Lots of Fiddlin Around at Heritage Festival

Last Year's Heritage Festival

The 14th Annual Union County Heritage Festival is loaded with ways to fiddle around on Saturday, October 6. With three venues and three music stages, there are sights, sounds, and activities for all ages. The 2018 Festival kicks off a two year tribute to Roy Acuff, Maynardville native and country music legend, who was hailed as the King of Country Music. The theme of Fiddlin’ Around reminds us of the importance of leisure time as well as Acuff’s favorite instrument. From the opening at 10:00 am with Mayor Jason Bailey, the Veterans, and Keaton Roach to the last notes of the Fiddle Contest Winners there will be lots of Fiddlin’ Around in Union County.

After the opening on the Main Stage at the Gazebo, Stoney Point Bluegrass Band entertains with a medley of familiar and modern tunes with a new twist. Wild Blue Yonder Band offers a mixture of traditional country dating back to the Carter family as well as hints of some Irish ballads like “Blue-Eyed Suzy”. WBY features one of the best fiddlers in these parts, Cindy Wallace, a teacher in Claiborne County. Back after several years is Andy Williams and the Cumberland Station Band. Rounding out the Gazebo Stage is a special performance by fiddler, Perry Cooper, who won last year’s Blue Mud Fiddle contest at the Big Ridge Bluegrass Festival.

More music and fiddling streams from the Front Porch Stage. Luttrell Music Festival Winner Dustin Ford showcases our talented youth with his own rendition of Wabash Cannonball, made famous by Roy Acuff and later Johnny Cash. Union County’s own Virginia Faith strums her ukulele straight to your heart with her Dolly Parton voice. Some of the best banjo pickin’ and fiddlin’ lands on stage with Wayne & Eric. Their musical talent and expertise combines for nearly a century of country, bluegrass, and gospel songs. More fiddling appears with Sleepy-Eyed John’s Band in the form of toe tappin’, foot-stompin’ melodies from country to bluegrass.

At 1:00 pm the Front Porch Stage erupts with Fiddlin’ All Around with the first Heritage Festival Fiddle Contest. Amateurs from three counties will compete for cash prizes. First place awards $300 with second place offering $200, and the third place winner receives $100. A grant from the East Tennessee Foundation Arts Fund supports the contest. Winners will also have a mentoring experience at the Lincoln Memorial Music Week hosted by Steve Gulley next summer. Closing out the Front Porch brings ever popular Chris Muncey and Narrow Way.

The Gospel Tent immerses the audience in praise all day with songs like “I Saw the Light”. Savannah and Chapel Hill return to open the stage with a variety of their own songs and some gospel favorites. New this year will be Andre’ & Vera Pratt. Andre’ grew up in Plainview and with his wife sings gospel love songs for the Lord and the good people of East Tennessee. Continuing the songs of praise and celebration will be Higher Ground, New River, Ernie Bradley of Grassy Ridge Band, and Heavenly Sunrise.

All this music is sure to ignite your appetite. Country victuals include Dollie’s Chicken n’ Dumplins on top of a real wood stove, cornbread from the oven, and pinto beans simmering in a big cast iron pot.

Of course, Hawg Heaven will offer BBQ with twirled taters and smoked bologna. Pick up a jar of homemade apple butter from the Scottish Rite Club and cool off with a shaved Italian ice from the Lions Club. Try a chicken or veggie quesadilla from Chef Mo and a brownie from Revival Vision Church, then wash it down with a latte, cold or hot, from Pedal Java. Relish every morsel of a fried pie served by Ann’s Gals and try a fried oreo by Rainbo. Enjoy breakfast, hamburgers, and sandwiches at Milan Church near the Front Porch. Other Festival fare includes funnel cakes, kettle corn, cotton candy, ice cream, and sodas.

On the walking trail above the Gazebo are tractors from the 1900’s to the 1950’s. Beginning at 2:00 pm, the tractors will parade through the Festival to continue down main street and return to Veteran’s Place.

A dozen or so Model A’s greet visitors near the entrance to Veteran’s Place. Perry, Norman, Shannon, and Danny grind real cornmeal at the Washam Corn Mill, which sits under the oak tree near the tractors. Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) Canton of Hochwald offers Medieval combat and artistry demonstrations along with heritage crafts.

Arts and Craft Vendors include woodworking from signs to toys, wreath making with grapevine, burlap, and tulle, beaded jewelry, and soy candles. Heritage crafts demonstrate chair caning, embroidery, crochet, and quilting.

The Luttrell Volunteer Fire department will host the Kidz Train and Bounce House. Nearby in the Kidz Zone, children can ride the Shetland Hills ponies or pet a farm animal. Moss’s Duck Pond and basketball Toss offer super prizes for a small fee for the games. Children can compete in the Heritage Olympics at 10:45 am in a Nail Driving Contest and at 2:30 pm in the Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest. Children can watch their parents and other adults do Nail Driving also at 10:45 am or the Feed Bag Toss at the same time. Moms and other women can participate in the Skillet Throw at 3:00 pm. Lodge Cast Iron sponsors the prizes.

Visitors can hop on the free shuttle sponsored by State Farm Insurance and City of Plainview to relax and ride to the Union County Museum and the Historic Snodderly House. Wanda’s Antique Crystal Market is a must at the Museum. Collectible glassware at $5.00 each piece. Five authors will discuss their books and offer signed copies for sale: Cyn Taylor, Brooke Cox, Historian Bonnie Peters, Terry Kirby, and Tommy Daugherty. Brooke will also entertain with Storytelling at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm about vanishing children and mysterious lights in the tops of trees. Of course, the featured attraction is the Heritage Quilt Show. Ellen Perry and her committee will receive quilts from several counties. Some will reflect the theme, Fiddlin’ Around. Others are family heirlooms proudly displayed. Some are hand stitched, others machine sewn. All provide a colorful display of talent and craftsmanship.

Next, ride the shuttle to 720 Main Street, the Historic Snodderly House, where Betty Bullen, Gloria Holcomb, and Chantay Collins are displaying the Fine Art, Student Art, and Photography. Both two- and three-dimensional art from amateur area artists and UCHS and HMMS students are part of the exhibit. Photography of Union County people and places along with those that depict the theme, Fiddlin’ Around are on display. Prizes are sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama. Visitors can also view a Professional Artist Exhibit and the Archived Collectible Prints.

Board the shuttle to return to Wilson Park. Grab a funnel cake and some produce from the Farmer’s Market. October 6, 2018 will be remembered for just Fiddlin’ Around.

Martin Shaffer with his Hit & Miss Engine at Last Year's Festival.

Creative Arts & Crafts at Last Year's Festival

Ray Bull on guitar, Justin Smith on bass and David Parker on banjo at Last Year's Festival



Are You Ready?

Archie Wilson

1 Peter 3:15 KJV
[15] But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:


Tripping into Christmas, Part 2

Brooke Cox

“Here you go.” Timmy lays his red and green house shoe down on his bed in front of Tripp.
“This will be a comfortable bed for you.” He pushes down inside it with his finger. “See? It has a thick foam insole.”
Tripp looks up to Timmy and raises an eyebrow. “You want me to sleep in your stinky house shoe?”
“It’s not stinky!” Timmy protests. “My Mamaw gave them to me last year and I only wore them when she was here.”
Tripp pulls glitter out of his pocket and sprinkles it inside the house shoe. “Just in case.”
“Very funny. Now hop in the shoe please.”

Give a Kid the World

Ronnie Mincey

Mincey’s Musings
Year One, Week Forty-Eight

It was forty years ago this very month that I received a Christmas gift that I would even now not trade for thousands of dollars.

I’m not even sure how it came about, but somehow my mother began saving S & H green stamps. At some point Hensley’s IGA must have issued them, for I don’t remember my mother ever shopping anywhere else. Perhaps she had my sister Anna Mae, my brother Jerry, or Cousin Lizzie Norton get them for her, as they lived and shopped in Knoxville.

Chiropractic and Professional Baseball and Football

Chiropractic and Professional Baseball and Football

Chiropractic’s integration into professional sports medical teams has resulted in the creation of the Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society (PBCS). The first annual PBCS workshop was held in March 2015. Many of the team chiropractors in Major League Baseball were in attendance as well as a few from Minor League Baseball. This first seminar even included a surprise visit from former MLB manager Joe Torre, who took some time to address those in attendance on how beneficial chiropractic was not only to him, but also to the players on the teams he managed.

Parallel Parking

Parallel Parking

Can you parallel park? I did once, only once. I quit while I was ahead. It is hard to do. I need a forty acre field on a good day. How I ever got through life without bumping fenders trying to park, I'll never know. Yes, I do. I always looked for a diagonal parking space or a parking garage where the attendant parked my car.

A Weird Twist on Snow

A Weird Twist on Snow

A lot of folks had their first taste of snow recently, and since snow is more welcome during the Christmas season, I decided to use it as this week’s topic. Trouble is I’ve written several articles about snow in the past, so I had to dig harder to find something fresh to write about. I did find something surprising, that I’d have to classify as weird science. It involves something called heavy water, so prepare to go sub-atomic.


Chocolate Bon Bons

Chocolate Bon Bons

My favorite kind of chocolate to work with is cocoa. However, that doesn't work for making dipping chocolate. At least I don't know how to do that. I have several candy recipes I make every Christmas, but Anne's favorite is my Chocolate Bon Bons.

I came across this candy recipe a few years ago. It certainly didn't look like a candy recipe. What candy lists flour among its ingredients? This is the only one I know of.

Action on SR-33 and SR-61 Pending – You Can Make a Difference

The Tennessee North Rural Planning Organization (RPO) meets on Thursday the 13th of December to prioritize TDOT funded road projects in the RPOs seven county region. Union County does not have any TDOT projects under construction, although the SR-33 project from the Knox County Line to South of SR-144 was recently moved to the Construction Phase.

2018 Year End Tax Planning

What a wonderful time of the year! Celebrating Christmas and the New Year with family and friends, good food, memories of Christmas’ past and creating new memories. The New Year is a time for making resolutions and planning for changes we would like to experience in our lives in the coming year. With only four weeks remaining in 2018, we are running out of opportunities to take advantage of tax planning.

Andrew Ernest Morgan: Controller of Water, Mover of Men

Andrew Ernest Morgan

Most of us probably do not even recognize the name of Arthur Ernest Morgan; yet for those of us living in the the rural communities of the Tennessee Valley, Morgan should be remembered every time we switch on our lights or plug in our computers. Arthur Morgan was the first Director of the Tennessee Valley Authority, but he was much more than just a political appointee or bureaucratic figurehead. Morgan, a civil engineer, was an expert in water flow and water control. He was a hands on director who busied himself with the most intimate parts of the TVA: the inner workings of the dams and the communities they served. As an engineer, he designed the dams, made the earth move, mined the rock, and poured the concrete. As a visionary, he designed communities with energy efficient housing and environmental consideration. As an educator, Morgan saw the need to teach the people to use better farming practices and to train people to use electricity to make their daily chores easier.


Need A Ride To Church

Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 10:00
Need A Ride To Church

Fellowship Christian Church located at 746 Tazewell Pike Luttrell TN 37779 will pickup anyone in the local area needing a ride to church. Call Sam at 865-607-3741 to schedule a ride.

Worship Services

Sunday School 10:00 AM
Sunday Worship Service 11:00 A.M
Sunday Evening Service 6:30 P.M
Wednesday Service 7:00 P.M

UCBPA Meeting

Thursday, January 10, 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.

Union County Election Commission Meeting

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 14:30
Union County Election Commission

Union County Election Commission meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2:30pm in room 101 of the Union County Courthouse to conduct election business which comes before the commission pursuant to its duties listed in, but not limited to TCA $2-12-116, and to conduct any other business that may come before the election commission at that time. Union County Election Commission, 901 Main Street, Suite 108, Maynardville, TN 37807, (865) 992-3471 http://www.electionsunioncountytn.com


Tony Lynn "Pap" Brogdon, Sr.

Tony Lynn Brogdon, Sr. “Pap”-age 58 of Knoxville passed away Monday, December 17, 2018 surrounded by members of his close family. He was a member of Stonewall Baptist Church. Tony was a dump truck driver but worked with skills second to none.

He is survived by his five children, Tony Brogdon, Jr., William Brogdon, Brandy Brogdon, Sheridan Brogdon and wife, Janet; Dixie Hopson and husband, Josh. He had many grandkids and siblings who loved him dearly and he will be missed. In lieu of flowers, the family ask for donations to be made toward Pap’s funeral service in his name.

Martha E. Berkley

Martha E. Berkley, age 92 of Knoxville passed away December 16, 2018. She was a member of Washington Pike Baptist Church. Martha retired from Knox County Circuit Court. She was a strong Christian woman, a devoted mother, and a loving wife. Preceded in death by William G. Berkley; parents Herman E. and Cassie Turner; brother H. Eugene Turner Jr.; granddaughter Jill Berry. Survived by daughter, Sharon B. Kirkland and husband Garrett; sons, Tobe Cowden and wife Chela, and Mike Berkley; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Goneau Gentry Heath

Goneau Gentry Heath was born August 20, 1921 and went to her heavenly home on December 13, 2018 at the age of 97. Goneau was a longtime member of North Knoxville Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Cleve Gentry and her mother, Bonnie Stooksbury Gentry; Aunt who raised her, Cora Stooksbury; husband of 51 years, K.C. Heath; Brothers, Ray and Carson Gentry; Sister, Jessie Beeler; Granddaughter, Julie Hourigan; Son-in-law, James "Jim" Bean.

Wanda Faye Henry

Wanda Faye Henry, age 81, of Corryton joined her husband in heaven on December 12, 2018 at Tennova Powell. Member of Clear Springs Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband Harvey Henry; parents Luke and Elizabeth Everett; sisters Juanita Boling, Iola Chandler, Lelia Davis; and brother David Everett.

Rev. Gains Harrell Lewis, Sr.

Rev. Gains Harrell Lewis, Sr.-age 86 of Maynardville went to his Heavenly Home Friday morning, December 14, 2018. Harrell, above everything else, loved the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour and preached and witnessed so others would do the same. He was saved and was a member of Hubbs Grove Baptist Church and attended Fellowship Christian Church. He had pastored Leatherwood Baptist Church and Head of Barren Baptist Church. He was proud to be a lifetime citizen of Maynardville, Tennessee and was well-known and had many friends and family.

Betty Sue Baumgardner

Betty Sue Baumgardner – age 77 of Washburn, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. She was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Knoxville. Betty was a loving wife and enjoyed crocheting and quilting.

She is preceded in death by parents, Edgar and Dorothy Glover; sisters, Mary Ann Glover and Nell Harper. Betty is survived by loving husband of 60 years, Reverend Albert “Dick” Baumgardner; sister, Jenntte; brother, Edward Glover; and several nieces and nephews.

Jesse D. Coffman

Jesse D. “J.D.” Coffman-age 89 of Washburn passed away peacefully Thursday morning, December 13, 2018 at his home. He was a U. S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. J. D. was a member of Central View American Christian Church, Washburn.

Nicole "Nicky" Tyson

Nicole “Nicky” Tyson, age 42, passed away on December 11, 2018. She was an outgoing woman who never met a stranger. She was the happiest when surrounded by family, friends, and her fur babies, whom she was very passionate about. Nicky could light up any room she walked in and will be missed by many. She is survived by fiancé Kenny Thomas, daughter April Tyson (Boo), sons Nicholas Gene Beaver and Hunter Dylan Leon Foster, parents Janice and Jim Shipley, granddaughter Payton McKenzie Abshire, close cousin/sister Kelly Williams, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Charles "Charlie" Winton Campbell

Campbell, Charles "Charlie" Winton, age 68 of Corryton, adored daddy and the most treasured grandpa, was welcomed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on, Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Awaiting this great reunion day was Charlie's sweetheart and the love of his life, Glenda Kay Campbell, his beloved wife. Also preceding his death are; parents Henderson & Ruth Campbell and sister Katherine Ann Campbell.

Sonja Denise Brown

Sonja Denise Brown-age 53 of Luttrell passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at her home. She was a member of Mynatt Road Baptist Church in Halls. Preceded in death by father, Leonard Allen Ridenour.

Survivors: husband, David Lee Brown; mother, Reba Evelyn Ridenour; brother, Ronnie Lynn Ridenour and wife, Donna; sister, Donna Michelle Gordon and husband, Gerald. Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Graveside service and interment 12 Noon Saturday, December 15, 2018, Dyer Cemetery, Powder Springs. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

The opinions expressed by columnists and those providing comments are theirs alone, and may not reflect the opinions of Russell Computer Systems, Inc or any employee thereof.