Man knoweth not the price thereof;
neither is it found in the land of the living.
(Job 28:13)
Sandra Kay (White) Nunley attended the University of Tennessee from 1966 to 1972. She graduated in June 1972 with a B. S. She received her professional certification in September 1972. She returned to UT in the summer of 1974 through 1975 for additional coursework, receiving credit for 45 hours.
From 1974 through 1981 Sandra worked for the Douglas-Cherokee and Mountain Valley EOA Headstart programs in Sevier, Claiborne, Campbell and Union counties.
In 1981 Sandra began working as a speech therapist for the Union County Schools. She initially served both Big Ridge and Luttrell Elementary schools. I first made her acquaintance in the fall of 1987 when I began teaching at Luttrell.
My first impression of Ms. Nunley was that she was “mysterious.” It’s not so much what she said as what her facial and body language indicated as unsaid. I never exactly knew what she thought of me in the beginning, and perhaps she was trying to figure me out. Regardless, there always seemed to be a lot of thinking going on, and while her eyes indicated appraisal, they never betrayed her actual thought process.
As the years went on, I became more acquainted socially on a limited basis with Ms. Nunley. There was a group of teachers at Luttrell who often went out to eat, and we became self-termed as “The Tea Drinkers.”
The group initially began with teachers from Luttrell, but occasionally a friend from another school was included.
Professionally, educational time marched on, and Ms. Nunley again pursued additional coursework from Lincoln Memorial University. She received her M.Ed. degree in December 1992. In 1993, she assumed the position she would hold for the remainder of her career—Supervisor of Special Education for the Union County Schools.
During 1993-1994, Sandra Nunley, Deanie Carver and I formed a team and attended LMU’s Ed.S. program. The camaraderie we enjoyed helped us bear the burden of simultaneously working full-time for the school system and pursuing an advanced degree.
There are memories of that time I will never forget. I remember us all sitting around Ms. Carver’s dining room table, working on a project that was to receive a measure of acclaim from both the president of LMU and former Knoxville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Fred Bedelle, Dean of the Ed.S. program.
Dr. Bedelle praised Ms. Carver and Sandra, then asked me, “What’d you do to help, Ronnie? Take them coffee?”
There was another time of working on the Ed.S. that the three of us met at my house. We drove in something of a convoy—me first, followed by Ms. Carver in her car, then Sandra in her car. We marched straight to the table and commenced our work. In a few short minutes the front door of my house opened, and one of my neighbors, an elected official, peeked around the kitchen doorway to see what he could see. I don’t know if he was pleased or disappointed, but I can assure you we could not possibly have looked exciting or as if we were having an unusual high ol’ time!
There’s another time when it was my Saturday to drive to class. My car stalled right in the middle of Cumberland Gap Parkway in the path of oncoming traffic. If you ever needed proof that God takes care of fools, you now have it.
A most interesting incident occurred on another Saturday. A major paper was due to be turned in. The three of us met on this particular Saturday at 6 a.m. at the old central office next to Maynardville Elementary’s playground.
We made five copies of that paper—one for each of us, one for a lady from Campbell County who was in our study group, and one to turn in. It was Sandra’s day to drive to LMU, and we were confidently taking notes in class. I decided I had better get the paper ready to hand in.
I did not have the paper or the copies! Neither did Ms. Carver, nor Sandra. In a panic, thinking that surely we must have inadvertently left the paper at the central office, Sandra drove back to Maynardville from LMU. The paper was nowhere to be found. All that remained was a few pages that we had discarded that had not copied properly. Sandra even looked inside the incinerator. We pleaded our cause to Dr. Bedelle, and he had mercy, allowing us to turn it in at the next class. Yours truly rewrote the paper, though it was not nearly as good as the original, and we all managed to graduate with our Ed.S. degrees from LMU in December 1994.
(We all believed we knew what happened to that paper, and I still feel it “in my bones” that one day it will materialize. There are many stories of things that disappeared in the central office over the years, though that problem seems to have disappeared gradually over time. Maybe the central office ghosts like us better now than then!)
School began in fall 1995 with a new name and address for Sandra. She was now Sandra Kay White Nunley Price, and she had moved from Valley View to Fountain Gate.
I was “out of fellowship” at that time with The Tea Drinkers (someday the reasons might make for a good article), so I was as surprised as anyone else.
Sandra could be most accommodating to her friends. I give her partial credit for my assignment as a central office supervisor.
After a few difficult years of board member/director changes, a time during which I held five different positions for five years in a row, I let Sandra know that I would like to come to the central office. She put in a good word for me with then Director Charles Thomas, and for that I will always be grateful.
Sandra could also turn a very cold shoulder when she felt offended. Due to a couple of decisions I made with which she did not agree, I was banned from The Tea Drinkers group. Sandra always had a “just-so” way of letting me know the group had met and that I had been excluded.
That was the nature of my friendship with Ms. Price. There were many times during the 36 years I knew her that I was merely an acquaintance, sometimes a good friend, occasionally a black sheep, and back again. Sandra was a private person, and there were limits to how close she would allow any friendship to become. There are many stories that I could tell about our acquaintance if space and time permitted. Maybe someday you can read it in my book, if it ever gets written.
Regardless of circumstances, our friendship persevered. In 2007 Sandra asked me to write her a letter of recommendation. I never considered for a moment that she seriously considered leaving the Union County Schools—I felt more like she wanted to know and have validation of my opinion of her professionally. Following is the body of that letter of recommendation I wrote for her at her request:
I have known Mrs. Price continuously since the fall of 1987. As the first person to hold the position of Supervisor of Special Education for the Union County Public Schools, Mrs. Price has developed that department into a most effective component of the county’s public education system. Among Mrs. Price’s many accomplishments was the formation of the Union County Developmental Preschool and the Union County Alternative Learning Center.
Mrs. Price has written and received many grants that have furthered educational opportunities for the students of the Union County Schools, many stretching beyond the realms of special education, notably the establishment of Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten programs in three of the county’s four elementary schools. Mrs. Price constantly studies special education law and attends as many conferences as possible to keep abreast of changes in the law—this is without doubt the reason that the Union County Public School System has maintained such a low rate of special education litigation.
Mrs. Price is all about legality—Union County’s special education program consistently demonstrates compliance with state and federal law as monitoring records indicate. Mrs. Price, while an amiable person to work with, has no problem ensuring that special education decisions are legal and operate in the best interest of the child.
The thing I admire most about Sandra Price is that the phrase “the best interest of the child” is not just a catch phrase to her—it is the driving goal of her career. Mrs. Price knows practically every special education student and parent in Union County by sight, name and qualifying condition.
A story could be written about Sandra’s approximately quarter-of-a-century, hard-fought battle with cancer. Sandra won many of the battles, but ultimately was claimed by the war. The last day that Sandra was in the central office, she gave me a framed, signed picture of Union County’s last elected Superintendent of Schools, David F. Coppock. The picture was taken in the very office that was the last she was to occupy.
Also in that frame was one of Mr. Coppock’s signed campaign cards from his last election. I knew that day Sandra would not be returning to the job she’d held for 30 years, nor to the career she’d begun one year short of half a century ago. It was a memorable day of “lasts”—last elected superintendent, last election campaign, and the very last time I saw Sandra Kay White Nunley Price.
Perhaps that is the very spirit and nature of sincere friendship. Friends, like siblings, often disagree, and sometimes those disagreements lead to bitterness. I’ve heard it said that if you love something, set it free. If it returns, it’s yours, if not, it never was.
Sandra and I parted ways a few times throughout the years, times I thought we would never be friendly again. But we each came back.
The friendship was ours.



Mark Martin Scholarship Recipients

Union County Schools former music teacher Mark Allen Martin, doing what he loved best.

Mark Allen Martin of Maynardville. graduated from the University of Tennessee and taught music in the Union County school system for 27 years. He was known as a terrific teacher, highly skilled and talented musician, friendly, and loved to joke around. The Union County Lions Club honors his memory by awarding scholarships to UCHS High School seniors in his name.

The Freedom Concert Gospel and Patriotic Music

The Poet Voices will start this special concert with a sing-along of famous hymns and will then introduce the Union County High School Band, under the direction of Hunter Collins. The band will open with the National Anthem, accompanied by the Poet Voices bass singer KC Armstrong, a former member of the US Air Force Singing Sergeants and, later, the US Army Chorus.

Calling all Volunteers !

Poet Voices bass singer KC Armstrong in uniform

Tennessee is called the Volunteer State because people in this state, the people in this county, step up to help one another. The Union County Lions Club is looking for some cheerful volunteers to assist with various functions of their fundraiser, the Freedom Concert with the Poet Voices and the Union County High School Band, on May 18th. The monies raised will provide eye exams, glasses and sometimes hearing aids to Union County residents. Doors open at 6:00 and we are looking for folks to take tickets, hand out free CDs, sell tickets at the door and various other tasks as needed.

Tips on exercise

Exercise is generally beneficial for you, but there are right and wrong ways to go about it. You certainly don’t want to injure yourself while doing something that’s meant to benefit you. Here are a few things to consider:

A new Season

We are in the midst of the month of May, and I (Tammie) think of this month as a month of changes. With change comes different seasons, and we all experience the seasons of life. Each season brings new experiences, as well as beginnings and endings. I often talk with my friends about the seasons that we have experienced, and the memories associated with them. Sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day that we do not realize the season is changing until it has already passed.

Hidden Treasure

Have you ever looked for one thing and instead you found something else that you had totally forgotten about? Recently, I done just that.

Just Another Manic Sunday (Afternoon)

It was Sunday afternoon. He had been to church, had gone out to eat with his sister and a fellow parishioner. He called his wife and asked what she would like him to bring her home to eat. He stopped on the way home and filled the car with fuel and bought his wife’s lunch. He arrived home and presented his wife with her food. Having nothing pressing to do that wouldn’t wait until the first day of the work week, he sat down in his recliner for a pleasant Sunday afternoon nap.

Cheesy Baked Asparagus

Preheat oven to 400 F. arrange asparagus in greased 9 by 13 inch baking dish. In small bowl combine half and half, softened cream cheese, salt and pepper until smooth.Pour over asparagus. Top with mozzarella cheese, cashews and Parmesan cheese. Bake until asparagus is tender and cheese is melted and golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove dish to wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Makes 8 servings.

Pitch Pine

Pitch Pine is uncommon in our area and very useful back in early settlement days.

Pitch Pine is uncommon in our area and very useful back
in early settlement days.

We have several pine species in our area, and one of the more uncommon ones is Pitch pine (Pinus rigida). It is mostly found on dry slopes and ridges in association with other pines and oaks. It has little commercial use today but was very useful in pioneering days.

Pitch pine has dark green needles that are around 3 to 8 inches long and form in bundles of 3. Tufts of its needles stand out upon the twigs nearly at right angles, and sometimes are found growing directly on the trunk. The tree has ...

One Soldier's Story

Joseph Edward Sallings

During World War II there were 12,000 heavy bombers shot down. Two-thirds of Allied bomber crews were lost for each plane destroyed. Over 100,000 Allied bomber crewmen were killed over Europe. Six bomber crewmen were killed for each one wounded.

More U.S. servicemen died in the Air Corps than the Marine Corps. While completing the required 30 missions, your chance of being killed was 71 percent. From June 6, 1944 to May 8, 1945 in Europe the Allies had 200,000 dead and 550,000 wounded.

Stiner theaters brought Hollywood to our hills

Clifford Stiner's Movie Theather in Maynardville Tennessee.

Clifford Stiner's Movie Theather in Maynardville Tennessee.

There’s a little old white building located on Main Street across from Maynardville Elementary School which is the remnant of a time gone by. It was once a theater in the 1940s and early 1950s. The theater on Main Street was built and run by Clifford Stiner.

Mr. Stiner also operated theaters in Luttrell on Delmar Dyer’s property, in New Loyston (Big Ridge Area) on Cana Stooksbury’s property, and a theater in Caryville. His brother E.J. Stiner owned a theater in Sneedville. The Stiner brothers jointly owned the drive-in theater in New Tazewell.

God transforming lives 'Beneath The Cross'

The old house on the corner of Hwy. 61 and Walter St. in the heart of Luttrell has a transformation story to tell. Noticeably, as you drive through Luttrell on Hwy 61 there are two markers that announce the purpose of the old house. The first is a large white sign that reads Beneath the Cross Mission - a name given to this special place in a dream from God. The second is a large cross that stands as a reminder of our Salvation paid for by Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.

Truett Davis brings flavor to the National Cornbread Festival

Truett Davis with his National Cornbread Festival ribbon.

Truett Davis competed in the National Cornbread Festival Youth 4-H Cookoff in South Pittsburgh,Tenn., and was a Top 10 national finalist. He followed his recipe to a T, made a great impression with the judges and delighted some of the audience with his savory masterpiece, Cinnamon Roll Cornbread. He came home with a nice cash prize as well as other great prizes, including the 2024 festival's special edition Lodge skillet.

Plainview cemetery right of way issue continues

Mayor Gary Chandler listens as Commissioner Josh Collins explains the location of the new cemetery right of way on Periwinkle Road.

Joy Wallace again appeared before the Plainview Planning Commission on April 9. After she expressed her gratitude, she noted that she had consulted with relatives of persons buried in the Elbert Wyrick Cemetery, owners of plots yet to be used, public officials, as well as Eddie Perry, who submitted the development plat to Plainview in 2021 that ultimately labeled the cemetery right of way abandoned.

Commission needs private act to increase building fees

In the April 22 meeting Union County Commission learned that a private act would be needed to increase building permit fees. Recently the budget committee recommended raising the fees, but further investigation of the process found that when commission raised the cost of a building permit, it violated its own private act.

BOE hears building updates, budget increases, policy changes

At the Union County Board of Education Meeting on April 11, Director Greg Clay reported that the architects sent the final plans for the new middle school to the state fire marshal. When the fire marshal approves the plans, they will be sent out for bids.
He also explained that the highway safety evaluation-noted improvements would be needed on John Deere Drive, Beeler Gap Road, and Pine Street. The Pine Street and Highway 33 intersection will also need to be upgraded and a traffic signal is being considered.

UCHS tennis excels in district tourney

Jace Walker, UCHS tennis coach Mike Johnson, assistant coach Ella Johnson, Dalton Schreieck. Jace and Dalton played in the district semifinal match.

In 2023, UCHS tennis barely had enough players to compete. This year, however, team effort and good coaching took them to the semifinals of the Division 1 Class A District Semifinal on May 2-3 at Pigeon Forge High School.
Third seed doubles team junior Jace Walker and senior Dalton Schreieck for Union County breezed past Pigeon Forge’s sixth seed Hutchison and Bohanan in the first round 8-4. Then Walker and Schreick eliminated Pigeon Forge’s #2 seed Naas and Lopez 8-6 to advance to the semifinal round to play the first seed doubles team from L&N Stem Academy.

The lumbar spine

The spine is divided into three areas: the cervical spine, which is, essentially, the neck; the thoracic spine, which is the upper back, and the lumbar spine, which is the lower back. The spinal cord runs through the individual vertebra — the bones that make up the spine — and nerves emanate between those bones to the various parts of the body, carrying signals from and to the brain.

Union County Pre-K registration open

An interview with Sharps Chapel Pre-K teacher, Erica Berry
Tell me a little about the history of Union County Pre-K programs. “Union County Public Schools has proudly offered high-quality Pre-K programs since 2006. This state grant is written and reapplied for every year and now extends to all five elementary schools. Each program serves a maximum of 20 students each year. We have had several wonderful people serve on our Community Pre-K Advisory Council (CPAC), who laid a strong foundation for us to build upon.

UC 4-H Clover Bowl winners to compete at UTK

5th grade Big Ridge Elementary School winners

5th grade Big Ridge Elementary School winners

On April 11, 4th and 5th graders from Maynardville, Paulette, Big Ridge, Sharps Chapel and Luttrell elementary schools gathered at Horace Maynard Middle School to compete in the Union County 4-H Clover Bowl. Each team previously won their in-school contest to qualify to represent their school in the county contest.


A reader recently asked me, “What does a secular contemporary song title have to do with the Bible?”
Previously I attempted to explain why I was using song titles or slight modifications thereof as my article titles. Evidently my earlier explanation was inadequate, as even the editors changed the title on the previous article. So, I’ll take another stab at explaining why I chose a modern song title as my article title.

Poke salad, a mountain tradition

A mountain tradition is to eat newly sprouted Poke stems, which must be picked and prepared properly.

A mountain tradition is to eat newly sprouted Poke stems, which must be picked and prepared properly.

A family tradition my mom kept was to seek out young poke sprouts in the spring and make poke salad, a king of cooked greens. Back before grocery store chains and refrigeration, country folk came out of winter craving a fresh green to eat, and poke was one of the newly sprouted plants that were sought out, along with “creesies” or spring crest. The lack of fresh green vegetables during the winter months ...

The Trail to a Cherokee Ambush

It was just before dawn when Peter tumbled out of bed to start his day. He moved as quietly as possible so as not to wake his four children sleeping in the loft of the small cabin. He and other men of the settlement had worked hard to complete the cabin before the cold winter weather set in.
Situated near the Clinch River, on the side of Lone Mountain, and neighboring the Sharps Station blockhouse, it was an ideal location for raising crops in the warm months and hunting in the winter.

Down Home Baked Beans

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon and drain. Reserve 1 tablespoon of drippings in skillet. Cook chopped sweet onions in drippings over medium heat until softened, about 7 minutes. Stir into skillet the beans, brown sugar, ketchup and cooked bacon. Pour mixture into an 8-inch square baking pan. Bake uncovered, until heated through and bubbly, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Dogs I Have Known

James Perry

“No, No, Tip,” is from a 1940s -1950s primer school book called “Tip and Mitten.” Tip was, as best I can remember, a devilish scatter-brained puppy who romped and played as most puppies do.
Tip was a boy dog puppy who was scolded for his antics. Tip’s buddy was a kitten named Mitten. Those primer books were written by Paul McKee, who was a professor at the Universities of Iowa and North Colorado. Tip was my first dog encounter.

Covered Up

My daddy taught me how to play ball and to not be afraid of it. But as for my momma, she taught me not to go out into public unless I looked my best. While that included when I wasn’t feeling well, being in pain was another story.

Your Peppers are Pickled, Peter Piper!

In the 1900s means for communicating changed drastically. Initially, telephones were one to a house (for those who could afford them). They were connected on “party lines,” meaning that several people shared service. Anyone could listen to the conversations of anyone who had access to the line.
Not only was there no expectation of privacy in this manner, but the phone in a home was usually centrally located in the house where anyone could hear at least one end of any conversation.

Popular Programs Resume as Farmers Market Opens

UT Extension and the Union County Farmers Market are at it once again, partnering to create healthier, more active lifestyles. Opening Day at the market will be Saturday, May 4 with a Cinco de Mayo theme – come prepared for some fun! Due to more construction at Heritage Park and the pavilion, the market will be located in the Union County High School student parking lot for the 2024 season. Following are some of the popular programs to look forward to once again this year.

The Union County Lions and the Farmer’s Market

The Union County Lions Club will be setting up shop at the Union County Farmer’s Market on May 4, May 11 and May 18 !! We are so looking forward to meeting all the vendors and our neighbors who will be attending the market. We will have tickets for the Reverse Raffle for sale for $10 each for a $500, $1000 or $2000 prize. AND we will have tickets for The Freedom Concert with the popular Poet Voices and the UCHS Band for $20 each! If you have any eyeglasses or eye glass cases in good shape, there will be a drop off box for your donation!

Some causes of back pain

A car accident or other serious trauma, like a fall, are likely causes of back pain. But the pain can develop from a variety of sources that are not quite so obvious. Here are a few of the conditions that can play a role in creating back pain:

Spinal stenosis: a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord. It’s a condition often caused by arthritis. In the narrowed chamber, pressure can build on the spinal cord.

Stuck on the Moon

“Today, we’re going to use our imagination.” I was surprised to hear my management teacher start class this way. “Pretend you’re an astronaut on the moon and you have experienced a major problem. Should you try to make it back to the lunar module before it lifts off or stay where you are and try to survive? To help, you have a flashlight, a gun, and some matches.”

Morning Glory Muffins

Arrange two racks evenly spaced in oven. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two muffin pans with paper muffin liners. In large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil and vanilla. Add carrots, apple, pineapple, pecans coconut and raisins. Stir together. In medium bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir just until combined.

Wild Ginger

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) is an interesting plant found in rich, moist, forested areas in deep hollows and drains. East and north facing lower slopes are its favored habitat, where it can be widespread.

Ginger has a stem (called a rhizome) that grows low along the ground with pairs of heart shaped leaves sticking up through the leaf litter. The leaf stems are very hairy, and if you scratch around under the leaves from April to May you will find a brownish purple flower with three petals. If you break off a piece of the rhizome you will get a strong smell of ginger.

UCHS Band students excel!

Quentin Carroll and Landyn Hobbins

There are many interesting people living in Union County. Some of them are senior citizens with fascinating tales to tell from their lives. I also discovered a couple of impressive people who are seniors at our Union County High School. I’ve known musicians most of my (long) life. Very seldom have I met one who also writes music. Landyn Hobbins has been doing this for years. He is a emotional writer who believes that music is something that everyone can relate to, and that music connects people - especially during emotional highs and lows.

Study Says Use of Chiropractic Care Is Associated With Significantly Lower Risk of Filling an Opioid Prescription

The burden of spinal pain can be aggravated by the hazards of opioid analgesics, which are still widely prescribed for spinal pain despite evidence-based clinical guidelines that identify non-pharmacological therapies as the preferred first-line approach. Previous studies have found that chiropractic care is associated with decreased use of opioids, but have not focused on older Medicare beneficiaries, a vulnerable population with high rates of co-morbidity and polypharmacy.

Somebody's Knocking

As we say around here: “w\What runs in your family?” For some it’s music and others it may be sports. For my family, it’s strange stories.
My Mamaw Jo used to cringe as she told this story. One day she and Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle were busy cleaning house when they heard the old clock upstairs chime. Both of them were startled. It wasn’t because they didn’t realize the time. It was because the clock was broken and hadn’t worked for years. Mamaw Jo thought it was pretty, so she hadn’t thrown it away. Immediately Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle said: “Something is going to happen.” Shortly after that, ...


I was at the Union County Opry last Saturday. I was there to help sell concessions for the Union County Lions Club. I struck up a conversation with Debra Keck about all the rain we had received the previous week. That rain prevented me from mowing my yards. Now, on this lovely, sunshiny Saturday, I had been occupied all day with preparing for concession sales.

Chicken Noodle and Corn Chowder

Canned soup to the rescue again. This makes a quick and tasty lunch. Over medium heat, saute onions in margarine until soft but not browned. Stir in chicken noodle soup, water, cream style corn, evaporated milk and pepper. Heat not quite to a boil. Sprinkle each serving with chopped chives.

Macular Degeneration and Me

I have my eyesight checked every year. My poor eyes have been through so much. I try to keep on top of their care. I have had 2 detached retinas as well as a sceral buckle on my right eye. That is a rubber band holding the eyeball in the correct shape. A visceral hemorrhage came along with one of the detached retinas on my right eye as well. There is an extra strong lens over it to help it track with the left one.

The Extending Tick Season

Tick season normally begins in Spring, but it seems to be backing up into the winter months.

Since I’m in the woods a lot it’s reasonable to assume that I would have more ticks get on board and use me as a meal. But the past couple of winters I have pulled ticks off every month of the year, including the winter months when they are normally dormant. That’s not right people! All of my bites have been deer tick, smaller and harder to see and feel crawling around. Now that your family is outside more with the warming weather, best start body checking yourself and the kids. Since it’s good to know your enemy, here is a rundown on the tick lifestyle.

Apple Grafting Class held March 28th

shows hands of person grafting an apple tree

Photo taken by Shawn Hendrickson, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry, Asst. District Forester-State Forests

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry and the UT Extension Union County office hosted an apple grafting class in Chuck Swan State Forest. This collaborative event gave participants a hands-on opportunity to learn how to graft apple tree varieties onto different rootstocks. Class attendees took home at least 3 new apple tree varieties.

Bad News, Good News!!

Award-winning Southern Gospel group comes to Maynardville!

The Union County Lions Club annual concert on May 18, this year featuring The Poet Voices and The Browders, has had a major change. Through an unforeseeable and unexpected circumstance, the Browders will be unavailable for this concert – that’s the Bad News! The Good News is that the Poet Voices are still onboard to perform for you AND the ticket prices have changed dramatically!

Most Americans Have Never Tried Chiropractic Care: Part II

“Chiropractic care and physical therapy are among the best options we have for treating low back pain, and can help reduce reliance on treating pain with opioids and other pain medications,” said Eric J. Roseen, DC, PHD, Director of the Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities at Boston Medical Center. “Guidelines released during the study period went from recommending these approaches as second line treatment, after other treatments fail, to first line treatment to be used before traditional pain medications.

Autism and Idioms- Idioms in a Literal World

Did you know that the month of April is Autism Awareness Month and we celebrated World Autism Day on April 2? As the number of autism diagnoses continues to rise there is an increase in awareness, but it seems at times that autism acceptance is a bigger issue. With the latest numbers from the CDC indicating that autism affects 1 in every 36 children, most families in the US have been impacted either directly or indirectly by an autism diagnosis. With the numbers on the rise, it is vital that we promote autism acceptance.

In the Attic

On the left, is me in my prom dress in 1983. On the right, is Sara wearing the same dress in 2008.

On the left, is me in my prom dress in 1983. On the right, is Sara wearing the same dress in 2008.

Being the geek that I am, I didn’t take any fun or interesting electives in high school. But my daughter Sara was more adventurous in that she signed up for the Drama Class.

Are You Insane?

I am sure that if you looked up the meaning of “insanity” in an honest-to-goodness printed dictionary that several meanings of the word would be found. There are some that would say it is insane to use a printed dictionary as it is now so much easier to “look it up on Google”.
One definition of insanity used lots in education and business is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”.

Baked fish parmesan

Cat fish drawing by Shirley McMurtrie

I often forget how many ways a fish fliet can be prepared. Check this one out. Dip filets in lemon juice, then in a mixture of remaining lemon juice and mayonnaise. Combine Parmesan cheese and crushed potato chips. Place in shallow baking dish and bake in preheated 375 F. oven or 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily. Note: For variety, use a different flavored potato chip.

Trillium Trivia

Trilliums are one of the earliest flowers to bloom in the Spring, and are beautiful to behold.

Trilliums are one of the earliest flowers to bloom in the Spring, and are beautiful to behold.

One of the most beautiful wildflowers to see in the Spring are trilliums, which are members of the Lily family. They are easy to find this time of year in rich, moist woods along rivers, streams, and in deep hollows. There are several species growing in our area, and all are easy to identify. The average trillium is 12 to 18 inches tall with a stout, erect stem. At the top is a whorl of 3 broad leaves and a single flower with 3 petals. Most trilliums have a flower supported by a stem just above the leaves (botanists call this pedicellate). But sessile trillium, also known as toadshade, (Trillium sessile) has no flower stem and the 3 petals appear to come directly out of the leaves. The sessile trilliums I have found locally have yellow petals, but some are dark red. The leaves of sessile trilliums have whitish splotches.

The Browders

Dave, Tommy, Matthew and Sonya Browder

Brothers Matt and David Browder were young when they began traveling with their dad, Tommy Browder, in 1990. Matt recalls that at the age of 10 or 11 he actually began singing with his dad and around the age of 13 he learned three-part harmony. Tommy Browder had started singing gospel music at the age of 5, despite being stricken with polio. “My right hand was completely paralyzed from polio,” he recalls. Then one day, his thumb started working, then his fingers and then he regained enough strength in his right hand to be able to play the guitar.

Successful Hunt!!

Easter Egg Hunt in Wilson Park

Members of the American Legion Post 212 and their volunteers helped the Easter Bunny this year by stuffing plastic eggs for him to hide for Union County children. And hide he did! Over 60 kids descended on Wilson Park on an absolutely gorgeous Easter Sunday afternoon to find these eggs – and, boy, did they!! No matter how well the eggs were hidden, these young people (some with a little help from their parents) found all the eggs. Three of these eggs contained a $50 gift card to Walmart.


Union County Board of Education

The Union County Board of Education will meet in regular session on Thursday, June 13, 2024 at Union County High School. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.

The special called meeting of the Union County Board of Education that was scheduled for Wednesday, May 15 has been cancelled.

Spring Tour With Museum Mike!

"Come by the Lenoir Museum at 1:00pm on Saturday's throughout the spring for a tour with Museum Mike! These tours will occur on a weekly basis. These tours are completely free, but please consider registering and donating to the Museum! 100% of your donation stays in our Lenoir Museum and is used for programs, interpretive displays, and other improvements. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Lost Creek Reunion is June 9

Lost Creek Church

Anyone with ancestors who attended Lost Creek Church or have ancestors buried in Lost Creek Cemetery may want to mark June 9, 2024, on the calendar. Fred Gibson and members of the Union County Cemetery Association will hold a reunion at the new Union County Forestry Building at the entrance to Chuck Swan Wildlife Management Area.

Womens back country camping

Womens back county camping at Norris Dam State Park.

Join Ranger Holly Frerichs for an overnight experience in the back country! This is a beginner friendly workshop for women where we will learn best practices for overnight camping and some survival tactics. The hike to the campsite is 3.5 miles in and the same route back out. It is a moderate trail but very beginner friendly. This workshop is open to women and girls 15 and older.

The Norris Lake Project’s March 23, 2024, Lake Cleanup

By Renee Lowder & LeahNe' Thiele
Are you looking for a way to help your community and environment? Have you thought about volunteering every spring and fall to assist The Norris Lake Project (NLP) with Lake Cleanups?

It only takes a few hours, and it is very rewarding. You can learn more about The Norris Lake Project and the Lake Cleanups at On Saturday, March 23, 2024, The Norris Lake Project had teams at four locations:

Freedom Concert Saturday May 18th at 7:00

Southern Gospel, UCHS Band, Oak Ridge Boys tribute, patriotic music, Memorial Day

There will be a very special performance on May 18th, when the Union County High School Band will be sharing the stage with the Poet Voices, a professional Southern Gospel quartet. The Freedom Concert will include patriotic music to commemorate Memorial Day and to honor Americans, as well as Southern Gospel songs, and a tribute to the Oak Ridge Boys. Tickets are $20 at the Kitchen Design Center, at the Union County Opry May 4th performance of Con Hunley, at the Union County Farmer's Market on May 4th, 11th or 18th - or or at the door.

Free admission for all Active Duty Military and Veterans

The Lions Club would like to invite all Active Duty Military and US Veterans as our guest to the Freedom Concert on May 18th at 7:00. Each Veteran may receive up to 2 free tickets from Veteran Service Officer Kevin Manley. VSO Manley may be contacted at 865-661-7243 or emailed at Kevin.Manley@UnionCountyTN. gov.

Lions Club Reverse Raffle

Tickets are $10 each. All the money raised goes directly to the Lion Charities. Tickets can be purchased from Union County Lions members Kathy Chesney (865) 566-3289, Ronnie Mincey (865) 278-6430, Debbie Sylvia-Gardner (865) 603-5081 or Shirlee Grabko (865) 310-6874.

Walk4Water Union County May 19

Walk4Water Union County is seeking corporate sponsors and walkers to raise money for Ugandan wells that provide drinking water to villages where no clean water exists. Be a sponsor or just join the walk in Wilson Park on May 19. Register at Like us on Facebook:Walk 4 Water Union County.
Questions? Call Desiree Hensley, Chairperson, 657 203 4170.


Robert Jerry Atkins

Robert Jerry Atkins - age 74 of Washburn, passed away on Saturday May 18th, 2024 at his home. He was born on November 17, 1949. He was a member of Johnson’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. He retired from the University of Tennessee as a Heavy Equipment Operator. He farmed most of his life and enjoyed raising cattle. He was great with horses and enjoyed showing and racing horses in many events. He also enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing.

Jackie D. Murray, Jr.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved family member, Jackie D. Murray Jr. (Jay) – age 50 of Sharps Chapel, passed away peacefully on Thursday May 16, 2024 at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was born in Germany on January 31, 1974 to Jackie and Beverly Murray. He worked in the entertainment business for 33 years displaying a wonderful life of fun for everyone around him. Jay truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasure chatting with friends and family, playing guitar and singing with his dad to chatting with anyone around him.

Hassie Marie Weaver

Hassie Marie Weaver – age 69 of Knoxville, passed away suddenly Wednesday, May 15th 2024. She attended Union Baptist Church, Halls, and was a graduate of Halls High School Class of 1972. She is preceded in death by her parents, Sarah Jessie Mae (Walker) Weaver and Henry Archie Weaver.

She is survived by Jackie Kiser; son, Justin Henry Weaver; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Weaver; granddaughters, Haley and Kaley Chesney; sisters, Marylou Wilkerson, Mildred Shipley; brother, Claude Weaver; brother-in-law, Larry Shipley; sister-in-law, Gail Weaver; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

McGhlome Loyd

McGhlome Loyd – age 90 of Andersonville, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2024 at his home. He was a member of Hines Creek Baptist Church, a U. S. Army Veteran and a member of Andersonville Masonic Lodge #383.

Roger Lee Sheets

Roger Lee Sheets, age 83 of Westland, Michigan passed away on Monday, May 13, 2024. He had been in declining health for several months. Born July 16, 1940 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Roger was the son of True and Genevieve (Mathias) Sheets.

He married Jo Ellen (Hunter) on February 14, 1965 and they had three children together. They divorced in June of 1983.

Roger married Louise C. (Chapman) in January of 1984. Through this marriage, he gained three stepsons.

Jack Henry Dyer, Jr.

Jack Henry Dyer, Jr. – age 63 of Luttrell passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 14, 2024, surrounded by his family at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He was a member of Luttrell Church of God. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Henry Dyer, Sr. and Pauline Joyce (Winstead) Dyer.

Peggy Sue (Woods) Ensley

Peggy Sue (Woods) Ensley – age 82 of Maynardville, a beautiful, vivacious and loving woman was suddenly taken from us by a hemorrhagic stroke. She was born and raised in Sharps Chapel and was a graduate of Horace Maynard High School, Class of 1960. Peggy was a member of Maynardville Church of Christ and a retired employee of DeRoyal Industries with 37 years of service.

She is preceded in death by her son, Bryan Ensley; parents, Osco and Elsie Woods along with ten brothers and sisters.

Curtis Lynn Jones

Curtis Lynn Jones – age 62 of Maynardville, born July 20, 1961, left this world May 6th, 2024 at Willow Ridge Center in Maynardville. He was the life of the party and enjoyed listening to southern rock. Curtis loved life as an over the road trucker being able to see the whole country and loved a good camping trip with family.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Velma Cope; father, Roy Buck Jones; step-father, Herman Cope; sister, Rita (Randy) Dozier; brother, Steven Jones and Peggy Schmitt.

Mary Lashae Dyer Hernandez

Mary Lashae Dyer Hernandez-age 28 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord Sunday, May 5, 2024. Preceded in death by her mother, Amanda Lord; uncles, Robbie Lord, Christopher Dyer; grandparents, Ray and Mary Dyer.

She is survived by her dad, Lonnie Ray Dyer; daughter, Aalyah Hernandez; brother, Zach; grandparents, Bobby and Sharon Lord, Sherry Sexton; 2nd mom, Amy Evans Taylor; aunt, Teresa (Dennis) Barnard; uncle, Sap Dyer; special cousins, TJ Burnett, Coty, Jeremy, Corey and a host of cousins and friends.

Jason Paul Clark

Jason Paul Clark-age 44 of Sharps Chapel passed away Monday, May 6, 2024 at home. He loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his family and friends. Preceded in death by his father, Gary Masingo; mother, Sandra Hobock; grandparents Roy “Mose” Clark, Joyce Clark, Big Johny and Marie Masingo; uncles, Kenny and Ronald Clark, Arlos Masingo, Little Johny Masingo; aunt, Debbie Clark.

Larry Jackson

Larry Jackson-age 72 of New Tazewell passed away Saturday, May 4, 2024. He was born April 10, 1952, in Holly Hill, South Carolina. Larry loved to be in the mountains, hunting and fishing with his son, spending time with his family and hanging out with his dogs. Larry was a proud member of the Santee Indian Organization. He was a hardworking man and spent his life as an electrician, real estate agent and truck driver.

Jonathan Dorrance

Jonathan David Dorrance – 46 of Maynardville, passed away Friday, May 3, 2024 at home surrounded by his family. He was self employed as a plumber. Jonathan was a U. S. Army Veteran and loved to fish.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Jason Dorrance. Jonathan is survived by wife, Holly; parents, Donald and Gaynell Dorrance; brother, Justin (Amy) Dorrance; sister, Jennifer (Mike) Prusik; nieces and nephews, Kylie and Tyler Prusik and Grayson, Blake and Luke Dorrance; and aunt, Joy Porter.

Terry Jay Rolen

Terry Jay Rolen-age 67 of Luttrell went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Terry was a good blacksmith who loved painting cars and collecting Zippo Lighters.

He is survived by his daughter, Shena Rouse; sons, Terry Shipley, James Rouse; sister, Kathy Hillard; brothers, Jack Rolen, James Rolen; girlfriend, Kimberly Rollins; stepchildren, Jason Bailey, Ashley Rollins, Brittney Rollins. Terry had many friends and family who loved him dearly.

Eula Estelle (Cook) Caldwell

Eula Estelle (Cook) Caldwell-age 87 of Corryton passed away Monday, April 29, 2024 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Maynardville. Preceded in death by husband, Clyde Caldwell; parents, Hobert and Mossie Cook; siblings, Edgar, Oval, Carlyle and Carolyn.

Burleigh Lewis

Burleigh Shelton Lewis, age 88 of Maynardville, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 29, 2024 at Fort Sanders Medical Center. He retired from the US Air Force after 22 years serving in Vietnam from 1966-1967. He then worked at Harris Corporation in Palm Bay, FL for 18 years. Burleigh is a 32nd Degree Mason with Masonic Lodge #318 Harbor City Lodge in Melbourne, FL. He loved to joke and tease with everyone and couldn’t pass up a good deal at yard sales. He absolutely loved to haggle for bargains.

Billy Woods

Mr. Billy Woods-age 63 of Luttrell passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, April 24, 2024. He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Woods; mother, Frances Inklebarger. Billy was always smiling and joking. He gave everyone a nickname and loved to pester. He will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.

Shelby Mitchell

Shelby Jean (Haynes) Mitchell – age 85 of Knoxville, formerly of Liberty Hill, passed peacefully surrounded by her family at home Wednesday, April 24, 2024. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church.

Larry Wayne Frye

Larry Wayne Frye – age 76 of Washburn, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at Claiborne County Hospital. He was a member of Elm Springs Baptist Church. Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Oreide Frye; sister, Darlene Satterfield.

He is survived by his sisters, Letha Frye, Jean Nicely and husband Roger of Washburn; brother, Dewey Lynn Frye and wife Vanda of Corryton; nieces and nephews, Jerry, Austin, Brittany all of Washburn, Brad, Amanda, Zoe, Gavin, Kenzlee all of Knoxville.

Sherry Mignon Dunn

Sherry Mignon Dunn – age 72 of Maynardville, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, April 24, 2024. Sherry had a deep love for her family and also fishing. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lola and H.E. Hill; sister, Sandra Hill; brother, Eddie Hill.

Sherry is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, Billy Dunn; daughters, Tansi Underwood, Tammy Lay and husband Rick; grandchildren, Larissa Qualls, Craig Lay and wife Brittany, Derrick Lay; great-grandchildren, Ava Lay, Haisley Lay.

Clarence Grubbs

Clarence E. Grubbs – age 83 of Maynardville. God has taken another amazing man to Heaven today, April 6, 2024. He fought a brave battle with Pancreatic Cancer for 9 long months. Clarence was called a Gentle Giant and was loved by many. He was a man who lived life to the fullest. Clarence was a Glazier for 40 years, an amazing carpenter, mechanic, and avid fisherman. He grew hydroponics, the best tomatoes and vegetables. Clarence was an eagle lover, a magical storyteller and awesome cook, to name just a few.

Danny Jo Sweet

Danny Jo Sweet – age 66 of Washburn went home to be with the Lord Thursday, April 18 2024. Danny was a member of Hubbs Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He was a former employee of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing. Danny is preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow and L.B. Sweet; nephew, Jasper Sweet; sister-in-law, Pam Sweet; brother-in-law, Boyce Brock; father-in-law, Virgil Crawford.

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