Union County Opry

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Union County High School
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11/16/2019 - 7:00pm
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Balsam Range Saturday, November 16th Doors open at 6pm The show starts at 7pm

Bluegrass music's reigning Entertainers of the Year: Balsam Range are coming to Maynardville on Saturday, November 16th!

The 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range, has become one of the genre’s most award-winning acts. Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 13 IBMA awards on the heels of 8 critically-acclaimed albums. Balsam Range has left audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from coast-to-coast, selling out venues across the nation and in multiple appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. The band collaborated with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble to record 2 albums, the second of which, Mountain Overture, debuted on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart at #5 and the Classical Crossover Chart at #6. Their previous outing, Mountain Voodoo, debuted at #4 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart and remained on that chart for 45 weeks. Three singles from that album reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Chart, including “Blue Collar Dreams,” which spent three consecutive months at the top. The band most recently claimed the #1 radio chart spot with their single “The Girl Who Invented The Wheel.” In addition to winning Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range vocalist Buddy Melton won IBMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year and bass player Tim Surrett won IBMA’s Bass Player of the Year in 2018.

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Senior Night for UCHS football, band, cheer, color guard

Union County Patriots Football Seniors pictured left to right: 71 Piersen Wallace, 4 Conner Roberts, 12 Seth Pressley, 6 Zach Pierce, 72 Anthony Schneider, 70 Alex Padgett, 26 Evan Jones, 68 Trey Harrison, 5 Wyatt Hall, 8 Alonzo Creech, 59 Kristian Britt, Coach Kerr, 22 Will Brantley

Union County High School seniors were honored for their exceptional devotion and work for the Patriots at the UCHS football game on October 25. The Patriots faced the Sullivan South Cougars in a cold pouring rain. Luckily, UCHS pulled off the win in an 18-12 final score.
Football, cheer, band and color guard seniors marched onto the field at 7 p.m. accompanied by their parents and family members. God Bless America played as the Patriots and families filled the field. Football teammates were carrying American flags in the presentation, creating a beautiful patriotic scene.

Get ready for a decorated Union County Christmas

The Union County Christmas scene at Wilson Park

This year, Union County is ringing in the holiday season with many family-friendly events offered to the community and visitors. While the leaves of a late autumn season are peaking, the county is beautiful, and now that the fall carnivals, hayrides, and visits to the pumpkin patch are wrapping up, it is time to mark your calendars for some spectacular Christmas events.
Cut your own tree

Beef producers graduate master program

Left to right: Cody Kitts, Laura Nolen, Matt Tindell, Laurel Osborn, Jesse Lavender, Amanda Evans, Kathy Turpin, Ernie Poore, Mindy Grimm, Rick Roberts, Mary Flatford,David Lusk, Shannon DeWitt, Gary Kitts, Greg Vincent, Jeff Sellers

Commitment, complexity, flexibility and sternness are all features you will find in a beef cattle farmer. American cattle farmers are working harder today than ever to be successful in their industry, and it does not come easy. The devotion is met with long hours, rain when you don’t need it and drought when do. Broken fences, leaky barn roofs, breech calves, and flat tractor tires are nails found in the road of cattle farming.

Country Connections

This story begins August 6, 1945, on Black Fox Road in upper Union County, Tennessee, where the cries of a baby newly born to Clyde and Kate Thomas Nicley echoed through the hollows and hills.
This child’s name was Richard Nicley. It was late summer and at night you could hear the katydids and whippoorwills while enjoying the cooling night air. Life was changing in the mountains as World War II was spinning down and soldiers were returning home to their families.

Lana Frogge receives Tony Clark Award

The gentleman on the left is Anderson County District Attorney General Dave Clark, who is currently serving as President of the Tennessee District Attorney General’s Conference, next is Lana Frogge and then on the right is General Jared Effler.

On October 23, the Tennessee District Attorney's General Conference awarded Eighth Judicial District Victim Witness Coordinator Lana Frogge the prestigious Tony Clark Award. This award was established in memory of late First District Attorney General Tony Clark and is given annually to a non-prosecutor staff member of the Tennessee District Attorney's General Conference who exhibits the highest character and demonstrates exceptional compassion, caring and dedication to crime victims.

8th District AG Jared Effler and staff raise $48,000 for children’s centers

Keisha D Vanover

On September 27, the 8th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office hosted the Fourth Annual Clays for Children Sporting Clays Tournament at Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club in Maryville in an effort to raise money to support the children’s centers of the 8th Judicial District, comprised of Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott, and Union counties.
The event grew from 66 teams last year to 82 teams this year and featured 328 shooters. According to the Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club, this event has grown to one of the area’s largest benefit shoots.

Oakes Farm wraps up fall festivities

Brandon and Kennedy Simpson at Oakes Farm at a photo prop wall of pumpkins. Photo by Chelsea Simpson

A favorite fall attraction in East Tennessee is located just over the hill in Corryton. Oakes Farm is a successful family business, entertaining families for 19 years.
The farm has been in Corryton for three generations of the Oakes family, beginning with the growing of tobacco and raising of beef cattle. In the 1970s the family branched out into growing daylilies as a hobby. That business began to thrive and is now an extremely popular nationwide mail order nursery business.

November fishing on Norris Lake

November is one of the best times to fish in East Tennessee. The water temperatures are heading towards a magic range, which is 58° to 62° F, and the fish can sense this decrease in water temperature.
Typically this temperature range is reached in the low- to mid-sections of Norris no later than Thanksgiving. In the upper Powell and Clinch Rivers this magic water temperature can be reached much earlier in the month.

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Red and Green Casserole

I haven't met a vegetable I didn't like, from asparagus to zucchini and everyone in between. It is hard to choose a favorite. Of course, potatoes are a special category all by themselves.
For this recipe, let's look at the lowly green bean. It is easy to only consider 'em boiled with onions or combined with a cheese sauce. This recipe is a little different. Try it and see what you think.

Dare I do it?

When I was small, the closest I came to a body of water was when we drove across the bridge over Bull Run Creek.
My mother was terrified of water, so I was surprised when one day she agreed to go to the Norris pool with our neighbor. I was 12 years old at that time. To this day, I remember clinging on to the side of the pool with one hand while peering into to the clear water. I wanted to overcome my own fear of the water so I could learn how to swim and join my friends playing in the pool. Who wants to stay on the sidelines and watch the world go by? Not me.

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Local Author Book Signing

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 09:00

Local, multi-published authors Cyn Taylor and Brooke Cox will be signing books at the 2019 Sharon Baptist Church Holiday Market located at 7916 Pedigo Road on Saturday, November 16 from 9am-4 pm. Both authors will have previously published books available to sell, along with their new 2019 releases and lots of swag to give away.

Tennessee Ag Literacy Week

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 08:00

“With less than two percent of our population actively involved in production agriculture, many students have no firsthand knowledge of how food is raised and produced,” stated Julie Giles, event co-chair. “Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to focus on agriculture and share valuable information in our local schools about how farmers grow and harvest the products that provide food, fiber and fuel for our country.”

ONE MILLIONTH BOOK!!!

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 10:00

Maynardville Public Library would like to invite everyone to a very special celebration on Saturday Nov. 16th from 10am to 12pm @ Maynardville Public Library located @ 296 Main Street in Maynardville to help us celebrate our ONE MILLIONTH Imagination Library book being sent out!!! That’s Right ONE MILLIONTH BOOK!!!! Everyone is welcome to attend this very special event! We are so excited to share this with everyone and hope that you can come! Also if your child is not a part of the Imagination Library this will be a great time to sign up your child age 0 to 5yrs!!

4-H Hog Project

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 15:30

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4-12th graders are welcomed to participate

Weekly meetings will be held on Mondays from 3:30-4:45pm at the 4-H office
October 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9

Other Dates
Oct 19 - Weigh-in, Eartagging, and Deworming at Jones Farm 9am
Oct 20- Ownership Deadline
Nov 1 - Eartag Deadline
Dec 13 - County Show in Knoxville
Dec 14 - Region SHow in Knoxville
Jan 6-9 - State Show in Murfreesboro

UCBPA Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 12:00

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.

Obituary

Margaret "Maggie" Vera Parker

Margaret “Maggie” Vera Parker, age 12 weeks, passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. She was the 1,274th ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) patient and she fought for weeks to stay on earth with her family while waiting for a heart transplant. She will be deeply missed by her family who treasures what time they had with Maggie. Preceded in death by grandfather Dan Parker.

Arlie Wayne Davis

Arlie Wayne Davis – age 71 of Luttrell, passed away at his home November 8, 2019 and is now in the care of his Heavenly Father. He was a devoted father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his children and grandchildren and all who knew and loved him.

Jerry Lynn Simmons Sr.

Jerry Lynn Simmons Sr., age 83, was called home by his Lord and Savior on November 5, 2019. He worked over 40 years in construction and land surveying. He was a man of integrity and deeply loved his wife of 61 years. They were inseparable and an inspiration to all who knew them. He traveled all over the country and shared life’s adventures on the farm and lake house. Jerry was a wonderful man with a sweet spirit, and he was an amazing daddy, pops, and papaw.

Roy Vaughn Graves, Jr.

Roy Vaughn Graves, Jr. – 68 of Maynardville, went to his eternal home, November 4, 2019, surrounded by family and friends. He was a member of Hansard Chapel Methodist Church. His new life has begun, a life that will never know sickness, disease, sorrow or loss again. He is finally healed and made whole. Vaughn was so grateful for all his family and friends that were so supportive of him through the good and the hard times. He was owner and manager of Union Parts and Equipment in Maynardville for over 30 years, but his true legacy is his family, who he loved deeply.

Susie L. Haynes

Susie L. Haynes- age 84 of Luttrell gained her wings Monday morning, November 4, 2019 at her home. She was a devoted Christian. Preceded in death by husband, Bobby R. Haynes.
She leaves behind daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and James Hensley of Maynardville; grandsons, Stephen Hensley of Luttrell; Dustin Hensley of Maynardville; three great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren. Brother, Clyde and June Mallicoat; special friends, Stephanie and Polly. Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Wanda Browning Lett

Wanda Browning Lett, age 87, passed away Sunday November 3, 2019. She was a member of Sharon Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. Preceded in death by husband of 42 years James Edsel Lett, parents Vaughn and Gladys Browning, sisters Helen Wright Reasor and Jewell Flenniken. Survivors include sons Greg Lett and Jeff (Robin) Lett, daughter Jennifer Lett, brothers Ronald V.

Julie Lynn Gibson

Julie Lynn (Taylor) Gibson-age 51 of Maynardville passed away Friday, November 1, 2019 at the home. Preceded in death by mother, Edna Taylor; sisters, Tammy Kay Wallace, Charlene Redmond, Dessie Wolfenbarger.

Survivors: Son, Timothy Loveday of Luttrell; special friend, Greg Nicely; father, Charles Taylor of Washburn; sisters, Mary Ann Wynn and husband, Bruce of Maynardville; Bonnie Sue Bates of Luttrell. Several nieces and nephews.