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



A Universe of Stories

Maynardville Public Library Director Chantay Collins and Assistant Mandi Suddath

Maynardville Public Library has kicked off their Annual Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories. Reading is made fun with creative ways to earn prizes, rewards, and many perks of online programs. All ages are invited to join in on the program, youth and adult.

Tripping and Rolling

For most people, it would be a traumatic and possibly dangerous experience. To me, it was another one of my unexpected trips. Pun intended.

It happened at the end of gym class my sophomore year of high school. We didn’t dress out that day, instead we played a game of no rules basketball. When the first dismissal bell rung, I ran back up to the very top of the bleachers to get my folders. My friends and I had been sitting up there before we joined into the basketball game.

Salty Baked Potato

Whenever we are grilling out, I hate to take space for baked potatoes. Yes, they taste great cooked on the grill, but there is an easier way to do them. Just dip them in egg whites, sprinkle with coarse salt and pop them in the oven. The egg white holds the salt crystals in place and seasons the potato. You might think that is too much salt, but it isn't. Don't eat the skin if you have a problem with salt, but I do because I don't. They look pretty on the plate as well.

Childhood Memories (Not Made in Tennessee)

Hi Oh Silver, Away!!!

I was looking at an old picture not too long ago and it was like having a time machine. The picture was of me in cowboy get-up. At the sake of dating myself, I loved the old westerns on TV: Rifleman, Wagon Train, Maverick, Death Valley Days, Zorro, the ones in black and white, during what some call the Golden Age of Television. There I am in the picture, my best sheriff pose, gazing into the camera on Christmas morning. This was in Alaska; Ft. Richardson, to be exact.

The Ultimate Head Fake


I’m not talking about basketball. I’m talking about a concept known as “deepfakes”. The term comes from combining the concept of “deep learning” with the word “fakes”. It’s one of the latest emerging technologies to burst onto the scene, and you should be worried about it.

Bean and Pasta Salad

There are a jillion bean and pasta salads out there. They are all a little different and good, too. This one is a bit different from the rest. The celery is partially cooked. The onion is marinated in white vinegar. All of that does make a difference. Try it and see what you think. You can use any combination of canned beans, even add green beans, if you like. Mix it up.

David McCollough Celebrates 30 Years

David McCollough, State Farm Agent

In June 2019, David McCollough celebrated thirty years in the insurance industry. David is a State Farm Agent in Maynardville, Tennessee. He grew up in South Alabama with hardworking parents who taught him the importance of working to achieve your goals. David graduated from Troy University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree. He has three children who live close by in beautiful East Tennessee; Jake, Abby, and John David.

George Jones Tribute Concert

This Saturday, June 15, clear your calendar and take a beautiful drive into Sharps Chapel for an evening of music and festivities at the George Jones Tribute Concert. The fun filled, family event will be held at the Sharps Chapel Community Park from 6:00 – 9:00pm with festival seating, so don’t forget to bring your lawn chair!

One of My Stunts

It seemed like any other Sunday afternoon. That was until Sara and I hopped out of the car.

Down the back driveway, my stepfather Dick came barreling toward us in his truck. He and my mom lived behind us on top of the hill. I realized he had been watching and waiting for us to arrive back home from chirper choir. That told me something had happened.

The first thing I noticed was that my mom wasn’t with him. Fear and uncertainty slowly crept up my spine. Had something happened her? And if so, why wasn’t Dick with her?


Wine and Wreaths

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 18:00

Thursdays just got so much better!
Join us at The Winery every Thursday for
amazing drink specials and exciting activities.

In June, join us for a fun Wine and Wreaths event.
During this class, get ready for 4th of July by crafting a wreath while enjoying a glass of wine. Various ribbons are available so you can make the wreath your own. The class is only
$25 and includes all the materials needed as well as the glass of wine. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling The Winery at (865)745-2902.

Union County Board Of Education

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 18:00

The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Union County High School. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.



Area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 07:30
Area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders

"We invite all area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders to come together on the last Thursday of each month at Hardee's at 7:30 am. This is to be a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion about how we as a community of Faith can work together to have a positive impact on our county. All are welcome!" For more information please contact Kathy Chesney at 865-566-3289.

CEASE inc., Paint and Pour

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 18:30

CEASE, inc. will be hosting a Paint and Pour event at Seven Springs Winery at 6:00 PM on June 28th. Participants will take a painting class while sipping on wine. The cost of the ticket includes the painting class, all supplies needed for the class, and the first glass of wine. Tickets are on sale for $45.00. Tickets are limited, so get yours today! We're going to have a great time and this event benefits a great cause, providing assistance to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault! Call 865-745-3002, connect with CEASE inc.


Jenny Lou Holt Byrd

Jenny Lou Holt Byrd, age 88, of Maynardville, TN passed away on Monday, June 17, 2019. She was a longtime member of Clear Springs Baptist Church. Jenny enjoyed scrapbooking, crocheting, and gardening. She is retired from K-Mart after 27 years. She is preceded in death by husband of 68 years, Charles Byrd; mother Grace Fortner Holt Chamberlain and father Clifford Holt.

Charles Edward Green

Charles Green – He often said, “Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die.” And on June 15, 2019, Charles Edward Green, loving husband and father of two children, went to Heaven at the age of 70 in Maynardville. Charlie was born on January 15, 1949 in Kingsport, Tennessee to Roy and Willnette Green. In 1970 his son, Johnathon Edward was born. He married Kimberly (Kim) Jones 31 years ago and raised one son together, Samuel Roy. Charlie had many passions including motorcycles, 60’s & 70’s R&B music and hamburgers.

Donna Jo (Chesney) Rogers

Donna Jo (Chesney) Rogers-age 74 of Sharps Chapel passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Claiborne Medical Center. She was preceded in death by husband, Marsillus Isaac (Skeeter) Rogers.

Survivors: son, Joe Rogers, daughter, Angela Buege; granddaughter, Kelly Buege; instant granddaughter, Jennifer Housewright.

Arrangements for a memorial service are pending at this time. Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville in charge.

David Wayne Tolliver

David Wayne Tolliver-age 72 of Sharps Chapel went to be with the Lord, Friday afternoon, June 14, 2019 at his home with his wife and family at his side. He was a member and Deacon of Leatherwood Baptist Church. Retired employee of Union County Highway Department and also had a love of farming, hunting and fishing. Preceded in death by parents, Andrew and Lillie Tolliver; parents-in-law, Bob and Ethel Buchanan; sister-in-law, Shirley Tolliver.

Tyler Wayne Atkins

Tyler Wayne Atkins-age 24 of Luttrell passed away Friday, June 14, 2019. He was preceded in death by mother, Misty Dawn (Nankervis) Atkins; brother, Matthew Atkins; grandfather, Jerry Nankervis; special grandmother, Bonnie DeVault.

Survivors: father, Chris Atkins; sister, Gracie Nankervis; grandparents, Gary and Phyllis Atkins; grandmother, Connie Condry; papaw, Jimmy DeVault; uncles, Jimmy (Julie) DeVault, Jr., Shawn and Shea Condry, Jerry and Cory Nankervis. Several cousins and other family members.

Audy B. Keck

Audy B. Keck-age 72 of Sharps Chapel went home to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer Thursday evening, June 13, 2019 at his home. Audy had a testimony of faith in the Lord, Jesus and was of the Baptist belief. He was a member of the Union County Rescue Squad. Preceded in death by parents, Warmer and Linda Keck; brothers, W. T., Joe, Jimmy and Harley Keck; sister-in-law, Nancy Keck; brothers-in-law, J. B. Stansberry and Jim Hayes.

Dorothy "Dot" Knott

Dorothy “Dot” Knott began her new journey June 13, 2019 with family at her side; Leaving behind daughters, Virginia Smothers (Mark), Deborah Hill, Lisa Gerard (Jeremy), step-daughter Donna Fisher, treasured grandkids and great-grandkids, as well as, her beloved Rocky Hill Baptist Church family and many other special friends. Family will receive friends 5:00-7:00pm Monday, June 17, 2019, at Rocky Hill Baptist Church with service to follow at 7:00pm, Dr. Scott Whaley officiating. Family and friends will meet 10:45am Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Rocky Hill Cemetery for an 11:00am interment.

Erwin Lynn Berry

Erwin Lynn Berry – age 64 of Sharps Chapel, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 9, 2019. He was a member and deacon of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church. Erwin was an employee of Pilot Corporation for 38 years.

Eva Jean Lawson

Eva Jean Lawson – 59, born August 18, 1959 to Cecil and Thelma “Judy” Branham in Welch, West Virginia, passed away June 11, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. She married the love of her life, Roy E. Lawson in Monroe, Michigan on June 22, 1984. She was a nuclear security officer at Fermi II plant for 23 years and also a security officer at Monroe High School for 8 years.

Paul L. Llewellyn Obituary

Paul L. Llewellyn, age 74, of Knoxville, passed away on June 9, 2019.
Paul will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband. He was a Harley Davidson enthusiast and member of the Blue Hawks. He also loved animals, especially his dog Lucy.
Preceded in death by mother and father Addie and Tate Llewellyn; 3 sisters and 4 brothers.

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