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New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to Kingsport for book tour “Monroe at the Mansion,” is part of her book tour for The Summer Wind, which is the second novel in her Low country summer trilogy. The event will be held at Allandale Mansion — Kingsport, Tennessee, and the ladies’ literacy coffee will begin June 23 at 9:30 a.m. “Monroe at the Mansion” is sponsored locally by Citizens Bank and Seasons for Women, a member of the Holston Medical Group family. Monroe will speak, take Q&As from the audience and following her talk, she will also sign books. East Tennessee is very fortunate to have Monroe for a return visit to the area as part of her book tour for another coastalthemed novel. The ladies’ literacy coffee will benefit the Literacy Council of Kingsport, Inc., a ProLiteracy Worldwide affiliate and a member agency of the United Way of Greater Kingsport.
As a bestselling author of sixteen novels and two children’s books, once again, Monroe endears readers with human relationships that parallel nature. In what has become true Monroe fashion, doing research, weaving in the message and capturing the hearts of readers, a wild dolphin named “Delphine” creates awareness of perils facing the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Although each novel certainly stands alone, readers were first
Mary Alice Monroe is set to return to Kingsport for her book tour on June 23.
introduced to the lives of three half-sisters and Delphine in The Summer Girls, which is Monroe’s first book in the summer trilogy set on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Monroe volunteered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and participated in what has
been called a “floating doctor’s clinic” with Dr. Pat Fair to perform medical tests on dolphins. Because dolphins are a sentinel species, this valuable research is also crucial for humans. “If dolphins are not doing well, it says something about what humans may be exposed to,” stated Dr. Pat Fair of NOAA.
Summer Art Shows “Art from the Valley” Show will be held from June 2-27, 2014 at East Tennessee State University’s Slocum Galleries in Ball Hall. A reception will be held on June 12, 5-7p.m. Galleries are open Mon-Fri from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Jonesborough Open Juried Art Exhibition 2014 will be held June 7-July 5, 2014 in the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School. An awards presentation and opening reception will be held on June 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. Arts Depot Member Exchange Exhibit with Arts & Culture Alliance in Knoxville TN. Knoxville’s Emporium Center, 101 South Gay Street, Knoxville TN, will host this art exhibit from June 6-June 28. The reception will be held June 6, 5-9 p.m. If you are in the Knoxville area, please consider visiting this art show. 12th Summer Judged Show and 20th Member Show of the Watauga Valley Art League will be held at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Elizabethton TN, June 29-July 26. The artist reception and awards will be presented on Sunday, June 29, 1:30-4 p.m. The displays will be open to the public Tues-Sat from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Sun. 1-4 p.m. 6” x 6” Exhibition of the Watauga Valley Art League will be August 3-30, 2014 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Elizabethton TN. The reception and awards will be presented on August 3 in the afternoon. Entertainment will be provided. Tanasi Gallery, Unicoi Visitor’s Center, Unicoi TN is open daily and has quality artists and craftsmen presenting their original works for your purchase.
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Johnson City — Mountain States Health Alliance hospitals have hired more than 100 nurses in the past two months, thanks to an increase in inpatient admissions and a series of financial adjustments that have allowed the health system to invest in new jobs. The financial adjustments have involved a multitude of initiatives to reduce the cost of corporate administrative overhead and supply costs and improve operational efficiency, while also focusing on working closely with physicians to improve both the patient and physician experience. “We are grateful to the physicians who choose to trust their patients’ care to our hospitals and outpatient services,” said Alan Levine, president and CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance. “Less than five months ago, we were cutting positions in order to cope with reimbursement cuts and declining volumes. The reimbursement cuts are still a very real concern, but volumes are be-
ginning to improve, and so we’ve been able to invest in new, higher wage jobs at the bedside.” The cuts made in January impacted a total of 116 team members and an additional 45 positions that were unfilled. The jobs impacted were mostly at the corporate level, and none were at the bedside. Of the 116 team members affected, about a third was re-hired by Mountain States in other positions for which they were qualified and which were not eliminated. “It was very difficult to make changes we knew were disruptive to the lives of our team members and their families, but it was critical, in the difficult environment we are operating in, for us to reduce our corporate cost structure in order to focus on the reason we are here, which is direct patient care,” said Levine. The attention to bedside care and the focus on core operational performance has resulted in increased inpa-
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Some golf rules can be tricky! Golf is a game with many intricate rules and regulations. Most of the rules are known by many players, but there are some that can be tricky. Here are a couple of rules to be aware of as you play this month: Rule #11 Tee Shots Play your tee shot from between, and not in front of, the teemarkers. You may play your tee shot from up to two club-lengths behind the front line of the tee-markers. If you play your tee shot from outside this area: In match play, there is no penalty, but your opponent may require you to replay your stroke provided he does so immediately. In stroke play, you incur a two-stroke penalty and must play a ball from within the correct area. Rule #17-3. Ball Striking Flagstick or Attendant The player’s ball must not strike: a. The flagstick when it is attended, removed or held up; b. The person attending or holding up the flagstick or anything carried by him; or c. The flagstick in the hole, unattended, when the stroke has been made on the putting green. Exception: When the flagstick is at-
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tended, removed or held up without the player’s authority –see Rule 17-2 which states If an opponent or his caddie in match play or a fellow-competitor or his caddie in stroke play, without the player’s authority or prior knowledge, attends, removes or holds up the flagstick during the stroke or while the ball is in motion, and the act might influence the movement of the ball, the opponent or fellow-competitor incurs the applicable penalty. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 17-3: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes and the ball must be played as it lies.
Pace of Play - Play at Good Pace and Keep Up Players should play at a good pace. The Golf Course may establish pace of play guidelines that all players should follow. It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the faster moving group to play through. Questions about the game and rules can be emailed to gm@ tricitiesgc.com to be addressed in future columns. Scott Handback is the General Manager at Tri Cities Golf Club in Bristol. He has spent much of his career in private clubs and has managed all functions related to private clubs. Scott is in the PGA program to become a certified golf professional and has been a certified tennis professional for most of his career. He played on the Tear Drop and Powerbilt Golf Professional Mini-Tours and has coached over 200 NCAA Division I Collegiate Athletes in his career.
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Downtown Erwin is Open For Business! John Hash, owner of Main Street Antique Mall in downtown Erwin, wants everyone to know he and his fellow merchants are open for business even though Phase 2 of street improvements to the downtown area is underway. New water/sewer lines and placement of power lines underground are being installed with the project’s completion slated for about three months. “Even though the street may be temporarily closed, we’re here and open for business. There is ample parking near us, so we want everyone to continue to support Erwin’s downtown merchants. Now that warm
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place throughout the historic district on all three days. Doc’s Front Porch sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises will feature a variety of storytellers and musicians on the Plaza in front of the International Storytelling Center. The Main Stage will also feature entertainment each evening from 7 to 10 p.m. including The Beach Nite Band on Thursday, Trey Hensley on Friday and The Spirit of Soul Dance Band on Saturday. The Crafter’s Area will host nearly 70 booths open during the festival, showcasing local handmade items and a variety of marketplace vendors.
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Fun Fest returns to Kingsport July 11-19 Blue Plum Festival set for downtown Johnson City fun For 15 years, we’re a group of volunteers who organize one of the most fun public events in the South – right here in Downtown Johnson City, TN! FREE Through the generosity of our Sponsors that the Blue Plum Festival remains FREE to the public and one of the best 3 day, outdoor, art & music festivals in the country! MUSIC The Music is the heart of the Blue Plum Festival. Specializing in Americana artists, the Festival has increased attendance to over 80,000 people. EVENTS Featuring local, regional, and national musicians, arts and crafts, children’s activities, urban art competitions, roller derby, a sea of amazing food, and so much more! See Page 27 for more information
Kingsport — Fun Fest 2014 is excited to announce the head-lining entertainment for the 2014 Sunset Concert Series. Scheduled Friday July 11-Saturday July 19, Fun Fest will once again feature a variety of musical genres for the Sunset Concert Series. MercyMe will kick off the series on Thursday, July 17 followed by Martina McBride on Friday, July 18. The series finale will be Train on Saturday, July 19. The Sunset Concert Series kicks off with the third Contemporary Christian Concert on the main stage. MercyMe will bring a vast repertoire of contemporary Christian music to the stage. After nearly 20 years together, the band has amassed a devoted following. Selling more than six million units and serving up such memorable songs as “I Can
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Returning to Fun Fest as a headliner for Friday night is Martina McBride. McBride hit the country music scene in 1991. With twelve studio albums and more than 14 million albums sold in the US, McBride has made her mark in the music industry. McBride is a four-time Country Music Association “Female Vocalist of the Year” and three-time Academy of Country Music’s “Top Female Vocalist” award winner. Released in April, McBride’s newest album, Everlasting, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart and is a collection of R&B and Soul cover songs, featuring duets with Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw. Saturday night, multi-platinum,
San Francisco-based band Train will take the stage. Train made its first mark on music history in 2001 with the Grammy Award-winning song “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and chart-topping singles like “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels.” The band earned its third Grammy in 2011 for the worldwide smash “Hey, Soul Sister” from the album Save Me, San Francisco. “Hey, Soul Sister” hit No. 1 at radio in the U.S. and in 15 countries abroad and was the top selling single of the year in the U.S. Save Me, San Francisco has sold over one million albums worldwide and over ten million tracks. The band is currently working on their follow up to their most recent album, California 37, which contained the global hits “Drive By” and “50 Ways to Say Goodbye.”
48th Annual Covered Bridge Celebration to be held June 11-14 June 11th — June 14th Elizabethton, TN — The Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 48th Annual Covered Bridge Celebration in downtown Elizabethton June 11-14, 2014! We look forward to an event filled 4 days celebrating the Queen of the Doe. There will be live entertainment each evening, arts and crafts and fabulous festival food. Kid’s Island is a wonderful place for children to enjoy.
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lizabethton, TN — Our monthly trip to the huge Corner Nest Antique Mall had us visiting two relatively new vendors displaying unusual hard-to-find items. C.J. Roberts, who incidentally just finished law school and is awaiting his bar exam, said he and his brother opened an antique store on Highway 19E while in high school. “We did that for a year or two to earn some extra money,” he said matter-of-factly. “Then my wife and I started antiquing. We were at Robin’s [owner of Corner Nest] about three years ago and moved out when I started law school. It’s good to be back. We really enjoy this hobby.” The Roberts visit auctions and estate sales and “we find all kinds of stuff and really don’t rely on one particular collectable,” C.J. points out. “We offer different antiques, furniture and collectables at affordable prices.” When you visit Corner Nest Antique Mall you’ll find the Roberts booth upstairs and you can’t miss the glowing neon sign in their booth. Next door to the Roberts booth down the hall [also upstairs] is Rick McKinney’s booth where he displays a magnificent array of antique tools many of which are over 100 years old. “I been collecting a long time,” he said. “Probably 30 years. I find things at sales, auctions and even in old barns. That’s where I found the cross-cut saw that’s displayed in my booth; that’s ancient!” He also offers old buckets and oil cans in his display and in his spare time his hobby is carving wood bowls from lumber he recovers from old barns. Along with all the old tools he seeks, McKinney, who lives near Newland, N.C., has horse collars for sale as well as tree barrels, churns and crocks. “And good axes,” he adds. When you visit Corner Nest Antique Mall give yourself plenty of ‘browsing time’ because there is much to see within the 90+ booths in this massive 30,000 square foot building!
Corner Nest Antique Mall 100 West Elk Avenue Elizabethton, TN 423-547-9111 Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Bringing Technology to the Golf Course An Enjoyable and Affordable Golf Experience In a modern computerized world, it is only fitting that the latest technology is making its way to the golf course. Tri Cities Golf Club in Blountville is leading the way in Eastern Tennessee. The club just bought 100 new Club Car Precedent I3 golf carts that have the new Visage GPS System developed by GPS Industries. The system is the same system that can be found at numerous resorts and private golf courses across the country. Tri Cities is one of the few truly public golf courses in the country to have such a system. The Visage GPS system is a truly state-of-the-art system that not only tells the golfer where they are on the course, but tells them how far they hit the ball on their previous shot and the distance to certain obstacles on the course. Golfers can keep their score on the computer screen and email their score to themself after the round. They can even order food from the grill directly from the cart. “This is a truly unique system,” stated Tri Cities Golf Club General Manager Scott Handback. “GPS has had a role in golf play for many years including the SkyCaddie and other programs for smartphones. This system is much more accurate and gives us the ability to engage the golfer during their entire round.” “We are able to advertise our events and sell advertising to other companies on the system. We can also monitor the pace of play from inside the ProShop and communicate with cartss and players while they are on the course.” The system also makes having tournaments and d outings at Tri Cities more exciting. The VIPER R software that works in conjunction with the new w Visage GPS allows teams to enter their score on n the computer screen that is relayed back into thee clubhouse on a leaderboard displayed on a largee monitor. The system makes tournaments moree exciting and helps to keep everyone involved in n the competition, including those not playing. “We have used the tournament software with a couple of events so far,” said Handback. “It created d a lot of excitement with the groups as they weree able to follow the tournament from the clubhousee and from the teams playing.” The future of golf is here and Tri Cities is leading the way.
At Tri Cities Golf Club, we are proud to be your source for all things golf. Our goal is to provide each guest with a memorable experience. Whether you are out with your buddies or spending quality time with your family, Tri Cities Golf Club is your choice for Enjoyable and Affordable Golf.
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Tri Cities Golf Club is located at 2354 Feathers Chapel Road in Blountville, Tennessee. The club has 27-holes of golf including four different tees and a practice green for putting and chipping. The grille offers a variety of burgers, sandwiches hotdogs and sundries.
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Concert Schedule Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, TN: June 29— The Band Perry Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville: July 20— Willie Nelson & Family with Alison Krauss & — Union Station Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville: June 20— Elvis Costello solo Bijou Theatre in Knoxville: June 22— Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers Bridgestone Arena in Nashville: June 4— CMT Music Awards June 25— Paul McCartney June 27— Katy Perry Ryman Auditorium in Nashville: June 4— Marty Stuart June 5— Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros June 6— Conor Oberst with Dawes
June 15— Frankie Valli June 17— Counting Crows with Toad The Wet Sprocket June 21— Elvis Costello June 24— Jeff Tweedy June 27— Dave Rawlings Machine June 28— Lindsey Stirling Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN: June 12-15— Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Lionel Richie, — Tedeschi Trucks Band, and many many more.— Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.: June 28— Little Big Town (Kidd Brewer Stadium) July 5— Michael McDonald (Schaefer Center) Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.: July 12— Justin Timberlake The Fillmore in Charlotte: June 5— Jack White PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte:
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Friday, June 13th 8:00pm Lightnin’ Charlie Saturday, June 14th 8:00pm Tony Feathers Friday, June 20th 8:00pm Beth Snapp Band
June 12— Zac Brown Band June 14— Elton John June 21— Tim McGraw Harrah’s in Cherokee, N.C.: June 14— Jim Gaffigan June 19— Gin Blossoms and Spin Doctors Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C.: June 7 & 8— Luke Bryan June 22— Tim McGraw House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C.: June 7— Drive-By Truckers July 2— Winger, Firehouse and Jack Russell’s Great White Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park in Alpharetta, Ga: June 14— Boston Philips Arena in Atlanta: June 21— Paul McCartney June 28— Katy Perry Aaron’s Amphitheatre in Atlanta: June 7— Zac Brown Band June 22— Brad Paisley
Concert Schedule Saturday, June 21st 8:00pm Scott Miller Thursday, June 26th 8:00pm Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan Saturday, June 28th 8:00pm Folk Soul Revival
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Paramount Center for the Arts TUNES @ NOON PRESENTS TIM LANDIS AND FRIENDS Jun 6th 12:00 pm $5 suggested donation at the door. TUNES @ NOON PRESENTS THE YOUNG ARTISTS IN CONCERT Jun 13th 12:00 pm $5 suggested donation at the door.
TUNES @ NOON PRESENTS REX WARD AND THE MIGHTY WURLITZER ORGAN Jun 20th 12:00 pm • $5 suggested donation at the door. TUNES @ NOON PRESENTS THE LEE ST BAPTIST CHURCH PRAISE TEAM Jun 27th 12:00 pm $5 suggested donation at the door.
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Hands On! June Calendar of Events Art Studio Schedule Hero Cards: Do you have a hero? Heroes come in many forms and could be a family member, a teacher, or an athlete. Throughout June we will be making thank you cards for our heroes! This is a great way to show your father, grandfather, or uncle your appreciation of them for Father’s Day. Monet’s Water Lilies: Claude Monet was famous for his paintings of landscapes, gardens, and flowers. Create your own masterpiece inspired by Monet’s Water Lilies. Special Events All Month Long - Two Feature Exhibits Now Open! Two new feature exhibits are now open at Hands On! Spin - an exciting exhibit that explores the fun and science of objects that rotate. Includes 15 unique exhibit areas like The Human Centrifuge, Let it Roll, and Speed Limit. Imagine, Design, Play - Promoting imagination and critical thinking, visitors can design and create almost anything using blocks, tubes, and connectors. Monday, June 2nd - Sunday, June 8th - Chalk One Up for Chromatography Uncover the hidden science behind seemingly basic colors! Create your own piece of colored chalk as well as a tie dye filter paper masterpiece using chromatography and a few “secret ingredients”. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. Friday, June 6th & Saturday,
June 7th, 10:00 am-4:00 pm - Tie Dye Party @ Blue Plum Stop by our tent at the Blue Plum children’s area to learn about color mixing chemistry while making your own unique tie dye t-shirt! The secret to success is a special fabric reactive dye. Cost is $10 which includes a Hands On! tee, fabric reactive dyes, and supplies to help you create a masterpiece. Redeem your tie dye t-shirt card at Hands On! to receive FREE admission to the museum on Friday, June 6th or Saturday, June 7th! Friday, June 6th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Discovery After Dark This Discovery After Dark, attempt challenges using household items. 60 seconds on the clock. Your pride on the line. Think you can do it? You’ve got a Minute to Win It! Registration required, please call (423) 928-6508 or e-mail email@example.com. Monday, June 9th - Sunday, June 22nd - Bubblepalooza! You will have a bubblin’ good time formulating a bubbling CO2
“sandwich”, creating 3D square bubbles, watch bouncing, bobbing raisins, and creating your own miniature bubble wand. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. Kid’s Kaleidoscope Summer Camp June 16th - June 20th -or- July 14th - July 18th Where else can you tie dye a Hands On! T-shirt, create a LED light masterpiece, design and build a jiggle robot, construct a giant, room-filling, 3-dimensional structure, send giant elephant toothpaste suds flying into the air, explore the subzero science of dry ice, paint a Pointillism masterpiece, and more?!?! Children ages 5 to 12 can explore and discover the worlds of the arts, sciences, and more in our week long summer camps that are sure to make learning memorable, exciting and fun! Please visit our website for the kaleidoscope of summer camp fun! Monday, June 23rd - Sunday, July 6th - Fizz Factor for the Fourth! Celebrating Independence Day is going to be a blast as we discover density, color mixing, air pressure and more. Create liquid “fireworks” with common household items, send seltzer rockets flying into the air, and watch our famous potato launcher send potato pieces flying into the air! Join us for a 4-geyser salute at 4 pm each day as we blast Mentos geysers into the air (weather permitting). The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day.
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Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals — Our 36th Year! Thursday – Saturday, July 10 - 12, 17 - 19 & 24 – 26, 7:30 p.m. Tennessee’s official outdoor drama will be presented by local performers against the backdrop of Fort Watauga. See the Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men: Colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands. These settlers formed an independent government, made treaties with the Cherokee, defended their homes, and fought a British army at the epic battle of King’s Mountain. Bleacher seating is available in the Amphitheater. Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Admission Charge. Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, Elizabethton, TN. 423-543-5808. www.sycamoreshoalstn.org www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/ sycamore-shoals
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Ron Scalf: I can’t thank you enough As we begin our 5th year of publication with the issue you are now reading, I’m naturally in a reflective mood. Where has the time gone? It is exceedingly gratifying for you to allow us in your homes and businesses every month. Our list of supporters and advertisers is so long that I won’t try to point them out in fear that I might miss someone. You all know who you are and I want you to know your support does not go unnoticed. In my 10 year tenure at Bristol Motor Speedway and nearly two years working on the [U.S. Sen.] Bob Corker campaign I thought I’d met a lot of people in the Tri-Cities as well as Southwest, Va. and Western North Carolina where Out ‘N About Magazine is distributed every
month. Not so. The past 4 years has been both challenging and rewarding. I’ve met hundreds of new people, of which, nearly 1,000 are now my facebook friends. A good example is the photo that accompanies my column with Jerreese Mosley Rockwell at Kingsport’s Oktoberfest last year. The hardworking WKPT TV Director of Marketing, like all of us in the regional media, run
into one another covering all the events and festivals throughout the year. I’m personally delighted Kingsport has their own TV station again. There are several “free” publications distributed in our region. It might shock my so-called competitors but I like them all! Analytically, it seems we have all found our niche and we wouldn’t be in business very long if people didn’t pick us up every month knowing we are quite different from one another. On the other hand, free is free. So, as we begin our 5th year on this journey with the thousands of you who read us ever month, I simply would like to say Thanks! And, God’s Speed! And, of course, see you soon Out ‘N About!
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How to use Twitter to ‘get what you need’ while on vacation Seeing the Rolling Stones prancing on stage this summer reminded me of a favorite song from my youth. “You can’t always get what you want,” croons Mick Jagger who still looks good despite the years on his craggy face. The next line, “But if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need” was indeed true as I used twitter to resolve an issue with Budget Rent A Car. How, you might ask, did I get from the Stones, to twitter, to a rental car? Well, it all starts out with a girls’ mini-vacation in Florida. My BFF since age 5, Kim, and her friend Laurie, invited me for a few days of sun and fun in Saraso-
Rice for Criminal Court Judge campaign. (Lisa, who worked very hard, took a decisive victory and now moves on unopposed in the August general election.) When we arrived at Tampa airport the SUV that we scheduled was not available. Instead we were offered a “Mom van.” (No thanks, we were three moms on vacation!) The agent “upsold” us a Lincoln Navigator at about twice the original price. None of us was happy Mary Ellen Miller, seen here at so I took to the twitter “airwaves.” Siesta Key Beach, gives tips to The great thing about twitter is it use twitter to get what you need affords each of us an opportunity while on vacation. to have our voice heard. We are no ta. Their timing was perfect since longer just a number. In a series of tweets, I gently I had just wrapped up campaign management for the grueling Lisa nudged @Budget about the upsell
and asked why our first car wasn’t available. It took them a couple of days to get me the response I needed, but I will give Budget full credit for what they did right. Here was their response, four tips we can all learn from: 1 — They took the conversation offline — Instead of letting this play out in front of everyone on twitter, Budget asked me to send an email direct to their social media help desk. 2 — They apologized – Yes, in private direct messages they apologized! 3 — They made it right – At first they promised a rebate of one-half of the upsell but… 4 — They delighted the cus-
tomer — In the end, Budget gave us the “upsell” vehicle at the original vehicle’s price. Thank you Budget, and now I am writing a column and blogging about you in a positive way. I know my two friends are also thrilled and “singing” Budget’s praises. Wonder what the value of that word of mouth is? As you head out on summer vacation, remember knowing how to use twitter effectively can help you “get what you need.” Mary Ellen Miller is Founder and CEO of MarketingMel, an award winning marketing, public relations and social media firm. She blogs at www.marketingmel.com.
Jonesborough Mayor: Tennessee’s oldest town is on the move BY RON SCALF Publisher
Jonesborough, TN — Jonesborough might be known as Tennessee’s oldest town but it also could be known as the most progressive. “Yeah we do have a lot going on and have accomplished much in the last five years or so,” said Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe. The town recently completed an overhaul of its water system eliminating a constant practice of being in violation of state water regulations [TDEC]. “In the past, for example, our sewer plant had a capacity of handling a half-million gallons a day and now it can handle 3 million gallons a day. We’ve improved our failsafe pumps and improved on the water leaks within the system. We were losing 60 percent of the water we produced because the old pipes [just] could stand the pressure. We are now in the 30s [percentage of water being lost] but our goal is to be in the teens very soon.” Wolfe credits the Board of Mayor and Alderman and town staff for being able to “pay as you go” with the many projects that they
have taken on including the re-paving of city streets and adding sidewalks. Wolfe also said tourism was a main priority. “We made a good business decision when we purchased the Storytelling building,” he opined. “We maintained the storytelling presence and at the same time we are able to completely pay for the debt service and maintenance on the building through our lease agreement.” Wolfe said the refurbished McKinney building has created a bevy of activity. “There’s a lot going on there. . .art classes, parties of all kinds, weddings, dances and community events. It’s being well used.” The mayor said he was proud of all the downtown renovations recently concluded and he said turning the old Exon gas station into a year-round farmer’s market will give downtown another shot in the arm, so to speak. “That project, I think, is another example of using good stewardship with the taxpayers’ money,” he adds. There are also renovations going on to the historic Jackson Theatre, including adding a café, and at the old Chucky Depot, where in
Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe and executive assistant Virginia Causey at City Hall.
the future, there will be a railroad museum housed. A 12,000 square-foot Senior Citizen’s Center [4 times the size of the current one] will be a reality soon. “We are also taking on the development of trails and walking paths with the assistance of a state [TDOT] grant,” Wolfe said. “The plan is to relieve the sidewalk traffic
and enhance walking opportunities within the central business district all the way to the middle school.” Wolfe said he was enjoying his 6th year as Mayor of Tennessee’s oldest town. “It’s a humbling and fulfilling environment here in Jonesborough. I’ve had the experience of a lifetime and just love the town and its people.”
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The weather is getting warmer by the day, pools and water parks are opening, and schools are out for summer. With those come family vacations, whether they may be a long distance trip to see relatives or a drive to the beach. In honor of the time honored tradition of summer vacations, is my list of top ‘road movies’. The movies that celebrate and document the movement of characters from point a to point b. National Lampoon’s Vacation – Almost everyone has been on a trip that, when you finally get to the destination, it’s not exactly as cool or fun as you hoped. That’s what happens to the Griswolds, times twenty. Each comical misadventure (starting with the misguided purchase of the Family Truckster) along their route will be made worth by all the fun they’ll have at their final destination, Wally World. Unfortunately for them, it doesn’t quite work out like they’ve meticulously planned.
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character as he makes a cross state trip to visit his estranged and ailing brother…on a lawn mower. Even more remarkable is that it’s based on a true story. Farnworth’s performance is outstanding. The direction and cinematography are breathtaking and have a lyrical quality. This is, by far, director David Lynch’s most traditionally structured film. Into the Wild – This is another ‘based on a true story’ film, and it follows the journey of a well-off college graduate who turns down a plush corporate job, sells his belongings, gives his savings to charity, and backpacks to Alaska to live in the wild. Along the way he encounters a long list of colorful characters and gets in and out interesting situations. The end product is Sean Penn’s best work as a director and a star-making performance from Emile The Wizard of Oz Hirsch.
It’s become such a part of popular culture that you can now use the term ‘Griswold’ to describe a personality type. The Wizard of Oz – The most famous road movie of all time, The Wizard of Oz, chronicles Dorothy and her friends’ quest to find the titular wizard. The cultural impact of the film is still being felt in the ratings that the film gets when it airs on cable and the almost annual ‘remastered’ release on dvd/bluray. The Straight Story – This follows Richard Farnsworth’s
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One-day camp helps kids with grief The benefits of running and exercise: Myth or miracle?
Johnson City — When a child loses a loved one, the grieving process can be complex and sometimes very different from the way adults cope. To help children and teens who have recently lost a loved one, Mountain States Hospice will offer a free one-day camp at Munsey United Methodist Church on July 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Camp Courage uses storytelling, games, art and relaxation to help kids work through their feelings. There is no cost, but pre-registration is required. Registrations must be received by June 10. “Grief is a difficult process for anyone, including children,” said April Collins, social worker for Mountain States Hospice. “Children go through the stages of grief just like adults do, but they act out their grief in a completely different way. It’s not always obvious that certain behaviors are part of the grieving process.” It’s difficult for children to put their feelings into words, so the counselors at Camp Courage will help campers express their emotions through drawings and other expressive media. Parents will receive a take-home packet with a letter describing what their child experienced that day and
contact information for various resources that can help with ongoing counseling if necessary. Being with peers who are going through the same thing can be extremely beneficial, Collins said. “Sometimes children hold back when their parents are around, and they don’t interact and express what they want to,” she said. “It’s important to let them have their own identity and deal with this process in their own way.” Camp Courage is led by professional grief counselors and trained professionals including social workers, teachers and spiritual counselors. These volunteers have experience working with children in hospice, school and individual counseling settings. Camp Courage is for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The program is sponsored by Mountain States Hospice and underwritten by Morris-Baker Funeral Home. Munsey Church is located at 201 E. Market St., in downtown Johnson City. For more information, call 423-431-6146 or email April Collins, Bereavement Coordinator, at CollinsAS@msha.com.
Over the years I’ve shared my running experiences with my friends and family network. It’s like word association. Someone says “Suzy,” the other person says, “running.” If you are a loyal reader of this column you should know by now that it is no secret, I enjoy running. What I enjoy just about as much as running are the myths that people associate with running and exercise in general. Myths or Miracles — let’s read on. Running is the best way to get fit. Forget it. There is no one best way to get fit. You have to do what you like or you’ll find a reason to quit. Getting fit — physically and mentally — is a process that takes time and patience, with built-in rewards all along the way. If you’re looking for instant success — Lose 10 pounds in 10 days! — you’re only looking for trouble. If you don’t exercise an hour a day, five days a week, you might as well do nothing. Don’t believe this all-or-nothing approach. The truth is, there are enormous benefits to doing just a little exercise daily. Studies show that a half-hour walk three or more times a week significantly reduces your risk of heart attack and stroke, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and boosts your energy and immune system. Warming up before working out isn’t necessary if you’re careful. Wrong! Gently stretching out and warming up your muscles before (and after) you exercise is the
number one defense against a variety of painful sports injuries, including tendonitis. No pain, no gain. This myth hangs on and it’s really destructive. Pain is your body signaling that someSuzy Cloyd thing is wrong. If you feel real pain during a workout, you shouldn’t push past it; you should slow down and even stop your workout. To increase muscle and develop endurance you may need to experience a slight level of discomfort, but that’s not pain. “No pain, no gain” is no good when it comes to developing a lifelong fitness plan. Heat makes injuries feel better, heal faster. Not true. Sports injuries — a sore knee, a twisted ankle, an aching elbow — hurt because of internal bleeding and swelling, very often caused by overuse. You want to use ice, not heat, to reduce pain and swelling. The best time to exercise is early in the morning. Not true. There is no one best time to exercise. The best time is the time that appeals to you and fits into your schedule. Some folks love to jump-start their day with a morning workout, while others swear that
exercising after the workday is over is a great way to energize for the evening and eliminate stress. If you drink water when you exercise, you’ll get cramps. This is the opposite of what’s really true. You need water when you work out — before, during and after. The more water, the better! If you don’t drink enough — and most of us don’t — your head can ache, or you can feel crampy and tired and not know why. Not enough water is why. Drink, drink, drink! If you are contemplating a new exercise program and are having difficulty getting around myths like these or others you have heard, take time to educate yourself on the facts so you have a solid program, you remain injury free, and you reap all of the benefits of your program. When you hear a myth or excuse as to why someone is not exercising, think of ways you can turn that myth into a miracle for you. It is very unlikely you will ever hear that exercise is easy, or that it requires little or no effort, or that you can be healthy without it. What you will witness for yourself are little miracles of success like crossing the finish line of a marathon, placing in your age group, staying the same size clothes from season to season, feeling great at any age with a healthy look that shows your network of friends and family that you are your own miracle and you beat the odds. And that my friend is no myth! Note: Check with your physician before starting an exercise program.
Demanding answers for our veterans is an important responsibility Earlier this year, media outlets began reporting that veterans around the country were having difficulties getting into VA clinics and hospitals for treatment. According to the reports, some veterans even died while waiting to see a doctor. Recently, CNN reported that at least 40 veterans died in Arizona because of these delays. This is completely unacceptable and a disgrace to all we stand for as a country. To add to frustrations, there is some speculation that top management at the hospital in Arizona had kept or knew about a secret waiting list intended to mask the backlog and delays in care. As I’ve said before, if this is true and these facts were deliberately hidden from oversight then someone must be held ac-
countable and personnel Phoenix and hold everyone changes must be made iminvolved accountable. I am mediately. in shock, infuriated and apLast month the House palled that our bravest and Committee on Veterans’ Afbest patriots would be treated fairs, on which I serve, subwith such disregard. poenaed records from the Secretary Shinseki called Secretary’s office relating to for an immediate nationthis alleged waiting list so wide audit of the access to we can get to the bottom of clinics and hospitals that our Congressman this. This was only the secveterans have around the Phil Roe ond time in our committee’s country, and that’s a good history that we’ve had to subpoena records, first step because we must know if this is which highlights both the bipartisan coop- happening in other places. However, make eration we have when it comes to protect- no mistake — changes to policy and coming the lives of our nation’s veterans as well prehensive audits are no substitute for peras the seriousness of this matter. We must sonnel changes that must be made if these uncover the truth about what happened in allegations are true. We are now awaiting
the results of an audit by the Inspector General of the Department which we hope will shed additional light on what has occurred. In East Tennessee, we are fortunate to have one of the best VA hospitals in the country, the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home. The staff at Mountain Home is second to none, and I am proud of the care they give to veterans from the First District. Just last November, they were named a leader in veterans’ care by The Joint Commission, a non-profit that evaluates more than 20,000 health care organizations. We must ensure that veterans nationwide have the same access to highquality care enjoyed by veterans in East Tennessee. Since coming to Congress, I have been
privileged to serve on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and have made veterans issues one of my top priorities. There is no higher commitment we have than to uphold the solemn vow we have made to the men and women in our Armed Forces. They deserve our utmost respect and appreciation for the sacrifice they have made, and not to be pushed to the back of the line and forced to wait to see a doctor. I take these allegations very seriously and will continue to actively participate in this investigation until we know the quality of care our veterans receive, whether we’re talking about a hospital in Phoenix or other hospitals and clinics located around the country. Please rest assured that I will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of our veterans.
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FOOD Best Breakfast: IHOP Best Brunch: Alta Cucina Best Dessert: Krispy Kreme Best Bakery: Food City Best Ice Cream: Shamrock Best Deli: Woodstone Best Ribs: Phil’s Dream Pit Best Lunch Spot: Pratt’s Best Pizza: Greg’s Best Steak: Peerless Best Wings: East Coast Wings & Grill Best Hotdog: Pal’s Best Hamburger: 5 Guys Best Seafood: Riverfront Seafood Best Italian: Giuseppes Best Sweet Tea: Pal’s Best French Fries: Pal’s Best Barbecue: Pratt’s Best Asian: Wok & Hibachi Best Home Cooking: Nanny’s Best Appetizers: 620 Best Overall Restaurant: EDUCATION Best Technical Business: Northeast State Community College Best Private School: Bristol University Best College: East Tennessee State University Best Museum: HandsOn! Best Gallery: ETSU Slocum Galleries
BEST PATIO Drinks: Holy Taco Best Wine Selection: One Stop Best Wine/Liquor Store: Lighthouse Best Beer Market: George & Sid’s Best Margarita: Pablamo’s Best Martini: Bone Fish Grill Best Bloody Mary: Café 111 Best Bar & Pub: Tipton Street Pub Best Sports Bar: 110 HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICES Best General Practitioner: Dr. Nancy Barbarito Best Dentist: Dr. Jeff Banyas Best Physical Therapy Center: Watauga Orthopedics Best Weight Loss Center: A New Image Best Medi-Spa: Spa Glow Best Fitness Center: Anytime Fitness Best Veterinarian: Robinson’s Best Chiropractor: Peeks Best Optometrist: Johnson City Eye Clinic Best Walk-in/Urgent Care: MSHA Urgent Care
“The Best of Tri-Cities” readers BUSINESS SERVICES Best Yoga Classes: Mountain Yoga Best Hair Salon: Studio 17 Best Jeweler: Bowman’s Best CD/Record Store: Best Foreign Food Grocery: Asian Market & More Best Grocery Store: Food City Best Furniture Store: Zac’s Best Antique Store: Corner Nest Best Bookstore: Mr. K’s Best Health Food Store: Natural Foods Market Best Clothing Boutique: Mimi Lucille Best Thrift (Consignment) Store: Shoppes on Hudson Best Thrift (Consignment/Clothing) Store: Little Hoot Boutique Best Dry Cleaner: Quick Cleaners Best Local Hotel/Motel: J.C. Courtyard Marriott Best Tanning Salon: Sun Tan City Best Bike Shop: Piney Flats Bicycle Best Car Dealership: Johnson City Honda Best Convenience Store: Roadrunner Best Gold/Silver Exchange: Gold Rush Best Car Wash: Southern Classic Best Customer Service (Business): Food City Best Overall Business: Johnson City Medical Center
MEDIA Best TV Station: WCYB Best Local TV Personality: [Tie]: Morgan King, & Amy Lynn Best DJ: [Tie]: Steve Mann & Jerri George Best Radio Station: WXBQ ENTERTAINMENT Best American Band: Ravenwood Best Blues Band: Blues Man & The Blue Essentials Best Country/Western Club: Country Club in Bristol Best Jazz Band: Rick Simerly Best Rock Club: Capone’s Best Rock Band: Demon Waffle
Congratulations to this year’s winners and thank you to all who participated!
• Note: Out ‘N About Magazine’s “The Best of the Tri-Cities” is an opinion poll of our readers. It’s not a statistical representation of the Tri-Cities but we believe Out ‘N About Magazine readers really do know what’s best.
Plans announced for Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic Johnson City — Building on the success of last year’s event, the 2014 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic will again feature a benefit concert in addition to the impressive lineup of celebrity guests set to attend the golf event, which raises essential funds to benefit the region’s only children’s hospital. The festivities will take place June 29 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, Tenn. and June 30 at The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Va. This year’s benefit concert will feature ACM Vocal Group of the Year, The Band Perry. Since bursting onto the national stage with their debut album in 2010, this group of siblings from Greeneville, Tenn., has produced a string of No. 1
hits on the Billboard Country charts. “We’re honored to perform a concert to benefit the Niswonger Children’s Hospital in our community,” said The Band Perry in an email. “The medical care provided at this facility is a valuable asset to the children who live in our region of Tennessee and the surrounding states. Two types of tickets will be available for the event on the 29th: One for concert-only seating, and one for a special VIP ticket that includes admission to a pre-concert reception with the sports celebrities who will be participating in the golf classic the following day. The VIP reception begins at 5 p.m., and tickets are $250, which
includes admission to a special seating area in the concert. Concert-only tickets are $100 or $150, depending on seat location. Seating for these tickets begins at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. (Please note: The Band Perry will not be attending the VIP reception, only the celebrity guests for the golf classic the following day.) For concert tickets and VIP reception tickets, call the NPAC box office at 423-638-1679 or visit www.npacgreeneville. com. The Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic will kick
Local teen needs help with Girl Scout Award project To the thousands of Out ‘N About Magazine readers: Hi, my name is Kortney Bailey, and I am a rising junior at Unicoi County High School. I have been involved in Girl Scouts for ten years and I am currently working on my Girl Scout Gold Award project. The Gold Award is a service project requiring at least eighty hours on a community problem. The basis of my project is to raise awareness for the need of blood, organ, and tissue donation. I’m doing this through an event called “Donate Today, It Could Be You Tomorrow.” On Wednesday, July 2, the event will be held from 3-7 at Cherokee United Methodist Church, located at 2615 S. Roan Street Johnson City, TN. With the help of Marsh Regional Blood Center and the Tennessee Donor Services, I will have a blood drive, organ donor registry, donor and recipient speakers, activities for the kids, and free hot dogs for those attending. If you would like more information or to make an appointment to donate blood please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 220-9425.
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Organ Donation Registration Free Hot Dog for Those Who Attend Donor and Recipient Speakers Activities for Children For More Information or Questions Contact (423)-408 -7517 or (423)–220-9425 email@example.com
off the following morning at The Virginian Golf Club, with some familiar favorite celebrities in attendance. “We are thrilled to welcome back Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning, along with our friends Jason Witten, Dan Marino and Corey Pavin,” said Pat Holtsclaw, president of the Mountain States Foundation. “This event draws tremendous support not only from celebrities like these, but most importantly from our local community. We are inspired by the outpouring of support we see every year for our region’s only children’s hospital.” “Niswonger Children’s Hospital cares for more than 30,000 children in our region each year in our inpatient units, St. Jude af-
filiate clinic and pediatric emergency department combined,” said Steven Godbold, CEO of the children’s hospital. “If our children’s hospital were not here, many of these kids and their families would have to travel hundreds of miles to receive the same level of care. We are so grateful to benefactors like Scott Niswonger who continue to invest in the health of our children, and we’re humbled by the thousands of other local folks who give their dollars, their time and their resources to make sure that this service stays here in our community.” A limited number of slots are still available for golfers. For more information, call the Mountain States Foundation at 302-3131.
VOTE KENT HARRIS STATE REPUBLICAN COMMITTEEMAN This is a volunteer position serving Carter, Unicoi, Washington Counties.
* Kent has a lifetime of community service!* * Former Chairman Unicoi Co. Republican Party.* *22 yrs. in local law enforcement elected three terms as Unicoi Co. Sheriff.* * Elected five terms as Erwin Alderman and twice was appointed Vice Mayor.* Says Kent: “The United States is a Christian nation founded on the Bible and our Country should be restored to its Biblical foundations. I will stand firm on Conservative issues, preserve family values, limited government, and always protect the rights of our citizens as outlined in the Constitution.” Contact Kent @ 184 Ward Rowe Road Limestone, TN 37681. Phone: 423-220-0577; firstname.lastname@example.org or on facebook: kentharrisfor republicancommitteeman Paid for by Comm. to elect Kent Harris, Darrell Woods, Treasurer.
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Blue Plum Festival gearing up for its 15th anniversary on June 6-8 Johnson City — The Blue Plum, the TriCities’ largest free, three-day festival, is gearing up for a wonderful weekend and is celebrating its 15th year. Music, arts and crafts, a fast 5K, bicycle criterium, activities for kids of all ages, storytelling, craft beer tent and so much more will happen during the downtown festival June 6, 7 and 8. Holston Distributing and Bud Light are back as Main Sponsor for the festival. “We have been a part of the festival for many years and are thrilled to once again be the Main Sponsor,” said Frank Wood, President of Holston Distributing. “Our goal is to provide resources to the Friends of Olde Downtowne that will ensure a safe and responsible festival.” Holston will be offering its Sober Ride program during the festival hours. Bartenders will have vouchers for $10 cab rides for those who have over-consumed during the festival. This year’s festival will feature three stages: the Fountain Square Stage, the Southern Stage and the Jazz Stage. The Fountain Square Stage will offer wonderful Americana music by David Bromberg Band and Humming House on Fri-
day night and Bill Kirchen Band and Jeff Austin Band on Saturday night. Musicians featured on the Southern Stage include Squash Blossoms, Malcolm Holcombe and Josh Oliver. Sending out smooth jazz music from the Jazz Stage, sponsored by ETSU, is Moment’s Notice, Rich Willey and The Carolina Jazz Quartet and local fan favorites Greyscale from ETSU, and the New York All-Stars with The Jazz Doctors. The Blue Plum Revival Stage will feature local acts on Sunday. All artists and the scheduled times are listed at www.blueplum.org. Several new events are being added in celebration of the 15th anniversary. On Saturday, we will celebrate one of the region’s gems as the ETSU Storytelling Program will bring artists to the Majestic Stage to tell tall tales and spin yarns. Storytelling runs from 4-7 p.m. Also new for 2014 is the Blue Hop BrewHaHa on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. This event is for craft beer lovers. For a $20 ticket, you can sample 20 craft beers, including Holston River and Green Man breweries. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at bluehopbrewhaha. com. This special event is sponsored by Holston
Distributing and People’s Community Bank. Popular events returning to the festival include the Blue Plum Fast 5K Run/Walk called Dress Up for Downtown, where folks will be encouraged to wear their most creative interpretation of formal and prom running fashions. This new course begins downtown at the Lady of the Fountain. It will get your heart pumping on an early, smooth incline before turning onto the Tree Streets and ending back at the Fountain Square. Online registration is available on the website. The event is sponsored by Cherokee Distributing and Blue Lizard Sunscreen. Runners and walkers, don your tutus, tuxes and ball gowns, and there will be prizes for the best formal attire!
Traditional Arts Workshops What is a traditional art? The people who lived in this region had a special way of turning everyday objects of survival and necessity into works of art. Through our workshops and wonderful instructors, we strive to keep these unique skills alive. Whether it is baskets, fibers, music, finelycrafted arrow points or just a better understanding of days gone by, we hope you will find something to learn and keep with you forever. A Traditional Art is a skill worth preserving! To hold your place in a workshop, pre-registration and payment is required. Please register early to ensure a spot in the class! 18th Century Eastern Cherokee Style Trade Necklace Instructor: Gary Stevens Saturday, June 7 10 a.m. - Noon Cost: $25 includes materials Min: 1 Max: 15 In this class you will make an early trade necklace using authentic 150 to 200 year old beads. You will also add bone spacers, and/or coyote or buffalo teeth. Learn to Play the Pennywhistle Instructor: Martha Egan Sunday, June 8 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: $30 (includes Walton’s whistle, book, and CD) Min: 1 Max: 12 $15 if you bring your own instrument Popular in the British Isles in the 1800’s, this class includes the funda.m.entals of holding and sounding your pennywhistle, learning the first notes, and playing a song—or come and advance the skills you already possess. Music and other supplemental materials provided. Introduction to Chair Bottoms xInstruc-
tor: Mike Mankin Sunday, June 8 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: $10 includes materials Min: 1 Max: 5 An introduction to replacing chair bottoms with ½” flat reed. Bring to class a bucket or tub to soak the reed in and a pair of good scissors. Workshop takes place outside in the picnic area, so dress accordingly. Flint Knapping – Making Stone Tools Instructors: Bob Estep, Chris Edens, Clark Sa.m.s Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: $60 (includes supplies) Min: 4 Max: 12 Make stone tools such as the arrow point using only traditional techniques. Please be sure to register no later than 1 week prior to the class. Adults only. Making a Leather Shooting Bag Instructor: Steve Ricker Saturday, June 21 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cost: $150 (includes all supplies) Min: 5 Max: 10 A shooting bag is an essential piece of a rifleman’s equip.m.ent. This timeless bag was used on the A.m.erican frontier by long hunters and colonial pioneers and is still being used by hunters around the world today! Make a leather shooting bag approx. 10 x 8 inches, with several authentic 18th century style patterns to choose from. You will hand stich them with linen thread. Workshop takes place outside, so dress accordingly. 1651 W. Elk Avenue – Elizabethton, TN 37643 423-543-5808 www.syca.m.oreshoalstn.org www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/syca.m.oreshoals
The Blue Plum Playhouse, where kids and their parents will have an opportunity for free, fun play, is open during the day on Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Playhouse, in Munsey Church’s parking lot, is outside the alcohol zone and provides lots of activity for preschool and elementary-age children. The Urban Art Throwdown, now in its fourth year, features amazing artwork by aerosol graffiti artists and will be on Roan Street. The Animation Festival gives you a chance to sit indoors and enjoy some great short features. Arts and Craft booths will line Main and Roan streets, with some wonderful and unique artists are scheduled. The Food Court is a foodies’ delight! The Food Court coordinator looks for unique festival food and this year will be bringing in items such as bacon pops, smoked Gouda mac ‘n’ cheese, veggie kabobs, Hungarian sausage and delectable ice cream sandwiches. Of course, all your favorite festival food will be there as well. Festivities continue on Sunday with the Omnium Criterium Bike Race sponsored by Franklin Woods Community Hos-
pital, with amateur categories beginning at 8 a.m. the professional race is at 2:30 p.m. Music, food court and arts and crafts will still be available during the bike race. The area’s largest free festival could not happen without the help of volunteers. It takes hundreds of volunteers working together to put on the festival, and the Blue Plum Planning Team is always willing to have others join in. Area civic, church and non-profit groups as well as individuals are encouraged to volunteer to help in various capacities. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, go to blueplum. org. Contrary to popular belief, the Blue Plum Festival does not celebrate a fruit! The name is in honor of the 1800s rural post office serving an area in East Tennessee that would become known as Johnson City. The festival has grown considerably over the years since its beginnings as a street fair. Celebrating our 15th anniversary this year, the Friends of Olde Downtowne are excited to welcome back old friends and introduce our festivalgoers to some new experiences, as well.
Tax season is over! Greetings from the IRS! Now that most of you have filed your form 1040 for 2014, many will receive a letter from the IRS. At this time of the year, the most common letter is for claiming the wrong estimated tax payment. The IRS will match their records with your tax return. Hopefully they will agree. Many times they do not as a result of transposing a number or claiming the wrong amount paid. When we prepare tax returns, the most common error related to estimated tax occurs when a client gives us a payment made in the current tax year that was actually designated for the prior year. Also, the IRS is just now getting around to matching the 2012 form 1040 tax returns with pension and annuity distributions reported on form 1099-R that were sent to them by the Trustee of the IRA or pension plan. Form 1099-R is the form sent to you that explains any distribution from a qualified retirement plan or annuity. This could be an IRA, 401 (k) plan, annuity or many other types of the deferred compensation plans. In addition to the amount reported, the form describes the nature of the distribution and whether it is subject to regular income tax and the 10% penalty for premature distribution. Distribution codes are often wrong. Always check to be sure the code is correct. If the code is incorrect, ask the Trustee to correct it. A common mistake we are finding for the tax year 2012 is related to distributions that are rolled over to a Roth IRA or a rollover or distribution that consists of IRA contributions that include nondeductible contributions. If you have made contributions to an IRA that were nondeductible, you will have basis to claim upon filing your tax return for the year of the distribution. you should include a form 8606 with the tax return to claim the basis as nontaxable income. We have multiple instances annually where the IRA has failed to process the form 8606 correctly. Another point to remember regarding distributions from an IRA (or other pension plan) is when you reach the age of 701/2. The law mandates that you start receiving distributions from your plan. There is a calculation necessary to calculate the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). Generally the custodian of the plan
Certified Public Accountants Kenneth L. Lewis, C.P.A., President John F. Hunter, CPA T. Craig Ratliff, CPA Wayne Turbyfield, CPA Jeff Jennings, CPA Jennifer C. Penix, CPA Michel G. O’Rorke, CPA Karen Glover, CPA Princeton Professional Building •136 Princeton Road • Johnson City, TN 37601 Johnson City: 423.926.6475 • Kingsport: 423.246.1356 • Erwin: 423.743.8692 • Elizabethton: 423.547.3795 Toll Free: 1.877.CPA.4241 • Fax: 423-926-3949 or 423.282.3191 • www.LewisCPAs.com Members: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants • Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants
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will make this calculation. It is important that you take the distribution based on the value of all plans. The distribution is calculated based on the Fair Market of the assets in the plan on December 31st of the prior year. The distribution may be made from each account or all from one plan. If the distribution is made from only one of the accounts, the custodian of that account must be made aware of all plans in order to make the calculation. There are severe penalties for failure to receive the Required Minimum Distribution. Required Minimum Distributions do not apply to Roth IRA’s. Anytime you get a letter from the IRS, please be sure to share it with your tax preparer. Do not pay or sign an agreement with the IRS without seeking advice unless you are absolutely sure that the IRS is correct.
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Published on Jun 5, 2014