Advertise it!

After helping my mother put up our humble, four-foot artificial Christmas for a few years, the responsibility was turned over to me. I’m not sure Mother was ever really fond of putting up a Christmas tree. I had an unspoken rule that the tree was to be put up two weeks before Christmas and taken down the day after.
We had a string of ten C-7 bulbs with a “flasher” that plugged into the wall. I have never before or since seen a “flasher,” but it was plugged into the end of the string of lights, then the “flasher” was plugged directly into the wall. This device caused the entire light set to flash on and off, much like neon motel lights from olden times that are still occasionally seen in television movies.
I used to sit in my rocker for hours, listening to records on my portable RCA phonograph as those red, blue, green and yellow/orange lights flashed.
I used to gauge the holiday season by the advent of the first Christmas commercial I saw on our black and white, three station set (occasionally four stations if the PBS affiliate WSJK-TV, Sneedville, Tennessee, on Channel 2 was available).
Now that I have access to cable television, I fly just the opposite. I try to see how long into the New Year I can go without seeing some advertisement for Christmas. We all have our “pet peeves,” and one of mine is the gross over-commercialization of Christmas.
A lot of the magic of the holiday naturally leaves as a child becomes an adult and realizes the difference between fantasy and reality, but for me seeing a Christmas commercial or movie almost every day of the year diminishes some of the joy of the season.
Of course, to what is owed the over-commercialization of Christmas? Bottom line—the same thing that dictates practically everything in our free enterprise society—money! Only Jesus could have known the monetary fallout of the celebration of His birthday, now “observed” year round.
You, Dear Reader, might at this point ask why I am writing an article concerning Christmas during the month of October. I guess I’ve joined the fallen ranks. If the Hallmark Channel can show Christmas movies all throughout the year, I suppose I can write one article out of season without too much grief.
A great deal of the revenue surrounding Christmas comes by route of advertisement. I remember the first time I saw the movie A Christmas Story. I still watch it at least once per year (during the Christmas season, preferably on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, thank you).
I recall the part where Ralphie was so excited to get his Little Orphan Annie decoder ring in the mail. When he finally received it, he locked himself in the bathroom so he could in privacy decipher the secret message, directly from Little Orphan Annie herself, meant exclusively for him.
His excitement mounted until he read the completed message—DON’T FORGET TO DRINK YOUR OVALTINE. Ralphie used a choice phrase of cursing to express his “delight” at receiving this wonderful message.
Part of the joy (if there is any) of advertising is those catch phrases that still play in our older minds after all these years. The fact that I remember these slogans after 40 or so years shows the cost-effectiveness of effective long-term advertising. See if you can remember which products were being advertised with these slogans:
Please don’t squeeze the _______.
You deserve a break today.
Pack up your troubles in a ____ _____ ___ and smile, smile, smile!
It’s the real thing.
You’re gonna’ drink it just for the taste of it.
Where’s the beef?
The richest, most aromatic kind of coffee!
Ring around the collar!
99 44/100th percent pure!
I can’t believe I ate the whole thing!
Double your pleasure, double your fun.
He won’t eat it—he hates everything!
Reach out and touch someone.
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a _______ ____ ___?
Have it your way!
Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us.
They melt in your mouth, not in your hands.
The breakfast of champions!
We bring good things to light!
Don’t leave home without it.
I am stuck on ____-___, cause ____-___’s stuck on me.
Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.
“Who wears short shorts?”
Silly Rabbit, ____ are for kids!
Bring the whole crew, it’s the fun thing to do!”
“_-____ is the savings place.”
And there are so many others, but space and time are limited.
Anyone out there remember the days when you would receive the first volume of a set of books in the mail to cause you to want to buy the rest? Remember the occasional free Reader’s Digest condensed book? Remember the days when glassware and towels were included in boxes of laundry detergent and oatmeal? If you bought enough of these products, you would eventually have a bathroom full of towels and a cupboard full of matching glasses.
Advertising is like everything else. Slogans and procedures have to change to continue attracting people’s attention.
Most junk mail gets thrown away. I recently received a cardboard package at work addressed to me. It had a return address that I did not recognize.
The old adage “curiosity killed the cat” came into play, so I opened the package, only to find inside a catalog from a company that had sent me catalogs numerous times. At least they got my attention this time—I had to open the package before throwing the contents into the trash to meet all its predecessors.
There was another day this past June that I was presented in the mail at work what has been to date possibly the most creative advertising pitch I have ever received, a small white box, roughly four and a half inches square and three and a half inches tall.
It also had an unfamiliar return address on it, and curiosity caused me to open the box. Inside was an object wrapped in white tissue paper. This turned out to be some kind of possibly stress relieving “squeeze toy”, a green somewhere between army and lime. It had the company logo and web site directly above two black spots, obviously eyes for this imaginary creature, whatever it might be.
There was more. Next there was a card from the CEO and founder of the company (not handwritten, but mass printed, in case you are thinking this really is too good to be true) inviting me to visit the company’s website so my district could benefit from purchase of the product, as two other Tennessee school districts had done. (I wonder if these two districts received a discount on their purchases in return for being used in advertising?)
Finally, in a small, clear plastic, seal-tight pouch was a four-piece puzzle that further advertised this product. Here the company missed an opportunity. Only one side of the puzzle had anything on it—the advertising potential could have been doubled by printing on both sides of the puzzle.
As if this wasn’t enough, I received a short time later an email from a representative of this company which stated in part, “We hope the alien stress ball (I guessed that one!) we sent you is helping you with the pressure of preparing for a new school year!”
I didn’t even know it then, but it would have taken much more to relieve the pressure of what has to date been one of the most stressful beginnings to a school year I have experienced in 15 years.
Would you like to know the identity of the company that sent me this wonderful advertising package? Sorry, but I have not been paid to be a spokesperson for this product. I suggest you ask educational representatives in the Monroe and Bledsoe county school systems—possibly they were remunerated for the privilege.
So what did I get out of this? A stress ball for my cat to play with (she isn’t interested) and a small puzzle to amuse a child who might wander into my office (hasn’t happened to date). Still, I applaud this company for exhibiting the most creativity in advertising I have possibly ever experienced.
But there are lows in advertising, just like anything else. I have been watching “free to me” episodes of “Young Sheldon” and “The Middle” recently.
I just noticed yesterday a commercial I’d never seen before. (I suppose that’s because I usually fast forward through them, but this is not allowed on the “free to me” feature of which I was taking advantage.)
The commercial featured an attractive woman in flowing clothing done in shades of brown. This woman is within a location that billows with materials that are also shades of brown. She begins the commercial by announcing, “I am my ______ (intimate body part to be inserted by you, Dear Reader).
The first time or two I saw this commercial it obviously didn’t register. Then, my mind started working. How much money would I have to be paid to appear on worldwide television to advertise myself as my most intimate body part?
Then I started thinking about those old Reader’s Digest articles from the 1970s, “I am Joe’s ______.” I also thought about those commercials which went something like, “I’m not a ______, but I played one on TV.”
Personally, I’ll stick with Popeye:“I yam what’s I yam and dat’s what I yam!” As some advertising has shown, it could have been far worse!
May the month of October be kind to you and yours, Dear Reader. I leave you with a few thoughts from my email world.
For the most part true useless facts:
A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily! (That explains a few mysteries…)
There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.
The ten most valuable brand names on earth:
Apple, Coca Cola, Google, IBM, Microsoft,
GE, McDonalds, Samsung, Intel and Toyota, in that order.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if . . .
3M merged with Goodyear and became . . . MMMGood!



Jesus Lantern

For Molly, she had looking forward to going to Papaw’s garden
She and her brother Johnny each get to pick out a pumpkin

Johnny looked at the large ones, but kicked the small ones away
Molly knew her pumpkin had to be special, so she closed her eyes to pray

She asked God to send her the perfect one to use
Something hit her foot, which sent mud on her shoes

It was a little pumpkin that Johnny had left behind
Molly picked it up and ran her hand over the rind

What a Difference One Letter Can Make

It was the summer of 1983. I had just graduated from Union County High School and was waiting to begin attending Lincoln Memorial University in the fall. I knew that I would be living on campus and that I would have a roommate. The college sent me his name, but nothing else. Of course I was somewhat apprehensive about having to live in such close quarters with a total stranger. My concern was greatly alleviated when my future roommate wrote me a letter more or less introducing himself to me. What a difference a letter can make!


By: Steve Roark
Volunteer Interpreter, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Spiders have been stereotyped as being dangerous and the natural tendency is to squash them before taking time to consider how beneficial and interesting they are. Their most unique talent is producing silk and spinning it into webs to catch prey.


Booker Earns State Certification

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and State Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins recognize Administrators of Elections from Clay, Union and Washington counties for recently passing the state Certification Exam for Administrators of Elections.

The newly certified election administrators are:

Farm Bureau Members Annual Meeting

Farm Bureau Women left to right - Debbie Corum, Ashley Mike, Wanda Byerley, Lawana Wilkerson, Imogene Muncey

October holds the precedent for the year for the Union County Farm Bureau as the Board of Directors holds the Annual Meeting each fall. This year, amongst a board room daunted with beautiful autumn colored tables and décor, friends and members gathered to recap the year and look forward to a good kickoff to the next.

Turning the Page

There are certain days from your childhood that you never forget. For me, it was a Saturday morning when I was five years old. Every ten minutes, I ran to the backdoor and stood on the top step. From there, I could see all the way down to the bridge that spanned Bull Run Creek.
What was I so anxious about? The piano my parents had bought was to be delivered that morning. My mother has always loved music and she knew of its importance, so she made sure we had one. For years, my parents made a payment on it every month.

Primer On Spinal Adjustment

The hallmark of chiropractic treatment is the spinal adjustment, a manipulation of the vertebrae — the individual bones that make up the spine. The purpose of the adjustment is to make sure those bones, through which the spinal cord stretches, are properly aligned. That’s important because the nerves that carry information from the brain to various parts of the body emanate from the spine, and reach out between the vertebrae.

6th Annual Clays For Children Raises Record $55,000.00 To Support Children’s Centers Of The 8th Judicial District

On Friday, September 24, District Attorney General Jared Effler and staff, in partnership with the Children’s Centers of the 8th Judicial District, hosted the Sixth Annual Clays for Children Sporting Clays Tournament at Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club in Maryville. The purpose of this event was to raise money to support the children’s centers of the 8th Judicial District, comprised of Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott, and Union counties.

A Little Over Fifty-Three Years Ago

Nothing in this world lasts forever. I offer a personal example. In 2009 I had my basement waterproofed. The sump pump came with a lifetime guarantee of free replacement if it malfunctioned. Just this past Thursday the dreaded malfunction came after twelve years. The basement again flooded. The company is going to honor its warranty and replace the pump free of charge, though I will have to pay the service fee, of course.

Butternut, the Other Walnut

By: Steve Roark
Volunteer Interpreter, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Black walnut is well known to most folks, but there is another walnut native to our area. Butternut (Juglans cinerea), also called White walnut, likes to grow in the same deep, moist soils like its black cousin, but is becoming rare to find.


Family Fun in Knoxville's Backyard

As Dena Oakes walked her children through a field of bright orange pumpkins in 1999, she realized that she may be able to put her own twist on a pumpkin patch.
Three generations of Oakes have made a living in the Corryton community, while operating two agribusiness endeavors . One being Oakes Pumpkin Patch and farm, one of the largest agritourism spots in our area. This destination is filled with a corn maze, pick your own pumpkin patch, an animal exhibit and much more.

National 4-H Week: Something to Celebrate

Whether it be your first experience in the 4th grade as Mr. Bill Morgan walked into your classroom or your last experience as you traveled to National 4-H Congress, 4-H has impacted many in our community.
Last week millions of members, supports, and alumni across the nation celebrated National 4-H week while those in Tennessee had something a little extra to celebrate.

UCBPA seeks man and woman of 2021 nominees

Nominations are now open for Union County Business & Professional Association Man & Woman of 2021. Anyone in Union County may make a nomination. Nominees shall be residents of Union County or gainfully employed in Union County or a current member of UCBPA. Nominees may perform service as a result of their job or as volunteers and demonstrate good citizenship for others to emulate.

Horace Maynard FFA Seeking Alumni and Supporters

Horace Maynard FFA was established in 1928. Over the years many families have been involved in the organization and have molded their lives around agriculture in some shape or form because of the incredible impact from the experience. Currently the UCHS agriculture program holds around 130 active members, including current students and at least four who are currently in college and working to achieve their American Degree, the highest accomplishment within the organization.

Heritage Ribbons Awarded

Maddy Collins smiles with 4-H exhibit entries

Heritage Festival happens every year the first Saturday of October. Great music, great food, learning about heritage skills, and the pride of supporting our local community are just a few of the reasons that this festival is such a treasure here in Union County. However, there is a lot happening leading up to festival weekend. UT Extension Union County holds a haybale decorating contest, pie baking contest, and judging of festival exhibits each year the week before the festival.

A Little Soreness After Treatment Is Okay

Generally, after the start of any new sort of physical activity you may feel a little soreness. Starting chiropractic treatment can yield the same result. So if you are among the roughly 30 million people who see chiropractors each year, welcome to the club. The most common side effect of chiropractic treatment is slight soreness.

Let's Do Launch

For me, it was a once in a life time experience and I wasn’t going to miss it.
Many, many years ago, we were visiting were relatives in Ormond Beach Fla. Being the geek that I am, I had checked the NASA website for Space Shuttle launches. Yes, they were still launching them at that time. Anyway, it so happened there was a scheduled launch during our visit.

Mind Your Own Business

I had never seen an episode of Leave It to Beaver until just a few years ago. One thing in the show that I found interesting was Wally’s use of the phrase, “Aw, you’re giving me the business” whenever someone said something that to him was unbelievable.
Now let’s turn our thoughts to the movie version of A Christmas Carol that featured George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge. At one point, Scrooge tells the ghost of his seven-year deceased partner Jacob Marley that he was always a good man of business. “Business! Mankind was my business,” the ghost replied.

What Makes Great Fall Colors

Fall coloration of trees in our area is always looked forward to. The presence of a large number of trees having brilliant fall foliage is more unusual than you think, as the only other places in the world with a similar abundance of foliage colorations are northern China, Korea, and Japan. A common question this time of year is: will the colors be good or not? The answer is meteorological.


'Take a Country Road' to the 16th Union County Heritage Festival

tents at a festival

Craft vendors and demonstrators at the 2018 Festival

As the 2021 theme says, tourists from area counties as well as several states plan to “Take a Country Road” for the Union County Heritage Festival on Saturday, October 2.
Just follow Thunder Road (Hwy 33) and Wilson Lane to all of the festivities in Wilson Park. Visitors can board the free shuttle (the big yellow bus) sponsored by Monroe Bus Lines, State Farm Insurance, and City of Plainview to view the Quilt Show, talk to the authors, and eat some country cookin' at the Union County Museum.

"Cutting Time" by Betty Bullen is Heritage Fest collectible print

A field of tobacco with a tractor and a barn.

"Cutting Time," the 2021 Union County Heritage Festival collectible print by Betty Bullen

When the Union County Heritage Festival (UCHF) committee announced the theme for the 2021 Heritage Festival to be "Take A Country Road," my mind immediately went to what a one might have seen as he or she traveled down a country road in Union County some fifty-plus years ago. For sure, one would have seen a tobacco patch, or 'bakker patch' as it might have been called back then.

Locals prepare to kick off global project Operation Christmas Child

The local area team of year-round volunteers are Connie French, Rev. Jody Winstead, Cheryl Wells, Casie Demetroff, Amie Winstead, Rachel Goodman, Missy Middleton, Jessica Chambers, Roy Walton. (Not photographed: Holly Simmons, Melissa Johnson, Brenda Graves.)

Maynardville, TN, October 2021— Union County residents want children in need around the world to receive a gift this Christmas season and to experience the love and hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
“Anyone can be a part of making an eternal impact on the lives of children this holiday season simply by packing a shoebox gift filled with school supplies, toys, hygiene items like a toothbrush and a “WOW” item like a stuffed animal or soccer ball,” says Amie Winstead, Area Coordinator.

Heiskell's Pumpkins in the heart of Maynardville

When a five-year-old boy trotted through the patch of bright orange pumpkins, his future in agriculture was just beginning.
Jacob Heiskell, son of Jason Heiskell and a junior at Union County High School, can be found at his dad and grandfather James' service station, Heiskell’s, at the corner of Hwy. 33 and Heiskell Road in the heart of Maynardville, selling his pumpkins directly across from where they were planted.
What started out as Jacob helping his father grow pumpkins at the young age of five has now led to a young entrepreneur taking on the family tradition.

Some in Chapel concerned over chicken farm

Mary Johnson with Friends of the Chapel speaks about pharmaceutical chicken farm

Mary Johnson addressed the Union County Commission at its September 27 meeting regarding the construction of a pharmaceutical chicken farm by Alpes Sanfer, Inc., in Sharps Chapel.
The company would place eight barns with 9,000 chickens in each barn on one of the oldest farms in Sharps Chapel, according to Johnson. Sanfer will be developing pathogen-free eggs to be used in making vaccines. The facility will employ approximately 30 people at an hourly rate of $13 to $17 but have made no promise to hire Union County residents, according to Johnson.

Danger Of Heavy Handbags

Big bags — hobos, totes, messengers, the names change over years — are always in style. They’re functional, too, because they can hold a lot of, well, stuff. But that’s precisely where the risk can come in. Slung over one shoulder, they can eventually cause neck and shoulder pain similar to the kind of problem chiropractors see in kids who carry ill-fitting heavy backpacks. Women — and men — carrying such bags are contorting their posture to counterbalance a heavy bag that is pulling on one side. This can wreak havoc with muscles and with the spine.

Biscuit baking: A tradition 4-H shares with the fair

Union County 4-Hers Samuel Helton, Jessica Garcia, Elijah Helton rolling out biscuits at the TN Valley Fair

There is nothing that can compete with the smell of fresh baked biscuits!
Biscuit baking is a tradition in this region and there are many who will share fond memories of baking biscuits with their family. However, there are many who have never baked biscuits and would like to learn! Every year, 4-H combines education and the nostalgic reminder of baking biscuits with family by setting up a booth at the Tennessee Valley Fair.
Groups of students come in shifts to learn how to make biscuits and pass them out to patrons visiting the fair. It is a hit!

4-H-ers explore government at Congress

left to right in 2021 Delegates outside capitol – Rheagan Collins, Jacie Hawkins, Jeremiah Tindell, Jonathan Tindell

In August, four Union County 4-H members participated in Tennessee 4-H Congress: Rheagan Collins, Kaleb Hanna, Jacie Hawkins, Jeremiah Tindell and Jonathan Tindell. They served as a delegates and competitors at the 2021 Tennessee 4-H Congress in Nashville.
This will be the 74th anniversary of this event. Since its beginning in 1948, 4-H Congress has given some 32,400 4-H-ers and volunteer leaders firsthand experience in state government.

Farmers Market online now open

Would you like to purchase farm fresh products all year? You can!
You won’t have to miss any of that farm fresh beef and pork, dairy products, eggs, honey, soaps, balms and other products from your favorite vendors. You’ll also be able to order some of those late peppers, potatoes, winter squashes, greens as they are harvested, and, be the first to purchase fresh spring produce!

Vol State designation for UC 4-H-er Kaleb Hanna

Kaleb Hanna, Union County 4-Her received highes 4-H honor of Vol State Award.

Kaleb Hanna of Union County was one of 83 4-H members recently recognized with the Vol State award at the University of Tennessee at Martin during State 4-H Roundup.
The Vol State award is the highest level of recognition a Tennessee 4-H member may achieve. The award is presented to high school juniors and seniors in recognition of excellence in all phases of 4-H work, as well as service and leadership rendered in their communities.

4-H students compete in regional Outdoor Meat Cookery competition

left to right: Jeremiah Tindell, Jonathan Tindell, Kaleb Hanna, Travis Hanna, Jada McMurray Dyer, Jessie Garcia, Zeeva Boucher, Gracie Tindell. Members of the Union County 4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery Team

Every August, on a bright and sunny summer morning, students from across East Tennessee load up their grills and meet at the Appalachian Gray Fair in Gray, Tennessee, between Kingsport and Johnson City.

Come and dine

John 21:12 KJV:
[12] Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine.
It’s the third meeting Jesus is hosting for some of his disciples after his Resurrection. Like any good host, Jesus wants everyone to be relaxed before they really get into the serious business at hand for them. So he starts his meeting with a fish fry as it were. Fish sandwiches to be exact or at least their version of a fish sandwich, which was simply bread and fish—a highly appropriate meal for a meeting with a bunch of fishermen, cooked by someone that once said, “man does not live by bread alone.” (Matthew 4:4)


Tennessee state symbols

The state of Tennessee is the greatest place on earth. I have not lived anywhere else so I might be a little partial but most that live here, or visit will agree it’s a pretty great place.
Tennessee has a list of things that are symbolic to the state. One of the most recognizable symbols is our state flag. The flag has the iconic three stars that represents the three parts of the state that have their own qualities due to geographical and cultural differences. Those differences come together to make a state like no other.

Cucumber and Onion Salad

In the summertime, fresh from the garden, Mother would stir up a cucumber and onion salad. She never put sugar in her dish. I do. She combined vinegar, salt and water with the sliced cucumbers and onions. Mother never used sour cream in anything. We didn't have a refrigerator back in the day.

Going to school almost a century ago

I started school eighty-six years ago. I was four years old. We lived in a tenant house on the farm owner’s land. Dad earned forty dollars a month milking cows and working in the fields. The Great Depression was well under way. Farm work was the only job Dad could find. He had worked previously as a lineman, setting poles and stringing telephone wire. Most country people didn’t have phones until them.

Heart and soul

Tim and Brooke Prom 1982

I was at the tender age of 16 when I received the message. It wasn’t a text since we didn’t have smartphones back in the ’80s. And no, it wasn’t a note somebody slipped to me during class. This one came from a higher source.

Apple Knowledge

With autumn comes the nostalgia of the apple harvest, a fruit whose history goes back a long way. Legend and art have made the Tree of Knowledge that led to the downfall of Adam and Eve an apple, but the Bible only refers to a fruit. What follows is more apple knowledge of this famous fruit than you probably care to know.
Apples were first brought to America from England in 1629 by Massachusetts Governor John Winthrop. The first apples probably came from the trees Winthrop planted in Boston, from which “ten fair pippins” (apples) were picked in 1639.

The Crow’s Nest

Country Connections by James and Ellen Perry
It’s early autumn now, nights getting cooler, days getting shorter with cool mornings and warm afternoons. Some trees are showing color and goldenrods are bright yellow with flowers.
Goldenrods are the last honey flow for the bees before winter sets in. The reptiles are searching for underground places to overwinter in. Black bears and groundhogs are hunting food to build fat reserves for their upcoming hibernation.

TAEP application period October 1-7

The annual application period for the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program is October 1-7, 2021. New application materials are available online and at the UT Extension office.
Please note Hay Storage and Hay Equipment rotate each program year. Hay Equipment will be offered in 2021-2022. Approval notifications are scheduled to be mailed mid-December.
Program purchases can be made starting October 1, 2021, and must be completed by the program’s final reimbursement request deadline.

Deep Rooted History in the Mountains of Grainger Country

It was 1972 and Bill Nickle was walking the steep mountainside of Hogskin Valley when he realized that his dream was becoming reality.
A dream born in the late 1960’s was starting to come to fruition as his vision of Narrow Ridge was laying before his eyes.

Getting Out With The New Baby

After the experience of a nine-month pregnancy and delivery, few of life’s pleasures measure up to taking the new baby out to meet the world. That could be in the form of a walk, run or hike. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has some thoughts for you to keep in mind on how to best enjoy that experience and avoid injury.

It Just So Happened

Some people believe in them. Some don’t. No, I am not talking about aliens or
ghosts. I am referring to coincidences. Or as we say here in East Tennessee: “It just so happened.” Recently, we experienced quite a few of them in one afternoon.

Do You Find This Offensive?

I was on my way to work the other day. I was tuned in to the BBN radio station and heard a preacher tell a joke. A preacher was in the pulpit preaching his sermon. He noticed all through the sermon that a lady kept staring directly at him.
When the service ended, the lady marched up to the preacher and said, “There are frayed strings on your bow tie and they have been driving me crazy all through your sermon. Your attire is offensive to me!”



Chub Masingo

Chub (Charles) Masingo-age 68 of Sharps Chapel, born May 15, 1953 died Wednesday, October 20, 2021. He was of the Baptist faith. He is preceded in death by his beautiful daughter, Kasie Ann Masingo; parents, Sillus and Mattie Masingo; siblings, Donald and Mary Masingo;7 special nephew, Thomas Masingo; brothers-in-law, Charlie Kistler and Ken Rutherford.

Logan Beason

Ernest Logan Beason-age 79 of Maynardville passed away Wednesday morning, October 20, 2021 at his home. He was a member of Free Fellowship Pentecostal Church. Preceded in death by son, Jimmy Beason, parents, John and Abby (Shope) Beason; brothers, H. D. Beason and Joe Neil Beason; sister, Gerri Beason.

Glen Nicely, Jr.

Glen Nicely, Jr.-age 56 of Washburn, born August 10, 1965 passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at Claiborne Medical Center. He is preceded in death by his dad, Glen Nicely. He was a truck driver with Carmeuse Mining, Luttrell. He was also a member of Elm Springs Baptist Church.

Johnny Edward Lawson

Johnny Edward Lawson-age 71 of Luttrell, born September 1, 1950 passed away Monday, October 18, 2021 at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a retired employee of Bailey Company and presently employed with Worldwide Equipment. Preceded in death by parents, Cornelous and Betty (Rose) Lawson; brothers, Jackie Lawson, Jerry Lawson and Kenneth Lawson.

Joyce Cook Clark

Joyce Maxine (Cook) Clark-age 85 of Sharps Chapel born May 20, 1936 passed away Friday evening, October 15, 2021 at U. T. Medical Center. She was preceded in death by parents, Sam and Louvernia (Lay) Cook; husband, Roy Clark; daughter, Sandra Hobock; sons, Kenny and Ronald Clark; daughter-in-law, Debbie Clark. Brothers and sisters, Lonnie, Owen, Jack, Glen, Lynn, Lillis, Minnie, Walter, Ailor and Taylor Cook, Lucy Eastridge, Ann (Cook) Shoffner, Alvilda (Cook) Shoffner.

Leonard Weaver

Leonard Weaver-age 62 of Luttrell, born October 15, 1958 passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Claiborne Medical Center. Member of Ailordale Baptist Church and attended New Pleasant Gap Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Silas and Nelma Jean (Chesney) Weaver.
Survived by wife of 40 years, Tessia Weaver; brothers, Everett (June) Weaver, Charlie Weaver, Harold (Angela) Weaver, Dayrrell (Kathy) Weaver, Daniel (Shirley) Weaver, Rusty (Cindy) Weaver; sisters, Eva Nelson, Charlotte (Bobby) Isgette, Barbara (Terry) Thomas. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dollie Cooper Muncey

Dollie Kay Cooper-age 45 of Knoxville was taken from us Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Dollie Kay was born February 18, 1976 to Sherlene Childress Cooper and Gary Cooper. She was one of 10 children. Preceded in death by father, Gary Leroy Cooper; paternal grandparents, Guy and Dollie Cooper; maternal grandparents, James and Martha Childress; sister, Judy Ann Cooper-Mebine, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Reverend Douglas Dewayne Kitts

Reverend Douglas Dewayne Kitts – age 50 of Sharps Chapel, born November 2, 1970, went home to be with Jesus Thursday, October 7, 2021. He was saved April 4, 1980 as a 10 year old little boy at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. Dewayne was married to his best friend, Crystal for 30 years and they enjoyed driving on the open road. Dewayne was the best daddy, father-in-law and an even better papaw. He was his family’s Superman and will be greatly missed.

Johnny Munsey

October 30, 1956 – October 6, 2021
Johnny was a hard-working man who loved his Lord, his Family and his Friends.
He will be greatly missed and he will be forever loved.

“The only scars in Heaver won’t belong to you
Nothing there is broken and you’ve been made brand new
We can smile even as our tears are flowing down
Because we know the only scars in Heaven
Are on the hands that hold you now”

Adam Edwards

James Adam Edwards, age 34, of Sharps Chapel, TN, born July 5, 1987, left this earthly life on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Adam loved living life, his friends and family. He was always cheering someone up. He was a proud employee of Glen E. Mitchell & Co. for several years. Preceded in death by grandfather, James Claudie Sharp and uncle, Marty Edwards.

Jerry Don Givens

Jerry Don Givens age 73 of Knoxville, originally from Taylor, MI, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at his home after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses. He was of the Pentecostal Faith. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ruben and Hilda Horner Givens; granddaughter Angelina Givens and infant grandson Jayden Givens; brother William and sister Carol.

Infant Ryver Rayne Hopkins

Infant Ryver Rayne Hopkins-born and died Sunday afternoon, October 3, 2021 at North Knoxville Medical Center.

Survivors: mother, Madison Hopkins of Maynardville; brother, Ethan Dykes; grandmother, Shannon Hopkins; great-grandmother, Tamra Buckner; aunt, Lauren Holmes; uncle, Landyn Centala; cousin, Dakota Wallace.

Graveside service and interment 2 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2021 at Community Cemetery, Luttrell. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery by 1:45 p.m. Friday. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Monica Lawson

Monica Lynn Lawson-age 46 of Luttrell passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at her home. She attended Circle Assembly of God Church in Mascot. Preceded in death by her parents, Ricky and Brenda Lawson.

Survivors: husband, Ernesto Antonio Martinez; children, Joshua Eugene Simmons, Jocelyn Victoria Lawson and Jillian Marie Lawson. Brother, Thomas Coldwell.

Graveside service and interment 9:30 A.M. Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Community Cemetery, Luttrell with Rev. John Lawson officiating.
Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Jesse N. Elkins

Jesse N. Elkins – age 96 of Andersonville, passed away peacefully at home on October 3, 2021. He was a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church. Jesse retired from JFG Coffee Company with 41 years of service. He was also a member of J. C. Baker Masonic Lodge #720 for over 60 years.

Betty Sue organ

Betty Sue Organ-age 63 of New Tazewell, born July 22, 1958 left this earthly life Saturday, October 2, 2021 due to complications of Covid 19. She was married 43 years to the love of her life, Jerry Organ. She was momma to four children, Jason Bell, Shasta Cottrell, Jennifer (Tommy) Cockrum, Casey (Michael) Anthony. From these unions, Sue was Nana to 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She loved each and every one of them unconditionally. Sue loved her Lord and Saviour and loved everyone as Jesus loves us.

Haynes, Charles

Charlie L. Haynes (Chuck) - Age 84

Charlies’ earthly life ended at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021, with his family by his side. Leaving behind his faithful wife of 63 years, Imogene Haynes; his loving children Rhonda (Steve) Widner, Keith (Karen) Haynes; grandchildren: Mandy (Craig) Foster, Anna (Nick) Maples, Daniel (Liz) Haynes, Nicholas Haynes (deceased); great grandchildren: Owen & Tayler Blake, Skyler Foster, Carson & Luke Maples, Bella & Levi Haynes.

Jerry Lynn Burchell

Jerry Lynn Burchell-age 58 of Corryton passed away Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He attended Redemption Harvest Church and was a retired employee of Knox County Parks and Recreation. Preceded in death by father, Coy Allen Burchell; mother, Betty Ruth Grubb Burchell; brother, Jackie Leonard Burchell; sisters, Judy Ann Burchell and Barbara Jean Burchell; sister-in-law, Loretta Burchell.

Mink, Kelley Leann Dyer

Kelley Leann Dyer Mink, age 24 of Powder Springs, TN, passed away suddenly Thursday, September 30, 2021 at home. She was a former member of Lake Shore Missionary Baptist Church and present member of the Fellowship Christian Church. She was the owner operator of Sweet Southern Roots Boutique and online auction company. Kelley was the most loving, caring, and kindhearted person that anyone could meet. She loved the Lord and truly cherished her friends and online auction family. She loved her family dearly and will be greatly missed.

James Michael Elkins

James Michael Elkins, of Washburn, TN, died unexpectedly on September 28, 2021 in a car accident. The family is deeply saddened by his sudden death. He was born on August 23, 1968 in Landstuhl, Germany on U.S soil, graduated from Grissom High School in Huntsville, AL, served in the Alabama Army National Guard, and lived mostly in Tennessee towards the end of his life.

William Leon Collins

William “Leon” Collins-age 49 of Blaine went to be with his Heavenly Father Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Survivors: Mother of his daughter, Kelli; daughter, Leah Collins; Leon was her number one fan in softball and she was the love of his life. Parents, Lonnie and Shirley Collins, brother, Wayne (Loretta) Williams, niece, Brianna (Michael) Hickman; great-niece, McKinley Hickman.

Jesse (Jay) Capps

Jesse (Jay) Hubert Capps-age 81 of Powder Springs passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital. He was preceded in death by parents, Jesse and Estie Capps; sister, Maggie and brothers, Eugene, Frank, Kermit and Duane.

Survivors: wife of 59 years, Linda Jean Capps; two sons, Brian Capps and Bradley (Avery) Capps; grandchildren, T. J., Virginia, Rebecca, Jesse, Caty, Marcus, Callie, Chole, Cassie and Ava; Eight great-grandchildren. Brothers, Ira and Ronnie Capps.

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