A Very Present Help

I once attended a service at Loveland Baptist Church when Rev. Oliver Wolfenbarger was pastor. He rose to preach and announced his text. It was the same text he had used the previous Sunday.

Preacher Wolfenbarger said, “I know what you’re thinking—poor ol’ Wolfenbarger’s losing it. He don’t remember that he preached on these same verses last week. I just want you to know, that I know I preached this last week, but I didn’t get finished. What’s more, I’m just as crazy as you think I am.”

“That’s right!” another preacher in the congregation said at that opportune moment.

I could not say I am in many, if indeed any, way like Preacher Wolfenbarger. But I do remember that I shared with you Faithful Readers last week about Mr. Jimmy Kent Lilley, former Luttrell Elementary teacher. Like Preacher Wolfenbarger, I just didn’t get finished.

As I related last week, Mr. Lilley was a man of few words and no foolishness. He could come across as gruff and unapproachable not only to students, but also to his colleagues.

There was a time that Mr. Lilley’s Title I classes were held in the school library. I parked close to the library, and I had a master key to the building. I entered through the outside library door. The first person I usually saw at work was Mr. Lilley. One morning when I arrived at school I said, “Good morning, Mr. Lilley.”

“Augh,” he replied.

“How are you today, Mr. Lilley?”

“AUUGGGHHHH!” he replied, louder, as if I hadn’t heard his earlier answer.

I thought this was so funny, for I have to admit, I’m not a morning person, and I felt much the same as Mr. Lilley. He said it so well with only one grunt. I told Deanie Carver, the other fifth grade teacher, about this. She was a good friend of Mr. Lilley’s, and she related my amusement to Mr. Lilley.

The next day when I entered through the library I said, “Good morning, Mr. Lilley.”

With an actual smile Mr. Lilley replied, “Why, good morning Mr. Mincey.”

“How are you, Mr. Lilley?”

“I’m just fine, Mr. Mincey. How are you?”

And so it was every morning from then until I transferred to another school.

One day I was taking my students to the restroom. I had them lined against the wall as they prepared to return to class. I had my arms crossed, daring them with my eyes to make a sound. They were perfect angels, at least for those few minutes.

Next to the bathrooms were two classrooms whose doors opened against each other. There was a concrete wall between the doors. One of the classrooms was Mr. Johnny Gregg’s, the other Ms. Debra Sweet’s. Mr. Lilley opened Mr. Gregg’s door, said, “Reading,” and closed the door and leaned against the concrete dividing wall as he waited on Mr. Gregg to send out the requested students.

All of the sudden with a WHHAAAMMMM!!!!! the door to Ms. Sweet’s room flew open. Four of the most rambunctious boys that ever attended Luttrell School emerged with a piano, two pulling, two pushing. The piano had a roller that occasionally became dislodged during movement, and just at this opportune moment that roller fell from the piano. The piano barked sharply right into Mr. Lilley’s leg.

Poor Mr. Lilley. One moment he is lazily leaning against the wall, waiting peacefully for his reading students, the next he is hopping on what is now his only good leg, clutching his wounded leg with both hands, shouting, “Oh, God! Oh, God!”

I doubled over with laughter. I couldn’t have stopped laughing if Mr. Lilley had fallen a corpse at my feet. My students just stared at the wounded Mr. Lilley and their hysterical homeroom teacher with their mouths open as if to say, “What’s wrong with them?”

Every time to this day that I think of this I cannot help but laugh. The incident came up in conversation sometime later, and Deanie Carver said, “Ronnie, that’s not funny. Poor Mr. Lilley was hurt so bad he had to get a sub and go home. He hasn’t had any feeling in that spot on his leg since.”

“Well, the feeling sure did leave with a bang!” I replied.

But perhaps I owe my very survival in education to Mr. Lilley. I used to keep students in during recess who did not complete their homework. I was taught in student teaching seminar at Lincoln Memorial University by Dr. Okie Lee Wolfe that a student teacher should never be in a room alone with a student of the opposite sex. I followed this advice all throughout my teaching career, making sure the classroom door stayed open whenever there were students in the classroom when class was not in session.

In this particular incident, it made no difference. It seemed some girl in my class began spreading tales that I had acted inappropriately with her, and possibly other students. She told some fellow students, and one of them who respected me (consequently another girl who was not in my homeroom), told Mr. Lilley during Title I reading that rumors were being spread about Mr. Mincey that were not true.

Mr. Lilley told our mutual friend Deanie Carver what the student had told him. Ms. Carver told me, but all she knew was that it was some girl or girls in my class. With Ms. Carver’s help, we devised a plan. I called in the parents of every female student in my class, one at a time, with their child, for parent conferences. I asked them if they knew anything about these rumors. The parents were very supportive. I remember one parent told me that she had heard nothing like that, and if she had, she would have come to me on her own.

So it was with each parent conference. Ms. Carver and I were becoming increasingly perplexed with each conference. Interestingly enough, we were down to the last female in the class. Before her mother, this girl admitted that she initiated the rumor because she was mad at me for making her stay in during recess to complete her assigned homework.

Where might I have been today had not Mr. Jimmy K. Lilley took the initiative to help a fellow teacher defend himself against untrue allegations? What if I had not had a colleague like Deanie Carver who was willing to put herself on the line to witness the parent interviews? There is an episode of In the Heat of the Night in which a teacher is falsely accused of abusing a student. Unfortunately, that teacher had no one to defend him, and he lost his job and committed suicide. It turns out the boy who accused him only made up the tale because he wanted to stay home with his daddy. I never see that episode without thinking of Jimmy Lilley and Deanie Carver.

Thanks to my wonderful colleagues I spent a few more years teaching at Luttrell, then transferred to Sharps Chapel Elementary where I spent seven years as principal. Mr. Lilley retired at the close of the 2001-2002 school year. I was sent to be the principal of Luttrell Elementary the following year, and I was only to be principal of that school for the one year.

At the beginning of the 2003-2004 I was transferred to serve as assistant principal of Maynardville Elementary. At the fall 2003 inservice Mr. Lilley was invited to return to be recognized for his many years of service to the Union County Public Schools. I shook his hand, and he grinned and told me, “I knew they wouldn’t let you stay at Luttrell long.” I just grinned back, deciding I really didn’t want to know exactly what he meant.

About three years ago David Rigsby and I had been to visit an elderly gentleman in West Knoxville who went to my church. We stopped at the Shoney’s on Kingston Pike. I was helping myself to the salad bar when I heard a voice say, “Mincey, is that you?” Immediately I recognized the voice as Jimmy Lilley’s. We talked for a few minutes about some of these things I have related to you, but he didn’t remember them as well as I did, some of them not at all. I was most amazed that he really didn’t seem to remember
how he came to a struggling teacher’s rescue once upon a time many years ago.

But that was Mr. Lilley. A very private, humble man. The world, especially my world, is a much better place because I was privileged for a while to share it with such a fine, upstanding man of integrity. My wish for you, Faithful Reader, is that in your time of need God will send a Jimmy Lilley to help you.



From the Highway to the Lake Coves

Union County, a beautiful picture painted by rural Tennessee, but also one tainted by litter. What may start on a roadside is likely to end up in a children’s park, a waterfront area or affecting our wildlife populations.

Norris Lake, at a quick glance it it one of the cleanest lakes in the state due to its high water quality, but after a longer look in the coves you may find trash and debris left by previous visitors.

“It takes an entire community to make a difference…” a powerful statement posted by the Keep Union County Beautiful program.

Pasture to Plate Beef Sales Workshop offered

Cattle producers interested in learning more about directly marketing beef to consumers are invited to join speakers from UT Extension, the Tennessee Beef Industry Council and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture for a day-long workshop. Sessions will cover topics including regulations for marketing live animals for custom-exempt processing and meat, finishing cattle effectively, how to pencil out your potential for profit, what producers need to know about meat quality, how much meat to expect, tips for working with processors, marketing resources and assistance available.

Smack in the Head

I will never ever forget my awesome first-grade teacher. Nor will I forget something odd she used to do. When she needed to take out one of her contact lenses, she would place one of her hands in a cupped position in front of her eye. With the other hand, she would smack the back of her head. Then her contact lens would pop out of her eye and into her waiting palm. Seriously.

Marital vs. Martial

Before I married, I thought myself an expert on the subject. It did not matter that I was not a trained marriage counselor, I shared advice with anyone who would listen. I charged them what it cost me—absolutely nothing.
Now that I’m married, I realize how little I knew about marriage. I know less now than the day I said “I do”. I am thankful that all that marital advice I’ve given for years was free. It was worth what it cost.

Trees in the Bible

Trees have been appreciated since the beginning of history, and are reflected in the earliest writings recorded. The Old Testament Bible mentions trees from one end to the other, using them both metaphorically and literally to teach wisdom that would be remembered. What follows is a small sampling of quotes from the Bible using modern text.

Their family is our family: 33 Diner turns 33

On August 5, 1989, my absolute favorite eatery in the world came into existence. A quick Google search will tell you that the 33 Diner, 3024 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville, Tennessee, is rated 4.5 of 5 on Tripadvisor and is ranked number two of 14 restaurants in Maynardville.
One review states: “Great food. Love down home casual approach. Nice portions, home cooked goodness. You will leave happy.”
I totally agree with this review. 33 Diner is definitely a happy place for me. If you leave the 33 Diner still hungry, it will be your own fault.

Sweet Treats by Emily whips up a Buttercup

Cooke standing outside of her new storefront on opening day!

As Emily Cooke walked into her storefront for the first time she was overjoyed as she had been waiting for this day for over a year. She was excited to fill the Buttercup Bakery with the sweet smells of freshly baked cinnamon rolls and pies.
“Opening day was very surreal and like a dream come true,” said Cooke. “The anticipation for the first couple of customers to walk through the door was so great! I could barely sleep more than an hour the night before the grand opening.”

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…for Corn

August, an exciting time for all. Back-to-school shopping is well underway and school buses are not the only yellow thing on the community’s mind as the annual Youth and Corn Festival is right around the corner.
On August 6 from 10 o’clock to 1 o’clock, families can swing by the farmer’s market for a special treat. Everything from, farmer’s market vendors, a cooking demonstration, fair entries and history of corn exhibits there is a little bit for everyone.

The farmer's market welcomes a plentiful summer harvest

As friends, family, and neighbors joined together to enjoy a summer harvest, the new farmer’s market pavilion was truly a place “Where Our Community Meets.”
The previously held Summer Harvest Dinner was the first farm-to-table dinner hosted by the Union County Farmer’s Market, but certainly not the last.

Excitement at the UC Opry

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers (Photo used by permission)

Internationally known and award-winning Bluegrass group Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers are heading to Union County. The group will perform for the Union County Opry August 20 at Patriot Auditorium in Union County High School.
Named Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in 2019, Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers have consistently delivered chart-topping radio hits and energetic performances for nearly 15 years.

Plainview seats aldermen

Alderman Josh Collins receives the oath of office from Mayor Gary Chandler of Plainview.

Mayor Gary Chandler administered the oath of office and seated two aldermen at the Plainview Board of Aldermen meeting in July. Josh Collins and Richard Phillips were re-elected to four-year terms. Collins is the owner of Collins Insurance and Phillips is retired and serves as the vice mayor of Plainview.
During the business session, the board approved the purchase of a new 90 hp John Deere Tractor with four wheel drive, an air conditioned cab, and a five-foot side mowing deck. The new tractor will make mowing the roadsides much easier according to Phillips.

LUC class explores local businesses, mine on Industry Day

Leadership Union County on Industry Day: Marilyn Toppins, wife of president Wayne Toppins, class members Rebecca Lock, Sheila Varner and Jody Smith, past LUC graduate Gail Corum, and LUC Board Member Robbie Corum. Class member Donna Riddle could not attend. Photo by Wayne Toppins

The Leadership Union County Class of 2022 enjoyed Industry Day on July 21. The day began with coffee and a quick breakfast at the Union County Museum. From the museum, facilitators Robbie and Gail Corum chauffeured the group to Clayton Homes in Maynardville. Bill Monroe and other Clayton employees summarized the history of manufactured home building and then provided a tour of the completely climate-controlled manufacturing facility.

Practitioners: Education and Licensure

Chiropractic colleges accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) offer Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree programs. (CCE is the agency certified by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit chiropractic colleges in the United States.) Admission to a chiropractic college requires a minimum of 90 semester hour credits of undergraduate study, mostly in the sciences.

Inaugural TN Smart Yard Gardening series offered in Union County

Photo by Shannon DeWitt

A daylilly in bloom by Shannon DeWitt

UT Extension Union County will be offering a series of gardening workshops in August and September on Wednesday mornings in Maynardville.
Topics will include planning, soils, mulch, water efficiency, fertilizers, pests, reducing waste, pollinators, reducing pollutants and wildlife. The curriculum will come from the Tennessee Yard Smart program.

It's fair time in Tennessee

Fair season is upon us so make sure your 4-H members are getting their entries registered and submitted!
The Union County Farmers Market Annual Youth and Corn Festival will be returning to the Farmers Market Pavilion Saturday, August 6.
UT Extension is sponsoring the fair entries this year and they are open to all youth in grades K-12. It’s time to show off our youths’ accomplishments!
Did your child garden this year? Raise laying hens? Do they do needlework? Perhaps they like to cook? There are fair entries that cover all these areas.

Heritage festival call for quilts

The 18th Union County Heritage Festival encourages all area quilters to enter the Union County Heritage Festival Quilt Show on October 1 at the Union County Museum and is sponsored by the Union County Historical Society.
Intricately crafted ribbons are given in a variety of categories. A special recognition is awarded for the Best Heritage Quilt, the quilt that best exemplifies the festival theme or the general heritage of Union County. The 2022 theme is “Follow your Heart” and is a tribute to Carl Smith and the many love songs he recorded.

The lost crows revisited

By James and Ellen Perry
While sitting on my porch this late July afternoon I’ve noticed that the daylight hours have shortened by 23 minutes since late June.
The days getting shorter means we are slowly moving toward fall and then winter. Although the daylight hours are changing, our hottest and driest month is usually August.

Fast Food Christianity

Being a natural-born card-carrying smart aleck, I simply love one-liners, especially catchphrases. Catchphrases are the basis for most advertising and the purpose is to quickly grab our attention.
The best one-liners stick in people’s minds and when heard we will associate the phrase with a particular product, brand or even an idea. The end goal of branding is to create consumer loyalty to a particular product or concept.

The Forest Primeval

Most people envision that when Europeans first came to America there was a vast, unbroken expanse of trees stretching from the coast to the western plains. This is our vision of a wilderness, forests untouched and unchanging. Research however indicates that the history of our forests has been one of constant change

Life before electricity

Some believe that internet access is a necessity of life. Especially since the pandemic, the internet was used for kids’ education and many people worked from home by using the internet.
Some day when our kids are grown up, they will not believe or understand how we could have possibly lived without the internet.
Just less than a hundred years ago people lived without electricity. Just like the internet, some people felt like they didn’t need electricity and would live without.


Do you ever consider things about yourself? For instance, I have always considered myself to be creative and funny. I like to think I am correct about the both of them. But there was one thing that I had wrong about myself. I thought I had strong upper arms. I was wrong.
Not too long after Tim and I were married, we bought a ceiling fan for our bedroom. I agreed to help him install it.
No big deal, right?

Vote on August 4

August 4 is Election Day in Union County. Polls will be open from 9:00AM to 8:00PM. Anyone in line by 8:00PM will get to vote. This election has candidates in the Democrat and Republican Primary for the US Congress, Governor, Tennessee House of Representatives, and State Executive Committee Men and Women of the Democrat or Republican Party. The General Election Ballot will cover candidates in the 8th Judicial District, County Offices and local District Offices. The last part of the ballot is a vote on retaining judges for the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Appelate Court.

Farm Market Fresh Returns to the Market

Beth serving Lillian at the farmers market

The Union County Farmers Market pavilion at the new Heritage Park is a busy place on Saturday mornings. The market is in full swing as the farmers are bringing in loads of produce. Once again, UT Extension is offering the Farmers’ Market Fresh program at our market. The primary objective of Farmers’ Market Fresh is to encourage fruit and vegetable consumption. The program is designed to encourage everyone to make healthy meal choices and provides simple, easy to follow healthy recipes each week.

Chiropractic Use in the United States

In the United States, chiropractic is often considered a complementary health approach. According to a recent survey about 8 percent of adults (more than 18 million) and nearly 3 percent of children (more than 2 million) had received chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation in the past 12 months. Additionally, an analysis of NHLS cost data found that adults in the United States spent approximately $11.9 billion out-of-pocket on visits to complementary health practitioners — $3.9 billion of which was spent on visits to practitioners for chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation.

Death by Phonebook

Did the title make you think of the old “Columbo” TV show? I have always loved that show. Even now I watch it if it’s on. My husband Tim sighs and asks, “How many times have you seen that episode? You know how it ends.” While he’s right, I still have to watch it. But I am not going to talk about “Columbo.” I am going to talk about what happened in our living room year ago.

Old fashioned cake doughnuts

I love freshly made cake doughnuts. It's ok to frost them when you've had your fill before they go stale. Coffee and doughnuts go together. However, they are not something you make often. When you have all of the family in-house, stir up a batch and make an extra pot of coffee.


I am presently paying a price for all the off-trail hiking and field wanderings I do. I have the worst attack of chiggers I’ve ever had…well over a hundred bites. They are almost microscopic, yet pack a wallop of misery.

Candidate responses

A group of non-partisan residents of Union County reached out to the 6 candidates running for the 5th District Commission seats and the 2 candidates running for Union County Mayor. We asked them for responses to 5 questions. We have provided the questions and unedited responses below. There is also a website www.voteuc.com where the responses, background information provided by the candidates, as well as other information related to the August 4 election is provided.

4-H Quilt Camp Sew Fun!

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a quilt? What makes a hand made quilt different than other options that can be purchased? Well, every summer 4-H students get the opportunity to discover and explore the craft of quilting at 4-H Quilt Camp. Like all 4-H events, education is at the center of the fun students have. Students are sent fabric samples prior to the camp, to assist them in making their own fabric selections for their quilts. This year, students completed a double slice layer cake quilt for themselves and worked on a quilt of valor service project.

Spinal Manipulation: What the Science Says

Researchers have studied spinal manipulation for a number of conditions ranging from back, neck, and shoulder pain to asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and headaches. Much of the research has focused on low-back pain, and has shown that spinal manipulation appears to benefit some people with this condition.

Oakhurst by Way of Bakersfield (by Default)

My Dino

You know, when you travel across the country, sometimes you must choose to spend the night somewhere just because it’s time to stop and sleep. Hence, our time in Bakersfield CA.
If you end up here, try Maggie’s Diner for breakfast. Exceptional food, service, and atmosphere. We chose a table outside and even though the heat was still raging, it was cooler than Phoenix. And remember, it’s still a dry heat. To be fair, it was also 7 a.m.

Ready! Set! Go!

Do those word sound familiar? If you’ve ever participated in Field Day, then chances are you’ve heard them. I remember the anticipation of standing in line for a race. Each one of us was waiting to hear a teacher say those three magic words. When they did, I leapt off of the starting line and ran across the field as fast as my legs would go. I wanted that blue ribbon for first place. Usually, I ended up with the silver one for third place.

Without and Within

The church of which I am currently a member put out a magnet a few years ago with the church’s logo and this catchphrase: Loveland—Where Everybody is Somebody.
I thought this a comforting sentiment. Church should be the one place that everyone feels like someone, no “big ‘I’s or little ‘you’s’”. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

The Snake Heebie-Jeebies

By Steve Roark
Volunteer for Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

I don’t know of anybody that doesn’t have a fear response when they stumble across a snake in the woods or the tool shed. The usual reaction is to jump back and express a four-letter metaphor. I do it myself, even though I know that snakes are mostly harmless, and the poisonous ones rarely strike a human unless really provoked. But all that knowledge goes out the window when I first see a snake, and I’m instantly in a “get out of here” mode.

What is spinal Manipulation?

One of the most common and well-known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation (sometimes referred to as a “chiropractic adjustment”). The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile — or restricted in their movement — as a result of a tissue injury.

Our trip to Alaska and Canada

Haines, Alaska

Haines Alaska was third stop for our ship The Serenade of the Sea. This might be described as a photographer's paradise because of the snowcapped mountains surrounded by tall evergreen trees. Photo was made from the ship's deck with a Canon SX-70 camera

Having been bundled up by the Covid-19 pandemic and suffering from “cabin fever,” we decided it was time for another travel adventure.
After landing in Vancouver, Canada, we walked to the 44-story Harbor House Tower with its panoramic observation tower on its top floor. Next, we visited the nearby Chinatown which is the second largest Chinatown in North America. I stopped for a moment to photograph the welcoming Chinatown gate.

Two Things

Look closely and you can see the mountain homes as you are leaving Yucca Valley.

But first, let’s get out of Yucca Valley. We are heading to Bakersfield only because there is a distinct lack of lodging on the way to Yosemite. Along the route today we will also go through Needles and Barstow. Name that tune!


I will let you in on a little secret: I love loud noises. Not the sudden ones as in a balloon popping or a firecracker exploding. Let’s put it this way; if you’re ever attending a firework show and you see a short woman with glasses and her fingers burrowed inside her ears, it’s probably me.

Sin Not, Waste Not

The first time I remember becoming aware of church dinners was when I was a young child. Maynardville Baptist (now the First Baptist Church of Maynardville) was going to have a homecoming. I didn’t understand at the time that homecoming was a special service to welcome former members and pastors to renew “auld acquaintance.

Eggplant casserole

We package up our ground beef in 1/2 pound freezer bags. Several of our favorite recipes only call for a half pound of ground beef. There is a good casserole for 1/2 pound ground chuck.. Of course, you have to like eggplant. I do.

Biodiversity, a Lot of Life

Biodiversity is a big deal in ecology science these days. The dictionary defines it simply as the variety of living things in a particular area or region. Opinions on the importance of biodiversity vary, but to me the loss of native plant or animal species means something’s wrong, and rightfully raises some concerns.

Mike Williams: A familiar face in the election

What many would call a “hometown” politician is looking to serve Union County once more as mayor.
Mike Williams, previous Union County Mayor and past Tennessee State Representative and Senator for 12 years, has decided to run for county office once more.
Williams, a Union County native, started out as a schoolteacher where he taught government. He would often welcome elected officials into his classroom to speak to the students on local government, but one thing he noticed was that they only ever came knocking every four years.

Union County success stories: From BRES to UTK

Savannah Jones

With anything Savannah Jones did, she always felt the warmth of her small town, as they always showed up and showed out for her growing up, whether it be during hard times of family loss or joyous occasions of graduations and high school homecoming fundraisers.
Communities are made up of friends, families, teachers, leaders, churches, businesses and much more but what truly makes an individual’s community is the connections made throughout a person’s life.

Plainview honors its oldest veteran, Mr. Joe Roberts

Jeff Collins presents a plaque from the City of Plainview to Corporal Joe Roberts( Retired) of the United States Marine Corps, Plainview's oldest veteran.

At the June meeting, the City of Plainview honored its oldest veteran, Joe Roberts.
Jeff Collins did the honors of presenting Mr. Roberts with a plaque that noted his exemplary service in the Marine Corps during WWII.
Joe entered the war and saw action in the Pacific Theater, including Kwajalein and Guam, as a corporal in the 5th Amphibious Corps of the 3rd Marine Division. He was an MP when he was honorably discharged in 1945 at the end of the war.

Board appoints Dr. Carter interim until September

The Union County Board of Education placed Dr. Jimmy Carter as the interim director at its called June 23 meeting. The action was the culmination of a series of events that left the district without a director for a short time.
Parents had voiced concerns at the May and June board of education meetings regarding bullying, vaping and other student behaviors. Carter abruptly resigned after the parents spoke on June 9.

Union County Commission lowers tax rate to 1.5899

The Union County Commission took two meetings and over 20 votes before agreeing on a reduced tax rate of 1.5899. County Mayor Jason Bailey, partly recovered from a serious automobile accident in May, chaired the meeting. He urged and coaxed the commissioners to meet the July 1 deadline to submit the FY23 Budget to the state comptroller.

A&W Compressor and Mechanical 40th Year Anniversary

A & W Compressor and Mechanical Services, Inc., celebrated it’s 40th business anniversary the weekend of June 25th at Big Ridge State Park. Everyone at A&W Compressor and their families gathered under the big oak trees for a fish fry to celebrate the 40-year business milestone. Fishing and the occasional fish fry have been a long time family tradition of the company founder Archie Wilson Sr. and his lamented wife Shirley Wilson. A tradition his son Archie Wilson Jr., his wife and family share. Archie Jr.


Heritage Festival

Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 10:00
Union County Heritage Festival

The 17th Annual Union County HERITAGE FESTIVAL SAT., October 1st, 2022 10:00am - 4:00pm In Historic Downtown Maynardville The Cradle of Country Music
Festival locations are WILSON PARK, UNION COUNTY MUSEUM, and HISTORIC SNODDERLY HOUSE. Like us on facebook Union County Heritage Festival Visit https://UnionCountyHeritageFestival.com for more information.

Music Headliner on the Gazebo Stage: Stoney Point Bluegrass Band


Ann Elizabeth Poston "Mimi"

Ann Elizabeth Poston “Mimi” – age 79 of Knoxville, shed her earthly body and awoke with the Heavenly Father with her body restored on August 12, 2022. Her family will miss her sweet disposition, kind spirit and endearing love each and every day.

She is preceded in death by parents, William and Helen Tharp. Left to cherish sweet Ann is her beloved husband, David J. Poston, Jr.; children, Lyda (Karl) Bell and Brian (Sarah) Poston; grandchildren, Mason Bell, Morgan, Reagan and Hunter Poston; special sister-in-law, Diane Harvey; and friend, Jennifer Hickson.

Pauline Jewell Tate

Pauline Jewell Tate-age 65 of New Tazewell passed away Saturday morning, August 13, 2022 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Little Creek Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, James Cecil and Dewie (Smallwood) Mustard; sister, Flora Elizabeth Mustard; brother, Johnny Ray Mustard.

Survivors: sons, Darrell Tate and Jason Tate; three grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia McIntosh of Harrogate; Della Shoffner of Sharps Chapel; brother, Terry Glenn Mustard of Harrogate. Several nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.

Jeana Faye Hankins Johnson

Jeana Faye Johnson-age 50 of Corryton went with our Lord Friday, August 12, 2022 at her home. Preceded in death by father, Kenneth E. Hankins; grandparents, Claude and Velma Hankins; Bill and Nellie Williams.

Survivors: husband, Douglas Johnson, III; daughter and son-in-law, Chelsea and Josh Clevenger; mother, Janice Hankins; sister, Sonya Blair; niece, Miranda Allen; nephew, Tyler Blair along with several aunts and uncles.

Robert Lee Lawson

Robert “Bob” Lee Lawson, age 72 of Maiden passed away Monday, August 8, 2022 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.

Born July 26, 1950 in Union County, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Clyde Vernon Lawson and Charlotte Parker Lawson. Bob retired from Fed-Ex after 21 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a volunteer at Carolina Caring for many years. In addition to his parents, a brother, Bill Lawson and 2 sisters, Boots Hayes and Mick Damewood preceded him in death.

Left to cherish his memory:

Wife: Leanora Lawson of the home

Elmer W. Getz

Elmer W. Getz-age 90 of Knoxville passed away Monday morning, August 8, 2022 at Oakwood Senior Living.
Graveside service and interment 2 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2022 at Narrow Ridge Cemetery, Washburn, TN.
Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

John Richard Maples

John Richard Maples-age 54 of Maynardville, formerly of Knoxville passed away suddenly Thursday evening, August 4, 2022 at his home. He was preceded in death by father, David Kent Maples; brother, David Maples.

Survivors: wife of 28 years, Yelonda Maples; son, Kevin Maples; step-son, C. Daniel Presnell; daughter, Tiffany Elizabeth Maples; mother and step-father, Lynn and Tom Cobble; sisters, Cheryl Roper, Anita Watts. Ten grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Roger Allan Collins

Roger Allan Collins of Washburn, passed away peacefully at home Friday, July 29, 2022, at the age of 66, surrounded by his family.

He was a long-time employee of Union Parts and Equipment of Maynardville, TN. Gray and Sons of Rutledge, TN and Self employed as a tractor mechanic for 20+ years. He attended church at Clinch Valley American Christian Church.

Charles "Chuck" Stevens

Charles William “Chuck” Stevens-age 54 of Maynardville passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022 at The Waters of Clinton. He was born March 1, 1968 the son of the late Charles and Brenda (Anderson) Geams. He was a graduate of Gibbs High School, Class of 1987. Upon graduation, Chuck enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served in the Persian Gulf. Also preceded in death by son, Josh Faust who died July 21, 2018; great-grandparents who raised Chuck, Oscar and Ethel Nicely; grandparents, James and Flossie (Nicely) Anderson.

Winfred Trula Edwards

Winfred Trula “Pike” Edwards-age 85 of Andersonville passed away Thursday morning, July 28, 2022 at Willow Ridge Center. She was a member of Byram’s Fork Baptist Church and attended Raccoon Valley Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by husband, Gary Joel Edwards, Sr.; parents, Oda and Gertie Grace (Ridenour) Pike; brothers, Bradford Pike, Hillard Pike, Lillard Pike, Hushell Pike, Kenneth Pike; sisters, Dolfie Poore and Eva Pike.

Laura Johnson

Laura Jane Johnson – age 72 of Harrogate, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, Tuesday morning July 26, 2022. She was saved at a young age and was a member of Shawanee Baptist Church. Laura was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to all she knew.

Billy Hodge

Billy R. Hodge, 78 of Maynardville, left this earth on July 24th, 2022 surrounded by his loved ones. Billy was the son of the late Bill and Martha Hodge and the 3rd born to them of 9 children. He was born in Maynardville on September 21, 1943 and would remain in Maynardville his entire life. He married his loving wife Claudia (Davis) Hodge in 1962. Billy was the perfect image of the American Dream, showing how hard work and determination do pay off. He opened Hodge Manufacturing in 1976, and ran this family owned and operated business for 30 years.

Donny Bailey

Donny Ray “Herb” Bailey – age 59 of Luttrell, went home to be with his Heavenly Father, July 25, 2022, peacefully at home. He was a member of Nave Hill Baptist Church.

Carolyn Bailey

Carolyn F. Bailey – age 74 of Luttrell, passed away July 24, 2022 at her home. She attended Sevier Heights Baptist Church. Carolyn was a 1965 graduate of Horace Maynard High School. She will be remembered for her witty, outgoing personality. Carolyn worked alongside her husband and son at Bailey Heating and Air for 48 years and her own business Cakes by Carolyn for 30 years. She retired from Union County Highway Department in 2013. She enjoyed travelling and entertaining family and friends at her home.

David Brown

David Lee Brown-age 58 of Luttrell passed away Sunday morning, July 24, 2022 at his home. He was a member of Willow Springs Baptist Church. David was a retired brick mason. Preceded in death by his wife, Sonja Denise (Ridenour) Brown; parents, Charles Edward Brown, Jr. and Inez (Tharp) Brown.

Survivors: sisters, Donna Ridenour and husband, Ronnie Ridenour; Deborah Thorpe and husband, Scott; brother, Duane Brown and wife, Tara, all of Luttrell; five nieces and nephews.

Eddie Lee Henderson

In memory of Eddie Lynn (Mad Dog) Henderson-age 77, of Knoxville passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. He will be missed by all his family and friends. Preceded in death by mother, Dorothy and his father, Winfred Henderson.

Survivors: son, Anthony (Tony) Henderson; grandson, Anthony Lynn Henderson and wife, Whitney; great-grandsons, Sawyer, Waylon, Silas and Mason Henderson.

The body will be cremated and no services are planned. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Dail Caughorn

Dail Caughorn-age 70 of Maynardville passed away Thursday, July 21, 2022 at his home. He was of the Baptist faith. Dail was the last surviving child of a family of 12 children born to James and Marie (Roberts) Caughorn. Preceded in death by parents; six sisters, Thelma Covington, Wanda Wompler, Bonnie Heiskell, Gail Abbott, Judy Gattis, Laura Jane Long; five brothers, Leonard Caughorn, Troy Caughorn, Roy Caughorn, Bruce Caughorn and Herman Lucas Caughorn.

Wanda Ervin

Wanda Lynn Ervin - age 71 of Maynardville, passed away July 21, 2022 at Fort Sanders Regional in Knoxville. She was a member of Nave Hill Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by parents, Hoover and Mary Nicley Kiser. Wanda is survived by son, Herbert “Huck” (Sherrie) Ervin; granddaughter, Chelsea Ervin; brothers, Bill (Micky) Nicley and Ken (Connie) Nicley; sisters, Sue (Fred) Yadon, Mick Kitts and Debbie (Doug) Atkins; and several nieces and nephews.

Robert Garry Baldwin

Robert Garry Baldwin-age 71 of Maynardville passed away Thursday morning, July 21, 2022 at his home. He was a retired building inspector for Broward County, Florida.

Survivors: sons, Bobby Baldwin and Tiffany Deguio; Eric Baldwin; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Brother, Carl Baldwin; sisters, Judy Thomas, Alice Coburn and Libby. Several nieces and nephews.

The body will be cremated. A gathering of family and friends will be announced later.
Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Thelma Bryant Beeler

Thelma Bryant Beeler-age 84 of Corryton passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 12, 1937 in Luttrell. She was a retired employee of Levi Strauss. She was a member of Willow Springs Baptist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved cooking and baking for people. She truly loved her family and the Lord.

Matthew Allen Butcher, II

Matthew Allen Butcher, II-age 24 of Maynardville passed away suddenly Friday morning, July 15, 2022. He was a much-loved employee of McDonald’s in Maynardville. He was a loving son, brother, grandson, uncle and friend who always had a smile on his face and wanted everyone to be happy. Preceded in death by father, Matthew Allen Butcher.

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