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VOL. 6, NO. 26

JUNE 25, 2011




Old school A history of the original Paulette School See Bonnie Peters’ story on page A-4

Howdy! Greeters needed for school program See page A-3

Pastors J.T. Russell, Johnny Smith, Tim Macklin, Phillip King, Jim Mulkey, Valentine Dmitriev and Gary Beeler close the “Appalachian Dawn” town hall meeting with prayer for healing and an end to drug abuse in Union County. Photo by C. Taylor

‘Enough!’ Pastors unite to end drug abuse By Cindy Taylor

There’s gold in them there hills VBS at Cedar Ford See page A-7

Close on the heels of the single largest drug bust in Union County’s history comes a town hall meeting showcasing the fi lm “Appalachian Dawn.” This full length feature played in the auditorium of Union County High School on June 16. The fi lm documents how a churchbased movement in Manchester, Ky., brought victory in the town’s war on drugs.


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“The main reason I wanted to do this is because of what I see when I look at our community,” said Graves. “Our community is dying. People are not what they used to be because of drugs and alcohol. I have a friend in Manchester, and I was able to see the effect God had on the community once everyone started pulling together and turning to God for answers. “The first time I went to Manchester there was a rundown building right across the street from the police department. Now, when you go there it’s all cleaned up and

pretty. I have relatives who have been addicted, so I have personal reasons for fighting this war. If you ask for a show of hands in a room like this for those who have been affected by drugs, every hand goes up. We are asking all of the local churches to partner with God and make something wonderful happen here in Union County.” “There are laws in place to help in the battle against drug dealers,” said Powers. “People need the Lord, and the first thing you do to fight a problem is to admit you have one.” To page A-2

The torch is passed New faces on Luttrell City Council


More than 150 people, including Union County Mayor Mike Williams, state Rep. Dennis Powers, pastors, many other officials and concerned residents, were on hand for the viewing and to hear a plan for combating drug dealers and substance abuse. Mike Viles Sr., Director of Missions for the Midland Baptist Association, opened the meeting with prayer. Veterinarian Jared Graves was one of many who were instrumental in bringing “Appalachian Dawn” to Union County. Graves has three children under age 8 and is concerned about the issue of drug abuse.

By Cindy Taylor There was a parting of the ways at the Luttrell City Council meeting June 20, and emotions ran high. Mayor Johnny Merritt said a tearful goodbye to Phil Ruth and Jackie Roberts during their last meeting as council members. “Both of you have left this city in better shape than you found it,” said Merritt. “That is all that can be asked of anyone on this council.” “You have both done an excellent job,” said council member Leon Kitts. “I’m going to miss you both.” As part of their last official act as council members, Ruth and Roberts voted to pass the balanced budget presented by Merritt. The budget included a 1.7 percent raise for city employees, many of whom did not receive a raise last year. Steve DeVault was officially voted in as a new maintenance employee for the city. DeVault replaces Steve Cassell, who recently resigned. Vandalism at the Luttrell City Park has not decreased, and Mer-

ritt has plans in place to help the issue. “I’m fed up,” said Merritt. “We have fixed problems over and over at the park, and we continue to have problems with graffiti and lights being broken.” Merritt has plans to repair and update the fencing and require visitors to the park to use a single entrance and exit. The neighborhood watch will continue to monitor the park, and additional surveillance will be added. The three newly elected council members were in attendance, and a swearing-in should take place around the first of July. New council member Jody Smith has been a frequent attendee at council meetings, but Jack Dyer and Sydney Jessee Jr. have attended rarely. Both men had a direct answer as to why that was the case. “I moved inside the city limits last April,” said Jessee. “I had a lot of friends and neighbors who thought I would be a good candidate, and they convinced me to run. I have a full-time job that has kept me away, but I have made arrangements to be here for council meetings. I’m hoping I can make a difference.”

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“I had several people recently who asked me to run, so I decided I would,” said Dyer. “My wife’s health is not great, and I am needed at home a lot but I plan to make the meetings.” “None of us are heroes. We’re all a team,” said Merritt about city servants. “We will keep a positive attitude with those coming in and we will accomplish what the city needs.” “When a council works togeth-


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Mayor Johnny Merritt and council member Leon Kitts say an emotional goodbye to former council members Phil Ruth and Jackie Roberts. Ruth and Roberts chose not to run for re-election this term. Photo by C. Taylor

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esearch has shown that chiropractic treatment is not only effective in easing lower back pain, but also can help reduce hypertension, another name for high blood pressure. Researchers have found that adjustments to the C-1 vertebra, which is the first bone in the cervical spine, or neck, can reduce blood pressure. Positive findings came in a 2007 study done under direction of the doctor who now is director of the Hypertension Center at the University of Chicago Medical Center, involving 50 patients who had a misaligned C-1 vertebra and who also were in the early stage of high blood pressure. Twenty-five patients had their C-1 vertebra adjusted. The other 25 had a fake adjustment. Eight weeks after being treated, the 25 patients who had undergone real adjustments showed significantly lower blood pressure readings than the other group. Both their systolic number – the top number – and their diastolic number – the bottom one – improved. Researchers were careful to caution that a C-1 adjustment is not going to help everyone who has high blood pressure. Talk with your chiropractor about whether such treatment could be beneficial for you. Brought to you as a community service by Union County Chiropractic; 110 Skyline Drive, Maynardville, TN; 992-7000.

Hallsdale Powell Utility District officials are all smiles to learn that the wastewater treatment plant on Beaver Creek Drive has successfully maintained 60 months without a violation. Pictured are President/CEO Darren Cardwell, board member Kevin Julian and board chair Jim Hill. Photo by Ruth White

HPUD: Five years violation free Hallsdale Powell Utility District must spend more than a quarter million dollars to repair two damaged basins at the Melton Hill Water Treatment Plant. Hayward Baker Inc. was the low bidder at $297,750. President/CEO Darren Cardwell said one of the

Commercial Bank offers travel club Commercial Bank chair Oscar Robertson loved the Golden Presidential Club and gave members personal attention including an annual picnic at his farm. Since Mr. Robertson’s death, bank leaders have carried on the tradition, now under directors Nadean Meredith and Carolyn Valentine. The club is designed for bank customers 50 and older. The bank now sprawls over East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky with 20 offices including branches in Halls, Powell and Farragut. And the GP

Club is gearing up for its Independence Day lunch in Halls on June 30. Upcoming trips include: Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville to see live performances of “Oklahoma” on June 28 and “Dearly Departed” on Sept. 13. The annual picnic was May 21 at the HayMaker Farms in Speedwell. Directors, officers and employees entertained more than 200 customers. A Christmas in July trip is planned for July 14-15 in Pigeon Forge. This adventure includes shopping and

a detour to the Bush Bean Museum where travelers can have a picture made with Duke, the company spokesdog. A Day at Keenland is scheduled for October and a trip to New Orleans is set for Oct. 15-16. All GPC trips are coordinated by experienced bank officers and are perfect, no-worry travel adventures for our customers, said Meredith. Info: Nadean Meredith at 606-248-4584 or 606-2697011, or Carolyn Valentine at 606-546-5143 or 606627-2168. – S. Clark

basins had a sinkhole form deep under it; HPUD’s insurance carrier has exclusions on sinkholes in most of East Tennessee. HPUD commissioners learned that 16 meters were set in May and 13 sewer hookups inspected. These low numbers in what is usually a strong month are

symptomatic of the grim economic times. HPUD treated 247.8 million gallons of water in May and 237.2 million gallons of wastewater. For the 60th month, no violations were reported. Payments of $1.37 million were approved, with the largest being to Merkel

‘Enough!’ From page A-1 “Words without actions mean nothing,” said Williams. “I’ve always thought that Union County is a blessed place, but we need to uplift each other. We don’t have to accept where we are. We can make it right, we can make it better.” Revival Vision Church of God Pastor Jim Mulkey sent out an appeal to fellow pastors, officials and all residents in attendance to unite and also spoke about ICARE Coalition. “The coalition is to help prevent binge drinking among our teens. We have a meeting June 30 at 11 a.m. for all who want to be a part,” said Mulkey. “With God in control we can beat the drug problem in Union County.” “Amen” was heard consistently through-

Brothers ($662,116) for water line improvements on Highway 33. Pending approval of the bond counsel, HPUD commissioners voted to allow sewer credits for pool filling under certain conditions. Pool owners should contact HPUD for details. – S. Clark

out the program. At the close of the meeting, pastors prayed for hope and salvation for Union County and the breaking down of corruption and drug abuse. Steve Rouse of the Union County Sheriff’s Department also spoke about law enforcement’s role in ending drug abuse. There are support groups already formed in Union County to help families and individuals who need help with addiction. Celebrate Recovery meets at Revival Vision Church, and Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meet every Monday and Thursday. One resident summed up the meeting with: “Look out drug dealers, Union County is coming for you. And for the addicts, with God’s help we’re here to assist you in any way we can.” Info: Celebrate Recovery, 567-6432. Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous, 207-2246.

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Greeters welcome The Union County Children’s Center and ICARE Drug Coalition are looking for greeters to take part in a new program at Union County High School. The Greeter Program is spearheaded by Carol Pratt.

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“Data shows that children do better in school and are less likely to have social problems if they receive positive reinforcement from adults who show a caring attitude,” said Pratt. “We hope that by starting their school day off with a smile and a friendly greeting from community representatives the children of Union County will know they are appreciated. After all, they are our future leaders.” Ideally, the coalition needs enough volunteers to be on campus at the high school every day of school. If they fall short of volunteers, they hope to have someone at the school at least the first day of each school week. Volunteers may work more than one day a week if they desire. Guidelines are simple for volunteers and a few are: ■ Dress appropriately. ■ Pass a background check. ■ Greet every student with a smile. ■ Always sign in and out at the office. For a complete list of the guidelines and to volunteer, contact Carol Pratt at 992-7677 or noruntell@bell

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The Union County Chamber of Commerce was unable to meet in June due to a scheduling conflict but that doesn’t mean all is quiet on Main Street. The Chamber is actively involved in the National Geographic Geotourism

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Project titled “Where Rivers and Mountains Meet.” “The potential economic opportunity for our county is significant,” said Chamber President Julie Graham. “But we need help from the community.” Graham requests that residents take the opportunity to visit the East Tennessee River Valley Geotourism nomination website (www. and see how easy it is to use and what a great resource it will be for the region. “There are currently 68 site nominations from around the region that are being checked for completeness, appropriateness and accuracy before being added to the main map of nominations,” said Graham. “But for the Map Guide to be as great as it can be for Union County, there needs to be a lot of site nominations to be included on the project.” So far, the Chamber is making nominations for Big Ridge State Park, Chuck Swan Wildlife Management Area, Loyston Sea, Clinch River, Powell River, Norris Lake and historic Sharps Chapel, and they have requested that marinas and the Heritage Festival complete the nomination process.

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Union County has once again achieved the Governor’s Three Star certification. The Three Star Program is designed as a road map to assist communities in their efforts to achieve excellence in community and economic development. Participating communities are guided through a comprehensive plan of essential criteria developed by local economic development professionals and a cooperative collaboration of various state agencies. This program helps communities take full advantage of economic develop-

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Boy adventures Since spring rolled around, my husband, Zac, has been talking about a fishing trip. Not just any fishing trip, but a boys-only fishing trip for him, my dad, Daniel, our friend Mike, and Mike’s son Tony, who is almost of an age with 3-year-old Daniel. The trip has been lurking in the background of conversation, never quite congealing into a certainty. That is, until I confided in Zac last week that I’d been fantasizing about having a day to myself. It would be so nice, I said, to have a day to wander around downtown, take my time in the East Tennessee History Center, enjoy a book and a crepe at the French Market, and maybe browse the sale racks at Mast General Store, all without worrying about a husband’s boredom or a cranky kid. To dream the impossible dream, right? Well, Zac took that as special impetus to throw the fishing trip into turbo planning mode. The guys will go to Fontana Lake, canoe up to Eagle Creek, camp overnight, then canoe back the next day. Wow! What a blessing to a stressed mom. That is, until the worry set in. Canoeing, on a lake, with all that water. Two squirmy 3-year-olds, a grandpa and two dads. Never mind that Zac and I have taken Daniel canoeing and canoe camping before. Never mind that the plan is for my dad to keep a handle on

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moms101 the little guys while Zac and Mike paddle. Never mind that life jackets will be worn by all. I looked my husband in the eye and warned him of dire consequences if our son is not returned home in approximately the same condition in which he left. I’m having to actively resist the urge to shut the whole thing down, to wrap my baby in swaddling and keep him there forever. But there’s no such thing as a 100 percent safe camping experience. I want Daniel to enjoy nature. I want him to do things with his dad and friends. And, I think there’s something special that happens for a boy when he does stuff without Mommy, when he goes off with the guys. It’s so hard for me to let him take risks, let him get dirty, let him be a wild thing. If I’m not there, it’s easier for him to be a boy. So, I have assurances from all adults involved that the boys will be monitored by a dedicated set of eyes at all times. They’ll go on the trip, and I’ll relax. Well, I’ll try to relax. Whether I’ll succeed or not is another story. Contact Shannon Carey at shannon@

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A peek into Paulette’s past T he Paulette community is located at the south end of Union County. I have heard that the community may have been named for a Paul family living in the area. In researching the Union County Census, the 1880 census listed one family by the name of Paul. The family consisted of the William J. Paul family living between George and Orleana Evans and Josiah and Sarah Russell. The enumerator for District 2 was David S. Turner. I do not know if Paulette may have been in District 2 in the 1880s. William J. Paul was 33 years old in June 1880. He was listed as a laborer, and his wife, Lou Anna, 27 years old, was keeping house. The children were John W., age 6; Mary J., age 4; and Nerva, age 1. The 1890 census was lost in fire, and the 1900 census had no listing by the name of Paul. However, the 1910 census had 11 listings, but about half of those were one-per-household boarders in the Sharps Chapel, Lead Mine Bend area. As

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best I could tell, the others did not live in the Paulette community. If, in fact, the community was named for William J. Paul, that would be quite unusual since he was only 33 years old. There was a Joseph Paul who served in Company B, First Tennessee Infantry, Union Army, listed among the Union Countians who served. I have no other information about him. If anyone has substantiating information about the naming of Paulette, please let me know. The first Paulette School is believed to have been established around 1888. In early times, this community had an elementary school named Paulette near Milan Baptist Church and Ed Vandergriff’s store. The current Paulette Community Center is located on the



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site of the original Paulette School and the three-room school built in the 1930s. The 1930s school was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It was tragically lost in a suspicious fire that was noticed at about 2 a.m. during the school’s Christmas holidays in 1964. Since the Union County Court records were lost in the 1969 courthouse fire, I do not know if anyone was ever charged. Leo and Ruby Graves had operated a grocery store nearby, but it had changed hands near the time of the fire, first to Clyde Coker, then to Ed and Ruby Davis. The Davis family graciously allowed the school to continue at the end of the holidays in that store building. The following year, the students were transferred to Maynardville Elementary School. “Union County Memories,” pages 219-222, has pictures of several school groups dating back to 1913. From the school records that I have, the following people were teachers and/ or principals at Paulette School: Grace Harrison Arnold, Orla Bayless, Robert E. Beeler, Ramah Bowman, L. Brock, Edward Butler, Edith Haynes Campbell, Jack B. Campbell, Sue Carter, Bonnie Joan Russell Dyer, J. Marshall Dyer, Pauline Dyer, Clyde Ellison, Gladys Glenn Graves, Mae Hunsucker Graves, Mrs. Clun Mack Hill, Pauline Houser, Wayne Hubbs, Creola Snodderly Hundley, Evaline Jessee, Betty Huddleston Johnson, Iretta Butcher Johnson, Loretta Myers Johnson, Vadra Lee Kitts Keck, Mose R. Kitts, Roma Laws, Charles H. Lynch Jr., Eugene D. Monroe, Maggie Monroe, Ola Needham, Robert G. Nicely, Trilma Russell, Irene Satterfield, Edgar W. Seals, James Grubb Shumate,

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Floss Smith, Dorothy Lee Turner, Trent Vandergriff. In September 2009, Union County purchased 16.6 acres of property from the J.L. Hurst family on which to build a new elementary school to be called Paulette Elementary School. The school is scheduled to open with the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. J.L. Hurst served with the U.S. Army in France and Belgium during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received while serving with Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army during the Battle of the Bulge near Bastogne, Belgium, Jan. 1, 1945. He also received the American Service Medal and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars. Three of his brothers served in the U.S. military: Glenn, Harlan and H.C. After the war, J.L. returned to Union County and bought the Sam P. Smith place in Paulette. He built and operated a store there for 25 years. He passed away July 8, 1982, at age 61. He was survived by his wife, Cleo Malone Hurst; three children, Norma Hurst Maguire, Catherine Hurst Holland and Brenda Hurst Jackson. J.L. Hurst was the son of Attie Hugh and Mary Williams Hurst and grandson of Luther John Hurst, for whom he was named. It was great fun speaking with many of the former teachers and friends to try to gain information about Paulette. Thank you to Judy Graves Sexton, Ramah Bowman, Evaline Jessee, Bonnie Russell Thomas, Pauline Sharp, Pauline Houser Smith and Marian Graves Walker. Bonnie Peters is the Union County Historian and the author of many books. Contact Bonnie at 687-3842 or bhpeters@


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came out from Nashville. The script called for the lad to grow up and become a friendly physician. Didn’t happen. Tommy was a sober, sensitive young man, good-enough student, but he liked green grass and sunshine better than the chemistry lab. That he survived UT baseball says a lot about spunk and determination. Those were not the good old days. There was no Mike Hamilton to manufacture money. There wasn’t much interest. The team was awful. In Bridges’ three years, the Vols lost all six games to Vanderbilt. They also lost to Hiwassee, Milligan, Maryville and CarsonNewman. For a road trip to Georgia, players pooled their coins and paid their own way. An astute scout for the Detroit Tigers, stirring around in mediocrity, became aware

of Tommy Bridges’ big heart, live arm and long fingers and offered a pro contract. Tommy sped up through the ranks, from the Wheeling Stogies to the Evansville Hubs to Detroit city, in August 1930 – after he struck out 20 in one game. Bridges made his major league debut in relief against the famed New York Yankees. Babe Ruth beat a breaking ball into the dirt and was thrown out at first. Lou Gehrig struck out. Tommy shrugged and said the awesome Yanks looked a lot like the men of Johnson Bible College. Fortunately, the New York press did not quote him. What happened after that is intriguing. He married a sweet lady and set some kind of record by spending a lot of money to call home most every day he was on the road. He mowed ’em down in the American League and eventually established himself as the absolute best pitcher not in the hall of fame. Bridges retired the first 26 Washington Senators he saw in 1932 but gave up a pinch single one out short of a perfect game. He won 20 or more three straight seasons. He won one game in the 1934 World Series and pitched two complete-game

victories in the following October classic. There was drama at the end of the deciding game. With the score tied at three, Bridges gave up a leadoff triple in the ninth but calmly retired the next three Cubs. Tigers got a run and won. Tommy Bridges was voted America’s second mostfamous athlete in 1935, behind some Notre Dame running back. He was Detroit’s main man for several seasons. Six times he was an all-star. He twice led the AL in strikeouts. The great Charlie Gehringer explained how that happened. “I’ve seen Bridges throw that curve at a guy’s head, and the batter would fall flat on his rear end, thinking it was going to hit him, and the ball would go over the plate for a strike.” Bridges’ curve was so sharp, some thought it might be a spitball. Famous umpire Bill Summers once asked Tommy if he was loading up the ball. “Why, Mr. Summers, don’t you know the spitball has been outlawed for years?” said Bridges with a twinkle in his eyes. “There are no teachers. How would I ever learn to throw one?” Bridges was a key Tiger through 1943, until he got

himself drafted into World War II at the inappropriate age of 37. Rumor has it that he turned to strong drink. When he was discharged, Detroit considered him over the hill. He settled into the Pacific Coast League, pitched four more years, led the league in ERA and notched a no-hitter at age 42. After that, he pitched some more. Bridges drifted downhill. He created a serious marital problem, ducked a couple of gunshots from an irate husband, triggered dual divorces and married “the other woman” in 1950. Old friends who saw him in later years were stunned by how far he had fallen. For a while, he was a baseball scout. Then, he was a tire salesman. He died in ’68. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America long ago decided Tommy Bridges doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame, despite his record of 194-138, his 1,674 strikeouts and career ERA of 3.57, considerably better than average for his era. Even though he lost his Boy Scout badges, Bridges belongs. Thus ends today’s baseball discussion.

got. On the appointed day, which, in my own defense, was my day off, unlocking that door never once entered my mind. The person who had asked me to unlock the door was disappointed, and when I say she was disappointed, what I mean is, she was irate. As in, livid. She was convinced I had neglected my duty just to inconvenience her. But did she speak to me about it? Heavens, no! That would have been much too forthright and healthy. No, she went straight to the pastor. (Psychologists call this maneuver “triangulation”: bringing in a third party to commiserate and side with the wounded party.) Our pastor was a small man, and wise, but when he carried an umbrella, he reminded me of no one so much as Jiminy Cricket.

He did not look at all like someone who could impose his will on an angry pillar of the church. He invited her into his study, and listened to her tale of betrayal, inconvenience and disappointment. And then he said an extraordinary thing. He said to her, “Irene” – that’s how I like my irony served up: her name was from the Greek for “peace” – “Irene, I want you to do something for me. I want you to pray for Lynn.” Could you deny Jiminy Cricket anything he asked of you? I didn’t think so. Neither could Irene. I don’t know if she recovered from her anger through her prayers. Of course, as I think about it, I have no way of knowing that she actually prayed for me. She was able to speak to me cordially when she saw me.

I have used the Rev. Cricket’s sage advice in my own life many times. I have dished it out to others as well. Someone you don’t like? Pray for them. Someone you can’t get along with? Pray for them. Pray for them by name, with heartfelt fervor. Here is the truth. You cannot pray for someone and hate them at the same time. You cannot pray for someone and hold onto your grudge against them. You cannot pray for someone and wish them ill. Here is the bonus. Letting go of hatred, anger and frustration blesses you as much as it blesses the object of your fury. The old adage says “Prayer changes things.” It has been my experience that what prayer changes most is me.

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o, Tennessee baseball is back in the news. That creates opportunities. We could talk about the new coach and what he is going to do to resurrect the team. Or, we could talk about recruiting efforts down the drain when signees take the money and run. We could talk about former Volunteers cashing professional checks, how Todd Helton looks more like himself in Colorado or how many home runs J.P. Arencibia has for the Blue Jays or how Julio Borbon on the disabled list wasn’t much help to the Texas Rangers. We could talk about R.A. Dickey and his knuckleball and rare ability to float over New Yorkers’ heads when the subject is mountain climbing or English lit. We could talk about Luke Hochevar and be glad Kansas City pays for potential rather than productivity.

There must be conversation material in Andy Simunic going down to Lancaster and getting a hit in his first at-bat. Just guessing but I might do better talking about Tommy Bridges. You don’t know him? His name is carved in marble on the Tennessee lettermen’s wall of fame. He was a 1927-29 Volunteer. Most of us missed seeing him pitch. For a frail, little man, 5-10 and 155, his fastball was considered rather swift. His curve was better. Mind you, this was before speed guns and radar detectors tied to strike zones. Thomas Jefferson Davis Bridges, named for Thomas Jefferson, president of the United States, and for Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, was born three days after Christmas 1906 in downtown Gordonsville. His father was a country doctor. His mama

What does prayer change? CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? (Matthew 5: 43-46a NRSV)


had made a promise, and I failed to keep it. It was not a huge, life-changing promise, and I didn’t purposely fail to keep it. It happened like this: A member of the church

where I was serving as director of music (this was my first “real” church job, for real money) had asked me to unlock the back door of the church for her at a set time. I forgot. I just plain for-

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 ■ 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.

Men’s programs ■ Revival Vision Church, 154 Durham Drive in Maynardville,

Litter volunteers needed Volunteers are needed for a Keep Union County Beautiful litter pick up from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 9. Volunteers should meet at Alder Springs Baptist Church on Hickory Star Road. The group will be picking up litter on sections of Hickory Star Road and Highway 61 West. Info or to register: Dennis Nicley, 804-9745.

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.

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VBS ■ 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.

■ 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.

Women’s programs ■ Fairview Baptist Church , 7424 Fairview Road in Corryton, will host MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), 6:30 to 8:30

■ Hines Creek Baptist Church, Hinds Creek Road, Maynardville, will have Big Apple Adventure VBS 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. July 10-15. Fun day and VBS registration will be noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, with hot dogs, games, taxi rides and face painting. Info: 992-7729 or 497-2495.

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State Sen. Mike Faulk announced June 12 that the Union County Heritage Festival will receive a $2,000 rural project support arts grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. “I am very pleased that this grant has been awarded,” said Faulk. “This organization is very important to our community. I am sure these funds will help in their efforts to share our common heritage to future generations.” The Tennessee Arts Commission’s matching grants are made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.


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A-6 • JUNE 25, 2011 • UNION COUNTY SHOPPER-NEWS Volunteer Gina Buckner enjoys a game of Duck, Duck, Goose with preschoolers Hannah Savage and Isaiah DeVault.

‘Gold Rush’ at Cedar Ford By Cindy Taylor It was a rootin’ tootin’ good time in Luttrell at Cedar Ford Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School, themed “Gold Rush: Discovering the Rock of Ages.” The décor was true Western, and there were classes for children of all ages; many were taught by high school and college age students. There was music, interpretive dance, games, Bible study and food each night for the more than 200 “miners” who attended.

Teachers Haden Housewright and Chelsea Chandler teach music and interpretive dance to their class during Cedar Ford Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School. Pictured are Franklin, Emily Johnson, Haden Housewright, Jeremiah Hurst, Chandler, Ashleigh Lamb and Jessica Keck. Photos by C. Taylor


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■ The Russell, Duncan and Jones Reunion, for the family and friends of Lee and Leona Duncan Russell and Walter and Ann Jones, will be held 5-9 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Fountain City Lions Club building. Bring a covered dish to share. Ice and paper goods furnished. Bring pictures to display. Info: 689-9686 or 250-8252.

Baseball camp trains young sluggers By Cindy Taylor Summer camps continued last week in spite of the weather, and baseball hopefuls were able to train on the newly renovated baseball field at Wilson Park. Union County High School baseball coach Drew Richardson held boys baseball camp June 20-23 for students from kindergarten through 8th grade and had 31 attendees on the first day. “You always take a chance on the weather when you set the camp so many months in advance,” said Richardson. “We still had a great turnout and expect more tomorrow.” Six-year-old Brody Roberts winds up to throw during Union Chris Mayes and Scott County High School’s summer baseball camp. Photos by C. Taylor Turner worked the camp as assistant coaches, and high Special called meeting for E-911 board school players volunteered as well. Drills were run The Union County E-911 Board will hold a spefor infield and outfield decial called meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30, in fense, pitching, base runthe 911 conference room to discuss the 2011-2012 Eight-year-old Seth Bates sets ning and hitting. Awards budget or to approve a continuous budget. The his stance and keeps his eye day was planned for June public is invited to attend. on the ball. 23, after press time.

■ Horace Maynard High School Class of 1971 is planning its 40-year reunion. Those who would like to help get things started are encouraged to contact Donna Bailey Jones, 992-1555 or, or Vickie Eastridge Keck, 910-580-4843.

Plainview to hold public hearings ■ The city of Plainview will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Plainview City Hall. All Plainview citizens are welcome to view the new fiscal year budget and give their opinions on anything pertaining to Ordinance #104, new fiscal year budget. The ordinance will be voted on immediately following the public hearing. ■ The city of Plainview will hold a public hearing concerning Ordinance #105 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Plainview City Hall before the monthly meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The ordinance states that when rezoning of property within the city limits of

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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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Camp produces winners By Cindy Taylor More than 20 kids ranging in grades from 2nd to 8th participated in the summer boys basketball camp at Union County High School June 1316. Awards day was held June 16 with awards given in each age group for One on One, Free Throws, Knock Out, Best Passer, Hot Shot, 100 Percent, Work Ethic and Toughness. “These kids worked hard this week and they’re all winners,” said Coach Shane Brown. Basketball Camp participants (front) Brodie Roberts, Cayden Brown, Conner Smith, Jasper Brown, Landan Oaks, Tyler Goins, Shawn Hooper; (back) coach Shane Brown, Conner Roberts, Ethan Parker, Dawson Epperson, Bryson Sharp, Barron Nease, Holden Headrick and coaches Jonathan Smith and Mike Johnson. Photo by C. Taylor

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Local celebrities, including Bob Kesling, Bill Landry and Lori Tucker, will be telling ghost stories 6-10 p.m. Saturday, July 9, during “A Haunting at Ramsey” at the historic Ramsey House. During the fundraiser there will also be food, live music, a display of Civil War weaponry, a demonstration of a Civil War surgery featuring an amputation and much more. Admission is $10 and donations of canned food for Second Harvest will also be collected. Info: 546-0745 or visit www.

Incoming freshman Drew Fugate assists 19-month-old Jasper Brown with his dunks at the Union County High School basketball camp. Brown attended camp with his dad, coach Shane Brown. Cindy Taylor heartily apologizes to Brown for mistakenly changing his son’s last name and adopting him out to coach Roger Murphy. Photo by C. Taylor

Summer Reading ■ Sharps Chapel Book Station will host Summer Reading for children Pre-K through 12th grade through July 29, with a pizza party July 30 for those who have read at least eight books with the program. Prizes will be awarded at the party to those reading the most books in their age groups. Participants may sign up any time the book station is open. Summer hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, closed Thursday and Sunday. ■ Maynardville Public Library’s Summer Reading theme is “One World, Many Stories.” Children will explore many nations through stories, crafts, music, dance and other activities. The program is open to young people, ages 1 through young adult, with programs, prizes, story hours and more. All programs are free. Info: 992-7106 or visit the library on Facebook. ■ Luttrell Public Library will have Summer Reading July 1-29, with programs each Friday at 1 p.m. The theme will be “One World, Many Stories.” The program, open to school age children and teens, will have great activities, lots of prizes, snacks and refreshments. There will be a pizza party with certificates July 29. Registration is open through June 30. The library is located next door to Luttrell Elementary School. Info: 992-0208 or luttrelllibrary@

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.

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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Charcoal Briquets 6.7- 8.3 Lb.

2 5 $ for






24 oz.

5 Lb. Bag





$ 99


Italian Bread


$ 99

Hamburger or

Pork & Beans

Hot Dog Buns

16 Oz.

12 Ct.

2 1 99¢ $ for



32 Oz.

16 oz.


$ 99



4344 Maynardville, Hwy., Maynardville, TN 865-992-9991

Assorted Varieties

Ice Cream 4 Qt.




Sun., June 26 Sat., July 2, 2011

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