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Sequatchie Area Beauty & Heritage................................... 2 THE LAND BRINGS LIFE & HOPE

Community Close-Ups.................. 3 MEET OUR NEIGHBORS

Chamber Report........................... 4

Report Card.................................. 8

chairman and founder Craig Williams

We the People............................. 10

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Area Parks & Recreation............ 12



Biz Briefs...................................... 5

Calendar of Events...................... 16



Health .......................................... 7

Index of Advertisers................... 17


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Sequatchie Area Beauty & Heritage THE LAND BRINGS LIFE & HOPE


he lush, ambling Sequatchie Valley stretches 125 miles into the distance, offering breathtaking vistas in the fall of a myriad of colorful leaves; foggy mornings when you can look down from rising roads at low-lying clouds, evoking a feeling of traversing the sky; and long walks where you can inhale the cool, sweet air in the shade of trees that umbrella the landscape. Henry Camp, a local historian, says the name for Sequatchie County comes from the Cherokee chief Sequachee, meaning “opossum, he grins or runs.” The Valley is shaped like a soft smile, as if the chief were grinning down on his namesake even today. It was created from stratified rock that was pushed upward from either side of the Valley. Erosion formed the steeps that sweep upward to either side of the plateau.

Native American Heritage The culture of the Cherokee, or “principal people,” thrived for thousands of years in the southeastern United States before Europeans arrived in the 1500s. When European settlers arrived, the Cherokee assisted them with food and supplies. The lands of Sequatchie were ceded to the United States government through a series of treaties beginning in 1805. Central to the Native American heritage in Sequatchie County is the history of the “Trail of Tears.” The Cherokee Trail of Tears resulted from enforcement of the Treaty of New Echota, an 1835 agreement signed by 20 unelected Cherokee that exchanged Native American land in the East for lands west of the Mississippi River — a treaty that was never accepted by elected tribal leadership or a majority of the Cherokee people. According to Native American historian Gilbert Hall, three Cherokee chiefs went to the U.S. government to make a treaty to get rid of the “mixed blood” Native Americans so that they could regain their property and possessions. However, the three were killed less than a month after the Trail of Tears started, and the U.S. government dashed any Native American hopes of regaining the ceded land as it forced the remainder of the Cherokees westward.


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In November 1838, approximately 1,000 Cherokee on their way to Oklahoma camped at the edge of what is now Coke Ovens Park. Today, the park is one of the most pristine sites on the Trail of Tears; you can still see the preserved wagon ruts and wade in Coops Creek. The Sequatchie Valley Historical Association is currently working with the National Park Service to preserve this section of the trail.

King Coal Camp says that coal, the black gold of the Cumberland, was the greatest instigator of change in the early history of the region. “It brought in new people, and above all, new jobs and a different lifestyle.” The first mine opened in 1899, and in 1905, the Chattanooga Iron and Coal Corporation began operations. By 1920, during the coal boom, there were two towns of Dunlap: the town of Dunlap proper and the corporation’s town, with its own housing, doctor, general store and money. At one time, the corporation owned 16,000 acres and employed 350 men working in several mines and at 268 beehive coke ovens. However, an early 1920s depression in the coal industry brought an end to Dunlap mining operations.

Land as Life Camp says for many, the Sequatchie County land represented life and hope, providing trees to build homes and barns and fuel for fire. It also provided spots for cotton, tobacco, sorghum and various vegetables and enabled farmers to raise livestock. Corn was and still is one of the most important crops. Even today, the land brings life and hope to homesteads like Gray Farms. Bill Gray, a third-generation farmer, now retired from Gray Farms, says his family has lived on the land for over 150 years. With a lilt in his voice, Bill says if he has his way, his grandson will be the fifth.

Community Close-Ups MEET OUR NEIGHBORS


he Sequatchie Valley’s three counties — Bledsoe, Marion and Sequatchie — comprise a region blessed with unparalleled beauty and witness to some of America’s earliest history.

Created by the Tennessee State Legislature in 1807, Bledsoe County was named for Revolutionary War hero Anthony Bledsoe, who came to the region from Virginia in the late 1700s. A treaty with Native Americans, as well as a series of land-grant laws from the state legislature, opened the beautiful Sequatchie Valley to rapid settlement. Pikeville, Bledsoe’s seat, was incorporated in 1830. Today, rural Bledsoe County, while small, still packs a power punch for business and industry. Close to three interstates (I-40, I-75 and I-24) and located in a geographic triangle created by Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga, Bledsoe County is an ideal base of operations for shipping, as it is within eight hours of two-thirds of the nation’s major industrial markets. A fully developed industrial park stands ready, and the region is a full part of the wide wired world, with Internet and DSL. The county’s proud past is still on display here. Pikeville is famed for its gorgeous Main Street Historic District, showcasing dozens of traditional Southern homes, beautifully restored and maintained. With a rich agricultural history, Bledsoe County has been named the “Pumpkin Capital of Tennessee” by the state.

stretch as far back as 1540, when explorer Hernando de Soto is said to have passed through the region. Of longest heritage in the region of Marion County were the Cherokee people, who established the towns of Nickajack, Running Water and Shellmound, among others, along the Tennessee River. Rich in natural resources, Marion County drew industries in need of coal, limestone and iron. The towns of Whitwell, Victoria and South Pittsburg were born in the 1870s when the Old English Company came to the region, looking to establish a Southern industrial center. Coke processing, foundries, pipe companies, tool works, brickyards, textile mills and factories arrived in the region toward the end of the 19th century. The county made more history in 1910, when the Hales Bar Dam became the nation’s first hydroelectric power plant. Industry still continues to play a major role in this “Gateway to the Sequatchie Valley.” Local leaders support and promote economic growth, and the county’s communities are not only growing through new neighborhoods, but are revitalizing their historic downtowns. And these aren’t just sleepy rural communities: South Pittsburg is one of the first cities in the country to offer citywide free Wi-Fi. Such innovation has led to amazing growth in the number of businesses opening in the county over the past few years. Those who live here are justly proud of their community, boasting outdoor activities that include the Mullins Cove climbing wall, Prentice Cooper State Park and Nick A Jack Lake. Public parks, arts facilities, excellent educational choices and a rich culture — including a burgeoning winemaking industry — round out the Marion County picture, making it a great place for new families and new businesses alike.

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Marion County..................................................28,291 Jasper................................................................3,274 South Pittsburg..................................................3,071 Whitwell............................................................1,661

Sequatchie County...........................................14,423 Dunlap................................................................4,873

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Bledsoe County................................................12,791 Pikeville.............................................................1,665

Jasper • South Pittsburg • Whitwell

The Valley’s southernmost county was created in 1817 when the Tennessee General Assembly divided Bledsoe County. Named for Francis Marion, the Revolutionary War’s legendary “Swamp Fox,” Marion County’s historical tales


of Sequatchie County in the Tennessee State Legislature. The community is home to a site with important remnants of one of the most significant eras in the Valley’s history: Coke Ovens Park. Listed on the National Historic Register, Coke Ovens Park preserves the beehive ovens that turned coal from the mine on Fredonia Mountain into coke for use in the iron and steel foundries of Chattanooga. The park hosts both the summer Bluegrass Festival and the Dunlap Coke Ovens Fall Festival. The county offers plenty to do for tourists or for locals looking for a great “staycation.” Take in breathtaking aerial views while hang gliding the Valley from atop Henson Gap. Enjoy beautiful scenery as you leisurely canoe the Sequatchie River, offering fishing, swimming and great waterside picnic sites. Take in a round of golf or stop by for family fun and unmatched Southern hospitality at one of Dunlap’s many annual festivals and events. This jewel of the Valley is waiting to welcome both visitors and new neighbors.

Centered in the Valley that shares its name, Sequatchie County was formed in 1857 from parts of Hamilton, Bledsoe and Marion counties. The seat and only incorporated area in the county, Dunlap was named in 1858 for William Dunlap, who supported the creation



I Executive Director Winston Pickett and Executive Assistant Lorene Williams of the Sequatchie County-Dunlap Chamber of Commerce


n 1997, County Executive Bill Harmon, Dunlap City Mayor George Wagner and several businessmen in the city and county decided to organize a chamber of commerce. From the beginning the new Sequatchie County-Dunlap Chamber of Commerce enjoyed the support of local business and the community. Citizens Tri-County Bank, which owned the old Tom Mosley Service Station, agreed to lease the property to the Chamber. The bank received no compensation other than the waiver of real estate taxes during the period. The county, city and local citizens agreed to pay for renovating the building, which was completed and dedicated in 1999. There was no debt toward the building when it was completed, so the Chamber had no mortgage or rent payments to make. To raise funds before a staff was hired, the board of directors decided to sell charter memberships at double the usual annual membership dues. Once again, the community answered the call: 27 charters were sold, raising approximately $32,000. Lorene Williams became the first member of the staff on April 1, 1999, and remains the Chamber’s executive assistant. Howard Hatcher was hired as executive director on July 1, 1999. As retirees, both Lorene and Howard were able to work part time, within the Chamber budget. Membership grew at a steady pace, peaking at about 270 during the first 10 years. Board meetings are held once a month, and membership meetings every three months. In the spirit of the strong community support the Chamber has received since it began, all meals for the meetings are paid for by local businesses, with daytime meetings averaging 100 attendees and evening meetings 140. Howard Hatcher retired in 2009 and Winston Pickett was named executive director. The Chamber has been involved in many projects through the years, and many good things have been accomplished — all of them due to the community working together. Once each month the city mayor, county executive and chamber executive director come together and discuss projects. There have been different county executives and city mayors, but all have been highly supportive of the Chamber. One of the most important projects was the new industrial park in north Dunlap. The Sequachee Electric Co-op deserves a lot of credit for making this possible — they purchased the

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The Chamber has been involved in many projects through the years, and many good things have been accomplished — all of them due to the community working together. land, while the city, county, state and federal governments funded development. The Chamber was designated as the contact point for prospects. Fittingly, the Electric Co-op was the first tenant, moving their offices to the area in 1999, followed by the Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency, The Cooperative Response Center, Hoosier Tool & Die and, in 2011, Mann+Hummel, a German auto supply company. The Chamber was given the responsibility of coordinating the Tennessee Three Star Program, including Adult Leadership classes. Twelve of these classes have now graduated, with an average number of 15 students per class. Each year the class made one overnight trip to Nashville to see state government in action. Another major team project the Chamber joined in was the improvement of Dunlap’s downtown. The Chamber sold more than 400 bricks, using the money to match a grant from Rural Development that enabled the city to install new street lights. More than 20 downtown property owners upgraded their properties. The Chamber has always recognized our public schools as our most important asset, not only as our children’s educators, but also as our county’s largest employer. A school board member always serves on the Chamber board, and Superintendent Johnny Cordell has twice served as Chamber president. Nonpartisan, the Chamber respects all of our elected officials. Knowing our elected officials, and helping them to know our community, is vitally important. The Sequatchie County-Dunlap Chamber of Commerce is proud to represent all of our citizens, businesses and their employees. We have tried to work together for the good of all.

Biz Briefs S E Q U AT C H I E VA L L E Y S U C C E S S S T O R I E S Citizens Tri-County Bank 423-949-2173 •

Citizens Tri-County Bank was organized and chartered in 1972 by six local residents with $500,000 in capital. Originally known as Citizens Bank, the facility began operations in a trailer in downtown Dunlap. A new building was opened in May 1973. By 1980, the bank had reached $7 million in assets. By 1984, when Citizens Bank bought the failed Bledsoe County Bank, assets had reached $10 million, and the bank officially changed its name to Citizens Bank of Dunlap and Pikeville. When the bank purchased three Nations Bank locations in Grundy County in 1992, the name was changed again to Citizens Tri-County Bank. At the start of the new millennium, Citizens Tri-County branched into Hamilton County, finishing 2000 with assets totaling $202 million. Since then the bank has not only continued to add branches in the region, but has also been active in community support and in community development, opening the Depot Office Centre in 2002. In 2011, Citizens Tri-County Bank entered into VanBuren County with the acquisition of Citizen’s Bank of Spencer. Today, Citizens Tri-County Bank, with $594 million in assets, has operations in eight counties, with 18 full-service offices, five drive-through branches and 26 ATMs. The bank employs a staff of 240 and provides a full line of services, from ACH origination, to loans, to

sponsors such local organizations and events as Valley Fest, Hee Haw, Sequatchie County Schools, Sequatchie County Cancer Support Network and Sequatchie County Food Bank.


real-time Internet banking and E-Statements. The staff and board take pride in now serving for 40 years and also in their slogan: “The Only Community Bank You’ll Ever Need.”

Mountain Valley Bank 423-949-2146 •

Chartered in 1905 as a home-owned, independent bank, Mountain Valley Bank — known then as Sequatchie County Bank — opened for business in a corner of the Moore Hotel, near the center of town. As Dunlap grew, so did Sequatchie Valley Bank, constructing a two-story modern bank building at the corner of Rankin Avenue and Cherry Street in 1909. The bank joined the FDIC upon its formulation in 1933. In 1969, a new office at Rankin Avenue South was completed; this facility served the bank for the next 31 years. In January 2000, Sequatchie County Bank moved into its present facility at 17114 Rankin Avenue, and on January 1, 2001, changed its name to Mountain Valley Bank. The name change reflected plans to branch into surrounding areas. Mountain Valley Bank currently has two locations in Dunlap and one in Monteagle. New technology has brought new services, with 24/7 account access available through the bank’s website. Over the years, many things have changed, but one thing has stayed the same: Mountain Valley’s commitment to customers and community. MVB

The MANN+HUMMEL Group is a leading global expert for filtration solutions and a development partner and original equipment supplier to the international automotive and mechanical engineering industries. Based in Germany and employing 14,750 people at more than 50 locations worldwide, the company achieved turnover of about 2.6 billion euro in 2012. Among its several international locations is a $15 million facility in Dunlap. The group’s product portfolio includes air filter systems, intake manifold systems, liquid filter systems, cabin filters and cylinder head covers made of plastic with many integrated functions for the automotive industry, as well as filter elements for vehicle servicing and repair. For general engineering, process engineering and industrial manufacturing sectors, the company’s product range includes industrial filters, a series of products to reduce carbon emission levels in diesel engines, membrane filters for water filtration, and filter systems.


Dunlap, Tennessee Workers Had Felix Baumgartner’s Back Red Bull Stratos Giant-Leaps a Small World


n Sunday October 14, 2012, we had one of those world moments; one that seemed to surprise many people, and a milestone in the privatization of space technology. Red Bull’s Stratos project took us to a high place in free-market theater. We found it awesome and inspiring, as we recalled through smiling tears that pride in humanity the space program had brought to our youth. Red Bull did a fantastic job in preparation and execution of the Stratos project. We watched transfixed for two hours as Felix Baumgartner launched and climbed nearly 130,000 feet in the enormous experimental balloon. Right here in Dunlap, Tennessee, is Precision Aerodynamics. Nestled in the Sequatchie Valley, our long-time employer George Galloway and his team have been building parachutes for the sport, commercial and military markets for more than 30 years. His very special team of technicians is anchored by the seamstresses, who daily cut, assemble and inspect a product with very critical performance specifications. It’s hard work, both mentally and physically. It builds artisans. They build parachutes. As Felix Baumgartner left his panoramic perch at the edge of space on that Sunday, he smoothly and quickly turned into a speck in our onboard camera view. He held a stable position for a surprising moment or two, but the combination of super speeds and scant air soon resulted in a robust spin. This we watched through the ground-tracking camera lens. After what seemed like a long time spinning, as the air firmed up he was able to recover control over his heading, flying at last into the boundary layer of the atmosphere. Passing through a mere 5,300 feet MSL he deployed the canopy at something close to a normal tandem terminal velocity. The canopy, like many thousands of Precision canopies before it, opened stably and put Baumgartner in a very familiar flight mode, looking for his landing spot and calibrating the expected winds on the ground. Millions watched as he executed a routine and conservative final approach, flared and “stood it up,” in skydiver parlance. Then he went to his knees, gracefully, in triumph. Then came our second wave of smiling tears. When the Stratos team selected Precision Aerodynamics to build the parachutes Felix Baumgartner would use to return him safely to earth, George’s team used their experience in design, patterns, material and process to lay out a purpose-built custom size canopy to handle the task. For three years they quietly built and tested the Stratos canopies. “It’s a hybrid,” says Galloway, “of tandem, miltary and sport characteristics.” For the ladies and gentleman of Precision Aerodynamics, it’s all in the day’s skilled, practiced, life-critical hard work. “Without its people, this parachute factory might as well just be a warehouse for sewing machines. It is the hard-working and dependable people of Dunlap and Sequatchie County that have made this company so successful through the years,” says Galloway.

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NHC - Dunlap 423-949-4651 •

“The autumn years in life are some of the finest: we should care for them with compassion,” says Tony Raffa, administrator at National Healthcare Corporation’s Dunlap facility. NHC - Dunlap is the only long-term care facility in the Sequatchie Valley area and provides skilled nursing as well as physical, occupational and speech therapies. The state of Tennessee grades the Dunlap facility as one of the highest star-rated facilities in the Tri-County area. Among its resources, NHC - Dunlap offers an Alzheimer’s support group; Hospice; a partnership with local churches, which also provide support; and proximity to local ERs and hospitals. The facility ensures the safety of residents by providing a secured unit for wandering patients. According to Raffa, NHC - Dunlap seeks to build on its ongoing success. “In our near future we are opening a wing strictly for rehab, featuring private rooms for our rehab patients. We want to encourage folks to rehab back home in Sequatchie County, offering the community the same quality it has come to expect since the facility’s inception.”

Erlanger Emergency In 2013, Erlanger Health System announced plans for a new $1.8 million full-time emergency medical facility, to be located in Dunlap in the North Valley Medical Center building. In addition to Erlanger’s investment, needed structural updates and equipment are being partly financed by a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant from Sequatchie County. The new facility represents a boon for Dunlap in multiple ways. Since seconds count in emergency medical care, not needing to transport patients to Pikeville, Jasper or Chattanooga

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is a tremendous benefit in care for residents. Additionally, the county’s ambulance service will save money with the shorter transits. A March 2013 story in the Chattanooga Times Free Press noted that a spokesman for Erlanger Health System has said the building will be equipped with the latest technology and specifically trained staff, and that Erlanger expects 15,000 visits a year from people in Sequatchie County and the surrounding area.

Shepherd Family Practice 423-949-5091

Dr. R.D. Shepherd first came to the Sequatchie Valley in 1946. He decided to settle in Dunlap with his wife Bernice and daughter Karen and opened his practice on Thanksgiving weekend in 1946. Less than a month later, the family grew with the birth of son Rayburn. The pace of life in Dunlap was a little different back then. “In those days, the stores in Dunlap closed on Thursday. You didn’t have delivery, and the post office and banks were closed, ” Dr. Shepherd recalls. “So I closed on Thursday too and went to Chattanooga for supplies.” While continuing the traditions of a rural family doctor — he made house calls throughout the Valley at all hours of the day and night and delivered many babies — Dr. Shepherd also introduced new technology and services, including bringing the first X-ray machine to Dunlap in 1948. In 1986, his daughter, Dr. Karen Shepherd, D.O., joined the family practice; they opened a new office in November of that year, fittingly holding an open house on Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate 40 years of community service. In 1987, Dr. Karen Shepherd expanded the practice to include hospital care. The Shepherd family celebrates 67 years of serving the community in 2013.


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Sequatchie County Schools 423-949-3617 •

The Sequatchie County School System is a unified school district operating three schools in Dunlap. The district has been listed among the top 10 in the state by Tennessee Business Magazine based on a comparison of test scores to the amount of money spent per student, and it is a Tennessee Model for Inclusion Education. Recently the school system was recognized as a Exemplary School District by the Tennessee Department of Education. Sequatchie County High School • Dual-enrollment classes offered through Chattanooga State Community College. • Offers clusters in five career-technical programs, including health science, from which students can graduate high school with a CAN license. Also offers a Pre-Veterinary course. • Student Incentive Program rewards students who maintain good grades, attendance and discipline records each semester. • Peer Tutoring program assigns seniors to help tutor students at the elementary, middle or high school level. Participating seniors receive elective credit. • 22 varsity sports, with more than 200 students participating. Sequatchie County Middle School • Consistently meets or exceeds state- and federal-mandated 93 percent attendance rate. • Faculty is rated “Highly Qualified” under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) standards and have engaged in a variety of research-based staff development.


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• Homeroom teachers conduct individual goal-setting conferences with each student. • State-of-the-art teaching tools, including computers, ELMO (electronic viewing systems) and interactive SMART Boards. • Activities include girls’ and boys’ athletics, 21st Century CCLC program, SCMS/News Channel 9 Weather Team, Jr. Beta Club, yearly art show, summer reading programs, the development of an outdoor classroom, Foxfire, 4H and Junior Health Club. • Active recycling program is three-time winner of the statewide Good Sports Always Recycle award.

Dunlap Adventist Christian School

Griffith Elementary School • Recognized as a Lightspan model school. • All paraprofessionals and professionals are rated “Highly Qualified.” • Three fully staffed computer labs. • Classes in art, music and physical education. • The Secret Garden, an outdoor scientific learning center, is located on campus. • “Kindercamp” is available in the summer to transition new students to kindergarten. The school also houses the Heard Start Program. • 21st Century Learning program provides tutoring and enrichment for students after school and during the summer. • Twice honored with the Tennessee School Board of Education Congressional Award.

Chattanooga State Community College Sequatchie-Bledsoe Site: 423-554-4027 Kimball Site: 423-837-1327

Chattanooga State extends its nearly 50 years of occupational training and educational expertise to the Sequatchie Valley community by offering convenient locations in Dunlap and Kimball. Providing programs that benefit both students and employers, the Sequatchie-Bledsoe Site in Dunlap features a one-stop service center for advisement and registration as well as on-site computer and chemistry labs. The Kimball Site also features a full-service registration center and computer lab, and it provides the people of Marion, Grundy, Sequatchie and Bledsoe counties with courses for first-year college credits as well as Adult Basic Education services. General curriculum and remedial courses are available.

Dunlap Adventist Christian School is the only state-accredited Christian school in Sequatchie County. It offers a Christian education for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. The school opened in 1957 and has offered a quality education for the children of Sequatchie County continuously since first opening. The teachers are certified with at least a master’s degree. A low studentto-teacher ratio gives teachers the ability to individualize instruction as needed. Technology-rich classrooms allow students to learn the use of technology and have the latest teaching methods used. Music and art are regular components of the curriculum, and private music lessons are offered during the school day. In a national study done recently, it was shown that students who attend Seventh-day Adventist schools score higher on standardized achievement tests than other students. Historically, students from Dunlap Adventist Christian School do well as they continue their education in other settings.


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We the People FA C E S & VO I C E S O F T H E S E Q U AT C H I E VA L L EY Carl Ray Adams Carl Ray Adams was born in 1924 in Townsend, Tennessee; he graduated from Townsend High School, served his country in the United States Army, and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1953. Carl moved his family to Dunlap in 1954, where he served as the agriculture teacher. Before the school year started in 1954, he visited most of the farms in Sequatchie County to meet his students and their families. Carl worked diligently with the Future Farmers of America to offer his students opportunities to broaden their horizons. He encouraged “his boys” to enter the FFA contests locally, statewide and on the national level; traveled with them to visit the University of Tennessee’s agricultural programs; and took them to work on the local farms when needed. Carl was instrumental in starting youth baseball, youth hunting classes and the Vocational School in Sequatchie County. He served on the Soil Conservation Board and as the superintendent of Sequatchie County Schools, worked with the Tennessee Department of Education, and ended his career as the city judge of Dunlap. Carl, with 39 years of teaching, passed on his love of education to his wife and children, as they


have a combined 148 years in education. He was a servant to the people of Sequatchie County and Tennessee by serving on numerous boards, committees and as a mentor to many people.

James Thomas Kelly James Thomas Kelly, the only son of William Luther Kelly and Nancy Ann Hickman Kelly, was born May 25, 1922, in the handmade brick home on the Kelly farm. This farm is located in the Fillmore, now Elm Hill Community in the first district of Sequatchie County. James was a farmer, realtor and a product of the public schools of his native county, graduating from Sequatchie County High School in time for World War II. He served 44 months in the United States Coast Guard, sailing the ocean blue. After the war he joined the VFW, American Legion, Lions Club, City Farmers Club and Farm Organization. He has been director of Mountain Valley Bank for 60-plus years and treasurer of Dunlap Industries. On September 22, 1949, he married Mary Grace Layne. Their children are Mary, Jim, and twins Chip and Susan. Kelly says a farm is a wonderful place to raise kids.

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Cora Lou Cookston Cora Lou Cookston was born and raised in Sequatchie County. She graduated from Sequatchie County High School in 1953 and later married J.C. Cookston. They have one daughter, Debbie Hunter, who resides in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1980, after the loss of her second son, Cora Lou became a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and remained active in the society for 20 years. In 1986, she was diagnosed with kidney cancer. With her battling the disease and the realization that there is a high incidence of cancer in this county, she founded the Sequatchie County Cancer Support Network in 2002. All funds raised by this organization directly benefit local cancer patients by helping pay for needed treatments and supplies.

She founded the Sequatchie County Cancer Support Network in 2002. All funds raised by this organization directly benefit local cancer patients by helping pay for needed treatments and supplies.

The Network holds several fundraisers annually, with one of the local favorites being the “Hee Haw” show, held every July at the high school. Cora Lou has written and directed this show for the past 27 years. It is a highly entertaining event based on the “Hee Haw” show on television and features local talent who sing, dance, play music and tell those old corny jokes that “Hee Haw” was known for. Because of her tremendous community involvement, Cora Lou has garnered many accolades. In 1982, she was chosen as Sequatchie County’s first “Woman of the Year” by the American Business Women’s Association. Cora Lou was also chosen as the “Alumnus of the Year” for Sequatchie County High School in 2003. In 2007, she was selected from nearly 7,000 nominees from all over the United States as one of Kraft Food’s “100 Most Extraordinary Women.” As part of her recognition, she was awarded an all-expense-paid trip to Los Angeles, California. In 2012, Cora Lou was the recipient of the “Howard Hatcher Award” given by the Sequatchie County-Dunlap Chamber of Commerce. Because of her continued efforts, despite battling several major illnesses, Cora Lou is one of Sequatchie County’s most active community leaders. She is truly an extraordinary lady!

James Burch James Burch, better known as Grandpa to most of Dunlap, moved to Dunlap with his parents, John and Celia Burch, and his siblings in 1941, at the age of 9. Every morning before

school and every afternoon after school he headed to the dairy barn to milk the cows. James has farmed all his life — you will still meet him going through town on his tractor with his bush hog. He has given a lot to the community by working for the Sequatchie County Ambulance Service, starting his job there as an unpaid ambulance driver. He retired from the service as a manager. During his exemplary service, James has been a hero of unparalleled stature. He dedicated himself to the community and worked in extreme conditions to ensure the safety of others. His truck is always well-equipped with the supplies needed in any emergency. He carried pry bars before the Fire Department had the Jaws of Life. While serving as manager of the EMS, he helped to obtain ambulances for the community and he provided certificates to his employees for jobs well done. As captain of the Rescue Squad, he purchased the Rescue Squad flag that hangs in the building, and he provided flags to families in honor of members who had passed away. James has received Appreciation Awards from Sequatchie General Hospital and Grandview Hospital. He was honored with a framed letter from the Senate Chamber of the State of Tennessee for service in the Rescue Squad and the Sequatchie County Emergency Medical Service in 2003. He received a plaque for his years of dedication and service from the Sequatchie County EMS in 2002 and 2003. He also received a plaque from the EMS in 2012 for 38 years of service and for being the oldest EMT in Tennessee.

Howard Hatcher Howard Hatcher was born near Nashville on June 14, 1935. His early education took place in Williamson County. He graduated from Eagleville High School in 1953 and received a BS degree in agriculture from Middle Tennessee State in 1957. He worked as a dairy plant field man in Tennessee and Mississippi from 1958 until 1965. He was employed with the USDA’s Farmers Home Administration in 1965 and was chosen to supervise the newly opened FHA office in Southeast Tennessee. He served in that position for 21 years. His duties included directing federal loan-making in the rural counties of the area. Mr. Hatcher served as the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce in Dunlap from 1999 until 2009. He has since written and published two books. He has been an active member of the Lions Club for 52 years. He is a lifelong Methodist and has taught Sunday school for most of his adult life. He served as a Holston Conference church delegate to General Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2004. Mr. Hatcher and his wife, Dorothy, have been married 55 years. Their two girls and their families live in Dunlap.


Area Parks & Recreation T H E B E S T V I E W S O F T H E B E A U T I F U L S E Q U AT C H I E V A L L E Y Cumberland State Park For nature lovers, scenic Cumberland Mountain State Park, situated on the Cumberland Plateau at Crossville, Tennessee, offers activities and accommodations that wed comfort and creation. At the park, you can do it all: • Personal kayaks and canoes are allowed on Byrd Lake, and the park rents paddleboats, canoes, row boats and fishing boats. Enjoy the rush of water running past your boat on Byrd Lake while you reel in catfish, bass, bluegill or bream. • Chase after the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, and golf his signature layout course, the Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain. • Take a hike on the park’s several miles of trails for a great escape from the everyday. • Enjoy badminton, basketball, horseshoes, softball, tennis or volleyball. With all these activities and more, you’ll want to plan for a long stay, and Cumberland State Park has you covered: • Stay in a rustic cabin in the woods. The park’s cabins are fully equipped with kitchens, cable TV, fireplaces (except single cabins), linens, picnic tables and grills. Cabins may be reserved up to two years in advance.


• If you’re looking for your own set-up, choose between 147 tent and RV campsites with hookups. • For business functions, reunions or if you’re just plain looking for an excuse to get together, there are three meeting rooms that can accommodate from 100–150 people.

Dunlap Coke Ovens Park You won’t want to miss Dunlap Coke Ovens Park, a historical site as scenic as it is significant. Located on a 77-acre site that was once home to a series of beehive ovens used to turn coal into coke, Dunlap Coke Ovens Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here, in addition to the excavated ovens, you can visit an exact full-size replica of the original coal company store commissary, built to commemorate the coal mining history of Dunlap. Today, the building — located on the exact site where the original company commissary stood — houses the largest collection of regional historic coal mining photographs in Tennessee and includes hundreds of donated mining artifacts on display inside the museum. At the site, you can trace portions of the Cherokee people’s Trail of Tears. In November 1838, a group of approximately 1,000 Cherokee camped and traveled through the northern edge of what is now Coke Ovens Park. At the pristine

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site visitors can still see the preserved wagon ruts and wade in Coops Creek. The lovely, wooded park is open daily for guided tours and hosts an annual bluegrass festival. Admission and parking are both free.

Fall Creek Falls State Park Come see why Southern Living magazine voted Fall Creek Falls State Park the best park in the southeastern United States. Comprised of more than 20,000 acres on the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in America: • Want to regard the awesome power and beauty of the highest waterfall in the eastern United States? Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is a breathtaking sight. • Hit the links at the park’s par-72, 18-hole golf course. • Hike some of the 34 miles of trails at the park. • Fish 345-acre Fall Creek Falls Lake, home of two state-record catches. • Swim in the Olympic-sized swimming and wading pool. • After a full day of activities at the park, sate your appetite at Fall Creek Falls Restaurant, which seats 220 and serves Southern-style buffet cuisine daily. • For a little R&R, stay at one of 228 campsites in three different areas, two group camps, two group lodges, 30 cabins and villas, or the 145guest room Park Inn. • Host a meeting or special event here! The Fall Creek Falls Inn & Conference Center offers over 5,000 square feet of meeting/banquet space in five conference rooms, accommodating up to 400 people.

wilderness areas, Savage Gulf’s sheer sandstone cliffs and rugged canyons provide extraordinary views. Breathtaking waterfalls form at the head of many gorges, where streams flow over hard sandstone cap rock. These include Big Creek, Collins River and Savage Creek, which each flow down over five miles and drop over 800 feet through narrow gorges to form the “Gulfs.” Heavily forested, the gorge’s woodlands abound with oaks, hickories, maples, yellow poplars, hemlocks, pines and many other tree species. While much of the gorge features second-growth forest, there is one large section of old-growth mixed forest in the gorge. Beneath the forest canopy, a vast array of shrubs, vines, wildflowers, mosses and ferns provide a spectacular display, especially in the spring.

Savage Gulf State Natural Area A 15,590-acre natural area located in Grundy and Sequatchie counties, Savage Gulf State Natural area looks as though it were carved into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau. One of Tennessee’s most scenic

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Tennessee Tree Toppers Hang gliding is soaring in Dunlap, Tennessee, dubbed the “Hang Gliding Capital of the East” by the Tennessee Tree Toppers (TTT), a notfor-profit club of hang gliding enthusiasts and friends based near Dunlap. The TTT maintain a wooden radial ramp at Henson Gap, which many budding and expert hang gliders have used as the foundation for flight and fun. The 4.5-acre launch site includes a clubhouse with kitchen and running water, showers and bathrooms, a large pavilion, and campgrounds with electrical hookups for campers — not to mention beautiful views of the Sequatchie Valley. If you, too, want to launch yourself into this world of flight and fun, the TTT invites all to visit them “whenever you get the chance,” and “join the TTT, today!”

Trail of Tears Although the Cherokee Nation once controlled almost two-thirds of the present state of Tennessee, a series of land sessions reduced Cherokee holdings in Tennessee to the southeastern corner of the state by 1819. Later, the Treaty of New Echota, signed in 1835 by a small group of unelected Cherokee, ceded the last vestiges of the Cherokee Territory in Tennessee. The treaty, ratified by the U.S. Senate on May 23, 1836, gave the Cherokee people two years to voluntarily remove. When the time had elapsed in May 1838, only 2,000 Cherokee had immigrated to the Indian Territory, now Oklahoma; the remainder clung tenaciously to their homes in southeast Tennessee, northwest Georgia, western North Carolina and northeast Alabama. Between June 6 and December 5, 1838, almost 15,000 Cherokee were forcibly removed from their ancestral homeland in the southern Appalachians to the Indian Territory on a tragic journey that would later become known as the “Trail of Tears.” The memory of this important time in American history is preserved and remembered in the Sequatchie Valley. Portions of the trail in the area are among the best preserved in the nation, helping to keep the memory of the ordeal and the courage of a proud people alive.


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he idea of what is now branded “Valley Fest” began in a discussion in the 2009 Adult Leadership class sponsored

by the Chamber and directed by Executive Director Winston Pickett. The idea was to generate interest in the Valley and to center Dunlap. The basic idea emerged as a tourist attraction and a promotion of business and the Valley region.

The first attempt to name the event yielded many suggestions, such as Red Bud Festival, Zipper Festival, Blackberry Festival and many more; but after hours of discussion “Valley Fest,” with the theme of Cultural

Experience, was

established. (The idea for Red Bud came from the local tree that is one of the early spring bloomers, Zipper Festival from the oldest still-operating industry in the area, and Blackberry from the native berry found abundantly in the region.) The third weekend in April was chosen as the annual date. In 2011, the first year, the festival was held on April 16 and 17, with over 60 vendors of food,


crafts and information. Two stages of music were headlined by Cody McCarver, a local singer/songwriter, and other musical performers were represented from the bluegrass, country, gospel and rock genres. In 2012 Valley Fest was held on April 21 and 22 with more than 60 vendors and three stages. The third stage was highlighted

with local talent — artists

identified by Music Makers, a local business. The headline act for the year was Phil Dirt and the Doziers, a ’60s band from Ohio. The third year proved to be the best attended yet, with a gate receipt increase of 37% over the previous year. There were more

than 70 vendors and

two music stages. The Citizens Tri-County Bank provided the stage for Music Makers, which was totally filled with the talent of young performers who ranged from kindergarten through college age. There were 13 professional acts that included gospel,

bluegrass, country and rock and that performed on

the Mountain Valley Bank Stage. The closing act for 2013 was the long-standing act Exile, a band from Kentucky that has written and performed several hit tunes, including some number one records.


Calendar of Events C O M E O U T & P L AY !



Valley Fest A cultural experience with live music, food, fun and games, and a carnival. For more information, visit the Chamber website at


 National Cornbread Festival South Pittsburg-Marion County

Fall Creek Falls Mountaineer Folk Festival Fall Creek Falls State Park-Bledsoe County

 Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival Dunlap-Sequatchie County Held the first weekend in June, the festival showcases local bluegrass talent. Musicians often camp nearby, so impromptu jam sessions join scheduled concerts. Food is available on the grounds. The event helps fund maintenance of the historic Coke Ovens Park.

Lions Club Horse Show Dunlap-Sequatchie County Hundreds of entrants and an eager audience fill the grounds of the John Griswold Recreation Park for the annual Lions Club Horse Show, which raises money for the Lions’ charitable causes.

JULY Hee Haw Variety Show Dunlap-Sequatchie County A fundraiser for the Sequatchie County Cancer Support Network, the family-friendly Hee Haw Variety Show puts the talents of local entertainers on display.

 July 4th Parade & Festival Dunlap-Sequatchie County Downtown Dunlap is blocked off for a lively parade, followed by celebrations on the courthouse lawn that include dancing and delicious treats. After dark, a fireworks display delights and thrills.

MAY Nine Mile Bluegrass Festival Nine Mile-Bledsoe County This May festival is the first of two, with the second falling in September. Sponsored by, and fundraisers for, the Nine Mile Volunteer Fire Department, the festivals feature great music from well-known bluegrass bands. There is a small fishing pond, and hamburgers, barbeque and home-cooked food are available at the concession stand.


Highway 127 Along Highway 127 from Covington, Ky., to Gadsden, Ala., and including the sections in Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties, the World’s Longest Yard Sale, begun in 1987, grows bigger each year and is a hit with treasure hunters.

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A staple of Southern cuisine is celebrated in South Pittsburg the last weekend in April during the National Cornbread Festival, named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. The town turns into an openair marketplace with Cornbread Alley, featuring delicious Southern dishes cooked in traditional cast-iron skillets. Music; games; cookoffs; a 5K race; a carnival; crafts; a General Store; historic trolley tours; a tour of Lodge Factory, the largest U.S. maker of cast iron cookware; and much more round out a full weekend of fun.

World’s Longest Yard Sale

AUGUST Wooden’s Apple House Bledsoe County Located on Highway 443, Wooden’s is a third-generation, 90-acre orchard selling apples, tomatoes, pumpkins and cabbage, as well as homemade apple pies, dumplings, and other baked goods and handmade crafts. The Apple House opens in early August and closes between late November to early December.

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You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful setting for a celebration than Fall Creek Falls State Park, which hosts the Mountaineer Folk Festival the first weekend in September. Traditional mountain music tops the bill, but you’ll also find demonstrations of pioneer skills, country cooking, handmade crafts and more.

Hang Gliding Team Challenge Dunlap-Sequatchie County Sponsored by local hang gliding club Tennessee Tree Toppers, Team Challenge fills crisp fall skies with a colorful exhibition of hang gliding grace and skill.

Marion County Fair Jasper-Marion County Arts and artisans, gardeners and stock raisers, and family fun and food all come together at the annual Marion County Fair, which also features great live entertainment, business exhibits and smash-’em-up demolition derby.

Nine Mile Bluegrass Festival Nine Mile-Bledsoe County

 Sequatchie County Fair Dunlap-Sequatchie County A timeless and traditional event for the whole family, the Sequatchie County Fair, held the first week of September, is complete with a Queen of the Fair contest, exhibits, rides, games and plenty of favorite fair foods.

DECEMBER ABWA Christmas Tour of Homes Dunlap-Sequatchie County Gracious hosts open their beautifully decorated homes for tours, with a reception following at First Baptist Church. Proceeds fund scholarships.

Christmas For Kids Dunlap-Sequatchie County Dunlap’s Harris Park is transformed into a winter wonderland, with games, fun, goodies and a chance to visit with Saint Nick himself.

Christmas Parade Dunlap-Sequatchie County On the second Saturday in December, Santa arrives in Dunlap with treats for all the kids.

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R Whitwell Labor Day Parade Whitwell-Marion County Love a parade? Then you’ll love being in Whitwell on Labor Day, where festivities begin at 9 a.m. Flashy floats, shining fire trucks and Tennessee Walking Horses parade by, with lots of sound and color and candy for the kids. Afterward, everyone gathers in Whitwell Ball Park for games, food, entertainment and the crowning of the new “Miss Whitwell.”

OCTOBER Days of Yesteryear Dunlap-Sequatchie County The Days of Yesteryear Tractor and Engine Club features a huge display of tractors and engines, as well as demonstrations of corn milling, blacksmithing and cutoff saw. Highlights include hayrides, a tractor Olympics and a daily Parade of Power. Kids can take part in lawn mower and peddle tractor pulls, potato sack races, and other activities.

Fall Color Cruise Tennessee River/Nickajack Lake-Marion County Hosted by Hales Bar Marina and Resort, fleets of pleasure boaters pass through the Tennessee River Gorge, taking in the spectacular colors of the fall foliage, and then assemble for festivities that include arts and crafts, food vendors, and entertainment.

unning through three Sequatchie Valley counties, the Sequatchie Valley Scenic Byway heads north along U.S. 127 into Cumberland County and traverses Crossville before connecting with Interstate 40. The Byway is poised to become one of Tennessee’s premier destinations for travelers looking to experience rich local history, recreation, agritourism and folk culture.

For a downloadable map, visit and select “Sequatchie Valley” under the “Outdoors” heading.

Index of Advertisers THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Bouffant Beauty Salon............................................... 1 Cates Street Pharmacy.............................................. 7 Century 21 Professional Group.................................. 6 Chapel Hill United Methodist Church....................... 1 Citizens Tri-County Bank............Outside Back Cover Clark’s Bakery at Stone Cave.................................. 14 Colonial Exterminating Co........................................ 17 Dunlap Adventist Christian School........................... 9 Dunlap Fast Lube......................................................... 6 Dunlap Restaurant...................................................... 4 Dunlap United Methodist Church............................ 17 Edward Jones – Thomas Vennero, Financial Advisor...................... 5 Ewton Funeral Home, Inc........................................... 6 Ewtonville Baptist Church........................................ 17 Farm Bureau Insurance.............................................. 1 First Baptist Church Dunlap..................................... 11 First National Bank..................................................... 1 Mountain Inn & Suites.............................................. 13 NHC Healthcare.......................................................... 7 RE/MAX Southern Properties...... Inside Front Cover Sequatchie County.................................................... 14 Sequatchie County Schools....................................... 8 Sequatchie Valley Insurance & Real Estate............ 1 Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency.... 5 Standefer-Reed Funeral Home.................................. 1 State Farm – Jim Garren, Agent................................ 7 Storage Depot............................................................. 4 Valley Animal Clinic.................................................. 11 Wheeler Service Inc................................................... 5

Our prayer is that you will come visit our church and experience the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in our services. Ewtonville is an amazing place full of incredible people whose passion is to worship and serve God.

Grand National Boat Races Nickajack Lake-Marion County Watch thrilling drag boat race action on Nickajack Lake.

Ketner’s Mill Fair Jasper-Marion County Situated on 100 beautiful acres next to the Sequatchie River is Ketner’s Mill, a grist mill built in 1882. The third weekend in October the site plays host to a fair featuring art, crafts, canoe rentals, wagon rides, a petting zoo, live music, demonstrations of traditional crafts like wool spinning and chair caning, strolling performers, and, of course, lots of delicious food, including stone-ground cornmeal and grits for purchase.

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Sequatchie County, Tennessee 2013 Community Profile and Resource Guide  

Sequatchie County, Tennessee 2013 Community Profile and Resource Guide

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