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American History Seen Through Five Trades

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Old Tools

“A nation that forgets it’s past can function no better that an individual with amnesia.” -David McCullough What may be done with hands and a tool. This is the essential relationship of the human story. Since way back. Before technology, before history, before most everything we know. Since the human animal fashioned a sharp object perhaps to hunt efficiently or to make fire, all of our shared experience since then…

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Home Rebates using Escore from TVA

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Home Repair

Every homeowner in Knoxville, TN is eligible for an eScore evaluation from TVA – so hop on board to find out your home’s eScore for some hefty cash rebates, thanks to TVA! You can you can complete an eScore Self Audit yourself, or you can schedule an appointment with one of TVA’s professional energy advisors to evaluate your home’s eScore! What Is Exactly Is an eScore? “Make your home a…

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10 Cool Tips for Protecting Your Knoxville HVAC Unit

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Waiting for a room to cool

Poor maintenance of your HVAC system can lead to many hassles for a homeowner. A dirty air filter can affect your family’s respiratory health, circulate mold spores inside your home, affect your thermostat, burn out (technically “freeze up”) your AC unit, which can result in extremely costly repairs. The most technical system to operate in a house is the heat and air system, which is why maintenance such as having…

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Restaurant Insurance

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Restaurant Insurance

Many insurance companies claim to be great at insuring restaurants. Likewise, many insurance agencies, claim to be specialized in the restaurant industry. We even have captive and direct home and auto insurance agencies who claim to have the insurance expertise. The entire  industry has really created a one size fits all approach to restaurant insurance. However, it seems the insurance industry has slipped; that so called specialized insurance policy doesn’t…

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Exciting News for Choto

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House Fire

It has taken 6 years for Choto to get a fire station and thanks to neighbors like Ed Stout that time is finally here. We have been following this neighborhood movement for many months and we are excited to see this happen. The Farragut Press Enterprise announced the fire station will break ground this month next to the Weigels in the Choto area. The owner and developer John Huber speaks…

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How to Blow Gourds Out on Thanksgiving

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Blow up Turkey

You know that person…….you know, the one who always tries to show his smarts at the dinner table. Whether its politics, or religion…and you’re like, man, “Just stop already,” “I came here to eat, drink, and watch football. I want to be uncomfortable after the meal, not during.” Well….blow their Gourds out at the dinner table this year with these 5 Thanksgiving Stats 1. Did you know that Macy’s parade…

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Our 1958 Newsletter

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Newsletter Heading

Our insurance agency started in 1946. Every now and then we come across something special. The other day we found a few old newsletters. So who is John Bailey? The newsletter we found introduces him and speaks about our insurance agency. While our writing styles and education points have changed; what is interesting about the newsletter is how history repeats itself, just in different ways.  The newsletter idea today is…

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Work Comp premiums for Non-Employees in TN

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Employees

Interesting case came out of the Insurors of Tennessee newsletter last week. We have a feeling insurance companies will be jumping all over Workers Compensation audits after the Tennessee Supreme court declined to hear a case about insurance companies collecting Work Comp premium on payroll for Non-Employees. Not good news for many companies who hire independent contractors. The only thing we recommend at this time is that your independent contractors…

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How to Slay Dragons

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22

This is my collection of journal notes taken from years past. Enjoyed publishing it on linkedin “If I were 22″ series and wanted to keep my content versus have it in a social media space. I am now 35, and live in my hometown Knoxville, TN. I have been compiling notes since my graduation from Ole Miss in 2001. From time to time I review them and realize how I…

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Connecting your Neighborhood

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Recently, my HOA board decided to implement and review a new model for connecting our neighborhood called Nextdoor. A good friend of mine named Casey Peters introduced me to the idea, as he had said it really opened up communication and helped his neighborhood organize, discuss risk management, ask for recommendations, borrow lawn equipment, share an aerator for the weekend, share documents for review, and discuss safety issues. Nextdoor is…

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