Spring at Union County High School

(Rainbow Trout surface to the water in a feeding frenzy.
Photo Credit: Helina Bailey)

Spring at Union County High School
By Helina Bailey

Spring is in the air and Union County High School is bustling with excitement. Service learners in the agriculture department have been incredibly busy these last couple of weeks. Although they have quite a few projects in the works, the most impressive is the aquaponic system the students have built. In the fall, the class partnered with Trout Unlimited to hatch and raise their own rainbow trout. With guidance from their instructor on how to make an aquaponic system, the students built a functioning system to filter the ammonia out of the tank and convert it into nitrogen (fertilizer) for their herbs and veggies.

Using PVC pipes, grow lights, and some recycled materials, the students created their own aquaponic tank adjacent to their trout tank. After designing their tank, they created a system with a bell siphon to pump the water back into the trout tank, being careful not to drown their root systems. Once they were set up, the students branched out from lettuce and planted an array of herbs of veggies. They worried that cold water the trout require would stunt or kill vegetables so they experimented to see which type of plants would flourish. Lettuce and spinach are the clear winners, but broccoli and radish are doing well.

Pretty soon the students will venture out of the classroom to release their trout into the wild. In order to give them the best chance at survival, they are waiting as long as possible. In the meantime, the growing trout have begun escaping from their tank in Finding Nemo style. Over the past few weeks, the students and teacher discovered fish that had jumped out of the tank onto the floor. These escape artists wait until the room is vacant to make their great escape, this seems to be especially true during heavy rain, so the students built a wire net to cover the tank until they are ready to be released.

In addition to their trout project, the students are hard at work preparing for their annual plant sale in April. They have started germinating hundreds of herbs and veggies. Ornamental cuttings and plugs arrived last week and have already been transplanted. The greenhouse is quickly filling up with baby plants as the students gear up for their spring sale. You can expect to find a large variety of garden plants, ornamental succulents, and flowers.

Tomatoes and peppers will be in abundance, with the students continuously planting them all month. Last year they ran out of veggies, so they are planting more this year to ensure they are prepared to supply the community with affordable plants. As always, the money raised at the plant sale will go directly into the program to fund more projects and purchase the materials for next year's plant sale.

(The greenhouse at Union County High School is filling up! Photo Credit: Helina Bailey)

(Healthy plants spring to life in the student built aquaponic system. Photo Credit: Helina Bailey)



Ice Cream Has Come to Town

(A spectacular turn out for the grand opening of Sticks&Scoops. Photo credit: Helina Bailey)

This past weekend provided us with a taste of summer, complete with sunshine, high temperatures, and ice cream. If you were lucky enough to stop by Sticks&Scoops in Maynardville for their grand opening on March 25th/26th, you undoubtedly felt like you were partaking in a fun summer event! I treated my children to some ice cream on Sunday evening and was shocked by the amazing turnout.

Going to Nashville

By now, most of you are aware of how fidgety I am in that I cannot sit still. So, what does that mean? Unless we are being beamed somewhere, I am not somebody you want to go on a long trip with. Unfortunately for my parents, they never received that memo.

What Does A Chiropractor Do?

Chiropractors are licensed professionals with doctorate degrees who use a hands-on approach to ease pain and inflammation by manipulating parts of your body.

The philosophy behind chiropractic care is that your body can heal itself with interventions performed by a chiropractor.

Chiropractic care, like physical therapy, doesn’t involve taking medications or undergoing surgery. You may want to try chiropractic care before undergoing more invasive treatments.

The Greatest Leson

For many years in the Union County schools it was common practice for teachers to teach split grades. Funds for operating the school system were not as plentiful then as now, and the current laws that govern pupil: teacher ratio had much more latitude. It was nothing unusual for an elementary teacher to have forty or more students in one classroom, and many teachers taught two grades in one classroom. Additionally, some teachers concurrently served as principals.

School Bus Escapades

Anyone who has ever drove a school bus has stories to tell, if they will. I certainly have and will. I only drove for a little over one school year, but what a time I had. I have written before about applying for the job in what I called my interview suit complete with high heels. I was prepared to make a good impression. It was a waste of time. If I was walking and breathing, I was hirable.

Refried bean soup

I grew up on beans. When you were poor during the Great Depression that was what you ate. Saute onion, celery and garlic in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil until tender. In large saucepan combine refried beans, canned tomatoes and water. Heat over medium heat. Add more water for desired consistency. Add sauteed vegetables and seasonings. Simmer together about 5 minutes. Top each bowl with shredded cheese and serve with tortilla chips.

Mulching Do’s and Don’ts

Mulching around trees and flower beds offers several benefits, such as soil moisture retention, reduced weeding, and keeping yard equipment a safe distance away from plants. Shredded bark is a popular mulch to use, which requires periodic touch up as it gradually decomposes. However, I have seen landscapes where a lot of mulch was routinely added every year whether it was needed or not, creating an overly thick layer of mulch that can injure or even kill the plants you are trying to benefit.

Farmer’s Market Welcome Back Event

Queen Bee's Slime business owner Lauviah
(8 years old) smiles at her booth.
Photo Credit: Helina Bailey

Saturday, March 18th, the Union County Farmers Market had their welcome back pop-up farmers market to kick start spring and get locals ready for summer goodies. We are still a few months away from enjoying freshly picked local produce, and with these cold snaps, it’s hard to imagine that summer will ever appear, but it’s around the corner. With a spring that feels very much like winter, the Union County Farmer’s Market brought a little heat and excitement.

1918 Annual Report Union County

One of the greatest hindrance is that we have a county seat consisting of only court house, jail and two ordinary country stores. There being no town or public spirit, or no one to back up a single undertaking, Union County really isn't a county. It is just branches of Knox, Campbell and Claiborne counties. The larger part of the county will not support the county seat, on this I have worked quite a lot ...

Walker's Appliance hosts BPA Meet 'n Mingle

Clint Walker discusses his business, Walker's Appliance with Matthew Peters, local realtor, at the recent UCBPA Meet 'n Mingle.

Walker Appliance has moved to 126 Hansard Road just behind the Dollar General near the Knox County Line. To celebrate their their new location, the owners, Clint and Mandi Walker hosted the quarterly UCBPA Meet 'n Mingle on March 21, 2023. The Walkers are excited to have a large barn like building to house their inventory and welcome their friends, neighbors, and area shoppers..

Breakfast Dream

Being a southern farm girl, one of my favorite types of bread is cornbread baked in an iron skillet. As soon as it’s pulled out of the oven, I cut out a big piece, slice it open, lay a small pat of butter in it, and lay the top back on it. It’s best if you let it sit like that for a couple of minutes to let the butter melt. I also loved my Mamaw Jo’s rolls. When I was a little girl, I would place a spoonful of her mashed potatoes onto the roll itself and eat it that way. It was as messy as it was delicious.

Quick Tamale Pie

Are you late in starting supper? What could be quicker to prepare than this recipe? Your pantry has it all. Takes a few minutes to stir up, then to bake it. It's a good recipe to go to when you forget to pull something from the freezer earlier in the day.

Medications used for spine-related pain in older adults may cause adverse drug reactions: part II

Unfortunately, many of the medications that are prescribed for pain management can cause further damage to the body and become addictive if misused. Popular medications like oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, and more can, in turn, cause a user dependence and eventual tolerance to the drug — meaning chronic pain is still present. A recent review study has found the following:

East TN Lions club reverse raffle selling tickets now

The Union County Lions Club is selling tickets for its 8th Reverse Raffle to support many worthy causes.
The organization is part of the 42 clubs that make up the East Tennessee Lions Club, District 12-N.
The District 12-N Charity donates to several area organizations such as providing supplies and gifts for children with cancer, and donations to Diabetes Awareness, East TN Lions Eye Bank, Hearing & Speech Foundation, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Tennessee School for the Blind, Tennessee School for the Deaf and others.

Medications used for spine-related pain in older adults May cause adverse drug reactions: part I

Spine-related pain is increasingly common in older adults. while medications play an important role in pain management, their use has limitations in geriatric patients due to reduced liver and kidney function, comorbid medical problems and polypharmacy (the simultaneous use of multiple drugs to treat medical conditions).

Step on It

Being the graceful person that I am, nothing is truly safe from my feet . Let me put it to you this way, if it’s on the floor, I will eventually step on it. Or if it’s large like a space heater, I may kick it, knock it over, and then trip over it. Yes, I have done that. Actually, I like to brag that not many people can top my “step on it” abilities. That being said, my Mamaw Jo had a “step on it” occurrence that was unlike anything I had ever achieved.

In the Beginning

Having been officially employed to on August 3, 1987 left very few days for mental preparation for the beginning of the school year. That was the only form of preparation I could do, as I did not even know to what grade I would be assigned. At that point, I was just thrilled to have a job.

Super quick supper

Back in my working days, i would try to think of what i would fix for supper before I left for home. A little late, you say? Ok, but I did have a few "go-to" menus to dork from. This is one of them.

Molly and Sweetheart

During World War 11 Dad lived at a hotel in Ypsilanti, Michigan when he was an electrician at the Bomber Plant there. He used his winnings from a poker game as the down payment on the 160 acre farm I remember from my teenage years. In those days you were frozen in your job for the duration of the war. Union electricians worked out of the AFL hiring hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He had been assigned to a rubber plant in Akron, Ohio. That was a hardship for our family living in Bay City, Michigan. I remember Dad bringing home a butyl rubber sample.

What Are We Missing?

On a cold January morning in 2007 the Washington Post conducted an experiment. They invited Joshua Bell, one of the most famous classical violinists of our time, to play music at the Washington DC Metro Train Station. No introductions, no fanfare, simply stand on a busy walkway and play. He did six famous pieces written by J.S. Bach on a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

U.S. Congressman Tim Burchett Visiting Union County in March

Our new Tennessee U.S. Congressman, Tim Burchett, who represents our voice in D.C. is visiting Union County on Monday, March 27 at three different locations. This is an opportunity to meet Mr. Burchett face-to-face and share your concerns and ideas. These “Mobile Office Hours” make it easier for constituents to pass on opinions and get federal agency assistance. Appointments are not necessary. Mark your calendar today and plan on bringing two friends!

State Cemetery Preservationist to Speak at Museum

Mr. Graham Perry, developer of the Tennessee Historic Cemetery Preservation Program, will address the Union County Historical Society on Sunday, March 19, at 2:30 at the Union County Museum on Maynardville Highway. Mr. Perry will explain the progress of the historic cemetery program and entertain questions regarding cemetery preservation. Mr. Perry previously was the Curator of Social History at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville where he developed the permanent exhibit, Tennessee Transforms: 1945-present.

Present the Past to the Future

When I was an undergraduate English major at Lincoln Memorial University, I took a class in Appalachian literature. One of the books we read for that course was Lee Smith’s Oral History. By definition, oral history is a study of the past relayed through the spoken, not the written, word. The transcriptions then are written down for posterity.

Turn about

My mamaw and papaw’s house was not only one of the oldest in the community where I grew up, but it was also considered the center of the community. I often heard it referred to as: “The Clark’s” or “The Clark’s Place.” They often had visitors. Some of them stayed in the driveway.

Ham and bean chowder

Use the last of the leftover ham in this recipe. It is a simple recipe, but good. In saucepan, heat milk slowly over low heat, Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer, covered, for about 25 to 30 minutes.

American Beech

The American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) is very common in our area and is to me one of the nobler trees in the forest. It has never been in high demand for timber, and so many beech trees have been left to grow large and majestic. The bark is silvery gray, smooth, and easy to identify even from a distance.

Hines Creek Food Pantry feeds families

Over 25 years ago, an elderly man living remotely had a house fire. Members of the Hines Creek Baptist Church banded together to gather food and to help rebuild his house.
That’s when the congregation began to realize that there was a need in the Union County community for food assistance—and the Hines Creek Food Pantry began.

Pre-K registration open for Union County

Union County Pre-k students smile for the camera. Photo Credit: Erica Berry

As the school years winds down and we approach summer, it’s time to start thinking ahead. If you have a child who will turn four by August 15, they could qualify for a Pre-K program in Union County. Although income eligible students are prioritized, anyone is welcome to apply.
Currently, there are five Pre-K sites in Union County, serving over one hundred four-year-olds in the program this year.
The program is well funded, so all students receive free breakfast, lunch and a snack. In addition to meals, all school supplies will be provided by the program to eliminate out-of-pocket expense for parents.

BOE discusses UCHS roof

Mike Johnson and Vernon Weaver report the bids for the UCHS roof.

The Union County Board of Education discussed maintenance, buses, employee sick leave, substitute pay and legislation at its February meeting.
Union County High School is now nearly 26 years old and needs a new roof.
Insurance has paid $73,000 for some storm damage. But the new roof will cost $203,000, according to the estimate received by Vernon Weaver and Mike Johnson and verified by the bid from Henley Roofing Company, Inc.

Director Clay speaks to UCBPA

Greg Clay at the UCBPA meeting last month

Greg Clay, Director of Union County Schools, addressed members of the Union County Business & Professional Association in February.
“This is day 15, so don't ask me anything too difficult,” he joked.
Clay praised the employees and many of the programs of Union County Public Schools. He explained the need for a new middle school.

Savannah Jones and Kennedy Hill earn national FFA honor

UCHS ag teacher John Fugate, Melissa, Savannah, Trent and Trevor Jones celebrate Savannah's FFA degree.
Kennedy Hill is presented her FFA degree by John Fugate

The National FFA Organization held their convention in the fall.
Several Horace Maynard FFA chapter members made the trip to Indianapolis, Indiana.
While there, two outstanding graduates of Union County High School and current students at The University of Tennessee Knoxville received their America FFA Degree.
This degree is the highest honor an FFA member can receive and is only awarded to those members who have continual outstanding agricultural endeavors and community service beyond high school.

Do differences from early neanderthals explain our lower back pain?

Examining the spines of Neanderthals, an extinct human relative, may explain back-related ailments experienced by humans today, a team of anthropologists has concluded in a new comparative study.

Neanderthals have long been thought to have a different posture than modern humans. A good part of this perspective derives from the wedging of Neanderthals’ lumbar, or lower, vertebrae — their spines in this region curve less than those of modern humans studied in the U.S. or Europe.

Fresh Start changes lives

Fresh Start Cleaning Crew LLC is ready to change lives. Photo Credit: Fresh Start Cleaning Crew LLC website

Fresh Start Cleaning Crew is a new business in Maynardville you probably have not heard about, but should. This veteran-owned and woman-operated business just opened its doors this month, receiving their business license on February 10. This passion project was created by a local Christian involved in outreach, Nancy Norris.
Nancy saw a need in the community and decided to use her unique skills and Army experience to do something about it. Having served over 20 years in the Army, Nancy has an eye for detail and knows how to keep things tidy.

Have you had a 'Brownie'?

Sometimes, someone unexpected comes into your life out of nowhere, makes your heart race and changes you forever. For some, this someone is a cop. This was not true in my case (at least, not until I got my first traffic ticket).
I suppose I was a somewhat sensitive child. Occasionally I would get my feelings hurt by a sharp word of criticism or correction. Luckily, I had a true pal who never failed to comfort.

'Waterless cookware' is a misnomer

I remember back in the 1950s when waterless cookware was all the rage. The War was over. New things were popping up everywhere.
Some of them were based on wartime inventions. The microwave oven was a prime example.
Waterless cookware wasn’t really waterless. The pans were club aluminum with a tight-fitting lid. If you cooked them on low heat, you didn’t need to add extra liquid, just a small amount to start with. That was what was meant by waterless.

Baby Carrots in Apple Juice

Here is an easy carrot recipe. The carrots come out of the package ready to go. Just combine everything and boil them up. What could be easier?
In large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until carrots are tender. Transfer to serving bowl and serve with slotted spoon. 4 servings.

Weighed in the balance

Daniel 5:27 KJV [27] TEKEL ; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
Being a fisherman, I know a little bit about scales! Pun intended. Both the scales which cover most fishes and the modern electronic weight scales used to weigh fish.
Before the electronic scale there was the spring scale which was first made by Richard Salter around 1770 in England. Long before that, the weight of anything men valued was determined by a balancing scale.

Winter Storm of 1952

On Friday, November 21, 1952, East Tennessee awakened to a gray, overcast day like many early winter mornings in the hills of East Tennessee.
Some people went to work at the few mills and factories in and around Knoxville, others to school and the University of Tennessee. Travel was normal on this Friday morning with no idea that their lives would change in a few short hours.


Are you a quick thinker? I have moments in which I can do that. Moments. But my mom is like that all the time. Better yet, she is also a genius with it. There was this one time I was simply amazed.
When Sara was a toddler, we almost had her weaned from the bottle. She was using her sippy cup except for bedtime. Every night she had to have a bottle before she went to bed. We tried and tried to get her to take her sippy cup, but she wouldn’t do it. Nothing else we tried worked either. Tim and I were at our wit’s end.

Psychological therapies for chronic low back pain

A new study suggests that a combination of physiotherapy alongside psychological interventions can be effective for improving physical function and pain intensity — findings that can help improve the clarity of guideline recommendations to better support patients and clinicians in treatment decision making.

Adults with chronic low back pain (lasting for more than 12 weeks) not only experience physical disability but can also suffer psychological distress in the form of anxiety, depression and fear avoidance (avoiding movement for fear of pain).

Just a Pickin'

Being a picky eater, I know how to spot others. First, they push their food around on their plate as they search for something they want to eat. Second, there may be a pile of rejected bits of food on the side of their plate or on a napkin.

Are You an “In-y” or an “Out-y”?

People who only see me at work or church are used to seeing me wear ties. Back in the fall I was at a Union County High School football game. As my nephew and I were planning to sell Italian ice to raise funds for the Union County Lions Club at that game, I was dressed in blue jeans. Hunter Collins, the new band director, commented, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen you without a tie.” I’ve known Hunter for many years through our mutual attendance at the First Baptist Church of Maynardville. Hunter had just never had the opportunity to see me outside of a church service or on a Saturday.

Fruity chicken salad

I like to buy a rotisserie chicken at Food City when i make this dish. Everything goes together so easily then.
In large bowl combine first 6 ingredients. Then in small bowl combine the 6 dressing ingredients and whisk until smooth. Pour over salad. Toss lightly to coat. Chill at least 1 hour. Fold in cashews just before serving. Makes 12 generous servings.

Finding Your Way

moss often grows on the north side of trees.

Humans seem to have wanderlust hardwired into their psyche. Our ancestors from countless generations have always moved on to new places. Even in modern times we still yearn for new territory. An average American will live in five homes in a lifetime, and in between we take vacations to see new places. We have the advantage of road maps and high-tech toys like GPS that can tell us exactly where we are and show us how to get to anyw here we wish, but in earlier times direction had to be determined through observing nature.

New Fellowship Full Gospel Church Food Pantry

Some come from Knoxville. Some from Grainger or Claiborne County. But others drive to Maynardville from as far away as Sevierville for the 30-35 pounds of food that they can receive from the New Fellowship Full Gospel Church. This Food Pantry is open on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9:00 to 1:00, but people often start lining up as early as 7:30 in the morning. Clients do not even have to get out of their cars. Food is brought out and loaded for them.


Authors Guild of Tennessee

Thursday, April 6, 2023 - 11:00

The Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Faith Lutheran Church in Farragut. Social time and book exchange begins at 10:30. Published authors are invited to attend. AGT is now accepting applications for associate membership from authors who have written a book but are not yet published. Serious authors only. In the event of inclement weather, check the AGT Website for updates and information: authorsguildoftn.org.

Wanda's 90th Birthday

Sunday, April 16, 2023 - 14:00

A celebration of Wanda Woods Cox Byerley's 90th birthday will be held from 2:00-4:00pm at the Union County Museum. Everyone is welcome to come by the museum to celebrate. Dr. Ronnie Mincey is the MC.


Daisy P. Johnson

Daisy P. Johnson-age 88 of Washburn passed away peacefully Thursday, March 30, 2023 at her home. She was a member of Dutch Valley Baptist Church, Washburn. Preceded in death by husband, Hugh Johnson; special friend, Charles Williams; parents, Bill (Poppy) and Annie (Mommy) Clay; brothers, Harry, Jeff, Paul, Jim, Willie, Easton and Earl Clay; sisters; Annie Crawford, Della Mae Nicley, Lillus Clay, Lorene Clay and Virgie Larmer.

judy Ann Cisson

Judy Ann Cisson-age 41 of Knoxville went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, March 28,2023 at her home. She was of the Baptist faith and was an Elm Street Kid. She was a loving and caring person who loved her son unconditionally.

Naomi Ruth Woods

Naomi Ruth (Burkhart) Woods-age 50 of Maynardville passed away Monday morning, March 27,2023 at U.T. Medical Center. She was a graduate of HMHS class of 1991. Naomi was an employee of Bookers Market #1.

Preceded in death by sister, Rachael Burkhart.

Vickie Gail (Larmer) Atkins

Vickie Gail (Larmer) Atkins-age 65 of Luttrell went to be with the Lord, Monday, March 27,2023. She was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church and a graduate of Washburn High School, Class of 1975.

Preceded in death by infant son, Brian Atkins; father, Garfield Larmer; mother, Gaynell Larmer; infant brother, Eddie Ray Larmer; sisters, Judy Larmer, Glenda Zachary; father and mother-in-law, JT and Verdia Atkins; brother-in-law, Tommy Atkins; special niece, Leann Tolliver

Linda Mae Johnson

Linda Mae (Russell) Johnson-age 63 of Sharps Chapel, born November 15,1959, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, March 26,2023 at North Knox Medical Center, surrounded by family. She was a loving mother and nana. She was a member of Sharps Chapel Christian Church.

Charles Parsley

Charles Parsley – age 83 of Luttrell, passed away on March 26, 2023 at home. He was a member of Warwick’s Chapel Baptist Church and we know he is with the Lord. He will be greatly missed by all. Everyone who met him loved him. Charles was hardworking, loving and had a heart of gold. Charles was a veteran of the U S Navy acting as a Seabees from 1954 – 1958. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. His passion was farming. Charles also retired from White Lily Flour where he was known as “Hoss”.

Joe Odell Coffey, Jr.

Joe Odell Coffey, Jr-age 79 of Luttrell passed away Sunday afternoon, March 26,2023, at his home. He was a member of Indian Ridge Baptist Church. Joe was a retired employee of Great Dane Trailers with 39 years 9 months of service.

Preceded in death by daughter, April Gilliam; parents, Joe and Ruby (Myers) Coffey; sister, Janet Dyer.

June Grace Shelton

June Grace Shelton – age 2 months and 20 days, passed away March 23, 2023 at home.

She is preceded in death by great grandparents, Norma Middleton and Steven Smith. June is survived by parents, Eric and Amber Shelton; sister, Nikki Shelton; grandparents, Stacy and Michael Middleton and Bobby and Cindy Shelton; great grandparents, Debra and James Caldwell, Smith Middleton, Robert and Darlene Shelton and Marie Edgin; aunts, Danyell Middleton, Kaylee White and Aisha White; uncles, Dillon Shelton, Jasper Shelton, Landon Shelton, Caleb Shelton and Braden Shelton.

Glenn Monroe

Glenn Carroll “Brimbo” Monroe, 86, of Corryton and Sharps Chapel, was reunited with loved ones and his Lord in heaven on Thursday, March 23, 2023. He was of the Baptist faith and attended both Salem Baptist Church and First Baptist of Maynardville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Maggie Cooke Monroe and Ural Leonard “Sheepie” Monroe, stepmother, Mary Edna Monroe, sons Anthony Glenn Monroe and Christopher Leonard Monroe, and his beloved wife of over 50 years, Peggy Adams Monroe.

Kenneth Lane

Kenneth Alvin Lane – age 72 of Maynardville, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 23, 2023. He was of the Baptist faith. Kenneth will be missed by everyone that knew him.

Canvace J. Daniels-Pressley

Canvace J. Daniels-Pressley-age 38 of Knoxville passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, March 23, 2023 at her home after a long illness. She was a member of The Church of God of the Union Assembly, Knoxville.
Preceded in death by mother, Sherry Ann Daniels; mom, Reba Chandler; sister, Reneda Lee; brother, Durandan Chandler.

Carol Marie Perry

Carol Marie Perry-age 76 of Washburn, Mother and Grandmother went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 19, 2023. She was a retired employee of Bike Athletic.

She was preceded in death by father, Jarvis Brownlow Paul; mother, Evelyn Elizabeth Paul; son, Virgil Eugene Gibson; one brother, six sisters.

Survivors: brother, Jack Paul; sister-in-law, Kaye Paul; two sons, Tommy Ray Gibson, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; Richard Earl Gibson and daughter-in-law, Evelyn C. Gibson, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews.

Jessie Faye Mills

Jessie Faye (Muncey) Mills age 78 of Maynardville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 21,2023 with her family by her side. She was a loving Mother, Nana, and Sister who loved her family dearly. She was a member of Union Baptist Church of Luttrell, TN. Retired from Knox Porcelain after 46 years. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Alvin Mills of 45 years. Parents: Clyde and Allie (Tharp) Muncey Sisters: Anna Lou McCoy, Rowena Cabbage Brothers: William (Bill) Muncey, Jack Muncey, Earl Ray Muncey. Brother-in-law: Tommy Cowart.

Jesse W. Maples, II

Jesse W. Maples, II-age 69 of Maynardville was called home by the Lord on Tuesday morning March 21,2023 at his home. He was saved at 8 years old at Gayland Heights Baptist Church. He was a member of Ailordale Missionary Baptist Church. He was a retired employee of Coca-Cola Consolidated, formerly Roddy Manufacturing with 30 plus years of service.

Deward Cook

Deward Rina Cook-age 96 of Sharps Chapel passed away Thursday evening, March 16, 2023 at his home. He was saved and a born-again Christian. He was a member of Naphtali Lodge #389 F. & A.M. in Center, Indiana since 1964. He served in the U. S. Army and was a veteran of World War II with the 203rd Anti-Aircraft Gun Battalion, Battery A. Retired employee of Continental Steel, Kokomo, Indiana as a rigger with 30 years of service. Preceded in death by wife of 75 years, Beulah Clark Cook; parents, Sam and Louvernia Lay Cook, four sisters and seven brothers.

John Gregg Wilkinson

John Gregg Wilkinson – age 64 of Knoxville, passed away peacefully at the home in which he was raised on March 13, 2023, held in the loving arms of his family. He was born and raised in Fountain City and attended Central High School. Gregg worked for many years at Fab Metal Fabricators. His life’s greatest loves were his family, his home and his friends; fishing, swimming, tinkering in the garage and yard. His younger days were spent on motorcycles and with frequent trips to the level 1ER at UT.

Vincent Mains

Vincent Harvey Mains-age 73 of Sharps Chapel passed away suddenly Saturday, March 11, 2023 at his home. He was born and raised in Marshall, Michigan and was a retired employee of Delta Faucet as a computer analyst.

He is survived by his sister, Kathleen Mains of Marshall, Michigan.

Arrangements for cremation are being made and the cremains will be returned to Michigan. Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville in charge.

Michael "Mike" Smith

Michael Richard “Mike” Smith-age 67 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, March 8,2023, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. He was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Horace Maynard High School, Class of 1974. Mike was a retired employee of Volunteer Highway Supply.

Preceded in death by parents, Jack and Nola (Buckner) Smith; grandsons, Sylas Jay Richardson, Creed Richardson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice and Arley Tharp, Alma and J.B. Paul; brother, Paul Smith; brother-in-law, Don Hensley.

Billy Henderson

Billy Fraklin Henderson-age 72 of Maynardville, passed away Wednesday, March 8,2023, at his home. He was a member of Milan Baptist Church. He was a retired employee of Commercial Plastics, Knoxville.

Preceded in death by parents, John Earl and Lorene Henderson; brother, Roy Lee Henderson; sister, Virginia Baker.

Leonard T. Kwiatkowski

Leonard Kwiatkowski-age 75 of Powell passed away Tuesday, March 7,2023 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He was of the Catholic faith. He was a retired truck driver.

Preceded in death by wife, Kay Hutchinson Kwiatkowski; brothers, Hank Kwiatkowski, Steve Kwiatkowski, Robert Kwiatkowski, Michael Kwiatkowski; sister, Barbara Frantz.

Jamie Rouse

James Stanley “Jamie” Rouse-age 58 of Maynardville passed away Monday, March 6,2023 at Park West Medical Center.
Preceded in death by parents, Arie and JoAnn Rouse; brother, Johnny Rouse.

Survivors: wife of 24 years, Lisa Rouse; daughters, Megan Harris and husband Ryan, Tina Rouse, Sara Rouse; sons, Joshua Rouse, Matthew Rouse, Mark Rouse; eight grandchildren; sisters, Judy Collins and husband Mikel, Becky Rouse, Janice England and husband Jerry; brother, Jerry Rouse and Tammy along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gregory Allen Nicely

Gregory Allen Nicely-age 53 of Washburn, formerly of Maynardville sadly left us on Saturday, March 4, 2023.

Survivors: wife, Sherry Nicely; stepchildren, Brittany Bowlin and husband Nathan, Jessica Daniel and husband Charles, Ricky Kitts and wife Jessica; along with a host of step grandchildren.

Memorial service 1 PM, Saturday, March 11, 2023, at Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Rev. Tony Day officiating and music by Linda & Richard Nicely. In lieu of flowers donations may be made for expenses at the funeral home. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Billy Ray Chesney

Bill Chesney-age 73 of Luttrell went to be with the Lord Saturday, March 4, 2023, at his home surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was a member of Mountain View Church of God in Luttrell. Bill was an excavator and heavy equipment operator along with being a farmer.
Preceded in death by granddaughter, Erica Buckner; parents, Horace and Bertha (Bailey) Chesney; sisters, Mary Lee Chesney, Betty Chesney, Kate Larmer, Gladys Farmer; brothers, Richard “Dick” Chesney, Frank Chesney and Roy Chesney.

William C. "W.C". Hall

William C. “W. C.” Hall – age 96 of Luttrell went to be with the Lord Saturday afternoon, March 4,2023 at U. T. Medical Center. He attended New Friendship Baptist Church. He retired from his work in Michigan and moved back home to Tennessee in 1982 and enjoyed his retirement of farming and cattle. Preceded in death by wife, Louise Hall; sons, Joey Hall, Billy Hall and Donald Hall; parents, Anderson and Stella Hall; brothers, Lloyd Hall and Teddy Hall.

Vernon Leach

Vernon Leach-age 66 of New Tazewell passed away Thursday, March 2, 2023 at U. T. Medical Center. Preceded in death by son, Charles Leach; daughter, Raven Kay Leach; parents, Charlie and Ann Lee (Barnard) Leach.

Survivors: sister, Margaret Smallwood of Sharps Chapel; brothers, Johnny Leach of Sharps Chapel; Rick Leach and Roger Leach, both of Speedwell. Several nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.

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