A kind-hearted group of quilters in Sharps Chapel finished a true labor of love this summer. The Norris Lake Quilting Bee, who meet in Irwin's Chapel United Methodist Church, completed a quilt started by an Ohio woman who passed away due to cancer and returned the completed quilt to her husband, Jeff Sutherland.
Beneath the Waters of Norris Reservoir
On the waters of the Norris Reservoir, during the summer months, a nearly constant parade of various sorts of watercraft passes over the ruins of the Baker Iron Works and beside a long-neglected cemetery.
The old Baker's Forge Cemetery, TVA Disinterment Cemetery #240, took its name from the Baker Iron Works. Dating to at the least the early 1800s, the Baker Iron Works was Campbell County's first industry.
The lake and its shoreline are much more than an aquatic playground, but representative of a shared heritage that transcends time, among the descendants of those displaced by “the move” before the “water came up”.
In the spring of 2010, Peggy Heatherly Kosher, Carolyn Heatherly Murrell, Carolyn's husband, Ed Murrell, Robert Morton, and I embarked by boat from the Sugar Hollow Boat Dock in search of the Old Baker's Forge Cemetery. Phillip Boshears, an employee of the dock, was our skipper.
I knew that the cemetery was slightly upstream from the mouth of Sugar Hollow, but wasn't sure if we were going to land in the right place. After all, the pilgrims were originally headed for Virginia before landing at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts.
Fortunately, we landed right in the cemetery. Daylilies were coming up at the shoreline. Nearby we found creeping myrtle (also known as periwinkle) and before long we came upon Narcissus in bloom. I was not at all surprised to discover so many beautiful flowers flourishing. Old cemeteries that have not been over-mowed often offer a wealth of heirloom flowers planted many years ago-a living memorial to those interned there, as well as to their loved ones who planted them.
Most of the old cemetery, which straddles the shoreline of Norris Reservoir when the lake is full, has not been maintained since graves were removed in 1934, from up and down the Powell and Clinch Rivers as well as along numerous tributaries that the water would back up when the lake was filled.
My Mother visited the Old Baker’s Forge Cemetery as a child and years later after it had become overgrown with vegetation, but this was my first trip. I was surprised to learn that there very well may be have been more graves left behind than were moved.
Scattered among the holes left by grave removals were some marked with field-stones. A few field-stones were inscribed with crudely scraped initials, but Carolyn found one grave with a complete name, birthdate, and month of death. The inscription written in poured concrete, before it had dried, read “Gladis Miller B. May 2, 1904 D. Sep”.
There were far more disinterment cemeteries than re-internment cemeteries. Although some graves were re-interned in existing cemeteries, most were relocated to four new re-internment cemeteries established by TVA for the Norris Reservoir project. They are Baker's Forge Memorial, Indian Creek Memorial (now known as Cumberland View) in Campbell County and Big Barren Memorial and New Loyston Memorial in Union County.
Among the families that buried their dead at the old cemetery were Baker, Boshears, Chapman, Ford, Grant, Gray, Hatmaker, Heatherly, Housley, Jones, Malicotte, Miller, Nelson, Powell, Rains, Ridenour, Roach, Shoffner, Stout, Willoughby, Wilson, and Wyrick.
Writer's Note: If anyone has any information about “Gladis Miller B. May 2, 1904 D. Sep”, or those left behind in unmarked graves at the Old Baker's Forge Cemetery please contact me at JoeStephens10@hotmail.com
We are all unique with the capacity for creativity and artistic expression. Through purposeful creation we form physical manifestations of our uniqueness. Of course, there is not simply just one correct way to do anything and with that idea we find that there is infinite strength in individualism. What one person may envision and create given a blank canvas can be, and often is, vastly different from another person's creation. That was greatly displayed at the Union County Heritage Festival's Art Show on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
With Halloween coming up, it is time for us to talk about the Boogerman/Boogerwoman.
At the time I was growing up, child psychologists were unheard of. In most cases, no one even got to a doctor unless they were seriously ill. I don’t remember any “cures” dealing with behavior. These were the common cures and most could be bought at local grocery stores:
Last time, we discussed the statement from 2 Corinthians 6:17 about being a separate people and how this separate means different. Christians are in the world but not of the world, so we are set apart in that we do not follow our own path but rather the path of our Savior. A Savior who purchased our sins and gave His Righteousness to us. (See Jerimiah 23:6) He had to do this because of our inability to keep God’s Law. Our sin nature made it impossible for us to make atonement for our failures. (See Romans 3:23, Isaiah 64:6)
Year One, Week Forty
I have for some time been writing down words that people use in “quirky” ways. I find it interesting the way people often misspeak words unintentionally, often rendering thought provoking meanings. A few examples follow.
A country woman had an opportunity to eat in a fancy restaurant. Trying to impress her companions, she ordered a “ward off” salad. Though that was not on the menu, the waiter directed the lady to the Waldorf salad as an excellent choice to ward off unwanted calories.
This zesty adventure started late one evening as I was walking in the dark by myself. I had just dug my cell phone out of the floorboard of my husband Tim’s truck. Being an old geek, I was gazing up at the stars. It dawned on me that I hadn’t locked Tim’s truck back after retrieving my phone. Without taking my eyes off of the night sky, I tossed my hand back and pressed the lock button on the clicker. Ka-Click. The truck beeped.
Ka-KAW Ka-KAW rang out.
I came to a dead stop and stood there alone in the darkness. Goose bumps ran up my arm.
Back pain, especially chronic back pain, can make life miserable; this condition is quite common in the military. Randomized trials have found that spinal manipulation can be effective for lower back pain. One 2013 study specifically compared chiropractic therapy to general medical care in military personnel, 18-35 years old. The results suggest reduced pain and improved physical wellbeing and function as compared to patients who only received the standard care.
Anyone who knows me knows of my taste for black walnuts. When my kids were small and money was tight, I would load the three youngest ones in the pickup. After a fall's hard freeze, we would head for my favorite walnut trees along country roads. Each child would have his or her own pail. “Pick 'em up as fast as you can,” I would yell.
Sometimes, neighbors took offense with our picking up the walnuts, even if the walnuts were out in the roadway. We did get run off occasionally, but it didn't take long to fill the pickup bed with the ones we could get.
I like corn salsa. It is best made in the summertime with fresh vegetables. Red tomatoes in the winter don't taste as good as tomatoes fresh from the garden. That goes for sweet corn, too. We like sweet corn freshly cut from the cob and fried with butter, salt and sugar. Oh well, that is another dish. For this salsa, canned whole kernel corn can be used as well. I learned to appreciate red onions while working at Arby's in Halls. I was introduced to jalapeno peppers when we moved to Tennessee. Before that, I only used the yellow hot banana peppers.
Luttrell neighbourhood watch meeting every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm It takes place in the community building behind the library with speakers each month this can be a great tool for our community to assist one another in brotherly love by watching out for each other. If you need more information contact Jim Bailey at 865-809-4472
Thank you so much
Union County Sheriff's Office
130 veteran’s street suite B Maynardville Tennessee 37807
Free to get in....BRING BLANKETS AND CHAIRS!!!!
Zombie Run for a Cure! $5 a person, group prices vary. Run starts at 2PM and will end at 6PM
The RUN ONLY will end at 6PM
The Walking Dead Meet & Greet, Smoky Mountain Ghostbusters, Shriner's and MORE!!!!
Music by Virginia Faith, Southern Steele and This Ends Now
Vendors, Food and so much more!
All funds raised will go to JDRF East Tennessee Chapter
Starts at 2PM until 8PM
The RUN ONLY ends at 6PM
Haunts and History October 26-27 3pm- 9pm
Haunts and History will feature old-fashioned treats along the pioneer trail, with homemade and vintage candies, as well as local storytellers sharing true and inspired stories about our Appalachian ancestors. Guests can also enjoy hay rides, live music, blacksmithing, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and festive snacks.
For an additional charge, attendees can pick pumpkins from the patch or choose a pumpkin to paint and take home.
Advance Tickets may be purchased by October 15:
Fall Heritage Days November 9-10 9am- 5pm
Fall Heritage Days will transport guests back in time through the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of pioneer traditions!
The Museum grounds will be filled with homemade food, bluegrass and folk music, as well as demonstrations such as molasses making, sawmilling, soap making, toy and doll making, quilting, and much more.
Guests will also enjoy activities including sheep herding, antique tractors and engines, a working threshing machine and hayrides.
Wrildia Blackburn, age 88, went to be with the Lord Saturday, October 13, 2018. She was a member of Roseberry Baptist Church. She was the Christian mother anyone would want. Everyone that met her, loved her, and she loved everyone. She never found fault in people. She will be sorely missed. She is preceded in death by husband John E. Blackburn, mother Roxie Wyrick, father Lon Wyrick, and brothers: Claude, Charles, and Dee Wyrick. Survivors include daughters Karen Sharp and Kimberly Blackburn.
Curtis Lee McCurry – age 79 of Luttrell went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Curtis was a retired employee of the Knox County School System.
Shelby Dwight Huff, 86, entered heaven on October 13. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Margie Satterfield Huff. Also survived by children Dennis Huff, Becky (David) Mink; granddaughter Kendra (Matt) Keaton; and great granddaughter Kingsley Keaton. Also survived by sisters Bettie (Tony) Bowden and Inez Rice, brother Gene Huff, brothers-in-law Roger (Nedra) Satterfield and Gerald (Freda) Satterfield, and many nieces and nephews.
Robin Charlene Shultz, age 50 of Knoxville, went to be with her Heavenly Father October 12, 2018. She was a member of Dante Church of God, where she loved to worship Jesus. She was a huge “Big Orange” fan and a proud “Mimi”. She enjoyed hiking, fishing, being at the camper, and loved her some sweets, but spending time with her family was the most important thing to her. Robin was a loving wife and a wonderful mother, who always put the needs of others before her own. She is preceded in death by mother Helen Wrinkle, father-in-law Robert Shultz, and brother-in-law Brad Shultz.
The Union County Sheriff's Office is sad to announce the passing of K-9 Officer Josey. She was born on January 9, 2011 and came to the end of her watch October 7, 2018. Josey served with the Union County Sherrif's Department for 7 years with her handler Deputy Missy Carter. She worked throughout East Tennessee, tracking suspects and finding missing people.
James “Matthew” Roach – age 33 of New Tazewell, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Matthew was a member of Carr’s Branch Baptist Church.
Matthew is preceded in death by grandparents; Matt England and James and Pauline Roach. He is survived by his son, Dylan Roach; parents, Jimmy and Kathy Roach; sister, Bethany (Keith) Grubb; grandmother, Roberta England; niece, Savannah Grubb; nephew, Brody Grubb; and several aunts and uncles.
Herbert “Herb” McDaniel, age 80, passed away October 6, 2018. He was of the Baptist faith. Herb loved music, fishing, his grandchildren, and his cat Midnight. Preceded in death by parents William and Margaret Sharp; grandmother Dollie Griggs. Survived by daughter Cathy Reynolds (Mike); grandson Billy Lawson (Crissy); great-grandson Damon Lawson; great-granddaughter Lillie Lawson; sisters, Helen Woods (Harry) and Sharon Canada; brother Dennis Sharp (Terri); several nieces and nephews.
Bruce Walker Thomas, age 76 passed away peacefully at his home in Knoxville on Friday, October 5, 2018. Bruce spent several years living in Matthews, NC and the n returned to Knoxville where he was a member of Black Oak Heights Baptist Church. Bruce was a devoted NASCAR fan and an avid pool player, but mostly enjoyed spending time with his family. Bruce was Honorably Discharged from the US Marine Corps in 1967 where he then joined the family business at Mavis Shoes on Market Square.
Hugh W. Kitts-age 59 of Maynardville passed away Saturday, October 6, 2018 at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was a member of Hubbs Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Hugh was an employee of the Union County Highway Department. Preceded in death by father, V. H. Kitts, Jr.
Survivors: son, Cody Kitts and girlfriend, Kimberly Kiser; mother, Pearl Kitts. Two special nephews, Bryan and Keith Monroe.