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Vonore, TN 37885

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Amish Excellence

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Higher Quality, Better Selection, Reasonably Priced

East TN Mountain Views

This year marks a number of milestones for Amish Excellence. We marked our first anniversary, the more than doubling in size of our retail showroom, and our first time participating in the Parade of Homes.  Let me begin by thanking each and every one of you for your support and encouragement.  Our success would not have been possible without you.  We would also like to express our appreciation to Weaver Homes Company for extending us an invitation to participate in this year’s Parade of Homes.  Frequent visitors to past Parade of Homes, this was our first ever invitation to participate as a vendor.

We invested a great deal of time selecting just the right furniture items to display at this year’s Parade of Homes.  We visited a number of our Amish craftsmen and toured a regional Amish furniture show, which was one of the largest in the country.  We even hosted more than 70 Amish craftsmen and their families to a special event for the purpose of exchanging ideas, learning new and exciting changes, and to continue to strengthen friendships.

We never cease to be amazed at the creativity of our craftsmen.  The concept on the part of so many consumers that Amish furniture is limited to craftsman style, oak furniture is totally dispelled at Amish Excellence.  You simply won’t believe your eyes when you visit our newly expanded showroom.  The extensive variety of hardwoods, stains, finishes, and types and styles of furniture you’ll discover will completely surprise you. Many customers are appreciative of our extensive displays, which serve as inspiration for all the custom-made, solid hardwood, Amish furniture we design and create for each of our customers.

While you may be excited about all the possibilities that Amish Excellence offers, one thing has not changed, and that is the quality that is built into every piece of furniture we sell.

And here’s one more thing that you’ll discover: Competitive prices.  You’ll find that our custom designed and hand-crafted Amish made furniture is often less than non-custom, name brand furniture being sold at the big box furniture stores.

Amish Excellence
613 N. Campbell Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37934
865-392-6000
www.amishexcellence.com

Discover – Decorating Den Interiors

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East TN Mountain ViewsThought about hiring an interior designer but something is holding you back?  Let us put your mind at ease!  With Decorating Den Interiors, having an interior designer help you design your home is actually a fun, simple, and easy process!  We pair our high-quality standards with beautiful designs that are uniquely curated for your needs and lifestyle.

1. Your Home, Your Style – Your home should be an extension of your personality, and your guests will notice – it will feel like you!  Each design is created just for your style and needs, not ours.  We are listeners.  On the first appointment, we listen and learn what best suits you, and then we return with a design that will complement that.

2. Your Budget – We keep your budget in mind when we are designing a project.  You will know what to expect, and you can trust that we will stay within your comfort range and go at a pace that is comfortable to you.

3. Unique Selection – We bring you two or three designs for your projects with different furniture selections, fabrics, accessories, and more.  You select what you like; plus, it is uniquely designed with pieces you won’t find anywhere else in Knoxville.

4. Customer Satisfaction – The experience isn’t over once we install your beautiful spaces.  We want you to feel comfortable coming back to us – not just for future projects, but for anything that may come up.  We have also been awarded the Best of Houzz Customer Service Award two years in a row.  We do it right, and you’ll be happy with the results!

5. “Insider” Perspective – The Kozar Design Team travels to the international furniture markets each year, as well as monthly updates, to stay current with all of the latest in interior design.  This gives us a fresh perspective to be able to identify trends as they are coming and help guide your home to be timeless while nodding to current fashions.

6. Time – One of the biggest perks of hiring an interior designer is the time savings.  We do the design, the scheduling, the ordering, and we bring it all together and install in one day.

7. Convenience – We come to you!  Our design presentations are in your home, in your lighting, and on your schedule.  We are just a call away!

8. Confidence – We have been in business eight years now, proudly serving the Greater Knoxville area, winner of many awards, and published in both magazines and several books.  We present designs to scale in 3-D so you can see how your room will turn out, just like on HGTV.   Plus, we never let our clients buy something they do not love or are unsure about.

Your home is your biggest investment, so be proud of your home!  From our initial complimentary consultation to installation, we do the work for you and make the decorating experience as stress-free and easy as possible.  So what are you waiting for?  Schedule your complimentary consultation with the award-winning Kozar Design Team today!

Wine & Design
Welcoming Your Guests this Holiday & Beyond!
November 16 at 6 pm
521 Lovell Road, Suite 205
Light Refreshments Served
Call 392-6222 or email skozar@decoratingden.com to save your seat!

Decorating Den Interiors
865-392-6222
www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com

Good Neighbors Shoppe Transitions

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You’ll discover that the Good Neighbors Shoppe in Lenoir City, just like fall foliage that has reached its autumn color peak with rich and warm shades of yellow, orange, red, and every shade in between, has transitioned as well.  At the Good Neighbors Shoppe, you’ll discover our huge selection of autumn apparel at prices far below their original retail prices. You’ll also find holiday home décor that is perfect to create that warm and festive atmosphere within your home as you welcome guests for a traditional family Thanksgiving Day dinner or other holiday event.

The Good Neighbors Shoppe will be transitioning to Christmas all throughout the month of November, so be sure to visit often to take advantage of huge savings on both holiday apparel and Christmas décor.  Also, don’t forget to visit our other specialty areas of the shop for great prices on art, furniture, books, collectibles, kitchen accessories, and more.

On behalf of all of us at the Good Neighbors Shoppe, we would like to wish you and your family a wonderful and joyous holiday season and thank you for your support, which has allowed us to donate more than $2.5 million to our neighbors in need and to worthwhile charities throughout Loudon County.  And on behalf of our Board of Directors at the Good Neighbors Shoppe, we would like to thank all of our caring, dedicated, and hard working volunteers for their sacrifices on behalf of so many of our neighbors in need.  Your efforts on their behalf are the greatest Christmas gift you could offer our less fortunate neighbors – a gift from the heart that will never be forgotten.

Good Neighbors Shoppe
420 Leeper Parkway in Lenoir City
865-988-9925

One “Flu” Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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By Christy Noe Ingram, Artistic Director

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.  You know, the one sitting across from you coughing his head off with a fever so high he could hold your Starbucks and keep it hot.  You are trapped! In this month’s episode, let’s talk about the sick and afflicted.

Cold and flu season is upon us once again.  Sickness can wreak havoc on the salon and affect a lot of appointments.  It just takes one person to get the flu, and the next thing you know, the whole salon is sick, as well as other clients and the stylists’ families.  Working in a retirement community, many clients are on oxygen, having treatments such as chemo and radiation, or just getting over surgery.  Catching a mean bug could result in serious issues for those clients with already compromised immune systems.  We realize being sick is never fun, and while getting your hair done may make you feel a little better, we ask that if you are not feeling well, please reschedule for another day.  Your stylist will be happy to get you back in as quickly as possible.  Your appointment in the salon will surely be more pleasurable when you are feeling better.

Cold and flu season doesn’t have to be bad if we all take steps to keep them at bay.  Getting flu shots, washing hands, and minimizing exposure to other people are just a few ways to limit the spread of these nasty bugs.  No one wants to be the elephant in the room.

If you have any comments or questions about this article, or have suggestions for future ones, please feel free to contact me at The Village Salon in Tellico Village.

The Village Salon
222 Village Square in Tellico Village
865-458-9332

Where to Store Your RV, Trailer, Boat, or Camper

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With winter fast approaching, RV, boat, classic car, and trailer owners are making plans for storing their prized investments.  Winter can be challenging for these types of vehicles and trailers, and improper storage can accelerate their deterioration and diminish their value.  As most owners have already discovered, how and where you store your vehicles and trailers can be just as important as proper winterization.

East Tennessee’s leader in indoor and out-of-doors storage, Volunteer Storage offers boat, trailer, RV, camper, and classic car owners the perfect and affordable solution to all of their storage needs.  With eight convenient area storage facilities strategically located throughout the area, Volunteer Storage is sure to have the perfect storage solutions for your needs.

Each location features quality customer care service designed to exceed your expectations.  Also, to provide you with the peace of mind you deserve, each location features state-of-the-art security cameras, high intensity lighting, and secure perimeter fencing.  Each facility can be accessed 24/7, 365 days a year.  Both indoor and outdoor storage are available at select locations.

For your added convenience, the Lenoir City location also features a large indoor bay wash facility that can accommodate even the largest boats and RVs.  This wash facility is available to all Volunteer Storage renters at a reduced rate.

If you’re tired of parking your boat or classic car in the garage while the family car sits on the driveway, or if you’re tired of storing your vehicles next to your garage or on your friend’s unused field, why not discover the perfect storage solution that hundreds of classic car, boat, camper, RV, and trailer owners already know about: Volunteer Storage.  Volunteer Storage is the most convenient, affordable, and safest way to protect your investments.

Volunteer Moving & Storage
865-690-0045
www.volmovingandstorage.com

Tax Planning for the Remainder of 2017

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With nine months of 2017 already behind us, it is time to start looking at your year-end tax planning. Given the possibility that we will not see tax reform legislation in 2017, we will examine what we do know is in place at this time.

The Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT) remains in place, as no changes have been made to the Affordable Care Act.  The NIIT is an additional tax on certain individuals, estates, and trusts that have investment income above their applicable threshold. If you have been subjected to the NIIT in the past or think you may be this year, look for ways to lower your modified adjusted gross income. Options to lower your modified AGI include using capital losses to offset capital gains, distribute funds from an IRA directly to a charity, or make charitable contributions of appreciated long-term property.

If you have reached age 70½, don’t forget your required minimum distribution (RMD) for any 401(k)s and IRAs you may have. Failure to take a RMD can result in a penalty of 50% of the amount of the RMD.

Another area to consider on retirement accounts is for those who are still working or have earned income and have not reached age 70½. If you or your spouse fall into this category, consider maximizing your IRA, 401(k), or retirement plan contributions.

If you have missed making required estimated tax payments or think you may have underpaid your estimated tax, consider having more tax withheld from your RMD to pay your estimated tax. You may be able to avoid a penalty.

If you normally itemize deductions, take advantage of the bunching strategy to increase you itemized deductions.  This is most effective in increasing non-recurring miscellaneous and medical deductions that are subject to limitations based on your adjusted gross income. As you approach year-end, review your medical statements for any outstanding balances you may want to pay this year rather than making the payment in 2018. The bunching strategy also applies to real estate taxes, as well as state income tax estimated payments.

The sales tax deduction is now permanent as an itemized deduction. If you are considering the purchase of a large ticket item such as a motor vehicle, RV, or boat, you may want to complete the purchase before year-end. If you use the sales tax tables rather than the actual sales tax paid, remember the items that qualify for the “large ticket” deduction must be from the specific list of items found in the instructions for Schedule A.

For questions related to this or other financial or tax related issues, contact our office at 856-986-4035.

This article is intended for reference only. As the information is designed solely to provide guidance to the readers, it is not intended to be a substitute for someone seeking personalized professional advice based on specific factual situations. Although Allen A. Scott, CPA has made every reasonable effort to ensure that the information provided is accurate, Allen A Scott, CPA and its managers and staff make no warranties, expressed or implied, on the information provided.  The reader accepts the information as is and assumes all responsibility for the use of such information.

Have You Made Your Holiday Shopping List?

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By Peggy Cones, Owner of Cones Cupboard Antiques

Does your holiday shopping list include those special people that seem difficult to shop for? You know the ones – those that you wouldn’t dream of giving the latest fad gift to and certainly not a gift card. But you would really like to give them something special to show just how much you care.

Here’s the perfect solution. Plan a visit to Cones Cupboard Antiques in historic downtown Sweetwater. Choose from literally thousands of personally hand-selected gift items, including antiques, vintage, glassware, collectibles, and so much more.

Is that special person on your list into nostalgia? Cones Cupboard Antiques has a large selection of items from the ’50s and ’60s that will be sure to delight those special people who still have fond memories of poodle skirts and the corner malt shop.

And here’s another great gift idea. How about a gift from our wide variety of antiques or vintage antiques that will not only show how much thought you put into selecting that special person’s gift, but that can become a cherished family heirloom that will be passed on to future generations? We have a wonderful selection of affordable antique and vintage furniture, glassware, sterling silver, books, quilts, and art whose already rich history will be certain to become part of the recipient’s family history as well.

Cones Cupboard Antiques also has many traditional holiday gifts for you to select from as well, including hand-crafted seasonal pillows, scented candles, garden flags, holiday ornaments and décor, children’s books, our popular doormats with inserts that can be changed with the seasons and holidays, and much more.

Let’s make this holiday season the best ever by beginning your holiday shopping at Cones Cupboard Antiques in historic downtown Sweetwater, where our cupboards are never bare. Discover a treasure trove of spectacular holiday gifts this season at Cones Cupboard Antiques.

Cones Cupboard Antiques
307 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423-351-7408
www.conescupboardantiques.com

Surface Doc Thanks Knoxville for a Great 10 Years

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East TN Mountain ViewsBy John Fitzwilliam

When I recently mentioned to my wife that we have been in business for eight years, she immediately corrected me. We are actually beginning our 10th year! Has it has been that long? Nearly a decade in business? I am overwhelmed and humbled when I think about all the amazing people that have invited us into their homes. I can’t begin to express our gratitude to our clients for giving us an opportunity to earn their trust. Thank you so very much.

We first launched Surface Doc in the fall of 2008 specializing in interior tile and grout cleaning, as well as carpet. Throughout the years, we have expanded to cleaning and sealing most all interior and exterior surfaces, including exotic stone hardscapes, countertops, concrete, re-polishing marble floors and glass shower doors, cleaning/sanding and sealing of brick pavers, as well as epoxy garage coatings. We have also had the privilege of working with some of East Tennessee’s best custom home builders, as well as many thriving businesses. Our company caters to owners with high standards who are looking for specific results done in a professional manner. We gladly accept this challenge from every client, knowing that when we succeed, we have made a new friend.

As we celebrate going into our 10th year, we are proud to announce that we will be offering Soft Washing of roofs and siding. Does your roof have black staining? Is the siding of your home looking a little green? Don’t worry, we can now remove it safely without causing damage to your home or landscaping. This unique process removes the black and green algae growth from delicate surfaces like wood and clay shingles and shakes, as well as stucco, without using damaging pressure.

This autumn, as you prepare your home or business for the upcoming holidays, why not trust the company that thousands of other East Tennesseans have trusted? We can deep clean and seal most any surface inside or out. Give us a call today to receive your free estimate. We are anxiously awaiting your cleaning challenge.

Surface Doc
865.567.1986
www.surfacedoc.com

Valspar Forecasts Colors of the Year

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“At Valspar, we believe a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways for people to change their homes for the better,” said Sue Kim, Valspar Color Strategist. “But with so many colors to consider, it’s nice to have a little help on the often stressful color selection journey – even when looking for the right shade of white. Choosing a white for doors, trim, ceilings, or even a wall can sometimes be harder than choosing a color, so we are simplifying that this year by highlighting four of our most popular.”

According to Kim, the four current trend palettes are defined as Comfort Zone, Simply Perfect, You Do You, and Good Company. The suggested paint colors are drawn from Valspar’s vast portfolio of hues available at Tate’s Building Supply in Vonore and are perfect for interior, exterior, and small project applications.

Comfort Zone

The Valspar Comfort Zone palette offers the perfect antidote to our fast-paced lifestyle, with a selection of soft, calm colors that balance and restore the mind, body, and spirit. These muted mid-tones counter-balance busy living and are perfect for creating a restful yet stimulating environment to unwind, relax, and recharge. A chalky white (Gray Palisade 7006-2) blends quietly with the comfy colors.

Simply Perfect 


The movement toward simplified living that’s focused on fewer choices inspired the Valspar Simply Perfect palette, a versatile, stylish set of grays that work well in any setting. This palette of six of our most liveable grays simplifies selecting a foolproof neutral that refreshes your space and seamlessly coordinates with your décor. A clean white (Pale Bloom 7002-8) is the perfect accent for any of these go-to grays.

You Do You

Different is the new normal. You Do You is leading to this trend palette of expressive and uplifting zingy brights. These confident, spirited hues encourage you to express yourself in full color anywhere you’d like, whether it be a full room, an accent wall, trim, or furniture. A pure white (7002-6 Du Jour) anchors the boldness of these brights.

Good Company

Consumers today have high demands for transparency, integrity, and authenticity – the farm-to-table organic food trend are a prime example. The Valspar Good Company palette, a collection of rich, familiar, and enduring artisanal shades, is inspired by heritage and handcrafted products and materials. These deep, pigmented colors evoke a connection to our heritage. A linen white (Totten’s Inlet 7006-9) enhances the natural richness of these tones.

Valspar’s Colors of the Year are available in interior and exterior formulations, as well as many of the brand’s specialty paint products, and are available to be discovered by you at Tate’s Building Supplies in nearby Vonore.

Tate’s Building Supplies
1340 Hwy 411
Vonore, TN 37885
423-884-2020

Fashion Fights Back

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East TN Mountain ViewsBy Brenda Bryan, Owner of The Lily Pad

When recalling special moments and memories in the life of The Lily Pad, none is more memorable or meaningful than our first annual Fashion Fights Back fashion show last October. On a beautiful sunny October afternoon, 10 of our customers who were either fighting their battle with breast cancer or are breast cancer survivors modeled fall fashions at The Lily Pad. To support and honor our many customers and friends whose lives have been touched by this disease, we have pledged to support them in the way we do best… Fashion Fights Back!

As you know, nearly 250,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year… your mother, sister, daughter, wife, or even you! We have committed to give a portion of every item sold on this day to the American Cancer Society. Last year we raised more than $1,000 to help fund innovative research and provide free information and support programs to patients and caregivers.

On October 19, we will be honoring 10 more of our friends and family members who have witnessed firsthand the dreaded diagnosis of breast cancer. Please plan to join us at The Lily Pad as we again present Fashion Fights Back, a show by women for these women who are such an inspiration to all of us. There is no charge to attend the show, refreshments will be served, and a spring trunk show from Joseph Ribkoff will also be a special part of this incredible day.

We encourage you to RSVP at either 423-337-5537 or lilypadboutique@bellsouth.net since we will have treats for everyone attending! Join us at The Lily Pad as FASHION FIGHTS BACK!

Second Annual Fashion Fights Back Fashion Show
October 19 at 2:30

Honoring our ladies who have fought back! Join us as we celebrate the women in our lives who’ve been affected by cancer and to learn how we can make a difference in the lives of ALL women. Hosted by Brenda Bryan of The Lily Pad Boutique, Joseph Ribkoff Designs, and Renee Fisher of arT by fisher & kathryn bartow cosmetics. Angela Mathis, American Cancer Society Regional Senior Community Manager, will be our guest and will be available to answer any questions.  Your ticket to the fashion show will be a donation to the American Cancer Society. Call 423-337-5537 or email lilypadboutique@bellsouth.net to reserve your seat.

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.337.5537
www.sweetwaterlilypad.com

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