8th District Attorney General to join Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference Executive Committee
CAMPBELL, CLAIBORNE, FENTRESS, SCOTT and UNION COUNTIES, Tenn. (June 20, 2022) – Jared Effler, 8th District Attorney General, has been elected by fellow members of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference (TNDAGC) to serve on the organization’s Executive Committee. In this position, Effler will have a vital voice in guiding the overall administration of justice in Tennessee.
Commissioners concerned about impact of property reevaluation
The state's reevaluation of property stirred concerns over property tax increases by many commissioners at the Union County Commission meeting on May 23. Even though County Mayor Jason Bailey and the finance department proposed a balanced budget, questions arose regarding inflation, salaries, insurance, and taxes.
Commissioner Bill Cox asked if the state had sent a recommended tax rate. Bailey responded that the state would certify a reduction in the tax rate to 1.58 from 2.13 due to the fact that the county cannot receive more revenue from the state reevaluation alone.
Commissioner Earl Cox requested the effect of the reevaluation. Bailey answered that if the property appraisal increased by more than 50 percent, then the property tax would increase even at the 1.58 rate. The mayor said that an appraisal that increased 50 percent or less would be the same or slightly lower. Cox replied that most property owners seem to be experiencing a much higher reevaluation than 50 percent.
Commissioner Sydney Jessee Jr. commented that the consumer price index which impacts inflation is at 10.8 percent and the proposed budget only gives a 5.9 percent salary increase with a 5 percent increase in the cost of employee insurance. He further noted that insurance costs had risen some 25 percent over the last four years.
Jessee encouraged finance to shop the insurance. Finance Director Missy Brown assured Commissioner Jessee that her department had checked all major carriers and CIGNA was the best rate with only a 5 percent increase.
Commissioner Debra Keck followed up on the insurance concerns and stated that several employees had told her that CIGNA did not cover many standard procedures and were having to fund several procedures and needed medical assistance out of pocket.
Commissioner Gary England asked if insurance on county buildings was increasing. Brown said she would check on that cost since it was under contract and not due for renewal at this time.
Commissioner Larry Lay noted that if a tax increase is needed, this would be a good time to avoid a future shortfall especially with the possible building of a middle school.
Bailey encouraged the commissioners to study the budget and seek answers to questions by calling him or Brown. He noted that the first consideration of the budget for approval would be June 20.
During the public comments, Scott Simpson recommended using part of the $817,000 fund balance to fund the employee insurance increase that will cost a total of $22,000 so employees could see a true raise. He also asked that the amount of time for a public comment be increased so good ideas have an opportunity to be heard.
Glenda Cooke and Charles Hamilton spoke on behalf of the Union County Historical Society and the Union County Museum. According to Cooke, many repairs to the bathrooms, roof, and HVAC have had to be done as well as make the building more accessible under ADA. Hamilton also said that utilities and routine maintenance had increased by 60 percent. The historical society has asked for an increase to $10,000 in the occupancy tax funds to cover these expenses.
In the Mayor’s Report, Bailey stated that there are no new grants and most of the prior grants are nearing completion. Some of the more recent ones are in the bidding process. The latest home grant will build two new homes and repair several others. He was also pleased to announce that the Union County jail is now completely renovated and state certified.
Sheriff Billy Breeding reported that for April 2022, the department received 625 calls, worked three wrecks with injury, and handled 24 wrecks without injury. The department had121 booked into jail and 133 released to leave 55 inmates currently.
All budget amendments and transfers were approved. Changes were due to grant revenues, to increases in food and equipment costs, to summer school programs, to maximize spending and to move excess funds to the fund balance. Surplus items included vehicles in the Sheriff Department, computers at Maynardville Library, and supplies in the finance department.
The next Budget Committee meetings will be June 21 and June 27 at 6:30 p.m. The next County Commission Meetings will be on Monday, June 6 to discuss the tax rate, June 21 for consideration of the FY23 Budget and June 27 to finish up the current budget and pass any needed resolutions to end the fiscal year. All commission meetings are at 7 p.m. No July meetings are planned at this time.
8th District Attorney General to join Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference Executive Committee
The opioid epidemic has led many respected health groups to reconsider the value of a conservative approach to low back pain (the most common condition for which opioids are prescribed). Most notably, the American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest medical-specialty society in the world, updated its low back pain treatment guideline to support a conservative approach to care.
I love to play with words. Hence the word “Sandruff.” Think you know what it means? Let’s find out.
When Sara first started playing softball, her position was in outfield. Eventually, she was moved to the position of catcher, which excited her. I can see why. Infield is where most of the action is. And unfortunately, the sand.
Despite the high prevalence of musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy, few women in underserved populations receive treatment for their low back pain. Moreover, researchers found that pain in a previous pregnancy may predict a high risk for musculoskeletal complaints in future pregnancies. 85 percent of women who experienced pain in a previous pregnancy reported pain during their current pregnancy.
I don’t know if it was my pride that made me do it or my stubbornness.
Years ago, we visited Dollywood Splash Country with my cousin Lynda and her family. While our children and husbands were playing on the water attractions, we walked around the park. I noticed one that had three water tubes running down the hill into a large pool. Two were enclosed and twisted while and one was open and straight
“Hey, that looks like fun.” I pointed. “Do you want to try it?”
She smiled and answered, “No, but you can.”
I was checking Facebook the other day and came across this “hook”:
Meet the Waltons: The Bizarre Family Behind Walmart
There followed two comments:
“Hated Grandma on that show. She was so grouchy.
And why didn’t John Boy just come out of the closet?
Like we all didn’t know!”
“I remember the first Walmart open
in Rogers, Arkansas on July 2, 1969.”
Lakin Booker, Vice President of Horace Maynard FFA Chapter at UCHS, holds the check for $2700 from Shooting Hunger. Awarding the donation are Kristen Walker of Tennessee Farm Bureau, Manager Cody Brown and Eddie Thompson from Union County Farm Bureau, Lakin Booker, Joy Nease of UCFB, David Bunch of Union County Farmers Coop, and Ben Bradley from Farm Credit Mid-America/Rural 1st.
The Horace Maynard Future Farmers of America Chapter Backpack for Kids Program got a big financial boost on Thursday, June 9, 2022, from Shooting Hunger. As the Back Packs for Kids Program Administrator. Lakin Booker received the $2700 check On hand for the presentation was Kristen Walker of the Tennessee Farm Bureau. Manager Cody Brown and Board President Eddie Thompso, and Joy Nease represented the Union County Farm Bureau. David Bunch from the Union County Farmers Coop and Ben Bradley of Farm Credit Mid-America/Rural 1st also helped award the donation.
The old cliché says that a picture is worth a thousand words. Actually, an email from a friend revealed to me that thanks to current inflation, a picture is now worth only two hundred words, and as the price of everything else rises, the word value of a picture drops daily. Soon, words will be worth pictures!
As of May 28, the Pavilion at Heritage Park, better known as the Farmers Market, is completely ready for use. From the lights in the rafters to the natural concrete floor, the place exudes practicality with a festive twist.
The stage, back dropped with a gigantic American flag, was framed by the cedar siding on the back wall. Commissioner Danny Cooke from the Union County Opry welcomed hundreds to the pavilion to eat Buddy’s Bar-B-Q and enjoy music by Flashback and Authentic Unlimited.
There is a new place to take a walk in Luttrell, but it isn’t your typical trail.
The Luttrell Storybook Trail made its debut last week and is generating a ton of excitement. The usual walking path helps build the muscles and the heart. This trek can do that as well, but it can also expand a child’s brain. The trail is located behind Luttrell Elementary School/Luttrell Library and can take readers on a magical walking journey using books.
For many children, Vacation Bible School is a summer staple. The Bible stories and learning activities, crafts and songs allow youth to better understand biblical truths as well as continue some type of schedule outside of the school year.
While some families may have a busy summer schedule, there are numerous churches within the community that are opening their doors for all ages to come and learn about a variety of different topics surrounding biblical history and truths.
The Union County Lions Club awarded Riley Cole, Gavin Graves and Joy Turner $300 each from the Mark Martin Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually in memory of Union County elementary music teacher Mark Martin, who passed away on May 16, 2015. Mark taught general music at Big Ridge, Sharps Chapel and Luttrell Elementary schools and assisted with band at the middle and high school.
Some 40 years ago, a small group of caring citizens started the Luttrell Volunteer Fire Department. On May 9, board members, firefighters and friends gathered at the Luttrell Firehall to celebrate LVFD and honor its longest serving member, Wayne Toppins.
As school was wrapping up this year, the Union County Extension office offered a unique program, called On My Own to teach financial literacy to youth in our county.
On My Own is a hands-on, real-life simulation that gives young people ages 13 to 18 the opportunity to experience adulthood in a fun and exciting way. During the simulation, participants assume they are 26 years old, are the primary or sole support of the household, and are encouraged to make healthy and wise lifestyle choices similar to those adults face on a daily basis.
Patrons lined up to purchase sweet treats at the grand opening of the Buttercup Bakehouse at 3933 Maynardville Highway on June 3. Emily Cooke, formerly of Sweet Treats by Emily is the proprietor. The bakery offers a variety of breakfast items, drinks and desserts. Baked goods include breakfast jam bars, cinnamon rolls, banana bread and cupcakes galore.
Rethinking what causes pain and how great a threat it is can provide chronic pain patients with lasting relief and alter brain networks associated with pain processing, according to new University of Colorado Boulder led research.
The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, found that two-thirds of chronic back pain patients who underwent a four-week psychological treatment called Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) were pain-free or nearly pain-free post-treatment. And most maintained relief for one year.
Nashville, TN– Ben Woods has been named the 2022 National Dairy Month Chairman for Union County.
Woods was honored May 26 at the Tennessee June Dairy Month Kickoff Event at Battle Mountain Farm in College Grove. The event included recognition from Brian Flowers, president of the American Dairy Association of Tennessee, and Jeff Aiken, Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. The official kickoff celebration recognized Tennessee 4-H member’s efforts to promote National Dairy Month in Tennessee.
The City of Plainview introduced its new utility truck at the May meeting of the Plainview Board of Aldermen. The new three-quarter ton truck is a 2022 Ford 250 with 4-wheel drive and the latest in electronic and safety enhancements. According to Vice Mayor Richard Phillips, the new one replaces a truck that is 22 years old and will be a welcome addition to the maintenance vehicles. The old truck was declared surplus and will be sold.
A few days ago my wonderful niece in Cincinnati sent me the following text message at 6:29 p.m.: “Sitting on the back porch, enjoying the cool of the evening, the birds and squirrels, the fish and frogs, the breeze bringing in the scent of the freshly moon grass. How’s your day going?”
“Moon grass, huh?” thought I. “Is that like bluegrass, crabgrass, fescue? Is there ‘Martian’ grass on Mars? Did she have two cases of ‘Blue Moon’ iced down for the Super Bowl?” At 6:32 p.m. I received another message: “Mown grass . . . not moon.”
I felt so sorry for my mom. Not only because strange things seem to happen to the both of us, but because she was in pain.
Back in the early ’80’s, we had a wood stove in the basement. I have previously talked about how my mom was the only one who tended to it. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to help. I asked her several times to show me how, but each time, she answered, “No!”
Why? Because I was a typical teenage girl. She knew my mind would be on boys, school drama and homework. Then I asked if I could at least help by carrying in some wood. Again, she answered, “No!”
Country Connections By James and Ellen Perry
It’s early morning and I’m sitting on my front porch pondering the emigration from Union County, Tennessee, that had been going on since the end of WWII in 1945.
Most immigrated to the northern states for a supposed better life provided by higher paying jobs in factories which had been suppressed in the South since the Civil War.
This spring UT Extension challenged our elementary school 4-H clubs to “Walk Across TN.” Each class received a state map, logbook, and pedometers to track their progress. By wearing pedometers to track steps during the day, students got to see how active they are compared to their peers. They encouraged each other to participate in healthy movement throughout the day in a shared goal of making it across the state. By logging steps taken, students learned about record keeping and used important math skills.
Different stretches have different functions. Some focus on a particular muscle or muscle group or limb and improve movement. Others, sometimes referred to as ‘active’ stretches, are intended to increase strength. These three exercises are designed to do both with your back:
The bridge: Lie on your back with your knees pointing up and your feet flat on the floor. Tighten your buttocks and stomach muscles and slowly raise your hips. Hold for a count of ten, and lower your hips. Do 10 repetitions at least once, up to 3 times per day.
This recipe is so easy. There is no time wasted preparing meatballs. Start this recipe early in the day before your company comes. You have enough to do. By the way, if you have grape jelly and canned apple juice, you can turn to around and use 1 cup grape jelly and 1 cup apple juice. Who says we can't be adaptable.
As Cadie Chapell approached the front of the room, she was unsure of how her speech would go. Little did she know it would be her first of many.
Chapell, at the time a small, petite, 4th grader talked to her class about a family ski trip never imagining that those small steps would one day lead to her speaking in front of her graduating class and guests at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Join us this Saturday, May 28, as the Union County Farmers Market kicks off our Nourish Kids program. This will be the third season that the market has partnered with Nourish Knoxville to present this program. Through a grant, Nourish Knoxville has been able to assist markets like ours throughout East Tennessee, providing materials and Produce Bucks making this program possible.
Improper planting depth is one of the most common challenges impacting the growth and health of urban trees. Trees planted incorrectly are not only subjected to the physical stresses of improper placement, they’re also more susceptible to insect pests and fungal pathogens. These issues, combined with the already stressful urban environment, may lead to the untimely decline of trees that would otherwise prosper if planted correctly.
Interim Director Gets Nod to Continue Role Permanently
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has appointed Gary Bates, professor and interim head of the Department of Plant Sciences, as the department’s permanent leader.
Bates has served in the interim position since 2020.
Occasionally in life the stars align themselves, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes I can see the alignment, sometimes I cannot.
I remember several years meteor showers were predicted. I got out of bed around 2:00 a.m., the reported best time to see them at my location, to witness this wonder of nature. For whatever reason, I did not see the expected phenomenon.
As i have said before, bar cookies are the easiest and quickest cookie to make. Who doesn't like peanut butter and jelly? These bar cookies are great
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY BARS
3 cups plain flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup grape jelly
Primitive Quartet, Journey Home, County Line, Saturday, July 23, 2022, 6 pm, Union County High School, 135 Main Street, Maynardville, TN. $10.
This concert is rescheduled from March 23, 2022 which was cancelled due to snow. All tickets purchased for the March date will be honored for July 23, 2022. Sponsored by Union County Lions Club. Additional information--865-278-6430, email@example.com.
The 17th Annual Union County HERITAGE FESTIVAL SAT., October 1st, 2022 10:00am - 4:00pm In Historic Downtown Maynardville The Cradle of Country Music
Festival locations are WILSON PARK, UNION COUNTY MUSEUM, and HISTORIC SNODDERLY HOUSE. Like us on facebook Union County Heritage Festival Visit https://UnionCountyHeritageFestival.com for more information.
Music Headliner on the Gazebo Stage: Stoney Point Bluegrass Band
William Fred “Bill” Holloway-age 82 of Corryton passed away Thursday, June 30, 2022 at his home. He was retired from the United States Navy as a flight engineer in 1977 and also the Department of Defense in 1995. During retirement, he was a military liaison to the American Red Cross. Bill was a strong believer in Christ and a member of Union Baptist Church in Corryton. Preceded in death by parents, Boyce Clayton and Grace Elizabeth (Scott) Holloway; brother, Robert “Bob” Holloway.
Vernon Edward Williams, 77, of Luttrell, passed away peacefully at home on June 29, 2022. Vernon was born on May 7, 1945, in Luttrell, TN. He graduated from Horace Maynard High School in 1964. He retired from Frito Lay with over twenty-five years of experience as a salesman and regional district manager. He joined the sales staff at Bob Cox Camper Country selling campers for over ten years. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam war where he served as a Military Policeman.
Darrell G. Ray-age 55 of Sharps Chapel passed away Monday morning, June 27, 2022 at his home. He was a member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Sharps Chapel. Preceded in death by mother, Locia Marie Ray; grandparents, Lowe and Lassie (Pratt) Ray; Ethel and Omie Wilder.
Survivors: father and step-mother, Glen and Fosteen (Wright) Ray; brother, Harold Ray and wife, Jeannie; sisters, Elizabeth Ray; Anita Ray Edmondson and husband, Johnny; Sandy Ray. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Robert Lee (Bobby) Munsey-age 68 of Washburn, born February 27, 1954 passed away suddenly Monday morning, June 27, 2022 at Claiborne Medical Center. He was preceded in death by parents, Luther and Lois Munsey; sisters, Sandra McGinnis, Linda Hefner, Shirley Singleton; brother, Donnie Munsey; nephew, Matt Munsey.
Survivors: sisters, Judy Bailey, Debbie (Ellis) Carpenter, Brenda (Ron) Singleton, Gail Beason, Sharon (Buster) Bailey; brother, Jackie (Pam) Munsey. Several nieces and nephews.
Troy (Todd) Muncey-age 87 of Maynardville passed away Thursday evening, June 23, 2022 at the Willow Ridge Center. He was a retired auto/body repairman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Muncey; parents, Barton and Amie (Polly) Muncey; sons, Jeffery Muncey and Gary (Bones) Muncey; brothers, Leroy Sexton and Ed Muncey; great-grandson, Dalton Lewis.
Daniel Edward Vantuyl-age 50 of Luttrell passed away Wednesday evening, June 22, 2022 at his home. He was born February 13, 1972 in Livonia, Michigan and was a retired over the road truck driver. Preceded in death by parents, Stephen Glenn and Deborah Diane (Daniels) Vantuyl.
Survivors: wife of seven years, Megan Marie Vantuyl; six children, Shane Vantuyl, Christian Vantuyl, Troy Vantuyl, Austin Locklear, Madison Wade and Katie Graves. Brother, Dean Vantuyl; sister, Melinda Atkins. Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Bridget Machele Edwards-age 33 of Sharps Chapel passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at her home. She was preceded in death by husband, Adam Edwards; father, Dewayne Pressley; mother, Kelly Day Weaver; beloved brother, Sean Rogers; cousin, Chris Heath; grandmother, Wanda Day; grandfather, Hiram Day, Jr.; great-grandparents, Opal Bowling; Marie and Jerry Childers.
Enna Faye (Sherritze - Sexton) Howe, age 75, of Douglasville, Georgia, formally of Maynardville, Tennessee gained her heavenly wings Tuesday, June 20, 2022. Faye was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and Past Worthy Matron of the Blazing Star Chapter of the Eastern Star. Coming from a singing family, she used her talent to bless so many people throughout her life. From her years as an Avon District Mgr. in Tennessee and Georgia.
Luddie Blevins-age 77 of Maynardville was born March 26, 1945 in Harlan, Kentucky passed away suddenly Friday morning, June 17, 2022 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Baxter and Betty (Napier) Blevins. Also preceded in death by brother, Woodrow, William, Green, George and Carter Blevins; sisters, Nancy Burkhart, Georgia Blevins, Rellab Blevins; nephew, Jason Blevins; niece, Carla Blevins.
Christopher Jody Davidson – age 50 passed away peacefully at his home in Washburn on Monday, June 13, 2022. He accepted Christ at an early age at Johnson’s Chapel Church. Jody never met a stranger, and he left an impression on all who met him. He loved reading, traveling, fishing, camping, river life, and the beach.
Bill W. Ailor 77 of Maynardville passed away Friday evening June 10th, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center. Member of Mascot Baptist Church of Mascot.
Proceded in death by mother and father Gruder and Arlena (Oxendine) Ailor, former wife and lifelong friend Shirley Ailor, Brother, Bert Caldwell.
Survived by daughters, Sherrie (Huck) Ervin, Brittany Needham, Whitney (Kenton) George. Grandchildren, Chelsea Ervin, Kinsley, Callie, and Maverick (JJ)
Wanda Lay Williams-age 83 of Maynardville went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday morning, June 12, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. She spent most of her life singing about The Lord and was a proud member of Alder Springs Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Bruce Williams; son, Tommy Williams; grandson, Alex Williams; parents, Floyd and Sarah Lay; brothers, Raymer, Harold and H. C. Lay; sister, Edith Beason.
Leisha Collette (Holloway) Skipper – age 59 of Sharps Chapel, born December 21, 1962, the daughter of the late Fred and Rose Holloway, passed away Thursday morning, June 9, 2022. She loved riding motorcycles and bird watching. Her son, Timothy was her entire heart and soul. Leisha’s witty and straight forward attitude and loving heart will be sadly missed by all.
Carol Anne Rayhill-age 83 of Maynardville went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 8, 2022. She was preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Gertrude Briggs; great-grandson, Logan Hunter Simmons.
Survived by brother, James Briggs and wife, Carol; loving sons, James Lineham, Sr. and wife, Susie; Thomas Lineham and wife, Loraine. Grandchildren, James Lineham, Jr. and wife, Sandy; Jessica Lineham. Great-grandchildren, James, Audrey, Landon, Elysha. Great-great-grandchild, Lakin Lineham.
Services will be private. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.
Rebecca Ann (Becky) Buckner-age 54 of Maynardville passed away suddenly Sunday, June 5, 2022 as the result of an automobile accident. She was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. Becky was a special person and you knew it without seeing her. She was present by the sound of her infectious laugh. She loved her girls and her dog – Littlebit. She was always outside, loved bonfires, flowers food and being with friends and family. She shared her testimony with us often and without a doubt, know she is home with the Lord. Preceded in death by mother, Jessie Damewood; father, J. D.
Mossie Maria Masingo – 59 of Sharps Chapel, passed away Friday, June 3, 2022 at her home. She enjoyed yard work, flowers, fishing, bingo and spending time with her special grandchildren.