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



Get Your Morning Mojo at Liquid Lightning

Liquid Lightning

It is a great time to be a coffee drinker in Maynardville. Whether you are waking up early headed to work, finishing up the morning school drop offs, or just plain love to guzzle coffee all day, with one sip you will be sure to add a new stop to your daily route. Liquid Lightning, a local veteran owned and operated coffee shop, has opened their doors and put the go-juice on to brew with a goal of bringing delicious coffee, lots of laughs, and a sense of joy and comfort to the community.

Win for Author Kaye George

Kaye George

Knoxville TN: Local author Kaye George took home a second place win from BOULD (Bizarre, Outrageous, Unfettered, Limitless, Daring) for her short story Dream Girl. The story is published in BOULD Awards Short Story Anthology and is now available on Amazon.

Shirleys Bread

Shirley's Bread

I got a call from Aaron Russell the other day. He was checking to see how I was doing. He hadn't talked with me in a while. During the conversation, he mentions that he likes to bake bread. Not just any bread, but salt-rising bread. He described the process as well as how good the bread tastes. That got me thinking.

Ambulance Selfie

Ambulance Selfie

“Well, you always want an adventure!” Lynda locked the car doors.

It’s an interesting story how we had gotten to that point. Lynda is my best friend and cousin. We played ball together, ran around together, and went to the same middle and high school.

George Washington Cherry Treat

George Washington Cherry Treat

Fresh pie cherries aren't available in February. That's okay. Food City does my canning for me these days. They have one pound cans of red tart cherries on the shelf every day. I call them sour cherries.

Do you really think George cut down a cherry tree? Do you really think he fested up to the deed? Naw. George was known as a ladies man. I wouldn't be surprised if he did tell a lie now and then.

Science versus Faith

Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal once said, “The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing… We know truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart.”

Pascal was a genius and a genuine polymath who lived in the 17th century. To cover his accomplishments and body of work would require volumes, which have already been written. I want to focus on the concept he so poetically illustrated above – the ever-present battle between the head and the heart. Specifically,

Cherry Creme Fudge

Cherry Creme Fudge

Here is a fudge recipe I made a long time ago, that is, if you call 1981 a long time ago. Fudge recipes have evolved over the years. They are easier to make now. Just cook up some sugar and evaporated milk. Add chocolate and marshmallow cream and you have fudge. But it is not the same as the old fashioned variety. Oldsters will agree with me. (I will share one of those recipes at a later date.).

Failed Back Surgery Is Relatively Common

Failed Back Surgery Is Relatively Common

Failed back surgery (continued low back and leg pain after surgery) is relatively common according to a new report from the Boston University School of Medicine. With each reoperation, success, as defined by pain reduction, becomes less likely and most patients do not improve. However, preliminary studies using a simple procedure to remove scar tissue or adhesions suggests a new treatment could help those with post-surgical, chronic low back pain.

The German Beer Stein

German Beer Stein

I have had a beautiful beer stein since World War II. My brother, Rodney, sent it back from Germany. He was part of a Navy goodwill tour that started at England then went on to Germany. He sent back two beer steins and a Black Forest coo coo clock from there.

When he returned home, Rod took back the coo coo clock and one beer stein. That left me with one beer stein. I have placed that beautiful beer stein in a prominent place in my home as I moved around the country. It is time to give it a permanent home while I am still here to do so.


Interested in Homeschooling?

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 18:00

Join us for our annual Mom's night out. Monday, February 25, at six pm when April Shepherd, from the Smoky Mountain Home Education Association will be speaking at Hardees. April, a proponent of country living and a successful homeschooling Mother, will be speaking on using everyday living to teach fundamentals and life skills. She has titled her talk, "Little House on the Prairie Schooling". Sponsored by the local support group of homeschooling families, more information can be obtained by contacting Connie Dickey @ 865-992-3629

Mens Conference

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 19:00
Alder Springs Missionary Baptist Church

Alder Springs Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting a Men’s Conference on Friday, March 1st at 7:00 P.M. and Saturday, March 2nd at 9:30 A.M.
Evangelists will be Rev. Jerry Vittatoe and Rev. Mike Viles. Pastor, Rev. Jimmy Davidson extends a hearty welcome to all men.

4-H County Baking Contest

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 17:00

After youth have participated in school during February, they will be awarded a blue ribbon to move forward to the county contest. The entries at the county will be due for judging on March 18 then displayed with awards at the Extension Month Open House on March 19 for sampling.

MPL Small Business Expo

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 09:00

Small Business Expo
Hosted by Maynardville Public Library
296 Main St, Maynardville, Tennessee 37807
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 9 AM – 1 PM
Our 3rd Annual Expo to showcase the many small businesses in Union County. Drop by to see what our county has to offer and support these local businesses.
If you are a business owner looking to attend fill out the following google form by March 15th



Franklin Delano Capps

Frank Capps-age 85 of Knoxville passed away Thursday morning, February 21, 2019 at U. T. Medical Center. Member of Warwick’s Chapel Baptist Church. He was a U. S. Army Veteran. Frank was a long-standing owner/operator of auto service garages in the Luttrell area. Preceded in death by wife, Ithel McHone Capps; daughter, Brenda Smyth.

Obituary for Mary Carolyn Childress

Mary Carolyn Childress, age 84 of East Knoxville, passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019 at her home. She attended Buffat Heights Baptist Church. She was a long- time employee of Supreme Contracting. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Frances Whitt, Proceeded in death by Jack Childress. Survived by brothers; Ronnie (Phyllis) Whitt, Tom (Jo) Whitt, and Steve Whitt. Several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Longtime friends, Mack and Lily Thomas and Bryan and Sherry Linander.

Janice Ann Beeler Fields

Janice Ann Beeler Fields-age 66 of Corbin, Kentucky passed away suddenly Monday morning, February 18, 2019 at her home. She was a loving mother, nana, sister and friend. She will be sadly missed by all. Janice was a member of Nave Hill Baptist Church and was a former co-owner of Fields Apparel in Monticello, Kentucky. She was recently employed at SEKRI, Corbin, Kentucky for 22 years. Preceded in death by parents, James Aubrey and Lillie Beeler, two brothers, Gary and Terry Beeler; nephew, Adam Beeler.

Robert Bradley Douglas

Robert Bradley Douglas, known as Brad Douglas, was born October 12th, 1978. Brad spent his life in the Knoxville area embracing the Tennessee Volunteers, fishing and hiking. Brad's favorite thing to do was to take him and his family exploring. It is with great sadness that the family of Brad Douglas announces his passing at the age of 40. His spirit, enthusiasm and willingness to put other's needs above his own will be missed but not forgotten.

Robert Bruce Kezer

R. Bruce Kezer-age 84 of Knoxville departed this world for heaven on February 15 from his home. His family was at his side. Born in Jersey City, NJ, on September 30, 1934 to Edwin and Ruth (Adams) Kezer, Bruce graduated from the University of Vermont in 1957. He then entered the US Army and served, in peacetime, for three years until being honorably discharged at the rank of Lieutenant. Bruce loved Jesus with all his heart, and worked to live instead of the other way around.

Thomas Michael McLaughlin

Thomas M. McLaughlin age 57 currently of Maynardville TN, formerly of Edison NJ, passed away on February 8th 2019 at UT Hospital following an exhausting battle with cancer. Preceded in death by father, Thomas W, and brother Michael W McLaughlin.

Survived by wife Kathie, daughter and son-in-law Jennifer McLaughlin and Josh Lamb, son TJ, mother Elaine, sister and brother-in-law Lori and Gary Yurchak, grandchildren Chris and Michael, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Judson "Juddy" Bailey

Judson “Juddy“ Bailey - age 79 of Washburn, was born on February 27, 1939 and passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 10, 2019. We all called him Pap. He was a member of Nave Hill Baptist Church. He loved his family, hunting, playing cards, dogs and driving around. He spent his last few months putting on his shoes and saying “I believe I will go home”. He is finally “home“, peacefully in the arms of Jesus.

Frances Jane Nichols

Frances Jane Nichols “Janey”, age 61, of Rockford, went to be with the Lord on February 8, 2019, surrounded by her loved ones. She was a beloved mom, sister, and granny. Preceded in death by parents Jack Huggins and Bernice Van Dyke, brother Jackie Huggins, sisters Sarah Munsey, Sandy Huggins, and Darlene Dunaway.

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