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by Nancy W. Brown
Whether you carry paint chips in your
purse or simply hunger to know the top
10 decorating mistakes, you’ll enjoy this
day-long seminar coming to Nashville on
March 21. Professional interior redesigner
and instructor Carol Bass, MPT, calls it
a day of “fun, food and the fundamentals
Animated and witty, Bass plans her
seminars to be “a fun girls day out. We
play games. We eat great food. And most
importantly, you leave with lots of good
information.” Not to mention the chance
to win some very nice doorprizes and
lunch with professional redesigners.
Designed for do-it-yourself (DIY)
homeowners who want to learn such
fundamentals as finding your own
style, the power of proper placement,
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OVC, A-Sun basketball
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By Randy Weiler
Nashville will be all things basketball the next few weeks and
beyond. That’s why they call it March Madness.
The city will play host to Ohio Valley and Atlantic Sun
Conference tournaments for men and women, with the winners
advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
The A-Sun tournament will be held March 5-8 in Lipscomb
University’s Allen Arena. Three-time defending men’s
champion Belmont will be challenged by Jacksonville, East
Tennessee State, Mercer and the host Bisons. On the women’s
3 Green 101
4 Calendar of Events
6 Interior Design
6 Help! I’m Shrinkin’
Dr. Steve Olivas
7 Hickman Happenings
8 Run on Jane
9 BOOST Your Life
9 Kar Kare Tips
10 Boomers Advice
12 Investing Strategies
12 Bright Spots with
13 Mommy Talk
13 Councilman’s Corner
14 Take Your Best Shot
Kaye Ivanoff, RN
15 COUPONS !!!
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by Karen Roach
I previously wrote that
the Senate had proposed
legislation which called
for a $15,000 tax credit
to home buyers. The
$15,000 tax credit did not
get put into the Economic
Stimulus Act, but an $8,000 frst time
home buyer tax credit was passed in this
Here are a few things you need to know
about this tax credit:
• The credit is equivalent to 10% of the
purchase price of the home or capped at
$8,000. Unlike the previous $7,500 home
buyer tax credit, this one does not have to
be paid back.
• A frst time home buyer defned for
purposes of this legislation is someone
who hasn’t owned a principle residence
for three years before buying a house.
• This credit is only for 2009 buyers
only. The purchase has to be made on or
after January 1 and before December 1,
• The tax credit is subject to income
limitations which are: single buyers need a
modifed adjusted gross income of $75,000
or less to qualify for the full credit, and that
is $150,000 for married couples. People
that earn more than these thresholds may
be eligible for reduced credits.
• This tax credit is “refundable,” which
means qualifed buyers can take advantage
even if they do not have much of a tax
• Buyers have to own the home that they
purchase for at least 3 years in order to
capitalize on the credit. If they sell the home
before 3 years, they will have to return the
credit to the government.
There are a lot of changes going on the
housing market and I would love to assist
you with any of your real estate needs. Please
feel free to call me at 615.495.9934 or you
can email me at Karen@AvenueRealEstate.
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Turn Off Your Lights for Earth
Hour Nashville - March 28, 2009
On Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 8:30
p.m., tens of millions of people around
the world will come together to make
a bold statement about climate change
by doing something quite simple –
turning off their lights for one hour.
Green Proof Your Home has pledged
to support Earth Hour Nashville (http://
www.earthhourus.org/nashville) and is
inviting readers of Middle TN Now to
take part in this historic and inspiring
Nashville was selected as a fagship
city to participate in the event, along
with London, Paris, Rome, Mumbai,
Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los
Angeles, Miami and San Francisco.
Worldwide, 377 cities have committed.
More than 50 million people are
expected to take part.
Participating in Earth Hour Nashville
is easy, fun and FREE! It’s also a
wonderful opportunity for friends and
families to gather together and think
about the issues confronting our planet
and the ways that we can work together
to make a positive difference.
Let’s all turn out and take action on
March 28 at 8:30 p.m.
Tara Biller is founder and owner of
Green Proof Your Home, a residential
consulting service designed to outline
the simple steps of going green. A
graduate of Boston University, Tara
previously spent 14 years specializing
in public relations for high-tech
companies. “Green” is her new
passion and she is inspired by her
husband Daniel and two boys Andrew
4yrs and Jonah 2yrs. Please direct
questions or comments to tbiller@
greenproofyourhome.com, or for
more information please visit: www.
Franchising an Easy Way to Start in Business
Is this the year you become a small
business owner? Whether your job
security is in question because of a shaky
economy or you’re eager to take the leap
into being an entrepreneur, you may be
ready to make a change for fnancial
ftness and career satisfaction.
One of the easiest ways to be your
own boss is to own a franchise. When
you own a franchise, you’re in business
for yourself, but not by yourself. Parent
companies provide a built-in support
system so you’re not in the dark. Most
provide comprehensive training that
allows you to build your new business
on a solid foundation.
Franchises offer a proven business
model, name recognition and brand
awareness - so you’re not starting
out establishing those things on your
own. Additionally, your investment
is usually lower, your start-up time
quicker and your supply lines already
Franchises are often a wonderful
opportunity, particularly if you live
in a rural or outlying community as
these areas are often under-served
by franchises. Outer ring suburbs or
rural communities typically offer less
expensive land and franchise owners
can take advantage of a unique niche in
the market. State and local governments
are increasingly investing in outlying
and rural communities and generous
tax advantages are often available to
franchise owners starting a business
there. Once established, locally-owned
franchises can quickly become a vital
part of a smaller community.
One such success story belongs to
Mark and Maureen Schopp who own
three Snap Fitness franchises in small
towns in Missouri. “The Snap Fitness
business model was so simple, I didn’t
have to invent anything,” says Mark
The Schopps chose three small
towns with 10,000 or fewer residents
and business is booming. “Everyone
appreciates not having to go so far. It’s
really convenient for our
members,” says Schopp.
“We’re not off-site owners
and we really like that small-
town feel. Members like
knowing that they can get in
touch with us if they need to.
Our cell phone numbers are
posted in all our clubs.”
Snap Fitness offers a
proven, affordable concept
in the growing 24/7 ftness
i ndust ry. The workout
studios offer state-of-the-art equipment
with a small footprint, allowing franchise
owners to offer their neighbors quick,
convenient and affordable workouts just
minutes from their doorsteps.
“A Snap Fitness franchise is easy
to afford and easy to manage and
it’s a great opportunity for anyone to
turn wellness into wealth,” says Peter
Taunton, chief executive offcer of Snap
Fitness. “Economically, this industry has
averaged an 8 percent annual growth rate
for the past 15 years.”
Whether you’re looking for more job
security, or the satisfaction of being
your own boss, franchising offers an
entrepreneurial opportunity with a low
initial investment and a lower break even
point so you turn a proft faster.
To research more opportunities
for financial freedom, contact the
International Franchise Association.
For more information on affordable
franchise opportunities with Snap
Fitness, visit www.SnapFitness.com.
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Free Salsa Classes
609 Ninth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Come to free Salsa Classes every Friday at Cafe Bella,
Nashville’s hottest Latin night club and restaurant. Also on
Fridays, Happy Hour from 4:00pm-8:00pm featuring music
from local R&B artist, Higher Ground. Local Latin musicians,
Swing Latino, perform a mix a Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha-
cha and more following the free salsa class, and a DJ spins the
hottest Latin mix in the city until 3:00am.
BUDDY GREENE - VINCE GILL - SONYA ISAACS
Lipscomb University - Willard Collins Alumni Auditorium,
3901 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN
Heather Little, Dani Flowers, Charlie Pate and Phillip White
Douglas Corner Cafe
2106-A Eighth Avenue, Nashville, TN 37204
Kids Hour @ Whole Foods
9:30 AM. Free
Conductor Jack - kids music for preschoolers
For info: 1-800-970-0563, www.jacknorton.net
Western Swing Wednesdays
2611 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
UT Young Alumni Night with the Nashville Predators
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
T Young Alumni Night with the Nashville Predators Join other
Nashville area Young Alumni on Thursday, March 5th at the
Sommet Center in Downtown Nashville for a night with the
Nashville Predators! Start you evening with a reception at
5:30pm in the Corporate Reception Area on the foor level of
the arena. A cash bar and light snacks will be served while you
hear Mr. Dave Freeman, Chairman of the Nashville Predators
speak about the organization as well as his passion as a UT alum.
Following the reception, well head upstairs to sit in the club
level of the area to watch the Predators take on the Columbus
Blue Jackets. These premium seats offer great views of the
ice and upscale concessions to make for a perfect evening on
the town. In addition, the arena will be offering $2 beverages
through the frst intermission that evening. The discounted
group rate and generous support of Mr. Freeman make the
evening affordable at only $35 per person.
Deadline to register is Thursday, February 19th.
At the Frist: Music in the Grand Lobby: Godwin Thompson
919 Broadway, Nashville, TN
On Friday evenings, the Frist Center presents free music in the
Grand Lobby. Choose from a variety of red and white wines at
the cash bar. Bistro seating is offered, so visitors can relax and
enjoy music performed by the Godwin Thompson Duo.
All Nations American Indian Festival
Where: Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Helpful Information: The Tennessee Livestock Center is
directly across the street from Reeves-Rogers Elementary
School. It’s located on the extreme north edge of the MTSU
campus and is accessed directly off Greenland Drive.
Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Del McCoury,
THE GRAND OLE OPRY
Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville,
Preschool Story Time: The Nature
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Long Hunter State Park
Route 1 Hobson Pike
Hermitage, TN 37076
Belmont Baseball vs. Mississippi
Herschel Greer Stadium
534 Chestnut Street
Nashville, TN 37203
MTSU Blue Raiders V Lipscomb
Reese Smith Field
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
One Preview Party: Four Fabulous Exhibitions
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum
1200 Forrest Park Drive Nashville Tennessee
Nashville, TN 37250
Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive
“Best of Country” Dinner & Show
6:30 pm (Friday)
Where: Nashville Nightlife Dinner
Theater - 2620 Music Valley Drive,
Nashville, TN 37214
“Taste of Hohenwald”
Taste of Hohenwald includes: Wine
Tasting: 4:30 P.M. at Memory Junction
Provided by Amber Falls Winery &
Cellars in conjunction with Memory
Junction Antique Co.
Dinner: (Preset Italian menu) 5:30 P.M.
at the Emporium Restaurant
Classic Concert: 7:00 P.M. at the Strand
Post concert dessert at the Strand Theater
provided by Buffalo River Coffee Co.
Taste of Hohenwald Tickets including
Amber Falls wine tasting, dinner, concert
and dessert are $30.00 per person.
Watercolor Painting Classes in Brentwood
Brentwoood United Methodist Church (map)
309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027
Classes will meet from 9 a.m.-noon and 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 27;
Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24; and March 3, 10 and 17. Tuition is
$150 for eight, three-hour sessions. Because space is limited
for the classes, reservations are required. Both check and
credit card payments are accepted. For more information or
to register, contact the artist by phone at (615) 599-5115
SPRING SCREENWRITING COURSE STARTS WEEK
OF MARCH 16
The Art and Craft of Screenwriting, an eight week course
covering the essentials of creating, writing and selling
screenplays for flm and TV, begins the week of March 16
, on an evening to be chosen by the students who register
Need assistance with your taxes?
AARP will be providing tax preparation on ...
Mondays through April 13
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center
8101 Hwy 100, Nashville, Tennessee 37221
*Please bring any tax forms you have received and
Please inform the AARP Tax Counselors on how much
you received from the Economic Stimulus Package
Call 615-646-9622 to set up an appointment.
Tuesdays at the Cottage
A fun, ongoing Bible study that helps women understand
God’s message for them today
The kick-off of Tuesdays at the Cottage will include a
free continental breakfast and free childcare, courtesy
of Stay ‘N Play in Bellevue. Thereafter, the drop-in
child care center will offer a special $5.00/hour rate
for those attending the Bible study and free child care
No reservations are needed. Everyone is welcome.
The Cottage Café is located at 160 Belle Forest Circle,
For more information, please contact Lisa Kinakin at
615 456-2653 (www.lisakinakin.com).
C.E.O. Success Coaching Group now
Are you a small business owner who would like
to grow your business?
Would you like to have access to creative business
Do you have great ideas for your business but have
trouble implementing them?
Groups begin the week of March 11 – call for dates
Cost: 6 weeks for $200.00 ($175.00 sign up before
Call Sawrie at SBB Life Coaching today to reserve
your spot in a coaching group! Hurry, space is limited.
SBB Life Coaching 6596 Hwy. 100615-352-0978
Time To Table: 10 minutes
1 cup (8 ounces) Better’n Eggs
1/4 teaspoon cayenne hot pepper sauce
1/8 cup (1/2 ounce) shredded Cheddar
2 slices turkey bacon, cut in half crosswise
2 whole-wheat English muffns, split
Spray 10-inch nonstick skillet with
nonstick cooking spray. Heat over
medium heat. Add Better’n Eggs
and stir in hot pepper sauce. As egg
substitute starts to set use spatula to
lift edge of eggs, letting uncooked eggs
fow to bottom of skillet. Cook until egg
substitute is set but still moist. Sprinkle
shredded cheese on top and then fold
over the egg substitute so the cheese
melts in the middle.
Place turkey bacon on microwave
safe plate. Cover with paper towel.
Microwave on high for 30 to 40 seconds
or until warmed.
Toast each half English muffn in toaster.
Spoon about 1/2 cup mixture on top of two
toasted muffns. Top each with one piece
cooked bacon. Top with remaining toasted
Makes two servings. Nutrition per serving:
226 calories, 54 from fat; 6 grams total fat; 2.5
grams saturated fat; 15 mg cholesterol; 534 mg
sodium; 27 grams total carbohydrates; 5 grams
dietary fber; 17 grams protein.
For more healthy on-the-go recipes, visit
www.betterneggs.com and Bob Greene’s Web
Spicy Bacon and Cheese Eggwich
for the course. The Screenwriting Course will meet weekly
from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Borders Books, Music and Movies,
2525 West End Ave., Nashville.
This comprehensive course will focus on creating the story
idea, screenplay structure, developing the plot and subplots,
creating dimensional characters, constructing scenes, writing
effective dialogue, protecting creative work, marketing the
screenplay, and much more.
Students will have the opportunity to write and cast others
in the class to bring their screenwriting to life. And students
will get valuable critiques on their writing to help grow
their writing skills to effectively communicate with TV and
The Art and Craft of Screenwriting will be taught by Dyann
S. Rivkin, an award winning writer-producer with a decade
of Hollywood writing and production experience, who has
also taught this course at Belmont University and is featured
in the book Ask the Pros: Screenwriting.
For more information, to receive a course syllabus, and to
register for the Screenwriting Course call 781-8874 or email,
Family Program: Nashville Opera presents The Magic Flute
2:00 pm (Saturday)
Where: Country Music Hall of Fame
225 Fifth Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Meet Prince Tamino, Princess Pamina, the Queen of the Night,
Papagena, and Papageno in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s
fantasy opera The Magic Flute.
This 45-minute family friendly production will charm
audiences of all ages. Presented in partnership with Nashville
Opera. Performance will be held in the Museum’s Ford
Theater. No reservations required. Free.
The educational programs of the Country Music Hall of
Fame® and Museum are funded in part by grants from the
Tennessee Art Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville
Arts Commission, through an agreement with the Tennessee
Art Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Preschool Story Time: The Nature Circle
Long Hunter State Park
Route 1 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076
National Service-Learning Conference: Growing Hope,
The 20th Annual National Service-Learning Conference is
sponsored by the State Farm Companies FoundationÂ®.
National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) is proud to
partner with Volunteer Tennessee in hosting The 20th Annual
National Service-Learning Conference.
Visit the NYLC website for updates @ http://www.nylc.
Belmont Jazz Festival
Belmont Mansion , Nashville, TN
Farewell to Winter Midnight Skate
Centennial Sportsplex and Tennis Center
224 25th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37203
Celebrate the last day of winter and the come of much needed
rain and spring fowers with a Farewell to Winter Midnight
Ice Skate. Team Green has reserved the rink for this special
event leading up to midnight. The price includes entrance and
free skate rentals.
Frist Center Kids Club: Shields of Heraldry
Frist Center For The Visual Arts
919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Wear your green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day while
enjoying the Irish Picnic. The annual parade will be held at 11
a.m. There will be a carnival, arts and crafts, and live music.
Select from a variety of food vendors for lunch on your own.
The following Centers are scheduled for bus pick-ups:
Sumner County YMCA - 8 a.m.
Donelson Station - 8:30 a.m.
J. L. Turner Center - 9 a.m. (Harpeth Heights Baptist
Cost is $20 per person, $5 extra for non-members
Lunch on your own. For more information or to register for this
trip, please contact Joan Sincerbox at 646-0059.
Schermerhorn Music Center
One Symphony Place, Nashville, TN 37201
Nashville “Addicted to Decorating” Seminar.
March 21, 2009
9:30 - 4:30
Your Fun Day Includes:
• First 50 to register have lunch with a decorating
• Top 10 decorating mistakes
• Economy-busting decorating ideas
• A drawing for a free room redesign
• Gourmet box lunch
• Mini home trade show
Door prizes & coupons
For more information, visit
EXCITING BEDROOM DECORATING MAKEOVER
SEMINAR NOW AVAILABLE!
Women’s groups looking for meeting programs are being
offered a free program by Bohnne Jones and Deidre Carver,
independent franchise owners of INTERIORS by Decorating
Den of Nashville.
“We call our bedroom makeover seminar, ‘Suite Dreams’, and
it’s flled with great ideas on a variety of design styles, and
options”, said Jones.
‘INTERIORS’ by Decorating Den has several different
meeting programs available on a variety of interesting
interior decorating topics. All programs are designed to help
organizations have a successful and informational gathering.
Call 800-DEC-DENS for more information
CAll 615.469.7334 for more details.
2009 Nashville Lawn & Garden Show, March 5 – 8,
Will Celebrate Yards of Flavour
Tennessee’s Premier Gardening Event Marks its 20th
The Civil War and Reconstruction
Tennessee State Museum
Tickets: Free Admission Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm,
Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm Tennessee State Museum 505
Deaderick Street Nashville, TN 37243
The First Tennesseans
Tennessee State Museum
Prehistoric Indian cultures existed in Tennessee through four
evolving periods, beginning about 15,000 years ago, peaking
between 800 and 1650 A.D. with the Mississippian people,
and ending with the ascendancy of such modern tribes as the
Cherokee and Chickasaw. The museum even has a display of
bones from a mastodon that roamed Tennessee 10,000 years
ago.Tickets: Free Admission Tennessee State Museum 505
Deaderick Street Nashville, TN 37243
Live Lunch at Stillwaters Cafe
1207 Jefferson Street, Nashville, TN 37207
LIVE LUNCH at Stillwaters features LIVE JAZZ every
Tuesday and Thursday from noon until 2 pm for lunch
Featuring a variety of local artists including John Birdsong,
Jerry Krahn, Chris Kent and Mel Deal .
For more information, call 329-3207.
For classifeds: $6 per 15 words per issue; $10
per 15 words for two issues; Box/Bold is $1.00
more call 615.589.0523 for more details
CAREGIVER WANTS JOB: In your home
doing patient care, cooking, housekeeping,
etc. Call Linda 615.506.9451.
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By Dr. Steve Olivas
I have only attended two
funerals in my adult life,
the frst in September of
2007. I was very close to
the family and they asked
if I would write the eulogy.
I did. It was funny, sweet,
touching… a celebration
of life as well as a tip-of-
the-hat to the deceased. In
all, I think everyone was
glad they were there, and
satisfed in their bidding
John a fnal adieu.
The second was just last week, and it
was far less conventional. So much so
that it made me think about the reason
we have funerals, and the purpose for
The deceased (Dan) had been in my
life for many years, but was not a person
I considered close. I tell you that so you
can understand my objectivity in what
I am about to say.
Dan was against funerals. He didn’t
want a funeral service, didn’t want
people to be sad for his death, and
certainly didn’t want anyone to speak
at any gathering in his honor. He wished
to be cremated (which he was) and to
have his ashes scattered, along with
his wife’s, at a location of his choosing
(which he will be).
But of course, friends did gather.
The odd part of the event was in
the confusion it caused among the
“attendees.” And yes, I had to strike
the word “mourners” because that was
clearly not allowed.
When I arrived, I was approached by
several members of his family, all of
whom were gracious and grateful that
I had made the long trip to attend. Then
they melted back into the crowd and left
me to my own devices.
The reception room was flled with
people mostly talking to one another -
some crying, some laughing, some with
their hands in their pockets not knowing
what to do. There was a television in
the corner fashing up pictures of Dan’s
life – a chronological journey through
his youth, adulthood,
and later years. The
perimeter of the room
was decorated with
pai nt i ngs he had
created – a testimony
to the talent he had
demonstrated in life.
In the back was a small
But that was it.
T h e r e wa s n o
sermon, no eulogies,
no vi ewi ng – and
most importantly, no
It was stressful to me because I didn’t
know many of the attendees. And in
looking around the room, I saw a lot of
people who seemed to be waiting for…
something? Nobody really knew what
to do because the family was fulflling
the wishes of the deceased. After
awhile, folks began to fle out and the
So here’s my thought: Funerals are
not really for the dead, they are for the
living. People WANT to be sad, to miss
the dead, to fear their own eventual
death, and to satisfy their need to have
closure. They cling to ceremony to
help them structure these needs. I think
some people in the room that night
would have loved to share anecdotes
and memories – some sad perhaps, but
most funny and whimsical.
Here’s my point: put a unique personal
stamp on your own funeral – have
yourself buried in a Terry Bradshaw
jersey, serve sushi at the reception, have
a Zydeco band playing Bon Jovi music,
pump the smell of Talledega into the
funeral chamber… whatever. But don’t
restrict the mourners. Let your survivors
have a ceremony to gather and mourn
and laugh and cry and remember you
for all the times good and bad. They
probably have a lot to say, and even
more to feel about you.
And THAT is what leads to closure.
Help! I’m Shrinkin’
Funerals Are for the Living
You may email Steve for
questions or comments at
Let’s Go Green!
By Deidre Carver, Interior Designer
Interior Designer, Allied ASID
Interiors by Decorating Den
Today’s environment, with so
many products and design options
available, being “green” can be a
relatively easy and environmentally
beautiful design option.
From paint, lighting, accessories,
fabrics, furniture and wall coverings,
becoming eco-friendly has become
an extremely high priority for many
home furnishings manufacturers.
Let’s take a look at a few of these
Furniture. Natural fbers, found in
rattan and plantation grown woods
(rather than depleting forest grown
woods) give home owners a wide variety
of styles, textures and designs. And how
about materials such as bamboo, abaca,
and government certifed hardwoods.
If purchasing eco-friendly furniture
for your home is a priority, you might
check to see if your
i s a member of t he
Council (SFC) which
was es t abl i s hed i n
Lighting. Not only
have hal ogen l amps
been all the rage for
the past few years, they
are a boon to energy
savings, as are the wide
variety of energy saving
light bulbs available in
the marketplace. In
addition many of today’s
decorative lamps have
been designed in wrought
iron, allowing for a more
intricate detailing and
Fabrics. Believe it or
not, gorgeous decorative
fabrics are being made
from recycled plastic
water bottles, recycled
polyester, and recycled
paper. And often times
these eco friendly fabrics are treated
and fnished with only water based or
environmentally approved dyes.
Wall Finishes. Paints now feature
low odors, faster drying times and
stronger durability, all by maintaining
If repainting is in
your future, be sure to
ask if the paint you’re
considering has a
low VOC (Volatile
rating, so that you
can continue your
e n v i r o n me n t a l
gr as s cl ot h wal l
covering is another
way to add warmth, beauty and texture
to your wall décor, while maintaining
your green focus.
And let’s not forget the importance
in design of the color GREEN!! This
long desired shade can be found in
almost every design scheme. Whether
you incorporate green in plant foliage
displayed in you room’s design, or you
make this shade predominate, usually
any green shade will add a bit of the
splendor of the great outdoors to any
For your own personal decorator,
contact INTERIORS by Decorating
Den at 800-DEC-DENS or
Making the world more beautiful,
one room at a time.
If you think there’s nothin’
happeni n’ i n Hi ckman
By Colleen Ray
Well happy March…in a few
days! Wonder, will the old
adage be true…March comes
in like a lion and out like a
lamb!? Hope it just comes in
nice and easy and takes us into
a beautiful spring! Before you
know it, we’ll be mowin’ and pickin’ and
grillin’! Can’t wait…how ‘bout y’all?
Getting March started is the Chamber
membership meeting at the Fish Camp
at noon on the 3rd. Guest speaker will
be David Anderson. Call the Chamber
Helping our students in their quest
for knowledge is a wonderful thing!
I’m excited to hear about a few of
the local scholarship programs being
offered. First, February 27th is the
deadline to apply for the Farm Credit
Services of Mid America
scholarships. 36 will
be awarded to college
students of members of
the organization. Call
an application. Next,
MLEC has their annual
short st ory cont est ,
which has a deadline of
March 3, 2009. Overall
winners at EHHS and
HCHS will win a trip
to Washington DC as part of the 2009
Washington Youth Tour. Also, the top-
scoring boy and girl at each high school
will receive a $1,000 scholarship, which
is something new this year. Contact
Vanessa Clayborn at 729-3558 for more
information. Next, the Community
Foundation of Middle Tennessee will
award more than 60 scholarships this
year and is taking applications through
March 16. For a list, visit www.cfmt.org
or call Pat Cole at 615-321-4939. Finally,
the family of the late Charlie Garner is
creating a scholarship in his honor and
will award it to one graduating senior in
Hickman County. The scholarship will be
primarily need-based and preference will
be given to a student who is the frst in his
or her family to pursue higher education
and who has a grade point average of at
least 3.0. For an application and a list of
criteria, contact your school’s guidance
counselor. Deadline is April 13, 2009.
Bravo to all of these folks for helping
and encouraging our youth to continue
The tourism workshops continue in
Linden on March 12th from 8-2 at the
County Community Development Center
located at 113 Factory Street. The topic
for this meeting will be “Generational
Marketing”. Contact 729-2686, Ext. 110
The Hickman County Chamber of
Commerce is hosting the 2009 Great
American Clean Up for Hickman County.
This contest is open to Not for Proft (501)
organizations and school support groups
only. 1st place team receives $1,000,
2nd place receives $750.00 and 3rd place
receives $500. All participating teams
receive $50.00. Call the Chamber offce at
729-5774 for rules and to register through
March 20th. The contest will run from
March 21, 2009 to April 18, 2009.
While visiting my son in Connecticut
this weekend, I had the opportunity to
speak with some friends and family about
Hickman County. Many who know me
as a city girl, are shocked to learn where
I now live, until I begin to expound on
the amazing history, culture, talent, and
warmth that is Hickman County. From our
favorite daughter, Minnie, to our Civil War
battlegrounds, to our gifted musicians,
quilters, artists, actors, songwriters,
athletes, medical and emergency care
providers, entrepreneurs, soldiers, and the
list goes on and on, Hickman’s got a lot
to offer and to be proud of! I want you
to know that I am proud to call Hickman
County home! Thanks for takin’ us in!
Call me at (931) 729-7068 or email me
at email@example.com to share your
tidbits and tales. God Bless you and I’ll
be talking to ya’ll!
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accessorizing do’s and don’ts, trends for
2009 and more, the day promises to be
flled with practical advice from a number
of decorating professionals.
Bass, who has more than 10 years
experience as an interior redesigner, says
that once homeowners learn basic decorating
principles they can move forward with
confdence. She teaches how to use what you
have and make it work, instead of buying new
things. “Redesigning is all about honoring
and validating the choices the homeowner
has already made,” she explains.
“Sometimes it’s simply a matter of
rearranging things, or adding the right light.
For some reason a room just isn’t working,
and then you move some things around and
suddenly it’s perfect,” she notes. “These are
all principles that we can teach anyone.”
The popularity of TV shows such as
“Trading Spaces” and other home makeover
series attests to the widespread addiction
to decorating in today’s society. “And
certainly with today’s economic conditions,
even more people are leaning toward doing
it themselves, but they want to do it well.
By learning the basic fundamentals of
decorating, homeowners learn things like
how high to hang a chandelier or painting,
furniture placement, things like that, that
really make a huge difference.”
Bass also teaches classes for decorating
professionals, but her “Addicted to
Decorating” seminar is geared toward the
average homeowner who wants a lovely
To keep things fun, Bass has devised several
fun quizzes and games to keep participants
enthusiastic about their “addiction.” She
may ask everyone to stand up if they’ve
ever ripped a page out of a magazine in a
waiting room, and then tell them to keep
standing if they’ve taken the whole magazine.
The questions continue amid laughter and
clapping and knowing nods.
“One of the questions on my quiz is about
naming their next children Candace and Nate.
If you’re a true decorating addict, you’ll
know who they are… and you can relate,”
While teaching and holding seminars now
takes most of her time, when Bass does go
into a client’s house for a redesign, she says
she “takes the room back to the bare walls.
We move the furniture. We take all the
books out of the bookcase. We look at all the
components individually and simply apply
fundamental decorating principles.”
Bass believes in “function frst. A home
has to work for the way its owners live, not
simply be a showplace. By working with
things the owner already has and loves, it’s
truly magical what we can do.”
The first 50 people to register for the
Nashville Addicted to Decorating seminar
will get to have lunch with one of the dozen
or so area redesigners in attendance, with the
opportunity to ask personal questions about
their own homes.
A typical room redesign costs between
$350 and $450, and a free makeover is just
one of the door prizes for the day.
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Fun Seminar Aimed At
“Addicted to Decorating” is coming
to Nashville on Saturday, March 21,
from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the
Holiday Inn Plaza, 760 Old Hickory
Blvd. at I-65 in Brentwood. For more
information and to register, visit
Don’t Wait Until it’s
too Late to Change
Your Wiper Blades
Clear vision is essential to
safe driving. Neglect the wiper
blades -- the part of your car
responsible for keeping your
vision clear - and you may
fnd yourself actually needing
the traction control, anti-lock
brakes, dynamic stability
control and airbags as you
crash into what you can’t see.
A clean windshield is not
only useful during rain, sleet
and snow. How many times
have you experi enced a
windshield that is smeared with
insects, bird droppings, road
tar or other messy deposits?
Removing such dirt with worn wiper
blades is nearly impossible. Usually,
you wind up smearing the mess and
obscuring your vision even more. If
you change your blades regularly, you
can avoid these problems and keep your
eyes on the road.
Know when to Change Your Blades
Generally, a blade will show physical
wear signs like cracking or discoloration.
Another way to know is by the quality
of the wipe. Streaking or un-wiped
areas are a dead giveaway. In addition,
if the blades make noise or chattering
sounds, then they need to be replaced.
However, if you change your blades
frequently, you won’t have to examine
your blades looking for these signs of
Blades can be easily damaged by snow
scrapers and ice during the winter but
the sun is just as damaging to a blade
in the summer. By simply doing a little
preventative maintenance, you can avoid
these uncomfortable situations. Wiper
blades should be treated the way you
treat engine oil -- you don’t wait until
Kwik Kar - Kar Kare
you have engine trouble before you
change your oil.
How oft en shoul d you repl ace
your blades? The National Highway
Transportation Board recommends that
drivers change their wiper blades every
year, however the average vehicle owner
replaces his/her wiper blades only once
every two and a half years. “Most people
wait until they are in a downpour and
nearly drive off the road before they are
convinced it’s time to change blades,”
says Jenifer Maddox, brand manager
for PEAK Automotive Products. Some
blades, such as Optix Wiper Blades, even
come with simple connector systems that
make installing the blades on any vehicle
So if you’ve been procrastinating about
changing your windshield wiper blades,
take a few minutes today to change
them. You’ll be glad you did when your
windows are clear and dry this winter.
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I am so tired of the ‘E’ word, yet it affects
all of us in some way. With so many great
deals to be had out there, I am still fnding
it hard to justify spending my hard earned
money on things that are not made with
quality. What would you do?
Rob in Dickson
First and foremost, let’s just let those
that are still confused on what the ‘E’ word
is! Economy…and it’s almost a four letter
word at this point!
Spring is coming…I heard this rumor
and am remaining positive that it will
show up here soon, despite popular
belief! We’re fnally starting to have some
mild days in between the harsh coldness
that has been haunting us for months!
This can only mean for many…spring
cleaning! And that in turn can mean only
one thing…yard sales! Yep, it’s time.
What better way to score some amazing
treasures than to scour the papers for yard
sale items? As someone that has bought
and sold items on ebay and craigslist, I am
always happier purchasing something that
I can see, inspect, compare and touch. I’m
sure that half of the items I wouldn’t have
purchased online if I saw them live. You
can fnd these items for sale at my place
when I have my yard sale next month!
There’s no better way to clean your
closets, garage and tack room, earn extra
money by selling them and spend it all
over again at someone else’s treasure
sale…a.k.a. yard sale! Isn’t this what
localized economy is about anyway?
There are a lot of people out there with
great quality things that could really use
the money for things they sell at yard sales
and I’m sure you could fnd yourself a
great bargain on great quality things!
I know that I’ll be one scouring the
ads to see when a sale comes up in my
neighborhood…and I’ll bring my hard
earned cash with me! What better way
to get out in the spring air and away from
the doldrums of reruns on TV! For me,
this is a kickoff to the positive energy that
the coming season brings...and I can’t wait
to fnd my treasures and spend my hard
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