In many cases, children who have been sexually or physically abused must visit several agencies at multiple locations in order to get the support they need. Children’s Centers were created to assist in providing a safe haven for then youths. They provide a place where the children can, instead of visiting multiple agencies, come to one location where specially trained professionals collaborate to facilitate a child friendly environment where the child knows he or she will be safe.
Water Bears Just Don't Care
An Adult Water Bear
In 1773, German zoologist Johann August Ephraim Goeze peered through his compound microscope and gazed upon a tiny, eight-legged creature he dubbed a “little water bear”. Cute, huh? The scientific name for these itty-bitty varmints is “tardigrade”, but there’s another nickname for them I like better – moss piglet. Can you believe it? I mean, look at that thing. Moss piglet! That’s perfect. I can almost hear it oinking.
OK, so what the heck is a water bear/tardigrade/moss piglet anyway? It’s not a bear and it’s not a pig, but it is an animal. It’s an extremely tiny animal, but it’s an animal, nonetheless. Your average tardigrade measures about two one-hundredths of an inch in length. They eat plant cells, algae and small invertebrates unfortunate enough to pass by their way. There are over one thousand different varieties of them, and they live pretty much everywhere. That’s right – everywhere. They prefer wet places, or at least areas of high moisture, but they are extremely tough and can live in places where humans would die instantly. Plunk them down anywhere. Water bears just don’t care.
Heat? They can survive temperatures in excess of 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cold? Water bears can get by just fine at -320 degrees Fahrenheit.
Radiation? No sweat.
Boiling liquids? The moss piglet squeals with laughter.
Deep ocean pressures? Not a problem.
The open vacuum of space? Piece of cake. They actually can survive in outer space. Scientist have tested them in orbit for periods of up to ten days without any protection at all and they shrugged it off like it was a walk in the park.
These are tough little piggies to be sure. Their weirdly cute appearance as velvety, plump caterpillars with stubby legs and little wiry claws really begs for our attention. Scientists have been studying them since the profusely named Johann August Ephraim Goeze first drew a picture of one. I can only imagine what it must have been like for Goeze when he was first showing that early drawing around. His wife was a lady named Leopoldine Maria Keller. I have no idea whether or not Goeze gave his wife any nicknames, but I’m going to pluck the “pol” out of the middle of her first name and call her “Polly.” Here’s how I picture that day in 1773 going down at the Goeze house.
“Polly! Polly!” Johann exclaimed, running in through the front door, a wrinkled piece of parchment flapping wildly in his gesticulating hand.
“What now?” answered a tepid Polly. She had seen her share of uninteresting squiggly lines and amorphous blobs over the years.
“It’s a bear!”
“A bear? Really, Johann? A bear? You’ve been leaning too far over the formaldehyde barrel again, haven’t you?”
“Well, no. It’s not a real bear. It’s a little water bear – teeny, in fact. Look at this picture. I saw it with my microscope today while looking at some water samples from the bog. It was there among the moss fragments, just floating along, waving its little arms.” Johann held up the annotated pen and ink drawing, his hand quivering with glee. “See?” he asked. “Doesn’t it look like a bear?”
“No, Johann. It looks like a figment of your overactive imagination. A figment – or maybe a piglet.” Polly then began to laugh uncontrollably at the invention of her new moniker for the tardigrade. “You found it among the moss. Call it a moss piglet.” Staggering under the effects of her laughter, Polly left to go lie down and recover on the divan in the parlor. Johann remained behind, dejectedly and fondly looking at his drawing of the little water bear.
“It’s not a pig,” Johann muttered to himself, but he couldn’t help smiling.
OK, so there’s pretty much no way that’s how it happened. I was just having a bit of imaginative fun, but it was a strange discovery, so it likely stirred some lively conversation in the real version of the story. Today, scientists are still trying to learn about these unusual animals to find out why they are so resilient. There could be discoveries made from studying the tardigrade that could lead to medical advancements or ways for humans to deal with and work in harsh environments. There are a lot of articles, photos, and even movies out there on the web dealing with the bizarre moss piglet. Set an hour or so aside and do some digging. You will be amazed at what a big deal this tiny creature really is.
This article was written by Tilmer Wright, Jr. Tilmer is an IT professional with over thirty years of experience wrestling with technology and a proud member of the Authors Guild of Tennessee. In his spare time, he writes books. His second novel, The Bit Dance is a cautionary tale about what can happen when technology runs away from its creators. You can find links to Tilmer’s books at the following location: https://www.amazon.com/Tilmer-Wright/e/B00DVKGG4K%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_sc...
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The picture of the adult tardigrade was taken by Goldstein Lab and can be found on their Flikr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11562437@N03
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The pantry is empty and the refrigerator is bare, time to shop for groceries. As you drive to your favorite grocery store, you know the routine. Enter the store, grab a buggy, and browse aisles upon aisles of products. After your cart is full and all items are checked off your list, you will head for the front to pay, hoping of course, to find the shortest and fastest checkout.
Big Ridge State Park’s 35th Annual Music Festival was held on August 16, 2019 from 4pm-9:30 pm.
If you ask me, Big Ridge State Park is an excellent place to host a Bluegrass Music Festival. It lies somewhere between Rocky Top and the Great Smoky Mountains inside of Union County, Tennessee.
Our Union County Heritage: A Historical and Biographical Album of Union County—People, Places, Events by Kathleen George Graves and Winnie Palmer McDonald (© 1978 Josten’s) relates the following information pertaining to the establishment for Wood Dale School:
WOOD DALE—June 16, 1898, (P-350). Jackson Boruff and wife to the School Directors of District 3, for love and affection, a lot for a public school, so long as it is used for a school—if abandoned, it falls back to the Boruff heirs. (p. 180)
My father was a whistler. You seldom hear a man whistle these days. Maybe to call a dog or to get someone's attention, but not to whistle a melody. There was a time when cell phones, CDs and DVDs were not available. Whistling was a way to amuse or comfort yourself with a familiar song or hymn.
How do you whistle? It takes some practice and can be either harsh or harmonious. Just put your lips together and say “two.” Now blow. It will take some practice but eventually you will get it right. It will take a while to make enough variety of sounds to whistle a tune.
A major contributor to kids’ back pain is the backpacks they use to tote their stuff, researchers in a new study said. Those who used one strap to carry their packs reported significantly more back pain than did those who used both straps. Those who used rolling backpacks reported back pain the most often. It wasn’t clear whether pain prompted their use of the rolling packs or whether the rolling packs contributed to their pain.
Humans are apparently hard-wired to love seeing rainbows, as proven by all the Facebook photo postings that pop up whenever one appears in our area. But have you ever wondered if, say your dog sitting beside you, sees the same rainbow you do? Or how about other animals? Let us delve into color vision by various residents of our planet.
Maybe I should have been a stunt woman. Since I have tripped and fallen most of my life, I have become an expert at it. Especially on stairs.
When I was 12 years old, I sang in the seventh grade choir. Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I can’t sing. At all. I basically was in it for my mom’s sake. She loves music and studied it in school, so she was always excited when I joined a choir. Also, it was a good excuse to drag my dad to a concert.
When my father retired and moved to Paradise, Utah, he wanted to grow anything and everything. And he was pretty much successful in most of what he planted. The man had a green thumb! I especially remember the delicious fruit: cherries, apples, sand cherries, strawberries, peaches….
A class for Tennessee's divorcing parents. Held in Union County on the last Monday each month. Preregistration required at 865-992-8038 or email@example.com
Moore about the program at https://extension.tennessee.edu/Union/Pages/FCS-Co-Parenting.aspx
UNION COUNTY COMMISSION - UNION COUNTY COURTHOUSE Monday, August 26, 2019 – TIME 7:00 P.M.
Watch live at https://www.HistoricUnionCounty.com/live
UNION COUNTY COMMISSION - UNION COUNTY COURTHOUSE Monday, August 26, 2019 – TIME 7:00 P.M.
Local author Cyn Taylor will hold a book sale and signing on Wednesday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Halls Senior Center. Taylor has had three new works published this year and will be launching those the day of the signing. Truffles & Kisses, the first book in the Smoky Mountain Magic series will be available as well as A Cove Creek Christmas, Love at the Lighthouse, along with Taylor's first children's book, Theodore the Dancing Christmas Horse, written under the pen name of LeNai LaRue. Saluria, by C. M.
"We invite all area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders to come together on the last Thursday of each month at Hardee's at 7:30 am. This is to be a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion about how we as a community of Faith can work together to have a positive impact on our county. All are welcome!" For more information please contact Kathy Chesney at 865-566-3289.
August 31, 2019 5pm to ? at Wilson Park, Hwy 33, Maynardville TN (next to Union County High School)
Lots of door prizes for cruise in participants Food vendors in the park Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship with family and friends.
This is a free event open to all makes/models vehicles Tractors and motorcycles are welcome
For more info call Gary England 865-705-9147 or Diane England 865-705-5501
UNION COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 865-992-2811
The 40th class reunion for Horace Maynard High School Class of 1979 will be held Big Ridge State Park on Saturday, September 7th. Please call Colleen Graves Beeler @ 865-679-4906 for further details and to let us know you are coming. Make checks payable to "HMHS Class of 1979 " and mail to Melanie (Hill) Lowery, PO Box 81, Powell, Tn. 37849. RSVP's & Checks MUST be received by JULY 31st so we can plan accordingly. "Seniors Shine in '79"
The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education will be held at Union County High School on Thursday, September 12, 2019. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.
Extension of Dr. James E. Carter's contract as Director of the Union County Public Schools will be discussed and considered for approval at this meeting.
Rev. E. R. Cooper-age 84 of Maynardville passed away Friday, August 23, 2019 at Willow Ridge. He was a member of Community Baptist Church and had been the pastor of several area churches. Preceded in death by parents, Elmer and Etter Cooper; sons, Mark and Tony Cooper; brother, Tauby; sisters, Pauline, Georgia and Betty.
Eula Gray Greene Houston McCarter- age 86 of Maynardville, born February 10, 1933 the daughter of the late Lewis and Hattie Greene passed away Friday morning, August 23, 2019 at home with her family by her side. Preceded in death by parents, husband, James Houston; both of her sons, Anthony and Tim Houston; grandson, Mathinel Houston and six brothers and sisters.
Otis Beal, Jr., age 79 of Knoxville, passed away at 6:45pm on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. He was retired from KCDC. He was a member of Fountain City Presbyterian Church and the Good News Sunday School Class. Otis was preceded in death by his parents, Otis, Sr. and Ona Beal; daughter, Tina Beal Maxwell; and sister, Joyce Burton.
Rev. Daniel Warwick, Sr.-age 87 of Blaine passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Fort Sander’s Regional Medical Center. He was a member of Little Valley Baptist Church. Preceded in death by wife, Loretta Warwick; son and daughter-in-law, Grady and Pauline Warwick; granddaughter, Danielle Warwick; grandson, Jason Warwick. All of Daniel’s brothers and sisters preceded him in death.
Johnny Ray Hedge, Sr.-age 72 of Washburn passed away Monday, August 19, 2019 of natural causes. Johnny was born November 21, 1946 in Bridgeport, Illinois the son of the late Edgar and Elizabeth Hedge. He married Brenda Joyce Chancellor Hedge twice (1964/1981). Johnny was a longtime employee of Hammond Lead Products in Hammond, Indiana until he retired in 1997 due to health reasons. Johnny moved from Gary, Indiana to Fort Gibson, Oklahoma in 2000. Johnny moved to Washburn, TN in 2005. Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, James (Bud) and Brenda Hedge.
Walter Michael Darden, age 76, passed away August 18, 2019. Mike was a plumber by trade for over 50 years. He loved fishing and his time on the lake. Preceded in death by parents; father Walter James Darden and mother Florida Mae Darden, sister Judy Darden. He is survived by daughter Sherri Darden, sons; Mike Darden (Peggy), Jody Darden and Tommy Darden (Cindy) brother; Jim Darden (Evelyn), several grandchildren and great grandchildren, honorary daughter Missy Beeler, special friends; Gene McMillian, Hubert Weaver, Johnny Stafford, Larry Greenlee, Dennis Drinnon and Mary Mease.
Goldie Langley – age 79 of Maynardville, went to meet her Heavenly Father on Saturday, August 17, 2019. She was a member of Oaks Chapel American Christian Church. Goldie enjoyed the outdoors doing her yard work and cherished her time with her family.
Jake Lee Nicely-age 63 of Luttrell, born February 27, 1956 passed away Friday, August 16, 2019 at Willow Ridge. He was a member of Emory Road Baptist Church. Preceded in death by wife, Betty Nicley; mothers, Maude Nicely and Hazel Strevel; father, Neil Brown; brothers, Jim Nicely, Reo Strevel, Tom Strevel; niece, Samantha Chamberlain; nephews, Chucky Roach and Johnny Strevel.
Guy William Merritt, age 67 of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019. He was an accomplished athlete throughout his entire life. He attended West High School and graduated from Farragut High School in 1970. He later attended Roane State Community College. He served his country with distinction in the United States Army for 28 years, starting with a tour in Vietnam in 1970. He proudly served as a member of the 11th Armored Calvary, 101st Airborne, and Pukin’ Dragons.
Georgia J. Moore Cole-age 89 of Sharps Chapel passed away Thursday morning, August 15, 2019 at Beverly Park Place. She was born February 23, 1930 in Union County, Tennessee the daughter of the late Ebb and Belle Shoffner Moore. On May 3, 1950, she married the love of her life, Beecher Cole. She retired from Delco in Kokomo, Indiana in 1985. She was a lifelong member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church and attended Amana Baptist Church in Kokomo, Indiana where she had lived until moving back to Sharps Chapel, Tennessee three years ago.