Letter to commissioners warns to heed the law

Mayor Jason Bailey reported that he had received complaints of harassment from some county employees and public officials. Since County Attorney David Myers is a contracted employee, he could not offer advice due to a conflict of interest.
Bailey consulted H. Stephen Gillman, attorney from Pryor Priest Harbor, who is also representing the county in the lawsuit brought by the Union County Historical Society.
From the wording in the letter that Gillman addressed to Bailey as a representative of the Financial Management Committee, someone had been seeking information from the finance director that was not considered the routine public information, had been questioning other department members outside the normal chain of command, and requesting information “off the record”.
Then this person or persons used conversations and social media to disseminate misinformation. The letter clarified that commissioners are private citizens when not seated at an authorized county meeting and that the practice of communicating outside the standard could cause misinformation, violate the open meeting law, splinter the chain of command or even trigger a lawsuit under the tort of false light invasion of privacy.
Finally, any official or employee who refuses to follow the regulations as stated in TCA 5-21-125 commits a Class C misdemeanor and is subject to removal from office or position. The letter also warned that any official acting outside the regulations and communicating outside the standard would be considered acting contrary to the expectations and opinions of Union County and would be subject to the consequences outlined in the law.
Bailey summed it up by saying “You have the letter. Be careful what you say and what you do because you might find yourself and Union County in a lawsuit.”
The mayor updated several grants. The county maintenance department will install playground equipment purchased through the Access to Health grant at Sharps Chapel Park in the bottom land near the front of the park, probably over the next two weeks.
The Safe Routes to School Grant to provide a paved pedestrian access route from Luttrell School to LaFollette Housing is still being reviewed by the state. The CDBG proposal to provide turnout gear to all fire departments was declined and therefore not funded by the state.
Property owned by the county on Durham Drive next to Union County High school is being reviewed for a site for the Farmers Market. County maintenance and UCHS Building Trades have nearly completed renovations on the community buildings. The Union County Senior Building will receive a new roof.
A portion of the Luttrell Industrial Park is in the process of being purchased by a Mr. Mink. Another part of the same industrial park is being reviewed for a sports facility.
The new phone system is on track to save over $13,000, and the Eshare has added $7,659.15 to the Drug Fund
The Veterans Place Wall has been restored and will be rededicated along with the flagpole provided by the late Donna Jones, former Assessor of Property, on Saturday, November 2, at 2 p.m.
Sheriff Billy Breeding reported for September that his office received 781 calls, worked 11 wrecks with injury and 24 wrecks without injury, booked into the jail 138, released 142, and currently has a jail population of 90.
Chief Deputy Melissa Brown gave the financial report for Director Ann Dyer.
All budgets are in range and correct for the time frame of the fiscal year. All Budget Amendments were approved.
Ray Butler, Tennessee Forestry Technician, updated commission regarding improvements at Chuck Swan State Forest and the Wildlife Management Area. Tennessee Forestry Service purchased a Cat 120 road grader, two heavy duty John Deere tractors, and a Cat 420 backhoe.
Butler called Chuck Swan the state's crown jewel in wildlife areas due to having a variety of land forms that include ridges and wide valleys on nearly 27,000 acres. He reported all roads are open and currently in good shape. Two full-time forestry employees and an area forester serve Union County.
The current office is on Fox Hunter Road. A forestry work center to include an emergency management staging area is planned at a cost of $1.75 million in state money to be used to fight fires and manage the forests for Union County. Plans call for a 400 square feet conference room, equipment storage, restrooms with showers, office space, and three 1500 square feet bays. Equipment will include two bulldozers and a truck for hauling equipment.
Butler expressed a concern that the area has no public water source, and sought the advice of commission regarding potential water sources. He is researching the possibility of drilling a well and has talked with Darren Cardwell from Hallsdale-Powell regarding a water line with an estimated cost of $555,000.
Commissioners asked the mayor to explore the possibility of securing a Community Development Block Grant to install the water line. The mayor will be meeting with grant writers this week.
Commission approved Charles Dale (Kermie) Holloway's constable bond with a date change to August 2020 because the constable position must be on the 2020 ballot. Holloway is filling an unexpired term by appointment and could then run for election to the office of constable in 2020.
In previous meetings, the mayor has noted the lack of regulations regarding the rental of county buildings. He has proposed a policy and asked the commissioners to offer their opinions.
Currently, at least two county buildings are being used by a long-term verbal agreement at no cost to the individuals involved. The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd has used the Sharps Chapel Center for nearly four years. The food pantry has been distributing from Cedar Grove, but no verification of their nonprofit status was available. Utility costs exceeded $4000 for the buildings last year.
The consensus of the commission was that individuals should pay for using the buildings and no one should have a long-term agreement. With this in mind, Commission approved the current rental payment of $40 per day to begin on January 1, 2020. This policy would nullify any long-term agreements.
The mayor was asked to bring a proposal to be discussed at the November meeting regarding setting a more complete rental policy for county buildings and parks. The mayor expressed his desire to have a more comprehensive policy in place before January. The motion was made by Jeff Brantley and seconded by Jody Smith. Kenny Hill (5th) voted to pass, but all others voted for the motion. Jeff Chesney was absent.
The commission also took affirmative action on the Fiscal Confirmation letter for ThreeStar, a state community development program. Accepting the letter verifies that commissioners are aware of the financial status of the county and the cash flow to cover any debts or programs outlined in the ThreeStar plan. All voted for the proposal except Dawn Flatford who passed since she was absent from the meeting when the original ThreeStar plan was discussed.
In routine order, the minutes and one notary were approved. There were no Public Comments.
The next meeting of the commission is Monday, November 25, at 7 p.m. to discuss Rules and Regulations for Community Buildings and Parks and changing the date for the December meeting.



NLPA Norris Lake Cleanup

The Norris Lake Protection Alliance “NLPA” organized a lake cleanup project on September 10th and 11th. Working in conjunction with Norris Lake Project “NLP”, the NLPA continues to make a positive difference for all who enjoy Norris Lake. The Team of 26 volunteers donated their time, boats, fuel, and trucks to remove trash from Norris Lake. The effort was focused in four locations: Dollar Island, Gull Island, the shore area of Chuck Swan across from Sunset Bay and Island 23.

Millions at high risk for vision loss

One of my memories of elementary school was thinking I was just not very smart. In 1st 2nd and 3rd grades, I was having trouble understanding things that the other students seemed to grasp. Most of the class instruction in the mid-1950’s was done on a blackboard. We used worksheets to show our comprehension of what was being taught. I was not doing well. I was struggling to see the world around me. At some point in the 3rd grade our school had a vision screening. My parents were advised that I needed an eye exam. Mom took me to the ophthalmologist for a vision test.

Age With Grace And Health

We are living longer and, if you play your cards right and have taken care of yourself, this is a wonderful thing. Good genes certainly help, but healthy lifestyle practices are just as important in continuing to live a productive life. Here are some tips the American Chiropractic Association recommends for aging with grace and health:

Rock of Ages

Have you ever had an eye-opening experience? I did when I was thirteen years old. That’s when one I went on a day trip to Cades Cove with my friend and her family. Early that Saturday morning we all piled into her parents’ van. I love the Smokey Mountains, so I was very excited.

Puff Pastry Pumpkins

I am always looking for a special cookie for the Fall season. Here is an easy one. Cute, too. In large bowl, combine pumpkin purée, brown sugar and maple flavoured syrup. Next, roll out 2 sheets of thawed frozen puff pastry. Cut out shapes using 3 inch pumpkin cutter


A Katydid's familiar chirping at night is a sign that Fall is on its way.

It’s hard to spot Katydids because they are so well camouflaged. But anyone who sits on their porch on a late summer’s night has enjoyed hearing their “katy did….katy didn’t” song, along with their chirping cousin, the cricket.

Union County Senior Attends Boys State

Each state in the United States (except Hawaii) holds an annual educational learning camp called Boys State. Boys State is among the most respected and selective government service educational programs. This is an annual forum, conceived 1935 by the American Legion to teach civic training. It has been going strong ever since and has been held at Tennessee Tech since 1965.

Vigil Brings Community Together For International Overdose Awareness Day

Miller's Chapel UMC, beautifully lit up with donated stage lights

Samantha Brantley stood in front of 30 attendees from the community at Miller’s Chapel UMC, with purple lights and beautiful stained-glass windows positioned behind her, and a memorial board in the foyer in front of her. The memorial board displayed some of the many faces and names of people in our community who have been lost to substance use and addiction.

Sharps Chapel Music Festival

The Sharps Chapel Fall Music Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 30th from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Sharps Chapel Community Park. Sharps Chapel has historically held an Annual Octoberfest which hasn’t happened in many years. It feels wonderful to revive a Chapel tradition!

Chiropractic Care And Stress

Managing the stress in your life — and most of us experience stress to one degree or another — is essential to keeping a healthy lifestyle. Stress comes from many directions and makes itself known in a variety of ways. It might manifest as a headache, tight muscles, nausea or back pain.

Painted Spider

I am rather proud of myself. Recently, I dealt with one of my biggest fears. Wait a minute, make that two of them.
It started with the renovating of our back deck. As you may know, we have been working on it for quite some time. If we want to get technical about it, Tim and I actually rebuilt the uncovered section. After we replaced the floor joists and the skirt boards, it was time to lay down the new floor. At first this made me a little antsy since the deck is about 10 feet high. As you probably know, I have a fear of falling.

We Call It ?????

I remember when I was a kid in the 1970s and 1980s there was a Mazola Corn Oil commercial. I searched Google to see if I could find that old commercial.
I was, of course, successful, and I learned some things that I had forgotten, and other things that I did not know.

Depression: Childhood Games

During the Great Depression, kids had few resources outside of their imagination and old-timey games from a long ago era. My two brothers and myself had no outside resources until I began school. Then the world opened up. We played games in the school yard during recess time and inside when it rained.

Pork Chop Stew

You don't usually think of pork chops in the same sentence as "Stew," but here it is. Preheat oven to 350 F. In skillet over medium heat, brown pork chops. Add salt, pepper and poultry seasoning to taste. When browned on both sides remove from skillet and place in 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

Fall Tree Planting

Fall is a good time to plant trees but do your homework and pick the right tree for the right spot

While spring is the traditional season to plant trees and shrubs, fall may be better. The soil is still fairly warm on into December, and it gives the tree a chance to rest and get well settled into the soil before the spring growth spurt. The following are a few guidelines on choosing and planting trees.

School board reports on construction projects

The Union County Board of Education shared tentative timelines for school building projects at its August board meeting and workshop.
According to Chairman Marty Gibbs, the new middle school is on track to be bid in the spring of 2024, to begin construction in the summer of 2024, to be completed in the spring of 2026, and to open to students in August of 2026. Chairman Gibbs noted that the wings had been rotated 90 degrees to allow for expansion and the sports fields had been relocated on the site.

Operation Christmas Child Area-Wide kicks off

Have you ever wanted to meet a shoebox recipient? To experience first-hand the life-changing power of a simple shoebox gift when sent in Jesus' name?
Well, here's your chance.
Join us at Milan Baptist Church in Maynardville on September 9, 4 to 6 p.m., for our Project Leader Weekend OCC Area-Wide Kickoff Event. You have an amazing opportunity to hear from and meet in-person shoebox recipient Evangeline from the Philippines.

The biggest small farm this town has ever seen

"From the unique & rare Meishan to the tried & true American Guinea Hog, we have quite the collection of heritage breed hogs for you to meet and greet during your farm tour."

From Connecticut to the hills of Union County, Tennessee, Olivia Hill and her husband have settled into a slice of serenity.
While this serenity has come with challenges and is an ongoing work in progress, the Hills are ecstatic to share their slice with the community.

Take A Walk

Walking may be, pound for pound, the most accessible, beneficial and inexpensive form of exercise available. The American Chiropractic Association recommends it as a way to stay fit.

Thinking outside the box

I usually don’t brag on my own work, but this article surely must be a good one. At least it was that good. How do I know? My computer “ate” it just as I was copying it to a jump drive. Let’s see if I can re-create it and make it even better.
I was going into the men’s bathroom at work a few weeks ago when a sign to the left caught my eye: Meals And Memories Are Made Here

Hamilton Cemetery Association Gathering is September 16

“The Gathering of the Generations” is planned for September 16, with a welcome and general information to begin at the Union County Museum and Genealogical Library at 3824 Maynardville Hwy, in historic Maynardville at 11:30 a.m.
For those those folks who may be traveling from other parts of the country, Maynardville is the home of Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, Kenny Chesney, Lois Johnson, and Carl Smith ...

Veggie Salad

Here is a good salad to make for a holiday meal. Of course, it is delicious anytime. You should have everything in your pantry. It's cheap to make, easy and tasty. Put first six ingredients in large bowl. Mix remaining ingredients, except salad greens, and add to first mixture. Toss well. Chill overnight before using. Drain and serve plain as a relish or on greens for a salad. Makes about 1 quart. Mixture will keep several days in the fridge. Drain only amount required for each meal.

Granddaughter Trophy

Do you remember the first prize you ever won? I do.
When I was very small, I played a game at a birthday party. Somehow, I won the prize, which was a kaleidoscope. I couldn’t believe it. In fact, I tried to give it back to them. When they finally convinced me it was mine to keep, I was absolutely thrilled. Let me tell you, I liked the feeling of winning that prize.

And such were some of you

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
[10] Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
[11] And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

From Elvis to Rap

Here it is September again. Again, the nights are cooler with warm afternoons. It’s now dark at 6:30 a.m. as the days get shorter with nights getting longer. Time is marching toward fall and then winter.
The kids are back in school, terrorizing the teachers and waiting for fall break. The school buses are loaded to the brim as there’s a shortage of school bus drivers. Knox County started school in August with a shortage of 31 drivers. Less drivers/more kids means problems for bus contractors. Many contractors have to combine different loads to be able to get the kids home. So parents, allow a little leeway for the bus drivers.

Forestry is a big deal

Many consider forestry to only mean growing trees to cut for lumber, and in the old days that was true. But the forest is much more than a place to produce wood fiber and it has multiple uses it can be managed for. Many of these uses can be managed simultaneously with proper planning.
Here is a list of the major uses.

Our trip to Hawaii and Maui

Leaving for my trip on September 4, I took the long drive to Atlanta’s famous Hartsfield International Airport. (A local wit said that on the way to hell one now has to pass thru Hartsfield International Airport.) After 8 hours and 40 minutes in the air, this non-stop flight finally landed at Honolulu International Airport!

Cherokee Spirit Mustang Rescue and Equine Refuge

Molly May Mule and Autumn

Right here in Union County is a family deeply involved in Mustang rescue. Loretta Morris and her teenagers Ariana and Ayden have prevented these horses from being shipped to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. The Morrises care for these animals on a daily basis. Today, there is a total of 52 Mustangs, donkeys, mules, and mulestangs (part mule and part Mustang). Some arrive at the Cherokee Spirit Mustang Rescue in Washburn fairly healthy, while others are in need of extra care, nutrients and feed.

Frozen Shoulder

‘Frozen shoulder’ is a term sometimes used loosely in connection with any type of persistent shoulder pain. But specifically it is the loss of arm movement at the shoulder joint.

The shoulder is the part of the body that is the third most common subject for chiropractic treatment, the lower back and the neck being the two most common. Frozen shoulder can be brought on by the trauma of a fall or car accident, or it may come on gradually as a result of muscle imbalance, overuse and irritation.

Chug a Lug

Have you ever chug-a-lugged a drink? That’s when you turn the drink container up and guzzle it down as fast and as noisily as you can.
Unless I was playing ball on a hot summer day, I wasn’t allowed to chug -a-lug a drink. Why? If you have ever read any of my articles, you know that my family was and still is very steeped in southern etiquette. Part of that was how you ate and drink. For one, you didn’t make any unnecessary noises such as smacking your lips or slurping. When somebody (usually me) slipped up and did that at the table, they were met with scowls and an uncomfortable silence. That experience stayed with me for years. That is until I was carrying my daughter Sara.


This past year, I have been watching a lot of reruns on television. Two that come to mind are Perry Mason and Johnny Carson. I enjoy seeing the actors of that era performing. I usually study the credits to see who else I remember.

Cheesy Pizza Bread

This bread snack goes well with pizza and just about anything else. Spaghetti, for instance. Add more garlic, if you like. Prepare pizza crust according to package directions. Pat onto a 12 inch round pizza pan. In small bowl combine melted margarine, garlic, Italian seasoning and seasoned salt. Brush onto prepared crust. Sprinkle generously with cheese.

The House That Saved the South

Who knew the lowly outhouse would improve the southern
economy in the early 1900s.

Let me warn you that this story is not for the squeamish. Way back in 1908 the millionaire John D Rockefeller wanted to make still more money, but most of his markets were saturated, so he began looking at the southern United States as an untapped marketplace. But there was a problem…the South’s economy was lousy. The people were illiterate, dirt poor, and were perceived as lazy. Farms weren’t fully operational, and the economic engine seemed to be turned off.

UC Humane Society fundraiser ride is Sept. 9

Riders at Veterans Overlook 2016. Photo by Laurie Oppel

Calling all motorcyclists to “Ride like an Animal” in the Annual Union County Humane Society Motorcycle Ride.
This year marks the 16th annual motorcycle ride to raise funds for the humane society.
The Union County Humane Society is a no fee animal shelter for unwanted or abandoned pets. The shelter also provides a low cost spay, neuter and vaccine clinic. Alongside these services, they work closely with local law enforcement to assist in animal-related issues across the county.

Passionate Pickin' at the Opry

Tim Shelton Syndicate played and sang with passion and emotion at the Union County Opry on August 5, 2023. The band opened with a fast paced song from their debut album titled Ain't got No Woman with Shelton carrying the melody. They followed with Middle Age Crazy by Jerry Lee Lewis. Then covered songs by Ralph Stanley and the Stanley Brothers. Joe Booher nailed Killin in Griffin and proceeded to wow the audience with his mandolin picking throughout the performance. Jr. Williams, who played guitar and banjo, owned Roving Gambler.

UCBPA enjoys informative programs

Sharon Hudson from the Red Cross speaks to the UCBPA.

Union County Business & Professional Association has enjoyed a variety of speakers at its meetings this spring and summer.
In August, Sharon Hudson, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of East Tennessee, shared the mission and services of the nonprofit. Hudson stated that besides disaster relief, the Red Cross operates an international blood bank that specializes in the storage of rare blood. She noted that the bank has been used in not only recent tornadoes and storms but also in Ukraine.

Plainview passes dwelling ordinance

Plainview Mayor Gary Chandler and Alderman Gordon Bright study Ordinance #157 regarding dwellings in Plainview.

The Plainview Board of Aldermen passed Ordinance 157 to establish a minimum dwelling size and prohibit recreational vehicles as permanent dwellings on first reading at its August meeting.

Try Oakleaf Lettuce To Avoid Icebergs As You Sail Into Fall Garden Season

The chef type of oakleaf lettuce named ‘Salanova’ will bring a sophisticated gourmet touch to your table. Photo courtesy of Natalie Bumgarner.

This fall would be a great time to take another look at lettuce and experiment with some new options in your fall garden. Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is the vegetable cousin in one of the largest ornamental plant families, Asteraceae. As the third most consumed fresh vegetable in the United States, it hardly flies under the radar for gardeners. However, lettuce often doesn’t get the love it deserves because many gardeners may feel limited to leaf types if they have struggled with the more challenging iceberg or romaine lettuces. If that is you, this is the year to check out beautiful oakleaf lettuces that can be a tasty, productive and unique crop.

UT Extension Assists with Farmers Market Development

Owner of Kelley’s Berry Farm at the 12 South Farmers Market after selling out of berries on a market day in June was excited to hold a copy of the new publication in which he is featured. Photo by R. Painter, courtesy UTIA.

New Publication Now Available Online

KNOXVILLE- Tenn. –- Although National Farmers Market Week is coming to a close, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture reminds all those managing farmers markets and vendors who participate in direct sales that resources are available all year long through UT Extension.

University of Tennessee Extension Wins “Employer of the Year” From International Organization

UT Extension has been named the IAAP 2023 Employer of the Year. Left to right: UT Extension Administrative Specialist Trudi Neubeck, UT Extension Dean Ashley Stokes, and UT Extension Administrative Support Assistant Millie Hanson. Photo by Richard Anthony Photography.

Honor comes from the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Ask just about any person in the University of Tennessee Extension family what they like about their job, and they might mention the impact they have in their communities and the people they help. Long thought of as a career where you can realize a calling for service, an international organization now confirms what many employees have believed for some time – that UT Extension is a great place to work.

Mustangs and Burros in Crisis

In my pre-internet youth, we only had 3 TV stations that we could watch. And many of the daytime and early evening movies and TV had cowboy themes. Films like Hombre (1967) with Paul Newman offered a view of the wild horse as a symbol of the West. Books, advertising, music and children’s toys as well as comic books like Tomahawk and Red Ryder featured wild horses. And then there was TV – Bonanza, Have Gun-Will Travel, and (one of my favorites) Gunsmoke. Over and over in popular culture, we have seen images of mustangs running free.

Church Fender Bender

Unexpected things can happen anytime and anywhere. That being said, we don’t expect them to happen near a church.
My mamaw was known as an awesome cook. Whether it was at a Homecoming or a church social, everyone would flock to her table first. Also, when somebody in the church or community passed away, she always contributed food.


A few days ago I was having lunch with a wonderful lady that I have known since she was a child. At one time in my youth and her childhood I served as her Vacation Bible School teacher.
There was nothing out of the ordinary about our lunch. The two of us have been friends practically all our lives. We had dined there before with other people, always without fanfare. On this particular day, all proceeded as would be expected. The waiter took our orders.

Bugs And Gators

A long time ago, well, just before Christmas in 1977, we decided to spend the holiday in Florida with our friends from the Assembly of God Church Camp in the area, Rex and Fran Irwin plus their daughter, Rhoda. It would be a different kind of holiday for us and our children,Tom, Anne and Elizabeth. After all, we had a new car. Why not take a trip? I-75 was a new superhighway, two lanes each way with a median between them. We expected to make it in record time. Yes, we did., but only because Rex Irwin drove like the wind and we had to keep up with him.

Dilly-Do Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are easy to do. Tasty.too. Cook pasta in salted water, adding peas the last few minutes before pasta is al dente. Rinse under cold water to cool quickly. Drain well and set aside. Next, in large mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, milk with salt and pepper to taste.

A Tale of Two Fires: Gatlinburg and Maui

The terrible fire in Hawaii had a lot in common with the Gatlinburg Fire of 2016

The heartbreaking scenes of the fire in Hawaii have brought back a flood of memories to me of the Gatlinburg wildfire in 2016, which I witnessed firsthand as a wildland firefighter for the TN Forestry Division. I have researched the conditions and timelines of the fire that destroyed Lahaina and there are many similarities between the two fires worth comparing.

Plainview commends UC Patriots baseball & track champions

Vice Mayor Richard Phillips, William Peck, Hunter Holloway, Ty Edds, Mayor Gary Chandler, Tanner Jones, Brandon Reed, Max Richardson, Alderwoman Rebecca Lock and Alderman Gordon Bright

During the summer meetings of the City of Plainview, Mayor Gary Chandler and the Plainview Board of Alderman honored the Union County High School Patriots baseball team and two members of the track team for their state titles.
In June, Mayor Chandler presented a proclamation to recognize the historic performance of the baseball team for winning the Division 1 Class 2A Tennessee State Championship. Team members William Peck, Hunter Holloway, Ty Edds, Tanner Jones, Brandon Reed, and Max Richardson proudly accepted the proclamation for the whole team.


Authors Guild of Tennessee

The Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, October 5, 2023 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: authorsguildoftn.org.

Union County Board of Education

The next school board policy workshop will be held on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at Union County High School.

The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education is scheduled for Thursday, September 14, 2023 at Union County High School. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.

Reverse Raffle Deadline Approaches !

Have you purchased your Reverse Raffle ticket yet?? You better hurry! The drawing is scheduled for Saturday June 17th. Third prize is $500, second prize is $1000. And the Grand Prize winner will receive $2000! The proceeds from the ticket sales support the Lions Club excellent humanitarian projects. And you can help by purchasing a ticket. Tickets for this Reverse Raffle are only $10 each and are available from Ronnie Mincey at 865-278-6430 or Shirlee Grabko at 865-310-6874.

Story Thyme

Hey everybody, I will be at the Farmer's Market this Saturday for Story Thyme. It will begin around 10AM. I will be reading out of my book: "Dinosaur Eggs." Hope to see you there.

Fellowship Christain Church Fall Festival is Oct. 14

FCCLTN Church Logo

Come join with us in fellowship at our outdoor fall festival on October 14, 2023, at Fellowship Christian Church in Luttrell.
Chairs may be limited so feel free to bring your own to enjoy the gospel singing from 3 until 6 p.m., and the free food will be served from 4 until 6 p.m. or while supplies last.
We’ll also have games and fun activities for the children and antique cars for the adults.

Pickin' in the Park

Photo by C.S. HIGHTOWER PHOTOGRAPHY Submited by Norris Dam State Park

There is nothing quite like a fall October evening spent outdoors enjoys natures beauty while enjoying the good sound of music in the background, the smell of food in the air and meandering through the fine displays of craft and artisan booths.
The 15th Annual Pickin’ in the Park event will be held this year on Friday, October 6th from 5:30-9:30 at Shelter # 2 located on the East Side of Norris Dam State Park.
This year’s line-up will include Sleepy-Eyed John’s, The Real McCoy’s, and Ethan Ferguson.

8th Annual Clays for Children Sporting Clays Tournament Upcoming on October 6 and 7, 2023

The Office of District Attorney General Jared Effler, in partnership with the Children's Centers of Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union Counties, will be hosting the 8th Annual Clays for Children Sporting Clays Tournament on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2023 at Iron Mountain Sporting Clays in Kodak, TN. The purpose of this event is to raise funds to support the Children’s Centers as they serve abused and neglected children.


Sonny Hensley

Sonny Hensley-age 65 of Corryton passed away Sunday, September 17, 2023, at U.T. Medical Center. He was a member of Heavenly View Missionary Baptist Church, Knoxville where he was a faithful member. Preceded in death by his parents, Verline and Ruth Hensley; son, Douglas Hensley; great grandson, Tyler Nuchols; brothers, Wayne Hensley, Kenneth Hensley; nephews, Chad Sayne, Jimmy Beason; niece, Brenda Sharp.

David William Douthit

David William Douthit-age 24 of Luttrell passed away suddenly Thursday, September 14, 2023, at his home. He was a follower of Jesus and went home to be with Him. Preceded in death by grandfather, William Craigo; uncle, Stan Douthit.

Paul "Tony" Anthony Harrell

Paul Anthony “Tony” Harrell-age 67 of Corryton passed away peacefully at his home while surrounded by his family, Friday, September 15, 2023. He was a member of Little Flat Creek Baptist Church. He was a retired employee of the City of Knoxville. Preceded in death by his father, Samuel Carson Harrell, Sr.; mother, Barbara Sue (Lee) Harrell; brother, Samuel Carson Harrell, Jr.

Vicky Lynn Westbrook

Vicky Lynn Westbrook-age 63 of Tazewell passed away Thursday, September 14, 2023 at her home. She was born in Tacoma, Washington and resided in Michigan for most of her life and recently moved to Claiborne County, to be with her son and daughter-in-law. She attended Midway Baptist Church, New Tazewell. She spent most of her life working as a C.N.A. and caring for other people. Preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Leona Vogelsong; daughter, Candy Koob; nephew, Jason Vogelsong; grandson, Bretten Allen; brother, Roger Vogelsong; sister, Susan Martinez.

Barbara Witt

Barbara Jane (Blackburn) Witt – age 81 of Andersonville, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family September 13, 2023. She was of the Baptist faith.

Rickey Wayne Hunter

Rickey Wayne Hunter-age 67 of Luttrell passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at his home. He was a former employee at Huttig Sash & Door. Preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Minnie Paul Hunter; stepdaughter, Mesha Young; brother, Larry Hunter.

Larry Kenneth Pursiful

Larry Kenneth Pursiful-age 82 of Knox County, TN passed away Friday, September 8, 2023 at Claiborne Medical Center. He was born March 23, 1941 in Harlan, Kentucky. He was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by parents, Oscar and Georgie Violet (Peace) Pursiful; son, Kenny Ray Pursiful; brothers, Roger, Jimmy and Sonny Pursiful; sisters, Wanda Leforce, Donna Pursiful.

Rhonda Hayes

Rhonda Lynn Hayes – 53 of Maynardville, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at her home. Although she struggled with addiction for most of her life, Rhonda had the biggest heart and loved to laugh. She professed faith in Jesus Christ at an early age, and the family is taking comfort in knowing she will not be fighting this battle anymore.

Dyllen Fagg

Dyllen Ray Fagg – age 27, passed away suddenly and will be forever missed by so many, especially his family. He was the funniest, most loving man you could ever meet. His quick wit and kind heart made him loved by everyone. Dyllen was a very loyal, compassionate, thoughtful and loving father, son, grandson, brother, fiancé, uncle, nephew and cousin.

Willis Douglas Warwick

Willis Douglas (Dud) Warwick-age 87 of Andersonville went to be with the Lord Thursday evening, August 31, 2023 at his home while surrounded by his family. He was a life long resident of the Big Ridge (Blue Mud) community. He worked as a plumber for over 40 years. He loved farming and spending time with his family, especially his grandson and great-grandchildren. He loved his church and church family at Hines Creek Baptist Church where he had been a member for many years and had a perfect attendance in Sunday School for 35 consecutive years.

Drake Logan Washam

Drake Logan Washam – age 30 of Luttrell, passed away suddenly August 29, 2023. He loved to fish and enjoyed woodworking and gardening.

He is preceded in death by brother, Colby Washam. Drake is survived by parents, Gary and Janice Washam; grandparents, Norman and Rose Wallace; brothers, Jordan (Paige) Washam; Frankie (Crystal) Wallace, Lucas Wallace and Markus Wallace; and nephew, Alexander Washam.

Linda Darlene Bays

Linda Darlene Bays-age 77 of Maynardville passed away peacefully Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Willow Ridge Center, Maynardville. She was of the Church of God faith. She was born October 13, 1945 in Lilbourn, Missouri and a graduate of Lilbourn High School, class of 1964. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Preceded in death by parents, Virgil and Beulah Earnheart; sisters, Rebecca Sisk, Virgie Bailey; brother, Will Earnheart; step-children, Angela Pollard, Dave Childress, Jerry Childress.

Ella McCurry

Ella Claire McCurry – age 20 months, passed away suddenly August 29, 2023. She always was happy and could make anyone smile no matter what, with a personality that could light up a whole room. Ella loved music and loved to dance. She loved to run and play with her big sisters. Ella was perfect in every way.

She is survived by parents, Robert “Bob” and Rebecca McCurry; sisters, Shiloh, Olivia, and Loretta; Grandparents, Reverend Robert McCurry, Sr. and Sandra; and Martin and Barbara Green; uncle and aunt, Dustin and Melissa Welch; and cousins, Eli, Lucas, Seth and Levi Welch.

Francis A. "Frankie" Vallone, II

Francis A. Vallone, II (Frankie)-age 49 of Luttrell passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2023. Frankie was saved a few months ago and was of the Christian faith, his words were “I’m me, I’m real and I’ve turned my life around 380 degrees, I work and am now getting the things I gave up back.” He was a graduate of West High School, Class 1992. Frankie worked in the music industry for major musical artists and was an avid Ford Mustang lover. Preceded in death by grandparents, Luigi and Ruth Vallone; mother, Wilma Vallone; sister, Wendy Vallone