Chicken Pot Pie

Here is an easy version of chicken pot pie. The hard work of cooking the chicken, preparing the veggies and making the sauce and biscuits is all done for you. It does take a while to bake, but you can be doing other things while it does. Nothing beats finding an easy entree for supper.

2 cups diced cooked chicken breast (12 oz can is fine)
1 cup frozen peas
2 carrots, peeled, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
1/2 cup diced onion
1 small can chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups milk
2 cups biscuit mix
1/2 cup margarine, melted

To prepare the chicken filling, combine chicken broth with carrots, peas, celery and onions in large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer until carrots are tender. Remove from heat. Add soup. Blend in soup well. Gently fold in diced chicken breast. Pour into well greased 9 by 13 inch baking pan or casserole. Combine biscuit mix, milk and melted butter in medium bowl. Whisk until blended but still lumpy. Pour batter over top of chicken mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350 F. for 1 hour or until browned and bubbly.



Introducing the Union County Lions Club

Where There’s a Need, There’s a Lion!

The Union County chapter of the Lions Club was chartered in October 2008 and has been serving our community well year after year. Not sure what the Lions Club is or what it does? It is a club composed of members of the community who embrace the motto “We Serve” in a variety of ways. Local Lions Club programs include vision conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, and much more.

UCBPA 2021 Scholarship Benefit Golf Classic

For over 25 years UCBPA has been hosting a golf tournament to fund scholarships for graduating Union County seniors. To date UCBPA members have raised over $113,000 to support the educational goals of over 115 students. UCBPA Charities, Inc, our 501c3 non-profit, administers the funds for the Jeffreys Memorial Academic Scholarship ($3,750), the Career & Technical Scholarship ($1,000), and the Founders Scholarship for Service ($500).

Farmers Market Kicks Off for 2021

Union County mayor Jason Bailey rings the opening bell for the kick-off of the 2021 Union County Farmers Market.

Shoppers from Union County and beyond took advantage of a beautiful spring day to attend the May 1 kick-off for the Union County Farmers Market. And the market was bustling with energy!

University of Tennessee Field Days Planned

This June the UT Institute of Agriculture will host a number of events online and in person. Photo courtesy UTIA.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is holding a bevy of educational events in June, including five that are sure to be of broad interest throughout the state and region. Three of these five events are scheduled to occur on site at UT AgResearch and Education Centers, with physical distancing and other arrangements in place to ensure a safe environment for attendees.

Red Devils Back on Track

The Red Devil baseball bounced back from a loss earlier in the week by pounding out 18 runs on 8 hits to defeat the Cougars. Ty Edds got things started in the first inning by beating out a bunt and 2 stolen bases. Then scored on an infield hit by Aiden Bowman to start the rout.

The Church Fan

I was totally caught off guard at my daughter’s church.
A few years ago, Sara joined another church and invited me to attend a service with her. When we sat down, I couldn’t believe my eyes. “I haven’t seen one of these since I was a girl!”
“Uh…you have pews at your church momma.”
“Not the pews.” I reached up and plucked a fan out of the wooden box on the backside of the pew in front of us. “These.” I began to wave it in front of my face.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

I heard a story on the radio on my way to work this morning that is worth retelling. It seems there was a wife who was looking at pictures on her husband’s phone. Who knows where the husband was while this was occurring? Perhaps he was mowing the yard. Maybe he was in the shower. The wife was outraged that her husband of so many years secretly had pictures of this young female on his personal phone. This was obvious evidence that he was being unfaithful to her. When the husband made his appearance, a bitter confrontation followed.

The Freeze in the Trees

We had a hard freeze recently at a bad time for some trees, with many just putting out those very succulent and tender new leaves. A number of trees and shrubs got hammered in my yard, totally wiping out all of the leaves, and many forest trees took the same hit. If your trees were impacted too, you may be wondering what all this means in terms of tree health and fruit/nut production.


Union County Opry returns

One of Union County’s sons, Jerry Cole, third from left, plays bass guitar with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

After a pandemic hiatus, the Union County Opry will return to it’s monthly show schedule at the Union County High auditorium. The first show was held May 1 and featured the Union County Opry Band.
Next month’s show will see Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver return to the UCO stage.

Preliminary school budget balanced with no tax increase

Director Jimmy Carter offered the Union County Board of Education a balanced budget with no tax increase at the regular April meeting.
The budget meets Governor Lee’s request of a $40,000 beginning salary for teachers and building the current salary bonus into the overall certified employee pay scale.

Electronic county meetings to end for May

Garnet Southerland, Director of Union County Health Department Discusses vaccinations

In announcements during the regular Union County Commission Meeting in April, Mayor Jason Bailey reminded commissioners that the order allowing for the holding of county meetings by electronic devices expires April 30.

Rabies Clinic May 7, Thunder Road Vet Services at the ready

You may have heard that due to the pandemic, the TN Health Department has canceled its annual rabies clinics this year.
Thunder Road Veterinary Services office manager Heather Patterson is happy to share that they are hosting low-cost rabies and other crucial vaccinations for your pets Wednesday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rabies shots are only $5, and other vaccines are available at discounted rates.
The groomer, Mitzi, will do quick nail trims, or you may schedule grooming services by calling the office.

Preliminary FY 22 General Fund Budget comes up short

Union County Sheriff Billy Breeding Addresses Budget and Finance Committee

Mayor Jason Bailey presented the FY 22 County Budget for all departments to the Budget & Finance Committee of Union County Commission on April 20.
The current proposal is out of balance by some $331,000.

Working at home a pain in your neck? Try these posture and Ergonomic tips Part IV

Create a DIY sit/stand station. The popularity of standing desks has increased significantly over the past several years. You can create your own standing desk at home by simply working at a raised kitchen counter, for example, but be sure that the height of the counter does not cause you to bend your elbows too much. You should be able to comfortably reach your keyboard with elbows bent at about a 90-degree angle.

Boys will be boys

Dan was always the sergeant, fully in command with the rest of us boys his privates. This summer day we were fighting the Japanese on some Pacific Island.
We crawled, jumped over oak tree stumps, eased through briars and bushes on the Perry farm overlooking Norris Lake in 1954. We knew that our Sergeant Dan was about to have us attack the Japs, win another victory and march home later that day being patriotic soldiers in this boys’ army.

What’s wrong with Jesus?

Perhaps I should have entitled this article “What’s Wrong with Christianity?”
The answer to both questions are not synonymous, but they are related.
Plus questioning what is wrong with Christianity is too subjective, as evidenced by the various Christian denominations found throughout the world. Denominations, including religious sects, are greatly influenced by personal feelings or opinions.


The red-tail: King of the hawks

Photo by Harold Jerrell

Photo by Harold Jerrell

While several hawk species spend time in East Tennessee, the red-tailed hawk stays around all year and is the most common one seen.
They prefer to hang out in open fields near woodland edges. Seeing a red tail gliding across the sky and hearing their high-pitched cry gives one a pleasing dose of wildness.
The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) has a body around two feet long with wide wings that span around 4 four feet, making it the largest hawk we have. The female is a third larger than the male.


Big Ridge Bluegrass Festival to continue tradition

The bluegrass style of music was born out of rural Appalachia. Folks around the hills and hollers would gather and have fellowship bringing with them their stringed instruments.
These traditions are still carried on in these parts today. Many of these bluegrass pickers went on to influence country music like Roy Acuff from Maynardville. Roy was a fiddle player and singer that became one of the founders of the Grand Ole Opry.

11-Year-old Alex Booth wins tourney

Alex Booth and his dad Dave Booth.

When Alex Booth developed a passion for fishing at the ripe old age of seven, he didn’t have to twist his Dad’s arm very hard. Before Alex was born, Dad was fairly heavy into tournament bass fishing, but wanting to spend more time with Alex, he sold his Bassboat. Likewise when Alex turned ten and wanted to tournament fish it wasn’t hard to convince Dad to buy a new boat. Nearly every Saturday in any weather for the next year or so, you could find Alex and Dad learning more about bass fishing.

Union County High School Blooms

Horace Maynard FFA students Dylan Hall & Caden Walker

If you were hoping to get to the Union County High School in time for purchasing flowers and garden plants, you may have started a bit late. Horace Maynard FFA secretary Josh Brantley says 2021 has been a fantastic selling season.

Southern Spirit performs ‘Old Stuff’ at museum

Two men singingcountry music in a museum

Southern Spirit sings Old Stuff, their latest album to entertain Union County Historical Society

Southern Spirit performed selections from Old Stuff, their latest album and the name of the signature song, for the Union County Historical Society at the Union County Museum in April.
Shandy Glover and Chris Hooper of Sharps Chapel roots combined their talents in songwriting, arranging and guitar picking to bring authentic country music to the audience.
Glover, lead guitarist and lead singer, debuted the Martin, a 54-year-old guitar gifted to him by Hooper a few years back.

Softball turns into knee ball

While crazy, odd things do happen to me, some of them are quite incredible and beneficial.
For instance, I had an amazing thing happen during a softball game when I was twelve years old. I was playing second base and there was a runner on first. The batter hit the ball to the outfield.

“Oh, the snakes crawl at night, that’s what they say”

Who would ever have thought that “catgut” comes not from cats, but from the natural fiber found in the walls of sheep or goat intestines, and sometimes from the intestines of cattle, hogs, horses, mules, or donkeys! Additional research will inform that catgut is used to make strings for musical instruments.
A friend of mine posted on Facebook that her sign under the Chinese zodiac, according to the date of her birth, was the dragon. It listed her most negative quality as that of being “stubbornly independent”. She questioned whether this was a negative quality.

Pork Sausage Patties

I like pork sausage as you can tell by the number of recipes I have that include it. Just making patties and frying them can make a rock-like nugget if you get them too brown.
This recipe is nice and tender. The extra time it takes to mix it up is worth it. I like to get my hands in there to do that. I understand that not everyone is inclined. Mix them any way you want. They will be delicious.

Jim Clayton – a legacy of success!

Jim Clayton - “First a Dream”

I would like to share a few experiences of the full and rich life of one of our most highly accomplished local residents, Jim Clayton. He is returning to his first love, music, and will join the Union County Opry Band for a live performance this Saturday. Clayton’s uncle gave him his first guitar on his sixth birthday, and he was in love! As he grew older, he idolized Eddie Arnold and wished to be like him; but God had better plans.

Planting By Nature

Photo By Steve Roark

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

Our forefathers paid a lot more attention to natural events than we do now. They had no radio, TV, or newspaper to provide weather trends, so they looked to nature to tell them when to plant beans or when to strip hickory bark for chair bottoms. They didn’t know it but they were practicing phenology: the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate, plant, and animal life.


Working at home a pain in your neck? Try these posture And ergonomic tips Part III

Chiropractors are accustomed to making recommendations for their patient’s traditional workspaces, but they also understand that in times of unexpected change you must find ways to adapt quickly. Many of the workers forced to go remote are still working on laptops, according to the experts. Here are their top three suggestions for making a home workstation work with your laptop:

Pick a spot. If you do not have a regular desk at home, working at a kitchen table is generally much better than sitting on a couch with your laptop on your lap.

How'd That Happen?

Most people in the room gasped. Some even laughed. As for me, I felt sorry for the guy.

I was around ten years old as I sit in the crowded doctor’s office with my mom. In walks this young man with a red gash on the end of his nose. Of course, those sitting around him asked what happened. With a red face, he told about jerking back on his fishing rod, which caused the now bait-less hook to hurtle toward him. Before he realized what was happening, it had dug into the end of his nose. Since the hook was a little rusty and had dried worm guts on it, he needed to get a Tetanus shot.


Say What?

Things are not always what they seem, and names for items do not always give much insight into the actual origin or use of those items. Take hats, for example. Panama hats are actually made in Ecuador.

Captain Kangaroo? Nope

Kangaroos are not native to Union county, Tennessee. It is usually too big of a hop from Australia to this neck of the woods. I have never seen a live one. The zoos of my childhood didn't stray much from the lion, tiger and monkey varieties. No Kangaroos.

Chicken and Stuffing

Here is another chicken breast recipe. There are so many things you can do with chicken. If you have a can of chicken breast on the shelf or chicken parts in the freezer, you have supper under control. This recipe can be easily cut in half. It is a quickie, done in 35 minutes. Good, too.

A Ministry Making a Difference

Young Life leaders Hope Spivey, MaryAlice Baldwin, Katie Collins, and Jordyn Martin.

Young Life is a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school, and college students in the United States and in countries around the world. Locally, Young Life ministers to students at Union County High School, Claiborne High School, and on campus at LMU.
Katies Collins is the Area Director serving Union and Claiborne County.

Working at home a pain in your neck? Try these posture and ergonomic tips Part II

More work-at-home suggestions to reduce stress on the body:

Use a keyboard tray and pull it out over your lap. If you use a laptop, use it as a screen only, placing it at eye level with a stand or a stack of books. Get a remote keyboard to use with your laptop computer. To avoid neck pain, keep your screen at eye level whether you use a laptop or monitor. Put books underneath your monitor to raise it or use a stand, if necessary.

One at a Time

As a little girl, I didn’t think much about how I ate. That is, until Papaw Janeway had supper with us one day.
Papaw Janeway was Mamaw Jo’s father. So, when he came over, she and Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle cooked their usual southern feast: pinto beans, fried okra, rolls, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, peas, rolls, cornbread, and, of course, fried chicken.

Just Froggy!

Ask a stupid question and you get a stupid answer, or so the old saying goes. It would seem logical that the Hundred Years’ War lasted 100 years, but actually it lasted 116 years. All of us are not Vulcans, and logic doesn’t always work, Mr. Spock.
A question with a less obvious answer might be: What kind of horse did Joe Cartwright ride on Bonanza? The correct answer: a pinto!

Roadside Forests

It’s a given that in our mountainous terrain you’re going to see trees while driving down the road. Most of them are growing in natural forests with good soil that supports a wide variety of species. But some trees you see especially close to the roadside are not growing in natural conditions, but on road cuts. These are places where soil and rock were removed to make way for the highway and are plentiful in hilly terrain. Conditions at these sites are harsh for growing things, and yet certain tree species and plants are able to make a go of it.


Sweet potato and banana casserole

This recipe is simple. It's mostly just sweet potatoes and bananas. You do have to cook the sweet potatoes first. That's okay. That gives you time to find your deep 2 quart casserole dish and assemble the remaining ingredients. Canned orange juice is okay, too. There's not much to the recipe, just takes a few minutes to prepare.

My log cabin doll house

In the early years of our stay here, near Hickory Star Marina, money was in short supply. We were restoring the buildings on the property with only my husband's Social Security check and his two small pensions. I would later find work baby-sitting Melissa Carter's daughter, Ashley, then doing restaurant cooking, being a security guard at commercial locations and finally as a home health care worker. But it was tough going at first.

Union County Opry is back in 2021!

Last year on March 1st I was so happy to share the exciting news of the Union County Opry with our readers! I concluded the article with the news that I had a copy of their schedule on my refrigerator and was looking forward to catching some of their shows, inviting you to join me. Then the Coronavirus hit. Our world seemed to stop spinning as the pandemic raged on. I confess that it was an unreasonably long time before I could bear to remove that show lineup, well into the Fall, long after any hope was gone.

Support Victims, Build Trust, Engage Communities 2021 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

The last year has been challenging, to say the least, as we have collectively coped with COVID-19 and the fear, dread and the significant losses associated with it—loss of family members and friends, loss of visitation and time with loved ones, loss of the routine of attending school or reporting to a workplace, loss of the ability to gather for worship or play or leisure, and for some the loss of livelihoods. Imagine if on top of these grievous losses you also suffered as the victim of a crime!

Outstanding Students at LES

The following Luttrell Elementary School students achieved the honor roll.

A Honor Roll
1st Grade: Blake Hall, Jaxon Hall, Colton Surrett, Liam Bussell, McKynna Huling, Adrianna Leonard, and Keaton Mathis
2nd Grade: Ava Chamberlain, Ava Hoskins, Meyah Meza, Kinsley Ownes, Davey Reed, Marlee Weaver, Bree Williams, Presley Wyrick, Landon Whiteaker, Briley Cantrell, Jake Beeler, Olivia Harris, Cheyenne Heath, Jace Naglitch, and Emmie Jo Nirmaier

HMMS sports update

Ty Edds hits 1 of 2 HomeRuns in conference win over rival Clinton

The Red Devils hosted Clinton and blasted four home runs against them. Ty Edds found his swing and led the way with two home runs. Tucker Flannigan and Brandon Reed also joined the festivities, both going deep. Flannigan, Harlen Hunley, Edds and Reed all had multiple hits. Reed and Flannigan led the Devils with 3 hits out of 3 at bats each. Ty Edds started on the rubber for the Red Devils throwing four innings and gave up zero hits and zero earned runs. The Red Devils' win over Clinton secured 1st place in the conference with a record of 8-0 in the conference and 9-2 overall. The Red Devils play Rutledge Friday, 16th at 5:00 for their 8th grade night.

Working at home a pain in your neck? Try these posture and ergonomic tips Part I

With so many people still working from home these days to maintain social distancing from their colleagues, many are developing musculoskeletal pain. Improving posture and ergonomics is a proactive way to take care of your body while working remotely.

To reduce stress on the body, follow these work-at-home suggestions:

Tractor Shower

I grew up as a valley girl. An East Tennessee valley girl, which is the best kind.
By now, most of you probably know I was raised on my maternal Papaw’s farm. It’s located in a valley with ridgelines that run along the southern and western sides with Bull Run Creek flowing through it. On the other sides, the ridgelines are a little further away. It makes for quite the view. And it made for quite the excitement at times, especially with the weather.


Lodene Smith

Edith Lodene Smith-age 78 of Luttrell passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021 at her home. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Maynardville. She was preceded in death by parents, Luther and Edith Corum; brothers, Leslie, Jerry and Doug Corum; sister, Naomi Corum; nephew, Dudley Corum; niece, Brenda Graham.
Survivors: husband of 58 years, Mack Smith; sister, Mary (H. V.) Keys; several nieces, nephews along with many great-nieces and nephews.

Ruby Jean Shope

Ruby Jean Beeler Shope-age 74 of Maynardville passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, May 12, 2021 at her home. She was preceded in death by husband, James D. Shope; parents, General and Lettie (Bone) Beeler; father and mother-in-law, David and Bertie Shope; brother, Gary Beeler; son-in-law, Tim Hopson.

Johnny Ray Paul

Johnny Ray Paul-age 57 of LaFollette went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was preceded in death by parents, John and Laura June Paul.

Survivors: sons, Jonathan Paul and wife, Heather of LaFollette; Joshua Paul of Knoxville; Clint Koger of Claxton; sisters, Debra Brown and husband, Jeff of Sharps Chapel; Tammy Paul of Clinton; brother, Stacy Paul of LaFollette. Several nieces, nephews along with a host of friends.

The body will be cremated and no services are planned. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Darrell Van Seivers

Darrell Van Seivers-age 64 of Knoxville passed away Thursday, May 6, 2021. He attended the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries. Preceded in death by parents, Samuel Creed and Nana H. Seivers.

Survivors: sisters, Brenda Seivers Ward, Coley Sands, Harold Edward Seivers, Donald Ray Seivers, Sandra Faye Stephens. A host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The body will be cremated and no services are planned. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Danna Faye Tolliver Williams

Danna Faye Tolliver Williams-age 80 of Sharps Chapel passed away peacefully Saturday morning, May 8, 2021 at home. She was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and a member of the New Tazewell congregation. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Preceded in death by parents, Curt and Pearl (Weaver) Tolliver; sister, Eula Gray Keck; brother, Jerry Ray Tolliver.

Mary Jane Brogan

Mary Jane (Munsey) Brogan-age 78 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Parkwest Medical Center. She was of the Baptist faith and attended Pennington Chapel Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Oscar Munsey and Jennie Crawford Buckner; daughters, Debra Norton and Peggy Sue Dennison; brother, Verlin Munsey; sister, Fay Davis.

Molly E. Bailey

Molly Estelee Bailey-age 61 of Luttrell went to be with Lord Thursday, May 6, 2021 at her home. She was a member of Nehemiah Church. She was a loving wife and mother who always took good care of her family and she was also one proud Grandma. Preceded in death by parents, Carl and Louise (McDaniel) Fuss, two brothers, Donald and Stanley Fuss; grandson, Matthew Parker.

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