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At this time last year, I was talking about gas prices jumping upward by leaps and bounds. How interesting that here we are, one year later, and gas prices are on the rise again. However, unlike last year, it is reported the reason for this year’s increase is that it costs more to producewarm weather fuel than it does to produce cold weather fuel. So, the next time you pull in the gas station to fill up your tank, be sure you put summer fuel and not winter fuel in your vehicle. No doubt your car will detect the dif ference! Yeah…right! Let’s talk one real detectable difference! That would be the easily detected dif ference Voice Magazine for Women and Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. have made and continue to make in the local region. Our wide range footprint of coverage both regionally and online is exciting for us and our fans. Additionally, during the next few months, Voice Magazine and JCP will continue the direction of making more creative changes and our action plans will of fer more opportunities to all of you– businesses, advertisers, readers and fans. Our action plans include all of you and your participation. With the current economic climate, we continue our work and the development of new projects to better benefit all of you. We ask for your continued support to our advertisers and authors. It is about all of us working together! Support and shop with our advertisers and our authors. Be sure to tell ’em you saw their ad in Voice Magazine! That support is important to all of us. And Thank You! Two of our current action plans of opportunities include a chance to be on the front cover ofVoice Magazine and an opportunity to be chosen as one of our 10 writers and stories highlighted in the collection of a new book of Appalachian Women Stories, called Whimsical Petals. Please see page 22 for details. Be sure to visit our websites, and Follow both Voice Magazine and JCP on Facebook and invite your friends to do the same. We offer fun giveaways on both pages and you will want to participate! Voice Magazine has been your voice for over nine years and as we move into our 10th year, we remain the local voice for the region. A local voice that works for businesses to get their voice out in the community. Thank you ALL for your support! Check out our calendar of events on our website, www Send inquiries and suggestions to Thought of the month: “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain Verse of the month: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:11-12 NKJV

PUBLISHER Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. PO Box 701, Johnson City, TN 37605 EDITOR Janie C. Jessee 423-502-6246 Office Phone/Fax: 423-926-9983 MARCH CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Crystal Robertson Jim Burns

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PUBLISHED BY JAN-CAROL PUBLISHING, INC. (Volume 10, Issue 3) While every precaution has been taken to ensure accuracy of the published material, Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. VOICE Magazine cannot be held responsible for opinions or facts provided by its authors, advertisers or agencies. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without written permission.Agencies, Advertisers and other contributors will indemnify and hold the publisher harmless for any loss or expense resulting from claims or suits based upon contents of any advertisement, defamation, libel, right of privacy, plagiarism and/or copyright infringement. The views expressed in VOICE magazine for women are not necessarily those of the publisher. 2013 ditoria Mission VOICE magazine for women wants to provide a useful and complete reliable source of information for women and their families. We seek to celebrate women’s successes, and support their growth by defining and recognizing their needs and providing a concentration of resources for them. We want to be that “link” to all women.

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Cleaning Green Crystal Robertson- UT Extension Agent-Unicoi County

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March Hot Hunk Hunt! The February “Hot Hunk” was Denzel Washington in the Lil Swee-tea Party ad on page 10.

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“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17, KJV

He had only one eye and his arm was dangling by a thread. But four-yearold Hannah loved Bear. Bear always accompanied her to Sunday school. One day her teacher suggested the class pray for people who were sick and hurting. The children prayed for hungry children around the world, sick relatives, and broken relationships. Hannah put her arms around poor , tattered Bear. She prayed, Dear Jesus, please make Bear better. Then, Hannah had such a good time at church, she for got Bear and left without him. One of Hannah's teachers, who had heard her prayer, took Bear home to heal him. She replaced both eyes with pretty new buttons and sewed the arm back on. When she gave Bear back to Hannah on the next Sunday, Hannah was filled with joy. God fixed Bear, she said. What Hannah would later understand about God, is that sometimes He heals directly; other times he uses people like her Sunday school teacher to sew our bears together and help mend the broken parts of our lives.

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Trash to Treasure Thrift Store and Consignment Shopping– The Difference By: Jan Howery As we continue our series on thrift store and consignment shopping, we appreciate your questions and your support to our column! Q. What is the difference between thrift stores and consignment shops? A. The biggest difference is NOT always the quality of merchandise. Consignment shops accept clothing to sell on a percentage. If you consign your clothing with a consignment shop, you are paid a percentage of the dollar it sold for, and/or you may receive a higher percentage if you have a credit/shopping account. Some consignment shops also purchase a variety of items outright from individual owners and/or wholesalers. Thrift stores accept donations and sell the merchandise to provide revenue to support their non-profit organization or community project. You can ask them for a receipt for your contribution, but check with your accountant to see if it applies to your tax return. Q. How do I know what is accepted at a consignment shop or thrift store? A. Call your local consignment shops and ask for their acceptance guidelines. It has become so popular, that some shops have set themselves apart almost as boutiques, by accepting only certain sizes in clothing, particular types of clothing (such as no tank tops) or accepting only designer name clothing such as Ralph Lauren, etc. If you call your thrift store, most will accept most any type of clothing and if you are within a limited mile radius, you can ask if they offer a free pickup. Q. How is the pricing determined and how is it different with a consignment shop vs. a thrift store? A. Many times in the thrift stores, there are volunteers helping with the pricing and getting the merchandise onto the sales floor. More often than not, the helpers may not know the retail value of a one-kind-suit, or leather coat, and the garment is priced very low; whereas in consignment shops, the owners will know their merchandise and the retail value. Pricing in consignment shops is normally decided by the consignment owners because they know their clientele, how quickly their merchandise will sell, and what pieces sell best. However, in some cases, if a consignor takes an expensive garment to a consignment shop, the consignor may ask the owner to price the garment at a certain dollar amount, because the consignor does not want it to be sold for anything less. Always be clear on the shop’s policies. Each shop will have its policies and guidelines.

Q. Are consignment shops and thrift stores any different than a ‘resale’ store? A. The official distinctions from NARTS, which is the National Association of Resale and Thrift Stores, define a resale shop as a store that buys their merchandise outright from individual owners, like a vintage store. A consignment or thrift shop can also be called a resale shop, but ONLY a store that actually consigns their inventory can be called a consignment store, and ONLY a store run by a Not For Profit organization is considered thrift. More questions? Email us at

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From the Exterior to the Interior! Decorating with Brick Home interiors can have a new appeal using a material usually thought to be on the exterior instead of the interior–brick. Brick is a man-made product that can be transformed into having a very natural look or pop with color. A lot of people like the look of exposed brick walls. They became popular in late 1900s because many people found it was far less expensive to expose the brick in older homes, than it was to repair or replace the damaged plasterwork.They add character and rustic charm to any interior and can make any room look quite cozy.Especially popular is brick in modern lofts and in historical buildings, but these days you can find exposed bricks in other living spaces too. From the traditional red color to the palest of yellows, brick can have many faces for every home. Brick can warm your home in the winter, and keep it cool in the summer. From a modern urban loft to a historicVictorian home, the look of brick can change the appearance of your interiors in a dramatic style. Doorways, archways and fireplaces can be enhanced with brick, but more modern creative decorating will take brick into other rooms of your home.

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From contemporary to eclectic to modern to traditional, decorating with interior brick will be found on the walls through the today’ s homes. The most popular rooms for newly designed with interior brick are kitchens and bathrooms. These rooms are now on the brick palette with signature designs and colors. What's New? Brickweb – General Shale’s revolutionary new product that transforms the traditional installation process for thin brick. Thin brick creates the warmth and texture of real brick without the need for additional structural support. A number of colors, textures and combinations are available. Thin brick may be used in kitchen backsplashes, borders and islands, around fireplaces to add design and color variation, for wall surfaces and even for ceilings and floor coverings. With Brickweb, both professionals and do-it-yourselfers can install thin brick with ease. By using a traditional tile-mounted web-backer for mounting, Brickweb allows almost two square feet of thin brick to be installed at once. The technique is similar to conventional tile installation. Thin brick, applied with the ease of Brickweb, opens up a whole new world of possibilities for customers who love the rustic, warm look of exposed masonry.And the ease of application makes thin brick a professional-grade option for customers with a wide range of building and remodeling skills. Brickweb is the one of the latest additions to General Shale’s extensive line of brick and masonry supplies.

Cleaning Green By Crystal Robertson, UT Extension Agent-Unicoi County

Many people have the perception that a homemade cleaner is not effective. Sometimes you will need to put a little bit more elbow grease or let it soak for a bit to get something clean, however, homemade cleaners can be as effective as conventional ones . . . with a bit of knowledge and planning. When you consider the costs to your health, environment and how much you can be saving, it’s hard not Crystal Robertson to see the value in taking a few extra steps. The key is to maintain all the little “messes” rather than waiting until the job is too big! Homemade cleaners require a little extra preparation up front, so why switch? First is to simplify your cleaning by using fewer cleaning products. Choose or make products that you can use for several purposes. If you use fewer cleaners, you are storing fewer chemicals in your home and reducing your family’s risk of poisoning or inhaling toxic fumes. Secondly, is to reduce indoor pollutants.We spend an average of 90 percent of our time indoors. Studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show levels of several common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside our homes than outside. Many of these pollutants come from the VOCs released from household cleaning products that actually trigger asthma and respiratory problems. Homemade cleaners allow you to use familiar, less-toxic ingredients. Finally, making your own cleaners will save you money , and who doesn’t like that? Homemade cleaning products cost less than commercial or over-thecounter cleaners. Both homemade and natural-based commercial products can be used as alternatives to their more toxic commercial counterparts. Naturalbased commercial products are more convenient, but they are often more expensive. Ready to get started Here are a few items you will need to start your basic Green Clean Toolkit: Several spray bottles (make sure you properly label) Microfiber cloth Brush, sponge or mesh pad Baking soda Washing soda Borax Vinegar or lemon juice Vegetable oil Castile bar soap (found in laundry aisle) Hot water Optional: Salt Hydrogen peroxide Tea tree/lavender oil Essential oils for scent

Recipes All-Purpose Cleaner 3 tablespoons white vinegar 1/2 teaspoon washing soda 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil-based liquid soap 2 cups hot water Mix ingredients in spray bottle/bucket. Apply and wipe clean. Tub & Tile Cleaner White vinegar Baking soda or non-iodized salt To remove film buildup on bathtubs, apply vinegar full strength to a sponge and wipe. Next, use baking soda or salt as you would scouring powder. Rub with a damp sponge and rinse thoroughly with clean water. Laminate Floor Cleaner For engineered wood and no-wax floors 1/2 cup white vinegar 1 gallon warm water Mix ingredients. Avoid over-wetting the floor by using a spray bottle to apply the mixture to the floor. Mop as usual (microfiber mops work best). Wood Cleaner 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons white vinegar 1/4 cup lemon juice Mix ingredients. Using a soft cloth, rub into the wood, in the direction of the grain.

Safety Tips 1. Read the labels of cleaning products for recommended protective measures. 2. Some chemicals produce a toxic gas when mixed. NEVER mix ammonia and bleach together! (i.e., spraying shower with bleach and glass cleaner (ammonia) on mirror.) 3. Chemicals can lose their effectiveness. Don’t mix more than you will use in a month’s time. 4. Mix solutions in a well-ventilated area. 5. Place mixed products in unused new containers and label it. Never use containers that previously held food, beverages or chemicals. 6. Store out of reach of children. 7. No cleaning product is 100 safe. The terms natural and green do not imply that the product is nontoxic. For more information on green cleaning or additional recipes, email me at, or call 423-773-2451.


HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS Update the Kitchen - Most people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home, and because of this, updates in this room pay off in a big way. Paint existing cabinetry that's dated, but in good repair. Freshen up the inside of the cupboards with white paint. Add fashionable drawer and cabinet knobs. Changing out the hardware is the easiest way to change the look of your existing cabinets. Going from a dark wood to a lighter color dramatically changes the feel of a room. Removing cabinet doors, to create open shelving, is also an inexpensive option. If your cabinet doors are just too dated, but you want to avoid all new cabinets, look into just replacing the doors, not the entire cabinet unit. This can save you thousands of dollars. Install crown molding to create interest and make the ceiling appear higher. A little paint goes a long way! Fresh paint, in modern colors, can go a long way toward updating the look of your kitchen. Plus, paint is relatively cheap.

Did You Know? Add Fresh Flowers Bedroom, yes. Living room, of course. But a bouquet of flowers in a bathroom feels especially unexpected. Even a small vase of yard-cut greens adds freshness to the room.

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The cheapest way of giving your home a fresh look is the simplest: move the existing furniture around. Just because a room has been arranged in the same way for years doesn't mean it's the best or only layout possible.

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Wall art and mirrors are a cheap, easy way to change the look of a room—as long as you buy carefully. Place large pictures centrally on a main wall or try grouping a cluster of small images to create an unexpected focal point.

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Improve the Lighting - Layer light for both ambience and comfort. Under cabinet lights remove shadows from your work spaces, while overhead fixtures can set a stylistic tone. Hang a classic chandelier or opt for a sleek pendant with a fabric drum shade. If you have a ceiling fan, look for replacement fan blades to update the fixture's look. Installing dimmers are an inexpensive way to upgrade lighting throughout the house. Energy-Efficient Appliances - Replace old appliances with energy-efficient models. Energy Star-rated appliances are better for the environment, and they also help you save money, because they use less energy. Spruce up the Bathroom - If your cabinets are feeling outdated a simple coat of white or brown paint can give it new life. In addition, you can also paint your old hardware to make it feel updated. If you are dealing with ugly old floors, why not cover up those floors with an inexpensive vinyl tile? Vinyl tiles can be found for as little as .20 a square foot and can be installed directly over your old flooring. Replace the shower head and faucet too. Eliminating a rusted, corroded or outdated faucet and/or shower head is a simple way to make the entire sink and shower look updated. Also, replace that old shower curtain. Opt for a bold color pattern or choose an elegant design. Reinvent a Room - Reinvent the existing space in your home to save money. Finish a basement, or convert the attic to a bedroom. Many homeowners can also add small apartments in, or over, their garages – which they can then rent out as a room. Add Energy-Efficient Windows - These days, buyers shop for homes with energy efficiency in mind. Old, drafty single-pane windows are a major turn off. Energy Star claims that adding Energy Star-rated windows can save you up to $500 a year in heating and cooling costs by making your home more energy efficient. Deck/Porch- Outdoor living spaces have become more desirable, especially since more people stay home for vacation; often called a staycation. If you make your deck and your backyard more appealing, your house will be more appealing to prospective buyers when you decide to sell. A clean, fresh, well-kept porch sets the tone for the entire house. Wash the walls, de-bug the ceiling and put a fresh coat of paint on the trim, rails and floor. A good stain will last longer than paint and add color in a surprising space. Once you've scrubbed and stained, bring out furniture and accessories that will turn the space into a cozy sanctuary. Start with an outdoor rug, which visually designates a seating area dedicated to conversation. Next, add furniture. If you're buying new or painting old furniture, stick to neutral base colors like black, white or beige and incorporate punches of color with cushions and pillows. Bright yellow is perfect for summer and pastels in spring. Hanging porch swings are the ultimate in front porch charm and don’t forget to add hanging plants.

Selecting Interior Paint When starting a DIY (do it yourself) project, ask questions. Before choosing your paint, think about where your room fits into the scheme of things.Where is it situated in relation to other rooms? Is it a high or low-traffic area? Flat paint, for instance, is best suited for ceilings, walls, surface imperfections and anywhere else that a muted low-reflecting surface is desired. Because it takes more effort to remove stains from this type of paint, a flat finish is best suited for the low-traffic areas of your home. You may use low-luster, satin, and eggshell paint on areas where a sheen is desired. These paints are easier to clean than flat paint and hold up better under repeated washings. They withstand the wear and tear of high-traf fic areashallways, woodwork, kitchens, baths, children's rooms and playrooms, more easily than other finishes. Semi-gloss and high-gloss paint and enamel are best suited for banisters, railings, shelves, kitchen cabinets, furniture, doorjambs, windowsills and any other surface you wish to accentuate. But be careful; the higher the gloss, the more it emphasizes any surface imperfections. When selecting an interior finish, try choosing awater-based enamel, instead of an oil-based gloss paint. Water-based gloss enamels have less odor than conventional oil-based paints. They are much easier to clean up after, and they wear better over time. High-quality paint performs better for a longer period of time. It's less prone to yellow as it ages, goes on smoother , and won't leave brush marks. It is also easier to wash and is dirt resistant. Purchase test quarts to review your color and finish selections at home. Paint a piece of scrap material such as cardboard, or even a portion of your wall, to study the ef fects of various light conditions. Source:

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Pick up a large fabric stretcher and some fun fabric (look for bright and bold prints). Stretch the fabric over the frame and secure with a staple gun for a customized yet inexpensive statement piece. (Source:

Doubled Wall Art Combine two types of wall art—shadowboxes and plates—for a distinctive way to dress up a blank wall. Line the shadowboxes with colorful papers or fabrics, then mount coordinating plates inside the boxes with a strong adhesive. (Source:

Somehow it seems easier to store and organize your sneaker collection than it does your never ending pile of ballet flats and flip flops. When you place them in the closet, they take up valuable shelf or floor space, but don't make very good use of it. Stacking them can cause harm, so try this trick with wire coat hangers to keep them all in order. A detailed tutorial is available at

Directions 1. In a large punch bowl, combine orange juice and lemonade concentrates and pineapple juice and peach nectar; stir until well combined. 2. Cover and chill until ready to serve then stir in ginger ale and ice cubes, float fruit slices on top, and serve immediately. Serves: 15

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4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place on a lightly floured surface, punch down, and divide into 24 equal pieces. 5. Roll each piece into a small ball and place 1-1/2 inches apart on coated baking sheets. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place 30 minutes, or until doubled in size. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden. Allow to cool. 6. In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and remaining 2 tablespoons milk; mix well. Spoon into a small resealable plastic storage bag. Cut a small corner off bag and make a cross with confectioners’ sugar mixture on each bun. Serve, or cover until ready to serve. Makes: 2 dozen Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients Start your day off right with these spring foods that will transform this meal into an Easter tradition! Begin your day with a fruity and festive Easter Brunch Punch.

Easter Brunch Punch

1 (8-ounce) container low-fat vanilla yogurt 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup orange juice 1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cantaloupe, peeled and cut into chunks 1/2 honeydew, peeled and cut into chunks 2 oranges, peeled and sliced 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced 1 pint fresh strawberries, washed

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Directions 1. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, honey, orange juice, orange peel, and salt; mix well and set aside. 2. Arrange an assortment of fruit on 4 individual plates and drizzle with yogurt dressing. Serve immediately. Serves: 4

Hot Cross Buns No croissants or kaiser rolls will do on this holiday. Your Easter meal wouldn't be complete without this recipe for Hot Cross Buns. Serve them hot with a pat of butter for a cinnamon treat you won't soon forget.

Ingredients Ingredients 1 (12-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed 1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade, concentrate, thawed 3 cups pineapple juice 2 cups peach nectar 1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale 5 cups ice cubes Orange, lemon, and pineapple slices for garnish

4 cups all-purpose flour, divided 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk. divided 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup granulated sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 3 eggs 1/4 cup raisins 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


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1. Coat a medium bowl and 2 baking sheets with cooking spray; set aside. 2. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, and cinnamon; mix well. In a small saucepan, heat 3/4 cup milk, oil, granulated sugar, and salt just until warm. Add milk mixture to flour mixture. Add eggs and beat with an electric beater on low speed 30 seconds, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Increase speed to high and beat an additional 3 minutes. 3. Stir in raisins and remaining 2 cups flour to form a soft dough. Shape into a ball and place in coated medium bowl, turning to coat dough on all sides. Cover and place in a warm place to rise 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.

Asparagus Frittata filled with eggs, scallions, Parmesan cheese, and even a secret ingredient that will have your family begging for leftovers during dinner!

Ingredients 10 eggs 1/2 cup honey Dijon mustard and mayo blend 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/2 cup sliced scallions 2 cups fresh baby spinach

Directions 1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, honey Dijon mustard and mayo blend, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; mix well and set aside. 2. In a 10-inch skillet, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and scallions and saute 5 minutes. Add spinach and cook until almost wilted, spreading mixture evenly across bottom of skillet. Pour egg mixture over vegetables, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 15 to 20 minutes, or until eggs are set. 3. Turn frittata out of the skillet, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and cut into wedges. Serve immediately. Directions Serves: 8 Source: Compiled from


Jonesborough Repertory Theatre Presents The Hobbit By Patricia Gray Based on the classic by J.R.R. Tolkien Directed by Pam Johnson and Barb Jeffress Performances March 15th-30st Fridays at 7:30 pm Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 pm Sundays at 2 pm Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 pm

lifetime as they encounter dangerous trolls, foul goblins, and magical elves during their journey across Middle Earth. For more information about this show, contact JRT at 423-791-4440 For information on tickets or to make a reservation, please call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010 or purchase online at Ticket prices: General Admission $14 and Students and Seniors $12. The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is located at 125 West Main Street, Jonesborough, across from Jonesborough Presbyterian Church, next door to the Historic Eureka Inn. We hope to see you at a future performance !

The Hobbit, based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien and adapted for the stage by Patricia Gray, features Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, who has his quiet, comfortable life drastically altered when he makes an out-of-character decision to join a quest to steal back treasure from the ruthless dragon Smaug. Join Bilbo, Gandalf the Wizard, and a team of 13 Dwarves on the adventure of a Image from

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Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Saint Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick's Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. So, why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Source:

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Are you a photographer? Or do you have a great photo of yourself in the great outdoors? Join us in celebrating the images of our region! We are looking for a photo taken in the Southwest Virginia and/or Northeast Tennessee Regions. Photo must follow the theme of Voice Magazine’s previous front covers capturing the essence of the region and the women who live here. We are looking for a photo/portrait of a woman to express the region’s outdoor beauty. Contest is open to professional and amateurs. Photo Contest Rules and Guidelines: A photo/portrait of a woman to express the region’s outdoor beauty. Exclusive photo for Voice Magazine for Women

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Please submit high resolution digital photographs via email to Photo must have taken within the last 12 months and seasonally appropriate for the month of the July front cover. Photo submission examples could include a woman boating, water skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, etc. Basically just a woman enjoying the outdoors! Previous issues of Voice Magazine for Women can be found on our website: for examples of past front covers. Three entries per contestant. The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the contest entrant. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible. Photographs that have won any other contests or have been published in magazines and newspapers are not eligible. Releases by photographer and subject must be signed for Voice Magazine for Women if selected as the winner. Deadline date: May 17, 2013. Winner will be notified by email in June.

Prize: Front cover photo of July issue and full recognition with a profile/bio in the July 2013 issue of Voice Magazine for Women and website. Judging of the annual contest will be conducted by the publisher, editor, staff and Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. ‘informal’ board members. Decisions of the judges will be final. JCP owns rights to the front cover of the magazine and is granted unlimited use of the cover and photo for promotion, publicity and advertising of the magazine. No monetary compensation for present or future in accordance to this promotion will be provided.


Johnson City First Fridays First Fridays on Main Street are back! A new season of First Friday celebrations will begin on March 1, 2013 at 6pm. Presented by the Friends of Olde Downtowne, the monthly celebrations will focus on cultural and family friendly themed activities. “We are really excited about the new season of monthly events held every First Friday of the month from April–December, states Brandi Woodall, Blue Plum and First Friday Director. “The goal is to ease into March and build consistency and partnerships along the way. Truly thrilling is the partnership formed with Cumulus Media who will keep everyone in-the-know by helping to promote the monthly events as well.” March 1, 2013- The kickoff event featuring a Drumming Circle sponsored by Campbell’s Music and dancing from Mona Lisa Belly Dance Company. Bring a drum and join in the fun and dance in the streets! April 5, 2013- Johnson City Tartan Fest – A first in Downtown Johnson City. Wear your kilt and come enjoy music, food and festivities. May 3, 2013- The Corazon Latino – A celebration of Hispanic Culture featuring music, food and children’s activities. June 7-9, 2013- Blue Plum Festival – Now in it’s 14th year, come out and enjoy one of the South’s largest FREE outdoor music and arts festivals! July 5, 2013- Paint the Town Red, White and Blue. With kid’s activities, live music and vendors this month’s theme will continue to grow into an annual holiday tradition! August 2, 2013- Touch A Truck, presented by Hands On! Regional Museum is a crowd favorite! September 6, 2013- Calling all Contra Dancers! Want to help us break a word record? We need 2,209 dancers on Main Street…talk about kicking up your heels! October 4, 2013- Halloween on Main – Held in conjunction with the Johnson City Arts Council this event is sure to be fright to delight! November 1, 2013- Bowl-o-Rama – Turkey bowling makes its debut on Main Street. We’ll be partnering with a local grocery store to bring you this fun frozen event that will also be a food drive for local food pantries! December 6, 2013- Window Wonderland will be the First Friday event at which we’ll be unveiling our downtown windows. With participating stores offering those in attendance a chance to win prize packages just in time for the holiday! Schedule is subject to change. For more details on First Fridays or to learn how to participate, visit for times and specific contact information.

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campaign beginning Monday, February 18. The Museum seeks $3,900 of funding through this campaign, which will offer supporters unique rewards for their pledges. These include postcards of the painted building signed William King Museum seeks to bring artist Patch Whisky to Abingdon this March to paint the walls of a by the artist and an opportunity to attend a private party at the Museum with the artist, aptly being touted as the storage building located directly behind the Museum. Originally from West Virginia, Whisky is painter- “Whisky Social,” among other benefits. The campaign with Kickstarter is an all-or -nothing sculptor now based out of Charleston, SC. His style has been described as “graffiti meets the Cartoon Network” campaign, which means that if the project isn’t funded in and he has been known to paint everything from entire its entirety, no funds are dispersed. “This building is a blank canvas for Patch, an artist who regularly seeks to buildings to vehicles. “This project is being undertaken to bring attention to create a fun and engaging visual experience,” says the Museum as it continues to of fer cutting edge Museum Executive Director , Marcy Miller . Secured opportunities for artists and contemporary regional art funding will be used to pay for paint, materials and artist of all kinds to engage the public,” explains Leila Cartier, fee. The campaign will run from Monday, February 18 until Monday, March 11. Curator at the William King Museum. If successful, Whisky will begin to paint the building The opportunity for Patch Whisky to bring his street on March 25. The community is invited to watch based art to Abingdon is an exciting one, but one that is not currently funded. In order to support this project, Whisky as he transforms this building into a work of art. To learn more about this project, visit the Museum’ s William King Museum will launch a Kickstarter website:

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Fifty Shades of Spring at the Garden Faire April 12-14 Abingdon, Virginia When the drab grey winter has gardeners longing for the colorful flowers of spring, Washington County Master Gardeners are hard at work preparing for the16th MidAtlantic Garden Faire. This year’s Faire will bring together everything gardeners desire to rejuvenate their dormant gardens and transform their landscapes into a colorful oasis. On April 12th, 13th and 14th, the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center located in historic Abingdon, Virginia minutes from I-81 off Exit 14 will be transformed into a gardeners’ dream. Drive down One Partnership Circle to experience fifty shades of spring gardening at the Faire. Occasional or serious gardeners will unearth treasures to make their landscape the most envied in the neighborhood. “Fifty Shades of Spring” is just what gardeners will discover when making their way through the colorful Garden Marketplace. The Master Gardeners have assembled the practical and the unique for the garden show this year. Trained nursery specialists from across the Southeast will offer an array of exotic and unusual flowers, native and heirloom plants, shrubs, and trees. From hostas to hydrangeas the selection from the premier nurseries will brighten any landscape. After getting the perfect plants, the novice or expert gardener will be able to find everything necessary to take advantage of nature’s beautiful color palette. Unique quality tools, outdoor furniture, ornamental iron, floral and potting supplies, apparel, whimsical garden art, and much more will entice the gardener at the alluring marketplace. New this year in the Garden Marketplace is the $125 shopping sprees held on Friday and Saturday. The lucky winners will be able to choose plants and gardening accessories from the best vendor in the Southeast. Drawings are at 3:00 pm each day, and tickets are available at the Faire for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The Mid-Atlantic Garden Faire provides educational opportunities for gardeners to learn about all areas of the garden and landscape. Noted experts from throughout the nation will solve gardening problems, delight lecture goers, and amaze workshop participants. More than 35 hours of garden-related programs is included in the $6 price for daily admission. This year’s featured speaker is Tony Avent, owner of Raleigh, North Carolina's Plant Delights Nursery. Tony will introduce gardeners to a wide range of little known plant choices to expand the garden color palette

beyond the basics. He will show gardeners how easy it is to have color and seasonal interest all year. The Plant Clinic is just the place to meet friends and solve those nagging problems that plagued the garden last year. Visitors can pose queries to the trained Master Gardener there ready to help. After solving your garden problems, relax at the Garden Caf where enticing treats from Gadabouts, Nancy’s Fancy, and Troutdale will satisfy any hunger and thirst. On Sunday, join the fun and bring the family to brunch. Faire admission is not necessary to enjoy a dining faire from the region’s premier restaurants. Discover creative table setting ideas for entertaining at the Table Top Competition. Be inspired by casual and formal decorative table settings. The innovative table setting designs are accentuated with exquisite floral arrangements created by local garden club members and enthusiasts. The competition is open to the public. If interested, contact the Extension Office at (276) 676-6309. The deadline is March 22nd. This year the Faire has added an exciting new Floral Design Competition display! The event is open to all ages and skill levels. For more information, please contact Washington County Virginia Extension Office at 276-676-6309. Deadline for entries is March 29. Visit the Upper Tennessee River exhibit to sign up for the Rain Garden Tour on Friday, April 12, from 3:30–5:00. Tour rain gardens in Abingdon and discover how to add this landscape feature to your yard. The tour will feature gardens installed by the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable in partnership with other agencies and the Town of Abingdon. The tour is limited to 24 participants and a donation of $2.50 will cover the cost of transportation. Before leaving the Garden, don’t miss The American Chestnut Foundation interesting display, and Frank Renault’s spectacular collection of floral photographs. See you at the Faire!

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Food City 500 to be held Sunday, March 17 Bristol Motor Speedway kicks of f NASCAR’s 2013 short track season in mid-March, and then welcomes fans back for a second Sprint Cup event on the fourth Saturday in August. Bristol's feature event in March, the Food City 500, takes place on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), and marks the fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the 2013 season. The IRWIN Tools Night Race, NASCAR fans' most popular event, returns on August 24 for Saturday night action under the lights. August race week begins with the UNOH 200 CampingWorld Truck Series/Whelen Modified Series doubleheader Aug. 21. The Food City 250 Nationwide Series race is set for Aug. 23, followed by the IRWIN Tools Night Race on Aug. 24. Season tickets, as well as March race weekend only tickets, are now available. To purchase tickets, please contact the BMS ticket of fice at its toll free number 1.866.415.4158 or 423.BRISTOL (274-7865). Fans also may purchase tickets online now.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Theatre Bristol presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, running March 1 through 17 at the 512 State StreetARTspace Theatre, in Bristol, TN. Directed by Daniel Reed Potts and starring veteran actors and newcomers in performances of this timeless classic of love, enchantment and practical jokes, as well as Athenian court royalty , woodland fairies and hardworking tradespeople making for plenty of confusion and great entertainment. Show performances are Fridays March 1 and 15 at 8:00 pm; Saturdays March 2 and 16 at 8:00 pm; and Sundays March 3 and 17 at 3:00 pm, with tickets available at the door and in advance online through Reservations and ticket sales for the Thursday, March 14, 10:00 am school performance must be made in advance by contacting by March 1 (additional shows may be added). General admission tickets are $12 and student and senior (65 ) tickets are $10. School performance tickets are $8 each with a discount of $5 per ticket for groups of 12 or more. For more information, visit, or contact Spence Flagg at 423-383-5979 or email

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2013 YW Tribute to Women Announces Volunteer Steering Committee Leadership & Judging Panel Plans for the 2013 YW Tribute to Women banquet and recognition event previously served on the Executive Boards for the March of Dimes, the are well underway. The submission deadline for nominations has passed, American Heart Association and the PT A. Leslie is a graduate of the and the forms have been sent to this year ’s judging panel for review.The Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Sumner program. Steering Committee leads the entire Tribute campaign, which culminates in a special awards banquet honoring the chosen recipients. This year’s Angela Moore is currently working in the fields of awards banquet is scheduled for April 25, 2013. Social Justice and Human Resources at the YWCA Central Alabama. In addition, she operates the The 2013 Tribute Steering Committee is being blossoming, full-service events planning venture chaired by Tara Gemmell. Tara is Director of “Amazing Kreations” with her business partner , Management Services at Bristol Tennessee Essential offering media and event planning assistance at no cost Services (BTES) where she is responsible for Human to small organizations and businesses. She is a former Resources, Customer Service and BTES facilities. broadcast producer, a trained motivational speaker and Tara is a recipient of the 2010 Business Journal 40 marketing expert. For nine years she worked in fullUnder Forty award and a graduate of LEADBristol! time ministry, where a majority of her time was spent empowering women She is active in numerous community volunteer and girls. activities and currently serves on the 2013 YWCA Board of Directors and is a member of the Rotary Club of BristolVA-TN. Patricia Ottinger is a Senior Associate with Tara graduated from the University of Virginia's College at Wise earning McGinly and Associates specializing in inspiration, her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications. motivation, and leadership. She is a presenter for the U.S. Department of Education Council on Leadership, a bimonthly meeting of educational leaders from This year’s four-woman judging panel features: across the Washington, DC area and invited guests Alisa Bailey is a senior public administrator and from across the country and around the world. During government official with more than 30 years her 25 year professional career in elementary school experience in government and private sector industries. administration Patricia served as Charter Principal of In the spring, 2012, the Charleston, WV, native, two new schools. assumed the position of President and CEO of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, where she Tickets for the event will be available soon by visiting leads the bureau’s mission to enhance the city’ s tax or calling (423) 968-9444. Support of the YWCA base and quality of life through tourism expenditures. through Tribute to Women directly affects women, children and families in Previously, Ms. Bailey served as West Virginia’s first woman Bureau Chief this region as the YWCA tackles some of the toughest community issues, of Commerce overseeing eight state agencies and as the State’ s Tourism which include affordable childcare, racial justice, teen pregnancy, quality Commissioner. afterschool care, technology education and much more. Leslie Ludlow is a former healthcare marketing and public relations professional in a community hospital setting. In this role she learned the importance of being involved with the local community and organizations. As an active volunteer she has been involved with PTA, a local theatre company, United Way and the American Cancer Society . She

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Carousel Fine Craft Show

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is pleased to announce a call for entry for the upcoming Carousel Fine Craft Show. In celebration of the amazing community project known as the Kingsport Carousel Project, we present Kingsport’s new premier juried, high quality, fine arts and crafts show. This juried show of approximately 20 quality exhibitors is open to all fine artists, artisans, craftspeople, photographers and printmakers. The show will be juried by Kingsport Artisan Walt Turpening and will take place at the Kingsport Farmer ’s Market. All work must be original hand-made works of fine craft/art. NO commercial items for resale, kits, imported or consigned goods will be accepted. Applications are available through the Of fice of Cultural Arts or online at The show will be opened up with a Gala Event on Friday , March 22 from 6-9 pm. This will be a special fundraiser for the Carousel Project. Carousel animals and paintings in progress will be prominently displayed. The public will be encouraged to visit the show to see the progress of the Carousel Project and to interact with the carvers, painters and other volunteers as well as taking part in the Fine Craft Show. The future site of the Kingsport Carousel will be in the vicinity of the Kingsport Farmer’s Market.

Dates/Times: March 22-24, 2013 Gala Event: Friday, March 22 from 6 pm – 9 pm Show hours: Saturday, March 23 from 10 am – 5 pm Sunday, March 24 from10 am – 5 pm Tickets available now at The Carousel Project:

It started as one man's dr eam to have a car ousel for the Kingsport community . He talked a few fellow Kiwanis members into investigating the idea and the Four Horsemen took charge. Now Kingsport has a carousel carving studio at the Lynn View Community Center where the carvers can be found working on their animals. It is open to the public Monday-Friday from 10 am – 5 pm. Volunteer painters are also hard at work painting the hand-carved animals. Another set of volunteer painters are painting Kingsport scenes on Rounding Boards for the Carousel.Mechanics, merchants, fundraisers and enthusiasts are urged to get involved in this legacy pr oject for Kingsport. The work continues until the 1956 vintage Herschel frame is in its own round house connected to the Farmers' Market and all animals have a place on the carousel with children of all ages riding. Completion date is set for spring 2014 so ther e is a lot of work to be done and a gr eat way to get to know great people! City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN 423.392.8414

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March is ‘blue’ for Colon Cancer Awareness Month Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year , more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer , and more than 50,000 people die from it.

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Are you at high risk? Your risk for colorectal cancer may be higher than average if: You or a close relative have had colorectal polypor colorectal cancer.

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You have inflammatory bowel disease. You have a genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer

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Turning 50?

The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age. More than 90 of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but many people are not being screened according to national guidelines.

Talk with your physician about a screening colonoscopy. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable and curable types of cancer when detected early. Since the risk of colon cancer increases with age, getting screened is essential.

Colorectal cancer screening tests can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. In this way, colorectal cancer is prevented. Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment often leads to a cure. What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer? Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don't always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it.That is why having a screening test is so important. Symptoms for colorectal cancer may include: Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement). Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away. Losing weight and you don't know why. These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer . If you're having any of these symptoms, the only way to know what is causing them is to see your doctor . When should you begin to get screened? You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50; then keep getting screened regularly. Some people have a higher risk because they have inflammatory bowel disease, a personal or family history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer, or genetic syndromes like familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (also known as Lynch syndrome) Talk with your doctor about which test or tests are best for you. The USPSTF recommends these tests: Colonoscopy (every 10 years). High-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT), also known as a stool test (every year). Flexible sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years) with high-sensitivity FOBT (every 3 years). As always, talk to your doctor about getting screened. Source:


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The AOA's guidelines for receiving comprehensive eye exams begin early in life. The AOA urges parents to bring infants six to 12 months of age to their local optometrist for a an assessment and then again for an exam at age three Computer Vision Syndrome These symptoms contribute to computer and age five before entering kindergarten. Children and adults should receive vision syndrome, which the American Optometric Association defines as the yearly comprehensive eye exams, unless otherwise advised by an optometrist. complex of eye and vision problems related to near work that are experienced For more information visit during or related to computer use. While decreasing time spent at a computer may not be an option, there are ways to maximize healthy vision for March is... comfortable use of the computer. Have a regular comprehensive eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy and that you have the correct eyeglass or contact lens prescription if necessary. Be certain to tell your optometrist about the computer work you do. Wear glasses that are specifically designed to function comfortably at the computer. The lenses you wear for day-to-day activities may not be the best for working at the computer. Rest the eyes Blink forcefully Use a humidifier Instill artificial tears Comprehensive eye exams Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S.; however , awareness surrounding the disease is relatively low. According to data from the AOA's latest American Eye- consumer survey:

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Burton the Sneezing Cow and The Cutie Pies Chronicles Booklovers Warehouse 3302 W. Market St. Johnson City, TN Saturday, March 9, 11 AM to 3 PM

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The Best Darn Secret, Snooping Can Be Dangerous and the soon-to-be released Snooping Can Be Contagious (Books 1 & 2 of “The Lindsay Harris Murder Mysteries”) Perkins Restaurant 4618 Ft. Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN Saturday, March 2, 9 AM to 2 PM All Seasons Indoor Market Route 460, Pounding Mill (5 Miles from Tazewell, VA) March 3 & 4, 8 AM to 4 PM March 9, 10 & 11, 8 AM to 4 PM March 16, 17 & 18, 8 AM to 4 PM March 23, 24 & 25, 8 AM to 4 PM March 30 & 31, 8 AM to 4 PM



Enter your short story in Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.’s writing contest and maybe your story will be published in the forthcoming Mountain Girl Press story collection,Whimsical Petals in the fall of 2013. Whether you are an experienced writer or a novice, we are currently soliciting short stories for entry into our new writing contest. When the contest ends we will pick the top 10 stories to publish in a new short story collection from Mountain Girl Press titledWhimsical Petals. Each winner will receive three copies of Whimsical Petals. The new collection will be an addition to our other short story collections titled The Zinnia Tales, Self-Rising Flowers and Christmas Blooms. You may view those collections on our website

Contest requirements:

1.) The story must be set in the Appalachian Mountains and must feature strong Appalachian women, either from the past or contemporary times. 2.) The theme of the story should reflect the Appalachian woman’s humor and grace through adversity. 3.) The length of the story must be no less than 1500 words and no more than 2500. 4.) All stories should include the name, address and daytime telephone number of the author. 5.) All stories may be submitted online at and should be accompanied by a $10.00 administrative fee mailed to Voice Magazine for Women, P.O. Box 701, Johnson City, TN, 37605. 6.) Contest will close June 30, 2013. Winners will be notified by a representative of Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. 7.) Stories not fitting the guidelines will not be published online.

March is . . .

How one family’s hope and faith overcame adversity

National March Into Literacy Month

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Celebrates the love of reading among children and promotes awareness of literacy as a fundamental.

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Dreams of Amelia The Book Loft, 214 Center Street, Fernandina Beach, FL Saturday, March 9, 2 PM to 5 PM

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God, my Greatest Love Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, a Toast and Roast Creative Writing event at the Memorial Park Community Center Activities room, 510 Bert Street, Johnson City, Tennessee. The program is open to the public and will include a toast to area creative writing individuals, organizations, and institutions in the Tri-Cities area. Invited guests include, but are not limited to, Lost State Writers Guild, Appalachian Authors Guild, National League of American Pen Women, libraries, colleges and universities, publishers, printers, and book stores. This event is open to the public for those interested in creative writing or in presenting information. Please RSVP by March 1, 2013 to Rose Klix (423) 631-2056.

Small Press Month Recognizes small, independent publishing companies that make up 94% of the total publishing company population.

Read an E-Book Week: March 3 through March 9 Remember all of our authors’ books are available on Nook and Kindle!

NEA's Read Across America Day: March 2 Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthdate by reading!

Girls Write Now Day: March 8 Enter our writing contest. See above for details.

Brain Injury Awareness Day is March 21, 2013 Lori’s Miracle:

On a sunny September day in 1981, fourteen-year-old Lori Beth Ford was involved in a tragic car accident that left her with a TBI - traumatic brain injury. The doctors and medical staff tried to convince Lori's family that she would not live, or if she did live, she would be incapacitated for the rest of her life. Told through her mother's voice, Lori's Miracle is the inspiring story of a girl whose childhood dreams were shattered, but her success was redefined in a way that no one could have ever imagined; ultimately leading to the establishment of The Crumley House, a world renowned traumatic brain injury rehabilitation center, located in Limestone Tennessee.

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(at The Crumley House) Onsite registration 8:30-9:30 a.m.; race starts at 10:00 a.m. Registration: $25 registration (includes performance tees while supplies last) Register at Take a look at the Joggin for the Noggin 5K Run/Walk on Facebook. Show your support! Also, available for purchase, the book Lori’s Miracle–the written story behind the birth of The Crumley House by its founder, June Barrett.

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A Depression-era historical adventure for teens! Lorna MacDonald Czarnota Sixteen-year-old William Saxton, called Blue, lies awake every night listening to the buzzsaw of his sickly father’s lungs and worrying about his mother. Blue writes to Eleanor Roosevelt in Washington, D.C., asking for help, but she doesn't answer. With no more than food from the family icebox and a fishing pole, Blue runs away intending to hop the rails to D.C. where he plans to confront the First Lady. The journey changes Blue’s purpose and he will never be the same. Author Lorna MacDonald Czarnota lives in Buffalo, New York. Order Breadline Blue at

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Book 2 of The Glade Series is available this month! Martha Jane Orlando Green tomatoes flying through the air! A church picnic gone awry! A brooding rattlesnake ready to strike! An all-too-close encounter with Cousin Ronnie’s surly sons! These are just a few of the many adventures which await Davy and his friend, Grey, True Squirrel of the Old Ones, in Book 2 of The Glade Series, Children in the Garden. But, the adventures are only part of the story . . . as the relationship between Davy and Grey, blossoms, so does Davy’s confidence, courage and determination to never revert to the angry boy he used to be. He discovers the meaning of true friendship, and decides that his family, even his stepfather, Jim, might not be so bad after all. Author Martha Jane Orlando is passionate about writing. She hopes you will find Book 2 of The Glade Series, Children in the Garden, just as exciting and enthralling as Book 1, A Trip, a Tryst and a Terror. Learn more about the series at

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Book 2 of The Lindsay Harris Murder Mysteries hits bookshelves this month! Linda Hudson Hoagland Lindsay Harris, a single mother who works as a legal secretary/assistant, is headed for trouble when her twin daughters, Emily and Ellen, acquire a baby-sitting job for a mysterious single dad for two small children. With the encouragement of her daughters and her friends, Jed and Marnie, she jumps knee deep into the problem of trying to prove the mysterious single dad innocent of killing his two children. Because her need to snoop into mysteries that need answers has spread to others (meaning her family and friends) Lindsay has now proven that Snooping Can Be Contagious. Order at or

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Rebecca Williams Spindler & Madelyn Spindler Book 3 from The Tale of Two Sisters is coming soon from Jan-Carol Publishing. This series praised as “hilarious and extremely honest series” which includes books Sara Jane is a Pain and Life According to Liz, has been listed as Top Middle Grade Novels for two years in a row on The final book of the series, Moving Out and Moving On, follows sisters Sara Jane and Liz as they face embark on new chapters of their lives with the same gusto they’ve always displayed! Keep up with the authors and their cast of lively characters at Fans of Spindler Writing on Facebook.

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Victoria Fletcher Early elementary readers will be enchanted while they learn through words and pictures in this educational collection of fables from author Victoria Fletcher. A retired elementary teacher, Victoria Fletcher seeks to continue instilling life lessons in her readers just as she did for her students during her three decades in the public school system. Learn more about Victoria at and watch for Fletcher’s Fables coming soon from JCP!

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Join Us! Voice Magazine is looking to add to our current outside sales staff! This is a growth opportunity for a dynamic individual with a positive attitude. Apply your ‘sales experience’ to selling ads and servicing. Must have ‘do what it takes’ attitude, be tenacious and enjoy serving businesses. This position is part-time to full-time. Commission only. (Abingdon, VA area) Email your resume to: sales or fax your resume to 423-926-9983. In Home Care Services in Kingsport is now accepting applications for all shifts. Only experienced applicants need to apply. Call: 423-245-1065. Clerical Aide Position: Morrison School, a local non-pr ofit school for children with learning disabilities, is looking for a full time Clerical Aide to assist the School Director and the Administrative Manager. Duties would include but are not limited to: • Answer incoming phone calls or emails and distribute to appropriate staff members • Greet visitors • Maintain and mail out general information packets to people inquiring about Morrison School • Key information into database • Prepare student enrollment packets • Maintain stock of office, kitchen and janitorial supplies • Track and maintain academic materials and student files • Develop computer generated spreadsheets • Assist staff with use of iPads, computers etc. Job Requirements: Preferably training and/or experience in general office work with substantial knowledge and skill relative to office equipment and technology. Morrison School in Bristol, Virginia is now accepting appli cations for teacher and teacher's aide positions. Call: 276-669-2823.

Abingdon, VA

Virginia Tech is hosting the 2nd annual BLOG-On Conference at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. The cost is $35.00. The BLOG-On conference will be presented by Jeremy Bise and Barry Myers. Jeremy is the co-founder of ThoseGeeks, a website design and development company in Abingdon. He is a designer, developer, marketer, project manager, speaker and blogger! Barry is a freelance web and communications designer who has created web designs and content for dozens of websites. With a focus on making sites look good and function well, Barry excels at real-world problem solving and finding tools that make work more impactful and easier at the same time. The BLOG-On Conference is sponsored by Virginia Tech Southwest Center, ThoseGeeks, Stacy Makes Cents and Debtor to Better. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Penny McCallum, Director, Virginia Tech Southwest Center at pmccallum@ or Dove Bush at Register online at List of upcoming Cooking Along the Crooked Road Classes March 2: Gluten Free Breadmaking 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Youth Cooking Class and Pizza Party 2:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 16: Irish Cooking Traditions, Darla Jean Hood, Wilderness Trail Association 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23: Easter Brunch Class for Kids, Chef Earl Baker, Wildflour Bakery 10 a.m.-12 p.m. March 25: Cupcakes, Cake Balls and Spring Celebrations, Natalie Shortridge, Baby Cakes Cupcakery 6 p.m.-9 p.m. April 1: Spotlight on Chicken: Comfort Food from a Southern Kitchen, Betsy White, ZazzyZ’s 6 p.m.-9 p.m. April 8: Creative Pizza-Making with Mellow Mushroom, Matt Shy 6 p.m.-9 p.m. April 15: Vegetable Cookery with Fresh Market 6 p.m.-9 p.m. More classes to come! For complete list of spring classes, information or to register, call 276-619-4300 or visit Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center One Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA

Bristol, TN/VA

Upcoming Events at Paramount Center for the Arts Comedian James Gregory will perform Saturday, March 2nd at 7:30 p.m. at Paramount Center for the Arts. “The Funniest Man in America” will deliver common-sense wisdom, old-fashioned values and politically-incorrect humor. James Gregory is known for inspiring fanatic devotion, whether it’s the first or 15th time you’ve seen him. Tickets $35 VIP and $27.50 Individual An evening with Perpetuum Jazzile will be held Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. at Paramount Center for the Arts. After seeing their concert somebody once said: “Perpetuum Jazzile is a vocal group in which music is actually the only thing the singers take seriously.” Well, there is some truth to that…but there is more. Powerful rhythms, rich harmonies, energetic sounds are what they love to make and give to the audience through (mostly) a cappella songs and renditions. Who needs instruments when they have voices? Smiles on people’s faces are what they strive for. Tickets $22.00 On Friday, May 17th at 8:00 p.m. prolific singersongwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music's brightest stars. His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, a benchmark in any artist's career. An astounding one-third of these songs eligible for major single release also achieved hit song status at Country radio, while more than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide. While it's wellknown that Black is an accomplished singer and guitarist, people may be surprised to learn that he is also proficient on drums and harmonica. Tickets: $100 Gold Circle, $52.00 Individual USAF Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. at Paramount Center for the Arts. Rhythm in Blue features the diverse talents of 15 professional musicians whose commitment to excellence has earned worldwide acclaim and military distinction. The band incorporates a wide repertoire of jazz

and fusion, from big band swing to cutting-edge contemporary music. Their fabulous vocalist radiates sounds of the great jazz divas and inspires with patriotic classics. Admission is FREE with ticket. Tickets are available in the Box Office. Paramount Center for the Arts (423) 274-8920

Gray, TN

Andrew and Abby's Closet Children's Consignment Sale will be held March 7-9 at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray, TN. Hours will be Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., *1 p.m.-5 p.m, (*1/2 off). Visit for more info.

Johnson City, TN

On Saturday, March 23rd from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. an Easter Egg Hunt will be held. There will also be games, refreshments and prizes! We are located at 115 Woodlawn Dr., Johnson City, TN 37604. For more information call the Activity Department at: 423-9750095 ext. 308 or email Upcoming Events at Atlantis Spiritual Center: Every Wednesday Yoga Classes 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Cost is $7 per class. Friday-Sunday, March 1-3 Kimberly Crowe offers Soul Reading with life path healing and Client Consultations March 1st 7 p.m-9 p.m. Introduction to the Realm of Spirit Guides $11.00 March 3rd 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Kimberly Crowe presents: Healing and Beyond Class fee $66.00. $11.00 discount if you also come to Friday night = $55.00 Please call (423) 926-8884 to reserve your space. Friday-Sunday, March 8-10 An Evening with the Angelic Host and Ascended Masters, channeled by Brenda Lee Morrison Friday, March 8 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. $25 Intuitive Readings on Saturday and Sunday 45 minute sessions for $105 Please call (423) 926-8884 to reserve your space. Sunday, March 10: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Medicinal Herb Class $35 Facilitated by Laura Prescott Please call (423) 926-8884 to reserve your space. Saturday & Sunday March 16-17 Soul Source Workshop - on Saturday, March 16 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Soul Liberation Attunements & Embodied Spirit Journeys- on Sunday, March 17

Facilitated by Forrest Green Please call (423) 926-8884 to reserve your space. Friday, April 5: 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Intuitive Readings with Happy Medium Jonna Rae $2/minute Please call (423) 926-8884 to reserve your space. Saturday, April 6: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Reiki 1 Class $75 - Preregistration required. Please call (423) 926-8884 to reserve your space. Sunday, April 7: 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Spirit Talk: Break on Through to the Other Side Get answers to your questions for departed loved ones from Happy Medium Jonna Rae. She'll also teach you how to make your own personal connection with family and friends on the other side during this experiential 3-hour workshop. $30 Please call (423) 926-8884 to reserve your space. Atlantis Spiritual Center, 240 E. Main St. Johnson City, TN 423-926-8884 “Like” us on Facebook!

are eating out. FREE! *Annex HEALTHY EATING ON A BUDGET Monday, March 18, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.. Speaker: Jennifer Persinger, RD, CDE, JCMC Join us to learn smart, practical and budget-friendly tips that you can use to maximize your grocery dollars without compromising nutrition. FREE! *Annex BEAT THE TOBACCO HABIT! Monday, March 18, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Speaker: Darlene Hatley, RN, MS, JCMC Now’s the time to break free from your smoking or chewing habit! Learn tips and get the support you need to become smoke-free. Free Orientation! 4 week series available. *HRC All classes are held in the HRC Classroom unless Annex Classroom location is specified. The HRC is located in The Mall at Johnson City by the Belk Women’s Store on the lower level. Our Annex is located at the back of The Mall, between Belk Home Store and Belk Women’s Store. Enter directly from the parking lot at the green awning. Please call REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – CALL 1-800-888-5551 •

Kingsport, TN

Irish Dance Troupe ‘Atlantic Steps’ is coming on Mountain States Health Alliance Health Friday, March 15th 2013 to the Tri-Cities! They Resources Center Classes HATHA YOGA-QUIET THE MIND, will perform at the Wellmont Regional Center for REFRESH THE BODY the Performing Arts at Northeast State Community Wednesday, March, 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. College in Blountville, Tennessee. Address: 2425 Instructor: Darlene Hatley, RN, MS, Certified Yoga Tennessee 75, Blountville, TN 37617 Instructor, RYT-500, AFAA Opening act: Local band from Southwest Virginia, Dress comfortably to participate and bring a yoga ‘Fire in the Kitchen.’ They specialize in lively mat. $5 fee. *Annex Appalachian and Celtic music. This production is MOMMY’S MILK CLUB - BREASTFEEDING brought to you by a grant from the Tennessee Arts GROUP Commission and your friends at The City of Monday, March 11 & 25, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts. With great Facilitator: Ann Perry, RNC, IBCLC, MSHA Get to know other moms who are breastfeeding and appreciation to Engage Kingsport and the staff at support each other. Focus will be on starting solids the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing (3/11) and teething and biting (3/25). FREE! *Annex Arts. A Master Class with Brian Cunningham, LAUGHTER YOGA Kieran Jordan and the cast of Atlantic Steps is Monday, March 11, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. being offered for $10.00 at 4 p.m. the day of the Speaker: Darlene Hatley, show. There are only 25 openings for this class. RN, MS, Certified Yoga Participants should have some dance experience. Instructor, RYT-500, AFAA To reserve your space call the Office of Cultural Laughter is the best medicine for body and mind. It Arts at (423) 392-8414. is more infectious than a sniffle or sneeze. Experience the fun and release some stress as laughter and deep centered breathing are combined in this feel good workout! FREE! *Annex EAT THIS, AVOID • A ll-S tate P est & T ermite Control is bonded and insured in both T ennessee & V irginia THAT - HEALTHIER • Pr ofessional and qual ity pest control service FAST FOOD • 18 years ex perience in the pest control and termite industry Tuesday, March 12, • Spec ializ ing in Commercial & R esidential Pr e-T reats and Pe st Control 12 p.m - 1 p.m. • A ll technicians are trained, certified and screened Speaker: Amanda Guinn, RD, MSHA ALL STATE PEST & TERMITE CONTROL SC H ED U LE A N INSPEC TION TOD AY! It is possible to eat well 3133 H wy 126 Blountville,TN V ISIT OU R W EBSITE even on the run. Simple 10% DISCOUNT Bristol: 423-279-9866 • K ingsport: 423-246-1901 food swaps and tips to FOR SENIORS AND VETERANS Johnson C ity: 423-274-3993 help you cut calories, OR ACTIVE MILITARY Surrounding A reas: 1-888-850-0445 fat and pounds when you



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