Commission approves money to help expand Maynardville water and sewer

Mike Chesney, Maynardville City Manager discusses water and sewer grants

At the March meeting, Union County Commission unanimously approved a budget amendment to allow the county to pay $45,000 toward the match for two Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants.
Union County would partner with Maynardville City, Horticulture Lighting Group, and the state of Tennessee to obtain a total of $653,537 to expand and upgrade the Maynardville water and sewer infrastructure. This public/private partnership would enable Horticulture Lighting Group to expand and employ some 500 people over five years. The grants would also provide water and sewer for the building of some 95 homes that will generate over $100,000 annually in new property tax revenue.
The county portion will use money from the second Local Government Grant that comes due in August to reimburse the capital project money used now to apply for the grants. The rest of the $180,000 match will be funded by Maynardville City ($90,000) and Horticulture Lighting Group ($45,000). During the discussion Commissioner Larry Lay suggested that the various utility districts that serve Union County come together and formulate a plan to bring water to all parts of Union County. Mike Chesney, Maynardville City Manager, commented that the City of Maynardville is capable of expanding service to more of the county if funding can be provided through grants or other sources.
Another budget amendment that received approval provided for the purchase of a replacement ambulance for $180,000 using the ambulance service fund balance ($129,500), transportation equipment funds($50,000), and insurance recovery money($500).
The commission approved Donald Jay (D Jay) Taylor to be the Union County Veteran’s Service Officer, due to the resignation of Eddie Thompson for health reasons. Commissioner Keck as well as Mayor Bailey related Thompson's gratitude for the privilege of serving Union County veterans and their families. Staff Sergeant Taylor wants to open the Veteran Service Office two to three nights weekly and all day on Saturday. He also plans to offer suicide prevention training and benefits training for spouses, among other services.
Under contracts, commission gave a positive vote for the renegotiated contract with KONE, Inc., which services the courthouse elevator. Carrie Cook, the county purchasing agent, found the amount being paid under the former contract was too high. The new contract at a cost of $3,600 annually is nearly half of the former amount. The mayor and commission thanked Cook for her diligence.
Sheriff Billy Breeding reported the statistics for February as 709 calls,three wrecks with injury, 23 wrecks without injury, 104 booked into jail, 111 released from jail, and 59 for the current jail population, mainly due to the guidelines for nonviolent crimes under the pandemic.
The commission gave Mayor Bailey the authorization in a resolution to apply for the HOME Grant for FY22 which will provide $500,000 to renovate or rebuild homes, including mobile homes. An independent committee from the state determines the eligibility of applicants and who receives the grant. Local officials are not involved in any decisions once the grant application is approved by the state and federal governments.
In regard to grants, the County Mayor’s Report noted that Union County is currently processing these grants: Safe Route to Schools, Home Grant, Local Government Grant #1, Tourism Enhancement Grant, Community Development Block Grant, Farmers Market Grant, TCAC, and Rent Assistance Grant.
Upcoming grant possibilities include nearly $4M from the American Rescue Plan to most likely be used for broadband across the county.
Completed projects include the jail plumbing upgrade, the unioncountytn.gov website with all departments on the site, painting at the Union County Senior Center complex, and repairs at the Veterans Wall.
Also in the report, Mayor Bailey called attention to the sales tax revenue which increased by 87% from February 2019 to February 2021. In addition the mayor noted that Census 2020 shows a growth for Union County of 4.5 percent, meaning the population will be nearly 20,000.
Finally, the mayor explained that with the results of the census comes the review of political districts. Mayor Bailey will appoint the Redistricting Committee (one commissioner from each district ) in April. The committee will meet when the data is available in October and report the recommendations to Union County Commission in November for a final decision on redistricting by December 31, 2021.
Although no new or old business appeared on the agenda, Commissioner Larry Lay wanted to revisit concerns over the Paulette Fire Department. Discussion centered around what could be done regarding no county fire department in fourth and sixth districts since the Paulette Fire Department is now a subscription service that charges a membership fee of a minimum of $75.
One person commented that Paulette Fire Department may no longer be a 501(c)4, but may have to become an LLC. Another commissioner noted and the sheriff verified that Paulette FD is invoicing the Sheriff’s Department if Paulette provides a firetruck or emergency personnel to a wreck.
In addition, another commented that Paulette FD has a bill collector who files lawsuits and collects from the insurance companies of fire victims who did not pay the initial membership fee. According to several commissioners, this practice has occurred both in the fourth and sixth political districts as well as other areas where Paulette was the only department that responded.
The county attorney stated that without county established fire districts, the county is limited as far as what can be done. The commission approved a motion to have the county attorney, David Myers, write a letter to request the financial and corporate status of Paulette Fire Department, the members of the board of directors, the by-laws, the charter, and the authority for their charging a subscription.
As the meeting adjourned, Mayor Bailey asked commissioners to review the information regarding using $50,000 of the hotel/motel tax to either become a partner and invest or simply contribute to a concert sponsored by the Union County Fair.
The next commission meeting will be on April 26 at 7 p.m. at the courthouse.

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School Board to use COVID-19 money to fund summer school with transportation

Dr. Carter discusses summer school plans

The impact of COVID-19 on learning, especially in elementary reading and math, continues to be a concern for Union County as well as our state and nation. To mitigate some of the pandemic's impact on learning, Dr. Jimmy Carter announced at the March Union County Board of Education meeting that summer school will be from June 1 through June 25 with a maximum class size of eighth students per teacher.

UC Health Dept. vaccine clinic moves to Alder Springs Church

Beginning Thursday, April 8, the Union County Health Department is moving its vaccine clinic to Alder Springs Church at 708 Hickory Star Road across from the Union County Humane Society.
Vaccines will still be administered by appointment only, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended appointments are available only on Tuesday. To make an appointment, call 866-442-5301 or 865-549-5343 or to book an appointment online, go to vaccinate.tn.gov.

Farmers celebrated by local ag partners

Union County farmers (left to right) Cody Haynes, Extension Agent Shannon DeWitt, Ethan Mike, Jordan Campbell, and Ernest Nicley

Local agriculture partners collaborated and hosted the annual National Ag Day Farmer Appreciation Breakfast on March 23. Farmers and producers from across Union County were invited to celebrate their hard work and dedication in honor of the nationally recognized day.
The farmers received a complimentary breakfast and a bag full of promotional items in recognition of their efforts throughout the year to preserve our county's farmlands and rich agricultural history.

Earn a Master Beef Producer certificate from your comfy couch

Jeremy Thomas, Union County beef producer and graduate of the Fall 2020 online class

The Master Beef Producer program is an extensive educational program developed to provide information to assist you and other Tennessee cow-calf producers in improving the profitability of your cow-calf operations. The classes provide opportunities to gain knowledge in current beef cattle management practices that are important to the profitability and sustainability of the industry.

UCBPA hosts 27th Scholarship Golf Classic on June 19

The 2021 Union County Business and Professional Association Golf Classic will be played at the beautiful Three Ridges Golf Course, 6101 Wise Springs Road, in Knoxville on June 19. Tee time is 1 p.m. with a barbeque lunch by Li'l Jo's included in the entry fee. Golfers will receive goody bags, door prizes, as well as compete for Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive.

A good attitude, outdoor activities, and proper ergonomics are essential during the coronavirus pandemic

As we look forward to having our routines return to near-normal, a good attitude is still essential for tackling the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and the changes it has created in our day-to-day lives. Taking care of your health by addressing pain and then finding time for physical activity, rest, time in nature, and safe socializing can help lessen stress and anxiety.

Time Changes Everything

Country Connections by James and Ellen Perry
“Time Changes Everything” was recorded in 1940 by Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan: “Heavenly shades of night are falling, It’s twilight time, Out of the mist your voice is calling, ’Tis twilight time.”
These beautiful lyrics were sung by Tony Williams and The Platters in the late spring of 1958. It was an international hit with lyrics written by Buck Ram in the ’40s. He later became the manager of The Platters.

Getting ready for scholastic success: Dr. Lauren Effler – Pre-K director

Play, Learn, and Grow Together

Dr. Lauren Effler, Pre-K director for Union County Public Schools, announces that registration is now open for Pre-K students enrolling for in-person learning next fall.
The Pre-K curriculum, designed to get kids ready for kindergarten, teaches important things such as letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. Children are also taught social skills like interacting with other kids, cooperating and working with others, and how to problem-solve.

Red Devil softball opens

By Harlen Hunley and Ty Edds
On March 8, the Lady Red Devils got the season off to a good start with a solid win over Claiborne County with a score of 3-0. They got hits and runners on at the right time to push across the runs needed and solid pitching from Aleyia Satterfield to shut out the Lady Bulldogs.
Lady Devils win over Clinton

HMMS baseball team breezes through March

Ty Edds fires a fastball by the hitter

By Harlen Hunley and Ty Edds
HMMS vs. Seymour
The Horace Maynard Baseball team has been rolling since an opening day loss on Tuesday March 2, as they traveled to Seymour in a 2-1 loss.
The Red Devils played solid defense with solid pitching as eighth grader Ty Edds toed the rubber and was relieved by Garret Graves trying to prevent the go-ahead run from scoring. As a bloop hit to left scored the winning run from third base in the last inning. Edds, Maddix Wyrick, and Aiden Bowman all had hits in the game for the Red Devils.

Big Ridge trees species are diverse

Big Ridge State Park has a large diversity of trees. The park is around 3,600 acres in size with only a couple hundred acres at most that is mowed and not wooded.
Of course, one of the purposes of our Tennessee state parks is to preserve and protect our natural resources.
This was not always the case. Before the park was set aside for preservation it was farmland with little of it wooded.

Redbud: Spring calling card

Volunteer Interpreter, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
One of the more popular trees in the spring is the eastern redbud (Cercis Canadensis), which blesses us with a beautiful bloom of purple pea-like flowers that pop out on the trunk and large branches as well as on twigs. Another common name for redbud is Judas tree, which comes from the belief that Judas hung himself from a Middle Eastern redbud after betraying Christ.

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Anxious for nothing

Philippians 4:6 is one of those verses which many Christians have hidden in their hearts. It is Paul the Apostles version of 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.”
We find Paul once again in prison for preaching the Gospel. He has written this letter to the Philippians so that they will not lose hope in Christ, because of the situation in which Paul finds himself.
Let’s think about what is going on by imagining ourselves as part of a possible conversation between two first century new believers in the city of Philippi:

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Fishy Tales

Most fishy tales are probably tall tales about the one that got away. Mine are just the opposite in that I have never had any luck with fish in any capacity.
For instance, the last time I went fishing, I fell into Bull Creek. That wonderful experience is in my story, “In the Creek.”
My woeful fish tales started at a very young age. You see, my mother always had a fish tank.

P-I-N-T-O

Union County recently made history again. If you are interested, just conduct the following Google search: “Pinto on a pole.”
I did so, and was taken to a link for a WATE-TV news story about the famous Ford Pinto that was located for as many years as I can remember at Jim Sexton Motors.

A Changing of the Guard

Madeline, Elsie Ruth and Coach Christian Chandler

Union County High School girls’ basketball coach Roger Murphy is stepping away; but he isn’t going too far.

Murphy has coached the girls team for the past fourteen years and says the timing is right. Murphy’s tenure was highlighted by winning the district tournament championship in 2015-16, the first for the program in over thirty years.

Overcoming Obstacles: No Such Thing as Perfect

Actress Kara Cooke

We have a TV star in our midst, Union County! Kara Cooke was modeling when she graduated from Union County High School in 2018. She then enrolled in classes at Gage talent agency in West Knoxville, going once a week for a couple of months where she learned skills such as working the runway, how to pose for the camera, and how to apply make-up. She also took acting classes. One of her instructors started The STAIR Agency for models and actors and she followed him. Her career took off after auditioning and being selected for a spot in Knoxville Fashion Week.

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No Crying on the Bus

Nothing has ever been simple for me, not even riding the school bus home when I was a child.

When I was in the first grade, my mom would always pick me up after school. From her car, I would watch my friends board their school buses. Of course, I wanted to do that too. I thought they were having a fun party with no teachers around.

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Inside Looking Out, or Outside Looking In?

If you’re like most people, most of the time you definitely want to be in the “in” crowd. There you’re accepted, adored, idolized, and never alone.

That is, you’re never alone until your thinking starts to depart from the “status quo” of your “in” crowd. Then you risk becoming an outcast, as most groups struggle with a free thinker within their “in” crowd.

Cats

I am fond of cats nowadays. That was not always the case. I remember back in my childhood when I thought my dad was perfect and knew everything about anything. He hated cats! So I did, too. I would express my dislike at every opportunity. Then we moved to Summers Road in Union County. We had mice galore. They were everywhere and didn’t care if we saw them or not. All food had to be stored covered and sealed.

My Biscuits

I wrote a story about Jackie making my biscuit recipe. I have the recipe cited on page 54 in the Revival Vision Cook Book. If you don't have the cook book, that is not enough information to make my biscuits. So here we go.

Maynardville Public Library - If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It!

Like what you see at the library? For a fabulous paint job for your workplace, church, or home; contact Tina Dyer at 865-256-7764

I dropped by Maynardville Public Library to see what is going on and man is there a lot! In addition to their amazing way of seeing us through the pandemic with their interactive website, which offers online reading and something for everyone, library staff members have been busy refreshing and revitalizing the building inside and out, as we all look forward to getting out and once again enjoying public spaces together.

Donuts with the Principal

Participating students pictured with LES Principal Stacy Smith

On Friday, March 12, Luttrell Elementary School students from each homeroom class who logged the highest amount of reading on their own time were invited to attend Donuts with the Principal.
"We are very proud of these hard-working students and look forward to seeing who will win next month's prize,” said Instructional Facilitator Steva Bates.

4-Hers Still Serving

Every year, the Smoky Mountain Home School 4-H Club takes an active approach with getting involved in our community. This past year has presented its own unique problems with COVID and the restrictions to club events and activities that have come along with those restrictions. But, in spite of this, we want Union County to know that we are still here.

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Eggs Away

This story is about a memory from my early childhood that I don’t remember. At all. But I have been told about it several times over the years.
First, I need to give you a little bit of background information. I’m sure most of you all are aware of how much I love chocolate. As much as I love it; my Mamaw Jo loved eggs. And she was very proud of that fact.

The Singing of the Frogs

Spring can be pretty noisy around ponds, lakes, water holes, and other moist areas. Male frogs and toads are the minstrels of warm weather, calling out in loud, pleading voices to woo females. Pause and listen to them, for what you are hearing is a love song.

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Union County Farmers Market Accepting Vendor Applications

You may have noticed that the farmers market is accepting applications for a manager, an assistant manager and a demonstration chef but, it is also the time of year to turn in your vendor applications. Perhaps you have wondered if the Union County Farmers Market is the place for you – we think you’ll agree that it is!

A Little Music Can Go a Long Way

Sarah Morgan as we know her best; singing with dulcimer in hand. (Photo from Facebook performance)

More than 250 people logged onto The Quarantine Happy Hour on Facebook Sunday, March 7 to hear Union County native Sarah Morgan weave her beautiful music.
Morgan started with the dulcimer then moved to guitar. Her angelic voice made for a splendid ending to a beautiful day here in East Tennessee.

What is spinal manipulation?

One of the most common and well known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation (sometimes referred to as a “chiropractic adjustment”). The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile—or restricted in their movement—as a result of a tissue injury.

“You Big Dummy!”

If you are as old as I, you will recognize the quoted title above from many episodes of the 1970s television situation comedy Sanford and Son. Junkman Fred Sanford, portrayed by Redd Foxx, called his son Lamont a “big dummy” in practically episode of the series. If you are not as old as I, thanks to the wonders of cable television and retro channels such as METV and Antenna TV, these old shows can become favorites of a new generation.

Super Dog

We weren’t sure how she did it. If I hadn’t seen it myself, I don’t know if I would’ve believed it. Who am I talking about? Our dog Pobby. She was the one that gnawed on my bible in my story: “Eating the Word.”
She was a tiny stray puppy that we took into our home and our hearts. Before she was housebroken, we didn’t want her to go into our living room while Tim and I were at work. At that time, the living room had bifold doors, so we just closed them. The doors were difficult for us to open, so we assumed Pobby wouldn’t be able to open them either.

Rice medley

I like to cook with Minute Rice. It worked so well in some recipes. This is a quick and pretty one. Tastes good, too. When the rice has to stand alone, try this one.

Arbor Days

The first Friday in March is when Tennessee celebrates Arbor Day, while Kentucky, Virginia, and the nation designate Arbor Day as the last Friday in April. The dictionary defines a tree as "a woody perennial plant having a distinct trunk with branches and foliage at some distance above the ground". This simple description falls short of what a tree is to humans and other life forms. What is a tree? Let me count the ways:

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PLAINVIEW CITY COUNCIL Met March 9, 2021

Mayor Chandler called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM
Prayer by Gordon Bright
Present: Mayor Chandler, Vice-Mayor Philips, Gordon Bright, Josh Collins, Rebecca Lock
Reading of Previous Minutes: Mary Ann Brantley. Motion by Richard Phillips, Second by Gordon Bright to approve as read. Motion carried.
Police Report: Chief Eddie Muncey said March has been busy but smooth. He commented the City received a check for $1900 from Union County for drug related fines processed.

Dark Hollow Wallow – Trail Racing at Big Ridge State Park

March 14th trail race

Bobby Glenn, Race Director at Knoxville Track Club (KTC), describes the third race of 2021’s “dirty dozen” as, “In the wooded hollows of Big Ridge State Park east of Norris near Maynardville, the 11-mile course delves into long forgotten, mud-slogged crevasses thought to be haunted by haints, demons, banshees, phantoms, and poltergeists” No doubt in reference to Big Ridge’s ghost hikes in October!

Paulette Elementary Receives Model School Award

The Paulette Elementary School team left to right:
April Bull- 4th Grade Math Teacher, Casey Hurley- Instructional Facilitator, Missy Fugate- Principal, Katelyn Shetterly- Kindergarten Teacher, Chris Justice- Music Teacher, Allie Giles- Special Education Teacher. Not pictured: Michelle Branscomb- 3rd Grade Science and Social Studies Teacher

The Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (funded by the Tennessee Department of Education) is proud to announce that Paulette Elementary School has been selected as a 2020-2021 bronze level RTI2-B Model of Demonstration School.

Buckner shares her Mission of Hope with Maynardville

Brittany Buckner engaging a pediatric patient in therapy at Mission Hope Pediatric Therapy in Maynardville, TN

Nestled right in the heart of downtown Maynardville, you will find a new business, Mission Hope Pediatric Therapy, LLC. Back in September, founder and owner, Brittany Buckner, opened the doors to her dream business, doing exactly what she loves - helping others.

Chiropractic treatment of sciatic symptoms

The purpose of chiropractic treatment is to help the body’s potential to heal itself. It is based on the scientific principle that restricted spinal movement leads to pain and reduced function and performance. Chiropractic care is non-invasive, non-surgical and drug-free. The type of chiropractic therapy provided depends on the cause of the patient’s sciatica. A sciatica treatment plan may include several different treatments such as ice/cold therapies, ultrasound, TENS, and spinal adjustments (sometimes called spinal manipulation).

Where's the Bees?

As a child, I spent many a spring or summer day romping through the yard as I chased flying insects. If it had fluttering wings, it fascinated me. Whether it was a butterfly, bee, or lightning bug, I followed it with envy. Fortunately, I didn’t do that with birds. That may have gotten a little messy.

Big Brother’s Watching and Listening!

For those of us who were teenagers or young adults in the 1980s, it seemed, at least in retrospect, a magical time. Even the music of the 1980s was great. I was a freshman at Lincoln Memorial University in the spring of 1984. That was so long ago that the college academic year was divided into quarters, four instructional terms that lasted approximately ten weeks each. The shift to semesters, three annual instructional terms of approximately sixteen weeks each, started at some point before I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in 1987.

Events

Local Author Brooke Cox Book Launch Scheduled

Sunday, April 25, 2021 - 14:00

Multi-published local author Brooke Cox will hold a book launch and signing Sunday, April 25 from 2-4 p.m. at Beaver Dam Baptist Church.
Cox will launch her latest novel Dinosaur Eggs, Two Guys, a Girl, and a T-Rex. The book has 5 star reviews with one reviewer calling the book a “Wonderful middle-grade allegory.”
Cox is also re-launching her first mystery novel with a new title and cover. Until the Moon Rises, A Conniving Cousins Mystery. Cox plans to create a mystery series from the book.
Cox will also have her Saucy Southern Stories books available.

Home schooling Encouragement

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 18:00
Home schooling Encouragement

Homeschooling Mothers are invited to an evening of encouragement on Monday, April 26, 2021 in the Hardees Meeting Room in Maynardville at six p.m. Speaking will be Christine Brackney, a veteran homeschooling Mom who will focus on keeping your vision and choosing the educational choice that best meets the needs of your child. Info: 865-992-3629-Connie Dickey

Obituary

Maggie Dykes

Maggie Dykes – age 93 of Sharps Chapel, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Thursday, April 8, 2021. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Voyd C. Keck

Voyd C. Keck, age 90 of Halls, formerly of Union Co., passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, April 4, 2021. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of Halls. Graduated class of 1950, Horace Maynard High School. Retired from University of Tennessee Physical Plant as General Supt. of structural maintenance. He was a 49-year member of Masters Lodge #244 F. & A.M. K.C.C.H. Scottish Rite of Knoxville, Areme Chapter #466 O.E.S.

Mitchell S. Beason

Mitchell Steven Beason-age 68 of Luttrell passed away Friday morning, April 2, 2021 at his home. He was a Christian and had a great love of dogs, cats and all animals. Preceded in death by parents, Mitchell Lee and Martha (Woods) Beason; siblings, Lucille Ford, Gene Beason, Agnes Dyer, Bernice Vaught, Mary Beeler along with several nieces, nephews and other family members.

Arlene "Leigh" McFarren

Arlene “Leigh” McFarren-age 63 of Corryton passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021 at her home. She was a member of Mountain View Church of God of the Union Assembly, Luttrell. She was an employee of Knox County Sheriff’s Office for the past six years, formerly with T.V.A.
She was a loving wife, mother and nana. Preceded in death by granddaughter, Sophie Holly and Grandma Betty who raised her.

Rev. Clarence Edward Bull

Rev. Clarence E. Bull-age 92 of Maynardville passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at his home. Preceded in death by parents, Silas A. and Murlie Burke Bull; brothers, Lloyd Bull, Junior Bull; sisters, Billie Bruner, Edith Pratt and infant sister, Sue Ann Bull; great-grandson, Brayden William Frye; father and mother-in-law, Rev. Fate and Etta Oaks; brother-in-law, L. G. Oaks.

Mike Snelson

Michael Wayne “Mike” Snelson-age 59 of Maynardville passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at his home. Mike loved fishing, camping and the lake life. Mike was preceded in death by mother, Mary Ruth Snelson; brothers, Rick and Tommy Snelson.

Larry Eugene Norris

Larry Eugene Norris – age 76 of Andersonville, born June 10, 1944 passed away at U. T. Hospital at 3:30 a.m., March 26, 2021. He was saved at age 12 at Snoddley Baptist Church and joined Macedonia Baptist at age 14.

He is preceded in death by father, Tommy Norris; brother, David Norris; and grandson, Adam Norris. Larry is survived by wife, Dora Johnson Norris; son, Roger Norris; mother, Mable Norris; aunt, Ruby McBee Hutchison; brother-in-law, Gary Johnson; cousin, Yvonne Foust; special friends, Ricky Hutchison and Betty Waggoner; and pets, Oscar and Lily.

Angela Renee Ballard

Angela Renee Ballard-age 40 of Rutledge went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at U. T. Medical Center. Preceded in death by sister, Christina Lee; nephew, Skylar; father, Richard Ballard, Sr.; grandfather, Bud Givens; grandmother, Naomi Ballard.

Survivors: son, Jayden Reed; mother, Jama Gibson; grandmother, Polly Givens; brother, Richard Ballard; nephews, Christopher, Trey and Terry; great-niece, Neveah. Special friend, Tony Winstead.

Joyce Ann Hamic

Joyce Ann Hamic-age 70 of Washburn passed away Monday afternoon, March 22, 2021 at North Knoxville Medical Center. She was a member of Mountain View Church of God of the Union Assembly. Preceded in death by husband, Randy Hickman; daughter, Kathy Majors; father, Elec Hamic; brother, Buster Hamic.

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