Medicinal Plants

Thousands of years before modern medicine, people depended on medicinal plants to ease pain and aid healing. Our early pioneer ancestors learned from native Indians what plants were useful to treat maladies. Many of these plants are common in our area and easy to identify. What follows is a description of some of the more easy to find medicinals found in our area.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): Also called bloodwort, nosebleed, and soldier’s woundwort. This wildflower has a tight cluster of white, five-petal flowers at the top, with soft, aromatic, fernlike leaves along the stem. It is common in pastures, roadsides, and disturbed places. The leaves and stems were used to promote healing of open wounds and as a diaphoretic (used to increase perspiration).

Common Burdock (Arctium minus): Also called clotbur. This is the plant with the round button like seedpods that stick to your clothes like Velcro (not cocklebur, which are shaped more like footballs). It is common in disturbed areas and I see it a lot around barns and in overgrazed pastures. The root was widely used by Indians as a blood purifier and to treat bleeding wounds. In Spain and France it has been used to cure skin blemishes.

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca): A familiar plant that stands 4-5 feet tall and has round clusters of pinkish to purplish flowers. The leaves are broad ovals that attach to the stem in whorls. The roots of this plant were used as an expectorant (helps force out mucous from the respiratory tract), to ease joint pain, increase perspiration, and to increase urine flow). Warning: the plant is considered toxic, and the white milky sap is an eye irritant.

Eastern red-cedar (Juniperus virginiana): Found in about every fencerow and needs no description. The leaves were used as a stimulant, to induce menstrual flow, and to treat tapeworm. The leaves, seeds, and twigs have been boiled and inhaled to treat bronchitis. The boiled bark has been used to treat skin rash.

Plantain (Plantago major): If you don’t use weed killer on your lawn you likely have this growing somewhere. It’s a weed with broad, heavily ribbed leaves that lay low to the ground. A leaf tea has been used to treat coughs, diarrhea, and dysentery. It’s called nature’s band aide, and the leaves can be applied to blisters, sores, swelling, and insect bites. There is scientific confirmation that can aid in the healing process. If you’re out in the wild simply chew a leaf to a pulp and apply as needed.

A good book on medicinal plants is the Peterson guide called Medicinal Plants.

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Theatrics take the stage in Maynardville

Theatrics and performing arts will soon take the stage in Maynardville. A local Union County native, Michael Bailey, brings his passion of the arts along with years of experience to the county with the introduction of Thunder Road Theatre.
Bailey, age 22, has many theater productions under his belt with several major fundraisers, such as last year’s T1D: Zombie Edition at Wilson Park for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He began in theater as early as elementary school and it soon became something he loved dearly.

Congratulations to UCBPA Man and Woman of 2019

UCBPA Man & Woman of 2019 Gary England and Ms. Melanie Dykes. Photo by Chantay Collins

Each year, the Union County Business & Professional Association chooses a man and a woman to serve as ambassador to promote cooperation among the business and professionals for the benefit of the citizens. These individuals exemplify the spirit of community service and use their knowledge and expertise to make Union County a better place to live, work, play and pray. The UCBPA Man & Woman of 2019 are Gary England and Melanie Dykes.

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Williams opens veterinarian clinic in Paulette

Dr. Williams with family and friends cutting the ribbon at the new Paulette location.

Pet owners in and around the Paulette community now have a veterinarian next door. Located just up the road from Paulette Elementary School and only eight minutes from Halls, Thunder Road Veterinary Services, LLC celebrated their grand opening last month during a ribbon cutting and open house with family and friends. There were free prizes, raffles, discounted merchandise, facility tours of the new veterinarian clinic and a food truck.

Locals set record with Operation Christmas Child

Milan Baptist Church wants children in need around the world to receive a gift this Christmas season and to experience the love and hope that we find in Jesus Christ.
For the seventh year, Milan Baptist Church has partnered with the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, to make a difference in the lives of children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. The annual project takes empty shoeboxes and turns them into gifts filled with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items that will be delivered to children in need around the world.

Combating elder abuse in Tennessee

Tennessee’s District Attorneys General are on a mission to protect seniors from elder abuse. We are improving laws, increasing public awareness and, with the help of other partners, using criminal investigations and courtroom prosecutions to protect our seniors.
But, we need the help of informed citizens to win this battle.

Injury Prevention Tips

Following these guidelines can help you prevent injuries: Avoid doing too much, too soon. Never increase the length of your workouts by more than 10 percent from one week to the next, and never increase both the length and intensity of your workout at the same time. Never skip your warm-up or cool-down. Tight or stiff muscles around a joint will make the area more prone to injury. This is especially important in sports that require quick movements, such as basketball and tennis.

Horses transformed into magical unicorns

Kallie Hopper Noblin with husband Jeff. Photo by Nicole Delfraino Photography

Everyone enjoys capturing milestones and memories in photographs so that the joy can be relived through the generations.
Here in Union County, KH Equine Event Rentals focuses on the happiness of clients and the take-home factor for moments like these. The creative business offers photo shoot setups and themed shoots as well as the very popular unicorn interaction at shoots and parties.

National Authors Day celebrated

Authors Guild of Tennessee members enjoy National Authors Day at Union Ave. Books: Cheryl Peyton, AGT President; Jody Sims, Bobbi Phelps and Linda Fitzpatrick.

Authors around the nation celebrated National Authors Day November 1. Here in Knoxville, the celebration went into the evening. The event was presented by the Authors Guild of Tennessee, in collaboration with Union Avenue Books and the Knoxville Writers Guild.

Johnson's Deer Processing & Taxidermy

A family tradition has sprouted into a family business for the Johnsons. Tyler Johnson and his dad, Terry, created a deer processing and taxidermy business partnership in Corryton, and it is a busy season for the fellows as deer hunting season is in full steam.
Inspiration for the industry arose from childhood stories told by Tyler’s papaw, Raymond Johnson. After a weekend hunt in Chuck Swan, Raymond and his brothers would cut the deer up in the kitchen floor.
Tyler says, “I guess you could say it’s in my blood.”

Country Connections: The musical Woods family

On April 11, 1932, in Goin, Claiborne County, Tennessee, a marriage was performed between Clifford Renee Woods Sr. and Virgie Alvelda O’Dell. Four months later, a song was recorded at the Victor Studio on Fifth Street in Camden, New Jersey, by the great Jimmie Rodgers.
The Great Depression was deepening worldwide. The song was “No Hard Times” about living in the country with a mule, a bucket of lard and chickens in my backyard.
On April 13, 1933, a girl child was born to Clifford and Virgie. They named her Wanda Lucille Woods. The family lived in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Events

Union County Board Of Education

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 18:00
UNION COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education will be held at Union County High School on Thursday, December 12, 2019. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.

The Union County Board of Education will meet in Executive Session at Union County High School at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019 in anticipation of litigation.

UCBPA Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 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.

Obituary

James A. "Jim" Clay, Jr.

James Anderson “Jim” Clay, Jr.-age 63 of Washburn went home to be with his Heavenly Father Friday morning, December 6, 2019 while surrounded by his family at his home. He was a long-time member of Mt. Eager Baptist Church. Jim was a former employee of Plasti-Line Inc. and was a retired Barber. Everyone who knew him loved him. Preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ruth Clay; sisters, Lois Dalton and Rhonda Clay; brother, Rev. Johnny Clay.

Barbara Beeler McGinnis

Barbara Beeler McGinnis-age 84 of Washburn went to be with the Lord Thursday, December 5, 2019 at her home. Preceded in death by brothers and sisters-in-law, J. R. (Grace) Beeler; Don (Wanda) Beeler; Bill (Lillian) Beeler, all of Washburn; Hazel Lester of Tazewell.

She is survived by her children, Rick (Alice) McGinnis of Knoxville; Rita (Jim) Teffteller of Rutledge; Debbie (Gary) Wood and Jeff McGinnis, all of Washburn. She had eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Wayne Clifton Smith

Wayne Clifton Smith-age 86 of Heiskell passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at his home with is family by his side. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He was a U. S. Army Veteran and a member of the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard. He was a member of J. C. Baker Lodge #720 F. & A.M.

He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Shirley Smith; children, Charlotte Diane, Wayne, Tim, Rick and wife, Dolly; Darrell and Beverly. He was also blessed with 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

E. J. Ray

E. J. Ray-age 73 of Maynardville went home peacefully Monday evening, December 2, 2019 at his home. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Andy and Maggie Ray; sisters, Dorthy, Gladys and Mary Patricia Ray; brother, Jr Ray.

Cynthia Dawn Hensley

Cynthia Dawn (Cooper) Hensley-age 53 of Luttrell, born January 18, 1966 passed away Monday morning, December 2, 2019 at her home. Cynthia was a member of Jim Town Baptist Church and an employee of the Horace Maynard Middle School. Preceded in death by father, Rev. E. R. Cooper; mother, Opal Raley Cooper; brothers, Mark and Tony Cooper.

David Ray Richards, Jr.

David Ray Richards, Jr. age 43 of Knoxville passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019 on Thanksgiving Day. David worked at Legend Fitness in Knoxville. He was born and raised on the south side of Knoxville and blessed to have touched so many lives with his charm and outgoing personality.

John Bolt Tatum, Jr.

John B. Tatum, Jr.-age 70 of Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, formerly of Piqua, Ohio passed away suddenly Saturday, November 30, 2019 at his home. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Piqua, Ohio; U. S. Air Force Veteran of the Viet Nam War; retired employee of Dinner Bell Meat Processing and also worked at Simpson Industries and Clopay Building Products. John loved living on Norris Lake where he enjoyed boating, fishing and hunting. John, along with his wife fostered several children for 13 years.

Lt. Kenneth Thomas Bowman

Lt. Kenneth Thomas Bowman – K. T.’s family are sad and heartbroken to announce his passing November 27, 2019 peacefully at his home after a lengthy illness. Much appreciation to all his doctors, nurses, DCI Dialysis Clinic on Martin Mill Pike and Amedisys Home Health. He was born January 18, 1939 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of the late Ralph and Francis Bowman. U. S. Army Veteran of the Viet Nam War and served 1956 – 1966 obtaining many awards to include the Bronze Star Medal. K. T.

Pearl (Graves) Kitts

Pearl (Graves) Kitts, “Granny Pearl” – 93 of Maynardville, passed away November 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. She was one of the oldest members of Alder Springs Baptist Church. Pearl retired from Knox County Health Department.

Gerald Gillette

Gerald Gillette-age 87 of Maynardville passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, November 27, 2019 at his home and is now rejoicing in his new Heavenly home. Gerald loved the Lord and was one of His faithful servants. He made sure that everyone he talked to knew about Jesus. He loved and served his country and was a U. S. Navy Veteran of the Korean War and served again in the Army National Guard. He spent most of his life in foundry work and retired as a foundry coordinator with J. R. Hoe and Sons, Middlesboro, Kentucky.

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