Board extends director's contract four years

At the September meeting, Union County School Board voted to extend Dr. Jimmy Carter's contract for four more years. School board attorney Mary Ann Stackhouse explained that his current contract would not have expired until 2020 since the same contract had been extended in 2013 to 2017, in 2017 to 2020, and with no changes, the current contract would be extended four more years to 2024. Brad Griffey from the Second District authored the motion. Casey Moore could not attend due to work responsibilities.
Carolyn Murr, Union County Education president, thanked the Board for her recognition at the last board meeting. She commented that the Maynardville Elementary copier was not working much of time and noted that larger schools had two copiers, but now her school had only one that was not reliable. Murr also expressed a concern for mowing that was occurring with children present and during instruction time. Dr. Carter agreed that mowing with children present was a safety concern and would be addressed with the mower. Finally, the UCEA President questioned the decision to continue to cut off the air conditioning at 3:30 during these extremely hot temperatures. She said that janitors as well as teachers who work after hours were having to work in very hot conditions. Dr. carter also agreed to look at the issue and afford some relief by overriding the setting when temperatures were this hot.
Discussion had occurred during the workshop regarding the condition of copy machines. Lenny Holt addressed the board to explain that the original contractor had lost the franchise and Image Solutions was performing maintenance and service. Holt requested that the service contract be renewed for another year at an increased cost. Finance Director Ann Dyer explained that the service contract would be a $9000 increase that resulted in a total cost of $40,000 and would automatically renew each year. Brad Griffey (2nd) stated that the principal at Luttrell Elementary School was not happy with the current service. Dr.Carter responded that the copy machines are wearing out and “will have to bid a new contract to purchase machines in the future.”
On the bidding note, the board approved a new position of purchasing agent for central finance during the Budget Amendments and Transfers. The school system would pay approximately 70 percent of the salary cost since the cost would be shared by other departments that have items to be bid. Dyer also stated that the number of bid items had increased by some 189% with several bids currently in progress. The remainder of the budget amendments dealt with adding grants and moving funds to better reflect actual spending. The board placed a mower under surplus that was no longer needed to mow sports fields.
Marty Gibbs, First District board member, noted a concern from the baseball coach that the farmers market was interfering with summer baseball tournaments and other fundraisers during the spring and summer. Carter said that the misunderstanding occurred due to the parking lot where market sets up being owned by the board of education, while the park is owned by county. Carter plans to discuss the issue at a meeting with the market board this fall.
In other action, the board approved a program, Upslope, to deal consistently with employee concerns and approve appointments to the Sick Leave Bank Committee. Sarah Maness and Carolyn Murr will represent UCEA on the committee. The board also raised the assistant cheerleader coaching supplement to be half of the head cheerleader coaching supplement. The board updated several board policies on second reading.
Stackhouse reported that she had agreed to postpone the hearing regarding dismissal of the suit brought by the Union County Historical Society. She explained that the society's lawyer injured his knee on his farm and had to have surgery. The hearing has been moved to November 12, 2019.
Mayor Jason Bailey sought permission to erect a sign recognizing Roy Acuff on the property of the Union County Museum. The sign is part of a state project called Tennessee Musical Pathways and recognizes musicians who fundamentally impacted music in Tennessee and the nation.
The next Union County BOE Meeting was held on October 3, with the workshop at 6:30. The meeting was changed because the regular meeting date falls during Fall Break from October 7 to October 11.



18th Heritage Festival will touch your heart.

Chair caning at the Festival.

Follow your heart on October 1 to the Union County Heritage Festival. The 18th Festival expands to four venues in 2022. Visitors can park at Union County High School and enjoy the main event in Wilson Park or board the free shuttle (the big yellow bus) sponsored by Monroe Bus Lines, State Farm Insurance, and City of Plainview to travel to the Farmers Market Pavilion for produce and the Ice Cream Bar, the Union County Museum for the Heritage Day Quilt Show, and the Myers Building (formerly Ailor/Byrd Funeral Home) for the Art Show. All venues are open from 10 4 p.m.

Jacob is at it again

Jacob is at it again! Selling pumpkins that is. He has a variety of pumpkins this year, including all the old favorites and has added a few new ones such as the yellow cushaw and many others.
Jacob is a senior at Union County High School where he studies with Mr. John Fugate and is his teacher’s assistant. Mr. Fugate has been a big influence on him by encouraging him to participate in the TVA Fair where he has won several ribbons. This year he took 17 first place ribbons in different categories, one being the tallest corn stalk at 15’7”. Jacob will also take place in the competition land judging on October 6.

Mustangs relocated to Union County need more support

Spirit, a dun Kiger mustang from Sulfur, Utah, is fed hay by Rachel Gaylor’s grandsons at Roan Ridge. (Photo Credit: Rachel Gaylor)

By Helina Bailey
Did you know that wild horses can double their herd sizes every four years? According to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), wild horses and burros have no natural predators and current population estimates are above 80,000.
Because of this, these majestic, free-ranging animals must be removed by the thousands in order to “control herd sizes ... to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands.” The BLM removed 13,666 mustangs and burros last year alone.

New nonprofit aims to monitor Norris water quality

“A family gets ready to go for a dip in Norris Lake.” (Photo Credit: Helina Bailey)

TVA tests have gaps of years; NLPA will test year-round
By Helina Bailey
With over 800 miles of shoreline, Norris Lake is an Appalachian aquatic treasure trove. Nestled in our backyard, this beautiful lake breathes life into the region and attracts both weary travelers seeking to enjoy the great outdoors as well as locals. Anglers, boaters and vacationers flock to the water during the summer, but locals can be spotted all year long.

Dr. Lauren Effler named to Governor's Early Literacy Council

Local educator selected to statewide consulting body to help determine the best resources to combat learning loss in students
Dr. Lauren Effler, Union County Schools K-12 Curriculum & Instruction Supervisor and Pre-K Director, has been named to Governor's Early Literacy Foundation's (GELF) 2022-2023 Executive Council, a group of 28 educators from rural, urban, and suburban communities across Tennessee who will help GELF determine the resources to best meet the needs of students statewide.

LUC graduates class of 2022

Leadership Union County Class of 2022 Graduates: Donna Riddle, Rebecca Lock and Sheila Varner.

Leadership Union County celebrated with dinner at Pete’s Bar and Grill to host its graduation ceremony on September 20. Graduating were Donna Riddle, Rebecca Lock and Sheila Varner.
President Wayne Toppins presided over the ceremony for the Leadership Union County Class of 2022. Board member and past president Colleen Beeler awarded the plaques while secretary Pearl Coffey extended her congratulations. The class attended sessions on government, health, industry, agriculture & tourism and education & technology in addition to their orientation.

Farm Bureau supports our community

Some of the Union County Farm Bureau Board Members and Agent visit with TN Farm Bureau President Eric Mayberry. Front: Ashley Mike, Eric Mayberry, Virgil Dyer, Jordan Campbell, Mary Ellison, Debbie Corum, Lawana Wilkerson, Joe Hickle. Back: Derek Williams, Eddie Thompson, Bud Wilkerson, Wayne Ellison, Cody Brown.

This year our County Farm Bureau Board, Farm Bureau Women, and the new agents and staff have been busy in the Union County. The Farm Bureau has always been more than ready to help out the community and support positive projects and there is much opportunity. Through community outreach, our local Farm Bureau is doing its best to promote the importance of agriculture as well as support other needs when possible.

Some causes of back pain

A car accident or other serious trauma, like a fall, are likely causes of back pain. But back pain can develop from a variety of sources that are not quite so obvious. Here are a few of the conditions that can play a role in creating back pain:

Spinal stenosis: a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord. It’s a condition often caused by arthritis. In the narrowed chamber, pressure can build on the spinal cord.

Big Ridge FCE invites you to join our community club

Carol Pratt proudly displaying her blue ribbon winning cultural arts entry at FCE Fall Conference

Submitted by Sharon Hansard, Big Ridge FCE Reporter
The Big Ridge FCE Club of Union County had an eventful month in September. To kick off the month, a regular meeting was held to elect officers. Congrats and thank you to those who are serving to keep the club doing great work in our community.
In September, members also attended “FCE Day at Tennessee Valley Fair” where they got to reconnect with members across the region. Neal Denton spoke all about beef. Members learned a lot and even won a few prizes in the trivia contest!

Union County Tai Chi for Arthritis classes upcoming

Tai Chi practitioners

Have you heard of Tai Chi? Did you know that the program is offered here in Union County? UT Extension educator, Alyshia Victoria, is certified and approved by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach this program. During the course, she demonstrates joint-safe exercises that help participants improve muscle strength, mobility, coordination and relaxation.

Call for pie bakers

Follow your heart and bake a pie to enter the Union County Heritage Festival Pie Baking Contest. On Friday, September 30, take that pie to the Farmers Market Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What we have here is a failure to communicate

I returned today from a conference at which every school superintendent in the state of Tennessee was present. The agenda for the last day had a musical theme, though no one sang.
I noted one of the session titles alluded to Elvis Presley’s song “A Little Less Communication.” Many of you, Dear Readers, might find this song worthy of a listen on YouTube. I just listened to part of it, and I don’t consider it one of Elvis’ best. I did a Google search for the lyrics, parts of which are interesting.
A little less conversation, a little more action, please

Red Cabbage

Red cabbage is so pretty resting there in the produce counter next to its green cousin. I had never found a satisfying recipe for red cabbage until recently. The flavor is different from that of the green variety so it needs to be prepared differently. Try this.

Meanderings of the mind

Just sitting on my front porch enjoying the late September afternoon with the high temps cooling down a bit, letting my mind meander and bring up pleasant visions of the present and past.
I’m seeing butterflies and birds coming through our yard getting nectar from our flowers, building surplus energy for their journey to Central America for the upcoming winter.
Saturday morning, I was standing on the patio when a beautiful tiny green hummingbird flew up within a foot of my face and hovered looking at me for at least 30 seconds, then flew away.

Raising Kids Before Electricity

Mom didn't allow the kids to horseplay around the kerosene lanterns

My dad was born in 1942 and although electricity was starting to be available, he grew up without electricity or running water.
When I asked my dad about that kind of life he reminded me that even though he grew up poor without much in East Tennessee, so did every other family he could remember. He did not realize the struggle that his mom must have had to endure at the time because everyone lived the same way. His mom raised nine kids in a tiny home without any of the modern conveniences that we require today.

A peacock and a humor contest

What in the world do a peacock and a humor contest have in common? Yours truly, and here’s why:
If you know me or have ready any of my articles or books, then you know the strangest things seem to befall me. As I grew older, I realized these odd things didn’t happen as much to my friends. That may have bothered most people, but it didn’t faze me at all. I used to joke by saying, “I guess God doesn’t want me to get bored.”


We all have memories of unusual things. Well, I remember when you could buy gasoline cheap, really cheap. That was back in 1940, before the, War, a long time ago. Don't believe me? I have a picture to prove it. Mother took a picture of goats pulling some sort of contraption. Dad was standing off to the left side in the picture. A gas station sign happened to be caught on camera on the right side.. There it is: anti-knock for 14 cents per gallon and ethyl for a penny more at 15 cents per gallon. So for a penny more, you got a better grade.

Robbing God

Will a man rob God?
This is the question God’s messenger known as Malachi asked the remnant of Israel beginning around 425 B.C.
Malachi, whose name literally translates as “My Messenger” warned the Jewish priest and the people of Israel that God was not pleased with their halfhearted worship of Him. Malachi was the final writing prophet in the Old Testament and his message is appropriately placed last.

Fall tree planting

Fall is a great time to plant trees, as it allows the tree roots to settle in and get established during the dormant season, making it better prepared for the Spring growth spurt and summer heat. You can plant even in early winter as long as the soil is not frozen. Here are some tree planting guidelines:

Union County Farmers Market Closes for Season Soon

Photo credit: DonnaLynn Velazquez

Get it while it lasts! As fall approaches, with its promise of cooler weather, it brings with it the end of our beloved Saturday morning farmers markets. Located in the newly constructed pavilion next to Union County Highschool, this quaint little market carries a robust variety of goodies for shoppers. Catering to all ages, from 0 to 100, there is something for everyone!

Triple-Threat Festival Weekend in Cumberland Gap, TN

Triple-Threat Festival Weekend in Cumberland Gap, TN Harvest Moon Festival, Last Saturday Antique Event, and The Mountain Fiesta Frequent visitors to Cumberland Gap, Tennessee will know that, over the past several years, there has been a growing number of high-quality community events and festivals taking place in the historic town. The last Saturday in September of 2022 is shaping up to be no exception to that pattern.

State Rep. Dennis Powers and State Rep. John Ragan announce $36.8 million for local broadband expansion projects

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro, and State Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, today announced $36.8 million has been awarded in broadband expansion grants that include Anderson, Campbell and Union counties. The funds were made available through a portion of Tennessee’s American Rescue Plan funding from the federal government.

Chiropractic for college students

If your college student is home for the weekend, you might want to have a discussion with him or her about the benefits of chiropractic treatment during the school year. After all, chiropractic treatment is not just for older adults with back problems. It’s beneficial for all people and college students are among those best poised for benefit.


It’s Medicare renewal time again. The season starts in October and ends December 7th. That is not soon enough for me. I am satisfied with my Humana HMO coverage. I don’t want to change, thank you. I refuse to be lured with “possible” savings. I might get $144 back on my Social Security monthly check, they say. One company even suggested I “might” save as much as $1,500 in a year. That’s less than $144 per month. I need to call right now, they insist. Poppycock!

Tree Burls Are Gnarly, Man

While hiking in the woods you may stumble across a tree with a gnarly, wartlike bulge growing on the trunk or upper branch. These are called burls, and while not particularly pretty on the outside, the inner grain is gorgeous for woodworkers to create some beautiful work.

Kentucky Flood Relief: We are Our Brother's Keeper

July of 2022 was a hard time for those of Eastern Kentucky as heavy rains caused mass amounts of flash flooding and devastation.
Among the survivors was one of Union County’s very own, Sarah Morgan, but along with Morgan were many others that needed help as well. Hitting close to home, many Union County community members rallied together to help our neighboring state out.
Only days after the natural disaster, a group of Union County 4-Hers made a trip to Kentucky in hopes of helping a least one person and touching one heart with love and compassion.

Decoration Contest for the Union County Heritage Festival

In order to beautify Maynardville and all of Union County for the Heritage Festival, there will be a Business Front Decoration contest. In years past, the decorations required a hay bale. However, in order to be more inclusive, the contest requirements have changed. Now, any decoration for any business, organization, church, or individual will qualify to enter the contest. As Heritage Festival attendees arrive, lets greet them with festive decorations. The theme for the 2022 Heritage Festival is “Follow your heart.” Union County is known for its artist talent and creativity.

Union County Master Beef Program Offered

UT Extension Union County will host the Tennesssee Master Beef Producer Program on October 13 & 14, 2022. The Master Beef Producer Program is an extensive educational program developed to provide information to assist Tennessee cattle producers in improving the profitability of cow-calf operations. The classes provide opportunities to gain knowledge with in current beef cattle management practices that are important to the profitability and sustainability of the industry.

Free Forestry Education at Chuck Swan

UT Extension and TN Dept. of Forestry is hosting a Free forestry Educational Field Day in Chuck Swan on Saturday Sept. 24th
Private forest landowners and professional foresters are cordially invited to attend the Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods (THH) forestry field day. The 2022 theme is “Cost Share Practices.” The partners of these educational sessions are providing the events at no cost to participants. The agenda at each event will generally be as follows:

Rustic Re-Do Re-Opens

Derriick and Scarlett Merritt in their store, Rustic Re-Do & Décor.

With quaint, hometown businesses quickly becoming a thing of the past, Derrick and Scarlett Merritt are hoping to prove that a small business can not only make it, but thrive. To do that, they will need the support of local residents.
The couple recently purchased Rustic-Re-Do and officially re-opened the store for business as Rustic Re-Do & Décor August 20. Past customers can expect some of the same ambience as before, but with a ton of new offerings. New customers will love the selection of farmhouse crafts served up alongside rustic décor.

Close Call

Have you ever heard a noise you couldn’t explain? This happened to me many years at one of my previous jobs. I didn’t think anything about it until one of my coworkers yelled at me.
The office I worked in at this time was always cold. It was that way even in the summer time. Often, the customers who came into the office would complain: “You all hanging meat in here somewhere?”

Seeing Red in the Forest

You have no doubt enjoyed trees displaying a red canopy during the fall color blitz, which are likely as not red maples. The tree comes by its name honest, as there’s something red about it all year long. In spring they bloom red flowers, in early summer you’ll see the red of ripening seeds, and all summer long the leaf stem will show red. Come autumn, much of the brilliant reds in the mountains are from red maples. In winter the end twigs and buds are also red.

Elected Officials take the oath

Chancellor Elizabeth Asbury administers the oath of office to Judge Travis Patterson as his wife observes.

A crowd of well-wishers witnessed the swearing-in of the recently elected Union County Officials on August 29 at Union County High School Commons. County Mayor Jason Bailey, re-elected for his second term, opened the ceremony and called on Rev. Robbie Corum to say a prayer. Evelyn Gentry, UCHS, ROTC Cadet Commanding Officer, had the honor of leading the pledge to the American Flag.

Outgoing BOE members recognized

Gerald Smith from Plainview receives his plaque for twenty years of service.

The Union County Board of Education has decided to meet at various schools for many of the 2022-2023 meetings. In August, the board met at Luttrell Elementary School.
It was a fitting venue to pay tribute to the outgoing board member of Plainview, Gerald Smith. Dr. Jimmy Carter, Director of Schools, thanked Smith for his 20 years of service and acknowledged his effort at Luttrell Elementary where he was also a parent volunteer for many years, especially when his daughter was a student.

Eight absent at August meeting: Commission unable to perform duties

Commissioners ask Dr. James Carter about plans for the middle school and the colleges.

Only eight of the 16 commissioners attended the Union County Commission meeting on August 22. All in attendance will serve another four years except Commissioner Janet Holloway, who ended her term with this meeting. But the absence of the other commissioners who lost their seats but were still acting commissioners caused the county business to be postponed until September. Nine members present are needed for a quorum to take any action.

Heritage Festival collectible art print, business decorating contest announced

“Follow Your Heart” by Betty Bullen

The 2022 Heritage Festival Collectible Print, titled Follow Your Heart, the latest in the series from Union County artist Betty Bullen, acknowledges the barn and its important role in rural Appalachia.
Much of life in the country had its birth in the barn. It was the place where not only the farm animal work was done, but also the location where many a heart felt the spark of love at the local barn dance.

Union County water quality presentation Sept. 13

The Norris Lake Protection Alliance invites you to bring your friends and family for an interesting 45-minute presentation specifically on Union County Water Quality on September 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sharps Chapel Senior Center.
Norris Lake plays a major role in the lives of Union County residents. Many of us get our water from Norris Lake through Hallsdale Powell. Others get their water from the groundwater through wells. We all rely on the surrounding watershed for the source of this water. Do you have questions about the quality of the water?

Congratulations to the Union County 4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery Team

Senior High Team members are Jonathan Tindell, Jeremiah Tindell, Travis Hanna, Meradeth Whitley, Gracie Tindell, Silas Whitley and Zeeva Boucher

Congratulations and a job well done to our own Union County 4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery Team. There were 140 youth participants (16 teams) across the state that came together to show off their food and fire safety and grilling techniques at the Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tennessee, on Saturday August 27. Seven of our 4-H members participated in this event. These young men and women made Union County proud. Our Senior High Team placed fourth overall in this contest.

Pies due Sept. 30 for Heritage Festival contest

Union County Heritage Festival is coming up on October 1!
Help us kick off the festival with our 2022 Heritage Festival Pie Baking Contest.
Open to all ages, this is a great way to showcase your baking skills and win cash prize money. Not to mention bragging rights and recognition during the festival.
Pies can be submitted in three categories: Fruit, Nut, and Other. On Friday, September 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., pies will be accepted at the Union County Farmers Market Pavilion located at 115 Durham Drive in Maynardville.

Luttrell Music Festival Sept. 24

The Luttrell Music Festival (in Luttrell) will both be held on Saturday, September 24.
Luttrell Music Festival promises to be the best yet with a lineup of some of East Tennessee’s favorite bands and musicians including singer/songwriter Robinella, David West and the Ciderville Gang, The Beasons, Jason Coleman, Meagan Taylor (who is Chet Atkins’ niece and the old-time flavored Knox County Jug Stompers.
The Grainger County Ridgerunners will hold a cruise-in on the grounds.
The music kicks off at 3 p.m., and there will be plenty of fun for kids and adults.

Call for Heritage Fest Art Show submissions, festival vendors

2021 First Place Photo by Patrick Hurley entitled "Reflections"

The Union County Heritage Festival Art Show will take place during the October 1 event at the Myers Building (formerly Byrd Funeral Home) at 502 Monroe Street in Maynardville. Parking will be available at the lot across from the art show or at the courthouse. On festival day, parking is also available at Wilson Park where visitors can ride the big yellow bus free shuttle sponsored by State Farm Insurance and Plainview City to the art show.

Non-traditional workplaces, new technology can cause Musculoskeletal pain.

The use of smartphones, tablets and laptops has become commonplace throughout the world and has been especially prevalent among college students. recent studies have found that college students accumulate higher levels of screen time, and they utilize multiple devices at higher rates compared to previous generations.

Best Days

Do you have “best days” anymore? These are the days that you look forward to so much that is seems that time has stopped, and the day will never arrive.
When I was a kid, those days were always: church homecoming, Easter egg hunt, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday. While I am very thankful to still have birthdays, I have decided not to count them anymore.

Life Before Electricity: Part Two

Life in Union County has dramatically changed for most families in the last 100 years.
In my last article I explained how the Tennessee Valley Authority started to provide electricity to the people in the area. At the time a lot of this electricity would be generated from the power of the Clinch River.

I'm HIP!

I have received emails for some time generated by several writers stating they were members of the greatest generation and were, therefore, “HIP!”
What, in the writer’s opinion, did this mean?

Potato Crusted Quiche

This makes a tasty dish for lunch or meatless supper. To make this quiche extra special, cook and crumble 4 slices bacon, adding it to the egg mixture with the cheese and onions.


Heritage Festival Entries

Friday, September 30, 2022 - 08:30

It's time again to start thinking about what you're going to enter into the Union County Heritage Festival! Grown any pumpkins or gourds? Got hens who are laying more eggs than you can eat? Did you can all the goodies you grew in your garden this year? If so be sure to check out this year's entries. Entries are for both adults and youth and will be judged and on display at the Heritage Festival October 1st. Entries and forms are due September 30th from 8:30-11:00 and 1:30-4:00 at Wilson Park. If you cannot make these times please contact the Extension Office for other arrangements.

Heritage Festival

Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 10:00
Union County Heritage Festival

The 17th Annual Union County HERITAGE FESTIVAL SAT., October 1st, 2022 10:00am - 4:00pm In Historic Downtown Maynardville The Cradle of Country Music
Festival locations are WILSON PARK, UNION COUNTY MUSEUM, and HISTORIC SNODDERLY HOUSE. Like us on facebook Union County Heritage Festival Visit for more information.

Music Headliner on the Gazebo Stage: Stoney Point Bluegrass Band

Authors Guild of Tennessee

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 11:00

The Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Faith Lutheran Church in Farragut. Social time and book exchange begins at 10:30. Published authors are invited to attend. AGT is now accepting applications for associate membership from authors who have written a book but are not yet published. Serious authors only. In the event of inclement weather, check the AGT Website for updates and information:

Union County Board of Education will meet in Executive Session

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 17:00

The Union County Board of Education will meet in Executive Session at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6,2022 at Union County High School to discuss pending litigation.

The Union County Board of Education will conduct its regular workshop and meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at Union County High School.  The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.


Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 18:00

The Union County Board of Education will conduct a workshop on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the Union County High School Library. Board policy revisions and a proposed Corporate Partnership with Tusculum College will be discussed.

The Union County Board of Education will meet with Tennessee School Board Association (TSBA) Staff at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. at Jefferson County High School to discuss the Director of Schools Search Process. This meeting will occur prior to the TSBA East TN Fall District Meeting.


Glenn Stump

Glenn Stump, age 92, of Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, passed away on September 23, 2022. Glenn was a loving husband and father as well as an amazing “Papaw” to his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a long-time entrepreneur in the Phelps, Kentucky area. Glenn along with his late wife, Pauline, were a staple at the Phelps intersection for many years. Glenn enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a man of true grit, and had touched many families throughout his life.Glenn was born on May 26, 1930, to the late Frank Stump, Sr. and Sara Ann (Dotson) Stump.

Thelma Louise Oaks

Thelma Louise Oaks-age 79 of Knoxville, born July 13, 1943 in Union County, Tennessee went to be with the Lord 2:31 a.m. Friday, September 23, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center. Louise is a member of Grace Full Gospel Baptist Church, Corryton and was a retired postal worker of 30 years. Preceded in death by parents, Willis and Sylvia Burnette and eight siblings.

Sheila J. (Brown) Chesney

Sheila J. (Brown) Chesney-age 55 of Washburn went to be with the Lord, Friday morning, September 23, 2022 at her home. She was a member of Pennington Chapel Baptist Church and a graduate of Horace Maynard High School, Class of 1985. She was the owner/operator of Sheila’s Hair Fashions. Preceded in death by parents, Glen and Donna (Bailey) Brown.

Kami Darlene Flatford

Kami Darlene Flatford-age 42 of Maynardville peacefully left this earth for her Heavenly home Saturday, September 17, 2022. Kami had a big heart and would help anyone. She loved the Lord and is now in His presence along with her grandparents, Gye Beeler, Louise Price, Clarence and Wilma Flatford; aunt, Patricia Darlene Flatford and uncle, Darrell Beeler.

Troy Leon Yadon

Troy Leon Yadon-age 76 of Maynardville passed away Sunday, September 18, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church and a U. S. Army Veteran of the Viet Nam War. He was also a proud member of the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard. Preceded in death by his wife, Kathy Smith Yadon; parents, Roy and Belva (Savage) Yadon; brother, Glen Yadon; sisters, Louise Bailey and Inez Ellen Poore; brother-in-law, Jerry Cole.

Bobby White

Bobby Randel White
1/30/1933 - 9/15/2022

Bobby Randel White (89) left this earth to be with the Lord on September 15, 2022. During his lifetime he proudly served in the United States Army from 1953-1955. He was a member of Hines Creek Baptist Church for many years, as well as Emory Valley Baptist Church. He was a member of the Union County American Legion. He made his living and was well known in the construction community for his drywall finishing skills.

Alvin Eugene Kitts

Alvin Eugene Kitts-age 77 of Luttrell passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at his home. He was a member of New Friendship Baptist Church. He was employed for 37 years at Lay’s Packing Company and retired as an over-the-road truck driver. Anyone who knew him loved him. He was also known as Al or Slim to his friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Blondie Kitts; wife, Dottie Kitts; wife, Bessie Kitts.

Clifford R. Woods, Jr.

Clifford R. Woods, Jr.-age 86 of Speedwell, born February 14,1936 known as Jr. to his siblings and Woody to his friends, passed away on the evening of September 11,2022 from injuries incurred in a tragic automobile accident. Clifford was retired from the US Navy as a hospital corpsman, Chief Petty Officer. His favorite past time was surfing the internet for great deals of which he found many because everything was a great deal to him, he loved buying in bulk! He was always ready with a joke and a story to tell; he loved his family and talking politics to anyone who would listen.

Dr. Elizabeth "Cyd" Hamilton

Dr. Elizabeth "Cyd" Hamilton (1967-2022). We are heartbroken to announce the death of our dear friend Dr. Elizabeth “Cyd” Hamilton, a marvel, who passed away on September 6th, 2022 at the age of 55. Born June 27th, 1967 in Illinois State, into this thing called Life where she fell madly in love with nature and every last one of its fantastic creatures. Trees and people and spiders and dogs and algaes and fungi. Orphaned as a teenager by the untimely death of her mother, she was driven and determined to put herself through school and a higher education in the sciences.

Anthony Dewayne Hensley

Anthony Dewayne Hensley-age 29 of Luttrell passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2022. He was saved at an early age and was a member of New Start Baptist Church. Preceded in death by his father, Tony Hensley and papaw, A. J. Hensley.

Survivors: Daughter, Kaylee Hensley of Tazewell; Brothers, Tyler Kanott and Andy Kanott of Georgia; Mother, Karen Kanott; Dad, John Kanott, both of Maynardville; Nanny, Kathy Dyer; Papaw, James Dyer, both of Maynardville; Mamaw, Kathy Kitts of Luttrell; Papaw, Ray Lawson of Maynardville along with many other loving family members.

Glenda Bates Bradley

Glenda Bates Bradley age 69 of Powder Springs went home to be with Jesus Friday morning September 9, 2022.

A memorial service will be held on Monday September 19, 2022 at Bethel Baptist Church, 8035 Clapp’s Chapel Road, Corryton, TN 37721. The family will be receiving from 6pm to 7pm followed with a 7pm service.

Preceded in death by parents, Glen and Frances Attkisson; husband, Robert (Bob) Bradley.

Rita Keck

Rita Keck – age 61 of Maynardville, went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 9, 2022 at her home. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter. Rita was a lifelong member of Hinds Creek Baptist Church where she was the piano player and singer with The Beason Family for many years. One of her favorite songs was I Have A Better Place To Go. She would sing it with all that was within her because she truly believed what she was singing about.

Bill Greene

Bill Greene – age 91 of Corryton, Tennessee went Home to his Lord and Savior on Monday, September 5, 2022, passing peacefully at his home. We struggle to capture in a few words the echo of such a life. Bill was born October 24, 1930 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the son of Samuel Greene and Dora Strevel Greene. Raised by his maternal aunt, Myrtle Strevel and grandfather Pete Strevel, in Luttrell, Tennessee, Bill overcame tremendous adversity in his life.

Susie Shoffner Wright

Carolyn “Susie” Shoffner Wright-age 59 of Sharps Chapel passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at home while surrounded by her loving family. She was a member of Carrs Branch Baptist Church. She was a beloved mother and grandmother who never met a stranger. Preceded in death by parents, Luke and Imogene Shoffner; sister, Debbie Edmondson.

Melissa Keith

Melissa Faye (Beeler) Keith – Age 52 of Corryton, born July 8, 1970 passed away suddenly September 6, 2022. She was a caring mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She was born to Doyle and Mildred Beeler and was happiest while maintaining her flowers and garden and watching her efforts grow.

J. B. (Jake) Stooksbury

J. B. (Jake) Stooksbury-age 90 of Sharps Chapel passed away Sunday, September 4, 2022 at The Waters of Clinton. He was a retired employee of the TVA Bull Run Steam Plant and was a U. S. Navy Veteran with four years of service. Preceded in death by parents, Platt and Willie Stooksbury; two brothers, Loren and Cuble Stooksbury; four sisters, Dorothy Stooksbury; Joann Rouse; Emma Jean Stooksbury, Corrine George.

Kenneth A. Hickle

Kenneth Allen Hickle-age 83 of Luttrell, born July 24, 2939 passed away Sunday, September 4, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was a member of New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and a retired employee of Plasti-Line in Powell. Preceded in death by parents, Luia and Ilah (Booker) Hickle.

Survivors: loving wife of 35 years, Betty; son, Timothy Allen Hickle; step-children, Eddie Harvey, Shelia Carter, Jeri Bouchard, Cindy Camper; sister, Ruth Stiner; brother, Joe (Sue) Hickle. Several nieces and nephews.

Steven D. Johnson

Steven David Johnson-age 75 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord Friday, September 2, 2022 at his home. He was a member of Hickory Valley Baptist Church. He served as a deacon for several years. He was a retired employee of CSX Transportation. He was preceded in death by parents, Rev. Clarence and Jean Johnson; son, Wayne Johnson; daughter, Sharon Washam; grandson, B. T. Johnson; sister, Betty Carmon; brother, Stanley Johnson.

Daryl Wayne Valentine

Daryl Wayne Valentine-age 75 of Knoxville (Halls Community) went to be with his Lord Wednesday morning, August 31, 2022 at the Ben Atchley Tennessee State Veterans Home. Daryl was a minister of the Christian faith. He loved to play his guitar and sing with his wife, Linda. Daryl was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and a retired employee of Y12 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Preceded in death by his parents, Aaron and Kathleen (Howard) Valentine.

Jerry Wayne Wallace

Jerry Wayne Wallace – age 56 of Luttrell, passed away August 27, 2022 at his home.

He is preceded in death by parents, Gerald and Ruth Wallace; sister, Teresa Elaine; and brother, Gerald Lynn. He leaves behind his wife, Cynthia; children, Adam Noland, Eric Wallace and Ann and Katrina Wallace; sisters, Judy Overholt, Katrina Wallace Sharp, Linda Runyon; and brothers, Olen and Roy Wallace.

Jerry Wayne Wallace

Jerry Wayne Wallace – age 56 of Luttrell, passed away August 27, 2022 at his home.

He is preceded in death by parents, Gerald and Ruth Wallace; sister, Teresa Elaine; and brother, Gerald Lynn. He leaves behind his wife, Cynthia; children, Adam Noland, Eric Wallace and Ann and Katrina Wallace; sisters, Judy Overholt, Katrina Wallace Sharp, Linda Runyon; and brothers, Olen and Roy Wallace.