Union County Cemetery Association

Small Union County Court Room
Event Date: 
09/21/2019 - 10:00am
Union County Cemetery Association

Cemetery Association meets every third Saturday morning in the small Union County Court Room at 10:00am. Call Ellen Perry 992-4631

Our Goals

- Initiate and maintain relationships with local, state and federal agencies (i.e. TWRA & TVA) to assure full access clarify maintenance responsibilities and promote rules and/or legislation conducive to the preservation of cemeteries.
- Seek out complimentary relationships with other non-profits in the general area.
- Maintain all cemeteries for which funding has already been provided through private donations.
- Obtain, post and maintain signs for all cemeteries where practical.
- Create database to include: Cemetery Name, Aliases, GPS Coordinates, Description of Location, Signage, Caretaker/Point of Contact, Status/Condition.
- Maintain and update cemetery catalogs.
- Develop a marketing strategy aimed at raising awareness of the UCCA and growing active membership.




Research supports chiropractic spinal manipulation

A growing body of research supports spinal manipulation:

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

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

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

No Worries

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

Guiding Tail Lights

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

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


Peanut butter-banana cream pie

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

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

Wilma Hubbard

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

Tree Talk

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

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

Red Clay State Historic Park

Blue Hole Spring at Red Clay.

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

Be the Solution to the Pollution in Union County

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

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

Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival

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

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

Back pain facts and statistics

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

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

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

The Coming Of The Railroad

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

A Stitch in Time

Welcome to 2020! One hundred years ago, it was 1920, the start of a decade of American history known as “The Roaring Twenties”. Were we able to, as my mother once said, be a genie for a day and turn back time one hundred years. How strange it would seem.

I would not go to sleep wearing my CPAP machine, watching one of four televisions in my house as I went to sleep. I would not awake to that same television in the morning and place my CPAP into a machine that would clean it for me at a preset time during the day while I was at work.


You would think I would have learned by now not to always be in such a hurry. Apparently I haven’t.

A few days before Christmas, I was wrapping presents in the basement. I had retrieved two canisters of chocolate covered raisins to wrap up for my husband Tim. Carrying one in each hand, I ran back down the stairs. Yeah, you read it right. I was running down the stairs. And since I was carrying the presents, I couldn’t hold on to the railing.


Chicken Cheese Ball

There is a surprise in this cheese ball. Chicken flavor is hiding out in there. Don't tell your guests what is in it until after they have tasted in spread on Ritz, club or soda crackers. They will never guess that it hides ramen noodles, too.

1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup minced onion
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 package (3 ounces) chicken ramen noodles
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
Assorted crackers

Snow Stuff

I have never outgrown my love of a fresh snowfall, which takes a bleak winter scene and transforms it into a wonderland. The quiet a snow brings is both eerie and wonderful, and a walk in the snow on a moonlit night is something you simply must experience.

A lot of folks think that snow begins as rain that freezes on its way down and turns into snow. It's usually the other way around, with rain beginning as snow, which melts as it falls.

Jalapeno Cheese Ball

I think a cheese ball makes a party spread very festive. You make them ahead and only have to bring on the chips and crackers to get things going. I like this one. It has a bite to it with the jalapeno pepper.

8 ounce pkg cream cheese,softened
8 ounce pkg sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup minced red onions
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

Can't Touch This

Never trust atoms. They make up everything.

I know. That’s a groaner of a joke, but it’s true. Everything around us (and even us ourselves) is comprised of atoms. And atoms are weird things. Did you read this article I wrote a while back?


If you didn’t read that piece before, you should now. Not only is it pretty interesting stuff, but it will help you understand what I’m going to tell you this time around.

Union County Pantry continues to serve the hungry

This article is an update on the Union County CAG Food Pantry that was discussed at the October and November meetings of the Union County Commission.
At the October commission meeting, several questions arose regarding the Union County Food Pantry’s status as a nonprofit.

UC Health Department moving to WIC appointments January 1

Beginning January 1, the Union County Health Department will be moving to WIC appointments to better serve patients during the health department renovation process. Patients can call 865-992-3867 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment. Late WIC appointments are available the second Monday of each month.

Take steps to better musculoskeletal health Part II

Here are some steps to set yourself up for future stability and success by improving the strength of your musculoskeletal (MSK) system:
Move more: Bones, muscles and joints need movement to stay healthy. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends adults get at least 150 minutes weekly of moderate physical activity (such as walking, yardwork, recreational swimming) or at least 75 minutes of intense weekly activity (jogging, hiking uphill, basketball).

“Lath” Wyrick—A man before his time

Esther Keck Wyrick and William Lathan “Lath” Wyrick

Esther Keck Wyrick and William Lathan “Lath” Wyrick

It was 1954. My brothers and I were sitting on the front porch of our home with our Dad, Jesse Perry, when a 1950 Dodge pickup came into the yard. It was Lath Wyrick.
He got out and walked up to the porch. Daddy said, “Get a chair and set a spell, Lath.”
“I believe I will, Jess,” Lath said.

UCHS FFA students recognized for Clays for Children fundraiser

UCHS instructor John Fugate, students Clay Foust and Jonathan Blanton and District Attorney General Jared Effler

On Monday, December 9, District Attorney General Jared Effler joined Union County High School instructor John Fugate in recognizing students Clay Foust and Jonathan Blanton for their contribution to the annual Clays for Children Sporting Clays Tournament.
This year marked the third year in a row that Union County High School FFA members have prepared barbecued chicken for the hundreds of participants at the annual fundraiser which benefits the Children's Centers of Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union counties.

Books for the school in Polly's honor

Sometimes in your life, fate puts someone into your path for a reason, and that is exactly how Polly Dyer of Maynardville became a member of the travel group The Miserettes.
Polly’s sister, Betty Brooks, (that’s me) worked at Bell South Telecommunications in Knoxville, and in 1996 she was asked to go to Atlanta to help get their equipment ready for the Olympics that summer.

Union County Hog Show winners announced

Front and center is Trent Jones with his champion duroc gilt.

UT Extension Union County hosted its annual 4-H Hog Show on December 13. A total of nine 4-H and FFA members, who have been working hard to raise and train their hogs, participated in the show.
These are not your average backyard pigs. These are lean, mean muscle machines.

PES student Marlie Brock places third at Beta Conference for creative writing

Marlie Brock's entry for the Junior Beta Club state convention creative writing submission:
It was a rainy Monday afternoon when I heard someone knocking on my door. When I looked outside to see who was there I was surprised to see only a box on my doorstep. I knew it couldn’t have been something I had ordered because I always go and pick my stuff up from the store. I put my brave face on and decided to open it.

Black-Eyed Pea Salad, a flavorful way to fulfill a New Year's tradition

A serving of the lowly black-eyed pea on New Year's Day ensures good luck for the whole year.

Do you like black-eyed peas? I never did. I remember years ago that I bought a can to see what they were like.
I have always liked green English peas and hoped the black-eyed variety were similar.
Boy, was I disappointed. I thought they had no flavor and wondered who would want to do anything with them.
I took that lonely can and tried to season it up like baked beans. That was a disaster.

Be intentional in 2020

In what feels like the blink of an eye, another day, another year, another decade has passed. In 2019, Union County has seen many changes, renovations and positive intentions. As 2020 proceeds, be grateful and intentional in the things you do.
At the beginning of the year, often we are swept up into the “New Year, New Me” motif. Many goals and resolutions are set for the upcoming year. The upcoming days being looked upon as a new slate. Days to start fresh with a clean outlook.

New Year’s resolutions, tradition and superstition

Acts 17:22 KJV: Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars Hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
I can’t believe that I have had the privilege to write for Historic Union County for over two years. Our first article was published on Dec. 12, 2017. I say “our” because were it not for the publishers of HUC, I would not have this platform to share what I have learned about life and the Bible. In truth, the publishers twisted my arm to get me to write for this paper. One of the principal publishers of this paper is the most doggedly determined person I have ever known. The co-publisher of this paper and former editor is one of the most supportive people I have ever met. To both of them, I say thank you!


F(r)iend vs. Fiend

The English language is said by those who are not native speakers to be one of the hardest languages to learn. I don’t find that hard to believe for a couple of reasons.
I know what a hard time I have with foreign languages. I took a year of Spanish in high school but I couldn’t order an egg in a Spanish restaurant. If I ever had a window of opportunity to learn foreign languages, it closed very early in life.

Fishing Norris in January

January can be a great time to fish Norris Lake. In the heart of the winter the average weight of your catch can be larger. Plus, fish often form large schools in deep water and you may catch a lot of big fish in a small area.
Another advantage of January fishing is that all the pleasure boaters are gone and fishermen will have the lake all to themselves. If it is extremely cold or nasty weather, there may not be many other fishermen on the lake either.


How does the dragon fly?

Photo by Christian Ferrer

I’m writing this during the cold months in East Tennessee. There are no dragonflies zipping about. They tend to be more active during the warmer months.
I’ve noticed that, in addition to warm weather, dragonflies like water. As a young kid, I learned that if you go out into your yard on a hot, dry, summer day and spray water from a garden hose up into the air to form a mist, you just might attract a dragonfly or two. Try it some hot and dusty afternoon this coming August. Maybe a shimmering visitor will appear.

Reduce stress In 2020 by going natural: Be still and know

I don’t know the stats for our area, but on a national level, Americans are overstressed, and everyone knows this is unhealthy. The causes are familiar: fast pace of life, multi-tasking … you know the sound bites.
I’ve written in the past about studies that show that immersing yourself in natural settings can reduce stress, so I revisited the topic and found some new twists on natural stress reduction. Here are some recommendations that surfaced.

Fun in the snow

We were living in west Knoxville the year the city recorded the coldest temperature in the lower 48. That was January 21/22, 1985. It had snowed on Sunday morning—hard. So hard that church was cancelled. My husband, being the adventurous soul that he was, went out and checked on some of our church’s shut-ins. He barely made it back home and he swears it was because he was driving an old VW Beetle. I was just glad when he was safely home.

Not on New Year's Day

I have often wondered if this tradition is a southern thing.
When I was growing up, New Year’s Day was rather frustrating. All day long, I would be warned: “If you do that today, you’ll be doing it all year long!”
Mamaw Jo was so adamant about it, that doing laundry was almost forbidden on New Year’s Day.
One time I was brave and asked Mamaw, “Why are you so convinced about not doing laundry on that day?”
Her answer wasn’t what I expected. “I had a friend who washed clothes on New Year’s Day. Her husband got sick and she washed his clothes all year long!”

Adapting to adoption

I have always admired those who step up to bring children they’ve never met into their homes and families via adoption, but I never truly understood the sacrifice it takes to make that happen. I still don’t. At least, not firsthand. This is the Reader's Digest Condensed version of a much longer story that is still unfolding.

Local Author Jim Hartsell Releases New Title in Spanish

The Boy and His Mountain, by multi-published author Jim Hartsell, has just been released in both English and Spanish. Hartsell’s other children’s titles, The Box of Toys and Father and Sister Radish and the Rose-Colored Glasses, are also now available in both languages. The three books deal with the topics of friendship, generosity, and a child’s view of the world, and are written to help initiate conversations between young children and the adults who care for them.

Take steps to better musculoskeletal health Part I

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and chiropractors nationwide are encouraging the public to take simple steps toward better musculoskeletal (MSK) health. The MSK system is comprised of the spine as well as all the muscles, bones and joints of the body.

Wise Men Wisdom

You may wonder why this article is about the Wise Men now that Christmas is over. While it is a popular Christmas card manger scene to put wise men in the picture along with shepherds and angels, they actually showed up at an unknown time and place after Jesus’ birth, so the topic is still timely.


Rocking House

It is kinda cool how God works. My mom and stepfather Dick experienced something special and sweet. I knew I needed to write about it, but I wasn’t sure how to approach it.

Then I read Steve Roark’s article, “Fallen Baby Birds,” and knew God had given me my angle.


In last week’s article I described in some detail the house in which I was raised. That was not exactly what I set out to do, so this week I share with you my earlier intentions.

My father insisted in having his bed in the living room where the heating stove was located. The spot upstairs directly over the heating stove held an unfinished baby casket.

There came a time when a noise could be heard upstairs every night, as if something huge was being dragged over the bare, dusty wooden floor.

Memory--Some Have it More than Others

Christmas 1986. The Memory is waiting patiently. Picture by the author.

I was looking at a somewhat fuzzy picture recently that was dated December, 1986. It was a picture of our daughter, Danielle, opening up some of her Christmas presents for that year. She was two months shy of her fourth birthday. Among the My Little Ponies, stuffed animals, and homemade embroidered pillowcases, there was an innocent game—Memory. It was the basic edition with 72 matching pictures of butterflies, kites, balls, bunnies, etc.

Under the Tree Spreads Joy

Commissioners support Union County Children's Charities

Union County Under the Tree Children’s Charities has successfully fulfilled Christmas morning wishes for nearly 500 children in Union County for 2019. This program has a humbling effect for those receiving, distributing and donating.

Walking as exercise

Rule number one: be sure to consult your doctor of chiropractic before beginning any exercise program.

Walking just 12 minutes every other day can offer important health benefits. But in order to increase your longevity, try to walk for up to 30 minutes, five days per week.

Move your arms freely, in coordination with the opposite leg. Don’t stoop your head or look down as you walk. This will challenge the normal forward curve of your neck, which, in turn, will cause you to carry your weight improperly.

Creek Christmas Lights

As a kid, it was one of those times I actually wanted to help.

When I was growing up, my Mamaw Jo always put her Christmas tree up the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It was artificial, so she could do that. Of course, that excited me since I enjoyed decorating it.



ChocolateFest 2020 is Coming

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 09:00
Delectables await!

January 25th from 9am-5pm, ChocolateFest Knoxville will once again offer locals and visitors to East Tennessee a day to sample and purchase delectable delicacies just in time for Valentine's Day.
General Admission is a sweet deal with only a $5.00 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Knoxville required to come in and enjoy the festival. (age 5 & under are free).

MPL Thunder Road Author and Small Business Rally

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 09:00

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

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


Victoria Mejia

Victoria Marie Mejia – age 56 of Andersonville, passed away January 20, 2020. She was a loving mother, aunt and sister. Victoria had a great love for her animals and would help anyone in need.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Couples Hamer. Victoria is survived by her father, James Hamer of Theodosia, Missouri; cousins, Joseph Brozil and Lisa Pape.

Sylus Ayden Shope

Sylus Ayden Shope – age 2 month of Maynardville, was called home to join the angels on January 17, 2020. Although his time was too short on this earth, he will forever be loved and remembered by his family, especially his mommy and daddy.

Jessie Coy Wilder

Jessie Coy “Little” Wilder, age 79 of Maynardville, Tennessee passed away peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2020 at his home with his loving family by his side. He was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky on September 13, 1940 and was a son of the late Bratcher and Lavada Kelly Wilder. Little was a member of St. Teresa of Kolkata Catholic Church in Maynardville and worked as a heavy equipment operator, retiring from the Operating Engineers Local 324 of Michigan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Edward Troy “Big” Wilder, and sister, Janice Green.

Rev. Clarence P. Byrd

Funeral services for Reverend Clarence Paul Byrd, age 79 of Manchester and formerly of Maryville, will be conducted on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM at Calvary Baptist Church, 100 S. Rankin Road, Alcoa, Tennessee with Dr. Steve Hodges and Reverend Greg Williams officiating. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma, TN with Reverend Jake Dorak officiating.

Elder D. R. Cabbage

Elder D. R. Cabbage-age 88 of Maynardville finished his course Wednesday afternoon, January 15, 2020 at home. He was a member of Union Primitive Baptist Church. Preceded in death by wife, Rowena Cabbage; children, Claudett, Gary Lynn and Diane.

Survivors: Elder Ray and Teresa Cabbage. A host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of Suncrest Hospice.

Doyle Moore

Maxwell Doyle Moore-age 84 of Maynardville was born September 18, 1935 passed away Tuesday afternoon, January 14, 2020. Doyle was member and deacon of Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Retired employee of Roadway Express and currently enjoyed his work at Cedar Grove Convenience Center. Preceded in death by parents, Fred and Goldie Cook Moore; brother, Bruce Moore.

Betty Wallace

Betty Juanita Wallace – age 82 of Luttrell, passed away January 13, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. She was a member of Mountain View Church of God. Betty had a great love of animals, especially her faithful companion, Roxy.

She is preceded in death by husband, Harless M. Wallace; and son, Harless M. Wallace, Jr. Betty is survived by daughters, Dianne Rutherford and Pat Lambert; grandchildren, Chris, Mickey, Angie and Earl Ailor III; several great grandchildren; sisters, Norma Lucas, Janet Keener and Glenna Mowerly; and brother, Ken Paul.

Charles Taylor Carter

Charles Taylor Carter-age 77 of Sharps Chapel passed away Monday evening, January 13, 2020 at Ft. Sander’s Regional Medical Center. He was of the Baptist faith and a retired employee of Marlock Corporation. He was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Daisy Carter; brother, John Carter; brother-in-law, Audy Keck.

Survivors: sons, Greg (Tammy) Carter; Ricky (Lisa) Carter; one grandson, Cody Carter; brothers, Jim (Nancy) Carter, Tony (Fran) Carter; sister, Barbara Keck; sister-in-law, Madalene Carter. Several nieces and nephews.

Cynthia Marie Flores

Cynthia Marie Flores-age 60 of Maynardville passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020 at North Knoxville Medical Center.
Survivors: husband, Armando Rodriguez Flores of Maynardville; son, Kevin Flores of Knoxville; daughter, Adrian Hosford of Florida. Four grandchildren.
At the request of Cynthia, she will be cremated. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.