It’s Cookie Time in Tennessee

Union County Tennessee Girl Scout Troop 21187 Photo by Jenni Hand

The annual Girl Scout Cookie sale has started and the Union County troops are ready to take your order. This year the nine flavors to choose from are Thin Mints, S’mores, Adventurefuls, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs, Toffee-tastic, Trefoils and Lemon-Ups. The cookies are sold for $6.00 a box. According to the Girl Scout’s website, the Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. When you purchase cookies, you are creating opportunities for the young girls of Union County to thrive and grow by learning life and leadership skills.
This opportunity was the hope and vision of the founder of the Girls Scouts, Juliette Gorgon Low from Savannah, GA. In 1912, the first Girl Scout troop was formed and was made up of 18 girls who shared a belief that they could do anything. Low gathered girls from her hometown for a new outdoors and educational club for girls only and named it the Girl Guides of America. The club grew quickly and in 1913 its name was changed to the Girl Scouts of USA.
At a time when women could not vote in the United States and were expected to adhere to social norms, encouraging young girls to embrace their strengths and create opportunities was game- changing. That small troop that first gathered over 100 years ago started a movement across America allowing young girls to unlock their full potential, develop friends, and make the world a better place, according the Girl Scout website.
The first Girl Scout troop in Union County, Troop #166, was formed in the early 1970s by Frances Russell, who served as Neighborhood Chairman and troop leader, and many other volunteers. They had two troop levels when they first started, the Brownies and the Juniors. Later as the troop expanded, they added the Cadets. These girls and their leaders were very active and participated in many activities such as visiting the nursing home and making cards for the residents, hiking the Tri-State trail where the girls could be in three states at one time, and camping at the Tanasi campsite. The troops met at the Miller’s Chapel fellowship hall where they often had visitors to join the meetings to teach the girls new skills. At that time, the cookies were sold for $1.00 per box.
Today, the Girl Scouts have several troops ranging from the Daisies (Kindergarden-1st grade), Brownies (grades 2nd and 3rd), Juniors (4th,5th, and 6th grade), Cadettes (7th and 8 grade), Seniors (9th-10th grade) and Ambassadors (11th-12th grade).
Union County Service Unit Manager Barbara Reed, of Luttrell, said that our county has all levels except for the Ambassador level. Barbara who has been with the Girls Scouts for 6 years said Union County has two multi-level troops. She is the leader of Troop #21187 with 21 girls. This troop meets twice per month at Barbara’s house. Whitney Early is the leader of Troop #22188 with 14 girls. Her troop also meets twice per month at Paulette Elementary.
The Scouts are involved in several community projects. One such project is working with the Veterans. They gather food for the Veterans and deliver it to the Veteran’s food pantry in Maryville. They also work with the animal shelter and donate to Children’s Hospital. As you can see these girls are very active.
In addition to serving their community, they also get to participate in a variety of other activities such as visiting Rock City, camping at Tanasi Girl Scout Camp located right here next to Big Ridge Park, and just having fun with their friends.
The Scouts are funded by their famous cookie sales and a fall product sale. The profit from these sales helps to pay for the annual membership dues of $40.00 per girl, and for uniforms and badges, etc.
Be on the lookout for a call from your favorite scout taking orders or visit them at a booth at Food City or Walmart to get your cookies. Although, the Thin Mints and S’mores are county favorites, my favorite is still the original short bread cookie, the Trefoils. Let’s all support these girls and help them learn the life skills of goal setting, decision making, money management and business ethics.

Union County Girl Scout Troop 21187 & 22188 Photo by Barbara Reed

Union County Girl Scout Troop 21187 & 22188 Photo by Michelle Smith

Union County Tennessee Girl Scout Troop 166 in 1976

Holding the Flag is Kim Raley in 1976 Parade Girls Scout Troop 166



Apple Grafting Class held March 28th

shows hands of person grafting an apple tree

Photo taken by Shawn Hendrickson, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry, Asst. District Forester-State Forests

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry and the UT Extension Union County office hosted an apple grafting class in Chuck Swan State Forest. This collaborative event gave participants a hands-on opportunity to learn how to graft apple tree varieties onto different rootstocks. Class attendees took home at least 3 new apple tree varieties.

Bad News, Good News!!

Award-winning Southern Gospel group comes to Maynardville!

The Union County Lions Club annual concert on May 18, this year featuring The Poet Voices and The Browders, has had a major change. Through an unforeseeable and unexpected circumstance, the Browders will be unavailable for this concert – that’s the Bad News! The Good News is that the Poet Voices are still onboard to perform for you AND the ticket prices have changed dramatically!

Most Americans Have Never Tried Chiropractic Care: Part II

“Chiropractic care and physical therapy are among the best options we have for treating low back pain, and can help reduce reliance on treating pain with opioids and other pain medications,” said Eric J. Roseen, DC, PHD, Director of the Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities at Boston Medical Center. “Guidelines released during the study period went from recommending these approaches as second line treatment, after other treatments fail, to first line treatment to be used before traditional pain medications.

Autism and Idioms- Idioms in a Literal World

Did you know that the month of April is Autism Awareness Month and we celebrated World Autism Day on April 2? As the number of autism diagnoses continues to rise there is an increase in awareness, but it seems at times that autism acceptance is a bigger issue. With the latest numbers from the CDC indicating that autism affects 1 in every 36 children, most families in the US have been impacted either directly or indirectly by an autism diagnosis. With the numbers on the rise, it is vital that we promote autism acceptance.

In the Attic

On the left, is me in my prom dress in 1983. On the right, is Sara wearing the same dress in 2008.

On the left, is me in my prom dress in 1983. On the right, is Sara wearing the same dress in 2008.

Being the geek that I am, I didn’t take any fun or interesting electives in high school. But my daughter Sara was more adventurous in that she signed up for the Drama Class.

Are You Insane?

I am sure that if you looked up the meaning of “insanity” in an honest-to-goodness printed dictionary that several meanings of the word would be found. There are some that would say it is insane to use a printed dictionary as it is now so much easier to “look it up on Google”.
One definition of insanity used lots in education and business is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”.

Baked fish parmesan

Cat fish drawing by Shirley McMurtrie

I often forget how many ways a fish fliet can be prepared. Check this one out. Dip filets in lemon juice, then in a mixture of remaining lemon juice and mayonnaise. Combine Parmesan cheese and crushed potato chips. Place in shallow baking dish and bake in preheated 375 F. oven or 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily. Note: For variety, use a different flavored potato chip.

Trillium Trivia

Trilliums are one of the earliest flowers to bloom in the Spring, and are beautiful to behold.

Trilliums are one of the earliest flowers to bloom in the Spring, and are beautiful to behold.

One of the most beautiful wildflowers to see in the Spring are trilliums, which are members of the Lily family. They are easy to find this time of year in rich, moist woods along rivers, streams, and in deep hollows. There are several species growing in our area, and all are easy to identify. The average trillium is 12 to 18 inches tall with a stout, erect stem. At the top is a whorl of 3 broad leaves and a single flower with 3 petals. Most trilliums have a flower supported by a stem just above the leaves (botanists call this pedicellate). But sessile trillium, also known as toadshade, (Trillium sessile) has no flower stem and the 3 petals appear to come directly out of the leaves. The sessile trilliums I have found locally have yellow petals, but some are dark red. The leaves of sessile trilliums have whitish splotches.

The Browders

Dave, Tommy, Matthew and Sonya Browder

Brothers Matt and David Browder were young when they began traveling with their dad, Tommy Browder, in 1990. Matt recalls that at the age of 10 or 11 he actually began singing with his dad and around the age of 13 he learned three-part harmony. Tommy Browder had started singing gospel music at the age of 5, despite being stricken with polio. “My right hand was completely paralyzed from polio,” he recalls. Then one day, his thumb started working, then his fingers and then he regained enough strength in his right hand to be able to play the guitar.

Successful Hunt!!

Easter Egg Hunt in Wilson Park

Members of the American Legion Post 212 and their volunteers helped the Easter Bunny this year by stuffing plastic eggs for him to hide for Union County children. And hide he did! Over 60 kids descended on Wilson Park on an absolutely gorgeous Easter Sunday afternoon to find these eggs – and, boy, did they!! No matter how well the eggs were hidden, these young people (some with a little help from their parents) found all the eggs. Three of these eggs contained a $50 gift card to Walmart.

Most Americans Have Never Tried Chiropractic Care: Part I

Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and a major driver of healthcare costs in the United States, according to the World Health organization. Over the last 20 years, recommended treatment of low back pain has shifted from use of pain medications including opioids to early use of nonpharmacologic treatments such as spinal manipulation and therapeutic exercise, which are commonly provided by chiropractors and physical therapists.

From Where?

“Seek and ye shall find,” is a phrase I’ve heard most of my life. It’s taken from Matthew 7:7. Even though this verse refers to finding the Lord, it has been used in connection with searching for just about anything. Nowadays, many people dig into their family history in hopes of discovering who they are and where they came from. Also, they probably hope to find something amazing. My dad did just that years ago and I couldn’t believe it at first.

What's In a Day?

If you have children, you’ve probably asked them what happened at school, only to receive the standard reply, “Nothing.” I once received an email that pointed out that more pointed questions might elicit more conversation. The email suggested one hundred questions that parents/guardians could ask their children to stimulate discussion.

Creamy grape salad

Artwork By Shirley McMurtrie

For years, the only way I used table grapes was to eat them as a snack. Once I tasted a grape salad, I started looking for grape salad recipes. Here is one I like. In a mixing bowl combine grapes and set aside. In another bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Mix in remaining ingredients, except pecans and brown sugar. Combine brown sugar and pecans. Set aside. Pour grape mixture into 9 by 13 serving dish. Sprinkle brown sugared pecans over top. Chill overnight. Serve

The Bradford Pear Blues

Bradford Pears have become common along roadsides, and while pretty, they are invasive and aggressively compete with native trees for growing space. Their numbers are growing exponentially.

Bradford Pears have become common along roadsides, and while pretty, they are invasive and aggressively compete with native trees for growing space. Their numbers are growing exponentially.

You have no doubt noticed all the white flowering trees that have been putting on a show the past couple of weeks along roadsides, fence rows, and field edges. They are Bradford pears, a popular landscape tree, noted for their beautiful flower blitz, symmetrical round crowns, and supposedly sterile so as not to produce messy fruit to clean up. That last part was a total failure, and the tree has gone Frankenstein and spreading rapidly to become what is called an exotic invasive plant, and a threat to our native plants and even our farmlands. This wasn’t supposed to happen, so what the heck?

UCBPA 2024 Prayer Breakfast "Just Believe"

Speaker at 2024 prayer breakfast, Suzanne Stelling

Suzanne Stelling, artist, baker, and author of The Woodbine Chronicles: A neighborhood love story, keynoted the 2024 UCBPA Prayer Breakfast.

From President Tammie Hill”s passage from Romans 8:32 “for all things work together for the good to them that know God” to the closing song Amazing Grace, the message of the 27th Annual Union County Business and Professional Prayer Breakfast on Good Friday, March 29, was “come together and ‘Just Believe.’”
Rev. Corey Carroll, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Maynardville, welcomed everyone to the gathering at the church and reminded them of the significance of Easter and the sacrifices that Jesus made.

UC raises funds for safe water in Uganda

UNION COUNTY, Tenn. (March 27, 2024) – Three local churches are sponsoring the 2024 Walk 4 Water Union County Fundraiser on Sunday, May 19.
St. Teresa of Kolkata Catholic Church, Irwin’s Chapel United Methodist Church and Miller’s Chapel United Methodist Church aim to help raise funds for two deep water wells for remote villages in Uganda that do not have access to clean, safe water. All funds raised will go toward the drilling of safe water boreholes for the villages of Kaseun and Amonikakinea B in Eastern Uganda.

Commission acts on two community center properties

A community building and convenience center became one step closer to reality for Braden and Big Ridge during the Union County Commission March meeting. Commissioners Greg Dyer (5th District) and Dawn Flatford (4th district) have spent many months searching for suitable property. Two community landowners have risen to the challenge and offered land at reasonable prices. Danny Kilgore in Braden is willing to sell a nearly 2-acre property for $30,000. The property will need clearing, a well, and septic.

UC Little League gets 4 year use contract from BOE

The Union County Board of Education approved a use contract for four years at the field located below the sheriff's office on Hwy 33. Mary Ann Stackhouse, attorney for the BOE, recommended the approval. Stackhouse will be retiring this year, but the Board also extended the services of her affiliated firm with different legal representation.

Celebrated gospel group comes to UC May 18

Phil Cross (Lead), K.C.Armstrong (Bass), Donny Henderson (Baritone), Jeff Snyder (Tenor)

Poet Voices (Phil Cross, Jeff Snyder, K.C. Armstrong and Donny Henderson) on the God & Country Tour will be in Maynardville for one night only. With their history of sold-out performances, be sure to get your tickets now for the May 18 performance.
One of the most highly acclaimed writers of gospel music, writing since he began his song writing journey in 1980, is Phil Cross. He is an award-winning singer, songwriter, mentor and producer with a passion to share his faith and experiences with the world. His music is well-known and well-loved.

Paris McBee, Plainview Patriarch, Retires

Paris McBee with the plaque from the City of Plainview.

“He was here at the inception of the City of Plainview,” proclaimed Vice Mayor Richard Phillips as the City of Plainview recognized Paris McBee for his dedication and service that has spanned over 32 years. McBee set a standard of high work ethics and insisted on quality work performance that has made Plainview what it is today. His emphasis on training ensured that those who followed his retirement would continue his legacy.

Sharps Chapel named Reward School by state

Sharps Chapel staff - photo by Jamie Bowman

Sharps Chapel Elementary School was one of 400 hundred schools across the state to be recognized as a Reward School by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) for the 2022-2023 school year.
Principal Jamie Bowman said, “I’m extremely proud of the hard work and dedication from our teachers, staff, students, and parents. So much time is put into ensuring that our Hornets are high achievers in all areas, and it is wonderful to see the extra effort paid off. Go Hornets!”

New Study Reveals Significant Reduction in Lumbar Spine Reoperation with Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation

A new study conducted by researchers at University Hospitals (UH) Connor Whole Health sheds light on the potential benefits of chiropractic spinal manipulation (CSM) for adults experiencing ongoing sciatica following low back surgery. The study, titled “Association between spinal manipulative therapy and lumbar spine reoperation after discectomy: a retrospective cohort study,” was recently published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

Plainview citizens object to closure of cemetery right of way

Concerned citizens packed the Plainview Planning Commission Meeting to object to the closure of a dedded right of way to two adjacent cemeteries off of Tazewell Pike.

Over two dozen citizens attended the Plainview Planning Commission on Tuesday, March 12. They wanted to know who was responsible for closing a nearly 100 year old deeded right of way from Tazewell Pike to the adjoining cemeteries, Elbert Wyrick Cemetery and Clear Branch Cemetery. A descendent had attempted to visit one of the cemeteries and found the right of way blocked by a massive wooden fence and a concrete driveway. When the descendent asked how she was to visit the cemetery, she apparently was told that a new right of way had been constructed from the new road, Periwinkle Drive.

Thunder Road Printing celebrates birthday winners

Door prize drawing

Marvin Jeffreys, manager of Thunder Road Printing & Graphic Design, draws the winning tickets for the 10 year birthday celebration door prizes.

Thunder Road Printing & Graphic Design culminated its month-long birthday celebration with its drawing for door prizes on March 29. Marvin Jeffreys, who manages the business for owner Mitch Lester of American Business Equipment, Inc., drew from more than 50 tickets.

UCHS Boys Basket Ball competes in sub-state sectional

The 2023-2024 UCHS Basketball Team Seated (L to R): Seth Grigsby, Max Corum, Eli Wilson, Trenton Perkey, Kaden Carroll, Trot Russell. Standing (L to R) Joseph Harvey, Ayden Barton, Brycen Earl, Braxton Buckner, Ty Edds, Skyler Miracle. Not pictured: Jaxon Bailey and Mason Leonard.

The Union County High School Boys Basketball Team achieved a milestone in 2024 by competing in the Class 3A Sub-state Sectional. The team's 22-11 win-loss record with a district record of 6-4 or 60% propelled the Patriots to a round 1 game with Cumberland Gap in the district tournament in Scott County. The team handily put away the Panthers 83-69. A loss to Clinton in the District Semi-final resulted in a game for 3rd place with the Scott County Highlanders.

2024 UCHS Tennis Team fields full roster

Zachary Clark is one of four undefeated singles players on the 2024 UCHS Boys Tennis Team.

The tennis program is growing! Last year saw only 7 total players with two boys and five girls. But the 2024 roster more than doubled to15 total players, seven boys and eight girls. The Boys Team is Dalton Schreieck (Sr.), Jace Walker (Sr.), Jaxon Bailey (Fresh.), Lathan Garner (Soph.), Braylon Graves (Soph.), Max Corum (Fresh.), and Zachary Clark (Fresh.). On the Girls Team is Ava Tiller (Jr.), Travyn Farmer (Jr.), Janae Chapell (Sr.), Ella Branscomb (Fresh.), Hannah Groot (Jr.), Ashlyn Tiller (Fresh.), Nola Chesney (Soph.), and Evelyn Gentry (Sr.).

Luttrell Elementary Honor Roll

A Honor Roll:
Briley Cantrell, Ava Chamberlain, Landon Jessee, Naomi Corum, Kinsley Owens, Bree Williams, Presley Wyrick, Emma Hoskins, Easton Brantley, Colt Cheser, Wannis Gilliland, Charlie Lundy, Tayo Mcloud, Peyton Ramsey, Rylan Rowe, Zayden Clark, Rayen Dyer, Frankie Lundy, Kinsley Thorpe, Camila Soto, Corey Beeler, Mayson Douglas, Brooklyn Evans, Lincoln Harrison, Abram Hickman, Greyson Johnson, Carson Naglitch, Lileigh Ruthven, Emily Ward, Cecilia Wilder, Trayson Wynn, Mabry Acuff, Kendal Atkins, Raylan Capps, Gracie Corn, Amelia Harrell, Maci Williams, Rhett Weaver, Dawson Walker, Jedidiah Simmons, Luke Napier, Ember Murray, Adley Keith, Braydyn Hunter, Ryker Harper, Kasen Conley, Leeila Brinker, Marlei Chandler, Camden Griffin, Willow Hickle, Logan Jessee, Faith Merritt, Kyndal Nicely, Zayla Stair, Jasper Swift, Ava Zielinski, Liam Bussell, Keaton Mathis, Colton Surrett, Jake Beeler, Meyah Meza, Jace Nagelitch, Emmie Jo Nirmaier and Marlee Weaver

“Hello Neighbor”

A wise teacher was talking to a gathering of people when a lawyer stood up to test his knowledge. He asked, “How can I live forever?” The teacher responded by asking him what is written in the law and if he has read the law. Knowing the teacher was a religious man he quoted from the law of Moses, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” The wise teacher affirmed that he had answered correctly and told the lawyer, if he would do it, he would live. The lawyer wasn’t satisfied and still wanted to test the teacher so he asked him another question, “And who is my neighbor?”

Once Upon a Time

Country Connections By James and Ellen Perry
A Once Upon a Time video on You Tube by Kenny Vance contains this verse in this beautiful song, “Once Upon a Time there was a Love Sent Down to Earth From Angels Above.” During the late ’50s and ’60s there were lots of Doo-Wop and country songs comparing girlfriends to angels. Try to record a song today that has angel or Biblical phrases and you will be run out of any recording studio in Nashville, LA, Dallas, New York or Chicago. Referring to a teenage girlfriend as an angel only happened once upon a time 70 years ago.

The Winters of Spring

Redbuds blooming is a sign of one of several cold snaps we have in the spring.

Ah Spring! After a cold winter, we get one of those sunny, balmy days where the temps get up into the 60s and everybody sheds coats and dreams of gardening or fishing. Then along comes a cold snap that feels colder than what it is because your body had immediately acclimated to that warmth and sunshine. Those cold snaps are regular events that have been around before TV meteorologists, and our forefathers had to watch nature to determine when to plant crops. So through the ages we have weather lore that is still with us today.

Salmon and More

This has almost everything in it but the kitchen sink. It shows what you can do with a small can of salmon. Prepare macaroni and cheese mix as directed on package. Add flaked salmon, mushroom soup, chopped pimiento and milk. Carefully fold in English peas. Place in 1-1/2 quart buttered casserole. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for about 40 minutes or until bubbly.

That's My Place

If you know my mom, you know that she’s the type of person who knows almost everybody and she loves to chat and catch up with them when she can. But there was this one instance when talking with an old friend threw her for a loop. To be honest, it did me as well.

Watch Your ---!

I have a neighbor who has many statues of animals in her yard. I jokingly told her one day, “I’m worried about your livestock. I’m afraid they’ll wander into the road and get killed or cause someone to wreck.”
I also expressed concern at what the cost must be to feed all those animals.
I have never been one to try to “keep up with the Joneses,” but sometimes life circumstances just present the opportunity.

To Zone or Not to Zone. That is the question.

Can a crowded rural RV park be built in Union County? (Stock Photo)

There are two major opinions about zoning in Union County. One seems to be “don’t tell me what I can do on my property”. People do not want to be told that they can or cannot (choose one) put an RV on their property, raise pigs or turkeys, build another building on their property, rent their property out to others, collect scrap metal. There is a long list of possible rules and regulations that many of the “don’t tread on me” citizens of this county simply do not want. There are also the “not in my backyard” folks who have a point as well.

Veterans Menu April 1

American Legion Post 212

Calling all Veterans! What better way to celebrate April Fool’s Day than to be at the American Legion building at noon to feast on Veteran Volunteer Margo McCaffery’s Famous American Goulash! Sometimes called slumgullion, American goulash is a comfort food dish based on the Hungarian goulash stew. The ground beef, tomato and macaroni are in a beautifully seasoned tomato sauce. Shredded cheese and sour cream will be available for garnish.

Good stretches for the back

Different stretches have different functions. Some focus on a particular muscle or muscle group or limb, and improve movement. Others, sometimes referred to as ‘active’ stretches, are intended to increase strength. The following three exercises are designed to do both with your back:

Miracle Shot

Being the tomboy that I was, I always enjoyed playing sports, especially softball. My next favorite sport was dodge ball. My least favorite was basketball. I tried, but let’s just say I struggled with it.

Unexpected Expectations

I receive many emails. At least half of them are what I call email “e-commercials”. They pretty much immediately go to my trash folder. Today I received one of those emails, and though it went to the trash folder, the subject line did give me something to think about—expectations versus desires. This week’s article will focus on pleasant aspects of expectations.
The King James Version of the Bible has several things to say about expectation. Following are a few to ponder.

Seared Scallops

Scallops are new to me. I am still learning how to prepare them. Here is a recipe for preparing scallops. I think it is pretty good.
Put scallops in a paper towel and pat dry with another paper towel...

Hiking Into the Past

Stone walls and daffodils in the woods are two indicators of an old home site.

Human archaeology normally involves the study of things left by an ancient people in an ancient time, but it is also interesting to observe more recent signs that people lived in our area within the last 150 years or so. Many areas that appear to be natural untouched forests were actually greatly impacted by human presence. I find it intriguing to seek out visible clues and try to figure out what took place many years ago. Here are some indicators that humans impacted the landscape, particularly in a forest.

Family Community Education Club in Union County

Have you heard of FCE clubs? Perhaps you have heard of the homemaker’s club. Family & Community Education clubs (FCE), formerly known as the homemaker’s group, have been around for a long time.
While 4-H clubs have been a way of building community and skills among youth throughout Tennessee history, FCE clubs have been doing the same for adults. The goal of FCE clubs is to strengthen the home and community by improving the quality of life of individuals and families through continuing education, leadership development and community service.

It’s Reverse Raffle Time Again!!

Only a few tickets left in 2023 after pulling over 1500 tickets out one by one.

East TN Lions club is holding their 9th annual Reverse Raffle! In a Reverse Raffle, all the tickets are pulled out one-by-one until there are only 3 tickets left. The third to the last ticket wins $500. The second to the last ticket will win $1000. And the LAST remaining ticket, after all the others have been pulled, is the Grand Prize winner of $2000.

Sciatica and pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many changes. obviously, it’s a wonderful phase of life. But it’s also a challenging time. Extra weight brings a shift to the center of gravity. This causes new sensations, and, in some cases, discomfort.


There are many advantages to growing up on a farm. For me, one of those was having well water to drink. But I when I tell people that, some are not sure what to think.

Five, Six, Pick Up Sticks

And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could . . . (Mark 14: 6-8a KJV).

Smelt Dipping

What does springtime in Tennessee lack? That’s easy. Smelt. A few years ago I found one package in Food City’s frozen foods. I have searched for them every year since, but to no avail.

Periwinkles: the Snail Not the Flower

Periwinkles are tiny freshwater snails commonly seen in clear mountain streams and a sign of unpolluted waters..

Anyone who has hiked and crossed a mountain stream or took a cold drink out of a spring has likely seen periwinkles, which look like small black pebbles scattered about in the water. Closer inspection reveals that they are freshwater snails. I’ve been told by my older kin that seeing these little guys in a stream indicated that the water was clean enough to drink. I wouldn’t go that far about the purity of the water, but they are partially right in that these snails are environmentally sensitive and good indicators of unpolluted streams.

Union hosts Imagination Library Roundtable

Left to right: Michelle Faulkner, mandi Duddath, and Kay Hurst discuss story book trails during the Imagination Library Regional Roundtable.

Union County Imagination Library hosted the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Regional Roundtable on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at the Luttrell Library Community Center. GELF is celebrating 20 years of promoting early literacy since its founding under Governor Phil Bredeson in 2004. Mayor Jerry Lawson of Luttrell warmly welcomed the group and shared some of the events to promote children's activities and how important Imagination Library is to Luttrell as well as his own family.

Thunder Road Printing & Graphic Design Celebrates 10 Years

greeting guests at the 10th Birthday

Marvin Jeffreys and Mitch Lester greet guests, Shannon Brooks of FirstBank and Mayor Jason Bailey, at the 10th Birthday Party.

Thunder Road Printing & Graphic Design kicked off its month long 10th birthday celebration on March , 2024 in Maynardville. Marvin Jeffreys manages the business for Mitch Lester, owner of American Business Equipment, Inc. Everyone enjoyed cake and signing up for door prizes. The door prizes will be given away on March 29.


Union County Board of Education

The Union County Board of Education will conduct a budget workshop on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. in the Union County High School Library.
The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education will be on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at Union County High School. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.

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!

Wayne Goforth to to speak at the Museum on April 21

Union County Museum

On Sunday, April 21, 2024, noted local musician and historical researcher, Wayne Goforth, will address the Union County Historical Society on the topic, "The Assault on Peter Graves and the Battle at Sharps Station". Wayne will present a pictorial tour of the trail to the assault site. The meeting begins at 2:30 with Mr. Goforth presenting at about 2:45. Sharps Station was a pioneer settlement in the 18th century, decades before Union County received its charter as a Tennessee county. Refreshments will follow the meeting. The public is invited and welcome to attend.

Lost Creek Reunion is June 9

Lost Creek Church

Anyone with ancestors who attended Lost Creek Church or have ancestors buried in Lost Creek Cemetery may want to mark June 9, 2024, on the calendar. Fred Gibson and members of the Union County Cemetery Association will hold a reunion at the new Union County Forestry Building at the entrance to Chuck Swan Wildlife Management Area.

Alder Springs Anniversary

Alder Springs Missionary Baptist Church

Alder Springs Missionary Baptist Church, 708 Hickory Star Rd. Maynardville TN, will celebrate it's 175 the Anniversary on Sunday, April 7,2024. The celebration will be during the 11:00 an worship service with lunch to follow. If you know of any former pastors or their relatives, we would love to hear from them so we can give them a special invitation for that celebration.

It's Reverse Raffle Time Again!!

Tickets are $10 each. 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. Tickets may also be purchased at Union County Opry shows.

Concert to Benefit Union County Lions Club Charities

Poet Voices, The Browders and the Union County High School Band in the Auditorium at 150 Main St Maynardville TN. Saturday May 18th 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Platinum seats with a free CD are $28. Will have early access with meet and greet at 5:30. Gold reserved seats are $22, General admission $15. Tickets and more information at Proceeds benefit the Lion's Club of Maynardville.


Allen Caine Rush

Allen Caine Rush - age 24 of Washburn went home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 14th, 2024. Preceded in death by his grandfather, Joseph “Joe” Rush; grandma, Shirley Arnold; great grandma, Yvonne McPhetridge.

Artie Belle Beason

Artie Belle Beason-age 79 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord, Monday, April 15, 2024. Artie enjoyed writing poems.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lee Beason; son, Danny Lee Beason; parents, Lettie Beeler and Laughton Beeler; brother, Gary Beeler; sister, Ruby Shope; son-in-law, Mark Langley.
She is survived by her daughters, Carol Ledford and Karen Munsey; son Jeff Beason and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Diana Harvey

Diana “Dee” Lynn Harvey – age 74 of Rockford, TN, passed away April 11, 2024 surrounded by her loving family. Her lifelong passion was to care for others. She was a retired LPN/Home Health Care Nurse with a career spanning more than 30 years. She continued this passion in retirement as a Private Care Nurse until her passing. Diane was an avid UT Vols fan and enjoyed many years of attending UT Football and Lady Vols Basketball games. She also enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in sports over the years.

Charlie Lloyd Railey

Charlie Lloyd Railey, 76, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 13th, 2024. Preceded in death by his parents, Alphonzo and Mary Lou Railey, sister and brother-in-law Melba and Henry Kidwell and brother Lee Edward Railey (who died shortly after birth).

Joseph Pierre Finley

Joseph Finley -- age 45, passed away unexpectedly at home on April 13,2024 with his wife by his side. Joe is proceeded in death by his mom Zollie Beeler and father Ronnie Beeler.

Joe is survived by his wife Amanda Finley and his six children Tierra Constable(EricHaun), Jeffery Lambdin, Macy Lambdin, Jo’Siah Simpson, Zi’Moni Simpson and Zy’Lynn Simpson. Joe has two sisters Penny Suttles and Elizabeth Ryan. Joe was very proud to welcome his new granddaughter in his life Lily Constable. Joe is retired from The University of TN Police Department.

James Eugene "Jimmy" Thomas

James Eugene “Jimmy” Thomas – age 60 of Mascot, went to be with the Lord Thursday, April 11, 2024. Jimmy loved to fish and work on anything mechanical. Preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Lowell Thomas Sr. and Carrie Caldwell Thomas; son, Andy Thomas; brothers, Lowell Thomas Jr., Ronnie Thomas; sister, Sherry Goins; first wife, Rhonda Thomas

Ronnie Joel Kiser

Ronnie Kiser-age 69 of Sharps Chapel, hometown of Millstone, Kentucky, passed away peacefully at home, Wednesday, April 10, 2024. Ronnie’s trade was in the coal mines of Kentucky where he spent many long hours and extra days providing for his family. He worked in the mines for nearly 40 years before retiring to his Norris Lake home. He wore many hats throughout these years, some of which exposed his talent for engineering, creativity and intelligence. Ronnie was an electrician and repairman for the mine where he worked underground and or above ground outside in the shop.

Robert Carl Vineyard

Robert Carl Vineyard-age 87 of Knoxville went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, April 10, 2024. Robert enjoyed fishing and boating. He enjoyed being a truck driver and worked for Highway Transportation in Knoxville for 25 years. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margie Vineyard; mother, Helen Speas; father, Carl Vineyard; stepdaughter, Debbie Jones.

Phyllis (Ailor) George

Phyllis Ailor George – age 90 of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at Morning Pointe Assisted Living with her daughter by her side. She was a born again Christian and longtime member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church, where she participated in many ministries throughout the years. Phyllis enjoyed hosting family and friends in her home and was a wonderful cook - especially chicken and dumplings. She worked hard alongside her husband, Bill George, in his construction business and farming.

Jessie Faye Hensley

Jessie Faye Hensley (Wyrick), age 77 of Luttrell, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday April 7, 2024 at UT Medical Center. She is now free of all pain and is singing in that Heavenly choir. She was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church where she was the song leader and played the guitar. She had the biggest heart and loved everyone, especially her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. As of May 3rd, she would have been at DeRoyal, the job she loved, for 37 years.

David Randall Hicks, Jr.

David Randall Hicks, Jr.-age 48 of Maynardville born December 2, 1975, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 3, 2024, after a short battle with cancer, at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was a very loving and caring man that loved his family very much and will be missed by many. Preceded in death by his father, David Hicks, Sr.; grandparents who raised him, Edna and James Herrell; mother of his girls, Katie Rudd.

Rhonda L. Cox

Rhonda Lynn Cox-age 63 of Sharps Chapel entered her heavenly home peacefully 12:05 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2024 with her family by her side. Rhonda accepted Jesus as a young girl at Blue Springs Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed being an active member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church for more than 15 years. She loved her church family and Rhonda’s greatest joy was her family. She also loved farming and the outdoors.

Louise Lynch

Louise Rochat Lynch – age 98 of Maynardville, passed away March 20, 2024 at Willow Ridge Center. She was a member of Miller’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

Gregory Needham

Gregory Keith Needham – age 60 of Maynardville, went to be with the Lord at his home on Saturday, March 30, 2024. He was a member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Knoxville where he sang in the choir for many years. Gregory was a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University and a former employee with Commercial Bank for 33 years. He was a lifelong resident of Union County. Gregory will be missed by several friends and family.

Reba Evelyn Ridenour

Reba Evelyn Ridenour-age 77 of Luttrell went to be with the Lord Saturday, March 30, 2024 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Willow Springs Baptist Church and was a loving mother and grandmother. Heaven has gained another angel. Preceded in death by husband, Leonard Ridenour; daughters, Tammy Darlene Ridenour and Sonja Denise Brown; son-in-law, David Lee Brown. Parents, George W. and Flora Lillian (Patty) Ogle.

Illah June Hill

Illah June (Smith) Hill-age 93 of Luttrell, born April 20, 1930, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at Beverly Park Place. She was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church and attended Fellowship Christian Church. Preceded in death by husband, Willis Hill; daughter, Gloria Hill.

Survivors: son, Scott (Anita) Hill; daughter, Rhonda Canada; Sister, Glenda Kirshner. Grandchildren, Justin (Carol) Hill, Tiffany (Kevin) Rustad, Jordan Hill, James Wolski; Nine great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.

Johnathan DeWayne Donahue

Johnathan DeWayne Donahue – born June 29, 1998, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, in Luttrell. Preceded in death by his parents, Doyle and Tracy Donahue; grandmothers, Janice Donahue, Pamela Riffey; grandfathers, Wayne Donahue, Rick Hankins.


Ronald “Ronnie” S. Beeler-age 64 of Washburn, born March 6, 1960 went to be with the Lord Friday, March 22, 2024 at his home surrounded by his family and friends. He was a member of Central View American Christian Church and was a retired heavy-equipment mechanic. Preceded in death by his parents, Lon and Polly (Bailey) Beeler; brother, Gary Beeler.

Marilyn Sue Harrison-Baker

Marilyn Sue Harrison Baker-age 64 of Knoxville, born July 24, 1959, went to be with the Lord, January 12, 2024, of natural causes. Preceded in death by her parents, Clifton and Beulah Harrison.

She is survived by her sisters, Glenda (Gary) Cooke, Connie (Jack) Ridenour along with nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

James David Mills

James “Jim” David Mills-age 46 of Luttrell went home to be with the Lord, Monday, March 18, 2024, at his home. Preceded in death by his mother, Mary Thomas Mills; paternal and maternal grandparents; an uncle and several aunts.

Jeffery Claude Kitts

Jeffery Claude Kitts-age 60 of Maynardville, born August 14, 1963, went home to be with his Lord, Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at home. He was a member of Beneath the Cross Church, Luttrell. He was a loving father, grandfather and brother who enjoyed spending time with his family and loved the great outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was loved by all and will be missed by all. He is at peace. Preceded in death by his parents, father, Claude Kitts, mother, Edna Sands Kitts.

Betty Deck

Betty Jane Deck – age 75 of Luttrell, passed away March 19, 2024 at Tennova North Medical Center. She lived in Kokomo, Indiana till her retirement from G. M. after 30 ½ years and then moved to Luttrell. Betty was of the Baptist faith.

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