Maynardville Welcomes FirstBank

Maynardville Welcomes FirstBank

On Wednesday, August 14, 2019 new Maynardville business, FirstBank, held an honorable Ribbon Cutting and Open House inviting guests, customers, and fellow businesses in for refreshments, door prizes, and promotional products. From 1:00 – 2:30pm, many guests stopped in for a meet and greet with the new business, its employees, and stakeholders.

Children's Center Looking for Community Support

In many cases, children who have been sexually or physically abused must visit several agencies at multiple locations in order to get the support they need. Children’s Centers were created to assist in providing a safe haven for then youths. They provide a place where the children can, instead of visiting multiple agencies, come to one location where specially trained professionals collaborate to facilitate a child friendly environment where the child knows he or she will be safe.

Explore Fresh at the Farmers Market

Farmers Market Fresh Program Assistant, Allison Campbell, sharing a weekly recipe sample with Emmagayle and Jennagrace Maloe at Union County Farmers Market

The pantry is empty and the refrigerator is bare, time to shop for groceries. As you drive to your favorite grocery store, you know the routine. Enter the store, grab a buggy, and browse aisles upon aisles of products. After your cart is full and all items are checked off your list, you will head for the front to pay, hoping of course, to find the shortest and fastest checkout.

Coykendall Addresses BPA

Coykendall Addresses BPA

Union County Business & Professional Association held its regular Member Meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Hardee's in Maynardville. President Martin Shafer called the meeting to order and quickly dispensed with the routine business of the minutes and treasurer's report. The treasurer's report was presented by Gail Corum and as of July 31, 2019, the balance was $5,543.24.

Big Ridge State Park 35th Annual Music Festival

Stone Creek Band

Stone Creek Band at Big Ridge 35th Annual Music Festival

Big Ridge State Park’s 35th Annual Music Festival was held on August 16, 2019 from 4pm-9:30 pm.

If you ask me, Big Ridge State Park is an excellent place to host a Bluegrass Music Festival. It lies somewhere between Rocky Top and the Great Smoky Mountains inside of Union County, Tennessee.

Wood Dale, Wood-Dale, Wood-dale, or Wooddale?

Our Union County Heritage: A Historical and Biographical Album of Union County—People, Places, Events by Kathleen George Graves and Winnie Palmer McDonald (© 1978 Josten’s) relates the following information pertaining to the establishment for Wood Dale School:

WOOD DALE—June 16, 1898, (P-350). Jackson Boruff and wife to the School Directors of District 3, for love and affection, a lot for a public school, so long as it is used for a school—if abandoned, it falls back to the Boruff heirs. (p. 180)

The Whistler

My father was a whistler. You seldom hear a man whistle these days. Maybe to call a dog or to get someone's attention, but not to whistle a melody. There was a time when cell phones, CDs and DVDs were not available. Whistling was a way to amuse or comfort yourself with a familiar song or hymn.

How do you whistle? It takes some practice and can be either harsh or harmonious. Just put your lips together and say “two.” Now blow. It will take some practice but eventually you will get it right. It will take a while to make enough variety of sounds to whistle a tune.

More on Kids With Back Pain

A major contributor to kids’ back pain is the backpacks they use to tote their stuff, researchers in a new study said. Those who used one strap to carry their packs reported significantly more back pain than did those who used both straps. Those who used rolling backpacks reported back pain the most often. It wasn’t clear whether pain prompted their use of the rolling packs or whether the rolling packs contributed to their pain.

Who Sees the Best Rainbow

Humans are apparently hard-wired to love seeing rainbows, as proven by all the Facebook photo postings that pop up whenever one appears in our area. But have you ever wondered if, say your dog sitting beside you, sees the same rainbow you do? Or how about other animals? Let us delve into color vision by various residents of our planet.

Wrong Trip

Maybe I should have been a stunt woman. Since I have tripped and fallen most of my life, I have become an expert at it. Especially on stairs.

When I was 12 years old, I sang in the seventh grade choir. Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I can’t sing. At all. I basically was in it for my mom’s sake. She loves music and studied it in school, so she was always excited when I joined a choir. Also, it was a good excuse to drag my dad to a concert.

Raspberries, Dewberries, and Blackberries

Dewberries, free clipart

When my father retired and moved to Paradise, Utah, he wanted to grow anything and everything. And he was pretty much successful in most of what he planted. The man had a green thumb! I especially remember the delicious fruit: cherries, apples, sand cherries, strawberries, peaches….

A Summer Peach Pie

My daughter Anne goes to the Union County Farmer's Market every Saturday morning. Today she brought back some beautiful fresh peaches. Naturally, I had to make a peach pie. This is a pie that can only be made when peaches are in season. Canned ones won't do. I make it with a baked pie shell. It could be done with a vanilla wafer crust, or to go all out, an uncooked pastry lined pie plate with a lattice top crust. In that case, arrange a lattice crust pattern over the cooked and cooled filling. Cover pie edges loosely with foil. Bake at 400 F. for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

THDA awards $500,000 HOME grant to Union County

THDA awards $500,000 HOME grant to Union County

Aug. 5, 2019 - Tennessee Housing Development Agency has awarded a $500,000 HOME Program grant to make much-needed repairs to substandard homes for elderly and disabled residents of Union County.

The HOME program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is administered in part in Tennessee by THDA During the most recent funding round, THDA awarded 13 competitive HOME grants statewide totaling $5.5 million. Six of those 13 grants were awarded to local governments and nonprofits in East Tennessee.

UT Institute of Agriculture Presents Top Faculty/Staff Awards for 2019

Three UT Extension agents share the 2019 Tennessee Association of Agricultural Agents Award, also known as the Hicks Award. Pictured from left to right are Michael Buschermohle, UT Extension interim assistant dean; award winner Laurie Mobley, UT Extension Houston County; award winner John Goddard, UT Extension Loudon County; award winner Shannon DeWitt, UT Extension Union County; and Tim Cross, UT Institute of Agriculture senior vice president and senior vice chancellor. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA.

Shannon DeWitt, UT Extension Director for Union County, Is One of Three Statewide Winners of the TAAA&S Hicks Award

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and Extension experts at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 2, 2019. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Tennessee

ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Tennessee as a result of rain and flooding from Aug. 1, 2018 through March 5, 2019.

Lead Us Where

Hearing well has never been my strong suit. Over the years, that has led to a few misunderstandings for me. A good example of this is learning the Lord’s Prayer as a child.

One of my first memories of church is being in the small children’s Sunday school class. Our teacher was a dear lady named Agnes, who everybody loved. And she was a very talented singer. She taught us a few children’s hymns and we would all sing one every Sunday morning.