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

Seeing The Doctor Via Zoom And Other Thoughts

In March of this year, I had a heart ablation at Vanderbilt for Supra Ventricular Tachycardia. This was my third ablation so I knew what to expect. I had the ablation and in 5 hours I was at my daughter’s house eating dinner with them. The advances in medicine are just mind boggling.

I was supposed to go back to Vanderbilt this week for a check up after surgery. With the COVID 19, that was no possible so today I went to the doctor via Zoom. Online, I updated my medications and paid my co-pay for the visit. The nurse called me and asked questions before the call. I was instructed to the site of the call and told to wait until the doctor got on. The doctor came on and we chatted and he ask me questions. After about 8 minutes it was over.

Is this going to be a thing of the future where we see the doctor online except for serious or emergency situations? I kind of liked it because it saved me from driving to Nashville and going downtown to the hospital.

I am doing a lot of things online these days, such as working from my home. Thanks to the fabulous staff that I have, I am able to do that. Burns Mailing & Printing is an essential service and we have and are still open for business. There is a lot of interest in personal protection equipment such as masks and hand sanitizers, which our promotional sales representative, Suzanne McCarter is handling. Fortunately most of our customers work with us remotely, even in normal times. They send us files, or we design for them, they send us mailing lists and we provide pricing for design, print, mailing labor and postage. Suzanne is providing cost and delivery times for all the products that she represents.

Hope that all of you and your families stay safe.

This Sunday My Church, Ball Camp Baptist, Celebrates Its 223 Year Anniversary

Hard to believe that my church was started in 1797 We are not in the same building but the gathering of the congregation has been constant.

Members of the congregation made the brick and cut the logs to make the first building. The site of the present church was the second log cabin and was built around 1830.

This is the Sunbeam Band in 1950. I am the second from the right. I was 7 years old. It was a missionary group for primary age children. We visited the elderly and had other activities in the church. This church has meant a lot to me in the past and it still does to this day.

In 1972, Mary Martin, a faithful leader in the church wrote the first history of Ball Camp Baptist. She wrote “As you read of some of the worthy deeds of our you try to keep alive the yesterdays in order to enrich the you seek to understand the history of this church, you consider what our Lord has done through the lives of those committed to you see how Jesus has piloted this church over many storms..may your own faith be strengthened that our Lord will continue to guide us safely until He comes again. These words written 48 years ago still ring true today as we journey together in these unknown times.

Burns Mailing & Printing Has Some Resources for Businesses That Are Opening

If you are a business that can now be opened, even on a limited basis, do you need supplies such as mask, signs for social distancing, or hand sanitizer and other special needs. Burns has access to such things and can get pricing for you rather quickly.

To find out pricing and availability please email Suzanne McCarter at

Burns Mailing & Printing is open, with a full staff, for all of your graphic design, printing, mailing and promotional needs. You don’t have to come to our location, it can all be done online. Give us a call 865 584-2265

Burns Now Has Access To Hand Sanitizer, Masks And Thermometers

We all know that hand sanitizers, masks and thermometers have been hard to find. Burns is a distributor for promotional products through ASI (Advertising Specialties Institute) and just in the last few days we have found that we can now get these products through ASI. We have been asked by several people where these products are coming from. They are coming from China. These must be ordered in larger quantities and can not be ordered individually.

We are not looking to take advantage of a bad situation and pricing will be our normal pricing. We just want to get the word out that we can get these products now. If you have an need or know someone that has a need. Please email our promotional representative, Suzanne McCarter at or email me at pricing and information.

The Burns crew is working as we have a Federal exemption because we are part of the USPS infrastructure as direct mailers. We hope that all of you and your families are safe and we look forward to this being over and we get back to our new normal.