Fashion and Design Stitched into a 4-H Conference

Khilee Cochran at 4-H Fashion and Design Conference 2021

By Gracie Tindell

Hello, my name is Gracie Tindell, I am a 7th grader in Union County. I was able to attend the fashion and design conference at the UT campus n June with fellow Union County 4-Her Khilee Cochran. We spent the day with other
4-H'ers from surrounding counties. We had many projects to accomplish in our time at fashion and design. There were teachers attending who are experienced in the fashion and design industry. They were able to speak on many different topics and give us insights.

We had a very busy day completing many projects. Those projects included clay jewelry dish, bracelet and earrings from yarn, and two different pillows . One pillow was created from fabric, the other from recycled men's dress shirts. I gifted that to my father for part of his father's day gift.

I want to take the time to thank the FCE club, Family and Community Education group or homemakers, of Union County. They provided a scholarship for me and Khilee to attend this conference. We greatly appreciate their generosity to 4-H students to help develop these skills. I truly had a great day creating so many projects and meeting so many new people.

Looking for more information on how to get involved in 4-H ? Reach out to the local Extension office at 865-992-8038.

Gracie Tindell putting her skills to use at 4-H Fashion and Design Conference 2021



Education and Imagination... It All Starts Here

Holding true to the belief of freedom in reading, learning, imagining, discovering and creating, the Maynardville Public Library has three events on the fall calendar that students do not need to miss.
Providing an opportunity for independent education for our community since 1959, the Maynardville Public Library is continuing that through library card month which is currently taking place.

Driving to Maynardville

Most people in my family asked, “Maynardville where? Why in the world are you going there?”, which of course required a long answer. Here is the shortest version I can manage. Actually, it isn’t very short.

Write It Right

When I on occasion have the opportunity to look at documents from the past, there are times that I am impressed with the penmanship written by those who have long since departed this earth.

Pink Snow

I didn’t grow out of my fascination with trains. To this day, I still get excited when I see one and I also love to hear its lonesome whistle. But the one who actually witnessed the raw power of a train was my mom.
Back in the early eighties, she worked at a business in Powell that sat across the road from the railroad tracks. One day, she stepped out of the building and heard the loud revving of an engine. She looked toward where the train tracks crossed Emory Road and saw a delivery that was truck stuck on them. Yes, stuck.

Fall Traditions are Steeped in History

The Autumn Equinox is one of two times of the year when the Sun is exactly above the Equator and day and night are equal in length. That’s as far into the science of what’s going on that I’ll go. It’s the astronomical beginning of fall, which is my favorite season of the year. After a long hot and humid summer, the crisp cool mornings, balmy temperatures, and visual clarity of lower humidity are very welcome.


Let Them Read Books

Both authors and readers alike, rightfully romanticize the role of fantasy in their lives. But we often underestimate how drastic its potential is in influencing children. Centuries of storytellers have used memory to invoke tremendous imagery, to relay tales of long dead heroes,

It's Fair Time in Tennessee

As the young child walked through the rows of chickens her eyes lite up as she lifted her head to see a lighted Ferris wheel spinning in circles waiting for her to catch a ride.
This moment is one many of us have experienced walking through the fair as a young child and even still we feel a small glimmer of child like happiness when we see the line of carnival rides, games, and those delicious, candied apples.

Vintage vehicles, bands, and fireworks thunder in the park

Man standing next to a vintage car

George Massey explains why his Galaxie 500 is a 1963.5. The 1963 was modified with a slant rear window to make the car more aerodynamic for racing.

“Wow, it sure is nice to come to one of these [cruise-ins] with a good crowd,” commented a participant who relaxed under a shade tree at the 2021 Thunder in the Park. Gary England manned England's Sound Machine as “Elvis” opened with the National Anthem. The crowd had some 200 vehicles to inspect, admire, and photograph while the sounds of “Achy, Breaky Heart” and other traditional favorites played in the background. One enterprising young man was selling his truck and revved the engine to a roar in keeping with the thunder theme and the pleasure of the crowd.

Clays 4 Children

District Attorney General Jared Effler and staff, in partnership with the Children’s Centers of the 8th Judicial District, will be hosting the 6th Annual Clays for Children Sporting Clays Tournament at Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club in Maryville, Tennessee on Friday, September 24th. Funds raised from this tournament will ensure that our Children’s Centers continue their worthy mission of serving abused and neglected children. This successful fundraiser has grown every year and is now the largest event held at the Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club.

Seek a Blue Ribbon for Your Hard Work

The Union County Heritage Festival is right around the corner. Did you know that you can enter your items into the Festival Exhibit Contest with UT Extension Union County? You have already put in the hard work, now seek some reward. There are categories for adults as well as youths grades kindergarten thru 12th.

HLG CEO addresses UCBPA

A man standing behind a lecturn

Steve Johnson addresses the Union County Business & Professional Association regarding his business, Horticulture Lighting Group..

Steve Johnson, CEO of Horticulture Lighting Group (HLG), addressed members of the Union County Business & Professional Association (UCBPA) at its August meeting.
Johnson related how HLG grow lights developed into the world's best horticulture lights in less than five years. He said that his desire to grow tommy toe tomatoes year round sparked his quest to develop the perfect grow light.

Next Stop - Flat Rock

One of the many beautiful views at Sky Top Orchard

Hubby and I headed east last weekend to Flat Rock NC. We had passed by the exit countless times, saying to each other, “That sounds fun. Maybe we’ll go there someday.”
Now one thing you must understand is that me and Hubby, we like to veer off the beaten path; like, way off. Many times we see a road that looks like it should go somewhere fun and we take that road. We have rarely been disappointed.

Women Need Expanded Musculoskeletal Care During Pregnancy, Study Finds

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.

Morning Surprise

I have often said only certain things happen here in East Tennessee. One great example of this happened many years ago.
My Mamaw Jo got up one morning and went to the kitchen to start her coffee. That was usually the first thing she did. On this particular morning, she noticed stuff lying on her kitchen counter that wasn’t there the night before. She looked closer at them, which sent her into a state of panic. With what she thought it was, I really don’t blame her.

What's Your Sign?

Last week I shared about various signs that have caught my attention throughout the years. Today I continue with that thought.
Several years ago in the Sunday morning service at Loveland Baptist Church the elderly, esteemed Rev. Oliver Wolfenbarger stood and announced his text. It was the same text he had preached on the week before. He said, “I know what you’re thinking—poor ol’ Wolfenbarger, he’s losing his mind, can’t even remember that was what he preached about last week.” He continued, “I know this is the same text I used last week, I just didn’t get through with my message. And I’ll tell you something else. I’m just about as crazy as you all think I am.”

Picking Up Pawpaws

You’ve likely got some age on you is you remember singing about Susie “pickin’ up pawpaws, put ‘em in her pocket, way down yonder in the Pawpaw Patch!” The Pawpaw is a curious native tree that gets attention this time of year when its fruit start to ripen. Also called a "Winter Banana" and "Custard Apple", the fruit looks like it should be growing in a tropical rain forest rather than the Appalachian Mountains. It is in fact a relative of several tropical trees in South America, and even the name "Pawpaw" is tropical in origin, being a corruption of the papaya tree to which it is not related.


Become my life-saving kidney donor

Aaron Russell is a man of faith. Seven years ago, he became very sick. His kidneys shut down from what turned out to be vasculitis; a disease that damaged the small blood vessels in his kidneys.
During this time, Aaron became paralyzed as a side effect from heavy doses of steroids, which resulted in back surgery. He suffered pneumonia, migraine headaches, deadly hypertension, pericardial effusion, pleural effusion and was on dialysis three days a week, four hours per day.
In total, he was admitted to the hospital eight times and had countless doctors’ visits.

Let there be music: 10th Annual Luttrell Music Festival

The Luttrell Music Festival—formerly referred to as the Luttrell Bluegrass Festival—is a city-sponsored annual event that also receives grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission that showcases local musicians in a fun-filled, festive family atmosphere.
Although the festival name has changed, there is still plenty of down-home bluegrass music to enjoy, plus this year there are country and gospel bands as well.
There will also be a variety of craft booths and food vendors. It is sure to be a great time for all, and admission is free.

Fresh Wagon food distribution September 15 at Plainview

You may have heard the buzz about a very exciting project happening here in Union County. The Fresh Wagon is a food distribution that focuses on education and striving to get families more fresh foods in their diet. Education and convenience are two of the main goals of the project.
At food distributions, community organizations will be available to answer questions or even offer tips on how to make cooking and eating healthier and delicious.

Call for pie bakers

Picture of a pie for pie contest

“Take a Country Road” to UT Extension Union County, 3925 Maynardville Highway, on Wednesday, September 29, and bring your best pie to enter the Union County Heritage Festival Pie Baking Contest.
UT Extension Union County will host the pie contest. Alyshia Victoria, Food and Consumer Science Agent, will be the coordinator.
Fruit, nut, and other are the categories. Winning pie bakers will receive cash prizes and ribbons.

Carter named East Tennessee Superintendent of 2022

Dr. Dale Lynch, Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents, appeared before the Union County Board of Education during the workshop in August to announce that Dr. James (Jimmy) Carter is the East Tennessee Region Superintendent of 2022.
The award is bestowed on the superintendent or director of schools who has exhibited outstanding leadership not just in his or her own system but through holding various positions of leadership throughout East Tennessee and the state.

4-H Quilt Camp is 'sew' fun!

4-Hers from across the Eastern Region show off their masterpieces created at Quilt Camp

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a quilt? What makes a handmade quilt different than other options that can be purchased?
Well, every summer 4-H students get the opportunity to discover and explore the craft of quilting at 4-H Quilt Camp. Like all 4-H events, education is at the core of the fun.
Students are sent fabric samples prior to the camp, to assist them in making their own fabric selections for their quilts. This year, students completed an “Xs and Os” quilt for themselves and worked on a quilt of valor service project.

Richardsons compete with 4-H beef cattle

Van Richardson competes with his 4-H animal.

4-H Beef cattle projects provide youth with opportunities to expand their knowledge of the beef cattle industry, production and, more importantly, develop the life skills that are needed to be positive contributors to society.
Through beef cattle projects, 4-H youth will learn about selection and evaluation, nutrition and feeding, health and daily care, reproduction, marketing and much more.

Chiropractic Service At The VA

Chiropractic services are part of the Standard Medical Benefits Package available to all eligible veterans. Similar to other specialties, access to VA chiropractic services is by referral from a VA primary care or specialty provider. VA provides these services on-site at one or more VA facilities in each Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN). VA facilities that do not have on-site chiropractic clinics provide these services via the VA Community Care Program or other community care mechanisms.

UCBPA awards scholarships to UCHS grads

A teenager and a man.  The man is handing the teenager a plaque.

President Martin Shafer congratulated Bryson Sharp as one of three UCBPA scholarship recipients.

Bryson Sharp and Draven Vermillion were recognized for their achievements at the Union County Business and Professional Association member meeting in August at the newly renovated Plainview Community Center. Both received plaques and lunch from Subway in addition to their scholarships.
Bryson will be attending Tennessee College of Applied Technology to become certified in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). He began interning with Archer Air as part of his career and technical education at Union County High School.


Calling all antique tractor owners

An antique tractor in a parade at a festival

The Tractor Parade is one of the events of the Union County Heritage Festival.

The Union County Heritage Festival Antique Tractor Cruise-In will be on October 2 at Wilson Park. Tractors will be secured on the upper parking lot near Veteran's Place and displayed for all to view from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. At 2 p.m., the tractors will parade down from Veteran's Place to travel down Main Street, circle the courthouse, and return to Wilson Park.
Antique tractor owners are urged to call Tanner Hall at 865-254-3560 to register or complete and mail the form from the website:

Retired teachers share corn crafts

Young girl smiling and showing the refrigerator magnet shaped like corn that she painted.

Kinsley is all smiles after she custom painted her corn refrigerator magnet at the Union County Youth & Corn Festival.

Union County Retired Teachers Association provided corn crafts for children to make at the recent Youth & Corn Festival. At least 25 children custom painted corn refrigerator magnets. Another 16 strung beads on chenille sticks and shaped key chains that resembled Indian corn. Between craft projects a teacher read stories with corn themes that covered the uses and history of corn.
One young girl read the book to the teacher. Many of the participants wanted to craft as a family. All seemed to have a really fun time and many mentioned that they would be returning next year.

Christian grub worms

Some sermons, or at least the sermon titles, just get stuck in my mind. An experienced preacher will often give their message a catchy title to help drive the point home.
I’ll never forget a sermon the Reverend Ronnie Beeler once preached which he entitled, “Wallowing Around Under a Log with the Mully Grubs.”
I’m fairly sure Reverend Beeler just made up the word “mully,” but I understood what he meant, having turned over many logs as a boy searching for fishing bait.


Park Ranger uniform

Our first national park was Yellowstone. Parts of Wyoming and Montana became Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant, and many more parks followed.
The U.S. Army was first used to regulate the parks and range the properties to protect the natural resources. Woodrow Wilson created the National Park Service in 1916 and civilian employees began to work in our national parks.

A face full of spiderweb

The spiny orb weaver

By Steve Roark
Volunteer Interpreter, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
If you hike in the woods late summer into fall you are likely to have a face to literal face run-in with spiderweb.
The culprit is the spiny orb weaver, who has a knack for building webs across trails at eye level. The number of webs increase this time of year as the spiders increase their food energy intake to be able to lay eggs before hard winter sets in.


LBR - Liars Bench Report

It’s a balmy afternoon with the temperatures hitting the 90s, but I’m comfortable on my porch as the afternoon shadows get long. The birds and squirrels are searching for their supper in my yard and trees.
While watching this late afternoon daily happenings I am hit with an old memory that almost ruins my afternoon reverie.
My thoughts go back to my earlier and more naïve life. As a younger man, I wanted to live my life on the ocean in a southern region.

Signs of the times

I was on my way to work a few days ago when I saw a message on a local business’ signboard:
My warped sense of humor kicked in. I would never in my life have equated lunch and BBQ to be on a level with God. Then again, I’ve never literally starved, either. I have been blessed in life a few times for God to have provided me with BBQ for lunch, most pleasantly at the 33 Diner, my all-time favorite place on this earth to eat.
There was another occasion that I saw this message on a church’s sign:

No pizza, please

Being a little different is a part of who I am, and to be honest, it has never really bothered me. Well, that is except for the fact that I used to hate pizza. Did that blow your mind? If so, you are not alone.
I was the only person in elementary school who wasn’t excited when it was pizza day. When it was lunch time, the cafeteria ladies would fix me something else.

Walking and Talking in Acworth

Bethel A.M.E. Church in Acworth, GA, a Romanesque Revival Style church built in the 1870’s, stands guard from high on a hill overlooking Logan Park and the Acworth Farmers Market location. Just one of many historical sites worth visiting in this quaint town.

I have been a photojournalist and published author since 2016, but have always wanted to pursue the career of travel writer. So here we go. Hopefully I can offer some excursions of interest for my readers.
My travels will sometimes focus on areas in Tennessee and surrounding states. But if you don’t live close, that’s okay. I plan to extend my treks into regions hundreds of miles away, and even international. I might journey to somewhere you have never thought about as a place to get away. Or, I may dive toward a location you would in no way consider stepping into. My hope is that you will piggy-back on my journey and find a magical place you have always wanted to explore. Come along with me in written word as we traverse our beautiful country, and hopefully, others.

Thank you Mayor Bailey

Mayor Bailey received a DAG grant during the Covid pandemic. Now the Maynardville Public Library has ADA doors push a button and they open automatic. We also have a new sign by Sign Guys at the road and on our Shed by Foxy Wrap. A Puppet Theater and Puppets in the teen room, and new rugs. At Sharp Chapel Book Station we got 5 medal shelves. Which was made possible by the DAG Grant through County Mayor, Jason Bailey. Once again, thank you, Mayor Bailey!

Lug Your Luggage Safely Part II

Here are more strategies to prevent injuries when lifting and carrying luggage:

• If using a backpack, make sure it has two padded and adjustable shoulder straps. Choose one with several compartments to secure various-sized items, packing the heavier things low and towards the center. Always wear a backpack on both shoulders—slinging it over one shoulder does not allow weight to be distributed evenly, which can cause muscle strain.

Hitching Post

I know this may sound strange, but one of my favorite childhood memories happened after church let out.
The church we attended at that time was built in the late 1800s. In front of it was an old wooden hitching post that stood about a foot tall. People used to tie their horses to it before service. Best of all, that old post stood underneath a tree. I don’t remember what kind of tree it was, but it never grew to be very tall.

“Bass Ack’ards”

I’m sure most people have at one time or another in their lives heard of a book titled Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. It was published in 1992, and is purported to be the ultimate guide to help men understand the opposite sex.
Let me share something with you. I took a class called Marriage and the Family when I was an undergraduate at Lincoln Memorial University. I made an “A”. I have also read the aforementioned book, long before I got married. Neither experience taught me one thing that I have found useful in my own married life.

The Train

I have taught Sunday School for most of my life. I remember the first year I taught a preschool class. Classes were excused for the summer to be resumed in the fall with the beginning of the school year. I wanted to do something special for the four and five year olds. A picnic and party at my house would do the trick. I gave each parent an invitation with the date and location of the event.

Cabbage And Noodles

I bet you have never heard of this combination: cabbage and noodles. Surprise. It tastes great. Of course you can gussy it up with leftovers, such as crumbled sausage patties or links, crumbled hamburger patties, crumbled small slice of meatloaf. 2 or 3 tablespoons cottage cheese , etc. One of these can be added when the noodles are included in the cooking process.

Heavy Fruit Years

This fall looks to be a good year for nut producing trees like hickory and beech, and oak acorns aren’t looking bad either. Fruit and nut production varies from year to year, and the reasons are many.


Fun, Food, and Family Ties

Pictured are Alex, George, and Doug Cheek, three generations of fishermen. Like many local families, going fishing was something the family always did together. It was a fun activity, provided time together for the family members, and put food on the table—Win-Win-Win!

Doug Cheek fondly remembers fishing with his father George, a tradition he was happy to carry on with his son Alex. He began fishing specifically for Striper (also known as Rockfish, but whose proper name is Striped Bass) around the turn of the century. Then, while he was still working, it was just a hobby. Upon the sale of his Ford dealership in 2018 and subsequent retirement, and seeing a need within the community, Doug decided to start a second business as a Fishing Guide.

Lug Your Luggage Safely Part I

According to the U.S. Consumer Products safety Commission, in one year more than 50,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms, doctors’ offices, clinics and other medical settings for injuries related to luggage.

Here are some strategies to prevent injuries when lifting and carrying luggage:

• Pack lightly. when possible, pack items in a few smaller bags instead of one large luggage piece. It is better—and may prevent muscle sprains and strains—to carry a lighter bag in each hand rather than one heavy bag in one hand or over one shoulder.

Pearls Dissolve In Vinegar

I was speaking the other day with one of my nieces. As our conversation progressed, I shared about a particular person who always seems able to irritate me. My niece informed me that this person was my “sandpaper”. Perhaps there is a connection here with the phrase “rubs me the wrong way”. I am grateful that there are few people who have this effect on me, and I hope that I don’t have that effect on many people.


Heritage Festival

Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 10:00
Union County Heritage Festival

The 16th/17th Annual Union County HERITAGE FESTIVAL SAT., October 2nd 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 for more information.

Call for Artists
(2 D, 3D, and photography)
Call for Quilters
(various categories)
Forms and Information on the website

Union County Board of Education

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 18:00

The next meeting of the Union County Board of Education is scheduled for Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Union County High School. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow. For a copy of the agenda please contact Dr. Ronnie Mincey at 865-992-5466 extension 2008.


Gary Wade Beeler

Gary Wade Beeler-age 62 of Corryton passed away Sunday, Sept 19, 2021. He was a born-again Christian who is now resting in peace, pain and worry free. He had a kind smile and a loving heart. Ready to drop whatever he was doing to help anyone in need. There was nothing that he could not do from pulling wrenches, drawing, working on computers, to building things like houses and sheds. He had a thirst for knowledge and was always learning new things. He was an amazing person with a humble spirit who will be dearly missed. He was a U. S. Army Veteran.

Curtis Scott Braden

Curtis Scott Braden-age 53 of Luttrell passed away Monday, September 20, 2021 at his home. Preceded in death by parents, father, Donald Braden; mother, Naomi Grimes.
Survivors: daughters, Tabitha Braden, Crystal Hillard, Carrie Bailey; sons, Ronnie French and Johnny Rogers. Sisters and brothers, Robin (Gary) Flynn of Clinton; Daris Braden of Luttrell, Misty Little of Knoxville, Monty (Missy) Walker of Maynardville, Franklin D. Grimes, II of Strawberry Plains. Several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

James Herbert Nicolai

James Herbert Nicolai-age 78 of oak Ridge passed away Friday, September 17, 2021 at Wyndridge Healthcare Center, Crossville. He was a U. S. Army Veteran serving 1967 -1969.
Interment 2 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021, Narrow Ridge Natural Burial Preserve, Washburn. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Donald R. Beeler

Donald Roscoe Beeler-age 86 of Corryton passed away Monday evening, September 13, 2021 at his home. Donald was a retired employee of the City of Luttrell and a member of Willow Springs Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Hattie Beeler; brothers, Claude Beeler and Shubert Beeler; sisters, Edria Mae Muncey, Vergie Brooks, Polly Monday and Molly Beeler; step-son, Doug Bryant.

John Stefanski

John Stefanski – Age 90 of Maynardville, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 11, 2021. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. John loved to play harmonica and loved his family. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served as a member of the Tri-County Honor Guard.

Alice May England

Alice May England-age 75 of Maynardville, born May 21, 1946 passed away Saturday morning, September 11, 2021 at her home. She was saved at an early age and was a member of the former John Sevier Baptist Church, Knoxville. Retried employee of Levi Strauss and Company. Preceded in death by parents, Charles and Ruby (Hall) Johnson; husband of 57 years, Robert England; daughters, Carolyn Lee England and Sue Dianne England; sisters, Mary Ann Shell, Nancy Houser; brothers, Bill Johnson and Edward Johnson.

Alvin Joshua Nicley

Alvin Joshua Nicley- He passed away at home in Blaine Tn, Josh was 27 years old.
He is preceded in death by father, Alvin J. Nicley. Mother Kathy Nicley. Sisters Marie Nicley and Delores Nicley.

Survived by: Brother, James Nicley (Brooke Luallen); Sisters: Samantha (Tony Hensley); Tina Nicley, Elizabeth Nicley.
DAUGHTER: Nikia Sky Nicley.

Nieces: Emily Hensley, Whitley Nicley, MacKenzie Nicley, Kayla Cooper, Robin Suffridge. Nephews: Cody Hensley, Jeremiah Nicley, Keith Vanhorn, Christopher Nicley, Jacob Doane.

David Matthew Clements

David Clements-age 65 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at his home. David was born, raised, and lived most of his adult life in Rhode Island. He attended East Greenwich schools. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He worked at Brown and Sharpe manufacturing, as well as local nurseries, garden centers, and horse farms. He enjoyed movies, sports, music, and playing the guitar. He had a love for animals and had many cats and dogs throughout his life.

Bonnie Kay Gammill

Bonnie Kay (Cummings) Gammill-age 83 of Maynardville, born December 16, 1937 passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at her home.She was born in Rockland, Maine and when she turned 16, her and her family moved to Germany. Her father was in the Coast Guard and that is how she met our dad who was in the Army and traveled the USA for 24 years and 3 Kids later. After we were grown, mom moved to Seaside, California in the early 80s to live with her mother and care for her. After her mother passed, she moved to Tennessee in 2011 to be with her children and grandchildren, and great grand-kids.

Walter Rossbach

Walter George Rossbach – age 79 of Maynardville, passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Parkwest Medical Center. He was an upbeat and positive person who always had a smile on his face. He was bigger than life and loved his family and God more than anything. He was loved by all who met him. Walter loved woodworking, gardening and farming. He was a hard working person who would help a stranger in need.

Richard Savage

Cas Richard Savage-age 67 of Luttrell passed away Monday, September 6, 2021. He was a member of New Friendship Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by parents, George Harvey and Dollie Savage; brothers, George Allen, Earl and Johnny Savage; sisters, Gladys Scott, Helen Jones and Ellen Savage, brothers-in-law, Kenneth Williams and Hubert Scott; sister-in-law, Carolyn Savage.

Joshua Acuff

Joshua Acuff, age 41 of Corryton, passed away Monday, September 6, 2021. Josh was a wonderful father, brother, husband, son, and friend. He loved his family and friends with all his heart. He was funny, witty, and the end all, beat all champion of “name that tune” games and “dad jokes”. He was a ham radio enthusiast (call sign W4WRX), collected coins, matchbox cars and loved to cook for a crowd. Josh was generous to a fault, helpful and kind and he will be forever missed.

Bert Rosenbalm

Bertrum Armston Rosenbalm-age 61 of Luttrell passed away peacefully Saturday, September 4, 2021 at his home. He was born July 29, 1960 the son of the late Odell and Mary (DeVault) Rosenbalm. Bert was an active member of Pennington Chapel Baptist Church. He also faithfully served in the Food Pantry at Hines Creek Baptist Church. He was a compassionate and loving Christian man who lived to serve his Saviour. He loved his church, family and community and served all 3 in various capacities as his health would allow.

Neal Walker

Neal Walker – age 86 of Maynardville, went to meet his Heavenly Father Friday, September 3, 2021. He was an original member of The Better Way Quartet singing and playing bass.

Donna Marie Dennis

Donna Marie Dennis-age 54 of Sharps Chapel met her Lord and Saviour Friday morning, September 3, 2021 at her home.

Survivors: her loving husband, John Dennis; mother, Joan Charon; brothers, Donnie Gosselin, David Gosselin and Lee Cox; sisters-in-law, Anna Cole, Sharon Alcalde, Debbie Cameron, Shannon Dennis, Becky Cox and Elaine Gosselin; brothers-in-law, Robert Alcalde, Steve Marzo and Eric Dennis. Several nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.

Elmer L. Crawford

Elmer Leon Crawford-age 78 of Maynardville went home to be with the Lord, September 1, 2021. He was born June 20, 1943 the son of the late Sam and Annie (Clay) Crawford. Elmer was a member of Pennington Chapel Baptist Church.

Tony Ozuna

Olegario Antonio “Tony” Ozuna-age 75 of Maynardville passed away suddenly Sunday, August 29, 2021 at his home. He was a Maynardville musician.
Survivors: wife, Dorothea Ozuna; children, Johna Robbins, Keith Miracle, Joe Ozuna, Frank Goetz and Annette Woods. Five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Javier Ozuna and Rudy Ozuna.

Laura Jane Long

Laura Jane “Jannie” Long-age 67 of Maynardville, formerly of Knoxville, born January 13, 1954 went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at U. T. Medical Center. She was of the Baptist faith. She was one of the twelve children of the late James and Marie Roberts Caughorn. Preceded in death by five sisters, Thelma Covington, Wanda Wompler, Bonnie Heiskell, Gail Abbott, Judy Gattis; five brothers, Leonard Caughorn, Troy Caughorn, Roy Caughorn, Bruce Caughorn, Herman Lucas Caughorn.

Ruth Williams

Ruth Ann Williams – age 81, stepped into the arms of her loving Savior August 26, 2021. She was born to Hugh and Geneva Keys Rogers May 17, 1940 in Knoxville. Ruth was a member of God’s House of Prayer in Perry, FL.

Robert Lynn Hall

Robert Lynn Hall-age 62 of Sharps Chapel passed away suddenly Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at his home. Preceded in death by parents, Burrell and Kay (Perry) Hall.

Survivors: two sons, Daniel Jason Hall of Painesville, Ohio; Robert Steven Hall of East Lake, Ohio; four grandchildren, Abigail Hall, Hunter Hall, Jeanna Hall and Nathan Belec; two brothers, David Hall of Madison, Ohio; Thomas Hall of Detroit, Michigan. Special cousin, Richard Canter of Luttrell. Several aunts, uncles and cousins along with a host of friends.

Dorothy Dickey

Dorothy Ann Dickey, age 99, slipped away from this life to the next, Thursday, August 26, 2021, at her son’s home. Born in Hardy, Arkansas on February 4, 1922, she became a long time resident of Memphis where she graduated from Humes High in 1939. Trained at the Miller Hawkins Business School, she was a secretary for C.F. Work and Sons. She was a volunteer for the Memphis Union Mission and Child Evangelism. Three Presbyterian Churches were wells of living water throughout her life: Historic Chelsea Ave, Heritage and Independent. Proverbs 3:5-6 was her life verse.

Horace M. Wyrick

Horace Maynard (H.M.) Wyrick-age 89 of Luttrell passed away Wednesday morning, August 25, 2021 at Willow Ridge Center in Maynardville. He was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by wife, Ethel Leona Wyrick; son, Tommy Wyrick, Sr.; daughter, Nancy Geneva Wyrick.
Survivors: daughter, Dacie Seymour; son and daughter-in-law, Calvin and Mary Jane Wyrick; grandson, Tommy Wyrick, Jr.

Clyde Westly Covington

Clyde Westly Covington, Jr.-age 69 of Sevierville passed away Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at LeConte Medical Center. He was of the Baptist faith. He was an employee of Smith and Associates for 25 years and had worked as a HVAC installer for 56 years. Preceded in death by mother, Kathleen Covington; father, Clyde Covington, Sr.; brother, Charles Covington; sister-in-law, Belva Covington.

Minister Steve R. Lewis

Minister Steve Ronnie Lewis-age 66 of Washburn went home to be with the Lord Monday afternoon, August 23, 2021 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. He was an employee of Omega Plastics in Knoxville for 24 years. Steve’s first love was preaching the gospel and talking about his Lord. He preached at Life Care Nursing Home in Jefferson City, Tennessee for 16 years and had a radio broadcast on WJFC radio station in Jefferson City for the past 8 years. He was preceded in death by father, Robert Lewis; sister, Shirley Mitchell.

Richard Wayne Crist, Sr.

Richard Wayne Crist, Sr. – age 79 of Maynardville, passed away at his home Sunday, August 22, 2021. Born in Phoenix, Arizona on July 11, 1942, he graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1960 where he excelled in the Future Farmers of America program. Rich was married to his wife, Pamela Joyce Bourland for 60 years. He had several careers throughout his life including long haul truck driving and running an upholstery business.

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