With the passing of time, it is essential to have the understanding of the importance of cherishing the little moments in life. Being able to enjoy these seconds to their fullest means the outburst of laughter, sharing of wisdom, and enhanced intuitiveness. Sandra Greene’s life is a depiction of this wisdom and peace.
The Multi-talented Sarah Morgan
Union County holds bragging rights for a long list of famous artists. Multi-talented musician/singer/songwriter Sarah Morgan has more than earned her place on that renowned register. The Union County native has just returned from a three-week-stint in the UK that included teaching, performing and sightseeing.
“I was hired to teach mountain dulcimer courses at a weeklong traditional music festival in southern England, and I also played at a couple of folk clubs,” said Morgan. “In between, I had time to relax so I did some hiking and explored a couple of castles.”
Morgan began playing at seven years old on a dulcimer built by her grandfather. After he passed, her parents decided the instrument would be a good way to incorporate music into her home school education. The first song she loved playing was titled, “We Shall Stay Here.”
“I didn’t enjoy playing the dulcimer at first,” said Morgan. “It required patience and dedication and seven year old Sarah didn’t have much of either. But eventually I fell in love with it.”
The dulcimer is Morgan’s instrument of choice but she also plays the upright bass and banjo. She spends a lot of time on her music, but says that lately square dancing has caught her attention. She constantly explores avenues that continue to take her music to the next level.
“Right now I’m obsessed with fiddler George Lee Hawkins from Kentucky. I love learning his tunes.”
Although Morgan’s music is steeped in traditional Appalachian folk music, she enjoys listening to all genres, but says she will always come back to bluegrass and old time music.
“I think over time my sound has narrowed into the more specific genre of Old-Time Appalachian music. Early on, I played a wider variety of songs, but over the years I’ve honed in on the music that I really connect with, and the sound I want as a performer. But I’m still learning.”
Morgan is enrolled at Morehead State University where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Traditional Music with minors in Appalachian Studies and Arts Entrepreneurship.
She takes songwriting classes as part of her degree program and shares her talents by giving lessons to others. She has written more than a dozen songs that she incorporates into her performances. Her set list includes about 50 songs that are in rotation. Always in tune with her audience, Morgan adds or takes away songs from a performance depending on what she thinks her listeners might enjoy. She says songwriting is a skill she finds rewarding, but one she is still developing.
“I also work as the archival assistant at the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music. A lot of my material comes from listening to field and archival recordings of traditional folk musicians.”
After a brief few days of visiting with friends and family in Union County, it’s back to Kentucky for the artist, where summer classes await.
“I have a few fun gigs lined up too. I will be performing and teaching in Kentucky, Illinois and Oregon this summer.”
Morgan says she is excited about the Oregon trip because she will take a flight out but will travel back to Tennessee on Amtrak. She tours alone for the most part and says she loves the independence that brings.
“I still love performing locally and regionally, but most of my gigs take place on weekends and during the summer since I’m still in school.”
When asked if she has ever made a mistake on stage, or gets nervous before performing, Morgan answers with full disclosure.
“Even though I do my best before a show to practice and to warm up, I often make mistakes. Once I’m on stage, my goal is to just relax and make a meaningful, even if brief, connection with my audience. If I do make mistakes, I know many folks won’t even notice and if they do, it doesn’t seem to bother them.
“I don’t think being nervous before a show is necessarily a bad thing. It shows that you care. Pre-show nerves are basically adrenaline. In the same way adrenaline can help you run faster, it can also help you play better. I always perform better when I’m feeling a little nervous. It’s about controlling that adrenaline and using it in a positive way.”
Morgan says she is blessed to have parents who support her music career, and credits her first dulcimer teacher, June Goforth, with helping her discover a lifelong passion for music.
For a list of future performances, to follow Sarah’s career, or to purchase her music, go to www.sarahmorganmusic.com.
The Knoxville Chapter of the Kidney Foundation started Chocolatefest more than twenty-five years ago at Knoxville Center. Eventually, the chapter decided to forego the yearly event.When one of the former board members had an urge to bring the festival back, she asked past Chocolatefest judge and local radio personality Jennifer Johnsey if she would help. Luckily, Jennifer was happy to oblige.
Mincey’s Musings Year Two, Week Two
A frustrated conductor once asked a band player with issues, “Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?” The player replied, “I don’t know, and I don’t care.”
This is a slightly tweaked missive that came my way via email. It reminded me of a joke I once heard at a meeting which I shall attempt to embellish for your reading pleasure.
Grandma made the best cookies, didn't she? She didn't work outside the home. Those were the days when she washed, starched and ironed her ruffled curtains and had time to crochet frilly doilies for the end tables next to the sofa. Ruffled curtains are things of the past as are crocheted doilies. She didn't have to get the kids properly dressed for school and then get herself to her job on time. She did have time to polish up on her cookie recipes.
Scratching your head? Who in the world are Abraham and Carl?
When we see the word “and” between two names, we assume they are connected in some way. For instance, I love the comedy teams of Andy and Barney (Mayberry), Lucy and Ethel and (one of my favorites) Laurel and Hardy.
For the record, Abraham and Carl are not a comedy team. In fact, they never even met for they lived thousands of years apart.
Scratching your head again?
I saw an article online the other day. It listed recipes that are outdated and thankful to be gone. I don't agree. Everyone of them are on my “favorites” list. I think the reason they are outdated is that they were over-used back in the day. I remember when I first discovered canned tuna fish. We had a Tuna Noodle Casserole about every other week. I have a good recipe for that, too.
One of the most important ways to invest in the future of agriculture is to invest in the people who will become tomorrow’s agriculture industry leaders. Students pursuing the agriculture industry often look for careers in planning, implementation, production, management, processing, education, or marketing ag products and services. Tennessee Department of Education predicts that over 60,000 high-skilled agricultural jobs open annually in the United States with just around 35,400 graduates in the Ag, Food, and Natural Resources program studies to fill the openings.
Betty is teaching another wonderful Wine and Canvas Class! This class we will be painting Red Breasted Blue Birds!
Sip on some wine and learn to paint from one of Union Counties best! Supplies are included.
Tickets are only $35 and must be purchased in advance by calling (865) 745-2902 or by coming into The Winery.
Seating is limited and fills up very fast so make sure you reserve your ticket today!
"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.
Join us at The Winery for a fun Wine and Design event.
During this class, get ready for Valentine's Day by painting
and crafting a wine bottle and wooden love sign. The class is only
$25 and includes all the materials needed as well as a glass
of wine or juice. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased
in advance by calling The Winery at (865)745-2902.
Class starts at 6 so please come early to taste our wines and choose your favorite.
It's that time again and everyone is invited.
February is a Pick Up month for our Wine Club and we are having a party to celebrate.
Saturday, February 2nd from Noon till 8
Live Music From:
45RPM Noon - 3:30 pm
They will be playing music from the vinyl era, the tunes that you know and love!!
Overdrive 4-8 pm
Overdrive is a band dedicated to filling the dance floor at any venue they play at! Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!
Dale R. Wesche – age 39 of Heiskell, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 as a result of an automobile accident. He was a member of Fairview Free Will Baptist Church. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and 4-wheeling with his friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Wilma Wesche. Dale is survived by his canine companion, Gretchen; and a community of friends.
Nancy Byrum, age 57, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019. Proceeded in death by father George Byrum Sr., sister Debbie Patterson, brother Timmy Byrum, nephew Brent Byrum; and many aunts and uncles. Survived by mother Margret Byrum, daughter Fran Hancock, son Michael Scott Rolen; grandchildren Jared and Genny; brothers and sisters-in-law George and Maryann, Dennis and Teresa, Steve and Susan, and significant other Calvin Stafford; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Bobbie Jean Needham Weaver, age 85 of Corryton, passed away at her home on January 19, 2019 and went to her heavenly home. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church for many years. Bobbie was preceded in death by her loving husband Eugene Weaver, parents Jim and Mae Needham, brother J.E. Needham, and son-in-law Charlie Burnette.
Gladys B. Ledford, age 96, of Knoxville, passed away on January 20, 2019.
She attended Salem Baptist Church.
Preceded in death by husband David L. Ledford; daughter Patsy J. Price; grandson Brian Schwartz.
Survived by daughter M. Annette Rummell (Barry); son Charles “David” Ledford (Joy); 10 grandchildren; many great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.
Family will receive friends 4-6PM Wednesday at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel with funeral service to follow, Rev. David McGill officiating.
Rosemary Gail (Wilkerson) Johnson, of Halls/Plainview, went to be with our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on Friday January 18, 2019. Rosemary spent 4 years fighting a rare mantle cell lymphoma. Rosemary loved her family, was a believer in Christ, an animal lover, and an all-around genuine person. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, Roy & Mary Lynn Wilkerson; father in law, Raymond Johnson; and brother in law Ray Johnson.
Lloyd Russell Lee Sr., age 68, of Knoxville, Tn was born July 6, 1950 and departed this earthly life on January 17, 2019 to gain his new body in heaven. His life was filled with the love of Nascar, Semi-Trucks, and Family. Lloyd was a self employed over the road truck driver for his entire life to provide for his ever-growing family. Married to Sandra “Sandy” Lee on January 4th 1969, they shared their love of 50 years with their 3 sons Rusty (spouse Mary Duso), Jimmy (wife April), and Billy (spouse Becky Litton).
Ted Jones, age 67, of Knoxville passed away on January 17, 2019. He was a bus operator for Knoxville Area Transit for over 43 years, and a member of Amalgamated Transit Union. He was a member of West Side Baptist church. Preceded in death by parents George & Neoma Jones, grandparents William Ellis & Flora Shuemaker, father-in-law Jack Jones.
Nathan Samuel Davis – age 23 of Maynardville, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019.
He is survived by his parents, Luther and Julia Davis; and sister, Gabriela Eby.
A celebration of life service is being planned for a later date. Trinity Funeral Home, LLC, Maynardville, has the honor to serve the family of Nathan Davis. 865-992-5002 www.trinityfuneralhome.net