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As a student in the University of Tennessee’s Fine Art Department, Wendy Leedy was told by a professor that, although she was talented she would never work as an artist unless she got horses out of her system. Ironically she was the only one in her class to have a job waiting for her when she graduated. When one of her drawings, the first ever to be published, made the cover of The Voice of the Tennessee Walking Horse magazine she drove back to Knoxville and hand delivered a copy to that professor. Turns out her love of horses has been the key to her success. “If you really love what you do, others will too.” says Wendy as she talks about her extensive career. Since those college years she has shared her love for not only horses but history, community, and family through her work. She has drawn hundreds of historical buildings and events in the lake way area. Last year Wendy was asked to create the Grainger County Christmas ornament that hung on Governor Haslam’s Christmas tree and has just finished illustrating her fourth book, Grainger Counties First Families and Other Stories that Need to be Told by local historian Ken Coffey. Her artwork, done mostly in pastels, pencil, graphite, and acrylic, has hung in fine art galleries and museums around the Southeast including the Knoxville Museum of Art, Rose Center, and the Hunter Art Gallery in Chattanooga. She also teaches drawing classes at the Rose Center, as she has done for twenty-five years. Thirty-four years ago Wendy opened The Frame House in a four room house on the family farm. The house had been moved by TVA in the 1930’s across the road to it’s current location. Wendy became the first Certified Professional Framer in the area and is still one of only a few to hold that title. Wendy’s daughter-in-law, Amy Simmons Leedy, is an award winning artist in her own right.

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The Frame House specializes in framing original artwork, cross-stitch pieces, and family heirlooms using only acid free archival materials including museum and conservation glass. It is also an art gallery overflowing with beautiful art, history, love and laughter. The artists inside work closely with their clients and each other to frame, restore, or create the perfect piece. As for those horses Wendy was warned about, they are still in her system and hanging in the Smithsonian Institute at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA :)

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Do something special with your children or grandchildren...

Spooky Llama Trails & Tales Spooky Llama Trails & Tales at the Walnut Ridge Llama Farm conveniently located only 30 minutes from Morristown just off 11-E near Greeneville in Chuckey. Walnut Ridge Llama Farm and the Chuckey Ruritan Club are partnering together to provide a five week event that does NOT include devils or people in “Jason” masks chasing you with a chainsaw. The event will be on Friday & Saturday evenings (7pm11pm) beginning September 20-21 and running through October 19th. The event is based on folklore and legends. So gather the family or group (youth & adults) and do something different this autumn season.  Take a storytelling and musical hayride through a llama farm hearing the Cherokee legend of the “Wendigo.”  The llama trails will take you through a pasture of over 45 llamas, and then you will enter the woods with spooky and funny interactive scenes of a Wendigo cave, a wood hag, scarecrow, dancing zombies and much more.  When you reach the top of Walnut Ridge, you will experience various activities including professional storytellers, a Native American Indian camp and an area to experience the beauty & gentleness of baby llamas.  Everything is family-oriented with nothing gory or over the top.  The event is church friendly and appropriate for all ages including the young and young at heart.  You will laugh, maybe scream, and definitely have a great time! Arts, crafts, food, and refreshments will be available for purchase. There will be a Native American Indian camp the first weekend of September 20-21 and the last weekend October 18-19. Visitors will enjoy Cherokee and Lakota Indian storytelling, drumming, dancing, and learn more about Native American culture. The entrance for parking and ticket sales will be at the Chuckey Ruritan Ball field, 290 Chuckey Ruritan Road, South, Chuckey, TN just 500 feet off 11-E Highway near the Chuckey Post Office. Adults/teenagers $10, children 4-12 will be $6, and toddlers 3 and under will be free. 10% of the Spooky Hayride gate will be donated to the Chuckey Ruritan Club for youth activities.  Please go online at or call us at 423-257-2875 for the schedule of storytellers, group rates, and additional information.

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Mountain Makins Festival at Historic Rose Center The 38th Annual Mountain Makins Festival

Saturday, October 26 from 10 – 5 Sunday, October 27 from 11 – 5

Admission is $5 for adults; $1 for children 6-12. Preview Reception Friday, October 25, from 6:30 – 9pm More information about the festival 423-581-4330 or

The Theme is “Appalachian Harvest” Entertainment by “Earl & Pearl” playing Scots-Irish and Traditional Appalachian music. Suzie Reynolds “Pearl” plays guitar and Steve Mayfield “Earl” plays mandolin, lap dulcimer and chorded zither.

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages: Shrimp & Grits Tartlets Sausage Balls with Spicy Mustard Sauce Roasted Corn & Tomato Bruschetta Sweet Onion Dip with Crackers Pumpkin Dip with Ginger Snaps Apple Butter and Mini Tea Biscuits Fruit & Cheese Platter Assorted Dessert Bites Advance-only tickets are $25 and also serve as weekend passes to the festival.

Saturday Musical Entertainment Sarah Storms, bagpiper Rattlesnake Holler Tennessee Skyline Heppy Kats Y’uns Earl & Pearl The Red Wellies Blue Mill Revue

Sunday Musical Entertainment Sarah Morgan Boogertown Gap The Katts with Glen Spayth Clinch Valley Bluegrass Harmony Strings Tommy White Page 6

Demonstrators-both days

Dennis Berry – chair caning Justin Burke – hide tanning & primitive skills Jim Claborn as Davy Crockett Clinch Valley Beekeepers Larry Counts- broommaking Dave Hansard – woodturning W. T. Hines – white coopering Lakeway Amateur Radio Club – ham radio Patsy & Larry Mauk – basket weaving Noe’s Chapel UMC – apple butter making Bill Robertson - whittling Rose Center Quilters Guild – hand quilting John Smedley – dough bowls Tsoyaha Tipi Valentine Corn Mill & Apple Cider Press Richard Williams - blacksmithing

Storytelling Schedule: Saturday

11:00-11:30 Larry & Gayleen Kelley 11:30-12:00 Michael Reno Harrell 12:00-12:30 Bill Landry 12:30-12:45 Sam Venable 12:45-1:00 Larry Kelley 1:00-1:30 Michael Reno Harrell 1:30-2:00 Leon Overbay 2:00-2:30 Guerry McConnell 2:30-3:00 Lisa Soland 3:00-3:30 Leon Overbay 3:30-4:00 Guerry McConnell 4:00-4:30 Larry & Gayleen Kelley


1:00-1:15 Larry & Gayleen Kelley 1:15-1:30 Sam Venable 1:30-2:00 Michael Reno Harrell 2:00-2:30 Mountain Man Bob Phillips 2:30-3:00 Michael Reno Harrell 3:00-3:30 Bill Landry 3:30-4:00 Mountain Man Bob Phillips 4:00-4:30 Gayleen Kelley


Bill Landry, Sam Venable, Lisa Soland, Joe Moore, Melissa Peagler, Dr. Lin Stepp, Linda Mix

Saturday, October 26, 2013: 10:30 11:00 12:30 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00

Rose Center Line Dancers Dancers Unlimited Tsoyaha Indian Dancers Stoney Creek Cloggers Lakeway Twirlers Reflections Performing Arts Center Elizabeth Williams School of Dance

Sunday, October 27, 2013 12:30 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:30

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A Passion for Glass... Gorgeous Gourds! Local bead maker Renee Suich Renee relocated from Cleveland, Ohio, to beautiful East Tennessee in 2008. She quickly became part of the Morristown community by joining The Morristown Art Association and GFWC Somo Sala Circle. She has held board positions with both organizations and continues to enjoy meeting people through the clubs’ volunteer efforts. She is also a member of The Rose Center, where her art and jewelry are for sale in the gallery. Several years ago she was introduced to the ancient art of lampworking while employed by The Cleveland Museum of Art. Her interests in this art form led Renee to take classes in pursuit of this avocation. Her goal was only to understand the process, but she knew immediately that she had found her passion for glass. She is known as the local bead maker and has taught classes in Lampwork at Rose Center. In addition to glass bead making, she has added enameling to her handcrafted jewelry line. Renee continues to fire up the kiln and melt glass in the heat of a torch. Recently, encouraged and inspired by her local artist friends, she has added collage to her art interests, using altered paper and watercolor pencils.

Renee Suich

Sonya Ricker, an artist for more than 30 years began using gourds as her canvas about 5 years after a local farmer brought a box of gourds into her office thinking the gourds would make a great addition as a medium for her art work. Painting gourds and pyrography (wood burning) and carving are Sonya’s passion and how she fills her downtime, which she has very little of with 4 sons, her husband Realtor, John Ricker and her job as the administrator for the Hamblen County Soil Conservation District. Sonya is a native of Knoxville, but has lived in Morristown for more than   20 years and will be displaying and selling her gourds at Mountain Makins this year so be sure to stop by and check out these creative pieces of art that can easily take Sonya upwards of 20 hours to complete. Many of the gourds used by Sonya were grown by local Hamblen County farmers such as Steve Henegar and Mike Holdway. Visit Sonya’s website:

John Ricker

Lampwork Artist (423) 839-1635

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Hardwood Specialties is proud to be a new stocking dealer for the adorneTM collection from Legrand. This collection turns ordinary into extraordinary with switches, dimmers, tamper resistant outlets, and other solutions that bring inspiration to life. Most items in the adorneTM collection fit existing electrical boxes and typically do not require new wiring. From a Pop-Out Outlet that hides until you need it, to convenient in-wall smart device connections, plugging in has never been so stylishly convenient. Modular outlets allow you to configure the perfect combination of outlets, nightlights, and even USB ports. AdorneTM brings illumination to your kitchen with easily swappable outlets, lighting options, USB docks,

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speakers, and most of all, flexibility, in the UnderCounter Lighting System. Have power galore without a single outlet in plain sight. Outlets, lights, speakers, and smart phone docks are easily relocated as needed or the mood strikes. Hardwood Specialties can help you find the solution to your needs. Check out our interactive displays at Hardwood Specialties located at 2425 Morningside Drive in Morristown or call (423) 581-5451 for more information. • To advertise or to submit story ideas, call 423-714-7044 •

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HealthStar welcomes Dr. Mohammad Hussain to their Morristown location. Dr. Hussain has been practicing neurology in East Tennessee for the past two decades. He received his Bachelors in Physiology, with a minor in microbiology and biochemistry, from the University of Karachi. He received his bachelors in Medicine from one of the world’s most prestigious medical schools, Ain Shams Medical School, in Cairo, Egypt. He did his fellowship as well as taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. He did residencies at Frankfort Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. In Johnson

City he was the medical director of The Northeast Tennessee Rehabilitation hospital, as well as being the medical director of a muscular dystrophy clinic. He started his own solo practice in 1996, Neurology Rehabilitation Services, LLC., which has featured locations in Johnson City, Knoxville, Sevierville and Lenoir City. His expertise in neurology allows him to treat patients that are suffering from headaches, seizures, neuropathy, Parkinson’s and many other neurological related ailments. For appointments with Dr. Hussain’s office please call (423)586-0443.

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Paige Tindall McCord named Carson-Newman Swim Coach

While with the Fort Hood Area Dolphins Swim Club, McCord trained three swimmers that went on to the South Texas “A Champs.” Two of those made the finals with one reaching Texas’ top swim meet, TAGS (Texas Age Group).

gural squad, representing Florida, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Quebec, Canada. Brandon Calfee, Ben Young, and Austin Murphy are all from the Morristown area, says Coach McCord.

“I know that we have the facility and support to produce, not only the best in the SAC, but a world class program at Carson-Newman,” McCord said. “I want to bring God glory through all of that.”

Our Men’s and Women’s team will be very strong this opening year, especially in the relays. The squads both have quite a bit of depth in the Butterfly and Freestyle events. Our relay teams will be quite strong as well, especially in the Women’s 200 and 400 Medley and the Men’s 200 and 800 Free. We are very focused this year on setting the highest standard of CN Swimming, continuing the tradition of superb community service and academics here at Carson-Newman University in order to create CHAMPIONS in and out of the water.  

The move to Jeff City is a return home for McCord. In addition to growing up in Morristown, McCord was the head coach for the Jefferson City Swim Club from 2007-2008. In her two years with JCSC, she solidified the program’s transition from a summer league program to one where athletes could train year round. Carson-Newman athletic director Allen Morgan announced the hiring of the first swim coach in the college’s 161-year history Thursday morning. Morristown native Paige Tindall McCord returns to the area after three years as the head coach of the Fort Hood Area Dolphins and most recently as a masters coach with the Hurricanes swimming in Columbus, Ga. McCord comes from a family of swimmers. Her sister Allyson swam at Depauw University while her sister Tricia took to the waters as a Kansas Jayhawk. Paige was finished in the top 10 in the 200 back and 200 IM in the Colonial Athletic Association while swimming at Davidson. “Carson-Newman’s home for me,” McCord said. “I may not have gone here, but Carson-Newman is my husband’s alma mater and I’ve lived for 22 years in this area, so I’m very thankful to be at Carson-Newman.” Page 10

McCord said the university is the perfect fit for her coaching style, which combines strong Christian values with the pursuit of both academic and athletic excellence. “You teach faith through your actions,” McCord said. “You teach faith through being that example on the pool deck. You have to be disciplined about teaching those specific themes.” McCord is married to U.S. Army Captain Daniel McCord. She is the daughter of the late Dr. James Raymond Tindall and Katy Tindall Klose. Carson-Newman’s swimming program begins competition in the fall of 2013.

Come out and see some very fast swimming and support your Carson-Newman Eagles! Upcoming HOME meets: (free admission) Saturday, Oct 12 CN vs. Limestone 12pm Tuesday, Nov 5 CN vs. Milligan 6pm   More info @ Twitter: CN_EagleSwim Facebook: Carson-Newman Swimming

It has simply been tremendous to see how the community has rallied behind this team. Having a thriving collegiate swim program at CN has been a dream for many, many generations here in the area. We have 30 athletes on our inau- • To advertise or to submit story ideas, call 423-714-7044 •

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Out of the Woods A new Playhouse for the Theatre Guild? By: Marc McClure

The Morristown Theatre Guild was founded in 1934 and it is one of the longest continuously running theatrical companies in the state. Over the past eight decades the Theatre Guild has produced hundreds of dramas and comedies and musicals, from well-known classics to original works, providing countless moments that examined the height and depth, hope and despair, and triumph and tragedy of the human experience. Over the decades the Guild developed the dynamics of a multi-generational family and beginning in 1956 the Guild family was anchored and poised to flourish when it purchased Trinity Lutheran Church and established an intimate “black box” styled theater within the distinctive building. As America entered into a long and often tumultuous transformation from the 1950s to the new millennium, Guild productions offered both comedic distractions and evocative insights into those changes through modern productions as well as meaningful reinterpretations of the classics. It also fostered and strengthened a strong artistic sentiment in the Morristown community and provided training for scores of members who would make theater their profession, around the region and even on the national level. Although the Guild flourished like a healthy family over the decades, its well-loved playhouse – like the individual actors who walked its stage – endured

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the inevitable toll of time. And by 2004 the patriarchs of the family had to accept that the family home could no longer safely serve its function. But when the lights faded to black in the last performance of Into the Woods in 2004 few would have imagined that nearly a decade would pass without a return to performances in the iconic Theatre Guild Playhouse. Suspending public performances in the then 120 year old building was the responsible thing to do until renovations could be carried out but the scope and scale of the renovations were not then understood and the suspension of performances was not then recognized to be the end of an era.   Over the past decade the Guild received warm support from the community as schools, churches and civic organizations made space available for the Guild’s dedicated members to continue offering performances until their ancestral home could be restored.   Following the 75th anniversary of the Guild in 2009, a building committee under the leadership of long-time member and patron Paul Rohe took up the task of producing a comprehensive strategy to renovate the playhouse and received good news – the building, which was Trinity Lutheran Church from 1881 to 1956, was impressively solid and made of quality materials, so renovation was possible. Unfortunately, however, portions of the foundation had sagged • To advertise or to submit story ideas, call 423-714-7044 •

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around a cistern resulting in buckled and cracked exterior walls and the shoring up and rebuilding of the intricate brick structure, along with extensive rewiring, plumbing and a new roof, could cost over a million dollars. And even with those renovations the long term integrity of the structure could not be guaranteed. The building committee, which calls itself the “Hill Street Gang” (Paul Steve, Katherine and John Rohe, Joe Powell, Dr. Bill Crawford, Larry McGowan, Cathy Scott, David Horton, and Eric Bullard), learned this staggering news in spring 2013.  Working with a variety of professionals, including state officials, the committee explored a range of options and at last concluded that a complete restoration of the building through new construction, at about half the estimated cost of renovation, was the most responsible decision. Guild member and director Joe Powell, who is an enthusiastic member of the Gang admits that the decision to recommend rebuilding was exceedingly difficult but a plans are to retain the distinct aspects of the 1881 structure. As designed, the new Morristown Theatre Guild Playhouse will feature the original octagonal shape, increased seating capacity, an enlarged lobby, dressing rooms, storage rooms, a loading dock, and an updated sound, lighting and projection system. It will keep the original cupola, which will be reinstalled on the new building, and bricks and timbers of the original building will be used to create the new, larger lobby. The Hill Street Gang believes the new building will meet the needs of the Theatre Guild for generations to come and serve as an anchor for

community-based performing arts in Morristown. And it may well prove a sought out venue for businesses and organizations owing to the anticipated building’s attractive design and technical features. Once alterations to the property’s current zoning provisions are accepted by Morristown’s Planning Commission, the Theatre Guild board of directors, under the chairmanship of Dr. Bill Crawford, will be in a position to move forward with a capital campaign. Director Powell looks forward to the day when he won’t conduct rehearsals in various locations only to move into a performance venue days before opening night.   Having spent almost ten years ‘in the woods’, he and other members of the building committee hope to see the first production in the New Theatre Guild Playhouse by the end of 2014.

To follow the progress of the anticipated building visit or find them on facebook

The Theatre Guild, 314 S. Hill Street as it looks today.

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Noah’s Arc Calendar & Fashion Show The 2014 Noah’s Arc Calendar will be available by November 1st.  Only $10 each. The calendars will be available from select NOAH’S Arc volunteers and at various locations / businesses listed below: Lakeway Animal Hospital All Dogs Canine Care Center Stonegate Animal Hospital Tri-County Anicam Hospital Moyer’s Animal Hospital Animal Wellness Clinic Dr. Burn’s Office White Pine Veterinary Howard’s Pharmacy Kirk & Kirk Health Clinic, P.C. Creative Framing   These calendars not only make great Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers or any occasion gifts, their proceeds also go to the care of many homeless pets so don’t wait, be sure to purchase one for yourself and a friend today. You can also contact Susan Widener at 423748-2444. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the calendars go to the care of the over 300 cats and dogs we currently have at our facility. FASHION SHOW changes -- The 2014 Noah’s Arc Fashion Show is scheduled for Thursday, November 7th at The Country Club. Doors will open at 5:30 for vendor shopping and the show will begin at 6:30pm.

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Uptown Hound... owners, Larry Gray and Denise Brinkley specialize in pet grooming and also offer doggie Day care as well as boarding. Uptown Hound also carries a speciality line a dog food called Merrick. Each Merrick Pet Food product is specifically formulated to provide your dog or cat with the best, most nutritious food they can get. Dogs and cats thrive when they’re fed quality protein and healthy fats like the ones in Merrick’s holistic and natural recipes. Merrick uses real whole foods sourced from local farmers. This natural, grain free formula dog food is ideal for all life stages with a focus on naturally nutrient rich ingredients to support overall health. Easily digestible carbohydrates like potatoes and sweet potatoes offer the benefit of sustained energy without upsetting grainsensitive systems. Like with all Merrick recipes, they use only locally sourced farm fresh ingredients to ensure the highest quality. As a result, Merrick recipes don’t contain any ingredients from China and are made in their own five-star kitchen and manufacturing facilities that uphold the strict guidelines well defined by the FDA. When it comes to feeding your pet, only the best dog food or cat food will do. As animal lovers ourselves, we know that pets are part of the family, that’s why we carry the Merrick pet food, to offer you the very best for your pet. Stop by for more information about any of our services or products, 1227 West 3rd North or call 423-736-1265. • To advertise or to submit story ideas, call 423-714-7044 •

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Witch Hat Mint Chocolate Cupcakes WHAT YOU DO The Chocolate Mint cupcakes Preheat the oven to 350 Line the muffin cups with paper liners Put the cake mix in your mixing bowl Add in the buttermilk, vegetable, oil, and eggs Beat until moistened – about 30 seconds Increase the speed to high and beat until thick – about another 2 mins Fold the chopped mint chocolates into the batter Spoon the mix into the liners filling the cups about 2/3 of the way to the top. Bake for 15-20 mins – until a toothpick poked into the cupcake centers comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from the baking plans and allow to cool completely before frosting.

WHAT YOU NEED For the Chocolate Mint Cupcakes 1 box of devil’s food cake mix 1 cup of butter milk 1/2 cup of vegetable oil 4 eggs 2/3 cup of chopped mint chocolates (Amdex Creme de Menthe Thins) For the mint frosting 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (soft NOT melted) 8 cups confectioners sugar 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 teaspoon of peppermint mint extract Green food coloring Yellow food coloring For the witch hats 24 chocolate ice cream cones 4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted 24 chocolate wafer cookies (Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers)

The mint frosting Add 4 cups of sugar, milk, vanilla and peppermint extract Beat until smooth and creamy Slowly add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time until it’s a good spreading consistency (you might not need all the sugar) Remove a small amount of frosting and add yellow food coloring The witch hat buckles Ad a few drops of green food coloring to the remaining icing and mix thoroughly. Decorate the cupcakes Melt the chocolate Dip open end of ice cream cone into melted chocolate. Attach to chocolate wafer cookies to make the witch’s hat. Let stand 30 minutes to allow chocolate to harden. Spoon some of the green mint frosting into a pastry bag with a flat tip and add a single band around the bottom of the hat (like a ribbon) Using the smallest pastry tip, pipe a square of the yellow frosting on each hat to make the buckle. Frost the cupcakes with the remaining green frosting. Place a witch hat on the top of each cupcake.

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Witche’s Brew In the year 1600 AD, Pope Clement VIII was being pressured by his advisers to condemn coffee as a “witches brew”, but after tasting it he instead declared “This devil’s drink is so delicious...we should cheat the devil by baptizing it.”

coffee soups sandwiches and more...

They are brewing up “something to do” in Morristown with plans to showcase local artists and musicians, host parties and special events and serve exceptional locally roasted coffee in a comfortable atmosphere.

Today, three local women are turning The Witches Brew at The menu boasts all of the fancy coffee drinks you would expect, 3606 West Andrew Johnson Hwy into the place to go in as well as Italian Cream Soda in more than a dozen flavors, homeMorristown. made soups, salads, and sandwiches on bread baked fresh daily by local baker Jessica Escabales, and the display counters are filled The walls inside and out are decorated with murals the with Jessica’s decadent pastries, cakes, cupcakes, and chocolates. owners Tamitha Morgan and Forrest Heaton painted themselves, artwork by local artists and quotes like the one Linger over a pasty and gourmet coffee, enjoy a spirited meal with by Dr. Suess “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” friends, or call ahead for curb side pick-up; 423-289-1575. Open that capture the essence of these ladies and their business. 8am -7 pm Mon-Friday and 11am – 7pm Saturday, closed Sunday.

Trick or Treat Halloween Safety Halloween should be a fun and happy time for all. Children look forward to dressing up in cool or scary costumes, visiting neighborhood homes for “Trick or Treat” or attending parties, school functions or community events. However, in the excitement of the holiday, one can become less careful and more prone to accidents and injuries. Planning ahead and taking fire safety precautions can help prevent an injury or tragedy. Purchasing only costumes, wigs or props that are labeled flame resistant or flame retardant. If making a costume, choose material that will not ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Avoid billowing or trailing features or costumes that drag on the ground. Eye holes should be large enough for good peripheral vision. Wear bright colors. Never trick or treat alone. Travel in groups of at least three persons. Set a time to return home. Walk on sidewalks and driveways. Stay in well lit, populated areas. Visit only houses where lights are on. Accept treats only in doorways, do not go inside homes or get into cars and ALWAYS check candy for signs of tampering before eating it. Page 16 • To advertise or to submit story ideas, call 423-714-7044 •

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Frightmare Manor – Experience the Spine-Rippling Story of Tennessee’s most prolific serial-killer, Jeremiah Lexer.

(if you dare)

According to; Jeremiah Lexer (1826–1902), was a 19th-century East Tennessee plantation owner who, along with Hezekiah Hamblen, was key in establishing Hamblen County before becoming controversially involved in disappearances and murders of local residents and travelers at the turn of the century. He lived on a massive plantation on the outskirts of Hamblen County in Talbott, with his extended family from 1826-1902. Records show that he was a seemingly upstanding member of the community.

The Lexer files were officially released in 1987 with a court order from The Tennessee Open Records Act. Today the Lexer Plantation serves as the home of Frightmare Manor – a highly successful and nationally recognized Haunted Attraction.

In 1887, missing people cases began to be reported to Hamblen County Sheriff J. F. Hayes and continued until 1902. These reports were considered unlinked and attributed to dangerous mountainous wildlife or becoming lost in the massive Appalachian Mountains.

Owner Chris Wooden says “Frightmare Manor is now an annual destination for people from all over Tennessee and the surrounding states. We are honored to have been given National Recognition for the elite Haunted Event that Frightmare Manor has become. Each year we raise the level of entertainment, with our ultimate mission being to give our “victims” an awesome night of scary fun and Frightmare Manor brings them in by the carload.

On July 5, 1902 Jeremiah Lexer took his own life after a brutal killing-spree that left his entire family slain. After his plantation was searched, the gruesome discoveries of over 30 bodies was a shock to the community. It was later discovered that in his old age, Lexer suffered from undiagnosed Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia. With the economy of Hamblen County struggling, and a push by government officials to populate the under-funded county, local media and law enforcement were bribed to coverup the murders, so as not to dissuade potential residents and business owners from moving to the county.

You’ve heard the stories and the rumors.... now you can experience Frightmare Manor in Talbott for yourself! Frightmare Manor has been named one of “America’s Best Haunted Attractions” (2013,

Frightmare Manor seasonally employs over 80 of our friends and neighbors each year. We’re ready for the 2013 Halloween season, the only question is, are you?” For more info, including open nights and admission prices, follow them on Facebook at and visit their website at 7588 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy , Talbott, TN.

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Mammograms Made Easy Mammography Explained Mammography is an X-ray examination of the breast. It is used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women who either have breast problems such as a lump, pain, or nipple discharge, as well as for women who have no breast complaints. The procedure allows detection of breast cancers, benign tumors, and cysts before they can be detected by palpation (touch). Mammography cannot prove that an abnormal area is cancer, but if it raises a significant suspicion of cancer, tissue will be removed for a biopsy. Tissue may be removed by needle or open surgical biopsy and examined under a microscope to determine if it is cancer.

Who should get a mammogram?

The American Cancer Society recommends yearly screening for all women ages 40 and older, and clinical breast exams at least every three years for all women in their 20s and 30s. Women who are at an increased risk (family history, genetic tendency, past breast cancer) should talk with their health care providers about the benefits and limitations of starting mammography screening earlier, having additional tests, or having more frequent exams.

What conditions does a mammogram show? • Calcifications - Tiny mineral deposits within the breast tissue. There are two types: • Macrocalcifications - Coarse calcium deposits that usually indicate degenerative changes in the breasts, such as: • Aging of the breast arteries • Old injuries • Inflammations • Microcalcifications - Tiny specks of calcium. When many are seen in one area, they are referred to as a cluster. • Masses - Occur with or without associated calcifications, and may be due to different causes, including the following: • Cyst - A noncancerous collection of fluid in the breast. • Benign breast conditions • Breast cancer

How do I get started? Take preventative measures and schedule a mammogram today! Lakeway Regional Hospital offers digital mammography. This technology allows for improved breast imaging increasing the physician’s ability to detect breast cancer, as well as uses less radiation. The hospital also uses the Mammopad – a device created for improved patient comfort during the compression of a mammogram. For additional information about mammograms and breast health, please visit and click on the Health Resources link. Page 18 • To advertise or to submit story ideas, call 423-714-7044 •

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Gordon Lintz

President of Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System For Gordon Lintz, “mission” and “strategy” are never far apart. As president of Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, one of his primary roles is communicating the mission of MHHS and its parent company, Covenant Health: to improve the quality of life through better health. So Lintz is not only an administrator, but also a communicator who inspires others. But Lintz says he’s also a “strategy guy” who is fascinated by the “how” of making the mission happen: “What steps should we take to improve quality and outcomes?” “How can we make the patient experience better?” His ability to focus on both the “big picture” and the details goes back to his days as a hospital volunteer, and several mission trips that have given him a unique perspective. “When I was in business school at Wake Forest, I volunteered at North Carolina Baptist Hospital,” he said. “I was drawn to healthcare, where people came to work every day to help others. My faith is very important to me, and I saw healthcare as a field where I could have a personal ministry.” After graduation Lintz pursued a career in healthcare administration. He also went on five mission trips to South and Central America, where he visited several hospitals. “They were like stepping back in time,” he said. “I had always enjoyed interacting with clinical staff and respected their knowledge. I thought it would be great to have clinical skills as well as administrative skills – maybe one day I could go back to those hospitals and help them more.” So Lintz took a “strategy” step. After 10+ years in administration, he went to nursing school, working during the day, attending evening classes, and doing clinical training on weekends. Once he became a nurse, he was an administrator by day and a nurse in post-anesthesia care and intensive care several evenings a week. Lintz spent 21 years as an administrator at Baptist Memorial Healthcare in Memphis, including serving as administrator of Baptist Centers for Cancer Care. He joined Covenant Health in 2008 as administrator of Thompson Cancer Survival Center. There he oversaw growth of services, physician recruitment, and quality/productivity systems. He worked with staff to maintain patient satisfaction above the 90th percentile, and Page 20

Thompson received top awards for patient satisfaction. Lintz also led Covenant HomeCare and Hospice, Senior Services, and research programs. In 2012 Lintz became president and CAO of MHHS. He immediately recognized his new community’s sense of pride and the hospital’s commitment to excellence. “Our strength is definitely our people,” he said. “We’re blessed with wonderful staff and physicians. We know most every patient, family member and guest who walks through our doors is going through a difficult time in their lives or the life of a loved one. We have opportunities to make a difference. We don’t have jobs – we have a ministry. “My role is taking care of the people who take care of patients,” he continued. “The most important people in healthcare are the associates and physicians at the bedside.” Lintz says he thoroughly enjoys living in Morristown. “Everyone has welcomed me, and I enjoy being close to the mountains and lakes, as well as local community events,” said Lintz, who sings in the choir at Manley Baptist Church. “Many activities you normally find in larger communities are available right here.” Lintz also brought his passion for gardening to his new home. A certified Master Gardener, he helped create several community gardens and gardens for non-profit organizations in Memphis – in addition to caring for 90 rose bushes and his garden at home. “Working in the garden gives me a sense of accomplishment,” he said. “It’s a great stress reliever.” Stress relief may come in handy for healthcare leaders. “Our biggest challenges are declining reimbursement and increasing costs of providing care,” he said. “We also want to support our education system so we have skilled individuals to care for our communities. To be successful, we have to rethink how we provide care, while maintaining excellent quality.” Sounds like a good opportunity for a “strategy guy” with a passion for mission and service. • To advertise or to submit story ideas, call 423-714-7044 •

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10 Questions

Have you worked for any of the local Hamblen County radiostations? My production services clients in the area have included WCRK/WMTN and WJDT/Q-100.7.

From freelance radio, TV commercials, Classic Top 40 ear candy, custom wedding intros; it’s 10 Questions with award-winning personality.... Greg Williams aka Darryl Frith. You began in radio back in 1979 at WQOX-88 in Memphis TN, broadcasting from Craigmont High School, who you still to this day provide Voice Talent services for? Yes. I had the opportunity to create an on-air character. As a high school sophomore, my skills weren’t there just yet, but I took the baton and ran with it. At the time I was (and still am) a big fan of Doonesbury and Zonker was a favorite cast member. I wrote author Gary Trudeau a fan letter, and he sent back a personal card of his own, expressing his appreciation of my appreciation. When the radio thing came up, I thought, “Why not be the Memphis Zonker?” I then put together what would pass for a resume and pitch letter to Gary, and he gave me full authorization to use the handle “Zonker” for my on-air work for WXOQ. How did you then transition into main stream radio and to the on-air name of Greg Williams? My first commercial gig in radio was at (then) Contemporary Christian WMQM. The station manager thought “Zonker” wasn’t an appropriate name to use. I sat back and gave it thought. An older student at WQOX, from whom I learned a ton of editing and production skills, was named Greg LaMoore.

And Zonker’s full name in Doonesbury is Zonker Harris. So I combined the two into Greg Harrison. One evening on the air I received a call from Mr. Johnny Randolph, formerly of WAKY Louisville KY, then the Program Director for cross-town station 68 Country-WMPS, asking me to come work for him. My boss at WMQM approved the side work, thinking a country station wasn’t a direct competitor. The only thing he requested was that I change my name. so.....out of the blue... I picked Greg Williams. I’m sure being a man of many monikers has had its moments along the way? There’ve been a few interesting skitzo moments in my life. One weekend, in my Senior Year at Craigmont, I was student Darryl Frith, then Zonker on WQOX-88, then Professor Van Helsing for a stage production of Dracula, then Greg Harrison on WMQM, and then Greg Williams on WMPS. How would you sum up your radio and voice over skills you’ve honed over the years? I would say I have an excellent knack for timing, a wide array of character voices and delivery techniques, and a creative ear for grabbing listeners’ attention. Over the years, I’ve had many successful branding campaigns, event promotions, and contest executions, along with some industry awards tossed in. If a store owner tells the radio salesman his business increased because of my audio production, I’m happy. What was your latest radio gig? Host of Saturday Morning Cartoons, a personality driven Classic Hits program on B-97.5/ WJXB Knoxville. It was fun to have a say in what music I was playing and features I could produce.

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Other radio stations you worked for? For the most part, I was Production Director, in charge of commercials and imaging at several stations: B-97.5 and WYLV-Love 89 Knoxville (as well as Morning Show host and Program Director), other stations in Memphis, Virginia Beach, a few in Alabama, and more. My work with the Lighthouse Group has been heard literally from Coast-to-Coast, on syndicated programs for The Tom Kent Radio Network, Envision Radio Network, and America Weekend. Plus my audio production client list has included radio and TV stations from Albuquerque, NM to Sioux Falls, SD to Portland, Maine. The Lighthouse Group, tell us a little about that. It’s the name under which I service clients with audio and voice productions. The fundamental purpose of The Lighthouse Group Audio Productions is to allow sales professionals to do what they do best: sell. Most would rather pitch clients and close deals than sit at a desk, racking their brain for creative ideas, then write, gather the talents, record, inevitably revise and produce a commercial. I consider myself an Idea Completer. I take a seed from a salesman, plant it in my brain and up pops a spot. There’s enough random/trivial creative fodder swirling around in my head for me to concoct nearly anything. Hear some of my work here: You’re also known for your voice-overs, commercials and more. As much as I can. One of my non-broadcast clients is Music in Motion Mobile Entertainment out of Knoxville. In addition to being a wedding MC, I create Custom Wedding Introductions for Bridal Party entrances. Instead of the wedding DJ just reading off the bridegrooms/bridesmaids’ names, I write up and record a short story, one or two lines of humorous or honoring script. The energy level that production generates sets the bar for the evening’s fun; it never fails to be a big hit. Tell us about the “House of Frith” The House of Frith is a collection of more talents and personalities that I could describe in one paragraph. From my precious wife of 28 years Lisa, to our 5 offspring (what DO you call your kid who’s over 18?) Christopher, Christiane, Daniel, Rebekah, and Benjamin Frith, we have professional TV and theatre performers, dancers, singer-songwriters, jewelry and Internet web designers, and artists. A man could not be more blessed than I am. • To advertise or to submit story ideas, call 423-714-7044 •

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