The American Heart Association kicked off its 9th annual fundraiser at Paulette Elementary School on Feb. 5, 2020. It began by honoring the short but impactful life of William Randall George, who was part of the 5th-grade class but passed away last summer.
Fun in the snow
We were living in west Knoxville the year the city recorded the coldest temperature in the lower 48. That was January 21/22, 1985. It had snowed on Sunday morning—hard. So hard that church was cancelled. My husband, being the adventurous soul that he was, went out and checked on some of our church’s shut-ins. He barely made it back home and he swears it was because he was driving an old VW Beetle. I was just glad when he was safely home.
We were all snug and warm inside the house we were renting when we realized one of our kittens was outside. I have no clue how that happened, but I bundled up and headed out to look for it. By then it was pretty close to that 24 below zero that was recorded early Monday morning. I realized I was getting too darned old to be on my hands and knees in the snow calling for an errant kitten under the house. I found her (she had stayed nice and warm next to the duct work) and I finally thawed out when we got back in.
The aftermath of this storm was that there were several sunny (but cold) days and snow on the ground. School was cancelled and the kids clamored to go out and play. So we went out to the huge sloping front yard with cardboard boxes and slid down the hill. Our only concern was making sure not to slide out on Westland Drive, a busy road. We needn’t have worried, the cardboard sleds were fun, but not very sturdy. They fell apart long before we reached the bottom of the hill.
After that, Tommy and Danielle wanted to build snowmen. So we built one and then someone had the great idea of building a ‘snow kitty.’ What fun that was!
Since we had the huge front yard, there was still plenty of snow. And it had become just right for packing. We rolled what seemed a huge ball for the front end of the kitty, another one for the back end. This became a very big snow cat. I struggled to get the ball that was to become the head up on the front snowball. The kitty ended up being large enough for the kids to sit on and ride.
It took a good deal of the day to put it together. We sculpted the face and ears; used broom straw for the whiskers and even had a rope for reins. I don’t think I have ever spent so much time on a snowman before or since. The kids had so much fun and that kitty lasted most of the week before more temperate weather drifted in. I remember the fun of that week much more than the dangerous temperatures.
Susan Kite is a member of the Author’s Guild of Tennessee and has published five young adult novels in several genres. Check them out on Amazon or at Bookscape.net.
Continuing from "From Hearth And Hoe": "Camp required each field crew to hold a five minute safety talk pertaining to work being performed at the beginning of every morning and a second talk before resuming work after lunch. The superintendent's constant attention was required to keep the men aware of job hazards; there were very few accidents.
Ah, the summer of 1983! Alas, I remember it well. It was the last summer before I became an undergraduate at Lincoln Memorial University. Oh, how I looked forward to being surrounded for four years in an environment completely saturated with Lincoln lore and memorabilia. In the entire time I lived on the Harrogate campus, I never tired of seeing Lincoln everywhere I turned. I was in heaven on earth!
The most common owl that I run across locally is the Barred Owl (Strix varia) but have only seen them a handful of times. But I know they visit my woods regularly by their easy to recognize 8 or 9 note call that is remembered by the phrase “who cooks for you, who cooks for you-all”. When I hear the Barred or any owl call out, it gives me a shiver of wildness that is very satisfying.
One hot summer day in the mid-90s, we had the urge to go somewhere to cool off and have a picnic. Gee Creek and Quinn Springs on the Hiwassee River were good candidates, but they were usually a little crowded in the summer. We decided to find an out-of-the-way picnic site in the Cherokee National Forest. We found one called Lost Creek. It turned out to be about as out of the way as they came, but it was beautiful.
Well, March is almost here. (Wishful thinking) I have been trying to recollect what we ate in the wintertime back in the day. No grapes from Peru or avocados from Mexico. All food was local. Fresh produce was expensive and limited in selection. No matter. We couldn't afford it anyway. We ate what we had on the farm. I don't know how the folks in town got on that didn't have a garden.
ICARE is a coalition dedicated to preventing alcohol and substance abuse in Union County, Tennessee. They meet on the last Thursday of each month at 11:30 am at Li’l Joe's BBQ, and the meetings are open to the public.
ICARE's director is Mindy Grimm, and her administrative assistant is Amanda Tucker (owner/operator of Liquid Lightning coffee shop in Maynardville). ICARE does not have 501c3 nonprofit designation, so it cannot solicit funds from the public. ICARE is a member of the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee and is funded by grants.
This is the third of a series of articles on the history of Wood Dale School in Union County, Tennessee.
In the first article I shared information about Wood Dale School from 1900 through the depression years to 1940 as related in Our Union County Heritage: A Historical and Biographical Album of Union County—People, Places, Events by Kathleen George Graves and Winnie Palmer McDonald (© 1978 Josten’s); Ms. Bonnie Heiskell Peter’s book Union County Schoolday Memories: A Pictorial History of Union County Elementary Schools From the mid-1800’s to the 1960s; and from available school registers on file at the Union County Board of Education.
Continuing from "From Hearth And Hoe": "Companies were issued athletic equipment to ensure at least some opportunity for leisure time. It was necessary for the camp residents to produce much of their own entertainment: consequently stunt nights, dances, musical concerts, and minstrel shows were frequently held within the camp, using members as performers. To prevent boys from becoming restless and homesick, recreation leaders provided entertainment through various games and sports.
Born in 1928, my early years were through the Great Depression. Those were truly hard times. No food stamps, Medicaid or Medicare, and minimal welfare. My dad was too proud to accept welfare as were many men of that era. We got by, just barely. We thought everyone else was suffering like we were. That perception made it easier to take.
Researchers have determined for the first time the maximum weight a child should carry using a school backpack trolley: a maximum of 20% of their body weight.
To date, weight recommendations have been established for ordinary school backpacks, as they are the most widely used type in the school context worldwide. However, some children use backpacks on wheeled trolleys, and until now there have been no studies making weight recommendations for this type of backpack.
Six years ago, I was working at East Ridge Elementary School in Chattanooga. That school year I had volunteered to be on the social studies textbook committee where we would choose new textbooks to match the new state standards. Even though I was a librarian, I taught social studies lessons. I was also interested in how the process worked. On Tuesday, January 28th, I was with the group of about 25 teachers meeting in an old county building in St. Elmo, which sits at the base of Lookout Mountain, near the Incline Railway.
… is what you get, right? At least that’s what Flip Wilson’s Geraldine character used to tell us. (If you are old enough to remember Flip Wilson, I’m sure that made you smile. You’re welcome.)
As it turns out, it’s more like, “What you want is what you see.” For example, take a look at the photo of the eye at the top of this article. See it? Oh, wait a minute! That’s not an eye. That’s sudsy water swirling around a drain. You would have sworn that was a picture of a human eye, right? Why?
Last Saturday night was the annual Burns Supper hosted by two friends of ours who live in West Knoxville but were born in Scotland. Every January on the weekend closest to Burns’s birthday (January 25th) they invite 35 or 40 of us to their home for a Scottish meal and celebration of the life and works of the poet.
As in past years, it was a fine evening. We saw friends we hadn’t seen in a while (some not since the last Burns Supper), there was pleasant conversation, toasts, and a Burns trivia game, but the centerpiece of the evening was the meal.
Pre-K is an educational growth opportunity for children and families to participate as a transition into Kindergarten. Students who attend Pre-K are more prepared socially, emotionally, academically and physically as they enter Kindergarten. Many times, they are further ahead of those students who have not attended. Pre-K impacts students for life.
You will never meet a more loyal and loving lady than Joy Richardson Corum. She grew up in the Norwood community in Knoxville, but has deep roots and strong connections to Union County. She is the oldest of three children, having a brother four years younger and a sister nine years younger. The family lived in the same little loving home nestled into the all-American neighborhood from the time she was five until she married.
From small acorns, large oak trees grow, and so did a Union County gospel group. This group started jamming about 1978, so said one of the founding members to me. They included Jerry Cole, Sr., Bill Turner, Neal Walker, and Dannie Peters.
Then they became known as Union Grass, a bluegrass and bluegrass gospel band. Union Grass started entertaining at bluegrass festivals, local churches and pie suppers. They always closed with a bluegrass gospel song or a gospel song by Hank Williams.
Your back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil from the floor—can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain.
For the fifth year in a row, the Sharps Chapel chapter of the Tennessee Association of Family and Community Education (FCE) has kept their tradition of an annual book donation to the Sharps Chapel Elementary School library. The club held its annual Christmas luncheon this year at The Winery at Seven Springs Farm. They each shared the books they picked, commenting that it was so much fun to shop for the books. Nine members attended the luncheon. More than 20 books were donated.
A tradition since 2014, the Dewey Decimals book club at Sunset Bay made their 6th annual book donation to the Sharps Chapel Elementary School library at their annual Christmas brunch at the Sunset Bay clubhouse. They gathered around the fire to see what treasures were donated this year. This is the highlight of the year for many of the members, who share with others in the group why they picked the books they did—often because of memories from their childhood. This year, over 30 books were donated. The club has donated thousands of dollars worth of books to the library over the years.
I like bananas. I like banana bread. Well, not all banana breads. Most sort of taste like bananas and get hard as a rock after a few days. I found one that stays soft for a week. Of course, I keep it in the fridge, not out on the counter.
Banana bread is a luxury I learned about after World War ll. Growing up, my mother only had that old Detroit Times Cookbook with an assortment of so-so recipes. They were collected from subscribers to the newspaper. You might think they sent in their best recipes. If they did, they were third-rate cooks. Some were downright awful.
Not too long ago, I wrote an article about meeting a celebrity at a sports and memorabilia show in Cleveland, Ohio. It was not my first time at something like this.
My first visit to a sci-fi, collector’s, and/or comic convention—or “con”—was at SaltCon in Utah. I went there twice and met some very interesting people. I have also been to MegaCon in Orlando a couple of times as well. Still, my favorite was AdventureCon, which was held in Knoxville.
Mark 13:8 - For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. (KJV)
Earthquake. That word strikes fear at the hearts of mankind, especially in the heart of anyone who has ever been in and survived a major earthquake.
This is a continuation of the CCC series from "Of Hearth And Hoe". "The Army's valuable performance with the CCC in the summer of 1933, undertaken reluctantly at first, was one of the highlights of its peacetime years. It ran with clock-work precision; the CCC itself was judged first-rate. W.A. Shearer, chief of projects at TVA, reported during the middle of October, 1933, that twenty-five CCC camps were assigned to TVA's soil erosion program and the U.S. Forest Service, one initially in Union County.
I hate mushrooms.
Ugh! I can taste the smallest fragment left behind on a slice of super-deluxe, double-deep-dish pizza. Every single one of my Chinese food orders ends with the phrase, “No mushrooms, please.”
I’ve tried them raw, sauteed, baked, and deep-fried stuffed with cheese. No sir, I do not like mushrooms.
At least not to eat.
I’m starting to like these foul fungi for another reason. It turns out that some of them, including the one whose splendiferous name graces the title of this article, can actually eat plastic.
Farmers have one job and one job only: feeding the world.
To choose such public service as a profession is an honorable feat in and of itself, now more so than ever. The world population is growing at a faster rate than ever. In the next 20 years, the population of the world is expected to grow by 2.2 billion people (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs).
February is walleye time on Norris Lake—big walleye.
Many fishermen reported catching walleye last month and it will get even better in February. According to the Moon Phase Calendar, the full moon this month in Maynardville will be on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2:33 a.m. In case you did not know, three days before and three days after the full moon are typically the best days to fish in any month.
Many of you Faithful Readers know my good friend Roger Flatford, presently the principal of Sharps Chapel Elementary School. Roger stood up with me at my wedding. He told me that if the ceremony hadn’t been at Loveland Baptist Church, and if he thought he could have gotten by with it, he would have had the then-popular song “If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep on Going” played at the rehearsal dinner.
A little tug here. A little yank there. Growing up, that was my life and it was so irritating.
I was a little tomboy who was around two southern belles—my momma and my Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle. No, they didn’t attend cotillions or wear the large fancy dresses, but they both were big believers in having impeccable manners and following the unspoken dress code of the south.
In our family, this dress code was alive and well.
“Browse” as a wildlife term is used as a noun and refers to food in the form of woody twigs and buds found on trees, shrubs and vines. Since more nutritious and palatable food is available during the growing season, browse is usually only consumed during the leaner winter months, which makes it critical in maintaining a wildlife population. Animals that utilize browse in our area include deer, elk, beaver, rabbit, mice and others.
Meet Marissa Hickman. She is a senior in the Union County High School Class of 2020. She is active in her school and community and has recently decided to turn one of her passions into a local business, pet sitting.
Marissa has a deep love for all kinds, colors, and sizes of animals. She has three chickens and eight cows in addition to her four dogs, two of whom are sister Malinois Shepherds named Mercury and Arya. She also has a Chihuahua named Toto and a mixed breed, Mack.
My heart still flutters at the memory. Christmas 1982 was special for me in many ways. For one, it was the first Christmas Tim and I experienced as a couple. Second, he gave me the most precious gift and I still have it.
Tim was so excited about his present that he couldn’t resist giving me little hints about it. Actually, he gave me a few too many. My friends and I figured out his present was some kind of jewelry. They thought it may be an engagement ring, but I knew it was way too early for that. After all, I was a senior in high school.
With today’s growing emphasis on quality care, clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness, spinal manipulation is receiving increased attention. The epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse has also led to wider acknowledgment of the benefits of nondrug approaches to pain.
Spinal manipulation is a safe and effective nondrug spine pain treatment. It reduces pain (decreasing the need for medication in some cases), rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest.
This article will continue the story of the C.C.C. in Union County from the book "From Hearth And Hoe: Union County, Tennessee 1910-1940". "Men signed up in droves.They were organized into 1,330 army-like companies. Fort Benning was a focal point of C.C.C. activity; the base was flooded with C.C.C. applicants. There they were issued clothing, assigned pay accounts, given physicals, and after a couple of weeks training, shipped to camps in the field.
My mother once surprised me. In a moment of frustration, she looked me in the eye and said, “If only I could be a genie for a day.”
I normally never thought of my mother thinking this way. There have been several stories and fairy tales that involved people coming in contact with a genie or Leprechaun who would grant them three wishes. Most always, those people wished foolishly and wound up in worse shape than before they had the wishes.
A sister in the Lord shared this recipe with me. I had given her my Red Grape Pie recipe. She showed up at church last Sunday with this recipe in hand. I am a believer in sharing recipes. There are those who say ”Oh, I couldn't give you the recipe for that. It's all in my head. I just throw it together.” Some just flat out refuse to share a recipe. However, no two cooks making the same recipe end up with quite the same tasting dish, don't cha know. If I have a special way of making something, I share it. I am too old to keep secrets.
With winter weather there are two distinct camps of people: those that love it and those that do not. You may have picked up in past articles that I am in the love winter camp, and cold/snow fans have actually been labeled. We are chionophiles (ki-own-a-files), those who thrive in cold winter conditions, especially in snow. It’s a Greek word that literally means “snow lover”.
You don’t see ceramic shops around much anymore. When I say ceramics, I am talking about the kind that comes out of molds as opposed to that which people form with their hands and/or on a potter’s wheel (that is usually referred to as pottery.) I have done both, but I grew up painting ceramics with my mother because in those days there were ceramic shops on the Army bases we lived on.
Rigel: So, did you hear about Betelgeuse?
Vega: Oh my, yes! It’s all over the galaxy.
Algol: What is?
Vega: You haven’t heard?
Rigel (rolling eyes in derision and disbelief): Where in the Milky Way have you been? Everyone’s talking about it. I heard Bellatrix telling Arcturas that Canopus said that Alnitak said …
Algol: Enough already! OK, OK, OK. So, I don’t know what you are talking about. I get it. I’m uncool.
Vega: Puh-lease. You? The triplet “Demon Star” not cool. Oh, you are definitely cool. But, in the know? No.
A growing body of research supports spinal manipulation:
After an extensive study of all available care for low back problems, the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality) recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.
All of us have been touched by the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps and New Deal whether we realize it or not. As an elementary student, I attended a W.P.A.-built school, Corryton Elementary, and swam at the C.C.C.-built Big Ridge State Park beach. We camped and hiked through the erosion-preventing New Deal era forests and park campgrounds. During the Great Depression, Union County was effected greatly by programs like the C.C.C.. The Corps' reach put men, desperately in need of jobs, to work and helped to shape the physical landscape of the county.
It’s that time of year again. Girl Scout cookies are here! These popular cookie treats are tough to resist, yet even better when paired with your favorite Winery at Seven Springs Farm wine. We are expertly pairing all 8 Girl Scout cookies with our award winning wine. Cheers!
Try all 8 Girl Scout Cookies, each expertly paired with our wine. $5 of each ticket sold is being donated to Local Union County Troop 21118.
Join us on Saturday, March 7th at 3 pm or 6 pm or Thursday, March 12th at 6 pm. Tickets are only $15.
The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education will be held on
Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Union County High School. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.
Watch live at https://www.HistoricUnionCounty.com/live
Maynardville Public Library is very pleased to announce we will be joining our Small Business Expo and Thunder Road Author Rally together! We will be hosting Thunder Road Author and Small Business Rally two times a year, one in spring and one in fall. Right now we are accepting applications for our spring event which will be held on March 21st 2020.
If you would like to participate in the event as an Author or Small Business Owner, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/SRhnXyxebpMb2eK7A
Alice “Faye” Munsey-age 82 of Knoxville, formerly of Washburn passed away peacefully Monday, February 24, 2020 at her home. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, Luttrell. Preceded in death by husband, Frank Munsey; daughter, Linda Munsey; parents, Burchell and Rena (Lee) Needham; sisters, Juanita Monroe, Ileen Atkins and Ann Bolden; brother, Lloyd Needham; son-in-law, Johnny Janeway.
Edna Lou “Sissy” Muncey Strevel-age 62 of Luttrell passed away peacefully Sunday, February 23, 2020 at her home. She was a member of Willow Springs Missionary Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her son, Johnny Matthew Strevel, parents, Martin and Gertrude Pratt Muncey, sister, Sharon Muncey; brother, Clifford Muncey.
Betty Jo Owens Fields age 84 formally of Rutledge, passed away Monday, February 24, 2020. Preceded in death by parents Millard and Georgie Owens; siblings Ruth, Helen, Harold, Barbara Kay, and Don. Survived by her son Brian Fields (Angie); grandchildren Kara Ladd (Kaden), Kelsey Cox (Ross), Samantha Abbott (Andrew), and Austin Fields; great-grandchildren Joshua Abbott, Natalie Abbott, and Violet Ladd; siblings Monty, Mable, Nancy, Lawrence, and Mary; special niece Sabrina Green (Shane & Austin) several other nieces and nephews.
Cambreigh Grace Rutherford - infant daughter of Allen and Crystal Rutherford. Family and friends will meet at 2:45 p.m., at Sharp - Rogers Cemetery for a 3:00 p.m. graveside service. Trinity Funeral Home, LLC, Maynardville, has the honor to serve the family of Cambreigh Rutherford. 865-992-5002 www.trinityfuneralhome.net
Ruby D. Miller – age 94 of Maynardville, passed away February 21, 2020. She was the only surviving charter member of Union Chapel Baptist Church. Ruby retired from Standard Knitting Mills after 44 year of service.
She is preceded in death by husband, J. L. Miller; and son-in-law, Carl Clapp. Ruby is survived by her daughter, Kay Lynn Clapp of Maynardville; grandchildren, Heather (Jon) Turner and Ethan Clapp; and many nieces and nephews.
Dean Palmer “Moe” Stiner-age 87 of Sharps Chapel, born May 28, 1932 passed away Saturday morning, February 15, 2020 at his Knoxville home. Dean was a U. S. Navy Veteran of the Korean War and served August, 1953 through May, 1956. He was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion. He was also a member of the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard and served during many military graveside services. Preceded in death by wife, Shirley Sexton Stiner; parents, Carly Frank and Lelia Charlotte Beeler Stiner and an infant brother; brother-in-law, Steven Sexton.
Robert Lee (Robbie) Johnson, III – age 34 of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Sunday, February 16, 2020.
He is preceded in death by father, Robert Lee (Bob) Johnson, Jr.: grandparents and great grandparents, and uncle and aunt. Robbie is survived by mother, Vicky Morelock; daughters, Danika and Cassidy; fiancée, Katrina Kelly; sisters, Danielle, Jennifer (Roger); several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and special cousins and friends.