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APRIL 23, 2011

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Art in the Park wows the crowd By Cindy Taylor Despite inclement weather, Union County’s first Art in the Park event showed local and regional artists at their finest, just indoors in the Union County High School commons area instead of outdoors in Wilson Park Curious residents were strolling through half an hour before some vendors had their booths completely set up, and the spillover of children from the Easter egg hunt had balloon

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rently has six best-selling CDs to her credit. She tours the country continuously, and the festival was fortunate to catch her in between tours. She wowed listeners on the fiddle, banjo and acoustic guitar, and the audience fell in love with her musical stylings. The Union County Farmers Market set up just outside the school to kick off its first season, and some vendors were sold out almost immediately. Donna Riddle brought fresh local produce from Seven Springs Farm, and Allen Beeler had plants and hanging baskets to sell from BeeGreen Nursery.

Blacksmiths Fritz Voss and Kelvin Ryder, who won the Demonstration Award, exhibited their craft on the lawn using a portable forge that drew people back outdoors frequently during the day. Artist Shirley Keaton won the Item of Distinction Award for her painting titled “Copper and Onions,” and Lori Potts won the People’s Choice Award for her jewelry booth. There were two drawings for door prizes, and these were won by Edith Kitts and Justin Brown. To page A-3

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artist and face painter Zach Richardson on his toes early in the day. Musical entertainment for the event was presented by local talents Jared Graves and New Union Grass, and Union County High School student Jason Earley opened the show with original contemporary Christian music. Earley also had a booth in the festival featuring his music, artwork and T-shirt designs. Mean Mary drove from Nashville that morning in the bad weather to bring her own style of blues and bluegrass. Mean Mary has been singing since she was 5 years old and cur-

Maryann Sartini spins wool at her Art in the Park booth. The event, driven indoors by rainy weather, hosted a plethora of artists and vendors, along with live musical entertainment. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE A-3.

By Cindy Taylor Marilyn Toppins announced her decision to step down as president of the Union County Education Association, also known as the teachers union, at the April 14 school board meeting. “It’s been a long year, and it’s still not over,” said Toppins. “I know that all of you have worked very hard and diligently, and the budget is about to be upon us. On a personal note, I have served now as president for three years. It has been an adventure. It has had its exciting times as well as times that have been challenging. I have enjoyed working with you, and if this sounds like a swan song speech, it is. I will be finishing up in May, and by May or June you will have a new president standing before you. The association stands ready to work with you, and I thank you.” Chuck Grant has become a familiar face at Union County school

board meetings, and he brought more change orders for review at the April 14 meeting, change orders that totaled more than $100,000 between Luttrell, Sharps Chapel and Big Ridge Elementary renovations and the building of the new school at Paulette. Some of these change orders fall under the umbrella of items that should have been caught by the architects Michael Brady and Associates and totaled $6,500 of the nearly $100,000. The board voted to approve all items requested except for the $6,500 and will review that amount further. No new money will be needed, as the existing contingency fund still has enough left to cover all these additional costs. Board members and Director of Schools Wayne Goforth were still not happy about the additional funds being used, and Goforth explained part of the reason this had happened. “The three addition projects at Big Ridge, Luttrell and Sharps Chapel Elementary Schools were ex-

Marilyn Toppins steps down as president of the Union County Education Association, the teachers union. Photo by C. Taylor

pected to occur concurrently. The Sharps Chapel project received approval first, and construction began. It was expected that approval would be as readily received for the

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Big Ridge and Luttrell projects, but this did not occur,” said Goforth. “There were delays at the state level in receiving approval from the fire marshal. I had to appeal to state Sen. Mike Faulk for assistance in getting action from the state fire marshal. Then, further delay was encountered when the local fire chiefs in Luttrell and Plainview had reservations about approving the projects due to former fires, the location of fire hydrants, etc. The builder D & S Construction requested additional general conditions reimbursements for the project delays caused by the delay in receiving fire marshal permits.” One attendee at the board meeting was heard to comment that going through the change orders each month had taken as much time as building the new school. In an effort to stay ahead of cost overruns, change orders and punch lists, the board has planned a special called meeting April 28 at Luttrell to review the punch list for that school.

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our feet are the foundation on which everything else rests. They’re under considerable pressure carrying the weight of your body. One way to care for them – and for your knees, hips, spine, back and neck – is to avoid high heels. Podiatrists, doctors who specialize in foot care, have long warned of the dangers of high heels. Chiropractors have also weighed in. They recommend that women wear heels that are no more than 2 inches high, and if a woman must wear high heels, they suggest she do so for no more than two hours a day. High heels stress the foot’s weight-bearing function. This can strain muscles in the legs and back. Muscles that are working abnormally can pull things out of line. Wearing high heels for any length of time also accentuates the normal forward curve of the back and makes the pelvis tip forward. This alters the normal configuration of the pelvis and spine necessary for the body to maintain a center of gravity. Women who go for chiropractic treatment often don’t recognize the relationship between the shoes and the ailment for which they’ve sought treatment. Talk with your chiropractor about the appropriate shoes to wear for your lifestyle. Brought to you as a community service by Union County Chiropractic; 110 Skyline Drive, Maynardville, TN; 992-7000.

A-2 • APRIL 23, 2011 • UNION COUNTY SHOPPER-NEWS

Business of the week First Century Bank In the fall of 1899, an infant bank was chartered in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee, Claiborne National Bank. 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, at the young age of 23, Glenn Yoakum began his career at the bank as a teller. Yoakum learned the value of friends, community and trust first-

hand. Eventually, Yoakum took over the reins of the bank and began to raise his family in the Appalachian hills, passing along these essential beliefs to his children. His daughter, Eleanor Yoakum, now serves as the bank’s board chair.

The team at First Century Bank of Maynardville includes: manager Brad Davis, FSR Sara Collins, teller Tiffany Goins and head teller Marla Buckner. Not pictured are Delinda Cole, Annette Brad Davis has been serv- Kirby and Ashley Nicely. Photo by C. Taylor ing Union County as branch manager at First Century well as a 24/7 automated “We have one-stop shopBank in Maynardville for service, and we were voted ping,” said Davis’ assistant the past three years. branch of the year for 2010 Sara Collins. “We can meet all the needs of our cus“We are still locally by our home office.” owned by the Yoakums,” The bank is a full-ser- tomers in one place.” said Davis. “We are much vice bank offering loans, At First Century Bank, friendlier than many banks checking and saving ac- the tradition of community I visit. First Century is the counts, safety deposit box- continues to grow from the only bank in Union County es and insurance among solid roots laid down those that offers insurance as many other services. many years ago.

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Budget and finance committee to meet Union County Commission’s budget and finance committee will hold a workshop 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the Union County Courthouse.

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The Career Coach visited Luttrell on April 19. On board are interviewer Kevin Cole, Luttrell resident Carolyn Shoopman, interviewer William Byrd, interviewer Shay Riggs and coordinator Sarah Beane. Photo by C. Taylor

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Career Coach delivers opportunity By Cindy Taylor

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development sends out the Career Coach to help people find jobs. On April 19, the coach paid a visit to Luttrell. The big black bus rolled in and parked at the Luttrell Community Center, where the interviewers helped residents looking for work. Sarah Beane is the Mobile Services Coordinator for the East Tennessee Career Coach, and Luttrell was only her third stop on the new bus. “This is a new program,” said Beane. “We will be taking job listings to rural communities, help them write resumes and be competitive in the job market. We have

Internet that travels with us via satellite, and we have access to television so we can conduct workshops. We have 10 computer stations in the bus, so we can help quite a few people at once. We are geared toward adults looking for work or high school students getting ready to enter the work force.” Carolyn Shoopman of Luttrell took advantage of the programs the coach had to offer. “I came in because I didn’t have a resume,” said Shoopman. “Now I have a resume, and they have shown me a lot of job opportunities, too.” “There are a lot more jobs out there than people realize,” said interviewer Shay Riggs. “You just have to know where to look.” During our visit, a gentleman showed up in overalls, and the interviewers attempted to find employment

for him. He claimed to be the Mayor of Union County and stated he was too busy to take on any additional jobs. Mayor Mike Williams had actually just left the Senior Center where he had spent the first part of the day cleaning up around the center. Media Specialist for the Luttrell Library Gloria Fox was thrilled to have the coach in her community. “I am so proud to have county officials here visiting the Career Coach and showing their support for the work they’re doing,” said Fox. Any organization can request the coach by going to the Web site at www. getonthecoach.tn.gov or call 403-1122. Make your call early. The coach is already booked through mid June. Contact Cindy gmail.com.

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The Union County Chamber of Commerce, located in the Historic Bank Building next to the Union County Courthouse, will host a business workshop 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 5, followed by a women-owned small business session. Paul Middlebrooks of UT and Jacqueline Merritt of the U.S. Small Business Administration will speak about registering businesses for procurement or contract opportunities with state and federal government. Info or to register: Julie Graham, 992-2811.

Health fair upcoming The Union County Health Council will sponsor a health fair at the Union County Farmers Market 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7, at Union County High School. The health council is seeking health care providers to host booths during the event. Those interested in participating may register with UT Extension Agent Shannon Perrin at 992-2812 or sperrin@utk.edu.

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The Clinch-Powell Regional Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the Clinton Shoney’s. An optional dinner is at 5 p.m. The ClinchPowell Regional Library serves public libraries in Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott and Union counties. Info: 457-0931.

Lincoln Day Dinner The Union County GOP will hold the annual Lincoln Day Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the commons area of Union County High School. Guest speakers will be Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, state Sen. Mike Faulk and state Rep. Dennis Powers, along with guest presenters former Gov. Don Sunquist and Jim Henry, Commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. All are welcome. There will be live music and door prizes. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 603-2159 or 898-8171.

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The Union County Humane Society asks that pet owners contact them immediately if a pet becomes lost. Rabies vaccination clinics for dogs Pets without identification and rabies and cats will be held Saturday, April tags are only required to be held for 30, at the following locations: Sharps 72 hours by Tennessee state law. The Chapel Elementary School, 9-10 a.m.; Humane Society makes every effort to Luttrell Elementary School, 10:45 to place animals in “forever homes” as 11:45 a.m.; Union County Health Desoon as possible. Timely contact will partment, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; Big Ridge ensure that your lost pet is not adopted Elementary School, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.; by new owners. Remember, identifiand Paulette Community Center, 4-5 cation and rabies tags are your pet’s p.m. Price is $10 for a one-year rabies protection. Info: 992-7969. vaccination, and clinics will be held

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UNION COUNTY SHOPPER-NEWS • APRIL 23, 2011 • A-3

Rain drowns Luttrell roads By Cindy Taylor The streets in Luttrell are suffering due to the recent heavy rainfall. This was a main concern among council members at the April 18 meeting of Luttrell City Council. “We are working at getting things back to normal after the rains,” said Mayor Johnny Merritt. “We have multiple tiles that are stopped up, and I’m trying to coordinate getting help with that. We may need to pull in some specialty equipment.” Merritt stated that he has come to a verbal agreement with AT&T for repair of the problem on Ridgecrest. Litter is less of an issue than it was a couple of weeks ago on Highway 61 thanks to Keep Union County Beautiful. “We are really grateful for the volunteers and the

effort they made on litter pick-up for us,” said Vice Mayor Jackie Roberts. Vandalism has hit the community park, and steps being taken to deter that from happening in the future. Patrols have picked up at the request of the city, and a neighborhood watch is in place with hidden surveillance. “The goals have been torn down at the basketball courts,” said Merritt. “Maybe we can catch them by stepping up surveillance.” “I do have a positive report about the park,” said resident Jody Smith. “My son and some friends play ball there on Sunday afternoons and have started taking trash bags with them. On their way out, they will pick up garbage and take it out with them. This park is a positive thing for our com-

Jimmie Knight, representing state Rep. Dennis Powers, speaks to Luttrell City Council. Photo by C. Taylor

munity, and kudos to you guys and the park board. The gain is already much more than the cost.” Jimmie Knight, field representative for state Rep. Dennis Powers, was present and spoke briefly to the council. “We are here for the people,” said Knight. “If we can

help you in any way, give us a call.” This brought on a discussion regarding Highway 61 and a much-needed expansion. “Highway 61 has been put on the backburner, and we are really choked down here in Luttrell,” said Merritt. “There were supposed to be three phases from 11W to Highway 33 by Cooke’s Mortuary, and only the first phase has been done. It has killed our industry. We’re really proud that Highway 33 is being expanded, but I would like to see Luttrell moved back up to the front.” “In between 33 to 11W, it would really boom,” said council member Phil Ruth. The winner of the city’s scholarship was chosen, and plans are to notify the recipient within the next two weeks.

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Fleischmann visits Union County U.S. Rep Chuck Fleischmann greets Luttrell City Council member Sheila Buckner at a town hall meeting April 20. Fleischmann spoke about the unhealthy state of the federal budget but had good news for Tennesseans. “The federal deficit is going to hurt not only our children and grandchildren but here in Tennessee we have a balanced budget,” he said. “This is so important. Our state is bringing in business all over the state. We are seeing and will continue to see economic development, and I want to make sure Union County participates in that growth.” Photo by Cindy Taylor

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From page A-1

Blacksmith Fritz Voss demonstrates his craft at Art in the Park. Photos by C. Taylor New Union Grass adds a new member at Art in the Park. Pictured are Andy Williams on bass, Donnie Stevens on mandolin, Steve Nicely on banjo, Jared Graves on guitar and 2-year-old Walker Graves on acoustic guitar. Members of the J.C. Baker Masonic Lodge offered up their homemade apple butter and made funnel cakes on site. There were oil painters, felters and photographers. Items offered either for sale or viewing included handmade specialty jewelry, hand thrown pottery, embroidery, art prints and original paintings. Art students at Union County High School gave an exhibit, and judges awarded blue ribbons to Jason Earley and Heather Ailor. Second place ribbons were awarded to Tenika Hopson and Taylor Simpson. Kali Graves and Josh Beavers took home third place ribbons. Judges noted that the decisions were difficult as all students displayed amazing talent. Local firefighters came together at the festival for a fundraiser to benefit all the Union County Volunteer Fire departments. They sold hot dogs, barbecue, chips and drinks. Other vendors offered home-

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Lori Potts and her jewelry display won the Art in the Park People’s Choice Award. this a yearly event each spring. Event organizers thanked all who helped bring this event together and make its first year a success, including the men of Wooten Associates in Maryville who helped move the event’s sign and Byrd’s Mortuary for supplying tents.

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A-4 • APRIL 23, 2011 • UNION COUNTY SHOPPER-NEWS

Foundation awards grants The Union County Community Foundation, an Affiliate Fund of East Tennessee Foundation, anCindy nounced the recipients of Taylor its inaugural grants for year 2011. The awards were presented April 16 at the Art in the Park Event at Union County High School. Two life of the residents of Union programs aimed at ben- County. efiting residents in Union Facelift for ball field County received a total of Early last year, the $850 in funding. Union County baseball field was desperately in need of a makeover. This season, thanks to ambitious parents, community support and a Jersey cow, the Union County Baseball Club (UCBC) boasts a field to make any player proud. The UCBC is a nonprofit organization formed in August 2010 to support Horace Maynard Middle and Union County High School Mercy North Administrator baseball. The club now has by-laws, a membership base Jeremy Biggs. Photos by C. Taylor and appointed board memThe UT Extension in bers. The purpose of the Union County received the club is to work with middle grants for the 4-H Club and high school coaches to Scholarship Program and improve the Union County the newly formed Union baseball field located next County Farmers Market. to Wilson Park. The first award will help The first order of busia young person in need to ness by the club was to hold attend 4-H camp this sum- a fundraiser, Cow Patty Binmer. The second award will go, to sponsor a new backhelp with the launch of the stop to replace the existing new Farmers Market, cre- chain link backstop. During ated to provide an opportu- the Heritage Festival last nity for local farmers to sell year, more than 100 anxious produce. onlookers willed Jersey the The Union County Com- cow, who belonged to Trevor munity Foundation was Jones, to “do her business” established as a project of on the square belonging Leadership Union County to them. After about an the Class of 2010 and is a hour, the star of the inaupermanent endowment that gural Cow Patty Bingo event has been created to support declared square number opportunities to advance 460, purchased by Lowell and improve the quality of Matheson Sr., as the winner.

Matheson was excited to claim his $1,000 prize, and he graciously donated $200 back to the baseball club. The money received from this fundraiser was used for the field improvements. The upgrade process began in November and was completed two weeks prior to opening day. The success of the project was the result of the community working together. The club members developed the work plan and supplied the labor for the project, and the community supported the effort with financial contributions. Field drain lines were installed during the construction phase to help with water problems from rain. Contributions by area businesses made the project possible. Some of the contributors that UCBC would like to thank are: Fleming Metal, Helms Construction, Steven Berry Lawn Service, Sam Thomas Crane, Ready Mix USA, Patterson Brothers Inc., General Shale Brick, Sequatchie Block, Buckner Excavating, Reno’s Sporting Goods, Carmeuse Lime and Stone, Midlake Corporation, Rusty Wilson Masonry and volunteers who helped with field preparation and cleanup. The club has plans for many more field upgrades but considers this an excellent start.

East Tennessee Foundation senior vice president Terry Holly presents the first grants to UT Extension agent Shannon Perrin. Present are Donna Riddle, Holly, Julie Graham and Perrin.

Drew Fugate swings for the fence at the newly renovated Union County High School baseball field.

providers and employees at Cherokee Health, Union County Health Department and Mercy North that included everything from social services to diet to emergency response in threatening situations. Leadership The day included tours of class goes viral both Cherokee Health and Leadership Union Coun- Mercy North. This was a ty Class of 2011 took to the day of education that will road April 14 for Health allow class members to Care Day. Class members take what they learned and heard presentations from spread the word among

their own families and the community. Class members made a decision on their project for the year and will provide matching funds for a state grant that will give a boost to Union County’s libraries.

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UNION COUNTY SHOPPER-NEWS • APRIL 23, 2011 • A-5

Cara Wilson and Wyatt Hall found prize eggs in the 9to 12-year-old division.

Cherikan Chandler holds Makaida, who found a prize egg in the 2 and under division.

Chris Hammonds holds Aleah Karlstrom, who found a prize egg in the 2 and under division of the Wilson Park Egg Hunt.

Top-notch egg hunters Once again, hundreds of children and parents descended on Wilson Park in Maynardville for the annual Easter egg hunt. Sponsored Americus Hammonds and Tyler Anderson by the Union County Busifound prize eggs in the 6- to 8-year-old divi- ness and Professional Association, Union County sion of the Wilson Park Easter Egg Hunt.

Parks and Recreation, Commercial Bank, FSG Bank and First Century Bank, the event has become highly anticipated by local kids. Children hunted for Easter eggs, each of which contained candy, and there were

two prize eggs in each age group. Finders of the prize eggs got Easter baskets full of candy and toys. The Easter Bunny made Hadlie DeFoe found a Sidney DeFoe found a an appearance, and free prize egg in the 3- to prize egg in the 3- to cotton candy was available 5-year-old division. 5-year-old division. for each child. Photos by S. Carey Photo submitted

A tribute to Ruth Gentry Raley “Miz Ruth” climbed those golden stairs on April 13, after a long and distinguished career with the Union County school system. About everyone who attended Union County schools from 1940 to early 2011 knew about Ruth

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Gentry Raley. As I understand it, Ruth was diagnosed with cancer early this year and last came to work in February for about a week. She was a dependable trooper. Mrs. Raley was buried near her beloved husband and family at Union Primitive Baptist Cemetery in Maynardville. Past superintendent of schools Dwain Burke delivered a beautiful eulogy at Mrs. Raley’s service. He emphasized that Mrs. Raley was certainly someone special who came into his life when he was elected superintendent. He was only 30 years old when he became superintendent, and he says Mrs. Raley took him under her wing and helped him immeasurably during his tenure. He gives her credit for being the cornerstone of that office and says there’s three words that define dedication – Ruth Gentry Raley. He says her integrity was beyond reproach and that she was never

too busy to help others. Mrs. Raley came to work in 1940 for what was then the Union County school board and worked as many hours as it took to do the job. From what her many peers and Gentry Raley supervisors recall, the “job” was “whatever needed to be done at the time.” For example, until 1999 Mrs. Raley did lunch room reports, and she handled employee benefits and school system insurance. She collected and safeguarded the teachers registers for the 27 little schools until the consolidation of the elementary schools in the 1960s. For many years, she prepared the school system’s budget until Glenn Coppock was hired to take on the major financial responsibilities. I’m told that she held her successor in financial matters in high esteem, and when Glenn last visited her she told him, “My time sheets are in the left-hand drawer.” One of the past superintendents, Patricia McKelvey, praised Mrs. Raley for her dedication to Union County’s schools, noting she was most deserving of the honors bestowed upon her last December by state Sen. Michael

Faulk and state Rep. Dennis Powers. In 1966, when federal programs were implemented, Mrs. Raley administered those for some time. Over the years, Mrs. Raley provided school record verifications to a host of former Union County students so they could receive delayed birth certificates. Former superintendent David Coppock recalled that during his 41 years with the school system, Mrs. Raley was always faithful in her duties. Before becoming superintendent in 1984, he brought her his principal records every Friday, and during his time as superintendent from 1984 to 2001, they worked more closely. He says she was a fine, pleasant and dependable employee. Others recalled Mrs. Raley only taking a week or two vacation during her whole career. Current Director of Schools Wayne Goforth said, “It is remarkable to find employees who work for the same company for 70 years. For three years now, I have come in to the office on Saturday mornings to work some and also check on Ruth. I knew, as did most everyone, that she would be at work on Saturday morning without fail. It may be that

Ruth was not remembered in all her years of employment because she was shy and withdrew from accolades of any kind. The staff and I would have missed a noteworthy opportunity had we not had the foresight to honor Mrs. Raley back in December for her dedicated years of service to Union County Public Schools. I will miss her greatly.” Mrs. Raley was the second child of William M. “Will” Gentry (June 16, 1889 - Dec. 1, 1974) and Nola Sharp Gentry (Dec. 22, 1896 - Dec. 7, 1978). Her grandparents are James and Martha DeLapp Gentry and William “Bill” Sharp and Elenora Warwick Sharp. Will and Nola were married Sept. 15, 1918, in Union County. Mrs. Raley is descended from old Union County families. Her great-grandfather, Samuel DeLapp, was an early Union County cabinet maker. Ruth is second of the four children of Will and Nola: Evelyn, Ruth, Pauline and Hubert. An interesting note is that her sister, Pauline, and James A. Seymour (later the Rev. Seymour, who was for many years pastor of Milan Baptist Church), along with Joanna Heiskell and Max Gerald Beeler, eloped and were married July 4, 1937.

Mrs. Raley received her elementary education at Raccoon Valley Academy, as did her mother, father and siblings. The school gained some notoriety during the Army-McCarthy hearings. This is the story as told to me: When Ray Jenkins was in Washington for the ArmyMcCarthy hearings, the lawyers were sitting around extolling their credentials. One or two mentioned Choate, and Ray Jenkins only listened. Finally, one of them added, “And where were you educated Mr. Jenkins?” He replied, “ Raccoon Valley Academy – a fine school.” I have not been able to confirm this; however, his cousins and law partners, Erby and Aubrey Jenkins, lived in Union County and attended school at Raccoon Valley. It is possible that he stayed awhile and did attend school at Raccoon Valley. Mrs. Raley graduated in the Horace Maynard High School Class of 1939. She went on to attend Gregory Business College and was hired by then-superintendent Arch K. Steiner before her graduation. He told the story that he had to wait two weeks for her

graduation for her to report for work. Arch was proud of his selection. Although it is almost unheard of today, Mrs. Raley has had only one employer during her more than 70-year working career. She has worked for many heads of the Union County school system, among them A. K. Steiner, Lucy Jean Turner Wilson, John Howard Collett, Ida Cooke Winters, Rome C. Sharp, Claude W. Weaver, Dwain Burke, David Coppock, Patricia McKelvey, Dr. James Pratt, Charles E. Thomas and D. Wayne Goforth. Mrs. Raley’s husband, the late Raymond Raley, and she lived at the Gentry homeplace during her lifetime. In her last few months, she was lovingly cared for by her niece, Linda Gentry Brewer, who says “Aunt Ruth” was a family person and always there when anyone needed anything. Mrs. Raley always honored, supported and praised her family and others. Rest well, Ruth, you will always have a special place in the hearts of all who knew you. Bonnie Peters is the Union County Historian and the author of many books. Contact Bonnie at 687-3842 or bhpeters@ esper.com.

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The pro observer says we are correct to assume Bray should improve with age, experience, maturity, a few muscles and a better offensive line. It just may not all come together by Sept. 17 in Gainesville. Fourth Saturday in October? Probably not. Sometime this season? Maybe. As a disclaimer you might have previously seen on medicine bottles, results may vary – depending on our offensive and rivals’ defensive strategies, intensity of blitzes, degree of protection, receiver improvement and opposing secondary skills. *** Another Volunteer quarterback, Justin Worley, is recruiting one of his high school

receivers, All-American Cordarrelle Patterson from Hutchinson Community College. They played together at South Pointe Northwestern in South Carolina. Patterson, 6-4 and 200, visited Tennessee spring practice and said it was kind of different. “Everything was organized.” Of course it was organized. Derek Dooley does details. *** Daniel Hood made one of the better decisions of spring drills. He asked to switch from second-team offensive tackle to starting over at defensive tackle. In addition to the exciting time he had butting heads with old friends, he won the Andy Spiva Award as defensive surprise of the spring. Hood, 55 pounds bigger than he was at Knoxville Catholic High, is a very bright 300-pounder. He sees a chance for more playing time on defense. Coach Dooley and I agree with his reasoning. Tennessee needs large down linemen. Desperately. The Vols could also use

a few more linebackers and a couple of high-quality defensive backs. *** Long-ago Tennessee tailback Walter Chadwick celebrated his 65th birthday with good friends, fine food, Mayfield’s ice cream and a big release of balloons carrying his name and address. If you want to send a belated greeting, aim it for 918 Regency Path Drive, Decatur, GA 30030. In 1971 Walter was the victim in a horrible crash. A Wells Fargo truck crossed a center line and smashed head-on into his VW Beetle. Doctors thought Chadwick was beyond repair. He fought fiercely and survived. Broken bones eventually healed but brain damage was permanent. Instead of giving up, Chadwick continued to compete and remains an inspiration for a host of old Vols and hundreds of best and close friends. Walter on his bicycle is a Decatur landmark. Unfortunately, these are not the best of times. Tough

guards (and what shape they were in), and where that great stone was at any given moment. Matthew says that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were already there when the earthquake rolled back the stone. Luke and John differ on how many women approached the tomb, but agree that the stone was already rolled away. John has Mary going to the garden tomb alone. However, the fascinating thing is this: in all the accounts – regardless of when the stone moved – Jesus was already absent from the tomb. “He is not here; he is risen,” the angel declared. The stone was not rolled away so that Jesus could get out; it was moved so that his followers could get in and see that he was not there. We have to remind ourselves to read this familiar story carefully, to be attentive to it, instead of hurrying along to get to the “good parts.” We tend to watch the action outside the tomb, with all that scurrying around and the astounding news

that “He is risen!” finally penetrating the disciples’ conscious minds. But sometimes, when I am feeling particularly fanciful, I wonder about Jesus inside the tomb. Now I have stood in front of the Garden Tomb, in Jerusalem. It looks just as you would imagine it (which tends to make it a little too Gatlinburg-esque for me, but then I am a purist). There are flowers around, as befits a garden. The tomb is hewn out of living rock the sandy color of so much of Israel. The entry point is small, forcing one to bow low to enter. The surprising thing is that there is a small window cut high into the wall near the entrance, which provides light inside. (How convenient, says the skeptic.) Please note, I am not saying I do not believe in the Resurrection. I do have difficulty with a tomb that is so perfectly picturesque and so convenient for tourist buses. I wonder about Jesus. When first light crept across the landscape and entered

that small, high window – is that when his eyes opened? Did he (like me in the first foggy moments of wakening) have to figure out where he was and what had happened that put him there? Did he fight to get out of the grave clothes? Did he ache all over from the wounds? And then we come to the question of the day. If Matthew is right, and the stone rolled away in the earthquake with witnesses present, and Jesus himself was already absent from the tomb, how, exactly, did he get out? Through that little window? No, too small. Did he roll the stone away and then push it back? Maybe, but remember it was designed to roll, like a great wheel, down a groove and into place. Gravity would keep it there, at least until an earthquake came along, and the earthquake happened with two Mary’s and two guards there. No one saw Jesus exit the tomb. It is a mystery. It is a miracle. And it is the grand and glorious truth of the Easter faith! “He is not here. He is risen!” Alleluia!

Bits ‘n’ pieces and April showers TALES OF TENNESSEE | Marvin West Tennessee’s spring football game altered the coaching strategy for Montana’s Robin Pflugrad (pronounced flew-grad). He had been telling his Grizzlies that they could go to Knoxville in early September and compete with the big boys. After seeing O&W video, he must ward off overconfidence. Tennessee fans also have a problem. They have four full months to worry about September at Neyland Stadium, the opener, game two against Cincinnati and game four against Buffalo. Before the closing exhibition and Tyler Bray’s five for 30, I thought justifiable concerns were the price of gas, what paying customers

will get for season-ticket investments and why, oh why, must checks be written so early. The tacked-on $35 service charge is no problem for Montana. *** A former college coach, now an NFL scout, has binoculars on Bray. Last November, he thought he saw an entertaining young riverboat gambler loaded with courage. Arm strength and nifty receivers made up for some serious miscalculations. The scout now wonders if more information will make Bray better or worse. He says the so-called sophomore jinx is not a jinx at all, generally just confusion from thinking too much.

He is risen! CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. (Matthew 28: 1-2 NRSV) Like any earth-shattering event, the news accounts afterwards differ. Mark, the earliest Gospel written, makes no mention

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economics took away his job at Emory hospital in Atlanta. He had five good years, thanks to Steve Kiner and others. With a few more hours to spare, Walter is back in the recycling business. His latest can collection totaled 40 pounds. He reduced his operating deficit by $20 and was delighted. Somebody tell the feds how to do it. *** Tobias Harris and family are carefully weighing college continuation and go-pro options. Harris will work out for NBA teams to get specific feedback before the May 7 deadline. What to do will not be based on emotions. I am guessing Tobias would like to stay and play another season of Tennessee baskets. If he goes, it will be because advisors think it best for his future. It is just a matter of a few million. *** An uncomfortable fan says the best days for UT baseball are when it rains really hard. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is westwest6@netzero.com.

MILESTONES Weslyn Grace Hunley was born Feb. 28, weighing 7 pounds. Parents are Lynn and Amy Hunley of Maynardville. Weslyn has two brothers, Hunter and Harlen. Grandparents are Allen and Jane Graves and Elbert and Margie Hunley, all of Halls.

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 ■ Fellowship Christian Church, 746 Tazewell Pike, will have a sunrise service at 7 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 24. Everyone welcome. ■ Revival Vision Church, 154 Durham Drive in Maynardville, will hold a biker Easter service, “He is Risen,” Easter Sunday, April 24, at 11 a.m. All brands welcome. Ride your bike. Info: 925-2546.

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.

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. ■ The Church of God at Maynardville will have a singing featuring Cross Connection at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Everyone welcome. The Rev. Charles McClure Jr. is pastor. Info: 992-0620. ■ Fellowship Christian Church, 746 Tazewell Pike, Luttrell, will host the Bewley Family for a singing at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Everyone welcome. ■ Oaks Chapel Church, 934 Raccoon Valley Road, will have a singing featuring the Berry Family at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Everyone welcome. The Rev. Roger Short is pastor. Info: 992-8767.


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Race to the finish Cub Scout Pack 401 competed in the annual Pinewood Derby on April 6, celebrating the event with a potluck dinner. But, the Cubs created their entries a little differently this year. The Cub Scouts used only hand tools to make their wooden racers, and they had very little assistance from their parents. Boy Scout Troop 401 helped host the race, and scoutmaster Linda Myers and assistant scoutmaster Bill Collins sup-

plied the track. Scouts also helped racers as their pit crew. First place was Tiger Cub Samuel Meyers. Webelo Bruce Inklebarger won second place. Bear Cub Joshua Inklebarger won third place, and Wolf Cub R.L. Lloyd came in fourth. Webelo Ross Richnafsky won Most Original Design for his Blue Lobster. Best Design went to Bruce Inklebarger for his Subaru Wagon. Samuel Meyers won Best Paint and Color for his Yellow School Bus.

Ross Richnafsky won Most Original Design for his entry in Cub Scout Pack 401’s Pinewood Derby.

Samuel Meyers won first place and Best Paint and Bruce Inkelbarger won sec- Joshua Inklebarger won Color in the Pinewood Der- ond place and Best Design in third place in the Pinewood by. the Pinewood Derby. Derby. Photos submitted

Luttrell Elementary honor roll Luttrell Elementary School’s administrators recently announced the school’s honor roll.

First grade All A’s: Britney Zamaron, Melanie Tharp, Haley Ridenour, Dylan Stephens, Skye Poplin, Jayden Beeler, Anna Butler, Ashtan Collins, Derek Davis, Mikayla Deloach, Savannah Gerber, Emily Jones, Tyler Keefer, Lexus Matthews, Alyssa Riggs, Faith Hughett, Kelly Hunter, Emily Johnson, Horace Maynard Middle School’s baseball 8th graders gather with their coaches. They are: (front) Amanda Tharp. All A’s and Garrett Foust, Drew Fugate, Tyler Cochran, Jeremy Thomas, Brandon Keel; (back) assistant coach B’s: Larry Adams, Makayla Ray Burchell, Josh Steele, Eli Turner, Bryce Buckner and head coach Josh Orrick. Photo by C. Taylor Graham, Alyssa Sluder, Jordan Wilson, Abigail Dunn, Taylor Mink, Nathan Mitchell, Michelle DeLeon, Nolan

Red Devils honor 8th graders By Cindy Taylor

It is the end of an era. The Horace Maynard Middle School baseball team played its last home game April 21, on a night declared to be 8th grade night. The team won all of their games that week, but with eight players moving on from being Red Devils to becoming Patriots at Union County High School next season, the event was bittersweet. “There is a great tradition to being Horace Maynard,” said coach Josh Orrick. “Their parents went to Horace Maynard, and this is special for them. This is the last time they will be wearing Red Devils.”

SCHOOL NOTES The Union County School Board has approved the following calendar for the remainder of the school year: ■ May 26 and 27, will be instructional days for students. ■ Saturday, May 28, will be an abbreviated instructional day for students. ■ Memorial Day, May 30, will be an administrative day with no students. ■ May 31 will be the last abbreviated day. ■ Kindergarten registration for Union County schools will be held at each elementary school 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Registration for Paulette Elementary School will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Milan Baptist Church. Children who are 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2011, should enter kindergarten during the

The Red Devils lost nine 8th graders last year so coaches Orrick and Burchell had a rebuilding year. With minimal players with varsity experience coming into this year, they worked diligently to make the team competitive. The Red Devils ended their regular season with a record of 10 wins, three losses and one tie, finishing as the third seed entering the district tournament. They started out the district tourney April 18 with a win against Carpenters Middle (Blount County). “We finished our regular season strong,” said Orrick “We got hot and peaked at the right time as we go into the district tournament.”

2011-2012 school year. Parents must provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate, proof of a physical within the last six months or date of next scheduled physical, immunization records, copy of the child’s Social Security card, and two proofs of residency like utility bills. The principals of each school will have bus route information. Enrollment forms may be picked up at the Union County Board of Education office starting Monday, May 2. Info: Jimmy Carter, 9925466 ext. 110. ■ Link your Food City Value Card with the school of your choice to earn money for that school. To link, ask your cashier at check-out. Even though the school isn’t built yet, you can already link your Value Card to Paulette Elementary School.

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.

Union County High ■ Union County High School cosmetology students will be offering free haircuts through May 20 to help train for their board exams. Call 992-0180 and ask for cosmetology to set up an appointment.

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

Chris McLaughlin and Jeremiah Kadron, members of the Maynardville 4-H Club, sell badges and dyed eggs at the Tractor Supply in Halls. Photo by S. Clark

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: 1-866-3114287 or www.tennessee.gov/ tenncare/tenndercare.

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Summer art school needs help By Cindy Taylor

Chase Buckner signs to play basketball for Walters State Community College. Pictured at the signing are: (front) brother Bryce Buckner, father Andy Buckner, Chase, mother Gina Buckner, sister Briley Buckner; (back) assistant coach Mike Johnson, Director of Schools Wayne Goforth, coach Shane Brown and Walters State basketball coach Bill Carlisle. Photo by C. Taylor

Buckner signs with Walters State By Cindy Taylor More than 50 well-wishers were in attendance April 19, as Union County High School athlete Chase Buckner signed to play basketball for Walters State Community College. Seventeen-year-old Buckner will graduate from Union County High next month, and then it’s on to

play in college for Walters State coach Bill Carlisle. “Chase earned this scholarship based on how well he played while he was here,” said Union County High basketball coach Shane Brown. “He scored and shot well, and in my two years here he has been instrumental to our program. He had other

options, but he felt Walters State was a good fit.” “This is pretty cool, and I’m glad to have an opportunity to play another two years,” said Buckner. “I like coach Carlisle and like staying close to home. I want to thank coach Brown and all the assistant coaches and my mom and dad.”

4-H’ers enjoy Nashville trip Smoky Mountain 4-H’ers Miranda Key and Rebekah Kadron went to Nashville for the 64th annual 4-H Congress. They spent time exploring the state capitol building, met state Rep. Dennis Powers and sat in on a state legislative session. The 4-H’ers enjoyed lots of special entertainment, some on the General Jackson Showboat. They also voted for 4-H Governor, Speaker of the Senate and Miranda Key and Rebekah Kadron are ready to board the General Speaker of the House and Jackson Showboat during their trip to the annual 4-H Congress. enjoyed dancing during Photo submitted the Inaugural Ball.

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A couple years ago Tom Heemstra was asked by to help with the talented program at Union County High School. Heemstra was already working on a project from his doctorate studies called Creator’s University, so this fit in perfectly with the outreach CU was already planning to have with the schools. CU is a nonprofit organization designed to be a creative think tank to help teach and inspire creativity, help students achieve their creative dreams, and help businesses with innovation and problem solving. Heemstra addressed the school board April 14 with his plan. “As you know, there is plenty of artistic talent in this county that needs mentoring and nurturing for their future success, and that is our aim,” said Heemstra. “No one really teaches creativity, but it is the fuel for the engine of innovation that our country and Union County needs.” “We want to inspire, grow, promote and launch these artistic futures to help improve the overall culture of our schools, families and communities in Union County. “We are asking for volunteers to help us for this summer during the first week of June for a summer school for creative arts type of activities. This is a pilot program for this summer with expansion planned for coming years. We are limited, of course, by the type and amount of volunteer instructors, expertise and resources we can find. Several instructors have already volunteered. We will also need instructor assistants for each course for those interested in any of these subject areas but who may have no real personal expertise or experience. The more

Tom Heemstra speaks to the Union County school board about his summer art school. Photo by C. Taylor

support we have from the community helps with the board, and Union County at large, to assist in approving and providing this needed program.” Heemstra created the acronym D.R.A.W.M.P.T., pronounced dreamt, to represent Drama-dance, Radio, Arts (pottery, drawing, painting), Writing, Music, Photography and Technology. Classes will run 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a 90-minute lunch break. Buses may pro-

vide transportation from three elementary schools to the high school if necessary. Scholarships will be available for students who cannot afford the $10 per day cost of the program. Curriculum will belong uniquely to teacher’s desires and influence, within reason, and submitted and approved by the committee, board or school officials. Heemstra hopes to provide great flexibility for necessary field trips and have funds from corporate sponsors. “The program will be limited by the amount of corporate and community support, both by funding and offering all the classes we would like,” said Heemstra. “Please help us and plead for help and volunteers for us and for our youth.” Applications and detailed instructions will be available on May 1 at the Board of Education office or can be requested online from mach5performance@aol. com. Sign up early, because space is limited.

REUNIONS ■ Horace Maynard High School Class of 1971 is planning its 40year 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 Reynolds family will have a reunion at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the Big Ridge State Park tea room. Come and bring a covered dish. Info: 992-3278.

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 approximately 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.

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