Onion Rings and Common Sense

Ronnie Mincey

Mincey’s Musings
Year Two, Week Seventeen

A group of Baptists met at Cheddar’s on Clinton Highway yesterday for lunch after the morning church service. Two different people in the group ordered onion rings as appetizers, and they were exceptionally delicious.

Onion rings always remind me of my mother. Once when I was about five years old she home fried some onion rings. I ate so many of them that I got sick. Mother fussed at me and told me my eyes were bigger than my belly. It was a long time before I ever wanted onion rings again, but Mother fried some a few days later. Since I would not partake, she ate all she had fried and became ill. I remember, though I was only five, the great satisfaction it gave me to repeat her word to her, “Your eyes was [sic] bigger than your belly.”

My mother had many similar sayings. She often said of those who refused sound advice about a matter, such as a purchase or marriage, “If they get their butt burnt they’ll have to sit on the blister” or “if they can’t listen, they’ll have to feel”.

Another of Mother’s favorite sayings was, “If you make your bed, you have to lay [sic] in it.” Sometimes this doesn’t work out as planned. One time my sister Anna Mae had been to Detroit and returned with a man. Mother thought they had married and put them both in the same bed for the night. Neither bothered to inform Mother of her error, but Anna Mae thought it was as funny as Mother thought it was scandalous!

On another occasion, both my Aunt Lidia (Dad’s aunt) and my grandfather (Mother’s dad) were spending the night at our house. Papaw was already in the bed, and Aunt Lidia took off her glasses and turned out the light, then accidentally proceeded to get into bed with Papaw. It did not take Aunt Lidia very long to figure out and correct her mistake!

My mother was a very sensible woman, and her advice was always sound. She was a lot like Jed Clampett—her level of formal education might not have been high, but she was blessed with an uncommon amount of common sense. I remember one time in particular when I was in a car accident. I was clearly not at fault, as the accident was witnessed by a highway trooper. I was moved with compassion as the man who caused the accident had his pregnant wife in the car. I agreed to meet with him privately to see if we could “work something out”. Mother told me not to sign anything, but the guy gave me such a convincing story that I signed the documents he had which relieved him of all liability for the accident. He promised to pay me for the damage to my car, but of course that didn’t happen.

My mother loved to say “I told you so,” and she sure had her opportunity here. Experience is a difficult teacher whose lessons are rarely forgotten, especially if your mother is constantly reminding you, “I told you so.” Though she has been gone fifteen years this year, as you can tell she reminded me so much before her departure that I am now telling you that she told me so!

And Mother had a wonderful memory—she forgot nothing. With hurt still evident on her face and in her voice, she would tell how her sister Marie would “stick her ol’ foot out” when they were younger and would come to a certain railroad track. Mother would fall (you would think she would have been on the lookout after a few times) and get cinders in her knees. Every time she would tell that story in front of Marie, Marie would laugh like it was the first time Mother had told the tale.

Mother also took joy in telling of the times that others had not heeded her wise advice. Once she and her “baby sister” Mary Lillian (otherwise known as “Boots”) came upon what appeared to be a dead hedgehog. Boots decided she would pick up the hedgehog, and Mother told her that it was only playing dead, that it “would eat her alive” if she bothered it. Boots picked up the hedgehog, and it did “eat her up”. Boots tried to put it down, but couldn’t quite extricate herself from the vicious varmint.

On another occasion, Boots decided that she would throw rocks at a hornet’s nest. Mother again told her not to do it, but Boots didn’t listen. The enraged hornets swarmed upon Boots and “covered her up,” but didn’t bother those with her. Obviously Boots was not allergic!

Next week, I will discuss listening and being listened to, but for now I leave you with a thought from the King James Version Bible:

Proverbs 12:15
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” 

Mincey’s Musings
Year Two, Week Eighteen


In one of my favorite episodes of Bonanza, Hoss Cartwright is in jail, having been arrested for stealing a horse of a murdered man suspected to have had lots of money. The townspeople keep asking Hoss what he did with the money. With increasing frustration, he tells them he knows nothing about any money. In one scene, the preacher asks Hoss if he can help him in any way. Hoss tells the preacher he can tell him why no one is listening to him. The preacher tells Hoss that if he wants people to listen to him he has to tell them what they want to hear. Hoss replies that he told them the truth, to which the preacher replies, “That’s the last thing most people want to hear.”



Newest Dollar General Opens in Plainview

Picture of ribbon cutting at Doller General

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 at the Farmers Market

Emmagayle and Jennagrace Malone of Union Farm

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.

Ecclesiastes 1:9

Picture of Ronnie Mincey

Mincey’s Musings
Year Two, Week Twenty-Five

I had the privilege of seeing several of my elementary school classmates during the past month. One of them, my friend Kevin White, reminded me of a circumstance that happened in third grade.

Sparkling Grape Juice

“Sure, I’m in,” I agreed.

It was late November and I was on a girls’ trips with three of my girlfriends: Lynda, Pamela and Tracy. We toured Biltmore House since it was decorated for Christmas. I thought it was beautiful.

That I would do again.

A Crack of Lightning

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.

Reminiscing the First Moon Landing

Picture of Moon walk on apollo 11

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).


Red Grape Pie

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.

20th Annual Daylily Bloom Festival

Spectators enjoying a sunny June morning at Oakes Daylilies for the 20th Annual Daylily Bloom Festival

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.

Paint Party on Main Street

Platinum Athletics kicks off the Paint Party for Union County Youth

On June 29, Main Street exploded with color. Union County Platinum Athletics hosted a Paint Party to youths and families of the community. The children, as well as the children at heart, excessively enjoyed a paint slip-n-slide, shaving cream twister, canvas painting with squirt bottles, water balloon fight, and an over the top paint war. The paint war is exactly that, a war, everyone throws powder paint at everyone who came for a fun mess of a time, creating a beautiful, colorful rainbow mess.


Annual Tomato Tasting

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:00

Vote for your favorite tomato and shop at the farmers market! There are children's activities as well. Backyard growers are welcome to bring their tomatoes for the contest, provided they have enough. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wilson Park.

Youth and Corn Festival

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 10:00

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!

UCBPA Meeting

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 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.


Robert L. "Speedy" Dyer

Robert L. (Speedy) Dyer-age 65 of Corryton went to be with the Lord Monday, July 1, 2019 at his home. He was a member of Corryton Church and was a retired employee of Tomcat USA. Preceded in death by his wife, Sally; father, Robert (Bob) Dyer; mother and step-father, Jean and Bill Danley.

Jerry Lynn Hubbs, Jr.

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 Cox

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.

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 Earl Hampton

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

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

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 Lee

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.

Mickie D. Faulkner

Mickie D. Faulkner-age 43 of Corryton passed away Tuesday morning, July 2, 2019 at her home with her family by her side. She was a member of True Life Ministries Church. She was a loving and selfless person who loved to make others smile and be happy. She was preceded in death by father, George Lee Poindexter; mother, Anna B. Collins; sister, Lisa Poindexter.

Gene Autrey Ford

Gene Autrey Ford – age 75 of Luttrell, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019. He was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church, Karns. Gene was a military veteran and a retired electrician, IBEW Local 760.

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