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.
Our area’s high plant diversity makes getting outside an adventure, with every trail or country road having something interesting to see, feel or smell. If you’d like to add taste to some of your outings, there are several common plants that provide a variety of flavors to enjoy as a beverage. Here is a rundown of some that I have tried and enjoy. Be sure of correct identification before consuming any wild food and try only a small amount in case of food allergies.
Mountain Mint: this plant is commonly found along roadsides and field edges. It stands around 2-3 feet tall, has spear shaped leaves that look like they been dusted with white powder. The white flowers form in branching clusters and have small flowers with a distinct lip. It gives off a strong mint smell when broken, and like all mints has a square stem. All parts of the plant can be collected to make a very refreshing (and yes) minty flavored tea that can be served hot or cold. The plant parts can be used fresh or dried and stored for later use. This is one of my favorites.
Spicebush: This is a shrub found growing in moist woodland bottoms and along streams. The leaves are thin, dark green, elliptical shaped with a smooth edge. In late summer, it produces bright red fleshy berries. The twigs will give off a spicy smell when scratched or broken, as will the berries. The twigs can be collected and steeped in very hot water for 15 minutes and sweetened to taste. The resulting tea can be served hot or cold. My mom taught me about this one.
Sassafras Tea: A traditional mountain beverage that provides a tasty root beer flavored drink. The flavor is in the roots (actually the bark of the roots) and so it’s trickier to collect. Sassafras is an understory tree with leaves that come in 3 different shapes: one that’s a simple oblong shape, one with two lobes shaped like a mitten, and one with three lobes that looks like a trident. The bark is reddish-brown with furrows that are orangish colored. The end twigs are green and aromatic when crushed. The routine is to identify the tree and then dig beneath it to seek out the reddish roots. Always wear gloves when handling roots in case there’s poison ivy in the mix. You will know you have a sassafras root because it will be giving off a strong root beer fragrance. Thoroughly wash the roots and boil them until the water turns a rich red-brown and then sweeten to taste. The roots can be dried and reused several times. There is a warning out that sassafras has a carcinogenic chemical in it, but the testing with lab animals was over a long period, so I don’t think an occasional cup of sassafras tea is harmful, just don’t have it every morning. The tea is also proven to lower blood pressure.
Sumac: This is a tall, spindly, multi-stemmed shrub with feather shaped compound leaves and produces clusters of small, dry, hairy, red fruit at the end of branches. Collect a dozen seed heads and rub and squeeze them in a gallon of cold water to release their flavor and then let them soak for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid through a cloth and then sweeten to taste. You will end up with a tart, lemonade flavored drink. I’ve never seen it in our area, but there is a poison sumac that causes dermatitis like poison ivy, but it’s berries are white and only found in swampy places.
A great book on eating wild stuff is A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Eastern North America by Lee Peterson.
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….
Luttrell neighbourhood watch meeting every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm It takes place in the community building behind the library with speakers each month this can be a great tool for our community to assist one another in brotherly love by watching out for each other. If you need more information contact Jim Bailey at 865-809-4472
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Union County Sheriff's Office
130 veteran’s street suite B Maynardville Tennessee 37807
The local chapter of the TN Home Education Association (known as SMHEA.org) will be having a parent's informational meeting on "Homeschooling in TN” at Hardees in Maynardville on Thursday, August 22, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. . The meeting will be held in Maynardville and is titled "Homeschooling 101". If you are interesting in obtaining more information about educating your child at home, Contact Connie Dickey regarding the place, date and time for the informational meeting. (865-888-4383).
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.
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UNION COUNTY COMMISSION - UNION COUNTY COURTHOUSE Monday, August 26, 2019 – TIME 7:00 P.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
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.
Opal A. Cooper-age 79 of Maynardville passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019. She was a member of Alder Springs Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Johnny and Ruth Raley; brother, John Harvey Raley; Sons, Mark and Tony Cooper.
Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Thelma (Clyde) Beeler, Velma Nease, Cynthia (Bill) Hensley; sons and daughters-in-law, Jack (Kathy) Cooper, Richard Cooper. Five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. Brother and sister-in-law, James (Diane) Raley; sister and brother-in-law, Linda (Joe) McCoy.
E. Pauline “Polly” Dyer-age 93 of Maynardville passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019 at her home. She was the oldest living member of Hubbs Grove Baptist Church and a retired Union County School Teacher having taught at Paulette, Burkhart and Maynardville Elementary Schools. She spent her many years of retirement caring for her flower gardens. She was preceded in death by parents, H. I., Sr. and Dena (Koch) Raley; sisters, Dorothy Raley, Evelyn Raley, Edith Kitts and Geneva Lay; brother, Raymond Lewis Raley.
Lovite “Louise” Dalton – age 40 of Blaine, passed away on August 4, 2019. She is preceded in death by her father, John Bernard and son, Dustin Dalton. Louise is survived by her daughters, Katie Bernard and Emily Dalton; mother, Brenda Bernard; brothers, William Bernard, Jimmy Bernard, Robert Bernard and John Bernard, Jr.
Vontella Louise (Lay) Cole-age 75 of Maynardville went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at her home. She was a member of Community Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Virgie Lay; also preceded in death by daughter, Barbara Baker; son, Keith Baker; brothers, A. J. Lay, Elvin “Preach” Lay, Junior Lay, Ralph Lay and sister, Amy Lynch.