This Will Be A Different July 4th

July 4th in the past has been all about picnics, being with family, gathering with friends and generally celebrating together. This year we will still celebrate but probably just scaled back. I will enjoy our 4th of July parade in my neighborhood as the children ride their bikes, a fire truck will be in the parade and others will be walking. I look forward to this each year as the children ride their bikes and wagons that they have decorated.

Wishing all of you a safe and happy 4th of July.

One Good Thing About Social Distancing

The thing that has been best for my psyche and my health during the pandemic is that I am out walking everyday. At first it was hard and I was lucky to get a mile in and I avoided hills. There are lots of hills in my neighborhood. Every day I added a little more distance and a little more time and started tackling the hills. I have a great place to walk just outside my door as I live on a boulevard but after walking for a few weeks, I walked to the back of our subdivision and that is quite a ways. I am happy to report that this morning I have 66 minutes and 3.4 miles of walking. I am a morning person. If I leave it until the afternoon, forget about it.

I hope that you have found a happy place during this time when eating out, being with friends and going to church are risky.

Burns Mailing & Printing, will be giving away mask and hand sanitizer in the near future. We don’t know the date as of yet but stay tuned. It will be curbside for safety and mask will be worn. We have lots of safety products available such as masks, floor signs, hand sanitizer if your business needs these items. Contact or call 865 584-2265.

Zach Comes To Work With Amy

Zachary Motsinger

Amy Motsinger is our Mailing Manager at Burns Mailing & Printing. Zach is her step-son and he loves to come to work with Amy. When Zach is not in school, having someone to stay with him is sometimes hard to find so Zach comes to work with Amy. . Zach likes to help when he can and he does really well with small tasks assigned to him. Amy says that being in a business environment has helped his people skills. When he is not helping out he loves to set at his desk and play on his tablet. He even has his own name plate. Everyone loves having Zach around.

Who Wouldn’t Want One-Stop Convenience?

Burns Mailing & Printing has been progressive over the last 39 years. We started out as printers, several years later we added graphic design and direct mail services. A little over a year ago we added promotional items. We are a distributor for ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute )and through them we have access to thousands of promotional products. Our customers like the fact that we will meet with them (no charge) and help them plan events, mailings etc. We sit down at the table with our art director, mailing manager, promotional representative and our production manager. Starting from conception can save both time and money. We know all the postal regulations, paper choices, how to get the best mailing list and finally how much this is all going to cost before the customer commits to the project. From concept to the Post Office and consulting on the best promotional products for any occasion. All of these services under one roof….IT’S A BIG ROOF!

Give us a call at 865 584-2265 or email me at For promotional products and great ideas, call Suzanne McCarter at the above number or email her at

Working From Home

I am usually very optimistic, I see the cup half full instead of half empty, but today has worn on me a little bit. I find that it is hard to keep up with what I should be doing and I have had to step back and evaluate what I am doing. When in the office, I look at the calendar and see what is on my schedule for the day, but I don’t have very much on my schedule during the pandemic. Unstructured time is something new to me as I have worked most of my life and had a set schedule every day.

Phyllis Robinette Burns, President of Burns Mailing & Printing.

One thing that I am doing to help my psyche is walking everyday in my neighborhood. When I first started I could only do about 20 minutes and now I can do 60 minutes and my neighborhood has some serious hills. Today I have 3.7 miles but have done as many as 5 miles.

The reason that I can work from home is that I have a GREAT staff that knows their jobs and they do it very well. I could not do this without them.

We just finished our first year in the promotional items business. We are a distributor for Advertising Specialty Institute with over 800,000 items available through the ASI network. Suzanne McCarter is our account representative and if you are in need of masks, floor signage, mugs, pens, T-shirts and so much more give Suzanne at call at 865 584-2265 or email her at