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A magazine for the people of Farragut, West Knoxville & surrounding communities.

JIMMY MATLOCK Runs For Congress

Gary Braden A Purposed Legacy

Kaitlyn & Andrew A Beautiful Wedding



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Volume 2, 2015

A magazine for the people of Farragut, West Knoxville & surrounding communities.

Seasonal Culinary Inspirations Truffle Ricotta Cheese Recipe With Chef Deron Little

KIPPY BROWN Behind The Scenes With

Seattle Seahawks Coach Kippy Brown And His Amazing Life Story



Tsali Notch Vineyard The Largest Muscadine Vineyard In The State Is Also The Prettiest!


One Of The First African-Americans To Attend The University Of Georgia

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Contents features

Jessica and Brad Wed at The Mill & Mine





A Soldier Remembered

Petro's Chili & Chips TEA NOW IN FOOD CITY 6







departments 6 From The Publisher 18 East Tennessee Foundation LODGE & APPALACHIAN BISTRO



22 Farragut Chamber 56 Small Town Spotlight The Lily Pad Boutique Celebrates 40th Anniversary


60 Gardening:

Growing and Cooking with Herbs

64 Premier Eyecare

Are Digital Devices Harming Your Eyes?


Cades Cove Exploring The Beauty In Our Own Backyard





The Bingham Group President Lisa Atkins Bingham Art Director Abby Swabe

Kathryn, Alyssa and Kelsey Bingham

From Th e Pu blish er

Spring is here! As the warmer temps prevail, the bright colors of spring appear on nature’s canvas in a spectacular display. Those colorful flowers can already be found at Ingles Floral Department. They always have a great selection of seasonal items. The great outdoor design on the cover is courtesy of Bradens Lifestyle Furniture in Turkey Creek. Gary Braden and his staff are simply the best, the current anniversary sale is a must not miss event. I always want everything in the store for my home, love checking out their design ideas. This season also welcomes a time for us to think about our life and liberty as we ready ourselves to vote in many election primaries. In this edition of Farragut Life, you will learn what inspired Jimmy Matlock to serve the people of East Tennessee. Jimmy has served since 2006 in the Tennessee State House and is running for Congress. We feature two weddings, one at the Mill and Mine in downtown Knoxville and the other at the Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend. It was an honor to attend these beautiful weddings, both having special meaning to me as the families of each are great friends. I am so excited to share with everyone that my beloved physician of many years, Dr. William Harvey moved from Sweetwater to just a few miles down the road. His Tennova Medical Group office is located in Chota, it is such a blessing to have him in the area. Also new in Chota is Belew Drug, cannot say enough about them, Dr. Elizabeth Royal truly understands the relationship role of a Pharmacist with a community. The custom services they offer are incredible, very excited to welcome them. Just like spring bringing new blooms of color, we have welcomed many new people and businesses to the area. With Spring comes also our reminder of Hope. No matter what the day brings in our path, we remain steadfast in our faith and the wonderful promise of new life in this spring season. I am thrilled to share another year of Farragut Life with all of our readers. As always, I want to offer a special thanks to all of our advertisers, readers and subscribers who continue to make this publication possible. We are so thankful for you!!



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Braden’s Lifestyle Furniture

A TRADITION OF QUALITY AND VALUE We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) Sprinklers inside Braden’s Furniture Warehouse alerted local fire departments of a fire in the building that housed the inventory for Braden’s Lifestyle Furniture. When the fire department contacted Gary Braden, there was nothing he could do but wait, just wait. Reports continued of a 5-alarm fire, total loss, firefighters being overcome with smoke. The negative news continued past Gary arriving on the scene, “this is it, no coming back from this”, he reflected on the thoughts passing through his mind.



There is a place, a few different locations inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where a peace that passes all understanding can be found while soaking in the sunshine or shade listening to the water flow over the rocks. Gary Braden is familiar with that sound, that peace and regularly finds that place to decompress, pray and rest his mind. It is a building of faith which lays the foundation for him to handle whatever comes into his path. Challenges are not rare for Gary Braden, he has met each one with the same approach since 1976 when he joined the family business, Braden’s Furniture, then located in downtown Knoxville. Founded by McKinley Braden in 1956, his wife Mildred was the designer with Gary starting at 15 years of age in the warehouse, the business enjoyed huge success in retail and wholesale furniture sales. It was a staple of the downtown Knoxville landscape with customers from all over the country shopping the large orange building, a paint scheme designed by McKinley Braden when Gary signed to play football at the University of Tennessee. The closure of the interstate for two years caused a great hardship on the company, forcing the move of operations to a location outside of the downtown area. Experienced, award winning interior designers can be found at the Braden’s Lifestyle Design Center, an in-house full design service. From small scale to full home redecoration, drapes and accessories, the design center provides a personal, custom approach to clients.

There have been many struggles in the past years, many “it’s all over now” moments and that is where in 2011, standing outside of the warehouse in Maryville, Gary Braden found himself again... the non recoverable point for the family business. Then it was over, all of a sudden it was just smoke, it was over and not a total loss. The exact same service vehicle that caused the fire had for unknown reasons also been located in a strategic spot halting the flames. It was a miracle, no other explanation possible. Moments of despair changing to moments of triumph is the testimony of Gary Braden, he is a book of miracles, each chapter equally amazing with so much of the book still unwritten. This year, marks 62 years of business, now located in Turkey Creek, Braden’s Lifestyle Furniture continues the tradition of quality and value. The family business is strong, the foundation of faith is firmly rooted in Romans 8:28, Gary Braden knows his love for God causes all things to work together for good, so he works daily on the legacy purposed for his life.

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Gary Braden is the owner and president of Braden’s Lifestyle Furniture in Knoxville, TN. Gary is a 2nd generation and 42 year veteran of Braden’s Furniture that was started by his father, McKinley Braden in 1956. He took the helm of the business in 1977 and has been the past President of the National Wholesale Furniture Association and member of the Association of Furniture Distributors. Gary was a member of the University of Tennessee Football Team from 1973 to 1976. His affiliations include: Board Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served as a Deacon at Sevier Heights Baptist Church. “TRUE VALUE IS WHEN QUALITY OF PRODUCT AND QUALITY OF PRICE MEET. THIS IS WHAT WE STRIVE TO PROVIDE.” GARY BRADEN, CEO



We offer a full range of both residential and commercial design services, including custom window treatments. Blinds, shutters, shades, rods and draperies. Professional measuring and installation. Your one stop shop when it comes to interior design.

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Did you know that for every mattress sold at Braden’s Lifestyles Furniture, a mattress is donated to a child in need? Together with Knoxville non-profit Feeding the Orphans, we are carrying out this great effort in Project Ghana! Ask one of our sales associates for more info!

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There is but one chance to make an impression, one moment to connect a buyer with a seller. Imagine in just six steps being able to do that, to sell it. Nick and Karen Braden have been providing house staging services resulting in sold, sold, sold. They create spaces that buyers simply cannot resist. The family owned and operated business has decades of experience and service to the community, contact them today for a free consultation on Braden’s Home Staging.

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rowing up, when the going got tough and we were discouraged, my dad would say, “Shoulders back and chin up.” This meant a lot more than just improve your posture. It meant get ready - get your head right and get to work! The same can be said of our important work in 2017 and our important work that lies ahead in these chaotic, divisive times of 2018. By this time next year, we may know how the new tax bill has affected charitable giving and our nonprofit partners. But in the meantime, we will, with shoulders back and chin up, continue to strengthen our role as our region’s philanthropic leader.

46%. We accepted over $113 million in new gifts. We created 26 new funds and now have a total of 437. Additionally, our annualized investment return has been 8% since 1987. Our 2017 grants totaled over $38 million, which is another all-time one year record. ETF scholarships enabled 190 students to attend 34 different colleges and universities, and over 230 volunteers served on 62 scholarship selection committees - all of which are record totals for us. Long-term, our investment in East Tennessee in grants and scholarships since the Foundation’s inception in 1986 totals over $276 million!

at a time when our work is more critical and important than ever. We will use our increased capacity, expertise, and motivation to improve lives in East Tennessee. We will hold our shoulders back and our chins up, so that during our next Annual Meeting, we can once again look at one another and say Yes, your generosity and commitment made all the difference! Thank you!


At our Annual Meeting in We deployed and January, we highlighted successfully converted to a INCRE ASE some of our 2017 new foundation-wide data OF ASSETS IN 2017 work with Dreamers, management platform, further immigrants, refugees, strengthened professional minorities, the disabled, TOTAL ASSETS OVER advisor relationships, and the gifted, the poor, and named Dan Holbrook our the brightest among us. Key to Philanthropy. We It was so gratifying to refreshed our brand identity report that our final 2017 numbers broke and added four experienced finance and all previous records and East Tennessee grantmaking team members. Foundation (ETF) assets increased by ETF is bigger, stronger, and more capable




Mike McClamroch East Tennessee Foundation President + CEO



artha “Marty” Black, an outstanding estate planning attorney and my mentor when I was in private practice, would often caution, “Don’t let the tax tail wag the dog.” In this manner, she would wisely admonish both clients and young associate attorneys when they zeroed in on the tax effects of various planning strategies and assumed those effects should be the driving motivation in choosing a strategy. Since Congress passed a tax reform bill late last year, Marty’s advice seems even more relevant now for development staff at charities, tax and financial advisors, and even donors. Anyone involved in charitable giving must remain focused on the donor’s charitable goal, which is typically fueled by passion for a particular cause or organization rather than by tax benefits.

may find that their usual level of annual charitable contributions, state and local taxes, and mortgage interest totals less than the standard deduction, eliminating any tax advantage of their usual level of annual charitable contributions. Those taxpayers may benefit from “bunching” their charitable contributions into alternating tax years by donating double the typical amount in one year and nothing in the following year. Contributing this to a donor advised fund could allow the taxpayer to use the deduction every other year, but spread out the grant recommendations over both years so the charities can receive relatively consistent funding from year to year. This kind of donor advised fund at ETF can be set up quickly and easily and has very low annual administrative costs.

ETF can partner with donors and their advisors to design a charitable plan that centers on the donor’s goals, but also maximizes tax advantages in the current tax landscape. Below I discuss the basics of a few of the more popular options:

Donate Highly Appreciated Assets vs. Cash

Use Donor Advised Funds to Bunch Gifts and Smooth Grants Since the tax reform bill nearly doubled the standard deduction, married joint filers will need to have more than $24,000 in deductions before itemizing; for individuals the threshold is $12,000. Additionally, the deductions for state and local taxes (e.g. sales tax, property tax and Hall income tax) are now limited to $10,000 and interest on mortgages is only deductible for mortgage indebtedness of $750,000 or less. As a result, many middle-class taxpayers, especially those in low-tax states such as Tennessee,

Last year’s tax reform bill did not alter the legal structure for capital gains taxation, so when a capital asset is sold, the increase in value of the asset is subject to taxation at various rates, depending on the adjusted gross income of the taxpayer and the length of time the asset was owned. However, if the taxpayer donates the asset to charity instead of selling it, the donor pays no tax on the appreciation and generally receives a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the asset as of the date it was donated. Even if the charity immediately sells the asset, the charity is tax-exempt and generally pays no tax on that sale. While donors often employ this strategy with gifts of publicly traded stocks, ETF can, after some due diligence, accept any asset of monetary value, including real estate, works of art, or privately held business interests. There is no

legal restriction on the type of fund to which these gifts can be made, so this strategy could be used to create or grow a donor advised fund.

The IRA Charitable Rollover (also called a Qualified Charitable Distribution) A donor over the age of 70 ½ years can direct up to $100,000 annually directly from his or her IRA to a charity, while counting the distributed amount toward his or her required minimum distribution, and avoid paying any income tax on the amount distributed. This particular technique, when properly executed, produces the same tax effect as if the taxpayer had taxable income and a corresponding deduction, but without the need to itemize. Additionally, because the amount of the gift is excluded from adjusted gross income, this technique can help high-income taxpayers on the verge of owing the 3.8% net investment income tax (also called the Medicare surtax) to keep their modified adjusted gross income below the threshold that would trigger that tax. Unfortunately, this option cannot, under federal law, be used to contribute to a donor advised fund or a supporting organization. We are confident in the generosity of East Tennesseans and their continued support of causes about which they are passionate. If you or a client would like to explore how ETF can be of assistance, please contact me at or call 865-524-1223 or 877-524-1223 (toll free). Sherri Alley, J.D. East Tennessee Foundation Vice President for Advancement










Knoxville Christian School

Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 7:45pm

Dr. Jerry Punch

will be on stage at Knoxville Christian School, speaking on the topic:

“Behind the the Scenes, Scenes, Stories Stories “Behind You Never Never See See in in the the Media” Media” You Tickets for the event are only $15 per person and can be purchased at

Famous Knoxville radio personality, Hallerin Hilton Hill, is our MC for the evening. Hallerin will also do a remote of his afternoon Talk Radio show at KCS. At the Sponsors’ Dinner, Hallerin will share his views on the value of Christian education. Dr. Jerry Punch is a dynamic speaker in national demand, generously appearing for our school. He is an emergency medicine physician and famous sports commentator. He has been a Daytona 500 announcer for over 25 years and is a man of character who gives God the credit for his amazing connections to the greatest sports stars of all time, and incredible events in his medical practice. If you wish to attend the Sponsors’ Dinner to meet Dr. Punch and Hallerin Hill, please contact Barbara Steel at Donation amounts for the Sponsors’ Dinner are: Full Table (Seats 8): $2,000, 4 Seats: $1,000 and 2 Seats: $500.

Sponsors’ Dinner begins promptly at 6:30 in the High School Gym. Come by at least 6:15 to meet Dr. Jerry Punch and Hallerin Hill.



Farragut West Knox Chamber

Catch the Spring Fever

Whether you’re a business owner or community member, don’t miss the chance to boogie down with 250+ guests at the Chamber’s 31st annual fundraiser, “Friday Night Fever” on Friday, May 18 beginning at 6pm at Rothchild Catering & Conference Center! This silent and live auction is the chamber’s largest fundraising event, providing spectacular advertising for over 300 represented businesses and seeing an average 250 attendees each year. The auction is one of several events which support the Chamber’s Continuing Education Scholarships. A portion of 2018’s “cover charge” will go to The Change Center Knoxville, a safe, strategically located, center-city partnership facility that will provide relational and recreational leadership development plus job initiatives for teens and young adults. Located just northeast of downtown Knoxville on Harriet Tubman Street, The Change Center is at the heart of a 3.25 mile “Buffer Zone” where an astounding 76% of all homicides occurred from 2011-2015. The chamber is also thrilled to have The Boogie Nights band on hand to emcee and energize the dance floor! Headed by lead singer, Valerie Tippitt (formerly of popular Knoxville cover band The Pop Rox), the band will fill the ballroom with a mix of favorites from The Bee Gees, ABBA, Jackson 5, Earth, Wind & Fire and more. Tippitt (also an instructor for Angela Floyd School of Dance & Music) will invite everyone to show off their moves and stay on following the live auction to celebrate a successful night!

Bidders are encouraged to arrive early for other reasons, one being the return of Rick Terry Jewelry Design with a dyn-omite chance for up to 100 lucky guests to donate $25 for a pair of sparkling Swarovski crystal earrings (valued $40), beautifully boxed/wrapped. Prior to the live auction, Rick will ask everyone to open their boxes, and will surprise one person with a custom item valued at a minimum $1,500. Last year, boxes sold out quickly; don’t miss your chance at feeling like a Dancing Queen when you win! Sponsorship of this event is a fantastic way to highlight your business. Sponsorships are available to members at Presenting, Event and Community levels and include complimentary tickets at ALL levels of

sponsorship. The Chamber is supremely grateful to Presenting Sponsor TDS Telecom, “Bling” Sponsor Rick Terry Jewelry Design, Event Sponsors Rothchild Catering & Conference Center and Town of Farragut, Community Sponsors NHC Place Assisted Living and Pinnacle Financial Partners, and media sponsors Farragutpress and ViaMedia. Businesses can also choose to build a Tabletop Display, which is a decorative centerpiece and live auction item. Past Tabletops have included hot air balloon ride, prestigious golf packages, trips, dinners for 10 and all compete fiercely for the “Best Dressed Tabletop” award. Item donations are rolling in and still needed! Event tickets, spa packages,

wine baskets, restaurant gift cards and more are looked forward to each year by the businesses, clients and community members who attend this event. Contact the Chamber right away to be included in the program. Tickets can be purchased at and are $60 each or $550 for a table of 10. Silent items for bid include dinners to hotel stays to whiskey baskets. While the exclusive Live Auction list continues to grow, Chamber members are already vying for a unique driving experience package courtesy of Grayson BMW, which includes an overnight stay, tours of the BMW museum and Factory, plus track time in the winner’s choice of BMW. What else will be up for bid? You’ll have to be there May 18 to find out!



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Kaitlyn & Andrew For Kaitlyn Parrish, when something feels meant to be, it’s probably because it is. When she met her husband, Andrew, they both knew immediately it was destiny. She saw him and felt an instant connection without even realizing that, from across the way, he was experiencing the same feeling. They began dating in high school and never looked back.





One aspect of her special day where Kaitlyn did not trust her initial instincts was regarding her wedding dress. She grew up saying she would never wear her mother’s dress. When the time finally came for her to walk down the aisle, however, she couldn’t imagine wearing anything else. Sally Harmon at White Lace & Promises worked wonders, updating the dress to a more modern style with an elegant scooped back. According to Kaitlyn, “You can’t put a price on the sentimental value of the dress.”

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When it came to selecting a wedding venue, the choice was easy. Kaitlyn had already been following Dancing Bear on social media because she was a fan of their Appalachian Bistro. When she saw a picture of their outdoor cathedral and showed it to Andrew, they immediately knew it was the place. Dancing Bear coordinated rentals, provided seasonal catering, made vendor recommendations…they even created a custom cocktail for the event called the Perfectly “Paired” Mule. While the venue and vendors all did a fantastic job, it was the cherished memories that truly made the day special. In addition to reusing her mother’s wedding dress, Kaitlyn was able to use her grandfather’s impeccably restored 1931 Model A Rumble Seat Coupe as their “getaway car.” And years from now, as they celebrate significant anniversaries, they will have bottles of wine to enjoy with heartfelt messages from friends and family shared on their special day.




Executive Chef Shelley Cooper



short drive to Townsend is all it takes to find the atmosphere for a unique dining experience. The Appalachian Bistro at Dancing Bear Lodge is a casual, rustic setting for combining good food and great conversation and making amazing memories for friends and family to cherish. The satisfaction of savory flavors leading to this unique experience is not an accident; it is the purposed life of Executive Chef & Head of Culinary Operations, Shelley Cooper. Shelley brings her passion for simple ingredients and farm-to-table Southern cuisine to each creation. Born in Memphis, the positive Mississippi Delta and Blue Ridge Mountain family influence is the core of what allows the expression of love felt in the dining experience. It matters to her. Every aspect of the process plays a role in preparing for a visual and tasty feast. From the planning of the seasonal gardens on the property to every individual dish prepared, no detail is missed with Shelley participating in every step. Chef Shelley Cooper is exactly where she wants to be. You could say everyday has prepared her for this time in her life. The childhood spent learning the value of taking care of one another through food, traveling the world gathering culinary experience and landing with Dancing Bear’s Appalachian’s a soul satisfied.

Jessica & Brad The Mill and Mine in Knoxville

Brad and Jessica were enjoying a romantic walk while vacationing in Charleston, South Carolina. As they stopped to enjoy the view, she turned to find him on one knee asking to spend life together. They met attending MBA school at the University of Tennessee, sharing a love for music and spending any free time in downtown Knoxville. To date, they have attended almost every concert at The Mill and Mine, making the venue a natural choice for their wedding day. Attention to detail was priority, the detail of sharing themselves, their interests, their love on this day. Each person involved in the wedding holds a significant presence in their daily lives, and each moment was a glimpse into the couple’s connection. Their favorite moment of the day was captured illustrating the couple perfectly. During the “first look,” the wedding party gathered, attempting to hide and catch a glimpse of the couple. Brad and Jessica caught them, and photographer Joe Atkins captured the priceless moment in a timeless photo. Jessica and Brad continue to enjoy downtown Knoxville at least four or five times a week. A beautiful couple, spectacular venue and incredible moments captured in photos.







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Cades Cove Beauty In Our Own Backyard Written By Abby Swabe

“We live in one of the most beautiful places on planet Earth. Locals should take advantage of that. People travel from all over the world to visit this place that is right in our backyard. We should take advantage of that.” - Dr. Drew Crain



ere in East Tennessee, we live near one of the most beautiful places on Earth: the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tourists from all over the world come here to experience the Mountains and all that they have to offer. One place in particular draws in tourists all year round: Cades Cove. I sat down with Dr. Drew Crain, a professor at Maryville College, to talk about the best ways to enjoy Cades Cove.


Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or a novice hiker, anyone can enjoy a day at Cades Cove. The park offers several hiking trails, waterfalls and streams, wildlife and old cabins to explore. Dr. Crain explains, “The best way to enjoy the park is to get out of your car and explore. Pack water and your camera. It’s important to stay hydrated.” It’s also best to avoid peak tourist visitation time, which is Spring and Summer, 10 am to 3 pm. You’re most likely to run into long car jams during these times.

Left Page: “Food for thought” photo by Abby Swabe. Above: “Sriracha” photo by Paula Guenther At left, photo by Dr. Crain. Below: “As the deer pants for streams of water” photo by Dr. Crain.

Dr. Crain says one of his favorite short hiking trails is the trail from the Abrams Fall Trailhead to the Elijah Oliver Cabin. The cabin is just one a several structures that can be found in the park. Many families lived in Cades Cove before it was designated as a National Park. Visitors will find old cabins, barns, fences and even a church with a small cemetery.



Maryville College Student, Casey Gentile.

One of the best things about Cades Cove is its diverse wildlife. Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, Woodpeckers, Meadowlarks, Warblers and other birds make it a bird watchers’ paradise. Other animals such as deer, bears and coyotes can also be found throughout the park. If you find a stream and look under the rocks, you might even find a frog or salamander! Just be sure to return any rocks to the way that you found them before you leave.

The most important thing to remember when visiting Cades Cove is to leave no trace of your adventure. Be mindful of the environment and the animals that live there. By doing this, you are ensuring that Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will remain in pristine condition for future generations to enjoy. A very special thanks to Dr. Crain and his Maryville College Wildlife Photography

students for sharing their photos with us. Dr. Crain has taken 12 students into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to photograph wildlife every January since 2007. I was lucky enough to take this class in 2015. “This course leaves memories of picturesque scenery, fun adventures and unprecedented wildlife sightings. The techniques learned in wildlife photography last students a lifetime.”

To learn more about Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit grsm/index.htm. To see all of the photos from this Wildlife Photography class and previous, visit https://www.



On left page: Top left, “Leaping for joy” by Dr. Crain. Top right, “Kingfisher” by McNear. Bottom left, photo by Dr. Crain. Bottom right, “Solivagant” by Paula Guenther. Right page: Top “Estrellas relucientes” by Beau Branton. Middle left, “Intimidation face” by Jon Carney. Middle right, “Liftoff” by Beau Branton. Bottom left, “Lashes” by Casey Gentile.





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atlock is a familiar name in East Tennessee, synonymous with quality service and trust. Whether it is the generations of excellent customer service at Matlock Tire and Auto Repair or the unfailing dedication since 2006 in the Tennessee House of Representatives, Jimmy Matlock rises early every day to serve others. This year, that passion for service is reaching beyond vehicles or Nashville: Jimmy Matlock is running for Congress and the honor to take East Tennessee values to Washington. Matlock, an East Tennessee native, is running as a conservative Republican fueled by his Christian values. His love of Tennessee comes from deep family roots—seven generations of Matlocks have churned the rich earth to farm the area. In 1953, his father started Matlock Tire Service and Auto Repair. Jimmy grew up serving the customers and working the farm with his family. After graduating from Lenior City High School, Jimmy embarked on his dream of college, which was cut short by the sudden passing of his father. At just 23 years old, Jimmy Matlock found himself running the business and leading his family. 42


Under Jimmy’s leadership, Matlock Tire Service and Auto Repair has grown in the past 35 years to four locations in four counties. He credits his success to “making excellence in customer service a way of life” by putting people first. This includes the staff. Some of them started at the beginning with his father and now are serving with the next generation as Joe Matlock, the eldest son of Jimmy, carries on the Matlock way of business.

the need is more freedom, lower taxes and less regulation so they are empowered to create jobs, driving the economy. That desired increase of freedom includes state rights. Matlock believes local governments know best the needs of their community and should be empowered. The experienced defender of life who cherishes any moment spent fighting for those unable to defend themselves is unwavering on the issues needing change, and he is ready for action.

Inspired by President Ronald Reagan’s common sense approach to government, which spurred economic growth, economic deregulation and the reduction of government spending in the 1980s. Matlock became active with the Loudon County Republican Party, eventually serving as Chairman. In 2006, he was elected to the Tennessee State House, where he has faithfully served his district in the General Assembly for over 11 years, fighting relentlessly for conservative values and chairing several committees. When the 2nd District Congressional Seat opened with the retirement of his good friend, Jimmy Duncan, it was the opportunity for Matlock to bring his simple philosophy of change to Washington.

Jimmy Matlock believes the average man and woman can improve the country for everyone by working together. The “political outsider” wants to see hard work rewarded, Veterans protected, human life defended and freedoms increased.

There are several things on Jimmy Matlock’s agenda for that change. Photography By Ben FinchWith the American dream driven by hardworking entrepreneurs,

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Rep. Jimmy Matlock’s Retirement Ceremony, 2018. Elected in 2006, Jimmy served as Chairman of House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee and House Transportation Committee.

Jimmy Matlock was eligible to vote for the first time in the 1980 Presidential Election, he was inspired to vote for Ronald Reagan. In 2004, Jimmy and daughter, Lindsay attended the funeral of President Reagan standing for three hours to view the horse drawn processional. Above: Reagan & Joe Matlock, the next generation of Matlock Tire Service & Auto Repair. Lindsay Matlock is pictured here with Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska. Bottom: Jimmy with his wife, Dean of 34 years on the family farm.

Athens, Lenoir City, Maryville & Farragut This year marks the 65th year Matlock has been in business. He expanded the family business to four locations by making excellence in customer service a way of life, not just a company motto. In three and a half decades under Jimmy’s watch, the Matlock approach to loyalty and service has made a lasting, positive impact on customers, employees, and the communities in which they live. PAID FOR BY MATLOCK FOR CONGRESS




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A War Forgotten

A Soldier Remembered Written by: Richard Enners



oday the men and women who served and fought in the Vietnam Conflict are being remembered for their service to this nation. That was not always the case during and for many years after the war's end, for we did not win the war, and the perceptions of patriotism and heroism were misunderstood. Vietnam was a war of battles and politics, a war that splintered the nation.

and the names deeply etched in the polished black granite−a profound tribute to 58,256 Soldiers who “gave all.” One such Soldier, 1Lt. Raymond J. Enners, hailed from Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. A graduate of West Point, his character echoed courage, selflessness and sacrifice. Like many, he volunteered to serve in the most unpopular war of modern times–now his legacy lives on.

Fortunately, today there are many organizations that support the Soldiers who served in this war zone and memorials erected in every state that honor these patriotic Americans. Perhaps the most prominent is The Wall that unassumingly graces the grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It bears no name of the war, only the humble reflection of its visitors

Reflections It was 18 September 1968. Alpha Company was sweeping southwest of Hà Thanh with Ray’s platoon on point. Sergeant Matheson was walking “slackman” as 3rd platoon crossed at the narrow point in the paddies and maneuvered around a finger of trees. Heading west, they hugged the tree line for about 75 meters. The pointman suddenly


stopped. He whispered to Matheson that he heard something five meters inside the thicket. Matheson gave the “halt” signal and peered inward toward the thick brush. Third platoon dropped to one knee with rifles at the ready. No more than ten seconds later, the NVA opened up with sustained bursts of AK-47 fire. The pointman dove behind the nearest paddy dike. Matheson’s M16 flew out of his hands. He was hit in the right elbow and fell where he was hit. The tree line exploded with NVA RPD machine gun and automatic weapons fire. From the first drop-off, 3rd platoon responded with M16 and M79 fire, blasting the tree line. The NVA were dug in, they were well camouflaged.

Dedication of the West Point FEN Lacrosse Center, Michie Stadium. 22 May 2017. Courtesy West Point. Military Medals: Top Center-Combat Infantryman Badge. First row: i. Distinguished Service Cross, 2. Bronze Star Medal, 3. Purple Heart, 4. Good Conduct Medal, 5. National Defense Medal, Second Row: 1. Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, 2. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, 3. Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm (*), 4. National Order of Vietnam Fifth Class (*), Bottom- Marksmanship Badge Matheson called for help as the six-inch gash in his right elbow where the bullet exited bled profusely. He sought the scant cover of a nearby dike so the NVA couldn’t see him. Enemy automatic weapons fire intensified. Under a hail of bullets, Ray crawled forward from 100 meters back and reached Matheson’s squad. Ray tried twice to reach the wounded squad leader, but the NVA fire was relentless. He repositioned his three squads. The radio crackled, I’m moving! An intense barrage of M60s, M16s and M79 grenade launchers ripped into the tree line, the sound deafening. Matheson bent back toward the rear of the dike and saw Ray jump over a drop-off in a crouched position, left arm extended, firing his CAR-15 as he moved. As Matheson extended his left arm, Ray grabbed it and pulled him back to safety. Once again Ray reorganized his men, preparing to attack the thicket. A radio transmission stunned Alpha Company. “Three-six is down! Three-six is down!” Ray lay where he was hit, fatally wounded. Captain Adams called for artillery. For twenty minutes eight-inch shells pierced the air targeting the tree line. Suddenly the NVA broke contact and dispersed. Twentyone NVA lay dead.

Not Forgotten At home, news spread quickly of Ray’s death. Journalists on Long Island touted Ray’s athletic and leadership skills at Half Hollow Hills and announced that the burial would be 30 September at the West Point Cemetery. The ceremony was emotional−a life extinguished, but a legacy born. Shoulder to shoulder, Ray lies in the comfort of his classmates, brothers-in-arms and historic military leaders. I was a Yearling at West Point and visited the cemetery each day in the early evening to honor my brother and pay homage to a fallen Soldier. The loss of Ray began a series of events that would forever impact our family and others. For his actions on that day in September, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award for valor. Numerous other awards were named in his honor that have lasted the test of time. An annual award given to the nation’s most outstanding Division I and II Intercollegiate lacrosse player, the “Heisman Trophy of Lacrosse," began in 1969 and continues today. Another award in Ray’s name is given annually to the top lacrosse player in Suffolk County. Additional tributes followed, not cast in bronze or carved in granite−some dot the landscape at West Point. The recently

dedicated Foley∙Enners∙Nathe Lacrosse Center at West Point’s Michie Stadium pays tribute to this leader who lived by the code Duty, Honor, Country. And a wing of the Kimsey Athletic Center bears his name. During his brief life, Ray touched many. The Vietnam Conflict has long been forgotten, but thanks to his brothers-inarms his legacy lives on. I often wonder what Ray would have achieved in life had he survived the perils of combat. We will never know for sure. Whatever the endeavor, I am quite positive he would have served in the Army with pride and honor. He would have led with integrity, choosing “the harder right instead of the easier wrong.” He would have inspired selflessness. And he would have placed the welfare of others before his own. Richard W. Enners, brother of Ray, is the author of Heart of Gray: Lt. Raymond “Iggy” Enners, Courage and Sacrifice of a West Point Graduate in Vietnam (Acclaim Press) and speaks on leadership regularly. He can be reached at



Dr. Elizabeth Royal

In most communities one can find a local market, florist, physician, dentist and school serving as the foundation of life for residents. For Dr. Elizabeth Royal, it was the hometown pharmacist’s relationship with her grandparents that inspired her passion and career. Both of her grandparents experienced health issue questions that went unanswered by their doctor, the trusted source they sought was their community pharmacist. After working in a compounding pharmacy and career shadowing in the industry, her life passion was awakened. The University of Tennessee brought her to Knoxville, where she completed her undergraduate followed by four years earning her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Royal, as she is called, joined Belew Drug for her post graduate residency with a focus on hormone therapy, upon completion they offered her the pharmacist position of the new Choto location.



Growing up in Kingsport, she experienced the access to larger city amenities while enjoying the personal services of a small town, it is that similar lifestyle that she enjoys about Knoxville. The opportunity to work in franchise pharmacies did not interest Dr. Royal, she wanted to build relationships and have the time needed to effectively be a trusted source. At Belew Drug in Choto, she is able to have one on one relationships making her job of being the last check on medication easier. A pharmacist is the one individual that receives information from multiple doctors about a patient. Their job is to check for need, effectiveness, duplications and contradictions before dispensing medication. Dr. Royal provides excellent care in that area, getting to know her patients, their lifestyle and communicating with their doctors. They love her at Belew Drug, the feeling is mutual as Dr. Royal has great pride in the programs offered. Belew Drug offers Precision PakTM, a multi-dose packaging system for medication. A nurse delivers the first pak, answering questions and providing instruction for use. All the

patient has to do is tear off and take the next pak. Each individual pak is labeled for date & time. This service and delivery are provided at no additional charge. Belew Drug also offers customized compounding including veterinary, hormone and pediatric medications. Dr. Royal is enjoying her second year with Belew Drug, when not at work, she loves to read, hike, scrapbook and spend time with friends & family. She is fulfilling her passion daily and looks forward to meeting you, stop by today at Belew Drug Choto, 1616 Choto Markets Way, Knoxville, TN 37922.


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Dr. William Harvey Written By Jennifer Porterfield


n a day and age where fast has replaced friendly and convenience has replaced courtesy, there is a strange trend happening – many patients, when they get sick, no longer call their doctor. Assuming they will never be seen that same day, they go to a walk-in clinic or rely on the unreliable world of the Internet to diagnose themselves. This is a trend one doctor is doing his part to combat, and if the popularity of his practice is any indication, he is doing a fine job of it. Dr. William Harvey is a Madisonville native who was inspired by local “Iron Man” doctors, men who worked 12 hours and saw 70 patients a day. Those men were good role models, but according to Dr. Harvey, “I wasn’t sure I wanted to work as hard as they did…but I ended up doing so!” After getting his medical degree from UT Memphis and completing his residency at UT Medical Center, he opened his own practice in Monroe County in 1979. Back then, general practitioners were not just office physicians – they worked the ER and sometimes even delivered babies! Aside from accumulating a broad repertoire

of skills, Dr. Harvey’s upbringing and experience in Monroe County helped to show him what customer service is supposed to look like – taking time with one’s patients, getting to know them and offering the comprehensive care each individual deserves. Treating a patient isn’t necessarily about treating one ailment at a time or ordering expensive tests – it’s about knowledge gained from taking the time to dig deep into all of a patient’s concerns and putting the pieces together to devise a treatment plan. And when patients unexpectedly get sick, they should be able to count on seeing the doctor who knows them and their medical history best. Dr. Harvey understands this, and it’s why he’s always made sure he is available to see his patients when they need him.

Although Dr. Harvey will always cherish his decades of work in Monroe County, the move to Knoxville offered him a good change of pace. At his new office in the Choto area, he is still able to see his regular, longstanding patients but also meet new people from the neighborhood. He has good parking, a great staff and, with far fewer patients, the flexibility to fit people in that call him that day. His focus on customer service is precisely why people still drive from Sweetwater to his new office location to see him and why his practice will surely continue to thrive for many years to come! Dr. Harvey’s new office is located at 1612 Choto Markets Way. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Harvey, call 865-218-7485 or visit




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ince 1963, Ingles Markets have strived to bring the best quality and variety to their customers. This is very apparent in their well-established floral departments. They strive to be able to service their customers with their needs, from dressing up a beautiful azalea as a gift for a friend or as elaborate as creating gift baskets, beautifully wrapped bouquets and arrangements for special occasions. Certain locations also have experienced floral designers that arrange weddings on a regular basis. The floral departments at Ingles Markets have evolved over the years due in part to staying fresh with new ideas and working closely with their vendors. Working directly with the farms and local greenhouses by creating their own bouquet recipes and choosing plant material a year in advance has really put them in a category that keeps them ahead of the trends.



Ingles Markets are involved with many charitable organizations where the floral departments assist with providing fresh cut arrangements and a variety of plants in their events yearly. Breast Cancer Awareness, Miracle Hill and The Children’s League are just a few. Ingles Table is another way of connecting with the customers by offering “How To” videos for creating arrangements at home their own with product purchased in the floral departments. You can find these at Meeting the customer’s needs is the focus and to always bring something new and fresh to the table.





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The Lily Pad Boutique Celebrating 40th Anniversary Written By Jennifer Porterfield | Photography By Abby Swabe


early every town has an “icon” – the one business that has been around for so long, everyone knows about it. In Sweetwater, The Lily Pad Boutique is an icon 40 years in the making, poised to make its way into the annals of history as a pillar of women’s fashion. The Lily Pad Boutique began in 1978 when Brenda Bryan decided she wanted to start a business that would allow her the flexibility to work while her children were at school. Upon recognizing a need in the area for better ladies’ wear, she set up shop in the lobby of a hotel off of newly constructed I-75. As the years progressed, her client base grew. She moved to a strip mall on Highway 68 before later buying the current building in downtown Sweetwater.

At the heart of The Lily Pad has always been Brenda’s passion for merchandising and fashion. She truly cares about creating a unique experience for every Original logo artwork customer. This focus on from 1978. the customer is reflected in



the store itself, which features large dressing rooms, a coffee bar and even a seating area for friends (or husbands) to lounge. Offering a customer-centric experience is not the only reason The Lily Pad has enjoyed so many years of success. According to Brenda, “At The Lily Pad, we are constantly striving to become more diverse and offer services our customers want and love.” One example would be Renee, their on-staff makeup artist. She has more than 30 years in the cosmetic industry both nationally and internationally. She came to the Lily Pad five years ago to launch her own makeup line and also does closet organization and personal wardrobing. Renee is available by appointment to share her extensive knowledge and expertise. Another service the staff at The Lily Pad loves providing is Facetiming with customers. They will actually walk you through the store, showing you whatever you’re in the market for, and then pack

up your "Lily Pad Fix-in-a-Box" and ship it to you. If there’s anything you don’t like upon arrival, just return it! The Lily Pad’s broad collections of ladies’ attire range in size from x-small through plus sizes, so there is something for every size and every age. Their goal has always been that if three generations come shopping together, everyone can leave with fashions that are age appropriate. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this Sweetwater icon – stop by The Lily Pad today, and see what 40 years of fashion-minded experience can do for your wardrobe!

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Growing and Cooking with

HERBS Written by: Gayle Fisher


ost herbs are relatively easy to grow, and you can have success here in East Tennessee. They can be started from seed or purchased as small plants and set in the garden after the last frost. Loosely defined, an herb is a plant or a plant part that is valued for its culinary, aromatic or medicinal qualities. I have focused basically on culinary herbs, which enhance our appreciation for food. (Not that I need any stimulation in this area). These plants make an excellent addition to the flowerbed, border or vegetable garden. I have my herbs growing alongside my six tomato plants and two peppers. This is my kitchen garden. The closer your culinary herbs are to the kitchen the better. If you have to walk out to the garden, then it’s easy to forget or make an excuse and just do without. Most herbs are Mediterranean plants, and they enjoy the heat of summer and can tolerate drought. These tough plants have changed little from their wild state. Most prefer a sunny, well-drained garden site with moderately rich soil. They are adaptable, and some can grow in partial shade.


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I have mine in full sun except for the field mint, which I notice is always found growing on the edge of the shade. Some will survive for several years, but my favorites are annuals that must be replanted each year such as dill, parsley and basil. The parsley will live into the second year, then it will bolt and flower, making seeds. Since these plants are best enjoyed close to the house, you might want to pursue an herb garden in pots. They can take the sun and the quickly draining pots. Not only does this keep them close to your kitchen, it also gives sweet smells to arriving guest. If you have them further afield then, like me, you can make a bouquet each week. I go to the garden and cut some of each herb, then put them into a small vase with


water beside my kitchen sink. I usually do this on Sunday afternoon. Then during the week as I am cooking dinner, I always have fresh herbs to use without leaving the house. They are thrown out the following Sunday, and fresh ones are cut. I find I use them more when they are handy. To dry or harvest, pick mature leaves, wash and spread them in a sunny location where the wind cannot blow the leaves away. Plants can also be washed and hung upside down to dry. Store dried herbs in tightly sealed containers in a cool dark place. I once told my daughter to wash some potatoes for dinner. A few minutes later, I found her scrubbing them with soap and water. After that I was more specific in my directions. No soap is needed for herbs; water is sufficient, and since you are eating them, never use any pesticides.

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Basil, one of my favorites, is an annual and has to be started each year from seed. At the end of summer, I love to have the grandchildren come and make Pesto. They love it on noodles or bread. I also enjoy pesto in soup. My herbs are for a culinary purpose, but I have another friend who has tried consistently to give me St. John's Wort (Hypericum). This plant makes a great ground cover with bright yellow flowers, but you have probably seen it sold is the stores in the vitamin or supplement section. St. John's Wort is touted to be a mood enhancing plant when taken by humans. I have resisted planting it since it would be an excuse for my husband to send me out to graze when I have a mood swing.

Basil Pesto Recipe 1 cup fresh basil leaves 3 cloves garlic, peeled 3 tablespoons pine nuts 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1/3 cup olive oil Directions: To make the pesto, combine basil, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. I always make bunches and freeze the pesto in an ice cube tray, then after freezing, I put the cubes into a freezer bag and return to freezer. This way, I can use one cube at a time in recipes.

Two of Gayle’s grand-daughters, Charlotte and Annagayle, love to cook with the herbs their grandmother grows.



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Are Digital Devices Harming Your Eyes? Written By Dr. Brent Fry


f you are like most people these days, the question is not IF you view an electronic device throughout the day, but HOW OFTEN? As technology advances, we find ourselves using mobile electronic devices as much or more than stationary computers. Although electronic devices have greatly enhanced our ability to stay connected and informed, they have come with their share of challenges. For our purposes, we will discuss the impact they have on our visual system. You may have heard of “Computer Vision Syndrome” or “Computer Eye Strain” in the past from your eye doctor, or your OSHA person at work. These are outdated terms and limited in their definitions. The more relatable and proper term is DIGITAL EYE STRAIN. Digital images are displayed in light pixels which require your eyes to constantly work to maintain a clear image. The closer the image, the more difficult it is for your eyes to stay focused. The focusing system relies on a muscle in your eye to change the shape of your crystalline lens, therefore changing the refraction, or focus of light. We have seen a huge



increase in digital eye strain over the past few years due the exponential increase in digital device use. As with any muscle in our bodies, if it is overused, it will fatigue eventually. Think of the last time you did push-ups. The first push-up was much easier than the last one you did. The more you use the muscle, the more the strain or fatigue is realized. Another factor that must be discussed is blue light exposure and the role digital devices play. Everyone knows that ultraviolet light is damaging to our eyes and to our skin. Blue light is just a little longer wavelength than UV light and is positioned just inside the visible spectrum (the light that can be seen by the human eye). As opposed to UV which mostly affects the front of the eyes and eyelids, blue light affects the back of the eyes and in particular, the macula. The macula is the central part of our retina that is responsible for our acute vision. The retinal photo receptors are much more concentrated in this area. This is the reason that you cannot read a book using your peripheral vision. Much research has been done

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Sequoyah gave his people an enduring gift: a writing system so the "Cherokee Nation would live forever." Experience the Cherokee through our exhibits, videos, and gift shop. Hike our Shoreline Trail and visit the Cherokee Memorial Mound. We are Tennessee's only tribally-owned museum.

Museum Closed For Renovations Opens July 2018 Grounds & Gift Shop Still Open. Open: Mon–Sat 9a.m.–5p.m. and Sun 12–5p.m.

Featuring a large collection of brightly colored wool, hand stitchery supplies as well as designer fabrics, patterns and notions.

We have Kaffe Fassett fabrics! Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm | Saturday 10am - 3pm | 865.856.0805 | 6588 U.S. Highway 411 | Greenback, TN 37742 |







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Farragut Life Spring 2018  
Farragut Life Spring 2018