Maynardville Public Library has kicked off their Annual Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories. Reading is made fun with creative ways to earn prizes, rewards, and many perks of online programs. All ages are invited to join in on the program, youth and adult.
Spider in My Face
“Do you want to go and see FireFox this weekend?” Tim asked the first summer we started dating.
No way did I want to see that guy movie about Clint Eastwood stealing some Russian place. But since Tim still had the new boyfriend status, I answered, “Yea. I can’t wait.”
We watched it at a drive-in theater, which is now a shopping center. Tim was somehow entranced by this movie. As for me, it was mind numbing. Desperate for something entertaining, I watched the concession stand. Let’s face it, there were only so many times you could watch people buy popcorn and a drink. And I felt cramped inside his small Camaro. The only good thing about the date was the fact that I was with him.
At one point, I had my eyes on the movie screen, but I wasn’t really watching. That’s when I went into a daze. You know, the kind you have right before you fall asleep and start to drool. Suddenly, my eyes blurred. Leaning my head back, I blinked and focused my eyes.
For a second, I couldn’t breathe. I was too terrified to move or do anything. Dangling in front of my face was a spider hanging from its web. A huge, icky, reddish brown monster with long hinged legs. This thing had almost dropped down on my nose.
Oh, the horror.
Whenever I see a spider, it’s a life or death situation because one of us is going to die. That time it felt like it was going to be me. I could hear and feel each thump of my heart.
My gut instinct was to scream and get as far away as I could from that hideous thing. But I realized something. The breath from my scream could cause the spider to swing on its web and it could swing back far enough to land on my face. Let me tell you, if that happened, the inside of Tim’s car would never be the same.
Not to mention, I didn’t want him to see me come unglued. Not yet anyway.
This old Tomboy has never liked to be the damsel in distress, but this time I desperately needed help to get out of this waking nightmare. I said a quick silent prayer for that icky thing to not get on my face.
Then, I closed my eyes and shoved the image of the dangling spider to the back of my mind. Next, I gently and slowly leaned back and shifted sideways in my seat. Remember, I didn’t want to make it swing. It took everything I had to remain calm and not think about what was dangling in front of my face.
Gently and slowly, I scooted around in my hot leather seat. I know I left some of my skin on it. With my left hand, I tapped Tim’s elbow to get his attention. I don’t think he had turned his head in my direction since the movie started. Not even for a little kiss. Being afraid to expel a lot of air, I said through clenched teeth, “Spider in face.”
Without taking his eyes off the movie screen, he gave me an answer that I have come to know quite well since that summer evening in 1982- “Huh?”
Too bad I didn’t also pray for him to pay real attention to me. Again, I managed to force back the image of the spider and how it was still hanging so close to my face. I tapped his elbow with more force this time and I said a little louder, “Spider in face!”
He tore his eyes away from the screen and toward my direction. When he saw the spider, he narrowed his eyes. Instantly, I felt relief. Thank God this horrible ordeal was almost over. I didn’t know how much more of this I could’ve taken.” But nothing happened. Well, nothing except for him saying, “Oh.”
I couldn’t believe he didn’t immediately come to my rescue. But in all fairness, he was probably thinking, “Look at the cute little spider,” while I was thinking, “Get the Spidezilla out of my face!”
My terror exploded out of me and I began screaming. God definitely heard my prayer since the spider didn’t get on my face. I know that nasty thing had to be swaying from all the air I was expelling.
You should’ve seen Tim jump into action then. After he reassured me the creepy spider was gone, I became angry. Too bad for Tim the “new boyfriend” status was out the window.
“What’s wrong with you? You never seen a spider before? You from another planet where they don’t have them?”
If it had been any other boy, I’m sure they would’ve never had asked me out again, thinking, “That girl’s nuts.” But not Tim. He likes the challenge of who I am. Often he tells people he’s never been bored with me. I am kinda proud of that statement.
Spiders and other problems often drop in on you when you least expect them. When that happens, you have two options. You can come unglued and let it get on your face or you can pray about it (Philippians 4:6) and have some self-control (2 Timothy 1:7.)
As for Tim, he still remembers that evening, too. Now when I yell “Spider!” he knows what to do.
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6 (KJV)
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
For most people, it would be a traumatic and possibly dangerous experience. To me, it was another one of my unexpected trips. Pun intended.
It happened at the end of gym class my sophomore year of high school. We didn’t dress out that day, instead we played a game of no rules basketball. When the first dismissal bell rung, I ran back up to the very top of the bleachers to get my folders. My friends and I had been sitting up there before we joined into the basketball game.
Whenever we are grilling out, I hate to take space for baked potatoes. Yes, they taste great cooked on the grill, but there is an easier way to do them. Just dip them in egg whites, sprinkle with coarse salt and pop them in the oven. The egg white holds the salt crystals in place and seasons the potato. You might think that is too much salt, but it isn't. Don't eat the skin if you have a problem with salt, but I do because I don't. They look pretty on the plate as well.
I was looking at an old picture not too long ago and it was like having a time machine. The picture was of me in cowboy get-up. At the sake of dating myself, I loved the old westerns on TV: Rifleman, Wagon Train, Maverick, Death Valley Days, Zorro, the ones in black and white, during what some call the Golden Age of Television. There I am in the picture, my best sheriff pose, gazing into the camera on Christmas morning. This was in Alaska; Ft. Richardson, to be exact.
There are a jillion bean and pasta salads out there. They are all a little different and good, too. This one is a bit different from the rest. The celery is partially cooked. The onion is marinated in white vinegar. All of that does make a difference. Try it and see what you think. You can use any combination of canned beans, even add green beans, if you like. Mix it up.
In June 2019, David McCollough celebrated thirty years in the insurance industry. David is a State Farm Agent in Maynardville, Tennessee. He grew up in South Alabama with hardworking parents who taught him the importance of working to achieve your goals. David graduated from Troy University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree. He has three children who live close by in beautiful East Tennessee; Jake, Abby, and John David.
This Saturday, June 15, clear your calendar and take a beautiful drive into Sharps Chapel for an evening of music and festivities at the George Jones Tribute Concert. The fun filled, family event will be held at the Sharps Chapel Community Park from 6:00 – 9:00pm with festival seating, so don’t forget to bring your lawn chair!
It seemed like any other Sunday afternoon. That was until Sara and I hopped out of the car.
Down the back driveway, my stepfather Dick came barreling toward us in his truck. He and my mom lived behind us on top of the hill. I realized he had been watching and waiting for us to arrive back home from chirper choir. That told me something had happened.
The first thing I noticed was that my mom wasn’t with him. Fear and uncertainty slowly crept up my spine. Had something happened her? And if so, why wasn’t Dick with her?
Thursdays just got so much better!
Join us at The Winery every Thursday for
amazing drink specials and exciting activities.
In June, join us for a fun Wine and Wreaths event.
During this class, get ready for 4th of July by crafting a wreath while enjoying a glass of wine. Various ribbons are available so you can make the wreath your own. The class is only
$25 and includes all the materials needed as well as the glass of wine. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling The Winery at (865)745-2902.
The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Union County High School. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.
REGULAR WORKSHOP UNION COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019 6:00 p.m. Union County High School
"We invite all area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders to come together on the last Thursday of each month at Hardee's at 7:30 am. This is to be a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion about how we as a community of Faith can work together to have a positive impact on our county. All are welcome!" For more information please contact Kathy Chesney at 865-566-3289.
CEASE, inc. will be hosting a Paint and Pour event at Seven Springs Winery at 6:00 PM on June 28th. Participants will take a painting class while sipping on wine. The cost of the ticket includes the painting class, all supplies needed for the class, and the first glass of wine. Tickets are on sale for $45.00. Tickets are limited, so get yours today! We're going to have a great time and this event benefits a great cause, providing assistance to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault! Call 865-745-3002, connect with CEASE inc.
Jenny Lou Holt Byrd, age 88, of Maynardville, TN passed away on Monday, June 17, 2019. She was a longtime member of Clear Springs Baptist Church. Jenny enjoyed scrapbooking, crocheting, and gardening. She is retired from K-Mart after 27 years. She is preceded in death by husband of 68 years, Charles Byrd; mother Grace Fortner Holt Chamberlain and father Clifford Holt.
Charles Green – He often said, “Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die.” And on June 15, 2019, Charles Edward Green, loving husband and father of two children, went to Heaven at the age of 70 in Maynardville. Charlie was born on January 15, 1949 in Kingsport, Tennessee to Roy and Willnette Green. In 1970 his son, Johnathon Edward was born. He married Kimberly (Kim) Jones 31 years ago and raised one son together, Samuel Roy. Charlie had many passions including motorcycles, 60’s & 70’s R&B music and hamburgers.
Donna Jo (Chesney) Rogers-age 74 of Sharps Chapel passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Claiborne Medical Center. She was preceded in death by husband, Marsillus Isaac (Skeeter) Rogers.
Survivors: son, Joe Rogers, daughter, Angela Buege; granddaughter, Kelly Buege; instant granddaughter, Jennifer Housewright.
Arrangements for a memorial service are pending at this time. Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville in charge.
David Wayne Tolliver-age 72 of Sharps Chapel went to be with the Lord, Friday afternoon, June 14, 2019 at his home with his wife and family at his side. He was a member and Deacon of Leatherwood Baptist Church. Retired employee of Union County Highway Department and also had a love of farming, hunting and fishing. Preceded in death by parents, Andrew and Lillie Tolliver; parents-in-law, Bob and Ethel Buchanan; sister-in-law, Shirley Tolliver.
Tyler Wayne Atkins-age 24 of Luttrell passed away Friday, June 14, 2019. He was preceded in death by mother, Misty Dawn (Nankervis) Atkins; brother, Matthew Atkins; grandfather, Jerry Nankervis; special grandmother, Bonnie DeVault.
Survivors: father, Chris Atkins; sister, Gracie Nankervis; grandparents, Gary and Phyllis Atkins; grandmother, Connie Condry; papaw, Jimmy DeVault; uncles, Jimmy (Julie) DeVault, Jr., Shawn and Shea Condry, Jerry and Cory Nankervis. Several cousins and other family members.
Audy B. Keck-age 72 of Sharps Chapel went home to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer Thursday evening, June 13, 2019 at his home. Audy had a testimony of faith in the Lord, Jesus and was of the Baptist belief. He was a member of the Union County Rescue Squad. Preceded in death by parents, Warmer and Linda Keck; brothers, W. T., Joe, Jimmy and Harley Keck; sister-in-law, Nancy Keck; brothers-in-law, J. B. Stansberry and Jim Hayes.
Dorothy “Dot” Knott began her new journey June 13, 2019 with family at her side; Leaving behind daughters, Virginia Smothers (Mark), Deborah Hill, Lisa Gerard (Jeremy), step-daughter Donna Fisher, treasured grandkids and great-grandkids, as well as, her beloved Rocky Hill Baptist Church family and many other special friends. Family will receive friends 5:00-7:00pm Monday, June 17, 2019, at Rocky Hill Baptist Church with service to follow at 7:00pm, Dr. Scott Whaley officiating. Family and friends will meet 10:45am Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Rocky Hill Cemetery for an 11:00am interment.
Eva Jean Lawson – 59, born August 18, 1959 to Cecil and Thelma “Judy” Branham in Welch, West Virginia, passed away June 11, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. She married the love of her life, Roy E. Lawson in Monroe, Michigan on June 22, 1984. She was a nuclear security officer at Fermi II plant for 23 years and also a security officer at Monroe High School for 8 years.
Paul L. Llewellyn, age 74, of Knoxville, passed away on June 9, 2019.
Paul will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband. He was a Harley Davidson enthusiast and member of the Blue Hawks. He also loved animals, especially his dog Lucy.
Preceded in death by mother and father Addie and Tate Llewellyn; 3 sisters and 4 brothers.