AV I D B R E W S T E R , O W N E R O F A Q U A C L E A R WAT E R S YS T E M S , L LC


E AREN’T TALKING about laughing on the floor in your freshman college dorm room stoned. We’re talking about crying on the toilet, questioning if you are dying, stoned. Kidney stones hurt! Ask a person who has experienced them to rank it on a pain scale of 1 to 10, and they’ll tell you it’s off the chart. Women will tell you it’s more painful than childbirth. Based on that, I want to do everything I can to NOT be the 1 out of 10 humans that pass a stone in their lifetime. You, too? Then, what could we do to prevent that? Doctors will tell you the most important prevention method is drinking PLENTY of water to flush your kidneys! Except the doctor forgot to tell you one very important fact: The QUALITY of your water matters. Think about it. If your body is producing kidney stones, which are made up of calcium shards, wouldn’t it make sense to drink water that’s calcium-free?

Ha rd wate r i s m i ra c l e - g row fo r kidney stones. If you look under your refrigerator water dispenser, you’d likely see white build-up, which is a sign your water is full of dissolved rock. If this build-up is calcifying over your showerheads, faucets, fridge water dispenser, and coffee maker, what do you think it is doing to your “internal body pipes?” A PubMed article performed a “double-blind randomized trial” with 18 chronic kidney stone patients. In this experiment, one group drank hard water and the other soft water. Do you know what they found? In the patients who drank hard water, there was a 50% increase in the urinary calcium concentration and a 300% increase in the calcium-citrate index. So, what’s the solution? To drink pure water! Most of us believe bottled water is “pure.” However, most have mineral additives in them. So if you’re sick of lugging around those cheap, single-use plastic water bottles that aren’t really pure, you should invest

in your own “bottled water factory!” For as low as $1 a day, you can have 4,000 purified water bottles at your kitchen sink! Aqua Clear Water Systems can help you do that. We have installed more than 30,000 pieces of water filtration equipment over 25+ years. One client had suffered 71 stones in 1 year, but after installing our system, they NEVER had a stone again. Talk about “Changing Water, Changing Lives!” So what are you waiting for? It doesn’t cost you a dime to have a conversation with us. We’d love to credit your account $200 just because we can’t wait to hear your kidney stone success story. Give us a call today, and it could change your health for the better!

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RE YOU or a loved one suffering unnecessarily from pain or a chronic health condition? Have you been told that there are no other options or that there is no hope? We would like to introduce you to a possible solution. Now there is a clinic in West Knoxville that specializes in treating difficult cases like these. Our doctors have more than 20 years experience treating conditions like peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, chronic f atigue syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome / RSD, infertility, macular degeneration, and just about any pain condition you can imagine. They have worked in hospitals, pain clinics, and integrative medicine centers diagnosing and treating patients who thought there was nothing left to try. When medications, surgeries, and injections haven’t helped, don’t give up hope. Call the professionals at West Knox Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine to schedule a consultation today. We are often the last resort with the best results.


Dr. Monica Sarrat and Dr. A.J. Sarrat Just see what some of our patients have said: “Highly recommended! I have been receiving acupuncture for neck pain caused by bulging discs” ~ Jenny B. “My pain is minimal now, my strength is returning, and the neuropathy is virtually non-existent.” ~ Carolyn T.

“They can fix almost any pain issue or even swelling in your joints from arthritis.” ~ Missy S. “I am almost completely pain free, have more energy, yet also more relaxed.” ~ Bette L. Call today to schedule your consultation with our highly qualified doctors of acupuncture. Don’t live another day with unnecessary pain.

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Are Your Home’s Hardwood Floors Ready for the Holidays?

ELIEVE IT OR not, it’s only a few shor t months away! It’s time to start thinking about the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s events that you’ll be hosting at your home this holiday season. There’s plenty to do with holiday decorating, meal planning, and top to bottom cleaning - but what to do about those floors? Your hardwood floors will be the first thing visitors see when you welcome them into your home this holiday season. Have you given any thought to what you are going to do to about those unsightly dents, scratches, and the UV damage to your home’s once beautiful hardwood floors? You’ve tried everything, but the “cosmetic only” solutions available at the big box stores haven’t worked, so you just keep covering up your floors with runners and throw rugs. It is commonly known that the best solution for returning your home’s hardwood flooring to their original luster and appearance is to refinish them. But the hassles of dealing with all the dust and odors makes


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many homeowners think twice before committing to hardwood floor refinishing. Will blocking off doorways keep the dust from creeping into adjoining rooms? Should we just move out for the duration? European Fine Hardwood Floors of Knoxville has the perfect solution to your refinishing challenges - with today’s newest hardwood flooring refinishing technology, you no longer have to move out of your home to escape the inevitable dust from sanding or the noxious odors from finishes. They are definitely not your typical hardwood flooring installer and refinisher. Valera Tomescu, founder and owner of European Fine Hardwood Floors, learned his craft from his grandfather in Europe over several decades. Valera has combined the skills he learned from his grandfather with the state-of-the-art technology developed by the world’s number one name in the hardwood floor refinishing industry: Bona. As the recipient of the much-coveted Bona Certified Craftsman Award, European Fine Hardwood Floors combines both the skills Valera has learned with the latest

technology from Bona. This assures homeowners that their work is performed at the highest standards in the industry - and with a dustless and odor-free experience. Is your hardwood flooring color a little “dated” now? Could your flooring use a pop of “Wow!” with a different shade? Many homeowners also use their refinishing project as an opportunity to change their floor’s stain color. So whether your aim is to restore your flooring to its original showcase quality appearance or update the stain color just in time for the holidays - without the dust and odors - the solution is simple: Call Valera at European Fine Hardwood Floors today.

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Fibromyalgia Solutions Common experiences of those living with Fibromyalgia often include:

Fibromyalgia CAN Be Treated. You may feel that your condition is misunderstood or that you and your symptoms are being dismissed. Perhaps you've even been told that you just have to live with your Fibromyalgia pain, but relief CAN be achieved! We have pioneered non-pharmaceutical solutions along with acupuncture to help your Fibromyalgia symptoms. For many of our patients, Fibromyalgia pain can be controlled and your daily life improved!

Pain that is difficult to identify or pinpoint. Pain that seems it has a life of its own. The feeling that others expect so much from you because they can't see that you are sick. The feeling that everything hurts. Feeling of brain fog. Overwhelming pain and fatigue that causes you to avoid social or family activities.

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Maybe you've tried physical therapy, pain pills, injections, burning off the nerve, back cracking, or massage, which provided some relief at first but is no longer working. Are you afraid your pain is getting worse? Are you tired of not getting any answers? Does your doctor tell you the pain is "all in your head" and to "just live with it?" What Causes Fibromyalgia? The exact cause of Fibromyalgia is not fully understood, but a variety of factors could be working together that may cause the body's pain signals to go awry, including: Genetics: There may be certain genetic mutations that may make you more susceptible to developing the disorder. Infections: Some illnesses appear to trigger or aggravate Fibromyalgia. Physical or emotional trauma: Fibromyalgia can sometimes by triggered by a physical trauma, such as a car accident. Psychological stress may also trigger the condition.

"I've had Fibromyalgia for 15 years. My first symptom was upper back pain, then slowly everything felt like a bruise. When it all began, my doctors told me I was fine, and I needed a therapist. Then I tried acupuncture and found real support. They really listened to me, and with the treatments I'm able to manage my pain and not feel life passing me by." - Tonya L.

Because there is no simple laboratory test to diagnose Fibromyalgia or determine it's severity, we rely on really listening to your concerns and eliminating the possibility of underlying conditions that might otherwise be causing your symptoms. Then, a COMPREHENSIVE treatment plan will be developed, CUSTOMIZED for YOUR Fibromyalgia symptoms. Our treatments have been shown to increase blood flow and expedite healing and recovery. Our clinic has an 87% success rate in treating Fibromyalgia.

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Doggone It, We’ll Miss You!

T I S with bit ter sweetness we announce that, after 13 magnificent years of caring for your wonderful pets, we are retiring from the canine boarding, daycare, and grooming business. Others have reminded us that we are not getting any younger - we are both closer to 70 than 60 and are not as vivacious as we once were - however, we look forward to what life holds for us in our “next chapter.” We will be checking out our very last boarding dog on Saturday, September 11. Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits has relished being your dog’s “home away from home” and we have treasured having your fourlegged kids become a major part of our lives. Your personal friendships have touched us infinitely, and we thank you. Retirement will provide time for us to play Santa and Mrs. Claus for our fourlegged kids’ families who have requested our appearance in the past. With having a Christmas birthday, JeanAnn loves the

holidays, but due to kennel obligations and time commitments, we were not able to oblige before - but now you, too, may hire Santa and Mrs. Claus! We bring holiday cheer and a gift basket for your pet, so give us a call to be included in the fun. Keep your eyes open for additional announcements of the new direction for Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits. As for John, he will be engaging in a lifelong dream of creativity through woodworking. JeanAnn is excited to develop her Nigerian goat herd, offering goat yoga and special events for children - utilizing the amusing and crazy antics of her other “kids.” From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you so much for sharing your family with ours for the past wonderful 13 years.

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Showcasing East Tennessee Heritage, Agriculture and Arts for 101 Years September 10-19 Daily Fair hours vary so be sure to check their website at www.TNValleyFair.org for specific times, and please remember only clear bags are allowed. Nightly fireworks at 10:30 pm!


Friday, September 10 - Jon Langston Sunday, September 12 - John Anderson Tuesday, September 14 - Riley Green Wednesday, September 15 - The Commodores Thursday, September 16 - Rick Springfield Friday, September 17 - En Vogue Saturday, September 18 - Purple Xperience Sunday, September 19 - Joe Nichols



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The Tennessee Valley Fair offers family-friendly entertainment to Knoxville and the surrounding area. Fairgoers of all ages will find numerous activities to enjoy on the fairgrounds as well as rides, live music, competitions, shows, food, action sports, special events, and so much more! For a complete listing of events and a Guidebook available for download, go to www.TNValleyFair.org. Not only is this a place to have fun but also a place to learn. Educating fairgoers about agriculture is important after all, agriculture is what feeds us, clothes us, and helps us live. Be sure to visit the Livestock Barns to see shows and animals including sheep, cattle, goats, rabbits, and poultry! There is a little something for everyone - in addition to Fair rides and awesome Fair food - from dance competitions, to a skillet throwing contest, to a demolition derby, to pet shows, to a donut challenge to blacksmith demonstrations, to Argi-Olympics! And that is not even half the list!

With Appreciation and Best Wishes! As faithful advertisers since 2009, Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits will be sorely missed on the pages of Everything Knoxville! Many have relied on your monthly wisdom and have appreciated your knowledge and candor over the years. The always insightful and relevant information pertaining to our “four-legged kids” showed your love and concern for our canines. All this and your wonderful facility where our pups have enjoyed many a playday or vacation stay. Thank you for taking care of our readers and our fur babies! We wish you all the best for your “next chapter” and all the happiness you deserve!

Thank You!

JeanAnn & John Carrigan Owners of Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits PHOTO BY D. ROBERTS PHOTOGRAPHY





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Does your garden or deck still need a fun piece? This small tricycle plant stand, shown with a fabric, plastic lined pot sack (available in an assortment of sizes and colors) is now available at The Town Framery & Gifts, 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut, 865.671.6627, www.thetownframery.com.


Botanical pressed durable stoneware with reactive crackle glaze comes is a variety of sizes and styles, including a large 8” pitcher, petite 5” pitcher, and 24oz. bottle with cork stopper. Each piece is has its own distinctive artistic pattern and can be used as tableware or decoratively. Available at Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center, 9885 Highway 11E in Lenoir City, 865.986.7229, www.meadowviewgreenhouse.com.


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Featuring plush seat cushions and draped in reliable performance fabric, the Nicholas Sectional brings a breezy sophistication to living spaces. On special during September for $3,899 at Shae Design Studio, 9700 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, 865.313.2656, www.shaedesigns.com.


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This striking new dining suite features a sleek metal base and maple top with a deep reverse bevel. Featured with modern upholstered chairs to complete the contemporary design. Amish handcrafted furniture is the standard for exceptional quality. Visit the Amish Elegance showroom to experience the possibilities, 613 N. Campbell Station Road in Knoxville, 865.392.6000, www.amisheleganceknox.com.


Impressive Oriental Screen has four folding 18" by 72" black lacquered panels to create an approximately 6 foot x 6 foot room divider. With a decorative geometric design border, this screen depicting an ornately carved center pavilion surrounded by figures in traditional Chinese clothing is available at Premiere Consignment, 320 Lakeside Plaza in Tellico Village, 865.458.9721, www.premiereconsignment.com. September 202 1



Nathan East’s “Pretty Cool Job” BY R A N DY PAT T E R S O N , B O O M E R O C I T Y.C O M


F YOU’RE only a casual listener to music, then the name might not ring a bell. If you’re heavy into Jazz and heard the band Fourplay, or are into the nuts and bolts of the music business like a lot of us are, then you know that Nathan East is one of the most renowned, respected, and recorded bass players on the planet, having played on more than 2,000 albums! I first started paying attention to him through his work with Eric Clapton and with Toto. But when I started noodling around to learn about Mr. East quite a while back, I was absolutely stunned as to the incredible depth and breadth of this remarkable man’s career and body of work. I feel that Nathan’s work with Fourplay is quite impressive enough with his signature bass lines that reveal an incredible foundation that, in many ways, is immediately recognizable yet dovetails seamlessly within whatever genre or artist who requests his artistry. An artistry that, if not innately and prenatally instilled in him at birth by his parents, then they most certainly and wisely raised him in such a way that nurtured the God-given gift within him.
 It is written in the ancient Scriptures, “Do you see a man who excels at his work? He will stand before kings.” The inspired writer of that text must have had a prophetic glimpse at the career of Nathan East. His work has placed him squarely in front of Pope John Paul II in 1987. Thirteen years later, Nathan played at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
 Additionally, Nathan has recorded and/or toured with some of the biggest names in entertainment. During the last three decades, this list includes the likes of George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, and many others. Speaking of Eric Clapton, when the announcement was made that Slow Hand himself was touring again (stopping at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on September 21st), I reached out to Nathan (Clapton’s long-time bassist of choice) for an interview about that tour and his own career. (The entire video interview is available for viewing on Boomerocity.com.) With regards to hitting the road again with Clapton, Nathan said, “There’s nothing like the spirit of a room and making live music. Everything that’s happening is happening, right then and there. And, you know, it’s gonna be great to put the band back together.” When asked about his work with another famous British rocker, Ringo Starr, Nathan said, “He’s the best guy ever. He’s a Beatle, first of all! You’ll be on the other end of a phone call, and you pick it up, it’s Ringo. I mean, that’s a highlight!” Nathan also shared about his work with another group who will be performing in East Tennessee (October 6th at the Tennessee Theatre): Earth, Wind & Fire. About that band’s co-founder and



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bassist, Verdine White, Nathan said, “I think one of the most fun ones - I couldn’t work out why but Maurice White called me to play on an Earth, Wind & Fire album. Verdine is like my mentor, hero, THE bass player and a fantastic guy! So all I would be doing would be copying Verdine. But it was nice because it was in an experimental period that Maurice kind of branched out and started. He was trying some different things. So, again, very grateful to play with one of the greatest groups of all time.” When one looks over Nathan’s vast and deep music career, you quickly realize that the man plays in just about every genre. I asked him if there’s a genre he wouldn’t play. “Well, it’s funny, because it’s almost like I didn’t realize growing up that there were genres. It’s just like, a radio station would play a Miles tune. Then they’d play Jimi Hendrix right behind it, so I had everything from Cream, Wes Montgomery, Led Zeppelin, Barbra Streisand. I didn’t know that there was supposed to be a difference.” Later, Nathan concluded, “There were really no lines for me. I’d come from a Foreplay tour, get right off the plane and jump on the stage with Clapton. It’s the same to me. I just play from one set of great musicians to another.” There was so much more discussed with Nathan during my interview with him, from his musical “bucket list” to the excitement of an upcoming book. You can watch it in its entirety at Boomerocity.com. You can also watch a fascinating documentary about him titled “Nathan East: For the Record,” that really is a must-see. Follow him at NathanEast.com for the latest news about him.

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


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Refreshing and Beautiful Hibiscus 


OTHING IS more refreshing in the droughty heat of summer than spotting a wild stand of Hibiscus coccineus scarlet red blooms towering above the vegetation of ditches and other low-lying areas. With its bright red flowers and preference for moist sites, this plant claims a variety of aptly descriptive common names: Scarlet Rose Mallow, Rose Mallow, Swamp Mallow, and Swamp Hibiscus, just to name a few. While there are more than 200 species of Hibiscus and innumerous common names associated with each, the Southeastern United States claims several species as native to the region including H. coccineus Scarlet Rose Mallow. Scarlet Rose Mallow is an herbaceous perennial in USDA Zones 6-11, dying back each winter to the ground and returning from the roots. Published zone recommendations vary, but upon further investigation, we have confirmation of hardiness from plant professionals located in zone 5. While the roots themselves maintain hardiness, the seeds produced are also viable, and under favorable conditions, you may see a few volunteer seedlings. Valued for its long bloom period, Scarlet Rose Mallow can be seen blooming from July through September or later. Solitary 5-petaled blooms 3-5 inches in diameter spring from the leaf axils in the upper portion of the plant. Its cannabis-like leaves are palmately compound and deeply segmented, and growth habit is upright and airy reaching heights of 5-8 feet. While commonly called Scarlet Rose Mallow, there is also a white form called by many names (White Texas Star, Texas White, Lone Star or Alba) that is equally stunning. H. coccineus provides optimal bloom display and stronger upright stems if planted in full sun. It prefers moist sites and can even tolerate partial submersion at water’s edge, but moisture is not a requirement. Once established, it can thrive in drier/ unirrigated conditions as well. These qualities make it a functional addition to the sustainable landscape concepts of residential rain gardens and downspout gardens, which can have both periods of saturation and drought. While this plant is certainly practical, it is not lacking in aesthetic design qualities. Its height and open habit make it an ideal addition to the back of borders, and its unique foliage and bright bloom color in combination with other bold textures can create the



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The hybiscus ‘Scarlet Rose Mallow’ can grow wild with bright scarlet red blooms towering above the vegetation of ditches and other low-lying areas. feel of a tropical oasis. A final attribute to this resilient plant is its resistance to foliar feeding of Japanese beetles, while many of its cousins, like Hardy Hibiscus H. moscheutos and Tropical Hibiscus H. rosa-sinensis, prove to be a tastier treat! 
 Along with other species of hibiscus, H. coccineus can be found at UT Gardens, Knoxville, in the hibiscus breeding trial plot and the wetland area. UT Gardens, Jackson, also features it in the rain garden demonstration area.

The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Crossville, and Jackson. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit utia.tennessee.edu/ state-botanical-garden. Photo courtesy of Davd McAdoo/Flickr

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


ALL IS in the air! How are things going in your yard? This is a gre at t ime to reevaluate and make plans for next year because you can see what did well and what didn’t. What would you like to be different about next year’s garden? Do you want to add, subtract, multiply, or divide? There is some math required! September is a busy time in the garden because it is when we start preparing it for fall and winter. Here are things that you need to do this month: ✻ Do your walk around and check into all the areas that you have ignored while it was hot. 1. Look up to see how trees are faring. Are canopies sparse with dropping leaves? Are there broken, damaged, or diseased branches? Do you have oozing spots, sawdust, or a lot of woodpecker holes? How about shelf mushrooms? All of these are indications that a tree is stressed and may have a disease or insect problem. 2. Look down to ground level. Do you have mole tunnels or small tunnel entrances that indicate mole and/or vole problems? Are skunks, possums, and other critters digging up your lawn to get to grubs? How are annuals and perennials doing? What is going on in your vegetable garden? 3. Look into your trees and shrubs to check for signs of disease and insects. Plants that have struggled may need a systemic product applied so that problems don’t overwinter in them and reappear next year. 4. Did you grow vegetables this year? How was it? Make notes of what varieties you tried and where they were planted so that you can “crop rotate” next year. Yes, you still have to do that in raised beds. Diseases build up in the soil if you do not. If your vegetable beds have stopped producing, clean them out and plant fall veggies. You can also add compost, manure, or leaf mold to improve your soil for next year. ✻ Many of us had problems with fungus and insects this year, as we do every year. Our long growing season also means we have a long breeding season. Please be sure to get up all the fallen leaves and plant debris from problem plants so insects and fungal spores can’t overwinter. Evergreens can still be treated if necessary, but it is a waste of money to treat deciduous trees and shrubs that will not re-grow leaves now anyway. ✻ If your annuals look terrible, remove

and compost them. Impatiens and begonias in particular should be pulled before a frost, because they will turn to mush if they freeze. Swap them for cool season annuals or perennials. ✻ If you are not going to refill your containers, dump out old soil and store them in a dry area. This is particularly important for terra cotta or low fired ceramics that will not withstand freezing temperatures. ✻ If you need to divide and/or transplant perennials, September is a good month to do spring blooming or fleshy rooted (peonies, iris, etc.) perennials. ✻ Don’t be embarrassed by plant failure, especially if you are new to the area or are not an experienced gardener. It happens to everyone. Your yard/garden is a living thing, and all living things change. Some things thrive and some don’t, so just roll with it and look at “failures” as an opportunity to try something different! ✻ Before I finish, I would like to talk a little about mums. 1. There are some lovely perennial mums (which now have the botanical name of Dendranthema), but they aren’t the colorful balls that you see everywhere this time of year. Those are hybrids, and they may or

may not come back. They may also come back a different color or as dozens of little “mumlets” instead of a single plant. If you want to try to get them to come back, plant in the ground by mid-September so they can get roots down before a freeze. 2. Mums have a 4-6 week bloom time that is made shorter by heat and longer by cool weather. If your neighbor has a mum that lasts the entire fall, it isn’t real! They are still fairly cheap, so buy them when you are ready and then compost them and buy another when they fade. ✻ Pansies are cool weather plants and like to go in the ground mid to late September. Don’t plant too early or they will stretch. Don’t plant too late or they won’t have time to get established. If you have questions, give us a call. I encourage you to stop by and see all the wonderful things we have for fall. Beautiful gardens begin at Meadow View!

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Fun on the Outside, Serious About Animals on the Inside


HE AMPHIBIAN AND Reptile Conservation Campus (ARC) is now open at Zoo Knoxville! The ARC Center is an innovative model, combining animal habitats with education space, all designed to spark curiosity and inspire learning. Striking, museum-quality displays draw you in and encourage getting up close and personal with these most captivating of creatures. As the largest project in the zoo’s history, the ARC provides the home that the zoo’s amphibian and reptile friends deserve, showcases the zoo’s pioneering conservation work with these species and features revolutionary STEM education resources. The ARC is the newest addition to the 53-acre Zoo Knoxville that houses more than 800 animals. Visit ZooKnoxville.org for a complete A-Z listing! As one of the premiere zoological experiences in the southeast, Zoo Knoxville is committed to sharing “wildly fun” experiences that educate and inspire with acres of creative habitats for animal lovers of all ages to explore. The zoo is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm with later hours on Thursdays until 8 pm. New Home for Amphibians, Snakes & More Each area was crafted with insights from the animals’ curators and keepers for their specific species and habitat. The ARC is divided into specific environments: CONSERVATORY & VENOMOUS GALLERY where you can get close to new species of crocodiles, lizards, salamanders, turtles, frogs and snakes. GREENHOUSE HABITAT that was built for showing off radiated tortoises and over a dozen endangered Asian turtle species. WETLANDS AREA is an outdoor classroom complete with Marshland Boardwalk and large concrete “lily pads” perfect for hopping to interact with animals in marshes and bogs that are teaming with life. T h e zo o’s N o r t h American River Otters will be moving to their new outdoor



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habitat located next to the ARC building - complete with a sandy beach, a bubbling stream and, of course, a pool to see the otters’ underwater antics. Each area has informative placards with the animals’ name, what they eat, where their native habitat is, some interesting facts, and their Status in the Wild pertaining to whether their species is endangered or not. New Space for Conservation Work Zoo Knoxville is committed to being part of the solution to save species from extinction, both locally and globally. As part of a collaborative Species Survival Plan for endangered animals, Zoo Knoxville joins one of the largest conservation movements on the planet, working to maintain a healthy, genetically diverse population to ensure that animals are not lost to extinction. Zoo Knoxville’s herpetology team is internationally acclaimed for its expertise and work to save critically endangered amphibians and reptiles. The use of the ARC acronym for the new campus is a reflection of the role Zoo Knoxville has as a modern day “ark” and the work being done to save animals from extinction. While Zoo Knoxville’s herpetology department is ranked among the top in the country, only 10% of the animals were on view in the former, aging facility. As the first zoo to ever hatch the critically endangered northern spider tortoises, Zoo Knoxville has become a world leader in tortoise and turtle conservation. At the ARC Campus, you can see the newest hatchlings in the Turtle Hatchery nursery and watch zoo staff get them off to a healthy start. New Area for Immersive Education In addition to the many interactive displays, this $18 million project has created an unparalleled level of personal experience at Zoo Knoxville, with immersive educational elements focusing on core STEM concepts. The ARC has exciting new species such as Cuban

crocodiles, a greenhouse where you can watch herpetologists at work, and outdoor wetlands that serve as an ecological study habitat where children can collect specimens and take them back to an Adventure Lab to study. Both the indoor and outdoor classrooms are combined with multi-course STEM curriculum and programming that facilitates exploration and learning. These educational spaces and programs can be used for field trips, home school classes, scout troops, youth groups, zoo camps and overnight adventures. These kinds of experiences inspire future conservationists to care about wild life and wild places. You might see anything from a rare tortoise hatching, to a venomous snake being fed right in front of you! Zoo Knoxville conducts critical research and conservation work with reptiles and amphibians that has global importance. The ARC opens up those spaces for all to see, allowing everyone to get closer than ever before to these compelling animals. For more information on the exciting new ARC Campus, visit ExploretheARC.com and ZooKnoxville.org.


Thursday Evenings in September • 5 to 8 pm Free for annual pass members or with a general admission ticket (same day re-entrance allowed). Featuring special menu items, a new food truck each week, and of course craft beer, wines and specialty cocktails, it’s a perfect way to wind down each week with friends and family. Always kid-friendly and always wildly fun! The Splash Pad is open all day and evening!

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Create Four Full Seasons of Family Fun


ET COURSE FOR 12 full months of family fun outof-doors with the professionals at Undercover Systems, who can provide you with unlimited events that the entire family can enjoy all year-round, regardless of the weather! Now is the perfect time to install the totally unique and patented underdeck ceiling system from Undercover Systems under your home’s existing raised decks. This underdeck system will ensure all of this year’s out-of-door events will be protected from unexpected and unwanted rain and the searing summertime sun. “Now is a great time to weatherproof all of your out-ofdoor events,” said Jim Conn, owner of Undercover Systems. “Throughout the entire process, our skilled craftsmen work with you, each step of the way, until your project is completed to your satisfaction.” Undercover’s patented underdecking system helps extend your outdoor season of enjoyment by protecting your family and friends year-round from the sun’s potentially harmful rays and unexpected rain. You’ll also appreciate their years of experience and attention to detail as they craft a seamless transition from your home’s interior to your new out-of-door living spaces. Undercover Systems uses only their custom made components designed to fit your home and not the generic off-the-shelf, onesize-fits-all components used by the competition. A complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau, Undercover Systems offers homeowners the peace of mind that they deserve in a building contractor. Why not surprise your family with a special out-of-doors gift that the entire family and their friends can enjoy all year long, and start creating a lifetime of memories today? Call Jim Conn at 423-267-0091 and let the fun begin! Undercover Systems 423.267.0091 www.UndercoverSystems.com



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

Deliver Flavor and Nutrition Despite Busy Schedules



S WORKERS begin going in to

the office again and kids and parents return to busy schedules full of sports, homework, and weeknight activities, building a plan for nutritious and easy meals can be challenging. Piecing together a menu that fuels kids’ active minds (and adults’ tired ones!) without spending hours in the kitchen is a common goal for many families. The following recipes require minimal prep

and call for many on-hand ingredients like dairy food favorites that provide nutrients people of all ages need to grow and maintain strong bodies and minds. Whether you enjoy it in the morning or mix it up with “breakfast for dinner,” this Sustainable Frittata is called “sustainable” because you can use leftover cheeses, veggies, ham, sausage, and more to recycle ingredients you already have on hand.

For a customizable pleaser for kids of all ages, turn to Chopped Chicken Taco Salad and garnish with your favorite toppings. When it’s time to put a twist on a classic while changing up your dinner routine, Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are perfect for putting something new on the table. Visit www.milkmeansmore.org to find more recipes for bringing loved ones together.

Chopped Chicken Taco Salad

Sustainable Frittata

Recipe courtesy of Megan Gundy of “What Megan’s Making” on behalf of Milk Means More

Recipe courtesy of Jenn Fillenworth of “Jenny With the Good Eats” on behalf of Milk Means More

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Servings: 4

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Servings: 8


Ingredients: • 12 eggs, beaten • 1/4 cup whole milk, half and half, or heavy cream • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 2 cups shredded cheese, any variety • 3 cups assorted cooked vegetables and pre-cooked meats • Fresh herbs, for garnish (optional)

Dressing: • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt • 1/3 cup buttermilk, plus additional (optional) • 1 tablespoon freshsqueezed lime juice, plus additional (optional) • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning Salad: • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 head leaf lettuce, fresh spinach, or romaine, chopped • 1 avocado, chopped into bite-sized pieces • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed • 1 cup corn • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped • 1 cup shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or Mexican) • Tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips, for topping Directions: To make dressing: In small bowl, stir yogurt, buttermilk, lime juice, cilantro, and taco seasoning until combined. Taste and adjust lime juice and cilantro as needed. If dressing is too thick, add buttermilk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate until ready to serve. To make salad: Season chicken on both sides with taco seasoning. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add chicken to pan and cook on both sides until outside is golden brown and chicken is cooked through. Remove to cutting board, let rest a few minutes, and then slice into strips. On large platter, heap chopped lettuce. Sprinkle chicken over top. Add avocado, beans, corn, tomatoes, and shredded cheese. Drizzle dressing on top and sprinkle with tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips.



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Directions: Preheat oven to 450º F. Preheat cast-iron pan or oven-safe skillet over medium heat. In large bowl, mix eggs, milk, and salt then add shredded cheese. Add cooked vegetables and meats to pan to reheat. Once vegetables have softened, add egg mixture to pan and scramble. Let sit over medium heat 1 minute. Carefully transfer to oven and bake 10-15 minutes. Frittata is done when eggs have set. Remove from oven and top with fresh herbs.

Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Recipe courtesy of Katie Serbinski of “Mom to Mom Nutrition” on behalf of Milk Means More

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Servings: 2 Ingredients: • 4 slices French or Italian bread • 3 tablespoons prepared pesto • 2 large roasted red peppers • 4 slices mozzarella cheese • 2 tablespoons butter, softened Directions: Preheat skillet or grill pan over medium-low heat. Spread insides of bread slices evenly with pesto. Stack red peppers and mozzarella cheese. Spread outer sides of bread with softened butter and grill until toasted and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes per side. Rest 1 minute before cutting.

Big Ears Announces SOUNDWALK


IG EARS is excited to announce that composer Ellen Reid - 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Music winner and Oak Ridge native - has created a version of her signature work, SOUNDWALK, at Ijams Nature Center. The music was composed by Reid - recorded by her own all-star ensemble, as well as the renowned Kronos Quartet. Accessible on your smartphone by downloading a free app, the work uses GPS to unfold and transform as a listener wearing headphones walks through Ijams’ network of trails. Reid launched her initial SOUNDWALK with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra last September, mapping the entirety of New York’s Central Park. Other SOUNDWALK presentations are offered in Los Angeles at Griffith Park and in San Francisco at Golden Gate Park, among other locations. Now, Reid is excited to bring a SOUNDWALK to her native East Tennessee. “SOUNDWALK is an intimate project,” said Reid. “It’s about introspection and taking time alone with your thoughts while connecting with nature. This installation for Big Ears features one of my favorite ensembles, the Kronos Quartet. I’ve been inspired by them since I was a teenager, so this is truly a

homecoming on many levels and a celebration of the natural beauty of East Tennessee that was the backdrop of my childhood.” SOUNDWALK consists of musical cells, carefully crafted to harmonize with the surrounding landscape, with surprises - musical “Easter eggs” - hidden within to accentuate the special features of the nature center. The

choice of paths and the pace at which they are explored determine the music each listener hears, ensuring that no two visits are ever quite the same. “We’ve presented some of Ellen’s music previously at Big Ears,” said Ashley Capps, Big Ears Executive Director. “When we first learned about SOUNDWALK, it struck us as especially perfect in connecting Big Ears’ musical vision with the natural beauty here in our community. We asked Ellen if she would bring this special project back home, and it turned out that she was already thinking about that as well. We’re thrilled to help make it happen.” “Ijams Nature Center is proud to partner with Big Ears to encourage its visitors to experience the natural world in a new, creative way,” said Amber Parker, Ijams Executive Director. “Ijams hosted John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit as part of the 2016 Big Ears Festival, and it was wonderful. We love the idea of having Ellen Reid’s SOUNDWALK here and can’t wait to see how people respond.” SOUNDWALK at Ijams Nature Center will launch this month, in conjunction with the announcement of the lineup for Big Ears 2022, scheduled for March 24-27. SOUNDWALK will be at Ijams for one year. September 202 1



Get Organized - and Go Green! BY C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y, W W W.C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y.C O M


ID YOU know that by having your closet professionally designed, you’ll be helping the planet? The organized storage industry for closets and garages is taking part in the Climate Positive movement through their use of TFL, 3DL, and HPL surfaces, commonly known as laminates. Knoxville’s Chris McKenr y, owner and storage design specialist at Closets by McKenry and Designer Garages, is proud to play a role. “We use melamine composite wood panels, also known as Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL),” said Chris. “Years ago, they were seen as a less attractive option to solid wood. But laminates have come a long way. Today, they are considered a responsible choice for our health and that of the environment.” What is Climate Positive? A carbon footprint includes the energy used and emissions released during a product’s sourcing, production, and distribution. The larger the footprint, the more global warming may occur. Climate positive products not only achieve net zero carbon emissions, but they actually remove carbon dioxide from the environment. Composite wood panels (laminates) are inherently climate positive and offer sustainability advantages that other materials can’t match. “While wood can give off greenhouse



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gases, the production process of laminates seals 95% of the gases in, protecting the atmosphere,” said Chris. Environmental Advantages Reduced greenhouse gas emission is far from the only benefit laminates provide. Made with leftover wood fiber, they are a recycled product from inception. With less new wood used, less trees are harvested. Their durability means a lower chance of damage during handling and installation, which saves on waste and materials. And the installed components hold up to heavy use, keeping carbon stored longer. Homeowner Benefits Homeowners don’t have to sacrifice beauty for sustainability. The melamine panels used by Closets by McKenry and Designer Garages have a soft look and are warm to the touch. “And touch them all you want; they’re fingerprint-proof and easy to clean,” said Chris. Melamine is moisture, fire, and pest resistant and with proper maintenance will never show age. Fifteen colors can complement any décor, and in the rare case that a panel must be replaced, it can easily be matched. Best of all, they are cost-effective. “Even more so now that we’re offering financing and 18 months same as cash for those who qualify,” said Chris.

Future Change Furniture designers, interior designers, builders, and architects all over the world are integrating sustainability into their products and practices, and schools such as the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) have made it a part of their curriculum. “The closet and garage storage industry is excited to be a part of this movement,” said Chris. “We’re providing value and quality to our customers, who gain peace from their organized spaces - and peace of mind that they are being eco-friendly.” Chris and his team invite you to visit the Closets by McKenry and Designer Garages showrooms in West Knoxville to see the new generation of laminates for yourself!

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

Westmoreland Water Wheel and Gatepost



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Photo courtesy of Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection


HE WESTMORELAND WATER Wheel and Gatepost are located at the intersection of Sherwood Drive and Westland Drive just west of Northshore Drive. Together, these structures mark the eastern entrance to the Westmoreland Heights neighborhood. The Westmoreland Wheelhouse was built in 1923 in the Tudor Revival style. The gatepost was built opposite the wheel house in 1925, duplicating its style characteristics. Both the wheel house and gatepost were designed by noted local architect Charles I. Barber of the architectural firm of Barber and McMurray. Prominent local landscape architect Charles F. Lester provided the landscape design. The water wheel is a steel overshot wheel purchased by Edward T. Manning, President of the Tennessee Mill & Mine Supply Company from the Fitz Water Wheel Company of Hanover, Pennsylvania. The wheel was installed by R.A. Calloway, an employee with the Tennessee Mill & Mine Supply Company. East Tennessee marble is the most notable exterior architectural feature of the structures; other architectural materials include, wood, slate, and iron. A large spring located near the wheel house was used as a source to power the water wheel. The land on which the structures are located was first settled in 1809 by Captain William Lyons, and ownership of much of the land continued with his descendants until 1923. The water wheel was built to generate electricity and water for the four original houses in the area, two of which were owned by Lyons’ descendants. The other owners included Edward T. Manning and Judge Daniel Clary Webb, a prominent Knoxville lawyer and the first Juvenile Court Judge in Knox County. The Westmoreland Heights subdivision, located west and north of the water wheel, was developed in 1923 by Westmoreland Heights, Inc. From January until March 1925, Charles F. Lester designed the roads; engineers Sehorn & Kennedy surveyed and plotted the roads and lots; and O.N. Davis built the roads. The neighborhood was originally 180 acres and featured large lots and views of the Smoky Mountains. Real estate advertisements of the time described Westmoreland Heights as a premier residential development featuring no congestion, privacy, open space, pure air, and freedom from smoke and dust. Although the water wheel was one of the initial factors making the development of the subdivision feasible, it also carried within it the seeds that ended its role as a supplier since its capacity was soon exceeded. On July 12, 1929, the residents of the Westmoreland Heights signed an agreement with Knoxville Power and Light Company for the supply of electricity and upgraded the water wheel’s infrastructure. With the help of Knox Heritage, the Westmoreland Water Wheel and Gatepost were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. The water wheel is well known to many Knoxvillians and is a significant statement about Knoxville’s early 20th century history and residential development. Knox Heritage preserves structures and places of historic or cultural significance for our community. Established in 1974 as a non-profit educational corporation, our organization works to protect and raise awareness of what is beautiful and irreplaceable in East Tennessee.

Center New Exhibitions Opening Emporium September 3


HE ARTS & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from September 3-24. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, September 3, from 5 to 9 pm and features an outdoor concert by Knoxville Opera musicians. All visitors are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. Diana Ferguson and Kit Hoefer: Chroma in the Lower Gallery Chroma is a new exhibition featuring work by two local artists, Hoefer and Ferguson, who both use intense color. Diana Ferguson, known to the art community as “DiFergi,” is an internationally recognized and awarded visual artist. Her paintings are whimsical and spiritual. The images are simple yet proDiana Ferguson found. They are narratives that create small worlds of enigmatic moments. Use of strong emotional colors combined with a dash of silliness, her work requests that you stop, reflect, and experience her world. A staple in the Knoxville Arts community for almost two decades, Kit Hoefer’s paintings have evolved into a rich exploration of color theory and composition. Her paintings attempt to nullify the associations attached to the objects depicted, juxtaposing them with fantastical elements and a touch of absurdity. One might recognize the mundanity of everyday life while being swirled into the hypnotic patterns inserted into the composition. This element of escape mirrors the artist’s practice of managing life as a working artist, full-time nurse, Kit Hoefer and single mother. The 3-Ring Circus: Judi Gaston, Jolie Gaston, and Cynthia Markert in the Upper Gallery The 3-Ring Circus is a phrase that immediately captures the imagination and transports the mind to an ephemeral world in which the impossible is possible, the unimaginable exists, and humans are convincingly what they are not. The circus in 21st century America exists in a form very different from the creature that it once was and yet, the mystique of the circus survives. The 3-Ring Circus is a new exhibition that features The Dreamweaver (woven works by Judi Gaston), The Miniaturist (miniatures by Jolie Gaston), and The Painted Lady (painted works by Cynthia Markert). These artists were collectively influenced by a Cirque du Soleil performance - a surrealistic experience which could only be expressed by visual conjurings of their own. Judi Gaston is a self-taught fiber artist, working with fibers for many years. In her handwoven studio line of wearables, she endeavors to bring the past into the present with the use of vintage embellishments, handwork, buttons, etc. A Knoxville resident, Jolie Gaston pursued scale miniatures as an avocation until 1999, when she opened an online and retail show minJolie Gaston iatures business. Beginning in 2011, Jolie has



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helped stage the December holiday display of contemporary miniatures at the Knoxville Museum of Art in the Thorne Rooms Gallery. Cynthia Markert has painted her mixed media portraits on wood for more than 20 years. She is a Charter Member of the National Museum in Washington, D.C., where her work is represented in the archives. Markert presently exhibits at Kress Emporium in Asheville and RALA and Knoxville Museum of Art gift shop.

Cynthia Markert

Tracye Burnett Sowders: Resplendent Rarities on the North Wall Artist statement: When I began research for this group of works about endangered species, I realized there was so much more than living species in peril and in danger of extinction. Certain liberties we’ve fought so hard for are endangered. My work is influenced by discovery through travel, geographically or mindfully. I seek the golden thread of sheer existence that binds us all to one another, weaving us together with nature and all of its glorious, dazzling color. I paint about the light that settles in our souls and the idea that there is a natural touchstone for all of us. Out of Hand by Lesley Eaton, Melissa Everett, and Colleen Thornbrugh in the Atrium In 2019, Lesley Eaton, Melissa Everett, and Colleen Thornbrugh formed a brain trust to encourage one another in their work as artists. As things continued to get “out of hand” in 2020, their encouragement provided vital connection with each other and with their own creative expression. This show is a collective exhibit of new projects in acrylic, mixed media, and textiles created from 2020-2021 and features creations by each individual artist, as well as works that reflect shared inspiration and materials. While each artist’s voice is uniquely her own, the connectivity of sharing during the past couple of years is evident through the rich layers and tactile expressiveness of each piece. Works by Cody Swaggerty in the Display Case This new exhibition features acrylic paintings, oil paintings, skateboards, custom shoes, and resin figurines. Artist statement: The foundation to my work is chasing my curiosity and excitement for art. There is nothing I enjoy more than creating and trying to progress my artwork. I try to be well-rounded, working in murals, molding and casting sculptures, canvas paintings, graphic design, and more. One recurring theme in my work is a plentitude of color; being a child of the 90s, I always seem to be drawn towards a brighter color palette when creating. The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 1 pm (closed on Monday, September 6). For more information, call 865-523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

Why Not Update Your Home Without Busting Your Budget?


M E R I CA N S A R E discovering many innovative ways to update their homes without the added cost, inconvenience, mess, or disruption of a major renovation. With a few simple updates like lighting, cabinet drawer pulls and door handles, new window treatments, and a thorough cleaning and painting, you can create that showcase look you’ve been dreaming of. Sometimes all it takes to achieve that updated look is to add a new accent chair, sofa or loveseat, dining table, art, décor, or perhaps a colorful rug. Thanks to Premiere Consignment, conveniently located in Tellico Village, you’ll discover many of the items that you’ve been looking for at incredible savings. By being located within the heart of the Tellico Lake area, Premiere Consignment has the opportunity to secure furniture, art, home décor items, and Oriental rugs from many of the area’s most luxurious homes. Also, because most of their consignors have relocated to communities such as Tellico Village and Rarity Bay from all across the country, they are able to offer a large selection of items purchased by these same homeowners from all across the nation. Perhaps that’s why Premiere Consignment is frequented by many of our area’s top interior designers and decorators. Along with an excellent selection of dining room furniture, sofas, loveseats, chairs, stools, and recliners, you’ll also discover Oriental rugs, lamps, home décor, paintings, prints, florals, and other art items. Another feature that’s popular with both their consignors and retail customers is how quickly they are able to turn over their showroom inventory. Customers appreciate it because the selection is greater, and consignors appreciate it because their sale items are on the retail sales floor sooner. So whether you’re contemplating refreshing your home with some new-to-you furniture and décor or if you have some gently used name brand furniture, art, décor, or Oriental rugs that you no longer use, you’ll find Premiere Consignment to be the perfect solution. And don’t forget their online store powered by eBay, where they have successfully sold many thousands of items for their customers. Premiere Consignment 320 Lakeside Plaza Loudon, TN 37774 865.458.9721 www.premiereconsignment.com



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


Wednesdays 9 am - 1 pm Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm


4775 New Harvest Lane, 37918 Thursdays 3 pm - 6 pm Through the end of September



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


209 Jackson Square, 37830 Saturdays 8 am - Noon September 18 is also Farm Fest in the Square!

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UT Football vs. Bowling Green at Neyland Stadium at 8 pm.

PARK(ing) Day Knoxville along Gay Street in downtown Knoxville at 9 am. Parking spaces are converted into sites for art, activism, and cultural expression. Movies Under the Stars Wizard of Oz at Ijams Nature Center. Doors open at 7 pm, movie begins at dark. Sarah Jarosz at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. The Righteous Brothers at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.

HoLa Festival at World’s Fair Park, Saturday 4 to 10 pm and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.

SEPTEMBER 3 First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. Movies Under the Stars Predator at Ijams Nature Center. Doors open at 7 pm, movie begins at dark.

SEPTEMBER 5 Ancient Sounds Celtic & Appalachian Outdoor Music Festival at Historic Ramsey House from 12 to 7 pm. Big Kahuna Wing Festival at World’s Fair Park from 3 to 9 pm.


SEPTEMBER 7 Jazz on the Square on Market Square from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Every Tuesday in September.

SEPTEMBER 9 Symphony on the Square on Market Square at 7:30 pm.

SEPTEMBER 10-19 Tennessee Valley Fair at the Chilhowee Park & Expo Center. For more information, see Page 24 and check TNValleyFair.org.

SEPTEMBER 11 UT Football vs. Pittsburgh at Neyland Stadium at 12 pm.

SEPTEMBER 12 Blue Knights 20th Anniversary 9-11 Remembrance Ride at Bootlegger Harley-Davidson (Lovell Road). Registration begins at 8 am, ceremony at 10 am. Farragut Art Fest at the Farragut Community Center from 1 to 3 pm. New Ground Music Festival at Lakeshore Park from 1 to 10 pm. Twilight at Ijams (formerly Symphony in the Park) at Ijams Nature Center. Cocktails & Silent Auction at 5:30 pm, dinner and performance at 7 pm. David Sedaris at the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm.

SEPTEMBER 16 Lost Dog Street Band at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. Gotta Know Knoxville 2 hour walking tour to learn about the Knoxville area. 10 am and 2:30 pm.


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SEPTEMBER 17 - OCTOBER 3 Knoxville Children’s Theatre: Disney’s The Aristocats Thursdays and Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 1 & 5 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm.

SEPTEMBER 18 John Sevier Days Living History Weekend at Marble Spring State Historic Site. Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Free admission to area museums with day pass. UT Football vs. Tennessee Tech at Neyland Stadium at 12 pm. Lawn Chair Concert Series at Campbell Station Park from 5:30 to 9 pm.

SEPTEMBER 20 Kathleen Edwards at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.

SEPTEMBER 21 Son Volt at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

SEPTEMBER 22 Dine and Discover with artist Jean Hess at the Knoxville Museum of Art at 12 pm. African American Women and Suffrage in Knoxville with Ashley Farrington, CAK Librarian, at the East Tennessee History Center and online at 12 pm.

SEPTEMBER 23 The Women’s Fund of East TN 10th Annual Luncheon at Lakeshore Park’s Marble Hall at 11:15 am.

SEPTEMBER 23-24 Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series presents The Four Seasons at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

SEPTEMBER 24 Lindsey Buckingham at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

SEPTEMBER 25 Greater Knoxville Heart Walk at Zoo Knoxville. Check-in begins at 8:30 am. Chonda Pierce: Live in Concert at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7 pm.

SEPTEMBER 28 Cocktails and Conversation with artist Nick DeFord at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 6 to 8 pm.

SEPTEMBER 29 Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Q Series at The Elks Lodge at 12 pm & includes lunch. The Allman Betts Band at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

SEPTEMBER 30 Random Acts of Flowers Garden Party at the Pryse’s garden on Kingston Pike from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. RAFknoxville.org for info. The Black Jacket Symphony presents Pink Floyd’s The Wall at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. Also on October 1 at 8 pm.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: OCTOBER 1 First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. Fall Heritage Day at the Museum of Appalachia from 9 am to 3 pm. Movies Under the Stars The Shining at Ijams Nature Center. Doors open at 7 pm, movie begins at dark.

OCTOBER 1-3 Greek Fest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Friday - Saturday 11 am to 10 pm and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.

OCTOBER 2 Lawn Chair Concert Series at Campbell Station Park from 5:30 to 9 pm. Water Lantern Festival at Chilhowee Park from 5 to 10 pm. Theo Von at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm and 9:30 pm.

OCTOBER 2-3 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon with 5K & Kid’s Run on the 2nd and marathon - run individually or in relay teams on the 3rd. KnoxvilleMarathon.com for info.

OCTOBER 3 Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Chamber Classics: Tchaikovsky at the Bijou Theatre at 2:30 pm. Knoxville Botanical Garden 2nd Annual Green Thumb Gala at 5 pm.

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Get the Most Out of Your Bourbon Trail Visit in Bardstown, Kentucky C O U RT E S Y O F B P T, A D D I T I O N A L C O N T E N T A D D E D


NOWN AS the cultural cross point between the South and Midwest, the Bluegrass State attracts novel tourists worldwide. With its rich history, breathtaking scenery, and delectable bourbon, Kentucky is one of the most underrated travel destinations in the United States. If you’re a bourbon lover, you can’t miss all that the Bourbon Trail has to offer. Have a family or travel partner that’s not as into bourbon as you? Kentucky lets you have the best of both worlds. Whether you’re sipping the good stuff or taking in all of the sights, sounds, and smells Kentucky has to offer, here are a few fun adventures you can’t miss: Whiskey, Wildlife, and Wonders Starting out from Knoxville on your way to the Bourbon Trail, there are many quaint towns with historical significance and scenic beauty to spare!

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If you haven’t done so already, make a pit stop at the impressive Norris Dam. A sight to see either from the parking lot overlook or hike one of the many trails in the area. From there, travel on to Cumberland Falls State Park located within the Daniel Boone



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National Forest near Corbin, KY. Experience the “Niagara of the South” waterfall, tour Pinnacle Knob 1937 Fire Tower, or hike Eagle Falls Trail. Corbin is also the birthplace of Colonel Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, with a restored original Sanders Cafe & Museum. As you continue on your journey, you’ll drive alongside and through the beautiful National Forest for the first leg of the journey. If you enjoy birdwatching or fishing, Cedar Creek Lake in Crab Orchard, KY, will pique your interest. This 780 acre lake was ranked #30 by Field and Stream magazine for bass fishing. Cedar Creek has also been stocked with crappie, redder sunfish, and bluegill, in addition to large mouth bass. Continue traveling up to the town of Sanford that touts “the oldest Main Street in Kentucky,” you’ll find flea markets, antique shops, and a large Amish community with handcrafted wares. Countless people tune in from home and gather in the stands of Churchill Downs

to watch the action unfold. However, you don’t need to attend the Kentucky Derby to witness the state’s equestrian elegance and beauty. You can find plenty at the Meadow Lake Equestrian Center in Bryantsville, the Whispering Woods Trails in Georgetown, or the Deer Run stable in Richmond. So whether you relish simply watching horses or actually riding them yourself, you are set! More of a history buff? Nearby Springfield, KY, has the Lincoln Homestead State Park, Lincoln Legacy Museum, and St. Rose Priory Church - established in 1806 and built in the Tudor-Gothic style, it is the oldest Dominican church in the country. Indulge in Fine American Drinks and Cuisine at Bardstown Bourbon Company The Bourbon Trail spans multiple parts of Kentucky and is perfect for foodies and craft liquor lovers with a sense of adventure. Each destination in Kentucky tells its own unique story, and none have more twists and turns like the constant evolution

of the Bourbon Trail. Visit KYBourbonTrail. com for more information. If you’re over the age of 21, visiting the distilleries on the Bourbon Trail is a must. Distilleries and locals will tell you the trail is going through a “Napafication,” which is all about elevating the bourbon drinking and dining experience. And some, like Bardstown Bourbon Company, are building a new foundation in the second oldest city in the commonwealth of Kentucky. One of the most technically advanced distilleries, it collaborates with some of the world’s top alcohol and spirit makers. It also is the first distillery on the Bourbon Trail to deliver a full-service kitchen and bar experience. Informed by Kentucky culinary classics and the world’s finest flavors, Bardstown Bourbon includes a little something for everyone. With their vintage whiskey library and unique educational experience, Bardstown Bourbon Company is a full-service experience! Did you know that Bardstown Bourbon Company: • Is the nation’s 7th largest distillery • Celebrates the art of making high-quality and authentic whiskey • Produces custom rye, whiskey, and bourbon for prominent brands like Bird Dog, High West, Belle Meade, Kentucky Owl, and many others through its one-of-a-kind collaborative distilling program

“There’s no greater example of a distillery that brings the very best to the bourbon loving world,” said Dan Callaway, Director of Hospitality at Bardstown Bourbon Company. “When you come to our distillery, we’re transparent about everything that goes into our bourbon by putting the ingredients and the creation process for tourists and the community at large to see.”

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All the Beauty Above and Below Ground After (or while!) you are experiencing some of the stops along the Bourbon Trail, take a short trip to the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. With more than 40 miles of trails available, Bernheim allows you to enjoy scenery as you loop through knobs, ridges, and valleys - including “Forest Giants” sculptures straight out of Middle Earth! As you head back home towards Knoxville, visit Cave City, which sports nine caves including Mammoth Cave National

Park. As the second oldest tourist attraction in the United States, Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the wo r l d w i t h m o re than 4,000 miles of passages. And don’t forget to include a stop at The National Corvette Photo by James St John-Flickr Museum just outside of Bowling Green, KY, that opened in 1994 as an educational tribute to America’s sports car. Did you know that since 1981, every Corvette in the world has been assembled at the Bowling Green plant? A must-see for any sports car enthusiast! Head to Bardstown, KY, and See the Sights Along the Way As you plan your next getaway, consider moving Kentucky to the top of the list. The open road is calling your name, so why not take the one less traveled? Head on up to the Bourbon Trail (with a few stops along the way) and make sure you check out Bardstown Bourbon Company for a unique, modern, and transparent bourbon experience like no other. Be sure to check business websites for specific locations, hours of operation, and possible restrictions.

Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum


Iruka Maria Toro: The Invisible Life of Small Things, 2011.

HE KNOX VILLE Museum of Art presents Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum now through November 7. Under Construction showcases the artistic technique of collage, a dynamic and engaging medium in which materials from different sources are cut, torn, and layered to create new meanings and narratives. According to Executive Director David Butler, “The KMA is excited to celebrate yet another aspect of the Southeast’s rich visual culture.” Featuring nearly 80 works by more than 30 international artists, this exhibition explores the growth and impact of collage from the 1950s to the present. Although collage gained acclaim in the early 20th century through the groundbreaking work of artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, it experienced a renaissance

(particularly in America) after World War II. Romare Bearden, a Charlotte, North Carolina native, is widely credited with rejuvenating and reinvigorating the technique. The exhibition brings together more than a dozen collages by Bearden. He inspired subsequent generations of artists, including Radcliffe Bailey, Sam Gilliam, Kojo Griffin, Robert A. Nelson, Man Ray, Kristina Rogers, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist. As is evident in many of the works in Under Construction, Bearden’s legacy continues to serve as a powerful touchstone for younger artists as they use new ideas, materials, and tools to define the medium’s voice in the Digital Age. For more information, visit www.knoxart.org.

Anne Lemanski: Blue Go-Go: Skeleton, 2015.

Sam Gilliam: Composition Around Violet, 1982.

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Labor Day Explained


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in Chicago went on strike to protest wage cuts and S WE commemorate Labor Day, I decided the firing of union representatives. In June, the to revisit the origin and events that led American Railroad Union (ARU), led by Eugene V. to our national holiday honoring the Debs, called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, achievements of American workers during a very crippling railroad traffic nationwide. Tens of thoudifficult period in our history: sands of workers walked off the job. At the height of the Industrial Revolution in the Days after the ARU joined the Pullman strike, a late 1800s, many Americans worked 12-hour days in languishing bill to make Labor Day a national holiday demanding, low paying jobs. Children worked, too, was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland often in harsh and unsafe environments. As manuon June 28, 1894. To end the boycott, the National facturing replaced agriculture as a primary source Guard was sent to Chicago and when strikers began of employment, labor unions grew more prominent to riot, fired into the mob, killing dozens of people. and vocal, leading to formal organization and strikes The Labor Day holiday was viewed as a gesture to to protest poor conditions and pay. repair ties with American workers. In the years that On September 5, 1882, union leaders in New York followed, company owners began to accept workCity organized what’s thought to be the first Labor ers’ demands for better treatment. In 1914, Henry Day parade as 10,000 union members and tradesFord more than doubled wages, and in two years people took unpaid time off to “march” from New doubled his profits. In 1926, he cut workers’ hours York’s City Hall to Union Square to request an eightBY B R E T T C A F F E RT Y from nine to eight. During the New Deal, the 1938 hour workday, many carrying signs that read “Less Fair Labor Standards Act limited child labor, set a Work and More Pay.” minimum wage, and mandated a shorter workweek, Future events turned violent during this period, including the “Haymarket Incident” that began May 1, 1886, when with overtime pay for longer shifts. By the 1940s, the average workthousands of Chicago workers took to the streets to demand an week had fallen to five eight-hour days. What we take for granted in our lifetime was fought for and eight-hour workday. The demonstration lasted for days, and on May 4, a bomb was set off, killing seven police officers and eight civilians. accomplished by the poor and powerless, working together. This Now known as “International Workers’ Day,” the May 1 holiday is Labor Day, let us celebrate the heart and spirit of hope of those who came before us to make a better life and brighter future for celebrated in countries across the world. On May 11, 1894, employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company their families and ours!

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