DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER FOR OUR FREE LUNCH AND OPEN HOUSE ON JUNE 29TH 2017

June 21, 2017

If you are a non-profit organization, please register for our FREE non-profit seminar starting at 10:30 AM and then stay for our FREE lunch and tour.

For more information call CJ Mitchell at 865 584-2265.


Open House At Burns Mailing & Printing On June 29th

June 13, 2017

Join us for a tour, lunch and door prizes on June 29th.  For our non-profit friends we are having a seminar on non-profit direct mail starting at 10:30 AM.  Email graphics@burnsmp.com to register.  Seating is limited.


Shut Up And Listen To Customers

June 9, 2017

Selling is not what you want the customer to have, it is solving a problem that the customer has and giving them a solution.  I have found that if I just shut up and listen to what my customers have to say then I can find a way to implement a solution and try and save them money. This happened today on a phone call that I got out of the blue.  The customer had a big problem and I took down the information about the project, got with my mailing manager and we proposed a way of fixing their problem and saving them over $8500.00 in postage. We don’t know if we have been selected for the job but we listened and found a solution that is good for my customer.

Burns has been solving problems since 1981.

phyllis@burnsmp.com

865 584-2265


Why I Went Blonde And Why I Planted Tomatoes

June 7, 2017

I went to the dentist last week and he had not seen me since I went blonde.  I told him that I did it because I heard blonde’s have more fun. It brought back what I heard Dolly Parton once say when someone asked her if she minded being called a dumb blonde.  In typical Dolly fashion she responded “no because I am not dumb and I am not blonde”. When this picture was made for some promotional reasons,  my friend Bob Longmire a graphic artist and wonderful illustrator saw it and sent me an email. He said “I have worked on the color and softened it up some” hope you don’t mind. Not only did I not mind, I loved it and  I can use all the help that I can get.

On to the tomato story.  After last years drought, I said that I was not planting anything that had to be watered but what was I doing last weekend?  You guessed it, I was planting tomatoes.  A family friend, Chuck, grows the most tasty heirloom tomatoes. He plants hundreds of tomatoes just because he loves doing it.  Some times my sister will open her door and there will be a big tub of tomatoes sitting on her door step. Chuck had given my brother-in-law quite a few tomato plants.  When I was at my brother-in-laws house last weekend he said “don’t you want some of the heirloom tomato plants”? At first I said no and then I thought about bologna and home grown tomatoes out of the back yard and I relented. I planted 5 plants so I should have enough for family and friends. Hope to have bologna and tomato sandwiches in July.

 

 

 

 


Political Mailings Have Already Started

May 22, 2017

At Burns Mailing & Printing, we love the time leading up to elections.  The reason is a lot of printing and mailing.  We have been working with politicians for many years. One of the reasons that we do a lot of political work is that we offer a one stop shop for graphic design, printing and mailing.  We offer turn key estimates – including estimated postage, list clean up, duplicate address checks and automated bar-code postage rates.

We also offer other things need for a successful campaign such as push cards, brochures, door hangers, lapel stickers, laser personalized letters, invitations to events, posters and yard signs.

Call me at 865 584-2265 or phyllis@burnsmp.com


Richard Bean, And How I Got To Know Him

May 11, 2017

Back in 1999, we bought a $250,000 press and the Knoxville News Sentinel did a story on me and my late husband Ken Burns.  The story was about how we started the business in the garage and the progress that we had made in building the business and about our working together so successfully.  At that time Ken and I went out to lunch, most days as that was our time to catch up on what was going on in the business and to just be together.  One day we were at one of our lunch spots and Richard Bean comes up and ask if we were the couple in the Knoxville News Sentinel’s article.  We told him that we were and he introduced himself.  We knew his name because Richard is in charge of the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Center.  We were both amazed that he remembered the article and recognized us. It seems that Richard went to a lot of the spots that we ate lunch, so we would see him often.  One of his favorites is Wright’s Cafeteria. I still see him at Wright’s Cafeteria, when I occasionally go out to eat.

Richard sends me emails from time to time and most of them are funny, but the one he sent me recently was very inspiring.  It was about the World War II cartoonist Bill Mauldin.  Sgt. Bill Mauldin was a soldier who was in the trenches with the rest of the guys in World War II.  He drew what he saw and most of it was not very pretty. He never held back even when General George S. Patton informed Mauldin he wanted the pointed cartoons celebrating the fighting men and making fun of the high-ranking officers to stop and stop NOW!  However, five-star General, Dwight D. Eisenhower, SCAFE, Supreme Commander of the allied forces in Europe had the last work. “Mauldin draws what Mauldin wants.” Mauldin won and Patton lost.  At 23, Mauldin won the Pulitzer Prize and was on the cover of Time magazine. He won a second Pulitzer Prize later and when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, he drew a picture of the statue at the Lincoln Memorial, slumped in grief, its head cradled in its hands. According to all accounts he never lost that humble personality and considered himself just one of the enlisted men.

Thank you Richard for this inspiring article.


Burns Mailing & Printing Is In Your Neighborhood

May 8, 2017