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AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Little League to meet The Union County Little League board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.17, in the small courtroom of the Union County Courthouse. Volunteers are welcome. Information about Little League will be sent home with children from school soon.

Big Ridge plans Easter Egg Hunt Big Ridge State Park will host the 13th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23. Twelve thousand eggs filled with toys, candy or extra prizes will be hidden. There are prize eggs and a grand prize for each age group, including toys, bicycles and food coupons. Bring the whole family and make a day of it. Children ages 2 and under hunt at 10 a.m. with parents’ help. Ages 3-4 hunt at 10:30, followed by ages 5-7 at 1 p.m., and ages 8-10 at 1:30. Info: 992-5523.

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MOMS Club to hold open house The MOMS Club of the Maynardville area will host an open house Wednesday, March 2, for all stay-at-home, part-time working or homeschooling moms in the 37807, 37779, 37866 or 37721 ZIP Codes. There will be light refreshments, activities and a chance to meet the moms and kids. Call club president Valerie Case at 684-4282, e-mail or visit www.maynardvillemoms. for more info.

By Shannon Carey Sharps Chapel Elementary School’s addition is open for business, and at a school that business is learning. The addition, for which a ribboncutting ceremony was held Feb. 10, gives the school four new rooms which will house one each of kindergarten, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes. This opens space for Sharps Chapel’s library, special education and speech therapy to move into the

the main school building from th he tr ttrailaiilail er which used to house them. “It’s worked out really well,” said Sharps Chapel principal Bryan Shoffner. “It’s helped a lot just in the flow of traffic and the kids not having to go outside in the winter time.” Classes moved into the addition around Jan. 24. Shoffner said teachers are pleased with the addition and so is he. From the outside and the inside, the addition blends with the look of

thee school. another th school It just looks like anothe wing of the original building. The classrooms have large windows and lots of built-in storage space for the teachers. “We’re excited,” said Shoffner. “We’re not busting Shoffner. at the seams like other schools, but this gives us room to grow.”

Anglea Collins’ 5th grade class is ready to learn in their new classroom in the recently completed addition to Sharps Chapel Elementary School. They are: (front) Brady Blanton, Michael Smallwood, Spencer Holt, Brianna Beach, Ethan Ely; (second row) Josh Jones, Megan Rouse, Isaiah Shoope, Jacob Stooksbury, McKenzie Sharp; (back) Caitlyn Barrett, Collin Sadoff, Collins, Mallory Carter, Cole Cunningham, Matthew Willis and Alissa Wilkerson. Photos by S. Carey

Richardson votes against libraries By Cindy Taylor On the evening of Feb. 8, most Union County residents went about their business unaware that the future of their libraries rested in the hands of the Maynardville Board of Commissioners. Maynardville Mayor H.E. “Smiley” Richardson had been approached beforehand and his signature had been requested on a document agreeing that the city would give $500 to the library for this year. The money had already been approved and budgeted, so when Richardson refused to sign the Maintenance of Effort Agreement, the library board was baffled. Library board chair Don Sussex addressed the board to plead the cause. “This document has been signed every year and is just a formality,” Sussex said. “This certifies prior year expenditures and current year allocations. This is a continual thing that the city has done year after year, but it does require a signature yearly to obtain

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state support. By signing this you are only committing to this year.” Once this document is signed and sent to the state, $310,000 will be released to Union County’s libraries. This money will be used for library materials, technology, development, community support and programs. Without a signature from the city, these funds will cease. “If we sign this, we are obligated to always give at least $500,” Richardson said. “I have been told in the past that signing this guarantees that no matter what kind Richardson of shape the city is in, we must give at least this amount.” Maynardville branch library director Chantay Collins explained that the city could opt out for one year if needed. There was disagreement between Collins and Richardson as to

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Maynardville branch library director Chantay Collins and library board chair Don Sussex meet resistance from the Maynardville Board of Commissioners. Photo by C. Taylor whether the city had actually signed the document every year. “If we don’t have this signed, we will lose the state dollars, and we will be forced to shut down,” Collins said. “Luttrell has already agreed and signed to give $300, and they pay all the library utilities. The city of Maynardville doesn’t pay any library utilities.” “This library is very important to these kids,” board member Paul Bow-

man said. “I don’t care if we are agreeing to this year after year. For $500, I think we should do it.” “I don’t mind giving it to them, I just don’t want to be forced to do it if funds are bad,” Richardson said. Bowman made a motion to approve the signing. The motion passed with five council members voting for and only Richardson voting against. There was nowhere near the same amount of discus-


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sion when the board approved the purchase of a vehicle at a cost of $19,000 that same night. Maynardville Chief of Police Dean Hill proposed a prescription drop-off program. Hill said his department would handle this on a volunteer basis. “We would like to have approval to allow people to drop off old prescriptions, and we will handle the disposal at no charge. This is a goodwill thing we can do for the public and will be solely my responsibility,” said Hill. The board agreed to the plan and a collection date will be announced. They also voted to open the disposal up to all Union County residents. City Manager Jack Rhyne requested approval to form a Downtown Revitalization Committee to make downtown Maynardville more suitable for habitation. There are grants available, and there would be no cost to the city. This was approved. Only one resident appeared before board to discuss a water bill. Shirley

Wynn was concerned that her mother, Mandy Gallman, had received increasingly high water bills over the past three months. The bills have gone from $44 a month to the most recent of $171 in January. “I’m here in place of my mother who is 81 years old,” Wynn said. “My mother is on a fixed income, and she can’t afford to pay these bills. We have had all new parts put in both commodes and had a plumber come and check for leaks and he said we didn’t have any leaks.” “When we first checked the meter, we couldn’t find a leak,” Rhyne said. “We replaced the meter, and when we rechecked, we did find that there is a leak. It was still leaking when we checked today.” The board agreed that it was unlikely that the owner was using that amount of water and suggested that the owner get a plumber to come back to check for leaks. If the leak is between the meter and the house, any repair costs would be the responsibility of the owner.

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Banquet builds bridges Foundation to boost 4-H, farmers market By Cindy Taylor The recent partnership between the Union County Chamber of Commerce and Union County Community Foundation, formed to co-host the annual Chamber banquet, proved to be an exciting and profitable blend. In spite of the clouds, rain and cold weather, Feb. 4 was the night the stars came out in Union County. The banquet was held at Milan Baptist Church, and the setting was perfect. This year’s theme was “Building Bridges for the Future.� Volunteers decorated the tables with traditional red, white and blue, with a bridge as the centerpiece of each. Everyone proclaimed the dinner, catered by Debbie Perry, as delicious. Local talent Sarah Morgan entertained with live music. Sarah’s popularity has risen immensely in just the past few months as more people get an opportunity to hear how she makes the dulcimer strings sing. Two weeks prior to the banquet, all seats were sold out. This gave a gross dollar amount to the Chamber of more than $5,000. The

live auction conducted at the banquet was filled with high-end items, and bidding was often frantic. There were signed prints donated from local artists Hazel Erikson, Betty Bullen and Carol Pratt, as well as memorabilia signed by Kenny Chesney, Chad Pennington and the Colquitt family. Other high-end donations included an iPad, iPod and Amazon Kindle. Many other local individuals and businesses were generous with their donations as well so that the auction items totaled more than 50, earning a net amount of more than $4,500 for the Union County Community Foundation. “I am so excited about the amount that was given,� Chamber president Julie Graham said. “We have so much we can do with this.� J. Elbacher played auctioneer more like a professional than a volunteer. State Rep. Dennis Powers stepped in at one point to auction off a combo pack that included a Senate license plate, an American flag that had flown over the state capitol and dinner for two.

Correction Last week, in an article entitled “School board to revamp evaluation process,� written by Shannon Carey, ShopperNews incorrectly identified Bill Sexton as a former school board member. In fact, Bill Sexton is still on the school board. We apologize for the error.

Commission meeting set Union County Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, in the large courtroom of the Union County Courthouse. If the courthouse is closed that day due to inclement weather, the Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17. If that meeting date is also cancelled due to inclement weather, the meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21.

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Keynote speaker Terry Holley from the East Tennessee Foundation speaks about the Union County Community Judy Roe was recognized at the Chamber banquet for her years of service with the Chamber. Foundation. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chamber chair Wayne Goforth passed the gavel to incoming chair Sheila Buckner, who introduced the 2011 officers and board of directors. U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann spoke briefly, thanking attendees for the privilege of representing the county. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have all treated me so well in the election, and I thank you,â&#x20AC;? Fleischmann said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it is outstanding that so many people, civic leaders, our sheriff, judges and business people will come out on a Friday night like this. Commu-

nity leaders coming together. I have been appointed to the Small Business Committee in Congress. That is what is going to get this country back together again. The hard-working men and women in these communities. I promise to work every day for these small businesses.â&#x20AC;? The keynote speaker was Terry Holley, East Tennessee Foundation senior vice president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After 20 years, I have a very brief description of what we do, which is really three things,â&#x20AC;? Holley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We ac-

cept charitable gifts, we pull them together and invest collectively, and then we make grants to fund programs. Our return on investments last year was 11.91 (percent). We now serve 25 counties and have awarded since 1986 more than $179 million in grants. I am proud to say I have had oversight for most of those. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vision your local foundation had was to start a nonprofit organization, to find a way to raise money locally and keep it local so they can invest it in your commu-

nity. It is very cost-effective to work with us rather than to start your own nonprofit. We can help them step ahead quickly. Any money we handle for you will all come back to Union County, and with this partnership, there are multiple opportunities for us to work together to build things for this community and to hopefully add jobs to the area. Thank you for your presence here and your contribution to support the Community Foundation.â&#x20AC;? Eddie Perry closed the program with a special announcement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Union County Community Foundation is pleased to announce tonight that its very first grant will be awarded this spring to support two Union County programs that are already in progress,â&#x20AC;? Perry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making a commitment to award a grant that will provide a scholarship to one young person from Union County High School to attend 4-H camp this spring. Our second commitment will be to support a feasibility study as a first step to start a farmers market right here in Union County. This is what your dollars are doing tonight, and I thank you from the depths of my heart.â&#x20AC;?


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Williams comes to the people By Cindy Taylor According to those who attended the first town hall meeting set by Mayor Mike Williams, this is something new for Union County. Luttrell hosted the event and about 30 Union County residents attended, some from as far away as Sharps Chapel. Each one was hoping to hear specifics from the mayor about their section of the county. Luttrell Mayor Johnny Merritt, Luttrell Vice Mayor Jackie Roberts, City Council member Phil Ruth, City Council and County Commission member Sheila Buckner, Chamber of Commerce president Julie Graham, and Commission members Jeff Brantley and

Law Dogs Crime beat The Union County Sheriff ’s Department answered 145 calls between Feb. 1 and Feb. 7. These are some of their stories. ■ Feb. 1: Deputies responded to a theft and vandalism call in the Big Ridge area. A kitchen side-door had been kicked in, and several items were taken. A witness described seeing a red and black pickup truck with mag wheels. Detectives arrested three people regarding this case Feb. 2. ■ Feb. 2: A deputy responded to a possible car theft call in the Luttrell area. The victim had parked his car at about 10:30 a.m., and he found it was missing at about 11:40 a.m. The deputy found the vehicle in the parking lot of a car wash. The vehicle had sustained body damage. ■ Feb. 5: A victim in the north Maynardville area said someone stole a rototiller and a utility trailer from her outbuilding. ■ Feb. 5: Deputies responded to a burglary call in the Luttrell area. The victim said he owned the trailer in question, but he does not live there. The victim said when he went to the trailer Feb. 5, he noticed that a window had been knocked out. He went inside and discovered some gun ammunition was missing. The victim gave the first name of a suspect but did not know the suspect’s last name or whereabouts. ■ Feb. 5: A victim in the Luttrell area said someone had stolen his vehicle. The victim called back Feb. 6 to report that a radiator from a one-ton Chevy truck had been stolen at the same time. ■ Feb. 6: A woman reported that she was driving on State Highway 144 in the Big Ridge area when a tree fell in front of her vehicle, and she collided with the tree. ■ Feb. 6: A man in the Maynardville area said he found an arrow in his yard and is concerned that a neighbor with whom he has had problems shot the arrow onto his property. The man said this activity has occurred before. He stated that the arrow struck the ground at a 50 degree angle and could only have come from his neighbor’s property.

Brenda Jessee all attended the meeting. “This is a real honor for me that Mayor Williams has chosen our community to be his first meeting place to start his town hall type meet-andgreet,” Merritt said. “Mike, I appreciate that you have a servant’s heart and want to listen to the people.” Williams opened the discussion by reviewing campaign promises. “One of the things I promised our community when I was campaigning was that I would come to the people,” Williams said. “I am hoping to be in a different place in the county each month to get feedback. A lot of people think the government is in Nashville, but government is here in the community. I want you to be able to see me and ask me questions. One of the things I am trying to improve is the look of our courthouse. This is one

County Mayor Mike Williams talks with Cheryl Walker after the Luttrell open forum meeting. Photo by C. Taylor of the first places new residents see when they move here.” Williams revealed that benches have been ordered for the courthouse so that people will soon have a place to sit outside the courtroom

when they have to spend time there. He hopes to have those in place by the middle of the month. The benches will have “Union County” carved into the ends. Williams is also concerned about the lack of handicap

government accessibility to the courthouse and hopes to make improvements to that. “We want to be proactive, not reactive,” Williams said. “We want to be ahead of the curve, not be dragged around the curve. We are building long-term relationships with people in Nashville so that they will respect us.” One of the first topics broached came from Randy Hall who voiced concern about the issue of hiring a building inspector and setting the building codes for Union County. Rick Merritt asked if the program was expected to fund itself once the fees and codes are in place. Pearlene Sizemore brought up the possibility of a motel in Union County in the future. Others were concerned about the trash along the roadsides in the cities and county. Some expressed how great it was to

‘Signs of the times’ in Plainview ing the City Recorder Linda Riffey, ambulance service director Andrew Reed wanted to make improvements to the building but wanted at least a 10-year lease before investing in it. Vice Mayor Richard Phillips encouraged all Plainview residents to at-

By Shannon Carey On suggestions from residents, the city of Plainview is heading toward using signs to announce rezoning hearings in addition to letters. The current city ordinance requires that a property owner send letters to adjoining property owners when seeking rezoning. Since adjoining property owners aren’t the only ones who might have a stake in whether a parcel is rezoned, the Plainview Planning Commission and Board of Mayor and Aldermen are considering adding signs to the ordinance. Planning Commission member Marilyn Toppins presented a variety of sign sizes and prices to the board Feb. 8. A 24-by-30 two-sided sign would cost $12. The board instructed Toppins to get more quotes from local vendors. The board voted unanimously with Mayor Gary Chandler absent to lease the ambulance building to the Union County Ambulance Service for 10 years at $1 per year as long as an ambulance is stationed there. Accord-

see county officials in a setting other than a parade or ribbon-cutting. “This is a good thing for our community,” Sharps Chapel resident Joe Shoffner said. “I was hoping to hear more about how to bring jobs into our county by using the resources we have. We also need a good way to get to know the new people who come into our communities.” “These are issues we are working on,” Williams said. “I would like to see us welcome new residents in a unique and different way somehow. We’ve just not found the format yet. “Union County doesn’t need to take a backseat to anyone. We have a lot to offer. If you have good roads and good schools, the people will come. My goal is for people to look at us and say, ‘That’s Union County. They did it the right way.’ ”

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New Leadership Union County president Brandi Williams Davis is revamping the program, she said, and first on the agenda is replacing spaghetti with chicken and dumplings. “This is ‘Year One,’ ” Davis told the Union County Business and Professional Association last week. “I’m pretty much starting over.” Part of that makeover is recruiting Luttrell legend Dollie Merritt to make chicken and dumplings for the annual LUC fundraiser this spring, replacing the spaghetti suppers of the past. Merritt is famous for her chicken and dumplings, a mouthwatering favorite she’s been making for charity for years. Davis said the LUC board is planning another fundraiser, a bass tournament, for June 18. “I’m looking for great things from the people working with me on the board,” Davis said. “I’m giving everything a facelift. I

Union County Business and Professional Association president Eddie Graham (center) presented several charitable donations during the club’s last meeting. With him are Cindy Lay of Union County Toys for Tots, Martin Shafer of United Way of Union County, Jamie Hackney of the Union County High School music department and Brad Davis of the Union County Lions Club. Photos by S. Carey want people beating down my door. I don’t want to be third door down.” UCBPA president Eddie Perry presented the association’s annual donations to representatives from local charities. One hundred dollars each were presented to the United Way of Union County, Lions Club of Union County and the March of Dimes. Union County Toys for Tots and the Union County High School music department each received $500.

Dollie Merritt visited the Union County Business and Professional Association to tell new Leadership Union County president Brandi Williams Davis that she will make her famous chicken and dumplings for the LUC fundraiser this spring.

Calling cards are symbols of civility Valentine’s Day always brings our thoughts to love and friendship, so I thought we might review the Victorian practice of exchanging calling cards. This is not to be confused with present-day prepaid telephone minutes. Communication was not easy in those days, and it was sometimes months and years between visits of friends and family. We are also reminded that we

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and proper way to say, “We’ve stopped by.” Some cards were more formal, plain or carried the family crest. Some were friendship cards with love or romantic messages, hearts and flowers. Common designs were hearts, doves, birds, scrolls, urns, cupids, forget-me-nots and women’s hands. Like everything else, it took people of some means to have these cards printed. If color was used, these cards had to be hand-tinted or hand-printed. It was many, many years later before the color printers that we enjoy came into common use. There were and still are people of knowledge, elegance and means in Union County. Queen Victoria of England reigned from 1837 to 1901, but the calling-card practice continued beyond

Calling cards from Union County. Photo submitted that era and eventually gave way to today’s business cards. Social class was much more important in Victorian times, as were traditions, beliefs, etiquette and interactions among people. The “calling card” or “visiting card” was symbolic of the “well-to-do.” If the fam-

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Chorus serenades retired teachers The Union County High School Chorus sang for the December meeting of the Union County Retired Teachers Association. They are: (front) Hannah Cabage, Sarah Heifner, Dana Converse, Amber Shropshire, Kasey Yovella, Tylor Woods, Taylor McDaniel, Alanna Phillips, Chasity Wyrick, Whitney Cook, Krista Foust; (back) pianist Lucas Nicely, director Jamie Hackney, Kriss Slagle and Gabbie Davis. Former chorus director Dawn Patelke presented Hackney with a donation from the association. Members, guests and students enjoyed fellowship and a meal together. Photo submitted

SCHOOL NOTES ■ To make up for school days lost due to snow, Union County schools will be in session the following days, which were previously scheduled as days off: Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 21; Monday, March 28; Monday, April 25; Thursday, May 26. Spring break will be March 21-25. There will be no school on Good Friday, April 22. ■ Link your Food City Value Card with the school of your choice to earn money for that school. To link, ask your cashier at check-out. Even though the school isn’t built yet, you can already link your Value Card to Paulette Elementary School.

Horace Maynard Courtney Foust portrays a German immigrant Fifth grader Kali Buckner portrays a Mexican for a Big Ridge Elementary School project on immigrant for the Big Ridge immigration U.S. immigrants. project. Photos submitted

Students study immigration By Shannon Carey Students in Renita Malone’s 5th grade class at Big Ridge Elementary School learned what it takes to immigrate to the U.S. and become a U.S. citizen. For the social studies project, students picked a foreign country, learned about that

country and selected items that an immigrant from that country might bring with him or her to the U.S. Then, they dressed as that immigrant and presented their selections and backstory to the class. They also prepared meals from the countries of their

Luttrell ■ PTO meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, with Ronnie Mincey giving the “State of the School” address.

Winners of the Horace Maynard Middle School spelling bee are: Amanda Parker, first place; Paul Malicoat, second place; Aaron Smith, third place. Amanda will go on to compete in the regional spelling bee in Knoxville. Photo submitted

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A whale of a tale

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, “Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. (Jonah 1: 1-3a NRSV) I know how Jonah felt. Don’t you? God wants me to do what?! You have felt the nudge, heard the still, small voice, seen the handwriting on the wall. You know – you really do know – what it is God wants you to do. (God doesn’t keep those secrets.) But like Jonah, you run in the other direction, trying to escape God’s reach, thinking, as foolishly as Jonah,

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Lynn Hutton that you can outrun God. We all know the story, or think we do: how Jonah got on board a ship to escape God’s call, and God countered with a storm. The sailors cast lots

Telling tales This is going to sound like crazy, obsessive mommy talk, but bear with me. I want Daniel to read stories before he sees them in movie form, but as more of the books I loved as a child, and still love, are made into movies, that’s becoming a trickier proposition. Don’t get me wrong. I celebrated when “Lord of the Rings” was made into those three beautiful, sweeping epics we saw on the big screen. I’m excited that “The Hobbit” is following the same path. I loved “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” movie, although I’ve been less than thrilled with the next two movies in that series. But, there’s something about reading the book, then watching the movie. My parents read all these books to me when I was a kid, and the narratives that played out in

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moms101 my head as I read and re-read them have been a comfort to me ever since. Reading a book gives the imagination a jumping-off point, but the rest of the work is up to the reader. Seeing the movie, on the other hand, shows you what someone else thinks a character looks like, what a landscape looks like, the inflections and tones of voice, everything. Put simply, I want my son to create his own Middle Earth, his own Narnia, his own Hogwarts, before he’s

to figure out who had brought this calamity upon them, and the lot fell on Jonah. (Hey, I have been blamed for things based on less reasonable measures!) The sailors then inquired, “Who are you?” And Jonah, who was on the lam from God, gave as succinct a confession of faith as you can find in the Bible: “I am a Hebrew … I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” (Jonah 1: 9) Which begs the question, how did Jonah figure? He may have paid lip service to worshipping God, but his obedience to God was severely lacking!

told by a movie what those places look like. To me, reading the book first makes seeing a good movie that much better. That thrilling moment when the movie resonates with the visions of your mind’s eye is just priceless. So, while he’s three months shy of this third birthday, I’m already planning those first chapter books as bedtime stories. As soon as he’s ready, Daniel’s father and I will start with “The Hobbit,” a chapter a night, and go from there. Yes, it’s a fairy tale. Actually, every title in my much-loved list is. But, I believe strongly that fantasy is vital for a reading child because the lessons of these stories instill bravery, loyalty and confidence. As British writer G. K. Chesterton said, “Fairy tales are important, not because they tell us that dragons are real, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” Contact Shannon Carey at shannon@

CHURCH NOTES Community services ■ Graveston Baptist Church, 8319 Clapps Chapel Road, is enrolling children 11 months through Pre-K for Parent’s Day Out. The program has small classroom sizes. Info: 465-9655 or

Fundraisers ■ Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, located on Raccoon Valley Road just off Loyston Road, will have two fundraisers for much-needed roof repairs. Visit the church fellowship hall 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 3-5,

for a rummage sale. Everything goes for half off the marked price all three days. A benefit singing and spaghetti supper featuring The Better Way Quartet will be held at 6 p.m. March 12. All are welcome.

Men’s programs ■ Revival Vision Church, 154 Durham Drive, in Maynardville, holds a men’s prayer breakfast at 7 a.m. each Wednesday. All are invited to join in praying and fasting for Union County. Info: Jim, 684-8916.

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Women’s programs ■ Fairview Baptist Church, 7424 Fairview Road in Corryton, will host MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every third Monday for devotions, food and fellowship. Child care provided. Info: Anne, 621-9234.

Jonah offered himself as a sacrifice to quiet the raging sea, and after trying unsuccessfully to row to shore and spare him, the sailors took him up on his offer, tossing him overboard to mollify the demons of the deep. And here is where most people get the story wrong. (I even contributed to this error when I chose the title for this column, but, I confess, I couldn’t resist.) God provided a rescuer for Jonah (insisting on saving this troublesome prophet-in-training) not in the form of a whale, as we so frequently say, but a large fish, which swallowed Jonah and eventually spit him out onto dry land. From there the story gets really strange!

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Jonah goes to Nineveh, which the writer refers to as “an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across.” (Modern excavations at the site of Nineveh – across the Tigris River from modern-day Mosul, Iraq – reveal evidence of a town about three miles in length and less than a mile and half wide.) He preaches to the people a message of doom: “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And everybody repented. Which made Jonah mad, but God very happy. Jonah went out to sulk because God didn’t provide the expected fireworks. And God “appointed” a bush to grow up to shade and protect Jonah. But then, just to show him a thing or two,

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God made the bush die, and Jonah got angry again. God reasoned with him: “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow. … And should I not be concerned about Nineveh … in which there are more than a 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?” And there the book ends abruptly, just like that! Which is why I love the book of Jonah: not only does it bear witness to God’s love for the whole world of grownups, but also for the “many animals” and for those “who don’t know their right hand from their left”: not because they are stupid, but because they are little children.

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Big Ridge brothers attend centennial Jamboree Two brothers from Big Ridge, Boy Scouts Jerry and Johnny Myers of Troop 401, represented Union County at the National Centennial Boy Scout Jamboree, along with 200 Scouts from East Tennessee and 44,000 Scouts from around the world. Held at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, the event provided a great opportunity for Scouts to develop national and international friendships that could last a lifetime. The aggressive schedule was 10 days crammed full of activities that included rappelling, mountain biking, shotgun shooting, fishing, pioneering, canoeing and a merit badge midway that offered more than 100 different areas to earn badges. Historic camps, events and demonstrations highlighted scouting’s centennial journey. Two huge arena shows were the highlight of the Jamboree and opened by Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca. Secretary of Defense and Eagle Scout Robert Gates gave an inspirational speech and insight on scouting in his life. A visit from entertainer

Big Ridge Boy Scouts, brothers Jerry and Johnny Myers, attended the centennial Boy Scout Jamboree. Photo submitted and Eagle Scout Mike Rowe, from the TV show “Dirty Jobs,” got the crowd going as he told of his scouting experiences and how scouting related to his career path. Several speakers and performers were followed by the band Switchfoot in concert. “It was the biggest and most exciting thing I had ever been to,” said Jerry.

“Everything we got to do was awesome,” Johnny said. “We are ready to go again!” They hope to have more of their troop members attend the next National Jamboree in 2013 at The Summit, the new 10,000 acre High Adventure Base in Virginia and permanent location for future National Jamborees.

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The education of Abraham Lincoln HARROGATE, TENN. – “There is no new thing to be said about Lincoln,” the poet Carl Sandburg once wrote. “There is no new thing to be said of the mountains, or of the sea, or of the stars.

How to get there To visit the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at Lincoln Memorial University, (from Knoxville) take Highway 33 North to Highway 25E in Tazewell and continue into Harrogate. It is approximately one hour’s drive from downtown Knoxville. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. It is open 1-5 p.m. Sunday from March through November. Admission is $5 for adults. Info: 423-8696235 or visit

Jake Mabe “But to the mountains and sea and stars men turn forever in unwearied homage. And thus with Lincoln.” Sandburg came here, to the quaint college near Cumberland Gap, to research what would become his multivolume biography on our nation’s greatest president. He reportedly took his lunch and sat outside near the outdoor amphitheater, to read, to reflect. And reflect we must on Abraham Lincoln, who has come to symbolize so much about this grand American experiment of ours. Adored by some, hated by others, misunderstood by as many more, the mere mention of his name can, to this day, cause blood pressures to rise and fists to clench. In his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan said, “Whoever would understand in his heart the meaning of America will find it in Abraham Lincoln.” Reagan didn’t say what he meant. But, it is there, if you look. Looking here, at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University, is a good place to start. We had the place to ourselves around lunchtime on an overcast Monday. I wondered whether the museum would disappoint the more obsessed observer. I needn’t have worried. The Lincoln museum opened to the public in

AMSE calendar The American Museum of Science and Energy, located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Info: ■ Registration open for East Tennessee Regional Model Bridge Building Contest, through Sunday, Feb. 27, for students in grades 7-12 to build a model bridge according to specifications. Contest is Saturday, March 5. ■ “Take Flight” traveling exhibition, through Sunday, April 24. Hands-on activities on the principles and forces that make flight possible. AMSE second level. ■ “Scarboro: The Early Days, 1942-1960,” through Monday, April 25. The story of the African-American community. AMSE lobby.

Cancer Support Community programs All programs of the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee (formerly the Wellness Community) are offered at no cost to individuals affected by cancer and most are offered at 2230 Sutherland Ave. in Knoxville. Info: or 546-4661. ■ Weekly cancer survivor support groups, Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings. ■ Weekly support groups for cancer caregivers, Monday evening. ■ Weekly cancer family bereavement group. Thursday evening.

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The Lincoln/Douglas Debates display at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at LMU in Harrogate. The flag hanging behind the display was hoisted by Lincoln at the Rich home in Beardstown, Ill., during an August 1858 campaign stop. Photo by Jake Mabe 1977. Colonel Harland Sanders, of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, told fellow members of LMU’s board of trustees if they could raise $500,000 for the new museum, he would match it. They did. The Colonel kept his word. The college owes much of its collection to historian R. Gerald McMurtry. Lincoln really was born in a log cabin, near Nolin Creek, Ky., on Feb. 12, 1809. (He would have been 202 last Saturday). Historical records show that the name Lincoln was sometimes mispronounced as “Link-horn,” a common mistake in those days, when few on what was then the frontier could read or write. Young Abe watched as his father eked out a living by the sweat of his brow and decided it wasn’t for him. Ironic, isn’t it, that the “Great Rail-splitter” abhorred hard physical labor and did everything he could to avoid it. (Although his strength was such that even into his 50s Lincoln could hold an ax horizontally in

his hand without letting his arm quiver.) As he himself later said, Lincoln went to school “by littles,” a few months at a time, here and there. Early biographers tried to place the blame on Lincoln’s father, Thomas, implying he didn’t value education. In reality, schools were sporadic in Kentucky and Indiana (where the Lincolns later relocated) at the time. This didn’t stop young Abe. As was the practice of the day, he learned his studies by reading and rote, repeating passages over and over until he had committed them to memory. The Bible and the works of Shakespeare and Euclid were particular

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Great quote “(Lincoln) is one of those giant figures, of whom there are very few in history, who lose their nationality in death – they belong to mankind.” – Former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George

favorites. He possessed what one contemporary called “a tireless, disciplined, analytical mind,” was often at the head of his class and would go out of his way to track down a tome somebody might have lying around. Books, you see, were scarce. He read by firelight at night, but as cousin John Hanks remembered, Lincoln also read in the field, at work, in the house, wherever and whenever he could stop and do so. Lincoln’s last law partner, Billy Herndon, quoted Lincoln as saying, “The most enduring basis of our Republic (is) the universal education of the great American people. The intelligence of the mass of our people (is) the light and life of the Republic.” After he was elected to the Illinois state Legislature at age 25, Lincoln decided that his future lay in the study of the law. He did not attend law school. Instead, he borrowed a set of law books from John Todd Stuart, the man who would become his first law partner. Lincoln obtained his law license in 1836. ■ Braided Rug Class with Dot Fraser 6-9 p.m. the second Monday of each month. Learn to make a beautiful, colorful rug from your scrap material. Ideas for a kitchen, bathroom or hallway. This class meets during regular “Ruggers” monthly sessions. $40 members, $50 nonmembers, no charge for repeating the class. Beginning.

Abraham Lincoln Photo used by permission But the education of Abraham Lincoln was not complete. He was a lifelong learner, forever reading, forever writing, forever honing his craft. It culminated in the American Scripture that is the Gettysburg Address and the religious-like poetry of his Second Inaugural. The current Lincoln collection on display here has a bare-bones feel to it. Behind the Lincoln/Douglas Debates display hangs a flag that Lincoln raised at the Rich home in Beardstown, Ill., during an August 1858 campaign stop. Behind it rests the bed in which Lincoln rested on his 52nd birthday, Feb. 12, 1861, in Cincinnati’s Burnet House Hotel, during his inauguration train’s stopover on its way to Washington. (The bed was small enough that the 6 feet, 4 inch Lincoln probably had to sleep sitting up.) Over by the exhibits on the assassination, under glass, is the walking stick the president carried with him into Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. The continuously-looping movie we For safe and humane removal TN Dept. of of Agriculture #699 nuisance wildlife

were promised didn’t loop. The upstairs contained a few leftover Santa Clauses from a Christmas exhibit. But the place permeates your brain and, if you lean toward a certain historical bent, it sears your soul. Looking at the Lincolniana, I wanted to run home, lock the door, surround myself with lots of Lincoln books and stay there until spring. Lincoln, Sandburg wrote, “was a mountain in grandeur of soul. He was a sea in deep undervoice of mystic loneliness. He was a star in steadfast purity of purpose and service. And he abides.” He was also a flesh-andblood human being, a tall, raw-boned country boy who gave up brawn for books, learned to read by the fading light of the crackling fire and knew in his heart that education would be the secret of his success. Call Jake Mabe at 922-4136 or e-mail Visit him online at, on Facebook or at

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Seeing stars in Big Orange Country High school talent evaluators and recruiting analysts sell the star system as if it was sacred science. Five stars go to guys who can’t miss in college. Tim Tebow. Vince Young. Reggie Bush. Adrian Peterson. They hold the keys to national championships – unless they opt out. Four stars are for the big, strong and swift. They are destined to be three-year starting studs, All-Conference honorees, probable AllAmericans, early rounders in the NFL draft. Three-star prep players step up to meet needs. If they get good coaching and work like heck, they certainly can contribute to success. Evaluators and analysts advocate avoiding the commoners, the two-star multitude. OK, if you must, award the occasional scholarship to a grandson of a big booster and maybe spend two on really sharp students who can do one thing well plus raise the academic average for the entire team. But, don’t expect them to win football games. OK, there are exceptions. Here are numbers from a four-year study: The odds are 1 in 5 that a five-star player will become an AllAmerican; 1 in 54 for fourstars; 1 in 147 for three-stars; 1 in 358 for the twos. Because recruiting junkies and excitable fans will pay serious money for information, there are many information providers. Some

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are very sincere. They and their sources chase each other around the country to see as many high school games as possible. They study highlight tapes, collect photographs and compare height, weight and 40 dash times. Their secret ingredient is input from elite college coaches. If Nick Saban discreetly nods toward Mark Ingram up in Flint, Mich., and whispers “Heisman,” one or more recruiting services promptly awards four stars. If Notre Dame and everybody else wants Jimmy Clausen, he must be a five. College coaches are more often right than wrong. Contract extensions, bowl bonuses and investment portfolios depend on it. Some information retailers are surprisingly accurate as far as they go. Alas, all err and fall short. As Derek Dooley has explained, a stopwatch and yardstick will measure basics but assessing character, courage, intelligence, work ethic and growth potential is no simple matter. Dooley prefers his own blend of indepth evaluation. Tennessee got several fours but no five-star talent in the recent recruiting roundup. Projecting that

tidbit, the Vols may not win a national championship any time soon. Larry Smith, 63, data technology specialist, UT fan and forum participant, has an awesome storehouse of Volunteer information (Google Larry’s Locker). Scanning his list of fivestar recruits from the previous decade stirs many memories: James Banks, Gerald Riggs, Jesse Mahelona, Robert Meachum, Demetrice Morley, Chris Donald, Eric Berry, Brent Vinson, Bryce Brown, Janzen Jackson, Da’Rick Rogers. There were others. Some came up big. Some were busts. All contributed to highly ranked recruiting classes. Smith says most focus on signing success but retention is a comparable factor. “Based on my analysis, 30 to 40 percent of those who sign with a BCS school end up not finishing their eligibility with that school. The reasons vary – dismissals, academic failure, transfers, medical issues, just quitting football.” Smith believes in stars – with qualifications. “I certainly believe that more 4- and 5-star recruits will increase the chances for competing for a league championship. I think my charts clearly indicate that. “There are conferences where it is easier to win without a large percentage of star recruits. The ACC and the Big East are two. The SEC requires rosters dominated by 4- and 5-star recruits.”

Hornets win Holiday Classic The Sharps Chapel Hornets girls 8U basketball team won the Northwest Holiday Classic. Team members are: (front) Taylor Weaver, Cassie Dykes, Jaiden Cox, Ella Johnson, McKayla Johnson; (back) coach Jimmy Cox, Kallie Gayhart, Makenna Nease, Kailyn Griffey, Skylar Bates, Jennah Cox and coach Kendall Nease. Photo submitted


What are those two-stars doing in the NFL? “Recruiting services just miss on some recruits,” says ■ Willow Creek Youth Park girls softball spring 2011 sign-ups for weeball (3-4-year-olds), coach pitch (6U-8U), fast pitch (10U, 12U Smith. “Players with poor and 14U) will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday in February at grades are not tracked closethe park. Weeball is $35. All other ages are $55. Bring a copy of ly. Some players mature later, the child’s birth certificate. Info: Dedra Johnson, 599-9920; Alishia physically and mentally, and Liston, 742-9205; or Mike McFarland, 789-4113. don’t blossom until college.” Dooley and his staff targeted talented prospects likely to improve, be dependable, stay Benefit for Masingo family in school and maybe stay out A benefit for the Rev. Virgil and Teresa Masingo of trouble. One obvious goal and their family will be held 5:30 p.m. Friday, March was to fill voids. As a group, 4, at Sharps Chapel Elementary School. The Masinincoming Volunteers rank gos’ home was destroyed in a fire. There will be gospel between 10th and 13th naand bluegrass music, hot dogs, barbecue, cakewalks tionally in star power. That’s and an auction, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Those who good. The bad part is several have items to donate for the auction should call MarSEC foes scored higher. tha Keller, 278-3376. Can the Dooley plan close the gap? Smith studies say Contact Humane Society never diminish the coaching element in the championship for lost pets chase. The Union County Humane Society asks that pet “There are years where owners contact them immediately if a pet becomes teams with fewer star players lost. Pets without identification and rabies tags are win with good coaching, good only required to be held for 72 hours by Tennessee luck and momentum.” state law. The Humane Society makes every effort And favorable schedules? to place animals in “forever homes” as soon as posBoise State? Cincinnati? Texsible. Timely contact will ensure that your lost pet is as Christian? Connecticut? not adopted by new owners. Remember, identificaJust for fun, keep your eyes tion and rabies tags are your pet’s protection. Info: on the stars. 992-7969. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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LAND REDUCED! RESIDENTIAL LOT ON TAZEWELL PIKE just inside Union County. 1.44 acres w/346 ft. on Tazewell Pike. All utilities avail. $29,900. $25,000. GRAINGER CO. SEVERAL LOTS AVAILABLE – you choose. Build your new home. Beautiful property, several nice building sites, utilities on site, mountain views and community access to the river. Call today! GORGEOUS LOT w/over 115' of frontage on the beautiful Holston River. Level 0.88 acre lot to build your new home. The best lot offered in River Point 2. Don’t let this one get away. $69,900.

992-1100 Missy Phillips

BEAUTIFUL. GREAT CONV. LAKE LIVING – 2.18 acres. Gently rolling to the water. Views of 33 Bridge. Over 800' lake frontage. Will perk for 3-4BR home. Wooded, private, lightly restricted. Located on Swan Seymour Rd., Maynardville. Offered at only $199,900.

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GREAT LAKE FRONT – Year-round water, 3BR septic permit obtained. Ready for house seat. Great views of main channel & 33 Bridge. Only mins off Hwy 33. Nice boat dock w/ lift that will convey. Dock optional. Price may be adjusted. Great opportunity. Seller will entertain all offers. Located in Union County.

OVER 5 ACRES! QUAINT & COZY nestled near Norris Lake. True log home. 2BR/1BA. Kit purchased from Gatlinburg Log Home Co. New H&A, back-up propane heat, roof 2 yrs old. New W/H, gorgeous kit cabs. Bsmt has laun rm, extra rm could be used for BR. New gar door w/opener. Lots of strg, Workshop/barn in back. Gentle slope, Well water & septic. Priced to sell. $104,500.

BEAUTIFUL RANCHER with 3BR/2BA, 1,653 SF, covered front and back porches and oversized garage. Nice private setting with great mountain views. $119,000.

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