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VOL. 7 NO. 9

March 3, 2012

IN THIS ISSUE Willow Ridge admissions coordinator Elaine Troutt, administrator Rebecca Mills and resident Patricia Inman decide on a new piece of art for the entrance area. Photos by C. Taylor

Water rescue!

With boating season gearing up, it’s time to clean up Norris Lake. Friends of Norris Lake, TVA, and volunteers from Union and surrounding counties will hold a River Rescue and Norris Lake Cleanup event March 31.

See Cindy’s story on page 3

Sculpting in wood Richard Phillips is well known to residents of Plainview, where he serves as vice mayor and alderman. He is also an extremely talented woodcarver who has won awards for his work. Most recently he won first place for “Smokey,” the UT mascot, who is wearing an orange UT blanket, also hand-carved. But don’t mention whittling, because to Phillips that is a four-letter word. According to Phillips, carving is creative and involves making a project using various knives and gouges, and Phillips says he would rather carve than eat.

See Down-Home Update on page 4

Hall of Records

Union County Courthouse can boast at least one truly historical room. Items in that room have never been lost and never been burnt. Register of Deeds Mary Beth Kitts, along with Ann Lutner and Renea Anderson, hold history in their hands on a daily basis. “In this office, we record all miscellaneous instruments,” said Kitts. “We record charters and have land records back to the beginning of Union County.”

See Cindy’s story on page 2

A cloud of witnesses The question that started the whole conversation was whether ghosts are mentioned in the Bible. Apparently, everyone on all sides was willing to cede the point that was so obvious: the Holy Ghost, as a part of the pre-existing Trinity, present from before the beginning. But were there other ghosts? Spirits who existed separate from the earthly bodies they had once inhabited?

See Lynn’s story on page 5

Index Business Community Down-Home Update Marvin West Lynn Hutton Kids

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Willow Ridge welcomes spring By Cindy Taylor Residents and staff at Willow Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center are gearing up for spring, both indoors and out. Rebecca Mills has served as administrator of the center for more than six years and is excited about an upcoming open house. “We have new floors in public areas, lobby, dining room and hallways,” said Mills. “We took down wallpaper, and textured and painted the walls in the halls and lobby.” There is also new lobby furniture, and new televisions for the lobby and dining room are on order.

“We want to welcome back our past residents and invite the community to come see our fresh new look,” said Mills. “We love serving the residents of Union County and want them to know they can come here for rehab after a surgery, injury or illness.” An open house is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the center, located at 215 Richardson Way in Maynardville. The center will provide tours and refreshments for attendees. “We want to share this fresh new look with the community,” said Mills. “It’s part of our dedication in

In front of the new greenhouse are Willow Ridge residents Hank Sabom and Lorena DeVault holding trays that will soon sprout into vegetable plants for the garden. serving our residents and patients.” While much is happening indoors, the center is not neglecting the outdoor areas. The new greenhouse has sprouts pushing up through the dirt, the garden has been plowed, and tilling is scheduled for next week. Planting will soon follow once spring weather arrives. Derrick Merritt with Clean Cut Lawn Service handled the garden plowing, and staff members and their families will take care of the tilling. Residents Hank Sabom and Lorena DeVault

are looking forward to the garden. “When I was at home I had a garden and canned everything,” said DeVault. “I had a flower garden too.” “I grew up in the country, so I will really enjoy this garden,” said Sabom. “We’ll be planting corn, onions and lettuce next week if it doesn’t rain us out. We’ll have a bigger and better garden this year.” Willow Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center is a skilled nursing center that provides short rehabilitation therapy and skilled nursing services for up to 77 residents and patients. The center has served Union County for 27 years since first opening its doors in 1984.

A disappearing legacy Myers shares war memories By Cindy Taylor World War II marked a distinct turning point in American history. As time passes, we lose more veterans of this war. Their numbers are quickly diminishing, and if we delay, our chance to thank them personally will be gone forever. Fortunately, Union County’s Jack Dyer is still alive and very much kicking. In spite of undergoing open heart surgery last year and having a pacemaker put in this year, Myers is recovering and happy to share his story. He wanted to enlist when he was only 17 because his brother did, but his father wouldn’t allow it. When he turned 18, he got his wish to join the Navy because he was drafted. “I was just a boatswain,”

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said Myers. “I was on a Landing Ship, Tank, (LST) and a bosun on a LCDP, which is a bit smaller. It’s similar but has a bow and can actually go all the way up onto a beach.” The boatswain works in a ship’s deck department as the foreman of the deck crew and must be highly skilled in all matters required for working on deck of a seagoing vessel. LST was the military designation for naval vessels created during World War II to support amphibious operations by carrying significant quantities of vehicles and cargo and landing troops directly onto an unimproved shore to be used for defending that coastline. Myers says his time on board ship wasn’t so bad, even though the food wasn’t that good – a lot of beans for breakfast and goat stew

Marjorie and Jack Myers hold a picture taken when Jack first joined the Navy in 1945. Photo by C. Taylor

for supper – and the quarters were tight. And when kamikaze planes flew over, it could be terrifying. A lot of American ships were destroyed by these pilots who were willing to crash their planes loaded with high explosives, even though it

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meant death. According to Myers, the occupation of Japan, when he served as an MP for 30 months, was the worst time in service for him, even more than the typhoon he rode out to get from the Philippines to Japan.

“I was on wheel watch steering the ship and had to ride out 200 mile-anhour winds,” said Myers. “I was in the Philippines when it came over the radio that Japan had surrendered. The last week To page A-2

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By Cindy Taylor Hardee’s is brand new once again, but it is still the community meeting place it has always been. According to manager Tammy Wilder, the renovations are complete and the new area is now open for parties and business meetings. “There is no charge for the meeting rooms,” said Wilder. “We can hold 50 plus.” There are two separate rooms and those can be combined. The restaurant also boasts café seating and some new menu items. “We still hand-bread all of our chicken items that are on the lunch menu,” said Wilder. “We also have hand-dipped ice cream and fresh-made shakes. We will

be introducing an Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich on March 19. Folks still brag on how friendly our service is.” The new Southwest Patty Melt has spicy sauce, hot cheese and jalapenos. There will be a promotion in March that offers an Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich free with the purchase of the Southwest Patty Melt Combo meal. Handmade biscuits are still the main draw, with locals knocking on the door at 5 a.m. looking for their breakfast fix. “Breakfast is still our biggest business,” said Wilder. “We know all the customers and they know us. Our employees and customers are more like family here.”

Register of Deeds Mary Beth Kitts and Deputy Registers Ann Lutner and Renea Anderson are seated among the tomes of Union County. Photo by C. Taylor

A true hall of records By Cindy Taylor Union County Courthouse can boast at least one truly historical room. Items in that room have never been lost and never been burnt. Register of Deeds Mary Beth Kitts, along with Ann Lutner and Renea Anderson, hold history in their hands on a daily basis. “In this office, we record all miscellaneous instruments,” said Kitts. “We record charters and have land records back to the beginning of Union County.” That history dates back to 1856 and also contains

tax liens, service discharges, judgments and land titles in volume after volume of handwritten books. “When people go to sell property, any judgments must be cleared up before it can be sold,” said Kitts. “Sometimes owners don’t even know there are liens because someone didn’t do their job when the property was purchased.” Kitts says there can even be judgments involving credit cards that can interfere with property sales. Land sales and judgments are brought to the Register of Deeds office and recorded.

Hardee’s biscuit chef Teresa Kitts shows off a pan of freshly made biscuits. Photo by C. Taylor Hardee’s has weekly coupons in the paper and ongoing specials. The Maynardville Hardee’s is located at 2825 May-

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Tax attorneys will usually go back 30 years when they research these records. Keeping accurate records is extremely important for landowners. According to Kitts, even banks can sometimes overlook sending in a release from a loan payoff. This is why a title search is so important. The owner is responsible for making sure there are no outstanding judgments, but if a title company is used that company is responsible for any mistakes. The office also collects mortgage taxes and transfer taxes on warranty deeds. “As of now, we have scanned everything onto a computer,” said Kitts, who took office in 1998. “That involved thousands of records, three employees and six to eight months of working hours.” An Archive Committee meets once each month to make certain the history in the room is preserved. “The records are public, but they cannot leave the office unless I follow them,” said Kitts. The Register of Deeds office is located on the first floor of the Union County Courthouse and can be reached at 992-8024.

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From page A-1 before the second bomb was dropped, all we did was sit by the radio. We thought when we dropped the first bomb that Japan would surrender, but we had to drop both of them. Everybody wanted to go home then, but we couldn’t.” During his time as an MP, his job was to make certain there was no fraternizing by Americans with the Japanese people. According to Myers, befriending anyone who was Japanese was off-limits to Americans during the occupation. “Japan was a very eerie place after the war,” said Myers. “When I finally came home, I couldn’t find a job. No one could. There just wasn’t any work. So I re-enlisted after about a year and went into the Army.” Myers laughs, “They sent me back to Japan for another 30 months as an MP again.” When his time ended, Myers was more than ready to be home and brought no memorabilia back with him. “My brother brought back a Japanese rifle, but I

A typical bunk on a Navy ship similar to the one Myers slept on during World War II. Photo by C. Taylor didn’t want anything from there,” said Myers. Myers also re-enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War and ended up spending a total of seven years of his life in service to his country. Once out of the service and back home, Myers was able to find work as a sheetrock finisher and stayed in that field until he retired. During that time, he married and raised a son while his current wife, Marjorie, was raising two daughters. When his first wife passed away, Myers thought he would never marry again. “Jack and I had known each other for 40 years,” said Marjorie. “He was mar-

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Water rescue! With boating season an island or work along gearing up, it’s time to clean public land and shorelines. up Norris Lake. Residents and volunteers have been asked to report to the staging area closest to them and a team leader will assign them from there. Cindy “We really need boat drivTaylor ers,” said Graham. “They don’t have to be licensed, and the event will be rain Friends of Norris Lake, or shine. This will be an anTVA, and volunteers from nual event, and we’d like to Union and surrounding have youth groups who are counties will hold a River interested in doing commuRescue and Norris Lake nity service join us. Youth Leadership Union County Cleanup event March 31. Union County will have partnered with Keep Union Leadership Union County Class of 2010 does their part with shoreline cleanup as their community project. Members in the front staging areas at Big Ridge County Beautiful to hold a are actually standing at the edge of water that is invisible due to the trash. Photos submitted. State Park, Hickory Star cleanup of the shorelines as Marina and Beach Island their community project in Marina beginning at 9 2010. They planned, executsupport for stay-at-home ty,” said Shelton. “We supa.m. All the homeowners ed and got it done.” moms and started the pro- port local businesses, and Scout Troop 401 will be associations from Norris cedure to establish one in many of our meetings are Shores, Sunset Bay and ferried out to Rabbit IsUnion County. The club built around educational Hickory Point, residents land for their part of the became chartered and of- activities for the kids.” of Tumbling Run and other cleanup. This is a great opIf you are a stay-atficial in 2008 and has lake front areas are en- portunity to give the areas monthly meetings at vari- home mom, work part time couraged to come help with around the lake a facelift or a home schooling mom, ous locations. this massive cleanup day, to prepare for tourist seayou are invited to check “I lived in the area and and many have already son. An April workshop has out how this group is helpknew very few moms,” said committed. Union County been set as a follow-up to Shelton. “I was driving to ing other moms like you. Chamber of Commerce explore the findings from Knoxville for the club but Moms and their children president Julie Graham this cleanup and look at fuwanted to see one in this are invited to attend the has been instrumental in ture endeavors. open house or any meetcommunity.” helping coordinate this According to Shelton, ings to find out about the ■ Calling all moms event for Union County. the club has free or low- club’s fun, local, low cost MOMS Club is a support “TVA will be furnishing activities and play groups. all supplies, and pontoon group designed just for A recent MOMS Club kids cooking activity on Presidents Day cost, local activities like The local chapter is boats are being made avail- the at-home mother of to- at Marcie and Doree Shelton’s house. Clockwise from bottom visiting farms and librar- open to those moms living able through the marinas,” day. These are moms who are Josh Roberson, Will Spierdowis, Doree Shelton, Eden Spier- ies, making crafts and in Maynardville, Corryton, said Graham. “All of the ma- are interested in the world dowis, Christopher Treece, Ashley Treece, Micah Treece, Way- cooking. Board members Sharps Chapel, Plainview are nominated and rotated rinas are onboard and more around them, want a vari- lon Spierdowis, Ava Case and Isaac Case. and Luttrell, and serves yearly, and the club also than willing to help any way ety of activities for themthe following ZIP codes: does at least one commuselves and their children, they can.” 37807, 37779, 37866 and Local Boy Scout troops and are proud of their encourage other moms to a.m. Wednesday, April 11. nity service project each 37721. Info: Darlene, 712Marcie Shelton is a former year. For 2011, that project are involved, and Girl Scouts choice of at-home mother- join. 4560; Eden, 687-2469; or The Plainview Com- president and founder of was for the Union County are being asked to partici- ing. This club understands w w w.maynardvillemoms. pate as well. There is work the special needs of an at- munity Center will host the MOMS Club in May- Children’s Center. “We are very much in- Contact Cindy Taylor at brentcindyt@ to do no matter if you want home mother and has an the annual open house nardville. She saw a need to hitch a boat and float to open house scheduled to for the MOMS Club at 10 in the community for volved with our communi-

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Sculpting in wood By Cindy Taylor Richard Phillips is well known to residents of Plainview, where he serves as vice mayor and alderman. He is also an extremely talented woodcarver who has won awards for his work. Most recently he won first place for “Smokey,” the UT mascot, who is wearing an orange UT blanket, also hand-carved.

DOWN-home UPdate But don’t mention whittling, because to Phillips that is a four-letter word. According to Phillips, carving is creative and involves making a project using various knives and gouges, and Phillips says he would rather carve than eat. “What I do is wood carving,” said Phillips.

“I never tried my hand at whittling. That’s a pastime and it’s OK. You can relax and talk. What I do gets to be very intense.” He started working in wood years ago, building large pieces like tables but always wanted to try his hand at true artistic carving. He has dabbled in intarsia (the inlaying of various types of wood) but prefers the carving. Phillips says he has carved in wood off and on for some time but never had a teacher and cut his fingers quite a bit. “When I moved here I signed up for a wood carving club and paid dues for three years before I ever showed up,” said Phillips. “When I finally went I was hooked.” Phillips takes classes, but looking at his work it is difficult to understand what he could possibly have left to learn. “I have asked excellent, well-known carvers the same thing during class,”

Some of the items carved by Phillips through the years.

said Phillips. “They tell me they come for the fellowship and to see what might be new.” Phillips and wife Glenda live in Plainview surrounded by his woodwork and his carvings. He develops characters in his works and has yet to part with any of them for money. He says when he becomes more confident

he will consider selling his work, but many of his items take days to complete, and that interprets into expensive to sell. He has carved some items as gifts for friends and family and has some items he considers mistakes. Mistakes to Phillips are still works of art to others, and even those are Woodcarver Richard Phillips with a work in progress. Photo by C. Taylor beautiful.

News from Narrow Ridge Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center in Washburn hosts events and workshops throughout the year. Upcoming opportunities include: ■ Spring Equinox Celebration 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. ■ Music jam 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24. ■ Community potluck 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31. ■ Yoga 9-10 a.m. every Saturday, April through September. ■ Applications are being accepted for Vision Fast at Narrow Ridge, to be held June 16-24. Participants will experience two and a half days of preparation and three days and nights of fasting alone on a mountain near the center. Cost is $600 per person, $1,080 per couple. Deadline for registration is March 31. A $50 deposit is required to reserve space. Info or to register:,, or Mitzi WoodVon Mizener, 497-3603.

Seniors celebrate birthdays Harvey Kitts, Rebecca Mize, Kathleen Whitmill, Melanie Dykes and Clyde Liford celebrate their February birthdays at the Union County Senior Center in Maynardville. Senior Center staff thanked Teresa’s Bakery for the birthday cake and Flowers by Bob for the flowers. Photo submitted

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TATER VALLEY RD 701, LUTTRELL - Great brick rancher, several upgrades incl all new plumbing, remodeled half BA/ laundry rm. Oak Flrs. Filtration sys for well. Det gar 26x30 w/elec & heat. Pole barn w/elec, ingrnd pool 16x34. ADT alarm sys. Sun rm leading out to pool area. Home needs TLC. Sitting on 13.8 acres all offered at $152,000. 291 MAIN ST. MAYNARDVILLE FORECLOSURE 2BR/1.5BA, 1008 SF condo. Entire kitchen has been stripped out. Needs paint, etc. Vacant. Walking trail for residence. $43,400

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Plainview Planning meeting is March 8 The city of Plainview Planning Commission’s regular meeting will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Plainview City Hall. The public is welcome. On the agenda are the zoning officer’s report and a zoning map workshop.

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First preview of 2012 football TALES OF TENNESSEE | Marvin West


o good to hear that the worst is over, that Tennessee football is no longer in disarray, that progress, like cherry blossoms, is budding and will soon break out for all to see. This is your first official preview of football 2012. Cody Blanc said Jim Chaney said, “If we don’t win eight or nine ball games – well, seven or eight – that’s when we’ll know something’s not right.” I already know.

I’m counting on the head coach, offensive coordinator Chaney, the new running back coach, the new line coach, the reassigned receivers coach and other close associates to fix it. I look forward to an attitude adjustment, led by the new defensive coordinator. I am hopeful that the coach of size, strength and speed will do something to help. When I am in charge of this operation, we will add a gate guard or grass-grower or other guru who

A cloud of witnesses CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right and of God. (Hebrews 12: 1-2 NRSV)


he question that started the whole conversation was whether ghosts are mentioned in the Bible. Apparently, everyone on all sides was willing to cede the point that was so obvious: the Holy Ghost, as a part of the preexisting Trinity, present from before the beginning. But were there other ghosts? Spirits who existed separate from the earthly bodies they had once inhabited?

MILESTONES Cole Bradley Massengile was born Feb. 2, weighing 8 pounds 4 ounces and me a su r i ng more than 21 inches long. His parents are Bradley and Hope Massengile of Maynardville. Grandparents are Mark and Carolyn Massengile of Luttrell, Dexter and Sandy Merritt of Corryton, Freddie and Dolly Williams of Knoxville. Greatgrandparents are George and Norma Savage of Luttrell and the late Amos and Lucille Massengile of Corryton.

And what, exactly, is a ghost? The undispersed, unused energy that is left over after a person dies too young? Are they spooky, to be feared? Are they poor, pitiable souls, wandering abroad with no body, and no hope of being released from their current condition? What is our fascination with ghosts? Have you ever seen one? Well, I claim to have seen one, on the battlefield at Gettysburg,

knows how to kick and will stand very near a certain kicker, in lunch lines, during practice and at all games. He will whisper tips and tidbits. There will be no more kicks that hit helmets. There was a time, back in the Phillip Fulmer era, when seven or eight victories wouldn’t have been enough. Expectations have been beaten down, hammered over the head with a two-by-four. Almost anything imaginable would be better than the 1-7 SEC record and some of those gosh-awful scores. The schedule is encouraging. There I go, becoming openly optimistic about Georgia State, Akron and Troy. Overconfidence is a dangerous error. Blanc, multitalented recruit from Knoxville Central, has his own reasons for positive thinking, good group of returnees, good group of new guys.

Here’s the hitch: Georgia is still ahead. Are the Vols now even with Florida, South Carolina and Mississippi State? Are they better than anybody? Dare I mention Vanderbilt and Kentucky? No question about Alabama. Good thing the coach there is a friend of the coach here. That may be enough to save the rivalry. The biggest game of Derek Dooley’s coaching life is the opener, North Carolina State in Atlanta. The Wolfpack has yo-yo tendencies. We don’t know which group will show up. We are almost certain which pack of wolves will be howling if the Volunteers limp home empty-handed. Spare us that experience. This is the season Tennessee runs out of excuses. The squad has scars earned in combat. There is some depth. The quarterback will be a junior in eligibility if not maturity.

If the talent level is not improved, that will be Dooley’s fault. He will have three recruiting classes on the field. If they aren’t good enough, this will be a tragic time to make the discovery. On my depth chart, two seniors and seven juniors are penciled in as offensive starters. Two seniors and six juniors are my defensive guesses. Sophomores on both sides of the ball have star potential. Tyler Bray is the key. I honestly don’t know if he is a pipe dream or a future NFL prize. He has the arm. For some, he is the pied piper. For some, he is a pain. Contracts be damned, the coach and his new helpers are strung out on the fence. I sure hope they come down on the side of success, longevity and bowl bonuses. The other side is so messy.

but I can’t be positive. What I saw was a horseman, in a military uniform, come riding up a trail, right up to my car. I remember clearly that the moon was full, and that it was Halloween night (both of which, I realize, could be arguments for an overactive imagination and against the validity of my sighting). But I saw what I saw, and then I was past him, out the Chambersburg Pike and the moment was gone. Years later, there was the creak on the stair that was loud enough to wake me from a deep sleep. I thought I had overslept, and that my husband had come back upstairs to wake me. That’s when I realized my husband was lying beside me. He had been awakened too, and was alert and reaching for his pistol. We searched the house over, but there was no one else there. Anyhow, thanks to Strong’s Concordance, that amazing tome that catalogs every word in the Bible every time it is used, I was able to ascertain that there are only two usages of the word in the Bible: the Holy Ghost, the third member of the Trinity, and the phrase “gave up the ghost,” used to describe a person’s dy-

ing. That usage of the word appears to me to equate “the ghost” with the soul. But then there is that wonderful Hebrews reference to the “great cloud of witnesses” surrounding us. What are we to make of the “great cloud of witnesses”? A “cloud” seems a little ethereal for flesh and blood, so are they the thousands and millions of souls who have finished the race? Are they cheering us on from the other shore? And how are we to understand the appearance of Moses and Elijah with Jesus on the Mount of the Transfiguration? I grasp that they are there to represent the Law and the Prophets, sort of a pair of bookends flanking the Christ, the culmination of God’s self-revelation to humankind. But were they ghosts, since we know that they had been dead for centuries? I suppose that the most interesting thing about the discussion that prompted all these musings is the fact that it originated on Facebook among a group of sophisticated 20-somethings, a generation typically not overly given to spiritual concerns. I am pleased that they are willing to “think on these things.” (Philippians 4: 8)


Beekeeping class upcoming Bee Friends in Claiborne County and the Well Being Foundation will host a beekeeping class 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Lunch and door prizes will be provided. Participants will learn beekeeping basics from experts, build a hive from start to finish and look inside a live hive weather permitting. Protection will be provided. Info or to register: Judith, 423-791-4213.

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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

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.

Special services ■ Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Mission will hold services in Spanish every Sunday at 11 a.m. La iglesia de Catolica en Maynardville ofrecer la Misa en Español todos los domingos a las 11 a.m. Info: 992-7222. ■ Cedar Ford Baptist Church in Luttrell will host Betsy Stowers Frazier and Judy Stowers Brackner for a night of testimony and music celebration starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Admission is free. There will be free gifts. Info: 992-0216.


Apple tree tradition continues Union County Soil Conservation District sponsored apple tree grafting day Feb. 16 in the Union County High School greenhouse classroom. Joe McNew of Echo Acre Farms in Tazewell led workshops for 11 agriculture and biology classes. Grafting antique apple tree cultivars is McNew’s hobby, which has led to more than 200 apple trees thriving on his farm. He volunteers each year to share his knowledge so his tradition will continue through the years. McNew demonstrated two grafting techniques to the 200 students who took part in the workshops. Each student received his or her own tree to graft Joe McNew gives tips for ap- and take home to plant. ple tree grafting. Photo submitted

Regional win for FBLA By Cindy Taylor Future Business Leaders of America members and advisor Lana Booker traveled to Roane State Community College on Feb. 10 to participate in the FBLA Regional Conference. Union County High School students competed against students from eight surrounding counties. Two FBLA members placed in the top five, which allows them to ad-

vance to the state to be held in Chattanooga. Union County High School FBLA members who will be traveling on to the state competition in April are Kristen Wynn, first in Impromptu Speaking, and Damon Clapp, second in two categories: Introduction to Technology Concepts and Web 2.0. Wynn is a junior, and this is her third year to place at the regional com-

Damon Clapp Kristen Wynn petition since joining FBLA as a freshman. Wynn also belongs to Skills USA and is interning at TVA in the CADNet program. Clapp is a sophomore and competed for the first time.

High hopes for basketball seniors By Cindy Taylor Basketball season is over for the Union County High School Patriots, and four seniors have played their final high school game. According to coach Shane Brown, the team was able to come together to make vast improvements later in the season after struggling early in the year. Logan Anderson has played on the varsity team throughout high school and managed to keep a 4.0 GPA as well. “He has had some fine moments this year and is a great kid to be around,” said Brown. “He will be successful at whatever he does after high school.” Emmitt Turner has made outstanding improvements in his game and also sports a 4.0 GPA. “This is Emmitt’s second year at basketball once we got him away from football and baseball,” said Brown. “He is a pleasure to be around. Emmitt and Logan are two of the smartest kids I have ever been around. They’ll both make a lot more money than I have ever

Seniors on the Union County High School boys basketball team are: (front) Tyler Wynn, Christian Chandler; (back) Logan Anderson and Emmitt Turner. Photo by C. Taylor thought about making.” Turner and Anderson plan to attend UT after graduation, and Tyler Wynn plans to attend Walters State. “Tyler has really improved this year,” said Brown. “He never talks back and is a really great kid.” Christian Chandler has excelled in basketball and other sports during his high school years and is keeping his options open for after graduation as far as choosing his sport.

“Christian Chandler has been with me since I came (to Union County High School) three years ago,” said Brown. “His role has drastically changed in the past year. He is the focal point of the offense and is probably in the top three or four scorers in the Knoxville area.” “This group means a lot to me since it’s my first group that has gone through,” said Brown. “They’re good kids, and I trust them with my own kids.”

4-H goes to subregional contest Winners of the 4-H Union County public speaking contest advanced to the 4-H subregional public speaking contest in Sevierville on Feb. 16. Each student received a participation ribbon. Pictured are contestants Catherine Mahoney, Cadie Chapell, Emily Hocutt and Bethany Long. Photo by submitted

SHOULD PARENTS LOCK UP THEIR LIQUOR? A new study of young teens revealed some surprising facts about their drinking habits, specifically where they get their booze. An estimated 700,000 U.S. kids in the 12 to 14 year old age group (which is about 5.9 percent) had consumed alcohol in the past month, and of those, nearly half got it for free from their family or at home. The study, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) as part of the National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, shows that family members can play a big role in reducing kids' access to alcohol and preventing underage drinking.

Within the heart of every stray lies the desire to be loved. Here’s how you can help us achieve that: Your donations help us take care of them until we can find them loving homes. We are always in need to volunteers to help us show them how much they are loved. Our low cost spay/neuter helps make the homeless pet population more manageable. Don’t abandon an animal. Bring them to us. We never turn any away from the door. Bring us firewood that’s cut and dried to help us keep them warm this winter.

"People who begin drinking alcohol before the age of 15 are six times more likely than those who start at age 21 and older to develop alcohol problems, " SAMSHA administrator Pamela Hyde said. If you're one to have an occasional post-work cocktail or wine with dinner (guilty!), you likely have spirits in your house. But do you keep it under lock and key?

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Movin’ to the beat By Cindy Taylor The season is over for the nine-member Union County High School dance team, but they are already building toward next year. Coach Leslie Alfrey is new to the team this year, and librarian Pat Phillips is assistant coach. “Our girls have worked really hard this year, and we are hoping for an even better year next year,” said Alfrey. The girls consider themselves a family of sisters more than just a coordinated dance unit. They got their start thanks to a for-

mer member’s father who encouraged his employer to sponsor the girls with a $1,000 donation. Junior Samantha Violet is team captain. “This type of outlet is how people open themselves up to the world,” said Violet, who is responsible for coming up with dance moves and teaching new techniques. “Some of the girls were really shy before they joined the team, but they have come out of their shells.” The team performs at basketball and football games, incorporating

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Union County High School dance team members are: (front) captain Samantha Violet, co-captain Alanna Phillips, Nikki Alfrey, Rachel Wolfenbarger; (back) MacKenzie Graves, Misty Hampton, India Blackburn, Marissa Lutner and Abbey Fritts. Photo by C. Taylor dance moves set to mod- competitions beginning in will be held in April. A love ern music, mostly hip-hop the 2012-2013 school year. of dancing is all that is reand jazz. They plan to enter Tryouts for the dance team quired.

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Luttrell 1st graders Nathan Ritter and Jonathan Tharp work on their dental hygiene booklets. Photo submitted

Bright smiles at Luttrell By Cindy Taylor The staff from Dr. John Osborne’s dental office visited Luttrell Elementary School 1st graders Feb. 22 to teach good dental hygiene. A puppet helped show students the proper way to brush and floss their teeth. Each student received a new toothbrush and dental floss. As a part of this educa-

tional experience, 1st graders were also shown a brief video which enforced what they had just been taught. To complete the training, the students worked with a partner to make a booklet titled “How to Have a Bright Smile.” Participating students were presented with a certificate of attendance at the end of the day.

McCoy signs with Tusculum Trey McCoy has signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn. Trey transferred from Union County after his 8th grade year at Horace Maynard Middle School to Anderson County High School. He was the lead tackler in the state both his junior (165) and senior (135) years as linebacker. He also played running back. His parents are Chris and Janet McCoy. Siblings are Brad and Madison. Grandparents are Floyd and Jean McCoy of Maynardville. Trey McCoy

TENNderCare available for children The TENNderCare program wants babies, children, teens and young adults to get the health care they need. Good health begins at birth, so it’s important to “Check In, Check Up and Check Back” with your doctor every year. The program continues to increase the rate of children receiving health care services every year. Call today to set up a TENNderCare visit with your doctor or go to the Union County Health Department. Your health plan will help. Info: 1-866-311-4287 or

Commodity distribution upcoming Commodities will be given out Tuesday, March 13, at the Paulette Building on Maynardville Highway. The doors will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until the food runs out. The USDA Emergency Food Assistance Program is available for all eligible recipients regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap. Recipients must bring their commodity cards. Those who do not have a commodity card may come to the distribution to sign up. Info: ETHRA, 992-8816.

Printer cartridge recycling at the library Maynardville Public Library encourages everyone to bring their old printer cartridges to be recycled. The library receives up to $4 for each cartridge. Place old cartridges in a plastic sandwich bag and leave it in the collection bin just inside the library. Large laser cartridges are not accepted. Funds raised will support the Summer Reading program. Info: 992-7106.

Artists needed for Art in the Park Artists and vendors are invited to stage booths at the 2012 Art in the Park festival to be held April 21 at Paulette Elementary School. The theme for this year is “The Cradle Rocks,” and the event will feature Ronnie Miller with his Tribute to Elvis. All art will be indoors unless the artist chooses to be outdoors. Booth fees are $15, and charitable organizations may set up for free. Info: Julie Graham, or 992-2811.

Union County High School basketball player and senior Christian C h a n dler was named to the AllDistrict 3-AA basketball team this Chandler year after leading the Patriots in scoring with a 19.1 average per game. With this average, Christian joins his father, Gary Chandler, and grandfather, John Dykes, as Union

County basketball scorers. Christian is the fifth player in Union County High School history to score more than 500 points in a season, and his 97 3-pointers were also a UCHS single-season record. “Christian had a very special senior season,” said coach Shane Brown. “I have never witnessed the improvement that he achieved. He set forth goals after last season and worked hard to attain his place in UCHS basketball history. I want to congratulate him on a great season.”

The Union County Adult Education Center invites all those interested in getting a GED to call for an appointment for pre-testing. The center provides all testing free of charge to Union County residents. The staff will help applicants prepare for the test. Classes are available 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The official GED tests will be given on the following dates: ■ March 12 and 13 ■ April 16 and 17 ■ June 11 and 12 Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: Melissa Carter, 992-0805 or 254-8833.

Great American Clean-Up planned The first of three Great American Clean-Up events will be held 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10. Volunteers are asked to meet at 7:45 a.m. at Wilson Park. All are invited to help Keep Union County Beautiful make a difference in the community.

Anti-drug meeting at Walnut Grove The next Union County prayer meeting to fight drugs and alcohol will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church on Hines Creek Road. All pastors and concerned citizens are invited to attend. The meeting is nondenominational.

Quilting classes offered Kathy Chesney of Adult Day Services will host quilting classes 7 p.m. Thursdays at the newly renovated Adult Day Services on Maynardville Highway. Classes are open to all skill levels. Attendees are asked to bring scissors, needles, thimbles and cotton fabric. Info: 566-3289 or

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Medicare help for seniors 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, 9923292 or 992-0361.


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