Remembering Michael Bailey
“I get phone calls from people all the time calling in scores, story ideas or just wanting to talk ball. This is one of my regulars. I’ve always known him as ‘Michael from Union County’ but had not met in person until tonight (10-11-2019). Had to get the selfie.“ Marshall Hughes - former WATE Sports Director
I can’t say for sure when I first met “Mayor” Michael Bailey, but I believe it might have been at one of WMRD’s Saturday night singings.
Michael was a unique person, with an unquenchable desire to sing, praise God, and socialize within our community. He always had a smile on his face, a joke to tell, and a song on his heart.
Meeting Michael was one of many reasons that I soon grew to love Union County and call it my home. Not only because of who he was, but also the wonderful way this community embraced him, enabling him to accomplish so much good with and for those in need.
The warmth that exuded from him was contagious and it just made people feel good to be around him. We were all bereaved by his untimely death; however, rather than focus on our loss, I invite you to focus on his light and life and what we can all learn from his example. Following are just a few of the many contributions from people whose lives he touched who had warm words to say about Michael.
He was such a pure soul. His presence will definitely be missed. – Alice M.
My husband and I grow Grainger County tomatoes. I deliver to Food City twice a week. I got acquainted with Michael there. Always had a smile and if he was there when I was, he’d tell me “Here’s the mater lady.” I looked forward to seeing him when I delivered. He was such a sweet soul. God puts special people in our lives to be able to see goodness and genuine love of friendship and fellowship. He sure did that through all his friends from that store. – Karen C.
He was an Angel sent to walk this earth from the moment he was given his purpose through the Holy Spirit!! His life is a testimony of Love, kindness, long suffering, gentleness, faithfulness, humble, patience! What a beautiful soul! God is glorified through Michael all his days. We were so blessed to have known him. Thank you Lord for Michael Wayne Bailey. It’s been an honor to have known your faithful servant. Kathy H.
Dr. Ronnie Mincey shares: “He was a sensitive person who loved practically everyone he knew. He was a fountain of unofficial information, very often speedier and more trustworthy than bona fide news media.”
If you grew up in Union County, you likely knew Michael Bailey. Thank you for always cheering us on in youth sports. You were always catching games, giving high-fives and cheering loud. Thank you for always smiling and waving. Thank you for always being awesome to us kids bagging groceries at Hensley’s IGA. Thank you for telling people about Jesus. Rest in glory with Jesus brother. We’ll see you again one day. – Nick M.
“I just found out that this sweet kind soul left us today. Michael’s kindness and love was infectious and we all could learn a lesson in kindness and love from him. It breaks my heart to know he is gone but I smile to know that his earthly chains will no longer bind him down.” – Maynardville Mayor Ty Blakely
”You expect the death of a family member or close friend to be hard, someone who has been in your life for a long time or every day. I never imagined the death of Michael would affect me like it has. But the truth is, Michael was a part of my everyday life. Not because of anything I did. He made the effort to reach out and to check on me, every single day. There was always a Hello, Good Morning, and I love you. He would message me and make sure I made it home from church and tell me to be careful. I know I was not the only person he did this for. I wasn't anything particularly special in his life. Yet, he still without any regard to what I could do for him or give back to him, made me feel special. Michael thought of me every day and made it known … I want to just tell him how much I loved him too and how much he taught me in such a short period of time. I also know that any love I have to offer is utterly small in comparison to the love he is surrounded by now…. I am thankful I was given the chance to get to know Michael and I hope I can show someone else the kind of love he showed me, and so many more. I look forward to the day I'm singing the song of victory with Michael, for our Savior! This scripture puts me in mind of Michael - Matthew 22:36-40
”Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” – Dawn R.
Like so many others in our community, I enjoyed knowing Michael Bailey. I loved his ever-present and contagious smile, his deep heart for helping those in need, his love for singing praises to the Lord, and his sense of humor. During his time at Willow Ridge, he made his rounds with the staff and tickled me with his joking about Rebecca Mills and I having the same last name “Park 9.” I have read that “True leaders have a servant’s heart.” What a wonderful world this could be if we all could follow Michael’s shining example of what a serving spirit looks like.
Rebecca Mills shared “From the moment I met Michael Bailey many years ago when I worked in Maynardville I knew he had a heart of gold. Michael loved to go to church, coordinate singings and raise money for a good cause. He would walk down the sidewalks in Maynardville and wave at folks as they drove by, often getting a ride to his next stop. Everyone knew him and many loved him. Todd and I helped coordinate a little surprise birthday party for him in 2019 at the Food City in Maynardville (one of his favorite hangouts). He recently passed away, unexpectedly, and is now walking the streets of gold and singing in heaven. I sure will miss my buddy and his phone calls. If more of us had the faith and heart of Michael this world would be a better place! #BeLikeMike”
Maynardville Librarian Chantay Collins - "The sidewalk will never be the same without seeing you every day, now you will walk the streets of gold. We love you and will miss you."
I'm saddened this morning by the passing of "Mayor" Michael Bailey. I could always count on Michael to keep me updated on current happenings and to keep an eye on my Union County office when I was working in another county. He will be deeply missed. Rest easy my friend! – District Attorney General Jared Effler
“We are all shocked and heartbroken over the loss of Michael Bailey. Michael was always ready to report the "happenings" in the county each and every day. He was a kind soul who never met a stranger. When I was elected Mayor, he told me I could be the real Mayor Bailey and he could be the Congressman, lol. To the original Mayor Bailey, rest in peace my friend.” - Union County Mayor Jason Bailey
Union County Business & Professional Association will host its annual Prayer Breakfast as a drive-in event at Milan Baptist Church on Good Friday, April 2.
Pastor Jody Winstead will offer the prayer and the message. The choir will provide music. Members of the church will direct the parking.
Tindell's Farm House Bakery will offer a modified breakfast of juice or water, sausage-egg casserole, and a slice of honey bun cake for $10.
Teachers and all certified personnel paid on the teacher scale will receive a salary bonus this spring due to action at the regular February meeting of the Union County Board of Education. Director Jimmy Carter explained that Governor Lee had proposed a starting teacher salary of $40,000 for the state teacher pay scale.
The Union County Farmers Market is getting ready for a new season. Thanks to recent grants, they will hire staff to help improve the market. Here are the three new positions:
This top-level staff position is a year-round part-time job. The position requires a dependable person who can plan, organize and promote events and communicate well with the public.
The HMMS Boy's Basketball Team ended their season with a 48-46 loss to #1 seed Alcoa in the Elite Eight of the AAA Sectional Tournament on February 2 at John Sevier Middle School in Kingsport. The Red Devils advanced to the Sectional Tournament with a third place game win over Maryville in the District Tournament.
One of Plainview Chief of Police Eddie Muncey’s favorite activities as a young boy was playing baseball and, like many young boys, he dreamed of being a professional baseball player.
Muncey also had a great admiration for police officers and was enthralled with the lights, the sirens, and the dignity of the uniform. Growing up in Union County Muncey played baseball until high school when his priorities changed and his new passion was to get a set of wheels. He got his first job at Hensley’s IGA and with his earnings bought his first pickup truck.
Several years ago, when painted furniture rose in popularity, Jeannie Cox just had to try it. Her first project was a small side table that she found a delight to do and it turned out great. She laughs and says, “Of course there were many disasters along the way!”
The best-kept secret of success is that failure is part of the formula.
A drug increasingly being prescribed for treating sciatica has been revealed to be no better than placebo, in research recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers also found that people taking the drug pregabalin reported nearly twice as many adverse effects as those receiving the placebo reported.
Country Connections by James and Ellen Perry
Circa 1954: Rose Hill School, five miles north of Maynardville, Tennessee, on Highway 33
Jerald, Johnny Milton, Howard, Dan, Jerry, and Larry, let me tell you what I heard the teachers talking about. I just heard the big room teacher tell the little room teacher that Frank Carter will be here Monday in the big room ’til he gets all the big boys straightened out. I heard that he has three or four boys beginning with Ken to get a lesson in humility by his paddle Monday morning.
That may seem like a strange question, but when you are in your nineties and have been retired as long as I have, you would understand. Retirement is not all it’s cracked up to be. Oh yes, I have Social Security and a small pension from my husband’s work. Money is not the problem. Mine is a “people” problem.
“Jesus Loves Me” is called a child’s song, but I sometimes still sing it for myself, even as a grownup. The lyrics are by Ana Bartlett Warner but they were first published in 1860 by her sister Susan Warner as a poem in a novel entitled Say and Seal. The music was later added by William Bradbury in 1862. In the novel, the words are spoken to comfort a dying child.
I especially love the beginning lines from the first stanza:
Jesus loves me this i know,
for the Bible tells me so
My poor mother. I still remember the look of frustration on her face. No, she wasn’t trying to get me take a bath, or worse, sit still. She was trying to get me to take my medicine.
As a child, I had a mental block about taking pills because I was terrified of getting of getting choked on them. Had that happened to me? Nope. Had I seen that happen to anybody else? Nope. It was a byproduct of my overactive imagination.
At some point during my high school years, I remember attending an assembly that seemed to occur on the spur of a moment. At least to my memory there was no announcement other than the one given for us to go to the auditorium.
I don’t remember if girls were present at this assembly. I do remember that Principal Joe Day introduced to us the speaker, a man with a common-sounding name. He turned out to be anything but common.
The speaker’s name was Jack Brown. He told us his life story that day.
I remember well the first time I suffered a back problem. I was a teenager, probably about sixteen, and I was at the home of Marie, my youngest sibling on my father’s side. I was playing with her son Billy, my nephew, who was a few years younger than me. Other of my nieces/nephews/Billy’s cousins might have been there, but I only recall for sure the two of us.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends that doctors avoid prescribing drugs, especially narcotics, for patients with acute or subacute low back pain. Patients should be treated first with non-pharmaceutical therapies, such as superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation.
Evergreen trees are more prominent in the winter in our area, being the only bright color seen among the bleak, bare hardwood trees. Besides their visual appeal, evergreens provide important food and shelter for many wildlife species. Common evergreen trees in our area include several species of pine, cedar, and hemlock.
What are the makings of someone in a prominent position? The short answer is, there is no singular path. As a young man struggling to find his way, Kevin Brown admits he had poor study habits in high school, preferring to goof off; that was until he worked a few manual labor summer jobs, which was good incentive to “work smarter, not harder.” Brown realized that a good education was necessary to broaden his scope of career opportunities. He didn’t know what he wanted to be, but he did know that he wanted to help people.
Maynardville Elementary has announced their 4-H Poster Contest Winners.
For 4th grade the first place winner is Kenny Greene.
For 5th grade, Savannah Weaver took first place. In second place is Emmie Hardin and in third place, McKinley Wyrick.
In order for a poster to qualify the students must promote 4-H on the poster and include the 4-H emblem as specified by the national 4-H guidelines.
Patients with improper back position have movement control impairment. They often have difficulties in controlling the position of their back when sitting down, standing or doing back bending. Impaired movement control is often caused by an earlier episode of back pain and may result in chronic lower back pain. The situation is problematic because patients don’t realize that their incorrect back position is provoking pain.
Here in the south, we love our cousins. My family is no exception. In fact, I have been surrounded by cousins for most of my life. They were my first playmates and best friends and I am still close to many of them. But there is a little oddity with these relatives. While I have no first cousins, it seems as if I have countless second and third cousins.
Scratching your head?
I recently received an email with the phrase, “It’s weird being the same age as old people.”
My father had three full sisters who lived to maturity—Duskie, Fleetie and Vallie. One of them was once talking about their names. One sister said, “They gave Frank [my dad], Fred and Faustine normal names.” Another sister replied, “Well, Mother sure whopped it to us!” My uncle replied, “Who ever heard of a man named Purse?”
Life lists are written documentations of things seen and identified. If you’re a birder you keep a list of birds you’ve personally seen. If you’re a railroad enthusiast, you keep up with what trains companies you’ve seen going down the tracks. In England they even have clubs for airplane watchers. These folks gather up around airports and watch planes with binoculars, making security people very nervous.
Horseradish has always been a favorite of mine. It goes so well with roast beef, but so do mushrooms. Here are two sauces featuring each. Steak always has more flavor, it seems to me, when it is topped with a mushroom sauce. I hope you know how well horseradish goes with a piece of leftover roast roast.
Srinivasa R. Chintalapudi M.D., known by his patients as “Dr. Chinta,” is a third-generation physician. As a boy in Vijayawada, India, a young Chinta was inspired by his uncle, a country doctor whose hospital served a rural community. Chinta was not interested in watching tv or movies and many other youthful activities; he preferred spending his summers with his uncle, the country doctor who inspired him. Chinta enjoyed carrying his uncle’s medical bag as he accompanied him on house calls.
The Union County High School Lady Patriots Wrestling Team competed and won both the East Region Duals and the Traditional Tournament.
Union County High School students Cade Ailor, Caden Walker, Lakin Brock, and Kayla Faulkner competed in the Tennessee FFA Quiz Bowl Contest. All students are members of the Horace Maynard FFA Chapter.
On February 1, 2021, District Attorney General Jared Effler joined MacKenzie Adkins and Tracie Davis from the Campbell, Claiborne and Union County Children's Centers in presenting their facility dog, Orville, with his new badge. Orville joined the Children's Center this past October and has already proven himself to be an invaluable member of the team responsible for serving abused and neglected children. Orville reduces the stress and anxiety of child victims by accompanying them throughout the investigation and prosecution of their case.
CHATTANOOGA, TN — U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) issued the following statement after meeting with Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and touring the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project:
Many patients live with low back pain that radiates to the buttock, groin, thigh, and even knees. The challenge for patients, and often their doctors, is determining the origin of the pain—the hip, the spine, or both. A new article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons outlines the identical symptoms associated with hip and spine pain and discusses the diagnostic steps and tests required to treat them appropriately.
I thought once I became an adult, I wouldn’t have to climb any more. Boy, was I wrong.
As a child, I didn’t like to have to ask for things I wanted on the kitchen counter or in my closet, so my parents bought me a little stepping stool. I absolutely loved it. It was red with a poem written on top in large white letters. I can’t remember the exact words, but the poem went something like this: I use this stool to reach things I couldn’t and lots of things I shouldn’t.
The Union County Public School System lost one of its very best teachers to retirement this year. Not only was Ms. Kerrie Scruggs a wonderful educator, she was a caring person and good friend. Ms. Kerrie’s husband Steve wrote a book, and my fellow Gideon brother gave me a copy. The book explained why Steve’s father always ate a good lunch at work. I’ll return to that thought shortly.
The geology of our area is unique in that it creates two worlds: a surface world and an underworld of caves, water, and stone. The type of terrain we live on is called "karst" and is characterized by rocky ground, caves, and sinkholes, underground streams, and areas where surface streams disappear into the ground. This type of terrain is the result of the eroding effects of underground water on limestone.
We all know and love the cheese dip made with Velveeta cheese. There are only three ingredients in that dip. This recipe is longer, but you are more apt to have all the ingredients in your pantry and fridge. Be sure to add the cinnamon. That spice goes especially well with chili powder, Three cups is a lot of dip, but it will go fast.
Mayor Jason Bailey unveiled the new voting technology for Union County Commission at the regular meeting on January 25, 2021. The mayor, his staff and Maynardville Librarian Chantay Collins assisted the commissioners in a practice session to learn the process of clicks to make motions and vote on business items.
The Strengthening Families Program has NEW virtual parenting classes starting in March! This is a FREE parenting education course for parents and caregivers, with additional "coached" home assignments for parents to work on strengthening relationships with their children. Classes in March will begin March 8th and 9th. Please see the links belong to register.
Monday's Afternoon Class: https://tnvoices.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUoc-mpqjwpGNAmv138rKJjzgSLQi...
The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education is scheduled for Thursday, March 11, 2021 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
Union County High School THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2021 6:00 p.m.
Corum, Joy Richardson- age 72, born June 22 1948, passed away March 1, 2021 suddenly during an extended illness. Preceded in death by husband of 40 years, Richard Edgar Corum, infant daughter, Mary Ruth Corum. Maternal grandparents C.H. (Charlie) and Roma Jessee Laws. Paternal grandparents Luther and Susie Sexton Richardson. Parents Willie Edgar (Bill) and Louise Laws Richardson, Mother and Father-in-law Edna (Booker) and Edgar Corum. Nephew, Todd Richardson.
Betty Ann Sanders-age 61 of Sharps Chapel passed away suddenly Saturday, February 27,2021 at her home. Preceded in death by son, Bradley Douglas; parents, John H. and Carrie (Sharp) Sanders; brother, Raymond Sanders; brother-in-law, Hershel Dyke.
Survivors: Grandson, Max Douglas of Knoxville; three sisters, Louise and Harold Brantley of Sharps Chapel; Barbara Dyke, Linda and Mike Lane of Knoxville; three brothers, Donnie and Sue Sanders; Bobby and Carolyn Sanders, all of Seymour; John Sanders of Maynardville. Several nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.
Nicole Marie (Shaner) Lockhart- age 48 of Luttrell passed away Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was a member of The Little Brown Church in Sharps Chapel. She was a longtime employee for the Union County Public Schools and worked for a wonderful boss, Eddie Graham.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Carl and Martha Shaner and Edward and Elnora Topp; father-in-law, Daniel Lockhart and brother-in-law, Matt Clevinger.
Delphine Evans Thomas-age 58 of Knoxville, formerly of Union County passed away Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Blount Memorial Hospital. Preceded in death by father, David Evans; mother, Loriene Nicely.
Survivors: brother, Ronnie Lynn Evans; sister, Crystal Gail Cooke; nephews, Daniel Evans, Cory Goforth, Benjamin Cecil, Adam Evans; aunt, Clayrissa Hill; uncle, Jimmy Evans along with a host of friends.
Misty Norton-age 41 of Knoxville passed away Friday, February 19, 2021. Misty had a kind and generous heart and will be immensely missed!
She is preceded in death by her father, Ronnie Houston.
She is survived by her 9-year old daughter, Abigail Makenzie Guyton; mother, Angela Keck; brothers, Casey Houston and Matthew Houston; sister, Paige Houston along with several nieces and nephews.
No services are scheduled at this time, the family has chosen cremation. Donations can be made at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary in Maynardville.
Harold Wayne Beason – 69 of Maynardville, passed away March 1, 2021 at North Knox Medical Center. He was a member of Community Baptist Church. Harold enjoyed painting, vintage cars, hunting and fishing.
He is preceded in death by parents, Paris “Short” and Sally Beason. Harold is survived by daughters, Tonia and Jason Heiskell and Shelby Beason and Conner Forward; grandson, Jacob Heiskell; sister, Linda and Steve Branum; nephew, Brandon Henry; and special friend, Carolyn Warwick.
Howard Edward Summers – age 88 of Knoxville, passed away peacefully Friday, February 26, 2021 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He was a member of Colonial Heights Church.
James C. Anderson age 50 of Blaine passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at his home. He worked along side his dad, Bill Anderson and his nephew, Ty Hunley with Anderson Pump Service for many years. A 16-year veteran of the Blaine Volunteer Fire Department, James was best described as the guy who will go the last mile for you. A true hero that was always willing to help anyone, anywhere, anytime. He also enjoyed hunting and camping.
Carolyn (Whitson) Savage-age 76 of Maynardville passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021 at her home surrounded by family. She was a member of Luttrell Baptist Church since 1988 and a retired employee of Union County School Systems. Preceded in death by parents, Ernest and Elsie Whitson; siblings, Shirley Monroe, Don Whitson, Danny Whitson; infant son, Robert Gregory and son-in-law, Charles Oliver.
LouAnn McKinney Jarvis-age 86 of Washburn went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Island Home Healthcare. She was a member of Mount Eager Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Hubert and Clara McKinney; husband, Clay Jarvis; son, Allen Jarvis; sister, Eileen Buckner; brother, Ralph McKinney.
She leaves behind her daughter-in-law, Patricia Jarvis; granddaughter, Lori (Ronnie) Clay; great-granddaughters, Kalee and Emily; sisters-in-law, Ruth Thomas and Easter Mincey. Several nieces and nephews. Special friends, Larry, Bonnie and Cody Lay.