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Labor Day Grilling Tips

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Grill Tongs

Another great American holiday is nearing … Labor Day! Chances are, you will be spending the holiday outdoors with friends, family and feast! It is time for barbecue, and we talked to Chef Eddie Faircloth, who is also the kitchen manager for the award-winning Sweet P’s Barbecue & Soul House. Here are Eddie’s quick tips to help us dine with soul while we grill out on Labor Day weekend: “It’s…

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A Few Tips for Bike Maintenance

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Bike Maintenance

Mountain biking and cycling are excellent means of transportation, as well as great exercise – all while being a total blast! Routine maintenance is crucial for a healthy bike, but it is also important to “know your stuff” when you walk into a bicycle shop to drop some dollars. Here are few helpful tips for Bike Maintenance: The only bad bikes are the ones that you do not ride. If…

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Construction Workers Built Us

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Norris Dam (1936) - Construction worker facing dam

There is no substitute for hard work. –Thomas Edison All my sympathies are on the side of those who toil–of those who produce the real wealth of the world–of those who carry the burdens of mankind. – Robert Green Ingersoll (from the essay “Eight Hours Must Come”, 1890) In May of 1933 amid the Great Depression, the U.S. Congress created the Tennessee Valley Authority. Its mission was to provide flood…

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Five Tips for Maintaining Your Summer Garden

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Special thanks to Martin Cathrae for the photo.

Maintaining your garden in the high heat of these summer months can be a challenge, but hang in there – we have got some tips to help you continue enjoying the fruits of your hard work! The Watering Myth We have all been told that watering in the heat of the day is a bad idea because overhead watering has led people to believe that they will burn the leaves…

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5 Outdoor Safety Tips for Solo Adventures

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5 Safety Tips for Solo Adventures

Solo adventuring through the great outdoors can be thrilling and spontaneous while calming and peaceful. That is what makes independently trekking through the woods or a lone bike ride up and down a spiraling mountainside so appealing to many outdoors enthusiasts. The rush from the introspective struggle and harmony with nature when you are on your own is exciting, but it is also important to remember to be smart about…

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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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