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Charles and Kathy Pittman have been residents of Sharps Chapel since October of last year and brought more with them in the move from Mississippi than just their friendly smiles. On March 13, the Pittmans parted with a signed photo of Charles with Roy Acuff and Wilma Lee Cooper, taken backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in 1982 after Charles appeared as a guest on the Opry. Roy Acuff Union Museum and Library representative J.V. Waller was on hand to receive the photo, which will hang in the museum along with the other memorabilia from Roy Acuff, who was born in Union County. See Cindy’s story on page 3

The ‘lure’ of art When was the last time someone invited you to go “scanoeing?” Never? Well, stick around Union County until the weather warms up and Barry Moulton may just be looking for company on the water. Moulton is a talented woodworker and woodcarver who has been building what he calls scanoes for a few years. The vessel is similar to a canoe with characteristics of a scarab; hence, scanoe.

See Down-home Update on page 4

Cuonzo can coach I am from the group that thought the end of Bruce Pearl was the end of Tennessee basketball as we had come to know and love it. See Marvin’s story on page 5

Baseball starts strong The Horace Maynard Middle School varsity baseball team is starting the season off as every coach’s dream team. Five games in and the Red Devils are 5-0 and have already played two district games against tough teams. To date, the team has not allowed more than three runs in a game by an opposing team.

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Toppins out, Carter in Toppins: ‘They don’t know what they’ve done’ By Cindy Taylor Three directors in one school year. That must be some kind of record. The Union County school board abruptly fired interim director Marilyn Toppins on March 8, replacing her with Dr. Jimmy Carter, a longtime veteran of the system. School board chair Brian Oaks drove the unanimous decision which passed without discussion. Afterward, Oaks alleged financial mismanagement by Toppins. Since Toppins was back in the classroom and unavailable for comment, we opted not to publish his specific charges. Oaks said Carter, an elemenatry education supervisor, was his first choice from day one. Other board members were complimentary of Toppins, and after the vote Oaks thanked Toppins for her hard work and long hours. She worked as interim su-

perindent at her teacher’s pay. Board member David Coppock said, “Carter has all the credentials, but I would have been happier if this had waited until the end of the school year. I don’t have any idea why Oaks was in such a hurry, but our chair made the recommendation, so I voted with him.” Board member Mark DeVault said Toppins had done an excellent job. “But we knew when she was put in that she wanted it to be temporary. I am thankful for what Marilyn has done, and I hope Dr. Carter does a good job.” The school board previously suspended Director of Schools Wayne Goforth who has sued the board and individual members. Goforth is represented by Knoxville attorney Herbert Moncier. On advice of board counsel Mary Ann Stackhouse, the job title was changed from “interim director” to “temporary director.” Carter will serve as temporary director until “the situation with Goforth is resolved,” said Oaks. A tearful Toppins said she

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“knew this was coming” for a couple of days. “I don’t think the board members have any idea what they’ve done.” Toppins thanked “all the staff and people in our organization that have gone above and beyond to work with me and with this board.” Toppins said she never intended to go after the permanent top job and that she will retire following the 2012-2013 school year. Asked if he was expecting the

appointment, Carter was noncommittal. “Not particularly,” he said. “This is a challenge and I look forward to it. I work for the school system just like Marilyn has, and I think we both have the best interests of the students at heart.” Carter and wife Melissa, who also works for Union County Schools, approached Toppins after the meeting but were met with a cold shoulder.

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The Union County Commission spent much of its March meeting talking about budgets and upcoming expenditures. According to Ann Dyer, expenses for the jail are projected to more than double in 2013. These costs go up as the inmate population goes up. Medical and food costs for inmates are definitely on the rise. “The law says that when we incarcerate them we become their keeper and their health provid-

er,” said Sheriff Junior Loy. “We must provide inmates a clean place to dwell, hygiene products and medical care.” One expense that bugged commissioners was a dental bill of more than $3,000 for a single inmate. According to Jail Administrator Rodney Minor, an inmate required the services of an oral surgeon to repair a broken jaw. “Our officers were attempting a DUI arrest when the suspect passed out and fell face down,” said Minor. “The suspect

refused EMS on site, then later complained of jaw pain and needed treatment after the arrest. All medical is contracted by (County Commission), and we have to use who they contract with.” For informational purposes only, Mayor Mike Williams requested that Dyer also present budget projections to the commission to propose consideration of moving money from the general fund into debt service to cover anticipated debt for the coming year.

The amount in debt service has gradually decreased from $2,214,072 in 2007 to $1,421,231 in 2011, while the general fund has increased from $1,334,914 to $3,170,461 during the same time period. It was noted and discussed that 89 percent of the county debt was school-related while the other 11 percent was jail/ courthouse. The Sheriff Committee reported that a recent tour of the jail revealed 19 deficiencies, which in-

See Cindy’s story on page 7

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cluded overcrowding and understaffing. Jail Inspector Robert Cain said that Union County must show that action is being taken to correct these deficiencies. The jail will be reinspected March 23. Deputy and fleet manager Jeff Sharp informed the commission that all six police cars currently being equipped should be on the road within the next three weeks. Several road signs have now been replaced throughout the county. The commission discussed the continuing issue of aluminum road signs that are being destroyed and stolen, and cost for replacement with plastic is still being considered. Preservation Union County requested a resolution to accept walking trails in Sharps Chapel, mainly around Oak Grove School. This was approved by the commission. Attorney David Myers was approved to serve as delinquent tax attorney for Union County and will be compensated at a rate of 10 percent of all delinquent taxes collected. This percentage will come from delinquent taxpayers, not out of county funds. In order to aid seniors and residents with disabilities, the rear door to the courthouse will be kept unlocked for all County Commission meetings to allow access to the elevator.

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By Cindy Taylor In the fall of 1899, Claiborne National Bank was chartered. Its first president, George Montgomery, guided the bank through many challenges, and the bank prospered. In October 1919, the bank changed its name to Claiborne County Bank and retained this name for almost 70 years until First Claiborne Bank was established. The most

recent transformation occurred in 2000 as the bank became First Century Bank. In the fall of 1936, Glenn Yoakum began his career at the bank as a teller and eventually took over the reins of the bank. His daughter, Eleanor Yoakum, now serves as board chair. Brad Davis has been an assistant vice president and branch manager at First Century Bank for three years.

“We are still locally owned by the Yoakums,” said Davis. “We are much friendlier than many banks I visit. First Century is the only bank in Union County that offers insurance as well as a 24/7 automated service.”

Customers can take advantage of full financial services such as loans, checking and saving accounts, safety deposit boxes and insurance along with many other services. “We have one-stop shopping,” said Davis’ assistant

From benefits to booths By Cindy Taylor The March meeting proved to be a busy night for the Plainview Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The board once again discussed requiring new businesses to purchase a city license before opening inside the city limits. This would be in addition to any licensing requirements established by Union County. The Plainview City Recorder will begin research on the legalities and state requirements if any. Wes Holmes from Employee Benefits Specialists gave a brief presentation regarding benefits for city employees that would include cancer insurance, life insurance and disability. Information was distributed to employees. The board approved registering for a $500 booth at the Oct. 6 Union County Heritage Festival to distribute information about the city. The board also approved a door prize dona-

tion to the April 21 Art in the Park festival. Three members of the Luttrell PTO asked for money to help restore the Luttrell ball park concession stand. The PTO has raised $800 so far but needs $2,000 for electrical materials to replace the existing 40-year-old wiring. The board agreed to support the PTO with a donation of $200. Residents were concerned that another publication in Union County had stated incorrectly that landowners in Plainview had voting rights in the city even if they did not reside on the land. The board asserted that this is not the case. In order to vote in a city election in Plainview, you must be a resident living inside the city limits. Elmer and Deb Munsey sent a thank-you note to the city which was read aloud by Mayor Gary Chandler. The note specifically addressed the tree


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cutting that had been done on Wallace Road, the hard work by city employees and the excellent job Chief of Police David Tripp does for residents. The board tabled several items to be discussed at a business and financial workshop scheduled for April 12 immediately following the Planning Commission meeting at the Plainview City Hall. Several items will be on the agenda, including a proposed slum ordinance, paving rotation for city streets, city vehicle rotation and improvements to

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the walking track. One bid for restoration of the track has been received to date. The Plainview Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet at 7 p.m. April 10 for its regularly scheduled meeting at Plainview City Hall.

While chiropractic treatment may be most readily associated with back pain, the fact is that the treatment is also proven effective for discomfort in other parts of the body. One of those areas is the wrist. The misalignment of vertebrae can compress nerves that emanate from the spinal cord and lead to an extremity like the wrist. It’s not uncommon for a chiropractor to hear a complaint from an office worker coping with arm and wrist pain, numbness or weakness. The discomfort could severely impair her ability to do her job. The actual cause of the problem could be stress put on the spine by a posture issue. Long hours hunched over a keyboard or desk could aggravate one of the joints in the back. The resulting inflammation of muscles and ligaments that surround that joint could compress a nerve or nerves and cause the worker’s painful condition. In this case, chiropractic treatment may include a spinal adjustment to relieve the nerve compression, ice packs to ease soft-tissue inflammation and a regimen of exercises and stretches. If you suffer with any sort of nagging, chronic discomfort or pain, talk with a chiropractor to see if chiropractic treatment could help you. Brought to you as a community service by Union County Chiropractic; 110 Skyline Drive, Maynardville, TN; 992-7000.

MOMS Club to hold open house The MOMS Club of Maynardville will host an open house at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at the Plainview Community Center. Moms and their children are invited to attend and find out about the club’s fun, local, low-cost activities and playgroups. Info: Darlene, 712-4560, or Eden, 687-2469.

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New Beverly Baptist Church 3320 New Beverly Church Rd., Knoxville, TN 37918 546-0001 or Rev. Eddie Sawyer, Pastor I-640 to exit 8. Go north on Washington Pike to red light @ Greenway Rd. (facing new Target), turn left, church is ¼ mile on the right. Admission is free, love offering will be taken. Doors open at 5:00pm

Senior centers celebrate March birthdays Barbara Atkins, Jess Jones, Mildred Dyer and Helen McBee celebrate their March birthdays at the Plainview Senior Center. Joyce Hopkins celebrates her March birthday at the Sharps Chapel Senior Center. Photos submitted

Poetry contest at library Maynardville Public Library will host a free poetry contest for the Art in the Park event. The contest is open to everyone. Winning poems may be published in local newspapers. Each contestant may enter one poem about art or Earth Day, using any style, 21 lines or fewer. Pick up forms at Maynardville Public Library and return them to the library by Tuesday, April 17. Info: 992-7106.

Big Ridge egg hunt upcoming Big Ridge State Park will host the 14th annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 7. Hunt times are 10 a.m. for children 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m. for 3-4 years old, 1 p.m. for 5-7 years old, and 1:30 p.m. for 8-10 years old. The hunt will have 12,000 eggs filled with toys and candy, and some will contain extra prizes. Each age group has its own grand prize. Prizes include toys, bicycles, food coupons and more. Info: 992-5523.

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Pittmans donate Roy Acuff photo Charles and Kathy Pittman have been residents of Sharps Chapel since October of last year and brought more with them in the move from Mississippi than just their friendly smiles.

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On March 13, the Pittmans parted with a signed photo of Charles with Roy Acuff and Wilma Lee Cooper, taken backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in 1982 after Charles appeared as a guest on the Opry. Roy Acuff Union Museum and Library representative J.V. Waller was on hand to receive the photo, which will hang in the museum along with the other memorabilia from Roy Acuff, who was born in Union County. “I didn’t get discovered at the Opry,” said Pittman in his booming bass voice. “They never did call me back.” The Pittmans moved to Sharps Chapel to be closer to children and grandchildren, who live in Knoxville. They may not be from around here, but they are destined to fit right in. “We came from a town about this size, and when we saw that there was a Roy Acuff Museum here, we decided y’all needed this picture,” said Pittman. “We’ve been here since October, and we’re still looking for the mall in Sharps Chapel.” ■

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For the fourth time, Maynardville Utility District has received the award for the best tasting water in TAUD Region 3 in Tennessee. Utilities judged included Jellico, Oak Ridge, Clinton, LaFollette, Jacksboro, Harrogate and Tazewell. Water from each area was taken to the judging center where judges tasted unmarked water from all cities and declared once again that Maynardville was best. “We’re proud of being chosen the best tasting water again,” said City Manager Jack Rhyne. “We work hard to keep it clean and tasting great.” ■

Region 3 Best-Tasting Water winners with judges are John West of TDEC, Michael Payne of Maynardville, Campbell County Mayor William Baird, Maynardville City Manager Jack Rhyne, Erich Weber of TDEC, Terry Bobrowski of ETDD and Tim Eagle of TDEC. Photo submitted

we had expected,” said volunteer Marvin Jeffreys. “Being the optimist I am, I hope that means people are taking pride in the new highway.” ■

Kathy and Charles Pittman donate a signed photo of Roy Acuff, Wilma Lee Cooper and Charles, taken in 1982 at the Grand Ole Opry, to J.V. Waller for placement in The Roy Acuff Museum. Photo by C. Taylor Brandi Davis was welcomed as the newest member of the UCBPA Board of Directors. President Brad Davis announced the date of the golf tournament to be held May 4 at Woodlake Golf Course. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the tournament to follow. All money raised from the tournament will go toward the UCBPA Scholarship Fund. Also announced was the UCBPA Prayer Breakfast to be held at the Union County Senior Center on April 6, and the Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 7 at Wilson Park. Marvin Jeffreys spoke about the scholarship fund and Keep Union County Beautiful. “We will be deciding soon what we will be awarding this year,” said Jeffries. “The applications should be going out to the schools before long. I urge everyone to help any way they can with the golf tournament since that is our biggest contributor.” Union County Extension

Agent Shannon Perrin spoke about a cost share program available from the state for farmers. Contact the Extension Office at 992-8038 for information. Maynardville Librarian Chantay Collins announced that she has been accepted to be a part of Team TN for Project Compass. This is a job service library program that helps people with their resumes. Collins was one of only four chosen from the state and will be attending a conference in Arlington, Va., in April.

prepared lunch. Other officials who helped were Property Assessor Donna Jones and Union County Mayor Mike Williams. The Union County Sheriff’s Department supplied deputies for road safety, and many other businesses and residents participated. Keep Union County Beautiful board members Jackie Erlbacher, Randy Turner, Patricia Orr, Mark Mahoney, David and Mary Nevin, and Litter Officer Mike Hale, all took part in the clean-up day. Beth Bergeron coordinated the cleanup efforts of ■ Great American the 4-H Honor Students and Green Teams at Wilson Park, Clean Up Begins Union County High School Volunteers met at Wilson and Paulette Elementary Park on March 10 and col- School. All told, there were lected litter from one end of more than 40 volunteers who Union County to the other came to show their pride in along Highway 33, picking Union County. up 3,500 pounds of litter and “Surprisingly, we didn’t covering 12 miles. The city of really find as much trash as Maynardville cleaned the city limits and Main Street, UCBPA cleaned its one-mile adopted section, Union County Commissioners Joyce Meltabarger and Dawn Flatford helped with the pick up and

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It appears that Halloween is not the only season when strange phenomena occur, at least not in Union County. Inanimate objects have been reported to stand alone or on end during the past few days, and the Spring Equinox has been credited for the unusual happenings. Employees at Maynardville Utility District were shocked when Elizabeth Cox placed a broom in the middle and the broom remained standing unassisted for hours on the morning of March 12. Cox also stated that she and her daughter had tried the trick at home with an egg and were successful in getting that to stand on end as well. “I saw this on Facebook and had to try it,” said Cox. Co-workers jokingly claimed that the broom stood alone until Cox needed a ride home. Contact Cindy Taylor at brentcindyt@

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The Union County Art in the Park committee is sending out a call to performers and dance partners to join in the 2012 1950s themed “The Cradle Rocks!” festival. Participants are encouraged but not required to wear 1950s costumes. The featured artist will be nationally acclaimed vocalist Ronnie Miller performing his “Tribute to Elvis.” Miller will also act as judge for a “Young Elvis” competition. Featured this year will be a Sock Hop Dance-Off for all ages and a “Young Elvis” impersonator contest for ages up to 18. A cash prize will be awarded to the winner of each competition. To sign up for either of these competitions, contact Cindy Taylor at Registration is required for the dance and the Elvis contest. The event is planned for

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The ‘lure’ of art When was the last time someone invited you to go “scanoeing?” Never? Well, stick around Union County until the weather warms up and Barry Moulton may just be looking for company on the water.

DOWN-home UPdate Moulton is a talented woodworker and woodcarver who has been building what he calls scanoes for a few years. The vessel is similar to a canoe with characteristics of a scarab; hence, scanoe. Moulton doesn’t have any completed scanoes right now but plans to start building more very soon. But, he also dabbles in

many other art forms – one that especially catches the eye of unsuspecting fish. “I fished from when I was real young, and one day just looked at a lure I was using and thought that I could make that,” said Moulton. Moulton was 15 at the time and started asking other men who knew a little about woodworking how they started their craft. “I didn’t have any money to buy lures when I was a kid,” said Moulton. “But I wanted plugs like I saw on TV. I just started messing around with making lures and to my amazement started catching fish with them.” In no time Moulton was making all of his own fishing lures and has done so ever since. He has given away a lot of those lures but sold only a few. “This isn’t a craft you

Start to finish from a plain piece of wood to a colorful lure. Just a few of the fishing lures Moulton has carved, painted and finished by hand. Photos by C. Taylor

Barry Moulton holds a photo of one of his “Scanoes.” He has sold all that he had finished and plans to start building more when the weather warms up. can make money at if you Moulton. “For now I just count your time,” said do this for pleasure.”

Moulton starts with a flat piece of wood, cuts out the shape of the lure he wants to make, and then carves, glues, paints and shellacs until the lure looks as professional as those you can buy in any shop. Every lure takes about 48 hours to complete,

counting the nine coats of shellac that must dry in between coats. Moulton uses knives and a Dremmel tool to complete his lures and tests every lure he makes to be certain it will bait and catch fish. Bet people would be lining up for that testing job if he offered it.

Johnson signs at museum Evelyn Monroe Johnson signs copies of her new book, “Do It Yourself, My Pilot Light is Out!” at the Roy Acuff Union Museum and Library on March 10. Johnson’s book was recently featured by Union County Shopper-News history columnist Bonnie Peters. Photo submitted

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Correction In the March 10 edition of the Union County Shopper-News, we misspelled the name of one of the students who raised $300 in the American Heart Association fundraiser at Paulette Elementary School. Pictured here, Mikalea Skibinski stands with Conner Chesney. We sincerely apologize for the error. Photo by C. Taylor

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am from the group that thought the end of Bruce Pearl was the end of Tennessee basketball as we had come to know and love it. We were right. What we now have is very different. There is less carnival atmosphere and more emphasis on basics, far more emphasis on defense and toughness, physical and mental. There are not many quips. There is more discipline. Cuonzo Martin has captured my undivided attention. The man can coach. It took awhile but the team accepted his principles and became more like him. There were no cartwheels and fewer disco strobes

but you could see and feel the fierce desire to win. My first inclination is to say Cameron Tatum led the remarkable transition. But so did Jeronne Maymon. And Trea Golden. And Skylar McBee. And Jordan McRae. Jarnell Stokes was the prize apple that dropped from a tree and filled the basket. The convergence of strange circumstances, high school ineligibility, an available scholarship and an obvious opportunity, changed several lives. I’m not sure Tennessee basketball has been previously blessed with such a miracle. Stokes brought a lot, grew a lot, did a lot and helped others do what they did.

Think about it CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, say, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. (Luke 17: 11-16 NRSV)


never thought I would say that I en circumstance, but … well, just knew how Jesus felt in any giv- let me tell you the story.

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or ■ Cedar Ford Baptist Church in Luttrell will have their monthly soup kitchen 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 23. Everyone is welcome, and the meal is free. Info: Jennifer, 274-9538.

Men’s programs ■ Revival Vision Church, 154

There are so many pleasant memories. There was the Yemi outburst, an unforgettable evening by Swiperboy, Josh Richardson’s improvement and surges of energy and rebounds by Dwight Miller. McBee could always shoot but effort made him into a very good defender. McRae discovered there are two ends to the floor. Golden eventually realized his performances had the power to determine outcomes. Maymon was a powerful force, day after day after day, the MVV. Ironic that he achieved excellence doing exactly what Marquette wanted him to do before he transferred. Kenny Hall’s fall from grace was three ways hurtful – team, self and those who care. The Tatum story is about coaching genius. Despite offensive inconsistencies, Martin kept the fifthyear senior in the starting lineup because he played “the right way.” Cameron worked on defense, hit the boards, generally protected the ball and looked in earnest for the open man.

Tatum understood. “Having Coach Martin stand by me like he did, to keep having confidence that I could help this team, that was huge for me.” Golden’s inconsistency required far more instruction but Martin never gave up on the sophomore guard. The coach was rewarded with great effort and clutch points. These Volunteers exceeded expectations because expectations were erroneously hammered down. The Vols were never 11th in SEC talent but they certainly weren’t second, even after Stokes arrived. What they were was uncertain. New coach, new system, new culture, new approach – change forced a learning period. It was tedious. The team was very good in Hawaii and awful at other times. Think Athens and the AP evening. The Vols must have been very confusing for opponents. Sometimes they had more turnovers than goals. They were sometimes surprisingly effective. That they developed individually and collectively is coaching. The will to compete, the desire

I was working the Refuge desk one day. One of our neighbors (of the feminine persuasion), who is experiencing homelessness, came in and asked for a haircut voucher. Her hair was thick and long and seemed to have a mind of its own. Because we have a mutually beneficial agreement with a beauty school in town – we provide heads for their students to practice on, and our neighbors get free haircuts – I wrote a haircut voucher, called the beauty school to make sure they had an opening and sent her on her way. The desk was busy as usual, and I thought no more about it. A couple of hours later, she returned, smiling and sporting a new haircut. It wasn’t drastically different from her previous look, but it was shorter and shaped. “Look at me!” she exclaimed. “Look what they did! I feel beautiful!!! I feel beautiful!!!” “You look beautiful,” I agreed,

although, truth be told, it was her smile and her excitement that made her beautiful, far beyond the haircut. “Thank you, thank you!” she said. Then she was out the door to show off her new look to everyone outside. I couldn’t help thinking of the one man out of 10 who came back to thank Jesus for healing him. Why? Because I have been working at the Refuge for almost two years, and – in my memory – only one other person has ever come back to thank us for helping. We are thanked, more often than not, when someone leaves the Refuge, but to make the effort to come back? I told this story to a colleague, who suggested I consider the Biblical story of the other nine, and why it is we assume they were just ingrates. Why didn’t they come back to thank Jesus? Why do so many of our neighbors not come

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

Cuonzo Martin signs autographs at Sequoyah Elementary School. File photo by S. Clark

to win, was thrilling. The dramatic transformation was historic, maybe the best I have seen. Cuonzo Martin came with a plan. He says it worked sooner than expected. He can coach. We’ll check him later as a recruiter. Marvin West invites reader response. His address is

back especially to thank us for our help? Hard to say. They may be grateful with all their hearts, but life beckons and they go on about their day. That is OK. They may not understand that, although we do what we do because we want to help and not for their gratitude, still, it is lovely to be thanked. For someone to go out of her way, to share her joy, to let some of her exuberance spill over onto me was a blessing in itself! She felt beautiful! I wonder: did Jesus feel blessed by the one who thanked him? He must have, because the story made it into the Gospel of Luke. Oh, and one other thing: the man who came back to thank Jesus was a Samaritan – a foreigner, an outcast among the Jews, someone with less than no standing in the community. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

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 have the annual Easter play, “His Life for Mine,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 30-31. All are welcome.

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

Rescue Squad to hold bass tournament The Union County Rescue Squad will hold the annual bass tournament on Saturday, April 28, at Brogan’s Free Launch. Entry fee is $50 per boat. Info: Jeff Sharp, 405-2196.

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Pre-K round-up Parents of children who will turn 4 by Oct. 1 are invited to the Pre-K Round-Up Saturday, April 21, in the commons area of Union County High School. Parents must sign up for an appointment. Registration forms may be picked up and dropped off at Luttrell, Maynardville and Sharps Chapel elementary schools and the central office. Info: 992-5466, ext. 110.

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Fifth grade Clover Bowl champions from Maynardville Elementary are Katlyn Knight, Hannah Brown, Bobby Lawson and Jerry Nicely. Photos submitted

Fourth grade Clover Bowl champions from Maynardville Elementary are Aubrey Brooker, April Lynch, Autumn Lynch and Catherine Mahoney.

Clover to Clover in 4-H continues By Cindy Taylor Competition continues in Union County schools for the honor of competing in the 2012 finals in the Union County Clover Bowl. Students competed for advancement to the countywide Clover Bowl in a fashion similar to the TV show “Jeopardy” with 4-H questions. Paulette and Maynard-

ville elementary schools held their competitions last week, and winners made the list to compete at the county level. Big Ridge Elementary will hold its competition March 14, which is after press time. The finals will be held the evening of March 29 at Horace Maynard Middle School.

Fifth grade Clover Bowl champions from Paulette Elementary are Chris Braden, Tyler Spencer, Tyler Brown and Caleb Bowlin.

4-H’ers from Sharps Chapel advancing to the county 4-H Clover Bowl Contest are: (front) Jonathan Blanton, Aaron Schoffner, Makenna Nease, Elizabeth Pursel, Lexie Shoope; (back) Cheryl Fourth grade Clover Bowl champions from Paulette Elementary are Connor Chesney, Graham Roark, Makenna Roark, Makayla Johnson, Mary Lu Barrett, Aimee Lefevers and Angela Collins. Gibbs, Rieli Cox and Mikalea Skibinski. The finals will be held March 29 at Horace Maynard Middle School. Photo submitted

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How would you control pet over population? National statistics prove that a community-backed low cost spay/neuter program is the most effective way of controlling unwanted and homeless animals. Nationwide, per capita shelter intake and euthanasia have been in a steady decline for the past several decades and research indicates that the main reason for this decline is the increasing incidence of spayed and neutered animals in the pet population. Pet overpopulation is a serious problem in Union County. Cost is one of the primary barriers to spay/neuter programs in many communities. Fortunately for Union County citizens there is a low-cost spay/neuter program available here. We urge you to take advantage of this program. Call today.

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Dear Neighbors, Where has the time gone? I can hardly believe that it has been four years since I was elected Union County Assessor of Property. During this time I have had the opportunity to participate in rigorous training regarding tax assessment laws and the fundamental responsibilities of a county assessor. For the next few months, I would like to share a few stories about the inner workings of the assessor’s office and my own personal life. First, I want to say that being the assessor of property has been a wonderful experience, and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to serve our community. The past four years have taught me a great deal about my hometown and given me a chance to meet so many wonderful people who have welcomed me into their homes and allowed me to both laugh and cry with them in times of prosperity and adversity. It has been an adventure traveling to parts of our county I did not even know existed. I have even had a couple of misadventures getting stuck in the mud once and needing a tow when the car died in the middle of the road. I have learned so much from visiting each area of our county including the value of a box of Milk-Bones when meeting our canine neighbors! I know that the office of property assessor is sometimes unpopular, but I hope you can look past the role of “tax man” to see that I am committed to my responsibilities and attempt to execute them with integrity, equality and exceptional customer service. I appreciate your confidence in my ability to perform the duties of the assessor of property and hope to continue serving you in the future. Sincerely, Donna Paid for by candidate.


Union County High School Athlete of the Week Katilyn Cook By Cindy Taylor Union

County High School junior Katilyn Cook started playing tennis in middle school, and coach K a t h y Katilyn Cook Cox is thrilled to have such a talented player on the team. “Katilyn has a lot of power,” said Cox. “That’s her game. She has a powerful forehand and serve

and is an excellent player.” Cook prefers the forehand position, and her class is the first class to come to the high school from the middle school tennis program. According to Cox, most of her freshmen come in knowing little or nothing about how to play the game. “I liked the sport and played for the first time on a team at Horace Maynard,” said Cook, who hasn’t made a decision on staying with the sport after high school. The tennis team will play their first match March 13 at the high school.

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Middle school baseball starts strong By Cindy Taylor The Horace Maynard Middle School varsity baseball team is starting the season off as every coach’s dream team. Five games in and the Red Devils are 5-0 and have already played two district games against tough teams. To date, the team has not allowed more than three runs in a game by an opposing team. “We started out at South-Doyle then won two district games, so we are 2-0 in the district right now,” said coach Josh Orrick. “We’ve had a couple of games where we gave up no runs, but we’re really Horace Maynard Middle School varsity baseball team members are: (front) Isaac Booth, Lucas Mills, struggling to hit the ball Cameron Smith; (second row) Caleb Rhodes, Westin Griffey, Alec Lay; (third row) Spencer Wyrick, right now.” Cody Grace, Blake Collier; (back) Jordan Oaks, Austin Lay and Tyler Brown. Photo by C. Taylor The team has three strong pitchers in Alec Lay, Jordan Oaks and Westin to pitch throughout the athletic director Don Cox parents are coming out, Griffey. Orrick hopes to season. and assistant coach Greg and we really appreciate have other players step up “I want to thank our Wyrick,” said Orrick. “Our them.”

By Cindy Taylor The Union County High School CTE Trade and Industrial Classes traveled to McMinn County on Feb. 20 to compete in the SkillsUSA regional competition. Clubs competing were Automotive Technology, CAD, Construction Core and Cosmetology. Two students placed and earned the right to compete in Chattanooga in April: James Dyer for automotive technology and Kristen Wynn for comput-

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Second graders Haley Swann and Zeke Shipley show off the town built by Sara Longmire’s class.

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er aided drafting. “I want to wish these students good luck,” said automotive instructor Eddie Satterfield. “They have made us proud.”

Plainview workshop planned The Plainview Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold a business and financial workshop April 12, immediately following the Planning Commission meeting at Plainview City Hall. Several items are on the agenda, including discussion regarding transfer of funds, slum ordinance, paving rotation for city streets and improvements to the existing walking track.

St. Patrick’s Day dance upcoming American Legion Post 212, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard and the American Legion Auxiliary will host a St. Patrick’s Day dance 7-10 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at 140 Veteran St. in Maynardville. There will be entertainment and refreshments. No alcohol is allowed on the premises.

Union County’s Got Talent planned Union County’s Got Talent, a talent show competition, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Union County High School auditorium. The concession stand will be open, and there will be a silent auction in the lobby. Admission to the show is $1. All proceeds will benefit the Union County High School band. Info: 209-4680.

Kids Town USA in Big Ridge “We divided into groups If you have to do a social and each group had to studies project as part of come up with three things your grade, it may as well be they wanted in their town,” a fun one. Big Ridge Elemen- said Longmire. “Most of tary School students in Sara the houses seemed to end Longmire’s 2nd grade class up close to the Walmart.” The town has all the built what they thought an conveniences, ideal town would look like modern from cardboard, wooden right down to a chocolate factory and a car wash. sticks and yarn.

By Cindy Taylor

Head Start accepting applications Douglas-Cherokee Head Start is accepting applications for children ages 3 to 4 to attend the Head Start preschool program in Union County. Info: 992-8146, 9914480, or 992-9101 for the Corryton and Luttrell area.

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