Wood Dale III

This is the third 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; and from available school registers on file at the Union County Board of Education.

In the second article I shared information about Wood Dale School during the World War II years (1940 through 1945) as related in available school registers on file at the Union County Board of Education.

This article commences with the school year beginning August 6, 1945 through March 29, 1946. Ms. Ina Hendrix and Mr. Joe Davis were the teachers listed on the register covers for that term, though Mr. Davis’ register copy of the Rural Elementary School Standardization Report signed by him on September 28, 1945 lists him teaching grades 4-8 and Faustine Nicley teaching grades 1-3. Ms. Ina Hendrix’s register succinctly states as her Record of the Year’s Work: “Continuation of work Ms. Nicely had started.” Mr. Davis served as school principal while teaching 25 students, 10 boys and 15 girls, in grades 4-8.

Mr. Davis listed two encyclopedias/dictionaries, 125 books in the county circulating library, and 40 books in the two classroom libraries for a grand total of 167 volumes for student use. He also reported as improvements that year the purchase of new supplies, repair of toilets and improvement of school grounds by seeding grass.

Five students were awarded eighth grade certificates: James Herbert Hopson, Purley Hugh Clay, Ethel June Bailey, Edna Inez Thomas, and Gracie Lenor Nicely. Four students were not promoted during 1945-46—three of these students had failed twice, one student three times for reasons including auditory, low vitality, poor nutrition, over-age, out-of-school interests and activities, lack of interest, irregular attendance, and tardiness. It was noted that each retained student, his family and his group were prepared for the retention so that no feeling of shame or punishment was felt. Mr. Davis estimated that he expected 20% of Wood Dale’s students to go on to high school.

Mr. Davis summarized the Record of the Year’s Work as follows:

For the year 1945-46 we started school with 49 enrolled, finished with 47 enrolled.
We completed all the textbooks furnished by the state.
We had several public programs during the school, one was for the National War Fund. Out of a total enrollment of 52, 34 made passing grades.

1945-46 appears to be the only term that Ms. Ina Hendrix taught at Wood Dale. Ms. Hendrix resided at Route 3, Maynardville. She was a high school graduate, but she recorded no post-secondary education on her Teacher’s Record included in her register. She was a “grade teacher”, having taught prior to the 1945-46 term for two and three-fourth years at 3 locations. Ms. Ina was born March 14, 1909, a married white female with five dependents. She was paid $95.50 per month to teach grades 1-4 (or 1-3, depending on which report from the registers is referenced) for an eight month term.

Ms. Ina recorded her total enrollment as 26, 16 boys and 11 girls. Of that number, she retained 12 (46.15%), 8 boys and four girls, for principal causes including indifference, poor attendance, spoiled, laziness, and non-attendance. Other contributing factors included speech defects, over-age, out-of-school interests and activities (Ms. Ina noted that boys and girls in grades 1-4 spent their leisure time “with little supervision”), inefficient work and study habits, lack of interest, lack of study, irregular attendance, and late entrance in fall. Ms. Hendrix noted that she provided little remedial instruction, though she reported utilizing different levels of material, enrichment and variety in extra practice for slow learners, as well as utilization of special aptitudes. Her prediction was markedly lower than Mr. Davis’—she expected only about 8% of her elementary students would go on to high school.

Four of my step-siblings were in Ms. Ina’s classes. Billy Howard was a first grader. He was born on September 17, 1936, and was recorded as having both whooping cough and measles in 1938. He received satisfactory marks in all subjects save writing and reading during the first term and was accordingly promoted to second grade. J. C. didn’t fare as well. He was born March 2, 1938, and was reported as having German measles in 1946. Though his grades were similar to his brother’s, particularly in character traits,
J. C. was retained in first grade due to “indifference”. The same held true for “Madlene” or Madeline, also retained in first grade for the principal cause of being “spoiled”. (Mr. Davis listed the cause in his register as irregular attendance.) The only of my father’s children to be promoted was Ruby Nell, born August 14, 1934, who, having attended Wood Dale for five years, was promoted from third to fifth grade. Ruby Nell was also the only of my father’s children that year to receive excellent marks.

Miss Barbara Bailey replaced Ms. Ina for school year 1946-47. The school term ended on March 21, 1947, and there is a note paper clipped to the register addressed to “Miss Turner” (undoubtedly Lucy Jean Turner, Superintendent of the Union County Public Schools) dated April 28, 1947:

I am very sorry that I haven’t sent my register in sooner, but I have been sick and wasn’t able to work on it.
So I hope it’s right this time.
Barbara Bailey

Miss Bailey taught 33 students in grades 1-4, 19 boys and 14 girls. Nine of these students, 7 boys and 2 girls, were not promoted. Once again, my same three siblings were retained, all three for the principal cause “laziness”. No students were transported. The length of the school term was 160 days, 157 actually taught (excluding holidays). For her Record of Year’s Work, Miss Bailey stated:

I did what was required by the Board of Education.
We did not raise any money in our school for any thang (sic) this year.

Not a great deal changed for Mr. Davis. He reported a “created interest in reading library books” and organization of a 4-H club. He also cited “some new equipment and supplies added to the school”. Improvements were made to the instructional program that year: “By conferences, reading of books and periodicals on teaching, improved public relations”. He taught 17 students, 5 boys and 12 girls, in grades 5-8. Of the total school population of 50 students, the total average daily attendance was 41.8, a rate of 83.6% (not too shabby for a rural country school in post-war Appalachia).

Miss Barbara Bailey was replaced by Mrs. Lucille Bailey for the 1947-48 term. [This was the year that the records indicate that the length of the school year increased from eight months (160 days) to nine months (180 days).] She was a high school graduate who listed no post-secondary education on her Teacher’s Record. She resided in the same community where the school was located, Liberty Hill, Tennessee. Born on December 7, 1924, she was a married white female with one dependent. She had taught at one prior location for one year before coming to Wood Dale. Her Daily Program of Work was:

1. Unlock and raise windows, dust the desks
2. Read a selection from the Bible
3. Primer
4. 1st and 2nd readers
5. 3rd and 4th grade arithmetic’s (sic)
6. Primer
7. 1st – 4th readers
8. 3rd and 4th grade health
9. 1st – 4th grade writing
10. Primer
11. 1st and 2nd readers
12. 3rd and 4th grade English
13. 3rd grade geography
14. 4th grade geography
15. 1st – 4th grade speller’s (sic)
16. Read a story
17. Lock windows

No other information is provided in Mrs. Bailey’s register except for student records, and it was notarized on December 16, 1947, by Charles H. Lynch, Jr., later to become the principal of Maynardville Elementary School.

For the Record of Year’s Work, Mr. Davis reported:

For the school year 1947-48 we improved the school grounds by setting out shrubs and shade trees added pictures to the interior of the school building, making it more homelike./Several new desks were added during the school year also many other small items of equipment as well as some instructional supplies and teaching aids and daily program was rearranged and made more practical

The school population that year was comprised of 20 boys and 25 girls. The average daily attendance was reported as 25.5, or 56.6%, a 27% drop from the previous school year! Of the total enrollment of 45, 25 were retained (55.5%, over half of the total school population), 16 boys and nine girls. Every student enrolled at Wood Dale with the last name Mincey (Billy Howard, J. C., Madeline and Helen) was retained that year due to poor attendance. The term was bright for two girls who received eighth grade certificates: Betty Joan Nicely and Helen Euewona(?) Nicely.

Barbara Jean Ingle replaced Miss Barbara Bailey for school term 1948-49. She had taught 2 previous years at one location. She listed her permanent address as “Blain” Tenn. Route 2, her present address as Liberty Hill, Tennessee. She was a high school graduate and was issued a teaching permit in November 1948. She received 3 extension or correspondence credits which comprised her total college experience from the University of Tennessee, also in November 1948. Mrs. Ingle was born August 15, 1928, married with no dependents. She was contracted to teach grades 1-3 for a 9 month term at a salary of $113.10 per month.
Mrs. Ingle’s Instructional Plans and Objectives for School Year were:

I plan to have Chapel every Monday morning from 8:30 untill (sic) 9:o clock and once a month I plan to have a program for the children.
and the last day of school I plan to have a picnic.

Note the absence of any mention of actual instructional goals or teaching objectives and the emphasis on development of moral character and celebrating the last day of school as a special occasion. Mr. Davis emphasized instruction in his objectives, stating:

. . . we plan to give instructions in all subjects required. we plan to give Individual instructions where needed as much a[s] we have time for all students who need it.

Mrs. Ingle noted in her Summary of Achievements during the School Year that in addition to Chapel and a picnic that she had one pie supper in March.

Mr. Davis had a total enrollment in his fourth through eighth grade classes of 21, 8 boys and three girls. The average daily attendance for his boys was 61.25% and 83.85% for the girls, a total rate of 75.24% for grades 4-8.

Following is the Record of the Year’s Work reported by teaching principal Mr. Joe Davis.

For the school year of 1948-49 we began school with an enrollment of forty six and finished with the total enrollment of fifty eight.
Our membership at the end of school was fifty eight.
Of these fifty five(?) students, forty one passed to higher grades.
Nine were dropped from the roll and five failed to pass on account of poor attendance.
The three students in the eighth grade [Howard Hopson, Joyce Braden, Mary R. Davis] were passed and are planning on entering high school next year.

Of his retained students, two were male and three female; all were “held back” for the principal reason of absence/irregular attendance. One of these students was my sibling Ruby Nell Mincey who was present only twenty days.

Mrs. Ingle noted that there were three boys and three girls added and three boys and two girls dropped from the roll. Her total membership at the end of the [last?] month was twenty nine, “and they were all promoted to the next grade”.

In this article I have shared information about Wood Dale School during the post-World War II years (1945 through 1949) as related in available school registers on file at the Union County Board of Education. I will continue this discussion into the decade of the 1950s in the next article in this series.

Next week I will share an article regarding what would constitute “heaven on earth” for me. Until then, I leave you with yet another thought from my world of email:

Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job
because she couldn't control her pupils?



ICARE new logo and making news!

ICARE is a coalition dedicated to preventing alcohol and substance abuse in Union County, Tennessee. They meet on the last Thursday of each month at 11:30 am at Li’l Joe's BBQ, and the meetings are open to the public.

ICARE's director is Mindy Grimm, and her administrative assistant is Amanda Tucker (owner/operator of Liquid Lightning coffee shop in Maynardville). ICARE does not have 501c3 nonprofit designation, so it cannot solicit funds from the public. ICARE is a member of the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee and is funded by grants.

CCC Part 4

Continuing from "From Hearth And Hoe": "Companies were issued athletic equipment to ensure at least some opportunity for leisure time. It was necessary for the camp residents to produce much of their own entertainment: consequently stunt nights, dances, musical concerts, and minstrel shows were frequently held within the camp, using members as performers. To prevent boys from becoming restless and homesick, recreation leaders provided entertainment through various games and sports.

Fireside Chats

Born in 1928, my early years were through the Great Depression. Those were truly hard times. No food stamps, Medicaid or Medicare, and minimal welfare. My dad was too proud to accept welfare as were many men of that era. We got by, just barely. We thought everyone else was suffering like we were. That perception made it easier to take.

Researchers identify maximum weight children should carry in school backpacks

Researchers have determined for the first time the maximum weight a child should carry using a school backpack trolley: a maximum of 20% of their body weight.

To date, weight recommendations have been established for ordinary school backpacks, as they are the most widely used type in the school context worldwide. However, some children use backpacks on wheeled trolleys, and until now there have been no studies making weight recommendations for this type of backpack.

In a New Light

Her picture shed a whole new light on things. Literally.

The “her” is my step father’s granddaughter, Christine. She lives in Southern California. Last fall, she came out to our neck of the woods to visit and take in our beautiful East Tennessee.

And that she did.



From Chattanooga Times Free Press. Dallas Rd. Snow was deeper in Cleveland.

Six years ago, I was working at East Ridge Elementary School in Chattanooga. That school year I had volunteered to be on the social studies textbook committee where we would choose new textbooks to match the new state standards. Even though I was a librarian, I taught social studies lessons. I was also interested in how the process worked. On Tuesday, January 28th, I was with the group of about 25 teachers meeting in an old county building in St. Elmo, which sits at the base of Lookout Mountain, near the Incline Railway.

What You See ...

… is what you get, right? At least that’s what Flip Wilson’s Geraldine character used to tell us. (If you are old enough to remember Flip Wilson, I’m sure that made you smile. You’re welcome.)

As it turns out, it’s more like, “What you want is what you see.” For example, take a look at the photo of the eye at the top of this article. See it? Oh, wait a minute! That’s not an eye. That’s sudsy water swirling around a drain. You would have sworn that was a picture of a human eye, right? Why?

Burns Supper 2020

Last Saturday night was the annual Burns Supper hosted by two friends of ours who live in West Knoxville but were born in Scotland. Every January on the weekend closest to Burns’s birthday (January 25th) they invite 35 or 40 of us to their home for a Scottish meal and celebration of the life and works of the poet.

As in past years, it was a fine evening. We saw friends we hadn’t seen in a while (some not since the last Burns Supper), there was pleasant conversation, toasts, and a Burns trivia game, but the centerpiece of the evening was the meal.

It's a 'Big Day for Pre-K' in Union County

Sharps Chapel Pre-K students from last year Gabe Berry, Pierson Medina, Adelyn Brewer, John Thomas Bailey, Gibson Blankenship, and Tucker Jones.

Pre-K is an educational growth opportunity for children and families to participate as a transition into Kindergarten. Students who attend Pre-K are more prepared socially, emotionally, academically and physically as they enter Kindergarten. Many times, they are further ahead of those students who have not attended. Pre-K impacts students for life.

Union County Health Council working hard to improve lives in our community

The Union County Health Council meets the third Thursday of each month at noon at Cherokee Health Systems, and meetings are open to the public. Last year the Health Council worked with the Health Department to complete a health assessment to determine the needs in our county.

Love, hope and Joy Corum

Joy Richardson Corum with her contagious smile

You will never meet a more loyal and loving lady than Joy Richardson Corum. She grew up in the Norwood community in Knoxville, but has deep roots and strong connections to Union County. She is the oldest of three children, having a brother four years younger and a sister nine years younger. The family lived in the same little loving home nestled into the all-American neighborhood from the time she was five until she married.

The Betterway Quartet - A dream that came true

From small acorns, large oak trees grow, and so did a Union County gospel group. This group started jamming about 1978, so said one of the founding members to me. They included Jerry Cole, Sr., Bill Turner, Neal Walker, and Dannie Peters.
Then they became known as Union Grass, a bluegrass and bluegrass gospel band. Union Grass started entertaining at bluegrass festivals, local churches and pie suppers. They always closed with a bluegrass gospel song or a gospel song by Hank Williams.

What causes back pain?

Your back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil from the floor—can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain.

FCE tradition: Childrens’ books donated to Sharps Chapel Elementary

Photo L-R: Mary Johnson, Shannon DeWitt, Carolyn Shields, Sandy Manter, Gloria Holcomb, Sue Ross, Trudy Edwards, Patti Swilley and Terry Reinitz

For the fifth year in a row, the Sharps Chapel chapter of the Tennessee Association of Family and Community Education (FCE) has kept their tradition of an annual book donation to the Sharps Chapel Elementary School library. The club held its annual Christmas luncheon this year at The Winery at Seven Springs Farm. They each shared the books they picked, commenting that it was so much fun to shop for the books. Nine members attended the luncheon. More than 20 books were donated.

Sharps Chapel Book Club makes 6th annual donation to SC Elementary

Mary Johnson, Emily Lemming, Nancy Sullivan, Sue Ross, Diana Condon, Terry Reinitz, Debbie Brown, Trudy Edwards, Janet Stout, Sandy Devery, Patti Swilley, Lynda McKay, Patty Glandorf, Pat Clapsaddle, Penny Westrick and Annie Grau

A tradition since 2014, the Dewey Decimals book club at Sunset Bay made their 6th annual book donation to the Sharps Chapel Elementary School library at their annual Christmas brunch at the Sunset Bay clubhouse. They gathered around the fire to see what treasures were donated this year. This is the highlight of the year for many of the members, who share with others in the group why they picked the books they did—often because of memories from their childhood. This year, over 30 books were donated. The club has donated thousands of dollars worth of books to the library over the years.

Cream Cheese Banana Bread

I like bananas. I like banana bread. Well, not all banana breads. Most sort of taste like bananas and get hard as a rock after a few days. I found one that stays soft for a week. Of course, I keep it in the fridge, not out on the counter.
Banana bread is a luxury I learned about after World War ll. Growing up, my mother only had that old Detroit Times Cookbook with an assortment of so-so recipes. They were collected from subscribers to the newspaper. You might think they sent in their best recipes. If they did, they were third-rate cooks. Some were downright awful.

AdventureCon in Knoxville enjoyed by many

Me & Gil Gerard (top left), me & Erin Gray (Wilma Deering), and Felix Silla (Twiki). The jelly was a gift I gave out at AdventureCon.

Not too long ago, I wrote an article about meeting a celebrity at a sports and memorabilia show in Cleveland, Ohio. It was not my first time at something like this.
My first visit to a sci-fi, collector’s, and/or comic convention—or “con”—was at SaltCon in Utah. I went there twice and met some very interesting people. I have also been to MegaCon in Orlando a couple of times as well. Still, my favorite was AdventureCon, which was held in Knoxville.

Bible has a lot to say about earthquakes

Mark 13:8 - For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. (KJV)
Earthquake. That word strikes fear at the hearts of mankind, especially in the heart of anyone who has ever been in and survived a major earthquake.


The C.C.C. In Union County Part 3

This is a continuation of the CCC series from "Of Hearth And Hoe". "The Army's valuable performance with the CCC in the summer of 1933, undertaken reluctantly at first, was one of the highlights of its peacetime years. It ran with clock-work precision; the CCC itself was judged first-rate. W.A. Shearer, chief of projects at TVA, reported during the middle of October, 1933, that twenty-five CCC camps were assigned to TVA's soil erosion program and the U.S. Forest Service, one initially in Union County.

Our ecological superhero - pestalotiopsis microspora

I hate mushrooms.

Ugh! I can taste the smallest fragment left behind on a slice of super-deluxe, double-deep-dish pizza. Every single one of my Chinese food orders ends with the phrase, “No mushrooms, please.”

I’ve tried them raw, sauteed, baked, and deep-fried stuffed with cheese. No sir, I do not like mushrooms.

At least not to eat.

I’m starting to like these foul fungi for another reason. It turns out that some of them, including the one whose splendiferous name graces the title of this article, can actually eat plastic.

Agricultural technology and a growing population

Farmers have one job and one job only: feeding the world.
To choose such public service as a profession is an honorable feat in and of itself, now more so than ever. The world population is growing at a faster rate than ever. In the next 20 years, the population of the world is expected to grow by 2.2 billion people (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs).

February fishing on Norris Lake is walleye time

February is walleye time on Norris Lake—big walleye.
Many fishermen reported catching walleye last month and it will get even better in February. According to the Moon Phase Calendar, the full moon this month in Maynardville will be on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2:33 a.m. In case you did not know, three days before and three days after the full moon are typically the best days to fish in any month.

What on Earth?

Many of you Faithful Readers know my good friend Roger Flatford, presently the principal of Sharps Chapel Elementary School. Roger stood up with me at my wedding. He told me that if the ceremony hadn’t been at Loveland Baptist Church, and if he thought he could have gotten by with it, he would have had the then-popular song “If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep on Going” played at the rehearsal dinner.

'Snowing down south' and other dress code offenses

A little tug here. A little yank there. Growing up, that was my life and it was so irritating.
I was a little tomboy who was around two southern belles—my momma and my Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle. No, they didn’t attend cotillions or wear the large fancy dresses, but they both were big believers in having impeccable manners and following the unspoken dress code of the south.
In our family, this dress code was alive and well.

'Browse' important to winter wildlife cuisine

“Browse” as a wildlife term is used as a noun and refers to food in the form of woody twigs and buds found on trees, shrubs and vines. Since more nutritious and palatable food is available during the growing season, browse is usually only consumed during the leaner winter months, which makes it critical in maintaining a wildlife population. Animals that utilize browse in our area include deer, elk, beaver, rabbit, mice and others.

Pet Sitting Done Locally

Meet Marissa Hickman. She is a senior in the Union County High School Class of 2020. She is active in her school and community and has recently decided to turn one of her passions into a local business, pet sitting.

Marissa has a deep love for all kinds, colors, and sizes of animals. She has three chickens and eight cows in addition to her four dogs, two of whom are sister Malinois Shepherds named Mercury and Arya. She also has a Chihuahua named Toto and a mixed breed, Mack.

Iced Diamond

My heart still flutters at the memory. Christmas 1982 was special for me in many ways. For one, it was the first Christmas Tim and I experienced as a couple. Second, he gave me the most precious gift and I still have it.
Tim was so excited about his present that he couldn’t resist giving me little hints about it. Actually, he gave me a few too many. My friends and I figured out his present was some kind of jewelry. They thought it may be an engagement ring, but I knew it was way too early for that. After all, I was a senior in high school.

"Close, But No Cigar"

“Close, But No Cigar”

The expression “close but no cigar” is used to indicate that someone has fallen just short of a successful outcome and failed to secure any reward, or is just plain wrong. But where did this, and other colloquialisms originate? Let’s explore.

Back pain and the opioid epidemic

With today’s growing emphasis on quality care, clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness, spinal manipulation is receiving increased attention. The epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse has also led to wider acknowledgment of the benefits of nondrug approaches to pain.

Spinal manipulation is a safe and effective nondrug spine pain treatment. It reduces pain (decreasing the need for medication in some cases), rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest.

The C.C.C. In Union County Part 2

This article will continue the story of the C.C.C. in Union County from the book "From Hearth And Hoe: Union County, Tennessee 1910-1940". "Men signed up in droves.They were organized into 1,330 army-like companies. Fort Benning was a focal point of C.C.C. activity; the base was flooded with C.C.C. applicants. There they were issued clothing, assigned pay accounts, given physicals, and after a couple of weeks training, shipped to camps in the field.

If Only

My mother once surprised me. In a moment of frustration, she looked me in the eye and said, “If only I could be a genie for a day.”
I normally never thought of my mother thinking this way. There have been several stories and fairy tales that involved people coming in contact with a genie or Leprechaun who would grant them three wishes. Most always, those people wished foolishly and wound up in worse shape than before they had the wishes.

Choc-peanut butter bars

A sister in the Lord shared this recipe with me. I had given her my Red Grape Pie recipe. She showed up at church last Sunday with this recipe in hand. I am a believer in sharing recipes. There are those who say ”Oh, I couldn't give you the recipe for that. It's all in my head. I just throw it together.” Some just flat out refuse to share a recipe. However, no two cooks making the same recipe end up with quite the same tasting dish, don't cha know. If I have a special way of making something, I share it. I am too old to keep secrets.

Cold Love

With winter weather there are two distinct camps of people: those that love it and those that do not. You may have picked up in past articles that I am in the love winter camp, and cold/snow fans have actually been labeled. We are chionophiles (ki-own-a-files), those who thrive in cold winter conditions, especially in snow. It’s a Greek word that literally means “snow lover”.

Ye Olde Ceramic Shoppe

The children with some of their ceramic pieces. 1986

You don’t see ceramic shops around much anymore. When I say ceramics, I am talking about the kind that comes out of molds as opposed to that which people form with their hands and/or on a potter’s wheel (that is usually referred to as pottery.) I have done both, but I grew up painting ceramics with my mother because in those days there were ceramic shops on the Army bases we lived on.

Juicy Star Gossip

Big ol' Betelgeuse

Rigel: So, did you hear about Betelgeuse?
Vega: Oh my, yes! It’s all over the galaxy.
Algol: What is?
Vega: You haven’t heard?
Rigel (rolling eyes in derision and disbelief): Where in the Milky Way have you been? Everyone’s talking about it. I heard Bellatrix telling Arcturas that Canopus said that Alnitak said …
Algol: Enough already! OK, OK, OK. So, I don’t know what you are talking about. I get it. I’m uncool.
Vega: Puh-lease. You? The triplet “Demon Star” not cool. Oh, you are definitely cool. But, in the know? No.

Research supports chiropractic spinal manipulation

A growing body of research supports spinal manipulation:

After an extensive study of all available care for low back problems, the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality) recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.

The C.C.C. In Union County Part 1

All of us have been touched by the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps and New Deal whether we realize it or not. As an elementary student, I attended a W.P.A.-built school, Corryton Elementary, and swam at the C.C.C.-built Big Ridge State Park beach. We camped and hiked through the erosion-preventing New Deal era forests and park campgrounds. During the Great Depression, Union County was effected greatly by programs like the C.C.C.. The Corps' reach put men, desperately in need of jobs, to work and helped to shape the physical landscape of the county.

No Worries

My mother would have been 92 had she lived until January 16th of this year. Our mother/son relationship had its ups and downs, and of course, as Proverbs 22:15 (KJV) says, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”

Guiding Tail Lights

Originally, I was going to use the title “Guiding Lights,” but I thought it sounded too much like one of the daytime dramas. That being said, this article does have some driving drama in it.

My first driving drama happened in my early 20s. I was heading to work at Baptist Hospital. Thankfully it was a Saturday morning, which meant lighter traffic on I-75.


Peanut butter-banana cream pie

Do you get the idea that I like pie? I certainly do. My sweet tooth is a mile wide and beyond belief deep. I just plain like pie!

This is another of those recipes that would have been hard to make back in the day. Wouldn't the cooks of yesteryear liked to have had Cool Whip? Didn't happen. There was no Fridgidaire Refrigerator to keep it in. Hey, we didn't even have electricity. I do now , so here we go.

Wilma Hubbard

My daughter Anne and I were reminiscing today about a friend of hers that we made a keeping box for. Wilma Hubbard has been gone about 20 years but she lives on in our memories. Anne worked with her at Union Knitwear in 1991-1992 when that sewing factory was located in the big building on the right on Durham just after you turned off Maynardville Highway. That was before the building burned and Union Knitwear moved further down the street.

Tree Talk

Have you ever read The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien? No? I’ll wait here while you go do that.

Back already? My, you are a fast reader. OK, so now you know about the Ents. If you cheated and didn’t go do the reading, I’ll fill you in. Tolkien created beings called Ents as a part of his vast, sprawling universe. The Ents were essentially walking, talking, fully sentient trees. They were huge, lumbering, wise, and wholly terrifying. They made for powerful allies and dreaded enemies. They were good, but they were not to be messed with.

Red Clay State Historic Park

Blue Hole Spring at Red Clay.

When our family first moved to Tennessee in 1982, we wanted to see and experience as much as we could in the area—the more inexpensive, the better. One place that caught our attention was Red Clay State Historic Park. Like all of Tennessee’s parks, this one has no admission.

Be the Solution to the Pollution in Union County

Straight Branch Road January 2020, 0.1 miles totaled 20 bags, 46 tires, and a truck top

Union County is laid out in beautiful mountains and valleys of prestigious land by nature, but in order for the land to inhibit its full potential, we the people must do our part to keep it clean. Dump sites and roadside litter are perceived regularly across the county and citizens and the community must work together to minimize the litter epidemic.

Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival

Amazing all the critters we have in Tennessee! 2011. Photos by the author.

Until I began working for Hamilton County Schools at Birchwood Elementary, I had not heard of the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival (or Birchwood TN Sandhill Crane Festival). I don’t know why not. This is a gem of an educational and fun opportunity.

Back pain facts and statistics

Although doctors of chiropractic treat more than just back pain, many patients initially visit a chiropractor looking for relief from this pervasive condition. In fact, about 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. Some interesting facts:

Back pain can affect people of all ages, from adolescents to the elderly. Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives.

Back pain is the third most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, behind skin disorders and osteoarthritis/joint disorders.

The Coming Of The Railroad

As many of us who grew up around Luttrell would attest, the railroad holds a special place in our childhoods: walking the tracks, smashing pennies or hearing the train whistle late at night on a coal run to Middlesboro. In our county's history, the coming of the railroad, too, had an impact on lives. Today's society may take for granted the magnitude that railroad accessibility has had on the development of Union County.


MPL Thunder Road Author and Small Business Rally

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 09:00

Maynardville Public Library is very pleased to announce we will be joining our Small Business Expo and Thunder Road Author Rally together! We will be hosting ‎Thunder Road Author and Small Business Rally two times a year, one in spring and one in fall. Right now we are accepting applications for our spring event which will be held on March 21st 2020.

If you would like to participate in the event as an Author or Small Business Owner, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/SRhnXyxebpMb2eK7A


Mary Sue Ogle

Mary Sue Ogle – 73 of Knoxville formerly of Luttrell, went to join the Angels of Heaven and our Lord and Savior on February 14, 2020 at U T Medical Center. She was a member of Arlington Baptist Church.

Joe Mcelroy Raby

Joe M. Raby-age 80 of Sharps Chapel passed away Friday, February 14, 2020 at his home. Joe retired after 32 years of service with Local 50 in Oak Ridge. Preceded in death by parents, Tillmon Franklin and Lola Edith Raby along with nine siblings.

Survivors: wife, Tonya Raby; daughters, Kim (Tommy) Rhea, Kandy Hensley, Lori (Bruce) Williams and Olivia (Josh) Williams. Brother, James Raby; sister, Nettie Betsill. Grandchildren, Chloe, Adelyn, Westlee, Sylas and Easton. Several nieces and nephews.

James D. DeVault, Sr.

James Darrell “Jimmy” DeVault, Sr.-age 71 of Corryton passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Fort Sander’s Regional Medical Center. Jimmy was a retired employee of I.U.O.E. Local 917, Knoxville. He was a member and master mason at Corryton Lodge #321 F. & A.M. and was currently serving an elected term as Road Commissioner for the seventh district of Union County. Preceded in death by wife, Bonnie Mayfield DeVault; parents, Ben and Zelpha DeVault; brother, Boyd DeVault; special grandson, Tyler Atkins.

Charles Dana Anderson

Charles Dana Anderson-age 54 of Morristown passed away Sunday evening, February 9, 2020 at his home. He was preceded in death by parents, Danna and Gladys Anderson; aunt, Patsy Grimes.
Survivors: son, Travis Anderson; granddaughter, Brooklyn Anderson; brothers, Dwayne Anderson of Maynardville; Roy Anderson of Morristown, Allen Mills of Washburn; sister, Debbie Inman of Cosby; nephews, Jakey, Joshua and Matthew.
The family will receive friends 5-7 P.M. Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Tera Denise Hubbard

Tera Denise Hubbard-age 37 of Knoxville, born January 16, 1983 passed away Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Select Specialty Hospital, North Knoxville Medical Center. Preceded in death by brother, Joey.

Survivors: father, Don Hubbard and step-mother, Debbie Hubbard; mother, Laura Hubbard; daughter, Leah Hubbard; son, Jake Hubbard; aunt, Sandra Stephenson. A host of other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Joshua Richard Gaskins

Josh Richard Gaskins was born September 10, 1991 in Taylor County, KY to Richard E. and Diane Helm Gaskins of Green County. He departed this life Sunday, February 9, 2020 in Maynardville, Tennessee, having attained the age of twenty-eight years, four months and twenty-nine days.

Tabatha Jean Quick-Woods

Tabatha Jean Quick-Woods-age 51 of Luttrell passed away Sunday morning, February 9, 2020 at North Knoxville Medical Center. Preceded in death by grandmother, Addie Milligan; father, Gene Quick; step-father, Roger Clark.

Survivors: Gary Woods, her partner in life; mother, Lonie Clark; sisters, Debra, Wanda and Casey; nephews, Blake, Tyler, Zack, R. J. and Landon; nieces, Stacey, Lilly, Lindsey, Savannah and Kaegan.

Ramah Bowman Seymour

Ramah Bowman Seymour, age 90, of Knoxville, passed away February 2, 2020. Ramah was a graduate of Horace Maynard High School at the age of 16. She then obtained her teaching certificate and first taught in Union County. She then moved to Halls High School where she taught business for many years. Throughout her life she had many loves (traveling, reading, cooking, teaching, card games, watching UT ballgames), but none compared to her love she had for her family.

Cathy Bailey

Cathy Bailey – age 67 of Andersonville, passed away February 6, 2020 after a brave fight and complication of illness. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Cathy was a people person and loved many people in her life. She will be greatly missed by many.

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