An Honorable Profession
A Butcher, a Baker, a Candlestick Maker…Mother Goose nursery rhymes of yore had youngsters thinking of various professions in a fun and lyrical manner. Then, in the mid-twentieth century, as television entered America’s family rooms, the possibilities were more easily imagined. Wide-eyed kids began to imagine being an Astronaut, a Police Detective, a Rock-n-roll Musician, a Soldier, a Wilderness Explorer, or even President. Honorable Darryl Edmondson, General Sessions Court Judge, was one of those kids. Judge Edmondson’s first exposure to the field of law was watching Perry Mason episodes as a boy. He saw the practice of law as a noble and important profession that meets people’s needs.
When Edmondson began practicing law, Attorney David Myers (Union County, Tennessee County Attorney) had already opened his practice and it was also just about the time two other local attorneys, Howard Collett and Roy Moore, were winding down their practice of law. Edmondson worked with Collett for about two years and then purchased the Collett building from him, keeping the name. As his practice grew, Edmondson decided that when the opportunity arose he would pursue the opportunity to serve as a judge. Edmondson has now served in that role for more than 30 years.
Judge Edmondson described life and the practice of law as drastically different in those early days. Juvenile Court was held one day per month and the mere 8-9 cases heard generally consisted of truancy, sneaking alcohol on the last day of school/prom, minor property damage, etc. There is a stark contrast today, where Juvenile Court is held two days per week with 30-35 cases each day, and in addition to historical issues are charges that are much more serious. Judge Edmondson attributes the rise in the number and severity of crimes, in great part, to the abuse of prescription drugs, which expands to other drug abuse. The problem is widespread and hardly unique to Union County, but Judge Edmondson believes it is not only a crime, but also a health crisis, as it changes the blood chemistry, brain function, and reactions of the user such that they lose their sense of identity and self. In other words, the user transforms from being the beloved family member or friend that you know to a completely different person.
Caseload isn’t the only change seen over the years. There has also been a great expansion of educational opportunities for those who want to enter the field. Opportunities aren’t quite as exclusionary as they once were, although you will still need great grades to be accepted into law school and succeed. When Judge Edmondson first applied to law school, there were only four in the state of Tennessee, today there are six: Belmont University College of Law, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Lincoln Memorial University, Nashville School of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law, and Vanderbilt University Law School. One consequence of expanded educational opportunities is an abundance of attorneys competing for work. Edmondson advises that one would be wise to seriously consider their path—such as where and what area of concentration they want to practice—and evaluate the opportunities available.
Judge Edmondson’s advice to those considering opening a business in Union County is that the two worst words are “what if”. Don’t miss an opportunity and then 10-15 years later wonder “what if” I had gone ahead and done that? You don’t want to have regrets. Also, you really should develop a 1,2,3,4, and 5-year plan and be ready to adjust as you go; but, of course, also have a plan B. Union County’s future is bright. It is growing, new people are coming in, and we’ve got good leadership with an influx of younger leaders (essential for long -term growth). What’s more, everyone coexists with a better sense of community than many other areas, which bodes well for everyone’s future.
Judge Edmondson grew up as the son of pastor Buddy Edmondson of Little Valley Baptist Church and never doubted that he wanted to return to Union County to practice his profession and raise his family. His Honor is very proud of his amazing family: wife, Sandra, who serves as Union County’s Clerk and Master; son, Darrick, is also an attorney working in Knoxville with the judge’s friend from law school Jeff Haygood; and son, Dylan, who has been a teacher but is currently working on a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, likely to remain there as a professor. Like Judge Edmondson, his family grew up and were educated in Union County, the three of them having started at Big Ridge Elementary. Edmondson began his education at Maynardville Elementary, then graduated from Horace Maynard High School, obtained his undergraduate degree from Lincoln Memorial University, and finished by graduating from the University of Tennessee Law School.
Judge Edmondson believes everyone should be proud of this place we call home because, all things considered, it is a wonderful place to live and be a part of with opportunity for all to play an active part. When he’s not working, he enjoys going to concerts which like the rest of us he is missing this year due to COVID-19. Judge Edmondson also continues his private practice outside of general sessions and juvenile cases. Edmondson’s office is located at 120 Court Street, Maynardville, TN 37807. To schedule an appointment, call (865) 992-5484.
In October, I noticed a new business, Letner & Company, advertising its services on the Union County Speaks Out Facebook page. As someone with a strong background in sales and marketing, I appreciate the effort in making one’s available services known, so I wanted to learn more about this new company. Over the years I have heard several people comment on the difficulty in finding people to fill service positions in this area, and thought I would use this forum to introduce them to the community.
Q: What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
A: Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.
It’s a tradition in my family for the men to go rabbit hunting on Thanksgiving morning. Our native cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) is the fourth most popular game animal in the United States, behind deer, turkey, and squirrel. They provide food and sport for humans and are an important food source for other animals higher on the food chain.
This should come as no surprise, but I have the strangest things happen to me. Such as the time I blew cherry pie filling out of my nose. I first realized I was prone to things like this when I was around 12 years old. Whenever I had one of my strange experiences, I would ask my friends, “Does that happen to you?” They always answered. “Uh…no.”
I kinda got used to it. Or so I thought.
Growing up, we are taught to listen to our momma’s. The love. The wisdom. The knowledge. They taught us life lessons as we made mistakes along the way. They helped us learn to pick ourselves back up as we fell so many times. They instilled in us our morals and made us feel like we are the most special people on the Earth. That’s because, to them we are.
Most of us have a can of biscuits lounging in our refrigerators. You have the turkey leftovers in there, too. This turkey stew will be a good use for them. I don't keep whole baby carrots on hand, but it's not much work to peel a carrot, dice and cook a few minutes in the microwave before adding to the casserole. It's an easy dish to make. I hope you try it.
Who doesn't like dumplings? I do. This another different way to use turkey leftovers. I hope you will try it.
TURKEY WITH CORNMEAL DUMPLINGS
3 chicken bouillon cubes dissolved in 2 1/2 cups boiling water
1/3 cup flour blended in 1/2 cup cold water
3 cups cooked cubed turkey
1/3 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup milk
In a year of new normals, this Christmas season poses an even greater feeling of excitement. We have stayed in and are accustomed to socially distancing and finding creative ways to share time with our families. It seems, in all of the things that 2020 has challenged us with, that the magic of the Christmas season feels even more joyful and exciting this year. Maybe there is a necessity to fulfill our hearts' needs; maybe we have a stronger, deeper appreciation for the small things; or maybe it is just exciting to say goodbye to this year and hope for a fresh new start for 2021.
Smoky Mountain 4-H club of Union County brings extra beauty to Big Ridge State Park by planting daffodils bulbs.
Caption for picture: Back row: Samuel Helton-Photographer, Elijah Helton-Community Service, Gracie Tindell-Hostess, Jeremiah Tindell-Sgt. Of Arms, Travis Hanna-Vice President, Kaleb Hanna-President, Jessica Garcia-Secretary. Front Row: Jonathan Tindell-Sgt. Of Arms, Silas Whitley-Scrapbook Chairperson, Meradeth Whitley-Reporter, Zeeva Boucher-Sgt. Of Arms, Natalie Graves-Recreation Leader
The Smoky Mountain Home School 4-H Club met at Big Ridge State Park on Tuesday, October 27. The club brought along many newly-built bluebird boxes. They walked through the whole park and cleaned out all of the existing boxes. Some were occupied with wildlife, but for the most part, they were full with previously used nests. The club replaced some of the old boxes and put up some additional new blue-bird boxes.
Q: Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?
A: Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans, at more than 60 major veterans medical facilities, but also in offices such as ours that participate directly with the VA to administer care with proper VA authorization..
When I married my wife, she was an avid “rummager”. For those of you who might not be familiar with the term, she was a person who lived to go to rummage sales. Nothing thrilled her more than the hunt for bargains.
There is a book entitled The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. I read the book in my younger days of idealism, and admittedly don’t remember a great deal about it. I would recommend it to you, Faithful Reader, as a Google search. The only thing I remember is that one of the ways a person shows their love for another is to give gifts.
Tree leaves are most recognized and appreciated when they go through their fall color blitz that we enjoy every year. But they should also be recognized for all they do throughout the year, including creating food and fiber through the miracle of photosynthesis, and when dead on the ground they supply the raw materials needed for next year’s growth of new leaves. Going from dead leaves to nutrients that can be taken up by the tree requires a recycling system of decomposition.
Have you ever made bagels? If you are feeling adventurous, try it. I did a few years back. They turned out just fine. However, and this is a big however, I prefer to pick up a package of bagels at Food City. They are a lot of work. If you stir up a batch, you will understand all that is required to do them. If you are bored, it's raining outside and there's nothing on TV, give it a try. They are good, just a lot of work. By the way, potato water is the water you boiled the potatoes in.
When Jack Rhyne, current Maynardville City Manager decided to retire, Maynardville had not completed its search for a replacement. In the October called meeting, the Board of Commissioners accepted Rhyne's retirement and sought the advice of their attorney regarding the next step. According to state law, Maynardville would need to declare the position vacant and then proceed to fill the vacancy. If the vacancy was filled by a current employee other than the recorder then the person would be an acting city manager, not an interim city manager.
Mayor Ty Blakely can be described as the city’s website describes the town: friendly, with an eye on the future. He had an unusual habit for a small boy, he enjoyed reading the daily newspaper! As a child, he looked up to his grandfather who was a math teacher and coach at Powell High School. He wanted to be like his grandfather and expected to follow in his footsteps in the teaching profession, but life presented other opportunities.
Q: Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?
A: A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. you may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a DC.
Plant life is very lush in our area. If the landscape is not paved or has a building on it, it has plants growing on it if it sits long enough. Which begs the question: How do plants spread if they are literally rooted to the ground? The answer is in seed design, and several ingenious mechanisms are used to allow plant embryos (seeds) to move away from the shadows of the mother plant.
When I was a “tiny twig”, before I became a “bent branch” (or a “twisted trunk”), I owned a handful of records. Only a few of those were Christmas records, but one of the records advertised a Charley Pride album “Christmas in My Home Town”. I had one Charley gospel album, and I for years wanted his Christmas album. In my adult life, I was able to get my copy of “Christmas in My Home Town”. As irony often dictates, when we want something and don’t have it, there is a void. When we get what we want, it sometimes comes to us multiple times.
When I was a kid, I absolutely loved going to the fair. In my mind, it was a night of fun adventure. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
A few years back, we were visiting friends in another state. One evening, they took us to their local fair. I was so excited and we were having fun until we walked by the Ferris wheel.
I first made this salmon loaf about 14 years ago. This was an especially difficult time for me. My husband had passed several months before. I had run up a credit card bill helping my oldest son build a house. Money was tight. This recipe fit my budget. Try it. It's good, if you like salmon, that is.
You don't need to make this at holiday time. Of course, it would be good then. To me, a dish made with cream style corn is a treat anytime. If you have a cup or less of cooked chicken or turkey, this would be a good place to hide it. Just dice it up and sneak it in when you add the cream style corn.
Deborah Stroud’s Union County roots run deep, as both parents, J.T. Russell and Frances Heiskell Russell, are natives of this area.
As the daughter of a preacher and owner of a construction company, Stroud learned all about working hard, a lesson which has served her well.
More than 4,000 locations will now offer a curbside drop-off option for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child. Volunteers are preparing to collect shoebox gifts during National Collection Week, November 16 – 23.
Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts — filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys — to children worldwide for more than two decades. This is a project that everyone can still be a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions.
With energy, enthusiasm, and vision, the Union County Farmers Market, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, applied for a Tennessee CARES Act Grant with a very limited window of opportunity.
The vision was for Union County farmers to be able to sell their end-of-season produce as a food product that was produced in a commercial kitchen.
The Union County Board of Education met in a called meeting to discuss adding capital projects into the Five Year Plan.
Dr. Jimmy Carter, director of schools, distributed a list of the capital projects and their costs that had been completed over the last five years.
Finance Director Ann Dyer and Maintenance Supervisor Mike Johnson were present to answer questions. Carter informed the board that the current capital project of providing a heating and air conditioning system for the hallways of Luttrell Elementary had been placed on hold until after the meeting.
Dr. Jimmy Carter presented the incentive pay rubric for teachers who have participated in developing the videos for distance learning. at the regular October meeting of the Union County Board of Education The maximum stipend per teacher would be $1500 with the maximum cost to be $300,000. The funds would come from the Reopening Grant, the CARES Act Grant, and the Professional Development line at $100,000 from each source.
Union County Business & Professional Association will reach a milestone of 30 years of service this year, but the birthday celebration is postponed to 2021. When members voiced concerns about the size of the venue and whether or not the conditions would be safe under a pandemic, the UCBPA Board of Directors decided that COVID-19 protocols could not be ensured and voted to postpone the banquet.
The chiropractic profession has been working for some time toward increased integration in health care by seeking ways to become more involved within communities and on the national level, laying a foundation for doctors of chiropractic to collaborate more meaningfully with different types of providers for the benefit of patients.
Those who were raised in church have probably heard more than one sermon how that Christmas is a special day set aside to commemorate the birth of the Lord Jesus.
Although this a special day of remembrance, the spirit of the season should live in our hearts all year long. I’m not so sure the “spirit” of Christmas prevails throughout the year (in fact, I’m certain that it is gone for many before the clock strikes midnight to ring in the new year), but one thing is for sure — the commercialism of Christmas is evident all 365 and one-fourth days!
My new friend was so upset with me and I had no idea why.
I had joined a new local group of writers. At one of our meetings, we were discussing getting reviews on our books. Reviews are very important in that they help our books get noticed by more people, and that will help our book sales.
One of the ladies in the group had just published a book and she asked, “Does anybody want to read it and give me a review?”
Wanting to be neighborly, I volunteered, “I don’t care to read it.” I expected a “Thank you,” or “I appreciate it.” Instead, she became quite upset.
In the previous articles about the Big Ridge area, we discussed the history of the early settlers and their relationship with the land.
The area around Big Ridge was once a happening little community with a town center called Loyston. This area was a farming community with schools, churches and farms scattered along the banks of the Clinch River.
Many people who visit Big Ridge or Norris Lake don’t picture or know that the area was farms. Now the area is mostly wooded and undeveloped.
Career Trend, an online resource that discusses duties of elected and appointed city officials (for anyone entertaining the notion of serving), describes small town mayors as the Chief Representative of the People. That description is quite fitting of the Mayor of Plainview, Gary D. Chandler. Having an interest in making his community better, Chandler began serving as Plainview City Alderman in 2003. He was elected Plainview City Mayor 10 years ago and is currently serving his third term. Chandler is the third Mayor to serve the City of Plainview in its 28-year history.
Q: What conditions do chiropractors treat?
A: Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches, particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints.
Everyone has heard the old term “once in a blue Moon”, which is used to reference a rare event. The origin of the term comes from the fact that when a month has two full moons in it, the second one is called blue. This will occur this month appropriately on October 31, Halloween, so be sure and watch for it. This second full moon blue thing is not old folklore. A March 1999 issue of Sky and Telescope describes the term as recent occurrence.
Yes, I like onions. I remember from my childhood during the Great Depression that Mother flavored our monotonous menu with onions whenever possible. She only had that old 1936 Detroit Times cookbook for guidance. I don't know what she did before that. Introduce this recipe to your family. They will learn that onions can be used for more than just flavor. Onions can play a starring roll. It is simple but delicious.
This really is a Spam chowder. I didn't call it by it's true name because I figured you wouldn't look at it if I had the word "Spam" in the title. It is easy to fix and a bit different from your typical ham chowder - no potatoes.
CORNY HAM CHOWDER
1 tablespoon margarine
2 cups cubed ham or a can of Spam, cubed
1 cup sliced celery
16 ounce can cream style corn
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
Union County Food Pantry started in 1997 when the current Director, Kitty Lewis, had a close friend from church who shared with her the struggles that people in our area were having with getting enough food to last the entire month. One lady was rumored to stretch her budget by eating cat food. These unfortunate circumstances spurred these two ladies to take action. Lewis and friends turned to local churches and have been supported by congregations and individuals ever since.
Three in four people who saw a chiropractor in the last year (77%) described chiropractic care as “very effective.”
In a consumer survey, chiropractic outperformed all other back pain treatments, including prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga, pilates, and over-the counter medication therapies.
Seeing the hills and valleys ablaze with color is a special Autumn event. Many variables influence how bright the colors will be, such as sunlight, temperature, rainfall, and soil conditions. These will cause color variations in a given tree from one year to the next or even differences in various portions of the same tree.
Early childhood curriculum with music, movement, rhyme and books for babies and toddlers 1 day old to 5 years old. Older siblings are always welcome. Finishing with a healthy snack and refreshing water to drink. This is a great time for moms, dads, grandparents, and all other guardians and family & friends involved in raising a child to connect with other parents, guardians and parenting figures. Hope to see you here!
Hamilton Devine “H. D.” Beason-age 81 of Maynardville, born December 16, 1938 passed away suddenly Monday, November 23, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was of the Baptist faith and was a retired automobile mechanic. He was an employee of Lay’s Body Shop for over 20 years. Preceded in death by parents, John and Abbie Beason; sister, Jerlene Beason; brother, Joe Neal Beason.
Uriel William Edde, Jr., 90, owner of Edde Chevrolet in Rutledge, Tn died on Tuesday November 17, 2020 at Tennova North Hospital in Powell, Tn. after a short illness. He was born in December 1929 to Uriel William and Laura Edde in Monroe County, Tn. He came from a farming family of 14 with only two siblings surviving his death, Jean Lee and Pete Edde. He married Lovenia Terry on December 30, 1950 and together they had three children: Cynthia Edde Humphries (David), Uriel William Edde III (Tammy), and Martha Edde.
Bailey Nichole Hickman of Maynardville born and passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020 at U. T. Medical Center. Preceded in death by grandfather, Audrey Runyon; great-grandfather, Roy Bailey.
Survivors: parents, Brandon and Jennifer Hickman; sisters and brothers, Kannessa, Lakeisha and Preston Hickman; grandparents, Larry and Shirley Hickman; Lori Cassidy; great-grandmother, Goldie Bailey. Several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jimmy J. Darnell-age 77 of New Tazewell, a native of Lewisburg, Tennessee passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at his home. He was preceded in death by girlfriend, Mary Jo Clark; sister, Dorothy Frank; brother, William Darnell.
Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Gary Anderson; granddaughter and her husband, LaRae and Brock Molnar; grandson, Jeremy Baker; great-granddaughter, Grace Taylor; great-grandson, Issac Molnar; sister, Edna (Liz) Hendericks; brother, Bobby Darnell. Several nieces and nephews.
Lucinda Ann Chapman-age 63 of Sevierville passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 around 8 a.m. after battling stage 4 cancer. Cindy was a beloved mother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin and friend.
Cindy is survived by her son, Tim Chapman, her daughter, Danielle Adkins, her sisters; Cathy Mayes and Sherrie Coffman, her brothers, Dave, Donald, Terry, and Danny Hunter and her mother, Credith Hunter.
Anna Ruth (Chamberlain) McClintock-age 74 of Corryton went to be with Jesus and her loved ones Monday, November 16, 2020 at her home. She was of the Pentecostal faith. Preceded in death by son, Ricky Cameron; daughter, Robin Moore; parents, Swan and Trula Chamberlain; brothers, Jimmy, Paul, Sammy and Swan Chamberlain, Jr.; sisters, Barbara Brown and Joann Beeler.
Dennis Wayne Akers-age 53 of Tazewell, born December 2, 1966 in Pineville, Kentucky passed away suddenly Thursday, November 12, 2020 at his home. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Akers; parents, Sue and Dennis Akers; mother-in-law, Ellen Daniels.
He is survived by sons, Josh Akers and girlfriend, Gracie Mcleod; Daniel Akers and girlfriend, Kaitlyn Bailey; sisters, Shirley (Steve) Brock, Tammy (Dewey) Reeder as well as several nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.