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MCG Media Advisory: Community Design Center Celebrates Jackson Avenue at 12th Annual Event


Chuck Morris
Morris Creative Group LLC
(865) 637-9869

Mary Linda Schwarzbart
East Tennessee Community Design Center
(865) 384-8878

June 5, 2014

ETCDC webgraphic  MCG Media Advisory: Community Design Center Celebrates Jackson Avenue at 12th Annual Event

Community Design Center Celebrates Jackson Avenue at 12th Annual Event

Knoxville, TN – East Tennessee Community Design Center will hold its annual June Fundraiser and Tour on Thursday, June 12, 2014. In its twelfth year, the event has become a Knoxville tradition, an eagerly anticipated party for a great cause in the heart of downtown.

“This is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Jason Woodle, Board President of ETCDC. “Downtown Knoxville has a renewed sense of energy, and now, that energy has extended to Jackson Avenue. A “creative corridor” is developing, with residences, businesses, restaurants, shops and a plan for redevelopment of the McClung warehouse site. We wanted to celebrate that this year.”

Event Chairperson, Mary Holbrook, continued, “ETCDC is all about community, and this annual block party gives all of us a reason to celebrate Knoxville.”

The event begins at 5:00 p.m. at The Standard, with drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. At 6:30 p.m., there will be exclusive tours of residences and businesses on Jackson Avenue, including Southeastern Glass Building – Morris Creative Group LLC, Sanders/Pace Architecture, Dollar&Ewers/Shelton Group, Firestreet Lofts, Knox Fixture, JFG Lofts, The Armature, Jackson Atelier, and Three Feathers. Tickets are $60 and may be purchased online at or by calling 865-525-9945.

WHO: East Tennessee Community Design Center –

WHAT: ”Jackson Avenue 2014” – An ETCDC Annual Fundraiser

WHEN: Thursday, June 12, 2014. Silent Auction 5:00-6:30pm / Tours 6:30-8:30pm

WHERE: The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

WHY:  Founded in 1970, ETCDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to make East Tennessee a better place to live and work by bringing professional design and planning assistance to communities and organizations lacking resources. The Community Design Center offers its services through the pro bono contributions of area architects, landscape architects, planners and other professionals. ETCDC has assisted in a diverse range of projects, from traffic calming in neighborhoods to planning for Knoxville’s new urban wilderness. The sixteen Tennessee counties served by the Community Design Center are: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union. For more information, please visit

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Your Marketing Spring Cleanup Done Right

Is there any better time than Spring? Days are longer, birds are chirping and plants are waking up. Everything is changing for the better, and so should your marketing plan.

Here are a few tips to heat up your marketing for the rest of 2014:

1. Make sure that your website and social media profiles are all up to date. Is your website free of broken links and bugs? Are you managing  your social media channels properly?  Do you have a schedule for your posts, tweets, etc? If you have trouble managing your social media, there are services like Hootsuite that can schedule all your social media channels weeks or months ahead of time. If you take your business seriously on the web then others will take you seriously.

2.  Make sure that your goals match up with your marketing plan. Are your choices of media helping or hurting your marketing strategy? Set goals that are more clear and allow you to accomplish more in the short term with your marketing plan.

3. Make an effort to communicate better with your coworkers and clients. We’re all busy, but even a simple reply like, “I’m sorry I will be very busy today but I will contact you as soon as I can.” is better than no response at all, stated recently in a Harvard Business Review blog, “gratitude is the new willpower.”

4. Create a new format on one of your marketing channels. Whether it’s changing an email message template, updating a logo on a Facebook channel, or throwing your old website template out the door, do something that will shake your foundation just a little. As long as the change works with your marketing plan and not against it, then the change can be good and you may be surprised how many may notice.

5. Lastly, alter the way your office looks just a little. Our marketing intern, Casey, was recently tasked with re-organizing our printed work samples. After a few hours of grunt-work, the file cabinet looks happier and accessing our work is simple. It used to be a chore. Even re-arranging a couch and chairs is enough to refresh your workspace.

Happy Spring!

Meet David Cox, our new graphic design intern.

Morris Creative Group welcomes our newest team member, David Cox.

davecox 300x263 Meet David Cox, our new graphic design intern.


David grew up in west Knoxville and is now bringing his graphic design experience downtown to help us on a variety of projects. David’s experience began with his work with local freelance graphic designer, Andrea Truan. David has already begun his own freelance work and currently helps Info-Graphics in technical writing and illustration, as well as designing user manuals and instructional manuals. David came to Morris Creative so he could gain more experience in web development and in marketing.

In his free time, David likes to get outdoors and hike, raft, and play with his dogs Dexter and Pipa. He was even a member of the Knoxville Fencing Club when he was younger. Now, David enjoys setting up LAN parties with his friends to play Dungeons and Dragons and other online games. Long term, David wants to get into concept art. He says, “It is very difficult to break into, but I would love it. To me, a graphic designer is never perfect, so growing in many areas is important throughout my career.”


Our Favorite Super Bowl Commercials

Well the Super Bowl was no fun for Broncos fans and Peyton Manning enthusiasts everywhere but there were a few good Super Bowl commercials to take the edge off. Here are our favorites:

Favorited by Marketing Intern Casey:




Brings back nostalgic memories to our graphic designer Rachel:

Always keeps Graphic Design Intern Kyoko giggling:

Sherrie LOVED this one:

 Both our Graphic Designers, Kellie and Andrew liked the Muppets making an appearance:

 A 3 part commercial that Jacques enjoyed:


And of course, Chuck’s favorite:


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For more information please contact:
Dave Feather (865) 525-7825 / (865) 254-7825

Knoxville, TN (March 25, 2013) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Monday announced the schedule for the first round, best-of-three series in the 2013 President’s Cup Playoffs:

#4 Knoxville Ice Bears vs. #5 Columbus Cottonmouths 

Game 1 – Friday, March 29 at Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 7:30 pm
Game 2 – Saturday, March 30 at Columbus, 7:30 pm
Game 3 – Sunday, March 31 at Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 7:30 pm (if necessary)

The Ice Bears are in pursuit of its league leading fourth SPHL President’s Cup. Fans are important to the team’s run, so come early and attend all of the playoff games. Kids 12 and under receive a free Silver Level ticket with a paid adult ticket.

The game will be a WHITEOUT, fans are encouraged to wear white. Limited edition “Our Town, Our Team, Our Time” white playoff t-shirts will be available for only $10. Fans are also encouraged to come to the Coliseum early and enjoy all the playoff festivities, including events prior to the game in the plaza. The events in the plaza are sponsored by Q93 and WATE.

To order tickets call 865-656-4444 or visit

2 Steve Wiedler  D 6’0 200 9/15/1986
3 Shaun Arvai  D 5’10 170 10/6/1982
4 Nate Peterson  D 6’0 195 11/1/1986
7 Brendan Taylor  C 5’11 195 4/1/1989
8 Jeremy Klaver  D 6’1 170 1/24/1988
9 Mark Van Vliet  D 6’0 180 3/11/1984
14 Peter Neal  LW/C 6’0 175 10/2/1991
15 Dan Bremner  LW 5’10 185 11/21/1986
17 Eric Satim  C 5’9 170 5/5/1988
18 Jon Higgins  LW/C 6’1 185 2/25/1986
20 Brett Valliquette  LW 6’1 205 2/22/1989
23 Emery Olauson  RW  6’2″ 200 7/23/1981
24 Ben Souders  RW 6’2 205 12/21/1987