First Class Postage is Going Up

Here are the proposed rate increases from the USPS;

The proposed Mailing Services price changes include:

ProductCurrent PricesPlanned Prices
Letters (1 oz.)55 cents58 cents
Letters additional ounce(s)20 cents20 cents (unchanged)
Letters (metered 1 oz.)51 cents53 cents
Domestic Postcards36 cents40 cents
Flats (1 oz.)
Outbound International Letters 
(1 oz.)
$1.00 $1.20$1.16

Kate Just Graduated From Middle School

Kate, my youngest grandchild just graduated from middle school. I know everybody says this, but she has grown up so fast. It is hard to believe that she will be a freshman in high school this fall. After graduation, we had lunch and then two of her friends joined her and we all went to the lake. Three 13 year olds was quite a blast.

Amy Our Company Photographer

Picture courtesy of Amy Motsinger

Amy credits my late husband, Ken Burns, for her interest in photography. Ken loved photography and over the years I had bought him some pretty sophisticated cameras. Amy and Ken would have conversations about the technical aspects of photography. She took this particular photograph with her I-Phone. The cameras are so good on the I Phones now that most people don’t even take a camera when they are vacationing. I know that I don’t. I always have my I Phone with me. My photographs are no where near the level of Ken or Amy but I enjoy taking pictures when I am traveling and of family.

What Does 2021 Look Like For Non-Profit Organizations

According to an article I read recently, 87% of Americans are expected to donate to non-profit organizations in 2021. 19% plan to give more in 2021. Just think about what life here would be like with out non-profit organizations. There would be no animal shelters, no one serving the homeless, no one helping build homes for those who can’t afford them. The list goes on and on. At Burns Mailing & Printing, we serve many non-profit organizations from volunteer fire departments to rescue ministries. The work that they do amazes me and makes me grateful to be able to serve them.

When you get an appeal from your local non-profit organizations, please consider giving to a cause that speaks to your heart. If you can’t give right away, then save that envelope and consider giving at a later date. The world is a better place because of non-profit organizations.

Events, Branding, And Just Fun Stuff

Now that things are opening up a bit following the worst of the pandemic, folks are starting to think about events, especially our non-profit customers. Events are a big part of their fundraising efforts. I just got an email today that one of my favorite non-profit organizations is having a golf tournament in August.

If you are thinking about having an event for your organization or just need some really cool items to give away with your corporate name, we have just the thing for you. Our website has 800,000 items on it but you don’t have to look through all that, you just have to call our promotional products representative, Suzanne McCarter and she will help you find just the right item.865 584-2265 or

Strange Beginning To 2020

To say that 2020 was strange is an understatement. It started out with my having ventricular tachycardia. I went to the ER and instead of shocking my heart back into rhythm, they used a drug that stopped my heart for a few seconds. That was not an experience that I would care to repeat. After, I had that episode, I scheduled an appointment with my cardiologist at Vanderbilt. This visit was right before a scheduled trip to Mexico. The cardiologist did not want me going on the trip before he performed a heart ablation. The ablation was scheduled on the 10th and everything went so well that they let me go home that night. Five hours after the ablation, I was having dinner with my family in Brentwood. Our trip was scheduled for March 14th so we left on the 14th and arrived in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. We had a beautiful boat ride from Cancun to the island and arrived on a beautiful sunny Saturday. The accommodations were perfect and we even had two ladies who came in and fixed breakfast for us every day. However, we were monitoring what was going on with the pandemic and decided that the news was getting worse so on Tuesday, we left the island to go back to Nashville. On the way to the boat, the taxi driver told us that Mexico was shutting everything down on Friday. Good thing we made the call to go back home.

Milestones – 2021 Will Be The 40th Year For Burns Mailing & Printing

From humble beginnings in our garage, the late Ken Burns started Burns Mailing & Printing. We have come a long way since then. I joined Ken in 1990 as President and I am sure he would be please how far we have come. We have been in our own building at 6131 Industrial Heights Dr. in Knoxville TN since 1994. Ken was very good at printing and anything that needed fixing. In fact, he put two presses that would not run and made one good one that ran for many years. This year we are honored that for the third year in a row we have won the American Advertising Federation’s Big Wig Award for best fulfillment/mailing company. Our owner, Phyllis Burns, won the award for best Printing Representative. Thank you for all who voted for us. Burns specializes in graphic design, printing, direct mail and promotional products.

Ken and Phyllis were high school sweethearts and married for 52 years. One of our favorite songs was Vince Gill’s song that says “if you want to see how true love should be, then just look at us”.