A kind-hearted group of quilters in Sharps Chapel finished a true labor of love this summer. The Norris Lake Quilting Bee, who meet in Irwin's Chapel United Methodist Church, completed a quilt started by an Ohio woman who passed away due to cancer and returned the completed quilt to her husband, Jeff Sutherland.
Election 2018 – The Winners Are?
The results are in and the winners are the citizens of Union County. Why? This election was decided on the issues; the important issues facing all of Union County.
The number one issue for the District 35 and 36 Representatives was highway infrastructure; the four lane of SR 33 from the Knox County Line to SR 144 in Maynardville and the straightening of SR 61 from Maynardville to south of Jim Town Road. The Union County Commission unanimously passed a resolution earlier this year, prepared by 1st District Commissioner Stan Dail, calling for a re-evaluation of the priority of these projects by Nashville and a number of individuals addressed the issue personally with TDOT at the Regional Transportation Workshop in June. As of this writing, TDOT is currently re-evaluating the priorities on both SR 33 and SR 61, with a proposal being discussed to publish the contract bid on SR 33 later this year and the contract bid on SR 61 in 2020. As neither project is included in the TDOT 2019-21 Comprehensive Multimodal Program, construction will ultimately depend on a budget amendment by the 111 General Assembly. It will be important for our local elected officials and citizens to travel to Nashville in January to meet with the legislature and stress the immediate need for these projects, for both the public safety and economic prosperity of all of Union County.
The number one issue in the race for Mayor and County Commission was the need for a Tennessee School of Applied Technology in Union County; a Trade School. The statewide need for vocational training was recognized by the General Assembly in 2013 with the establishment of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP). This program created a statewide, comprehensive structure enabling students in Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) and community colleges to participate in technical training developed with input from area employers. Now in its second iteration, the LEAP program continues this effort by encouraging and facilitating the alignment of local workforce and education partners through a $10 million competitive grant process available to local collaboratives. For purposes of this grant, a local collaborative is defined as a partnership that serves at least three counties. Grants of up to $1 million are available to local collaboratives to facilitate the development and implementation of employer-driven career pathways that include both K-12 school districts and higher education institutions. Union, Claiborne and Grainger counties and their associated industries form the ideal collaborative for a successful grant submission. The Union County Commission unanimously passed a resolution earlier this year asking the Joint Economic Community Development Board to explore opportunities for establishing a Tennessee School of Applied Technology in Union County. With new mayors being elected in each county, the timing could not be better for the right executive leader to step up and form a collaborative partnership and bring a TCAT to our three county region.
Having access to high speed broadband service is quickly becoming the most important differentiating infrastructure of our time and it was a topic of conversation by all candidates for Mayor and County Commission. Following approval of a resolution prepared by 1st District Commissioner Stan Dail to have Union County placed on the Tennessee list of Broadband Ready Communities, work is underway to establish a collaborative partnership with Sunset Digital Communications. Founded in 2003 by the father and son team of Paul and Ryan Elswick, Sunset has been at the forefront of remote, rural fiber to the premises deployment. Sunset is a tier-two next generation fiber-optics services company based in Duffield, Virginia with branch offices in Kingsport, Tennessee and Tazewell, Tennessee. Sunset is currently bringing new broadband access to communities in Hancock and Claiborne counties after the State of Tennessee awarded a $1.3 million grant to the company. Sunset is also investing $1.1 million to bring the total investment to $2.4 million. The grant was made through the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act which is designed to offset the capital expenses in the deployment of broadband in unserved areas. According to Sunset Digital Communications co-founder Paul Elswick, “Bringing broadband access to rural communities is the mission of our company and we are happy to make an investment in the future of Hancock and Claiborne counties.” A number of individuals are working with Sunset in the hope that they will also make an investment in the future of Union County with the help of a Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act grant.
Additional issues discussed by the candidates included the need for continued transparent county finances, a balanced county budget and the need for citizen involvement through referendum in major county expenditures such as a new justice center or a new school.
Election 2018 was decided on issues important to all of Union County and all of Union County will be closely watching the progress made on these issues by our newly elected county executives.
We are all unique with the capacity for creativity and artistic expression. Through purposeful creation we form physical manifestations of our uniqueness. Of course, there is not simply just one correct way to do anything and with that idea we find that there is infinite strength in individualism. What one person may envision and create given a blank canvas can be, and often is, vastly different from another person's creation. That was greatly displayed at the Union County Heritage Festival's Art Show on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
With Halloween coming up, it is time for us to talk about the Boogerman/Boogerwoman.
At the time I was growing up, child psychologists were unheard of. In most cases, no one even got to a doctor unless they were seriously ill. I don’t remember any “cures” dealing with behavior. These were the common cures and most could be bought at local grocery stores:
Last time, we discussed the statement from 2 Corinthians 6:17 about being a separate people and how this separate means different. Christians are in the world but not of the world, so we are set apart in that we do not follow our own path but rather the path of our Savior. A Savior who purchased our sins and gave His Righteousness to us. (See Jerimiah 23:6) He had to do this because of our inability to keep God’s Law. Our sin nature made it impossible for us to make atonement for our failures. (See Romans 3:23, Isaiah 64:6)
Year One, Week Forty
I have for some time been writing down words that people use in “quirky” ways. I find it interesting the way people often misspeak words unintentionally, often rendering thought provoking meanings. A few examples follow.
A country woman had an opportunity to eat in a fancy restaurant. Trying to impress her companions, she ordered a “ward off” salad. Though that was not on the menu, the waiter directed the lady to the Waldorf salad as an excellent choice to ward off unwanted calories.
This zesty adventure started late one evening as I was walking in the dark by myself. I had just dug my cell phone out of the floorboard of my husband Tim’s truck. Being an old geek, I was gazing up at the stars. It dawned on me that I hadn’t locked Tim’s truck back after retrieving my phone. Without taking my eyes off of the night sky, I tossed my hand back and pressed the lock button on the clicker. Ka-Click. The truck beeped.
Ka-KAW Ka-KAW rang out.
I came to a dead stop and stood there alone in the darkness. Goose bumps ran up my arm.
Back pain, especially chronic back pain, can make life miserable; this condition is quite common in the military. Randomized trials have found that spinal manipulation can be effective for lower back pain. One 2013 study specifically compared chiropractic therapy to general medical care in military personnel, 18-35 years old. The results suggest reduced pain and improved physical wellbeing and function as compared to patients who only received the standard care.
Anyone who knows me knows of my taste for black walnuts. When my kids were small and money was tight, I would load the three youngest ones in the pickup. After a fall's hard freeze, we would head for my favorite walnut trees along country roads. Each child would have his or her own pail. “Pick 'em up as fast as you can,” I would yell.
Sometimes, neighbors took offense with our picking up the walnuts, even if the walnuts were out in the roadway. We did get run off occasionally, but it didn't take long to fill the pickup bed with the ones we could get.
I like corn salsa. It is best made in the summertime with fresh vegetables. Red tomatoes in the winter don't taste as good as tomatoes fresh from the garden. That goes for sweet corn, too. We like sweet corn freshly cut from the cob and fried with butter, salt and sugar. Oh well, that is another dish. For this salsa, canned whole kernel corn can be used as well. I learned to appreciate red onions while working at Arby's in Halls. I was introduced to jalapeno peppers when we moved to Tennessee. Before that, I only used the yellow hot banana peppers.
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
Free to get in....BRING BLANKETS AND CHAIRS!!!!
Zombie Run for a Cure! $5 a person, group prices vary. Run starts at 2PM and will end at 6PM
The RUN ONLY will end at 6PM
The Walking Dead Meet & Greet, Smoky Mountain Ghostbusters, Shriner's and MORE!!!!
Music by Virginia Faith, Southern Steele and This Ends Now
Vendors, Food and so much more!
All funds raised will go to JDRF East Tennessee Chapter
Starts at 2PM until 8PM
The RUN ONLY ends at 6PM
Haunts and History October 26-27 3pm- 9pm
Haunts and History will feature old-fashioned treats along the pioneer trail, with homemade and vintage candies, as well as local storytellers sharing true and inspired stories about our Appalachian ancestors. Guests can also enjoy hay rides, live music, blacksmithing, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and festive snacks.
For an additional charge, attendees can pick pumpkins from the patch or choose a pumpkin to paint and take home.
Advance Tickets may be purchased by October 15:
Fall Heritage Days November 9-10 9am- 5pm
Fall Heritage Days will transport guests back in time through the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of pioneer traditions!
The Museum grounds will be filled with homemade food, bluegrass and folk music, as well as demonstrations such as molasses making, sawmilling, soap making, toy and doll making, quilting, and much more.
Guests will also enjoy activities including sheep herding, antique tractors and engines, a working threshing machine and hayrides.
Wrildia Blackburn, age 88, went to be with the Lord Saturday, October 13, 2018. She was a member of Roseberry Baptist Church. She was the Christian mother anyone would want. Everyone that met her, loved her, and she loved everyone. She never found fault in people. She will be sorely missed. She is preceded in death by husband John E. Blackburn, mother Roxie Wyrick, father Lon Wyrick, and brothers: Claude, Charles, and Dee Wyrick. Survivors include daughters Karen Sharp and Kimberly Blackburn.
Curtis Lee McCurry – age 79 of Luttrell went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Curtis was a retired employee of the Knox County School System.
Shelby Dwight Huff, 86, entered heaven on October 13. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Margie Satterfield Huff. Also survived by children Dennis Huff, Becky (David) Mink; granddaughter Kendra (Matt) Keaton; and great granddaughter Kingsley Keaton. Also survived by sisters Bettie (Tony) Bowden and Inez Rice, brother Gene Huff, brothers-in-law Roger (Nedra) Satterfield and Gerald (Freda) Satterfield, and many nieces and nephews.
Robin Charlene Shultz, age 50 of Knoxville, went to be with her Heavenly Father October 12, 2018. She was a member of Dante Church of God, where she loved to worship Jesus. She was a huge “Big Orange” fan and a proud “Mimi”. She enjoyed hiking, fishing, being at the camper, and loved her some sweets, but spending time with her family was the most important thing to her. Robin was a loving wife and a wonderful mother, who always put the needs of others before her own. She is preceded in death by mother Helen Wrinkle, father-in-law Robert Shultz, and brother-in-law Brad Shultz.
The Union County Sheriff's Office is sad to announce the passing of K-9 Officer Josey. She was born on January 9, 2011 and came to the end of her watch October 7, 2018. Josey served with the Union County Sherrif's Department for 7 years with her handler Deputy Missy Carter. She worked throughout East Tennessee, tracking suspects and finding missing people.
James “Matthew” Roach – age 33 of New Tazewell, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Matthew was a member of Carr’s Branch Baptist Church.
Matthew is preceded in death by grandparents; Matt England and James and Pauline Roach. He is survived by his son, Dylan Roach; parents, Jimmy and Kathy Roach; sister, Bethany (Keith) Grubb; grandmother, Roberta England; niece, Savannah Grubb; nephew, Brody Grubb; and several aunts and uncles.
Herbert “Herb” McDaniel, age 80, passed away October 6, 2018. He was of the Baptist faith. Herb loved music, fishing, his grandchildren, and his cat Midnight. Preceded in death by parents William and Margaret Sharp; grandmother Dollie Griggs. Survived by daughter Cathy Reynolds (Mike); grandson Billy Lawson (Crissy); great-grandson Damon Lawson; great-granddaughter Lillie Lawson; sisters, Helen Woods (Harry) and Sharon Canada; brother Dennis Sharp (Terri); several nieces and nephews.
Bruce Walker Thomas, age 76 passed away peacefully at his home in Knoxville on Friday, October 5, 2018. Bruce spent several years living in Matthews, NC and the n returned to Knoxville where he was a member of Black Oak Heights Baptist Church. Bruce was a devoted NASCAR fan and an avid pool player, but mostly enjoyed spending time with his family. Bruce was Honorably Discharged from the US Marine Corps in 1967 where he then joined the family business at Mavis Shoes on Market Square.
Hugh W. Kitts-age 59 of Maynardville passed away Saturday, October 6, 2018 at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was a member of Hubbs Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Hugh was an employee of the Union County Highway Department. Preceded in death by father, V. H. Kitts, Jr.
Survivors: son, Cody Kitts and girlfriend, Kimberly Kiser; mother, Pearl Kitts. Two special nephews, Bryan and Keith Monroe.