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UNION COUNTY | Coffee Break A Kingsport native, Rebecca Mills came to Maynardville in 2005 as administrator of Willow Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center. Since then she has become a familiar face, serving on numerous boards and committees. Settle in and meet Rebecca Mills, a great addition to the county. ➤ See Ciffee Break on page 2 Honoring vets Robert and Ollie Ellison have installed a sign to honor veterans at Pleasant Point Cemetery on Goin Road not far across the Union County line in Claiborne County. Bonnie Peters visited and files a report. ➤ See her story on page 4 UT-Kentucky: a game of good-byes During winter workouts, spring practice, summer exercises, all of August and earlier in the season, when it still mattered, Kentucky at Tennessee had all the earmarks of a great grudge game. Oh what joy that would have been, leftover turkey and smoked Wildcats. Score 50 or 75 and get even for the mess made last November in Lexington. Start a new streak. Cuff ’em around. Leave no doubt who is boss in this little border rivalry. ➤ | A great community newspaper VOL. 7 NO. 46 IN THIS ISSUE POSTAL CUSTOMER November 17, 2012 Union County honors veterans By Cindy Taylor More than 100 veterans attended the Veterans Day program at Union County High School, held this year Nov. 9. The annual event is coordinated by Barbara Williams. The Union County High School band and chorus provided music along with a special presentation by Karen Brown’s 2nd grade class from Maynardville Elementary and other musical talents. HOSA members spoke and the American Legion, Tri-County Honor Guard and VFW members handled the Posting of Colors. Recording artist Jason Earley sang one of his latest releases, “Forever Free America.” Special guest speaker, state Rep. Dennis Powers, brought retired four-star Gen. Carl Stiner to meet the students. Stiner says he knew it was his moral obligation to serve his country and enlisted in the army during college. He served 35 years training troops and handling special operations in Korea, Vietnam and in other hostilities. “I learned a long time ago that if you take care of your troops and their families they will take care of you,” said Stiner. “Creating an environment for growth is necessary for the soldier and his whole family. I was responsible by law for the lives of the soldiers entrusted to me. Their families expected me to bring them back in the same condition I took them in. That was my mission and motivation.” Veterans Reed Campbell and Frank DiGennaro raise the American flag and the POW/MIA flag at the Union County High School Veterans Day program. Photos by C. Taylor More photos on page 3 Read Marvin West on page 8 Rescue workers give back A host of heroes demonstrated rescues and trained residents about emergencies at Emergency Services Day. Maynardville fire chief Charles Wilson said, “We needed a day when emergency services could come together and do demonstrations and give the public an opportunity to learn how we can protect them,” ➤ Pictures and story on page 5 Senior Santas Union County seniors met at the senior center in Maynardville Nov. 9 to pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This group is always involved in the community but this was the first time the center had participated in packing Christmas shoe boxes. ➤ Read Cindy Taylor on page 3 4509 Doris Circle 37918 (865) 922-4136 NEWS Sandra Clark | Cindy Taylor ADVERTISING SALES 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. State Rep. Dennis Powers brings retired U.S. Army Gen. Carl Stiner to the ceremony. Virtual Academy income to drop next year By Sandra Clark The news from the Tennessee Virtual Academy just keeps getting worse. On Tuesday, the County Commission learned that the county’s income for the final years of the 4-year contract drops from four to two percent. Mayor Mike Williams just shook his head and asked why a four-year contract did not have the commission’s approval. Director of Schools Wayne Goforth defended the program which is his baby. “We had a team of lawyers put that contract together. It was signed by the director of schools and the chair of the school board.” Goforth confirmed that Union County would receive four percent of the state’s BEP money for students enrolled in the Virtual Academy the first two years and then two percent in years three and four. But he said the program offers public education to students who just can’t fit into a regular school. “It’s so new, we’re building an airplane as we fly it. (Virtual education) is the future and our county is on the cutting edge. You all ought to be proud of it, not asking questions,” he said. But Trustee Gina Buckner noted that the most recent check to K12, the out-of-state corporation that runs the Virtual Academy, was for almost $6.4 million. The county’s cash-on-hand at the end of September was just over $7 million. “We don’t want that airplane to crash and sink our county,” she told the commission. After an hour of give and take, the commission passed a $75,000 transfer (from textbooks and supplies to teachers’ health insurance) requested by the school board. Voting “no” were Jeff Brantley, Dawn Flatford and Brenda Jessee. Joyce Meltabarger abstained. Brantley questioned school system spokesperson Lenny Holt on the proposal, saying kids should come first. Holt said the school board budgets the same amount for textbooks annually, but this year the selection was literature, which was purchased for less than the budgeted amount. “(Susan) Oaks ordered all the books she needed.” Brantley said teachers should have insurance, but not at the expense of the children. Commissioner Jonathan Goforth disagreed: “If every textbook has been bought and the (remaining) money is there, where’s the problem? “You have no idea what teacher morale is like,” Jonathan Goforth said. “Please don’t sit in judgment of teachers. These are people with children and spouses. (Without help on insurance) they are taking a pay cut. “Angry, upset teachers can’t ef- fectively teach your kids. Teacher morale really does matter.” Holt said the premiums for teacher health insurance increased by almost 10 percent this year and he expects another hike for 2013. ■ UCHS gets $90,000 grant Wayne Goforth and high school health science teacher Debbie Sharp announced a $90,000 grant for the health science program at UCHS. The big ticket item is an ambuDebbie Sharp lance simulator, which costs about $35,000 and allows real-time EMT training. Sharp plans an iPad lab. She invited commissioners to “come see our ambulance.” CUTTING CREW MONDAY ONLY SALE! 45 $ 865.922.7777 7020 Maynardville Pike Knoxville, TN *Must present coupon. Order online at use promo code BOGO2911 Exp. 12/15/12 00 PERM With Coupon • Expires 12/1/12 5352 N. Broadway, Suite 101 | Knoxville | VOTED UNION COUNTY “BEST” 3 YRS! Maynardville (Union Center) 992-5757 • Color • Perms • Hi-Lights

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