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05/27/2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
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Free Masks for Union County residents from the Union County Health Department. Available every day in Maynardville at the Health Department. First community event in Luttrell, TN. See attached flier. More events to come soon in Sharps Chapel and others.



Funding approved for Hwy 33 construction

State Rep. Dennis Powers

State Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro, and State Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains, today announced the funding has been approved for the final phase of construction of State Route 33 connecting Union and Knox counties.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has completed the right-of-way phase of the development for State Route 33 (Maynardville Highway). This 5.2 mile project will adjoin the portion of State Route 33 in Union County to the Knox County line and State Route 144. The proposed project includes widening the highway from two lanes to five.

A Little Bit of Normal

The New You salon owner Vickie Burkhart gives a shampoo to client Rhonda Collins.

Vickie Burkhart has owned her business for 32 years. It was a hard hit when she had to close her salon, The New You, on March 27 due to a government order to help control the spread of Covid-19. But things are slowly returning to normal since Burkhart and her co-stylist Terry Shumate re-opened the salon May 6.

CDC Recommends Wearing Masks in Public

Recently, the CDC recommended wearing masks in public. Many people have regained confidence to enter super markets and other stores as result of wearing masks and gloves. However, gloves and masks, though important, should not be solely relied upon for protection. Homemade masks are not as effective as other masks like a type called N95s, and they are not always put on and taken off correctly. When wearing your mask, make sure it completely covers your mouth and nose. Make sure that you are still social distancing and only going out when necessary, even with a mask.

The Bomber Plant

It was the winter of 1941-1942 and the war was just beginning. Dad found a job in Akron, Ohio, at a tire making plant. They would be making butyl rubber. The Japanese controlled all the real rubber coming out of the East Indies in the Orient. A substitute had to be found. Dad brought us a sample of the synthetic rubber when he came home for a weekend. It looked like rubber. It felt like rubber. It would be the only kind available until the war was over.

What Scares You?

Two weeks ago I left three fictitious youngsters in the hayloft of Uncle Ex Newman’s barn as they laid out of school— Clark Mosely, his older brother Hen, and their still older cousin Jay Harvey Tatum. Three youngsters alone in a barn can be a scary situation for those not in the barn, I’m sure. I promise to join them in their misadventures once again soon, but inspiration has taken me on another path for this week.

Growing Girdle

This is not about people outgrowing their clothes or undergarments. This is about my Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle. She and my daughter Sara share a trait I don’t have: a green thumb.

Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle could grow any flower or plant. If she planted it, it grew. As far back as I can remember, she had flowers growing next to the carport. I think they were azaleas. They were lush and in many colors. She also had a flower garden out in the front yard. That’s the one where I always loved to dig up bugs and other icky stuff. She didn’t mind as long as I didn’t dig up one of her flowers.


Buttermilk Pie

Back in the day, a country housewife had a supply of buttermilk. After all, she churned her own butter. Now, we pick up a carton at Food City, not realizing how it used to be. Buttermilk Pie was good then and it still is. Use a refrigerated pie crust you have on hand or make your own. If you don't have buttermilk in the fridge, shame on you!

Drive in for Kindergarteners

The 2020-21 Union County Schools Kindergarten Round-up will look a bit different this season with a drive-in style registration. Union County Public Schools K-12 Curriculum Supervisor Dr. Lauren Effler hopes to make the process as easy as possible for parents.

Kindergarten Round-up will be held Thursday, May 28 from 4-6:30pm at each elementary school. See photo for more details and a list of items parents need to bring for the registration.

Ready to Ditch the Gray?

Holloway and her new canine friend Miss Alaska relax in front of the TV during quarantine.

When was the last time you had a haircut, color, perm, manicure, etc.? People have started saying we’re all in the same boat. Maybe we’re all in the same state of grayness.

By the time this article is published, Janet Holloway will have reopened her salon, bringing into play a whole new set of challenges to running a business.

Like many companies in Union County and beyond, Janet’s Hair Salon closed its doors March 27th thanks to the state’s mandatory shut down due to Covid-19.

When Hand Washing First Became a Big Deal

Hand washing has certainly come to the forefront these days, and rightfully so. The experts say frequent and thorough hand washing is the most important thing you can do for defense against Covid-19. And it’s been an important health action for many decades, but this hasn’t always been the case. For thousands of years people were getting sick or dying from contamination spread by unclean hands, but no one knew anything about bacteria or viruses and such. The first glimmer that clean hands were a big deal occurred in 1847 in an unusual manner.

My Southern Momma

“You’re so nice,” my friend Susan told me.

I shook my head and laughed. “No, I just have a Southern momma.”

My Southern momma began my training as soon as I learned how to talk and was able to communicate with others. It’s an old family tradition. My momma received most of her training from Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle.

Unfortunately for my momma, I didn’t take to my training as well as she did hers. I don’t know who was more frustrated: me or my momma.


Appreciation to the Working Man

Last week’s submission left three fictitious youngsters in the hayloft of Uncle Ex Newman’s barn as they laid out of school—Clark Mosely, his older brother Hen, and their still older cousin Jay Harvey Tatum. We’ll join them in their misadventures once again soon, but inspiration has taken me on another path for this week.

The Tail of the Dragon

Have you ever done the Dragon? You haven't? Well, you are in for a treat, or a treatment; whatever. Let me tell you the story of my daughter Anne's sister-in-law, Jackie. She came down to visit last summer. She has a brother over on the North Carolina side of the Smokies. Jackie has never been near the Smokies before. She needed directions on how to get to her brother.

The Journey to Clingman's Dome

My husband and son on the way back down. Pictures by the author.

Back in the mid-nineties, I had hip replacement surgery. I didn’t want it, but the horse I fell from about twenty or so years earlier gave me no say in the matter. It was a strange journey. About 1989, I went to see an orthopedic doctor at Ft. Sanders when my back was hurting. He ordered an MRI after saying he was pretty sure he knew what was wrong. I wish he had just told me.

Pickled Eggs

This was one my dad's favorites. He liked it with a glass of beer. The bar he frequented always had a gallon jar on the counter behind the bar. I never made them for Dad. I didn't have the recipe. These are different than eggs brined in beet juice.

Dawson Epperson signs with Tennessee Wesleyan University

On March 13, 2020, Union County High student Dawson Epperson signed a basketball scholarship with Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tennessee (TWU). Dawson talked to several schools before making the decision to sign with TWU. TWU is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Dawson is undecided of his major at this time.

BOE discusses 2021 budget and completes work virtually

Chairman David Coppock called the first virtual meeting of the Union County Board of Education to order on April 9, 2020, with all board members present.
Director of Schools Jimmy Carter relayed a message from UCEA President Carolyn Murr. She thanked the BOE for the care and thoughtfulness shown during the pandemic, especially the distribution of food to the students.

4-H Grows Youth and Service in Union County: “This is how I can help doctors and nurses stay safe.”

Union County 4-H-er Gracie Tindell uses her sewing skills to provide face masks for locals in need

By Alyshia Victoria
4-H is a youth development organization where students are taught life skills and decision-making to live better lives, meet goals and become community leaders. As we are all adapting to rapid change and impact in our community, 4-H students are truly stepping up to meet challenges because of what they have learned from the program.
Gracie Tindell, a sixth grade 4-H student who is a part of the Smoky Mountain 4-H Club here in Union County, is one of those students.

Tomatoes Part V: Nutrient management and fertilization

Blossom End Rot

In the final article for home tomato gardening, we will discuss fertilization, common challenges and harvest. The 2019 tomato season was my favorite because my daughter discovered the joy of planting, patiently growing, harvesting and consuming my favorite vegetable. The joy on her face when she picked and ate her first tomato filled my heart. I hope you will find the same satisfaction as the 2020 growing season approaches.
Nutrient management and fertilization

Credit score improved 150+ points in less than two years

We all know that credit scores are important—they demonstrate our creditworthiness to lenders and make a real difference in whether or not we can get a loan and how much interest we will have to pay.
But how much control do we have over our credit profiles?
The answer may surprise you.

Carl Smith - From Union County to Mr. Country - Part 2

Country Connections
By James and Ellen Perry
While talking with David Farmer, who partnered with Dr. Bob Wyrick and me on an international radio show called Country Connections, David told me Carl Smith was his inspiration to become a country entertainer and songwriter.
During 1946 and 1947 when David was four or five years old, he and his mother would walk two miles down a dirt road from their home in Powell Valley to Highway 63 and catch a Greyhound bus at 7 a.m. to the LaFollette, Tennessee, Greyhound bus station.

From Straight Branch Holler in 1905 to Plainview

H. W. (Tint) and Francy Beeler’s General Store opened at Straight Branch Holler in 1905

H. W. Beeler (Tint) and wife Francy (Clawson) opened Beeler Store and a canning business on property now under Norris Lake in the 13th district in Union County in 1905. Tints father, French Haggard (Hag), married Martha Stiner. They farmed and he operated a blacksmith shop on the opposite bank of the Powell River.


(Kennedy, 1994) Okinawa had immense advantages with its deep harbor, airfields and could be a staging place for the eventual attack on Japan itself only 350 miles away. It could be a harborage for crippled B-17s returning from Tokyo. But first it had to be taken from the heavily entrenched Japanese. (Morison, 1965) General MacArthur came up with the idea of leap frogging the most fortified islands and letting them “die on the vine”

More autonomy at work reduces the risk of low back pain

Worldwide, more than 23 percent of the population suffer from chronic low back pain (CLBP). This makes CLBP the most prevalent chronic pain disorder, associated with immense costs to the health care system. The problems are often attributed to risks at the workplace, but are usually related to physical factors such as incorrect posture or sitting for too long.

Farmers Market plans to open May 9

Thompson Farms fresh strawberries

By Beth Bergeron
Union County Farmers Market is excited about our upcoming tenth market season. While the market may look a little different at opening on Saturday, May 9, the vision is still clear: Providing the opportunity for you to shop for fresh, locally grown, healthy farm products while supporting your community has always been part of that vision—but it is much more than that.

Lone wolf Christians

Have you ever encountered a so-called “Lone Wolf Christian?
Some people think they can worship God all by themselves without assembling together with other like-minded believers. The mere concept of worshiping God apart from communal worship is contrary to sound Biblical teaching.
While it is true that each of us must have a personal encounter via the Holy Spirit with Jesus, he never said after you are saved go into your house, hole up, and become an antisocial hermit.


Mother's Day

You taught me to wash my face
And how to use the potty.
You made me eat up all my peas
And wiped my nose when snotty.

You taught me to say thank you
Because politeness is the way.
Now that I'm grown and on my own
Would you watch the kids today?

Stuffed Mushrooms

Button mushroom caps make excellent appetizers. Pull out the stem, giving you a nice cavity to fill with whatever you desire. The secret to working with fresh whole mushrooms when you plan to stuff them is to saute a few minutes to reduce the water content and tenderize them. There are a number of possible fillings. This is an easy one. It doesn't need to be baked. Can be served warmed or chilled.

Woodpeckers are designed tree specialists

Pileated woodpecker

By: Steve Roark
Volunteer: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Beautiful spring mornings are often accented with the distant sound of woodpecker drumming. During this time of year, the males use drumming on trees and even metal roofs to announce their territory and attract a mate.

The "Baccer" incident

“You don’t really know somebody until you live with them.” When I heard this old saying as a kid, I didn’t get it. Believe you me, I do now.
Tim and I dated three and a half years before we married. I know that seems like a long time, but I was only 17 when we met in high school.
By the time we wed, I thought I knew everything about him. And he thought he knew everything about me.
We were both very wrong.

Bunny Land Golf and other Pigeon Forge attractions

Picture courtesy of Pixabay.

The first time we visited Pigeon Forge back in the late ’80s, there was a small carnival style amusement park against a hill on one side of the road and tons of tourist shops on both sides. Dollywood was fairly new and many motels were still Mom and Pop establishments as were most of the restaurants. There were a couple of outlet malls, but there was no Titanic attraction, no Wonderworks, or Dixie Stampede, Splash Country or Hollywood Wax Museum, etc.

Seek and ye shall find (somethin')

John Clark Mosely and his one-and-a-half-year-old brother Bobby Henry set out with their cousin Jay Harvey Tatum to find their father Fletch Mosely. If truth be told, Hen hoped they didn’t find him. Hen figured Fletch would beat the sap out of them for laying out of school. “Maybe,” Hen hoped, “he won’t even know it’s a school day.” Daddy never had been much for school when he was little—he only went to (not through) the second grade, and he hadn’t been around home enough lately to know much about what was going on. Hen would never have let either his little brother or older cousin know that he was scared of his daddy, but he for “dang-shore” was!

Dust in the wind, or on your shelf

A typical dust mite. Photo is from the Public Domain.

A few years ago, I wrote a novel called “Motes.”
The title of the book comes from the term used to describe particles of dust. Each particle is called a “mote.” There are alien creatures in the story from ten light-years away who are smaller than a dust mote. A human boy in the story mistakes one of them for an actual speck of dust and traps it in a peanut butter jar. You might be amazed at the story that develops from that.

Tomatoes Part IV: Plant Support & Pruning

In the third part of our tomato series, we discussed garden layout and water. In this edition, we will talk about plant support and pruning. This is an area where we can make it easier to manage our gardens and harvest the fruits of our labor. Also, depending on the type of tomato plant, pruning can yield larger fruit when the plant can devote as much energy as possible into fruit production.

Frequently asked questions about chiropractic

Q: How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

A: Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands—or an instrument— to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

Wild Ginger

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) is an interesting plant found in rich, moist, forested areas in deep hollows and drains. East and north facing lower slopes are its favored habitat, where it can be pretty prolific

Ginger has a stem (called a rhizome) that grows low along the ground with pairs of heart shaped leaves sticking up through the leaf litter. The leaf stems are very hairy. If you scratch around under the leaves in the spring you may find a brownish purple flower with three petals. If you break off a piece of the rhizome it will have the strong smell like ginger.

Easters of Yesteryear

I watch a lot of television these days. With my knees bothering me so much, it is most comfortable to lie back in my recliner and watch mysteries on TV. I have noticed only two Easter-related commercials. One is the ever popular Cadbury Bunny tryouts and other is the Swiss chocolate commercial. Where are the Easter baskets? Where are the colored hard-boiled eggs?

The Masked Marvel

The Easter Bunny came this year.
I wondered if he would.
Gloved and masked,
Going about his task,
His traditional job, with fear.

With handshakes no more;
I waved and I cheered,
”You Sweet Springtime Honey
Mr. Cotton Tailed Bunny.
I'll see you again next year.”

Fight or Flight?

Full disclosure, this is my daily musing written from the viewpoint of a Christian. Read, or ignore. Agree, or disagree. Two freedoms that are ultimately still yours, along with many others.

As a believer, in trying to maneuver through this C-19 crisis in the best way I can, I frequently find myself shifting between some fear and a little arrogance while attempting to find the perfect point between the two. In speaking with others, while many are exactly where I am, I hear a lot of fear, and a lot of arrogance in some of them as well.

In Search Of

t was March, 1939. John Clark Mosley set out to school that first day of first grade for the second time in two years with his brother (and best friend) Bobby Henry. “Hen”, as everybody in Tatum Holler called him, was for the most part a quiet, reflective child. He was a veteran of White Deer School, having spent two years already in the first grade, once when he was five and again when he turned six.

All Fired Hurry

I don’t like waiting. At all!

A few years ago, we were driving south on I-75 to visit relatives in Florida. Being the history buff that I am, I asked Tim if we could take a little detour through Savannah. I was so excited when he agreed.

On the way in, we drove by the Talmadge Memorial Bridge. It’s a suspension bridge that’s absolutely breath taking. That alone was worth taking the detour.


Mr. Blue Sky

One of my all-time favorite songs is “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra. I was only twelve years old when that song hit the airwaves in 1977. It struck a chord with me (no pun intended) because it seemed so hopeful and so happy. It also ended with a strange robot-like voice at the end, which was extra intriguing for a nerdy pre-teen like me. (More on that later.)

The Flood of '93

WBIR reporter filming the flooding. Stuck guy in middle of the water.

As if the blizzard of ’93 wasn’t enough, two months later, east Tennessee experienced the flood of ’93. The blizzard set the stage. When the snow melted it went a long way to filling creeks and other bodies of water. Then the rains began and kept coming.

It wasn’t just discouraging to have clouds and rain for days on end, but then after a particularly heavy night’s rainfall, it became impossible to get around town. Just as it had during the blizzard, school was cancelled.

Ham, Rice and Cabbage Casserole

Here we go again with another leftover ham casserole. Only this time I am pairing it with rice. Rice combines well with a lot of things, either savory or sweet. I think of Spanish Rice and Rice Pudding. This recipe is a bit different than most rice recipes. The uncooked rice is sauteed in butter until golden, rather than cooked before it is combined with the other ingredients. Don't worry, the rice won't get gummy. If you have never cooked rice this way before, you will be surprised how nicely it turns out.

Stop The Spread Of Germs

Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. For more information:

Attention Seniors! Need assistance with Shopping?

Attention Seniors! Need assistance with Shopping? SCHAS OUT SHOPPING is here to help! In response to government instructions for older adults to remain safely in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Seniors Citizens Home Assistance Service has developed SCHAS OUT SHOPPING (S.O.S.) SCHAS will do your shopping and deliver your groceries directly to you. By partnering with other non-profit agencies, and by using screened employees and volunteers, Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service (SCHAS) is pleased to be able to offer this service at no cost to qualifying seniors.


UCBPA Meeting

Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 13:00

UCBPA meets the second Tuesday of each month for approximately one hour. Membership is $25 annually. The meeting begins at noon at Hardee's in Maynardville. Anyone interested in making Union County a better place to live, work, worship, or play may attend.

26th UCBPA Scholarship Benefit Golf Classic
Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Three Ridges in Knoxville
Tee Time 1:00
Lunch provided
Prizes, goody bags, putting contest, free beverages
Major Sponsors: Food City and UCEA
Cost $300 per team
Entry Form attached


Daniel Joseph Kitts

Daniel Joseph Kitts, age 35 of Maynardville, TN passed away Thursday, May 21st at UT Medical Center in Knoxville. Daniel fought a long and difficult battle but passed peacefully surrounded by his family. Daniel was a member of Grace Baptist Church of Halls.

Proceeded in death by his father Daniel L. Kitts, grandmother Ellen Kitts and uncle Tim Kitts.

Eldon Jones

Eldon Derrell Jones – passed away suddenly on May 18, 2020. He was born September 14, 1967 in Escondido, California. He lived most of his life in California until he moved to Maynardville in 2013. Eldon attended high school in California at Poway High School. He loved his family and enjoyed making people laugh. He always had a story to tell and caught people’s attention. When moving to Tennessee he enjoyed being with his scout family. He so enjoyed camping, games and making a difference in kids’ lives.

Billy Joe Norris, Sr.

Billy Joe (Bill) Norris, Sr.-age 77 of Knoxville passed away Wednesday evening, May 13, 2020. He was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by father, Earnest Norris; mother, Bonnie Lay Norris; brothers, Ray Norris and Gene Norris.
Survivors: son, Joe Norris and wife, Lori; daughter, Robin Williams; four grandchildren, Renea King, Joshua Norris, Elisha Grubb, Jessica Hayes; seven great-grandchildren, Ashton, Anthony, Hunter, Lily, Jaylin, Elijah and Grace.
There are no services planned. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Euretha Woods

Euretha Sue Woods – age 52 of Andersonville, passed away May 11, 2020. She was a member of Twinville Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by parents, Paul and Mary Lou Hatmaker; and brother, Quint Hatmaker. Euretha is survived by husband of 35 years, Chuck Woods; children, Sherri (Andy) Dixon, Jonathan (Carrie) Woods, Tonya (Robbie) Blackburn and Tylor Woods; grandchildren, Elaina and Madelyn Woods, and soon to be grandson, baby Dixon; and siblings, David Hatmaker, Timothy Hatmaker and Paula Long.

Penny Kay Cox

Penny Kay Cox – age 60 of Knoxville, passed away suddenly May 6, 2020.

She is preceded in death by parents, Bud and Angela Cox. Penny is survived by son, Tim Damewood; and daughter Brandy Akins; grandson, Ethan Akins; brother, Ricky Cox; nephew, Blake (Megan) Cox; niece, Brianna Roberts Mozingo; and two great nephews.

Ramey L. Daugherty

Ramey L. Daugherty-age 69 of Blaine, born May 30, 1950 in Harlan, Kentucky passed away Thursday morning, May 7, 2020 at his home. Preceded in death by son, Ramey Daugherty, Jr.; parents, Willard and Zora Daugherty; sister, Sandy Daugherty.

Geraldine Nicley Bailey

Geraldine Bailey-age 90 of Mascot, born September 16, 1929, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at her home. Preceded in death by husband, Raymond Bailey, parents, Vaughn and Ocie (Muncey) Nicley; brothers, Luther Paul Nicley, G. L. Nicley, Jimmy Nicley; one sister, Jean Nicley.

Mildred "Midge" Bailey Jones

Mildred A. “Midge” Bailey Jones-age 89 of Powell passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at her home. She was a member of Old Pleasant Gap Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Dennis and Stella Bailey; grandson, Donnie Atkins; great-grandson, Tyler Atkins; brothers, D. L. Bailey, Newell Bailey, Denny Bailey, Ronald Bailey, Wayne (Butch) Bailey, sisters, Darlene Coram, Bobbie Inklebarger.

Eddie G. Hunley

Eddie G. Hunley-age 75 of Knoxville passed away Sunday morning, May 3, 2020 at his home. He was a member of Glen Oak Baptist Church, a U. S. Army Veteran and was a retired employee of Ronford Office Supply. Preceded in death by parents, Elbert and Evelyn (Booker) Hunley; brother, Kyle Hunley.

Glen Edward Ramey

Glen E. Ramey-age 76 of Luttrell, formerly of Harlan, Kentucky passed away peacefully Friday, May 1, 2020 at his home after a long battle with COPD. Glen is a veteran in which he served a total of 27 years, in which he earned several medals. He served in the U. S. Army as a SP4E4(T) 1961 through 1969, during Vietnam. He later served in the U. S. Air Force as SMSGNT 1971 through 1990. Then he retired and started his career at American Home Oxygen Company where he spent 14 years as an employee. Glen took great pride in his time spent in the services and loved telling his stories.