Crossroads Ministries -Oak Ridge


Special Guest

Cora Rhew

Executive Director

Crossroads Ministries

joins The Housing Hour this week to share her long time passion for helping homeless and/or at-risk single moms and their young children. Cora founded Crossroads Ministry in 2002 while housing a single mom, her baby, and her 14-year-old sister for six months.    In 2006 she provided a home and safe place for a first time young mom and her baby daughter and from June 2012 to June 2014 provided a home to a single mom trying to regain custody of her daughter who had been taken out of state by the child’s father.  Her passion and dedication to the issue of homeless and/or at-risk single moms and their young children are where her heart and focus is and seeing her vision come to fruition is her goal.  Cora previously volunteered at Choices Resource Center helping with the babies and toddlers during parenting classes and at STAR (Shangri La Therapeutic Academy of Riding) working with teenagers and women working towards a measure of independence while learning handling and coping skills on horseback.  She is currently a Member of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, NightTime Altrusa of Anderson County, Tennessee, Networking Today International, Domestic Violence Task Force of Anderson County, CAB (Community Advisory Board of Anderson County), and the Anderson County Homelessness Collaboration.

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Crossroads Ministry is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation.

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AgentOptix-Media Services


Special Guest

Paul Piers


joins The Housing Hour this week to share his passion for professional market branding.   AngentOpix has developed the latest fully responsive, SEO driven experience on any website platform in the market.      Their marketing vision uses the latest technology to build your brand.

AgentOptix recently Innovated a brand new technology that allows you to interactively fly through an entire community.  You control where you fly and look using your phone or mouse.  They didn’t stop there, they then link this technology to Matterport, so you you can tour inside the buildings within the community and return to the air at any time.  You really have to see it to believe it.

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Example of website development and branding:


After they have captured the media and created the content, they go about developing your website. Their sites are fully responsive, easy to navigate, great lo look at, and built to meet current SEO standards. They build sites on any platform – Word Press, Business Catalyst, WooCommerce, Shopify, Magento, etc. Their websites are more than just web pages; they’re an online experience that tells your brand’s story on any device from desktops to mobile phones.


Just because it’s built doesn’t mean traffic. They go to work to integrate their marketing automation into your daily business routine. Using analytics, they deep dive into market data to see what your competitors are doing and see what works and what doesn’t. Market knowledge in hand, we build campaigns designed to generate, capture, nurture, and covert leads. AgentOptix grows businesses and increases sales.


No matter what product or service your business offers, it is a must to convey your message in many different media formats. Photography, Video, 3D Modeling, Print and the list goes on. They are a content studio that produces the highest quality media that effectively highlights your value proposition to potential customers.


Content created and website developed, time to publish all the content. Their websites are built on the latest Content Management Systems. AgentOptix handles publishing your custom content and all the ongoing updates. They also publish to the platforms and sites that your potential customers visit. Consistent brand messaging online that increases consumer awareness.

Paul Piers | AgentOptix

865.288.4808 Office
865.384.6410 Mobile

Paul is a business-minded professional with knowledge of entrepreneurial start-ups and running day-to-day business operations.  In the past, he has worked in many different facets of the real estate industry.  These facets include roles in real estate sales and service, real estate finance, and real estate technology.  He now assists real estate professional with utilizing innovative technologies to better their marketing and brand awareness.


Professional Experience

Slyman Real Estate, Director of Operations, 2007- 2012

Sthenia Solutions (Loanmarq Mortgage Application), President, 2001 – 2012

Trinity Mortgage Capital, Owner, 2004 – 2007



University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Master of Business Administration

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Bachelor fo Science, in Business Administration

Slyman Real Estate: Laura Slyman


Special Guest

Laura Slyman


Slyman Real Estate

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss the legacy of Slyman Real Estate in the Knoxville market since 1971. Laura also discusses the local housing market and gives her expert option of how to navigate these challenging times.     During the show, Laura describes her new leadership role as President of the Knoxville Area  Association of Realtors and her goals for the Knoxville Realtors.

Slyman Real Estate

Founded in 1971, James Slyman opened Slyman Real Estate and Auction Company in Knoxville, TN. Today, Slyman Real Estate has expanded into two states with three branch offices.

As leading real estate professionals, Slyman Real Estate prides itself on maintaining the highest level of ethics and providing industry-leading real estate services. Through cutting-edge technology and continued educations, our agents are among the top in the nation.

Whether buying, selling, needing mortgage services, or auction information, Slyman Real Estate agents are ready and willing to assist you today!

Read the Three Part Series Kevin mentions on air:

The Liquidity Factor Series

YMCA Community Giving Gardens


Special Guest


Ellen Morar

 Garden Director

from the YMCA Community Giving Gardens joins The Housing Hour to discuss the three community gardens located in Knoxville.    The gardens provide fresh produce to those without access in the Knoxville area. Wonderful partners like  Sow True Seed, Innovative Garden Supply,Cutting Edge Solutions, Greenstalk,Stanley’s Greenhouse, and Keyhole Farm makes the gardens possible.

Most of all, the gardens rely on generous volunteers. Because volunteers donate their time, skills, and supplies, the gardens can continue the to provide fresh, quality produce to those in need.

The three Community Giving Gardens are located at the Davis Family Y, the Cansler Family Y, and on the rooftop of the Lindsay Young Downtown Y. Throughout the 2016 season, the gardens donated over 5,300 pounds of produce to local partner food banks including FISH Hospitality Pantries, Manna House, and the C.A.R.E. Food Pantry.

“The Y is a nonprofit like no other. Serving East Tennessee for over 160 years, we know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together.”


In addition to growing healthy foods, the Y Community Giving Gardens commit to learning.

Features of the gardens include:

  • raised soil and permaculture beds
  • multiple types of hydroponics systems
  • recycled container planters
  • native pollinator gardens
  • drip irrigation to conserve water
  • vermiculture and composting bins
  • chickens

The gardens use all of these features as outdoor classrooms.

If you want to get involved with this community project, contact Ellen. Find out how you can help at one of our three locations. Also, click here to find out about special events and Master Gardener classes at the Y.