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FALL 2015

A magazine for the people of Monroe County and those who come to visit.

Fall Festivals! In Our Beautiful Mountains

Fort Loudoun’s 75th Anniversary Laura Harris On Community Health

Keeping It Green A New Look At Neyland Stadium



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Short Wait Times

Continuity of Care

Welcoming New Patients

Chota Community Health Services (CCHS) is a non-profit Community Health Center offering comprehensive primary healthcare to the residents of Monroe County and surrounding areas. Recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, CCHS has a staff of doctors, nurse practitioners, and behavioral health counselors dedicated to serving patients’ needs and ensuring their ongoing health through lasting relationships.

Services offered by CCHS include: Family Practice • • • • • • • • • •

Preventative Care Well Woman Pediatrics Geriatrics Chronic Condition Management Adult Health Immunizations Health Education Physicals Specialty Referrals

Patient Assistance • • • •


• Labs • X-Ray • Ultrasound (via ContractHealth)

Behavioral Health

• Counseling • Referral Coordination

Employment Services

• Workers Compensation Services • Pre-Employment Physicals

Insurance Enrollment Counselors Prescription Assistance Sliding Fee Program Coordination with Community Services

School Clinics • • • •

Immunizations School Entrance Physicals Well Child Exams (EPSDT) Chronic Condition Management

Chota Community Health Services Community Health Services

Affordable quality healthcare, close to home.

3 Convenient Locations to serve you better! Tellico Plains 412 Hunt Street Tellico Plains, TN 37385 Phone: (423) 253-6545 Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, M – F

Vonore 1206 Highway 411 Vonore, TN 37885 Phone: (423) 884-7271 Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, M – F

New Madisonville Location 4798 New Highway 68 Madisonville, TN 37354 Phone: (423) 442-2622 Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, M – F 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, Sat – Sun Monroe_Fall_2015.indd 2

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Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative Celebrates 75 Years of Service!




Keeping It Green At Neyland Stadium

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Laura Harris

And Chota Health


Southern Hospitality In Seattle A Behind the Scenes Visit To the Seahawks




The Story Of The Butterfly Fund


Music On The Mountain In Coker Creek




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departments 6 Letter From The Publisher 60 Tellico Library 65 Boys & Girls Club 70 Tourism Note

56 Tsali Notch Vineyard

The Largest Muscadine Vineyard in the State


Autumn Gold Festival


Happy Halloween! Roy Smith’s Stella Sporting Her Skunk Costume! FALL 2015 MONROE LIFE

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Monroe Life


Letter from the Publisher

In our Fall edition of Monroe Life, you will read some incredible stories about the people and places that make our community beautiful. This month, we are celebrating the 3rd annual Balloon Fiesta to benefit CASA Monroe, which will be held at Tsali Notch Vineyard during the National Muscadine Festival. It will be an exciting event with attractions and activities for everyone! With the Tennessee Volunteers hitting Neyland Stadium this week, we are proud to present our visit to East Tennessean Kippy Brown in Seattle. Kippy and his wife Deon opened their home, and the Seahawks Practice Facility to us, reminding everyone that Southern Hospitality does not change with your zip code. Volunteer Pride doesn’t stop there: we also spoke with Darren Seybold, the current Director of Sport Surfaces, about going green on the Neyland Stadium field. Darren and his team are responsible for all of the major sports facilities at the University of Tennessee, and they are prepared for an exciting football season. We are also highlighting the newest Chota Community Health Services location, which opened in Madisonville this August. Take a look at our piece interviewing current CEO Laura Harris, as she talked about her faith, family, and her work on opening the new building. Fall is also a wonderful time to get outside and see the leaves change: Coker Creek is hosting their Autumn Gold Festival in October, as well as their Music on the Mountain event, which will bring local and regional bluegrass bands together to celebrate the beginning of the season.


The Bingham Group President Lisa Atkins Bingham Graphic Designers Dustin Hayes Abby Swabe Contributing Writers Caroline Duvall Chris Hari Halea Lingerfelt Phil Roulier Contributing Photographers Bruce Hari Robert Burleson Ben Gibson Tammy Lee Cover Photo Lisa Amos Copy Editor Jennifer Porterfield Web Melissa Hitt Advertising Sales Mignonne Alman Tel: 865.523.5999 Cheryl Lee Tel: 865.523.5999

If you’re feeling adventurous with the cooler temperatures on the way, take a hike with the Rarity Bay Hiking Club to Notchey Place; a beautiful way to see the area at a relaxed place, and make a few friends along the way.

Subscription or Editorial Inquiries Tel: 865.523.5999 Fax: 865.523.0999

As always, thank you to our contributors, sponsors and readers who make this magazine possible!

The Bingham Group, Inc. 11921 Kingston Pike, Suite 201 Knoxville, Tennessee 37934

For more information on our stories and events, please visit us on the web at

Wishing you a wonderful fall season,

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Brings Home 3 Telly Awards!


he Bingham Group is proud to announce their success at the 36th Annual Telly Awards. This year, The Bingham Group brought home three awards, two of which were Silver awards. The methamphetamine explosion commercial and cinematography developed for the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security’s Anti-Methamphetamine campaign earned The Bingham Group a Silver and Bronze Telly Award. The “Meth Mom” Public Service Announcement also developed for the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security’s Anti-Methamphetamine campaign earned The Bingham Group another Silver Telly Award.

A Telly Award is a very prestigious honor that has stood for creative excellence for over a quarter of a century. This year, more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries were submitted to the judging committee for review. Less than 10% of entries were chosen for a Silver Telly Award, which is the highest award possible, and less than 25% of entries won a Bronze Telly Award, the second highest award possible. “The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “The Bingham Group’s accomplishments

illustrate their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.” The Bingham Group is sincerely thankful to be recognized for their creative excellence and for the opportunity to work with such outstanding clients. The Bingham Group is a full-service integrated communications firm located in Knoxville, Tennessee. The company’s expertise includes: graphic design, public relations, broadcast production, website design, media strategy, social media expertise, and more.

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Master Dry Does More Than Basements. WE FIX FOUNDATIONS. The Sinking Wall Problem. When AAA in Maryville called MasterDry they were sinking fast—literally. One whole side of their building had settled and sunk two inches. Other companies told them the entire wall had to be replaced (all 75 ft. of it!). This would seriously disrupt AAA’s operations—not to mention— cost a lot and wouldn’t really fix the underlying problem. In order to stabilize and lift the structure to as near as its original condition, pier underpinning was the most effective method for the foundation repair. The repair consisted of a layout of 16 helical piers, which were spaced approximately 5’ to 6’ apart, to be driven to a torque correlating to an allowable loading capacity of 20,000 pounds each. Once the piers were driven and brackets installed and placed at the building’s footer, we were able to lift the structure to its original grade and roll the wall back.

Master Dry had a better solution: Stabilize and lift the foundation using pier underpinnings. We stopped the sinking and raised the floor to its original grade. We saved AAA thousands of dollars and completed the work in a week. If you need foundation repair or replacement, make sure you call Master Dry for a quote. As a certified Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) vendor, we lift bridges, buildings and roads. We can tackle your foundation problems—wherever they pop up.


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Family Fun at the Annual Muscadine Festival in Historic Downtown Sweetwater Written By Halea Lingerfelt


merica’s First Grape, the Muscadine. The wild fruit leaves one with a taste that is nearly impossible to replicate or find elsewhere. The tart but sweet flavor the plump grape produces is one that leaves everyone wanting just one more bite. Although many have fond memories of the fruit, I doubt that many have memories quite like the Muscadine Festival stompers. When this sticky fruit is all over your body in the name of fun, it is quite impossible to forget. From September 25-27, 2015, The National Muscadine Festival will again take place in Historic Downtown Sweetwater, Tennessee, located just 40 minutes south of West Knoxville. The event, sponsored by the Sweetwater Merchants and Property Owners Association, is one that draws in massive crowds every year. Thanks to the five-year support of banner sponsor Aeroflex and other sponsors who value the community, the National Muscadine Festival has no admission charge. That’s right–concerts, entertainment, etc. are free!

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Activities for this year’s event include crowdpleasing live music, a BBQ contest, Miss Muscadine Pageant and a parade. Younger attendees will enjoy a kids zone featuring a unique trackless train open for rides. An art show and activities at Tsali Notch Vineyard, the state’s largest muscadine vineyard that offers incredible panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National park, will also take place at this year’s event. A shuttle is scheduled on Saturday to run from downtown to the vineyard and the Lost Sea, America’s largest underground lake, for a small fee. This year, the concert series features artists and musicians from various genres. Performers will be showcased on the Main Stage Bandstand at the Duck Park located in Downtown. All concerts are free, so don’t miss this exciting time. Check out the schedule on the following page for additional details. A crowd favorite every year is the wide smorgasbord of vendors, artists and crafters that attend the event. Come prepared to eat, buy and have a great time finding some fabulous deals. Vendor registration forms can be found online if you have a great product to show off. If you want to shop, buy some local desserts, muscadines or unique artwork, the National Muscadine Festival is the place for you. Quality BBQ vendors attend the festival every year. Check out the website to see more details and pick up a form if you want to enter your best BBQ for a chance to win $5,000 in prize money sponsored by Volunteer Federal Savings & Loans and Langdale Forest Products. Seventyfive lucky guests to the festival can get the coveted “People’s Choice” tickets that allow tasting of the BBQ.

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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27th Noon–5pm • Vendors & Artists

• Miss Muscadine Queen Pageant 6:30pm, Sweetwater Elementary School Auditorium on Broad Street Admission $10, Students $5, 3 & under free

• Live Music at the Main Stage Bandstand at Duck Park:

• Little Miss Muscadine pageant 12:30pm–2pm • Parade, 10am

Danette McCrary pianist, 12pm–1pm Eli Currier, 1pm–2pm WestWend, 2pm–5pm

• Food & Art & Craft Vendors • BBQ Competition at Hunt Commons (Competitors cannot sell their BBQ) BBQ People’s Choice serves 11am–2pm (limited to 75 tickets at $10 each, purchase tickets at the Volunteer Federal Weiner Wagon) • Kids Zone, All Day $5 all-day armband/$8 weekend • Children’s Art Show at Morris Galleries on Main Street

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25th • Live Music with SouthBound 8pm–10pm • Vendors and BBQ cookers begin!

• Wagon rides–$5 each/$15 family • Live Music at Main Stage Bandstand at Duck Park: Stan Gibert, 11am–12pm Mountain Music String Band, 12:30pm–2pm Eli Currier, 1pm–2pm NewTown, 2pm–4pm • Join us at the gazebo after 4pm! WMTY 98.3 FM Live Sweetwater Jr. High Chorus, 3pm BBQ & 5k Awards & Scarecrow Auction, 4:30pm

SHUTTLE - $5 per person/$20 family • Runs to Tsali Notch Vineyard, The Lost Sea and Downtown Sweetwater.

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• U-Pick, 10am–6pm Vendors, Crafters

• Muscadine Balloon Sunrise Flight

• Muscadine Balloon Sunrise Flight

• Muscadine Wind 5k, 9am (Pre-register at or the morning of the race at 8am)

• U-Pick, 10am–6pm

• Activities at the Vineyard including: Muscadine picking and product samples, crafters, kids zone • U-Pick, 10am–6pm

• Muscadine Balloon Fiesta Activities starting at 2pm Face Painting • Bo Carey’s Band, 4pm • Hinckley Brothers Band, 6pm • Muscadine Balloon Glow, DUSK

• Muscadine Balloon Fiesta Activities starting at 2pm Face Painting • Bo Carey’s Band, 4pm • Hinckley Brothers Band, 6pm • Muscadine Balloon Glow, DUSK

Bring A Lawn Chair or Blanket, Have Dinner and Enjoy the Balloon Glow! Costs for two-day tickets are $15 per adult and $8 for kids,12 and under. Cost for one-day tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for kids,12 and under.

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Photos By Lisa Amos **All events subject to change

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20 Balloons!


n conjunction with the National Muscadine Festival, the Muscadine Balloon Fiesta benefitting CASA Monroe will take place Friday and Saturday at Tsali Notch Vineyard in Madisonville. More than 20 hot air balloons gather on the 200-acre grounds to wow guests and provide a fun family atmosphere all while supporting a worthy charity. The Hot Air Balloon Festival that took place at Hiwassee College has moved to the beautiful grounds of Tsali Notch Vineyard. Food, tethered hot air balloon rides, craft vendors, kids zone, as well as a mesmerizing balloon glow at dusk each night, weather permitting, is scheduled. Live music begins Friday at 3:30pm with the Hinckley Brothers performing before the balloon glow from 6:30-8:30pm. On Saturday live music begins at 2:30pm followed by Bo Carey and the Early Morning String Dusters at 4:30pm. The Hinckley Brothers will again take the stage on Saturday night from 6:30-8:30pm to perform for the crowd. Oneday admission to the Fiesta benefitting CASA Monroe is $5 for children 12 and under and $10 for adults. A two-day pass to the Fiesta is $8 for children 12 and under and $15 for adults. Small additional fees apply for food, certain games and tethered balloon rides. For more information, visit



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Visit to see more details and to learn more about this year’s exciting festival.

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Tsali Notch Vineyards The largest muscadine vineyard in the state might also be the most beautiful! Written By Caroline Duvall | Photography By Tammy Lee

As September approaches, there is a buzz of activity at Tsali Notch Vineyard in East Tennessee. When the muscadine grapes are ripe, it is time to begin the harvest. The vineyard, named after the Cherokee leader, is home to 35 acres of muscadine grapes, and sits on over 200 acres of beautiful farmland. Tsali Notch is the largest muscadine vineyard in Tennessee, and welcomes beginners, wine makers, families and friends to join in the “U-Pick” harvest. The Tsali Notch property also hosts events such as weddings, receptions, reunions and other gatherings. The farmland sits in a beautiful valley overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest. There is a restored Party Barn for larger functions, and The Jackson Lounge for a more intimate setting; a recently refurbished 19th century farmhouse that faces the surrounding hills and 6,700 grapevines in the valley. A Log-built Tasting Room is the perfect

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breeze sweeps the morning fog out of the valley, which gives the grapevines a maximum amount of sunlight. Muscadines are rich in flavor and antioxidants, and typically grow well in a warm, dry climate. The vines are planted from North to South to make the most of the East Tennessee sun, and receive little to no chemicals or preservatives. This ensures that Tsali Notch can offer a fresh, natural crop with a full, rich flavored product.

place to sample the 6 varieties of muscadine wine that the vineyard produces, as well as sparkling wine, juice, and fresh jams. It is open for public and private tours Wednesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm, and offers several Tsali Notch products for purchase. Tsali Notch juice, which is high in antioxidants, is also available at several local Pharmacies near the vineyard. The location of Tsali Notch is ideal for muscadine grapes: the nearly constant

Cary Cox has owned Tsali Vineyard since 2009, and enjoys the pleasures that come from working with “America’s Wild Grape” in its purest form. Earlier this year, Cox entered several of their wines in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Contest, and the results speak for themselves. The Tsali Notch Hiwassee White Wine took home a gold medal, and the French Broad Rose received a silver medal. Last year, the Sparkling Muscadine won a gold medal in the University of Tennessee Wines of the South event.

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Cox is looking forward to an excellent muscadine harvest this year, and a few additions to the vineyard. Planning continues for a new building that will expand their event spaces and accommodate the growing demand from wedding and event planners. The idyllic farmland attracts more than muscadine pickers, and the newest addition will hold over 250 guests in a climate controlled building that displays the best view of the property. Tsali Notch opens their doors to travellers from all over the country, but Cox enjoys keeping the vineyard’s success local. When the City of Sweetwater approached him to co-host the National Muscadine Festival, it was a perfect match. The Festival occurs from September 26th-27th at the peak of the muscadine harvest. This year marks the 5th annual festival, and includes muscadine sampling and picking, with a hayride tour and tractor show. This September, the Festival welcomes the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, which raises funds to benefit CASA Monroe. The 20+ Balloons will set off at dusk each night of the festival, lighting up the vineyard in a beautifully colorful glow. In addition to the Balloon Fiesta, guests can expect to find a variety of food, fun, live music, and of course - the best muscadine wine in the state. Visit and or for event information, reservations, products and directions. 140 Harrison Road Madisonville, Tennessee 37354


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Tuesday: 11:30am - 5:00pm | Wednesday—Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm | Sunday—Monday: Closed

Sweetwater’s Gallery on Main Gifts and Fine Art

Saturday October 10th:

2nd Annual Artists' Private Studio Tour Meet the artists and visit their studios. Start the day with a Champagne Gallery Reception. Then visit studios until it is time to dine at a restaurant of your choosing, and then more time to continue your tours.

Our gallery supports more than 30 local artists. We have many kinds of art, such as wood turning, pottery, ceramics, oil paintings, acrylic paintings, colored pencil works, and hand crafted jewelry, just to name a few. We would welcome the opportunity to deliver to you some of the best art works in East Tennessee.

Live music presented throughout the day. Door Prizes. And of course you can always shop Downtown Sweetwater. All for only $25

lunch, tax, gratuities inclusive

Sweetwater Gallery on Main | 109 E. Morris St. | Sweetwater, TN 37874 | 423.337.7400


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A Visit in Seattle With Seattle Seahawks Coach Kippy Brown and His Beautiful Wife Deon.


fter doing the story on Kippy Brown’s great career, we were invited by the Brown’s to visit Seattle and go to a Seahawks game. This was an opportunity we could not pass up. Especially since we love telling stories and this would be the perfect docuumentary. Deon made reservations for us at the Seahawks Hotel. The evening we arrived in Seattle we were invited to the Brown’s Home. It was located on a lake about ten minutes outside of Seattle. Kippy and his wife, Deon, showed us that Southern Hospitality doesn’t change with your zip code. We arrived at their home in Seattle with all of the equipment necessary to conduct an interview and shoot a documentary.


We were met with a huge spread of appetizers, even a football shaped cake that read “Welcome to Seattle.” Kippy’s daughter and a few of her friends also joined us for dinner. After a wonderful meal we played cards, and then someone said something about line dancing and the entire group started dancing. We didn’t have time to shoot anything! Deon had gifts of clear bags to use to enter the stadium with lots of Seahawk fare so we would be ready for the game. Kippy presented us with Superbowl signed caps! Kippy and Deon are wonderful hosts and it is easy to see how this would help in recruiting players. We could not have felt more welcome.

To the left are photos of all the guests who have traveled to Seattle. To the right is a closeup of the Superbowl Ring.


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Tour of the Seattle Seahawks Practice Facility Touring the Seahawks’ practice facility was an honor, it was exciting to see Kippy in his element! The main lobby opens into a two-story atrium with a custom sign that reads “Passion, Character, 12th Man, Excellence”; reminding everyone who walks through the doors what the Seahawks are all about. We met several of the Seahawks Players who commented on Kippy’s “Do Right” coaching style, a motto that he learned from playing for King Berrong, his high school football coach. Kippy invited us to watch a practice session from the sidelines, which was an amazing experience. He encourages and praises his players.

Marshawn Lynch with TBG Ben Gibson and the outside practice facility. Below is a weekly billboard inside the practice facility and the indoor field.

Coach Pete Carroll even played a trick on Lisa’s husband, Joe Bingham, during a practice snap. Leaving the practice facility, we walked by a large billboard with several different pictures from the previous game. The Seahawks photograph the best plays from the game and display them for coaches, players, and visitors to see. 26


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Deon with all of her guest on this home weekend, cornerback Richard Sherman and in the locker room after the game with Russel Wilson.

All Access Game Day! We were also invited to watch the Seahawks play a regular season game, when they played the New York Giants. Before the game, we were able to be on the sidelines with the players and reporters Erin Andrews and Troy Aikman! Our guys even got to go into the locker room. After the game, we were invited back to the Brown house for even more food. Deon and Kippy really are the best at Southern Hospitality. Deon pulled out the scrapbooks and shared just how hard it was for the both of them. She said, “Kippy would feel sick when the papers in Memphis started writing articles about whether a black could win.” He would ask her, “Can we do this?” her answer was always, “Kip, we can do this.”

Deon and the other Memphis Tigers coaches’ wives.

Kippy retired this year and is currently living in Nashville. We look forward to seeing him on the sidelines cheering on the Vols, wearing his Superbowl Ring! To see the documentary go to

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On August 1st, 2015, Sweetwater Tennessee held its second annual “Color Me Purple” 5K run/1 mile walk for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Monroe County. Every year, the race is held in honor or in Memory of a cancer patient. This year we remembered Susan Millsaps Marcellis, sister of Tommy Millsaps editor of The Advocate & Democrat Newspaper as well as a team leader for The Relay for Life. Susan lived her life with tremendous courage and compassion for those around her. Her brother Tommy, Mother Nancy Millsaps and sister Peggy Thompson from Lenoir City were thankful and honored that Susan was chosen to be remembered.

Monroe County Relay for Life is currently chaired by Jennifer Collins of Madisonville and is co-partnered with American Cancer Society Angela Mathis. Relay For Life teams are made up of businesses, clubs churches, organizations, families, friends and individuals that work all year, earning money for the inspirational society in our community. The 2016 Relay For Life will kickoff the new season in October.

The “Color Me Purple” run is grateful for all the sponsors and the runners/ walkers that took part in the event. There were 105 participants this year and great sponsorship support. For more information about getting involved with the Relay or fundraisers supporting the Relay, contact 1-800-227-2345 or log on to the website at


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Keeping It Green with the Big Orange Written By Phil Roulier | Photography By Ben Gibson


olding a steaming hotdog dripping with mustard and relish in one hand and a giant Coke in the other, you traverse a dim corridor. Suddenly, you come upon a bright opening. A sense of adrenaline grips you, and you slowly make your way through the threshold. You emerge to a sea of bright orange, hear the roar of over 100,000 cheering fans and breathe in an air of pure excitement. Slowly your eyes descend to the surface, finally settling on the 50 yard line, where a giant orange T proclaims so boldly that this is Vol country. Neyland Stadium: it has been the pride of Knoxville since it was first constructed in 1921. Since then, it has hosted some of the Volunteers’ greatest victories, with six national title banners hanging gloriously over


the far side of the stadium. All in all, it cannot be argued that Neyland Stadium itself is the centerpiece of Knoxville. Yet what makes it so grand? What makes the experience of Neyland so unique and wonderful? The field, of course. With that perfectly mowed grass, the incredibly precise upkeep and that all-too-familiar checkerboard finish in each end zone. This is where Darren Seybold and his talented staff come in. As the Director of Sports Surfaces, Darren has been overseeing the maintenance of the field for five years. He has had twenty years of professional field management experience, ten of which was spent in Major League Baseball. We had a rare chance to talk with Darren and get a personal glimpse into his job and the challenges he and his staff face on a daily basis.

Q: In 1994, University officials decided to do away with turf and put in the natural grass surface we see today. Why was this decision made? A: Well, as turf developed, Sports Service Directors like myself began to see some major flaws. One of the main downsides of having turf is the heat. Turf fields hold an enormous amount of heat, so the players feel a higher temperature than the fans, and they’re the ones working. Also, turf grass tends to not give as easily as natural grass. This leads to more injuries and twisted ankles. I’d take a divot from a player stepping too hard over a sprained ankle any day, and at the end of the day, it’s about making sure the players stay safe.


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Q: What kind of grass is going to be used on the field for the upcoming 2015-16 season? A: The grass we are using for this season is Bermuda 419. It is as top-of-the-line as it gets. Q: We have seen games where the rain is coming down, yet the field doesn’t seem to be affected as much as it should. To what do you attribute this success? A: Many people don’t know this, but the base of the field is actually made of sand. While this gives us some challenges in other areas, coupled with the field’s design, it does a spectacular job of draining the field. Q: What are some of the major challenges you and your staff face maintaining this field? A: After a game is over, we don’t waste a second. If you have ever been to a UT home game, you’ll see us fixing up the field before some of the players make it to the locker room. The field has to be mowed about five times per week during the season and repainted after every game. We also have state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, which monitors moisture, fertility and other factors that we have to constantly be aware of and regulate. (Amazingly, we came to find out that Darren and his staff of only 33 are responsible for not only Neyland, but all thirteen of the major sports facilities at the University of Tennessee, including Baseball, Softball, Track and others.) Darren Seybold, Director of Sports Surfaces, discusses the issues of turf vs. natural grass and gives a tour of the famous Neyland Stadium, home of the Tennessee Volunteers.


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Darren Seybold, Director of Sports Surfaces, talks about how wonderful the Tennessee Volunteer fans are and what it takes to keep the Neyland Stadium field in the best condition.

Q: What do you think of the fans here in Knoxville? A: Well, let me tell you. When you are talking about big-name schools in the SEC (and trust me, I know, I grew up in Alabama and got my degree at Mississippi State), ever yone always claims they have the best fans. I can say without a doubt that the fans here in Knoxville, Tennessee, are by far the best fans in college football. Period. Q: Is it a daunting task managing one of the greatest fields in college football, considering the pride that UT fans have for their football program? A: We understand and share the passion that this city has for its Volunteers, and we work hard to make sure that the facilities are ready and safe for our players. We know that Neyland is what matters to people. It’s always been the standard where football stadiums are concerned, and we are going to make sure it stays that way.


2015 Tennessee Volunteers Football Schedule Date



Saturday Sep. 5

Bowling Green Falcons LP Field, Nashville, TN

4 pm ET

Saturday Sep. 12

Oklahoma Sooners Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

6 pm ET

Saturday Sep. 19

Western Carolina Catamounts Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

7 pm ET

Saturday Sep. 26

at Florida Gators

Saturday Oct. 3

Arkansas Razorbacks Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN


Saturday Oct. 10

Georgia Bulldogs Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN


Saturday Oct. 17

Open Date

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL


Saturday Oct. 24

at Alabama Crimson Tide

Saturday Oct. 31

at Kentucky Wildcats

Saturday Nov. 7

South Carolina Gamecocks Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN


Saturday Nov. 14

North Texas Mean Green (HC) Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN


Saturday Nov. 21

at Missouri Tigers Faurot Field, Columbia, MO


Saturday Nov. 28

Vanderbilt Commodores Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN


Saturday Dec. 5

SEC Championship Game Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

Bryan-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL

Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY


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ellico Lake is known for its pristine mountain views, rich local history and activities that visitors and residents alike can participate in year-round. Rarity Bay Community offers activities for members who want to relax, find adventure, and everything in between. Settled between the rolling mountains with a breathtaking view of the beautiful lake, Rarity Bay invites you to stop and stay for a while. In addition to excellent golf ranges, miles of horseback riding trails, and plenty of boating docks, Rarity Bay has a very active hiking club. Hikes are currently lead by Linda Wiese, who coordinates everything from location, length and intensity, to key rest stops along the way. Wiese has led dozens of hikes in The Smokies, The Cherokee Mountains, Cumberland Plateau and locally around Tellico Lake. Once a month, the club travels to visit some of the best hiking spots in East Tennessee. The Rarity Bay Hiking Club coordinates their trips according to the seasons: In the Spring time, wildflower hikes are planned to showcase the natural beauty of the area. In the Summer months, the club keeps to the shade, and in the Autumn, you are guaranteed to see the best views of the vibrant leaves as they change colors. During Winter, hikes are planned for around the area, typically on the East Lakeshore Trails

as it provides the best views of Tellico Lake. The season concludes with a Christmas Party, where participants are invited to celebrate another wonderful year of trails, to share their highlights, favorite spots, and best stories. Hikes stay within 90 minutes of the area, and vary between four and five miles in length in the easy to moderate difficulty range. Hikes are not planned for speed or distance, but for members to enjoy the scenery and enjoy the beauty of East Tennessee. Last year, an expedition hiking to Notchey Place reached an attendance of over 50 hikers, and began with a coffee and pastries social at the Equestrian Barn Tack Room. The hike launched with a crossing over Notchey Creek in a hay wagon pulled by tractor, and wound 5 miles through the Notchey Creek Knobs, including a stop at Crowder Point and scenic dock on Tellico Lake. The Hiking Club is hosting another fantastic trip this year for those who want to see Notchey Place for the first time, or to enjoy the hike once again. Nancy and Carey McHugh have graciously agreed to open their property for the hikers, and invite members to come out and join them. The hike will launch the third weekend of October; to join the Rarity Bay Community and their hiking club, visit for further details.


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If you ask Laura Harris about her experience working for Chota Community Health Services, she will laugh and tell you it has been “a journey” and “an adventure.” Her 5th anniversary with Chota lands on the same summer that they relocate their largest clinic in Madisonville, Tennessee, after completing extensive remodeling on what used to be a Food Lion.



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Laura is no stranger to local community projects and hard work; she attributes her strong work-ethic and faith to her family. She grew up working at the Tellico Beach DriveIn, which has been owned and operated by her Grandmother for 40 years. She learned to “always trust in God” and says her “faith, work ethic, and parents all worked together” to get her where she is today. Today, she is the CEO of Chota Health Community Services (CCHS). When she was appointed as CEO in 2013, she had already begun her Master’s Degree, and was getting ready to start renovating the CCHS office in Tellico Plains. Laura “feels fairly young to be in the CEO position” at 38 years old, but is honored that “a lot of people have put their faith and trust in her.”

care of the entire patient as a whole person, rather than diagnosing individual issues. They want to continue providing complete care to their community and build a stable, lasting relationship to ensure successful ongoing health. Laura began working with the Monroe County Department of Education in 2000 to establish their school based clinics, which were acquired by CCHS in 2005. The clinics are now open at 12 different schools across the county and provide “high quality, comprehensive care” to students, faculty and school staff. The school clinics combine physical and behavioral health care while promoting academic success, encouraging students to take responsibility for their health.

Laura grew up in Tellico Plains where her parents were raised, and is the oldest of four siblings who all currently work in Monroe County. After highschool, she left to attend the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga to study Human Services Management and Nonprofit Administration. Laura attributes the close community among the staff at CCHS to her childhood, saying; ”I’m glad that I grew up in a small town. I always thought when I was younger that I would grow up and leave, then after I graduated college, I wanted to come back to Tellico Plains.” When she returned, she felt right at home: both of her children are now active in church and sports, and Laura sings in a gospel group.

CCHS is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides affordable, professional healthcare, and currently receives grant funding from the Health Resource Services Administration. To be appointed as an FQHC, the center must provide care to an underserved area or population, offer a sliding fee scale, comprehensive services, and have an ongoing quality assurance program with a governing board of directors. CCHS has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, achieving level 2 in their patient-centered medical home program. The goal is to work with patients and see that their needs are met; whether they be medical, behavioral or otherwise. Laura and her staff at CCHS coordinate patient care, diagnostics, working with specialists, including external resources when necessary. CCHS strongly believes in comprehensive care: to take

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Back in the Fall of 2011, Laura left a CCHS board meeting to head home and passed the empty Food Lion building. The grocery store was so large, it was difficult for her to imagine operating with that much additional space. CCHS had done well in Monroe County, the patients and staff had quickly outgrown their building. “The former location did not have ample administrative space or parking,” Laura remembers; “The work flow was not ideal... we had staff working in closets. We were constantly having to move people around within the space that we had.” The new building could not have come at a better time for Laura and her staff. The old location was too small and extremely dated. The layout did not offer security or privacy for the clinical staff. But it would be two years of waiting before CCHS had a chance to expand, and Laura recalls how difficult it was to be patient: “I don’t like to wait. I want everything to get done quickly. I think that the Lord has really worked on me through this project, because I had the vision in 2011, and we did not purchase the building until 2013. That was a two year timespan in which a lot of things happened. I never would have dreamed.” Once the space was purchased and renovations began, new challenges arose when deciding how to move the entire staff, equipment, patients and records into the new building. Laura faced the


challenge head on, working and delegating the entire move. Once they were out of the old building, they had moved over 15,000 square feet of equipment over 14 days, without shutting the office down. Moving the entire clinic was an enormous undertaking, but the CCHS team worked hard to get the new clinic established, and it certainly shows. The new building sits on 5 acres at 35,000 total square feet, leaving 10,000 square feet for future expansions. Laura says she and her staff are “so excited,” and that there are times when she “walks down the halls and just stands there and looks at the finished product.” As amazing as it is, at times, “it doesn’t seem real.” When Laura had the vision of moving the clinic, she knew that it would be an undertaking she could not complete on her own. “Without the work and support of my management team and board of directors,” Laura says, “this dream would have never come true.” A dream that has finally become a reality, and the Monroe Community has a wonderful new clinic to call home. CCHS now has 3 locations in Monroe County, with 12 school based clinics to provide quality care for the whole person. If CCHS is your primary care provider, you can receive physical and mental health care, as well as access to outreach services. These services bridge the gap between

patients and the resources that are available to the community. Resources include supplying food, pharmaceutical assistance, transportation, and housing options. There are also pharmaceutical benefits available to patients through the CCHS 340B program, which establishes contracts with local pharmacies. If CCHS is your primary health care provider, the 340B program offers drugs to patients of federally qualified health centers at significant discounts. If you work for CCHS as a nurse practitioner, counselor, or physician, you have the opportunity to apply for the National Service Corp loan repayment program. Laura has transformed the way CCHS works and wants to continue making access to whole-patient care easy for the residents of Monroe County and surrounding areas. Her faith, family, and strong work ethic have all contributed to how far she has come; attributes she will certainly pass along. “I try to tell my children, you have to work hard for what you get,” Laura says. “You have to. You’re not going to have it handed to you.” The work that Laura and her staff have done to provide comprehensive health care has finally paid off. The new clinic is open 7 days a week and is now accepting patients. Visit the clinic in Madisonville, or schedule an appointment by calling (423) 442-2622. Also, visit!


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Left: A nurse helps a new patient get comfortable before her X-Ray. The Madisonville Clinic has state of the art X-Ray technology for on-site diagnosis. Above: A Chota Clinic staff member looks up a patients medical history in the new lab. The lab allows staff to conduct tests and provide patients with prompt results.


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Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative Celebrates 75 Years of Service!


n Saturday, October 3rd, Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative is celebrating a major milestone. FLEC invites its members to the 75th annual meeting dedicated to remembering the past and looking forward to the future. This year, members will be granted the unique opportunity to learn about the history and success of the company that has proudly served them.

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signed a contract with Tennessee Valley Authority to receive power to distribute to residents and businesses, thus FLEC was officially born.

It all started with people who saw a need. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, 9 out of every 10 farmers did not have electricity. East Tennessee was considered an extremely rural, poverty stricken area. The thoughts of power and electricity seemed like a very costly dream that would never be achieved. But in late 1938, local folks decided that the reward would be greater than the cost, and so the journey began to bring power to the area. By 1939, the Loudon County Electric Membership Corporation had been formed for a year and was finally gaining interest and popularity. The group was comprised of citizens who were in dire need of electricity and wanted to find a solution for their rural community. In July of 1940, members of the Loudon Utility Board joined in on the efforts to reach rural areas with power and helped comprise the board of directors. The 6 members of the board quickly grew to 9, and the Loudon County Electric Membership Corporation was dissolved. On August 20, 1940, Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative



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Nine board members represented the first members, and eight employees comprised the staff in the first downtown Madisonville office as orders for power were beginning to roll in steadily in the late summer of 1940. At that time, FLEC was contracted to distribute power to portions of Monroe, Loudon, Blount, and Roane counties, but owned no substations of their own. The substations initially used to distribute power were all the property of TVA or Tennessee Electric Power Company, TEPCO. Membership dues in 1940 costed interested parties a mere $5. In their first year of business, FLEC’s annual sales topped just over $15,438 with an annual budget of $500,000 that included sales. The 1940-41 annual report showed that FLEC payed $1,983 in taxes, and charged their customers 3 cents for every kilowatt hour used. In the first year of business, members used a total of 726,500 kilowatt hours. The initial plant value was a mere $200,000, money which they borrowed to install power poles and expand their services to larger, more rural areas. Today, Fort Loudoun Electric prides itself on seeing the same need for power, and reaching it successfully through a member owned cooperative. Eight members, who are in good standing and are elected democratically by fellow members, serve on the board of directors and are a voice for the people in which they represent in all districts served. Seventy-five employees comprise the staff at the office located in Vonore that the company purchased from TVA. Many of the employees have been serving the people through employment at Fort Loudoun for decades. In early 2015, membership dues are still $5 and total members reached 31,600. The

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overall plant value is currently 120 million dollars. FLEC operates on a 67 million dollar budget with 80 cents of every dollar made returning to TVA. Fort Loudoun proudly serves an extremely diverse terrain including the mountains, the highlands, lakes and valleys. Specifically the company serves members who live in Monroe, Loudon, and Blount counties including portions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee Forrest. Today, FLEC has roughly 2,500 miles of power lines running above ground and 600 miles running underground in the service area. The company also owns 8 substations ranging in cost from 2-5 million dollars that are scattered around the area. FLEC paid $794,034 in ad valorem taxes in 2014 because they are a privately owned non-profit organization. The annual report states that members were charged 9 cents per kilowatt hour and used a total 622 million kilowatt hours in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

This past February, FLEC was faced with its largest task yet: the ice storm of 2015. With more than 22,000 members out of power, it was the largest outage in the history of the cooperative. Although it took nearly a week to restore power to all residents, it was a major testament to how the company has improved its timing to restore power. The cooperative’s largest outage prior to the ice storm, the blizzard of 1993, took them almost three weeks to restore all power in their service area. The timely restoration was due largely to system improvements, lack of snow, and the lineman of FLEC and the surrounding area that worked day and night to complete the job. An additional 200 personnel contracted through mutual aid agreements from unaffected areas in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina comprised the crew. The ice storm cost FLEC a staggering $1,500,000. Remaining employees of FLEC not in the field were also working to provide answers for customers and providing shelter, food and clean clothes for the additional crew members.


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2015 ICE STORM COST FLEC $1,500,000 FLEC General Manager/CEO, Jarrod Brackett, and V.P. of Human Resources and Administration Manager, Lisa Lingerfelt, testified to the altered way of life one must live if working at a cooperative. Brackett said, “in those cases, similar to the storm we experienced in February, we do whatever it takes to keep our linemen going.” They also recalled many cases where they and fellow employees sacrificed holidays and precious personal time to restore power. Lingerfelt said, “Fort Loudon has provided a service for a long time to our local area, long before we were here and long after we are gone. It is a service. I mean, when you work here you become a servant to our members. It is a way of life. It’s a lifestyle.” Lingerfelt, who has worked at FLEC for 28 years, also reflected on the company and its success as a whole and said, “this is a great place to work. It is known in the community as being one of the best places in Monroe County to work. We have great employees, most make a lifetime career here. We are a family.” Fort Loudon also prides itself on promoting education, community involvement and outreach. FLEC educational programs include the “Louie the Lightening Bug” character that teaches young children about being safe with electricity, local school assembly programs showcasing electrical safety, and environmentally minded lessons entitled, “Right Tree, Right Place” aimed at teaching students to not plant trees under power lines. The company is also involved


with Relay for Life, Tennessee 4-H programs, the TN magazine, and other local publications. They encourage members to utilize social media and the company website to receive up to date information. FLEC also flies American flags on National Holidays with the help of a local contractor, Service Electric. This tradition began when Lance Corporal Frankie Watson was brought home to Madisonville to be laid to rest. FLEC also provides opportunities for students to excel in their academic achievements.FLEC helped develop and is moving forward every year with the Washington Youth Tour, giving a prize to one student in each of the High Schools located in the FLEC service area based on a written essay. The students picked for the trip are also eligible for a $500 scholarship. New in the 2015-2016 school year, FLEC will be offering one scholarship to a graduating senior worth $2,000. The scholarship, in memory of Ralph Hall, former FLEC Board President, who passed away in December 2014, will be given to a student in the service area desiring to pursue leadership or achievements that could benefit the cooperative environment.


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Current Main Office in Vonore

At this year’s meeting, celebration will be the main topic. The meeting will take place at Sequoyah High School in the cafeteria. The doors open at 8 a.m. with the first 500 members in attendance receiving a $20 credit towards their bill and all others receiving a goody bag. Breakfast from Hardee’s will be served, memorabilia including FLEC’s first payment to TVA and old service vehicles will be present, and all employees will be on hand to visit, serve, and share. $4,000-$5,000 in door prizes will be given. Entertainment will be provided by the Baker Creek Boys from Greenback and the Madisonville Primary School Choir.

A short business meeting will take place to update members on the financial report and on the board of directors. Since Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative opened its doors in 1940, a lot of changes have been made. But with that being said, it is also important to note that a lot of things have not changed. Good people saw a need, and they met that need. Today, FLEC prides itself on providing for the needs of members, through providing electricity, being community minded, and offering superb service. Please come join the celebration on October 3rd!


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First 500 members receive a $20 credit toward their bill Breakfast from Hardee’s Baker Creek Boys Madisonville Primary School Choir $4000 - $5000 in Doorprizes!

Meet the General Manager and CEO,

JARROD BRACKETT Jarrod Brackett is a native of Monroe County who started his first job mowing lawns at 6 years old with his brother. Jarrod has worked and served in the community throughout his life at Madisonville Sloan Center, Ingles, City of Madisonville Police and Fire Department and the United States Marine Corps from 1992-1996. Brackett graduated from the University of Tennessee in Natural Resources Management, and started working at FLEC as a vegetation manager. He held that position for 10 years until he was offered the interim manager position. He is celebrating his 5th year as General Manager at the 75th Annual Meeting. He looks back on his life and time as Manager at FLEC and states, “I have been blessed.” Brackett is married to Shelma, who is from Clinton, Tennessee. They have three children: Benjamin, Luke and Rebecca. • FLEC Currently serves just over 31,600 people with power • The company has grown to a gross value of over $120 in assets • Stretches across 3 counties with over 3,100 miles of powerlines • Operates on a $67 million annual budget • Approximately 80% of FLEC revenue goes to TVA FALL 2015 MONROE LIFE

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Coker Creek’s Festival of Gold October 11&12


f you are traveling to Monroe County this Autumn to see the leaves change colors, be sure to visit the small town of Coker Creek for a truly historical event. The Autumn Gold Festival is celebrating its 47th consecutive year and is expecting an excellent turn out. The Festival is held October 11th - 12th and holds attractions for families of all ages. The Autumn Gold Festival traditionally brings over 70 local and regional artists and crafters who offer their handmade wares for sale. There is sure to be enough entertainment and plenty of excellent food available to keep you satisfied, as well as the yearly Queen Pageant, where local girls dress in traditional Coker Creek attire.

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For those feeling adventurous, there are free horse rides offered around the grounds, and for those who want to relax, hourly wagon rides give a great tour of the Coker Creek Elementary School property. Sign up to pan for gold and gems, or watch a log splitting demonstration that showcases the local craftsmanship. The Autumn Gold Festival is the yearly fundraiser benefiting the local Ruritan Club, which is dedicated to preserving and sharing the local history of Coker Creek. Join us this year and step back in time, support Coker Creek and help ensure that the centuries of local heritage and small-town lifestyle will be around for many visitors to come.

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From Caterpillar to Monarch:

The Story of The Butterfly Fund Written By Caroline Duvall

In the summer of 2008, a caterpillar emerged from its chrysalis as a monarch butterfly at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Emily Barger named the monarch Sarah and released her in the hospital gardens. Emily lost her battle with cancer just a few days later, leaving her family and her love for butterflies behind. Three weeks after Emily passed away, Maddie Harrill lost her battle with the same form of childhood cancer. That August, the Harrill and Barger families worked together to create the Butterfly Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation to honor the memory of their daughters. The Butterfly Fund was established in Knoxville Tennessee to raise funds and support research, treatment and services dedicated to the defeat of childhood cancers. Since 2008, The Butterfly Fund has donated $165,000 to East Tennessee 50

Children’s Hospital where the two girls received their treatments. They have also donated $20,000 to CureSearch, a national organization devoted specifically to childhood cancer research. In 2007, Maddie and Emily were both diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a very rare soft tissue cancer. The girls met each other in the oncology department on their first day of chemotherapy, and remained close friends throughout their treatments. Emily’s parents, Brian and Misty Barger, grew up with Maddie’s father James in Madisonville, Tennessee. It was not until Maddie’s first treatment that they met her mother, Christina Harill. During treatments, the Barger and Harrill families sought to make their daughters’ lives as normal as possible; attending church,

school, birthday parties, and celebrating Christmas with their families. While Emily was in remission, she attended first grade where she learned about the journey a caterpillar makes from birth to adulthood. After Emily relapsed, her mother contacted a woman who raised butterflies in the area. She brought Emily her very own chrysalis to keep in her hospital room, and a few days later, Sarah emerged. When Maddie relapsed a few weeks after Emily passed away, she also received a chrysalis that hatched in her room. The wings in the Butterfly Fund logo are made with an M for Maddie and an E for Emily – commemorating both girls and their brave fight against their rare disease. It was easy for the Barger and Harrill families to come up with a name for the fund that would honor their daughters, and The Butterfly Fund has successfully raised


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support and awareness for childhood cancers ever since. Misty Barger credits her friends, family and church with providing extra help

They provide features such as additional bedding, a private fridge, and a TV with a DVD player. Local muralist, Gale Hinton,

while caring for Emily in the hospital. When speaking of her church family, Misty said, “People who do not have [that], I don’t know how they get through it, honestly.” Friends and family continue to support the Barger and Harrill families by volunteering at events and honoring the memory of Maddie and Emily through donations.

painted beautiful murals for both rooms in memory of Maddie and Emily.

Past donations from The Butterfly Fund have provided resources to remodel two rooms at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The rooms have been renovated for families and patients who require an extended stay at the hospital, and offer a more comfortable, familiar setting.

The foundation “continues to grow” Brian Barger said, “Not only do we do this to increase awareness, but honestly, it helps us deal with the deaths of our daughters. It’s therapy for us, we are continuing to make a positive out of a negative, and hopefully, we’ll continue to do this for a long time.” The fund has gained momentum since its beginning, the Barger and Harrill families host several events during the year to raise awareness and research funds for childhood cancer. Their main events include a 5K Run/

Walk, Golf Tournament, and a Black Tie Gala. On August 15th, The Butterfly Fund successfully held its 6th Annual 5K Run/ Walk at Cherokee Boulevard in Sequoyah Hills. The race has an excellent turn out for people and families of all ages, with over 1,100 participants showing their support. Race results, photographs and total funds raised from this year’s race will be posted to the Butterfly Fund website in the coming weeks. If you missed the race or want to be involved in fundraising, The Butterfly Fund is hosting the 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville on September 28, 2015, presented by the Provision Center for Proton Therapy. The tournament invites people and players of every skill level and age group to participate. Tee times are scheduled for 8am and 1:30pm. Participants can register online and will receive two meals, drinks, snacks, a goody bag and complimentary range balls while enjoying the beautiful scenery at the Country Club.


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On November 20th and 21st, the first annual Bar-B-Cure: Barbecue Pit Masters meets at Hunter Valley Farms in Knoxville to benefit The Butterfly Fund. Hunter Valley and The Butterfly Fund are combining their love for childhood cancer research and BBQ to produce Knoxville’s best sanctioned BBQ contest. Registration is open for teams interested in participating, and sponsorship opportunities are currently available. Through the Butterfly Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation, Emily and Maddie’s fight does not end. The Barger and Harrill families will continue to raise support locally, regionally and nationally for childhood cancer. This year, The Butterfly

Fund has given $40,000 in grant monies to the Pediatric Pain Management and Palliative Care program at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Additional funds were also granted to Dream Connection, the Provision CARES Foundation’s Caring Plate Program and to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. What started as a caterpillar in a hospital room grew to manning booths at local events, to hosting annual fundraisers, and has now become a successful organization that helps families raise awareness and defeat childhood cancer. This month, the Butterfly Fund will celebrate its 7th year of supporting the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and the CureSearch team. Join the Fund in

continuing the fight against childhood cancer and support the legacy of Emily Barger and Maddie Harrill, who truly made this world a better place. To learn more about upcoming events or to donate, please visit

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Pumpkintown Fall Festival is still going strong! October 10th Written By Chris Hari


he Pumpkintown Festival began 12 years ago as a way to celebrate local history which included a tiny town that was located just about where the Mayfield Farm is now. Pumpkintown was so named because, the folks there mainly grew pumpkins. Athens grew, Pumpkintown did not, and most people, with the exception of historians, don’t even know it existed. Unlike its namesake, the Pumpkintown Festival has not withered away, but has morphed into an event that continues to grow, not only in what it offers, but in the crowd it draws. The history and heritage festival focus is still strong, especially the Native American Scott Crisp Memorial Pow-Wow and Heritage Row. The highlights that bring people to Pumpkintown remain - the food, children’s activities, McMinn Regional Humane Society Adoptathon, Mutt Strut and Doggy Costume Contest, and music in the air from four different stage locations. The new activities and vendors each year result in a very large festival!


Photography By Bruce Hari

Thanks to Dynasty Spas in Athens, some brave and lucky soul will win a fantastic Green Egg, the grill of choice for backyard chefs. All they have to do to win is get into a spa (also donated by Dynasty) filled with pumpkin goo, chunks, string and seeds and “plunge” in to find one of five specially marked objects. The “Pumpkin Plunge” will be held at the Cleage Stage on Washington Avenue between 1pm and 3pm, with five lucky winners coming back at 4pm to make a final plunge to determine who gets the Green Egg.

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Mark your calendars and plan to come on down to Pumpkintown, Saturday, October 10th, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in downtown Athens. For further information visit:

Sam Natter, Marketing Director of Dynasty Spas, stands by Green Egg being donated by Dynasty Spas for Pumpkin Plunge. Also pictured are committee members, Bruce Hari, Greg Moses, and Tim Hughes.


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PUMPKINTOWN Celebrating History, Heritage & Harvest SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10th 10:00am to 5:00pm Pumpkintown Entertainment Schedule By Stage Knight Park Stage Home Brew The Long Haul ChiGun Dreams of Kings

Market Park Stage Little Beauties Pageant Just Us Bluegrass Stormy and Adrian Brittany McLamb

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Doggy Costume Contest/Judging Pumpkin Games, including Pumpkin Plunge Beloved Song Inman St. Jazz

West Madison Avenue Stage Shane Low Faith Willin Andy Sneed Celtic Plain

The Pumpkintown Festival will feature live music on 4 different stages, so you are sure to discover good music and new talent all day long. The Festival will also include a historical Native American Pow-Wow, as well as hosting McMinn’s Regional Humane Society Adoptathon. Visit for the complete event schedule and additional details.


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Mark the Date: Christmas Open House, November 7, 9am–4pm & November 8, 1pm–4pm

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nspiration is what fuels the human spirit. It is the driving force behind humanity’s existence. Simple inspiration is not enough to change the world, however. It takes initiative, and hard to work to see an idea come to fruition. When an individual couples inspiration with dedication, good things will almost certainly follow. We call this a dream. When likeminded and passionate individuals come together with the same dream, great things happen. Today, in our own community we see an example of the materialization of a dream… The Tellico Village Library. Though today the Tellico Village Library is one of the largest public libraries in Loudon County, its beginnings and rise to its current majesty are nothing short of exceptional.

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The Library was conceived in 1987 by a small book club. Like minded individuals within the club saw a gap in the community that needed to be filled; the absence of a public library. The next year, the book group contacted and made a deal with the Loudoun County Library Board, which resulted in a collection of 500 books which were placed in a small alcove in the Yacht Club. Though small, the popularity of the private collection soon began to flourish within the community, and in 1993, an official Library Committee was formed. The committee’s main objective was to oversee the sustained growth and stability of the new library. Thus began the organization known as The Friends. And so with its collection of 95 individuals, the Friends of the Library began to realize their dream.

In 1995, The Friends began fundraising for their library. These community fundraisers coupled with book sales and library dues, soon saw the newly founded library exceed its small space at the Yacht Club. Understanding the need for sustainable growth, The Friends came together and signed a lease in 1997 for a 1,000 square foot site in Lakeside Plaza. That same year, the Library was recognized by the Loudon County Library System as a Public library. Though the Library gained acclaim, they were not incorporated. They had no corporate sponsors to aid them, so they relied heavily on book sales and the community fundraisers, and even more heavily on The Friends Organization, which donated regularly through various means. Nevertheless, through The Friends and the community’s support, the Library continued

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to grow at an extraordinary rate. In 2002, renovations had to be made to double the Library’s size, and in 2004, The Friends decided that a new location was needed to maintain their current growth. They began plans for a library which would be a haven for the community and be able to adhere to the demand shown. In 2009, land was purchased and a facility of 6,500 square feet was designed. Construction began in December of the next year, and was opened on November 5, 2012. Today, The Tellico Village Public Library is a thriving utopia of literature. The Friends Organization, which still provides much of the funds necessary to keep the library in operation, now boasts over 1,000 members.

The library itself now holds 15,000 cataloged items, and sees more than 250 individuals pass through her doors a day. Recently, outreach Educational Programs programs such as Summer Reading Program with Boys and Girls Club of America and Home Deliveries to the hearing impaired & Blind have been instituted to aid the community, the library’s way of giving back. The library also hosts a movie once a month, played in the courtyard. Community members are encouraged to set up chairs, and enjoy a free outdoor film with popcorn and soda available for purchase. They also feature summer reading programs which last 6 weeks over the summer. The success and impact that this library has had on the community has been nothing short of incredible. And all of it began

with a small book group who loved literature enough to believe that this was possible. That dream has been realized, and today the library flourishes. It remains the only privately funded public library in the state. Join The Tellico Village Library on September 24th for their annual fundraiser “An Evening Honoring Aviation from 6:30-9:30pm. On Wednesday, October 7th, The Friends of the Tellico Village Library are hosting the Library Benefit Dance. Tickets are available for purchase at the Tellico Village Library and the Yacht Club Please visit for more information.


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Club’s “Bids for Kids” Auction A Huge Success!


Written By Caroline Duvall

he Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area celebrated a successful 16th Annual Auction last Saturday at the Tellico West Conference Center. More than 200 tickets were sold for the event, with over 100 items donated for auction. State Representative John Forgety co-hosted and said “I had a great time - I always do!” Don’t forget that the Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area has scheduled their 2nd Annual Wine Dinner Event for October 17th. The Wine Dinner is hosted by the Tellico Village Yacht Club. Tickets are now available for sale, and places fill up quickly! Call 423.442.6770 today to reserve your seat.

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Join us each Sunday and brighten your world, like the autumn leaves in East Tennessee. From October 12–31, everyone is invited to select the perfect pumpkin at our 9th annual Pumpkin Patch. Autumn is not complete without one of our world famous pumpkins.

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Pastor Carole Martin Sunday School for all ages at 10:00 a.m., Worship Service at 11:00 a.m.

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he beautiful fall foliage is enough to draw most people into the mountains, but the third Saturday in October has an added benefit to a great mountain drive if you also happen to love music—The 3rd Annual Coker Creeks’ Music On The Mountain Festival will again ring the hollows with some great Bluegrass Music, and this year the Festival will be host to one of Bluegrass Musics’ most honored COKER CREEKS’ and awarded acts—Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. The festival was started in 2013 when Principal Jill Franklin overheard Assistant Superintendent Tim Blankenship and mutual friend Brian Ayers talking about playing Bluegrass Music together. Blankenship comes from a family steeped in bluegrass music-his father once played the Grand Ole Opry as a member of the band The Piney Pickers - and Ayers is a local musician/ songwriter with a couple of songs recorded by the nationally touring group Blue Moon Rising. The two had met and played together at the Bradbury Community Center in Roane County, a Tuesday night gathering place for East Tennessee musicians, and at other festivals. Franklin and other teachers had discussed having a music festival to help raise funds for the school and approached Ayers a few days later about organizing a festival. The first festival was organized in only about a month and a half, but was a success. “I was glad to do it, to help Jill and all the kids there, My wife and I, Jill, Tim, the other teachers and volunteers, all put in a great deal of work



Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out

in a short time. We had some great sponsors, great food, and the community really turned out for us. And we raised some much needed funds for the school.” Ayers said. The first years line-up was made up of local and regional talent and was headlined by East Tennessees’ own Jeff Barbra & Sarah Pirkle, a duet with many songwriting credits on both bluegrass and country albums. Many other musicians volunteered their talents and their time. “We take a lot for granted in this area because there is so much talent and great music here. Other areas just wish they had it so good,” Ayers says. The second year continued the fine music and included the bands Lakeside, The Fork Creek Boys (now known as Turning Point) and Hurricane Ridge. Although one other band that was booked had to cancel two days before the concert, the other bands stepped up and

kept the music going, much to the fans delight. Attendance grew significantly, as did t he vendors. For 2015, the festival is taking a major step. In addition to the fine acts that have played in the past, the bluegrass super-group Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out has been added to the line-up. This 7-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winner is fronted by five-time IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year winner Russell Moore and has a list of honors and awards that reads like a 1970’s phone book, including this summers #1 hit “Brown County Red.” This is a major coup to have this group play in Coker Creek as they regularly play to “Sold-Out” crowds across the nation. “If you know Bluegrass, you know IIIrd Tyme Out” Ayers says. Three other bands are slated to appear at the festival also. Lakeside will again appear and is a gospel group with a huge local and regional following, fronted by local


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Monroe countian Greg Blankenship. This group is made up of exceptional players and their vocal and musicianship is top notch. Any one of these guys could step up play with any nationally touring group. Their music is their ministry, in the tradition of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and Paul Williams and The Victory Trio. Playing a festival also gives them the opportunity to squeeze in a few secular tunes as well. Turning Point is a much in demand local group that played their first festival just last year and that festival just happened to be Coker Creeks. “They just blew me away, and not just me, but the whole crowd,”Ayers says. Musicians Quinn Shaw, Ronnie Garner, Terry Garner, Bob Millsaps, Bill Kirkland, and Holly Deford have created a group that has great musicianship and spine chilling vocals. Hurricane Ridge is as close to Coker Creeks Music On The Mountains’ host band as you can get, as they have performed at each of the festivals. Made up of longtime friends and musicians Kevin Jago, Barry Freels, Irv Bunch, Ralph Jones and Brian Ayers, the group blends in longstanding bluegrass standards with fresh new songs written by the bands members. Their songs take you on a high energy ride through the past, lost loves, and trains and has been a crowd favorite at the festival.

Hurricane Ridge

New Principal Joey Debity welcomes everyone to this years festival. It begins at 12:30 am, October 17th. Parking is just $5, but admission is free. Food and drinks will be available on-site, so no food or coolers, please. Additional information photos can be found at and Lakesides’ websites.

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Autumn On The

Cherohala Skyway


In 1996, East Tennessee and North Carolina opened the Cherohala Skyway, which was designated as a National Scenic Byway. Whether you drive a car, truck, van, or motorcycle, the beautiful skyway is sure to offer autumn views that will take your breath away. Fall is the perfect time to visit the skyway, which travels through the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, and the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina.

If you are starting in Tellico Plains, the Charles Hall Museum is a great place to begin. The Museum brings together local history and an impressive collection of antiques such as firearms, old telephones and unique coins. Be sure and stop by the new black bear exhibit that is on permanent display. The Museum also offers free maps of the skyway, so travelers can plan their stops around which sights to see.

The skyway travels 43 miles through some of the most scenic views in East Tennessee. Just a short trip from Farragut, locals and visitors alike can roll the windows down and enjoy a nice easy drive through the mountains. The skyway connects Tellico Plains in Tennessee to Robbinsville, North Carolina, for those wanting to plan a day trip to enjoy the journey and the destination.

For those planning a hike along the skyway, make sure you have enough water and the appropriate supplies for your trip. There is no cellphone coverage on the skyway, so your journey is truly an escape from reality. If you are traveling to or from Tennessee by car or foot, the Skyway will take you down winding roads and steep inclines,

with breathtaking views all along the way. Whether you drive through to see the abundance of wildlife, the brilliant colors of the fall season, or the incredible sights, the Cherohala Skyway offers all visitors a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will not want to miss. Take I-75 southwest to Sweetwater. Get on TN-68 and go southwest to Tellico Plains. Take TN-165 through Tellico Plains to where the byway begins.

Monroe County Department of Tourism

Home of the

Cherohala Skyway Nicole Yates, Director

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On the Square The Cherohala Skyway was opened and dedicated in 1996. The road has been designated a National Scenic Byway. The road cost over 100 million dollars to construct. The Cherohala Skyway crosses through the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina. The name “Cherohala” comes from the names of the two National Forests. “Cher from the Cherokee and “ahala” from the Nantahala. The Cherohala Skyway connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee with Robbinsville, North Carolina and is about 50 miles long. The Cherohala Skyway is a wide, paved 2-laned road maintained by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The elevations range from 900 feet above sea level at the Tellico River in Tennessee to over 5,400 feet above sea level at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line at Haw Knob. Visit for more information.

The Visitors Center in Tellico Plains has information on the great places to visit in the area and the Charles Hall Museum next door is a loaded with history.

Tellico Plains September 12-13 10am–5pm On the second weekend of September, the Historic Town Square in Tellico Plains hosts a 2-day festival to celebrating art, artists, crafts and jewelry right here in Monroe County! From 10:00am to 5:00pm, the Square will provide local and regional artists with a venue to showcase their work, and a place for residents and visitors to support local art. Displays will include paintings, pottery, sculpture and wood turnings, offering something unique for everyone. In addition to local artistic pieces, the festival brings together live music, student art displays, and activities for families with small children. Be sure to stop by the hospitality booth for information regarding the artists, their booths, and additional local events. Art on the Square is sponsored by the Artists Association of Monroe County (AAMC) and the Tellico Plains Outreach Committee. AAMC exists to promote artistic growth and develop visual fine arts through educational programs such as tours, workshops, lectures, classes and exhibits. For more information on AAMC membership or the festival, contact Shelia Holbo of Scott Street Gallery at 423-253-7677 or via email at


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When in Monroe County, expect to find smiling faces and excellent service. Here are some of the shops near the Cherohala Skyway in Tellico Plains that make the town so unique.

Skyway Realty Land and Homes

Skyway Realty's associates create home and land dreams for buyers and sellers. For buyers, we hone in on and help you select the places you are most likely interested in buying. Sellers have new dreams we help them find as we sell their current properties. We love being helpers in one of the most important decisions of your lives. We make the real estate experience enjoyable from the first call to the close and enjoy win-win transactions with everyone at the table talking to each other as friends... that's what we all like about Tellico Plains, it’s warm, friendly, peaceful and successful. Call today 423.253.7100. Email us at We are ready to go. Stop in and see us at our office on the Skyway...where the bears are. 411 Cherohala Skyway, 423.253.7100

Charles Hall Museum and Gift Shop

A local historian and collector since boyhood, Charles also served as mayor of Tellico Plains for 31 years. Showcased in two museum buidlings are his magnificent collections of historial local pictures and documents, antique telephones, guns, Native American artifacts, coin and currency collections, a moonshine still, a 1922 Motel T Ford telephone repair truck and so much more. Admission: Free Open Daily: 10am–5pm 229 Cherohala Skyway, 423.253.6767 Email:

The Bookshelf

The Bookshelf is a quaint little bookshop in the Historic District just off the Town Square. Celebrating 10 years as Monroe County’s only full service bookstore, they offer new local history books and gently used books in all categories. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff also offers free out-of-print book searches. Fall Hours: Tuesday–Saturday: 10am-5pm 108 Scott Street, 423.253.3183

KramBonz BBQ


Come in and escape reality for a few minutes and have fun trying on crazy hats, vintage clothing, wedding gowns and jewelry. Mary opened the shop because she loves to interact with people and enjoys sharing her creativity with others through her collection of vintage hats. Her creative talents can be seen in the great hats she creates and also in beautiful one-of-a-kind wreaths. Open: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm 108 Scott Street, 423-253-2623


If you’re looking for some of the best BBQ in Tellico Plains, then head out to KramBonz, located at 9188 New Highway 68. From tender briskets to juicy pulled pork and fall-off-the-bone ribs, KramBonz BBQ is sure to delight even the most discerning palate. The establishment is motorcycle-friendly, open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 10pm and Sunday from 11pm to 8pm. 9188 New Hwy 68, 423.253.2019


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Mountain View Cabin Rentals

If you’ve ever dreamed of staying in a cabin in the mountains, Mountain View Cabin Rentals has just the spot…all 44 units have unique décor and are located on the beautiful Tellico River, at the top of a hill, in the woods or on a private pond. Amenities include hot tubs, game rooms and grills, with prices starting at $39.95. Mountain View Cabins is biker friendly and open all year. You are sure to find something to fit your dream and your budget! 133 Rafter Road, 423.519.2000

Tellico Arts Center

The Tellico Arts Center hosts 79 artists of varied media who reside within 30 miles. Fabric art includes quilts, hand-woven items, hand-knit sweaters and painting on fabric. There are metal works, pottery, beading, wheat weaving, leather works, stained glass, Intarsia, local authors, local music CDs, photography, soaps, candles, paintings and mixed media represented. 113 Scott Street, 423.253.3003

Tellico Vacation Rentals

Savor the serenity of your own cabin in the mountains! Choose from one to five bedrooms, sleep from two to ten guests. Select a cabin with a hot tub on the deck, a cozy stone fireplace or a pool table in the game room. Our cabins are ideal for a romantic getaway, a wedding or honeymoon, a family vacation or reunion. With your own kitchen, multiple bedrooms, comfortable living areas and outdoor decks, you’ll find cabin rentals to be a fabulous value for extended vacations for several couples or extended families. Our cabins are private and comfortable, each totally unique. A change in altitude creates a change in attitude! 206 Cherohala Skyway, 866.253.2254

Stone Cottage Shops, Gardens & Antiques

New Service: “Free Little Library.” Are you hiking or camping? Stop by for a book. Come view great collections featuring Mission Oak and Taleware! Open: 11am–6pm; Closed: Wednesday and Sunday 121 Scott Street, 423.253.2400

Tellico Kats Deli

Located on the river with a wonderful view for lunch, Tellico Kats Deli has daily specials as well as homemade salads, goodies and soup. Join them for gourmet coffee or Luzianne iced tea and a friendly hello. 1929 Cherohala Skyway, 423.253.3411

The Good Medicine Cabin

The Good Medicine Cabin is a very unique gift and antique store. We are a small store with a huge variety of items ranging from in-house turquoise and other handcrafted jewelry by Neo, as well as fine art by Neo and other artists, cabin décor, custom-made knives, antique knives, swords, biker gear, vintage leather jackets, American Indian items, pottery and so much more. Our hours can be as odd as some of the items you will find in our store, so before you make the trip from out of town, give us a call at 423.436.0255, or if you are in Tellico Plains, stop by. Our customers are highly valued and always treated with courtesy and respect. We shop the world for you and give you the most unique, rare items at surprisingly low prices. Please do stop by and see us. Shipping is also available for items purchased at our store anytime. 9172 New Hwy 68 (next to KramBonz BBQ) 423.436.0255

Scott Street Gallery

A visit to the studio/gallery will find the artist Shelia Sanford Holbo at work painting or carving in wood. Artwork on display in the gallery features flowers, animals, birds, beautiful mountain scenes and more. The medium varies, but the inspiration is always found in the natural world of God’s creation. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 11am–6pm 700 Veterans Memorial Dr. 423.253.7677


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Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center

The Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains is a “must stop” before starting up the Skyway. Come by between 9am and 5pm daily for free maps of the Skyway and Cherokee National Forest, Skyway driving conditions and local area souvenirs and gifts. Picnic tables and spotless restrooms are also available, with friendly staff waiting to welcome you with important Skyway and area information! 225 Cherohala Skyway, 423.253.8010

Crab Trap

Welcome to the Crab Trap, a casual, friendly spot for lunch and dinner, with seafood and lots more! Home Cooking, Daily Specials, Meatloaf, Brisket Pot Roast, Lasagna, Gyros and Fajitas. Fish lovers can select from various crab specialties, as well as shrimp, grouper, scallops, clam strips, catfish, trout and other delights - fried, grilled and other yummy preparations. Watch for live Florida blue crab and seasonal raw oysters too. Brisket and pork are smoked on the premises, served as platters and sandwiches, while burgers and po-boys round out the selections. Check out the homemade noodle soups, and save room for Crab Trap’s signature Banana Split Pie. Relax with friends over a frosty mug of your favorite draft or bottled beer, hard cider or hard lemonade, ice cold soda or iced tea. Kids love the hand-breaded white meat Chicken Tenders, Fish Bites and, of course, Cheeseburgers with Fries. There’s plenty of free parking, and Crab Trap welcomes locals and everyone who loves visiting the area. Be sure to get your photo taken with the Crab Trap Dragon. WiFi available. Coming soon, Live Blue Crabs steamed in garlic. 111 Main Street Open: March-November, Everyday 11am–9pm; December - January, Everyday 11am– 9pm 423.253.6800


Jenkins Realty

Everhart Lumber Company, LLC

Everhart Lumber Company offers wood products from contemporary to rustic styling including wide wood slabs, post and beams, wood flooring and paneling and custom-made cabinets, furniture, millwork and mantels. Everhart’s has created a niche for Extra Wide Wood Slabs from huge trees that are carefully selected for their distinctively unique grain, coloring and textures. We build magnificent furniture and countertops from reclaimed materials and other sources such as Douglas Fir, Native Hardwoods, Southern Yellow Pine & Western Red Cedar. Please visit our Showroom in Tellico Plains and our online store. 911 Highway 165, 423.253.2323

Jenkins Realty is your one-stop source for real estate, covering the counties of Blount, Loudon, McMinn and Monroe. Real estate is one of the most important investments one can make, and Jenkins Realty is your resource for listings, comparative market analyses, free real estate reports and more. 418 Cherohala Skyway, 423.253.6145

Vacation Rentals 4U

Vacation Rentals 4U in Tellico Plains offers a wide selection of vacation home options for any mountain getaway experience. Our passion is to provide affordable lodging to families who are wanting to experience a new sense of adventure…from the moment you arrive, you will know you are in the right place! From a romantic hideaway to a cabin for six, we know that there will be something perfect for you. Come stay with us in East Tennessee and make your own memories in one of our special Vacation Rentals 4U cabins. YES, we are motorcycle and pet friendly!



128 Bank Street, 423.253.2880

The Leudemann family can now boast twenty years and four generations of good service and good food at the county’s only sit-down restaurant employing a certified chef. The Tellicafe is open seven days a week all year round serving lunch and dinner. Our professional staff can easily serve one person or one hundred with friendly, efficient service. Specialties like Fried Green Tomoatoes, Trout Cakes, monthly Prime Rib Weekends and the Sea Food Extravaganza keep customers coming back time after time.


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Sweetwater Hospital Association (SHA) is proud to announce that their home health agency received a 4 ½ out of a 5 star rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on its Home Health Quality of Patient Care Star Rating Provider report. These ratings are based on quality performance and patient results. Only 10% of home care agencies in the nation are listed in this elite category. This information is available for public review on the Home Health Compare (HHC) website @ This report provides a comparison of provided care by local agencies throughout the state and the nation. This information allows individuals the ability to review and select a home health agency of their choice from a list of home care agencies which have the highest achievement for medical care, treatment or service.

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