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Windy Hill Farm and Preserve

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“A 550 Acre Sanctuary Where We Rediscover the Beauty and Serenity of Nature”

Although we were not fortunate enough to have been born and raised in East Tennessee, we were nonetheless blessed to discover its natural beauty years later. 

Our first exposure to East Tennessee began on a road trip to the “beach” as it is popularly referred to by native Tennesseans. Arriving in the Knoxville area in the darkness of night, we were greeted by a blinding rain storm and the news that I-40 was impassable, the result of a not so uncommon mountain rock slide. Our adventure resumed early the next morning with now clear skies and a series of detours designed to circumnavigate yesterday’s rock slide. My growing impatience with this interruption to our vacation plans was soon replaced with the awe inspiring, natural beauty and splendor of East Tennessee that we experienced as we meandered through the foothills and mountains of the Great Smokys enroute to our final destination. It was then that we fell hopelessly in love with East Tennessee. 

Not many years later we sold our home and our business and moved to our new home – East Tennessee. And even though over 2 decades has passed since our very first East Tennessee adventure, we anxiously await each new morning when we welcome a brand new East Tennessee landscape masterpiece created from nature’s unlimited palette of colors, hues and textures.

Monday, October 12, 2020 was one such day. We had been invited to visit Windy Hill Farm and Preserve in Loudon County by one of its owners, Steven Brewington, a 29-year-old Tennessee native, husband, dad, and visionary who possesses an uncommon passion for the land, it’s preservation and sustainability.

Our visit began with an ATV tour of this 550 acre sanctuary, where we traversed its rolling terrain, pastures, meadows, stands of timber, breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains and picturesque vistas on its 2 miles of pristine shoreline along the Tennessee River. Well known to area sportsmen, Windy Hill Farm and Preserve has earned a reputation as one of the South’s premier destinations for responsible quail hunting. 

Our journey began at the Lodge where quail hunting enthusiasts gather prior to their upland hunting adventure on 5 different warm season grass courses, each providing a different experience. Windy Hill Farm and Preserve welcomes groups and individuals in pursuit of both Dove and Bobwhite Quail. Their team of experienced, passionate sportsmen and management team members practice meticulous habitat maintenance. They know and embrace the land and the tradition of the hunt. Joined by their trained guides and dogs, Windy Hill offers sportsmen an enjoyable and fruitful quail hunting experience. 

Quail hunting guests meet at the Lodge the morning of their half- or full-day hunt to enjoy a hearty breakfast and to be introduced to their guides. Guests are driven to one of the preserve’s wildlife habitat areas to begin their morning hunt. Lunch is served at the Lodge for both half- and full-day excursions. Following lunch and a brief period of relaxation, full-day guests return to the field. Before departure, guests will receive their birds cleaned and packaged to take home. 

Readers wishing to learn more about quail hunting packages at Windy Hill Farm and Preserve are encouraged to visit www.windyhillfarmtn.com or to call 865-385-4709. 

Next, we visited the Farmhouse Inn, a rustic, yet modern 5 bedroom home built by Steven’s grandfather, which sits atop one of the more commanding ridges on the preserve. The Inn, which overlooks the Tennessee River, features magnificent views of the river and surrounding rolling countryside through its expansive floor to ceiling windows, great room, fireplace and 1,000 square foot panorama deck for viewing. Perfect for hosting family getaways, corporate retreats or hunting groups, the Inn offers visitors an experience that will be treasured by friends and family for many years to come.

The final destination on our tour was the Home Farm where we traversed rolling pastures, crop fields, grazing cattle and heirloom hogs. We were somewhat surprised to witness a large expanse of sugarcane being grown for use in a variety of eco-friendly paper products.

Currently under development, and scheduled to open in Fall 2021, are 12 new upscale cabins featuring floor to ceiling windows offering  panoramic views of the Preserve. Guest packages will include Farm to Table/Field to Fork dining experiences in the Lodge, as well as agritourism programming, water and other outdoor activities. 

What perhaps surprised us most about this natural 550 acre sanctuary was not only its ability to protect, preserve and promote this area’s abundant wildlife, nor the views from its panoramic ridges, nor its 2 miles of Tennessee River shoreline and its often mist-shrouded lowlands. What surprised us the most was the fact that Windy Hill Farm and Preserve is located less than 5 minutes from Tellico Village, yet is unknown to most of us. Windy Hill Farm and Preserve is a natural treasure that truly enriches our community.

Discover even more about Windy Hill Farm and Preserve, its history and other amenities including hiking trails, by visiting their website www.windyhillfarmtn.com.

You might also be interested to learn that Windy Hill Farm and Preserve also offers Gift Certificates for its quail hunting packages. These certificates are ideal for the sportsmen or sportswomen in your family who may be difficult to shop for. They are perfect for any occasion.

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” – Henry David Thoreau

Windy Hill Farm and Preserve
1180 Poplar Springs Blair Bend Road
Loudon, TN 37774

Gallian Medical Group Now Offers

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Rapid COVID-19 Test Results in 15 Minutes

Gallian Medical Group, a full-service, primary care provider conveniently located in Hardin Valley just minutes from I-40 and Pellissippi Parkway, is proud to announce the availability of a new COVID-19 test which delivers results in as few as 15 minutes.

“The availability of this new diagnostic test is an important tool in the rapid diagnosis of COVID-19,” said Dr. Scott Gallian, MD, co-founder of Gallian Medical Group. “This new test delivers results in 15 minutes on an easy-to-use, portable instrument, which is a critical improvement in the turnaround time for COVID-19 diagnostics, because it provides real-time results and enables decision-making while the patient is still onsite, helping to protect against additional waves of COVID-19.”

This rapid point-of-care-test was developed by BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world, focused on improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care through innovation, 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you are asked to first call 865-357-3790. Please do not come into the office if you have symptoms or if you believe you have been exposed to the virus. Upon arrival at Gallian Medical Group, a trained medical team member will come to your vehicle to perform the test. You are encouraged to wait in your vehicle until your results are available. The availability of rapid test results will assist your healthcare provider in providing you with the immediate medical attention you may require, as well as helping to protect others from the spread of COVID-19.

“This new rapid point-of-care test for COVID-19, is a welcome addition to our onsite diagnostics lab, EKG, and X-ray services which enables us to provide a level of compassionate and caring healthcare that our patients deserve and that is becoming increasingly more difficult to find today in a medical marketplace driven by the bottom line of insurance companies and huge managed care corporations.”

To learn more about Gallian Medical Group or their new 15 minute COVID-19 test, call or visit them online. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

Gallian Medical Group

‘Rediscover a level of medical care that you may have thought no longer existed”

10744 Hardin Valley Road
Suite 106
Knoxville, TN 37932

Rev Up Your Charitable Giving & Tax Savings with These Easy Tax Tips

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By Yvonne Marsh, CFP®, CPA

This is the time of year when thoughts turn to helping others in need, whether with monetary donations, volunteer time, or charitable legacy planning.  While you are making your charitable giving plans, consider these tips to maximize the tax benefit of your good deeds:

  • Rather than donating cash to your favorite charity, donate appreciated investments instead.  Perhaps you bought stock many years ago that is now worth much more than you paid for it.  If you give the stock to the non-profit, and they cash it in, they don’t have to pay the tax on the capital gain.
  • If you are taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from your IRAs, and in turn writing a check to your church or charity, wait a minute!  You need to know about the Qualified Charitable Distribution rules where the IRS allows you to donate your RMDs (up to $100,000) directly to your non-profit, and not count that RMD as income on your tax return.  Who knew the IRS could be so kind? This is a great way to restore a tax deduction for charitable giving that you aren’t otherwise receiving if you don’t itemize your deductions. (And if your financial advisor hasn’t told you about this little gem, you might need to reassess the value your advisor is bringing to the table.)
  • Perhaps you would like to leave some money to your church or charity in your will.  Great idea!  However, instead of gifting through your will, designate your non-profit as a beneficiary on your IRA.  Why?  Because IRA assets are taxable as ordinary income to your heirs, but not taxable to your favorite charity.  Let your heirs inherit your after-tax investments instead.
  • Or maybe you like the idea of leaving some of your IRA money to your favorite charity but hate to think of short-changing your heirs.  One solution is to use a portion of your RMDs and buy permanent life insurance.  Then you can freely give that taxable IRA to your non-profit knowing that your family will receive a tax-free life insurance payout. Now everyone is happy! (Except perhaps the IRS) 

Tax planning and charitable giving is not just for the rich – it’s for anyone who wants to choose where their hard-earned money goes – to taxes or to charities.  Give our office a call if you would like a complimentary meeting to learn more. 

Marsh Wealth Management, LLC
Fiduciary Registered Investment Advisor
504 Ebenezer Road
Knoxville, TN 37923

Financial Planning & Investment Advisory Services are offered through Marsh Wealth Management, LLC (“MWM”), an independent investment advisor registered with the state of Tennessee. Yvonne Marsh is an Investment Advisor Representative of MWM in the state of Tennessee. Marsh Professional Group, LLC is a TN registered public accounting firm and a separate legal entity from MWM. For a detailed discussion of MWM and their investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV on file with the SEC at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov

Gear Up Your Garage for Winter

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Winter is fast approaching and your car might just have to spend another freezing, snowy and icy winter outside on the driveway.  Why?  Because of your “stuff” that won’t fit in the house is in your garage.  

What’s the solution?  You could place a AAA fridge magnet in a prominent location near your phone should you car fail to start this winter. Another solution might be to practice entering and exiting your vehicle from its sunroof should your passenger car doors become obstructed by your garage “stuff”.

Or you could pick up the phone and call PremierGarage of Knoxville to help get your garage organized and help your family live more comfortably and safely through the winter. Custom solutions from PremierGarage can make your garage more functional for winter, as well as the rest of the year. Garage storage cabinets, wall-hanging systems and a durable PremierOne® floor can transform your garage into functional living space, protect your car and enhance your home.

Garage Storage Cabinets Eliminate Clutter

Garages are famous for clutter. Stacks of stuff that take up valuable floor space. Custom garage storage cabinets capture vertical space, maximize storage and provide safe, organized storage for all your needs.

Unlike the one-size-fits-all storage alternatives found in big box stores, PremierGarage’s proprietary garage storage cabinets are designed to custom fit your garage, maximize available storage and meet your specific needs. Their designs provide safe, organized storage for all that stuff. And PremierGarage’s professional and experienced installation teams are your assurance that your new cabinetry will be safely and securely installed.

Wall-Hanging and Overhead Systems Provide More Space

Combined with your PremierGarage storage cabinets, overhead rack systems free up additional space by getting everything off your garage floor, avoiding potentially dangerous trip hazards and providing greater maneuverability when parking cars.  Overhead storage racks are the perfect solution for seldom-used and large items including camping gear, sports equipment and seasonal decorations. 

Slatwall panels also offer homeowners wall-hanging storage options that can be customized with specialty hooks, baskets and shelves to organize large and small items including bikes, golf bags and wheelbarrows. Slatwall panels can even be installed over your workbench to keep tools handy, or around windows or into a tight corner to take full advantage of all your available storage space.

Garage Flooring is Functional and Beautiful 

PremierOne® industry-tough garage floor coating, the most advanced technology in the industry, makes your garage a more beautiful space and is extremely low maintenance.  PremierOne®floor coating has a 10-year warranty and: 

  • Comes in a variety of colors 
  • Stands up to the heat and friction of hot tires
  • Stain and slip resistant
  • Helps reduce allergens 

PremierGarage of Knoxville, in operation for almost 25 years, is committed to helping people live better lives through better and safer organization in every area of your home.

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At Dental Arts of Tellico Village You’re Treated Like Family

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“Family dentistry has always been part of my life,” said Dr. Angela Burns. “I became inspired to enter the dental profession after observing my father, who launched his own dental career 55 years ago. It became a life’s calling. I always admired the personal level of care he provided. He absolutely loves interacting with his patients and associates, and like me, he feels truly fulfilled when he’s serving others.”

Dr. Angie graduated from the University of Tennessee Memphis College of Dentistry in 1996 and went on to complete her residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Dr. Angie’s father opened Dental Arts of Tellico Village in 1996.

“Our entire team is focused on helping you and your family members to achieve the optimal dental health and oral hygiene. That’s why we continue to invest in training, education and the latest and most advanced technology designed for the early detection, and in many instances, the prevention, of potential dental diseases.”

Dental Arts of Tellico Village offers a wide variety of restorative and cosmetic dental services designed to restore full function and optimal dental health. Restorative services include:

> Crowns
> Bridges
> Partials
> Dentures
> Fillings
> Implants

And to provide that beautiful smile that you’ve always dreamed of, Dental Arts of Tellico Village also offers a full range of cosmetic dental services, including:

> Implants
> Veneers
> Dentures
> Crowns

“If you’re ready to rediscover a new level of dental care, where you’re treated like a member of our family by a team of compassionate and caring dental care professionals, I invite you to discover Dental Arts of Tellico Village.” 

Dental Arts of Tellico Village
220 Village Square
Loudon, TN 37774

Are Your Home’s Oriental & Area Rugs Holiday Season Fresh?

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By Kerry McDuffie, Owner of Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning

Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away. Remember last holiday season? Remember the pre-holiday to-do list? Remember trying to complete that to-do list in just a few days? Remember wishing the holidays were over?  

Today is a great time to begin planning for this season’s holiday events. As a father and grandfather, I know how important this time of the year can be for families but also how stressful. At Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning, we’ve been helping busy families prepare for busy holiday seasons since 1985.

Are your home’s Oriental and area rugs on your cleaning to-do list? Why not enhance the appearance of every room in your home while providing a clean and healthy surface for your children and grandchildren to play on by cleaning your Oriental and area rugs? 

There’s also a practical side. Clean Oriental rugs will not only look better longer, but they’ll also last longer. Abrasives, dirt, and other contaminants tracked into our homes and onto our rugs not only make them look dull and dingy, but can also permanently damage your rugs fibers. And the snow and ice removal chemicals that were tracked into your home over the course of last winter can chemically bond to rug fibers, significantly reducing their life expectancy.

Our Farragut based Oriental and area rug cleaning boutique uses a proprietary 11-step washing process that will safely clean all of your rugs, including those that are be destined to become family heirlooms. We have also recently made significant investments in even newer technology to ensure that we can continue to offer you the very best Oriental and area rug washing services available anywhere in East Tennessee.

So if you can use a little help preparing for the holiday season this year – and who couldn’t – remember the company who has earned a superior reputation for unmatched superior cleaning: Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning.

Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning

Plaza Electronics & Appliances

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“30 Minutes West of High Prices”

If you’re tired of paying high prices for appliances, electronics, furniture and mattresses, not to mention the indifference of sales associates and the total lack of service after the sale, look West. Just 30 minutes West of where you may be considering shopping for a new TV, washer, dryer, refrigerator, range, mattress or recliner, you’ll discover Plaza Electronics & Appliances in Athens, TN. Family owned and operated since 1988, Plaza has earned a reputation for unparalleled product knowledge, customer service, and outstanding service after the sale.

Unlike the big box stores, Plaza Electronics & Appliances services what they sell. Should you experience a problem with an item you’ve purchased, you’ll get results. Plaza has its own in-house parts department, service department and fleet of service and delivery vehicles. The big box stores have an 800 number that usually connects you to a third-party service company. That’s it!

And plaza stocks all of the major brands including:

> Amana
> Bosch
> Bose
> Broan
> Electrolux
> Frigidaire
> General Electric
> Hotpoint
> Jennair
> KitchenAid
> LG
> Maytag
> Miele
> Panasonic
> Samsung
> Sony
> Sub-Zero
> Tempur-Pedic
> Toshiba
> Whirlpool
> Wolf
> Yamaha
> And many more

So whether you need a new range or a complete gourmet kitchen, a new TV or a home theater, an in-car audio system, a new recliner, mattress or dozens of other items for your home, why not trust the family that thousands of East Tennessee families like yours have been trusting since 1988, Plaza Electronics & Appliances. “Only 30 minutes West of High Prices!”

Plaza Electronics & Appliances
1518 Decatur Pike
Athens, TN 37303

M -F 9am – 7pm
Sat 9am – 5pm
Closed Sunday


Closets by McKenry

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Designing Organized Spaces

Because we’re spending more time around the house nowadays, many Americans are learning to fully appreciate their homes. Our kitchens are once again a favorite family gathering place where we share our daily experiences. Our family rooms provide a much needed diversion from the world with gaming and new feature movies and old classics streaming on our widescreen televisions. And our beautifully landscaped patios and gardens offer the peace and tranquility that often eludes us with our hectic career and family schedules.

But despite these wonderful features of our homes that we are coming to enjoy more, you no doubt have become increasingly more focused on certain areas of your home that might have become a source of growing frustration for you. Are you going on a hunt to get dressed each morning?  Does your car even fit in the garage?  Do the doors stay closed in the laundry and pantry because the spaces just don’t work?

How can one family have accumulated so much “STUFF” you ask yourself? Well, the solution to your “STUFF” issues may be easier than you might expect: Closets by McKenry.

For nearly two decades, Closets by McKenry owner and founder, Chris McKenry, has helped homeowners from L.A. to Knoxville overcome their storage and organizational problems. And, more recently, Chris has been helping a growing number of professionals transition from their conventional office places to their new at-home offices that enable busy professionals like yourself to remain both productive and efficient.

Closets by McKenry is locally owned and independently operated and is not a franchise. Chris and his team remain nimble enough to respond to all the latest developments in the storage and organizational marketplace and yet large enough to source these innovative products from around the world. And because of  the industry relationships that Chris developed since 2000, Closets by McKenry is able to source everything you’ll need to create the perfect storage and organizational solutions for your home’s closets, garage, pantry, laundry, and home storage needs… and all at the best prices. 

Closets by McKenry uses the latest ClosetPro 3D software, a cloud-based system that allows your projects to be designed and visualized in your own home. They are also very proud to support their local and area business economy by being the exclusive Knoxville distributor for Sevierville-based Inspiration Home Closet Systems. 

Chris firmly believes that bringing order and organization to our surroundings can enhance our lives and reduce stress. He describes the number one mistake people make in their closets and storage spaces: “Not taking an extra minute to plan and think of their needs. It is not JUST a closet, or garage, or laundry. It is the place that affects your entire day.” 

Chris always asks many questions to make sure everything that needs a place has a place, and he loves bringing a smile to a client’s face.

“You have many choices when selecting a closet and storage company,” said Chris. “But what really successfully differentiates Closets by McKenry in the minds of our customers is our love in taking care of them and going that extra mile.”

The Process of Customizing Your Home is as Easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Consultation: Closets by McKenry is currently offering both in-home or virtual consultations, whichever the client is more comfortable with.  At that time we discuss your needs, goals, and measure the space.  

2. Review proposal: Closets by McKenry will sit down with you either in the showroom – while practicing social distancing and wearing a mask – or virtually to review the proposal and answer questions.  You will have a 3D rendering of your project, along with the total cost and timeline. You will see exactly what your new space will look like, and changes can be made at this time.  

3. Installation: Closets by McKenry’s experienced, friendly installation professionals will safely and quickly install your components – on your schedule – so you can begin enjoying the benefits of “organization by design” as soon as possible!

It’s as simple as that!

To learn how to become better organized and to overcome your frustrations with “STUFF,” give Chris a call today. Chris can also help you create that perfect work-at-home office space that will provide you with everything required to remain productive and efficient in our ever evolving world.


» 2010 – Best Closet Design winner at Los Angeles Organizing Awards
» 2019 – Best Closet Design – Interior Design Society – nationally recognized for Primary Closet at the Alzheimer’s Tennessee Designer Home and Garden Tour

Professional Associations:

» Interior Design Society of East Tennessee
» Association of Closet and Storage Professionals
» Closet Institute of America
» National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals
» Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce
» Knoxville Home Builders Association

The Closets by McKenry showroom is located at 201 Center Park Drive, Suite 1070, in Knoxville. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday by appointment only.  

Closets by McKenry
201 Center Park Drive
Suite 1070
Knoxville, TN 37922

Country Carpet & Flooring / Cabinets

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“Your One-Stop Destination for All Your Flooring & Cabinetry Needs”

In the flooring business for 43 years, Country Carpet & Flooring / Cabinets’ owner Rick Kleveno, learned the trade from the bottom up you might say, having first learned his profession as an installer and then as a flooring retailer. Rick and his team, which includes his wife, Kathy, and their daughter, Jennifer, have earned a well deserved reputation for honesty, integrity, quality, and value. Their knowledge of the wholesale flooring and cabinetry marketplaces allows them to secure the top brands you want at prices below those you’ll find in the big box stores, saving you money.

The types of flooring that you will discover in their retail showroom include:

> Luxury Vinyl Planks
> Luxury Sheet Vinyl
> Tile Flooring
> Engineered Hardwood Flooring
> Solid Hardwood Flooring
> Carpeting

Country Carpet & Flooring / Cabinets also offers several lines of custom, high-quality, all wood cabinets for your home. Customize your home’s cabinetry by selecting from a variety of styles, colors, stains, door styles and a wide selection of cabinet hardware. Country Carpet & Flooring offers complete Design, Build and Installation services providing you with a complete turnkey experience.

Your one-stop destination for all your flooring and cabinetry needs, trust the family that thousands of East Tennessee families and businesses have trusted for 43 years, Country Carpet & Flooring / Cabinets.

Country Carpet & Flooring / Cabinets
3107 Highway 411
(Across from Sequoyah High School)
Madisonville, TN 37354

WarrenJackson CPAs Announce Lenoir City Relocation

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WarrenJackson Certified Public Accountants, PLLC is excited to announce that on Monday, September 14, our Lenoir City office will be relocating to a new location. We are happy to share that we will remain a part of the downtown scene in the former Capstar Bank building at 705 East Broadway. We are very pleased at having not only a much better facility, but also a significant improvement in our parking situation!

Since our arrival in the Loudon County market in December 1997 – especially since our move in May 2004 to our present office located at 219 West Broadway in Lenoir City – our firm has experienced significant growth in the number of clients that we serve throughout Loudon County. In order to accommodate our present clients and prepare for future growth in the Greater Loudon County area, our partners felt it important that we find an office building that will enable us to meet those needs.

WarrenJackson is a product of the 2018 merger of Jackson and Runyan CPA, PLLC and Warren and Tallent CPA, PLLC. The two predecessor firms had a long history in Southeast Tennessee with Warren and Tallent having their start in 1962 and Jackson and Runyan dating back to 1984. WarrenJackson currently maintains offices in Athens, Sweetwater, and Madisonville, in addition to the Lenoir City location.

Our firm offers tax preparation services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates, and trusts. WarrenJackson also has a very active small business accounting department that includes payroll and monthly financial statement preparation, bill paying services, and QuickBooks consulting. We have a very active audit department and are one of few area firms that provide forensic accounting services. WarrenJackson is always open to tailoring our service offerings to meet your accounting needs.

WarrenJackson Certified Public Accountants, PLLC

606 South Main Street in Sweetwater

409 College Street in Madisonville

705 East Broadway Street in Lenoir City

206 N. Hill Street in Athens


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