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Crossroads Ministries -Oak Ridge


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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Crossroads Ministry is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation.

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Murder Will Out



Copyright 2015

In 1921, it was considered the most horrifying, gruesome murder in East Tennessee history.

Starting in Knoxville, with a sickening murder in Robertsville, Tennessee (pre-Oak Ridge), to an attempted bank robbery in Oakdale-this story has it all- ending with four men executed in Tennessee’s electric chair on the same day (a dark state record).

Murder Will Out


Co-Host Mark W. Griffith

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From Mark:

It seems like every 100 years, or so a sensational trial occurs in communities across the country. Most of them maintain only a local level of interest but occasionally some reach the attention of the national media. The story of George Lewis and Andrew Crumley reached a national audience; its horrific tale of a brutally cruel murder and attempted murder caught the ire and sympathy of the nation. After the sensational trial, verdict and death sentence, the country seemed to wait in anticipation for the execution. On March 1, 1922, Tennessee executed four men; national news headlines exploded with the news.
In the trials closing augments, prosecuting attorney W. H. Buttram predicted the trial would be, ‘….remembered a hundred years hence.’ But in reality, with justice being served quickly and inexorably, memories of the horror soon faded.
Murder Will Out rekindles some of the emotions undoubtedly felt at the time and attempts to honor the memories of two innocent lives that fell victim to such a despicable plot.housinghour_bookcover_700x900-01

Murder Will Out


Mark W. Griffith
Co-host: The Housing Hour



Explore Oak Ridge



exploreSpecial Guest: Executive Director

Marc Derose.

Born in war and rich in natural beauty, Oak Ridge is the “Secret City” with a big story to tell. From the peaceful waterfront to the innovative achievements, there is always more to explore in Oak Ridge

“As it turns out, the Secret City is quite good at keeping its secrets. We found Oak Ridge to have many exciting and interesting attractions for visitors, but people outside of Oak Ridge simply have no idea of just how much there is.” Marc Derose

Explore Oak Ridge

Part 3 of The Housing Hour’s Series discusses the wonderful family opportunities in one of the fastest changing communities in the state!

Part 1 Mark Watkins (City Manager) The Future

Part 2 D. Ray Smith(Historian) The Past


Explore Oak Ridge

The City of Oak Ridge is located in the eastern part of Tennessee, approximately 22 miles northwest of Knoxville, with a population of approximately 27,000. The City occupies a southern portion of Anderson County and an eastern portion of Roane County. Oak Ridge is approximately 92 square miles in area and includes plant and facilities of the U.S. Department of Energy.  Residential, commercial, and municipal owned portions of the City make up nearly 30 square miles. The remaining area of the City is owned by the Department of Energy.

Oak Ridge is home to United States Department of Energy facilities – a national laboratory and a national security complex – and high tech/high wage employers. It is also home to a regional medical center. Oak Ridge is the first retail destination for residents within five (5) East Tennessee counties.

Currently, there are four industrial parks in the City that were developed by the municipality and two parks that were developed by private firms. Oak Ridge also has a new industrial park, Horizon Center,  with 1,000 acres of undeveloped federal land.

To learn more about economic opportunities in Oak Ridge, please visit the following sites:
Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce
City of Oak Ridge


Oak Ridge City Manager



Special Guest

watsonMark Watson

Oak Ridge City Manager

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss the fantastic changes that are in store for the city. New commercial retail spaces including residential complexes will replace the former Oak Ridge Mall area. The city has also received TVA grants that will be used to revitalize some of the existing housing stock into more energy efficient homes.

mall mall 2Oak Ridge City Manager

The City Charter establishes the City Manager as the chief executive officer of the City. The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of City Council. The City Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and evaluating the operations of the municipal government in order to implement Council policies in an effective, and economic manner. In carrying out these responsibilities, the Manager interprets and implements Council-determined policy; oversees the enforcement of all laws and ordinances; appoints and removes department heads and employees on the basis of merit; exercises control and supervision over all departments; prepares and recommends annual operating and capital improvement budgets; screens and prepares agenda materials; recommends legislation that appears necessary and desirable; advises Council of the financial conditions and future needs of the City; informs the public through reports to Council regarding the operation of City government; represents the City in its relations with the public, the press, and other governmental and private agencies; and performs such other duties as may be described by the City Charter or required by ordinance or resolution of Council

U.S. Senate Candidate Terry Adams



Meet Terry

U.S. Senate Candidate Terry Adams

I am Terry Adams, veteran, entrepreneur, and attorney. My wife Phillis Burnett and I together own and operate a small business in Knoxville, in addition I practice law, an entrepreneur representing entrepreneurs.

My professional life began with public service. I joined the Navy reserves on the early enlistment program while I was still in High School, to serve my country, and help pay for college. I graduated from the University of Tennessee with the help of the Montgomery GI Bill and ultimately went to law school.

My mother was a songwriter in Nashville, she wrote the song “Cry, Cry, Cry” for Connie Smith in her heyday. When music didn’t pay the bills she cleaned office buildings, worked in hospitals, and ultimately worked as a secretary at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, where she retired. My father was a US Air Force veteran. After getting out of the service, he pumped gasoline and raised me, for several years in a one bed room apartment in Nashville.

I am proud to have lived and worked in the three grand divisions of Tennessee: Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. My upbringing is about as far from Washington D.C. as you can get but I believe a little Tennessee common sense is what we need in our nation’s capital today.

Air Date 11/17/12- Fire Prevention and Awareness!


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This is one of the most important shows The Housing Hour has done:

….it could save you and your family’s lives!

Fire Prevention and Awareness:  Will your Smoke detector work?

Did you know that Thanksgiving Day is the number one day for cooking fires?

Knoxville City Fire Department Captain DJ Corcoran joins our show and discusses everything from the top things that can cause fires during the holiday season to smoke alarm detectors.

The Housing Hour has learned that under certain conditions the smoke detector in your home could fail to go off.

Common home Smoke Detectors Failing:

Also, we have discovered another study regarding Children under 10 and smoke alarms…we discuss this study and will be posting a video on the study. Every parent with small children must see this video!

Also, on a lighter note….we will be posting video a comical video regarding fires caused by Turkey Fryers.

Please join us for this very important show!

Fire Prevention Website

Air Date 02-09-13: Crazy Home Inspection Finds!



Special Guest

feldmanJack Feldmann

Crazy Home Inspection Part 1!

Clayton Inspection Service, Inc.

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. Call or write us today for your free brochure.


Clayton Inspection Service Inc.
Jack C. Feldmann

Phone: (865) 693-7109
Fax: (865) 690-4321

Crazy Home Inspection Finds!








Housing to Drive Economic Growth (Finally!)


Economists expect the housing market to be the primary driver of growth this year.

The bursting of the housing bubble plunged the economy into a recession from which it has yet to fully recover. But economists say this could finally be the year that housing lifts us out of the doldrums.

Just over half of economists surveyed by CNNMoney identified a housing recovery as the primary driver of economic growth this year. The rest were split fairly evenly between consumer spending, increased domestic energy production and stimulus from the Federal Reserve as major growth drivers.

“Homebuilding activity will likely remain the strongest growing component of the economy in 2013,” said Keith Hembre, chief economist of Nuveen Asset Management. “After several years of excess supply, demand and supply conditions are now in much better balance.”

Home sales rebounded to the strongest level in five years in 2012, as home building bounced back to levels not seen since early in the recession. Near record low mortgage rates, rising home prices and a drop in foreclosures have combined to bring buyers back to the market.

The economists surveyed also forecast that there will be just under 1 million housing starts this year — roughly matching the 28% rise in home building in 2012. Moody’s Analytics is forecasting much stronger growth — a 50% rise both this year and next year, which it estimates will create more than 1 million new jobs.

“There’s a lot of pent-up demand for housing, and very little supply,” said Celia Chen, housing economist for Moody’s Analytics. “As demand continues to improve, home builders have nothing to sell. They’ll have to build.” She said that growth in building will mean adding not just construction jobs, but also manufacturing jobs building the appliances and furniture needed in the new homes, which in turn drives overall consumption higher.

And economists say the tight supply and renewed demand for housing should lead to higher home values — about a 3.7% increase according to the survey.

“One of the most significant indirect effects from the housing recovery is the ‘wealth effect’ on consumers due to the recovery in home prices,” said Joseph LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist of Deutsche Bank, who said better home values can affect both consumer psychology on spending as well as their actual finances.

“Even small moves in home prices can have large effects on consumption, because housing comprises such a significant share of household assets,” he said.


Suze Orman said 2013 is the year to buy!


Here are some very important resources to help you prepare for buying a home.

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Air Date 12/8/12 : Protecting Your Identity!


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Robert Talks with Dr. Drew about his experience after he crossed the finish line;

Our Guest: ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com

Author and  McAfee Identity Theft Expert

Robert Siciliano is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His “tell it like it is” style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment’s notice on breaking news.

Joins us for an intense hour of, ‘… things you wish you knew before your identity was stolen!’

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Robert has national media credentials including hard hitting and provocative contributions to The Today Show, CBS Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Inside Edition, EXTRA, Tyra Banks, Sally Jessie, Montel, Maury, Howard Stern, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, Consumer Digest, Smart Money, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many more.

In addition to his role as a frequently quoted television news correspondent, Robert is also the author of “The Safety Minute:” Living on High Alert – How to Take Control of Your Personal Security and Prevent Fraud.”

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