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.
Next Generation Fiber Optic Broadband – Now, It’s All Up to YOU
A $3.5M grant to bring next generation fiber optic broadband to the Sharps Chapel Community of Union County was submitted by Sunset Digital Communications to the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Grant Program. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) will announce the grant recipients in March 2019. A public comment period on all grants submitted begins on 28 November and ends on 20 December. YOU can help!
This is the largest grant application on behalf of Union County citizens ever submitted and is the first step in bringing next generation Fiber Optic Broadband to all of Union County. TNECD will post a description of the applications received including the proposed service areas at https://www.tn.gov/ecd/rural-development/tennessee-broadband-grant-initi.... From November 28 to December 20, comments may be submitted online in regards to these pending applications. Public comments will significantly impact the proposals score and funding. Almost half of the 200 points used to score proposals under this grant program are determined by community support.
In anticipation of the grant being funded, residents in Sharps Chapel will need to let Sunset Digital Communications know that they are interested in service by filling out a residential sign-up form at https://www.sunset-fiber.com/residential/sign-up/. This is not a commitment or a contract with Sunset Digital, it only shows you’re interested in being contacted if and when Sunset Digital receives grant funding to begin work in the Sharps Chapel community.
What needs to be done now? Individuals in Sharps Chapel will need to do two things. First, those with terrestrial internet need to document their current access speed at http://www.speedtest.net/. The speed test will record your current “Ping”, “Download”, and “Upload Speeds”. This information will need to be provided as part of your public comment to validate the request for grant funds to bring Sunset Digital’s next generation fiber optic broadband network to your home or business in Sharps Chapel. You can find the link to the TNECD Public Comment Portal at this URL https://www.tn.gov/ecd/rural-development/tennessee-broadband-grant-initi....
This grassroots effort is required, as the maps being used to determine eligible areas for grant funding are built using data from current service providers and many times do not reflect the actual service being provided at the home or business. Importantly, in order for an area to be considered served, service at or exceeding 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload must be available to ALL residential customers in the defined area.
Many Union County individuals, businesses, homeowners associations and government bodies have brought us to this point. Union County is the only county in Tennessee to have Broadband Ready Community Resolutions unanimously passed by the county’s governing body and each county municipality, Maynardville, Plainview and Luttrell. Union County citizens have submitted hundreds of support letters, e-mails and requests for service to TNECD and Sunset Digital Communications. Union County businesses, homeowners associations, and individuals along with the Union County Business and Professional Association have made commitments of matching funds to Sunset Digital Communications should the grant be approved by TNECD. Letters of support for this grant were also submitted by the Knoxville Utilities Board and Powell Valley Electric Cooperative.
This unprecedented outpouring of support is a result of the desire and recognition that there is no greater need for next generation fiber optic broadband in Tennessee than in rural Union County. County residents also recognize that Sunset Digital is hard at work in Claiborne and Hancock County, and individuals in those counties have uniformly expressed their overwhelming satisfaction with the service provided by Sunset Digital’s next generation fiber to home/business broadband network. Without this state grant funding support, there is little hope that next generation fiber optic broadband will be deployed in our County anytime soon. Existing dated DSL networks in the Sharps Chapel Community are beyond capacity and new residents in certain areas are without options for terrestrial broadband service. Many residents have no options at all for terrestrial broadband, as current providers limit service to areas of higher population density.
To aid community residents, the Union County Business & Professional Association will post this article on the Association’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/UCBPA/, and answer any questions that individuals may have. The Union County Chamber of Commerce is doing the same on their page, https://www.facebook.com/UnionCountyTnChamberOfCommerce/. You can like and follow these Facebook pages to stay current on the progress of the grant and get answers to any questions you may have. Help is also available at the Sharps Chapel Book Station for residents with no current service or questions on how to do the speed test or enter information at the TNECD Portal.
If we work together, we can bridge the digital divide in Union County.
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.
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.
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,
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 (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.
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.
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
Local Emergency Planning Committee meetings are held quarterly at the 911 center, Second Thursday of (March, June, September, December) at 10:00am for more information call Dana Simerly (865) 992-2763 Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting was rescheduled for February 28, 2019 at 7:00pm in the large Court room.
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.
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.
Dorothy “Dottie” Headrick, age 73, of Knoxville, went to be with her loving husband Ralph on February 19, 2019. She was a Christian woman who loved taking care of her family and others.
Preceded in death by loving husband Ralph Headrick; brother Bill Atchley; and great grandchild Karter Headrick.
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, 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.
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 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 - 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 “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.
Raymond Scott Brock-age 84 of Washburn passed away Friday evening, February 8, 2019 at his home. He was a member of Salem Primitive Baptist Church. Preceded in death by wife, Barbara Brock; parents, Walter and Lois (Atkins) Brock; sister, Ruby Idol; son-in-law, Henry Paul McGinnis.