We all know about Black Friday, but did you know that the following day is dedicated to small businesses? Established in 2011 by American Express, and later sponsored by the SBA (Small Business Association), the Saturday after Thanksgiving was designated as a small business shopping day so that small businesses could get in on some of the holiday shopping action, which is the busiest time of the year for retail stores. Here in Union County, we do not have an abundance of retail shops, but we still have plenty of family run mom and pop shops offering giftable items/services.
Spooky Mountain Folklore
By Steve Roark
Volunteer, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
I’ve commented before that mountain people tend to hang onto old traditions, many deeply rooted in European (especially Scots-Irish), African, and even Native American ancestry. With the Halloween season approaching I thought I’d cover some paranormal-ish superstitions that I learned through my family or heard locally. I’m betting you’ve heard at least one or two yourself.
Death comes in threes: this superstition suggests that if someone dies, that two other people associated with the deceased will also die soon. I’ve heard this one all my life, and the only historic reference to explain it is an old belief called “Rule of Three”, that states that bad events (or good events) come in multiples of three.
Blue porch ceilings: this is an old belief that painting porch ceilings blue would ward off evil spirits because they won’t cross water, and the blue color confuses them to where they won’t come around. My wife’s grandma (Momsie) insisted on this all her life. The traditional color to is a shade of light blue that was appropriately referred to as “haint blue”. Haint for you young’uns in an old mountain term for ghost.
Staying up at a Wake: this is the tradition of holding vigil over a dead body prior to burial, normally the night before. The term originated from the Old English word “wacan”, meaning “to be awake and keep watch”. This is an old Celtic tradition and precedes Christianity and comes from Scotland and Ireland. Wakes were held to ward off evil spirits from disturbing the body. With the introduction of Christianity, prayer and meditation was sometimes added to the vigil.
Covering mirrors after a death: this was done as soon as someone died, and all of the mirrors in the house were covered with bed sheets until after the burial. One old belief was that if the soul of the recently departed saw their reflection in a mirror, they would become trapped and not able to leave and begin their afterlife, so this might cause them to stay and haunt the house. Another reference noted that evil spirits congregate where someone died, and that you might catch a glimpse of them in a mirror.
Stopping clocks at the time of death: This one had several possible origins. One belief goes that when a person dies, they begin a new period of existence without time. If time is allowed to continue in the house, as in a running clock, the spirit might remain in the house. Another belief was that if clocks weren’t stopped, bad luck would remain in the home.
A bird flying into a window foretells death: My wife’s Grandma Madon believed that the death of one of her sons was foretold by a bird flying into a closed window and killing itself. There are several versions of this superstition, including a bird actually getting into the house, or a bird landing on a window sill and rapping on the glass with its beak. The only reference I could find on this one is that long ago birds in general were considered mystical because they could fly and stuff, and so their appearance in an unusual manner was a red flag.
Trees flowering out of season is an ill omen: I got spooked by this one by my great aunt Jenny Arnold when I was like 10 years old. My mom and I walked with her down to her old home place one day in September, and there was a dogwood tree in the yard that had a few blooms on it, way off of its normal April bloom time. Seeing those flowers out of season creeped her out, and she was adamant that something bad was going to happen, suggesting that someone was going to die. Her extreme agitation scared me as well, because, well, there were only three of us there and so the odds weren’t good for any of us.
Q: Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?
A: A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department — or the insurance plan directly — to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a DC.
Q: Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?
This salad makes a big batch. It keeps well in the fridge. I make it and much on it for several days. Very good..
In small saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar, oil and salt.. Bring to a boil over medium low heat, stirring occasionally. Let cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add dressing. Toss to coat. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours. Serve with slotted spoon. Makes 25 servings.
We all have heard adults fussing over a baby, called he/she silly names like “Snookums”, “Itsy-bitsy Sweety-pie”. Well, maybe not those exact words, but you get the idea.
My Dad had such a name for me, “Sally.” My given name is Shirley. My middle name is Delora, his mother’s name. Mother would explode whenever she heard him call me Sally. “We named her Shirley! Don’t call her Sally!”
Shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata) is my favorite of the pines. It is a beautiful tree to behold with its long straight trunk of map-patterned bark. It and Virginia pine are the most common pines found in our area, and can be found in almost any woodland hike. They are easy to tell apart just by looking at the trunk. Shortleaf usually has few limbs, whereas Virginia is very limby and often has dead stubs sticking out. Also, Virginia tends to hang on to its old pine cones, so they will appear numerous in the tree. Another commonly used name for shortleaf is yellow pine.
By Helina Bailey
I am a coffee lover. My morning routine includes a large cup of iced coffee. If I am being honest, it’s more like two or three cups, with a few more in the afternoon. I’m not fancy with my cup o’ Joe. I’ll drink it black in a pinch, but I prefer it iced with a bit of milk. Every once in a while, I will give in to a craving for a decadent frappuccino, when I’m missing the Northwest.
Did cold season glide in on an Autumn breeze this year? It feels as though sickness is in the air, with coughs, sneezes, and the stomach flu finding their way into all of our homes. Many counties in East Tennesse have recently closed due to the high number of students and faculty falling ill. Union County opted to have virtual education this month, but many are still sick, with neighboring counties closing their doors before the holiday.
November 8, 2022, was Election Day, but for Sonja Saylor it was her Graduation Day for East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association. Graduation was held at Hunter Valley Farm in Knoxville, and Ms. Saylor was one of the key planners of the event. She worked with representatives from Knox County and Cocke County to acquire the speaker, design and send the invitations, set the program, and organize a silent auction.
Union County FCE members attended the 40th Annual Tennessee Association for Family and Community Education (TAFCE) Conference held November 13-16, 2022, at the Franklin Cool Springs Marriott. Their theme ‘Saddle Up with FCE’ was played to the hilt with decorations, hospitality room spreads, games, line dancing, and seated line dancing!
FCE members are recognized state wide for the certified volunteer hours they donate, their participation in the cultural arts contest, fashion revue, and creative writing.
Q: Are chiropractors allowed to practice in hospitals or use medical outpatient facilities?
A: Chiropractors are being recognized to admit and treat patients in hospitals and to use outpatient clinical facilities (such as labs, x-rays, etc.) for their non hospitalized patients. Hospital privileges were first granted in 1983.
Q: Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?
When I first saw the two rocks, I thought “Ah man. This is not going to be good for me.” Did you think I was climbing? Nope. I was playing miniature golf in Ormond Beach.
It’s a tradition. Every time we visit our relatives in Florida, we play putt putt at Pirate’s Cove. Believe it or not, I am not that secure in my ability to play miniature golf. It’s not like playing softball. When I walk out onto a ballfield, I am confident on how I will play the game, but when it comes to putt putt or bowling, I just ever know.
Was your Thanksgiving dinner when you were a youngster different than what you celebrate now? Mine was. Mother and Dad are gone as are my two brothers. Back in the day that was it, just the five of us. We seldom had company during the dark days of the Great Depression. It was just the five of us and Banjo, our supposed Beagle.
Turkeys have been in the Americas for a very long time. Fossil records show they were around 11 million years ago and were likely distributed continuously from middle latitudes of North America to northern South America during the Pleistocene Era. The Aztec Indians were the first to domesticate the bird, and it became an important staple to their diet. The Navajo gave up on keeping them away from their scanty desert corn crops, and instead began feeding the turkeys and fence them in. The invading turkeys unwittingly provided a dependable source of protein and ornamental feathers.
If you attended the Veteran’s Day Celebration at Union County High School this month, you know that the auditorium was full. The walls were lined with faculty and visitors, as the student body filled up most of the seating. Everyone present was eagerly looking towards the stage, giving their full attention to the string of speakers paying homage to our nation’s heroes.
Union County High School is buzzing with excitement as students work on various projects throughout the campus. I visited the school this week to introduce myself to the staff and was given a little tour, to see the various departments. While I was there, I stopped by the agriculture department and met with Mr. Edwards, who has recently taken over one of the agriculture classes.
The non-pro t 501 C 3, Children’s Charity of Union County is underway again with our annual “Under The Tree” Toy Drive. This charity provides toys to Union County children only, ages 0-12 years and low income. Applications were sent to Union County Public Schools and returned with the children’s wishes.
It’s so much fun having relatives in Ormond, Florida. Not only do we get to spend time with them, but we also try to take in the various local adventures as well.
On our last trip, we arrived in Florida on a Monday evening. As we were in the lobby waiting to check in, we saw an announcement on the TV about a launch at Cape Canaveral on Wednesday. I saw the look of dread cross Tim’s face. I chuckled and said, “Don’t worry. I have no intentions of us going to the launch.” Believe it or not, I even forget about it.
Need to fix supper in a hurry? Try this recipe. Supper in half an hour.
Butter a 10 by 7 inch baking pan. Spoon a third of canned chili into bottom of dish. Arrange half of round crackers over chili. Sprinkle half of shredded cheese and seasonings over chili. Repeat layers. Top with remaining chili. Bake in preheated 400 F. oen for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Those under the age of 50 probably don’t remember Euell Gibbons, a promoter of eating food gathered from the wild. He wrote a book that still sells well called Stalking the Wild Asparagus, and made commercials for Grape Nuts cereal with the famous line: “Ever eat a pine tree?” Anyway, I took down his book again and enjoyed rereading his passion for wild things. I’ve tried several of Euell’s recipes, including acorn bread.
Fall is here and its finally time for the hearty autumn dishes we all love. We’ve waited all year long, unable to use our ovens for fear of heating up our homes during the blazing summer. As it cools down, even with the surprise hot days here and there, many of us are geared up to cook our hearts out. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I’ve certainly got pumpkin pie and roasted turkey on my mind.
Trunk or Treat this Halloween was a hit! If you missed it, you might catch it next year. The unprecedented turnout has the Chamber of Commerce wanting to make this event an annual treat for Union County, but the feasibility of this depends on volunteers and donations. All the candy handed out was donated and the “trunks” were set up by local businesses.
It has long been known that there is an association between food and pain, as people with chronic pain often struggle with their weight. Researchers at the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience may have found an explanation in a new study that suggests that circuitry in the brain responsible for motivation and pleasure is impacted when someone experiences pain. “These findings may reveal new physiological mechanisms linking chronic pain to a change in someone’s eating behavior,” said Paul Geha, M.D., lead author on the study published in PLOS ONE.
When I was a girl, I absolutely loved to rough-house with my uncle, who was a few years older than me. We had so much fun until Mamaw Jo fussed at us to stop because we were “getting on her last nerves.” To be honest, I felt bad for my Mamaw Jo. She had no idea the fun she was missing out on. Ironically, years later, I was the one trying to stop the fun.
Back a long time ago when I was much younger, I participated in a United Way phone survey. We had high hopes that the survey would yield good results. It helps to know where the emphasis should be for the most effective use of donated funds. A phone survey would be a good tool.
I was an active participant in the local United Way, working on the Speakers Bureau, for instance. When someone suggested a Phone Survey. I volunteered to head the project. That meant finding people to do the survey as well as formulate questions to be asked.
At the October meeting, the Union County Board of Education got a glimpse of the preliminary development of the new middle school. The Lewis Group, architects for the project, shared a preliminary plan for the property plat and a block drawing for the building. The school will be on John Deere Drive on property located behind the present Goodwill business.
Historic Union County went to press before the Union County commission meeting in September. Since the August meeting had no quorum, the business covered two agendas.
County Mayor Jason Bailey was elected chairman and Sidney Jessee Jr. from Luttrell District 2 was elected vice chairman. The mayor appointed new committees and reported that several grants were ready to have contracts signed.
Have you stopped in for a sweet treat at Buttercup Bakehouse since their grand opening this summer? If you have not had the opportunity to satisfy your sweet tooth yet, there is no time like the present! Run by the young entrepreneur, Emily Cooke, a local gal and baker from humble beginnings, Buttercup Bakehouse is one of those businesses that you just want to support.
Not only is Union County known for its country music legends, but also for having a stretch of the famous Thunder Road. Thunder Road was definitely on Faye Hardin's mind when she created the painting that won Best Heritage in the 2022 Union County Heritage Festival Art Show. This was Faye's second year to receive the Best Heritage Award.
After the Plainview Planning Commission and the Plainview Board of Aldermen adjourned their respective meetings, attendees celebrated Betty Satterfield's birthday. Betty was the city recorder for many years from the founding of Plainview until her retirement. Betty is 89 years young.
As harvest season wraps up among most farmers in East Tennessee, locally we had some generous volunteers to host some hands-on educational exhibits at one of our local elementary schools on October 20.
Luttrell Elementary welcomed the 42 volunteers to teach the students about a variety of agricultural practices.
Thirty-five quilts from hand stitched to machine designed adorned the Union County Museum upper floor for the 2022 Union County Heritage Festival Quilt Show on October 1. Coordinating the event were Ellen Perry, Patricia Campbell, and Cleta Nelson Garner. The judges awarded hand stitched, quilted ribbons for a variety of categories.
Mitzi Talley took Best of Show and Best Patriotic Quilt awards. Patricia Walker received an award for the Best Heritage Quilt, Best Small Holiday Quilt, and the Best Small Quilted Item.
It was a cold, windy October day, but nearly 1,000 warm-hearted folks came to visit the 18th Annual Union County Heritage Festival last month. The festival was packed with experienced musicians who performed live music throughout the event. On the Gazebo Stage sponsored by Jaxx, Southern Spirit performed Back to Tennessee, Old Stuff, and sneaked in a preview of a tune from their new album that debuts in January.
Chiropractic services are an important first line of defense against pain and, in some cases, chiropractic can lessen a patient’s reliance on addictive painkillers or prevent their use altogether. It makes sense to exhaust conservative forms of treatment such as chiropractic care before moving on to riskier, potentially addictive pain medications. Statistics show that as many as one in four patients who receive prescription opioids long-term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggle with addiction.
When a cold west wind is swirling snow around the yard, I think of "Chicken Soup". You may think of skiing at Gatlinburg; I think of soup. There is no way I am leaving the house unless it’s going to church or I need groceries. If it can wait, I’ll get my groceries after church. I'll open the door only to feed the birds. Anne will drive down to the mailbox to get the mail rather than walk. That is more than I will do on a cold snowy day; but I will make soup. I have lots of soup recipes. Some take a while to make. Some are quick.
I remember my Grandma’s chicken noodle soup. It was delicious. I have made noodles all my married life. I think I’m pretty good at it, but Grandma had me beat by a country mile. Let me tell you about her noodles.
As a child, I would watch in awe as she performed her magic with the rolling pin and dough. I never saw her stir a batch together, just the rolling out and cutting process.
“Squash it, Mamaw! Squash it!”
Right outside of Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle’s bedroom window was the biggest spider I had seen in the five years of my life. It had a colorful, bulbous body with long black hinged legs. In my child’s mind, it was a hideous monster.
“I’m not going to squash it. It’s a writing spider,” she answered. I was amazed because the only other creature that I knew who could write was Snoopy. I wondered if this was a skill some creatures really had.
I love to drive our roads here in Union County and check out the old barns visible to the road. When I get a chance to investigate an old barn I dive on the opportunity. What I have noticed is that most old barns still standing in East Tennessee were built and used mostly to dry and store tobacco. If the barn was built for something else like livestock, it was usually converted later on to dry tobacco. It is very easy to tell that a barn was used for tobacco.
Sittin’ on my front porch with a strong hangry (new woke terminology) to roll out my Suzuki Burgman and head north to Harrogate, turn south on highway 63. Then ride slowly south through the beautiful (hasn’t been spoiled by so-called development) Powell Valley to I-75 south to exit 122, turn north onto highway 61 and back to my front porch. This fall has been one of the prettiest color displays since the 1960s.
Some time ago a longtime pastor friend from another church was confiding in me about both the highs and lows of leading a congregation. Because of his genuine sadness over the lows, I joked with him that I was going to do a Bible study entitled How to Kill Your Pastor.
My friend, seeing the veiled humor in the concept, shared that thought with another fellow pastor, who quickly responded; “When can he come teach this at my church?”
A popular pastime when my mom was growing up on a Tennessee hillside farm was to go out and find some rabbit tobacco, crush it and roll it up in some brown paper from a poke (that’s a bag to you young folk), and smoke it. I don’t know how the tobacco tasted, but that paper must have been strong!
Have you ever driven to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg and stared in awe at the big orange funnel attached to the Wilderness in The Smokies? I sure have! Every time we see that monstrosity of a waterslide, my children ask when we will visit the resort. I kindly remind them that a place like that is not in our budget, but one day we might go.
As the holiday season approaches, bringing with it delicious fall flavors and promises of snowcapped mountain views, many of us are drawing up our gift lists or wish lists. Some of us with little ones have already received our Christmas catalogues from Amazon and Target in the mail, whether we wanted them or not. My children eagerly flipped through the pages of cheaply made toys, circling their favorites and chatting amongst themselves. As I ease dropped on their conversation, I imagined all the money these catalogues bring in for the big box stores.
SPECIAL CALLED MEETING--The Union County Board of Education will meet in special session on Monday, December 5, 2022 at the Union County High School Library to Review and Take Action on the Tennessee School Boards Association Recommended TSBA Recommended Finalists for Director of Schools.
The next Regular Meeting of the Union County Board of Education was scheduled for Thursday, December 15, 2022 at Big Ridge Elementary School. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.
Alan Gray Sherman-age 77 of Maynardville, TN born December 18, 1944 passed away Saturday morning, November 26, 2022 at his home. He was a member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, Knoxville. He was a retired Veteran of the Viet Nam War with the United States Navy at the rank of Master Chief with 24 years of service and was awarded several medals and accommodations including a Purple Heart.
Tammie E. Scarbrough-age 59 of Maynardville passed away Friday morning, November 25, 2022 at her home. No services are planned and the body will be cremated. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.
A. J. Williams-age 92 of Luttrell went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, November 23, 2022 surrounded by his pride and joy, his children. He was a member of Mountain View Church of God of the Union Assembly. He had a great love for his church family, music and fox hunting. Preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty Williams; parents, Jim and Pearl Williams; brother, Doffise Williams; sisters, Oleda Hutson, Lela Williams; grandson, J. R. Creech.
Pearl Chao Sharp
October 14, 2022 6:08 am·
Pearl Chao Sharp, 72, of Lawrenceville, wife of Roving Photographer Frank Sharp, passed away October 1 at Northside Hospital in Lawrenceville from pancreatic cancer. She was born on February 7, 1949, in China, but escaped to Taiwan during the war with China.
Pearl C. Sharp
Brenda J. Burkhart-age 78 of Knoxville, born April 25, 1944 in Harlan County, Kentucky entered the gates of Heaven Thursday, November 17, 2022 with her family by her side. Friends and family will miss Brenda’s bossy demeanor and her hands-on hips sassy self; but more importantly, we will miss her contagious smile, her caring nature and her genuine love for everyone she met. Brenda was preceded in death by parents, Denvir, Sr.
Cynthia E. “Cindy” (Hensley) Buckner-age 56 of Corryton passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center. She was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by husband, Johnny Christopher “Chris” Buckner; granddaughter, Chloe Young; parents, Everett and Ollie Mae (Green) Hensley; sisters, Carolyn Muncey, Linda
Carroll, Barbara Ann Hensley, Thelma Jean Carroll, Katherine Hunter, Virginia Sweet; brother, Earl (Pap) Hensley.
Katelyn Ashton Garrett – age 18 of Corryton, passed away Friday, November 11, 2022 at U T Medical Center. Our beautiful precious Kate lost her battle to AML. She fought long and hard and was so brave. Not only for all of us, but for her perfect baby girl, Madison Grace. We know that Katelyn is no longer in pain. She went through those Pearly Gates. Katlyn gets to walk with our Father, hug her mother and hold her baby girl.
George Odra Sweet-age 62 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord suddenly Thursday afternoon, November 10, 2022 at his home. He was a member of Locust Grove Baptist Church. He loved wood working in his own wood working shop and also loved hunting, especially archery. Preceded in death by his parents, George and Alice Sweet; brothers, Lawrence, Jeff and Rome Sweet.
Sue (Sharp) Bailey-age 79 of Union County/Knoxville went Home to be with the Lord Wednesday evening, November 9, 2022. She was saved and of the Baptist faith. Sue’s quote was that her Lord never disappointed her. She was a retired employee of the former Standard Knitting Mill and The Palm Beach Company. Preceded in death by parents, John and Rosie (Shoffner) Sharp; brothers, Dave Sharp, Lee Bob Sharp; sisters, Polly Sheckels, Lela Mae Weaver, Linda Harrell, Faye Hicks; father and mother-in-law, Jay and Alberta Bailey.
J R Masingo-age 64 of Sharps Chapel went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at Claiborne Medical Center. He was a member and deacon of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Former employee of England-Corsair in Tazewell. Preceded in death by parents, Sillus and Mattie (Ray) Masingo; sister, Mossie Masingo; brother, Charles (Chub) Masingo.