Sports Bar All Stars

on Thursday, 02 August 2012. Posted in Home Theater

Note: All of the following establishments have full bars

Soccer Taco - Soccer Taco has two locations – Bearden and Market Square. The Bearden location is busy, loud, a little cramped, and awesome. The Market Square location is more aesthetically pleasing, busy, and also very fun. Go to Soccer Taco for a communal experience, and for the delicious Mexican food named after your favorite sports teams. Obviously, this place is great for watching soccer.

Bailey’s – Bailey’s . There are TVS left and right, screens, smoke, and pool, and music. It’s great for late nights, groups, and kid-free experiences. You must be 21 or older to enter. Keep in mind, this place is a little pricier.

Hooters Bearden - “Go for the wings” should be changed to “Go for the sports.” This Hooters establishment isn’t playing when it comes to sports. Recently renovated, you will find TVs abound in this location. The wings are good, too.

Buffalo Wild Wing - This place has the wow factor. Anywhere you look, you’ll see a game from a 50 inch TV. There’s an impressive projector screen at the bar. It’s located in Turkey Creek, so there are other options nearby. However, we say this one reigns supreme. This place is family friendly.

You can also take the sports bar experience home.

Gold Medal Apps for the 2012 Olympics

on Monday, 23 July 2012. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

The 2012 Olympics' connectedness will establish a tome for future games. In our app-loving world, designers are imitating athletes by competing for most useful Olympics app. Which app will take home the gold? Only time can tell, but we know which apps are forerunners. Learn more about the functionality of each, below, and judge a winner.

Event Management Apps

1) Covering the games on this side of the pond is NBC. Naturally they engineered multiple ways to keep you connected to the events in London. With their free Olympic app, receive live updates, news, schedules, results, medal counts, photos, and video. Additionally, interact with others via social media platforms - all from your phone or tablet.

2) Join In developed an iPad optimized app that provides the standard updates, calendars, medals, etc. plus a customizable experience. Follow specific countries, track the Olympic Torch route, and discover cultural, community and other celebrations happening around London. Also available for Android and Blackberry.

3) Want official results on your mobile device? What better app to chose than the London 2012: Official Results app? View up-to-date lists of athletes competing in the games, their bios, and personal performances. Find and track athletes easily by sport or country.

4) BBC Olympics parades its national pride with an efficient app. Create a customizable tab bar to easily follow your favorite sports. Enjoy live video of the sports and medal-winning highlights. Learn more here.

Additional Apps

1. Reuter's Olympic London- Free, fantastic photography of the games, often equipped with infographics. This app continually updates with new photos. Great for iPad users.

2. Curly's Guide to Sports- You source for sports' enlightenment. Want to learn abou the history, rules, and trivia of a sport? Don't disturb friends, download this app! It's artfully designed, so artists, atheletes, and those in between will enjoy this very handy program.

3. Yelp Mobile- If you have never used Yelp before, you will wonder where it has been all your life once you do. For those of you lucky enough to go to London for the games, download Yelp Mobile before you depart. Yelp is a reliable guide to all venues a city has to offer. Users rate restaurants, bars, cafes, etc. and post suprisingly good critiques and photos. It's an app you will use now and after the games.

Smoke Detector Maintenance: A Must

on Wednesday, 18 July 2012. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

Lifesaving smoke detectors are only as good as their upkeep.

Every year approximately 20,000 people stand in the ashes of disbelief when a fire happens to them. That staggering number represents people injured by home and business fires. It does not account for the 3,000 individuals whom lose thier lives to fires every year. Adding to the tragedy of it all is that most of us do not take 30 seconds to test our dectors monthly, and yet those 30 seconds are invaluable when fires happens. In half a minute, a room can engulf in flames.

Fires can start at any time. The photo attached to this post --taken by Jennifer Silcox, courtesy of the News Sentinel-- shows a Knoxville apartment fire, likely caused by lightning, just yesterday. As our area continues to be effected by lightning, iSS urges you to check your detectors. If your smoke detectors are not tied into your security security system, make sure your batteries are current. Have you replaced your detectors' 9 volt batteries this year? The U.S. Fire Administration insists that you do.  Are your detectors 8 years or older? The U.S. Fire Administration states to change your detectors every 8 to 10 years, and to include photoelectric and ionization detectors.  

For more important information regarding fire safety, please visit U.S. Fire Administration's webpage.  To find out how you can help community members displaced by this week's fire, please contact the Knoxville Area Red Cross. And as always, please contact us at 865.690.0154 if you have any questions regarding smoke detectors and fire safety.

Knoxville Shade Control

on Sunday, 15 July 2012.


Hey Knoxville, let's talk about shades. Surely yours are getting a lot of use this summer. Shade control is a very necessary and very dull aspect of owning a home, or at least until now. Lutron's plethora of shade control options speak to everyone with their beautiful designs and smart operation. Not only will you be pleased with how they function, but you might even enjoy selecting the perfect pick for your home. Here's why:

Multiple Style Options

Choose from Venetian blinds, Roman shades, roller shades, drapery, vertical drapery, cellular, and skylight shades in a variety of colors, patterns, and materials.

Safety Features

Cord-free design provides a clean look that is safe for children.

Easy Installation and Maintenance

Shades are retrofittable and do not require holes in walls. Fabrics are dust resistant. Shades are
Motorized and come with long life batteries. You can even control them from your phone.

Want to know more? Call iSS today!

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