The Way to Happiness Association Celebrates Earth Day 2022 Virtually

 Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

According to, “That day gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet — In the decades leading up to the first Earth Day, Americans were consuming vast amounts of leaded gas through massive and inefficient automobiles. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of the consequences from either the law or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Until this point, mainstream America remained largely oblivious to environmental concerns and how a polluted environment threatens human health… Earth Day 1970 would come to provide a voice to this emerging environmental consciousness, and putting environmental concerns on the front page.”

The Way to Happiness Association of Tennessee which was formed around the concepts presented in the book of the same name by humanitarian and author L. Ron Hubbard, is celebrating Earth Day this year with virtual messages highlighting care for the planet.

The Way to Happiness is filled with twenty-one precepts based on the fact that one’s survival depends on the survival of others. One of these precepts is “Safeguard and Improve Your Environment,” and showcases the importance of taking care of the planet. It reads: “There are many things one can do to help take care of the planet. They begin with the idea that one should. They progress with suggesting to others they should. Man has gotten up to the potential of destroying the planet. He must be pushed on up to the capability and actions of saving it. It is, after all, what we’re standing on.”

The Way to Happiness Association wants to bring people together who care, so they can connect and do bigger things. The messages shared online from The Way to Happiness Association can be found here: For more information on The Way to Happiness Association, visit

The Way to Happiness

Chris Blythe




  • Environment

Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS® Recognizes Members and Installs New Board

 This past Wednesday (February 23, 2022), the Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS® (KAAR) held their annual Membership Meeting at Jackson Terminal.

“It is so nice to see everybody again! I am glad we have the opportunity to gather once more – live and in person,” said Lyle Irish, KAAR CEO.

The meeting started with the recognition of the newly elected committee chairs. Shannon Foster-Boline, the outgoing 2021 KAAR President, was recognized and presented two Presidential awards to Lynn Sullivan and Hancen Sale. The installation of the 2022 Officers and Board of Directors followed, and the 2022 KAAR President, Marian Epps, was sworn in by Tennova Healthcare CEO, Tony Benton.

Kari Autry, Vice President of Product for FBS, presented information about Flexmls, Spark, and FloPlan to the association. Kory Epperson, National Account Manager for Supra/BrokerBay, gave information about the new BrokerBay showing service that association members will have access to in the coming months. BrokerBay is expected to be a game changer for KAAR members.

Four very special awards were held for the end of the meeting. Josh McKinny, Real Estate Industry Advisor for the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) was presented the 2021 Affiliate of the Year award. 100 REALTORS Who Care received the 2021 Good Neighbor award for the impact the organization has had on the community. The 2021 Managing Broker of the year award was presented to Amanda Stone (LeConte Realty) by the 2020 Managing Broker award winner, Pat McGill. The final award was presented by Laura Slyman, the previous year’s winner. She bestowed the highly desired honor of 2021 REALTOR® of the Year upon Justin Bailey, CEO of Realty Executives Associates.

In his acceptance speech, Bailey said, “My great grandmother was a REALTOR, my grandfather, both my parents were REALTORS, I literally don’t know how to do anything else.”

The meeting was concluded by 2022 KAAR President, Marian Epps. Members left the gathering encouraged, inspired, and excited about the year to come.

About Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS®: Founded in 1912, the Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS® has been serving the real estate interest of its members and the public for more than 100 years. The purpose of the Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS® is to unite and serve its members and to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business ethically, professionally, and successfully and to promote the preservation of the right to own, transfer and use real property.

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Jeff Fyke

Communications Director

Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS®


Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS

Jeff Fyke




  • Real Estate

The Way to Happiness Association of Tennessee Helps Bring Hope

 The Way to Happiness, a book written by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1980s, is comprised of 21 precepts, each one predicated on the fact that one’s survival depends on the survival of others—and that without the survival of others, neither joy nor happiness are attainable.

In the three decades since it was authored, more than 115 million copies of the book passed hand to hand, thus inspiring the international movement which is spreading throughout Tennessee and the southern United States.

The Way to Happiness Association of Tennessee (TWTH-TN) remained active virtually since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, spreading positive audio-visual messages. And, once it was safe, volunteers took to the streets and parks of Nashville and surrounding communities to continue distributing booklets to help people learn the concepts contained within the common-sense moral code and uplift those in need.

Volunteers found that “people gravitate toward the booklet which creates positivity in a world so often filled with hate.”

TWTH-TN is making a true impact across Tennessee and reaching other parts of the world. To learn more about the program, or to order copies of The Way to Happiness booklet, visit

The Way to Happiness

Chris Blythe




  • Religion

Association Launches 2022 Selling Medicare Insurance Video Package

 A series of 72 videos designed to help agents selling Medicare insurance solutions has been launched by the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance.

“Many of the nation’s leading Medicare sales and lead generation experts have spoken at the Association’s National Medicare Sales Summits,” states Jesse Slome, director of the Medicare advocacy organization. “We filmed their talks and are making a comprehensive package of 72 videos available.”

The 2022 Selling Medicare Insurance video package is designed for newer agents looking to hear what works for top insurance agents. “There is value for those who are selling Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement insurance and drug plans,” Slome adds.

Included in the package is the Tips From The Top series of interviews with leading Medicare insurance agents attending the 2021 National Medicare Sales Summit in Chicago. “There are very short and focused interviews where I get these top professionals to share how they get more prospects and close more sales,” Slome explains.

“The national Medicare Sales Summits were held in conjunction with our national industry conference,” Slome notes. “Top industry experts attending the national event agreed to come in a day early to speak to agents. We filmed these sessions recognizing that many agents were not able to attend the in-person events.”

Videos can be watched online via any device with an Internet connection. Viewers will see the speaker as well as any visual presentations shared as part of their presentation.

The American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance (AAMSI) advocates for the importance of educated planning. AAMSI supports insurance professionals who market Medicare insurance solutions.

To access information regarding the 2022 video package, go to Agents can access three of the videos via the association website to gauge value. Visit the website

American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance

Jesse R. Slome




  • Finance

Association Reports That Disabled Individuals Can Purchase Long-Term Care Insurance

 Individuals with disabilities or disabled car placards may be able to qualify for long-term care insurance according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.

“This is a question frequently posed to us by consumers and little information exists,” shares Jesse Slome, director of the long-term care insurance organization. “Many disabling conditions will prevent someone from health qualifying for this protection. But not all.”

Slome delivered a message to long-term care insurance professionals as part of the organization’s Long-Term Care Awareness Month educational campaign. “We just posted some information on our website providing information we hope will help consumers better understand the issue and their options,” Slome noted.

“There are grades of disabilities and there are options available for consumers,” Slome acknowledged. “For example, we have heard of people who live in snowy areas requesting a disability placard simply to make parking easier. They don’t have a mobility issue and an insurer would likely understand the issue and accept this as a condition.”

In addition to long-term care insurance, Slome encouraged the agents to consider short-term care policies as a viable option for those with some disabilities. “These policies can be far easier to health qualify for and are especially ideal when you know the individual cannot qualify for LTC,” the expert cited.

Available in some 40 states, short-term care insurance policies can pay for care at home, in assisted living and even in skilled nursing facilities. “When you know how to design a policy, it can be of enormous value and quite an affordable option today,” Slome advised the agent audience. “I believe that this is an especially attractive option for women on their own.”

The American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI) advocates for the importance of planning and supports insurance professionals who market both traditional and hybrid LTC solutions. To obtain long-term care insurance costs from a long-term care insurance specialist call the organization at 818-597-3227 or visit their website

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Jesse Slome