Scavenger Hunt

The date is Monday, March 16, 2020. As I write this article, the county, state, nation and world is in a state of unrest due to Coronavirus. Today the U. S. Stock Market took its sharpest dive since 1987, when Ronald Reagan was president. Amazing to me, especially as it was just a few days ago that it showed a dramatic one day increase! This is just evidence of how fast things change in an uncertain and fearful world.

I promised you last week an article on encouragement, and if one was ever needed, now seems like a good time. Hopefully this won’t turn out like Scrooge’s visit from the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. One of my favorite lines in all moviedom is the reply Scrooge received when he asked the ghost to speak comfort to him. The ghost replied, “I have none to give.”

And indeed Scrooge did have to undergo some difficulty. He was visited by three spirits, all of whom showed him what a miserable waste he had made of his entire life. Yet, in the end, Scrooge was granted a second chance to make things right, which he very wisely took full advantage of, and the story had a happy ending for Scrooge and all affiliated with him.

Take tonight, for example. My wife requested that I come home to take her to Wal*Mart. This after President Trump himself, I believe it was (or was it the governor of Tennessee?), told the nation (state?) to avoid crowds of more than ten people.

It turns out the wife didn’t go to Wal*Mart but sent me to several other places instead. And I don’t believe I saw more than ten people at any location I patronized. First, I went to Pet Supplies Plus on Broadway to buy our Precious Kitty some cat litter and dry food. I was able to accomplish 100% of this portion of my mission. There was no shortage of either, and I mused that if times get incredibly bad that I might be sharing Precious Kitty’s food and using her litter, especially in the absence of toilet paper (more on this shortly) and loss of public water and sewer services.

Next I went to Weigels on Maynardville Highway. I bought three gallons of milk per my wife’s instructions. When I took my three gallons of skim milk to checkout, the cashier assured me that Weigels would not run out of milk as they had their own dairy. She was not able to comfort me regarding the supply of toilet paper, as that product is not a Weigels’ specialty.

Next, to the Dollar Tree in Halls. There I was able to fulfill other parts of my task. There was not one roll of toilet paper in that store, nor one container of bleach. The cashier told me that there was a shortage in their establishment of these items as well as tortilla shells. I am almost as mystified at the shortage of a Mexican food item as I am at a universal product like toilet paper. Personally, I can survive better without tortilla shells (which were not on any of my “honey-do” lists) than without toilet paper.

The shortage of toilet paper reminds me of a tired old joke we used to play on each other in elementary school. We would shake another student’s hand heartily as we introduced ourselves as a creature from another planet. During the introduction, we would make the point that on our planet there was no toilet paper—we used our hands to wipe. I was so thrilled at this inane joke the first time I heard it that I went home and played it on my mother. I’m sure no one will be surprised to know that she did not find it in any way amusing. Other than the concern about spreading germs, could this be another reason that hand shaking is frowned upon these days?

The shortage of toilet paper is a much greater concern to people of the present time than it was to our forebears. They at least had the Sears-“Rareback” catalog pages, but thanks to an infusion of online ordering and technological advances mail-order catalogs are practically non-existent. Our country ancestors would probably have been more distressed over the potential loss of the Sears catalog than we are at the prospect of no toilet paper—it seems there were multiple uses for the catalog (wishing, Christmas shopping, keeping wayward children occupied, building fires, papering walls, filling in cracked window panes), but toilet paper by comparison today seems much more limited in its use.

I remember several years ago sitting on the front porch of Ailor Mortuary, talking to none other than owner E. J. Ailor himself. I always found E. J. quite the interesting character. That particular day he went into some detail about how the deceased in older days were not as clean as in modern times due to the lack of toilet paper. I said, “E. J., that’s just a little too much information for me.”

E. J. could be prophetic at times. I once asked him when I went to view a lady I had known as a child, “E. J., what killed this woman?” He replied in that booming voice of his, “Well, Ronnie, I’ll just tell you—her heart quit beating.” Quite an analysis of the cause of death from the former county coroner!

One more E. J. Ailor story. I was helping work an event for Union County’s Homecoming ’86. I believe it was the Tennessee State Museum’s traveling exhibit. Then legendary Union County Historian Ms. Winnie Palmer McDonald was present, and E. J. questioned her about Roy Acuff’s name being removed from the front of the Union County Museum. If my memory serves correctly, the museum was originally named the “Roy Acuff Union Heritage Museum”. The longer E. J. talked the more passionate about the subject he got, and as his passion rose so did his voice. Someone who did not know either E. J. or Ms. Winnie inquired as to why he was talking so loudly to that poor woman. Sherrie Collins (nèe Robbins) replied, “Oh, that’s just the funeral home guy.” I sometimes wondered myself if E. J. talked so loudly as to get the deceased to hear.

Back to the Dollar Tree. I was able to find there a meager supply of chewy granola bars, plain and BBQ pork rinds (no carbs and very little if any sugar included), and Vienna sausage. I love a good snack of a can of original Vienna sausage, crackers, and store-bought buttermilk. In the absence of Vienna sausage cheese is a good substitute. Peanut butter and buttermilk never complement each other in my taste.

As Robert Frost said, “ . . .miles to go before I sleep . . .” My final shopping stop for the evening was at Food City in Maynardville. There I purchased what must have been the last and most expensive bottle of bleach in Union County. There were neither Idaho nor russet potatoes—only a very few small red potatoes like those found in beef stew or vegetable soup. I did happily find toilet tissue, at a reasonable price ($1.99 for a four roll package), though had it not been for the wisdom of store management limiting their supply to two per customer the item would undoubtedly have been long gone, as it was elsewhere. I did find the wife’s requested bag of sweet onions and two eight roll packages of the very specific type of paper towel she wanted.

All in all not a bad evening. Only one item not found in any quantity at all, though it took two hours, four stops and a fifty mile round trip to accomplish my mission. And an even happier ending—my dear wife had a wonderful stew and a skillet of fried corn bread waiting for me, and I washed down a heaping portion of this wonderful food with a good glass of cold store-bought buttermilk and a cup of just perfect temperature coffee.

Regardless of personal feelings, I would not dare trivialize the menace presented by the Coronavirus, but humor does help folks more easily bear the storms of life. During the Civil War, Lincoln was often criticized for going to the theater (and that didn’t work out well for him in the end) and telling outrageous jokes. When chided, Lincoln is variously replied to have said something to the effect that he could not survive the difficulties he was enduring if he could not laugh, that he must laugh rather than cry.

As the winter season has passed and the light green spring is blossoming, next week I’ll share a few thoughts and personal experiences about camping. Please, Faithful Reader, stay safe and be healthy. I leave you with another insight from my world of email:

All the toilets in New York’s police stations have been stolen.
As of now, it appears the police have nothing to go on.


Susan Kite's picture

What a fun article. Thanks for the chuckle!



Union County Health Department Press Release

The Union County Health Department will be distributing cloth masks Wednesday, May 27th, from 11:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m. in front of Luttrell Elementary School. Individuals can pick up the number needed for their household. These masks should not be used on any child under two years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who could not remove the mask without assistance. These are not medical masks and they should not be used for medical or commercial use.

Food Preservation: Freezing

As we plan for fall and summer, we are faced with uncertainty. While food systems are secure and safe due to USDA oversight, there can be food shortages of some products at times. Food preservation is a great way to ensure access to food, decrease food waste, decrease trips to grocery stores, and save money. However, it must be done safely.

“Masks on” at Cutting Crew

Cutting Crew employees Cindy Sherwood, Nikki Hall (McNutt’s daughter), Amber Greene, Kelly Henry and Andrea Chesney prepare to reopen the salon after almost a two month closure due to Covid-19.

Randi McNutt, the owner of Cutting Crew Family Haircare, was shut down the last week of March due to Covid-19.
As of May 11, the shop is reopened, but things are a far cry from normal.
“We are wearing masks and our customers are too,” said McNutt.
Cutting Crew employs five staff members in the Maynardville shop and also has a salon in Blaine. McNutt says even with extended salon hours they are booked a week out.

Oh my aching back: do yoga, tai chi or qigong help?

It’s a pain. About 80 percent of adults in the United States will experience lower back pain at some point. Treating back pain typically involves medication, including opioids, surgery, therapy and self-care options. Efforts to reduce opioid use and increase physically based therapies to reduce pain and increase physical function and safety are crucial.

Buttercups Are Creating Yellow Landscapes

Driving down the road you may enjoy seeing pasture and hay fields full of lovely yellow flowers, which are buttercups. While I agree they create an attractive scene, they are a wolf in sheep’s clothing in that they are toxic if eaten by livestock and compete with the grass for nutrients, sun and other resources.

In the Hay

A few weeks ago I left three fictitious youngsters in the hayloft of Uncle Ex Newman’s barn as they laid out of school— Clark Mosely, his older brother Hen, and their still older cousin Jay Harvey Tatum.
“It’s hotter’n seven hells in this blamed hayloft,” Jay Harvey said.
“That sun’s a beatin’ on that tin roof. I bet it’s a lot cooler down on the barn’s dirt floor,” Clark said.
“Yeah, and a sight more like to be caught hiding out down there, too,” Hen said. “How long we gonna stay up here, Jay Harvey?”

Finding Elvis

Have you ever taken a day trip that gave you quite the unexpected surprise? We did years ago. Most people probably wouldn’t have appreciated our experience the way I did, but I have a quirky way of enjoying things.

Our trip started out innocently enough. We were traveling to Tim’s family reunion in Churchill, which is located in the northeast corner of the state. Some of the roads had been reworked since our last visit, so we were following another relative.

Color Guard

Recently my niece sent me a picture of her youngest daughter on Instagram. Brittany was dressed in a sparkly maroon uniform with an equally sparkly maroon flag in her hand. She was a bit disappointed that this year had been abbreviated by the Covid 19 because she loved being in color guard and performing all those intricate routines.

Funding approved for Hwy 33 construction

State Rep. Dennis Powers

State Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro, and State Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains, today announced the funding has been approved for the final phase of construction of State Route 33 connecting Union and Knox counties.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has completed the right-of-way phase of the development for State Route 33 (Maynardville Highway). This 5.2 mile project will adjoin the portion of State Route 33 in Union County to the Knox County line and State Route 144. The proposed project includes widening the highway from two lanes to five.

A Little Bit of Normal

The New You salon owner Vickie Burkhart gives a shampoo to client Rhonda Collins.

Vickie Burkhart has owned her business for 32 years. It was a hard hit when she had to close her salon, The New You, on March 27 due to a government order to help control the spread of Covid-19. But things are slowly returning to normal since Burkhart and her co-stylist Terry Shumate re-opened the salon May 6.

CDC Recommends Wearing Masks in Public

Recently, the CDC recommended wearing masks in public. Many people have regained confidence to enter super markets and other stores as result of wearing masks and gloves. However, gloves and masks, though important, should not be solely relied upon for protection. Homemade masks are not as effective as other masks like a type called N95s, and they are not always put on and taken off correctly. When wearing your mask, make sure it completely covers your mouth and nose. Make sure that you are still social distancing and only going out when necessary, even with a mask.

The Bomber Plant

It was the winter of 1941-1942 and the war was just beginning. Dad found a job in Akron, Ohio, at a tire making plant. They would be making butyl rubber. The Japanese controlled all the real rubber coming out of the East Indies in the Orient. A substitute had to be found. Dad brought us a sample of the synthetic rubber when he came home for a weekend. It looked like rubber. It felt like rubber. It would be the only kind available until the war was over.

What Scares You?

Two weeks ago I left three fictitious youngsters in the hayloft of Uncle Ex Newman’s barn as they laid out of school— Clark Mosely, his older brother Hen, and their still older cousin Jay Harvey Tatum. Three youngsters alone in a barn can be a scary situation for those not in the barn, I’m sure. I promise to join them in their misadventures once again soon, but inspiration has taken me on another path for this week.

Growing Girdle

This is not about people outgrowing their clothes or undergarments. This is about my Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle. She and my daughter Sara share a trait I don’t have: a green thumb.

Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle could grow any flower or plant. If she planted it, it grew. As far back as I can remember, she had flowers growing next to the carport. I think they were azaleas. They were lush and in many colors. She also had a flower garden out in the front yard. That’s the one where I always loved to dig up bugs and other icky stuff. She didn’t mind as long as I didn’t dig up one of her flowers.


Buttermilk Pie

Back in the day, a country housewife had a supply of buttermilk. After all, she churned her own butter. Now, we pick up a carton at Food City, not realizing how it used to be. Buttermilk Pie was good then and it still is. Use a refrigerated pie crust you have on hand or make your own. If you don't have buttermilk in the fridge, shame on you!

Drive in for Kindergarteners

The 2020-21 Union County Schools Kindergarten Round-up will look a bit different this season with a drive-in style registration. Union County Public Schools K-12 Curriculum Supervisor Dr. Lauren Effler hopes to make the process as easy as possible for parents.

Kindergarten Round-up will be held Thursday, May 28 from 4-6:30pm at each elementary school. See photo for more details and a list of items parents need to bring for the registration.

Ready to Ditch the Gray?

Holloway and her new canine friend Miss Alaska relax in front of the TV during quarantine.

When was the last time you had a haircut, color, perm, manicure, etc.? People have started saying we’re all in the same boat. Maybe we’re all in the same state of grayness.

By the time this article is published, Janet Holloway will have reopened her salon, bringing into play a whole new set of challenges to running a business.

Like many companies in Union County and beyond, Janet’s Hair Salon closed its doors March 27th thanks to the state’s mandatory shut down due to Covid-19.

When Hand Washing First Became a Big Deal

Hand washing has certainly come to the forefront these days, and rightfully so. The experts say frequent and thorough hand washing is the most important thing you can do for defense against Covid-19. And it’s been an important health action for many decades, but this hasn’t always been the case. For thousands of years people were getting sick or dying from contamination spread by unclean hands, but no one knew anything about bacteria or viruses and such. The first glimmer that clean hands were a big deal occurred in 1847 in an unusual manner.

My Southern Momma

“You’re so nice,” my friend Susan told me.

I shook my head and laughed. “No, I just have a Southern momma.”

My Southern momma began my training as soon as I learned how to talk and was able to communicate with others. It’s an old family tradition. My momma received most of her training from Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle.

Unfortunately for my momma, I didn’t take to my training as well as she did hers. I don’t know who was more frustrated: me or my momma.


Appreciation to the Working Man

Last week’s submission left three fictitious youngsters in the hayloft of Uncle Ex Newman’s barn as they laid out of school—Clark Mosely, his older brother Hen, and their still older cousin Jay Harvey Tatum. We’ll join them in their misadventures once again soon, but inspiration has taken me on another path for this week.

The Tail of the Dragon

Have you ever done the Dragon? You haven't? Well, you are in for a treat, or a treatment; whatever. Let me tell you the story of my daughter Anne's sister-in-law, Jackie. She came down to visit last summer. She has a brother over on the North Carolina side of the Smokies. Jackie has never been near the Smokies before. She needed directions on how to get to her brother.

The Journey to Clingman's Dome

My husband and son on the way back down. Pictures by the author.

Back in the mid-nineties, I had hip replacement surgery. I didn’t want it, but the horse I fell from about twenty or so years earlier gave me no say in the matter. It was a strange journey. About 1989, I went to see an orthopedic doctor at Ft. Sanders when my back was hurting. He ordered an MRI after saying he was pretty sure he knew what was wrong. I wish he had just told me.

Pickled Eggs

This was one my dad's favorites. He liked it with a glass of beer. The bar he frequented always had a gallon jar on the counter behind the bar. I never made them for Dad. I didn't have the recipe. These are different than eggs brined in beet juice.

Dawson Epperson signs with Tennessee Wesleyan University

On March 13, 2020, Union County High student Dawson Epperson signed a basketball scholarship with Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tennessee (TWU). Dawson talked to several schools before making the decision to sign with TWU. TWU is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Dawson is undecided of his major at this time.

BOE discusses 2021 budget and completes work virtually

Chairman David Coppock called the first virtual meeting of the Union County Board of Education to order on April 9, 2020, with all board members present.
Director of Schools Jimmy Carter relayed a message from UCEA President Carolyn Murr. She thanked the BOE for the care and thoughtfulness shown during the pandemic, especially the distribution of food to the students.

4-H Grows Youth and Service in Union County: “This is how I can help doctors and nurses stay safe.”

Union County 4-H-er Gracie Tindell uses her sewing skills to provide face masks for locals in need

By Alyshia Victoria
4-H is a youth development organization where students are taught life skills and decision-making to live better lives, meet goals and become community leaders. As we are all adapting to rapid change and impact in our community, 4-H students are truly stepping up to meet challenges because of what they have learned from the program.
Gracie Tindell, a sixth grade 4-H student who is a part of the Smoky Mountain 4-H Club here in Union County, is one of those students.

Tomatoes Part V: Nutrient management and fertilization

Blossom End Rot

In the final article for home tomato gardening, we will discuss fertilization, common challenges and harvest. The 2019 tomato season was my favorite because my daughter discovered the joy of planting, patiently growing, harvesting and consuming my favorite vegetable. The joy on her face when she picked and ate her first tomato filled my heart. I hope you will find the same satisfaction as the 2020 growing season approaches.
Nutrient management and fertilization

Credit score improved 150+ points in less than two years

We all know that credit scores are important—they demonstrate our creditworthiness to lenders and make a real difference in whether or not we can get a loan and how much interest we will have to pay.
But how much control do we have over our credit profiles?
The answer may surprise you.

Carl Smith - From Union County to Mr. Country - Part 2

Country Connections
By James and Ellen Perry
While talking with David Farmer, who partnered with Dr. Bob Wyrick and me on an international radio show called Country Connections, David told me Carl Smith was his inspiration to become a country entertainer and songwriter.
During 1946 and 1947 when David was four or five years old, he and his mother would walk two miles down a dirt road from their home in Powell Valley to Highway 63 and catch a Greyhound bus at 7 a.m. to the LaFollette, Tennessee, Greyhound bus station.

From Straight Branch Holler in 1905 to Plainview

H. W. (Tint) and Francy Beeler’s General Store opened at Straight Branch Holler in 1905

H. W. Beeler (Tint) and wife Francy (Clawson) opened Beeler Store and a canning business on property now under Norris Lake in the 13th district in Union County in 1905. Tints father, French Haggard (Hag), married Martha Stiner. They farmed and he operated a blacksmith shop on the opposite bank of the Powell River.


(Kennedy, 1994) Okinawa had immense advantages with its deep harbor, airfields and could be a staging place for the eventual attack on Japan itself only 350 miles away. It could be a harborage for crippled B-17s returning from Tokyo. But first it had to be taken from the heavily entrenched Japanese. (Morison, 1965) General MacArthur came up with the idea of leap frogging the most fortified islands and letting them “die on the vine”

More autonomy at work reduces the risk of low back pain

Worldwide, more than 23 percent of the population suffer from chronic low back pain (CLBP). This makes CLBP the most prevalent chronic pain disorder, associated with immense costs to the health care system. The problems are often attributed to risks at the workplace, but are usually related to physical factors such as incorrect posture or sitting for too long.

Farmers Market plans to open May 9

Thompson Farms fresh strawberries

By Beth Bergeron
Union County Farmers Market is excited about our upcoming tenth market season. While the market may look a little different at opening on Saturday, May 9, the vision is still clear: Providing the opportunity for you to shop for fresh, locally grown, healthy farm products while supporting your community has always been part of that vision—but it is much more than that.

Lone wolf Christians

Have you ever encountered a so-called “Lone Wolf Christian?
Some people think they can worship God all by themselves without assembling together with other like-minded believers. The mere concept of worshiping God apart from communal worship is contrary to sound Biblical teaching.
While it is true that each of us must have a personal encounter via the Holy Spirit with Jesus, he never said after you are saved go into your house, hole up, and become an antisocial hermit.


Mother's Day

You taught me to wash my face
And how to use the potty.
You made me eat up all my peas
And wiped my nose when snotty.

You taught me to say thank you
Because politeness is the way.
Now that I'm grown and on my own
Would you watch the kids today?

Stuffed Mushrooms

Button mushroom caps make excellent appetizers. Pull out the stem, giving you a nice cavity to fill with whatever you desire. The secret to working with fresh whole mushrooms when you plan to stuff them is to saute a few minutes to reduce the water content and tenderize them. There are a number of possible fillings. This is an easy one. It doesn't need to be baked. Can be served warmed or chilled.

Woodpeckers are designed tree specialists

Pileated woodpecker

By: Steve Roark
Volunteer: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Beautiful spring mornings are often accented with the distant sound of woodpecker drumming. During this time of year, the males use drumming on trees and even metal roofs to announce their territory and attract a mate.

The "Baccer" incident

“You don’t really know somebody until you live with them.” When I heard this old saying as a kid, I didn’t get it. Believe you me, I do now.
Tim and I dated three and a half years before we married. I know that seems like a long time, but I was only 17 when we met in high school.
By the time we wed, I thought I knew everything about him. And he thought he knew everything about me.
We were both very wrong.

Bunny Land Golf and other Pigeon Forge attractions

Picture courtesy of Pixabay.

The first time we visited Pigeon Forge back in the late ’80s, there was a small carnival style amusement park against a hill on one side of the road and tons of tourist shops on both sides. Dollywood was fairly new and many motels were still Mom and Pop establishments as were most of the restaurants. There were a couple of outlet malls, but there was no Titanic attraction, no Wonderworks, or Dixie Stampede, Splash Country or Hollywood Wax Museum, etc.

Seek and ye shall find (somethin')

John Clark Mosely and his one-and-a-half-year-old brother Bobby Henry set out with their cousin Jay Harvey Tatum to find their father Fletch Mosely. If truth be told, Hen hoped they didn’t find him. Hen figured Fletch would beat the sap out of them for laying out of school. “Maybe,” Hen hoped, “he won’t even know it’s a school day.” Daddy never had been much for school when he was little—he only went to (not through) the second grade, and he hadn’t been around home enough lately to know much about what was going on. Hen would never have let either his little brother or older cousin know that he was scared of his daddy, but he for “dang-shore” was!

Dust in the wind, or on your shelf

A typical dust mite. Photo is from the Public Domain.

A few years ago, I wrote a novel called “Motes.”
The title of the book comes from the term used to describe particles of dust. Each particle is called a “mote.” There are alien creatures in the story from ten light-years away who are smaller than a dust mote. A human boy in the story mistakes one of them for an actual speck of dust and traps it in a peanut butter jar. You might be amazed at the story that develops from that.

Tomatoes Part IV: Plant Support & Pruning

In the third part of our tomato series, we discussed garden layout and water. In this edition, we will talk about plant support and pruning. This is an area where we can make it easier to manage our gardens and harvest the fruits of our labor. Also, depending on the type of tomato plant, pruning can yield larger fruit when the plant can devote as much energy as possible into fruit production.

Frequently asked questions about chiropractic

Q: How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

A: Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands—or an instrument— to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

Wild Ginger

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 pretty prolific

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. If you scratch around under the leaves in the spring you may find a brownish purple flower with three petals. If you break off a piece of the rhizome it will have the strong smell like ginger.


Mask Distribution

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 11:00

Free Masks for Union County residents from the Union County Health Department. Available every day in Maynardville at the Health Department. First community event in Luttrell, TN. See attached flier. More events to come soon in Sharps Chapel and others.

Open for Worship this Sunday @ Revival Vision Church

Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 10:30

We are open this Sunday at the Revival Vision Church for Worship at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited.

What to expect
Revival Vision is a Spirit-filled church dedicated to creating environments where you can discover a fresh start –“we’re not interested in your past… we’re interested in your future”, make great friends and find a real purpose for your life. Life is a journey and we’re convinced that God can deliver on His promise of a life better than you ever dreamed!

What to expect on a Sunday –

UCBPA Meeting

Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 13:00

UCBPA meets the second Tuesday of each month for approximately one hour. Membership is $25 annually. The meeting begins at noon at Hardee's in Maynardville. Anyone interested in making Union County a better place to live, work, worship, or play may attend.

26th UCBPA Scholarship Benefit Golf Classic
Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Three Ridges in Knoxville
Tee Time 1:00
Lunch provided
Prizes, goody bags, putting contest, free beverages
Major Sponsors: Food City and UCEA
Cost $300 per team
Entry Form attached


Floyd Archer

Floyd Vasco Archer – age 65 of Maynardville, born January 6, 1955, passed away peacefully at home on May 24, 2020. He was of the Baptist faith. He retired from Knox County Parks and Recreation Maintenance with 20 years of service. Floyd was owner-operator of Floyd’s Small Engines in Maynardville for over 35 years with his wife by his side helping. He was an avid drag racing fan and owner, winning four championships at Knoxville Dragway, Cherokee Dragway and London Dragway, and an Ironman Trophy at Middle Tennessee Dragway. Racing was his passion.

Daniel Joseph Kitts

Daniel Joseph Kitts, age 35 of Maynardville, TN passed away Thursday, May 21st at UT Medical Center in Knoxville. Daniel fought a long and difficult battle but passed peacefully surrounded by his family. Daniel was a member of Grace Baptist Church of Halls.

Proceeded in death by his father Daniel L. Kitts, grandmother Ellen Kitts and uncle Tim Kitts.

Eldon Jones

Eldon Derrell Jones – passed away suddenly on May 18, 2020. He was born September 14, 1967 in Escondido, California. He lived most of his life in California until he moved to Maynardville in 2013. Eldon attended high school in California at Poway High School. He loved his family and enjoyed making people laugh. He always had a story to tell and caught people’s attention. When moving to Tennessee he enjoyed being with his scout family. He so enjoyed camping, games and making a difference in kids’ lives.

Billy Joe Norris, Sr.

Billy Joe (Bill) Norris, Sr.-age 77 of Knoxville passed away Wednesday evening, May 13, 2020. He was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by father, Earnest Norris; mother, Bonnie Lay Norris; brothers, Ray Norris and Gene Norris.
Survivors: son, Joe Norris and wife, Lori; daughter, Robin Williams; four grandchildren, Renea King, Joshua Norris, Elisha Grubb, Jessica Hayes; seven great-grandchildren, Ashton, Anthony, Hunter, Lily, Jaylin, Elijah and Grace.
There are no services planned. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Euretha Woods

Euretha Sue Woods – age 52 of Andersonville, passed away May 11, 2020. She was a member of Twinville Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by parents, Paul and Mary Lou Hatmaker; and brother, Quint Hatmaker. Euretha is survived by husband of 35 years, Chuck Woods; children, Sherri (Andy) Dixon, Jonathan (Carrie) Woods, Tonya (Robbie) Blackburn and Tylor Woods; grandchildren, Elaina and Madelyn Woods, and soon to be grandson, baby Dixon; and siblings, David Hatmaker, Timothy Hatmaker and Paula Long.

Penny Kay Cox

Penny Kay Cox – age 60 of Knoxville, passed away suddenly May 6, 2020.

She is preceded in death by parents, Bud and Angela Cox. Penny is survived by son, Tim Damewood; and daughter Brandy Akins; grandson, Ethan Akins; brother, Ricky Cox; nephew, Blake (Megan) Cox; niece, Brianna Roberts Mozingo; and two great nephews.

Ramey L. Daugherty

Ramey L. Daugherty-age 69 of Blaine, born May 30, 1950 in Harlan, Kentucky passed away Thursday morning, May 7, 2020 at his home. Preceded in death by son, Ramey Daugherty, Jr.; parents, Willard and Zora Daugherty; sister, Sandy Daugherty.

Geraldine Nicley Bailey

Geraldine Bailey-age 90 of Mascot, born September 16, 1929, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at her home. Preceded in death by husband, Raymond Bailey, parents, Vaughn and Ocie (Muncey) Nicley; brothers, Luther Paul Nicley, G. L. Nicley, Jimmy Nicley; one sister, Jean Nicley.

Mildred "Midge" Bailey Jones

Mildred A. “Midge” Bailey Jones-age 89 of Powell passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at her home. She was a member of Old Pleasant Gap Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Dennis and Stella Bailey; grandson, Donnie Atkins; great-grandson, Tyler Atkins; brothers, D. L. Bailey, Newell Bailey, Denny Bailey, Ronald Bailey, Wayne (Butch) Bailey, sisters, Darlene Coram, Bobbie Inklebarger.

Eddie G. Hunley

Eddie G. Hunley-age 75 of Knoxville passed away Sunday morning, May 3, 2020 at his home. He was a member of Glen Oak Baptist Church, a U. S. Army Veteran and was a retired employee of Ronford Office Supply. Preceded in death by parents, Elbert and Evelyn (Booker) Hunley; brother, Kyle Hunley.

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