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  • 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