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July 12-28

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Out ‘N About Magazine Readers presents “The Best of the Tri-Cities” 2012 Best Overall Restaurant Best New Restaurant Best Breakfast Best Brunch Best Martini Best Bloody Mary Best Dessert Best Bakery Best Ice Cream Best Deli Best Salad Best Ribs Best Lunch Spot Best Pizza Best Hotdog Best Sweet Tea Best French Fries Best Barbecue Best Sushi Best Asian Best Home Cooking Best Appetizers Best Wine Selection Best Patio Best Steak Best Wings Best Hamburger Best Seafood Best Italian Best Chef Best Five Dollar Meal Best Wine Store Best Liquor Store Best Beer Market Best Margarita Best Beer Selection in a Restaurant Best Bar & Pub Best Sports Bar Best General Practitioner Best Dentist Best Physical Therapy Center Best Cosmetic Surgeon Best Hair Salon Best Licensed Massage Therapist Best Medi-Spa Best Fitness Center Best Veterinarian Best Chiropractor Best Optometrist Best Walk-in/Urgent Care Best Dermatologist Best Yoga Classes Best Overall Business

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Wellington’s inside the Carnegie Hotel Bonefish Grill Shoney’s Café 111 Café 111 Café 111 Crazy Cupcake Crazy Cupcake Marble Slab Creamery Jason’s Deli Ruby Tuesday Firehouse BBQ Troutdale Bistro Greg’s Pizza Pal’s Pal’s Pal’s Ridgewood Barbecue Stir Fry Café Stir Fry Café Shirley’s Café Lola Café Lola Gourmet and Company Outback Steak House Buffalo Wild Wings Five Guys Red Lobster Alta Cucina Heather Ricker- Wellington’s Cookout One Stop One Stop Tobacco Wholesale Poblano’s One Twelve (112) One Twelve (112) Bailey’s Bar & Grill Dr. Nancy G. Barbarito Dr. Skip Cooper Watauga Orthopedics Dr. Jim N. Brantner Austin Springs Spa Austin Springs Spa Austin Springs Spa The Wellness Center Robinson’s Animal Hospital Dr. Ed Peeks Dr. Sarah Baker First Assist Medical Care Dr. Larry Hudson Mountain Yoga Studio Mountain States Health Alliance

Best Gift Shop Best Jeweler Best CD/Record Store Best Foreign Food Grocery Best Grocery Store Best Outdoor Sports Store Best Furniture Store Best New Business Best Antique Store Best Bookstore Best Health Food Store Best Caterer Best Skate & Snow Board Store Best Clothing Boutique Best Thrift (Consignment) Store Best Dry Cleaner Best Bank/Credit Union Best Tanning Salon Best Bike Shop Best Place to Board Pets Best Local Hotel Best Car Dealership Best Convenience Store Best Gold/Silver Exchange Best College Best Eyewear Best Auto Service Center Best Pet Supply Best Car Wash Best Local Motel Best Foreign Car Best Cosmetologist Best TV Station Best Radio Station Best Technical Business Best Private School Best Local TV Personality Best Museum Best Local Artist Best Rock Band Best American Band Best Blue Bands Best Concert Venue Best Live Comedy Venue Best Country/Western Club Best Gallery Best DJ Best Jazz Band Best Karioke Club Best Rock Club

Leta’s Dempsey’s Jewelers The Back Door Jade’s Market Food City Mahoney’s Zack’s Furniture Pink’s Nail Salon Corner Nest Barnes and Noble Earth Fare Main Street Alpine Ski Center Serendipity Packadoo’s Grady’s Cleaners Eastman Credit Union Sun Tan City Piney Flats Bicycle Camp Ruff & More Carnegie Hotel Bill Gatton Honda Roadrunner Market Gold Rush ETSU Johnson City Eye Clinic Free Service Tire Pet Smart Southern Classic Hampton Inn Rick Hill Motors Jenny Lea WJHL-TV WQUT Radio Creative Energy Providence Academy Josh Smith Amy Lynn Morgan King Hands On! Museum Mark Anthony/ Painted Note Studios Ivy Road 100 Acres Blues Man Freedom Hall The Comedy Zone The Country Club Bar and Grill Nelson Fine Art Ken Heath – Bow-Tie Tony Rominger/Brim Leal Cappy’s Bar & Grill Chrome

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Corner Nest Antique Mall Is favorite with readers

Elizabethton, TN. --- Robin Blackwell’s Corner Nest Antique Mall was selected recently as Best Antique Store by the readers of Out ‘N About Magazine.

Best of the Tri-Cities 2012

“Good Ole’ Dad” displays the Best of the Tri-Cities plaque.

• 30,000 Square feet of merchandise on two floors. • Classic antique furniture, crafts, collectables, jewelry, primitive items, and much, much more. • Located at 100 West Elk Avenue near the heart of downtown Elizabethton. • Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 am-6 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 am – 8 p.m. Sunday 10 am 6 p.m.

ALSO: Great food is offered inside the antique mall at Corner Nest Café Chef Norman Brillant has revamped his menu and now offers made-from-scratch quiche, wraps, a variety of sandwiches, homemade soups and daily specials. “I want everyone to also be aware of our excellent catering business. We offer on-site catering for parties up to 60,” he said with a smile. “Whether it is a bridal shower, baby shower, wedding, or special event we’ll be there to take the worry out of the reception or party.” Brillant also explained he offers catering for pickup at Corner Nest Café. “We can customize any dish you want,” he added. “We also make beautiful and delicious wedding cakes, birthday cakes, grooms and all-occasion cakes from scratch.

Come try us! We are open every day from 11 am until 3 p.m.”

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Free desert with purchase of meal and drink. Please present when ordering.

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JIM LENGEL FOR UNICOI COUNTY SHERIFF “The Right Man at the Right Time for Unicoi County” Please allow me the chance to introduce myself. My name is Jim Lengel and I am a candidate for Sherriff of Unicoi County. I am sending you this letter because it will be impossible for me to meet and greet all the voters of Unicoi County before the election on August 2nd. I am a resident and homeowner in the Town of Unicoi. I have been married to Katy, my wife of 30 years. We have 2 children, Heather, 26 and Jeffrey, 21. I am an active member of my Church. I have 35 years of law enforcement experience. I have a B.S. in Criminal Justice. I have served on the U.S. Secret Service and as a U.S. Marshall. I was also Chief Deputy of Geauga, Ohio County Sheriff’s Office. I am currently a Probation Officer in Johnson City, TN. Through this letter, I am asking for your Vote and Support. I believe we all are aware of the importance of this election in view of what has occurred during the past year. My top priority for the office would be returning integrity to and boosting morale for a department that has faced recent turmoil. My pledge is to restore integrity and professionalism to the Unicoi Sherriff’s Department. You might be asking, “Why should I vote for Jim Lengel?”…….. •As the only veteran of our Armed Forces running for your Sheriff, if elected, I want the folks of Unicoi County to know that I believe in the United States Constitution. •I believe in the Second Amendment right to legally bear arms as

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Friday, July 27th at 12:00 (Noon) David Caldwell Tunes @ Noon presents Glasgow Theatre Company Musical Revue Admission is a suggested donation of $5. Canned goods also collected.

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Erwin Theatres present new state-of-the-art digital projection with realD 3D By Jan Bradley Owner of Capitol Cinema I & II

I want to invite your thousands of readers to preview the latest (& possibly the greatest) update to my wonderful movie theatre. Capitol Cinema I & II was opened in September 1940 by my late grandfather, Earle Hendren. After his death in the late 1950’s, my father, Joe Hendren took over the business and continued to operate it until his death in 2005. At this time my sister & I (as 3rd generation owners) remodeled the theatre and introduced DOLBY sound to our patrons. I have since bought out her interest in the theatre & have just completed another upgrade. Just installed in both Cinema I & II are the latest digital technology Christie CP2220 Projectors with RealD Cinema 3-D viewing. This up to the minute/state of the art technology allows my customers to view first run movie releases in the brightest, sharpest, & most detailed images the human eye & brain can process! In the past, our 35mm film would pass through the projectors around 14 frames per second. . . the new digital projectors allow the image to pass at a rate of up to 48 frames per second. This gives the audience the feeling of being in the scene itself. Next, the 3D viewing has changed dramatically from the days of wearing the paper glasses with blue/red lenses to create the 3 dimensional effect in the movie. The new RealD 3D technology allows the image to be alternately projected from right-eye frames to left-eye frames, switching between them 144 times per second clockwise for the right eye and counter-clockwise for the left eye. The audience wears circulary polarized glasses that have oppositely polarized lenses that ensures each eye sees only its designated frame. In RealD Cinema, each frame is projected three times to almost eliminate “flicker” or “triple flash” which in some people used to cause headaches & nausea while viewing the 3D content; this ill effect has virually been eliminated. Lastly, the “silver screen” is back! It was used in the early days of motion pictures for a reason. . . to allow brighter movies from the “low light” carbon fed projectors. And does it ever give the “Wow” factor to movie viewing! This is absolutely the brightest picture I have ever seen on the big screen! Having seen the motion picture industry evolve over my lifetime, I am so excited to introduce this incredible movie experience to the small town of Erwin, Tennessee. Our family has always prided itself in offer-

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ing the best motion picture entertainment at the lowest prices, and I pledge to continue to do so for the fine people in Eastern Tennessee & Western North Carolina. Our admission prices are $7.00 for adults & $5.00 for children ages 4-11, all matinees, seniors, and military. The initial 3D up charge will only be $2.00 per person added onto our already low admission prices. We also offer the lowest concession prices, and currently are the only ICEE vender in Unicoi County. It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce this state of the art technology, and I invite all Out-N-About readers to make the beautiful drive to Erwin to experience this firsthand! You may call our theatre for showtimes or visit our website www.erwinmovies.com ... I look forward to seeing new faces and showcasing this “red carpet” event!

Jan in front of the silver screen.

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The new recently installed RealD 3D equipment. Jan with the first projector spole.

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One of the questions that I am most often asked is, “Should I refinance my home loan?” This is not a simple question to answer. With home loan rates at an all time low, you would think that the answer would be easy. When considering this option you should consider many factors. Probably the most important factor is, how much longer are you going to own your home. When you refinance there are always cost associated with the transaction. If you consider refinancing you should shop around with the banks and credit unions. It is appropriate to ask for a good faith estimate of the costs that will be required. Many individuals are hesitant to ask these questions. These are questions you should ask anytime you obtain a loan. Many times the interest and costs associated with the purchase of a home is as large as the purchase price. This is especially true for a loan for many years. You certainly do not buy the first house that you visit. Don’t be afraid to check with multiple lending institutions and compare their proposal. Costs associated with the purchase or refinancing of a home are many. One of the most important costs is origination fees or discount fees (points). This is a method that the lending institutions use to increase their rate of return. This is a major expense that should be compared in the “good faith estimate”. There are many other costs associated with the loan, such as attorney fees, recording fees and many others. These are usually nominal in comparison with the various lending institutions. Obviously, the most important thing to compare is the interest rate. Be sure and remember that the effective interest rate can vary substantially because of the origination fees or other costs at closing. Be sure that you intend to stay in the house long enough to recover the costs associated with obtaining the loan before going forward with the transaction. Don’t get caught in technicalities by just comparing the monthly pay-

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Hill puts heart into service

The memories are etched in Timothy Hill’s mind. His 6-year-old eyes squinted against the sunwashed sky as his father led him and his brother, Matthew, on a tour of War Memorial Plaza in Nashville. He knew instinctively: this was the place to be. Looking around at the statues, and watching the people busily going from office to office, Timothy listened as their father recounted the storied past of their beloved home state. And then Timothy saw the towering granite edifice, high atop the hill behind them. The cornerstone of Tennessee’s Capitol was laid on the Fourth of July in 1845. Nearly 15 years would pass before legislators would enter its massive doors for the first time. It is said that its outer stone walls still bear the pockmarks of bullets fired during the battle that raged around the building, reminders from the time a century and a half ago when brother struggled against brother in a nation torn by civil war. “It is such a great memory for me, spending time with my father and my brother. Here these two little boys were running around, getting this wonderful education. “Even at that young age, I knew how much I wanted to participate, and that this is where we go to serve, this is where we go to make things better. I honestly never expected the possibility of all that coming to fruition all these years later.” But indeed it has. Propelled by those memories, and the rich heritage to which he steadfastly clings, Hill is bringing his fresh vision to the people as a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Tennessee House of Representatives from the 3rd District, comprised of Johnson County, a portion of his native Sullivan County, and an adjoining section of neighboring Carter County. Eternally optimistic, Hill says, “I’m happy with where we’re at right now. It’s a long process, and it takes a lot of hard work. You endure some very tough days, but there are also some extraordinarily rewarding ones as well.” The son of Kenneth and Janet Hill received his political baptism when the elder Hill sought the house seat of then-Rep. Jim Holcomb, who decided to run for the state senate. “Matthew and I were part of the ‘ground game,’” he says with a chuckle, remembering the much less sophisticated campaign methods of two

decades ago. “It was hard work, and long hours, and sometimes it was frustrating. “In the end, my Dad lost by just over 100 votes, but in the process, we all became friends with the winner, Ron Ramsey, who is now the lieutenant governor. He is a great guy, and has been a very important figure for Tennessee. “That race taught us the ins and outs of a campaign. It also instilled something in me. With Dad’s example, it’s just not enough to say we really need to change something. We have to be willing to try to do it. If you are politically geared, like we are, you really have to get involved.” A graduate of Tri-Cities Christian School, Hill studied at Northeast State Community College before taking his degree in public relations from East Tennessee State University. After graduation, Hill followed his father and brother into the family business, hosting the popular current events morning radio program, “Good Morning, Tri-Cities,” for almost three years. He still returns to his roots, occasionally bringing his “Big T” character to WHCB’s hit program “Bible Buddies.” He is a member of the National Rifle Association, the CMT/Abate Motorcycle Education Club, and is active at the Blountville Community Chapel, where he has taught Sunday school and served as audio/visual director. In olden times, when their dreamy-eyed grandchildren asked why they loved their land so much, and stayed on it despite hardship aplenty, the elders of Mexico would respond with an ancient Spanish saying: “Mis raices estan aqui.” “My roots are buried here.” It is a feeling Hill understands well, and that springs deeply from his own heart. Hill says his love of home has grown with each day he has spent in its service and even more now, on the campaign trail. “I was out campaigning, and I met a fellow,” Hill begins to tell the story, quietly, almost reverently. “He was sitting by his wheelbarrow, way back up on Dennis Cove Road, far from the bustle of life. “And he began to talk to me when I introduced

The Hills of Tennessee myself to him. Curiously, his name is Mr. Hill. And he thinks he met my great-grandfather.” The story of Timothy’s forebear is a remarkable and poignant one. Henry Hill worked in the Southwest Virginia mines and died there in a 19XX accident, leaving his oldest son, 8-year-old Hubert, the family’s breadwinner. Timothy’s grandfather rose to the challenge, and then some – Hubert was driving tanks by the time he was 15, fighting in the epic Battle of the Bulge during World War II, and winning the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Silver Star. “I walked away from that meeting so humbled, the thoughts going through my mind, that he might have known my great-grandfather. I marveled at how we are all truly connected, and how important it is that we fight for each other. “And that is just a great thing, to be able to do that. There are times and events that really bind the district together. You might think that someone in Hampton has little in common with someone from Blountville, but that is not true. Their values are what bind them together. That’s really it.” Hill says his “focus is very constituent oriented and very driven by what the 3rd District needs,” and credits being raised in the district for his clarity in recognizing those requirements. Without hesitation, he says “the number one thing is jobs. All of this area is unique, very diverse. We have a lot of different types of businesses and I believe that is a great advantage, but one we must work hard to gain maximum benefit from.” The owner of Right Way Marketing, Hill said he has not only seen but also experienced the difficulties that have bedeviled the national economy for the last several years. “We have had to endure our share of cuts, and belt-tightening,” Hill says. “But I see a lot of opportunity for improvement and growth. Of course, we have to work to recruit new business n See HILL, PAGE 30

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Carved from our past 64 years of the Virginia Highlands Festival The Virginia Highlands Festival celebrates its sixtyfourth years of continuing with the dreams of Robert Porterfield who in 1948 held the first festival on the front porch of the Martha Washington Inn. His purpose was to preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage of this area. This year the Virginia Highlands Festival will be held from July 28th until August 12th, with the Antiques Market limited to July 28th until August 5th. The Festival has grown into a regional festival representing all of Southwest Virginia. Now, it not only preserves the arts, crafts and skills that developed in this region, but also imports talented artist and performers from all over the USA and the world for the enjoyment of area residents and visitors. This year’s festival theme is “Carved From Our Past” and is dedicated in the memory of Mary Porterfield, Robert’s wife, who passed away this year. Our signature artist John Dickens, who carved his Mary Dudley art to depict Robert Porterfield Porterfield said, “Bob started the festival, Cameo but it was Mary who kept it going”. On the Saturdays of the festival come meet John Dickens and see the signature art before it is moved, on loan, to the Barter Theatre. Even though the Festival doesn’t officially begin until 10:00 A.M. on July 28th, there are a couple of events that occur earlier. The Fine Arts committee will present a Fine Arts workshop in water coloring at the Christ the King Catholic Church Community Room from Tuesday through Saturday, July 24-28, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, as well as the Fine Arts reception, July 27th at 7:00 PM, at the Arts Depot. Also the popular Antique Market Early Bird Show, on July 28th from 8:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. beside the SWVA Higher Ed Center, for those antique shoppers who want to get the first jump on antique shopping. The festival will officially open at 10:00 AM on July 28th at both the Antiques Market and the Arts and Crafts on Remsburg Drive and will culminate with the popular street party at 8:00 PM on July 28th at Depot Square with the introduction of LEGGZ, a retro band from Roanoke, who perform favorite music from today’s hits to Motown and Classic rock. They have opened concerts to rave reviews for such well-known acts as Bon Jovi, Robert Cray and the Doobie Brothers. The Juried Arts and Crafts Show will be held July 28

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through August 12, 2012, along Remsburg Drive starting at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. Visit the many professional crafts people who show, demonstrate and sell their wares. Arvil Bird

Music is a mainstay of the Festival and this year is no exception. The ‘Soul Folk Revival’ will be featured on Sunday, July 29th at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. On the Barter Stage, July 29th at 7:30 PM, will be Richard Leigh, songwriter of many tunes, most notable are “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue ” and “The Greatest Man I Never Knew”. Richard started college at Va. Highlands Community College and says “If it wasn’t for Abingdon, there’d been no “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”. Celtic weekend, be on Aug 4th and 5th, will feature the “Maidens IV” a wholehearted and full of life, high-action Celtic & Folk music group who mix hints of Rock, World and the flavor of Gypsy Jazz will perform both days. Arvel Bird a Celtic, Contemporary, Native American/Scotsman has been dubbed worldwide as “Lord of the Strings” will also perform on Aug 4th and 5thThe Festival will end with the popular Phantom Street Dance and of course Monroe Jameson’s Blue Grass Festival. On Aug 5th at 7:30 PM, at the Barter Theatre, the Performing Arts will present the charming Faye Lane’s “Beauty Shop Stories” glittered-up memories of a Green Bean Queen in bedazzling story and songs of the beauty shop her mother owned and where Faye grew up. On Aug 6th at 7:30 Robert Post will perform at the Barter. Robert is a brilliant physical comedian with a stunning theatrical mind. Combine a quart of dry humor with three tablespoons of expert mime, versatile acting, and skilled juggling; add a keen sense of satire and the absurd, and you’ve got Post Comedy Theatre. Discover those special, hard-to-find Antique items at this 45,000-square-foot Market, daily from July 28th till Aug 5th. For many people, it’s the centerpiece of the

Anitques Festival. Antique lovers spend days browsing through tents filled with an impressive array of fine formal and country furniture, top-end collectibles, folk art, jewelry, accessories, books and primitives. Dealers from all over the US offer fine period furniture, porcelain, sterling silver, quilts, clothing, paintings, rugs, and more. Dealers always restock, so be sure to visit more than once! For the youth, Magicians, Jugglers, Balloons, and Parades bring out the child in all of us. Each day will be packed with activities and fun for the entire family. Youth, Arts and Crafts and Music events will be brought back along Remsburg Drive, and don’t forget “Abingdon’s Got Talent”, Aug 8th at 6:30 PM, when local teens and tweens are invited to show off their talents. Open to all talent, not just singing. No charge to enter. Cash prizes will be awarded. For those who are adventuresome there will be walks along the Channels and the Appalachian Trail. Spend lazy mornings and afternoons exploring our misty Appalachian landscapes, the forested hillsides and sweeping vistas, the pastures filled with cattle and old barns. Local experts will show you the geological faces of the area, and naturalists will guide you on leisurely walks looking for wild plants and animals. Whether by foot or by bike, get a close-up look at ecology, wildlife habitats, farms and cave environments, and mountain top stargazing. For the more cultural events there is the Fine Arts at the Arts Depot where beautiful juried paintings are displayed for your enjoyment and purchase. Also hear the art talks by Ed Chitwood who gives his interpretation of many of these fine works. Then there is the two-day Creative Writing Workshops at the Higher Education Center, July 30th and 31st, with workshops on how to write a play, a song, poetry, or how to get your work published. Southwest Virginia is full of history and each day during the Festival there will be stories told by people in period dress on site telling the stories of “The Battle of Kings Mountain” and “Living in the Backcountry” will be presented by members of the General William Campbell Sons of the American Revolution, Black’s Fort Daughters of the American Revolution, Historical Society of Washington County, VA, and the Over Mountain Vic-

tory Trail Association. This will occur daily from 11 .m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can also walk along a segment of the Over Mountain Victory National Historic Trail. Park Ranger guided tours, colonial games, and educational activities will round out your historic day. The Home & Garden Committee Kitchen Tour is always one of the most popular festival events with a Twilight tour on Aug 2nd at 5:00 PM and a Kitchen tour on Aug 3rd at 12:00 PM. Again this year, the committee has assembled a variety of beautiful kitchens that range from a remodeled 1960s home whose owner “repurposed” wormy chestnut Richard Leigh for cabinets, to a new craftsmanstyle home with a lodge feeling featuring an eight-foot kitchen island and whose owners built the entire home around the kitchen plan! Other kitchen designs on these tours range from a Williamsburg-style kitchen to an “Old World” look with leathered granite counter tops. And to highlight concurrent events, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia’s Wolves?” has returned. Follow the wolf trail to view public art sculptures. Thirty-eight adult and pupsized wolves feature the incredibly imaginative work of local artists. These sculptures will be on display in front of local Abingdon businesses through the Festival. And of course, while in Abingdon visit the Barter Theatre, William King Museum, Historic Whites Mill, the Fields-Penn House and Museum, Parks Mill, and the Holston Mountain Artisans. Go to the Festival Website for detailed information on all that will happen over the 16 days: WWW.VAHIGHLANDSFESTIVAL.ORG

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Simply Amazing:

Barter one man show will have you mesmerized BY Ron ScalF

Abingdon, VA. --- My “better half” thumbed through the Playbill looked at me and exclaimed, ‘Are you kidding? There are no people in this play!’” Ut Oh. This better be good. Then out steps Jasper McGruder at Barter Stage II playing Alonzo Fields in the one man show called, Looking Over the President’s Shoulder. And for nearly two hours he tells Fields’ true story about working for twenty-one years as Chief Butler for four presidents and their families in the White House.

Set across the street from the White House in Lafayette Park in 1953, Looking Over the President’s Shoulder takes theatre-goers inside the White House chronicling the lives of presidents Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower through Fields’ eyes. Alone, he remembers, he thinks, he questions and he discovers. As the story goes, Fields, a want-tobe out of work musician took the job as butler to feed his family and vowed to only stay long enough until something “better” came along specifically a music gig. McGruder spins yarns so perfectly you really believe he’s the White House Head Butler. You’ll laugh and [may-

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be] cry as McGruder explains what it was like to be on the inside of some of the most memorable events in United States history. He witnessed and was part of some of our history’s greatest moments between the Great Depression and the Korean War. He met and served some of the most powerful and influential people of the time. But as he leaves the White House the question is, “Did he choose the right path to fulfill his life?” If I had to pick one word to characgterize McGruder’s performance it would be “mesmerizing.” Originally from upstate New York, McGruder explained recently how he prepared for such a challenging role. The Vietnam veteran said with his signature smile, “It’s like a big meal. You don’t just jump in and start gobbling; you take your time one bite at a time. I approached the role in that manner. Bit by bit by bit.” McGruder said he closely identified with Fields which

made the transformation easier. “I’m a musician too and some of the things going on at certain times in the country my family too experienced them. It’s not a lecture. It’s about keeping the stories alive. And, it’s not about me. There are some very skilled people involved, ‘behind the scenes.’” After receiving a call from Producing Artistic Director Richard Rose who told McGruder he was the only actor he’d consider for the role, McGruder picked up a script early and studied it for a month before his first performance. He even discovered he shared the same birthday as Fields, April 10th and ironically that was the day rehearsals started. Having traveling all over the world working with famous directors and actors McGruder was asked to offer advice to those interested in acting. “Pursue it. Embrace it. In this role the man was so dignified. I’ve played many different roles but I’d have to say this is the most challenging. You’re out there by yourself but I’ve trained myself not to think that there is an audience out there.” From his first performance, McGruder has received standing ovations. “I appreciate that very much. I try to keep the story alive by adding some ‘improv’ while avoiding monotone. I do my best to give it my all every time I walk on that stage.”

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WQUT Concert Schedule Freedom Hall in Johnson City: Sept 16 Elton John FunFest in Kingsport: July 20 Travis Tritt July 21 Lynard Skynyrd Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville: July 22 Bush July 24 & 25 Blue Man Group Aug 11 Trace Adkins Aug 20 Ted Nugent Aug 24 Old Crow Medicine Show Conley’s Overlook in Knoxville: July 6 Pat Travers with the Kris Bell Band and Steve Hayes and the Hurricanes Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. July 26 Jerry Seinfeld July 28 Chris Tucker Aug 1 Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks Aug 11 Peter Frampton Smokies Stadium in Sevierville, TN: Sept 16 ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd Ryman Auditorium in Nashville: July 7 Ringo and his All-Starr Band (Birthday Show) July 13 Fiona Apple July 18 Jackson Browne July 27 Crosby, Stills & Nash July 29 Creed Aug 25 B-52’s Aug 29 Meatloaf Sept 28 Martina McBride

Bridgestone Arena in Nashville: July 3 Def Leppard July 12 James Taylor July 24 Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks July 28 Barry Manilow Sept 4 Kiss and Motley Crue Sept 15 Kelly Clarkson and The Fray Sept 23 Carrie Underwood

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, GA: July 14 Crosby, Stills & Nash Variety Playhouse in Atlanta: Aug 3 Little Feat House of July July Aug Aug Aug Aug

Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.: July 3 Coldplay July 10 Roger Waters - The Wall live Oct 30 rush Nov 3 Carrie Underwood Nov 15 Madonna Jan 22 Justin Bieber (2013)

PNC Center (formerly RBC Center) in Raleigh, N.C.: July 9 Roger Waters - The Wall live

Harrah’s in Cherokee, N.C.: July 27 Creed Aug 3 Bill Engvall Aug 11 Kathy Griffin

Knoxville Civic Coliseum: Aug 22 Trespass American Festival with Five Finger Death Sept 9 Gabriel Iglesias

Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C.: 19 38 Special 20 The B-52s 1 Bush 2 Yes and Procol Harum 4 Ted Nugent 24 Steve Vai

Philips Arena in Atlanta: July 2 Coldplay July 27 Aerosmith and Cheap Trick Nov 17 Madonna Jan 23 Justin Bieber (2013)

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte: July 25 Kiss and Motley Crue July 27 Nickelback, Bush & My Darkest Days Aug 3 Allman Brothers Aug 9 Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town Aug 11 Def Leppard and Poison Aug 26 Phish Sept 12 Kelly Clarkson and The Fray

Cobb Energy Perofrming Arts Center in Atlanta: Sept 6 Chris Isaak Sept 27 Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull)

& Loverboy Biltmore in Asheville, N.C.: Aug 9 Steve Miller Aug 11 Peter Frampton Sept 1 Foreigner

Chastain Park Ampitheatre in Atlanta: July 14 Kenny Rogers and Glen Campbell July 24 Chicago and The Doobie Brothers July 25 Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and the News Aug 31 Foreigner and Nightranger Sept 7 Train Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, N.C.: Sept 28 Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull) Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta: July 13 Marinda Lambert July 24 Kiss and Motley Crue Aug 25 Phish Oct 6 Journey, Pat Benatar

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Friday, July 6: 9 p.m. Pleztones, Best of Johnson City

Saturday, July 21: 9 p.m. Barefoot Movement

Saturday, July 7: 9 p.m. Pleztones, Best of Johnson City

Friday, July 27: 9 p.m. Dennis Cove Band

Friday, July 13: 9 p.m Doug & Telisha Williams

Saturday, July 28: 9 p.m. Rob Russell & Stephen Simmons

Saturday, July 14: 9 p.m. Webb Wilder

Friday, August 3: 9 p.m. Jill Andrews

Friday, July 20: 9 p.m. TBA

Saturday, August 4: 9 p.m. Ras Alan Appalachian Reggae Trio

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Music and Arts Festival July 27-29, 2012

~ ArtOfficial ~ Aunt Martha ~ Balsam Range ~ Blackberry Smoke ~ BoomBox ~ Boys in the Well ~ Brandi Carlile ~ Crazy Horse & Colston ~ David Holt ~ David Mayfield Parade ~ David Wax Museum ~ Delta Rae ~ Doc Aquatic ~ Dr. Dog ~ Ethan Andrew McMahan ~ Grown Up Avenger Stuff ~ Inner Visions

~ Jody Medford & Cash Creek ~ Jonathan Scales Fourchestra ~ Kovacs & the Polar Bear ~ Lacy Green ~ Larry Keel ~ Lorraine Conard Band ~ Los Amigos Invisibles ~ Lucero ~ Lyric ~ Michael Reno Harrell ~ Papa Grows Funk ~ Randall Bramblett ~ Sanctum Sully ~ Spicy Moustache the Flavor Saviors ~ stephaniesid ~ Tennessee Hollow ~ The Archrivals ~ The Buchanan Boys ~ The Critters ~ The Swayback Sisters ~ The Travis Smith Project ~ Whitney Moore ~ Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

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“Liberty!” to open 34th season on Thursday, July 12, 2012 Elizabethton, TN. --- The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee begins its 34th season July 12 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton, and continues for a three-weekend run – Thursdays through Saturdays – beginning each evening at 7:30 in Fort Watauga Amphitheater. Tennessee’s official outdoor drama is presented by a cast of local performers against the backdrop of Fort Watauga. Liberty! portrays the significant history of Sycamore Shoals during the late 18th century. Leaving the protection of the English Colonies, long hunters and settlers began crossing the Appalachian Mountains in violation of the British Proclamation of 1763. Along the Watauga Old Fields, families soon made their homes, formed a new government, bought and traded land from the Cherokee, and ultimately, during the American Revolution, fought for the freedom we hold so dear today. The series of events that unfolded at Sycamore Shoals were critical to state and national history in the 18th century. These stories are proudly shared with our guests during each performance of Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals. The 2012 season will also mark the 3rd exciting year for Carter’s Trading Post, a venue named in honor of the original store opened by pioneers Carter and partner William Parker shortly after they arrived on the frontier in 1771. A fine menu of mouth watering treats will be offered each evening for Liberty! guests.

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Each Saturday evening, our Dinner Theater will begin at 6 pm. For one price, you can enjoy a full meal, entertainment, and your admission to Liberty! Dinner theater tickets are by reservation only. As Liberty! opens its 34th year of outdoor drama performances at Sycamore Shoals, Tennessee State Parks commemorates its 75th anniversary! This is an exciting year for parks, so we hope you will celebrate with us by adding Liberty! to your summer calendar. Liberty! is set beside the Watauga River with bleacher seating available in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater. Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, 11Connects – WJHL TV, the Tennessee National Guard, Big John’s Closeouts, LeBleu, A to Z Rentals, and Holston Gas. (Liberty! runs ThursdaysSaturdays, July 12-14, 19 – 21, and 24 -26, in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton. Performances begin nightly at 7:30. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students. Children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, call SSSHA at (423) 5435808).

As you stand on the grounds of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, you stand on the very ground where historic events of monumental significance have taken place. It is here, that families came together, made their homes, formed a new government, bought & traded land from the Cherokee, and ultimately, fought for the freedom we hold so dear today. The series of events that unfolded at Sycamore Shoals were critical to the formation of our state and our nation in the 18th century. These dramatic chapters in America’s westward expansion set the tone for a number of events that helped propel the British colonies towards independence and a democratic form of government. The concept of outdoor drama offers a very unique format in which to present a theatrical performance. Without a doubt, experiencing live theater, beside the cool waters of the Watauga River, with Fort Watauga as the backdrop to the play, is unlike any other. Theatrical lighting, professional sound, and a host of unexpected effects completely immerse the audience in the lifestyles of the late 18th century. Outdoor drama is not new to Elizabethton; as a matter of fact, the earliest known dramatic presentation of the story of Sycamore Shoals, took place in 1922, when the people living in the communities of Elizabethton and Carter County came together to present a five act play. Jim Bishop, one of Elizabethton’s most important leaders in historic preservation, came across the program prepared for the 1922 event. “Our stories have been told from one generation to the next; to our families and our children. These are stories of our ancestors, the people who were instrumental in the formation of our new country – America, with a government based on the principles of democracy and freedom! The drama presented in 1922 was the earliest known play presented here, which featured veterans from World War I.” Ninety years later, we are honored to be able to carry on the tradition of presenting the story of Sycamore Shoals to

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guests from all over the United States and beyond, continuing in the format of an outdoor drama. The skill and professionalism of our 2012 cast, composed completely of volunteers, sets the stage for an unforgettable audience experience. You will feel their joys, their sorrows, and often be on the edge of your seats as the action unfolds. Liberty! presents the opportunity to connect with a cast who brings the 18th century at Sycamore Shoals to life in a very engaging way. Michael Barnett, President of Friends of Sycamore Shoals, has tirelessly devoted himself to the successful production of Liberty! “It is heartwarming and humbling, to see over 100 volunteers come together, beginning in January each year, to share their time with us in telling one of America’s most important stories.” “My energy level is at an all-time high as Liberty! approaches.” Michael continues, “The people – the cast, the guests; their love and appreciation of our efforts make the entire behind the scenes work worth every minute invested. When you see that spark of inspiration and gratitude in their eye, you know your efforts have not been in vain.” Jason Davis, Park Interpretive Specialist for Sycamore Shoals is fully immersed in planning that continues throughout the year. “The dedication of our cast is meaningful beyond words. Our Liberty! family represents all that is good in our world; people filled with a deep passion and commitment to do their part in

making sure the sacrifices and contributions of our ancestors are remembered and honored” The story they tell begins with the earliest days of the Watauga Settlement along the Watauga Old Fields and the arrival of long hunters and European settlers on what was Cherokee land. As two very different cultures come together west of the Proclamation Line of 1763, coupled with the effects of the American Revolution, a host of dramatic and emotionally trying events begin to unfold in their lives. Ultimately, the Watauga Association, the first majority-rule system of American democratic government was formed in 1772, when the settlers elected five of their number to “govern and direct for the common good of all the people.” These Articles of the Watauga Association invested in those elected representatives the legislative, judicial and executive functions of their fledgling government. It was at Sycamore Shoals in March 1775 that the largest private real estate transaction in the nation’s history took place, the Transylvania Purchase. A company led by Richard Henderson of North Carolina bought 20 million acres of land, stretching from the Cumberland River watershed to the Kentucky River. The Transylvania Company paid the Cherokees 2,000 pounds sterling and goods worth an additional 8,000 pounds for the land. Prior to the deal being closed, Native Americans totaling more than 1,200

spent weeks in counsel at Sycamore Shoals debating the merits of the deal. Cherokee warrior Dragging Canoe was firmly against giving up the land and resisted the deal, but was overridden by Chief Little Carpenter who ignored his misgivings and signed the deed amid great ceremony and celebration. In 1776, a year after the Transylvania Purchase, settlers constructed Fort Watauga on property owned by miller, Matthew Talbott. The fort became a refuge and means of protection for all of the families living along the Watauga when Dragging Canoe, aided by English agents, waged war against the pioneers, determined to drive them from the lands they felt they had purchased. A band of warriors under Old Abram of Chilhowee laid siege to the fort for approximately three weeks, but when the settlers refused to surrender, the Indians gave up and departed. The slate of leaders present at the Watauga settlement reads like a roster of state and national historical figures. The commanders included Col. John Carter, Capt. James Robertson, who would found Nashville, a few years later, and Lt. John Sevier, the man who would be Tennessee’s first governor. One of the most significant events associated with Sycamore Shoals was the muster of the “Overmountain Men,” a militia comprised of citizens who fought and defeated a Loyalist army at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The Overmountain men were responding to a threat sent to the settlements via British Major Patrick Ferguson who was given command of the Loyalist militia in the Carolinas. If the “rebels” did not cease their opposition to the Crown, he threatened to “march his army over the mountains, hang the leaders and lay waste their country with fire and sword.” On September 25, 1780, approximately 1,100 men gathered at Sycamore Shoals and marched in pursuit of Major Ferguson and his Loyalists. The Overmountain men caught up with Ferguson on October 7 at King’s Mountain in

South Carolina and soundly defeated the British forces with Ferguson being killed in the hour-long battle. The victory of the “Overmountain Men” at King’s Mountain is considered by many historians to be a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Indeed, Sir Henry Clinton, commander of British forces in America, later pronounced Ferguson’s defeat at King’s Mountain as “the first link in a chain of events that followed each other in regular succession until they at last ended in the total loss of America.” Years later Thomas Jefferson called the event “that memorable victory the joyful annunciation of that turn of the tide of success, which terminated the Revolutionary War with the seal of independence.” Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore is an event not to be missed! Please join us for one of our nine performances this year, presented at the Fort Watauga amphitheater, Thursdays – Saturdays, July 12 – 14, 19 – 21, and 26 – 28. Gates open at 6:00 pm with the show starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12.00 for Adults (18 and up), $10.00 for Seniors (55 and up), $9.00 for Children (6 – 17 yrs), 5 and under are free. On Saturday evenings, we offer a Dinner Theater, by reservation only. One price provides a great meal with entertainment and admission to Liberty! Dinner theater tickets are $22.00 for Adults (13 and up), $15.00 for Children (6 – 12 yrs), and 5 and under are free with a paying adult. Groups of 20 of more adults receive a $2.00 discount per ticket when one person is buying the tickets. This year’s menu consists of pulled pork or a turkey leg, soup beans and cornbread, candied yams, corn on the cob, dessert, tea or water. For additional information or to reserve a Dinner Theater ticket, please contact Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, 1651 W. Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643. Phone – 423-543-5808 www.sycamoreshoalstn.org www.tnstateparks.com/SycamoreShoals

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“Liberty!” to open 34th season on Thursday, July 12, 2012 Elizabethton, TN. --- The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee begins its 34th season July 12 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton, and continues for a three-weekend run – Thursdays through Saturdays – beginning each evening at 7:30 in Fort Watauga Amphitheater. Tennessee’s official outdoor drama is presented by a cast of local performers against the backdrop of Fort Watauga. Liberty! portrays the significant history of Sycamore Shoals during the late 18th century. Leaving the protection of the English Colonies, long hunters and settlers began crossing the Appalachian Mountains in violation of the British Proclamation of 1763. Along the Watauga Old Fields, families soon made their homes, formed a new government, bought and traded land from the Cherokee, and ultimately, during the American Revolution, fought for the freedom we hold so dear today. The series of events that unfolded at Sycamore Shoals were critical to state and national history in the 18th century. These stories are proudly shared with our guests during each performance of Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals. The 2012 season will also mark the 3rd exciting year for Carter’s Trading Post, a venue named in honor of the original store opened by pioneers Carter and partner William Parker shortly after they arrived on the frontier in 1771. A fine menu of mouth watering treats will be offered each evening for Liberty! guests.

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Each Saturday evening, our Dinner Theater will begin at 6 pm. For one price, you can enjoy a full meal, entertainment, and your admission to Liberty! Dinner theater tickets are by reservation only. As Liberty! opens its 34th year of outdoor drama performances at Sycamore Shoals, Tennessee State Parks commemorates its 75th anniversary! This is an exciting year for parks, so we hope you will celebrate with us by adding Liberty! to your summer calendar. Liberty! is set beside the Watauga River with bleacher seating available in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater. Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, 11Connects – WJHL TV, the Tennessee National Guard, Big John’s Closeouts, LeBleu, A to Z Rentals, and Holston Gas. (Liberty! runs ThursdaysSaturdays, July 12-14, 19 – 21, and 24 -26, in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton. Performances begin nightly at 7:30. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students. Children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, call SSSHA at (423) 5435808).

As you stand on the grounds of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, you stand on the very ground where historic events of monumental significance have taken place. It is here, that families came together, made their homes, formed a new government, bought & traded land from the Cherokee, and ultimately, fought for the freedom we hold so dear today. The series of events that unfolded at Sycamore Shoals were critical to the formation of our state and our nation in the 18th century. These dramatic chapters in America’s westward expansion set the tone for a number of events that helped propel the British colonies towards independence and a democratic form of government. The concept of outdoor drama offers a very unique format in which to present a theatrical performance. Without a doubt, experiencing live theater, beside the cool waters of the Watauga River, with Fort Watauga as the backdrop to the play, is unlike any other. Theatrical lighting, professional sound, and a host of unexpected effects completely immerse the audience in the lifestyles of the late 18th century. Outdoor drama is not new to Elizabethton; as a matter of fact, the earliest known dramatic presentation of the story of Sycamore Shoals, took place in 1922, when the people living in the communities of Elizabethton and Carter County came together to present a five act play. Jim Bishop, one of Elizabethton’s most important leaders in historic preservation, came across the program prepared for the 1922 event. “Our stories have been told from one generation to the next; to our families and our children. These are stories of our ancestors, the people who were instrumental in the formation of our new country – America, with a government based on the principles of democracy and freedom! The drama presented in 1922 was the earliest known play presented here, which featured veterans from World War I.” Ninety years later, we are honored to be able to carry on the tradition of presenting the story of Sycamore Shoals to

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guests from all over the United States and beyond, continuing in the format of an outdoor drama. The skill and professionalism of our 2012 cast, composed completely of volunteers, sets the stage for an unforgettable audience experience. You will feel their joys, their sorrows, and often be on the edge of your seats as the action unfolds. Liberty! presents the opportunity to connect with a cast who brings the 18th century at Sycamore Shoals to life in a very engaging way. Michael Barnett, President of Friends of Sycamore Shoals, has tirelessly devoted himself to the successful production of Liberty! “It is heartwarming and humbling, to see over 100 volunteers come together, beginning in January each year, to share their time with us in telling one of America’s most important stories.” “My energy level is at an all-time high as Liberty! approaches.” Michael continues, “The people – the cast, the guests; their love and appreciation of our efforts make the entire behind the scenes work worth every minute invested. When you see that spark of inspiration and gratitude in their eye, you know your efforts have not been in vain.” Jason Davis, Park Interpretive Specialist for Sycamore Shoals is fully immersed in planning that continues throughout the year. “The dedication of our cast is meaningful beyond words. Our Liberty! family represents all that is good in our world; people filled with a deep passion and commitment to do their part in

making sure the sacrifices and contributions of our ancestors are remembered and honored” The story they tell begins with the earliest days of the Watauga Settlement along the Watauga Old Fields and the arrival of long hunters and European settlers on what was Cherokee land. As two very different cultures come together west of the Proclamation Line of 1763, coupled with the effects of the American Revolution, a host of dramatic and emotionally trying events begin to unfold in their lives. Ultimately, the Watauga Association, the first majority-rule system of American democratic government was formed in 1772, when the settlers elected five of their number to “govern and direct for the common good of all the people.” These Articles of the Watauga Association invested in those elected representatives the legislative, judicial and executive functions of their fledgling government. It was at Sycamore Shoals in March 1775 that the largest private real estate transaction in the nation’s history took place, the Transylvania Purchase. A company led by Richard Henderson of North Carolina bought 20 million acres of land, stretching from the Cumberland River watershed to the Kentucky River. The Transylvania Company paid the Cherokees 2,000 pounds sterling and goods worth an additional 8,000 pounds for the land. Prior to the deal being closed, Native Americans totaling more than 1,200

spent weeks in counsel at Sycamore Shoals debating the merits of the deal. Cherokee warrior Dragging Canoe was firmly against giving up the land and resisted the deal, but was overridden by Chief Little Carpenter who ignored his misgivings and signed the deed amid great ceremony and celebration. In 1776, a year after the Transylvania Purchase, settlers constructed Fort Watauga on property owned by miller, Matthew Talbott. The fort became a refuge and means of protection for all of the families living along the Watauga when Dragging Canoe, aided by English agents, waged war against the pioneers, determined to drive them from the lands they felt they had purchased. A band of warriors under Old Abram of Chilhowee laid siege to the fort for approximately three weeks, but when the settlers refused to surrender, the Indians gave up and departed. The slate of leaders present at the Watauga settlement reads like a roster of state and national historical figures. The commanders included Col. John Carter, Capt. James Robertson, who would found Nashville, a few years later, and Lt. John Sevier, the man who would be Tennessee’s first governor. One of the most significant events associated with Sycamore Shoals was the muster of the “Overmountain Men,” a militia comprised of citizens who fought and defeated a Loyalist army at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The Overmountain men were responding to a threat sent to the settlements via British Major Patrick Ferguson who was given command of the Loyalist militia in the Carolinas. If the “rebels” did not cease their opposition to the Crown, he threatened to “march his army over the mountains, hang the leaders and lay waste their country with fire and sword.” On September 25, 1780, approximately 1,100 men gathered at Sycamore Shoals and marched in pursuit of Major Ferguson and his Loyalists. The Overmountain men caught up with Ferguson on October 7 at King’s Mountain in

South Carolina and soundly defeated the British forces with Ferguson being killed in the hour-long battle. The victory of the “Overmountain Men” at King’s Mountain is considered by many historians to be a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Indeed, Sir Henry Clinton, commander of British forces in America, later pronounced Ferguson’s defeat at King’s Mountain as “the first link in a chain of events that followed each other in regular succession until they at last ended in the total loss of America.” Years later Thomas Jefferson called the event “that memorable victory the joyful annunciation of that turn of the tide of success, which terminated the Revolutionary War with the seal of independence.” Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore is an event not to be missed! Please join us for one of our nine performances this year, presented at the Fort Watauga amphitheater, Thursdays – Saturdays, July 12 – 14, 19 – 21, and 26 – 28. Gates open at 6:00 pm with the show starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12.00 for Adults (18 and up), $10.00 for Seniors (55 and up), $9.00 for Children (6 – 17 yrs), 5 and under are free. On Saturday evenings, we offer a Dinner Theater, by reservation only. One price provides a great meal with entertainment and admission to Liberty! Dinner theater tickets are $22.00 for Adults (13 and up), $15.00 for Children (6 – 12 yrs), and 5 and under are free with a paying adult. Groups of 20 of more adults receive a $2.00 discount per ticket when one person is buying the tickets. This year’s menu consists of pulled pork or a turkey leg, soup beans and cornbread, candied yams, corn on the cob, dessert, tea or water. For additional information or to reserve a Dinner Theater ticket, please contact Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, 1651 W. Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643. Phone – 423-543-5808 www.sycamoreshoalstn.org www.tnstateparks.com/SycamoreShoals

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Out ‘N About Magazine readers name Alta Cucina best Italian restaurant in the region Johnson City, TN. --- When it comes to Italian restaurants Out ‘N About Magazine readers agree on one thing: Alta Cucina is best! And, proprietor/Master Chef Moe is always looking for something new and exciting to present to his customers. In fact, recently he offered a private “Scotch Tasting” on the restaurant’s outside patio overlooking the picturesque mountains of Tennessee and neighboring North Carolina. “Our wine tastings [every few months] are so popular one of my customers asked, ‘Hey, how about us Scotch drinkers?’ he said with a chuckle. “And, I replied, ‘Great idea and let’s have an event just for you!’” With the great taste of Glemorangie Nectar D’or, Moe’s first course featured smoked rainbow trout along with oysters blended with mint, basil, dill, cucumber, red onion and lemon-lime zest, tasty salad and raspberry flavored vegetables. One could stop right here and be well satisfied but let’s bring on the second course. Course #2 was kicked off with a tumbler of Laphroaig. Moe came out of the kitchen with a grilled Buffalo Tenderloin skirt that you could cut with a fork. Perfectly grilled on a medium flame, it was served with goat cheese, fresh mushrooms, fresh basil and Pecorino sauce. Course #3 featured Aber feldy and when you thought Moe couldn’t out-do himself. He plates a seven ounce Elk tenderloin for everyone which he had Fed-Ex’ed to his restaurant. He blended “a simple marinade” of Rosemary, red wine and salt and pepper to taste. The meat sat in a pot with chicken stock for 72 hours and then was oven baked. An unbelievable taste! For desert, Moe presented a made-from-scratch chocolate cake toffee richly layered and baked fresh while the customers enjoyed their first course. There’s just something about fresh baked chocolate cake and a 21 year-old scotch that goes for $45 a shot! Even if you’re not a scotch drinker thIS night was something very elegant and a pleasure to be with friends at the area’s #1 Italian restaurant. If you haven’t visited Alta Cucina you really should. A great place for lunch or dinner, reasonably priced with a great atmosphere!

Moe with his excellent staff pose for a photo.

Moe displays his selection of Scotches for a recent dinner and Scotch tasting.

Moe whips up a gourmet pizza in his kitchen for a customer.

Glenmorangie Nectar D'or Glenmorangie Nectar D'or - Desert White Wine Aged Nose: Lemony, yogurt, light honey's, nice maltiness, hit of some desert spice. Palate: Quite thick, citrusy, lemony, apricots, vinilla yogurt, desert spices again, slight dried vinilla, cinnamon.

Laphroaig 18 Year old whisky Nose: Lemony, yogurt, light honey's, nice maltiness, hit of some desert spice. Palate: Quite thick, citrusy, lemony, apricots, vinilla yogurt, desert spices again, slight dried vinilla, cinnamon, slight pepperiness. Finish: Long quite soft, lemon tang, some creaminess, slight earthiness, dried fruits.

Moe with his son and daughter who work with him at Alta Cucina.

FACTOID Alta Cucina

1200 North Roan Street Johnson City, Tennessee 37601 Phone: 423-928-2092 Lunch & Dinner Hours Sunday 11:30-2:00 5:00-10:00 Mon-Sat 11:30-2:00 5:00-10:00

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Probably my favourite Glenmorangie from there 'Extra Matured' range. Quite nice and reasonably priced.

Laphroaig 18 Year old - A Mellow Laphroaig

Best Italian Restaurant 2012 by readers of ONAM

Just wonderful!! Never would I think mellow would apply to Laphroaig, but it does to this expression. The nose is honey, mossy and peaty, with some light (as yet unidentifiable) undertones.

Aberfeldy 21 Year old Aberfeldy 21 Year old - What difference a year makes? Can a difference of 1 year really make so much difference to a whisky that it would justify an extra $90 at the checkout? You bet!

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Kingsport, TN- Fun Fest 2012 (July 13th-21st) is proud to announce the entertainers for 2012 Sunset Concert Series. Jeremy Camp will kick off the series on Thursday, July 19th followed by Travis Tritt on Friday, July 20th, The festival finale will be Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday, July 21st. Thursday night marks the first Contemporary Christian Concert to join the Sunset Series on the main stage. The evening will open up with Building 429, who has been climbing the charts fast with their latest #1 single, “Where I Belong”. Jeremy Camp has released seven albums, four of them RIAA-certified as Gold and two are live albums, and 17 number-one hit songs. His original music is a mixture of ballads and rock. He is best known for “I Still Believe”, “Walk by Faith”, “Let it Fade” and most recently “The Way”. The Friday Night Concert kicks off with local favorite, Folk Soul Revival. Folk Soul Revival’s debut album “Good Enough” was released independently in April of 2009. Their highly anticipated, highly successful follow up studio album “Words Off a Tongue” was released in August of 2010 and is a big sounding, organic production. The headliner for Friday night is country music star, Travis Tritt. Tritt previously made an appearance on the Fun Fest stage in 2005 and was also a guest on the Santa Train. Tritt has received two Grammy Awards for Best Country Collaboration and four awards from the Country Music Association. He is best known for “T-R-O-U-B-L-E”, “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive”, “Best of Intentions” and “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde”. Fun Fest 2012 will close the week with southern rockers, Lynyrd Skynyrd. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Lynyrd Skynyrd #95 of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and their single, “Free Bird”, was named the 3rd great guitar solo in 2008. Opening for Lynyrd Skynard will be Drake White, an aspiring singer songwriter from Nashville, TN. White ad-libs throughout a show phrasing rhythmic lyrics, frequently involving the audience in his witty craftsmanship of verbalization. The Sunset Series will take place on the Brock Services Stage at J. Fred Johnson Stadium. Additional Series sponsors include Eastman Credit Union, Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau and WXBQ. G&K Services’ Friends of Festus VIP packages are a value-added option for concert-goers. Friends of Festus VIP 3-night seating packages are $200 for two seats for those planning to attend all three stadium concerts. The package also includes a reserved parking area close to the stadium and a $15 Fun Fest merchandise gift certificate. Friends of Festus 3-night packages are available beginning May 14th through May 22nd at the Fun Fest office located at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield St. Ste. 100, Kingsport (423-392-8806). Beginning May 23rd, any available individual night VIP packages will go on sale for $100 for two seats to a single concert. Beginning May 23rd, online Sunset Series ticket packages can be purchased at www.funfest.net. The 3-night package, which includes a general admission ticket to the Thursday, Friday and Saturday concerts, will be $37.50. The 2-night package, including a general admission ticket for your choice of any 2 of the 3 nights, will be $25. Any remaining general admission tickets will be available at the Fun Fest Store at 400 Clinchfield St., Ste. 100 for $15 each. The Fun Fest Store opens on June 22nd.

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Schedule of events: Virginia’s favorite farmer to emcee Tri-Cities Baconfest

Johnson City, TN --- If anyone knows how to work the land and a crowd, it’s Tom Buchanan of Rich Valley, Virginia. “Big Tom” as most folks around here know him, appeared on the third season of Survivor as well as the Survivor All-Stars, is a local farmer on the land that’s been in his family for three generations. So who better than “Big Tom” to Emcee the TriCities Baconfest on September 1, 2012 at the Bristol Motor Speedway? The festival, which is a fundraiser for the Bristol Chapter of the Speedway Children’s Charities, is the creation of a local event planning firm and sponsored in-part by Ole Smoky Distillery. “When brainstorming about an emcee that would be a good fit, the first person suggested was Big Tom. First, because he does so much in our region for charity, and secondly because he’s a man who knows country life and how to have fun,” says Travis Woodall the 2012 Tri-Cities Baconfest Director.

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Big Tom will be the Official Emcee presiding over events lined up on the main stage as well as the festival’s side stages. The Shocktop Main Stage will feature live local and regional musicians as well as fun activities like Hog Callin’ and the Man VS Bacon Challenge which is sure to be a sueeyyytt event! “On Saturday September 1st I’ll be shakin’ my bacon for the Speedway Children’s Charities at Bristol Motor Speedway, and you won’t want to miss it!” says Big Tom Buchanan. “With so many great folks involved and a fun day of events and music lined up, you should grab your tickets now before they’re gone. C’mon out and bring the whole family to Tri-Cities Baconfest.” For more information or to pick up your tickets which are on-sale now visit the event website www.tricitiesbaconfest.com or like us on facebook “http://www.facebook.com/TCbaconfest”

6:15 P.M. - 7:15 P.M. : Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier

9:35 P.M. - 9:50 P.M. : Special Tribute to all Armed Forces

7:15 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. : Tribute to Armed Forces

9:50 P.M. : Welcome by Mayor Jeff Banyas and WXBQ musical introduction for fireworks

7:30 P.M. : Military Fly Over (tentative) 7:35 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. : Entertainment — Jessica Nixon 8:10 P.M. - 9:15 P.M. : Entertainment - Linda Davis 8:15 P.M. : PARK & RIDE — Last bus shuttle departs from ETSU and Winged Deer Park 9:15 P.M. : Prize drawings on stage •Grand Prize of a 2012 Ford Fiesta SE •Great Smoky Mountains Super Pack Vacation Getaway •August Race Weekend at BMS

9:55 P.M. - 10:15 P.M. : Fireworks by Pyro Shows of Lafollette, TN, WJHL-TV News Channel 11 will be doing a live remote of the event, with WXBQ broadcasting 10:20 P.M. - 11:00 P.M. : PARK & RIDE — FREE Johnson City Transit service begins returning patrons to parking areas at ETSU and Winged Deer Park 10:20 P.M. - 11:00 P.M. : Entertainment resumes on stage – Nash Street * Schedule subject to change

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Two UniqUe STageS . . . (Abingdon, Virginia) Barter Theatre audiences are buzzing about the 2012 summer repertory. “With five productions to choose from, plus the childrens’ show, there is literally something for every taste,” promises Lori Hester, director of patron services. Now Playing: “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” the Southern comedy “The Red Velvet Cake War,” the historically accurate “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder,” the adult comedy “Avenue Q” and the poignant comedy “Two Jews Walk Into a War.” “The region has a smorgasbord of great entertainment, all right here and affordable for the entire family,” said Hester. Every effort in every department at Barter, whether it is the actors, the costume department, the scene shop or customer service department, is made to deliver quality experience to Barter patrons. Here, you don’t taste or touch what we do, but you can certainly feel it. Every detail of every production is labored with love and with passion for telling stories. “We love what we do here, and I believe it shows,” said Hester. “Legally Blonde: The Musical” has a message of being true to yourself, complete with some spectacular singing and dancing to tell the story of Elle Woods as she discovers the possibilities of helping others with a law degree. “The Red Velvet Cake War” is a romp all about family, family reunions and sticking together through the sticky situations in life. Stage II offers adventures off the beaten path. With the triple-Tony award winning musical, “Avenue Q,” go back to the time you graduated college and had no idea what you were going to do, or how to pay your rent. Now imagine all that ten times funnier in a world with humans, puppets and songs like “What Do You Do With a BA in English” and “It Sucks to Be Me.” “Avenue Q” is strongly recommended for adults only. Playing in repertory at Stage II is also the historically-

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based show, “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder” and the refreshing and poignant comedy, “Two Jews Walk Into a War.” Especially for children this summer, The Barter Players present “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Step into a world of magic and imagination as Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe unwrap the golden ticket and visit Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory, complete with Oompa Loompas. Barter prides itself on providing entertainment for all tastes. “A show at Barter is fun for couples and groups. Plus, Grandparents, parents and friends love to bring the children in their lives to share the magic of theatre. I often hear that when the children get home, they excitedly act out what they’ve seen on stage. Theatre truly is a springboard for a child’s imagination,” said Hester. No matter what your taste, fond memories are waiting to be made with you and your friends and family at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, Hester believes. Those 17 and under can get a free “Legally Blonde: The Musical” signed cast poster when they purchase an $18 youth ticket. Groups of 7 or more can choose from the Pretty in Pink Package for “Legally Blonde: The Musical” or the Red Velvet Package for “The Red Velvet Cake War,” both playing at Main Stage. The Pretty in Pink package includes discount tickets, a pink logoed bag, a manicure file, a signed cast poster and discounts to The Spa at The Martha and Babycakes Cupcakery. The Red Velvet Cake Package also comes with a discounted ticket plus a large red velvet cake for the group and coffee or tea. Both packages are $30 per person. For tickets, photos, videos and more visit www.BarterTheatre.com.

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Sirois named chief of JCPD Mark Sirois, a 20-year veteran of the Johnson City Police Department, has been promoted to chief, City Manager Pete Peterson announced today. Chief Sirois served in the interim position for the past few weeks, since the retirement of former Chief John Lowry.

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Hands On! Museum July Calendar of Events Art Studio Schedule •American Flags: During July, show off your Independence Day spirit by making our country’s flag out of construction paper! •Paper Fans: Cool down during this hot month by making a paper fan! Learn about the origin and many designs of this cool kind of art! Special Events All Month Long Dinosaur Revolution Exhibit Uncover the facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities, undertake three Mesozoic Missions spanning 150 million years and mimic dinosaur behavior. Become a junior paleontologist and find evidence of your dinosaur doings; learn why dinosaurs are one of the most successful survivors in earth’s history; and unearth a shocking discovery: dinosaurs may not be extinct! Sunday, July 1st - Sunday, July 8th- Seltzer Rockets and Potato Launchers...Oh my! Celebrate Independence Day learning about air pressure by blasting off seltzer rockets and sending potato pieces flying with our potato launcher. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. Tuesday, July 3rd - KIDependence Day! Join us for a day full of red, white, and blue fun! Color and create your own Uncle Sam top hat, join a hula hooping contest, apply a temporary tattoo, dance and sing to patriotic music on our stage, and more! Wed., July 4th - Closed for Independence Day Friday, July 6th - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Ooey Gooey Workshop We are serving up something ooey and gooey with this workshop full of fun messes! Discover polymers with a Glacier Gak concoction, learn about volume with the remarkable Soap Soufflé Experiment, and create giant Elephant Toothpaste using exothermic reactions, and more. A healthy snack is included. Cost $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Ages 5-10. Payment is

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required with registration by Wednesday, June 20th. To register, please call (423) 434-4263 ext. 100. Mon., July 9th - Sun. July 22nd Splendiferous Surface Tension Join us as we learn all about the seemingly “magical” bond of water molecules. Check out the Penny Drop, Swimming Fish, and Magic Handkerchief experiments. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. Wed., July 11th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm AIRmazing Workshop Join us for an AIR-mazing time in this workshop all about the properties of air! Test your engineering skills with the Windbag Wonders Challenge, watch in AIRmazement with the Can Crusher Experiment, and try your hand in the Floating Ping-Pong Balls Challenge. A healthy snack is included. Cost $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Ages 7-13. Payment is required with registration by Wed., June 27th. To register, please call (423) 434-4263 ext. 100. Friday, July 13th, 12:00 pm - Hands On! Summer Golf Classic at Buffalo Valley Golf Course For more information or to register, please contact Emily Goepel or Kristine Carter at 928-6508 or visit www. handsonmuseum.org/partners/events.html Monday, July 16th - Friday, July 20th Kid’s Kaleidoscope Summer Camp Please see our website for the kaleidoscope of summer camp fun! •Mad Scientist Monday - July 16th Gallons of green glowing liquids, Mentos geysers blasting into the air, messages written in secret code, chromatography experiments, strawberry DNA extractions, and more! Is this a fictional account of a visit to another planet? No...it’s Mad Science Monday! •Tie Dye Tuesday - July 17th Discover color mixing chemistry while dying a Hands On! tee and explore different dyeing methods and techniques. Use the scientific method to test your hypothesis and discover the importance of collecting

data. Then try out some Sharpie Tie Dye experiments and learn about the wonders and powers of solubility. •Wacky Water Wednesday - July 18th When summer gets hot, there is no better way to cool down than to make a splash! Cartesian diver bottles, silly straw experiments, tornado tubes, explorations in buoyancy, and more are guaranteed to even inspire the best land lovers to dive in! •Treasure Hunt Thursday - July 19th Arrg mateys! A swashbuckling good time is in your future! Test out Bernoulli’s Principle when you create your own mini pirate ship, search for hidden treasure from a map made of invisible ink; create your own chest for your treasure, and more! •Fossil Finder Friday - July 20th Discover traces of the past as a Fossil Finder! Use a variety of tools to dig for mysterious clues and fossils, mold your own erupting volcano, create your own fossil art, and more fossil fun! * You may choose from a half day (9:30-12:30) or full day of camp (9:30-4:30). Full day camps include all of the above plus allow for lunch time (please bring a bag lunch), an additional healthy snack, extended play time in the museum, games, and further extension of activities and experiments related to the theme. Monday, July 23rd- Tuesday, July 31st Forensics Challenge Learn all about the science of Forensics in honor of Sherlock Holmes weekend. Investigate your own fingerprints and extract some strawberry DNA. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. Thursday, July 26th - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Let It Glow Workshop It’s all things a-glow with atomic glow putty, glow in the dark paper, a glow in the dark Cartesian diver, and more! A healthy snack is included. Cost $18 for members, $20 for non-members. Ages 7-13. Payment is required with registration by Wednesday, July 11th. To register, please call (423) 434-4263 ext. 100.

Chief Mark Sirois “Chief Sirois was chosen from among three excellent internal candidates,” Peterson said. “But his combination of experience, leadership skills and vision for the future set Chief Sirois apart as the frontrunner. I am proud that we had a candidate of his caliber from within our own department.” Sirois’ selection came after an in-depth evaluation process that included an assessment by other police chiefs from across the state, written tests, and interviews. “I am very proud of all the candidates and the talents they bring in making Johnson City a safe place to live and work. This was a tough decision,” Peterson said. Chief Sirois earned his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University before joining the JCPD in December 1991. He was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division in 1994, and was promoted to patrol sergeant the following year.

Chief Sirois joined the department’s Administrative Division in 1997, heading up the Planning and Research Unit. He was promoted to lieutenant in December 1999 and earned the rank of captain in January 2003. In June 2010, he was promoted to operations major, a position he held until being named interim chief on May 18. “I am honored and humbled,” Chief Sirois said. “But this certainly isn’t about me alone. We have a remarkable group of men and women who comprise the Johnson City Police Department, and we all work together to provide the best service possible for our citizens. I plan to build upon the successes of the past and bring the department to an even higher level of commitment, professionalism, and pride.” Chief Sirois attended the FBI National Academy in 2002 and the Southeast Command and Leadership Academy in 2004. He has been a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police since 1999 and the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police since 2011. During his tenure in Planning and Research, Chief Sirois was successful in writing and administering grants that brought valuable programs to the community including Weed and Seed, Cops in Shops, Project Safe Neighborhoods, and many traffic and highway safety programs. He also has been active in neighborhood groups and safety initiatives, which he plans to continue as chief. “Our department focus will continue to be community-oriented policing, partnering with residents, businesses and other stakeholders to make our neighborhoods safer and more secure,” he said. Chief Sirois noted that the department will continue its use of the latest technologies to help provide the most effective operations, including greater utilization of crime analysis and crime mapping to drive the Department’s crime prevention efforts. “Chief Sirois is a progressive leader whose focus remains the people of this community,” Peterson added. “Johnson City will continue to be well-served by the Johnson City Police Department under the direction of Chief Sirois.”

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All American Movies By: Toby Laek, Producer, Daytime Tri-Cities

As the 4th of July approaches (or fades into your memory, depending on when you’re reading this) it’s always fun to get in the spirit by watching films that celebrate what it is to be an American. These ‘All American” films can be historical epics (Mel Gibson’s Revolutionary War film, The Patriot), small town on-the-road films that highlight pieces of Americana (The Straight Story), or they can even be us vs. them cold war hangover boxing flicks (Rocky 4). In this article, I’ll break down my favorite Independence Day films. 1. Independence Day – As far as big budget, mindless, popcorn films go, Independence Day is one of the best. Yeah, there’s lots of mass-destruction and yeah, Will Smith’s character is kind of annoying, but for adrenaline pumping excitement, it seriously delivers. While the effects are somewhat dated by today’s standards, but they were state of the art when it was released. It still looks good on Blu-ray. 2. Dazed and Confused – In my opinion, Dazed and

Confused is the definitive ‘slice of life’ American film. It follows a group of small town Texas kids on their last day of school in 1976. It features the first notable (and scene stealing) performance from Matthew McConaughey as they guy who graduated but still hangs out with high-schoolers, a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it appearance from Renee Zellweger, and a young Ben Affleck playing the school bully. Director Richard Linklater nails the nostalgia aspect as well as the disaffected youth storyline. 3. The Natural – With baseball being considered the national past time (as long as you ignore football’s popularity and tv ratings, that is), the quintessential baseball movie, The Natural, belongs on any All American film list. It follows Robert Redford’s character who slugs his way out of obscurity with the help of a bat carved from a lightningstruck tree. The synopsis sounds silly, but the film is anything but.

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Nashville – Robert Altman’s bicentennial film featuring one of his trademark ensemble casts revolves around the Nashville music industry and the upcoming 1976 election. A great script weaves all the seemingly unconnected stories and characters together masterfully and the very good (even if you don’t like country music) soundtrack is done by the actors themselves. 5. North by Northwest – Not only is North by Northwest one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films, it is also probably the best film of Carey Grant’s career. The story begins in NYC, where Grant unwittingly gets thrown into the world of international crime and intrigue when his character is mistaken for a spy. A cross country train ride and crop duster dive bombing later and he’s having a shootout on top of Mount Rushmore. Major props for use of the American landmark.

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stry, but at the same time, we must work ting employers that have been pillars in munities, and make it easier for them to do Continued from 11 innTennessee.” lieves the business climate is “above averand industry, but at the same time, we must work pared to other states, but we can always doin with existing employers that have been pillars

see while I was in Washington. Getting to know the various districts made me appreciate my home that much more. We live in a very special part of the country, like no other. I departed being so grateful thatI was I aminfrom Northeast Tennessee. see while Washington. Getting to know It is truly a great place to be.” the various districts made me appreciate my home our communities, and make it easier for them to do Hill that describes much more.his Webeliefs live in asuccinctly: very special “I partam probusinessabout in Tennessee.” the country, like no other. I departed being so damant accessibility. “The people life,ofpro-2nd Amendment rights, pro-traditional Hill believes theknow business climate is “above gratefuland that pro-common I am from Northeast Tennessee. 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That is long enough, and it’s representative, and be able to talk to him if they He says he is optimistic about the Republican e.need help with a problem, or if they have good certainly time to see if we can do better. legislative majority. lucky to spend a little around “It“The creates an interesting the Repubideas enough for legislation. That’s wheretime things really Democrats have hadscenario a majorityfor in Nashuillen,” late congressman whosprings servedfromlicans. them lead.enough, No longer do we happen.the Good government invariably ville It forrequires 140 years. Thatto is long and it’s District for more than 30 years. “To say findcertainly ourselves minority, the people. timein to the see if we can dobeing better.able to simply legend is lucky no stretch Buta he would bad an legislation we have up “I was enoughattoall. spend little time aroundcondemn “It creates interesting–scenario fortothecome RepubQuillen,” congressman who served with licans. requires themand to lead. longer do we d Jimmy he would take the thelate time to talk to his goodIt legislation, leadNo Tennessee to a betthe First more than 30 years. “To ourselves in the minority, being able to simply That’s the District kind offor representative I want tosay ter find place.” he was a legend is no stretch at all. But he would condemn we have torancor come up Hill does bad notlegislation believe in– political merely listen, and he would take the time to talk to his with good legislation, and lead Tennessee a bet-conell remembers the cold winter morning because of habit. “There are some verytogood people. That’s thehis kind of representative I want to servative ter place.” e another first in life. Democrats in the House, and I know I be.” Hill does not believe in political rancor merely foot-2-inch Tennesseean walked slowly would have no problem working with them. Hill well remembers the cold winter morning because of habit. “There are some very good conhe gleaming white building that had been “But we must work with ourselves, within the that made another first in his life. servative Democrats in the House, and I know I second home for three decades, and slowly Republican to achieve good The 6-foot-2-inch Tennesseean walked would haveparty, no problem working withthings them. for the hetoward spinning metal doors that lead into the state of Tennessee. Of course, we are going the gleaming white building that had been “But we must work with ourselves, within theto have ndQuillen’s room. second home for three decades, and disagreements, andtosome ofgood themthings will for be the spirited. Republican party, achieve January andmetal Timothy found willing to accept that, but amgoing not willing throughof the2007, spinning doors Hill that lead into the I am state of Tennessee. Of course, weIare to have tanding in the rotunda of the U.S. Capito fall into the cutthroat, trap that giant round room. disagreements, and some slash-and-burn of them will be spirited. It was January of 2007, Timothy Hill found claims I am so willing to accept that, but I am not willing shington, D.C. The new and press secretary many politicians. himself standing in thefor rotunda of the U.S. Capito fall rips into the cutthroat, slash-and-burn trap that munications director then-Rep. David “That at my very core. The people that I tol in Washington, D.C. The new press secretary claims so many politicians. -1st) was almost spellbound. encounter on a daily basis are hard working and and communications director for then-Rep. “That rips They at my very people thatand I they ember very clearly walking into the ro- David God-fearing. havecore. veryThe deep roots, Davis (R-1st) was almost spellbound. encounter on a daily basis are hard working and the first time, through that one door, and know where they come from, and where they want “I remember very clearly walking into the roGod-fearing. They have very deep roots, and they actually see all of what is in front of you to go. They want to raise their families, and for tunda for the first time, through that one door, and know where they come from, and where they want enter. That is the spot near the speaker’s their grandchildren to have a home, and a commuyou can’t actually see all of what is in front of you to go. They want to raise their families, and for d until it is you justenter. absolutely breathtaking. to live in.” That is the spot near the speaker’s nitytheir grandchildren to have a home, and a commuated something inside of me that I didn’t A number office, and it is just absolutely breathtaking. nity to live of in.”influential political figures are Almost immediately, I was overwhelmed for Hill’s election, including “It created something inside of me that I didn’t working A number of influential political figureshis areSullivan werful responsibility my County co-chairmen, Holcomb and his former Rep. expect.sense Almostofimmediately, I wasabout overwhelmed working for Hill’s election, including Sullivan d to the 1st Congressional District, that Denton, and his Holcomb Carter County co-chairman, with a powerful sense of responsibility about my Herb County co-chairmen, and former Rep. to the District, Herb Sen. 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Energy independence is a key part of economic recovery According to AAA, a gallon of gas in the U.S. today costs an average of $3.52. The day President Obama was inaugurated, a gallon averaged $1.84. It’s no coincidence that as gas prices soared, so has our national unemployment rate. It is clear to see that the road to economic recovery requires our country to enact a comprehensive national energy policy. To ease the pain at the pump, we must work toCongressman wards becoming an Phil Roe energy independent nation; to be an energy independent nation, we must pursue a true all-of-the-above energy policy. We can and should pursue new supplies of available, afford-

able energy sources, including new sources of oil, natural gas, nuclear and coal, as well as renewable energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal. Despite unemployment rising to 8.2 percent in May, the Obama Administration continues to push new restrictions on coal that would cost billions of dollars and put hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk. On June 2nd, I attended the Federation for American Coal Energy and Security’s (FACES) Appalachian Coal Jobs Rally. Among the thousands in attendance were miners and families whose lives are dependent upon the coal industry. Coal is a huge boost to the economy in Northeast Tennessee, and our country’s most abundant resource. It provides reliable, affordable electricity and accounts for thousands of jobs throughout the country, and our region specifically. The Administration isn’t only targeting coal, however. According to the National Asso-

ciation of Manufacturers, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Boiler MACT rule alone would cost over $14 billion in capital plus billions more in operating costs and could eliminate over 230,000 jobs. These alarming numbers show just how devastating new regulations could be to an already struggling economy. That is why I voted in support of the EPA Regulatory Relief Act last October. This bipartisan legislation would give federal regulators additional time and guidelines to develop rules that will protect jobs while ensuring safeguards for the environment. This bill currently awaits further action in the Senate. Last month, the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) – of which I am a member – unveiled the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, aimed at reducing energy costs and spurring economic growth. The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act will help lower fuel costs and create good-paying American jobs. First, this legislation would put several costly

The next step in education reform Our Republican majority in the state legislature have reached many of our goals these past two years. I’m very proud of our accomplishments. But there is still much left to do. One example is education reform. Some might find this surprising. After all, Tennessee won the federal government’s Race to the Top Grant because of our willingness to reform. And reform we have. Tennessee Lt. Gov. has made truly great Ron Ramsey strides in education in recent years. Not only have we reformed tenure, we removed the monopoly held by Tennessee’s government employee union over our school boards. Most recently we have implemented a teacher evaluation system where teachers are reviewed, and thus rewarded, based on their excellence. We have clearly stayed true to my goal of striving to put a great teacher in every classroom. But there is much more to do. Earlier this month, I saw a public opinion poll which revealed nearly 60 percent of Tennessee voters support opportunity scholarships (or vouchers as they are sometimes called). These scholarships would allow children who were not blessed to be born wealthy to use the money allocated for their education at a school of their choice. Governor Bill Haslam currently has a task force hard at work on this issue. They continue

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to deliberate on how opportunity scholarships can be best implemented in Tennessee. I am eager to review their findings and get to work passing a bill that benefits all of Tennessee. I was proud when, under the leadership of Sen. Brian Kelsey, the Tennessee Senate passed an opportunity scholarship bill in 2011. Unfortunately, the measure failed in the state House. But whether the bill that ultimately passes both houses ends up looking exactly like the one we passed last year, the important thing to realize is that concept of choice is valid, valuable and growing in popularity. Many of this state’s schools are failing. By the objective criteria we have at our disposal, we now know there are children in certain counties of our state who are not only not getting the education they deserve -- they are getting little, if any, quality education at all. This is a disturbing realization but it is not one we can easily ignore. As I said, one of my primary goals in public service is to make sure every Tennessee student has a great Tennessee teacher. We can spend all the money we want on grand new school buildings, new computers and the latest in educational software but, at the end of the day, it’s good teachers who make good students. If children in our failing schools do not believe they have good teachers, who are we to stand in the way of their seeking instruction elsewhere? We cannot continue to make students prisoners of geography. We must apply to education those principles we know work in the economic sphere. As Republicans, we believe in the free market. We know that competition drives

excellence. I believe it is time to infuse those principles, if only in a limited way, into our education system. Studies have shown opportunity scholarships are successful in boosting graduation rates without draining resources from the public schools. Giving parents a choice and improving public schools can be done simultaneously. According to a study led by Dr. Patrick Wolf at the University of Arkansas, the District of Columbia’s opportunity scholarship program increased the graduation rate of students who were merely offered vouchers by double-digits. The graduation rate of students that actually used vouchers grew 21%. These are impressive statistics. Coupled with the moral and economic rightness of allowing choice -- this is a no brainer. Tennessee has proved over the past few years that we are a state willing to think boldly when it comes to education reform. And frankly, we don’t have much choice. Tennessee consistently ranks at the top of the nation’s states in numerous categories. Whatever the measure -- be it our low tax rate, our high quality of life or our reputation as the best state in the nation to own and operate a business -- Tennessee shines. Our rank among states in education stands in strong contrast. It must be remedied. Opportunity scholarships would provide hope to the children of this state who most need it. We cannot continue to hover near the bottom of the pack in education. We have taken the first steps in reform -- but there is still much left to do.

and potentially burdensome EPA regulations on hold while an interagency committee conducts an analysis on the potential costs and consequences of these rules. To me, it is unthinkable that we wouldn’t ask agencies to consider the impact of a regulation on jobs and the economy, particularly at a time of such economic uncertainty. To boost our energy production, Domestic Energy and Jobs Act will require the Secretary of Interior to act on oil and natural gas lease applications, and will cut red tape on opening up new reserves in Alaska. This legislation would also restrict the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) from being tapped unless the Administration develops a plan to allow more leases to explore for additional sources of oil. Lastly, this legislation would require the Secretary of Interior to establish an all-of-the-above energy program for

federal lands by reviewing the nation’s energy needs and then establishing goals to meet those needs by utilizing all available resources including: oil, natural gas, coal, wind and solar. Obtaining energy independence is a key component to economic recovery, and it is also an issue of national security. Becoming energy independent is far too important to the future of this country. I hope the president will support the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act and I look forward to working with my colleagues in both the House and Senate to promote a true all-ofthe-above approach to addressing our nation’s energy crisis. Please feel free to contact my office if we can be of assistance to you or your family. You can contact my office by mail, email or phone. Our contact information can be found on our website, www.roe.house.gov.

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Out ‘N About Magazine I got a call from Jan has been a media sponsor Bradley inviting me to the for the Pinnacle Awards “Grand Unveiling” of her an annual contest honornew state-of-the-art Digiing the “Best of the Best” tal Projection RealD 3D in regional tourism. at Capitol Cinema I & 2 in It’s election time Erwin. I thought, “Okay again and I’m supporting I’m going to the movies, my “ole” boss Bob Corker which I don’t do very often for another term in the even if it’s for free.” It’s is Ron Scalf U.S. Senate and good friend difficult to explain this new experience in viewing a movie. With Dr. Phil Roe for another term in Conspecial glasses provided it seems you gress. Both men, I think, have made are actually in the movie itself. The great representatives for the Tri-Cities color is unbelievable and the scenery is and beyond. Please support NASCAR racing next beyond your imagination. You’ve probably seen those commercials where month at Bristol Motor Speedway. With football players jump out of the screen the track changes everyone is expecting into your living room. Well, RealD 3D a sell-out crowd and racing on the high banks will return to the beating and is just like that. But, don’t take my word for it. Go to banging of a few years ago. Financially strapped Johnson downtown Erwin and experience it for County and Mountain City may see all yourself. The popcorn is great too! Thanks to all our readers who voted that change with the announcement for the “Best of the Tri-Cities.” The list recently from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey of winners is contained in this issue of millions of grant dollars allocated and over the next few months we will to develop Doe Mountain into a firstbe highlighting many of the winners as class recreation area complete with we have done in this issue. We have so 4-wheeling, camping, hiking, boating many great businesses and attractions and a litany of outdoor activities to be offered. The county expects thousands in our region. Please support them! It is truly an honor to be asked to of tourists to visit Mountain City once serve on the Board of Trustees of the the project is complete. Could Johnson Northeast Tennessee Tourism Associa- County become another Pigeon Forge? tion [NETTA]. For the past two years, Stay tuned.

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Join Us at Borla for the 4th Annual

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r e m m u S ectacular Sp Car Show!

Proceeds go to Carter County Car Club Children’s Charities

Best Bicycle Store in the Tri-Cities

Commemorating National Collector Car Appreciation Day

10% off Borla Exhaust and FREE Installations! Restrictions apply — see www.borla.com/carshow Tour the TV set of Motorhead Garage! Get Dave’s autograph!

Piney Flats Bicycles & Fitness owner Trevor Clark and his staff thank everyone for voting them, “Best Bicycle Store!” in Tri-Cities by Out ‘N About Magazine readers.

Live music, great food, vendor displays, Borla factory tours and more!

Event info & online vehicle registration at www.borla.com/CarShow See you at 500 Borla Dr., Exit 27 off I-26 Gates open 9am!

The weekly Saturday Elizabethton Cruise-In will be held at the show!

5585 Highway 11E, Piney Flats, TN. 37686 Phone: 423-538-9005

For Vendor Display Space contact traciep@borla.com

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Thanks Tri-Cities for voting Tony Rominger & Brim Leal Best Jazz Group

904 N. State of Franklin Rd. Johnson City, TN | 423-341-1042 M-F 10:00am-6:00pm • Sat: 10:00am-2:00pm packadoo2@yahoo.com

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furniture, antiques, décor, gifts, sporting goods

Let us help you sell your items or find a new treasure to spice up your space!

PACKADOO CONSIGNMENT GALLERY Named Best Thrift/ Consignment Store

Music by Brim & Tony, JAZZ, R&B, Latin Tunes. We will play for Weddings, Private Parties, Events, and Gatherings of most kind, etc.... For booking information please contact Tony Rominger @ 423-957-0222 email: irecord@embarqmail.com

Let Tony & Brim entertain you for your next event!

Thank You July 2012

for voting us “Best Overall Business.” From our 9,000-plus team members who are committed to our mission of Bringing Loving Care to Health Care.

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Johnson City, TN. --- Seems Austin Springs Spa has a lot of fans in the Tri-Cities region as it won for Best Hair Salon, Best Licensed Massage Therapist and Best Medi-Spa in a recent survey by readers of Out ‘N About Magazine. Pictured below is team members of the award winning company:

Our Salon Staff

Our Nail Technicians

Our Skin Care Team

Dept heads: Jessica Blevins, Lead LMT – Frances Pentland, Lead Nail Tech – Laura Cusick, Spa Director – Andrea Roberts, Lead Stylist – Buffie Ray, Assistant Spa Director – Tara Epperson, Call Center Supervisor & Group Coordinator – Jeni Hasch, Lead Aesthetician

Our Licensed Massage Therapists

Forget the pressures of the outside world in a private, tranquil environment designed with you in mind. For our complete menu visit www.AustinSpringsSpa.com or call 423-979-6403 Located on the lower level of Carnegie Hotel Massage Therapy, Body Treatments & Wraps, Hydro Therapy, Facial Therapy, Manicures & Pedicures, World Class Hair Salon Embrace the Silence. Indulge your senses.

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Thanks Out ‘N About Magazine readers for voting Country Club Bar and Grill the BEST Country Club for music and fun in the Tri-Cities!

Front: Amber, Brittany, Jamie, Michelle, Patty, Roxy, Miss Linda. Back: Cook Larry, Tommy and John.

Best Country Club in the Tri-Cities 2012

July 2012

Country Club BAR & GRILL

3080 West State Street • Bristol, Tennessee 423-844-0400 Updates and schedule on facebook Open: 7 p.m until 2 a.m. Thursday – Saturday Dinner & drink specials available Page 35


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NOW 2 FULL SERVICE BARS! NEW RESTAURANT & LOUNGE! STEAKS AND AMERICAN FOOD! FULL MENU/BREAKFAST AT MIDNIGHT

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Dinner Special: Ribeye Steak Dinner Inclules A Side and Salad from 7:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. Only

$9.99

WEEKEND PARTY NIGHTS! LIVE BANDS: Friday & Saturday

NOW OPEN 7 P.M. - 2 A.M. THURSDAY - SATURDAY

Ladies Night: Thursday Drink and Food Specials AVAILABLE!

Country Club Bar & Grill Band Schedule for JULY Friday, July 6 Boneyard Rejects Saturday, July 7 James Meadows & The Country Mile Drifters Friday, July 13 Jones Boys

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Saturday, July 14 Acoustifried Friday and Saturday, July 20-21 A Weekend with Denver Evans Friday and Saturday, July 27-28 A weekend with Thomas Taylor

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