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The Very Best Places to Invest Your Remodeling Dollars

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ETMVBy Buddy Baker, Owner of Granite Transformations

Can you guess which two rooms give you the very best return for your remodeling dollar? If you answered your home’s kitchen and master bathroom, you would be right. In fact, Trulia, the popular online residential real estate site for homebuyers and sellers, suggests that sellers zero in on these two buyer hotspots, calling them the “make it or break it” focal points of a home. Regardless of whether you are selling your home or just upgrading a home that you intend to live in for many more years, your kitchen and master bath offer you the best returns on your remodeling dollars invested than most any other room in your home.

At Granite Transformations of Knoxville, we offer homeowners the perfect turnkey solution to kitchen and bath remodels or upgrades. Both quick and affordable, we offer homeowners the highest quality granite surfaces available, in addition to a wide selection of wood and wood products to reface your existing cabinetry. We have everything you need to transform your home’s kitchen and bath into your dream kitchen and bath.

But at Granite Transformations of Knoxville, we are more than your source for high-quality remodeling materials. We are also your source for expert design consultation, fabrication, installation, and after-the-sale service.

Whether you are planning on selling your home or are just tired of the out-of-date look that your kitchen projects, I invite you to call us today to schedule your free, no-obligation expert design consultation today. Discover the difference that Granite Transformations of Knoxville can make in your home’s kitchen or bath.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest member of the Granite Transformations of Knoxville team, Brent Lasorsa, former United States Marine. We at Granite Transformations support our military and make it our priority to hire former members of our armed services.

Granite Transformations
10539 Lexington Drive
Knoxville, TN 37932

First Baptist Church Tellico Village Celebrates 20 Years!

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ETMVHonoring Our Past… Rejoicing in the Future

First Baptist Church Tellico Village is celebrating its 20th anniversary with four major events to honor the church’s legacy. The three-month celebration began August 16th with a gala Kick-off Dinner in the church fellowship hall. Nearly 400 people attended the dinner and the special service that followed in the sanctuary. Highlights of the service included the unveiling of a new nativity that will grace the front landscape of the church during Christmas season. Also, Reverend David Whipple, current Minister of Administration and Congregational Life, was named the new Minister of Music following Eugene Hattaway’s recent retirement from that position. Rev Whipple will continue his position as Minister of Congregational Life. Most importantly, Pastor Charlie Barnard presented a proposal for meeting the needs of current and future church growth with a Legacy Campaign: “In 1997, when we incorporated as a church, that early group of people left us with a legacy. They pointed us in the right direction with a dream and a tenacious spirit. Now, 20 years later, we want to continue that legacy and strengthen that legacy. In 2037, when our church celebrates 40 years, we want people to look back and say that we left a legacy!”

Celebration of that legacy continues throughout the coming months. The next event is an Art Show and Concert on Saturday, September 16. The Art Show, which highlights the talents of the church’s congregation, will be staged in the fellowship hall and begins at 4:30 pm. Louise Ragle of “Louise Gallery & Studio” at 401 Wharf Street in Loudon will curate the exhibits. Everyone attending the art show will receive a door prize ticket for one of three gifts donated by artisans from New York and Arizona. That same evening at 7:00 pm “Praise, Honor and Glory” will perform in the sanctuary.

October’s event is a Fall Festival at the Mathews’ Farm on Saturday, October 28, at 4:30 pm and features “Wild Blue Yonder” in concert. Advance tickets are also required for the festival at a cost of $7 each. Ticket sales for this event are forthcoming.

The highlight of the celebration is the anniversary weekend itself. On Friday, November 17, the church will host an “open house” with historical displays. That Saturday there will be a potluck dinner and concert in the fellowship hall. Sunday will bring the Anniversary Celebration full circle, beginning with a church-wide continental breakfast, drama presentation, and a Celebration Worship Service.

The church’s 20-year history began in 1995 as a mission effort of the Board of Missions of White County. The following year, under agreement with the Loudon County Baptist Association, the young church continued as a mission effort of Calvary Baptist of Lenoir City. By 1997, First Baptist Church was officially incorporated. During those early years, the congregation met at various public facilities within Tellico Village until moving to a “store front” location in the Lakeside Plaza in early 1997. As the congregation continued to grow, the members accepted the “Challenge to Build” in 2000. Today, following three building projects, the church building has grown to approximately 35,000 square feet with an average worship service attendance of 365.

Pastor Charlie Barnard appreciates the church’s history: “I am amazed and humbled by how God has assembled such a unique and diversified group of people on this hill in East Tennessee. We are ecumenical and continue to hold to our purpose of being an evangelical presence in the community.” When asked what contributes to the growth of the church, members are quick to state the church’s emphasis on prayer, missions, and leadership that always seeks God’s will.

We look forward to celebrating the joint efforts of not only past and present FBCTV leaders and congregations but also of people, churches, and associations from the surrounding area. First Baptist Church Tellico Village desires to honor the legacy that God has given us as we work together to “Love God, Love Others, and Reach Our World for Christ.”

First Baptist Church
205 Chota Road
Loudon, TN 37774

1.6 Miles West of High Prices

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By Lisa Naro, Co-Owner of Rocky Top Storage

Just 1.6 miles west of Highway 72 on US Highway 411 you’ll discover your best value in indoor climate controlled and outdoor covered and uncovered storage. Family owned and operated, Rocky Top Storage is the area’s best value for storage. But don’t think you have to give up anything to take advantage of the savings we offer each of our clients.

At Rocky Top Storage, we offer:
» Security cameras
» On-site management
» Indoor climate controlled storage
» Covered & uncovered outdoor storage
» Security lighting
» Security fence
» U-Haul rentals
» Propane Sales

So whether you require RV, boat, or trailer storage, or just a climate controlled indoor storage unit to store and protect your valued personal items, Rocky Top Storage offers you the peace of mind that you deserve and at a price that doesn’t stretch your budget.

To learn more about how to take full advantage of our secure storage solutions and savings, not to mention the lowest propane prices in the area, call me today.

Rocky Top Storage
2479 Hwy 411
Madisonville, TN 37354

Volunteer Storage & Moving

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“Store It – Move It – Park It!”

Did you know that one in 10 families in the U.S. rents a self-storage unit? So just what do Americans store at these self-storage facilities? You name it! Just about everything you might imagine, from fine furniture, to boats, to recreational vehicles.

It’s the “why” that’s even more interesting. The “why” includes families that are in between homes, downsizing, relocating, or recovering from a home emergency such as a fire or flood.

Some communities do not permit boats, trailers, and RVs to be parked on driveways, and a growing number of small businesses also use self-storage units as an extension of their business to store tools, inventory, etc. Whatever your reason for using self-storage, you’ll discover that your “why” is far less important than the “where.” That’s because not all self-storage facilities are created equal.

Ask yourself the following questions… does your self-storage facility offer you:
» Secure, fenced, and gated facilities?
» 24-hour access and HD camera surveillance?
» Customer service designed to exceed your expectations?
» Up-to-date facilities at multiple convenient locations?
» Climate and non-climate controlled units?
» Inside and outside storage for boats, trailers, and RVs?
» Wash bay for customer use?
» On-site and uniformed property managers Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm?
» Moving trucks and uniformed movers?
» Discounts for active duty military, one year pre-pay, or multiple units?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then it’s time you discovered Volunteer Storage. These innovators in the self-storage industry launched their first storage facility 16 years ago. While still a family owned and operated company, Volunteer Storage now operates eight modern, conveniently located self-storage facilities throughout the Greater Knoxville area, including stores in Loudon, Blount, Knox, and Sevier counties, as well as their newest facilities in Lenoir City and Tellico Village, which opened on September 1st.

Today Volunteer Storage provides an unparalleled level of customer service by combining their state-of-the-art self-storage facilities with Volunteer Movers, offering clients a unique, turn-key experience. Whether you need assistance moving into or out of your storage unit or local or long distance moving, Volunteer Storage & Moving is sure to have just the right solution to your storage and moving needs.

For a storage and moving experience unlike anything that you may have encountered in the past, we invite you to call Volunteer Storage & Moving today at 865-690-0045 or visit www.volmovingandstorage.com. Also, please feel welcome to visit any of their facilities during normal business hours for a tour.

Volunteer Storage & Moving

Community Church at Tellico Village Fine Arts Program 2017-2018

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Dr. John R. Orr, Pastor of Music and Worship at The Community Church at Tellico Village, recently announced the line-up for the church’s annual Fine Arts Concert Series.  According to Pastor Orr, this season’s series will include seven diverse and rich performances that include:

» Southern Raised Band on Sunday, September 10
» Knoxville Opera on Thursday, October 19
» A Community Church Christmas on December 10 & 11
» Dallas Brass on Saturday, January 20
» Tim Puckett Jazz Night on Friday, February 23
» Peter and Will Anderson Jazz Trio on Thursday, April 5
» The Raleigh Ringers on Saturday, May 5

Ticket prices for the concerts are only $10 except for the Christmas Celebration, which is free. There is a love offering for Tim Puckett’s Jazz Night Concert. All concerts are at 7 pm.

A significant change in this year’s series is that there will be two performances of A Community Church Christmas – the first on December 10 and the second on December 11.

“The additional performance of what is the area’s largest Christmas celebration is to accommodate Tellico Village/Rarity Bay and the surrounding communities,” said Pastor Orr. “Last year all the tickets were consumed and there was a waiting list.”

The celebration includes the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and choirs and ringers of the Community Church members under the direction of Dr. John R. Orr presenting an evening of Christmas favorites of all ages and for all ages.

“The Community Church Concert Series is a non-profit fine arts series hosted and sponsored by the Community Church at Tellico Village,” said Senior Pastor Stephen Prevatte. “We are very pleased to be able to share the series with not only Tellico Village, but the surrounding community.  All who love and enjoy music are welcome.”

The series is funded entirely through the annual donor drive and ticket sales. Dr. John R. Orr serves as the Executive Director and Jan Martin is Music Team Leader. Those interested in becoming a 2017-2018 Concert Series Donor can call the church office at 865-458-1516 or inquire by email at john@tellicochurch.org.

For more information on the individual concerts, visit www.tellicochurch.com/events and click newsletters.

About the Community Church at Tellico Village

Located at 130 Chota Lane in Tellico Village, our services are at 8:00 and 10:15 am on Sunday. We call ourselves a “community” church, because we believe Jesus made himself available to the whole world – not just a little group of select people. We’re not overly troubled by folks who come to us with different beliefs, ideas, or experiences. We find reason to “commune” with each other not because we all think or believe alike, but because we are all seeking the same thing – a Way to a better world, a Truth that sets people free, and a Life that is abundantly full and meaningful. For more information, call 865-458-1516 or email mail@tellicochurch.org.

Community Church at Tellico Village

130 Chota Center
Loudon, TN 37774

Community Church at Tellico Village

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East TN Mountain ViewsMembers of the Community Church at Tellico Village named Rev. Dr. Stephen B. Prevatte as senior pastor on July 9. A reception celebrating Steve and his wife, Kelli, was held on July 23. He was initially hired in summer 2016 as associate pastor of congregational care, along with the Rev. Devin Phillips as associate pastor of connections.

Dr. Prevatte has been a pastor for 23 years serving churches primarily in the Greenville, North Carolina, area. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Gardner-Webb University. Steve and Kelli have two children, Caleb and Anna Katherine.

“I learned how incredibly diverse and talented and resilient our congregation is,” said Prevatte. “They come from a lot of different backgrounds with lots of different resources, and I tell you what, it’s amazing to me to think about the impact that they can have on our community. So I think I’ve learned how importantly talented they are and how much impact we can have on the community.”

The Community Church at Tellico Village is an interdenominational Christian church located in the heart of Tellico Village serving Loudon and Monroe counties. It will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018.

Community Church at Tellico Village
130 Chota Center
Loudon, TN 37774

Eclipsing All Other Sales

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By Peggy Cones, Owner of Cones Cupboard Antiques

If you’re preparing for the upcoming solar eclipse, then historic downtown Sweetwater is the place you will want to be. Not only will you witness this incredible event, but you will also be able to take advantage of our biggest sale ever at Cones Cupboard Antiques.

For one day only, on August 21st, Cones Cupboard Antiques will offer a special 50% discount on any one furniture item in our store. We have a large number of antique furniture pieces on sale, including china cabinets, sideboards, dressers, secretary desks, hall trees, and more.

Each furniture item on sale was personally selected by me on my numerous antique buying trips I take throughout the year. I am confident that you will love and enjoy these pieces as much as I have. But this is a one-day sale only, so plan on arriving early for the best selection, and then stay for all of the festivities as we enjoy this unique opportunity to view a total solar eclipse that hasn’t been seen since 1979. Also, if that were not enough, Sweetwater is in the direct path of the eclipse.

While visiting Cones Cupboard Antiques, I invite you to browse through my shop for some of the most unique gift items you are likely to find anywhere. At Cones Cupboard Antiques, located in the heart of historic downtown Sweetwater, we have something for everyone – from experienced antique collectors to those new to this truly unique shopping experience – including vintage glassware, sterling silver, antique furniture, and an eclectic mixture of gift items that are perfect for any occasion.

So come for the eclipse, but stay for the shopping, and take advantage of our 50% off sale on any one furniture item for one day, August 21st, and one day only.

Cones Cupboard Antiques
307 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

2.5 Million Reasons

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By Ann Autry

Why 2.5 million reasons? That’s the total amount of money, $2.5 million, that the Good Neighbors Shoppe has donated to Loudon County charities that benefits schools, civic organizations, and our neediest neighbors. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, volunteers, and, of course, our shoppers, the Good Neighbors Shoppe and you have made a significant contribution to the lives of many thousands of individuals and our community as a whole.

You may not know this, but not one of our staff members or volunteers receive any compensation. That helps us to not only manage our costs, but it also helps us to maximize the contributions we are able to make within our community.

The concept is a simple one: Identify highly motivated volunteers to serve in a variety of positions at the Good Neighbors Shoppe. Next, encourage people just like you to contribute their gently used clothing and other household items. Finally, encourage shoppers to visit our beautiful retail store and to take advantage of tremendous savings on a large selection of items, including furniture, apparel, art, books, kitchenware, collectibles, and much more.

Thanks to your generosity, what the Good Neighbors Shoppe has been able to achieve on behalf of our Loudon County community has been truly remarkable. If you would like to learn how you can become more involved with the Good Neighbors Shoppe, whether as a volunteer, donor, or shopper, we invite you to visit us during our normal business hours.

Coming during the month of August, we are promoting our linens area of our store, where you will discover huge savings on bedding, tablecloths, dust ruffles, place settings, pillows, curtains and valances, and throws. Also, watch for our upcoming art sale. We have recently received more than 100 pieces of art for resale.

Also, don’t forget that on September 18th, we will feature our autumn change over, so look for even a wider selection of fall apparel and savings on our remaining in-store spring and summer clothing.

So whether you’re a donor, volunteer, or shopper, thank you for all that you do every day for our community.

Good Neighbors Shoppe
420 Leeper Parkway in Lenoir City

August: Your Month for Fashion Transition

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High temperatures may not give you pause to consider August as a fashion transition month, but in only four short weeks, the thermometer will begin to moderate, and September will begin to usher in what promises to be a spectacular season of incredible autumn colors.

Sweetwater Flower Shop is preparing to help you welcome fall’s cooler temperatures with a rainbow of seasonal colors. You’ll discover fresh, new designs and the latest trends not only in our home décor items and florals, but also in our women’s fashions and accessories, including jewelry, scarves, handbags, purses, and much more.

Why not start with a handbag from fashion designer Mary Frances? Creating her handmade treasures for more than two decades, her creations allow her customers to express their own personality and individual style. Often seen on the arms of top celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Kate Hudson, Mary Frances handbags combine popular shapes, as well as fabrics, textures, colors, and opulent natural stones and trims.

You’ll also want to browse our incredible selection of designer scarves that can accentuate not only your wardrobe, but also serve as a shawl during cooler, late summer, and early autumn evenings. And don’t forget about our extensive line of designer-inspired apparel and jewelry, with new pieces arriving daily. Be sure to take advantage of our Summer 25% Off Sale on all spring and summer women’s clothing during August (excludes UT fashions).

Another big event this month is our UT Fashion Show on August 28 at 11:30 am in our restaurant, Upstairs at The Mansion.  This event always kicks off our UT football season that begins on September 4 (Labor Day) when UT plays Georgia Tech.  For menu, pricing, and reservations for the fashion show, call Upstairs at The Mansion at 423-371-4100. This is a really fun event, and reservations need to be made as soon as possible so you’re guaranteed a seat.  Call all your girlfriends and make this a “girl’s day out” event.  You’ll be thrilled with the wonderful food and stylish UT fashions we’ll have for your enjoyment.  

So get ready for August’s transition into the long awaited autumn months at Sweetwater Flower Shop, and don’t forget to visit Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant for lunch to and enjoy the sumptuous menu items, elegant atmosphere, and great service. Also, ask about hosting your own private parties and our special events.

Sweetwater Flower Shop
118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

Cast Set for Tellico Players October Musical Comedy, The Honky Tonk Angels

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The cast has been selected for the Tellico Community Players’ October production of Ted Swindley’s musical comedy, The Honky Tonk Angels. Play dates are October 12-14 and 19-22.

The plot features three gusty gals determined to better their lives and follow their dreams to Music City, USA. Swindley, who created ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE, combines more t han 30 classic country hits in the production, including “I’ll Fly Away,” “Stand by Your Man,” “9 to 5,” “These Boots Were Made for Walking,” and “I Will Always Love You.”

The Cast

Emilee Jane Richardson will appear as Angela, a middle-aged Texas housewife with a great sense of humor and a fiercely independent streak. Emilee has a wealth of musical theatre and opera experience. Residing in Kingston, TN, she has performed at the Oak Ridge Playhouse, sung with the University of Tennessee and Lee University Opera houses and with the Roane Choral Society. She was a soloist in Handel’s Messiah at the Tellico Village Baptist Church.

Anna Caroline Causey will play Sue Ellen, a middle-aged Los Angeles career woman who is a “citified” country girl – exemplifying smarts, beauty, sex, and frustration. Anna is a Knoxville resident and has musical theatre experience with the Oak Ridge Playhouse performing in All Shook Up and Fiddler on the Roof. She also has performed with the travelling choir of the Freed-Hardeman University Acapella Singers and is a vocal participant in her church’s worship ministry.

Desireè Dezutti will appear as Darlene, the youngest of the trio from the Deep South – a simple, pretty, sweet woman who grew up in a coal mining West Virginia town and in the Mississippi Delta. Desireè is a Loudon resident with singing experiences with Madison Central and Lenoir City High Schools. She performed numerous roles in high school musicals, particularly the role of Dorothy in the Lenoir City High School production of Wizard of Oz.

Debbie Mayberry and Dennis Loy are co-directors for the show, and Wendel Werner is the music director. Reserved seats at $21 will go on sale September 11 on the Tellico Community Players Website at www.TellicoCommunityPlayhouse.org.

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