Year Two, Week Fourteen
Those who know me well probably won’t believe this, but the first money I remember earning was for singing.
When I was about four or five years old my family rented a house on Academy Street in downtown Maynardville. The yard did not have much grass in either the front or the back.
The front yard was mostly consumed by a coal pile. I remember once I fell off the front porch into the coal pile, resulting in painful skinned knees.
I fared no better in the back yard. When we lived there, there was no indoor bathroom—there was an outhouse as close to the back of the lot as possible. Often my mother would rinse the chamber pot and empty the rinse water into the muddy back yard. I remember once falling off the back porch and into the muddy muck. As I fell, I obviously screamed, and hit the mess with my mouth open. The result was not pleasant.
I also conducted my first scientific experiment in this house. I stuck a bobby pin into an electrical outlet, and the pin conducted electricity all the way up my left arm. Perhaps this is what developed a quick reflex to avoid pain in the future.
My half-brother Jerry Sampson lived with us for a while. He was just finishing high school, and he had worked a part-time job and bought himself a console stereo. I loved to hear records played on that stereo. Unfortunately, Jerry married and took his stereo with him. I probably pined over the loss of hearing records, for soon after my father bought a small cabinet model stereo. He was afraid I would mess with it and damage it, so he had Irby Monroe build a platform for it to sit on.
I did not tear up the stereo, but I remember standing in a straight back chair so I could watch one record in particular go round and round on the turntable. It was a Columbia Special Products record (“18 Great Country Hits”) that Mother ordered from television. It was one of my all-time favorite recordings, and I still have it today.
I would sing along and imitate the singers, as most children can do before their voices change during adolescence. It didn’t matter if the singer was male or female, single or a group, I could sing lead with the best of them.
Our landlord was Kenneth D. (Buck) Buckner. His wife Jessie was my mother’s Sunday School teacher, and also an English teacher at Horace Maynard High School, as I was later to learn. I don’t know what I sang for Buck. Perhaps it was Carl Smith’s “Foggy River”, or Roy Acuff’s “Wabash Cannonball”, both of which were on the record. It might even have been Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” or Johnny Horton’s “North to Alaska”. (For a special treat, look these songs up on Youtube and enjoy!)
Buck was very complimentary of my singing ability, so much so that I told him, “Most people pay me for singing.” Buck thought that was hilarious. Perhaps others did pay me for singing, but Buck paid me the first money I ever remember earning, a whole quarter!
I would say now that most people would pay me not to sing. In the days before Central Finance, the Union County Board of Education had its own finance manager, Glenn Coppock, in house. Glenn is the song leader at Hubbs Grove Baptist Church. I was singing in the Central Office one day, and Glenn told me that I had better keep my day job.
Wonder if Buck Buckner would have agreed with him? Maybe they just had different tastes in music, or perhaps adolescence robbed me of my fine voice. Regardless, I didn’t ask Glenn to pay me, for I feared I would be the one to have to pay him for listening, and since he cut my paycheck, I did not think it wise.
I leave you this week with a quote I found on Internet by one of Union County’s finest sons, the Country Gentleman himself, the late, great Chet Atkins:
“When I was a little boy, I told my dad,
‘When I grow up, I want to be a musician.’
My dad said: ‘You can’t do both, Son.’”
The City of Plainview hosted a ribbon cutting to mark the Grand Opening of the Dollar General Store at 1900 Tazewell Pike. Mayor Gary Chandler welcomed the crowd and thanked all who made this day possible. Mayor Chandler stated that Plainview is a growing community of caring individuals and that the city will continue to strive to “meet the needs of our citizens”.
Summer is in full swing at the Union County Farmers Market. The market is located in Wilson Park and open on Saturdays from 10am – 1pm. Our new Saturday hours allow our farmers to harvest early on Saturday morning bringing you the freshest possible produce. We hope the later hours will also encourage you to take advantage of the food trucks that are joining us! Enjoy a snack, breakfast or lunch.
A few days ago I had just risen from my chair to go to the great room for a cup of coffee. I really stood up and took notice, stopping dead in my tracks. There came a sudden crack of lightning with a deafening roar of thunder. All at the same time. That was not only close, it had to be right on top of us. My immediate worry was if there was any damage.
Being old has its disadvantages, but something I’m glad it allowed me to witness (at age 15) was the first moon landing and walk that occurred 50 years ago this month. It was one of those moments you remember exactly. In my case it was at my boyhood home in Middlesboro, Kentucky at 10:30 on a Sunday night. Me and my dad (mom was out of town) sat there watching a small black and white television totally mesmerized as these two guys walking around on another world. I remember lots of goosebumps and feeling so happy (I was a bona fide science geek by then).
I have always liked red table grapes, but have previously looked in vain for a way to cook them. A few years ago our church group took a trip up to Cumberland Falls in Kentucky. While there, we had lunch at their tearoom. Grape Salad was on the menu. It was delicious and new to all of us. We asked for the recipe. The one they gave us didn't turn out at all like the tasty salad we had there. Don't you hate that? When someone gives you a recipe and its not quite like their dish.
A recent study demonstrated that from fiscal year 2005 through 2015, the number of on-station VA chiropractic clinics increased from 27 to 65, and the number of veterans receiving care in these clinics increased from just over 4,000 to over 37,000. VA continues to assess and modify its delivery of chiropractic services to meet veteran demand.
Enthusiasts from around the world traveled to spectate the picturesque landscapes of unique blooms at the Twentieth Annual Oakes Daylily Bloom Festival on Friday and Saturday June 28 and 29. The weather was usual for East Tennessee’s late June days, very hot and muggy, but the temperatures did not slow down the masses of guests attending.
At the Union County Historical Society Meeting on Sunday, July 21, at 2:30 at the UC Museum, Bill Landry of Heartland Series fame will share stories from his new book, WHEN the WEST was TENNESSEE. Lisa Oakley will relate information on the East Tennessee History Center's new exhibit, “Mountain Dew”.
A class for Tennessee's divorcing parents. Held in Union County on the last Monday each month. Preregistration required at 865-992-8038 or email@example.com
Moore about the program at https://extension.tennessee.edu/Union/Pages/FCS-Co-Parenting.aspx
Enjoy a day of family-friendly fun! Children can compete in fun contests like "corniest joke," "fastest corn eater," and "fastest corn shucking." There will be door prizes and live music. Local vendors may sell corn products at no cost to them. In addition to corn-related shopping, local produce and craft vendors will be at the farmers market. There will be games, history exhibits, and fun demonstrations for everyone. We'll see you there!
This will be a simple self serve buffet. It will include Buttered Grits (cheese optional), Fresh- Baked Banana Muffins, Toast with homemade Strawberry and Fig Preserves, Fresh Fruit Salad, and Quiche Florentine. We will serve Orange Juice, Milk, Tea, and Coffee to drink.
The Grainger County Ridge Runners Car Club is hosting their annual car show August 10th, 2019 from 9:00am-3:00pm at Blaine City Park. (220 Indian Ridge Road Blaine, TN 37709) Rain or Shine. There will be a Car Show, Swap Meet, Food Vendors, 50/50 Drawing, Fried Green Grainger County tomatoes, and Door Prizes. Proceeds benefit Local Charities and Nonprofits. Every vehicle welcome. Hotrod, Street Rod, Car, Truck, Rat-rod, Race Cars, etc. Any vendor welcome to setup or advertise. Entry Fee is $15 for preregistered cars, and $20 day of show.
Merlin Rose Johnson, age 82, of Andersonville, formerly of Knoxville, passed away July 17, 2019. She enjoyed her career in nursing at Ft. Sanders Regional Hospital and attending gospel singings. She was a wonderful cook, and spent much time in the kitchen preparing meals. She was preceded in death by her father Ed Miller and husband Virgil Johnson.
Jerry Lynn Hubbs, Jr.-age 46 of Knoxville passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019 at his home following a brief battle with cancer. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, Luttrell. Preceded in death by father, Jerry Lynn Hubbs, Sr.; mother, Joyce Bailey Cline; grandparents, Frank and Mary Bailey; granddaughter, Riley Hubbs.
Reverend Luther Vineyard Cox – age 93 of Maynardville, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 peacefully at home with his family by his side. He was a lifelong member and former pastor of Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Luther was retired from Dempster Brothers and was a United States Army Veteran serving in World II.
Lowell Edward George, Sr., age 81 of Knoxville went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 5, 2019 at 11:05 am with his family surrounding him. He was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church, Fountain City and lifelong resident of Knoxville. He was greatly loved by his family and all who knew him and was a father figure to many. Lowell is preceded in death by mother and father Eva and Tom Newberry.
Samuel “Sam” E. Hampton, age 70, formerly of Beckley, WV, passed away peacefully at home in Knoxville, TN on Thursday, July 4, 2019. He loved football and was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns. He was also a lover of animals.
Survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharron Hampton and daughter Jennifer and her husband John Morris.
A service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Mynatt Funeral Home Fountain City Chapel with Minister Brad Hood officiating.
Clarence Henegar, age 85, lifelong resident of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord on July 3, 2019. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church for 50 years, and served as a deacon for 40 years. He was a graduate of Central High School, and went on to graduate from Cooper Institute. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 32 years of service. In his younger years he enjoyed bowling, and was an avid golfer. He was very well known in the dancing community. As a young man he enjoyed square dancing, and in later years, ballroom and country dancing.
Donald L. Fowler, age 80, of Knoxville passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019. He enjoyed spending time with his family and eating out. He is preceded in death by wife of 26 years Carol Fowler, parents; Hugh & Hester Fowler, brothers; Albert, Billy, Glenn and James, and by dog Peanut. He is survived by son Keith Fowler, brother Wilbur Fowler of Springfield, Tennessee and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 2:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Grove Heights Baptist Church (818 Frank Street Knoxville, TN). A service will follow at 4:00pm with Rev.
Lois Ann Lee – age 67 of Maynardville, went to be with the Lord on July 2, 2019.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Lee; parents, Clarence and Dorothy Effler; sister, Linda Sexton; brothers, Bobby and Charlie Effler. Lois is survived by her daughter, Sheila (Kenneth) Lawler; son, Bobby (Tammy) Tharp; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Emma (Bill) Collins, Karen (Randy) Chamberlain and Gerri (Mark) Ford; brother, Sandy (Peggy) Effler; and a host of loving nieces and nephews and other family members.