Peachy Time

I truly believed I was going to have a fun adventure to tell my friends when I got back home. Let’s just say things didn’t go as planned.
Let me back up a little here. It was the summer of 1980 and I was fifteen years old. Mom, Mamaw Jo, Papaw E.O., and I were spending the weekend in Fletcher, NC. In case you’ve never heard of it, Fletcher is a small town just a little east of Asheville. Papaw’s army buddy Porter lived there and he invited us over to spend the weekend with him and his family.
Papaw and Porter were in the same unit in World War II. And they were the only two from the southeast. The other men made fun of they way they talked. Naturally Porter and Papaw bonded over that and stayed friends the rest of their lives.
Anyway, Porter had the bright idea of us driving to a peach orchard just over the South Carolina state line. For one price, we could pick and keep all the peaches we wanted. So that Saturday morning, we donned our summer clothes and drove down I-26.
Like I said, I was looking forward to this new adventure of picking peaches because the only things I had ever picked were green beans out of my grandparents’ garden. At first, picking peaches was fun and pleasurable. The morning was still a little cool and I was able to use my imagination in this new place. Then everything quickly changed.
First, it became very hot. Miserably hot. Second, we began to profusely sweat. Third, we had lots and lots of peach fuzz on our bear skin. Remember, we were dressed for summer, so we had bear arms and legs. Well, let me tell you, heat, sweat, and peach fuzz doesn’t go well together. At all. We all started itching. It wasn’t just a little unpleasant. Oh no, the itching was painful and unrelenting. We tried wiping the peach fuzz off, but that only spread it. It even spread as we scratched. It basically became a horrendous cycle.
We were all miserable.
The ride back to Porter’s wasn’t pleasant. Even though we were sitting in air conditioning, we were still itching and our skin was still burning. One good thing though, the smell of the fresh peaches helped to cover the odor of six sweaty people.
I was thankful when we pulled into Porter’s driveway. Soon I would take a shower and get the wicked peach fuzz off of my skin. But Porter only had one full bath, so we all had to take turns taking a shower. Mom and I were the last two on the shower list. Honest to goodness, it felt as if time had stopped and I would never get that painful, itchy stuff off of me.
I dare say you all know where I am going with this.
“Destruction and misery are their ways:” Romans 3:16 (KJV).
Think of that peach fuzz as sin. When the peach fuzz first gets on you, it starts out as a small itch. Then it grows and takes over and makes you absolutely miserable. And nothing you can do yourself will help you get rid of it. In fact, that just makes it worse.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us all from sin.” 1 John 1:7 (KJV)
The only way to rid yourself completely of sin is to wash in the blood of Jesus. Nothing else will do. Best of all, you don’t have to wait for your turn. You can do it at anytime and anywhere. So why wait?
The picture with this article is of my Papaw E.O. Clark. It was taken at Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia. I am honored to say he voluntarily enlisted for WWII.
Brooke Cox is an author, speaker, and storyteller. She was a 2016 Selah Awards Finalist for Debut Novel. Her children’s book: “Dinosaur Eggs,” is now available. It is based on Ephesians 6: The Armor of God. Her novel “Until the Moon Rises: A Conniving Cousin Mystery” is also available. Also, she has two books out in her storytelling series: “Saucy Southern Stories.” The Amazon links for her books may be found on her website: brookecoxstories.com. Please feel free to contact her. She would love to hear from you.

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Back pain and the opioid epidemic

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"Sandruff"

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Blueberry pie

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Backyard Stump Removal

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Summer Fun in Union County

For many growing up in the Union County Community, summers were spent on the water. I know for my family personally; my parents and brother tell stories of summers on the houseboat, and I remember always taking a trip to what I would call the “hole tree island” to camp.

Women need expanded musculoskeletal care during pregnancy, study finds

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Tube of Terror

I don’t know if it was my pride that made me do it or my stubbornness.
Years ago, we visited Dollywood Splash Country with my cousin Lynda and her family. While our children and husbands were playing on the water attractions, we walked around the park. I noticed one that had three water tubes running down the hill into a large pool. Two were enclosed and twisted while and one was open and straight
“Hey, that looks like fun.” I pointed. “Do you want to try it?”
She smiled and answered, “No, but you can.”

Read Before You Leap

I was checking Facebook the other day and came across this “hook”:

Meet the Waltons: The Bizarre Family Behind Walmart

There followed two comments:

“Hated Grandma on that show. She was so grouchy.
And why didn’t John Boy just come out of the closet?
Like we all didn’t know!”

“I remember the first Walmart open
in Rogers, Arkansas on July 2, 1969.”

Chicken potato casserole

When i was working full time and needed a dish for supper, I went to my pantry and selected a 12 ounce can of chicken breast. If you have that on hand, supper is easier and quicker to prepare. Or, you can slice a raw chicken bread in half and cook it in salted water, then chop it.

Fast and SlowTrees

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Shooting Hunger boosts FFA backpack program

Representatives of Tennessee Farm Bureau, Tennessee Coop, and Farm Credit Mid-America award a donation to Union County FFA

Lakin Booker, Vice President of Horace Maynard FFA Chapter at UCHS, holds the check for $2700 from Shooting Hunger. Awarding the donation are Kristen Walker of Tennessee Farm Bureau, Manager Cody Brown and Eddie Thompson from Union County Farm Bureau, Lakin Booker, Joy Nease of UCFB, David Bunch of Union County Farmers Coop, and Ben Bradley from Farm Credit Mid-America/Rural 1st.

The Horace Maynard Future Farmers of America Chapter Backpack for Kids Program got a big financial boost on Thursday, June 9, 2022, from Shooting Hunger. As the Back Packs for Kids Program Administrator. Lakin Booker received the $2700 check On hand for the presentation was Kristen Walker of the Tennessee Farm Bureau. Manager Cody Brown and Board President Eddie Thompso, and Joy Nease represented the Union County Farm Bureau. David Bunch from the Union County Farmers Coop and Ben Bradley of Farm Credit Mid-America/Rural 1st also helped award the donation.

The Turn of a Phrase

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Political Ads and Civic Duty

Like everyone else, I have been getting a great many political cards and letters of late. Most of these go into my recycle bin, but I got one today that intrigued me for all the wrong reasons. Let me call this candidate Jane Smith. (And I am not for or against her views; just bear with me here.)

Close Encounters

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Trees and Lightning

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Pavilion opens at farmers market

Flashback Band performing at the opening of the Farmers market Pavilion

Flashback Band opens the pavilion at the Union County Farmers Market in Heritage Park

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The stage, back dropped with a gigantic American flag, was framed by the cedar siding on the back wall. Commissioner Danny Cooke from the Union County Opry welcomed hundreds to the pavilion to eat Buddy’s Bar-B-Q and enjoy music by Flashback and Authentic Unlimited.

Tale trail winds through stories in Luttrell

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There is a new place to take a walk in Luttrell, but it isn’t your typical trail.
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Vacation Bible School coming soon to a church near you

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Lions Club awards three scholarships

Three students holding certificates

Pictured are Riley Cole, Gavin Graves and Joy Turner, recipients of the Mark Martin Memorial Scholarship awarded annually by the Union County Lions Club in memory of Union County elementary music teacher Mark Martin.

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LVFD celebrates 40 years and honors Wayne Toppins

celebration for LVFD

Wayne Toppins (center) proudly displays his plaque for 40 years of service along with members of the Luttrell Volunteer Fire Department at the 40th year celebration.

Some 40 years ago, a small group of caring citizens started the Luttrell Volunteer Fire Department. On May 9, board members, firefighters and friends gathered at the Luttrell Firehall to celebrate LVFD and honor its longest serving member, Wayne Toppins.

UC 6th graders learn financial literacy with UT Extension

Students learn the costs of living.

As school was wrapping up this year, the Union County Extension office offered a unique program, called On My Own to teach financial literacy to youth in our county.
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Children at the Farmers Market

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Buttercup Bakehouse offers breakfast and sweet treats

new business

Buttercup Bakery opened its doors on June 3 to offer a variety of sweet treats.

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Ben Woods named UC 4-H National Dairy Month Chairman

Ben Woods

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Plainview purchases a new utility truck

Plainview utility truck

Vice Mayor Rchard Phillips stands beside Plainview's 2022 Ford 250 utility truck. The truck will be used to oversee roadside mowing and routine building maintenance.

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High on Grass

A few days ago my wonderful niece in Cincinnati sent me the following text message at 6:29 p.m.: “Sitting on the back porch, enjoying the cool of the evening, the birds and squirrels, the fish and frogs, the breeze bringing in the scent of the freshly moon grass. How’s your day going?”
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Coffee Dot Fudge Candy

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Ouch

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Why? Because I was a typical teenage girl. She knew my mind would be on boys, school drama and homework. Then I asked if I could at least help by carrying in some wood. Again, she answered, “No!”

Hot Rods: A family tradition

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Most immigrated to the northern states for a supposed better life provided by higher paying jobs in factories which had been suppressed in the South since the Civil War.

Ye Which are Spiritual

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Tick tips

By Steve Roark
Volunteer, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Ticks season is officially here, though to be honest I was pulling them off me in January. With ticks come the concern of getting some serious illnesses they can carry. So be on guard to protect yourself and your family.

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4-H Students “Walk Across TN”

This spring UT Extension challenged our elementary school 4-H clubs to “Walk Across TN.” Each class received a state map, logbook, and pedometers to track their progress. By wearing pedometers to track steps during the day, students got to see how active they are compared to their peers. They encouraged each other to participate in healthy movement throughout the day in a shared goal of making it across the state. By logging steps taken, students learned about record keeping and used important math skills.

Good stretches for the back

Different stretches have different functions. Some focus on a particular muscle or muscle group or limb and improve movement. Others, sometimes referred to as ‘active’ stretches, are intended to increase strength. These three exercises are designed to do both with your back:

The bridge: Lie on your back with your knees pointing up and your feet flat on the floor. Tighten your buttocks and stomach muscles and slowly raise your hips. Hold for a count of ten, and lower your hips. Do 10 repetitions at least once, up to 3 times per day.

On Fire!!

Not many people know this but, I absolutely love to watch fire burning in the fireplace or at a bon fire. In fact, I have told Tim I would like to have a fire pit in the back yard. Considering what happened to me as a child, it is surprising that I enjoy watching fires.

High Five

A former teacher of mine recently gave me several books. One of them was titled The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. I believe this is the second time I have read the book, but if so the first was so long ago that I remembered none of the plot.

Slow cooker meat balls

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Union County Success: From UCHS to UT Commemorative Speaker

As Cadie Chapell approached the front of the room, she was unsure of how her speech would go. Little did she know it would be her first of many.
Chapell, at the time a small, petite, 4th grader talked to her class about a family ski trip never imagining that those small steps would one day lead to her speaking in front of her graduating class and guests at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Nourish Kids Kick-off

Join us this Saturday, May 28, as the Union County Farmers Market kicks off our Nourish Kids program. This will be the third season that the market has partnered with Nourish Knoxville to present this program. Through a grant, Nourish Knoxville has been able to assist markets like ours throughout East Tennessee, providing materials and Produce Bucks making this program possible.

Historic Walking Tours

Interested in historic homes? Historic downtown Maynardville? East Tennessee history? Have you ever done a double-take and wondered what is that old building, what stories can it tell? If so, join us for a walk through history.

Tree Planting Problems

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UTIA Appoints Gary Bates Head of Department of Plant Sciences

Interim Director Gets Nod to Continue Role Permanently

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has appointed Gary Bates, professor and interim head of the Department of Plant Sciences, as the department’s permanent leader.

Bates has served in the interim position since 2020.

The Famous Flying Trampoline

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What a Sight!

Occasionally in life the stars align themselves, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes I can see the alignment, sometimes I cannot.
I remember several years meteor showers were predicted. I got out of bed around 2:00 a.m., the reported best time to see them at my location, to witness this wonder of nature. For whatever reason, I did not see the expected phenomenon.

Peanut butter and jelly bars

As i have said before, bar cookies are the easiest and quickest cookie to make. Who doesn't like peanut butter and jelly? These bar cookies are great

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY BARS
3 cups plain flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup grape jelly

Events

Primitive Quartet

Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 18:00

Primitive Quartet, Journey Home, County Line, Saturday, July 23, 2022, 6 pm, Union County High School, 135 Main Street, Maynardville, TN. $10.
This concert is rescheduled from March 23, 2022 which was cancelled due to snow. All tickets purchased for the March date will be honored for July 23, 2022. Sponsored by Union County Lions Club. Additional information--865-278-6430, minceyr@ucps.org.

Obituary

Vernon Edward Williams

Vernon Edward Williams, 77, of Luttrell, passed away peacefully at home on June 29, 2022. Vernon was born on May 7, 1945, in Luttrell, TN. He graduated from Horace Maynard High School in 1964. He retired from Frito Lay with over twenty-five years of experience as a salesman and regional district manager. He joined the sales staff at Bob Cox Camper Country selling campers for over ten years. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam war where he served as a Military Policeman.

William David Patton

William David Patton-age 60 of Andersonville went to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 28, 2022. He was a member of Indian Gap Baptist Church and a graduate of Powell High School, Class of 1980. He is preceded in death by parents, Bill and Elizabeth Patton; brother, Tommy Patton,

Darrell G. Ray

Darrell G. Ray-age 55 of Sharps Chapel passed away Monday morning, June 27, 2022 at his home. He was a member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Sharps Chapel. Preceded in death by mother, Locia Marie Ray; grandparents, Lowe and Lassie (Pratt) Ray; Ethel and Omie Wilder.

Survivors: father and step-mother, Glen and Fosteen (Wright) Ray; brother, Harold Ray and wife, Jeannie; sisters, Elizabeth Ray; Anita Ray Edmondson and husband, Johnny; Sandy Ray. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Robert Lee (Bobby) Munsey

Robert Lee (Bobby) Munsey-age 68 of Washburn, born February 27, 1954 passed away suddenly Monday morning, June 27, 2022 at Claiborne Medical Center. He was preceded in death by parents, Luther and Lois Munsey; sisters, Sandra McGinnis, Linda Hefner, Shirley Singleton; brother, Donnie Munsey; nephew, Matt Munsey.

Survivors: sisters, Judy Bailey, Debbie (Ellis) Carpenter, Brenda (Ron) Singleton, Gail Beason, Sharon (Buster) Bailey; brother, Jackie (Pam) Munsey. Several nieces and nephews.

Troy J. (Todd) Muncey

Troy (Todd) Muncey-age 87 of Maynardville passed away Thursday evening, June 23, 2022 at the Willow Ridge Center. He was a retired auto/body repairman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Muncey; parents, Barton and Amie (Polly) Muncey; sons, Jeffery Muncey and Gary (Bones) Muncey; brothers, Leroy Sexton and Ed Muncey; great-grandson, Dalton Lewis.

Daniel Edward Vantuyl

Daniel Edward Vantuyl-age 50 of Luttrell passed away Wednesday evening, June 22, 2022 at his home. He was born February 13, 1972 in Livonia, Michigan and was a retired over the road truck driver. Preceded in death by parents, Stephen Glenn and Deborah Diane (Daniels) Vantuyl.
Survivors: wife of seven years, Megan Marie Vantuyl; six children, Shane Vantuyl, Christian Vantuyl, Troy Vantuyl, Austin Locklear, Madison Wade and Katie Graves. Brother, Dean Vantuyl; sister, Melinda Atkins. Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Bridget Machele Edwards

Bridget Machele Edwards-age 33 of Sharps Chapel passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at her home. She was preceded in death by husband, Adam Edwards; father, Dewayne Pressley; mother, Kelly Day Weaver; beloved brother, Sean Rogers; cousin, Chris Heath; grandmother, Wanda Day; grandfather, Hiram Day, Jr.; great-grandparents, Opal Bowling; Marie and Jerry Childers.

Enna Faye (Sherritze Sexton) Howe

Enna Faye (Sherritze - Sexton) Howe, age 75, of Douglasville, Georgia, formally of Maynardville, Tennessee gained her heavenly wings Tuesday, June 20, 2022. Faye was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and Past Worthy Matron of the Blazing Star Chapter of the Eastern Star. Coming from a singing family, she used her talent to bless so many people throughout her life. From her years as an Avon District Mgr. in Tennessee and Georgia.

Luddie Blevins

Luddie Blevins-age 77 of Maynardville was born March 26, 1945 in Harlan, Kentucky passed away suddenly Friday morning, June 17, 2022 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Baxter and Betty (Napier) Blevins. Also preceded in death by brother, Woodrow, William, Green, George and Carter Blevins; sisters, Nancy Burkhart, Georgia Blevins, Rellab Blevins; nephew, Jason Blevins; niece, Carla Blevins.

Christopher Jody Davidson

Christopher Jody Davidson – age 50 passed away peacefully at his home in Washburn on Monday, June 13, 2022. He accepted Christ at an early age at Johnson’s Chapel Church. Jody never met a stranger, and he left an impression on all who met him. He loved reading, traveling, fishing, camping, river life, and the beach.

Fred C. Clayton

Fred C. Clayton-age 80 of Luttrell passed away peacefully Monday morning, June 13, 2022 at his home with his loving wife and daughter at his side. He was a retired employee of Ford Motor Company. He was born in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey the son of the late Clifford and Rose Marie Clayton.

William Ailor

Bill W. Ailor 77 of Maynardville passed away Friday evening June 10th, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center. Member of Mascot Baptist Church of Mascot.
Proceded in death by mother and father Gruder and Arlena (Oxendine) Ailor, former wife and lifelong friend Shirley Ailor, Brother, Bert Caldwell.
Survived by daughters, Sherrie (Huck) Ervin, Brittany Needham, Whitney (Kenton) George. Grandchildren, Chelsea Ervin, Kinsley, Callie, and Maverick (JJ)

Wanda Lay Williams

Wanda Lay Williams-age 83 of Maynardville went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday morning, June 12, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. She spent most of her life singing about The Lord and was a proud member of Alder Springs Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Bruce Williams; son, Tommy Williams; grandson, Alex Williams; parents, Floyd and Sarah Lay; brothers, Raymer, Harold and H. C. Lay; sister, Edith Beason.

Leisha (Holloway) Skipper

Leisha Collette (Holloway) Skipper – age 59 of Sharps Chapel, born December 21, 1962, the daughter of the late Fred and Rose Holloway, passed away Thursday morning, June 9, 2022. She loved riding motorcycles and bird watching. Her son, Timothy was her entire heart and soul. Leisha’s witty and straight forward attitude and loving heart will be sadly missed by all.

Carol Rayhill

Carol Anne Rayhill-age 83 of Maynardville went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 8, 2022. She was preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Gertrude Briggs; great-grandson, Logan Hunter Simmons.

Survived by brother, James Briggs and wife, Carol; loving sons, James Lineham, Sr. and wife, Susie; Thomas Lineham and wife, Loraine. Grandchildren, James Lineham, Jr. and wife, Sandy; Jessica Lineham. Great-grandchildren, James, Audrey, Landon, Elysha. Great-great-grandchild, Lakin Lineham.

Services will be private. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Becky Buckner

Rebecca Ann (Becky) Buckner-age 54 of Maynardville passed away suddenly Sunday, June 5, 2022 as the result of an automobile accident. She was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. Becky was a special person and you knew it without seeing her. She was present by the sound of her infectious laugh. She loved her girls and her dog – Littlebit. She was always outside, loved bonfires, flowers food and being with friends and family. She shared her testimony with us often and without a doubt, know she is home with the Lord. Preceded in death by mother, Jessie Damewood; father, J. D.

Mossie Masingo

Mossie Maria Masingo – 59 of Sharps Chapel, passed away Friday, June 3, 2022 at her home. She enjoyed yard work, flowers, fishing, bingo and spending time with her special grandchildren.

Shawn Lynn Bull

Shawn Lynn Bull-age 43 of Maynardville went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 29, 2022 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville surrounded by his loving family. He was a member of Milan Baptist Church and a graduate of Horace Maynard High School, Class of 1997. He loved the Lord, his family and friends; coaching football and logging. Preceded in death by grandparents, Silas and Murlie Bull; Rev. Fate and Etta Oaks; parents, Rev. Clarence and Eva Bull; grandson, Brayden William Frye; brother, Wayne Bull.

Edna Nicley Davis

Edna Elizabeth (Nicley) Davis-age 76 of Luttrell, born July 31, 1945 passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022.She was a member of Nave Hill Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Don Davis; daughters, Janice Cooke, Bobbie Harrell; son, Donnie Davis; parents, Taylor and Della (Yadon) Nicley; brother, L. D. Nicley; sister, Diane Williams.

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