Improve Your Well-Being by Traveling the Nation

Whether you travel a little or a lot, help there is a good chance that you wish you could travel more and have a bucket list of destinations you’d like to visit. Traveling gives us access to new experiences, foods, cultures, and knowledge like no other experience can. But, you don’t always have to travel to exotic destinations. Sometimes traveling within the U.S. is an even better experience because it helps you appreciate the perspectives of your fellow Americans. The benefits of traveling the U.S. are numerous. Here are some of the top ways it improves your well-being:\n\n \n\nYou will realize there is much more to learn about the U.S. than you ever imagined\n\n \n\nWhile you may have called the U.S. home your entire life, you may not realize just how much there is about it that you don’t know. By traveling throughout the United States, you will learn about the history and significance of places that don’t get much attention; for example, you may stumble upon a place that is famous for being the birthplace of a certain food or product. You also may learn new phrases and languages because there is a different vernacular in various parts of the country.\n\n \n\nYou will get a chance to relax\n\n\n\nSome people worry a great deal about traveling too far from home. They may be anxious about not knowing the language, not enjoying traditional foods in other places, or not being close to family in the case of an emergency. If the thought of traveling to another continent worries you, you should travel the U.S. instead so you can relax and have a more enjoyable vacation. You will have less stress and stand a better chance of recharging your batteries if you are more comfortable traveling within the country.\n\n \n\nOne place that is sure to relax you is Clinton, Tennessee. Clinton is a beautiful area of our nation that has a rich history and a quaint country feel. With its proximity to Knoxville, Clinton is a haven of Tennessee that provides access to the gorgeous Clinch River. If you like to fish, be sure to bring your fly rod and small flies because Clinch is one of America’s premier trout streams. Clinton also has adorable shops and a southern charm that makes it a fun, relaxing destination.\nTraveling helps you be more flexible\n\nEven the most prepared people can experience a few hiccups when they travel. For people who like to be in control, traveling abroad can bring about unexpected challenges they had not anticipated, which may cause them undue stress that ruins the trip. On the other hand, traveling within the U.S. is a bit more manageable. There almost always is a gas station, fast food place, or shopping center nearby that can make unanticipated travel headaches a bit easier to deal with when you travel the U.S. The more you travel, the more flexible you will become because you will know that there are places nearby that can help you through whatever road trip issues occur.\n\n \n\nYou will be able to leave life behind for awhile\n\n \n\nWhen you travel, you get to experience adventures and cultures that you otherwise would only be able to hear or read about. If you feel like you are stuck in a rut at home, traveling will reinvigorate your sense of discovery and introduce you to new foods, activities, and even hobbies. You will have fun and gain new insights and perspectives that you can keep with you and then take advantage of when you do return home.\n\n \n\nTraveling abroad can be fun and exciting, but traveling throughout the United States has its own perks as well. Consider visiting quaint places like Clinton, TN, to relax and get reenergized and truly appreciate this nation that you call home.\n\n \n\nImage via Pixabay by tpsdave

Anderson County Summer Family Fun!

Are you looking for something fun to do this summer with your family that doesn’t break the bank? Looking for different activities to help your kids enjoy their summer and make memories they will remember forever? Here is a list of activities in the area that are low cost, sale or free for families to enjoy!\n

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Date: Time: Age: Event: Where:
May 25th-July 2nd Kids Summer Reading Program Registration Clinton Public Library
May 28th 11am Kids Grand Opening Lakefront Park Splash Pad
June 3rd 10am Kids Summer Reading Program Lafollette Public Library
June 4th All Ages National Trails Day Tennessee State Parks
June 5-10th 6-8:30pm All Ages VBS Pleasant View Baptist Church
June 6th-July 1st 11am-12pm Kids Schools Out Free Lunch NCES
June 6th-July 2nd Kids Summer Reading Program Clinton Public Library
June 6-10th 6-8:30pm VBS Bethel Baptist
June 6-10th 10am-1pm VBS Main St Baptist, sale Rocky Top
June 7th 4-7pm Summer Library Norris Middle School
June 11th 11am Kids Kids Free Fishing Day Miller Island Boat Access Clinch River, Norris
June 11th All Ages Free Fishing Day State of Tennessee
June 13th-17th 7-8:45pm All Ages VBS New Hope Baptist Church, Rocky Top
June 13th-17th 7-9pm All Ages VBS Oak Grove Community, Rocky Top
June 14th Book-MO-Bus Check Twitter @nmslibrarytn or Instagram @nmslibrarytn for times
June 28th Book-MO-Bus Check Twitter @nmslibrarytn or Instagram @nmslibrarytn for times and locations
July 1st-2nd Firecracker Sale Downtown Clinton
July 4th 8:30am-After Dark All Ages Norris Day Norris Commons
July 5th 4-7pm Summer Library Norris Middle School
July 11-12th, 14-15th 7-9pm k-8th  ACHS Cheer Camp ACHS
July 12th Book-MO-Bus Check Twitter @nmslibrarytn or Instagram @nmslibrarytn for times and locations
August 5th 5:30-Dark All Ages Back to School Movie Night Antioch Baptist Church parking lot (bring a chair or blanket to sit on)

Why Buy Local?

The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Business Development Committee is an avid supporter of \”Buy Local – Stay Local\”, healing a program designed to encourage residents of Anderson County to buy their goods and services in Anderson County for a good reason.\n\nFor every $100 spent in Anderson County, for sale consumers pay 9.75% sales tax on goods purchased. Therefore, the sales tax on $100 is $9.75. The State of Tennessee retains $7.00 or 7%, with $2.75 (2.75%) minus fees that returns to local governments. From the $2.75 (2. 75%) the State retains 1.125% for administrative costs and prior to distribution by the Anderson County Trustee’s office, a 1 % fee is assessed, leaving $2.69 to be distributed as follows: one-half to the three school systems and the remainder returned to the municipality or county government from which it was received.\n\nConsider the amount you spend in a month and how much of that expenditure you spend in another county, thereby contributing to their revenues. If you purchase $100 worth of goods in another county, your \”$2.69\” is retained by that county.\n\nAnderson County has 31,652 households with the average household income of $58,855.00. A typical family spends 15% of their annual income on groceries, which equates to approximately $8,850 a year, or $280 million a year on groceries that will generate $7 .5 million in local option sales tax. Did you know that in Anderson County, the local option sales tax received in 2015, the 2.75% minus fees, equates to $25 million in total revenues for Anderson County Government, the five municipalities and all three school systems?\n\nHowever, leakage to surrounding counties remains staggering. When you consider large purchases such as cars, appliances, building supplies, etc., ask yourself, \”Can this product be purchased in Anderson County?\” It could be more myth than truth that you will receive a lower price by going to a retailer in another county. Did you know that most retailers offer price matching? Do your homework. Provide the sales person an advertisement from local media or from the internet and you may receive the same price here in your county. Often apparent savings are more than offset by the additional costs of gasoline and wear and tear on your vehicle to travel to Knoxville or other counties.\n\nThere are over 2,600 businesses in Anderson County that contribute to the economic health of our County by payment of property tax (40% of the County’s overall budget), business tax (about $1.2 million annually), sales tax when supplies are purchased from other businesses and payroll tax. Their employees receive a salary and have the option to spend their money in Anderson County.\nIf goods and services are purchased in another county, their employees are likely to live in that county and spend their money in that county.\n\nRevenues needed to operate Anderson County Government and the municipalities of Clinton, Norris, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs and Rocky Top are derived from property tax, sales tax, business tax, gas tax, in lieu of tax payments, transfer taxes and mortgage taxes paid to the Register of Deeds, vehicle registration fees paid to the County Clerk, building permits, court costs, traffic tickets and other taxes from federal and state sources. Services provided to citizens from these government entities include police and fire protection, schools, ambulance services, garbage collection, libraries, roads, parks, etc.\n\nAnderson County Government collects 41.5% of the property tax from commercial properties while 58.5% is collected from residential properties. One Big Box Retailer in Anderson County annually pays $83,240 for one location and $119,623 for the second location in property tax.\n\nAll local revenues including Sales Tax and Property Tax provide funding for the three school systems as follows based on \”weighted average attendance\”: 0.576% to Anderson County Schools, 0.348% to Oak Ridge Schools and 0.076% to Clinton City Schools.\n\nThe \”Buying Local Program\”, if successful, may contribute to lower taxes and provide an atmosphere for local retailers to not only stay in business in Anderson County but also to grow in Anderson County.\n\nNeed another reason to Buy Local? Research has proven that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remains in the county by way of local supply purchases and business services, local taxes, wages and community donations. Local businesses have a tendency to support the local community, patronize local establishments for both business and personal reasons as well as support community organizations. How many times have you seen the signs of a local business on the local ball field fence or a business name on the back of a youth’s team jersey?\n\nFinally, let me say a word about internet sales. Online out-of-state companies DO NOT support the local economy by job creation, property and business tax revenue or support our community organizations or schools. When we spend our money in Anderson County, it stays in Anderson County!!\n\nBUY LOCAL – it’s more than a concept – it’s a way of life! Support the businesses that reinvest in our county’s economic vitality, while maintaining the unique character and quality of life in Anderson County! Shop Anderson County first to support local business and keep tax dollars working in our community!\n\nJanet Hawkins, Executive Vice President\nRetail Development\nAnderson County Chamber of Commerce\n245 N. Main St., Ste. 200, Clinton, TN 37716\nPH: 865-457-2559

Curb Appeal

“You’ll never have a second chance to create a good first impression.\”\n\nThe very first impression potential buyers, diagnosis make when pulling up to your home is does it have curb appeal? Even if you are not in the market to sell your house, tadalafil curb appeal helps to increase your home and property value. If a yard is well taken care of, there is confidence that the home is also well taken care of.\n\nHere are some simple tips to help your home look its best…\n\n1) Clean up!- Pick up garbage that has been dropped. Pick up all broken branches and dead trees as soon as possible to maintain a better appearance. Power wash your home, driveway, deck, and sidewalks to clean off any built up debris.\n\n2) Landscaping- Plant with each season in mind, being mindful of your landscaping. Think about pops of color to draw attention, as well as something that doesn’t require lots of maintenance. It doesn’t cost anything to get weeds out of your flower beds! Prune shrubs, trim trees to make them look more appealing to your line of sight. Consider placing some solar lighting in among your landscaping and driveway.\n\n3) Front Door- Repaint it with a pop of color that accents the house, place a new welcome mat in front of the door, add some flowers in pots, a wreath on the door. Make it look warm and inviting.\n\n4) Maintaining-You won’t have any curb appeal if you have a beautiful landscaped lawn and have not maintained your home. Replace gutters when they need. Fixing worn out porch will help up your curb appeal, and your home and property value.\n\nWhat do you need to do to improve the appearance of your home?

How does staging effect the sale of a home?

Staging a home is a very important step when getting your home ready to sell. Here are some very simple tips to stage a house on a budget. If you are serious about selling your home then you need to have a very discerning eye. Look at your house, discount rx as if you are a potential buyer.  Here is some tips for staging.\n

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  1. De-Personalize-Remove any family photos, sale as well as dirty clothes, recipe toothbrushes, makeup.  Allow the potential buyer to use their imagination to view this as a home for their family.
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  3. Declutter-Get rid of things! Sell, donate, trash! This can be one of the biggest jobs, and most important.
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  7. Closets-Clean out closets. Don’t have closets look like they are overflowing and not enough space. Have them neat and organized. Most people desire closet space, if your closets are overflowing they will automatically think they will not have enough closet space.
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  11. Curb Appeal-The first impression a buyer will get is pulling up to your home. You want to make them want to come inside. If the outside is taken care of, the inside will likely be taken care of also.  Keep the lawn mowed, weeds pulled, bushes trimmed and some flowers planted.
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  13. Smell-Make sure your home smells clean. Walk outside for a few minutes, clear your senses and walk back inside your home. What do you smell? Is it overpowering? Too flowery? Too strong? It should smell fresh and clean.
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Manufacturing Day in Clinton

Roane State Community College will host an open house at its Clinton Higher Education and Workforce Training Facility as part of Manufacturing Day on Friday, capsule doctor Oct. 2.\n

\nThe event will last from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the facility, 214 Nave St. in Clinton. The public is invited to visit the facility and learn more about Roane State courses in mechatronics and injection molding.\n\nRepresentatives from area manufacturers will be at the facility to discuss job opportunities in manufacturing, and Roane State staff will demonstrate equipment used in its mechatronics and injection molding programs.\n\nFor more information, contact Nick Forrester at (865) 354-3000 ext.4873, forresternw@roanestate.edu.

Independence Day Celebrations

The city of Clinton hosted a stellar \”4th of July\” celebration last week at Lakefront Park!  In addition to a fantastic fireworks display, discount viagra pilule city residents and guests took advantage of food vendors, ambulance bounce houses for the kids, games, live music, and championship wrestling.  An Independence Day celebration is nothing new for Clinton, but the event grew to an unprecedented size this year.  A big \”THANK YOU\” to the staff members at the City of Clinton and the Parks and Recreation Department for putting on a great show.  We are indeed blessed to live in this great city and this great country.  Happy birthday, America!

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Visit downtown Clinton, Tennessee this weekend!

Historic downtown Clinton has become known far-and-wide as a destination for antique shoppers.  The stores that call downtown Clinton home are as unique and impressive as the beautiful old buildings that line Market and Main Streets.  This weekend (May 3-4, prescription cheap 2013) is the annual Spring Antique Fair presented by the Antique Merchants Guild of Clinton and the city of Clinton.  Not only are the shops and eateries open for business, search but the streets are lined with antique vendors from across the region.  This Fair as well as the Fall Antiques Festival in October have become two of my favorite weekends to be in our lovely hometown!

Volunteering in Anderson County!

This past weekend was a beautiful day to work outside at Choices Resource Center! A group from my church, no rx cheap Faith Promise, for sale worked together along with another local church to do landscaping, painting and other volunteer office work. It was part of an area wide volunteer weekend. Our church had a number of volunteer opportunities for those wanting to participate. I was very pleased to see several young children who came with their parents to help out. I really think it is so important to have children learn the meaning of community service. I was so fortunate to have parents, but especially a father, who showed me what it truly meant to volunteer and serve others in my community. It doesn’t have to be a special day to volunteer, as it was this weekend. If you have an hour each week to put toward a project in your community, that helps a lot! Instead of complaining all the time, get out and volunteer, make a difference in your community!