At Wilson Park, over 100 vendors competed for various booth awards at the 2019 Union County Heritage Festival last Saturday. A&B Bookkeeping & Tax Service claimed The Rocky Top award for the best portrayal of the festival theme. The Best Heritage Award for the best example of Union County history portrayed in a craft went to Martin Shafer for making maul handles on an Ole' Time Hit 'n Miss Engine & Lathe. Ralph Webster of Webster's Woodcrafts won Best Unique Craft Item for his handmade Black Walnut Bowl.
Luttrell Music Festival Returns Sept. 8
After a one-year hiatus, the Luttrell Music Festival is back, set for 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Luttrell City Park. Chairing the event once again is Mayme Taylor, Luttrell resident and festival founder.
The festival got its start in 2009, originally called Luttrell Bluegrass Festival, but Taylor said "by popular demand" the name was changed to reflect the wide variety of music offered.
"I started it because when (my husband and I) came to this area and started visiting churches, you go in a church house and the windows are shaking from the awesome music," Taylor said. "We were just taken aback by the musical talent in this area. I thought this talent needs an avenue to showcase the talent."
The city of Luttrell got on board, and the festival started out with a $500 budget, and as it got bigger that contribution grew, not just from the city but from sponsors and grants. This year's sponsors are City of Luttrell, Carmeuse, Sexton Furniture Manufacturing and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
But the festival isn't just about music. It also helps support Luttrell Volunteer Fire Department. Taylor said the festival isn't a fundraiser, but vendors are asked to give 10 percent of their proceeds to Luttrell VFD, and the festival doesn't carry funds over from year to year, instead donating any surplus after expenses to the fire department.
"They're out here helping the community on a skeleton budget," said Taylor.
Another aspect that Taylor treasures is the kids music competition, an opportunity for young musicians to gain recognition. Two past winners will return to the Luttrell Music Festival stage this year: Bobby Mink and Chris Muncey of Narrow Way.
"These kids are now growing up and the circle's coming full circle," said Taylor. "They're still making music. I'm just thrilled to death. I just love watching these kids grow up and still practice music."
In response to public requests, the festival is making an effort to attract bigger acts. This year, country music band Ricochet will headline the festival, and because of the big-name draw, Taylor anticipates a bigger turnout than most years. Attendees should bring a chair or blanket, as the festival is lawn seating.
The festival opens at 4 p.m., with David West and the Ciderville Gang taking the stage at 4:30 p.m., followed by Chris Muncey and Narrow Way at 5:30, and the kids competition at 6:30. Ricochet will take the stage after the kids competition is complete.
There will be food and craft vendors and activities on the festival grounds, including a trackless train from Luttrell VFD for the kids, hamburgers and hot dogs from Mountain View Church of God, Uncle Butch's BBQ, and a bake sale from the Luttrell Seniors. Mountain View Church of God is also offering parking at their church with shuttle service.
Lee Carver is heading up the cruise-in at the festival. Participation is free, and some prizes will be awarded.
Volunteers of all ability levels are needed, and sign-ups for the kids competition are ongoing. For information, visit the festival's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Luttrell-Music-Festival-173629072818850/.
There was “More Fiddlin' Around” as fiddle lovers of all ages welcomed competitors in Union County Heritage Festival's Second Annual Fiddle Contest on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Amateur fiddlers took the stage and performed their best renditions of some fiddle favorites. While the judges were wrestling with very difficult decisions, all of the fiddle participants and several of the guitar, string bass, and mandolin players leaped to the stage to entertain the crowd with an impromptu performance of several popular fiddle tunes.
The Union County Historical Society sponsored the Heritage Festival Quilt Show at the Union County Museum & Genealogical Library. More than thirty quilts lined the museum balcony. Ellen Perry and Patricia Campbell coordinated the event.
Connie Johnsey won Best of Show for her quilt entitled “Harvest Spice”. Best Heritage Quilt was Kim Beeler's “Diary Quilt” that reflected memories of loved ones that "walk beside us every day".
Other awards included the following:
My thoughts were of “Sleeping Beauty” and “Rumpelstiltskin” as Tim I walked down the line of vendors at the Union County Farmer’s Market. We were searching for the lady with a spinning wheel since I was to conduct an interview with her.
“There she is!” Tim pointed, but I still couldn’t see a spinning wheel anywhere; in fact, I didn’t notice it until we reached her tent. You see, I had assumed all spinning wheels were made like the ones mentioned in old fairy tales. I had assumed wrong.
Since it is my birthday, I decided to write about my birthplace and the historic sign at its site: the old Ailor Mill on Route 144, Ailor Gap Road. Of course, this is not really my birthplace, but as a four-year-old I did believe my father when he said that it was. My real birthplace was in a 1958 Chevrolet in Claiborne County, but that's another story. It may not have been that mill on that site, but simply a barn constructed there after the old mill was torn down. Regardless, I believed it to be true and now a historic marker commemorates the site.
More than 14,000 children are treated for backpack-related injuries each year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Can these childhood injuries result in long-term back problems or chronic pain?
By the age of 14, seven percent of children report that back pain affects their everyday life. The lumbar (lower) spine is vulnerable to injury when children carry heavy loads. Such injuries may also lead to early degenerative changes in the lower spine.
And it’s not just the weight you carry in your backpack, but how you carry it.
On Sunday morning, I get up and get ready for church. I have gathered all the materials I will need for the day on the Saturday night prior—clothes, Sunday school booklet, Bible and commentaries. This way, I don’t have to rush to get things done and can sleep a little later than would otherwise be possible. All I have to do is get up, shower, shave, put on my clothes, and grab my Sunday school bag before heading out the door.
Back in the early and mid-1800s the industrial age and a growing population created a demand for raw materials to make products, especially from wood and metals such as iron and lead. Our area had metal ore deposits to produce pig iron in locally owned furnaces fueled by charcoal and coke. Pig iron needed to be shipped to big cities like Chattanooga where it was refined and made into metal products such as tools and farm implements.
The year 2005 was momentous for me. I had been looking for work in an ever widening circle from Athens. I had interviewed in Monroe, Loudon, Bradley, McMinn, and sent applications to every school district that I could drive to in 45 minutes.
Finally in August, I sent applications to Knox and Hamilton counties, even as I cringed at the commute time it would be to any school in those counties. Two weeks after I had sent those applications, I received a phone call from the principal of an elementary school at the northern tip of Hamilton County.
When I was a kid, the fall of the year was butchering time. Dad usually had a castrated boar that he had fattened up for the kill. I never understood why a farmer would fatten up a pig. You can only use so much lard. Anyway, I have a question for you. Have you ever made scrapple? I remember when the pig's head would be cooked and all the meat carefully cut or pulled away from the bone. Sounds gross, doesn't it? Head cheese is good but it is a bit different from my recipe for scrapple. Do you have some pork sausage languishing in your freezer? Here's a use for it.
Kenneth “Dink” Brown Benefit Saturday, November 2nd 4pm - 8pm
Kenneth “Dink” Brown of Luttrell received a kidney transplant on September 17, 2019. This benefit is to help them with medical expenses and household bills. He will not be able to work for around 3 months. 100% of the proceeds go directly to The Brown Family.
The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education will be held at Union County High School on Thursday, September 12, 2019. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.
Extension of Dr. James E. Carter's contract as Director of the Union County Public Schools will be discussed and considered for approval at this meeting.
Inez Evon Shelton-age 93 of Washburn passed away Monday afternoon, October 21, 2019 at her home. She was a member of Mt. Eager Baptist Church since she was 9 years old. She received her Masters Degree of Science from the University of Tennessee and taught school in the Grainger County School System for 41 years. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Paris and Lucinda (Williams) Hamilton, Samuel and Nora (Nicely) Shelton; parents, Rev.
Charles Kerekes-age 62 of Knoxville passed away Saturday afternoon October 19, 2019 at the home of his daughter. He was a loving father and grandfather. He worked at Dalton Foundry in Kendallville, Indiana for 30 years. Preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Kerekes; parents, John Kerekes and Mary Toth; brother, Andrew Kerekes, sister, Wanda Kay Kerekes Potter.
Survivors are daughter, Sarah Campos, grandchildren, Aryana and Jaydon Campos, brother, James Kerekes and several nephews.
Brenda Oleda “Williams” Hutson-age 72 of Luttrell joined the Heavenly Choir Wednesday evening, October 16, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was a lifelong member of Mountain View Church of God of the Union Assembly. Retired employee of Atlantic Research Corporation, Knoxville. Preceded in death by great-granddaughter, Isabella Grace Nicely; parents, James A. and Pearlie Williams; brother, Doffise Williams; sister, Lela Williams.
Melba Jennilee Brewer Kitts-age 86 of Knoxville went home to join her family circle unbroken. The angels set her spirit free peacefully Tuesday evening, October 15, 2019 at her home with her family by her side. She was a member of Dante Church of God. She loved to sing and spread the word of God. Devoted caretaker to many family and friends. Her legacy will continue through her children and those she influenced by interaction of her faith in Jesus Christ. At last she is Home where there is: “Peace in The Valley”.