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VOL. 6, NO. 34

AUGUST 20, 2011




Counties unite!

PlanET brings mayors together

By Cindy Taylor

Cleaning up Keep Union County Beautiful leads fight against litter See page A-4

Festival time Looking forward to fall fun See Bonnie’s story on page A-6


Looking ahead Football season approaches See page A-5



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The Maynardville Senior Center was packed Aug. 11 with a “Who’s Who” from counxties and cities across the region. The Board of Mayors for PlanET, made up of mayors from Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon and Union counties, as well as city mayors from those counties, came together at the center in an effort to promote tourism and livability through PlanET. Representatives from the Metropolitan Planning Commission, Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization and city of Knoxville Community Development were on hand to speak to the group and elect a leadership team from the board. Union County Mayor Mike Williams gave a brief history of Union County and welcomed the attendees. “When I told Tim Burchett I wanted Union County to be more like Knox County, I was talking about growth and progress,” said Williams. “I was not referring to the orange and white cones and all the construction. We are a county in transition, and we are experiencing a lot of growth. We hope you can appreciate the beauty in our county once you get past the construction.” “We created this Board of Mayors as an opportunity for all of you to get together and talk to each other,” said MPC director Mark Donaldson. “This is an important step toward moving forward, sharing information and addressing issues on a regional scale.” “We are excited to be a part of this process,” said Becky Wade of Knoxville Community Development. “We know this project will be successful because we have the commitment of so many people and the leaders.” “We plan to create advisory groups and leadership teams to help set policy for this process and ground it in political reality,” said Jeff Welch, co-director of the PlanET process and executive director of Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization. “These people will help identify the dreams and aspirations of their communities, regions, cities and counties.” The five-county plan is a focused effort to create a vision for East Ten-

Knox County Mayor’s office chief of staff Dean Rice and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett share a laugh with Union County Mayor Mike Williams at the PlanET event Aug. 11. Photo by C. Taylor

‘We created this Board of Mayors as an opportunity for all of you to get together and talk to each other. This is an important step toward moving forward, sharing information and addressing issues on a regional scale.’ – MPC director Mark Donaldson nessee, making them more attractive economically, and to promote energetic, livable communities. A $4.3 million grant was awarded to the city of Knoxville, will be shared between

the five areas and has made PlanET possible. Consortium partners have pledged to match federal funds in the amount of $2,485,853, bringing the total project amount to $6.8 million.

PlanET will have three primary goals over a three year period. Year One will be to establish an identity and direction. Year Two will be to engage, educate and develop a shared sustainable vision, and Year Three will see the adoption of a regional plan for livable development and a regional implementation strategy with a focus on five demonstration communities, one in each county. The official kick-off to start the planning process will be held the morning of Sept. 16 on downtown Knoxville’s Market Square with local, state and federal officials on hand.

Sister cities bond Sewer rate agreement brings unity By Cindy Taylor Last month’s meeting of the Luttrell City Council brought residents of Plainview into Luttrell City Hall. They were there to defend their position on fair sewer rates, but Luttrell Mayor Johnny Merritt and the council had no intention of allowing bureaucracy to force a rate increase with only two proposed options. Instead, the council sent back a letter to MTAS for a third option that requested a review of the city budget and grants. The August meeting of the Luttrell City Council brought Plainview Vice Mayor Richard Phillips back


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to the assembly, but Luttrell Vice Mayor Jody Smith had good news to share regarding sewer rates. “Mayor Johnny Merritt was 100 percent right,” said Smith. “We got the answer we were looking for. The state comptroller refused to recognize our $350,000 CDBG grant as income and wanted to force a decision to raise sewer rates substantially. They have demonstrated an uncaring attitude, and we will not be forced into this.” MTAS had sent a return letter recognizing the grant as income, and the council voted to forward it to the state in the hope that the comptroller will accept the advice from MTAS. This should buy some time before a rate increase would be necessary.

“This will eventually have to be revisited,” said Smith. “But we are OK for now. Hopefully, we won’t have to take any action for the next one to two years. Our job as council is to look out for the citizens, and this is good news.” “The citizens in Plainview understand that eventually there will be a rate increase. What the citizens of Plainview don’t want is to be charged more than Luttrell,” said Phillips. “Even if it is legal, we hope Luttrell will not impose a two-tier rate system. At last month’s meeting we were told that Luttrell and Plainview will shoulder this together. Also, I’m begging you not to drag your feet too long. Let the state know you are looking at doing something. You don’t want the state to come in and take over.”

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Luttrell City Council member and Vice Mayor Jody Smith held the reins in the absence of Mayor Johnny Merritt. Photo by C. Taylor

“The council understands that,” said Smith. “At this point I believe we have an agreement with Plainview on future increases and how they will be handled. We will continue to be proactive in keeping the state from taking over and forcing rate increases.”

Mayme Taylor, chair of the Luttrell Bluegrass Festival relayed information about the event. “We are already full on our band schedule and have some well known people this year,” said Taylor. “We are also full on food vendors but are still open for crafters. We’ve added a car show this year, too.” The festival is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Luttrell Community Park, and it promises to be the best yet. Proceeds will go to the Luttrell Volunteer Fire Department. Registration deadline for vendors is Aug. 29, and info can be found on the festival website at luttrellbluegrassfestival. com. To request a registration form, contact Luttrell City Hall at 992-0870. There are still funds available from the THDA Home Grant. Residents are urged to contact City Hall for information about qualifying for the grant.

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Budget woes for school system A grim Glenn Coppock, still By Cindy Taylor looking for ways to cut the The Union County 2011-2012 school budget. school board continues to be bombarded with financial issues. At the August meeting, Michael Brady LLC was represented by David Bouldin rather than Chuck Grant. Grant was having dental work done, which was likely less painful for him than the school board meetings have been David Bouldin with Michael for the past few months. Brady Architects presents The company is still pushlingering change orders and ing for payment on some requests payment. lagging purchase orders while promoting the rejection of others. In a special called meeting Aug. 16, the school board attempted to balance the budget but were unable to With the county budget come to an agreement, according to school board chair due for a vote, the school Brian Oaks. Now, the board will appeal to Union County board continues to look Commission for help balancing the budget. for ways to cut spending, pull out of the red and “We’re asking the county for help before we start sendcome up with a balanced ing people home,” he said. budget. Business Manager Glenn Coppock presented the figures and went over in why the budget contin- bers and suggestions were increases and decreases. ues to inflate. Discussion made, none of which would Electricity plays a big part ensued among board mem- equal the amount needed

to change the color of the bottom line in a timely manner. Director of Schools Wayne Goforth talked about turning power off to the schools on weekends, and Maintenance Supervisor Mike Johnson provided information on automatic systems which would regulate energy use and save money in the future. Johnson has already been spending a great deal of time checking the schools and making sure lights are being turned off at the end of the day. Union County Schools Health Coordinator Eddie Graham spoke to the board regarding school-based clinics. “These clinics are funded completely by our medical partners at no cost whatsoever to the schools,” said Graham. “This year we are partnering with

Jennifer Allen of Urgent Care and Surgery Center with Union County School Health Coordinator Eddie Graham. Photos by C. Taylor UCSC, and they want to build a new clinic at Luttrell. This would be at their own expense. I can’t stress enough how much these clinics have helped our students and teachers get the care they need.” Graham said that because of the clinics, more than 100 children in Union County were discovered who would qualify for TennCare but were not on the plan. The Memorandum of Understanding with Urgent Care and Surgery

Center was agreed to and signed by the board. The board recessed with plans to discuss the budget further at a special called meeting. On a side note, Horace Maynard Middle School principal Josh Williams left his post as a physical principal to become a virtual one Aug. 12. After two years in his position at Horace Maynard, Williams began his stint in the world of virtual education Aug. 15, as principal and head of schools for the Tennessee Virtual Academy.

Cancer support group to meet The Union County Cancer Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. every third Thursday at Fellowship Christian Church. Info: Debbie, 659-1052.

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

Soreness not unusual after treatment Chiropractic Outlook By Dr. Darrell Johnson, DC


enerally, it’s some type of soreness that sends you to a chiropractor in the first place. Lower back pain and stiffness in the shoulder and neck are some of the common complaints that prompt a person to try chiropractic. In the long run, you’re going to feel a lot better as your regimen of chiropractic care moves on. But understand that at the beginning of chiropractic care, just as at the beginning of any exercise program, it’s not unusual to experience some soreness. Your doctor of chiropractic will begin treatment with low-intensity actions to minimize soreness. The treatment will gradually intensify as your body acclimates to the therapy. The chiropractor would follow the same escalating schedule if he or she were prescribing an exercise plan for you. As with any health care situation, it is important that you keep all your appointments, so that the escalation of treatment carries on with diminishing soreness. Talk with your chiropractor about steps you both can take to minimize any soreness that might come from treatment. Brought to you as a community service by Union County Chiropractic; 110 Skyline Drive, Maynardville, TN; 992-7000.

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Business of the week Union Pawn By Cindy Taylor With the price of gold at $1,775 per ounce and silver floating at $39 plus, is it any wonder folks are flocking to Union Pawn with their jewelry and coins to try and make a buck? Co-owners Joe Nicely and Nell Bailey opened their doors about six months ago, and business has been steadily increasing. “It’s surprising what we get in here,” said Nicely. “People bring in everything from sunglasses to stereos and large tools. We opened the business to give the people in rural communities like Union County the same options as the people in Knoxville have. We run it more like a small town friendly business. We want to work with people any way we can.” The company is a full service buy, sell or trade business as well as a pawn shop and pays top dollar

for coins, jewelry and all other items. Silver coins prior to 1964 have the largest amount of silver and have a higher value than coins from later years. Gold is measured by troy ounce and at just over 31 grams per ounce adds up fairly quickly. “We have something for everyone,” said Nicely. “We work with leadsonline. com. Everything we take in is reported to that site. That makes it very difficult for people to unload stolen items in our store and not Joe Nicely and a young Obi Wan Kenobi, on a Sony Bravia TV priced well below retail, inside Union Pawn. Photo by C. Taylor get caught.” Pawned items can be held for 30 days for a small fee. If the owner goes beyond the 30 days but does not wish to relinquish the item they can pay the fee only which gains them another 30 days. “We are a highly secure facility so people can feel confident when we are holding pawned items for them,” said Nicely. “The police being right down the street helps too.”

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Chamber welcomes author Gregory


The Union County Chamber of Commerce August meeting featured a celebrity author who has made the jump from political satire to promoting education in Tennessee. It doesn’t sound like an easy jump, but Gregory made it look simple.

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“I was approached by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce who asked if I would like to help promote postsecondary education,” said Gregory. “I have a 14year-old son, so education is close to my heart and I thought, ‘Why not?’ ” Gregory is a published author and speaker who caught the eye of “Saturday Night Live” producers in 2000. Gregory did a brief stint for SNL as a political satirist during that year. Gregory now travels to promote Complete College Tennessee, whose slogan is “Starting Counts, Finishing Pays.” Many students were given an opportunity to attend college in Tennessee once the lottery came into being. Once there, they often floundered. For years, colleges received funding based on the number of students they enrolled. Due to a new act that passed in 2010, colleges will now receive funding based on the students who graduate. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a one-year grant to communicate Tennessee’s college completion standing to business leaders, employers and government officials and media, the purpose being to champion the need for increased college completion rates in Tennessee. Speaking in reference to the act and the benefits is why Gregory now travels the state. The Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 was passed in January 2010 and will be implemented by September 2011. Its purpose is to restructure the state’s system of higher education. Info: www. or leland.gregory@tnchamber. org. Road updates were given for Highway 33 through Maynardville and bridge work in the county. Predictions are that Highway 33 will be completed by the end of September, and the bridge on Ailor Gap Road by mid-October. The Chamber banquet will be coming up in February, and plans are underway for that. The Chamber voted to allow the Union County Business and Professional Association to hire an ambassador to promote the Chamber and the UCBPA. Union County Chamber of Commerce will next meet at noon Sept. 20, at the Chamber office. ■

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Melinda Wilson Sharpe of American First Financial discusses new legislation with author and speaker Leland Gregory.

Eddie Perry, Joyce Meltabarger and Lujuanda Collins exchange business ideas at a Chamber networking event.

Mayme Taylor takes it easy in one of her handmade Adirondack chairs. Photos by C. Taylor

Crafter Sandra Bonkosky explains the relationship between emotion and color to Union County Sheriff Junior Loy.

working continue to grow in attendance. The August meeting at American First Financial welcomed Julie Graham, Kay Jones, William Von Schipmann, Joyce Meltabarger, Wayne Roach, Eddie Perry, Debbie Perry, Kitrina Mallory, Lujuanda Collins, Adam Collins and American First owner Melinda Wilson Sharpe. Other businesses represented were American Elite Realty and First Team Realty. Refreshments were served, and businesses made connections in the beautiful setting at the American First offices on Tazewell Pike. The next Business After Hours event will be held at Beverage Solutions Group in September. ■

Barn photos needed

Susan Boone and Cindy Vorce, authors of “The Barns of Union County Volume I,” are compiling Volume II. The first volume has sold about 400 copies to date. They were not able to include every barn in Volume I, and some barn owners have requested the publication of Volume II. The deadline for including your photograph is Sept. 25. The book should be ready to purchase in October. The photos can be anything from historical barns to a newer barn

with a beautiful background. Old or recent pictures can be submitted. Submit photos via mail to Union County Barns, 177 Boone Lane, Maynardville, TN 37807; via email to Unioncountybarns@aol. com; or call Susan at 2542142 or Cindy at 659-4822, and they will take the photo for you. ■

Anti-drug march set for Aug. 28

Union County Prayer March Against Drugs will be Aug. 28, with plans to meet at the high school at 2 p.m. and the march beginning at 3. The march will finish at Wilson Park for an evening prayer service. “This component is as important as the march itself,” said Jared Graves, one of the march organizers. “We are going to pray over specific areas: schools, government, police and emergency workers, area churches, the addicted and drug dealers. The food, music and testimonies will take place following that.” Steve Collett, a former drug dealer, will be attending the march. Collett is featured in the film “Appalachian Dawn” and will speak about turning his life around after he was released from prison. Collett had nowhere to go and spent his first night as a free

Chicks are coming home Sept. 7 is the Chick Chain

Malone’s Chuck Wagon was back with barbecue, ribbon-cut potatoes and the addition of fried bologna sandwiches. Yum, yum. Mayme Taylor was a first-time crafter at the market with her handmade Adirondack chairs offered at a very reasonable $90 to $115. Aug. 20 will feature 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. Many vendors are still selling out by 10 a.m., so plan to ■ Farmers Market come early. craft time The Union County FarmThe Union County ers Market is made possible Farmers Market hosted in part by a grant from the area crafters Aug. 13 along Union County Community with farmers who brought Foundation. their usual offerings of Contact Cindy Taylor at brentcindyt@ fresh fruits and vegetables. Show and Sale at the Union County Co-op, beginning at 6 p.m. Chickens that were disbursed to 4-H’ers in April will be returning stars. There will be a competition with chickens being judged in pens of six. The Grand Champion will win $50 and Reserve Champion will win $35. To qualify for the Chick Chain project, 4-H’ers paid a $30 deposit. In order to refund the deposit, the pens of chickens will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Sept. 13, 4-H’ers will be baking biscuits at the Tennessee Valley Fair and will serve them with jam to fair-goers.

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man in a Port-a-Potty in 19degree temperatures. Now, he travels the nation speaking against drug use with the hope that his story will have an impact on someone who may be suffering as he did before becoming a Christian. Collett believes there is only one thing wrong with the church today. “The problem is the churches are not living in unity with one another,” he said. “Appalachian Dawn,” the movie that helped spur Union County toward the anti-drug march, will be shown at Alder Springs Baptist Church on Sunday Aug. 21. Area Wide Crusade will be held along with the prayer march at Wilson Park from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 29 through Sept. 2.

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Randy Wolfe pulls chained tires up a hill on Dan Shumate Road. This type of litter is typical of many illegal dump sites around Union County.

Due to a letter issued by Union County Mayor Mike Williams, clean up has started on one of the burned houses in Twisted Gables. Another burned house remains vacant.

Keeping Union County beautiful The fight against litter By Cindy Taylor We have a collection of more than 450 tires, a couch, a refrigerator and a washing machine. A yard sale you ask? No. These are just a few of the items pulled out of illegal dumpsites in Union County each month with the assistance of Keep Union County Beautiful and concerned citizens. Board members of Keep Union County Beautiful, along with a few volunteers, make at least monthly forays into the wilds of Union County to pick up trash along the roads and waterways. These days, the wilds are closer to home, and the trash is becoming more

and more abundant. Often, tractors are needed to pull heavy items out of ditches, and containers are brought to the sites because there is too much trash to haul out by hand. The beauty of Union County is not only being hidden behind trash-covered bushes. Two houses in Twisted Gables subdivision have been left as eyesores for more than two years since being completely destroyed by fire. Union County Mayor Mike Williams is on the Board of KUCB, as is Sharps Chapel resident Jackie Erlbacher. Both give freely of their time many weekends to pick up and dispose of roadside trash. “At our last KUCB board meeting, Mike Williams re-

ported that he has directed County Attorney David Myers to send a notice letter followed by a second letter to the property owners of the burned houses in Twisted Gables, among others,” said Erlbacher. “If there is no response, the county highway department will be given authorization to bulldoze and clean the property, and a lien will then be placed on the property.” Union County Litter Control Officer Dennis Nicely spoke to Leadership Union County Class of 2011 regarding litter and litter control and the role he plays in keeping Union County beautiful. “It is my job to be sure we do enough to keep a yearly grant,” said Nicely. “We will be going into the schools,

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Leslie, Gabriella, Nina, Elannia and Tina Ball live in Maynardville and routinely pick up litter in their neighborhood. They are shown here after picking up trash at Big Ridge State Park. Photos submitted the Farmers Market and other places to seek volunteers and educate the community about littering. We have more garbage than I can handle with just a litter crew. Of course, our goal is to stop litter from happening. We often do pick-ups, and when we go back to where we started, there will be litter there again in less than two hours.” Nicely said that he wanted to organize pick-ups at a minimum of once a month, and there was much more than he could handle with just a crew of inmates. Many

people are not aware that any item tossed from a vehicle or sent to the roadside in any way is considered litter and a fine can be levied on the law breaker. Tennessee Litter Law allows for fines ranging from $50 for five pounds or less of trash (yes, cigarette butts fall into this category) to $2,500 plus court costs, 160 hours of public service requirements and jail time for dumping larger items. Trashed items as small as a cigarette butt or as large as a couch are often found throughout Union County.


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Nicely said that he and law enforcement in Union County plan to crack down on litter and illegal dumpsites by increasing surveillance and adding patrols in problem areas. The average American throws away 1,600 pounds of trash each year, and much of that is through illegal disposal. If people are not made aware of the problem and don’t change their way of thinking about trash disposal, Keep Union County Beautiful may have to change its name to “Let’s Make Union County Beautiful Once Again.”

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The 22nd annual WalkA-Thon and eighth annual Memorial Balloon Launch to benefit Senior Citizens Home Assistance of Union County will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Plainview City Hall and Community Center. All are welcome.

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He purchased an offensive genius and they, together, have replaced several moving parts. Do you think the young Gators fear the Volunteers? In Gainesville? Georgia, LSU, Alabama, South Carolina and Arkansas are undoubtedly counting Tennessee as a stepping stone along their path to Atlanta, big bowl games and another national championship for somebody. Surely Vanderbilt is not so cocky. Up to now, the Commodores haven’t done anything except talk. They are talking boldly. The new coach is running a fever. Kentucky is no more than even with Tennessee in talent but the Wildcats have convinced each other that their time will eventually come.

Indeed, history suggests nobody lives forever and all good things will sometime come to an end. I believe the blues believe the streak will finally expire on Nov. 26 in Lexington. It will be sad, whenever it happens, but I would not be shocked. To get six victories, the Volunteers must pick up the four obvious and whip Vandy and Kentucky. To get seven, they must upset somebody, Florida or Georgia being the best bets. Both would make eight. Tigers and Gamecocks in Knoxville are longer shots. Winning in Tuscaloosa and Fayetteville would be simply wonderful. Derek Dooley for coach of the year. Tyler Bray automatic AllAmerican. The fullback or somebody in the offensive line qualifies for the Jacobs blocking trophy. The running game gains thousands of yards. Youthful linebackers make shocking progress. A Volunteer actually flourishes as punt returner. There are no injuries, no interceptions, no fumbles – and only 11 on the field at any given time. All games are sellouts!

Parking is free! Concession prices are cut in half! Oops. Sorry about that. Got carried away. Could be heat stroke. Thank you for caring. I can see more clearly now. I believe Tennessee football is headed in the correct direction. I lack the wisdom to determine how long it will take to arrive at the necessary destination. So much really does depend on evaluations and recruiting – and luck. As for now, I think the offense will be moderately improved and a bit better balanced. I do not expect the buoyant Bray to be repressed by technical difficulties. Huddle administration? Are you kidding me, throw the football! Experience in the blocking front should add a first down or two but I do not foresee it man-handling strong defenses. Likewise, I don’t expect us to get pushed around as often. Young receivers have ability. Check back later to assess smarts. New runners Marlin Lane and Tom Smith project as plusses. Slipping Rajion Neal into the slot is intriguing. It is almost enough to

some firewood and a bundle of quilts. We found a spot in the middle of an open field. We ate our stew, let the fire burn down, then stretched out on our quilts under the starlight. No sleeping bags, no tent, no lanterns, not even a candle. We had no idea the light show the universe had planned for us. We saw shooting stars all night: long, trailing streams of light that decayed amazingly slowly, what the ancients called “the dragon stars.” We stayed awake much of that soft summer night, watching the show, oohing and aahing, afraid to blink for fear we would miss the next one. I had never before, and have never since, seen anything quite like it. It was many years later that I learned about the Perseids and realized that must have been the very meteor shower we saw that night. It happens every year in August, because

the Earth is in the phase of its journey around the sun that allows us to see the meteors emanating from the constellation Perseus in the northern sky, hence their name. It was quite late when we finally went to sleep and early morning when we awoke. The fire had burned to nothing, and we were dew-covered. But I heard my mother laugh and rolled over to look skyward. There was a circle of faces looking down at us. The farmer’s cows had come to see what was going on in their field! They stood around us in a perfect ring, sniffing us, clearly as amazed as we were. Cows are curious creatures (something else I learned much later) and they were mystified by this peculiar human behavior. It was almost as if one of them had found us and mooed the message to her friends: “Hey, Bossy, come and see what I found! Silly humans!”

I treasure that night for many reasons, not least of which is that my mother was willing to do such a whimsical thing. I also treasure the memory of the heavens ablaze with meteors, more amazing than any manmade fireworks display. I remember with great pleasure the dew, the dying embers of the fire, the curious cows, the rising sun, the smell of the wet grass. Given Einstein’s choices quoted above, I choose to live life as if everything is a miracle.

Last look before results get in the way TALES OF TENNESSEE | Marvin West This is the last crystalclear look at Tennessee football before results cloud the view. At more than one position, we are about to discover whether talent or experience is more important. If talent wins and freshmen play, a recruiting we will go! Trying to be fair, balanced and objective, what we think we see overall is a mixture of optimism and watchout caution. Seven and five would be acceptable. Eight and four would be a good season, considering how far expectations have been beaten down. Anything better would be cause for celebration, contract extension and more money spread around, with or without an athletic direc-

tor. No way to dress up six-six and pretend it is progress. Reality begins to set in when we stare at the weekby-week schedule. You don’t need me to tell you that this team, any Tennessee team worthy of orange shirts that doesn’t get lost on the Vol Walk, will defeat Montana, Cincinnati, Buffalo and Middle Tennessee State at Neyland Stadium, morning, noon or night kickoff. Well, the Bearcats most times. At least seven and maybe all eight Southeastern Conference foes undoubtedly believe they are better than Tennessee. Choose your arguments carefully. The Florida search committee found an exciting new coach almost immediately.

August miracle CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? (Psalm 8: 3-4 NRSV) There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. (Albert Einstein) Every year, around this time, I tell this story to someone, with little or no provocation. This year it is your turn. I was a young teenager, my brother three years older, my mother a young widow. One August afternoon, we

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Festival time! It’s festival time again around here. Two weeks ago I participated in the 19th Grainger County Tomato Festival. Even though the heat was staggering, people poured in from New York, South Carolina, Virginia and beyond. It was suggested that perhaps 20,000 people were in attendance. Thankfully, I was inside at the elementary school. Books and weather do not mix. Rain and humidity are equally damaging to paper. Many of the folk had questions for me, and I’m still working through my notes to try to get answers. Could someone help me by locating the grave site of Myrtle Beeler Glenn? Myrtle was the daughter of LaFayette and Ellen Hunter Beeler and sister to Bruce and Alonzo “Lonnie” Beeler. All have died. David Scott of Greeneville, S.C., wants to visit her grave if he can learn where she is buried. Myrtle was a good

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friend of David’s mother, the late Juanita Cooke Scott; and they were neighbors before the Scott family moved to South Carolina. Grainger County tomatoes were always at the forefront of conversation at the festival, so I learned that the prices are higher this year. The weather has taken its toll on the crops. My friend Typhena Turner Foster had me looking for tomato preserves; but I’m having to disappoint her. I found none – not even at Ritter’s or Longmire’s. Everybody told me the preserves are too labor intensive to be able to sell them for a profit at the festival. If anyone knows where tomato preserves can be pur-

Free GED offered The Union County Adult Education Program is enrolling students for the free GED testing program now. All testing is free, and the staff will help get candidates ready for the test. Classes are currently underway. Call the Adult Education Center or stop by between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Upcoming GED test dates are: Sept. 19 and 21, Oct. 24 and 25, Dec. 12 and 13. All tests begin at 3:30 p.m. Bring photo ID and a document showing Social Security number. Info: 992-0805.

chased, please let me know, and I’ll tell Typhena. On Saturday about 11 a.m., the No Name Band that plays at Hardee’s on Tazewell Pike showed up unannounced and started playing. They said whoever shows up plays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. every Saturday morning. The players switched out every so often when someone they knew who could play an instrument showed up. The icing on the cake was a young girl who showed up and offered to play violin. I think it was our own fiddler, Davis Raley, who let her borrow his fiddle. I’m thinking the older musicians thought they could call her bluff by calling out “Orange Blossom Special.” What a surprise! Not only could she play this fast tune, the faster the guitars were played the faster she fiddled. Whatever the contest, she won! The four colors of her hair – done especially for the festival I’m sure – were equally memorable. The Union County Heritage Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, so be sure to mark your calendar. The Fall Homecoming at Museum of Appalachia will be held Oct. 7 - 9. Bonnie Peters is the Union County Historian and the author of many books. Contact Bonnie at or 687-3842.

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Retired teachers meet Union County Retired Teachers met at Ann’s Kitchen for their July meeting. Wanda Cox Byerley welcomed all who attended. She said she is excited about being the group’s president this year. Attending the meeting were Ginger Ailor, Bon-

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nie Thomas, Darrell Malone, Barbara Holz, Aileena Sharp, Wayne Sharp, Wanda Cox-Byerley, Freda Beeler, Frances and Jim Deaton, Pam Hampton and Gloria Stansberry. Six teachers retired from Union County schools this year, and the group is look-

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Daniel’s behavior this week has been atrocious. I don’t know if it’s boredom from summer break or just a phase. He’s been actively uncooperab tive,, disobedient and willful.

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The 2011 Union County High School golf team members are: (front) sophomores Deavin Ayers and Justin Johnson; junior Ryan Burkhart; freshmen Jake Savage, Chasity Henderlight, Drew Fugate; (back) coach Gary Chandler, senior Christian Chandler, sophomore Cody Blake Dykes and assistant coach Jeff Collins. Photo by C. Taylor

Golf Patriots midway through season By Cindy Taylor The Union County High School Patriots golf team held practice Aug. 15 at Three Ridges Golf Course. It was a beautiful day with a feeling of fall, but the team was focused on their game rather than the weather. With only two returning players from last year, the team faces a season of rebuilding.

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The Patriots are led by three time All-District player Christian Chandler. “Christian is playing well right now,” said coach Gary Chandler. “He needs to be playing great at tournament time if he hopes to advance to regional and state.” Ryan Burkhart is the only other Patriot golfer with high school match experience.


Keep Union County Beautiful will hold a litter pick-up 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, along Main Street in Maynardville from Union County Courthouse to Union County High School. Volunteers are needed. Bring work gloves and meet at the courthouse. Bags, grabbers and orange vests will be provided. Info: Dennis Nicley, 804-9745.

Motorcycle ride to boost Toys for Tots A motorcycle ride to benefit the Union County Children’s Charity Christmas program, Toys for Tots, will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, with registration at 11 a.m. and the ride departing at 1 p.m. from Pete’s Place on Highway 33. Cost is $15 per bike, $5 extra with passenger. Registration includes one free T-shirt. Additional shirts are $10. There will be door prizes, great food specials and music by Rufkut. Info: Carolyn at 992-8021 or Carolyn@; Kathy at 992-5260 or

Saddle Up for St. Jude The annual Saddle Up for St. Jude horseback ride is set for 2 p.m. Satuday, Sept. 10, at JFG Coffee Farm in Maynardville. The 10-mile trail ride with beautiful trails and views

Horace Maynard ■ The school is raising funds by offering discount cards for Subway in Maynardville and Papa John’s in Halls. Cards are $10 and can be purchased from students or at the school office. Every card has multiple buy one, get one free stickers on the back.

will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s fight against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Sign-up forms are available at Union County Animal Hospital, 596 John Deere Drive, Maynardville. Info or to make a donation: Dr. Jared Graves, 992-7181.

Anti-drug march upcoming 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.

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

Freshman Chasity Henderlight is the first female to play golf for the Patriots in a number of years. “Chasity is a player who should improve quickly because she puts in the practice time,” said Chandler. “Jake Savage works hard and will be a good player for us over the next four years.”

The team kicked off the season with an away match July 25 and is at the midway point of the season. They have only two more home matches at Three Ridges: Aug. 23 and Sept. 2, both at 4:30 p.m. With the district and regional tournaments less than a month away, team members will be working hard to be at the top of their game.

Ridges Golf Course to host a golf tournament to benefit their programs. 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: 4069810 or


Union County Youth Football 2011 schedule Union County Youth Football will play home games at Union County High School unless otherwise noted. 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. Sept. 17 games will start at 10 a.m. Game times are subject to change. ■ Aug. 20, vs. Campbell County, away ■ Aug. 27, vs. Claxton, at Horace Maynard Middle School ■ Sept. 3, vs. Clinton, away ■ Sept. 10, vs. S. Clinton, at Horace Maynard Middle School ■ 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

■ Horace Maynard High School class of 1971 will have a reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Maynardville Senior Center, 296 Main St. Info: Donna B. Jones, 702-2998 or ucar1@




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Then, he’ll hang his head a bit and say, “Alright, Mommy.” But, this week these exchanges have mostly ended with me carrying Daniel under my arm to the time out corner. So, does it work? I figure as long as he doesn’t like time out and the threat of it can effect a change of behavior, it’s working. Will it work forever? That remains to be seen. But, you’ve got to hand it to kids Daniel’s age. It takes guts, or maybe foolhardiness if there’s a difference, to stand up to someone several feet taller and an undisclosed number of pounds heavier than you. The other night, Daniel was pitching a fit over getting in the bath. From the kitchen, I overheard his dad say, “You know I can just pick you up and put you in the bath, right?” Daniel replied, “No, you can’t!” Oh, yes he could. However, I couldn’t help but indulge in a guilty little smile at my son’s determination. Parents, back me up here. Sometimes, even when they’re acting awfully and you’re trying to be stern, the kiddos will come out with something that makes you bite your lips to keep from laughing, something that makes you forget for a moment that you were mad in the first place. That must be what keeps us from selling them to the circus.

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