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JUNE 11, 2011




Jason Earley teaches basic songwriting to middle and high school students Andrew Rymer, Isaac Arthur and Kristen Richey.

Fun in the ‘Son’

Artist Pat Clapsaddle teaches painting with watercolor to middle and high school students Destiny Cary, Alison Merritt, Allison Brown, and Lucas Nicely at the Creator’s University summer program. Photos by C. Taylor

VBS bash at Milan See Cindy’s story on page A-5

Creator’s University offers summer classes The early bird catches the gnat Dr. Collier tells us about blue-gray gnatcatchers, his favorite spring birds See page A-6

Creation destination By Cindy Taylor

Luttrell election results See page A-3


For many students, attending school this summer may have a long lasting positive effect on their lives. This is the first summer for Creator’s University to be offered at Union County High School. The university is the concept of Mach 5 Leadership Solutions founder and CEO Tom Heemstra. More than 15 students signed up for classes in watercolor painting, oil painting, art, photography, songwriting, creative writing and dance.


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sionals and who are giving freely of their time at 15 hours a week. The time these volunteers are donating is worth thousands of dollars.” Supplies for most classes are provided either by the teachers or by the university. “I already had a lot of the supplies, so I thought it would be good for these students to make use of them,” said Clapsaddle. Clapsaddle is not only a professional painter, but a potter as well.

There is consideration in the long term for starting classes for adults as well. Heemstra feels that adults need to realize their creative potential, too. “What we hope to accomplish here is only a small part of what Creator’s University is all about,” said Heemstra. “Very few students consider themselves creative, and our goal here is to change that.” The university is a pilot program for this summer with plans to expand in coming years to include drama and other creative courses.

Classy Kids is after school care provider By Cindy Taylor


Teachers are artist Aurora Bull, Union County High School graduate Marcia Walker, artist Pat Clapsaddle, photographer Marvin Jeffries, Heemstra and local musician Jason Earley. Classes began June 6, and each class is three hours long. Heemstra had a surprise for those who signed up. “We charged tuition, but thanks to all of our volunteers we will be returning that money to the students,” said Heemstra. “We have excellent teachers who are profes-

Union County has seen many changes and improvements in the past year. Thanks to April Headrick and the Union County school board, one more need has been met. Headrick presented a request to the board in early spring seeking approval to begin after-school care at all Union County schools. The board agreed that this was a necessity that needed to be addressed but decided to give others an opportunity to bid a contract. Other day cares submitted paperwork, but in the end it was Classy Kids and Headrick who won the contract. “We plan to begin after-school care when school starts back at the end of the summer,” said Headrick. “We have already had a lot of calls about this.” Classy Kids is conveniently located between Horace Maynard Middle School and Maynardville Elementary, but this was not a factor in the board’s decision. Headrick plans to have staff at each of the elementary schools to care for students who cannot go home immediately after school. Classy Kids will continue to service Maynardville Elementary students after school at the location beside the school rather than on school grounds. There is a possibility for before-school care at all schools as well.

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per 15 students. All programs will be licensed by the state, and students can receive help with homework, music studies, exercise and more. “Classy Kids after-school care at Union County elementary schools will provide a safe, orderly environment as an option for working parents to ensure students are well cared for after school is dismissed,” said Director of Schools Wayne Goforth. “The programs offered will provide students with another opportunity for achieving success. Needless to say, the staff and I are extremely excited about this program.” Headrick currently has five staff members and will hire at least three Classy Kids teacher Brooke Simpson shows students Evan Singletary, Gracie more. Headrick requires college Reeves, Krista Cooke and Preston Hall how to make sand sculptures. The May- courses in education or a minimum nardville day care will provide after-school services at all Union County schools of two to three years’ experience in child care. There are DHS guidelines starting this fall. Photo by C. Taylor that must be met as well. Headrick “We have had a before- and after- location for Maynardville Elemen- covers the cost of ongoing training school program here at Classy Kids tary, so this expansion won’t be a and education for all staff. “I am very particular about who for years, but with this new program difficult one. Headrick’s staff will so many parents ask if we plan to do simply travel to other schools rather I hire,” said Headrick. “This is my before-school care also,” said Head- than transporting students to Classy reputation on the line, and I usurick. “We haven’t decided for certain Kids. Snacks will be provided at each ally look for people I know personif we will extend that to all schools, location, and they will also make sure ally who have the training I require. but it is a possibility. Some things are students are being fed when school Whatever the need is for each school, still in the works, such as whether or dismisses early due to weather. Par- that is the need we plan to meet. The not we will offer service during school ents will have until 6 p.m. to pick up most important thing is we are going to be there for the students and the their children on any day. holidays and breaks.” The after-school program is for parents.” Classy Kids has been doing afterInfo: 992-5437. school care for 13 years at their home ages 5-12. There will be one teacher


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How to avoid whiplash Chiropractic Outlook By Dr. Darrell Johnson, DC


hiplash is the name for the condition that occurs when the soft tissues of the cervical spine – the neck, that is – are suddenly, forcibly stretched beyond their normal range as the result of an accident, most typically a low-speed, rear-end auto collision. More than a million Americans each year experience whiplash. Symptoms can be immediate: headaches; back, neck, leg and arm pain. But in many cases it can be weeks before symptoms develop. Your car’s head-restraint system is key to avoiding whiplash. Researchers have found that the head-restraint cushion in your car should be no more than 2.4 inches from the back of your head. That is the distance the head can snap back without stretching the associated ligaments beyond their maximum range. Beyond that 2.4 inch distance, researchers found, ligaments began to stretch beyond their natural range, resulting in injury. So take a few minutes to look at the head-restraint cushion in your car and adjust it so it’s an effective safety tool. Wearing your seat belt, of course, is another critical safety factor. Talk with your chiropractor about ways to stay safe behind the wheel of a car. Brought to you as a community service by Union County Chiropractic; 110 Skyline Drive, Maynardville, TN; 992-7000.

Bob Wright, Rick Riddle, Trevor Jones, David Goodman, Donna Riddle, Tammy McKinley, Mike Heiskel and Gene Ford take part in the Cattle Farmers Association meeting. Photo submitted

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nessee association and presThe beef industry is a vital ident of the Morgan County Bids sought in lighting project component of Union County’s Cattle Farmers Association, Union County Public Schools is accepting proposand Tennessee’s economy. visited the meeting. Wright als for the Sharps Chapel Elementary lighting retrofit The role of the Tennessee described the transformaproject. Proposals should be submitted to the Union Cattle Farmers Association tion in cattle production County Board of Education by 4 p.m. Friday, June 17. is to protect and promote the in Morgan County as their Info: 368-7682. beef industry and help edu- organization grew from 15 members to 108 members. cate cattle owners. Genealogy Jamboree in Cumberland Gap Several Union County With educational meetings cattle owners met May 24 in each month, Morgan CounThe Genealogy Jamboree will be held through June an ongoing attempt to form ty cattle farmers are now 12, at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park a formal organization. The leaving the county healthier Visitors Center. It is estimated that 50 million Americans can trace their heritage back to someone who came Union County Cattle Farmers and produce more efficientAssociation was formed dur- ly than ever before. through Cumberland Gap. The event is free. Visitors ing that meeting under the Along with the obvious can learn about their family heritage, experience dayumbrella of the Tennessee benefit to cattle producers, to-day activities of their ancestors and hear nationally Cattle Farmers Association. the Morgan County Cattle known speakers on the topic of genealogy. Farmers Association supBob Wright, District 8 Info: or vice president for the Ten- ports the future of the cattle jamboree3.

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industry by assisting high school students with college tuition. Each year, they also give one 4-H camp scholarship to a needy child in Morgan County. UT Extension Specialist Tammy McKinley spoke about the current beef cattle situation and a market outlook. McKinley stated that producers will face higher feed costs as corn prices are up from 2010 and are well above the last five years’ average. According to McKinley, the United States demand for beef is still for cheaper cuts because of our current eco-

nomic situation. However, due to the low value of the U.S. dollar, the export market is increasing in Mexico, Canada, Japan and, most recently, South Korea. McKinley also discussed the value of livestock risk protection insurance, which insures the price only. Livestock risk protection’s worth was proven to some buyers in 2008 and 2009 as it added $50-$100 per head to feeder cattle for those suffering losses in price points from the droughts. The next meeting is scheduled for August. Info: Shannon Perrin, 992-8038.

Bike run to benefit Children’s Center The Union County Children’s Center will host a fundraising motorcycle run Saturday, June 25. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., and the ride leaves Union County High School at 10 a.m. The route goes from the high school to the Clinch Mountain Overlook, with lunch at Ann’s Country Kitchen in Maynardville at the end of the ride. Cost is $25 per vehicle and $10 per passenger. Cost includes lunch. Info: 992-7677.

Business of the week MACH 5 Leadership Solutions

MACH 5 Leadership Solutions is a startup company in Union County that is already having a profound effect on students in the area through Creator’s University. But this company does much more. Dr. Tom Heemstra is the founder Tom Heemstra and CEO of the company. Heemstra is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a doctorate in strategic leadership. He is a former F-16 fighter squadron commander with 15 combat sorties in Iraq. Heemstra is also a national speaker on ethics and leadership and has authored several books, including the best seller “Anthrax: A Deadly Shot in the Dark,� which in the late ’90s served to educate civilians and the public health com-

munity about the hazards of the anthrax vaccine, its flawed manufacturing history and its devastating effects on the military. Heemstra still flies for a major airline but much of his time these days is spent as an organizational consultant and leadership coach assisting companies in achieving maximum performance in management and staff. “If we are going to fix the economy in this nation with innovation we can’t just keep talking about it,� said Heemstra. “We have to have the fuel that runs innovation, which is creativity. We want to help businesses with innovation by teaching them how to be creative.� MACH 5 offers strategic leadership consulting and coaching for organizations and individuals to help them break through barriers

to achieve at optimum levels. Specific expertise and experience in leadership, ethics, creativity and service distinguish MACH 5’s potential contribution. Focusing on the individual, organization or mission, MACH 5 specializes in teamwork and culture issues, innovation and problem solving, futuring and strategy and succession planning. This is a Christian organization specializing in leadership enhancement, teamwork, ethics, values integration and analysis, creativity and innovation, problem solving, service improvement and cultural integration.



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Johnny Merritt wins Luttrell mayor election Dyer, Jessee and Smith win council seats By Cindy Taylor City Council and mayoral candidates sweated it out in more ways than one during the Luttrell election voting hours June 2. The 90-plus degree heat may have kept some voters away, but with four candidates running for City Council and only three seats available, current council member Shelia Buckner, former Luttrell mayor Jack Dyer, Sidney Jessee Jr. and Jody Smith greeted residents who did come to vote. Jessee is the son of County Commissioner Brenda Jessee. Smith is a firefighter in Knoxville and active in the Luttrell community. Council members Jackie Roberts and Phil Ruth made the decision not to run again, and Buckner’s term was up.

Basketball camp upcoming Union County High School will host a summer basketball camp for boys June 13-16. Grades 2-5 will meet 9 a.m. to noon. Grades 6-9 will meet 1-4 p.m. Cost is $60 per player. Camp schedule will include station work, three-on-three and five-on-five games, daily competitions and an awards program June 16. Info: 3687682 or 640-3114.

GED test dates set The Union County Adult Education Center will be giving the GED exam 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

Mayoral candidates Johnny Merritt and Kevin Merritt put aside family ties on this day to run for the same office. Spirits were high in the parking lot at City Hall, and there seemed to be no animosity between candidates. During lulls the group, along with several residents who just dropped by to chat, tried to keep cool drinking ice water in the shade provided by pop-up tents. By 11:30 a.m., only 59 voters had cast their ballots. This was not good news for the candidates since there are 725 registered voters and only 43 had taken advantage of early voting. Peggy Bates was the officer in charge, and volunteers Mary Merritt, Doris Dukes and Linda Mynatt were helping with registration, sign in and voting. “It’s been a little slow but we’re hoping more people

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.

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.

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

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Candidate for Luttrell City Council Jody Smith (right) greets Judy Baker and her mom, Luttrell resident Gladys Smith. Photo by C. Taylor will show up later in the day,” said Bates. By the end of the day, the numbers were in and voters had made their decision. Sheila Buckner did not win

her bid to renew her seat on the council. New members will be Jack Dyer, Sidney Jessee and Jody Smith. Johnny Merritt retained his title as mayor with more

than a two-thirds majority. “I am so humbled by this vote,” said Merritt. “I will continue to do my best to keep the people of Luttrell’s best interest at heart.”

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Shape Note Singings

Singing, noon Sunday, June 26, Beech Grove Baptist Church in Sevier County. Bring a dish to share. Info: Sharee Green, 654-3557. ■ Franklin Monthly Old Harp Singing, 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26, Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 210 N. Main St., Greeneville. Info: Jeff Farr, 423-639-8211.

Contact Humane Society for lost pets The Union County Humane Society asks that pet owners contact them immediately if a pet becomes lost. Pets without identification and rabies tags are only required to be held for 72 hours by Tennessee state law. The Humane Society makes every effort to place animals in “forever homes” as soon as possible. Timely contact will ensure that your lost pet is not adopted by new owners. Remember, identification and rabies tags are your pet’s protection. Info: 992-7969.


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■ Annual Meeting of the Friends of the New Harp of Columbia Dinner and Singing, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave., Knoxville. Bring a dish to share. Info: Tina, 982-7777. ■ Old College Monthly Harp Singing, 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 123 S. Jackson St. in Athens. Info: Cora Sweatt, 423-745-0248. ■ Sevier County Monthly Old Harp Singing, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Road in Pigeon Forge. Info: David Sarten, 428-0874. ■ Annual Beech Grove Primitive Baptist Church Dinner and

How can it be that it is already time to have a property reappraisal? Union County has long been established on a five-year reappraisal plan, and 2012 is the fifth year. Property Assessor Donna B. Jones wants the residents of Union County to be aware that she and her staff will be reviewing in their neighborhoods over the next several months. All personnel will have identification badges, and all cars will be marked with signs. If you have any questions, call the office at 992-3211.

Baseball camp planned Union County High School will host a baseball skills camp for players in kindergarten through the 8th grade, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 20-23, at the Union County High School baseball and softball fields. Cost is $60 per camper or $50 per child for a family. The camp is limited to 45 campers. Info: Drew Richardson, 259-1479.

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Summer camp at AMSE The American Museum of Science and Energy will host Science Explorer Camp 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 13-17, at Freels Bend Cabin in Oak Ridge. Explorations will include insects, habitats, water, weather and more. Cost is $175 for AMSE members, $190 for nonmembers. Info:


A Union County perspective on the Civil War In keeping with the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, here are two writings by the late Ralph Atkins that I thought you would enjoy reading. His perspective is interesting, and his research is valuable for historic preservation.

Reasons for Loyalty of East Tennessee to the Union

East Tennessee geographically is situated almost in the center of the late rebellious states: Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and the Middle and Western Divisions of the state on the west. The question arises why it should stand out almost alone in its devotion to the Union. When the state cast its fortunes with

Bonnie Peters the Confederacy through the dominating influence of the civil and military authorities, a large majority of the people of East Tennessee adhered to the Union cause. Many reasons have been assigned for the loyalty of East Tennessee to the federal government, and it is fair to presume that each of these reasons had its influence in that decided stand. One reason may be found in the fact that the soil and climate were not adapted to the growth of cotton, rice and tobacco, the great staples of the South; hence, slave labor could not be employed to

TOWN HALL MEETING fIGHTING RISING DRUG USE June 16 • 6:30pm Union County High School is being fought A secret battle all over the US, in communities versus evil. a battle of good most of us are It is a problem er, we are not aware of , howev verity. aware of the se is a movie documenting the problems of Manchester, KY. Manchester is a small town similar to Maynardville. On the surface it appears to be a quiet little country town. However,underneath there is a sinister darkness overtaking the lives of people in the community. The movie documents these problems and then shows the path that area churches took to rid the town of corruption at every government level and in turn all but stopping the drug problems in this small Kentucky community.

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“We let God take control” The churches in the area began praying together. There were pastors there from every denomination. Abner said “There were Methodist holding the hands of Baptist and Baptist holding the hands of a Church of God member.” The local pastors would meet and have prayer for the county. They asked God to expose corrupt officials and to help remove drug dealers from the community. Despite threats from unhappy officials and drug dealers the Christian community carried on and eventually had a march through the center of Manchester of approximately 5,000 people. The crowd was made up of area churches and people who’s lives had been effected by drug use.

Now is the opportunity for Union Countians to take a stand and make a difference! All area pastors and anyone who is affected by this life threatening problem are strongly encouraged to attend and be part of a change to take back our community from the Satanic influence. It is time to decide which side we are on.

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the same advantage as in the Cotton States. The people, or a large number of them, were comparatively poor and earned their living by daily labor. They thought that slave labor must enter into competition with them, lessen their wages, their chances of employment, and diminish their opportunity to better their condition; that by fighting for slavery they were fastening upon themselves the yoke of poverty. Again, history bears out the fact that those people who inhabit mountainous country are endowed with a spirit of patriotism and loyalty to country, and are the first to respond to its call when it is menaced by foreign or domestic foes. Hence, arises the fact that East Tennessee and the mountain sections of adjoining states have always furnished more than their proportion of volunteers in all the wars in which our country has been engaged. Another, and possibly the greatest cause of their loyalty, was the ability of the loyal leaders; the influence of the “Knoxville Whig” edited by the famous Parson Brownlow was an important factor in shaping public sentiment. His editorials and speeches won for him the admiration of the loyal people and brought down upon his head the anathemas and the iron hand of the Confederate military authorities. His absence of fear and lofty patriotism that, even when in feeble health, made a prison cell preferable to the comforts of home greatly influenced East Tennesseans. Perhaps one of the most potent factors was love for the Union and reverence for the “Old Flag.” They remembered that it was for the whole country that their fathers had fought before them. It has been variously estimated that East Tennessee furnished between 30,000 and 40,000 troops to the Federal army. The exact number could not be ascertained for the reason that before any regular Tennessee organizations were formed, many who went through the lines volunteered in the first Federal regiments they found, and served in Northern and Western regiments. East Tennessee furnished more troops to the Federal army than any other section of the Union in proportion to its population. The male population of East Tennessee in 1860 between the ages of 18 and 45 years was 45,000, and the lowest estimate of troops who joined the Federal army places them at 30,000. This large proportion of troops to the population is explained to some extent by the fact that many joined the army both over and under the legal military age.

The Reconciliation of the Blue and the Gray

In 1861, our ancestors were facing a war, the most costly in American lives in our history. Four years later the war was over, but the scars would remain for many years. The dispute over the right of secession was ended and the country had to undergo the difficult process of reconciliation. The North and South had to learn to live and work together and to strengthen national unity. The leading group in this

process of reconciliation was the veterans themselves. It might seem strange that men who had fought against each other for four years, who had seen and felt all the horrors of the war, would be the first to reunite with their former enemies, and that these ties would be the strongest. Yet if we understand the nature of the war, we can understand this spirit. Brother had fought against brother, not out of personal hatred, but for opposing principles or interpretations in which they sincerely believed. The outcome of the war ended this dispute, it was accepted and people adapted to it. Once the issue was settled, people could reunite in friendship. For some, this was hard or impossible to do. The war had ravaged property, broken up families and destroyed lives. Some could not forget the war which had left a chair in their home empty and placed its former occupant in a grave. We cannot condemn these people, instead we sympathize with them for their human feelings. However, it was different for the veterans. In fighting against a formidable opponent for four long years, they learned to respect that enemy. Although opposed to his cause, they admired his steadfastness and bravery, his courage and devotion. They could sympathize with his feelings, for both armies experienced many hardships entailed in military service. Both Union and Confederate soldiers had suffered from fatiguing marches, heat and cold, and scarcity of food. They had tasted of battle and seen their friends fall all about them. They knew that the enemy had seen the same. Even in the midst of battle men often cheered a brave deed of their foe, and men of both sides risked their lives to help the wounded enemy. And so, after the smoke of battle had cleared, they could indeed be friends. We often read of enemy pickets exchanging coffee, tobacco and gossip between the lines. They often said that if the politicians could be forgotten and the issues left up to the soldiers, they could settle them without a single shot. After all, whether Union or Confederate, they were all Americans and sprang from the same seed. In the decades after the war, many poems were written about the spirit of reconciliation, “Two Brothers” was written by a black American poet, a son of slaves, named Paul Laurence Dunbar. The poem tells the story of two brothers who grew up together, yet had different beliefs and fought on opposing sides in the War Between the States. “And she prayed for both as mothers pray, for the one in blue and the one in gray. For they could not think alike, and so they parted, grieving: each to go and add his little tithe of might to help uphold what he deemed right. Each did the right as right he knew, what more could saints or angels do? And one come back, and one was left where fleet death wove his crimson weft. For both were brave: since this is true, what matters it about the hue of coats they wore into the fray? Brave hearts beat ’neath both blue and gray.” Source: United Daughters of the Confederacy Magazine. Bonnie Peters is the Union County Historian and the author of many books. Contact Bonnie at or 687-3842.

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A gold medal might not have made the return trip with Jonathan Outen from the state championships in Murfreesboro, but Union County High School’s own went where no Patriot had gone before in track and field. Outen won third place for discus throw during the May 27 competition. p

Cindy Taylor His longest throw of 138.03 was short of the second place throw of 142.08 by Nikolai Simpson from Elizabethton, the first place throw of 153.09 by Taylor McCord from Page High and Outen’s own record of 143 plus. It was good enough, however, to place Outen above five other throwers vying for the spot, and Outen said that he was not disappointed.

Five generations Union County’s Pauline Sharp became a great-great-grandmother and Patsy Mackenzie a great-grandmother with the births of Alice Jo Ogan on Jan. 3 and Raychel Elizabeth Dalton on March 16. The new additions make five generations of women for the family. Pictured here are (clockwise from top) Amy Tharp, Ashley Ogan, Alice Jo Ogan, Raychel Dalton, Pauline Sharp, Patsy Mackenzie and Teresa Cooper. Photo submitted

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pology from East Tennessee State University on Dec. 18. Ailor was in the top eight in his graduatWarren “Blake” Ailor of Maynardville received ing class, summa cum a Bachelor of Science de- laude with a 3.9 GPA. gree with He was awarded Distina major in guished Undergraduate Student in Criminal criminal Justice and Criminology justice and several awards for and criminol- academic achievement. ogy and a Ailor was accepted to ETSU’s master’s program minor in for public administration. anthro-

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ing later, but I need a job until then,” said Linden. “This is so great,” said Adult Education Supervisor Melissa Carter. “People have been coming all morning.” The Adult Education program will run through the Union County High School summer every Tuesday from graduate Jonathan Outen 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A teacher took third place in the state will be present during those discus throw. Photos by C. Taylor hours. “We’re here every day, ■ Career coach and I can help anytime,” rolls in said Carter, “But Tuesday is The state of Tennessee the specific day that is set up sponsored Career Coach for classes.” pulled into Union County once again June 2, and resi- ■ VBS at Milan dents were waiting in line for It was fun in the “Son” help with job searches and for more than 150 kids who resume building. attended the Sonsurf Beach Inside the coach, Kristie Bash Vacation Bible School Thompson was receiving ad- at Milan Baptist Church on vice from counselor Kevin June 6-11. Beach towels reCole in her search for a bet- placed the usual seating, ter job and a broader resume. and giant whales and other Recent graduate of the Adult beach décor filled the hallEducation program Kyle Lin- ways. den was looking for his first Students were shown job, and counselor Donovan how to make sand sculpPicarella was researching op- tures and played games of tions regarding CNA training beach volleyball and beach and certification for Linden. towel bucket relay. Pastor “I’m thinking that is Mike Viles Jr. even got in on something I might like do- the fun. Bible study, music

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in the spring, described in Sibley’s book as “thin wheezy notes interspersed with bunches of high chips and slurs.” And, sure enough, this year for the first time ever, I heard one of the gnatcatchers singing. Little goodies like that bring joy to the heart of a birder, like icing on an already delicious spring cake. The most accurate description of these little guys would be “miniature mockingbird.” True to their name, they are blue-gray, with a white eye-ring and white outer tail feathers. They weigh in at about twotenths of an ounce, halfway between a hummingbird and a chickadee. Which makes the fact that they fly all the way here from Guatemala or Costa Rica every spring even more amazing. When they arrive, they hit the ground running, so to speak. Sibley says that they seem to be in constant motion, and I certainly agree. They hop, flick, twitch and jump constantly. Their first task is to get going on a nest. They work on that for a couple of weeks. Their nests are typically well-hidden. It looks like a hummingbird nest, only about twice the size. Usually fairly high up

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e’ve had lots of birds in the yard this spring, building nests, feeding young, and teaching the new guys how to fly and find something to eat. But, noticeably the busiest birds in the yard and a bird that you may not be that familiar with are our hyperactive and overachieving blue-gray gnatcatchers. There are a bunch of bird people out there who eagerly await their favorite first spring migrants like a sailor’s wife, standing on the shore and staring out to sea in anticipation. Just talk to a serious purple martin fancier and you’ll see what I mean. They can tell you the day their birds have shown up every spring, forever. My blue-gray gnatcatchers and I are like that. They have been my first spring arrivals for years now, and I find myself listening for their high, buzzy, “pzeepzee” calls whenever I’m outside doing the early spring yard chores. They show up the first few days of April and immediately set about their business. In addition to their “pzeepzee” calls, which they do constantly as they flit about, they have an actual song that they occasionally sing

on a horizontal branch, and built of plant fibers, spider webs and grayish lichens, it is so well camouflaged as to be nearly invisible. I found this year’s nest, but before I could photograph it for the column, it was completely engulfed in Virginia creeper leaves. Clever birds. There is one big problem that the blue-gray gnatcatchers, busiest birds in my yard, have in trying to raise a family. And that would be the laziest bird in my yard, or anywhere – the brownheaded cowbird. The gnatcatchers, as with numerous other birds, are susceptible to nest parasitism by the cowbirds. That means that the cowbird mama will lay an egg in the gnatcatcher’s nest, leaving it there for the tiny gnatcatchers to sit on, hatch and then raise. Way larger and louder than its gnatcatcher nest mates, the cowbird baby outgrows them and outcompetes with them for the food the parents bring. This peculiar behavior is highly irritating to me. I guess it reminds me of certain people I have encountered. But it is instinctive in the cowbirds, and it makes sense, if you look into it for a bit. It is thought that the cowbirds evolved their behavior way back when there weren’t any people around, and they made their living by following the large herds of grazing animals, who stirred up all sorts of insects and other critters for

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Male blue-gray gnatcatcher the cowbirds to eat. Now, you don’t have time to stop and build a nest and sit on eggs for a couple of weeks when you’re trying to keep up with a herd of grazing buffalo, so, what’s a bird to do but to plop an egg into any nest that’s handy and keep on moving? Then when people arrived and fenced in the landscape, and raised herds of nice stationary cows, and stirred up bugs with hay balers and lawnmowers, the cowbirds settled down, too. But they never went back to building nests or tending eggs! Some species of birds – robins, catbirds, blue jays, brown thrashers – have learned to recognize cowbird eggs in their nest and remove them. But others are susceptible, and in some areas, as many as half the nests or more of warblers, finches, vireos and song sparrows will have an unwelcome foster cowbird in their brood. Laying as many as 40 or more eggs a season, cowbirds can be a serious threat to some species of songbirds that are very low in numbers for other reasons. In central Michigan where our rarest warbler, called Kirtland’s warbler, had reached a perilous population of only a couple hundred, the authorities had to start a

program of trapping and removing cowbirds, just to give the Kirtland’s warblers a chance. It is proving successful, but it appears that it will have to be a continuing, ongoing program if the warblers are to survive. Our blue-gray gnatcatchers had some sort of a dispute with the cowbirds early on this year, with much chirping, buzzing and squawking, but apparently things were settled and the gnatcatchers raised a batch of their own babies. They have fledged off now, and my yard seems full of the “pzee-pzee” calls, as the gnatcatcher population goes from two to five or six. A lot of their constant motion involves searching every nook, cranny, twig and stick for little flies, gnats and spiders. One can only wonder how many insects would be in our yards if we didn’t have the birds eating them by the ton daily. Given their 0.2 ounce size, the blue-gray gnatcatchers certainly do their part. As I sit on my back porch in the afternoon and relax with a book, their constant calls, which I know means constant activity, sort of lurk in my ears, saying, “Why aren’t you busy like us? You might even accomplish something!” But, no, I’m sure they’re not saying that.

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UNION COUNTY SHOPPER-NEWS • JUNE 11, 2011 • A-7 Southern Cal. Later, we may see Alex Bullard’s relocation from Notre Dame in much the same light. Key people. Nice gifts. Safety Brent Brewer won a spring award for hitting people. Secondary coach Terry Joseph says the best is yet to come, that the more Brent plays, the better he will be. Speaking of best yet to come, adequate replacement. Cam- Byron Moore has arrived eron Clear probably thinks from Los Angeles Harbor Juhe will take that spot. nior College to be a corner. Best I can tell, nobody Willie Bohannon emerged has replaced Nick Reveiz as a spring surprise at defenas heart and soul of the sive end. He won a Fourth Volunteers. When look- Quarter Award for attitude, ing around for leaders, I discipline, toughness, effort find me wondering where and team-first dedication. the team would be if Ma- This was an amazing devellik Jackson had stayed at opment, a direct result of

October outlook TALES OF TENNESSEE | Marvin West ennessee football is just 12 weeks away. If you were a fly on the weight room wall (and didn’t get swatted), you would gain insight into how will go the gritty part of the season. If you could sit in on video studies and see if Tyler Bray really gets it, you would have some idea what he might do with the expanded offense. Key factors for October, in addition to injuries, yellow flags, fumbles and common blunders, will be how much stronger are the Volunteers, what the quarterback does with advanced schooling and how quickly freshman linebackers adapt. Derek Dooley and others realize the 2010 Vols didn’t have enough proverbial hair on their chests to go toe-to-toe with heavyweights. They still don’t but they are gaining. What strength and conditioning coach Ron McKeefery can accomplish this summer projects as a significant element of success. Last November, Bray ran a skinny version of the Dooley offensive concept. Jim Chancy is charged with installing far more of the play book. Bray is not a soak-it-up student. He does not wake up each morning eager for the next chapter. His study habits do not rival Peyton Manning’s. Maybe he is a natural, a Bret Farve. Time and Alabama will tell. The shortage of play-making linebackers is serious. In the relative calm of June, it is obvious Tennessee has not resolved the general deficiency in talent and depth but progress is under way. Gaps remain. There are too few XXL defensive tackles. It appears help is coming. That is what recruiters do. Dooley says team talent is significantly better than last year. No need for him to tell us experience is still on the short side. Too many players will be sophomores. The scary part is freshmen will challenge and maybe win a job or three. What the coach is doing is comparing this team with the squad that went 6-7 and lost all big games. A taller measuring stick is needed to check out the upper echelon of the Southeastern Conference. Derek knows. He has said the Vols are not ready at any position to compete for an SEC championship, “which is what we need to be doing here.” Amen, brother, right on. The coach does flavor reality with optimism. I believe Dooley really believes the team improved across the board during the spring. He said the Vols are “light years” ahead of where they were last June. He also says there are many miles to travel, all uphill, before anybody can rest.

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CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton The Lord passed before (Moses), and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, yet by no means clearing the guilty, but visiting the iniquity of the parents upon the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.” (Exodus 34: 6-7 NRSV) The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. (Mark Antony, in Julius Caesar, Act III, scene 2, by William Shakespeare)


n my work, I frequently see folks – children, teens, young adults and seniors – who reflect their treatment at the hands of their fathers. When I meet someone who is handing down to another generation the same crippling anger and roughness they received, or someone whose

spirit was clearly crushed at a young age, my heart aches, and I turn to one or another of my colleagues and opine, “And that is what it means when the Bible says the sins of the fathers are visited upon the children, to the third and fourth generation.”

We parent the way we were parented. It is almost always true, barring some intervening and life-changing event, that if our parents were loving, fair and firm, that is how we will treat our children. On the other hand, if our parents were harsh, hateful and unpredictable – well, that is also a learned pattern. It is sad to see people whose lives have been twisted or ruined by a parent. There are those who can rise above a disastrous childhood, but it takes enormous healing and unfathomable forgiveness. I have heard one man in this town tell his story – and you would recognize his name – a story of abuse and abandonment, of heartbreak and wrench-


ing sadness. Yet somehow, through the miracle of one loving presence, he was able to grow into a extraordinary man and a leader in the community. Next Sunday is Father’s Day, and we will celebrate our fathers, living and dead, who loved us and taught us and encouraged us and held us accountable. We will remember their lessons, their example, their faults and their love. I remember my own laughing daddy on the way to church that last morning of his life. The time we had him was too short by far, but the memory of him – his smile, his blue, blue eyes, his integrity – live on, shaping my heart forever.

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Travel is just so unsettled. You’re miles and miles from any home or support network, flying solo, doing something crazy like strapping yourself into a piece of heavy machinery and driving it at upwards of 70 miles per hour at close proximity to lots of other pieces of heavy machinery whose drivers may or may not be competent or sane. But I digress. By now, it’s probably no surprise that the farthest I’ve ever travelled with my offspring is Atlanta, and even that made me chew my nails to nubs. How do you handle a roadside breakdown three hours from home with a kid? I hope I never find out. So, it was with great trepidation that I embarked on an eight-hour drive with my husband, Zac, and Daniel to visit Zac’s brother and his family in Washington, D.C. Zac, God bless him, is adamantly opposed to in-car DVD players, so we went armed only with a bag of toys, an iPod

and a plan to eat dinner at a McDonald’s Playplace then drive through the night. I was fully prepared for a disastrous drive, with meltdowns of epic proportions. However, much to my surprise, the journey, while not pleasant, was tolerable. We stopped as often as possible, taking time at the rest stops to let Daniel stretch his legs. McDonald’s was a stroke of genius, and the bonus of a toy in the Happy Meal bought us an extra hour of content before Daniel went to sleep. There were two meltdowns, one each way, both caused by boredom and discomfort. While I’m all for child safety seats, they do mean that the little guys have to stay in one position the whole drive. We adults can shift in our seats, but the kiddos are totally strapped in. Now that we’ve finally done it, the long trips don’t seem so bad anymore. And, we had a great time in D.C. Daniel got to see real pandas at the National Zoo and a space shuttle at the National Air and Space Museum. While I’m not exactly a world traveler yet, I’m definitely ready to try getting outside my comfort zone a bit more. And maybe I’ll get lucky and talk Zac into that DVD player one day. Contact Shannon Carey at shannon@

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Hoops camp kicks off By Cindy Taylor Union County High School is filled with volunteers this week; and they aren’t all teaching at the Creator’s University. Coach Roger Murphy volunteers his time each year at the end of school to help middle and high school girls learn skills to become better basketball players. The camp ran 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6-9, and more than 25 girls signed up. Ages ranged from 5th grade students to rising seniors. You might think that the difference in ages would be a problem, but not so for Murphy. “It runs much smoother than you’d think,” said Murphy. “I split them up into smaller groups, but I also run drills as a large group.” Murphy feels that the only way he can better his program is to spend time with the student athletes, and he loves doing that on a volunteer basis.

REUNIONS ■ The Cupp Reunion (family and friends of P.H. “Hurb” and Martha Cupp) will hold a reunion 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Fountain City Lions Club Building at Fountain City Park. Bring a covered dish, a 2-liter drink and memorabilia to share. Info: Brenda Clabough Smith, 748-1658, or Jimmy Cupp, 423-626-3643.

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Adult Education graduates 73 By Cindy Taylor Union County Adult Education graduated 73 students May 20. Director of Schools Wayne Goforth and Union County Mayor Mike Williams addressed the graduates with advice and words of wisdom. Diplomas were presented by Union County School Board chair Brian Oaks and Supervisor of Instruction Susan Oaks. Receiving diplomas from Union County Adult Education were: Glenn Asher, Frank Bailey, Emily Beason, Brianna Bellman, Timothy Berry, Chad Berry, Laura Berry, Dylan Byrd, Shannon Carroll, Amy Chadwick, Lillian Collins, Gary Cooper, Shandi Coyle, Blake Effler, Stephan Ferrara, Amanda Franklin, Breeana Frechette, Virginia Gaddis, Joshua Gentry, Kevin Gentry, John Glenn, Matthew Gordon, Theresa Griffin, Amanda Hayes, Lester Hinkle, Roy Howe, Rachel Hubbs, Travis Hunter, Kimberly Keener, Damien Kendrick, Union County High School golfer Austin Collins signs to play for Lincoln Memorial University. Pictured are: (front) Union County Tanya King, Kyle Linden, Jeremy Lister, Robert Lombard, Mayor Mike Williams, Marlene Collins, Austin Collins, Jeffrey Collins, Union County High School athletic director Shane Brown; Angel Loveday, Cassidy Lucia, Lindsay Loy, Alexis Lundy, Bruce McGregor, Stephanie Miller, Paige Mitchell, Austin (back) brother Josh Collins, grandmother Ruth Collins and Plainview Mayor and golf coach Gary Chandler. Photo by C. Taylor Munsey, Tosha Munsey, Heather Nicely, Christina Osborne, Samantha Owens, Wesley Payne, Jessica Perry, Arie Rouse, Raina Sandefur, Juan Santiago, Dayletta Schmitt, Jessi Sewell, John Sherrod, Darrien Simon, Alyssa Smith, William Smith, Devin Stewart, Melina Stricklin, Nathan Tay“He is probably one of the player, and District player inview for letting us meet lor, Cody Tharpe, Christina Turner, Michael Vanderpool, By Cindy Taylor Brandon Ward, Shane Watkins, Katreena Webb, Jonathan Friends and family gath- best top two golfers we’ve of the year his senior year. here for the signing.” Collins has a zero handicap Welch, Gregory Williams, Kayla Williams, Matthew Wood“His brother Josh played ered at the Plainview Com- ever had in the program,” munity Center on June 8 said coach Gary Chandler. “I golf for LMU also and just and plans to study business ward, Kayla Wyrick and Santana Yarber. “We could not be more proud of these students,” said to celebrate with Austin think he’ll do well in college.” graduated,” said mom as well as play golf at LMU. Collins received schol- Marlene Collins. “I think Collins as he signed to play “The chances of playing Adult Education supervisor Melissa Carter. “We want to golf at Lincoln Memorial arships in both golf and ac- it’s great that he gets to go golf as a career are pretty send out a special thank-you to volunteer teachers Wanda University. Collins was a ademics. At Union County to the next level.” slim,” said Collins. “I’d just Cox Byerley and Kathleen Graves who so generously donatstarter on the golf team all High, Collins was the all“We are so proud of Aus- like to thank my parents, ed their time this year. We also want to extend our gratifour years at Union County time leader in wins, a four- tin,” said dad Jeffrey Col- coaches and friends for tude to the mayor and County Commission for funding the GED testing for all the eligible candidates.” time first team All-District lins. “We appreciate Pla- their support.” High School.

Collins signs with LMU

WORSHIP NOTES Community services ■ Graveston Baptist Church, 8319 Clapps Chapel Road, is enrolling children 11 months through Pre-K for Parent’s Day Out. Info: 465-9655 or ■ 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. Info: Beth, 857-6281.

Homecomings ■ Ailor Dale Baptist Church, 351 Beard Valley Road, will have homecoming Sunday, June 12, with services starting at 10:30 a.m., and lunch to follow. Everyone welcome. The Rev. Adam Nicely is pastor.

Revivals ■ WVSG Radio in Pecks Mill, W. Va., will host a revival at Judy’s Barn, 256 Grissom Road, behind Big Ridge Elementary School, 7 p.m. June 16-17, and 2 p.m. June 19. Evangelist is the Rev. Steve Robinette. Gospel singing nightly by Jim and Jackie, Crimson Ridge, Haley and Josh, Jason Earley and more. Admission is free. Concessions will be offered for sale. Info:

VBS ■ Alder Springs Baptist Church, Hickory Valley Road, Maynardville, will have Vacation Bible School 7-9 p.m. June 13-17. ■ Bethany Baptist Church, 6705 Raccoon Valley Road, will have Big Apple Adventure VBS 7-9 p.m. June 20-24, with classes for age 3 through adult. The Rev. Jack Walker is pastor. Info: Jean, 922-2818. ■ Blue Springs Baptist Church in Sharps Chapel will have “The Greatest Gift” VBS 7 p.m. June 2024. Everyone welcome.

■ Cedar Ford Baptist Church, at the intersection of Tazewell Pike and Highway 61 in Luttrell, will have Gold Rush VBS 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 19-24. Classes for all ages. Transportation provided if needed. Info: 992-0216. ■ Church of God of the Union Assembly, 336 Tazewell Pike, will have VBS 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 13-17, for 3-Teens. The theme is “Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street”. Supper will be served each night. Info: Linda Merritt, 992-0682. ■ Community Baptist Church, 738 Highway 61 West, will have Big Apple Adventure VBS 7-9 p.m. June 20-24. Classes for all ages. Everyone welcome. Info: 742-9702.

Hubbs Grove Road, Maynardville, will have Big Apple Adventure VBS 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 12-16, with a Family Night Block Party June 17. Bible study, snacks, music, crafts and games. Classes for all ages, Special activities for teenagers and Bible study for adults. All are welcome. ■ Nave Hill Baptist Church will have VBS commencement 6 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Everyone is invited. ■ New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 928 Bull Run Road, Luttrell, will have Big Apple Adventure VBS 7-9 p.m. June 20-24. Classes for all ages. The Rev. Douglas Munsey is pastor.

■ Corryton Church, 7615 Foster Road, Corryton, will have SonSurf Beach VBS 9 to 11:15 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 7, for kindergarten through 5th grade. Info: 688-3971.

■ New Hope Baptist Church, 7602 Bud Hawkins Road, Corryton, will have Big Apple Adventure VBS 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 12-17. Family night Broadway musical will be June 17. There will be classes for all ages, infant through adult. All are welcome. Info or to register: 688-5330.

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