UNION COUNTY www.ShopperNewsNow.com | www.facebook.com/ShopperNewsNow IN THIS ISSUE ‘Aunt Lorena’ Editor Sandra Clark claims kinship with Lorena DeVault and wishes her a most happy 92nd birthday. It was a slow week in “gov.” See Sandra’s column on page 4 Ailor Gap Historian Bonnie Peters launches a series on “place names” with a look back at Ailor Gap and the old Ailor Grist Mill. See her story on page 4 HMMS girls win district tourney Back-to-back district championships for the Horace Maynard Middle School girls basketball team – a feat not easily achieved. Read Cindy Taylor’s interview with coach Gary Chandler. ➤ See story on page 7 Softball signings Coach Lance Lay is a happy man. He’s already had three softball players sign college scholarships and the season hasn’t even started. ➤ See story on page 3 Old Vols hang together Marvin West looks for good things to say about Tennessee football: “I keep going back to old Volunteers. They do not disappoint. “Through the years, they keep caring about each other. They hang together like lodge brothers. In sad times, including those that end in heartbreak, they pick each other up as they once did on the field. When it is party time, even with gimpy knees, they can roll back the rug and do the twostep like you wouldn’t believe. ➤ See Marvin’s story on page 5 NEIGHBORHOOD BUZZ County historian publishes 8th book Bonnie Peters has done it again, for the eighth time. Her latest book, “Tales from the Hills and Hollows of East Tennessee,” has just arrived from the printer. It is a compilation of chosen articles from the past seven years of her columns in the Shopper-News. “My motivation for this book was the many calls I get requesting reprints of columns, mostly from people who are descended from those mentioned in the historical pieces,” says Peters. “Tales” contains a varied mix of legends, murders, a hanging, lots of history, current events and even some old-time recipes. A “wholesale poisoning” by lemonade in 1902 fortunately didn’t kill anyone. Famous musicians from the late Chet Atkins to the young Sarah Morgan make appearances. Did you know silkworms were grown in Union County? And, in a certain phase of the silkworm life cycle, if a cat ate the worms (they loved them) that it killed them? Fascinating stuff, all in short pieces. At a young 70-plus years of age, Bonnie Heiskell Peters has a lot going on. In addition to writing for this newspaper, she is a board member of Preservation Union County, working with the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance. The group’s current focus is restoring the Oak Grove School in Sharps Chapel. She is president of the Inskip Lions Club, which recently helped form the Union County Lions Club. She serves on the Records Commission for Knox and Union counties, helping both local governments comply with regulations to care for county records. This task is getting more and more difficult with the changing face of information media. She explains, “We are concerned about the longevity of digital information. We know paper with pencil writing can last hundreds of years, and that paper with ballpoint writ- Bonnie Heiskell Peters at home with a copy of “Tales from the Hills and Hollows of East Tennessee.” Photo by Libby Morgan ing is comparably short-lived. “We do not know how long a CD or a DVD will be readable, or even what device will read them decades from now. Courts are moving toward being completely paperless, so we will need that information stored in a secure method, where it will be accessible forever.” Bonnie, now retired, had a 25year career at TVA in various positions of management and administration. Her family, the Heiskells, immigrated to the region in the 1700s, and landed in what is now north Knox County to found Heiskell Station. Her great grandfather, George Heiskell, moved from Heiskell to Beard Valley, well before Union County was formed. Her 12 siblings, a his/hers and ours bunch, grew up there, and their offspring are all over the country. The eldest sibling was the late Roscoe Heiskell, born just after the turn of the century. Thirty-two years later, Bonnie was the last one born. She had nephews and nieces older than she. Bonnie and her late husband, Sam Peters, have one daughter, Sheri Hensley, currently on medical leave from her position as countywide guidance counselor in Union County. Bonnie’s other books are “Early Heiskells and Hyskells in America,” “History of Pleasant Grove Methodist Church,” “Union County Schoolday Memories,” and “History of Hansard Chapel Methodist Church.” She co-authored with the late Winnie Palmer McDonald, “Our Union County Families” and “Union County Faces of War.” Bonnie’s new book is available for $20 at: ■ Okie’s in Maynardville ■ Home Federal in Fountain City ■ Museum of Appalachia in Norris ■ Museum of East Tennessee History ■ From the author at bhpeters@ att.net Husband Sam was co-author for “Mark Monroe: An East Tennessee Pioneer.” There are a few copies of each of these books available from Bonnie’s dwindling stock. The print run of “Tales” is limited, so get it while you can. sic in more ways than one. Every Monday at 7 p.m., weather permitting, Ostrom meets with other musicians and friends at the Paulette Fire Department for a jam session. She started the sessions in 2007 as a way to raise funds for the all-volunteer department. Some folks come for the music but the coconut and chocolate pies pull others in. There is always food, fun and picking, and all donations stay with the fire department. “Jam sessions are the best way to practice and learn,” said Ostrom. “This is something I can do for my community without driving so far to jam.” Ostrom plays guitar and mandolin, writes her own songs and has produced three CDs. She conwith a special quilted cover. Photo by siders her music “Appalachian” in style and is a porch musician at the Museum of Appalachia, where accomplished performer. She she plays seven to eight days per can often be found at the Arts month April through December. Art and music by Carol Ostrom Center in Union County jamming can be purchased at the Union with fellow musicians. Ostrom puts her heart into mu- County Arts Center. Sewing and singing Historical Society to meet Betsy Stowers Frazier, a Union County resident, will speak at the Union County Historical Society Museum and Library in Maynardville at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. She will have copies of her new book, “Can You See God” and will autograph copies. Info: 992-2136 or 687-1021. 4509 Doris Circle 37918 (865) 922-4136 NEWS news@ShopperNewsNow.com Sandra Clark | Libby Morgan Bonnie Peters | Cindy Taylor ADVERTISING SALES ads@ShopperNewsNow.com Shannon Carey | Brandi Davis Shopper-News is a member of KNS Media Group, published weekly at 4509 Doris Circle, Knoxville, and distributed by mail to 11,000 homes in Union County. By Cindy Taylor Carol Ostrom has always enjoyed sewing. She began quilting as a creative outlet after she had her first child and is self-taught. She usually designs her own pieces and has added guitar cozies, placemats and shelf liners to the wide array of patterns she can sew into quilted items. Ostrom has made hundreds of quilts over 40 years. Her house is full of them and she has given many to her family as well. “If I was going to keep making them I had to start selling them,” she said. She has made quilts by hand and machine from bed size to small mats. She said her favorite patterns call for 1/2- to 1-inch fabric scraps. “Designing is my favorite part of quilting,” said Ostrom. “I especially love working with color combinations in scrap quilting. Carol Ostrom keeps her guitar cozy Cindy Taylor There is a challenge in putting together patterns and colors to make a harmonious quilt top.” Speaking of harmony, Ostrom is also a singer, songwriter and Date Night Special Especially for Caregivers UNION PAWN February 16 • 5-9 “WE BUY GOLD” Treat yourself and your loved one to a night out! Spaghetti dinner & activities for seniors and disabled adults with caring professionals while you enjoy a date night with your Valentine! Special Price Only $25! Call today! 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