At the age of 16—when most teenagers are dreaming about receiving their driver’s license—Michael Heskett was dreaming about attaining his chiropractic license. Following in his big brother’s footsteps, Heskett graduated from Life University in 1995 and has spent the years since spreading awareness of chiropractic health in the Lakeway area. He regularly gives community talks on spinal hygiene and sponsors Chiropractors with Compassion, a movement to fund holistic treatments for children.
In Heskett Family Chiropractic’s more than 16 years of business, Dr. Heskett has kept the office up to date on emerging diagnostic technology. Digital x-rays reveal the inner workings of the spine while protecting patients from the large doses of radiation emitted by traditional x-rays. Para-thermal imaging detects heat fluctuations in the spine by up to 1/100th of a degree Celsius—helping Dr. Heskett pinpoint areas of irritation.
A Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, the Tennessee Smokies charge into the 2011 post-season with a rollicking medley of power hitting and top-notch pitching. The Smokies sit perched atop the SOU North division with two weeks left to play, bolstering their No. 1 position with league-leading stats, including 123 home runs and 9,460 spat sunflower seeds. Fans can hunker down in the concrete confines of Smokies Park for an evening of playoff-caliber baseball, savoring four meaty hot dogs and refreshing soft drinks. While the Smokies' playoff opponent has not yet been determined, families or friends of four will be sure to enjoy a late-summer evening rooting their favorite sluggers or conversing with third-base coaches in their native language of ear tugs and macarena dance moves.
Wahoo Ziplines centers on the country’s longest over-water zipline, a six-line stretch that runs for a total of more than two miles in length. The canopy tour is two hours in length and offers scenic views of the mountains and surrounding terrain from up to 250 feet in the air. Guides help visitors of all ages don the harness before launching them from hilltop to hilltop at speeds up to 40 miles per hour.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Adventure Park at Five Oaks helps guests take in the natural splendor of the Smoky Mountains with leisurely horseback-riding trails and a towering network of adrenaline-inducing ziplines, which together span the park's 70-acre expanse. Staff members select from more than 50 horses residing at the park’s stable, allowing them to make careful matches with customers based on their comfort and experience levels. Guests seeking solace can weave through wooded trails while bonding with noble beasts, whereas thrill seekers reach up to 50 miles per hour on a network of ziplines. The canopy-scanning lines are also open during evening hours, providing guests with ample opportunity to view starlit mountaintops and roast hotdogs in their homemade lunar ovens.
The body's organs, muscles, and bones don't function on their own; they need each other to work. This idea informs the approach taken by Mountain View Chiropractic's doctors, who espouse a holistic set of treatments for the whole body. They use advanced technologies to peek into the body's inner workings, from x-rays to Insight Millennium scans. From there, the chiropractors create a noninvasive course of treatment, adjusting spinal and pelvic alignment to help patients recovery from injury, cure chronic pain, or become better break dancers. While maintaining patient health, the staff also maintains strict standards of transparency. As the owner says, "We are very detail oriented and are very honest on what we can and cannot help with."