I remember well the first time I suffered a back problem. I was a teenager, probably about sixteen, and I was at the home of Marie, my youngest sibling on my father’s side. I was playing with her son Billy, my nephew, who was a few years younger than me. Other of my nieces/nephews/Billy’s cousins might have been there, but I only recall for sure the two of us.
The Union County Public School System lost one of its very best teachers to retirement this year. Not only was Ms. Kerrie Scruggs a wonderful educator, she was a caring person and good friend. Ms. Kerrie’s husband Steve wrote a book, and my fellow Gideon brother gave me a copy. The book explained why Steve’s father always ate a good lunch at work. I’ll return to that thought shortly.
In my case, sometimes the simplest tasks can turn into the most aggravating ordeals. Picture it. I’m on a task to buy my Precious Kitty some cat food. Like lots of cats, Precious is a most finicky animal. For years she would eat only dry cat food, and then only certain brands. My wife tried a few moist types of food as she was certain that dry food only was not good for the cuddly creature’s digestive system. All efforts met with snubs.
There was a brief (very brief) time that it seemed Precious was going to take a liking to the liquid drained from Vienna sausage. Fleeting . . . transitory. Tuna? No.
Anything that her human parents eat catches her attention. She will jump up on the arm of the couch or chair next to my wife when she is eating. She will sit a respectful distance away, her cute little nose wrinkling as she investigates via her sense of smell. That only works for a split second, as my wife cannot endure her cat’s nose in her food.
Precious has better luck with me. I like to watch her attempts to investigate my food, and I know from past experience she would not eat one bite were I to shove it down her little kitty throat. Precious just likes to know what is going on. I’ll let her sniff, but I draw the line when she wants to lick my food with her little cat’s tongue.
Nevertheless, after years of searching my wife found a brand of moist food that Precious will eat—Sheba. Not the patè, only the cuts. There has been more than once that I made the mistake of buying patè, only to either return it to the store for an exchange or refund (I have found the local Dollar General Store very accommodating, and I am most appreciative.) Perhaps Precious knows more than I think. There was one occasion in which I could not make an exchange or get a refund (the exact reason escapes me now). I gave the patè that Precious would not eat to my neighbor for her cat. It was less than a week later that the neighbor’s cat was hit and killed by a car.
Not that this is likely to happen to Precious. I can literally count on one hand and have fingers left the number of times her kitty paws have touched actual dirt. Precious is a totally inside cat, and it has resulted in a long life for the loveable (only to her human parents) creature. She will be twelve years old in May of this year.
There are times that Precious can be so charming. I love the times when she hears me come in the door and she gallops to meet me. Who but the hardest-hearted person doesn’t melt when their dependent, loving house pet comes to meet them at the door.” Precious is the only cat that ever did this just for me. Like the typical cat, this doesn’t happen every day, only when it is convenient for the animal.
Then there are those times that she will cuddle on the footrest of my recliner. She always starts on the very farthest edge, then over the span of perhaps ten minutes she will turn around several times and work her way close to my shin. She likes to be close, but not enough to be petted. If I pet her, she will move away. Who but the hardest-hearted person would not melt when their best furry friend wants to snuggle close at the end of a hard day? Very comforting.
And there are the entertaining times. Precious almost starved when she was a kitten (her mother was killed by a car and the kittens couldn’t be found for a while.) My wife rescued Precious and fed her with a washcloth soaked in milk when she was too weak to eat. Precious obviously remembers this—she adores Mary Ann, she likes me. It seems Precious’ life is reversed—she acts younger with age. She loves to sit in the sunshine coming through the window and roll on the carpet. Sometimes she will let me rub her chin or stomach, but only for a short time, and she might just want to nibble on a knuckle when she decides “enough of that!”
Precious loves shadows. She will chase a shadow or penlight across the floor for great amounts of time with almost endless interest. There was a time when there was a tornado warning. We were all huddled in my stepson Dustin’s closet. I felt something jump on my leg and climb my body in the darkness. Mary Ann was shining her penlight on my pants, and Precious was following the light, oblivious to the fact that we all might be sharing our last few minutes before nature erased us from the earth.
Precious loves to look out the window. I feel sorry for her sometimes when I think that she never has been able to enjoy the outdoors--running in the grass, chasing birds. But then I think, who is the prisoner here? Precious does not have to work or even hunt for her food. Her food bowls (all three of them) are always filled with food, her water bowl rarely runs dry. All she has to do is eat, sleep, poop and pee. And she has over the years even managed to make the shower in my deceased stepson’s bathroom her litter box. Guess who gets to clean that?
So back to my aggravating task. I went to several stores the other day to buy my cat her favorite moist food. At least two stores (the local Dollar Store and Food City) were completely out of that particular brand, and the other brands were low. I was beginning to think, “Are times getting so bad that people are having to eat this cat food?” (I have to admit, it smells better than a lot of food I eat myself! I finally found the product that would allow me to make my cat happy every morning before I leave for work.
Steve Scruggs said his dad had a nice lunch at work every day because that was thirty minutes he took each working day for his own pleasure. The rest of his life was devoted to working to provide for his family and doing the things that made him a good husband, father, church and community member. If I have any doubt as to why I work, I received a sign from a friend this past Christmas that spelled it out for me—“I work hard so my cat can have a good Christmas!” However humble it may be, everyone needs a purpose in life.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends that doctors avoid prescribing drugs, especially narcotics, for patients with acute or subacute low back pain. Patients should be treated first with non-pharmaceutical therapies, such as superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation.
Evergreen trees are more prominent in the winter in our area, being the only bright color seen among the bleak, bare hardwood trees. Besides their visual appeal, evergreens provide important food and shelter for many wildlife species. Common evergreen trees in our area include several species of pine, cedar, and hemlock.
What are the makings of someone in a prominent position? The short answer is, there is no singular path. As a young man struggling to find his way, Kevin Brown admits he had poor study habits in high school, preferring to goof off; that was until he worked a few manual labor summer jobs, which was good incentive to “work smarter, not harder.” Brown realized that a good education was necessary to broaden his scope of career opportunities. He didn’t know what he wanted to be, but he did know that he wanted to help people.
Maynardville Elementary has announced their 4-H Poster Contest Winners.
For 4th grade the first place winner is Kenny Greene.
For 5th grade, Savannah Weaver took first place. In second place is Emmie Hardin and in third place, McKinley Wyrick.
In order for a poster to qualify the students must promote 4-H on the poster and include the 4-H emblem as specified by the national 4-H guidelines.
Patients with improper back position have movement control impairment. They often have difficulties in controlling the position of their back when sitting down, standing or doing back bending. Impaired movement control is often caused by an earlier episode of back pain and may result in chronic lower back pain. The situation is problematic because patients don’t realize that their incorrect back position is provoking pain.
Here in the south, we love our cousins. My family is no exception. In fact, I have been surrounded by cousins for most of my life. They were my first playmates and best friends and I am still close to many of them. But there is a little oddity with these relatives. While I have no first cousins, it seems as if I have countless second and third cousins.
Scratching your head?
I recently received an email with the phrase, “It’s weird being the same age as old people.”
My father had three full sisters who lived to maturity—Duskie, Fleetie and Vallie. One of them was once talking about their names. One sister said, “They gave Frank [my dad], Fred and Faustine normal names.” Another sister replied, “Well, Mother sure whopped it to us!” My uncle replied, “Who ever heard of a man named Purse?”
Life lists are written documentations of things seen and identified. If you’re a birder you keep a list of birds you’ve personally seen. If you’re a railroad enthusiast, you keep up with what trains companies you’ve seen going down the tracks. In England they even have clubs for airplane watchers. These folks gather up around airports and watch planes with binoculars, making security people very nervous.
Horseradish has always been a favorite of mine. It goes so well with roast beef, but so do mushrooms. Here are two sauces featuring each. Steak always has more flavor, it seems to me, when it is topped with a mushroom sauce. I hope you know how well horseradish goes with a piece of leftover roast roast.
Srinivasa R. Chintalapudi M.D., known by his patients as “Dr. Chinta,” is a third-generation physician. As a boy in Vijayawada, India, a young Chinta was inspired by his uncle, a country doctor whose hospital served a rural community. Chinta was not interested in watching tv or movies and many other youthful activities; he preferred spending his summers with his uncle, the country doctor who inspired him. Chinta enjoyed carrying his uncle’s medical bag as he accompanied him on house calls.
The Union County High School Lady Patriots Wrestling Team competed and won both the East Region Duals and the Traditional Tournament.
Union County High School students Cade Ailor, Caden Walker, Lakin Brock, and Kayla Faulkner competed in the Tennessee FFA Quiz Bowl Contest. All students are members of the Horace Maynard FFA Chapter.
On February 1, 2021, District Attorney General Jared Effler joined MacKenzie Adkins and Tracie Davis from the Campbell, Claiborne and Union County Children's Centers in presenting their facility dog, Orville, with his new badge. Orville joined the Children's Center this past October and has already proven himself to be an invaluable member of the team responsible for serving abused and neglected children. Orville reduces the stress and anxiety of child victims by accompanying them throughout the investigation and prosecution of their case.
CHATTANOOGA, TN — U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) issued the following statement after meeting with Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and touring the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project:
Many patients live with low back pain that radiates to the buttock, groin, thigh, and even knees. The challenge for patients, and often their doctors, is determining the origin of the pain—the hip, the spine, or both. A new article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons outlines the identical symptoms associated with hip and spine pain and discusses the diagnostic steps and tests required to treat them appropriately.
I thought once I became an adult, I wouldn’t have to climb any more. Boy, was I wrong.
As a child, I didn’t like to have to ask for things I wanted on the kitchen counter or in my closet, so my parents bought me a little stepping stool. I absolutely loved it. It was red with a poem written on top in large white letters. I can’t remember the exact words, but the poem went something like this: I use this stool to reach things I couldn’t and lots of things I shouldn’t.
The geology of our area is unique in that it creates two worlds: a surface world and an underworld of caves, water, and stone. The type of terrain we live on is called "karst" and is characterized by rocky ground, caves, and sinkholes, underground streams, and areas where surface streams disappear into the ground. This type of terrain is the result of the eroding effects of underground water on limestone.
We all know and love the cheese dip made with Velveeta cheese. There are only three ingredients in that dip. This recipe is longer, but you are more apt to have all the ingredients in your pantry and fridge. Be sure to add the cinnamon. That spice goes especially well with chili powder, Three cups is a lot of dip, but it will go fast.
Mayor Jason Bailey unveiled the new voting technology for Union County Commission at the regular meeting on January 25, 2021. The mayor, his staff and Maynardville Librarian Chantay Collins assisted the commissioners in a practice session to learn the process of clicks to make motions and vote on business items.
Last year I wrote my first article for Historic Union News on “Union County Health Council Working Hard to Improve Lives in Our Community.” Of course, the Coronavirus derailed so many things including Health Council meetings — although the Health Department continued its important work of keeping services available to our community while also striving to educate and address the pandemic.
With the new year, the Health Council is looking for ways to be more effective in making life better in our community.
It’s Chick Chain time in Union County!
The 4-H Chick Chain is one of the best 4-H projects to get started with.
This year, we will again be ordering from Cackle Hatchery in Lebanon, Missouri. These chickens will be layers, meaning they will lay a lot of eggs. The other main type of bird in the chicken industry is a broiler, which is used for meat production.
New research shows that people with chronic low back pain have better results from yoga and physical therapy compared to reading evidence-based self-help materials. While this finding was consistent across many patient characteristics, a much larger effect was observed among those already taking pain medication to treat their condition and those who did not fear that exercise would make their back pain worse.
After my father returned from Europe at the end of World War II, he along with my mother and me moved to his home county that was Union County, Tennessee.
For two-and-a-half years they rented a home in the Central Peninsula that is now called the Chuck Swan Management Area. Then they moved to the Hacker place between Hickory Valley and Kettle Hollow.
Dr. John C. Osborn was only 18 months old when his father started dental school, so in a sense, he’s been through it twice.
He grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, but his mother’s family was from Knoxville, so there were plenty of visits to this part of the country.
At 15, Osborn started working in his father’s lab, pouring moldings and such, so it was always front and center as a career path choice. After graduating from high school he moved to Chattanooga for college, then on to Nashville for dental school.
An ecologist named Joseph Grinnell way back in 1936 once asked how it was that oak trees could colonize the tops of hills and ridges. Acorns are too heavy for wind to disperse them, and gravity tends to make them travel downhill rather than up. He concluded that animals must be responsible for getting acorns to high places.
Many animals use acorns as a valuable winter food source. Deer, turkey, wild pigs, and bears are heavy users, but an eaten acorn cannot germinate and make a tree.
Want a yeast roll that doesn't require kneading? This recipe stirs up fast. Of course, it does take an hour or so to proof. Then they are shaped and set to rise again. It is great for the holidays. You can set it out of the way to rise. When your oven is freed up will be time enough to bake them. If you prefer another shape of rolls, do whatever you like.
Matthew 16:19 - And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Please be aware it is not my intent to be divisive, to exclude anyone or any church denomination. The Gospel itself will take care of that in due time. However, I don’t think I could pick a better chapter than Matthew Chapter 16 to jump flat-footed right in the middle of the fray regarding divisions within the Christian church over doctrinal differences.
This is the fifth and last of a series of articles on the history of Wood Dale School in Union County, Tennessee.
In the first article I shared information about Wood Dale School from 1900 through the depression years to 1940 as related in 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); Ms. Bonnie Heiskell Peter’s book Union County Schoolday Memories: A Pictorial History of Union County Elementary Schools From the mid-1800’s to the 1960s (© 1999); and from available school registers on file at the Union County Board of Education.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Having tired of trying to answer that question, woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, decided to go in a different direction. Meteorology. Specifically, predicting the beginning of spring.
Do not fall for this. And if you missed Groundhog Day this year, not to worry. According to a nearby source, it’s all a hoax.
With so much national attention on voting procedures and outcomes, I felt it timely to have a conversation with Deborah Viles, Administrator of Elections for the Union County Election Commission. She shares that the turnout of this election was the biggest turnout ever recorded in Union County, Tennessee. But before we get into the nitty-gritty of election regulations and procedures, let me introduce you to the woman responsible for seeing that our electoral process is carried out appropriately, because knowing and trusting her is key to trusting the process.
Winter recreational activities can pose painful problems for the outdoor enthusiast who is not in the best condition. Preparing your body before participating in winter sports such as snowboarding, skiing or ice-skating decreases the potential for spasms, strains and sprains, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).
I had intended this week to share with you more of my dental adventures. Fortunately, perhaps, that particular inspiration has now left me. Usually, I end my articles with a bit of email “wisdom”, but for this particular article I will use one to begin:
There’s nothing scarier than that split second
when you lost your balance in the shower and you think,
“They are going to find me naked.”
Word to the wise: “You just never know who is listening.”
Some of you already know this about me, but for those of you who don’t, my mother is an absolute hoot. When I was in high school, some of my friends would call and ask, “Is your mom there? I’d like to talk to her.” You know, I kinda got used to it.
With all the worrisome events that have happened recently, I would ask that you pause and think about something. When you think of beauty, I assume that like me you envision things like a colorful sunrise, waterfalls, snow draped trees, and such. But I am sitting here having a tough time verbally defining it. It's an odd thing really. It does not produce any tangible product. It can't be bought or sold, and yet all humans value it and are drawn to natural beauty. Why?
I like pork chops. I like cream style corn. Put my two "likes" together and you have this recipe. It's something different. I suppose you wouldn't think of combining those two, but this is a great dish. If you have thinner pork chops, adjust the first baking time accordingly. You know, we can get in a rut planning our weekly menu. Try something different this week. Try this recipe.
Apple butter is delicious. So is pear butter. You will agree after you taste this recipe. Pick up 3 pounds of pears at Food City and stir up a batch. Don't try to hurry it along by cooking it at a higher temperature. Grab a favorite read and sit next to the stove for the 1 3/4 hours necessary for its slow cooking. Read a bit and stir, read a bit and stir. Don't let it stick and burn. Who says you can only make preserves in the Fall. Whenever you see the necessary fruit in the produce section just pick up some and sir up a batch.
The Honorable Jared R. Effler, District Attorney General is proud of his Union County, TN roots. He is happy to say that he is a product of Union County Schools and that he’s living proof that with the building blocks of a solid education, a person can accomplish anything they set their mind to. Effler graduated from Horace Maynard High School in 1991 and went on to Lincoln Memorial University to obtain a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management in 1995. Although his earliest ambition was to become a veterinarian based on his love for animals, during college his career goals changed.
The Strengthening Families Program has NEW virtual parenting classes starting in March! This is a FREE parenting education course for parents and caregivers, with additional "coached" home assignments for parents to work on strengthening relationships with their children. Classes in March will begin March 8th and 9th. Please see the links belong to register.
Monday's Afternoon Class: https://tnvoices.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUoc-mpqjwpGNAmv138rKJjzgSLQi...
James C. Anderson age 50 of Blaine passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at his home. He worked along side his dad, Bill Anderson and his nephew, Ty Hunley with Anderson Pump Service for many years. A 16-year veteran of the Blaine Volunteer Fire Department, James was best described as the guy who will go the last mile for you. A true hero that was always willing to help anyone, anywhere, anytime. He also enjoyed hunting and camping.
Carolyn (Whitson) Savage-age 76 of Maynardville passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021 at her home surrounded by family. She was a member of Luttrell Baptist Church since 1988 and a retired employee of Union County School Systems. Preceded in death by parents, Ernest and Elsie Whitson; siblings, Shirley Monroe, Don Whitson, Danny Whitson; infant son, Robert Gregory and son-in-law, Charles Oliver.
LouAnn McKinney Jarvis-age 86 of Washburn went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Island Home Healthcare. She was a member of Mount Eager Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Hubert and Clara McKinney; husband, Clay Jarvis; son, Allen Jarvis; sister, Eileen Buckner; brother, Ralph McKinney.
She leaves behind her daughter-in-law, Patricia Jarvis; granddaughter, Lori (Ronnie) Clay; great-granddaughters, Kalee and Emily; sisters-in-law, Ruth Thomas and Easter Mincey. Several nieces and nephews. Special friends, Larry, Bonnie and Cody Lay.
Eddie J. V. Buckner-age 72 of Luttrell. After a two-year battle with cancer. He fought a good fight and his battle was won 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, 2021 when he went to be with the Lord. He was a loving husband, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a member of Ailordale Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Cecil Buckner; sister Loretta Beeler, Faye Williams, Margaret Arnwine and his beloved grandson, Nathan Buckner.
Paul Aldon Mynatt, age 90, happily reunited with his beautiful and beloved wife, Betty Jane Muncey Mynatt, in Heaven on February 24, 2021. They were happily married for 45 years and will now be together for all eternity praising Jesus their Savior and their Heavenly Father God. He was a member of New Friendship Baptist Church, Luttrell, TN. Preceded in death was the love of his life Betty; parents Charles and Sarah Jane Mynatt; sister Nellie Frasier; and brothers Elbert and Hubert Mynatt; son-in-law, Larry Baker.
Everett Junior Patrick-age 77 of Luttrell passed away suddenly Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at his home. Funeral services 2 P.M. Friday, February 26, 2021, Cooke-Campbell Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Steven Rondeau officiating. Interment will follow at Dyer Cemetery, Luttrell. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.
Ruth Dell Mihaltian-age 92 of Washburn passed away Monday, February 22, 2021 at North Knoxville Medical Center.
She will be cremated and the ashes returned to Ohio for burial. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.
Karen Hensley Brown-age 52 of Maynardville passed away Sunday morning, February 21, 2021 at Parkwest Medical Center. She was a member of Jim Town Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Larry E., Sr. and Carolyn Kitts Hensley; brother, Larry E. Hensley, Jr.
Survivors: husband, Tony Brown; daughters, Kasey (Doug) Crawford, Ashley (Ryan) Brown; step-daughter, Amanda (Jay) Thomas; son, Shane (Megan) Brown; grandchildren, Trina Crawford, Jase Crawford, Vincin Kingrey, Jacob Thomas, Mason Thomas, Josh Thomas, Bella Thomas and one on the way.
Cecil D. “Dob” Helton-age 88 of Washburn took his Heavenly flight to be with the Lord 11:19 P.M. Friday, February 19, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. He was a lifelong member of Elm Springs Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon since 1988 and spent his life helping others as well as his dedication to serving the Lord. He was preceded in death by parents, Anderson and Mary Jane Helton along with eight brothers and three sisters.