Everything Knoxville October 2019 Edition

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“We carefully select all of our vendors and subcontractors in order to provide our clients with the same high level of customer service we would expect if we were the customer. Without hesitation, we would absolutely recommend Knox Cabinet Co. to anyone considering new cabinetry." - Taya Sharp, Co-Owner of Sharp Design & Construction

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Judy Irmen Publisher + Editor in Chief

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Tennessee Showcase of Fine Artisans event is coming November 1-3.

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their second area showroom, two of Knox Cabinet Co.'s three owners, brother and sister team Lane Thomas and Megan Thomas, are redefining the art of designing affordable, quality kitchen and bath cabinetry in the Greater Knoxville area. Not pictured is Knoxville developer and Synergy Auto Wash owner, Brian Davis.

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season has begun, and from now until January, activities will be focused on holiday events and preparations. From October’s Halloween parties and November’s Thanksgiving family dinners to December’s Christmas gift exchanges and New Year’s Photo by D. Roberts Photography celebrations, it is a very busy three months. And all of our advertisers help make your preparations less stressful by highlighting products and services that will enhance your holiday time with friends and family. This edition of Everything Knoxville is packed with helpful information, as well as product and service descriptions that can benefit you, our readers, during these holiday months. Holidays are traditionally times we open our homes to friends and family, and we want our homes to look their holiday best. October is a great time to ready your home



for guests, and if you are in the market to replace kitchen or bath cabinets or to add some cabinetry to your home, then discover how Knox Cabinet Co. can help make your kitchen or bath holiday ready. Knox Cabinet Co. now has two locations and featured co-owners, Megan Thomas and her brother, Lane Thomas, are ready to assist you in choosing the cabinets to fit your décor. In the area of health, October is designated as breast cancer awareness month, and in this issue, we have information on the 2019 Komen Knoxville Race for the Cure®. Be proactive, take charge of your health, and participate in this fundraiser to help continue to make medical breakthroughs possible in combating and treating breast cancer. So enjoy the fall season with all the activities and fall festivals. And get out into the Smoky Mountains to view the beautiful fall color!

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Discover Your Home’s Showcase Kitchen & Bath at Knox Cabinet Co.


ITH THEIR newly launched

Maryville super-showroom and warehouse, Knox Cabinet Co. now offers East Tennessee homeowners two convenient shopping venues where you can discover how to transform virtually every room in your home. Homeowners agree that their home’s kitchen is the most important room in their home. Our kitchens are the center of our family’s day-to-day living and activities. Our day begins in our kitchen with our first cup of coffee and continues on throughout the day as we cook, dine, and socialize in the kitchen with family and friends. With their extensive lines of beautiful and affordable cabinetry for your home’s baths, den, library, and family room, Knox Cabinet Co. can assist you in transforming your dreams into reality. Whether you’re designing a kitchen for your new dream home or re-designing a new kitchen for an existing home, Knox Cabinet Co. will help you discover that showcase quality look that you’ve been searching for. In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are excited to introduce you to Knox Cabinet Co. owners and area entrepreneurs, Megan Thomas and her brother, Lane Thomas, and area developer and Synergy Auto Wash 6


owner, Brian Davis. If you are in search of the highest quality kitchen and bathroom cabinetry at near wholesale pricing and a turn-key experience, we know you will enjoy this month’s interview with Megan. EK: What first inspired you to open Knox Cabinet Co. and then your second location in Maryville? Megan: Launching Knox Cabinet Co. seemed liked a natural extension of our combined experiences and talents. We have been buying and remodeling existing homes for resale for many years. During this process, we learned the importance of creating dynamic kitchens and baths in the homes we sold. They became the centerpiece of each successful sale. Although we had a wonderful relationship with our cabinet vendor, we began to search for new cabinet lines that offered more options, yet were still affordable. After discovering several new and exciting cabinet manufacturers, we completed our first showroom on Hardin Valley Road in October 2018. Our second and newest location in Maryville makes shopping for cabinetry just that much more convenient for our customers, not to mention the flexibility offered by our large new warehouse. This expansion has also allowed us to add new

lines of cabinetry to ensure that we have the right cabinets at the right price points for all of our customers. We like to refer to both of our showrooms as Discovery Centers, where you can discover all of the possibilities that exist for creating showcase quality kitchens and baths in your home. EK: You have decades of combined residential development, construction, remodeling, and property management experience. How has this helped you at Knox Cabinet Co.? Megan: Because we were the customers for so many years, we gained an appreciation for what homeowners shopping for kitchen and bath cabinetry wanted from their cabinet supplier. Our goal is to make your experience of shopping for quality and affordable cabinetry as easy and as seamless as possible, creating for our customers that showcase quality look they are searching for while remaining within their budget. EK: Tell our readers about the many features and benefits of Knox Cabinet Co.’s kitchen and bath cabinetry. Megan: All of our cabinets are built from all wood construction and all drawers are dovetailed. Just a few of the available options include pull-out trash receptacles, microwave cabinets, spice rack pull-outs, and file drawPhotos by Whitney Jade Photography

ers for starters. But I’m confident that your favorite option will be the multiple stain and paint options and door styles available for you to select from. We can also provide cabinets in your favorite Benjamin Moore and SherwinWilliams colors. These are truly high-end cabinets at a very affordable price. EK: It would appear that many of the standard features of your cabinets are optional with other cabinet manufactures. Megan:At our price point, you would be correct. Homeowners will find that other comparably priced cabinets do not include the soft-close doors and soft-close dovetailed

step of the design process, answer all of your questions, offer recommendations, and even offer CAD drawings using our 2020 design software, which can display your proposed layout design on our 65” flat screen monitors in our dedicated conference rooms. As I mentioned before, our goal has been to make things as easy and seamless as possible for our customers. Our showrooms are open Monday through Saturday, and our in-house designers can assist you with really anything you might imagine – whether it’s providing an opinion on selections or laying out your kitchen with our 2020 design software.

for cabinet installation? Megan: While we are primarily focused on quality and service, we understand that time can be of the essence, particularly when your home is under construction. In these instances, we have developed a system that, with the help of our preferred contractor, allows us to have cabinets installed in our customers’ homes in far less time then you might imagine. EK: How can our readers learn more about Knox Cabinet Co.? Megan: We’d love for readers to visit one of our two showrooms, which are conveniently located at 10238 Hardin Valley

drawers that we offer as standard features. All of these added features can transform an ordinary kitchen and bath into an extraordinary kitchen and bath. EK: Many homeowners will be surprised by both the quality of your cabinets and your competitive pricing. How is that possible? Megan: Our highest priority from the beginning was to feature top quality, affordable, all wood cabinetry that offered the options that we knew our customers would want in order to create that quality, custom kitchen and bath look. We then developed a proprietary business model with low overhead, custom design capabilities, and intelligent logistics and warehousing in order to offer this unique value to all of our customers. EK: Share with our readers your turn-key approach, including sales, design, and custom installation. Megan: I believe this is truly another area that distinguishes Knox Cabinet Co. from its competitors. We already understood the retail cabinetry marketplace from the perspective of the customer. We simply set out to redesign the experience to make it easier and more enjoyable for our customers to achieve their dream of creating the look that they envisioned. Next, we designed our showrooms to feature multiple designer created vignettes to help inspire you to discover that showcase quality kitchen and bathroom within your home. With the assistance of one of our designers, we will guide you through every

And our customers especially appreciate the quality craftsmanship provided by our expert installation team and their more than 20 years of experience. EK: Do you also offer a preferred vendor for cabinet countertops? Megan: Because new cabinets typically require new countertops, each of our vignettes feature a variety of solid surface countertops on all our cabinets designed to inspire you. We also have samples displayed throughout our design showroom for your convenience. Should you discover a surface that you love, we can provide pricing and arrange to have our preferred fabricator/ installer come to your home to measure, fabricate, and install your countertops once your new cabinets are installed. EK: You offer showroom design services. Do you offer in-home design services as well? Megan: In the home construction and remodeling marketplace, I learned that it is often difficult to accurately describe the kitchen or bath design that the homeowner is attempting to achieve. In those instances, we offer an in-home design service to enable our experienced design staff member to see your project firsthand. Sometimes it’s not just about the measurements of the kitchen, but it’s the layout and flow of the rooms adjoining the kitchen, doorways leading to the kitchen, and the style of the house that gives our staff a better perspective when recommending a particular layout, as well as cabinetry options. EK: What is your typical turnaround time

Road in Knoxville and 1414 E. Broadway in Maryville. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling 865-674-5669. Readers can also visit our website at www. knoxcabinetcompany.com or check us out on Facebook at Knoxville Cabinet Co. or Instagram at @knoxcabinetcompany. EK: In closing, is there anything else you would like to add? Megan: We understand that you have many cabinet options to select from, but we would like to encourage your readers to visit one of two our showrooms – even if you are close to making a final decision – to discover the quality of our cabinetry, the wide selection, and competitive pricing available, in addition to our excellent customer service designed to exceed your expectations. Knox Cabinet Co. can also provide your cabinetry needs in your den, library, and family room as well. We challenge you to compare our quality and price and to discover that showcase kitchen and bathroom that is waiting to be discovered in your home.

Knox Cabinet Co. 10238 Hardin Valley Road Knoxville, TN 37932 865.674.5669 1414 E. Broadway Maryville, TN 37804 www.knoxcabinetcompany.com October 2019 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Foothills Craft Guild Who We Are

The Foothills Craft Guild, Inc. (FCG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered in 1968 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to promote fine crafts by (1) setting high standards of creativity and excellence of execution for a variety of handcrafts, (2) providing demonstrations, scholarships, and education about fine craft for people of all ages, and (3) promoting the sale of fine crafts. FCG is the oldest member craft guild in the state of Tennessee and has earned a reputation nationwide as one of the best in the Southeast region.

What We Do

The Foothills Craft Guild was created to: » Encourage the development and appreciation of arts and handcrafts of all types.

» Promote high standards of workmanship in handcrafts. » Conduct educational programs on handcrafts with all ages. » S p o n s o r h a n d c ra f t s h o w s a n d demonstrations. » Engage in activities which contribute to the advancement, development, and appreciate of arts and handcrafts of all kinds.

Our Vision

FCG is excited about the future of fine craft and will continue to set standards that encourage artisans to take advantage of new technologies and techniques to design and create works of beauty. We are dedicated to expanding our educational activities about fine crafts and creating strategic partnerships

to encourage the continuation of fine craft. We will continue to provide a variety of opportunities for the demonstration and sale of fine crafts. Instrumental in continuing our growth, we have hired our first ever Co-Executive Directors, Karen Massey and Elizabeth Thomas, of Kreative Events, LLC.

Upcoming Show

Tennessee Showcase of Fine Artisans will be held November 1-3, with more than 140 artisans and local authors. Tickets are $7 cash and $8 credit card for adults. Children 12 and under receive free admission.

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Closets by McKenry Opens New Showroom Full of Organized Inspiration


TORAGE SHOULD BE beautiful, functional, and complement your lifestyle. Making you organized has been Chris McKenry’s passion for 19 years. Since 2001, he has enjoyed helping clients find relief from their clutter, and now his closet and storage design firm has a new, beautifully appointed headquarters in West Knoxville. A visit to the showroom, located at 201 Center Park Drive, will find inspiration of your home’s potential. Numerous displays are found throughout the showroom highlighting closet designs, a pantry, a laundry, a craft area, office, garage, and home entertainment center. The new showroom also features retail items for the home and gifts. From containers to kitchen items, McKenry is expanding their product line to meet clients’ needs and expectations. In the design center, find samples of the more than 20 finishes available for your custom closet and storage systems and many handles and knobs that become the “jewels” for the doors and drawers. You can see and discover how they feel with your touch. The centerpiece of the design center is a 55” television, which allows clients to comfortably

Showroom display with LED lighting view their closet proposal and visualize what the designs will look like in their home. Newly released accessories are on display: Tie and belt racks, valet rods, scarf racks, hampers, jewelry trays, lingerie drawers, and many other items. The different metal finishes are also on display for consideration: Chrome, matt nickel, matt gold, oil rub bronze, and graphite. Another feature for the ultimate closet is the addition of lighting. Several displays showcase LED lighting in both side panels

and under hanging rods. How much easier can McKenry make getting dressed? Closets by McKenry is a locally owned, independent closet design firm, and their systems are manufactured locally in Sevierville. Visit them in October and register for a complimentary accessory – tie or belt rack or valet rod – with the purchase of your new closet. You will be treated as a guest and not a customer. Closets by McKenry will make your home more functional and beautiful. The friendly staff invites you to take your time and ask questions. They know a new closet, garage, or other storage area is a big decision. Take your time to learn what is available and what is best for you. Closets by McKenry is here to help you better than ever.

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The Freedom Engine: East Tennessee Remembers 9/11 Artifacts on Display at the Museum of East Tennessee History


T H R O U G H October 13, visitors to the Museum of East Tennessee History will have an opportunity to view special items associated with the “Freedom Engine,” a tribute gift from East Tennesseans to New York City following the events of September 11, 2001. East Tennesseans contributed more than $940,000 to purchase and equip a 95-foot tower ladder truck for Harlem-based Ladder Company 14, helping the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) replenish the largest vehicles in the city’s firefighting fleet. The so-called “Freedom Engine” went into service during March 2002 and was dedicated on September 11th of that year. FDNY typically retires their trucks from regular service after about 10 years. The Freedom Engine went into reserve status in 2013. Upon retirement, several artifacts associated with the truck, including a bucket door, captain’s helmet, memorial plaque from the people of East Tennessee, and a presentation plaque containing a piece of World Trade Center metal, were returned to East Tennessee and donated to the East Tennessee Historical Society. These items will be on display through 10


October 13 at the Museum of East Tennessee History, along with a video about the project. You may view the exhibit and artifacts online at the ETHS website at www.easttnhistory.org/ exhibits/freedom-engine. The Museum of East Tennessee History is open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, and 1 to 5 pm

Sunday. The museum is located in the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street in Knoxville. There is an admission charge Monday through Saturday, with each Sunday being Family Day and free to the public. For more information, call 865-2158830, email eths@eastTNhistory.org, or visit www.easttnhistory.org.


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Experience True Dustless Hardwood Floor Refinishing


F YOU HAVE experienced the task of refinishing your home’s hardwood floors in the past, you no doubt were left to deal with all the dust that resulted. Dust from conventional sanding methods can permeate every inch of your home, including your HVAC system, which redistributes that dust to every room in your home. Fortunately, today’s dustless technology from Bona has all but eliminated the dust from refinishing. Does a tota lly dustless ref inishing experience actually exist you might ask? Yes, it does. The fact is that the technology exists today to provide you with a dustless experience, but most refinishers have not yet made the investment required to offer their customers this service. “The dust produced by conventional hardwood refinishing is often deposited all throughout a customer’s home,” said Valera Tomescu, owner of European Fine Hardwood Floors. “This occurs more often than you might imagine. In fact, many homeowners find it necessary to wash walls and the insides of cabinets and vanities in their homes to remove the dust from refinishing and to have their HVAC system professionally cleaned. European Fine Hardwood Floors is the homeowner’s genuine dustless alternative.”

The real secret behind European Fine Hardwood Floors’ dustless guarantee is the technology they rely upon from the number one and undisputed worldwide leader in hardwood floor refinishing industry, Bona. Bona is the manufacturer of the finest hardwood floor refinishing equipment and products in the world. They have invested many years perfecting their dustless containment system, where dust produced from refinishing is safely collected using their patented high-volume containment systems, complete with HEPA filters, that are located outside and not inside your home. There is no need to cover your furniture, cabinets, or vanities. The recipient of the much coveted Bona Craftsman Award for adhering to strict industry quality standards, Valera and his entire team of skilled craftsmen will deliver the dustless experience you want and deserve. Call today and discover the showcase quality hardwood floors that you can have in your home – dustless!

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“European Fine Hardwood Floors completed two separate projects for us. One was damage repair to a pre-finished wood floor in our kitchen caused by a faulty dishwasher, and the second was refinishing floors in a second house that had minor water damage from a faulty refrigerator. We cannot speak highly enough about the professionalism, skill, craftsmanship, and meticulous attention to detail. We trust them completely in both of our homes and will use them again. We offer the highest possible recommendation for European Fine Hardwood Floors.” – David & Lauren Bell

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association Celebrates and Enriches During 75th Anniversary Season


O A K R I D G E Civic Music Association — home of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Chamber Music Series — is Celebrating Our Past, Enriching Our Future during its 2019–2020 75th anniversary season. The Chamber Music Series opens the celebratory season, with Pollard Auditorium the stage for three of the four concerts in the series. The captivating Borealis Woodwind Quintet performs on Saturday, September 7; the world renowned Cuarteto Latinoamericano with guitartist JIJI on Sunday, October 6; and legendary Brazilian classical and jazz guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima on Saturday, April 25, 2020, in a special collaboration with the Knoxville Guitar Society. Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Karen Kartal presents Concertmaster & Friends on Saturday February 1, 2020, at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church performing the Gypsy Quintet with guest composer and mandolin player Jeff Midkiff. Each concert includes a pre-concert talk free with ticket purchase. “Highlights of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra season include John Adams’ Dr. Atomic Symphony, selections from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Felix 12


Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings, Daniel Bernard Roumain’s Tuscaloosa Meditations, Jessie Montgomery ’s Records from a Vanishing City, Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3, and so many more,” said Dan Allcott, Music Director. Allcott is celebrating his 10th season with the organization. Guest artists with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra are Derek Reeves, violin & viola; Jeff Midkiff, mandolin player; and Sound Company Children’s Choir with Katy Wolfe. Both Reeves and Midkiff will participate in a variety of community events beyond the concert hall, and Sound Company Children’s Choir will perform in the 75th Anniversary gala concert, Celebration of Our Past & Future, on Sunday, October 20, at 3 pm. Photographs by Ed Westcott, and MC Melony Dodson, Morning Concert host on WUOT FM 91.9, add to the festivities. The Oak Ridge Chorus will present two concerts in addition to its three concerts with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra. Interim Choral Director Seth O’Kegley leads the Chorus in spirited holiday music by John Rutter on December 7 at 7:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. O’Kegley has programmed arias, choruses, and scenes from

Gilbert & Sullivan for the February 29, 2020, concert at 2 pm at First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge. Anyone interested in joining the Chorus is invited to call 865-4835569. No audition is required. The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is a presenting organization dedicated to providing quality music to the people of Oak Ridge and the surrounding communities, promoting participation in musical performances, and contributing to the musical education of people of all ages. Programming includes the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Series, the unique Chamber Music Series, the free Coffee Concert Series, and the free Family Concert. Subscriptions are available now, with prices starting at $30 for a Young Adult Chamber Music Series subscription. Youth 18 & under attend all subscription concerts free through the Penny4Arts initiative and advertiser support. Individual tickets are available online at www.ORCMA.org or at the door. To purchase or receive more information on the anniversary season and celebratory events, call or email ORCMA at 865-483-5569 or office@ orcma.org. For more information, visit www. ORCMA.org.





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Fall Open House October 18 & 19

Friday & Saturday 10 - 4



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

Located one block west of Renaissance Center/Farragut

a Fall Open House two-day extravaganza! Enjoy the works of local artists and crafters and the début of fabulous Christmas décor, accessories, and gifts. Shop for ornaments, holiday greenery, wreaths, and other accents to decorate your home for fall and Christmas. Prepare your table for all your family and friends with new table linens, from placemats and napkins to table runners and centerpieces... The Town Framery & Gifts has you covered! Shop for unique gift ideas perfect for the holidays, weddings, house warmings, birthdays, and more. Sample all of the dips from Rabbit Creek and jellies from Copper Leaf that are available at the shop for quick and delicious hors d’oeuvres for your next get-together. Enjoy sales tax-free shopping both days, along with a discount coupon on your next framing order! Don’t forget to register for door prizes each day! The staff and volunteers of The Town Framery & Gifts look forward to serving you at the Fall Open House on October 18 and 19 from 10 am to 4 pm both days! Think big… shop small!

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Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit is Back at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center


AST WINTER the Great Smoky

Mountains Heritage Center unveiled their newest holiday tradition with the Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit, and since that time, the members of the Maryville Model Railroad Club have been painstakingly busy in their workshops adding intricate details and design elements to the displays. “We have added so many great new things to discover and cannot wait for folks to see all that we have created!” said Allan Gartner, Club President. “Everyone, including our spouses, has been getting into the work.” “Getting to see the reactions on the children’s and parents’ faces last year made all the work and planning well worth it,” said Logan Hull, Director of Special Events at the Heritage Center. “It truly felt like the holidays! The members of the MMRC put so many hours into the preparation and presentation of the exhibit, we couldn’t be happier with our partnership!” The unique history of the region served as the inspiration behind this seasonal event, and the lumber industry was a key reason for the several communities in Blount County. In the early 19th century, The Little River Lumber Company started hauling lumber out of what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This lumber and the various products related to logging were vital to the community and surrounding areas and were shipped across the country to places like Chicago and many other major cities. After the founding of the National Park, it was the Citizen Conservation Corps (CCC) who was able to utilize these now unused railroad beds and turn them into the hiking trails we know and love throughout the Smokies. After a successful first year, there have 16


been several new additions to the exhibit for this holiday season. One of the new models to see is a replica of the Little River Sawmill that was once located along the Little River in Townsend. More than 90 hours, all volunteered by the MMRC, have been put into this one piece, and it will be completed right before the exhibit opens to the public on Friday, November 8th. The history of the locomotives and lumber in East Tennessee is in H/O scale, which is 1:87, which makes an H/O scale hotel the size of a loaf of bread. With some of the buildings having more than 1,600 parts, the tedious attention to detail is shown in the final product. Another new addition for 2019 is the Smoky Junction Train Discovery Zone for kids. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is offering the chance to be creative and enjoy family time with your kids in our brand new, hands-on Train Discovery Zone. Bring out your junior engineers and conductors, as well as your own inner child, to create, design, and build your very own train landscape. The Heritage Center will supply the track, trains, and toys, and you supply the imagination. Complete with multiple building tables, lots of track, trains, and wooden building logs to create your very own miniature village, everyone in your family will be sure to bring out the curiosity and creativity in all generations. The Smoky Junction Train Discovery Zone is sponsored by Blount Partnership. The Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit and the kids’ Train Discovery Zone will be chugging along on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 9th through January 5th. Admission to the exhibit is included in museum admission ($8 adults, $6 seniors and children ages 6-18). It can also be purchased separately for only $4 for ages 6 and

Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit Hours of Operation: Friday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm Sunday 12 – 5 pm November 8th – January 5th

Museum Hours of Operation through January 5th, 2020: Monday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm Sunday 12 – 5 pm

up. The experience is free to the members of the Heritage Center. Each day that the trains are running a knowledgeable member of the MMRC will be on-site to answer questions and to show how they operate the trains. Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: Blount Partnership, East Tennessee Foundation, Richardson Construction, and Herb Handley. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, which opened in 2006, preserves, interprets, and shares the history and culture of the diverse peoples and Native Americans who have inhabited the Southern Appalachians, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and offers exhibitions and programs for educational and cultural enrichment. It is a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. Located on the “Quiet side of the Smokies” in Townsend, Blount County, the Heritage Center offers gallery exhibits, educational programs, demonstrations, and festivals that guide you on an historic journey through time to visit the diverse cultures of Townsend and Tuckaleechee Cove. For more information, call the Heritage Center at 865-448-0044 or visit www. gsmheritagecenter.org.

Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit

“All aboard” for a new Holiday Tradition for the whole family and railroad enthusiasts.

* NEW FOR 2019!


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Opens November 8 At The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend Created by the Maryville Model Railroad Club

sponsored by Blount Partnership

• An operational HO scale exhibit depicting the trains that ran from Walland to Townsend to GSMNP when the Little River Railroad operated in the early 1900’s. • An operating garden scale model train(s) running through a variety of different landscapes and towns. • An operational O gauge model train(s) winding its way through an enchanting winter scene.

Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday starting Friday, November 8 through January 5, 2020 Friday, Saturday: 10am-5pm Sunday: 12pm-5pm ADMISSION: A boarding pass for

the Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit is included in the museum admission $8 adults / $6 children 6 years or older & seniors 60 years or older. A boarding pass for the Model Train Exhibit only is available for $4. GSM Heritage Center Members receive a Free boarding pass to the Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit. Call 865-448-0044 for more information. The Heritage Center is located between the Townsend traffic light and the national park entrance in Townsend, Tennessee.

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Dining al fresco with family or friends is the perfect way to enjoy beautiful weather. For many people, though, the job of outdoor entertaining can feel somewhat intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. With these simple tips, you’ll end up hosting a memorable, stress-free get-together, whether it’s a lovely patio lunch for two or a party for 20. Keep it cool If the weather on the day of your event is expected to be particularly hot, make sure you plan ways to keep things cool. Set up tables and chairs within the natural outdoor shade or move seating under umbrellas and awnings. You could even set out small spray bottles for guests to cool themselves off, or supply attendees with paper fans you can find at the local dollar store. Keep plenty of ice-cold beverages within easy reach by stocking metal serving tubs with drinks. No tubs? Look around your house for unexpected inspiration. For example, a wheelbarrow or kids’ wagon filled with ice and beverages works great and will reflect the easy summer vibes of your outdoor party. Streamline food prep Being a gracious host shouldn’t mean being stuck in the kitchen. By choosing easy dishes, you’ll make guests happy while freeing yourself up to join in on all the fun. A great place to look for crowd-pleasing appetizers that require little to no prep work is the frozen food aisle. Here you’ll find a variety of high-quality, ready-made options that will help you save time without sacrificing taste. A seasonal favorite that shouldn’t be forgotten is seafood. Brands like SeaPak® make entertaining easy, with a variety of party-ready products like popcorn shrimp, shrimp spring rolls, and butterfly shrimp available at your local grocery store. Vary serving ware Worried about mismatched serving ware? Fret not. This is hardly a problem when it comes to easy, breezy outdoor entertaining. Using an eclectic mix of different pieces, like wooden cutting boards, floral platters, and striped serving trays, is both charming and on-trend. Even the plates that guests use can be a fun hodgepodge of patterns. Keep in mind that if you’re serving food buffet style, you’ll want to have some mesh food covers on hand to protect your dishes. Add outdoor activities By adding some casual outdoor activities to your event, you’ll create 18


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a relaxed, playful mood that will inspire guests to mingle. Puzzles and board games are an ideal complement to all the easy-going conversation, and yard games, like croquet, beanbag toss, and horseshoes, are popular standbys for partygoers both young and old. If kids will be in attendance, keep them occupied with their own activities and supplies, such as bubble blowers and washable sidewalk chalk. Simplify your menu Outdoor meals are all about keeping it simple, so a handful of light and flavorful courses are all you need to keep your guests satisfied. A colorful salad, fresh grilled vegetables, and a few easy main dishes like sandwiches and kebabs make up a perfect seasonal menu. Of course, don’t forget the dessert! Wow your guests with a fruit-topped cheesecake or pound cake. To add a little food fun to your menu, try the Buffalo Shrimp Sandwich recipe above. It will be perfect for setting the outdoor mood. Enjoy!


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» MCT Oil – Extracted from coconut oil and mixed with honey. Good when cooked, as an oral drop, or mixed with food. » CBD Honey Tincture – Mixed with honey and good when cooked, mixed with food, and as an oral drop. » Hemp Seed Oil – Hemp seed is a natural source of protein that contains polyunsaturated and omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants. » Olive Oil – Can be added to salads or foods. The source of CBD is extremely important. Know where the product comes from. CBD from China is low potency and sometimes contaminated. Pick products grown in the United States Extraction Method The best extraction method is CO2 Extraction, which preserves all of the naturally occurring benefits found in the hemp plant. There are some cheap CBD companies that extract CBD with toxic solvents like propane, hexane, or butane, which is extremely hazardous. CBD should never make someone high. Even though hemp contains small amounts of THC (the chemical in marijuana that makes someone feel high), hemp and marijuana are two different plants altogether. How can people make sure they are buying the best CBD oil?

1. Read the label and make sure you know what is in the bottle. 2. Find a company that provides independent lab testing on their products and that makes it readily available to their customers. 3. Some companies have a customer experience team available to answer questions. 4. Third party lab testing-the lab checks for potency and for residual solvents and heavy metals. You can call the lab to verify if the report is real. 5. Do they have a current website? More important, does the brand have a website? Look for an address, email, and phone number. Search the address online to make sure it matches the company’s location. 6. Public feedback – A company’s reputation is very important. Don’t just believe ratings on their website; check other sites for negative information. Seek out news articles of police raids where the product might be mentioned. 7. Sourcing – Who is producing the hemp? Hemp from China tends to be low quality and high in heavy metals 8. Transparency – If a brand has their own farm, are they willing to discuss harvesting and processing practices? Would they be willing to let you visit the corporate office? You don’t have to go that far, but transparency and being willing to communicate with customers is very important. 9. Synthetics – If you see a report that a product has even a hint of synthetic cannabinoids, steer clear. If a product gets someone high, there is a big chance that it contains synthetics.


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R. JOE JOHNSON was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in his 40s and has inspired others in the T1D community with his service at the University of Tennessee and throughout the East Tennessee community while also managing this 24/7 condition. Dr. Johnson is a devoted advocate of diabetes research, sits on countless boards, and has made a tremendous impact on those living daily with T1D. JDRF East Tennessee (formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is proud to honor this legendary member of our community at the JDRF Dream Gala. The black-tie event, chaired by University of Tennessee alumni, Ashley and Ryan Jones, will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center on Saturday, November 9, at 6pm and is expected to draw 500 guests. Tickets are $250, and table sponsorships are available. For more information on event details, including sponsorship, donations, ticket options, auction preview, and volunteer sign-up forms, visit www.jdrf.org/easttennessee/ dreamgala or contact Christine Cloninger at ccloninger@jdrf.org or 865-5440768. All proceeds from the event will benefit JDRF, which is leading the way in creating a world without type 1 diabetes.



Test, Correct, and THEN Train! BY ANDREW HENDERSON, O W N E R O F F I T N E S S TO G E T H E R



I have witnessed many fitness trends come and go, including super-slow training, boot camps, High Intensity Interval Training, crosstraining gyms, and even hanging upside from drapes suspended from the ceiling. And yes, there’s some benefit to each of these fitness options… for the right person. What I love about personal training is how we can recommend the best type of exercises for each client’s current fitness and mobility level. But first we need to assess the client and their ability to move properly. To receive the greatest benefit from your exercises, you should focus first on the areas of your body that are most likely to cause future problems. That may be weak core muscles, inflexible muscles, and poor posture from too much time on computers, smartphones, behind steering wheels, or poorly rehabilitated injuries that still plague you. And almost all of us sit way too much. Typical gym assessments often include the standard weight, blood pressure, and body fat percentage. But fitness professionals are realizing the benefit of seeing how well people move. Programs like Functional Movement Screening© (FMS) help trainers identify flaws in how clients and athletes move and prescribe the appropriate stretches and exercises to help make improvements. Equally important is it lets trainers and clients know which exercises to avoid. The goal of exercise should be to feel better. Knowing what to do and what not to do is the logical first step in a new or existing exercise program. Successful trainers will take time to do baseline measurements with you, as well as determine how well your body moves. They will show you exercises and stretches you can do at home to help improve your in between days at the gym. They will reassess so you can track your progress over time and make adjustments to your program as needed. If working with a professional trainer sounds appealing but beyond your budget, training is likely less than the cost of a few meals at a nice restaurant. You will discover what exercises are best for your particular body, eliminating the pain and frustration from injuries and poor results caused by choosing the wrong exercises. Train smart and be kind!

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2019 Komen Knoxville Race for the Cure®


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Race for the Cure® will be held on Saturday, October 19, at World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville. Why We Fundraise Why do we fundraise for breast cancer access, research, and cures? » Because 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. » Because every 19 seconds, somewhere in the world, a case of breast cancer is diagnosed in a woman. » Because every 60 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer; every 13 minutes, one woman in the U.S. will lose her life to breast cancer. » Because breast cancer knows no boundaries. It affects people of every age, gender, socio-economic status, and location. » Because at the current rate, 13 million breast cancer deaths will occur around the world in the next 25 years.

» Because it’s time to go beyond breast cancer awareness. It’s time to take action! Take Action We can fight these statistics together. Join the breast cancer movement by fundraising for our signature event. Your fundraising has the power to make a true impact. Just consider how far we have come, thanks in part to supporters like you: » Race for the Cure® has raised more than $2 billion to help fund research, education, screening, and treatment. » In 1980, the five-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer was about 74%. Today that number is 99%. » Since our founding in 1982, Susan G. Komen’s national research program has invested in cutting-edge research that has helped make major breakthroughs possible. » Funding for discoveries in genetics and biology has led to personalized, less-invasive

Robert A. Tino Gallery Hosts 26th Annual Fall Festival


T’S A FALL tradition for all ages...

and you don’t want to miss it! This year’s festival will boast local crafters and artisans displaying a variety of handmade items that represent the area’s Smoky Mountain heritage. With a range of contemporary and traditional vendors, there is something for everyone. During the three-day event, guests can view lye soap-making, blacksmithing, basket weaving, woodworking, handblown glass, pottery-making, and various other craft vendors. There will also be live bluegrass music,

delicious Southern food, wagon rides, and a slew of activities for children such as oldfashioned kids’ games and a pick-and-paint pumpkin patch. The artist, who is widely known for his Smoky Mountain landscapes and autumn scenes, described the festival, which is in its 26th year. “My wife, Mary John, and I enjoy hosting this annual family event at our gallery and showcasing the rich heritage and culture of East Tennessee,” he said. The festival kicks off on Friday, October 4, from 10 am to 6 pm and runs through Sunday,

breast cancer treatments to replace the lesseffective “one-treatment-fits-all” approach. Race for the Cure® is your opportunity to turn your support for the breast cancer movement into action. Prove that you are More Than Pink, and help us end breast cancer forever. Local Impact Through this event, other local special events, general donations, and other affiliate events, we have granted out more than $10.5 million dollars to local healthcare providers and advocates. Race Day Schedule » 6:30–7:45 am: Late registration & packet pick-up » 6:30 am: Survivor breakfast » 8:30 am: 5K Run/Walk begins » 9 am: Family Fun Run/Walk begins » 10 am: Runner awards ceremony For more information or to register, visit https://ww5.komen.org.


Tino’s newest limited edition ‘Rolling Thunder’ print is available now at the artist’s gallery, online, and at the Robert A. Tino Smoky Mountain Homecoming Festival. Only 195 of these prints featuring the autumn colors of Cades Cove along with a mother bear and her cubs will be released.

October 6. Saturday and Sunday festival hours are from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission to the festival is $5 for adults, and children 12 and under are admitted for free. Event parking is free. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Robert A. Tino Art Scholarship at Sevier County High School. The event is located at the Robert A. Tino Gallery on Sunset View Farm. The address is 812 Old Douglas Dam Road in Sevierville. Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n , c a l l 8 6 5 4 5 3 - 6 3 1 5 o r v i s i t www. rob e r t at i n o smokymountainhomecoming.com. October 2019 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Say Hello to Your New Smile


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have a rare concept regarding the dental profession,” said Billymac, a small business owner that provides services to area telecommunication and data entry businesses. “As a child, I was raised to perform those personal dental hygiene steps every day. However, being the last of nine children, the personal attention to some of those tasks was not watched as close as maybe they should have been. As a result of this neglect, my teeth suffered. “My personal attention to my teeth came much later in life when I sought those that could help me have and keep a better appearance and longer lasting, healthy smile,” continued Billymac. “I would cover my natural smile, because I realized it was from neglect. Also, the expense to improve my smile was always a major factor. After years of visiting a variety of dental providers, I finally found the level of dental care I always sought at Heritage Family Dentistry when my dentist retired. Heritage Family Dentistry was committed to helping me achieve the new smile I desired.

“At an age of 61, I really enjoy the compliments from others that my new smile brings,” said Billymac. “One of the best things that has happened to me is my renewed selfconfidence and the new doors of opportunity that have opened up to me thanks to Heritage Family Dentistry. I love their professionalism as well. “I would highly recommend Heritage Family Dentistry to everyone, particularly if you enjoy smiling and laughing, which is contagious and begins the moment you enter their office and you meet Ms. Brandy.” Heritage Family Dentistry offers a full line

of advanced dental services and procedures including: » Family Friendly Care » Implant Dentistry » Crowns & Bridges » Cosmetic Dentistry » Sedation Dentistry » Prevention & Gum Treatment » Digital Radiography » Mercury Free Restorations » Invisalign Orthodontics Invisalign offers you that perfect smile that you’ve always dreamed of. Using the latest advancements in orthodontic technology, these virtually “invisible” aligners will help you create that beautiful smile that will enhance both your appearance and self-esteem. To learn more about Heritage Family Dentistry, call 865-816-9211 or visit them online at www. hfdsmiles.com. Your new smile awaits you.

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you eat, you’re staying active, but you’re still unhappy with your body shape. Sound familiar? That stubborn problem area on your waistline can be annoyingly resistant to diet and exercise. That’s where the truSculpt® 3D procedure can help. Developed by Cutera, the global pioneer in performance and innovation within the cosmetic and aesthetic laser device field, the non-invasive, truSculpt® 3D procedure can help you sculpt your body by quickly and easily targeting both large and small problem areas. We recently interviewed J. Kevin Buchanan, MD, Knoxville area’s family practice physician and truSculpt® 3D practitioner, to discover just how this revolutionary, new, state-of-theart medical breakthrough can help patients treat those problem areas around their midsections. EK: Dr. Buchanan, truSculpt® 3D uses radio frequency technology to help decrease circumference and diminish fat in patients. Tell our readers just how this technology works. Dr. Buchanan: truSculpt® 3D uses conductive radio frequency to achieve selective and effective disruption of the subcutaneous fat tissue, the fat that lies directly beneath the skin, while maintaining comfortable surface temperatures. EK: Just how safe is truSculpt® 3D? Dr. Buchanan: truSculpt® 3D, which is FDA cleared, is a safe, non-invasive body sculpting technology, where the temperature of the skin and subcutaneous tissue are maintained at comfortable levels while consistently achieving the best results. EK: How quickly will clients see visible results? Dr. Buchanan: Visible results can usually be seen as soon 6 to 12 weeks, with maximum

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benefits at 12 weeks. Some clients report seeing results in as little as 4 to 6 weeks. EK: How much fat thickness reduction will patients experience? Dr. Buchanan: Clients can expect fat reduction of targeted areas of up to 24%. EK: Is it possible to treat more than one problem area per session? Dr. Buchanan: Yes, it is possible to treat multiple areas in a single session, including the neck, upper arms, abdomen and flanks, back, and thighs.

EK: Should clients experience any discomfort or downtime after the procedure? Dr. Buchanan: Some clients may experience some redness of the skin that typically resolves itself in 8 to 12 hours. Others report soreness of the treatment area that may last for a few days. There is no restriction on activity following the procedure. EK: Treatments are administered by an NP or medical assistant under your personal supervision, correct? Dr. Buchanan: We have a nurse practitioner, two medical assistants, and myself who are all trained and certified to perform the truSculpt® 3D procedure. EK: How can our readers who are interested learn more about the truSculpt® 3D? What is the best way to reach you? Dr. Buchanan: Call Ashley Burchfield at 865-675-1953, ext. 224 for more information or to schedule a free consultation or visit www. tru3dbody.com.

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“Making Spirits Bright” The Bobby Todd Christmas Open House



Antiques is hosting their annual Christmas Open House on Thursday, October 17, from 10 to 6 at 4514 Old Kingston Pike in the iconic UP and Down Gas Station Building in the Bearden district. The Open House continues on Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, from 10 to 5 and Sunday, October 20, from 1 to 5.

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Each year Bobby Todd is transformed into a Christmas wonderland that captivates children of all ages. From the magical holiday displays to the whimsical and nostalgic holiday décor inside, Bobby Todd evokes a vintage spirit that will take you back to cherished childhood memories. Featured Christmas lines and artists include Byers’ Choice, Lori Mitchell, Shiny Brite, Cody Foster, Bethany Lowe, and Joe Spencer. Bobby Todd’s sales associates have been as busy as Santa’s elves displaying these unique holiday décor items. During the Christmas Open House, Bobby Todd will also unveil their newest gift selections, quality antique furniture, and colorful accessories for your home. Find something for everyone on your shopping list with an extensive selection of candles, jewelry, scarves, men’s gifts, tabletop, and holiday décor. As always, Bobby Todd offers complimentary holiday gift bag packaging, which makes it the perfect place to “wrap up” your Christmas shopping. Watch eyes light up every time someone receives a gift in a Bobby Todd gift bag. During the Bobby Todd Christmas Open House, be sure to register to win fabulous door prizes, enjoy scrumptious holiday treats, and visit with old friends and make new ones. Also, Halloween décor will be on sale just in time for the season! Parking is available on the upper level where the retail shop is located and also on the lower level in front of the Bearden Beer Market. For more information regarding the Bobby Todd Christmas Open House, visit www.bobbytoddantiques. com and click on the events tab, or like us on Facebook for weekly updates. Make the Bobby Todd Christmas Open House a part of your holiday tradition!

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2019 Non-Profit Recycler of the Year



Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting recycling and sustainable materials management practices in the state of Tennessee, and each year it honors the most dedicated and successful individuals and organizations working to advance recycling in the state of Tennessee. Random Acts of Flowers was the recipient of the 2018-2019 Non-Profit Recycler of the Year Award. In addition to improving the emotional health of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering recycled flowers and personal moments of kindness, Random Acts of Flowers also strives to make Knoxville a greener and more sustainable community by doing its part in recycling. While every effort is made to use as much of the donated flowers as possible, there is some floral waste produced when the bouquets are created. This green waste is not discarded; rather, it is gathered and donated to local landscaping companies for them to add to their various compost formulations. Since our beginning in 2008, Random Acts of Flowers has created more than 287,000 pounds of green waste – and all of this has re-purposed into useable compost.

A complementary effort to floral waste recycling is the effort to recycle vases. All of the vases Random Acts of Flowers uses are donated. Throughout the years, Random Acts of Flowers has processed, recycled, and repurposed more than 130,000 vases. Vases that we cannot use are donated to our floral partners, and if they cannot use them, we donate them to Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) and let them re-sell the vases in their thrift stores. To date, Random Acts of Flowers has

delivered 112,000 bouquets and moments of kindness to individuals in local healthcare facilities and, in so doing, has rigorously maintained a steadfast effort to be environmentally responsible, processing and repurposing 130,000 glass and plastic vases and collecting and donating 287,000 pounds of green waste to local landscape companies. If you want to make an impact with Random Acts of Flowers by volunteering or making a donation, please call us at 865633-9082, email us at info@RAFKnoxville. org, or visit www.RAFKnoxville.org and fill out the Individual Volunteer form.


Gospel and Opera to Unite Our Community WHAT DO YOU GET

when you combine the glorious music of gospel and opera in one concert? Multiple standing ovations by a large crowd who have shouted “hallelujah” at the 10 previous performances of Knoxville Opera Goes to Church… A Celebration of Talent! The 11th annual concert will feature the Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir and local soloists together with Knoxville Opera artists in a unique presentation of popular gospel, spirituals, Broadway, and opera favorites. The free-admission concert is a crown jewel in Knoxville Opera’s robust Education/Community Event Program. The concert takes place on Sunday, October 6, at 5 pm at New Covenant Baptist Church, located at 10319 Starkey Lane in Knoxville. “We are excited to share our music with our audience at this concert,” said Jeanie Turner Melton, Choir Music Director. “The 50 singers and instrumentalists represent 20 churches from eight areas in and around Knoxville and Nashville. Our goal is to unite all people in communal love through the eclectic combination of repertoire we present. It is an inspiration to both performers and our very enthusiastic audience.” The program’s gospel/spiritual selections will include Lion of Judah, When You’ve Been Blessed, That’s What I Believe, Bright Mansions Above, I Wanna Be Ready, and I’ll

Make It. Featured in these selections will be local artists Shirley Herbert, Evelyn Jack, Sharon McCloud, Sonia Roberts, Christina Villaverde, Michael Rodgers, and Jacobi Yarbro. The Broadway and opera selections will feature highlights from Harriet Tubman, Madame Butterfly, and Romeo and Juliet. These will be performed by the principal cast of Knoxville Opera’s October production of Madame Butterfly, which includes Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Pastin, Richard Troxell, Lisa Chavez, and Sean Anderson. They will be accompanied by Knoxville Opera Maestro Brian Salesky. “For more than a decade, Knoxville Opera has been privileged to contribute to our

community with this unique event that unites all music fans who appreciate diverse musical cultures, and we are most grateful for the support of our dedicated performers, our generous sponsors, and New Covenant Baptist Church all of whom make this unique experience possible,” said Salesky. About Knoxville Opera Knoxville Opera’s mission is to provide the residents of East Tennessee with high-quality, locally produced opera and to contribute to the future of the operatic art form by educating the community about opera and its role in our culture. Knoxville Opera, founded in 1978, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit www.knoxvilleopera.com. October 2019 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE




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Boomerocity or any of the publications that have ran abridged versions of our interviews knows that Toto’s Steve Lukather is one of our favorite guys to hang and/or chat with. We’ve interviewed him five times and have met him in person three times. When you chat with him, he’s a blowtorch of unvarnished truth and can string words together in a way that will have your sides hurting from laughing almost non-stop. Whenever we get a chance to chat with him, we jump at the chance. One such chance arose with the band’s release of their CD/ DVD, Forty Trips Around the Sun – a video chronicle of Toto’s 40th anniversary tour a couple of years ago. I also wanted to talk with Lukather about Toto’s current tour that stops at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on October 8th. Reached at his home in Southern California, Lukather and I chatted, wherein he shared about the rigors of life on the road. He was quite philosophical about it. “I chose this life, and a lot of people don’t realize that it is an incredibly lonely life,” he said. “People think, ‘How could you be lonely, playing in front of tens of thousands of people every night?’ It’s very easy, actually, when you go from the highest highs to the lowest lows in the period of an hour. Very strange to go from the stage – that’s the rush. That’s what we all live for. We don’t get paid for that. That’s the fun part. We get paid for the other 20 hours of the day that we sit in a room. After doing it for most of my life, I just kind of hang in the room. Read. Try to find myself before the dirt nap hits.” When we last spoke, Lukather had just released his autobiography, The Gospel According to Luke. I asked him how the book did and is currently doing. “That thing has had a life of its own,” he said. “I had no idea! The most random people tell me they’ve read the book or they’re reading the book. I get a message from somebody. It’s still going, man. They’re after me to do number two now – continue the story. Talk a lot more about my session life and certain records that I did in more detail. I got a million stories. I mean, I had 400 pages hit the floor. So I’m going to have to have the New Testament, right? Have the New Testament.” Lukather then went on to talk about the “40 Trips” CD/DVD. “Boy, what an excursion that has been in terms of… a real bad time for us – all but 28


destroyed everything. And you know, that’s a tough pill to swallow, and that’s why it’s taken so long to get this DVD out, because we were held hostage by somebody who’s evil, and we had to live through that.” After summarizing the legal hassles the band encountered to get the project out, Lukather concluded: “So we had no choice. We didn’t mean to do that, but we got held up at the last minute. As per someone who hates you that much, likes to plan that way. And then for reasons unknown, and we don’t even know what it was all about. You spent so much money. I wish I had the money we spent. But that’s the whole of the story. It’s been a whole betrayal. It just got tough. But I don’t want to get into that too heavily, because it’s just another reason to sue me, because I breathe. Sue me because I breathe. We actually recorded it and filmed it a yearand-a-half, two years ago when we started this 40 trips tour." Here’s what fans can expect from the CD/ DVD: “It’s a great snapshot of living for four years,” said Lukather. “I’m glad Paige is in it, because Dave’s not – you know, his health is not great. He’s 65, and he is pretty much is

done touring, you know? What can fans expect from this tour? “We’re going to give it the best we’ve got,” said Lukather. “We’re fine. We just want to get through this and have a great time doing it. We’ve had an incredible run of this. I mean, the band’s going to go out on top of the world.” There is much more to this conversation than space here allows. Read about Lukather’s family, Ringo Starr’s new LP, and much more 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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saying, “Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes.” It’s kind of true, actually. And my job is to make sure that the “tax” part is kept to a minimum. There are actually several different types of tax triggered at someone’s passing, including estate tax and income tax. Under the current tax code, estate tax only comes into play if you have more than $11.4 million in assets, so for the vast majority of us, it doesn’t apply. But income tax is another story, and that depends on what type of account is inherited and whether beneficiaries have been named or not. Bank accounts and non-retirement investment accounts are not taxable to your heirs. They get a “step-up” in tax basis, meaning any unrealized gains are wiped away, and the inherited assets have a new, stepped up basis. Accounts are retitled into the heirs’ names and they’re done. Easy enough. Pre-tax retirement accounts: These are the MOST complicated accounts to inherit by far. They are taxable to your heirs as they receive distributions. Spouses have the unique ability to combine an IRA with their existing IRA and continue as if they always owned the account. They use their own age for Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) rules and wait until age 70 1/2 to begin taxable withdrawals. Non-spouse beneficiaries can take a lump sum distribution, or withdraw the balance over five years, or transfer the balance into an Inherited IRA and begin taking RMDs based on their age. The most tax-advantageous method is to set up an Inherited IRA. But many times beneficiaries don’t understand these options and inadvertently take a fully taxable lump sum distribution. In that unfortunate circumstance, almost 40% of your hard-earned retirement account could go to the IRS rather than to your heirs. An integral part of financial planning is ensuring that all beneficiaries are properly named, accounts are property titled, and your estate planning structure is in place to avoid accidental taxation at your passing. If your financial professional isn’t talking to you about this critical topic, you should be talking to us instead. Call or email to set your complimentary meeting today.

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HE WORDPLAYERS presents Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro on October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7:30 pm and October 13 & 20 at 2:30 pm at Erin Presbyterian Church, located at 200 Lockett Road in Knoxville. Nick Cristano, 29 years old, loves his grandparents. He visits them every Sunday. They drive him crazy! Nick’s parents retired and moved to Florida. His sister got married and moved to California. Nick is left in New Jersey with both sets of his grandparents. Of course they love each other, but how can they possibly understand each other? Nick’s family is Italian-American. They have a saying: “Tengo famiglia,” which doesn’t translate very directly into English, but it expresses all the depth and complexities of family. It implies that family relationships provide the reason for being alive. Experience the hilarity and heart-break of this family, which may not be that far from your own. The WordPlayers is a 501(c)(3) theatre company based in Knoxville. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.wordplayers.org and at the door. Thursdays are Pay What You Can Nights. For more information, call 865-539-2490 or visit www.wordplayers.org.



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Celebrating Over Half a Century of Creating

Holiday Magic for Your Family B Y J AC K W I L S O N , O W N E R O F S W E E T WAT E R F LO W E R S H O P


UR HOLIDAY GIFT to you this

year is our very special thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement as we celebrate our 55th anniversary. In recognition of this historic milestone, we’d like to personally invite you to the debut of our 2019 Christmas season beginning November 1, marking this special occasion as we transform the shop into a two-story winter wonderland. November will be a magical month as our showroom transitions itself, like the seasons themselves, from autumn and Thanksgiving to winter, Christmas, and New Year’s. Our shop and Southern Cuisine Upstairs at The Mansion are currently filled with wonderful fall gifts, home accessories, ladies’ apparel, jewelry, scarves, and florals. Before your very eyes, you’ll observe our transition into the winter holidays with beautiful gifts, more than 200 seasonal florals, new fashions and jewelry, handbags, and scarves, which are arriving daily, as well as a large selection of home décor items that can help welcome your holiday guests this season. This holiday season is also very special to all of us here at Sweetwater Flower Shop, as it marks our sixth full year in the shop after our fire and nearly one-year renovation. I’ll never be able to thank all of you for your kindness and words of encouragement during that most challenging time in our history. We look forward to you joining us in the celebration of the Christmas season at Sweetwater Flower Shop and Southern Cuisine Upstairs at The Mansion. Thank you for allowing our family to be part of your family’s holiday traditions for the past 55 years.

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UR FIVE PILLARS of success that differentiate Exit Real Estate Professionals Network from our competition include: 1. High Impact Training: We offer hands-on training, education, support, and mentorship to create an environment for success for our agents. 2. Branding: Our agents are our brand, and we focus on putting them first. 3. Technology: From our mobile business cards, GEO technology signs, mobile apps for agents and clients, and so much more, our cutting-edge technology provides our agents with a winning edge over the competition. 4. Culture: We offer a unique familyoriented culture designed to cultivate an environment for success and not the “every person for themselves” experience so common today. At Exit Real Estate Professionals Network, we celebrate our successes as a team. 5. Financial Security: At Exit Real Estate Professionals Network, we offer single level sponsor residuals, retirement benefits, and an industry first – death benefits to assist your family at their time of need.

Exit Real Estate Professionals Network has grown an amazing 20%+ in just the last two months, and we have plans for even greater expansion in the Greater Knoxville area in the months ahead. As part of the fastest growing franchise in North America, we also have our own in-house mortgage company, in-house title company, offer quarterly team building boot camps, as well as provide opportunities to participate in regular community service projects. Are you ready to be part of a winning team? Look no further. Call Exit Real Estate Professionals Network today and discover an exciting new future.

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You Can Give the Greatest Gift: Life By Greg Gilbert


Greg Gilbert

HAVE BEEN tasked with answering the question, “Who are you?” The question itself is very broad, but I shall try to answer without being a bore. I am a 21-year veteran of the Real Estate industry, a father to three beautiful girls, and a husband to a caring wife who loves me dearly. I also suffer from a chronic kidney disease that has recently left me in renal failure, on dialysis, and needing a new kidney for the second time. You see, when I was 26 years old, my kidneys failed due to a genetic disease called Alport’s Syndrome, which, among other things, causes kidney failure. I ended up on dialysis three days a week for several long months before receiving my first kidney transplant. Living on a machine to stay alive at such a young age was very humbling. But the priceless gift I was given with the kidney transplant gave me a freedom and a life I wasn’t sure would ever be possible again. I no longer wanted to take over the world but yearned to be “normal” like everybody else. For the past 18 years, I have had the ability and privilege to live as proud organ recipient because of someone else’s sacrifice. The gift is beyond any words can describe. Unfortunately, that came to an end in 2019, and I had to start dialysis once again, three days a week. Now, some 14 months later, I wait for the hope of another transplant. The best option is always a living donor, and someone else’s great sacrifice to give the greatest gift: Life. If anyone is interested in donating to me or anyone else, please contact Ashley Dennis, the Living Donor Coordinator at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, at 865-305-5340. October 2019 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE






Amish Elegance is your home to a large selection of exquisite home décor items, including lighting, art, home accents, and more, in addition to reasonably priced, high-quality solid hardwood furniture hand-crafted by their own Amish craftsmen. Amish Elegance, 613 N. Campbell Station Road in Knoxville, 865.392.6000, www.amisheleganceknox.com.


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These beautiful autumn florals and wreaths, the creation of master floral designer and Sweetwater Flower Shop owner, Jack Wilson, are the perfect way to help you to transform your home from summer to fall. Available at Sweetwater Flower Shop, 118 W. North Street in Sweetwater, 423.337.6623.

SOUTHEASTERN DERMATOLOGY REGIMEN: THE ESSENTIAL SKIN CARE SYSTEM FOR MEN This all-in-one skincare system is engineered specifically for men to renew skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and prevent post-shave irritation, restore skin hydration to boost resiliency, soften texture, instantly smooth, and enhance firmness, and protect your skin all day from harmful UV rays and sun damage. Available at Southeastern Dermatology, 1930 Pinnacle Pointe Way in Knoxville, 865.474.8800, www.drdoppelt.com.


Make a statement! This stunning sideboard features quartered white oak veneers with inlaid walnut veneer line on top. The doors showcase decorative metal grilles in a unique hearthstone finish atop warm gray cashmere. Available at Decorating Den Interiors | Kozar Design Team, 521 Lovell Rd., Suite 205 in Knoxville, 865.392.6222, www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com.


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Welcome visitors with fabulous fall signage! Choose from “Welcome” or “Blessed” for a simple décor transition into the cooler months. Available at The Town Framery & Gifts, 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut, 865.671.6627, www.thetownframery.com



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URCHASING A HOME is one of the largest investments you’ll make, and selecting a real estate agent and mortgage loan officer who strive for excellence is an important part of the process. “There’s so much more involved than most people realize, and it’s important to work with professionals who stay on task and pay attention to detail,” says Aleex Conner, Realtor for Realty Executives Associates. A typical real estate transaction can involve as many as 35 people with buyers, sellers, realtors, mortgage loan officers, underwriters, title companies, appraisers, home inspectors, repair technicians, home service providers, pest inspectors, and movers! Juggling these entities takes patience and skill in working with different personalities to meet the deadlines and close the deal successfully. “If something goes sideways – which can easily happen with so many people involved – I guide you through the process and help resolve the issues,” says Aleex.

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HILDREN AGES 12 and under and in costume are invited to “trick or treat” on the walking trail while local businesses, community groups, and Town of Farragut volunteers hand out treats and provide games with prizes and cookie decorating. This is a free event, but participants are asked to bring items to benefit the local Ronald McDonald House. Visit www.visitfarragut.org/events for more information and a list of needed items, or contact Brittany Spencer, Special Event and Program Coordinator, at 865-2183378 or bspencer@townoffarragut.org.

Morgan Ridenour & Greg Hopkins loved working with Aleex & Lorie in buying their 1st home! The first step in starting the home buying process is to get pre-approved for a loan amount to find out exactly what you can afford. “My goal is to help you get the best mortgage financing plan at the lowest interest rate possible that fits well within your financial parameters,” says Lorie Jaynes, Senior Loan Officer for Mortgage Investors Group. There are so many different loan options, such as a first-time home buyer’s loan or a rural development loan, and a thorough assessment of all the factors that impact the borrowing process is essential for both your short- and long-term goals. “Allow me to be your trusted advisor as you make one of life’s biggest decisions in purchasing a home,” says Lorie. For more information on what’s new in real estate or the mortgage industry, call Aleex or Lorie today!

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Knoxville area’s number one mattress store and mattress manufacturer since 1938, is proud to offer customers an exciting new bedding collection. The Hampton Collection is their most luxurious mattress line by far, manufactured from the finest components available, offering exceptional performance and comfort. This new collection is one of life’s genuine pleasures. It is the ultimate expression of caring for both our bodies and minds while we sleep. It features zoned coils for added support and a quantum edge, which means the entire perimeter has coils instead of encased foam. This collection is offered in luxury plush, luxury medium, and luxury firm models. All models are two-sided flippable mattresses and have a 20-year non-prorated warranty. With a total coil count of 4,874, you get a durable, long-lasting sleeping surface proven to resist sagging and settlement. The Hampton Collection Key Features Quantum Edge Elite Coil System » Features 1,130 individually wrapped coils to eliminate partner disturbance and help relieve pressure point areas. » Combi-Zone coils that make up the unit feature strategically positioned comfort

zones that provide superior support to the hips, back, and shoulders. » On adjustable bases, Quantum Edge bends an average of 24% easier than foam encasements, which means less wear and tear on moving parts. » ComfortCore coils feature heat-treated, stress-relieved wire that holds its shape and provides a durable, consistent sleep surface. Nanocoil » The performance comfort layer features 3,744 coils and is proven to last longer than foam. Nanocoil increases coil counts while delivering a unique, responsive feel that’s built to last. » Proven to resist sagging and settlement. » Conforms to the individual contours of the body for a personalized feel. » Offers a durable, long-lasting sleep surface in a variety of coil count configurations. » ComfortCore coils are slightly compressed when placed into the fabric encasement. This action firms the coils, making the sleep surface more responsive to body movements. » Innersprings sleep up to 28% cooler than foam. Phase Changing Material (PCM) » PCM are permanently enclosed in fibers, which are spun into yarn and then used to

make thermo-regulating mattresses, sheets, and other bedding items. » Designed to absorb body heat that you release during the night. As your body temperature lowers and you cool off, the PCM will release heat to keep your body at a designated temperature, keeping you comfortable all night. Whether from the Hampton Collection, the Doctor’s Choice Collection, or one of the many other mattress collections – including our famous latex and memory foam mattresses, Tempur-Pedic®, and our new arrival, Posh and Lavish, where natural meets luxury featuring all-natural latex, wool, and Belgium Tencel cotton, giving you the ultimate sleeping experience – Brothers Bedding is sure to have the perfect mattress to meet your individual needs and budget. Visit one of their four showrooms to try their new collections and schedule a tour of their factory to see your new mattress being made in front of you, which allows you to test out your new mattress and make necessary changes if needed. You’ll have it delivered to your home the next day fresh out of the oven!

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BILLBOARD CENTURY AWARD recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2018. Harris is known as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. Admired through her career for her talent as an artist and song connoisseur, Harris shook up country radio in the 1970s and established herself as the premiere songwriter of a generation, selling more than 15 million records and garnering 14 Grammy Awards, three CMA Awards, and four Americana Awards. Harris is one of the most admired and influential women in music. She has recorded with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Ryan Adams, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, and Rodney Crowell. A longtime social activist, Harris has lent her voice to many causes. She has performed at Lilith Fair, helping promote feminism in music and organizing several benefit tours to support the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. She is also an avid supporter of animal rights and is actively involved in Bonaparte’s Retreat, the dog rescue organization she founded. For more information, visit www.tennesseetheatre.com.




Plan the Perfect Pantry I D Y O U K N O W pantries

weren’t always an essential part of a kitchen? During the post-WWII building boom from 1946 to 1960, pantries fell out of favor. Architects thought the new built-in cabinetry and the convenience of local supermarkets had made pantries unnecessary in the modern kitchen. Well, today’s pantries are bigger in size than

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ever. And while size does matter, organization is usually more important than size alone. A well-designed small pantry often provides better, more convenient, and functional storage than a poorly designed large pantry. No matter its size, today’s pantry should be: » Convenient – Located at or near the area where food is prepared. » Visible – Everything in the pantry can be seen at a glance. » Accessible – Every item can be easily reached and removed without having to move anything else out of the way. Heaviest items, like a mixer, close to the floor and least used items at the highest point. When designing the layout of your pantry, Tailored Living believes what works best for the homeowner is a design that fits their lifestyle. Our designers will discuss with you how you want to utilize your pantry. Some of the questions our designer may ask are: » What will be in the pantry besides food? Do you want to store dishes, serve ware, table linens, grilling items, or cleaning supplies in the space? » Do you entertain a lot and need to store party supplies? » Do you have a specific design style in mind? » If you have the space, do you want a countertop – often called a landing area – to put

bags of groceries on or, if there’s an outlet in the pantry, everyday items like a coffee maker? Other pantry elements to consider are drawers or pull-out baskets. Incorporating baskets makes it easy for kids to see and get the food they like to eat or to store large-bulk items like onions or potatoes. Drawers are perfect for linens, grilling utensils, napkins, or any smaller items. Slide-out spice and wine racks add convenience. How much you’re able to customize depends on the size of your pantry. Whether your pantry provides a walk-in space or is a reach-in, Tailored Living of Knoxville listens to your individual or family’s needs to design a space that works well for your lifestyle. Our job is to design and install a well-organized pantry that brings order to chaos.

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Tremont Institute Connects People with Nature Through Monarch Tagging in Cades Cove GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

Institute at Tremont is connecting people with nature through its popular monarch tagging project in Cades Cove this fall. Monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico every year for the winter, and Tremont Institute uses tagging as a way to learn more about their migration and population status. Tremont has been tagging monarchs and inventorying other butterfly species for many years. Popular with participants of all ages, this program allows volunteers to spend time in sunny fields in Cades Cove with butterfly nets. Participants use field guides to identify the species they find. Monarch tagging is one of several citizen science projects conducted at Tremont Institute. Citizen science is public participation in scientific research. Hands-on experience with real research projects engages and excites participants and volunteers of all ages. Citizen science projects happen throughout the year, and the public is invited to participate in real research projects such as bird banding, salamander monitoring, phenology tracking, and otter spotter. 40


adult hiking trips and workshops, naturalist certification courses, teacher development, and citizen science research. For more information on Tremont’s programs, www.gsmit.org/program. For more information about citizen science opportunities, visit www. gsmit.org/citizen-science. To view the monarch tagging schedule and sign up for an open date, visit www.gsmit.org/monarch-tagging-andbutterflymoth-identification. Since 1969, Tremont has been delivering experiential learning opportunities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park through programs that educate and inspire a connection to nature. Tremont offers programming yearround, including residential school programs, summer youth camps, summer family camps,

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont provides in-depth experiences through educational programs that celebrate ecological and cultural diversity, foster stewardship, and nurture appreciation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more information, visit www.gsmit.org.

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Keep Knoxville Beautiful Wins Top Keep America Beautiful Affiliate in the State of Tennessee



(KKB) won two Awards of Excellence from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Keep Tennessee Beautiful. On September 17, KKB took home the 1st place Keep America Beautiful – Tennessee Affiliate Award and the Public Participation Award for America Recycles Day of Tennessee during the biennial Awards of Excellence. Every two years the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and Keep Tennessee Beautiful (KTnB) hold the Awards of Excellence, recognizing outstanding individuals, organizations, and programs across the state for their creativity and dedication to engaging fellow Tennesseans to take greater responsibility for their community environment. KKB received the 1st place affiliate honor for excellence in implementing litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification through volunteer efforts and educational programs in Knox County. During 2017 and 2018, KKB leveraged the support of 4,967 volunteers to complete 164 litter clean-ups covering more than 272 miles of roadways and waterways in Knox County. Volunteers removed 122,794 pounds of litter

and completed 29 beautification projects. KKB’s volunteers invested $308,000 worth of volunteer hours back into Knox County communities. Additionally, KKB was able to educate and reach 4,265 Knox County youth through their free in-school and after-school education programs. KKB won the Public Participation – America Recycles Day of Tennessee Award for their glass recycling event “Get Off Your Glass” in partnership with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, WestRock, and Cherokee

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Distributing Company. In 2018, KKB began this pop-up glass recycling event with Sierra Nevada to promote glass recycling at local recycling drop-off centers when glass was removed from City of Knoxville curbside recycling in 2017. Through the four events held in 2018, 4,450 pound of glass was diverted from the landfill. KKB would like to thank their volunteers, sponsors, community partners, Knox County Government, and the City of Knoxville Government for their continued support for promoting a cleaner, greener, more beautiful Knoxville! “It is truly inspiring to be a part of community and organization that continuously works to improve our environment and uplift community pride,” said Alanna McKissack, KKB Executive Director. “What we accomplish at KKB could not be done without the wonderful residents of Knox County.” About Keep Knoxville Beautiful Founded in 1978 to help “clean up” prior to the 1982 World’s Fair, Keep Knoxville Beautiful is a local non-profit with a mission to promote a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful community. To learn more about Keep Knoxville Beautiful, visit www.keepknoxvillebeautiful.org.

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Luxury living at its finest! This gorgeous home on the Tennessee River has 6,164 sq. ft. on 3 levels of living space. With 7 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, there’s more than enough room for the entire family. The amazing gourmet kitchen has tons of cabinet space for storage and a sprawling kitchen island for workspace. The finished basement has 2 bedrooms, living space, full kitchen, dining space, and washer/dryer hookups. This would be an exceptional space for a mother-in-law suite or for the college student at home for the summer. The large deck on the main level is a great place to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon cocktails with friends. The very large back lawn leads to the covered boat dock, where summer parties are a must. The dock is fully equipped with a boat lift to keep your boat out of the water during the winter months, and just across the river is a place to fuel up the boat or jet skis for those long days on the water. The HVAC was replaced 3 years ago and the large rain gutters were installed a 1 ½ years ago. Don’t miss the chance to call this gorgeous river front house a home. It is definitely a must see!

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Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights Wins USA TODAY 10Best Award DO L L Y W O O D ’ S



LumiNights has won the 2019 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award for Best Theme Park Halloween Event, thanks to the votes of park supporters from around the country. Entering its third season this year, Great Pumpkin LumiNights – part of Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (now through November 2) – has become a new Smoky Mountain tradition with family-friendly activities that are sure to please kids of every age. Dollywood stays open until 9 pm each evening (closed October 22 & 29), allowing families more time to enjoy the glow of thousands of carved pumpkins throughout the park. The 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards include nominees chosen by a panel of relevant experts. The public voting happens digitally on the 10Best.com website. After four weeks of voting, the results are revealed. Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights finished second to Dollywood, with Halloween Haunt at Kings Island third. The complete top 10 can be found on the 10Best.com website. “We knew Great Pumpkin LumiNights was a hit during the first few evenings of the event in 2017,” said Pete Owens, Dollywood Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. “We received a lot of great feedback from guests about how much they liked it but also about what we could add and change to make it even better. Last year we doubled the size of Great Pumpkin LumiNights by putting in a number of new displays, and this year the event grows even larger with the addition of Wildwood Grove, which includes the harvest story experience at the Wildwood Tree. 44


“Awards like these give us the opportunity to share with the world what our guests already know,” he continued. “The memories made and experiences shared at Dollywood really are unlike anything found elsewhere. We hope new guests will come see why this event has earned the title of best in the country!” Great Pumpkin LumiNights grows again in 2019, stretching into the newly-opened Wildwood Grove. In addition to the pumpkin displays, the Wildwood Tree tells a Smoky Mountain harvest story multiple times each evening. The Plaza at Wilderness Pass also serves as a main centerpiece for the event with an area for character interaction, additional displays, and a 40-foot tall pumpkin tree. Families will bask in the glow of thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins as they wander through displays throughout Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass, and upper Craftsman’s Valley areas. Beyond the impressive displays, guests can find a number of exciting activities to create thrilling memories together. Dollywood’s Harvest Festival also includes several hundred performances by award-winning Southern gospel artists, making the Harvest Festival’s Southern Gospel Jubilee the genre’s largest event in America. Dollywood guests also can enjoy the spectacular artistry of visiting crafters from across the country or sample the special harvest-themed food items from Dollywood’s awardwinning foods team. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity for families to enjoy the experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest! For more information, visit www.dollywood.com. Photo courtesy of The Dollywood Company

TIS' (ALMOST) THE SEASON! Hosting your family for the holidays? They'll be here before you know it: the holidays and your guests. Is your home ready? Now's the perfect time to take a second look at your guest and entertaining spaces. Considerations: do you have enough seats for everyone? Perhaps you want to freshen up bedding or paint colors? Maybe this year, you want to wow them with a new statement piece in your foyer or dining room. Or maybe, you need to rearrange your layout to maximize your space. Not sure? Rest assured we can help! We always offer a complimentary consultation, and once you begin to work with us, provide solutions and opportunities to revitalize your home! This year, start a new tradition and make your home the perfect backdrop for your family photos and priceless memories! - Sandy Kozar

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Are Your Home’s Outdoor Living Spaces Being Invaded By Insects?


F YOUR HOME isn’t equipped with

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retractable screens, the answer is likely yes. But there’s a solution. While homeowners across the country are increasingly creating today’s popular outdoor “rooms” such as porches and lanais with kitchens complete with large, permanentlyinstalled grills, r e f r i g e ra t o r s a n d work areas, luxurious fireplaces, beautiful lighting, and even artwork designed to be weather-proof, flying and biting insects often prevent homeowners from enjoying their new outdoor living spaces. Retractable screens offer the perfect solution to these problems by providing innovative solutions designed to enhance and promote your family’s outdoor living experience. Retractable screens not only provide much needed shade, but also allow families to extend the time that they spend on their patios by keeping annoying, biting insects at bay. Large, motorized screens are the perfect solution for blending function and comfort. These screens can be recessed into the beams or walls of your home, thereby staying truly hidden when fully retracted. And the best part about using your retractable screens is that these screening solutions don’t diminish the views or your home’s esthetics, as the screens are in place only when needed. For the ultimate in elegance, most retractable screen solutions can be blended into virtually any architectural style. They are available in a variety of custom colors and wood grain finishes that help to blend the screens with your interior and exterior color and decorating schemes and can also be programmed to come down and retract with sun and wind sensors and be connected to your home’s automation system to have the screens come down at a specific time of day when extra shade or insect protection is called for. To learn more about retractable screen options for your home, visit www.phantomscreens.com today.

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UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month:

Rosemary B Y H O L LY S . J O N E S , H O R T I C U LT U R I S T, U T G A R D E N S , K N OX V I L L E


H A V E been growing and using rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) for more than 5,000 years. It has been documented as far back as the ancient Sumerians, who inscribed it on their stone cuneiform tablets. Not only is it a beautiful plant, with its evergreen, conifer-like leaves and light blue or pink flowers, but rosemary is so useful that it has earned a place in gardens across time and around the world. Greeks and Romans grew it for medicinal, metaphysical, and culinary use. Egyptians included it in their funeral preparations, and many other cultures have used it to symbolize remembrance of loved ones. The connection between rosemary and memory has proven to be more than just an anecdote. In 2013, researchers at Northumbria University in Newcastle (in the United Kingdom) found that the scent of rosemary had a positive impact on memory. Participants who spent time in a rosemary-scented room scored 15% higher on memory tests than those who were placed in an aroma-free environment. Scientists are continuing to study the link between rosemary phytochemicals and cognitive function. Whether you grow it for aromatherapy, for culinary purposes, or simply for its beauty, rosemary is a must have for your garden. This woody-stemmed member of the mint family can grow up to four feet tall or more when given the right growing conditions. There are also prostrate forms like ‘Dancing Waters’ that can grow along the ground or drape over the edge of a rock wall or container. Rosemary grows best in full sun and requires excellent drainage. If your soil doesn’t drain freely, consider growing it in a raised bed or container. Even the hardiest rosemary plant will not survive a winter with waterlogged soil. During the growing season, it is best to allow it to dry out between waterings. Once established, rosemary is drought tolerant and overwatering can lead to root rot. For Tennessee gardeners, rosemary is

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generally considered a half-hardy plant, which means it doesn’t always survive the winter. Most varieties are rated hardy for zones 8-10, with the exceptions being ‘Arp’, ‘Hill Hardy’ and ‘Salem’, which are rated for zone 7. ‘Arp’ is an upright, quick-growing variety that has been flourishing in a raised bed in the kitchen garden at the UT Gardens, Knoxville for more than five years. If overwintering is a concern, you can simply treat rosemary like an annual and purchase a new plant each year. If you prefer, you can bring the plant inside for the winter and keep it in a sunny window until the danger of frost has passed the following spring. Another option is to propagate your rosemary plant towards the end of the summer. This will give you small plants that won’t take up a huge amount of space indoors. Using a sharp pair of clean pruners, take 4- to 6-inch cuttings from healthy non-flowering, pest- and disease-free growth. Trim up the leaves, leaving about three or four leaves at the top. Dip each cutting end in rooting hormone, which can be purchased at most garden centers. Fill plastic pots with a freedraining, sterile potting mix, and insert each

cutting all the way up to the first set of leaves. Firm them in the mix. Next water them well and let them drain. Seal your pots in a plastic bag to create a humid environment, place them out of direct sunlight, and wait about three to six weeks. Be sure to check the moisture level periodically to ensure the potting mix does not dry out completely. As soon as your plants take root, they can be removed from the bag and moved to a sunny window. Rosemary is one of the easiest plants to propagate, and doing so is a great way to ensure that you will have this useful, beneficial plant in your garden. The UT Gardens include plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson, and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the University of Tennessee 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.ag.tennessee.edu/utg.



October in the Garden BY LISA GRUGIN


Yo u h a v e o f f i c i a l l y survived summer and made it to one of my favorite months. October is usually the beginning of cooler weather, and I am very ready for it! Before I start your job list, I want to address mutant plants. I have had five customers this year bring in shrubs that had severely stunted growth and abnormal leaf shape and size. This was caused by herbicides. The multi-purpose type of Roundup (or other herbicides) can cause a genetic mutation in plants. It is generally irreversible. You need to keep that stuff away from the plants you want to keep, folks. Please be careful and follow directions. Fall runs a close second to spring in the garden to-do category, so let’s get started on your list. » You know what is first: Do your monthly walk around. What’s going on in your yard? What did well and what did not? What do you want to change? Remember to check from ground (mole

tunnels, vole holes) to treetop (broken branches, poor canopy). You have to know where you are before you know where you can go. » Fall is a good time to plant trees and shrubs, because the ground rarely freezes. That means that 85% of root growth occurs between now and spring. Keep in mind, however, that October is our driest month of the year. You will need to water at least weekly and NOT with a sprinkler. (You might as well go spit on it as run a sprinkler during the heat of the day.) Hand watering or drip irrigation is a MUST for fall planted trees and shrubs. » It is pansy and mum time! Pansies will cheerfully take you through the fall and winter, but mums are short lived. What I will often do is stick the mum in the ground or planter while still in its plastic pot. When it starts to look bad, just pull the pot out and stick a fresh one in. When mum season is past, plant an evergreen shrub or perennial to take your pot through the rest of the year.



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» There are some truly stunning things that you can do for fall containers. Don’t be afraid to mix annuals, perennials, small trees and shrubs, pumpkins, sticks, etc. to create a focal point for your porch or patio. » Did you plant vegetables? How did they do? Make notes of what did well and plan out your bed for next year. Remember that you cannot replant vegetables in the same place! If you had problems, come talk to us so we can figure out how to make next year more successful. » This was another bad year for fungal disease. If you have evergreens that still show signs of leaf spot, powdery mildew, etc., you can do a final treatment. Don’t use a product that has a fertilizer at this point in the year, however. You do not want to generate growth. Deciduous trees and shrubs do not need to be treated, but make sure you get all the leaves up off the ground so the spores don’t re-deposit into the soil. » Insects are breeding like mad and making winter homes, so you can also do one more insecticide treatment on your evergreens. Again, deciduous trees and shrubs do not need to be treated, but get those leaves up. » Containers that are not going to be used during the winter should be dumped and stored. Terra cotta and cheaper ceramics will need to go into a garage or somewhere dry to keep them from breaking. If you had a problem with fungal diseases, give pots a rinse with a mild bleach solution before storing. » What are you going to do about all those leaves in your yard? If you don’t have many trees, consider blowing the leaves onto the lawn, running over them with the lawnmower, and then blowing them back onto your beds. Leaf mulch will decompose during the winter and add nutrients to your soil. Don’t do this, however, if you have disease or insect issues. » If you don’t have 3” of mulch on your beds, consider adding more. Mulch keeps the moisture and temperature levels stable during the winter. Remember to make donuts, not volcanoes, around your trees. » Preen or another pre-emergent will make your life much easier next spring. » Don’t forget the birds. Keep your feeders and baths clean and full. Consider using a plastic or metal bath or adding a heater. Birds need water in the winter, too. Stop by and see us for all your fall planting and decorating needs or with any questions you may have.

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Your Home... The Perfect Out-of-Doors Family Event Space!


VEN THOUGH summer has ended, it’s still not too late to

guarantee that your family’s autumn out-of-door activities and events are not ruined by unexpected rain showers or unwanted sun. To ensure that your family and your guests experience an exciting lifetime of memories this fall, call Undercover Systems to design and install a totally unique underdeck ceiling under your existing raised deck. Now you can enjoy a completely dry and inviting outdoor living and entertainment space that protects you and your guests from unexpected and unwanted rain and unwanted sun. “This is the perfect time to weatherproof all of your out-of-door events,” said Jim Conn, owner of Undercover Systems. “Throughout the entire process, our skilled craftsmen work with you, each step of the way, until your project is complete.” Undercover Systems’ patented system also helps extend your outdoor seasons of enjoyment by protecting you from early spring showers, July and August’s relentless sun, and autumn rains. You’ll appreciate Undercover Systems’ attention to detail, which comes from their years of experience, as they craft a seamless transition from your home’s interior to your new out-of-door living spaces, which will complement your home’s existing architecture and landscaping plan. Also, you will also appreciate the fact that every system installed by Undercover Systems is custom designed and manufactured to fit your home and isn’t the off-the-shelf, onesize-fits-all, big box store components used by the competition. A complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau, Undercover Systems offers homeowners the peace of mind that they deserve in a building contractor. Call Jim Conn at 423-267-0091 today and let the outdoor celebrations with family and friends begin.

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Create That Showcase Quality Look with Replacement Windows from OKNA & Window Works


E ASKED Knoxville-based Window Works co-owner, Chris Moon, to describe the features and benefits of replacement windows from industry leader OKNA. It should be noted that OKNA has earned a reputation for outstanding quality and performance in today’s competitive residential home replacement window marketplace with its innovative and award-winning window designs.

EK: OKNA windows have earned a welldeserved reputation for their innovation, quality, and performance. Describe for our readers just how homeowners benefit from OKNA’s advanced technology. Chris: OKNA has invested considerable t i me a nd mone y i n p er fe c t i n g t he engineering of this line of windows. Their elegant design offers homeowners a variety of custom shapes, styles, and colors, providing both beauty and energy efficiency. OKNA windows will add value to your home by improving its curb appeal and by saving on heating and cooling costs. OKNA’s vinyl and composite window series provide a maintenance-free, custom look – all backed up with one of the best lifetime transferable warranties available in the industry. EK: Describe the importance of OKNA’s use of advanced glass coatings. Chris: Glass is one of the most important components in the creation of a great replacement window. The glass unit comprises approximately 90% of the entire window. OKNA has designed a proprietary 11-layered, high-performance reflective coating glass called HeatSeal. This heat reflective coating is made up of microscopically thin layers that act as a filter. Based on the angle of the sun, some energy is transmitted and some energy is reflected, resulting in overall savings in the homeowner’s heating and cooling bills. HeatSeal also helps to reduce UV rays up to 80%, which helps to minimize fading and damage to curtains, hardwood floors, and furniture. EK: OKNA replacement windows already exceed new energy efficiency guidelines set by Energy Star. How does that translate into energy savings for your customers? Chris: A homeowner’s heating and cooling costs represent nearly 50% of a home’s energy budget. Because your windows and doors are the most significant source of heat transfer in your home, regardless of climate or season, representing more than 40% of that total transfer, OKNA has made a considerable investment in time and money to design and engineer products that not only meet the latest energy star guidelines, but have actually exceeded these standards with their design. OKNA has created one of the lowest air infiltration rated windows 50


in the U.S. While the industry average for air infiltration is a 0.20 cfm/ft2 (cubic feet per minute), which is the equivalent of a large size balloon of air passing through each one of your windows every hour for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, windows from OKNA have achieved a 0.02 cfm.ft2 rating. That’s 1,000% better than the industry average, and that’s a lot of energy saving. That’s just one more way OKNA successfully differentiates itself from the competition. EK: Window Works not only sells replacement windows and doors, but you also provide homeowners with turn-key installation and service on a wide selection of other products as well. Why is this so important to today’s homeowner? Chris: From windows and siding to patio doors and gutters, our team at Window Works does its very best to make every homeowner’s project as simple, affordable, and easy as possible. We are homeowners as well and fully appreciate the benefit of having a knowledgeable and reputable company provide quality service from start

to finish. Our installation teams are made up of highly qualified and trained installers and crew members with 25 to 40 years experience. From beginning to end, you will see, firsthand, an amazing transformation in your home while experiencing the level of respect, courtesy, and professionalism that you deserve. EK: Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about Window Works and OKNA? Chris: Window Works is a family owned and operated business with one goal in mind: Provide quality products at an affordable price. We take pride in what we do and the relationships we have made throughout the years with all of our customers. We strive to be a professional, non-pressure company who values integrity and takes the time to educate our customers on the products we offer. Ultimately, we want to earn your trust on whatever project you may have, no matter how big or small. EK: What is the best way for our readers to contact you or to learn more about Window Works? Chris: Several ways we can be reached: By phone at 865-560-3044, or visit our new and expanded showroom and design center conveniently located at 10909 Murdock Drive in Knoxville near I-40 and Lovell Road. Also, you can check us out online at www.windowworksus.com.

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Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away. Remember last holiday season? Remember the pre-holiday to-do list? Remember trying to complete that to-do list in just a few days? Remember wishing the holidays were over? Today is a great time to begin planning for this season’s holiday events. As a father and grandfather, I know how important this time of the year can be for families but also how stressful. At Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning, we’ve been helping busy families prepare for busy holiday seasons since 1985. Are your home’s Oriental and area rugs on your cleaning to-do list? Why not enhance the appearance of every room in your home while providing a clean and healthy surface for your children and grandchildren to play on? There’s also a practical side. Clean carpets and rugs will not only look better longer, but they’ll also last longer. Abrasives, dirt, and other contaminants are tracked into our homes and onto our carpeting and rugs not only make them look dull and dingy, but can also permanently damage your carpeting and rug fibers. And the snow and ice removal chemicals that were tracked into your home over the course of last winter can chemically bond to carpet and rug fibers, significantly shortening their life expectancy. Our truck-mounted cleaning system uses stateof-the-art technology and specially filtered water to remove the dirt and grime that other systems simply leave behind. And our Farragut based Oriental and area rug cleaning boutique uses a proprietary 11-step washing process that will safely clean all of your rugs, including those that are be destined to become family heirlooms. We have also recently made significant investments in even newer technology to ensure that we can continue to offer you the very best Oriental and area rug washing services available anywhere in East Tennessee. So if you can use a little help preparing for the holiday season this year – and who couldn’t – remember the company who has earned a superior reputation for unmatched superior cleaning: Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning.

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Justin Hayward:

The Voice of The Moody Blues October 29 • 8 PM | Bijou Theatre


NE OF THE MOST recognizable

voices in rock, Justin Hayward will be performing solo hits, as well of a collection of his songs with The Moody Blues, 2018 inductees to the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In the past year, The Moody Blues released “Days of Future Passed Live” and an expanded 50th anniversary edition of “In Search of the Lost Chord.” Support will come from Mike Dawes, two-time winner of Total Guitar/MusicRadar’s “Best Acoustic Guitarist in the World.” “I’m always so thrilled to have the opportunity to tour, particularly at this time in my career when no one knows what the future holds,” said Hayward. “I’m bringing my songwriting guitars from home on the road with me, so the gigs will have the feel and sound of my music room along with the vibe I was feeling as I wrote the songs. I look forward to singing and playing new songs and old songs, particularly Forever Autumn, which I only get to perform in my solo show, and also to tell the real stories behind all the songs and the events that surrounded them at the time. I look forward to seeing you on the road.” For more information, visit www.knoxbijou.org.




Garages A Valuable Part of Your House


you had to settle for a drab, stained, cement-gray garage floor. Today your garage floor can be as beautiful as any other room in your home. For a striking and durable garage floor coating that is easy to maintain, Knoxville’s PremierGarage can transform an oilstained, pitted, and peeling epoxy-coated garage floor into a showroom quality look. PremierGarage, serving East Tennessee for more than 10 years, combines its proprietary hybrid polymer flooring system technology with their extensive industry knowledge and experience to provide a high-quality finish that is chemical, stain, and slip resistant. It is the toughest floor coating available and: » Stands up to the heat and friction of hot tires. » Protects the concrete from the harsh chemicals and liquids that leak from your automobile. The flooring also protects the concrete from the water, salt, and snow your car brings into the garage, which promote deterioration and cracking, » Resists chipping, peeling, fading, or stains. » Resists spills, including water, gasoline, oil, other auto fluids, and paint thinner.

» Reduces the buildup of allergens, dust, and dirt that cling to unfinished concrete. » Cleans up easily; nothing sticks to the surface, so spills are no problem. For general cleanup, you only need a mop and water. » Comes with a 10-year warranty. » Increases the value of your home. The two-day process starts with technicians who diamond grind the floor to the ideal surface condition to achieve a permanent chemical bond that substantially

outlives traditional epoxies. The polyurea topcoat, which cures two times harder than epoxy, provides a continuous, non-porous coating surface that naturally resists various liquids that may leak from your automobile’s engine. It’s like armor for your concrete floor. Your garage will look more “finished,” and cleanup requires only a hose or mop. Available in hundreds of various chip and color combinations, you can customize your garage flooring to fit your home and style. PremierGarage’s flooring solutions are also suitable for commercial and light industrial applications. Call PremierGarage and discover the affordability of transforming your garage floor. Home really does begin in the garage!

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Yo Ho, Me Hearties! 4th Annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is on the Horizon!


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L A N N I N G F O R the 4th annual

Tennessee Pirate Fest is underway. This costumed family-fun event will come to life for two weekends in mid-October at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman, just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek. All are invited to escape to the fictional Caribbean town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1685. “The Governor of Port Royale is celebrating his birthday, and all are invited – including pirates!” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager. “Get ready to Get Yer Pirate On! and join in hours of fun.” Back by popular demand will be the Patron Costume Contest, where prizes will be awarded based on audience applause. Also returning will be the Pirate Gong Show, where patrons will be invited to share their talents to join a 52


pirate crew. There will also be a Pirate School, where landlubbers will learn to walk, talk, and sing like a pirate. Continuous professional pirate entertainment will include interactive comedy shows, live pirate music, costumed British and pirate street characters, Combat Croquet, beach games, photo ops, pirate displays, and original crafts. Food and hot and cold beverages, including beer, will be available for purchase. The 4th annual Tennessee Pirate Fest will take place Saturdays and Sundays, October 12-13 and 19-20, from 11 am to 6 pm (rain or shine). Tickets are $16 for ages 13+, $8 for ages 5 to 12, and entry will be free for ages 4 and under. Field parking will be free, and tickets will be available for purchase at the gate with cash or

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credit. A small convenience fee will be added for the use of credit. The festival will be held at 550 Fiske Road in Harriman. For more information, visit www.TNPirateFest.com and sign up for updates. Like and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tennesseepiratefest.


Dollywood Earns Three Golden Ticket Awards OLLYWOOD CERTAINLY

has earned a number of major accolades in recent years, and the Smoky Mountain theme park won three more recently during Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards ceremony held at Silverwood theme park in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Dollywood earned finalist placement in seven total categories and won more awards than any other park. Two categories Dollywood has dominated for a number of years – Best Shows and Friendliest Park – have been retired and replaced with new categories. Best Guest Experience combines the previous Friendliest Park award with the Cleanest Park award into one prestigious new category. Dollywood became the inaugural winner for Best Guest Experience of any theme park in the world. The park’s expansive new Wildwood Grove also won Best Kids’ Area for the first time, while the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival earned its 12th consecutive win for Best Christmas Event. Dollywood is the only park in the world to ever win the Christmas award. “I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish here since we opened Dollywood in 1986,” said Dolly Parton. “First, we’ve been able to provide so many jobs to the great people who live here in the Smokies. Second, I wanted the world to know how beautiful this area truly is. I’ve been able to travel the world and see so many great things, but in the end, the Smokies are where my heart sings. I wanted to give folks the world over a reason to come here and see it for themselves. “We don’t do what we do to win awards,” she continued. “They are nice, but we do it because we want to provide families an escape to a beautiful place where they can forget about all the things going on in their daily lives and truly enjoy each other.” According to Craig Ross, President of The Dollywood Company, the addition of Wildwood Grove and Dollywood’s strong heritage of family fun certainly led to the park’s impressive showing. Wildwood Grove’s immersive theme and design, mix of unique outdoor and indoor attractions, as well as the one-of-a-kind Wildwood Tree experience have all combined to create this extraordinary new area. “Dolly wanted Wildwood Grove to truly reflect the experiences she had as a little girl growing up here in the Great Smoky Mountains,” said Ross. “As we started to develop the area and she began telling stories – some we had heard and some we hadn’t – we knew kids were going to love exploring the wilderness of Wildwood Grove she had dreamed up. The attractions included in this tremendous 54


land were selected because they reminded her of those same dreams and memories she had from her childhood. The Golden Ticket for Best Kids’ Area reinforces what guests have been telling us since it opened; Wildwood Grove is a place where families can laugh, play, and make memories together.” Pete Owens, Vice-President of Marketing and Public Relations, shared why Dollywood has long been known as one of the most enjoyable theme park experiences in the world. “Winning the Golden Ticket for Best Guest Experience further solidifies what we’ve known for so long,” he said. “The Dollywood experience provides guests a genuinely friendly, clean, and warm environment to create memories they will be able to share forever. From our welcoming hosts and picturesque natural surroundings to our unique attractions, entertainment, and food, Dollywood offers an experience that is hard to find elsewhere.” Dollywood also had Top Ten (finalist) positions in four additional categories: » Best Food, second place » Best Park, second place » Most Beautiful Park, third place » Best Wooden Coaster for Lightning Rod, seventh place “It has been fascinating to observe the results over the past two decades,” said Amusement Today’s Tim Baldwin, Golden Ticket Awards Communications Coordinator. “I have watched Dollywood ascend from a great regional theme park to a world-famous destination. That continual climb has been the result of offering an outstanding product at all levels – food, shows, innovative rides, and a fantastic atmosphere. Dollywood is just the complete package! It has been inspiring to watch the park trying to continue to better itself – and it is succeeding in a huge way. The fact that they are recognized in numerous categories is testimony to that.” Calculated from an international poll

conducted by Amusement Today, the industry’s leading trade publication, the Golden Ticket Awards are the results of a detailed survey sent to a database of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans around the world in balanced geographical regions. Voters are asked to rate the “best” in a number of categories such as best parks, roller coasters, water rides, kids’ area, food, and more. The Golden Ticket Awards are the most sought after awards in the business of amusements and attractions. The awards have become the subject of much discussion by park aficionados the world over and garnered mentions in such notable media outlets as USA Today and the Chicago Tribune and by the late radio newsman Paul Harvey. The awards also were the topic of a one-hour Travel Channel documentary. There are still a number of great opportunities for guests to enjoy what has arguably become the biggest season in Dollywood’s history. Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana features the return of an even larger Great Pumpkin LumiNights, which includes new experiences in Wildwood Grove! Additionally, more than 600 Southern gospel concerts take place throughout the festival. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, now the 12-time winner for Best Christmas event, features the second year of Glacier Ridge, as well as the first year of Christmas in Wildwood Grove. Now boasting five million spectacular lights, Smoky Mountain Christmas puts guests in the holiday spirit with stunning lights displays, tantalizing food options, traditional shows, and fun experiences like the Parade of Many Colors and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends. For more information about Dollywood, visit Dollywood.com, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD, or download the Dollywood app.

Knoxville Opera’s Blockbuster New Season: Madame Butterfly, Romeo and Juliet, and the Tennessee Premiere of Harriet Tubman!


Madame Butterfly

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community programs, Knoxville Opera’s 42nd Season promises to be a spectacular one with mainstage productions of the ever-popular and beloved Madame Butterfly by Puccini and Romeo & Juliet by Gounod, followed by the historic regional premiere of Okoye’s riveting Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom. All performances are presented with projected English translations/lyrics on a screen above the stage. After an absence of eight years, Madame Butterfly (October 25 & 27) returns to the Tennessee Theatre with Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Pastin as the betrayed Butterfly and tenor Richard Troxell, who starred as Lt. Pinkerton in Frédéric Mitterand’s award-winning film version of the opera. The principal cast, including baritone Sean Anderson and mezzosoprano Lisa Chavez, will also perform at the 11th Annual Knoxville Opera Goes to Church concert at New Covenant Baptist Church on October 6 and at the Opera Ball at the Knoxville Museum of Art on October 19. The



Romeo and Juliet

Harriet Tubman

production will be staged by Brian Deedrick, former Artistic Director of Edmonton Opera, who has directed Mefistofele and seven other memorable productions in Knoxville. Romeo and Juliet, the perfect Valentine’s weekend opera (February 14 & 16), is based on the iconic Shakespeare tale of the starcrossed lovers. This unique production is highlighted by dramatic readings from the original play in English throughout the performance. Chinese soprano Yulan Piao makes her debut as Juliet after first place wins at both the Vienna Summer Music Festival and Verismo Opera competitions. Mackenzie Whitney, one of America’s fast-rising young tenors, debuts as Romeo. Metropolitan Opera bass Andrew Wentzel graces the stage as Friar Laurence, and Stage Director Candace Evans returns to recreate her beautiful and poignant production at the Tennessee Theatre. The season’s high point is the Tennessee Premiere of Harriet Tubman (May 1 & 3), the cornerstone of the company’s communitywide celebration of the legendary heroine of the 19th century Underground Railroad. The

captivating music and words by AfricanAmerican composer, Nkeiru Okoye, is a magical patchwork of styles, including spirituals, juba, ragtime, field hollers, work songs, shouts, gospel, and jazz. Four artists from the 2014 New York City premiere will be recreating their roles, including Janinah Burnett (as Harriet), Metropolitan Opera soprano who is currently starring in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Ms. Okoye and cast members will be featured in school and community events honoring the inspiring, courageous “Moses” of her people, including programs at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, the Public Defender’s Office student program, in-school African-American Voices programs, and the 19th Annual Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival International Street Fair (April 18). Beck’s President Reneé Kesler will host the performances at the Bijou Theatre. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $15 for students and may be purchased online at www.KnoxvilleOpera.com or by calling the box office at 865-524-0795, ext. 1, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.

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new single featured in HBO’s Yellowstone series, was premiered by Taste of Country, had their music video debut by Billboard, were featured in such major publications as Billboard, Huffington Post, LA Times, Rolling Stone, and more, their tunes were in rotation on Radio Disney Country and KFRG, as well as playlisted on Amazon Music, Apple Music, and Spotify, it would be easily understood if you assumed we were talking about an established, major country music act. However, I am talking about the hottest new country trio to grace the charts and airwaves: Honey County. And boy (or girl, as the case may be) are they commanding lots of attention! Comprised of Dani Rose, Devon Jane, and Katie Stump, Taste of Country listed them as one of five artists to watch. Rolling Stone said that they are one of the “Top 10 Acts You Need to Know.” They have shared stages with a host of major country artists and played festivals all across the fruited plain. All of that has happened in just over a two-year time frame. Oh, and their music is being featured in Kevin Costner’s “Yellowstone” and was the reason I had a recent chat with them. Katie described Honey County: “We are a female trio that loves to rock out on stage and write songs that touch people. We love harmonies and we love guitar solos and everything in between. I mean, we get Dixie Chicks a lot, because we are three girls. But



I honestly don’t think we sound anything like them. We love Little Big Town and Keith Urban and Dan + Shay and all these awesome groups coming out, but I think Little Big Town is our overall favorite.” As for how the Costner/Yellowstone opportunity manifested itself, Dani said: “About five-plus years ago, I was at a party in Los Angeles – at one of our girlfriend’s birthday parties – and I met a really funny woman. We shared this love of dogs. We were just talking about animals and dogs in particular, and she was telling me about her dog that she loved. We just kind of bonded over that. It turned out that she was a music supervisor. She asked me about what kind of music I was doing. I said, ‘Oh, you know, I’m starting this band’, et cetera. And one thing led to another. “I didn’t hear anything for two years. And then, about six, seven months ago, she reached out and said, ‘Hey, I finally found a place. It’s in the second season of Yellowstone. And it’s perfect, because we’re just starting to get a lot of attention on this TV show. I think it’ll be a really great spotlight for you guys.’ “The great thing was she didn’t find a place for just one song. She found a place for two songs. It was really special. I mean, bands don’t get to have two songs in an episode. They’re lucky if they get to have one, so we were very, very lucky. “It was really pretty surreal. I mean, we’ve had songs on TV shows, like I said, Nashville, and we’ve had songs on the NFL and on HBO’s True Blood. But we’d never had a song with somebody like Kevin Costner on a series, so

that was pretty cool. “It’s been really cool, and the scene it was in, in Yellowstone, was really pretty epic, because you have this racial issue going on. This woman, this Native American woman, is in a very snooty store in the strip somewhere in Montana. This store owner, the snooty store owner, sees her and judges her based off of the color of her skin and her race. She says that she’s been shoplifting when she knew that she wasn’t shoplifting. It’s in this very heartbreaking scene. You have the police coming in, and they’re like, ‘Well, were their cameras?’ and the shop owner says, ‘No, there’s no cameras, but we’re going to have to strip search her anyway.’ You’ve got our song playing in the background and is singing Under Your Influence. There are so many messages going on at the same time. It was pretty surreal to hear that. The response has been really exciting. We’re so excited for more people to hear it as the days continue.” It is quite safe to say that when you listen to Honey County, you will be stoked about them, too. Check them out in more detail on their website, www.HoneyCounty.com, where you can also order their incredible music. There is more to this interview on 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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THINGS TO DO • PLACES TO GO • PEOPLE TO SEE October 1: Gov’t Mule at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

October 10: Thomas Rhett at ThompsonBoling Arena at 7 pm.

October 19: Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Tennessee Theatre at 11 pm.

October 1: Knoxville Jazz Orchestra presents A Century of Heroes with Kurt Elling at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

October 10-13: BOO! at the Zoo at Zoo Knoxville from 5:30 to 8 pm. Also on October 17-20 and 24-27.

October 20: Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo at the University of Tennessee Gardens from 1 to 5 pm.

October 2: Market Square Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, from 11 am to 2 pm and Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, from 9 am to 2 pm.

October 11: KSO News Sentinel Pops Series: Super Diamond: The Ultimate Neil Diamond Tribute at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.

October 24: Rumours: Fleetwood Mac Tribute at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

October 2: Langhorne Slim with Katie Pruitt at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

October 11: Movies on Market Square: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 at 8 pm. Free!

October 3: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors: Dragons Tour at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.

October 12: UT Football vs. MS State at Neyland Stadium.

October 4: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North at 5 pm. October 4: Movies on Market Square: Toy Story at 8 pm. Free! October 4: Penny & Sparrow with Caroline Spence at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. October 5: UT Football vs. Georgia at Neyland Stadium. October 6: 25th Annual Bark in the Park at Lakeshore Park from 10 am to 4 pm. October 6: Art in the Valley at Ijams Nature Center from 10 am to 4 pm. October 6: Dracula at the Tennessee Theatre at 3 pm. Free! October 6: Michael W. Smith at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm. October 7: Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. October 8: Miranda Sings at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm. October 9: OneBeat at the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm. 60


October 25: Freaky Friday Fright Nite at Mayor Bob Leonard Park from 5 to 7 pm. October 25: The Music of Randy Travis at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm.

October 13: International Food Festival at World’s Fair Park from 11 am to 5 pm.

October 25 & 27: Knoxville Opera presents Madame Butterfly at the Tennessee Theatre. October 25 at 7:30 pm and October 27 at 2:30 pm.

October 13: Making Strides of Knoxville at World’s Fair Park from 12 to 5 pm.

October 26: UT Football vs. South Carolina at Neyland Stadium.

October 13: LitUp Festival in Market Square from 1 to 7 pm.

October 26: James White’s Fort Halloween Bash at from 7 to 11 pm.

October 14: Columbus Day.

October 27: 10th Annual Fall Festival at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum from 1 to 5 pm.

October 17: James White’s Fort Hearth Scares Tours. Tours are October 17-19, 22, 24 & 29 at 7 pm. October 18: Ijams Family Spooktacular at Ijams Nature Center from 6 to 8:30 pm. October 18: KSO Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series: Grieg Piano Concerto at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. October 18: Movies on Market Square: Beetlejuice at 8 pm. Free! October 18-20: Fanboy Expo 2.0 at the Knoxville Convention Center. October 19: Komen Race for the Cure at World’s Fair Park from 8:30 am to 12 pm. October 19: Costumes and Classic Cartoons Open House at the Tennessee Theatre at 11 am. Free!

October 27: Mat Kearney at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. October 27: The Avett Brothers at Thompson-Boling Arena at 8 pm. October 29: Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues with Mike Dawes at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. October 30: The Simon & Garfunkel Story at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. October 30: Billy Strings at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. October 31: Marty Stuart at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

New Exhibitions Opening at the Emporium Center on October 4





Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 4-25. A reception will take place on Friday, October 4, from 5 to 9 pm as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. These exhibitions are presented in conjunction with Tennessee Craft Week, October 4-13, a collection of craft events and happenings across the state each October. The purpose is to connect and celebrate Craft Artists, the work they create, and the businesses that support them. For more information, visit www.tennesseecraft.org/ tennessee-craft-week.

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Townsend Artisan Guild: The Best of Us in the Main Gallery This new exhibition, presented by the Townsend Artisan Guild, features original art by 20 artists, including fiber arts, charcoal, pen and ink, oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography, pottery, woodworking, and mixed media. The Guild is excited about the opportunity to present the breadth and quality of these artists who live and work in the East Tennessee area. Founded in 2007, the Guild brings together working fine artists and fine crafts persons to promote education, exploration, awareness, and development of arts. The group of approximately 80 members strives to promote community interest in and appreciation of the arts through participation in events, demonstrations, classes, festivals, and workshops. The Guild operates the Townsend Artisan Guild and Studios, where juried members display and sell their work and artists work in their studios. The art represents a wide variety of visual arts and is rotated frequently to represent the continued creativity of its displaying artists. Membership in the Guild is open to working artists, aspiring artists, and those supporting the arts. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Wood N Strings Dulcimer Shop. The meeting includes a business meeting, a program, and a time for fellowship. Guests are always welcome to attend.

Barb Johnson & Anna Rykaczewska: Inside/Out in the Balcony Gallery Barb Johnson and Anna Rykaczewska will display work from their perspective of what they observe in photog ra p h e d i m a g e s. The images include both inside and outside spaces. The quality of light as it Barb Johnson infiltrates a setting determines how textures and color tones play a major role in their compositions. Barbara Rybolt Johnson is from Swayzee, Indiana, and earned her degree in art education from Indiana State University. She taught art in public and private schools, most recently at Christian Academy of Knoxville. Barb is now a full-time artist, private teacher, and member of Art Group 21. Her artwork has been displayed in numerous juried art venues, including Arts in the Airport, Oak Ridge Art Center, Art Guild at Fairfield Glade, Knoxville mayors’ offices, and art shows in the Emporium Center. Anna Rykaczewska was born, lived in, and received her education in Warsaw, Poland. She graduated from the High School of Fine Arts, where she studied painting, sculpture, graphics, costume design, scenography, Anna jewelry design, and Rykaczewska photography. She then earned a master’s degree in art history at the University of Warsaw. Rykaczewska worked for seven years as the Art Specialist and Designer at Ars Christiana, the premiere and largest company in Poland specializing in religious art. She has resided in many European countries due to her husband’s scientific career and since 1997, has lived in the United States. In 2001, the YWCA honored her with a nomination for the “Woman of Distinction” award in recognition of her volunteer work. One of her paintings was presented to His Excellency US Ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe by the local Polish-American Community in 2004, and the painting exhibited at the Residence of the US Ambassador in Warsaw for six years. Floral Photographs by Anthony Owsley on the North Wall Anthony Owsley grew up in Knoxville but spent the majority of his life in Georgia, where he attended The Art Institute of

Atlanta. While living in Atlanta, he pursued a variety of creative ventures, including cartooning, illustration, puppeteering, animation, and theater. He was Anthony Owsley a member of the notorious Atlanta art collective 800 East from its inception in 1990 to its dissolution in 1998. He also served as comics editor for several alternative newspapers in the metro Atlanta region. Since relocating to Knoxville, Owsley has taken a passion for photography. His third exhibition includes a collection of floral photographs. Bryan Wilkerson: Saddychack in the Display Case Bryan Wilkerson is a Tennessee native and Professor of Art Bryan Wilkerson and Design at Roane State Community College. His creative practices are focused primarily on ceramics and public art but extend into design and drawing. His work explores humor, craft, irony, and play through common symbolic references. He is also the creator and director of the ArtMobile traveling gallery and pop up workshop space. In this exhibition, Wilkerson will display clever, kooky, and quirky pottery and wall art. Barbara West Portrait Group in the Atrium Founded in 2001 by Barbara West, members hail from throughout the United States and even other countries. Their membership includes artists with a variety of backgrounds, professions, and levels of artistic skill. By using a wide variety of media and showcasing differing art styles, they constantly explore and develop their skills. They have exhibited at the Farragut Town Hall, Peace Lutheran Church, Ball Camp Baptist Church, and Candoro Marble. The Barbara West Portrait Group has developed a strong communal bond – artistic as well as emotional – as a wonderful by-product of their weekly meetings, which occur every Wednesday and Saturday from 2 to 4 pm in Knoxville-area churches. The open studio is $5 to attend with a live model; no instruction is provided. The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865-523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com. October 2019 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE






HE GREAT OUTDOORS, the kind that looks like a postcard and feels like a playground; where every adventure and every turn on a trail dares you to come back to Tennessee for more.


Invest in astounding adventures and experience the beauty of Tennessee as a lifetime memory. Tackle the Appalachian Trail. Pit your strength against gentle giants such as Clingmans Dome, Chimney Tops, and Abrams Falls. The lake trail at Standing Stone State Park is brilliantly abloom in spring. Glimpse an early morning great blue heron on a shoreline hike. Trek the six-mile loop in T.O. Fuller State Park, with historic Chucalissa Indian Village and wetlands as a bonus. Tennessee’s lush landscapes offer endless opportunity for avid hikers and climbers. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in America and is a treasure trove for hikers. From its tallest peaks that reach more than 6,000 feet to its cool, rocky streams, through the forested slopes and shady glens, anywhere the interconnected web of hiking trails; this is the place to experience Appalachia in its wild and beautiful splendor. Hike Andrews Bald, where the steep, paved path to the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower veers off to the right, the unpaved Forney Ridge Trail drops down to the left. It is an approximately 3.6-mile out-and-back trail. It’s a relatively easy hike to the bald, but considerably more strenuous getting back. Alum Cave Bluffs Trail winds out to the rocky overhang and is a popular day-hike in the park. This 4.6-mile out-and-back trail is moderately difficult with only a handful of short, steep grades to tackle and well-worth the exertion. Travel to Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area and experience Twin Arches in Oneida. Hike from Pickett Park Highway to these double sandstone arches. Follow the trail to Charit Creek Lodge, located on the six-mile loop, and cool off in the rocky stream. In Knoxville, hikers can explore more than 50 miles of trails and four historic Civil War sites at Baker Creek Bottoms. Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns features natural beauty and family hikes. Various hiking options are open to every guest. The longest hiking trail is 10.4 miles and is destined as an overnight trail. Choose a short day hike ranging from 0.2-mile hikes to 1.7-mile hikes that bring you up close to Made in Tennessee natural beauty. Big Hill Pond State Park in Pocahontas has nearly 15.5 miles of a single track trail with a tower to climb and a swamp boardwalk almost a half-mile across. Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, with more than 1,200 acres, is home to at least 15 Native American mounds that were used as both burial and ceremonial locations. Hiking trails give guests access to the mounds. Choose from the 2-mile Mounds Great Outer Loop Trail along a paved surface or any of the natural surface hikes: Nature Trail, 62


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Earthworks Trail, and Hudson Branch Trail. Fort Pillow State Park in Henning offers a moderate 9-mile hike along the Red Trail. Learn the history of the area thanks to the well-preserved breastworks and reconstructed inner fort. Transport through history as the park offers Civil War artifact viewings along with a cannon and interpretive displays related to the Fort. Tennessee’s waterfall hikes are some of the most popular in the state. Burgess Falls in the Upper Cumberland region is 1.5 miles and classified as moderately strenuous. Greeter Falls is located within South Cumberland State Park in Palmer. The natural area is one of Tennessee’s most scenic wildernesses. The 90-foot Bald River Falls makes its roaring home in the Cherokee National Forest in Tellico Plains and is hailed as one of the greatest waterfalls in the region. The Great Falls in the 883-acre Rock Island State Park is a cascading 30-foot horseshoe. Fall Creek Falls in Spencer is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States at 256 feet. The waterfalls are located in Tennessee’s largest and most visited state park with 26,000 acres. Water Adventures Whether you are in need of a soothing float down the river, or in the mood for a rip-roaring whitewater rafting adventure, the scenic rivers of Tennessee never fail to provide an inspiring experience. More than 50,000 miles of winding, enchanting rivers, and streams, along with more than a half million acres of pristine lakes and eco-diverse marshes, make the Volunteer State a paradise for those drawn to the wonders of water. In West Tennessee, you’ll find the Mississippi River with its endless water adventures. Along the Mississippi River Corridor, you can try your hand at hiking, biking, camping, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and boating. Among the most scenic, Reelfoot Lake, nestled in northwest Tennessee, is famous for its year-round fishing, eagle-viewing, and lakeside dining. Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge in Ripley lies in the Lower Mississippi River floodplain along the Chickasaw Bluff. Other places for paddling are the Beech River Watershed in Lexington, Natchez Trace State Park in Wildersville, and the big water of Kentucky Lake, where canoeing, kayaking and rafting are part of the fun. Middle Tennessee and the Upper Cumberland are rife with opportunities for adventure. Center Hill, Dale Hollow, and Cordell Hull Lakes are great spots for fishing, boating, canoeing, and swimming. Several state parks like Cumberland Mountain, David Crockett, and Rock Island have plenty of water options. Tim’s Ford State Park and Dam, on the headwaters of the Elk River, is another great spot for adventure. The 125-mile Harpeth River Blueway and the Floating Mill Recreation Area, which runs 64 miles up the Caney Fork River, are both wonderlands for outdoor adventurers. The Duck River Blueway has the only Class II rapids on the lower portion of the river.

The lakes, rivers, and mountains of East Tennessee are a paradise for boaters, bikers, hikers, and climbers, with a nice dose of horseback riding and zip-lining thrown in. Try the Obed Wild and Scenic River: The name says it all. The Big South Fork, Caney Fork, and Clinch Rivers are other beautiful and exciting places for testing the waters. Boone Reservoir in Northeast Tennessee is one of the best places for kayaking, suitable for all levels of paddlers. Lakes like Chickamauga and Norris are great for a calm day on the lake, while the Hiwassee and Ocoee River Recreation Areas have some of the most famous whitewater in the nation, called one of “America’s Best Adventures” by National Geographic. You’ll find Class III and IV rapids in several spots, including the Tellico ledges, the middle prong of the Little Pigeon and the Tremont River. Check out the caves at Cumberland Gap National Recreation Area, try a zip line in Pigeon Forge, or explore the hang gliding and rock climbing opportunities in spots like Lookout Mountain or Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If winter sports are your thing, don’t forget the skiing and snowboarding at Ober Gatlinburg. Whatever type of outdoor thrills you seek, Tennessee has it all. Cycling Cycling in Tennessee means fantastic vistas for leisurely riders and long distance cyclists alike. With the highest elevation in Tennessee at 6,643 feet and the lowest point at 178 feet, our varied terrain will keep you guessing. Explore the sights and sounds of Memphis on wheels. Explore Bike Share has 60 stations and 600 bike share systems to downtown, South Memphis, Cooper Young, Orange Mound, Overton Square, and Crosstown. The Mississippi River Trail runs 185 miles from wildlife-rich Reelfoot Lake to Memphis. Ride along the Highland Rim. The scenic roads around Lake Watauga are among the best mountain biking routes in the country. Try bike paths at Chickasaw State Park and mountain trails on the Natchez Trace. Experience the Tweetsie Trail in Johnson City, and for mountain bikers, experience the thrill of off-roading on biking trails on 40 acres of wooded terrain at the city’s Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park within riding distance from downtown’s shops, breweries, and restaurants. Run through woods filled with wildlife in David Crockett State Park and Fall Creek Falls. Booker T. Washington State Park’s six-mile loop features both long uphill climbs and fast downhills. Off-road biking is allowed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in several spots. The tranquil Cades Cove Loop encourages bikers, and rentals are available. Along the way, take in churches, pioneer cabins, and other historic structures. Relish new sights as you cycle through Tennessee. For more information, visit www. tnvacation.com. October 2019 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Self-Employment Beyond Virtual Reality B Y TO M I R M E N


YEARS AGO I attended a luncheon that featured a retired Air Force General who shared with us his decades-long military career. What I remember most about his experience was how he invested years of personal effort positioning himself for a much coveted career within the Pentagon. He went on to discuss his disillusionment with his newfound Pentagon position, where he had once hoped to be able to make a genuine and lasting contribution. He suggested that if a totally dedicated individual invested their entire career at the Pentagon, working 24/7, their contribution would likely go unnoticed. I think this general’s observations may also accurately describe how many professionals who have worked in the nation’s largest corporations must feel about their careers – a feeling that, despite devoting one’s entire energy to a cause, very few substantive changes resulted. I believe this common sense of frustration frequently serves as a catalyst for those individuals departing



Leading a small business is an incredible learning experience that includes a great many moving parts, requiring that you wear a multitude of hats, including management, marketing, finance, legal, production, and a host of others. the corporate world and instead pursuing careers in the world of small business. One advantage resulting from a selfemployment career, although it can also be frustrating at times, is that our responsibilities range from those of a CEO to those of building maintenance. Regardless, self-employeds are treated to a front row seat for most every event that occurs within their small business, unlike their large corporate counterparts. Leading a small business is an incredible learning experience that includes a great

many moving parts, requiring that you wear a multitude of hats, including management, marketing, finance, legal, production, and a host of others. The experience can be exhilarating for most and perhaps a bit overwhelming for others. You are afforded an opportunity to see the “big picture” rather than the limited view offered in a larger corporate environment. Small business owners typically make important decisions in far less time than would have been possible in the corporate world, allowing them to take greater advantage of opportunities in a more timely manner when the greatest upside potential for success exists. True, we don’t have some of the perks offered by big business, but self-employment offers you a ringside seat to where the real action is and places you squarely on the competitive playing field – an experience that many of those in the corporate world can only fantasize about. Self-employment offers you a level of reality that rarely exists in today’s corporate arena.

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Buddy Baker

Owner of Granite Transformations


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MATTHEW B. DOPPELT D.O., F.A.O.C.D., F.A.A.D. Board Certified Dermatologist


O IN US in celebrating 16 years of Southeastern

Dermatology at our annual Glammiversary celebration happening Thursday, November 7th. From 5 to 8 pm, guests will enjoy wine and beer paired with heavy hors d’oeuvres and fantastic company at the event of the season. This year’s Glammiversary promises to be the best yet with unmatched discounts on products and procedures and plenty of fabulous prizes that all guests can enter to win.

Win From More Than $15,000 in Prize Packages Attendees of this annual celebration will enter to win from a selection of prizes valued at more than $15,000. Guests have the chance to stock up on the classic wrinkle eraser Botox, correct or prevent signs of aging with the #1 best selling dermal filler Juvéderm, and eliminate fat and loose skin in one minimally invasive treatment with the revolutionary new body contouring procedure BodyTite. See our website for the full list of prize packages. Huge Discounts on All Products & Procedures Glammiversary features the biggest savings of the year on all of our products and procedures. Enjoy discounts on your favorite skincare products from top brands like SkinMedica, SkinCeuticals, Revision, Avéne, Glytone, and Colorescience. Find out how you can get extraordinary eyelashes with Latisse, tighten skin on your face, neck, and chest with Ultherapy, erase unwanted ink with PicoSure laser tattoo removal plus the DESCRIBE patch, or sculpt your face and body with FaceTite, BodyTite, AccuTite, and Evolve. Reverse the signs of sun damage and aging with procedures like microneedling, dermaplaning, HydraFacial, chemical peels, Clear + Brilliant, and laser skin rejuvenation. Regain a youthful appearance with our collection of anti-aging injections, including Botox, Dysport, Juvéderm, Sculptra, and more.

Purchase a VIP Pass for Exclusive Access Guests to this year’s Glammiversary who purchase a VIP Pass for $100 prior to the event will receive early entry plus exclusive access to our VIP area, which includes a signature cocktail with Dr. Doppelt. VIP Pass holders will also receive a VIP glam bag valued at more than $325, which includes a travel-sized skincare product, a certificate for a dermaplane treatment or chemical peel, one of 50 exclusive VIP discounts on future cosmetic services, and other goodies fit for a glamorous VIP. There are a limited number of VIP Passes available, so call to reserve yours before we run out! Create Your Glammiversary Wish List Stay ahead of the game by scheduling a complimentary consultation before the event to start working on your wish list. Tell us about the products and procedures you’re interested in trying so we can provide a customized treatment plan before you make your purchases. It’s as easy as calling us or visiting our website to request an appointment.

Southeastern Dermatology 1930 Pinnacle Pointe Way Knoxville, TN 37922 865.474.8800 www.drdoppelt.com

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