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CertainTeed Solar Roofing

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Special Guest

Christopher Fisher 

Solar Product Manager 

CertainTeed Corporation

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss the latest technology in a roof-integrated energy production system, using high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells to capture the most energy per square foot of any solar tile.  Their  Apollo II system is a versatile solution for power and aesthetics when installing directly on a new or existing asphalt shingle roof.

Seeing is believing!

Topic Includes:

  • Solar History
  • Efficiency
  • Durability
  • Wind resistant
  • Cost vs Return of Investment
  • Warranty

Christopher Fisher is responsible for both R&D and marketing for CertainTeed Solar. Chris joined CertainTeed in 2009 as a product development engineer and has been responsible for new product development activities leading to the commercialization of several generations of solar and solar roofing products.

Prior to joining CertainTeed, Chris was the manufacturing manager and head of process optimization for a solar module manufacturer.

Chris holds a  BAS from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Villanova University.

Why the future is bright for solar  shingles?  

By Christopher Fisher

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings. A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

Budgeting: Saving Fundamentals

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Budgeting Fundamentals Series

Special Guest

Jeff Jeter

President & CEO of Shepherd Financial Freedom, Inc.

joins The Housing Hour this week to talk about his passion for serving families. Jeff is an expert in budgeting and brings his knowledge to our studios to help everyone with understanding the fundamentals of budgeting. He repeats his saying, “There’s no right or wrong but what’s right for you!”

The Housing Hour is excited to Start this special Series on Budgeting!

Part II Topics Include:

  • Saving for the future
  • Wealth Accumulation vs Pension/Retirement Income Planning
  • Qualified Savings vs Non-Qualified Savings
  • Assets
  • Plan Now!!

Part I   Topics Include:

  1. What is a Budget?
  2. Why do we put it off?
  3. Making a Budget
  4. Sticking to it
  5. Revising
  6. Mint App

and so much more!

 

Join us for  Part I Budgeting Fundamentals!

Professionally, Jeff is Series 7 & 66 registered, and licensed to produce life, health and annuity products in Tennessee and Texas. As a Financial Advisor Jeff is devoted to helping individuals and families with personal financial planning, emphasizing retirement income strategies. He also works with many small business owners with personal finances, business financial plans, employee benefits, and succession strategies. He is recognized as a certified estate planner by the National Institute of Certified Estate Planners (NICEP). Additionally, Jeff is a board member and secretary for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) – Knoxville; and member of both the Blount County and Knoxville Chambers of Commerce. Jeff is a founding member & vice president of a local BNI Chapter and Director/Consultant for BNI Knox. Formerly, Jeff served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Army for seven years. He is a veteran of Desert Storm and proud member of both the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and the American Legion.

As an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR), I am bound to always put your interests first.”

Sit down with Jeff for a short conversation to discuss your dreams, goals and a realistic plan to reach them!!

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Second Harvest Food Bank

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Special Guest

Shelley Ellis-Ferrell
Donor Relation Coordinator
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joins The Housing Hour this week to update our listeners with the great work that the Second Harvest Food Bank is doing in our community!

Topics:

And joint fundraising program with Mortgage Investors group!

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What is Second Harvest Food Bank?
Second Harvest Food Bank is the East Tennessee region’s largest hunger-relief charity; operating programs in 18 counties. The food bank secures and distributes over 16 million pounds of food and grocery products annually through a network of over 500 partnering non-profit organizations such as food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and schools.

Why is it needed?
1 in 6 people in East Tennessee lives in poverty and has difficulty meeting basic needs. Among children in our community, 1 in 5 is at-risk of going hungry today. The need among senior citizens continues to rise. In our East Tennessee community, an astounding 200,000 people are at-risk of hunger.

How do you get food to the people who need it?
We work hard to build a partnership with any group that is committed to hunger-relief. Often, this is with other non-profit organizations that operate a local community feeding program or with locations like schools that agree to distribute food for consumption off-site.  When these organizations are not available, Second Harvest delivers food directly to clients. Our programs are arranged to reach every demographic in every corner of East Tennessee.  For a list of programs click here.

Who are partnering agencies that receive food from Second Harvest?
Partnering Agencies are non-profit organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry and include church pantries, shelters, group homes, soup kitchens, community centers, schools, rehabilitation clinics and many others. Second Harvest acts as a distribution and food-resource center for these organizations, saving them time and money and allowing them to concentrate on their core mission. Organizations like FISH, the Salvation Army, Open Arms, Western Heights, New Life, Community Food Connection, Appalachian Outreach, VMC and hundreds of other non-profits like shelters, pantries, senior center and schools depend on us in order to feed the hungry. On average, more than 75% of all food distributed by a church or a community pantry in East TN, comes from us.

Where does the food come from?
About 35% of our product is purchased at the request of non-profit organizations we serve. Items are purchased at bulk rate and at brokered discounts.The majority of food comes from donations of fresh, canned, prepared and packaged items by local grocers, restaurants, manufacturers, distributors and through food drives. This food is often time-sensitive, damaged or seasonal. All donated product must be inspected and often reworked or repackaged. The majority of donated items are delivered directly to other non-profits, for free, through various programs. Shelf-stable product that requires re-work and storage is available for non-profit partners at a rate of 1 to 19 cents per pound. Thats a typical savings of $1.47 per pound verses retail.

How efficient is Second Harvest?
Second Harvest is audited annually and spends 2% of our budget on administrative expenses, 4% on fundraising and 94% on operating our hunger-relief programs. We can provide 3 nutritious meals with every $1 donation. Charity Navigator confirms that 94% of funds are spent on programs. For additional third party evaluation check out GuideStar. Click here to view the latest Annual Report.

Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon

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Special Guest

Jason Altman

Race Director for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon

joins The Housing Hour to dicsuss the 2019   Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon and the important role the The Knoxville Track Club plays in the community raising money and awareness for a variety of worthy causes, including, but not limited to the YWCA, Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville, the American Cancer Society, Knox County Schools, and local youth organizations.

Mortgage Invetstors Group is a proud sponsor Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon !

Sharon Rivers and Kelsey Deel

The Knoxville Marathon is the premier event of the Knoxville Track Club (KTC), a 501c(3) nonprofit located in Knoxville, TN. The event is produced by the KTC, with the help of the City of Knoxville, the University of Tennessee, and the title sponsor, Covenant Health.

The Knoxville Track Club is among the top ten largest track and field clubs in the U.S. The KTC encourages life-long physical well-being through running and walking. We offer year round programs that include running and walking events for people of all ages.

Bonus Interview: Tina Muir-Running is for Real!

Jason Altman

Jason  is the Race Director for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is the Knoxville Track Club’s largest event.   He has served as the Race Director since 2007. Prior to that time, he served as a volunteer for the event in 2006 and ran the inaugural marathon in 2005. In his role,  Jason oversees all event operations including sponsorship recruitment, leading key volunteers, recruiting volunteers, and all race weekend logistics.

Jason also serves the community as the Chair of the Knox County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and as a member of the City of Knoxville Greenways Commission.  He recently began service on the Active Communities Committee which is a partner group to the Community Health Council.

Jason is an accomplished runner with 4 wins at the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon. In 2016, he won the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon in November and then the Kiawah Island Marathon in December.  He has won several other events at various distances.

Jason was honored in  2014  as the recipient of the Greater Knoxville’s Business Journal 40 Under 40 and is a graduate of the Introduction Knoxville program through Leadership Knoxville.

 

The Legacy Of ‘A Christmas Carol’

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Special Guest

Dr. Misty Anderson

Professor of English & Adjunct Professor

of Theatre and Religious Studies at

The University of Tennessee

joins The Housing Hour to discuss The Legacy of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Dr. Anderson supplies our listeners with the deep background of Charles Dickens life and how his childhood shaped his adult writings.   She unwraps the story,  ‘A Christmas Carol’ and demonstrates how this simple novella influenced   Christmas traditions, changed social perceptions, effected moral behavior that altered how the world celebrates Christmas.

The Legacy Of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Clarence Brown Theatre production of A Christmas Carol performing through December 22th.

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Read Dr. Anderson’s Blogs!

Misty Anderson

Professor of English & Adjunct Professor of Theatre and Religious Studies

Biography

Misty G. Anderson is Professor of English, a Lindsay Young Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and holds courtesy appointments as an Adjunct Professor in both the Theatre and Religious Studies departments at the University of Tennessee. Anderson is the author of Imagining Methodism in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Enthusiasm, Belief, and the Borders of the Self (Johns Hopkins, 2012) and Female Playwrights and Eighteenth-Century Comedy: Negotiating Marriage on the London Stage (Palgrave, 2002). She an editor of the new Routledge Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama (2017), which features a documentary she has produced about the CBT’s recent production of The Busy Body. She is currently at work on a second volume of the Routledge anthology and a third book project, God on Stage. She served as the Editor of the journal Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700 from 2003-2016. She is currently an elected member of the executive board of ASECS (the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies), she chairs the Modern Language Association’s division on Religion and Literature, and serves on the editorial boards of Restoration and Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research. She is also a blogger for The Huffington Post and the faculty advisor to Tyson House and VOLT.


Education

B.A., Yale University, 1989
M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1991


Publications

Representative articles

  • “The Genealogy of Georgian Comedy.”  Ed. David Francis Taylor.  The Oxford Handbook to Georgian Theatre.  Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013 (forthcoming)
  • “The Scottish Play: Centlivre and The Wonder of British Nationalism.”  Ed. Daniel O’Quinn.  Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013 (forthcoming)
  • “Sacred Satire: Representing Religious Belief in Eighteenth Century Britain.”  Curated gallery show with book, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.  September 22, 2011-March 1, 2012.
  • “Embodying Centlivre’s Comic Vision: A Bold Stroke for a Wife and The Wonder; a Woman Keeps a Secret in the Classroom. The MLA Guide to Teaching British Women Playwrights of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. Ed. Bonnie Nelson and Catherine Burroughs. New York: MLA, 2010.
  • “Women Playwrights.” Cambridge Companion to British Theatre, 1730-1830. Ed. Jane Moody and Daniel O’Quinn. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007: 145-158.
  • Baby Talk; or, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Exit.’ ADE Bulletin, 138-139, Fall 2005-Spring 2006
  • “Our Purpose is the Same’: Whitefield, Foote, and the Crisis of Methodist Theatricality” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Vol. 34, 2005
  • “Living in a Material World: Margaret Cavendish’s The Covent of Pleasure,” in Senses of Touch: Discourse of Tactility, ed. Elizabeth Harvey and H.L. Meakin, introduction and afterward by Lynn Enterline, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002
  • “Mr. Barvile’s Enthusiasm: Habit, Discipline, and Methodism in the Eighteenth-Century British Imagination,” in Launching Fanny Hill: Critical Essays, ed. Patricia Fowler, AMS Press, 2002
  • “Tactile Places: Materializing Desire in Margaret Cavendish and Jane Barker,” Textual Practice, Vol.13 (2), (1999), 329-352
  • “Frances Burney,” Reader’s Guide to Literature in English, ed. Mark Hawkins-Dady (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1996)
  • “Justify My Desire: Madonna and the Representation of Visual Pleasure,” Gender in Popular Culture: Images of Men and Women in Literature, Visual Media, and Material Culture, ed. Susan Rollins (Cleveland: Ridgemont Press, 1995), 7-24
  • “‘The Different Sorts of Friendship’: Desire in Mansfield Park,” Jane Austen and Discourses of Feminism, ed. Devoney Looser (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995)
  • “Rehearsing the Eighteenth Century: The (Re) Production of Professional Knowledge,” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 35 (1994): 86-95.

Professional Service

  • President-elect, University of Tennessee Faculty Senate
  • MLA Executive Committee, Religion and Literature, 2015-2020
  • ASECS Executive Board, 2016-2020
  • Editor, Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700, July 2003-present
  • SEASECS Secretary, 2008-2013
  • ASECS Women’s Caucus, Chair, 2015-16, Masquerade Ball 2014, Anniversary Committee, 2009-2010
  • ADE Graduate Directors Workshop Coordinator, 2006 and 2007
  • MLA Delegate Assembly, Restoration and Early 18th-Century Studies, 2005-2008
  • ASECS Travel Prizes Committee, Chair 2005-2006 and 2012-2013; member 2011-2013 and 2004-2006.
  • Manuscript reader:  Studies in Eighteenth-Century CultureJournal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Broadview Press, Baylor University Press, Canadian Arts Council, Restoration, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library

Selected University Service:

  • Transatlantic Studies Working Group chair, 2015-present
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (relaunch of the Women’s Studies IDP), Curriculum Review Chair, 2016.
  • Search committee, Dramaturgy (Theatre), 2015-16
  • Women’s Leadership Class, 2011-2012
  • Internal Reviewer, Department of Religious Studies, 2010-11
  • AAUP President, local chapter, 2002-2003
  • AAUP board member, local chapter, 2000-2002
  • Faculty Senator, English, 2002-2005

Selected Departmental Service:

  • Website Committee, Recruitment and Outreach Committee, Taylor Prize Committee, Undergraduate Committee
  • Associate Department Head, English, Dec. 2010-July 2013
  • Romanticism Search Committee, 2009-2010
  • Administrative Committee elected representative, 2009-2010
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Fall 2003-Summer 2007
  • PhD Program Review Committee Chair, 2004-2005
  • Contemporary/Post-Modern Search Committee, member 2001-2002

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • 2015   Lindsay Young Chair of Excellence in the Humanities
  • 2014    Tennessee Humanities Center Fellow
  • 2013    D. Allen Carroll Chair of Teaching
  • 2013    Professional Development Award, University of Tennessee
  • 2011    Elected as a member of The Johnsonians
  • 2010    Professional Development Award, University of Tennessee
  • 2009    Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Visiting Fellow, Yale University
  • 2008    Lewis Walpole Library Visiting Fellow, Yale University
  • 2002    Faculty Appreciation Award, Graduate Students in English
  • 2000    College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Teaching Award

Associations & Organizations

  • MLA
  • ASECS
  • SEASECS
  • Frances Burney Society
  • AAUP

Invited Lectures

  • Restoration, Sovereignty, and the Long Restoration.” University of Maryland, College Park, April 28, 2016. Plenary address at conference marking the move of Restoration to Maryland.
  • “Rocks and Belief.”  University of Notre Dame Symposium on Religion and Literature, South Bend, Indiana, March 27-28, 2015. Plenary address and all-day seminar.
  • “Frances Burney, Dramatist.” The Frances Burney Society Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, October 9, 2014. Plenary address.
  • “God on Stage.” McGill University, October 8, 2014. Invited talk.
  • The Wonder: A Woman Keeps a Secret: Centlivre and the Religious Politics of Britishness.”  Columbia University Seminar on 18th and 19th-Century Studies, New York, NY, December 12, 2013.  Invited talk.
  • “Centlivre and the Religious Politics of Britishness.”  The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, May 3, 2013.  All-day seminar.
  • “God on Stage.”  Yale Divinity School, April 20, 2013.  Plenary address.
  • “The Scottish Play:  Centlivre and the Wonder of Britishness.”  University of Georgia, January 30, 2013.  Invited talk.
  • Masterclass, “Sacred Satire: Representing Religious Belief in Eighteenth Century Britain.” The Lewis Walpole Library, September 30, 2011.  All-day seminar.
  • “Actors and Ghosts.”  Yale Divinity School, September 29, 2011.  Invited talk.
  • “Johnson Among the Methodists.”  Johnson Society of the Central Region, University of Michigan, April 8, 2011.  Invited talk.
  • “Methodistical Sisters and the New Man.”  Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois.  April 17, 2010.  All-day seminar.
  • “Methodism and the Theater of the Real.”  Robert Penn Warren Humanities Center, Vanderbilt University.  November 4, 2009.  Invited talk.
  • “Refreshing Conceptions of the Other,” British Women Writer’s Conference, Plenary Panel. Iowa City.  April 2, 2009.  Plenary talk.
  • “Queer as Folk: Methodism and other Technologies of Gender in Henry Fielding.” University of Michigan.  March 12, 2008.  Invited talk.
  • “Methodism, Desire, and Henry Fielding.” Nolte-Behrens Lecture, University of Arkansas, Conway, April 5, 2007.  Invited talk.

Real Estate Year In Review

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Special Guest

Tyler Fogarty

Fox and Fogarty

with Realty Executives in Knoxville joins The Housing Hour this week to give us some expert tips on how to handle a Real Estate transaction.    Tyler’s eleven year experience has given him a unique persective on customer service.  Tyler also gives us the ‘Real Estate Year In Review’ and a look into 2019.

 

Tyler Fogarty

If you have only ever worked with Tyler Fogarty, you have likely only met “professional” Tyler. Hard-working, efficient, friendly, and eternally committed to getting the job done, Tyler is ranked among the best brokers in the state! But quietly, Tyler has another side. A natural-born left-brainer, he is an incredibly talented photographer, and in the little spare time he has, enjoys indulging that talent across the globe with his better half, Marianna. From the Grand Canyon to Wyoming, Japan to the Gulf of Mexico, Tyler refuses to leave this world without experiencing every iota of it, which most don’t know considering how hard he works every day to bring folks home in East Tennessee. Yes, as they say, there are two sides to any coin, but rarely are both sides so freakin’ awesome. To put it as Tyler might, he’s sorta like a more sophisticated Bruce Banner/The Hulk. In fact, you should ask him about his well-managed obsession with comic books when you hire him to list your home. But do it quickly, because he’ll probably sell that sucker in a day or two!

Leave It To Kleber: Steve Kleber

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Special Guest

Steve Kleber

joins The Housing Hour this week to look briefly back at some of Steve’s bold prediction from  2016 and discusses those predictions and the future of Smart Home Technologies.   Steve also discusses some of the hottest technologies for homes that could save you bundles of unnessisary  repair bills.

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Previous show Steve Kleber of Kleber and Associates joins The Housing Hour this week to give us an update from the NAHB 2017 International Builders’ Show. During the three-day event, manufacturers debuted their most innovative products to audiences from around the globe.  The K&A team hunted down the most important channel opportunities at Design & Construction Week and observed the emergence  of three major industry trends:

  • Freestanding Kitchen Furniture
  • Homes of the Future
  • Skilled Labor Shortage

Plus innovative products discussed:

 

SharkBite is a provider of plumbing and water control systems for domestic, commercial and industrial applications.



 

Tune in this week and Leave It To Kleber to tells us everything that’s going on!

Leave It To Kleber: Steve Kleber


 

Message from Steve:

We specialize in building products sales and marketing

At Kleber & Associates, we don’t try to be experts in every product category. We don’t work on running shoes one minute and disposable diapers the next. Instead, we focus exclusively on just one type of account—building products.

For nearly three decades, we’ve lived and breathed commercial and residential building products. We’ve come to know the architects, the builders, and the contractors. We’ve talked endlessly with facilities managers, dealers, and distributors. We’ve learned how to reach them and persuade them. And because we focus on just one industry, we know that industry’s gatekeepers and influencers. Its outlets and buyers.

We know how to generate demand and drive distribution. And perhaps most importantly, in residential, we understand what homeowners and homebuyers think, what they want to buy, and what they’ll be buying next. In commercial, we understand the needs of the architect, contractor, facilities manager, owner, and tenant.

In other words, when it comes to building materials and building products, we don’t consider ourselves to be general practitioners of marketing and advertising. We’re specialists, pure and simple. That’s why we’re the best at what we do.”

 

 

 

 

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