Agriculture is a highly under recognized aspect of each person’s daily life. From clothing to nutrition, it all starts with agriculture. Americans must understand the value of farming and recognize the importance it holds. President Donald Trump proclaimed that March 14, 2019 be recognized as National Ag Day across America as a salute to the contributions of America’s farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses.
Good Clean Fun at Big Ridge State Park
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. The third class went even faster filling up in three hours!
The class was restricted to six participants per session in order to give everyone personal attention and assistance with whatever they need. Also because of working with lye, which if mishandled can cause severe burns, a small class allows her to focus on everyone to make sure all safety measures are followed. She focuses on teaching class members all the steps to correctly and safely make cold process lye soap. Ranger Hannah jokes, “We’re just having some good clean fun!” Although the class is filled with fun and laughter, her number one tip is to always, always follow proper safety procedure.
There are many benefits to making soaps at home. Homemade soap is made with all natural ingredients and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals. The naturally occurring glycerin is perfect for moisturizing your skin and the addition of essential oils and botanicals can provide relief and healing to several skin conditions. If attending one of the park’s sessions, all you need is to show up in the appropriate clothing, everything else is provided. But, to make the soap at home you’ll need bowls, gloves, a mixer, fats and oils for the soap base, lye, scent oils, and colorants. In Ranger Hannah’s classes, participants make cold process lye soap, made with olive oil, coconut oil, and palm oil. Every participant makes the same base but is offered a variety of scents, essential oils, and natural colorants to customize their soap. For those who have attended one of these soap making classes, be on the lookout for an advanced class where she will teach a more detailed, more decorative technique.
Ranger Hannah had been curious about soap making for some time and thought, “If this is something I would want to learn, then there’s probably several other people who want to as well.” So, she did her research and taught herself. She started out making melt and pour soaps purchased from craft stores, eventually purchasing a book with step by step instructions on making lye soap. After reading the book, binge watching YouTube videos, and some trial and error, she had the process mastered. Since providing programs is her favorite part of her job, she dove in and scheduled the sessions.
When asked why they were interested in learning the skill, class members heavily varied in response. One participant had skin sensitivity issues and had to spend a lot of money purchasing handmade soap from a variety of vendors, so she jumped at the chance to learn to make it herself. A classmate makes and sells homemade items and wanted to learn this skill to add to her repertoire. Several partakers expressed a sense of nostalgia from watching their grandmothers make soap, and they wanted to learn to do it themselves. Ranger Hannah enjoys getting to know the people who attend. She says, “Providing programs like this lets me meet people from all walks of life. And especially with these workshop type programs, there’s always the sense of pride afterwards, when people have not only made something with their own hands but also gained a new skill.”
Over the last several years Big Ridge has been going through a revitalizing phase. Part of that revitalization is with the programs offered to the community. Dozens of free programs and community service projects allow them to teach visitors about the environment and the park’s story. They have also started adding in several fee based programs, like the soap making class. This allows the park to bring in some additional revenue that can be put directly back into the park. During the winter months’, workshop type programs are hosted. The rest of the year they host a wide variety of programs for the public, from big programs like weekend long backpacking trips and Jr Ranger Camp, to smaller guided hikes and guided kayak floats. During the summer, a seasonal worker is hired whose entire job is to provide free programs for the public. Any programs at the park provide an opportunity for the community to get the whole family out for some fun, learning, and adventure. The rangers believe that appreciation leads to conservation. When the community enjoys and appreciates the park, they’ll play a more active role in its conservation and preservation for future generations.
For anyone interested in the programs, Ranger Hannah can be contacted by email at Hannah.Paschall@tn.gov, and anyone who has questions about the park, facilities, and programs offered, call the office at 865-992-5523. Watch for future programs on social media, Facebook, Instagram, etc., but all upcoming events can be seen on the official Big Ridge State Park webpage at Tnstateparks.com/parks/big-ridge. Anyone can register for programs through the website as well.
Don’t believe it. I found out the hard way that ignorance is not always bliss.
While attending college, I worked part-time in a hematology lab. Part of my duties there were prepping blood slides for pathologists to study under a microscope. One day, I snatched a flask full of slides off the counter and quickly spun around.
Being the klutz that I am, I should’ve known better.
Chiropractors offer several adjunctive therapies that can help treat arthritis. Ultrasound: Many think of ultrasound as imaging technology, but when applied to soft tissues and joints, sound waves can also produce a massaging effect that helps reduce swelling and decrease pain and stiffness.
Electrotherapy: These tiny electric pulses are not painful. They treat soft tissue injuries by stimulating nerves and muscles.
What child doesn't like a decorated cookie? What mother likes to do the decorating? Some do. Some don't. If you have a couple preschoolers tearing up the house, the last thing you have time to tackle is decorating fancy cookies.
The word “COOKIE” has a magic sound to a child's ears. You might even get them to lie down for a nap, if you promise cookies when they wake up. I know. I used bribery as a parenting tool when mine were at that changeable stage between diapers and pull-ups. It works, if you vary the bribe.
Having faith can sometimes be a struggle. Have you ever believed your faith was strong only to discover it wasn’t where you thought it was? We believe God for a miracle, we believe Him to bring about a change in our life. We believe it is going to happen, it has been ordained, however we get anxious because what we are believing Him for hasn’t come to pass yet.
Something I like to do when hiking in the woods is to look out for old house sites. It’s maybe not as grand as finding ancient ruins in Rome or South America, but it’s still historic evidence that someone was here during an earlier time and impacted the land. It’s still archeology, just more recent, say within the last 200 years. Like ancient ruins, usually the only manmade structures remaining are stonework, such as chimneys, foundations, and retaining walls.
Can you sing? I can't. Does your bucket have a hole in it? Mine looks like it was used for shot gun target practice. Let me tell you about it. I was looking through an old photo album the other day and came across a picture of my youngest daughter, Elizabeth, singing with her high school chorale group. She even learned to read music.
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.
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.
Stephen E. Griffith, age 65, of Corryton, TN received his angel wings Monday, March 18, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents, Claude Warner Griffith and Doris Jacqueline Griffith. He is survived by his wife, Debbie; children, Carrie Griffith, Samantha (Frank) Lord, Marcus (Kayla) Atkins and Chris Griffith; sister, Susan (Bob) Tebbitt; brother, Scott (Laura) Griffith; grandchildren, Samuel, Ethan, Sarah Elizabeth, Ella Kate, Zane, Caleb, Daniel and Ava.
Michael E. Nicley age 61 of Maynardville passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at his home. Retired auto mechanic from Treece Auto Repair. Preceded in death by his father Edward Nicley and sister, Christine Nicley. Survived by his wife of 38 years, Shelia Nicley; mother, Madge Workman; children, Jonya Coffey (Bryan), Bubby King, Jonathan Nicley (Christy), Jamie Cheeks, Jennifer Graham (Jay); fifteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
Earl B. Walker-age 100 of Knoxville passed away Monday morning, March 18, 2019 at his home. He was a U. S. Army Veteran of World War II. He loved singing with the old harp singers. Earl loved his family and his happiest memories were of his family. He was also very proud of reaching his 100th birthday and celebrated it March 10, 2019 with his friends and new family at Deane Hill Place where he had lived the last 10 years. Preceded in death by wife: Cleo Nicely Walker; infant son, Bobby Walker; parents, Oscar and Coker Walker; siblings, twin-sister, Ireland D.
Helen M. Harris Burrell, 87 of Knoxville, passed away on March 17, 2019 following a short illness. She was a member of Redemption Harvest Church of Knoxville.
She was preceded in death by her parents Dotha Hughes and Eunice Hughes; first husband Verlon Lionel Harris; second husband Max E. Burrell; as well as all her brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her son David Harris (Sharon), grandson Timothy Harris (Christy) and two great-grandsons Nolan and Luke Harris, in addition to many nieces and nephews.
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.