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HCSO says two home burglaries and thefts totaling nearly $50000 not related

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December 16th, 2013 4:23 pm by Jeff Bobo

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office is investigating separate burglary complaints reported last week which total nearly $50,000 in lost property.

The total loss reported in each burglary was right around $25,000, and they both took place in a south-central area of the county, but HCSO Chief Deputy Tony Allen said Monday there’s no reason to believe at this time that the incidents are related.

Thomas and Kelli Craft who live on War Valley Road south of Surgoinsville reported Wednesday that dozens of items had been stolen from their house with an overall value of $25,649.

Kelli Craft told the HCSO she arrived home from work shortly before 4 p.m. and found a side door to her residence standing open.

Upon entering the residence Mrs. Craft reportedly found it to be ransacked, at which time she went back outside and called 911.

Responding Deputy Eric Pease said the side door had pry marks where entry was apparently made after an unsuccessful attempt to enter a rear sliding door.

Upon entering the residence Pease observed that the burglars apparently left without two flat screen TVs which had been moved to the kitchen door from the bedroom and living room, but a gun cabinet in the living room had been emptied.

“I observed the house to be a total disaster, dresser drawers to be out, and everything on the closet shelves pulled off and laying on the floor,” Pease stated in his report. “Mr. and Mrs. Craft stated that her neighbor saw a dark color vehicle there with a male standing on the porch around 1 p.m. — a tall skinny man with a red hoodie.”

Among the missing items were 14 firearms, two bows, seven scopes, a large amount of ammunition, miscellaneous hunting equipment, cameras and accessories, computer equipment, stereo equipment, power tools, cash, medication and a large amount of jewelry including a $2,500 woman’s Rolex watch.

In an unrelated case, Thursday night around 9:15 p.m. Diane Brown returned to her home on Webster Valley Road south of Rogersville had been ransacked and $24,020 worth of property was missing.

Brown told HCSO Cpl. Sam Wilhoit she left for a funeral around 4:30 p.m. and when she returned at 9:15 p.m. she noticed the inner door from the garage was open. She then went next door to her brother’s house to call 911.

Wilhoit stated in his report that upon entering the residence he noticed that the glass had been broken out of a rear door and every room in the house had been ransacked.

Entry was also made into a shed through a window.

“Also taken was the heat pump that had been located at the rear of the house, and tire tracks could be seen in the yard on the west side of the residence,” Wilhoit said. 

The heat pump alone was valued at $5,000, and the burglars also got away with a John Deere zero turn mower valued at $6,000, and an “Earnhardt Collection” valued at $3,000.

Other items listed as stolen included tools, kitchen appliances, a Kirby vacuum cleaner, computer equipment and other electronics, jewelry, a safe and collectibles including figurines and a University of Tennessee car collection.

Allen said that as of Monday there were no suspects in either burglary.

Anyone with information about either burglary is asked to call the HCSO at (423) 272-4848.

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10 Gifts from Companies with Lifetime Guarantees

Have you seen L.L. Bean’s holiday commercials, with the oddly shaped presents perfectly wrapped? Watching the dog trying to get into his wrapping-paper-encased bed is hilarious.

Besides the funny images what sticks with me about these ads is how the company is promoting its lifetime guarantee. As a long-time L.L. Bean customer, I’ve been aware of—and have used—this guarantee on products that didn’t live up to their expectations. This is part of my frugal living approach, because if you buy something from the company and it fails, the company will replace it for free.

Now that the guarantee is out in the open, I figured I’d uncover other companies that offer similar lifetime guarantees or warranties—with the reasoning that if you’re spending your hard-earned cash on Christmas presents, why not get the most bang for your buck doing so?

Here are 10 companies that you should consider buying gifts from because they offer lifetime guarantees. They are listed in alphabetical order.

  • All Clad: This upscale cookware brand stands behind its product from the date of purchase, and promises to repair or replace any item found defective in material, construction, or workmanship under normal use and following care instructions. All-Clad even warrants its non-stick coating on pans with a lifetime guarantee.
  • Coach: If you’ve ever purchased a Coach handbag, then you know they’re not cheap. So while the company’s lifetime guarantee isn’t the best out there, it is worth noting—according to the Coach website, if your Coach bag needs repair or replacement, Coach will do so under the warranty, but you’ll pay $20. However, that’s a drop in the bucket compared with the cost of a new Coach bag.
  • Hunter Douglas: If you’re giving the gift of window treatments—maybe you just bought a house—take note that Hunter Douglas supports its products with this lifetime warranty.
  • Jansport: Last year we took advantage of Jansport’s lifetime guarantee when the zipper on my daughter’s backpack gave out. While the company promised to repair or replace the backpack (great)—and it did—we had to ship it to Jansport on our own dime (not so great) and then wait five weeks to get the new backpack (also not so great). That replacement backpack, by the way, has held up well!
  • Lands’ End: The one time I used the Lands’ End guarantee for a down vest that had lost its snaps, I had to purchase a new vest first, then send in the old one. Once it was received Lands’ End refunded my purchase. While that’s not exactly how the “Guaranteed. Period” explanation seems to describe how the warranty works, I do applaud Lands’ End for backing up its products.
  • L.L. Bean: Thanks to its lifetime guarantee, I have been a devout L.L. Bean customer for years. The company replaced a roller bag when the wheels cracked and a white winter coat that wouldn’t come clean, despite my following the cleaning instructions to a tee. Is it any surprise that we’ve purchased some of this year’s holiday gifts from L.L. Bean?
  • The North Face: For my teenage daughters, last year’s must-haves included jackets from The North Face, which both girls received. Thankfully, those jackets came with a lifetime guarantee, as explained on The North Face website: “The North Face products are fully warranted to the original owner against defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. If a product ever fails due to a manufacturing defect, even after extended use, we will repair the product, without charge, or replace it, at our discretion.”
  • Otterbox: If you are buying someone a smartphone for the holidays, I hope you’re also getting an Otterbox case. I have one and it has saved my iPhone from destruction many times over. About six months after I got my Otterbox, it broke—and Otterbox replaced it for free. I had to document the damage with photos (see one of them above), and then email the details to the company. But a few days later I got my brand-new case shipped to me for free.
  • Swiftwick Socks: These high-performance socks promote themselves as being the best you’ve ever worn. And if they’re not, “we invite you to mail (prepaid) the laundered socks and request a replacement pair of equal value,” says the Swiftwick website.
  • Touchfire: Touchfire makes keyboards that attach to iPads and offers a lifetime warranty. Not surprisingly, the company won’t replace a keyboard that you’ve spilled coffee on, but it did tell me that it sent a new keyboard after hearing from a customer whose baby bit and broke it.

I’m sure your gift recipients will appreciate the thought and the warranty that comes with presents you may buy from these 10 companies.

Leah Ingram is the author of 14 books, including two on frugal living: Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier and Healthier on Less (Adams Media, 2010) and Toss, Keep, Sell: The Suddenly Frugal Guide to Getting Organized and Making Money from Your Stuff (Adams Media, 2010). She is also the founder of the popular frugal-living blog called Suddenly Frugal. Right now if you subscribe to Suddenly Frugal, Leah will send you an exclusive freebie. Each week here on she’ll be covering different money-saving ideas as well as profiling frugal celebrities. If you have an idea, let her know. In the meantime, follow her on Twitter @suddenlyfrugal and “Like” Suddenly Frugal on Facebook.

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Everten Offering 27 Percent Discount on Chasseur La Cuisson Mini Cocotte, Set … – PR

Everten, Australia’s leading cookware retailer, is offering 27 percent discount on Red Chasseur La Cuisson Mini Cocotte, set of 6. The regular price for this set is $74.95 and after discount, it comes for $54.95. The offer is valid for the month of December.

One of the company executives said, Shop for Red Chasseur La Cuisson Mini Cocotte, Set of 6 from us and get a discount of about 27 percent on the purchase. The regular price for these 300ml red coloured cocottes is $74.95 but after discount they come for $54.95.

Everten strives to offer the best cookware to its customers both in terms of quality and price. The store has a huge collection of Casseroles, Dutch Ovens, Chef Braising Pans, Cookware Sets, Cast Iron Cookware, French Ovens, Frypans and Skillets, Griddles Grills, Saucepans Milk Pans, Soup Pots etc. Everten is one of the best retailers of kitchenware, cookware, bake ware because it has a secure ordering system; reliable, trackable freight and easy return and exchange policies.

We are proud to have a team of customer care professionals who take care of all the queries. It feels great to have clients who have been with us for years. This in a way proves that we retail quality products and thats what makes customers keep coming back to us. All of our products are new and genuine, added the executive.

Everten offers full product warranty on the entire collection. The company ships over 1000 parcels a week all over Australia. Also it receives over a million page views in a month which shows how popular it is amongst its buyers. All of this makes it one of the best places to buy good quality kitchenware. The store’s collection includes good quality scanpan cookware and teapots, all available at reasonable prices.

About Everten:

Everten is a leading online store that sells quality cookware, kitchenware, knives, bakeware, tableware, glassware, electrical appliances and laundry items. The store’s collection is made up of the world leading kitchenware brands including Avanti, Bakers Secret, Cuisinart, Dexter Russell, Dualit, Ecology, Le Chasseur, Luigi Bormioli, Mac and some other very popular brands. To have a look at its kitchen warehouse, click here.

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Transported in time

Close your eyes before walking into the gallery.

Hear that steady chugging? The constant turning of wheels?

It’s the sound that invites you to climb aboard for a magical trip into the past, those days when you woke up on Christmas morning to Santa’s treasures beneath the tree.

Maybe, if you’re a girl, it’s that doll you saw in the store window. If you’re a boy, you may have spent weeks leading up to this day wishing for a model train set.

Now open your eyes to discover that Santa has, indeed, delivered. There’s the train of your childhood traveling its holiday route in the LSU Museum of Art.

Actually, there are two trains running the tracks this year in the museum’s annual antique toy exhibit. The show’s theme this year is titled “Getting There” and features toys representing different modes of transportation chosen from the museum’s collection of antique toys.

While the show runs through mid March, it’s most popular during the holidays. The exhibit is a tradition that began when the museum was housed in Memorial Tower on campus.

Families often include the show in their holiday traditions, part of which was watching a toy train travel its track around a big Christmas tree. Other toys were placed beneath and around the tree, which created a sense of Christmas morning after Santa’s visit.

Christmas magic fills these galleries, as older visitors walk around and remember, while younger ones are introduced to a time when electronic gadgets were nowhere to be found.

This is a Christmas where toy airplanes, cars and boats transport you to the places of your dreams.

Curator Natalie Mault took all of this into consideration when choosing the pieces from the museum 700-plus toy collection to fit this year’s theme. There was a train in last year’s exhibition, but this year’s is a little different.

“We put our own set together last year,” Mault says. “This year, we asked the Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders to bring theirs. They have a model that they bring places when they do demonstrations, and they can easily put it together.”

That model now stands center stage in the exhibit’s second gallery. The organization also built a platform to make it easier for children to see the model as a whole.

“They also built the mountain in the center,” Mault says. “And it’s intriguing, because the trains will disappear behind the mountains, then reappear.”

And it doesn’t matter from which angle you’re watching. The two trains, running opposite directions on separate tracks, always disappear behind the mountain while miniature people mull about their tiny towns and await the trains’ arrival on the train platforms.

It doesn’t stop there. Look closely at the cars as they pass, and you’ll see passengers. Where are they going?

Maybe it’s to one of the places in Frank Becht’s photographs. He’s a retired train conductor who has traveled the world, and the photo collection from those train trips hangs throughout the two galleries.

Or maybe it’s to one of the places in the paintings from the museum’s collection also accompanying this show.

One thing’s for sure, passengers in the dining car are using the same kind of flatware and dinnerware exhibited in the display cases along the side of the gallery.

These pieces also belong to the Greater Baton Rouge Railroaders and were collected from old passenger trains.

Most of those trains probably have been decommissioned. But the memory of it all is here in the airplanes, the boats, the cars and the two trains.

It all depends on how you decide to get there. So, close your eyes, and let Christmas magic do the rest.

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What I Really Want: Amelia’s Christmas List

Still on the hunt for a last-minute gift for that hard-to-buy-for lady in your life? Not sure what to ask for yourself? Don’t worry, The Frisky staff is here to help! We’ll be compiling our Christmas lists (along with some pertinent stats) to help you get inspired. Or just take a voyeuristic peek into our deepest consumerist desires. Either way.

Name: Amelia

Age: 34

Zodiac Sign: The best one. (Scorpio, obvs.)

Favorite Book: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Signature Drink: Wine, but much less lately; Diet Coke; grapefruit juice.

Primary Interests: Nesting; cooking elaborate meals for one; having deep conversations with my dog Lucca; 12 step readings and meetings; Candy Crush; bubble baths; beach vacations; binge watching TV shows; asking myself “WWBD” (What Would Beyonce Do?).

What I Really Want: 

1. Joe’s Jeans Laney Ankle-Wrap Heels: I have been drooling over these heels for months now, including them in more than a couple style section posts for The Frisky, and I think it’s about time someone in my life took the hint and bought them for me. This is the last hint I’m dropping though, as these are almost sold out in my size, so if they’re not under the tree on December 25, I’m running out to get them myself. [$135, Urban Outfitters]

2. Pendleton Blanket: Another thing I’ve been coveting for a long time? A Pendleton blanket in one of their iconic Southwestern-style patterns. Naturally I’m gravitating towards the one in the various shade of oxblood. This one also comes with its own carrier so I can take it to the beach or on picnics and shit. [$298, Pendleton]

3. Baxton Studio Wood Wishbone Y Chair: I’m satisfied with almost every piece of furniture I have in my apartment except for one — my desk chair, which is actually one of those director’s chairs. It’s not comfortable, which is annoying, but more importantly, it looks juvenile, like a remenant from my college days or something. I’m really digging the shape of this chair. [$147.99, Amazon]

4. Shell Loudspeaker: I collect seashells, which I display around my apartment in various vessels. This shell loudspeaker, which amplifies the sound coming out of your iPhone/iPod, would compliment the seaside vibe while I listen to the new Beyonce record on repeat. [$75, Uncovet]

5. Spinning Shoes: I’ve finally found a workout I don’t loathe! I try and go to spin class at least once a week, but I’m sick of renting shoes. It’s time (for someone else) to invest in my own pair! [$89.95, Amazon]

6. Cast Iron Skillet: One of my favorite ways to cook meat is to sear it on the stovetop in a pan and then stick that same pan in the over to finish cooking. Cast iron skillets are often best for this, but I only have a small version right now. I want a large version so I can use it to cook pork loins and larger cuts of meat. [$24.99, Macy’s]

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Review: Melody by Soundcast

Something happened to the Bluetooth speaker this year: it exploded.

Just two years ago, I remember reviewing Jawbone’s Jambox, a stylish portable speaker that was designed to wirelessly connect to your smartphone, tablet or laptop, delivering quality sound via Bluetooth connection. It was one-of-a-kind at the time and I barely knew why it existed.

And then came 2013 and more Bluetooth speakers than you can count. Now, it takes a lot for a Bluetooth speaker to really draw attention.


Enter Melody by Soundcast, a unique Bluetooth speaker from a company that’s still trying to make a name for itself. Soundcast definitely doesn’t resonate as much as, say, Bose or Beats, but the company makes a line of uniquely designed Bluetooth speakers and wireless audio solutions. And in the distinctively designed Melody, it has a quality device.

The Melody is one of the few Bluetooth speakers with a clearly defined purpose. The $449 Melody is meant for the outdoors, built to survive the elements, and thrive during family beach volleyball games, backyard pool parties and weekend, playground hoops games at the park.

Soundcast built the Melody for this specific purpose and you’ll realize that as soon as you open its extra-large box. You’ll find enough accessories for a camping trip, everything from USB charging cables, to a traditional wall charger, to a car charging adapter. The car adapter is something you almost never find in these devices, but the Melody is meant for the outdoors, meant for the back of your pickup truck during a tailgate, so the adapter feels natural here.


At nine pounds, the Melody itself is a hefty Bluetooth speaker, and it resembles a chunky, circular picnic cooler, right down to the thick plastic handle. A series of buttons such as volume and power to search, play and pause, are laid out across the top, all coated in nice-feeling rubber to shield them from the elements. Nestled underneath the handle, beneath a rubber cap, are a USB charging port and a standard 3.5 auxiliary input that you can use for wired connecting.

Below all that lies a powerhouse of sound, a whopping eight drivers hidden inside a weather-resistant enclosure. The drivers wrap around the Melody, a design that limits the device’s ability to output sound with any surround or stereo effect while helping the Melody cast effective quality sound in all directions.

This design is simply begging to be used outside, especially once you realize just how durable the Melody truly is. It’s heavy and sturdy, with no exposed ports or holes. Take it to the beach, and you don’t have to worry about sand penetrating the metal sound enclosure. You don’t have to worry about rain.


And while you never want to drop any piece of technology, you don’t need to worry about dents, either. I once knocked my Jambox off an ottoman onto a carpet and picked it up to find I’d damaged its frame. The Melody’s enclosure, however, has little such give. This device can take a pounding, short of running it over with a bus, of course.

And how does the Melody perform? Get ready to throw a party.

Sound quality is excellent and well-rounded. Unlike most speaker companies, Soundcast is careful not to overdo it on the bass, and there’s been considerable effort to bring out mid-range and treble sounds. That was noticeable in several pop hits, such as Selena Gomez’s “Come Get It.” Often, these songs are all bass on other devices, but the Melody carefully captures Gomez’s voice and much of the mid-range instrumentation. Meanwhile, in the early moments of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” the Melody does an excellent job of capturing the slight echo effect that sometimes gets lost on the Beats Pill.


Dynamic vocal changes are also captured very well on the Melody and instrumental separation is another strength. During the most dramatic moments of Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful,” there is oodles going on. Sometimes, those sounds get muddled, but not on the Melody. And in Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” the reflexive effects of the early rhythm are picked up better on the Melody than on any other devices.

The lack of a deep, floor-shaking bass will let down the rap and hip-hop fans, although overall bass is solid. If there’s a downside to the device, it’s that the design keeps it from producing any surround sound or stereo effect, something you’ll notice if you try to watch an iPad movie with the Melody as your sound output. Then again, the Melody was never intended for that purpose; it’s at its best delivering music an outdoor soccer game timeout.

Overall, Soundcast crafts a quietly impressive device that’s destined to be underrated. The design definitely isn’t for everyone; it’s not at all edgy and it looks more at home on your kitchen table than at your pool party. But there’s something welcoming about the strange picnic cooler look, too, something that screams “fun” and resonates with “family,” instead of chasing that whole hip-hop effect.

It’s different, because the Melody is meant to be different in a family-friendly way. If you’re looking for something small to take on regular plane trips, you’re better off with Bose’s excellent Soundlink Mini (still my favorite Bluetooth device of 2013), or Beats’ reworked Pill, and if you want something even smaller, you want Sony’s ill-named SRS-BTV5.

But if you want something for a run of picnics for this summer, you want Soundcast’s Melody. And you won’t regret it.

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Healthy Habits Can Help Induce Sleep Without The Pills

About one-third of American adults say they have problems falling asleep. And prescriptions for sleeping medications are on the rise, with about 4 percent of people using the drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But sleep specialists say people should exercise caution before deciding to take medication to help them sleep.

Take the case of Nancy Sherman, a woman in her 60s who lives in Seattle. Sleepless nights started about four years ago when she lived directly above an “end of the line” bus stop. “The buses would leave their motors on all night long, and I developed insomnia just listening to all that noise,” she says. Dozens of emails to officials didn’t help. So Sherman went to see her doctor, who prescribed the most popular prescription sleep medication, zolpidem.

Sherman started taking the pill, which is sold as Ambien, Sublinox and other brand names. The first night, she fell asleep at her computer, waking up with her hands still on the keyboard.

The second night, she awoke in the morning to a pile of potato chips strewn across her bed. “I must have gotten up and eaten a whole bunch of potato chips,” she says. “I had no recollection of that at all.”

But most bizarre of all was the night when she appears to have cooked in her sleep. “I woke up the next morning and came into my kitchen, and my kitchen was absolutely full of dishes, pots, pans, sour cream, hot sauce, jalapeno peppers, grated cheddar cheese. I’d had this Mexican food bonanza, apparently.”

Sherman says she’s willing to put up with these experiences in order to get a good night’s sleep. And sleep experts say they’re rare. But sleeping pills can act quickly and unpredictably.

“I tell everybody that I prescribe a sleeping pill to that they should take it in bed,” says Dr. John Winkelman, medical director of the Sleep Health Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “Why? Because if they are doing a load of laundry or if they’re on email and the medicine abruptly takes effect, and they may not even recognize it at the time. Then they could act in ways that they’ll regret afterward.”

Most sleep medications work by binding to receptors in charge of thinking. So cognition is slowed, coordination interfered with and memory impaired. The medication is “working in all different parts of the brain, in many different systems and in particular on the system that is most important for inhibition,” says Winkelman.

Health officials also worry that medication levels can remain high enough in the blood that people can have trouble driving the next morning. Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration ordered companies that make zolpidem to cut the recommended dose for women in half because they metabolize the medication more slowly than men and it stays in their bodies longer.

While there’s no evidence that sleeping pills are addictive, Winkelman says people can become psychologically dependent on them. “They weren’t sleeping before they started it, and now they can sleep with it, and they start to rely on this idea of reliable sleep,” he says.

That’s what happened to Lori Peters, a woman in her 40s who lives in Thousand Oaks, Calif. She was under a lot of stress, couldn’t sleep and started taking zolpidem. But she soon felt she was relying on it too much. “I didn’t want to be taking anything, quite honestly. I just wanted to be able to fall asleep. My husband says ‘good night’ and he’s gone. I’m like ‘aarrgggh — I can’t believe you!’ ”

Peters stopped taking sleeping pills and started changing her habits. She stopped eating late in the evening. And she decided on a fairly rigid bedtime.

“My husband and I go to sleep pretty much the same time every night, and we wake up at the same time every morning, even on weekends,” she says. “We try to have a rhythm.” That means getting up at 5 a.m., when they enjoy getting out to exercise and walk the dogs.

Peters also turns off her computer a couple of hours before bedtime. She doesn’t want the extra stimulation and opts instead to read. “I find reading is really relaxing for me,” she says. “It helps me stop twisting things around in my mind.”

In the end, Peters achieved her goal; she’s sleeping well without medication. And it turns out that the changes she made are exactly what sleep experts recommend: a routine bedtime that cues the body when it’s time to sleep.

“We want [people] to have a cool, dark, quiet sleep environment,” says Dr. Nathaniel Watson, a neurologist and co-director of the University of Washington Medicine Sleep Center in Seattle. He’s also an official with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “We want it to be devoid of screens. No televisions, computers, things like that.”

People should have regular sleep and wake times on weekdays and weekends, Watson says. “Having a rhythmicity to sleep and wake patterns is crucial to having healthy sleep.”

And healthful sleep is critical for both physical and mental health. That’s why sleep experts recommend people consult with their doctor and weigh the risks and benefits of sleep medication.

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