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VOL. 6, NO. 29

JULY 16, 2011




Gone Fishin’ Youth tournament at Big Ridge See page A-6

Sho me Show the money Nonprofits ask for county funds See page A-2


The path most traveled

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Hazel Erikson admires uniquely shaped potatoes brought to the Farmers Market by Donna Riddle of Seven Springs Farm. Photo by C. Taylor

Good eatin’

Produce floods Farmers Market




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and peppers from their farm on Lickskillet Road. They will have cantaloupe and watermelon later in the season. The Tharps were back with carrots, tomatoes, cuBy Cindy Taylor The season of tomatoes and cumbers, dried seasonings and corn has begun! Last week’s Union some handmade crafts. Tom and County Farmers Market pulled in Leigh Anne Hagan of Meadow the crowds and featured a variety Creek Farms came for the first of beans, fresh tomatoes, potatoes, time with squash, blackberries, cucumbers, green peppers, garlic flowers and cucumbers. Donna and squash. Many crafters made Riddle expanded her offerings an appearance to sell their wares. with more fruit and vegetable Cindy and Kenny Camper came choices, and Halford Farms had for the first time and brought pur- green beans, peanut beans and ple onions, cucumbers, cabbage blackberries. Will Phillips brought

tomatoes, squash and molasses, and Earl Ailor pulled in with a Union County’s farmers load of seedless watermelons fresh gather every Saturday, from Florida. Crafters were Jennifer Collins 8 a.m. to noon, in the with handmade hair accessories, front parking lot of Union Linda Nichols with handmade jewelry and Sandra Bonkosky who County High School for brought a new medium to the marthe Union County Farmers ket with color energy art. The Farmers Market continues Market. Info: 992-8038. to seek crafters for the second Saturday of each month. If you have an interesting or unique craft and would like to take advantage of the Union County Extension Ofthis opportunity for sales, contact fice at 992-8038.

Union County has online school program By Cindy Taylor On July 7, Union County Public Schools announced the first Virtual Academy in Tennessee. This online public school program will begin next school year and will serve students in kindergarten through 8th grade. “We believe the Tennessee Virtual Academy will be an excellent choice for children who need personalized learning programs,” said Wayne Goforth, Union County Director of Schools. “Our school district is focused on providing the best education we can to all of our students. This online school is another opportunity for us to be innovative and responsive to the education needs of every child.” TNVA will use the online academic program developed by K12 Inc., the largest provider of online school

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Peter Stewart and Wayne Goforth discuss implementing TNVA in Union County. Photo by C. Taylor programs in the nation. The award-winning K12 curriculum is used by school districts across the U.S. for full-time online schools, blended learning programs and part-time supplemental course offerings. “Our board is excited about the potential of this

new online public school,” said Brian Oaks, chair of the Union County School Board. “It’s a great opportunity to expand our district’s education programs and services for children. We’re pleased to partner with K12 to offer the Tennessee Virtual Academy.”


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Ribbon cutting for Paulette Elementary Union County Public Schools, Rouse Construction and Michael Brady & Associates will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Paulette Elementary School at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30. The public is invited to attend this historic event. Info or to register: Missy Fugate, 360-4853 or fugatem@

Retired teachers to meet The Union County Retired Teachers will have their "Meet and Eat" at Ann's Kitchen in Maynardville at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. The group welcomes members and nonmembers as well as any teacher with 25 years’ or more experience. Info: 748-7765.

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Nonprofits scrap with commission By Cindy Taylor The Union County Commission meeting July 11 was focused on budgeting for charitable organizations, and the Union County Humane Society received high accolades. Even though the budget amount the commission agreed to was less than Tammy Rouse requested by more than $16,000, if the proposed county budget passes the Humane Society will receive $20,000. The original amount recommended by the Budget and Finance Committee was only $10,000, but commissioners were quick to call for double that, and a unanimous vote won the day for the Humane Society. “We cannot continue to do all that we are doing with the current funding,” said Rouse. “Last year, more than 3,000 animals were received at the shelter, and 1,213 were strays. The total cost for caring for these strays was more than $36,000. We appreciate all you have done for the shel-

ter in the past and what you have agreed to do this year.” The shelter has received more than 600 strays since Jan. 1. The shelter employs six full-time workers and has 30 volunteers. Wanda Cox Byerly and Martha Jean Carter came with guns a-blazing to uphold the financial needs of the Union County Historical Society, but it turned out to be unnecessary. “Since the Historical Society was formed in 1980, not one dime has gone to pay anyone,” said Carter. “The Historical Society belongs to you,” said Byerly. “If we don’t keep it properly, you can take it away from us. Membership is only $20 a year, so we don’t generate a lot of funds from that.” The society had requested $5,000, and the commission gave their approval to add that amount to the budget. Some of the other nonprofit organizations to be added to the budget were the Little League at $5,000, Imagination Library for $2,500, American Legion Post 212 for

Wanda Cox Byerly goes to bat for money for the Historical Society. Tammy Rouse from the Humane Society passes reports to Union County Commission on the cost of caring for abandoned animals. Photos by C. Taylor $5,000 and VFW Post 8682 for $5,000. The commission plans to complete the budget by early August. Budgeting for county roads was discussed, and Commissioner Doyle Welch urged Roads Superintendent Clayton Helms to put bids out for upcoming road work to possibly help with that portion of the county budget. The commission was concerned that not enough money had been budgeted for the coming year’s highway improvements. Union County Commission meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the large courtroom of the Union County Court- Martha Jean Carter gives background to the commission on how the Historical Society operates. house.

Chiropractic and your tennis game Chiropractic Outlook By Dr. Darrell Johnson, DC


here was a time when tennis was considered something of a gentleman’s game. But watching Rafael Nadal and his peers pound the ball and move on the court, you can see how physically demanding the game is. The American Chiropractic Association, in fact, endorses tennis as excellent exercise. If you’re just taking up the game, the ACA recommends that you take a few lessons to learn the proper mechanics, an investment that ultimately will minimize your risk of injuring a wrist, shoulder or your back. Warming up and stretching – both before and after you play – is a good way to help avoid injury. Your chiropractor can suggest some warmup exercises. The cost of your racquet and clothing should be governed by your budget, but make sure your shoes are sturdy and designed for tennis. Playing tennis in a shoe that is designed for running, for instance, is an invitation to injury. The soles of running shoes are not designed for lateral movement. In the unfortunate event of a tennis injury, visit your chiropractor for treatment. In the meantime, ask her or him for more advice on how to keep your tennis time safe and fun. Brought to you as a community service by Union County Chiropractic; 110 Skyline Drive, Maynardville, TN; 992-7000.

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: 1-866-311-4287 or tenncare/tenndercare.

Union County Youth Soccer will have fall registration 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Sharps Chapel Park. Info: Wendi Pursel, 904-651-8820.

Breakfast at J.C. Baker Lodge J.C. Baker Masonic Lodge will host an allyou-can-eat breakfast 7-11 a.m. Saturday, July 23. Cost is $8. Money raised will go to the shoe program. Info or for tickets: Gary Thompson, 992-2922.

Business of the week UT Extension Office By Cindy Taylor The UT Extension is a statewide educational organization funded by federal, state and local governments that brings directly to communities research-based knowledge in agriculture, community resource development, 4-H youth development, and family and consumer sciences. For many years, the employees at the Union County Extension Office in Maynardville have brought these programs to families and businesses on a personal level. In Union County, the agriculture program, handled by extension agent Shannon Perrin, includes the 4-H, Master Beef Producers, pesticide certification and plant and weed identification. Perrin is readily available for farmers and residents in Union County who have

Union County Extension Office employees Joy Grissom, Shannon Perrin and Wendi Pursel. Photo by C. Taylor

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Plainview approves ordinance, awards scholarship By Cindy Taylor The Plainview Board of Mayor and Aldermen opened its meeting July 12 with a public hearing regarding the second reading of Ordinance # 105. This ordinance requires that property owners be notified in writing of changes to zoning maps. The old way of doing things was to post the rezoning in the paper, and if the property owner missed it, there was nothing they could do. In past years, property had been rezoned without the owners’ knowledge. “We don’t want that to ever happen again,” said Mayor Gary Chandler. There was no opposition to the ordinance from the public or the council. Plainview awarded a

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$500 scholarship to resident Molly Sanders, a 2011 graduate of Union County High School. Molly plans to attend UT to pursue a degree in nursing. Sanders was valedictorian her senior year and had a 4.0 GPA. Sanders is the daughter of Jeff and Sherry Sanders of

Plainview and granddaughter of Pat Headrick. “We want the city to know how much we appreciate this scholarship,” said Jeff Sanders. Police Chief David Tripp reported that the city had experienced a quiet month until July 11, when a young girl had sustained extensive injuries from being bitten in the face by a pit bull. Tripp reported that the dog was under quarantine in Jefferson County. Tripp also spoke about the increase in traffic through the city due to the bridge work on Ailor Gap Road. Residents at the meeting voiced their appreciation for the excellent work Tripp does for the city. The board expressed concern regarding traffic flow in the area

Brantley announces bid for state Senate By Cindy Taylor Union County Commissioner Jeff Brantley has formally announced his bid for the 4th District state Senate seat for 2012. “I would like to thank the Union County Shopper-News for printing this exclusive announcement,” said Brantley. “Even though I am seeking this office I still don’t consider myself a politician. I think it is about time Union, Claiborne, Grainger, Hawkins, Hancock and Jefferson counties are represented by a ‘common man.’ ” Brantley is married to Tonya Campbell. The couple has three children, and the family resides in Sharps Chapel. Brantley is the son of former Union County Sheriff Kenneth Brantley

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 through July 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. The library is located next door to Luttrell Elementary School. Info: email luttrelllibrary@ or call 992-0208.

Cemeteries Association plans grave marking ceremony The Union County Cemeteries Association will hold a grave marking ceremony for Eve Whitener-Weidener Miller, wife of Revolutionary War veteran John “Raccoon” Miller, at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Ousley Cemetery, located near the intersection of John Deere Drive and Heiskel Road in Maynardville. Special

“I understand the financial hardships that a lot of families are enduring in this difficult economy,” said Brantley. “I oppose tax increases and will never vote for a state income tax.” Brantley is the owner of Brantley Transportation, a federally licensed trucking company founded in 1994. He considers himself a morally conservative Republican and is staunch in his religious beliefs. Union County Commissioner “It is time for elected ofJeff Brantley will run for state ficials to remember who is Senate. Photo by C. Taylor the boss,” said Brantley. “It seems many have forgotand is a member of Oak ten the taxpayers who gave Grove Primitive Baptist them their job. If elected I Church in Sharps Chapel. promise not to make deciHe currently serves on the sions based on my own perUnion County Commission sonal agenda. I am the canbudget and finance and in- didate for the people by the people.” surance committees.

guest will be Linda Brown Jones, TSDAR State Regent. Light refreshments will be served. Info: Ellen Perry, 992-4631 or Jperry4631@

Library board to hold bake sale The Union County Library Board is holding a bake sale 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 23, at the Farmers Market at Union County High School to benefit the Luttrell and Maynardville libraries. Proceeds will go towards the libraries’

Pat Headrick and Jeff, Molly and Sherry Sanders gather for a photo after Molly was awarded a $500 scholarship by the city of Plainview.

once school is back in ses- DeVault and praised him for Plainview City Council meets at 7 p.m. the second sion. time he devotes to the city. Gary Chandler gave ac“I love my little city,” said Tuesday of each month at Plainview City Hall. colades to resident Jim DeVault.



Hunter Collins named All-American Scholar

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. Wilkerson family reunion will be held noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Big Ridge State Park. Bring a covered dish.

Hunter Collins of Maynardville was named an All-American Scholar by the United States Achievement Academy. All-American Scholars must have a 3.5 GPA or higher and must be recommended by a school instructor, counselor or sponsor. Hunter attends Horace Maynard Middle School and was nominated by Heather Rhynes. Hunter’s parents are Chaunta Pollard and Allen Collins of Maynardville. Grandparents are Rita Grahl and Darlene and Larry Collins, all of Maynardville.

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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Melanie Dykes has taken the position of senior center director. Photos by C. Taylor


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Ten-year-old Auburn Taylor and 7-year-old Dayleah Taylor run down the path their father and aunt travelled many years before. Photo by C. Taylor

New faces in county offices

The path most traveled By Cindy Taylor

In adult years it was only yesterday. In child years it Cindy Lay will say farewell to would probably seem like the Union County Extension forever. Whatever measure Union County is going ing where Mayor Williams Office on July 14. you use, the days when my through changes once again was taking Union County, I children took the path bewith two new faces in the wanted to be a part of that. I tween our house and Mammayor’s office and a new think this will be a wondermaw and Papaw’s are long face at the Senior Center. ful experience.” gone. Stacie DeFrees will be I have old video taken taking over as bookkeeper with a 10-pound camera of beginning July 18 for Arlene the two siblings as they covKitts, who left her position Cindy ered the distance from our for an offer from H.T. HackTaylor house to the grandparents’, ney. but I don’t really need it. Samantha Sharp will be joining Melanie Dykes in Samantha Sharp is new direc- These are memories that are the day-to-day operations at tor of the Union County’s Of- forever etched in my mind’s eye. With a master’s in busi- the Senior Center. Dykes is fice on Aging. Our son, the older of the ness and education, Ann now Senior Center director. two at 8 years, pretending Dyer brings years of busi“I moved to the Union “I am excited and thankbravery as he kept a watchness expertise to the posi- County Senior Center from ful for the opportunity I ful eye on the Black Angus tion of administrative assis- the County Mayor’s office have been given and look tant to Union County Mayor at the end of April,” said bull that stood heads taller forward to working with the Mike Williams. Originally Dykes. “At first I was not than he grazing the field senior citizens and helping from a town in Germany sure if I wanted to start throughout the day. the Senior Center to grow.” that only she can pronounce, over in a new position, but Our daughter, 5 at the Sharp is the new director Dyer has lived in Maynard- after spending time here time when the journey was of the Office on Aging, has a ville since 1965. first allowed, thinking she and getting to know the Bachelor of Science degree “I heard there was an people, I feel like this is was a big girl as she crawled in criminal justice and is opening, and I understood where I am supposed to be. under, and 10 feet beyond working on her master’s dethat Mayor Williams want- I have been working closely where the electric fence endgree. She has a background ed to bring excellence back with ETHRA on the varied, before she would stand in social services and says into the office,” said Dyer. ous reporting that has to up for fear of touching the she has always enjoyed “I decided that if I was go- be done and just submitted fence and getting shocked. working with people. ing back into the work force, my first quarterly report The excitement on their “My family has been now was the time. Know- on July 8. faces once the grandparfriends with Mike since he ents’ yard was breached as was in high school,” said Sharp. “My grandmother told me about this position, and I interviewed and was ■ Bluegrass festival hired. I want to get some seeking crafters outreach programs going and vendors Jennifer Savage & Liz Chadwell to attract seniors to come Planning for the Luttrell Board Certified Nurse Practitioners here, but to also take those Bluegrass Festival is in full who are able to go to those • Health care delivered in a compassionate & caring manner to patients of all ages who can’t get out and bring swing. Committee chair • Medicare & most insurance plans accepted activities to them. I think Mayme Taylor has begun • Extended and Saturday hours available American culture tends to signing vendors and bands, • Walk-Ins welcome • Lab on site push the elderly away, and and is looking for additional we need to keep them stim- crafters and food vendors Suite 3 – Union Center Mall • 745-1258 ulated and involved. These to supply snack type foods people have lived life and such as chips and dip, kettle they know a lot that they korn and ice cream. Uncle NOW SHOWING THROUGH JULY 21 Butch’s BBQ will be the macan share with others.” HORRIBLE BOSSES (R) NO PASSES jor food vendor. 1:25; 4:15; 7:00; 9:00 Info: 992-3292. The 2011 festival will be MONTE CARLO (PG) held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1:00; 3:35; 6:20; 8:45 17 at Luttrell Community We love birthday LARRY CROWNE (PG-13) Park. There will be food venparties! Reward for lost dog 1:30; 3:55; 6:25; 8:40 dors, crafters and of course Open daily 12:30 Owners of a female brinTRANSFORMERS (PG-13) great bluegrass music. This dle boxer last seen wearing For group discounts 12:50; 3:50; 6:50; 9:50 9:50 show Fri & Sat only is a free event. a pink collar are offering a call 922-1417 New this year is a music HARRY POTTER (PG-13) NO PASSES reward for her safe return. 1:00; 3:40; 6:20; 9:00 competition for children up Info: 745-1203. to 18 years old. The prize for ZOOKEEPER (PG) NO PASSES

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bravely out front to ward off cattle or evil should either appear. I catch glimpses of my daughter sometimes leading the way, a favorite doll in tow as she stopped to smell the wildflowers that peeked up through the spring grasses, secure in the knowledge that her big brother would protect her should the need arise. Our faithful German shepherd never missing a beat as he ran alongside. I sat for a moment calculating the years that had passed and thinking about the five grandchildren I have now and imagining the face of the one that would be born this November. These six will never walk this path as their parents did, but that’s OK. I shook off my momentary nostalgia and rejoiced in the fact that my two children now have children of their own and the 11, soon to be 12, of us make new memories each time we are all together. The path most traveled is a completely different one now, and I will be fine with that. It is the one we can all visit and walk in our hearts and minds whenever we choose.

first place will be a paid gig at the Heritage Festival in October. To sign up for the competition, call Tim Buckner at 585-7640. Spaces are limited. R&R Sound will be providing sound equipment. Luttrell Bluegrass Festival is a family oriented event, and alcohol is prohibited. Proceeds will go to the Luttrell Volunteer Fire Department. Info: www.

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they spotted Mammaw and Papaw watching through the window for their approach, usually with a treat in hand. These are memories that parents and grandparents treasure and that throughout the years will often resurface suddenly and when you least expect them. Today was one of those days. Mammaw and Papaw have passed on, and we have moved to a new house, so the field between the former residences is not one I notice very often, even though I drive by it every day. Today was different. The field is harvested for hay in the spring and fall, and as I drove past the freshly mown grass I spotted the trail my children had formed many years ago. They had made the journey on a daily basis for the length of their childhood, but the once well-worn path was still visible after all these years. I couldn’t help myself. As tears formed in my eyes, I had to stop and look – and remember. I can still see my daughter trailing in the wake of her big brother, who was brandishing his stick sword



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hen you haven’t done anything lately and there is not all that much to get excited about, remembering the good, old days of Tennessee football is a joyous experience. Old Vols are planning a 55th reunion of the 1956 Southeastern Conference championship team. As I recall, that was the Johnny Majors show. His group was No. 2 in the country. He was SEC player of the year and deserved the Heisman Trophy. Yes, there was that blasted Sugar Bowl. Yes, a punt was fumbled and two teaspoons of glamour and fame were spilled. Older old Vols are planning a 60th reunion of the 1951 national championship team, genuine No. 1. Oops, almost forgot that they, too, had a mishap in New Orleans. Tailback Hank Lauricella, defensive end Doug Atkins and of-

fensive guard John Michels are the living legends, all in the Hall of Fame. Hank, recovering from illness, and John will undoubtedly attend the reunion. Doug is no more than a maybe. He doesn’t get around much anymore. Here’s hoping Bert Rechichar comes back. He may have been the best all-around player on the team. These will be private gatherings, on the weekend of the LSU game. If the doors were swung open and the events were on stage, they would draw a crowd. Survivors from these two teams are authentic orange treasures and thousands have never seen them or heard the tales they tell. Come to think of it, they have seen and heard Majors. None of us have heard or seen nearly enough of 1956 great guards Bruce Burnham and Bill Johnson and not much of wing-

back Bill Anderson since he signed off from the Vol Network. I can’t remember when I last talked with Buddy Cruze. He caught the pass that set up the Tommy Bronson touchdown that beat Georgia Tech 6-0 in downtown Atlanta. The Vols went in as No. 3. The Yellow Jackets were No. 2. The Associated Press once said this wonderful struggle for field position was the second-best game of all time. It has no doubt been voted down by modern selectors who preferred some 69-66 shootout that took up five overtimes and made everybody late for supper. The 10-0 season of ’56 was the peak of the Bowden Wyatt era, his second of eight years as coach of the Volunteers. Alas, it didn’t end right. Tennessee lost to Baylor in the Sugar Bowl. It would be OK to skip that part at the reunion. The Volunteers of 1951 were No. 1 in the polls for six weeks of that special season, the final perfecto of Robert R. Neyland’s remarkable career. The foundation for their reputation came from the dramatic victory over Texas in the 1951 Cotton Bowl. You do remember the 75-yard run by Lauricella and the fourth-quarter touchdowns by Andy Kozar? These are historical highlights.

‘One man shall mow my meadow’ CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest. … (Isaiah 9:3 NRSV) One man shall mow my meadow, Two men shall gather it together. Two men, one man, and one more Shall shear my lambs and ewes and rams And gather my gold together. (“One Man Shall Mow My Meadow,” English folk song)


hey mowed my meadow last week. To be absolutely honest, it is not my meadow. It belongs to a man who lives in town and whose mother was a friend of my aunt who built the house where I now live. He is a nice man, and I like to think he won’t care if I enjoy his meadow.

So, I call it “my meadow,” and that is how I think of it. I love it in all times and seasons. It is silently serene when it lies blanketed with snow. It is beautiful under a full moon. It is laced with daisies in spring. It dances in the wind in high summer. And then comes mowing day.

The sound of the tractor moves across the field like an angry swarm of bees, and the waving hay is flattened, and the whole meadow looks as manicured as a new-mown lawn. The very next day, though, the rake organizes it into long parallel rows that snake across the softly undulating land, and it is a thing of beauty. I stand in my kitchen, looking out at it in the early morning sun, reveling in the shadows that stretch westward from each row. I study it in the moonlight from a window in my bedroom, the stars wheeling above it. That is usu-

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Tennessee lost several good players (including Jack Stroud) from the ’50 squad but the returnees knew the feeling of greatness, what it took to get there and what it would take to stay. Blocking and tackling were the basics. Think Jim Haslam and Pug Pearman. Neyland, borderline genius in psychology, told the players they should ignore preseason praise, throw away press clippings, and duck and run when fans tried to pat them on the back. As was his custom, he mentioned the maxims and probably went over them again if anybody yawned. The schedule was neatly arranged. Chattanooga was in front of Alabama and Tennessee Tech behind the Tide. Washington and Lee was the setup game before Ole Miss. Keep in mind that I, as a university freshman, saw the home games and the maxims in action. Mississippi State mistakes led to two Tennessee touchdowns in the first quarter. The next three were near-even. Blocking back Jimmy Hahn (Jacobs Trophy as best blocker in the SEC) explained that the General never wanted to run up the score. Duke shot itself in the foot. Duke fumbled. Duke didn’t pick up a kickoff. Duke fumbled again and lost two interceptions. Duke lost

the game by four touchdowns. Many missed Chattanooga and Tennessee Polytechnic Institute. I didn’t. As for not running up the score, TPI lost by 68. This reunion will undoubtedly concentrate on the victory over Alabama, how Gordon Polofsky knocked the ball loose and recovered, how Lauricella quick-kicked to the Tide 4, how ironic it was that Lauricella ran for 108 yards and passed for 108 yards. The 28-0 triumph at Kentucky is worth several replays. The Wildcats were good but this was the 16th consecutive year without a blue victory in what was supposed to be a border rivalry. It was the third consecutive shutout over All-American QB Babe Parilli. Coach Paul Bryant said darn. For some strange reason, Lexington was the mountaintop. The ’51 Vols gave up 251 passing yards and narrowly nipped Vanderbilt in Knoxville. The perfect year ended in an upset loss to Maryland in the Sugar Bowl. Ex-Vol Denver Crawford helped scheme the Terps’ decisive defense, an overload to the strong side. The game was not as close as 28-13 indicated. The Vols gained only 81 yards. They’ll do much better at the reunion.

ally when I start humming the English folk song quoted above. It is one I learned when I taught grade school music for two years in an inner city school in Knoxville. It was in the 3rd grade music book, and I am pretty sure that most of the children who sang it with me had never seen a hayfield, or a meadow, and, what’s more, wouldn’t be much impressed if they did. That simple song stuck with me, perhaps because of its gentle lilt (it is in 6/8 time, so it dances a bit), and because it is a “cumulative song,” like “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” You can keep adding to the number of men working in the song (“Three men shall mow my meadow, four men shall gather it together. …”) as long as you want to go. But I think the reason I love

it so, and sing it again whenever I see harvest taking place, is that the song acknowledges the worth of the land, the value of the farmer’s labor, the goodness of the “gold” that is being gathered together. It speaks of the camaraderie of shared effort, the value of work and sweat, and the gifts that the earth gives to us in exchange for our labor. The boundless grace of God never ceases to amaze me. Even though the Genesis story tells us that work is our punishment for that mess that took place in the Garden of Eden, I am grateful that God allows us to enjoy the beauty of this world, to understand the meaning of our work and to participate in the ongoing creation of God’s bounty.

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Seven-year-old James Smith eyes the handmade bamboo rods provided by the Veterans. Photos by C. Taylor

Chloe Bowman, age 9, demonstrates her casting technique that had garnered eight catches by 10 a.m.

Hook, line and sinker American Legion tournament in third year By Cindy Taylor The third annual American Legion Post 212 Youth Fishing Tournament was held at Big Ridge State Park on July 9, and anglers were welcomed at check-in with old time harmonica melodies. American Legion Post 212 member John Stefanski said he has been playing the harmonica for “a very long time” – since before he went to Korea. “I was told years ago that I played the harmonica backwards,” said Stefanski.

“I still play the same way.” Backwards or not, the music drew folks who came to fish or who just wanted to sit and listen. More than 125 kids up to 12 years old turned out to try their hand at catching the prize fish. Participants in the tournament were awarded prizes for most fish caught, biggest fish caught and other categories. There was a drawing each hour to award door prizes. A bicycle was the grand prize. Other items given were gift certificates, fishing lures, games and more.

Eight-year-old Hunter Lane shows off his catch with the help of his dad, Darren.

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Coaches visit Butler University By Cindy Taylor Union County High School boys basketball coaches Shane Brown, Jonathan Smith and Mike Johnson recently took a trip that would rival Disney World to a 5-year-old. The three were invited to visit Butler University in Indianapolis, where the movie “Hoosiers” was fi lmed, to sit down with icons of its men’s basketball program. Brown set up the trip and brought an experience to his coaching team that they will not soon forget. “It was a great experience,” said Johnson. “We all wanted to go because we wanted to learn as much as we could about the Butler program and hopefully implement some of what we learned into the Union County program. “Walking into the legendary Hinkle Field house was unbelievable. It was almost as surreal as sitting in the middle of the Butler Bulldogs locker room talking hoops with head coach Brad Stevens and associate head coach Matthew Graves. I was so excited I

couldn’t stop asking questions.” Stevens and Graves spent more than three hours between them discussing the keys to their team’s success. Stevens told the men that one recent component has been the strength program. “It has made the team not only physically stronger, but mentally tougher,” said Stevens. The Butler men’s team has been to back-to-back Final Fours, advancing to the national championship game each time. Graves gave insight into their man-to-man defensive philosophy and went over the basics of Butler’s “Flow” offense. On July 6, Butler men’s basketball standout Matt Howard was named the Horizon League’s 2010-11 Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor recipient. Howard was the unanimous choice on the men’s ballot, a tribute to the great coaching at the school. The Union County coaches said that they were impressed with how well they were treated

by Graves and Stevens and how generous they were with their time and advice. “I am very fortunate to be a part of the Union County boys basketball program and very lucky to work with coach Brown,” said Johnson. “He gave me the opportunity to talk basketball with two of the best college coaches in America!” “The experience that I had was one that I will never forget,” said Smith. “To have the opportunity to meet and talk with coach Stevens and coach Graves about basketball was inspiring. Having access to coaches that were part of a team that has been to backto-back national championships was incredible.” “I have the best coaching staff in East Tennessee with Mike Johnson and Jonathan Smith, and it was good for us to get away for a day and talk basketball,” said Brown. “We discussed our summer camps and player development. It was an overall great trip, and hopefully we can start a tradition with these retreats every summer.”

Brad Nease, Tayte Kitts, Seth Norris, Drew Fugate, Tyler Wynn and Logan Anderson all attended summer basketball camps.

Patriots attend basketball camp By Cindy Taylor The Brown gang is at it again. Union County High School boys basketball coaches Shane Brown, Mike Johnson and Jonathan Smith are keeping the boys busy this summer with training camps. Tayte Kitts and Seth Norris attended basketball

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“I am excited about the opportunity to play for Jackson State and coach Steve Cornelison,” said Edds. “Jackson State has a great program and will be a great place to continue playing baseball. From my first visit, things felt right about the program, the coach and the area in pursuing my goals.”



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“I am excited that these boys wanted to continue to work on their games this summer. I know that both camps are good for young kids,” said Brown. “We had a good trip to Tusculum Team Camp. We had some kids step up and help us in some situations and we are excited about this team.”


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