Knox County Health Department-West Nile Virus

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Special Guests

Ronnie Nease, Director of Environmental Health and  Connie Cronley, RN, Epidemiology and Reporting Nurse,

joins The Housing Hour this week to share the duties and functions of the Knox County Health Department.  Our guests also discuss the current detection of West Nile Virus in certain parts of the Knoxville area.

So be sure to tune into this important show to learn how you can protect you and your family from the mosquito-spread disease of the West Nile Virus.

The Knox County Health Department mission is to protect the public’s health and prevent disease by enforcing regulations of permitted facilities and by educating the citizens of Knox County about good public health practices. They work every day to ensure that all Knox County residents have safer, healthier places to live, work, learn and play.

Knox County Health Department
Environmental Health Division
140 Dameron Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
Phone: 865-215-5200
Email: Environmental@knoxcounty.org
Hours: Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Special Thanks to Guest Co-Host

Richard Swan

 

Erik Ainge- Talking Football

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Special Guest

Erik Ainge

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss the start of the 2018 college football season.   Erik shares his views and expert analysis on UT’s Team 122 as they enter their first couple of games of the season.

Join Kevin and Mark as they pepper Erik with questions regarding important plays from the Vols first two games!

And don’t miss The Erik Ainge Show:

ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 I WAS ON A PLANE

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On September 11, 2001 my mom and I were on our way home from a long European vacation.


I remember sitting in the terminal at Gatwick Airport re-living the prior two weeks in my head.  My mom and I had visited Ireland, Russia, France and England. I had the time of my life and was just disappointed that it was all coming to an end. I was headed back to Atlanta for another week of selling vitamins and gold cards at my GNC store that I managed in Buckhead. I recall wanting to be closer to home.  Spending time with her made me realize just how much I missed Tennessee.

We loaded up on our Boeing 777 Delta flight 11 traveling from Gatwick to Atlanta.

As we made our way into the air my mind drifted. I just felt something tugging at my heart.  I put my head phones on and fell asleep.

I don’t recall exactly how many hours had passed, but I do know that we were over the ocean coming into United States airspace.   The music in my headphones was temporarily interrupted. It was the voice of a noticeably shaken pilot.

What happened next will be etched in my mind for the rest of eternity.

“Ladies and Gentlemen….I need……you… to listen to me very carefully. There has been an attack on the United States. Two commercial planes have flown into the World Trade Center. The United States airspace has been closed and we are being diverted to another location.”

The terror I felt over every inch of my body was intense. I thought I was going to die. I knew we were close to New York because we had the GPS system playing on our screen. He mentioned two planes. Could our plane have hijackers on it? Was this a full scale attack on America and here I was sitting right in the middle of it?  If I died what would happen? Could I survive a plane crash?  These are not questions that I ask myself every day.  A few moments later the pilot came back on and gave us additional information. We were flying to St. Johns Newfoundland until further direction from the United States was given. I was scared.

St. Johns NewfoundlandWe landed in Canada. This Canadian airport was an international airport. It serviced one international flight per week. 27 international Jumbo jets were now sitting on her tarmac.  How long would we have to be on this plane? The pilot only told us to try and relax. I had my video camera and videotaped fighter jets in the air and soldiers with machine guns guarding each plane. I am sorry but relaxing is not what I was doing.  Mom and I were on the phone with my sister Andrea and she was really shook up.  We didn’t know what to tell her because we really didn’t know anything.

I was asking myself a lot of questions.  I had a long time to answer these questions, because the pilot came on the PA system and told us that they were going to unload one plane at a time. They had to search each plane and each passenger. This would take around an hour per plane from smallest to biggest and we were one of the biggest planes that had been diverted there. Well, 19 hours passed before we greeted Canadian soil.  We were carefully brought off the plane. Security was at high alert.  We were greeted by armed guards, some with machine guns.  After making it through customs they loaded us all on buses where they transported us to the local hockey arena which they were using as the central transportation center for all diverted passengers.

When we walked into the arena it was the first time any of us had seen it. There it was on the jumbotron. You could see the planes slamming into each building. The planes looked eerily similar to our plane.  Most Americans watched this horrific tragedy in the comfort of their own home. Mom and I were on uncomfortable seats, had been awake for two days, and had just spent over 20+ hours on a plane.  We still had NO idea what was going on. My heart sank for those who were killed.  I could not even imagine how horrific it was for the families.  My heart aches for them to this day.

Each plane was assigned a section of seats in the arena. We had time to get to know some of our fellow passengers. There was the Director of Communications for Coca Cola UK. There was a VP for a Video Tech company in America. There was a couple that was on their honeymoon. There were so many others but these to just name a few.

Finally we were told that they would transport us to our Hotel. Actually, it was Holy Heart High School. Not really a bed and breakfast. The people were amazing there. The care and love that they showed us made it abundantly clear that God was in control.

We were assigned to the Science room on the second floor. We had about 15 or so people in our room. We were so exhausted so we decided to try and sleep for a few hours. I couldn’t sleep because A) The floor was hard B) The snoring and C) I felt like I had been skinned alive and thrown into the ocean.

The community came together and put their collective arms around us.  I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the way we were treated. They brought us food, sang for us and invited us into their homes. They took us on a tour of their beautiful city which we learned was the eastern most city in North America. They even took us on a boat to show us around.  I found out that the remains of the Titanic were only a short boat trip away. There was actually a group docked in St. Johns that was shooting a documentary about it.   It was the director for the movie Titanic and some other folks.

I had several days in Canada to reflect on my life. What had I accomplished? I was the Region 2 #1 Gold card seller at GNC. I was ranked nationally for my sales per hour and profit margins. But what had I really accomplished.  I could feel God tugging at my heart. He had something in store for me which wasn’t completely clear yet.

So after 4 days we were finally given word that we would be going home. I had mixed emotions. I really didn’t want to get back on a plane, but I really wanted to go home to my apartment in Atlanta.  A week in the bed and several bags of cheetoes is just what I needed.  There was thunderous applause as we lifted off the ground.  The trip home was very solemn. I felt relief and terror all at the same time. The last four days felt like four years. We were the first diverted plane to arrive back in to Atlanta. When we touched down we all cheered and whistled as if we had just scored the winning touchdown to beat Florida in overtime.   As we taxied back to the terminal the Delta employees clearly wanted us to know just how much they cared. There were hundreds of Airport employees lining our route as we taxied in with flags and banners that said, “WELCOME HOME” and “WE LOVE THE USA.” I could not help but to cry, as did most the passengers on the plane. Seeing those American flags and people cheering made me feel safe. Unfortunately, the victims and their families will never feel safe again.  I pray every day for the families.

This was a major moment in American history. It was also a major moment in Kevin’s history. I needed something to change.  I had made changes in my life, but there was something more that I needed to do and God was showing me.  I believe that God was calling me to come back home to Tennessee.  I had lived in Atlanta for over 3 years and I had my Aunt and many friend here.  I needed time to collect my thoughts and let God show me the way.

Then something amazing happened.

I received a job opportunity in Knoxville. With the counsel of my Mom, Dad and those around me, I decided to jump on it.

I came home in April 2002. God works in such amazing ways. I started my new job on May 1, 2002 and my future wife, Pam, started two weeks later.  We started dating in August and I proposed to her one year to the day after our first date, August 11, 2003. We got married on December 20, 2003 and then found out we were having our first child on October 21, 2004. Olivia was born on June 6, 2005. We found out that we were having a little boy on June 18, 2007. Patrick Callaghan Rhea was born on February 22, 2008.

I owe all of this to God. He had a plan for me. Part of His plan is for me to share with Olivia and Patrick the love and Grace of our Lord. His Grace is so incredible in my life. I have problems like the rest of humanity. I have anxiety, loneliness, fear and times of hopelessness. The difference today is that I have a purpose. That purpose is becoming clearer, but part of it is to share His love with others.  I need to get out of my shell and spread the Good News…God has a plan for you too!

September 11 is a day of remembrance for us all. I also use it as a time to reflect on my life.  Where have I been and where am I going.  I regularly get off track and I constantly need to be reminded that God loves me no matter what. It’s easy to let life take over and I start to forget what is most important in my life.

My prayers are with all of the family members who are still suffering with the events of that day. I pray that they may find peace and understanding from a world that knows not these things. I pray for the salvation of a nation that does not know the Truth. Not the truth about worldly things, but the Truth that God loves them.

To all of my fellow passengers in life: I hope and pray that along this journey I might be able to give something back to you. Maybe a kind word or encouraging smile is what you will need. Whatever that is, I hope that God, not me, is in the middle and you have the window seat.

God Bless

Knoxville Children’s Theatre

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Sien Moon, Managing Director of Knoxville Children’s Theatre along with New York City Based Director, Producer, and Tony Award winner, Ashlee Latimer joins The Housing Hour to discuss one of the premier children’s acting organizations in East Tennessee.   Sien has been a part of the theatre since the beginning and shares her vision for the future.  Ashlee Latimer is a native Knoxvillian who also grew up in the KCT family.  Ashlee also is the first KCT alumni to earn a Tony Award for her role as a co-producer in the hit Broadway play, ‘Once on This Island.’  Ashlee loves sharing her experience with the KCT and is even directing their upcoming musical 101 Dalmatians which opens September 21st.

Also, in studio, two actresses with unique perspectives.   Olivia Rhea, daughter of the host of The Housing Hour, Kevin Rhea,  made her KTC debut this past July in the production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr.  Olivia talks about the special bonds and friendships she formed with the other members of the cast.  Along with Olivia, Bethany Moon,  rounds out our full cast, daughter of Sien Moon, Bethany explains her experiences with the theatre for the last ten years, capping off an excellent interview experience you don’t want to miss – this week on The Housing Hour.

Mission: To be the Southeast’s pre-eminent theatre for children by children.

Knoxville Children’s Theatre, an education-based 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a local theatre company producing professional plays for children, by children. KCT is committed to providing children opportunities to acquire and hone skills that enhance creative thinking, public speaking, project management, personal responsibility, leadership, and team work. All of these opportunities occur in a creative outlet where imagination thrives, self-esteem develops, and students learn the many life lessons that creative dramatics can teach.

We Believe:

-We believe that theatrical arts are for everyone, so we have established a diverse organization where any child can participate in a production at no cost.

-We believe that our community benefits from quality theatre. So we are committed to superior productions and professional instruction.

-We believe that theatre teaches vital life skills. So we provide an environment where children improve public speaking, develop self confidence, practice teamwork, build a strong work ethic, become problem solvers and future leaders.

-We believe that children’s theatre is fun! So we nurture it’s energy and excitement into a lifelong love for the performing arts.

 

Crazy Home Inspections Part V

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Special Guest

Jack Feldmann

Clayton  Inspection Service

(865) 693-7109 ph

joins us for the  fifth installment of our Crazy Home Inspection  Series.   The idea for the show is not just to merely entertain but to inform our listeners about the importance of a home inspection.  You don’t need to buy a home to get one. If you have never had an inspection done or it’s been years since the last inspection, Crazy Home Inspection Series will motivate you to order one today!!!

Follow the pictures as  Jack, Kevin and Mark discuss these Crazy photos!!

 

Home Inspections in Knoxville and the Surrounding Area

Clayton Inspection Service Inc., a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors®, was established in 1989. Located in Knoxville, Tennessee we have completed thousands of inspections and we typically inspect over 1,000,000 square feet per year. With over twenty years of construction experience you can be certain that you will receive the highest level of professional service available in today’s market.

View a PDF sample report.

Services Available
Radon Testing
Commercial Inspections
Asbestos Inspection & Testing
Construction Inspection
Expert Witness
Water Testing

Clayton Inspection Service services the following counties and cities –
Knox, Blount, Anderson, Roane, Monroe, Campbell Counties, Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Maryville, Alcoa, Tellico Village, Rarity Bay, Clinton, Kingston, Harriman, Loudon, Townsend, Walland, Clinton, LaFollette and surrounding areas.

Clayton Inspection Service, Inc.

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Tom White- TFW Appraisal Services- Talks Values

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Special Guest

Tom White

TFW Appraisal Services

joins The Housing Hour this week to share his 30 plus years of appraisal experience. Tom explains market values ,  submarket conditions and home value appreciations across the region.  Be prepared because Tom comes loaded with important data!

You don’t want to miss this experts opinion!

Tom White- TFW Appraisal Services- Talks Values

How To Contact Tom
By Phone: 8652200200 (Office)
By Fax: 8652200730 (Fax)
By e-mail: tntom55@hotmail.com
Address: 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.

How To Contact Us
By Phone: 8652200200 (Office)
By Fax: 8652200730 (Fax)
By e-mail: tntom55@hotmail.com
Address: TFW Appraisal Services
139 W Madison Ln
Oak Ridge, TN  37830-5310

Tennessee Firewise

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Special Guests

Leon Konz,

Wildfire Mitigation Specialist

and

Nathan Waters,

Assistant District Forester

join The Housing Hour this week to discuss The national Firewise Communities program.  The Firewise  program is a multi-agency effort designed to reach beyond the fire service by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, and others in the effort to protect people, property, and natural resources from the risk of wildland fire- before a fire starts! The Firewise Communities approach emphasizes community responsibility for planning in the design of a safe community as well as effective emergency response, and individual responsibility for safer home construction and design, landscaping, and maintenance. While many people play an important role in making homes safer from wildfire, no one has more control over the safety of a home than homeowners!

Topics Include:

Gatlinburg becomes a Firewise Community

Ember Preparedness

Preparing     for rare catastrophic wildfire

Defensible Space

“Ready,Set,Go!”

and much more!

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Gatlinburg celebrates Firewise achievement

Wildfire Preparedness

Tennessee Fire Wise

Tennessee has many types of forests and open areas, from the dense eastern mountain laurel thickets to the remote western cypress swamps. Between these are upland hardwood forests, pine stands, cedar glades, cove hardwoods, bottomland hardwoods and various types of open, brushy and forested land. Their unique characteristics and the variations in topography and weather, make wildland fire suppression in Tennessee quite challenging.

Fire threatens the sustainability of Tennessee’s forests. The Division of Forestry protects this resource with personnel and equipment. Employees are involved in fire readiness, wildfire suppression, training volunteer fire fighters, fire investigation and prosecution of arsonists.

Wildland fires in Tennessee are suppressed by mechanical and manual means. Forest fires in mountainous terrain are often fought by crews using hand tools. On rolling and flat terrain, bulldozers are used to attack wildfires by making fire lines. In either situation, a firebreak is cleared two to ten feet in width down to mineral soil. Sometimes fire is set along the firebreak to widen it and burn out fuels ahead of the wildfire. Wherever fires are accessible by roads or fields, water is sprayed on fires from small pumper units carried on pickup trucks.

Division employees work in tandem with the state’s Volunteer Fire Departments and Rescue Squads to protect forest resources as well as the homes and other structures in the path of wildfire. When houses are built in the woods, a situation called wildland/urban interface is created. There are steps homeowners can take to help make their houses safe from wildfire. The National Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Protection Program web site provides information on protecting your home from wildfire.

Tennessee typically has a spring and fall fire season. The spring fire season, prompted by warming weather, begins about February 15 and ends near May 15th, when the forest has usually “greened up” enough to prevent the rapid spread of forest fires. Fall fire season begins around October 15, when the leaves begin to fall and usually ends December 15th due to shorter, cooler, wetter days. Because of the variations in weather, wildland fires can occur any time during the year. It is important to note that a burning permit is required for outdoor burning during the period between October 15th and May 15th.

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Brush, grass and forest fires don’t have to be disasters. NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Firewise is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities – a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk.

The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

To save lives and property from wildfire, NFPA’s Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire.
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NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

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wildfireThe southeastern United States consistently experiences more wildfires per year than any other region. More than 100 million acres of land have a moderate to extreme potential for wildfire. The issue is not if an area will burn but when, and at what intensity.
Learn about your region’s unique wildfire risks by exploring this section. It provides federal, state, and local information and resources for the southeast – all of which support your community in becoming fire adapted.

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Boating Safety: US Coast Guard Auxiliary Part II

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Richard Swan

Public Affairs Officer

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 

joins The Housing Hour this week to promote boating safety and explain the important role of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Show Topics:

  1.  Safe Boating Statistics
  2. Proper Safety Equipment
  3. Dangers of Carbon Monoxide while boating

Plus  three simple principles:

Be Safe,  Be Courteous, Be Prepared!

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The mission of the Education Department of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary is two fold: to provide exceptional boating safety education to the American public with the aim of reducing loss of life, personal injury and property damage to recreational boaters; and to deliver the highest possible quality training, resources and timely materials in support of our flotilla instructors and public education staff officers at every level who are furnishing such boating safety education.

The Coast Guard’s Division of Boating Safety’s recent Strategic Plan identifies the need for measurable goals: reduction in boating accident injuries and fatalities. The Education Department is committed to focusing its attention helping realize those goals by reaching as many people with the safe boating information as possible, especially the high risk boaters. In addition, we have these goals:

  • Develop and/or maintain up to date and effective educational materials;
  • Continue to focus on the segment of the boating public most at risk Increase flotilla-taught basic boating safety education by 10% annually;
  • Provide and promote ongoing quality instructor development;
  • Make use of appropriate technological resources;
  • Adopt e-learning as a viable way to reach boaters;
  • Utilize e-learning to challenge and grow our instructor corps;
  • Partner with outside organizations where applicable to further boating education;
  • Continue to team with the experience and expertise of the other National Departments to provide solid programs and courses.
For more information on Boating Safety in Tennessee:
Tennessee Boating Laws and Responsibilities Handbook-
https://www.tn.gov/…/attachments/tn_handbook_entire.pdf

For Boating Safety Education in Tennessee-
https://www.tn.gov/twra/article/boating-safety-education

For Boating Safety Classes and Test Locations-
https://www.tn.gov/…/East-Tennessee-Testing-Locations

Richard Swan

Tennessee is where Richard calls home, having been born and raised in Knoxville; with family roots that go back many generations in East Tennessee. Richard graduated from Bearden High School and then the University of Tennessee with a degree in Broadcasting.

For most customers, the home buying experience is filled with questions and concerns about what is the best option for them. Richard enjoys helping customers work through their choices and come up with the best decision for their lives. You will enjoy an approach to home financing that focuses on what you want; putting your needs first.

Call Richard  today:

Rotary Club Of Knoxville

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Special Guest

T.  Allen Pannell, Jr., PhD

Lincoln Memorial University

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss the life-saving project of the Rotary Club of Knoxville. Starting in 2015, the Rotary Club of Knoxville began a journey in Zimbabwe to reconstruct a failed dam in the village of Manyane. The results of their efforts gave the village the necessary water to save their community from potential collapse.

Why is the dam so important?

  • Watering of livestock and for crops the difference between life and death for the villagers trying to help themselves
  • 2015 El Nino responsible for a catastrophic drought with the lowest rainfall in Southern Africa since records kept since the 1880’s
  • Rainy season from December to March with average of 24” a year (Knoxvillle 60”plus)
  • Area South of Bulawayo totally dependant on surface water storage from April to November
  • Breaching of Kesari Dam a hammer blow to villagers used to receiving no help from Government and suffering periodic severe droughts
  • Currently retrieval of drinking water from river associated with significant incidence of gastroenteritis from fecal contamination
  • UNICEF forecasts up to 40% starvation by September with significant child mortality rate (20%)
 

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About Rotary

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. The world’s Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

Rotary membership provides the opportunity to: Become connected to your community. Work with others in addressing community needs. Interact with other professionals in your community; assist with RI’s international humanitarian service efforts. Establish contacts with an international network of professionals. Develop leadership skills. Involve family in promoting service efforts.

Allen Pannell, Jr., PhD 

allen.pannell@lmunet.edu

EDUCATION:

Doctor of Philosophy in Business                  University of Tennessee                      12/2015

Statistics                                                          Knoxville, Tennessee

Master of Science                                           University of Tennessee                      5/1984

Statistics/Finance                                            Knoxville, Tennessee

Bachelor of Science                                        University of Tennessee                      5/1982

Business/Statistic                                            Knoxville, Tennessee

Executive Development Studies                     Duke University                                  8/1990

Durham, North Carolina

2015 – Present            Lincoln Memorial University             Director of Business Analytics

2009–2015                  University of Tennessee                      Faculty in Graduate and Executive

Board of Directors

1991-1993                   Tennessee Associates International    President of North American Operations

1990-1991                   Tennessee Associates International    Vice President,

Consulting Services

1984-1989                   Tennessee Associates International    Consultant

1982-1984                   Martin Marietta Energy Systems        Staff Statistician

CONSULTING:

  • Coached senior executives through major change efforts; activities included design, planning, and implementation
  • Successfully worked with numerous manufacturing and service organizations, including Baxter, Rich Products, JSC, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Ford, and Cargill in projects in­volving quality improvement, cost reduc­tion, and customer focus
  • Led a major change effort with a client that resulted in $17 million in savings over a two-year period
  • Consulting experience in such industries as automotive, chemicals, health care, and banking
  • Led numerous workshops, teaching such topics as process innovation, process and organizational re­design, SIX-SIGMA, problem solving, fundamental team concepts, leadership, change man­agement, Lean Manufacturing methods and process management
  • Led the effort to assist a biotech-manufacturing firm experiencing a 12% failure rate on a revolutionary medical equipment device. Reduced the failure rate within 90 days to 2%. As a result of this turnaround the parent company was able to sell this division for $30,000,000 more than they had been offered prior Data mining and modeling for Mail Order and membership organization

 

Crossroads Ministries -Oak Ridge

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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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