Sumac

Sumac smooth

Sumacs are very common in our area, most often found in overgrown fields and areas that have been disturbed. While considered a weed by many, it does have the virtues of providing cover and food for wildlife, and nice fall coloration for human enjoyment.

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Gumball Machine

I have always been just a little different. For instance, my idea of a fun place was not the same as most other kids’ back in the 70s. They wanted to go to the pinball arcade or the skating rink, whereas I wanted to go to the laundromat.

The only time we washed clothes there was when the electric pump on our well messed up. No pump. No water. No washing clothes at home.

Moral Authority

Archie Wilson

Seems like everyone has a Twitter, Facebook or some kind of social media account, well everyone except me. Thus far, I have avoided social media platforms, unless of course, you count the occasional religious article like this. But, I do read and listen to a lot of news, much of it digital. So even though I have no social media accounts, I still have exposure to everyone else’s social media rants via the news. I liken social media to the 1970s phenomenon of “Streaking”. Sooner or later you are going to get flashed! “Look out Ethel” If you don’t get the reference look up Ray Stevens song, “The Streak”.

Avoiding Recurring and Chronic Back Pain

Avoiding Recurring and Chronic Back Pain

Are you experiencing these symptoms?
• low back pain
• buttock soreness
• radiating leg and thigh pain
• pain while sitting
• tightness, burning, or feeling of a knot
• gluteal pain while driving

Here are the risk factors for developing these recurring and chronic pains:
• poor fitness levels and spinal stability (core muscle strength)
• poor posture
• previous episodes of back pain
• pain for more than 8 days

Corn Relish

Corn Relish

Years ago when I had a big garden, I tried to “put up” as much as I could. It seemed that if I had a full cupboard of home canned fruit and veggies, the winter would go well. If my cupboard was meager, the winter usually meant hard times for my family. It happened often enough to warn me to be prepared.

Chiropractic Treatment of Piriformis Syndrome

Chiropractic Treatment of Piriformis Syndrome

The piriformis muscle is located deep in the buttock. It reaches from the pelvis (sacrum) to the upper part of the thigh-bone (femur).

There are times when this muscle goes into spasm. The cause is often related to the spine or sacroiliac joints, or from overuse. If the muscle is in spasm it can cause neurological symptoms such as pain, numbness, pins and needles, tingling and weakness due to compression of the sciatic nerve. This is called piriformis syndrome.

Did You Vote?

Did You Vote?

Did you vote on August 2nd in the Primary Election? I did. They say all politics is local. I agree and the Primary Election is where you can make some of the greatest differences. My dad was a stanch Democrat. I remember as a child listening to FDR giving his Fireside Chats. My dad always voted. He said he didn't have the right to complain if he didn't vote. Boy, oh boy, could he complain. He instilled the Democratic Party's ideals in me that remain today.

TIP SAMS had Twins - A post World War I Poem

Bonnie Peters

Tip Sams had twins, an’ a razorback sow, Two dogs an’ a mule an’ a one-room house, An,’ a wrinkled little woman, as mute as a mouse.

TIP raised tobacco, trafficked in skins, Had seven sons in addition to the twins, And every mother’s son, an’ little Jimmy Jude Smoked a pipe all day, an’ the twins both chewed.

BUT TIP kept a-diggin,’ never lost heart The dogs chased rabbits, an’ caught a right smart, The mule an’ the filly both pulled a plow, And they all lived off the milk from the old roan cow.

A Five Dollar Loan

A Five Dollar Loan

Have you ever loaned someone a few dollars and not expected it back? Most of us have at one time or another. This incident took place at a fast food restaurant on Broadway in Fountain City.

A fast food place is ideal for someone to start out or start over. It is at or near the bottom of the work ladder. If you have never worked before, and your education is minimal, you might begin your work history here. If you are retired and have fallen on hard times, they will hire you, too. If you are fresh out of prison or re-hab and especially if you're a woman, this is it.

If Walls Could Talk

Ronnie Mincey

Hello, everyone. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Oak Grove. I am a two-room school building in the Sharps Chapel area of Union County. Let me tell you a little about myself.

If you were to search for records on me, about the oldest you would find are from the registers kept by teachers. These registers were and continue to be legal documents. Still in 2018, registers are often used to verify a birthdate for a former student who has no birth certificate and needs proof of birth for social security, disability, and other benefits.

Box Turtle Trivia

Box Turtle

The way a turtle is put together is pretty much the reverse of ours. I mean look at it: we have soft body parts protecting a hard-inner skeleton. Turtles have a hard-outer skeleton protecting inner soft body parts. The most common turtle you'll run into around here (and one you probably aggravated when you were a kid) is the eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina).

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Chasing Bugs

Chasing Bugs

One advantage to living out in the country: chasing bugs. When I was a girl, I was fascinated by anything that flew. That’s why I spent most of my childhood running across my papaw’s fields in pursuit of butterflies or lightning bugs.

Tomato Gravy

Tomato Gravy

My husband liked sliced tomatoes. When it came his time to serve in World War II, tomatoes were out of season. In those days if something was out of season, it was unavailable to most folks; not like today. Fresh fruit and vegetables are flown in from exotic places such as South America and India. Restaurants, back then, did serve what were called hot house tomatoes. They were grown in greenhouses. Such tomatoes were a pretty red, but flavorless.

The Unity Community

The Unity Community

A common theme for candidates running for office in Union County this year is unity. Several candidates have incorporated unity in their campaign slogans. Martin Shafer’s campaign slogan is “The Unity Community”. Charlie Hamilton’s campaign slogan is “The Voice of Unity”. During early voting, the Reverend Gary Beeler led all the candidates in a unity of prayer each morning. Viewed more than 7,000 times over the past 10 days on Facebook, this prayer circle has become somewhat of a social media phenomenon.

Remembering Those in the HMHS Class of 1960 Who Have Gone On

Remembering Those in the HMHS Class of 1960 Who Have Gone On

I recently wrote about the 2018 Reunion of the Horace Maynard High School Class of 1960. While researching the names in the picture, I tried to get the names of those class members who had passed away. At that time, I was not able to do that. Since that time, Frank Sharp, who made the wonderful picture of those in attendance, contacted class member, John Capps, who has provided the information. There were 102 graduates in 1960; 35 have now passed away; and we are glad 67 members are still with us. Thank you Frank and John for keeping their memory alive.

The Chiropractic Examination: Piriformis Syndrome

The Chiropractic Examination: Piriformis Syndrome

The piriformis muscle, located deep in the buttock, can cause a great deal of pain if it goes into spasm. The chiropractic approach to diagnosing this syndrome includes a full evaluation of your spine and pelvis and the related musculature. A functional, orthopedic and neurological examination is normally also performed.

Oak Ridge Pool Cross Springs

Oak Ridge Pool Cross Springs

In the early 1940s, the unincorporated community of Robertsville, Tennessee began to disappear from the maps having been quickly depopulated by the Army Corps of Engineers. An important crossroads since pioneer days, the space occupied by this community was needed to secure war time facilities being constructed for the Clinton Engineering Works (CEW) - the code name for the Anderson County portion of the Manhattan Project site.

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