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Why Settle for Less Than Service Excellence?

Monday, February 3rd, 2020 | Uncategorized | No Comments

By Kerry McDuffie, Owner of Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning

While no one can deliver perfection, at Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning, we deliver the next best thing: Excellence. That’s been our company’s motto for 35 years. We’ve invested in the training, education, and new, state-of-the-art technology and equipment, including many proprietary systems that we ourselves developed, to deliver a level of excellence that you might have thought no longer existed – whether we are cleaning your home’s carpeting or your valuable Oriental rugs.

How is it that we can make this statement? That’s because of my personal commitment to either perform or supervise 100% of all work performed by Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning. It’s also our unparalleled attention to every detail involved in washing your Oriental and area rugs and cleaning your home’s carpeting and upholstery.

For example, did you know that Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning only uses purified water when washing your rugs and cleaning carpeting? This is important because untreated tap water contains impurities, including trace chemicals, minerals, and chlorine, that can reduce the effectiveness of cleaning agents and remain behind as residue in your carpeting. This accumulation of impurities in your home’s rugs and carpeting prevent them from being as clean as they can be, which can result in a dull appearance on your carpeting and can actually shorten the life expectancy of rugs and carpets.

At Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning, all of our vehicles are equipped with water purification systems, and our proprietary Oriental and area rug washing boutique utilizes a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis system that delivers the purest water possible. After all, clean rugs and carpeting begin with clean water.

Discover what thousands of satisfied East Tennessee homeowners and business owners already know – Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning delivers excellence. To learn more, call 865-691-5686 or visit www.superiorofknoxville.com.

Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning

Parkview Senior Living

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Partnering with You to Maintain Your Independence Through Physical Fitness

It’s probably no surprise, but if you enjoy doing something, you’re more likely to stick with it. On the other side of that coin, variety is the spice of life. So, when it comes to remaining physically active in your golden years, a combination of both may be just what your doctor ordered.

As we age, there’s no question our bodies change, and what you need from a workout will evolve as well. A focus on strength building, remaining mobile, and improving balance typically becomes our preferred goal rather than high endurance, high impact workouts. Your bones and knees may no longer be able to handle exercises that involve running, jumping, and lunging. Knowing and listening to your body is key. 

Laura Weisberg, M.P.T. and owner of Forward Physical Therapy in West Knoxville, says there’s no reason that aging can’t be a journey full of adventure and a full life. 

“As a physical therapist with more than 20 years of experience, I believe that regular exercise is critical to the aging process,” said Laura. “It helps in maintaining balance to prevent falls, increase blood flow to the brain in order to fight cognitive decline, prevent diseases such as osteoporosis or cardiovascular diseases, and improve quality of sleep, energy levels, and to fight depression. There are many benefits, so I tell my patients to find what they love and keep moving!”

At Parkview Senior Living, we developed our communities knowing that living not only an independent lifestyle is a cornerstone to a rewarding retirement, but so is maintaining an active one. That’s why each of our communities includes a fitness center, where we provide state-of-the-art equipment, as well as organized classes that teach a variety of activities for all levels of physical fitness. 

Below are several great exercise practices that Parkview offers our residents. These all put minimal stress on bones and joints and are fun to boot. As always, check with your doctor prior to starting any exercise regimen.

1. Resistance Band Training – Parkview’s fitness centers have an array of resistance bands available for use. Bands work your muscles using little resistance and allow you to work your way up to harder resistance without having to buy expensive equipment.

2. Weight Training – Don’t panic! You don’t have to start bench pressing lots of weight to get healthy muscles and gain overall tone. Start with the smallest amount of weight dumbbell and increase weight when you feel comfortable. You can also do bodyweight exercise that are very simple like chair squats, wall pushups, stair climbing, and the bird dog. All that’s required is a little floor space, your own bodyweight, and possibly a chair or table to get started. 

3. Yoga – Yoga has become popular with seniors, primarily because it is flexible to adapt the practice to fit your individual needs. Yoga combines physical poses with mindfulness, breathing techniques, and meditation so it can benefit you in many ways: 

» Improves strength, flexibility, and endurance
» Lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease
» Prevents falls by improving balance
» Manages arthritis, pain, and inflammation
» Improves sleep quality
» Facilitates the grieving process
» Manages depression and anxiety

4. Tai Chi – This ancient Chinese martial art is a discipline that involves the mind, breath, and motion. It is wonderful for seniors because it helps with muscle strengthening and increasing flexibility, both of which help with balance.

And let’s not forget walking! Each Parkview community has a lovely walking trail, which encourages our residents to keep moving and enjoy the beauty of not only their new home, but also our glorious East Tennessee surroundings and seasonal delights.  

Walking is something most of us do every day anyway, so why not do just a little more of it, but with intent! Experts recommend most people take at least 10,000 steps per day. That may sound hugely overwhelming, but you don’t have to start out at 10,000 right out the gate. What you do have to do is put one foot in front of the other. Any amount of walking is great and can impact your health in a positive way. Most smartphones have built-in apps that will keep track of your steps for you. So grab your headphones, listen to a podcast or your favorite music, grab your walking buddy, human, or furry, and off you go! 

At Parkview Senior Living, caring for and encouraging our residents to live their lives to the fullest is what we believe in and care about. We invite you to discover the Parkview Senior Living difference for yourself by scheduling your personal tour today.

Parkview Senior Living

770 Broome Road
Knoxville, TN 37909

1413 W. Broadway
Maryville, TN 37801

Emory Road & Tullahoma, TN


Lily Pad Adds Online Boutique

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In the ever-changing world of new technology, we are so excited to announce our newest venture… online shopping!  

I couldn’t be more pleased to have my granddaughter, Ivy, join our team as our digital brand manager!  After graduating from East Tennessee State University with a degree in Mass Communication and Entrepreneurship, Ivy came to us in 2018 fully prepared to take on her new role in launching our online boutique – www.lilypadboutiqueonline.com. It’s an additional way to reach our customer base, many of whom live all across the country.  

We opened our brick and mortar store in 1978 (42 years ago… where did the time go?) and have developed quite a following.  So now our friends from far and wide can shop with us anywhere, anytime!

Having the same passion and love for the business as I do, Ivy is a perfect fit, and it pleases me beyond measure to spend my days at The Lily Pad Boutique with my granddaughter. How blessed and fortunate I am that she’s beside me to learn the business aspect, as well as the fashion and fun!  We are learning from her as well… all the ins and outs of online marketing and social media!

Stop by our Sweetwater location and meet Ivy or visit us online at www.lilypadboutiqueonline.com.

Happy shopping – both online and in person!

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

Discipleship at First Baptist Church of Tellico Village

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Beginning January 22, First Baptist Church of Tellico Village embarked on a series of Discipleship Classes that runs through March 4.  These classes are topical, short term, small group Bible Studies that meet on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5 pm.  The studies vary in length from four to eight weeks, and each class is made up of eight to 15 participants who have committed to completing the study preparation material each week.   

The following five classes are featured for the Winter Session:

Overcomer: This five-week study draws from the film Overcomer to examine how we determine our identity and how we can find our true identity in Christ.

God’s Grace Through Dementia: This four-week study not only looks at dementia, but serves as a support group for caregivers of dementia patients.

Redeemed, Grace to Live Every Day Better than Before: This seven-week Ladies’ Bible Study explores the practical side of redemption, inviting us to lean upon Jesus for our real help and hope.  

Taking God at His Word: This eight-week Bible Study teaches what the Bible means for us – that it is knowable, necessary, and enough.

Jesus Among Secular Gods: In this six-week study, participants will learn to challenge the popular and trending philosophies of the day, pointing out the fallacies in their claims and presenting compelling evidence for absolute truth as found in Scripture.

Although these classes are currently ongoing, a new series is set for spring.  For more information about these or future classes, contact Pastor Kem Lindsay at 704-913-6543 or Dave Slaughter at 423-351-4868.

First Baptist Church of Tellico Village
205 Chota Road

truSculpting: Revolutionary, Non-Surgical Body Sculpting and Contouring

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A former Farragut High School graduate, Kevin Buchanan, MD, is well known to many area residents and more than just a few of his former classmates that are now patients at his Farragut Family Practice. Specializing in Family Practice Medicine, Dr. Buchanan and his team have earned a reputation as compassionate and caring medical professionals dedicated to the well-being of their patients. 

As is so often the case with today’s advances in medical technology, new technologies emerge that allow physicians to offer new services to their patients that were unavailable just a few short years ago. One new technology available today that a growing number of patients are taking advantage of is truSculpting, an innovative, non-surgical treatment that helps to contour your body regardless of your shape or fitness level. truSculpting can produce impressive results in as few as four 45-minute treatments and with no downtime, allowing patients to significantly eliminate fat in stubborn areas around their abdomen and flanks, where no amount of exercise and dieting succeeds.

Perhaps the most remarkable outcome from the truSculpting experience extends far beyond just your enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence. It also encourages many patients to focus on their overall well-being, including proper nutrition and exercise, which can lead to a more fulfilling life and greater longevity.

In this issue of Mountain Views, Dr. Buchanan and his team will share with our readers the many benefits of truSculpting and answer some of the most commonly asked questions from patients.

MV: Briefly describe how truSculpting can benefit our readers.

Dr. Buchanan: truSculpting treatments have been clinically proven to safely, effectively, and permanently eliminate body fat in stubborn areas by up to 24% while also tightening the skin. Treatments are safe, producing quick results in most patients – usually within 12 weeks. Patients experience little discomfort with no downtime. TruSculpting patients also report improved self-esteem, confidence, and better fitting clothes. And, best of all, no one will ever know that you had the treatment performed.

MV: There are other similar systems available that promise to reduce or eliminate stubborn fat cells. Just how does truSculpting work?

Dr. Buchanan: truSculpting uses an innovative monopolar radiofrequency technology to selectively target fat tissue and therapeutically heat it – until it’s eliminated and passed through the body naturally. Treatments are clinically proven safe and effective to get rid of stubborn fat cells. Many patients compare truSculpting treatments to a hot stone massage.

MV: Why did you select truSculpting instead of the alternative systems that are available?

Dr. Buchanan: We chose truSculpting for a variety of reasons but, in particular, because of its ability to tighten and improve skin tone, as well as to eliminate stubborn fat cells. Also, truSculpting is usually less expensive.

MV: I imagine that patients enjoy the peace of mind that comes from the fact that their truSculpting treatments actually take place in a medical physician’s facility.

Dr. Buchanan: Yes. As with any treatment, patients often have some level of apprehension. Patients seem to experience a peace of mind from knowing that we have a medical provider on site. 

MV: Patients express excitement about their clothes fitting better after treatment. Describe your patients’ newfound self-confidence.

Dr. Buchanan: Patients share with us their excitement in fitting into clothing that they haven’t worn in years, especially their skinny jeans. We have had several women tell us that they will now wear sleeveless shirts after receiving treatments on their arms, which both eliminated stubborn fat and tightened their skin.

MV: Describe how truSculpting can reduce cellulite.

Dr. Buchanan: Many truSculpting patients have reported that in addition to the elimination of stubborn fat cells, they have also observed a reduction in the appearance of cellulite.

MV: truSculpting can also tighten saggy skin. Explain.

Dr. Buchanan: Unlike alternative sculpting treatments that use cold to eliminate fat cells, the gentle heat generated by truSculpting can actually help to tighten the skin by reducing saggy skin. This tightening of the skin is a major advantage over other treatments.

MV: We’ve also learned that patients often seek treatment as couples, groups of friends, sisters, and mother/daughters.

Dr. Buchanan: That’s correct. Much to our surprise, we have hosted several treatment “parties.” It has helped lessen the minor apprehension that some people may experience with the treatment. Aside from that, patients seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves. We encourage friends and family to encourage and support each other with these treatments. You have our assurance that we will do everything in our power to make this a memorable event for everyone involved. 

MV: What are some of the most commonly asked questions raised by new patients considering truSculpting, and how do you respond?

Dr. Buchanan: The most common questions we get are: Does it hurt? And does this really work? 

truSculpting treatments do not hurt. During the treatment, the temperature of your skin will rise but will remain comfortable. There may be some slight discomfort, but truSculpting is effective, safe, and the results are even and consistent. Treatments can be compared to having a hot stone massage. 

It absolutely works! You do have to make sure you are drinking 64 ounces of water a day to be able to flush out the eliminated fat cells from your system. You should also continue your diet and exercise plan to maximize your treatment benefits.

MV: How has truSculpting encouraged your patients to improve their overall lifestyle?

Dr. Buchanan: They have gained more self-confidence from looking better and feeling better, which further motivates patients to eat more healthy and exercise more regularly. Patients seem to take a greater interest in their overall health, which we find encouraging.

MV: What is the best way for our readers to learn more about your family medicine practice and truSculpting?

Dr. Buchanan: Call Ashley at 865-675-1593, ext. 224 for more information or to set up your free consultation appointment. 

MV: In closing, is there anything else you would like to add?

Dr. Buchanan: We have been performing truSculpting procedures for almost two years with excellent results. Most clients have seen improvement in hard-to-treat areas that dieting and exercise don’t seem to help, particularly the abdomen and flanks. It has also been personally exciting to observe the improved sense of self-esteem and self-confidence on the part of our patients, which frequently encourages them to make other healthier lifestyle choices.

Farragut Family Practice
11130 Kingston Pike, Suite 7
Knoxville, TN 37934

Consider Time Honored Antiques as Gifts for Every Occasion

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As a result of her frequent travels throughout the south and northeast in search of unique antiques, vintage items, and a wide selection of gifts, Cones Cupboard Antiques founder and owner, Peggy Cones, offers discriminating shoppers the opportunity to shop for exciting new items that would make wonderful additions to your home or a treasured gift for a close friend or loved one this Valentine’s Day.  Unlike gifts from one of the “big box” stores, many of the items offered by Cones Cupboard Antiques are unique, one-of-a-kind items that have been cherished by families for generations and that are destined to become part of your family’s future for many generations to come as well.

In addition to their intrinsic value, antiques will take on even greater value in the future as your family, and generations to come, share your time honored treasure. No matter what the gift giving occasion, why not select a gift from the past that will create its own history in the future as it is shared with family members and future generations?

Even if your immediate interest is not antiques, why not discover the perfect gift from Cones Cupboard Antiques’ large selection of alternative vintage and gifts items, including hand-crafted candles, glassware, china, silver, collectibles, and more?

With Valentine’s Day just a couple of days away, a visit to West End Antique Mall may help you discover that just-so-perfect gift for that loved one in your life that will be remembered for many years to come.

Cones Cupboard Antiques at West End Antique Mall
7200 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

Do You Have a Story?

Monday, January 6th, 2020 | Uncategorized | No Comments

By Yvonne Marsh, CFP®, CPA

My clients’ stories just keep coming: A couple from church running through their life savings, a husband with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, a dad suffering a debilitating stroke.  The one thing they all have in common is that no one had long-term care protection. Now they just hope their life savings don’t run out paying for the huge health care costs Medicare doesn’t cover.  In the work I do, this is the defining issue for today’s generation of retirees.  So let’s face these costs head-on and make informed decisions!

In Knoxville, assisted living costs more than $3,600/month and full skilled care is more than $7,000/month, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Layering that cost on top of most Americans’ retirement savings is not a realistic option.  Even if you have the means to pay for it yourself, you need to consider:

» Taxes: When you withdraw money from your retirement account to pay for care, you also have to pay the tax on that withdrawal.  If you’re in the 22% tax bracket, you’d have to withdraw $4,615/month to cover the tax and the $3,600/month assisted living cost.  You’d have to withdraw $8,975/month to pay the tax and the $7,000/month full skilled care cost.  

» Medicare Part B and Part D premiums are based on taxable income.  All of those extra taxable withdrawals can force you into paying more for Medicare.  

» Timing: What if the stock market has taken a downturn at the same time you need to pay for care costs?  Having to “sell low” can severely limit how long your money will last.

» Income needs: You may already be using your retirement assets for monthly income.  Selling those assets to pay for care will reduce your monthly income sources.

» Legacy: Perhaps you wanted to leave your hard-earned savings to your grandkids instead of paying it out to a health care agency.  

If you don’t want to spin the roulette wheel of good health, let us help you weigh your options. Protecting your assets from the unknown is just prudent financial planning.

We are hosting small group gatherings where we will discuss the book by Peter Stahl, Top of the First; The Convergence of Health Care and Financial Planning.  You’ll learn how to protect yourself and your family, plus take home a book to keep.  Space is limited, so call today.   

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.

Happy New Year and Happy Savings!

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January is a great time to reassess your winter wardrobe. There is finally time to go through all of the pieces hanging in your closet that haven’t been worn yet this year and either donate them or take them to your nearest consignment shop. Whichever you choose, you’ve begun the process of updating your own winter wardrobe while selections are still great and on sale!

At The Lily Pad, our sales are huge semi-annual events which take place in January and July. Our winter merchandise is now 25% off, and on Saturday, January 18th, at 10:00 am, every piece that’s left goes to 50% off! We’ve found this method to be quite effective to not only clear out the store, but also to pass tremendous savings on to our customers.

As the winter merchandise goes on sale, our “La Sale Boutique” (the big room in the rear of the store) goes to 70% off! Thus, the clearing out begins as we ready ourselves and the store for a brand new season! Spring fashions have been ordered, new, fresh looks are arriving and the holiday decorations have been put away for another year.

We’ll look forward to seeing so many of our customers and friends during our unbelievable sale days. If you’ve ever spent a day at Filene’s Basement in Boston, The Lily Pad is almost as wild on the first days of our sale! Plan to spend some time with us as you visit with friends and neighbors, every arm loaded with bargains and having the time of our lives! What a fun day during a not-so-fun month… it’s a social event you won’t want to miss!

At The Lily Pad, we reflect on how blessed we have been this year to again be a part of your lives. We truly appreciate the vote of confidence you place in us to be your fashion headquarters! Our most sincere wishes from the entire Lily Pad staff for a happy and healthy 2020!

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

Discover Winter at Iron Works Grille on The River

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Named after an important local historical site located less than 100 yards from the restaurant, the Tellico Iron Company, which manufactured munitions for the Confederate Army during the Civil War, was also an important center of Cherokee culture.

Rich in history and natural beauty, Iron Works Grille on The River, located on the shore of the Tellico River in nearby Tellico Plains, is a very special place to experience the magic of a Tennessee winter. From the picturesque mist shrouded Smoky Mountains to the rapids of the Tellico River and Bald River Falls, Iron Works Grille guests are treated to both the best nature has to offer and a great dining experience.

“We invite you to savor our gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and salads while enjoying our more than 300 feet of pristine and serene Tellico River shoreline,” said Mary Spencer, Iron Works Grille co-owner. “Also, be sure to ask about our now-famous and original bacon wrapped Wickles Pickles and homemade pork rinds, which are available in five flavors with our very own homemade ranch-style dressing. You’ll also want sample our extensive selection of on-tap craft beers and wines. We are also very proud to be the recipient of the Taste of Monroe’s ‘Best Overall Restaurant’ Award in Monroe County for 2019.”

Iron Works Grille is also a great venue to enjoy your favorite sporting events that are featured in their indoor and covered outdoor areas on their new widescreen TVs and surround sound systems. Be sure to ask about their $1.99 Thursday nights kids specials and 6 pm piñata, in addition to live music on most weekends featuring local artists. 

Planning a special event? Ask Iron Works Grille’s events coordinator, Kayla Cummings, just how they can help. Their venue is large enough to host a variety of events, including wedding rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and beer/wine pairing dinners – you name it.

Also during your visit, be sure to check out their gift shop, which features local crafts and Iron Works Grille tees and hats to help you remember your incredible day of relaxation on the river.

Why not plan a day’s long visit to Iron Works Grille on the River in Tellico Plains? Enjoy the very best of nature, the area’s rich history, and an extra large portion of their very best Southern hospitality. Discover “The Rhythm of the Smokies,” the rapids on the Tellico River, historical Tellico Plains, award-winning food, and great companionship.

Iron Works Grille on The River
1641 Cherohala Skyway
Tellico Plains, TN 37385

For Your Health’s Sake, Select a Single Family Pharmacy in 2020

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By Ellen Phillips, PharmD

Older adults represent approximately 12% of our entire population yet consume more than one-third of all prescription medications, visiting their community pharmacy twice monthly on average. It is further estimated that nearly a third of these seniors use multiple pharmacies.

There may be a variety of reasons that many older Americans are using more than one pharmacy. Oftentimes their physician, when filling a prescription, may direct a patient to a particular pharmacy. Perhaps it’s a matter of convenience or a new patient incentive, but using multiple pharmacies is fraught with potential danger to not only seniors, but to others as well.

Most people who fill prescriptions may be unaware that there is no nationwide database that informs your pharmacists of every medication that you are taking, which could result in a potentially dangerous interaction. Even your physician may be unaware of the medications that your other healthcare providers may have previously prescribed for you. If your doctor is unaware of all the medications you take, the effects of your new medication may be altered by a medication that you are already taking but that your prescribing physician may be unaware of.

When you have more than one prescription to be filled, getting them all at one pharmacy is not only more convenient, but it is far safer too, lowering the risk of negative drug interactions. A single pharmacy, on the other hand, can result in better and more regular communication between yourself and your pharmacist, which can improve medication adherence, the understanding of the benefits and possible side effects of the prescription drugs prescribed, and minimize the confusion related to medication management.

The use of a single pharmacy provides you with the opportunity to engage with a trusted pharmacist. It will allow you to experience the highest level of personalized care available. 

At believeRX, we monitor the potentially harmful drug interactions and can suggest safer alternatives. And by being aware of your personal health issues, we can evaluate whether your current medications are in fact working effectively. The use of a single pharmacy may also help you feel more comfortable when asking questions about your medications and health issues, including allergies, which can prevent possible complications. A single pharmacy can also save you both time and money by searching for less expensive, yet safe and effective options.

At believeRX, we maintain your complete medication record, including over-the-counter medications, providing you a single, complete source for all your medications, reducing the potential for a dosage error. We also send you friendly reminders when you’re due for a refill.

believeRX is completely committed to improving the overall health of every member of your family and is equally committed to serving our senior community. And while generic drugs may help you to save money, there shouldn’t be anything generic about your selection of a pharmacy. Choose your pharmacy professionals as carefully as you select your other healthcare professionals. Select one that you can trust and then make them an important part of your total healthcare team.

Discover the difference that believeRX can make in every member of your family and a new level of compassionate caring that you may have thought no longer existed in today’s often generic medical marketplace.

believeRX… “Raising the Bar in Pharmacy”

9627 Countryside Center Lane
Knoxville, TN 37931

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