The Arsonist in the Office

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Special Guest

Pete Havel

Author

of The Arsonist in the Office joins The Housing Hour this week to tell his incredible story of how a rogue employee sets out to hound and try to ruin his career. Pete writes about his journey and gives career changing tips on how to identify and deal with The Arsonist in the Office.

Topics Include:

How can leaders prevent fires from breaking out before their organization is at risk?

How can employees—whether facing a destructive coworker or a from breaking—protect themselves in an atmosphere that eats away at common sense, kindness, and careers?

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Tools and Tactics

Pete Havel

The author of The Arsonist in the Office, is an experienced lobbyist, political consultant and crisis communications pro who has served numerous leading business advocacy organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business and Associated Builders and Contractors.

With skills sharpened in the toughest, bare-knuckled environments, Havel is committed to helping leaders and organizations boldly face their challenges and provide tools that sharpen ‘smart skills’ that improve performance and protect careers and organizational cultures. He brings his skill in politics to helping organizations and individuals survive office politics.

Pete serves as a Sr. Counsel of Public Affairs for a leading communications firm. Pete grew up in Massachusetts, but now calls Texas home.  He’s a graduate of Baylor University and is a legendary BBQ smoker in his own mind.

Weichert Realtors Advantage Plus

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Special Guests

Jeff Grebe and Daren Poppen

Daren Poppen Mortgage Investors Group (Parkside) and Jeff Grebe Weichert Realtors-Advantage Plus

Weichert Realtors and Mortgage Investors Group

joins The Housing Hour this week to give an update on the Knoxville and surrounding real estate market plus their unique approach to customer service.

Topics:

Jeff’s market Experience

Daren’s customer service approach

3D Tours and Media-Knoxville3d Homes

Career opportunities with the Advantage Plus Family

and much more!

Daren, Kevin and Jeff

Jeff Grebe is the Broker/Owner of WEICHERT, REALTORS – Advantage Plus. Jeff has been a Realtor in the Knoxville area since 1993. He started with Century 21 AAIM and then Remax Preferred Properties before becoming Broker of his own company, The Buyer’s Agent of Knoxville in 1997. In 2003, Jeff opened the first Weichert Realtors franchise in Tennessee and is currently the #9 office in the franchise system. WEICHERT, REALTORS® Advantage Plus is your local expert for Farragut and Knoxville area real estate. While we are local, we have the full backing and resources of Weichert, Realtors®, the largest privately-owned family of real estate companies in the country. Jeff manages more than 50 agents who live and work in many different areas of Knox County and the surrounding counties. Regardless of your needs we are sure to have a local agent to assist you in the purchase or sale of real estate.

WEICHERT, REALTORS® Advantage Plus stresses the importance of service to our clients. Both first-time buyers and experienced homeowners will see that we’re serious about helping people buy real estate in our area. We are also committed to providing professional, effective service for our clients who are selling their homes. Giving our clients the service they want is what makes our business successful.

If you have ever considered a career in real estate, we would like to invite you to a career session on any Tuesday at either 1 pm or 6 pm. Call Jeff at 865-474-7100 to make a reservation. We offer the most salesperson-oriented systems, programs and tools in all of real estate. That means Weichert Sales Associates, both new and experienced, have every chance to maximize their return with a minimum of hassle. With a brokerage like ours, your success truly matters. That’s why we support our team by generating active prospects for our agents and providing them with a powerful contact management solution that helps convert these prospects into closed business.

Whether you have a house to sell, looking for a home to buy or you want a mentor and coach for a career in real estate; Jeff Grebe is there to help. Call him today at (865) 719-3624 or go to www.JeffGrebe.com.

Daren Poppen- Mortgage Investors Group

daren.poppen@migonline.com
Office 865-671-8910
Cell 865-936-3965
Fax 865-671-0774

As a lifelong Knoxvillian and graduate of the University of Tennessee, I feel a real connection to East Tennessee. I have a vested interest in this community, as it has always been and will continue to be my home. So I enjoy being one of the first professionals newcomers meet when they move to town and need help financing a home loan. Whether I’m advising first-time homebuyers or a local veteran, my on-going goal is to be their “Friend in the Business.” I brought four years of mortgage lending experience to MIG when I joined its West Knoxville/Parkside branch as a loan officer in 2007. .

As a licensed mortgage loan originator, I have the knowledge to advise customers about their mortgage loan options and help them choose the best program for their needs. At MIG, I also have the support and confidence to look customers in the eye and assure them that we will close their home loan on time, every time. I am a member of the Knoxville Mortgage Bankers Association, which has recognized me with its Bronze Award in 2013.

When I’m not helping families finance or refinance their homes, I enjoy casual hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains and other surrounding national parks, biking greenways and exercising at Fort Sander’s Health and Fitness Center. I also enjoy traveling, reading and spending time with family, friends and my fiancée, Mary. I look forward to assisting you with your current or future mortgage loan needs. You may reach me at the contact information below. I hope to hear from you soon.

Awards / Recognition

  • Hundreds of satisfied customers that often refer their friends and family to me.
  • What is an unknown fact about you?
    On my 5th grade safety patrol trip to Washington D.C. I was selected to represent Knox County Schools to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • If you were not a loan officer, what would you be?
    News Reporter or Architect.
  • What is playing right now in your ipod / iphone / Pandora / tape player / CD Player / 8 Track Player?
    Foreigner’s greatest hits and some early Racontuers.


High Performance Homes

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Special Guest

Kiere DeGrandchamp

Head of Construction with High Performance Homes

joins The Housing Hour this week to share his a revolutionary way of building the ‘net-zero’ energy smart home. Kiere’s uses the latest designs of geothermal technology, Solar Shingle energy production (produced by Certain Teed), state-of-the-art air filtration systems, and other effective energy-saving building methods.

Every homeowner can have the home of their dreams without the dread of massive energy bills.

Kiere made a promise years ago to his young daughter that he would make a positive contribution to the world. Listen to Kiere’s inspirational story and how he is fulfilling his promise today!

Topic Include:

Net-Zero Building Technique

Geothermal Designs

Revolutionary Air-filtration System

Kiere’s Passion and promise to his Daughter.

Crazy Home inspections Number 7

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Special Guest

Jack Feldmann

Owner of Clayton Home Inspection Service

(Now National Property Inspections)

joins The Housing Hour this week to celebrate an incredible career in the home inspection industry and his six years of Crazy Home Inspection show content. Jack is certainly one of a kind, and we wish him the best in his new role as a retired home inspector.

Listen today and follow the photos as Jack takes us through some of his last inspection finds.

Kevin and Mark wish Jack the best in his new role and he will be back to update The Housing Hour listeners to new changes in the industry.

Crazy Home Inspections Series

One last note-Although Jack has had a long career in crawling through homes (a total of roughly 167 miles) he would like to point out the photo is only a ‘caricature*’ of his backside. (Noted!)

*Caricature:
a picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect (Kevin and Mark were going after the ‘comic effect’ )

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Thank you Jack Feldmann!

History of The University of Tennessee

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Special Guest

Dr. Bob Hutton

Department of History and the American Studies

at the University of Tennessee joins The Housing Hour this week to share his passion for history, writing, and research on the history of the University of Tennessee. Dr. Hutton explains the humble beginnings of the university and how it prevailed through the turbulent time of the Civil War.

Topics Include

History of The University of Tennessee

Post Civil War Reconstruction

Progressive Era

Jim Crow Laws

Biography

Dr. Hutton teaches class in the Department of History and the American Studies curricula, with specializations in the American South and Appalachia. He is currently researching the private security industry in Progressive Era Appalachia, with special emphasis on the relationship between Jim Crow and southern capitalism.


Education

Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 2009

Also, order Dr. Hutton Book


“Bloody Breathitt”: Politics & Violence in the Appalachian South (University Press of Kentucky, 2013)

Rich Tierney: Keller williams Signature Real Estate

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Rick Tierney

Principle Broker with Keller Williams Signature Real Estate and Sequoyah Realty

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss his passion for real estate in Knoxville and the Sequoyah Hills area. Rich brings his expert knowledge of property sales and remodeling to help home buyers navigate through the complexities of home ownership.

Rich and Angie Tierney are highly trained real estate professionals with decades of experience.  They realize the necessity of keeping themselves informed of all the latest news and sales statistics in Sequoyah Hills and the surrounding areas.


Firedamp: A Killing At Kettle Island

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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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Watch our Facebook page for a free book offer!

 

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 .

Membership Application