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VOL. 6, NO. 40

OCTOBER 1, 2011

INSIDE By Shannon Carey

Walking for Beth Cystic fibrosis walk raises $13,000 See page 4

School budget cuts proposed Fourteen items totaling $776,000 were presented by Director of Schools Wayne Goforth. See Cindy’s story on page 3


The newly-formed Union County Children’s Charity held its first motorcycle run Sept. 24, and they couldn’t have asked for a better day. Classic fall weather graced the ride with blue skies and cool temperatures. Union County Children’s Charity coordinates the Union County Toys for Tots program, which distributes Christmas gifts for children in need each December. Applications for the program are now available in all Union County schools and banks. The motorcycle ride began and ended at Pete’s Place in Maynardville. Riders toured Union and Anderson counties with rest stops and snacks along the way. More than 40 bikes participated, and the ride raised $1,400. Event organizers thanked all the sponsors and everyone who volunteered, including A&B Graphics, SIRT Signs, Mayor Mike Williams, Property Assessor Donna Jones, Union Discount Pharmacy, Wallace Auto Sales, George Brothers Excavating, Beach Island Marina, Pete’s Place, County Clerk Pam Ailor, First Team Realty, Court Clerk Barbara Williams, Register of Deeds Mary Beth Kitts, KCB Excavating, Clerk and Master Beulah Moore, Blu Aqua Pools, Attorney K. David Myers, Trustee Gina Buckner and Volunteer Motors.



Riding for the kids

Wendell and Kim Conner join the crowd at Pete’s Place for the Union County Children’s Charity motorcycle run to benefit the Union County Toys for Tots program. A total of 44 bikes toured Union and Anderson counties and raised $1,400 for the program. Photo by S. Carey

The letter that just won’t die Mysterious origins revealed

An Instrument of God’s peace

By Cindy Taylor The Sept. 13 County Commission meeting held to discuss the budget was spent mostly in talk about a letter that was sent home with students. The letter was emailed as an attachment to all Union County schools and listed names, not signatures, of the principals of six of those schools. The letter informed parents of the school board’s plans to make certain budget cuts should County Commission refuse to increase funding to the school system. In and of itself this seems like a good idea. The letter drew more than 800 residents and parents to the commission meeting, but it also succeeded in making most County Commissioners and Union County Mayor Mike Williams angry that school leadership took what commissioners saw as an underhanded tactic. During the meeting, Director of Schools Wayne Goforth claimed to have no knowledge of the letter. Goforth carried that response to the school board meeting that immediately followed the commission meeting, at which time school board

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member Don Morgan said that he did not believe such a letter could have been sent without Goforth knowing about it. The Union County Shopper-News has since received an anonymous fax that included a copy Goforth of the original email that was sent from the office of Supervisor of Secondary Instruction Susan Oaks. That fax is printed here as well as the original letter sent to each principal. Along with that fax was a second letter with only one name on it, also shown here. Luttrell Elementary School principal Sonja Saylor acknowledges that this letter came from her desk and was sent to Luttrell teachers to let them know about the one on its way from the central office. “I passed on info that was given to me,” said Saylor. Principals Jason Bailey, Melissa Carter, Roger Flatford, Laura LaRue, and Bryan Shoffner declined to comment. Interim principal at Horace Maynard Middle School Melanie Maples and Union County High School principal Linda Harrell were unavailable for comment. Oaks said the letter was the result of a mandatory principals meeting held Sept. 9. “Mr. Goforth called principals and central office

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business TMJ syndrome Chiropractic Outlook By Dr. Darrell Johnson, DC You may sometimes hear your chiropractor – or your dentist – talk about your TMJ. The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint. That is where your jaw bone, also called the mandible, connects to the temporal bone of the skull. Speaking, chewing, yawning and swallowing are all functions that depend on the proper function of the TMJs, one on either side of your head. Should either of those joints become inflamed, irritated or otherwise impaired in operation, the condition is called TMJ syndrome. This painful condition can create a clicking, crunching or grinding sound every time the joint moves. It also makes it hard to open and close the mouth. The problem can be brought on by factors as varied as stress, nail-biting, gum chewing or bruxism, which is teeth grinding. Chiropractic treatment in the form of an adjustment to the neck or to the jaw itself can help with the condition. A chiropractor can also recommend exercise, nutrition or lifestyle changes that can get at the root of the problem. And, of course, chiropractic treatment will not include the use of any drugs. If you have problems with any of your body’s joints, the TMJ included, visit a chiropractor for a consultation. Brought to you as a community service by Union County Chiropractic; 110 Skyline Drive, Maynardville, TN; 992-7000.

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: Oct. 24 and 25 and 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.

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. Game times are subject to change. ■ Oct. 1, vs. S. Clinton, away ■ Oct. 8, vs. Lake City, home ■ Oct. 15, vs. Scott County, home

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The American Museum of Science and Energy, located at 300 South Tulane Ave. in Oak Ridge, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Info: ■ “Notable Trees of Tennessee” photography exhibit through Sunday, Nov. 6, from the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. AMSE lobby. ■ “Noise!” traveling exhibit about sound through Saturday, Dec. 31. AMSE second level.

IGA Express By Cindy Taylor Do the math. That is the credo of smart shoppers and a slogan brothers Jeff and DeWayne Hensley take to heart. The owners of the new IGA Express have intelligently redesigned the entire food shopping experience to eliminate extra costs and bring their shoppers incredible value every day. “A typical supermarket carries about 30,000 grocery items,” said DeWayne Hensley. “Many of these don’t sell quickly and take up expensive shelf space, increasing the likelihood of spoilage.” IGA Express stocks less than 5,000 of the fastest moving grocery items, thereby eliminating the spoilage issue since the items move quickly. This also saves on rent and electricity, empowering the store to pass savings on to the customers. The store also carries its private label brand. These products are made to stringent specifications which, according to Hensley, actually exceed national brand standards, and prices are usually lower. The Hensleys also

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save on advertising, and that savings is passed along to their customers. “We can constrain our own advertising expenses because we don’t have to announce a store full of price changes every week in printed ads,” said Hensley. Since the store is owned and operated by the Hensleys, they have no out of state board of directors to answer to. The pair completely remodeled and reopened the Maynardville location last

May with the SaveA-Lot Corporation but learned quickly that the board of directors would not allow favorite everyday items such as Grainger County tomatoes, White Lily Flour or Pillsbury Biscuits. “Our father, Darrell Hensley, taught us for more than 40 years to treat folks like you want to be treated and try your best to offer customers what they ask for whenever possible,” said DeWayne Hensley. Jeff and DeWayne welcome you to visit your new Hometown Maynardville IGA Express today. A grand opening will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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TENNderCare available for children The TENNderCare program wants babies, children, teens and young adults to get the health care they need. Good health begins at birth, so it’s important to “Check In, Check Up and Check Back” with your doctor every year. The program continues to increase the rate of children receiving health care services every year. Call today to set up a TENNderCare visit with your doctor or go to the Union County

Health Department. Your health plan will help. Info: 1-866-311-4287 or www. tenndercare.

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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CUSTOM-BUILT HOME ON OVER 2 ACRES W/ALL THE CONVIENCE – 6821 Millertown Pike. Over 3000 SF, 4BR/3BA home w/gourmet kit & lots of custom features. Too many ammenities to mention. Also a guest home w/2BR/full BA, kit, LR. Detached 2-car gar. Man-made stocked lake. Truly a must see property. Very private setting. All offered at only 359,900.00

CUSTOM BUILT – Brick & vinyl w/stone accents. Approx 1600 SF. 3BR/2BA, open kit/dining/ living w/ FP. Hdwd flooring, lots of beautiful tile work. Trey ceilings, S/S appliances, 2-car att gar. A MUST SEE home. Cntry living w/all conv. Located in Timber Creek off Johnson Rd in Maynardville. Owner says sell at $159,900. Would consider trade for acreage. Contact agent for more info. VERY WELL KEPT HOME– Ready to move in cond. 3BR/1.5BA. Lrg LR, oak cabs in kit w/appl. New 16x12 snrm. 1-car att gar. All level yard w/fruit trees. Located in Maynardville on Walker Ford Rd. REDUCED! Was $119,900 now only $115,500!

Ongoing classes at the Art Center The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is located at 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Info on these ongoing classes: or 494-9854. ■ Weaving with Carol Pritcher, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Six classes for anyone interested in gaining knowledge of the loom and beginning weaving. Classes can be scheduled on an individual basis by calling Carol on Tuesdays at 494-9854. $100 members, $110 nonmembers plus a small materials fee. Beginning-intermediate. ■ Hand-Sewing Day with the Quilting Department, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Bring your hand-sewing project or help out with the group quilting project with a group of ladies which meets each Wednesday to quilt, laugh and enjoy lunch together. No need to call ahead; just bring your lunch. No cost. All levels.

Crafter’s Fall Porch Sale The Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris will host its annual Fall Porch Sale for two weeks beginning Thursday, Oct. 6. Handcrafted, local artwork will be for sale, including seconds, student work and crafts by non-juried members. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Info: or 494-9854.

Clinch River Antiques Festival The 11th annual Clinch River Antiques Festival will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in historic downtown Clinton. Info: 457-2559 or visit www.

Radio hall of fame seeks members The newly-created Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for its first group of inductees. For an application or more information, visit www.

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LOTS/ACREAGE REDUCED! RESIDENTIAL LOT ON TAZEWELL PIKE just inside Union County. 1.44 acres w/346 ft. on Tazewell Pike. All utilities avail. $29,900. $25,000. GORGEOUS LOT w/over 115' of frontage on the beautiful Holston River. Level 0.88 acre lot to build your new home. The best lot offered in River Point 2. Don’t let this one get away. $69,900. HUNTER’S RETREAT with abundance of wildlife 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 the beautiful 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 great 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.

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however, voluntarily offer to allow the board to cut $10,000 from their budget. “We are at a crossroads with our backs against the wall,� said school board member Mark DeVault. Glenn Coppock expressed concern that if the budget is cut in the wrong areas, it could affect MOE. MOE is a term that has come up repeatedly in school board and County Commission meetings. Maintenance of Effort (MOE) is a federal requirement that states that grant recipients and/or sub-recipients, such as schools, must maintain a certain level of state/local fiscal effort to be eligible for full participation in federal grant funding. Grant recipients or sub-recipients not meeting MOE requirements face loss of a portion of their federal funds. This requirement on local-

ities prohibits a reduction in their funding of their school systems from one year to the next. The statutory language basically means that local governments responsible for school funding continue to provide “an amount at least equal to the funding level provided in the previous year.� In other words, Union County Commission can provide more to the schools if they choose, but never less than last year. Ideas were tossed around for a couple of hours Monday night, and board members came back for more on Tuesday. A decision will be reached on what budget cuts to take after this newspaper’s press time during an official school board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, prior to the special called Union County Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Both are set to vote on their final budget. The school board will meet at the high school auditorium and the commission will meet at the courthouse.

home to parents Sept. 9,� said Morgan. “I was wondering how that was going.� Goforth then read from a prepared statement. “At that meeting, I was both upset and concerned about our budget,� said Goforth. “I strongly and in an extremely upset manner expressed my frustration with the situation. I charged the staff with assessing how the situation could be addressed and left the room. I agree with the staff that parents should be notified. The staff decided to compose a letter that would be sent to the principals. Which staff members actually composed the letter is immaterial. The purpose was to inform, not to inflame. Parents needed to be aware of the cuts the school board had made the previous night. Arrangements for school transpor-

tation needed to be made. I was aware the situation had been addressed. As Director of Union County Schools, whether I saw the letter or not, the responsibility rests on my shoulders. I assume the responsibility for this action, and I would like for the matter to be closed because we have important business in balancing our budget.� There was no further discussion of the letter during the meeting, and school board members say the origin of the letter is not their main concern. The concern, according to Morgan and other school board members who wished to remain anonymous is whether they can trust Goforth’s budget recommendations in light of his responses to the letter controversy.

Goforth proposes cuts By Cindy Taylor The Union County school board held a special called workshop Sept. 26 to review budget cut options. Fourteen items totaling $776,000 were presented by Director of Schools Wayne Goforth. The proposed cuts included eliminating all travel; allowing the position of Horace Maynard Middle School assistant principal to remain open; cutting coaching supplements; cutting classroom teachers, music teachers and guidance counselors; as well as cutting 13 bus days. These 13 days were in-service days and snow days when students are not at school, and many present questioned why drivers had been getting paid for those to start with. The board had many questions for both Goforth and Business Manager Glenn Coppock, along with their own ideas on how money

Board member Don Morgan had some tough questions for central office. Photo by C. Taylor

could be saved, such as decreasing or eliminating some staff in the central office. “My main goal is to keep the sports program and not stop buses,� said Goforth early in the meeting. School board member Don Morgan pointed out that the proposed budget cuts did not impact any central office staff. The special education department did,

The letter that just won’t die From page 1 supervisors to meet at (the) central office, and during that meeting suggested we get the word out to the parents about the County Commission meeting and what could happen,� said Oaks. “Another person was asked to draft a letter but did not have access to a computer at that time. That person asked me if I would write the letter on my computer. I drafted the letter as requested and sent it as an attachment with an email to all the principals. The letter was not my idea, nor was it Director Goforth’s idea. This was a unanimous decision among the principals.� According to Oaks, all central office supervisors were aware the letter was

going out, read the letter and made edits as needed. Oaks said that she and Attendance Director Roxanne Patterson took the rough draft to Goforth, who looked it over before it was sent. According to a central office staff member who wished to remain anonymous, Goforth said later that he does not recall seeing the letter prior to it being sent out and has adamantly denied the same in public. At the end of the special called workshop by the school board Sept. 26, Morgan reminded Goforth that he had made a promise regarding the letter. “Mr. Goforth, you promised you would investigate the origin of the letter sent

government Bill Landry book signing at Historical Society Bill Landry, known for his work on WBIR’s “The Heartland Series,� will sign copies of his book, “Appalachian Tales and Heartland Adventures,� at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Union County Historical Society meeting at the Union County museum on Highway 33 in Maynardville. Info: Martha Carter, 687-1021.

Veterans open house upcoming All veterans are invited to an open house sponsored by American Legion Post 212, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard and the American Legion Auxiliary from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided. This is an opportunity for veterans and family to meet each other or join these organizations. No alcohol allowed on the premises.

AARP driving class for seniors The AARP will offer a driving class for people in Union County ages 55 and older. The class needs 10 people signed up to begin. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers, and the class can yield a discount on car insurance. Info: 992-3292 or 992-0361.

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.

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Walking for Beth “In this economy I was really worried about raising funds this year,” said Janet Holloway, Walk for Beth founder and parent of the walk’s namesake, Beth Holloway. Beth passed away a few years ago due to cystic fibrosis, and her mom decided four years ago that she would start the walk to benefit the CF Foundation. Turns out that Holloway had no reason to worry. The fourth annual walk garnered fewer walkers than usual but raised more than $13,000. “They are just so close to a cure,” said Holloway. “I am so thankful for everyone who has come out and who donated. The lives of CF people are so much better than 30 years ago.” “We do six walks in East Tennessee,” said Leigh Ellington from the ETCFF. “Janet does an incredible job here and has a really special thing going. The support she gets from the community is empowering and such an encouragement to all the other walks. She sets a good example for us.” As always, a silent auction and bake sale accompanied


Leadership Union County 2011 board and graduating class members are: (front) Lisa Clapp, Sara Collins, Kay Jones, GariAnn Anesko, president Brandi Williams Davis; (back) Brenda Sweet, Melinda Wilson Sharpe, David McIntosh, Mason Simpson, Liz Chadwell, Joyce Meltabarger and Jenny Boggs. Not pictured are Bryan McAdams, Jonathan Goforth, Julia Gibbs, Cindy Taylor, Dean Hill and Debbie Perry. Photos by C. Taylor

must complete a community service project. This year’s class chose to give money to the Union County LibrarCindy ies for a matching grant in Taylor the amount of $1,000. They raised almost all of their money and the Leadership Board has agreed to provide the walk. a check for the remainder to Holloway thanked Hunter allow the class to complete Liebo, who has CF, and his their project.” “Posse” who have partici“This was a wonderpated in the walk for the past ful experience for me,” said two years and who raised class member Kay Jones. “I $3,600 for this walk. Hunter was awarded a trophy and a learned so much about Union CF blanket. A special thanks County that I never knew.” Davis said that the proalso went to Sally Ann, Beth’s gram is in transition and dog, who raised $2,600. looks for next year to be an even better experience for ■ 2011 Leadership the Class of 2012.

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Leadership Union County Class of 2011 attended their graduation at the Plainview Community Center on Sept. 24. Leadership Board president Brandi Williams Davis greeted class members, thanked each person who attended and thanked the city of Plainview for donating their center. “Thank you to the class members who participated,” said Davis. “Each year’s class

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brought daylily experts from Oake’s Farm, who had beautiful plants to sell at very reasonable prices. The Tharps brought vegetables and tried to keep everyone fed with samples of delicious homemade chocolate and butternut squash pie samples. Those were gone before 10 a.m. Other farmers continue to offer peppers, tomatoes, okra, green beans, corn and now gourds for fall. Union County High School joined the farmers with a flea market to raise money for a trip to Italy. Oct. 1 will see the market at the Heritage Festival rather than the usual location in front of the high school. Oct. 9 and 29 will feature area crafters. Market managers hope to continue the free plant exchange throughout the remainder of the season Beth’s dog, Sally Ann, leads off the walk accompanied by friend and Everything Mushrooms Bobette Smith. will participate Oct. 17. Managers also hope to provide live music for attendees to liven their Saturdays for the next few weeks.

Oct. 29 is the date to mark on your calendars. If you haven’t been to the Union County Farmers Market, that day will be your last chance this year. For now, the market is still going strong and will be right up until they close their sidewalks the last ■ Saturday in October. Sept. 24 at the market


Sunset Bay to host Chillbillies

Oct. 8 is the date for the Sunset Bay annual meeting for the election of officers and directors for the homeowners association. This year, residents have plans to spice it up with a performance by the well known Chillbillies Band, who will perform 4-8 p.m., and with visits from government and local officials. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. under the “big tent” in the parking lot. There will be vendors, speakers, guests and a short member business meeting. Home Federal Bank will provide dinner, and Commercial Bank will provide snacks. A cornhole competition is planned, and an exhibit of arts and crafts produced by Sunset Bay members will be displayed in the library and lounge areas located on the first floor in the clubhouse. Attendance is expected to total more than 300 members and their guests, so come early. The swimming pool will be open for this day, as

The Campers continue to bring new ideas to the market, like this handmade wreath. will the marina dock area. Guest speakers will include U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, state Rep. Dennis Powers, Union County Mayor Mike Williams, Union County Chamber of Commerce president Julie Graham,

Steve Walker from Home Federal Bank, Louis Kneeling from the American Red Cross and Wendi Purcel of Union County Youth Sports and Little League. Contact Cindy Taylor at brentcindyt@

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do believe this is the crossroads. A victory over Georgia would give Tennessee a chance to develop into a successful team. A loss will mean more of that “remember November” stuff. Don’t count this one just yet. Defeating Georgia is not a given. It is a possibility. This is the conference foe most likely to fall to the Volunteers in October. Give that some thought. The crossroads seems an ap-

propriate time to tell you some of what I know about football. It is a game of fundamentals, blocking, tackling, running, throwing, catching, kicking – oh yes, the kicking part is very important. So is the center snap. Getting the ball to the quarterback is one of the elementary basics, somewhere soon after being able to tie shoes and line up properly. In another world, Bob Davis passed the ball to tailbacks and fullbacks for

An instrument of God’s peace CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14:12 NRSV) Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. (St. Francis of Assisi, Italy, 13th century)


omorrow (Oct. 4) is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, and though much of Christendom does not celebrate the lives or feast days of saints, here is one we should all notice. Francis was born about 1181, in Assisi, to a prosperous textile merchant. He grew up with privilege and took an active role in the commercial, political and social life of his home town

– a small town perched high on a hillside, with winding medieval streets, and a church overlooking the vast valley floor below. It is breathtaking, even today. He fought in a war between Assisi and Perugia, was captured and imprisoned for almost two years. The suffering he saw during the war and his subsequent imprisonment caused him to consider the meaning and

an entire career without one errant snap. Robert R. Neyland expected no less. Football is a game of speed and spirit and strength and courage. Almost everybody gets knocked down. Winners rise up to fight again. Football is a game of inches, fingertips, two blades of grass between in and out of bounds, one more link of chain for a first down. Little things often make big differences. There is a prize for attention to details. Of course football is coaching, preparation, conditioning, strategy, communications, motivation. Coaching is sound judgment, critical insight, intuitive decisions or good guesses. It may or may not be quick quips or fancy pants. Oops, almost forgot the most

purpose of his life. In 1205, he saw a vision of Jesus, an experience which changed Francis’ life forever. He disowned his father, rejected his inheritance, and began serving the poor and rebuilding churches. He is perhaps best known among Protestants as the author of a prayer (partially quoted above) and the hymn “Canticle of the Sun,” which appears in our hymnals as “All Creatures of Our God and King.” He is known also as someone who truly loved and cared for “all creatures.” He famously fed the animals, and statues of the gentle saint surrounded by small animals are frequently placed in gardens. In addition to his poetry, the gentle saint left us some sound advice in various quotes attributed to him. Here are two of my favorites: “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.” “If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.” St. Francis finished his prayer (partially quoted above) this way:

important part: Coaching is recruiting. To the romantic, football is Saturdays, pigs in blankets and boiled shrimp on a tasty tailgate menu, full stadium, crisp marching band, color, pageantry, excitement and fewer commercials on the Jumbothon. To the realist, football is results. As these Volunteers approach the crossroads, you ask what is Tennessee football? Obviously, it is not what it once was. Last year, inexperience and lack of depth and shortage of talent were valid excuses. A few sideline mistakes contributed to the losing season. The weak link, the offensive line, is a year older. In my infinite wisdom, I told you in August that it might not be a year better. Offensive line play, a unified effort, is

more complicated than it appears. A pancake, two knockbacks and a whiff can result in a fractured play. Tennessee’s running attack is a myth. There is none, no matter what Buffalo said. The Vols might push around little leaguers but they can’t go against the big boys. That’s what Derek Dooley calls SEC rivals. In fact, they are not bigger, just tougher. This is not yet a well-coached team. It does have heart. Some of those orange shirts have gladiators inside. They do not always run to the correct places or lock up on hits but they do compete. That is encouraging. Maybe this week they will get more things right. This is the crossroads. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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Special services ■ The Catholic Community will begin Sunday worship services at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Millers Chapel United Methodist Church. The Catholic Community leadership is grateful for the hospitality of the Millers Chapel church. Catholic worship will continue at 8:30 a.m. every Sunday in October. All are welcome. Info: 745-1593.

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Arthur Creech (seated), Allena Sharp, Betty Sharp and Mary Rouse (all standing) celebrated September birthdays at the Sharps Chapel Senior Center.

Linda Damewood and Betty Corum celebrated September birthdays at the Luttrell Senior Center. Photos submitted

Fall fun at senior centers Union County seniors had a blast at the senior centers in September. Brad Davis of First Century Bank provided cake for the Grandparent’s Day celebration at the Maynardville Senior Center. The following senior center attendees celebrated birthdays in September: Linda Damewood, Betty

Corum, Paul Rustin, Dorothea Cox, Joan Ray, Margie Houser, Allena Sharp, Betty Sharp, Mary Rouse, Arthur Creech, Bill Corum, Ethel Johnson and Curtis Bates. There are also several events planned for October. ■ An open house and brown bag auction will be held at the Sharps Chapel Senior/Community Center

at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. Refreshments will be served, and Ronnie Irick will be the auctioneer. All Sharps Chapel seniors are encouraged to attend. ■ A chili supper and silent auction will be held at the Union County Senior Center in Maynardville 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Cost is $5 per person.

Paul Rustin, Dorothea Cox, Joan Ray and Margie Houser celebrate September birthdays at the Maynardville Senior Center.

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WHEREAS, on the 7th day of January, 2010, by deed of trust recorded in Trust Deed Book 144, page 309, in the Register's Office for Union County, Tennessee, to which deed of trust specific reference is hereby made, KYLE LEE RECTOR conveyed to Heather Quinn Bader, Trustee, the hereinafter described real property to secure the payment of the obligation and indebtedness owing by Kyle Lee Rector to the beneficiary therein named, Elbert Helton; WHEREAS, Heather Quinn Bader, the said Trustee is unable to act as Trustee, and the owner and holder of the said deed of trust and the indebtedness therein secured has appointed the undersigned, K. David Myers, as Successor Trustee, by instrument recorded in Trust Deed Book 157, page 57, in the Register’s Office for Union County, Tennessee, and to which instrument specific reference is hereby made; and WHEREAS, default has been made in the payment of said obligations and indebtedness, now past due, the entire balance of which has been declared due and payable in accordance with the terms of said deed of trust and the obligations and indebtedness therein secured, and the owner and holder of said obligation and indebtedness has directed me, the undersigned Trustee, to foreclose said deed of trust in accordance with the terms thereof and to sell the real property and its improvements all as therein described. NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me by said deed of trust , I will on the 25th day of October, 2011, offer for sale and sell the following described property, at the front door of the Union County Courthouse, 901 Main Street, Maynardville, Tennessee, at the hour of 11:30 A.M., prevailing time, at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash and in bar of and free of all equities of redemption, statutory right of redemption, homestead, dower and all other rights and exemption of every kind expressly waived in the aforesaid deed of trust and to which specific reference is hereby made, the following described real property: SITUATED in the Second (2d) Civil District of Union County, Tennessee, and being known and designated as all of Lot 8, Section 2, Bell Plantation Subdivision, as shown by map of same of record in Map Cabinet D, Slide 187, in the Register’s Office for Union County, Tennessee, to which map specific reference is hereby made for a more particular description. For reference see Deed Book “C”, Series -8-, page 165, in the Register’s Office for Union County, Tennessee. Property address: 144 Bell Lane, Luttrell, Tennessee 37779 CURRENT OWNER: Kyle Lee Rector OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: Knox Farmers Cooperative Said property will be sold by the boundary in gross and not by the acre and subject to any and all applicable easements, restrictions, reservations, and setback lines; and subject to any and all unpaid taxes, and any prior encumbrances and tax liens appearing of record; and subject to any matters which may be disclosed by an accurate survey. The title to be conveyed will be only such title which the Trustee may convey pursuant to the terms of the Deed of Trust or at law or in equity with no further representations or warranties or any nature whatsoever. Further, in the event all unpaid indebtedness and expenses evidenced by the note are paid in full prior to the date of sale, the Trustee shall have no obligation to proceed with the sale of the above described real property. In the event high bidder at the foreclosure should fail to comply with the submitted bid, the Trustee shall have the option of accepting the next highest bid in which the bidder is able to comply or re-advertise and sell at a second sale. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of sale to another day certain without further publication and in accordance with the law upon announcement of such adjournment on the day and at the time and place of sale set forth above. This notice shall be published in the Union County Shopper-News, a newspaper published in Union County, Tennessee. This sale is being made upon request of Elbert Helton, the owner and holder of the obligations and indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, due to the failure of the maker to comply with all provisions of the said deed of trust. The proceeds of the sale will be applied in accordance with the terms and provisions of the deed of trust. Notice of the Right to Foreclosure Pursuant to TCA Section 35-5-117, was given to the maker by notice dated March 14, 2011, in the time and manner as provided in the statute. This 27th day of September, 2011. K. DAVID MYERS, Successor Trustee 105 Monroe Street, P. O. Box l3 865-992-5939 Posted: September 27, 2011; Published: October 1, 8, & 22, 2011



Sharps Chapel gets new awnings

Drum Major Kayla Fee brought home a “Superior” rating. Photo by C. Taylor

Tim Sharp, Sharps Chapel principal Bryan Shoffner, Jamie Callahan, PTO president Kim Ray, PTO VP/secretary Wendi Purcel and Greg Raley Photo submitted.

By Cindy Taylor Sharps Chapel Elementary School principal Bryan Shoffner saw a need for two new awnings at the school, and he jumped right on it. The awnings, one for the bus load end of the gym and one for the entrance to the new classrooms, will help keep traffic from backing up onto Sharps Chapel Road and will enhance the beauty of the school.

Jamie Callahan, Tim Sharp and Greg Raley constructed the awnings and finished the project in record time. All three builders live in Sharps Chapel. “Jamie Callahan has an impeccable reputation for being exceedingly generous and thorough in his workmanship,” said PTO president Kim Ray. “He almost always charges very little if any labor cost and is very accommo-

dating with ideas and follow up. Tim and Greg have built houses for years locally.” Since the school didn’t have funding for the awnings, Shoffner asked the PTO to raise money for the project. “Obviously, we decided this was a good investment that served the entire school community and constituted an important element of the aesthetics of our school site,” said Ray.

Union County High School Athlete of the Week Andrew Zielinski By Cindy Taylor Andrew Zielinski is not only the male half of the twin team of Ashley and Andrew, but he is also an integral part of the Union County High School Patriots varsity football team. Zielinski plays guard for the offensive line and is the punter for the defense. Zielinski says the team is doing alright, but he feels they

need to work better together, especially on their plays. Zielinski has been instrumental in setting up field position for his team by keeping his punts inside the opponent’s 10-yard line on many occasions. “Andrew is a very dedicated and much improved player over the past few years,” said coach Danny Satterfield. “He is one of our major leaders on the line and a role model on and off the field.”

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Union County Academy welcomes new teachers By Cindy Taylor The Union County Academy welcomed two new teachers to the staff this year. Jeanette Hensley is a Special Education teacher who is new to the Union County school system, and Fritz Voss, who teaches math and science, transitioned just a few hundred yards over from Union County High School. “I work with the Special Ed students to make sure they get any modifications they need,” said Hensley. “I try to work with all the children helping them get caught up when they have to miss school. “The move has been


“I like all the positions I play but I like punting the best,” said Zielinski. “I hope to get a scholarship as a punter.”

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great,” said Voss. “The interdepartmental cooperation is huge here because it is a smaller environment. It was difficult to coordinate with someone on the other side of the building at the high school. Here, the other side of the building is across the hall. Every morning and periodically throughout the day we are back and forth collaborating on assignments.” Union County Academy handles the Alternative School, GED program, the Back on Track program, Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation. Info: 992-0805.

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Sharps Chapel ■ PTO will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the school library. Purchase Boo Grams to be delivered during the Oct. 31 Halloween parties for 50 cents Sept. 24-28.

■ The Claiborne County High School Class of 1961 will celebrate their 50-year reunion at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, by taking a tour of the old Claiborne County High School building and enjoying

■ The Shoffner family will have a reunion starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Sharps Chapel Community Center beside Sharps Chapel School. Everyone is invited. Bring a covered dish. Lunch served at 12:30 p.m.

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By Cindy Taylor The Union County High School Band brought home a rating of “Excellent” from the Marching Band Festival in Jefferson County on Sept. 24. Drum Major Kayla Fee crushed the competition by securing a “Superior” rating, the highest given. The lowest rating is a five. “I’m not that happy about the overall results of this competition, but Kayla did receive a one, and not every drum major did that,” said band director Jamie Hackney.

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