The staff members of Willow Ridge Care and Rehab would like to thank all those who have so generously donated to provide a 19" wall mounted flat screen television for each of our resident's during their stay. The total cost of the television and mounting hardware comes to just under $100 each. For each $100 donation, we are placing a small sign on each television indicating who provided it. This is a daily reminder to our residents that they are cared for by the wider community. Over the course of a year, many people are touched by this gift.
Re-Tracing Our Ancestors Tracks
Each year the Martin Luther Miller Historical Society meets in Knoxville, Maynardville, and those more curious go down Norris Lake in the vicinity of the Clinch River prior to the impoundment of Norris Lake. I’m always invited to this history brain picking. The adventurers depart Beach Island Boat Dock bright and early the third Sunday every July to document the Global Position System (GPS) readings of some historic places and to pause a little while to honor those early settlers that carved their niche in what would become Union County, Tennessee. The first site we discussed at the 2010 gathering was a tannery near the mouth of Tumbling Run Creek. (If anyone has information about this tannery, please let me know–687-3842.) The tannery's GPS is 36.19.21N, 83.46.83W.
The next stop was the M. S. Cook Cemetery beautifully kept in the lawn by the Phillips family. These were Glen Miller’s grandparents, and Glen came from Colorado as he does every year to pay his respects. The cemetery is on the old Sylvester Needham place between Cave Springs Branch and Cave Springs Road. We then discussed the Old Hwy. 33 Bridge, pausing near the south abutment of the old bridge. Glen and Wade Miller remember a small plane of the “barnstormers” flying under the bridge, which was a daredevil feat since the bridge was so low. Before the lake, the barnstormers landed in a hay field below the bridge–GPS 36.18.89N, 83.47.93W. The bridge had been built at the Hurst Ford (later called Millers’ Ford). Miller Academy was located nearby, and Virgie Perry’s story on Rootsweb took place right here!
The Hickory Valley CCC Camp on Fall Creek was built in the 1930s as a part of the New Deal. What wonderful things those boys did for Union County and our country! The CCC camp was close to Point 26.
On down the river we came to the R. Eli “Dixie” Miller home place with a spring above the house. This was near Fall Creek at GPS 36.18.62N, 83.48.24W. This year it was all under water, but a few years ago I saw the foundation of the Miller house and sticking up out of the water–a cane brake still preserved some 75 years after the impoundment of the lake. Allen Hurst lived on land adjoining Eli Miller. There he operated an iron furnace called Green Grove Iron Furnace–GPS 36.18.32N, 83.48.26W, a grist mill and saw mill–GPS36.18.37, 83.48.17. The iron furnace would have been about even with the private marina at the Hickory Pointe development.
Legend has it that an event was held at the Hurst's to celebrate the election of Andrew Jackson as President of the United States. This included a cannon shoot; however, something went wrong with the loading process and the cannon blew up. This cannon, molded at the Green Grove Iron Furnace, or fragments of this cannon were passed down through the family. At last account it was in the possession of descendant, the late Jessie Russell Seals. Eska Miller, a Hurst grandson, inherited the Allen Hurst property; which, was eventually taken by TVA for the Norris Dam project. The Allen Hurst home was built in 1898 and fronted on the Old Hwy. 33. Doug Miller, James Elbert Miller’s grandson, remembers a stone fence or wall running along side the old highway.
The Eska Miller house and Eska Miller Hollow are at GPS 36.18.89N, 83.48.70W across from Tanglewood development. The old Hwy. 33 bridge, Hurst Ford, Miller’s Ford and Miller’s Ferry are all very near this same spot–GPS 36.18.99N, 83.48.075W. Many years ago, Winnie Palmer McDonald recalled going by boat to the old Cooktown School without adults going along. The children just paddled across the narrow part of Clinch River to school and back at the end of the school day.
The Hurst mineral rights and a sulphur spring are on the north side of Norris Lake in the vicinity of Tanglewood. The old Riverview School and Isaac Cook’s store were at GPS 36.19.06N, 83.48.11W. Our crew stopped for lunch in Clersie Graves “Ma” Cook Hollow, where Casper Graves was killed by Oscar Cook September 3, 1934–GPS36.19.37N, 83.47.56W. Clersie was the daughter of Henry Morgan Graves and Nancy Miller Graves. Gap Branch feeds into “Ma” Cook Hollow.
The Union County Poor Farm, a county government-supported place for the homeless and disabled, was on Clinch River –GPS 36.19.64N, 83.47.53. The Martin Miller home place was on Big Hunting Creek where it drains into the Clinch River, but is under water at Lakeview Boat Dock–GPS 36,20,13N, 83.47.17W. Martin’s orchard was on the hillside where the trailers are now–about GPS 36.19.97, 83.47.29W
On the north side, at the south end of the present Hwy. 33 bridge was the James David and Anna Reynolds Miller place. Wade Miller and some of his siblings, their grandchildren, were born at their home on the Miller place–GPS 36.20-504N, 83.47.251W. Wade is the son of Rufus Miller and the grandson of James David and Anna Miller.
Josiah “Si” Russell, Wash Russell’s father, was hung nearby by Bill Barker, a Sargent in the Union Army who was married to Lucinda Needham –but he didn’t die–Si’s wife, Sarah Johnson Russell, rushed out and cut him down!
The Doctor P. A. Palmer family lived at Palmer’s Junction, and his steps would be at about GPS 36.20.87E, 83.44.76N near the old Hwy. 33. Presently the steps are under about 20 feet of water, but occasionally when the water is down the steps surface and can be seen at Palmer’s Junction.
Memories are made of days like this. These families were for the most part self sufficient. They farmed the land, grew their vegetables and fruits, kept cattle and horses, hunted squirrel, rabbit, deer, quail, dove, pheasant, wild turkey grouse, gigged frogs and turtles and fished the streams. They gathered herbs for medicine, grew flax for linen, grew a little cotton and sheared sheep to spin into wool. The women picked geese for making pillows and feather beds. They “holed up" root crops for use during the winter. When the river froze in winter, they harvested blocks of ice, packed it in straw in a stone or block house that kept it frozen to August or September to service their ice boxes or perhaps make a few runs of homemade ice cream.
There’s much more history to be documented and refined. What we did is pretty close. When the water is down again, several people want to take to the water again to refine these GPS readings and document more sites. Many thanks to Jeri White Lett who brought along her camera and GPS equipment to record these sites.
Picture captions: The old stone fence or wall running along the first Hwy. 33
The M. S. Cook Cemetery. L to R: Wade Miller, Jeri White Lett and Glen Miller reading his grandfather’s stone.
Allyson Hanna has done her hometown proud by bringing home a state-level win from the Tennessee 4-H Round-Up and All-Star Conference. The 16-year-old homeschooler is a junior this year, and she won her division with a Senior Level 1 consumer education project on the Consumer Bill of Rights.
Hanna has been active in 4-H since she was in the fifth grade, and she credits the program with helping her grow as a leader and a team player.
The “digital divide” is the gap that exists between individuals advantaged by the internet and those individuals disadvantaged by lack of access to the internet. The divide has widened as technology has advanced with the advent of next generation fiber optic broadband that can make 1 GB broadband speeds available. The growing gap disproportionately affects rural areas as rural residents have few choices of internet service providers – or none at all. They pay higher prices for lower quality service.
Year One, Week Thirty-One
Hello, everyone. My name is Oak Grove. I am a two room school building in the Sharps Chapel area of Union County.
For the past two weeks my “scribe” Ronnie Mincey has written articles about me, detailing pertinent points of my history for school terms 1932-1933 and 1934-1935. His main source for information has been the old registers on file at the Union County Board of Education’s Central Office, my “diaries”.
I have always been just a little different. For instance, my idea of a fun place was not the same as most other kids’ back in the 70s. They wanted to go to the pinball arcade or the skating rink, whereas I wanted to go to the laundromat.
The only time we washed clothes there was when the electric pump on our well messed up. No pump. No water. No washing clothes at home.
Seems like everyone has a Twitter, Facebook or some kind of social media account, well everyone except me. Thus far, I have avoided social media platforms, unless of course, you count the occasional religious article like this. But, I do read and listen to a lot of news, much of it digital. So even though I have no social media accounts, I still have exposure to everyone else’s social media rants via the news. I liken social media to the 1970s phenomenon of “Streaking”. Sooner or later you are going to get flashed! “Look out Ethel” If you don’t get the reference look up Ray Stevens song, “The Streak”.
Are you experiencing these symptoms?
• low back pain
• buttock soreness
• radiating leg and thigh pain
• pain while sitting
• tightness, burning, or feeling of a knot
• gluteal pain while driving
Here are the risk factors for developing these recurring and chronic pains:
• poor fitness levels and spinal stability (core muscle strength)
• poor posture
• previous episodes of back pain
• pain for more than 8 days
The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Union County High School. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.
REGULAR WORKSHOP UNION COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018 6:00 p.m. Union County High School
"We invite all area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders to come together on the last Thursday of each month at Hardee's at 7:30 am. This is to be a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion about how we as a community of Faith can work together to have a positive impact on our county. All are welcome!" Margaret Chesney
Phyllis Keny, 90, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018. Born in Aberdeen, S.D. to Mae and Alphonse Zemlicka, she was very bright and talented in art and music, singing in the choir at Sacred Heart Church where her mother was the choir director/organist for many years. She attended Mt. Marty Catholic High School graduating in 3 years, then Northern State U. with a major in art. During that time, she performed as a singer at various campus venues. She tried out for a spot on the Laurence Welk traveling show in the Dakotas, before the age of TV.
Clay Edward Smith, age 57, passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. He is preceded in death by father, William Smith; mother, Thelma Smith; and brother, Billy Joe Smith. Clay is survived by sisters brothers, Helen Williams, Linda Collins, Joyce Sheffield, David Smith, William Smith, Fred Smith and Michael Smith as well as several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at Mynatt Funeral Home Fountain City Chapel on Sunday, August 19th from 5-7pm. Family and friends will gather at Water Cemetery on Monday, August 20th at 10:45am for an 11am graveside service.
Frances Kilgore Norman, age 83, of Lakeland Florida, formerly of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away on August 12, 2018 at her home in Lakeland Florida. She was of Methodist faith. She was a member of Eastern Star, Mascot Tennessee Order. Frances was a certified nursing assistant. She worked at Lakeland Regional Medical Center and in Home Health Care. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend to many.
Dorothy Dean Hatmaker Weaver, 83, is now with her creator and keeper, Jesus Christ. She died August 13, 2018.
She is survived by her son, Daniel Weaver; sister, Aileen Hatmaker Ruland; nieces, Kim, Tracy, and Renee; a great-nephew and a great-niece.
She is preceded in death by daughter, Candace Weaver Ayers; sister, Barbara Hatmaker Sizemore, and parents.
Thomas Edward Lawless, July 27,1940-August 11, 2018, Thomas (Tommy) Edward Lawless of Maynardville, Tennessee passed away peacefully, Saturday afternoon, surrounded by his loving family at his home on August 11, 2018. Tommy was a graduate of Clinton High School class of 1958. He continued his education at East Tennessee State College and then served in the United States Navy (Vietnam) on a Mine Sweeper as Second Lieutenant for four years. He taught high school math and retired from Frontier High school in Ohio.
Bessie Mae Delozier-age 87 of Luttrell passed away Wednesday morning, August 8, 2018 at North Knoxville Medical Center. The Lord has called. I must go home. I take this time to say goodbye to my family and friends. I was born May 10, 1931 to a pretty little part Indian girl, age 16, Grace Dotson, who married Bill Line. I married at age 16. God gave me 5 wonderful children, 14 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. I am so blessed with two wonderful step-daughters, three step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter. I leave lots of good friends.
Taniciah Montana Little-age 60 of Speedwell was born March 31, 1958 in Middletown, Ohio. She went home to be with the Lord Monday, August 6, 2018. Taniciah was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Little; mother, Lucetta Jane Hodson, father, Pierce Hays; sister Gloria Prater; brother, Perry Hays; nephew, Joey Prater.
Carson Munsey-age 82 of Washburn passed away 5:35 A.M. Monday, August 6, 2018 at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness. He was saved at an early age. Retired employee of Star Construction. Preceded in death by parents, James “Bud” and Alma “Dee” Munsey; children, John Munsey, LouAlma Graves; brother, Verlin Munsey.