Unclaimed Baggage

North of Birmingham, West of Atlanta and South of Chattanooga is where you will find the most unique shopping destination: the Unclaimed Baggage Center, where lost suitcases finally settle to have their contents reappraised, cleaned, repriced for display. With over a shoppers that annually visit, it’s a must not miss extravaganza.

The store was founded in 1970 by Doyle Owens, when he borrowed a pickup truck and $300 to head for Washington, D.C., where he purchased unclaimed bags from the bus industry. The selling started on top of card tables from his home, growing into the opening of a store that today is more than 40,000 square feet and occupies a city block.

The finds are cultivated from airlines, bus lines and train carriers from unclaimed baggage and cargo. Doyle Owens’ son, Bryan, purchased the business in 1995 and made getting national media attention for the store a priority. Everyone from“The Today Show” to Oprah have featured the store on their shows. The store itself is much like a typical suitcase with clothes, shoes and jewelry taking centerstage. A significant choosing of books, plenty of eyewear and large selection of electronics and sporting goods are highlighted.

There are items you wouldn’t expect to find like a suit of armor, a mummified falcon and a Jim Henson puppet-goblin from the cult film Labyrinth. And the bling found will blow your mind: a 5.8-carat diamond set in a platinum band that was found packed in a sock, a 40.95-carat natural emerald and a platinum Rolex valued at over $64,000.

According to the Unclaimed Baggage Center website, about 5% of unclaimed bags are reclaimed. The airlines pay the lost claims and then sell those bags to the center. The lost bags arrive by tractor-trailer to the processing facility to be sorted and priced. All clothing is dry-cleaned and laundered at their in-house facility, the largest in Alabama. Fine jewelry is cleaned and appraised.

Electronic equipment is tested and cleared of personal data. The best stuff gets onto the retail floor with remaining items being donated through their Reclaimed for Good program, helping people around the world.

It’s not just about shopping. It’s a wonderful experience from the Guest Services to the Starbucks cafe to the smiling, helpful associates. You can reserve a personal shopper, a ninety-minute session with one of their professional style advisors to build your profile and help you shop the best of all

the clothing and accessories. There is custom shipping that will take the hassle out of getting those fancy finds home. They even have a plan for the furry ones who can be cared for while you shop at Cutie Petooties for $10 a day, located only five minutes away. Most fun is that daily you can join in the action with the Baggage Experience. At 2:30 each day, a shopper is chosen to experience opening an unprocessed bag; you never know what you might find! The Unclaimed Baggage Center is located in Scottsboro, Alabama, a picturesque town nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on the banks of the Tennessee River. It is the perfect road trip break. Enjoy the shopping experience, and then head an hour south to Huntsville to check out the U.S. Space and Rocket Center or north to experience all the fun of Chattanooga. The final home of lost luggage in the middle of the best road trip route all the year-round!

Monday-Friday:

9:00 – 6:00 CT

Saturday:

8:00 – 7:00 CT

Closed Sundays,

Thanksgiving

and Christmas

509 W. Willow Street

Scottsboro, Alabama 35768

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Premier Eyecare: Why Wear Sunglasses?

Everyone knows that sunglasses are recommended.  However, have you ever stopped to consider why?  Some people are very sensitive to sunlight and cannot imagine being out in the sun without sunglasses.  Others feel that they are unnecessary and may even interfere with clear vision.  The truth is, the sun emits harmful rays.  Let’s look at how the sun negatively affects our eyes:

Ultraviolet light is high energy light that can cause damage to human tissue.  UV affects mostly the eyelids and the front half of the eyes.  Cataracts, skin cancer, corneal and conjunctival damage, and other chronic conditions of the eye can be linked to UV exposure.

Blue light is a high energy light, slightly longer in wavelength compared to UV, that can cause damage to the back half of the eyes.  Changes in the retina, especially the macula, can be linked to blue light exposure.  With the increase of electronics and LED lighting, blue light has recently become more discussed in the media as something to be concerned about at any age.

Glare is a common problem that is caused by wavelengths of light being scattered and washing out color saturation.  This is of special concern while driving.  Fishermen and photographers have known for years about the benefits of polarization.  As more people experience polarization in their sunglasses, it has become associated with high quality sunwear.  Anyone who drives a vehicle will see the benefits of polarized lenses.

Sensitivity and eyestrain often go untreated because many just accept it as normal.  Individuals with blue or green eyes will have more sensitivity to the sun than those with brown eyes.  The reason for this is that those with blue or green eyes have less pigment in the eyes.  A degenerative disease known as macular degeneration is more prevalent with people who have less pigment.  Even though everyone should be concerned about sun damage to their eyes, those who have sensitive eyes tend to be more inclined to see the necessity of wearing sunglasses.

When shopping for sunglasses, what are some things to consider?  Sunglasses can be bought just about anywhere.  The quality of sunglasses varies greatly as does the price.  Poor quality sunglasses will claim 100% UV protection, but that is about all they provide.  Poor materials and manufacturing will lead to discomfort and eyestrain.  High quality sunglasses will protect your eyes from UV, blue light, and glare.  Optical grade sunglasses will also enhance your vision.  Some of the sunglass companies have their own labs making it possible to get their patented lenses in your prescription.  Maui Jim, Costa, and Ray Ban are a few of the most well-known companies which have this capability.

The style of sunglasses should not be overlooked.  Who doesn’t want to look great in their sunglasses?  The quality of sunglasses can be all over the board and it is difficult to know what qualities to look for in selecting your next pair.  How is one to know what sunglasses designer to choose?

As eye care providers, we recommend relying on those who are in the business of protecting your eyes and enhancing your vision.  Optometric physicians and licensed dispensing opticians are educated and skilled in providing answers to questions about vision and eye health.  Some fashion designers will license their name to a sunglasses manufacturer without consideration of the quality.  When you select a pair of sunglasses, it is the quality of the frames and the optical clarity of the lenses that we pay attention to the most.  Fashion is very important in your decision, but the comfort of the frame and the visual comfort and optical quality of the lenses should rank at the top of your checklist.

If you are looking for a high quality pair of sunglasses that will enhance your vision, protect your eyes, and fit properly on your face, look no further than Premier Eyecare located in the heart of Farragut.  We have highly skilled licensed opticians who are more than happy to assist you in picking out a great pair of sunglasses.  Since we are also an eye care facility, we can provide you with an eye exam to make sure your eyes are healthy and that we help you see the best that you can out of your new sunglasses.  Enjoy the coming months in the sun and make sure you don’t go another season wishing you had a great pair of sunglasses. Call us today or stop in and check out our huge selection of Maui Jim, Costa, Ray Ban, and many more!   865.966.0100

www.premier-eyecare.net

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Our Family Serving Your Family

It is one of the most difficult aspects of life, to part with a loved one. Often it is a process that takes time, and our goodbyes are slow and painful. Often it is sudden, giving us a shock of grief that seems almost surreal, leaving us wishing but for only one more precious moment. Whatever the case may be, letting go is never easy, but thanks to Click Funeral Homes, setting arrangments for your loved one is. Click Funeral Homes is like no other in the industry; here, the dedicated staff strive to bring compassionate consultation and flexible options to the family. 

The Click Funeral Home was built on a simple idea: our family serving your family. The Click family legacy began in 1965 when Glenn and Polly Click decided to open up a funeral home in the downtown Knoxville area. Glenn Click had been in the business all his life, so he and his wife decided to dedicate themselves to aiding other folks in the community with not only their funeral arrangements, but with the grieving process as well. Now, Glenn and Polly didn’t start out with a lot, and they sure didn’t know much about advertising, but they did know one thing, and that was how to serve others. For years, they went door to door telling people about their new business and how grateful they would be to make them a part of the Click family. Their dedication to the community paid off, and they had enormous success. Needless to say, Glenn and Polly’s children were raised in the business and took over the running of things for a new generation built on the same moral and practical principles set down by Glenn and Polly. Today, Click Funeral Home is still owned by Glenn’s son, Larry Click, and still provides wonderful service to an even broader area, now bringing locations to Farragut, Knoxville, Lenoir City, Tellico Village, and Loudon.

At Click Funeral Homes, you are treated like family. The folks here take care of every detail of your loved one’s service and give you the options you need to give them the servicethat best exemplifies them. A thoughtful and respectful staff meets you at the door right when you walk in, putting you and your loved one’s wishes as their top priority and making the most difficult of times seem a little less overwhelming.  Burials, open casket viewing, cremation, graveside services and so many more– no matter what the wishes of the deceased or family members are, Click Funeral Homes is there to accomodate. They even have a new “Green Burial” option, for those who wish to be buried in a more eco-friendly manner. All of these options can be viewed on Click’s website, www.clickfh.com. Here, you can also view obituaries and see many of their beautiful facilities, including both chapels and multiple viewing areas. The website even has a grief support link, Click’s way of making sure that even after the funeral is over, their service continues. These  many values coupled with Click’s affordable nature put them amongst the top funeral homes in East Tennessee. 

Milestones Event Center

Having had enormous success for their dedicated service, Click Funeral Homes has recently purchased some top-of-the-line facilities in order to broaden the available options for the family’s grieving process. Their chapels, both simple and elegant, create a beautiful setting for loved ones to be viewed and respected. For those more inclined to a less formal, casual setting to celebrate a loved one’s life, Click’s Milestones Event Center is a wonderful option. This facility, located just off Kingston Pike in Farragut, was designed in order to give the family a customizable setting. Catering options, celebration of life themed decorum and any other personal touch that the family wishes to surround themselves with are highly encouraged. Whether a family wants to bring a home-cooked meal or order in from their favorite restaurant, the Milestones Event Center is more than accommodating. 

Even though losing a loved one can seem unbearable, the folks at Click Funeral Home’s dedication to respect, compassion and adherence to the family’s wishes help shoulder the burden and bring families together to honor those who have loved and those who have been loved. And in a world that seems so very superficial, it’s nice to know that there are still folks out there that genuinely care. Contact them at their Farragut location at (865) 671-6100 or email them with any questions at info@clickfh.com.

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Hiwassee College

It is the 60 acres of unmatched beauty with magnificent trees and mountain views that capture your attention, it is the peace felt as you take in the surroundings… it is a special place. Each building rich with history. If they could talk, oh, the stories that could be shared. Every square foot of this historical land is deeply rooted in the people of Monroe County. With a history that spans over 170 years, it is Hiwassee College.

The name Hiwassee is derived from the Cherokee word “Ayuhwasi”, meaning “meadow place at the foot of the hills,” which is reflective of the college location at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Hiwassee’s first president, Reverend Robert Doak, also served as its senior professor and the only college-educated staff member. Students entered at around age fourteen and graduated in their late teens or early twenties. David M. Key, Hiwassee’s first graduate, went on to be the Postmaster General under President Rutherford B. Hayes. The Honorable Albert H. Roberts, graduate 1889, would later become the Governor of Tennessee from 1919 to 1921.

Back in the day, Hiwassee College housed an elementary school taught by the student teachers. Charlie Brakebill was one of those students. He fondly remembers the three-room school and his student teachers. Charlie has a lifetime of memories at the Hiwassee campus. During his time at the elementary school, he was rewarded with a 1lb box of chocolate-covered cherries; immediately consuming the sweets, it was the box that remained on display in his home until heading to college. “I walked over 2 miles daily to Hiwassee for school,” reflected Charlie, “coming home so hungry, telling my Mom it was from the walking.” Mrs. Brakebill didn’t believe her son’s story, discovering that Charlie was sharing his sandwich each day with a friend who never had a lunch.“Mom never said anything to me,” said Charlie. “From that day until I was finished with school, there were always two sandwiches.” The 93-year-old native of Madisonville entered the U.S. Army at 18 and served three years in Europe during World War II—including at Omaha Beach, retiring as a lieutenant colonel from the Air Force in 1967.

Hiwassee College is a fixture in the community, with an impact that reaches beyond the campus and the educational offerings. The grounds of the campus and buildings have always been available for community events. The Barker Learning Center held the commencement services for Madisonville High School, and annually the Monroe Area Council for the Arts presents a world-class performing arts series at the Hiwassee Performing Arts Center.

Under the leadership of President Dr. Robin Tricoli, the college regained accreditation in 2013 (lost in 2008) with reaffirmation in 2018. Enrollment increased, as well as the priority of community commitment. Working closely with Lisa Bingham, the Hiwassee H.O.P.E. program was founded. This program provided students, within or aging out of the foster care system a home, three meals, financial aid and a support parent enabling them to achieve higher education. Proceeds from Monroe Life Magazine’s Celebration of HOPE Balloon Festival, held on the campus, provided the funding. When the program caught the attention of Hiwassee Alumni, Jim Henry, then Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, it became a fully funded government program and today is offered in post-secondary schools throughout Tennessee.

In addition to community and education, Hiwassee College has excelled in sports with National Championship appearances in Baseball, Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball. The Hiwassee Tigers gave opportunities for students to play their sport on a collegiate level while obtaining their

education. Carolyn Bush-Roddy, 2019 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and 1975 Pan-American Games Gold Medalist, enjoyed that opportunity. She finished her playing career with the Dallas Diamonds of Women’s Professional Basketball League. In 1997, she returned to Hiwassee as Head Coach of the Lady Tigers until 2000. The Hiwassee College Athletics Department was diverse with Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Golf, Shooting, Volleyball, Cross-Country, Softball and Cheerleading.

Hiwassee College has a rich heritage. The liberal arts college is affiliated with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. The core values and foundation of faith are the pride of Hiwassee alumni; it is the lifelong connection that brings so many of them back to the campus. Brittany Tipton, class of 2012 valedictorian, returned eight months after graduation to be Resident Director and Equestrian Center Manager. “From the moment I started working, President Tricoli pushed me to go for my Master in Equine Science,” said Brittany. “I was accepted to UTK’s graduate school and achieved it. The plan was to return to work in April.” She did return to work at the Equestrian Center as planned; however, now it is to manage the first-class boarding and training facility until it is sold. “I was speechless,” expressed Brittany upon learning her beloved Hiwassee would closed. “It’s a part of me.” The Hiwassee College Board of Trustees voted to close the institution at the end of the spring semester. The announcement came in late March, citing financial instability. In an official statement from the communications department:

“We are proud of our historic mission of educating students for 170 years in the United Methodist tradition of John Wesley…Hiwassee College’s legacy will survive through those who attended the college and who continue to lead and serve…changes in demographics, our rural location, and declining enrollment have combined to produce an unsustainable economic model. Our current full-time equivalent enrollment is 225 students… the community, our alumni, and this region have all been a vital part of supporting our mission and campus. Our faculty and staff have been supportive through the years and we are grateful for their commitment to Hiwassee College and Christian higher education…We wish to thank all of those whose prayers and support have been so meaningful for so long.”

Although the college is closing, the legacy will live on with those positively impacted by Hiwassee College. The final graduates walked across the stage in May. It is a new start for them and the finale of the historic school. Eric Wolfe, student body president and graduate, will have the unique legacy of being the first Biology major to graduate in 60 years and also the last one in school history. This reality for Hiwassee College was heartbreaking for students, alumni, parents, faculty, community and the entirety of Monroe County.

According to national reports, colleges are closing or merging at an accelerating rate, from about eight per year between 2004 and 2014 to an estimated 20 per year moving forward, with small private colleges particularly vulnerable. It was a business decision for Hiwassee College as it faced an enrollment of 225 with a sustained need for at least 500. As the pool of college-bound students shrinks, elite schools will recruit more from populations once left to the smaller regional colleges. Sweet Briar College, a women’s liberal arts college about 12 miles north of Lynchburg, Virginia, had the fiercely loyal alumnae bring their school back from extinction. But there are not enough alumni and, increasingly, not enough students to replicate that everywhere. Sadly, many communities are experiencing the same loss of institutions that is currently being grieved

in Monroe County.

It is a harsh reality that we wish did not happen anywhere, but especially our Monroe County, our Hiwassee College. The experience has also brought reflection into a time of our lives somewhat forgotten. When asked, Charles Brakebill was unable to express the hurting within his heart on the closing. Brittany Tipton shared about finding comfort in the memories, stories being shared of Hiwassee greatness. Lisa Bingham hopes that something will revive the beautiful campus and continue providing educational opportunities in the area. The responses are varied, the grief at different stages; however, they are the voices for the buildings that cannot talk, they are sharing the stories of those 60 acres, they were a part of the history and, along with the countless others, they will continue the legacy of Hiwassee College.

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Hawks Cay

The Florida Keys are the subject of much folklore, a romantic yet mysterious destination located at the southern tip of the United States. With non-stop flights from Knoxville to South Florida, it’s also an easy getaway. Just book a flight, rental car and head down the Overseas Highway to Ernest Hemingway’s paradise.
The Overseas Highway, US Hwy 1 in Florida, is one of America’s most scenic roads. Traveling through the Keys is a breathtaking trip. At approximately mile marker 61 between Conch and Grassy Keys on the island of Duck Key sits a landmark of the Florida Keys, Hawks Cay Resort. You will find clear turquoise water, endless sunshine, great fishing and abundant relaxation. Recently, the landmark oceanside resort reopened after completing a $50 million dollar renovation post Hurricane Irma.
Hawks Cay Resort, recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award and a member of the Preferred Hotel Group Lifestyle Collection, is a 60-acre, tropical destination boasting 177 guest rooms and 250 two- and three-bedroom villas, a full-service marina, six restaurants, saltwater lagoon, five swimming pools, kid and teen clubs and spa.
It is also the only resort in the mainland United States offering free viewing of trained dolphins. Guests have the unique opportunity to encounter and interact with bottlenose dolphins in this marine mammal’s natural environment.
Located in the premier fishing destination of the Middle Florida Keys, The Hawks Cay Marina is home to the most knowledgeable and friendly fishing captains and guides with a complete fleet of both inshore and offshore charter boats.
Hawks Cay Resort is a tropical destination, easily accessible by car, boat or plane yet feels worlds away from everyday life. Alongside the aquamarine water of the Atlantic Ocean, guests of all ages will find fun and relaxation at its best.

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Are You Being Heard?

We live in a time where there is so much noise. Wonderful noises include the sound of our loved ones talking to us, with us and near us, making memories together, whether we realize the significance of those memories or not. Wonderful noises also include music of all varieties that make us happy, lift our spirits and entertain us. Necessary sounds such as the running of the HVAC or the tapping of the keyboard become so commonplace we may barely notice them. Unpleasant noises can be distracting, annoying or downright painful. This list could be equally as long, but for now, we will avoid listing those and acknowledge they exist.

With all the noises that surround us, I think we can all agree that the sound of a human voice, especially of someone for whom we love and care, can be one of the most comforting. One of my top three voices belongs to my sweet two-year-old daughter with the other two belonging to my seven-and-a-half-year-old daughter and my husband of nearly ten years. This sweet two-year-old is continually improving her speech, and her tiny voice is precious, but she has one phrase that cracks me every time; every day I hear her say, “Want money, want money, want money.”

The first time we heard “want money,” my husband and I curiously looked at each other with a bit of panic as the “want money, want money” cries got louder. We let our little one take us by the hand and guide us to a point in which she reached the pantry and pulled out gummies, and we finally understood what she truly wanted. She wasn’t asking for money (not yet at least, those years are coming), but she wanted GUMMIES! There is nothing audible in her request that sounded like gummies, but we heard loud and clear.

I smile to myself thinking about how often this plays out in real life. Oftentimes, we tell our loved ones what we want and need, and we hope they have heard us. Sometimes they have listened to us, and sometimes they have indeed heard us. My husband has heard me say I’m exhausted at the end of the day, and cleaning the kitchen is not high on my priority come late at night. I knew he truly heard me when we started tag-teaming the kitchen duties and asking what else he could assist with to make the evenings as enjoyable as possible.

As a senior advisor, I genuinely want to hear from you and your family. I want to ask questions to which your answers guide me to be able to listen to what you are saying completely. I want every one of my recommendations to take into consideration what I hear you say is most important to you. I want to listen to what you are saying but also understand the meaning behind it.

Some of my clients tell me that leaving a legacy is most important, some clients tell me retiring and being confident in their cash flow is most important and some clients tell me portfolio stability and returns are most important. My goal is to give each client the attention and access they desire so that I do hear what they are saying.

Your goals may sound like “money, money, money” the first time we sit down and talk. My job is to walk with you and ask the right questions so that I hear what you are really saying is, “Freedom, retirement, peace of mind and legacy.”

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UT Medical Center

In 2009, Barber McMurry designed a four- story specialized Heart Hospital for the University of Tennessee Medical Center, creating a distinctive and welcoming “front door” to the hospital campus. By 2016, the facility had reached capacity, but the constrained hospital site limited growth options. Barber McMurry designed a vertical expansion that added five stories and 132,600 additional square feet to the existing building. The project was quickly but carefully completed in phases to allow the Heart Hospital to remain fully operational during construction. The University of Tennessee Medical Center strives to continually improve its facility, providing best-in-class medical operations. The community need to have medical services all in one location isn’t about convenience, it also will improve patient health. Researching the factors that improve a patient’s health was the driving factor behind the expansion of the Heart Hospital. Input was received from physicians, nurses, health care specialists and patients. Rooms were designed with soothing colors, adjustable lighting, and comfortable sofa beds for family members to spend the night. The waiting areas on all levels have been equally improved to accommodate family, friends and caregivers needing breaks. Built-in snack areas make it convenient with the added luxury of meals delivered by the cafeteria during certain hours, reducing time away from the patient. This attention to details for reducing stress, increasing social interaction, and improving access to privacy has been shown to help patients heal. It is crucial to the patient’s healing success is to have doctors, nurses and other medical staff dedicated to working exclusively with cardiovascular disease along with a multidisciplinary approach to care and treatment. The Heart Hospital is within close proximity to the medical center’s cardiovascular intensive care unit, pulmonary unit, cardiac catheterization center, operating rooms, emergency department and UT LIFESTAR allowing ease of access for physicians and staff. Other additions to the Heart Hospital include a new Neuro Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Women’s and Infants unit and the Pulmonary unit. The University of Tennessee Medical Center has a rich history of utilizing evidence-based practices to ensure that we’re delivering the highest quality of care available, and the Heart Hospital represents that commitment to patients. It could be the most important 60 seconds of your life! To survive a heart attack, you need to know the signs and how to respond, well before it ever happens. You can’t afford to wait. Continued Cardiac care is maintenance that we all should do, which was exactly how Freddie Atkins of Madisonville was living his life. With regular visits to his doctor, eating healthy and exercising, the marathon running grandfather was making strides in quality of life. A routine visit triggered a diagnosed need for a stint in his heart and with the latest in innovative procedures at his disposal, it was scheduled at the University of Tennessee Heart Hospital. Dr. Jeffery Johnson, a native of Cleveland, Tennessee provides cardiac care for both Freddie and his wife, Shirley Atkins at University Cardiology. “We completely trust and even enjoy our visits with Dr. Johnson,” said Freddie, “He makes sure we understand everything clearly.” Freddie arrived for the procedure and fully expected to be heading back home in a few hours, however, that changed when the evaluation determined a triple bypass was required, the damage was too great to ignore. It was a sudden change for the man who had created a healthy heart lifestyle and under the best medical care with whom he relied and trusted. Preventative care is key and becuase he had made that a priority, this sudden change was taking place before a life threatening heart event. The University of Tennessee Heart Hospital is a ACS-verified Level 1 Trauma Center, the only one in the area and the first in the state to be awarded The Joint Commission’s Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification. A huge blessing for East Tennessee residents, the best in cardiac care, prevenative or emergency without having to leave the region. For Freddie, this care was now in the hands of Dr. Ben Barton, his appointed cardiovascular surgeon. Dr. Barton is a 1980 graduate of the UT Medical School followed by a Cardiothoracic residency at the pretigious Emory University. Coming to UT Heart Hospital from Vanderbilt, he provides both excellent patient care and education to future physicians. And so it was, Freddie Atkins was admitted for a triple bypass the next morning. Like the majority of stories from the UT Heart Hospital, Freddie’s is a positive one with a successful surgery leading to the return of a quality daily life. He is continuing cardiac therapy, has returned to independence and building back the active lifestyle so enjoyed. He and his family are grateful for the ability to receive world renowed care close to home, which allowed them to be on the journey together. Freddie Atkins, father of our publisher, who has lived a very active life since retiring from Y-12, is back and better than ever. His marathon heart is beating with love and running the race of life!

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Having Trouble Seeing Up Close?

By the time we reach our mid-forties, most of us will struggle with seeing things up close. As technology has advanced, we have more and more need to be able to see things up close. We hold our hands in more access to information than ever before. As we use our eyes to view near objects, our focusing system begins to fatigue. Traditionally, as we reach the age of 40-45 years of age, we begin to struggle seeing up close. As this happens, vision correction aids such as bifocals or reading glasses are required to help us focus up close. Fortunately, technology has now provided us more options to maintain clear, comfortable vision up close.Gone are the days of lined bifocals and over-the-counter reading glasses. Progressive eyeglasses and multifocal contact lenses are the modern devices that most people now enjoy to provide comfortable, clear vision at all distances. Even if you never depended on eyeglasses in your youth, you will be challenged with blurry vision up close around the age of 45. With cell phones and computer use, even young people are struggling with blurry vision and eyestrain.Let’s discuss some of the options available to you. Progressive eyeglasses are glasses which provide clear vision at all distances. The design is such that the top part of the lens is focused for distance and as one looks down through the lens, it progressively changes focus for near. Hence the name progressive eyeglasses. For those who don’t like wearing glasses or for those who want to be less dependent on eyeglasses, multifocal contact lenses provide a nice alternative to progressive eyeglasses. Multifocal contact lenses have been around since the 1990’s, but have greatly improved in their design and function since then.Even if you have a significant amount of astigmatism, there are multifocal contact lens options available. You must find an eye doctor who is experienced in fitting specialty contact lenses in order to find success with these lenses. Even if you have tried multifocal contact lenses or progressive eyeglasses in the past and failed, you may be surprised with the success of the new designs. Comfort and clear vision have greatly improved in recent years.If you spend a significant amount of time on a desktop computer, there are specific eyeglasses that are much better suited for this purpose. Computer eyeglasses are a must for anyone spending over four consecutive hours on a computer in a day.If you are struggling with your vision and would like answers, look no further than Premier Eyecare located in Farragut. We want to keep you focused for life. Call today for your appointment. 966-0100 or visit us at www.Premier-Eyecare.net.

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OsteoStrong

OsteoStrong® is a locally owned franchise with a focus on improving strength, performance, bone density, balance and vitality for clients of any age. It’s a unique place to improve your overall health by focusing on the one thing we all have in common: a skeletal system. OsteoStrong®’s research and technology based system has ushered in a revolution in musculoskeletal strengthening. Bio-Medical engineer, Dr. John Jaquish, invented the Spectrum 2 devices that permits osteogenic loading along the bone axis. This action triggers the body to heal itself through osteogenesis and myofibril growth resulting in denser bones and muscles. Peer reviewed studies indicate bone density increases of 7%-10% per year and muscle density increases that result in significant A1C reduction, the blood glucose marker for Type II diabetes. The method also improves posture, balance and proprioception to reduce the risk of falling. OsteoStrong® of Farragut is the only facility offering this service in East Tennessee. A certified Osteogenic Technician guides the process. Once a week sessions are quick (15 min. or less), sweat- free, painless, and results are measurable. “You don’t have to lift or move weight. It is not a gym.” said the owner, Dee Matchett.Athletic performance is also enhanced and plateaus surmounted. Increased bone density forms a more powerful frame, allowing more muscular engagement and subsequently more muscular power. It is like comparing a Formula 1 race car to an economy car. The framework of the economy car cannot support the power of the Formula 1 racing engine. By comparison, the central nervous system will not permit the muscular system to become strong enough to damage the skeletal system.Osteoporosis runs four generations deep on the paternal side of Dee Matchett’s family. Her great- grandparents were so bowed they had to crane their neck to look up at people. Experiencing firsthand the effects of poor bone health, Dee actively participated in prevention regimens with bone healthy foods, recommended supplements, weight lifting and high impact experience. Despite all those efforts, she was diagnosed as high risk for fracture; genetics were getting the upper hand. “I was surprised when my DXA report showed that I was high risk for fracture,” expressed Dee, “I found myself pondering what else could be done to prevent bone loss.”Her search led to a technological advance in building bone mass density: OsteoStrong® Bringing this method of triggering new bone growth to East Tennessee, became her passion. That passion has become a career for Dee Matchett. Even more so, it has become a motivation for community service. She serves as a volunteer peer educator for American Bone Health, a member of the Knoxville Senior Safety Task Force, a sponsor of FHS Health Occupations Students of America chapter, and a volunteer instructor at ORICL where she teaches a community education course called “Good News for Bones.” As a former instructor at Carson Newman University, her background in education has served her well and she is often asked to speak at various community groups in the area. You may have heard Kim Hansard interview her on the public affairs segment of Star 101.2If you have low bone density, American Bone Health recommends working with a professional on any activity that will add load to your bones. You want to use proper form and body mechanics to protect your spine. “This is what we provide at OsteoStrong® of Farragut,” Dee explained, “Only OsteoStrong® has training program certified by the Father of Osteogenic Loading, Dr. John Jauish.” There are 2 million fractures due to bone loss each year in the USA. That’s 2 million 2 many and Dee’s goal is to see that statistic change. The business offers a free assessment of suitability to the program.“We are so pleased with the wonderful response OsteoStrong® of Farragut has received”, Deesaid, “The benefits of osteogenic loading are becoming apparent. One client with advanced osteoporosis of the spine had a 25.5% increase in density verified by DEXA. The least improvement seen after 12 months of sessions at OsteoStrong® Farragut is stabilization. Most are seeing measurable increases in bone density.”

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National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

History is often set aside as not applicable today, an issue that has plagued the Civil Rights Movement since inception. The National Civil Rights Museum offers visitors a fully immersed experience through multi-sensory and multimedia innovations combined with historical artifacts. The interactive approach allows all aspects of the historical and current Civil Rights Movement to be interpreted and applied to current times.Located in Memphis,The National Civil Rights Museum is one of the nation’s premier heritage and cultural museums. With a mission to share the lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement, the museum continues to shape equality and freedom globally.Established in 1991, the museum is located at the former Lorraine Motel. Purchased by Walter Bailey in 1945 and renamed after his wife Loree, the two-story concrete block motel structure was one of only a few hotels for which African-American travelers could enjoy accommodations during the segregated eras. Guests enjoyed its upscale atmosphere, home-cooked meals, affordable prices and clean environment. Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding were among the many who stayed at the Lorraine during the 1950s and 1960s.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stayed at the Lorraine Motel many times, especially during t he Memphis sanitation workers strike of 1968. A strike that grew into an important event of the Civil Rights Movement, attracting the attention of the NAACP, the national news media, and Martin Luther King Jr. He first visited the Memphis strike on March 18th, speaking to an audience of thousands at the Mason Temple. On April 3rd, King returned to Memphis and the Mason Temple delivering the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” address. In a prophetic finale to his speech, King revealed that he was not afraid to die: “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life—longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will… And so I’m happy tonight; I’m not worried about anything; I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord ”On Thursday, April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stepped out onto the balcony of his Lorraine Motel room #306 to attend dinner at a local minister’s home. At 6:01 p.m., he was struck in the face by a single .30-06 bullet fired from a Remington Model 760 rifle. The 39 year old civil rights champion and nobel peace laureate was forever silenced. On April 8th, King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, and the couple’s four small children led a crowd estimated at forty thousand in a silent march through the streets of Memphis to honor the fallen leader and support the cause of the city’s sanitation workers.The National Civil Rights Museum is a complex of museums and historic buildings, most of which are directly associated with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther KingJr. On October 21, 2016, the museum was honored by becoming a Smithsonian Affiliate museum. The National Civil Rights Museum and Lorraine Hotel is a place of history and symbolism for all. Step aboard a vintage bus and hear the Rosa Parks altercation in Montgomery, Alabama or crouch into the hull of a 1700s slave ship to imagine the horrid conditions they endured. The museum collection offers 260 artifacts, more than 40 new films, oral histories, interactive media and external listening posts that guide visitors through five centuries of history. It may be built with bricks and mortar, but the message delivered is enough to change the world, one visitor at a time.

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