Best Days

Do you have “best days” anymore? These are the days that you look forward to so much that is seems that time has stopped, and the day will never arrive.
When I was a kid, those days were always: church homecoming, Easter egg hunt, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday. While I am very thankful to still have birthdays, I have decided not to count them anymore.
For me, the other “best days” involved school. Like most kids I enjoyed field day. To me it was a day of fun and adventure. I attended Green Hill, which was a small elementary school at the edge of Knox County. Unfortunately, it has been gone for decades.
In front of the school, there was a small field. Everybody would gather and sit there as we had field day. Best of all, we had a big picnic with brown bag lunches. Hey, simple pleasures are often the greatest.
Now, it’s time to show my geekiness. I absolutely loved the first day of school. I also loved the week before school started.
Why? Because we went shopping for new clothes and school supplies. Seriously. I enjoyed that almost as much as Christmas shopping.
When we brought the goodies home, I would immediately get my notebooks and paper organized. We didn’t have backpacks in those days. I would even pretend I was in class and write out make-believe assignments.
On the real first day of school, I was giddy with excitement. I couldn’t wait to see my friends again. It was fun to see how they had grown and changed.
Back in the 70s, we didn’t have cell phones or any social media. So, when school was over, you generally didn’t see your classmates that summer unless they were your neighbor, you went to church with them, or you saw them out with their family at the store.
On the first day, we caught up with each other and what we had done that summer. It was mainly the girls who did that. Most of the boys grimaced and didn’t really talk that much except to complain that we were too loud and so happy to be there.
“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (KJV)
While I was writing this story, the hymn “When We all Get to Heaven” played in my head. There will never be a best day or a reunion like the one that will happen on the day the Lord returns for those who belong to Him. This gives me peace and hope like nothing else on this side of eternity. Trust me, this is one reunion you don’t want to miss.
Over the years, my “best days” have changed somewhat. While I still look forward to the holidays, my best days now are the ones spent with my family and friends. Oh, and let’s not forget the days where I have lots of chocolate!

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Speak up or sing the blues for Blue Mud

Map services and data available from U.S. Geological Survey, National Gospatial Program

Map services and data available from U.S. Geological Survey, National Gospatial Program

The image shows a proposed plan and what will happen to the natural woodland area across from the current Big Ridge campground and Blue Mud boat launch if the project is completed.
The Union County Commission approved the grant to complete the study to implement this plan at last month’s meeting. The grant is for $104,000 with a match of $24,000. No source for the match was noted in the Mayor’s Report. The approval was done as part of the Budget Amendments and Transfers under Fund 171-Capital Projects.

Fond memories shared of Plainview School

Sherrell Greene, Ted Greene and Richie Turner prepare to open the school day at the Plainview Elementary School reunion.

About 50 former students, friends and family gathered at Plainview Community Center on November 25 to reminisce about their education and fellowship at Plainview Elementary School, which operated from 1932 to 1970.

Nearly $75M handled perfectly says Mayor Bailey

Missy Brown, Crystal Flatford, Ashley Webb and the entire Union County Finance Department received recognition for a perfect county audit.

Mayor Jason Bailey recognized the Union County Finance Department for “doing such an awesome job with Union County finances and having a perfect audit” with no findings in any department or fee office of Union County government at the regular Union County Commission Meeting on November 27. He recognized finance department employees for their careful handling of nearly $75M. He also commended the expertise of the elected officials who handle funds.

BOE adopts 2024-25 calendar with early release days

The Union County School Board approved the 2024-2025 calendar at its November meeting. Most of the calendar was very similar to past years.
However, the addition of six early release days sparked some discussion. The early release days would close school at 1 p.m. rather than 3:15. Carolyn Murr, a Maynardville teacher and president of UCEA, voiced a concern for parents including teachers who would need to find additional daycare during the work day.

Plainview welcomes new planner

Jordan Rockwell, Plainview's new planner.

Plainview Planning Commission welcomed Jordan Rockwell, East Tennessee Development district Regional Planner, at its November meeting. Stewart Skeen, Codes Enforcement Officer, introduced Rockwell and noted that he is also the planner for Maynardville City.
Skeen reported that he did not write any building permits for October, but fielded numerous phone calls and questions regarding new construction and zoning. He recommended changes to a couple of properties.

'A Christmas Journey' outdoor nativity is Dec. 9

First Baptist Church of Maynardville Journey to Christmas 2022 Angels Scene

First Baptist Church Journey to Christmas 2022 Angels
Scene - Kingston Brown & Ava Zielinski. Julie Roberts
& Sabrina Taylor. Lisa Marie Brown.
Photo by Megan Zielinski, December 1, 2023

This will be the third year for First Baptist Church’s drive-thru nativity: “A Christmas Journey.”. The idea of a drive-thru nativity began in 2020 during the pandemic. In previous years the church had always presented a Christmas play and went caroling in the community.

Unity in Union County: Advent play is Dec. 13

Be our guest on Dec 13 at 6 p.m. for a free community fellowship meal at Revival Vision Church of God and stay to enjoy the Advent play “West of Bethlehem” at 7 p.m. All are welcome! This community Christmas gathering was organized by Father Neil Pezzulo and Brother Joe Steen of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Pastor Bryan Wheble of Revival Vision Church of God, and Pastor Kathy Chesney of Miller’s Chapel UMC & Irwin’s Chapel UMC.

I don’t who came up with naming our county “Union,” but I can’t think of a better name to describe these wonderful, welcoming and working-together people! When I say I have moved a lot in my life, I mean I have lived in at least 19 different cities; so I know a thing or two about reading and adapting to a local culture.
I particularly appreciate that there is a place for everyone who wants to be involved in Union County, and the people here welcome and support new efforts even when led by those who are new to the community.

4-H supports Ronald McDonald House in community service

Maynarville Elementary School 5th grade Community Service
Officers: Eli Kanipe, Makenah Chesney and Scarlett Hughes

Once again, 4-H members in each elementary school are collecting pop top tabs for their community service project and the first full jugs have been turned in.
All tabs will be donated to our local Ronald McDonald House for recycling.

Smoky Mountain 4-H Club Sewing Workshop

James Whitley, Gracie Tindell, and Debby Morgan. Mrs. Morgan is showing James Whitley how to topstitch his table runner.

By Abigail Thomas
Volunteer Leader Debby Morgan and Teen Leader Gracie Tindell recently led a sewing workshop for Smoky Mountain 4-H Club members to make holiday-themed table runners. The students learned sewing machines skills and new techniques as they coordinated a variety of remnant fabrics into a table runner.
One new technique was how to use Wonder Under and turn any fabric into a fusible fabric. Participants fused Christmas trees and bows onto their table runners to give it added decoration.

A call to action on lower back pain

A call to action on lower back pain remedies has been issued by prominent international researchers in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet. Recommendations include:

• Coordinated international leadership to drive transformational change across health and social services and occupational settings to stop fragmented and outdated models of care

• Development of evidence-based medical responses to low back pain emphasizing the concept of ‘positive health’ — the ability to adapt and self-manage in the face of social, physical and emotional challenges

A Christmas gift for you: a playlist for the best holiday songs

Country Connections By James and Ellen Perry
Good music soothes the soul and makes you happy.
“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” The first lyrics from Nat King Cole’s, “The Christmas Song.”
This article provides a list of Christmas songs. Some are still played during Christmas on the radio. Some aren’t anymore. There’s info on when these songs were played and where they came from. One of the better known artists actually played on the Mid-Day Merry-Go Round in Knoxville.
I hope you all enjoy these songs.
1. White Christmas by Bing Crosby-1952 version

Christmas Present Fiasco

Who doesn’t love a good surprise?
Actually, I get more fun and joy out of surprising others with gifts or doing something special for them. But there was one Christmas where I accidentally ruined a surprise for my daddy.
When I was nine years old, my mom went back to work part time at the Halls Rexall Drug Store. That Christmas she had a little more money to spend on presents, so she wanted to buy something special for Daddy since he worked long hard hours.

The first female equine veterinarian in the United Sates

Have you ever had to take an animal to the veterinarian’s office?
I have, and I have also had to call them out to my house. Veterinarians are a very viable resource when it comes to keeping your animals healthy. I should know, because I worked at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital in the Equine Rehabilitation Center for almost seven years before leaving in 2022.

Turkey or Chicken Casserole

This recipe had a big surprise hidden in it: cooked chopped chicken. If there is not enough turkey for supper, extend it by using this recipe. The flavor will still be there and your family will never suspect you tricked them. Combine all ingredients. Spoon into buttered 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Bake at 400 F. for 30 minutes or until center is set. Serves 4.

Is there no resurrection of the dead?

In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians he saves addressing the early Church’s biggest doctrinal problem for last. That problem was that certain people within the Church denied the resurrection of the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:12 KJV: Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

Real versus plastic Christmas trees

By Steve Roark
Volunteer Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Being “green” is becoming a lifestyle these days, so as the holidays approach you may be pondering over which is better for the environment, a real tree or an artificial one. It's a personal choice, but here are some facts to consider.

Human beings being human

Last week, Dear Reader, I promised to tell you about part two of the Mincey/Martin time-share vacation (ad)venture.
I related last week that it was in 1996 that my friend Mark Martin and I each got the same enticing letter in the mail. The only difference was the name on the header. Mine proclaimed in bold letters, “RONNIE MINCEY! PACK YOUR BAGS!”

Christmas/New Year’s Writing Contest

Since our Thanksgiving writing contest was such a success, we have decided to offer another writing contest for Christmas and/or New Year’s resolutions.

As with our Thanksgiving contest, we are asking for your favorite memory, worst memory, strangest happening, or most heartwarming story for printing in our last publication before Christmas.

Tis' the Season

As the Christmas season approaches, there are many events in Maynardville for families to enjoy Light the Night, The Union County Business and Professionals Association and the Mayor’s Office are kicking off the holiday season with a “Light the Night” event. Community members can welcome in the holiday season at Wilson Park on Friday, December 1 at 7pm.

Protecting the legacy of public education

Dr. Derek Black, author of School House Burning,
Public Education and the Assault on American
Democracy.

The Union County Retired Teachers Association invites anyone who supports public education for all to an informative lecture by Dr. Derek Black on December 7, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. at Clinton High School’s Little Theater. The lecture is described as outlining “the vital importance of public education to American democracy and history that public education and democracy share” and is open to the public. Dr. Derek Black is a former student of retired Clinton HS English teacher Dewayne Emert, President-Elect of the Tennessee Retired Teachers Association.who taught English at CHS for 39 years.

Global burden of low back pain — a consequence of negligence and misinformation

A series of ground breaking research reports in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet warn that low back pain is a major health burden globally — across developed and developing nations — and that the current use of X-rays and scans, opioids, injections and surgery to investigate and treat the condition is useless, unnecessary and harmful.

Momma's Christmas Tree

There are a few things I didn’t inherit from my momma. One is height. I am short where as she is slightly taller than average. Another is decorating skills. She is amazing at decorating for the holidays. Me, not so much, but she did teach me how to decorate a Christmas Tree. Let’s just say the process isn’t as easy as it sounds.
If you use a real tree, it starts in picking the right one at the Christmas tree lot. For us,
we didn’t just go in and select one after a few minutes. Never ever did we pick the first tree

Crusin'

It was the summer of 1996. My friend Mark Martin and I each got the same enticing letter in the mail. The only difference was the name on the header. Mine proclaimed in bold letters, “RONNIE MINCEY! PACK YOUR BAGS!”

Turkey - Dressing bake

Here is another way to fix leftover turkey from that Thursday bird. Toss stuffing mix with turkey or chicken broth, beaten eggs and half of mushroom soup. Top with cooked turkey or chicken. Combine remaining undiluted soup with milk, pimiento and parsley. Pour over all. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 F. for 55 to 60 minutes or until set. Makes 8 generous servings.

Tree Trunks, the Dead Supports the Living

Trunks of big trees have a majesty all their own.

Trees are impressive life forms, producing tall, majestic columns that reach to the sky. Besides support, tree trunks perform a number of functions, so here’s a lesson in tree physiology. Growth of the trunk occurs at a thin layer of cells called the cambium. Here and only here does active cell division occur. The cambium is located near the outer portion of the trunk and can be damaged by fire or wounds made by tools or equipment. It grows two kinds of wood cells; one type grows towards the tree center, the other outward.

We Have a Winner!

Author Stephen Lyn Bales

A HUGE thanks to all those who entered our Thanksgiving Writing Contest! Congratulations to our First Place writer, Stephen Lyn Bales!
Stephen has won a $50 Visa gift card!
Stephen grew up in Gatlinburg. He's a local naturalist and nature writer and has written three books "Natural Histories," Ghost Birds," and "Ephemeral by Nature" all published by the University of Tennessee Press.
Read his story below:

First Thanksgiving

Arlene Anderson with French host Sylvie

Thanksgiving is a holiday that conjures up many fond memories for me—and not just the typical ones. Growing up in Wisconsin, I experienced the traditional United States version of Thanksgiving, with a turkey and dinner table surrounded with family.

Pass the turkey, please

Amanda Riggs

When the air feels crisp and a gentle wind lifts the colorful leaves from their branches before they swiftly swirl to the ground, my heart swells with memories of the women in my life who made the holidays special.
Their tender voices and the smell of my favorite dishes they’d prepare resonate through my mind. For a moment, with my eyes closed, those memories feel like the present.

When one door closes

Walker family. Clint, Mandi, Jewel, and Tommy

Reflection is good for the soul. If someone had described this life to me a year earlier, I would never have believed it. Although a friend’s betrayal stung me to the core and my church’s eventual transition ended the season I called “home”, nothing would compare with my next few months.

Auxillary for American Legion New Liberty Post 212

Vets eating with Commander Darrell White at the head of room.

Union County citizens recognize the work and sacrifice of the over 3800 veterans living in this county. These vets have served in World War II, Vietnam, in the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan wars as well as served stateside and in support positions. Right now, their first and foremost calling is to support any honorable discharged veteran. Christmas is one of their busy times as they shop for food to fill large boxes for about 40 vets. Every year, they put on a Christmas party for kids who may not have much of a Christmas providing food and presents for all.

Falling Skill

Everyone is good at something. As for me, I am very skilled at falling. Seriously, you have to know how to fall so that you won’t be seriously injured. By the way, it doesn’t work as well when you fall backwards.

Turk and noodles

Turkey has one big problem. There is often too much of it, whether it's the turkey breast or the whole bird. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to use leftover turk. I don't think noodles every saw anything they didn't like. They certainly like turkey. This recipe is a bit different.

The Roots of Thanksgiving

Foods served at the first Thanksgiving feast included
pumpkin, squash, and wild wintercress.

Thanksgiving is one of the high holidays of the US, involving traditions of being with family, eating a bountiful meal of traditional foods, and hopefully taking time to give thanks for what we have been given. You know the traditional story of the first Thanksgiving involving Pilgrims, Native Americans, feasting and all that, but history is always good to review occasionally, as you often learn something new.

Disposable

When I was a child, my dad worked for a while for the school system in maintenance. I remember he bought a cabinet model stereo and a wringer washing machine from Shoffner’s Furniture and Appliance. He had Irby Monroe make a stand for the small stereo to sit on so that I couldn’t reach inside and mess with the mechanics while those 33 1/3 RPM records were played. The joke was on Dad—I stood in a chair and watched the records spin on the turntable. I loved to listen to that stereo.

From a Box

Do I, or don’t I? Have you ever been in a quandary about attempting to do something?
I was walking through the baking section at the grocery store when something caught my eye. It was a box for making homemade yeast rolls. I read the directions on the back. Dare I try to make them? If you read my article: “Chocolate Mess,” then you understand my hesitation. In case you haven’t read it, when I was kid, I tried to bake a chocolate cake all by myself. Let’s just it didn’t go that well. I had as much cake batter slung across the kitchen as I did in the baking pan. It even went on the ceiling.

Fancy ham loaf

Leftover ham doesn't freeze well. So what do you do with it? Make this loaf. In mixing bowl, combine ground ham and pork. In a medium bowl with electric mixer, combine eggs, bread crumbs and milk. Mix well. With into meat with hands. Place a greased 8 by 4 inch loaf pan, forming dome with hands. Top with pineapple slices and maraschino cherries. Bake in preheated 300 F. oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, basting with pineapple juice. Slice and serve with pieces of pineapple and cherries. Serves 6.

Tree Beauty beyond Autumn

A tree's branches offer a quiet beauty even after the leaves are gone if you are observant, and also reveal a beauty of design.

Now that the beauty of Autumn is past and the trees are mostly laid bare, some folks bemoan the starkness of the winter forest. But now that you can see them, the limbs, branches, and twigs of trees offer a silhouette of graceful beauty all their own, especially with the sun shining behind them. Another overlooked aspect is the beauty of their design and function.

State considering RV park at Big Ridge; seeks input

Imagine the effect of 95 RVs and 200 trucks and trailers on the scenery at Big Ridge Park!

Big Ridge State Park needs your opinion on its new Strategic Master Plan. So what is a Strategic master Plan and why should you voice your opinion? The main reason is the plan will drive the changes that occur in the park for the next 10 years and some changes will effect the park for many more years after that. Submit your comments online at https://www.tn.gov/environment/parks-conservation/ppp/form.html.

Scott Inklebarger, Tonya Atkins Man and Woman of 2023

The Union County Business & Professional Association named Scott Inklebarger and Tonya Atkins, the Union County Man and Woman of 2023 at its 33rd annual banquet on Friday, November 3. Inklebarger is the manager of Food City and Ms. Atkins is the owner of A&B Bookkeeping. Both were chosen based on their outstanding and continuous community service along with their quality business practices.

Quilts of Valor equal healing

Marvin Jeffreys stands beside his Quilt of Valor that is being held by his wife, Doris, and Beverly Berry to the right of the quilt.

Many of you may have met Beverly Berry, the area coordinator for Quilts of Valor at the UC Heritage Festival. Beverly collected donations to purchase material to sew the Quilts of Valor. The mission of the Quilts of Valor is to cover service members and veterans with healing quilts of valor. Quilts are of a specific size with a label of authenticity and the awarding of the quilt is recorded.

Under the Tree 2023 kicks off

Volunteers with Under the Tree gather for prayer before the Christmas gift distribution in 2017

Volunteers with Under the Tree gather for prayer before the Christmas gift distribution in 2017

It’s that time of year again for the Union County Children’s Charity annual “Under The Tree” toy campaign. This is exclusively for Union County Children ages 0-12 years of low income. Applications were sent to Union County Public Schools and Cherokee Head Starts for children living in Union County.

School Board helps resolve middle school concerns

The Union County Commission met with the Union County School Board during the Board's regular October workshop to have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the new middle school. Specifically, commissioners wanted to know if the middle school sports fields are included in the current plan and if the timeline for completing the sports fields would cause a lapse in availability if the jail is constructed on the current middle school football field. The first concern was put to rest before the architects even arrived.

Commission to pay for veteran plaques, wheel tax increases

At the regular October meeting, Union County Commission voted to set aside $3,000 annually to fund the plaques on the wall at Veteran’s Place. Commissioner Sidney Jessee, Jr. stated that the idea had come from a 2nd district citizen who said that paying for the plaques was the right thing to do for our veterans who have given us so much.
The money will purchase approximately 30 plaques a year on a first come, first served basis.

Study finds “considerable uncertainty” around effectiveness and safety of analgesics for low back pain: part II

There is still a lack of high-certainty evidence on the effectiveness and safety of commonly used painkillers (analgesics) for short bouts of low back pain, finds an analysis of the evidence published by The BMJ.

Autism & Me: Playing by the rules

Isabella Humphrey

I would like to thank everyone for all the kind words and positive comments regarding my first article. I wasn’t sure how my story would be received, and I loved reading all the words of encouragement that you left for me. Several have asked for more of my perspective on Autism and while I only know how it affects my everyday life, I am happy to share more of how I see the world. My parents have told me that there is a saying that if you have met one person on the Autism spectrum then you have met one person on the Autism spectrum. That is most definitely the truth.

Peacocks in the Church

Peacocks are often used as a symbol of pride and vanity. The male peafowl are known for their piercing calls and their extravagant plumage. It can be quite the sight to see a peacock preening in full strut.
The preening peacock’s full tail feather display not only attracts the peahens, but it gets the attention of any creature in his vicinity, including humans.

Priceless

Sandra Kay (White) Nunley attended the University of Tennessee from 1966 to 1972. She graduated in June 1972 with a B. S. She received her professional certification in September 1972. She returned to UT in the summer of 1974 through 1975 for additional coursework, receiving credit for 45 hours.
From 1974 through 1981 Sandra worked for the Douglas-Cherokee and Mountain Valley EOA Headstart programs in Sevier, Claiborne, Campbell and Union counties.

How to move from fear to faith to knowing

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Fear is a form of worry. We worry about so many different things. Ninety-five percent of the things we worry about never happen.
Then suddenly multiple things happen that we were not worried about, which creates a huge emotional storm in our life. Often when something bad happens almost every aspect of our life is impacted. We feel like we are being bombarded and attacked on every front.

Events

Authors Guild of Tennessee

The Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, October 5, 2023 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.

Reverse Raffle Deadline Approaches !

Have you purchased your Reverse Raffle ticket yet?? You better hurry! The drawing is scheduled for Saturday June 17th. Third prize is $500, second prize is $1000. And the Grand Prize winner will receive $2000! The proceeds from the ticket sales support the Lions Club excellent humanitarian projects. And you can help by purchasing a ticket. Tickets for this Reverse Raffle are only $10 each and are available from Ronnie Mincey at 865-278-6430 or Shirlee Grabko at 865-310-6874.

Story Thyme

Hey everybody, I will be at the Farmer's Market this Saturday for Story Thyme. It will begin around 10AM. I will be reading out of my book: "Dinosaur Eggs." Hope to see you there.

Fellowship Christain Church Fall Festival is Oct. 14

FCCLTN Church Logo

Come join with us in fellowship at our outdoor fall festival on October 14, 2023, at Fellowship Christian Church in Luttrell.
Chairs may be limited so feel free to bring your own to enjoy the gospel singing from 3 until 6 p.m., and the free food will be served from 4 until 6 p.m. or while supplies last.
We’ll also have games and fun activities for the children and antique cars for the adults.

Pickin' in the Park at Norris Dam State Park Oct. 6

Photo by C.S. HIGHTOWER PHOTOGRAPHY Submited by Norris Dam State Park

There is nothing quite like a fall October evening spent outdoors enjoying nature’s beauty with music in the background, the smell of food in the air, and meandering through the fine displays of craft and artisan booths.
The 15th Annual Pickin’ in the Park event will be held this year on Friday, October 6, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Shelter # 2 on the east side of Norris Dam State Park.
This year’s lineup will include Sleepy-Eyed John’s, The Real McCoys, and Ethan Ferguson.

8th Annual Clays for Children Sporting Clays Tournament Upcoming on October 6 and 7, 2023

The Office of District Attorney General Jared Effler, in partnership with the Children's Centers of Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union Counties, will be hosting the 8th Annual Clays for Children Sporting Clays Tournament on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2023 at Iron Mountain Sporting Clays in Kodak, TN. The purpose of this event is to raise funds to support the Children’s Centers as they serve abused and neglected children.

Women's back country camping

Photo Submited by Norris Dam State Park Ranger Holly Frerichs

"Join Ranger Holly Frerichs for an overnight experience in the back country! This is a beginner friendly workshop for women where we will learn best practices for overnight camping and some survival tactics. The hike to the campsite is 3.5 miles in and the same route back out. It is a moderate trail but very beginner friendly. This workshop is open to women and girls 15 and older.

Obituary

Paul Wayne Lewis

Paul Wayne Lewis-age 71 of Knoxville, originally from Jacksonville, Florida went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, December 6, 2023. Wayne loved cars, was a supporter of the Tribute Quartet and a Navy Veteran. Wayne is the past president of the Jacksonville, Florida Independent Automobile Dealers Association. Upon his retirement he was the owner/president of Gateway Auto Sales. Wayne was an ordained deacon of Fellowship Baptist Church, Raiford, Florida. Preceded in death by his father, Earl R. Lewis; uncle, Buddy Allen of Cross City, Florida.

Ralph Shick

Ralph Homer Shick was born on September 30, 1939; and was received in the arms of Jesus on November 28, 2023. Preceded in death by parents Ralph Hilton Shick and Gene Lucille Shick Mammolite. He was a veteran serving in the Army. He leaves behind his beloved wife Susan Shick, his son Marcus (Elizabeth) Shick, and grandchildren: Adam (Megan), and Samuel (Alex); great-grandchildren: Simon, Silas, and Sophie; and his half-brother Mike Mammolite.

Mary Sue (Wolfenbarger) Winters

Mary Sue (Wolfenbarger) Winters, age 85 of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2023. She was a founding member of New Testament Baptist Church and was a pastor’s wife for over 50 years and a Christian school kindergarten teacher for over 10 years.
Preceded in death by her spouse, Rev. George B. Winters; parents, two sisters, grandson, George Winters III, and three great-grandchildren.

Patricia Ann Wells

Patricia Ann Wells-age 29 of Tazewell, born August 24, 1994, went to be with the Lord November 29, 2023. Patricia loved animals especially dogs. Preceded in death by her father, Jeffrey Taylor.

She is survived by her mother, Penny Wells; fiancé, Robert Gambrel; daughter, Aubree Cole; son, Brody Smith; brothers, Carson and Michael Russell; special cousins, Samantha Upton and Robin Hopkins; great aunt, Judy Wells; special friend, Cecil Goddard and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Marcus Keyes

Marcus Keyes, age 84, died peacefully on November 28, 2023 with his wife, Glenda, by his side.
Marcus was born on February 25, 1939, in Bantry Bay, Ireland. He was the fourth of five children born to Raphael P. Keyes and Brigid (O’Sullivan) Keyes. Marcus is survived by his wife of 32 years, Glenda Struss-Keyes; sister-in-law Patsy Keyes; sister-in-law, Mary Ann (Struss) Toms; nephew; Ralph (Eileen) Keyes; grandniece, Rachel (Sam); grandnephew, Michael (Andrea).
He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: Falkna (died in infancy), Michael, Raphael, and Caít.

Toni Spiva

Toni Gale (Bell) Spiva – age 66 of Knoxville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 29, 2023 gaining her angel wings after battling many health issues for many years. She made many friends at the bowling center where she also married her husband, David.

Rosa Lee Aye

Rosa Lee (Loope) Aye-age 92 of Maynardville passed away Sunday, November 26, 2023 at Sacred Ground Hospice. She was a member of Hubbs Grove Baptist Church. She was the owner-operator of her own furniture store in Detroit, Michigan before retirement and returning to Union County. She was very active in the Union County Senior Citizens Center and enjoyed their activities. She has gone home to be with her husband of 64 years, Rev. Walter Aye; sister, Dorothy Kaliski; brothers, Howard Loope, Clyde Loope, Jerry Loope, Randy Shupe.

Alice Mae Popplewell

In loving memory of Alice Mae Popplewell, age 76 of Washburn, born September 9, 1947, passed away November 26, 2023 into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father and all members of her family, both naturally and spiritually do send their love with her.

Doyle Wayne Hensley

Doyle Wayne Hensley – age 79 of Luttrell, passed away Saturday evening, November 25, 2023, surrounded by his family at home. He was a life-long farmer and a member of New Friendship Baptist Church. Preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Bonita (Boles) Hensley; sister, Shelby Beeler and her husband, Hughie.

James Ray Childress

CHILDRESS, James Ray, 72, Maynardville, TN, passed away November 20, 2023, at home of natural causes. Jim was retired after a career in real estate, RV, and auto sales. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Martin Todd and Jessica Childress; granddaughter, Selena Rose; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon and Gary Henderson and Janet and Richard Bolus, all of Knoxville; and brother, Thomas Childress who resides at the Veterans Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN. He is survived by numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kathryn Ruth and Clyde Mitchell Childress.

Shona Vadonee Hunley

Shona Vadonee Hunley, age 59, of Knoxville went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 25, 2023. She was a member of The Church of God of the Union Assembly. Shona loved church, wrestling, country music, The Special Olympics, bowling, game shows, Blake Shelton, and Rocklan Hughes. She never met a stranger and she loved with her whole heart. She is preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Virgie Hunley and nephew Christopher Logan Hunley.

Mary Joyce Sampson

Mary Joyce Sampson – age 74 of Powell, passed away on Friday, November 24, 2023 at her home. She was a retired employee of Tipton Builders. She was of the Baptist Faith and was a wonderful mother and grandmother.
Preceded in death by her husband, Claude Sampson; parents, Noah and Gladys Russell; brothers, Buddy Hurst and Robert Hurst.

James Paul Raley

James Paul Raley-age 95 of Maynardville, born March 2, 1928 passed away peacefully Thursday morning, November 23, 20233 at his home. He was saved as a teenager. He worked 16 years for Kratt and retired from Roddy Manufacturing (Coca-Cola of Knoxville) with 26 years of service. Preceded in death by parents, Dewey Raley, Sr. and Gladys (West) Raley; wife, Helen Tharp Raley; brother, Rev. Dewey Raley, Jr.; sisters, Opal Irick and Jean Raley.

Thomas E. Beach

Thomas E. Beach-age 78 of Maynardville, formerly of Knoxville passed away peacefully Saturday evening at the Willow Ridge Center, Maynardville.

No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Anna Maples

Anna Maples – age 39 of Corryton. Anna’s earthly life ended on Thursday, November 16th at 6:49 p.m. We rejoice in the knowledge that she is present with the Lord hearing “well done my good and faithful servant”. She has been made whole for all eternity. Anna was a loving wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt and friend. Her smile, laugh and sweet spirit always brought joy to those around her. The void left in our hearts is indescribable.

Tim Glen Hundley

Tim Hundley-age 64 of Powder Springs passed away peacefully Friday morning, November 17, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family following a lengthy illness. Preceded in death by his parents, Swan and Lucreata (Yoakum) Hundley; nephew, Jeff Hundley.

Survivors: devoted wife of 37 years, Dinah Decker; son, Justin Hundley and wife, Rebekah; granddaughter, Savannah Hundley. Sisters, Shirley Acuff of Corryton; Maggie Collins of Corryton. Special family, Eric Hundley; aunt, Lavonda Hundley and Lew and Carla Howard.

Catherine Lorraine Guffey

Catherine Lorraine Guffey-age 82 of Maynardville, born May 14, 1941, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2023 after a long battle with cancer at her home. She attended Fairview Knox Baptist Church, Corryton. Preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia Haynes.

She is survived by son, Mitchell Adams and wife, Patti; granddaughters, Micki and Kent Venable, Sherri and Chris O’Day; great grandchildren, Kaylee and Kolton Venable, Kelsey and Abby O’Day; special friends, Anna Cantrell and Melissa Curington.

Barbara Paul

Barbara Paul – 80 of Maynardville, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and daughter, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at U T Medical Center. She was a member of Ailor Dale Baptist Church and was faithful in her love for the Lord.

Veronica Breau

Veronica Jean Breau – age 84 of Maynardville, passed away November 10, 2023 at Willow Ridge Center. She is of the Catholic Faith and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She is preceded in death by parents, Anthony and Stella Kecioris. Veronica is survived by husband of 61 years Al Breau; daughter, Theresa Kidwell; and five grandchildren.

James "Pap" Campbell

James “Pap” Campbell – age 79 of Maynardville, passed away suddenly, Thursday, November 9, 2023 at his home. He was a member of Pennington Chapel Baptist Church. He was an avid fan of U.T. football. We will surely miss his “Pap” hugs. Preceded in death by parents, Rev. George and Leona (Chesney) Campbell, brother, Tommy Campbell.

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