Privet: A Pretty Bush You Don’t Want to See or Smell

By Steve Roark
Volunteer, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Right now if you’re outside much you are liable to catch a whiff of an almost overpowering flower smell, and if you investigate, you will likely find a bush loaded with small white flowers. This is Privet, a foreign shrub brought in as a landscape plant as early as the late 1700s. It has unfortunately gone Frankenstein and naturalized into the wild, where it is now very common to see along roadsides, woodland edges, and fencerows. It is bad news and a serious threat to our mountain farms and forests.
Privet (Ligustrum species) is native to China and Japan, and as mentioned was brought over as a landscape plant, particularly used as a hedge around gardens and yards because if can tolerate severe pruning and can be shaped anyway you want to. It is a shrub that forms multiple stems that support a dense canopy of small oval leaves. Each mature shrub can produce upwards of a thousand small white flowers, that in turn produce thousands of small purplish to black berries containing many seeds. The berry is a favored food for several bird species, especially the Thrush, which then fly off and poop out the seeds for miles around, allowing the shrub to rapidly expand its population.
Privet has other advantages that allow it to easily outcompete native plants. They can also reproduce through root suckering, making them difficult to kill. They adapt well to varying light conditions, though they don’t do well in deeply shaded, undisturbed forests. But stir up the soil with a new road or timber harvest that allows more light to get in, and Privet can seed in and rapidly take over the area. They are especially fond of forest edges, where they get plenty of light but are protected from mowing equipment.
Here’s the scary thing. Forests containing large amounts of Privet tend to have fewer trees, less shrub diversity, and decreased density of herbaceous plants. When introduced to an ecosystem, Privet, given time, will produce a thick shrub layer under the forest canopy, preventing sunlight from reaching the native plants below, which are gradually driven out. This can negatively impact why we like to visit forests. No wildflowers, reduced wildlife numbers, no clear views through the forest, and reduced fall leaf colors. It’s a total downer for a nature nerd like me.
So what to do? State and Federal parks are doing what they can to fight off invasive plants on public lands. But we citizens who own land, be it a farm or even just a back yard with a grown up fence row, must go to war and kill Privet and other invasives wherever we find it. You can’t just cut it down, as it will just laugh and sprout up more stems than before. You about have to resort to herbicide use and try to kill out the root system. There are several fairly simple methods of herbicide application that are very target specific that a weekend warrior can use. My favorite two are stump-cut and hack and squirt. Look these up online and you can figure out what will work best, along with how to ID the plant. State forestry agencies are also a good source of information.
I know this is not the feel-good article that I prefer to write, but our grandkids need us to take action.

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Union county veterans wall

It stands up on a hill behind the high school and overlooking Wilson Park. Many have seen it from a distance, but not too many people stop by. In different parts of the US, some of the walls honoring and remembering Veterans are made of black granite or marble. The concrete Union County Veterans Wall was first painted black to represent the bleakness, the abyss some veterans feel when returning to civilian life and there is a touch of red along the top to represent the blood that was shed during conflicts.

Menu for Veterans March 4 at High Noon

Veterans dinner

Military Veterans! You are invited to join Post Commander Darrell White and other Union County veterans at High Noon on Monday March 4 at the American Legion Hall on Veterans Rd. An Italian experience is planned with homemade Lasagna, bread, salad and dessert. Meals will be served on the first floor. There is no charge for this meal. For those who would like to attend, the monthly meeting of the American Legion New Liberty Post will be held after the luncheon at 1:00 upstairs in the building.

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The Big BANG Theory

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Hawaiian chicken

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Local Rivers Were Early Interstates

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Humor, Prayer, and Chemo

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Union County Museum to close for flooring renovations

Union County Museum

The Union County Museum will close to install new flooring from February 19 to March 23. The March historical meeting is canceled.

After Southern Spirit performs a variety of tunes at the Union County Historical Society Meeting on Sunday, February 18, at 2:30, the Union County Museum will close until March 24, 2024,to have new flooring and carpeting installed.

Union County Veterans Volunteers

When we asked for volunteers to support the veterans, people from all over Union County raised their hands and the Union County Veterans Volunteers was formed. They held their first organizational meeting on February 5th. Everyone who attended had ideas and enthusiasm for helping and volunteering. The first item of business was to organize free tasty meals for the American Legion Post 212 before their monthly meetings on the first Monday of every month. Volunteer cooks have already signed up to do this for every month up to and including the July meeting!

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To the Letter

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches,
and loving favour rather than silver and gold. (Proverbs 22:1 KJV)
My inspiration for this article came from a visit I made earlier today to Union County High School. There I began talking with office staff about mistakes that are made with respect to people’s names.
An article of mail had arrived for band instructor Hunter Collins. The package was not addressed to “Hunter”, but to “Hunger”.

No More Kittens

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Invasion of the stink bugs

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There are more recognition days, weeks, or months than you can shake a stick at. Some highlight worthy causes, such National Arbor Day (April 26), and National Girl Scout Day (March 12). Some you scratch your head at, like National Cheese Doodle Day (March 5) and National Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19, aaarrr!). One you probably haven’t heard of, but that I personally think is worth pondering is National Invasive Species Awareness Week (February 26 to March 1).

It’s Cookie Time in Tennessee

Union County Tennessee Girl Scout Troop 21187 Photo by Jenni Hand

The annual Girl Scout Cookie sale has started and the Union County troops are ready to take your order. This year the nine flavors to choose from are Thin Mints, S’mores, Adventurefuls, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs, Toffee-tastic, Trefoils and Lemon-Ups. The cookies are sold for $6.00 a box. When you purchase cookies, you are creating opportunities for the young girls of Union County to thrive and grow by learning life and leadership skills. This opportunity was the hope and vision of the founder of the Girls Scouts, Juliette Gorgon Low from Savannah, GA. In 1912

Mayor breaks tie, jail cameras get funding

Vote on cameras for jail

The vote on the new camera system for the current jail.

The new year brought Mayor Bailey’s first tiebreaker of his tenure at the Union County Commission meeting last month.
Sheriff Billy Breeding requested a mid-year budget amendment of new money to fund a correctional grade camera system. Prior to the commission meeting, the sheriff brought his proposal to the budget committee where it did not receive any action, therefore the proposal could be brought to the commission without a recommendation.

Commission and jail committee review jail needs assessment

Jim Hart speaks to jail committee and commission on jail needs assessment.

Jim Hart, Interim Manager and Jail Management Consultant for County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS), reviewed the Union County Jail Needs Assessment for the joint meeting of the UC Jail Committee and the UC Commission on Thursday, February 1.
Hart noted several challenges in the current jail. The jail is an aging facility that regularly exceeds its maximum capacity of 76 inmates. He explained that the jail is considered overcrowded at 85% capacity or 64 inmates.

School board increases salaries, prepares for HMMS construction

Finance Director Missy Brown explains the new salary schedule for teachers and other budget changes.

All Union County teachers will see an increase in their pay this school year. The Union County Board of Education approved a revised teacher salary scale at its meeting on January 11.
Missy Brown, finance director, explained that the additional increase is necessary to put the salary schedule on track to meet the $50,000 state mandated beginning salary in 2028. She further noted that the additional funding will come from the state TISA Growth monies and the pay increases do keep us competitive with surrounding counties.

Budget Committee complies with new state law

Budget committee meeting

Cheryl Walker, Chairman of the Union County Budget Committee, distributes the agenda and related documents to the members.

The Union County Budget Committee considered several items on January 29, 2024. The recent snow.caused the regular meeting to be rescheduled and held prior to the Union County Commission Meeting. The committee approved the purchase of ankle monitors for work release inmates to comply with a new state law at a cost of approximately $10,000. The committee took no action on the sheriff's proposal to spend $97,000 for a new camera system. Discussion centered around the cost and the fact that the request was not in the current budget nor did the sheriff have surplus money to fund the system.

Commissioner Jessee addresses UCBPA meeting

Commissioner Sidney Jessee, Jr. speaking to UCBPA

Commissioner Sidney Jessee, Jr. speaking to UCBPA

Commissioner Sidney Jessee, Jr., who is chairman of the Union County Jail Committee, spoke to Union County Business & Professional Association at its January meeting on the locations for the new jail and the pros and cons of each location. Locating the jail on the existing middle school football field would possibly cost less.
But citizens have voiced that commission should not take away the field, especially before the new middle school field is available. Also, using the football field would still require prisoners to be transported to the courtroom for trial.

Plainview discusses snow removal, retains Edmondson

Vice Mayor Richard Phillips

Vice Mayor Richard Phillips explains the plan for snow removal in Plainview.

The City of Plainview Board of Aldermen discussed how to clear the roads of snow and ice at its December and January meetings. Becky Munsey made the request during a public forum.
Vice Mayor Richard Phillips chaired the meeting on January 9, and reported that negotiations were ongoing to contract with Luttrell City to brine or clear the Plainview Roads. Phillips is also exploring other methods to address the issue of snow and ice.

Leadership Union County seeks participants

Leadership Class of 2023

Leadership Union County Class of 2023 (Left to Right) Kelly Clarke, Sharps Chapel Fall Festival Chairman; Dr. Tobi Kilgore, HMMS Principal; Candy Booker, Election Commissioner; Garnet Southerland, Health Department Director; and Ann Russell, Register of Deeds.

Leadership Union County is seeking people who want to learn more about Union County or want to get involved in the many organizations that strive to improve the quality of life in Union County. LUC is currently enrolling participants in the Class of 2024.

Plainview installs new radio antenna

New radio antenna for Plainview Police in Tennessee

Wendell Wise is climbing the ladder to position the new radio antenna for the Plainview Police Department. Lynn Van Dyke steadies the ladder while Steve Brantley supervises from the ground.

The Plainview Police Department will have better radio communication this year. Plainview Maintenance Department installed a new antenna at the Plainview City Hall last Tuesday, January 30, 2024. According to Vice Mayor Richard Phillips, the antenna was a planned upgrade included in the current city budget.

Chiropractic Care As An Alternative To Opioid Analgesia For Spinal Pain

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The Beginning of the End

By James and Ellen Perry
It was a cold cloudy morning February 3, 1959. The best I can remember it was on Wednesday morning, and my brothers and I were at home. Our mom was at home cleaning the house, as she had been laid off for a short period from her job at Knox Porcelain Plant. I had our Philco radio tuned to WIVK in Knoxville.

Horse Lodge, Lexington, Kentucky

We were arriving near the end of Part 1 of our Great Adventure, our Crawl Across America Trek. There were very few horse motels between Pontoon Beach, Ill., and Union County, Tenn.
And it was way too much of a drive to try to make it in just one day. We did need to try to break it down into two days on the road.
We chose a horse farm in Lexington for our final night on the road, based on the fact that it wasn’t as far off our route as all the others seemed to be.

Brilliant Idea

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2 Corinthians Chapters 1-3
I have struggled with trying to group and summarize 2 Corinthians individual chapters more than any other letters in the Bible. I have prayed over the book, plus reread all of 2 Corinthians countless times trying to form the body for an outline.

Snow, white

The color of snow is taken for granted, but the whiteness has a reason for being.

I’m not sure many of you want to revisit the topic of snow after the past couple of weeks, but every now and then I get nailed with a good question: Why is snow white? And where does the white go when it melts? The answer requires an understanding of light.

Mock Turtle Soup

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Oh, the ‘I-ron-i-city’ of it!

My friend Sharon McDonald used to delight in telling of a former pastor of Maynardville Baptist Church who was scandalized by the increasing trend for people to wear less clothing on television and in public. He would occasionally exclaim from the pulpit, “Oh, the nu-did-i-ty of it!”
Another element of our society that many times goes unappreciated is irony. Irony is defined by Webster’s New World Dictionary as “a way of being amusing or sarcastic by saying exactly the opposite of what one means” or “an event or a result that is the opposite of what might be expected.”

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Sign Ups at Your Local Library

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Veterans Auxiliary Organizes

Calling all chefs, cooks, and volunteers of all ages – please step forward!! The first organizational meeting of the Union County Veterans Auxiliary will be on Monday February 5 from 5:00-6:00 in downstairs of the Veterans Building. This building is located behind the ball field and the Sheriff’s office at 140 Veterans St.

Chiropractic In The Military

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Gateway Stables and Riding Academy

Rainy day. Hunkering down in the barn.

Well, the day off yesterday worked wonders. The goats’ personalities returned, they enjoyed being free, and we felt relaxed.

Gateway Stables and Riding Academy has several outdoor riding rings, a huge indoor ring, many fields, a very large barn with horses in box stalls. We sat with the goats in the fields reading. Our outdoor adventure was cut short by lightning, thunder, and torrential rain. Goats do not do rain. They think they will shrink or melt or something. We all relocated to the large old barn and Bill and I read while the goats explored.

Bluegrass history

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Model Memories

Do you have a favorite memory from your early childhood? Mine involves my daddy and model cars.
Unlike me, both of my parents had a passion for cars. Their favorite ones were from the 1950s and muscle cars. Being raised on the farm, my mom also loved tractors. Anyway, in 1969 they bought a new Roadrunner. They were excited because it was muscle car. I loved it because it had an image of the Coyote on the carburetor and the horn sounded like the roadrunner from the cartoon: “Beep. Beep.”

The Party's Over

One of my favorite episodes of The Andy Griffith Show was the one in which Barney rigs up a camera in Wally’s Service Station to catch a thief. Of course Barney has to demonstrate his criminal genius to none other than Gomer Pyle. The resulting photograph is of Barney demonstrating his setup. Shrewd Barney Fife failed to reset the camera to possibly catch a picture of the real crook.

Applesauce cupcakes

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January is Teatime

Tea is a tree product that is the most popular drink on the planet.

With January being National Tea Month, and since most teas are derived from a tree, I thought I’d study up and share some things I did not know about the world’s most popular beverage.

Kevin Manley, Union County Veterans Service Officer

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Opioids No More Effective Than Placebo For Acute Back And Neck Pain

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Hidden Creek Ranch. DES MOINES IA

Columbia snatching and drinking my beer

OCTOBER 9, 2021. Now in Des Moines IA. Long day of driving (for the older, shall we say “elderly?”, version of us) and for the animals. We left Hobby Horse Overnight Stables in Mitchell SD around 8:30 and arrived at Hidden Creek around 4. Google predicted a 5 hour trip….but that was at speed and probably with no stops. Spent some time looking for a dump station for the RV as the black water tank was getting full.

Shake It Up

“I’m ready for some fresh seafood!” My husband Tim said when we drove over the Florida state line. Actually, he also said that before we left Tennessee.

Gee, Ain't It Funny?

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Applesauce loaf cake

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Sunbeams Are a Nice Natural Light Show

Sunbeams are beautiful but short lived, and worth pausing for.

I lucked into a beautiful light display recently when the early morning sun went behind a small cloud, resulting in rays of sunlight appearing to shoot out from the cloud edge in all directions. After decades of seeing sunbeams, I wondered what causes them, and my researched answer is forthwith.

Events

Authors Guild of Tennessee

The Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Faith Lutheran Church in Farragut. Social time and book exchange begins at 10:30. Published authors are invited to attend. AGT is now accepting applications for associate membership from authors who have written a book but are not yet published. Serious authors only. In the event of inclement weather, check the AGT Website for updates and information: authorsguildoftn.org.

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

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.

Alder Springs Anniversary

Alder Springs Missionary Baptist Church

Alder Springs Missionary Baptist Church, 708 Hickory Star Rd. Maynardville TN, will celebrate it's 175 the Anniversary on Sunday, April 7,2024. The celebration will be during the 11:00 an worship service with lunch to follow. If you know of any former pastors or their relatives, we would love to hear from them so we can give them a special invitation for that celebration.

Obituary

Donald James D.J. Corum

Donald James “D.J.” Corum-age 45 of Luttrell went home to be with the Lord Thursday, February 22, 2024 at his home. D. J. loved his family and was very proud of his kids. Preceded in death by son, Dayton Corum; father-in-law: Bo Inklebarger; grandparents, Gene and Inez Hensley; grandmother, Naomi Corum.
Survivors: loving wife of 20 years, Comfort Corum; daughters, Aleigha Corum, Abby Corum; parents, Perry and Karen Corum; sister, Shonda Corum; brothers, Joshua Corum; Rev. Daniel Corum and wife, Lisa. Many nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.

Nicholas Trammell

Nicholas Tyler Trammell – age 25 of Powell, passed away February 18, 2024 in St. Paul. Minnesota. While Nick faced many difficult challenges, he never stopped being an audacious dreamer. His imagination and giddy laugh are the qualities most will recall.

James Herbert Bays

James Herbert Bays-86 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord Monday morning, February 19, 2024, at his home. He was of the Church of God faith. He enjoyed his long-time career as an over the road truck driver and had been to Canada, Mexico and every state except for Alaska. Preceded in death by his parents, Hayden and Lindy Bays; wives, Linda Darlene Bays and Bonnie Bays; children, Kathy Bays, Herbie Bays, Jerry Childress, David Childress, Angie Pollard; grandchildren, Misty Childress, Alex Childress, Kelley Childress, Josh Hunley; sisters, Maggie, Anne, Reba; brother, Esco Bays.

Herbert Clinton Fields

Herbert Clinton Fields-age 64 of Dalton, Georgia went to be with the Lord Saturday, February 17, 2024 at home while under the care of his daughter. He is preceded in death by wife, Rita Joyce (Redwine) Fields; parents, Eli Fields and Katie Juanita (Goforth) Fields; son, Scott Flowers; sisters, Tiny Ruth Pullen and husband, Mike; Virginia Allen Hughes and husband, B.J. Herbert loved hunting and fishing. He will be laid to rest with his loving wife by his side.

Loetta Galyon

Loetta Marie Galyon – age 58 of Maynardville, passed away peacefully February 15, 2024. Loetta is of the Pentecostal faith.

She is preceded in death by parents, James and Ruth Ellis; nephew, Anthony Goins and father-in-law, Robert Galyon. Loetta is survived by husband, Jeff Galyon; children, Leighann (Curtis) Cash, son, Nick Galyon; grandchildren, BriAnn, Amorett and Aminah; sister, Linda Fox; and many extended family members too numerous to mention.

Hoke Mynatt, Jr.

Hoke Lee “Porky” Mynatt, Jr. – age 78 of Knoxville, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2024 surrounded by his family. He was born October 18, 1945 to Attorney Hoke Lee Mynatt, Sr. and Grace Delana Barnett Mynatt. Hoke graduated from Houston Independent School district. In 1972 he graduated from Davidson Police Academy and went to work for the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. Hoke left the department in 1985. Upon moving to Houston, TX that same year he eventually went to work for Wackenhut Security Company where he worked in several positions including as a U. S.

Ruby Pointer

Ruby Jean Luttrell Pointer – age 75 of Knoxville, born January 18, 1949, left this world peacefully at her home surrounded by family on February 12, 2024. She was a Cosmetologist and loved styling hair for her customers from her home beauty shop for many years. Ruby was passionate about gardening and was a wonderful cook. She was a loving mom, nana, sister and friend.

Nancy Elizabeth Weaver

Nancy Elizabeth Weaver – age 50 of Corryton, went to be with the Lord Friday, February 9, 2024 at U.T. Medical Center with her family by her side. She was the owner/operator of Dano’s 8675, LLC, and was also the operator of Anderson Farms Catering, Corryton. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Nancy was a person who cared for others and was known to put others before herself.
Preceded in death by her father, William Houston Weaver; her life long partner, Danny Lewis Blaylock; brother-in-law, Timmy Bailey.

Teresa Jo Newman

Teresa Jo Newman-61 of Knoxville went to be with the Lord unexpectedly February 6, 2024. Teresa loved to cook and listen to classic country music. Preceded in death by her parents, Shirley Jean Franklin and William Edward Newman; son, Thomas Derek Huck.

She is survived by her daughter, Crystal Helton and husband, Matthew; brother, William Edward Newman and wife Ladonna; grandchildren, Brionna Huck, Zoey Huck, Thomas Huck and many other loving family members and friends.

Priscilla Jane Cox

Priscilla Jane Cox – age 49 of Maynardville, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare.
Preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Anna Lee (Smith) Bolden; sisters, Patricia Ann Bolden, Betty Jo Marie Goins.
Survived by her sons, Jacob Cooke and wife Cheyenne Marlow of Maynardville, Austin Cox; granddaughter, Myla Rayne Cooke; brother, James Smith and wife, Joyce of Tazewell, sisters, Mary Ann Kincaid, Sue Fullington; special nieces, Misty Collins, Christy Payne; several nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.

Johnnie Lee Beeler Jr.

Johnnie Lee Beeler Jr. — age 48 of Luttrell, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2024 at his home. He was of the Baptist Faith. Johnnie (Biggon) was a loving man who would do anything for anyone. He had a big heart. He loved his family, old cars and old music.
He was preceded in death by his father, Johnnie Lee Beeler sr.; mother, Dollie Sue Beeler (Muncey).
Survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Lora and Theodore (Kenny) Graves; son, Corey Beeler; niece, Kali Graves; nephew, Derek Graves; many aunts and uncles; special friend, Paul Richard.

Wilma Lou Tolliver

Wilma Lou Tolliver-88 of Sharps Chapel went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 28, 2024. Wilma was a retired schoolteacher of 44 years in the Union County School System. Preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow and Hettie Cole; sister, Jewell Edwards; niece, Marlene Godfrey; nephews, Marty Edwards, Mike Edwards.

She is survived by, Norm Tolliver; daughter, Jeannie Dyer and husband Dwight; grandchildren, Dylan Berry and wife Ashley, Dalton Berry; great grandchildren, Amelia and Cullen, Maylen Berry.

Joshua Randal Fletcher

Joshua Randal Fletcher-42 of Luttrell went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, January 28, 2024. He was a member of Leatherwood Baptist Church in Claiborne County. Preceded in death by his son, Christopher Tray Fletcher; grandparents, William and Frieda Fletcher, Charles and Evelina Mize, Farnum “Coot” Bolin; uncles, William “Jake” Fletcher, Jr., Floyd Fletcher, James Fletcher; aunt, Kathern Collins.

David Samuel Beets

David Samuel Beets – age 39 of Augusta, Georgia, formerly of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, January 21, 2024. He is a member of Broken Outreach Ministries, Augusta Georgia.
Preceded in death by his father, Troy Michael Beets; grandmother, Beulah Joyce Vanbebber; grandfather, Charles Parker Evins.

James Daniels

James Hanse Daniels – age 68, passed away peacefully at U T Hospital with family by his side on January 25, 2024. He was born July 4, 1955 to Roger and Elsie Daniels. James was a long-time employee of KUB. He was a friend to so many. James loved watching wrestling and his favorite pass time was reading and doing his Word Search books.

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