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VOL. 6, NO. 33

AUGUST 13, 2011




Willow Ridge assistant director of nursing Tonya Graves and residents Joe Pierce (a former garden manager) and Bertha Johnson reap the fruits of their labors in the Willow Ridge garden. Photo by C. Taylor

Thanks, Mr. Chip! School honors Chip Brown See Cindy’s story on page A-7

Remembering Chet Billie Rose’s memoir of a country music legend See page A-4

Growing home By Cindy Taylor


Photographing birds From the comforts of home See page A-6


Many of us plant gardens in the spring, and we often take the resulting crop as our reward without a second thought. At Willow Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Maynardville, nothing is taken for granted, and their garden produces more than just food. “Our residents have been harvesting the results of their work

for a few weeks now,” said Willow Ridge administrator Rebecca Mills. “We’ve even been able to offer home grown food at some of our meals.” Residents, staff and families are given the opportunity to take food home and often help harvest vegetables and break beans. Bertha Johnson helps with the garden and is the unofficial garden monitor.

Harvest time in Willow Ridge garden

“Bertha’s window is across from the garden,” said Mills. “If she sees anyone in there that shouldn’t be she lets us know. To her and Joe (Pierce), this is their garden. It helps them feel more at home since they had gardens at their houses.” The garden was originally started as a challenge from the parent company Sunbridge Facilities, but it has grown into much more than

that. Undertaking a project such as this brought area businesses, staff and families together out of necessity but held them together out of love. “We were challenged to do a garden to bring the staff and residents together,” said Mills. “Clean Cut volunteered to plow it for us, and the families of some of the staff provided To page A-4

Renovations done at Big Ridge By Cindy Taylor


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August is a big month for the schools of Union County as a brand new school opens for the first time and the older schools open with new additions. Maynardville Elementary saw portable eyesores demolished and hauled away while Sharps Chapel, Luttrell and Big Ridge boasted upgrades. Big Ridge Elementary School staff and students held their ribbon-cutting celebration along with their annual back to school cookout Aug. 2, and six decades of alumni were represented. Principal Roger Flatford did an excellent job of acknowledging all those who helped make the renovations a reality. Speakers included County Commissioners, Mayor Mike Williams, school board members and Director of Schools Wayne Goforth. A tour followed to show off renovations of four new classrooms and two new bathrooms, and all were invited to the cookout held on the grounds. “Our students, parents and county officials have done so much for the community and school here,” said Flatford. “It is amazing how much this is going to help us.” “The school looks better now than it did when it was brand new,” said Big Ridge alumnus David Coppock. “Besides being in a renovated school, Big Ridge Elementary has

A mix of teachers, staff and students cut the ribbon for renovations to Big Ridge Elementary School. They are: John Hutchison, Alice Malone, Norma Jones, Trevor Jones, Savannah Jones, Savannah Lucas, Wayne Goforth, Maggie Lucas, David Coppock, Anthony Rhynes and Tosha Lucas. Photo by C. Taylor received an award for AYP,” said Goforth. “Many people don’t realize what an accomplishment this is.” “This is one of those moments when taxpayers can actually see where their money has been spent,” said Williams. “The best schools are your small community schools. Year after year, Big Ridge and Sharps Chapel always place a lot of students on the honor roll. I have always been an advocate for smaller schools, and I commend you for what you have done and are doing here.”

Prior to the renovation, Flatford’s office had no air conditioning and would always register 90-100 degrees, making it difficult to impossible for him to work. Sharps Chapel has new lighting that will save a great deal of money in the coming years, along with four new classrooms, gutter replacement and major roof repairs. Many of the portable buildings at Maynardville Elementary have been falling in for some time, so they were just given a push to help them along before being hauled off.

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government Plainview’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Aug. 9, after an open forum town meeting at 7 p.m. The attendance was lower than usual considering an ordinance was up for vote on second reading that could affect many of the city’s residents. Vice Mayor Richard Phillips stood in for Mayor Gary Chandler, who had school obligations. The ordinance up for discussion would affect new construction. The ordinance states that site plans would be required for all new construction as well as for communication and cell phone towers. The ordinance would also require that a certified plan for storm water drainage be prepared by a licensed engineer or landscape architect. Phillips allowed ample time for public discussion, and there was none. The ordinance passed unanimously. Police Chief David

County budget vote delayed asked that we not vote on a budget this evening,” said Williams. “They are looking at our financial standing, and they say about half of their staff is lookBy Cindy Taylor The Union County Com- ing at our revenue flow. mission met at the usual They said they will do their time and place Aug. 8, but best to get an answer to if those attending came to us tomorrow as to how we hear the budget decision, should proceed.” According to Williams, they were disappointed. Union County Mayor Mike the budget of the Union Williams made an an- County school system is nouncement early in the holding up approval from meeting. the comptroller’s office. “I am directed to ad- Apparently, the office has dress this commission and concerns and does not let them know that around want a budget approved 4 p.m. today the comptrol- until they have more time ler’s office called me and for review.

Schools spark comptroller’s concerns

Plainview passes site plan ordinance By Cindy Taylor


Tripp reported that other than a slight increase in theft, all was quiet in Plainview. A few residents aired grievances regarding property that needed to be cleaned up. Zoning official Kelly Yount said that he had been working on getting those properties moving in that direction. Phillips reminded everyone that all grievances must originate at City Hall to create a paper trail and to be handled properly. Prior to the close of the meeting, Phillips went from person to person and gave each one an opportunity to air a concern or voice a comment in public forum. It appeared that most were content with the living situation in the town of Plainview. If its people are any witness, the city of Plainview must be setting a great example of well organized government. Plainview City Council meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at City Hall.

City to call before cutting water off By Cindy Taylor The city of Maynardville was “flooded” with unhappy water customers at its August meeting. On the agenda to speak to the Board of Commissioners were Tim Williams, Frank Munsey, Mary Grigsby and John Cabage. Grigsby had been out of town, so her bill was not paid on time, and her water was disconnected. To have it reconnected she would be required to pay a fee of $50. One resident claimed he had not received his bill prior to his water being disconnected.

John Cabage, owner of Union Hardware, had been disgruntled since his water was disconnected while he was out of town. “If we had been notified that Ms. Grigsby was going to be out of the country, we would not have turned her water off. She is a good customer,” said City Manager Jack Rhyne after the meeting. “But we have to stand by policy. Council has never waived fees, and I don’t recommend it. But the people approached us, and we did listen. I got the indication at the meeting that people think we’re bad. We

Business of the week Union County Chiropractic

Licensed CTAs Scarlett Merritt and Ande Summers with Dr. Darrell Johnson in his office.

By Cindy Taylor If you have suffered an injury that has progressed into neck or back pain or your joints feel stiffer and more painful than they once did, it may be time to call Union County Chiropractic. Dr. Darrell Johnson and his highly trained staff are equipped to provide assistance to treat your pain without the use of costly, harmful or addictive drugs. Johnson has been a chiropractor for 12 years and moved his family and his practice from Canada nine years ago. The practice sees patients from 8 months old to 88 years old and older. “Other than checking development, we don’t really treat many infants and toddlers except for those with chronic ear infections,” said Johnson. “It has been well documented that there is a link between misalignments in the cervical spine and ear infections.” The majority of patients at the practice are over the age of 50, but many younger people are seen for joint problems, chronic headaches

and subacute injuries. The clinic offers passive modalities such as ultrasound, electrical therapy and physiotherapy. The clinic also offers X-rays on site as well as rehabilitation and is always accepting new patients. “We don’t use drugs,” said Johnson. “I’m not against pharmaceuticals or opposed to medication. I’m just opposed to unnecessary medication. We all have a healing ability inside of us, and if I can help someone’s

try to follow city policy and ordinances. Because of the meeting last night, we will start calling customers to give them notice before their water is cut off.” “We don’t want to cut anyone’s water off,” said Rhyne. “This is costly and time consuming for us. Calling a customer the week that we would be disconnecting their water should help.” At least one customer left feeling better than when he arrived. “When you go before the City Council you feel that you’ve already aggravated them a little bit,” said Cabage. “But I felt like they actually listened. I’m satisfied that they considered what I had to say, and we may see some changes that will be beneficial for the city. They do a lot of unrecognized good work up there. There are some changes that need

to be made and I know it will take some time.” According to Rhyne bills go out approximately on the 25th of the month. It is due on the 10th of the following month, and a penalty is applied after the 10th. The cutoff date is on the Friday before the fourth Monday of the month. It may sound complicated, but with the new phone notification system in place, customers will get the call prior to having their water disconnected. “We go out on Mondays to turn people’s water off,” said Rhyne. “We will not turn their water off on a Saturday or Sunday.” Rhyne encouraged customers to be sure their phone numbers are current so they can receive a call if they are on the disconnect list. To update your phone number, call the water department at 992-3821 as soon as possible.

The value of chiropractic treatment for children

Photo by C. Taylor

body get better naturally, I have done my job.” Johnson hopes more patients with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue or rheumatoid arthritis who haven’t had much in the way of results with other medical options will seek help from his practice. “These are often the people who haven’t had results with drug intervention,” said Johnson. “There is a large percentage of the population who do not achieve results with drug therapy and I would encourage these to seek chiropractic care. I want to help as many people in this county as I can. We are a clinic that cares about and listens to people.” Union County Chiropractic participates with all major insurance networks.

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are still collecting money from the county based on an $8 water bill. Everything has gone up, and I have it on good authority that the rates are going up again. These things are beyond our control, and we can’t generate revenue. We Williams Goforth cannot educate our children without funding.” Commissioners were Director of Schools Wayne Goforth gave their given an opportunity to budget report, and Goforth discuss the budget but apmade a plea to the commis- parently felt there was no need since a vote could not sion regarding funding. “The school system has be taken. Union County Commisnot had an increase in 17 to 19 years,” said Goforth, re- sion meets in the large courtferring to the funds that are room at 7 p.m. the second based on utility costs. “We Monday of each month.

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Volunteers Ronnie Gaines, Lauren Gaines and Bethany Mincey set up a food display for future shoppers of the Knoxville Free Food Pantry.

Union County 4-H students participated in Adopt-a-Dog at Halls Tractor Supply on Aug. 6, by providing water stations for the animals. Pictured are: Pam Boden with her dog Gibbs, Josh Gregory, Bethany Long, Joe Ryals, Heather Ragan with her dog Juno, 4-H’er Emmaline Perry, Missy Cater with her dog Josey and Lewis Evans with his dog Boo. Photos submitted

Stretching the food budget If you are like many in the Union County and surrounding communities, you have been stretching your food budget this summer. Thanks to the Grove and Knoxville Free Food Market, a new shopping experience is available to assist residents of Halls and Union County, one that has no cost to the shoppers.

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The Grove is a nondenominational church that has been meeting in the Halls Cinema building for the past year and recently moved their service to Halls Middle School. Pastor Scott Sparks and his congregation feel that serving the community is their responsibility. The Knoxville Free Food Market is a service that is close to the heart of all its volunteers, but especially to Bethany Mincey and Ronnie and Lauren Gaines. “We feel that it is our responsibility to take care of our community,” said Mincey. “There are no eligibility requirements. We do get some minimal information just so we can reach the families should there be recalls on the food. Anyone who says they need food is welcome, no questions asked.” Powell, Halls, Maynardville, Luttrell and Corryton residents are invited to come and shop, but leave your money at home. The food is set up like a very small country grocery store. Shoppers are encouraged to roam the store and choose the items they need, which will vary somewhat month to month. One thing that makes this food pantry different is that the offerings will often include fresh fruit and produce as well as sealed pastries and frozen meat. Staples will always be available each month, and much of the food is purchased from Second Harvest. Each family packs their own bag as they shop, and what the church is able to get from Second Harvest every month determines how much can be offered to each family. The mission of the Knoxville Free Food Market is to share the love of God in word and action by providing nutritional food to families in Knox County and surrounding communities. The founders of the market believe that every person should have access to food regardless of their

Amber Hult serves Cruze Farm ice cream to Marcie Shelton at the Cruze Dairy Farm booth. current economic or physical condition. “We want to empower those who come by providing a shopping type experience rather than just handing out a bag to each family,” said Mincey. “We want to serve the community and treat those we meet here with friendship and dignity. Any of us could be in the situation of needing food at any time and we want this to be a good experience for them.” Look for the sign in front of Mill Branch Business Park across from Tractor Supply on Maynardville Highway to find your way to Knoxville Free Food Market at 4625 Mill Branch Lane. Take a left inside the center then, look for

the sign on the door; or just follow the line. The market is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month. Info: 566-1265. The Grove meets each Sunday morning at Halls Middle School. Service time is 11 a.m. in the auditorium and classes are provided for children during the service.

as a question and answer session for attendees. “I want to let you know very quickly that the county budget is in great shape,” said Williams. “The school budget, however, is not. The comptroller’s office has asked us to hold the budget vote strictly because of the school budget.” Williams elaborated on the amount of money that has been saved so far during the current administration. The total came to more than $150,000. Williams spoke briefly about road work. “We do have businesses looking at our county,” said Williams. “They want to wait until the road work is finished and we hope that will be sometime this fall.” Williams said that he plans to keep the expenditures in his office transparent for the residents and taxpayers. He said that the county is also making use of inmates for cleaning up and mowing around the county. “I’m ready to get and keep things moving in Union Coun-

ty,” said Williams. “I came here to do a job and if I only have four years to do it and they want someone else, that’s fine. But I’m going to give the best I’ve got in the time frame I have.” The UCBPA meets at noon the second Tuesday of each month at Ann’s Kitchen.

Union County Youth Soccer recruiting now

Brett and Wendi Pursel saw a need for a children’s soccer league in Union County and ran with it. Twenty children have already signed up, but more are needed to form teams. The cost is only $25 per child. The league is coed and open to Kindergarten to 8th grade, with a youngest age limit of 5 years old. The league will play on Saturdays at Sharps Chapel Park at the senior center. Other leagues have already agreed to make the trip to Sharps Chapel to compete. “We need more things for the youth to do in the Chapel,” said Pursel. “We are following the AYSO guidelines and hope to become a nonprofit by next year.”

The league is also in need of coaches and supporters. For details, call Pursel at the Extension office: 992-8038.

Farmers Market says ‘Got Milk?’

The Union County Farmers Market hosted Cruze Dairy Farm on Aug. 6. The dairy provided homemade ice cream, buttermilk, butter, chocolate milk and low fat milk for sale. Shirley DeBusk brought fresh honey direct from her beehives. The usual offerings continued as well with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Many vendors sold out before 10 a.m., so come early. Aug. 13 is second Saturday, and crafters will be featured. Aug. 20 features a back-to-school celebration. Aug. 27, Leadership Union County will be holding a tea, water and bake sale to benefit the Maynardville Library, and Allen Beeler will be back as market manager with fall nursery plants. The Union County Farmers Market is made possible in part by a grant from the Union County Community Foundation. Contact Cindy Taylor at brentcindyt@

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Union County Mayor Mike Williams was the guest speaker at the August Union County Business and Professional Association meeting. Williams’ topics included highway expansion and budgets as well

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Growing home From page A-1

a tiller. Tate’s Nursery and Union County High School helped provide plants.” Some of the residents who weren’t physically able to help in the garden still brought their own touch of home to the area by making the scarecrow, which was also part of a rehab therapy project. The result is “Care Carrington,” who now overlooks the garden and keeps unwanted scavengers away. The residents were successful in growing nearly 40 tomato plants, two full rows of green beans, one row of okra, two rows

MILESTONES Adrianne Rae Jones celebrated her third birthday July 7 with a Hello Kitty party with family and friends. Parents are Brian and Jennifer Jones of Maynardville. Grandparents are Mike and Janie Martin of Maynardville and Jack and Joan Jones of Halls.

of cucumbers, eight pepper plants and one row of onions. As former gardeners themselves, residents were knowledgeable about gardening. “They may not have been able to do a lot of the physical planting,” said Mills, “but they did teach us many things we as a younger generation didn’t know.” Now, when families visit they can tour the garden with their loved ones, help prepare food by breaking beans or just sit and watch the garden grow – much like many of them used to do at their own homes.

E-911 Board to meet The Union County E-911 Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, in the conference room at the 911 Center. Info: Mason Simpson, 992-9366.

Redistricting meeting set The Union County Redistricting and Reappointment Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Maynardville Senior Center. Info: Deputy of Elections Allison Smith, 992-3471.

Big Ridge Bluegrass Festival upcoming The Big Ridge Bluegrass Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Big Ridge State Park. The event is free to the public. There will be bluegrass, gospel, old-time and country music performed by several local bands. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Info: Sarah Nicley, 992-5523.

Once upon a time there was a young guitar player from Union County whose family always called him by his proper name. He got a job playing on Lowell Blanchard’s “Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round,” his little sister Billie Rose used to ride the bus to town from Luttrell to spend the day with him. “Mommy started letting me ride the bus and I’d get off at the depot and walk to WNOX and be with Chester the rest of the day. One day, he said ‘Sing a song, Billie Rose,’ and Lowell Blanchard came downstairs and said ‘Billie Rose, was that you singing? Why don’t you sing a song in the show?’ ” So she did, and the big crowds seemed to like what they heard, which got Billie Rose to thinking. “I said ‘Chester, do you think Lowell would pay me for singing? It costs me a quarter to come down here.’ Chester and I were real close and anything he would tell me to do, I’d do it. He told me to ask, and when I did, Lowell said ‘How about $2 a song?’ I thought that was good money.” Seven years younger than her big brother, her visits to the “Merry-Go-Round” gave her the opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in country music: “Kitty Wells used to straighten my hair and put hair bows in it. The Carter sisters came to my house to eat. They loved Chester and adopted my family as theirs. They wouldn’t go to the Grand Ole Opry unless they hired Chester, too. Mommy was so proud. All of us were.” Before Chet Atkins died in 2001, Billie Rose got to thinking about the books and stories that had been written

The cover of Billie Rose Shockley’s memoir of her brother, Chet Atkins. Billie Rose will sign copies of her new book, “From the Hills of East Tennessee, As I Remember It,” at Luttrell Library, 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. The book will be available for purchase at $20 per copy.

about him. She wasn’t exactly satisfied with any of them and she started putting bits and pieces of her memories together and filing them away. “I said ‘Chester, that’s not the way I remember it.’ He said ‘Well Sweetheart, why don’t you write a book?’ I put it aside several times because I got busy with other things, and because sometimes it made me sad. “Especially at CAAS – the Chet Atkins Appreciation

Society – people would say ‘When are you going to finish that book?’ ” And now, in the 10th year since Chester Burton Atkins died, she has. Billie Rose Shockley is the proud author of “From the Hills of East Tennessee, As I Remember It,” and she’s bringing it home to Luttrell Library, 115 Park Road, for a book signing 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. The book is a memoir of a family that had more love than money and stuck together through hard times and high times, and also offers a glimpse at Knoxville’s burgeoning country music scene where so many talented Union County singers, songwriters and musicians launched long, successful careers. “From the Hills of East Tennessee, as I Remember it,” will be available for $20 per copy.

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overcame an inferiority complex and shocked the Irish. It is so much fun to recall upsets of Alabama. Louisiana Tech topped the Tide in 1997. It was homecoming at Bryant Denny Stadium. It was raining. Gowns faded, makeup ran, hairdos melted and hearts were broken. How could this terrible thing happen to our once-proud team? What would Bear think? You can believe this or not but Louisiana Tech stunned Alabama again in 1999. No kidding, a touchdown pass with two seconds to spare took out the Tide. Bewildered fans looked at each other and asked if what they saw really happened. In 2000, Southern Miss did it to Alabama 21-0. If that wasn’t bad enough, how about Central

Florida! Crimson sources say that one was ugly, disgusting and another homecoming spoiled. What’s more, the hot dogs were cold and caused indigestion. The $4 million acquisition of Nick Saban eliminated such disorderly conduct. You say no, that I have already forgotten 2007 and Louisiana-Monroe 21, Alabama 14? I remember 2007 and the really big one, David against Goliath, Appalachian State over Michigan at the big house in Ann Arbor. That scar is deep. You must know Michigan is rich and famous. The Wolverines spend more for dinner than Appy State has in its annual football budget. Never before had a nationally ranked upper division team lost to an unranked subdivision team. At home. Before all those people. Oh my. Younger fans are certain this was the biggest upset ever. Be advised that Chattanooga 14, Tennessee 6 was big enough. That one happened at Shields-Watkins Field and basically ruined my Nov. 8, 1958. The game would have made big, black headlines had the riot not taken first place. Smarty visitors, full of themselves, hopped over the restraining fence, ran onto the green and

the universe, I watched avidly. Around the table were theologians, physicists and astronomers. Stay with me here. This is a metaphor one of them used: A man decides to build a hill. He starts digging dirt and piling it up until he has a substantial little hill. Problem is, in order to do that, he has created a hole: a hole that is exactly the same size as the hill he created. The Earth is no larger or smaller than it was before; it simply has been rearranged. Make sense? Sure. However, when applied to the universe, this scientist says the theory is that there are equal amounts of visible matter (star stuff) and dark matter (negative stuff) to cancel each other out. The import of that statement is that the entire universe literally amounts to nothing. Dr. Stephen Hawking, the heir apparent to Albert Einstein in brilliance and scientific theory, says that he has concluded that it is possible — feasible, given what we now know about matter — that the universe could have popped into existence all on its own, presumably from a black hole that exploded. He therefore maintains that no Prime Mover, no Creator is necessary to the process. (He does add that he does not intend to offend persons of faith; this is a scientific conclusion rather than a theo-

logical one.) God, in theory, has been deemed prehensile: unneeded, useless, superfluous. Hawking also maintains that since everything that is came from a black hole, where there is no time, God could not have existed, since there would have been no time in which God could exist. At this point, I have two questions. Since our understanding of God is that God inhabits eternity, rather than time, why does God need time at all? And if everything that is came from a black hole, where did the black hole come from? I am reminded of a story I read as a youngster. It may be apocryphal, but it is pertinent, nonetheless. A lecturer was denying the existence of a creator, saying that all life on Earth emerged from the primordial sea. A small, quiet-spoken man near the back of the auditorium stood and asked him, “Sir, if you please, where did the primordial sea come from?” One last observation, apropos of nothing in particular, but another reflection on the wonders of space: whenever I see images of the distant reaches of stars and galaxies, I am awestruck by their resemblance to drawings I have seen of brain cells. It was Carl Sagan, another astronomer of note, who said it best: “We are all star stuff.” And that makes me happy.

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ou and I know Montana will not upset Tennessee in the friendly warmup for the football season. Of course not. No way. We have endured strange weather and total eclipse and awful losses to Chattanooga and Memphis and North Texas State but Montana is simply too far out. But, just in case, here are some upset points of comparison, starting at the beginning: In late October 1921, the humble Praying Colonels of tiny Centre College, enrollment 254 in downtown Danville, Ky., caught a train to Cambridge, Mass., to face mighty Harvard. Little lambs were being led to slaughter. Harvard, established in 1636, was a heavy force in football, Rose Bowl champ the previous January. Harvard was padding a 25-game

unbeaten streak. Centre was to be a snack before the great Ivy League showdown with Princeton. Centre won 6-0. Five years later, November 1926, another giant went down. Lowly Carnegie Tech clobbered undefeated Notre Dame 19-0. Odds had favored the Irish by 5-1. The great Knute Rockne was so confident, he skipped the game in favor of real football, Army against Navy. This really happened. The coach went to Chicago while his team was playing in Pittsburgh. The cocky Rockne said his dumb decision may have been the worst blunder in college football history. I can think of some closer home that are worthy of consideration. Incidentally, Notre Dame has had other disruptions. In 1972, Missouri, a 35-point underdog,

In the beginning, God … CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton In the beginning, God … (Genesis 1:1 KJV) God made the world in six days flat, On the seventh, He said, “I’ll rest.” So he let the thing into orbit swing, To give it a dry run test. A billion years went by, then He Took a look at the whirling blob; His spirits fell, as He shrugged, “Ah well, It was only a six-day job.” (from “Rhymes for the Irreverent,” E.Y.Harburg, 1965)


f you have been reading this space for very long, you know that I am a person of faith who is completely at peace with both science and the Bible. I love the Affirmation of Faith from the Church of Canada: “We believe in God, who has created and is creating. …” I am fascinated by space, the heavens, the Cosmos, and fully believe that God is at work there. I might have studied astronomy instead of music if it weren’t for all that pesky math. I am mathematically challenged

(my daughter Eden explains musicians this way: “We count to four; if a piece of music is in six, we count it in two.”) Even so, I love to look at pictures of stars, galaxies and the clouds of dust that are star nurseries. I enjoy descriptions of the mysteries and wonders that are going on out there in the deep darkness of space. So, when I stumbled across a television show called “Curiosity,” hosted by David Gregory, in which he moderated a discussion about the creation of


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

Fundraisers ■ Norris Religious Fellowship, 23 Dogwood Road, Norris, will have a clothing sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. The sale will support the charitable mission of the NRF Women’s Fellowship.

Men’s programs ■ Revival Vision Church, 154 Durham Drive in Maynardville, holds a men’s prayer breakfast at 7 a.m. each Wednesday. All are invited to join in praying and fasting for Union County. Info: Jim, 684-8916.

Music services ■ WMRD 94.5 FM hosts “Traditional Hymns Hour” with Kathy Chesney from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. every Sunday. Call in your requests or dedications to 7451467, and tune in to listen or sing along. ■ The Church of God at Maynardville will host special guest preacher and guitarist Wesley Crider of Georgia at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. Everyone welcome. Info: the Rev. Charles McClure Jr., 992-0620.

Women’s programs ■ Fairview Baptist Church, 7424 Fairview Road in Corryton, will host MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every third Monday for devotions, food and fellowship. Child care provided. Info: Anne, 621-9234.

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tried to tear down the goalposts. Home folk, somewhat irritated by how bad were the Volunteers, resented the intrusion as more salt rubbed into a sore place. Fights broke out. Police intervened with tear gas. Firefighters whipped out their fire hoses. The stadium and city were saved. Several people ran for their lives in the general direction of Chattanooga. Some did not escape. They were arrested for trespassing and stirring up trouble. Chattanooga survivors have fond memories. They laughed out loud and staged a 50-year celebration. They are planning another for 2058. Losing at Memphis was also bad. That was 1996. The Vols were No. 6 in the country. Memphis had lost four in a row. The lowly Tigers should have lost five. Officials blew a call. Alas, there was no video review. Tennessee has endured several other upsets, including “what is a Rutgers.” Our guy Derek has enough troubles, please don’t let the Grizzlies get us.

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Photographing birds doesn’t require braving the elements NATURE NOTES | Dr. Bob Collier


ometimes I carry my camera on birding outings, and someone will ask, “Do you photograph birds?” as if that were my main focus, so to speak. Actually, I have my camera along in hopes of firing off a lucky shot, but the target is as likely to be a bug, a dragonfly or a flower. Professional bird photographers, as well as serious amateurs, are a different sort of person from the rest of us. For one thing, there is absolutely no limit to their patience. Their endurance of the elements would make the hardiest duck hunter look like a sissy. They sit in blinds for days, perch in precarious platforms in treetops, muck through bug-infested swamps and go wherever a challenging shot might possibly happen. And their results can be spectacular. They come home with photographs of birds we mortals seldom see. They show us both parent birds at a hidden nest, feeding their open-mouthed babies. Or an owl plunging through the snow for a mouse in sub-zero weather. Or a hawk swooping down after a panic-stricken rabbit dashes for cover. I greatly admire such patience and persistence, and the results, and I’m glad such people do what they do. I once spent more than a day in a blind in south Texas waiting for a glimpse of a blue bunting, first cousin of our indigo buntings and rare as hen’s teeth

here in the U.S. I determined then that there was a long list of activities I would be doing before I ever spent eight or 10 hours, again, sitting in a small hot blind. But it helped me to appreciate the time and effort behind some of those amazing bird photos we enjoy on TV or in the outdoor magazines. But one of the joys we regular people have in keeping feeders and having birds around the yard, in addition to watching them and getting to know them, is the chance to photograph them from time to time. Photographing birds through the living room windows has many advantages over hunkering down in a hot, bug-filled hut for endless hours. Cardinals in an evergreen tree on a snowy day, a dozen bluebirds splashing together in the birdbath, a red-shouldered hawk standing on the roof of the feeder with that air about her that only comes from being the top of the food chain … you never know what will be out there next. Backyard birdwatchers who keep their cameras handy can produce some neat bird photos, too, sometimes as good as the pros. It’s not just every day that you can go to the dentist for an appointment and be treated to some outstanding bird photos. But at my latest visit a couple of weeks ago, my dentist’s chipper, always-busy, always-cheerful receptionist,

Yellow-throated warbler Lisa, was lying in wait for me with some really neat photos. While the previous customer waited patiently to pay her bill and the crew in the back waited to de-plaque my choppers, Lisa switched the office computer screen to bird mode, and we admired her latest backyard bird pictures. Lisa and husband Don live in Norris, a pleasant town whose trees and woods haven’t all been replaced with big-box malls, abandoned big-box malls and hundreds of acres of soccer fields. Various of my friends from Norris consistently report having birds in their yards, at their feeders and nesting nearby that would make many a state park proud. Two of Lisa’s Norris yard birds are seen here, a big one and a little one. The big one is really big. Large, loud and flashy, pileated woodpeckers are attention-getters. They’re always a treat to see when you’re out and about, particularly when they swoop into the scene after you’ve spent the morning straining for a glimpse of some little brown bird the size of a thimble. Pileateds are usually seen up in the trees, hammering big chips of wood

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away with their big bills. But they will sometimes be seen on the ground, excavating a rotten log. And sometimes they will resort to some acrobatics. I stood and watched a pileated woodpecker along the Cades Cove loop road late one autumn, hanging from a poison ivy vine, harvesting poison ivy berries (which happen to be a good wildlife food, by the way). Lisa caught this one doing the same thing, hanging upside down from her suet feeder. We have lots of downy and red-bellied woodpeckers at our feeders in Halls and Powell, but a pileated visitor would have one running for one’s camera. I didn’t ask Lisa how often she has to refill her feeder. Lisa’s little bird? By golly, it’s a yellow-throated warbler! These little guys are among our very first warblers to arrive in the spring. We listen for their song high up in the nearly-leafless spring treetops, excited to be hearing it.

And the Norris area is always a good place to find them. But they are notoriously difficult to see, even when they sit up there and sing. And yet, here is one inches away, pecking on the glass door. And Lisa alertly nailed him with the Nikon. This is a male bird, spring hormones out of control, trying to rid the neighborhood of that other male yellow-throated warbler he sees in the window. We’ve had robins, towhees and cardinals pecking windows for days but certainly never a wood-warbler. If there were a way to entice them to do it, I surely would. Keeping your binoculars handy to check out something interesting or different at the feeder gets to be a part of the game. But keeping the camera handy for a photo op can be very addictive also. It’s a great way to share some of your sightings with your friends. And sometime you may come up with a real zinger – maybe the cover for Audubon magazine. Keep watching.

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Union County Youth Football updated 2011 schedule Union County Youth Football has released its 2011 schedule. Home games will be played on the Union County High School football field, except the Aug. 27 game, which will be held at Horace Maynard Middle School. Game times are: ages 5-6, 4 p.m.; 7-8, 5 p.m.; 9-10, 6 p.m.; and 11-12, 7 p.m. The Sept. 17 games will start at 10 a.m. Game times are subject to change. ■ Aug 13, vs. NAGAF, away ■ Aug. 20, vs. Campbell County, away ■ Aug. 27, vs. Claxton, home ■ Sept. 3, vs. Clinton, away ■ Sept. 10, vs. S. Clinton, home ■ Sept. 17, vs. Clinton, home ■ Sept. 24, vs. Claxton, away ■ Oct. 1, vs. S. Clinton, away ■ Oct. 8, vs. Lake City, home ■ Oct. 15, vs. Scott County, home

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MES honors Chip Brown By Cindy Taylor Maynardville Elementary School staff member Chip Brown received an unexpected award during the first teacher in-service day for the 2011-2012 school year. Along with many others, Brown could be seen throughout the summer busing items and people back and forth between Maynardville and the new Paulette Elementary. But, there is more to the story than first meets the eye with Brown. “I would like to honor a special employee,” said Director of Schools Wayne Goforth at the in-service meeting. “We have one person who went above and beyond during the entire summer. He unselfishly devoted his time, and he did everything without a single dollar of additional Chip Brown stands in front of his favorite mural at Maynardville Elementary School. Brown and pay. Chip Brown is a fine his daughter Hannah painted all the murals in the renovated school. Photo by C. Taylor

example of the volunteer spirit and a positive influence in our community. We are proud to present this award to him.” In attendance were 500600 Union County Schools employees and they came to their feet with a thunderous applause when Brown was called to the stage. The award reads, “In appreciation of your hard work and dedication to the students and faculty of Maynardville Elementary School.” The award was the first of its kind given by the school. Brown and his daughter Hannah spent their entire summer at Maynardville Elementary painting murals, cleaning up both inside and outside the school, and helping the teachers move between the classrooms and to Paulette. “I was very surprised by the award,” said Brown. “I

guess they’ve never had anyone work for free before.” Brown’s smiling face will now be the first one seen upon entering Maynardville Elementary. He was an in-school teacher last year at Maynardville but requested to be moved to receptionist. He loves dealing with people and was willing to take the step down in position to be able to do something he loves. Brown has done a little bit of everything in his working life, from owning his own business to writing, and he is the brain behind “This is truly what I have wanted to do since I have been here,” said Brown. “I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up, but I’m considering brain surgery.” Go for it Chip! Contact Cindy


Three win at sheep show The state sheep show was held July 11-14 in Cookeville as part of the Tennessee State Livestock Expo. This year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the expo, and 4-H’ers have been preparing since fall 2010 for this competition. The program can be all-inclusive, from 4-H’ers who bred and birthed their own lambs to 4-H’ers who have never touched a sheep.

“The sheep project is not simply about winning animal shows,” said Union County Extension agent Shannon Perrin. “The sheep (and any animal project) teaches responsibility, leadership, kindness towards animals and sportsmanship, and instills camaraderie.” Jim Morgan wins first place in Junior Showmanship with his ewe California. Photos submitted

Cost is $300 for a four-person team, $100 for a hole sponsor. Format is four-person scramble with free range balls and a shotgun start. Prizes will be awarded for winner and runner-up, along with special contests. Lunch will be provided. Info or to register: 406-9810 or

Golf tournament to boost basketball The Union County High School and Horace Maynard Middle School basketball programs will team up Monday, Aug. 22, at Three Ridges Golf Course to host a golf tournament to benefit their programs.

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By Cindy Taylor The Union County High School girl’s soccer team began practice Aug. 8 in the sweltering heat of a late summer day. The team is coached this year by new soccer coach Lance Lay. They currently have 17 players but have room for 20. Union County will host a girls soccer tournament at the high school beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 27-28. The community is invited to come out and show their Union County High School girls soccer seniors Kendal Rouse, support for this talented Jana Jinks, Laura Smith, Lindsey McCoy and Kylie Ruiz run drills. team. Photo by C. Taylor

Anti-drug march upcoming, T-shirts available The Union County Prayer March Against Drugs is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. The march will start at Union County High School and end at Wilson Park for an evening prayer service with food and music. All are invited to participate. Official Prayer March T-shirts are available for order. The front will read “Drug Free UC Prayer March 2011,” and the back will have the Bible verse 2 Chronicles 7:14 printed. Cost is $5, and size XXL costs an additional $1.25. Place orders by Aug. 14 with Barbie Beeler, 992-5812.


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.

Ceremony to honor Horace Maynard A ceremony to dedicate a historic marker for the Hon. Horace Maynard will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 20, near the historic Maynardville Bank Building next to the Union County Courthouse. All are invited.

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