Everything Knoxville November 2020 Edition

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Judy Irmen Publisher + Editor in Chief

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From the Publisher TH I S N O V E M B E R

is definitely making me nostalgic for simpler times! I remember so well all the special Thanksgiving dinners spent with family and friends where the main topic of conversation was simply football and what was for dessert! Everyone helped with Photo by D. Roberts Photography table setting, food preparation, and even doing the dishes was more enjoyable when accompanied by camaraderie, stories, and plenty of laughter. Even though this holiday season might look a little different from those in the past, we at Everything Knoxville would like to encourage you to continue to be thankful for the all the good things in your life. There is nothing like the changing seasons here in beautiful East Tennessee, so take a moment to enjoy the cooler temperatures and colorful leaves. Appreciate the fall



THE BENEFITS of a holistic approach to health and wellness are why Ellen Phillips, owner of believeRX, strongly believes in treating the whole individual and not just their specific ailments or prescription medications. Her believeRX pharmacy offers immune boosting supplements, a medical clinic, infrared sauna, BEMER, Healy Resonance, and healthy, delicious smoothies and juices.

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decorations that others have created to make even small spaces festive. Be thankful for the technologies that allow you to keep in touch with friends and relatives. Acknowledge our veterans whose service is celebrated and commemorated on November 11th. Be grateful for the small businesses in our area that are working through the new “normal” to keep products and services available. Appreciate those who are striving to make our lives better - like believeRX, our cover highlight this month. We all have blessings in our life, and this Thanksgiving, please take some time to reflect on yours - large and small - and to be truly grateful. We are grateful to you, our readers and advertisers, for helping to make this publication the best it can be. From our family to yours, have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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a n d e n t r e p r e n e u r, E l l e n Phillips, operates a unique, client-centered concept in pharmaceutical care: believeRX, located at 9627 Countryside Center Lane near the intersection of Middlebrook Pike and Bob Kirby Road in Knoxville. Ellen and her compassionate, caring team of highlytrained pharmaceutical associates have embarked on a mission to provide traditional pharmacy services combined with a holistic approach to health and well-being. believeRX recognizes that your local pharmacy can and should play an important role in your family’s total healthcare and wellness in partnership with your other healthcare providers. believeRX combines the personal and caring touch of the now almost non-existent neighborhood pharmacy with today’s rapidly evolving healthcare industry. With more than 20 years of firsthand experience as a pharmacist to draw upon, Ellen and her team have created a holistic and interactive approach to your pharmaceutical experience designed to help

you “Live Your Best Life.” Ellen and her colleague, pharmacist Monty Roark, shared with Everything Knoxville the positive health and well-being benefits that believeRX provides their clients along with several exciting services they offer. EK: Tell our readers about your professional background. Ellen: I have both retail and clinical hospital pharmacy experience and have been in management for most of my career. I have served as a pharmacy preceptor for several pharmacy schools and won the Pharmacists Excellence Award while working for a big chain pharmacy. For years, I have seen that there is more than one way to fight or prevent disease. We are lucky to have pharmaceuticals, but we are just as lucky to have alternative options as well.. Monty: After graduating from UT College of Pharmacy, I began working in a standard retail pharmacy. I felt it was lacking the one-on-one involvement with patients that I knew was important in determining their overall health needs, so I came to work at believeRX with Ellen. I am passionate about

caring for patients holistically - not just their traditional medication needs, but beyond that into daily diet and nutrition, vitamins and supplements, skin care and anti-aging therapies, as well as other complementary alternative medicines. EK: Describe the believeRX business philosophy, and tell our readers about your new in-store clinic. Ellen: believeRX is part traditional pharmacy that offers home delivery (even after hours for our established patients), part specialty pharmacy that offers counseling in the home by a licensed pharmacist, and also specializes in the best holistic over-the-counter health products. In fact, we are very different than the “national chain” pharmacy you are used to. Our staff members receive additional training to become Certified Health Coaches,

believing it’s time to focus on our patients as a whole, not only their prescribed medications. Monty: We have recently partnered with Primary Care of Tennessee and now offer a full-service medical clinic with Nurse Practitioners Diane Knight and Dana Webber. We offer weight loss tailored to the individual patient, Covid-19 testing, flu testing and treatment, immunizations, sick visits, and regular check-ups. Our current clinic hours are in the evenings from 5 to 7 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 12 noon. You can call 865-200-4101 to schedule an appointment. Ellen: Our store carries a variety of quality holistic products and supplements. We carry products that are backed up by the manufacturer and have been proven effective. EK: Considering our current health environment, do you have recommendations to improve the immune system and suggestions for countering the overall stress that comes with these trying times? Ellen: Elderberry has more antioxidants than most fruits and empowers the immune system by fighting free radicals that can cause damage to it. The elderberry we carry is locally made and one of our best sellers. Customers use it for cold and flu prevention and treatment and they swear by its effectiveness. Local honey is not pasteurized and because it is not exposed to heat, it is loaded with

HELPING YOU LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE! A locally owned, full-service pharmacy with a holistic approach to your health and well-being

natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Why buy store brand when you can get local honey as the healthier alternative? Monty:Terry Naturally is one of our most requested natural supplement lines. Along with supplements to treat virtually any ailment, there are specific ones that help with anxiety and pain and are also super immune boosters. We also have essential oils, CBD products, and some very useful new treatments. EK: What are some of your most unique services and products? E l l e n : We o f f e r i n f r a r e d s a u n a sessions. Unlike traditional saunas, which heat the air and then the body, infrared heat saunas promote heat generation in the body with only a small amount of heat in the air. Infrared saunas result in a deeper sweat at a lower surrounding temperature, producing benefits such as detox, weight loss, and treatment of muscle pain. Monty: BEMER, which stands for BioElectro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation, uses a pulsed electromagnetic field to improve the body’s microcirculation. Improvement in the circulation of the small vessels of our body may help improve blood flow, nutrient and oxygen supply, and waste removal. Sessions of just eight minutes twice a day have been known to increase blood flow by 30%. Healy Resonance is a wearable device that is used to balance the body’s energetic field a n d a c t i vate se l fhealing. The device can analyze human tissues and the human information field for frequency resonance and can deliver optimal frequencies to improve function and health. Call the

» Specialty medications with available delivery and in-home counseling » Wide selection of natural supplements with expert recommendations » CBD products » Immunizations and travel vaccinations » Medical screenings » Covid-19 testing » Primary Care of Tennessee for sick visits, flu testing, and regular check-ups » Infrared Sauna, Healy, and BEMER therapies Primary Care of Tennessee full service clinic open evening hours of 5 to 7 pm by appointment. Call 865-200-4101 to schedule sick or well visits. Conveniently located near the intersection of Middlebrook Pike and Bob Kirby Road in Knoxville.

pharmacy for an appointment to be analyzed and scanned. Ellen: believeRX has a convenient “pay as you use” or an unlimited monthly subscription plan for these services. EK: Is there anything else you would like to tell Everything Knoxville readers about believeRX? Monty: We are excited to offer healthy smoothies and fresh juices without any added sugar. They are either naturally sweetened or sweetened with honey or other low glycemic index sweeteners - and they taste fantastic! We offer medical grade protein, Blender Bombs, YourSuper, CBD Oil, MCT oil, collagen, and many other options to help promote weight loss, maintain good health, and break sugar addiction! Ellen: believeRX strives to provide a custom-tailored experience for each customer/patient by treating them as a whole individual and not just their specific ailments or prescription medications. Our name says it all. “We Believe in You” and your goal for better health, well-being, and longevity.


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Powell just outside of Knoxville, Maple Court Senior Living offers private, country-setting accommodations with exceptional and innovative memory care. You’ll find our memory care community surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds. In addition to intimate, comfortable rooms, there are secured outdoor areas and a specially trained team on-site 24/7. Maple Court’s memory care program is designed to meet the unique needs of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Our highly trained staff works with our residents on a daily basis to support them through their memory loss. We strive to offer great care at a great value. We all have basic needs for love, accomplishment, and belonging. While dementia may alter the way we experience and express these needs, Maple Court understands that the essential human quality of these needs does not change. We want to celebrate each resident as a whole person – not only for who they were when they were younger, but for who they are today. ​Everyone has a story to tell, and we love hearing them all. Our team focuses on honoring each resident from day one. We seek to learn the meaningful details of your loved one’s life – where they’ve been, what they’ve done – and what activities might be especially fun or meaningful to them now. Those are the kind of details that make a difference. Families are also encouraged to participate in daily activities – we aim for a family feel and positive social engagement for all of our residents. The caring team at Maple Court provides an atmosphere where each resident can continue to enjoy life one moment at a time. We create fulfilling opportunities for our residents to experience life in ways that give them joy and satisfaction every day. ​ To learn more about our memory care program, contact us today! Call 865-291-1390 or visit www. maplectseniorliving.com.

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Dogwood Arts Sells Dogwood Trees to Keep Knoxville Blooming Annual Bazillion Blooms Campaign Encourages Fall Tree Planting

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P L A N T I N G T I M E in Tennessee! Dogwood Arts is on a mission to Keep Knoxville Blooming by selling dogwood trees through their annual Bazillion Blooms program. 2' to 4' bare-root trees are on sale now for $25 each or five for $100. The trees are disease-resistant, April-blooming, and available in either white or pink flowering varieties. Orders can be placed year-round, but trees are distributed in the fall - optimal planting time because it gives trees time to develop strong root systems during the winter months before facing the challenges of drying summer heat. Trees ordered through November 18th will be available for pickup at the Dogwood Arts downtown office at 123 W Jackson Ave. on Friday, December 4, 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday, December 5, 9 am to 12 pm. “The goal of this program is to ensure that Knoxville’s historic Dogwood Trails continue to bloom well into the future,” said Vicki Baumgartner, Dogwood Arts Trails & Gardens Manager. “When everything slowed to a halt last spring, nature continued to put on a beautiful show! Area residents and visitors found respite in the natural beauty by safely touring more than 80 miles of blooming dogwood trails.” 10


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Not only does planting trees beautify the landscape, it’s also a great way to celebrate a special event, honor an individual, or memorialize loved ones. Gift trees can be purchased year-round through Dogwood Arts and include a handwritten commemorative card

mailed to the purchaser’s chosen recipient. The trees are planted along one of Knoxville’s historic Dogwood Trails, which have been a symbol of civic pride and a community celebration since 1955. The Bazillion Blooms program began in 2009 to revitalize tree plantings along our historic Dogwood Trails and throughout the region. Since then, more than 11,000 dogwood trees have been added to East Tennessee’s landscape, ensuring our region’s spring beauty will continue well into the future. Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty.


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HANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS, and New Year’s holiday events are just a few short weeks away, and there’s plenty to do with seasonal decorating, holiday meal planning, and don’t forget the “joys” of cleaning the entire house to get ready for friends and relatives. And sadly, no amount of cleaning and polishing will remove those unsightly dents, well-worn scratches, and the UV damage to your home’s once beautiful hardwood f loors. You’ve tried everything to restore their original luster, but nothing has worked, so you just keep covering your floors with runners and throw rugs, hoping that nobody will notice. But as you welcome guests this holiday season, one of the first thing they are going to see as they come in the door are your home’s hardwood floors.
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Make Room for Baby 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 C C O N K E Y. C O M


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Brown and Todd Richesin personally invite you to shop Knoxville’s beloved holiday store, Bobby Todd, at 4514 Old Kingston Pike in the upper level of Todd Richesin Interiors. Bobby Todd has been completely transformed into a Christmas wonderland with everything that you’ll need to make this holiday season truly memorable! With a full assortment of wonderful pieces for all your entertaining and gift giving needs – from the perfect guest and kitchen towels, to seasonal placemats and napkins – Bobby Todd also features Arthur Court and Mudpie serving pieces to make any table sparkle. Add just the right touch with holiday candles from Aunt Sadies, Votivo, and NEST. Bobby Todd has a wide selection of whimsical and vintage-inspired Christmas decorations and ornaments featuring Lori Mitchell, Shiny Brite, Bethany Lowe, Joe Spencer, Byers Choice, and Cody Foster designs. Each year these artists offer new holiday collections that are destined to become cherished family Christmas heirlooms. If it’s the perfect gift that you are looking for, Bobby Todd specializes in fantastic offerings, including Julie Vos and Susan Shaw jewelry, soft cashmere scarves, Snoozies slippers, plush throws, colorful puzzles, Spode Woodland dinnerware, Mova Globes, and so much more. Bobby Todd definitely has something for everyone on your Christmas shopping list. As always, complimentary holiday gift bags come with each Bobby Todd gift purchase. Join Bobby and Todd at Bobby Todd this season and discover how their slogan, “Making Spirits Bright,” rings true year after year. Come shop on Friday, November 27, and Saturday, November 28, as Bobby Todd will be open with extended hours for Black Friday shopping and Small Business Saturday with various sales going on throughout the store. This year, Bobby Todd is also offering private, scheduled shopping events for one, a family, or a group of friends. Call the store at 865-249-6612 to schedule a private shopping time either before or after normal store hours. Bobby Todd continues to practice all safety measures in sanitizing our store, maintaining social distance, and wearing face masks. If you “need a little Christmas right this very minute,” Bobby Todd is your holiday store!

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Space-Saving Murphy Beds M

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URPHY BEDS have long been used in studio apartments, condos, and other homes where floor space is a premium. Today, many homeowners of larger homes are also opting for a Murphy bed to make a room multi-functional. William L. Murphy invented the hide-away bed in the early 1900s. Wanting more space to entertain in his cramped apartment, he experimented with a folding bed and eventually received a patent. For more than 100 years later, these beds continue to help homeowners save space! Would a Murphy bed be a good addition to your home? Investing in a Murphy bed can: » Create More Space – As most families now live in all their space, a dedicated guest room is not always practical. If you’re short on space but need an extra bed, a Murphy bed is the perfect solution. By providing flexspace for any home, you can use the room as a bedroom at night and a home office or playroom at other times. You won’t lose any space, and guests have a comfortable place to sleep. » Increase Home Value – When you decide to rent or sell your home, maximizing

space is an important feature for potential buyers. A Murphy bed maximizes a home’s space while increasing the value of the house. » Be Designed for Any Space – Depending on your needs and budget, Murphy beds can be elaborate or basic. The design experts at Tailored Living thoughtfully plan each bed for seamless integration, proving that you don’t have to compromise style when space

is limited. Designs can include desks on one side so the room can be a home office by day or the bed can be bordered by a bookcase, side cabinets, or pull-out drawers to give the room extra storage. Most importantly, Murphy beds take up very little space when closed (approximately 16" deep) and come in twin, full, queen, or king sizes. » Fit Any Décor – From a solid gray finish to a dark wood-grain finish, choose the look that fits your style. Also, there are custom LED light options to ensure there is enough lighting when the bed is in use. If you want the flex-space a Murphy bed provides, give Tailored Living of Knoxville a call for a free consultation using their 3D design software. Let Tailored Living help you recreate your space!

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The Ripple Effect of Delivering Hope



that they get in brightening the days of their neighbors as their main reason for working with us. They know that their efforts don’t just provide one better day to a recipient, but many better days, as the flowers will be a recurring reminder that someone cared for them and is thinking of them.

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community already know that Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and wellbeing of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering hope, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness through bouquets of repurposed flowers. But what they – and you – may not realize is that the impact of our mission goes far beyond our direct recipients in hospitals, assisted living homes, hospice, and other community health organizations. Every arrangement delivered also impacts family members, friends, healthcare providers, and volunteers at both RAF and the facilities we serve. Families and friends can see the positive effect that a floral delivery has on their loved ones.

caregivers also get an emotional boost knowing that their patients will be having better days because of the flowers and moments of kindness and connection extended to them.

“Last summer our son was in Ft. Sanders Hospital in Knoxville. You gave him a bouquet of flowers, and it was the only flowers he received during his stay. It made us all smile. You guys rock! Thank you so much!” - Wanda, family member

“I just wanted you to know we were so thrilled to receive the donation of flowers today. It was a true morale booster to the staff and will be to our residents when we hand out all the bouquets! Thank you!” - Dan, healthcare provider

Recipients’ healthcare providers and

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“Thank you for allowing me to be part of the success and keeping my and others spirits alive!” - Bari, RAF volunteer

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This is what Random Acts of Flowers calls “the ripple effect of delivering hope.” The number of lives impacted by a single delivery goes far beyond the recipient. Our deliveries affect family member, friends, caregivers, volunteers, and – hopefully – you, too! If you want to make an impact with Random Acts of Flowers, call 865-633-9082, email info@RAFKnoxville.org, or visit www. RAFKnoxville.org and make a donation or fill out the individual volunteer form.




ITH FAMILY MEMBERS on different schedules, virtual learning in full swing, and working from home showing no signs of slowing, it’s challenging to have meals and snacks ready when hunger strikes. And when time is short and you and your crew are tired, the last thing you want to be doing is spending ages in the kitchen. Here are some solutions for making cooking at home easy - and delicious. All it takes is a little planning, a few kitchen tools, and a few unique but family-friendly recipes. 1. Use your air fryer It’s time to pull that air fryer out from the back of the pantry. Many people own this useful tool, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming to use it. The key to getting the most out of your kitchen equipment is planning ahead. Be sure to preheat your air fryer before adding your food by simply turning the air fryer on to the temperature that you need and then setting the timer for two or three minutes. When the timer goes off, the air fryer has preheated and is ready for your food. A pro tip we like to share: Don’t overcrowd the basket of your air fryer or else you’ll prevent foods from crisping and browning evenly. You can easily convert some of your favorite meals from conventional cooking to air fryer usage. The good news? You can make an air fryer meal for any time of day and enjoy a meal without getting a lot of pots and pans dirty. 2. Schedule meal prep for the weekend If you have time during the weekend to cook, you will certainly be happy to find your casseroles, stews, pasta dishes, and other meals completely ready to eat each evening. Just cooking up some make-ahead dishes like a Cheesy Shrimp Bake or a Crab Quiche during the weekend could free you from kitchen duty a night or two during the week. Even if you don’t have time to prep entire meals, there are still some little things you can do beforehand to help reduce your daily cooking time. For example: » Marinate proteins a day or two ahead of time. » Peel and cut veggies and store them in your refrigerator. » Mix up any spices or sauces you might need, labeling them clearly. 3. Keep quick, tasty options at-the-ready Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite between Zoom meetings, creating a home tailgating spread to watch the game, or just having a fun date night in, frozen seafood is a great option that might not normally be on your grocery list. Fortunately, the frozen seafood aisle has so many great options to choose from that you can keep a variety on-hand. Some products that deliver on quality, taste, and convenience are SeaPak’s Budweiser Beer Battered Shrimp, Budweiser Beer Battered Cod, and Budweiser Beer Battered Crab Poppers. For a fresh, restaurant-inspired experience at home, try 18


making these Budweiser Beer Battered Shrimp Lettuce Cups with Mango Avocado Salsa. For this recipe, you could also try making the shrimp in the air fryer since you have it out of storage already. The good news is you do not need to defrost the frozen shrimp before you start cooking them. You can just pull them straight from the freezer and pour them out of the bag into the air fryer basket!

Budweiser Beer Battered Shrimp Lettuce Cups with Mango Avocado Salsa

Ingredients: » 1/2 of 12-ounce package SeaPak Budweiser Beer Battered Shrimp » 1 Roma tomato, chopped » 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and jalapeño finely diced » 1/2 mango, peeled and chopped » 1/2 avocado, chopped » 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro » 1/2 lime, juiced » Salt and pepper, to taste » 8-12 leaves of Bibb or other butter lettuce Directions: Cook Budweiser Beer Battered Shrimp in air fryer or according to any of the other package directions and keep shrimp warm. In medium bowl, combine Roma tomato, jalapeño, mango, avocado, cilantro, and lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. To assemble each lettuce cup, place Budweiser Beer Battered Shrimp in center of lettuce leaf and top with the mango avocado salsa. Serve immediately. For more recipe inspiration, visit www.SeaPak.com/recipes.

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ever wondered how many light bulbs are in each chandelier in the grand lobby? How has the seating capacity changed throughout the years? What event attracted the biggest crowds? Which Broadway show brought 12 semi-trucks full of scenery, sets, and costumes? Learn these details and more about the history, performances, and complete renovation of the Official State Theatre of Tennessee. You’ll go to areas not usually open to the public and walk away with a better understanding and appreciation for this architectural and cultural gem. Basic Tour Select Tuesdays at 11 am, 60-75 minutes A guided walkthrough featuring the fascinating history, renovation, and performance highlights of the theatre. Attendees will tour the grand lobby, auditorium, stage, and dressing rooms. All areas are accessible by elevator if needed. Deluxe Tour Select weekdays at 1 pm and Saturdays at 11 am and 1 pm, 90-100 minutes An in-depth discovery of the theatre’s rich

history, comprehensive renovation and its performances, past and present. In addition to the grand lobby, auditorium, stage, and dressing rooms, attendees will visit the projection booth, attic, and fly floor while learning more about the theatrical equipment that brings the shows to life. Some areas are accessible only by several flights of stairs. Family Tour Select weekdays at 1 pm, 60-75 minutes This tour is designed for families with children under 12 years old. A guided walkthrough featuring fun facts, fascinating history, details about the theatre’s renovation, and the opportunity for kids to try out their “stage voice.” Children will receive an activity page utilizing what they discover on the tour, and coloring pages to enjoy at home. This one is for the adults, too! All attendees will learn about Knoxville’s Grand Entertainment Palace and will tour the grand lobby, auditorium, stage, and dressing rooms. All areas are accessible by elevator if needed. With the health and safety of all tour participants in mind, tour group sizes will be very limited. Should your selected tour time

reach capacity, we will contact you to offer space in another time slot as available. » All attendees will be required to wear a face covering and will be subject to health screening protocols before entering the theatre. » Please arrive 15 minutes early so the tour can begin on time. » Personal photography with a point and shoot camera is permitted. No professional photography. » The Tennessee Theatre reserves the right to exclude certain areas/spaces on the tour due to unexpected maintenance or repairs. » While all are welcome, Basic and Deluxe tours are geared for attendees aged 12 and up. For younger ages, we suggest the Family tour. » Advance reservations are required. Tours are held throughout November and December. To book your tour, visit www. te nnesseetheatre .com /visit/tour-thetennessee. Your tour ticket helps support the Tennessee Theatre and its non-profit mission. We hope to see you behind the scenes at the Tennessee Theatre!

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OLUNTEER REGISTRATION is now open for the 31st Ijams River Rescue on Saturday, November 21, from 10 am to 1 pm. Ijams Nature Center’s annual community-wide event focuses on removing trash and tires from 32 sites along the Tennessee River and its creek tributaries from the river’s headwaters in Knoxville to the shores of Loudon County. “This event was originally scheduled for March 28, but the pandemic forced us to postpone it,” said Amber Parker, Ijams Executive Director. “Because the cleanup is outside and volunteers can distance themselves from each other or work with family members and friends in their own ‘bubble,’ it’s something we can do safely to bring the community together and make a difference.” Volunteers can register using an interactive map of clean-up sites at www.ijams.org/ijams-river-rescue. Slots are filled on a first come, first served basis and typically book quickly. The deadline to register is November 14 or until all slots have been filled. Join in on some good, “clean” fun and make a difference! Come on your own or form a group with family members, friends, corporate teams, scout troops, or church groups. Bags and gloves are provided, and each location has a site captain to assist volunteers. Help make the Greater Knoxville area an even better place to live, work, and play! 22



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INTER IS just weeks away, and it’s time to get prepared for colder, wet weather. PremierGarage of Knoxville offers custom solutions to make your garage more functional this winter, as well as the rest of the year. An organized garage will help your family be more comfortable and safe, protect your vehicles and belongings, and enhance your home with a combination of garage storage cabinets, wall-hanging systems, and a durable PremierOne® floor. Garage Storage Cabinets Eliminate Clutter with Custom Organization Garages are famous for clutter, the catchall for anything that doesn’t have a “place” or fit Even a small area in the house. Stacks of random stuff take up of cabinets and valuable floor space - meaning parking your slatwall creates large storage options. car outside and then scraping frost and ice off your car windows - ugh! Custom garage storage cabinets capture unused vertical space, providing maximize safe storage for all your needs… » Enclosed cabinets with adjustable shelves allow you to configure your storage for exactly what you have - seasonal decorations, warehouse club bulk items, sports memorabilia, etc. » Optional locking doors and drawers keep toxic chemicals and dangerous tools secure from children and pets. » Create a mudroom at the connecting house door so wet coats and boots don’t make it inside. Wall-Hanging and Overhead Systems Provide Even More Storage Space Along with garage cabinets, wall-hanging systems and overhead racks make your space more efficient by getting everything off the floor so you can actually park cars in the garage - yay! Overhead storage racks are the ideal solution for seldom-used and large items like camping gear, offseason sports equipment, and holiday decorations. Slatwall panels create wall-hanging storage that can be customized with specialty hooks, baskets, and shelves to organize large and small items… » Panels fit perfectly over a workbench to keep tools handy or around windows and corners, providing usable storage. » Related items, like soccer gear or gardening tools, can be grouped in one accessible spot. » Specialty hooks safely and conveniently accommodate large items like bikes, golf bags, and wheelbarrows. Garage Flooring is Functional and Beautiful PremierOne® industry-tough garage floor coating makes your garage a more beautiful space and is extremely low maintenance. PremierOne® floor coating has a 10-year warranty and… » Comes in a variety of colors » Stands up to the heat and friction of hot tires » Is stain and slip resistant » Helps reduce allergens PremierGarage of Knoxville is committed to helping people live better lives through better and safer organization in every area of your home.

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OME OUT to watch them flip the giant switch at dusk, turning on more than 60,000 twinkling lights on Tuesday, November 24, at Founders Park on Campbell Station Road. During Light the Park, a slate of socially-distant activities will be offered, including grab-and-go items from vendors and storybook trails among the 17-acre park that includes walking trails that wind across bridges and along the babbling creek. With additional displays added each year, Light the Park has become a holiday tradition for many locals and visitors alike. Be dazzled by thousands of lighted displays located along the walking trails every evening through Wednesday, January 1, as the park stays open until 10 pm. Park restrooms are open until 10 pm each night except December 25. The event is sponsored by the Town of Farragut, Farragut Parks & Recreation, and Visit Farragut. Check their Facebook page for a calendar of events.




F YOUR HOME isn’t equipped with retractable screens, the answer is surely not as much as you would have liked to! Here in East Tennessee, flying and biting insects can turn your outdoor family gatherings into a nightmare of bugs, forcing you back indoors. But there’s a solution that can transform your outdoor living spaces into a bug-free zone for all the seasons to come. With all us having spent the past months at home, it has become even more popular to create outdoor “rooms” such as porches and lanais. Even with beautiful lighting, luxurious fireplaces, and kitchens complete with grills and refrigerators, flying and biting insects can prevent homeowners from enjoying their outdoor living spaces throughout the seasons. Retractable screens provide the perfect solution! These innovative screens allow you to extend the time that you, family, and friends can spend together outside on your patios by providing shade and keeping annoying, biting insects at bay. Large, motorized screens are a perfect example of how to blend function with comfort. These screens can be recessed into the beams or walls, thereby staying truly hidden when fully retracted. And the best part about retractable screens is that these screening solutions don’t diminish your views of the outdoors or your home’s esthetics, as the screens are in place only when you need them. For the ultimate in elegance, Screens of East Tennessee offers custom colors and wood grain finishes that will blend into virtually any architectural style and provide a seamless transition between your interior and exterior color schemes. These remarkable screens can be programmed to come down or retract according to sun and wind sensors, and they can be connected to your home’s general building automation system to have the screens come down at a specific time of day when extra shade or insect protection is most needed. Now is the perfect time to install retractable screens on your home to take full advantage of our beautiful Tennessee autumn and to be prepared for all of your outdoor activities in the coming year. Why not make it a Christmas gift the entire family will enjoy all year-round? Screens of East Tennessee 865.919.1615 www.tennesseescreens.com www.phantomscreens.com

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ALL HAS finally arrived, and it has been lovely! Temperatures are nice, trees and shrubs are donning their fall colors, and gardeners can work in their yards without having a heat stroke. There is a lot to be done, so let’s get started. » Stop pruning unless we have had a hard freeze. I have probably told 50 people during the past couple of weeks that they shouldn’t prune yet, and it breaks their hearts every time. I know that when leaves start dropping it triggers this urge to start chopping, but please resist. A hard freeze will tell the plant it is time to go dormant, and wouldn’t you prefer to be asleep if someone is cutting on you? Once we have had a hard frost, please call us or research before you start whacking. Don’t prune spring flowering plants or they won’t flower. Don’t prune Hydrangea macrophylla. Don’t commit Crepe Murder! We have handouts on pruning, or you can go to utextension.tennessee.edu and print off an info sheet. An informed pruner means happier, healthier, and prettier plants.

» Many of you are still planting, and you can keep that up. Trees and shrubs can be planted if the ground isn’t frozen. You have probably heard to “dig a $20 hole for a $5 plant,” so let’s talk about correct planting. 1. Dig your hole twice as wide as your root ball but no deeper. Put the soil on a tarp or wheelbarrow. 2. Mix the soil that comes out of the hole 50/50 with a good planting mix or soil conditioner. Why the mix? If you dig a hole in the clay and just fill with the planting mix, you have made a big clay bowl. It will hold water and the roots will hit that clay wall and turn around. A mix prevents that. 3. Use your fingers or a claw to loosen up the roots on your plant, and I do mean loosen them up! Once a root is the size of a pencil, the direction of growth has been set. If the plant is horribly rootbound, use a saw to remove the outer 1/2" or so. For ball and burlap plants, we now suggest you remove the burlap, because some growers are using synthetics that do not decompose. You can leave the wire cage, but keep in mind that if


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you ever have that stump ground, the cage will destroy the grinder. 4. Place your plant into its hole and backfill with the soil mixture. Press the soil firmly around the root ball. Don’t plant too deep! It is best for the root ball to be at or slightly above the level of the surrounding soil. 5. Water your plant well and use a root stimulator to help feeder roots establish. Mycorrhizae can also help with root growth. 6. Continue watering any week that we do not get 1" of rainfall. Rain has been abundant this year, but you cannot depend on that continuing. We have no idea what Mother Nature will send next! 7. Apply mulch no more than 3" deep. Donuts, not volcanoes! Don’t pile mulch around the trunk or you will encourage disease, critters, and air roots. » If you didn’t do a good cleanup of your beds last month, do that now. Clear out debris and cut back dead or dying foliage on perennials. Remove annuals that are still in place and replace them with pansies or violas. Pull up weeds and apply Preen or another pre-emergent. Make sure you are getting up any leaves that had disease or insect problems so they don’t overwinter in the soil. » Replace annuals in containers with pansies or evergreen foliage to get ready for the holidays. There are countless good ideas in magazines, on TV, and on Pinterest for you to follow, or let us help you make good choices. » Some of you are dealing with lots of leaves. If possible, chop them up with your mower and put the chopped leaves around your plants. It is a wonderful natural fertilizer. If it isn’t possible, get the leaves off your grass. If you can’t see the blades, your lawn is suffocating. » Fall is a good time to gently fertilize trees and shrubs. It is best to use an organic product so you don’t shock them or simply add root stimulator. Most root growth (up to 85%) occurs during fall and winter, so a little boost is helpful. I will finish with a reminder that we are a great source for Christmas décor. Our cut trees and greenery come from a familyowned farm in North Carolina, and our poinsettias are grown on my family’s farm in Pall Mall, TN. We have a wonderful selection of ornaments and gifts as well, so stop in and do some Christmas shopping with less traffic and fewer crowds!

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Knoxville’s Adelia Armstrong Lutz: A Talented and Devoted Artist



was a Knoxville artist active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She helped organize a number of art and cultural circles in Knoxville - most notably, the Nicholson Art League - and was active in many social circles. During her lifetime, she exhibited throughout America, including the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and the 1897 Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition in Nashville. Her artwork is on permanent display at her former home, Historic Westwood. Born Adelia Ann Armstrong at the home of her maternal grandparents in Jefferson County, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Robert and Louise Armstrong and granddaughter of Drury Payne Armstrong, an early Knoxville landowner whose house, Crescent Bend, still stands on Kingston Pike. She grew up in Bleak House, the antebellum mansion built by her father. Having always had a natural talent for art, Adelia was known to doodle in her school books and paint flowers on her book covers in her youth. She often dramatized poems and her favorite novels by creating illustrations to go along with the readings. She also had a strong artistic kinship with her father, who was an amateur artist. Lutz was known to paint a wide variety of subjects but was especially fond of portraits, landscapes, and animals. She also had a gifted talent for painting flowers, especially hollyhocks. In addition to her original works, she often painted copies of old masters that she studied in art school and museums. Lutz not only painted for study, but she was frequently commissioned to paint portraits, routinely entered her paintings in competitions, and exhibited her work throughout the south. Adelia honed her already exceptional talents by attending two prestigious art schools. In the spring of 1885, at the age of 26, she first studied at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and then continued her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia that winter. When Adelia returned from her studies, she married John E. Lutz in February 1886 and spent the next two years teaching art lessons in painting, drawing, and embroidery alongside her friend and colleague, Sally Thomas. In 1890, John and Adelia built their grand home, Westwood, located on Kingston Pike. The home, designed by noted Knoxville architect Baumann Brothers, was built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, which was very prominent at the time. The crown 38


Adelia painting in her studio

Historic Westwood Studio

jewel of the house was an art studio and gallery where Lutz painted and displayed her art, inspiring her students and circle of family and friends. The studio consists of one long room resembling a cathedral, with a high ceiling and skylights. Adelia had the walls painted her preferred color of red, and the fireplace bordered with portraits of her favorite authors on hand-painted tiles. An undated newspaper article praised the design and ambience, describing the studio as: “A special room, with beautiful inlaid oak floors and a dado of low bookcases, has been

set aside in Mrs. Lutz’ home for the display of the work of her brush. It is a room in which both the art lover and the book lover would sit and look and dream.” Lutz spent her lifetime committed to the local art community here in Knoxville, serving as the president of the Nicholson Art League in 1903-1904 and remaining an active member until her death in 1931. She also frequently wrote on the subject of art for the local newspapers, and gave lectures on art and culture for local civic and literary clubs. Want to learn more about Lutz and her studio? Visit www.knoxheritage.org / westwood/history-of-westwood. You can also view her paintings in person; they are currently part of the collections of the Knoxville Museum of Art, the East Tennessee History Center, and the Tennessee State Museum. Historic Westwood is the largest public gallery of her work, which is on loan from the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection.

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“Many homeowners sacrifice design for other factors when buying a home, leaving them trying to find ways to make these spaces personal. I encourage homeowners to ask themselves: How can I make this space work for my entire family? Would this room make a better office, home theater, or wine room? Would an addition make our kitchen work more efficiently? Do the finishes in my home really suit me? Ask yourself if your home’s design ‘sparks joy’ for you.” Personal Space, LLC offers homeowners a quality product, professional services, and a reliable partner. Just ask Melinda Bishop, homeowner and Personal Space client. “I had previously worked with Susan and knew that I wanted her to be my contractor on my bathroom remodel,” said Melinda. “I had a few other contractors out for a quote for the remodel. Susan was upfront with me regarding my budget and was willing to work to get as close to my budget as possible. It was a great experience. The

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UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month



situation experienced by gardening enthusiasts is a need for evergreen plants for smaller spaces in their landscape. There are very few trees or shrubs that fit into this category without needing substantial maintenance pruning. Finding plants that don’t require seasonal sheering is always preferred, even for those who are passionate about gardening. Two favorite plants that really fit the bill are Thuja occidentalis ‘DeGroot’s Spire’ and ‘Jantar’. ‘Degroot’s Spire’ was one of the first slender arborvitaes to come to market thanks to plantsman Constant DeGroot of Sheridan Nurseries. He selected a very narrow form of T. occidentalis from a batch of seedlings in 1970 before dying the following year. Sheridan Nurseries then introduced it in 1980, naming it ‘DeGroot’s Spire’ in his honor. Reaching 15-20 feet tall and only 3-4 feet wide in 15-20 years, its medium green foliage is somewhat twisted and turns a dark mossy green during winter. ‘Jantar’ was originally found in Poland in 2000 as a mutation on ‘Emerald Green’ Eastern arborvitae and was introduced into the U.S. in 2012. It is an eye-popping yellow during spring and summer. As cold weather approaches, it takes on a warm amber-gold tone, hence the name ‘Jantar’, which is Polish for amber. Sometimes this plant is sold under the name ‘Amber Gold’. Even though arborvitaes will grow with some shade, the yellow color displayed by ‘Jantar’ is best in full sun. Compared to other gold arborvitaes, it has more lateral branches, making for a much denser plant. Expect it to reach 6 to 10 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide in 10 years. With a striking upright habit, this evergreen will add a dramatic, glowing vertical element to the landscape. Neither of these plants like to be crowded, so it is best to pair them with low-growing shrubs or perennials. They are useful in planters or as part of a privacy screen where space is limited. Whether the area available is small or the landscape simply needs some four-season drama, ‘DeGroot’s Spire’ and ‘Jantar’ will not disappoint. Of course the form of these plants is important with a single, straight, dominant stem (leader), paired with a tapering pyramidal shape being the most desirable. The first years of life are very important as maintenance pruning to ensure a single dominant leader is



Photo by J. Reeves, courtesy UTIA

’Jantar’ can make a lovely vertical statement in the winter landscape. The specimen shown here is at the UT Gardens, Jackson.

‘DeGroot’s Spire’ will reach 15-20 feet tall in maturity and can add a striking vertical element to any landscape.

critical. Inspect new plants for co-dominant stems, and make subordinating cuts or remove competing leaders altogether. More aggressive pruning while the plant is young will lead to better overall structure in maturity. Fall is an absolutely fabulous time to purchase and plant one or both of these beauties. Both plants provide similar forms but provide a choice between emerald green or gold foliage. You can find one or both of these plants at the State Botanical Garden sites in Knoxville and Jackson.

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 utia.tennessee.edu/ state-botanical-garden.



HERE’S A FAMOUS quote about great art that says, “I know it when I see it.” I’m not a fine art connoisseur, but I do know it when I see it. While visiting the home of Boomerocity contributor Jim Kroemer, I noticed two amazing prints he had hanging on his office wall. I inquired about them and shortly thereafter tracked down a couple of prints that were similar to Jim’s. The artist’s name is Michael Cheval, an extraordinary man with a huge, warm heart and a smile that never seems to leave his face. I reached out to Michael by phone at his New York home to chat about his work and how the pandemic has affected him and his career. Unlike many people in the world, Michael told me that the pandemic has had a positive impact on him. “Honestly, it worked very well for me,” said Michael. “For many years, I was between galleries and between cruise ships and auctions and exhibitions. I was rarely in town. I barely was in my studio. It was very inconvenient. There was no time to concentrate; no time to just relax - you know, have like a daydream, let’s say. “We had the last show in March in Florida, and I told my wife who’s also always with me on the road - that I cannot do it anymore. I need a break. I need at least a six month break just to be in the studio. I have so many ideas, so much in my head, and I need to sit down and concentrate and do something that I eagerly wanted to do. I don’t know, maybe God heard me. I’m sorry that it happened with the pandemic, but it’s not me who created that. “I was born in 1966 in a small town in the south of Russia. It’s near Volgograd, a former Stalingrad city. You remember from history what happened to Stalingrad, and how it turned, in World War II the Soviet Army beating the German Army? Anyway, I was born in an artistic family - full of artists, poets, and musicians. I grew up in this environment, and to me, it was natural to draw, to play instruments, to write poetry, to read a lot of books and illustrate them. So I didn’t actually think about another occupation to do in my life. “My father was an army officer. When I was 14, he was directed to go to East Germany. I spent three years in high school there, and then I served two years in the Soviet Army. I moved to Central Asia to Turkmenistan, which is right in the middle of the desert. The city was built on the oil because Soviets found the oil there. I spent eight years there then graduated school in Ashgabat. I moved back to Russia in ‘94, and in ‘97, I immigrated to United States.” Michael then shared what led to his current body of work.



“I got interested in surrealism,” he said. “Actually, two factors helped me develop my style: First was my childhood dream to be an illustrator from my passion for books and the illustrations. Another was when I was 15, my friend brought me a calendar with Dali’s works. In the Soviet Union, Salvador Dali was prohibited like many other things in fine art, literature, and music. For example, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath were prohibited, and even The Beatles were prohibited. I don’t know why. Salvador Dali’s art was prohibited, and it was impossible to find a book or even a picture of his work, especially living in a small town. And when I saw his paintings, it blew my mind. I said to myself, ‘This guy - he’s crazy, but he’s opening another dimension to me like another gate, another universe.’ “That’s how I came up with my style, which I call ‘absurdity’. Since that time, I started developing my style. When I came to the United States, I already had in mind what I wanted to do - it just needed to be more developed because, honestly, my old works - what I did in Russia - I don’t think I could successfully exhibit in the galleries where I exhibit now in the United States or in Europe, because it was very depressive - it was so dark.” Now, Michael Cheval’s work certainly brightens up the artistic world in the United States. There is so much more to this interview. Watch the entire video on www.boomerocity.com. You can also order Michael’s prints and books directly from him at www.ChevalFineArt.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.

Seniors and Diabetes


OVEMBER IS American Diabetes Month, and the number of Americans suffering from this health issue continues to rise. So what can you do, particularly the elderly population, to protect yourselves from this serious disease? First, let’s look at some statistics. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), just under 10% of the American population have some form of diabetes, 25% of which are people 65 and older. Some experts project those numbers to increase exponentially as our elderly population increases. In its simplest form, diabetes affects how your body turns food into energy. Food is broken down into sugar (glucose) and is then released into your bloodstream. When your blood sugar rises, the pancreas releases insulin to allow your body to use that glucose as energy. With diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin so the blood sugar remains in your bloodstream, which can lead to serious health issues. Senior citizens are typically at risk for type 2 diabetes, which results from lifelong eating and lifestyle habits. Inactivity, genetics, diet, excess fat, and even demographics can play a role. But routine monitoring and lifestyle changes can combat diabetes. Therefore, it’s crucial to take steps toward leading a healthier life by: 1. Better eating habits – Choose healthier food options, including more vegetables, nuts, and fruits. 2. Exercise – Get up off the couch and get active! Walk or jog regularly or join a gym if you need the structure. 3. Weight loss - If you do 1 and 2 above, you’re likely to experience weight loss as a result! 4. Routine medical checkups – If you experience any of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, check with your doctor right away: - Frequent urination - Extreme hunger or thirst - Fatigue - Blurred vision Stay on top of your blood sugar levels and take the necessary steps now to lead a healthier lifestyle. Getting diagnosed with pre-diabetes does not inevitably mean you’ll end up with diabetes, but it does mean you need to act quickly to enjoy a long and healthy retirement! Parkview West Knoxville – Broome Road 865.357.2288

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New Exhibitions Opening at the Emporium Center on November 6


Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from November 6-24. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, November 6, from 5 to 8 pm. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store. Our Language – Creative Photography by Jürgen Dopatka, Elena Ganusova, and Andreas Koschan in the Main Gallery These artists each use creative photography as their language to tell stories about the world in which we live. Jürgen Dopatka’s photographs encompass the range of four decades of pursuing photography as a serious hobby, showing his evolvJürgen Dopatka ing subjects, vision, and technique. The focus of his work is black and white images due to its potential for artistic expression (including abstract). In his native Germany, he quickly developed an interest for modern architecture, discovering patterns, repetitions, curves, light, and shadows, which then spilled into nature and other subjects as well. Elena Ganusova was born and raised in Siberia. She fell in love with photography as a young child when her father introduced her to the magic of black and white photography. Her interest in photography grew stronger leading Elena Ganusova her to certification from the University of Tennessee. Her photography services include family, senior, and children portraiture, lifestyle and environmental portraiture, engagement and weddings, and photo restoration. Andreas Koschan grew up in the divided city of Berlin, Germany, and has spent the last 20 years in East Tennessee. These differing life experiences have contributed to his unique view of the world. He is an engineer and scientist who taught and conducted research at the Technical University Berlin, Germany and the University of Andreas Koschan Tennessee, during 44


which time he co-authored five books and more than 100 conference papers on digital image processing and image analysis. Recently, he became interested in adding an artistic component to his technical background. He uses photographic imagery to tell stories about the world in which we live. Recent Works by the Emporium Center’s Tenant Artists in the Balcony The 15 artists whose studios are located in the Emporium Center are proud to present an exhibition of recent works in a variety of media such as collage, fiber works, mixed media, painting, and photography. These artists include Sheila Chesanow, Derrick Freeman, Connie Gaertner, Judi Gaston, Tobertha Jackson, Diana Kilburn, Katie Kinney, Fritz Massaquoi, Wokie MassaquoiWicks, Pam Radford, Chris Rohwer, Robin Rohwer, Gayla Seale, W. James Taylor, and Sandy White. The Emporium Center is Knoxville’s first true arts center. Built in 1898 as the original home of a prestigious furniture company, the Emporium housed a wholesale goods distributor and later became a textile manufacturing facility that fulfilled military contracts. The two adjacent buildings and the vacant lot were the location of the “Parthenon of Country Music,” which served as the home of the WNOX Mid-Day MerryGo-Round. The space houses multiple art galleries showcasing local and regional artists with exhibitions that change each month. The Emporium also houses administrative offices of six non-profits, as well as studios for 15 individual artists. Stephen Brayfield: Slightly Disturbing Watercolor Paintings with Mildly Irrational Ramblings by Tonya Wunder on the North Wall Artists Stephen Brayfield and Tonya Wunder explore darker themes through a kind of eccentric, personal mytholo g y. A t t i m e s , Wunder will provide poetic captions for Brayfield’s original paintings, and conversely, he is inspired to paint by something she reads. With this new exhibition, Brayfield Stephen Brayfield e x p e r i m e n t s and Tonya Wunder w i t h a d i f f e r e n t

presentation of watercolors. Departing from the traditional mat, frame, and glass, he mounts them on cradled panels and seals them with cold wax medium. Buechel Studio: Action Expressionism in the Atrium The Eric Buechel Fine Art Studio presents a creative collaborative of Cumberland-area artists who will display abstract works (primarily painting). The five artists include Eric Buechel, Sharon Bush, Pat Schudiske, Jerry Sparks, Mike Sparks, and Bob Stevens. Movement and unpredictability, along with geometry and familiarity, are combined to create “action expressionism.” In these paintings, drawings, and three-dimensional pieces, the artists’ images interweave various historical modes of abstract art. The end result is an expansive vocabulary of visual motifs that connect all the pieces together.

Bruce Bunting Bruce Bunting: Paper in Three Dimensions in the Display Case Bruce Bunting’s introduction to papermaking came from his work as an automotive engineer, which included a cellulosic biofuel project with a commercial paper mill. He became more interested in the paper than the biofuel, which led to reading papermaking books, taking papermaking classes, and visiting paper mills and paper artists. Papermaking combines art, materials, chemistry, and equipment in a way that fits his interests and background. He is now shifting toward large sheet paper production and working in collaboration with other artists. The paper in this new exhibition represents many of the techniques for forming three dimensional paper objects, including pouring, casting, stenciling, wet forming, dry forming, and embedding objects. The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Please note that the Emporium will be closed November 25-27. For more information, call 865-5237543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

Your Dog’s Begging Eyes T

HANKSGIVING and Christmas

will be here soon with the aroma of delicious turkey, yummy pies, and freshly baked goods in the air. Dogs smell those, too! Although it’s tempting, don’t give in to his begging eyes by sharing your feast with your dog. Many pet owners aren’t aware that poultry bones splinter easily, so they should NEVER be fed to dogs. Splintered and whole bones can lodge inside, or perforate, a dog’s intestine - yikes! Too much cooked turkey can cause serious inflammation of the pancreas, leading to vomiting and dehydration. Your dog’s stomach will also become upset by eating high-fat foods like avocado, coconut/coconut oil and nuts, citrus fruits, and dairy products. Be wary of sweeteners, especially Xylitol, which can result in canine low blood sugar, a cause of liver failure, and also of salty foods that may induce electrolyte imbalance and vomiting. Food issues can also cause seizures. So please remember

- people food is only for people! The best way to love your pet is by giving him goodies made just for dogs - a treat-filled Kong or Buster Cube, or a special toy. If you keep him occupied while you are cooking and enjoying your holiday meals, you won’t be tempted to give in to his begging eyes! Arrange a canine-only celebration for your four-legged kids at Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits during the holidays. Special activities are planned, as well as homemade, wholesome, healthy doggy treats like sweet potato biscuits and carrot muffins Thanksgiving weekend! Homemade seafood dog biscuits and gravy are a staple for guests at Ms. C’s. Call 865-986-6325 today for reservations or visit www.MsCsBedandBiscuits.com.

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Christmas in the City Events in Downtown Knoxville


HIS YEAR, the City of Knoxville’s annual Christmas in the City celebrations have been adapted to safely accommodate participants and reduce the risks of spreading Covid-19 during the holiday season.

New Events

Holiday Films at Midway Drive-In
 The Drive-In at the Midway series at Chilhowee Park will present holiday films on Fridays, November 20 and December 4. Film titles will be announced the first week of November. Admission is free, but space is limited, and participants must register in advance to reserve a space.

 Neighborhood Holiday Trails City of Knoxville’s Office of Special Events, in collaboration with the Office of Neighborhoods, challenges Knoxville’s neighborhoods to show off their twinkling lights, garland, bows, and more for the firstever Knoxville Neighborhood Holiday Trails.

If you live in a neighborhood or on a street that would like to participate, email Eden Slater in the Office of Neighborhoods at eslater@ knoxvilletn.gov to register. The city will create a map of participating neighborhoods and make them available for residents who would like to take a driving tour of festive décor.

Modified Events

Downtown Holiday Decorations B e g i n n i n g M o n d ay, Nove m b e r 23, downtown Knoxville will be decked out in lights and greenery - including Krutch Park’s forest of twinkling trees and the 42-foot Christmas tree in the Krutch Park Extension on Gay Street - just in time to serve as the background for fun family photos and selfies! 

 Holidays on Ice Relocates The Holidays on Ice skating rink will relocate from Market Square to the Civic Coliseum, where the Knoxville Ice Bears play hockey. The larger rink will allow skaters additional space

to practice physical distancing. Starting Friday, December 11, Holidays on Ice will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with extended hours during Knox County Schools’ winter break. The full schedule will be posted soon.

 Peppermint Trail Continues Market Square will shine with new, peppermint-themed lighting displays provided in partnership with the Downtown Knoxville Alliance. Downtown visitors should look out for Window Wonderland decorations and special holiday treats on the menus and shelves of businesses participating in the Peppermint Trail.

Canceled Events

Celebration of Lights will not be held on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Christmas at Chilhowee Park and the WIVK Christmas Parade will not be held due to the large crowds they traditionally draw. “Even though some of our celebrations won’t be the same as our normally planned events, our office is still excited about Christmas in the City this year,” said Judith Foltz, Director of the Office of Special Events. “So plan to join us in counting down to Christmas!” To keep up with the Christmas in the City events, download the City of Knoxville’s Special Events app and search for “Knoxville Events.” Events and updates can also be found at www.knoxvilletn.gov/christmas. November 2020 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE



November 3: Election Day. November 5-8: The Tempest at Knoxville Children’s Theatre. November 6: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. November 6 & 7: Marble City Opera presents Winterreise at First Baptist Church Downtown Knoxville, 1006 Locust Street at 7:30 pm. November 7: Yacht Rock Revue Drive-In Concert to benefit the Bijou Theatre at Wilderness at the Smokies at 6 pm. November 7-15: Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon (virtual). November 8: Old City Mini Market at Jackson Terminal from 11 am to 4 pm. November 10: Tour the Tennessee Theatre (basic tour) at 11 am. November 10: Random Acts of Flowers After Hours Workshop 2936 Middlebrook Pike from 6 to 8 pm. November 11: Veterans Day. November 12-14: The Tempest at Knoxville Children’s Theatre. November 13-15: 38th Annual Christmas Fair at Knoxville Expo Center. Friday 2 to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday noon to 5 pm. November 14: Veterans Salute 5K/10K and Fun Run at Farragut Community Center, 239 Jamestown Blvd from 7:30 to 10:30 am. November 14: Breakthrough Run/Walk for Autism. Race starts at Regal Cinemas in Turkey Creek from 8:30 to 11 am. November 14: UT Football vs. Texas A&M at Neyland Stadium. November 14: ET Bluegrass Association Jamboree at Ijams Nature Center from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. November 14 & 15: Hobie Kayak 2nd Annual Tournament of Champions at Farragut Community Center. 46


November 15: Clarence Brown Theatre’s 50th Birthday Bash (virtual event) at 6:30 pm. November 19: Sam Bush at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. November 20: Holiday Films at the Midway Drive-In at Chilhowee Park. November 21: 31st Annual Ijams River Rescue at Ijams Nature Center from 10 am to 1 pm. November 21 & 22: Tennessee Theatre: Portrait Photo Sessions. Reserve your spot for professional photos taken inside the theatre. November 22: Home for the Holidays Makers Market & Expo at The Press Room, 730 N Broadway from 9 am to 6 pm. November 22: Old City Mini Market at Jackson Terminal from 11 am to 4 pm. November 23: Knoxville’s Christmas in the City. Lights and greenery downtown at various locations through January 1. November 24: Light the Park at Founders Park on Campbell Station in Farragut. Lights are on until 10 pm each night (except December 25) through January 1. November 26: Thanksgiving Day. November 26: Hot to Trot 5K/10K and Fun Run begins at Fleet Feet in Turkey Creek from 7:30 to 11 am. November 27: After Thanksgiving Hike at Seven Islands State Birding Park. November 27-29: Christmas in the Cave at Historic Cherokee Caverns. Friday from 5 to 9 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 3 to 9 pm. November 27: Downtown Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt in downtown Knoxville through January 3. November 27: Downtown Peppermint Trail in downtown Knoxville through January 3. November 28: Tour the Tennessee Theatre (deluxe tour) at 11 am and 1 pm. All event dates and times subject to change.


Christmas at Biltmore

125th Anniversary


of the holidays combines with the nostalgia of the past to create a holiday experience like no other at Biltmore. Christmas at Biltmore begins November 6 and runs through January 10, 2021. Grand décor of more than 100 hand-decorated and styled Christmas trees, 25,000 ornaments, 100,000 holiday lights, nearly 6,000 feet of garland, 1,200 traditional poinsettias, and additional favorite holiday plants will grace Biltmore House and the estate combined. 125th Anniversary of the opening of Biltmore House It was Christmas Eve 1895 when Biltmore’s founder, George Vanderbilt, first opened the doors of Biltmore House to family and friends. Just as the first guests slipped away from daily life to delight in the grandeur of the estate, those who visit 125 years later this holiday season are invited to find comfort, joy, and peace of mind in Biltmore’s Christmas traditions. Biltmore’s design team has interpreted the theme of “An 1895 Christmas” into this year’s holiday décor, taking inspiration from the estate’s archives with a focus on a traditional and classic Christmas. Two experiences are available to enjoy Biltmore during the holiday season: The Christmas at Biltmore daytime house tour experience and the Candlelight Christmas Evenings nighttime house tour experience. The entire estate is open to guests as part of admission to either Christmas experience. Christmas at Biltmore, November 6 – January 10 This beloved tradition includes a daytime tour of Biltmore House while the estate is adorned with holiday decorations that number in the thousands. A daytime visit to Biltmore is a feast for the senses, featuring wreaths, garlands, and the sparkle of ornaments. From Biltmore House to the Winery and Antler Hill Village, guests will want to linger on the estate to experience all that Christmas at Biltmore has to offer. Candlelight Christmas Evenings, November 6 – January 9 Biltmore House glows with candlelight and firelight during this nighttime tour, changing the daytime visit’s mood and experience. Candlelight Christmas Evenings allow guests to step back in time with an experience reminiscent of the Vanderbilt’s first Christmas spent in Biltmore House in 1895. Musicians stationed throughout the house perform seasonal favorites. Setting the scene is a 55-foot Norway spruce encircled by 36 illuminated evergreens and shrubs sparkling in the center of the front lawn. Hand-lit luminaries line the walkway to Biltmore House. Holiday highlights on the estate’s grounds In addition to touring Biltmore House, holiday activities abound throughout the season. Guests can stroll through seasonal blooms and an array of tropical plants inside the Conservatory in the Walled Garden. Holiday plants and flowers will be on display, including poinsettias, amaryllis, Christmas cactus, bromeliads, orchids, peace lilies, and more. The Conservatory will also feature Christmas tree-shaped planters with potted plants and natural materials. The estate’s winter gardens and miles of peaceful trails are also available for exploring. Biltmore’s European-inspired village, Antler Hill Village, will have appearances from Santa for pictures and to hear wish lists from guests. An elaborate model train display featuring replicas of the country’s most unique train stations, Biltmore Gardens Railway, will be decorated for the holidays. As evening falls over Antler Hill Village, a constellation of holiday lights will illuminate trees, quaint buildings, the Winery tunnel, and walking paths. Estate restaurants will offer favorite seasonal dishes and craft cocktails. Bonfires will take place in Antler Hill Village with s’mores kits available for purchase at The Creamery, as well as The Kitchen Café inside Village Hotel. Adding to the estate’s many shopping options, new this year will be Photos courtesy of The Biltmore Company

a Christmas pop-up shop, located in the Legacy at Biltmore building, stocked with everything needed to celebrate the season. At the Winery, free tastings of wines will be offered, as well as the opportunity to purchase wines, including the commemorative Christmas at Biltmore Red Wine and Christmas at Biltmore White Wine. The Winery will also feature a special 125th Anniversary Sparkling Wine, which commemorates the opening of Biltmore House on Christmas Eve 1895. Wine bundles handpicked especially for gift-giving will also be available. Overnight stays in holiday-wrapped accommodations Biltmore’s lodging properties - Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate and The Inn on Biltmore Estate - will feature iconic Christmas trees and festive seasonal flourishes in their lobbies this holiday season. For those seeking a luxurious retreat with personalized service, The Inn on Biltmore Estate has received the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Fourstar rating every year since opening in 2001. Accommodations are in a private hilltop setting with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Guests love to relax and soak in the mountain views in Adirondack chairs on the Grand Terrace. Special holiday packages at The Inn are available. Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate is a convenient home base for those wanting to be steps away from shopping, restaurants, the illumination in Antler Hill Village, the Outdoor Adventure Center, Biltmore Winery, and more. Special holiday packages at Village Hotel are available. Visit information Christmas at Biltmore will maintain Biltmore’s health and safety measures in all operations while sharing the joy and the magic of the season with guests. For more information about visiting the estate during the holidays, call 877-BILTMORE or visit www.biltmore.com/christmas. November 2020 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE




ANY AMERICANS’ vacation plans have been delayed or canceled due to safety concerns and travel restrictions. However, making time for a mental break is important as individuals attempt to manage ongoing stress related to Covid-19. Americans are reporting feelings of isolation, burnout, and a need of a break after months of quarantine, working from home, and limited social interaction. Nearly two-thirds (62%) of Americans haven’t taken a vacation day, much less a trip, since the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, according to a survey conducted by travel website Hotwire. Interest in local travel and shorter trips, however, is growing. In fact, 72% of Americans are still planning or are interested in travel sometime this year, despite a desire to take additional precautions to stay healthy. “It’s important to not only flatten the Covid-19 curve, but also the mental health curve,” said Dr. Mike Dow, a brain-health expert and New York Times best-selling author. “A short getaway can be a long-term investment in your mental well-being. Changing your surroundings can actually boost dopamine in the brain, which can improve your mood and energy and provide a muchneeded self-care boost.” If you’re looking to test the travel waters, consider these tips from Hotwire and Dow on how to be prepared, not scared, when traveling: Make it short and sweet. Quick breaks can provide benefits similar to those of a longer vacation, and even a brief change of scenery can help you recharge. An



overnight or weekend trip can be enough to give your brain the rest it needs. Book at the last minute. Consider booking a trip shortly before you want to depart so there’s no risk of your plans changing due to unexpected travel restrictions. Many hotels and travel sites now list the cleanliness and safety measures being taken, so you can take this into account when booking your accommodations. Despite what you may think, you can also take advantage of last-minute discounts on booking sites like Hotwire, whose Hot Rate deals often get even better the week before departure. Do your pre-trip research. It’s important to check for the most recent local or regional travel recommendations in both your city and your destination before you plan a trip. Look into what facilities are open and whether occupancy limits or reservation requirements may affect your plans. Also check into any travel limitations and whether you will be subject to quarantine upon arrival or after visiting certain locations. Stay close to home. Consider local destinations or those within easy driving distance - like area state parks, Gatlinburg, Chattanooga, and Western North Carolina. It’s the change in routine, rather than how far you go, that can benefit your mental health, so explore a more regional place closer to home while reaping the same restorative benefits of a more exotic location. For more information on how to travel safely, or to find last-minute travel deals, visit www.hotwire.com or download the app. Graphics courtesy of Hotwire

Clinton Glass SUCCESS

As a business owner I receive calls every day from advertising reps asking me to spend money with them. Whether it’s print, radio or television, they all suggest that their advertising method is the best way to get my message out to potential clients. They have a high hill to climb, because Everything Knoxville already does a great job of finding potential customers for us. Everything Knoxville puts out a quality monthly publication that is mailed directly to homeowners. That means my customers pull the magazine directly out of their mailbox, making it more likely for them to read. We track our client phone calls from several advertising sources, and Everything Knoxville does better dollar for dollar than any other publication I’ve advertised in. Thanks Judy and Tom!

Greg & Kim Stowell

Owners of Clinton Glass

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“Many Advisers Bring Success” B Y TO M I R M E N



proverb goes on to state that “plans go wrong for lack of advice.” It has been two decades or more since the popular Marlboro man commercials were barred from television. The iconic Marlboro man portrayed in these commercials was a rugged individualist whose independence was viewed as courageous by many. However, in the years since, this same independence is now perceived by some as a major character flaw; an individual who placed his reliance on his own independence rather than on the advice and recommendations of trusted friends and mentors. As an entrepreneur, it is customary that the final decision on issues comes down to your choice. But it can be a huge mistake to make your decisions in the absence of the recommendations and advice of a few

Seeking the advice of knowledgeable advisers on important decisions is not only critical to your success in making important decisions, but it can also avert the consequences of poor choices.

trusted advisers. I’m always surprised by the number of small business owners that elect to go it alone, much like the Marlboro man. Some entrepreneurs prefer the freedom of independent decision making instead of relying in part on the advice of others. But unless you possess the wisdom

of Solomon, this type of decision making seems ill advised. Seeking the advice of knowledgeable advisers on important decisions is not only critical to your success in making important decisions, but it can also avert the consequences of poor choices. Confiding in others is not always an easy thing for freeminded entrepreneurs to do, because it requires the courage necessary to place your trust in the wisdom of others. Little courage is required to act alone. But caution must also be exercised not to overthink your decision, waiting for the stars to align. I’ve often observed small business owners who seek out endless advice in order to avoid the fear that can result from making an important decision. Courage is the trademark of the successful entrepreneur, but the entrepreneurs that exhibit the greatest courage are those who are fearless in seeking the advice of trusted counselors and mentors.

It’s Not Your Job to Call Me, It’s My Job to Call You! A

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FEW WEEKS ago, I received a call from an account rep who works with a local business I have been a customer of for several years. He called me on a Monday, left a message, and called me again a few days later. I answered, apologized for not getting back with him yet, and he stopped me to say, “It’s not your job to call me, it’s my job to call you – you’re the client!” When is the last time you have heard that? (Ever?) Having a career in business-to-business sales with years spent in the field, on the road, and hiring, coaching, and managing salespeople, I was pleasantly reminded (actually blown away, and it is still resonating with me) of this very fundamental principal that it is our job to serve and communicate with our customers. He and I talked for a few minutes about

this frequently forgotten philosophy, and his comments backed up his approach: “I’m just doing my job, and because of customers like you, I have one.” Refreshing indeed – and a good reminder for us all. While email is certainly the current norm of business communication and an efficient, unobtrusive way to share information, confirm agreements, and keep in contact, this simple phone call served as a reminder to me that actual live conversations – whether personal or business – are productive, beneficial, and perhaps quite welcomed to those who may be isolated or working from home. As we enter the holiday months and the days are sometimes too quiet, we have a great opportunity to take the time to make an effort to reach out to customers, business associates, friends, and family to cultivate and maintain our vital relationships. Whether professionally or personally – do your job!


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