Local Youths Succeed in 4-H

Pictured - Raven Walker with her Blue Ribbon Lemon Drizzle Muffins

March is Extension Month in Tennessee. Established in 2015 by a proclamation from the Tennessee General Assembly, Extension Month celebrates the educational outreach, service, and economic impact achieved by Extension across the state. Over these past three years since Extension Month began, county offices across the state have used the month as a way to showcase their programs and attract new clientele. Union County Extension took March as an opportunity to celebrate successes, tell stories, and show new and current audiences the value that Extension brings to their lives and communities. Every day Extension Agents, Program Assistants, and all other staff strive to provide real life solutions and improve Tennesseans’ quality of life.

During this celebratory time, Union County Extension invested a great deal of time into the local youth community. Many activities took action with a focus this year on a countywide photography contest, chick chain project, and countywide baking contest.

Photographs were received from fourth through twelfth graders in the categories of Animals and Insects, Land and Nature, 4-H, Portraits, Light and Shadow, Health and Nutrition, and a Theme category that changes yearly, this year being Union County. The youth exalted their photo shooting skills and talents with more than one hundred and fifty exhibit entries. A panel of judges critiqued the photos and awarded a first, second, and third place in each category in divisions of Junior (4-5th grades), Junior High (6-8th grades), and Senior (9-12th grades) levels. First place winners are as follows: Adelina Montoya, Weston Beeler, Kailei Beeler, Bo Blakely, Will Jennings, Meredeth Whitley, Travis Hanna, Allyson Hanna, Robert Schlacter, and Kaleb Hanna.

Overall, a Best of Show photo was chosen by the judges as a special recognition. Sixth grader, Meradeth Whitley’s photo of a fresh baked, buttery loaf of homemade bread on a butcher block was chosen as recipient of this honor. In addition, during the Extension Month Open House, observers cast votes for a People’s Choice Photo. Fellow sixth grader Summer Kerr pulled in the top number of votes from the crowd with her photo of an unsaddled horse in pasture to take home this award. All entries were appreciated by spectators with many comments on extraordinary talent in the group of 4-Her’s.

A Top Ten photos are chosen from the pool of sixth thru twelfth graders to move forward the State 4-H Photo Search Contest to be held in June. The talented folks chosen were: Will Jennings, Meradeth Whitley, Allyson Hanna, Joannah Kadron, Travis Hanna, and Kaleb Hanna. Congratulations to all entrants and these as they move on to the next level of competition.

A favorite annual contest also held in March is the County 4-H Baking Contest. In the preceding months, 4-H has a local contest at each school awarding ribbons and advancing blue ribbon winners to the county contest in March. Categories are: fourth grade muffins, fifth grade cookies, sixth grade bar cookies, seventh grade quick bread, eighth grade cake, ninth thru twelfth grade yeast bread. At the county contest more than twenty-five participants entered their delectable treats this year.

Fourth grade winners were: 1st place Raven Walker’s Lemon Drizzle Muffins, 2nd place Chloe Lloyd’s Blueberry Streusel, 3rd place Kassidee Weaver’s Strawberry Muffins. Fifth grade winners: 1st place Kaylee Haynes’ Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies, 2nd place Kailei Beeler’s Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies, 3rd place Katie Johnson’s Sugar Crusted Lemon Cookies. Sixth grade winners: 1st place Summer Kerr’s Strawberry Shortcake Bars, 2nd place Iliy Ray’s Blueberry White Chocolate Bars, 3rd place Gracie Lloyd’s Magic Cookie Bars. Seventh grade winners: 1st place Danielle Haynes’ Lemon Blueberry Quickbread, 2nd place Antonio Grasty’s Zuccini Bread, 3rd place Dalton Schreieck’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread.

Emmagayle Malone was named the overall Grand Champion with her delicious Dark Chocolate Cranberry Magic Bars. David Hopkins’ lip-smacking Pumpkin Bread was chosen as Reserve Grand Champion overall. Judges were excited at the number of delicious entries and are looking forward to next year’s event.

In early March, nineteen 4-Her’s entered the annual 4-H Chick Chain Project. They each received twenty chicks in their choice of breed, Black Sex Link or Golden Comet. The kids will raise the chicks over the summer months, keeping records and investing time. In September, they will return six of their best, most uniform hens who should be beginning to lay, to the Annual 4-H Chick Chain Show and Sale. The Auction will sell the hens in lots of three and raise donations to fund the upcoming year's project. The remaining hens are kept by the 4-Her’s and will produce a numerous amount of eggs quickly as a young, quality flock.

As you can see, the local UT Extension office has a very active program involving youth within the community. There is always a need for volunteers to lead programs, if interested contact the Union County office at 865-992-8038.

Grand Champion Emmagayle Malone with her Dark Chocolate Cranberry Magic Bars

Summer Kerr's Shortcake Bars

Best of Show photo, captured by Meradeth Whitley

Golden Comet chicks for the 4-H Chick Chain Project



Newest Dollar General Opens in Plainview

Picture of ribbon cutting at Doller General

The City of Plainview hosted a ribbon cutting to mark the Grand Opening of the Dollar General Store at 1900 Tazewell Pike. Mayor Gary Chandler welcomed the crowd and thanked all who made this day possible. Mayor Chandler stated that Plainview is a growing community of caring individuals and that the city will continue to strive to “meet the needs of our citizens”.

Summer at the Farmers Market

Emmagayle and Jennagrace Malone of Union Farm

Summer is in full swing at the Union County Farmers Market. The market is located in Wilson Park and open on Saturdays from 10am – 1pm. Our new Saturday hours allow our farmers to harvest early on Saturday morning bringing you the freshest possible produce. We hope the later hours will also encourage you to take advantage of the food trucks that are joining us! Enjoy a snack, breakfast or lunch.

Ecclesiastes 1:9

Picture of Ronnie Mincey

Mincey’s Musings
Year Two, Week Twenty-Five

I had the privilege of seeing several of my elementary school classmates during the past month. One of them, my friend Kevin White, reminded me of a circumstance that happened in third grade.

Sparkling Grape Juice

“Sure, I’m in,” I agreed.

It was late November and I was on a girls’ trips with three of my girlfriends: Lynda, Pamela and Tracy. We toured Biltmore House since it was decorated for Christmas. I thought it was beautiful.

That I would do again.

A Crack of Lightning

A few days ago I had just risen from my chair to go to the great room for a cup of coffee. I really stood up and took notice, stopping dead in my tracks. There came a sudden crack of lightning with a deafening roar of thunder. All at the same time. That was not only close, it had to be right on top of us. My immediate worry was if there was any damage.

Reminiscing the First Moon Landing

Picture of Moon walk on apollo 11

Being old has its disadvantages, but something I’m glad it allowed me to witness (at age 15) was the first moon landing and walk that occurred 50 years ago this month. It was one of those moments you remember exactly. In my case it was at my boyhood home in Middlesboro, Kentucky at 10:30 on a Sunday night. Me and my dad (mom was out of town) sat there watching a small black and white television totally mesmerized as these two guys walking around on another world. I remember lots of goosebumps and feeling so happy (I was a bona fide science geek by then).


Red Grape Pie

I have always liked red table grapes, but have previously looked in vain for a way to cook them. A few years ago our church group took a trip up to Cumberland Falls in Kentucky. While there, we had lunch at their tearoom. Grape Salad was on the menu. It was delicious and new to all of us. We asked for the recipe. The one they gave us didn't turn out at all like the tasty salad we had there. Don't you hate that? When someone gives you a recipe and its not quite like their dish.

20th Annual Daylily Bloom Festival

Spectators enjoying a sunny June morning at Oakes Daylilies for the 20th Annual Daylily Bloom Festival

Enthusiasts from around the world traveled to spectate the picturesque landscapes of unique blooms at the Twentieth Annual Oakes Daylily Bloom Festival on Friday and Saturday June 28 and 29. The weather was usual for East Tennessee’s late June days, very hot and muggy, but the temperatures did not slow down the masses of guests attending.

Paint Party on Main Street

Platinum Athletics kicks off the Paint Party for Union County Youth

On June 29, Main Street exploded with color. Union County Platinum Athletics hosted a Paint Party to youths and families of the community. The children, as well as the children at heart, excessively enjoyed a paint slip-n-slide, shaving cream twister, canvas painting with squirt bottles, water balloon fight, and an over the top paint war. The paint war is exactly that, a war, everyone throws powder paint at everyone who came for a fun mess of a time, creating a beautiful, colorful rainbow mess.


Annual Tomato Tasting

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:00

Vote for your favorite tomato and shop at the farmers market! There are children's activities as well. Backyard growers are welcome to bring their tomatoes for the contest, provided they have enough. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wilson Park.

Youth and Corn Festival

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 10:00

Enjoy a day of family-friendly fun! Children can compete in fun contests like "corniest joke," "fastest corn eater," and "fastest corn shucking." There will be door prizes and live music. Local vendors may sell corn products at no cost to them. In addition to corn-related shopping, local produce and craft vendors will be at the farmers market. There will be games, history exhibits, and fun demonstrations for everyone. We'll see you there!

UCBPA Meeting

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 12:00

UCBPA meets the second Tuesday of each month for approximately one hour. Membership is $25 annually. The meeting begins at noon at Hardee's in Maynardville. Anyone interested in making Union County a better place to live, work, worship, or play may attend.


Robert L. "Speedy" Dyer

Robert L. (Speedy) Dyer-age 65 of Corryton went to be with the Lord Monday, July 1, 2019 at his home. He was a member of Corryton Church and was a retired employee of Tomcat USA. Preceded in death by his wife, Sally; father, Robert (Bob) Dyer; mother and step-father, Jean and Bill Danley.

Jerry Lynn Hubbs, Jr.

Jerry Lynn Hubbs, Jr.-age 46 of Knoxville passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019 at his home following a brief battle with cancer. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, Luttrell. Preceded in death by father, Jerry Lynn Hubbs, Sr.; mother, Joyce Bailey Cline; grandparents, Frank and Mary Bailey; granddaughter, Riley Hubbs.

Reverend Luther Cox

Reverend Luther Vineyard Cox – age 93 of Maynardville, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 peacefully at home with his family by his side. He was a lifelong member and former pastor of Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Luther was retired from Dempster Brothers and was a United States Army Veteran serving in World II.

Lowell Edward George Sr.

Lowell Edward George, Sr., age 81 of Knoxville went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 5, 2019 at 11:05 am with his family surrounding him. He was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church, Fountain City and lifelong resident of Knoxville. He was greatly loved by his family and all who knew him and was a father figure to many. Lowell is preceded in death by mother and father Eva and Tom Newberry.

Samuel Earl Hampton

Samuel “Sam” E. Hampton, age 70, formerly of Beckley, WV, passed away peacefully at home in Knoxville, TN on Thursday, July 4, 2019. He loved football and was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns. He was also a lover of animals.
Survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharron Hampton and daughter Jennifer and her husband John Morris.
A service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Mynatt Funeral Home Fountain City Chapel with Minister Brad Hood officiating.

Clarence Henegar

Clarence Henegar, age 85, lifelong resident of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord on July 3, 2019. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church for 50 years, and served as a deacon for 40 years. He was a graduate of Central High School, and went on to graduate from Cooper Institute. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 32 years of service. In his younger years he enjoyed bowling, and was an avid golfer. He was very well known in the dancing community. As a young man he enjoyed square dancing, and in later years, ballroom and country dancing.

Donald L. Fowler

Donald L. Fowler, age 80, of Knoxville passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019. He enjoyed spending time with his family and eating out. He is preceded in death by wife of 26 years Carol Fowler, parents; Hugh & Hester Fowler, brothers; Albert, Billy, Glenn and James, and by dog Peanut. He is survived by son Keith Fowler, brother Wilbur Fowler of Springfield, Tennessee and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 2:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Grove Heights Baptist Church (818 Frank Street Knoxville, TN). A service will follow at 4:00pm with Rev.

Lois Lee

Lois Ann Lee – age 67 of Maynardville, went to be with the Lord on July 2, 2019.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Lee; parents, Clarence and Dorothy Effler; sister, Linda Sexton; brothers, Bobby and Charlie Effler. Lois is survived by her daughter, Sheila (Kenneth) Lawler; son, Bobby (Tammy) Tharp; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Emma (Bill) Collins, Karen (Randy) Chamberlain and Gerri (Mark) Ford; brother, Sandy (Peggy) Effler; and a host of loving nieces and nephews and other family members.

Mickie D. Faulkner

Mickie D. Faulkner-age 43 of Corryton passed away Tuesday morning, July 2, 2019 at her home with her family by her side. She was a member of True Life Ministries Church. She was a loving and selfless person who loved to make others smile and be happy. She was preceded in death by father, George Lee Poindexter; mother, Anna B. Collins; sister, Lisa Poindexter.

Gene Autrey Ford

Gene Autrey Ford – age 75 of Luttrell, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019. He was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church, Karns. Gene was a military veteran and a retired electrician, IBEW Local 760.

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