Smoke no more

I began smoking cigarettes when I was fifteen. It seemed like the sophisticated thing to do. Lord knows, I wanted to fit in. It soon became a habit. I would hunt for my glasses so I could find my cigarettes. I was noted for searching through the ashtray, sorting out the longest cigarette butts. It was hell to run out of cigarettes. We were living on Lee Road east of Michigan Center, Michigan. Extra money was hard to come by, trying to build our house. Every spare cent went into buying materials. Almost every cent, that is.

I desperately needed a sewing machine. I had been using Pug mother’s very old treadle Singer for several years. I was yearning for a new electric model. But where to get the money? We didn’t charge things. There was always a danger we couldn’t continue the payments. Everything had to be cash only.

Several years previously I had been in the hospital with a surgical procedure and quit smoking. I came home all fired up to really stop smoking for good. It was not to be. My husband would sit across the table and blow smoke in my face. My resolution went up in smoke. It would be years before I tried again.

My thirtieth birthday was “D” day. I had a goal in mind this time. I would soon be able to afford that pretty Kenmore electric sewing machine down at Sears. This time quitting would work. I really would stop smoking. My last cigarette was at my brother Russ’ place near North Adams, Michigan. That was it! Now all I had to do was go home and climb the walls for a week and I did. When you have a goal, things seem to fall in place. I quit cigarettes and bought my precious Kenmore electric sewing machine.

For many years I would snuff the air whenever someone lit up. “My, that smells good!” But I didn’t light up. I am in my mid-nineties now and cigarette smoke stinks. Automobiles with cigarette residue stink. Houses with a smoker stink. I can even smell a smoker walking by.

If I had continued smoking, I wouldn’t be approaching my ninety-fifth birthday. I would be like my Dad and Mother, a distant memory. I have had several sewing machines since that faithful day, January 11, 1958.

“Oh, you can light up. I am leaving now.”



How chiropractors can help relieve headaches: part I

Most people experience headache pain at some point in their lives. Headaches can range from a mild, dull ache, to severe, throbbing pain accompanied by nausea. The location of the headache and the kind of pain you’re feeling are a good indication of the type of headache you have.

Tension headaches are the most common type and appear as pain almost anywhere in the head, scalp, or neck. As tension headaches are often due to a combination of stress and back or neck strain, chiropractic care has been proven to help provide relief for these headaches.


As kid, I realized playing softball had many benefits. Needless to say, these were not the same kinds that an adult would recognize. To me, the benefits were things that I could do without getting into trouble: slide and roll in dirt, swing a bat, get sweaty, and stomp in the mud. Let’s face it, if my knees weren’t in such bad shape, I would be doing that stuff now.

A Silver Lining Behind Every Cloud

At the beginning of June, 1987, I was a soon-to-be twenty-two-year-old. I still had challenges with acne and weighed 120 pounds “soaking wet”. I was degreed, certified, and looking for a job.
Actually, I started that process during Christmas break of 1986. I called David F. Coppock, then Superintendent of the Union County Public School System. Mr. Coppock listened to me “pitch” myself for a job, then responded, “I guess you want to come in and fill out an application.” I replied that I wasn’t yet graduated, and he said that was fine, just to put my anticipated date of graduation and certifications.

Clipped recipes

The Olive Garden in Knoxville is Anne and my favorite restaurant. The portions are large and the waitpersons friendly and helpful. It is a welcome upgrade from Mickey D’s or Subway, however, slightly out of our price range. We only go there on special occasions. A few years ago such an occasion occurred. We were celebrating my eighty-ninth and a half birthday in July. When you are approaching the milestone of ninety years on this planet, it is reason to celebrate. We announced when we approached the hostess at the door that we were celebrating. “What are you celebrating,” she asked.

Puffy bread and cheese

If you have milk, eggs and bread, you have the fixings for this delicious breakfast or luncheon dish. It's meatless, so you can fix it for supper the night before payday when your pantry is almost empty.

Old Field Forests

Conversion of an old field: mown grass to tall grass/weeds, to cedar/pine, to hardwoods.

Before World War 2 there was a lot more cleared farmland than there is now. Before chemical fertilizer and lime was readily available, per acre yields for farm crops were much lower and so more land was needed to farm. This was not a problem, as most farms had large families with a built-in labor force. But over the years the land eroded, kids left the farm, and the farmer got older. So gradually the steeper, rougher fields or field edges were let go, and the forest reclaimed them. There are indicators you can look for to tell if a forest was once a field.

ZenTastic Tanning LLC Opens in Maynardville

A tanning bed is ready for customers on opening day
at ZenTastic Tanning LLC. Photo Credit: Helina Bailey

Many expected to say goodbye to the only tanning salon in Union County, Bronzed Brilliance Tanning of Maynardville, last year when the owner passed away. What many do not know is that a patron of Bronze Brilliance Tanning decided to purchase the salon and keep the doors open. Andrea Posani, a frequent customer of the establishment, was heart-struck to find the owner and operator of her beloved tanning salon had passed. When she discovered that the previous owner had no one to take over the salon and that it was up for sale, she decided to take a chance on it.

Raised Bed Gardening by Master Gardener, Marsha Lehman

UT Extension Union County will host Knox County Master Gardener, Marsha Lehman Marsha Lehman spoke at the University of Tennessee’s 2022 Organic Field Day. She has many years of speaking experience for vegetable gardening and has been educating for the past seven years as the Chair of the Knox County Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau. The class will cover types, materials needed, planning, and plants for raised bed gardening. Now is the time to get started for a 2023 garden!

What causes a pinched nerve & how chiropractic Can help: part II

A nerve becomes “pinched” when the nerve itself has been compressed by surrounding tissues. In some situations, cartilage, bone, or swollen soft tissue can impact the nerve itself. Some of the most common reasons why people develop pinched nerves include:

• Issues related to weight and obesity
• The development of rheumatoid arthritis
• Suffering a traumatic injury playing sports or in a motor vehicle accident
• Stress from poor work ergonomics
• Certain hobbies, particularly athletics, that can lead to a pinched nerve through an overuse injury


Have you ever tried to help somebody else only to have it backfire on you? That happened in our house a few years ago and it wasn’t pretty.
I went back to work full time when our daughter Sara was around 11 years old. Needless to say, it was quite an adjustment for me. One of the bigger challenges was keeping up with laundry. Finally, I came up with a way that made it much easier. Before I left for work, I would wash a load of clothes and then I would dry them after I got in that day

Were Times Hard? Were Things Bad?

The traditional course of college study for undergraduates in the teacher education program for many years, including the 1980s, consisted of a four-year undergraduate program ending with a bachelor’s degree and teaching certification in a specialized area of education. Back in those days, the college academic year was divided into four quarters (including summer, each about ten weeks long), not three semesters (each about sixteen weeks long). Traditionally, the last quarter of an education major’s college career was spent student teaching.

Lemon no-bake cheesecake

How many "no-bake" cheese cake recipes do you have? Here is another one. The lemon Jello helps it set properly. No need for a srtingform pan. A 9 by 13 inch baking pan or glass casserole will do. Hope you like it.

I'll stick to real conversations and writing letters

With cell phones and the Internet, few people write letters anymore. Most would not know how to compose an interesting letter. They are so used to sending short blurbs. A detailed letter would almost be like writing a book for them. Another thing—very few people use cursive anymore. Printing is the norm.
I remember my grade school days. I could ace every subject except Penmanship. The old Palmer method was beyond me. Some days I couldn’t even read things I had written a few days before.

CTE Certifications at Union County High School

Work based students at Union County High School deserve special recognition for their hard work and dedication. This semester the program has eighty-seven students enrolled and working towards their industry certifications. For readers unfamiliar with the program, which receives its certifications through Express Employment, it is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to get a leg up in the work force once they graduate.

Handling the Holiday Freeze in your Lawn and Landscape

Cold damage to cryptomeria
Photo Credit: Celeste Scott, UT Extension

The recent holidays blew in with a winter storm that will not soon be forgotten. Here in Tennessee, we missed much of the snowfall that wreaked havoc across the Midwest and Northeast. However, wind and cold temperatures packed a punch for our power grids and landscapes over the Christmas weekend. Now we find ourselves starting 2023 with many questions about the extent of damage and next steps for our lawns and landscapes. Before we get to action steps, let’s recap our recent freeze event.

The leg check

It takes some patients by surprise, but one of the first things a chiropractor will do when you visit for the first time is to measure the length of your legs. If you’ve gone to see a chiropractor because your back is bothering you, it’s reasonable to wonder why the doctor is looking at your legs. But here’s the reason: it’s not uncommon for people to have legs that are of slightly different lengths. Since your legs and feet are the foundation on which the body stands, if those lengths differ even marginally, everything above them is going to be slightly off-kilter.

Still Together

I was so excited when it arrived that I clapped and danced around. What in the world was it? An island for my kitchen. Seriously.
Are you thinking, “You got excited over that?” In my defense, I had wanted one for years. This one is very pretty, it’s portable in that I can roll it to anywhere I need it to be, and it has a top that I can extend out if I need more counter space. In other words, it’s perfect. Of course, I like to show it off when people walk into my kitchen. But my island itself, isn’t what impresses them.

I Remember When I Was a Lad

I remember one day at the Union County Board of Education’s Central Office Ms. Pat Baker came in. She announced she was there to fill out her retirement papers. I was most surprised. Ms. Pat said that she knew that one day she would wake up and know it was time for her to retire, and she said that was the very day.

Trees in Winter Are Worth a Look

When the forest is laid bare each winter there is a tendency to think of it as a bleak and dreary place. But the basic structural skeleton of each tree can be seen at this time, with every branch, twig, and bud visible, thus revealing how it has grown in the past, and how it has prepared for the future. So put on a coat, go outside and go take a look.

Meet your long lost cousin at the Union County Museum

Cousin Darla with David Monroe (from Indiana), David Monroe (from Sharps Chapel) and Wanda Cox Byerley (seated).

Literally hundreds of people visit the Union County Museum each year. Some come to see the artifacts. Others view those same artifacts and displays with the nostalgia of their childhood and are inspired to research their family tree.

Bible Release Time offered to UC elementary students

New Testament Baptist Pastor Samples teaching

New Testament Baptist Pastor Samples teaching.

I am thrilled to announce that as of December 2022, Biblical instruction is offered to students of all five elementary schools in Union County. This is provided through an interdenominational program similar to the Bible Lady that many of you grew up with. It is called Bible Release Time and is provided by the Elgin Children’s Foundation.
What is Bible Release Time (BRT)?

BOE names Greg Clay as director of schools

The BOE discusses contract negotiations regarding the new director, Mr. Greg Clay.

At its December 20, 2022, the Union County Board of Education elected to negotiate a director's contract with Washburn Principal Gregory Clay. Clay had been employed as a teacher and a principal at Horace Maynard Middle School. The announcement brought a round of applause from the audience.

Union County budget: Pay scale or COLA?

The FY23 Union County Budget has a new pay scale for county employees. The pay scale was developed by looking at all current salaries for county employees. Any employee who currently made less than $15 per hour was raised to at least that amount and placed on the schedule without regard to the number of years worked.
So, if employee A makes $8 per hour as a new hire and employee B makes $10 per hour with five years experience, both employees will now make the same $15 per hour.

Plainview honors its founders, uses grant funds

Plainview Mayor Gary Chandler displays the Founders Plaque.

At the December meeting of the Plainview Board of Aldermen, Mayor Gary Chandler presented a plaque to be hung on the community building wall that honors the founders of the City of Plainview. The plaque pays tribute to Albert Thomas, Billy Sexton, Janie Frazier, Jeff Collins, John Seltzer, Judy Brantley, Ruth Collins, Terry Hill, Thomas Keaton, Walter (Junior) Wolfe, Sr., and Wayne Roach for their leadership given to the founding of Plainview. Plainview became a city on September 11, 1992.

There's a new stylist in town

Vickie Burkhart, Tonia Harrison and stylist Terry Shumate
at New You Hair Salon in Maynardville

There’s a new stylist in town and she has set up shop at New You Hair Salon in Maynardville. Tonia Harrison is the newest stylist to join owner Vickie Burkhart’s crew. She has come all the way from Florida, where she was a stylist for 16 years, part of the time as a shop owner.
Earlier this year, Tonia and her husband made the decision to move to Tennessee to be closer to family. The couple has family residing in Union County and Polk County, so they had the tough choice of choosing a new hometown. The wonderful tight-knit community of Union County won their hearts, so they packed up and left Florida. Tonia, however, left behind her salon, Pretty Bird Hair.

Lions serve Union County with more than glasses

Glasses. That is what most people think of when they hear ‘Lions Club’. Glasses. Donate your used glasses in a container at Walmart. Get help with glasses when you cannot afford them. Lions Club.
Unknown to many, the Lions Club is an international volunteer service club with over 1.4 million caring men, women and youth members in 200-plus countries benefiting an average of 96 million people a year.
LIONS: Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety

Chiropractic in depth

Chiropractic is a licensed health care profession that emphasizes the body’s ability to heal itself. Treatment typically involves manual therapy, often including spinal manipulation. Other forms of treatment, such as exercise and nutritional counseling, may be used as well.

What Chiropractors Do

Change and contentment

One day while scrolling Facebook an item caught my eye. It promised to reveal the two words that would be key in my life in the new year, based on my birth month.
“Why not check it out?” I thought. Though I am not a believer in astrology, curiosity caused me to discover what my two crucial words were for the future.
The first word was “change.” What a no-brainer! Every zodiac sign could legitimately have that word as a guiding star. Every life changes, not just from year to year, but from day to day. The mystery is in the nature of the change.

The rifle: an important part of early America

J. Rufus Rice in 1935 holding rifles made by his grandfather.

It was during the late 1700s that European settlers started to widely inhabit this area. As they started to move into the area along the Clinch and Powell rivers, one of the most important tools that the settlers would bring with them was the rifle.

Tom's Cinnamon Sticks

Did you always like the lunch your mother packed for you during those long-ago school years? Did your classmates’ lunches look better than the same old boring stuff you pulled from your lunch sack?
If so, you were not alone. But there was a solution. Let me tell you what my son Tom thought up.
If Tom had paid as much attention to his schoolwork as he did in goofing off, he might have been a rocket scientist or at least the vice president. Not so. Goofing off was his specialty.

Nandina Domestica is a killer

The beautiful but deadly nandina berries

Nandinas have been planted for decades. They are chosen for their beautiful bright red berries or their equally attractive foliage. Often referred to as heavenly bamboo, sacred bamboo, or sacred shrub, these beautifully cloaked shrubs have been used extensively in landscape design. And why not? They are colorful, easy to grow, tough as nails, readily available and very inexpensive.

The life of Hank Williams, part 1

Country Connections y James and Ellen Perry
As I sit here on my front porch in the late evening afterglow on a cool December day, I see a robin in my front yard.
Immediately my memory goes back to a beautiful soul-searching song by Hank Williams from 1949. This line was in that song: “Did you ever see a robin weep when leaves began to die, that means he’s lost the will to live.”

The Last Days

he meaning of ‘The Last Days’
What does the KJV Bible mean by the term “The Last Days”?
Digging into the “last days” term we find a few other similar terms the KJV uses: like “Latter Days” and “end of the days;” “time of the end;” or “day of the Lord,” all of which indicate a promise to come after a length of time. The Old and New Testament authors are very particular in how these “last days” terms are used, so as to make a clear distinction between a longer period of time, as opposed to a single last day.

Sears Wonderland

Unlike most kids, my favorite Christmas song wasn’t “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” or “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.” Nope. It was “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”
Does that sound strange? Being the imaginative kid that I was, I created my own version of a winter wonderland in my head.
Every time I heard that song, it transported me there. In it were snow, talking snowmen (of course), and Christmas trees full of colorful sparkling lights and shiny ornaments.
In other words, it was a perfect place full of adventure.

Crazy Cold

Ice on the Powell River (photo by Steve Roark)

The recent bitter cold spell we just lived through may have converted a lot of people to become thermophiles (those who like heat), and don’t want to read about cold right now. But stay with me on this one and perhaps you won’t be so down on our own winter weather.

Ergonomic chair might help reduce back pain

Soon, people working sedentary jobs will be able to take advantage of an innovation created to prevent troublesome back pain — researchers have created a prototype of an office chair that activates deep muscles and improves trunk stabilization.

Research shows that many people spend almost 80 per cent of their working day sitting and at least half of that time in the same body position. The prolonged and invariable sitting posture is associated with lower back pain due to impaired musculoskeletal control.

Reindeer Tears

Have you ever loved a TV show so much that you planned your schedule around it?
My mother loves the classic Christmas TV shows from the 1960s and 1970s: “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus is coming to Town,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and (my favorite) “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” When these shows came out on VCR, she bought them in a pack. When they came out on DVD, she bought them again.

Dad and the pulp westerns

My father was a reader. But during the Great Depression books were hard to come by. We didn’t live near a library. Gas to go there was expensive when he only earned forty dollars a month working on a farm, doing the milking and field work. But there was some reading material available at a low price. The pulp Western novels, costing ten or fifteen cents, filled the bill. We couldn’t even afford a newspaper subscription.


What do you do when you need croutons for salad or a dressing? Do you shell out good money for toasted stale bread at the store? You don't have to do that. Croutons are easy to make. You can use any kind of bread you like. Let's face it, the bread you buy is at least a day old when you buy it. Open it and it's on its way to being too stale to use for anything other than toast or croutons. So you do have stale bread at home. Don't throw it out. Make croutons. You might add some dried spices for different flavors.

Make a wild resolution

Explore nature to live in the now

Modern living tends to make us too busy to relax, and I’m not the first to tell you that’s not healthy. Humans of any age need to play and let those stress generated hormones that make the heart race and adrenaline flow get out of our system. To many this may involve some form of exercise through various sports, but another way is to just get outside and become more attuned to what's around you. It focuses you to live in the now, with no thought of past or future concerns. A connection with nature has been proven to be healthy and therapeutic, yet severely lacking these days, especially with kids. So let me encourage you to resolve in 2023 to get outside a little more, to be still a little more, and enjoy and learn more about this wonderful place we live in. Here are some possibilities

Christmas Gifts for Union County Kids

‘Twas a few days before Christmas, on a chilly evening, when a local family showed up at the Union County Farmers Market Pavilion like Santa Clause. They backed up their truck and dropped down the tail gate, revealing bags upon bags of toys, coats, bicycles, and more. For this generous family donated nearly $500 worth of goodies to children in the community who needed a delivery from Santa Clause.

Mindfulness meditation offers relief for low-back pain

Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) may prove more effective than usual treatment in alleviating chronic low-back pain, according to a new study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Little Things

Have you ever come across anything that made you feel like a child again? Was it at the fair or maybe a playground? For me, it’s the grocery store and Christmas stockings.
Did you furrow your eyebrows at that combination?

Chicken dinner

Back in the day, when we lived on the farm, if I wanted to prepare a Sunday chicken dinner, there was a lot of prep work to do. We only did this if we had company coming. We couldn’t go to Food City and select a package of chicken parts from the meat counter. Nope! Na! Na! No way! In fact, in those days the only chicken I might find at the meat market was a sorry looking whole chicken. Separately packaged breasts or drumsticks were far in the future. I prepped my own.

Corn flour tortillas

What can you do with the masa harina flour you see on the grocery shelf? I know mass farina flour is used to make tortillas, so that is what I do. It's different. Try it next time you need flour tortillas

Rudolf the Red Nosed Rein...dear?

By now you have no doubt heard the obligatory Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer song ten times on the radio or department store sound systems. The assumption is that because Rudolf is depicted with antlers that he’s a he, and that may be correct. But if you will allow me some natural history holiday fun, it’s possible that Rudolf is a her.

Union County Toy Drive

By Helina Bailey
Christmas is fast approaching. Stockings are hung and the lights are up. Many families have begun to fill up the space beneath their Christmas trees with all the gifts from their children’s lists for Santa...but some children in Union County won’t wake up to gifts on Christmas morning. For many, this has been a tough year. Some families in the community are facing food insecurities this holiday season and lacking the means to put gifts under the tree.

Say What?

Have you ever had a conversation with somebody and you wondered if you two were speaking another language?
It was December 1982. I was so excited since it was my and Tim’s first Christmas together as a couple. When he picked me up one evening, his friend Steve was with him. Tim had to stop at a store. Running in, he left Steve and myself in the car.
Trying to start a conversation, I said, “Mom and I are going shopping for a tree stand tomorrow.”
“You are?” I heard the surprise in his voice. “Who’s it for?”


School Board Meeting

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 18:00

The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education will be on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at Paulette Elementary School. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.


Tammy Duncan

Tammy Duncan-age 49 of Clinton passed away Friday morning, January 27, 2023 at North Knoxville Medical Center. Preceded in death by parents, Robert Kyle Townsend, Jr. and Mary Ruth (Headrick) Townsend; sister, Georgia Townsend Irwin.

Survivors: daughter, Tori Hardin and husband, Tucker; son, Glen Duncan and wife, Cass; one grandson, Wesley Hardin; brother, Kyle Townsend; sisters, Brenda McMahan and Vickie Townsend. Several nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.

Bobby "Butch' Buckner

Bobby Ray “Butch” Buckner-age 59 of Knoxville, formerly of Maynardville passed away suddenly Thursday morning, January 26, 2023 at his home. He was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church and was a former employee of Hodge Manufacturing. Preceded in death by wife, Judy Buckner; parents, Billy “Tode” and Betty Jo (Bailey) Buckner; son, Douglas Buckner; brother, Ricky Buckner.

Coba Faye (Cox) Dyke

Coba Faye (Cox) Dyke (age 89), journeyed to her heavenly home on Thursday, January 26, 2023. She was born to Joe and Bertha Cox on September 30, 1933 in Sharps Chapel, TN. She was a woman of great faith and belonged to the Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church. Coba was raised in her hometown where she later married her lifelong love, Dwane, on August 3, 1949.

Dale Edward Collett

Dale Edward Collett-age 75 of Sharps Chapel went to be with the Lord, Tuesday morning January 24,2023. He was a Christian and loved the Lord. He was an avid bible studier. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing with his family. He loved gospel music and wrote many songs. Dale was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Preceded in death by his parents, Clifford Earl and Rebecca (Riggs)Collett; brother, Clifford Jeffery Collett.

Lena Mae Howard

Lena Mae Howard-age 74 of Luttrell passed away Monday, January 23,2023 at North Knoxville Medical Center in Powell. She was a member of the Tazewell Church of Christ.

Preceded in death by her parents, John D. and Ethel Ledford.

Survivors: husband of 60 years Bill Howard; brother, Joe Ledford; sister, Elizabeth Crabtree along with a host of nieces and nephews.

Terry Lee Middleton

Terry Lee Middleton-age 62 of Maynardville passed away Sunday, January 22,2023 at U. T. Medical Center. Terry was selfless, reliable, compassionate and willing to do anything to help others. He was a jack of all trades,and could fix anything with an engine. He was a family man and worked hard to make sure his family was taken care of. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He loved spending his days playing with his grandchildren, spending time with family, working on cars and target practicing with the grandsons.

Barbara "Chic" Booker

Barbara Jean “Chic” Booker-age 85 of Washburn passed away Friday morning, January 20, 2023 at Ridgeveiw Terrace in Rutledge. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. Chic was preceded in death by husband, Darrell Booker; daughter, Cathy Reynolds; parents, Hugh and Martha Greene; brothers, Jim Greene, Rick Greene, sisters, Shirley Perry, Peggy Dalton and Beverly Clapp. Nephew, Tim Greene; sister-in-law, Otella Booker.

Edith Brantley

Edith Brantley – born May 20, 1931, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2023. She was a lifelong member of Oaks Chapel American Christian Church.

She is preceded in death by husband, Leon Brantley; daughter-in-law, Libby Brantley; and thirteen siblings. Edith is survived by sons, Steve (Mary Ann) Brantley, Keith Brantley, Wade (Kim) Brantley and Dwight (Debbie) Brantley; eight grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren. The family would like to thank hospice nurses, Marci, Donna and Michelle and all the Caring Covenant Hospice Staff for the loving care of their mother.

Herman Morrison

Herman Fred Morrison – age 79 of Corryton, passed away peacefully at 10:40 p.m., January 16, 2023 with his wife and daughter by his side. He was a member of House Mountain Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Martha Jane Davis Powers

Martha Jane Powers-age 77 of Knoxville passed away Sunday morning, January 15, 2023 at U. T. Medical Center. She was a member of Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle on Magnolia Avenue. She was employed as a cashier with Walmart at Walker Springs Road, Knoxville for over 10 years and had previously worked at Chick-fil-A on the U. T. Campus. She was preceded in death by parents, Sterley and Josie (Jordon) Davis; sisters, Lucy Ann Davis, Helen Davis, Evelyn Graves, Estelle Shillings; brothers, Joe Davis and Ralph Davis.

Darrell Ailor

Darrell Wayne “Bozo” Ailor – age 76 of Maynardville, passed away peacefully Friday, January 13, 2023 at Tennova Medical Center. He was a veteran of the United States Marines.

Paris (Pat) Muncey

Paris (Pat) Muncey-age 86 of Maynardville went to be with his Heavenly Father Sunday morning, January 15, 2023 at his home in the presence of his loving family. He was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church where his was saved as a young boy. Pat was a coon hunter and he loved farming. His greatest joy was he time he spent with his great-grandchildren.

Carol Sue Hutchinson

Carol Sue Hutchinson-age 76 of Cracker Neck Road, Washburn went to be with the Lord Thursday morning, January 12, 2023 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. She loved the Lord and enjoyed her time at church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Hutchinson; parents, John and Pauline (Jones) Pabast. A special friend also preceded her in death, Stelmo Branson.
She is survived by several friends, Debbie Fultz, Jerry and Candy Halford.

Janet Marlene Godfrey

Janet Marlene Godfrey-age 54 of Maynardville passed away Thursday morning, January 12, 2023 at her home. She was a graduate of Horace Maynard High School, Class of 1986 and also attended the Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville and South College. Preceded in death by mother, Jewell Cole Edwards; two brothers, John Martin Edwards and James Michael “Little Ed” Edwards; grandparents, William and Jessie Edwards, Woodrow and Hettie Cole, nephew, Adam Edwards.

Marcia Jeanne Beeler

Marcia Jeanne Beeler-age 60 of Maynardville passed away suddenly Saturday, January 7, 2023 at her home. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph Joel and Gladys Shebar; granddaughter, Paige.

Survivors: husband of 20 years, Bruce “Junior” Beeler; son, David Joseph Edwards and wife, Lisa; daughters, Corey Jeanne Boone and husband, David; Tammy Robin Spicer and husband, Billy. Seven grandchildren, Kayla, Emily, Abagail, Casey, Nathaniel and Peyton. Sisters, Karen and Cindy Beth; brothers, Kevin and Edward. Several nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.

Sally Strevel

Sally Louise Strevel – age 81 of Corryton, went to be with Jesus on January 10, 2023 surrounded by her loving family. She attended Carter High School and was a member of Emory Valley Baptist Church.

Micheal Garrett

Micheal Eugene Garrett – age 47 of Corryton, better know as “Mikey G.”, went to be with the Lord, Friday, January 6, 2023 at Ft. Sanders Medical Center. He may be gone, but this is not the last goodbye. Death only released him of his pain. There will come a day that we will meet again. We all have different journeys and different paths along the way. All meant to learn new things, but never meant to stay. This part of the journey we all take, but we must take alone. All on this journey we must take before we finally go home. Micheal now walks hand in hand with the Lord.

Oma Helen Buller

Oma Helen Buller – age 84 of Maynardville passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

She is preceded in death by parents, John and Elsey Damewood; son Randy Damewood; and ten brothers and sisters. Oma is survived by husband, Bill Buller; children, Melissa (Michael) Oppenhein; several grand and great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mark Allen Damewood

Mark Allen Damewood-age 53 of Maynardville born December 23, 1969 passed away suddenly Monday evening, January 9, 2023 at his home. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Clyde and Christine Damewood; brother, Ronnie Damewood; mother-in-law, Judy Wilson.

Rickey Macklin

Rickey Lynn Macklin – 61 of Maynardville, former owner of Macklin Roofing & Towing, born June 11, 1961 passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. in Corryton. He loved Harley Davidson and muscle cars. Rickey always made everyone laugh and was especially thoughtful, giving and selfless.

Jessie Campbell Miller

Jessie C. Miller-age 97 of Knoxville passed away peacefully Sunday evening, January 8, 2023 at her home. She was a retired secretary employed by Browning Belting, Knoxville. Jessie also loved to travel. She is preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Miller; parents, Estel and Lonette (Waddington) Campbell; brothers, Darrell Campbell and Glen Campbell.

She is survived by a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Olen L. Booker

Olen L. Booker of Tater Valley, Luttrell passed away January 3, 2023 (his dad’s birthday). He was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Lucille Booker; a son, Mitchell Booker and a daughter-in-law, Donna Booker. His parents were Herbert and Edith Booker, his siblings were Helen (Franklin) Branson and Kenneth (Barbara) Booker, all of whom predeceased him. Olen was born and for all practical purposes, died on his beloved family farm, just as he wanted.

Eddie J. "Moose" Kitts

Eddie Joseph Kitts “Moose”-age 63 of Maynardville, January 20, 1959- January 1, 2023 peacefully passed away at U. T. Medical Center after being ill for some time. He was of the Baptist faith and believed in the Lord. He is preceded in death by parents, Estel and Juanita Kitts; sister, Janice Wyrick; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Larry Hensley.

William Frank Kroner

William Frank “Bill” Kroner-age 84 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord Monday, January 2, 2023 at his home. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Navy serving during the Korean War and was a former member of the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard. Bill was a retired over-the-road truck driver. Preceded in death by parents, William Sam and Margaret C. (Keating) Kroner.

Survivors: three children along with one brother, Wayne Kroner. Special friends and neighbors, Rickie Blair and Ann Rudd of Maynardville.

Rev. Michael Glenn Miller

Rev. Michael (Mike) Miller-age 62 of Luttrell went home to meet his Savior on Sunday morning, January 1, 2023 at his home. He was a member of New Fellowship Full Gospel Church and a loving husband, father and friend. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Hazel (Damewood) Miller of Luttrell and his sisters, Kathy Parker and Penny Letner of Luttrell.

Jonathan Cliff Phifer

Jonathan “Cliff” Phifer-age 32 of Washburn passed away Thursday, December 29, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was born August 1, 1990 and was a member of Glory Bound Baptist Church. He loved life and always had a smile on his face. He was a great Dad and loved his wife and children with all his heart. Preceded in death by grandparents, Dortha Harrell and Allen Harrell.

James "Little Ed" Edwards

James Michael “Little Ed” Edwards-age 55 of Maynardville passed away Saturday morning, December 31, 2022 at his home. He was a great father and a friend to all. Preceded in death by son, James Adam Edwards; mother, Jewell (Cole) Edwards; brother, John Martin Edwards; grandparents, Woodrow and Hettie Cole.

George P. Sharp

George Paris Sharp-age 74 of Sharps Chapel (Union County) went to be with the Lord Thursday, December 29, 2022 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He was of the Baptist faith and a retired employee of Powell Valley Electric Co-op. George was preceded in death by wife of 39 years, Mary Ruth (Harvey) Sharp; son, George Wayne Sharp. Parents, John and Rose (Shoffner) Sharp; brothers, Dave Sharp, Lee Bob Sharp; sisters, Polly Sheckles, Lela Mae Weaver, Linda Harrell, Faye Hicks and Sue Bailey. Father and mother-in-law, Robert and Mossie Harvey.

Anna (Vaught) Oaks

Anna Louise (Vaught) Oaks – age 55 of Maynardville, passed away suddenly December 29, 2022 at home.

She is preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Christine Vaught; and brother, Joe Vaught. Anna is survived by husband, Ronald Oaks; children, Tabatha Johnson, Corey Oaks and Tyler Oaks; grandchildren, Tanner Hayes, Ethan Hayes and Payton Johnson; brothers, Jerry Vaught, and Tim Vaught; sisters, Brenda Johnson, Darlene Huffman and Sandra Vaught; and many nieces and nephews.

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