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Loudon Residents Looking for Self-Help Tips Try Something New

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Get a Free Loudon Life Coaching Session With a Twist

On January 23, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Natalie Burtenshaw is hosting a free Zoom session to discuss self-improvement with a unique spin. Her seminar helps participants discover how tarot cards act as a useful tool for spiritual growth.

Burtenshaw strives to assist workshop participants with the following during this coaching session:

  • Discovering individual strengths and values
  • Moving past obstacles and challenges
  • Understanding the self and creating clear goals
  • Considering the possibilities for your future
  • Honing intuition while promoting spiritual development

While tarot card readings are typically seen as an esoteric divination tool, Burtenshaw showcases how they can be used as self-reflection, understanding, and planning tools. She insists that the future is not set in stone, but understanding what is possible based on individual choices can instill the confidence people need to move beyond challenges and accomplish their goals.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties offers a rapid-response solution for Loudon homeowners in need of water removal services when they call (865) 986-3015.

Lenoir City Families Solve Mysteries Together

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

"Explore" Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include storm damage. Don't let the moisture take over your home. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Augmented Reality Games Create Fun New Possibilities in Lenoir City

You Sleuth is a new augmented reality experience that encourages participants of all ages in Lenoir City and elsewhere to try something new. Like other popular augmented reality games, such as Pokemon Go, play relies on exploring your surroundings in real-time.

Here are some helpful guidelines for playing You Sleuth in Lenoir City:

  • Take detailed notes during the investigation to find the true culprit
  • Groups should designate roles such as interviewing, note-taking, and navigation
  • If there are multiple suspects, your group can split up to find and interview them
  • While this self-guided experience allows any number of people to play, small groups are recommended

The next mystery kicks off on January 25 at 10:00 a.m., and tickets start at $25 for this one-of-a-kind virtual event. The investigation typically takes between one and a half to two hours.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties supports Lenoir City residents with flood damage remediation and home restoration. Call (865) 986-3015 to begin the mitigation process.

Professional Disaster Mitigation in Lenoir City is One Phone Call Away

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties Offers IICRC-Accredited Cleanup for Lenoir City Properties

Lenoir City is a steadily growing Loudon County community, proud to be a part of the string of Knoxville metropolitan area towns located along the Tennessee River southwest of the city. Thousands of years of Native American history starting 8000 BC to 1000 BC can be found in many of the area’s archaeological excavation sites and was occupied by such tribes as the Cherokee until as recently as the 16th century.

By the early 19th century, however, Revolutionary War veteran General William Lenoir was deeded the land and officially laid claim to it after a legal dispute with pioneer David Campbell. From there, the 5,000-acre plot was turned into a large plantation that was mostly razed during the American Civil War. However, the cotton mill was spared by Union soldiers due to the high demand for cloth and low supply of processing facilities.

Today, Lenoir is quickly growing in terms of both population and infrastructure. Between 2000 and 2019 alone, the population is estimated to have increased from 6,400 to over 9,300.

Noteworthy people from the quaint suburbs of Lenoir City include:

  • Famed country musician Kenny Roberts
  • Author John Bowers
  • Olympic swimming gold medalist Claire Donahue
  • Basketball coach Tommy Bartlett
  • Baseball pitcher Graig Nettles

How Lenoir City’s Bussell Island Became a Historical Site

Bussell Island, formerly known as Lenoir Island, is well-known today as an ancient settlement and burial site for indigenous Americans during the Archaic period, from 3000 BC to 1000 BC. However, excavations of the area did not start until the late 19th century. They were put on hold once again during the first half of the 20th century.

The founding of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) during the Great Depression quickly proved to be a great boon for Lenoir City’s economy. TVA’s construction of the Fort Loudoun Dam started in 1940 and breathed new life into the local job market.

Another crucial project started by the TVA was the Fort Loudoun Extension, a second dam to be constructed just downstream from the original dam at the Little Tennessee River’s mouth. The goal was to divert water to the adjacent reservoir and increase hydroelectric power produced by the Fort Loudoun Dam. However, sufficient funding for this project was not procured until the 1960s, when the project was renamed in 1964 to “the Tellico Dam Project.”

This project immediately faced challenges by both activist groups and legislative blockades when construction was slated to begin in 1969. Still, the dam was eventually finished in 1979. During the years that the project was stalled, however, the University of Tennessee was able to find several important archaeological sites in the Tellico Basin that were later added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Among these is Bussell Island, which was given the reference number 78002606.

Lenoir City’s Brushes with Disaster

Development in Lenoir City, particularly during the 1990s, was not without its setbacks. These included:

  • In 1993, an F-3 tornado touched down just west of town in nearby Roane County but eventually migrated eastward. Several crucial structures were damaged, including the former Lenoir City Middle School / High School as well as parts of Downtown and the intersection of 5th Avenue and A Street. 55 injuries were reported as a result of this tornado
  • The William B. Lenoir Hotel and the US 11 block between A Street and B Street went up in flames in spring 1998. The fire spread as rapidly as it did due to the lack of firewalls between each building. Several structural losses were incurred, which included:
    • A Mexican grocer
    • Multiple apartments
    • Lenoir City Public Library
    • Wilburn’s Barbershop
    • A local school photography studio and lab

After the ruins were cleared, a new library, the Tennessee Career Center, and Roane State Community College were constructed there.

The early 2000s saw Lenoir City explode with new commercial developments, particularly along Highway 321. Later in the decade, Creekwood Park announced new developments, and a road was built between US-321 and I-75.

After a several-year lull, construction in the area resumed in 2014, creating new medical offices, The Venue community center, and the Lenoir City Utilities Board’s new headquarters. New shopping opportunities opened in The Market at Town Creek, which now features stores from several major chains and a Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Water Damage from a Lenoir City Home’s Drywall?

While drywall is a mainstay in most modern homes, it quickly becomes fragile the longer it is exposed to water. SERVPRO technicians are trained to provide professional water mitigation per the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) standards. These protocols include standards and guidelines for safely restoring and replacing drywall where needed.

Depending on the location and extent of the damage, processes for drying drywall include the following:

  • Cutting or drilling small holes in wall cavities to facilitate drying with centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Removal of compromised insulation in external walls. Some materials, like cellulose or cotton, require replacement. Fiberglass insulation, meanwhile, can often be cleaned, dried, and reinstalled
  • Partial demolition of walls is a must for drywall that shows signs of mold growth, warping, cupping, or crumbling. When the damage reaches that point, replacement is more cost-effective than restoration
  • Ceiling drywall, much like wall cavities, can have holes cut in it to facilitate airflow and dry ceiling joists
  • Water damage odors are removed from drywall using such tools as pump sprayers, EPS-registered biocides, and ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties is prepared to bring residents Faster To Any Size Disaster service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call (865) 986-3015 for rapid-response mitigation and restoration services.

Lenoir City Residents - Don’t Miss the Jobs Office JobExpo Virtual Job Fair.

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Looking for a Job? The Jobs Office Job Fair Can Help You Find Options in and Around Lenoir City, TN

What is more satisfying than the ability to access a variety of job openings all from the comfort of your home? The JobExpo Virtual Job Fair takes place the first Friday of every month, and it offers local Tennessee job seekers the chance to learn about local businesses and entities hiring in the area. There is never a need to travel or organize and plan interactions. All you have to do is log in from your computer, and you will have the Jobs Office virtual event at your fingertips. Registration is required two to three days before the event to ensure access.

  • Date: January 8, 2020, and recurring monthly each Friday 
  • Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm EST
  • Cost: This virtual event is free for all job seekers

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties supports all businesses and residents looking to find employment in their area. If you find yourself dealing with flood damage in your home, you need a crew on your side that will get the cleanup under control. Call us at (865) 986-3015, and we will send out our Green Fleet as soon as possible to get started.

Don’t Miss Yoga at Historic Loudon Theatre.

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Loudon, TN, Residents Can Enjoy Improved Health and Wellness with Power Yoga Classes

Taking part in yoga classes is a beautiful way to enjoy exercise while also quieting your mind. The great thing about athletic yoga is that Loudon residents have the ability to experience it at their level and pace, without the need for prior experience. Every Wednesday, you have the chance to move and center yourself with Power Yoga classes at the Historic Loudon Theatre. 

  • Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – recurring each week
  • Time: 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm
  • Where: Historic Loudon Theatre on 320 Grove Street in Loudon, TN

Advance registration is required for these yoga classes. Sign up by contacting the Nurtured by Nature Wellness Studio. 

Taking control of overall health and wellness is essential and always something that our team at SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties fully supports. If you find yourself looking for help with water restoration, we have skilled IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) on the job. Call us 24 hours a day and seven days a week at (865) 986-3015, and we will send out a crew to get started with the assessment, water extraction, cleanup, and drying. When all is said and done, your interior will be just, “Like it never even happened.”

Lenoir City Residents Need Skilled Technicians to Handle Fire Damage When Restoring Their Property

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties Has IICRC-Certified Restoration Professionals Ready to Tackle Soot, Smoke, and Fire Damage

With a population of 6,418 people as of the time that the 2000 U.S. Census was taken, Lenoir City, Tennessee, has grown rather rapidly to a population of 8,642 in 2010. This is a region you will find nestled in Loudon County, Tennessee, and part of the state's eastern region in the Knoxville Metropolitan Area. Notable landmarks include the Tennessee River to the southwest area of Knoxville, TN, and nearby Fort Loudoun Dam.

Diving into the History of Lenoir City, Tennessee

Prior to the arrival of the very first European settlers, Lenoir City had been home to Native Americans for thousands of years. At one point, archaeologists found evidence dating back to the Archaic Period between 8000 to 1000 B.C., showing that there was habitation in this region on Bussell Island at the southern point of the Tennessee River. 

A 5,000-acre parcel of land that included what is now known as Lenoir City was deeded as payment to General William Lenoir in the early 19th century. This was done as payment for the services he rendered during his participation in the American Revolutionary War.

Fast forward to the 20th century in the 1930s; there were many projects put together by the Federal Government that works to boost the economy of Lenoir City, TN. In 1940, construction began on Fort Loudoun Dam and Reservoir under the guidance of the Tennessee Valley Authority. This move provided hundreds of jobs for locals and brought in a broad range of road improvements all across the region. In the 1950s and 1960s, the construction of I-40 and I-75 began as part of the Interstate Highway System. After U.S. Highway 321 got constructed in the 1980s in Lenoir City, it offered more accessibility to Blount County’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Lenoir City, TN, Offers Plenty of Things to See and Do

From sprawling parks and nature hotspots to great restaurants and activities, there is never a dull moment in and around the Lenoir City area of Tennessee. Just a few of the more popular stops that people make when in the area include:

  • The Lenoir City Museum & Cotton Mill Site

Whenever you want to learn more about any city, it is best to check out local museums and historical sites. While Lenoir City seemed to be nothing more than a railroad stop, it has rich history and stories to uncover. At Lenoir City Museum & Cotton Mill, you will discover a broad range of artifacts detailing the city's history from the earliest times to the present. Within four rooms, you will see old equipment relating to rail cars, school memorabilia, items pertaining to Major William B. Lenoir, and relics from churches in the area. On-site, you will also have a chance to explore the cotton mill dating back to the Civil War in full operation until the 19th century. Here, you will have a glimpse of the cotton mill and how it evolved through the years.

  • Melton Hill Dam

Built back in 1960, Melton Hill Dam can be found on the Clinch River, where it serves as a way to help with power generation. You will find a campground and park where families can gather to experience nature and various activities at this site. You can enjoy playgrounds, recreational trails, campsites, and activities such as swimming, biking, hiking, fishing, and nature activities on any given day.

  • Lenoir City Pool

Not only is Lenoir City Pool an excellent summertime spot for families in the area to enjoy, but it is also open throughout the winter season. This public swimming pool is a massive lap pool that features slides at both ends. There are outdoor showers, restrooms, and concessions where you can get refreshments in addition to the pool itself. 

  • Lenoir City Park

There are many things to see and do in Lenoir City that you can enjoy free of charge, including Lenoir City Park. This park is home to incredible sports facilities, such as beach volleyball courts and two tennis courts. You will find seven picnic shelters, a fishing pier, walking trails, restrooms, and a pair of playgrounds for kids on the grounds here. 

  • Lenoir City Jamboree

When you want to experience some local entertainment, then a visit to Lenoir City Jamboree is sure to do the trick. This destination is well-known for being a family-friendly venue that does not serve alcohol and remains smoke-free, just right for all ages. You will find dancing and live music spanning many genres, including classic rock, country, bluegrass, and blues tunes from local and national artists.

From Emergency Board Ups to Powerful Equipment, SERVPRO Handles Your Fire Damage Quickly to Restore Your Lenoir City, TN, Interior to Pre-Loss Condition

After a fire in your Lenoir City Home, you may have broken windows, damaged doors, and openings in your roof. SERVPRO arrives fast to not only assess the damage, but we also offer emergency board-up services to protect your interior from the elements and trespassers until restoration is complete. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster to help you save your home and get it back to pre-fire condition.

When calling SERVPRO to help with fire damage in Lenoir City, our Green Fleet arrives stocked with the latest technology to handle the debris removal and total restoration efforts. Some of the equipment and techniques we use most often with fire restoration include:

  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Dry ice blasting
  • Moisture sensors
  • Sealants
  • Controlled demolition and more

Any level of fire loss can be devastating for you, your family, and your finances, which is why you deserve to have trained fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) on the job. SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties has the experience, skills, and equipment to handle the job fast so that you get back to normal quicker. Call us for help with fire damage at (865) 986-3015. We have crews on standby 24 hours a day to handle all of your emergency needs.

Don’t Let the Colder Weather in Lenoir City Stop Your Outdoor Fun

11/21/2020 (Permalink)

underwater shot of a pool and its lane lines It will be exciting to see the community at the Claire Donahue Aquatic Center!

The Claire Donahue Aquatic Center, AKA Lenoir City Pool, is Open Year-Round

Except for major holidays like Thanksgiving, Lenoir City residents are welcome to visit the covered pool. The city government renamed the pool after Lenoir City native Claire Donahue. In 2012, she won an Olympic Gold Medal in London. Her love of swimming is something that everybody of all ages and all fitness levels can enjoy. You can call 865-986-2715 to ask about hours and passes. The Fall Season’s activities and schedules (running from October 3 to December 22, 2020), and the Winter Season’s (January 4 to March 4, 2020) are different from the Summer Season.

Different activities take place at Claire Donahue Aquatic Center. You might be interested in:

  • Open swimming,
  • Laps (closed to recreational swimming),
  • Water aerobics, or
  • Rental periods for parties.

It only takes a fraction of what is in the Claire Donahue pool in Lenoir City to create destructive harm inside your residence. SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties can prevent unnecessary damage. Call (865) 986-3015 for expert mitigation and restoration services.

Enjoy Healthy Foods and More Near Lenoir City

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

barrels of vegetables laid out on a table It will be exciting to see the community at the Oak Ridge Farmers Market!

Lenoir City Residents Can Spend a Beautiful Fall Saturday at the Farmers Market

The Oak Ridge Farmers Market is once again open for business at Jackson Square on November 14th. In addition to the incredibly diverse amount of fruits, vegetables, and seasonal flowers, residents can also decorate their homes with fresh-cut, seasonal flowers from many local growers.

Other Items for Sale

Area Growers also have these products:

  • Local Honey
  • Gourmet Cuts of Meat
  • Specialty Cheeses
  • Fresh Baked Breads and Cookies from local kitchens

That’s not the end of things, either. Guest chefs participate in the traditional “Breakfast at the Farmers Market”, providing amazing, ‘Farm-to-Fork’ dishes. On many weekends, there is live music co-hosted by the Jackson Square Retail Association and the Market owners.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties is proud to serve local Farmers Markets and other businesses in Lenoir City and the surrounding communities. If you need remediation or repair of commercial mold damage, call us today at (865) 986-3015

How Does Water Damage Affect Wood Floors?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Wood Flooring in Lenoir City Can Be Impacted by Moisture But SERVPRO Technicians Know How to Mitigate the Damage.

If you were to take a tour of Lenoir City, you would discover many beautiful homes. Quite a few of the homes in the area have wood floors. Wood flooring adds to the ambiance of a home and can enhance any décor. They are also susceptible to damage from moisture when there is a water intrusion in the home. If not attended to immediately, the entire floor may need to be replaced. 

Why Are Wood Floors Easily Damaged When Home Flooding Happens?

Whenever there is a water disaster in a home, the flooring is often the most impacted. While there are flooring materials available with a low permeance level, they tend to be expensive. Because of this, they are not always used in a typical home. Wood and carpet readily absorb the moisture from the pooling that occurs. A water damage restoration company in Lenoir City is needed to prevent extensive damage from occurring. SERVPRO understands the need for fast mitigation. We respond to callouts as quickly as possible.

Understanding the Situation

Before repairing or restoring the flooring, the severity of the water damage must get addressed. Advanced technology and equipment such as hygrometers, moisture meters, and thermal imaging get used to provide the needed information. These tools allow technicians to determine the damage below the surface and find hidden pockets of moisture. Because subflooring can be impacted, it is vital to track water migration. When it comes to wood flooring and other wood structural elements, there are three primary water situations that SERVPRO deals with on the job. They include:

  • Free-flowing – At this point, the water has not altered the wood floors and is the easiest to mitigate. Water extraction is basic, and specialty squeegee wands get used to assist in the extraction.
  • Trapped water – Wood flooring is typically made of planks, and at this stage, the wood has started absorbing moisture. Because of the corrosive nature of water, more severe damage can take place if left unattended. Our technicians can often remove trapped liquid with technology, such as floor mat drying systems.
  • Bound moisture – Swelling and distortion occur when water molecules bond with the wood. Warping around the seams is a sign of this. When the wood flooring has become this damaged, the planks need to be replaced.

If your flooring is exposed for an extended length of time, it may need replacing. Controlled demolition is a technique that our technicians use to help homeowners and insurance companies save money. It involves removing only the damaged portions of structural components, such as floors. This reduces the material getting replaced and makes reconstruction more efficient. 

Can Finishes on Flooring Prevent Water Damage?

Different types of finishes can impact the level of permeance, or moisture absorption, on wood floors. These coatings are designed to protect the flooring and make them less permeable. The standard floor and wood finishing products include:

Is Mold a Problem with Wood Floors?

Anytime there is a need for water damage restoration, there is a risk of secondary damage such as mold. Mold develops quickly and thrives on organic material such as wood and drywall. Colonies can propagate and spread in as little as 48 hours. Hardwood floors do not dry overnight, and our team is extremely vigilant in watching for mold growth. SERVPRO has mold remediation specialists who can provide the optimal mold remediation if required.

How Quickly Does SERVPRO Arrive if I Have a Problem?

If your home has suffered a water loss, we respond within hours. We do our best to be there as quickly as possible. Fast mitigation is the key to proper water restoration. Whether you have a small kitchen sink leak that left water damage to the floor and cabinet or your downstairs is flooded from a washer overflow SERVPRO handles it all. Water damage cleanup can involve:

  • Emergency mitigation 
  • Water extraction using the right pump for the situation
  • Advanced drying techniques
  • Industrial-strength equipment
  • Antimicrobial treatment if needed
  • Controlled demolition
  • Build-back and reconstruction

As homeowners in the Lenoir City area, we understand how even the most minor home flooding can disrupt your life. That is why we provide professional, well-trained technicians that can assess your needs. They then put together a plan of action to get your home back in order as quickly as possible. 

Your wood flooring is an integral part of the look and feel of your home. Let us help you maintain your home after water damage. Contact SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 for expert water damage restoration service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can Reconstruction of a Loudon Home After a Fire Happen If It Still Has Smoke Odors?

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home When you need restoration for your home and contents post-fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties (865) 986-3015.

SERVPRO technicians have the training, tools, and experience to restore and refresh your Loudon home from any size damage from fire

Attic fires are one of the worst types of fires as they can rain down debris, smoke damage, and soot all over the lower levels of your Loudon property. This home disaster often creates huge odor issues throughout the home. It can bring cross-contamination issues if soot begins circulating through the residence's ductwork, spreading the smoke's scent throughout the property. Odor control measures need to get taken before any repairs or rebuilding occur, or you will be stuck with the smell of the fire as long as you remain in the home.

Can Fire Damage on Walls and Ceilings Get Removed Through Cleaning?
There is never an absolute answer for the restoration of a Loudon home with fire damage. Many factors contribute to the outcome of every job SERVPRO technicians work on, such as:
    •    If there is water damage wicked into the sheetrock of walls and ceilings
    •    The amount of charring on building materials
    •    The type of smoke residues left on the structure

The technicians test the residues to determine the best cleaning methods to use. In some cases, when the building materials have no evidence of charring, heat damage, or deterioration due to water, the techs may opt to use a sealant when the maximum amount of residues have gotten removed and residual fire odors remain. Along with air quality improvement measures such as negative air chambers to port in the fresh air and air scrubbers to capture airborne particulate, the techs successfully remove all traces of smoke odors.

When you need restoration for your home and contents post-fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties (865) 986-3015. The trained, certified techs have the experience and equipment to get your home restored completely, “Like it never even happened.”