is an East Tennessee native who grew up in Knoxville and Oak Ridge. Tyler is the daughter of long-time Mortgage Investors Group Loan Officer Norma Sheldon. Norma works in the Oak Ridge Office with co-host Mark Griffith.
Tyler is an accomplished set designer with a vast movie credit past which includes her newest work ‘Patsy and Loretta’, a movie appearing on the Lifetime Channel Saturday, October 19th at 8 pm/7 pm central.
Tyler shares her story of how she realized her dream of working in the movie industry and gives words of encouragement to others seeking a similar dream.
Lifetime has given a green light for the new feature movie, “Patsy & Loretta,” set to star Megan Hilty (“Smash,” “The Good Wife”) as music legend Patsy Cline and Grammy winner Jessie Mueller (Broadway’s “Waitress,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”) as country icon Loretta Lynn. The movie, produced by Sony Pictures Television, is executive produced by Neil Meron, in his first solo project since the passing of longtime producing partner Craig Zadan. Debuting later this year, the movie will film on location this month in Nashville, helmed by award-winning director Callie Khouri (“Thelma & Louise,” “Nashville”) from a script by Angelina Burnett (“The Americans,” “Genius”) “Patsy & Loretta” also marks a reunion for Meron and Hilty who worked together on the musical series, “Smash.”
“Patsy & Loretta” is based on the untold true story of the friendship between two of country music’s greatest icons, Patsy Cline (Megan Hilty) and Loretta Lynn (Jessie Mueller). When they first met, Patsy was already one of the biggest stars in country music while Loretta was just a coal miner’s daughter, starting off with little to her name but a $17 guitar. Instead of seeing Loretta as competition, Patsy took Loretta under her wings to help her make it in Nashville. Soon, they became close friends, touring together, bonding over their husband troubles and commiserating on being females in the male-dominated music business. Then in 1963, the country music community was struck with a tragedy when at just age 30, Patsy died in a plane crash. Despite the devastating loss of her friend, Loretta continued on in the industry and is today, known as the First Lady of Country Music. To this day, Loretta remains grateful to Patsy for her mentorship and above all, friendship, as the country music trailblazer that paved the way for Loretta.
author of “One Dog’s Faith,” and his newest companion book, “Worry is Stupid”, joins The Housing Hour this week to talk about the chronic problem that so many suffer from-Worry! Tom gives practical tips and examples of how to deal with this debilitating condition.
Tom Baker has worked in
entertainment, radio and television for over 35 years. He graduated with a
degree in Marketing from the University of Tennessee and has been a TV and
radio writer & producer since 1987.
Work history includes an ad agency writer/ producer, a radio &
television commercial writer/producer/editor, senior video editor for a various
production companies, producing music soundtracks and choreographing fireworks
shows, cable series producer/editor – working on shows for A&E, Discovery, HGTV,
Food Network, Travel Channel, Oxygen, Investigation Discovery, TLC, Discovery
Health, and more, manager of post-production for Scripps Networks and presently
is Executive Producer/Owner of his 17 year-old TV production company
(Cobblestone Entertainment, LLC) in Knoxville, TN. His company has produced
original cable series, edited hundreds of episodes of TV shows and also has
produced countless commercials, corporate videos, promotions and web content.
Tom, has been a musician
since age 5, first playing piano and then switching to drums at age 8. He is
also a published author and public speaker. Very active in his church, he plays
drums in the contemporary worship band, teaches Sunday School to 8th
and 9th graders and produces videos for the worship services and
website. Tom and his wife, Michelle, of 22 years and four children (Carolyn,
Sophie, Chloe and Cristian) love animals. They have 3 rescue dogs (including
Mango), a rescue cat and a fish. He and his family enjoy hiking in the Smoky
Mountains, camping and playing tag, “Uno” and “Parcheesi” past bedtime.
For speaking engagements
contact Tom at: 865-250-0706
of The Arsonist in the Office joins The Housing Hour this week to tell his incredible story of how a rogue employee sets out to hound and try to ruin his career. Pete writes about his journey and gives career changing tips on how to identify and deal with The Arsonist in the Office.
How can leaders prevent fires from breaking out before their organization is at risk?
How can employees—whether facing a destructive coworker or a from breaking—protect themselves in an atmosphere that eats away at common sense, kindness, and careers?
The author of The Arsonist in the Office, is an experienced lobbyist, political consultant and crisis communications pro who has served numerous leading business advocacy organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business and Associated Builders and Contractors.
With skills sharpened in the
toughest, bare-knuckled environments, Havel is committed to helping
leaders and organizations boldly face their challenges and provide tools
that sharpen ‘smart skills’ that improve performance and protect
careers and organizational cultures. He brings his skill in politics to
helping organizations and individuals survive office politics.
Pete serves as a Sr. Counsel of
Public Affairs for a leading communications firm. Pete grew up in
Massachusetts, but now calls Texas home. He’s a graduate of Baylor
University and is a legendary BBQ smoker in his own mind.
joins The Housing Hour this week to share his expert training methods for agents and customers: Emotional Intelligence and Real Estate Training Parts I & II.
Daniel taps his Psychology degree from Clemson University and his close work with Dr. John Townsend and Dr. Henry Cloud to formulate techniques that will help navigate the most complex human experiences during real estate transactions.
Daniel Park returned to his hometown of Knoxville, TN in 2014. He is an important part of Bailey and Co and brings a wide range of real estate experience with him. Daniel’s prior work included residential sales, commercial development, and property management.
Previously, Daniel contributed as a co-founder and
manager of Mosaic House in Prague, Czech Republic. Mosaic House is a
unique accommodation business specializing in hospitality and “green”
technology. As a co-founder, his involvement ranged from design,
assisting project management, development of operations, and profit and
loss analysis. Following his time in Prague, Daniel served as the
Ministry Development Coordinator for Breakaway Ministries at Texas
A&M University in College Station, TX.
Daniel earned his B.A.
in Psychology in 2006 from Clemson University and is currently working
on a Master‘s Degree in Organizational Leadership. He and his wife Brook
have three children.
joins The Housing Hour this week to give our listeners a unique view of one of our countries premier state housing programs. THDA’s passion is to expand safe, sound, affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income Tennesseans. They aspire to excel in the management and stewardship of our state resources and to produce strong earnings that allow creative reinvestment to meet the housing needs in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) is Tennessee’s housing
finance agency, created by the General Assembly in 1973. THDA was
created to promote the production of more affordable new housing units
for very low, low and moderate income individuals and families in the
state, to promote the preservation and rehabilitation of existing
housing units for such persons, and to bring greater stability to the
residential construction industry and related industries so as to assure
a steady flow of production of new housing units.
In addition to serving as the primary administrator for numerous
federal and state housing programs, THDA is authorized to issue
tax-exempt Mortgage Revenue Bonds to support financing opportunities for
first-time homebuyers and veterans. THDA is not a direct lender. THDA
purchases qualified home loans originated through its private-sector
lending partners. All THDA loans have 30-year, fixed-rate terms and
offer a maximum grant of 5% in down-payment assistance. All homebuyers
receiving down-payment assistance must complete a homebuyer education
Former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort
joins The Housing Hour this week to share his legacy of creating the famous Disney Leader Strategies which are used to train and develop thousands of leaders at Walt Disney World.
There is no ‘pixie dust’ involved, these are sound proven leadership techniques that brings the wonderful world of magic to businesses around the globe.
How to Create Corporate Magic
Create an inclusive workplace
How to start each day
plus so much more!!
Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the
Walt Disney World® Resort. “As the Senior Operating Executive for ten
years Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the
operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping
& entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex
in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one
vacation destination in the world.”
One of Lee’s major and lasting
legacies was the creation of Disney Great Leader Strategies which was
used to train and develop the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. Lee has
held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment
business with Hilton Hotels for 8 years and the Marriott Corporation for
17 years before joining Disney in 1990 to open the Disneyland Paris
Lee has served as Chairman of the Board of Heart of
Florida United Way, the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of
America (CIA), the board of the Production and Operations Management
Society and the board of Reptilia a Canadian attractions and
entertainment company. In 2005 Governor Bush appointed Lee to the
Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Public Service for the state
of Florida where he served as Chairman of the Board.
He is now
dedicating his time to public speaking, authoring a book on leadership,
management and service excellence titled, Creating Magic…10 Common Sense
Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney. which is now available in
13 languages and his latest book, The Customer Rules…The 39 Essential
Rules for Delivering Sensational Service. Lee also performs leadership
and service excellence workshops and consulting for organizations around
the world as well as for the Disney Institute. Lee has received the
Golden Chain Award for Outstanding leadership and business performance from the Multi-Unit Foodservice Operations Association (MUFSO).
Silver Plate Award for Outstanding Operator in the foodservice industry from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA).
Excellence In Production Operations Management and Leadership (POMS) from the Productions and Operations.
Grandfather of the year from his three grandchildren, Jullian, Margot and Tristan.
Lee and his wife Priscilla live in Orlando Florida.
joins The Housing Hour this week to reflect on one of our countries most iconic weekends ‘ Woodstock ’69’. Terry, Kevin, and Mark discuss the ‘Legacy of Woodstock’ and the impact of the countercultural movement.
Terry has a unique background, having grown up in the Nashville music scene. His mother, Shirley Wood, was a well known and respected country music songwriter. It was not unusual for Terry to find famous musicians in his home growing up.
The Housing Hour reached out to a festival goer and got their first-hand account:
Yes, I was at Woodstock that August in 1969. I was a college sophomore at the time. I remember our decision to go to Woodstock like it was yesterday. I was hanging out with a few of my friends at “The Coral”, a local watering hole on Philly’s Main Line on that Friday night of the concert weekend. I was freshly energized from my trip to the Atlantic City Pop Festival held less than 2 weeks prior. When Woodstock entered the conversation and the great groups that would be performing a snap decision was made. By early the next morning 4 of us were heading north on the PA Turnpike toward Bethel, NY. I recall that it was a warm, sunny day. Theperfect day for a road trip – particularly in a GTO convertible with the top down. By the time we hit the NY Thruway it became apparent we were not alone. There was a steady stream of traffic and volume expanded with each mile. By the time we exited the Thruway and merged onto a 2 lane country road the traffic was slowed to a crawl, but honestly, no one seemed to mind. The parade in of itself was a sight to behold: Vans, Microbuses, campers, vehicles painted with all colors and patterns imaginable. American Flags that were in dayglow colors, repurposed school buses, motorcycles and pickup trucks – all loaded with concertgoers! It was when the traffic came to a complete halt, about 4 miles from the venue that we decided to bail on the car. We found a field where I could safely park my car away from the masses and joined in the march. The crowd was massive and like nothing I’d ever seen. No one seemed pushy or annoyed by the press of the people all around them. We all simply merged and moved forward. By the time we arrived at the entrance the gates were non-existent. In factthere were no fences or anyone to take tickets and all I could see was a sea of people. I could hear Carlos Santana in the distance. We continued walking toward the music for what may have been another mile before we actually reached our destination and heard that the concert was now “free”. The road was muddy and food vendors parked along the way had mostly closed, having sold out after the first day! I recall being thankful that we brought food & drink in our backpacks. I recall walking past a makeshift Red Cross field hospital that seemed well- organized & pretty low-key. I also recall somehow eventually ending up near the stage in amazement & seeing concertgoers that looked like they had been in a war zone – filthy, many covered in mud and still wet from Friday night’s rainstorm. I recall no one seemed to care & neither did I – we were all together there to enjoy this great music & have a great time!
I could not believe our luck at finding a spot at rear stage left – right under a catwalk where performers walked from the trailers across to the stage. We could both see the performers on stage & hear all of the music. Location, Location, Location & it was not long before we got to know everyone around us – Incredible experience. Canned Heat came on as the sun was setting. They were followed by Mountain, The Grateful Dead and CCR. Credence Clearwater Revival was one of my favorites so I was in my glory. Janis Joplin was followed by Sly & the Family Stone. By then I think it was after 4 am. I think I maybe got 2 hours sleep before The Jefferson Airplane came on & Gracie Slick woke us all up with, “Breakfast for 300,000!”.
During the music, everyone was engaged and euphoric (in more ways than one). It was only after Gracie & the group departed the stage across the catwalk that the massive reality of the event came into view. It would be several hours before the next group would come on – Wedecided to see if we could grab a spot at the top of the hill as a change of pace but realized pretty quickly this was a bad decision. By the time we did finally reach the top of the hill there was no place to sit. Even if a space could be found you couldn’t see the stage as it was literally standing room only.
So there we were. It was Sunday before noon. We were at the top of the hill and considered options. It was hot. It smelled. I don’t need to mention the thought of portable toilets that crews could not get near to service. No food – we had eaten all we had by Saturday night. And trash everywhere. We looked at each other and unanimously decided, “Time to go”. Well, not everyone. One of our group had run into friends who were staying – he opted to stay and ride home with them.
My car, alone in a field the day before, was now surrounded by a sea of vehicles. I was thankfully able to navigate it through the maze and back onto that country road that led to home. Exhausted with no regrets.
So much has been written about this event – my notes don’t include the kind of stories or insight that hasn’t been written before. Even though 50 years have passed I remain in awe and have to smile at the thought of it all. Nothing was like it ever before or ever since. Just think about it – over 400,000 people together for 3 days under conditions that most people today wouldn’t tolerate for an hour.
Woodstock’s theme was Love & Peace. There’s something to that.
David Crosby had it right: “Love is better than hatred, Peace is better than war”.
Thanks Mark, for asking me to share my Woodstock experience. It gave me an opportunity to put some thought into both my recollections and how much life has changed for us all.
joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss one of the most important agricultural issues facing our world “The protection of endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction”!
Many of America’s once-common farm animals face extinction if we do not take action now. Rare farm animals represent an irreplaceable piece of earth’s biodiversity and offer an incredible variety that may be needed for future farms – robust health, mothering instincts, foraging, and the ability to thrive in a changing climate. These farm animals are a vital part of ensuring food security for our planet – now and for the future.
Jeannette Beranger is the Senior Program Manager for the Conservancy. She came to the organization with 25 years’ experience working as an animal professional including veterinary and zoological institutions with a focus on Heritage breeds. She has been with The Conservancy since 2005 and uses her knowledge to plan and implement conservation programs, conduct field research, and advise farmers in their endeavors with rare breeds. She is a co-author of the best-selling book “An Introduction to Heritage Breeds.” At home, she maintains a Heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens & horses. In 2015 she was honored as one of the top “45 Amazing Country Women in America” by Country Woman magazine for her long-standing dedication to endangered breed conservation.
joins The Housing Hour to discuss the lasting legacy of one America’s most historic feats-“…one giant leap for mankind.” Dr. Simpson brings his vast scientific background to help us unwrap possibly one of the greatest accomplishments the world has ever seen.
Where were you?
Mission Facts (Oak Ridge Lab Involvement)
And so much more!
Dr. Simpson earned his B.S., M.S., and
Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee
in 1983, 1987, and 1991, respectively. His dissertation research
focused on charge trapping correction in high-purity germanium radiation
detectors. At the time he received his Ph.D. Simpson worked in R&D
at EG&G Ortec, and moved to the Scientific Staff of the Oak Ridge
National Laboratory in 1992 where he initially worked on the design of
high-speed, custom, analog, integrated circuits for collider physics
experiments. Later Simpson’s research interest focused more on nanoscale
structures, and in particular, on the interface between nanoscale
devices and biological systems. Simpson is now a Distinguished Research
Staff Member and Theme Leader in the ORNL Center for Nanophase Materials
Sciences. Dr. Simpson began a joint faculty appointment with the
University of Tennessee in 1993, first with the Electrical and Computer
Engineering Department, and now with the Materials Science and
Engineering Department, where he teaches nanobiosciences courses and
performs research at the physical-biological sciences boundary. Dr
Simpson has authored or co-authored 115 peer reviewed journal papers,
holds 24 U.S. Patents, and has presented numerous invited talks at
conferences, workshops, and symposia.
2007 Named a Battelle Memorial Institute Distinguished Inventor 1998 Kermit Fischer Environmental Award for the
Pioneering Development of an Integrated CMOS Photo-Spectrometer for Wide
Applications including Environmental Monitoring. 1998 Finalist for a Discover Magazine Technology
Innovation award for the development of the Bioluminescent Bioreporter
Integrated Circuit. 1998 Awarded Lockheed-Martin Energy Research
Corporation Medal for Excellence in Technical Achievement, for the
co-development of a deep submicron lithography method. 1998 Awarded Lockheed-Martin Energy Research
Corporation Medal for Excellence in Technical Achievement for the
co-development of an integrated circuit for a collider detector
application. 1997 Awarded Lockheed-Martin Energy Research
Corporation Medal for Excellence in Technical Achievement for the
development of a single-chip photo-spectrometer.
» Co-Chair and IEEE-EMBS representative for
the second Bio-, Micro-, and Nanosystems Biology Conference sponsored
by the American Society of Microbiology and IEEE-EMBS, January 15-18,
» Co-Chair and IEEE-EMBS representative for
the first Bio-, Micro-, and Nanosystems Biology Conference sponsored by
the American Society of Microbiology and IEEE-EMBS, July 7-10, 2003.
» Member of the Advisory Committee for the Georgia Tech Conference on Nanosciene and Nanotechnology, 2001
» Member of the Advisory Committee for the Georgia Tech First Conference on Nanosciene and Nanotechnology, October 2000
M. J. Doktycz and M. L. Simpson, “Nano-enabled synthetic biology,” Mol Syst Biol, vol. 3, 2007.
M. L. Simpson “Cell-free synthetic biology: a bottom-up approach to discovery by design,” Mol. Syst. Biol., vol. 2, 2006.
Austin, D. W., M. S. Allen, J. M. McCollum, R. D. Dar, J. R. Wilgus, G. S. Sayler, N. F. Samatova, C. D. Cox, & M. L. Simpson, “Gene Network Shaping of Inherent Noise Spectra”, Nature 439, Feb. 2, 2006, 608-611.
Melechko, A.V., V.I. Merkulov, T.E. McKnight, M.A. Guillorn, K.L. Klein, D.H. Lowndes, and M.L. Simpson. “Vertically aligned carbon nanofibers and related structures: Controlled synthesis and directed assembly.” J. Appl. Phy., 97(4), Feb. 15, 2005, 041301-39.
Fletcher, B. L., E. D. Hullander, A. V. Melechko, T. E. McKnight, K. L. Klein, D. K. Hensley, J. L. Morrell, M. L. Simpson, M. J. Doktycz. “Microarrays of biomimetic cells formed by the controlled synthesis of carbon nanofiber membranes.” Nano Letters 2004,4(10), October 2004, 1809-1814.
M. L. Simpson, C.D. Cox, and G.S. Sayler, “Frequency domain chemical Langevin analysis of stochasticity in gene transcriptional regulation”.J. Theo. Bio. 229(3), August 2004, 383-394.
McKnight, T. E., A. V. Melechko, G. D. Griffin, M. A. Guillorn, V. I.
Merkulov, F. Serna, D. K. Hensley, M. J. Doktycz, D. H. Lowndes, and M. L. Simpson. “Intracellular integration of synthetic nanostructures with viable cells for controlled biochemical manipulation.” Nano Letts. 4(7); July 7, 2004, 1213-1219.
M. L. Simpson, C. D. Cox,
G. D. Peterson, and G. S. Sayler. “Engineering in the Biological
Substrate: Information Processing in Genetic Circuits.” Proc. IEEE. Vol. 92(5), May 2004, 848-863.
TFW Appraisal Services 139 W Madison Ln Oak Ridge, TN 37830-5310
REASONS TO GET AN APPRAISAL
Every year, countless people in the United States buy, sell or refinance their own slice of the American Dream. Most, if not all, of these transactions include a simple line item for an appraisal. It has become an understood and accepted part of a real estate transaction. “Let’s bring in the expert and make sure we’re not spending too much on this property.”
But is this the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there other times when the services of a certified, licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy? You bet.
PURCHASE OF A HOME One of the most important issues involved in purchasing a property is developing an opinion of what it’s worth so that you can make an informed offer to purchase. A professional appraisal report performed by a qualified, state-licensed appraiser can provide you with an objective, third party opinion of a property’s current Market Value. And for the small price of this service, you can give yourself “peace of mind” prior to making an offer to purchase that you’re offering a fair price for the property.
REFINANCE OR GET A HOME EQUITY LOAN If you need to consolidate bills, have a college tuition to pay, or just want to tap into the equity of your home, you’ll need a new loan, which oftentimes requires a new appraisal of the property.
PMI REMOVAL Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI is the supplemental insurance that many lenders ask home buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned is more than 80% of the value of the home. Very often, this additional payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan – whether through market appreciation or principal paydown – dips below this 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.
Many appraisers offer a specific service for home owners that believe they have met the 80% loan-to-value metric. For a nominal fee, the appraiser can provide you with a statement regarding the home value. Some will even take the next step and help you file a challenge with your mortgage company. The costs of these services are very often recovered in just a few months of not paying the PMI.
DIVORCE SETTLEMENT A divorce can be a particularly traumatic experience for both parties and is often further complicated by the difficult decision of “Who gets the house?”. In most divorce cases, the Court won’t usually force the parties involved to “buyout” the other party’s interest but it may however order the sale of the home so each party gets an equal share of the equity. Regardless of the situation, it’s a good idea to order an appraisal so both parties are fully aware of what the true market value is.
If the parties want to sell the home, they’ll have a better idea of what price to set. And on the flipside, if a “buyout” is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they’ve gotten a fair assessment.
ESTATE LIQUIDATION The loss of a loved one is a difficult time in life and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the fullest degree of discretion.
Unlike many wealthy individuals, the majority of Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues. Also, in most cases, a home or other real property makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value.
Here too, an appraiser can help. Often the first step in fairly disposing of an estate is to understand its true value. Where property is involved, the appraiser can help determine the true value. At this point, equitable arrangements can more easily be arrived at among disputing parties. Everyone walks away knowing they’ve received a fair deal.
RELOCATION We understand the stress involved with an employee relocation. We take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property along with information about any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.
HOME IMPROVEMENTS TO ADD VALUE Before you decide to sell your home, there are several decisions to be made. First and foremost: “How much should it sell for?” But don’t forget there may be other equally important questions to ask yourself such as “Would it be better to paint the entire house before we sell it?”, “Should I put in that third bathroom?”, “Should I complete my kitchen remodel?” Many things which we do to our houses have an effect on their value. Unfortunately, not all of them have an equal effect. While a kitchen remodel may improve the appeal of a home, it may not add nearly enough to the value to justify the expense.
SELLING A HOME Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price.
Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. It’s easy for them to step in and give you the information to help you make your decision. Appraiser fees are based on efforts to complete the report and not a percentage of the sales price. So seeking a professional appraisal can often help homeowners make the best decisions on investing in their homes and setting a fair sales price.