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IN THIS ISSUE Wrestlers show their soft side There’s a long, strong connection among the wrestling programs of Union County High School, Halls High and Gibbs High. Give credit to Chris Vandergriff, longtime Halls coach, who mentored youth wrestlers and even coaches for area programs.

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Read Sandra Clark on page 2

Down goes Gibbs Hall Down goes Gibbs Hall, well, soon. The old athletic dorm and Stokely Center will be mere memories as Tennessee clears the way for progress – parking garage, new dorm and three practice fields for football. This dorm was built in ’64 and named in a knee-jerk reaction to the death of assistant basketball coach Bill Gibbs, 35.

Read Marvin West on page 5

Winter birding January and February can be gloomy, cold and damp. Up in Vermont they call this time of year “stick season.” Aptly named – just look at the hillsides of bare limbs and twigs – all you see are sticks. This is prime season for watching our familiar yardbird friends come and go at our bird feeders, especially if we’ve planned ahead and can see the feeder from the comfort of a living room chair or the kitchen table.

Read Dr. Bob Collier on page 4

Levi arrives at Morgan Farm There’s a beautiful new addition to the menagerie at the Morgan Family Farm in Sharps Chapel. Mary Morgan, now 17 and a high school junior at her family’s homeschool, has welcomed her second puppy to raise for Leader Dogs for the Blind, an agency in Michigan that trains service dogs for the visually impaired.

Read Libby Morgan on page 6

Small farm strategies The production of fruits and vegetables on small acreage has been increasing over the past few years. While a lot of information is out there, research and production information is constantly being updated and changed. ➤ Read Shannon Perrin on 7

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Mary and Jim Johnson get around. They’ve left their previous home in Ohio for full speed ahead in discovering all the wonders of life around them in their new home in Sharps Chapel. Jim is decompressing from a lifelong career as an engineer that ended just a couple of weeks ago. “It’s different,” he says of retirement, “and I’m getting used to it.” Mary’s been in the hills of East Tennessee permanently for a few months, and the two have spent a lot of time here since 2011. Mary writes a blog about their adventures, and every post is fun and informative. “Sharps Chapel Living” is full of humor, the natural world, their experiences in such places as downtown Knoxville’s First Friday and Sand Cave in Virginia. “We never know where we will make our next discovery,” says Mary. “We just follow our interests. “And I write for myself. It’s a bonus to know other people enjoy my blog, and it’s fun to share the local sights with fresh eyes.” She includes photos, videos, directions and even maps. Subjects are organized under trip distance, local history, plants, animals, advice and dozens more categories. Her skill in creating this attractive and well organized website is

Mary and Jim Johnson on their front porch with a great view of the rolling hills in Sharps Chapel. Photo by Libby Morgan

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King, Johnson are Officers of Year Patrol Sgt. Tim King and deputy Philip King have been recognized for exemplary service by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and were named DUI and Officer of the Year for Union County. Johnson was nominated for his efforts in counter-DUI enforcement in 2013. He led the Sheriff’s DUI enforcement team in the number of hours worked and DUI arrests, and it was noted that only one of his DUI arrests did not culminate in a conviction. Administrative Sgt. Mike Butcher says, “Deputy Philip King was also recognized for his hard work and dedication to making our community a safer place. Deputy King works as a school resource officer at the Union County High School and also as a K-9 patrol officer. He was nominated due to his efforts in making Union County safer by his work with his K-9 partner, Marco. “King and Marco are often called for service after their normal shift is over for K-9 tracking or searching and he always responds when needed. The team has made tremendous advancement this Deputy Phillip King and Marco year in training and obtaining Photo by Libby Morgan certifications and will stand ready to serve Union County. Congratulations to Deputy King and K-9 “Each and every correction ofMarco for receiving the officer of ficer, patrol officer, court officer, the year award.” dispatcher, detective, cafeteria Sheriff Earl Loy Jr. sends his staff, reserve officer and administhanks to every employee of the trative personnel deserves recogsheriff’s office for their service to nition for their service to the citithe department. zens of Union County,” said Loy.

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By Sandra Clark Two of the county’s most visible leaders are sometimes at odds, but on this they both agree. It’s time for Union County to advance. Mayor Mike Williams said, “The county must get aggressive to (improve things and) make people proud of what we have.” He cited enhancements at Wilson Park as priorities for 2014 saying a skate park and a splash pad there would give parents and grandparents another way to enjoy leisure time with their kids. Williams also mentioned capital improvement at schools as a result of cooperation between the school district and the county’s new finance department. He hopes the commission can fund a paving project at Luttrell Elementary School and repairs to the parking lots and driveway at Maynardville Elementary. “We’ve managed well and that should allow us to build some things,” he said. He was non-committal on whether he will seek re-election in 2014, saying he would cross that bridge when he got to it. The qualifying deadline is in early April. Meanwhile, Chamber of

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Commerce president Julie Graham is excited about the city of Maynardville implementing a plan developed by the Community Design Center, and also the town’s greenway connection potential. “Citizen panels are meeting on both,” she said. The Chamber will continue its push for enhanced broadband infrastructure and health council mobilization. “We need renewed relationships and improved communication with regional leaders in education, health, environment, transportation, tourism, and economic and workforce development,” she said. “The Chamber will review the strategic work plan for 2013 and its accomplishments. The 2014 work plan will be approved at the Chamber board meeting in February.”

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Wrestlers show soft side at surprise birthday party There’s a long, strong connection among the wrestling programs of Union County High School, Halls High and Gibbs High. Give credit to Chris Vandergriff, longtime Halls coach, who mentored youth wrestlers and even coaches for area programs. Benny Gray, for instance, worked with the UCHS program for years. On Dec. 30, wrestling families from Gibbs and Halls joined at the Halls High gym for a birthday party and celebration honoring Tammy Stooksbury Sparks and little Syler Sayne. “We’re here to celebrate the life of a special person at a special moment,” said Gibbs High head coach Tim Pittman. “Our thanks go to Tammy and the blessing she’s brought to us.” Almost everyone in the gym wore a “Team Tammy” T-shirt with the slogan “Take Down Breast Cancer.” Pittman handed Sparks $1,100, a gift from her

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friends. Tammy, a team mom for Gibbs’ wrestling, has been battling cancer since May. She’s had a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. She’s set to start radiation soon. Her mom, Gale Stooksbury, said her prognosis is good but the treatment process has been “a long, long haul.” Tammy’s son, Christian McNeal, is a senior wrestler in the 170-pound weight class at Gibbs High. Tammy’s daughter Brianna McNeal attends Gibbs High as well, and daughter Brooklyn Sparks is a student at Adrian Burnett Elementary. “We are a wrestling family,” said Gale Stooksbury.

She and husband Terry had two sons, Tammy’s brothers Justin and Chris, who wrestled for Halls High. A teammate was Shannon Sayne, now the head coach at Halls. Friend Lisa Jackson organized the event with a lot of help. Lisa said 102 shirts were printed. It was a surprise for Tammy Sparks and her husband, Tony. They arrived at 6:30 after everyone was set up. A semicircle line extended from one side of the gym to midcourt. Both Pittman and Sayne brought their teams into the lineup and younger kids ran around, tossing footballs and shooting baskets. “This shows a softer side of your wrestlers,” we said to Pittman. “Yes, that may be our problem,” he joked. “There are worse things,” said Gale Satterfield. Tony Sparks said: “We pulled up in the parking lot and she recognized cars

Tammy Sparks (at right) enters the Halls High gym for a surprise birthday party. At left are her daughters, Brianna and Brooklyn.

that she thought did not belong (at a wrestling practice). ‘Maybe they are just giving me a birthday party,’ she joked.” Sure enough, they were. It was a family night. Cody Humphrey was there. I remember when his friends brought cake for Cody’s birthday (was it 18?) following a wrestling match. Now he’s back as the

assistant coach at Halls. His sister, Stephanie Humphrey Sayne, is married to Shannon and is the mother of Syler, who turned two on Dec. 30. So it was a double birthday party with two cakes and a huge family of all ages. It was the wrestling family of Halls and Gibbs. To steal a phrase, “there are worse things.”

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Children’s Charities gets new name Carol Pratt reports that Union County Children’s Charities, coordinated by Gina Buckner and hundreds of volunteers, has put the surplus toys in storage and closed the North Pole workshop until next year. Pratt and Buckner want to thank everyone for their support this year, and to announce a new name for the project: “Under The Tree.” Pratt says: “We had people all the way from Nashville supporting their hometown. We have churches already supporting us for next year by providing socks, underclothes and a Catholic School in Illinois collecting coloring books and crayons. If any other churches or organizations would like to get on board for the “2014 Under the Tree Campaign”

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we welcome any help since this totally a volunteer-run charity. Contact Buckner at 992-5943. “We are very blessed by such a generous community. Many thanks from the Carol Pratt and Gina Buckner UCCC Under the Tree.” ■

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The Holidays on Ice skating rink on Knoxville’s Market Square will mark its final day Sunday, Jan. 5. It’s fun, so hurry. At the Laurel Theatre, you will find the Knoxville Square

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Dance group’s first event of the New Year at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. Enjoy the dance with caller Michael Ismerio and live old-time music from the Hellgrammites. Come as you are, no experience or special equipment required. No taps. Admission is $7 at the door with a discount to $5 for members of the Jubilee Center and students. ■

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nated funds to create the media center at Horace Maynard Middle School, is hosting a grand opening Saturday, Jan. 4, at 10:30 a.m. at HMMS. According to Chip Brown, Brasfield will announce the creation of a 501 (c) (3) so that additional funds may be donated to the project. The media center was created in memory of Shirley Collins. Invited are directors of schools from other counties. Brasfield hopes to spread the movement to other schools in Union County and even to adjoining districts.

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Tracey Orick, administrative assistant for the District Attorney’s Office, is the winner for the largest dollar increase this year in donations to the Tennessee Employees Charitable Campaign. The announcement came last week from the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference. This campaign allows state employees to choose a charity or charities from a number of worthy organizations and make either a one-time donation from their January paycheck or make a pledge for a certain

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UC Arts to host dulcimer players Mountain dulcimer player and singer Sarah Morgan will perform with renowned hammered dulcimer player Dan Landrum in an intimate informal concert at Union County Arts in Maynardville. This is the art center’s first “house concert” that is planned for the upstairs gallery with room for about 30 people. Landrum’s hammered dulcimer playing has taken him from street performing in Chattanooga to Olympic ceremonies, presidential inaugurations, and onto major stages in hundreds of cities from the Hollywood Bowl to Madison Square Garden. He’s often a featured soloist with international recording star, Yanni. He also publishes a quarterly magazine, Dulcimer Players News, according to an online bio. Morgan, a Sharps Chapel resident, is the 2012 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion, having won the honor at age 18. She has also won multiple titles including Mid-Eastern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Champion, Kentucky State Champion and Southern Regional Champion. This month, Morgan will instruct at Dulcimer U, a winter workshop at Western Carolina University, and will be performing concerts in Asheville and Johnson City. Her concert with Landrum at Union County Arts will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling her at 865278-3975.

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government Winter birding January and February can be gloomy, cold and damp. Up in Vermont they call this time of year “stick season.� Aptly named – just look at the hillsides of bare limbs and twigs – all you see are sticks.

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This is prime season for watching our familiar yardbird friends come and go at our bird feeders, especially if we’ve planned ahead and can see the feeder from the comfort of a living room chair or the kitchen table. So why in the world would someone even consider going out on a cold damp morning into a world of sticks and stems to look

at birds, especially since there’s nothing out there but a few cardinals and chickadees, and a bunch of little brown sparrows that all look alike, and are nearly impossible to see anyway? Well, now, that’s a good question, but it has some good answers (or I wouldn’t have asked it in the first place). For one thing, just getting outside in the winter, birds or no birds, is something everyone should try. Not so very long ago, it was a necessity to be out in the winter, to bring in the firewood and feed the stock, or go squirrel hunting for meat for the table. Nowadays we can generally get by simply by going from warm house to warm car and back, then hunkering down and waiting for spring. But once you’ve been out and about in the winter and found that you can survive, and even be comfortable, it tends to grow on you. You will discover that all those

4 • JANUARY 4, 2014 • UNION COUNTY Shopper news trees and bushes and grassy fields that were there in the summer are still out there – they just look different. Even though they’re bare and brown, they are full of bird food. All those weeds and flowers have produced zillions of seeds, and the sumacs and grapes and poison ivy vines still have dried fruits and berries. And on most days throughout the winter, lots of tiny, tasty insects are out and about on all that vegetation. This adds up to a lot of food for the scores of species of birds that choose to winter here with us. They’re all busy making a living, foraging all through the short winter days, often too busy to pay much attention to a nearby, nosy birdwatcher. They’re generally easier to see and observe without all those millions of pesky leaves all over the trees and bushes, and you can often have time to really watch some of the harder ones, like the sparrows, and really get to know them. We know there are a lot of them out there – Christmas counts around here can run into the 80s or more of a species on a single day. Once you’re in a good place, you’ll be amazed at the

numbers of species and individual birds that you can enjoy seeing. We have no end of good winter birding opportunities in these parts. Close at hand, think of Tommy Schumpert Park and Halls Community Park. With no baseball or soccer at this time of the year, these parks are usually peaceful, quiet, birdy places. Having nearby streams, good open field, brushy, and forest-edge bird habitats, plus nice walking terrain and even paved walking paths, they make winter birding easy and fun. We spent a couple of hours at Schumpert Park on the morning of Dec. 19 and came up with 25 species of birds, including four species of sparrows and a surprise flyover by three sandhill cranes. Nice, easy, pleasant birding. In the winter, any place with water seems to offer a higher concentration of bird life. Even as small an area as the duck pond in Fountain City often comes up with a surprise wild duck or gull. Places a little farther out such as Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery on the Clinch River in Clinton, the Songbird Trail along the river below Norris Dam and the Norris State Park above the dam,

Cove Lake State Park at Caryville, and Fort Loudon Dam and the lake above it up through Knoxville, all offer the promise of the usual as well as unexpected water- and shore-type birds all winter. With a little more time, some of the more dedicated (compulsive? weird?) of us birders enjoy trying for winter wonders a bit farther afield, looking for birds that wouldn’t ordinarily be expected to be here. For example, in the week of Dec. 15, word got around that a couple of short-eared owls had been seen hunting for prey over the tall-grass meadows of Cade’s Cove. Short-eared owls nest in northern Canada and the Northwest, and in winter down through the middle of the U.S. and even into west Tennessee, but would be a real treat for us East Tennesseans to get to see. And so on Friday afternoon of the 20th of December, in the midst of a remarkable warm spell, three of us set out for the Cove. The hills and fields were lovely, and traffic nearly nonexistent. We set up our birding scopes on a grassy elevation along Hyatt Lane. Sure enough, as dusk approached around 4 p.m., there they were, fly-

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Down goes Gibbs Hall Down goes Gibbs Hall, well, soon. The old athletic dorm and Stokely Center will be mere memories as Tennessee clears the way for progress – parking garage, new dorm and three practice fields for football. This dorm was built in ’64 and named in a kneejerk reaction to the death of assistant basketball coach Bill Gibbs, 35. He was lost on the morning of Feb. 3 that year, when a commuter plane crashed on takeoff in Gainesville, Fla. An entire generation may not have known or cared about Bill Gibbs. I did. That was one of the worst days in 60 years of newspaper life. The basketball Vols were in Florida for a Monday night game. Gibbs was the advance scout who had charted the Gators on

same questions. This was another time in the news business. It was important to be first but Marvin more important to be accuWest rate. Of course I wrote the story but the combination of personal hurt and professional frustration made for Saturday. He gave his re- a bad-hair day. port to Ray Mears and the Gibbs Hall became a foteam at the Sunday walk- cal point in my many years through. The next day he of covering the Volunteers. would be moving on to see Access to athletes was far a future foe. more open then and I conWhen I heard about the ducted almost daily intercrash, I read tea leaves. views in the dorm lobby, Bill wasn’t at the hotel so after practice and after dinhe almost certainly was ner, without Haywood Haron the flight. I hurried to ris or Bud Ford arranging or the airport. There were monitoring conversations. no survivors. I got around Steve Kiner and I once enough police tape to see talked for two hours in his the wreckage from a dis- room – about life, obligatance but couldn’t confirm tions, responsibilities, exanything with authorities, pectations. The linebacker no matter how I asked the was struggling. I was a

The Written Word Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. (2 John 12 NRSV) See? This is a problem. What the author of 2 John may have said to the community of faith we will never know, because it was said and not written. If it had been written, we would likely have it recorded in Scripture. In much the same way, I have an issue with e-mails. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate e-mail as much as the next person. It is quick and efficient and quite handy. However, there are advantages to getting a letter in the mail. Let me explain. We have, in the family archives, several letters my grandfather wrote to the

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young lady he would eventually marry – my grandmother Belle. She was well and truly named; Papa claimed forever that she was the prettiest girl who ever came out of Union County. His letters to her were elegant, humble, and very proper: in them, he called her “Miss Petree.” (It was

a different time: as long as she lived, when she spoke of him to friends and neighbors, she referred to him as “Mr. Dunn.”) I also have one letter written to Belle by one of her 10 brothers. It was a letter of admiration and appreciation. I have considered giving it to one of his direct descendants, but so far, have (selfishly) kept it. Mother still has all of the correspondence she exchanged with Daddy before they were married. She was working at Miller’s Department Store and he was in school at Lincoln Memorial University. Those letters are filed, in order, in a cedar keepsake box. I have not read them, considering them private and personal. When my brother was

young husband and father and Sunday school teacher. I thought I had all the answers. It was an unforgettable experience. We remain friends. Kiner and Gibbs Hall – he was guardian of an adopted stray dog named Rabies. I believe it slept under his bed. He and other Vols smuggled in meat scraps. Maids and janitors didn’t notice. Kiner and Gibbs Hall – he once walloped basketball giant Rupert Breedlove over a table dispute in the dining room and had to skip a few meals as punishment. Tim Townes, very small freshman safety, was misidentified in the dining room by assistant coach Bob Davis: “Son, this is the football section. Wrestlers sit over there.” Gus Manning persuaded Tom T. Hall and part of his band to stop one evening as

cultural enrichment for the Volunteers. That was the first time I heard “Watermelon Wine.” Joe Louis came to see and be seen. I tried but the former heavyweight boxing champion didn’t say much. Bernard King lives on in Gibbs memories. Greg Phillips was second-team football but first in electrical engineering. He was studying late when loud music interrupted concentration. He took a walk, found the sound and asked the basketball star to turn it down. King said OK. Greg went back to books, heard more music and made another trip. Sorry about that. And there was peace and relative quiet. Phillips seemed more determined on the third trip. When Bernard opened the door, Greg picked him up and dumped him onto the stereo. It broke. It is good for all of us that King didn’t.

Police, now and then, visited Gibbs Hall. Eventually doors were locked. That didn’t prevent the occasional girl incident. The dorm was a focal point as recently as January 2010, after the sudden departure of a famous football coach. From a second floor window, somebody screamed, “Go to hell, Lane Kiffin.” John Ward delivered the most famous dorm mention, Vol Network, 1967, from the campus of Mississippi State. One fine guard hit free throws with seven seconds left in the third overtime to clinch the SEC championship. The big trophy belonged to the Volunteers. Ward said: “Wrap it up, tie it in orange and white, and send it to Bill Justus, care of Gibbs Hall, Knoxville, Tennessee!”

born (not long before the end of World War II), Daddy sent telegrams to relatives announcing the birth. At least one of those documents was sent back to Daddy and Mother as a keepsake. It gave Warren’s name, date of birth, birth weight, then remarked, “Mother and son are fine; father’s condition questionable.” That telegram is still in the family archives. When I was born three years later, Daddy made long distance phone calls. It was the new technology, very up-to-date. However, I have always felt a little cheated, because I didn’t have a telegram I could hold in my hand. I don’t know what Daddy said in those phone calls, and I would love to know! We also have all of the war correspondence from Daddy’s younger brother, who fought in the South Pa-

cific, and who was in a foxhole on Okinawa when he learned of Warren’s birth. All of these are documents of a different time, of a different world. They are, however, historical documents, even if they are a family history and not of great importance to anyone else. They are a little chunk of our story, and that is, after all, what history is all about: story – yours, mine, ours, our country’s, our world’s, our universe’s story. I encourage you to find out your story, your history. Ask your parents and your grandparents to tell you their stories. Check out old family Bibles; look at the pages between the Old and New Testaments; frequently there are pages there on which to record births, marriages, and deaths. Go to the McClung Historical Collection, 601 Gay Street.

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Julia Bowers (at right) of Claiborne County taught a pattern making class at the Luttrell Library. Patrons including Bridget Matthews, Dorothy Smith and Teresa Purkey learned how to measure the body correctly to make a skirt pattern that can be modified to suit your style.

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Great December at Luttrell Library Several dedicated volunteers along with the staff at the library created a Dr. Seuss book theme float for the Luttrell Parade. Alexia Fitzpatrick, 3, was the cute Cindy Lou Who (of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”) on the float. Dorothy Smith of Calico Soaps taught a class on soap crafting. Patrons learned to add scents, make shapes and other decorative techniques to make all natural soaps.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 4 Live country, bluegrass and gospel music, 7:30 p.m., WMRD 94.5 FM, 1388 Main St., Maynardville. All pickers and singers welcome. Saturday Stories and Songs: Molly Moore, 11 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Recommended for ages birth to not-yet-walking. Info: 689-2681.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 11-12 Cabin Fever Car and Motorcycle Show, Knoxville Expo Center, Clinton Highway. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Appearance by Deputy Fife of Mayberry; Swap meet, car corral, vendors, karaoke.

MONDAYS, JAN. 13, 20, 27 AND FEB. 3 “Handbuilding with Clay” workshop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., instructor: Janet McCracken. Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Class will meet one additional Monday, not yet scheduled. Registration deadline: Jan. 7. Info: 494-9854 or www.appalachianarts.net.

TUESDAY, JAN. 14 The Romance and Reality of Soufflés cooking class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Avanti Savoia’s La Cucina, 7610 Maynardville Pike. Cost: $50. Info/reservations: 9229916 or www.avantisavoia.com.

SATURDAY, JAN. 18

Computer Workshop: Word 2007 Basics, 2 p.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Requires “Introducing the Computer” or equivalent skills. Info/to register: 525-5431.

For the Love of Sushi cooking class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Avanti Savoia’s La Cucina, 7610 Maynardville Pike. Cost: $60. Info/reservations: 922-9916 or www. avantisavoia.com.

Beginner Drop Spindle, 1-3 p.m., instructor: Kathleen Marquardt. Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Registration deadline: Jan. 15. Info: 494-9854 or www. appalachianarts.net. Live country, bluegrass and gospel music, 7:30 p.m., WMRD 94.5 FM, 1388 Main St., Maynardville. All pickers and singers welcome. Saturday Stories and Songs: Sean McCollough, 11 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681.

SATURDAY, JAN. 11

TUESDAY, JAN. 21

Clapps Chapel UMC Men’s club BBC (Best Breakfast in Corryton), 8 a.m., Clapps Chapel UMC, 7420 Clapps Chapel Road. Guest speaker: Randall Baxter, host of nationally broadcast radio show “The Veteran Next Door.” Stained Glass Suncatcher Workshop, 10 a.m.5 p.m., instructor: Teresa Arrington. Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Registration deadline: Jan. 5. Bring lunch. Info: 4949854 or www.appalachianarts.net. Live country, bluegrass and gospel music, 7:30 p.m., WMRD 94.5 FM, 1388 Main St., Maynardville. All pickers and singers welcome. Saturday Stories and Songs: David Claunch, 11 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Presentation of Tours by Harold’s Tours, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Halls Senior Center on Crippen Road.

La Technique: Knife Skills cooking class, 6:308:30 p.m., Avanti Savoia’s La Cucina, 7610 Maynardville Pike. Cost: $60. Info/reservations: 922-9916 or www. avantisavoia.com.

FRIDAY, JAN. 10

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22 Computer Workshop: Introducing the Computer, 2 p.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Info/to register: 525-5431.

SATURDAY, JAN. 25 Introduction to Wet Felting, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., instructor: Tone Haugen-Cogburn. Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris.

Registration deadline: Jan. 19. Info: 494-9854 or www. appalachianarts.net. Live country, bluegrass and gospel music, 7:30 p.m., WMRD 94.5 FM, 1388 Main St., Maynardville. All pickers and singers welcome. Saturday Stories and Songs: Georgi Schmitt, 11 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29 Computer Workshops: Library Online, 2 p.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Info/to register: 525-5431.

FRIDAY, JAN. 31 Concert featuring hammer dulcimer player Dan Landrum, 7 p.m., Union County Arts Co-Op, 1009 Main St. Reception at 6:30. Seats: $15 each. Pay at the door, but seats must be reserved. Info/reservations: Sarah, 278-3975.

SATURDAY, FEB. 1 Chocolatefest Knoxville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., The Grande Event Center at the Knoxville Expo Center. Info/ vendor application: www.chocolatefestknoxville.com. Live country, bluegrass and gospel music, 7:30 p.m., WMRD 94.5 FM, 1388 Main St., Maynardville. All pickers and singers welcome.

SATURDAY, FEB. 8 “Knitted Bead Cuff Bracelet” workshop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., instructor: Mimi Kezer. Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Registration deadline: Feb. 2. Info: 494-9854 or www. appalachianarts.net.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, FEB. 8-9 Intensive Throwing Workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., instructor: Bill Capshaw. One of the “Featured Tennessee Artist” workshop series. Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Registration deadline: Feb. 1. Info: 494-9854 or www. appalachianarts.net.

FRIDAY, FEB. 14 Glaze Workshop, noon-3 p.m., instructor: Katie Cottrell. One of the “Featured Tennessee Artist” workshop series. Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Registration deadline: Feb. 7. Info: 494-9854 or www. appalachianarts.net.

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