Farmers Market Expands to Chapel, Adds Activities

Here's some great news for folks in Sharps Chapel. The Union County Farmers Market is coming to you with fresh, local produce, noon to 2 p.m. every Wednesday, at the Sharps Chapel Senior Center.

"We have tossed it around for awhile," said Beth Bergeron of UT Extension. "We realized that there were some regulars (from Sharps Chapel) that we hadn't seen in two years. Apparently, Saturdays are not good for that particular community."

Bergeron said the Wednesday market will continue in the Chapel as long as there is interest.

Keith Williams--Machinist/Toolmaker by Training; Preacher by calling; Fiddlemaker by choice

Who’d ever thunk it? This Horace Maynard High School Class of 1976 graduate has already been successful in three careers. Young as he is, he may add to those. Reverend Keith Williams worked for a number of years as a Machinist/Toolmaker. When he became a full time pastor he, of course, gave up that job. Keith is the son of A. J. And Betty Williams of Tater Valley, where he grew up. His father taught Keith to play fiddle when he was just about 13 years old, but he didn’t become a serious fiddle player until he was 20. He did not attempt fiddle making until about four years ago.

What ever happened to Dr. Baker?

Some of you might be too young to remember Dr. Baker or the TV show that made his character famous. It was called, Little House on the Prairie, and if you’re not familiar with it, look it up on Netflix. It’s family-friendly viewing at its finest.

Up until around the middle of the 20th century, most rural communities had a Dr. Baker who treated everyone from infancy to death. They made house calls, delivered babies, set broken bones, and many times even doubled as veterinarian for farm animals.

Union County Farmers Market Meet the Farmer: Joe's Garden

Joe’s Garden is owned by Joe Kitts. Joe is from Union County and grew up with a family of seven that all pitched in on the family farm. Joe often reflects on his memories from his childhood. His garden is located by the Union County Board of Education. This is a perfect example of community in Union County. Joe says thanks by planting his favorite peas and offers a variety of other vegetables, such as cantaloupes, watermelons, potatoes, beets, corn, cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, zucchini, beans, squash, peppers, pumpkins, and onions.

Jacob Jake Franklin Butcher

Jake Butcher

Jacob “Jake” Franklin Butcher passed away on July 19, 2017 at the age of 81 after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Jake was born May 8, 1936 to Cecil H. Butcher, Sr. and Kate Walters Butcher in the rural town of Maynardville, Tennessee. Jake attended Maynardville High School and later the University of Tennessee and Hiwassee College.  After college, he joined the United States Marine Corps serving primarily in Korea, Japan and Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.  Jake always held the Marine Corps close to his heart.  He married Broadway actress and Oak Ridge native Sonya Wilde in 1962 and together they had four children, Maria (Randy) Loyd, Scarlett (Tim) Current, Brad (Leigh Ann) Butcher and Jason (Ashley) Butcher.  Jake and Sonya also have 8 grandchildren, Kendall Loyd White, Austin Loyd, McCall Current, Joshua Current, Colby Butcher, Katelyn Butcher, Jace Butcher and Olivia Butcher, and 2 great grandchildren, Abigail and Judah White.  During his long life, he treasured his family and they all adored him.

Hiring Administrative Assistant

Job Description: Administrative Assistant, Responsible to promptly and courteously answer all incoming calls on a multi-line phone and greet visitors in a cheerful and service oriented manner. Performs a variety of administrative functions. Schedules appointments, gives information to callers and takes minutes. Composes memos, transcribes notes, researches and creates presentations. Generates reports, handles multiple projects, and prepares and monitors invoices and expense reports. May assist with compiling and developing the annual budget. Relies on experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals. Maintains records, filing systems and computer files. Performs a variety of tasks.