Everything Knoxville June 2020 Edition

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Judy Irmen

19 Gallian Medical Group

Publisher + Editor in Chief

Introducing the newest member of their healthcare team.

Tom Irmen Director of Sales + Marketing

Kendra Menendez

22 Ms. C's Bed & Biscuits

Editor + Administration

Safe, easy dog boarding and daycare.

Meredith Hancock Design + Production

23 Parkview

Learn how exercise positively affects your brain.

Contact Information P.O. Box 432 Vonore, TN 37885 Phone: 865.856.6463

29 Tailored Living

Designing the ideal home office.

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

39 Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting Showcase your home's exterior architecture and landscaping.

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

Random Acts of Flowers...........................................9 Food and Recipes.......................................................18 Insights & Highlights...............................................24 Calendar of Events....................................................46 For Entrepreneurs....................................................48

From the Publisher THIS LAST MONTH

has been challenging to say the least. We’ve seen retail stores, malls, restaurants, salons, and numerous small businesses close. Parking lots were empty, and people were staying at home as festivals, concerts, and special events were either canceled or Photo by D. Roberts Photography postponed. This pandemic has left its mark, but with the lifting of the stay-at-home orders, life is coming back – slowly, but coming back. And we all have to adjust to a new normal. Americans are resilient and innovative, and in this land of opportunity, small business is finding its way by making changes in how business is conducted. Technology has made it possible to work from home or a remote location. But technology can’t take the place of personal contact, and I know many of the businesses we represent in Everything Knoxville are eager to see their customers again, as are we. And, of course, we are all eager to visit again with family members. You will notice that this edition of Everything Knoxville is a combination of some May highlights and a celebration of June and reopening of our economy. We





tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless, water is a critical substance vital for all known forms of life. The Brewster family, owners of Aqua Clear Water Systems for 15 years, has been assisting East Tennessee's home and business owners to discover the purest water possible, eliminating dissolved and undissolved substances and harmful mocrobes. Aqua Clear Water Systems will change your water and your life.

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hope that all moms had a great Mother’s Day by hopefully being able to visit with their family. We also wish dads a Happy Father’s Day when their day is celebrated in June. And at the end of May, we celebrate Memorial Day, when we take time to honor all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Going forward in the coming months, we will see more and more businesses opening again and prospering. Many will be adapting to new restrictions and limitations, but business will go on, and we at Everything Knoxville will continue to highlight our area small businesses and the great entrepreneurs who help to make our economy strong. We also want to thank all the people in the healthcare field who have cared for patients suffering from this new virus. And we want to thank all who kept food and products supplied to us during this challenging time. We encourage you to help support your small businesses as they come back and continue to practice safe distancing and hygiene to keep yourself and others healthy. And above all else, enjoy the coming of summer in East Tennessee.

Judy Irmen



Aqua Clear Water Systems

Delivering Pure, Safe, Life-Changing Water to American Families for 15 Years W


a dream 15 years ago developed into an American success story. Young entrepreneurs and husband and wife team, David and Krista Brewster, launched their start-up water treatment business from his father’s garage in 2005. David was no newcomer to the water treatment industry. Having worked for 10 years in Alabama selling home water purification and water softening systems, David and Krista decided to take that giant leap of faith and to launch Aqua Clear Water Systems. Their new business undertaking required a relocation from Alabama to East Tennessee. They filled David’s father’s garage with bottle-less water coolers and started knocking on doors. Today Aqua Clear Water Systems employs more than 40 team members, serving more than 8,000 satisfied residential and commercial clients throughout East Tennessee. Aqua Clear Water Systems is also proud to be the exclusive East Tennessee distributor for the nation’s premier manufacturer of advanced water treatment systems available anywhere: Award-winning Kinetico Water Systems. Today a second generation of Brewsters, son Jonathan, has joined his parents in their commitment to provide other families and businesses like theirs with the purest and safest water available anywhere. In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we 6


are excited to feature the Brewsters and their superb team of water treatment specialists at Aqua Clear Water Systems. EK: Apart from appearance, there is nothing generic about the water we all consume and wash with. Explain. David: Water is a universal solvent because more substances dissolve in water than in any other chemical. Most of the water we receive from our water utilities comes from the Tennessee River and then goes through a series of filtration methods. The first step typically involves chemicals with a positive charge being added to the water, where particles in the water bind with these chemicals. The next step is sedimentation, where these now larger particles settle to the bottom of the water supply. In the filtration phase, the clear water on top will pass through filters (sand, gravel, and charcoal) in order to remove dissolved particles, such as dust. Once the water has been filtered, a disinfectant (chlorine, chloramine) may be added in order to kill any remaining parasites, bacteria, viruses, and to protect the water from germs when it is piped to you. The byproducts from the disinfectant phase are what can be harmful to your health, and the filtration methods used by water utilities can’t remove everything. Plus, even if they could, the pipes coming to your home can leach contaminants into your water. EK: There’s a significant difference between the water standards established by

local water boards and the quality of water that Aqua Clear Water Systems delivers to East Tennessee home and business owners. Why should this be so important to all of us? Krista: Think for a second about how often you use water in your home. You take showers, wash clothes, clean dishes, prepare meals, and drink water all day every day. What if you made one simple change where the water you used was now free of chemicals and other impurities, including dissolved rock? Foods would taste better. Drinks, coffee, and tea would taste better. Towels would feel softer. Clothes would be cleaner. Dishes would be spot-free. Your hair would be softer. Ice cubes would be clearer. Your skin would feel softer. You would experience less itchy skin. Your home’s water pipes would stay clearer. Water heaters would last longer. No more lugging bottled water, and no more plastic bottle waste. No white deposits on faucets or soap scum on glass shower doors. And hopefully you drink more water because it tastes better and it’s healthier! All you have to do is continue doing what you already do, and the benefits keep compounding 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The local water utilities do a great job, but they can’t provide this level of quality of water to every home. And even if they could, it would be extremely expensive, plus the pipes coming to your home could reintroduce many of the same impurities they had already

removed. Government standards shouldn’t be your standards. And consider this: The legal limits for contaminants in tap water have not been updated in almost 20 years. EK: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all witnessed firsthand stores that were totally depleted of bottled drinking water. What message do you have for home and business owners that might be looking for an alternative to bottled water and the savings and convenience that are available as well? Jonathan: A gallon of bottled water is 2,000x more expensive than a gallon of tap water. Let’s do a quick calculation to see how much bottled water is costing us. A case of 24 (16.9 oz) bottles of water is $5.00. That would make each ounce of water cost $0.01. A man should drink around 100 ounces of water per day, so we multiply $0.01 x 100 ounces = $1.00 per day. $1.00 x 365 days a year = $365.00 spent on bottled water per adult each year. A family of four would spend around $1,460 dollars a year. You also contribute to the plastic waste, ingest the microplastics in most bottled water, and continue to buy bottles year after year. Or you could invest in a drinking water system that provides your home with ultra-pure drinking water at your kitchen sink. Eliminating the bottled water cost, plastic waste, microplastic consumption, and the inconvenience of storing and lugging around single-use plastic bottles. EK: Address the issue of plastic bottles that end up in landfills, in our lakes and streams, and on the side of roads. Jonathan: Bottled water is extremely wasteful. A few statistics for your readers: 1. Only one out of five plastic bottles is recycled. The rest just becomes litter or landfill. 2. 90% of the cost of bottled water is due to the packaging, not the water quality. 3. Plastic water bottles are petroleum

based. In the U.S. alone, it takes 15 million barrels of oil annually to meet the demands, enough to fuel 100,000 cars for a year. 4. It takes one PET plastic bottle 700 years to start decomposing. 5. In the U.S., more than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away each year. Not only is it extremely wasteful, but it’s also extremely expensive. EK: The state-of-the-art water treatment system used for drinking water filtration uses Reverse Osmosis technology. Explain this technology to our readers. David: Reverse osmosis filtration (RO) is one of the most popular and effective methods to create high-quality drinking water in your home. Look at the label on your bottled water, and it will typically say “filtered by reverse osmosis.” Having one of these in your home

is like having a bottled water factory at your kitchen sink. The technology works by using the water pressure to force the water through a semi permeable membrane that allows certain substances to pass through but not others. The impurities are bigger than the holes the water is being forced through. Furthermore, the membrane catches the impurities and then the filter cleans itself and sends those contaminants down the drain. Some FAQ I would like to address: » Does reverse osmosis water remove healthy minerals? Yes, reverse osmosis filtration removes everything. We always tell clients we remove everything, and you have the power to add back whatever you want. From our perspective, you should get all those healthy minerals from your food or supplementation, not your



water. And for clients who want these healthy minerals, we offer remineralization filters. » Does reverse osmosis filtration remove bacteria or viruses? Some bacteria and viruses can be removed by reverse osmosis filtration. Most RO systems are not CERTIFIED to remove these contaminants, but our Kinetico® K5 Drinking Water Station has a special bacteria/virus filter that is CERTIFIED to remove any harmful bacteria or viruses that can get into your water. EK: I have a Kinetico Reverse Osmosis drinking water system in my home. Until I tasted water from this system, I was unaware that pure water is tasteless and odorless. What was it that I was tasting and smelling? Krista: That’s a great way to explain it. We always tell people our water tastes like nothing, and that is the way it is supposed to be. Since you are on city water (you pay a water bill), the smell and taste come from the chlorine, chloramines, and dissolved solids that were in your water. Most people on city water can smell the chlorine when they turn on their faucet, and it’s often the reason they buy bottled water or use pitcher/refrigerator filters. EK: Are any of the things I was tasting or smelling potentially harmful? David: Here is a list of contaminants that were tested by the EPA in a local water utility from January 2019 – March 2019: Bromodichloromethane, Bromoform, Chloroform, Chromium ( hexavalent), Dibromochloromethane, Haloactetic acids (HAA5), Nitrate, Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs), 1,4-Dioxane, 4-Androstene-3, 17-dione, Aluminum, Barium, Chlorate, Fluoride, Strontium, Testosterone, and Vanadium. Many of these contaminants have been studied to show adverse health effects. We believe that upgrading your water to remove these contaminants can be a huge benefit to your health and the health of your home. EK: What other water treatment systems do you provide for residential and commercial use? David: The short answer is we carry systems for every type of water treatment project. Whatever you want to improve or remove, we can design a system for it. The long answer is we carry whole house water filters, water softeners, reverse osmosis systems, UV light systems, backwashing filters, sulfur systems, iron systems, methane removal systems, radon removal systems, chemical injection systems, leak detection systems, etc. Whatever project you have in mind, just give us a call, and we can help design it for you. EK: Tell our readers about Kinetico Water Systems, their innovations, and the awards they have received. Krista: The great thing about our company is that we carry many different manufactures of water treatment products. We are not required to only sell Kinetico® products, so 8


we represent many different manufactures. Kinetico is our flagship brand, and it is a nonelectric system. They use kinetic energy (hint the name Kinetico) from your water pressure to turn the gears and make the system work. They are a consumer digest Best Buy and have won awards from a leading consumer rated magazine. Kinetico® has been around since 1970, in the East Tennessee area since 1980, and what’s even better, we can still get parts on systems that are 30+ years old. We actually just removed a Kinetico® water softener that was 33 years old, and it was still working! One of our Kinetico® water softeners is the World’s Most Efficient Water Softener, and most clients that have it don’t have to add salt for a year. EK: How can our readers learn more about Aqua Clear Water Systems and Kinetico? Do you provide in-home, no-cost, and no-obligation consultations and testing? Do you offer financing? David: The best way to learn about us is check out our website at www.aquaclearws.com, and I encourage your readers to read our 700+ 5-star reviews on Google, Nextdoor, Home Advisor, Angie’s List, and Birdeye. We are so very grateful that homeowners just like you have taken the time to leave reviews about your experiences. Our process begins with filling out a form on our website or calling/texting us at 865-986-4234 to set up a free design consultation. Then we find a time MondaySaturday between 8 am and 8 pm where we can meet with both homeowners to find out their specific needs, do a site survey of the plumbing, test the water, and then educate the homeowners on what we find and how we can help. This process typically takes 60-90 minutes depending on how many questions the homeowner has, and we provide an in-home quote that is good for 90 days. All of this is free to the homeowner, a $150 value if you were to get these water tests done at a private lab. We also offer 0% interest for 60 months, 24 months, or 12 months depending on what fits your budget. EK: During this time of uncertainty, what COVID-19 protocols have you put into place to protect your customers and your associates?

Krista: Our company has remained open during COVID-19 because the CDC has classified Aqua Clear Water Systems as an essential business, and our clients depend on us to provide them clean and safe drinking water. We follow the CDC recommended guidelines, including shoe coverings, N-95 masks, latex gloves, medical grade hand sanitizer, sanitize iPad and vehicles, temperatures taken of team members daily, virtual consultations, curbside delivery, and social distancing during appointments. The safety of our clients and team members is our #1 priority. EK: I know that Aqua Clear Water Systems prides itself on being a family owned company that is in the business of serving other families like yours. Describe your commitment to your extended East Tennessee family. Jonathan: We view everyone that we do business with as a trusted client and not merely a customer that we may only do business with a single time. Our goal is to establish a long-term relationship with you based on trust. And we work to earn your trust each and every day. We view ourselves as your trusted advisor for everything relating to water treatment. We have been here the last 15 years, and we plan on being here for many more years to come. That is why we invest so much of our resources in the client’s experience. Anyone can sell you a water treatment system, but few can provide you with our superior level of service. That is why my dad started this company - because he knew there was a better way to serve our clients. I remember Tom Irmen (co-owner of this publication) telling me at a young age, “Jonathan, it’s not that your dad does anything special. He just does what he says he is going to do.” I didn’t understand the importance of that comment at that time, but the older I get, the more I realize that it truly is that simple. EK: In closing, is there anything you would like to add? Krista: We believe that upgrading your water is the easiest way to protect your two biggest investments: YOU and your home. Our tagline is “We will change your water, it will change your life,” and we truly believe that. Not only from our personal experiences, but also from the stories 8,000+ clients have shared with us. It cost you $0 to learn how we can help you improve your most precious resource: Water. Whether you’re on well water or city water, we have the knowledge, people, products, and experience to help you live a healthier life through better water. We hope to talk with you soon and welcome you into the Aqua Clear family.

Aqua Clear Water Systems 1767 Kevin Lane Lenoir City, TN 37772 865.225.6555 www.aquaclearws.com

Garages - Not Just for Cars Anymore B Y C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y, W W W. C A R R I E M FA S H I O N C O N S U LT I N G . C O M


E’VE BEEN at home lately... a lot. Perhaps you’ve taken the opportunity to work on indoor and outdoor projects. Have you thought about your garage? Garages are the last room you see when you leave your house and the first to greet you upon returning home. Though typically a little stinky and dirty, they don’t have to be. Take that extra 500 square feet and use it to the fullest by creating a space perfect for your family’s needs. Moving Day Pick a sunny day, back the cars out, and start moving. Take everything out - yes, everything - and give your garage a good cleaning. Dust the cobwebs from the corners and give the floor a solid sweeping, then start evaluating the room’s contents. What needs to go? What needs to stay? What can be sold or donated? The Lay of the Land Start organizing the items you want to keep into categories such as auto, lawn and garden, outdoor activities, sports, and home maintenance. Look at the layout of your garage’s walls, windows, doors, and electrical outlets and assign “zones” in which to

store your items according to convenience, safety, and frequency of use. Bonus: Now is the time to incorporate the workbench or hobby space you’ve been wishing for. Storage Galore Tailor your storage options to each zone and what space is available around it. Sturdy open shelves can house plastic bins (with lids or without); consider transparent for ease of use, opaque for a neat appearance. Custom cabinets with doors offer a sleek option for hiding a boatload of items (or boating supplies!). And get bulky or oddshaped objects off the floor with adjustable hooks on slat walls. The Final Touches Install a countertop to serve as a staging

area for airing out “fragrant” sports equipment, or add task lighting, a slat wall, a power strip, and a stool to create a comfortable craft spot. Build in storage for off-season supplies above a refrigerator or large tool chest. And for a garage that truly feels like home, coat your floor with an attractive and easy-toclean covering such as epoxy. Garages don’t have to only contain vehicles and lawn equipment. They can serve as functional spaces for living. Call Closets by McKenry to design a space your entire family can enjoy.

Closets by McKenry

201 Center Park Drive, #1070 Knoxville, TN 37922 865.249.6382 2019 Closets Designer of the Year – Interior Design Society

Random Acts of Flowers is Moving R ANDOM ACTS of Flowers is

moving to a new location to better serve our community and to more effectively achieve our mission of improving the emotional health and well-being of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering recycled and repurposed flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness. Our new location is at 2936 Middlebrook Pike and is centrally located for easy access to our floral donors, our floral recipients, and our wonderful and enthusiastic volunteers. Everyone involved with Random Acts of Flowers is excited about the move, and we are all looking forward to beginning this new chapter in the existence of Random Acts of Flowers. One of the fun things about moving is finding treasures that had long been forgotten. One of the great memories that was brought up during our move was when we loaded a small table into the moving van, and Larsen Jay, Founder of Random Acts of Flowers, noted that this was the table where Random Acts of Flowers all started. The small but

The table on which Random Acts of Flowers was started.

What the activity in the workshop looks like 12 years later.

sturdy table was made from recycled wood, and the frame was made from a repurposed bed frame. It was on this table where Larsen and the first volunteers worked together to make Larsen’s vision of recycling flowers and sharing a smile with others a reality! From a small table with a handful of volunteers, Random Acts has flourished and to date has hundreds of volunteers who have delivered more than 123,000 bouquets to individuals in local healthcare facilities. After we complete our move, we will have an Open House. We welcome anyone interested in learning more about us and how

they can support our mission to attend! For more information on making a donation, having a Random Acts of Flowers event, or volunteering, please call us at 865633-9082, email us at info@RAFKnoxville. org, or visit www.RAFKnoxville.org.




Searching for That Silver Lining B Y Y V O N N E M A R S H , C F P ® , C PA


H E S E U N C E R T A I N times

are particularly heightened for today’s retirees. Not only does the pandemic have a disproportionate impact on those 65 and older, but retirees’ financial strategies have to withstand market volatility while continuing to provide income. As most financial decisions have potential tax consequences, our clients appreciate the fact that we are not only Certified Financial Planners, but Certified Public Accountants as well. Here are some opportunities hidden within these turbulent times: » This is a fabulous time to do a Roth conversion. Why? You can convert a bigger percentage of your traditional IRA balance at tax rates starting at only 8%. These lower tax rates are set to expire in 2025. Let’s say your goal was to convert $100,000 of your $500,000

IRA, or 20% for each of the next five years, and you’re willing to pay the tax on that $100,000 conversion. After the market correction, let’s say your account is now worth $425,000, and the $100,000 conversion now allows you to move 24% of your IRA into a Roth IRA, all while paying the same amount of tax. Then, when the markets recover, the growth on your converted IRA dollars will be happening within the tax-free Roth IRA. So you move out of the traditional IRA while the markets are down and let those dollars grow again in the tax-free Roth. A winning strategy! » If you’re retired and subject to the Required Minimum Distribution rules, take advantage of the provisions under the new

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

CARES Act that allow you to suspend your RMDs for 2020. This helps (1) by not requiring you to sell and withdraw assets on a market downcycle and (2) by keeping those taxable RMDs out of your 2020 reportable income. This provision applies to all types of IRAs, employer 401(k) and 403b plans, and inherited IRAs. And if you’ve already withdrawn your RMDs and want to put the money back, you can, under the 60 day rollover window rules. Write a check to your custodian for the gross RMDs you’ve received in the last 60 days and you can reset the clock. Remember though, there is only one 60 day rollover allowed per 12 month period. » Once the daily volatility in the markets slow down and the economic fallout has been adequately quantified, it’s time to take a look at rebalancing your investment accounts. Your stock allocation has probably drifted below your risk tolerance, and it will be time to sell some of your bond allocation and replenish the stock side of your account. Regular rebalancing forces us to follow the rules of Buy Low, Sell High. Our emotions want us to do the opposite – but emotional investing strategies are not winning strategies. Stay the course and rebalance at least once a year. Whether it’s a new set of golf clubs, a nice outfit, or a mutual fund, we all love a good sale. I understand the apprehension that results from uncertainty. As the daughter of retirees, I appreciate what so many of you are experiencing right now. I also share your concerns for the future, and our team is available to help you navigate these uncertain times. Visit our website at www.marshwealth.com, where the “Contact Us” page has multiple ways for us to communicate. We’ll help you find your silver lining.

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

865.622.2162 | bethany@marshpros.com 504 Ebenezer Road • Knoxville, TN 37923 • 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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“There Wasn’t Any Dust” W

H EN TE LLIC O VILL AG E resident Robert Ericson was asked to comment about his experience using European Fine Hardwood Floors, he responded that he was totally satisfied with the refinishing work that they had performed at his home. The home, built in 2000, originally had laminate flooring installed, but it was replaced with prefinished oak hardwood flooring years later. Unfortunately, the new f looring developed “cupping,” which was not covered by the f looring manufacture’s warranty. Robert was left with the choice of replacing the existing oak flooring or refinishing the flooring. In 2016, Robert decided to refinish, and he selected European Fine Hardwood Floors to perform the work. E u ropea n F i ne H a rdwo od F lo or s offers area homeowners a totally unique experience in hardwood floor refinishing. By combining skills learned from European craftsmen with the latest technological advances available in the refinishing marketplace, you will discover how easy it is to restore your home’s hardwood floors to their original showroom quality look.

If your home’s hardwood floors are faded, cupped, scratched, dented, and gouged, then European Fine Hardwood Floors can help. The first step was to contact European F i ne H a r d w o o d F lo or s t o r e q ue s t his no-cost , no-obligation, in-home consultation. The work was performed to Robert’s complete satisfaction. In fact, he even elected to change the stain color. When asked if he was happy with the minimal amount of dust resulting from the refinishing project, Robert was quick to point out that the floor refinishing project resulted in zero dust. “I wiped my hand across our dining room table adjacent to where the f loors had been refinished,” said Robert. “There was absolutely no dust.” European Fine Hardwood Floors’ fully insured and bonded craftsmen refinish your floors safely and efficiently removing the dust resulting from refinishing out-of-doors by using high-volume hoses attached to high-capacity vacuums with HEPA filters, which remain outside your home. Recipient of the much-coveted Bona Certified Craftsman designation, this is

your assurance that all work performed by European Fine Hardwood Floors is compliant with the standards set by the number one name and leader in the world’s refinishing marketplace: Bona. “ I’m of ten hesita nt to recommend contractors to friends and neighbors, but I’m not the least bit reluctant to recommend European Fine Hardwood Floors,” said Robert. “In fact, we just recommended them to friends who recently had worked performed by them and that are just as pleased as we were with their finished work.” Although the f loors were refinished four years ago, they look as if they were refinished only yesterday.

European Fine Hardwood Floors 865.640.3680 www.knoxvillehardwoodrefinishing.com

Flintlock Muzzle Loader Workshop at Marble Springs State Historic Site Postponed Until May 23 PA R T I C I P A T E

I N a unique opportunity to learn about firearms in the 18th century, cast your own musket balls, and take aim! Learn the fundamentals of muzzle loading, casting your own ball, shooting a flintlock, and firing at targets! This is a brown-bag affair, so be sure to bring your own lunch! Ear protection and eye protection are required and provided, but feel free to bring your own if you wish. Gates open at 9:30 am and the workshop starts at 10 am and ends at 4 pm. General admission is $50 and member price is $40. Tickets must be reserved online. A limited number of spaces are available. Reserve your tickets online at our Facebook page. For questions or help reserving tickets, call 865712-9076. The event is for ages 18+ only. Marble Springs State Historic Site, located at 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway in Knoxville, is the last home and farm of John Sevier, Tennessee’s first governor, who was elected in 1796. Sevier served six terms as Tennessee governor in Knoxville,



the state’s first capital city. He also acted as the first and only governor of the short-lived state of Franklin. Sevier was a congressman from the Eastern District for four terms, a high-ranking officer in the North Carolina militia, and a hero at the 1780 battle of Kings Mountain against the British. Farmer, trader,

land speculator, soldier, politician, husband, and father of 18 children, John Sevier embodied the pioneer spirit of the day. Marble Springs State Historic Site is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission.

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The Town Framery & Gifts


12814 Kingston Pike, Farragut 671-6627 M-F: 10-6 ~ Sat: 10-4 www.thetownframery.com

Located one block west of Renaissance Center/Farragut

missed you for our annual Spring Open House in March, please stop by any time between now and June 30th to enjoy a fabulous sales tax-free shopping experience at your convenience! Through the month of June, you will also receive a discount off of framing or pick up a coupon for future use. By extending the Open House dates, we will be able to observe proper social distancing for your shopping comfort. Enjoy the works of local artists and crafters, and shop for beautiful home dĂŠcor and accessories. You do not want to miss all the adorable critters, bunnies, frogs, birds, and pigs! New linens, from table runners to tea towels, are here to accent your home. There is new art, too! We are fully stocked with our delicious Rabbit Creek dips, Copper Leaf jams and jellies, and Mississippi Cheese Straws that would be perfect to add a little something to all your home-cooked meals and appetizing snacks! Be sure to register for door prizes, which will be drawn June 30th. The staff of The Town Framery & Gifts look forward to welcoming you back! Think big... shop small!

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Dogwood Arts Distributes Art Kits to Kids in Need Organization Hopes to Continue Program Throughout Spring/Summer


is working through the Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley and Centro Hispano to provide free art supplies to underserved youth during this time of crisis. Recently Dogwood Arts compiled and delivered more than 600 Art Kits that will be distributed to kids ages 3-18 through the non-profit partnerships. Dogwood Arts staff and board believe that it’s more important than ever to inspire and invest in the next generation of artists. “Many families don’t have the resources or supplies at home to keep their children busy, entertained, and engaged in art education - they’re in need of things to do,” said Rene Yanez, Community Resource Director at Centro Hispano and board member at Dogwood Arts. “This is a great opportunity for the two non-profits to combine their powers. Together we’re able to support the Latino community by providing art supplies to families that are struggling due to the spread of COVID-19.” The Art Kits include crayons, colored pencils, modeling clay, coloring pages, construction paper, scissors, pencils, pencil sharpeners, glue, pens, and blank notepads. Since many educational programs at Centro Hispano and the Boys & Girls Club have moved online, the art kits are designed for students to participate in virtual art classes or simply create art on their own at home. Art education is increasingly important in times of crisis; it gives students the tools necessary to communicate what they’re feeling in creative, expressive, and constructive ways. “My kids are going to be so excited. The Art Kits will provide an opportunity for them to continue creating even when they’re not at the Boys & Girls Club,” said Gwen Pevonka, Professional Teaching Artist at the Boys & Girls Club. “This will allow them to have supplies at home that they don’t normally have.” Dogwood Arts hopes to expand the program throughout the spring and summer, reaching more kids and partnering with additional organizations that serve communities in need. If companies or individuals are interested in supporting the Art Kit For Kids program, Dogwood Arts is seeking donations of bulk art or school supplies such as pencils, note pads, pens, paper, stickers, markers, etc. Monetary donations can also be sent by check or online at www.dogwoodarts. com/donate. (Please click the button to designate your donation to the Art Kit For Kids program.) 100% of donations received through this program will go to purchase Art Kit materials. Inquiries about the program can be directed to Sherry Jenkins, Executive Director of Dogwood Arts, at sjenkins@dogwoodarts.com or 865-246-4397. The Art Kit For Kids program is made possible by these generous sponsors who support Dogwood Arts year-round: ORNL Federal Credit Union, Pilot Company, First Horizon Bank, Grayson Auto Group, Tennessee Arts Commission, Home Federal Bank, and Regal Entertainment Group. 16


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Sweet Potato Bowl



PRING CLEANING is a tradition that often includes dusting, mopping, de-cluttering, and organizing homes for a fresh start. Many families may be cooking more while home right now, so this is a great opportunity to refresh your kitchen staples by filling the fridge with foods that support a healthy diet. Dawn Jackson Blatner, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, shares her top five fridge essentials to boost overall health and wellness. Leafy greens Leafy greens are a powerhouse of nutrients like vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, and iron. They’re great for soothing chronic inflammation and increasing energy levels naturally. Some tasty and versatile leafy greens to add to your grocery list include spinach, arugula, kale, chard, and watercress. You can use these as a salad base, add to sandwiches or wraps, create tasty side dishes, or incorporate a handful to your favorite meal to add supercharged nutrition. Eggs Eggs are an important source of essential vitamins and nutrients, but not all eggs are created equal. Eggland’s Best (EB) eggs offer superior nutrition compared to ordinary eggs at the grocery store, such as 25% less saturated fat, more than double the omega-3s, 10 times more vitamin E, and six times more vitamin D. EB eggs also contain more than double the vitamin B12 compared to other eggs, which may help maintain energy levels 18


while giving your house a spring makeover. By simply incorporating EB eggs into your family recipes, you can easily boost the nutrition of your favorite meals. Greek yogurt Yogurt is a trending health food, but some yogurts offer greater health benefits than others. Reach for plain Greek yogurt on your next trip down the dairy aisle, because it has twice the protein and less sugar than regular yogurt. Not to mention, its thick, creamy consistency may help you feel fuller longer, reducing the likelihood of extra snacking. Create your own parfait by choosing plain yogurt and add natural sweetness with fresh fruit or a drizzle of honey. Plain yogurt also makes a great base for healthier dressings and other tasty recipes. Oats Fiber is an essential part of any diet because it fills you up, helping you to feel more satisfied throughout the day. Although not technically stored in the fridge, oats are a fiber superstar and a must-have for every kitchen because they offer an affordable and accessible way to get a healthy dose of daily fiber. For example, when eaten as part of a balanced breakfast, oats help curb cravings and keep you feeling satisfied until lunch time. For a simple breakfast on-the-go, blend oats into your favorite smoothie. Berries All berries are rich with antioxidants that keep your heart healthy and your brain sharp. Berries add great flavor to breakfast foods,

Ingredients: » 2 Eggland’s Best Eggs (large), poached » 1 large sweet potato » 2 teaspoons olive oil, separated » Salt and pepper » 1 cup ground sausage » 1/2 cup salsa » 1 avocado, diced Directions: Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a medium pan over med/high heat and brown the ground sausage. While the sausage cooks, fill a large pot with a few inches of water and place over medium/high heat until it just starts to simmer. Crack eggs individually into a ramekin or cup and create a gentle whirlpool in the water. Slowly pour the eggs one by one into the water and leave to cook for three minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. While the eggs poach, spiralize the sweet potato using a spiralizer. Heat the other teaspoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the sweet potato noodles and cook until they just begin to soften, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the cooked sweet potato noodles into a large bowl. Drain the ground sausage and add to the sweet potato noodles. Toss with 1/2 cup of the salsa. Divide the noodles and sausage between two bowls, top each with diced avocado and a poached egg!

salads, and more, not to mention snacking on a few throughout the day is a great way to naturally satisfy a sweet tooth. Frozen berries are a wonderful alternative when fresh aren’t available, providing similar health benefits. You can mix into a smoothie, yogurt, or thaw for baking! To celebrate your fridge makeover, explore new recipes featuring these nutritious ingredients, such as this Eggland’s Best recipe above for Sweet Potato Bowls.

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for providing East Tennesseans with the highest quality healthcare in a compassionate and caring environment, Ga llian Medica l Group founders and husband and wife team, Dr. Scott Gallian, MD, and Lauren Gallian, FNC-BC, are proud to announce the newest addition to their medical team. “I am originally from Michigan but moved to Tennessee at age 8,” said Gina Lynn Bearden, FNP-BC. “I definitely consider myself a true Tennessean.” Gina is married and has three girls - two in high school and one in elementary school. “I enjoy any outdoor activities as long as I’m with my family,” she said. “I went to nursing school at Tennessee State University and received my Masters degree from Vanderbilt University. Prior to that, I was an ICU nurse working many years before becoming a Nurse Practitioner. I have 20 years of Nurse Practitioner experience, with a decade of that practicing i n Endocr i nolog y. I a m pa s sion at e

and Women’s Hea lthcare. I practice evidence based medicine and feel passionate about treating the patient as a whole - truly listening to them and getting to the root of their problem. I am extremely thorough and detailed in my management and want the patient to feel comfortable and confident in their care, but, most importantly, I want to show compassion to each patient. I look forward to making a valuable contribution to Gallian Medical Group and their family of patients throughout our East Tennessee community.” To learn more about Gallian Medical Group, Telemedicine opportunities, and more, you are encouraged to call 865383-7223 or visit them online at www. gallianmedicalgroup.com to view their virtual tour.

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ITNESS TOGETHER is perfectly

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USA Softball Cancels Knoxville Stop USA SOFTBALL

is announcing the cancellation of all originally scheduled 2020 stops on the “Stand Beside Her” tour, presented by Major League Baseball (MLB). As it relates to the U.S. Olympic Softball Team and any potential new dates and stops for the “Stand Beside Her” tour, presented by MLB, there are still a lot of moving pieces and discussions to be had before determining appropriate next steps. We understand the disappointment that may come with this decision as the softball community has waited 12 years to see the sport of softball return to the Olympic stage and have a U.S. Olympic Softball Team come to their city. Although the wait for our sport’s return to the Olympic Games has been delayed a bit longer, we can’t wait to watch these resilient athletes get back on the field 22


when the day finally comes. “The Visit Knoxville Sports Commission fully supports the decision made by USA Softball,” said Chad Culver, Senior Director of the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission. “We know this was a tough call to make but ultimately speaks to the dedication to the health and safety of athletes, staff, and spectators. We look forward to working with USA Softball for future opportunities.” We understand that ticket holders and fans will have a variety of questions regarding the cancellation of a tour stop in their area. For ticket refund inquiries, youth clinic refund inquiries, and general questions, please contact the appropriate tour stop hosts who will be able to provide that information as soon as it is available. As

refund policies are available, they will be posted on each stop’s event page at www. StandBesideHerTour.com. The Visit Knoxville Sports Commission, established under Visit Knoxville in 2016, is responsible for bringing tournaments and sporting events to Knoxville and Knox County. The Visit Knoxville Sports Commission has had the honor of hosting top-tier events including the Sports ETA Symposium, USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships, USA Swimming TYR Pro Swim Series, and the largest BASSMASTER Classic in B.A.S.S. history. Visit Knoxville, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the official Convention and Visitors Bureau for Knoxville and Knox County. For more information, visit www.visitknoxville. com/sports-commission.

How Exercise Positively Affects Your Brain


AVE YOU EVER taken a nice long

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more southern than Tennessee have used different members of the Osmanthus tribe for years. Southern coastal areas even have an Osmanthus species as part of their native flora (Osmanthus americanus, syn. Cartrema americana). Perhaps the recent string of mild winters has enticed us to try new plants, or maybe it’s the influence of social media and an abundance of online information that is expanding our plant palette, but Osmanthus, sometimes called the teaolive, is now finding favor in our state. I count myself among the gardeners happy to see this. The UT Gardens, Knoxville, has a nice collection of O. heterophyllus that predates my arrival in 2005. This collection has expanded as new cultivars have come onto the market. I have to admit, I was nearly unaware of the genus before encountering it at the Gardens; however, it has become one of my favorite flowering shrubs, and I believe it will continue to find favor with Tennessee gardeners. Often a plant’s scientific name is in honor of a famous botanist or even a well-known plant explorer. For example, Forsythia is named in honor of William Forsyth (17371804), a Scottish superintendent of the Royal Gardens of Kensington Palace in London and a well-known botanical author. In Osmanthus heterophyllus’ case, its name tells us about



the plant itself. The name comes from the Greek words osme, meaning fragrant, and anthos, meaning flower. The second part of its scientific name (specific epithet) comes from the Greek hetero, meaning different, and phyllus, meaning leaf. This name is spot-on, as this plant is known for intoxicatingly fragrant flowers and leaves that change shape as the plant ages. O. heterophyllus has juvenile foliage that prominently displays spiny teeth and adult foliage that nearly loses its teeth altogether. O. heterophyllus is an evergreen shrub that most often will be 15 feet by 15 feet at maturity. It is a perfect substitute for many holly (Ilex spp.) of the same size. I suggest you use it as screening material or as a backdrop on the edges of a landscape. September through October, and sometimes as late as November, is when the fragrant teaolive takes center stage. Flowers, somewhat hidden by foliage, overpower even large gardens with their fragrance. When in bloom, the shrub is easy to smell from more than 400 feet away, yet the fragrance is sweet and not overly perfumelike. So why would a plant known for its fall bloom be featured as a plant of the month in spring? Great question! Even though O. heterophyllus grows well for us, this shrub is often best planted in the spring in Tennessee. This timing gives young plants one whole growing season to firmly establish themselves

before the weather turns cool. Additionally, the energy expended producing a mega-fallbloom could possibly leave young plants unprepared to overwinter. So plant this shrub now, and enjoy it this fall! A quick note: Be particular when shopping for Osmanthus. A few less-hardy species often find their way into the Tennessee nursery trade, specifically Osmanthus fragrans (also called fragrant teaolive). This species is not particularly above-ground-hardy. Specimens that I have planted have died to the ground three times in 10 years. Also, not all cultivars of O. heterophyllus are known to bloom as abundantly as the straight species. You can find a variety of Osmanthus growing at the UT Gardens sites in Knoxville and Jackson, and some specimens are soon to be added to the Gardens in Crossville. The UT Gardens include plant collections located in Knoxville, Crossville, and Jackson. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit www.utia.tennessee.edu/ state-botanical-garden.

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Designing the Ideal Home Office F

OR MANY OF US who are or have worked from home to help slow the spread of COVID-19, it’s been a new experience. And as we continue striving to find a new normal in our daily lives, many find themselves continuing to work from home indefinitely. For those who don’t have a dedicated home office, the dining table or a corner of the bedroom have become makeshift workspaces with the family pet or child as your new officemate. However, an improvised space wreaks havoc on concentration and productivity, as well as personal comfort. According to Tailored Living of Knoxville, there are some key considerations and solutions for a new home office: Identify a Space Not everyone is fortunate to have a separate room for a home office, but try to find an area you can dedicate to work. If the space in your home is limited, get creative. Even a walk-in closet can serve as a functional office space by removing the clothes rod, installing electrical connections, and having a desk custom-designed for the space. Don’t Sacrifice Form for Function Your desk, shelves, and storage should serve you, not the other way around. Consider your workflow and what items you need at your

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fingertips before investing in a home office from Tailored Living. The style and finish you choose doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should complement other rooms in your house instead of screaming “soulless cubicle.” Organize Vertically and Horizontally Most home office spaces aren’t huge, so use space efficiently. Vertical shelving, base cabinets, or overhead cabinets will get papers and office equipment off valuable desk space. Are you a stacker or a filer? If you tend to make

piles, get a nice basket to tame your mail, notes, and papers. If you prefer a clean desktop, add file drawers for important papers. Let There Be Light Make sure your office has plenty of light to cut down on eye strain and headaches. Put a lamp on the desk for task lighting or incorporate lighting into overhead cabinets. If possible, choose a home office space with a nearby window. Studies have shown that daylight helps improves productivity and alertness. Exposure to daylight also impacts your physical and mental well-being. Whether you have an existing home office or are creating a new one, a Tailored Living designer can help you create a workspace that’s tailored to your needs. As many of us work from home, remember we’re in this together, and together we will emerge stronger and more productive than ever before.

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In the Garden BY LISA GRUGIN


ELL, it has been an

interesting spring so far. COVID-19 has caused many people to spend more time out in their yard than they ever have in their lives! Some of you are going to have spectacular landscapes by the time this is over. Since so many of you are out working in your yard, let’s talk about what you should be doing out there. » As usual, the first thing you need to do is a good walk-around. Look up, down, and all around for issues. Don’t get in too big a hurry to prune, and don’t rush to fertilize. Both of those will stress unhappy plants more. Some plants will need to be treated for insects and diseases that lingered through the winter, but be mindful of our pollinators. » Even though I urge you to always be aware of what is going on in your garden, I would like to remind you that plants

are living things. They are not going to be perfect. Don’t obsess over every little spot or bug you find. » This is still a good time to plant trees and shrubs, but let’s talk about doing it correctly. 1. Your hole doesn’t need to be deeper than the root ball, but it needs to be twice as wide. Work planting mix in with the soil you dug out in a 50/50 mix, especially if you are going into clay. Compost and/or good topsoil can also be used. 2. Loosen the root ball on the plant. Take your fingers or a trowel and pull those roots loose from the ball. If the plant is rootbound, you may need to use a saw to remove 1/2” of the outer layer. 3. Place the plant into the soil and backfill with the soil mix. Water it in using a root stimulator. 4. Sometimes I have customers that believe they will only have to water their new trees and shrubs for a few weeks.

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Please keep in mind that many are not considered established for one to three years. Most plants will need at least a weekly watering until the winter rains start. Sprinklers are inadequate for trees and shrubs. Hand watering or a drip system is best. » When planting smaller plants like annuals, perennials, and vegetables, the “twice as wide” suggestion still applies. Take the time to amend your soil and your plants will be grateful. » Some of you are letting your frustration about life cause you to be a little heavy-handed with the pruning. Stop! We suggest no more than 1/3 of the plant be removed. It is very stressful for plants to be over-pruned, so please do your research. » If you are one of the few people in the area that hasn’t mulched, I suggest you do. Mulch helps control weeds, keeps temperature and moisture levels stable, and helps stop dirt from splashing up onto the plants (and houses). This is important for vegetable gardens, as well as ornamental plants. One to three inches is adequate, and remember that it is a terrible idea to make mulch volcanoes! » We have an abundance of insects because of the mild winter. Please don’t be careless with your chemicals, however. There are many pollinators and beneficial bugs that you do not want to kill. A single ladybug can clean all the aphids off your tomato plant in a single day! My suggestion is that you do not use an insecticide unless the insect is causing trouble for your plant, and then start with the lease toxic chemical first. » Compost and organic fertilizers can be used almost any time on most plants, but be more selective about chemical fertilizers. They are much more potent, and I only use them if a plant is telling me that it needs help. » Of course there is an exception to every rule. Plants that are in containers or plants that flower heavily (usually annuals and topical plants) should be set up on a bi-weekly fertilizing schedule. » My last topic is birds. Keep feeders clean and full because there are babies to be fed! If squirrels are a problem, consider one of our squirrel-resistant feeders or a seed that has capsaicin in it. Birds can’t taste the heat, but animals can! Please be patient with your plants and give them time to recover. Call or stop by if you have questions!

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Five Great Reasons to Install Retractable Screens on Your Home This Spring B Y S T E V E K R AW C Z Y K , OWNER OF SCREENS OF E AST TENNES SEE

1. Let in fresh air and keep out insects. As summer approaches, we look forward to spending more family time on our patios and porches. Yet with warm weather comes bugs, making it difficult to remain outside in comfort. Installing retractable screens on your home allows you to open up your living space without the nuisance of insects. Whether you need to screen your doors, windows, patios, or lanais, there’s a retractable screen solution that fits your needs. 2. Retract your screen for an unobstructed view. Retractable screens allow you to enjoy unimpaired views when the screens are retracted and let in fresh air without worrying about annoying insects when screens are in place. Large, motorized screens can blend form, function, and comfort. They can be recessed into the beams or walls of your home, thereby staying hidden when fully retracted. They don’t diminish your views or esthetics, as the screens are in place only when needed. 3. Preserve the look and design of your doorway. Homeowners are abandoning the idea of conventional fixed screens and adopting retractable screens as the ideal solution. Retractable door screens provide the utility of a conventional insect screen without the unsightly appearance of conventional door screens, making it a perfect addition for any home. 4. Let more natural daylight into your home when desired. Retractable screens are the versatile and cost-effective choice for creating a more comfortable living environment while reducing energy waste. For example, installing Phantom’s fully retractable screens in the windows on the west side of a home allows homeowners to block the hot afternoon sun in the warmer months or fully retract the screens to gain the maximum warming effects of the sun in the cooler months. 5. Enjoy the convenience of professional design and installation. Homeowners often struggle to find screen solutions that match the design and size requirements of the openings they want to screen. For example, it can be difficult to install screens on large openings like a patio or balcony, especially if you’re considering recessed or motorized options. Professional installers eliminate these concerns by providing a screen solution that’s specific to your needs. To discover all the possibilities retractable screens can offer you and your family, contact me today.

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HE 6TH ANNUAL Tennessee Medieval Faire has been postponed due to the global pandemic. Original show dates were May 23-25, 30-31, and June 6-7 in Harriman, TN. The festival producer, Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, hopes to host the Medieval Faire in October, when they normally have their Tennessee Pirate Fest. Dates have yet to be set because of the uncertainly of the pandemic. For festival updates, visit www.TMFaire.com or like and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook. com/tennesseemedievalfaire.




the dogwood blooms have finally blossomed, welcoming our much anticipated spring. For a few precious weeks, we can open up our windows to allow the mild spring breezes to refresh our homes. But all too quickly temperatures rise, windows close, and air conditioners are turned back on. One of the challenges many of us experience during today’s new work-at-home and shelterin-place realities, when our homes are “buttoned up,” is that dust and allergens are trapped inside, and our home’s HVAC and ceiling fans only help to redistribute these contaminants throughout our entire house, as is evident by the dust on our furniture. No amount of dusting seems to alleviate the sneezing and coughing that many of our family members experience from these contaminants. While there is no way to totally eliminate annoying dust and allergens in your home, there are steps you can take to significantly reduce these airborne contaminants. One surefire way is to remove dust and allergens from your home’s carpeting and Oriental rugs. While vacuuming helps, your vacuum only removes a small portion of the accumulated contaminants that are trapped deep in the fibers of your home’s carpeting and rugs. At Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning, we offer homeowners two proven solutions to dust and allergens in your home. For your home’s wallto-wall carpeting, we offer a deep cleaning and extraction process that thoroughly cleans your carpets using only Aqua Clear Water Systems treated water from our truck mounted cleaning plant that assures a level of clean that leaves our competition in the dust. A level of cleaning that plain tap water can’t provide. For your home’s Oriental rugs, we offer our proprietary 11-step rug washing process at our state-of-the-art rug washing boutique using water from our Aqua Clear Reverse Osmosis System to achieve a level of clean that is simply not achievable using any other method. Call us today, and discover for yourself a Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning level of clean – a level of clean that is nothing to sneeze at, and a level of clean that we have been offering all of our customers since 1985.

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ID JUNE is Father’s Day, the day

we celebrate dads. One day a year just isn’t enough to let your dad know how important he is to you, so give him something that will remind him of how much he means every day of the year. A custom garage design from PremierGarage of Knoxville will put a smile on his face that never goes away. The perfect garage will be different for every dad. A custom garage design can transform the family garage into his own personal kingdom, whatever your dad’s passion. The Car Lover Dads who love cars and motorcycles like to park them indoors. Garage cabinets, made just for the weather extremes in the garage, and PremierGarage’s durable floor coating will turn any garage into a showplace suitable for cars and motorcycles. The space stays clean, and the cabinets eliminate clutter so that his vehicles are the key feature in the garage. Supplies and tools for working on and shining up his “toys” are easily reached when the garage is organized. The Craftsman For the handyman or craftsman who likes working with his hands, custom storage cabinets, countertops, and drawers organize tools and supplies. Refinishing furniture or household repairs are easier with slatwall panels above the work countertops to keep

tools within arm’s reach for easy use. Upper cabinets can keep paints, glue, varnish, and other items out of reach of kids. Optional locks for cabinets and drawers add extra security where needed, and LED lighting under the cabinets will conveniently light up the workspace. The Sports Enthusiast For the sportsman, keeping sports equipment organized is important. Wall hanging systems like slatwall panels with attachable accessories can handle large and small items for any sport. Specialty hooks will

hold bikes, golf bags, skis, skateboards, and more. A combination of garage storage cabinets and wall hanging systems can eliminate floor clutter, keeping balls, bats, mitts, and hats stored safely away so they’re available whenever it’s game time. No matter your dad’s hobby, a custom PremierGarage floor is the perfect foundation for any garage. With several colors to choose from, it transforms oil-stained, pitted concrete into an easy-care, highly functional space that can withstand whatever dad can dish out. The industrial-grade hybrid polymer blend epoxy floor coating goes on twice as thick as other floor coatings and creates a permanent chemical bond with the concrete. The finish is resistant to spills, including gasoline, acetone, brake and transmission fluid, and other common garage products. Help create a Father’s Day gift so that every time dad walks into the garage he’ll think, “What a wonderful Father’s Day!”

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If you’ve been following us on Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest (@KozarDesignTeam) or are receiving our emails, you know that we have been sending you all love and inspiration as we work through our new normal and beyond. Coloring books for the kids (and some adults!), relaxation techniques, lots of “how to”s and inspiration. We hope you have enjoyed them! We are grateful that our entire team has pulled together to continue serving your needs, and I thank them for being the best team a designer could ask for! We are a small family-owned business that has proven our stability over the past 10 years,and we will continue to do so. We have earned the trust and respect of thousands of loyal clients that return again and again. Our customer service and attention to every detail of a design keeps them coming back. We are open and ready to provide a Complimentary Consultation safely in your home, or virtually with a Zoom Meeting. Simply call our studio at 865-392-6222 and we can schedule a time that is convenient for you. We’re here for you, with designs you can trust. - Sandy



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has sprung, the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming! But, like most of you, I have been staring at the same four walls for many weeks. I’d always imagined that if I had the time, I’d clean my house like it has never been cleaned before. Much to my husband John’s disappointment, I was mistaken. Apparently “time” was never really the problem. It seems my problem has more to do with motivation than opportunity. If you’ve also been a captive of your own four walls, maybe you’re equally frustrated and need a little help! We can help! If you don’t know about our small company yet, let me introduce ourselves. John and I started this amazing little deepcleaning company in 2008. We launched in the middle of a recession, so we are accustomed to rolling with the punches in an unstable economy. We specialize in most indoor hard surfaces, including tile and grout, travertine, and porcelain. We are also experts at cleaning and sealing concrete, driveways, pool decks, and brick pavers. For

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lize are made of cast brass and finished with a warm bronze patina. This makes for a rustic yet refined lighting element that works for any style home. As artists of outdoor lighting, our team will walk you through the entire process, from project conception to final installations. We want to collaborate with you to ensure that the design we create meets your needs for safety, security, and aesthetic appeal.

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H E C O R O N A V I R U S has

affected every aspect of human life as we know it. It has especially impacted the entertainment industry, as performances of all but remote streaming has been canceled or postponed. Such was the case with the group Chicago. I interviewed the band’s long-time guitar wiz, Keith Howland, in March, ahead of their anticipated May shows in Nashville and Chattanooga before the virus crisis forced their postponement. Regardless, the chat is still a good one to share with you now. I reached Howland at his hotel room in Las Vegas, where he and the band were performing during a residency at the Venetian. We started off talking about what led Howland to get his role in Chicago that he has held for more than 25 years. Did he expect it to last this long? “No, absolutely not,” he said. “As a matter of fact, I remember when I got the gig. I remember thinking to myself, ‘You know, the guys were into their 50s, and the band had been around for 30 years or something along those lines.’ And I thought ‘Well, if I get five years out of this thing, that would be great.’ It just kept going and going and going like the Energizer Bunny. We don’t stop, and we haven’t taken a year off. We’re actually probably doing more tour dates now than we were when I first joined the group. “I think it’s a testament to that - when you really look at the bands that are out there just continually doing good business and staying out there. The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, and us, and Pat Benatar, and Foreigner. We’re all sort of a certain era that seems to transcend the generations. We see three generations coming to our concerts. There are the grandparents that were there from the beginning and the parents that came in the 80s. And then the kids are being dragged there 40


by their parents and their grandparents, and they enjoy it, too. “But yeah, it’s all I’ve ever known. And the irony of it is that I went to college and got a degree in communication arts. I played in three different bands when I was in college, and not once did I think to myself, ‘I want to be a professional musician.’ Not once. I was 22 or 23 years old when my buddy, Lance (my college roommate who was a bass player in all the bands I played in), and I decided, ‘You know what? What are we gonna do? Let’s go to L.A. and see if we can do something with this music thing.’ Up to that point, it was a hobby. I just thought it was going to continue to be a hobby, and I was going to get a job at a TV station or something in communications. Lo and behold, we wound up in L.A., and he wound up playing with Don Henley and I wound up playing with Chicago. It all worked out, I guess. “I was going to say the odds of two stupid kids from Virginia loading up a Ryder truck, driving to Los Angeles, and winding up both

doing pretty well for themselves is pretty unlikely. But we were stupid enough and optimistic enough that we just went for it.” I asked Howland what have been the biggest changes he’s seen in the band. “Well, the changes in the band... that’s a pretty obvious one,” he said. “Any band that’s lasted for 53 years, there’s going to be personnel changes. When I joined the band, there were eight guys - the four originals, which were Robert, Jimmy, Lee, and Walt. And then there was Bill Champlin, and then Jason Scheff and Tris Imboden, and then me. At this point in the group, it’s Robert, Jimmy, Lee, and then me, if you’re talking seniority. Because Bill and Jason and Walt - Walt is still a member of the group, but he doesn’t really tour anymore due to health reasons. But Bill and Trist and Jason are gone. So I’ve slid up the ranks to the highest tenured non-original member. “This band doesn’t hire slouch musicians. So I’ve gotten to play with several different lineups in my 25 years, and all of them have been great. That’s kind of where change happens. But that’s, like you say, with any band that’s been around for this long. That’s going to happen, I feel. We have the two principal songwriters in the band still on stage in Jimmy and Robert. Obviously Robert is the iconic voice of a lot of the early hits of the group.” There is much more to this interview that you can read at www.boomerocity.com. Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. Tom Parker. Thirty-six years later he founded the webzine, Boomerocity.com, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.

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UTISM: ACCORDING to the organization Autism

Speaks, an astonishing one in 54 children are affected by this condition. Those considered mildly “on the spectrum” can grow to be functioning and productive adults. Sadly, those considered severely autistic will require attention and care for their entire lives. Autism is no respecter of persons or class or status. It hits the rich and the poor; the famous and the faceless. Fortunately, those famous who are affected are not sitting idly by as their loved ones live in that mysterious cage. One such person who is actively involved in making a huge difference in the world of autism is Kristen Stills. She and her husband, legendary rocker Stephen Stills, have a son, Henry, who is autistic. Stills is rocking the autistic community with her active participation in not only helping her son and others who are on the spectrum, but she is also a formidable advocate and fundraiser for research and support for the autistic community. Twelve years ago, Stills was the executive producer for the HBO special Autism: The Musical, a poignant, heartwarming film that followed five children on the autism spectrum as they wrote and performed their own musical. HBO recently commissioned a short follow-up film, Autism: The Sequel, to see where those children are today. Like many people, my knowledge and understanding of autism is minimal, at best. When I saw that “The Sequel” was going to air, I reached out to Stills for an education and insight into the condition and the sequel. Note: Though this article has run after the original airing of the sequel, it will be available on-demand on various streaming services. Stills started by sharing the history behind the sequel, beginning with “The Musical” and what we know about the condition. “We shot it 14 years ago, and we released it in 2007,” she said. “All of the kids from that film are in the sequel. You see them as children. Then, you get to see them today... transitioning into independent or inter-dependent living situations.” As to what she hopes viewers of Autism: The Sequel take away from the film, Stills said: “Fortunately, the sequel gives people a lot of hope - people that have a young child at home, and they are very concerned about that child’s capacity to be in the world and have a full and rich life. We believe that the sequel will give people a lot of hope and promise that their child can have a good experience. And there are also a lot of things - we make a lot of assumptions about these kids and what they can and cannot do. “Gratefully, we’ve made mistakes. We’re not at all accurate about what they can and cannot do. They will surprise you. They surprise 42


you in odd ways, and I think that will be shown in the sequel, as well. From the perspective of a parent who’s raised a kid on the spectrum, you are in a great deal of fight or flight while you’re raising these kids, from the moment they start showing behaviors that concern you until forever, you know? You’re in a state of just making sure that they are safe and thriving and protected and happy, which is the job of every parent. But what it takes to get them there is much harder, and it can be very tough. So we think this film is going to show people that these kids will exceed everyone’s expectations if given the opportunity.” How can readers help Stills help those who are on the autism spectrum? “Well, the film itself is not necessarily connected to Autism Speaks,” she said. “However, some of the kids in the film are - the actual the musical theater program that is featured in the film was supported at some point in time by Autism Speaks. I think it would be great to donate to them, because right now is Autism Awareness Month. They have a donation page when you go to their website. This is a very tough year for all charities, obviously, because of what’s happening and events being canceled. That’s what we’re doing and it’s one of the reasons we had attached to that organization... is that it’s multifaceted. What they do, they do political advocacy. There are services for families and individuals on the spectrum, science and research. There’s a spectrum of things that the organization does to keep active in as many areas where they can be as helpful as possible.” Stills shares much more in the expanded version of this interview on www.boomerocity.com, where you can also find out how to help support organizations like Autism Speaks. 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.

Arthritis Awareness Month



opportunity disease. Most of us know someone who is suffering from some form of the disease – it may even be you. May is arthritis awareness month, so let’s shed a little light on living with the disease. There’s no getting around it – arthritis will affect your life. Living with pain – and for some, limited physical abilities – is devastating. But there are lots of people who have come before you who have carved some great pathways for coping with such difficulties, and it all starts with keeping a positive attitude and surrounding yourself with the help you need. Begin with learning what works best for your body. You don’t want to shut down – in fact, you want to keep moving – but you have to learn how to do that in a way that best protects your joints and reduces your pain. It starts with good posture both in a standing and sitting position. Next is balancing rest and activity and respecting your disease and what your body signals are telling you. Pain is your body’s way of signaling you that there’s a problem. If you’re in the midst of an activity and your pain increases, then you may need to do a little less next time. Consider asking for help reorganizing your

Discuss a pain management plan with your doctor and the possibility of physical therapy, which can have tremendous long term benefits. Online forums may also be beneficial, allowing you to chat with others living with your same condition so you don’t feel so alone. And don’t be afraid to lean on friends and family for much needed love and support.

home. Make sure the items that you need access to frequently are within easy reach. Self-help devices can make lots of tasks so much easier and take stress off your joints. For the elderly person suffering from arthritis, if you’re still able to live independently, look for a senior living community that provides a safe environment where you can still maintain an active lifestyle. At Parkview Senior Living, the courtyard and walking trails are nice and flat. Every apartment bathroom is appointed with handrails and other safety equipment. Your laundry is taken care of for you, and the bed is made for you every day. Delicious meals are provided so you never have to cook again if you don’t want to, and with an indoor fitness center and group fitness classes, you can experience just the right level of fitness to keep you healthy and fit.

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Postmark LaFollette: Historic Arts, Culture, and History Center



W O R K S Progress Administration (WPA) signed into law by President Roosevelt in 1935 was intended to put millions of young men to work. The WPA did that and much, much more. They were instrumental in repairing and constructing much of the badly needed infrastructure during the depression. One of the finest examples was the U.S. Post Office built in LaFollette in 1936 and dedicated in 1939. The postal service occupied the building until April 2008 and then moved into a new post office. The old post office remained empty for five years in USPS/private hands and was purchased from the private owner by the City of LaFollette in 2014. Extensive discussion ensued as to who would be best

suited to repurpose the building. In October 2014, Postmark LaFollette (PL), an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, met with the City council. The City allowed PL to occupy the building and repurpose the building as a community historic arts, culture, and history center. Several grants were written to restore needed improvements. The PL has since presented three original plays, numerous activities for young children and adults, hosted a Smithsonian exhibit, and encouraged community use such as the Campbell Culture Coalition for the arts and such programs as preparing art shows. PL presents a musical Jamboree one Saturday a month. The program is recorded for radio broadcast. The goal is to use and

showcase local county talent. Art and theater camps provide training for young adults to gain a deeper appreciation of culture and history and provide positive activity. PL is all-volunteer, and there is no permanent staff. Co-chairs are JoAnne Myers and Karen Cumorich, and they can be reached at 423-566-3641 or postmarklafollette@ gmail.com. For more information, visit www. postmarkLaFollette.org. 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. June 2020 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Fun Summer Camps for Kids


doing this summer? Enjoy this listing of summer camps and activities offered by members of the Arts & Culture Alliance. Many of them are already your favorites from Penny4Arts year-round activities. Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center: Summer Camps May 26 – August 7 Offering a variety of camps for ages 8-12, including Wheel Throwing, Move/Make/ Mindfulness, Hogwarts School of Art, Myths & Legends, Space S.T.E.A.M., Odd and the Frost Giants, Live Action Movie Making, Clay: Pinch pots, Stop Motion Animation, Textiles, Monsters Made with Love, Comic Book camp, and more! To register, call 865523-1401 or visit www.knoxvilletn.gov/kafcc. Zoo Knoxville: Wildly Fun Zoo Camp May 27 – July 29 Perfect for children who have an interest in animals, science, and fun! Activities include animal interactions, games, crafts, fun activities, excursions through the zoo, and trips behind-the-scenes to learn how to care for zoo animals. For more information, visit www.zooknoxville.org/experience/ zoo-camp. UT Gardens: Garden Discovery Camps May 29 – July 31 We have a summer full of gardening, fun, nature, and education planned. Don’t miss out on the fun! For a complete list of sessions, visit http://tiny.utk.edu/gogardencamp. Ijams Nature Center: Preschool Summer Camp June 1 – July 24 Camp involves child-led, age-appropriate, and experiential learning for children ages 3-5. Most of each session is spent outdoors, exploring nature and making a strong connection with the environment. Learn through play, discovery, and inquiry. Children develop a solid foundation for lifelong learning and cultivate a love of nature that is the basis for a conservation ethic later in life. For more information, visit www.ijams.org/ preschool-summer-camp. Angela Floyd Schools: Summer Festival of Fun – Dance & Music June 1 – July 28 Classes for ages 2 and up, morning and evening, include music camps, morning dance camps for ages 2-6, evening dance classes, and summer intensives. For more 44


information, visit www.angelafloydschools. com/summer-programs. Knoxville Museum of Art: Summer Art Academy June 1 – July 31 Each week offers a new and exciting age-appropriate art class that will nourish and challenge your child. Certified art educators provide instruction in small groups with personalized instruction. Morning classes are for children ages 3-12. Afternoon classes are for ages 13+. Tuition includes workshop supplies, instruction, and gallery activities. For more information, v i s i t www. k noxa r t .org / k m a _ eve nt s / summer-art-academy-2020. Blount Mansion: Kids’ Summer History Camp June 8-25 Two week-long kids’ history camps (Colonial History and The American Revolution) for rising 5th-10th graders involve exciting hands-on activities at Blount Mansion and our neighboring historic site, James White’s Fort. Register at https:// jl-training-institute.square.site. Bijou Theatre: Summer Acting Camps June 8-26 These camps are for ages 9-12 and are packed with learning, making new friends, performing on stage, and fun! Campers will experience the art of theatre – learn improv, basic stage skills, and work together to write a play they will perform on stage for family and friends at the close of each week. For more information, call 865-522-0832 or visit www.knoxbijou.org/summercamp. Ijams Nature Center: Adventure Camps June 8 – July 31 Campers will discover a whole new world in nature through canoeing, pond/ creek exploration, rock scrambling, insect collection, bird watching, hiking, dip netting, bouldering, team building, fishing, wilderness, survival, and outdoor skills, live animal presentations, arts and crafts, camp games, skits, songs, and more! We are also offering high-ropes course experiences and caving during select sessions. For more information, visit www.ijams.org/nature-adventure-camp. The Muse Knoxville: Summer Camps June 8 – July 31 Join us for some STEAM fun this summer! What Would the Weather Be? – Learn about how to predict the weather and make weather tools to take home to practice your new skills. Secrets of Flight – Learn why planes stay in the air and the forces of flight. Use the design process to improve flight of your own prototypes. Tech It Out! – Use a different tech tool each day! From Bee Bot, to Sphero, to Dash, learn how to navigate a

maze and control the robots with Blockly Coding. Insectology – Learn about insects and how to identify and categorize these often misunderstood creatures. Register at www.themuseknoxville.org/camps. Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra: Summer String Camp June 15-19 String Camp provides an opportunity for new orchestra players to become oriented with ensemble playing and gives players with experience a week of great music making and fun during the summer off-season. For more information, call 865-680-8125 or visit www. knoxvillesymphony.com/education-community/ youth-orchestra/summer-string-camp. Knoxville Children’s Theatre: Summer Intensive Classes June 15 – July 24 For ages 4-12+, classes include The Monsters on the Bus, Monster Academy, Over in the Meadow, Under the Sea, Introduction to Acting, Character and Movement, Lions and Beavers and Fauns, Oh My! Exploring the World and Characters of C.S. Lewis, The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl, Life in Narnia, Rehearsal Technique & Scene Study, Musical Theatre: Move, Sing, Act!, Into the Wardrobe, Monologue Writing: Power of Your Personal Stories, Advanced Acting: Physical Transformation, Lighting from Page to Stage: Lighting Design Practicum, Stage Management Essentials. To register, visit www.knoxvillechildrenstheatre. com/class-registration. UT Arboretum Society: Bug Camp June 17-19 The camp is open to rising 2nd through 4th graders and will be led by University of Tennessee entomologist Dr. Jerome Grant. Children will learn why we can’t live without insects and the value of different insects by exploring them through bug crafts, nature walks, science activities, and the UT Insect Zoo. To register, call 865-483-7277. Clarence Brown Theatre: Acting Workshop July 6-17 Designed to give young actors training in several different skills, including basic acting technique, voice, movement and improvisation, and musical theatre, the aim is to give workshop participants intensive exposure to tools they will need to pursue as they develop as actors. The workshop is for 9th through 12th graders and rising college freshmen. To register, visit www. clarencebrowntheatre.com/community/ acting-workshops. For more information and updates, visit www.knoxalliance.com/summer.

e r t a e h T e e s s e n n e T e h t at CATS,

the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in more than 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater - “Memory.” Winner of seven Tony Awards®, including

Best Musical, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misrables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound

design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom), and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misrables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation! CATS will be performed on June 19 at 8 pm, June 20 at 2 and 8 pm, and June 21 at 1:30 and 7 pm. For tickets or more information, visit www.tennesseetheatre.com.

Inaugural Southern Skies Music Festival Moves to May 2021 T HE INAUGURAL

Southern Skies Music Festival, produced by Dogwood Arts and curated by The Dirty Guv’nahs, has been moved to May 15, 2021, due to the continued spread of COVID-19. From the very beginning, this event has been a passion project for everyone involved - and the team at Dogwood Arts, the Dirty Guv’nahs, and Born & Raised Productions look forward to celebrating with the entire Knoxville community once this pandemic has ended. Festival organizers are actively working to confirm artist availability for the 2021 date and hope to confirm the original line-up soon. Details will be released as they become available. The 2021 event will still take place in World’s Fair Park in Knoxville and will feature musical acts across two stages, food trucks, craft beer, wine, specialty cocktails, a Maker Market, and more. All

current tickets will be honored for the new date and require no further action from the ticket holder. However, all tickets purchased through Eventbrite prior to April 17, 2020, are also now eligible for a refund. Detailed instructions about how to request a refund are available at www. southernskiesmusicfestival.com. Festival organizers encourage ticket holders to hold onto their tickets if they are able. “ Your purchase not only supports Southern Skies, the staff, production team, artists, and vendors associated, but all of the year-round programs and events that we produce,” said Sherry Jenkins, Executive Director of Dogwood Arts. “We’re going to miss celebrating with you this spring, but the health and safety of our community come first. Just imagine the party we are going to have once this is all behind us next spring!”

Southern Skies is produced by Dogwood Arts and is the newest addition to their music programming, which includes Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, Open Mic Nights in the Dogwood Gallery, and musical entertainment at the Dogwood Arts Festival. Dogwood Arts is working with Born & Raised Productions, the Knoxville-based music production company behind Sunset on Central, the Outpost, and Silent Disco Knox, to produce the festival. Fo r m o re i n fo r m a t i o n , v is i t w w w. southernskiesmusicfestival.com, and follow on Facebook, Twitter @southernskiesfest_, and Instagram @southernskiesfest. Dogwood Arts, presented by www.ornlfcu.com. ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty. June 2020 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE





May 23: Flintlock Muzzle Loader Workshop at Marble Springs State Historic Site from 10 am to 4 pm.

June 1: Mighty Musical Monday with Joy of Music School Ensemble at the Tennessee Theatre at 12 pm.

May 24: Mayapple Marketplace at Ijams Nature Center from 10 am to 3 pm.

June 1-July 31: Summer Art Academy 2020 at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Visit knoxart.org for the full schedule of classes. June 5: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. June 6: Bike Boat Brew & Bark at Volunteer Landing from 10 am to 5:30 pm. June 6: Water Lantern Festival at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center from 5 to 10 pm.

June 19-21: CATS at the Tennessee Theatre. June 19 at 8 pm, June 20 at 2 and 8 pm, and June 21 at 1:30 and 7 pm.

June 12-28: Peter Rabbit at Knoxville Children’s Theatre.

June 20: Knoxville Brewfest at World’s Fair Park and the Tennessee Amphitheatre from 4 to 8 pm.

May 29 & 30: Marble City Opera presents Pagliacci at the Tennessee Amphitheatre at 7:30 pm.

June 14: Open Streets Knoxville in South Knoxville (Sevier Ave. from Atchley St. down to Suttree Landing via Foggy Bottom St.) from 2 to 6 pm.

June 21: Father’s Day at Zoo Knoxville. Free admission for all the dads.

May 30: Tennessee Statehood Day at James White’s Fort from 10 am to 4 pm.

June 16 & 17: Trolls Live! at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 6 pm.

May 30: David Crosby and The Sky Trails Band at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

June 17: Todd Snider at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

May 25: Memorial Day. May 27: Knox News Sports Awards at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm.



June 26: Kick-Off to Summer at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 7 to 11 pm. June 26-28: Kuumba Festival in downtown Knoxville and Morningside Park.

All event dates and times subject to change.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Announces 2021-2022 News Sentinel Pops Series Season THE KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY

Orchestra announces the 2021-2022 season of the News Sentinel Pops Series. Subscriptions are on sale now starting at $105, and current subscribers have first chance to renew their subscriptions and retain their seats. Single tickets will go on sale in August. “We have a dynamic line-up of Pops concerts for next season,” said Rachel Ford, KSO Executive Director. “From music of the Beatles to the Eagles and Aretha Franklin; from reappearances by Bugs Bunny and Bernadette Peters; the KSO will shine a spotlight on famous artists, groups, and fabulous music. We look forward to having Knoxville audiences join the Symphony for concerts that showcase our talented musicians in concert.” Tickets may be purchased by calling 865291-3310. Single tickets will go on sale in August. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at a discounted rate by calling 865521-2337. Each subscription includes four concerts, plus a choice between one of two bonus concerts. Current Pops Season subscribers can retain their seats by renewing their subscription by May 23rd.

One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to the Music of Marvin Hamlisch February 13, 2021, at 8 pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a trio of Broadway singers, the Carson-Newman A Cappella Choir, and the KSO conjure the “misty water-colored memories” created by the legendary Marvin Hamlisch. Reminisce to unforgettable songs from The Way We Were, A Chorus Line, The Goodbye Girl, and more.

The 2021-2022 Pops Season Includes:

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony January 16, 2021, at 8 pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium Enjoy a sparkling new edition, celebrating 30 years since its Broadway debut and 80 years of that “wascally wabbit” himself. Featuring timeless scenes “What’s Opera Doc?” and “The Rabbit of Seville” – plus two new Warner Bros. animated shorts.

Revolution: Music of the Beatles. A Symphonic Experience. March 13, 2021, at 8 pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium Enjoy 25 of the Beatles’ greatest hits, including “Ticket to Ride,” “Penny Lane,” “Get Back,” and “Hey Jude” as never experienced before! The performance features orchestrations restored from the original Abbey Road recording sessions by six talented singers and the KSO with video and animation from the Beatles’ official fan magazine projected on a big screen.

Bernadette Peters May 8, 2021, at 8 pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium With an armful of Tony, Drama Desk, and Grammy awards to her credit, Bernadette Peters is Broadway royalty. Don’t miss your chance to hear this living legend perform showstoppers from Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun, A Little Night Music, and more. New or renewing subscribers can choose one of two FREE bonus concerts:

Aretha: A Tribute October 2, 2021, at 8 pm at the Tennessee Theatre Broadway star Capathia Jenkins joins the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for a high-energy tribute to the “Queen of Soul.” Featuring solid gold Aretha Franklin hits, including “Respect,” “Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” and “Think.”

Hotel California: The Music of the Eagles April 10, 2022, at 8 pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium A faithful tribute to the music of The Eagles featuring more than 20 classic hits, including “Best of My Love,” “New Kid in Town,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “One of These Nights,” and “Hotel California.” About the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Led by Music Director Aram Demirjian, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra consists of 80 professional musicians and performs 300 programs throughout the region each season, reaching audiences of more than 200,000 people. The KSO performs in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre, and Civic Auditorium, as well as non-traditional places like hospitals, schools, city parks, June 2020 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Why Warren Buffett Keeps Getting It Right B Y TO M I R M E N


HY IS IT that investors

everywhere hold this 89-year-old business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, with an estimated net worth of more than $80+ billion, in such high esteem? Certainly his net worth speaks volumes, but it is much more than that. People respect his humility and his rather simplistic view of today’s financial marketplaces. His personal perspective on investing differs markedly from the so-called experts armed with their reams of charts, graphs, and historical data. One characteristic of Warren Buffett that small business owners could and should embrace is his long-term view on investing. So long-term, in fact, that many of the gains that will be earned from his investments that he is making today won’t be realized for decades, long after he’s gone. Mr. Buffett’s long-term view on investing appears to be devoid of emotions and seems to de-emphasize many geo-political events, wild market swings, and yes, even pandemics, that cause others to take pause. As small business



Your life will be filled with both success and adversity, but you and your small business will enjoy far greater prosperity if you will embrace Warren Buffett’s long-term perspective and avoid all of the “theater” that seems to surround all of our lives. owners, it’s not always easy to ignore our emotions or local, national, and world events. One of the unique advantages of being “small” is our ability to be agile. Unfortunately, this same agility allows us to become somewhat of an “idea of the week club,” where we often shift gears based on the news of the day, which can

be truly detrimental to our long-term success. Although Warren Buffett is 20 years m y s e n i o r, m y age provides me with many of the same insights t h at m o s t o l d e r Americans share. I’ve experienced 17 presidential races, 35 congressional elections, a half a dozen wars, and a host of international crises. Although these events were all portrayed as life-changing, and even apocalyptic, somehow we’ve just seemed to advance on despite these feelings of deep despair that we all experience in our lives. Your life will be filled with both success and adversity, but you and your small business will enjoy far greater prosperity if you will embrace Warren Buffett’s long-term perspective and avoid all of the “theater” that seems to surround all of our lives.

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