Human beings being human

Last week, Dear Reader, I promised to tell you about part two of the Mincey/Martin time-share vacation (ad)venture.
I related last week that it was in 1996 that my friend Mark Martin and I each got the same enticing letter in the mail. The only difference was the name on the header. Mine proclaimed in bold letters, “RONNIE MINCEY! PACK YOUR BAGS!”
Mr. Martin and I must have taken this as a sign from God or something similar that we both received these letters at approximately the same time. We decided to take advantage of the golden opportunity. As a result of this offer, in exchange for our agreement to view a time-share opportunity, we were invited to take part in a two-part, low-price vacation package.
In the summer of 1996 Mr. Martin and I cruised to the Bahamas, as related last week. Part two occurred the following summer when Mr. Martin and I visited Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
As I had driven to Florida for the first part of our package, Mr. Martin drove for the second part of our adventure in 1997. I was so excited to visit Jamestown, Virginia, site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. With my very own eyes, I thought, I will get to see what our founding fathers (and mothers) saw.
The guide at the Jamestown historical site dashed that hope. How stupid I felt when he related that nothing was exactly as our founders saw when they landed. It had been 389 years since Jamestown was first settled, and not one tree that grows in that part of the country has a life span that long.
As the highlight of the Virginia visit, we visited the restored Williamsburg, Virginia. It is worth a quick Google search to learn about the history and restoration of this fascinating city. I really did feel as if I’d transported back in time, more so than I did in Jamestown.
There was a candlelight service at Bruton Parish Church. I was just fascinated at the opportunity to attend a service in the very same building in which George Washington had worshipped.
Mr. Martin, however, did not seem enthused at this idea at all. I told him I thought that as a music teacher he would be most intrigued to attend this wonderful service, which would feature Baroque-style string instrument classics. I convinced Mr. Martin to attend with me. He might not have enjoyed the experience, but I was most thrilled.
The church building was by no means a disappointment. The candlelight provided an even more ethereal experience on that calm, peaceful summer evening. I marveled at the most unusual style of the pulpit and the boxed pews with doorways at the end of each pew. In my historic euphoria, I could not help but imagine the spirits of Washington and his founding companions were somehow present with me in that religious experience.
Mr. Martin and I joyfully toured the other historic Williamsburg buildings, except for the Governor’s Palace. That was scheduled for the afternoon we had to honor our pledge to participate in a time-share presentation.
Our guide was rather pretty, though I could not now describe one aspect of her physical appearance. I do remember she was a very pregnant, effervescent lady. As a matter of fact, she related that she was within days of delivery. I certainly hoped she would not go into labor while she was our guide, as I doubt Mr. Martin would have fared any better with childbirth than he did with eating a lobster in shell!
Our guide drove us around in a car (I suppose it was her car, and it didn’t look any better than my own used one) and showed us some of the sights of Williamsburg that we had not seen. She told us that there were underground tunnels that led from the House of Burgesses to houses of ill repute across the street. The tunnels were designed to prevent the public from witnessing their representatives on their travels to visit prostitutes. (I wonder if there are such tunnels now in our capital cities?)
Meanwhile our guide worked up to her time-share presentation, and took us to visit an actual time-share into which we could buy. After visiting the property, on the way back to our drop-off point she asked us what we thought. Mr. Martin was sitting in the front passenger seat. He remained silent during what I will call “the invitation”.
I said from the back, “I don’t think I’m interested?”
“But why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity?”
I replied, “It’s just not something that I’m interested in.”
“Don’t you want to experience adventure? You don’t have to come to this location every year. You can trade it out with other time-share holders and travel to practically any place in the world.”
“It’s just not for me.”
“It can’t be a question of money. You have to have a reasonable amount of income or this offer would not have been extended to you.”
By now, I’m starting to get a little exhausted with the pressure. We had not experienced this level of pressure to purchase in Florida. I think perhaps this lady was desperate, probably working on commission, furnishing her own gas and using her own vehicle for these presentations. With a baby practically ready to grace the world at any minute, maybe her job hinging on Mr. Martin’s and my decision, she was under tremendous pressure to make a sale. Nevertheless, my pity for all this supposition did not entice me to loosen my purse strings.
I said, “Lady, I live so close to the edge that if I buy one more thing I’ll probably go under and lose it all.”
I wish you wonderful readers could have seen the look on Mr. Martin’s face as our guide proceeded to bang her fist on the roof of the car, yelling, “You guys (BANG) are going to go through life (BANG), and never have any fun (BANG, BANG).” Mr. Martin’s eyes got bigger with each BANG!
I didn’t say it, but thought to myself, “Lady, the most fun I’ve had on this vacation was watching you beat the roof of this car because we won’t buy this time-share.”
I thought further, “Lady, if you bang on that hood much more, Mr. Martin’s eyeballs are going to pop out of his head! Then you’ll have a mess!”
As her banging increased, her effervescence diffused. As her effervescence diffused, my tickle box geared up. Mr. Martin might not have said anything while he was sitting within arms’ length of this lady’s beating fist, but he and I laughed at great length about it after we exited the car.
Most recently I have been reminded of this lady when I see the commercial on television where an attorney is offering his services to get people out of those in-many-cases unwise time-share purchases made years ago. According to that commercial, those purchases are somehow binding on beneficiaries of the original purchasers’ estates. The attorney claims it is most difficult to extricate oneself from a time-share agreement. On this Thanksgiving Day I am happy I did not yield to that temptation.
On our way home Mr. Martin checked his oil. A little way down the road Mr. Martin smelled something getting hot under the hood. It seems he forgot to replace the oil cap, and it had begun to melt on top of the engine. Mr. Martin was practically in anguish until we managed to find an auto parts store so he could buy a replacement cap.
We stopped to visit Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States. We both thoroughly enjoyed Monticello. The architecture and ingenuity of the clock Mr. Jefferson designed were amazing! I admired the way his bed was built into the wall, so that if he got out on the left he was in one room, and in another room if he exited from the right.
It’s too bad we didn’t have our pregnant guide with us there, for we might have found out about Sally Hemmings and her secret room before it became a topic of historical conversation in more recent years. It seems President Jefferson had a hidden tunnel of his own at Monticello! We might also have found out more about some of Jefferson’s unclaimed offspring.
(Wonder how much more of the less favorable aspects of the history of our founding fathers/mothers might have been left out of our history books to protect us as children from the more human side of our American ancestors?)
I leave you, Dear Reader, with thoughts to ponder until we next meet via the printed word:
He who hesitates is probably doing the right thing.
Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today, it's called golf!
What was the turkey thankful for on Thanksgiving? Vegetarians.
I don’t like to brag about the expensive places I’ve been to, but this morning I went to the gas station. ― Louisiana State Senator John Kennedy
I don't always go the extra mile, but when I do it's because I missed my exit.
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. ― John Quinton, American Actor/Writer
At 25, Thomas Jefferson was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. At 65, Thomas Jefferson retired to Monticello.



Union County Extension 1972 Records

Old yearbook ads around 1972 that had photos of some local businesses. Submitted by Carol Pratt

Old yearbook ads that have photos of some local businesses. Photo submitted by Carol Pratt

The Extension Office from 1972 records recorded the following written by the Agent. The Problems faced, what Extension did. Within five to ten years the Union County Extensions Office gathered information to help the county with establishing a council to assist with Planning Commission and other government on Resource Development. They gathered information to resolve problems in our rural community.

Union County 4H Camp

2024 Jr. 4-H Camp

Union County 4-Her’s had a blast at 4-H camps this summer. Junior 4-H Camp was held June 10-14 with 31 Union County 4th-6th graders, 5 adult leaders, and 2 teen leaders attending. Junior High 4-H Camp will be held July 8-12th. Both camps are held in Greeneville at Clyde Austin 4-H Center, Monday through Friday annually.

Family Community Education Club

FCE Cultural Arts 2024

The FCE club of Union County has been busy the last couple of months. In April, we attended the Spring Fling luncheon at Temple Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN. The Spring -Fling consisted on crafts, lunch, hat parade, awards ceremony, garden shop, and guest speakers Neal Denton and Heather Kyle from Knox County. On May 16th, we gathered at the Union County Extension Office for the annual Spring Luncheon!

Berry Spinach Salad

Berry Spinach Salad

In a large bowl, toss together baby spinach, blackberries, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, green onion, and walnuts
-Place berries in the refrigerator, unwashed, because excessive moisture can make them mold quickly.
-Spinach should be loosely wrapped in a damp paper towel and stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
-Store cherry tomatoes on the counter at room temperature for the best flavor and texture. Wash just before eating.

The value of massage

Chiropractors may be best known for the procedure of spinal adjustment, but they have a variety of techniques at their disposal. one of them is massage therapy, an effective way to ease pain and loosen stiff muscles. Getting a massage is not just a way to pamper oneself at the spa. And there are different types of massage.

The Path

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see,
and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,
and ye shall find rest for your souls.
But they said, We will not walk therein. (Jeremiah 6:16 KJV)

The lines are fallen to me in pleasant places;
yea, I have a goodly heritage. (Psalm 16:6 KJV)

If Thermometers Could Talk

How forgetful are you? While my age is a part of it, I have always struggled with my memory. For instance, back in high school I was desperately searching for my glasses one day before class. I worried about my mom having to buy me another pair. My teacher simply stated: “They’re on top of your head.” I reached up and pulled them down. Yep, that really happened.

Fresh Tomato Salad

Fresh tomatoes in the summertime are a treat. The winter hothouse ones are pretty but lack flavor. This is a summertime salad, place prepared vegetables in large bowl. Combine dressing ingredients and mix well. Pour over vegetables and lightly toss. Refrigerate at least 4 hours to allow flavors to blend. Serve on lettuce leaves.

The Fun of Doodlebugs

Doodlebugs dig these funnel shaped holes and lie in wait at the bottom for ants to fall into.

Doodlebugs dig these funnel shaped holes and lie in wait at the bottom for ants to fall into.

My Uncle (Cas Newton Day) remained a kid at heart to his last days. I loved him for it, for I think (and hope) a little of it rubbed off on me. To illustrate, he and I, both grown adults, were helping hang tobacco in a barn that had very dusty soil in front of the doors. We noticed funnel shaped indentions in the soil and asked what it was.

Time is running out!

Will you help the Union County Lions Club provide needed eye exams and glasses for residents and screening exams for all pre-school students? One way to contribute to the work that the Lions do in our community is to buy a Reverse Raffle ticket. Tickets are $10 each. The money raised goes directly to the Lion Charities. Tickets can be purchased from Union County Lions members Pastor Kathy Chesney (865) 566-3289; Ronnie Mincey (865) 278-6430; Debbie Sylvia-Gardner (865) 603-5081; or Shirlee Grabko (865) 310-6874.

Delicious Feast for Veterans

Delicious food aromas hit you as you walked in the door of the American Legion Hall on June 3. If you thought you weren’t hungry before, the wonderful smells of the Chicken Alfredo dinner immediately changed your mind. And there was so much food – all expertly prepared by the cooks of the Veterans Volunteers. In addition to the huge pan of the Alfredo (see photos), there were pans of Caesar Salad and individual loaves of garlic bread that were baked to perfection.

Be careful how you sit

Many of us spend a good portion of our workdays sitting at a desk. Too much sitting, of course, is not good for anyone. We are not meant to be sedentary creatures. And recent research has concluded that it’s important for anyone who needs to sit for extended periods of time to get up and walk around at least once every hour.

Wilma Dykeman left a legacy of environmental awareness

Wilma Dykeman on her porch in Newport during the 1960's (the height of her career), with Mt. Guyot in the background (to the far right).

“Shaconage—Place of the Blue Smoke—the Cherokees called it, the long range of forested pinnacles and plunging valleys crowning the boundary between North Carolina and Tennessee. Eden was the description bestowed by early botanists on this virgin wilderness. But thickets of intertwined laurel and tough rhododendron were known to hunters and settlers as hells.”
Very few writers have captured the essence of the Great Smoky Mountains as accurately as these words written by Wilma Dykeman in her book Explorations, published in 1984.

Turtle Trot

“Guess what I just did,” my husband Tim asked as he bounded into the kitchen. As my Mamaw Jo would say: “He’s smilin’ from ear to ear.” It was obvious that he was happy about something.
But I went with what would make me happy: “You bought a large box of chocolates?” Hey, a girl can dream.

Salmon Loaf

Art work of salmon with a fishing rod.

A can of salmon on your pantry shelf is always a good beginning for a tasty meal. Drain salmon. Remove skin and bones. Flake salmon with a fork. Add softened cream cheese, lemon juice, onion, salt and liquid smoke. Stir well. chill mixture, covered, several hours or overnight. Then shape salmon mixture into a log. Combine pecans and parsley. Stir well. Roll salmon log in pecan mixture. Place on serving plate and chill for several hours. Makes a 10 inch log. Serve with assorted crackers.

Summertime Blisters

Tis the season for blisters

By Steve Roark
Volunteer, Cumberland Gap Historical Park

Summer tends to up activity levels with most folks, such as hiking or working in a garden. Sometimes these activities lead to a blister, which is your body's way of telling you to ease off on what you're doing. They are of course the result of too much friction, possibly from poor-fitting shoes or not wearing work gloves. There are several opinions on how to treat them.

Sharps Chapel Foundation prepares for Fall Fest

Sharps Chapel Festival

Pick Weaver and family enjoy listening to live music at last year’s festival. Photo by Kelly Clarke

If you weren’t able to attend Sharps Chapel’s Fall Festival last September with the rest of the 3,000 visitors, rest assured that fun plans are already in the making for Saturday, September 28. We interviewed the festival’s co-presidents, Kelly Clarke and Miranda Sharp.

What can the community expect to see this year?

Joggin' for Jaelyn 5K for MADD is June 29

On June 29, the Joggin' for Jaelyn for MADD 5K will be held at Wilson Park in Maynardville. This annual event honors the memory of Jaelyn Collins and critically injured Ashton Bailey, two young women tragically struck by a drunk and distracted driver on June 27, 2021. The purpose of this 5K is to bring awareness to the devastating consequences of drunk and distracted driving. All proceeds from the event will go to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to support their efforts in awareness and prevention.

Veterans remembered on Memorial Day at Wilson Park

From the Union County Veterans Wall

It was a brilliant day. The sun was shining, the wind gently blowing the flags. Darrell White, Commander of the Union County American Legion New Liberty Post 212, opened this year’s somber Memorial Day Ceremony with a list of names of local veterans who passed on this year and last: William Acuff, US Army; Darrell Ailor, US Marine Corps; Jim Collins, US Army; Jack Myers, US Army; Lloyd Railey, US Army; Hershell Sharp, US Air Force; Junior Smith, US Army; Bob White, US Army; Ivon White, US Marine Corps; and my former neighbor Marshal Wolfenbarger, US Army.

BOE approves budget with no tax increase

Director Greg Clay listens as the Union County Board of Education discusses the FY 25 Budget.

Budget concerns plagued the Union County Board of Education during most of the spring meetings from March through May. But after many discussions in workshops and meetings the board approved a budget for FY 25 with no tax increase in a special called meeting on May 22.

Vice Mayor Sidney Jessee chaired May County Commission

Sidney Jessee Jr. presided over the May Union County Commission meeting because Mayor Bailey was on vacation. The meeting got a late start due to the lengthy budget committee meeting. The budget committee approved and recommended all budgets to the commission except the County FY25 General Fund 101. A vote to recommend Fund 101 failed 2 to 6 with Chairperson Cheryl Walker and Commissioner Gerald Simmons supplying the only affirmative votes.

UCBPA Scholarship Benefit Golf Classic is June 15

UCBPA President Tammie Hill congratulates Ryan Burkhart whose team won the 2023 tournament.

Union County Business & Professional Association will host the 2024 Scholarship Benefit Golf Classic on Saturday, June 15, at Three Ridges Golf Course, 6101 Wise Springs Road, Knoxville. Tee time is 1 p.m.

Golfers can enjoy a complimentary lunch by Lil Jo's BBQ. The entry fee is $100 per player and there are four golfers to a team. At least one Closest to the Pin and one Longest Drive will be awarded along with door prizes. Team awards are 1st place $500, 2nd place $300, and 3rd place $100.

Union County Candidate Forum Set for June 11 at Maynardville City Hall

Union County Business & Professional Association will host its candidate forum on Tuesday, June 11th, at noon at Maynardville City Hall, 125 Johnson Rd. All state and local candidates have been invited. R. E. Ellison, a Democrat, will face the August primary winner between incumbent Senator Frank Niceley and newcomer Jessie Seal. Both Ellison and Seal plan to attend. Patty Mills, who is running unopposed for Republican State Executive Committeewoman, has also been invited. Representative Dennis Powers is running unopposed for the Tennessee House of Representatives.

State Fire Marshall reviewing new middle school plans

An architect's drawing of the new middle school

The Lewis Group Architects shared the final plans for the new middle school with the Union County Board of Education at the regular meeting on May 9. The main entrance will be on John Deere Drive. This entrance is planned with a canopy to accommodate the bus unloading and loading. The back entrance on Beeler Hollow Road is currently designated for car drop off and pick up.

4-H members provide community service

Maynardville Elementary School 5th grade 4-H officers with pop top tabs to deliver to the Ronald McDonald House.

Community service is such an integral part of 4-H. Both our Honor Club and All Stars group are designed to promote community service, and all of our clubs participate in service projects. They range from sending cards to those that are homebound or at Willow Ridge, to serving a meal for the veterans of Union County, to removing non-native invasive plants at Big Ridge State Park—a real variety!

UC 4-H students excel at regional Clover Bowl

Our 6th grade team in the heat of competition

Excitement filled the air at the plaza of the UT Alumni Memorial Hall on May 16 as 4-H Clover Bowl teams from all over East Tennessee gathered. Teams of four or five 4-H members and their parents chatted, snacked and quizzed each other while waiting for the competition to begin.

UCHS Tennis receives All District Awards

Girls All-District Tennis Doubles in Ava Tiller and Travyn Farmer

At the 2024 Division 1, Class A, District 2 Tennis Tournament, the Union County High School Tennis Team received All-District Awards in Doubles Play. Ava Tiller & Travyn Farmer in Girls Doubles, and Dalton Schreieck & Jace Walker in Boys Doubles, were recognized for their competitive spirit, good sportsmanship, and winning record.

UCBPA awards scholarships

The Union County Business & Professional Association awarded a total of 10 scholarships for 2024. UCBPA annually awards the Tracy Jeffreys Memorial Academic Scholarship to honor extensive commitment to educational achievement, mentoring of youth and professional ethics, as well as the tremendous amount of service that Marvin and Doris Jeffreys have given to Union County. The scholarship also memorializes Tracy, their deceased daughter.

It's a Boy!

It was a few months before the baby’s due date. We were all so anxious since we had to wait. Sara and Jordan already knew what was real, while everybody else had to wait on the reveal. For team girl or team boy, we all wore buttons. Some were adults and others were “youngins.” Out of a box of balloons, Sara and Jordan pulled out a fish. It wasn’t a real one, but a toy one that you could squish. As they yanked up the blue fish, poppers were set off by each papaw. The crowd cheered: “It’s a boy!” after the blue they all saw. In October, we should have sweet little Maverick Jace.

Plainview awards scholarships

Mayor Gary Chandler (left) and Vice Mayor Richard Phillips (right) congratulate Plainview Scholarship recipients, Anthony Baker and Annabelle Schwartz.

The City of Plainview awarded two scholarships at the regular meeting on May 14, 2024. Both recipients graduated as valedictorians with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Annabelle Schwartz intends to study first at Walter State Community College and then to complete her degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Anthony Baker will attend Lincoln Memorial University to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which is an undergraduate focus for becoming a Pharmacist.

Thank you from the Lions Club

The volunteers of the Union County Lions Club would like to thank the Alder Springs Baptist Church, Irwin Chapel UMC, Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Foxy Wraps, HMI Highway Markings and Union County Food City for their support of the Lion’s fundraising Freedom Concert with the Poet Voices
The concert banner designed and donated by Foxy Wraps was fantastic. We appreciate the donation of supplies from Food City.

Groundbreaking hip-focused therapy reduces low back pain

With support from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institute of Health, Gregory Hicks recently led a clinical trial with researchers at UD, Duke University and the University of Pittsburgh to test new ways of treating chronic low back pain in adults 60 to 85 years old. The study, called the Manual Therapy and Strengthening the Hip (MASH) Trial, is believed by the research team to be the first clinical trial to assess the efficacy of an intervention matched to an at-risk subgroup of older adults with chronic low back pain and coexisting hip pain and muscle weakness.

What’s love got to do with correction?

In 2 Corinthians: 8-9, Paul is exhorting the Corinthians to fulfill their pledge to contribute towards a love offering being taken up among the gentile churches for the poor saints at Jerusalem. You can read the details about Paul’s instructions to the church at Corinth for this offering in 1 Corinthians 16: 1-9. You can also read in Acts 11:28 about how a prophet named Agabus by the Spirit foretold this famine before it happened.

Marinated Chicken Breasts

Flatten each chicken breast with a meat pounder. For the marinade, put the mustard, wine, and honey in large resealable plastic bag. Add the pounded chicken breasts and marinate in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.
In medium bowl, thoroughly mix the bread crumbs and grated cheese. Dip the marinated chicken breasts in this mixture, coating all sides.

That news bee is trying to tell us something

News Bee

News Bees will often hover near you as if trying to tell you something, and may land and lick minerals on your skin. They cannot sting.

If you’re outside much at all you will likely have a yellow and black bee-like critter fly up to you and just hover in midair, staring at you. Growing up I was told they were news bees and that they were trying to tell me something. Another name for them is hover fly, highlighting their amazing ability to hover perfectly still like a hummingbird or helicopter.
I’ve seen two different kinds of news bees, a small skinny one that flies silently, and a bigger one that resembles a yellowjacket. Both belong to a group of insects called “flower flies.”

Autism and me: Sensory Processing Disorder

We will start this article with the disclaimer that we are not medical experts on this month’s topic. In fact, we are not experts of any kind on this subject. We are only sharing information and/or knowledge that we have gained mostly by personal experience and some research.
This month we would like to inform you about Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD. WebMD defines sensory processing disorder as a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.

Reconciliation, I Reckon So!


What brings people together?
Why start an article with a question (or two)?
Because it is a big one as we think of the current state of our country.
The root word for reconciliation is “conciliare,” a Latin word meaning to bring together. Add the “re” to it and you get “to bring back together.” To my thinking that means what was once a less contentious, more harmonious relationship among people has been severed and should be reconnected.
Or should it?

Definition, Please

I received an email from a friend last week with the subject line “Anosognosia.” Wouldn’t that be a wonderful word for the National Spelling Bee? The text began, “This is a big word which few can define and fewer use.” Define and use? Most of us would be happy just to be able to pronounce it!

The Hack that Survived

“Boys it is time to go home and eat dinner, get some rest, then come back and finish plowing and hoeing this tobacco patch.” This tobacco happened to be on a 30-acre farm in Kettle Hollow that Dad had bought for the tobacco allotment. We unhooked the mule, put her in the pasture, put up our hoes, climbed into Dad’s 1948 Dodge panel wagon and started home. It was early July of 1958. Arriving home about 11:45 a.m. Daddy said, “Boys it’s about mail time and I forgot before driving up the hill to our home. So, you need to go and meet Edd and bring the mail, while I get dinner ready.”

Paulette 5th graders research opioid addiction and its effects

Flyer designed and drawn by Peyton Turner,
5th grade student at Paulette Elementary.

Opioid abuse across the country is at epidemic proportions, and the abuse is at its worst in poor rural communities. Of all 50 states in the US, Tennessee ranks third in opioid abuse. Opioid use has ravaged the rural Appalachian region of East Tennessee, both with its prevalence and with its destruction of families.

Plainview supports AG Effler Walk for Victims

Mayor Richard Phillips and Police Chief Richard Phillips of Plainview
stand beside sponsor sign at Walk for Victims.

The City of Painview was represented by Vice Mayor Richard Phillips and Police Chief Brandon Ford at the recent Walk for Victims in Wilson Park. The Walk for Victims is an initiative by Attorney General Jared Effler to draw attention to victims rights and is part of a national one first proclaimed under President Ronald Reagan.

Chiropractic for college students

While your college student is home on break, you might want to have a discussion with her or him about the benefits of chiropractic treatment during the school year. After all, chiropractic treatment is not just for older adults with back problems. It’s beneficial for all people and college students are among those poised for benefit.

Don't Do It

Do you like it when somebody tells you not to do something? I don’t. Why? Like most people, I like to think I know better. Unfortunately, over the years I have found out the hard way that I’m usually wrong and I should have listened. There were times the outcomes were no big deal and at others times they were could’ve been dangerous.

Now and Then

Someone recently stated: “We’re churning out a generation of poorly educated people with no skill, no ambition, no guidance, and no realistic expectations of what it means to go to work.”
In the mid-1940s one Union County teacher in a rural two-room school estimated that he expected 20% of his students to go on to high school. This was higher than a colleague who expected that only about 8% of her elementary students would go on to high school. Interestingly, those teachers had “length[s] of term [of employment] expected” at eight months, one with a monthly salary of $83.

Bacon Hasg Brown Bake

In large bowl combine first 7 ingredients. Transfer mixture to greased 9 inch pie plate
Drizzle with butter. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 F. until lightly browned, 35 to 40 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

Seek the Stillness

We are blessed with many peaceful places where you can immerse yourself in and be in the moment, which is good for body and soul.

I may be writing this for myself because I am a bona fide Type A person. I’m always engaged in some activity, making lists to check off, with my mind constantly engaged in problem solving or accomplishing some goal. And worthy things do get done for church and family, but it can come with the cost of exhaustion, burn out, and self-imposed stress. One way to improve things is to take time to get away to a quiet place and be still for a little while.

Memorial Day 2024 Union County TN

The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed over 620,000 lives - more lives than any conflict in U.S. history. It required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. In 1868, May 30th was declared a day to remember those fallen in the Civil War. The date May 30th was chosen primarily because it was not a date of any particular battle over the years of the war. Initially called Decoration Day, in 1967 the name was changed to Memorial Day, and in 1971 the date was changed to the last Monday in May.


Spring Tour With Museum Mike!

"Come by the Lenoir Museum at 1:00pm on Saturday's throughout the spring for a tour with Museum Mike! These tours will occur on a weekly basis. These tours are completely free, but please consider registering and donating to the Museum! 100% of your donation stays in our Lenoir Museum and is used for programs, interpretive displays, and other improvements. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Lions Club Reverse Raffle

Tickets are $10 each. All the money raised goes directly to the Lion Charities. Tickets can be purchased from Union County Lions members Kathy Chesney (865) 566-3289, Ronnie Mincey (865) 278-6430, Debbie Sylvia-Gardner (865) 603-5081 or Shirlee Grabko (865) 310-6874.

Free Wacky Wednesday Summer Camp at Irwin’s Chapel

Join us for faith based, fun filled afternoons of music, games, crafts a prizes!
Lunch & snacks will be provided!
Every wednesday beginning May 29th thru July 31st 12 Noon til 5:00 PM
ALL ages Welcome! (must be Potty trained)
Free Admission!!
Irwin's Chapel UMC - 358 Old Valley Rd - Sharps Chapel
Reserve your spot by clicking on the QR code below OR
RSVP by calling or texting: Pastor Kathy at 865-566-3289 or Mrs. Crystal at 305-495-7714


Timothy DeWayne Beeler

Timothy DeWayne Beeler-age 40 of Minot, North Dakota passed away Saturday, June 15, 2024 at his home. T Bo enjoyed fishing and also loved the outdoors. He was a fun and loving person. Preceded in death by his parents, Timonthy and Kathy Beeler; grandparents, Joann and Burt Beeler.

Survived by his children, Cameron Beeler, Kristin Beeler, Landon Lineham; siblings, Dennie Beeler, Jason Beeler, Burt Beeler, Doris Tharp; many other family and friends.

Kenneth Dale Haynes

Kenneth Dale Haynes-age 80 of Maynardville passed away peacefully at his home Monday, June 17, 2024, after suffering an illness. He was a devoted husband, father and wonderful brother and friend to many through the years. He was a member of Nave Hill Baptist Church and served as a Deacon. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fount and Jean Haynes; father and mother-in-law, Rev. Oscar and Jean Johnson; sister, Betty Shumate; sister-in-law, Betty Carmon; brothers-in-law, Steve Johnson, F.T. Munsey, Billy Wayne Munsey, Johnny Corum.

Darlene Hensley

Darlene Hensley – age 66 of Sharps Chapel passed away Sunday morning June 16, 2024 at her home. She was of the Pentecostal faith and saved at the early age and baptized. Preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Carrie Hensley; brothers, Herman Hensley, Porter Hensley, Marion Hensley.

Survived by her husband, David Eugene Hollen of Sharps Chapel; sons, David Hollen, Justin Hollen; grandchildren, Chloe Nichole Hollen, Hope Riley; brothers, Stan Hensley of Ohio, Jack Hensley of Middlesboro, Kentucky.

Charlotte Faye Davis

Charlotte Faye Davis - age 78 of Maynardville, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2024 at Tennova North surrounded by family. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church where she served as pianist for 60 years and retired from Levi Strauss after 30 years.

Lorene Sharp Collins

Lorene Sharp Collins – age 87 of Sharps Chapel, went to be with the Lord Friday, June 14, 2024 at Tri-State Health and Rehab. She was saved at a young age and a member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church. Retired cook of Sharps Chapel School. Lorene was a special mom and mamaw to so many. She always took care of everyone in her life, making sure we were always fed and welcome in her home. She loved her family more than anything and spent her life caring for and raising her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She taught us all kindness, hard work, strength, and endless love.

Betty Joean Daffron

Betty Joean (Cooke) Daffron-age 95 of Knoxville passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at Beverly Park Place Health & Rehab. She was of the Catholic faith. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert Daffron; parents, Clarence and Sarrah (Sharpe) Cooke; brothers, J.I. Cooke, Casper Cooke; son-in-law, John Fawcett, O.D.

Reverend Teddy "Ted" Seal

Reverend Teddy R. “Ted” Seal – age 83 of Maynardville, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at his home. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Ted loved his family and his church, and they loved him. He was a member of Chestnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Christopher Lee Henderson

Christopher Lee Henderson – age 54 of Maynardville, passed away Tuesday morning, June 11, 2024, at his home. He attended New Fellowship Full Gospel Church, Maynardville. He was a 15-year U.S. Navy Veteran and served during the Iraqi War. He was a graduate of Horace Maynard High School, class of 1989. Preceded in death by his daughter in April 2021, Brooke Henderson; father, Jack Lee Henderson.

Nellie Kay (Savage) Chesney

Nellie Kay (Savage) Chesney-age 68 of Luttrell passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at Willow Ridge Center, Maynardville. She was of the Baptist faith. She was a former employee of Panasonic and Levi’s. Preceded in death by her parents, Paris and Ina (Yadon) Savage; brothers, Riley Savage, Jackie Savage, Andy Savage; special friend, David Chesney.

Billy Joe Dunn

Billy Joe Dunn-age 61 of Maynardville passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 7, 2024. Billy loved bass fishing and was passionate about his work. He will be dearly missed. Preceded in death by his wife, Sherry Dunn; father, Oris Dunn; sisters, Judy Young, Delores Key, Sharon Norton.

He is survived by his mother, Emma Lou Dunn; special nephew, Robert Lynn Dunn; brother, Mike Dunn; great nephew, Austin Dunn and family; beloved grandsons, Craig and Derrick Lay; special friend, Brian Harvey and a host of nieces and nephews, other loving family members and many other friends.

Samuel David Goin

Samuel David Goin-age 74 of Luttrell passed away June 5, 2024, at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was a member at New Friendship Baptist Church. Sam loved gardening, fishing and watching football, especially the Vols. He is preceded in death by his parents, Rev. John and Bertha (Hickle) Goin.

Clayrissa Marilyn Hill

Clayrissa Marilyn Evans Hill-age 83 of Maynardville passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, June 5th, 2024, surrounded by her children.
Clayrissa was born August 3,1940 in Detroit Michigan and moved to Tennessee at the age of 7.
Preceded in death by her father, Henry Clay Evans, mother, Margaret Kelly Carey, brothers, David Evans and Lyle “Laddie” Carey and grandson, Daniel Joseph Kitts.

Loretta Dale Holloway

Loretta Dale (Perry) Holloway, known to everyone as “Nanny”-age 90 of Maynardville passed away Saturday, June 1, 2024, at Claiborne Medical Center. She was a devoted Jehovah’s Witness for over 65 years. Nanny loved her God Jehovah, family, red birds, playing the guitar at picnics, flatfoot dancing, butterfingers, roses and black coffee.

Norma Jean Lucas

Norma Jean Lucas – age 84 of Luttrell, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, June 1, 2024. She was born on May 23, 1940, the daughter of Robert and Elsie Paul in Union County. Norma was a member of Mountain View Church of God where she enjoyed going until her sickness prevented her from attending.

She is preceded in death by parents; and several sisters. Norma is survived by her sisters, Glenna (Charles) Mowery, Janet (Mike) Keener and Pat (Brad) Lambert; brother, Ken; and several nieces and nephews.

Paris C. McBee

Paris C. McBee-age 89 of Corryton joined his heavenly father on the morning of Sunday, May 26, 2024. As a pillar of both his family and his community, he will be greatly missed and remembered. He was a loving husband to Helen J. McBee, a devoted father to Mike and Margaret McBee and his late son Jeff McBee along with his wife Diane. He was a member of Mountain View Church of God.

Joyce Marie Keck

Joyce Marie Keck – age 78 of Corryton passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024 surrounded by her family. She was a member of Clear Branch Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dewey (Merl) Keck; parents, U.L. and Dorothy Tharp; sister, Shirley Seymore.

She is survived by her daughters, Robin Carringer, Doris (Greg) Selvidge; granddaughters, Ashley (Andrew) White, Tiffany (Ben) Grooms; great-grandson, Brayden Chaney; great-granddaughter, Noah Jean Grooms; bonus granddaughters, Ava White, Alaina White; sister, Martha (David) Evans.

Betty Sue (Murr) Ottinger

Betty Sue (Murr) Ottinger – age 81 of Lexington NC, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center. She was a member of Cotton Grove United Methodist Church.

She is preceded in death by husband, Gerald Kyle Ottinger; parents, Elmer Earl Murr and Magelene Jane (Anderson) Murr; and sister, Geneva Bessie “Ginger” (Murr) Ailor. Betty is survived by children, Dennis Ottinger of Knoxville, TN and Janet (Herman) Staats of Cedar Grove, NC; sisters, Connie Frazer of Knoxville, TN and Carolyn Murr of Powell, TN; and grandson, Nathan (Hannah) Ottinger.

Lavonda Lillyann Hundley

Lavonda Lillyann Hundley – age 86 of Powder Springs Tennessee, passed away at home to join her Heavenly Father on Thursday, May 23rd, 2024. She is a member of Luttrell Baptist Church. She was a blessing to many and her greatest love was being surrounded by family. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Earl E. Hundley; step-daughter, Linda Branum; mother, Gladys Russell; step-father, Noah Russell; brothers, Charles Hurst, Robert Hurst; sister, Mary Sampson; son-in-law, Bill Wolfe.

Robert Allen Fletcher, Sr.

Robert Fletcher, Sr.-age 68, born May 24, 1955, of Luttrell went to be with our Heavenly Father, Thursday, May 16, 2024. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, William Fletcher, Sr. and Frieda Fletcher; brothers, William Fletcher, Jr., Floyd Fletcher, James Fletcher.

He is survived by his sons, Robert Fletcher, Michael Sweat; daughter, Stella Jenkins; sisters, Phyllis Ford, Susie Bozeman; brothers, Josh Fletcher, Teddy Fletcher and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Robert will be sadly missed.

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