Write It Right

When I on occasion have the opportunity to look at documents from the past, there are times that I am impressed with the penmanship written by those who have long since departed this earth.
When I was in Miss Hazel Walters’ (later Butcher) first grade, I remember writing with an oversized # 2 lead pencil. (Actually, “lead” pencils do not contain lead, but graphite.) It has been many years since I have seen one of those writing instruments, and how I wish I had saved one from my earlier years. As first graders we spent endless hours printing the alphabet, both capital (big) and small letters on those oversized, lined newsprint tablets, sometimes in crayon on wipe-off sheets. I was an excellent printer on those big lined sheets, and this carried over to the second grade when we were required to do our work on regular notebook paper.
Nevertheless, even though I was an excellent printer, I had some writing difficulties. For one thing, I was afraid of the pencil sharpener. There were no electric pencil sharpeners in those days, and even if there had been, I’d probably have been afraid of them as I was the manual kind. These were the old hand-cranked portable ones that were attached to the blackboard frames in almost every classroom. Sometimes a block of wood was attached to the wall and the sharpeners were mounted there, as some teachers revered their blackboards so much that no nail or screw was allowed to mar the perfection of the varnished wooden frames. For the really savvy, in later years there were pencil sharpeners with suction devices on the base operated by a lever, allowing them to be temporarily mounted on almost any flat surface, resulting in no unsightly blemishes left on wood by mounting screws.
How, you ask, did I sharpen my pencils? Since I feared pencil sharpeners, it would have seemed logical to ask one of my classmates if s/he would do it for me, but I guess I had a little streak of independence even then. Actually, I was ashamed for anyone to know I was afraid of something they used every day with no fear. I certainly was not going to ask the teacher, for I knew she would make me face the pencil sharpener and overcome my fear. It’s sad to be so afraid and ashamed that you’re even afraid of overcoming a fear!
I used my teeth. I knew that people were supposed to die of lead poisoning (we country folk didn’t know about graphite then), but I faced that possibility rather than the horrifics of that noisy, little grinding machine that would grind a finger just as easily as it would a pencil. I sharpened countless pencils with my teeth. (Perhaps I should have had the nickname “Beaver”, just like little Mr. Cleaver on the old television sitcom.) It was a messy business, as saliva mixed with pencil lead resulted in an eternally dirty face and shirt. In an effort to punish my pencil, I suppose, for the indignities of fear to which it pushed me by requiring sharpening, I not only chewed the base to get to the lead, I spent quite some time chewing all up and down its pretty painted surfaces. For some reason, no one ever seemed to want to borrow or steal my pencils.
Though I had beautiful printing, in spite of my struggles with pencil sharpeners, I was plagued with two other curses. First, I was left-handed. In the early years of my public school education, being a left-handed writer was a plague that must be corrected as early as possible, so my first few teachers tried to convert me to right-handedness. (“Right” in this case was synonymous with “correct”.) Miss Hazel tried in first grade. Ms. Leah Wolfe tried in second. The late great Florence Chesney tried in third.
The other curse was that I never learned how to hold my pencil correctly. (To this day I have only encountered two other people who are left-handed and hold their pencils like I do. One was the legendary Joseph Franklin Day, former principal of Horace Maynard High School. The other was a student I taught in fifth grade.) In first grade, when Miss Hazel told us to pick up a pencil, I picked mine up in the way that seemed “right” to me. I have never been able to this very day to change the way I held that pencil the very first time. Even though my early teachers experienced no luck with getting me to change to the “right” hand, they also tried to get me to hold my pencil correctly. Miss Hazel tried in first grade, Ms. Leah in second, Ms. Chesney in third. When I got to fourth, Ms. Wanza Sharp asked me, “Mincey darling, didn’t Ms. Florence ever try to get you to hold your pencil right?” I replied that she did indeed, and Ms. Wanza said, “Well, if she couldn’t fix you, I’m not going waste my time trying!”
Even with these extenuating circumstances, my writing grades in first and second grade were for the most part “A”s. Even when we switched to regular # 2 pencils in second grade, I was able to print extremely well. The next mountain to cross came in third grade when we began writing in cursive. My style of holding a pencil did not give me the control needed to form all the curves used to make cursive writing pretty. My lovely writing grades dropped to “C”s in third grade, and those were for the most part gifts of mercy from the teacher. I wrote in cursive because we were not allowed to print after second grade. I did the best I could at the time, but my cursive was pretty pitiful. This effect was highlighted by the fact that my left hand smears everything I write as I move left to right on the printed page.
This changed in the sixth grade, when I encountered another legendary Union County educator—Mrs. Bobbie Marie McPhetridge Lynch, “Miss Marie”, wife of the wonderful former principal of Maynardville Elementary School, Charles H. Lynch, Jr.
Ms. Marie was upset the year I had her in sixth grade. She was what we now call an “old line” teacher. She had taught many years in one or two room schools before eventually coming to Maynardville Elementary. All I knew of Maynardville Elementary was the building I attended. Ms. Marie moved into the building when it was new in 1960 and never changed grades or classrooms. For those who remember her well, Ms. Marie, even though her husband was principal, was a strong force in the school’s operation.
Ms. Marie was not one for change. I was in her class the last year she taught, 1976-77. Dwain G. Burke had just been elected superintendent of schools, and one of his changes was to implement departmentalization (changing classes) in Maynardville Elementary’s sixth and seventh grades. I still remember Ms. Marie telling our class in very blunt terms how terrible this was. She told us to go home and tell our parents what was happening.
The eventuality was that I was in Ms. Marie’s homeroom class, though she only taught me spelling and writing. Possibly Ms. Marie’s last educational success was teaching Ronnie L. Mincey how to write in cursive so that it was presentable. How did Ms. Marie succeed when none before her could? One simple word—fear.
There have been three entities in my life that I have feared, both literally and with the awesome measure of respect. One is God Almighty. The other was my father, Frank Mincey. The third was Marie Lynch. Which entity I feared most during school year 1976-77 depended on whether I was at church, home, or in school. Ms. Marie had a disposition much like my father at home, so I understood her nature. Her growl might have been worse than her bite, but I had seen my father at home both growl and bite, and I knew that Ms. Marie’s growl was enough for me. I sure didn’t want to experience her bite!
Probably no other teacher I ever encountered put more stock in the importance of penmanship. I remember she used to walk up and down the aisles with a ruler, measuring our cursive writing to make sure that all our capital letters only went to three-quarters of the top of a line, that the letters that had “tails” below the line only went down half, that small cursive “t’s” and “d’s” only went to one half of the line.
Ms. Marie did have one meaningful conversation with me about the proper way to hold my pencil. I tried to hold my pencil the way she showed me, but I reverted to my “normal” way when she wasn’t looking. I’m sure she was observant enough to know that I only tried to hold my pencil correctly when she was looking, but also smart enough to accept the fact that my penmanship was improving and that she didn’t need to “push the issue”. This was evidence of the stubborn nature inside me that said, “Old woman, I’ll do it your way while I’m in here, but I’ll do it the way I want when I’m not around you.” Well, Ms. Marie took care of this. She let us know that she would be looking at the work we submitted to our other teachers and that if it wasn’t right that we’d be hearing from her. Also, we practiced every day. This, mixed with the pride in my newfound ability to actually do something correctly that I was never able to do before, resulted in my lifelong habit of writing cursive the way Ms. Marie taught.
If God would give me the opportunity, I would like to talk face to face with Ms. Marie and tell her how much I appreciate her teaching me to write legible cursive. Of all the things I ever learned in school, cursive writing was one of the most practical and useful. Unfortunately, Ms. Marie passed away when I was in eighth grade. Looking back, I doubt that Ms. Marie felt well the last year she taught, though a little sixth grader like me was oblivious of the fact.
In closing, I will tell of the church secretary whose grandson went to get a passport about fifteen or so years ago. He could not sign his name in cursive and was accordingly denied a passport. He had to leave, learn to sign his name in cursive before returning to obtain this important document. It saddens my heart that so little emphasis is placed in today’s public education on such a necessary, practical skill as penmanship.
My own difficulties with learning to write with lead pencils instill a sense of reverence in me when I see the beautiful, flowing penmanship of those from long ago who wrote beautiful cursive with quill and ink. I fear that if the lead pencil had not been invented that this ol’ boy would be unable to write today.
My email friend once sent me this witticism, so true for me, that I leave you with today.

Writing my name in cursive was my signature move.

I further leave you with a little bit of worthless knowledge to make you smarter.
The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

One final observation:
Broken pencils are pretty much pointless.



Jesus Lantern

For Molly, she had looking forward to going to Papaw’s garden
She and her brother Johnny each get to pick out a pumpkin

Johnny looked at the large ones, but kicked the small ones away
Molly knew her pumpkin had to be special, so she closed her eyes to pray

She asked God to send her the perfect one to use
Something hit her foot, which sent mud on her shoes

It was a little pumpkin that Johnny had left behind
Molly picked it up and ran her hand over the rind

What a Difference One Letter Can Make

It was the summer of 1983. I had just graduated from Union County High School and was waiting to begin attending Lincoln Memorial University in the fall. I knew that I would be living on campus and that I would have a roommate. The college sent me his name, but nothing else. Of course I was somewhat apprehensive about having to live in such close quarters with a total stranger. My concern was greatly alleviated when my future roommate wrote me a letter more or less introducing himself to me. What a difference a letter can make!


By: Steve Roark
Volunteer Interpreter, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Spiders have been stereotyped as being dangerous and the natural tendency is to squash them before taking time to consider how beneficial and interesting they are. Their most unique talent is producing silk and spinning it into webs to catch prey.


Booker Earns State Certification

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and State Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins recognize Administrators of Elections from Clay, Union and Washington counties for recently passing the state Certification Exam for Administrators of Elections.

The newly certified election administrators are:

Farm Bureau Members Annual Meeting

Farm Bureau Women left to right - Debbie Corum, Ashley Mike, Wanda Byerley, Lawana Wilkerson, Imogene Muncey

October holds the precedent for the year for the Union County Farm Bureau as the Board of Directors holds the Annual Meeting each fall. This year, amongst a board room daunted with beautiful autumn colored tables and décor, friends and members gathered to recap the year and look forward to a good kickoff to the next.

Turning the Page

There are certain days from your childhood that you never forget. For me, it was a Saturday morning when I was five years old. Every ten minutes, I ran to the backdoor and stood on the top step. From there, I could see all the way down to the bridge that spanned Bull Run Creek.
What was I so anxious about? The piano my parents had bought was to be delivered that morning. My mother has always loved music and she knew of its importance, so she made sure we had one. For years, my parents made a payment on it every month.

Primer On Spinal Adjustment

The hallmark of chiropractic treatment is the spinal adjustment, a manipulation of the vertebrae — the individual bones that make up the spine. The purpose of the adjustment is to make sure those bones, through which the spinal cord stretches, are properly aligned. That’s important because the nerves that carry information from the brain to various parts of the body emanate from the spine, and reach out between the vertebrae.

6th Annual Clays For Children Raises Record $55,000.00 To Support Children’s Centers Of The 8th Judicial District

On Friday, September 24, District Attorney General Jared Effler and staff, in partnership with the Children’s Centers of the 8th Judicial District, hosted the Sixth Annual Clays for Children Sporting Clays Tournament at Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club in Maryville. The purpose of this event was to raise money to support the children’s centers of the 8th Judicial District, comprised of Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott, and Union counties.

A Little Over Fifty-Three Years Ago

Nothing in this world lasts forever. I offer a personal example. In 2009 I had my basement waterproofed. The sump pump came with a lifetime guarantee of free replacement if it malfunctioned. Just this past Thursday the dreaded malfunction came after twelve years. The basement again flooded. The company is going to honor its warranty and replace the pump free of charge, though I will have to pay the service fee, of course.

Butternut, the Other Walnut

By: Steve Roark
Volunteer Interpreter, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Black walnut is well known to most folks, but there is another walnut native to our area. Butternut (Juglans cinerea), also called White walnut, likes to grow in the same deep, moist soils like its black cousin, but is becoming rare to find.


Family Fun in Knoxville's Backyard

As Dena Oakes walked her children through a field of bright orange pumpkins in 1999, she realized that she may be able to put her own twist on a pumpkin patch.
Three generations of Oakes have made a living in the Corryton community, while operating two agribusiness endeavors . One being Oakes Pumpkin Patch and farm, one of the largest agritourism spots in our area. This destination is filled with a corn maze, pick your own pumpkin patch, an animal exhibit and much more.

National 4-H Week: Something to Celebrate

Whether it be your first experience in the 4th grade as Mr. Bill Morgan walked into your classroom or your last experience as you traveled to National 4-H Congress, 4-H has impacted many in our community.
Last week millions of members, supports, and alumni across the nation celebrated National 4-H week while those in Tennessee had something a little extra to celebrate.

UCBPA seeks man and woman of 2021 nominees

Nominations are now open for Union County Business & Professional Association Man & Woman of 2021. Anyone in Union County may make a nomination. Nominees shall be residents of Union County or gainfully employed in Union County or a current member of UCBPA. Nominees may perform service as a result of their job or as volunteers and demonstrate good citizenship for others to emulate.

Horace Maynard FFA Seeking Alumni and Supporters

Horace Maynard FFA was established in 1928. Over the years many families have been involved in the organization and have molded their lives around agriculture in some shape or form because of the incredible impact from the experience. Currently the UCHS agriculture program holds around 130 active members, including current students and at least four who are currently in college and working to achieve their American Degree, the highest accomplishment within the organization.

Heritage Ribbons Awarded

Maddy Collins smiles with 4-H exhibit entries

Heritage Festival happens every year the first Saturday of October. Great music, great food, learning about heritage skills, and the pride of supporting our local community are just a few of the reasons that this festival is such a treasure here in Union County. However, there is a lot happening leading up to festival weekend. UT Extension Union County holds a haybale decorating contest, pie baking contest, and judging of festival exhibits each year the week before the festival.

A Little Soreness After Treatment Is Okay

Generally, after the start of any new sort of physical activity you may feel a little soreness. Starting chiropractic treatment can yield the same result. So if you are among the roughly 30 million people who see chiropractors each year, welcome to the club. The most common side effect of chiropractic treatment is slight soreness.

Let's Do Launch

For me, it was a once in a life time experience and I wasn’t going to miss it.
Many, many years ago, we were visiting were relatives in Ormond Beach Fla. Being the geek that I am, I had checked the NASA website for Space Shuttle launches. Yes, they were still launching them at that time. Anyway, it so happened there was a scheduled launch during our visit.

Mind Your Own Business

I had never seen an episode of Leave It to Beaver until just a few years ago. One thing in the show that I found interesting was Wally’s use of the phrase, “Aw, you’re giving me the business” whenever someone said something that to him was unbelievable.
Now let’s turn our thoughts to the movie version of A Christmas Carol that featured George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge. At one point, Scrooge tells the ghost of his seven-year deceased partner Jacob Marley that he was always a good man of business. “Business! Mankind was my business,” the ghost replied.

What Makes Great Fall Colors

Fall coloration of trees in our area is always looked forward to. The presence of a large number of trees having brilliant fall foliage is more unusual than you think, as the only other places in the world with a similar abundance of foliage colorations are northern China, Korea, and Japan. A common question this time of year is: will the colors be good or not? The answer is meteorological.


'Take a Country Road' to the 16th Union County Heritage Festival

tents at a festival

Craft vendors and demonstrators at the 2018 Festival

As the 2021 theme says, tourists from area counties as well as several states plan to “Take a Country Road” for the Union County Heritage Festival on Saturday, October 2.
Just follow Thunder Road (Hwy 33) and Wilson Lane to all of the festivities in Wilson Park. Visitors can board the free shuttle (the big yellow bus) sponsored by Monroe Bus Lines, State Farm Insurance, and City of Plainview to view the Quilt Show, talk to the authors, and eat some country cookin' at the Union County Museum.

"Cutting Time" by Betty Bullen is Heritage Fest collectible print

A field of tobacco with a tractor and a barn.

"Cutting Time," the 2021 Union County Heritage Festival collectible print by Betty Bullen

When the Union County Heritage Festival (UCHF) committee announced the theme for the 2021 Heritage Festival to be "Take A Country Road," my mind immediately went to what a one might have seen as he or she traveled down a country road in Union County some fifty-plus years ago. For sure, one would have seen a tobacco patch, or 'bakker patch' as it might have been called back then.

Locals prepare to kick off global project Operation Christmas Child

The local area team of year-round volunteers are Connie French, Rev. Jody Winstead, Cheryl Wells, Casie Demetroff, Amie Winstead, Rachel Goodman, Missy Middleton, Jessica Chambers, Roy Walton. (Not photographed: Holly Simmons, Melissa Johnson, Brenda Graves.)

Maynardville, TN, October 2021— Union County residents want children in need around the world to receive a gift this Christmas season and to experience the love and hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
“Anyone can be a part of making an eternal impact on the lives of children this holiday season simply by packing a shoebox gift filled with school supplies, toys, hygiene items like a toothbrush and a “WOW” item like a stuffed animal or soccer ball,” says Amie Winstead, Area Coordinator.

Heiskell's Pumpkins in the heart of Maynardville

When a five-year-old boy trotted through the patch of bright orange pumpkins, his future in agriculture was just beginning.
Jacob Heiskell, son of Jason Heiskell and a junior at Union County High School, can be found at his dad and grandfather James' service station, Heiskell’s, at the corner of Hwy. 33 and Heiskell Road in the heart of Maynardville, selling his pumpkins directly across from where they were planted.
What started out as Jacob helping his father grow pumpkins at the young age of five has now led to a young entrepreneur taking on the family tradition.

Some in Chapel concerned over chicken farm

Mary Johnson with Friends of the Chapel speaks about pharmaceutical chicken farm

Mary Johnson addressed the Union County Commission at its September 27 meeting regarding the construction of a pharmaceutical chicken farm by Alpes Sanfer, Inc., in Sharps Chapel.
The company would place eight barns with 9,000 chickens in each barn on one of the oldest farms in Sharps Chapel, according to Johnson. Sanfer will be developing pathogen-free eggs to be used in making vaccines. The facility will employ approximately 30 people at an hourly rate of $13 to $17 but have made no promise to hire Union County residents, according to Johnson.

Danger Of Heavy Handbags

Big bags — hobos, totes, messengers, the names change over years — are always in style. They’re functional, too, because they can hold a lot of, well, stuff. But that’s precisely where the risk can come in. Slung over one shoulder, they can eventually cause neck and shoulder pain similar to the kind of problem chiropractors see in kids who carry ill-fitting heavy backpacks. Women — and men — carrying such bags are contorting their posture to counterbalance a heavy bag that is pulling on one side. This can wreak havoc with muscles and with the spine.

Biscuit baking: A tradition 4-H shares with the fair

Union County 4-Hers Samuel Helton, Jessica Garcia, Elijah Helton rolling out biscuits at the TN Valley Fair

There is nothing that can compete with the smell of fresh baked biscuits!
Biscuit baking is a tradition in this region and there are many who will share fond memories of baking biscuits with their family. However, there are many who have never baked biscuits and would like to learn! Every year, 4-H combines education and the nostalgic reminder of baking biscuits with family by setting up a booth at the Tennessee Valley Fair.
Groups of students come in shifts to learn how to make biscuits and pass them out to patrons visiting the fair. It is a hit!

4-H-ers explore government at Congress

left to right in 2021 Delegates outside capitol – Rheagan Collins, Jacie Hawkins, Jeremiah Tindell, Jonathan Tindell

In August, four Union County 4-H members participated in Tennessee 4-H Congress: Rheagan Collins, Kaleb Hanna, Jacie Hawkins, Jeremiah Tindell and Jonathan Tindell. They served as a delegates and competitors at the 2021 Tennessee 4-H Congress in Nashville.
This will be the 74th anniversary of this event. Since its beginning in 1948, 4-H Congress has given some 32,400 4-H-ers and volunteer leaders firsthand experience in state government.

Farmers Market online now open

Would you like to purchase farm fresh products all year? You can!
You won’t have to miss any of that farm fresh beef and pork, dairy products, eggs, honey, soaps, balms and other products from your favorite vendors. You’ll also be able to order some of those late peppers, potatoes, winter squashes, greens as they are harvested, and, be the first to purchase fresh spring produce!

Vol State designation for UC 4-H-er Kaleb Hanna

Kaleb Hanna, Union County 4-Her received highes 4-H honor of Vol State Award.

Kaleb Hanna of Union County was one of 83 4-H members recently recognized with the Vol State award at the University of Tennessee at Martin during State 4-H Roundup.
The Vol State award is the highest level of recognition a Tennessee 4-H member may achieve. The award is presented to high school juniors and seniors in recognition of excellence in all phases of 4-H work, as well as service and leadership rendered in their communities.

4-H students compete in regional Outdoor Meat Cookery competition

left to right: Jeremiah Tindell, Jonathan Tindell, Kaleb Hanna, Travis Hanna, Jada McMurray Dyer, Jessie Garcia, Zeeva Boucher, Gracie Tindell. Members of the Union County 4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery Team

Every August, on a bright and sunny summer morning, students from across East Tennessee load up their grills and meet at the Appalachian Gray Fair in Gray, Tennessee, between Kingsport and Johnson City.

Come and dine

John 21:12 KJV:
[12] Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine.
It’s the third meeting Jesus is hosting for some of his disciples after his Resurrection. Like any good host, Jesus wants everyone to be relaxed before they really get into the serious business at hand for them. So he starts his meeting with a fish fry as it were. Fish sandwiches to be exact or at least their version of a fish sandwich, which was simply bread and fish—a highly appropriate meal for a meeting with a bunch of fishermen, cooked by someone that once said, “man does not live by bread alone.” (Matthew 4:4)


Tennessee state symbols

The state of Tennessee is the greatest place on earth. I have not lived anywhere else so I might be a little partial but most that live here, or visit will agree it’s a pretty great place.
Tennessee has a list of things that are symbolic to the state. One of the most recognizable symbols is our state flag. The flag has the iconic three stars that represents the three parts of the state that have their own qualities due to geographical and cultural differences. Those differences come together to make a state like no other.

Cucumber and Onion Salad

In the summertime, fresh from the garden, Mother would stir up a cucumber and onion salad. She never put sugar in her dish. I do. She combined vinegar, salt and water with the sliced cucumbers and onions. Mother never used sour cream in anything. We didn't have a refrigerator back in the day.

Going to school almost a century ago

I started school eighty-six years ago. I was four years old. We lived in a tenant house on the farm owner’s land. Dad earned forty dollars a month milking cows and working in the fields. The Great Depression was well under way. Farm work was the only job Dad could find. He had worked previously as a lineman, setting poles and stringing telephone wire. Most country people didn’t have phones until them.

Heart and soul

Tim and Brooke Prom 1982

I was at the tender age of 16 when I received the message. It wasn’t a text since we didn’t have smartphones back in the ’80s. And no, it wasn’t a note somebody slipped to me during class. This one came from a higher source.

Apple Knowledge

With autumn comes the nostalgia of the apple harvest, a fruit whose history goes back a long way. Legend and art have made the Tree of Knowledge that led to the downfall of Adam and Eve an apple, but the Bible only refers to a fruit. What follows is more apple knowledge of this famous fruit than you probably care to know.
Apples were first brought to America from England in 1629 by Massachusetts Governor John Winthrop. The first apples probably came from the trees Winthrop planted in Boston, from which “ten fair pippins” (apples) were picked in 1639.

The Crow’s Nest

Country Connections by James and Ellen Perry
It’s early autumn now, nights getting cooler, days getting shorter with cool mornings and warm afternoons. Some trees are showing color and goldenrods are bright yellow with flowers.
Goldenrods are the last honey flow for the bees before winter sets in. The reptiles are searching for underground places to overwinter in. Black bears and groundhogs are hunting food to build fat reserves for their upcoming hibernation.

Advertise it!

After helping my mother put up our humble, four-foot artificial Christmas for a few years, the responsibility was turned over to me. I’m not sure Mother was ever really fond of putting up a Christmas tree. I had an unspoken rule that the tree was to be put up two weeks before Christmas and taken down the day after.

TAEP application period October 1-7

The annual application period for the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program is October 1-7, 2021. New application materials are available online and at the UT Extension office.
Please note Hay Storage and Hay Equipment rotate each program year. Hay Equipment will be offered in 2021-2022. Approval notifications are scheduled to be mailed mid-December.
Program purchases can be made starting October 1, 2021, and must be completed by the program’s final reimbursement request deadline.

Deep Rooted History in the Mountains of Grainger Country

It was 1972 and Bill Nickle was walking the steep mountainside of Hogskin Valley when he realized that his dream was becoming reality.
A dream born in the late 1960’s was starting to come to fruition as his vision of Narrow Ridge was laying before his eyes.

Getting Out With The New Baby

After the experience of a nine-month pregnancy and delivery, few of life’s pleasures measure up to taking the new baby out to meet the world. That could be in the form of a walk, run or hike. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has some thoughts for you to keep in mind on how to best enjoy that experience and avoid injury.

It Just So Happened

Some people believe in them. Some don’t. No, I am not talking about aliens or
ghosts. I am referring to coincidences. Or as we say here in East Tennessee: “It just so happened.” Recently, we experienced quite a few of them in one afternoon.



Chub Masingo

Chub (Charles) Masingo-age 68 of Sharps Chapel, born May 15, 1953 died Wednesday, October 20, 2021. He was of the Baptist faith. He is preceded in death by his beautiful daughter, Kasie Ann Masingo; parents, Sillus and Mattie Masingo; siblings, Donald and Mary Masingo;7 special nephew, Thomas Masingo; brothers-in-law, Charlie Kistler and Ken Rutherford.

Logan Beason

Ernest Logan Beason-age 79 of Maynardville passed away Wednesday morning, October 20, 2021 at his home. He was a member of Free Fellowship Pentecostal Church. Preceded in death by son, Jimmy Beason, parents, John and Abby (Shope) Beason; brothers, H. D. Beason and Joe Neil Beason; sister, Gerri Beason.

Glen Nicely, Jr.

Glen Nicely, Jr.-age 56 of Washburn, born August 10, 1965 passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at Claiborne Medical Center. He is preceded in death by his dad, Glen Nicely. He was a truck driver with Carmeuse Mining, Luttrell. He was also a member of Elm Springs Baptist Church.

Johnny Edward Lawson

Johnny Edward Lawson-age 71 of Luttrell, born September 1, 1950 passed away Monday, October 18, 2021 at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a retired employee of Bailey Company and presently employed with Worldwide Equipment. Preceded in death by parents, Cornelous and Betty (Rose) Lawson; brothers, Jackie Lawson, Jerry Lawson and Kenneth Lawson.

Joyce Cook Clark

Joyce Maxine (Cook) Clark-age 85 of Sharps Chapel born May 20, 1936 passed away Friday evening, October 15, 2021 at U. T. Medical Center. She was preceded in death by parents, Sam and Louvernia (Lay) Cook; husband, Roy Clark; daughter, Sandra Hobock; sons, Kenny and Ronald Clark; daughter-in-law, Debbie Clark. Brothers and sisters, Lonnie, Owen, Jack, Glen, Lynn, Lillis, Minnie, Walter, Ailor and Taylor Cook, Lucy Eastridge, Ann (Cook) Shoffner, Alvilda (Cook) Shoffner.

Leonard Weaver

Leonard Weaver-age 62 of Luttrell, born October 15, 1958 passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Claiborne Medical Center. Member of Ailordale Baptist Church and attended New Pleasant Gap Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Silas and Nelma Jean (Chesney) Weaver.
Survived by wife of 40 years, Tessia Weaver; brothers, Everett (June) Weaver, Charlie Weaver, Harold (Angela) Weaver, Dayrrell (Kathy) Weaver, Daniel (Shirley) Weaver, Rusty (Cindy) Weaver; sisters, Eva Nelson, Charlotte (Bobby) Isgette, Barbara (Terry) Thomas. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dollie Cooper Muncey

Dollie Kay Cooper-age 45 of Knoxville was taken from us Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Dollie Kay was born February 18, 1976 to Sherlene Childress Cooper and Gary Cooper. She was one of 10 children. Preceded in death by father, Gary Leroy Cooper; paternal grandparents, Guy and Dollie Cooper; maternal grandparents, James and Martha Childress; sister, Judy Ann Cooper-Mebine, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Reverend Douglas Dewayne Kitts

Reverend Douglas Dewayne Kitts – age 50 of Sharps Chapel, born November 2, 1970, went home to be with Jesus Thursday, October 7, 2021. He was saved April 4, 1980 as a 10 year old little boy at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. Dewayne was married to his best friend, Crystal for 30 years and they enjoyed driving on the open road. Dewayne was the best daddy, father-in-law and an even better papaw. He was his family’s Superman and will be greatly missed.

Johnny Munsey

October 30, 1956 – October 6, 2021
Johnny was a hard-working man who loved his Lord, his Family and his Friends.
He will be greatly missed and he will be forever loved.

“The only scars in Heaver won’t belong to you
Nothing there is broken and you’ve been made brand new
We can smile even as our tears are flowing down
Because we know the only scars in Heaven
Are on the hands that hold you now”

Adam Edwards

James Adam Edwards, age 34, of Sharps Chapel, TN, born July 5, 1987, left this earthly life on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Adam loved living life, his friends and family. He was always cheering someone up. He was a proud employee of Glen E. Mitchell & Co. for several years. Preceded in death by grandfather, James Claudie Sharp and uncle, Marty Edwards.

Jerry Don Givens

Jerry Don Givens age 73 of Knoxville, originally from Taylor, MI, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at his home after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses. He was of the Pentecostal Faith. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ruben and Hilda Horner Givens; granddaughter Angelina Givens and infant grandson Jayden Givens; brother William and sister Carol.

Infant Ryver Rayne Hopkins

Infant Ryver Rayne Hopkins-born and died Sunday afternoon, October 3, 2021 at North Knoxville Medical Center.

Survivors: mother, Madison Hopkins of Maynardville; brother, Ethan Dykes; grandmother, Shannon Hopkins; great-grandmother, Tamra Buckner; aunt, Lauren Holmes; uncle, Landyn Centala; cousin, Dakota Wallace.

Graveside service and interment 2 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2021 at Community Cemetery, Luttrell. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery by 1:45 p.m. Friday. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Monica Lawson

Monica Lynn Lawson-age 46 of Luttrell passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at her home. She attended Circle Assembly of God Church in Mascot. Preceded in death by her parents, Ricky and Brenda Lawson.

Survivors: husband, Ernesto Antonio Martinez; children, Joshua Eugene Simmons, Jocelyn Victoria Lawson and Jillian Marie Lawson. Brother, Thomas Coldwell.

Graveside service and interment 9:30 A.M. Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Community Cemetery, Luttrell with Rev. John Lawson officiating.
Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Jesse N. Elkins

Jesse N. Elkins – age 96 of Andersonville, passed away peacefully at home on October 3, 2021. He was a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church. Jesse retired from JFG Coffee Company with 41 years of service. He was also a member of J. C. Baker Masonic Lodge #720 for over 60 years.

Betty Sue organ

Betty Sue Organ-age 63 of New Tazewell, born July 22, 1958 left this earthly life Saturday, October 2, 2021 due to complications of Covid 19. She was married 43 years to the love of her life, Jerry Organ. She was momma to four children, Jason Bell, Shasta Cottrell, Jennifer (Tommy) Cockrum, Casey (Michael) Anthony. From these unions, Sue was Nana to 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She loved each and every one of them unconditionally. Sue loved her Lord and Saviour and loved everyone as Jesus loves us.

Haynes, Charles

Charlie L. Haynes (Chuck) - Age 84

Charlies’ earthly life ended at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021, with his family by his side. Leaving behind his faithful wife of 63 years, Imogene Haynes; his loving children Rhonda (Steve) Widner, Keith (Karen) Haynes; grandchildren: Mandy (Craig) Foster, Anna (Nick) Maples, Daniel (Liz) Haynes, Nicholas Haynes (deceased); great grandchildren: Owen & Tayler Blake, Skyler Foster, Carson & Luke Maples, Bella & Levi Haynes.

Jerry Lynn Burchell

Jerry Lynn Burchell-age 58 of Corryton passed away Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He attended Redemption Harvest Church and was a retired employee of Knox County Parks and Recreation. Preceded in death by father, Coy Allen Burchell; mother, Betty Ruth Grubb Burchell; brother, Jackie Leonard Burchell; sisters, Judy Ann Burchell and Barbara Jean Burchell; sister-in-law, Loretta Burchell.

Mink, Kelley Leann Dyer

Kelley Leann Dyer Mink, age 24 of Powder Springs, TN, passed away suddenly Thursday, September 30, 2021 at home. She was a former member of Lake Shore Missionary Baptist Church and present member of the Fellowship Christian Church. She was the owner operator of Sweet Southern Roots Boutique and online auction company. Kelley was the most loving, caring, and kindhearted person that anyone could meet. She loved the Lord and truly cherished her friends and online auction family. She loved her family dearly and will be greatly missed.

James Michael Elkins

James Michael Elkins, of Washburn, TN, died unexpectedly on September 28, 2021 in a car accident. The family is deeply saddened by his sudden death. He was born on August 23, 1968 in Landstuhl, Germany on U.S soil, graduated from Grissom High School in Huntsville, AL, served in the Alabama Army National Guard, and lived mostly in Tennessee towards the end of his life.

William Leon Collins

William “Leon” Collins-age 49 of Blaine went to be with his Heavenly Father Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Survivors: Mother of his daughter, Kelli; daughter, Leah Collins; Leon was her number one fan in softball and she was the love of his life. Parents, Lonnie and Shirley Collins, brother, Wayne (Loretta) Williams, niece, Brianna (Michael) Hickman; great-niece, McKinley Hickman.

Jesse (Jay) Capps

Jesse (Jay) Hubert Capps-age 81 of Powder Springs passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital. He was preceded in death by parents, Jesse and Estie Capps; sister, Maggie and brothers, Eugene, Frank, Kermit and Duane.

Survivors: wife of 59 years, Linda Jean Capps; two sons, Brian Capps and Bradley (Avery) Capps; grandchildren, T. J., Virginia, Rebecca, Jesse, Caty, Marcus, Callie, Chole, Cassie and Ava; Eight great-grandchildren. Brothers, Ira and Ronnie Capps.

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