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6 Things You Should Know About Home Security Systems

There are many considerations when installing a home security system, including the benefits of the latest home convenience features now offered. In our 40 years of serving East Tennessee families, here are just a few of the reasons why homeowners choose Fleenor Security Systems to protect their homes and loved ones.

1. Protect valuables

Protecting valuables, of course, is the benefit most people immediately think of regarding home security. We likely all know someone who has lost electronics, jewelry, or other high-value items due to a home invasion. The tragedy can intensify if the stolen valuable is an irreplaceable family heirloom. While using a safe can help protect irreplaceable items, a home security system has an alarm that can scare off many would-be burglars – before they are inside – and notify the local authorities if someone does attempt a break-in.

2. Deter crime

2009 study by Rutgers found that as the number of home security systems increased in an area, the number of residential robberies decreases – even for people who did not own a security system. Having a security system not only protects you; it also helps deter crime and create a safer neighborhood for everyone.

3. Allow remote access to your home

Modern security systems now allow you to remotely monitor your home from your phone when you’re not there. You can monitor security cameras installed throughout your home, control smart thermostatssmart keyless door lockssmart lighting, and other smart devices in every room of your home.

4. Lower homeowner insurance premiums

Having a monitored system in your home can lower your homeowner’s insurance premiums. These savings, combined with instant access to police and emergency responders, makes a security system a great value.

5. Notification of fire alarm or gas leak

You can opt-in to receive notifications if your smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors go off when you’re away from home. You can even set up the system to notify authorities in the event of these emergencies.

6. Provide peace of mind

The sense of security and comfort you gain with an alarm system is perhaps the most prominent benefit of all. Next to being protected, the confidence of feeling safe will help you be a more productive, healthy, and focused person.

Adding a security system to your home gives you an extra layer of defense against any potential intruders. Whether you rent or own, you can enjoy the benefits that come with having a security system. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with a professional at Fleenor Security to see how a security system can better protect your valuables and loved ones.

Fleenor Security Systems
6700 Baum Drive, Ste. 22
Knoxville, TN 37919
865.544.9964
www.FleenorSecurity.com
TN C-0239 VA 11-1901 NC 1721-CSA

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Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits

Socialization is Essential

Behavior is a product of nature and nurture – a mix of genetics and experience. Under-socialized dogs, including the “Covid Dogs” we discussed last month, can exhibit various problems, including:

General fearfulness – These dogs can have crippling anxiety about anything that’s unfamiliar, manifesting in an unwillingness to approach new situations and environments. An under-socialized dog’s world is very small because life outside the front door is frightening and unpredictable.

Reactivity – Not having the coping skills to appropriately respond to stressful scenarios, these dogs react defensively in an effort to maintain a buffer from the “scary” stimulus. They are not mean dogs, just scared dogs.

Nervous with people – If a dog doesn’t have the opportunity to meet friendly strangers at his own pace, he might react fearfully – whether retreating or barking preemptively.

Uncomfortable with dogs – Dogs who aren’t able to meet other dogs of all ages and sizes will be wary of making new canine friends. Without exposure to the language of doggy play, it’s easy for a dog to misconstrue a frisky nip as an invitation to fight.

Hard to handle – An under-socialized dog may hate being handled, making grooming (brushes & combs torture devices!), teeth cleaned, or nails clipped very challenging – if not impossible.

It’s not the quantity of experiences your dog has when developing socialization and communication skills – it’s the quality. The secret to a positive outcome? Don’t push it too fast; start doggy daycare with half-day sessions, then full-day, followed by overnight camp. Allow your pet to adjust to new environments at his own pace. That’s where our IDP (Individual Development Plans) come into play. Call today to begin developing your dog’s socialization skills!

Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits
2145 Beals Chapel Road
Lenoir City, TN 37772
865.986.6325
www.MsCsBedandBiscuits.com

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Fleenor Security

Security Has a Name: Fleenor

Fleenor is back! While Fleenor Protective Services, once owned by Mike Fleenor, is gone, Fleenor Security Systems, headquartered in Johnson City, TN, is proud to be serving the Knoxville area once again! Fleenor Security Systems, founded by Norman Fleenor in the early ’70s, has become one of the largest family-owned security companies in Tennessee. Mike Fleenor, Norman’s brother, started Knoxville’s Fleenor Protective Services a decade later in the mid-1980s. The companies were always separate, but for many years, Knoxville’s FPS used Johnson City’s Fleenor Security System’s monitoring center. Once Mike sold FPS in 2015, Will Fleenor, vice president of Fleenor Security Systems, pushed to get back into the Knoxville market. Mike Fleenor was very supportive, and since Fleenor Security already had some Knoxville accounts, it just made sense to open a Knoxville office as well.

Same family, same values, same culture.

“Fleenor Security employs many of the same people who worked in the Knoxville office for years; many have 25 to 30 years of experience, which translates to quality work,” said Will.

One of those long-term employees is Andre Duhaime, branch manager, who began as a technician and has worked in security for more than 30 years.

“With his industry experience, Andre could work just about anywhere,” states Will.

“But the big companies don’t provide local customer service,” Duhaime explained. “I wanted to get back to what I was used to here with Fleenor.”

Fleenor Security Systems provides residential and business security, fire, cameras, monitoring, and home automation systems supported by our prompt, local service. We invite you to experience the Fleenor family difference!

Fleenor Security

6700 Baum Drive, Suite 22

Knoxville, TN 37919

865.544.9964

www.FleenorSecurity.com

TN C-0239 VA 11-1901 NC 1721-CSA

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Parkview Senior Living

Active Senior Living vs Assisted Living

As you or your loved one ages, the question of care begins to come to the forefront. How much daily care does the elder adult in your life require? And how do you find the appropriate senior housing to fit their needs in a respectful, dignified setting? Determining whether an assisted living facility is the correct path, or if an independent senior living facility is the suitable choice, is a good place to start.

Assisted Living
Assisted living facilities focus on helping residents with the activities of daily life. Some residents may require assistance with personal hygiene, mobility, medication, and even eating. Staff members are trained to offer this level of supervision and support, and some facilities have skilled nursing and medical services on-site.

Active Senior Living Community
In most cases, an active adult community provides minimal hands-on care by facility staff. If you or your seniors are in good health and are excited about a burden-free lifestyle, then an independent living facility would be your choice. This type of facility offers freedom from the responsibilities that come with home ownership along with the benefit of socialization with other seniors.

As an independent senior community, Parkview Senior Living provides private apartments with access to multiple common areas, on-site dining, housekeeping/laundry services, weekly events and activities, building security, and with staff on premises 24/7 – peace-of-mind. While they don’t have on-site medical care, pill maintenance and other services are available. With the goal of making their residents’ lives easier with fewer responsibilities, Parkview also provides opportunities for socialization, exercise, and a sense of community.

Which Community is Right for You?
If you or your seniors are struggling to manage day-to-day needs, then assisted living is likely the right choice. If you’re an active senior, still able to care for your daily needs, and you’d like to connect with other active seniors, then an independent senior living community is your best bet.

Parkview West Knoxville – Broome Road
865.357.2288

Parkview North Knoxville – Emory Road
865.339.4422

Parkview Maryville – West Broadway
865.980.8810

Coming Soon: Tullahoma, TN

www.ParkviewSeniorLivingTN.com
Facebook.com/RetireAtParkview

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Aqua Clear Water Systems

Give the Gift of Prevention This Season

Reap the Benefits of Healthier Water While Evading Costly Plumbing Issues

By David Brewster, Owner of Aqua Clear Water Systems, LLC

While our holiday gatherings may look different this year, it doesn’t change how much we care about the comfort of our family and friends. If you’re hosting, there are those stressors like deep cleaning and buying enough Christmas chocolates for the kids’ stockings. (And who are we kidding, adults’ stockings, too!) And if you’re traveling, logistics can be a real headache. But there’s one potentially hidden Grinch-like stressor I’d like to identify and solve before it becomes a major issue: That problem is pinhole leaks in your pipes. 

There are a few root causes of pinhole leaks. Chlorine in water is corrosive, and reacts with copper to create a chemical compound: Copper Chloride. This compound can slowly attack pipes from the inside, resulting in those tiny, but destructive, pinhole leaks. Also, hard water – an abundance of calcium or magnesium like we have here in East Tennessee – can erode copper if a hot water recirculation pump is installed.

I’ve heard pinhole leaks can become a huge pain – thankfully, not from personal experience, but from our clients. We’ve encountered countless stories of massive flooding, ripping out ruined drywall, hidden mold lurching behind walls, and $10K-20K re-plumbing jobs due to these leaks. The sad part is most people think there is no repair alternative for old pipes except to completely gut the plumbing system. Fortunately, we have been able to save many clients from needing to turn their home into a job site by simply fixing the water that travels through those old pipes. The last thing any of us wants is to have holiday gatherings ruined by unexpectedly flooding or to return from travel to a horrible surprise.

Aqua Clear’s Kinetico Water Systems remove the chlorine, chloramines, and the hardness that can harm copper pipes. We then add a special filter that re-coats and restores copper plumbing from the years of damage. After installing hundreds of Kinetico Systems to fix our clients’ pinhole leak issues, we can say with 100% certainty that it works.

We’ve been saving our valued clients from costly repairs by investigating their pipes before there is a problem. Not only does this save their indoor plumbing, they also reap the benefits of installing a Kinetico whole house water filtration system – healthier drinking water, smoother hair, softer skin, as well as extending the life of their appliances. At Aqua Clear Water Systems, we are so confident in our turn-key pinhole leak prevention system that we will refund your investment if it doesn’t stop your pinhole leak problem.

Give us a call or text 865-986-4234 to schedule your FREE pinhole leak assessment, and get a jump start on ensuring the best experience for your holiday guests this season and for all the seasons to come!

Aqua Clear Water Systems
1767 Kevin Lane
Lenoir City, TN 37772
865.234.1970
www.aquaclearws.com

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Marsh Wealth Management

The Retirement Income Teeter Totter

By Yvonne Marsh, CFP®, CPA

The continued uncertainty of the economy and stock market has millions of Americans worried that their retirement could be rocky and unstable. When the stock market is roaring, it’s easy enough to believe that potential gains will continue to fund a stable retirement. But when the stock market becomes wobbly and unpredictable, current and future retirees start to ask themselves: Will my income in retirement be reliable?

If you’re in the critical period of five years before through ten years after retirement, you might be worried about maintaining your income during times like these. The market and economy teeter back and forth, and you’re concerned about being caught on the downside – right when you need the money.

You might be asking yourself:

» Is there anything I can do to help stabilize my cash flow, even if my investments are fluctuating?
» How do I handle the uncertain future without giving up too much?
» Will my spouse be able to enjoy a steady stream of cash flow when I’m gone?

Here are 3 reliable ways to steady your income:

1. Social Security is the biggest source of government-guaranteed, inflation-adjusted, lifetime income you’ll have in retirement, but much of the available information is contradictory, confusing, and downright incorrect. Fortunately, there are still decisions you can make to boost your Social Security payout as much as you possibly can.

2. Though many Americans no longer have access to pension plans, some do. Pensions can be a critical component to help provide steady retirement income if you have access to one. Understanding how to potentially maximize your benefits is key to optimizing this key source of income.

3. Transitioning your portfolio from the “building phase” to the “retirement phase” is critical to creating your stable income stream. Fortunately, there are many strategies that don’t fluctuate just because the stock market does. Including these assets for a portion of your portfolio can help steady it, even when markets or the economy are teetering on the edge.

Don’t allow stock market uncertainty to destabilize your retirement income. We can help you discover ways to balance chaotic market conditions with a more reliable stream of income through the turbulent times ahead. Visit our website and download your free guide on this topic or give us a call to learn more.

Marsh Wealth Management, LLC
Fiduciary RIA
504 Ebenezer Road
Knoxville, TN 37923
865.622.2162
www.marshwealth.com

Financial Planning & Investment Advisory Services are offered through Marsh Wealth Management, LLC (“MWM”), an independent investment advisor registered with the state of Tennessee. Yvonne Marsh is an Investment Advisor Representative of MWM in the state of Tennessee. Marsh Professional Group, LLC is a TN registered public accounting firm and a separate legal entity from MWM. For a detailed discussion of MWM and their investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV on file with the SEC at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

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Maple Court Senior Living

Compassionate, Supportive Memory Care at Maple Court

Nestled in beautiful Powell just outside of Knoxville, Maple Court Senior Living offers warm, private, country-setting accommodations with exceptional and innovative memory care. You’ll find our memory care community surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds. In addition to intimate, comfortable rooms, there are secured outdoor areas and a specially trained team on-site 24/7.

Maple Court’s memory care program is designed to meet the unique needs of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Our highly trained staff works with our residents on a daily basis to support them through their memory loss. We strive to offer great care at a great value.

We all have basic needs for love, accomplishment, and belonging. While dementia may alter the way we experience and express these needs, Maple Court understands that the essential human quality of these needs does not change. We want to celebrate each resident as a whole person – not only for who they were when they were younger, but for who they are today.

Everyone has a story to tell, and we love hearing them all. Our team focuses on honoring each resident from day one. We seek to learn the meaningful details of your loved one’s life – where they’ve been, what they’ve done – and what activities might be especially fun or meaningful to them now. Those are the kind of details that make a difference. Families are also encouraged to participate in daily activities – we aim for a family feel and positive social engagement for all of our residents.

The caring team at Maple Court provides an atmosphere where each resident can continue to enjoy life one moment at a time. We create fulfilling opportunities for our residents to experience life in ways that give them joy and satisfaction every day. ​

To learn more about our memory care program, contact us today! Call 865-291-1390 or visit www.maplectseniorliving.com.

Maple Court Senior Living
7545 Thunder Lane
Powell, TN 37849
865.291.1390
www.maplectseniorliving.com

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Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits

Halloween: Fun for Families… Scary for Pets?

This Halloween put yourself in your pet’s “shoes” and think like your pet thinks!  People in costumes are scary, and because they don’t fit into the routine home environment, Halloween guests may be perceived as intruders. The chaos of trick-or-treaters, costumes, and such may be troubling even to the best natured dog, making him nervous, irritable, and possibly snapping. Your dog may mistake jovial, good fun for genuine threats.

During Halloween, do not leave your dog in the backyard. There have been reports of taunting, feeding, agitating, and even poisoning dogs on Halloween.  A nervous dog will bark and howl at the constant foot traffic.  Do not put your dog in the car or the garage.  A half hour prior to Halloween festivities, put your dog in a secure, quiet place in your home as far away from the greeting door as possible.  Depending on the dog, you may crate him.  If you insist your dog greet guests, keep him on a leash, as pets can become stressed, feel threatened, and may growl, lunge, or run out the door.

Candy is NOT intended for pets! Chocolate is especially dangerous, and candy wrappers are dangerous, too. If your pet consumes wrappers, it can cause intestinal blockage that can lead to surgery to save his life.  Keep all candy OUT of reach of your pets!

Your dog deserves a Halloween party of their very own!  Make boarding reservations for your dog to attend Ms. C’s exclusive “Doggy Halloween Party.”  We have special nutritious treats planned for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night during Halloween weekend. Call today to reserve your dog’s suite.

Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits
2145 Beals Chapel Road
Lenoir City, TN 37772
865.986.6325
www.MsCsBedandBiscuits.com

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Marsh Wealth Management

Don’t Let the New SECURE Act Rules Take 40% of Your IRA

By Yvonne Marsh, CFP®, CPA

A gentleman in his late 60s came to see me recently and told me that his beloved father had left him an IRA worth just over $1 million.  He told me how he had already filled out the forms to withdraw the money and use it to pay off his house, take a trip, and give some money to his own kids and grandkids.  And then he wanted help investing the rest of the money for his own retirement.  I asked him a question that caught him by surprise: “Did you budget for the $400,000 in taxes you just triggered by taking a lump sum withdrawal of the entire account?”  Sadly, he had not realized that the IRA withdrawal was taxable income.  I had to tell him that the IRS doesn’t allow us to “un-ring” the bell, put the money back, and draw it out more slowly instead.  There are no do-overs with inherited IRAs.

I can see the potential for new tax mishaps under the SECURE Act that was enacted in 2019, which now requires beneficiaries to empty the inherited IRA account by the end of 10th year following the year of death.  Within that 10-year period, there is total flexibility – withdraw it all or withdraw none.  I fear that the years might blur and heirs inadvertently lose track of how long it’s been and accidentally miss the deadline.  Because if they empty the account on the first day of the 11th year, there is a 50% penalty on the late withdrawal PLUS income tax owed.  A $1 million IRA would have a $500,000 penalty and a $400,000 income tax bill, leaving the heirs with $100,000.  Crazy, isn’t it?

On the plus side, the 10-year period is a great tax planning opportunity, allowing an heir to take large distributions in some years and none in others, using the flexibility allowed within that time period to their advantage, minimizing the amount of tax ultimately paid.

The SECURE Act has raised the urgency of tax planning and ongoing advice. First, IRA account owners need their named beneficiary designations set up correctly to give heirs the option of the 10-year window, and second, the heirs need professional ongoing advice to minimize their tax bill and avoid needless penalties.  Navigating the nuances of inherited IRAs is not for the faint of heart – and there are no do-overs.

As part of our wealth management services, we help our clients successfully navigate these intricate IRA rules.  Our clients don’t spend their free time reading the complex tax code, because we do it for them! Peace of mind is priceless.  Join us for a 30 minute Zoom webinar on Wednesday, September 16, at 10:30 am to learn more about how you can protect yourself from unintentional mistakes and use the SECURE Act IRA requirements to your advantage.  Email bethany@marshpros.com and she’ll send you the link to register.

Marsh Wealth Management, LLC

Fiduciary Registered Investment Advisor

504 Ebenezer Road

Knoxville, TN 37923

865.622.2162

www.marshwealth.com

Financial Planning & Investment Advisory Services are offered through Marsh Wealth Management, LLC (“MWM”), an independent investment advisor registered with the state of Tennessee. Yvonne Marsh is an Investment Advisor Representative of MWM in the state of Tennessee. Marsh Professional Group, LLC is a TN registered public accounting firm and a separate legal entity from MWM. For a detailed discussion of MWM and their investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV on file with the SEC at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

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Aqua Clear Water Systems

Leaking copper pipe with jets of water under pressure

Do You Have Pinhole Leaks? It Might Be Your Water…

By David Brewster, Owner of Aqua Clear Water Systems, LLC

I have heard pinhole leaks are a huge pain. Not from personal experience, but from the clients I have worked with. Stories of massive floods, ripping out drywall, hidden mold growing behind the wall, and 10k-20k re-plumbing jobs having to be done. And the sad part is most people think it’s just their old plumbing, and there is no alternative but to invest in totally gutting the plumbing. Luckily, we have saved many clients from turning their home into a job site by fixing the water that travels through those old pipes.

Chlorine is corrosive to copper. It reacts with the copper to create a chemical compound: Copper chloride. This compound can slowly attack copper from the inside, which results in those tiny but destructive pinhole leaks. Also, hard water, an abundance of calcium/magnesium, can erode copper pipes if a hot water recirculation pump is installed.

Kinetico water systems remove the chlorine, chloramines, and hardness that can attack copper pipes. We also add a special coating filter, after the Kinetico system, to recoat the copper plumbing from the years of damage. After installing hundreds of Kinetico Systems to fix our clients’ pinhole leak issues, we can say with 100% certainty that it works.

We’ve been saving our valued clients from 10k-20k re-plumbing jobs and from turning their home into a job site. And not only did they save their plumbing, but they also get all the other benefits of installing a Kinetico whole house water filtration system. We are so confident that we have a turn-key pinhole leak prevention system that we will refund your investment if it doesn’t stop your pinhole leak problem. Call or text 865-986-4234 to schedule your free pinhole leak assessment, and get your questions answered.

Aqua Clear Water Systems

865.986.4234

www.aquaclearws.com

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