Need A Ride To Church

746 Tazewell Pike Luttrell TN 37779
Need A Ride To Church

Fellowship Christian Church located at 746 Tazewell Pike Luttrell TN 37779 will pickup anyone in the local area needing a ride to church. Call Sam at 865-607-3741 to schedule a ride.

Worship Services

Sunday School 10:00 AM
Sunday Worship Service 11:00 A.M
Sunday Evening Service 6:30 P.M
Wednesday Service 7:00 P.M



What You Need to Know About Social Distancing, Self-quarantine and Self-isolation

Social Distancing

Social distancing is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to limit the spread of coronavirus. Social distancing means avoiding close contact with others (keeping a distance of 6 feet or more), avoiding crowds, and suspending social practices, like shaking hands. Individuals can practice social distancing by avoiding places and events where keeping a 6-foot distance from others is unlikely or impossible. Organizations support social distancing when large gatherings are cancelled to slow virus spread.

Chiropractic Education

The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding—four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.

Transplanting Trees Requires a Game Plan

There are occasions when you need to move a tree or shrub from one place to another, or perhaps you want to try your hand at moving a tree from the wild to your landscape. Successful transplanting requires planning, patience, and work.

Rat Chips

“I want some rat chips Momma!”

My mom and I both were speechless. We had just walked by a vending machine. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have noticed it if Sara wasn’t pointing toward it and calling out, “I want some rat chips.”

“What in the world is she talking about?” Mom asked me.

I shrugged. “I have no idea.”

“I want some rat chips Momma!”


Scavenger Hunt

The date is Monday, March 16, 2020. As I write this article, the county, state, nation and world is in a state of unrest due to Coronavirus. Today the U. S. Stock Market took its sharpest dive since 1987, when Ronald Reagan was president. Amazing to me, especially as it was just a few days ago that it showed a dramatic one day increase! This is just evidence of how fast things change in an uncertain and fearful world.


Lovely summer potatoes. Pictures courtesy of Pixabay.

I have a love/hate relationship with plants. Don’t get me wrong, I love plants, flowers, trees, and bushes. Flora beautifies the earth all seasons of the year.

When my dad was stationed in Germany for two years, we always made a trip to the Netherlands in the spring. We visited fields of tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils. They were absolutely gorgeous. When we returned to the states and Dad retired, he had multiple orders of bulbs waiting for him in Utah.

Marinated Mozzarella

I first sampled this treat at a party long ago. Mozzarella cheese doesn't have a whole lot of flavor unless you gussy it up. This recipe does. Add it to your hors d'oeurves tray for your next get-together. Even if you don't use sun-dried tomatoes very often, they will keep in your fridge for quite a while. They are great in pasta or potato salads.

Hashbrown Sausage Bake

In years past, buying refrigerated shredded potatoes would have been an unacceptable luxury for this cash-strapped housewife. I don't even think they were available back in the day. Heck, refrigerators were still in the “gosh, what a luxury” category. Frozen french fries were unheard of and who would consider buying individual baking potatoes? My, how times have changed. You might already have a favorite hashbrown recipe, but if you don't, here is mine.

Hydroponics and Aquaponics Come to Horace Maynard Middle School via TVA STEM Grant

Pictured above: Ashley Walker (TVA), Paula Deaver, Gregory Clay (HMMS Principal), Leslye Hartsell (KUB), David Burk, and in the background: Dr. Jimmy Carter ( Union County School Superintendent)

Horace Maynard Middle School (HMMS) received a grant of $2,500 from the Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated for a STEM (science, technology, education, and math) education project.

Support HMMS Hygiene Closet

Horace Maynard Middle School Hygiene Closet

Maynardville is a community that is strong in pulling together its resources for the overall benefit of one another. Children come first and most anyone will reach out to help when there is a child in need.

Throughout the county, there are clothes closets, backpack programs, food pantries and so many more resources for the times when they are needed. Many students rely on these alternative assets as their supply source for the month.

Moonshining In Union County

As we all probably know, Union County, and the rest of Appalachia for that matter, has a long history with moonshining. In fact, Maynardville's own main street and Highway 33 is called Thunder Road in recognition of its bootlegging past- the moonshine "pipeline" between Middlesboro and Knoxville. I was born on Thunder Road in the back of my grandfather's car, but that's another story. If we look back at our history, even to colonial times and the earliest habitation by European settlers, distilled spirits have been produced by mountain people, both legal and illicit.

I did it!

I knew better than to try it, but I did anyway. My husband Tim even said, “I knew you should’ve stayed outside.”

Where in the world were we? Standing inside the Saint Augustine lighthouse.

We were on their ghost tour. As you all know, I don’t go on ghost tours to see ghosts. I go because I love stories and history. And with Saint Augustine being the oldest European settlement in North America, it is full of rich and even tragic stories.

Reality . . . What’s That?

I still have the first dictionary I ever owned. Ms. Wanza Sharp gave it to me in fourth grade. It was missing both front and back covers, and the first and last few pages were missing. I still have it safely tucked away in my home library archives. The dictionary is precious because it was one of the first books I ever owned, and Ms. Wanza, one of my all-time heroes both in and out of the classroom, gave it to me. Also, I spent many a day playing school with that wonderful volume.

ST. Patrick's Day Long Ago

My father kept postcards from his childhood. I found them after he passed away. I never knew they existed until then. He was born in 1899 in Sandstone
Township of Jackson County, Michigan It was a different time. Dad would have been horrified to see how this old world is turning nowadays. It was a gentler time. Boys on the farm didn't have the distractions that abound now.

Choosing Healthy Nursery Trees

Spring approaches, and with it will come the itch to get your fingernails dirty and plant stuff. Landscaping adds beauty and value to the home, so it’s a good investment, and you always want your investments to do well, so choosing healthy plants is important. Here are some guidelines:

Molded Lemon - Beet Salad

I like beets just about any way you can fix them. Fresh ones, topped and cooking in boiling salted water taste the best. Then peel them, slice them and top with butter and some of the warmed water they were cooked in. Everyone I know likes them fancied up. This is a fancied up recipe. Good, too. Please forgive me for using canned beets. Fresh ones aren't always available.

Red Devils Baseball Win Opener

Maddix Wyrick’s walk-off was a picture perfect ending in Horace Maynard’s victory over Claiborne Bulldogs. Horace Maynard took Tuesday’s game in dramatic fashion, with a 3-2 walk-off with Claiborne Bulldogs. The game was tied at two with Horace Maynard battling the bottom of the sixth with an error and a fielders choice led to the winning run for Horace Maynard. The pitching was strong on both sides, Horace Maynard pitcher struck out ten, while Josh Cinnamon sat down five.

Melissa Stevens: The Illustrated Author

Melissa Stevens

In the literary world, a catchy title or risqué focus may draw the eye of an interested reader, but have you ever thought about how influenced one may be by elegantly designed book cover art? Melissa Stevens saw the need for such involved illustrations in forums in the mid-2000s.

Melissa, who is an Anderson County native, is the owner and operator of a thriving graphic design and illustration business, Illustrated Author Design Services. She began in 2011, working with a small press.

Scouting Scholarship Fundraiser

The fundraising event was kicked off at 11:30 with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Scout Oath, and the Scout Law; led by Webelo Caleb Demetroff and Den Chief Tristin Luebke pictured above.

The Boy Scouts of America has been teaching patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues to America’s youth for more than 100 years. It is an organization that children have been proud and happy to join for generations. Believing that scouting is a tradition worth supporting, local Cub Scout Pack 401 is raising money to build a scholarship fund to ensure no child is excluded from scouting due to the family’s inability to pay. This is a new project for the Pack to address a new need.

March is Extension Month

FCS/4-H Extension Agent Alyshia Victoria, Extension Program Assistant Beth Bergeron, 2019 Extension Intern Allison Rison, Ag/4-H Extension Agent & County Director Shannon DeWitt, UT Extension Eastern Region David Yates, Extension Administrative Assistant Ashley Mike and Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Skibinski

UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels.
Extension Month:

Why is good posture important?

Good posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities. The benefits of correct posture are as follows:

• Helps us keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain.

• Reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury.

Pioneers and Butterflies

For those of you who don’t know my mother, I like to call her: “Ms. Pioneer.” She would have preferred to live in the pioneer days instead of today.

When I was still living at home, our water heater went out. Before it was repaired, my mother ran water in the tub and then marched into the kitchen. “I’m going to take a bath like the pioneers did.” She politely ran water in a large bowl and stuck it in the microwave. “I’m gonna pour hot water in the tub.”

Aging and Lent

Traditionally, Lent is seen as a time of sacrifice, of giving up something. Some people give up chocolate, or drinking alcohol, or fast food; I met a young woman last week who was fasting for Lent. I didn’t get a chance to ask her what kind of fast it was, but at our small group meeting and potluck the only thing she had was water. For the last couple of years I’ve given up social media for Lent, and it has been surprisingly easy to do.

The CCC In Union County Part 7

Continuing from "From Hearth And Hoe": " In October, 1935, TVA Camps 7, 13, 16, 19, and 22, for example, were engaged in soil erosion projects and special work on TVA lands. Three 110-foot steel fire towers were erected. Camp TVA-13 constructed a stone masonry fish dam on Stiner Branch. The dam, 30 feet high and 145 feet long, created a lake used by TVA's Fish and Game division to raise fish. Camp TVA-16, consisting of about 206 young men, mostly from East Tennessee, was organized at Sharp's Chapel on August 15, 1935.

The Peddler’s Ware

Have you ever felt like just getting away from it all? Perhaps in moments of trouble or frustration you, like I, have thought how wonderful it would be just to keep driving in the direction you were going, turning away from all the job struggles, family worries, quarrelsome friends, and debt.

Chicken Pot Pie

Here is an easy version of chicken pot pie. The hard work of cooking the chicken, preparing the veggies and making the sauce and biscuits is all done for you. It does take a while to bake, but you can be doing other things while it does. Nothing beats finding an easy entree for supper.

Looking at Lichens

The above high rainfall we’ve had past couple of years seems to have caused a boost in lichens. Lichens are those flat light green blotches or hair-like tufts you see growing on tree bark and rocks. Like all life on Earth, lichens have found a niche where they can grow without much competition. Most older trees in our area have at least a small colony growing somewhere.

The Parthenon

The Parthenon in Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee.

Most people who hear someone mention the Parthenon will think of one place—the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. However, for most folks in Tennessee, they also know of the Parthenon in Nashville, the “Athens of the South.” I have seen both.

E.T. Phone Home

In 1982, we held our collective breath as a little boy named Elliott desperately struggled to help his little alien buddy “phone home” in “E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial”. The diminutive, so-ugly-it-was-cute critter had to somehow contact his home world before he died from some unknown illness assumed to be associated with being on Earth. As the movie’s popularity soared, people everywhere could be heard quipping, “E.T. Phone home!” Even today, you can hear that quote used frequently as an attempt to inject humor into some activity around an attempt to communicate.

Read to Your SLOTH program starts at library

The Maynardville Public Library is launching a new reading incentive program for Union County elementary school-aged children. Through this program, the library offers kids incentives for reading and a buddy sloth to read to every day.
What’s more, this year-round program is completely free. The idea is adapted from Kim Todd’s “Read to a Pal” program at Luttrell Public Library, in which children can choose from a variety of stuffed animals to adopt and read books to.

Survey finds less than half of Americans concerned about poor posture

Poor posture affects the whole body, but can be easily fixed with a few adjustments. The average American adult spends more than three and a half hours looking down at a smartphone every day. Looking down or slouching for long periods of time can not only cause chronic pain in the back, neck and knees, but it can lead to more serious health issues like circulation problems, heartburn and digestive issues if left unchecked. However, a new national survey finds that too few Americans are concerned with the health effects of bad posture.

Chubby Beeler, the Man Behind the Stars

Sharon and Chubby Beeler

Country Connections by James and Ellen Perry
I first met Chubby Beeler during my freshman year 1959/1960 at Horace Maynard High School in Maynardville, Tennessee, the county seat of Union County. Chubby was a phenomenon at school as he was a very good guitar picker and had an easygoing personality, as we called it back then. He hasn’t changed over the years even after all his success as a guitar picker displaying his great talent from Union County to the Grand Ole Opry and many places in between.

Plainview, a community built by volunteers

Volunteers working in Plainview

This year, Plainview will celebrate 28 years as a city. The establishment of the community and city itself was a huge task tackled by dedicated community members.
John Seltzer was a mail carrier beginning in 1948 in Knoxville. Later, in 1973, he became postmaster in Maynardville and retired at age 67.

Chicken Thighs and Gravy

My favorite part of the chicken or turkey is the dark meat. Most people prefer the breast. I find more flavor in the drumstick and thigh. There are more than a few ingredients in this recipe, but it's worth the effort. The leg sections seem to dry out during roasting. That won't happen here. The thighs cook in a nice gravy and are a delight to eat. I like gravy on my mashed potatoes, too.

Arbor Day tree wisdom

Arbor Day is approaching for our local states (Tennessee March 6, Kentucky April 3, Virginia April 24), and it’s a worthy recognition of the importance of trees in our lives. Here in the mountains they are omnipresent, with every scenic vista tree laden. Every home is full of tree stuff, from bananas to the roof trusses, and every breathe we take has some tree air in it. What follows is some quotes and a little poetry spoken by wise people on the importance of trees.

The CCC In Union County Part 6

Continuing from, "From Hearth And Hoe": "A favorite story in the early days of the Camp TVA-22 related to some of the men from the North who encountered a sow and a litter of piglets. When the sow attacked them, the men killed her, caught the piglets, returned to camp, and reported that they killed a bear. The southern boys said that the Yankees did not know the difference between a sow and a bear. Malcolm Patterson, assigned to Camp TVA-22, recalled: 'The Yankee men did not know how to fell a tree.

March fishing on Norris Lake

March is the first month of spring and the fish know it.
How, you might ask, does a fish know when it is spring? Every fish has an Apple watch to tell it when it is spring! Just kidding, sort of, fish actually have something better.
They have an external que called the spring or vernal equinox. Spring is determined by the length of the day and night. The first day of spring is when the darkness of night is equal to the light of day. In other words, 12 hours of both on the same day. This annual event always occurs on March 19, 20 or 21.

The chicken truck incident

What did I do to deserve this? Have you ever thought that? I did a few years ago and I still remember my stinky ordeal to this day.
It started early one morning a little after 5 a.m. when my husband Tim went out the door to go to work. I was still lying in bed. Suddenly he burst through the bedroom door.
“Get up! You’re gonna have to help me get to work. My truck battery is dead!”
Lord help, he was going nuts until I threw on some clothes. No way was I riding in my pajamas.

What's your sign? No, it isn't

Zodiac symbols painted on a terrace of a Gopuram (entrance tower) at Kanipakam in India (from Wikimedia Commons)

First off, I want to go on record as saying I have never taken much stock in the whole astrology thing.
I’ve never been convinced that my behavior, personality, luck, looks, chances for success or any other facet of my humanity could be impacted by the location of stars and planets in the sky on the day I was born. That’s just me.

The Supersessionism debate is complicated

Shot who?
Although most Christians may have never heard the term “Supersessionism,” it is a doctrine that has been hotly debated in theological circles for centuries.
Supersessionism, also called “Replacement Theology,” is a Christian doctrine which asserts that the New Testament or Covenant through Jesus Christ has replaced the Old Testament or Covenant, that was exclusively made with the Jewish people. As usual, I don’t have the print space to ferret out all the implications of this doctrine, but I am going to try my best to simplify it. Wish me luck!


Tennessee Kindness Memories

The light of all we do for each other.

One of the things that has always amazed me about Tennessee is the kindness of most people. Not that people are not kind elsewhere, it just seems to be much more abundant in the hills and valleys of Tennessee. I have already mentioned some in past articles. Here are some more, and they are not in chronological order:
When we first moved into the state, we had to stay in a motel. With the help of a couple of people in our new Athens church, we had a house to move into the very next day. And the ‘couple of people’ became a group to unload our U-Haul.

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Programs

Becky Miller, the community coordinator for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH), met with the Union County Business and Professional Association on Feb. 11. Miller serves 16 counties in East Tennessee as the liaison between outlying schools and the hospital. ETCH, the primary provider of pediatric care in East Tennessee for the past 80 years, offers this care regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

Lower back pain? Self-administered acupressure could help

A recent study finds that acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, can improve chronic pain symptoms in the lower back.

Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles, pressure is applied with a finger, thumb or device to specific points on the body.

While acupressure has been previously studied—and found to be beneficial—in people with cancer-related or osteoarthritis pain, there are few studies that have examined acupressure in people with back pain.

Looking Up

I don’t like to sit still. Never have and probably never will. Why? Because I am restless and I bore easily. This is one reason why I don’t like red lights.

One morning, I was sitting at the red light at the intersection of Emory Rd. and Maynardville Hwy. Being bored, I looked up. Scampering across the power lines above all the traffic was a squirrel.


Cub Scout Pack 275

Before and after pictures in front of the Niota Post Office. 1989.

My son joined Cub Scouts when he was eight. That was a year older than his friends, but because of the dynamic nature of this group, he quickly caught up. I credit most of the pack’s excitement to the Cub Master, Judy Shelton. Judy’s son, Casey, and our son, Tommy, were almost the same age and already buddies from Niota School. Judy was a veteran bus driver and a farm wife, but still found time to work with about two dozen boys.



Doyle D. Eastridge

Doyle Douglas Eastridge-age 74 of Sharps Chapel passed into the arms of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ Thursday, March 26, 2020 while surrounded by his loving family. He fought a long hard battle with cancer for five years, but came out a winner on the other side. He was a member of the former Big Sinks Baptist Church, Sharps Chapel and a retired employee of Union County Highway Department. He is reunited with his loving wife of 41 years, Helen Rowe Eastridge; parents, Arbra and Lucy (Cook) Eastridge; brothers, (Infant) Lonnie, Bill, Fred, Clyde Eastridge and Walter Cook.

James Alan Brummitt

James Alan Brummitt-age 57 of Maynardville passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at his home. He was a member of The Church of Christ, Hickory Valley Road. Alan was the owner/operator of James Brummitt Construction Company and has a host of caring and loyal employees and friends. He was preceded in death by parents, father, James W. (Bill) Brummitt and mother, Marjorie L. Brummitt; brother, Andrew Joseph (Joe) Brummitt.

Silva Kitts Tharpe

Silva M. “Polly” Kitts Tharpe-age 95 of Maynardville, born June 16, 1924 passed away Monday morning, March 23, 2020 at North Knoxville Medical Center. She was a member of Nave Hill Baptist Church. She is survived by nine children; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with many other family members and a host of friends.

Wilma Helen (Robertson) Wolfe

Wilma Helen Wolfe-age 85 of Maryville went home to be with Jesus Sunday morning, March 22, 2020 surrounded by her family at her granddaughters’ home in Sharps Chapel. Helen was preceded in death by parents, Claude and Sarah Robertson; husband, James Henry Wolfe; her children, Linda Wolfe Cumbie and Steven Wolfe; four brothers and one sister.

Cleo Estelle Shillings

Cleo Estelle Shillings-age 79 of Corryton, born August 8, 1940 in Claiborne County passed away Friday afternoon, March 20, 2020 at home surrounded by a host of loving family and friends. She was saved at the young age of 11 and was of the Baptist faith being a member of New Liberty Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by parents, Sterley and Josie Davis; husband, Charles Shillings, the children’s father, Charles Stanifer; grandsons, Billy Stanifer and Josiah Guay; granddaughter, Sarah Guay; brothers, Joe and Ralph Davis; sisters, Helen and Lucy Ann Davis, Evelyn Graves.

Christene Nicley Merritt

Christene Merritt-age 76 of Maynardville passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at North Knoxville Medical Center. Preceded in death by parents, Fred E. and Imogene Sands Nicley; granddaughter, Alicia Rutherford; son, Terry Lynch.

Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Glenn Russell; grandchild, Christina Kiser; great-grandchildren, Bradley Rutherford, Angellica Ackermann, Jessie Kiser, Tyler Lister, Rebecca Lister; great-great-grandchildren, Alyanna Fellows, Oakleigh Rutherford.

Kay Frances (Hutchison) Kwiatkowski

In Loving Memory of: Kay Frances (Nee) Hutchison Kwiatkowski-age 71 of Powell passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 18, 2020 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

Survivors: husband, Leonard Kwiatkowski; children, Tony Williams, Angela Thompson; sisters and brothers, Judy Grissom, Shirley Price, Susie Bailey, Steve Hutchison, David and Bobby Hutchison; step-son, Timothy Kwiatkowski; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Janice Louise Coffman

Janice Louise Sands Coffman-age 59 of Maynardville passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Willow Ridge Center.
The family will receive friends 5-7 P.M. Saturday, March 21, 2020 with funeral service to follow at 7 P.M. Saturday, Cooke-Campbell Mortuary Chapel. Interment 1 P.M. Sunday, March 22, 2020, Nave Hill Cemetery, Maynardville. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Margie L. Russell Hunley

CORRYTON - Margie LouEmma Russell Hunley, of Corryton, age 78, born July 12, 1941 in Sharps Chapel, went home to be with the Lord 3:57 A.M. Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at her home. She was of the Baptist faith and loved singing for the Lord and spending time with family. She was a caring, loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Preceded in death by parents, A.W. Russell and Gracie Brewer Russell; brothers, James Russell and Allen Russell; sisters, Zella Dykes, Alvada Dykes, and Gladys Lambdin.

Maxine "Mack" Capps

Maxine “Mack” Capps – age 91 of Maynardville. She grew up in Claiborne County.

She is preceded in death by her parents, William Calvin and Flossie Snyder Capps; brothers and sisters-in-law, Cecil and Inez Capps and Dale and Mary Ruth Capps; nephew, Randy Capps and niece, Denise Capps Cooke. Maxine is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Bennie and Catherine Capps; and several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. A special thank you to the staff of Willow Ridge Center for the care they gave her.