County Commission Omits Letter, Receives No Tax Budget

County Commission Omits Letter, Receives No Tax Budget

At the May Meeting, Union County Commission received the proposed budget, accepted several resolutions, contracted to save money and time, and approved the Mayor's appointment on the Board of Health.

With thirteen commissioners present. Chairman Gary England called the May County Commission meeting to order. Departing from the routine approval of the minutes and with a motion to approve the April minutes on the floor, Commissioner Jody Smith of Luttrell requested that Debra Keck's letter noting the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) requirements for the Courthouse renovation and read into the record be omitted from the minutes. Chairman England asked Commissioner Holloway and Commissioner Hill if they would agree to this request. After County Attorney David Myers stated that the Commission could determine what should be in the minutes,Holloway and Hill agreed so all commissioners voted to approve the April minutes without Ms. Keck's letter.

In a cost saving measure, County General Sessions Judge Darryl Edmonson asked the Commission to enter into a three year contract that would reduce the cost of the law books used by the respective courts by some 40%. Commissioners Upton and Cox moved to approve the request with all commissioners voting favorably.

Ann Dyer, County Finance Director, reported that all departments were on track with there budgets. She also informed the commissioners of various budget transfers and amendments to keep the budget functioning within guidelines. All amendments, transfers, and financial reports were approved.

Ms Dyer also distributed the proposed county budget for commissioners to read and study for possible passage at the June meeting. She reported that by moving two and one-half pennies from the Debt Service Budget to the General Fund Budget, all budgets would be in balance without a tax increase. Increases include a 2.1 % cost of living for employees, funds for the General Election, SRO's at all schools, and a full time Animal Control Officer.

Sheriff Billy Breeding updated the Commission regarding arrests and stated that the inmate population is 108.

The Litter and Trash Collection Grant was approved.

Commissioner Stan Dail of Maynardville brought a resolution to begin the process of establishing a Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT). Dr. James R. Riddle explained the lengthy process and gave several facts regarding the need for a vocational or technical type of school to help bring employment opportunity to Union County. The motion by Commissioners Hill and Holloway was unanimously approved.

Dr. Riddle also updated the Commission on the Community Connect Grant from the USDA that Sunset Digital has submitted to provide Broadband to Sharps Chapel. Sunset Digital agreed to pay the 15% match which brought the total of the application to $2.8 million. Dr. Riddle stressed that this is a highly competitive grant, but Sunset Digital has been successful in previous state submissions. Union County's grant also had the widest community support with letters from government, business, community organizations, elected officials, schools, and individual citizens. The Union County Library Board approved the grant submission to provide broadband to the Oak Grove Book Station.

The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) Grant for Local Planning resolution passed unanimously.
Court Clerk Barbara Williams explained the tremendous amount of paperwork that paying the checks to jurors causes the Finance Department. She requsted approval to work with a contactor to provide a card to jurors that would be loaded with the juror pay at the end of the six months service. This action would enable Ms. Dyer to send one check to the contactor instead of multiple checks to jurors. With a couple of changes to the contract, the motion was approved on a trial basis.

The Commission approved the appointment of Julia Roberts with the Pharmacy at Food City by Mayor Mike Williams to serve as the pharmacist on the Union County Board of Health.

In announcements, Attorney David Myers noted the Delinquent Tax Sale on June 23 at the Courthouse, and Chairman England stated that the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event would be on
June 9 at the Wolfe Road Convenience Center from 8:00-Noon.




Meet Diane Black

Gubernatorial candidate Diane Black

U. S. Representative Diane Black says that hard work and accountability are Tennessee values she learned from her parents. Black, a registered nurse, small businesswoman, and former educator, is a candidate in the 2018 gubernatorial election.

Black recently took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for Historic Union County. Below are our questions with her direct and unedited responses.

Book Signing

Book Signing

Sheri Hensley, my daughter, and I had a great book signing Saturday at Okie’s in Maynardville.

Sheri did the cover illustration for More Tales. Look for us next Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Plainview Spring Festival. The festival is being held at the Plainview Community Center from 9 am until 6 pm. We’ll plan to be there signing from 10 am until 1pm. We’ll be at the west end of the building near the deserts. If the deserts are anything like last year you won’t want to miss the opportunity to sample more than one.

Shag Rugs

Shag Rugs

Name the hardest rug to clean. Did you say shag? If you did, you are right. Shag rugs are a bugger to clean. Eating supper in the living room while watching TV on your portable TV tray? Did some baked beans roll off your plate and onto the rug? Sorry. The pile will instantly snap them up. Watch where you step. Smashed baked beans are hard to find and hard to remove.

Do You Believe You Have a Destiny or a Calling?

East Tennessee Hospital for the Insane

Do you believe that you have a destiny or a calling? One of the greatest reformers in U.S. History, left a legacy in word and action that continues to inspire me today. Of her motivation, she explained “In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.”

Can We Get There From Here?

Can We Get There From Here?

Since Mother’s Day was Sunday, I want to pay tribute to my feisty mom who tries to get a laugh whenever she can. It’s part of her charm.

Before GPS, Google Maps, and cell phones, if you were lost, you stopped and asked a stranger for directions. My mom had her own unique and humorous (in her mind) way of doing that: “Can we get there from here?”

Let There Be Light

Sun Beams

Light is something we don’t think about much, but almost everything that’s alive on the planet needs light for sight and energy. Human eats cow, cow eats grass, grass grows on light… you get the picture. Scientists have studied light for centuries, but still don’t fully understand it.


31 Million Americans Experience Low-Back Pain at Any Given Time

31 million americanS experience low-back pain at any given time.

A few interesting facts about back pain: low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the global Burden of disease 2010. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.



We have been studying God’s Covenant with mankind, in particular the “Terms and Conditions.” In the previous two editions of this subject we first examined the “Verbal Agreement” between God and man. Next, we examined the “Terms and Conditions” of the “Written Agreement”. This written agreement is commonly known as the “Ten Commandments.” Nearly every Christian is familiar with the Ten Commandments; however, most don’t know or have conveniently forgotten that there are “Terms and Conditions” attached to God’s Law.

Deep Fried Catfish

Deep Fried Catfish

Catfish? That's not a panfish. I grew up eating sunfish, bluegills and such, really whatever Dad could catch. The closest we came to catfish were bullheads and suckers. There would be sucker runs in the spring near where we lived. As a fish, they left a lot to be desired with tiny barbed bones throughout the flesh making them difficult to eat. I didn't much care for bullheads, either. They looked like small catfish, same whiskers and skin. Yeah, skin. They had to be skinned. Dad had a flare for doing that. I never did get the hang of it. I preferred bluegills.


May 10th Several Pastors, Deacons, & Members of area Churches came together at the Luttrell Ball field to pray for the Community Worship and Revival scheduled to begin July 30th, Jeff Leach, Pastor of Cedar Ford Baptist Church Began the meeting making sure everyone understood this Revival is not about any one Church but this is a Revival with one goal “Preaching Jesus” and reaching out to the entire community.


Need A Ride To Church

Need A Ride To Church

Fellowship Christian Church located at 746 Tazewell Pike Luttrell TN 37779 will pickup anyone in the local area needing a ride to church. Call Sam at 865-607-3741 to schedule a ride.

Worship Services

Sunday School 10:00 AM
Sunday Worship Service 11:00 A.M
Sunday Evening Service 6:30 P.M
Wednesday Service 7:00 P.M


Please join us as we celebrate "Older Americans Month" at Union County Senior Center. Live music, lunch & door prizes will be provided. We will recognize ALL of our Union County Senior Center volunteers and elect a new Senior King & Queen! This is for ALL senior citizens!....... 10:00-1:00 .........Call Melanie at 992-3292 for more info!

Area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders

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!" Margaret Chesney


Robert Wilson Johnson

Robert Wilson Johnson – was born on August 12, 1930 and passed away on May 16, 2018. He was a member of Church Street United Methodist Church of Knoxville and a graduate of Central High School. Robert was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He received a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of Tennessee and was retired from the United States Department of Agriculture after 29 years of service.

Edna Kidwell Keen

Edna Kidwell Keen-age 81 of Maynardville passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018 at her home. She was a member of Milan Baptist Church and was a very active member of the Union County Senior Citizens. Preceded in death by husband, Dewey Keen; parents, Ervon and Opal Kidwell; brothers, Tom and John Kidwell; sisters, Marie, Mae, Lillia and Twila Kidwell.

Survivors: brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Rosemary Kidwell of Knoxville; sisters, Ineal Kidwell of Knoxville, Doris Abbott of Sevierville. Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

John J. Ridenour

John J. Ridenour, Sr.-age 73 of Knoxville went to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Preceded in death by wife, Charlotte Alana Ridenour; son, Randy; parents, Elzie and Tishie Ridenour.

Elizabeth Ann Vitatoe

Elizabeth Ann Vitatoe-age 76 of Maynardville passed away Thursday evening, May 10, 2018 at North Knoxville Medical Center.
Graveside service and interment were held 6 P.M. Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Narrow Ridge Cemetery, Washburn. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Lawrence Bruner

Lawrence Monroe Bruner – age 86 of Maynardville, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, May 11, 2018. He was a member of Free Fellowship Pentecostal Church. Lawrence was a United States Marine Veteran and was retired from the United Iron Workers Local #384.

Douglas Lee Hensley

Douglas Lee Hensley-age 37 of Knoxville passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at U.T. Medical Center. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Fairview Baptist Church, Corryton. Preceded in death by grandparents, Verlin and Ruth Hensley; Geneva Powell Dyer; aunt, Rhonda Kay Powell Leeper.

Virgie Asher

Virgie Asher-age 75 of Sharps Chapel, formerly of Hazard, Kentucky went home to be with her Heavenly Father Monday afternoon, May 7, 2018 at Physicians Regional Medical Center. She was retired employee of Clayton Homes of Maynardville. Preceded in death by father, Thomas Stacey; mother, Pauline Stacey.

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