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Health system promotes Officials say retirement will not affect UCMH sale Carter commitments to county ByStaffKayla Writer with facility bus tours

By Kayla Carter Staff Writer

Since securing the bid for acquisition of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, Mountain States Health Alliance hosted a series of bus tours for Unicoi County officials and citizens to see MSHA facilities in the region. Through the tours, MSHA aimed to ease concerns in the community about how the health system plans to follow through with their acquisition commitments, which are currently being reviewed by MSHA and UCMH attorneys. “We are right now in the process of completing what we call a definitive agreement that will allow us to move forward,” Vonderfecht said at a recent Unicoi County Chamber of Com-

merce luncheon. “The definitive agreement - we’re getting pretty close to finalizing that on both sides.” MSHA’s acquisition of UCMH is on the verge of being released to the state Attorney General’s office for review. Vonderfecht said the agreement will come before the UCMH Board of Control again before being submitted to the state. In the meantime, many residents of Unicoi County decided to take a look at what MSHA has done in other regional communities. The latest MSHA bus tour on Feb. 14 took Unicoi County officials and citizens to Marion, Va., where a brand new, more than $60 million hospital was built after MSHA acquired Smyth County Community See TOUR, Page 6-A

Dennis Vonderfecht’s last day as the Mountain States Health Alliance chief executive officer and president has been declared Dec. 31, 2013. Vonderfecht announced his plan to retire by the end of the 2013 calendar year on Wednesday, Feb. 27. After the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon on Thursday, Vonderfecht assured his retirement would not impact the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital acquisition at all. He said the health system’s board members have been very involved in the process. “The [Mountain States] board obviously is very committed to this,” Vonderfecht said. “They’ve been to every event we’ve had that’s been any kind of public event here.” In a letter sent to MSHA team members, Vonderfecht reflected on his career and provided insight into his future plans. “It has been an honor and a great pleasure to serve as President and CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance for the past 23 years,” Vonderfecht wrote. “We’ve celebrated many milestones along the way, and I’m immensely proud of what this organization has become.” Vonderfecht said his main concern during his retirement will be spending time with family. “My wife, Peggy, and I look forward to spending more time with our daughters and their families, including our

Vonderfecht gives a presentation, which included details about the UCMH sale, at a Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. (Photo by Kayla Carter) two grandsons, Caleb (age 3) and Noah (5 months), who affectionately know us as ‘Bubbles’ and ‘Nonna,’” Vonderfecht wrote. “I look forward to being engaged in many other areas of interest that I have, including our donkeys, gardening, travel, and church activities. No doubt I will continue to be involved in some aspects of health care; however, my most important goal at this stage of my life is to enjoy my family.” According to a MSHA press release, Vonderfecht came to Northeast Tennessee from Kansas City, Mo., in 1990 to See CEO, Page 6-A

Chamber announces legislative breakfast From Staff Reports

ORDER IN THE COURT Unicoi County Clerk and Master Teresa Simerly shows off her office’s clean and chronological approach to housing historical chancery court documents. (Photo by Kayla Carter)

Courthouse employees organize, preserve Unicoi County Chancery Court archives By Kayla Carter Staff Writer

The discovery of a chancery court manual used by James M. Gouge, a former attorney and clerk and master of Unicoi County, would not have happened without a recently completed archive restoration and organization project. Unicoi County Clerk and Master Teresa Simerly said she was excited when she discovered Gouge’s fourth edition “Gibson’s Suits In Chancery” reference book.

“We found it while we were cleaning and organizing some of these old files - the oldest files in the county,” said Simerly, who is also the county archivist. “I want to hang on to it because it’s a piece of history.” The book is special to Simerly because it pertains to her everyday decision-making regarding chancery court procedures. “One of the reasons I like this version is because it has some of the history of chancery court in it,” Simerly said. “It’s been updated many times and we’re in version eight or nine now. I use it quite frequently.” In short, Simerly said chancery court is a court per-

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Unicoi County residents will have an opportunity to meet with their state legislators on Friday, March 15, during the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Breakfast. This year’s breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. at Erwin Town Hall and will be sponsored by Mountain States Health Alliance and Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. “Each year, the annual breakfast brings local legislators and their constituents together for an opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns about current issues facing Tennessee’s government,” said Amanda Delp, the Chamber’s executive director. “The Chamber is pleased to have the support from Mountain States Health Alliance and Unicoi County Memorial Hospital for the event, as it is a wonderful opportunity for citizens to meet one on one with their legislators to inquire about items of concern facing both Unicoi County and the state of Tennessee.” Delp said topics discussed by legislators will vary along with what is being discussed at state level. “Obviously health care always is a real hot topic at these events,” Delp said. “I look for it to be right

now with this luncheon because of the challenges that the nation is facing in health care,” Delp said. The importance of having UCMH sponsor the event, Delp said is tradition. “Every year that I have been here, Unicoi County Memorial Hospital has sponsored this breakfast,” Delp said. The event has been successful in promoting the county’s community hospital, Delp said. “I think it’s known as the hospital’s legislative breakfast,” Delp said. “Because the hospital has had such a longstanding tradition with that event, people associate this annual event as a hospital function.” Senator Rusty Crowe and Representative Kent Williams have confirmed their attendance for the breakfast. Other legislators have also been invited to attend. After remarks by the legislators, a question and answer session will follow. A complimentary breakfast will be provided. The event is free and open to the public, however reservations are required as seating is limited. For reservations, call the Chamber office at 7433000 by Tuesday, March 12. Inquiries may also be sent via email to amanda@ or cathy@


Town hires new community relations coordinator By Kayla Carter Staff Writer

Molly Campbell was recently named the town of Unicoi’s community relations coordinator. After about a week on the job, Campbell said she noticed that all her past experience is essential to her success in her new position. Campbell, who is a certified grants specialist and graduate of East Tennessee State University with a degree in political science and marketing,

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said working in Unicoi is a delight. “To me, the town of Unicoi, and really Unicoi County as a whole, is really the best kept secret in East Tennessee because they hit all the fundamentals of economic development ... more so than any other region,” Campbell said. Campbell has helped secure about $6 million in federal and Tennessee state funds and also served as the executive director for the Chamber of Commerce in Elizabethton. “I enjoyed planning festivals, events and fundraising,” Campbell said. “I was excited that I was

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2-A Tuesday, March 5, 2013 CARL M. BAILEY Carl M. Bailey, age 75, of Johnson City, went to be with the Lord on M o n d a y, Feb. 25, 2013, at the Johnson City Medical Center Ho s p i t a l . He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Hiram and Rachel Peters Bailey. He was employed by the former Industrial Garment/Red Cap. Carl was a member of the Church of Christ. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother: Raymond Bailey. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughter: Corrine Susan Baudinot and husband Rodney, of Johnson City; brothers: Joe Bailey and his wife Jeanne, Gray, Jess Bailey and his wife Marylyn, Erwin, Alvin Bailey, Gray; sisters: Virginia Bailey and husband Gene, Gray, Marie Nave and husband Charlie, Blountville, Hazel Jeter and husband Mike, Gray; grandchildren: Courtney, Joseph, Thomas and Isabelle and special sister-inlaw: Faye Bailey, Erwin. A funeral service for Carl Bailey was held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. A committal service was held on Friday at 11 a.m., at Roselawn Memory Gardens. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome. net. Valley Funeral Home was in charge. FLOYD LEE COLLINS Floyd Lee Collins, age 57, of Flag Pond, passed away on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at his home. Mr. Collins was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Dewey Lee Collins and Jean Thomas Collins of Erwin. Floyd retired from the Town of Erwin after 17 years service. Floyd was a member of Lower Higgins Creek Church of God. He enjoyed music, fishing and gardening. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by a brother, Joe Britt. In addition to his mother, he is survived by: fiancée: Teresa Ann Jones; son: Jason Lee Collins and his wife Amanda; step children: Amy Jones, Donna Jones, Sharon Harrison; brothers: Willard Collins, Dewey Collins Jr.; sisters: Shirley Mullins, Angeline Carpenter; grandson: Jacob Lee Wayne Collins; step-grandchildren: Em-

Blood drive Thursday to help Haun From Staff Reports The Marsh Regional Blood Center will be holding a blood drive Thursday, March 7, from 8-4 p.m., at CSX Transportation, 229 Nolichucky Ave. All blood types are needed. Donors are asked to give on behalf of Ruth Haun. A free T-shirt will be given to donors.

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ily Jones, Austin Beals and William Laws. A funeral service was conducted on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m., in the chapel of Valley Funeral Home with the Rev. Darren Shelton officiating. Vocal selections were provided by Craig T. Shelton. The graveside committal service followed at the Hensley Cemetery, Pete Creek Road, Flag Pond. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome. net. Valley Funeral Home was in charge. CAROLE GARLAND CRAWFORD Carole Garland Crawford, age 69, 344 Clinchfield Ave., Erwin, went to be with our Lord and Savior unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital from a brief illness, after courageously battling crippling arthritis for many years. She had been a resident at the Center on Aging and Health for the past year. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. A native of Unicoi County, she was the proud daughter of the late Judge Walter B. and Edith B. Garland. Ms. Crawford in her early years worked for liberty lumber and the Shoppers Guide before becoming a reporter for the Johnson City Press and then onto The Erwin Record. There she finished her very long career as a reporter and news editor, which was, among other things, a great passion for her. She won numerous writing awards including a State award for her feature story on the Erwin Nine. She was a member of the Jaycettes and the Rotary clubs. Ms. Crawford had such a huge heart and always wanted to do for others no matter how bad she felt. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Edward Crawford of 25 years. Ms. Crawford leaves behind her daughter: Cynthia Whitney Crawford, of the home; brothers: Wayne Garland and wife Sue of Jacksonville, Fla., Kent Garland and wife Tracy, Unicoi; nephews: Evan Garland and wife Delicie (Bebe), Jacksonville, Fla., Aaron Garland and wife Kim, Jonesborough; greatnephew: Evan Andreas


Garland; nieces: Valarie Black and husband Zane, Erwin, Hunter Tinker, Unicoi; aunt: Mary Jane Mauk, Erwin; uncle: Dallas Bud Miller, Erwin; several cousins and very special cousins: Doug Garland, Mike and Dee Garland, and friends: Tom and Vicki Harris and Bill Floyd. A special thanks to Vicki Bryant and the employees of Center on Aging and Health. Visitation was held on Friday, March 1, from noon to 2 p.m., at Valley Funeral Home. A graveside service followed in Bell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 203 N. Elm Ave., Erwin, TN 37650, to the Carole Crawford Memorial Fund, to be applied to funeral cost. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome. net. Valley Funeral Home was in charge. JANICE RAMSEY “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17 Janice Ramsey, age 75, 171 Madison St., Erwin, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Johnson City Medical Center. She was a Unicoi County native and a daughter of the late Hobart Laws and Kate Riddle Laws. She had worked for Smith’s Market and later for the former Hoover Ball for 15 years. Mrs. Ramsey had been a member of Calvary Baptist Church since an early child. There she had sung in the church choir and in a church trio for a number of years. She loved her church dearly. Janice loved to go camping and to travel, but above all she loved her son and grandchildren. Other than her parents, Janice is preceded in death by a sister, Sherry Laws King, and sister-in-law, Mary Lou Chandler and husband, Carol. Janice leaves behind her husband of 57 years: James “Jim” Ramsey, of Erwin; son: Denny Ramsey and wife Joan, of Elizabethton; grandchildren: Justin Ramsey and special friend Anna and children, Bailey and Wendy, Chad Ford, Autumn Chandler and husband Shane; great-grandchildren: Chase and Tori


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ter of Herman Owen and Nellie Kate Church Mathes. She was a homemaker and loved sewing, Vols, traveling and especially the beach. She was a member of the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center and the Election Commission. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons: Gary Pate and Gregory Pate and four brothers and sisters. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, William C. Scott; children: Donnie Pate, Timothy Pate, Joe Scott, Diane Cooper; 17 grandchildren; several

great-grandchildren; sister: Margaret and Carlos Banks; brother-in-laws: Joe Mumpower, Carroll and Lisa Mumpower; sister-inlaw: Joyce Stancil; niece: Nikieta Mumpower and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service for Betty Scott was held at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Interim Pastor E. Y. Bailey officiated. A committal service was held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, at Evergreen Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome. net. Valley Funeral Home was in charge. See OBITs, Page 3-A

PUBLIC MEETING This is a public notice to announce a called meeting of the Town of Unicoi Board of Mayor and Aldermen. This meeting is the Town of Unicoi Strategic Planning Meeting and will be held from March 21, 2013, through the 24, 2013, at Townsend, TN. Call 743-7162 with questions.

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BURL SMITH Burl Smith, age 74, 105 Village Lane, Unicoi, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ at 4:40 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County, and a son of the late Frank and Belle Whitson Smith. Mr. Smith always loved going to church and attended Hampton Free Will Baptist Church for as long as his health permitted. He retired from Harris Tarkett in Johnson City after being employed there for 33 years. Mr. Smith also enjoyed being outdoors and loved to hunt and fish. In addition to his par-

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Unicoi County Chancery Court Deputy Clerks Lynn Stanford and Kayrene Stephens stand in front of a card index from the old Unicoi County Courthouse. At right, Simerly holds a state land grant discovered during the archive organization project dated 1889. (Photos by Kayla Carter)

found anywhere else. Deputy Clerk Lynn Stanford said many other forgotten documents once considered lost were uncovered in the collection. But, efficiency in office procedures and customer satisfaction has been her top priority with the project, Stanford said. “It’s a help to them as much as a help to us because we can find the files now without spending hours looking in books,” Stanford said. “Ms. Simerly’s way of setting it up was interesting because we had to go to the old books and try to find them and then we’d categorize them with numbers.” Preservation of the documents was the result and goal of the clean up, Stanford said. “That’s another reason why we did it,” Stanford said. “A lot of the documents, we didn’t know what they were. They were just little pieces of paper stuck in metal files. So in finding cases the papers went with, it was really interesting.” The old bound books contain handwriting the employees said was slightly difficult to interpret. Simerly said her knowledge of many family names helped her through the process. “It was time consuming, but I think it was worth it,” Simerly said. Simerly said anytime Unicoi County history is involved in her work, it’s always worth taking time to analyze and preserve it. “I love history and genealogy,” Simerly said. “It helps it all fall into place in



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your head like a puzzle. I used to do title searches on real estate so I kind of knew a lot of the history about families that owned bigger pieces of land. So, I can just see even more of that put together in these files.” History was not only discovered on a county level, but on a personal level, Simerly said. “In doing these, I found one with my maiden name on it,” Simerly said. “Of course, that caught my attention and it was my great grandfather.” Simerly said her lunch breaks during the project were very educational and she was often able to discover pieces of her family history. Stanford said she, too, was able to discover some information about her family history. “Back in the time my mother was born, the files that we had were very interesting,” Stanford said. The process of sorting the records was initiated by Nathan King, Simerly said. “He was in law school and needed a small internship for a couple weeks,” Simerly said. “He first got them in numerical order for us.” All the files have been indexed and all chancery court employees agree it makes for more efficient document retrievals. “It was really neat doing it,” Stanford said. “Being able to find the documents and looking through the records as we organized them were my favorite parts of the project.” Stanford said it was a relief to get all the items in order and filed away

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taining to equity. According to the “Gibson’s Suits In Chancery” reference book, chancery court is a “system of jurisprudence called Equity” and was “originally largely derived from the civil law of the Romans.” Before the efficiency of computer processing, Simerly said she would carry out all office functions by hand. Inside the office now, the implementation of technological advances are met with nuances of historical artifacts from the county court’s past. The documentation of the first years in Unicoi County Chancery Court was all boxed up before Simerly initiated the organization and restoration project. “They were all in these old envelopes that were filthy because they were stored near the old coal furnace in the old courthouse,” Simerly said. “They weren’t in any order and I am not sure how they were kept, but we did a project and got them all in numerical sequence. We made an index and we placed documents in nice, new and clean folders so we could use them.” Simerly said she was able to use some of her education in restoration and archiving during the project. “I mainly did the indexing part and getting names together for the labels,” Simerly said. “We had boxes everywhere. We had to wear rubber gloves and it was very dirty, but we’re proud of ourselves.” Simerly said the payoff for their hard work came when a surveyor requested a document in the files. “He was able to use it to determine his boundary lines,” Simerly said. “It was pretty exciting that within two weeks of finishing it, we were actually able to see the fruits from it.” A map book was also discovered in the archives, Simerly said and the map book led the surveyor to documents in the chancery court archives. “When we cleaned these files out we found an old map book, which we didn’t realize we had” Simerly said. “It has thrilled [Debbie Tittle] our register of deeds. Once I found it and told her about it, she’s been able to send some people up sometimes to look through that.” Simerly said the surveyor stopped by one day to look at the map book and began to inquire about certain names that were on the new index she made. “That’s why the surveyor was originally here - to look at the map book,” Simerly said. Thanks to the organization of the documents, Simerly was able to find deeds, which couldn’t be


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Historic site brings fresh start Having been established in 1917 would, in itself, indicate the historic nature of The Dillard House, located barely (well, a couple of miles) across the North Carolina line in Georgia. However, according to the attraction’s Web site, one has to look back to the Revolutionary War to get a glimpse of the “first Dillard.” Captain John Dillard’s land grant of 1,000 acres for his service during the American Revolution is background for the legend saying he “made peace with the local Cherokee Indians by trading a muzzleloading rifle, a jug of apple brandy, one coonskin cap and $3 cash for all the land between the two mountain tops.” A brochure I picked up on a recent visit tells a compelling story: While fighting the Cherokees at the battle of Little Tennessee Valley the young soldier was so taken with the natural beauty of a pastoral valley that he dreamed of living there with a family someday. The story continues with his dream coming true in 1820, when he moved his family to what is now known as Dillard, with succeeding generations working as farmers and innkeepers, raising crops which fed their families and, eventually, their guests. John is also the name of the Dillard family member, who, asked for his business title, said “chairman.” When I spoke with him while working on this piece, I learned that although they do not produce the food served as in bygone days, freshness is still key. He said that they still use locally-grown produce when available and buy from the farmers’ market in Atlanta other times so that 80-90 percent of the vegetables served are fresh. Although those family-style meals are a destination in themselves, the lodgings and other amenities are worth checking out at this “self-contained, year-round resort,” as described in the brochure. Memories, of course, are about more than just good food and comfortable atmosphere. There was time in a chalet that allowed privacy on a deck with our feet propped on the railing. Another time the squirrels came to scamper and eat outside on a porch overlooking meadows and pond. Another time luna moths came to a woodland cottage and clung to the outside of its front. One came inside and went high into a sleeping loft. Later it was attracted to a lamp left turned on in the night so it could be caught and safely released. The last time we crossed Sam’s Gap with Dillard in our sights was for a wedding. It was just after Valentine’s Day and planned to be a small and very informal affair. It was not a time for pomp and to-do. As the groom said, “We have experience.” It was, though, a time for pause and appreciation for love, family and friends—followed by visiting and fun and wonderful food, shared at a long, bountiful table. Deb and Rick, as I remember our gathering around the gazebo on a chilling Sunday afternoon, here’s wishing you an institution as endearing and as enduring as The Dillard House tradition.

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Project paves way for future growth Last week I attended a meeting for the Downtown Merchants to discuss the upcoming Revitalization Project in Erwin. We have featured this project many times in The Erwin Record as it has taken development, but now the beginning date is quickly approaching. I know it has raised concern among some of the businesses in town as to how it would affect the patronage during the stages of construction. The meeting last week was to address some of those concerns. I will have to say that I am proud of our town and the detailed processes that have been undertaken to better Erwin for all of us. I feel the new design will in no way take away from the character or uniqueness visible when driving down Main Avenue, but will enhance the store fronts and claim the attention from motorists passing through. As City Recorder Randy Trivette explained at the meeting, Erwin was established between the mountains and the river. The mountain naturally needs to flow into the river but it is blocked by the town, railroad tracks and an interstate.

Keith Whitson Many of us have witnessed the flooding through the downtown streets when a hard rain comes. There aren’t any good ways to fix that without digging up the streets and putting in larger pipes. This project is going to give the town the opportunity to not only do that but to check out and replace water pipes, bury underground wiring properly, revamp sidewalks and entrances to businesses and give us all a better street to travel on. Not only will we get these needed fixes, but at the same time the project will add beauty to the surroundings. Trees and greenways will be established to add an aesthetically pleasing drive for visitors as well as regulars in town. Hidden electric lines, new lamp posts and attractive signage will also add to the design to help eliminate

unsightly distraction now. The project is set to begin the first part of May. Phase one, which goes from Second Street to the Gay Street intersection, will be completed sometime in September prior to the Apple Festival. Next year phase two will begin, which will extend the project around the curve onto Love Street and end at the Church Street intersection. I am very impressed by the detail put into this undertaking. Engineers and designers have spent months upon months of extensive hours to draw up the perfect plan to suit Erwin’s needs. Working with town officials, they have seemingly thought of every aspect to make this process as effortless as possible. Also stepping in to embrace the project and support the Downtown Merchants is the staff of the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce. Executive Director Amanda Delp along with Cathy Huskins, and Dawn Edwards were at the meeting last week to offer ideas for taking advantage of the project to increase business. They have many plans to entice tourists and shoppers into town. Amanda said many

motorists would want to come through town out of curiosity to see the progress. She suggested store owners gear sales toward the progress. One idea she offered was hosting a “Hard Hat” day, where business owners could wear yellow construction hats and embrace the situation with a themed sale. Stores could offer discounts or samples to attract customers in. Other ideas pertained to holiday shopping. The Chamber has also contracted with a firm to develop a Web site for updates and events. The Web address will offer local businesses the opportunity to announce upcoming events. The site will also document and follow construction progress. As business owners met last week they had a few questions and ideas that hadn’t been thought of out of the many details already covered. Randy said he appreciated the additional thoughts and would see that they were addressed. This is a big project for Erwin but one that will correct existing problems and put us in the right direction for beauty and growth to meet the needs of generations to come.


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Life’s priorities change Recently, while attending a college basketball game, I made a nonscientific observation of what people do during the game that seems to be the norm these days. No, the action I saw is not something you would normally expect, such as cheering wildly, calling the ref unrepeatable words or even keeping the concession guy busy providing food. However, food has gone way beyond the usual hot dog, popcorn and cold drinks, to more exotic things like cotton candy, unrecognizable nachos, and gourmet sandwiches. Ballgame fare has gone way beyond the usual gym food to an experience in fine dining. I’m expecting someone to come up with white tablecloths for your nacho boxes some day. But, the new norm I witnessed was the number of people on smartphones checking out their e-mails, texts, Facebook gossip or other social media that may have been coming across the airways during that evening’s really exciting ballgame. In fact, I saw an entire row of men all looking down at their palms containing today’s modern marvel, during a 20 point run by our team to get the go ahead winning run. They all missed most of it checking on text messages. My thought was what were they doing here to begin with? If what was going on outside the building was

Pettus Read that important, why didn’t they just stay? Call me old fashioned, which I am, but when I go to a game, I go to enjoy the action and the atmosphere, not to check on business or to look at a little shiny screen with the latest box scores. I do have one of those phones and admit I have checked it myself, which has caused me to miss some major plays. These smartphones may be making us dumber in some areas. I guess that is a difference in the generations these days. The thing that makes us Americans so different is our ability to operate at numerous generation levels and still get the job completed. I saw old guys, just like me, cheering while young fellows kept informed on what ALL the other teams were doing with their phones. My generation enjoys the simple things, as a couple generations under me, take things a little more seriously. The differences in our generations also help us to pull through tough times. I

have reached the age where I now remember things that happened way back then. My children are more concerned with what is happening now. And that is the way it should be. We need the two to balance out the present, to avoid errors in the future, and never forget the past. I found a site on the Internet the other day that specializes in candy of days gone by. It contained those large red wax lips just like those we bought at the annual 4th of July picnic during our childhood days. They tasted terrible then and I guess they still do today. The site sold boxes of Crows, which are black licorice flavored jellybeans. I used to get a brown paper bag of those at the store for a nickel that would last all day. They also had Clark bars, all types of penny candies and candy cigarettes. Do you remember when kids could use candy cigarettes with red tips for fire and not be a political outcast? Candy cigs never caused me to want to smoke. Instead they pushed me more over to the dessert way of thinking. What about getting a cold drink from a machine that dispensed glass bottles that only contained eight ounces? In fact, you could get glass bottle drinks at basketball games in the early days. They could also quench your thirst just as

well as today’s super jumbos and only cost a nickel. How did eight ounces do the job years ago that 44 ounces can’t do today? Did you ever drink milk at school from a glass bottle wrapped in red cellophane with a cardboard stopper? Have you ever used Butch hair wax for a flat top haircut, 45-RPM records, metal ice trays with levers, blue flashbulbs, Mimeograph paper, washtub wringers and S&H Green Stamps? If you remembered none of these things, then I assume you are being read this article by your parents or grandparents and I am honored they took the time to share it with you. I also thank you for humoring them by acting like you understand what in the world they are talking about and smiling politely. However, if you remembered most of these, then welcome to my world. We are not as old as the ark, but we may be pushing for lifetime membership in the “I Saw Pistol Pete Maravich Play Club.” Our generations are different and it is hard for me to believe that in 50 years someone will be telling their children about remembering having to use an old DVD player to watch a movie or checking their e-mail on their iPhone at the ballgame, but they will. And, the fun small things will be the most remembered, thank goodness.

Comets expected to make appearances during 2013 IN THEOF STARS PIECE MIND

Damaris Higgins Damaris Higgins 2013 may end up being the year of the comet! There are 3 comets expected to make a splash this year – Comet PanSTARRS, Comet Lemmon and the grand finale, Comet ISON. The first one is already putting on a good show for Southern Hemisphere sky watchers. By the time it makes its appearance in northern skies, Comet PanSTARRS should be visible to the naked eye! The comet, discovered in 2011 by the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii, isn’t expected to be as much of a spectacle as Comet ISON (scheduled to appear in November) but it is tracking to reach a brightness roughly equivalent to Polaris, the North Star. This giant ball of ice, gas and stony rubble will make its first visit to the inner solar system and pass closest by the sun on March 10. As it does, the sun’s energy will stream the comet’s material into space, forming a giant tail pointing away from the sun. A “coma” of gas may be seen surrounding the brilliant nucleus. “This comet definitely is a dynamically new comet, so we do have the wild-card factor in there,” Karl Battams of the Naval Research Laboratory told NBC News in an email. “In an ordinary year, this comet would be grabbing the headlines, but most people are so worked up over ISON that this one is getting short-changed a little.

It should be a good one though. ... For us urban dwellers, we might need to dust off the binoculars to get a decent look.” Battams and other astronomers say PanSTARRS is a special case because it’s apparently coming in from the Oort Cloud on the solar system’s edge to make its first swing through the inner solar system. PanSTARRS should start showing up in the Northern Hemisphere around March 7. The comet will begin gaining altitude, passing less than one degree from the star Iota Ceti on March 8th. Keep in mind, Daylight Saving Time begins for a majority of U.S. residents on March 10th, so while we will be looking for the comet around 7 p.m., local on the first week of March, it will be at 8 p.m. on the second week. The desired conditions to view this and other com-


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ets are similar to those for meteor showers. It’s best to pick a dark spot, away from various forms of light pollution. You will want to look in the direction of the sunset just after the sun has gone down. The comet will be just above the horizon. It might be tricky to spot the comet because of the glare of the twilight sky, and it could be even trickier after March 12, when the light of the moon will start interfering. Although the nucleus of the comet will be as bright as the brightest star in the night sky, the evening twilight is also bright, and the tail may be difficult to view without the aid of binoculars. The best predicted time for comet-viewing, picturetaking parties is March 12 or 13 because PanSTARRS should be visible alongside a pretty crescent moon in western skies. The University of Hawaii’s Insti-

tute for Astronomy said “by the end of March, the comet will no longer be visible in the evening sky, but if you get up early, you may be able to see it in the eastern sky just before sunrise. However, by then the comet will be farther from both the sun and Earth, and will therefore be fainter.” An interesting note; this may be the first really bright northern hemisphere comet we have had since the advent of DSLR astrophotography. Back in the 1990s most of us were shooting comets HaleBopp and Hyakutake with film cameras. We can expect some stunning pictures if this comet performs up to expectations! Comet Lemmon won’t be visible for northern hemisphere residents until April. Comet ISON is predicted to reach naked-eye visibility in the constellation Leo beginning in October. If Comet ISON survives, it will become the comet of the century throughout the month of December 2013, visible in both the evening and morning sky and possibly in daylight as it may rival even the full moon in brightness. Unlike the February close encounters by asteroids, neither comet comes close to posing a threat to Earth. You can follow ISON’s progress in detail at Photo taken by Ignacio Diaz Bobillo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, reproduced with photographer permission. You can view more of his astrophotography online at www.pampaskies. com/gallery3/. [The information used in this article was collected from various sources, including Universe Today, The Cosmic Blog at NBC,, The Daily Astorian, and Astronomy Magazine.]

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Time to spring ahead in classes This week we still have snow on the ground and in the forecast. Spring seems a long way off. But believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about registration for next school year. A couple of important dates are coming up that parents of current high school students and incoming high school students need to know about. On Monday, March 11th, UCHS will host a short PTO meeting followed by an information session on registration. School guidance counselor, Tammy Lockner, will present important information about requirements followed by a question and answer period. This will begin at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, March 12th, the focus will shift to families with current 8th graders who will move to UCHS in the fall. The shift from middle school to high school is a big jump that makes many nervous. Don’t worry. In this session, parents and students will find out everything necessary for a successful freshman year. This event will also begin at 6 p.m. The move to high school is a big change and families need to understand the importance of course credits. Successful completion of classes results in a credit for that class. Both the number of credits and the type of credit are important. Currently, 28 credits are required and they must be specific credits. The current requirement in math is four credits that include Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and a fourth higher level math course. Pre-AP and AP level classes may be taken for some of these courses and students are encouraged to take these anytime they are available. Four credits are required in English. They are English I, English II, English III, and English IV. Both pre-AP and AP level classes are available in this department. In Science, three credits are required. Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab science are required. Once again, certain courses have pre-AP and AP levels available. Social Studies courses that are required include U.S. History, World History or World Geography, and a one semester combination of Economics and Government. This adds up to three credits. An additional credit in Personal Finance is also required. Two credits in the same foreign language are re-


Vicky Livesay quired. At UCHS, we offer classes in Spanish, French and German. One credit in the Fine Arts is required. Students may choose from Art, Theatre Arts, or Music classes to meet this requirement. Physical Education and Wellness will add up to two credits, but those interested in ROTC may use ROTC to replace that requirement. If you are interested in this option, be sure to ask as there are conditions that apply to this situation. The other credit requirement is the Focus of Study. All students will need to choose an area of interest where they will take a minimum of three classes. This may be in one of our Career Technical Education areas, in Fine Arts, in academics, or in ROTC. We have a focus available for whatever interest a student may have. There is also room in most schedules for electives. Elective courses allow students to study an area where they have an interest or to expand their Focus of Study. In addition, there is the requirement of Capstone hours. To be eligible for graduation, all students are required to complete 100 hours of community service during their four years at UCHS. A wide variety of opportunities are available and incoming freshman may start during this coming summer to get a head start on accumulating hours. Certain restrictions apply so students should be sure an activity is acceptable before investing too much time. Whew! It’s a lot to think about! But the place to start is by answering the question “What do you want to do after high school?” It’s not too soon to consider what comes after graduation. It seems like yesterday when the current Class of 2013 was first walking through our doors and now they’re almost ready to leave us. But – that’s another story. March 11th and March 12th are the dates. Families are strongly encouraged to attend and bring questions. We’re ready and excited to talk with you.

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become CEO of Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC). “He had previously served as regional vice president of Research Health Services System,” the release states. “In 1998, Johnson City Medical Center purchased six hospitals in the region from the national system, Columbia HCA, forming the health care organization known today as Mountain States Health Alliance.” MSHA currently serves 29 counties in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Northwest North Carolina and Southeast Kentucky. A total of 13 hospitals are owned and operated by MSHA with Unicoi County Memorial Hospital expected to join the system this year. In the letter to MSHA team members, Vonderfecht explained how the health system will seek a qualified person to replace him. Candidates are being considered from inside and outside the health system. “The MSHA Board of Directors is expected to make its final selection by July, with the new CEO coming on board by October,” Vonderfecht wrote. “I will participate in the onboarding process for our new CEO for several months and will officially end my tenure at Mountain States Health Alliance on December 31, 2013.” Vonderfecht is confident that the person selected by the health system’s board will be successful in fu-


ture MSHA endeavors. “Regardless of who becomes your next leader, I am confident that Mountain States Health Alliance is in good hands,” Vonderfecht wrote. “The MSHA Board of Directors has always been a guiding force behind our mission, vision, and values as well as the strategic direction of our organization, and they will continue to fill that same role in the years to come. I have relied on our Board continuously throughout the years for advice and strategic insight.” Chairman of MSHA’s Board of Directors Clem Wilkes said Vonderfecht’s retirement was “not a surprise.” “Basically, the original planning process for the hospital was approved by the MSHA Board of Directors so the wheels are already in motion likewise his announcement was not a surprise to the board,” Wilkes said. Wilkes said the board has been planning for Vonderfecht’s retirement for the past three years and have had a search committee formed for over a year. “We knew very well that when we made the first proposal that Dennis was going to retire and it didn’t change our view point as far as wanting UCMH to be a part of the system,” Wilkes said. “I’ve publicly stated that we are committed to building a new hospital in Unicoi County.” The health system’s board should have their final selection made by July and plan to have the position filled by

Oct. 1 of this year. Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Chief Financial Officer Toni Buchanan said she is confident that proposed future plans for the hospital will not be hindered by Vonderfecht’s plans to retire at the end of this year. “He’s got a support staff that knows what they are doing,” Buchanan said. “I don’t think that there’s going to be any disruption.” Town of Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley said she thinks the retirement announcement will have no effect on the acquisition process of UCMH. Hensley said the MSHA board is fully capable of leading the county through the process. “I’m sorry that he’s leaving,” Hensley said. “He’s been excellent to work with. He’s been very receptive to our wishes and our needs.” Buchanan said there’s enough time in the process for the future MSHA CEO to understand and earn the trust of the community. “I think [Vonderfecht] has done a wonderful job and he deserves his new journey,” Buchanan said. With all the planning that has occurred so far in anticipation of the Attorney General review, Hensley said she thinks it’s time for individuals in the county to align with MSHA. “I think that it’s time that we do get behind them and start supporting them,” Hensley said. “No matter what the Attorney General does, it’s not going to affect the sale of the hospital.”

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Hospital’s assets. Smyth County Community Hospital was the first Virginia-based hospital acquired by MSHA in 2006 and is easily the most comparable MSHA hospital to UCMH. Lindy White, CEO of Smyth County Community Hospital said her experience working with a health alliance like Mountain States has been fulfilling. “We have 44 licensed acute beds, 11 emergency rooms, three operating rooms and we have an inpatient rehab unit,” White said. “In similarity to Unicoi as I understand it, we also have a 109 bed nursing facility.” The new SCCH facility was completed in April 2012 and the nursing home facility was also updated. When faced with a decision between Wellmont Health System and MSHA, White said the SCCH board chose MSHA because the organization alligned more closely with SCCH’s culture and standards. “Our board chose unanimously ... MSHA,” White said. The main MSHA attraction, White said, is the patient-centered care philosophy, which is integrated into all facilities within the alliance. The philosophy statement was expanded to include 10 guiding principles and various initiatives stated along with those principles as well, Vonderfecht said. “Each entity, they have their own culture,” Vonderfecht said. “How do you create a common culture when you have that much growth? We figured the best way to do that was around patients. That’s what we’re about and that’s who we serve.” Much like in the UCMH acquisition process, the purchase of Smyth County Community Hospital included a nursing home facility called Francis Marion Manor. During the luncheon, Vonderfecht established the timeline in which MSHA hopes to have UCMH acquired, relocated and upgraded. The Attorney General’s review, Vonderfecht said is expected back sometime during spring of this year, which will allow the health system to begin planning a new facility this fall. Vonderfecht said community involvement is essential to the success of the new facility construction. “We don’t put a cookiecutter approach to [building] a hospital,” Vonderfecht said. “We involve our communities in helping to identify what services are needed then design the facility around those services.” Items to be determined in the strategic plan are the size of the facility, how

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Smyth County Community Hospital CEO Lindy White explains to Unicoi County residents that the wall decoration honors all who have donated or contributed to the hospital’s success. (Photo by Kayla Carter) many beds will be sufficient 2017 the tentative move in maining in the town of Erwin. “We think [the site] will and services offered to sup- date. A site has also been iden- be very convenient obviously port the hospital. A certificate of need will tified for the new facility, to the town of Erwin but need to be obtained to build Vonderfecht said. He de- particularly to south Unicoi a UCMH replacement facil- scribed the location as be- County, which I think is very Vonderfecht ing a total of 45 acres south important,” ity, Vonderfecht said. “We do not anticipate of the Holiday Inn and gas said. MSHA committed to at there would be any issue station off of the Temple least 20 beds out of the curwith that because certainly Hill exit. “The reason we’re get- rently licensed 48 at UCMH. there’s a very good case to Vonderfecht said the planbe made in the replacement ting 45 acres is that we beof Unicoi County Memorial lieve that is enough land ning process will determine Hospital,” Vonderfecht said. to be able to accommodate the new facility’s bed count About four years is the a hospital, a new nursing and it will be designed for projected amount of time home facility and a medical expansion to potentially init would take before the office building,” Vonder- clude the extra beds in the future. new facility would be live, fecht said. “I think probably evenThe reuse of the current Vonderfecht said. The current facility would tually we will have to move hospital facility would debe improved upon during the nursing home up there pend on collaborations with the four-year period be- as well just because of the the UCMH Board of Confore a new facility would be age of the building. That trol and local officials. would be after the hospital “We’ll work with the ready, Vonderfecht said. [UCMH] Board of Control He said, construction of is constructed.” The site location is im- to figure out what the best a new facility and nursing home would likely begin portant to commitments purpose is,” Vonderfecht in July 2015 with February made about the hospital re- said.

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HIS FORECAST LOOKS BRIGHT Erwin native, Joe Reedy joins WKPT news team

Unicoi County native Joe Reedy has been providing the weekly weather forecast for The Erwin Record for the past decade. His life-long ambition, however, has been to stand in front of a television camera, and provide an accurate weather forecast to the viewers. Now, the entire community and Tri-Cities viewing area can watch Joe as he presents live weather forecasts on ABC 19 NEWS WKPTTV, every Monday through Friday at 6 and 11 p.m. WKPT launched its new half-hour news program on Monday, March 4. Joe is working with anchors Jim Bailey and Lizz Marrs as part of the ‘People You Know, News You Need’ news team. “It is an honor and privilege to be a part of the hard work and efforts put on by the staff of WKPT-TV to re-launch the local news,” Joe said. Joe Reedy was six years old when the 1993 Blizzard blanketed Erwin and Unicoi County, with more than three feet of snow. The storm caused many county residents to remain without power for as much as a week. With so much snow on the ground, the question most of the children in the area were asking was ‘do I want to build a snow fort or a snowman, or would I rather spend the next few days riding a sled.’ That was not the question Joe was asking. Joe wanted to know how this happened. What the path was that the storm took, where it was going from here, and what affect would it have on the people in its path. Joe said the 1993 blizzard was one of his earliest memories, as he recalled the night looking like the Fourth of July with transformers blowing, due to the weight of the snow. The next morning, he said snow drifts in the screen door were taller than he was. “As a young fellow who loves snow, I was simply amazed by the absolute power of what is now known as the Storm of the Century.” Now, that we are coming up on the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Blizzard, Joe says he is humbled to be able to live his dream of becoming a broadcast meteorologist to his hometown friends and family who have supported him all these years. “Ever since the Blizzard of 1993, I have been doing weather research and studying numerous forecast models,” Joe said. “Instead of running to the television on Saturday morn-

ings to see what cartoons were on, I’d be in a hurry to watch The Weather Channel.” The 2005 Unicoi County High School graduate headed off to the beautiful Green Mountains of ‘The Northeast Kingdom’ (NEK) of Vermont. He majored in television studies, with a meteorology concentration, at Lyndon State College. The 2009 LSC graduate said this concentration brings together the scientific rigor with presentation skills honored in its Emmy-winning Television Studies Department. “Students have access to industry standard technology as they prepare on air shows given in the Television Studies Department studio,” Joe said. “At Lyndon State, students are able to take classes from Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel’s Storm Tracker, to hone their on-air skills,” he said. For two years, Joe was on the board of the American Meteorological Society’s College Chapter and was named, The Community Outreach Officer, traveling to local schools educating students in math and science, as well as hosting an annual science fair at the college. Joe was on the board of the Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, which is hosted entirely by the LSC-AMS & NWA. This is the largest student-run conference in the nation, and a very informative and beneficial experience for professionals and students alike. “More than 300 individuals from all sectors of meteorology attend this meeting,” Joe said, “including high school, graduate, and especially undergraduate students.” During that time, Joe had the honor of working along side members of the Accuweather family, as well as former Winter Weather Expert, Paul Kocin, from The Weather Channel. Joe and his wife, the former Kim Ruben from Manchester, N.H., were married in October 2011, and currently reside in Johnson City.

WKPT Meteorologist Joe Reedy.

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Joe wins a bet with news anchor, Jim Bailey over his first snow forecast.

Joe at Lake Wiloughby, Vermont.

Paul Kocin, former Winter Weather Expert, from The Weather Channel with Joe Reedy.

By Donna Rea • Photos Contributed

Joe reporting on a local flood.

“Ever since the Blizzard of 1993, I have been doing weather research and studying numerous forecast models.” - Joe Reedy

Lyndon State College snow.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Erwin Record


DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAX SALE NOTICE is hereby given that delinquent property taxes have accrued against properties assessed to the owners named below; which properties may be sold at Delinquent Property Tax Sale scheduled for July 15, 2013, if not paid on or before May 31, 2013: Name of Owner Assessed

Years Delinquent

- Bernard, Faith A. Smith - Blankenship, John/Teresa (now Tina Crowder) - Blankenship,John/Teresa (now Tina Crowder) - Booth, James R., Jr. - Bradford, Coy H., et ux, Anna Sue - Bradshaw, Elmer & Lillian (Unknown Heirs) - Bryant, Marvin & Amanda - Bryant, Shari L., et vir, Michael E. - Buchanan, Birdie (now William Doral (Heirs) & Melinda Ann Buchanan) - Burgess, Ryon J., et ux, Shelly - Burgess, Ryon J., et ux, Shelly - Campbell, Barney & Luella - Casey, Darrell M., et ux, Kathy L. - Chandler, Lupe N. - Collins, Ernest, et ux, Pamela & Robert Harris - Collins, Kermit E. - Collins, Kermit E. - Cooper, Ray Ellis & Shirley - Coughlin, Timothy (now Lorraine Coughlin) - Coughlin, Timothy (now Lorraine Coughlin) - Cousins, Melissa G. - Culler, Frank

2010 2010

335 Crosswhite Lane 430 Opekiska St

31O/D/11.02 31C/B/9.00


644 Watauga Ave


2010 2010

220 Williams St 240 Elliott Ave

31K/C/15.00 23D/F/29.00


120 Casteel Rd


2010 2010

1227 Whispering Pines Rd 2/26.07 202 Hulen Ave 23M/C/1.00


330 Smith St



Poplar Rd



Poplar Rd


20092010 2010

Campbell Rd


Shiloh Rd


2010 2010

S. Walnut Dr 857 Rock Creek Rd

23/47.00/SI001 24J/A/9.02

2010 2010 20082010 2010

751 Tipton Rd Tipton Rd 136 Madison St

8/76.02 8/76.03 31J/J/12.02

150 Witcher Lane



Witcher Lane


2010 20072010 2010 2010

128 Madison St 1733 Sciota Rd

31J/J/13.00 6/8.00

Old Asheville Hwy Mill Creek Rd

50/75.00 38/19.01


Mill Creek Rd


20092010 20032010 20092010 20092010 20092010 2010 2010 2010

Sciota Road


118 Tyler St


Unicoi Rd (4.98 acres) Unicoi Rd (1.59 acres) 110 Green Oak Dr


700 Pippin Hollow Rd Rector Laurel Rd 129 White St

16/3.01 63/12.01 24/56.00


731 Guinn Rd


20092010 20092010 20092010 2010 20082010 2010

616 Washington St


610 Washington St


343 Rich Hollow Rd


123 Long Branch Rd 131 Shell Masters Rd

24J/C/3.01 38/28.04

1401 Jonesborough Rd


2010 2010

133 Harris Hollow Rd 1725 Hwy. 352

16/28.01 59/29.01


Oak Dr



Clearwater Dr



Clearwater Dr



114 Clearwater Dr



Clearwater Dr



Paydens Way



Paydens Way



Paydens Way



Paydens Way



Paydens Way


2010 20092010

1008 Old Iron Mtn. Rd 106 Luttrell St

20/10.02 31J/F/34.00

2010 2010

Bumpas Cove Rd 217 Coffee Ridge Rd

- Deese, Sallie B. - Deyton, Genevieve (Unknown Heirs) - Deyton, Genevieve (Unknown Heirs) - Ferrando, Gregory B. - Foster, Carl, Jr. (Unknown Heirs) - Gouge, Willard, Jr. - Gouge, Willard, Jr. - Gouge, Willard, Jr. - Griffith, Scott - Guy, Wilma, et vir, Leroy - Hampton, Emmett & Jackie (Unknown Heirs) - Hansard, Robert L. & Tamela J. - Harris, Bernard & Nellie (Heirs) - Harris, Bernard & Nellie (Heirs) - Harris, Smokie - Haun, Arthur Shane - Henley, Elizabeth A. (Heirs) - Hicks, Wayne, et ux, Alice - Higgins, Johnny - Hillman, Amanda R. (Larry Shelton L/E) - Hollifield, Charles Donald - Hollifield, Charles Donald - Hollifield, Charles Donald - Hollifield, Charles Donald - Hollifield, Charles Donald - Hollifield, Charles Donald - Hollifield, Charles Donald - Hollifield, Charles Donald - Hollifield, Charles Donald - Hollifield, Charles Donald - Holly, Sharon D. - Lamb, Michele Lee (formerly Kenneth Mashburn) - Lucky Star Mining - Lung, Mark


Tax Map/Parcel

7/41.08 7/42.00

22/4.00 55/44.06

Name of Owner Assessed

Years Delinquent

- Masters, Dorriene (Unknown Heirs) - Mathes, Mary Lee or Unknown Heirs - McCurry, David, et ux, Anna - McInturff, Terry Kent, et ux, Lisa - Miller, Richard & Donna (Edith Miller Johnston L/E) - Moffitt, Stephen T., et ux, Joy - Moffitt, Stephen T., et ux, Joy - Mullins, Bessie Mae (Unknown Heirs) - Mumpower, Joseph L.

20092010 20092010 2010

125 Shell Masters Rd


331 Pine Street


109 Fanning Ave



Swingle Rd



955 Rock Creek Rd.


20092010 2010

1210 W. Park St (M/H)


1210 W. Park St #8


20052010 20092010 20092010 20092010 2010 2010

1702 N. Main Ave


540 Washington St


Poplar Road


Unicoi Drive


312 Rock Creek Rd 814 N. Main Ave

23E/C/3.00 23K/B/14.00

20092010 2010

1303 Sciota Road


911 Massachusetts Ave



Massachusetts Ave



Massachusetts Ave



Massachusetts Ave



Massachusetts Ave



Massachusetts Ave



Massachusetts Ave



Massachusetts Ave



Massachusetts Ave



110 Cross St


2010 2010

101 McNabb St 103 McNabb St

24I/C/3.00 24I/C/3.01


140 Unaka View Dr



109 Mac Powers Rd



Marbleton Rd



3049 Unicoi Dr



2150 Hwy. 107



956 Tumbling Creek Rd


2010 2010

232 N. Elm Ave 3230 Unicoi Dr

23N/E/6.00 12/102.14


Old Asheville Hwy



4319 Old Asheville Hwy



Temple Hill Rd



1318 Coffee Ridge Loop



150 Barnett Hollow Rd


2010 20062010 20052010 2010 2010

116 Meadowbrook Dr 108 Daddy Moore Rd

8A/N/19.00 8/38.01

405 Jackson Ave


644 Watauga Ave. 130 Leanna Lane

31F/H/30.00P 59/26.00


Leanna Lane


2010 20092010 20092010 2010

233 Gay St 102 East St

23N/A/12.00 31K/F/15.00

532 Guy Loyd Rd


1371 N. Walnut Dr


- Myers, Terry, et ux, Cathy - Norris, James Sheler (Heirs) - O’Dell, John Paul - Ornato, Joseph, et ux, Corrine - Perez, Luis & Tami - Peters, David M., Jonathan L. & Granville - Peters, David M., Jonathan L. & Granville - Peters, David M., Jonathan L. & Granville - Peters, David M., Jonathan L. & Granville - Peters, David M., Jonathan L. & Granville - Peters, David M., Jonathan L. & Granville - Peters, David M., Jonathan L. & Granville - Peters, David M., Jonathan L. & Granville - Peters, David M. Jonathan L. & Granville - Peterson, Jeffrey J. & Melissa A. - Peterson, Lura (Heirs) - Peterson, Ronnie & Angela - Powers, Candy & James - Powers, James D., et ux, Lisa - Powers, James D., et ux, Lisa - Powers, James D., et ux, Lisa - Powers, James, et ux, Candy - Robbins, Tammy L. & Jimmy L. Lewis - Robinson, Deborah A. - Rogers, Michael, et ux, Donna - Shelton, Earl, et ux, Sondra - Shelton, Earl, et ux, Sondra - Smith, Juanita & Lucille Mora - Smith, Terry L., et ux, Joan M. - Stockfelt, Joseph & Marilyn - Street, Richard L. - Sutphin, Lucy (or her unknown Heirs) - Tester, James Steven - The Rendezvous - Tipton, Timothy L., et ux, Alicia F. - Tipton, Timothy L., et ux, Alicia F. - Valentine, William H. - Whaley, Artie Lee - Williams, Richard Carl (Unknown Heirs) - Yates, Gina


Tax Map/Parcel

PLEASE NOTE: Taxes are also due for 2011 and 2012 on the above listed properties.

Teresa W. Simerly, Clerk & Master (423) 743-9541

This 5th day of March, 2013.

R. Mitchell Manuel, Delinquent Tax Attorney


Heritage Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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First motors ship from Rocky Fork Morrill Electric Fifty Years Ago (1963) The first shipment of 400 motors left the plant of Morrill Electric, Inc. Giles Morrill said he was well pleased with the staff and their ability to learn the new work. The plant now has four women and two men employed and the manager, Mr. Morrill. ••• The people of the Jennie Moore Memorial Presbyterian Church in the Rocky Fork community will observe the 62nd anniversary of their church on Sunday, March 10th during the morning worship service. The church was organized March 10, 1901. The church is named in memory of Miss Jennie Moore, Presbyterian community worker, school teacher, spiritual guide, who faithfully served the community of Rocky Fork from 1903 to 1933. ••• Business in Unicoi county was much improved in 1962 over ‘61 and previous years, based on sales tax collections for the year. ••• Books circulated out of the Unicoi County Public Library for the month of February totaled 2,427 with 30 new people registering. ••• Erwin rolled over Church Hill 70-46 to advance to the semi-finals, but Spurrier and company whipped the Blue Devils 41-37 in a game that saw the UCHS team blow an 11-point lead. The Blue Devils placed third in district. ••• Hundreds of Unicoi County High School students will soon take part in the National Office Management Association’s Spelling Program. D.C. Brown, chairman of the spelling program for the educational committee of the Association’s East Tennessee Chapter said that students wishing to participate will be given a

list of 600 commonly used words. Later they will try to pass two 100-word tests based on this master-list. Plans are being made now to get this program under way. ••• One of America’s favorite entertainers, Dinah Shore, will be guest artist at the 1963 Ramp Festival. Forty Years Ago (1973) The current planting of 72,000 more trees is part of the over-all work program by crewmen under District Ranger Barr. ••• Unicoi County motorists are busy buying their 1973 motor vehicle licenses. Paul White, Unicoi County Court Clerk, reported brisk sales of the 1973 decals, which began last Thursday, March 1. ••• Swimming is an old and traditional part of the YMCA. The first indoor swimming pool built in the U.S. was constructed by the Y in Boston and since that time programs in aquatics have grown to become one of the most accepted aspects of the Y’s service to its community. In the Y’s new facilities, classes are conducted for beginners and experienced swimmers, for boys, girls, men and women, just about everyone. ••• The week of March 4-10 has been proclaimed Home Economics Week. Home Economics as a course of study and profession began with the twentieth century in September, 1899 with Helen H. Richards, a chemist, as first president of the Association. She predicted that the well educated young woman of the future would blend art and science, with art giving charm to the science. Thirty Years Ago (1983) Representative Zane C. Whitson Jr. explained in detail-the purposes of two

The Erwin Record – 50 years ago this week in 1963 House of Representatives Bills he is sponsoring, to a nearscore of area Law Enforcement officers. House Bill No. 491 precisely defines the amount of illegal drugs found in a person’s possession and the strict penalties for possession of each amount. ••• When people drive by John W. Jones’ home on the old Unicoi Road they just about always slow down and gaze up toward his home. Jones has an old covered wagon in his yard that is easily noticed and, for many, hard to pass up without staring at. His covered wagon came from Greeneville and is at least 100 years old. He took it apart, hauled the pieces here and then reassembled it. ••• Revival services at Trinity House of Prayer opened Monday evening and will continue through Saturday. The evangelist is Frand Sheets of Johnson City who will be speaking at the services beginning each evening at 6:30 p.m.

Twenty Years Ago (1993) Flu, illness cause school absences to soar. Unicoi County School System officials and educators hope the worst of a “flu-like” illness which sent absentee rates soaring is over. “Hopefully the long weekend will give everybody a chance to at least begin to regain their health”, Attendance Supervisor Bill Nuss said Monday. ••• Wayne Blankenship, a seventh grade student at the Unicoi County Middle School, was the winner of the Unicoi County Spelling Bee held at the Superintendent of School’s Office on February 23. ••• Advice offered for women in business with a husband. A woman who operates a business with her husband should make sure she’s getting all the credit she deserves. Not only the kind of credit that comes with doing a job well, but also the “credits” that are earned by paying Social Security taxes and that are used to qualify her for retirement, disability, or sur-

vivors benefits. ••• All Unicoi County High School Seniors interested in applying to the Morrill Electric Cooperative Education Program are asked to pick up an application from Guidance counselor, Dennis Clarke. The deadline for returning the application is Friday, March 5. Established over 20 years ago, the Cooperative Education Program allows the applicant an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, while actively pursuing a college degree at East Tennessee State University or Milligan College. Ten Years Ago (2003) Nearly 40 “Friends of Scouting” turned out for a leadership breakfast in Erwin and pledged their support-and money- to local Boy Scouts of America activities. The program included a report on accomplishments during the past year of the BSA’s Buffalo Mountain District, which consists of Unicoi, Carter and Washington counties. •••

Lady Devils take first district title since ’86. It was hard to believe, but the Unicoi County Lady Blue Devils, despite all their great seasons, hadn’t won a District 1-AA tournament championship since 1986. “I’m tickled to death for the players,” head coach Glenn Fisher said. “This was an emotional game. It was just a great team effort.” ••• Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. has pledged $20,000 toward the next phase of construction for the Linear Trail. The company is inviting other Unicoi County businesses to donate funds to complete the trail from the Riverview Industrial Park to Chestoa. “Erwin’s Linear Trail plays an important role in enhancing the quality of life for county residents,” said NFS President Dwight B. Ferbguson. ••• Red Pepper Recording artist and Erwin resident Ras Alan Childres will perform in Boone, NC., at Jimmys Jahva, Coffee and Listening Room, on Sunday, March 9.

through the ages

The above photo simply titled “Pottery Picnic” was found in The Archives at The Erwin Record. The year and attendees of the picnic are unknown.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013





Library opens door to languages Ninth Street book

Angie Georgeff Buenos dias, Bonjour and Guten Morgen! If you would like to add a second (or fifth!) language to your list of accomplishments, we have good news. The Tennessee State Library and Archives announced last week that Gale’s Power Speak Languages database will be added to the Tennessee Electronic Library on April 1. Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin are the languages available for you to learn, along with English as a

second language for native speakers of either Spanish or Mandarin. A language learning database is something we have long wanted to offer our patrons, but which we were not able to afford…until now. Power Speak Languages combines audio, video and interactive activities into courses designed to meet the national standards outlined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Students, tourists and anyone engaged in international business may benefit from this new offering. And, for those of us who simply love learning for learning’s sake, this opportunity is ideal. There is no pressure, no intimidation and—best of all--no expense. Along with the other databases currently available through TEL, this resource will be available to all Ten-

nessee residents. To find the Tennessee Electronic Library, go to our website (w w w.w rlibrar /libraries/unpage.html) and click on the link for TEL (Tennessee Electronic Database). Right now you can explore ProQuest’s HeritageQuest Online, LearningExpress Library, Tennessee newspapers, the World Book encyclopedia and a number of other databases from Gale. Just remember that Power Speak Languages won’t be available until April 1. No foolin’! Library Closed on Thursday The library will be closed all day on Thursday, March 7, and until noon on Friday, March 8. No books or videos will be due on March 7. We will be migrating from our current library system software to a newer version from the same company, so we will not be able

to access any records until service is restored. We expect the new software to be tested and operational sometime during the morning on Friday, March 8. During the transition, our online catalog will not be available to us here or to you at home. We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience. It may take us a while to become fully proficient with the new system, so we will be grateful for your patience as we become acquainted with “Sierra.” Thank you! All About the Benjamins Since we are almost never able to change $100 bills, please bring smaller bills with you to the library unless you are paying a very large fine! Thanks for your help!


John Gouge, Commander of the American Legion Unaka Post #25 of Erwin, presented a $250 donation to Honor Flight Network of Northeast Tennessee. Edie Lowery, president and CEO of Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee accepted the donation. Honor Flight provides World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam Veterans with a trip to Washington DC to visit the memorials that were built to honor their service to our country. This service is provided by donations and hard work from a lot of volunteers. Donations are tax deductible, and the trips are completely free to the veterans. Donations can be made to: Edie Lowery, President & CEO, Honor Flight Network of Northeast Tennessee, 1005 Opekiska Ext., Erwin, TN 37650


Gospel meetings start March 10 Erwin Church of Christ, 710 Rock Creek Road, will begin Gospel meetings on Sunday, March 10, at 10 a.m. The evening service will begin at 5 p.m. The meetings will continue on Monday and Tuesday, March 11 and 12, at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Boyds announces birth of daughter From Staff Reports William Anthony and Shanna Marie Boyd, Bristol, Va., announce the birth of their daughter, Kinley Brooke Boyd, born Feb. 27, 2013, at Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City. The infant weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

offers chicken dish

Brenda Sparks Following is a recipe from, “Recipes for Life,” a collection of recipes by Ninth Street Baptist Church, Erwin. CHICKEN ENCHILADAS 4 boneless chicken breasts 1 onion (chopped) 8 ounce sour cream 1 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 tablespoon dried parsley 1/2 teaspoon oregano 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt One 15-ounce can tomato sauce 1/2 cup water 1 tablespoon chili

powder 1/3 cup green pepper (chopped) 1 clove garlic 8 (10-inch) flour tortillas 1 (12-ounce) jar taco sauce In non-stick skillet cook chicken, dice it and return to skillet. Add onion, sour cream, 1 cup cheese, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Heat until cheese melts. Stir in tomato sauce, water, chili powder, green pepper, and garlic. Roll even amounts of mixture in tortillas and place in a 9 - by - 13 - inch pan. Cover with taco sauce and the remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving. By Kathy Younger. Until next week, here’s some Food for thought: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. I Peter 5:6,7


Auxiliary schedules jewelry sale The Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary will hold its Spring Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Sale Beginning Wednesday, March 6, at 9 p.m. The “Around the Clock Sale” will continue through Friday, March 8, at 4 p.m., in the lobby at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. Cash and credit cards will be accepted for items purchased. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the UCMH Ladies Auxiliary.

Art league announces meeting The Watauga Valley Art League will meet Saturday, March 16, at the Johnson City Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. An informal art critique begins at 10:30 a.m. for those interested. The speaker for the March WVAL meeting will be Dr. Maureen Mulroy from Johnson City. Dr. Mulroy will talk about Open Studio Weekend. Visitors are always welcome.


Waterfowl help increase diversity for count

Bryan Stevens I had a great time participating in the 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count this past weekend. The count, which started Friday, Feb. 15, continued through Monday, Feb. 18, offering a four-day window for participants to count birds in their yards or favorite birding locations. I birded not only at home and in Carter County but also looked for birds in various locations in Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi counties. During the fourday count period, I found 55 species of birds. I also added some new birds for my 2013 list for Northeast Tennessee.

A Cackling Goose at Steele Creek Park in Bristol was Bird No. 71, the Palm Warbler at Whitetop Park in Bristol was Bird No. 72 and the flock of Wild Turkeys in Bluff City represented Bird No. 73. I found all three of these birds on Saturday, Feb. 16, while birding with my mother. We even stopped for lunch at Alona’s Cafe in Bristol and discovered that the eatery’s owner was formerly involved with the bird clubs of Bristol and Russell County in Virginia. When she found out we were taking part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, she seemed very interested and shared some of her own birding stories. Later, during a stop at the Food City grocery store in Bluff City, we also ran into Janice Martin, a long-time member of the Bristol Bird Club. The following day, I received a call from Tom McNeil about a Ross’s Goose on the Watauga River near

Lee Farthing and his father, Harry Farthing. They were looking at a raft of Redhead ducks. They also had discovered five Lesser Scaups, which became Bird No. 75 on my year list. To return the favor, we informed the Farthings about the Ross’s Goose. They left to find the goose, which they successfully re-located. We ended our birding on Sunday, Feb. 17, with a visit to Erwin Fishery Park. There we were able to add a Northern Pintail — the same hen I found a couple of weeks ago at this location — Photo by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to our GBBC total. We were quite pleased Many species of waterfowl, such as Redheads and to find 16 species of ducks Lesser Scaup, such as the individual pictured here, were found in the region during the four-day Great Backyard and geese during our excursions searching for birds. In Bird Count last month. addition to the species already mentioned, we found the Blue Springs commu- which became Bird No. 74 Canada Goose, Mute Swan, nity. My mom and I got into on my year list. Wood Duck, Gadwall, the car and headed off to Then, almost on a whim, American Wigeon, Amerifind this small, white goose. we decided to make a stop at can Black Duck, Mallard, Thanks to Tom’s phone Rasar’s Farm on the Watau- Green-winged Teal, Ringcall, we had no difficulty ga River in Elizabethton. necked Duck and Bufflefinding the Ross’s Goose, There, we ran into Harry head.

As it turned out, the weekend was a good time to find birds and encounter some fellow birders in the field. ------Deborah L. Hill sent an e-mail to The Erwin Record about her sighting of a Bald Eagle over downtown Erwin. “I saw one just outside my office door at the back of the Unicoi County School’s Central Office building,” she noted in her e-mail. “It was being chased by four or five large crows. They went back and forth over the trees just this side of the railroad tracks for awhile.” I emailed Deborah back to let her know that Bald Eagles, especially during winter and in their migration flights in fall and spring, seem to be attracted to the Nolichuckey and other large rivers in the region. Any of the area’s lakes are also good locations to look for eagles.

By Ralph M. Crass, Pastor First Assembly of God

When I read “I Brake For Frogs” on the car in front of me, two thoughts came to my mind. One of the Egyptian plagues recorded in the book of Exodus was that frogs were everywhere! Imagine waking up with a bull frog sitting on your tummy staring you in the face! Moses asked Pharaoh when he wanted the frogs to go away. Pharaoh said, “tomorrow”. Why another night with the frogs? Why do we want another night with things in our lives that are not good for us? My other thought next week.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Reader shares knitting pattern of favorite Christmas booties CAPRICIOUS CRAFTS

until stockinette section is 7 l/2 inches, or desired length, from beginning. TOE SECTION: *K 2, P 2*. REPEAT BETWEEN *s for 2 inches Cut yarn leaving 20 inch length for sewing.

Damaris Higgins

Miana Elizabeth Hensley Jan. 11, 2013 Justin and Danielle Hensley, Greeneville, announce the birth of their daughter, Miana Elizabeth Hensley, born Jan. 11, 2013, at Franklin Woods Hospital in Johnson City. The infant weighed 8 pounds 8 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Miana has one brother, Cody Hensley. She is the granddaughter of Dwight and Joyce Huskins, Erwin, Tammy Henry, Port Clinton, Ohio and Johnny Hensley, Port Clinton, Ohio. Her great-grandparents are Floyd Huskins, Erwin and the late Arlene Huskins; the late Dean and Dorothy "Toots" Turske; Mildred Hensley, Port Clinton, and the late Don Hensley; and the late Madonna and James Ashton.

FFA students offering Easter Lilies for sale From Staff Reports Unicoi County High School's Future Farmers of America, is holding its annual Easter Lily Sale. The community is being asked to help support the local FFA with the purchase of a lily for Easter. The students work extremely hard to provide the healthiest, prettiest plants around. All funds raised will go toward the program, Career Developments Events, and will help to pay travel expenses for

students to go to competitions. The plants are $9.50, and come with decorative foil. Orders must be placed no later than March 22, and plants will be available for pick up on March 28, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Delivery, after 5 p.m. on March 28, can be arranged for orders of ten plants or more. To place your order, call Unicoi County Vocational School at 743-1639, or the Vocational School Agriculture Shop at 735-1214.


Webelos of Boy Scouts of America Pack and Troop 2007 made an explosion of fun at the Blue and Gold Banquet, held at Calvary Baptist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Pictured are Adam Lewis and Matthew Sutphin. The Scouts built and studied volcanoes over a period of three weeks, earning their Geology Activity badges and belt loops. Webelos is a 20-month program for fourth and fifth grade boys to prepare them to join a Boy Scout troop. During the program, the boys learn outdoor skills and participate in 20 different activity badges.

Each week I ask (lately I feel it’s more like begging) for readers to submit craft ideas, patterns, stories about crafting, etc. Well, get your calendar and mark the date, because I have my first submission!!! I would like to personally thank Mrs. Libby Hatcher for contacting me, sharing this pattern with me to feature in Capricious Crafts, and for stopping by to let me take a photo of the finished product! I truly appreciate you taking the time for me (and the readers). Without further ado, here is what Mrs. Hatcher would like to share: “Back in the early ‘60s when I started knitting my grandmother was still alive and in reasonably good health. For Christmas that year I made her a pair of knitted house shoes. The pattern called

for an optional ribbon or crocheted chain to weave through the top around the ankle so they would stay on a little better. She loved them because she could tie them and they stayed on all night. Needless to say she got a new pair of ‘booties’ every year after that.” Whether you are a beginner or experienced knitter, who would like a diversion from more difficult projects, this is for you. “Mamaw” Booties Submitted by Libby Hatcher MATERIALS NEEDED: 1 3.5 ounce skein Knitted Worsted yarn (# 4 weight) 1 pair knitting needles size 8

1 large needle for sewing seams GAUGE: 5 stitches = l inch SLIPPERS: (Make 2) Using # 8 needles, cast on 46 stitches Row 1: K across row Row 2: K 16, P 14, K 16 Repeat row I & 2 until stockinette section (middle section) measures 6 inches SHAPING TOP OF SLIPPER: Bind of 7 stitches at beg of next 2 rows as follows: Bind off 7 stitches, work in established pattern across row. Turn. Bind off 7 stitches, work in established pattern across row. Keeping in pattern, work

FINISHING: TOE: Using sewing needle, draw yarn through each stitch on needle and draw up stitches together. Go through the stitches again for reinforcing. Fold slipper length wise with right sides together, and continue to sew edges together by overcasting stitches along ribbed edges, garter stitch area and bound off stitches on front. Fasten off. HEEL: Beginning at top edge, overcast edges of heel together yarn to stockinette section. Picking one thread of each stitch on edge of stockinette section, pull into a circle and fasten well, Weave in ends. Trim with pom poms, cord, ribbon, tassels etc. HAPPY KNITTING!

New CD debuts No. 1 on chart for country artist Gary Allan Gary Allan fans probably weren’t surprised when the country artists’ new CD, Set You Free, debuted in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s country chart. The new album hit stores on Jan. 22, and is Gary Allan at his best. The 12 tracks on the new album are Tough Goodbye, Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain), Bones, It Ain’t The Whiskey, Sand in My Soul, You Without Me, One More Time, Hungover Heart, No Worries, Drop, Pieces and Good As New. The only song on this CD that most fans were familiar with is Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain), which was a recent No. 1 single for the artist. The other 11 songs give the listener a nice mix of slow and fast, sentimental and cute, happy and sad. There were a few disappointments – at least for me. I wasn’t crazy about Tough Goodbye, and I didn’t really like Bones at all. I first became a Gary Allen fan when he released Smoke Rings in the Dark. It doesn’t matter how many songs he releases, or how many albums he puts out during the rest of his career, I’m sure Smoke Rings will always be my favorite. I’m not saying Tough Goodbye and Bones are bad songs. But I didn’t really feel like they were country songs, and they didn’t remind me of the reason I love Gary Allan. I may be the only one who thinks that – but that’s okay. After I got through Bones I got to hear It Ain’t The Whiskey – this one I liked. Very prolific.


Donna Rea And very Gary Allan. “It ain’t the whiskey, it ain’t the cigarettes that’s killing me, it ain’t the stuff I smoke, it’s all these things I can’t forget. And it ain’t the hard times, it ain’t the all nights, Well it ain’t that easy, it ain’t the whiskey that’s killing me….” Yep, that’s the kind of song you expect to hear from Gary Allan. I think this is probably my favorite song on the new CD Sand in My Soul is a little more up-tempo, but it’s still Gary. You listen to it, and you know that it’s something he would have recorded. I think this one would do well as a single, too. It’s the one I found myself wanting to sing along with. He slows us back down with the number six song, You Without Me. I just want all of you to listen to this one – when I got this far in the CD, I started changing my mind about exactly which song on the new album really is my favorite. And deciding that I’m allowed to have more than one that I like best. The song One More Time is one of those, grab you cup of coffee, gaze out the window, put your feet up…and remember. It’s one of those ‘look back at

your whole life…the mistakes you made, things you might have done differently…’ I think this one definitely reminded me what kind of Gary Allan songs I like most – the slow ones. He has an incredible voice. And you can really hear his vocals in these slower songs. This was one of those CDs that I felt it was really necessary to tell readers a little bit about every song – at least what I thought of every song, and why. So, readers are going to find out about the songs I like the best, and the ones that didn’t do as much for me. I’m putting “Hungover Heart” right up there with the ones I like the most. It’s another song that if anyone else had recorded it, you would be saying “Gary Allan should have had this one.” Get ready to smile – here comes No Worries. That’s all I can say about it. It’s a cute song. "No Worries, I don’t have a single care today. Everything is going to go my way. No worries.” That about sums it up. I think all of Gary's fans are going to like this one as much as I do. I listened to Drop and I thought about some sneaky, cartoon character-type detective lurking in the shadows chasing

some cartoon criminal. Oh, don’t get me wrong – the lyrics are definitely not screaming ‘cartoon character detective’…it was just something about the melody that led me in that direction. It’s a good song, different for Gary, but still a good song. I don’t think it will be released to country radio as a single, so fans who want to hear this one will need to go grab a CD. Pieces”is another faster one. But it’s another really good song. When I finish listening to a song for the first time, and find myself quoting lyrics, I know it was written with people in mind. People who are going to be able to relate to it for one reason or another. I think it is probably my favorite of the faster songs on the album. That brings us to Good As New. Gary slows it down for us with this final track. And, I discover one thing about Gary Allan. When he sings, you listen. And you pay attention to what he’s saying. I think there are a lot of times when the lyrics just become part of the background noise. That’s not the case with Gary Allen. I’ve listened through the whole album three times. By the third time, I knew the words that were coming next. I knew which songs I liked the best, and I knew which ones would be getting the most use out of my ‘repeat’ button. To find out more about Gary Allan, please visit his web site To keep in tune with your favorite country stars, be sure to check out www.countryschatter. com.


Brownie Troop 227 of Erwin completed their Give Back, Philanthropist and Money Manager badges with a trip to Chips, Food Lion and Care and Share. Pictured during their visit to Care and Share are Kendell Gouge, Kylee gouge, Laurel Osborne, Kayla Bowman, Ayia Robinolte, Abby Hensley, Carolyn White, Katie Hensley, Laurel Osborne, Annie White, Charity Harness, Candace Tolley, Christiana Gilbert, kneeling in front are Mollie Edwards and Marlie Sullins.

Members of Brownie Troop 227 of Erwin posed for a picture, during their visit to Food Lion, while working on several badges. Pictured are Ayia Robinolte, Kylee Gouge, Marlie Sullins, Abby Hensley, Mollie Edwards, Kendell Gouge; (back) Rocky Tilson, assistant store manager; Christiana Gilbert, Kayla Bowman, Annie White, Laurel Osborne, Charity Harness, Candace Shelton, Katie Hensley and Tom Long, store manager.

Brownie Troop 227 attended the Appalachian Girl Scout Council's Mall Lock-In at College Square Mall in Morristown. The girls learned camping skills, danced all night, and never went to sleep. They had a great time with sister Scouts from Knox County to Unicoi County. Pictured are Kayla Bowman, Ayia Robinolte, Annie White, Laurel Osborne, Mollie Edwards, Lydia Snyder, Charity Harness, Kylee Gouge, Kendell Gouge, Abby Hensley and Candace Tolley.


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Students speak out for 4-H honors From Staff Reports In January Unicoi County 4-H’ers learned skills of public speaking and effective communication and on Jan. 31, Calvary Baptist Church hosted the 2013 4-H County Public Speaking Contest. This year over 600 students gave speeches in Unicoi County. This is an increase of approximately 100 students over last year. “The success of the 4-H Public Speaking Contest is a result of strong support from teachers who realize that public speaking skills are vital to preparing our students for the future,” said 4-H Extension Agent Ty Petty. According to Petty, all 600 students are 4-H members and there are about 800 total in the county. The Unicoi County 4-H program meets once a month in the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade classes. All of the first place winners from grades 4-7 took advantage of the opportunity to compete at the Upper 8 Public Speaking Contest Feb. 26 at the Hancock County Middle/High School. This competition featured contestants from 8 counties in upper East Tennessee. The competitors that represented Unicoi County were: Jordan Bridges, 4th grade; Ashtan Vance, 5th grade; Jacob Williams, 6th grade and Alexis Harvey, 7th grade. The high school 4-H public speaking winners, Hannah Casey and Elisabeth Moughon, also competed in the Eastern Region 4-H Public Speaking Contest in Knoxville. Not only did Unicoi County send students to compete, but the local 4-H chapter came back with some medals. Honored were: Jacob Williams, 6th grade - 3rd place; Ashtan Vance, 5th grade - 2nd Place Winner and Jordan Bridges, 4th grade - 1st Place Winner. Elisabeth Moughon also won 5th place in the 10th grade division out of 33 counties. “It is a great honor for three Unicoi County students to place in the top three at the regional contest,” said Crystal Robertson, 4-H extension agent. Over the past month, 4-H members have been baking bread for the annual 4-H breadbaking contest. Fourth graders bake cornmeal muffins, 5th and 6th graders bake biscuits, and 7th graders bake loaves of quick bread. Later this month, the winners from each 4-H Club will compete for the county championship by demonstrating their baking skills in front of a team of judges and following proper food safety guidelines. In May 4th-7th grade teams compete in the Annual 4-H Clover Bowl Contest. Teams of four students from each 4-H Club will “buzz in” and answer questions about Tennessee, agriculture, environment, 4-H facts, and family and consumer science, like a game show on television.

County winners who participated in Upper 8 Public Speaking contest are, left to right, Alexis Harvey - 7th grade, Jacob Williams – 6th grade, third place winner, Ashtan Vance – 5th grade, second place winner, and Jordan Bridges – 4th grade, first place winner.

Seventh grade students are, front, left to right, Alexis Harvey – 1st place, Elizabeth Sutphin – 2nd place, and Abby Sparks – 3rd place. In back are Kyndall Foster, Alex Carter, Benjamin Edwards, and Trey Hatcher.

Fifth grade students are, front, left to right, Isaac Lewis – 3rd place (tie), Ashtan Vance – 1st place, Joseph Greene – 2nd place, and Isabella Bogart – 3rd place (tie). In back are Nicholas Lynch, Chynna Jones, Brandolyn Thomas, and Hannah Edwards.

Sixth grade students are, front, left to right, Lucas Swinehart – 3rd place, Jacob Williams – 1st place, and Sarah Grace Larkey – 2nd place. In back are Katherine Altemose, Jacob Regen, Chloe Foster, Taylor Thomas, and Allee Griffith.

Fourth grade students are, front, left to right, Emily Burchett - 2nd place, Matthew Sutphin - 3rd place, and Jordan Bridges - 1st place. In back are Faith Simmons, Myah Riddell, Olivia Manfull, Elisabeth Casey, Leah Bennett, Leanna Smith, and Trenton Smith.

Above, winners in the 10th grade are Elisabeth Moughon – 1st place, and Dara Carney-Nedelman – 2nd place.

At left, 12th grader Hannah Casey won first place.

The winning team from each grade will qualify to represent Unicoi County at the Eastern Region 4-H Clover Bowl Championship at The University of Tennessee. Unicoi County teams have had a lot of success in the Regional 4-H Clover Bowl Contest with two champion teams over the last three years.

4-H is a community of more than 7 million young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. The Unicoi County 4-H program is part of the 4-H Youth Development Program and its parent, the Cooperative Extension System of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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English to return as head coach

English return good for Devils “Reunited and it feels so good.” No, I’m not talking about the song made famous by Peaches and Herb back in the day -- it’s back to the old ways for the Unicoi County High School Blue Devil basketball program. John English announced last Friday that he’ll return to the court to resume head coaching duties of the Blue Devils after taking last season off to spend time with his family and address personal issues. Whether you ask current players, Blue Devil alumni, coaches, fans, media -- the list goes on and on -- you will never hear one word out of the way when discussing coach English. When one of the most respected coaches in the area takes time off then returns, it’s a great thing for basketball in general for the area. Teams in the Three Rivers Conference will be on notice -- with English rejoining Michael Smith, Ben Evely and Drew Rice, the league could see a spike in preseason hype for UCHS next year. Not to take anything away at all from last season, Michael Smith deserves nothing but praise for what he did with the team this year. That opinion is not formed by looking through blue-shaded glasses, either. When you work as a coach being placed in that type of situation and you turn in the type of season, the praises can’t stop for Smith. After losing players like Austin Hensley, Trevor Shelton and Issac Harris, there was that potential of a drop off for this past season. When it was all said and done, coach Smith had a relatively new group of kids at the varsity level competing past expectations and had the team in serious consideration for a regional tournament appearance. From a personal standpoint, I was excited to hear this news come out Friday. When I entered the sports journalism world in Nov. 2010 I was 19 years old, still getting down the style of organizing a story and had no ties whatsoever to Unicoi County when the opportunity arose to write at The Erwin Record. Coach Smith and coach English were two of the first coaches I had the chance to speak with in Unicoi County, so needless to say, I had reservations when I heard I had to get in touch with them. They are two of the most respected high school basketball coaches in the area and there I was -- that random college student who just took a job. People in the area will rave on their coaching styles but after having the opportunity to speak with them, and come off being more nervous than poodle meeting a stranger, I came to the realization I lucked out by having the chance to get my start by working with one of the nicest coaching staffs around. For updates during the week, be sure to follow The Erwin Record on Twitter @ERecordSports or find us on Facebook.

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It wasn’t a matter of ‘if’, but ‘when’. The love of the game never faded away, according to John English, who announced Friday, March 1, that he will make a return to the court next season as the head coach of the Unicoi County High School Blue Devil basketball program. English missed the 2012-2013 season after taking a yearlong sabbatical to spend time with his family. “It was never an issue of me

wanting to not come back to coach,” he explained. “I’ve always loved coaching but being able to have that time together with my family over the months was something I really needed and it was great.” Having the support of loved ones also aided into making the decision of returning to the court, English said. “They were really supportive,” he added. “I really want them to be part of it more this season, my kids are at an age now of where they can ride the bus and be part of the experience. I’ve missed it, just the scene of interacting with the players,

coaches, fans and media and can’t wait to get back at it.” Coach English will reunite with coach Michael Smith who served as the head coach during this past season. Smith will be an assistant varsity coach next season while coach Ben Evely and Drew Rice will continue their duties as junior varsity and freshman head coaches. “I can’t say enough on how much I appreciate coach Smith, Evely and Rice for what they did this season,” English said. “They were thrown into this situation at the beginning of the year without much time to plan ahead but they really Please see COACH, Page 2-C

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Squad to rely on experience next season Curtis Carden Sports Writer

A second straight Three Rivers Conference regular season title came as no surprise for Unicoi County High School Lady Devil head coach Kerri King. “I think going into this past season, people outside of the program maybe would've thought we’d struggle this year,” King said. “Our kids and coaches knew that we had the capability of winning games this year and contend for a conference championship.” King took over the Lady Devil program following the resignation of former head coach Josh Epperson, who left UCHS at the end of the 2011-2012 season to pursue a coaching opportunity at Lenoir City High School. King made the transition from Unicoi County Middle School head coach to the high-school level and coached the UCHS Lady Devils to a 18-12 record along with a share of the Three Rivers Conference title. The Lady Devils wrapped up the season with a loss to Grainger High School, who at the time the state’s top-ranked basketball team at the AA level. “The girls left it all on the court and battled with Grainger and I’m proud of them,” King said. “We were shooting well early and just couldn’t hang on in the fourth.” Postseason woes struck during the first round of the district tournament against Happy Valley, but the team will be better because of it in the long-run, according to King. Please see EXPERIENCE, Page 2-C

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Chelsey Harness shoots during a district tournament game against Happy Valley.


Football team thriving in offseason program Curtis Carden Sports Writer

Last year was not enough for the Unicoi County High School football program. The Blue Devils entered uncharted waters last year by finishing with a .500 record at the end of the regular season while also clinching their first postseason bid since the 2008 season. It’s a year-long process, according to head coach Jerad Huskins, as the

Blue Devils look to build on the success from the 2012 season. “Our guys are really using last season as motivation in the weight room,” Huskins said. “They’ve been working hard and it just speaks volumes on how these kids want to get better for next season. They’re a great group of hard workers.” The current coaching staff has put in the work throughout the past four years and success on the field comes from the work put in during the offseason, according to Huskins. “We’re four years in and it just

continually gets better each year,” he added. “We’re becoming a stronger team and it’s great to see their work pay off. We’re averaging around 45 kids each day in the weight room.” The Blue Devils have already penciled in their two spring scrimmage games for the 2013 offseason. Friday, May 3, the Blue Devils will travel down to Afton to rekindle their rivalry against the ChuckeyDoak High School Black Knights. CDHS will not be featured in the upcoming regular schedule for UCHS. Please see FOOTBALL, Page 2-C

WHAT’S ON TAP? • Friday, May 3, the Blue Devils will scrimmage Chuckey-Doak High School Black Knights in Afton. • Thursday, May 16, the Devils will take on West Greene High School at the UCHS track in Erwin.


Beard signs to play football with Tusculum Curtis Carden Sports Writer

Unicoi County High School Blue Devil football saw history books in Erwin get rewritten during the 2012 season and will now see one of their own make the next step in continuing their gridiron career. Blue Devil Zack Beard signed with NCAA Division II regulated Tusculum College on Wednesday, Feb. 20, to play under head coach Frankie DeBusk for the upcoming 2013 season in Greeneville. “He’s a hard worker,” UCHS head coach Jerad Huskins said. “He’s got a great attitude and we’re excited to see him be able to continue his career at a school like Tusculum. We know he’ll be able to capitalize on this experience and be a big help on the offensive side of the ball.” A multitude of factors came into play when choosing the PioPlease see BEARD, Page 2-C

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Zack Beard signed intent to play football at Tusculum College last week. He is pictured with coaches Drew Rice, Jerad Huskins, Chris Brown and Paul Shelton. His parents are Michelle and Kevin Beard.

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neers as the team to be part of next season, Beard said. “Coach (Huskins) knows coach DeBusk and I enjoyed my time visiting,” he added. “I liked the indoor practice facility and the block scheduling for each semester.” Block scheduling will come in handy for the upcoming freshman, who is an honors student at UCHS, choosing to major in physical therapy. Beard was a starting tight end for the squad during the past two seasons, providing a threat in the air while contribut-

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did great throughout the year.” The pride of Blue Nation was also an enticing factor for English when making the decision. “I’m excited to be back with the guys,” he said. “We all know each other and we’re Blue Devils all the way. We’ve played and coached at this program and we’re all on the same page when it comes to coaching our guys.” The Blue Devils ended this past season with a loss to Happy Valley in the District 1-AA tournament and finished the season with a 14-14 record. “When I talked to the team, we usually say ‘keep the past in the past’ but we want the guys to remember that Happy Valley game,” English said. “Coach (Chuck)

ing in blocking schemes for the running game. Huskins credited Beard and the rest of the senior class for the steps made in the program, which included the Blue Devils clinching their first postseason bid last year -- a first for the program since the 2006 season. “They were big in the leadership role for our younger guys,” Huskins said of the group. “They all came in, worked hard and were great role models for the rest of the guys to show them how to work in the weight room and on the field to help

elevate their game and make themselves better.” With the different skill sets on the field, Beard could be placed either at tight end or wide receiver during his time at Tusculum, according to Huskins. “It’s big time football there,” he added, “they play the likes of Carson Newman and Mars Hill, who are big-quality football programs. It’ll be a challenge to adjust to the speed and tempo at the next level but he’s ready for it.” With all the experiences on and off the field, the weight lifting program was the

key component looking to be taken out of the experience at UCHS, Beard said. “We try to run our team like a small college,” Huskins added. “We keep the guys on the weights all year long and the results are really starting to show with the kids. The weight lifting routine at Tusculum won’t be any different than what he’s used to.” Beard also left some words of wisdom for the rest of the Blue Devils coming through the football program. “Never take no as an answer,” he said, “and always give it your best.”

Babb at Happy Valley is a great coach but we want our guys to use that as motivation going into next season. The game left a burn in me and I want the guys to feel that same way going into next season. It was the first time in eight years we didn’t make a regional appearance so we’re using that to get us prepared to get back into the regionals, sub-state then try to get over that hump to go to state.” The end of the season may not of been the ideal situation for Blue Devils but the talent returning could see a good amount of success, according to English. “As the season went on, a lot of the guys were getting used to the varsity speed and were starting to peak and make contributions,” he added. The Blue Devils won 10 of their last 14

games in the regular season following a 4-10 stretch midway through the year to haul in a third-place finish in the Three Rivers Conference. Coach English also praised Sullivan South’s addition to the conference next year. “Traditionally, when you have those teams come down from the AAA level to AA, they can be powerhouses and it’ll be great for the conference,” he added. “We saw the same happen when Sullivan East came to the league. We play in a tough conference having teams like that be part of the Three Rivers just makes the experience fun to be part of every year.”. Just like coach Smith, the middleschoolers coming up through the ranks have caught the eye of coach English.

“We’re really excited about those kids coming up,” he said. “We are going to have a real senior-laden team next year so we’ll be looking for some of those younger guys to step up at the junior varsity level and be ready to come in when need be ... we see a lot of bright futures out of those guys, from the eighth-graders coming in next year all the way down to seventh and sixth grade.” With the coaching staff being reunited, it’s all full steam ahead in the offseason, according to the head coach. “We’ve already been together preparing for next season,” English added. “We’ve been working on different schemes with the guys coming back and we will look to get back to work practicing and keep hungry for next year.”

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Following a week break, the Blue Devils will host West Greene on Thursday, May 16, at the high school track in Erwin. While looking at the

summer, the program will look to have three more scrimmages on tap before the start of the regular season, according to Huskins. “We’re still working on

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“Happy Valley entered the tournament shooting really well and took advantage of that early in the game against us, same goes for Sullivan East in the consolation game,” King added. “After dropping those last two games against Hampton and Cloudland at the end of the regular season, I thought we developed a little bit of a mind set going into the tournament where the girls weren’t used to being chased, instead of chasing the top. There was no lack of effort, it was just a new ex-

getting those games situated,” he added. “I’ll be getting in touch with Austin East, but we’ve already got a scrimmage set up against Buncombe County High School (NC.) near Ashe-

perience for a lot of the girls.” The Lady Devils return four starters next year, but will lose senior guard Emily Edwards, who’ll continue her basketball career at King College next season. “We’re going to miss Emily next season,” King said. “She was a big leader for us on the court.” Along with the group returning next year, King also had praise for head coach Jordan Simmons at the middle school level. “Coach Simmons is a great coach and does a great job of preparing the girls for the high school

ville.” The scrimmages are nearly at completion but the current Blue Devils will be sure to schedule their annual trip to McMinn County in April to

level,” she said. “Those incoming freshmen will be a key group for us going forward.” Now with the regular season at a close for UCHS, King expects this past season to go a long way with the future of the program. “We’re going to set goals before the season,” she said. “The girls in this program have had a history of winning at the middle school level. Winning breeds winning and the girls have a great chance of being successful in this program and keeping the Lady Devil pride with the team.”

compete in a power-lift competition at McMinn County High School. “This will make our third trip going down there so the guys know what to expect,” Huskins

said. “The talent from the other schools really brought out the best in our guys and we’re definitely looking at some guys to bring in some successful showings.”

Baseball, softball teams to hold season openers From Staff Reports

The Unicoi County High School baseball and softball programs will open up their regular season with a pair of home games on Monday, March 11. The Lady Devils will host Science Hill at Lady Devil Diamond while the Blue Devils get an early start on conference action, hosting Sullivan North at Baxter Field. Both teams will be on the road on Tuesday, March 12, with the Lady Devils traveling to Dobyns-Bennett and the Blue Devils will head to Mountain City for conference action against Johnson County. The Lady Devils will wrap up their week on Thursday, March 14, hosting Sullivan East in Erwin. The Blue Devils end their week with a non-conference game against Daniel Boone at Baxter Field.

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34 Acres at Watauga Lake. Has barn, electricity, spring, fields, woods, walking trail, many house sites.Surrounded by mountains. Secluded but very secure. $149,000. Call 423-743-4628 or 423-330-7900

Transportation Autos & 940 Trucks Wanted BUYING JUNK & RUNNING VEHICLES. Make this your first call. Paying up to $700, and maybe more. Call 423-297-2626

DOUGLAS LAKE Lot. 150 foot Lake Frontage designated as RV Lot. All utilities available. $34,500 Call 423743-4628 or 423-330-7900

Two lots in Gated Community overlooking Douglas Lake. Public boat ramp approx. 250 yards from gate. Larger Lot $49,000 or Smaller Lot $34,500. Call 423-743-4628 or 423-330-7900.

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NOTICE TO FURNISHERS OF LABOR AND MATERIALS TO: Superior Pavement Marking, Inc. PROJECT NO.: 98017-4172-04, 98017-4171-04 CONTRACT NO.: CNK083 COUNTY: Unicoi The Tennessee Department of Transportation is about to make nal settlement with the contractor for construction of the above numbered project. All persons wishing to le claims pursuant to Section 54-5-122, T.C.A. must le same with the Director of Construction, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Suite 700 James K. Polk Bldg., Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0326, on or before 04/12/13.



NOTICE TO FURNISHERS OF LABOR AND MATERIALS TO: A & W Leasing Corp. PROJECT NO.: 98017-3187-04 CONTRACT NO.: CNK956 COUNTY: Unicoi The Tennessee Department of Transportation is about to make nal settlement with the contractor for construction of the above numbered project. All persons wishing to le claims pursuant to Section 54-5-122, T.C.A. must le same with the Director of Construction, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Suite 700 James K. Polk Bldg., Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0326, on or before 04/12/13.


NOTICE TO FURNISHERS OF LABOR AND MATERIALS TO: Oglesby Construction, Inc. PROJECT NO.: 98017-4173-04 CONTRACT NO.: CNK087 COUNTY: Unicoi The Tennessee Department of Transportation is about to make nal settlement with the contractor for construction of the above numbered project. All persons wishing to le claims pursuant to Section 54-5-122, T.C.A. must le same with the Director of Construction, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Suite 700 James K. Polk Bldg., Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0326, on or before 04/12/13. NOTICE TO FURNISHERS OF LABOR AND MATERIALS TO: R.D. Construction, LLC PROJECT NO.: 98017-4188-04 CONTRACT NO.: CNK357 COUNTY: Unicoi The Tennessee Department of Transportation is about to make nal settlement with the contractor for construction of the above numbered project. All persons wishing to le claims pursuant to Section 54-5-122, T.C.A. must le same with the Director of Construction, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Suite 700 James K. Polk Bldg., Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0326, on or before 04/12/13.

NOTICE TO FURNISHERS OF LABOR AND MATERIALS TO: Reynolds Fence & Guardrail, Inc. PROJECT NO.: 98017-4191-04, 98017-4192-04 CONTRACT NO.: CNK394 COUNTY: Unicoi The Tennessee Department of Transportation is about to make nal settlement with the contractor for construction of the above numbered project. All persons wishing to le claims pursuant to Section 54-5-122, T.C.A. must le same with the Director of Construction, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Suite 700 James K. Polk Bldg., Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0326, on or before 04/12/13.


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4-C Tuesday, March 5, 2013 THE ERWIN RECORD

Legals NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE TENNESSEE, UNICOI COUNTY DEFAULT having been made in the terms, conditions and payments provided in certain Deed of Trust executed by Robinson Cummings and Lori A. Cummings to Lisa L. Wilcox, Trustee dated December 22, 2009 in the amount of $87,754.00, and recorded in the Register’s Office of Unicoi County, Tennessee in Deed Book 338, Page 890-906, ("Deed of Trust"); and, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust having been last transferred to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association by assignment; and, JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, as the current holder of said Deed of Trust (the "Holder"), has appointed as Substitute Trustee the undersigned, , any of whom may act, by instrument filed for record in the Register’s Office of Unicoi County, Tennessee with all the rights, powers and privileges of the original Trustee named in said Deed of Trust; therefore, NOTICE is hereby given that the entire amount of said indebtedness has been declared due and payable as provided in said Deed of Trust by the Holder, and the undersigned as Substitute Trustee, or a duly appointed attorney or agents by virtue of the power and authority vested by the Appointment of Substitute Trustee, will on Thursday, March 28, 2013 commencing at 12:00 PM at the main entrance of the Unicoi County Courthouse, Erwin, Tennessee; sell to the highest bidder for cash, immediately at the close of sale, the following property to-wit: Situated in the Second (2nd) Civil District of Unicoi County, Tennessee, and being more particularly described as follows, to-wit: Tract 1: Adjoining the lands of the U.S. Forest Reserve and others; beginning on a post near a telephone pole on the Southeast side of the road; thence with a division line on Clint Helton S. 19 deg. W 307 feet to a stake with a spruce pine pointer on the U.S. Reserve line; thence with said line S 74 deg. E 75 feet to a stake, an established corner on said line; thence with W.S. Lewis, Jr., line a Northerly direction 278 feet more or less to a stake on the Southeast side of the road; thence N 58 deg. W 75 feet to the beginning corner. There is excepted, however, for the benefit of former conveyors the right to keep a drainage ditch open that runs along the Western side of said property, running from U.S. Re-




y, g serve line to the road on front of said tract of land here conveyed. Tract 2: Being a small triangular parcel of land adjoining the Guy Peterson property, and fronting 25 feet on the Martins Creek Road, and extends back with the line of the Peterson property to his Southerly corner on the Government line, and more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a stake, the Northeasterly corner of the said Guy Peterson property on the Southerly right of way line of the Martins Creek Road; thence with the Road South 58 deg. East 25 feet to a point in said line; thence South 23 deg. 30 min. West 264 feet to the Southerly corner of the said Peterson property on the U.S. Government line; thence with the Peterson line North 19 deg. East 268 feet to the point of beginning. Tract 3: Beginning on a stake Guy Peterson corner located on the Southerly side of the Martins Creek Road; running thence with the line of said Road N 58 deg. W. 135 feet to a stake; thence running in a Southerly direction S 19 deg. W. approximately 322 feet to a stake in the U.S. Forest line; thence S. 74 deg. E. with said U.S. Forest line to a stake, corner to said Guy Petersons present lot; thence with said Guy Petersons line N 19 deg. E. 307 feet to the point of the beginning, and containing about one (1) acre, to be the same more or less. Being the same property as conveyed to Robinson Cummings and wife, Lori A. Cummings by Deed dated December 22, 2009, from Zora Peterson Andrews fka Zora Peterson and husband, Richard E. Andrews, of record in Book 338, Page 887, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Unicoi County, Tennessee. Parcel ID No.: 031LD-009 Map & Parcel No.: 031LD-009 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1360 Martins Creek Road, Erwin, Tennessee 37650 C U R RENT OWNER(S) : Robinson Cummings and Lori A. Cummings S U B O R D I NATE LEINHOLDERS : N/A OTHER INTERESTED P A R T I E S : N/A All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, however, the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The sale will be held subject to any unpaid taxes, assessments, rights-of-way, easements, protective covenants or restrictions, liens, and other superior matters of record which may affect said property; as well as any prior liens or encum-

y p brances as well as priority created by a fixture filing; and/or any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. If the U.S. Department of Treasury/IRS, the State of Tennessee Department of Revenue, or the State of Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development are listed as Interested Parties in the advertisement, then the Notice of this foreclosure is being given to them and the sale will be subject to the applicable governmental entities‘ right to redeem the property, as required by 26 U.S.C § 7425 and T.C.A. § 67-1-1433. The sale will be conducted subject (1) to confirmation that the sale is not prohibited under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and (2) to final confirmation and audit of the status of the loan with the holder of the Deed of Trust. The notice requirements of T.C.A. §35-5-117 were satisfied prior to the first publication of the Notice of Substitute Trustee‘s Sale. Substitute Trustee reserves the right to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. MCC TN, LCC 3525 Piedmont Road NE, Six Piedmont Center, Suite 700 Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 373-1612 File No. 13-01032 /CONV Ad Run Dates: 03/05/2013, 03/12/2013 and 03/19/2013 THIS LAW FIRM IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #46454 IN THE GENERAL SESSIONS COURT FOR UNICOI COUNTY, AT ERWIN, TENNESSEE



Tennessee such that ordinary service of process cannot be had upon him. The nature of the suit is: PETITION FOR A DETAINER WARRANT. IT IS THEREFORE : ORDERED that publication of this Order be made, pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated §21-1-204, for four (4) consecutive weeks in the Erwin Record, a newspaper published in Unicoi County, Tennessee, notifying the Respondent that he is required to answer the Petition in writing. Said answers can be made by you or your attorney, on or before the 9th day of April, 2013, the same being within thirty (30) days after the Fourth Notice of this Suit, and if you fail to do so, a judgment will be entered for the Petitioner as demanded. This ____ day ____________, 2013.


____________________ Judge Unicoi County Circuit Court _____________________ R. Mitchell Manuel Attorney for Petitioner P.O. Box 195 Erwin, TN 37650 (423) 743-5381 Fax: (423) 743-0711

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ORDER PUBLICATION NON-RESIDENT (WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN) STATE OF TENNESSEE CIRCUIT COURT OF UNICOI COUNTY AT ERWIN, TENNESSEE KELLIA MARIE RAMSEY, Plaintiff vs. CHARLES CLYDE GROEBE, Defendant Civil Action No. C7873 In this cause, it appearing from the Complaint, which is sworn to, that the Defendant, Charles Clyde Groebe, whose whereabouts are unknown, may be a non-resident of the State of Tennessee, it is ordered by me that publication be made for four successive weeks, as required by law, in the The Erwin Record, a newspaper published in Erwin, Tennessee, in said County, notifying said nonresident Defendant to file an answer with Plaintiff’s Attorney, M. Stanley Givens, whose address is 112 East Myrtle Avenue, Suite 104, Johnson City, Tennessee 37601, within 30 days from the last date of publication, exclusive of said last date of publication, or a judgment by default may be entered and the cause set for hearing ex parte as to him.

This 22 day of February, 2013. (Signed) Darren Shelton/HF CIRCUIT COURT CLERK I, Darren C. Shelton, Circuit Court Clerk of Unicoi County, Tennessee, hereby certify that this is a true and perfect copy of the original filed in this case. Witness my hand and seal of court this the 22 day of Feb, 2013. (Signed) Holly Foster CLERK/DEPUTY CLERK IN THE PROBATE COURTE FOR UNICOI COUNTY, TENNESSEE IN RE: THE ESTATE OF ARLIE KYLE WEBB Probate Case No.: PR620 NOTICE TO CREDITORS ESTATE OF ARLIE KYLE WEBB (Deceased) Notice is hereby given that on the 22 day of Feb, 2013, Letters Testamentary in respect of the estate of ARLIE KYLE WEBB, deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the Probate Court of Unicoi County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against his estate are required to file same with the Clerk of the above named Court within four (4) months from the date of the first publication

Legals p of this notice, otherwise their claims will be forever barred. This the 22 day of Feb, 2013. (Signed) T A M M Y L O C K N E R , Executrix of the Estate of ARLIE KYLE WEBB (Signed) Darren C. Shelton Clerk (Signed) LOIS B. SHULTS-DAVIS PUBLIC NOTICE The First Tennessee Rural Planning Organization Executive Board and Technical Committee, responsible for comprehensive transportation planning in Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Unicoi and parts of Carter, Sullivan, and Washington Counties, will meet on March 14, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Johnson City Transit Office, 137 West Market Street, Johnson city, TN 37601. Copies of the agenda, can be obtained by calling the First Tennessee Development District at (423) 722-5091. If you need assistance or accommodation for a disability, please contact the Development District by March 8, 2013. TTY/TDD 1-800640-4636.

RICKY J. SMITH, and DARLENE SMITH Petitioner v. MIKE KEPLINGER, and Others residing at 167 Spar Mill Road, Erwin, TN 37650 Respondents Civil Action #_20401 ORDER OF PUBLICATION In this cause, it appearing from a Petition filed by the Petitioner in the abovenamed court and attempts to serve the individual identified by the Petitioners as the residents via service of process based on their last known address, that Mike Keplinger is a nonresident of the State of

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