Life savers are important people–be it a doctor, nurse or someone who pulled you out of harms way. Frank “Tommy” Sharp is one of us even though he left Union County for the Atlanta area many years ago. A few years ago Frank had some serious heart problems, and he credits his cardiologist with saving his life. Dr. Michael Lesitt first did a bypass when Frank had a heart attack and then a quadruple bypass to bring him back to good health. Dr. Lesitt, who Frank says is a man of many talents, plays the mountain dulcimer and has been president of the Georgia Dulcimer Society.
Hog Club Gives Kids Valuable Skills
The Union County 4-H Hog Club headed to the state competition last weekend, a truckload of middle schoolers, high schoolers, and the hogs they spent the fall and winter raising. The Hog Club has been going strong since 2014, teaching students valuable skills from animal care to public speaking.
Folks like to complain about “kids these days” with their heads in their phones all the time, but would you believe that the impetus for starting the Hog Club was a teenager? Union County’s UT Extension Agent Shannon DeWitt said it started as a little bit of a love story.
“A young man came into the office in fall of 2013, and his girlfriend had given him a show pig,” she said. “She lives in another county and showed pigs with 4-H, and he wanted to show his pig. I said, ‘OK, we’ll figure it out.’”
DeWitt got the young man registered to show his pig locally in December and at the state show in January, but his truck broke down the week of the show. DeWitt volunteered to help him haul his pig to Nashville.
“Honestly, it was so much fun,” DeWitt said. “I saw that young man have so much fun and enjoy it, I said we’ve got to get more kids involved in this.”
That spring, the UT Extension office promoted the program in local schools and with existing 4-H students, offering them the chance to get a show pig at a great bargain, raise the pig with guidance from the Hog Club, show it and sell the pig for meat at the end of the season. Parent volunteer Trevor Jones helped purchase and transport the pigs that first year and continues to haul the pigs from Indiana at the start of each season.
Most kids choose to sell their pigs for meat at the end of the showing season, many rolling the earnings into another pig the next fall. Some keep the pigs. Student Kennedy Hill even offers the offspring of her first pig to Hog Club students for purchase each year. As DeWitt said, the program has come full circle.
While buying, feeding and caring for a pig requires funds and responsibility, it is a relatively easy step up from the 4-H Chick Chain project, and a step towards raising and showing larger animals like sheep or cattle.
“Pigs are a lot of fun,” said DeWitt. “They’re very intelligent. They have a lot of personality. As far as livestock showing goes, this is a really affordable project, a step up from our chicken project. It’s very easy to sell pigs, easier to sell pigs than beef cattle, and it’s helped our other 4-H programs to grow. We have more kids showing beef animals than we ever had before, and our livestock judging team that is the really educational deal. I feel like the Hog Club has been kind of a stepping stone to other things.”
What a student takes away from the Hog Club, DeWitt said, is really up to the student. Each one develops different skills.
“Responsibility, making sure the animal is healthy, learning animal welfare and how to treat animals well, leadership skills, sportsmanship,” she said. “They compete against each other, but we learn together. They learn to win and lose gracefully, and they learn teamwork because they help each other.
“This is something I’m very passionate about. I really love this project. I love working with the kids, and they love working with the pigs. We also have a great group of parents who are 100 percent willing to jump in and help however they can all the time.”
Limited scholarship opportunities are available, and DeWitt said she tries to let any student participate no matter what their financial situation is.
The best way to help, DeWitt said, is to purchase a pig from a Hog Club student and give them a premium price if possible. People who want to help can also donate towards the end-of-season awards club banquet. Help with transportation is also needed from folks with animal handling experience.
For more information, call the Union County UT Extension Office at 865-992-8038.
MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (May 15, 2018) ― Leslie Ann Beeler, of Maynardville, TN, graduated from Milligan College on Saturday, May 5, during spring commencement, in which Milligan awarded over 180 degrees. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Psychology. Milligan is a Christian liberal arts college in Johnson City, Tennessee, whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership.
Who was accepted in the draft during World War II? Any man breathing without a wooden leg, or so it seemed. At the last class we learned of a man who was blind in one eye. He was drafted. Of course he didn't see combat, but he did serve in the motor pool at a base in Texas. The armed forces are much different now. I doubt he would be called to serve, if there was still a draft. The draft back then was more of a lottery. Numbers were drawn by members of the local draft board. Many a man waited anxously to see if his number came up.
Year One, Week Nineteen
In his book, Who You Are When No One’s Looking: Choosing Consistency, Resisting Compromise, Bill Hybels says that character can be determined by what we do when no one is looking. Character is sometimes confused with reputation, but reputation is what other people think of us. Character is not the same as success or achievement—character is not defined by what we have done, but who we are.
I have a knack for making anything into a fun adventure; even working in my grandparents’ huge garden when I was a kid.
“It’s time to go a pickin’,” my mamaw said when it was time to go to the garden. Green beans were my favorite things to “a pick.” As I dug through the vines, I pretended I was searching for buried pirate treasure and the cows in the fields behind us were keeping watch.
In adult years, it was only yesterday. In child years, it would probably seem like forever. Whatever measure you live by, the days when my children took the path between our former house and their Mamaw and Papaw’s are long gone. As I drove past the path, I brought my vehicle to a sudden stop, visualizing my children running through the grass. I have an aged and worn photograph I had taken of the two siblings as they covered the distance that lay from our house to the grandparents; but I don’t really need it to spur the memory. I realized today that it is forever etched in my mind’s eye.
The new "Job For Our Heroes Act" is a provision allowing chiropractors working within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to perform physical exams on veterans needing a medical certificate to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
“The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is committed to improving the health of our veterans by removing barriers and expanding access to chiropractors in the VA as well as other federal programs,” said ACA President David Herd, DC.
“Burlington-the end of the line” the motormen would call as the streetcar would cross McCalla Avenue and loop around a set of commercial structures. Passengers who had boarded on Knoxville’s South Gay Street would disembark and make their way home or perhaps stop at one of the shops at the end of the line. In time, an entire retail district comparable in size to a small town would evolve along McCalla on both sides of the streetcar crossings. People continued to shop in Burlington long after the last streetcar had run.
Please join us as we celebrate "Older Americans Month" at Union County Senior Center. Live music, lunch & door prizes will be provided. We will recognize ALL of our Union County Senior Center volunteers and elect a new Senior King & Queen! This is for ALL senior citizens!....... 10:00-1:00 .........Call Melanie at 992-3292 for more info!
Friends, don't miss my new play on the life of Alvin C. York, SERGEANT YORK: THE PLAY. Book free seats at www.westparkbaptist.org
May 28 at 7:30pm
Where: The Hub at West Park Baptist Church, 8833 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37923
Seating: Limited to 100 reserved seating.
"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!" Margaret Chesney
Join our NEW 4-H Outdoor Club! 6th – 12th graders join forces to experience hands on learning in ecology, environmental education, wildlife, forestry, resource management, and so much more!
Meetings are held twice a month: 1st Wednesday at the 4-H office & 2nd Monday at Paulette Elementary. For more information and to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org
Come to tomorrow’s meeting afterschool to get started. February 7 - 3:30-5pm
Norma Jean (Joe) Hutchison of Knoxville passed away peacefully in her home on May 21, 2018. She was 81 years old. She was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church and the Band of Sisters Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, James (Jim) Hutchison; mother, Charlcie Sears; sister, Nancy Klaasse; nephew, Barry Cleveland. She is survived by her nephews, Brian Cleveland and Jeff Ammons; nieces, Robin Ammons Hipsky and Trina Ammons.
Kathy Elaine Buck Williams-age 64 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, May 20, 2018 at North Knoxville Medical Center. She was a member of Little Valley Baptist Church. Kathy was a loving mother, grandmother and sister who was loved by all who knew her. Preceded in death by parents, Don and Jenna Lou Tharpe; former husband, Mitchell Buck; special aunts and uncles, Joanne and J. D. Wallace, Mary and John Tharpe.
Ellen Beth Lynch, age 58, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 20, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. Beth was born and raised in Knoxville. She was of the Christian faith and walked daily in His presence. Beth was the self-employed owner of Salon Twenty-One. She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Donald Holt; brother-in-law Ron Reagan; special boy and furry friend "Woody".
Edna Lee Weaver Smith, age 101. Passed away May 18, 2018. She was preceded in death by husband Clyde E. Smith, parents M.U. and Lena Weaver. Son-in-law Homer Smith and Granddaughter Melinda Sue Smith. She is survived by children Don Smith, Betty Rae Smith, Shirley Smith, Polly Land (Ted) and Vaughn Smith. Grandchildren Scott Smith, Kris Land and Piper Montana Smith. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. May 21, 2018 at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel. Family and friends will meet at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel May 22, 2018 at 10:15 a.m.
Swan Chamberlain, Jr.-age 74 of Luttrell went home to be with Jesus Saturday, May 19, 2018. Member of Willow Springs Baptist Church. U. S. Army Veteran. Preceded in death by son, Robert Chamberlain; parents, Swan and Trula Perkey Chamberlain; brothers, Paul, Jimmy and Sammy Chamberlain; sisters, Joann Beeler, Barbara Brown.
Robert Wilson Johnson – was born on August 12, 1930 and passed away on May 16, 2018. He was a member of Church Street United Methodist Church of Knoxville and a graduate of Central High School. Robert was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He received a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of Tennessee and was retired from the United States Department of Agriculture after 29 years of service.
Edna Kidwell Keen-age 81 of Maynardville passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018 at her home. She was a member of Milan Baptist Church and was a very active member of the Union County Senior Citizens. Preceded in death by husband, Dewey Keen; parents, Ervon and Opal Kidwell; brothers, Tom and John Kidwell; sisters, Marie, Mae, Lillia and Twila Kidwell.
Survivors: brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Rosemary Kidwell of Knoxville; sisters, Ineal Kidwell of Knoxville, Doris Abbott of Sevierville. Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Elizabeth Ann Vitatoe-age 76 of Maynardville passed away Thursday evening, May 10, 2018 at North Knoxville Medical Center.
Graveside service and interment were held 6 P.M. Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Narrow Ridge Cemetery, Washburn. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.