Saturday, December 21, 2013

Hardwood Heroes--a great company

More floors have been done--Hardwood Heroes Kenny Scarbrough

My new buddy Kenny Scarbrough with Hardwood Heroes has been here for two days installing hardwood 
flooring in my living room and hallway. Kenny does an outstanding job; very professional and great work
ethic. Floors are incredible.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Toni Erin Penery, acupuncturist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Toni Penery Accepts Appointment as Acupuncturist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

For Immediate Release

From: Valir Health
700 NW 7th Street
Oklahoma City, OK

Valir Health Adds Acupuncturist to Staff

Toni Penery (my daughter) to Head Department of Alternative Medicine

CEO Tom Tucker announced today that Valir Health will begin providing the services of acupuncturist Toni Penery. “We are fortunate to have found Ms. Penery. She comes to us as a graduate of the University of Tennessee’s Department of Anthropology which includes the world-renowned Body Farm.

Penery holds a 2006 B.S. Degree with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Pre-med. She is also a 2013 graduate of the 3 year program from the Academy of the Five Elements of Acupuncture in Gainesville, Florida.

Tucker said, "Everyone is moving toward trying out the more natural ways of taking care of themselves and we at Valir Health believe that this movement is due to fact that these 'natural' alternatives to healthcare work for millions of people each year. We are proud to be offering acupuncture to Oklahoma City and we think that people will be pleasantly surprised at the results that they can get from this safe and effective form of treatment."

Penery will begin taking patients on Dec 9th. Appointments will be available from 9am-6pm Monday through Friday at the new offices on the first floor of the Valir Rehabilitation Hospital. The location is quiet and easily accessible and is a place in which people can relax and have a whole-body treatment for what ails them.

Penery explains, “Acupuncture is an effective treatment for all kinds of pain, infertility, sports injury, migraines/headaches, stress, anxiety, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Acupuncture/ Chinese Medicine do not aim to treat the migraine, but aims to treat the person with the migraine in order to correct the issue causing migraines to begin with. This results not only in migraines becoming less frequent or intense, but also a provides the patient with a sense of well-being, better sleep, better digestion, and less stress."

Penery comes from a traditionally Western Medicine background so no one was more surprised than her when she found herself looking to acupuncture for pain relief. "I had neck and shoulder pain so bad that my arms and hands would go numb, I had terrible headaches all the time, my ears were constantly ringing. I was a hot mess when I went in for the first treatment. I had no idea what to expect, and I hate needles so I was pretty freaked out. After that first visit, I was pleasantly surprised. It was like someone had taken all the pressure off or let the steam escape. I felt renewed. I was sold."

Shortly after her first acupuncture experience she began to ask more in-depth questions to her acupuncturist who encouraged her first by recommending books and then by suggesting that she go to acupuncture school. "It's weird how life works out,“ she said. “I never in a 1000 years thought that I would want to get acupuncture and it was the very thing that completely transformed my life."

Penery has always wanted to work in a field in which she helps people, "I am excited to serve the Oklahoma City community. She said, “People are my passion. I adore that you can always find something to admire or respect in someone. My goal is to help people get well and stay well in order to enjoy happy, healthy lives," she said.

"Acupuncture is 1000s of years old and is widely accepted as the oldest continually practiced medicine in the world. It works by inserting very thin sterile, stainless steel needles into certain points on the body in order to gently coax the person back to balance and thus back into health."

"People always ask, ‘Does it hurt?’ and my answer is, "Occasionally people have an intense sensation but acupuncture rarely hurts when practiced by a skilled and well-educated practitioner. In acupuncture school, needling technique is a major focus of the education. We knew we were getting good when we could insert needles into balloons without bursting them. I'm basically immune to the sound of popping balloons at this point, Penery said.

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Ignorant and Apathetic or Do Not Know and Do Not Care

There is an old joke about a professor and an unruly student having an argument. At one point, after angry word play back and forth between the two, the professor says to the young man, “Sir, you are both ignorant and apathetic.” The students replies, “No, professor, it is just that I do not know and I do not care.”

Has that joke come true for voting in Knoxville?

Only 2% of registered voters or 4,000 turned out for the recent Knoxville City Elections.

Most voters probably did not even know there was an election. What was at stake? Four City Council seats?

Who won? Duane Grieve in District 2 with 382 votes or 92% of the total; Brenda Palmer in District 3 with 144 votes or 100% of the total; Nick Volpe, who currently holds the seat in District 4, with 412 votes or 63% verses Rick Staples with 232 votes or 32%; Daniel Brown in District 1 with 276 votes or 84% verses Pete Drew with 52 votes of 15%. Remember Daniel T. Brown, he served as mayor at one point. Only Brown and Volpe even faced a challenger.

Knox County Election Commission Administrator Cliff Rodgers said that he was not surprised with the results. “Four years ago we had five contested races and 7,985 voters.”

With fewer seats up for grab, it makes sense that fewer come out to vote.

What does your City Council do?

City Council, the legislative body for the City of Knoxville, meets every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building, 400 Main Street, in downtown Knoxville. The business before the body is to administer the city charter and ordinances and to vote on how city tax dollars are spent.
 The  Agenda for the meeting is available on-line Friday before the meeting. The Meeting Minutes indicating the action taken by City Council on each item is available on-line Thursday following the meeting.

The Vice Mayor is selected by City Council from its membership for a two-year term. Council Member Nick Pavlis is currently Vice Mayor.

Composed of nine members, City Council has six representatives elected from districts and three elected 'at-large' representing the entire city. Each council member is elected to serve a four year term.





Friday, December 6, 2013

ALERT from Arbor Terrace--Beware of Strangers

I just wanted to share with my professional friends an issue that we recently had at Arbor Terrace. We had a “family” of 3 people to drop by Arbor on the pretense that they wanted to tour for a family member. Our Executive Director was having them fill out some information because I was on my way back in from my car. When I came in, she directed me to where they were sitting, which was in 3 chairs in our living room, just outside of the entrance area to the administrative offices. I introduced myself and they were all very friendly. They asked me if they could just wait there for a few minutes because they had two other family members that planned to join them for the tour. I told them yes. I excused myself and went to the ladies room. When I returned they were not sitting in that area any longer. I asked the executive director where they were and she said she had not seen them leave the building….so we searched the building since they were nowhere in sight. Apparently, they had left Arbor while Joy was busy with a family member at front desk. It was not until the next day that Joy received a call from her credit card company that she had over $2,000 charged to her acct at Best Buy, another $695 at Foot Locker, another $200 + at Dick’s and had tried several other places. Joy immediately stopped the credit card charges. They ended up having 2 different cards and have charged well over $6,000 on her cards. We have them on tape and so does Best Buy. We just thought that you needed to have “heads up” that this is happening in your back door, because it happened in our front door. If you have had any issues, or question marks about any recent “tours” that really were not legitimate, please call us. The Knoxville Police Dept definitely feel that this is probably a “ring” of professionals. They stole her driver’s license also.
Kathy M. Coffey
Senior Care Counselor/Marketing Director
Arbor Terrace Assisted Living
9051 Cross Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37923

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Kenneth Scarbrough of Hardwood Heroes

Kenneth does an excellent job of refinished historic hardwood floors and his price is reasonable.