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February 2011 marks our anniversary – seven years! The past seven years have presented challenges and rewards. It is hard to believe that with all the bumps and bruises, Voice Magazine is still going strong into eight years of servicing the local region. This is because of all of you – and we want to shout with joy our appreciation to all of you – advertisers, readers, fans, media partners, those behind the scenes, and everyone in between – thanks for the encouragement and the contributions to the year after year growth of the magazine. Thank you for your loyalty and honesty. Our goal is to continue to provide uncompromising service, and always have a local footprint. We ask for continued support by remaining with us on our journey into the next exciting chapter of Voice Magazine. We can’t do it without you! Moving on into our next chapter, we are excited about our 2011 projects. Join us in making the projects successful. Two February events are The Make-A-Wish 2011 Chocolate Festival and CASA’s Red Shoe Gala, which will prove to be fun-filled fundraisers. Another one is the Women’s Empowerment Network’s event, the 4th International Women’s Day Celebration on March 5 at the Country Club of Bristol. Join us in making this a day of recognition to all women and their achievements. Also, another event that is a must to attend is the Y’s Tribute to Women. This YWCA event proudly gives tribute to deserving outstanding women in the region. Deadline for nominations is approaching, so be sure to call for details to enter your nominee. (See their ad on page 27.) Voice Magazine is finalizing details for other events throughout this year which we will be hosting. Stay tuned for a couple of new events. To replace our ‘women’s expo,’ we will be hosting a couple of events for women and their families. Different – Exciting – and New to the region! Watch for details! Send to us your emails and your letters with your comments and suggestions. We encourage and enjoy hearing from you! Please send your letters, emails, suggestions, stories and comments to: Thought of the month: “You cannot plow a field by turning it over in your mind.” -Author Unknown Verse of the month: “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.” Psalms 31:24 (KJV)

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things you’ll find on our website 1. CONSUMER CORNER- Cashing In On Coupons 2. NEWS FOR WOMEN- Tips To Save Time And Trouble 3. SCENT-SATIONAL IDEAS- Feeling Overwhelmed? Stop And Smell The Roses 4. BUDGET TRAVEL IDEAS- Six Travel Tips To Help You Save 5. PICTURE PERFECT- Photographing Happy Memories Can Be A Snap

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3) How many Valentine Cards are sent each year? A: 500 Million, B: 1 Billion, C: 2 Billion, D: 10 Billion

5) What percentage of Valentine Cards are purchased by women? A: 39%, B: 56%, C: 72%, D: 85%


2) Statistically, a woman who purchases flowers on Valentine's Day is most likely buying them for... A: her significant other, B: her mother, C: her children, D: herself

4) St. Valentine was put to death at the order of what Roman emperor? A: Claudius II, B: Augustus II, C: Tiberius II, D: Postumus II

1.D: Lupercalia 2.D: herself 3.B: 1 Billion 4.A: Claudius II 5.D: 85% (Apparently, women really are more thoughtful!) (

1) Valentine's Day evolved from what ancient Roman festival? A: Floralia, B: Bacchanalia, C: Valentalia, D: Lupercalia

In December 2004, the Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. company was formed. This company would be publishing a woman's magazine – as we know it today – Voice Magazine for women. However, that was not the original name of the magazine. Initially, the magazine was called, “'s a woman thing.” Cliche as it was, no one seem to get it. And, at that time, the magazine was not even called a magazine – it was called 'the publication.' Being a tabloid size, in the industry, it should have been called a tabloid paper. That was a poor description of what my vision was for a local woman's magazine. By the end of the first year, the name changed, and the design changed. I realized then that this was an evolving project. And just as many people told me that the magazine was ' my baby,' I realized that 'my baby' would grow, mature, develop its own personality, and its changing would become expected. I certainly had to embrace change. The magazine went from 'Voice Monthly' to 'Voice Magazine for women,' and was recognized as the 'first and only' woman's magazine in the region. Start ups have followed us, but Voice Magazine (as we are lovingly called now) has proven to be a leader in defining a supported need for the local women. There were publications geared toward sports, and entertainment, but none with a focus to the wide-spread regional women population. Voice Magazine was a pioneer and yet, was told by many that it would not continue or be supported. Discouragement was conquered by believing and having faith. By keeping faith and faith in the magazine, and my belief in your support, Voice Magazine is celebrating seven years and stepping into its eighth year of serving the region. During the last seven years, I have seen people come and go with the magazine, businesses to start-up and close but everyone along that road has contributed something to the magazine. Each left a fingerprint that would be reflected in the magazine in some way– positive or negative – it provided a stepping stone to re-direct and become stronger with a brighter future. I have no doubts that this eighth year will present opportunities for redirection and a new level of growth. Bringing the magazine to you each month presents to my staff and me exciting surprises and unexpected moments of the last minute details that were somehow overlooked. But the excitement expands to the everyday of meeting new people and the sharing of their experiences, suggestions, and their desires to see the magazine continue for ‘all the women’ in the region. My staff and I would like to say “THANK YOU” for giving us the opportunity to bring the magazine into your life each month – by print or website – we know that you are there supporting us and our local businesses. We are counting on you and your willingness to share our triumphs, our disappointments, and our successes as we enter our next chapter of Voice Magazine. We live by these words ....“I just love that magazine!” Thank you! “We just love you!”

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Go buy your red shoes, put on your finest and help our community’s neglected children by attending the 2011 Black Tie Optional CASA Red Shoe Gala. According to 2011 Gala chair, Deborah Todd, preparations are in the final stages for our area’s premier elegant fun-filled evening of the year. As a lady, you can help your man “Get out of jail free card” for Valentine’s Day on February 12th by having him escort you to Kingsport’s Meadowview Conference. You will be served a double entrée first class dinner with wine provided for your dining pleasure. Filet mignon and salmon are on the new chef’s menu. Then plan to dance the night away with the party band Bag a Cats -back by popular demand from CASA for Kids’ 2009 Red Shoe Gala. You will also be entertained when Sullivan County Juvenile Judges pick the Red Shoe Contest winners this year. Check out the shoes worn by some lovely entrants in the 2009 CASA Red Shoe Contest. Every lady also wants to take home a special Valentine present. No problem, because our Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey will once more be in attendance auctioning off exquisite jewelry worn by The Encounter models, vacations in rustic cabins to time shares in Disney World, etc., - something will surely please you. At the silent auction, have your man select from 175+ items from botox treatments and massages to sports items galore for you and him. All this takes place in one exquisite night, but for what purpose? Every child deserves a safe permanent home, but not every child in our community has one. Over 1,000 neglected children in Sullivan and Hawkins Counties come to the attention of our juvenile courts every year for protection and a better future – CASA helps ensure they end up having better more stable futures. CASA for Kids, Inc. would love to be able to serve all of our community’s vulnerable children, but currently are only able to serve 53%. With a successful Red Shoe Gala this year, at least 178 more children will be able to have a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA volunteer) in 2011. CASA board president Rick Jennings is proud to invite you to The 2011 CASA Red Shoe Gala – a great event with a great cause. Call 247-1161 today to make your reservation or you may buy your tickets online at CASA staff with another Red Shoe Ice Sculpture will welcome your presence.

Disco into Spring 2011 Provided by Fashion Flora An early sneak into the fashion style for spring 2011 reveals colors and prints that replicated the early 70’s striped knits. Even the winged hairdo of Farrah Fawcett is resurfacing. And yes, those platform shoes which definitely defined the 70s will continue with personality in spring 2011. The early 70s were a hippie hangover, in every sense of the word. Until about 1972, fashion was coming from one of two directions: London Mod minis, midis, maxis, and hot pants or California Hippie whatever-feels-gooddo-it clothing. And those 70’s ‘I am cool’ styles are back for spring 2011! I recall the bellbottom jeans and trousers with high waists and flared legs from the 70s and the style was loved by most women, and the style will return with much love again. However, ladies who wear boycut jeans will not fit into these very well, but there are sneaky ways around this look. Bow-blouses are another throwback and they look amazing with flared trousers and jackets, and especially those hippie-style high-waisted denim. This trend is good for balancing large shoulders, large chests, and large everything! You will love it once you get the proportions right. And ladies, even with today’s fashion edginess, this is a perfect ‘ageless’ trend for you no matter what your birth certificate reveals! Look for those returning yesterday’s fashion to make big splash in bold colors. Bright

colors will shine through with deep sunny yellows, here I am pinks, hot reds, and cool oranges. To wear any color, the trick is to wear the right bold color near your face. We all know ‘our best‘ color, and there is at least one bold color that works for anyone. If you are a winter coloring, you will do well with bright pinks, cobalts or reds, electric blues or magenta. Autumn women will look great in orange and the new yellow. Spring and summer complexions may have to tone down their acceptance of these bright colors or wear the bright colors mixed into a perfect print. However, ladies who tan in summer can always wear intense colors. Another possibility is to wear more of the neutral white near your face. Although, designers all have their own shade of white, every woman should be able to find the right shade to complement her skin tone. Don’t toss out those animal prints just yet! They are ‘keepers.’ However, it’s not just the prints, it’s the mixing and matching of prints. This ‘keeper’ is great because it allows greater creativity, conforms to thrift-store shopping ethics, and lets you wear every piece you have in10 more ways than you thought possible. Another print on the horizon is the gorgeous Chinese blue-and-white pottery print. The color is amazing for anyone. A must try it on, because this chinoise (fine mesh) print is one of the defining pieces of the spring collection for any average style. The blue and white will look fab with some stonewashed 70’s jeans. Or, try this paired with the spring 2011 red. Looking good! If you want to go 70’s style, you need flared jeans, bow blouses, shiny or metallic clothing and platform shoes. And even pantsuits, no matter how impractical. But, give it your own twist. Just like the 60s, the 70s were decades with several cute trends, discover your inner disco diva with glam and glitter. And, remember that most 70’s styles look best with platform clogs, Candies-style sandals, or disco platform shoes.

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Donʼt Let Harsh Weather Play Havoc On Your Skin Cold weather outside and dry heat inside can be especially harsh on your skin. Fortunately, you can protect yourself. First, while taking a hot, steamy shower sounds like a great way to warm up on cold mornings, hot water actually removes moisture from your skin. Instead, try to minimize your morning shower time, and use a water temperature that is slightly warmer than lukewarm. After your shower, it’s time to rehydrate. The best time to moisturize your skin is actually right after getting out of the shower, while your skin is still damp. Applying body lotion to wet skin helps trap water, preventing moisture from evaporating. Don’t forget to pay attention to your cuticles and lips. Nail cuticles and lips tend to dry out more quickly than the rest of your body and can be especially painful when they chap or crack. You can keep them moisturized by applying cuticle cream and lip balm. Make it a part of your

Shaving is an excellent way to exfoliate dry skin all winter long.

post-shower routine. Exfoliating skin is also extremely important, but is something often overlooked. Built-up dead and flaky cells can block moisturizers from penetrating the surface of the skin. Removing this buildup not only helps hydrate skin but makes it look fresh and radiant. Use a body scrub or loofah to slough away dry skin. Shaving is also an excellent way to exfoliate. It effectively removes dead skin cells, so you should keep shaving regularly all winter long. While you’re at it, consider using a shave cream that has aloe to help you moisturize your legs. To help keep your skin looking and feeling its best this winter, consider supplementing your skin care routine by exfoliating and using moisturizing skin care products.

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Dear Walking down the Aisle, Stop! Look! and Listen!... before walking down the aisle, or you may be running down to divorce court! Hey - nothing kills romance faster than the word ‘prenup.’ However, the mention of a prenup shouldn't come as a surprise if you and your sweetie have been open with each other as the relationship became serious. With about one in three of all first marriages ending in divorce, and 50 percent of second or third ones hitting the skids, a prenup is smart financial planning, legal and financial experts say. It is recommended for couples to talk it over before the engagement, but since you have ‘the cart before the horse,’ so to speak, perhaps you should take the hint, and bring up the topic first. Discuss with your ‘intended’ that you believe these agreements are important and that you'd like to discuss the topic. Most of all, think about how you feel and be honest in the discussion.

I am twenty-four years old and have been engaged to my fiance for two years. We are planning an October wedding this year. My question is this: He has hinted to wanting a prenup. I am a social worker and love my job. He is twenty-nine, just finished law school, and has accepted a position with a local firm. What do you think I should do? -Walking down the Aisle

The roots of Valentine's Day goes back to ancient times, when people paid honor to the Roman God of Fertility. This was known as the Feast of Lupercalia, and was celebrated even then on February 14th.

Think of it as a business contract without emotion. Much easier said than done! However, you have to be real candid about why you do or do not want the agreement. Let him have his say. It's not very romantic, but you have to show that you do appreciate what his concerns are. And honey - get yourself another attorney outside his employer! You do not want to feel persuaded or pressure into signing something that you do not understand. Things to consider: You have assets such as a home, stock or retirement funds Own all or part of a business You may be receiving an inheritance You have children and/or grandchildren from a previous marriage One of you is much wealthier than the other One of you will be supporting the other through college You could see a big increase in income because your business is taking off You have or are pursuing a degree or license in a potentially lucrative profession such as medicine Sincerely, Viola Voice Ask Viola Voice! Do you have a question? Send your question to: Disclaimer: These Q&A are for entertainment purposes only and should not be considered informational, instructional, or a medical diagnosis.



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Embrace Life, No Matter What By: Harold Dishner, State Farm® Agent Have you ever heard, “If I had only had more time” As people grow older, some may have regrets about all the things they did not do. Not taking an exotic trip or missing visits to family members might top the list. Your list might even include “not running a marathon.” One of the biggest regrets may be not telling a loved one how much you care. One thing is for sure: The more you enjoy life and prepare for the unexpected, the fewer regrets you may have. While no one can possibly do everything on a lifetime to-do list, there are plenty of ways to show people you care. One way is to make sure your family has the financial means to continue living their current lifestyle if you are no longer around. Life insurance is one way to do just that. A strong economic foundation includes adequate life insurance coverage; enough to cover a mortgage, college tuition or outstanding debts. There are many online sites, including® , that provide calculators to determine your life insurance needs. A qualified insurance professional can help you choose a policy to meet your needs and fit in your budget. Once a policy is in place, you can revisit it, especially during different life events, to make certain the coverage is still appropriate. Knowing you have provided for your loved ones will give you peace of mind so you can enjoy doing the things you’ve always wanted to do. Dishner Agency 1207 N. Roan Street Johnson City, TN 423-926-6000

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HowMuchGodLovesUs By Joe Ann Brewer Some of the traditional gifts for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day are perfume, sexy lingerie, roses, flowers, stuffed bears or animals and chocolates. But not all great gifts have to cost a fortune. In fact, some of the best are absolutely free. Skeptical?

Well, here's free gift ideas: • Give your sweetie breakfast in bed. • Hand print a coupon for a back massage. • Cook a special dinner. • Give someone a special a day of pampering. • Write a poem or a quote in honor of Valentine's Day. • Create a drawing or painting that has special meaning. • Light a candle and run a warm bath for that special person. • Send an e-card or online greeting. • Surprise someone with a picnic using food that you already have on hand in the bedroom. • Leave a message on the bathroom mirror using toothpaste or lipstick. • Make cookies or fudge and wrap them in tissue paper. • Give them an old photograph that has been tucked away for some time. • Create a hobby scrapbook with images, articles and tidbits about their favorite activity. • Give them a hug and kiss. Don't be embarrassed if you are a little short on cash or if you want to try one of these free gift ideas. The best gifts really do come from the heart.

ARE YOU SINGLE AND WITHOUT A SWEETIE? Valentine's Day can be difficult when you're single. Though some people are happy and proud of their single status, there are others who are widowed, divorced, separated, or who may be going through a tough breakup. If you're in this category, avoid focusing on lost love. Instead, take part in these activities to change your mind-set and boost your mood: Treat yourself. Usually, small indulgences like your favorite (and pricey) latte coupled with a freshly baked pastry are off limits. But if you need an extra pick-me-up on Valentine's Day, go for it and consider treating a friend as well. Show love to people in need. Volunteer for a cause you believe in, bake a treat for the single mother next door, or sponsor a child living in extreme poverty through a charity. Giving to others will shift your focus and warm your heart. Mail cards of appreciation to friends and family. People love getting personal letters and notes in the mail. It shows the recipient that you gave of your time and effort as opposed to sending an email or text message out of convenience. Make it your goal to laugh or smile on Valentine's Day. That may mean a night out with your best friends, getting tickets to watch stand-up comedy, or vegging out with a bucket of popcorn and your favorite movies. You don't need to be half of a couple in order for feel happy and fulfilled. Reflect on all the people who support, respect, and value you. Then celebrate their role in your life in your own way.

A year ago we delightfully increased our dog population in our household by adding a small little dog that someone had abandoned. He wondered around our neighborhood for about four weeks in the rain and snow. Every time someone tried to approach him he would growl, hunch up his back like a cat, and run away. We put out food, even in a trap, but he wasn’t enticed until we place a cuddly rug in it for warmth and comfort. The night that happened it snowed several inches and the temperature was in the teens. The trap was in a neighbor’s yard and because the phones were out, after covering the trap with blankets, the neighbor walked up the snowy hill to tell us we had successfully trapped the dog. After a trip to the vet, we brought him into our home. We were told he was about 8 – 10 years old and had lost about 25% or his weight, weighing only 8 pounds. I didn’t know what to do with such an unapproachable creature, so I put him in a small fenced area in our foyer. He was so afraid. Finally, he came over to the fence and jumped up on it right in front of me. I cautiously reached over and rubbed his head and he let me. That’s when I remembered how much my other dog liked to have his ears rubbed. Did that ever make a hit! From then on Pacer was my dog. After many weeks of learning each other, we became best friends. He can’t wait for me to get up in the morning. I would say he loves me very much and the feeling is mutual. The two dogs eat different foods, so one morning I was holding him, as I often do, in my left arm while the other dog ate his food. I heard in my mind the question, “Don’t you get tired of holding him?” My instant reply was, “No, because I love him.” That brought to mind how much God wants to hold us in his arms because He loves us. It’s His joy to hold and protect us; that’s His desire for us. Sometimes we may feel like no one loves us. We withdraw from the loving touch of others. Maybe we’ve been hurt or even abused. The wonderful thing about God’s love is that it never changes. He loves us no matter what we’ve done, and He stands ready to forgive us for any offense. All He asks is that we do the same thing - accept His forgiveness and love and do the same for others, even those who have offended us. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me, I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28

4th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration Hosted by The Women’s Empowerment Network of Bristol

Saturday, March 5th at 5:00pm At the Country Club of Bristol This year the Women’s Empowerment Network of Bristol has teamed up with Voice Magazine for Women and Shakti in the Mountains to bring a delightful evening of celebration to the women of the Tri-Cities. Come join us for fun, laughter, healing, and celebration! All proceeds benefit the Bristol Recovery Road for women.

Entertainment by the Desert Divas Belly Dance Troupe Keynote Speaker, hometown favorite Sybil Smith, LPC-MHSP, MT-BC As a licensed psychotherapist, life coach, educator and public speaker, Sybil is driven by her passion to help women live empowered lives full of purpose, passion, and peace. She shares with us her wisdom in her presentation,

“Quiet Courage - the foundation to living an empowered life full of joy”. Cost: $30.00 per person (Pre-register with a friend and save $5.00 per person) Pre-registration Required Evening includes one free raffle ticket and Buffet Dinner by the Country Club of Bristol and Troutdale Dining Rooms (Additional raffle tickets will be available for sale to benefit our charity)

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Bristol Women Celebrate 100 Years of Achievement On Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 5pm the Women’s Empowerment Network of Bristol will host their 4th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration. This year the group has partnered with the Voice Magazine for Women to promote this celebration and fundraiser to support the Bristol Recovery Road for Women. The charity organization provides support to local women who are re-integrating back into society from the judicial system, by providing housing, schooling, and job placement assistance. The very first International Women’s Day event was celebrated in 1911 and on March 8, 2011 celebrates its 100th anniversary of honoring women and their achievements in obtaining equality around the world. Although in many parts of the world, this movement has made great strides there is still much more to be done to obtain world-wide equality for women and other minority groups. This is a day to honor those who have fought and in some cases given their lives, to be thankful for the freedoms we have today, and focus on the challenges we still face to live in harmony with our ever changing world. The Women’s Empowerment Network of Bristol and Voice Magazine invite you to share an evening of inspiration, entertainment, and honor at the Country Club of Bristol to celebrate the women in your life-past, present, and future. Event cost is $30 per person and includes a buffet dinner and an opportunity to win great door prizes. Pre-register with a friend for $5 off each registration. Visit for registration details. For more information on International Women’s Day visit

Organizing Kids’ Clothes By: Martha McGlothlin Gayle Yes it can be done! No more searching for a lost sock, hunting for that special size 3T sweater or struggling through the disappointment of a stained onesie in the closet. First and foremost, resist the temptation to buy too much for kids, then by definition you won’t have as much to organize. But everything is so ad-or-a-ble, you say, in the zero-to-60 months category! I wholeheartedly agree with you. Yet kids grow so fast and they can only change clothes what, 5 times a day? The exception to this rule is to buy white, white, white. You can never have too many white onesies, white t-shirts, white socks! Martha McGlothlin Gayle If you just can’t resist the cuties, shop consignment stores and sales, trade with friends and shop on Then you (and your wallet) won’t feel too much of a strain. Shopping vintage is also a great way to keep down your investment in clothing. I found a precious pair of children’s cowboy boots at a flea market and both my son and daughter have worn them. My daughter has worn several dresses that were mine as a child. It’s fun to see the pieces given new life! Here are my favorite tips for staying organized. When hanging clothes, face everything the same way. Sounds simple and it is. Doing so helps you see what you have and makes everything look nice, which truly is half the battle of organization. To further your aesthetics, purchase hangers that are all the same color for each closet (i.e. plastic pink hangers for girls). Organize clothes first by type (pants

together, shirts together), then by color. Place a big bucket in a common area of the house for shoes. To save space on shelves, lay items as flat as space will allow (the more you fold, the chunkier it gets). For kids who share closets, separate their clothes by a bright ribbon tied around the clothes rod. To distinguish between kids’ clothes that are close in size, assign each child a color and then put a dot the same color on the tag. And finally, apply stain stick to stains right away, even if not washing them for a while. The clothes will thank you later. Of course, you should try to constantly organize and keep up the closets, but doing a big clean at least twice a year is important. For each of the cold and warm weather seasons, organize, purge, hand-down, give away and sell so that you can replenish and update. And don’t forget to have a dedicated space in your entryway for each of your little monkeys!

Martha McGlothlin Gayle is the mom of four toddlers, all under the age of four. She enjoys making jewelry (see her website at, writing her blog (, shopping at flea markets and decorating her home with salvaged items. Martha is also president of The United Company Charitable Foundation in Bristol, Virginia.

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How to Look at Food Labels The information on the left side of the label provides total amounts of different nutrients per serving. To make wise food choices, check the total amounts for: calories total fat sodium total carbohydrate fiber sugar alcohol list of ingredients Total amounts are shown in grams, abbreviated as g, or in milligrams, shown as mg. A gram is a very small amount and a milligram is one-thousandth of that. For example, a nickel weighs about 5 grams. So does a teaspoonful of margarine. Use the label to compare labels of similar foods. For example, choose the product with a smaller amount of saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium and try to select foods with more fiber. Calories If you are trying to lose or maintain your weight, the number of calories you eat counts. To lose weight you need to eat fewer calories than your body burns. Total Fat Total fat tells you how much fat is in a food per serving. It includes fats that are good for you such as mono and polyunsaturated fats, and fats that are not so good such as saturated and trans fats. Mono and polyunsaturated fats can help to lower your blood cholesterol and protect your heart. Saturated and trans fat can raise your blood cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease. The cholesterol in food may also increase your blood cholesterol. Fat is calorie-dense. Per gram, it has more than twice the calories of carbohydrate or protein. Although some types of fats, such as mono and polyunsaturated fats provide your body with healthy fats, it is still important to pay attention to the overall number of calories that you consume to maintain a healthy weight. Sodium Sodium does not affect blood glucose levels. However, many people eat much more sodium than they need. Table salt is very high in sodium. You might hear people use "sodium" in lieu of "table salt," or vice versa. With many foods, you can taste how salty they are, such as pickles or bacon. But there is also hidden salt in many foods, like cheeses, salad dressings, canned soups and other packaged foods. Reading labels can help you compare the sodium in different foods. You can also try using herbs and spices in your cooking instead of adding salt. Adults should aim for less than 2300 mg per day. If you have high blood pressure, it may be helpful to eat less. Total Carbohydrate If you are carbohydrate counting, the food label can provide you with the information you need for meal planning. Look at the grams of total carbohydrate, rather than the grams of sugar. Total carbohydrate on the label includes sugar, complex carbohydrate, and fiber. If you look only at the sugar number, you may end up excluding nutritious foods such as fruits and milks thinking they are too high in sugar. You might also overeat foods such as cereals and grains that have no natural or added sugar, but do contain a lot of carbohydrate. The grams of sugar and fiber are counted as part of the grams of total carbohydrate. If a food has 5 grams or more fiber in a serving, subtract half the fiber grams from the total grams of carbohydrate for a more accurate estimate of the carbohydrate content. Fiber Fiber is part of plant foods that is not digested – or for some types, only partially digested. Dried beans such as kidney or pinto beans, fruits, vegetables and grains are all good sources of fiber. The recommendation is to eat 25-30 grams of fiber per day. People with diabetes need the same amount of fiber as everyone else for good health. Sugar Alcohols Sugar alcohols have fewer calories than sugars and starches. Use of sugar alcohols in a product does not necessarily mean the product is low in carbohydrate or calories. And, just because a package says "sugar-free" on the outside, that does not mean that it is calorie or carbohydrate-free. List of Ingredients Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight, meaning the first ingredient makes up the largest proportion of the food.

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If this is the year you resolve to eat better, it’s important to remember that healthy is an every day process-and requires some changes in the way you approach meals and snacks. One smart way to improve your diet is to replace unhealthy fats with healthier fats, such as those in avocados. The oils and fats found in the fruit are “good” fats and can help lower your cholesterol. The avocado is a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. It actually helps to raise levels of HDL (“good” cholesterol), which protects arteries, while lowering levels of LDL (“bad” cholesterol). Avocados also contain more beta-carotene than any other fruit, offering important antioxidant properties that may help prevent cancer and other diseases. More delicious and nutritious substitutions can be made by using natural, preservative-free salsa. Salsa is not just for dipping chips in. It’s a heart-smart food and considered a “free” item by many point-counting diets. Low in calories and high in nutritional value, salsa can be used to zest up sandwiches, potatoes and rice. Keeping ready-made, preservative-free guacamole and salsa on hand can make it easier to cut down on calories and fat and stick to healthier, new eating habits. Convenience is a major factor in sticking to any new plan.

February Means Heart Disease Awareness On National Wear Red Day ® , February 4, 2011, millions of Americans will join in the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. Educate yourself on the dangers of heart disease and get on track to better heart health. Heart attack symptoms in women are different for men and women. Dr. Larry Weinrauch explains the warning signs women need to watch out for. Very few pre-menopausal women have heart attacks, unless they smoke, have diabetes, or are on birth control pills for a long period of time. Smoking seems to be the biggest risk factor. Heart attack warning signs for women: • Nausea and vomiting that won’t stop • Breathlessness (but not sighing) with exertion or especially if it wakes you up at night • Chest discomfort that starts behind the breast bone and radiates to either shoulder or arm, neck, or to the lower (but not upper) jaw • Discomfort in the lower jaw especially if it occurs only with exertion or will not go away • Discomfort in the upper back especially if it occurs only with exertion or will not go away • Discomfort in the chest or back that occurs when doing usual chores after a large meal • Sudden onset of weakness that won’t go away • Sudden racing heart sensation with a very fast pulse • Sudden loss of consciousness • Physical inability to perform usual household chores Who is most at risk with these symptoms? The more of these factors that apply to you, the greater your risk: • Menstruation has stopped • Smoking • Family history of arteriosclerotic heart disease before age 60 • High blood pressure (even treated) • Diabetes (even mild, even treated) • Obesity • High cholesterol (even treated)

YWomenʼs Fitness Spa offers Weight Loss Challenge Bristol, TN- Even after just a few weeks into the new year, many have already started falling off the resolution wagon. The YWCA fitness professionals understand that it takes support and accountability to stay on track. For this reason, the YWomen’s Fitness Spa is launching an eight-week Weight Loss Challenge starting on February 15th. All women in our community are invited to visit the YWomen’s Fitness Spa on a complementary week pass to learn how to get involved. “This challenge is not just about losing weight, but empowering women to make lifestyle changes that improve their overall health” says Rhonda Honaker, Women’s Health and Fitness Outreach Coordinator. At the beginning of the challenge, participant’s weight, body mass index, and measurements will be taken to determine a baseline and then taken again at the end of the eight weeks to determine her results. Each participant will meet with a personal trainer for one-on-one sessions once per week, continually educating them on new techniques for the most effective cardio and strength training. “Challengers” will be asked to keep a daily exercise and food intake journal as accountability is a big key to the success of the program. Participants will also be motivated through phone calls, emails, and access to an online support network on YWCA Bristol’s Facebook page. “Our goal is to provide participants with as much support as possible, in as many ways as we can to help our members be successful,” states Honaker. If you are interested in participating, please call the YWomen’s Fitness Spa at 423-968-9444 or visit for more information.

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By Crystal Robertson, UT Extension Agent In the United States one woman dies every minute from a cardiovascular event. Yet coronary heart disease is still considered by many as a "man's disease." The truth is, one in four women dies of heart disease, making it the number one killer of women in the US. That’s the bad news. The good news is that all women have the power to lower their risk of developing heart disease. However, doing just one healthy thing will not take care of all Crystal Robertson your risk. Having one or more risk factors dramatically increases a woman’s chance of developing heart disease because risk factors tend to “gang up” and worsen each other’s effects. To protect your heart, it is vital to make changes that address each risk factor you have. So what are the risk factors we can control? • High blood pressure • High blood cholesterol • Diabetes • Smoking • Being overweight • Being physically inactive While certain risk factors cannot be changed, it is important to realize that you do have control over many others. Healthy food choices are one type of lifestyle change that address more than one risk. The Nutrition Facts found on most foods can help you choose wisely. Choose foods with • less fat • less sodium (salt) • less cholesterol • fewer calories • more fiber This doesn’t mean you need to exclude favorite foods. The food label is one of the most valuable tools to make dietary trade-offs. For example, if you eat a food that is high in saturated fat, you can make other choices during the day that are low in saturated fat to keep your total daily intake in balance by using the Nutrition Facts label. Use the Nutrition facts to limit calories and how much salt (sodium) you eat. If you are faced with five different types of tomato soup on the shelf, compare each product by looking at Nutrition Facts to choose the one with the lowest amounts. Also consider the "Percent Daily Value" (%DV). This is the percent of the recommended daily intake that's in a serving of that product. With a glance, you can see if a product has a high or low amount of a nutrient. The rule of thumb is 20% DV or more is high and 5% DV or less is low. Keep nutrients such as saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol as low as possible. There is no %DV for trans fat, but you can use the label to find out whether the saturated fat and cholesterol are high or low. When comparing products, look at the total amount of saturated fat plus trans fat to find the one lowest in both of these types of fat. You can also use the %DV to choose products that contain higher amounts of hearthealthy nutrients, such as fiber. Eating fiber from fruits, vegetables, and grains may help lower your chances of getting heart disease. Heart disease cannot be “cured.” It is a lifelong condition—once you get it, you’ll always have it. Regardless of your age, background, or health status, you can lower your risk of heart disease – and it doesn't have to be complicated. Protecting your heart can be as simple as taking a brisk walk, whipping up a good vegetable soup, or getting the support you need to maintain a healthy weight. For more information, please contact the University of Tennessee Extension office in Unicoi County.

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NPAC needs more submissions for upcoming exhibits Below is the schedule for the first two Art at NPAC exhibitions mounted and curated by James Ben. (NPAC Lobby Exhibitions, Greeneville, TN.) We need MORE submissions for Exhibition: Black America and Tennessee Iris Invitational (particularly 3 dimensional). Please let me know your plans ASAP. The exhibitions are open to ALL Tennessee folks who care to submit (not limited to Art Center Affiliates). 1. “Exhibition: Black America” February 1 thru March 25 Submissions must be in my hands by Saturday, January 29. Limited to 2 dimensional, framed works with hanging hardware in place. Please call ASAP if you need to make different arrangements. 2. “Tennessee Iris Invitational” April 6 thru May 23 Submissions must be in my hands by Saturday, April 3rd. 2 and 3 dimensional works requested. Works must be gallery ready with hardware, etc. in place. (Greene County Iris Festival Period, May 21- 23) Please call ASAP if you need to make different arrangements. Greeneville’s Southeastern Regional Art Gallery- 129 North Main Street in Historic Morgan Square • Greeneville, Tennessee • (423) 787-0195

Bluegrass Contest to be held in Rogersville The 8th annual East Tennessee Young Musicians Bluegrass Contest for musicians 18 and under will be held Saturday, February 26th at 6:30pm at Hawkins Elementary School in Rogersville, Tennessee. The categories are: Fiddle 7 & under; 8-12; 13-18 Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo & Vocal 12 & under; 13-18. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded. The Best Overall Performer will receive additional cash and prizes. Entry fee for contestants is $1.00 per category per participant. ADMISSION: $5.00 Adults - $3.00 Students - Free 6 & under. For more information contact Randy or Donna Ball at (423) 272-6139, or visit This event benefits the Heritage Lites Scholarship Fund of the Rogersville Heritage Association and is hosted by The Ball Sisters Band & The Rogersville Heritage Association.

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CASA’s Red Shoe Gala- See their article and ad on page 5. Make-A-Wish Chocolate FestivalMeadowView Convention Center 9am-3pm

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How to place a classified ad: $25.00 for up to 40 words and .10 for each additional word. Line border is included. Bold and or one-color additional. Must be received by the 15th. All ads subject to approval. Call 423-926-9983 or email: How to place a display/classified ad: Contact by phone 423-926-9983 or e-mail Editing: We reserve the right to edit for taste, clarity and length. Most submissions are edited to shorten, clarify confusing statements or correct grammatical errors. If a submission is potentially libelous, slanderous or appears to have been written with malice or harmful intent, it will be edited or rejected. This applies to submissions for the magazine and for our website How to subscribe: Send $28.00 for one year for 12 issues to: Voice Magazine, P.O. Box 701, Johnson City, TN 37605 How to submit items to “update” and “up & coming events”: We encourage submission of press releases about news and up & coming events. Email your press releases to

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Bristol, TN/VA JAMES GREGORY Funniest Man in America -FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4th @ 7:30PM - Gregory's success, like his comedy, is the direct result of the values he grew up with. And now, twenty something years later, it is his unique

brand of humor that packs the crowds into his sold-out shows. The absence of vulgarity sets James apart and his stories are carefully crafted art. "I have lived long enough to know people to know life." His comedy is based on life experiences. It's real, it's funny and the audience loves it! Tickets $27.50. Reserved seats. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Paramount Box Office @ 423.274.8920 or online Make a date with your Valentine on. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13th at 2:30 p.m. to see the classic movie, "Casablanca",at the Paramount Center in downtown Bristol, TN. $5.00 donation at the door. Horizon, Legends of Motown and More! Saturday, February 19th @ 7:30PM -A guaranteed winner for anyone who ever danced or fell in love to the Magic of Motown! My Girl-Tracks Of My Tears-What's Goin' On-I Heard It Through The Grapevine and many, many more...MOTOWN COMES ALIVE with a trio of perfectly polished,Detroitbased artists who represent the real thing; a riveting, highenergy,joyous Motown sound that commands the stage and the audience from curtain to curtain. Reserved tickets: $34 adults, $30 senior/student. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Paramount Box Office @ 423.274.8920 or on-line rate available. Mountain Mission School in concert Sunday, February 20th at 2:30PM -The widely acclaimed Mountain Mission School Concert Choir from Grundy, VA will be performing at the Paramount Center with a upbeat and positive show. The choir's programs are designed to appeal to a variety of musical tastes. They have an inspiring sacred repertoire as well as a number of appealing secular and patriotic numbers. Audiences usually find themselves humming a newly found favorite tune when they leave the energetic concerts.Donations accepted as admission. ACMA presents LEON KISER MEMORIAL TRIBUTE SHOW-SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26th at 7:00 p.m.This 15th Annual Event will honor Jan Kiser as a Major Contributor, Roy Webb with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Cousin Zeke Leonard with a Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award and Tom Luker with the Award of Merit. This show benefits the Benny Sims Scholarship Fund at East Tennessee State University, to aid students in the ETSU Blue-

grass Music Program. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Paramount Box Office @ 423.274.8920 or on-line at $12 Reserved. Avoca Branch Library to Hold Book Sale - The Avoca Branch (1550 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN) is holding a book sale Thursday, February 10th from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 11th from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 12th from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Many different types of books, both hard and soft cover, will be available as well as videos and DVD’s. Our proceeds help fund the Children's Summer Reading Program and other needs at the Avoca Branch Library. For more information, call the Avoca Branch at 423.968.9663. The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance will partner with Bear Family Records to host the world premier of the latest Box Set release titled “The Bristol Sessions, the Big Bang of Country Music.” The Box Set will include five CDs with all of the recording made in Bristol in 1927 and 1928. This will be the first time that the 1928 recording have been reproduced in a set. The package will also include a 120, page hard bound book with photos, biographies, discographies, lyrics, label shots, and payment ledgers for the artists. Although the box set will not officially be released until March 12th, the Bear Family has agreed to let BCMA presale the first 250 as collector’s items. Each box set will be numbered and have a certificate of authenticity. These limited edition sets will be available for $150 on orders taken from January 12th to March 11th. The box sets will be sold for $180 on the day of the release on. Anyone interested can place orders by calling the BCMA office at 276.645.0111. To commemorate the release of the Bear Family box set, the BCMA will host “Bristol Sessions Weekend” on March 12th and 13th. Highlights of the weekend will include a Bear Family Release party which will give attendants an opportunity to have their purchased copy of the Bristol Sessions box set signed by members of the Stoneman, Carter, and possibly Rogers Family, a lecture by ETSU professor Dr. Ted Olson, co-author of the 120 page book included with the box set, and a “Bristol Sessions” themed Mountain Stage Radio Show at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Elizabethton, TN Sycamore Shoals Hospital will host an Alzheimer's Community Group on the second Tuesday of every month. The

meetings will begin at 6 p.m. in the SSH classrooms located to the right of the hospital side entrance.For more information, call 423-542-1358.

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Franklin, TN The 2011 Excellence in Tennessee Conference is February 22-23. This year’s theme is Innovate – Ignite your ideas and fan the flames. The schedule is packed with presentations designed to help organizations nurture great ideas into breakthrough processes and sustainable results. Companies from all over Tennessee can get high-level training at an affordable price. The Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence is a nonprofit resource that can help you move projects beyond the brainstorm, through development stages and then integrate them into the organization to yield positive, sustainable results. TNCPE offers in-depth, organizational assessments and feedback, coupled with high-level training in improvement methods based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. TNCPE delivers training across the state throughout the year, but its biggest educational event – the Excellence in Tennessee Conference – is coming up soon: February 22-23, in Franklin. At the conference, national and regional experts and leaders from world-class organizations will provide training on best practices and improvement tools. To learn more about TNCPE, or the Excellence in Tennessee Conference, please visit or call (800) 453-6474.

Blue Moon Dinner Theatre opens its 2011 season with Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park on February 5. This romantic comedy will run until March 5. An evening with the Blue Moon begins with a candlelit meal followed by a live performance of a play. The Blue Moon Dinner Theatre is located in downtown Johnson City at 215 East Main Street. Reservations can be made by visiting Blue Moon online at or by calling 423-2321350. Barefoot in the Park is rated PG. St. Valentine's Day will see a special showing that features a six-course meal including a course of chocolates, roses for the ladies, and live dinner music. Many nights are already sold out, so call or go online for available evenings. The menu for Barefoot in the Park begins with a fresh garden salad. The main course that follows features Green Market Pasta's scratch made lasagna with broccoli and garlic rolls. The dessert is a raspberry and chocolate lover's cake. Vegetarian meals can be substituted at no additional cost with forty-eight (48) hours notice. Vegan meals, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Salmon Fillet, and Fillet Mignon are also available for an added cost with forty-eight (48) hours notice. Most meal allergies can be accommodated with forty-eight (48) hours notice. Gourmet cakes and roses are also available for purchase. For Barefoot in the Park, performances are scheduled on select Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with other dates available by special arrangement. The theatre opens at 6 o'clock for evening performances, dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m., and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. For Sunday matinées, doors open at 1:00 p.m., dinner service begins at 1:30 p.m., and performance begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and performance are $39.99 plus tax. Dessert & Show tickets and Show Only tickets are available as well. For complete information and reservations, visit the website at or call (423) 232-1350 for tickets or information on group discounts.

Johnson City, TN Share an Evening with 'The Stranger' at VENUE - Hailed as the Premier Tribute Band to the Legendary Billy Joel; 'The Stranger' has already amassed an impressive list of high profile shows and events throughout the Southeast United States including the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. And now you have the opportunity to witness them live at VENUE at the King Centre in downtown Johnson City, TN on February 12, 2011. The event itself will include an Italian buffet provided by The Main Street Pizza Company, and then the six piece tribute band will perform a two and a half hour show. With our unique loft style setting, amazing entertainment, and delicious meal, you’ll be in the “New York State of Mind” and feeling like a “Big Shot” throughout the night! A full bar service will be provided throughout the event, just in case you want a bottle of wine. Tickets for the show are now available for purchase on line, both general admission and special seating arrangements can be made via the VENUE at Want to make the night extra special for the one you love? We can also make arrangements that include flowers, candy, or even jewelry. VENUE is located at 300 E. Main Street on the second floor of the historic King Centre, downtown Johnson City,TN. VENUE has assembled a host of services and vendors that make planning your event as easy as one-stop

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sponsoring a poetry contest in conjunction with the National Poetry Month in April. The "Poem in Your Pocket" contest will be for all age levels of students and adults to submit poetry which will fit on a 3" x 5" index card. (Entry fees are $1 per poem for elementary through middle school student levels, $2 per poem for high school or college students and $3 per poem for adults. Up to five poems may be submitted per poet with the appropriate fee per poem. Poets entering as a student may not also enter the adult category). The contest entry form may be printed from the following link: pdf. The deadline for contest entry is February 28th.

Wise County , VA Ladies Join Us! Annual Ladies Night Out at the Clap Board House in Wise, February 10 at 6:00 pm-Join us for this fun evening of food and wine tasting with OBagi Skin Care and Botox, Tracy’s Bare Minerals, Turning 360’s Brighton Bags and more, HEALTHY CHOCOLATES, and many other fun booths. We will pour our new wines for tasting and purchase. See you ladies then! ALSO, JOIN US for your Valentine Dinner! Enjoy a delightful evening of music, song and great food on Saturday, February 12 at 6:00pm. Blake Robinson will provide the guitar music and vocals with some songs by friends. Clap Board House in Wise, VA.

Bluegrass, Mountain, Traditional Country Music Bands Crooked Road General Store in Bristol, VA Monday Jams: 5:30 - 9:00 PM First Saturday each month: 7:00 - 9:00 PM - Full band February 5th, Loose Strings (Bluegrass) Future bands scheduled for the show: March 5 - Kelley Nelson Band (Bluegrass) April 2 - Uncut Grass (Bluegrass) May 7 - Appalachian Trail (Bluegrass)

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Voice Magazine for Women February Issue

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Voice Magazine for Women February Issue