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APRIL 2, 2011

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ach year, Leadership Union County provides a scholarship to one or more of Union County High School’s graduating seniors who participated in the Youth Leadership Union County program. The money for these scholarships comes from a fundraiser usually held in March. This year’s fundraiser brought a huge crowd to Horace Maynard Middle School on March 26, for a live auction and a taste of Dollie Merritt’s legendary homemade

chicken and dumplings. Merritt has been making her now-famous dish for more than 30 years. “I started making these for a fundraiser for the Luttrell Fire Department,” said Merritt. “The largest one I ever did was about 10 years ago and raised $17,500. It took 40 stewing hens, and I rolled 100 pounds of flour. I had to have a lot of help for that one. I’ve cooked 20 hens for tonight.” Surprisingly, she was more than willing to share her recipe. “It’s really easy,” said Merritt. “You get one stewing hen, cover it with water and cook it whole for 3-4 hours with 3 tablespoons of salt. Get it to cooking, then

turn it down to low. That makes it tender and it cooks the fat out. When it cools, pull it off the bone. “I use White Lily self-rising flour for the dumplings. I put 2 cups of broth and 2 cups of cold water in a big bowl that holds about 3 to 4 pounds of flour. You make a big hole in the center of the flour and pour in the liquid. “Mix this really stiff and meanwhile put the broth that’s left back on the stove and bring it to a boil. We strain our broth and add enough water to thin it down. Keep it boiling. Turn your flour mixture out on the table, roll it out flat and cut it into 4- to 6-inch strips. Drop it into the boiling broth

and keep it moving. Don’t stir it like gravy, just keep it moving. “The dumplings cook in about five minutes after you drop the last ones in, then you add your deboned chicken. Then, you can add salt and pepper to taste.” Sounds easy, huh? We asked Merritt who taught her to make this delectable dish. “I don’t know,” she laughed, but then the truth came out. “My husband, Paul, and I got married almost 50 years ago, and he only liked his sister’s (Wanda Moyers) chicken and dumplings, so I learned from her. I’ve done this so much I just go home,

get in bed and get up tomorrow just like any other day.” Dinner included the chicken and dumplings, green beans, mashed potatoes, dressing, bread, dessert and drink. Tickets sold for $20 a person. The item going for the highest bid at the live auction following the dinner was a rocker that sold for $85 donated by Okie’s Pharmacy. The total amount raised for the scholarship fund, minus all expenses, was $2,886.42. Leadership Union County president Brandi Williams Davis thanked everyone who volunteered, donated items or attended the dinner for their support of the scholarship fund.

The gift of comfort By Cindy Taylor Smoky Mountain 4-H student Emmaline Perry was looking for a way to incorporate small animals and sewing for her project and came up with the perfect solution while browsing the Web. Perry has been collecting items from other 4-H students to make a special gift to the animals residing at the Union County Humane Society. On March 28, she was able to donate 11 completed dog beds to the shelter. The beds are made from feed bags and stuffed with standard pillows. Perry uses a standard sewing machine to piece the bags together. Her mom, Tamelia Jenkins, lends a hand due to the size of the bags and difficulty in handling them while sewing. Perry prefers making the larger beds because the small

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can get donations of feed bags and pillows. She is especially in need of pillows since they must be purchased new. These items can be brought to the Humane Society, but donors should call 992-7969 before bringing donations. Donors should Union County Humane Society shelter manager Tim Roberts sits with Emalso specify that maline Perry as she makes friends with shelter puppy Penny. Emmaline the items are made dog beds to donate to the shelter. Photo by C. Taylor for Perry’s 4-H project. Shelter and the reduction of home- and surrendered animals, a hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. less animals. There are al- proactive adoption program Monday through Saturday. ways beautiful, adoptable encouraging out-of-state The Union County Hu- animals available. Some of as well as local adoptions, mane Society is a nonprofit the other services offered cruelty and abuse investigaorganization established in are low-cost spay and neu- tions, humane education in 1996 and is all about pre- ter services, an open ad- local schools and volunteer vention of cruelty to animals mission policy for all stray opportunities.

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pring is here and the urge to get out in the fresh air and clean up the yard is a strong and understandable one. But after a sedentary winter, don’t overdo it. And though power tools can take some of the physical stress out of the work, they pose their own potential for injury. The American Chiropractic Association recommends these precautions: If the equipment has a strap that helps with control and balance, be sure to use it. Loop the strap over your head onto the shoulder opposite the side on which you’re going to use the equipment. Change sides and your stance periodically to balance the strain on muscles. Take regular breaks. If you’re in the market to buy clippers, an edger, whacker or blower, bear in mind that electric-driven models are generally lighter than those with gas-powered motors. Hold the device as close as possible when using it. And when picking it up or putting it down, bend at the knees – not the waist. Let your legs do the heavy lifting. If you do overdo it, a visit to a chiropractor could be a good way to get yourself back into comfortable alignment. A chiropractor can also show you some exercises to keep yourself ready for physical activity. Brought to you as a community service by Union County Chiropractic; 110 Skyline Drive, Maynardville, TN; 992-7000.

The annual Taylor’s Grove Cemetery meeting will be held 7 p.m. Monday, April 4, at Taylor’s Grove Baptist Church. Everyone who has loved ones buried in the cemetery is encouraged to attend.

GED test dates set The Union County Adult Education Center will be giving the GED exam April 25 and 26, May 23 and 24, and June 20 and 21. The test will begin each day at 4 p.m. and will be paid for by the center. The state requires each individual be given a pretest before the official GED. The pretest takes ap-

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proximately two hours and should be taken two weeks prior to taking the GED. Appointments can be made for the pretest by calling Melissa Carter at 992-0805. The office also has a representative, Vickie Thal from UT, who will help fill out the financial aid forms and offer career advice. Thal is at the center on Tuesdays and is available by appointment by calling the number above.

Easter Egg hunts â–  Wilson Park will host the annual Union County Easter Egg Hunt for kids 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, next to the Union County High School baseball field. There will be hunts for age groups 2 and under, 3-5, 6-8

Not everyone wants to admit to being old enough to qualify as a senior citizen. ETHRA now has a program in place that may change the minds of Union County’s “Advanced Age� group members when it comes to admitting their age. The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act, as well as state and local grants, and enables ETHRA and the Workforce Investment Agency (WIA) to help thousands of low-income individuals age 55 and older throughout the U.S. by providing parttime employment. Through this program, seniors benefit from training, counseling and community service assignments at faith-based and civic organizations in their communities, prior to transitioning into the workforce. Participants are placed at eligible host agencies, for which they are paid the minimum wage for an average of 20 hours per week. A

and 9-12. Rain date is April 23. The event is sponsored by Union County Parks and Recreation, Union County Business and Professional Association, First Century Bank, Commercial Bank and FSG Bank. â–  The city of Luttrell will host an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at Luttrell City Park. Everyone is welcome. There will be egg hunts for all ages. â–  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

host agency is either a private nonprofit organization (other than a political party) that is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1954, or a public agency operated by a unit of government. According to Title V program coordinator Gary Johnson, the program helps seniors develop valuable job skills. To qualify, you must be 55 years of age or older and a resident of the state where you enroll in the SCSEP program. Annual family income must not be more than 125 percent of the established federal poverty income guidelines ($13,000 for a single household or $16,500 for a two-person household). You must be eligible to work in the U.S. and be currently unemployed. Positions currently available in Union County are with the Chamber of Commerce, Maynardville Library, Humane Society, Farmers Market and Senior Center. Info: Gary Johnson, 590-1052 ext. 108, or gdjohnson@ethra.org.

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.

Cancer support group to meet The Union County Cancer Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. every third Thursday at Fellowship Christian Church. Info: Debbie, 659-1052.

Business of the week Bill’s Home Improvement By Cindy Taylor Bill Allen may have only been a resident of Union County for five years, but his reputation definitely preceded him. A California transplant, nsplant, Allen has been in conore struction for more than 20 years and started out building custom homes. Make no mistake; the owner of Bill’s d Home Improvement iis not a h handyman. “I am a remodeling specialist,� said Allen. “I don’t do Band Aids. When people pay quality prices, they deserve quality work. That’s what I do.� Allen will also take service calls for

projects such as window replacement, plumbing or electrical problems and is happy to take on small or large jobs. His fee for a service call is a nominal $40. This gets one hour of his time. Parts are extra, and he bills $40 per hour after the first o one. O One thing that sets Alle apart from many Allen b builders and remodelers is that he guarantees his work for a minimum of two years, and his custom work is guaranteed for five years. He has a reliable working crew and does his best to start new projects as soon as possible after he gets a call. Bill’s Home Improvement is based in Allen’s home, and he can be reached by phone at 408-893-7164.

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TDOT blames contractor for road delay By Cindy Taylor Although TDOT promised at the first of March that the Highway 33 expansion through Maynardville would be back in full swing March 7, crews have still been noticeably smaller or absent altogether. Now, weather and subcontractors are being blamed. Spokesperson for TDOT Kristen Qualls said Wednesday that Harrison APAC, the contractor for the project, normally lays workers off during the winter months and leaves skeleton crews only; and that is what was done. Qualls said that crews were remobilized March 21, and the project should get back to full scale operations with spring now arriving. A handful of workers have been in place since March 28, and hopefully a full crew will begin working on the project again soon. According to Qualls, funding is still in place to allow for the completion of the project.

WORSHIP 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 www.graveston.org. ■ Millers Chapel United Methodist Church, across from McDonald’s on Maynardville Highway in Maynardville, sponsors Food for Friends from 5-7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month. This is a free meal for anyone in Union County who could use “on the house� soup and sandwiches. All those in need are invited to come to the church for food and fellowship. Info: Beth, 857-6281.

Easter services ■ Cedar Ford Baptist Church, located at the intersection of Tazewell Pike and Highway 61 in Luttrell, will present “We Need His Love,� a portrayal of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16. All are welcome. The Rev. A.R. Baumgardner is pastor. Info: 992-0216.

Fundraisers and sales â–  New Fellowship Church will have a rummage sale at the corner of Pine Drive and Highway 33, across from the new Paulette Elementary School, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 7 and 8. Two bags of clothing will be free with a $5 purchase. Info: the Rev. Willis Daugherty, 254-3447.

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Music services ■ WMRD 94.5 FM hosts “Traditional Hymns Hour� with Kathy Chesney from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. every Sunday. Call in your requests or dedications to 745-1467, and tune in to listen or sing along. ■ New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, on Bull Run Road in Luttrell, will host its regular singing 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9. All visitors and singers are welcome. The Rev. Doug Munsey is pastor.

Revivals â–  Faith Temple Church of God, 1706 Cecil Ave., will have a Golden Oldies Revival on April 10-17, featuring retired ministers Robert Burkhart, Robert Holmes, Jessie Rouse and Frank Williams for old fashioned preaching, along with music and special singers. Services are 6 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Info: 922-5448.

Special services ■ Rutherford Memorial United Methodist Church, 7815 Corryton Road, Corryton, invites the community to a night of praise and worship “expressing our love for God through passionate worship,� starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Light refreshments to follow.

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.

Living history weekend The Ramsey House Plantation, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, will host “A Living History Weekend: A Timeline from The French and Indian War to the Civil War� Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15. Info: 546-0745 or visit www.ramseyhouse.org.

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Law Dogs Crime beat The Union County Sheriff’s Department answered 175 calls between March 22 and March 28. These are some of their stories. ■ March 23: A set of speakers and an amp were reported missing from a home in the Plainview area. The victim said the theft took place while he was at work.

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■ March 25: Deputies responded to the Plainview area, where a man who works out of town returned after several days away to find mud on his floor and several items missing from his home. He did not call law enforcement until the following day.

Luttrell has ‘Best-Tasting Water’ By Cindy Taylor The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts (TAUD) held the Region 3 “Best-Tasting Water Contest” at Cove Lake State Park on March 9. LuttrellBlaine-Corryton Utility District (LBC) was awarded Best Tasting Water in Region 3. TAUD Region 3 consists of: Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott, and Union counties. The utilities from Region 3 submitting samples of their drinking water for competition were: Clinton Utilities Board, Huntsville Utility District,

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: www.amse.org. ■ “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 AfricanAmerican community. AMSE lobby. ■ “Cold War Crisis: The U-2 Incident,” through Thursday, Sept. 1. Details the story of Gary Francis Powers, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who completed 27 U-2 photographic reconnaissance missions for the CIA until shot down by a Soviet missile in 1960. Includes photos, newsreels and personal items. AMSE lobby.

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Luttrell-Blaine-Corryton Utility District, the city of Maynardville and the city of Oneida. Ann Ayers-Colvin of the Campbell County Mayor’s office, Marisol Torres with the Rural Development Agency, and Tim Eagle and Greg Mize with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation participated as judges for the contest. The drinking water samples were judged on their clarity, bouquet and taste. TAUD is conducting the BestTasting Water Contest in each of its 11 regions over the next few months.

Budget, commission meetings upcoming

Mayor plans town hall meetings

The Union County Budget and Finance Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the small courtroom of the Union County Courthouse. Union County Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the large courtroom of the Union County Courthouse.

Union County Mayor Mike Williams will host a series of town hall meetings in various areas of the county. The meeting schedule is: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Big Ridge State Park Tea Room; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Plainview Community Center. All are invited to attend.

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■ March 25: A woman in the Big Ridge area called 911 after 8 p.m. to say that her outbuilding had been broken into, but she did not want a deputy to come because it was after dark. A deputy called, and she said that she heard two men talking outside in the wee hours of the morning. After sunrise, she discovered that several pieces if yard equipment and several hand tools were missing. ■ March 27: A victim in the Paulette area called to say that sometime after dark the evening of March 26, she heard a scraping noise outside her trailer. The next morning, she discovered black marks down the side of the trailer and a small glass window broken out. She did not hear it break because that wall had been sheet-rocked over from the inside.

Paulette sewer meeting upcoming A pre-construction meeting for the Paulette sewer line will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 4, at Maynardville City Hall. The public is invited to attend.

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Extension office welcomes Pursel The Union County UT Extension office boasts a new face this month. Program assistant for 4-H Wendi Pursel joined the team in February. Pursel and her husband are retiring from the military and have moved to Maynardville. Pursel has been coming to the area 39 years to visit her parents who live in Sharps Chapel, so she knew the area and wanted to live here. Her passion is to keep the community informed regarding scholarships that are available for children of military parents. Pursel can be reached at the Extension office at 992-8038. The Extension office will sponsor the Clover Bowl on April 5, at Horace Maynard Middle School. This is a 4-H quiz game for any 4-H student who has been selected to participate by his or her teacher. Competition begins at 4 p.m., and winners will advance to the regional competition. The Extension office will break out the chicks April 6 for the kids who put their deposits down to raise chicks for the Chick Chain. If you paid your deposit, you can meet at the Exten-

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Good eats on Main Street Joe Painter has found what he hopes will be a new way to increase his income. Painter generally takes his meal wagon to festivals and fairs but hit on a new tactic last week. With the Union County Courthouse across the street from his home, and Mondays drawing in hoards of onlookers when criminal court is in session, Painter hopes hungry attendees will wander over to his side of the street for hot dogs, spiraled caramel apples, chips and drinks. Painter is licensed and is set up on his own property.

Joe Painter at his “meals on wheels” in front of his home on Main Street. Photos by C. Taylor

Park. More than 27 vendors will be in attendance. Performing during the festival will be locals Jared Graves and New Union Grass, and Mean Mary, a well known musician from Nashville. There will be door prizes throughout the day, and winning ribbons will be awarded for student art exhibits. Awards will also be presented to vendors for Best Demonstration, Best Booth Design and Item of Distinction. Art in the Park There will be surprises upcoming throughout the day, demThe Union County Art onstrations will be given by in the Park Festival will be vendors and many will have held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat- items for sale. Among the urday, April 16, at Wilson vendors are oil painters, pen-

Edna Mae Taylor passes away Edna Mae Mynatt Nelson Taylor, 88, of Halls, passed away March 21. Mae was a lifetime member of Union Baptist Church and a member of the WillTaylor ing Workers Sunday school class. She attended faithfully until onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Following the death of her first husband in World War II, she went to work for

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Appalachian Mills, a local manufacturer of military apparel. Later, she worked for her brother Jack at Halls Cleaners. After the death of her second husband and being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she moved to Windsor Gardens Assisted Living where she loved being an active member of their community. Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by husbands W. Harold Nelson in 1945 and Jim W. Taylor in 1995; parents, Tell and Hassie Mynatt; brothers: Bert, George, Teddy, Gene, Walt, Jack and Bill Mynatt; sister,

Mildred Mynatt. She is survived by sons and spouses: Gary and Carolyn Nelson and Brent and Cindy Taylor; grandchildren and spouses: Angie and Fritz Voss, Matt Nelson, Jim and Julia Taylor of Greenville, S.C., Christa and Chad Brogan of Birmingham, Ala; brothers and spouses: Bob and Gladys Mynatt and Pete and Ruth Mynatt; sisters: Ruth “June” Cooper and Hazel and George Brooks of Bristol, Va. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Union Baptist Church, 8244 Old Maynardville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37938; the Alzheimer’s’ Association of Eastern Tennessee; or Mercy Hospice of Halls.

Contact Humane Society for lost pets The Union County Humane Society asks that pet owners contact them immediately if a pet becomes The Union County Extension office welcomed a new staffer lost. Pets without identifiin February. New 4-H program assistant Wendi Pursel (center) cation and rabies tags are stands with administrative assistant Cindy Lay and Extension only required to be held for Agent Shannon Perrin. 72 hours by Tennessee state law. The Humane Society makes every effort to place cil artists, musicians, photog- will be snack vendors as well. animals in “forever homes” raphers and quilters. The new The Masons will also have as soon as possible. Timely Farmers Market will kick off their canned goods for sale. contact will ensure that their season, and crafters will Rain location will be in your lost pet is not adopted be offering items for sale. The the high school. Info: Julie by new owners. Remember, Union County Volunteer Fire Graham, 992-2811. identification and rabies departments will be handling Contact Cindy Taylor at brentcindyt@ tags are your pet’s protecthe main food sales, and there gmail.com. tion. Info: 992-7969.

Program helps military kids go to camp By Cindy Taylor Wendi Pursel, program assistant for 4-H in the UT Extension Office in Union County, has a passion for getting information out to the children of military parents. New to the extension office, Pursel has already found monetary ways to help kids in need in Union County. Operation Military Kids (OMK) helps children of retired military families or children of active-duty military go to camp for just $20 instead of the usual $250. OMK campers will need to be enrolled in 4-H and registered for Junior High camp in SUPER. Cost for OMK campers is $20 plus

transportation if applicable. A military family is any family that has a parent currently serving in the military in any branch (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Navy) and component (activeduty, Reserve or National Guard). The parent does not have to be deployed in order for the child to benefit. All that is required is that Pursel be shown a proper military ID. There is also a $500 scholarship available for children whose parents or legal guardians are deployed if the family meets the same criteria as above. This money can be used for summer camp,

tutoring, sports teams or music lessons. This is not a part of OMK but it is a resource for military families. The website is w w w.ou r m i l it a r y k id s . org. “What I am trying to get out is that basically if you are a child and your parent is currently serving in the military, you are eligible for special funding,” said Pursel. “My husband is getting ready to retire after 24 years in the Navy, and I know there are people here in Union County who fall into the same category. I just want to help children who are affected by a deployment with their families any way that I can.” Info: 992-8038.

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The Horace Maynard Middle School Red Devils baseball team members are: (front) Weston Griffey, Caleb Rhodes, Lucas Mills, Dereck Anderson, Shane Keel; (second row) Johnathan Williams, Isaac Booth, Blake Collier, Austin Lay, Garrett Foust, Cody Grace; (third row) Alec Lay, Austin Vork, Jordan Oaks, Drew Fugate, Tyler Cochran, Jeremey Thomas; (back) Spencer Wyrick, Brandon Keel, Eli Turner, Bryce Buckner, Tyler Brown and Josh Steele. Photos by C. Taylor

The Horace Maynard Middle School Red Devils golf team members are: (front) Chasity Henderlight, Kayla Williams; (second row) Nathan Capps, Michael Walker, Jeremiah Tharp; (back) Jake Savage, Jake Middleton and Matthew Kirby.

Horace Maynard ‘springs’ into sports Horace Maynard Middle School has announced the rosters of the spring sports teams: softball, baseball, soccer and golf. Upcoming games include the baseball Red Dev-

ils facing Eagleton at home at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 4, and the softball team facing Norris at Anderson County High School at 5 p.m. Monday, April 4.

The Horace Maynard Middle School Red Devils softball team members are: (front) Bre Dunsmore, Chasity Thomas, Deneen Matheson, Kelly Williams, Taylor Monroe; (second row) Victoria Foust, Daisie Lockhart, Miranda Zaremba, Bailee Woods, Halle Headrick, Caitlyn Carroll; (back) Sarah Wilkerson, Kadie Clevenger, Madison Brantley, Courtney Booth and Haylea Duncan. Not pictured, Briley Buckner.

SCHOOL NOTES tion for Paulette Elementary The Union County School School will be held during the Board has approved the folsame time at Milan Baptist lowing calendar for the Church. Children who are 5 remainder of the school years old on or before Sept. year: 30, 2011, should enter kinder■ Good Friday, April 22, garten during the 2011-2012 will be an instructional day school year. Parents must profor students. vide a copy of the child’s birth certificate, proof of a physical ■ TCAPS will be April within the last six months or 11- 22. date of next scheduled physi■ May 26 and 27, will be cal, immunization records, instructional days for stucopy of the child’s Social dents. Security card, and proof of residency like a utility bill. The ■ Saturday, May 28, will principals of each school will be an abbreviated instruchave bus route information. tional day for students. Info: Jimmy Carter, 992-5466 ■ Memorial Day, May ext. 110. 30, will be an administra■ Link your Food City Value tive day with no students. Card with the school of your ■ May 31 will be the last choice to earn money for abbreviated day. that school. To link, ask your ■ Kindergarten registration for Union County schools will be held at each elementary school 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Registra-

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Pre-K ■ Union County Pre-K RoundUp will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday in April, in the Union County High School commons area. This is for children who will reach 4 years of age by Sept. 1. Space is limited. Blank registration forms may be picked up and dropped off at Luttrell Elementary, Maynardville Elementary, Sharps Chapel Elementary and central office. Info: Jimmy Carter, 992-5466, ext. 110.

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Nesting now NATURE NOTES | Dr. Bob Collier

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e’re sitting on eggs at our house. We’ve been at it since about March 22. My Granny Collier would have called it “setting.” Actually, Spouse and I aren’t doing the setting; it’s a big mama redshouldered hawk and her helpful mate doing the work. But we’re watching and waiting right along with them. They have been raising a family in our woods every spring for seven years now. It’s like having a nest of wrens or robins, on an industrial scale. Sometimes they remodel and reuse the previous year’s nest, but this year they decided (undoubtedly the mama bird decided) to start over on a new nest. They began about a month ago, high up in a big wild cherry tree. I first caught on to the new accommodations when I saw one of the birds out in a spruce tree in the side yard, near the house. I thought she might be checking on our feeders for a possible quick snack, but, no, she was plucking selected green-needled twigs from the tree. With a beak full,

off she flew. Aha! Nest building. Once we found the nest construction site, we could put the old 20x spotting scope on it from our foyer and just leave it there to watch daily progress and goings-on as we went back and forth. In addition to big and small sticks fussily placed, positioned, and arranged, there were lots of evergreen sprigs woven in, spruce and cedar. Several people have suggested that the aromatic twigs might help keep bugs away, like in your cedarlined closet. Maybe so. But now comes the boring part: setting. At least incubating human mamas can get out and about while the neat little package is developing. If you’re a bird, though, you have to watch those eggs like a hawk, so to speak. Crows, blue jays and squirrels just love unattended birds’ eggs. And, the eggs have to be kept constantly warm in the chilly, damp March and April weather. It takes 28 days for the rascals to hatch, and the parents share the setting duties. We’ve seen the changing of the guard. One bird

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will fly in, they will shuffle around for a minute or two, then the setting one will fly away, and the relieving one will settle down on the eggs. We watched the poor, faithful, determined bird on the evening of the March 26 as the heavy winds blew and the rain poured down. You could almost read its mind, something like, “Who said having eggs is a blessing?’ All this setting does eventually come to an end, and as in human families, that’s when things really get lively. It takes six weeks for the fluffy, goofy and nearly helpless hatchlings to become full-sized, feathered creatures, ready to be taught the skills of flying and hunting for a living. All that growing that happens in just six short weeks (imagine growing a newborn infant to a high-schooler in nine months!) requires lots of feeding, a really whole lot of feeding. So then you watch the scope every day to see what delicacies the parent birds bring in for lunch – lizards, rats, big snakes – yummy stuff. At first the parents carefully nip off bits of meat

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holding you up as you look around at everything you’ve been watching all the six weeks of your life now going by beneath you. Young raptors aren’t born knowing how to hunt; they have to be taught by their parents. And estimates by the experts are that only about one in four succeed in learning their skills well enough to survive. It’s evident in the ones we’ve observed. Some seem to get it, some don’t.

We had one year when the two full-sized young hawks apparently thought they were robins. They would sit around on the lawn, watch the robins, and pick around looking for worms, much to the dismay of the parents, who would hop, flap and call, trying to get them to come and learn lizard-catching, or some other useful hawk skill. Goodness knows what became of that pair. As I write, one of the birds is settled down in the new nest, looking around, glad that the sun is shining today but longing to be soaring in the blue morning sky. Take heart, bird, they’ll be off the nest in just two months. We wish you good fortune with your new family. News item: The high season of birding is at hand. Spring migration, courtship and nesting will be happening in the next couple of months. Join Tony Headrick and numerous other birders, beginner to skilled, on Sharp’s Ridge on some Thursday mornings in April. They will meet at the old ranger’s house at 7:30 or so, on April 15, 22, and 29. There will be lots of good birds to be seen; stay for 30 minutes or two hours, as you wish. And don’t forget how close you are to other great birding places: Chuck Swan Wildlife Management Area, Ijams Nature Center, Norris Songbird Trail, the newlypaved Cades Cove loop, and your own neighborhood. Hooray for spring!

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erek Dooley is obviously the face of Tennessee football. The head coach is very definitely the captain of the Volunteer enterprise and manager of all details, large, medium and small. Assistant coaches don’t do a lot of tall talking but they are not hidden. Perhaps you have seen them a few times and read or heard their occasional comments. They are very valuable and are paid well but don’t say much for public consumption. Graduate assistant Chino Fontenette doesn’t say anything. Behind the coaching staff in the carefully organized UT organization is a layer of key support people. They are very real and useful, perhaps vital. They are almost never in the news. Director of football operations is Brad Pendergrass,

Dooley’s firm right hand in the office, responsible for many projects and the implementation of an assortment of Derek ideas. Brad, 34, has an interesting background, 10 years behind the scenes with Phillip Fulmer, from student manager to key recruiting aide on campus. I recall when he had a large U.S. map on his office wall with all airports clearly identified. One of his missions then was to land the coach as close as possible to target prospects. Reduce driving time. Smart, very smart. Pendergrass eventually moved on to the football office at Mississippi State and then to Wisconsin before returning home. Heather Ervin is assistant director of football operations. This Sweetwater woman attends to the sev-

eral things – housing, summer jobs, academic monitoring, game management. She helps with recruiting when prospects visit. She is the out-front connection when parents come around. She played basketball at Troy U. Kris Ann Hawkins, director of on-campus recruiting, coordinates correspondence with prospects. A few years ago, she started the Orange Pride program, an ensemble of sharp students who served as university ambassadors. A couple of members, supposedly out of bounds during the adventures of Lane Kiffin, Ed Orgeron and David Reaves, attracted the attention of NCAA investigators. That Kris Ann is still here means she didn’t have anything to do with the missteps. Andre Lott is a bit more visible. This former Volun-

who the decision-makers are, which makes me a decisionmaker. My taxes are one way I participate in governing. The Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day, however, were paying taxes to an empire that had sent occupying forces into their land, and the tax collectors were Jews who CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton were working for the enemy. The tax collectors were allowed to charge extra, to line So (the scribes and chief priest) watched him and their own pockets, which sent spies, … in order to trap him by what he said. So make them turncoats in the they asked him, “Teacher, … Is it lawful for us to pay eyes of their fellow Jews. taxes to the emperor, or not?” But he perceived their So when the scribes and craftiness and said to them, “Show me a denarius. chief priests approached Whose head and whose title does it bear?” They said, Jesus with a question about “The emperor’s.” He said to them, “Then give to the emtaxes, they set a trap for him. peror the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the They oiled their words with things that are God’s.” And they were not able in the compliments: “Teacher, we presence of the people to trap him by what he said; and know that you are right in being amazed by his answer, they became silent. what you say and teach, and (Luke 20: 20-26 NRSV) you show deference to no have not yet rendered unto doing the things government one, but teach the way of God Caesar this year, but I will, does. I want the government in accordance with truth. Is and without complaint. I am to continue its work, because it lawful for us to pay taxes to delighted to pay my taxes to even when I disagree with the emperor, or not?” this country, to keep the gov- it, I have the freedom to say Jesus may have been the ernment up and running and so, and loudly. I have a say in first poker player. He saw

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physician. He has degrees from Purdue and Indiana and the stamp of approval from Peyton Manning. Klenck was once a medical assistant with the Indianapolis Colts. He has worked at NFL scouting combines and NCAA championship events. Not incidentally, he was the chief resident physician at Indiana University Medical Center before joining the Vols. Allison Maurer has an interesting task, persuading Volunteers to eat more broccoli and spinach and less biscuits and gravy. She is team nutritionist, a relatively unique position. A few hundred schools don’t have one. Allison has a serious job. She is responsible for healthy diets and who eats what when the goal is weight gain or loss, depending on whether Dooley wants a particular player for defensive tackle or wide receiver. Roger Frazier is equipment manager. He has been around long enough that his name is on the equipment room. Twenty-eight years will earn recognition for a good man. Roger is responsible for pads and hard hats, sleek britches and three or

more colors of jerseys. He assists adidas in new product development. Joe Harrington has been technology coordinator for only 20 years. This magician compiles and edits game and practice video for coaches. Steve Rubio reviews miles of tape in the first round of recruiting evaluation. Scott Altizer monitors the walkon program and directs coaching clinics and summer camps. Jimmy Stanton, associate athletic director, manages football news. Dooley is editor. Condredge Holloway, 57, is the best-known name on the support staff and the most famous ex-Vol at the university. The former quarterback, among the most exciting in history, is an assistant athletic director in charge of player relations. He is the link to former lettermen. If you missed him as the Artful Dodger, an escape artist on football fields, you can see him now as the title star of the Kenny Chesney made-for-TV production, “The Color Orange.”

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A-8 • APRIL 2, 2011 • UNION COUNTY SHOPPER-NEWS

UCHS diamond teams down Gatlinburg-Pittman

HOSA seniors congratulated The Union County High School HOSA seniors gather during the state competition in Nashville. They are Molly Sanders, competing in Home Health Aid; Haley Brantley, competing in Veterinary Assist; Kendra Oliver, competing in Nursing Assistant; Brittany Patterson, competing in Outstanding HOSA Chapter Scrapbook; and Sara Morgan, competing in Clinical Specialty. All the seniors served as HOSA officers this year. HOSA sponsors Debbie Sharp and Beth Edmondson congratulated the seniors for their dedication and hard work this year and wished them the best of luck in the future. Photo submitted

Union County’s Kelly Cooper (44) awaits the throw at first base from pitcher Casey Bryan as she throws out a Highlander on March 22 against Gatlinburg-Pittman. Union County swept the doubleheader 11-0 and 19-0.

FFA landscape team wins regional title Luttrell seeks scholarship applicants

Union County pitcher Wes Vitas delivers against GatlinburgPittman on March 22. The Patriots downed the Highlanders 11-5. Photo by Greg Householder Horace Maynard High School Class of 1971 is planning its 40-year reunion. Those who would like to help get things started are encouraged to contact Donna Bailey Jones, 992-1555 or ucar1@bellsough.net, or Vickie Eastridge Keck, 910-580-4843.

The city of Luttrell is accepting scholarship applications for a graduating senior residing within the Luttrell city limits. Applications are available at Luttrell City Hall during regular business hours, and applications will be accepted until April 15. Info: 992-0870.

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The Horace Maynard FFA Chapter competed in the East Tennessee Regional Horticulture Career Development Event at UT on March 22. The Nursery/Landscape Design team of Dustin Gillpatrick, Tiffany Foster, Charlie Dunaway and Patrick Trinity placed first in the CDE. Patrick Trinity place second in individual scoring, and Dustin Gillpatrick placed third in individual scoring. The team will compete at the state level on April 9, at Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville. Photo submitted

Bedtime tales

I’m getting tough on bedtime. If you don’t already know, I’m staunchly against cryit-out methods of so-called sleep training, especially for infants. I think anyone who can listen to an infant cry and not respond is a heartless, selfish person who maybe should have thought harder before having kids. An almost-3-year-old is a different story, though. By this age, they’re old enough to figure out that they can delay going to sleep. Daniel does not want to go to sleep at night, and

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