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.
Big Improvements Coming to Big Ridge State Park
Big improvements are afoot at Big Ridge State Park, and park superintendent Keith Montgomery said what park guests see now is just the beginning.
Montgomery has been superintendent for about three years now, and along with park staff he's been working to address a list of issues with infrastructure and aesthetics at the park. At the top of the list are safety concerns, followed by subjects of complaints from visitors.
"It's a menagerie of reasoning," said Montgomery.
All the improvements have been funded with state money, he said. While some comes from specific funds, like TDEC Sustainability Department funding for new water heaters, energy-efficient windows and new HVAC systems, most of the money has come from a change in the way the state handles park revenue.
"For many years, anything the state parks made in revenue just rolled back into the general fund," said Montgomery. "But with better budgeting and accounting in Nashville, now the parks keep it in the deferred maintenance fund. That's what paid for a lot of this stuff. We've been really lucky. We've gotten a good bit."
Last year, park staff were hard at work addressing issues that had been put off for lack of funding, including removing more than 300 dead ash trees, replacing timbers and gravel for camp pads, trail clearing and stabilization, buying new tables and chairs for the Group Camp and Rec Hall, removing chain link fencing behind the swim beach, and much more.
Projects underway for 2018 are numerous, including replacing fencing damaged by 2017 floods, replacing way-finding signage at the trailheads, putting a new surface on the boat dock, and installing a new exercise station along the lake.
A few high-profile and noticeable projects will be a huge relief to frequent Big Ridge visitors.
First off, Bathhouse 3 at the Big Ridge campground has been gutted and is in the process of a complete renovation.
"It was deplorable," said Montgomery. "It was the number one thing we got complaints on."
The Rec Hall also got a facelift, with the logs restored to a wood finish and non-log surfaces painted to match. Montgomery called the change "a world of difference."
But, perhaps the biggest project of all centers around the park's swim beach. Many years ago, the valve on the park's lake dam broke, leaving staff unable to lower the lake level to perform maintenance at the beach. Fixing the valve enabled a lot of maintenance, not just at the beach, but around the park.
Park staff have cleared the concrete bottom of the swim area of years of silt and pressure-washed the concrete. They're also repairing rock walls built by the Civilian Conservation Corps following the Great Depression. They rebuilt the swim platform with new wood, carpet and edging, and the swim area's pontoon platforms are being rehabbed, too.
With the lake level low, park staff have also been removing trash and treefall debris from the lakeside around the park, making lakeside areas safer for use.
Montgomery said "the reaction was just overwhelming" when park staff posted photos of the swim beach improvements on Facebook, but one question remained.
"What about the beach house?" he said.
The beach house, also built by CCC workers and with a distinctive stonework veranda, has been closed for many years. In fact, Montgomery said it was on the demolition list when he came to Big Ridge, but he asked that it be spared.
"It is one of the original structures of the park," he said. "Part of our mission is to preserve the cultural features of the park."
The beach house is also home to paintings by the park's former lifeguard staff, and Montgomery hopes to preserve those in some way, too.
"I'm hoping to turn it into something like a pavilion," he said. "But it would require capital funding, and that is a whole different pot of money that takes a number of years to push through."
Montgomery invited the community to visit Big Ridge State Park to see the changes themselves. He also encouraged folks to visit http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/big-ridge and leave feedback for the park.
"We're making great headway, but we've still got a long way to go," he said. "We're just trying to address those projects that have been hanging around for a long time, and I'm trying to get it back to a higher quality."
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.
Melinda Dove Shook-age 43 of Dandridge, born February 14, 1975 went home to be with the Lord Friday, October 5, 2018 after a long illness at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was saved at Lighthouse Baptist Church, Knoxville. Preceded in death by father, William Johnson; sister, Shannon Johnson; brother, Robbie Johnson.