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Bakers Creek Storage

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RV/Boat Storage & A December Special Offer

Colder temperatures are the new normal for East Tennessee, and it’s time to think about where your no longer used RV and boat are going to spend the winter. Or how about those personal items stored in your garage that really should be protected from freezing temperatures?

If security is important to you, then you need to give the storage professionals at Bakers Creek Storage a call today. Bakers Creek Storage has a limited number of outside RV and boat storage spaces and climate controlled spaces available for immediate use. Also, new indoor climate controlled customers can take advantage of their special 10% savings offer, for a limited time, on their December rent. The other great news is that you will be able to take advantage of the very same safety and security features that all their self-storage customers have come to rely on. Just give them a call today at 865-973-4367.

Bakers Creek Storage in nearby Greenback is conveniently located less than a two minute drive north of the Highway 411 bridge in Vonore. It’s the area’s newest, state of-the-art self-storage facility featuring:
» Climate & non-climate controlled storage units
» Wide, concrete paved drive aisles
» Secure fence & lights around the facility
» Convenient keypad entry
» Online bill pay
» Online reservation option
» 24/7 video surveillance

And here’s something else for you to consider. Bakers Creek Storage is one of the few storage facilities that employs an active pest management program designed to offer even greater protection for your stored items. This is just one more way they hope to earn your business.

Whether you need to winter your boat or RV or you need to declutter your overstuffed garage, home, or basement, the storage professionals at Bakers Creek Storage can help you solve all your storage needs. Call today to learn more and to take advantage of the 10% savings on indoor climate controlled storage units for the month of December.

Bakers Creek Storage
7442 Hwy 411S
Greenback, TN 37742

The Gift That Keeps Giving

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East TN Mountain ViewsBy Christina Fitzwilliam

I was 10 years old. The gifts had been given, the turkey and cranberry sauce devoured. My mom and I shared a conspiratorial glance as we snuck away into a back bedroom. I had mentioned how I much I really wanted a chocolate covered cherry. As I followed her into the back of the house, I assumed correctly that she had a few cherries stashed in a secret place. She turned her back to me, opened a large brown bag and began rummaging through its contents. She didn’t notice me peeking over her shoulder. As she found what she was looking for, she caught my eye and the evidence of my guilt. I had already seen what else that bag held.

As my mind raced through the contents of my stocking I had received that morning, I saw a near duplicate in the very bag my mom was holding. As my little mind put the pieces together, the truth of Santa Claus was revealed to me in an instant. I don’t know who felt worse – my mom for giving away the Christmas secret before I was ready, or me for spoiling it for myself.

Although the magical Christmas I knew as a young child was lost forever, I learned the true meaning of Christmas a decade and a half later. It’s not that I didn’t know in some superficial way that Christmas is about Jesus; it’s just that it wasn’t important to me. Until it was. Jesus revealed Himself to me during a season that I found myself completely lost: Divorced, scared, alone, and with a newborn daughter. The gift I received that year was the most incredible gift I had ever received.

As Jesus drew me near, I experienced joy, awe, peace, and comfort as I had never known. The amazing thing about that gift is that Jesus is still giving. The storms in my life would be overwhelming by any standard… (stage 3 cancer, two grandbabies we are full-time grand-parenting, and an adult child in full-blown addiction), and yet my relationship with Jesus has grown into something I can’t fathom living one single day without. Christmas is about the gift of Jesus. The gift IS Jesus.

We at Surface Doc hope and pray that your homes are filled with all the beauty of Christmas. Regardless of who is coming for Christmas dinner or how many gifts surround the tree, our most sincere hope is that whatever season you find yourself, you experience joy. It’s yours and mine for the asking. Merry CHRISTmas from our home to yours.

Surface Doc

The Softer Side of Amish Excellence

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By Angie Carroll, Owner of Amish Excellence

I absolutely love genuine hand-crafted Amish furniture and the devoted craftsmen that painstakingly create each and every piece that led me to launch Amish Excellence. Every piece of furniture tells the story of an individual artisan and his family, their traditions, and rich culture. And every piece of Amish furniture you acquire has the potential of creating a legacy within your own family for generations to come.

Genuine Amish furniture has transitioned over time. Today you will discover furniture hand-crafted in both contemporary and more modern styles, and you will even detect a hint of Asian influence as well. There’s a wide selection of hardwood species, decorative wood inlays, and metal used in frames and bases, which add a more modern appearance.

Today you will also find a growing use of upholstery. You can find everything from fine quality leathers to a wide array of fabrics that reflect a wide palette of colors, designs, and textures. You will discover, as I have, just how the use of leathers and upholstery can enhance the rich grain and patina of the all-American hardwoods that were used to create your furniture pieces. Both the upholstery and hardwoods you select combine to make an even bolder, richer look.

We will also be displaying more upholstered case goods in the months ahead. We have many in stock already for you to purchase. Also, know that whether the pieces you select are partially or fully upholstered, every piece of furniture we sell at Amish Excellence is constructed using the same high standards of excellence that have been the tradition of Amish craftsmen for centuries.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a wonderful and joyous Christmas and prosperous New Year on behalf of our entire team. I would also like to invite each of you to visit us and discover for yourself the softer side of Amish Excellence. Also, you can follow us on Facebook or in store to take advantage of our unadvertised specials.

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

Best Wishes for a Joyous Christmas & A Prosperous New Year

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By Jack Wilson

Everyone here at Sweetwater Flower Shop and Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant would like to wish each of you a merry and blessed Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. We would also like to take this time to express our heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of you for your continued support and encouragement throughout the years.

The Christmas season is a very special time of the year when we transform our entire two floors into a winter wonderland showcase that we look forward to sharing with you and your family. We would like to personally invite each of you to share our special holiday wonderland all throughout the month of December. You’ll find it truly magical and inspiring, and it’s also our way of saying thank you to all of our faithful customers and friends. Please come and share this most special time of the year with us.

Our shop has a spectacular selection of Christmas wreaths and table arrangements, as well as holiday home décor, Christmas ornaments, and gifts. You’ll also discover hundreds of floral arrangements and wreaths, all designed and handmade by me personally, along with a large selection of beautiful gifts, including ladies’ apparel, scarves, designer handbags, designer-inspired jewelry, home décor items, and much more that will make perfect holiday gifts even for that person on your holiday shopping list that seems to have everything. Also, Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant is the perfect venue for sharing the holiday spirit with friends and family. With limited holiday seating, please call 423-371-4100 to make reservations and for special holiday hours.

We have finished stocking our University of Tennessee room with all new merchandise for the Big Orange fans on your Christmas list, so be sure to visit our “Big Orange” display area.

Not sure what to buy that special person on your Christmas list? How about a gift certificate to Sweetwater Flower Shop? Gift certificates make great holiday gifts.

During December, please be sure to stop by. We look forward to your visit and for the opportunity to share our holiday greetings and a bit of cheer with each and every one of you.

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

Summary of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act

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President Trump signed the tax reform bill into law representing the most significant tax changes in more than 30 years. The new tax law primarily impacts 2018 and beyond. The corporate tax changes are permanent, while the individual changes will generally end in 2025.

Once President Trump signed the tax reform bill, the Internal Revenue Service began to interpret the intent of Congress and write the rules and procedures on how the new law will be implemented. This will likely take several years, so we may not know all the aspects until later in 2019 or 2020. Here is a summary of the changes.

2018 Tax Brackets
The bill retained the seven-bracket structure but with mostly lower tax rates. Under the previous law, the tax bracket rates ranged from 10% to – 39.6%. Under the new law, rates range from 10% to 37%. For example, under the old law, individuals filing as Married Filing Jointly, with income of $77,400 up to $156,150 would have been taxed at 25%., under the new law, income of $77,400 up to $165,000 will be taxed at 22%. Most individuals are expected to see some reduction in their tax rates. Under the old law, Married Filing Jointly taxpayers paid the maximum tax rate of 39.5% on income over $480,050.; under the new law, the top rate of 37% starts with income over $600,000. The rates have effectively been reduced by 1-3% for most taxpayers.

Standard Deduction and Personal Exemptions
The standard deduction has been almost doubled to $24,000 for married filing jointly taxpayers and the personal exemption has been eliminated. Under the old law, the standard deduction was scheduled to be $13,000. This change will likely result in fewer taxpayers itemizing their deductions. In addition to increasing the deduction to $24,000, many of the itemized deductions are also impacted.

State and Local Taxes
The deduction for state and local taxes is limited to $10,000 a year. This includes property taxes and state income taxes.

Home Mortgage Interest
The new law limits deductible the home mortgage deduction to interest on the first $750,000 of new acquisition debt, lowered from the previous limit of $1,000,000. No interest deduction is allowed for interest paid on home equity debt, unless one can prove the proceeds from the loan where used to purchase or substantially improve the home. This will require the taxpayer to show how the funds were used. The old law limits continue to apply to home acquisition mortgages entered into under the old -law rules.

Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions
The deduction for miscellaneous expenses subject to the 2% floor of adjusted gross income has been repealed. This includes deductions for unreimbursed employee business expenses (motel, mileage, meals, etc.), investment advisory fees, job hunting expenses, and safety deposit box rentals.The new law also repeals the reduction (phase-out) of itemized deductions for upper-income taxpayers.

Charitable Donations and Medical Expenses
Charitable deductions were retained, with some minor modifications and the floor for deducting medical expenses was restored to 7.5%.

Personal Exemption
The personal exemption has been eliminated. The personal exemption would have been $4,150 per exemption. So, a family of four, would generally have a deduction of $16,600. Taxpayers over 65 or blind would have gotten a slightly higher deduction.

So, if you do the math, the standard deduction increased from $13,000 to $24,000 (an increase of $11,000), while the personal exemption for a family of 4four is was eliminated (a $16,600 deduction). This would increase their taxable income by $5,600 (the $11,000 increase less the elimination of $16,600). So even with a slight decrease in the tax rates, this scenario could result resulted in a tax increase. These changes will benefit some taxpayers and harm others.The increase in the Child Tax Credits, should offset some of part of the taxes in this scenario.

Alternative Minimum Taxes
The new law increases the exemption amount and the threshold for phasing out the exemption so only a few of the upper-income taxpayers should be impacted by the Alternative Minimum Tax.

Moving Expenses
The deduction for moving expenses is repealed, except for active duty military personnel, and the tax exclusion for moving expense reimbursement is no longer available.

Alimony Deductions
The new law repeals the alimony deduction for payors and the corresponding taxable income for the recipients for divorce or separation agreements entered into or modified on January 1, 2019, and thereafter.

Estate Taxes
The maximum federal estate tax exemption doubled from the current rate to $11,200,000. With “portability,” a married couple can effectively shelter up to $22,400,000 of assets from estate tax.

Medical Health Insurance Mandate
The individual insurance mandate required under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is abolished as of January 1, 2019.

Long-Term Capital Gains
The new law retains the existing 0%, 15%, and 20% tax rates on long-term capital gains and dividends. These tax rates are almost the same as what they would have been under the old law, with the only change being in the way the inflation adjustment for 2018 is calculated.

Kiddie Tax Changes
Under the new law, children who are subject to the Kiddie Tax, will see their income taxed at the same rate to as estates and trusts. Under the old law, their income could be taxed at their parent’s tax rate. This will likely result in substantial tax increases over prior years.

Getting Ready to File Your Taxes
Electronically filing a tax return is the most accurate way to prepare and file. Errors delay refunds, and the easiest way to avoid them is to e-file.

The IRS urges all taxpayers to file a complete and accurate tax return by making sure they have all the needed documents before they file their return. Be sure and gather all your tax documents, including Year-end Forms, W-2 from employers, Forms 1099 from banks and other payers, and Forms 1095-A from the Marketplace for those claiming the premium tax credit.

Taxpayers should confirm that each employer, bank, or other payer has a current mailing address or email address. Typically, these forms start arriving by mail – or are available online – in January. Check them over carefully, and if any of the information shown is inaccurate, the taxpayer should contact the payer right away for a correction.

The tax professionals at WarrenJackson CPA’s are ready to assist you with your tax planning and tax filing needs. Contact one of our tax professionals for assistance.

WarrenJackson CPAs

606 South Main Street in Sweetwater

409 College Street in Madisonville

219 West Broadway Street in Lenoir City

206 N. Hill Street in Athens

All Clean Pressure Washing

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Most homeowners are very familiar with home pressure washing services. Performed by an experienced pressure washing company, pressure washing can enhance the appearance of our home and extend the life expectancy on many of our home’s out-of-door surfaces, including siding, concrete, pavers, fencing, and more. Done improperly, pressure washing can actually damage these same outdoor surfaces, dramatically reducing the life of these surfaces such as decks. Also, performed by an inexperienced operator, surface damage from pressure washing can actually detract from your home’s curb appeal.

With 25 years of experience, All Clean owner, Steve Davis, has the experience that homeowners depend upon to safely and efficiently pressure wash your home’s exteriors, gutters and downspouts, concrete drives and walkways, pool decks, patios and decks, fences, pavers, and much more without damage to surrounding surfaces, landscaping materials, or plants. A member of the Loudon County Chamber of Commerce and fully licensed and insured, All Clean can help you achieve the pressure washing results you deserve with the safety and confidence that only comes with 25 years of experience. Call Steve Davis at All Clean today at 865-356-6581.

All Clean Pressure Washing

Community Church at Tellico Village Goes Worldwide

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The Community Church at Tellico Village serves a wide area of Loudon/Blount/Monroe counties in East Tennessee, and it is now expanding its impact worldwide with two separate strategies.

The first impact involves bringing their 10:15 am service to the Internet via a live YouTube feed every Sunday. It is now possible not only to watch and worship with this dynamic congregation from anywhere on Sunday morning, but also past services are archived on the church’s website.  By simply visiting the church’s website and with one click, you can enjoy the 80+ person choir, hear an important message, and celebrate using a phone, personal computer, or smart TV. To learn more or to watch a service, simply visit www.tellicochurch.com. 

“We believe that while we look outward within our surrounding communities to serve, reaching those that are beyond our local area or are challenged with travel allows us to increase our mission and service,” said Steve Prevatte, Sr. Pastor. “Using the Internet with our live broadcast each Sunday to share our message or traveling to provide service to others that are less fortunate allows our congregation to share their blessings.”

The second impact is the new “Go Forth” ministry. This new mission was created to assist those local, national, or international communities that need support after a natural disaster.  This past year more than $40,000 was raised, and a team from the Community Church traveled to southern Florida to provide aid, clean up, and support to victims of the massive hurricane.  A new trip is now being planned to travel to North Carolina to provide support to a local community due to the recent flooding from hurricane Florence.  

Locally the church’s “Go Forth” team is coordinating with Loudon and Monroe counties to understand their local disaster plans and needs. The church is currently planning to provide food services utilizing their kitchen facilities and deliver to those individuals in need or provide meals to firefighters, first responders, or others to the area.

The Community Church also invites everyone to their spaghetti dinners, free movie nights, and Fine Arts concert series. To learn more, visit www.tellicochurch.com/events.

The Community Church at Tellico Village is an inter-denominational church welcoming all faiths with services on Sunday at 8 and 10:15 am.  This year they are celebrating 30 years serving the local communities in Loudon and Monroe counties. For more information, listen to our message at www.TellicoChurch.org.

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

Create the Ultimate Baking Station with These Organization Tips

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East TN Mountain ViewsWhether you bake on certain holidays or every weekend, it’s helpful to have the supplies and ingredients at your fingertips when the mood strikes you. Before you get started, survey your kitchen for everything you might need for baking so you can determine how much space to carve out. By creating a special section in your kitchen for baking, you can easily access everything you need whenever you want.  Here are some tips for setting up a baking/prep station in your kitchen.

Location in the kitchen

Most kitchens are set up around a functional triangle, incorporating the stove, sink, and refrigerator.  Try to use an area within the triangle that has usable counter space for your baking station.  Clear a section of your cabinets to store cookbooks, ingredients, and small bowls.  Glass jars are a functional and decorative way to store sugar, flour, and other frequently used ingredients in your cabinet.  When you can see your ingredients, it’s easier to keep track of inventory.  A stand-alone cart or rack can also be utilized as a baking station when cabinet space is limited.  The key is to keep everything together in one section of your kitchen.

Baking utensils and measuring cups

Keep measuring spoons and cups at eye level by hanging them on a peg board on the inside of a cabinet door.  Mixing utensils can be displayed on the counter in a decorative jar or in easy to access drawers.  Measure your drawer space to configure different size organizers.  The wider ones are perfect for spatulas and whisks, while the smaller ones can house food coloring, sprinkles, and more.

Baking sheets and muffin tins

Vertical dividers can help you to see and access baking sheets and tins in the lower cabinets.  This customizable solution is also great for cutting boards, baking dishes, and serving platters.  If you’re tight on cabinet space, consider using a large basket to store these items.

Mixers and bowls

Store small appliances and bowls on glide-out shelving beneath your workable counter space to keep your counters clear when not in use.  Mixers tend to be heavy and bulky and often difficult to store.  Glide-out shelving allows you to look at everything in the cabinet without having to move around all the items every time you need something.

A dedicated space can make baking easy and more enjoyable.  Set aside some time to create a baking station in your kitchen.  When it comes time to make your next batch of cookies, you’ll be glad you did!


Easily See, Reach, & Store Everything in Your Kitchen

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Easily See, Reach, & Store Everything in Your Kitchen

Whether you’ve wished your home’s existing kitchen and bath storage were more efficient, or if you’ve experienced difficulty in reaching items due to a health or mobility issue, Shelf Help offers the perfect solution. 

Here’s how we can help. At Shelf Help, we design and install custom roll-out shelving and organizers that install right into your home’s existing kitchen and bath cabinets or pantries, providing you with easy access and maximum use of your available storage space.  

And for those who may experience challenges reaching cabinets that are too low, too high, or too deep, Shelf Help allows you to make full and far more efficient use of your storage space. 

Homeowners also appreciate how affordable Shelf Help is, saving them up to 50% when compared to national brands. 

With our custom built roll-out shelving and organizers, pantry storage systems, and LED lighting installation, tasks are made simpler with easier access to kitchen and bath items and with the added advantage of optimal usage of storage space – a place for everything and everything in its place!

Our clients are so pleased with the results that they say, “We should have done this years ago!”

As experienced Knoxville-area kitchen and bath design consultants, Shelf Help has the understanding and know-how to evaluate, design, measure, and install solutions tailored to your needs.

What our customers are saying about Shelf Help:

“Best improvement we’ve made to our home – hands down.” – Judy F., Tellico Village

 “So excited! No more squatting or bending to reach lower cabinet items.” – Susan C., Farragut

 “Well designed, great quality, and a far more efficient kitchen.” – Mark & Susan D., Knoxville

To learn how you can better organize your kitchen, bath, or pantry, call today to request your free, no-obligation, in-home consultation, or see our display at Knox Cabinet Company, located at 10238 Hardin Valley Road in Knoxville, near Pellissippi Parkway. Mention this article and receive up to $250 off with a minimum purchase. Locally owned and operated, let Shelf Help make the most of your home’s kitchen, bath, or pantry storage space.

Shelf Help

Big or Small: We Do It All!

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East TN Mountain ViewsInside or Out: Give Us a Shout!
By Christina Fitzwilliam, Co-Owner of Surface Doc

Let me apologize for that lengthy title. For this month’s article, my husband, John, wanted me to write something that encompassed ALL we do. Ten years ago we were a “tile and grout” company that also did carpet, so a catchy subject was a pretty short order. But a decade later we have found ourselves specializing in so many other surfaces that it makes for a lengthy title!

Most everyone around Knoxville knows that we are the best at cleaning tile and grout, but surprisingly we still have clients that don’t know that one of our most in-demand services is exterior natural stone (bluestone, flagstone, slate, etc.). We also do all sorts of carpet cleaning, from steam extraction to Roto-vac restoration, both with eco-friendly cleaners. For our clients that want to go the extra mile, we offer Scotchgard protection. We continue to resurrect many carpets and save our clients costly replacements.

But back to our exterior services.  What began as mostly driveways and walkways expanded quickly to docks, pool decks, and composite decking. As word got around about how good we were at exterior surfaces, we began to get numerous requests for soft washing and vertical surfaces. So this year we invested in equipment to safely soft wash houses and roofs made of sensitive and exotic material: Cedar shakes and shingles, stucco, vinyl, and brick. For roofs, we can tackle asphalt shingles, slate, clay, and even metal. Once your outdoor surfaces are clean, many areas can be sealed to protect it for years from the abuse of Mother Nature. 

Why is our soft-washing so effective?  What makes us better than other companies?  To start with, we have been fortunate enough to have partnered with the manufacturers of a top-quality soft wash solution. Since the product we use also contains a commercial grade rinse aid, when Surface Doc does an exterior soft wash, you also get the added benefit of clean windows! In addition, our cleaning technicians will go the extra mile to treat your property with care to ensure nothing gets damaged.  

We encourage you to visit our webpage (www.surfacedoc.com), Facebook (@surfacedoc), or our Instagram (surfacedocinc) to review our weekly photos of current clients. If you are curious about YOUR troublesome surface, chances are you’ll find exactly what you are looking for in one of our past jobs. If you’ve been a client of ours, you may even see your floor or outdoor surfaces pictured! 

With the holidays upon us, there’s no doubt that you are sprucing up for your relatives and friends. Surface Doc is the one call that does it all; inside or out, give us a SHOUT! Our professional team will show up and help you tackle your most daunting tasks. Give us a call today and have a cleaner tomorrow!

Surface Doc

East Tennessee's Mountain Views

P.O. Box 432

Vonore, TN 37885

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