Since 1985, there has been a grassroots effort to make sure that every child in Union County has gifts from Santa on Christmas morning. That effort started out under the name Union County Toys for Tots and operated under the Union County Business and Professional Association. Now, it's called Union County Children's Charities Under the Tree, and this year it will serve 427 children right here at home.
STEM, Agriculture, and Veterans Day Highlight BPA Banquet 2017
Last Saturday evening, a packed house enjoyed dinner catered by Pete's Place and witnessed the naming of the 2017 Union County Business & Professional Association Woman and Man of the Year. Cindy Wyrick chaired this year's committee.
Introducing the 2017 UCBPA Woman of the Year, Bonnie Peters began “She uses the community garden to impart the required curriculum objectives of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), writes grants to fund the STEM Program, and mentors students and teachers county wide in the importance of STEM to future jobs.” Ms. Peters concluded by naming Martha Brown, a career educator at Paulette Elelmentary School, the 2017 Woman of the Year. Ms. Brown teaches children how to grow the food they eat in a community garden and then imparts the spirit of service when they donate the excess to the Milan Baptist Church Pantry. Ms. Brown also writes grants to fund the STEM Program, mentors students and teachers county wide in the importance of STEM to future jobs, leads annual mission trips, and volunteers at the food pantry.
Ms. Bonnie used the parable of the fish to say that Martha Brown teaches children for “life”.
“I owe everything to my father and grandfather,” Bobby Ellison humbly stated as he accepted the 2017 Man of the Year from Father Steve Pawelk. Mr. Ellison, a seventh generation Sharps Chapel farmer, is also the owner-operator of an agritourism business, Lost Creek Farm Weddings.manager-owner of hundreds of acres of livestock, and partner in Team Ellison Realty, But the major reason for his being named Man of the Year is support for Union County's largest industry-Agriculture. As the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service Representative, Mr. Ellison works with the Union County Soil Conservation District to provide a sub office for all of Union County's farmers to get needed equipment and assistance locally without burdensome travel costs. He provides financial and technical assistance through state and federal Agriculture cost sharing programs and has secured over $725,000 in the last two years to help farmers prevent soil erosion and improve water quality. He is lagely responsible for the 2.5million federal and state dollars that have helped sustain the Union County family farms in the past five years.
While Martin Shafer gave the commands, Marvin Jeffreys, who was dressed in his 49 year old Air Force uniform, presented and posted the colors in the opening flag ceremony. In honor of Veteran's Day, BPA recognized veterans, James (Rick) Riddle, Jack Petersons, Martin Shafer, and Marvin Jeffreys, who attended the banquet.
Mayor Mike Williams commented on many grants that will improve county parks as he complimented UCBPA for its development of Wilson Park in the mid 1990's and thanked the members for their continued support of Union County.
Treasurer Gail Corum awarded donations to Friends of MPL, Union County Lions Club, and Union County 4H, and UC Children's Carities: Under the Tree. Ms. Corum thanked the members for supporting last year's Golf Tournament which provides the funds for the UCBPA Scholarships. Mr. Seth Beeler, 2017 recipient of the Jeffreys Memorial Academic Scholarship was on hand to help with the auction. Proceeds of $500 from the auction and donations will go to UCBPA Charities, Inc for scholarships.
The 2018 UCBPA Scholarship Golf Tournament will be on Saturday, May 19, at Three Riges Golf Course with a tee time of 1:00.
The 2018 UCBPA Prayer Breakfast will be at the Union County Senior Center on Good Friday,
Thank you to Flowers by Bob, Thunder Road Printing and Graphics Design, Coleman's Printing and Awards, Pete's Place, and the UC Senior Center for their assistance with programs, awards, catering, and location. Chantay Collins chaired the banquet committee. Thank you to everyone who made the 2017 UCBPA Banquet a remarkably entertaining experience.
Teacher of the month is quite the honor to win. Who wouldn’t want the special recognition, especially out of the many wonderful teachers here? Our very own Mrs. Hayley Sexton accomplished just this. She started teaching biology at Union County High School about two years ago. During her interview, Mrs. Sexton explained how one wins teacher of the month, as well as what brought her to become a teacher. What really caught my eye about her interview was how humble she was about the accomplishment. Anyone can tell she genuinely cares about the children she teaches.
A $3.5M grant to bring next generation fiber optic broadband to the Sharps Chapel Community of Union County was submitted by Sunset Digital Communications to the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Grant Program. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) will announce the grant recipients in March 2019. A public comment period on all grants submitted begins on 28 November and ends on 20 December. YOU can help!
The true spirit of the season is giving and doing for others with no expectation of return. The simple act of kindness can work magic on a person’s heart. Gifts are not always in the form of an item but more so in the love that it takes to make or volunteer to do something. Being oriented in service learning, this season UT Extension Union County groups are in a giving spirit.
A community shows its strength when it works together to do good things. That's what Union Countians are doing. When the new bridge opened over Clinch River/Norris Lake on State Highway 33 between Maynardville and Tazewell and the old continuous truss bridge was being taken down, Preservation Union County worked with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to salvage pieces of the old structure. On May 24, 2016, we met with TDOT District 18 Specialist and the contractor that was removing the steel and acquired several pieces of wind bracing beams and bridge railing.
Knoxville TN: Local author Jim Hartsell will hold a book sale and signing at the Ijams Holiday Market Sunday December 9 for his Boone series of novels, Pushing Back, Matching Scars and Keeping Secrets. The books will be rereleased with new covers through a new distributor December 1. The genre is coming of age Appalachian Fiction.
UNION COUNTY COMMISSION - UNION COUNTY COURTHOUSE Monday, December 10, 2018 – TIME 7:00 P.M.
Watch live at https://www.HistoricUnionCounty.com/live
UNION COUNTY COMMISSION - UNION COUNTY COURTHOUSE Monday, December 10, 2018 – TIME 7:00 P.M.
Union County Election Commission meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2:30pm in room 101 of the Union County Courthouse to conduct election business which comes before the commission pursuant to its duties listed in, but not limited to TCA $2-12-116, and to conduct any other business that may come before the election commission at that time. Union County Election Commission, 901 Main Street, Suite 108, Maynardville, TN 37807, (865) 992-3471 http://www.electionsunioncountytn.com
REGULAR WORKSHOP UNION COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION THURSDAY, December 13, 2018 6:00 p.m. Union County High School
REGULAR WORKSHOP UNION COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018 6:00 p.m. Union County High School
1. Discuss School Trips
William Ralph Mink went home to be with the Lord on December 8, 2018. He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving wife Peggy of 58 years and his children after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Ralph was born on October 23, 1938 to Buford and Addie Mink from New Tazewell, Tennessee. He attended Hiwassee College where he met Peggy and later attended the University of Tennessee where he received a degree in Pharmacy. His 46-year career as a pharmacist included 36 years at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Middlesboro, Kentucky.
Roy L. Southers, Sr. (R.L), age 86, passed peacefully on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. He was preceded by parents, Worley and Gracie Southers; brothers, Gene, John and Frank Southers; and sister, Anna Ruth Chapman. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Christa Sparre’ Southers; children, Daniela Pinkerton, Roy Jr. and wife Kathy, Rickie and wife Rhonda Southers and Randy Southers; grandchildren, Jesse Pinkerton, Justin and Austin Southers, Morgan Southers and Remington Brown; and many family and friends. Roy was a loving, humble and honest husband, father and friend.
Leona J. Lankford, age 88, of Corryton, passed away on December 6, 2018. She was a member of Friendly Chapel Baptist Church. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family and her faith were the most important things in her life.
Leona was preceded in death by husband Grant Lankford; and son Stanley Lankford.
She is survived by children Diane Baxter, Tracey Rucker, Mark Lankford, and Terry Lankford; sisters Betty Hancock and Connie Beja; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joseph Lance Morton, age 48, of Knoxville passed away Monday, December 3, 2018. He enjoyed being a chef and was previously employed for many years by the Chop House. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend. He will be remembered as a kind and caring man with a big heart. He will be sorely missed.
Mary Belle Wilkerson – of Halls, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 4, 2018. A lifelong resident of the Halls Community, “Mimi”, as she was lovingly known, was a member of The United Methodist Church of Halls, and beforehand, for many years, was an active member of The Church of the Good Shepard. She was involved in many organizations which included the DAR, Halls Women’s Club, and was a Worthy Matron in the Fountain City Eastern Star. For the past three years she was a happy, active resident of Elm Croft Assisted Living in Halls.
Wanda Lee Key Wright. She was 75 years old of Knoxville, Tennessee entered the Heavenly gates to be with her lord and Saviour on Dec. 4th 2018 of natural causes. Proceeding in death by Parents Frank and Nena Key of Harriman, Tennessee and brothers Rodger, Earl, Blaine, James, Donald, Ferrell, Steve Key. Also proceeding in death Daughter Pamela. Survived by sister Shelia Alcorn and husband Darrell Self. Survived by Harry Phillips of a 12 year relationship. Children: Melissa Evans, Crystal Hughes, Robert Wright (Bobby) and Gary Wright.
Thelma Elizabeth Ramaglia – age 90 of Washburn, passed away on December 4, 2018. Thelma was a member of Saint Teresa of Kolkata Catholic Church.
She is preceded in death by husband, John Ramaglia. Thelma is survived by daughters, Susan Ramaglia and Judy Ramaglia; sons, John (Denise) Ramaglia and Richard Ramaglia; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren with one expected in July.
Edward Leo Oliver, age 82, of Corryton, went to be with The Lord on December 1, 2018. He was a member of Emory Valley Baptist Church. He was a 50 year member of Corryton Masonic Lodge #321, P.M. twice and held many positions during his time there. Leo proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during a two year tour of duty overseas and was honorably discharged in 1958. Leo fully retired in 2002 from Plasti-Line, Inc. after 14 years and more than 23 years at Tucker Steel Company. He enjoyed gardening, college and professional football and Nascar racing.
On Saturday, December 1, 2018, Wendy Turner, wife, mother, daughter and sister passed away at the age of 51. Wendy will be forever remembered by her loving husband and best friend of 28 years Johnny Turner; their wonderful son, Brandon Turner (Sage); father, David Cooper (Brenda); siblings, John Cooper (Elizabeth), Darrell Cooper (Jennifer), Nina Goode (Roger) and Amanda Shaffer; she will forever be remembered by her numerous nieces (4), nephews (5), and extended family and dear friends.
Marie (Rutherford) Kidwell, age 91, passed away on December 2, 2018. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Preceded in death by husband Swan Kidwell; parents Tom & Rova Rutherford; sister Edith Flatford and infant brother Arthur Rutherford.
Survived by sister Bernice Flatford; special friends Lawrence & Ethel Weaver and Karen Hawks; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Family will receive friends 6-8pm Thursday at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel, with funeral service to follow at 8pm, Rev. Mike Keck officiating.