November 2014

Protect Your Floors This Holiday Season

The holidays are fast approaching and in no time, friends and family will be descending upon your home for yummy meals and holiday cheer. Get your floors ready for the increase in foot traffic with these quick fixes:

1. Save your floor cleaning for last.

There's a reason why people say "cleaning from top to bottom". Save the mopping, vacuuming, and sweeping for last, that way your floors are nice and clean before people start showing up.

2. Get creative with your coverings.

Place a festive door mat or carpet runner at the front door to absorb slush and snow. You'll be able to keep your freshly cleaned floors clean, as well as prevent slips or falls.

3. Put pads on the legs of furniture.

If you're planning on moving any furniture to make way for more people, consider putting felt pads on the bottom of chairs and couches. Not only will it make it easier to slide the furniture across the room, but it'll protect your carpet or wood floors from scratches.

4. Corral the clutter.

Do you walk into your home, only to trip over stray shoes? Add a boot tray by the door to catch melting snow or mud, that way it's not melting on the floor.

5. Call in the professionals.

There's something to be said about getting your carpets and floors professionally cleaned. If your carpets are looking a little worse for wear, it's probably time to call in the professionals.

Ball Homes Night of Hope

We're looking forward to one of our annual traditions, the sixth annual Ball Homes Night of Hope. This year’s event takes place on Thursday, November 13th at 7pm, at the Lexington Opera House. This year's featured speaker is country singer/songwriter Jimmy Wayne, the author of Paper Angels and the new book Walk to Beautiful, the story of his inspiring journey to raise awareness of homeless children.

Jimmy Wayne survived an abusive childhood and years of shuffling through the foster care system, eventually ending up homeless. He was taken in by a couple who fostered his love of music and helped him get his education. After completing his associates degree in criminal justice, he auditioned for a songwriting job for Acuff-Rose, and in 2008 had his first Billboard Top 40 country hits, including the #1 hit "Do You Believe Me Now." Jimmy Wayne never forgot his past though, and on January 1, 2010, he set out on a 1700 mile solo hike from Nashville to Phoenix to raise awareness of homeless youth. Called the "Meet Me Halfway" campaign, he walked 25 miles a day, and was covered by major national media, including People and USA Today. The story of this journey is chronicled in Jimmy's newest book, Walk to Beautiful.

All proceeds from the evening’s festivities go to the Hope Center, to help battle homelessness, addiction and mental illness across Kentucky.

For tickets or more information on this special event, visit the Hope Center website.

A Special Thank You...

To all brave men and women who have served in our military and to their families who supported the cause of freedom – we sincerely thank you for your sacrifice.

Fall Events in Knoxville

As we head into November with an attitude of gratitude, we feel the need to give a shout out to two things that make our Top 10 list every fall in Knoxville: beautiful weather and FESTIVALS galore! Here's a list of just a few activities going on this month near your Ball Homes neighborhood.

Alive After Five

Wind down after work and enjoy live music, food, spirits, and art in the casually elegant atmosphere of the Knoxville Museum of Art at their Alive After Five music series.
November 7 and 21 from 6:00-8:30pm
Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park
$10 General Admission, $5 with Membership or student ID, Free for ages 17 and under

89th Annual Veterans Day Parade

Honor our nation's Armed Forces in this annual parade.
November 11 at 10:40am
Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave


Winterfest annual winter celebration is a four-month festival filled with special events, light displays and Southern hospitality to keep the whole family happy during the holidays.
Kickoff: November 11 at 4:30pm. Festival runs through February 28th
Patriot Park, 186 Old Mill Avenue, Pigeon Forge

Foothills Craft Guild Fall Show

See over 135 booths of traditional & contemporary crafts by Tennessee's finest artisans.
November 14-16, Fri & Sat 10-6p, Sun 11-5
Jacob Building, Chilhowee Park
Adults $8, Seniors (65+) $7, Children 13 and under free

30th Annual Fantasy of Trees

You'll have the opportunity to shop local vendors, view stunning designer trees, wreaths, and other holiday decorations, and visit with the big man himself: Santa.
November 26-30
Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley Street

Regal Celebration of Lights

Downtown Knoxville lights up for the holidays at the Regal Celebration of Lights. It features the lighting of the 38-foot-high Christmas Tree which fronts on Gay Street amid the glow of more than 100,000 blue and white lights decorating downtown.
November 28th from 6:00pm
Market Square, Knoxville

Christmas in the City

Christmas in the City is Knoxville's most anticipated winter festival! Our city dresses for the holidays with lighted trees and decorations - including the popular and growing Up on the Rooftops displays - plus dozens of events guaranteed to bring holiday cheer!
November 28th-January 1, activities at various times

Holidays on Ice

Enjoy skating under Christmas lights at the outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of downtown.
November 29-January 1, times vary
Market Square