January 9, 2018
This is a picture of my Dad, Odes Robinette in Lynch KY. He is the first one on the left. I was born in 1943 during the war, and coal was essential to the war effort. My Dad got injured and was released from the mines. Oak Ridge TN (the secret city) had become a boom town because they were building the Atomic Bomb, although no one knew what they were working on. When my Dad was released from the mines, he got a job at Oak Ridge working for K-25. None of the workers had any idea of what they were doing but just knew that it was a very closely held secret and if questions were asked you would not have a job. After we moved from the secret city, we moved to a little community in West Knoxville called Ball Camp. I attended Ball Camp Elementary and then Karns High School where I met the love of my life, Ken Burns. We were married 52 years until he passed away in 2014. Ken started our business Burns Mailing & Printing, in the garage and then moved it to commercial locations until we purchased our present site at 6131 Industrial Heights Dr. in Knoxville. In 1991 we started offering graphic design and direct mail services. This year marks the 28th year that I have been in printing and mailing. I have a fantastic staff of experienced pressman, trade binders, graphic designers, mailing staff, estimator/planning and accounting. Because we are operating three businesses in one (graphic design, printing and mailing) each department must know exactly what is required and execute it flawlessly.
Too bad I can not sing, but I do know the printing/mailing business. Give me a call today at 865 584-2265 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free quote. I promise I will not sing to you, unless its your birthday and then I will make an exception.
January 5, 2018
I know I’ve emailed before, but I want you to know what an incredible experience I’ve had with Burns and continue to have. Because of the outstanding customer service, product and quality, we will be transitioning all of our needs to Burns as they arise – ( newsletters, publications, business cards, brochures, etc.) Your team has made me feel educated and knowledgeable about everything from sizing, cost and turn around times that I will consider Burns to be my go to company from now on.
Thank you, Burns!
This email kick started my year in a very positive way. Thank you Michaele.
December 29, 2017
In order to do business with the Federal government you must be registered under their SAM system. There is no charge for registering. This week I got an email that looked like it was official and it said my registration was expiring. My registration does not expire until March 2018. At first, I thought it was legitimate but when I went a little further, it gave the option of signing up for 1 year, 3 years or 5 years and of course it asked for personal information and money. This is when I realized that this was a scam and when I checked on the internet, other people have been scammed by this. Of course, they want your credit card and personal information.
If you do business with the federal government, please be aware of this scam.
December 29, 2017
I can’t say that I am sorry to see 2017 go. This has been a tough year for me health wise and I am hoping that 2018 will be better. I did have some great things happen in 2017, so it was not all bad. I went to Spain with my daughter Joy and her family. We had an apartment in Seville but we went to Granada and Cordoba as well. I love traveling and experiencing the different cultures. I also had a all girls beach trip with Joy, Kate (my granddaughter) and myself. This trip was not the adventure trip like Spain but it was a relaxing lay on the beach, eat seafood and a trip to the nail salon kind of trip. I will take any kind of trip that my pocket book can afford. Looking forward to a trip to Puerto Rica this spring. We will be in San Juan, where we have been assured that everything is OK there with power restored shortly after the storm. My heart goes out to the people in areas that are still suffering from the storm.
Wishing each of you a healthy and prosperous New Year!
December 27, 2017
I almost fell for the Amazing Calendar being posted on Facebook. If you haven’t seen it, it shows that 01-01-2018 is on Sunday and that 02-02-2018 is on Sunday and so on. Does that mean that I can’t believe all the political rhetoric as well? I need a good laugh so this is my giggle for the day.
Hope that all of you have a wonderful new year and watch out for the things you read on the internet.
December 26, 2017
I, like so many others, had lots of good food to enjoy during the holidays. This is probably why my jeans were a little difficult to zip this morning. I pride myself on being a pretty good cook and taught my daughter, Joy, some things about cooking such as how to make biscuits etc, but Joy has gone way beyond what I taught her and thus the word exceptional. She not only looks at recipes but she also is studying the chemistry of how salt, fat and different ingredients work in cooking. She fixed a delicious beef tenderloin with a device called Sous Vide. She seasoned the tenderloin and put it into a zip lock bag and submerged it in a pot of water. The sous vide is attached to the pot and it cooks the beef inside the bag. The beauty of this, according to Joy, is that it never overcooks the meat, even if it is left for longer than recommended, it will not overcook the meat. The results were outstanding. I had some left over tenderloin on a sandwich for lunch today, and it was perfect. I am going to check out getting sous a vide, the brand name of her sous vide is Joule. I can learn a lot from my daughter.
December 26, 2017
Last Thursday, I attended my first Business Advisory Council meeting.I had been to a meet and greet previously, but this was the first meeting for me, where a presentation was made by a City of Knoxville employee. Our presenter was Peter Ahrens, director of building inspections. When I saw the topic, I thought, this is going to be boring, but it was anything but boring. We learned more about permits, pre-submittal conferences and expedited permits, and blighted neighborhoods. Peter’s department is changing some procedures to expedite approval of new buildings and re-modeling of current buildings so that business can get in their buildings a lot faster. Making it easier for permitting, inspections etc. makes it easier for business to locate in the city. More business in Knoxville increases the tax revenues, creates jobs and helps the overall economy of Knoxville. For me, as a small business owner, this is very important.
Lets keep moving forward Knoxville.