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Facility promotes variety of sports, Zumba, Spinning plus new state-of-the art year-round RV park now open! Elizabethton, TN — It’s been three years since Michael and Tammy Whitehead purchased the former Smoky Mountain Sports Complex with a vision that the facility would become not only the premier youth sports facility in the region by a yearround complex offering a variety of other opportunities including special events, concerts and other forms of entertainment. Recently the sport complex played host to a mixed martial arts tournament [MMA] that saw over 1,500 fans enjoy one of the best MMA events presented in East Tennessee. “That event was so well received and so popular that we are hosting a second event next month on November 16,” said Dale Bowling, general manager of East Tennessee Sport Complex. “We continue to be a popular facility for basketball but with a 30,000 square foot building we see ourselves as more of a multi-purpose complex with an array of possibilities for its use.” Indeed. Recently a local college rented the building for an indoor soccer practice session. Volleyball

and Cheerleading camps are popular as is the many opportunities to join in on a Zumba Fitness class or Spinning classes. And the rates are very reasonable. The complex consists of four basketball courts, four volleyball courts, arcades and HD TV’s throughout as well as concession stands, dressing rooms and bathroom facilities. “This beautiful comprehensive facility has the ability to meet the needs of most events people involved in the promotion of sports and entertainment,” Rikki Baughman, the complex’s Assistant Manager points out. Bowling added that building the comprehensive RV/camping park behind the building of the complex compliments its expansion. “The amenities we offer at the RV Park are the best around,” Bowling said. “It’s a gated campground offering concrete spaces with full hookups [30 or 50 amp] plus water and sewer, a bath house, fire pits, grills, playground,

space, parking and infrastructure to work with any organization to accomplish their event goals.” Future events planned for the East Tennessee Sports Complex include amateur and professional boxing and perhaps concerts. The facility is also ripe for of parking and we are connected to other special events as the schedule the Watauga River,” he said. “We comes together. “We see the region fill a need for the traveling public and this links use directly with the tourism industry and we expect to be full during the Bristol NASCAR race weekend. However, we want to see it used every day; every week.” Owner Michael Whitehead explained that while the facility is focused somewhat on sports, the building has so many other applications for use. “While we do focus somewhat on our sports program we can offer much, much more to organizations looking for a ‘turn-key’ facility to hold events of any kind. We have the baseball field, free Wi-Fi, and plenty

as an opportunity for all kinds business for us from business meetings, conferences and other sports and entertainment events as we have evolved into a place to hold nearly any event large or small. We are not just a basketball facility, although we are proud of that program which is still an important part of what we do,” Bowling said matter-of-factly. “We are reasonable on rent and we keep the place first-class. We’ve been open three years and it looks like we just opened up today.”

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Basketball is offered every Tuesday and Thursday for both boys and girls ranging from ages 5 to 17. Fall League Basketball Sign-ups continue through October 29th. Cost only $40. Birth certificate required. RV Park is opened year-round. Rates: Daily: $38; Weekly: $210; Monthly: $475; Yearly: $4800. Zumba, Piloxing & Spinning Classes are offered six days a week by certified professional personal trainers. Only $3.50 per class or $15 for 5 classes. Call the complex or visit their web site for times. East Tennessee Sports Complex Smokey Mountain Drive Elizabethton, TN. 37643 [In the Stoney Creek Community] For more info call: 423-543-6730 Website: www.etsportscomplex.com

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your limits before you run Just like a good work out, stretching your muscles feels just as invigorating. I will almost bet by the time you finish this article you will want to stretch. Most people do not take advantage of the good feeling stretching provides. While stretching provides oxygen and relief to muscles after sitting for long periods, or when you first wake-up in the morning, stretching is essential to athletes before and after athletic events. Stretching is important, and it is important to do it right. Start out easy on your stretching and be consistent. Gradual stress regularly applied over time is the best way to achieve somewhat painless results you want for your body, which is true of increased endurance, or increased flexibility. The aims of stretching are to gently lengthen muscles before and after any form of exercise, and to improve tissue elasticity and flexibility. If done correctly, stretching will help prevent injuries and increase athletic performance. The following key points should be remembered when stretching: * • Begin with gradual mobility exercises of all the joints, i.e.

Suzy Cloyd simply rotate the wrists, bend the arm and roll your shoulders. This will allow the body’s natural lubrication (synovial fluid) to protect the surface of your bones at these joints. • Always warm up the body prior to stretching, as this increases blood flow around the body, which in turn makes the muscles more supple? • After exercise, slowly bring your heart rate down before you begin stretching in order to avoid blood pooling within your muscles, which can lead to cramp and dizzy spells. • If you are wet and sweaty, take a bath or shower then stretch, as the hot

water will help relax the muscles, and prevent you from catching a chill. • Never bounce whilst you stretch, unless you are doing specific stretches sports, i.e. ballistic stretching for martial arts. • Hold the stretch until you feel the muscle loosen off, then repeat for a further 15 seconds. • Whilst stretching you should feel some slight discomfort, if you do not feel anything, then you may be doing the stretch incorrectly, or simply the muscle has eased off. • Stop immediately if you feel any severe pain. • Remember to breathe regularly and rhythmically, do not hold your breath. • If you have a bad memory, start with your legs, and work up the body, in order not to miss out any of the stretches. *NetFit End your stretching episodes by taking several deep, cleansing breaths, shake your hands, arms, shoulders, and torso to loosen up and you should be ready to “stretch your limits” in any event you are participating in.

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Oct. 4th—5th: Annual Apple Festival in Erwin, Tennessee. Oct. 8th: Michael McDonald. Nicewonger Performing Arts Center. Greeneville 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $50-60. 423-392-8423. Oct. 10th: Barter Theatre, A Visit from Scare Face, Barter Stage II, Abington, VA. Sponsored by Out “N About Magazine. Through Nov. 16th. 276-628-3991. Oct. 11th: Broadway by Jeri, 7:30 p.m. Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. 423-638-1679. Oct. 11th—31st: Mortality Room, LampLight Theatre, Kingsport, Tickets: $8. 423-343-1766. Oct. 11, 12, 19, 25 & 26: The Woman in Black, Johnson City Community Theatre. Tickets, $12, adults; $10 students. 423-926-2542. Oct. 12th: Johnson City Symphony Orchestra performs at Seeger Chapel, Milligan College. 7:30 p.m. 423-926-8742. Oct. 13th: Music in the Park. 3-5 p.m. Veterans Park, Southwest Ave., Johnson City. Oct. 15th—19th: International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough. Kim & Reggie Harris. 2 p.m. daily. $12 adults; $11 seniors. Oct. 17th—19th: Other Desert Cities, Bud Frank Theatre, ETSU. 7:30 p.m. 423-439-6511. Oct. 18th: Lorrie Morgan, Greeneville Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $25-$35. 423-638-1679. Oct. 19th: Spirit of the Harvest, Rocky Mount, Piney Flats. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5. 423-538-7396. Oct. 19th: Jonesborough Bluegrass Series. 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 adults $10 students & children. 423-753-1010. Oct. 19th: Viking Hall, Bristol 2 p.m. Willie Robertson from A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty.’ Tickets $25-$100. 423-764-0188. Oct. 25th—26th Witches Wynd. Exchange Place, Kingsport. 8 p.m. 423-288-6071. Oct. 27th: The Symphony of the Mountains. 3 p.m. Northeast State Community College. 423-392-8423. Oct. 28th.— Nov. 1st: Endangered Alphabets Project. ETSU Slocumb Galleries. 423-439-8587.

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Corner Nest vendors in Elizabethton welcome autumn with seasonal merchandise Elizabethton, TN. --- Fall has landed spectacularly at the Corner Nest Antique Mall. The 30,000 square foot popular antique mall has seen a bevy of activity this month as the 90+ vendors have been busy bring in new fall items. Two vendors featured this month are Camie McClain and Doris Hayes. We ran into Camie the other day as she was bringing in Shabby Chic furniture to compliment her booth. “I re-do everything in my booth when the seasons change,” she said matter-of-factly. “I offer furniture items for young couples, new home owners and college students who are on a budget. My items are both trendy and affordable. I have things in my booth that I would buy.” Camie, who has had a booth at Corner Nest for 10 years, says she just loves the place. “Being involved in the medical field enables me to do this in my spare time,” she said. “It’s relaxing and fun. For fall, I’m focusing on decorating for the season. I find interesting items at garage sales and my family is always giving me stuff. It’s a lot of fun being here and I also enjoy helping people, es-

pecially students who might be having a tough time paying for tuition and the cost of going to school, find affordable nice furniture and other items for their dorm or apartment. . .or newlywed couples just starting out.” Doris Haynes is a former partner at Sparrow’s Nest. She enjoys bringing the outside in. “I’m more focused on garden décor, antiques and seasonal items with my booth, Sparrow’s Garden at Corner Nest,” she says. “At estate sales I find one-of-a-kind antique furniture. I sell old and new items at affordable prices.”

Haynes explained she has always maintained a presence at Corner Nest Antique Mall. “Elizabethton is a different market and a good fit for me,” she added. “I really enjoy bringing the outside inside. Anything associated with nature, including bird houses, statues, rabbits, for example. And, also, unique old-type planters. I’ve been in the business for over 20 years with several locations throughout the Tri-Cities. I invite everyone to visit me at Corner Nest. It’s a really great place to find that unusual item at a great price!”

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One word describes Brian Mann’s business: Johnson City, TN. — Brian Mann, has 34 years of success in the automobile sales industry and says his success has been because, “I’ve been able to separate myself through the years and build relationships that have lasted the test of time,” he said recently from Buchanan’s Auto Sales, a Boones Creek location he has owned for several years having purchased the business from Tom Buchanan, upon his retirement. “I got my start in the car business back in 1979 at Looney’s Chevrolet in Kingsport and I just loved it and still do,” Brian says with a smile. “I can’t wait to get to work. I was working at Bill Gatton in Bristol and when I met Tom in 1982 this place was a gravel lot with an Oak Tree out front, “ he chuckled. “We worked out a deal and in the first month I

sold 53 cars. . .eight in one day!” Though the years Brian said that number has continued to grow. “We sold over 20,000 cars together but the hitch came when the new road came through and there were weeks when no one stopped. So, I went to work for Mitch Walters in Bristol for 3½ years as sales manager but found that position entailed too many hours and not enough time to spend with family. And, I’ve always wanted to own my own business. “So, one day I passed by the lot and saw a ‘For Lease’ sign and I called Tom and we opened back up in September 2009 and we sold 14 cars in the first week.” The rest, as they say, is history. At his business, Brian specializes in imports. When you visit his car lot you see a variety of shinny Porsches, BMWs, Mercedes, and Jaguars, as well as Jeeps, Toyotas and an array of American-made cars as well. It truly is a wide variety. One difference in them however, is they are reasonably priced, extremely detailed and clean! “The buying public has plenty of places to choose from when buying a vehicle,” Brian said matter-of-factly. “I have been successful because I treat people right and I take care of them after the sale.” Brian goes on to say he has replaced batteries, tail lights, starters, and even an engine in one car after they were sold. “I guess that’s why we have such a good repeat business. I’m seeing sons and daughters buying cars from me because I treated their dad and mom and even grandparent’s right when they came to see me for a good running car at a reasonable price.” We asked Brian to describe his business in one word. “Distinction,” he was quick to say. “That’s my Motto. I set myself apart from any other car dealer. . .and the word gets out. We have a great local business but I’m also amazed that we have a lot of people finding out about us through the internet. We’ve had people visit us from Little Rock, Arkansas, Chicago, and New York. I even picked up a fellow at the bus station from Baltimore who rode down here for 14 hours because he found an import he really wanted at a good deal.”

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Jeff Steadman, a boyhood friend of Brian works alongside him every day. “I’m like Brian in that I love to come to work and its gratifying being able to give people a good deal. We don’t have dock [document] fees and a lot of other added charges to the deal,” he said. In their spare time Brian and his wife, Rhonda, CNO for Mountain States Health Alliance, enjoy boating and taking care of their Tennessee Walking horses. “We enjoy living on the lake and also traveling,” Brian says. “And we really enjoy being with our grandchildren, Ethan, 6 and Riley, 4. Brian’s son, Tim, is vice president of Bank of Tennessee in Nashville. “I’m originally from Kingsport and I’ve lived in this area for 54 years,” Brian adds. “It’s a joy to come to work here every day and have the support of the local community. While being in business for yourself can be challenging at times, I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.”

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2013 summer movie wrap up By: Toby Laek, Producer, Daytime Tri-Cities

Despite constant prognostications of box office doom and gloom (you always hear that people don’t go to the movies anymore because – take your pick - going to the movies is too expensive, HD televisions are keeping more people at home, hating people answering their cell phones in theaters…) 2013 saw movie studios pulling in a record breaking $4.76 billion dollars…in America alone. Add that to the world wide totals and you’ll see that most movie studios are doing pretty well for themselves. As always, box office success doesn’t always equal a good film and vice versa, some box office flops are great films in their own right, they just didn’t find their audience. To help sort through the hits and misses, here is a breakdown of some of my favorite movies that came out this summer. Iron Man 3 – For whatever reason, the third film in a comic book franchise is often times a

tripping hazard. Look at Spiderman 3, X-Men 3, and the Val Kilmer Batman film. In all those cases, artistically and commercially successful franchises were ground to a halt with unexpectedly terrible third films. In the Spiderman and XMen cases, bad third films led to series reboots. Unfortunately for us, we had to sit though an even worse fourth Batman film before Warner Brothers finally called for a do-over. Fortunately for the Iron Man franchise, the third film, if anything, improved on what was already a solid formula. In somewhat going away from the familiar superhero moments, IM3 offered more of a glimpse into the life of Tony Stark and, as an actor, Robert Downey Jr. delivered perfectly. That’s not to say that the action is diminished (it’s there and better than ever), but in focusing on the human as opposed to the superhuman, the film takes us to a place we rarely get to go in comic book films. You’re Next – I’ve been reading positive festival reviews for You’re Next for a couple years now, but studio closures and new distributers delayed the

theatrical release until late this summer. The final product is a film that is a perfect mix of the selfaware/sense of humor horror of Scream and the tense home invasion scares of The Strangers. While much of the acting is pedestrian (save for the terrific performance by Sharni Vinson, the ‘final girl’), the creep factor of the seemingly unstoppable invaders with the scary animal masks makes up for it. Unfortunately, it did very poorly at the box office – hopefully it finds its audience on home video. It would’ve been a good Halloween season release. A must see for any horror fan. Pacific Rim – The results were somewhat mixed in what was my most anticipated film of the year. The giant robot versus monster action was absolutely amazing on the big screen. As far as special effects and sound design go, the film was a technical marvel. Director Guillermo del Toro delivered the best looking big budget film of the year.… maybe of all time. Unfortunately, other than an always fantastic Idris Elba (why that guy isn’t a household name is beyond me), the acting and ‘dramatic’ elements were drab and lacking. Star Charlie Hunnam,

who blandly mumbles his way through your television every week on Sons of Anarchy, blandly mumbles his way through Pacific Rim as well. Other than that, though, the film is well worth a look – the bigger the screen and louder the stereo system, the better Monsters University – Sequels have been a mixed bag for Pixar. The Toy Story sequels were brilliant, but the Cars sequel was, by far, the worst film ever to come out of the studio. Monsters University (which is technically a prequel, not a sequel), fortunately, is a success in every way. It lacks the emotional depth of the aforementioned Toy Story films, but that’s not what it’s going for. It’s just a fun (and funny) college film starring the great and underrated characters from Monsters Inc. A rare film that is genuinely entertaining for the entire family.

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‘The One & Only’ brings East Tennessee legend to life New pictorial history book brings famed Clinchfield No. 1 locomotive back into focus She was the real-life little engine that could, and this October, for the first time ever, a new pictorial history book is dedicated to the Clinchfield No. 1 and her celebrated life on the rails. T h e Clinchfield No. 1 holds a special place in the hearts of all those who were lucky enough to hear her delightful whistle blow through the mountains of Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina – and beyond. For still others, she’s a glorious showpiece to the days when steam ran the railroad. Her story, dating back to her creation in 1882 in Indiana, is told through “The One & Only,” a new pictorial history book by longtime engineer A.J. “Alf” Peoples and author and newspaper publisher Mark A. Stevens. The hardcover book features hundreds of color and black-and-white photographs, many never before published anywhere, from throughout the No. 1’s career on the rails. Especially interesting is a chapter highlighting the locomotive’s salvation from the scrap heap to a celebrated and adored lead locomotive for the Clinchfield Railroad’s excursion trains. Those sojourns through the mountains delighted passengers for more than a decade, from 1968 until 1979. Peoples and Stevens hatched plans for the book in 2010 and then worked to collect photographs to include in the volume. “Life kept going, but we both kept collecting more and more photos,” said Peoples, who works as an engineer for the CSX Railroad. “Eventually, Mark

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and I agreed that we had to stop collecting photos and actually get the book published. Our friends tell us if we find more photos after the book is out, we can always do Volume 2.” Peoples is a third-generation railroad man, but it’s not just a career for him. He loves the railroad and is a member of two historical associations that work to collect and maintain rail history. Professional and amateur photographers from around the United States donated photos for the book, which is published by Elizabethton, Tenn.-based Star Publishing. The No. 1’s history dates back to 1882. For many years, she served railroads as a workhorse. Her original number was the 423 for the Chicago & Indiana Central Railway. Several railroads owned the locomotive over the years, including the Ohio River & Charleston Railroad, the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad and, on two occasions, the Clinchfield Railroad. She didn’t get her designation as the No. 1 until she pulled for the North Carolina-based Black Mountain Railway. Over the years, she went by several nicknames: “Old No. 1,” the “One Spot” and even “Rosebud.” After her service seemed over in 1955, the town of Erwin, Tenn., bought her from the Clinchfield Railroad with plans to set her up for display, but that project was never realized and, after rusting and rotting away in the rail yard, the No. 1 was saved when Clinchfield Railroad General Manager T.D. “Tom” Moore Jr. decided to restore her and have

her guide special excursion trains. It was an audacious plan pulled together by nearly three dozen railroad workers, who, for two months in 1968, completely rebuilt the engine into a shining example of success. After her days of celebrated excursion leader ended in 1979, she was retired to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Md., where she is a shining star in an extensive collection billed as the “world’s best.” “But,” Stevens said, “the people of Northeast Tennessee, where the Clinchfield No. 1 called home for so many years, have never forgotten about her. I’m thrilled to be part of a team to bring her life into focus once again in this pictorial history book.” Peoples’ father, Jack, once served as engineer aboard the locomotive when she was the Black Mountain No. 1, and Peoples himself, as a teenager, worked aboard the early excursion trains pulled by the Clinchfield No. 1. “I do seem to have a close connection to the No. 1,” David DeVault Collection Peoples said. “I have ‘“The One and Only” features many professional and photos of me as a amateur photographers from around the United States toddler aboard the who donated photos for the book. Black Mountain No. 1 and then again as a boy when it was with the Hatcher brothers, who were converted to the Clinchfield No. 1. Then responsible for taking her on hundreds years later, I had the honor of working of excursions over a 13-year period from

1968 until 1979. “I would never have thought growing up that I’d be the co-author of a book about her, though. I guess you never know where the rails will lead.” The book is divided into several sections, including segments showing the rebuilding effort inside the Erwin shops and even one on the No. 1’s trip to Florida for her most audacious excursion, where she was welcomed by no less than the cheerleaders for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “One of my favorite photos in the book is this amazing picture of the Clinchfield No. 1 snapped by Fred Clark Jr. in downtown Tampa, Fla.,” Stevens said. “It was such an amazing find – this never-before-published photo of this little Appalachian locomotive in Florida. You’ve just got to see it to believe it.” Those photos – and many more – can be found in “The One & Only,” available for $29.95, plus tax, from Star Publishing, 300 Sycamore St., Elizabethton, TN 37643. To purchase a copy, send a check to the Elizabethton Star, PO Box 1960, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Add $2.92 for tax and $5 for postage for a total of $37.87. If you’d like your book signed by the authors, please indicate so in the correspondence. You may also pay by credit card by calling 423-542-4151.

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Lisa’s Thrift Boutique — “For The Thrifty Lady”

Lisa Bishop Elizabethton, TN — Located in the heart of downtown Elizabethton, Lisa’s Thrift Boutique is both thrifty and chic, chocked full of ladies clothing, shoes, purses and accessories all priced “for the thrifty lady.” Owner, Lisa Bishop says with a laugh, “I love pretty things and just can’t pass up a bargain. My merchandise is all current and up-to-date. I find quality items at exceptional prices and pass those savings on to my customers at far less than retail. So many of my items are like new with the original tags,” Lisa added. The boutique is now fully stocked for fall and winter with over 100 pairs of shoes, fuzzy sweaters, purses, coats and boots!

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Lisa prides herself on the ability to offer a great selection of both styles and sizes but also being able to offer full racks of plus sizes and Chico’s brand clothing. A lot of hard work obviously goes into keeping the store stocked and it shows. In addition to the well-stocked boutique, Lisa offers nice vintage items included painted and shabby chic furniture – each piece one of a kind. Lisa’s Thrift Boutique is a beautiful store – decorated with style, organized and clean – offering a unique thrift store shopping experience. “I am a thrift store but believe every woman should be able to shop ‘thrifty’ in comfortable surroundings,” Lisa said with a smile. Lisa points out that a large city parking lot is located at the rear of her store and her back door is always open. “I’m conveniently located from anywhere in the Tri-Cities and my customers have discovered it is well worth the drive to downtown Elizabethton for the unique shopping experience we provide – thrifty and chic!”

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Tennessee is the best state for business

Ever since I was first elected to the legisor unemployment reform, Tennessee legislature nearly twenty years ago, I have made lators are always looking for ways to make it my primary goal to make Tennessee the it easier on entrepreneurs to create jobs. best state in the nation in which to own and It’s the same thing with tax policy. Cutting operate a business. As I moved from the state taxes like the death tax means more money house to the state senate, eventually becomin your pocket to save and invest. It means ing lieutenant governor, that goal started to more money to spend on businesses that become a reality. create jobs. After two terms as lieutenant governor That is why what will become the largLt. Gov. fighting a Democrat governor and adver- Ron Ramsey est ice cream production facility in the sarial House speakers, I was finally joined world moved to West Tennessee. That is by Governor Haslam and Speaker Harwell in why Calsonic Kansei North America, Inc. is leadership in 2011. That’s when the seeds conservatives bringing 1,200 jobs across Middle Tennessee and why had planted over the years really started to bloom. That’s Jack Daniels will expand in Lynchburg. when the hard work started to pay off. That is why earlier this year, Eastman Chemical Co. It seems like every week I see a new barometer of our announced a $1.6 billion expansion that will mean 300 progress. Just this week Tennessee was certified “number new jobs. one” in among states with shovel ready sites for busiEastman’s expansion is particularly satisfying and ness. not just because its home is near mine in Northeast An initiative by our Department of Community and Tennessee. It’s because while wooing a new company to Economic Development, The Select Tennessee program, relocate to Tennessee is exciting and it grabs headlines, helped make this possible. The program was designed most of the jobs created in Tennessee are created by with the knowledge that companies looking to expand companies already here. These companies have expeor relocate their operations often eliminate less prepared rienced first hand what Tennessee has to offer and have sites and addresses this issue by ensuring sites meet a decided to put down roots here and grow with us. That is specific standards. This allows companies looking to the beautiful thing about Tennessee. Not only do more relocate or expand choose Tennessee. and more businesses come here, very few decide to leave. It is just one of the many ways, big and small, that Whether it’s the fact that George Mason University Tennessee works to harness the power of the free market called us one of the freest states in the nation or that to spur economic growth and bring jobs to Tennessee. Bankrate called us the best state to retire in, business is In fact, we are number four in the country in net coming to Tennessee. Our low taxes, limited regulations new jobs since 2011 according to the U.S. Department and sound fiscal policy are paying off and Tennessee is of Labor. That’s an increase of 138,000 new jobs. Not finally getting the reputation I always dreamed it would: bad in a country immersed in an Obama recession. The best state in the nation to own and operate a busiWhether it is tort reform, worker’s compensation reform ness.

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good and bad days I experienced at I’m back in the publisher’s the track. Sad days like when Alan chair after a four month hiatus Kulwicki died in a plane crash in taken to pen the book: ‘Racing the Blountville to attending Davey Alway it was’ my decade at Bristol lison’s funeral. Memorable days International Raceway with Larincluding laughing sessions with ry Carrier. I want to thank Lynne Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty and Ogle for running the magazine in Michael Waltrip and getting Food my absence. I’ve really missed you all! Ron Scalf & Larry Carrier City involved in sponsorship; having lunch with Mark Martin and Plus, she had the nerve of going on Daytime Tri-Cities and did an excellent job! his wife in their motorhome that I let them park next Morgan you’re a riot! Don’t know how you do it Amy! to the office and on the set of Days of Thunder and Anyway, writing a book is certainly not like writing being interviewed for Sports Illustrated. The day the track was sold along with my one day for a monthly publication or a daily newspaper. Some days I could fire off three chapters with no problem. of employment with Bruton Smith who told me right Other days I would just stare at the computer while off the bat to make a name change because he saw listening to my neighbor’s weed eater. Along the way, nothing “International” about Bristol. Hmm. Guess I got much needed encouragement from Lynne, local we need to alert all those Aussies, Brits and Canadians who come to the track every year. successful mystery and crime novelist Scott Pratt. With over six million NASCAR fans throughout the When the track sold I ran around the world for anworld other friends like Jeremy Clemens, Steve Hawkins other 10 years as president of the World Boxing Federation and Ed Williams swear I’ll be rich and famous by the based out of London, England, another venture started by time New Year’s rolls around; from their lips to God’s Carrier and me that stills enjoys international success toears. But, money was not the motivation for the novel. day. I never went back to the track. My time there was done. But, my who would have ever thought it would be When Larry Carrier died not a day went by that I didn’t think about writing a book about my experiences with what it is today? ——— him and Bristol International Raceway. The story needs To purchase a copy of ‘Racing the way it was’ my deto be told for posterity’s sake, “And, you are the only one left to tell it,” Mike Snapp said amid a discussion cade at Bristol International Raceway please send me an the other day. Mike was my contact with Budweiser and email to: ronscalf@hotmail.com and I’ll add you to the played a big role in promoting the Budweiser 500 and list of the hundreds of people already looking forward to Bud 250 at BIR. I had to include him in a “behind the reading it. I am pleased Amazon has agreed to sell and market it as well as making a digital copy available to scenes chapter that is hilarious!” I hope to take fans down memory lane from the Kindle readers. $20 + shipping. See you Out ‘N About!

A Better Way: The American Health Care Debate Health care shouldn’t be a partisan issue, so why is the only bipartisan thing about President Obama’s health care law its opposition? A new poll released by Fox News found that 68 percent of all Americans, both Republican and Democrat, are concerned about what their health care will look like under ObamaCare. Fifty-six percent of Democrats say they feel concerned on some level, with 31 percent admitting to being “very concerned.” But despite widespread anxiety, President Obama refuses to acknowledge it’s time to repeal his bill and start over. ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges are set to open on October 1, but many states and health care providers aren’t ready. In July, the administration announced they would delay the employer mandate by one year, but refused to

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give families that same protection. If the president believes employers deserve protection and flexibility from the law, I will never understand why he doesn’t share that same concern for all Americans. It is painfully clear that this administration is putting politics and pride over the needs of the American people. That’s why this week, I have worked with the House Republican Study Committee (RSC) to introduce the American Health Care Reform Act, a full alternative proposal that would repeal and replace the president’s deeply flawed health care law. I came to Congress because, as a physician, I wanted to help shape policy to reform our nation’s health care system. Unfortunately, during the ObamaCare debate, I was excluded from the process, despite requesting several meetings with

the president because After fully repealing I saw this train wreck ObamaCare, our bill will coming. We know the change the tax code to level president’s health care the playing field between law is unworkable and those who receive insurance that is exactly why Chairthrough their employer and man Scalise asked me to those that purchase it on their help draft a replacement own. Based on Kaiser Family bill. Our bill comes in at Foundation data, 80 percent Congressman under 200 pages, will not of Americans will receive a tax Phil Roe increase taxes, does not cut under this plan. Next, the rely on mandates, expands coverage and bill will provide protection to individuals lowers costs. The president and his allies with preexisting conditions by ensuring claim that Republicans have no ideas for they can move between markets in health health care reform and that couldn’t be care (large, small group and individual further from the truth. The RSC bill is a health markets) so long as they mainmarket-based, commonsense alternative tain continuous coverage. The legislation to ObamaCare and I am proud to have will allow Americans to shop for better worked with the chairman and drafting care by letting them purchase insurance committee on this important legislation. across state lines and by allowing small

businesses to pool together and negotiate better rates. The bill will reform medical liability laws and protect the sanctity of human life by prohibiting any health plan from requiring coverage of abortion services. Most importantly, this bill makes meaningful reforms to the health care system without requiring Americans to purchase insurance. The American Health Care Reform Act is a better answer to our health care challenges and will not result in the economic catastrophe that is ObamaCare.. For more information on the bill, visithttp://rsc. scalise.house.gov/solutions/rsc-betterway. htm Feel free to contact my office if we can be of assistance to you or your family. Our contact information can be found on our website, www.roe.house.gov.

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Have you ever thought about a Jeff Gasperson, representative of Tri-Cities Funeral Homes in both the Tri-Cities and Church Hill, has a different mission statement from most people in his business. “Each of us has a responsibility to help the ones we love move forward. Have you ever thought how relaxing it would be to do a Memorial Service in a backyard setting?” Gasperson said. “To me, a Memorial Service should

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be relaxing for your family and friends as you start helping one another find closure. It’s a time when we need to help each other find a new path to continue as we let our loved one go.” “Therefore we offer opportunities for services to be held in our garden settings, in a patio setting, a sunrise service or in one of our private chapels. We are here for whatever the extended

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The power of Twitter in real-time news gathering Steve Hawkins, a veteran news man and host of The Steve Hawkins Show on WFHG radio, recently posed these two questions to me: How are people now using social media to get their news? How has social media become a news source? Steve said he was prompted to ask me these questions after the recent Greene County school stabbing. Do you know where I heard about that incident? Twitter. I was checking my local tweets list on my phone and saw WJHL’s post about it. I told my husband about the incident as we were walking out the door to a First Priority fund raising dinner. That evening the Christian youth group used the tragic incident to discuss the need for the work that they do with youths in our schools. I posed Steve’s questions on today’s “airwaves” and was overwhelmed by the quick response on both twitter and Facebook. Here are a few of the stories people shared with me. Last summer (2013) Johnson City videographer Kyle Long of Digital-fridge, was shooting a tourism video for the town of Damascus, VA. Suddenly, an elderly man suffered a medical issue and plowed into a crowd with his car. No one was killed but there were several serious injuries. Kyle took and posted the photo of the car crash to twitter and Facebook. Within ten minutes of his tweet, ABC/New York called to ask permission to use the photo. He told them “sure” and his photo was blasted out to ABC news watchers around the globe. This actually poses an interesting ethical question that Kyle and I discussed. Who becomes the gatekeeper? What if Kyle had taken a photo of “just any car” and said it was the one to plow into the crowd? In today’s rush of citizen journalists does the “first to post” win? Apparently lots of news hounds like me monitor twitter.

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My intern Emma Brock said that when Soledad O›Brien visited ETSU she said she usually saw her news on twitter first- and then she would check her sources for the facts. Ted Bradford of Shop Local says that The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore retweeted his photo of downtown Johnson City flooding within 15-20 minutes of posting. Of course there can be a downside if you don’t check the facts. My associate Sarah Kinsler says, “The way social media is used for news often reminds me of the game “telephone” … “what happened” changes as it’s being passed around person by person.”

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And former MSHA Vice President Ed Herbert adds, “Locally, there was the situation where MSHA was closing Indian Path Pavilion, the psych hospital, but one TV station tweeted “MSHA closing Indian Path Medical Center” and suddenly 700 team members at the hospital were fearful for their jobs, the tweet was then used as a source on other media outlets and MSHA communications and marketing spent the rest of the day correcting the erroneous

tweet.” Local WJHL-TV newsman Chris McIntosh says, “Some of the best stories I’ve covered have come from Facebook sources. I have fans and friends on Facebook that keep me up to date on what is going on in their neighborhoods and communities.” Finally, my former intern Kristen Pierce, who is now with St. Jude’s says, “I usually get breaking news first on Twitter. I follow the Associated Press so I’m always staying up to date!” Clearly, social media has found its place as a key influencer in our news consumption and creation. Do you have a social media making/breaking news story to share? I would love to hear from you and publish some of those here. Feel free to tweet me @MarketingMel or visit the MarketingMelPR Facebook page and comment. You can find me at www. marketingmel.com.

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Concert Schedule Freedom Hall in Johnson City: Toby Mac Viking Hall in Bristol: Oct. 19 Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty Fundraiser for Family Life Ministries Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, TN: Oct. 8 Michael McDonald Oct. 18 Lorrie Morgan Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville: Nov. 13 The Eagles Jan. 31 Keith Urban Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville: Oct. 3 Lewis Black Oct. 10 Craig Morgan Oct. 29 Celtic Thunder Nov. 1 Earth Wind & Fire Knoxville Civic Auditorium: Oct. 10 Hunter Hayes Oct. 12 Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Bijou Theatre in Knoxville: Oct. 16 They Might Be Giants Oct. 17 Patty Griffin Oct 31 & Nov 1 Blackberry Smoke Knoxville Civic Coliseum: Nov. 8 Florida Georgia Line Bridgestone Arena in Nashville: Oct. 16 Eagles Oct. 18 & 19 Luke Bryan Oct. 22 Nine Inch Nails Oct. 23 Michael Buble’ . Oct. 25 Selena Gomez Ryman Auditorium in Nashville: Oct. 5 Ricky Scaggs and Bruce Hornsby Oct. 6 Dane Cook Nov. 8

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Thursday, October 3 - 8:00pm St.Paul and The Broken Bones

Wednesday, October 16 - 8:00pm Driftwood

Friday, October 4 - 8:00pm Frank Sullivan and Dirty Kitchen

Thursday, October 17 - 8:00pm Town Mountain

Saturday, October 5 - 8:00pm Missy Raines and the New Hip

Friday, October 18 - 8:00pm Sam Lewis

Monday, October 7 - 8:00pm Herb Pedersen and John Jorgenson and Jon Randall

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Hands On! October Calendar of Events Art Studio Schedule Paper Weaving: During October, try your hand at the art of weaving in honor of “Spinning and Weaving Week” (October 7-13.) Then visit our feature exhibit, Rainforest Adventure to learn about the Chachi Community’s cultural arts tradition of weaving. Jack-o-”Lanterns”: Try out your pumpkin decorating skills with this play on Japanese paper lanterns. Special Events All Month Long - Rainforest Adventure! Explore rainforests from around the world in this exciting new traveling exhibit featuring over 40 interactive components: explore a gorilla nest, climb a 9’ kapok tree, weave on a loom, and climb through a tree log to discover animals that make their home there. Tuesday, October 1st - Sunday, October 13th - It’s a Jungle Out There! Swing on by to learn about the unique creatures of the rainforest in honor of our feature exhibit, Rainforest Adventure! Then meet and greet with one of our very own rainforest critters, the Madagascar hissing cockroach. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day.

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Kiss Me, Kate—The Classic Cole Porter Musical NOW PLAYING!

The cast of Kiss Me, Kate

(Abingdon, VA) It’s “Another Op’nin’, Another Show” as Barter Theatre raises the curtain on the award-winning Cole Porter musical “Kiss Me, Kate,” now playing on Barter’s main stage. It stars Barter Resident Actors Hannah Ingram and Nick Koesters as actors Lilli and Fred. Fred is a theatre director who happens to be Lilli’s ex-husband. Fred’s theatre has hired both Lilli and Fred to play the leads in Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” Kate and Petruchio, and sparks fly, both on stage and off, as Lilli lives up to her reputation of being difficult to work with. It’s opening night and a fight between these two stubborn ex-lovers threatens the entire production. Then add two gangsters (Rick McVey and Michael Poisson), a mistaken identity, a pending marriage and a little side action and shake it all up for one hot musical. Can these two former lovers reconcile long enough to make it to the curtain call? When originally staged, the show picked up five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Book, and Original Score. Later, the 1999 Broadway revival picked up five more, and “Kiss Me, Kate” set the bar for successful Broadway musicals. An album of Cole Porter’s music revived the love of his work even further and earned him a new generation of followers. “Kiss Me, Kate” includes songs such as “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “Wunderbar” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.” Barter Resident Actors in “Kiss Me, Kate” include Sean Campos, Abbey C. Elliot, Justin Tyler Lewis, Andrew Slane and Holly Williams. Director John Briggs returns to Barter Theatre where he also directed

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Hannah Ingram, Nick Koesters

“Idols of the King” (twice), “Smoke on the Mountain” and “Almost Heaven.” Audiences have always loved the witty banter and delightful Cole Porter music, but some aspects of the story might seem a little bit dated. In the 1940s, no one blinked an eye at Lilli/Kate being “taught a lesson” and scolded by Fred/Petruchio. Barter’s production is exciting because it treats Fred and Lilli like real, flawed humans, who perhaps both need to learn a lesson about life. “I have come up with a way to let the Fred/Petruchio character realize his boorishness, and for the Lilli/Kate character to admit her love for her art and for Fred, which allows the audience to see the growth and acceptance of these characters, thereby celebrating in their discovery—including the women of the audience,” said Briggs. Written in 1948, fifteen years after the founding of Barter Theatre, “Kiss Me, Kate” includes a line about Barter Theatre. Fred and Lilli reminisce about playing at the Barter Theatre in Virginia and then getting paid with a ham. Audiences at the revival of the show applauded the Barter reference at almost every performance. “With it being Barter’s 80th Birthday, it seemed appropriate to do a major revival of this wonderfully entertaining musical on the main stage for the first time ever,” said Richard Rose, producing artistic director. For tickets and more information call 276.628.3991 or visit www.BarterTheatre.com.

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Jeremy Clemens “I’m a local businessman that you can deal with face-to-face instead of mailing your gold or jewelry off to people you don’t know and may not be getting the best deal for what you are selling,” he said matter-of-factly. Clemens and his family live in Washington County and he is an active coach of the Junior Topper football team and he also coaches baseball, T-Ball, and soccer. “You might recognize me on the field,” he said with a laugh. “I enjoy coaching year-round and it gives me time to spend with my kids.” Jeremy is married to Melissa and they have three children: Maddie, 8; Josh, 12; and Joey 5. They attend St. Mary’s Church in Johnson City. “I really enjoy working with the public every day and giving people the best deal possible when they are selling their gold, silver, platinum or coins,” he added. “I invite the readers of Out ‘N About Magazine to come by and get the best deal possible on their gold, silver, platinum or coins. And, if you’d like to make an appointment away from the store, just give me a call. We are all about customer service.”

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Are Farm Losses Tax Shelters? In the last three years the IRS has reported that they have increased the audits of tax returns that have losses from the operation of farms and other small businesses. The IRS is interested in these losses because many times they are used to offset income from other businesses and thus creating substantial reduction in taxes. The IRS has created a special unit called the SBSE Division. This is the Small Business Self-Employed division. Small businesses report their income and expenses on form Schedule C. Farms are reported on form Schedule F. The SBSE has announced that 75 to 80 percent of their audits are of Schedule C’s or Schedule F’s. Why would someone operate a business or farm continually at a loss just to save 39% or less of every dollar that they spend? In certain cases the IRS assumes that the taxpayer operates the business or farm for pleasure or as a hobby and then claims business expenses for the

operation. If this is true the taxpayer is in effect taking a tax deduction for a personal endeavor. This is also known by some as a tax shelter. Farm losses from the operation of a horse farm invite special scrutiny. It is often easier for the IRS to prevail in the disallowance of losses by showing that the taxpayer gets personal pleasure and pride from the riding and showing of horses. It is much more difficult for the IRS to show that a beef cattle farmer enjoys getting out in the cold and snow to deliver a calf. However, they do attack cattle farm operations if the taxpayer does not operate the farm like a business. The discussion in this article can be applied to the operation of any business not just a Farm. Some farm operations can be evaluated by the “three out of five year rule”. This rule says that if your farm has a profit for three out of five years, it is assumed that the operation is engaged in for a profit. This is one of the most in-

correctly quoted of all tax rules. Some professional tax preparers interpret this to say that if you do not make a profit in three out of five years the loss is not deductible. This could not be further from the truth. If you operate a farm or any business and never make a profit and you are trying to make a profit and it is reasonable that you can make a profit the loss is deductible. However, it is very important to be able to show that you could make a profit and you are trying to make a profit. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of keeping good records of a Farm or any business. There are many elements of establishing that you are trying to make a profit and it is reasonable to assume that you can eventually make a profit. The list is too long to mention in this article. I recommend that you consult your own tax advisor regarding deductibility of business and farm losses.

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