Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Special Guest

           Alle Lilly and Maggie McNally

both with the  YWCA in Knoxville joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Alle is the Director of Programs for the YWCA and Maggie is the Director of Women’s Services.  Their talents and commitment brings a powerful dedication to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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Today’s topic:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

Alle Lilly joined the YWCA Knoxville in 2007 as an intern while obtaining her Master’s degree and soon became the Assistant Director of the Women’s Housing Program but left to complete her education. She returned to the YWCA as Director of the Transitional Housing Program in 2011 and was then promoted to Director of Programs in 2013. Alle oversees the YWCA programs which include the Victim Advocacy Program, Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program, After-School Enrichment Program, and Club W.

Her previous work experience includes community organizing, volunteer management, program development, and fundraising with nonprofit organizations. She gained clinical experience while working at a dual-diagnosis treatment facility for women as a group, individual, and family therapist.

Alle is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the State of Tennessee and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from DePauw University.

Maggie McNally joined the YWCA in September of 2014 as the Enough! Volunteer Coordinator and is now the Director of Women’s Services.  As Director of Women’s Services Maggie oversees our Victim Advocacy Program and the Women’s Transitional Housing Program.

Her previous work experience includes extensive work with children in therapeutic foster care and foster parent recruitment and training.  In addition, Maggie has experience with program development providing substance abuse treatment services for women  who delivered NAS and drug exposed infants,  and work with criminal justice involved clients with substance abuse issues.

Maggie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from East Tennessee State University and is currently working toward her Master of Science in Social Work.  She participates in the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking Leadership Team and the Anderson County Domestic Violence Task Force.

YWCA’s History

The YWCA Knoxville has been serving women and their families since 1899.

Originally, the YWCA Knoxville used space over a store on Gay Street. YWCAIn 1914, members created and sold a special edition of the News Sentinel to raise funds toward the purchase of the Brown home on Clinch and Walnut, where we taught classes, provided the only housing for women in the city, and opened the Blue Triangle Tea Room. The YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center, a facility for Black women, opened in 1920.

Replacing the Brown home, the current facility was erected in 1925. In addition to more rooms for women, we added the Girl Reserves (later known as Y-Teens), an employment bureau, gym classes, sewing room, and transit services.

In 1954, the current Phyllis Wheatley facility was built, and the organization started Camp Tri-Point on Lake Loudon approximately two decades later, increasing opportunities for youth. Soon after, the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center developed the After-School Program and Senior Network. Later, the facility would become home to all YWCA youth programs.

In 1985, the YWCA presented the first annual Tribute to Women, recognizing the achievements of East Tennessee women. The late 80s saw the formation of the innovative Victim Advocacy Program, and the mid-90s kicked off the Race Against Racism. Since then, the YWCA Knoxville has developed racial justice programming and health and fitness services for low-income individuals and families.

Offerings have changed over the years to meet community needs, but one thing has remained the same for more than 100 years; women from all walks of life depend on our services.YWCA

Women come to us in times of crisis, as survivors of rape or domestic violence, and for housing as they transition to a permanent living situation. We work to help them become independent by providing career counseling and support. They come for help meeting health-related goals. They come for after-school and summer programming for their children. They come for a variety of reasons. But they come, and they leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives.

We keep women going. And because we understand the importance of women’s leadership, we work hard to train future leaders through our youth programs. The YWCA Knoxville is committed to improving the lives of women and girls and to enhancing this great community.

United Way Of Greater Knoxville Part V

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Special Guests

Brandon Parks, Associate General Manager at IMG College – The Vol Network,
Tyler Boldin, Manager of Major Gifts and Leadership Giving / United Way of Greater Knoxville
and
Joel Simmons, Rehabilitation Counseling and Public Relations at East Tennessee Technology Access Center

joins The Housing Hour this week to continue our multi-part series entitled: “being a united neighbor’.  Each of our guests brings a unique perspective to the collective power of  ‘community’ through The United Way of Greater Knoxville.

Brandon Parks discusses his role in the  Young Leaders’ Society (YLS) which cultivates a new generation of donors by engaging young professionals in United Way’s work by offering networking opportunities, service projects, and leadership development.

Tyler Boldin was formally a ‘Loaned Executive’ for the United Way of Greater Knoxville.   A ‘Loaned Executive’ does much of the front-line fundraising work but are volunteered by local employers to complement United Way’s full-time staff. Tyler used his experience as a ‘Loaned Executive’  to decide he wanted to be a permanent staff member with the United Way and help them grow their incredible outreach into the Knoxville and surrounding communities.

Joel Simmons was a beneficiary of United Way of Greater Knoxville through one of their many agencies.  Joel had a devastating car accident in 2010 that left him a quadriplegic.   United Way of Greater Knoxville connected Joel with East Tennessee Technology Access Center to help train Joel with new skill sets that prepared him for his future.

 

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United Way Of Greater Knoxville Part IV

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Special Guests

Julie Goodrich,

Agent Marketing Manager at U.S. Cellular,

Emily Reichard,

Branding and Messaging Associate,

and

Claudia Caballero,

Executive Director at Centro Hispano of East Tennessee,

joins The Housing Hour for Part IV of our United Way Series. Our three guest talks about the importance of United  Way to the Health, Education and Financial stability to the surrounding agency partners.

Our first guest, Julie Goodrich, talks about the importance of the United Way and its financial commitment to sustaining and ensuring that their agency partners continue to grow and flourish.   Emily Richardson joins the conversation in the second segment to discuss some tremendous United Way programs like CMA Music Fest and  Pilot Pumpers.

Our final two segments guest Claudia Caballero discusses  Centro Hispano of East Tennessee.  Their mission is to promote empowerment and civic participation of the multicultural community through education and social services.

Complete Series:

 

United Way Of Greater Knoxville Part III

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Special Guests

Bob Kesling,

The Voice of the Vols

and

Rebekah Fetzer,

Susannah’s House

joins The Housing Hour this week to continue Part III of our discussion of United Way of Greater Knoxville.

Bob Kesling is a long time media personality that always displayed the true volunteer spirit by helping non-profit agencies around Knoxville.  United Way has been Bob’s passion for several years now, and on this week show, Bob discusses the wonderful things that they are involved in and explains his role in adding Susannah’s House as part of the United Way.

In the second half of the show, Rebekah Fetzer describes the phone call she received from Bob and how that phone call enabled Susannah’s House to become a part of The United Way.  Rebekah explains the role of Susannah’s House and how they change and transforms lives.

Susannah’s House is an Intensive Outpatient Recovery Program for mothers in recovery.  They exist to serve the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of mothers and their children.  Their mission is to provide a  source of help and hope in a therapeutic, Christian community for women and their children to break adverse cycles and rebuild their families.

They provide a nurturing and therapeutic environment for individuals and families to achieve sobriety, enhance mother and child relationships, and build better life skills while promoting spiritual growth.  They believe destructive cycles can be broken and want to serve women who have the desire and commitment to change.  Our program is a holistic set of modules for mothers determined to recover from opioid addiction and establish a safe and supportive family system. Susannah’s House is staffed with professionals in recovery and social services fields and is supported by volunteers from the Knoxville community.

Susannah’s House is a faith-based ministry started by Cokesbury United Methodist Church in 2013 and now operating as an independent, not-for-profit organization with the gracious support of the community at large. We partner with many churches of various denominations and non-profits throughout the community to serve our families with the highest level of care possible!

Complete Series:

United Way Of Greater Knoxville Part II

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Part II

Special Guests

Randy Boyd

Commissioner of Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee

and

Brewton Couch

Vice President/Branding and Messaging with United Way of Greater Knoxville

joins The Housing Hour this week to continue  Part II of our United Way  of Greater Knoxville Series.

Randy Boyd is known for his passionate zeal for serving his community and the great state of Tennessee. He calls on his success as a businessman and minor league baseball team owner to be one of the most active and dynamic Commissioner’s of Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee in recent memory. But even with all of that, Randy always finds has time for his community and neighbors. Listen to Randy explain the importance of the United Way and what it means to him.

In the second half of our show, Brewton Couch, Vice President/Branding and Messaging with United Way of Greater Knoxville shares her persective of the importance of The United Way  and the angencies that benifit  from the selfless giving of   Knoxvillians and surrounding countians.

Listen to Part I

 

  • United Way improves education in Greater Knoxville by focusing on three target issues: School Readiness, Academic Achievement, and Life Readiness
  • United Way improves health in Greater Knoxville by focusing on four target issues: Healthy Beginnings, Safe Home and Community, Healthy Choices and Access to Health Care
  • United Way promotes financial stability in Greater Knoxville by focusing on two target issues: Individual Stability and Family Stability
  • Over 34,000 people donate to the United Way of Greater Knoxville every year.

    Join Them Today:  Donate

    The provide accountability. When you donate to the United Way, you know that your money is going to programs in Knoxville that improve the lives of the citizens of Knoxville.

United Way is the leading charitable institution in Knoxville representing the wishes of our donors through our program review and funding process. Volunteers work year-round to carefully weigh the needs of the community to ensure that generous contributions are used in the most efficient, effective manner possible by local community partners.

Complete Series:

United Way Of Greater Knoxville

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Special Guests

David Brace

United Way Board Chair and  City of Knoxville’s Public Works Director

Plus

  Ben Landers

President of United Way Of Greater Knoxville

joins The Housing Hour this week discuss the rich history of  the United Way of Greater Knoxville and their deep tradition of helping a host of   non-profit agencies across the region.  The United Way is working to bring people together to create lasting change that will improve lives in our surrounding community.

  • United Way improves education in Greater Knoxville by focusing on three target issues: School Readiness, Academic Achievement, and Life Readiness
  • United Way improves health in Greater Knoxville by focusing on four target issues: Healthy Beginnings, Safe Home and Community, Healthy Choices and Access to Health Care
  • United Way promotes financial stability in Greater Knoxville by focusing on two target issues: Individual Stability and Family Stability

    Over 34,000 people donate to the United Way of Greater Knoxville every year.

    Join Them Today:  Donate

    The provide accountability. When you donate to the United Way, you know that your money is going to programs in Knoxville that improve the lives of the citizens of Knoxville.

United Way is the leading charitable institution in Knoxville representing the wishes of our donors through our program review and funding process. Volunteers work year-round to carefully weigh the needs of the community to ensure that generous contributions are used in the most efficient, effective manner possible by local community partners.

Complete Series:

 

Erik Ainge -Team 121

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Special Guest

Erik Ainge

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss the start of the 2017  college football season.   Erik shares his views and expert analysis on UT’s Team 121 as they enter their first game of the season with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Join Kevin and Mark as they pepper Erik with questions regarding the current roster and projected starters.

And don’t miss The Erik Ainge Show:

Former University of Tennessee and New York Jets quarterback Erik Ainge hosts The Erik Ainge Show with Brian Rice Monday – Friday from 9am to noon on Sports Radio WNML!

Ainge, an Oregon native, played for the University of Tennessee from 2004 – 2007, during which time he racked up numerous awards and honors from the SEC and across college football.

In the years since his professional football career, Erik established himself firmly in the Knoxville community and set roots that, along with his football connections, provide a listening experience that is exclusive and exciting for all college football fans.

 

The Erik Ainge Show can be heard on Sports Radio WNML  M-F 9 am to Noon.

Tom White- TFW Appraisal Services- Talks Values

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Special Guest

Tom White

TFW Appraisal Services

joins The Housing Hour this week to share his 30 plus years of appraisal experience. Tom explains market values and submarket conditions across the region and  what the future might hold for  the  apprisal  industry.

You don’t want to miss this experts opinion!

Tom White- TFW Appraisal Services- Talks Values

How To Contact Tom
By Phone: 8652200200 (Office)
By Fax: 8652200730 (Fax)
By e-mail: tntom55@hotmail.com
Address: TFW Appraisal Services
139 W Madison Ln
Oak Ridge, TN  37830-5310

 REASONS TO GET AN APPRAISAL

Every year, countless people in the United States buy, sell or refinance their own slice of the American Dream.  Most, if not all, of these transactions include a simple line item for an appraisal.  It has become an understood and accepted part of a real estate transaction.  “Let’s bring in the expert and make sure we’re not spending too much on this property.”

But is this the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there other times when the services of a certified, licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy?  You bet.

PURCHASE OF A HOME
One of the most important issues involved in purchasing a property is developing an opinion of what it’s worth so that you can make an informed offer to purchase.  A professional appraisal report performed by a qualified, state-licensed appraiser can provide you with an objective, third party opinion of a property’s current Market Value.  And for the small price of this service, you can give yourself “peace of mind” prior to making an offer to purchase that you’re offering a fair price for the property.

REFINANCE OR GET A HOME EQUITY LOAN
If you need to consolidate bills, have a college tuition to pay, or just want to tap into the equity of your home, you’ll need a new loan, which oftentimes requires a new appraisal of the property.

PMI REMOVAL
Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI is the supplemental insurance that many lenders ask home buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned is more than 80% of the value of the home. Very often, this additional payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan – whether through market appreciation or principal paydown – dips below this 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Many appraisers offer a specific service for home owners that believe they have met the 80% loan-to-value metric. For a nominal fee, the appraiser can provide you with a statement regarding the home value. Some will even take the next step and help you file a challenge with your mortgage company. The costs of these services are very often recovered in just a few months of not paying the PMI.

DIVORCE SETTLEMENT
A divorce can be a particularly traumatic experience for both parties and is often further complicated by the difficult decision of “Who gets the house?”.  In most divorce cases, the Court won’t usually force the parties involved to “buyout” the other party’s interest but it may however order the sale of the home so each party gets an equal share of the equity.  Regardless of the situation, it’s a good idea to order an appraisal so both parties are fully aware of what the true market value is.

If the parties want to sell the home, they’ll have a better idea of what price to set.  And on the flipside, if a “buyout” is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they’ve gotten a fair assessment.

ESTATE LIQUIDATION
The loss of a loved one is a difficult time in life and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved.  The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the fullest degree of discretion.

Unlike many wealthy individuals, the majority of Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues.  Also, in most cases, a home or other real property makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value.

Here too, an appraiser can help.  Often the first step in fairly disposing of an estate is to understand its true value.  Where property is involved, the appraiser can help determine the true value.  At this point, equitable arrangements can more easily be arrived at among disputing parties. Everyone walks away knowing they’ve received a fair deal.

RELOCATION
We understand the stress involved with an employee relocation.  We take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property along with information about any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS TO ADD VALUE
Before you decide to sell your home, there are several decisions to be made. First and foremost: “How much should it sell for?”  But don’t forget there may be other equally important questions to ask yourself such as “Would it be better to paint the entire house before we sell it?”, “Should I put in that third bathroom?”, “Should I complete my kitchen remodel?”  Many things which we do to our houses have an effect on their value.  Unfortunately, not all of them have an equal effect. While a kitchen remodel may improve the appeal of a home, it may not add nearly enough to the value to justify the expense.

SELLING A HOME
Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price.

Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for.  It’s easy for them to step in and give you the information to help you make your decision.  Appraiser fees are based on efforts to complete the report and not a percentage of the sales price. So seeking a professional appraisal can often help homeowners make the best decisions on investing in their homes and setting a fair sales price.

How To Contact Us
By Phone: 8652200200 (Office)
By Fax: 8652200730 (Fax)
By e-mail: tntom55@hotmail.com
Address: TFW Appraisal Services
139 W Madison Ln
Oak Ridge, TN  37830-5310

Gouffon Moving And Storage

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Special Guest

Eddy Lewis

Sales Manager

Gouffon Moving and Storage

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss the 130 year anniversary of Gouffon Moving and Storage. Gouffon’s humble beginnings started in downtown Knoxville in the late 1800’s, hauling supplies from the railroad depots to surrounding business.  Gouffon is one of Knoxville’s oldest continuous businesses and possibly one of the oldest moving companies in  America.

Eddy’s sales experience can be traced to one of the countries first premiere TV shopping networks-Shop At Home -where he teamed up with mega personality, Don West, to sell sports memorabilia resulting in explosive, entertaining segments. So entertaining, Lorne Michaels with Saturday  Night Live, a follower of the TV sales segement,   found Don and Eddy so funny, he decided to include them as a skit on SNL with actors Will Ferrell (playing Don West) and Chris Kattan (Playing Eddy Lewis). (See videos below)

 

 

Gouffon Moving and Storage

Times and equipment may have changed, but the Gouffon Moving & Storage Co. tradition of quality moving and storage has remained the same for 130 years. As Knoxville’s oldest continuously owned and operated family business,  they welcome the opportunity to cultivate and develop with you the same personal relationship they have enjoyed with thousands of area customers.

  • Fully Licensed and Insured
  • Hourly or Flat Rate Pricing
  • Meet or Beat Price Guarantee
  • Full-Time Employees Only on Staff
  • Checked with Nationwide Drug and Criminal Screening
  • Guaranteed Pickup and Delivery Dates
  • Backed by Our Industry-Exclusive “$500 Performance Guarantee.”
  • 100 Percent Performance Track Record!

Gouffon Moving & Storage Co. enjoys our solid reputation with the greater Knoxville community, and they always do their best to reach out and give back, by working with local charitable and community service organizations.

Eddy Lewis and SNL!

Will Ferrell (plays Don West) and Chris Kattan (Plays Eddy Lewis)
Don West and Eddy Lewis were a Shop at Home Network team- years ago- selling sports memorabilia.
Lorne Michaels used to watch the segment on Shop at Home Network and thought it would make a great skit.

The Real Don West and Eddy Lewis:


 

 

Remembering The USS Forrestal

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Special Guest

Gregory A. Freeman

the author of “Sailors To The End: The Deadly Fire on the USS Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought It” joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss the 50th Anniversary of the deadly explosions and fire that occurred on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal on July 29, 1967.

Mortgage Investors Group’s very own Bob Thompson was on board that fateful day when 134 sailors lost their lives.

Gregory Freeman explains the series of catastrophic events that caused a Zuni rocket to mistakenly fire and cut through John McClain’s plane spilling hundreds of gallons of highly volatile jet fuel on the flight deck and dislodging one of his 1000 pound, WWII era, bombs. The result was nine horrific explosions and raging fires that killed 134 men and wounded hundreds of others.

We pay tribute to those who died:

The Virtual Wall

 

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Gregory A. Freeman

Gregory A. Freeman is an award-winning writer with more than 25 years experience in journalism and nonfiction. Known for writing narrative nonfiction that makes a true story read like a gripping, fast paced novel, Freeman’s latest work is The Gathering Wind: Hurricane Sandy, the Sailing Ship Bounty, and a Courageous Rescue at Sea, released October 29, 2013, by New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Books. This book tells the story of the tall sailing Bounty, which was lost off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Answering many of the questions prompted by that terrible loss, The Gathering Wind is a compelling drama about the crew, the Coast Guard rescuers, and the investigations that followed.

Freeman’s earlier book The Last Mission of the Wham Bam Boys tells the story of a World War II bomber crew that is shot down over Germany and then lynched by local townspeople, leading to the first war crimes trial after the conflict ended. Kirkus Reviews called it “A chilling tale” and “a riveting narrative.”

Freeman published Troubled Water: Race, Mutiny and Bravery on the USS Kitty Hawk in September 2009, also with Palgrave Macmillan. Troubled Water tells a little known story of a race riot on the carrier Kitty Hawk in 1972, focusing on the two senior officers who will determine whether this already tragic episode ends peacefully or spirals down into one of the darkest moments in Navy history. Just prior to that, Freeman co-authored a book with Col. Larry C. James, the U.S. Army psychologist who was sent to stop the abuse at the notorious military prison in Abu Ghraib, Iraq. Fixing Hell: An Army Psychologist Confronts Evil at Abu Ghraib , released in August 2008, tells the harrowing tale of a man struggling to be both a military officer and a medical professional, while also revealing previously unknown details about the prison scandal and how the system was improved.

Prior to Fixing Hell, Freeman’s most recent book was The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II. Like his other books, The Forgotten 500 reads like a fast-paced novel but tells a fascinating true story — this time, the amazing rescue of airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Europe.

Critics hailed Freeman’s recent book, Sailors to the End: The Deadly Fire on the USS Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought It, published by William Morrow, as an example of master storytelling. In Sailors to the End, Freeman tells the story of the young men aboard an aircraft carrier in 1967, following their life-and-death struggles through an accidental fire that threatens to destroy the world’s most powerful ship.

Freeman also wrote Lay This Body Down: The 1921 Murders of Eleven Plantation Slaves. In this true story, Freeman paints a vivid picture of a plantation run with slave labor 56 years after the Civil War. Prior to Fixing Hell, Freeman’s most recent book was The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II. Like his other books, The Forgotten 500 reads like a fast-paced novel but tells a fascinating true story — this time, the amazing rescue of airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Europe. Freeman has now released an E-chapter addition to book entitled Red Tails: The Tuskegee Airmen and Operation Halyard.

Freeman’s work also appears in Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone, World War II, American History, and many other publications.

Freeman’s books are scrupulously researched and entirely factual, yet they read more like novels because he weaves the personal stories of his subjects into a compelling narrative. For the book about the aircraft carrier, Freeman spent two years interviewing surviving crew members and poring through Navy records, including some the Navy did not want to release. Through his contacts in the Navy, he was able to visit an active duty aircraft carrier at sea for first-hand research.

Freeman has won more than a dozen awards for his writing, including the coveted Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists — twice in five years. He received his degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, worked for The Associated Press in Atlanta, and spent several years as executive editor of a publishing company. He then became a freelance writer and continues to to write for a number of publications.

Freeman is represented by Mel Berger of the William Morris Agency in New York. He lives in Roswell, Georgia, with his wife Caroline.