Firedamp: A Killing At Kettle Island

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Special Guest

J. Kyle Johnson

author of a historical fiction book, ‘Firedamp: A  Killing at Kettle Island’  joins  The Housing Hour this week to discuss the history of a coal mining community in Pineville, Kentucky and how a mining explosion on the day of his birth forever changed his life.  Kyle wants to honor that community and its people by depicting a wonderfully entertaining ‘Who-done-it’ book set in the 1930s.

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J. Kyle Johnson lives in retirement among the beautiful mountains and lakes of East Tennessee with his lovely spouse of 46 years (the ‘Little Suzi’ of stories found at jkylejohnson.net).

Kyle permanently changed his technical hat for a creative one after a 35-year career with science and engineering contractors of the federal government. Most of his creative writing can be classified as historical fiction (or ‘creative nonfiction’) that is based on actual characters and events associated with family and friends.

Kyle was born in Pineville, Kentucky, and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He received his BS and MA degrees from Tennessee Tech University (’75, ’77).

Read Kyles story of growing up in Oak Ridge!

Firedamp: A Killing At Kettle Island

On a muggy night in the summer of 1930, Deputy Sam Garrett reports for duty to find his mentor and boss, Sheriff I.D. Atkins, shot and left for dead behind the Bell County, Kentucky, courthouse. Unnerved and out of his depth as a greenhorn lawman, Sam is determined to step into the sheriff’s shoes but soon finds himself mired in a swamp of deceit. FIREDAMP is a fast-moving, first-person tale of a young deputy’s struggle with ruthless bootleggers and crime bosses. Adding to his troubles are his ne’er-do-well brother, Billy Wade, and his brother’s “woman,” Jonetta Isbell, an exotic Melungeon vamp. The story begins with the shooting of the sheriff, then spins off into the investigation of a brutal killing at a coal mine in Kettle Island, where a firedamp (or flash fire) in a deep mine is somehow connected to the murder of a newly arrived miner. But as Sam prepares to deal with the two local crimes, he encounters “friendly fire” from Special Agent L.C. Schilder of the federal Bureau of Investigation (as it was known in 1930). In Newport, Kentucky, the notorious home of vice on the Ohio River during the Prohibition era and America’s original “Sin City,” Agent Schilder entangles the deputy in a peculiar scheme to bring down George Rhodes, a Cincinnati gangster known in the Midwest as the “King of the Bootleggers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax Cat-Tax Time

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Special Guest

Evonne M. Kautz, EA

‘The Tax Cat’

owner of 5-Star Holdings, Inc joins The Housing Hour this week to help our listeners understand the new changes that have taken place for the 2018 tax season.   Preparation is the key to filing return, and Evonne is the key to knowing how to prepare!

Topics

  •  Forms you need
  • Standard Deduction vs itemized
  • Itemized deduction changes
  • Business Client expenses Impacted

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.

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

 

Veterans Appreciation Program

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Special Guest

Larry Sharp

President and Founder

of Veterans Appreciation Program,  joins The Housing Hour this week to share his passion by helping veterans and current military personnel through a unique program, that unifies businesses in offering money-saving discounts to their families.

Our Veterans and Military will benefit because of your gratitude and appreciation as a contributor in thanking them for their service. In addition to helping them you will be supporting your own business in as much we will make Veterans and Military organizations aware of your discount and post your business on our website so that other Veterans/Military will know and can visit your business.

Further the program will provide a decal to post on your door or window of your business identifying you as a member of the Veterans Appreciation Program.

Larry is a Vietnam veteran and describes his experince when entering serivce and  coming home.  His  passion  is also focus on the tragic susicde rate that veterans realize today.

“Suicide prevention is one of our highest priorities,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin. “Fixing the Veterans Crisis Line was a critical step in keeping our commitment to Veterans.”

To reach a VA professional, who is specially trained to attend to emotional crises for Veterans and service members:

  • Dial the National Suicide Prevention Hotline number, 800-273-TALK (8255). Veterans should choose option 1 to reach a VCL responder;
  • Text 838255 — A VCL responder will text back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knoxville Irish Society

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Chris King, (President/ Founder) and Amanda Bailey  (Secretary) of Knoxville Irish Society share their vast knowledge of Ireland, and it’s rich history as we celebrate of the worlds favorite holiday’s!

 You can find even more information about the Knoxville Irish Society by liking our Facebook page and joining their Facebook community group. You can also now follow them on Twitter and Instagram!

Tá muid réidh cuidiú a thabhairt duit!

(They are ready to help you!”)

Instructions for becoming a member and benefits of joining*
Should you, and perhaps your family, decide to become a member, you will get all of the rights and privileges that come with membership. These are bragging rights! You’ll also get member discounts to KIS events that are noted in the “Events” section of our website. You’ll also get member discounts to KIS events (e.g. the Second Saturday social gathering and the Irish Gaelic language classes) and other non-KIS affiliated events (e.g. St. Patrick’s Day Knoxville celebrations and Irish Fest on the Hill).  And, best of all, you’ll be supporting the good work of the Society. Our culturally-enriching events and efforts wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful support of our members: people like you! Not only will you get those warm and fuzzy feelings from joining, but you’ll also receive the profuse gratitude of the Irish community and its friends. This is the start of a beautiful relationship! Acceptance into the Society is competitive: only about 100% of applicants are admitted. For more information about what we do, click on our events tab above, like our Facebook page, or join our  Facebook community group .

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Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon

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Special Guests

David Neumer and Jason Altman

Jason Altman

Race Director for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon 

and

David Neumer

joins The Housing Hour to discuss the 2019   Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon coming up March 30th-31st.

David is an Afganistan war veteran who while on a mission with his Special Forces team in Afghanistan in 2009, was caught in a firefight and hit by an 82 mm mortar. His treatment ended in a “limb salvage,” which means amputation was considered, but then doctors decided to try to “salvage” what they could of his right leg.

His body littered with shrapnel that was most damaging to his knee, his ankle weakened and his tibia destroyed, David learned he would never run again. But his time in the military has resulted in a key component of his success after combat.

David began handcycling as part of his rehabilitation at Walter Reed Medical Center. He remembers his first ride well, blazing on wheels for the first 15 minutes and deciding it was almost too easy.

David won the handcycling event at the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon in 2014 and is attempting a comeback after undergoing shoulder surgery.

READ David’s full story.

Featured Expo Speaker – Rob Jones – 3 pm on Saturday, March 30

Rob Jones was serving in Afghanistan in 2010 when he was wounded in action by a land mine. The injury resulted in a left knee dis-articulation and a right above knee amputation of his legs. He was fitted with prosthetics at Walter Reed, and then began rowing, biking, and running. In 2017, he completed his goal of running 31 marathons in 31 cities in 31 days. Learn more about Rob here.
Rob’s appearance is made possible by Prestige Cleaners, Prestige Tuxedo, and Eddie Mannis for Mayor.

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.

 

 

 

 

Terry Adams- Adams Law Firm

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Special Guest

Terry Adams, ESQ.

owner of Adams Law firm and Admiral Title Inc joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss his passion for life, music and the real estate industry.    Terry also talks about his mother, Shirley Wood, a  Nashville country music writer known for her famous hit recorded by  Connie Smith, Cry, Cry, Cry.

Topics:

  • Terry’s past-Picture Proof
  • Love of Music
  • Adam Law Firm and Admiral Title
  • Common Title Issues

 

Terry and his mother-Shirley Wood Adams

 

The Adams Law Firm
8517 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Phone: (865) 531-6440
Fax: (865) 381-1394
E-mail: tadams@terryadamslaw.com

Terry Adams is a Navy veteran, entrepreneur and attorney. Adams is the founder and managing attorney of the Adams Law Firm and Admiral Title, Inc. Currently he sits on the Tennessee Bar Association’s Executive Committee for Sports & Entertainment. Terry Adams focuses his practice on negotiations, contracts and business litigation. Terry has been peer reviewed as a “Top Attorney” in several categories as published in Knoxville Cityview Magazine, including in 2013 in the categories of Real Estate Development & Financing Law, Business/ Commercial Law, and Sports & Entertainment Law.

Terry grew up in Nashville and is a graduate of the University of Memphis Law School and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Adams’ roots and experiences span the state of Tennessee. Now, he and his wife, Phillis, live in Knoxville. Terry is a former Certified National Football League Players Association Contract Advisor, a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and the Knoxville Bar Association. He served in the United States Navy Reserves for 8 years. Adams enlisted in the Navy during high school and went to UT on the Montgomery GI Bill.

Actively involved in the Knoxville community, Terry has volunteered countless hours to local budding entrepreneurs through his small business initiative. He also volunteers many hours of pro-bono legal services to those in need in the Knoxville area. In addition, Terry has served on the board of non-profit organizations including currently serving on the community advisory board for the Junior League of Knoxville.

Terry is licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Tennessee, United States Tax Court, and United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee. Among his many published articles he is the author of The Art & Science of Negotiation; Business Law: Representing the Whole Client; and Getting it Right When it Counts – Crisis Management and Critical Decision Making.

The Adams Law Firm, Inc.
*Founder of the Adams Law Firm, a full service business, transactions and litigation law practice.

Tennessee Bar Association
*Executive Counsel of the Sports and Entertainment Law Section
*Legal Clinic and Legislative Committees

Admiral Title, Inc.
*Founder and President of Admiral Title, Inc.

Political Experience
*Helped candidates for the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives on issues regarding fundraising, campaign management, and substantive policy positions

United States Navy
*Served and a NCO in the United States Navy Reserve. Service from 1989-1997.

University of Memphis School of Law, JD
*International Law Society, *Criminal Law Society, *Sports and Entertainment Law Society

University of Memphis Law School Legal Clinic
*Civil Litigation and Elder Law Clinics

University of Tennessee – BA, Political Science
*Study abroad in Budapest, Hungary & Madrid, Spain
*Executive Undergraduate Program

United States Army War College
*2008 attendee and new member of the National Security Seminar.

Harvard Law School
*Program on Negotiation (Program of Instruction for Lawyers)
*Certificates in Basic and Advanced Negotiation

NFL Players Association Contract Advisor
*2006 – Certified by the NFLPA as a Contract Advisor.

Better Business Bureau Arbitrator
*Certified Arbitrator for the BBB-Auto Line

Affiliations
*Sports Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Knoxville Bar Association, Tennessee Association for Justice, Community Advisory Board Member of the Knoxville Area Junior League

 

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

Crazy Home Inspections VI

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Special Guest

Jack Feldmann

Clayton  Inspection Service

(865) 693-7109 ph

joins The Housing Hour for the 6th  installment of our Crazy Home Inspection  Series.  Jack shares with us the special honor he recently received for his years of dedicated service to  the  American Society of Home  Inspectors   (ASHI) and  the East Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ETASHI).

Also, Jack brings us more of those Crazy Home Inspection photos that have made this series of of our most popular!

Follow the pictures as Jack,  Mark and guest co-host Richard Swan as we have fun discussing 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.

(865) 693-7109 ph

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!!

(865) 556-7783

 

 

 

 

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.