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Area wide crusade

Pastor Gary Beeler is hosting an area wide crusade at Wilson Park in Maynardville Aug. 27-31. Services will be 9:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for Union County High School students and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for middle and elementary age groups. Evening services will be area wide with Fairview Baptist Church of Luttrell Pastor Jason Walker speaking and the student services will be taught by the Rev. Beeler, who retired from the pastorate to go fulltime with Crusade Ministries. He travels the nation setting up crusades. Anchor singers will be The Valley Boys and other groups will participate as well.

Family fun night The Luttrell Fire Department will host a free Family Fun Night 5-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at the Plainview Community Center. Everyone is invited. The purpose is for families to learn about fire safety. There will be smoke dectector sign- up if needed, door prizes, lots of fun and lots of fire safety information, said James Faulkner.

IN THIS ISSUE Lois Johnson A website has been set up to recognize Union County native Lois Johnson who was honored by the state of Tennessee in 2010 for her contributions to the field of country music. Cousin C.J. Morgan says Johnson is looking forward to hearing from friends in Union County via the guest book on the website. “Lois checks the guest book almost daily to see if anyone has written in,” he said.

Kid friendly, conference ready By Cindy Taylor

Checklist for an outstanding summer vacation: Five Star accommodations? Check. Lake view? Check. Family-friendly atmosphere? Check. 24/7 security? Check. Water sports? Check. Fishing? Check. State-of-the-art fitness facility? Check. Adjacent bird sanctuary? Check. Union County location? Check. Wait. What? Jason “Bubba” Bass and his wife, Nancy, have owned and managed Beach Island Resort and Lakeview Marina since 2008, bringing the property into and beyond the 21st Century. Model cabins have been available to rent, but just last week the resort opened the first luxury log cabin in a three-phase expansion plan. The accommodations rival anything in the national park or surrounding areas. The three-bedroom log cabin, let’s call it a house at 1,600 square feet, surrounds you with warm wood tones, sleeps eight, has two full baths, a washer and dryer, widescreen televisions, a completely equipped kitchen and opens onto a deck with a fabulous view of Norris Lake – eight-person hot tub included. Guests can choose music piped throughout the cabin or the music of birds instead. The area is gated and accessed only with a keycard. “We planned this with the hope that people would come to Union Beach Island Resort manager Crystal Acuff takes in the view from the balcony of the new luxury log cabin. Photos by C.Taylor

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Resort to the water

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Master bedroom at the luxury cabin at Beach Island Resort.

Solar panels ahead? By Sandra Clark Solar panels may soon sprout on rooftops of public buildings in Union County. County Commission authorized Mayor Mike Williams to sign a non-binding application with TVA arranged by Knoxvillebased Earth-Right Energy. The company president, John Kemp, proposed to rent roof space for $900 per year per site for 20 years to install solar panels at 15 locations “at no cost to the county.” In addition to rental income of $270,000, the county would get a percentage of revenue from power sold to TVA. The panels would not pro-

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vide power to the buildings. Kemp outlined revenue-sharing options which will be considered by the county’s Budget and Finance Committee prior to the full commission voting on a contract. He said others could “stand and promise anything,” but he has solid financing for $2 million to start and finish the project. “I can start (construction) in October. I am financed and the engineering has been done.” Kemp is talking with Union County Schools about eight more locations. His company already has broken ground for a similar project in Hancock County.

County and stay rather than just pass through,” said Bass. “This resort brings in sales tax, liquor tax and hotel tax to the area.” The fitness facility opened in March and features Legend equipment. A three-day pass comes with your stay, and a paid membership is also available to Union County residents. The facility is open 24/7 and has intense security, as does the entire resort.

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He said some installations would be on roofs while others would be at ground level. Those would be fenced and landscaped. The panels require 5,000 square feet (100 feet by 50 feet) and are built on south-facing slopes. Earth-Right will move its equipment one time during the 20-year contract for roof repairs or replacement. Kemp said if the roof of the Courthouse will not support the solar panels, he could install a canopy cover on the parking lot and put the panels on top. Robbie Thomas, president of Efficient Energy of Tennessee, a competitor of Earth-Right, was on the commission agenda but did not show. John Kemp of Earth-Right Energy More news from County Com- speaks to the Union County Commission. Photo by S. Clark mission on page 4.

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Coffee Break with

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Too far along to change anything now. Too old to try!

What is your passion? Teaching children and growing daylilies.

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? My friend Sharon. What I would give for one more dinner with her and Doug. How I miss those “Sharonisms!”

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?

Roger Flatford

My Mammaws. If there were ever two people that loved you no matter what, they did.

“It’s all about the kids.” That’s what Big Ridge Elementary School principal Roger Flatford will tell anyone who asks why he does the job he does. But Flatford doesn’t consider education a job. “Education is my true calling,” said Flatford, who knew what he wanted to do with his life since elementary school. “David Coppock gave me my first job working in tobacco and hay fields,” said Flatford. “I worked for him all through the summers before I went to UT. When the position of principal came open at Big Ridge, David was instrumental in the hiring decision then too.” Roger Allen Flatford was born and raised in Union County, the middle child of Union County natives Jack and Lucy Flatford, and brother to Debby Angel, Sherry Shinn and Terry and Bobby Flatford. Flatford graduated from UT in 1984, received his master’s in education from Tusculum in 1996 and his Ed.S. from LMU in 1998. Flatford taught at Maynardville Elementary for 14 years before coming back to his home school at Big Ridge as principal, where he has remained for the past 14 years. As we walked outside to begin our talk he couldn’t get down the halls without every child wanting to cut up with him. Flatford’s “kids” are never very far from his side if he is at the school. “I was fortunate to be able to get into what the good Lord wanted me to do,” said Flatford. “I had Ruby Keck and Peggy Cosby DeBusk as teachers and Wanda Cox Byerley for my principal here at Big Ridge. They had a tremendous influence on my life and my decision to work in education. Working here at Big Ridge was always a dream that I never did think would happen.” Sit and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Roger Flatford:

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie? “Well, today’s 8-year-olds are tomorrow’s teenagers. I say this calls for action and now. Nip it in the bud. First sign of youngsters going wrong, you’ve got to nip it in the bud.” – Barney Fife. And it is “oh so true!”

What are you guilty of?

I still can’t quite get the hang of … Why we have politicians.

What is the best present you ever received in a box? Signed picture of Pat Head Summitt.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? Be quiet and sit down! I think I might have it finally figured out after 50 years.

What is your social media of choice? Old fashion dinners and good ol’ face-to-face conversation. Don’t do Facebook and many days I wish they had never invented a cellphone.

What is the worst job you have ever had? Working at a boat dock. People who apply at boat docks should be able to swim and drive boats. Didn’t have to do either that summer, thank goodness! Divine intervention is all I can say.

What are you reading currently? Anything about common core standards, usually followed by a lot of Bible reading.

What was your most embarrassing moment? The day I took a towel off the water spigot at the YMCA and water shot 50 feet across the pool like a rocket. I thought I was just picking up after the day care kids. How was I supposed to know it was holding the water spigot together? Ever had 200 kids and adults laugh at you as Ole Faithful gushed, and no matter what you did you couldn’t stop it? You just had to be there!

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

What is your favorite material possession?

I don’t think they allow any of those words in the newspaper. I am a principal, you know.

Pictures of family and friends and my daylilies.

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Road Runner. I just can’t get into sponges that live in pineapples under the sea with squirrely friends. When I was growing up they would have declared us insane if we came up with a cartoon like that.

What irritates you? Bullies! And pretty much anyone who drives in Knoxville.

What’s one place in Union County everyone should visit? My house when the daylilies are in bloom.

1. Go to Hawaii (can’t figure how to get there without riding a plane though). 2. Owe no one. 3. Live to be 100 – so some pretty nurse will have to take care of me. (Probably live to be 100 before the other two happen.)

What is one word others often use to describe you and why?

Spending too much money at greenhouses.

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?

What is your greatest fear? Airplanes falling out of the sky.

If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be? Stand up and disco dance at a UT women’s basketball game in front of 15,000 fans to win a prize. Wait a minute – I’ve done that. And I won a prize! Now how many people can say they have done that? It can be your neighbor, club leader, bridge partner, boss, father, teacher – anyone you think would be interesting to Union County Shopper-News readers. Email suggestions to Cindy Taylor, Include contact info if you can.



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Maynardville has been declared by the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts to have the best tasting water in the state. Every year each TAUD Region conducts a contest to determine the best tasting water. These regional contests were conducted in May and Maynardville was chosen from Region 3.

work in data entry, bagging toys or working fundraisers. Toys for Tots helped make Christmas a bit brighter last year for more than 600 children in Union County. The distribution date for 2012 will be 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 15 at Union County High School. To volunteer contact Gina Buckner at 992-5943.

â– Members of the BPA will be involved in the next Keep Union County Beautiful clean-up scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. Volunteers will meet at First Century Bank.

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â– A door prize drawing was held with items donated from

Hallsdale Powell Utility Michael Payne, director of District. compliance, holds the jar of water at City Hall. ■The Union County BPA The winner of each re- winning Photos by C. Taylor meets at noon each second gion submitted samples in Tuesday at Hardees. The next a statewide competition at meeting will be Sept.11. the Association’s Business of Running a Utility Conference at the Gatlinburg Con“What TN Achieves atvention Center this month, tempts to do is send stuand the city of Maynardville dents to college who might “floated� the win. “This is the first time ever otherwise never get to go,� in the history of the city that said Thomas. “We were able we’ve won best in the state,� to help 497 students in just said water system supervi- the first year, 308 of those were from Union County.� sor Jim Warwick. TN Achieves assists qualThe winning water will be entered into the national ified students with grant contest, The Great American applications and supplies Water Taste Test, which will the remainder of funding be held in Washington, D.C., that isn’t covered by grants. as part of The National Rural Mentors are needed to help Water Association Rural Wa- potential students work Graham Thomas from TN ter Rally. TAUD will fly the their way from grant appli- Achieves speaks at the Union winning water sample and a cations to actually stepping County Business and Profesrepresentative from the win- through the door at Pellis- sional Association meeting. ning utility to Washington sippi, Roane or Walters State. ■ Animal lovers for the national contest. The time invested is minclean up imal and volunteers have ■ BPA welcomes Twenty-three volunteers, an opportunity to impact TN Achieves students’ lives in a phe- including cruise officers T.G. Graham Thomas, Direc- nomenal way. Those inter- Brantley, Harold Wood and tor of College Access from ested should contact Krissy Lance “Boo� Thomas, along TN Achieves, spoke to the DeAlejandro at 621-9223 or with Keep Union County members of the Union Beautiful and the Union County Business and ProCounty Humane Society, fessional Association in Au- ■ Gina Buckner is looking for spent the morning of Aug. 11 gust, making a plea for more volunteers to help with this picking up litter along Hickovolunteer mentors from year’s Toys for Tots. Those ry Star Road and John Deere. Union County. who volunteer can choose to

Resort to the water The resort boasts a tackle shop and fishing guides. The 30,000 acre Chuck Swan Wildlife Area is only a short car- or boat-ride away. Delicious food is onpremises at Bubba Brews Sports Pub and Grill along with a fully stocked bar that also serves wine and beer. The menu includes ribs and catfish along with pizza, hot wings, nachos and burgers. Big screen televisions are located throughout the Pub, and pool tables, corn hole boards and sports memorabilia lend a fun atmosphere. Karaoke and live bands are featured throughout the year and a 4th of July fireworks spectacular draws folks from miles around. Mark and Nancy Nelson drove from Wisconsin to spend the day at the resort with their daughter, Sara, on her birthday. Sara is a

Fresh produce abounds at the Union County Farmers Market. Union County Litter Officer Mike Hale and several other officers provided safety patrol along the roadway, and Union County Mayor Mike Williams stopped by with encouragement. Volunteers collected a total of 2,150 pounds of trash and four tires along the four-mile route. Volunteers also brought recyclable items – 75 pounds of newspaper, 20 pounds of linens and 5 pounds of plastic bags – to care for the animals at the shelter and help address another type of litter: puppies and kittens. â–

Farmers Market update

Produce expected at the Union County Farmers Market for the next few weeks of summer will be beans, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, sweet and hot peppers, potatoes, vine ripe tomatoes, all sorts of summer squashes, sweet potatoes, winter squash and watermelons. Cindy and Ken Camper are accepting orders for Blue Lake, Kentucky Wonder and peanut beans to be picked up at the market. Call them at 659-9472. Eggs continue to be avail-

able every week. Vendors include both Jo’s Eggs and Hardin’s Mountain Organics. Nursery products still available are herbs, annuals and perennials, container gardens and shrubs. Vendors include BeeGreen Nursery, Hardin’s Mountain Organics and New Roots Nursery. It’s

almost time to think about fall planting. Come celebrate National Harvest Month at the market during August. The Union County Farmers Market is located in front of the high school and is open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday through October. Contact:

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Walters State adds orientation session Walters State Community College has added an extra orientation session for fall semester. The session is at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the student services building on the Morristown campus. Fall semester begins Aug. 25. During orientation, students can get acquainted with the

Deanna Phillips works out at the fitness facility at Beach Island Resort. chiropractor in Knoxville. “We haven’t been here before but it looks real nice,� said Mark. “We’re renting a pontoon for the day.� Five more cabins are planned for the next two years. The resort is open year-round so you might

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campus, meet with faculty advisors and register for classes. Orientation is free, but reservations are required. Orientation can also be completed online. For reservations or to complete online: orientation/ or 1-800-225-5770, ext. 3.

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Black/Stanley family reunion The annual Black/Stanley family reunion will be held Sunday, Sept. 2, at the original Black family homesite, 8017 Stanley Road, Powell. Lunch will be at 1 p.m. Bring old photos and a covered dish to share.

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UC prayer service is Saturday The Union County prayer service to fight drugs and alcohol will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Clear Branch Baptist Church, 1300 Tazewell Pike. All pastors and concerned citizens are invited to attend. The meeting is nondenominational. Info: Lanelle Mulkey, lmulkey@

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Youth movement at the BOE By Sandra Clark

Hey, the kids are taking over the school board! Well, not really, but it seemed like a youth movement was underway when the two new guys showed up last week. Both will officially take office in September. From District 1, Marty Gibbs will replace Don Morgan who did not seek reelection. Gibbs won a competitive race with 326 votes to 272 for former Maynardville council member and mayor Ike Phillips and 186 for former school official Bill Robbins. From District 2, Brad Griffey will replace Mark DeVault, who also did not seek reelection. Griffey won with 376 votes to 132 for Tabitha Faulkner. Her loss means there are no women on the school board. Also reelected in August were former superintendent

So long, Clayton Clayton Helms, retiring after 28 years as road superintendent, was honored by the Union County Commission this week. At right is Commissioner R.L. Jones. Mayor Mike Williams joked as he called Helms forward that there had been a serious miscalculation at the election commission and Helms would have to stay on. Helms said he should have known something was about to happen when his wife came to the meeting. “She’s not been here in 28 years!” Photo by S. Clark

Powers sets hearing on seniors issues

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Barnes honored Lonitta Sharp Barnes was honored by Union County Commission this week as she retires from the road superintendent’s office. She began working for Union County government in 1971, with 13 years in the trustee’s office and most recently with the road superintendent’s office. “She is recognized for her lifetime of service,” said Mayor Mike Williams. “She stood with (her supervisors) and has had their back.”

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State Rep. Dennis Powers will host an open meeting to discuss issues and topics that affect seniors and their families. The meeting will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Big Ridge State Park. He has invited representatives from the state Commission on Aging and Disability and the East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability to respond to questions. “The concerns that affect Tennessee seniors and their families daily are often confusing and difficult to understand,” Powers said. Topics will include Medicare, TennCare Choices, nutrition services and caregiver supports. The meeting is open to all and will last about one hour, with Rep. Powers giving opening and closing remarks. The park is located at 1015 Big Ridge Road, Maynardville.

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school rankings, although educators got those numbers in the spring. Tennessee named the academically lowest-performing five percent of schools, 83 “priority schools” in all, and the 10 percent of schools, “focus schools,” with the largest achievement gaps among groups of students - racial and ethNo news is good news nic groups, economically students, Union County was miss- disadvantaged ing from the list of low-per- those with disabilities and forming schools released English-language learners. by the state Department The department named 167 of Education. The state is focus schools. Union County did not hit dribbling out data and has not yet released individual either list. Wonderful!

David Coppock (District 4), who got 313 votes running unopposed, and board chair Brian Oaks, who got 253 votes against a write-in. Also on the board, but not running this year are Bill Sexton, District 3, Danny Wayne Collins, District 5, and Gerald Smith, District 12.

Call it a treasure hunt, if you will, one that made me “All Shook Up” when I found the “blue suede” jackpot.

Jake Mabe MY TWO CENTS After I wrote a series of articles in the spring highlighting Elvis Presley’s first concert appearance in Knoxville on April 8, 1972, I got wind that an individual had recorded and kept 8mm “bootleg” film footage of three Elvis concerts at Stokely Athletic Center – the 1972 evening show, the March 15, 1974, evening show and Elvis’ last appearance here on May 20, 1977, three months before his death. Presley died 35 years ago this Thursday (Aug. 16) at age 42. Sure enough, I found him, and the film, which had been stored in a bank vault for more than 30 years. Fountain City resident John Stansberry, a retired sheet metal worker who also drove buses, bought his first 8mm movie camera after his mother-in-law bought one in the 1960s. They were expensive, but John was “a union man,” as he said, and earned good wages. He could afford it. His first camera was an Argus and John says, “every time a new movie camera came out, I’d get it. Some of them cost $400 or $500, which was a fortune then.” He used it as a time cap-

sule to film his family on holidays and vacations. And he used it to film Elvis when The King came to Knoxville. “Elvis was a showman. Those tickets cost $10. That was a fortune then, but he still filled the house.” Stansberry shot six minutes at each show. One reel of 8mm film could capture three minutes. The cameras at that time did not have sound. You see Presley in his prime in ’72, looking like a prince. You see him in ’74, just before the decline, introducing gospel singer J.D. Sumner, swiveling his hips to “Polk Salad Annie,” kicking bodyguard Sonny West off the stage. And you see him in ’77, sick and sweaty, but still singing from his soul. “He never lost his voice,” John says. Stansberry only got stopped once by security. He told them he left the film at home. (It was actually in his daughter’s purse.) He also has reels shot at Graceland in 1975 (you can see Presley’s uncle Vester backing a car up the driveway as the famous front gate closes) and in 1978. On one of them, Stansberry chats with Elvis’ father, Vernon, who was leaning out of one of Graceland’s windows near the swimming pool. “I said, ‘We sure hate all this about Elvis’ death.’ “He said, ‘Yeah, we still haven’t gotten over it.’ He talked just like a normal guy.” Stansberry says Elvis Presley Enterprises, which he phoned, and his children and grandchildren have no

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The school board will meet in executive session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Central Office Conference Room. The next regularly scheduled workshop and meeting will be on Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Union County High School auditorium.

Elvis Presley arrives in Knoxville at McGhee Tyson Airport on April 8, 1972, for his first concert appearance here. File photo

interest in the film. He is willing to entertain offers to sell them. “What I’ve got is one-ofa-kind.” Serious offers can be sent to (865) 771-9595. ■

Halls grad Butcher releases memoir

D. Allen Butcher, a 1957 graduate of Halls High School, Air Force veteran and retired airline pilot, has released a memoir, “Sixty Years in the 20th Century: A Pilot’s Memoir.” Butcher lived in what was

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Glenn Coppock will not get to count “comp time” for sick days in order to roll the sick days into another year of experience toward his pension. Director of Schools Dr. Jimmy Carter brought the question to the school board where it met opposition from the audience and no motion to approve from the board. County Commissioner Joyce Meltabarger, who works for the school system as a para-professional in special education, said she thought all non-certified school employees should be treated the same. Carter promised to research the issue because, “I want to be fair to everyone.”

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coach who might know says the Tennessee switch to a 3-4 base defense is fool’s gold. It is not magic. It may or may not pressure quarterbacks, disrupt offenses, nail runners for losses, lead to multiple turnovers and dictate the flow of games. The coach, in perfect step with fan forums and call-in radio shows, asked to remain anonymous. The coach said of course defensive alignments matter, but how you line up is no more than third in the formula for winning. First is talent. Second is execution. “If history books are correct, the gentleman who made Tennessee football famous, Neyland or Nayland, beat a lot of butts with an antiquated offensive alignment,” said the coach. “I have heard that his teams

ran the single-wing with absolute precision. He could have told opponents he was coming off tackle, pointed to the point of attack, and they couldn’t have stopped it.” This coach, not that coach, finds no fault with the three-man defensive front. Jolly good idea if you have the players to play it. Big man in the middle is critical. Smart reads necessary in gap control. Several really good linebackers make a major difference. Cover corners can save your job. Think in terms of speed, size, strength, intelligence, action, reaction and effort. Then, blitz or do whatever you do without too many big, bad blunders. Derek Dooley’s decision to bring in Sal Sunseri and copy at least some of Alabama’s 3-4 scheme was the giant move to

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half-correct Tennessee’s losing trend. There was also a need for Jay Graham. The 3-4 will go down as a great move if it works. It will also make news if it doesn’t. I am reminded of the time Phillip Fulmer bet the farm on a new offensive coordinator. That good doctor had the proper license, looked sharp, spoke wisely of modern medicine but did not produce desired results. The cure simply did not take. The patient regressed. The patient died. Friends still mourn. Sunseri is qualified. He knows plenty about the 3-4 after coaching linebackers for Nick Saban. He also knows the 4-3 from seven years of NFL defensive line work. He seems to understand young people. He appears to be a natural motivator. Good bet. Best of all, Sal is a flame-thrower who believes in the aggressive defensive philosophy Dooley decided he wants. It starts with trying to strangle quarterbacks and pressing receivers at the line of scrimmage. That does involve risks. Believe the outside perspective. What happens against North Carolina State on Aug. 31 in Atlanta and against Florida on Sept. 15

too. I only know that it is true. There are almost always stacks of paper on my desk at work. There are vouchers, folders, notes to myself, notes to others, reminders, scrap paper, informational bulletins to be handed out to volunteers, etc., etc. There are notes attached to my computer screen, reminders of what password goes with what program (carefully encoded, of course), checking account balances, and notes to myself about something I need to discuss with tomorrow’s team leader. So finding a scrap of paper with obscure notes on it is not an unusual circumstance. Yesterday, however, I came across a small sticky note with seven words written on it. I remembered that conversation, knew that it had been taken care

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them, it felt as if God were speaking directly to my heart. It was a message from the universe. It was oddly reassuring on a day that had its ups and downs. As I pondered it through the day, I considered the fact that the note’s advice seems to run counter to Jesus’ admonition to take his yoke onto our own shoulders. It was then, and only then, that I realized the cryptic words on the paper were simply another rendering of that same idea. Jesus tells us in Matthew’s Gospel to take his yoke upon ourselves, and at the same time tells me (in my own handwriting!) to let him help me carry my burden. When we are yoked with him, he is there beside us, to share the work, to lighten the load, to “take the burden.”

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BIG SALE! 10548 PLEASANT HOLLOW, CORRYTON – This beautiful custom home greets you with a warm country feeling. Dbl french drs to LR, open DR/kit w/stone gas FP. Pine flooring throughout. Beautiful, Louisiana Barn Wood on wall in main floor BR suite. Kit with all appl. EXCEPT fridge. A dream 2-stry det gar w/ sep concrete driveway. Home has concrete driveway with extra parking area. Extensive decking and sunroom complete w/hot tub. Upper master has entrance to snrm/deck. Too many features to mention on this one. Truly a must see. Offered at $188,500

175 WADDINGTON WAY, MAYNARDVILLE – Spacious Rancher in new devel, approx 1200 SF. 3 BR/2BA, cath ceilings, open kit/dining area w/ appls & pantry. Master w/full BA & W/I closet. Sep utility rm. Oversized 2-car gar w/attic strg. Level yard. Located off Walkers Ford Rd. Offered at $128,900 371 SWAN SEYMOUR RD, MAYNARDV I L L E – Nothing spared. Custom Norris Lake front home approx 3200 SF. On main channel of beautiful Norris Lake. A mstr suite WITH BA fit for a king! Gleaming hdwd flrs, lots of ceramic tile, crown molding, granite counters, stainless appl. Massive great rm w/bar area, + gas FP, wired for flat screens in all rms except kit, 8 patio drs, sky lights, cath ceilings, septic approved for 2 BRs, home has 3 offices/dens, stamped concrete patio, covered decks extending length of home, gently sloping lot w/boat launch & dock. Truly a must see home. Priced below appraisal. Offered at $479,000. HWY 33 thru Maynardville to right on Hickory Valley to end. Left on Walkers Ford to 1st left on Circle to 1st left on Swan Seymour. Home on left. Sign on property.

176 GRANDVIEW DR, MAYNARDVILLE – Needs TLC. Home features over 2200 SF. 3BR/2BA, kit/dining combo w/all appl. Full unfin bsmnt w/rear entrance gar. Cov front porch, back deck. Nice yard. Just mins to marinas & beautiful Norris Lake. This is a foreclosure property sold AS IS. priced at $100,000. REDUCED! Now only $85,000.

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1296 BYRAMS FORK RD, ANDERSONVILLE – Ready to move in. Mins to Halls or Clinton. Approx 2738 SF. 4BR/3BA, 3 level fenced acres w/34x21 barn, 24x40 det gar/ workshop. Open LR/kit w/new flooring. Corner woodburning FP in LR. Kit cabs/counterspace galore, blt-in corner cabinet. Master w/corner Jacuzzi tub, dbl W/I closet, sep shwr. 2nd kit, 2nd LR & BR w/ full BA all with own entrance sep from main house. 2 laun rms. Landscaped w/circle parking. Cov front porch. Sits back off rd. City water is at road. (Currently on well). Truly a must see. Dir: Norris Freeway to Hickory Valley to left on Byrams Fork Rd. to houes on left. Sign on property. Priced way below appraisal at $134,900.

209 GRACE AVE, LUTTRELL – Great affordable home. Level lot. Good starter home or investment for rental property. Foreclosure. Sold AS IS. Bring all offers. Must have proof of funds. Offered at only $40,500.

107 MEGAN LN., LUTTRELL – Lots of home for the money. Over 2000 SF offering 4BR/2BA, all open LR/kit flr plan. Lrg eat-at bar & sep dining area. Lots of beautiful oak cabs, tons of counter space! New stove & fridge. New gleaming lam wood flrs. New paint throughout. New lighting fixtures, spacious master on main w/full BA. Laund rm. 3BRs down, 1 full BA & mud rm. Downstairs also has its own private entrance. Grt cntry front porch w/new lighting & privacy from mature pear trees. Walk-around decking w/lrg deck on back. Central H&A. Priced to sell at only $79,900.

169 GRANDVIEW DR, M AY N A R D V I L L E – Foreclosure sold as is. Cute cottage just in need of minor repairs. 1560 SF, 2BR/2 full BA, great mtn views from back deck. Sep entrance to upstairs. Oak cabinetry, no appl, alarm sys, utility area in gar. 2-car attached w/ concrete parking area. det out bldg. Sold AS IS. Sitting on .81 of an acre. Priced to sell at $95,000.

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COMM PROPERTY W/RENTALS on Rutledge Pk. Mins to interstate. 2 houses, mobile hm, det 3-car gar. All currently rented and sitting on over 5 acres w/frontage on Rutledge Pk. Offered at only $479,000.

GORGEOUS LOT w/over 115' of frontage on Holston River. Level 0.88 acre lot. The best lot offered in River Point 2. $69,900. HUNTER’S RETREAT located on Ailor Gap. Over 118 acres of woodland w/creek through prop. Several nice bldg. sites. Offered at $174,000. GREAT WATERFRONT LOT on Holston River. 1.60 acres, semi wooded, corner lot. Great homesites. Utility water, elec. Priced at only $59,900. Located in River Island. Lot 9 NICE CUL-DE-SAC LOT in River Point II S/D. 5.70 acres. Gently sloping w/great views of the Holston River. Public access in devel. Lot 161. Priced at only $79,900. AWESOME MTN VIEWS from this homesite in Lone Mtn Shores. Architecturally restricted comm. Close to Woodlake Golf Club. Lot 614. 2.80 acres. Priced at $19,900. 5.69 ALL WOODED ACRES. Very private. Great for hunters retreat. Located in North Lone Mtn. Shores. Lot 1046. Inside gated area. Priced at $27,500. SEVERAL BEAUTIFUL LOTS in Hidden Ridge S/D. Over ten 1/2 acre lots to choose from. Starting at $24,900. OK for dbl wide homes. Owner financing NOW available with 0 down. Call Tina for more info: 938-3403.


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Lois Johnson: A Union County original

This week we celebrate the art of country music singer Lois Johnson. A website has been set up to recognize the Union County native who was honored by the state of Tennessee in 2010 for her contributions to the field of country music. Cousin C.J. Morgan says Johnson is looking forward to hearing from friends in Union County via the guest book on her website. “Lois is very excited about this and checks the guest book almost daily to see if anyone has written in,” said Morgan. “Not many have so far, but we haven’t really tried to promote the website.” The website also has pictures, YouTube links and a biography. Contact information is provided and “Dreamcatcher,” Johnson’s last CD, is available for purchase. Johnson started singing when her daddy found an old guitar that had been thrown away. It needed a lot of work but he fixed it up and gave it to Lois. Her parents, Fred and Iretta Johnson, were school teachers and farmers. As a child Lois worked in the tobacco fields with her cousin Lowell, but

DOWN-home UPdate she said her mind was always on her guitar which was never very far away. “It was bigger than I was,” she said. “Daddy knew three chords and showed them to me. I carried that thing everywhere. I would take it to the tobacco patch, the corn field or anywhere I went.” Johnson’s career got a kickstart when Cas Walker came from Knoxville to conduct a talent contest in a little country schoolhouse in East Tennessee. “My mother made it perfectly clear that I would not be entering the contest, which was just fine with me. I never liked those contests anyway,” said Johnson. “I was very shy but loved to sing better than anything. That afternoon I sang a song for the Bailey Brothers, local entertainers at that time, and they invited me to come to Knoxville to

sing on the radio. Cas Walker heard me and came up to me and said, ‘Little girl, I won’t pay you not one penny over $30 a week to sing for me and you will start as soon as school is out.’ “I said $30 every week? Just for singing? I had never seen $30 and singing to me was like breathing.” Johnson was only 10 at the time and went on to become a well-known and loved singer, often combining her talent with others in the business. Her career included a number of chart singles and several albums, including two with Hank Williams Jr. Johnson performed shows across the country with greats such as Marty Robbins and Willie Nelson. Morgan said family members recall that Lois was singing before she was talking or walking. “Singing is the first thing I remember and I feel very blessed to be able to do what I love best,” said Johnson. “Anything further back would be before I was born and I’m not that old you know!” Although Johnson is retired and no longer active in the industry, she was leg-

Lois Johnson receives recognition from the state in 2010, presented by then state Rep. Chad Faulkner at the Red Gate Rodeo. File photo by C.Taylor endary among musicians in the early days of Nashville and considered to be one of the most talented singers around for many years. She is currently working on a manuscript of her memoirs which include her fond memories of growing up in Union County, as well as her adventures on the road and in Nashville, where she currently resides. Johnson would especially love to hear from anyone who calls Union County home. Visit Johnson and sign the guest book at www. Lois Johnson in an early photo with her guitar. Photo submitted

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Union County 4-H will be serving lunch beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. The menu will include barbecue chicken halves, baked beans, chips and a brownie for $8. The meal will be cooked and sold in front of the UT Extension office, 3925 Maynardville Highway.

Astronomy Night at Big Ridge State Park is 8-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Enjoy many activities and learn about the moon. The free event will be held at the Grist Mill. Info: 992-5523.

The Union County Lions Club will meet at noon Monday, Aug. 27, at Hardee’s in Maynardville. Note that this month’s meeting is the fourth Monday instead of the third Monday.

Bits ‘n Pieces to meet The Bits ’n Pieces Quilt Guild will meet Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Norris Community Center. Social time will begin at 1 p.m.; meeting starts at 1:30. Donna Jefferies from Kat Lover’s Pur-Fect Quilting will present the program on how to use up your quilter’s stash. Guests and new members are welcome. Info: Pat Melcher, 494-0620 or email

Public meeting notice The Clinch River Regional Library Board will meet 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 130 N. Main St., Suite 2 in Clinton. The Clinch River Regional Library Board represents Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Jefferson, Morgan, Scott, Sevier and Union counties. Clinch River Regional Library provides services to public libraries throughout this nine county area. Info: 457-0931.

Golf tourney to benefit basketball The second annual Union County High and Horace Maynard Middle School basketball benefit golf tournament will be Saturday, Aug. 25, at Three Ridges Golf Course. Format is four person scramble. There will be prizes for the winning team and runner-up and special contests. Free range balls; lunch provided at noon. Shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Deadline to enter is Aug. 18. Info: 406-9810 or email

Luttrell Bluegrass Festival

Donations needed for Stiner Cemetery Stiner Cemetery is located on Leadmine Bend Road beside the old Rush Strong School. There is only enough money left to have the cemetery mowed one more time. If you have family members buried in this cemetery and want to contribute, make checks payable to Stiner Ridge Cemetery Fund and send donations to caretaker: Wilma Barnard, 271 Shoffner Road, Sharps Chapel, TN 37866. There are 228 known burials in this cemetery. Those interested in seeing the listings and headstone pictures may find them online at http:// =18970&CScn=Stiner&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScn ty=2511&.

The third annual Luttrell Bluegrass Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 15, at Luttrell Community Park. The event will include a car show, children’s music competition and performances by local musicians throughout the day. To sign up for the car show, contact Lee at 606-335-5165 or Participants may also sign up the day of the festival. The winner of the children's music competition will again get the paid opening spot at the Heritage festival. Kids and bands may sign up to play by calling James Perry at 742-6523 or email Crafters and vendors are encouraged to sign up early to secure their spot by calling Mayme at 216-9008 or email Volunteers who wish to help out with the festival may also contact Mayme. Info:

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The historic Hamilton Cemetery needs donations to help with mowing and maintenance. The cemetery contains graves of some of the area’s first settlers, including members of the McPhetridge, Lay, Smith, Cook, Yadon, Kitts, Booker, Edmondson and Lambdin families. All donations are tax deductible and may be sent to John Cabage, 740 Cabbage Cemetery Road, Washburn, TN 37888. Info: 497-2287.

Senior Center community outreach events The Union County Office on Aging will have outreach events at Luttrell and Sharps Chapel community centers. Appointments can be made between 8:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. If no appointments are made for a given day, there will be no outreach event that day. Luttrell outreach events will be held Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. Sharps Chapel outreach events will be held Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19. Info: 992-0361 or 992-3292.

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Celebrating 3 years of service in our community Byrd’s Mortuary Clarence Byrd, We would like to thank Union County for all the love shown to our family and staff. We would also like to express our appreciation for the cards and calls we have received. You have welcomed us as part of your hometown family and we are honored to be a part of; Union County.

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The MOMS Club of the Maynardville area has expanded into the Big Ridge area (Andersonville/Heiskell) 37705 and 37754. If you are interested in joining the MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) club for fun, local, low cost activities and playgroups with local moms and their children or for more info, contact Darlene, 712-4560, or Eden, 687-2469.

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Chiropractic Outlook By Dr. Darrell Johnson, DC More people are living longer and researchers have learned that while good genes are good to have, healthy lifestyle choices are just as important in the effort to live a long healthy life. The American Chiropractic Association offers these tips for growing old gracefully and healthily: • Accentuate the positive. Some researchers believe a positive outlook can help with general health. • While we know that exercise is essential to keep the body tuned, so is mental stimulation good for the mind. Volunteer opportunities, learning to play an instrument or speak a new language, taking a class at a local college, travel, even doing crossword puzzles are just a few ways to keep your brain active. • Don’t forget the human touch: Stay in touch with friends and relatives. The regular interaction has many benefits. The company of others can be comforting when things are not going well. A friend or relative may notice a bad habit or behavior that you may not have thought about. • Naturally, as mentioned above, physical exercise is important. Something as easy as a 30-minute walk three or four times a week can help with weight control, keeping your cardiovascular system working right and keeping muscles toned. Talk with your chiropractor about other ways to keep your golden years glowing. Brought to you as a community service by Union County Chiropractic; 110 Skyline Drive, Maynardville, TN; 992-7000.

Do the math. That is the credo of smart shoppers and a slogan brothers Jeff and DeWayne Hensley take to heart. The owners of the IGA Express in Maynardville have intelligently redesigned the entire food shopping experience to eliminate extra costs and bring their shoppers incredible value every day. “A typical supermarket carries about 30,000 grocery items,” said DeWayne Hensley. “Many of these don’t sell quickly and take up expensive shelf space, increasing the likelihood of spoilage.” IGA Express stocks fewer than 5,000 of the fastest moving grocery items, thereby eliminating the spoilage

issue since the items move quickly. This saves on rent and electricity enabling the store to pass savings on to the customers. The store also carries a private label brand. These products are made to stringent specifications which, according to Hensley, actually exceed national brand standards, and prices are usually lower. The Hensleys save on advertising and that savings is passed along to their customers. “We can constrain our advertising expenses because we don’t have to announce a store full of price changes every week in printed ads,” said DeWayne. The store offers coupons

Assistant store manager Tonya Washam with fresh fruit and produce offered by Hensley’s IGA Express. Photo by C.Taylor on Facebook. Just “like” them to get yours. “Our father, Darrell Hensley, taught us for more than 40 years to treat folks like you want to be treated and try your best to offer customers what they ask for whenever possible,” said DeWayne. Dorene Hensley is the produce manager and makes certain the store offers only the freshest items. “We are your local family owned supermarket, complete with fresh meat, produce, frozen food and baked goods,” said DeWayne. “We

offer dozens of in-store specials for our everyday shoppers. We’re small enough to shop but big enough to fill your everyday grocery shopping needs.” Front door parking is available for fast in-and-out and the store carries gift cards from national stores and restaurants for that lastminute gift. Located at 2615 Maynardville Highway, hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Email

Think Christmas now By Cindy Taylor It may be way too early for most to be thinking about Christmas. For Marvin and Doris Jeffreys, thinking about Christmas is a year-round practice. The two became involved with Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse many years ago and speak about the ministry whenever they get the opportunity. Marvin Jeffreys is the director for Operation Christmas Child for Union County and presented a brief film and provided information to the Union County Business and Professional Association in August. “This ministry is very dear to Doris and me,” said Jeffreys. “It is amazing how the simplest of items bless the hearts of children who receive the shoeboxes, many of whom do not know Jesus.” Children are ministered

Marvin Jeffreys speaks to the Union County Business and Professional Association regarding Operation Christmas Child. Photo by C. Taylor to and come to know Jesus through the receiving of gifts from those who are willing to help, he said. “Many of these children have never received a gift in their life. The impact on their life can be incredible.”

Operation Christmas Child will have a dropoff center at FSG Bank in Union County from Nov. 1219. Last year more than 750 shoeboxes were received at this location alone. Jeffreys has set a goal of 1,500 for this year at that location. “On Christmas morning Doris and I always envision a child getting the box we send, and we say a prayer for each of them. Praying for the children you pack boxes for is very important,” said Jeffreys. “We try to increase the number of boxes we send each year. Our goal this year is to pack 24 shoeboxes and we have already started.” Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year with the ministry. Contact Jeffreys at 679-3322 or email unioncountyocc@ Info: www. or 1-800-353-5949.

Back to school Cheerleaders and friends Preslee Hickman, Makayla Goins and Shea Bailey catch up during their lunch break on day one of the first full week of the new school year. Photo by C.Taylor

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The Luttrell Fire Department will host a free Family Fun Night for the community of Luttrell from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at the Plainveiw Community Center. Everyone is invited. The event will help families and their children learn about fire safety. There will be smoke detector sign up for those in need of detectors, door prizes, fun and fire safety information.

Cedar Ford Baptist Church in Luttrell will hold its monthly free Soup Kitchen from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug 24. Everyone is welcome. Info: Jennifer, 274-9538.

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New Maynardville Elementary 1st grade teacher Julie Larmer, instructional facilitator Sue Bundren and new 2nd grade teacher Brittany Bailey. Bundren was one of Bailey’s elementary school teachers. Photo by C. Taylor

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Sewing for beginners The Union County Extension held a basic sewing class Aug. 13 at the Extension office. The class was conducted by high school 4-H’ers who were on hand to teach each other and younger students the techniques of machine sewing. Rebecca Hughes, the latest addition to the Extension Office staff, helped conduct the class and 4-H’er Mary Morgan took on the role of lead teacher. Hughes began her job at

Hinds Creek Road will be closed for road repair at intersection of Moores Gap and Chestnut Ridge through Aug 31.

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Rebecca Hughes and 4-H’er Mary Morgan thread one of the sewing machines in preparation for the class held at the Extension office.

The Union County Office on Aging is offering Medicare help for seniors. Office staff can help seniors understand their plans, make changes to coverage, apply for subsidies and more. Info: Samantha, 992-3292 or 992-0361.

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