One of Union County’s newest businesses shows promise of opportunity for both, today and tomorrow. Out of the Attic Interiors is owned by Duayne and Toni Huddleston of Corryton. “Where there is a will, there’s a way; and God made a way.” says business owner, Toni Huddleston. This new venture opened on April 5, 2019 and is planning its Grand Opening Celebration for late April with items so unique that there is always something new to see.
Jail Facing Decertification Again
A special thank you to Chantay Collins for videoing the December 10th Commission meeting.
At the December 10th Union County Commission Regular Meeting, Bob Bass from Tennessee Corrections Institute informed Commissioners that the jail was in danger of losing its certification not only because of overcrowding but also because of an outdated facility. Mr. Bass and his staff help jails in Tennessee meet the standards for certification by asking County Commissions to establish a County Correction Partnership Committee (CCPC) comprised of commissioners, judges, district attorneys, public defenders, and police officers. The CCPC studies all aspects of the jail while they rely on Mr. Bass to provide the technical support to gather data and reports. Most of the current inmates are being jailed for misdemeanors related to probation issues, mostly the inability to pay fines ranging from $25 to $75. So the CCPC will look at probation practices and providers, alternatives to jail such as ankle bracelets, educational programs for prisoners. In addition the CCPC will study the jail to determine options and plans for upgrading the current facility and perhaps building a new jail. Mr. Bass noted that there is no secure area for admitting a prisoner to the jail, no room devoted to family visitation, and no modern cells with steel doors instead of bars. The Commission voted to set up the CCPC in January and to notify Mr. Bass to set a meeting in February. The public can read the Tennessee Department of Correction Jail Summary Report for Union and all counties at https://www.tn.gov/correction/statistics-and-information/jail-summary-re....
Sheriff Breeding reported the following for November, 2018,: 708 calls, 5 wrecks with injury, 26 wrecks without injury, 126 prisoners booked into jail, current jail population 85. The jail's current bed capacity is 76 so the jail is continuously at over 100% capacity. Many months the jail was 121% to 131% over capacity.
On a positive note, the UCHS Agricultural Issues Committee demonstrated a mock county commission meeting to discuss the pros and cons of Union County establishing a Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT). Students pointed out the job opportunity, potential for population growth, possible reduction in poverty, increased potential for revenue from out of county patrons and visitors, and the convenience of attending college in our own community. Some of the negatives were the possible increase in traffic that would necessitate a traffic light at Durham Drive and Hwy 33, funding that may cause an increase in taxes, and young people leaving the family farm for higher paying jobs outside Union County. The student commissioners sent the motion to establish the TCAT to the Education Committee for further discussion and to return with a funding proposal. Mayor Jason Bailey and Wanda Cox Byerley complimented the students on their research and leadership. Several commissioners asked questions and all applauded the efforts of the students to research such a timely issue.
Mayor Bailey updated the status of various grants. The cost of fencing will most likely exceed the $25,000 for the dog park from the Boyd Foundation. The playground equipment will be finished this winter for the Access to Health Grant in Wilson Park. The ambulances have been purchased to complete the Community Block Development Grant. A new CBGD application due February 1 is being revamped to possibly provide equipment for the volunteer fire departments since not enough patrons applied to connect to a waterline in the Big Ridge area. Another grant will provide $120,000 to renovate the lobby of the Health Department at no cost to our taxpayers. Finally, Union County will cooperate with the state to connect bike trails in Union, Anderson, and Campbell Counties at the state's expense.
Tim Long from Sunset Digital reported that the Broadband Grant had been submitted and had a very strong possibility of being approved. He noted that the grant could only be implemented where Tennessee had identified areas of extreme need. In Union County these areas are mostly in Sharps Chapel, just north of Maynardville, and in Big Ridge.
In other reports, Oak Grove School has now been placed on the Tennessee Registry of Historic Places due to the efforts of Betty Bullen and Preservation Union County.
Beginning in January, the County Commission will move the regular meeting to the 4th Monday of each month. The Budget and Finance Committee will be meeting on the 3rd Tuesday and Commissioner Larry lay will be the chairman. The Road Commission will continue to meet on the 1st Monday. The School Board will return to the 2nd Thursday. These changes are to enable commissioners to receive the financial report and budget amendments and transfers prior to the meeting. January Meetings are the following: January 7-Road Commission, January 10-School Board, January 15-Budget & Finance Committee, January 28-County Commission.
Many VA primary care providers are routinely discussing the services provided by DCs as an option with their patients.
VA provides chiropractic services on-site at one or more VA facilities in each VISN. VA facilities that do not have on-site chiropractic clinics provide these services via Community Care mechanisms. A list of VA facilities that have established on-site chiropractic clinics is available at ...
Isn’t it funny how you can look back on things and see them differently after you are grown?
Back in the ancient times of the 1970s, there were no SUVs. When we went on family trips, we took one of Papaw’s station wagons. At least once a year, we all piled in one and headed south and east to Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains. We always packed a picnic. Sometimes Papaw would stop at the KFC in Maryville and pick up a bucket of chicken to have with it.
Year Two, Week Fifteen
When I got to work this morning after the Easter weekend holiday, I was clearing my email when I came across this interesting subject line: Do you have all your eggs in one basket? It is a question perhaps best not contemplated first thing on Monday morning of a work week.
The year was 1981. My nephew, Chris Bouldry, had been attending Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. He came home for the Christmas holidays and decided not to return to school. That left one problem. He needed to retrieve his possessions from his room there. The second problem was how to make the trip. He didn't have a car or any money.
Since I’m in the woods a lot it’s reasonable to assume that I would have more ticks get on board and use me as a meal. But for the first time that I can remember I pulled ticks off every month of the year, including the winter months when they are normally dormant. That’s not right people! All of them have been the smaller deer tick, which are harder to see and feel crawling around. Now that your family is outside more with the warmer weather, best start body checking yourself and the kids. Since it’s good to know your enemy, here is a rundown on the tick lifestyle.
My son’s Eagle Project, back when he was in Boy Scouts, was planning and overseeing the construction of bat houses and distributing them on a state tree farm located next to the Hiwassee River in Polk County. At first, he was reluctant. Who, after all, wanted to do anything for bats? They were scary, ugly, carried rabies, get in your hair, and they lived in caves and old houses spreading guano.
You’ve been told since the first time you heard the term “computer” that they are all about bits and bytes, right? Computer geeks (like me) are sometimes referred to as “bit twiddlers”. I even wrote a novel called The Bit Dance that has a bunch of ones and zeros on the cover. Computers are all about binary choices, right?
The Olive Garden is our favorite restaurant. A few years ago we celebrated my eighty-ninth and half birthday in July. (When you approach ninety, every day is a luxury.) We had an Alfredo dish. My daughter Anne had chicken and I had shrimp. We decided we could make a recipe at home that tasted just as good.
Union County High School senior Dalton Truan signed to wrestle with University of the Cumberlands Patriots April 10.
“Dalton is the hardest working guy, day in, day out,” said UCHS head wrestling coach James Ramirez.
"We invite all area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders to come together on the last Thursday of each month at Hardee's at 7:30 am. This is to be a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion about how we as a community of Faith can work together to have a positive impact on our county. All are welcome!" For more information please contact Kathy Chesney at 865-566-3289.
There will be a “Project Planning Workshop” Thursday, April 25 at 7:00pm at the Union County Courthouse. This meeting is the second planning session to include the public, along with elected officials, to discuss and determine future projects. The meeting will begin with ...
Come out and run on some beautiful East Tennessee country roads, right here in Maynardville!
Registration starts at 7am and the run starts at 8am.
Entry fees start at only $25.
2 courses to choose from.
5k = 3.1 miles
10k = 6.2 miles
The fun run will be held in Wilson Park and open to all ages.
Free admission to the fun run with 2 canned goods to benefit the Union County Food Pantry,
A portion of all funds raised will donated to the American Cancer Society.
It's that time again!
May is a Pick Up month for our Wine Club and we are having a party to celebrate!
Saturday, May 4th from Noon till 8 PM
Live Music From:
A Pair of Jokers Noon-3:30 pm
KUDZU, the band 4-8 pm
Rocking the soul of country and all its relatives! They grab pieces of all the best music and stitch them together to make something new but familiar.
Jeanette C. Mahan, age 75, of Anderson County, passed away peacefully at home on April 23, 2019. She is survived by children Lynn Hewitt, Jeffery Weaver, and Clyde Mahan; grandsons Dustin Ray Hewitt and Travis Shawn Hewitt; granddaughters Cassandra Frye and Whitney Mahan; great-granddaughter Grace Cox; and brother Roy Childress; special son-in-law Frank Courrier. Family will receive friends Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel. Funeral service to follow with Louise McKinney and Gordon McKinney officiating.
Stanley "Shorty" Max Joyce, age 82, passed away on April 20, 2019. He was of Baptist Faith. He served his country valiantly in the U.S. Army. Stanley retired from the Knox County School Janitorial Department.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Newt and Edna Joyce; brothers, Robert, Kayo and James; and sisters, Mildred, Zelma, Mayme, Jenny and Lockey. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Linda Joyce; daughter, Rhonda Womack (Guy); grandchildren, Joshua Womack (Miranda) and Ashley Duffey (Luke); great-grandchild, Baby Duffey; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Alice Annalou Lody Guinn-age 81 of Maynardville, born September 9, 1937 passed away Tuesday morning, April 23, 2019 at Willow Ridge Center. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Maynardville. Preceded in death by mother, Trula Lody; father, Cecil Lody; sister, Lena Mae Tharp; brother-in-law, Fred (Red Eye) Tharp; grandparents, John E. and Lennie Monroe.
Survivors: daughter, Dyane Lody; grandson, Blake Hopson along with five great-grandchildren. Nephews: Denny, Conley, Randy, Fred Allen and Charlie Tharp and their families. Special aunt, Bobbie Johnson and several cousins.
Jason Mathew Dobbins, born April 15, 1977, passed away April 19, 2019, losing his battle to cancer. He was a member of Sutherland Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by mother Jackie Juanita Maples Dobbins, and grandmothers Dorothy Maples and Lorene Doane. Survived by father Sammy Dobbins, son Cody Cummings, daughters Jayla and Jaylan Dobbins, step son Isaac Mashburn, brother Sammy Dobbins Jr., sister Dottie Maples, and girlfriend Sara Cunningham.
Helen Maples Foust, age 86 of Knoxville, passed away on April 22, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents Charlie C. and Dorothy E. Maples. Helen is survived and will be greatly missed by her sons, Steven R. Tallent and Charles A. Monroe; 4 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; as well several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 25th from 5:00-7:00pm at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel. Friends and family will gather at Joppa Cemetery on Friday, April 26th at 9:45am for a 10:00am interment, Rev. Donald Daniels officiating.
Dorothea Elizabeth Cox – age 90 of Maynardville, went home to be with the Lord on April 21, 2019. She was a longtime member of Milan Baptist Church. Dorothea enjoyed reading her Bible and enjoyed her friends at the Union County Senior Citizen Center. She was a retired nurse from San Joaquin Hospital in Bakersfield, California.
Ralph Robert Lane, age 85, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 19, 2019, after a brief struggle with cancer. He was of Baptist faith. A wise saint once said, “The stronger a man is, the more gentle he can afford to be.” If that is true, then Ralph Robert Lane was one of the strongest men in the world. Ralph was a kind and gentle soul, with a generous and giving spirit. He was a man who brought out the best in all who were around him.
Joyce Louise Ridener, age 80, of Knoxville passed away peacefully at home on April 20, 2019. She was a member of Valley View Baptist Church. She was a Devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her and her husband loved traveling together. Preceded in death by husband Bob Ridener; parents Ennis and Glenna Robertson; and sister Bobbie Henderson. Survived by sons Mike Ridener and Ronnie (Brenda) Ridener; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Donna (Ronnie) McConkey; as well as a niece and nephews; and cousin Jeanne Rose.
David Allen Berry, Sr., age 67, of Corryton passed away on April 19, 2019. He was a member of Rockydale Primitive Baptist Church. He owned Berry’s Wrecker Service and Auto Shop for over thirty years. He enjoyed farming in his spare time. He is preceded in death by parents Elmer and Lorene Berry; and brother Donald Berry. He is survived by daughters Connie Berry and Abigail Berry; son David Berry, Jr.; grandchildren Brent Allen Berry and Jessie Lynn Berry; and siblings Mike Berry and Janice George.