Union County is laid out in beautiful mountains and valleys of prestigious land by nature, but in order for the land to inhibit its full potential, we the people must do our part to keep it clean. Dump sites and roadside litter are perceived regularly across the county and citizens and the community must work together to minimize the litter epidemic.
Local Author Bobbi-Phelps Wolverton at Farragut Pharmacy
Bobbi Phelps-Wolverton, an award-winning author, will give a book presentation at Farragut Pharmacy, 11424 Kingston Pike, Farragut TN, Monday, September 16, 10 am-1 pm.
Behind the Smile is about her years as an international flight attendant during the 60s and early 70s; a time when passengers dressed for the occasion, when smoking was permitted, and when pilots allowed in-flight visits to the cockpit. Phelps-Wolverton writes about babies born during flight, harrowing landings in blizzards, and terrifying episodes in Vietnam and Egypt war zones.
Joining her is Jared Jackson, a semi-blind author and illustrator. His colorful children’s book, Where does the Man in the Moon Go During the Day? shares a delightful story of a bouncing ball going about his daily escapades once the sun comes out. The Man in the Moon hangs out with friends, plays sports, makes music, and travels the world.
Until I began working for Hamilton County Schools at Birchwood Elementary, I had not heard of the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival (or Birchwood TN Sandhill Crane Festival). I don’t know why not. This is a gem of an educational and fun opportunity.
Although doctors of chiropractic treat more than just back pain, many patients initially visit a chiropractor looking for relief from this pervasive condition. In fact, about 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. Some interesting facts:
Back pain can affect people of all ages, from adolescents to the elderly. Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives.
Back pain is the third most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, behind skin disorders and osteoarthritis/joint disorders.
As many of us who grew up around Luttrell would attest, the railroad holds a special place in our childhoods: walking the tracks, smashing pennies or hearing the train whistle late at night on a coal run to Middlesboro. In our county's history, the coming of the railroad, too, had an impact on lives. Today's society may take for granted the magnitude that railroad accessibility has had on the development of Union County.
Welcome to 2020! One hundred years ago, it was 1920, the start of a decade of American history known as “The Roaring Twenties”. Were we able to, as my mother once said, be a genie for a day and turn back time one hundred years. How strange it would seem.
I would not go to sleep wearing my CPAP machine, watching one of four televisions in my house as I went to sleep. I would not awake to that same television in the morning and place my CPAP into a machine that would clean it for me at a preset time during the day while I was at work.
You would think I would have learned by now not to always be in such a hurry. Apparently I haven’t.
A few days before Christmas, I was wrapping presents in the basement. I had retrieved two canisters of chocolate covered raisins to wrap up for my husband Tim. Carrying one in each hand, I ran back down the stairs. Yeah, you read it right. I was running down the stairs. And since I was carrying the presents, I couldn’t hold on to the railing.
There is a surprise in this cheese ball. Chicken flavor is hiding out in there. Don't tell your guests what is in it until after they have tasted in spread on Ritz, club or soda crackers. They will never guess that it hides ramen noodles, too.
CHICKEN CHEESE BALL
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup minced onion
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 package (3 ounces) chicken ramen noodles
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
I have never outgrown my love of a fresh snowfall, which takes a bleak winter scene and transforms it into a wonderland. The quiet a snow brings is both eerie and wonderful, and a walk in the snow on a moonlit night is something you simply must experience.
A lot of folks think that snow begins as rain that freezes on its way down and turns into snow. It's usually the other way around, with rain beginning as snow, which melts as it falls.
I think a cheese ball makes a party spread very festive. You make them ahead and only have to bring on the chips and crackers to get things going. I like this one. It has a bite to it with the jalapeno pepper.
JALAPENO CHEESE BALL
8 ounce pkg cream cheese,softened
8 ounce pkg sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup minced red onions
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
Never trust atoms. They make up everything.
I know. That’s a groaner of a joke, but it’s true. Everything around us (and even us ourselves) is comprised of atoms. And atoms are weird things. Did you read this article I wrote a while back?
If you didn’t read that piece before, you should now. Not only is it pretty interesting stuff, but it will help you understand what I’m going to tell you this time around.
Beginning January 1, the Union County Health Department will be moving to WIC appointments to better serve patients during the health department renovation process. Patients can call 865-992-3867 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment. Late WIC appointments are available the second Monday of each month.
Here are some steps to set yourself up for future stability and success by improving the strength of your musculoskeletal (MSK) system:
Move more: Bones, muscles and joints need movement to stay healthy. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends adults get at least 150 minutes weekly of moderate physical activity (such as walking, yardwork, recreational swimming) or at least 75 minutes of intense weekly activity (jogging, hiking uphill, basketball).
It was 1954. My brothers and I were sitting on the front porch of our home with our Dad, Jesse Perry, when a 1950 Dodge pickup came into the yard. It was Lath Wyrick.
He got out and walked up to the porch. Daddy said, “Get a chair and set a spell, Lath.”
“I believe I will, Jess,” Lath said.
On Monday, December 9, District Attorney General Jared Effler joined Union County High School instructor John Fugate in recognizing students Clay Foust and Jonathan Blanton for their contribution to the annual Clays for Children Sporting Clays Tournament.
This year marked the third year in a row that Union County High School FFA members have prepared barbecued chicken for the hundreds of participants at the annual fundraiser which benefits the Children's Centers of Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union counties.
Sometimes in your life, fate puts someone into your path for a reason, and that is exactly how Polly Dyer of Maynardville became a member of the travel group The Miserettes.
Polly’s sister, Betty Brooks, (that’s me) worked at Bell South Telecommunications in Knoxville, and in 1996 she was asked to go to Atlanta to help get their equipment ready for the Olympics that summer.
UT Extension Union County hosted its annual 4-H Hog Show on December 13. A total of nine 4-H and FFA members, who have been working hard to raise and train their hogs, participated in the show.
These are not your average backyard pigs. These are lean, mean muscle machines.
Marlie Brock's entry for the Junior Beta Club state convention creative writing submission:
It was a rainy Monday afternoon when I heard someone knocking on my door. When I looked outside to see who was there I was surprised to see only a box on my doorstep. I knew it couldn’t have been something I had ordered because I always go and pick my stuff up from the store. I put my brave face on and decided to open it.
Do you like black-eyed peas? I never did. I remember years ago that I bought a can to see what they were like.
I have always liked green English peas and hoped the black-eyed variety were similar.
Boy, was I disappointed. I thought they had no flavor and wondered who would want to do anything with them.
I took that lonely can and tried to season it up like baked beans. That was a disaster.
In what feels like the blink of an eye, another day, another year, another decade has passed. In 2019, Union County has seen many changes, renovations and positive intentions. As 2020 proceeds, be grateful and intentional in the things you do.
At the beginning of the year, often we are swept up into the “New Year, New Me” motif. Many goals and resolutions are set for the upcoming year. The upcoming days being looked upon as a new slate. Days to start fresh with a clean outlook.
Acts 17:22 KJV: Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars Hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
I can’t believe that I have had the privilege to write for Historic Union County for over two years. Our first article was published on Dec. 12, 2017. I say “our” because were it not for the publishers of HUC, I would not have this platform to share what I have learned about life and the Bible. In truth, the publishers twisted my arm to get me to write for this paper. One of the principal publishers of this paper is the most doggedly determined person I have ever known. The co-publisher of this paper and former editor is one of the most supportive people I have ever met. To both of them, I say thank you!
The English language is said by those who are not native speakers to be one of the hardest languages to learn. I don’t find that hard to believe for a couple of reasons.
I know what a hard time I have with foreign languages. I took a year of Spanish in high school but I couldn’t order an egg in a Spanish restaurant. If I ever had a window of opportunity to learn foreign languages, it closed very early in life.
January can be a great time to fish Norris Lake. In the heart of the winter the average weight of your catch can be larger. Plus, fish often form large schools in deep water and you may catch a lot of big fish in a small area.
Another advantage of January fishing is that all the pleasure boaters are gone and fishermen will have the lake all to themselves. If it is extremely cold or nasty weather, there may not be many other fishermen on the lake either.
I’m writing this during the cold months in East Tennessee. There are no dragonflies zipping about. They tend to be more active during the warmer months.
I’ve noticed that, in addition to warm weather, dragonflies like water. As a young kid, I learned that if you go out into your yard on a hot, dry, summer day and spray water from a garden hose up into the air to form a mist, you just might attract a dragonfly or two. Try it some hot and dusty afternoon this coming August. Maybe a shimmering visitor will appear.
I don’t know the stats for our area, but on a national level, Americans are overstressed, and everyone knows this is unhealthy. The causes are familiar: fast pace of life, multi-tasking … you know the sound bites.
I’ve written in the past about studies that show that immersing yourself in natural settings can reduce stress, so I revisited the topic and found some new twists on natural stress reduction. Here are some recommendations that surfaced.
We were living in west Knoxville the year the city recorded the coldest temperature in the lower 48. That was January 21/22, 1985. It had snowed on Sunday morning—hard. So hard that church was cancelled. My husband, being the adventurous soul that he was, went out and checked on some of our church’s shut-ins. He barely made it back home and he swears it was because he was driving an old VW Beetle. I was just glad when he was safely home.
I have often wondered if this tradition is a southern thing.
When I was growing up, New Year’s Day was rather frustrating. All day long, I would be warned: “If you do that today, you’ll be doing it all year long!”
Mamaw Jo was so adamant about it, that doing laundry was almost forbidden on New Year’s Day.
One time I was brave and asked Mamaw, “Why are you so convinced about not doing laundry on that day?”
Her answer wasn’t what I expected. “I had a friend who washed clothes on New Year’s Day. Her husband got sick and she washed his clothes all year long!”
I have always admired those who step up to bring children they’ve never met into their homes and families via adoption, but I never truly understood the sacrifice it takes to make that happen. I still don’t. At least, not firsthand. This is the Reader's Digest Condensed version of a much longer story that is still unfolding.
The Boy and His Mountain, by multi-published author Jim Hartsell, has just been released in both English and Spanish. Hartsell’s other children’s titles, The Box of Toys and Father and Sister Radish and the Rose-Colored Glasses, are also now available in both languages. The three books deal with the topics of friendship, generosity, and a child’s view of the world, and are written to help initiate conversations between young children and the adults who care for them.
In last week’s article I described in some detail the house in which I was raised. That was not exactly what I set out to do, so this week I share with you my earlier intentions.
My father insisted in having his bed in the living room where the heating stove was located. The spot upstairs directly over the heating stove held an unfinished baby casket.
There came a time when a noise could be heard upstairs every night, as if something huge was being dragged over the bare, dusty wooden floor.
I was looking at a somewhat fuzzy picture recently that was dated December, 1986. It was a picture of our daughter, Danielle, opening up some of her Christmas presents for that year. She was two months shy of her fourth birthday. Among the My Little Ponies, stuffed animals, and homemade embroidered pillowcases, there was an innocent game—Memory. It was the basic edition with 72 matching pictures of butterflies, kites, balls, bunnies, etc.
Rule number one: be sure to consult your doctor of chiropractic before beginning any exercise program.
Walking just 12 minutes every other day can offer important health benefits. But in order to increase your longevity, try to walk for up to 30 minutes, five days per week.
Move your arms freely, in coordination with the opposite leg. Don’t stoop your head or look down as you walk. This will challenge the normal forward curve of your neck, which, in turn, will cause you to carry your weight improperly.
As soon as it turns November, the craziness starts. I am bombarded with, “When are you going to make your cookies?” Or “Have you started on your cookies yet?”
I have even taken vacation days to make my Christmas cookies. Every year, I make hundreds of them by hand. Hundreds. No exaggeration.
So what is this wonderful cookie? It’s a Ritz cracker/peanut butter sandwich dipped in white chocolate.
My daughter Anne's favorite cookie is chocolate chip. There is no doubt about that. But Spritz Cookies run a close second. She seems to crave them around Christmas time. Every year I make a variety of candies to give as gifts during the holidays, but I must bake a batch of Sprtiz just for Anne. It is not Christmas unless she has her special cookies.
Twas just days before Christmas, the rain came in sheets. The folks in Sharps Chapel knew Santa’s arrival looked bleak.
Young ones and older came from miles around, to be in Sharps Chapel when Santa’s sleigh touched the ground.
Children at the Library, noses pressed to the glass, were getting kind of worried, would Santa have to pass?
This recipe has been around for a long time. I remember back in the day when everyone had a favorite recipe for Snickerdoodles. It is an old timey stand-by cookie. I give cookies at Christmas time. This year I included Snickerdoodles. This is my favorite version. You are supposed to chill the dough for 1 hour before baking. I prefer to chill it overnight. Keep the balls of dough small, 3/4 to 1 inch in diameter. You might think that 2 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon is too much. It's not. You will use it all.
I have always been a person who not only celebrates, but also decorates lavishly for Christmas. As I have gotten older, I decorate sooner. I mean, why go to all that trouble to put up something that has to be taken down in a week or two? So Christmas decorations go up at our house almost as early as they do in the stores. Some time not long after Halloween. On the other hand, the tree usually goes up on Thanksgiving, usually during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (It comes down during the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.)
The average human body is comprised of around 37.2 trillion cells.That’s a bunch. There are blood cells, skin cells, bone cells, cells that line your stomach and intestines, cells that make up your brain and cells that comprise all of your organs and other tissues. Everything about you is built from cells. You are a walking, talking, breathing pile of cells of all kinds. And, they’re all yours.
"Keeping it in Perspective, Encouragement for Homeschoolers"
will be presented by Katie Nemeth, director of AliYah Academy, homeschooling mother of 7 with 23 years of experience. She has successfully graduated 3 and her youngest is in Kindergarten. Persons interested in homeschooling are invited. For more information contact Connie Dickey, 865-992-3629.
January 25th from 9am-5pm, ChocolateFest Knoxville will once again offer locals and visitors to East Tennessee a day to sample and purchase delectable delicacies just in time for Valentine's Day.
General Admission is a sweet deal with only a $5.00 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Knoxville required to come in and enjoy the festival. (age 5 & under are free).
The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Union County High School. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.
Watch live at https://www.HistoricUnionCounty.com/live
Maynardville Public Library is very pleased to announce we will be joining our Small Business Expo and Thunder Road Author Rally together! We will be hosting Thunder Road Author and Small Business Rally two times a year, one in spring and one in fall. Right now we are accepting applications for our spring event which will be held on March 21st 2020.
If you would like to participate in the event as an Author or Small Business Owner, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/SRhnXyxebpMb2eK7A
Jessie Coy “Little” Wilder, age 79 of Maynardville, Tennessee passed away peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2020 at his home with his loving family by his side. He was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky on September 13, 1940 and was a son of the late Bratcher and Lavada Kelly Wilder. Little was a member of St. Teresa of Kolkata Catholic Church in Maynardville and worked as a heavy equipment operator, retiring from the Operating Engineers Local 324 of Michigan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Edward Troy “Big” Wilder, and sister, Janice Green.
Funeral services for Reverend Clarence Paul Byrd, age 79 of Manchester and formerly of Maryville, will be conducted on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM at Calvary Baptist Church, 100 S. Rankin Road, Alcoa, Tennessee with Dr. Steve Hodges and Reverend Greg Williams officiating. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma, TN with Reverend Jake Dorak officiating.
Elder D. R. Cabbage-age 88 of Maynardville finished his course Wednesday afternoon, January 15, 2020 at home. He was a member of Union Primitive Baptist Church. Preceded in death by wife, Rowena Cabbage; children, Claudett, Gary Lynn and Diane.
Survivors: Elder Ray and Teresa Cabbage. A host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of Suncrest Hospice.
Maxwell Doyle Moore-age 84 of Maynardville was born September 18, 1935 passed away Tuesday afternoon, January 14, 2020. Doyle was member and deacon of Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Retired employee of Roadway Express and currently enjoyed his work at Cedar Grove Convenience Center. Preceded in death by parents, Fred and Goldie Cook Moore; brother, Bruce Moore.
Betty Juanita Wallace – age 82 of Luttrell, passed away January 13, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. She was a member of Mountain View Church of God. Betty had a great love of animals, especially her faithful companion, Roxy.
She is preceded in death by husband, Harless M. Wallace; and son, Harless M. Wallace, Jr. Betty is survived by daughters, Dianne Rutherford and Pat Lambert; grandchildren, Chris, Mickey, Angie and Earl Ailor III; several great grandchildren; sisters, Norma Lucas, Janet Keener and Glenna Mowerly; and brother, Ken Paul.
Charles Taylor Carter-age 77 of Sharps Chapel passed away Monday evening, January 13, 2020 at Ft. Sander’s Regional Medical Center. He was of the Baptist faith and a retired employee of Marlock Corporation. He was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Daisy Carter; brother, John Carter; brother-in-law, Audy Keck.
Survivors: sons, Greg (Tammy) Carter; Ricky (Lisa) Carter; one grandson, Cody Carter; brothers, Jim (Nancy) Carter, Tony (Fran) Carter; sister, Barbara Keck; sister-in-law, Madalene Carter. Several nieces and nephews.
Brenda Kay (Collins) Williams-age 50 of Powder Springs born December 2, 1969 passed away Saturday evening, January 11, 2020 at North Knoxville Medical Center. Preceded in death by father, Roy Collins.
Cynthia Marie Flores-age 60 of Maynardville passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020 at North Knoxville Medical Center.
Survivors: husband, Armando Rodriguez Flores of Maynardville; son, Kevin Flores of Knoxville; daughter, Adrian Hosford of Florida. Four grandchildren.
At the request of Cynthia, she will be cremated. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.
Randy Allen Johnson – age 35 of Washburn, was born on December 16, 1984 and passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at U T Hospital.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Basil and Alice Johnson of Washburn and Cecil and Geraldine Rowland of Tazewell, uncles, Bobby Rowland of Tazewell and Bobby Hayes of Washburn. Randy is survived by his parents, Curtis and Kimberly Johnson of Washburn, aunts, Melinda (David) Earls of Tazewell, Geannine (Cookie) Hayes and Cynthia (Rick) Coffey all of Washburn; and a host of other family and friends.