“Tinkling” at Church

Last week I attended the monthly senior citizen luncheon at the Baptist church where I am a member. The pastor announced that next month that we would be doing something different—playing BINGO.
I leaned over and told one of the gentlemen sitting at the table with me, “We’re turning Catholic! Next thing you know we’ll be using real wine at the Lord’s Supper.”
I beg the pardon of anyone who might find offense in a denominational joke. I once terribly upset a Methodist acquaintance by telling a joke about Methodism. Just to show that I believe in equal opportunity, I’ll share with you a Baptist joke once told by the Rev. Grady Nutt on Hee Haw.
It seems there was a Quaker who owned a store. Quakers are known for their nonviolent natures, and two rogues determined to rob the Quaker’s store, even though the Quaker lived in the upstairs apartment. The rogues broke in noisily and were met by the Quaker storekeeper coming down the stairs with a shotgun in his arms. He pointed it at the rogues and said, “Friends, I am a Quaker, and wouldst not harm thee. However, thou standest in the place I am about to shoot!”
According to my mother, real wine was once used in the observance of the Lord’s Supper at First Baptist of Maynardville, back in the days when it was Maynardville Baptist. She said she was expecting the usual “fruit of the vine” (grape juice), so she just turned it up and swigged it down. She said it burnt all the way down!
I remember growing up in the First Baptist Church at Maynardville. One of the things that fascinated me most was the observance of the Lord’s Supper. I loved the way the sunlight beamed through the amber stained glass windows as the deacons folded the cloth that covered the silver vessels that held the “elements of the host” and the orderly way they distributed them to the congregation. Even now a quarter of a century later, I still find myself fascinated by the ceremony surrounding this most holy ordinance. Prejudiced I might be, but this sacred service touches my heart most when I partake at the church of my youth.
I remember well the now departed deacons who served the Lord’s table in my childhood, particularly Willard Carr and L. D. Monroe. I especially remember former Union County Superintendent of Schools and Attorney J. Howard Collette. Brother Howard was always respectful, saying “Thank you, Brother Pastor” when he was served. I remember the first Lord’s Supper after Howard Collette passed away. Preacher Joe McCoy said tearfully, “There’s an empty spot at the table today, children.”
The frequency of the observance varies from denomination to denomination—some partake at every service, but the Baptist churches I have attended observe only a few times each year. Within Baptist churches, the order of the observance varies from church to church. I remember once attending a church where the bread and fruit were passed to the congregation, and all the pastor said before the congregation partook was, “Remember what this stands for.”
If anyone was present who had not previously attended such a service, s/he would not have known what it stood for. Throughout my years of attending the Lord’s Supper services at the First Baptist, the meaning was preached prior to every observance, and it was made clear that the right to participate was reserved only for those who had been saved from their sins by Christ.
Everywhere I’ve been fortunate enough to observe this sacrament, there has been change over the years. When I was a child, the grape juice was served in actual glass communion vessels. It would be such a thrill to once more hear all those little glasses “tinkle” as they are placed in their proper place in the hymnal racks after use.
I remember once being a visitor at Glen Oaks Baptist Church in Knoxville when Bill Romines was pastor. He invited anyone who was partaking for the first time to keep the communion glass as a memento of the occasion.
One of the things I had always wanted was a communion table with the words carved across the front “THIS DO IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME”. I didn’t want just any communion table—I wanted one that had been used in actual observance of the Lord’s Supper in a bona fide Baptist church. After many years of waiting, I was able to obtain such a table.
In a sermon when he was well into his 80s, Pastor Oliver Wolfenbarger was making the point that God will not lead anyone into anything that He can’t lead through. To illustrate, he crawled through the very communion table I now own to the delight and amazement of the congregation. I’m not sure I could meander through that table in my 50s as easily as he did!
I have never attended a communion service which was conducted with disrespect; however, there have been a few light moments. I remember once at First Baptist when I was young that a very young child got hold of his mother’s bread or “wine.” I never knew exactly what the child did, but there was a peal of irreverent laughter from the mother and those surrounding.
I remember another time at First Baptist when I was sitting with Rick Shoffner. The entire service went off “without a hitch”—very respectful, very formal. After the pastor had read the Scripture just before we drank “the juice,” Rick threw back his head, drained his vessel, and said quite loudly, “Ahhhhh! Just enough to make you want more!”
Once at Loveland Baptist, no one remembered to purchase the communion wafers. This was not discovered until a short time before the service was to begin at 6 p.m. It was Sunday, and Lifeway (formerly the Baptist Book Store) was closed. The head deacon went to the grocery store to purchase something to be used for bread. That communion was observed with crunchy, garlic croutons! A teenager sitting next to me leaned over and said, “They’re gonna’ make a lot of noise!”
I could barely control my laughter enough to partake.
There may not have been a “tinkle” of glass against wood at that service, but I could have sworn that Cap’n Crunch® was present in the house!
For many years now in all churches I have attended the little communion glasses have been replaced with disposable plastic. This was to the joy of whosoever was charged with washing the little glasses, I’m sure, but there just was not the same effect when the plastic was placed in the hymnal racks. Plastic does not “tinkle.”
Nevertheless, I began collecting the little plastic glasses from which I partook.
Nonetheless, at one of our visits to KARM my wife found a set of communion trays that contained several glass cups. Of course I purchased them to display on my communion table. At that point I began to collect the plastic cups from my communion experiences.
And then COVID came. Now not only is the “wine” served in plastic, the containers are now much like those containing coffee creamer in restaurants. (I hope it wouldn’t be irreverent to refer to “fast food” for communion!)
There are two tabs—the top for the “bread” and the other for the “wine”. Now at First Baptist, instead of the deacons serving the “bread” and the “wine” separately, both are served simultaneously, thereby limiting both the length of the service and the amount of organ accompaniment.
When I was a very young child, the Lord’s Supper was just something attached to the end of a regular Sunday morning service, an addition that made the services seemingly unbearably long! As I grew older at First Baptist, I became fascinated by the ritualism of the ceremony and K. David Myers’ accompanying organ music.
I learned over the years the significance of the practice—a most holy sacrament reserved for the participation of only those who claimed saving knowledge through the Lord Jesus Christ, a remembrance to show the Lord’s death till he returns to earth again.
The pastor of my youth, William L. Mitchell, was very formal. He ensured that the church understood the importance of respecting the Lord’s Supper. Preacher Mitchell always quoted the same exact Scriptures before consumption of the “bread” and “wine,” and I found the sameness comforting. Even though every pastor conducts the Lord’s Supper in a manner befitting himself, I still hear my childhood pastor’s voice and recall those comforting verses.
In his final years Preacher Mitchell pastored Greenway Baptist Church in Knoxville. I had the opportunity a few years ago on my birthday to again attend one final communion service officiated by him and again hear those beautiful verses in his comforting voice.
Preacher Mitchell left First Baptist in my early college years, and succeeding pastors carried out the Lord’s Supper with the same reverence as had Preacher Mitchell. I remember that Pastor Joe McCoy brought the practice of having the deacons’ wives bake the unleavened bread used for the ceremony from a recipe he provided.
It has been a pleasure to meet with you once again in writing, Dear Reader. As usual, I leave you with a few tidbits from my email world.
Did you ever notice that it's a lot easier to get up at 6 a.m. to play golf
than at 10 a.m. to go to church?
Work like you don’t need the money.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like nobody’s watching.
Sing like nobody’s listening.
Live like it’s Heaven on Earth.
In our grandparents’ time:
Lives were governed by the Bible, good judgment, and common sense.
Children were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for their actions.
Protons have mass?
I didn't even know they were Catholic.



Union County Success: From UCHS to UT Commemorative Speaker

As Cadie Chapell approached the front of the room, she was unsure of how her speech would go. Little did she know it would be her first of many.
Chapell, at the time a small, petit, 4th grader talked to her class about a family sky trip never imagining that those small steps would one day lead to her speaking in front of her graduating class and guests at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Nourish Kids Kick-off

Join us this Saturday, May 28, as the Union County Farmers Market kicks off our Nourish Kids program. This will be the third season that the market has partnered with Nourish Knoxville to present this program. Through a grant, Nourish Knoxville has been able to assist markets like ours throughout East Tennessee, providing materials and Produce Bucks making this program possible.

Historic Walking Tours

Interested in historic homes? Historic downtown Maynardville? East Tennessee history? Have you ever done a double-take and wondered what is that old building, what stories can it tell? If so, join us for a walk through history.

Tree Planting Problems

Improper planting depth is one of the most common challenges impacting the growth and health of urban trees. Trees planted incorrectly are not only subjected to the physical stresses of improper placement, they’re also more susceptible to insect pests and fungal pathogens. These issues, combined with the already stressful urban environment, may lead to the untimely decline of trees that would otherwise prosper if planted correctly.

UTIA Appoints Gary Bates Head of Department of Plant Sciences

Interim Director Gets Nod to Continue Role Permanently

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has appointed Gary Bates, professor and interim head of the Department of Plant Sciences, as the department’s permanent leader.

Bates has served in the interim position since 2020.

The Famous Flying Trampoline

What came into your mind when you read the title? Did you think I was referring to some kind of circus performer like a trapeze artist? I can see why. They do some amazing stunts while flying through the air. Actually, I am talking about a trampoline that took a famous flight.

What a Sight!

Occasionally in life the stars align themselves, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes I can see the alignment, sometimes I cannot.
I remember several years meteor showers were predicted. I got out of bed around 2:00 a.m., the reported best time to see them at my location, to witness this wonder of nature. For whatever reason, I did not see the expected phenomenon.

Peanut butter and jelly bars

As i have said before, bar cookies are the easiest and quickest cookie to make. Who doesn't like peanut butter and jelly? These bar cookies are great

3 cups plain flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup grape jelly

Local Biodiversity

Biodiversity remains a big deal in ecology circles these days. The dictionary defines it simply as the variety of living things in a particular area or region. Opinions on the importance of biodiversity vary, but to me the loss of any plant or animal species means something’s wrong, and rightfully raises some concerns.


Union County Success Stories: From UCHS to LSU

Union County, a small part of Tennessee and an even smaller part of the United States. With a population of approximately 20,000 in 2019, we often wonder what is produced by the endeavors of our families, teachers, and leaders.
One story that I would like to begin to tell over the next few months, is the story of successes that have come from our small part of the world.

Walk the Market Returns

UT Extension Union County and the Union County Farmers Market are at it once again; partnering to create healthier, more active lifestyles. When you join us at the market each Saturday, just sign-in and pick-up your pedometer for the day, then walk the market and surrounding areas. When finished, exchange the pedometer for the market bucks you have earned! Thank Reliant Family Health for sponsoring this program and providing the market bucks and incentives.


One of my favorite songs as a child was, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” I don’t know many times I have peered into the night sky and thought of that song. At times, I even sang it. So to me, the word “Twinkling,” meant something shiny and sparkly. That changed for me a few years ago in a dramatic way.


Once upon a time a weary Ronnie Mincey prepared himself for bed. His lovely bride had retired some time earlier. He turned on the television to assist his delve into the realms of rest. As he crawled under the covers beside his oblivious wife and wrapped himself “just so” in the sheets, he heard something fall to the floor.

Why We Love the Mountains

Mountains seem to be a universal attraction to people no matter where they come from. To those who were born and raised in them, they are especially endearing because they were the constant backdrop of our lives: their beauty, their challenges, and their molding of the culture of our ancestors that was passed on to us. Mountains are special, but what is it about them that everybody falls in love with? This will sound over-simplistic, but the answer is their three-dimensional terrain. Let me explain.


Plant and Seed Share Return to Farmers Market

Need a plant to beautify your home? Maybe you really wanted to try 3 different varieties of summer squash so you ordered 3 seed packets, and now you have way too many seeds. Perhaps you even started them indoors, afraid they would not all germinate and now you have way too many plants. Plant and Seed Share to the rescue!

Headed My Way

When I heard the announcement at church, I was so excited. It was a chance to play on a real softball team again.
You see, I played softball for years when I was kid. My position was second base. I played that position in the Knox County and state championship games. I also played it in invitational tournaments. So, when the church organized a lady’s softball team as part of the outreach ministry, I immediately signed up. I couldn’t wait to smell the infield dirt.


I begin with some questions for thought—Do you ever give advice? Do you like to give advice? If so, what does that say about your opinion of yourself? Do you ever receive advice from others, either solicited or unsolicited? How well do you receive advice from others? Are you better at giving or receiving advice? Are you one of those who could care less about either giving or receiving advice?


I have several recipes similar to this one. Each is a little different. Most call for corn meal. This recipe uses biscuit mix instead. It goes together quickly.

Paulownia: The Purple Roadside Tree

Paulownia is most often noticed when it blooms in the Spring, right now in fact. Its large tubular purple blooms are quite showy along roadsides.

Paulownia (Paulownia tomentosa) is also called royal princess tree, empress tree, and lilac tree. It is not native to the U.S. but was introduced as an ornamental landscape tree around 100 years ago. It’s a very prolific seed producer and has since spread until it can now be found everywhere, especially along roadsides and other disturbed areas.


Mother’s Day blooms at Union County nurseries

For all of your Mother’s Day needs visit one of Union County nurseries. Today I had the pleasure of visiting with Allen Beeler at the Little Valley Nursery. He took me on a tour of his greenhouse, showing his hanging baskets and potted plants getting ready for Mother’s Day. This is one of his busiest times of the year. His best seller is the Black Mamba petunia, and the Mother’s Day favorite is the classic petunia, with red being the favorite.

UCBPA hosts 25th annual prayer breakfast

Gathering of people at a meal

Members and guests gather to celebrate at the 25th Annual UCBPA Prayer Breakfast.

President Martin Shafer introduced his good friend Russell Biven to some 70 people who attended the 25th Annual Union County Business & Professional Prayer Breakfast on April 15.
Biven had already shared his heartwarming smile as he greeted nearly every attendee. The former moderator for Channel 10 Live at Five, Russell is currently the marketing director for the H. T. Hackney Brand.

Union County 4-H Camp coming in June

4-H campers in Greeneville, Tennessee

Union County 4-H is going to Clyde Austin 4-H camp June 6-10 in Greeneville, Tennessee. Junior 4-H camp is for 4th-6th grade students in Union County.
Junior 4-H Camp is an engaging program aimed at creating lifelong memories through exciting, constructive activities and fun-filled days. Campers have tons of things to do. The camp features an Olympic-sized pool with a 130-foot long waterslide, a wildlife center, a large recreation hall, ball fields, a basketball court, and shooting and archery ranges.

Two colleges coming to Union County

Two men making a speech

Representative Dennis Powers and Mayor Jason Bailey announce that TCAT and WSCC will be built by the state near the high school.

In a surprise announcement near the end of the groundbreaking ceremony for SR 33, Representative Dennis Powers stated that Union County would be receiving $9M to build a Tennessee College of Applied Technology and a community college adjacent to Union County High School. According to Powers, the construction would become a model for higher education across Tennessee.
County Mayor Jason Bailey added that seniors would be graduating with work ready certifications, additional dual enrollment courses, and possibly a high school diploma and an associate degree at the same time.

Egg factory letter-writing campaign raises awareness, no action

By Mary Nicholas Johnson
Thirteen hundred stamped letters. One hundred forty-two unique signatures. Hundreds of volunteer man hours.
No response.
Are we starting to see a pattern here from our elected officials? I hope you are waking up to the reality that other forces are shaping the future of our community—and it is not you, the citizens.

TVA presented $30k grant at commission meeting

Two ladies talking at a meeting

Aurora Pulliam and Tina Guinn presented a $30,000 grant check to the Union county Commission for shoreline stabilization at Beech Island.

Aurora Pulliam and Tina Guinn from the Tennessee Valley Authority presented Union County with a grant check for $30,000 at the Union County Commission meeting on April 25, 2022. The grant will address the erosion at the campground on Beech Island that could negatively impact the environment.
Pulliam, who manages the recreational agreement between TVA and Union County explained that Union County Mayor Justin Bailey had initiated a request for a review by TVA after the marina discovered a concerning erosion problem in the campground area in 2020.

Hwy. 33 construction begins, slated for 2025 completion

group of people shoveling dirt to symbolically begin construction on a highway

Officials turn some dirt during the groundbreaking ceremony for the last section to complete the widening of SR 33 from Knoxville to Maynardville.

April 8, 2022, was a landmark day in Union County. On that date officials from all levels of government along with representatives of the Tennessee Department of Transportation “turned some dirt” to begin the last leg of the widening of SR 33 known as Maynardville Highway from the Knox County line to SR 144 West for a distance of 5.2 miles.

Plainview amends subdivision regulation, installs officers

Mayor installs a police qfficer

Plainview Mayor Gary Chandler administers the oath to Deputy Jonathan Brogan.

At the close of the public hearing on Resolution R-2022-01 to amend the subdivision regulations, the City of Plainview Municipal Planning Commission voted to reduce the asphalt binder from 2.5 inches to 2 inches and leave the topcoat at 1.5 inches at its regular meeting on April 12.


Chiropractic care and stress

Managing the stress in your life — and most of us experience stress to one degree or another — is essential to keeping a healthy lifestyle. Stress comes from many directions and makes itself known in a variety of ways--it might show up as a headache, tight muscles, nausea or back pain. It’s generally caused by outside factors, some obvious, like fretting over financial problems, and others not so much, such as planning for a joyous occasion like an impending wedding.

4-H at the forefront

4-H is at the forefront of an incredibly necessary movement to help our kids build the skills and give them the tools to not only be productive and successful members of society, but to give back to their communities.
With this vital current goal of 4-H comes an equally important part of 4-H that teaches our kids skills that have been lost along the way with the ever-present emergence of technology and getting things done fast.

Union County Farmers Market opening soon

It’s that time again!
Farmers Markets are opening throughout the south, and that includes your Union County Farmers Market. The season kickoff will be Saturday, May 7, and we look forward to seeing you there.
We love to be ‘Where our Community Meets’ and share ideas, thoughts and information with adults and children alike. Perhaps you have wondered if the Union County Farmers Market is the place for you—we definitely think that it is!

BOE reviews FY 23 budget and calendar amendments

Director of Schools Dr. Jimmy Carter and Finance Director Missy Brown shared estimates in revenues and expenditures for the FY23 School Budget at the Union County Board of Education Meeting on April 12.
Projected increases in revenue include local sales tax, the virtual school payment, and BEP growth funds. Salaries as well as equipment and supply costs account for most of the expenditure increases.

Meet me at the Lemonade and Sunshine Festival

Little Valley Mercantile founders Tim and Kayla Cook.

The beautiful East Tennessee sunshine is ready to be soaked up. The weather is on point and sets the mood for some outdoor entertainment with the family and friends. Luckily, Meet Me at the Market is bringing the Lemonade and Sunshine Festival to Maynardville, kicking off the season right.
Stop in and enjoy local vendors, crafters, food trucks, music and more at the Union County High School parking area between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on May 14.

Canning Questions? Call Extension!

Hopefully we are past the final frost and all the rain and warmth will lead to an abundance in the garden this year. So how can we maximize our gardens? By preserving our harvests in the form of freezing, canning, and drying.
This is article two of four, where we will discuss canning. Freezing is a cheap, easy way to preserve foods where bacteria growth is stopped and items last longer. However, preserving foods by freezing is limited by freezer space. So how else can we stop bacteria growth without a freezer? Canning!

UC 4-H Clover Bowl results

5th grade first place winners are Kenny Greene, McKenzie Muncey, Grayson Schreieck, and Annabella Malicoat.

On April 11, 4th and 5th graders from Maynardville, Paulette, Big Ridge, Sharps Chapel and Luttrell elementary schools gathered at Horace Maynard Middle School to compete in the Union County 4-H Clover Bowl. Each team previously won their in-school contest to qualify to represent their school in the county contest.

Adoption in our house

I have three adopted children: Rick, Tom and Anne. This story is not about them. It is about my husband’s Aunt Orpha, his Uncle Bill’s wife. She was from northern Ohio and has been dead since the early eighties. I met her soon after I married.
Aunt Orpha was a sweetheart. She put up with Uncle Bill. I don’t remember if she had been married before, but I think she had. She was a favorite of mine. Uncle Bill and Aunt Orpha would come from Hillsdale, Michigan, to our house to watch TV.

Sara's Waggy Tails cares for furry friends

Interviews are a lot of fun for me since I enjoy meeting and getting to know other people. But this one is very special to me. You see, I had the honor of interviewing Sara Cox; the sole proprietor of “Sara’s Waggy Tails.”
Did you notice her last name is the same as mine? That is because she is my daughter.
While she was growing up, we couldn’t help but notice her love of animals. Actually, it went way past that. She seemed to also have a way with them as well. I used to joke that dogs would bite me, but they loved her. She could get them to behave and do things whereas I would receive a menacing growl. No exaggeration there.

Honey Chicken Leg Quarters

We know that honey mustard chicken wings are good. The same can be said for chicken leg quarters. They often come in ten-pound bags at the meat counter at a reduced price. Try this recipe and watch your family dig in.

Longmire family teamwork creates grocery legacy

Sitting on my front porch on this beautiful late April day with the shadows growing long, the temperature is at 80 degrees with a bluebird sky and white azaleas and dogwoods in bloom—life’s treasures given by the Creator.
My thoughts wander over to two very nice and gentle brothers that have deep roots from Union County to Knox County’s Corryton and Gibbs areas.

The 23rd Psalm in short order

I just want to take a moment to write down some random thoughts that come into my mind as I meditate upon Psalm 23. I have pasted the text below and will comment after each verse.
Psalm 23:1-6 KJV; A Psalm of David. David knew a lot about sheep and shepherding. In 2 Samuel 7, as David sits in his palace admiring its splendor, Nathan the prophet reminded David where God has brought him from. “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:”


Spring Violets

Violets are very abundant this time of year and are probably the most common and the easiest to identify family of spring wildflowers in our area. You can find them about anywhere, especially even in your yard right now unless you’re a grass purist who uses herbicides.


AREC Welcomes Undergraduate Researchers

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is pleased to welcome eight undergraduate researchers for the 2022 spring semester. Front row (left to right): Heather Mannis, Hannah Williams, and Savannah Jones. Back row: Eilish Bennett, Gray Erwin, Samuel Neary, and Adam Fuller. Not pictured is Lauren Pate.

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics has hired eight undergraduate researchers during the 2022 spring semester. The students and their mentors are, as follows:

Heather Mannis and Gray Erwin are working with Drs. Jada Thompson and Carlos Trejo-Pech by reviewing financial documents and creating a dataset for an event study on agribusiness firms relating to large animal health outbreaks, which provides an opportunity for these students to learn more about agricultural financial and food markets.

Ever Lasting Arms

Isn’t it funny how you can look back on things and see them differently after you are grown?
Back in the ancient times of the 1970s, there were no SUVS. When we went on family trips, we rode in one of Papaw’s station wagons. At least once a year, we all piled in one and headed south and east to Cades Coves in the Smokey Mountains. We always packed a picnic. Sometimes Papaw would stop at the KFC in Maryville and pick up a bucket of chicken to have with it.
But one trip was totally different.


The word “addiction” almost always has a negative connotation. I have a theory that everyone is addicted to something. While I believe that not all addictions are bad, I believe that any addiction can be both good and bad.
Take me, for example. I love to collect books. I also love to read them, but I find as much or more joy in the collecting. I learned on Jeopardy! there is a Japanese term for this—“tsundoku”.

Spanish rice

Years ago when i worked as a telephone operator in Angola, Indiana, i learned how to cook rice the South American way. A fellow operator had been married to a man from Venezuela. The main difference is how the rice is prepared. Her Spanish Rice had no meat. She just browned raw rice in a little oil and sauteed it a few minutes. Then she added canned tomatoes, onion and green pepper, cooking until the rice was tender. I understood this was the mainstay of poor folks' diet down there. Do i have you confused as to what is really Spanish Rice? It is whatever you want it to be. Try mine.

Pink Lady’s-slipper: A Wildflower with a Dark Side

It’s time to be on the lookout for Pink Lady’s-slippers, which normally bloom from late April to mid-May. They are one of the most striking flowers of the woods, but for all its beauty, has a bit of a sinister side, especially if you’re a Bumblebee.
Pink Lady’s-slipper, also called Moccasin Flower, does indeed look like a roundish shoe with its large, pink, bowl shaped flower, making it hard to miss on a hike in the woods. The flower has a slit opening in the front for pollinators to access, and always has two large, twin-like leaves with deep, parallel veins growing at the base of the plant. It prefers to grow in dry woods under a mix of oak and pine trees. Pink Lady’s-slipper is in the orchid family and is one of two shoe-like wildflowers, the other being Yellow Lady’s-Slipper, which prefers moist sites found in hollows and near streams.



Authors Guild of Tennessee

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 11:00

The Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Faith Lutheran Church in Farragut. Social time and book exchange begins at 10:30. Published authors are invited to attend. AGT is now accepting applications for associate membership from authors who have written a book but are not yet published. Serious authors only. In the event of inclement weather, check the AGT Website for updates and information: authorsguildoftn.org.

Sarah Kate Morgan, Busier Than Ever

Friday, June 3, 2022 - 10:30

Union County’s own Sarah Kate Morgan has a full season in 2022 and beyond with travel, concerts, performances, and teaching. If you haven’t had a chance to hear this talented lady in person, you will have many opportunities this year. This girl can make a stringed instrument sing as her soulful voice transports the audience to another, more peaceful time.

Appalachian Family Folk Gathering
June 3rd-5th
Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, KY


Friday, June 3, 2022 - 12:30

The Summer Reading Program "Oceans of Possibilities" for the libraries of Union County will begin Friday, June 3rd at the Maynardville Public Library at 12:30 pm with a story and then to follow: a painting class for kids of all ages. Then CW Farms Petting Zoo will be at the Luttrell Public Library on Monday, June 6th. See calendar for all program dates at each library.

Primitive Quartet

Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 18:00

Primitive Quartet, Journey Home, County Line, Saturday, July 23, 2022, 6 pm, Union County High School, 135 Main Street, Maynardville, TN. $10.
This concert is rescheduled from March 23, 2022 which was cancelled due to snow. All tickets purchased for the March date will be honored for July 23, 2022. Sponsored by Union County Lions Club. Additional information--865-278-6430, minceyr@ucps.org.


Janie Gonzales

Janie Dominguez Gonzales-age 71 of Luttrell passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center.

No services are planned.

Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Lois M. Williams

Lois Marie Williams-age 92 of New Tazewell (Union County), born March 24, 1930 passed away suddenly Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at her home. She was saved at an early age and was a longtime member of Leatherwood Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother and sister. Preceded in death by husband, John Franklin Williams; parents, Matt and Ollie (Russell) Evans; brothers, Carl Alfred and Clay Evans; sisters, Cecil Keck, Julie McGeorge and Resette Walls; infant sister, Faye; grandson, Brandon Williams and son-in-law, Larry Weaver.

Ben Williford

Ben Hugh Williford - age 89 of Maynardville, passed away peacefully May 24, 2022. No services are planned at this time. Trinity Funeral Home, LLC, Maynardville, has the honor to serve the family of Ben Williford. 865-992-5002 trinityfuneralhome.net

Mark Heath, Jr.

Mark Anthony Heath, Jr. - age 40 of Maynardville, passed away peacefully May 25, 2022 at home. No services are planned at this time. Trinity Funeral Home, LLC, Maynardville, has the honor to serve the family of Mark Heath, Jr. 865-992-5002 trinityfuneralhome.net

Amy Marie Coffey Smith

Amy Marie Coffey Smith, age 47, of Maynardville, Tennessee, passed away at home on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Amy was born April 28, 1975. She attended Big Ridge Elementary School, J. Frank White Academy, and Lincoln Memorial University where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Visual Art in 1996. In later years, she returned to teach at Big Ridge Elementary and to serve in multiple positions at Lincoln Memorial University including the role as Director of Alumni Services. She also worked in the Joyner Library at East Carolina University.

Logan Daniel Black

Hearts are heavy by the loss of Logan Daniel Black-age 26 of Newport passed away Monday, May 2, 2022 in Knoxville. A young man so full of light and love that befriended everyone he ever met. He was a son, brother, father, and dear friend to many. He will forever be missed.

Survivors: son, Sammy; daughters, Hynlie and Vanessa; mother, Rheannon Childress; brother, Dylan Childress; sister, Tiffany Black; nephew, Alyzae Robertson; nieces, Kilayla Black and Delilah Black. Grandmother, Sheila Rouse; uncle, Jack Childress. Several other aunts, uncles, great-aunts and great-uncles.

Brenda Collins Relford

Brenda Carol (Collins) Relford-age 72 of Knoxville passed away suddenly Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center. She was a member of Ailordale Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Wren and Adell (Ford) Collins; sisters, Evelyn and James Sands, Lorene Collins, Wanda and Danny Whitson; brothers, Clay and Brenda Collins, Jimmy Collins.

Josie Chesney

Josie Chesney-age 94 of Luttrell passed away peacefully Monday, May 16, 2022 at home with her family. She was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Elbert and Easter Hammock; husband, Richard “Dick” Chesney; daughter-in-law, Vivian Chesney; sisters, Christine Wallace and Esteen Hammock.

Dorothy Sanders

Dorothy Sanders – age 79 of Maynardville, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 14, 2022 surrounded by her family.

She is preceded by husband, Harold Sanders; parents, Edward and Elizabeth (Rogers) Cooper; brothers, Andrew, Jack and Dennis Cooper: and grandson, Randall Sands. Dorothy is survived by former husband, Fred McHaffie; daughters, Debra McHaffie, Faye Sands, Fredda McHaffie and Donna Beason; son, Fred McHaffie, Jr.; five grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Dulcie Gunter

Dulcie Renee Gunter-age 52 of Sharps Chapel passed away suddenly Tuesday, May 10, 2022 in North Carolina.

Survivors: son, Marty Rogers of Maryville; daughter, Kenzie Lou Rogers of Maryville. Parents, Ed and Delores Warren of Sharps Chapel; siblings, Billy and Lorrie Lacy; Sheila Warren Honer; Wendy Warren; Tony Warren; Mark and Linda Warren; Troy Warren; Eddie Warren; April and Rob Miracle. Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Louise N. Phipps

Louise Needham Phipps-age 90 of Powder Springs passed away peacefully Monday morning, May 9, 2022 at the home of her son. She was a member of Johnson’s Chapel Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Earl and Martha Needham; husband, Charles Phipps; son, Larry Phipps.

Randy Blankenship

Randy Edward Blankenship-age 64 of Washburn, born March 27, 1958 passed away suddenly Thursday, May 5, 2022. He was a Christian and was of the Baptist faith. Retired employee of Carmeuse Lime and Stone (Luttrell Operation). He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Preceded in death by father, Coy Blankenship; nephew, Dennis Dalton; grandparents, Ernest and Ida Blankenship; Vaughn and Ida Mae Wolfenbarger.

Warren Seymour, Jr.

Elmer Warren Seymour, Jr.-age 61 of Corryton passed away Tuesday morning, May 3, 2022 at U. T. Medical Center. He was born May 7, 1960 in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. He was a member of Comforter in Christ Church. He loved everyone unconditionally and everyone loved him. He was preceded in death by wife, Annette Seymour; parents, Elmer Warren, Sr. and Martha Seymour; brother, Timothy Seymour.

Karen D. (Loop) Booker

Karen Darlene Booker-age 66 of Luttrell passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at her home after a hard and courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by all her family. Karen was of the Baptist faith and a member of Willow Springs Baptist Church. Preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Lucille Loop; nephew, Shane Smith.

Tony Ray Odom

Tony Ray Odom – age 57 of Maynardville, passed away unexpectedly into the arms of the Lord May 2, 2022. He died as he lived, everyone’s friend. He lived life large and rarely in moderation. Tony had an amazing sense of humor, his wit was razor sharp. He wanted to keep everyone laughing. His bigger than life personality made everyone feel welcome. Tony loved fiercely and deeply. We take comfort in knowing that Tony is at peace and surrounded by Jesus’s love.

Richard Livesay

Richard Livesay, 63 of Maynardville, laid down his working tools to be with the Lord on April 27, 2022. He was a member of Circle Assembly of God and an ordained minister of the Gospel. Richard was a member of J. C. Baker Lodge #720 and a Shriner at Kerbela Temple and in the Go Kart Unit. He was the owner of Livesay Electric, Inc. and in 2011 stepped up to the position of Chief Electrical Inspector of Hamilton County, TN. Richard enjoyed classic rock, guitars and old cars. He was a loving father, grandfather, devoted husband and a patient and kindhearted man.

Barry D. Evans

Barry D. Evans (“Poppy”) 69 years old of Knoxville, passed away at his home on April 26, 2022, after a hard fought battle against a rare brain disease. Barry was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, son and friend. He had been an active member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church for 33 years. Barry graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. He was employed at Tennessee Valley Authority for 10 years before starting his own business which he owned for 32 years.

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