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Residential Rental Investment Strategies

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Special Guests

Evonne Kautz and Roger Frantz

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss important tips and strategies when becoming a residential rental real estate investor. Roger has dozens of years of experience as a landlord and his suggestions and ideas will give our listeners valuable information. Evonne is an expert tax preparer and supplies our listeners with the proper tax strategies for real estate investments.

Topics:

Contract Review

Property Management Role

Lease Details

Repairs and Maintenance

Resolving Issues

Taxation and Record-keeping

Recording Income and Expenses

Depreciation

Books and Records

The Tax Cat: Evonne Kautz

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Evonne M. Kautz:

Evonne has been practicing in the tax field for 11 years in the Knoxville area, specializing in military and small business.  She holds the EA designation, an abbreviation for Enrolled Agent, earning the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards and authorizes unlimited practice rights in tax matters such as audit, appeals, and collections. 12568 Kingston Pike Knoxville, Tennessee Call (865) 392-1755

Educational Foundation

An additional part of 5-Star is its education program to teach taxpayers the basics of tax and the importance of tax planning.  Specifically for the military, Evonne travels to bases and units to teach these fundamentals with a focus on tax savings for service members. In the civilian community, she has shared tax tips for real estate agents and rental property owners, and even a class for college-bound students and parents about paying for/tax savings for the college years.

Aging In Place

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Special Guest

Steve Kleber

 Kleber & Associates (K&A)

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss ‘Aging in Place’. Steve will explore this growing trend and also share some of the latest products and solutions that can be implemented in homes to make a smooth transition for those who opt to ‘age in place’.

“Aging in Place is the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.”

Topics:

Aging in place trends

Construction ideas

Aging in place products and uses

Steve’s Recommendations:

LUXE Linear Drains

Amba Heated Towel Racks

Stream Lab- Smart Water Monitoring System

Tile Doctor

Steve’s Resources:

Living In Place Institute

National Institute on Aging

National Association of Home Builders also offers a comprehensive checklist

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

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Special Guest

Ed Carter

Executive Director

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

joins The Housing Hour this week to share his life passion for preserving, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife in the great state of Tennessee. Ed’s role is to protect the wildlife habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors.

Topics:

Ed’s roots in East Tennessee

Ed’s influence around the world

TWRA and its role

Education programs

Boating Safety

plus much more!

Any Tennessee resident born after January 1, 1989 must show the TWRA-issued wallet Boating Safety Education Certificate as proof of successful completion of the TWRA Boating Safety exam.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has come a long way since it was established in 1949 and was called the Game and Fish Commission. Completely reorganized in 1974, it now consists of more than 600 professionals dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of Tennessee’s fish and wildlife for the enjoyment of all Tennesseans and our visitors.

Directed by a 13-member commission of private citizens appointed by the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the speaker of the senate, the TWRA is unique among state agencies. Unlike most departments, which are supported by tax revenues, the TWRA is funded largely through the monies generated by licenses and permits purchased by hunters, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Yet the Agency plays a major, though often unseen, role in the life of every Tennessean.

With four regional offices strategically located to serve the western, middle, plateau, and eastern portion of the state, the TWRA’s responsibilities are many and varied: wildlife officers educate boaters and young hunters as well as enforce the hunting, fishing, and boating laws; biologists and foresters manage the state’s rich diversity of woods and waters and our game and nongame wildlife.

Our specialists conduct wildlife and aquatic education workshops, protect the state’s vital wetlands; monitor water quality; and preserve the state’s disappearing wildlife species. Our engineers construct boat ramps and docks for the boating and fishing public, while other professionals create accurate, updated maps of Agency-managed properties through a state-of-the-art computer imaging system. Still others sell hunting, fishing, and additional special wildlife recreational licenses; maintain records of the state’s increasing number of registered boats; produce the Tennessee Wildlife magazine, and much, much more.

If you love outdoor sports – boating, hunting, fishing – and the natural world or if you just like to observe wildlife, build birdhouses, maintain a bird feeder or are just curious about the critters in your backyard – the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is here to help enrich your outdoor experience.

Ed Carter

  • Executive Director Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)
  • President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)
  • Past President National State Boating Law Administrators
  • Past Chair National Safe Boating Council
  • Past Member Executive Board of the Canadian Safe Boating Council
  • TWRA Emergency Services Coordinator for 16 Years
  • Former Member Tennessee Homeland Security Committee
  • Recipient of the USCG/USPS (United States Coast Guard/United States Power Squadrons) Eagle Award for contributions to Boating Safety
  • NASBLA Bonner Award
  • NASBLA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • US Coast Guard Public Service Commendation
  • 2006 Tennessee Legislature passed House/Senate Resolution 735 recognizing you for meritorious service to the State of Tennessee
  • GRADUATE OF University of Tennessee


The Tile Doctor

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Special Guest

Curt Rapp

The Tile Doctor

joins The Housing Hour this week to explain how his once small DIY blog website  tuned into  millions of followers and ‘The Tile Doctor’   brand in 2000. The Tile Doctor is the U.S. Distributor for Litokol, the world’s premier tile setting, and grouting products.  The Tile Doctor is currently launching a new innovation in the stone category; VersaLite Stone®, a thin stone veneer available in large lightweight panels used in many unique applications.

Curt has more than 30 years of tile industry experience. Fourteen years with Dal-Tile and four years as Product Merchandise Manager and National Captain for Ceramic Tile with The Home Depot. In 2003 Rapp Founded Tile Partners for Humanity (TPFH), the first national charity focused on supporting worthy causes by the tile industry. TPFH’s specific focus was on providing labor and materials to Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). By 2013 TPFH had supplied over 23million in support to worthy causes worldwide including HFHI.

Topics Include:

  • Tile setting and grouting
  • Product choices
  • Epoxy grout vs  traditional
  • VersaLite Stone®, a thin stone veneer (It’s Time to Rethink Stone)
  • Support of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI)
Check out this example of simple tutorials:  TileDoctor.com

Knoxville Weekend

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Special Guest

Erin Slocum

Executive Director,  Knoxville Weekend

joins The Housing Hour to help  ‘haul out the holly’! Erin tells us all the fun Yuletide events filling the Knoxville Weekend Calendar!

Erin‘s been calling Knoxville her home for the last 13 years. She’s found her professional calling as a marketing specialist with fields of expertise in verbal & visual communication, digital media, social content – and as Executive Director of Knoxville Weekend.

Erin brings her high energy, passion-driven personality to the studio for an hour packed full of fun and great information!

This Week’s Topics:

    • December Christmas Calendar
    •  Great food venues
    • Trolly Talkin’
    • Mary Kellogg-Joslyn co-founder & co-owner of the Titanic Museum Attraction
    • Ober Gatlinburg

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Community Planning for Wildfires

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Special Guests

Molly Mowery, AICP

Wildfire Planning International

Leon Konz,      Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Nathan Waters,  Assistant District Forester and Kevin Nunn, Lieutenant for Pigeon Forge Fire Department joins The Housing Hour this week to talk about Community Planning for   Wildfires.  Molly Mowery Molly is founder and CEO of Wildfire Planning International, where she currently leads the management of multiple community-based wildfire projects. Molly’s background is in land use planning, sustainable development, and environmental policy.  Kevin Nunn is a Lieutenant with the Pigeon Forge Fire Department and is Firewise Coordinator and Wildfire Preparedness Coordinator for the city of Pigeon Forge coordinating training and implementation of Firewise community planning.  Leon Konz is a  Wildfire Mitigation Specialist who helps with planning and execution. Nathan Waters, Assistant District Forester and is an expert in forest resource management.
Today’s Topics:
A look back at the 2016  Gatlingurg/Pigeon Forge fires
Wildfire Planning International
Wildland Urband Interface
Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW)
The City of Pigeon Forge adoption  of the Firewise program
Pigeon Forge Fire Department home and business assessment


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday

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Special Guest

Doug Lawyer

Vice President of Economic Development  with the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss their incredible role in supporting buisnesses and industries in Knoxville and surrounding counties.  With more than 2,200 member businesses, the Knoxville Chamber serves as the collective, influential voice for the regional business community.  They work tirelessly to ensure East Tennessee is the premier location for businesses to locate, operate and expand by working toward our mission of  Driving Regional Economic Prosperity.

Topics Include:

The Chamber’s vision for our community

Small Business Saturday, November 24th

Innovation Valley Update

plus much more!

History of Black Friday

 

 

 

Restaurant Food Safety

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Special Guest

Kevin Clark

Food Program Manager

Knox County Health Department

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss how the Knoxville Health Department is responsible for the inspection of food service establishments.  Environmental health specialists work directly with food service operators to achieve safe and sanitary food handling practices through inspections, training, and enforcement of the food service rules and regulations.  Retail food operations such as convenience and grocery stores are regulated by the  Department of Agriculture.

Kevin Clark Bio:

  • Eastern Kentucky University- BS in Business Admin
  • Over 15 years experience as food operations management in the private sector.
  • 4 years regulatory experience as food program manager.
  • Projects: Updated KCHD EH website with new food safety flyers, inspection audit check list, mock inspection, food safety training videos, and online food safety training.   Enrolled in Program Standards program achieving completion of Standards 1, 2, Provide ongoing training and standardization to EHS in Knox County.  Participate in TN Food Safety Task Force, State Variance Approval Committee, and attend annual FDA food conferences.
  • When not at work, I love spending family time with Lisa (wife) and Fisher (son) doing just about anything outdoors like boating on Norris Lake, camping/hiking/fishing/kayaking, as well as entertaining friends and family at our home.  We are also avid Kentucky Wildcats and Minnesota Vikings fans!!

Kevin Clark, Food Program Manager
Environmental Health Division
Knox County Health Department
140 Dameron Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917-6413
Phone:  (865) 215-5200
Fax: (865) 215-5221
kevin.clark@knoxcounty.org

Additional  Info:

Kevin’s  team reviews plans required of new food establishments and those planning remodeling ensuring the establishment will meet the minimum construction and installation requirements before construction.  Prior approval of plans protects applicants from expensive changes after construction and installation.

Environmental health specialists inspect every establishment where food and beverages are prepared and served at least twice a year or more often as deemed necessary to ensure compliance with the Tennessee Food Safety Act*.  Current food permits and the most recent inspection report must be displayed in a prominent location for the public to view.

Employee level training is available free of charge in each county health department every month. Contact your local health department for a schedule of training classes.

Consumer complaints and reports of suspected foodborne disease outbreaks are promptly and thoroughly investigated in cooperation with county nurses, doctors, and epidemiological workers.

Foodborne Illness Complaint Hotline 1-800-293-8228

*Tennessee Code, Title 68, Chapter 14

 

 

 

Paranormal Historian: J Adam Smith

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J Adam Smith

known as ‘The Paranormal Historian’, is a shining star in the Paranormal Field. J has been investigating the paranormal for well over a decade now and is an Internationally acclaimed investigation based sensitive and MasterTeacher for the Paranormal Field, can be seen on Travel Channels – Paranormal Paparazzi, NBC, ABC, and countless other Magazines, Journals, and internationally syndicated radio shows. He is the Founder of Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours, which has been classified as “The Hidden Gem of Haunted America” and one of Americas first investigation based ghost tour and leads master classes and certification classes in the paranormal field. J Adam Smith teamed up with an award-winning production company Mapletree Productions and is filming paranormal documentaries for Historic Landmarks. Historic Haunting: A paranormal study of Ramsey House was released Feb 28th, 2015 and won a Telly Award.

J is also filming a docudrama that will be aired nationally called, ‘Inducted.”

J Adam Smith-This week on The Haunted Housing Hour!

 

 

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Special Guest

Lea Bradley,

Community Development Manager,

American Cancer Society

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss the critical role the American Cancer  Society plays in every community around the country. Lea explains how the funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention is the mission of the American Cancer Society.

Lea also talks about October’s focus: Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many events are planned across the country.  American Cancer   Society has  Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk coming up on October 21st.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Mortgage Investors Group is joining the fundraising efforts with a MIG Breast Cancer Awareness Kickoff on October 5th.

Also, everyone is invited to participate in MIG’s The Big Pink Chair Photo Contest

Take a picture in the Big Pink Chair in Knoxville or Chattanooga and post to migpinkchair.com to have the chance to win a $500 donation towards your Making Strides Team. Winner announced on October 30th.