Homemaking soaps is a centuries old skill that many have the desire to learn. Recently, Big Ridge State Park has offered a class teaching these skills to pupils from the community. Ranger Hannah Paschall, who has been with the park for ten years, has led three sessions, only generating more interest. Classes were held in January, February, and are scheduled for March at the Big Ridge State Park Rec Hall. Ranger Hannah says that she expected the first class to fill up quickly, but she did not realize a second class would fill up in a day.
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.
Union County’s JC Baker Lodge hosted a Scholarship Fundraiser Breakfast on Saturday, February 16. Members began to arrive for preparation at 4:00am with the breakfast being served from 7:00 – 11:00am. The goal of the breakfast was for lodge members to do their part in helping students from the community further their educations. Initially the goal was to kick this off as an annual event and with much support and success that goal seems hopeful.
Genesis 1:1 KJV
 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Mankind has a penchant, propensity or knack, call it what you will for asking the wrong question. Wrong headed thinking is the cause of much confusion in regards to understanding what the Bible is communicating on many subjects and in particular the creation story. In 2 Timothy 2:15, Paul instructs Timothy to study, so that he may "rightly divide the word of truth". We cannot study without asking questions and it stands to reason one cannot learn the "right" or correct answer apart from the truth.
“Miss Brooke! Miss Brooke!” I felt the tug on the back of my blouse.
I turned around and looked down into the wide blue eyes of a little boy in my Sunday school class. “Did you know an angel argued with Satan over Moses’ body and the angel didn’t use any bad words?”
At that time, I taught 2nd grade Sunday school. On this particular Sunday, the other teacher and I had talked to the children about not using bad words. We used examples of when we are upset or get into an argument.
Are you looking for a holistic way to take the edge off of those painful joints? Chiropractic medicine may be for you, as long as you remember to listen to your body.
Unlike what you see on TV, most of what chiropractors do today is more gentle than cracking backs or popping necks into place. In fact, there are more than 150 techniques that chiropractors use to manually adjust the spine, joints and muscles with varying degrees of force.
It was in the fall of 1942 when my brother, Rod, approached me with an offer to take me hunting. “I will teach you how to hunt squirrel,” he said. Wait a minute! Where did he get off using such a big word? Rod could take school or leave it. He wasn't an educator. Not at all. I did figure I was teachable, however.
Year Two, Week Nine
I was part of a conversation last week that revolved on horrible motel experiences. It seems that anyone who has traveled much at all has a horror story or two to tell about overnight travel accommodations.
I had a nephew who was graduating from Marine basic training at Paris Island, South Carolina. There is much I could tell you about that trip, and I believe I will share that experience with you next week. But for now, the only part I’ll share is about the hotel.
I had the pleasure of visiting your beautiful county in November of last year. Many of my ancestors have their final resting place in old cemeteries in Chuck Swan State Forest. I was able to find several of them. I'm sharing a photo I took from Highway 33 a few miles east of Maynardville, shortly after dawn of November 18, 2018 as the fog was lifting. My mother, Retha Shelby Elrod, told stories of her visits there and how proud she was of the place where her mother and father were born. I was happy to find that her pride was well founded.
When I was glued to my TV set last year watching the rescue of those soccer boys trapped in a cave in Thailand, I thought about times I had been in caves. Most of those experiences were in Tennessee. Caves in Tennessee are fascinating. One of my encounters was in a primitive cave near South Pittsburgh. Usually a primitive cave is one that is undeveloped, with no pathways, no paid guides, and no admission fees. Those types of caves are on private property. Of course, all of the well-known caves were once primitive, until someone saw the opportunity to make a little money.
After youth have participated in school during February, they will be awarded a blue ribbon to move forward to the county contest. The entries at the county will be due for judging on March 18 then displayed with awards at the Extension Month Open House on March 19 for sampling.
Luttrell neighbourhood watch meeting every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm It takes place in the community building behind the library with speakers each month this can be a great tool for our community to assist one another in brotherly love by watching out for each other. If you need more information contact Jim Bailey at 865-809-4472
Thank you so much
Union County Sheriff's Office
130 veteran’s street suite B Maynardville Tennessee 37807
Small Business Expo
Hosted by Maynardville Public Library
296 Main St, Maynardville, Tennessee 37807
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 9 AM – 1 PM
Our 3rd Annual Expo to showcase the many small businesses in Union County. Drop by to see what our county has to offer and support these local businesses.
If you are a business owner looking to attend fill out the following google form by March 15th
"We invite all area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders to come together on the last Thursday of each month at Hardee's at 7:30 am. This is to be a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion about how we as a community of Faith can work together to have a positive impact on our county. All are welcome!" For more information please contact Kathy Chesney at 865-566-3289.
John W Dukes of Maryville passed away Friday, March 15 2019. He is preceded in death by wife Jo Dukes; parents Robert & Vina Mae; brother Larry “Bud” (Sue); and sister Nancy. He is survived by daughters Anita Craig of Ooltewah; Lori Nelson (Bryan) of Sweetwater and son Spencer of Nashville; grandchildren Jason (Jessica) Cooper of Maryville and Hillary Cooper of Indianapolis; 6 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews; and Dr. Bob Dukes, Rock Dukes and Susan Pilkay with whom he had a special bond.
Alvin Doyle Atkins, age 78, passed away March 15, 2019. Preceded in death by mother, Ruth Keeney and father, Dana Atkins. Survived by wife Dorothy Williams Atkins, sons Alvin and Tonya Atkins and Brian and Leslie Atkins, grandchildren Charles, Elizabeth, Bridget, Brandon, and Brayden, step-grandson Austin (Charity), great-grandchildren Mercedes, Aiden, and Thea, several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends 5:00-7:00pm Monday, March 18, 2019, at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel with service to follow.
John Thomas Keck-age 27 of Corryton passed away Tuesday evening, March 12, 2019 at his home. Preceded in death by mother, Regina Ann Keck.
Survivors: father, Carl Johnny Keck, Corryton; sisters, Emily Keck of Maynardville; Hannah Gillespie of Lebanon, TN; brothers, Justin Keck of Nashville; Aaron Anderson of Huntland, TN; grandmother, Linda and Rodney O’Brien of Blaine; uncle, David Kitts of Halls. Several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
James Douglas "J.D." Killion passed away, March 15, 2019, at Norris Health and Rehab Center, following a lengthy illness. He was born November 2, 1933 in New Tazewell, TN. He was a member of Emory Pike American Christian Church. J.D. was a member of the U.S. Air Force. He is preceded in death by his parents, James M. and Mossie V. Killion; his first wife, D. Blanche Cox Killion and by his second wife M. Jane Cole Killion. J.D. is survived by his daughter Sheila K.
Fred Parrott, Jr., age 85, passed away March 13, 2019. He was a member of Alice Bell Baptist Church. Fred was a proud veteran of the US Army, serving during the Korean War. He was a devoted father and grandfather who loved his family deeply. Left to cherish his memory are wife of 66 years, Marykate "Katie" Parrott; sons Phil (Connie) and Todd (Chris); grandchildren Christopher (Melissa), Krystle (Daniel) and Abbey (Sean). In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Alice Bell Baptist Church Building Fund, 3305 Alice Bell Road, Knoxville, TN., 37917.
Volley H. Cunningham age 60 of Knoxville went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. He was such a kind and loving person, and was always concerned for his family. He loved his family, friends and the family pets. Always willing to lend a hand to help anyone in need. He loved woodworking and making things, one of his hobbies was building things including houses for the family pets and other various projects. He loved gardening and created many family garden projects. He grew prize winning tomatoes which he lovingly gave away to others. He enjoyed singing country and gospel songs.
Geneva “Ginger” Bessie (Murr) Ailor, of Maynardville, passed from her earthly home to her new heavenly home on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the age of 69 years. Ginger was a dedicated member of Alder Springs Baptist Church. She taught grades 8-12 at Horace Maynard High School for 35 years. Ginger always put family and everyone else before herself and could cook the best pumpkin pie in the country. She was loved and will be missed by many. Praise the Lord we will see her again!
Berta Jean Knight of Luttrell, TN went to be with the Lord while surrounded by family on March 11, 2019. Known as Jean, she loved her Lord and Savior and was loved by her husband, Louie, of 65 years and seven children. She led a prayer ministry for many years, loved to cook, fish, and garden. She was a talented seamstress and baker, creating wedding cakes and gowns for her own daughter’s weddings. She sponsored the first Brownie Troup in Titusville, FL and served as Girl Scout Leader for many years.