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Introducing truSculpt® 3D

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East TN Mountain ViewsA New Dimension in Body Sculpting

You’re watching what you eat, you’re staying active, but you’re still unhappy with your body shape.  Sound familiar?  That stubborn problem area on your waistline can be annoyingly resistant to diet and exercise.  That’s where the truSculpt® 3D procedure can help.  Developed by Cutera, the global pioneer in performance and innovation within the cosmetic and aesthetic laser device field, the non-invasive, truSculpt® 3D procedure can help you sculpt your body by quickly and easily targeting both large and small problem areas.

We recently interviewed J. Kevin Buchanan, MD, Knoxville area’s family practice physician and truSculpt® 3D practitioner, to discover just how this revolutionary, new, state-of-the-art medical breakthrough can help patients treat those problem areas around their midsections.

MV: Dr. Buchanan, truSculpt® 3D uses radio frequency technology to help decrease circumference and diminish fat in patients.  Tell our readers just how this technology works.

Dr. Buchanan: truSculpt® 3D uses conductive radio frequency to achieve selective and effective disruption of the subcutaneous fat tissue, the fat that lies directly beneath the skin, while maintaining comfortable surface temperatures.

MV: Just how safe is truSculpt® 3D?

Dr. Buchanan: truSculpt® 3D, which is FDA cleared, is a safe, non-invasive body sculpting technology, where the temperature of the skin and subcutaneous tissue are maintained at comfortable levels while consistently achieving the best results.

MV: How quickly will clients see visible results?

Dr. Buchanan: Visible results can usually be seen as soon 6 to 12 weeks, with maximum benefits at 12 weeks.  Some clients report seeing results in as little as 4 to 6 weeks.

MV: How much fat thickness reduction will patients experience? 

Dr. Buchanan: Clients can expect fat reduction of targeted areas of up to 24%.

MV: Is it possible to treat more than one problem area per session?

Dr. Buchanan: Yes, it is possible to treat multiple areas in a single session, including the neck, upper arms, abdomen and flanks, back, and thighs. 

MV: Should clients experience any discomfort or downtime after the procedure?

Dr. Buchanan: Some clients may experience some redness of the skin that typically resolves itself in 8 to 12 hours. Others report soreness of the treatment area that may last for a few days. There is no restriction on activity following the procedure. 

MV: Treatments are administered by an NP or medical assistant under your personal supervision, correct? 

Dr. Buchanan: We have a nurse practitioner, two medical assistants, and myself who are all trained and certified to perform the truSculpt® 3D procedure. 

MV: How can our readers who are interested learn more about the truSculpt® 3D?  What is the best way to reach you?

Dr. Buchanan: Call Ashley Burchfield at 865-675-1953 ext. 224 for more information or to schedule a free consultation or visit www.tru3dbody.com. 

Farragut Family Practice
A Division of Summit Medical Group
11130 Kingston Pike, Suite 7
Knoxville, TN 37934

3 Million Reasons

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Why 3 million reasons? That’s the total amount of money, $3 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 50% off Art Sale for one week only August 7th through 11th. We will feature pictures, frames, and mirrors… a marvelous collection at half off our already bargain prices.

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. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/goodneighborsshoppe.

Good Neighbors Shoppe
420 Leeper Parkway in Lenoir City

Your Biggest Financial Threat in Retirement Might Surprise You

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By Yvonne Marsh, CFP®, CPA

While most retirees worry about stock market downturns, an even bigger financial threat is an unexpected health event that Medicare doesn’t cover.  The average cost of home health care and assisted living is more than $40,000/year and a full-skilled care facility is more than $70,000/year.  This retirement planning decision is truly a family one – if you don’t make plans to cover these costs, the burden falls to your adult children, who are trying to save for their own retirement and their kids’ education. That is not a scenario anyone wishes for their children!

Several options exist to pay for home health and long-term care costs:

1. Self-insure and rely on family members
Pros: If you never need long-term care, you haven’t spent money on unnecessary premiums.
Cons: A couple’s funds can be depleted providing care for the first spouse, leaving the second spouse with few options.  Additionally, the psychological and physical toll on the caregiving spouse is significant.  

2. Let my money run out and rely on the government
Pros: Minimal cost.
Cons: Medicaid requires you to be impoverished and gives you little control over the facility in which you will live.  It does not cover home health or assisted living.

3. Use traditional long term care insurance
Pros: Annual premiums provide insurance benefits for a variety of home health, assisted living, and skilled facilities.
Cons: Premiums do increase over time, and it has the “use it or lose it” stigma of paying for something you may never use.

4. Asset-based long term care insurance
Pros: This is, by far, my favorite option.  It allows you to reposition a portion of your savings into a type of life policy that provides a multiplied amount of your investment, tax-free, if you need long-term care.  And there is no “use it or lose it” – your investment simply turns into an inheritance for your heirs, or you can even cancel the policy and request your money back. 
Cons:  Need to have the necessary investment minimum of $35,000 already saved, though a 10-year payment plan is available.

There is even insurance available for people who already need long-term care and are afraid they will run out of money.  As a financial planner, my job is to protect my clients’ financial lives. Get started today – call my office to schedule a complimentary conversation. Your family will thank you.

Marsh Wealth Management, LLC
1341 Branton Blvd, Suite 105
Knoxville, TN 37922

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.

August is Your Month for Fashion Transition & UT Fashion Show

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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 autumn home décor items and florals, but also in our women’s fashions and accessories, including jewelry, scarves, handbags, purses, and much more.

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. Also, 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 Annual UT Fashion Show and tailgate luncheon on Monday, August 27, at 11:30 am in Sweetwater Flower Shop’s very own in-boutique restaurant, Upstairs at The Mansion.  This event always kicks off our UT football season, which begins on September 1 when UT plays West Virginia. Our special football menu will include all your favorite tailgate cuisine items, including pulled pork, slaw, homemade barbeque sauce, potato salad, pasta salad, mini cupcakes, and drinks – all for just $15 per person. This is a really fun event that sells out quickly, so make your reservations by calling 423-371-4100 as soon as possible to be guaranteed a seat. Call all your girlfriends and make this a “girl’s day out” event.  You’ll be thrilled with all the fun food and latest styles in UT fashions that we have in store for you.  

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 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

Amish Excellence: You Imagine, We Guide

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East TN Mountain ViewsBy Angie Carroll, Owner of Amish Excellence

Customer order is our specialty at Amish Excellence. Whether you’re in the market for dining, bedroom, or home office furniture, here you will discover endless possibilities. We offer Amish hand-crafted solid hardwood furniture. No veneers, laminates, pressboard, or imports.

The process for creating beautiful custom furniture for your home is easy. With so many options available, it may seem overwhelming, but our design team will help by listening to your needs and preferences and offering suggestions. Let your imagination be your inspiration.

The first step is simply to visit the design showroom, where you will find examples of various American hardwood species, dozens of options in finishing, and beautiful fabric and leather selections. You don’t have to settle for one-size-fits-all, factory-made furniture that is imported from China, Vietnam, Brazil, and Africa. It’s important to buy American hardwoods for several reasons. One of the most important being that the wood and other materials are not treated with pesticides and other chemicals that continue to emit toxins into your home long after you made the purchase. Amish furniture is made from domestic hardwoods such as maple, cherry, oak, and hickory. By the way, pine and poplar are not considered hardwoods; therefore, these woods aren’t used to make fine Amish-built furniture.

When you come into Amish Excellence, bring photos and dimensions of your space. If you have favorite styles, we’d like to hear about those as well. Chances are that we can build exactly what you desire and help you determine what you want if you simply aren’t certain.

Our team will help you create individual masterpieces that will become the center of attention in every room in your home. We’ll help you determine style, dimensions, wood species, stains, and finishes, as well as leather and fabric choices.

Our furniture prices are competitive, often lower than big stores offering furniture that is of lesser quality and craftsmanship. Additionally, the choices available at Amish Excellence are limitless. When working with a limited budget, start with one piece and add to it whenever you like. For example, buy the bed and add a dresser in the next few months. Most factories will discontinue styles after a period of time. You’ll be able to add more pieces of furniture for many years.

As mentioned earlier, buying American products is important. Even more important is to support local small businesses. Here, you have someone locally you know will help if there’s ever any question or problem with your purchase. Placing orders for groceries or clothing online may be ok for some, but it’s rarely a good idea to make a significant purchase such as furniture online.

We encourage you to visit Amish Excellence to explore the many possibilities in custom furniture. Carefully hand-crafted. Beautifully American.

Amish Excellence
613 N. Campbell Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37934

Cones Cupboard Antiques in Historic Downtown Sweetwater

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By Peggy Cones, Owner of Cones Cupboard Antiques

Located in the heart of historic downtown Sweetwater, Cones Cupboard Antiques offers shoppers an eclectic mix of antique and vintage furniture, glassware, collectibles, and gifts for all occasions.  

Looking for a great and novel gift idea?  Check out our special doormats from Sassafras to warmly welcome guests to your home. A beautiful addition to every home, these slip-resistant outdoor doormats greet guests with a variety of themed messages that you can select from.  Simply place your mat at your front door and place your customized insert into the tray.  Select from monogrammed inserts or choose from our large selection of holiday and seasonal messages.  These attractive yet durable mats offer a welcome change from the dull and dreary mats typically found at the entrances our homes.  So why not get your guests into the spirit of your special occasion or season the moment they enter your home?

Also, be sure to check out our other unique gift items as well, including hand-crafted candles, seasonal ornaments, garden flags, collectibles, vintage and antique glassware and china, darling clothing for infants, and much more. You will also discover a wide assortment of antique furniture pieces, sterling silver, and home decor items, too.

For more than 25 years, Cones Cupboard Antiques has been the home to both antique aficionados and those exploring the fascinating world of antiques for the very first time.  Every item in my store has been personally selected by me during my frequent buying trips throughout the United States. 

So plan a trip to historic downtown Sweetwater and immerse yourself into the fascinating world of antiques and vintage items, in addition to our large selection of unique gifts for all occasions that you simply won’t find at the “big box” stores.  

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

Beyond Reading, Writing & Arithmetic

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The three Rs known to all of us as the foundation of a successful education for youngsters, we at the Good Neighbors Shoppe in conveniently located Lenoir City have added a fourth R: Resource.

Since our launch in 2001, and following the inspiration and vision of our founders, Gene and Roberta Burwell, the Good Neighbors Shoppe has provided more than $3 million in financial donations to Loudon County organizations – many of which are focused on education and students.  Believing that our children represent the future of our nation, we believe it is necessary to contribute to their potential for success.  That’s why we have and continue to support numerous worthwhile organizations dedicated to the education and welfare of our kids, including:

» School grants
» Scholarships
» Boys & Girls Club of Loudon County
» Children’s Advocacy Center
» Loudon County Education Foundation
» Weekend Food For Kids
» Young Life
» Technology Access Project
» Lenoir City Graduation Project
» Loudon County Health Improvement Council
» Backpack Project

We are proud of our contributions to not only these special organizations that have had such a positive impact on our area young people, but the Good Neighbors Shoppe also helps in other ways as well.  Parents of school-age children appreciate our kids’ apparel area, where mom and dad can dress their youngsters for school at just a fraction of the cost of the “big box” clothing stores.  And these savings really add up when you consider just how fast kids grow.

To our area youngsters, their parents, and all of the organizations that serve them, thank you for allowing us to help you help our kids.  And to all of our donors and hundreds of volunteers, a special thank you for helping the Good Neighbors Shoppe make a difference in the lives and the futures of the young people throughout Loudon County. 

Good Neighbors Shoppe
420 Leeper Parkway in Lenoir City

Q&A from Our Financial Transitions e-Mailbag

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By Yvonne Marsh, CFP®, CPA

Question: Can I contribute to a Health Savings Account if my wife is on Medicare but I’m still working?

Answer: You must be enrolled in a high-deductible health plan as a requirement to fund an HSA.  Then yes, you can contribute up to $3,450 as an individual, plus an extra $1,000 assuming you are over age 55.  The tax benefits of an HSA are triple: The contribution is tax deductible, the growth is tax-deferred, and the withdrawals are tax-free for qualified medical expenses.  Pretty hard to beat!

Question: I’m divorced after 22 years of marriage and want to retire next year when I’m 65. Can I claim Social Security under my ex-husband’s benefit and let mine keep growing until I’m 70?

Answer: If you claim SS before your “full retirement age,” which for you is age 66, then the government looks at all of the benefits for which you are eligible – your ex-spousal benefit versus your own benefit – and gives you the greater of the two payments.  However, if you were age 62 coming into 2016, and waited to retire until age 66, you would be in the grandfathered group that could claim an ex-spousal benefit and let your own keep growing. That option isn’t available for people not age 62 by January 1, 2016. 

Question: The markets are making me nervous.  Do you have any tips on how to time the market to avoid losses?  

Answer: A better answer is to have a well-diversified portfolio that matches your personal tolerance for risk.  Owning some mix of stocks versus bonds, spread across all sectors of the U.S. and international markets, will give you peace of mind to ride out market volatility.  Tune out the daily noise, keep costs down, set realistic expectations, and you’ll be able to weather the short-term volatility.  

Have Questions?  Send your financial questions to me at questions@marshpros.com, and I will review your question for possible inclusion in a future column. 

Marsh Wealth Management, LLC
1341 Branton Blvd, Suite 105
Knoxville, TN 37922

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.

Upcoming Comedy The Dixie Swim Club Marks 100th Tellico Players Production

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East TN Mountain ViewsTickets are on sale for the Tellico Community Players’ July production of The Dixie Swim Club, a hilarious and touching comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten.  The play marks the 100th production by the Players since the group formed 28 years ago.  In commemoration of the 100th milestone, the Players will award a pair of season tickets for the group’s 2019 productions to one of the playgoers.

Play dates are Thursday through Saturday, July 12-14, and Thursday through Sunday, July 19-22, at the Tellico Community Playhouse, located at 304 Lakeside Plaza in Tellico Village.  Tickets cost $21 and are available online at www.tellicocommunityplayhouse.org.

The Dixie Swim Club is all about five unforgettable southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team.  They set aside a weekend each August to recharge their relationships at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  There, free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives. The play focuses on four of those special weekends, spanning a period of 33 years.  James Fisher is directing, and Betty Ann Sterner is the show’s producer.

The Cast

Jo Beliles will play Sheree Hollinger, the spunky team captain who desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life and continues to be the group leader.

Judie Douglas appears as Dinah Grayson, a wisecracking overachiever.  She’s a career dynamo, whose victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life.

Cindy Archer is Lexie Richards, a pampered and outspoken woman determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible.  She enjoys being married over and over again.

Barbara Kistler-Martin will play Vernadette Simms, a self-deprecating acerbic woman acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, who has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos.

Geri Denny appears as Jeri Neal McFeeley.  Sweet and eager to please, she experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise.

The Players’ first production was the melodrama Dirty Work Afoot in September 1990.  They performed the play again in October 1998.  Early Players performances were staged in the lower level of the Tellico Village Yacht Club and at various other venues.  The current Playhouse opened in October 2014 with the comedy Red Velvet Cake Wars.

Summer Sale-A-Bration

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East TN Mountain Views25% Off Now in Progress… 50% Off Begins July 21

As the temperature goes up, The Lily Pad prices go down! All summer merchandise is now 25% off, leading up to our HUGE semi-annual 50% off sale beginning Saturday, July 21, at 10 am.

As most of you know, this day has become quite a great social event! You’ll see lots of your friends and neighbors, all having fun and assisting each other find bargains galore!

To prepare for this major event, beginning July 1st, the entire “LaSale Boutique” (the large room in the rear of the store) goes to 70% off, clearing the way for the next season!

Shop our great selections of cotton gauze, now the most popular items we carry during the sweltering summer heat. These lines never go on sale as they’ve become staples year-round per customer request! Many new styles and colors are arriving daily, so visit our website or the store to check these lines out… unbelievable comfort, quality and design! Funky and fun, these styles take you anywhere!

Remember to mark July 21st on your calendar… it’s a day we look forward to… seeing so many of our Lily Pad friends on one day, enjoying yourselves and looking for your Lily Pad finds! You may want to come in ahead of time, try on and make your list so you’ll know what to hurry in for on the morning of the sale! We look forward, as you do, to this fabulous event!

There’s no way to clear the store of summer stock in one day, so if you prefer to shop when it isn’t so crowded, plan to come to Sweetwater in the following days and make it a leisurely day to shop and dine. The merchandise remains at half price until it’s gone! We’ll look forward to seeing you when we open the doors promptly at 10 am on Saturday, July 21st!

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

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