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April 2013

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MSHA celebrates National Heart Month by going red BY DOUG JANZ

February was National Heart Month, and team members across MSHA wore red outfits or sported Red Dress Pins to show their awareness about heart disease. “We like to think that we ‘go red’ every day at Mountain States Health Alliance,” said Ed Stump, MSHA’s assistant vice president of cardiovascular services. “Mountain States is committed to doing its part in the fight against heart disease.” This is also the 10th year of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, raising awareness about heart disease among women. MSHA and the American Heart Association have established a strong partnership to promote cardiovascular health not only during the month of February, but throughout the rest of the year as well. In order to achieve the highest level of quality for inpatient heart care, MSHA hospitals participate in the AHA Get With the Guidelines initiative, which holds hospitals to a higher stan-

dard than government regulatory agencies do alone with core measures. JCMC and IPMC were recognized in 2012 as Gold-Plus achievers in Get With the Guidelines for Heart Failure. Sycamore Shoals Hospital was recognized as a Gold achiever. “What that means is that our hospitals are going above and beyond in terms of providing evidence-based heart care to every patient who comes through our doors,” Stump said. “We are proud of what this achievement means for our patients, who have come to expect the highest level of quality from MSHA hospitals.” What can team members across MSHA do in the fight against heart disease? • Help raise funds through donations and fundraisers for lifesaving educational programs and the development of new treatments to fight heart disease. • Make our co-workers, patients and visitors aware of heart disease, its deadly impact on women and how we can fight back.

Team members at JMH go red.

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The Heart Hospital at JCMC shows off its red lights, a reminder to the community that it’s National Heart Month and people should be aware of heart disease and its risk factors.

• Walk the talk by being physically active, eating a heart-healthy diet and learning about heart disease and its risk factors. • Invite others to get involved so we can advance further, faster. You may have noticed red lights on display throughout February on the outside of three hospitals within MSHA – JCMC, IPMC and Johnston Memorial Hospital – as a visual reminder to the community about Heart Month and MSHA’s commitment to that cause. In addition, MSHA will sponsor the annual AHA Heart Walk in the late summer. Team members are encouraged to organize teams to participate. “We’d like to encourage teams to participate and assist in raising funds for a great cause as we continue to share a common mission with the AHA,” Stump said. He noted that MSHA and the American Heart Association share similar missions in pro-active education for the community. One result of that was the creation of MSHA’s Health Screening Center that went on to become the HeartCoach, the region’s first mobile screen-

ing service unit. Among the facts she noted about heart disease: • It is still the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3deaths each year. • It kills more women than men, at an average rate of one death per minute. • Heart disease kills more women

than all forms of cancer combined. The proclamation also noted that the AHA’s Go Red For Women movement is estimated to have saved the lives of more than 627,000 women over the last decade. “This is what’s impressive to me – that we have the power to stop the No. 1 killer of women,” Myron said. “We’ve

got the power, and that should be in our minds. This is a great message for wives, children, husbands, everybody.” Dr. Shobha Hiremagalur, interventional cardiologist with MSHA, also highlighted some facts about heart disease in this area, and how to react if you have chest pain. “We are very high in heart disease in our region,” she said. “A lot of young women in their 20s have it. There’s a lot of tobacco, a lot of family history, diabetes, people overweight who don’t exercise. All these heart risks add up. Be aware and look at those around you to see what risk factors they have. If you have symptoms that could signal a heart attack, she emphasized, don’t DELAY, and don’t DRIVE, but DIAL. In other words, don’t put it off as an anxiety attack if there are signs of a heart attack. And don’t drive yourself to the hospital, but call 9-1-1. It can make a huge difference. “If you call an ambulance, the lifesaving treatment can begin as soon as the ambulance arrives,” said Hiremagalur. “You don’t have to wait until you get to the hospital to begin saving your heart muscle from damage.”

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‘An Intern’s Insight’

Marketing Mel’s intern takes her usual space in this issue I am an intern with MarketingMel. Mary Ellen Miller (Mel) chooses one intern to mentor each school year. The amazing opportunity was awarded to me for the 20122013 academic year. My time with Mel started off a little differently than most internships. Yes, I sent her my resume, headshot and several writing samples like most hopefuls do when applying for a job. What was different about Mel was that she requested me to complete an assignment before our interview and before we had ever met! She had me research personal training marketing strategies. I was confused on why she needed this information but was determined to impress. At the time I had no idea the “trial-run” would turn into one of the tasks I would be working on with Mel. As you know, I got the position as her intern! My time with Mel has been crucial to my growth as a young public relations professional. She has taught me how to apply the skills I learned at East Tennessee State University to real world situations. Some of

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my responsibilities include: a huge event in the Tri-cities meeting with Mel and her cliarea. This year the event was ents, accompanying Mel to the largest ever with over 4000 Chamber of Commerce events, participants! writing news releases and stoAnother venture I worked ries for the student newspaper on is Mel’s Personal Branding for Mel’s clients, compiling How-To Webinar. As I menagendas, helping her enter tioned earlier, I was confused awards programs and so much on my pre-interview assignmore. ment. This project is where To elaborate on my reit came into play. I learned sponsibilities, I would like to how and where to send press talk in depth about my work releases for a national projKristen Pierce with the Johnson City Turkey ect. That’s something I did Trot. During this project, I was not learn in Writing for PR! I able to work with another fabulous mentor, was able to see how much work it really does Jenny Brock. Some tasks I was to complete take to launch such a huge product. I saw included: writing a Turkey Trot article to run first-hand how to promote and sell products. in the East Tennessean, ascertain quotes for Overall, this is something I think I’ll be able yard signs and banners, link sponsor logos to to implement in a new job when I graduate. their websites on the Turkey Trot webpage, Tips to getting an internship: 1. Clean up your social media create the sponsor appreciation flyer that was 2. Research the company before apin every race packet and distribute promotional posters on the ETSU campus. It was a plying 3. Check with your schools advisegreat learning experience to be a part of such

ment offices to learn of new opportunities 4. Polish your resume and cover letter 5. Dress to impress. Make sure you are completely put together. 6. Relax and be yourself in the interview Mel has given me a wonderful opportunity and I will forever be grateful. Among teaching me the ins and outs of public relations, she has given me the gift of confidence. If it weren’t for Mel’s encouragement and belief in my abilities, I would not be the young professional I am today. I owe it all to my amazing mentor and am eager to continue with Mel this spring semester! ———————— Kristen Pierce is a senior public relations major at East Tennessee State University. She is active in the Public Relations Student Society of America. In her spare time she studies Chinese. She loves traveling, fashion, big jewelry and dogs. Connect with her on twitter @kristen_pierce. Follow me on twitter @MarketingMel.

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Saturday, April 27 ~ Millennium Centre The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Black Tie Optional ~ R.S.V.P by April 18th

If you like dancing with the stars, you’ll LOVE dancing with the dogs and cats!* Tickets $100 each A night of doggone good fun, featuring a pet fashion show, auction, dinner and dancing with your well-socialized pet!

Benefitting the animals of Washington County through the Washington County Humane Society’s spay and neuter aid fund, spay and neuter awareness campaign, and emergency medical fund.

Annual Dogwood and Cattails Ball set for April 27

Get ready for an evening of dancing with the dogs and cats at the annual Dogwood and Cattails Ball on Saturday, April 27, at the Millennium Centre. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and is black tie optional. All proceeds benefit the Washington County Humane Society. “This year, we helped an amazing number of owners spay or neuter their companion pets as part of our effort to lower the killrate at The Johnson City/Washington County Animal Shelter,” said Cindy Bolton, Dogwood and Cattails Ball Co-chair. “The Humane Society spent over $62,000 spaying and neutering in the past year and a half. Since 2006, The Washington County Humane Society raised the funds to spay or neuter over 4,200 dogs and cats. All of the funds for the past year were donated through our annual Dogwood and Cattails Ball, our Clothesline Warehouse sales and donations made by our friends.” The Humane Society Board hopes to

make this year’s event the best one ever. Last year’s ball sold out, so don’t hesitate to get your tickets. The fun-filled evening will feature a silent and live auction, conducted by Kimball Sterling, a gourmet meal prepared by Millennium Center Executive Master Chef Jean-Claude Serugo. Vegetarian entrees are available. The Humane Heroes, Honorary Chairmen and the Animal of the Year will be introduced at the ball. Jim and Brenda Mooneyhan are Humane Heroes, Juno, a service animal, is Outstanding Animal of the Year, and Joe and Lucinda Grandy were selected as Honorary Chairmen. One of the evening’s high points is a fashion show featuring our furry-faced friends in their finest attire. For tickets contact Donna Cooper, cochair, at 423-914-3790 or Cindy Bolton, cochair, at 423-833-3800.

*Pets Optional • Vegetarian Entrees Available Special thanks to our Best in Show sponsors:

The James W. and Anne Reel Foundation • Pain Medicine and Associates Helen Thatcher • Clothesline • Cindy and Gordon Bolton • One Stop Wine and Liquors For more information call 423-833-3800 or 423-914-3790

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Protect those pretty piggies Runners know how important important, especially it is to stay injury free. They also to the jogger suffering know the importance of protecting from blisters. Always their feet from various and exercise in clean, assorted injuries such as blisters, dry socks. Blisters cuts, scrapes, and other abrasions can be prevented that are difficult to heal on and by application of around the foot area. petroleum jelly or According to the American creams to the feet Podiatric Medical Association where they occur. (APMA) nowhere is the miracle of Apply any brand the foot more clear than watching of peppermint foot the human body in motion. The cream to your clean, Suzy Cloyd combination of 26 bones, 33 joints, dry feet . The cream 112 ligaments, and a network of will soften your skin tendons, nerves, and blood vessels all and provide refreshing relief to your feet work together to establish the graceful while relaxing.* synergy involved in running. The balance, Avoid aches and pains of running support, and propulsion of a jogger’s American Podiatric Medical Association body all depend on the foot. The APMA reminds us even with the best preparation, suggests before entering a fitness regimen aches and pains are an inevitable result that includes jogging, don’t forget to make of a new jogging regimen. If the pain certain your body’s connection with the subsides with slow easy exercise, you ground is in proper working order. * may continue, but if it gets worse, stop Runners are encouraged to go the “extra the activity and rest. If it persists, see mile” and protect their piggies by doing your podiatrist. The most common the following: pain associated with jogging is known Choose proper footwear as runner’s knee, a catchall for joggingShoe choice should be determined related knee pain. One of the most common by weight, foot structure, and running causes of runner’s knee is excessive regimen. Keep in mind that all shoes have pronation, or rolling in and down, of the a different shape, and sizes and widths are foot. Orthoses (arch supports and shoe not uniform from shoe to shoe. Consider inserts) prescribed by your podiatrist are whether an orthotic device will be placed the best way to alleviate the problem. in your shoe, and whether your running Occasionally, rubber pads in the arch of style is flat-footed or on the balls of the the shoe will help. Shin splints, which feet. Shoes should provide cushioning for painfully appear at the front and inside shock absorption, and ought to be able to of the leg, are caused by running on hard fully bend at the ball of the foot area. Visit surfaces, over striding, muscle imbalance, the shoe store in the afternoon, when the or overuse. Treatment includes changing feet are slightly swollen, and wear thick running technique or insertion of an orthotic device in the shoe.* running socks when trying shoes on. * Practice proper foot hygiene For more information on foot care Proper foot hygiene can also prevent refer to The American Podiatric Medical injuries. Keeping feet powdered and dry is Association.*

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Speaking of Real Estate:

Housing market is recovering Realty & Auction “Dreams Do Come True”



Judy Veeneman

By Judy Veeneman A fourth of the year, 2013 is already history. Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. The housing market is recovering and the prices are beginning to rebound. If you are considering purchasing a home, there isn’t a better time than now to get started. Let’s explore some items you need to consider before you begin looking for your new home. Buying a home is exciting and challenging as well as emotional. My best advice is that you take some time to get information about prequalifying for a home loan or a preapproval. A preapproval involves taking certain steps to apply for a mortgage that will result in a loan commitment for a particular amount of money. Getting that preapproval will help you cut down the time needed to secure a loan. Doing your due diligence will save you a lot of headaches and possible heartbreak before house hunting. There are so many different mortgage loan products available today you should be able to find one to meet your particular needs. Ask your friends that have recently purchased a home for recommendations. A Realtor is a font of information that can guide you through the process. There are conventional banks, savings banks, credit unions, mortgage brokerage companies and many specialized lenders available. The fact is you need to be prepared to find the right mortgage insuring you know exactly what you can afford before you go shopping. This will enable you to possibly negotiate a better deal and make your home buying process smoother. I always tell my buyers to shop for mortgages before they shop for a house. You shop for the best deal when you purchase an automobile, so you need to be diligent in your research before purchasing a home. I wish you success and hope you find the home of your dreams this year!

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Carousel Project announces successful fundraiser

Gray Fossil Site Gray, TN. --- The Gray Fossil Site is a Late Miocene-epoch assemblage of fossils located near the unincorporated town of Gray in Washington County, Northeast Tennessee, and dates from 7 to 4.5 million years BCE. The Gray Fossil Site was discovered by geologists in May 2000. They were investigating unusual clay deposits turned up during the course of a Tennessee Department of Transportation highway project to widen State Route 75 south of its intersection with Interstate 26. State Route 75 was realigned to protect the find by order of Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist, and a museum and research center at the dig operated by East Tennessee State University opened in August 2007. The current dig at the Gray Fossil Site was determined to have been the location of a semicircular sinkhole that once harbored a pond environment over a long period of time and is now yielding the remains of the ancient plants and animals that lived, watered, and died within the then watery sinkhole. Among the many vertebrate fossils found at the Gray Fossil Site are the

those of frogs, turtles and tapirs and recovered fossil records represent finds from approximately one percent of the total area of the Gray Fossil Site that has been explored --- and future fossil recovery from the entire site is projected to continue on for one hundred years. The Gray Fossil Site is also the world’s largest tapir fossil find and is yielding new and rare discoveries such as the most complete skeleton of Teleoceras (an ancient rhinoceros) yet found in eastern North America, a new species of red panda that marks only the second record of this animal in North America (the first red panda fossils found in North America come from the state of Washington), and a newly identified species of an ancient plant-eating badger.

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport announce the successful completion of the Carousel Fine Craft Show and Brass Ring Gala fundraiser for the Kingsport Carousel Project. Approximately 600 people attended The Brass Ring Gala at the Kingsport Farmer’s Market. It was a celebratory event full of music, food and drinks and was described by several guests as a “joyous” occasion. Rounding board artists celebrated the completion of their part of the Carousel Project. The rounding board artists were led by Cindy Saadeh and Ellen Elmes. Additionally, Ellen Elmes was presented the key to the city by Mayor Dennis Phillips for her work in Kingsport spanning several decades and including the Downtown Kingsport mural 1986 & 2008, the Pal’s mural, 2010 and the rounding boards 2012 & 2013. During the show, platform animals, sweep animals and rounding boards were sponsored by area individuals and businesses. The weekend generated over $90,000 in funds for the Kingsport Carousel Project. All 24 rounding boards, 32 of 33 platform animals and 13 out of 25 sweep animals have been sponsored. Funding will be used to restore the 1956-vintage Herschell Carousel machinery, carve and paint the animals and to build a separate building located at the Farmer’s Market site. Other sponsorship opportunities are still available. As of today, the project has raised approximately $260, 000 toward its final goal of $500, 000.

The Carousel Fine Craft Show featured local and regional artisans and fine craftsman juried in a variety of media including fine furniture, jewelry, pottery, weaving, photography, basketry and quilting. Several artisans conducted live demonstrations at the show in addition to live demonstrations done by carousel carvers and painters. It was an entertaining and educational experience in addition to an exceptional opportunity for the public to buy work directly from the people that made it. Opening date for the Kingsport Carousel is projected for spring 2014. To date, over 100 volunteers have been actively involved. Later this month, Engage Kingsport will announce additional opportunities for the community to be involved with sponsorships or volunteering. Call the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts for more information: 423 - 392-8414.

Celebrate Earth Day at Sycamore Shoals State Park! Saturday, April 20 3:00 pm Join retired forester Martin Miller, for a special guided tour of Sycamore Shoals’ new arboretum on Saturday, April 20. Discover a variety of native trees and fun facts about their unique qualities, historical uses, and contributions to local culture. Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the park grounds adjacent to the front parking lot. Meet in the Visitor Center, tour will begin at 3:00 pm and will last about an hour. Tour is by reservation only, and space is limited. For more information or to make reservations, call 423-543-5808. Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, 1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643; www.tnstateMartin Miller leading the first hike through the newly dedicated Arboretum.

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Now at Corner Nest

Local man has unusual hobby Johnson City, TN — Like many people, Sam Ogle’s home has a full basement. What’s unusual however, is the fact that his is full of car and motorcycle tags. And, many of those are one-ofa-kind. “The most expensive and rare one that I own is this 1916 tag,” Sam says as he pulls it out of its protective cover. “I guess I have around 5,000 and I’ve been collecting for about 10 years.” An active member of the American License Plate Collector’s Association, Sam is now moving some of his collection and putting it up for sale at the Corner Nest Antique Mall in Elizabethton. “I went to a flea market in Knoxville and there was a man there selling a 1951 set of [car license] plates for $500. I thought he was crazy,” Sam laughs. “I love to meet people and thought this would be a neat hobby. I give credit to a man in Crossville who got me involved in collecting old, rusty license plates!” Just like coins and stamps, you can get a catalog from the license plate association telling what each plate is worth. Just like coins and stamps, the rare plates are those hard to find or a small number was produced. Sam has several complete sets which makes them valuable. For example, he has a complete 1950-1956 commemorative National Guard set, “except for the 1949 that has been virtually impossible to find,” he explains. Sam also has an international flavor in his collection including car and motorcycle tags from Australia, Mexico and Canada. He is also proud of his Tennessee state tags, Civil War Sesquicentennial tags, political tags and his Native American tags. “They are really colorful and pretty,” he smiles. “The state started making car tags in 1936,” he adds matter-of-factly. “They were in the shape of the

state. In 1957 the federal government got into the act and they wanted all the state tags square and uniform. Tennessee kept the shape of its tag and just put it inside a rectangular plate.” At one of the plate collector conventions [yes, they have those too and people attend from all over the world] Sam won a prize for his ‘Unique Motif’ display of colorful plates. “I’m looking forward to being at Corner Nest,” Sam says. “I just opened my booth and it’ll be fun to be in there and make new friends and talk about my hobby. ——— Also, featured this month at Corner Nest Antique Mall is Marylou Presley who has some of the most beautiful hand-made wreathes you’ll find anywhere. Marylou is quick to tell you, “I couldn’t do this without the help of the Lord. I go to my studio in my basement and ask the Lord to help me. I’m blessed with this God-given talent and I couldn’t do what I do without him.” Marylou has been making wreathes and the furniture in her booth for over 40 years. The Kingsport native is semi-retired from the restaurant and retail businesses she previously owned in downtown Kingsport. What’s surprising is she has had no formal training in wreath making. “Like I said, I think everyone has a God-given talent and this is mine. I really enjoy it and I enjoy being at Corner Nest,” she said. “I make wreathes for all seasons so please visit my booth at Corner Nest and I’m sure you’ll find something that fits well in your home or office. . .whether it’s one of my wreaths or a piece of furniture that I’ve made.”

Corner Nest Antique Mall 100 West Elk Avenue Elizabethton, TN • 423-547-9111 Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 am-6 pm Friday & Saturday 10 am-8 pm Sunday 10 am-6 pm

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An experience you’ll never forget

“I’ll Never Be Hungry Again“ extended due to popular demand Abingdon, VA – Barter Theatre is thrilled to

announce that it is extending the run of its hit musical comedy “I’ll Never Be Hungry Again.” The show has been selling out houses in Barter Stage II (167 seat venue), and the audience reaction has been so overwhelmingly enthusiastic that the production will move to Barter’s larger main stage April 6. Audiences and reviewers have raved about the tongue-in-cheek send-up of Gone With the Wind.

"This is one wickedly good production" —Bristol Herald Courier A rollicking, rocket“fast trip through Dixieland that spares none in its wake. —Washington County News Stephen Scott Wormley (Jonny, “Zombie Prom” and Terk, “Tarzan”) plays David, a grad student assigned the book for a Southern literature class. When David passes out in the middle of the story, he wakes up to find himself in an over-thetop alternate reality, where “Starlett O’Hara” (Erin Parker) is wooed by “Whet Butler” (Nick Koesters) and strives to save her plantation Terra Firma from the Yankees with the help of “Whammy” (also Nick Koesters!). It’s only a crazy dream, right? Or is it? Slightly skewed and fraught with musical

Hannah Ingram, Sean Campos

zaniness,“I’ll Never Be Hungry Again” has its tongue firmly in its cheek as it asks: will Starlett and that scallywag Whet Butler ever hook up? Is Smelanie Hamilton really that sweet? Can Whammy teach Sissy how to tap? “I’ll Never Be Hungry Again” is written by Catherine Bush, music by Gary Bartholomew. Playwright Catherine Bush says that the appeal of the show is easy to explain.

Erin Parker, Nick Koesters

"It’s wildly ironic and a wonderful ride! Gone With the Wind is such a classic—and so deliciously spoof-able.

Carol Burnett was the first to figure that out in the 70s. I’d like to think that Gary and I picked up where she left off.”

“I’ll Never Be Hungry Again” opens April 6th at Barter Main Stage. For tickets and more information, call (276) 628-3991 or visit Nick Koesters, Erin Parker

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WQUT Concert Schedule Freedom Hall in Johnson City: Apr 4 Willie Nelson Paramount in Bristol: May 17 Clint Black Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville: Apr 16 Keith Urban and Vince Gill with special friends Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Roseanne Cash, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jr. (Benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum) Apr 20 Jason Aldean with Jake Owen & Thomas Rhett Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville: Apr 11 Weird Al Yankovic Apr 12 The Temptations & The Four Tops June 3 & 4 Widespread Panic June 16 Daniel Tosh Knoxville Civic Coliseum: Apr 6 George Jones with Wilson Fairchild May 16 Avett Brothers Bijou Theatre in Knoxville: Apr 14 Son Volt Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN: June 13-16 Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, ZZ Top, Gov’t Mule, Billy Idol And many others Bridgestone Arena in Nashville: Apr 5 Elton John May 1 Rush May 3 The Black Keys June 18 New Kids on the Block/ 98 Degrees/Boys II Men June 19 One Direction Sep 19-21 Taylor Swift

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Ryman Auditorium in Nashville: Apr 9 Vince Gill & Friends Apr 12 & 13 Dwight Yoakam Apr 20 & 21 Black Crowes Apr 27 Band of Horses U.S. Cellular Center (formerly Asheville Civic Center): May 1 Band of Horses Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.: Apr 2 Eric Clapton June 19 New Kids on the Block/ 98 Degrees/ Boys II Men June 24 Fleetwood Mac July 27 Beyonce Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte,N.C.: May 3 Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Love & Theft June 21 Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience July 13 Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd July 29 Vans Warped Tour July 30 Train, The Script and Gavin Degraw Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.: Sep 12 Taylor Swift Oct 17 Rod Stewart and Steve Winwood Harrah’s in Cherokee, N.C.: Apr 26 Celtic Woman Apr 27 Shinedown with Airbourne May 11 Josh Turner May 24 Aaron Lewis June 14 Dwight Yoakam June 21 Billy Idol July 6 Jeff Dunham Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion in Raleigh, N.C.: June 22 Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C.: Apr 13 Darius Rucker May 4 Seether May 5 Band of Horses June 13 Little Big Town Bilo Center in Greenville, S.C.: Apr 16 Carrie Underwood and Hunter Hayes May 16 Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett The Tabernacle in Atlanta: Apr 23 Black Crowes Apr 24 Sevendust/Coal Chamber May 7 & 8 Soundgarden June 2 Fall Out Boy June 6 Tracy Morgan June 11 Billy Idol Philips Arena in Atlanta: April 18 & 19 Taylor Swift April 22 Rihanna June 10 Fleetwood Mac June 20 New Kids on the Block/ 98 Degrees/Boys II Men June 21 One Direction Aug 10 Justin Bieber Oct 19 Rod Stewart and Steve Winwood Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta: June 20 Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA: Apr 27 Barry Manilow June 26 Juanes July 12 Beyonce Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, Georgia: May 5 Styx, Reo Speedwagon and Ted Nugent May 17 Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show Apr 26 & 27 Widespread Panic

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SKILLS Act will speed up economic recovery The latest jobs report showed that the economy added 236,000 jobs in February, causing nationwide unemployment to drop to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. While it’s certainly encouraging to see unemployment numbers decline, the report also offered some bad news: 296,000 Americans were so discouraged they stopped looking for work. This means that more Americans in February gave up on looking for work than found jobs. Similarly, the workforce participation rate dropped to 63.5 percent, the lowest in 31 years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that millions of jobs remain open because employers cannot find workers with the skills they need. Last month, the House took a big

step to address this issue by passThis will ensure there ing the Supporting Knowledge is accountability in and Investing in Lifelong workforce training Skills (SKILLS) Act. There programs, further are three main objectives protecting taxpayer to this legislation. First, this dollars spent. The bill will ensure that taxpaySKILLS Act also reers are seeing a return on their quires that two-thirds investment in federal job trainof workforce board ing programs by eliminating or Congressman members are from the Phil Roe streamlining 35 ineffective or dubusiness community. plicative programs. Additionally, This will strengthen the this legislation will give governors role of employers in the job-training the flexibility to further consolidate process to ensure workers have the any additional employment and job skills needed to be successful in the training programs at the state level to regional workplace. increase efficiency and cut waste. Lastly, the SKILLS Act will ensure Second, the SKILLS Act will re- that workers can access job training quire state and local leaders to use programs immediately, without havcommon performance measures to ing to navigate a complicated burate the services offered to workers. reaucracy. Every worker has unique

needs, and by cutting red tape we will get workers trained and back into the workforce in a timely manner. This bill will also repeal 19 mandates stating who can serve on workforce training boards, returning those powers to the states, where local officials know their job training needs best. While the economy slowly improves, it’s clear we still have work to do. I am proud to support the SKILLS Act because it streamlines programs, returns power to the states and empowers job creators. I hope the Senate will pass this important bill to help get Americans back to work. Please feel free to contact my office if we can be of assistance to you or your family. Our contact information can be found on our website, www.

We don’t have a gun problem We have a violence problem Mass killings like the ones in Newtown, Aurora, Virginia Tech and Columbine are tragedies in the extreme. When I heard the news reports from the latest mass killing in Connecticut, I was overcome. How could someone take so many innocent lives so indiscriminately? It boggles the mind. While the events and lives taken are terrible, the true tragedy comes with the inevitable knee-jerk reaction: blame the guns. Mass violence of any sort is a tragic occurrence. But, when the state overreacts to a mass shooting by restricting the Second Amendment rights of the law-abiding, things only go from bad to worse. We don’t have a gun problem in America; we have a violence problem. It is important to see the difference. I’m a believer that we must focus not on gun control but instead on how best to identify and treat the mentally ill so we can prevent tragedies like Newtown from ever happening. The guns in these eruptions of violence across the nation are not firing themselves. There are human fingers on the triggers. Quite frequently, those fingers belong to those

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with both diagnosed and undiagnosed mental illness. I am focused on making sure not only that guns don’t end up in the hands of the mentally ill but that we take a more seriLt. Gov. ous approach as a society Ron Ramsey to ensuring the seriously mentally ill get the help they need. That is why I sponsored a bill this year (Senate Bill 789) which requires increased frequency of reporting by mental health professionals to authorities when a person has been involuntarily committed, ruled mentally defective or threatened serious bodily harm to others. Opponents will say that a focus on mental health is just a gun grab in different clothing. After all, who’s to judge who is crazy and who isn’t? Could not a state bent on reducing gun ownership simply broaden the definition of “mentally ill?” I understand and sympathize with that concern. Any system in place must fo-

cus on true mental illness and must never be a cloak for wickedness. Those calling for a return to an assault weapons ban or banning high-capacity magazines do next to nothing to reduce gun violence. We may never eliminate incidents like Newtown or Columbine altogether but by focusing on mental health we give ourselves a fighting chance. In order to protect the innocent from becoming another statistic we must do two things. First, we must strongly and unequivocally protect our Second Amendment rights so we have the capacity to defend ourselves from those who wish us ill. Second, we must take proactive steps to make sure that those struggling with mental illness are identified and treated before they act out. I have always believed that a well-armed society is a polite society. By focusing on the mentally ill, we will focus on those who should not have weapons while leaving the law-abiding gun owner free to exercise his God-given constitutional right.

The pros and cons of birthdays Everyone loves gifts, and cake is definitely one of my favorite things about my birthday, but I think we would all agree that there are some things about birthdays that aren’t exactly “enjoyable.” Personally, having the entire waiting staff of Applebee’s Carrie sing and clap loudly around Williams my table while everyone in the restaurant stares at me isn’t one of the better moments. But I have to admit, it’s worth the free dessert. I didn’t use to appreciate that back when all my food was free – courtesy of my parents – but if “young adulthood” has taught me anything, it’s that when someone offers you free ice cream, you don’t question. We teens are particularly picky about birthday festivities. For instance, a party is cool as long as there’s food and music, and while dancing is accepted and in some cases expected, in other cases it is not recommended. Nobody wants to be the dweeb on the dance floor who looks like a flopping fish out of water. Surprise parties probably aren’t a good idea, and nothing is more awkward than when your parents invite that guy you haven’t seen since second grade, and you feel obligated to talk to him even though all you can remember of him is that he used to shove goldfish up his nose when he was seven. Of course, my parents are big fans of the lightup “Birthday Girl” buttons. You know the ones with flashing LED lights that they clip to your shirt front, so that everyone around – cars driving past, any air traffic flying overhead – can see that you’re the birthday girl. Not to mention the birthday tiaras. Nothing says “I’m another year older and wiser,” like a silver painted plastic crown with a fuzzy pink number 16 glued onto it. But waking up to a big birthday gift is pretty exciting in itself, but when your mom makes an exceptional breakfast for you on your special day, what more could you ask for? Finding an envelope in the mail from your grandmother, tearing it open to find a heartfelt card you probably won’t read, and pulling out a crisp new Andrew Jackson is equally satisfying, and you can’t complain when you get to say you’re another year older, another year closer to adulthood and freedom – which, from this side, is something to which we look forward. So parents, take note: No cheesy parties with strangers, no ratting us out to the waiter (unless there’s a free slice of cake in the deal), and NO light up “Birthday Girl” buttons. We obviously love the gifts and adult treatment, but we won’t be too embarrassed if you want to sneak a birthday hug, just not in public! Myself, I hope my parents read this, because my birthday is coming up, and I want to be sure they know exactly what is expected of them. And yes, I do expect a birthday hug!

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Robots, Lazers, and Time Travel…Oh My! By: Toby Laek, Producer, Daytime Tri-Cities


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f there’s one thing in Hollywood that’s as predictable as clockwork, it’s that if a film that is successful, that film will then be ripped off, duplicated, and copied until the viewing public can’t stand it anymore. We’re at the tail end of the zombie craze (28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Insert Word Here of the Dead, Zombieland, Brad Pitt’s upcoming World War Z…) and we’re smack dab in the middle of the ‘Big Budget Fairy Tale’ craze (Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Huntsman, Jack the Giant Slayer). There’s currently a classic genre that’s now having a bit of a resurgence due to the JJ Abram’s upcoming Star Trek and Star Wars films and that’s the Science Fiction genre. Science Fiction (or Sci-Fi) has always been around, but its mass popularity is cyclical. When something comes along that’s an unexpected hit (i.e. The Matrix), millions upon billions of dollars are spent to replicate it. These films are never as good as the ones that they’re trying to imitate and water down the market, leading to the inevitable decline of the genre…until the next unexpected hit. Wash, rinse, and repeat. With that, here are some Sci-Fi films that are worth your time. The Thing – Upon release, John Carpenter’s masterpiece The Thing was not a box office smash. In fact, it bombed so hard that it ruined Carpenter’s relationship with Universal Pictures. In the years since, its reputation has grown to the point of being perennially mentioned in Top 10 Horror and Sci-Fi lists. The practical special effects are every bit as realistically amazing as they are gory. But the thing that sets The Thing apart

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Westworld is the mood of creeping isolation that Carpenter creates. The result is one of the most memorable Science Fiction/Horror hybrids that’s ever been made. 12 Monkeys – Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam directs Bruce Willis and an up-and-coming Brad Pitt in this brilliant, grungy time travel epic that is still leaving audiences either ravenous fans or confused and angry (there’s very little “Oh, it was okay” middle ground with this one). This is the first film that proved that Brad Pitt was more than just a Hollywood pretty boy of the moment and had actual acting talent. Inception – Christopher Nolen’s

mindbending epic features great performances by Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ellen Page and more or less introduced the world to Tom Hardy, who has a fantastic career ahead of him. The complex plot, revolving around being able to invade an unknowing sleeping person’s dreams and either steal secrets or plant ideas, is the perfect playground for the genius effect work. The fact that it leaves the story somewhat unresolved and open to individual interpretation is especially daring in a current film climate of ‘treat the audience as though they’re idiots’. It’s a layered film that requires multiple viewings. Westworld – Think of this as Michael Crichton’s beta test for Jurassic Park. It has a very similar plot – the exhibits in a futuristic theme park eventually go bad and turn on park goers. As opposed to carnivorous dinosaurs, West World’s eventual villain is Yule Brenner and a gang of robotic cowboys. Despite the dated effects work, the performances and evenly paced direction (surprisingly by Crichton himself) keep the film relevant.


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ACMA announces Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising Wytheville, VA. --- Tim White is all smiles when talking about the upcoming Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising event sponsored by the Appalachian Cultural Music Association [ACMA] set here for April 12th and 13th at the Wytheville Meeting Center. The new musical gathering will bring together fans of bluegrass, old time and Americana musicians for the very first time. “We titled the event ‘ACMA’s Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising’ because it will be an event that brings together and recognizes the music and musicians who play what has been coined as ‘The Galax Sound,’ White said. “Karl Cooler, an ACMA member, who came up with the descriptive ‘Galax Sound’ title points out that our region is saturated with tremendous talents who create a unique musical experience. It’s sound is found nowhere else but around our region!” According to White, “Other than the Galax Fiddler’s Convention held annually there is no ‘official’ recognition of the talents and accomplishments of old time musicians past and present. The ACMA through h the Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising will recognize and promote old time music and musicians as well as bluegrass and other acoustic forms of American Music.”

The event will feature an awards show, workshops, children’s activities, jam sessions, musical vendors, and a Main Stage for registered bands to perform and showcase for promoters, record label executives and fans of the music. “It’s going to be a weekend blast!” White said enthusiastically. “Plans also include unveiling artifacts to be placed in the ACMA’s ‘Mountain Music Museum’ to recognize pioneers who created and cultivated these forms of music.” For tickets and more information visit: www.

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A NEW YORK VOICE ‘Follow the Leader’ to spur discussions, filmmaker says Art critic, Pulitzer nominee ETSU lecturer An energetic and persuasive voice in the art world for more than two decades, Jerry Saltz is the senior art critic for New York Magazine. The New Yorker will be bringing his well-published perspectives to East Tennessee for a free lecture Monday, April 15, at ETSU’s Ball Hall Auditorium. In 2006, Saltz was named “Best Art Critic” by Time Out New York and he is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist in Criticism. “It’s great timing that we have this regional symposium in March, then we bring someone who is right in the heart of what’s going on in the arts community in New York City – opposite ends of the spectrum,” says Anita DeAngelis, director of the sponsoring Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. “Jerry’s writing can be a little edgy and controversial. Of course, some of the things that happen in the art world, New York in particular, are pretty edgy, but New York is very significant in contemporary art circles.” Throughout his career, Saltz has writtten for a number of well-known publications including Village Voice, where he was senior art critic from 1998-

2007, Frieze, Modern Painters and Art in America. Saltz’s Village Voice columns were compiled into a book published by Figures Press, titled Seeing Out Loud: The Village Voice Art Columns, 1998-2003. A second volume of his criticism, Seeing Out Louder, was then published by Hardpress Editions. He is the co-editor of Sketchbook with Voices with Eric Fischl. He also has a blog. Beyond his writing, Saltz has lectured at numerous prominent universities and museums across America, including Harvard, Yale, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Cleveland Art Institute. In 2008 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago awarded him an honorary doctorate. Saltz is the founder of N.A.M.E. Gallery in his hometown of Chicago, an artist-run gallery established in 1973, for which he has curated more than 75 exhibitions. In 1995, Saltz was the sole adviser of the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Saltz resides in New York City with his wife, Roberta Smith, senior art critic for the New York Times.

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Mary B. Martin School of the Arts presents Follow the Leader, a political coming-of-age story, Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. with Director, Producer, Cameraman and Editor Jonathan Goodman Levitt as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. After the free screening of the film in ETSU’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium, Levitt and the audience will engage in a discussion. A reception will follow. Film and reception are free and open to the public. Follow the Leader is Levitt’s first film made in the U.S., after a decade of working as a filmmaker in London. “A journey of political and personal discovery, the film promises to spark meaningful and reflective conversations about American political realities in the months surrounding the 2012 U.S. presidential election,” says Brian Geldin of The Film Panel Notetaker. Levitt said he worked very hard to make the documentary fair and unbiased. “Documentaries’ natural audience is typically a liberal audience, and hopefully the documentary will reach that audience,” Levitt told Geldin in Christian Science Monitor. “But for conservatives, there aren’t many films in which they can see themselves portrayed in a fair-minded way. Our film portrays all political views in a fair-minded way ... “I feel like the film is really unique and that it will appeal to people regardless of they believe, and that it will force many people to question their own beliefs.” Levitt’s work, as director and producer, has been shown by European broadcast outlets, including BBC, Channel 4, Arte, DR and SVT. He was a Fulbright scholar studying at the United Kingdom’s National Film School in 1999. The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Art Studio Schedule Let’s go fly a kite!: April is Kite Month! Learn about the history of kites and design your own! Recycled Art: April 22nd is Earth Day! Celebrate Earth Day by making art out of recyclable items. Use what supplies we have or bring your own to create an Earth friendly art project!

Special Events All Month Long - Dinosaurs! Extended Through May 12th! Visit the new feature exhibit that includes six animatronic dinosaurs including the king of dinosaurs - Tyrannosaurus rex - Triceratops, Pachycephalosaurus, Dimetrodon, Stegosaurus, and a mother Apatasaurus protecting her newly hatched babies. Step back in time and into the primordial swamp and see how these prehistoric creatures may have looked and sounded when they roamed the Earth millions of years ago. All month long - Save 10% in the Gift Shop Friday, April 5th, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - First Friday Free admission to the feature exhibit, Dinosaurs! Tuesday, April 2nd - Sunday, April 14th Meet ROY G. BIV! Celebrate “Find a Rainbow Day” in the Eastman Discovery Lab. Discover how rainbows form and test out our prism collection. Then, try out your rainbow making skills with our rainbow milk experiment! The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. Sunday, April 7th and April 14th, 2:00 3:00 pm Storytelling Once, a storyteller from the distant lands of South America came to the land of dreams to bring the seed of amazing tales to those who still want to believe that this world is full of magic and heroism. Carolina Quiroga Hurtado, a graduate student in ETSU’s storytelling program, will be here to celebrate Earth Day and share stories Mama Grillo (Mom Grasshopper), a Bolivian story

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about the importance of water, and The Storyteller Tree, a Colombian story that combines the vital role of stories and the central role of trees in our lives. Tues., April 16th, 9:30am 12:30pm - Little Leonardo Workshop Join us as we combine STEM learning initiatives with creative and artistic experimentation inspired by the works of Leonardo da Vinci. Build a miniature hovercraft, create a miniature bridge, design and test a parachute, make your own paint, and more! Cost is $18 for members, $20 for non-members. Ages 7-12. Payment is required with registration by Wednesday, April 3rd. Please call (423) 9286508 ext. 100 to register. Tuesday, April 16th - Sunday, April 28th Go With the Flow Learn all about keeping our planet beautiful in honor of Earth Day. Get a firsthand look at what happens to water in our environment with our 3-dimensional EnviroScape. Pollution and runoff are colorfully evident when rain falling carries soil, chemicals, and oil through a watershed to a body of water. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. Saturday, April 27th, 9:30 am Hot Tea & Totes Fundraiser Join us for the 6th Annual Hot Tea & Totes! 250 women and girls will get together to “See Jane Bid & Sparkle” as they are treated to a tea brunch and an auction for all purse lovers. 60+ purses, bags, and totes will be auctioned to raise money for the Museum’s programs and exhibits. For tickets, more information, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristine or Emily. http://handsonmuseum. org/get-involved/fundraisers/hot-tea-totes/ Tuesday, April 30th - Sunday, May 12th The Whole Kite and Kaboodle Learn the science behind aerodynamics in honor of Kite Day. Make your own kite and test it out in our famous wind tubes! The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day.

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Rocky Mount Museum presents “Wooly Day” Please support Carter County Relay for Life fundraiser Relay for Life of Carter County is selling Hope cards which are a discount card for over 19 restaurants in the area. Discounts vary from 10% off a ticket to free drinks to free pizza. Cards are $10 each and may be purchased from any Relay for Life team member or by calling the American Cancer Society office at 282-9011 Amy Hopson. Not only will you be getting a discount on your meal but you will help support cancer research at the same time. Your help is greatly appreciated.

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Rocky Mount Museum will be presenting its annual “Wooly Day” April 13th from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Wooly Day is Rocky Mount’s spring event which features hand shearing of its flock of sheep. Wool processing techniques of the 18th century will also be presented. Admission is $5 per person ages 5 and up. Members of Rocky Mount Museum receive free admission. Group rates available with reservation. Candle Dipping, and Wool Felting cost an additional $2 per craft person. In the days before Wooly Day, Rocky Mount’s ewes will give birth to lambs. As in years past, Rocky Mount will have a contest to name these lambs for children 11 or younger. Submissions can be made at Rocky Mount and will be taken through April 13, 2013. The newborn lambs are always a hit at Wooly Day; children will have opportunities throughout the day to meet and pet them. Rocky Mount’s Wooly Day is a great way for visitors to experience the spring activities of the early settlers of

Tennessee. The focus of this event is on wool processing. Rocky Mount’s flock of sheep will be sheared throughout the day using hand shears. This is an exciting way for the children to get a close look at the sheep and pet them. They will be able to touch their wool and learn how it will be made into clothing. Visitors may also wash the freshly sheared wool, and use wool cards to straighten the fibers. They will also see it spun into yarn, and woven into cloth. Other demonstrations include hearth - side cooking, gardening (there are Master Gardeners with us daily) and 18th century toys. Tours of the Cobb House and buildings will be given throughout the day. Interpreters are available to the media, and printed press, for interviews on site, or in the studio. For more information please call: (423) 538-7396 or (888) 538-1791 or

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Former Tennessee head coach will serve as consultant and special assistant to AD JOHNSON CITY, TN. – ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Richard Sander announced Tuesday that former University of Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer will be joining the Buccaneer program to facilitate planning and help launch the institution’s new gridiron team. Sander said Fulmer’s official title will be special assistant to the athletic director for football. He will be helping the Bucs restore a program that had an 80-year history before being disbanded following the 2003 season. “When you have a chance to use the knowledge and skill of a Hall of Fame coach who has won a national championship and is revered as one of the truly great coaches in college football, you have to jump on that opportunity,” Sander said during a press conference inside the D.P. Culp Center. “Phil Fulmer will make a huge contribution to the success of ETSU football.” Fulmer, who led the Tennessee Volunteers to a national championship in 1998, said he was extremely happy to see ETSU returning to the football field and he’s pleased to do his part. “It is very exciting to be asked to work with Dr. Noland and Dr. Sander to help them any way I can to launch college football again at ETSU,” Fulmer said. “I am extremely impressed with Dr. Noland’s passion to build upon and enhance the culture of excellence at ETSU. Dr. Noland and Dr. Sander both believe and understand that sports, and in this case football, is important to both the students and the alumni of a university. It can help them enjoy and enhance the college experience, as well as stay connected for years to come.”

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Fulmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December of 2012 following a career that included a national championship, two Southeastern Conference (SEC) titles and seven divisional titles at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The Winchester native was an offensive guard from 1968-71 at Tennessee, from which he graduated in 1972. After a graduate assistantship at Tennessee, Fulmer coached for five seasons at Wichita State University before returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach. He became head coach of the Volunteers at the end of the 1992 season, when he succeeded Johnny Majors, and continued through 2008, posting a 152-52 record with a 74 percent winning percentage and earning numerous Coach of the Year honors. During his tenure at Tennessee, he coached 18 All-Americans and 92 NFL draft picks, including NFL Most Valuable Player and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. Under Coach Fulmer, the Volunteers won the SEC Championship in 1997 and went on to an undefeated season in 1998, winning a second consecutive SEC Championship and the National Championship in the Fiesta Bowl, which was the very first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title game. Currently, Fulmer is a partner with Northshore Management Co., Knoxville, a holding company for investment strategies and private equity companies. He has also worked as a college football studio analyst with CBS Sports. He and his wife, Vicky Morey Fulmer, have four children – Phillip Jr., Courtney, Brittany and Allison – and four grandchildren.

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Brew Lovers Rejoice! The “Official Guide” to the Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza Two years ago, who would have thought a giant orange holding a beer would become one of the Tri Cities beloved beer drinkers? ìBrewskiî is at it again for the Second Annual Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza coming up April 13th outside of the Mellow Mushroom in Johnson City. Don’t have your ticket yet? Why wait? VIP is close to selling out (or may be sold out by the time this article goes to print), and general admission tickets are flying out the door. Craft beer lovers know this is the premier spring beer festival in the region and don’t want to miss it. Who would want to miss trying a Salted Caramel Porter, Lingonberry Saison or a Smoked Pistachio Beer? That’s right. The Thirsty Orange folk go way beyond providing beers you can find in the stores. This is the place to try one of a kind brews. More than 100 unique and specialty beers will be represented at the one-day event. Breweries from around the southeast are displaying the best in their craft beer. “We have more than doubled the variety offered at this yearís event. Part of that is because we love things that are unique, but the other reality is that brewers have heard about this event and they are asking us to be a part of it. They know we respect their craft,” said event organizer Stephanie Carson. Beer, Sample, Then Repeat Your ticket to the Thirsty Orange will get you a souvenir tasting glass for unlimited sampling of craft beer.

You can find a complete list of breweries on the website (www.thirstyorange. com/brewers). Among those bringing brew are Wicked Weed Brewery, Calf Killer Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Wolf Hills Brewery, Saw Works Brewing Company, Studio Brew, Moccasin Bend, New Belgium and many more. General admission tickets ($32.50 in advance) get you access starting at 2pm on April 13th. In addition to the variety of beers, there will also be special infusions and tappings happening throughout the day. If you follow Thirsty Orange on Twitter, you’ll be able to track those announcements throughout the day on your Smartphone. Get your tickets while you can. If there are any General Admission tickets left, they will be $35 at the gate, so save money and make sure you get a ticket. With a VIP ticket ($52.50 in advance), youíll gain entry to the event an hour and a half early at 12:30pm. Youíll be able to sample a very limited quantity of extra special beers including an Apple Pie Cask, Smoked Cask, Peanut Butter Cask ñ all from Lazy Magnolia Brewing. If thatís not enough, lookout for the Smoked Pistachio, Lingonberry Saison, Salted Caramel Porter and many more. VIP’ers will also enjoy a selection of hot and cold appetizers provided by Mellow Mushroom.

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VIP Tickets will not be available the day of the festival. Thirsty Orange attendees will also be able to sample and vote in the one and only Tennessee Iron Brewer Competition. A handpicked group of brewers have been given identical ingredients and are each allowed one mystery ingredient. LIVE Local Music There will be live musical entertainment throughout the afternoon at the Thirsty Orange. Local bands Last in Line, Demon Waffle and Wise Old River will be performing on the main stage all day. In addition to live music, there will also be the Beer Booth, where you can take pictures inside the Photobooth (included with your price of admission). In the spirit of fun, local hula hoopers will be rocking at the festival. Think you got skills, bring your hoop and join them. Bring Your Old Pint Glasses New this year, the “People’s Pint Glass Swap, a glass roots movement.” Folks are invited to bring their unwanted pint glasses to the event and trade them with other beer lovers. Organizers say itís a great way to swap stories, exchange pint glasses and meet new friends. For a Good Cause A portion of the proceeds goes to Girls on the Run of Northeast Tennessee. The nonprofit program encourage

young girls to develop self respect and healthy lifestyles through running. Parking Information There will be FREE shuttles running on the day of the festival running continuously to the parking lots available to attendees of the event. The following lots are designated for parking to Thirsty Orange goers. Holiday Day Inn on Roan Street, which is also the official hotel of the Thirsty Orange Front lot of Reel to Real Theaters on Roan Street Upper parking lot at Randstad Johnson City transit will be running extra bus service between the lower parking lot of Walmart on State of Franklin and the festival The shuttles will be running beginning at 11:30am on the day of the festival and stop at 7:30pm. Event organizers will have plenty of signage and volunteers guiding people to the lots. There are five shuttles running between the parking lots and the event at the Mellow Mushroom every 15 minutes throughout the day. Volunteers will be on site at the lots to help guide people to the shuttle as well as monitor the lots throughout the day. Ticket Information You can purchase VIP and General Admission tickets in advance at the Mellow Mushroom locations in Johnson City and Bristol and by going to There will be no VIP tickets on sale the day of the event. General admission tickets will be $37 on the day of Thirsty Orange, if there are any left.

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God’s Corner

In tough times helping those less fortunate Johnson City, TN. --- For those in need, a ray of hope can literally be found at God’s Corner, located at 800 E. Lakeview Drive, across from the Pepsi plant. Quite simply God’s Corner is a store that accepts donations of clothing, food, books, toys, and small appliances. They [then] turn around and sell most of the items for under $1 with the money going to defray the cost of utilities and upkeep of the building. The store is ‘manned’ all by volunteers. East Pine Grove Park United Methodist Church sponsors the program and the need is great. “Not a day goes by that this place isn’t full of needy people,” says Donna Dik, the organization’s director. “Nowadays, we are seeing a lot of grandparents who are raising grandkids on a fixed income. And,

Donna Dik, Director.

Volunteer Terry Miller in the food pantry.

as you know, the economy is bad which makes the demand even greater.” “You can’t beat the bargains and it’s for a good cause,” one happy shopper offered. “We love this place!” Church members Terry Miller and his wife Tinky enjoy being involved in the story of God’s Corner. “She volunteers her time and I guess I just try to beat the drum and let people know what a wonderful organization this is and what a great help it is to many people in need in our community,”

Terry said. “There are many organizations out there trying to help. . .but I feel like this place is special. All the work is done by volunteers and for a little bit of money a family can afford to fully clothe themselves and all the members of their family. Most of the items are only 50 cents and coats are only $1.” “I’ve had mothers leave here crying and saying they could not have clothed their children if it weren’t for God’s Corner,” Donna added. “It’s heartbreaking sometimes but a joy when you know you’re really helping people in need.” So, clean out your garage and closets and take the items to God’s Corner. It’ll do you and someone else a world of good!

God’s Corner, 800 E. Lakeview Drive.

Volunteer Art Dewyer sorts clothing donations.

Science Hill Culinary Arts team advances after placing first in state The Science Hill High School Culinary Arts team has cooked its way to the National Restaurant Association ProStart Invitational, a high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts, after placing first in the statewide competition last month. Science Hill students Katie Sells, Jasmine Padilla, Shelley Seaton and Angelica Locke won the Tennesssee ProStart State Championship, sending them to the culmination of culinary tournaments in Baltimore on April 19-21. The team’s teacher and ProStart instructor, Holly Davison, said she was excited her team won the state event and is equally excited about traveling to the national competition. “We just got so many compliments. Everybody was so positive (at the state competition),” Davison said. “We just heard some really good feedback.” She said the group will be one of 43 teams at the national competition, versus being one of 10 they competed against at the state competition. “Just about every state in the United States is represented. There will be a big banquet at the end and they have

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The winners proudly display their trophy. like a welcoming reception and just a lot of neat things going on,” Davison said. She said she traveled to her first national competition with her team two years ago in Kansas City, and said it was also the first tournament Tennessee was represented. Davison said her four students prepared an Asian menu

at the state competition that had to include a starter –– a salad, an appetizer or a soup –– an entrée with two sides and a dessert, and said they plan to stick to the same menu while at the nationals. She said top-placing team members at the national competition will also receive scholarships to study culinary arts wherever they choose. Davison said her students are excited to compete and believes they have the desire to do well at the national competition. “Over the years you just see some (students) that just go to kind of compete and just to go somewhere and ... their heart’s not really in it, but I think this group really wants it,” she said. Davison received the ProStart Teacher of the Year award this year and plans to retire at the end of the school year. “To know that I’m going to retire after 35 years of teaching and that I’ve brought a winning team and ... all (of) this exciting stuff is happening ... it’s a good feeling,” she said. For more information on the invitational, visit www.

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Spring into the season with cash! Johnson City, TN. — Conveniently located in North Johnson City across from Kroger and next to Java Rush, Gold Rush is locally owned by Jeremy Clemens. “We buy gold, silver, platinum and coins of any karat, condition or age,” Clemens said. “We pay top price. Cash on the spot. No Checks!” Some of the many items that Clemens will purchase from you include:

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watches, rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, broaches, pins, and he is also a coin dealer. “I guess we all have some old jewelry and c o i n s l y i n g around that we don’t wear anymore and really don’t have any use for. Why not turn those items into instant cash?” Clemens said. Gold Rush is open Monday through Saturday and they even have a drive through window for your convenience. Clemens will also help coordinate your gold party and pay you for hosting it in the privacy of your home or office. “You can call and make an appointment and I will come to your house or office and evaluate your gold, silver or platinum,” Clemens explained. “And we also buy and deal in coins and coin collections.” Clemens and his family have over 34 years of experience in the business. Other family members own the Ideal Cards & Coins Company, in Ohio. “I’m a local businessman that you can deal

with face-to-face instead of mailing your gold or jewelry off to people you don’t know and may not be getting the best deal for what you are selling,” he said matterof-factly. Clemens and his family live in Washington County and he is an active coach of the Junior Topper football team and he also coaches baseball, T-Ball, and soccer. “You might recognize me on the field,” he said with a laugh. “I enjoy coach-

ing year-round and it gives me time to spend with my kids.” Jeremy is married to Melissa and they have three children: Maddie, 8; Josh, 12; and Joey 5. They attend St. Mary’s Church in Johnson City. “I really enjoy working with the public every day and giving people the best deal possible when they are selling their gold, silver, platinum or coins,” he added. “I invite the readers of Out ‘N About Magazine to come by and get the best deal possible on their gold, silver, platinum or coins. And, if you’d like to make an appointment away from the store, just give me a call. We are all about customer service.”

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