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VOL. 7 NO. 29


Snakes in the library ...

First it was snakes on a plane that gave people the creepy crawlies. Now it’s snakes in the library. But the more than 70 kids who saw the snakes at the Maynardville Public Library didn’t seem at all unhappy to be close to them.



July 21, 2012

Rodeo at Red Gate

See Cindy’s story on page 9

Georgia born, Tennessee bound Rodney Brown is a Georgia fan and proud of it. He claims to bleed red and black. Nevertheless, the new band, choral and percussion ensemble teacher at Union County High School has landed smack dab in the middle of Big Orange Country.

See Cindy’s story on page 9

And speaking of the Vols ... Derek Dooley is trapped between a rock and a hard place. If a Tennessee prep star (think Jalen Ramsey) escapes the recruiting net and flies afar, fans wonder how in the world a coach, with so many home-court advantages, could lose such a great talent. Dooley is obviously asleep at the wheel. He should own the state. This is Tennessee! But does becoming a Vol For Life mean you have hail from Big Orange Country? Marvin West takes a look.

See Marvin’s story on page 6

Don’t mess with Detroit! Jake Mabe says the best vacation he has ever taken was to Detroit. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it. Jake just got back from Motown and muses on it inside.

See Jake’s story on page 5

Index Business Community Government/Politics Jake Mabe Down-home Update Marvin West Lynn Hutton Dr. Jim Tumblin Kids

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Scottie Moore bursts out the gate on Rolling Thunder to win the Bronco riding. Photos by C. Taylor

By Cindy Taylor Thank goodness it wasn’t quite the “mud-stomping” experience it has been in some of the past years, which helped make the Red Gate Festival and Rodeo one of the best yet. Rodeo goers in the stands could experience experts in bull riding, bronco riding, calf roping, team roping, bareback riding and barrel racing in a carnival-like atmosphere. If you weren’t up for watching the living, breathing animals, there was a mechanical bull available for riding, but that wasn’t necessarily any easier. Butch and Terri Butcher did an excellent job of bringing family fun to Union County for the ninth run while giving cowboys and cowgirls an opportunity to

Bus contracts awarded By Sandra Clark

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vie for the big prize. The rain held off for the most part so contestants and visitors had a great opportunity to enjoy both nights of the rodeo. Artist Greylan James headlined the event and there were nightly live musical performances featuring talented regional artists. A talent search contest concluded on Saturday night with prizes awarded to the top four finalists. Katelyn Parker won the talent show, followed by Autumn Arsenault, second; Piper Smith, third; and Victoria Welker, fourth. Carnival rides were available along with pony rides and numerous food vendors. The Red Gate Rodeo is an annual festival that draws folks from Union and Butch Butcher presents the first prize of $500 to Katelyn Parker, winner of many surrounding counties. the Red Gate Rodeo talent contest. Photo by Karen Suffridge

The Union County Board of Education will meet in executive session at 6 p.m. Monday, July 23, at Union County High School. A workshop will follow in the school auditorium at 7p.m. An emergency meeting will be held immediately following the conclusion of the workshop to discuss the school system budget and student teaching. There are familiar names on the list of school bus contractors for Union County. The school board opened bids and awarded contracts at its July 12 meeting. The school board’s attorney recommended that the contracts be bid to conform with board policy.

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Keep knees sturdy

Business of the week

Chiropractic Outlook

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By Dr. Darrell Johnson, DC It may happen that at some point you’ll need to have a knee surgically replaced. But that doesn’t have to be—and shouldn’t be–your first thought on a troublesome knee. Whether a knee problem is one that’s developed over time or is the result of trauma, it may respond nicely to attention from a chiropractor. The knee is a complicated piece of business. It’s the place where the thighbone (femur), the shinbone (tibia), and the kneecap (patella) meet. Each bone end is covered by a coating of cartilage, which reduces friction when you move. Pads of tissue called menisci provide the cushion between the cartilage and the ends of the bones. Ligaments, tendons and muscles surround the joint and hold everything together. Chiropractic treatment is particularly effective in maintaining operation of the spine and also the body’s musculoskeletal system. A severe knee injury might require surgery, but a simple knee injury can benefit from the conservative treatment offered by a chiropractor. That might include a regimen of exercise to strengthen the muscles around the knee, which are critical to stability of the knee. In some cases, a misalignment in another part of the body may cause your body to compensate and result in pain in another joint, like the knee. Talk with a chiropractor about ways to keep knees pain-free. Brought to you as a community service by Union County Chiropractic; 110 Skyline Drive, Maynardville, TN; 992-7000.

Luttrell Bluegrass Festival The third annual Luttrell Bluegrass Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Luttrell Community Park. The event will include a car show, children’s music competition and performances by local musicians throughout the day. To sign up for the car show, contact Lee at 606-335-5165 or Participants may also sign up the day of the festival. The winner of the children's music competition will again get the paid opening spot at the Heritage festival. Kids and bands may sign up to play by calling James Perry at 742-6523 or email Crafters and vendors are encouraged to sign up early to secure their spot by calling Mayme at 216-9008 or email Volunteers who wish to help out with the festival may also contact Mayme. Info:

Hamilton Cemetery needs donations The historic Hamilton Cemetery needs donations to help with mowing and maintenance. The cemetery contains graves of some of the area’s first settlers, including members of the McPhetridge, Lay, Smith, Cook, Yadon, Kitts, Booker, Edmondson and Lambdin families. All donations are tax deductible and may be sent to John Cabage, 740 Cabbage Cemetery Road, Washburn, TN 37888. Info: 497-2287.

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Adult Day Services is open in Union County and provides assistance that is not only for seniors, but also for those who are disabled. Owner Kathy Chesney opened the business last year and has been working steadily to provide an environment that is friendly and comforting. “The aim of this program is to provide services for people who are at risk of being institutionalized if their social, physical or cognitive needs are not met elsewhere,” said Chesney. “I’m so excited that we can now accept TennCare because that is going to allow us to help so many families really struggling in our community.”

Participants can receive round-trip transportation, breakfast, lunch and snacks, and social and therapeutic activities in a safe, secure environment at no cost to the families who qualify. This service frees caregivers so they can work, have much needed rest and recharge or take care of other responsibilities. Effective July 1, TennCare Choices opened enrollment for the new program “Choices Group 3” to provide these services in a more cost effective/community based environment, and there is no cap on the number of people who can participate in this program. “We’ve also finished our

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The Union County Senior Center is located at 298 Main St. Exercise equipment, computers and pool table available daily. Director, Melanie Dykes. Info: 992-3292 or 9920361. ■ Monday, July 23: Cards and scrabble ■ Tuesday, July 24: 10 a.m., Show and tell; 11:30, Bingo ■ Wednesday, July 25: 10 a.m., Bible Study; cards and scrabble ■ Thursday, July 26: 10:30 a.m., Nutrition; 11:30 a.m., Bingo; cards and scrabble ■ Friday, July 27: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Summer cookout ■ Monday, July 30: Cards and scrabble ■ Tuesday, July 31: 11:30 a.m., Bingo; cards and scrabble

Maynardville Public Library is accepting functioning and nonfunctioning cell phones for recycling in addition to old inkjet cartridges. The library will earn a minimum of 50 cents for every cell phone, and all funds raised will help the library continue to provide quality services for Union County. Info: 992-7106.

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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County prayer service upcoming The Union County prayer service to fight drugs and alcohol will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at First Baptist of Maynardville located on Main Street. All pastors and concerned citizens are invited to attend. The meeting is nondenominational. Info: Lanelle Mulkey, lmulkey@

LEPC meets quarterly The Union County Local Emergency Planning Committee meets quarterly at the E-911 Center. Meetings are 10 a.m. the second Thursday of September and December. Meetings are open to the public. Info: Karen Kirk, 992-5816 or

Call for artists, crafters, quilters, food vendors The Union County Heritage Festival celebrates music, arts, crafts and East Tennessee history. Applications are now available for artists, crafters, quilters and food vendors for the eighth annual event to be held Oct. 6. Info: 679-1071 or www.unioncountyheritagefestival. com.

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176 GRANDVIEW DR, MAYNARDVILLE – Needs TLC. Home features over 2200 SF. 3BR/2BA, kit/dining combo w/all appl. Full unfin bsmnt w/rear entrance gar. Cov front porch, back deck. Nice yard. Just mins to marinas & beautiful Norris Lake. This is a foreclosure property sold AS IS. priced at $100,000. REDUCED! Now only $85,000.

107 MEGAN LN., LUTTRELL – Lots of home for the money. Over 2000 SF offering 4BR/2BA, all open LR/kit flr plan. Lrg eat-at bar & sep dining area. Lots of beautiful oak cabs, tons of counter space! New stove & fridge. New gleaming lam wood flrs. New paint throughout. New lighting fixtures, spacious master on main w/full BA. Laund rm. 3BRs down, 1 full BA & mud rm. Downstairs also has its own private entrance. Grt cntry front porch w/new lighting & privacy from mature pear trees. Walk-around decking w/lrg deck on back. Central H&A. Priced to sell at only $79,900.

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physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of our clients.” A spot can be guaranteed for full time or part time or for specific days of the week. When space is available Chesney will also take clients in as needed situations. For interested parties the number to apply for TennCare Choices 3 (for home and community based services like Adult Day Care) is 1-866-8366678. Adult Day Services is located at 1545 Maynardville Highway and can be reached at 745-1626.

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371 SWAN SEYMOUR RD, MAYNARDV I L L E – Nothing spared. Custom Norris Lake front home approx 3200 SF. On main channel of beautiful Norris Lake. A mstr suite WITH BA fit for a king! Gleaming hdwd flrs, lots of ceramic tile, crown molding, granite counters, stainless appl. Massive great rm w/bar area, + gas FP, wired for flat screens in all rms except kit, 8 patio drs, sky lights, cath ceilings, septic approved for 2 BRs, home has 3 offices/dens, stamped concrete patio, covered decks extending length of home, gently sloping lot w/boat launch & dock. Truly a must see home. Priced below appraisal. Offered at $479,000. HWY 33 thru Maynardville to right on Hickory Valley to end. Left on Walkers Ford to 1st left on Circle to 1st left on Swan Seymour. Home on left. Sign on property.

renovations, including the outdoor covered pavilion, which we enjoy as much as the weather will allow,” said Chesney. Chesney has also expanded the staff to include a new activities coordinator. Pam Tuter will plan special events and arts and crafts for participants above and beyond the usual daily activities. The center has two rela x at ion/socia li zat ion rooms, a dining/gathering room and a basic kitchen. “We want our enrollees to feel very comfortable and at home here,” said Chesney. “Our goal is to improve the

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175 WADDINGTON WAY, MAYNARDVILLE – Spacious Rancher in new devel, approx 1200 SF. 3 BR/2BA, cath ceilings, open kit/dining area w/ appls & pantry. Master w/full BA & W/I closet. Sep utility rm. Oversized 2-car gar w/attic strg. Level yard. Located off Walkers Ford Rd. Offered at $128,900

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1296 BYRAMS FORK RD, ANDERSONVILLE – Ready to move in. Mins to Halls or Clinton. Approx 2738 SF. 4BR/3BA, 3 level fenced acres w/34x21 barn, 24x40 det gar/ workshop. Open LR/kit w/new flooring. Corner woodburning FP in LR. Kit cabs/counterspace galore, blt-in corner cabinet. Master w/corner Jacuzzi tub, dbl W/I closet, sep shwr. 2nd kit, 2nd LR & BR w/ full BA all with own entrance sep from main house. 2 laun rms. Landscaped w/circle parking. Cov front porch. Sits back off rd. City water is at road. (Currently on well). Truly a must see. Dir: Norris Freeway to Hickory Valley to left on Byrams Fork Rd. to houes on left. Sign on property. Priced way below appraisal at $134,900. 605 HWY 370, LUTTRELL – One acre in the country for an unbelievable price! Nice-sized LR w/sep dining area. Updated kit w/laundry room at rear. Updates include recently painted interior & exterior. Approx 3 yr old Decra Metal Shingles 50-yr roof and laminate flooring. Back-owned foreclosure sold AS IS. Central H&A unit is missing. Priced at only $52,900.

209 GRACE AVE, LUTTRELL – Great affordable home. Level lot. Good starter home or investment for rental property. Foreclosure. Sold AS IS. Bring all offers. Must have proof of funds. Offered at only $40,500. 169 GRANDVIEW DR, MAYNARDVILLE– Foreclosure sold as is. Cute cottage just in need of minor repairs. 1560 SF, 2BR/2 full BA, great mtn views from back deck. Sep entrance to upstairs. Oak cabinetry, no appl, alarm sys, utility area in gar. 2-car attached w/concrete parking area. det out bldg. Sold AS IS. Sitting on .81 of an acre. Priced to sell at $95,000.

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GORGEOUS LOT w/over 115' of frontage on Holston River. Level 0.88 acre lot. The best lot offered in River Point 2. $69,900. HUNTER’S RETREAT located on Ailor Gap. Over 118 acres of woodland w/creek through prop. Several nice bldg. sites. Offered at $174,000. GREAT WATERFRONT LOT on Holston River. 1.60 acres, semi wooded, corner lot. Great homesites. Utility water, elec. Priced at only $59,900. Located in River Island. Lot 9 NICE CUL-DE-SAC LOT in River Point II S/D. 5.70 acres. Gently sloping w/great views of the Holston River. Public access in devel. Lot 161. Priced at only $79,900. AWESOME MTN VIEWS from this homesite in Lone Mtn Shores. Architecturally restricted comm. Close to Woodlake Golf Club. Lot 614. 2.80 acres. Priced at $19,900. 5.69 ALL WOODED ACRES. Very private. Great for hunters retreat. Located in North Lone Mtn. Shores. Lot 1046. Inside gated area. Priced at $27,500. ROCKWOOD WAY. MAYNARDVILLE. 7 SLOPING/ rolling lots in Red Gate Valley S/D. OK for single/ double wide homes. These are foreclosure lots. Bank owned. 12.63 acres. Asking $36,000. $29,000. Bank will entertain all offers. SEVERAL BEAUTIFUL LOTS in Hidden Ridge S/D. Over ten 1/2 acre lots to choose from. Starting at $24,900. OK for dbl wide homes. Owner financing NOW available with 0 down.Call Tina for more info: 938-3403.


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PlanET at the Chamber The Union County Chamber of Commerce elected to table any business at the July meeting and move right in to the PlanET Meeting in a Box.

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ning Commission, led the meeting. Topics discussed included employment, education, transportation, amenities and medical services for Union County. Input was given by attendees as to how Union County can achieve a vision and pursue that vision as well as how the Union County community could be a part of a regional vision. ■

Chamber chair Ron Erikson had resigned and Melinda Wilson Sharpe had also ssubmitted a resignation letter but decided to continue to serve. Action was needed on both issues but will be taken at the Aug. 21 meeting. Board members present were asked to review the by-laws in preparation for handling these two items at the next meeting. Trinity Funeral Home was welcomed as a new member and Melanie Porter attended the Chamber meeting to represent the business. “ W e Melanie Porter would love for everyone to stop by and visit our facility,” said Porter. “In the near future we plan to open the facility for community meetings.” PlanET has moved through Phase I and onto Phase II. Sherith Colverson with PlanET and Mark Donaldson, director of the Knoxville Knox County Metropolitan Plan-

Farmers Market update

The Union County Farmers Market continues to have produce, fruits, eggs and other goodies. New to the market on July 14 were Floyd and Joan Rutherford, who brought giant blackberries. Corn and green beans are still available and vendors are selling out quickly. Teresa’s Bakery is providing mouth-watering goodies for purchase. Local crafts and canned goods were available from the Country Store at the Market (Hardin’s Mountain Organic) along with all-natural Cruze Dairy Farm ice cream. The featured agribusiness was Brian White Nursery. White brought an assortment of plants including Japanese maples, hostas and other shade tolerant plants. Special requests can be made by calling White at 591-6774. Sherith Colverson with PlanET led the last “Walk at the Market” for this season. Market manager Beth Bergeron says she hopes they can resume the walks in the fall if the weather cools down.

Neva Kitts, serving with AmeriCorps at the Union County Chamber, and Sherith Colverson with PlanET discuss Phase II of the PlanET program. July 21 will be the “corniest” day this year as the market hosts the Corn Festival and all things corn. There will be corn hole playing, a corniest joke contest, a corn husking contest and crafts utilizing corn. All corn crafters are invited to attend. The market is located in front of Union County High School and is open 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday until the end of October. ■

Brian White brought plants and trees galore to the Farmers Market.

Sexton speaks to the Lions

Bill Sexton has had two cornea surgeries so far and says the Lions Club is instrumental in the help they give those who need this type of surgery. “When I had cornea transplants, the Lions Club was good to help me,” said Sexton. “I feel it is

Farmers Market newcomers Floyd and Joan Rutherford show other surgery in the near off their giant blackberries. Photos by C. Taylor future. “I am very grateful to my duty to help the Union keratoconus, a rare ge- those who are willing to be County Lions Club.” netic degenerative eye donors so that I can have Sexton was born with disease that weakens the the surgery,” said Sexton. The Lions Club is instrucornea and often leads to mental in finding matching blindness if a transplant donors for those in need of is not performed. Sexton this type of surgery. was first diagnosed at the Cheree Coppock Ruthage of 12 and treated by erford will be the guest for the use of special contact the Aug. 20 meeting and lenses. When those no lonwill be playing her fiddle. ger helped, he progressed The Lions Club meets to cornea surgery to help at noon the third Monday repair his eyesight. Sexton of each month at the Mayis now blind in his right nardville Hardee’s. Those eye in spite of previous interested in joining are surgeries and must use welcome to attend meetUnion County school board member Bill Sexton speaks to the special eye drops every ings. Lions Club at its July meeting as president Ronnie Mincey listens. day. He is looking at an- Contact:

VOTE Johnny

Early Voting July 13-28

MERRITT Good day! I am Johnny Merritt and a can dida of Union County Superintendent of Roads. te to serve you in the capacity In this week’s letter, please allow me to elaborate my vision of the day-to-d ay road maintenance plan I have for Union County roads. Surface (Storm) Water Control One of the greatest enemies of our road syst Unchecked, storm water can wash out drai em is surface or storm water. n erode road ways and shoulders. The goo tiles, remove asphalt surface,and d news is, with diligent maintenance, storm water damage can be controlled or minimized in most rain events. Dirt and debris tend to collect in ditches bloc king the waterway and forcing the water onto the road where it will do the mos drain tiles, especially at driveways, are pron t damage. By the same token, e I will put into place a system whereby the to blockage with similar results. ditches and tiles are periodically inspected and cleaned of dirt and debris as will be flood events which cannot be con necessary. Of course, there trolled by our typical storm water system. When that occurs, I commit to prio ritize any damaged roads for repair, redirect our workforce and, work diligently to restore our roads as soon as possible within available funds. Obv aggressively seek federal and state emergeniously, in those situations, we will cy money to fund those repairs. Roadside Vegetation Control One of the most dangerous situations is a busy intersection with the view blocked by excessive vegetation growth. Trees and bushes hanging out into the roadway tend to scratch our vehicles and toward the center of the road creating an "push" us subconsciously additional driving hazard on many of our narrow roads. I will use our resources as often as necessary to remove vegetation which prevents a clear view at our intersections, either by mowing or spraying if permissible. Trees and bushes overhanging into the roadway shall be managed by periodic and regular mowing. As some bushes/ vegetation will grow quickly at certain time s creating problems between regular inspections, I will instruct Union Cou employees to be alert for problem intersec nty Highway Department (UCHD) tions in their travels and, similarly, request local law enforcement personnel to keep us advised of any problems they might encounter. Asphalt Repair No one likes potholes. Exceptionally wet or cold seasons tend to increase


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pothole production. Good initial constructio n and regular maintenance will minimize pothole problems; however, we are not likely to totally eliminate this plague any time soon. We can minimize the magnitude of the problem, the cost to repair, and the wear and tear on our them as we are made aware. As with vege vehicles by promptly repairing tation control, I will instruct UCHD employees to actively survey our roadway s for damaged payment and promptly repair on a regular basis. Winter Storm Events and Road Icin g Most of us enjoy the beauty of a winter sno w. But with those winter snows (and freezing rains and ice storms) come the hazards of driving on slick frozen roadways. Or we stay home until the sun eventually thaws the ice. And in the meantime, law enforcement, fire trucks, ambulances, and electric power repair trucks struggle to deliver the services we desperately need due to impassable roads. But there is a remedy for most win ter events. A salt brine road pretreatment system (similar to the one I initiated in Luttrell and the type used by TDOT) is a very doable service we can offe plan to strategically locate multiple salt brin r the citizens of Union County. I e county allowing us to react quickly to anti stations in different areas of the cipated storm events. Dump trucks will be converted to salt brine trucks. UCH D pre-treat our roadways with the salt brine employees will be mobilized to either preventing frozen roadways or causing the ice to melt quicker than if untr any grants available for this type of equipm eated. I will actively pursue ent. However, if we are unable to obtain grant funding, I propose a four year plan to purchase and install the necessary stations. I am confident this serv ice will repay the citizens of Union County many times over by reducing scho ol allowing our emergency services personn snow days, missed work, and by el passage on our roadways. Winding down, I want to again invite you to 27, 2012 at 7 PM. We will be serving free my rally at Wilson Park on July food and cold drinks. You will hear the local musical talent of Soul Purpose featuring Jared Graves; their ministry will bless you. Please bring a lawn chair and enjoy the fellowship of your friends and neighbors! And, as always, I ask that you consider cast ing your vote on August 2nd for Union County Superintendent of Roads in favor of Johnny Merritt. I remain your servant, Johnny

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Senate candidates sound off at forum tion. All were invited. Frank Niceley, currently a state representative from Jefferson County, and Cynthia Bundren Johnson, of Hawkins County, were not present. Jeff Brantley, who serves on the Union County Commission, and Hobart L. Rice, from Jefferson CounSandra ty, spoke to those attending Clark and stayed around afterward for more hand-shaking and politicing. Brantley, 54, owns a Two of the four Republi- trucking company. He and cans attended the recent can- wife Tonya have three childidates’ forum sponsored by dren and five grandchilthe Union County Business dren. They reside in Sharps and Professional Associa- Chapel and attend the Oak Union County will have a new state senator following November’s general election. It will be the Republican who wins the primary in August. Early voting is already underway.

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Grove Primitive Baptist Church. He credits Sarah Palin with his inspiration to enter politics. Her words were “more of us should become involved in government at all levels – local, city, state and federal. Keep your government in check.” Jeff says he will do just that. Brantley jabs at Niceley when he says he strongly opposes deer farming and horse slaughter facilities, both issues supported in the state House by Niceley. More information is avail-

able at Brantley4Senate. com/. Hobart L. Rice has been a Republican since age 15 when he was inspired “to change the world.” He founded the Teen Age Republican Club in Knox County (with this writer as club advisor) and was later active in Richard Nixon’s 1968 winning campaign. He graduated from Young High School and moved to Dandridge in the 1970s and became a patrol deputy for the Sheriff’s Office. Later he became Jef-

ferson County’s first youth service officer and its first judicial commissioner. He was appointed commissioner of personnel and finance on the Dandridge City Council. In 2001, Hobart was elected to his first of four terms as Republican Party chair. He also serves on the Republican State Executive Committee, elected from Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson and Union counties. Rice told the business people in Union County

that he’s still that 15-yearold boy who is out to change the world. Now the husband of Bonnie Rice for 32 years, the father of four and the grandfather of five, Rice wants state government to focus on improving education and restoring jobs. “We send the same people to Nashville year after year and we keep getting the same results: more lost jobs and an education system that is third or fourth from the bottom in the nation. “It’s time for a change,” said Rice.

charge 24/7 and will assist the state’s farmers and ranchers, as well as citizens and homeowners, as they respond to the unseasonably hot and dry weather. The website will be an ongoing project and materials and links will be continually updated and added.

UT NOTES ■ UT Extension Assistant Dean Robert Burns has been named by the Environmental Protection Agency to the Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC) for Robert Burns its 20122014 term. The committee specializes in water quality issues related to agricultural production. He has served UT Extension as assistant dean and Agriculture Natural Resources and Resource Development program leader since 2010. ■ UT has installed a new Solar Secure SunStation outside Perkins Hall on the Hill. The SunStation is a solar powered, wireless structure that provides a self-sufficient power and

■ A study written by Russell Crook, a UT associate professor of management; David Patterson, executive director of the UT National Defense Business Institute; Dave Ketchen, a Lowder Eminent Scholar at Auburn University; and James Combs, a professor at Alabama, outlines ways the Pentagon can cut billions. The study was sponsored by U.S. Air Force.

Solar Secure SunStation communications source for Emergency Assistance Stations, video surveillance, LED lighting and Wi-Fi. It also features a power outlet, allowing students the convenience to stay connected by using their laptops, cell phones and other

technology outdoors. UT is the first university in the country to install this product on campus. ■ UT Extension has launched a drought response website, https://utextension.tennessee. edu/drought/, which will be available to the public at no

■ UT Extension is coordinating a series of livestock producer meetings across the state to assist with the increasing dire situation of the state’s forage and pastures. The meeting scheduled in Knoxville will be 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the UT Extension Eastern Region Office.

Donna B. Jones Assessor of Property 901 Main St., Suite 106 Maynardville, TN 37807 865-992-9833


Dear Friends, I want to take this last opportunity to share with you the beauty that I have seen while traveling across our county. I must be honest being the Property Assessor has not been all work. I have met the most wonderful and caring people in the world and I have seen breath-taking beauty in all parts of the county. We are fortunate to live in a place rich in history and natural beauty. It has been an amazing four years and I am truly grateful for the opportunity you have given me to serve as your Assessor of Property. Remember your vote counts. Early voting started July 13th and will end on July 28th. August 2nd is Election Day. Don’t forget your Photo ID. Please consider me when you vote. Your Friend, Donna

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Hopper seeks roads job Lucinda Hopper, a candidate for road superintendent, missed the recent candidates’ forum sponsored by the Union County Business and Professional Association. She was busy doing her job – chopping a tree on Summers Road. Hopper works for the Union County roads department that she hopes to head. “Cleaning roads that day made it impossible for me to attend (the forum),” she said. Hopper said she graduated from ITT-Tech in June 2011, updating her credentials to serve the people of Union County. “I’m very acquainted with the roads here and know

Lucinda Hopper which ones need the most attention. This knowledge has been obtained every day, working on the roads of Union County.” – S. Clark


Don’t mess with Detroit DETROIT – The best vacation I have ever taken was to Detroit. Wait a minute, now. Before you start laughing or thinking I have misplaced my marbles, hear me out. I have been vacationing in Motown for 13 years, give or take a summer or two. Friends David and Jennifer, employees at Wayne State University, live in nearby Ferndale. I first went to Detroit to see the baseball team play the year Tiger Stadium closed. (By the way, I don’t care how cool Comerica Park, the new field, may be – and it is cool – it will never match the magic of the long-gone cathedral at The Corner, the intersection of Michigan and Trumbull where Tiger Stadium once stood.) My favorite trip was in August 2007. We had hit a streak of 100-degree days in Knox Vegas, not unlike last month. When I left Knoxville early that Sunday, the temperature was already 97 degrees. When I landed at the Detroit airport, it was 73. It was a perfect getaway because the Tigers won and the temperature was temperate and Maryville’s own Robinella sang like an angel at The Ark in Ann Arbor. Wife Jennifer and I were in Michigan a few days ago. We went to the 13th annual Michigan ElvisFest in Ypsilanti, near Ann Arbor. OK, I gotta be honest. Even though I am a huge Elvis fan, I didn’t want to go to the festival. I was afraid it was going to be kitschy and tacky, a freak-show parade of Elvis impersonators sweating too much and singing with too much vibrato. Nope. Class affair. Top talent. Great time.

The highlight of the festival was Robert Washington. Robert is a former Marine and lifelong Elvis fan. He got the news about The King’s death while in boot camp. Robert has one of the best Elvis voices I’ve ever heard. Maybe the best I’ve ever heard. He came in second place for three years at the Images of Elvis World Championship, sort of a World Series for Elvis impersonators, in Memphis. Guess why he didn’t win? He happens to be African American. Never mind that when Dewey Phillips started playing Elvis’ recording of “That’s All Right” on Memphis radio in 1954 most listeners thought he was black. Never mind that Washington blew away his competition. He came in second. Three times. He has finally won, I am proud to report. Look him up on YouTube. After the Elvis insanity, we drove to downtown Detroit. We went to see “Ernie” at The City Theatre. It is a hit play written by popular author/columnist Mitch Albom about longtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell. Ernie died in 2010. He left behind a hole the size of his huge heart. Ernie is the only broadcaster in baseball history traded from one baseball team to another for a player. His velvet voice became the summer soundtrack for millions of Michiganders (and a few Detroit Tigers refugees elsewhere in America). When I tell this tale, people ask all the time if I am scared to hang out in downtown Detroit after dark. I say no. It’s like any

The City Theatre’s marquee in downtown Detroit advertises “Ernie,” a play based on the life of the popular Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who died in 2010. The play was written by popular author and columnist Mitch Albom.

Robert Washington performs his Elvis Presley tribute at the 13th annual Michigan ElvisFest in Ypsilanti, Mich., on July 14. Photos by Jake Mabe

other city in America. You don’t go to certain sections at night. (And for the record, the most frightening experience I ever had involving an exchange with a disreputable character happened not in Detroit, but at the Walgreens in Fountain City.) Does Motown have problems? Absolutely. But, it is as American as, oh, say, the Ford and General Motors plants I passed on the interstate. Let’s lose the stereotype. Don’t mess with Detroit. Visit Jake Mabe online at jakemabe.blogspot. com.


A legacy of art By Cindy Taylor Many artists are born, but ask Union County native Rocky Loy about his talent and he will tell you that working wood into art was not something he ever intended to do with his life. “My dad started a woodworking shop and he had me and my brothers helping him,” said Loy. “It always just seemed boring to me as a teenager.” But boring or not, when Loy’s father passed away he left his wood shop to Loy. Loy says his wife, Brenda, has been instrumental in helping him achieve his art. “My wife encouraged me

DOWN-home UPdate and none of this would have happened without her. Since my dad left me the shop, I just went down there one day and started playing around,” said Loy. “I found out it was a great stress reliever.” Loy says that he has fallen in love with his craft and when he is working in wood the world goes away. Loy often works large pieces from

new wood and then distresses and paints them to look aged. He likes to say that he is a maker of brand new antiques. His first piece was a china hutch, but his favorite piece, and one that has sold very well, is his original interpretation of the American flag. Loy fashioned the flag in honor of his son who joined the Army, and every portion of the piece symbolizes a part of America. The flag is made of roughcut lumber to represent that America was cut out of the wilderness. The red and white stripes have waves to represent the ups and downs America has endured as a nation. The blue square is made from barn wood to show that although America is worn and torn we are still viable,

Recruiting near and far TALES OF TENNESSEE | Marvin West


erek Dooley is trapped between a rock and a hard place. If a Tennessee prep star (think Jalen Ramsey) escapes the recruiting net and flies afar, fans wonder how in the world a coach, with so many home-court advantages, could lose such a great talent. Dooley is obviously asleep at the wheel. He should own the state. This is Tennessee! Youngsters, following fathers and grandfathers, uncles and

more than a few aunts, grow up rooting for the Vols. They get little orange 18 jerseys as birthday gifts. They may not carry a tune but they know the words to “Rocky Top.” They fantasize about checkerboards and “give him six!” As long-ago coach Ray Trail once told Winchester linebacker Phillip Fulmer, “You are a Tennessee boy. If you go to Alabama, you are still from Tennessee. If anything good is ever going to happen to you in football, it is

useful and still standing, just like our old barns. Loy has painted three stars in the blue square to represent the Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost – the freedom of religion principles on which America was founded. “I put a nail in each star to represent what Christ did for us on the cross,” said Loy. Loy also builds rollback swings, Adirondack chairs and picnic tables. Much of his work is available for purchase at the Union County Arts Cooperative. Loy has named his shop Bishop Taylor Mountain Crafts after his dad, Bishop Taylor Loy, from whom Loy says he inherited all of his talent. So like it or not he must admit, he was born to it.

going to happen at the University of Tennessee.” Amen, brother Ray, right on. Alas and alas, if Dooley awards too many scholarships to in-state prep stars who may have Southeastern Conference potential, fans say he is taking the easy way out. He should be seeking and signing the best in America, not the kid next door to save travel time and costs. Who the heck did Dooley beat to get Cody Blanc or Devrin Young? But, but, but you say, homegrown boys love the Vols and will give their all for Tennessee. Dick Williams from Greeneville and Hal Wantland from Columbia and Bill Young from Knoxville South were great captains because they really, really cared. Al Wilson from Jackson? He still bleeds orange. Three named Majors from Huntland or Sewanee? They gave a lot. Curt

Rocky Loy, with one of his interpretations of the American flag, stands in front of his re-creation of the original mantle inside the historic Dr. John Harvey Carr home, now home of the Union County Arts Cooperative. Photo by C. Taylor

Watson, Crossville? Fearless, absolutely fearless. Bill Bates from Farragut? Heart and soul. Lester McClain from Nashville? Courage of a champion. Bowden Wyatt, Kingston? Forever a Vol. Hmmm, we’ll think about that. I have thought. Condredge Holloway came from Huntsville, Ala. He cared, did he ever! Gordon Polofsky somehow found Tennessee from Cranston, R.I. He was blood and guts. Richmond Flowers? Montgomery, Ala., heart of a lion. Stanley Morgan, Easley, S.C.? Any challenge, no limits, lay it on the line. John Michels, Philadelphia, whatever it takes. Steve Kiner, Tampa, oh my. George Cafego, Scarbro, W.Va. Steve DeLong, Norfolk, Va. You get the idea? The numbers game, qual-

ity and quantity, dictates that Dooley must recruit near and far. Near is better if other aspects are equal. It is best if Tennessee can attract top talent from within a 200-mile radius. Makes life easier and less expensive for interested relatives and girlfriends. What really matters is recruiting players who can play, blockers, runners, throwers, catchers, hitters, speed, strength, smarts, good people who don’t cause nightmares, Vols you want to keep for life. It doesn’t matter too much who they are or where they come from … Ackermann from Chamblee, Ga., Mills from Elizabethton, Reynolds from Cincinnati, Henderson from Nashville, Warren from Savannah, Stratton from Tellico Plains, Haslam from St. Pete. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

Medicare help for seniors

Head Start accepting applications

2012 Union County Patriots football schedule

The Union County Office on Aging is offering Medicare help for seniors. Office staff can help seniors understand their plans, make changes to coverage, apply for subsidies and more. Info: Samantha, 992-3292 or 992-0361.

Douglas-Cherokee Head Start is accepting applications for children ages 3 to 4 to attend the Head Start preschool program in Union County. Info: 992-8146, 991-4480 or 992-9101 for the Corryton and Luttrell area.

■ Aug. 17 at Grainger

■ Sept. 28 vs Gatlinburg-Pittman

■ Aug. 24 vs Cumberland Gap

■ Oct. 5 at Austin-East

■ Aug. 31 vs Carter

■ Oct. 12 at Pigeon Forge

VOTE for and ELECT David Cox Superintendent of Roads As my campaign nears the end, I want to show my appreciation for all the warm welcomes and words of encouragement shown to me as I have traveled the county knocking on doors meeting many of you. So in turn, I want to show my gratitude to everyone who has made my campaign possible. To those of you whom I haven't had the privilege of meeting this also provides another opportunity to talk with you and discuss concerns. On July 28th from 4 til 8pm on the corner of Hwy 33 and Hickory Star Rd.,come join us for some delicious smoked BBQ and all the fixins. Bring your lawn chair for an evening of great food and some of the best gospel-bluegrass and country music around. I look forward to seeing you there. Once again, please remember to get out and cast your vote for experience and integrity on August 2nd. Vote David Cox.

■ Sept. 7 at Sullivan North

■ Oct. 19 at Gibbs

■ Sept. 14 vs Claiborne

■ Oct. 26 vs Fulton (Senior Night)

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AGES TODDLER TO 4 YEARS Tuesday and Thursday

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Prayer before praying CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” - Luke 11: 1 NRSV The Father who created me With eye benign beholdeth me; The Son who dearly purchased me With eye divine enfoldeth me; The Spirit who so altered me With eye refining holdeth me; In friendliness and love the Three Behold me when I bend the knee. “Before Prayer,” Poems of the Western Highlanders, G.R.D. McLean

Prayer is a mystery in and of itself. What it means, how it works, how it varies from circumstance to circumstance (not to mention voice to voice)—all of these factors are as many and varied as the words that are used. Prayer varies from country to country (and from dinner table to dinner table). There lives in my family’s lore a prayer that was used by a distant relative, whose name, I promise you, was Gideon. There are other stories about him that were colorful and oft-quoted, but he was best remembered for his prayer (and his fondness for the bottle). If Uncle Giddy (as he was known) was present at table, he was always asked to return thanks, because he was, as they say, a “jake-leg” preacher, which meant that he had no formal training: he just “took up” preaching.

And he always prayed the same prayer. Always. Word for word. The. Same. Prayer. Reports are that it was beautiful, eloquent, and covered all the necessary elements of a prayer. There were family members who could quote it verbatim; Uncle Giddy liked to eat at my grandmother’s table, so they heard it often. By the time I was old enough to hear and truly appreciate the story, all those who could quote the whole thing were gone. The only part of it that I still remember is a perfectly lovely phrase: “Pardon and pass by our many sins.” Nothing wrong with that at all. The rub came the time my uncle, who had grown up hearing his Uncle Giddy’s prayers, was asked to return thanks at a rather fashionable dinner party. He went absolutely blank—except for Uncle Giddy’s prayer. It was all he could think of, and so he launched into

it, utterly terrified that he was going to burst into hysterical laughter at any moment. I remember another time everyone actually did burst into laughter. I was a young mother, living in New Jersey, and had flown here with my little ones for a visit with family. I was scurrying around helping with dinner, getting the girls cleaned up from their afternoon of play before the other guests arrived for the meal. Two minutes before we were ready to be seated around the table, there was a need for a diaper change. Mission accomplished, hands washed, I sat back down at the table, took a deep breath, and Mother called on me to return thanks over the meal. I bowed my head and offered, “Lord, thank you for times we are not bored.” There were snickers, but no one actually guffawed until after the “Amen.”


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Community services ■ Cedar Ford Baptist Church in Luttrell will hold its monthly free Soup Kitchen from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 27. Everyone is welcome. Info: Jennifer, 274-9538. ■ 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

By Cindy Taylor Revival Vision Church needed to raise money for their children’s ministry and decided that a corn hole tournament would be just the ticket. Children’s Church Director Judy Dyer and husband Tom, along with Jimmy and Connie Gibson, put the event together. The funds raised will go toward advancing the puppet ministry. “We want to start training our youth so that they can minister to our younger children,” said Dyer. “All door prizes and auction items were donated, and we appreciate everyone who came out and supported us.” Doan’s Market donated food for the event and more than $1,500 was donated by

■ Revival Vision Church, 154 Durham Drive, hosts Celebrate Recovery, a ministry for hurts, hang-ups and habits, 7 p.m. Tuesdays for teens and adults. These can qualify for AA and NA required meetings. Info: Gail, 567-6432, or church office, 992-7162.

Haley Ebersole, 7, and Zoe Lee, 6, try their hand at the bag toss during the corn hole tournament at Revival Vision Church. Photo by C. Taylor

other businesses for prizes and auction items. Folks came from as far away as Morristown and Pikeville, Ky., to participate.

Between the 14 teams signed up and the silent auction, more than $1,100 was raised for the children’s ministry.

Drug Tip Hotline

MOMS expands area

Union County has been granted access to the main number for the UNITE Drug Tip Hotline in Kentucky. Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) serves 29 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky. Call 866-424-4382 to leave tips regarding drug sales and dealers in the county. There is no caller ID attached to the number; tips are confidential.

The MOMS Club of the Maynardville area has expanded into the Big Ridge area (Andersonville/Heiskell) 37705 and 37754. If you are interested in joining the MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) club for fun, local, low cost activities and playgroups with local moms and their children or for more info, contact Darlene, 712-4560, or Eden, 687-2469.

Music services ■ Revival Vision Church, 154 Durham Drive, will present “An afternoon of Bluegrass Gospel with Paul Williams and the Victory Trio” at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 22. Special guest is Soul Purpose. Admission is by donation at the door and the event is a fundraiser for the youth ministry. Info: 223-9304 or 992-7162.

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Women’s programs ■ Revival Vision Church, 154 Durham Drive, holds Women’s Community Prayer and prayer for children/grandchildren 9 a.m. Wednesdays. All are welcome.

Summer Reading ■ Maynardville Public Library will have “Dream Big, Read!” Summer Reading through July 28. There will be activities for all ages, including adults. Info: 992-7106. ■ Sharps Chapel Book Station will have Summer Reading for children Pre-K through 12th grade through July 28. There will be a pizza party July 28 for those who have read at least eight books during the summer. Prizes will be awarded. Children may sign up any time the book station is open, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. ■ Luttrell Public Library summer reading program, “Dream Big, Read!” will be held through July 27. Lots of great prizes, fun and lunch provided at each program 1 p.m. each Friday in July. A pizza party will be July 27. Info: 992-0208.


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■ Revival Vision Church, 154 Durham Drive, will hold its dedication Saturday, Sept. 8, with food and open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and a service at 7.

Kevin Roach Celebrates

40 th

Kevin Roach, son of Wayne & Sharon and brother of Darlene Weaver, will celebrate his 40TH BIRTHDAY JULY 29TH. He’s a 1990 graduate of Horace Maynard High School and The University of TN in 1995. He’s District Manager of AT&T Wireless Phones and lives in Luttrell with his wife, Jenny, and their 7-yr old son, Keaton. Happy birthday from Mom, Dad, Jenny, Keaton, Darlene and David!

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Special services ■ Graveston Baptist Church, 8319 Clapps Chapel Road, has Wednesday Bible study at 10:30 a.m. All are welcomed. Info: 686-0186.

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a gospel tent meeting 6:30 p.m. Fridays at the Ray Viles car lot on Highway 61 in Clinton. Info: 567-9600.

We’ll have a party for the kids with blow-up slides and bounce house, hamburgers, hot dogs & prizes.

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Medication review The East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability and Walgreens will provide free medication reviews to adults age 60 and over in Union County. Walgreens pharmacists will review medication lists to identify any potential complications. Contact the Union County Office on Aging for a form to list medications and forward the form to Walgreens. Once the review is complete, Walgreens will contact the consumer. Info: 992-3292 or 992-0361.

■ Revival Vision Church, 154 Durham Drive in Maynardville, holds a men’s prayer breakfast at 7 a.m. each Wednesday. All men are invited. Info: Jim, 684-8916.

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Free GED offered The Union County Adult Education Center invites all those interested in getting a GED to call for an appointment for pretesting. The center provides all testing free of charge to Union County residents. The staff will help applicants prepare for the test. Classes are available 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: Melissa Carter, 992-0805 or 254-8833.

Men’s programs


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A forgotten champion of the Smokies HISTORY AND MYSTERIES | Dr. Jim Tumblin Although he may not be as well known as Col. David Chapman or Carlos C. Campbell, Gen. Frank D. Maloney may have had as long a relationship with the movement that finally resulted in the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as anyone else. Judge George L. and Sonora Dodson Maloney had four sons: William M., George E., Frank D. and James D. Maloney. Frank was born in Knoxville on Jan. 3, 1879. His father was judge of the Knox County Court from 18881902 and worked for the establishment of a home for the indigent. Eventually, when it was established, the home was named for him and the George Maloney Home at Maloneyville served Knox County’s indigent for many years. After he attended the public schools in West Knoxville, Frank graduated from UT with an engineering degree in 1898. His lifelong friend, David Chapman, was a teammate on the football team with Maloney at fullback and Chapman as quarterback. Years later, they would work together effectively in the efforts to set aside land for the national park. When the battleship Maine mysteriously exploded and sank in Havana harbor on Feb. 15, 1898, during Maloney’s senior year at UT, the SpanishAmerican War was ignited. When the war began, there were only 28,000 men in the regular U.S. Army. The Army requested 50,000 new men and received more

than 220,000 volunteers, including members of the state National Guard units. Maloney was one of those volunteers. He assisted in organizing a company that became part of the 6th U.S. Volunteer Infantry. During the Philippine Insurrection (1899–1902), Maloney re-enlisted and was assigned a captaincy in the 39th U.S. Volunteer Infantry. He served under Gen. Arthur MacArthur, Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s father. He survived that brutal jungle war and won a promotion to colonel. His uncanny expertise in assessing topography and preparing detailed maps enabled him to choose the site for Fort Benning, Ga., which remains an important military post today. Although Maloney had not been an applicant, Gov. Ben Hooper chose him to become adjutant general of the Tennessee National Guard in 1911. During Gen. Maloney’s four years as AG, he reorganized the guard and gave it a sound structure. Periodically, he engaged in general contracting and railroad engineering with the John A. Kreis Construction Co. Later, he worked with the Benson Winch Co., where his military experience facilitated its rapid growth. During his long career, he would also serve as commissioner of highways for Knox County, become the first chair of the Knox County Planning Commission (organized in 1940) and serve on the Knoxville Housing Authority. Maloney was hiking and

camping in the Smokies as early as 1896. When the Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Association was formed, he became one of the original members. The group first met on Dec. 21, 1923, with a board of directors that included Forrest Andrews, Carlos C. Campbell, Col. David Chapman, Willis P. Davis, Paul Fink, Russell W. Hanlon, Maloney and I.W. Rawlings. Arno B. Cammerer, associate director of the National Park Service, was charged with establishing the park boundaries. Gen. Maloney had double qualifications to become his chief assistant in the project. He had lengthy experience as a civil engineer with a particular expertise in topography and mapmaking, and he had an intimate knowledge of the Smokies, where he had often hiked and camped since he was 17 years old. By 1926, Maloney had prepared a composite map of the park’s proposed 704,000 acres. This map, dubbed the “Cammerer Map” or the “Red Line Map,” was used throughout the lengthy negotiations with the state of North Carolina, the state of Tennessee and the U.S. Congress. Gen. Maloney conducted many of the meetings with Col. W.B. Townsend, owner of the Little River Lumber Co., and eventually arranged for the sale of their 76,507 acres for $273,557.97 or about $3.50 per acre. North Carolina had paid $9 to $12 per acre for similar land. When Tennessee Gov. Austin Peay received the

The Longmire-Gentry House circa 1911. Probably the first house built on Gibbs Drive in the Gibbs-Maloney Addition, it was home to Brice Longmire (1862-1916), a member of the board of education, the Knox County Court and the Tennessee state Legislature (1911-1913). Photo submitted

151 pages of deeds for the LRLC’s property on Mar. 22, 1927, and when Tennessee’s share of the cost ($183,371.73) was paid, the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was almost assured. However, the park was not chartered by the U.S. Congress until 1934. President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke at the formal dedication of the park at Newfound Gap on Sept. 2, 1940. The park remains one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States and the most-visited national park year after year. But Gen. Maloney’s work was not finished. He envisioned a 72-mile scenic Foothills Parkway along the Tennessee border of the park that would make travel from one section of the park to another much easier for residents and park visitors alike. It would also provide a num-

ber of loops for added exposure of the scenery. Congress authorized the project in 1944 and the Tennessee Legislature authorized purchase of rights-of-way in 1945, but it was 1960 before construction would begin. Having just returned from yet another mission to Washington on behalf of the park, Gen. Frank D. Maloney passed away suddenly on March 7, 1952. A confirmed bachelor, he was survived by his sister and three brothers. He is buried in the family plat at Highland Memorial Cemetery. His gravestone reads: “Frank Maloney, Army Officer, Engineer, Adjutant General (Tenn.) 19111915, Leader in the Establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.” The Maloney Point overlook on Tennessee state Highway 73, just a few miles west of the Sugarlands Visitor Center, is a spectacular

Gen. Frank D. Maloney (1879-1952). Gen. Maloney, an Army officer, civil engineer and mapmaker, was a major contributor to the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo courtesy C.M. McClung Historical Collection

spot from which to catch a sunrise with a scenic view of the valley toward Gatlinburg. What a fitting memorial to one who gave so much of himself in the establishment of the park! Author’s Note: Next month’s article will describe Gen. Maloney’s partnership with Charles R. Gibbs and the development of Fountain City’s historic Gibbs-Maloney Addition.

LMU dean’s list Lincoln Memorial University has announced the following students were placed on the dean’s list for the spring semester. From Maynardville: Megan Beeler, Loren Davis, Haley Effler, Alicia Fennel, Rebekah Foster, Callie Gaut, Lindsee Hundley, Kimberly Kiser, Carrie Thomas and Megan Woods. From Sharp’s Chapel: Kayla Brantley and Anna Morgan. To be placed on the dean’s list, the student must be a full-time undergraduate and have a 3.5 grade point average for the semester.

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Gracie Cooper, 7, and Eli Helms, 7, meet Sappy the Northern Pine Snake who holds tight to Ranger Kristin Moore. Photo by C. Taylor

By Cindy Taylor First it was snakes on a plane that gave people the creepy crawlies. Now it’s snakes in the library. But the more than 70 kids who saw the snakes didn’t seem at all unhappy to be close to them. Seasonal Interpretive Ranger Kristin Moore from Norris Dam State Park brought two of her “pets” from the park office to meet the kids at Maynardville Public Library on July 13. Fortunately bad luck did not prevail and Friday the 13th was proven to be just like any other day. Well, except that there were snakes in the library. Kids who chose to could pet a snake named Sappy, a northern pine snake, who stayed in the arms of Ranger Kristin. Charlie,

Ranger Kristin brings Charlie the Corn Snake out of his sack. a corn snake, was happier not being touched. Kids learned about the venomous snakes we have in our neck of the woods (the timber rattler and

the copperhead) and how snakes live and eat. Snake day proved to be the most popular library fun day so far with no child wanting to go home.

Georgia born, Tennessee bound By Cindy Taylor Rodney Brown is a Georgia fan and proud of it. He claims to bleed red and black. It is yet to be seen how that will work out for the new band, choral and percussion ensemble teacher at Union County High The new band director for School. Brown hails from Atlan- Union County High School is ta, bringing with him tal- Rodney Brown. Photo by C. Taylor ent, experience, degrees in music education and saxo- a goal for the high school phone performance, and band.

SCHOOL NOTES Big Ridge ■ Early registration will be held 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24. All new students who have not registered to attend school for the 2012-2013 school year are urged to do so on this night. Bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate; Social Security card; immunization record; and the name, address and telephone number of the last school attended. The school’s eighth annual Back-to-School Cookout will be 6 p.m. Monday, July 30, for grades 3, 4 and 5; 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, for grades K, 1 and 2.


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Sappy, a northern pine snake, loves to crawl around on Ranger Kristin’s shoulders.

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Union County Cattlemen’s Association members have been invited to the annual Knox County Cattlemen’s Association picnic 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at the Washington Presbyterian Church pavilion, located at 7405 Washington Pike. The pavilion can be found just off of Shipe Road, across from the church parking lot, behind the cemetery. Signs will be posted. Guest speaker will be David Hunter. To sign up for the ribeye lunch being provided, call 992-8038 by July 24. Spouses and families are welcome to join in.

The Union County Office on Aging will have outreach events at Luttrell and Sharps Chapel community centers. Appointments can be made between 8:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. If no appointments are made for a given day, there will be no outreach event that day. Luttrell outreach events will be held Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. Sharps Chapel outreach events will be held Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19. Info: 992-0361 or 992-3292.

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