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A great community newspaper. COMMUNITY A3 | OUR COLUMNISTS A5-6 | YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS A7 POSTAL CUSTOMER union county VOL. 6, NO. 33 AUGUST 13, 2011 INSIDE | | Willow Ridge assistant director of nursing Tonya Graves and residents Joe Pierce (a former garden manager) and Bertha Johnson reap the fruits of their labors in the Willow Ridge garden. Photo by C. Taylor Thanks, Mr. Chip! School honors Chip Brown See Cindy’s story on page A-7 Remembering Chet Billie Rose’s memoir of a country music legend See page A-4 Growing home By Cindy Taylor FEATURED COLUMNIST DR. BOB COLLIER Photographing birds From the comforts of home See page A-6 ONLINE Many of us plant gardens in the spring, and we often take the resulting crop as our reward without a second thought. At Willow Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Maynardville, nothing is taken for granted, and their garden produces more than just food. “Our residents have been harvesting the results of their work for a few weeks now,” said Willow Ridge administrator Rebecca Mills. “We’ve even been able to offer home grown food at some of our meals.” Residents, staff and families are given the opportunity to take food home and often help harvest vegetables and break beans. Bertha Johnson helps with the garden and is the unofficial garden monitor. Harvest time in Willow Ridge garden “Bertha’s window is across from the garden,” said Mills. “If she sees anyone in there that shouldn’t be she lets us know. To her and Joe (Pierce), this is their garden. It helps them feel more at home since they had gardens at their houses.” The garden was originally started as a challenge from the parent company Sunbridge Facilities, but it has grown into much more than that. Undertaking a project such as this brought area businesses, staff and families together out of necessity but held them together out of love. “We were challenged to do a garden to bring the staff and residents together,” said Mills. “Clean Cut volunteered to plow it for us, and the families of some of the staff provided To page A-4 Renovations done at Big Ridge By Cindy Taylor DO YOU LIKE? TELL US! The Shopper-News is now on Facebook! Check us out for updates, photos and more! ShopperNewsNow 4509 Doris Circle 37918 (865) 922-4136 EDITOR Cindy Taylor ADVERTISING SALES Darlene Hutchison hutchisond@ Shopper-News is a member of KNS Media Group, published weekly at 4509 Doris Circle, Knoxville, TN, and distributed to 11,000 homes in Union County. August is a big month for the schools of Union County as a brand new school opens for the first time and the older schools open with new additions. Maynardville Elementary saw portable eyesores demolished and hauled away while Sharps Chapel, Luttrell and Big Ridge boasted upgrades. Big Ridge Elementary School staff and students held their ribbon-cutting celebration along with their annual back to school cookout Aug. 2, and six decades of alumni were represented. Principal Roger Flatford did an excellent job of acknowledging all those who helped make the renovations a reality. Speakers included County Commissioners, Mayor Mike Williams, school board members and Director of Schools Wayne Goforth. A tour followed to show off renovations of four new classrooms and two new bathrooms, and all were invited to the cookout held on the grounds. “Our students, parents and county officials have done so much for the community and school here,” said Flatford. “It is amazing how much this is going to help us.” “The school looks better now than it did when it was brand new,” said Big Ridge alumnus David Coppock. “Besides being in a renovated school, Big Ridge Elementary has A mix of teachers, staff and students cut the ribbon for renovations to Big Ridge Elementary School. They are: John Hutchison, Alice Malone, Norma Jones, Trevor Jones, Savannah Jones, Savannah Lucas, Wayne Goforth, Maggie Lucas, David Coppock, Anthony Rhynes and Tosha Lucas. Photo by C. Taylor received an award for AYP,” said Goforth. “Many people don’t realize what an accomplishment this is.” “This is one of those moments when taxpayers can actually see where their money has been spent,” said Williams. “The best schools are your small community schools. Year after year, Big Ridge and Sharps Chapel always place a lot of students on the honor roll. I have always been an advocate for smaller schools, and I commend you for what you have done and are doing here.” Prior to the renovation, Flatford’s office had no air conditioning and would always register 90-100 degrees, making it difficult to impossible for him to work. Sharps Chapel has new lighting that will save a great deal of money in the coming years, along with four new classrooms, gutter replacement and major roof repairs. Many of the portable buildings at Maynardville Elementary have been falling in for some time, so they were just given a push to help them along before being hauled off. Lose weight! 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