Chamber Breakfast Series re-convenes online

Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce is bringing back online its Breakfast Speaker Series online, FWKCC president/CEO Julie Blaylock has announced.

This series, “Outlook on East Tennessee,” will be online from 8 to 9 a.m., tomorrow, Friday, May 29, via Zoom.

Moderated by Hallerin Hilton Hill, talk show host with WOKI-FM-NewsTalk 98.7, the panel for this event consists of U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett (R--2nd District), Lt. Gov. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge), state Sen. Dr. Richard Briggs (R-District 7, which includes Farragut) and state Rep. Jason Zachary (R-District 14).

“The premise behind (the theme) is that the pandemic in the last several months now has just created so much uncertainty about the future,” Blaylock said. “We’re happy to see businesses getting back to work. We’re happy to see businesses starting to experience some sense of recovery; but there are still a lot of questions that are up in the air for all of us, as citizens, as businesses, as Tennesseans.”

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Funk keeps it in the family

Debby Funk is carrying on her mother’s 30-year enterprise as the new owner of Embroidery Boutique by Designs For You in Kroger Marketplace, 141 Brooklawn St., in Farragut.

“I’m excited to be able to carry on what my mom started so many years ago — like a second generation,” Funk said. “The funny thing is, out of all four of my siblings my parents always laughed that they would never expected me to be the one to do this.

“So, it’s funny how it all worked out,” she added. “This is actually 30 years in business this year.”

Funk bought the business from her mother, Laurae Hathaway, Jan. 1. After being closed since March 16 because of COVID-19, Funk re-opened the family-run business Friday, May 1.

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NTY CE growing

NTY Clothing Exchange franchise owners, Robert and Jennifer Lebus, are expanding and branching out into new territory.

The Lebuses are adding onto their shop at 10420 Kingston Pike in Lovell Heights shopping center, by taking down a wall and moving into the adjacent mattress store.

“We’re going to double our space, so we’re going to have another 2,500 to 3,000 square feet of sales floor (space),” Jennifer said. “And, we’re going to put in a store within a store.

“We’re going to have a specific area, which is our street ware and sneakers, because that’s a huge ticket item here, and we need more space for it,” she said.

“It’s a very popular culture,” Robert added.

Additionally, the Lebuses are adding another venture to their repertoire.

“We’re actually about to open a Hot Worx, an exercise studio (in Hardin Valley),” Robert said, adding that business probably will be open in late August or September at 10839 Hardin Valley Road.

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Simple tips to help retirement planning

Regularly saving for retirement is always a wise financial strategy—especially if you are within 10 years of retirement. Here are 7 tips to guide you through the process of creating the retirement you want:

1. Contribute to your

employer’s retirement plan

If your employer offers the traditional 401(K) and you’re eligible, sign up.

2. Start early

With retirement planning, it’s crucial to understand your time horizon. The earlier you start saving and investing, the better you’ll be.

3. Set a goal

Financial independence in retirement takes a lot of time, commitment and money. Take the time to really envision what you want your days and years to feel like.

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