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  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: S.H.E. Offers Guidance on Flooring Options

    By Wendy Barton, Southern Home Enterprises The time has come! You’re ready to do that remodel you’ve always dreamed of or flip that house that’s been on the market for months. It’s so exciting until you realize choosing a floor is really daunting. It doesn’t have to be. We tend... Read more

  • LEGAL ADVICE: Innocent Until Proven Guilty

    By Chris Stanford, The Stanford Law Firm Wherever Justice Demands People ask me all the time how I can stand to represent people accused of doing awful things. Early in my career, I would give the standard, “Everyone is entitled to an effective defense under our Constitution” response. Then... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: Buying Tips in a Seller’s Market

    by Janet Nettles, Middle Tennessee Properties It’s A Seller’s Market With today’s low inventory in the housing market, it’s more important than ever when making an offer to keep it simple. When competing with other offers, there are a few simple rules to keep in mind. Choose a realtor... Read more

  • LOCAL FOOD: Harvest Local Foods Forms Partnership With The Mercantile Cafe

    Ellen Fletcher

    By Ellen Fletcher, Harvest Local Foods   Southern Traditions Some of the most time honored traditions in rural areas are canning, baking and making food with what the land provides or what you might barter at market. These traditions have been passed down from generation to generation. Renee Holt,... Read more

  • MEDICAL ADVICE: Keep Hydrated During Bonnaroo

    By Dr. Jay Trussler, Trussler Family Medicine Do The Roo Right Bonnaroo is right around the corner and just like the groundhog that pops his head up to check out his shadow that will foretell if we are going to see more winter or an early spring, we shall... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE: Maintenance Tips for the Air Conditioner

    By Wyatt Nettles, J&W Repair The Air Conditioner This is the time of the year for air conditioning, right? Yes it is, but does your vehicle’s unit work? The mornings are still cool, but as the day wears on, it can get warm enough to push the button for... Read more

  • LEGAL ADVICE: Have Parents Gone Mental?

    By Chris Stanford, The Stanford Law Firm   Mental health issues are everywhere. Yet, nobody wants to talk about them. Many people even refuse to recognize mental illness and insist that it is “just an excuse.” However, the legal system recognizes that mental health issues are negatively impacting children... Read more

  • MEDICAL ADVICE: Erectile Dysfunction Is No Laughing Matter

    By Dr. Jay Trussler, Trussler Family Medicine   Those of you who read my monthly column know that I like to throw a bit a humor into my Insider articles, however, today’s topic, for many men, is no laughing matter. Erectile Dysfunction, or “ED,” affects an estimated 30 million... Read more

  • MEDICAL ADVICE: Dementia Is A Tough Disease

    By Dr. Jay Trussler, Trussler Family Medicine Most of you have heard of Alzheimer’s Dementia, but that is just one type of disease which can affect one’s memory. There are many other types of dementia such as Lewy Body Dementia, Senile Dementia, Atherosclerotic Dementia, Parkinson’s Dementia and the list... Read more

  • LEGAL ADVICE: Life Happens

    By Chris Stanford, The Stanford Law Firm I see many people every month who desperately want to find a way out of serious financial trouble. Most people try to “fix” their financial problems rather than immediately rush to file bankruptcy. Ironically, the problem is that the “fix” that people... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: Should Active Military Families Buy Or Rent A Home?

    by Janet Nettles, Middle Tennessee Properties Military families can receive orders to deploy or transfer to a new duty station with little or no advance notice. Among the many decisions to make is whether to buy or rent a home in their new community.   Families should consider cost... Read more

  • LOCAL FOOD: What’s The Deal With Eggs?

    Ellen Fletcher

    By Ellen Briggs, Harvest Local Foods Do you wonder why some eggs are so inexpensive and others cost considerably more? Is there really that big of a difference? The answer is yes and the difference is in nutritional value and taste. Commercial/factory farm eggs have high amounts of omega... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: Luxury Vinyl Tile Is A Hot Commodity

    By Wendy Barton, Southern Home Enterprises Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is HOT HOT HOT in the world of flooring. S.H.E.  (Southern Home Enterprises) is proud to announce that we now have the best of the best when it comes to LVT. S.H.E. and Karndean Design Flooring have partnered together,... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: Is It Just Time For A New Vehicle?

    By Wyatt Nettles, J&W Repair Is it time for a new vehicle? If it is, what should you do? If you are trading our old one in, you should clean it up.  Don’t wash the engine, this can cause problems. Don’t do a lot of improvements unless it is... Read more

  • LEGAL ADVICE: Domestic Assault Laws Can Often Be Abused

    By Chris Stanford, The Stanford Law Firm Many of you have known an individual who has been charged with or was the victim of domestic assault. Once the police make a determination that one or both of the parties to the dispute have committed an assault, they make an arrest. The consequences that... Read more

  • MEDICAL ADVICE: Start This Patient on a Statin, STAT

    By Dr. Jay Trussler, Trussler Family Medicine Not too long ago, I had a patient come in who had HORRIBLE cholesterol prepare himself for his appointment by printing off and presenting me with an article from some obscure website trying to sell vitamins. The “research” article claimed that statins... Read more

  • LOCAL FOOD: Who Is Your Farmer?

    Ellen Fletcher

    By Ellen Briggs, Harvest Local Foods I believe in the importance of knowing the source of your food. This was the everyday way of life not long ago. Either you produced your own food or you bartered goods and services with fellow community members for products and wares.   When... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: Preparing the A/C for Warmer Temperatures

    By Wyatt Nettles, J&W Repair  Spring is coming. Now is the time to start thinking about air conditioning in your vehicle. I know it’s not hot yet, but this is the time of year for warm days and cool nights. Our vehicle’s air conditioning system will need to work... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: Local Flooring Stores vs Big Box Stores

    By Wendy Barton, Southern Home Enterprises   There are some common misconceptions that prevent people from taking advantage of what local flooring businesses have to offer. While big box stores have more advertising dollars than local stores, they aren’t necessarily the best choice for your latest home remodel. It’s a myth that... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: House Shopping Tips

    by Janet Nettles, Middle Tennessee Properties You’ve decided to purchase a home. Here are some guidelines to follow. First choose a realtor you are comfortable with. Choose an agent that understands your wants and needs.  After you and your agent have selected homes to look at, your agent will set... Read more

  • LOCAL FOOD: Invest in Your Health with Fermented Food

    Ellen Fletcher

    By Ellen Briggs, Harvest Local Foods Every positive change that you make in your diet will produce noticeable, beneficial health effects. One way to invest in your health is by eating fermented foods. Fermented foods have been through a process of lacto fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: What Are the Benefits of VA Home Loans?

    by Janet Nettles, Middle Tennessee Properties The Department of Veteran Affairs offers home loan options to active military members and veterans. The loan benefits are: • No down payment • No Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) premium requirement • VA limit the amount veterans • Closing cost MAY be paid... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: Engine or Transmission Failure?

    By Wyatt Nettles, J&W Repair What if a major component fails in our vehicle? The cost will be more than we could imagine. Let’s look at what needs to come into the justifying the cost. Value of the vehicle. What is the value of your vehicle with a bad... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: Devise a Home Improvement Plan

    By Wendy Barton, Southern Home Enterprises Whether you just bought a house or you have lived there for a while, the fastest way to increase your home’s value is by making a plan. You will fare better if upgrades are made intentionally and not on impulse. Home improvement projects... Read more

  • LEGAL ADVICE: Bankruptcy–Financial Woes Happen Sometimes

    By Chris Stanford, The Stanford Law Firm Life Happens I see many people every month who desperately want to find a way out of serious financial trouble. Most people try to “fix” their financial problems rather than immediately rush to file bankruptcy. Ironically, the problem is that the “fix”... Read more

  • MEDICAL ADVICE – Dementia–Early Test Is Best!

    By Dr. Jay Trussler, Trussler Family Medicine One of the Toughest Diseases Most of you have heard of Alzheimer’s Dementia, but that is just one type of disease which can affect one’s memory. There are many other types of dementia such as Lewy Body Dementia, Senile Dementia, Atherosclerotic Dementia,... Read more

  • LEGAL ADVICE: Establish a relationship with your lawyer

    By Chris Stanford There are some professionals no one ever wants to need. Morticians and lawyers top the list of those to avoid.  But I think lawyers get a bad rap here.  Many lawyers are hard working professionals who want to help prevent problems before they start and clean... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: Holiday tips to care for your floor

    By Wendy Barton, Southern Home Enterprises As the year gently winds down to a close, most of us are frantically gearing up for the end of year celebrations. Life is busy and your home is a buzzing hive of holiday activity. Unless you’re a holiday Grinch and don’t ever... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: Tips to prepare your home for winter

    by Janet Nettles, Middle Tennessee Properties With the time change and nightfall coming before five PM, we are all aware that winter is fast approaching. As homeowners there are a few things that need to be done in order to winterize a home.   Install a programmable thermostat Not... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: Get your vehicle ready for the holiday season

    By Wyatt Nettles, J&W Repair Time for fun with the family.  Some of us get to stay close to home, but for those of us who travel to be with family, let’s get our vehicle ready. Cold weather is here or close.  Check your vehicle out.  Coolant condition is... Read more

  • MEDICAL – It’s Turkey Time in Tennessee

    By Dr. Jay Trussler I have watched the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys kickoff many times on Thanksgiving Day, but like so many, I have never stayed awake for the entire four quarters. For years I thought the tryptophan in the turkey was to blame… Yes and no.... Read more

  • MEDICAL – Should you get a pneumonia vaccine?

    By Dr. Jay Trussler As many of you go to your doctors this fall and winter seasons, your doctor will be asking you to get the flu shot, but many of you will also need to get a pneumonia vaccine as well. The CDC says “Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine” (a.k.a.... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: Fall maintenance tips for home owners

      by Janet Nettles, Middle Tennessee Properties Homeowners should do a fall cleaning, inside and out. With the cooler fall temperatures and the falling leaves, homeowners should take a hard look at their real estate investment. WINDOWS Open up the windows and let the fall air in. Remove screen... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: Decorating your home to reflect your personality

    By Wendy Barton, Southern Home Enterprises Stumped on how to decorate your living space? Ever wonder if decorating is influenced by your unique personality traits? Sure, your home reflects who you are, but are you maximizing your personal strengths and weaknesses to create the best possible home environment through design? As... Read more

  • FINANCIAL SERVICES: Free online courses take donor education to a new level

    By Chris Cravens, Coffee Financial Where will your donation have the biggest impact? These days you don’t have to hobnob with the elite to get advice from famous philanthropists on this issue – all you need is Internet access. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) in philanthropy, like one that... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: It’s time to get your car ready for cooler weather

    By Wyatt Nettles, J&W Repair Cooler weather is here and cold weather on the way.  It’s the time of year for coffee, hot chocolate and getting your car ready for cold weather. Now is a good time to check the condition of your coolant and its freezing point. A... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: What’s in a diagnosis

    By Wyatt Nettles, J&W Repair It’s not the equipment that repairs your vehicle; it’s the people behind the equipment. Some problems with vehicles are a simple hook-up, check codes and repair. These simple problems are usually repaired quickly, no return needed. But what if it is not simple? Now... Read more

  • FINANCIAL SERVICES: Kid friendly finance part 4 – grandparents are teachers too

    By Chris Cravens, Coffee Financial Millennials actually crave financial advice from their grandparents. It seems both generations share similar attitudes about money. So consider sharing your financial wisdom early and often; they’ll listen. You can: Refresh Your Memory. Think about how much your first job paid or first car... Read more

  • MEDICAL – Laughter really can be good medicine

    ‘LAUGH IT UP FUZZBALL’ -Han Solo in Star Wars V: The empire Strikes Back By Dr. Jay Trussler I’m not sure that Han Solo was telling Chewbacca to “Laugh it up'” in order to improve the Wookie’s health, but there are proven benefits of laughter.  Proverbs 17:22 is engraved... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: New rules for selling your home

      by Janet Nettles, Middle Tennessee Properties PRICE YOUR HOUSE RIGHT While sellers may be tempted to list their house for a higher price, don’t do it. While houses are selling for higher prices they still have to appraise. Don’t put your house at risk and just sitting on... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: Bathroom remodel is a big return on investment

    By Wendy Barton, Southern Home Enterprises In the hottest housing markets, master bathroom remodels are a sure-fire investment. The bathrooms are now big, sexy rooms that new homebuilders splurge on, so when buyers are shopping around that’s what they want in an existing home, too.   When remodeling a bathroom, it’s... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: A buyer’s agent plays a critical role

      by Janet Nettles, Middle Tennessee Properties The last thing a buyer of seller want to hear is that the closing is going to be delayed. Three major causes for a delay are lenders, appraiser and inspection. Before starting the search for a new home, the buyer should talk... Read more

  • FINANCIAL SERVICES: Kid friendly finance for 16-21 year olds

    By Chris Cravens, Coffee Financial Kids this age should start thinking about where to go to college, how to live independently and even planning for retirement. Start simply by asking your older teen or young adult to participate in household budgeting and talk about paying bills on time. Be... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: Upgrading your floors

    By Wendy Barton, Southern Home Enterprises Floors impact your life. Whether you’re doing yoga in the den or hosting a dinner party in the dining room, you need a surface underfoot that’s comfortable and durable. Hardwood – Thanks to hardwood’s durability and warm, natural feel, it continues to be... Read more

  • MEDICAL – Don’t always believe Dr. Google, Part 2

    By Dr. Jay Trussler Last month we looked at some common medical myths from “Dr. Google.” Just in case you missed it, those included staying out in the cold with wet hair will cause a cold, popping your knuckles will make them bigger / cause arthritis, and cranberry juice... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: Get your vehicle ready for school time

    By Wyatt Nettles, J&W Repair Local schools are back in session. College students are getting ready to hit the road again. Remember to obey the school zone speed limits, and watch signs because the speed limits are different. Be aware of school times; don’t be late. You might need... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: You’ve bought your home, now what?

      by Janet Nettles, Middle Tennessee Properties You closed on the home and moved in. It’s yours you can make any changes you desire. However, should you? And if you do, how do you get started? If you aren’t careful you could make very costly mistakes. WHAT TO DO... Read more

  • FINANCIAL SERVICES: Kid friendly finance, part 2

    By Chris Cravens, Coffee Financial As your child or grandchild matures, talk about how your family values, work and money. Continue to instill work ethics by allowing your preteen or teen to earn money by doing chores or errands, like washing cars, mowing lawns or babysitting. If you haven’t... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: Where are we going this summer?

    By Wyatt Nettles, J&W Repair Thinking about summer vacation? Think about your car. Check the condition of your coolant; it is summer, and coolant condition is important. Check brakes, condition of rotors; are there any vibrations when stopping? If there are, it’s probably a good time to replace them.... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: The power of paint

    By Wendy Barton, Southern Home Enterprises When it comes time to sell your home, you might consider making some changes to make it more appealing to buyers. After analyzing more than 32,000 listing photos of homes that have sold across the US, Zillow came up with a list of... Read more

  • MEDICAL – Don’t always believe Dr. Google

    By Dr. Jay Trussler Myth #1:  Staying out in the cold with wet hair will cause a cold. Colds aren’t caused by wet hair and cold temperatures. They are caused by viruses. When it’s cold outside, we humans tend to go inside and hang out with others in the... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: The diesel engine

    By Wyatt Nettles, J&W Repair Diesel engines used to be simple. All you needed was fuel and air. Diesel engines have high compression, which develops heat; heat fires fuel; no spark needed. All the electrical needed was for a starter and lights. Fuel was turned on by pushing a... Read more

  • FINANCIAL SERVICES: Kid friendly finance, part 1

    By Chris Cravens, Coffee Financial   We all like to think our children or grandchildren are practically geniuses, but some things just don’t come intuitively. Everyone needs to learn the value of a dollar, how to make money work toward our goals and how to protect our financial legacy,... Read more

  • MEDICAL – The importance of sunscreen

    By Dr. Jay Trussler If you had a tan 200 years ago, you were likely of a “lower class” socioeconomic status. Having a tan meant you had to make ends meet by performing manual labor, often farming. With the advent of air travel, having a tan became associated with... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: Save money on your bathroom remodel

    By Wendy Barton, Southern Home Enterprises Working with a designer and/or contractor may seem like a pricey move for someone wanting to remodel their bathroom on a budget, but it is money well spent. Having a plan you’ve worked out with a professional will assure you that your design,... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: How to handle multiple offers

      by Janet Nettles, Middle Tennessee Properties Sellers are now getting multiple offers on their properties. There is more to multiple offers than sales price. Sometimes sellers will take an offer that is lower in price than the next because of the terms. The offer might have an earlier... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: Fuel injection and fuel control

    By Wyatt Nettles, J&W Repair Think back to the carburetor days. The carburetor was what delivered the fuel to the engine. This worked for years. When we first went to computer-controlled engines, the fuel was controlled by solenoids that controlled fuel through the jets – did not work well.... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: The housing market is strong

      by Janet Nettles, Middle Tennessee Properties A major contributor to economic growth is the strengthening housing market. The housing market is predicted to rise 3.5 percent this year with an increase of 5 percent in price and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. With the low inventory... Read more

  • MEDICAL – Time to pop the hood

    By Dr. Jay Trussler I often see patients who haven’t seen a doctor literally in years and even decades. When I question them as to why they’ve waited so long, I receive answers such as: “I’m as healthy as a horse,” or “I rarely get sick,” and even “I’m... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: Make your home more valuable

    By Wendy Barton, Southern Home Enterprises What is one of the most important home projects you can do to add value to your home? There are actually two home projects you can do to add value: the kitchen and the master bath. Flooring is a smart and easy purchase... Read more

  • FINANCIAL SERVICES: Intelligent giving (free online courses take donor education to a new level

    By Chris Cravens, Coffee Financial   Where will your donation have the biggest impact? These days you don’t have to hobnob with the elite to get advice from famous philanthropists on this issue – all you need is Internet access. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) in philanthropy, like one... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: Inside the car

    By Wyatt Nettles, J&W Repair What is inside the car that we control? Lights, radio, windows, door locks, seat belts and more. We need to know how all these systems work. It is a good idea to get to know how your lights work. We have vehicles that have... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: Simple tips to get your home ready to sell

      by Janet Nettles, Middle Tennessee Properties You’ve been in your house for a few years or even longer. You’ve decided to sell. In today’s highly competitive market, sellers have to offer their house in tiptop condition in order to sell at top price. If a buyer thinks the... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: Understanding your project

    By Wendy Barton, Southern Home Enterprises Phase 1: Homeowner and Site Manager Meet and Greet The Project Manager will meet with you to go over some specifics, such as the placement of your home. We will consider the home site dig-out, temporary power, water and Sani-can requirements. Phase 2: Foundation Formed... Read more

  • MEDICAL – Manage your weight

    By Dr. Jay Trussler The weight-loss industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. If you haven’t tried a thigh-master, Billy Blanks Tae bo, that Chuck Norris upside-down sled do-hickey, a Bowflex, Nutrisystem, Beachbody, Sweating-To- The Oldies or Acai berry, then you are definitely in the minority. But the secret formula... Read more

  • FINANCIAL SERVICES: The power of paying it forward

    Small-scale actoins make up a large-scale movement By Chris Cravens, Coffee Financial Imagine you’re at the drive-through of your favorite coffee shop, waiting for the barista to deliver your triple espresso. As you hand her your card, she waves you off. “Oh don’t worry about it; the person ahead... Read more

  • MEDICAL – ‘Oh, Dr. Jay, one more thing…I’ve also been having CRUSHING CHEST PAIN’

    By Dr. Jay Trussler “Oh, Dr. Jay, one more thing… I’ve also been having CRUSHING CHEST PAIN.” -actual patient That is the actual quote from a real patient who came in to see me one day after I just finished talking about his infected and ingrown toenail for almost... Read more

  • FINANCIAL SERVICES: Can taxes scramble your nest egg?

    Proactive tax planning can help your retirement income last longer By Chris Cravens, Coffee Financial When it comes to retirement planning, we typically tally up our daily expenses – housing, transportation, utilities, food, insurance, healthcare, entertainment – and budget accordingly for enough income to cover those wants and needs.... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: Anti-lock brake system

    By Wyatt Nettles, J&W Repair Last time we talked about brakes.  Now we are going to get into the anti-lock system.  The anti-lock system has no effect on having brakes or not having brakes.  This system only controls wheels from locking up.  When we use our brakes, there are... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: It’s all about location, location, location

      by Janet Nettles, Middle Tennessee Properties As we have heard all our lives, real estate is all about location. Work with a full time realtor. A professional realtor stays up to date on changes in the local market. Working with a local realtor can make this process easier. When reading or... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: Incredible interior decorating doesn’t happen by chance

    By Wendy Barton, Southern Home Enterprises Unfortunately, many people get confused or intimidated by the idea of hiring a professional interior decorator. At S.H.E., we totally understand these fears. Full interior decorating services are provided by Wendy and our team. Here are our top six reasons to hire an interior... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: Well you did it! You bought a house!

      by Janet Nettles After all the hard work you and your realtor did you are now a HOMEOWNER! Now what do you do? This may be your first home or your dream home, but you have several things left to do. FIRST THINGS FIRST The packet of papers... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: Cleaning your home or office

    by Wendy Barton Southern Home Enterprises uses safe and green products while cleaning your home or office. Extracted from plants, some essential oils can kill mold and bacteria. They are very strong, so don’t go overboard: One drop of peppermint oil is as potent as 30 cups of peppermint... Read more

  • FINANCIAL SERVICES: Generosity within limits

    By Chris Cravens One of the great things about wealth is getting to share it with those you care about, during your lifetime or after. Current tax laws enable you to do just that quite generously. As a quick reminder, here are a few ways you can make the... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: The Brakes

    By Wyatt Nettles The most important part of your car. If your car won’t start, you call someone to take you to work. If your car won’t stop, you panic. There are so many reasons your brakes can fail. The best action to prevent failure is maintenance. This is... Read more

  • MEDICAL – Flu shot or not to flu shot, that is the injection

    By Dr. Jay Trussler Shakespeare’s character, Prince Hamlet, may have never uttered these words in the play that bears his name; however, a similar question is often uttered from early fall until late winter in my clinic and thousands of other clinics and hospitals across this country every year,... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: The do’s & dont’s on kitchen remodels

    By Wendy Barton Are you living in a house that you dream of making your own? From upgrades to repairs, a house is an excellent investment.  If you purchased a house and want to make it yours while adding value, a kitchen remodel is money well spent. Below you... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: Check engine light

    By Wyatt Nettles What is a “Check Engine” light? The check engine light is to warn the driver of some kind of computer system problem.  The computer system consists of a module that collects information from sensors on the engine.  This is called an ECM – Engine Control Module. ... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: What to do before buying a home

    By Janet Nettles – Owner/Broker       Middle Tennessee Properties RESEARCH REALTORS AND LENDERS INTERVIEW REALTORS If you haven’t worked with a REALTOR in a while, ask friends and family about their REALTOR. Interview several agents. Set up appointments and ask questions. Among your questions ask if the REALTOR is... Read more

  • FINANCIAL SERVICES: Generosity within limits

    By Chris Cravens One of the great things about wealth is getting to share it with those you care about, during your lifetime or after. Current tax laws enable you to do just that quite generously. As a quick reminder, here are a few ways you can make the... Read more

  • FINANCIAL SERVICES: Play by the (tax) rules

    Rollovers are treated and reported separately from regular IRA contributions. That means you can roll over an old retirement account to a new one in the same year you make your regular IRA contributions. Following a few rules will ensure your money is transferred properly. For example, so-called direct... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: Why should you hire a professional when buying or selling.

      You begin quite a journey when you make the decision to buy or sell a home. You need a Real Estate Professional, a REALTOR. Someone with experience. Someone that can help you reach you ultimate goal, a home owner. The reason you need a professional hasn’t changed. Projections... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: Time to winterize your vehicle

      Cold weather is coming.  What should we do to prepare our vehicles for it?  First we need to check the condition of our coolant.  A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is good enough for our climate.  This will bring our freezing point to -32 degrees Fahrenheit.  This... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: New Year Home Improvements

    The New Year is excellent time to complete projects in doors, and consider adding on to your home before spring. Indoor projects can range from upgrading your lighting, plumbing fixtures, bathroom vanities, paint or knock out a wall and add that extra square footage. The tips below will help... Read more

  • FLOORING & HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES: Go green when you clean

    Southern Home Enterprises uses safe and green products while cleaning your home or office. Extracted from plants, some essential oils can kill mold and bacteria. They are very strong, so don’t go overboard: One drop of peppermint oil is as potent as 30 cups of peppermint tea. We started... Read more

  • AUTOMOTIVE: Where are we going for Christmas? Make sure your vehicle is ready

    Planning the trip for Christmas, there are a few things to check. Most important, of course, is brakes. Have a good inspection of all brake components. Abnormal wear is a sign of something sticking. Check caliper slides, hoses for problems; brake fluid conditions can cause brake calipers to stick... Read more

  • FINANCIAL SERVICES: Say goodbye to your old job, not your retirement savings

    Leaving an employer shouldn’t mean leaving your savings behind After months of sending out resumes, dreaming of bigger and better things, you finally landed a new job. Congratulations! You’ve taken charge of your career. The question is, are you still in control of your retirement? Leaving a job, whether... Read more

  • REAL ESTATE: FSBO and Discount-Broker Sales at Record Lows

    You might think that the Internet and today’s seller’s market is coaxing an unusually large share of homeowners into selling without an agent. And for the home sellers who list with agents, you might guess that they’re favoring the limited-service variety – commonly referred to as “discount agents” –... Read more