Russell Biven to speak at UCBPA Prayer Breakfast

A man in a suit

Russell Biven of HT Hackney and former host of Live at Five.

Russell Biven, who was the face of Channel 10's “Live at Five” for 20 years, will be the speaker at the Union County Business & Professional Prayer Breakfast on Good Friday, April 15.
First Baptist of Maynardville is the venue for the hot breakfast catered by Tindell's Farmhouse Bakery and beverages provided by Ridge and Valley Coffee House. The invocation and breakfast begin at 8:10 with the program at 8:45. The Cox Sisters will sing before and after the keynote. “Faith and Positivity” is the theme.
Biven will share some of his many stories of how faith plays a role in making us want to help others. He has also recently published a book, Anchored by Faith, with some of these stories gathered from interviews, friends and family, and the Bible verses they exemplify.
Tickets must be purchased or reserved by April 11 by contacting Corum Bookkeeping by phone 865-992-7247 or email: The cost is $12 per ticket.
Gold and Silver Sponsors are available for $100 and $50 respectively.



COURAGE: Combating Opioid Use in Rural Appalachia with Grace and Evidence

Flyer designed and drawn by Peyton Turner,
5th grade student at Paulette Elementary.

Opioid abuse across the country is at epidemic proportions, and the abuse is at its worst in poor, rural communities. Of all 50 states in the US, Tennessee ranks #3 in opioid abuse. #3. Opioid use has ravaged the rural Appalachian region of East Tennessee, both with its prevalence and with its destruction of families.

Plainview supports AG Effler Walk for Victims

Mayor Richard Phillips and Police Chief Richard Phillips of Plainview
stand beside sponsor sign at Walk for Victims.

The City of Painview was represented by Vice Mayor Richard Phillips and Police Chief Brandon Ford at the recent Walk for Victims in Wilson Park. The Walk for Victims is an initiative by Attorney General Jared Effler to draw attention to victims rights and is part of a national one first proclaimed under President Ronald Reagan.

Chiropractic for college students

While your college student is home on break, you might want to have a discussion with her or him about the benefits of chiropractic treatment during the school year. After all, chiropractic treatment is not just for older adults with back problems. It’s beneficial for all people and college students are among those poised for benefit.

Don't Do It

Do you like it when somebody tells you not to do something? I don’t. Why? Like most people, I like to think I know better. Unfortunately, over the years I have found out the hard way that I’m usually wrong and I should have listened. There were times the outcomes were no big deal and at others times they were could’ve been dangerous.

Now and Then

Someone recently stated: “We’re churning out a generation of poorly educated people with no skill, no ambition, no guidance, and no realistic expectations of what it means to go to work.”
In the mid-1940s one Union County teacher in a rural two-room school estimated that he expected 20% of his students to go on to high school. This was higher than a colleague who expected that only about 8% of her elementary students would go on to high school. Interestingly, those teachers had “length[s] of term [of employment] expected” at eight months, one with a monthly salary of $83.

Bacon Hasg Brown Bake

In large bowl combine first 7 ingredients. Transfer mixture to greased 9 inch pie plate
Drizzle with butter. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 F. until lightly browned, 35 to 40 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

Seek the Stillness

We are blessed with many peaceful places where you can immerse yourself in and be in the moment, which is good for body and soul.

I may be writing this for myself because I am a bona fide Type A person. I’m always engaged in some activity, making lists to check off, with my mind constantly engaged in problem solving or accomplishing some goal. And worthy things do get done for church and family, but it can come with the cost of exhaustion, burn out, and self-imposed stress. One way to improve things is to take time to get away to a quiet place and be still for a little while.

Memorial Day 2024 Union County TN

The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed over 620,000 lives - more lives than any conflict in U.S. history. It required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. In 1868, May 30th was declared a day to remember those fallen in the Civil War. The date May 30th was chosen primarily because it was not a date of any particular battle over the years of the war. Initially called Decoration Day, in 1967 the name was changed to Memorial Day, and in 1971 the date was changed to the last Monday in May.

Chicken Alfredo for the Veterans

The dish is named for Alfredo Di Lelio, a Roman restauranteur who is credited with its invention and popularization. Di Lelio's elaborate tableside service was an integral part of the dish. (Elaborate tableside service will be missing at this dinner. It is all self-serve!) Traditionally speaking, in Italy you would never ever mix chicken with pasta! Did you know that the term “Alfredo” is not used often in Italy? There are many different combinations of butter and parmesan similar to what we define using the name we recognize, but Italians call all of these combinations “al burro”.

Goin' Somewhere: A picture is worth a thousand words

Union County, a small yet mighty portion of our state, consists of small businesses rooted in entrepreneurship and thinking outside of the box to larger businesses that boost economic growth and large job opportunities for new community members and graduates. This diverse array of opportunities allow for creative thinking, entrepreneurial drive, and “doing what you love.” Goin’ Somewhere Photography and Gifts is just one example of a small business that encompasses all three of those fundamental steps to success.

Tips for preventing low back pain

It’s not a comfort, of course, to know that millions of Americans are afflicted with lower back pain. Just know that if you are one of them, you’re not alone. As common as the problem is, there are steps you can take to minimize your exposure to the problem. Here are a few that are recommended by the American Chiropractic Association:

Fan Gril

Are you a fan of something? Most people that I know are fans of a sport or of an entertainer. If you know me, then you may think I am a fan of chocolate and baseball. While you would be correct, I’m also a fan of fans.

In An Ostrich's Eye

I was a young child. I know this because we lived in one of Jessie Buckner’s rental houses on Academy Street in the “Chinatown” section of downtown Maynardville. We lived there from approximately 1968/1969 to 1971, so I was between three and five years old, most likely four.
My mother made some homemade fried onion rings. I remember still how good they tasted. I just couldn’t seem to get enough.

French Toast Deluxe

Artwork by Shirley McMurtrie

In shallow dish, whisk together the first 7 ingredients. Then preheat a well greased griddle over medium heat. Dip bread in egg batter mixture, letting it soak in for a few seconds on each side. Cook on griddle until golden brown on both sides. Serve with butter and maple syrup plus any desired toppings. Makes 4 servings. Recipe can be doubled.

Boy and Girl Trees

Spring has moved on from blooming wildflowers to trees in bloom, and so I’ve been trying to catch native trees and shrubs in flower. While observing American Holly flowers I was reminded that some trees do thing different. Several species like the holly produce flowers of one sex only, and so there are literally boy and girl trees, which is not common in the plant world.

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.


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.


Paris C. McBee

Paris C. McBee-age 89 of Corryton joined his heavenly father on the morning of Sunday, May 26, 2024. As a pillar of both his family and his community, he will be greatly missed and remembered. He was a loving husband to Helen J. McBee, a devoted father to Mike and Margaret McBee and his late son Jeff McBee along with his wife Diane. He was a member of Mountain View Church of God.

Joyce Marie Keck

Joyce Marie Keck – age 78 of Corryton passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024 surrounded by her family. She was a member of Clear Branch Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dewey (Merl) Keck; parents, U.L. and Dorothy Tharp; sister, Shirley Seymore.

She is survived by her daughters, Robin Carringer, Doris (Greg) Selvidge; granddaughters, Ashley (Andrew) White, Tiffany (Ben) Grooms; great-grandson, Brayden Chaney; great-granddaughter, Noah Jean Grooms; bonus granddaughters, Ava White, Alaina White; sister, Martha (David) Evans.

Betty Sue (Murr) Ottinger

Betty Sue (Murr) Ottinger – age 81 of Lexington NC, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center. She was a member of Cotton Grove United Methodist Church.

She is preceded in death by husband, Gerald Kyle Ottinger; parents, Elmer Earl Murr and Magelene Jane (Anderson) Murr; and sister, Geneva Bessie “Ginger” (Murr) Ailor. Betty is survived by children, Dennis Ottinger of Knoxville, TN and Janet (Herman) Staats of Cedar Grove, NC; sisters, Connie Frazer of Knoxville, TN and Carolyn Murr of Powell, TN; and grandson, Nathan (Hannah) Ottinger.

Lavonda Lillyann Hundley

Lavonda Lillyann Hundley – age 86 of Powder Springs Tennessee, passed away at home to join her Heavenly Father on Thursday, May 23rd, 2024. She is a member of Luttrell Baptist Church. She was a blessing to many and her greatest love was being surrounded by family. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Earl E. Hundley; step-daughter, Linda Branum; mother, Gladys Russell; step-father, Noah Russell; brothers, Charles Hurst, Robert Hurst; sister, Mary Sampson; son-in-law, Bill Wolfe.

Robert Allen Fletcher, Sr.

Robert Fletcher, Sr.-age 68, born May 24, 1955, of Luttrell went to be with our Heavenly Father, Thursday, May 16, 2024. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, William Fletcher, Sr. and Frieda Fletcher; brothers, William Fletcher, Jr., Floyd Fletcher, James Fletcher.

He is survived by his sons, Robert Fletcher, Michael Sweat; daughter, Stella Jenkins; sisters, Phyllis Ford, Susie Bozeman; brothers, Josh Fletcher, Teddy Fletcher and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Robert will be sadly missed.

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.

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