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Holidays on Ice

11/2/2018 - Knoxville's Holidays on Ice, presented by Home Federal Bank, is an outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of downtown Knoxville on Market Square. 

Enjoy skating under Christmas lights and stars while listening to music every night.

The ice rink will be closed during inclement weather, please check the Holidays on Ice Facebook page to stay updated. Facebook.com/KnoxvillesHolidaysonIce
 
 
 
 
 

  
Traveling with Pets
11/2/2018 There are so many things to consider when relocating. Starting at new schools, banks, utility companies, and jobs are just a few of the many things about to change all at the same time. 

So the thought of pet care can become low on the priority list. Once in the new town, how does one go about finding a new groomer? How does one find a new veterinarian? For pet maintenance made easy, we’ve asked Haley Coomes to share her knowledge. She has been a pet-groomer over ten years, and has worked at large pet-supply stores, as well as veterinary offices. 

What paperwork should a pet owner take with them when relocating? 
Ask for shot records from the last two years and keep the copy with you. Almost every groomer and vet’s office will require these documents during your pet’s first visit. 

Also ask your groomer to write a brief description of the haircut you like for each pet. Ask them to including clipper length (so your pet isn’t cut too short by the next groomer!) and style of haircut. 

There are three types of haircuts for standard pet-grooming: 

-All over haircut – this means the hair on the body, legs, and rear-end are the same length. 
-Breed-Specific clip (like a Cocker Spaniel or Schnauzer) – these vary by breed. Note: While there is a "standard” for some breed-specific clips, a groomer may have slight variations from the standard. Even if you know your dog gets a "Schnauzer cut,” it’s good to ask them to write any specifics regarding the haircut.  
-Hand-Scissor (mostly for Poodles, Bichons, and dogs with curly/fluffy hair) – this means that no clippers are used on the body and legs, it is all done by hand. 

In addition, have your groomer make any behavioral notes. Is your dog nervous when the groomer trims hair around the eyes or is he/she sensitive about the dryer? Ask your groomer to note it. Any details like this will help to easily establish a trust relationship with the new groomer. 

What suggestions do you have about keeping your pet cleaned while traveling? 
Being on the road for days can be exhausting. However, it is important to make sure that you brush your pet once a day to maintain a healthy skin and coat. If you have a dog with long or fluffy hair, make sure to pay extra attention to the legs, rear-end and belly. Especially when they are traveling in a crate or curled up in the back-seat, their hair may get extra tangled in these areas. 

How often should a dog get a bathroom break while traveling? 
This will depend on the age of the dog, their regular habits, and how much they sleep in the car. My dogs are adults and sleep in their crates while traveling, so every few hours is just fine. When traveling with dogs that are puppies or are unused to going several hours without "potty time,” I would say every two hours. 

What is the best way to travel with cats? 
Talk with you veterinarian to determine if they think sedation is right for your cat. Use a travel kennel. When I moved cross-country, here is what I did. Take a simple and small litter tray in the car. Keep a plastic bag with ties and put the tray with clean litter inside the bag. Once it’s tied-off keep it on a flat surface (the backseat floorboard work best). Once you make a stop for gas, take the litter box out of the bag and leave it on the floor. Also, leave a bowl of water. The cat most likely will not use the box or drink much, but it’s important to give them that opportunity. Make sure they see the box and the bowl of water and leave them in the car while you step outside to fill the tank or grab some snacks. If they use the box, that’s great! Keep a small scooper with you, scoop any "potty’s” into the trashcan at your stop, and then put the box and scoop back into the plastic trash bag. Now you have a clean litter box for the next stop. 

Do you have a recommendation to finding a groomer in a new town? 
Ask co-workers, neighbors, or friends in the area what veterinary office they use. When staying in a corporate apartment, ask the leasing agents or office staff if they have a location close by. Call that vet and get grooming prices, or ask if they recommend a grooming facility. You can also research online, but the best way to get a good sense of the quality is to pick up the phone and call. Ask to speak with a groomer and tell them the type of pet and what type of haircut they get. A good groomer might be quick, but they will listen to your needs and be professional with answering your questions. 

On your first appointment, take the groomer’s haircut description with you. A good groomer should take plenty of time with you as you provide the details about your pet and what you require. They should put their hands on the dog and ask several questions to determine exactly what you want.
 
 
 

 
Fall Foliage in East Tennessee

11/2/2018 - Summer's abundant rainfall and hot temperatures mean East Tennessee fall colors will appear a little later this season and it appears temperatures will dip just in time, making it feel more like autumn and helping the area's leaves turn deeper hues.At lower elevations like Knoxville and Oak Ridge,colorful foliage will be apparent by the last week in October to the first week in November. 

Some of the best fall colors in The Smokies can be found along trails that include Sugarland Mountain, Gregory's Bald and the Appalachian Trail from Clingman's Dome and Newfound Gap. Other locations include Rainbow Falls, Alum Cave Bluffs and Brushy Mountain trails. Not ready for a strenuous hike? Drives on Clingman's Dome and Newfound Gap Road beautiful views. A less-traveled route is the Balsam Mountain Road in the park's southeast corner off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Drivers should be aware part of the road is gravel.By the start of November, most of the higher elevations have lost their leaves. At that point good fall foliage locations include the ever-popular Cades Cove Loop as well as the Boogerman and Albright Grove Loop trails.For those looking for less-traveled areas, we recommend heading south from Knoxville to drive the Cherohala Skyway or north to the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

 
 
 
 


Pack Like a Pro!
 
11/2/2018 - We all know how stressful moving and packing the house can be. By the tenth time you've run to Wal-Mart for more packing tape and newspapers, you're exhausted. Your friends no longer take your calls, as they know you are calling for help.  

Regardless of the distance traveled, relocating is always a hectic time. But often the most stressful part comes in the form of packing and organizing. For some amazing tips on packing and moving, we've turned to a specialist. Elijah Seiple is a Crew Leader for Gentle Moving Company, based in Maryville, TN. He's been in the moving business over nine years, and agreed to share his wisdom. 
  
Do you have strategy you recommend to clients when they start packing?  
It depends on the house, however, generally begin with the bedrooms and move inwards to the center of the house.
 
What is the best packing material to use?  
It is best to use packing paper for dishes and small breakables, wrapping them loosely to add cushion. For larger items such as expensive furniture and awkward statues, stretch wrap film works well. For large pictures bubble wrapping or putting them in boxes works well.
 
How should a client prepare the house for moving day? 
The best thing one can do is put all possible small items in boxes, leaving only the furniture and boxes left for movers. Big things and boxes go relatively quick for movers. Regarding preparing furniture, have all beds broken down, mirrors off dressers, washer and dryer unplugged, and prepare other items which need disassembly in order to move. Clothes and items not at risk of breaking may stay in furniture for the move. Only furniture which are extremely fragile and customers are concerned of scratching need to be wrapped with stretch wrap film, for once in the truck they will be wrapped in thick quilted furniture pads.  
 
What information should a client have when calling for a quote? 
One should have a general knowledge of what is in each room which needs to be transported. Any addresses which items will be picked up or taken to will need to be known. Any difficulties such as long or steep driveways, gate codes, or means of security should be communicated to the movers. 
 
What questions should a client ask when speaking with a moving company? 
One should ask about experience, history of service, trustworthiness of crew, rates, and insurance policy. 
 
What should a client expect on moving day? 
One should expect professional service, yet be prepared for any difficulties such as traffic, poor weather conditions, or other unplanned occurrences. Moving is a stressful time for many people, rest and preparing oneself mentally is important. 
 
When should a client expect to pay the moving company? 
This varies depending on the company. Gentle Moving Company requires cash or cashiers check upon completion of the move. 
 
 
 


Second Harvest Food Bank 

11/2/2018 - 1 in 7 people in East Tennessee lives in poverty and has difficulty meeting basic needs. At Second Harvest Food Bank, we are trying to change that statistic in 18 East Tennessee counties. Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission is to lead the community in the fight to end hunger. It is the East Tennessee region’s largest hunger-relief charity. The food bank secures and distributes more than 18 million pounds of food and grocery products annually through a network of over 550 partnering nonprofit organizations such as food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and schools. Although hunger knows no season, this time of year many look for ways to help the less fortunate have a happy Thanksgiving and here are some ways you can help.

UT Food Drive October 29-November 9 there will be Two drop-off locations for food: Haslam1000 Volunteer Boulevard, 453 Haslam Business Building, Knoxville, TN 37996 Stokely: Stokely Management Center, 916 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37916

Simmons Bank Food Drive November 1– November 15 Drop off location for food: Simmons Bank 8351 E. Walker Springs Lane, Suite 102
Knoxville,TN37923

 

National #BurnTheTurkey Food Drive November 5-November 19 Drop off location for food: Anytime Fitness Clinton 1115 N Charles G. Seivers Blvd # 11
Clinton,TN 37716

 

Rand Property Management Food Drive November 1-November 16. Three drop off locations for food: The Hammond 4619 Sunflower Dr. Knoxville TN 37909 Maryville Rental Office 203 Stone Tree Dr. Maryville, TN 37801 Maple Sunset/Fox Springs 4829 Maple Sunset Way Knoxville, TN 37912

Camping for Cans Looking towards the Christmas season Billy Kidd, local radio personality for WIMZ 103.5, is camping for cans, and his goal is to fill the tractor trailer full of food for Second Harvest Food Bank! Join Billy at Walmart Walker Springs starting on Black Friday for one week to help him meet his goal.Look for Billy Kidd broadcasting on WIMZ in front of the Walmart location in West Knoxville between Walker Springs and Gallaher View Road.