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Corner Nest Announces Opening of New Restaurant Elizabethton --- Robin Blackwell, at Corner Nest Antique Mall, is excited to announce the opening of The Butter Cup Café. Lisa Lyons along with John Carter will run the quaint café inside Corner Nest Antique Mall with the hours set for 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. seven days a week. “We will feature all home-style cooked food and homemade desserts,” Lisa said. “We will also be bring in guest caters who will all be different and that will bring something different to the restaurant that’s really not been done before. The Tea Room, which seats 60 people will be available for parties and other caters will have the opportunity to use it as well.” Both Robin and Lisa are looking forward to presenting a firstclass full-service restaurant inside the highly popular Corner Nest Antique Mall. “Many people come here and spend hours and they like to eat,” Robin said. “We have renovated the area where The Butter Cup Café is located and I know everyone will enjoy the laid back atmosphere.” Twenty people can sit comfortably inside the café with additional seating for 16 located just outside its door. “It’s going to be a very friendly place,” Lisa added. “We’ll be open [for now] for lunch but we are also looking into perhaps expanding to offer breakfast and staying open on the weekend.” Armed with a business degree from Milligan College, Lisa said she worked in restaurants throughout school and recently served as a manager for a local hospital chain. “This was a great opportunity that Robin and I talked about. I’m really looking forward to offering our customers some great food at affordable prices.” Outside catering for groups of up to 200 is also available through The Butter Cup Café. “We can cater weddings, showers, anniversaries and special events,” Lisa added. “No matter the size of the party.” Along with daily specials, The Butter Cup Café will feature fresh deserts daily including a wide variety of pies. “We will offer fresh coconut, pumpkin, butterscotch pies and you can pur-

chase them whole if you like and also cakes for birthdays of a special occasion,” Lisa pointed out. “We invite everyone to come to The Butter Cup Café inside Corner Nest Antique Mall for a unique dinning experience.” • 30,000 square feet of unique items, antiques and collectables. • Over 90 vendors to choose from. • New merchandise arriving daily. • Outstanding variety of items for the home and office. • Conveniently located near the heart of Downtown Elizabethton. • An array of special hard-to-find collectables, furniture and unique antiques. • Two floors of wall-to-wall items to chose from. • Browsing Encouraged!

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Steve Grindstaff “The Boss” PART II

By Ashley Grindstaff

So how does one follow up with their first article on Steve Grindstaff? Well, I only touched the surface of who he is. Steve Grindstaff is “The Boss.” But “The Boss” is not Steve Grindstaff. As I mentioned in last month’s article about Steve, many people still feel intimated or nervous to meet him. Yes! I said, it’s true. Steve is a very tall man, 6’2 to be exact, always wears a business suit, and has an over the top personality. But those who have never stepped foot on our lot have a misconception of “The Boss.” Since 1987, “The Boss” has appeared on numerous television and radio commercials, some funny and some not so funny. Let me tell you something about me, I am very honest person and have no problem saying the way things are. There has been a time or two (maybe more) where I have to step-in and tell my husband, “Honey, that’s not such a good idea.” You see, Steve Grind-

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staff is a very creative, deep, concentrated, and focused person and sometimes can get in the way of his own thoughts. Does that make sense? Some of the most successful people in the world have that same “ego” if you will or can be labeled “eccentric.” In this case, he fits that model. He truly is a friendly person though! He loves to meet people and especially loves to hold babies. Just like some people have an “ora” around them, [for example, some dogs just go to strangers] well babies’ just love Steve. I’m not trying to sell you Steve Grindstaff, but I am trying to tell you who the person he really is. So why should you buy from “The Boss?” Because he is the only dealer in town you can actually buy a car from. Why is that important or an incentive? It’s a huge incentive!! You are not pushed off to some general manager to deal with; you get personal care from Steve who comes to work everyday. He goes above and beyond for his customers; “Whatever it Takes!” is what he says. Whether you are having your car serviced in either our body shop or service department, or buying a new car he is always on top of customer care. “Why is Grindstaff My Kinda Place?” It’s a dealership where a philosophy of “Treating each customer as if they are a guest in our home” is standard. So what can “The Boss” do for you? A LOT! Not only does he have the

Best pricing in the Tri-Cities, but he is also the only dealer that gives you a LifeTime Warranty of 20 years, 200,000 miles on your car, at no charge and no deductible. It’s a no hassle, no pressure environment, where the “Good Ole Boys” stop by for their morning cup of coffee and catch up on what’s going on in town.

“Grindstaff is My Kinda of Place!”

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It’s Been a Great First year: And Yes, An Unbelievable Roller Coaster Ride!

By Ron Scalf Publisher Normally, I wouldn’t write a column in first person. I firmly believe in “we,” rather than “I.” But it seemed very important to express deep and personal appreciation to all the people who have contributed to making Out ‘N About Magazine a highly popular regional publication. As I began to write, I was shocked to learned of the passing of longtime Appalachian Fair Secretary/ Manager Richard Shadden. Richard was an icon – I honestly don’t know how the fair can replace an irreplaceable man like that. But Richard was also an old and trusted friend. He would have been one of the first names I mentioned, and now he won’t be able to read of my appreciation, though I hope and believe he knew of my great admiration and affection. It is tempting to try and list names. And, believe me, just a list of people I want to thank could fill this magazine, and still I would surely leave someone out. My thanks go to each one of you who read Out ‘N About, and to each loyal friend and associate who advertises within these pages. I am delighted that we have had the chance to take this journey together. We have covered some of the most interesting stories of our times. I’m not very fond of having my picture taken, but the accompanying photograph is a reminder of what we have shared – and when Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey comes home and stands with you, you do it. I’m very proud of my friend, and the fact that he has taken Northeast Tennessee to the highest levels of our government of anyone in the last century. And who wouldn’t want to have their picture taken sitting next to the lovely Amy Lynn on Daytime TriCities? (sorry, Pam, but I know you feel the same way about Morgan, and Rob, and John Cowan). The folks at Daytime are great friends and supporters. It is hard to believe that we have been around for a year. I have always wanted to publish a newspaper or magazine without interference. I warmed up to the idea after serving for a year as Bob Corker’s field representative during his successful campaign for the United States Senate. Prior to that, I was fortunate to be the first publisher of the Valley Beautiful Beacon, the Erwin-based weekly newspaper. I yearned to cover events and tell the stories of the people of our region. After Sen. Corker left for Washington, I spent three years as chief operating officer of a local housing authority, but I was restless behind that bureaucratic desk. And when the opportunity came, I took it. The encouragement I receive every month from our readers and advertisers is humbling, and deeply

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Speaking of Wine By Phil Scharfstein

Ron Scalf with Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.

appreciated. Obviously, without them – without each of you – I wouldn’t be writing this column. I learned that lesson from the late Larry Carrier, for whom I worked for a decade at the Bristol International Raceway, and who reminded me: “Without the fans you don’t need a race track.” Similarly, I had the extraordinary good fortune to become friends with the legendary trainer Angelo Dundee. When I was president of the World Boxing Federation, he overheard me complaining one day that my phone rang all the time. “Ron,” he said, “If the phone ain’t ringing you don’t have any business.” I’ve never complained about that problem again. I am privileged to have best staff in the business. They usually don’t get the credit they deserve, but I’m going to make sure they do this time. It is difficult at best to attempt to produce a quality product every month especially in these tough economic times. I think of each one of them as a part of my family, and it’s rare to find a group of people who genuinely work well together. So, my heartfelt thanks to each of you for your support, comments and advice. And to our loyal advertisers, whose support enables us to give away thousands of copies of Out ‘N About Magazine every month. My pledge for the next year is to continue to support our unique communities, through interesting tales and interviews from Mountain City to Greeneville, Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport, Abingdon, Jonesborough, Erwin, Elizabethton and Asheville. As a keystone of that commitment, we have launched the “Signature Series” on our website. Contributing Editor Jon Ruetz and I. Those great interviews [many of which he penned] will remain posted on our web site years after all the paper has faded. During the past year, I have had the great pleasure of entering your homes and businesses every month. I don’t take that responsibility lightly. There is no greater privilege than to do what I do.

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Blue Plum Festival Offers Something for Everyone Contact: David Pennington director@blueplum.org

The music lineup for the 2011 Blue Plum Festival is out and it features headliners Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks, Infamous Stringdusters, Keith McKelley, Joe Mcbride and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. These performers are playing on the Market Street, Main Street and Jazz Stage along with the new Roan Street Stage where local artists will be performing. The 12th annual free music and arts festival will take place in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee June 3-5, 2011. In years past, the festival has drawn as many as 80,000 attendees in one weekend. This festival features a diverse lineup of performers, with the usual illustration of bluegrass music (Infamous Stringdusters and many more) as well as a few blues band (Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Super Chikan, and many others) and people cannot forget about our own local talent on the Roan Street Stage. “This new stage could not have been possible if we didn’t get help from Cherokee Distributing,” said David Pennington, director of Blue Plum Festival. “I cannot even express how much we are anticipating the 2011 Blue Plum musical performances.  The Main Stage will be pure magic this year!  The talent of the musicians, such as Super Chikan who is an award winning Blues Musician.  And then 18 South is a group of amazing talented musicians and critically acclaimed performers as well.  Lead Singer Jessi Alexander co-wrote the chart smashing hit for Miley Cyrus, “The Climb”.   Each stage features a musical lineup that will keep our attendees dancing and singing all weekend long,” said Brandi Woodall, Director of Media Relations for Blue Plum. This year the Blue Plum festival is having a few extra events along with the music and art. The

festival will have its annual 5k race that takes place down town on June 4 at 9:00 a.m. The race will be limited to 800 participants so participants will need to sign up immediately. Another race that is happening this year is the Omnium bicycle race on Sunday, June 5. There will be ten different categories for people of all ages and cycling experience. The amateur race begins at 8:00 a.m. and the kid’s race starts at 1:45 p.m. The professional race begins at 2:45 p.m. and will be an amazing race to watch. In addition to the all of the races, there will be a corn-hole tournament in downtown Johnson City. The tournament had a huge turn out last year so early registration is definitely recommended. There will also be an animation festival this year, which showcases all the local talent from the tri-cities area. The animation festival began in 2005 by students and faculty from East Tennessee State University. It will be located in the JC Penny building beside the Hands on! Museum. The newest event this year is the “Urban Art Throw Down” which is a legal graffiti or street art tournament. This event will be held on Saturday, June 4th during the Blue Plum Festival. Qualified teams will be selected based on their portfolios and will compete for cash prizes. “My expectations for this festival is to be the best one yet,” said Pennington. This year’s festival is truly going to have an eclectic sound ranging from the traditional bluegrass to the hardcore punk rock scene. This is going to be an event for people of all ages and you are not going to want to miss this.

Beat the Summer Boredom at the Blue Plum Festival

This year the festival is providing some fun for adults as well as for children of the Tri-Cities. The Blue Plum Festival‚s Kids Area is free for toddlers and elementary kids. The Kid‚s Area will be open on Friday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. „This year‚s theme is „Beat the Summer Boredom‰ because even though the Tri-Cities kids have only been out of school for a week or two, moms are already hearing, I‚m bored,‰ said Dianna Cantler, Director of Connection Ministries. „The Blue Plum is a place where you can bring your family, have a great time and enjoy all Downtown Johnson City has to offer,‰ said Cantler. The Kid‚s Area is sponsored by the Johnson City Power Board and Munsey Church. Munsey Church has sponsored the Kid‚s Area since 2004. Games, crafts, and information for kids and their parents will be available. Hands On! Museum, the Niswonger Children‚s Hospital, Tri-Cities Mom, TENNDerCare, the General Shale Natural History Museum and Munsey Church will provide all activities for kids. „It is hard to track the number of kids who come through the Kids Area, because it is so much fun, they do everything and

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then start all over. I would estimate we had over 1100 kids and it just keeps increasing every year,‰ said Cantler. Once again, we will have one of the favorite activities of Blue Plum which is Water Wars. Kids have the opportunity to sling water balloons at their friends using a giant sling shot. A fun activity, especially on a hot, summer day! There will be many booths offering crafts, festival games and activities for the kids to enjoy. „As the overall festival has grown, so has the Kid‚s Area, two years ago we added Water Wars and it was a huge hit. This year we are working on a couple of additions that the kids will enjoy but we can‚t share it just yet,‰ said Cantler. This year the festival will have at least 2 craft booths, a child friendly corn-hole game, Frisbee golf, and several tossing games.

Hands On! will bring out their bubble table as well as some other things for children to play with. They will also be doing a tie-dye activity on Friday from 2p.m. to 4 p.m. on Market St. Parents will enjoy the Kid‚s Area, because through the generosity of our sponsors, all activities are free and every child will get a prize once they complete their game card. New this year is New York Life‚s Child ID booth, where parents can get a card to use in case of an emergency involving their child. The Kid‚s Area is outside of the alcohol zone and is a nonsmoking area. Located on Market Street in Munsey Church‚s parking lot, the kids have a safe area, but parents are required to stay with their children. Make sure you get to the festival early, in order to enjoy the Kid‚s Area, before you check out all of the other wonderful parts of the Blue Plum.

Urban Art Throw down Contact: David Pennington director@blueplum.org Keep Johnson City Beautiful and the Graffiti Hurts Task Force, Chair Shannon Castillo announces the first ever, Urban Art Throw down. This new addition to the festival will showcase some of the most talented graffiti artists in the

tri-cities. Modern graffiti art has been around for a really long time especially in the bigger cities. It can be dated back as far as prehistoric times when cave men roamed the earth. In present

time graffiti or tagging is used to express emotion, certain territory, or political views. A lot of artists like „Banksy‰ have gained notoriety ben See ART, 27

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There’s Something for Everyone with Music Events during the Virginia Highlands Festival The Virginia Highlands Festival is gearing up for fun and exciting music events during our 63rd annual Festival, which runs from July 23 – August 7th this year in historic Abingdon, Virginia. This year’s events feature some prominent and nationally recognized artists that you are sure to enjoy. To kick off the Festival, we are bringing “Jay and the Americans” to perform at our Opening Street Party on July 23rd starting at 8:00 pm in Arts Depot Square. This is a family friendly show featuring lots of their hit songs. Very few bands have ever reached the musical heights of “Jay and the Americans”. From 1962-

1971, this group charted an unprecedented “12” top 10 records. “Jay and the Americans” first record was “Tonight” and their breakout hit song was “She Cried”. Their next chart hit was “Only in America”, followed by the top ten hits “Come a Little Bit Closer” and later “This Magic Moment”. You don’t want to miss this performance by a legendary band and best of all, it is free for everyone. We are presenting a spectacular evening with a truly talented singer and songwriter, Billy Dean. Billy Dean’s music has sold millions worldwide with 11 top ten singles and 5 number 1’s, which expanded

his singing career. Billy moved to Nashville in 1983 and by 1990 had recorded his first Top 5 hit “Only Here for a Little While”. Since then, Billy has transcended genres with his unique repertoire earning numerous awards, including: The Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year “Somewhere in My Broken Heart” and ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year and a Grammy for a Country tribute “Amazing Grace”. He will be performing at the Barter Theatre on Monday, August 1st at 7:30 pm. Tickets costs $20 and $28. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to be entertained by this highly acclaimed singer and songwriter!

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Opening Weekend concerts at the outdoor and covered Abingdon Market Pavilion features an eclectic mix of music genres sure to please. These concerts begin on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday July 24th in heart of downtown Abingdon on Remsburg Drive, where Arts & Crafts is located. We are featuring music from Americana/ Indie Pop to Jazz and Bluegrass. Local favorite “Susan Brown and Friends” returns to the Festival along with bands who have never performed at the Festival including “Chatham Street” and “Impeach Dixon” from Bristol. Tickets are available at the Festival Office (276-623-5266) and at the gate and are $5.00 for a weekend pass. Please be sure to check the times and bios of the bands on our website at www.vahighlandsfestival.org. We are kicking off the 11th annual ever-popular Celtic Weekend this year on Friday, July 29th at 7:30 pm in the Abingdon Market Pavilion. This year’s band, Scythian, is new to the Festival and sure to please a Celtic loving crowd. Rousing and raucous, Scythian plays kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility. Their high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music has one goal in mind: to get people on their feet and dancing! We promise some foot stomping action at this musical event! Festival favorites “Rathkeltair” and “Tempest” will be returning to the Festival this year. Another group you don’t want to miss is “Solas” performing on Saturday, July 30th. “Solas” has been loudly proclaimed as the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic band to ever emerge from the United States. “Solas” transcends musical genres into the realm of pure musical expression that only a relative handful of musicians attain. Tickets are available at the Festival Office (276-6235266) or at the gate and are $8.00 Friday night, $10.00 Saturday and $8.00 Sunday or a $15.00 weekend pass. When you attend one of these musical performances, you will see why Celtic Weekend is one of the most highly successful and greatly anticipated events during the Festival! Are you a Bluegrass music lover? If you are then you don’t want to miss the Monroe Jamison Memorial Bluegrass Weekend. These events occur during the last week of

the Festival – August 6 and 7. We have some bands this year that will entertain the Bluegrass lover in you featuring “Drymill Road” and the “The Harwell Grice Band” to name a few. Please be sure to check our website for other bands and times at www. vahighlandsfestival.org or pick-up a copy of our award-winning Highlander Magazine for complete details. Tickets are available at the Festival Office (276-623-5266) or at the gate and are $7.00 Saturday, $5.00 Sunday or a $10.00 weekend pass. Rounding out our selection of music for this year’s Festival are a Gospel Concert and Christian Contemporary Concert. The Gospel Concert features a favorite returning this year with the “Primitive Quartet” opening for “The McKameys”. The “Primitive Quartet” features music that is traditional mountain shape note style singing accompanied by acoustical instruments including the mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitars and acoustic bass. “The McKameys” can be described with one word: sincere. Each member of this Southern Gospel singing group is sincere in their love of the Lord, sincere in their love for the music they sing, and sincere in their need to spread the Word to others through their music. This concert takes place at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Grand Hall (I-81, Exit 14) on Thursday, July 28th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $12.00 and payable at the door. The Festival is truly excited to present a band for the Christian Contemporary Concert that has sold more than six million albums, won three Grammys, headlined thousands of sold-out shows and festivals. That band is “Jars of Clay”. Their success speaks for itself. You don’t want to miss a band who has built an extraordinary career based on the uncompromising integrity of its music, worldview, and humanitarianism. Their performance will be on Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 pm at Highlands Fellowship Church. Tickets are $12.00 at the door. Please plan to join us for these exciting events and much more for this year’s Festival. For additional information, please visit our website (www.vahighlandsfestival.org), call the Festival Office at 276-623-5266 or pick-up a copy of our award-winning Highlander Magazine for complete Festival events and details.

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A Discussion on Creating Jobs: A Fight Toward Fiscal Responsibility in Washington Let’s Encourage Business Investment Cut, Cap & Balance:

By Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey

Washington, May 18 -

Last month, the United States reached the legal limit of its borrowing authority –further evidence that out-of-control spending is a matter of national security.  Serious reforms and government spending cuts need to be made to avoid severe economic disruptions – both in the short and long-term.  The national debt and deficits are rising at an unconscionable rate. The national debt now exceeds $14 trillion, and the government is still piling up debt at the rate of $200 million an hour, $30 billion a week, $120 billion a month and $1.6 trillion a year.  It’s clear we don’t have a revenue problem – we have a spending problem. Raising the debt ceiling without these serious reforms will only burden our future generations with outrageous debt.  Worse, the president and Senate Democrats are saying they want a “clean” debt ceiling increase, which means that they want to continue spending and borrowing more money with no strings attached.  My view is we must not raise the debt ceiling by $1 without simultaneously making deep cuts in spending and taking real steps towards a balanced budget.  It is imperative to the future of the country that we fight for an immediate shift toward fiscal responsibility. That is why I, along with my colleagues in the Republican Study Committee (RSC), wrote a letter to House Speaker John Boehner asking him to “Cut, Cap and Balance”. Specifically, we advocated for discretionary and mandatory spending reductions that would cut the deficit in half next year; enacting statutory, enforceable total-spending caps to reduce federal spending to 18% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP); and a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment (BBA) with strong protections against federal tax increases and including a Spending Limitation Amendment (SLA).  This proposal will put us on a path to prosperity, and I will work to see provisions like this are included in any final agreement. I believe it is prudent to limit the extension of borrowing authority as

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much as possible, in order to demand accountability from Senate Democrats and the Obama Administration. Every day, we see more and more evidence of the need to confront the problem now.  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) report released in April adds urgency to the need for meaningful actions — both short and long-term — to confront the nation’s debt head-on.  Additionally, Moody’s Analytics released a report several weeks ago forecasting a downgrade in our country’s bond rating.  It’s clear that if we fail to stop the spending spree, our nation will face economic collapse in the long-term.  House Speaker John Boehner was recently quoted saying: “There will be no debt limit increase without serious budget reforms and significant spending cuts – cuts that are greater than any increase in the debt limit.”  I agree.   Everything must be on the table when it comes to spending cuts because this problem is too big to solve with cuts to a few programs.  We are sure to meet economic catastrophe if we do not get our debt under control by enacting enforceable spending cuts.   With each passing day our nation’s fiscal health gets worse, leaving our children and grandchildren falling farther into debt.  The Democrats have given up, saying that the only answer to excessive borrowing is more borrowing.  Therefore, it is imperative that we move quickly and unite behind a plan to restore fiscal responsibility to Washington.

Tennessee Democrats have recently begun to remind me of the famous retort by Ronald Reagan to Jimmy Carter, “There you go again.” It seems like every few weeks another Democrat accuses Republicans of not doing anything about jobs. Well, if they are waiting for us to put more people on the government payroll, then they are going to be waiting a long time. Something Democrats will never understand is that the government can not “create” economic growth. Republicans have the only “jobs” agenda there is. Democrats just don’t want to accept it because it conflicts with their dogmatic ideology which dictates that increasing the size of government drives economic growth. They just don’t get it. Government expansion is they only way Democrats know to create jobs -- except there is no real “creation’ going on. All this government spending comes from somewhere. That somewhere is your pocket. If the government takes money out of your paycheck, if they raise taxes and fees in order to “create” jobs, they are simply stealing from Peter to pay Paul. They are taking money you might have invested in a business or spent on someone else’s product and using it to pay someone to do a government job that offers little to the economy at large. The problem is that Democrats see the economy as a zero sum game. It isn’t. Republicans simply have a different philosophy. Our agenda is about removing barriers and creating an environment where business owners and entrepreneurs flourish. We can’t look to simply move resources around, we must look to make it easier for people to actually create wealth. For example, we passed comprehensive tort reform this year. This protects businesses from frivolous lawsuits and manages their risk. This is the kind of thing that encourages people to go out and start a business and hire people. Another example is a bill Senator Ken Yager and I sponsored this session that raises the exception on the Hall tax on retirement income. Good, solid middle class Tennesseans who thought ahead and saved for their retirement are now required to expose less of their fixed income to taxes. That’s a tax cut. This tax cut means that more money is now available for seniors to spend. That means more stores staying in business and making a profit. When businesses make a profit, they hire people. And there’s the job cre-

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ation. That’s how it’s done. It would be great if we could just wave a magic wand and make jobs suddenly appear. If I could, I would do it tomorrow. It just does not work that way. The full recovery of our economy requires expansion and entrepreneurship. This is why the new Republican majority and I are focused on trying to make Tennessee the most business-friendly environment possible. The government can’t create a good economy -- but we in the legislature can get out of the way of business and create the environment that allows Tennessee’s entrepreneurial spirit to shine through. And I promise you we will do our best to keep it shining.

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WQUT Concert Schedule Thompson Boling Arena:

July 1 Taylor Swift (currently sold out) July 17 Dolly Parton (on sale 4/1) Aug 12 Keith Urban with Jake Owen Sundown in th City at Market Square in Knoxville: June 2 Jonny Land & Megan McCormick June 16 Warren Haynes Band with The Black Cadillacs Bridgestone Arena in Nashville: July 3 Motley Crue, Poison and the New York Dolls Aug 19 Katy Perry Sept 16 & 17 Taylor Swift Ryman Auditorium in Nashville: June 4 Jonny Lang June 28 Steve Miller and Gregg Allman Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville: July 12 U2

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN: June 9-12 Eminem, Widespread Paic, Gregg Allman, Buffalo Springfield, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Warren Haynes Band, Dr. John, Arcade Fire and Many others. Biltmore in Asheville, N.C.: July 20 Michael W. SMith Aug. 5 Smokey Robinson Aug. 11 Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers Aug. 12 Alison Krauss & Union Station Aug. 27 Beach Boys Sept. 3 Styx Oct. 7 Eddie Money Chastain Park in Atlanta: June 24 Steve Miller and Gregg Allman

Verizon Wireless Ampitheater in Charlotte: June 6 Kenny Chesney June 17 Phish June 22 Def Leppard and Heart July 12 Motley Crue, Poison and The New York Dolls Aug 21 Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger Aug. 27 Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta: June 18 Def Leppard and Heart July 10 Motley Crue, Poison and the New York Dolls July 30 Rascal Flatts Philips Arena in Atlanta: July 9 & 10 Taylor Swift July 12&13 Ade and John Legend

Time Warner Pavilion at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N.C.: June 18 Phish June 24 Def Leppard and Heart July 8 Tim McGraw with Luke Bryan and The Band Perry July 22 Toby Keith with Eric Church July 30 Rascal Flatts with Easton Corbin and Justin Moore Aug 20 Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger Aug 25 Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow Sept 25 Brad Paisley

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time to head to watauga lake Elizabethton, TN. --- It’s that time of year to head to one of our area lakes for some swimming, skiing, camping, hiking and barbequing. No where on earth will you find the most stunningly beautiful lake and mountain views than at Watauga Lake. Accessible only by winding roads, Watauga Lake’s surface covers over sixteen miles in Carter and Johnson counties with over 100 miles of shoreline. More than half of Watauga Lake’s shoreline lies within the Cherokee National Forest and therefore cannot be developed. Recreation uses include: boating, fishing, water-skiing, hiking and camping. There are a dozen or so place to “put-in” your boat around the lake and several [free] recreational areas. Available boat docks/marinas include Lakeshore, Fish Springs, Pioneer and Tilawa [formerly Pappy’s]. If you get hungry, you might want to motor on over to the Captain’s Table, Cove Ridge Grill or Mallard Cove Marina or head down to Elizabethton, Johnson City, Mountain City or Boone, N.C. for some food on dry land. Watauga Lake is located in the northeast corner of Tennessee, 45 miles south of the Tennessee/Virginia border and ten miles west of the Tennessee/North Carolina border. The Appalachian Trail crosses Watauga Lake at the Visitors Center near Wilbur Dam. Hikers cannot ask for a better opportunity to hike around bubbling brooks, waterfalls, hiking trails and secret spots to be discovered. Whether you stay for a few hours or a few days Watauga Lake is jewel right in our own backyard.

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2011 PINNACLE AWARDS P.O. Box 415, Jonesborough, TN  37659 (423) 913-5550  Phone (423) 913-5555 FAX (800) 468-6882 (Outside TN) tourism@netta.com • www.netta.com Category: SPECIAL EVENTS PINNACLE WINNERS: Hospitality Organizations Classification Bluegrass Half Marathon Johnson City Convention & Visitors Bureau Entertainment & Recreation Classification Kresge’s Krew Pro-Am Golf Tournament Kresge’s Krew Foundation Municipalities Classification Halloween Haunts and Happenings Town of Jonesborough – Parks and Recreation Department MERIT: NONE ********************************************** Category: SPECIAL PROJECTS PINNACLE WINNERS: Education Classification “Expanding Minds & Building Community” The Bristol Public Library’s 2010 Discovery Series Bristol Public Library Municipalities Classification Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center December Christmas Program and Display Town of Jonesborough MERIT: NONE

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PINNACLE AWARD WINNERS ********************************************** ********************************************** Category: ADVERTISING & PROMOTIONS (Print) Category: PUBLIC RELATIONS PINNACLE WINNERS: PINNACLE WINNERS: Hospitality Organizations Classification Hospitality Organizations Classification Fun Fest Brochure Pick Bristol Music Branding & Public Relations Initiative Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau Bristol Convention & Visitors Bureau Cultural Arts Classification Entertainment & Recreation Classification Barter Theatre’s 2010 Season Brochure “Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites” Children’s Book Barter Theatre Kingsport Chamber Foundation – Fun Fest Municipalities Classification Municipalities Classification State Street Farmer’s Market BTN-TV Government Access Channel City of Bristol, TN Department of Community Relations City of Bristol, TN Department of Community Relations MERIT: MERIT: ********************************************** ********************************************** Cultural Arts Classification Heritage Tourism Classification “Piece the Future from the Past” National Cemetery Gravesite Location Kiosk The Marketing Campaign for the 2010 Virginia Highlands Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Festival Category: VOLUNTEER Virginia Highlands Festival PINNACLE WINNER: Heritage Tourism Classification Dave Taylor – Kingsport, TN 2010 Print Advertising Campaign Sullivan County Department of Archives & Tourism Municipalities Classification Historic Jonesborough 2010 Fall and Winter Events Calendar Town of Jonesborough **************************** Category: Advertising & Promotions (Multi-Media) PINNACLE WINNER: Cultural Arts Classification Barter Theatre’s Social & Interactive Marketing Campaign Barter Theatre MERIT: NONE

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(Abingdon, Va.) From the playwright of “First Baptist of Ivy Gap” and “Showtime at First Baptist” comes a new play, “Saving Old Smokey.” When a group of women from East Tennessee set their hearts on reopening Old Smokey, they are determined that plotting strangers and even the forces of nature cannot come between them and their dream. Written by Ron Osborne, “Saving Old Smokey” plays June 9 through August 13 at Barter Theatre. Centered around Old Smokey, which is more than a mountain-top country store, the story shines a light on the lives of four women: Emma (Marnee Hollis), Jinks (Tricia Matthews), Olive (Erin Parker) and Cordelia (Ashlie Roberson); and their friendship. Back in its heyday, the parking lot of Old Smokey was completely full as folks gathered

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to hear and sing old time and gospel music on Saturday nights. Some even said the shows rivaled the Grand Ole Opry. The store fed people’s families, but it also helped to fill their souls with songs like “Down to the River to Pray,” “This Little Light of Mine” and “Jesus is Calling.” These ladies come together to bring back the tradition of Old Smokey so their children’s children can experience new stories and memories. Old Smokey was the place Cordelia courted and later, said yes to her boyfriend’s (Emma’s son) proposal. Old Smokey was the place where the one and only Roy Acuff came and ended up giving a young Emma a toy yo-yo. He even showed her a few tricks. Now Emma’s son is scheduled to come home. She believes Old Smokey could be the place where her son will thrive when he returns from the war. He’s coming home soon, and he needs a familiar place to rest and recover; doctor’s orders. “With themes of hope, friendship, family and undaunted spirit, Ron Osborne tells this story of these Southern women with engaging humor and clarity,” said Director Mary Lucy Bivins. Bivins considers herself a proud veteran of Osborne plays. It’s an appropriate title given that she has acted in every single Osborne play produced at Barter Theatre. Now, she gets to wear a new hat as she directs and gets a chance to become acquainted with all the characters. “The wonderful women of Osborne’s plays are one of his greatest strengths,” she says. “He just knows how women think, feel and act.” Will sneaky strangers take what is dear away from the women or will the women band together to stand up for what is right? Will the fundraiser happen and will the community rise to the occasion and help save Old Smokey? “Saving Old Smokey” plays at Barter Theatre June 9 through August 13. The show is made possible by the NEA, the VCA and show sponsors Cumberland Resources Corporation, WCYB, Fox Tri-Cities, Tri-Cities CW 4, WMEV FM 94, WWWJ 1360 AM Radio and Kingsport Times-News.

About the Playwright

The Cast of Showtime at First Baptist, 2009, Barter Theatre

Ron Osborne (Playwright – Saving Old Smokey) Ron’s plays have been produced at hundreds of theatres throughout the U.S. and Canada. Also, his work has been recognized in nearly 100 national playwriting competitions as well as published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus and others. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, Melissa, is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and The Playwright’s Center and has a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He credits Rick Rose, the amazing Barter family and Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights for much of his success.

To find out more about “Saving Old Smokey” and other Barter Theatre shows, call 276.628.3991 or visit www.BarterTheatre. com. Get behind the scenes access by clicking like at Facebook.com/BarterTheatre, visiting Twitter.com/BarterInsider or Youtube.com/ BarterTheatre.

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Ashley Campos

Marnee Hollis

Tricia Matthews

Rick McVey

Erin Parker

Ashlie Roberson

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You Can Get Lost In Time At Fern Valley Farm Bristol, VA. --- It’s a bright, warm spring afternoon at Fern Valley Farm where an alpaca by the name of Tucker greets me with a friendly nip on my heels. “That means he likes you and is just curious,” said Larry Bauer who owns and runs the farm with his wife Lynn. “He just got his summer haircut and he is quite friendly and a joy to be around.” The Bauers located here after Larry finished a 21 year stint in the United States Marine Corps. “We finished our obligation and was looking for a place to relocate to and we found this place on a drive [down South] Lynn reported. “We just fell in love with the farm and the area. But we weren’t farmers so it took us some time to adapt and we’ve learned a lot in five years; it’s a fun time and there is always something new and different occurring around the farm.” Once inside the farm gates, visitors see a huge barn structure called The Gathering Place [front and center] where the Bauers rent out for special dinners and events. Fern Valley Farm is nestled off the beaten path away from the hustle and bustle. It’s a warm and inviting retreat. “Our roomy and spacious facility [The Gathering Place] can accommodate groups of up to 50 comfortably,” Lynn said matter-of-factly. “You can come here and dine in true ‘Country Elegance’ with our “fresh from the farm to table” philosophy featuring four to five course meals. Our menus vary and are based on seasonal availability. However, we strive to create rustic yet delectable meals starting at $25 to $40 a plate.��� Through The Gathering Place, children and adults can learn ways to eat and cook healthier. They can learn how to plant, grow and care for things at home. When preparing meals for events, local produce and meats are used as much as possible. Larry chuckles as he tells me he has “an egg route” [sic. similar to a paper route] where he drives around Bristol and Southwest Virginia delivering eggs to a sold-out list of customers. “People love those fresh eggs and it’s gotten to the point that we can’t accommodate any additional customers.” Which is a good thing.

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This month the 38 acre farm will play host to a bevy of children from the ages of four to nine years old. The day camp runs for eight weeks each summer and the Bauers’ retreat has experienced growth to the point of needing to add more and more interesting classes to the fun-centered curriculum. The kids will connect with various farm animals including: Tucker, the alpaca, Clementine, a pet pig, baby chicks and ducks, sheep, goats, a miniature horse, rabbits, chickens, turkeys and a couple of really big and friendly dogs. “Our camp sessions include daily care for all the farm animals,” Larry said. “All campers learn how to prepare kid friendly fresh foods from our garden,” Lynn added. Farm-fresh lunches and daily crafts are included each day of camp. The camp sessions are MondayThursday 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Camp sessions are $100 per child and grouped by age. Some of the sessions include the following subject matter: Learn about basic farm tools and woodworking; build and decorate bird houses, plant boxes, etc. Learn about alternate energies for the farm. Build a solar powered fountain for the duck pond. Build mini greenhouse and terrarium. Learn the importance of reusing and recycling. Make egg carton piggy banks, whirly gigs and milk carton bird feeder. Recycling and composting. Build your own earthworm farm, garden art, tire planters, etc. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy Fern Valley Farm, the gates are open you anyone who wants to visit. Just give them a call!

Fern Valley Farm Factoid Lynn & Larry Bauer, Owners. 19310 Rollins Drive, Bristol, VA. 24202. 276-696-0046 mail to: lynnbauer0413@gmail.com. Located only 6 miles from downtown Bristol off Reedy Creek Road.

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Thunder Valley Club, Bruton’s Suite Offer Amazing Experiences During June 17-19 Thunder Valley Nationals

BRISTOL, TN. – While the Father’s Day Weekend Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by the Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers is an amazing experience from any vantage point, Bristol Dragway offers fans two different options to immerse themselves in during the thrilling, nitro-fueled excitement.  For those die-hard fans longing to stand just feet away from the earth-shaking machines as they rocket from the Bristol Dragway starting line, a ticket to the Thunder Valley Club is a must. Anyone wishing to have an “eye in the sky” view of Thunder Valley can watch from high atop the legendary strip in Bruton’s Suite.

 Because every ticket is a pit pass, NHRA drivers are some of the most accessible in the world of motorsports. However, only fans with tickets to the Thunder Valley Club are able to sit just feet away from the starting line as drivers like John Force, Larry Dixon and Antron Brown blast through Thunder Valley at speeds in excess of 300 mph.   The air-conditioned Thunder Valley Club features pitside seating with a private patio next to the track, catered meals, a fan gift pack, preferred parking and shuttle service with the purchase of two tickets, a cash bar, and private restrooms. The TVC also features a kid’s area. Select drivers will participate in autograph and Q&A sessions throughout the weekend in the Thunder Valley Club.   Bruton’s Suite offers a plush setting with a commanding view of Thunder Valley and all the ground-pounding, 300mph racing action.  Suite seats feature fully enclosed, theatre-style seating, as well as veranda seating, air-conditioning, a buffet with wait staff, closed-circuit television coverage of the races and a sou-

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venir gift. Several NHRA drivers also are scheduled to make appearances in Bruton’s Suite during the weekend.  Entrance into the Thunder Valley Club is $300 for the weekend for adults and $100 for children 12 and under.  Tickets for Bruton’s Suite are $450 per seat for the weekend.   Prime camping spaces still are available for the event in the Medallion Camping area overlooking the pit area in Thunder Valley. Each paved site is 20’ x 50’ and includes electric, water and sewer hookups. The cost is $350 for the event (Thursday-Monday).  Gates open at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 17 with Pro Qualifying slated for 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 with Pro Qualifying set for 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday and Final Eliminations begin at 12:00 noon.   To purchase Thunder Valley Club seating, call Amy Denton at (423) 989-6930. Bruton’s Suite seats may be purchased by calling Lisa Bunn at (423) 989-6946.   For more information about the Ford Thunder Valley Nationals, please call (423) BRISTOL or visit www.bristoldragway.com.

Bristol Dragway: Thunder Valley Bristol, TN. --- Bristol International Dragway (as it was known then) opened in 1965 under National Hot Rod Association [NHRA] sanction. At the time it was considered a state-of-the-art super dragway, the best in the country. Larry Carrier, Carl Moore and Hal Hamrick built the drag strip at a cost of approximately $1 million. The facility included a crossover bridge for spectators, a four-story tower which housed officials, suites, a timing tower and media accommodations second to none. Bristol Dragway’s elevation was 1,445 feet. The facility seated 15,000 people and featured raised seating, which gave spectators a great view all the way down the quarter- mile strip. The facility was housed on 500 acres of land in a picturesque valley in which a 60-foot wide strip, one mile long was cut for racing. The roar of super charged engines screaming down the strip at over 200 miles per hour between two mountains soon had people calling it: Thunder Valley. NHRA left Bristol Dragway after the

1967 Spring Nationals. From 19681970, the American Hot Rod Association sponsored the event. In 1971, Carrier started his own sanction body, the International Hot Rod Association, which sanctioned events at the Dragway until 1998. Bristol remained the flagship of IHRA until Carrier sold it to Billy Myer in the fall of 1987. Myer moved the headquarters to Waco, Texas. Meyer sold IHRA in 1989 to Jim Ruth and Ted Jones and they moved it back to Bristol. Ruth died in 1990 and his sons, Duane and Rick, inherited it. They sold IHRA to a group of businessmen but retained the dragway. In 1996, the Ruth brothers sold Bristol International Dragway to Bruton Smith who had also just purchased Bristol International Raceway [NASCAR] from Larry Carrier. Since the purchase, Smith has poured millions of dollars into the facility adding suites and additional seats. He re-named the facility Bristol Dragway and it remains the crown jewel of dragways in the United States. (From Bristol Dragway’s history page).

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Rediscover the Valley Beautiful:

North Main Street Café & Catering

Judy Mann, Tammy Hodge and Kristy Davison behind the counter

Erwin, TN. --- After a three year hiatus Debbie Rogers, former owner of the Elms in Erwin and Park Place on Rock Creek, and her partner, Mary Georgia are back offering the best variety of home-cooked meals anywhere in the Tri-Cities and beyond. “We offer the freshest meats, vegetables, sauces and home-made deserts possible,” she said recently after feeding dozens of people during a busy lunch hour. “I’ve always had that reputation wherever I been in my 20+ years in the restaurant business. The people I serve expect the best and the general public deserve it. You have many choices of places to eat and I want you to come here and try us because if you do I know you’ll be back.” North Main Street Café and Catering opened on December 4, 2010. “In less than six months we’ve had to double the size of the restaurant and double the size of the kitchen,” Debbie said with a smile. “We now can accommodate about 100 people and we have a back room for private parties, birthdays, reunion, etc. that seats 36. We had to expand quickly because many days we’d have 15-20 people waiting in line to get in. I take that as a compliment.” And, so she should. North Main Street Café is nothing short of amazing when it comes to offering a wide variety of dishes to suit any pallet. From home-made soup beans and corn bread to hand cut rib-eye Angus steaks Debbie and Mary have it all. “Out fresh chicken tenders are all hand breaded and we created that concept before Hardee’s did,” she reported. Also on the menu is the Monster Burger so big it fits on a specially ordered 9 inch bun. “Most people take half of it home,” Debbie said with a laugh. Regular size burgers are also on the menu and the only thing on the menu that’s frozen is the French fries.

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Debbie said the Café will soon offer soft-served ice cream, chicken and beef casadias, spinach omelets, hot dogs, club sandwiches, and corn beef and pastrami Ruben’s complete with homemade dressing. Speaking of homemade all the deserts at the Café are made fresh daily. Main Street Café & Catering is also a family affair as Debbie’s son, Jeremy [who spent 4 years in Iraq] is in charge of the kitchen. “We are family owned and operated and I’d like to say we are a little step up above the rest,” Debbie added. “Our meats are the best cuts available, all the vegetables are fresh and there is nothing that comes out of a can. Our hamburgers are 100% free range Angus beef. We always adding stuff all the time and on Friday and Saturday night we are offering some upscale dishes like fresh grilled salmon. Theirs is so much to choose from here.” When it comes to public relations, customer service is always at the top of Debbie and Mary’s lists. “When you visit Main Street Café you’ll be greeted with a smile,” she said. “We want your dining experience

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here to be an enjoyable one. I’ve been blessed and I guess this is what I’m meant to do.” Debbie said when asked about coming out of retirement. “I sold Park Place and then I sold the Elm’s but truthfully I did miss it.” The catering side of Debbie and Mary’s business has also taken off in a big way. “We offer a complete catering service for group’s large and small, weddings, family reunions and private parties. We’ve catered events at [Erwin] Town Hall, churches, civic clubs, Heritage Museum, Bolton Block, Lowe’s and Home Depot just to name a few.” Debbie also knows the demand of running a large scale restaurant and catering company. “We’re not fast food and we’re not trying to be. If we were, I wouldn’t personally be spending 17 hour days here,” she said.

Outside photo of North Main Street Café & Catering in Erwin.

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Big John’s Closeout Opens in Mountain City Mountain City, TN. --- Mike Barnett and his staff enjoyed a day in sun on May 7th as Big John’s Closeout held its Grand Opening. Attended by family, friends, city and county officials as well as leaders from the Chamber of Commerce, a grand time was held by all. After the ceremony Mike said: “It’s a pleasure to be here as a new merchant in Mountain City. We have been welcomed with open arms and we appreciate all the support from the community.” Mike also owns and operates the Elizabethton Big John’s Closeout store.

A large crowd gathered on the porch to enjoy free food and drink.

Mike Barnett (left) and a friend pose for a photo after a quick break from the grill.

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Inside the store the shelves were brimming with every item one would want for home improvements.

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It was all smiles before (top photo) and after the ribbon cutting.

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increased in popularity and now are among the trendiest of wines. Another really cool bottle that very, very few people know of, is a wine called Down Under produced by Crane Lake. After lifting several cases, I noticed that they seemed somewhat lighter than other wine boxes I was lifting. Several weeks later, a representative from the winery was walking through the store with me and grabbed a bottle from the Down Under display and asked what I thought about the bottle having 25% less glass than other bottles. What a wonderful idea and they don’t even mention it on the bottle! It saves on glass, transportation cost and everyone who has to lift cases in our industry. Lately, the term for new packaging has been “environmentally friendly”. One such package is the 500 ml Tetra Pak by Bota Box. This little box wine is roughly the size of a 12 oz soft drink can and comes in four different variet-

ies: Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot and Pinot Grigio. It touts that the package reduces greenhouse gases by 75% and waste by 50%, reduces shipping weight and is produced from paper, a renewable resource. I can say that the wine is truly in the box with this one. The next new package introduced this week is called Flasq. Flasq offers both a Merlot and a Chardonnay in a slender aluminum container that holds 375 ml. This shatter-proof container boasts that it is for wine lovers on-the-go. The package is easy to grip, very lightweight, 100% recyclable and chills very quickly. The wine is very light in style and would be perfect for such activities as picnics, boating, camping, hiking or even around the pool. The last package is by Kru 82 which is an 82 proof vodka. The vodka itself is good, but the package, a stainless steel container, is killer for those who like to camp, raft, and bike and hike the great outdoors. It is available in five different sizes: 200 ml, 375 ml, 750 ml, 1 liter and a 1.75 liter. Even though one can recycle the stainless steel, most people are buying them to reuse the container

with other products. As with all products, it will be up to you and other consumers to determine if the trendy “eco friendly” packages will be a viable product or just another idea down the drain. I hope I have teased you enough to come in and judge these products for yourself. As always, I look forward to seeing you around the store.

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cause of the location and content they display on public property. This particular artist has more of a political agenda but other artist use the power of paint to express their artistic talent. This event will allow graffiti artists to display their skills in a legal way and will potentially get rewarded for it.

“The difference between graffiti and art, is permission,” Kelly Davis, This event will be held on Saturday, June 4th during the Blue Plum Festival. Qualified teams will be selected based on their portfolios and will compete for cash prizes. John Smith, Solid Waste Services Manager, City of Johnson City, has announced that the winning team will be entitled to paint the recycling dumpsters used downtown. The ultimate goal of the Task Force is to be proactive in recognizing the plagues of graffiti in our community, and develop a „Graffiti School‰ for offenders. They want to showcase artistic talent in a positive environment with qualified instructors. Keep Johnson City Beautiful, Friends of Olde Downtown, Nelson Art Gallery, Backdoor Records, Artopia, and Montana Paints are among the sponsors of the event. Registration forms are available at www.blueplum.org under the events section. For more information, please contact Shannon Castillo at 423-943-0530

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Former WCYB Anchor Joins Bristol Radio Group By Ron Scalf

Bristol, VA. --- After 35 years at WCYB TV, veteran newsman Steve Hawkins recently took a short trip across town joining with other broadcast icons at Bristol Radio Group as its new News Director. One night in March he was routinely anchoring the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts [something he had done for the last 11 years after taking over for legendary newsman Merrill Moore] on Channel 5 and the next night viewers noticed he was inconspicuously gone. And, like me, wondered why? Not wanting to discuss the issue, apparently management and Hawkins had a difference of opinion in the station’s direction, which obviously happens in the broadcast business [and every other business] from time-to-time, and they mutually agreed to the parting of the ways. Hawkins however declined to talk about the specifics of the breakup only saying in an exclusive interview with Out ‘N About Magazine that while he enjoyed his many years at WCYB he is where he wants to be at this stage in his career. Offers poured in from across the country by the time he set foot on State Street when TV stations heard he might be available. Having started out planning a radio career as a disc jockey while attending ETSU, he ironically landed a job WCYB at the bequest of an ETSU advisor while he still was a junior in college. He says he is excited about his new career and the new place he now calls home. Recently, he decided to return to his radio roots versus uprooting his family for opportunities in some of the largest television markets in America. You see Steve is one of us and leaving TriCities/Southwest Virginia wasn’t in the cards. One thing I noticed about Steve during a three hour visit to the studios of Bristol Radio Group [most notably known for WXBQ its flagship station] is that he smiles

a lot lately and the atmosphere at the station is relaxed and laid back. Sure, radio is ratings driven like television and newspaper circulation competition but when you’re #1 in the market as the Tri-Cities favorite radio station and you have been for decades [notably WXBQ] you don’t look over your shoulder much. Hawkins seemed at awe when speaking about getting the chance to work alongside Bill Hagy, who for 42 years has been around to see the evolution from 45 rpm’s to MP3 players and every other technical change in-between, Reggie Neel, Charlie Stuchel, John Mongle, and the rest of the WXBQ/Electric 94.9/Z Rock/Super Talk and other members of the station’s staff. In a brief meeting with Lisa Nininger Hale, who took over the family business following the death of her father, Pete Nininger, who for 50 years built Bristol Broadcasting Company into a multi-state operation, she talked of the station’s employees as family members and said, “Bristol Broadcasting Company knows that it is the people [who work here] that make a radio station come alive. We hire talented, motivated, and creative individuals and give them the tools and environment needed to encourage their best work. We certainly are pleased that Steve has joined us.” Later this year, Hawkins will host his own talk show along with his other daily rigors assigned to the News Director. “I am really excited about that opportunity. . .doing a morning show where you can do longer stories and people can get on their phone with us and voice their opinions. We’ll have interesting guests and the format will evolve with our listeners in mind.” Hawkins, a Rogersville native, accomplished author, award winning journalist and guest lecturer at ETSU, lives in Bristol with his wife Tracey. They have a daughter Jennifer, 25 who is married and lives in Cincinnati. “We have quite a team here,” he said matter-offactly. “Our listeners depend on us for breaking news, traffic and weather. And they deserve exactly that. .. every minute. . .every hour of every day. They trust us to deliver and that is an awesome responsibility that we don’t take lightly.” Thanks Steve. We’ll see you [err] hear you on the radio!

Hawkins with veteran radio man Bill Hagy,

Steve Hawkins delivers the noon days news as Reggie Neel looks on.

WXBQ Station owner Lisa Hale fields a call from a listener.

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June 4- Ralph Stanley II, Country Classics, Flowers Family Band, & the South Carolina Broadcasters July 16- Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys, Allen Thompson, Gold Heart, & the Johnny Possum Band (New Zealand) All concerts are at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia and are taped for broadcast on Public Television across America. All concerts begin at 7:00 pm and reserved tickets are available at the Lincoln Theatre box office 276-783-6093 or online at www.songofthemountains.org. Song of the Mountains/Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit organization.

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(Abingdon, Va.) “It’s like you’ve never seen it before,” said Richard Rose, producing artistic director at Barter Theatre, of the upcoming Barter show Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The enchantment begins May 28 at the State Theatre of Virginia located in Abingdon. The timeless classic is new again for families everywhere. Rose, who also directs this fulfilling story about the importance of inner beauty, invites audiences to attend. “Barter Theatre’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ will make you forget every other production you have seen,” he said. There is more to both Belle and the Beast than meets the eye…a beautiful girl (Holly Williams) and a hairy beast (Sean Campos). “With such an incredibly talented cast, we have been able to explore the depth and breadth of this story in order to fully tell this beautiful and touching tale for its greatest impact,” said Rose. Most people know the story of a handsome young prince who does not have a heart to match. Because he crossed an evil enchantress, he and everyone else in the castle become enchanted and trapped in

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non-human form. Only if the Beast is able to love and find someone who can love him will the spell be broken. The other side of the story is Belle. She is a young, vibrant and very pretty girl with a heart that is playful and adventurous – she wants more than what other pretty girls want. One might say Belle is a tomboy trapped in the body of a beauty. “We have pulled strong dancing and singing talent from across the country in addition to our talented Resident Acting Company, not to mention the special effects, intertwined with finding the true heart of each character which will leave a lasting impression for anyone of any age,” said Rose. All the characters have a story, he says. The cast, a brimming 26 total, is one of the largest casts Barter has assembled in recent years. The stories are important, but one can’t forget about all the familiar songs families know and love such as, “If I Can’t Love Her,” “Human Again,” and of course, “Beauty and the Beast.” “I hope the audience will be as moved as I am in rehearsals when they hear the sheer power of all

those harmonious voices in a song like “Be Our Guest,” added Rose. Barter employs many talented dancers in the company and have brought outside talent in for a power packed performance. Amanda Aldridge along with Dance Captain Ashley Campos, as well as Cay Harkins, collaborate on the unbelievable choreography,” Rose added. In addition to being new on stage, Barter is offering a never-beforeseen princess/prince package where you can be the Belle (or Beast) of Barter. The package, for up to six people, includes: tea and cookies in The Barter Café, a 20-minute horse-drawn carriage ride around Abingdon to make a grand entrance at Barter Theatre, a poster signed by the entire cast, six tickets to see Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” and a choice of two Disney souvenirs. The Belle of Barter package is only offered Fridays – Sundays and quantities are limited. Barter is also offering a Family Discount Package, offering two or more youth tickets for $12 each with the purchase of two full price adult tickets. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” plays May 28 – August 13 at Barter Theatre. Sponsors are Wellmont Health System/Bristol Regional Medical Center, 11 Connects/WJHL TV, Bristol Herald Courier, TriCities. com, Z103.5/ 102.5 The Renegade and Lamar TriCities TN/VA. Barter Theatre is partially funded by the NEA and the VCA. For tickets and more information for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and other Barter Theatre productions, call 276.628.3991 or visit www.BarterTheatre.com.

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Behind The Scenes The Beast’s Transformation with Wigmaster Ryan Fischer & Sean Campos as The Beast

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Women In Business:

Gwen Hendrix: Leading Appalachian Christian Village By Example Johnson City, TN. --- Gwen Hendrix’s smile is bright and sincere as she talks about her love for the residents and staff that surround her every day at Appalachian Christian Village. Thirty-six years ago she began her career as a nurse after graduating from East Tennessee State University. She moved into the administration aspect of elderly health care as Administrator for Ivy Hall for 8 years and as a traveling consultant for nursing home owner Jim Lewis of Elizabethton. When Kim Williams, a close friend of Gwen’s, spotted an employment advertisement for the Director of Nursing position at Appalachian Christian Village (ACV), Williams urged her to apply. She got the job and was named “Administrator in Training” working under Richard Lewis and six months of classes led to her obtaining her Nursing Home Administrator’s license from the State of Tennessee. Today, as Administrator for the Health Care Center of ACV and Director of Health Services for 15 years, [for a total of 25 years there] Gwen is on the cutting edge of providing the best skilled care possible for residents both short and long term as well as patients who may be enrolled in therapy and don’t live at ACV. ACV has Independent Living at Sherwood and Maple Crest, and Assisted Living at Pine Oaks and Magnolia Crossing. “We offer independent and assisted living for seniors,” Gwen said matter-of-factly. “It is very important to me that we offer the best in services and staff to maintain the quality of life that our clients deserve.” Gwen explained one recent addition to services offered residents is Status Solutions, an electronic device that when its button is pushed it

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Gwen Hendrix and Diana Campbell.

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immediate alerts staff that someone is in need. “If someone falls, for example, we know about it immediately and we send someone quickly to investigate. Our residents are like family to us and we treat them as such.” Gwen is a hands-on administrator who can be seen walking the halls of ACV on a regular basis interacting with residents, staff and visitors. “I get very few complaints,” she said. “Our company has 200 great employees and it’s a team effort.” When questioned about what is the best and [also] worse aspect of her job Gwen smiled and said, “That’s easy to answer.” “The best part of my job is coming to work every day and taking care of and dealing with elderly issues, problem solving, and interacting with residents. We all have difficult things to deal with in our jobs and I guess mine is finding employees that are dependable and

want to be a part of our team. We are a non-profit but we offer a great wage, benefits and an excellent work environment. Our employees must pass a drug screen and background check. It’s just difficult sometimes identifying new employees in such a competitive business.” Gwen says while she has enjoyed her tenure at ACV, she plans to retire soon but will continue to work part-time in nursing freeing her up to travel more. She is also proud of the fact that profits made from the business are put back into the facility. “We reinvest into our infrastructure and recently remodeled our health care center and put money back into training as well.” She is proud of the fact that ACV has done exceedingly well when it comes to surprise visits [sometimes in the middle of the night] by regulators who monitor and analyze every aspect of her operation from fire

safety to nutrition. “Federal oversight visits can be unnerving but it’s necessary. A few years ago, some nursing homes

were given a bad name because they didn’t meet expectations. We, on the other hand, want to be the best we can be!”

Gwen Hendrix Factoid Single. Enjoys spending time on area lakes with friends. Has made over 200 purses by hand. Is always looking for heart shaped rocks and arrow heads. Has lived all her life in Carter County. Grew up in Hampton and graduated from Hampton High School. Is an active member of Hampton Christian Church. Out ‘ N About Magazine


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Antiques at Duck Crossing in Downtown Elizabethton Elizabethton, TN. --- When Duck Crossing Antique Mall located here in the downtown district closed in 2007, antique shoppers and browsers were worried that their source for variety and quality antiques and “stuff” was lost forever. Not so. Shortly after long-time owner Pat Greene made the decision publically to close her shop after 15 plus years, Dick Widdows and Montie Stevens from Johnson City made their decision to purchase the shop. Dick, a long time antique owner and dealer bought the building that houses what is now called Antiques at Duck Crossing. “We didn’t want to change the name too much since this truly was where the ducks crossed to get to water years ago.” Montie jumped in with both feet to become the Manager of the shop. He and Dick recruited dealers to fill the spaces. Within less than six months all the spaces were leased and filled with old, gently used antiques and some truly one of a kind items. “We have over 30 dealers selling from the shop and their products cover a wide variety of styles from primitive, Victorian, cottage and everything inbetween,” said Montie. The building itself is well suited for an antique mall with three floors and a mezzanine. In its former life it was home to Elizabethton Hardware Store. The first floor was the hardware department and the original counter and cash register are still in use at Antiques at Duck Crossing. The mezzanine was children’s toys and the second floor was furniture. Plus, there is an outdoor area for garden-type offerings. Now all the areas are chock full of item for customers from all around the Tri-Cities area to find just what they want or need. “We are uniquely positioned so that we get shoppers from a wide area of Tennessee but also lots of customers from nearby North Carolina. When the Bristol NASCAR races are happening we get people from all over the country,” notes Montie. Antiques at Duck Crossing is open seven days a week. Monday --- Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and from April through October they are open until 8 p.m. on the Saturdays when the popular car show is in downtown Elizabethton. Sunday’s hours are from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. “I think of us as the new Jonesborough,” Dick said matter-of-factly. “We have such a great variety and we’re very economical.” Some of the specialty items at Duck Crossing include:

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A huge variety of [over 500] electric Aladdin Lamps. Two full booths of Pyrex Containers. Hard to find Leanin’ Tree Swan Creek Candles. The best repair & restore antique method in the Howard Products. L.C. Tiffany Priceless Goblets. Lalique Greeting Card for All Occasions.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Entertainment on the Bridge June 9 Gospel/Bluegrass Night at 5:00 p.m. local church choirs such as Oak Street Baptist - 5 pm, Valley Forge Free Will Baptist - 6 pm, First Baptist - 7 pm and East River Park Christian - 7:45 pm and at 8:30 featured performers Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. June 10 Country Night at 5:30 p.m. featuring The Grass Pistols at 6 pm, Black Hat at 7 pm and Chop Top Mercs at 8:30 p.m. June 11 Rock Night Bullseye Band 6:15, Lance Williams Band 7:30, The Collegians at 8:30 p.m. Taste of Carter County June 7 at 5:30 p.m. tickets $10 @ Elizabethton High School Cafeteria Dancing June 9-11 June 10 East TN Ballet Academy

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Road Tripp Stops At Country Club Bar & Grill in Bristol

Bristol, TN. --- It’s Saturday night at the Country Club Bar & Grill, located just a hop and a skip off Interstate 81, and the crowd starts shuffling in. Tonight treat is The Road Tripp band and by the license plates on the cars in the full parking lot, they certainly have a huge following from all over. The members of the band include lead singer Sam McIntosh, smoking guitarist Anthony Hensley, Terry Woody, who gives the band a rock-in-roll edge and amazing drummer Mitch Wright, through legally blind, can burn up a set of drums with the best of them. The other guys in the group say Mitch “Is the heart- beat of The Road Tripp band.” The band’s managers are Amanda Hensley and Stacy McEntyre and Johnny Elder works behind the scenes helping with setup. Sitting in between Country Club Bar & Grill manager Andy Bland for a photo shoot and interview, the group is excited and upbeat prior to taking the stage. “We’ve been after Andy for quite some time to make us the house band,” Sam said with a grin. “We love this place and really appreciate Andy and Michelle for giving us the opportunity to play in front of all our friends [members of the group live across the state line in Burnsville, N.C.]. Although we play about 60 dates a year, this place is home to us. And, when you are on the road, you enjoy performing at a place with so much energy. Everyone has a great time. It’s also the only bar I know of that has a ’53 Buick on the dance floor!” The band members all have day jobs and only live a few miles apart. Their goal was to play about 50 dates and as they neared 60 requests they had to stop there. “We obviously love what we do although some people mistakenly think we play county/western,” Terry said with a laugh. “We do some of that [Montgomery Gentry for example] but we have a wide and full range of songs so that there is always something for everyone when we perform.” That’s very evident when you listen to their latest CD, Southern Sun.

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It’s a unique blend of Southern Rock, Country, and Classic Rock and new rock ‘n roll takes. On July 22nd in their hometown, The Road Tripp will rub shoulders with the ever-popular Bellamy Brothers as their opening act. The Country Club Bar & Grill is sponsoring the band in their effort to gain more notoriety and they certainly will get that with the gig in their hometown. {See Page 7 for ticket information for the show in Burnsville, N.C. July 22nd.} The band leaves the Back Bar heading for the stage for a sound check. They hadn’t stepped on the stage yet and the dance floor is already full waiting in anticipation. The band “kicked it up” all night long and everyone had a great time. They told me they always end their show with “Free Bird.” Tonight was no exception. How fitting.

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