Celebrating All the Mommas

A mom is an exceptional human being. She is defined as a woman in relation to a child, but to be a mother is distinctively more than a mere relationship. A mother is the person a family relies on to make plans, hold things together, know where all the things are and to be the rock. And a true mother lives to fulfill these needs to her deepest effort.

A mom teaches through her actions how to proactively and unconditionally love with a whole heart, even when hers may be broken. She can hide her tears behind a believable smile backed by a devotion to keep her family at its happiest. She is unwavering and loyal. Her family knows they can count on her and relies on her to be the constant.

She is filled with a strong will which is most likely where her children learned to be so stubborn. Her strength is powerful, emotionally and also physically. Have you ever seen a mom carry in groceries or lug her three kids and all the things they positively needed to bring with them into the store?

She can balance a schedule and make sure everybody is where they should be at the right time, even while working a full-time job and going to the gym three days a week before anybody else wakes for the day. Because in all honesty, she would feel guilty taking one minute away from her husband and children in the evening to spend that time on herself. A mom is all of these things and a multitude more.

My momma has taught me all the lessons, even ones that were hard for her to watch, over my lifetime. She taught me to give kindness and love but also to hold my own. She notoriously taught me to follow my gut and follow any dream I had with love and encouragement. She taught me never to quit something after I started, in fact, that was not allowed.

She has the most understanding glances, most delicious unwritten recipes, and the absolute cheesiest macaroni. She can cook anything but mostly enjoys the time spent dirtying her apron with flour in the presence of her kids and now grandkids creating sugary masterpieces. Kitchen laughter and porch talk is often the best medicine.

Over the years, she has been a nurse to many friends and family, taking time away from herself and investing her faith and love as a caretaker. She pours her heart into all she does. She forgives easily but doesn’t give her trust with the same ease.

She, like all mothers, juggles the struggles with grace and relies on her faith through the tirelessness. Always rolling up her sleeves and getting done the need-to-do’s, and with little to no recognition, she keeps on. Always keeps on, always.

Daughters often realize some of the struggles a mom faces, yet still have the desire for their own children as the love shines brighter than the rest. It is pure and undeniable. The moms have all the remedies for cuts and bruises, stomachaches, tangled hair, stains and broken things. They have the advice for high school friendships, career choices, which outfit and which pair of shoes. The have the happiest laughs and meanest stares when one of their children is acting out.

A mom is what makes a house a home. She reflects daily on decisions and chores and meals and failures. She tries to live by example but never lives up to her own expectation. She builds memories with her family. She shares love.

This Mother’s Day, show your mom the appreciation you have for her. Not only your mom though, all moms and those who yearn to be a mother but still have that soul wrenching motherly love in their heart that out pours in every action. If your mom is still on this earth, do not forget to thank her often, not only with words but with memories, hugs and actions. If you are missing your mom this Mother’s Day, take time to thank God for the moments and legacy that your mother gave you.

It doesn’t seem fitting to only take one day a year to recognize our mothers. This tireless group of forever giving women have devoted a lifetime to their children, husbands and families and absolutely deserve the same unconditional love and daily recognition. So, at least today, but also every day, thank your mom, hug her and tell her how special she is to you. Make sure she knows by your life choices and actions that you have truly watched her and are putting in efforts to live by her example. Happy Mother’s Day to my momma, and all the other amazing women. Celebrate, you deserve it.



Children's Center Looking for Community Support

In many cases, children who have been sexually or physically abused must visit several agencies at multiple locations in order to get the support they need. Children’s Centers were created to assist in providing a safe haven for then youths. They provide a place where the children can, instead of visiting multiple agencies, come to one location where specially trained professionals collaborate to facilitate a child friendly environment where the child knows he or she will be safe.

Explore Fresh at the Farmers Market

Farmers Market Fresh Program Assistant, Allison Campbell, sharing a weekly recipe sample with Emmagayle and Jennagrace Maloe at Union County Farmers Market

The pantry is empty and the refrigerator is bare, time to shop for groceries. As you drive to your favorite grocery store, you know the routine. Enter the store, grab a buggy, and browse aisles upon aisles of products. After your cart is full and all items are checked off your list, you will head for the front to pay, hoping of course, to find the shortest and fastest checkout.

Big Ridge State Park 35th Annual Music Festival

Stone Creek Band

Stone Creek Band at Big Ridge 35th Annual Music Festival

Big Ridge State Park’s 35th Annual Music Festival was held on August 16, 2019 from 4pm-9:30 pm.

If you ask me, Big Ridge State Park is an excellent place to host a Bluegrass Music Festival. It lies somewhere between Rocky Top and the Great Smoky Mountains inside of Union County, Tennessee.

Wood Dale, Wood-Dale, Wood-dale, or Wooddale?

Our Union County Heritage: A Historical and Biographical Album of Union County—People, Places, Events by Kathleen George Graves and Winnie Palmer McDonald (© 1978 Josten’s) relates the following information pertaining to the establishment for Wood Dale School:

WOOD DALE—June 16, 1898, (P-350). Jackson Boruff and wife to the School Directors of District 3, for love and affection, a lot for a public school, so long as it is used for a school—if abandoned, it falls back to the Boruff heirs. (p. 180)

The Whistler

My father was a whistler. You seldom hear a man whistle these days. Maybe to call a dog or to get someone's attention, but not to whistle a melody. There was a time when cell phones, CDs and DVDs were not available. Whistling was a way to amuse or comfort yourself with a familiar song or hymn.

How do you whistle? It takes some practice and can be either harsh or harmonious. Just put your lips together and say “two.” Now blow. It will take some practice but eventually you will get it right. It will take a while to make enough variety of sounds to whistle a tune.

More on Kids With Back Pain

A major contributor to kids’ back pain is the backpacks they use to tote their stuff, researchers in a new study said. Those who used one strap to carry their packs reported significantly more back pain than did those who used both straps. Those who used rolling backpacks reported back pain the most often. It wasn’t clear whether pain prompted their use of the rolling packs or whether the rolling packs contributed to their pain.

Who Sees the Best Rainbow

Humans are apparently hard-wired to love seeing rainbows, as proven by all the Facebook photo postings that pop up whenever one appears in our area. But have you ever wondered if, say your dog sitting beside you, sees the same rainbow you do? Or how about other animals? Let us delve into color vision by various residents of our planet.

Wrong Trip

Maybe I should have been a stunt woman. Since I have tripped and fallen most of my life, I have become an expert at it. Especially on stairs.

When I was 12 years old, I sang in the seventh grade choir. Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I can’t sing. At all. I basically was in it for my mom’s sake. She loves music and studied it in school, so she was always excited when I joined a choir. Also, it was a good excuse to drag my dad to a concert.

Raspberries, Dewberries, and Blackberries

Dewberries, free clipart

When my father retired and moved to Paradise, Utah, he wanted to grow anything and everything. And he was pretty much successful in most of what he planted. The man had a green thumb! I especially remember the delicious fruit: cherries, apples, sand cherries, strawberries, peaches….


Luttrell neighborhood watch

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 19:00
Luttrell neighbourhood watch

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
Phone 865-992-5212
Fax 865-992-2349

Got Questions about Homeschooling?

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 18:00

The local chapter of the TN Home Education Association (known as SMHEA.org) will be having a parent's informational meeting on "Homeschooling in TN” at Hardees in Maynardville on Thursday, August 22, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. . The meeting will be held in Maynardville and is titled "Homeschooling 101". If you are interesting in obtaining more information about educating your child at home, Contact Connie Dickey regarding the place, date and time for the informational meeting. (865-888-4383).

Area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 07:30
Area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders

"We invite all area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders to come together on the last Thursday of each month at Hardee's at 7:30 am. This is to be a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion about how we as a community of Faith can work together to have a positive impact on our county. All are welcome!" For more information please contact Kathy Chesney at 865-566-3289.

Thunder in the park cruise in

Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 17:00

August 31, 2019 5pm to ? at Wilson Park, Hwy 33, Maynardville TN (next to Union County High School)

Lots of door prizes for cruise in participants Food vendors in the park Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship with family and friends.
This is a free event open to all makes/models vehicles Tractors and motorcycles are welcome
For more info call Gary England 865-705-9147 or Diane England 865-705-5501


Walter Michael Darden

Walter Michael Darden, age 76, passed away August 18, 2019. Mike was a plumber by trade for over 50 years. He loved fishing and his time on the lake. Preceded in death by parents; father Walter James Darden and mother Florida Mae Darden, sister Judy Darden. He is survived by daughter Sherri Darden, sons; Mike Darden (Peggy), Jody Darden and Tommy Darden (Cindy) brother; Jim Darden (Evelyn), several grandchildren and great grandchildren, honorary daughter Missy Beeler, special friends; Gene McMillian, Hubert Weaver, Johnny Stafford, Larry Greenlee, Dennis Drinnon and Mary Mease.

Goldie Langley

Goldie Langley – age 79 of Maynardville, went to meet her Heavenly Father on Saturday, August 17, 2019. She was a member of Oaks Chapel American Christian Church. Goldie enjoyed the outdoors doing her yard work and cherished her time with her family.

Jake Lee Nicely

Jake Lee Nicely-age 63 of Luttrell, born February 27, 1956 passed away Friday, August 16, 2019 at Willow Ridge. He was a member of Emory Road Baptist Church. Preceded in death by wife, Betty Nicley; mothers, Maude Nicely and Hazel Strevel; father, Neil Brown; brothers, Jim Nicely, Reo Strevel, Tom Strevel; niece, Samantha Chamberlain; nephews, Chucky Roach and Johnny Strevel.

Guy William Merritt

Guy William Merritt, age 67 of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019. He was an accomplished athlete throughout his entire life. He attended West High School and graduated from Farragut High School in 1970. He later attended Roane State Community College. He served his country with distinction in the United States Army for 28 years, starting with a tour in Vietnam in 1970. He proudly served as a member of the 11th Armored Calvary, 101st Airborne, and Pukin’ Dragons.

Georgia J. Moore Cole

Georgia J. Moore Cole-age 89 of Sharps Chapel passed away Thursday morning, August 15, 2019 at Beverly Park Place. She was born February 23, 1930 in Union County, Tennessee the daughter of the late Ebb and Belle Shoffner Moore. On May 3, 1950, she married the love of her life, Beecher Cole. She retired from Delco in Kokomo, Indiana in 1985. She was a lifelong member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church and attended Amana Baptist Church in Kokomo, Indiana where she had lived until moving back to Sharps Chapel, Tennessee three years ago.

L. D. Monroe

L. D. Monroe – age 87 of Maynardville, passed away August 12, 2019 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He was a longtime member and former deacon of First Baptist Church of Maynardville. L. D. was retired from South Central Bell and from Union County Schools as a school bus driver.

Opal A. Cooper

Opal A. Cooper-age 79 of Maynardville passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019. She was a member of Alder Springs Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Johnny and Ruth Raley; brother, John Harvey Raley; Sons, Mark and Tony Cooper.

Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Thelma (Clyde) Beeler, Velma Nease, Cynthia (Bill) Hensley; sons and daughters-in-law, Jack (Kathy) Cooper, Richard Cooper. Five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. Brother and sister-in-law, James (Diane) Raley; sister and brother-in-law, Linda (Joe) McCoy.

Pauline "Polly" Dyer

E. Pauline “Polly” Dyer-age 93 of Maynardville passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019 at her home. She was the oldest living member of Hubbs Grove Baptist Church and a retired Union County School Teacher having taught at Paulette, Burkhart and Maynardville Elementary Schools. She spent her many years of retirement caring for her flower gardens. She was preceded in death by parents, H. I., Sr. and Dena (Koch) Raley; sisters, Dorothy Raley, Evelyn Raley, Edith Kitts and Geneva Lay; brother, Raymond Lewis Raley.

Lovite Louise Dalton

Lovite “Louise” Dalton – age 40 of Blaine, passed away on August 4, 2019. She is preceded in death by her father, John Bernard and son, Dustin Dalton. Louise is survived by her daughters, Katie Bernard and Emily Dalton; mother, Brenda Bernard; brothers, William Bernard, Jimmy Bernard, Robert Bernard and John Bernard, Jr.

Vontella Louise (Lay) Cole

Vontella Louise (Lay) Cole-age 75 of Maynardville went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at her home. She was a member of Community Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Virgie Lay; also preceded in death by daughter, Barbara Baker; son, Keith Baker; brothers, A. J. Lay, Elvin “Preach” Lay, Junior Lay, Ralph Lay and sister, Amy Lynch.

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