The Union County Health Department will be distributing cloth masks Wednesday, May 27th, from 11:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m. in front of Luttrell Elementary School. Individuals can pick up the number needed for their household. These masks should not be used on any child under two years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who could not remove the mask without assistance. These are not medical masks and they should not be used for medical or commercial use.
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.
As we plan for fall and summer, we are faced with uncertainty. While food systems are secure and safe due to USDA oversight, there can be food shortages of some products at times. Food preservation is a great way to ensure access to food, decrease food waste, decrease trips to grocery stores, and save money. However, it must be done safely.
Randi McNutt, the owner of Cutting Crew Family Haircare, was shut down the last week of March due to Covid-19.
As of May 11, the shop is reopened, but things are a far cry from normal.
“We are wearing masks and our customers are too,” said McNutt.
Cutting Crew employs five staff members in the Maynardville shop and also has a salon in Blaine. McNutt says even with extended salon hours they are booked a week out.
It’s a pain. About 80 percent of adults in the United States will experience lower back pain at some point. Treating back pain typically involves medication, including opioids, surgery, therapy and self-care options. Efforts to reduce opioid use and increase physically based therapies to reduce pain and increase physical function and safety are crucial.
Driving down the road you may enjoy seeing pasture and hay fields full of lovely yellow flowers, which are buttercups. While I agree they create an attractive scene, they are a wolf in sheep’s clothing in that they are toxic if eaten by livestock and compete with the grass for nutrients, sun and other resources.
A few weeks ago I left three fictitious youngsters in the hayloft of Uncle Ex Newman’s barn as they laid out of school— Clark Mosely, his older brother Hen, and their still older cousin Jay Harvey Tatum.
“It’s hotter’n seven hells in this blamed hayloft,” Jay Harvey said.
“That sun’s a beatin’ on that tin roof. I bet it’s a lot cooler down on the barn’s dirt floor,” Clark said.
“Yeah, and a sight more like to be caught hiding out down there, too,” Hen said. “How long we gonna stay up here, Jay Harvey?”
Have you ever taken a day trip that gave you quite the unexpected surprise? We did years ago. Most people probably wouldn’t have appreciated our experience the way I did, but I have a quirky way of enjoying things.
Our trip started out innocently enough. We were traveling to Tim’s family reunion in Churchill, which is located in the northeast corner of the state. Some of the roads had been reworked since our last visit, so we were following another relative.
Recently my niece sent me a picture of her youngest daughter on Instagram. Brittany was dressed in a sparkly maroon uniform with an equally sparkly maroon flag in her hand. She was a bit disappointed that this year had been abbreviated by the Covid 19 because she loved being in color guard and performing all those intricate routines.
State Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro, and State Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains, today announced the funding has been approved for the final phase of construction of State Route 33 connecting Union and Knox counties.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation has completed the right-of-way phase of the development for State Route 33 (Maynardville Highway). This 5.2 mile project will adjoin the portion of State Route 33 in Union County to the Knox County line and State Route 144. The proposed project includes widening the highway from two lanes to five.
Vickie Burkhart has owned her business for 32 years. It was a hard hit when she had to close her salon, The New You, on March 27 due to a government order to help control the spread of Covid-19. But things are slowly returning to normal since Burkhart and her co-stylist Terry Shumate re-opened the salon May 6.
Recently, the CDC recommended wearing masks in public. Many people have regained confidence to enter super markets and other stores as result of wearing masks and gloves. However, gloves and masks, though important, should not be solely relied upon for protection. Homemade masks are not as effective as other masks like a type called N95s, and they are not always put on and taken off correctly. When wearing your mask, make sure it completely covers your mouth and nose. Make sure that you are still social distancing and only going out when necessary, even with a mask.
It was the winter of 1941-1942 and the war was just beginning. Dad found a job in Akron, Ohio, at a tire making plant. They would be making butyl rubber. The Japanese controlled all the real rubber coming out of the East Indies in the Orient. A substitute had to be found. Dad brought us a sample of the synthetic rubber when he came home for a weekend. It looked like rubber. It felt like rubber. It would be the only kind available until the war was over.
Two weeks ago I left three fictitious youngsters in the hayloft of Uncle Ex Newman’s barn as they laid out of school— Clark Mosely, his older brother Hen, and their still older cousin Jay Harvey Tatum. Three youngsters alone in a barn can be a scary situation for those not in the barn, I’m sure. I promise to join them in their misadventures once again soon, but inspiration has taken me on another path for this week.
This is not about people outgrowing their clothes or undergarments. This is about my Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle. She and my daughter Sara share a trait I don’t have: a green thumb.
Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle could grow any flower or plant. If she planted it, it grew. As far back as I can remember, she had flowers growing next to the carport. I think they were azaleas. They were lush and in many colors. She also had a flower garden out in the front yard. That’s the one where I always loved to dig up bugs and other icky stuff. She didn’t mind as long as I didn’t dig up one of her flowers.
Back in the day, a country housewife had a supply of buttermilk. After all, she churned her own butter. Now, we pick up a carton at Food City, not realizing how it used to be. Buttermilk Pie was good then and it still is. Use a refrigerated pie crust you have on hand or make your own. If you don't have buttermilk in the fridge, shame on you!
The 2020-21 Union County Schools Kindergarten Round-up will look a bit different this season with a drive-in style registration. Union County Public Schools K-12 Curriculum Supervisor Dr. Lauren Effler hopes to make the process as easy as possible for parents.
Kindergarten Round-up will be held Thursday, May 28 from 4-6:30pm at each elementary school. See photo for more details and a list of items parents need to bring for the registration.
When was the last time you had a haircut, color, perm, manicure, etc.? People have started saying we’re all in the same boat. Maybe we’re all in the same state of grayness.
By the time this article is published, Janet Holloway will have reopened her salon, bringing into play a whole new set of challenges to running a business.
Like many companies in Union County and beyond, Janet’s Hair Salon closed its doors March 27th thanks to the state’s mandatory shut down due to Covid-19.
Hand washing has certainly come to the forefront these days, and rightfully so. The experts say frequent and thorough hand washing is the most important thing you can do for defense against Covid-19. And it’s been an important health action for many decades, but this hasn’t always been the case. For thousands of years people were getting sick or dying from contamination spread by unclean hands, but no one knew anything about bacteria or viruses and such. The first glimmer that clean hands were a big deal occurred in 1847 in an unusual manner.
“You’re so nice,” my friend Susan told me.
I shook my head and laughed. “No, I just have a Southern momma.”
My Southern momma began my training as soon as I learned how to talk and was able to communicate with others. It’s an old family tradition. My momma received most of her training from Mamaw Girdle/Myrtle.
Unfortunately for my momma, I didn’t take to my training as well as she did hers. I don’t know who was more frustrated: me or my momma.
Last week’s submission left three fictitious youngsters in the hayloft of Uncle Ex Newman’s barn as they laid out of school—Clark Mosely, his older brother Hen, and their still older cousin Jay Harvey Tatum. We’ll join them in their misadventures once again soon, but inspiration has taken me on another path for this week.
Have you ever done the Dragon? You haven't? Well, you are in for a treat, or a treatment; whatever. Let me tell you the story of my daughter Anne's sister-in-law, Jackie. She came down to visit last summer. She has a brother over on the North Carolina side of the Smokies. Jackie has never been near the Smokies before. She needed directions on how to get to her brother.
Back in the mid-nineties, I had hip replacement surgery. I didn’t want it, but the horse I fell from about twenty or so years earlier gave me no say in the matter. It was a strange journey. About 1989, I went to see an orthopedic doctor at Ft. Sanders when my back was hurting. He ordered an MRI after saying he was pretty sure he knew what was wrong. I wish he had just told me.
On March 13, 2020, Union County High student Dawson Epperson signed a basketball scholarship with Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tennessee (TWU). Dawson talked to several schools before making the decision to sign with TWU. TWU is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Dawson is undecided of his major at this time.
Chairman David Coppock called the first virtual meeting of the Union County Board of Education to order on April 9, 2020, with all board members present.
Director of Schools Jimmy Carter relayed a message from UCEA President Carolyn Murr. She thanked the BOE for the care and thoughtfulness shown during the pandemic, especially the distribution of food to the students.
By Alyshia Victoria
4-H is a youth development organization where students are taught life skills and decision-making to live better lives, meet goals and become community leaders. As we are all adapting to rapid change and impact in our community, 4-H students are truly stepping up to meet challenges because of what they have learned from the program.
Gracie Tindell, a sixth grade 4-H student who is a part of the Smoky Mountain 4-H Club here in Union County, is one of those students.
In the final article for home tomato gardening, we will discuss fertilization, common challenges and harvest. The 2019 tomato season was my favorite because my daughter discovered the joy of planting, patiently growing, harvesting and consuming my favorite vegetable. The joy on her face when she picked and ate her first tomato filled my heart. I hope you will find the same satisfaction as the 2020 growing season approaches.
Nutrient management and fertilization
By James and Ellen Perry
While talking with David Farmer, who partnered with Dr. Bob Wyrick and me on an international radio show called Country Connections, David told me Carl Smith was his inspiration to become a country entertainer and songwriter.
During 1946 and 1947 when David was four or five years old, he and his mother would walk two miles down a dirt road from their home in Powell Valley to Highway 63 and catch a Greyhound bus at 7 a.m. to the LaFollette, Tennessee, Greyhound bus station.
H. W. Beeler (Tint) and wife Francy (Clawson) opened Beeler Store and a canning business on property now under Norris Lake in the 13th district in Union County in 1905. Tints father, French Haggard (Hag), married Martha Stiner. They farmed and he operated a blacksmith shop on the opposite bank of the Powell River.
(Kennedy, 1994) Okinawa had immense advantages with its deep harbor, airfields and could be a staging place for the eventual attack on Japan itself only 350 miles away. It could be a harborage for crippled B-17s returning from Tokyo. But first it had to be taken from the heavily entrenched Japanese. (Morison, 1965) General MacArthur came up with the idea of leap frogging the most fortified islands and letting them “die on the vine”
Worldwide, more than 23 percent of the population suffer from chronic low back pain (CLBP). This makes CLBP the most prevalent chronic pain disorder, associated with immense costs to the health care system. The problems are often attributed to risks at the workplace, but are usually related to physical factors such as incorrect posture or sitting for too long.
By Beth Bergeron
Union County Farmers Market is excited about our upcoming tenth market season. While the market may look a little different at opening on Saturday, May 9, the vision is still clear: Providing the opportunity for you to shop for fresh, locally grown, healthy farm products while supporting your community has always been part of that vision—but it is much more than that.
Have you ever encountered a so-called “Lone Wolf Christian?
Some people think they can worship God all by themselves without assembling together with other like-minded believers. The mere concept of worshiping God apart from communal worship is contrary to sound Biblical teaching.
While it is true that each of us must have a personal encounter via the Holy Spirit with Jesus, he never said after you are saved go into your house, hole up, and become an antisocial hermit.
Button mushroom caps make excellent appetizers. Pull out the stem, giving you a nice cavity to fill with whatever you desire. The secret to working with fresh whole mushrooms when you plan to stuff them is to saute a few minutes to reduce the water content and tenderize them. There are a number of possible fillings. This is an easy one. It doesn't need to be baked. Can be served warmed or chilled.
By: Steve Roark
Volunteer: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Beautiful spring mornings are often accented with the distant sound of woodpecker drumming. During this time of year, the males use drumming on trees and even metal roofs to announce their territory and attract a mate.
“You don’t really know somebody until you live with them.” When I heard this old saying as a kid, I didn’t get it. Believe you me, I do now.
Tim and I dated three and a half years before we married. I know that seems like a long time, but I was only 17 when we met in high school.
By the time we wed, I thought I knew everything about him. And he thought he knew everything about me.
We were both very wrong.
The first time we visited Pigeon Forge back in the late ’80s, there was a small carnival style amusement park against a hill on one side of the road and tons of tourist shops on both sides. Dollywood was fairly new and many motels were still Mom and Pop establishments as were most of the restaurants. There were a couple of outlet malls, but there was no Titanic attraction, no Wonderworks, or Dixie Stampede, Splash Country or Hollywood Wax Museum, etc.
John Clark Mosely and his one-and-a-half-year-old brother Bobby Henry set out with their cousin Jay Harvey Tatum to find their father Fletch Mosely. If truth be told, Hen hoped they didn’t find him. Hen figured Fletch would beat the sap out of them for laying out of school. “Maybe,” Hen hoped, “he won’t even know it’s a school day.” Daddy never had been much for school when he was little—he only went to (not through) the second grade, and he hadn’t been around home enough lately to know much about what was going on. Hen would never have let either his little brother or older cousin know that he was scared of his daddy, but he for “dang-shore” was!
A few years ago, I wrote a novel called “Motes.”
The title of the book comes from the term used to describe particles of dust. Each particle is called a “mote.” There are alien creatures in the story from ten light-years away who are smaller than a dust mote. A human boy in the story mistakes one of them for an actual speck of dust and traps it in a peanut butter jar. You might be amazed at the story that develops from that.
In the third part of our tomato series, we discussed garden layout and water. In this edition, we will talk about plant support and pruning. This is an area where we can make it easier to manage our gardens and harvest the fruits of our labor. Also, depending on the type of tomato plant, pruning can yield larger fruit when the plant can devote as much energy as possible into fruit production.
Q: How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?
A: Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands—or an instrument— to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) is an interesting plant found in rich, moist, forested areas in deep hollows and drains. East and north facing lower slopes are its favored habitat, where it can be pretty prolific
Ginger has a stem (called a rhizome) that grows low along the ground with pairs of heart shaped leaves sticking up through the leaf litter. The leaf stems are very hairy. If you scratch around under the leaves in the spring you may find a brownish purple flower with three petals. If you break off a piece of the rhizome it will have the strong smell like ginger.
We are open this Sunday at the Revival Vision Church for Worship at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited.
What to expect
Revival Vision is a Spirit-filled church dedicated to creating environments where you can discover a fresh start –“we’re not interested in your past… we’re interested in your future”, make great friends and find a real purpose for your life. Life is a journey and we’re convinced that God can deliver on His promise of a life better than you ever dreamed!
What to expect on a Sunday –
UCBPA meets the second Tuesday of each month for approximately one hour. Membership is $25 annually. The meeting begins at noon at Hardee's in Maynardville. Anyone interested in making Union County a better place to live, work, worship, or play may attend.
26th UCBPA Scholarship Benefit Golf Classic
Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Three Ridges in Knoxville
Tee Time 1:00
Prizes, goody bags, putting contest, free beverages
Major Sponsors: Food City and UCEA
Cost $300 per team
Entry Form attached
Floyd Vasco Archer – age 65 of Maynardville, born January 6, 1955, passed away peacefully at home on May 24, 2020. He was of the Baptist faith. He retired from Knox County Parks and Recreation Maintenance with 20 years of service. Floyd was owner-operator of Floyd’s Small Engines in Maynardville for over 35 years with his wife by his side helping. He was an avid drag racing fan and owner, winning four championships at Knoxville Dragway, Cherokee Dragway and London Dragway, and an Ironman Trophy at Middle Tennessee Dragway. Racing was his passion.
Daniel Joseph Kitts, age 35 of Maynardville, TN passed away Thursday, May 21st at UT Medical Center in Knoxville. Daniel fought a long and difficult battle but passed peacefully surrounded by his family. Daniel was a member of Grace Baptist Church of Halls.
Proceeded in death by his father Daniel L. Kitts, grandmother Ellen Kitts and uncle Tim Kitts.
Eldon Derrell Jones – passed away suddenly on May 18, 2020. He was born September 14, 1967 in Escondido, California. He lived most of his life in California until he moved to Maynardville in 2013. Eldon attended high school in California at Poway High School. He loved his family and enjoyed making people laugh. He always had a story to tell and caught people’s attention. When moving to Tennessee he enjoyed being with his scout family. He so enjoyed camping, games and making a difference in kids’ lives.
Billy Joe (Bill) Norris, Sr.-age 77 of Knoxville passed away Wednesday evening, May 13, 2020. He was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by father, Earnest Norris; mother, Bonnie Lay Norris; brothers, Ray Norris and Gene Norris.
Survivors: son, Joe Norris and wife, Lori; daughter, Robin Williams; four grandchildren, Renea King, Joshua Norris, Elisha Grubb, Jessica Hayes; seven great-grandchildren, Ashton, Anthony, Hunter, Lily, Jaylin, Elijah and Grace.
There are no services planned. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.
Euretha Sue Woods – age 52 of Andersonville, passed away May 11, 2020. She was a member of Twinville Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by parents, Paul and Mary Lou Hatmaker; and brother, Quint Hatmaker. Euretha is survived by husband of 35 years, Chuck Woods; children, Sherri (Andy) Dixon, Jonathan (Carrie) Woods, Tonya (Robbie) Blackburn and Tylor Woods; grandchildren, Elaina and Madelyn Woods, and soon to be grandson, baby Dixon; and siblings, David Hatmaker, Timothy Hatmaker and Paula Long.
Penny Kay Cox – age 60 of Knoxville, passed away suddenly May 6, 2020.
She is preceded in death by parents, Bud and Angela Cox. Penny is survived by son, Tim Damewood; and daughter Brandy Akins; grandson, Ethan Akins; brother, Ricky Cox; nephew, Blake (Megan) Cox; niece, Brianna Roberts Mozingo; and two great nephews.
Ramey L. Daugherty-age 69 of Blaine, born May 30, 1950 in Harlan, Kentucky passed away Thursday morning, May 7, 2020 at his home. Preceded in death by son, Ramey Daugherty, Jr.; parents, Willard and Zora Daugherty; sister, Sandy Daugherty.
Mildred A. “Midge” Bailey Jones-age 89 of Powell passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at her home. She was a member of Old Pleasant Gap Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Dennis and Stella Bailey; grandson, Donnie Atkins; great-grandson, Tyler Atkins; brothers, D. L. Bailey, Newell Bailey, Denny Bailey, Ronald Bailey, Wayne (Butch) Bailey, sisters, Darlene Coram, Bobbie Inklebarger.