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Says consolidated finance department already has saved money

Improvement in education for Union Countians is high on the priority list of the Chamber. “There is a lot of common interest and crossover of goals between economic developers and educators,” said Julie Graham, Chamber president.

By Libby Morgan

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Teacher to appeal Tina Wilder will appeal her termination by the Board of Education to Chancery Court, according to someone close to the case. That’s good. A teacher should not lose her job because of one dumb mistake, but as mistakes go, Wilder put together a doozy. Sandra Clark sums up the case.

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Spring football Spring football with a new coach is an exciting time. Anything may happen. I am reminded of two unusual changeovers with ties to Fayetteville, Ark. So starts Marvin West. Read more on page 5

Alder Springs community was formed around a log church built in 1849. The community was so named for the alder bushes growing in the many wetlands in that area and, in particular, the three springs at the site of the church.

By Sandra Clark

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Big Ridge Bonnie Peters continues her research on how places got their name. “The community of Big Ridge is located at what I call the lower end of the Lone Mountain Range that runs from Anderson County to Claiborne County. “I haven’t found documentation on the name Big Ridge, but everyone I talked with seems to agree that Big Ridge was so named because when the lake was filled it appeared from the lake to be a really “big ridge.”

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of us to be able to fill in for the others. I’m a hands-on kinda gal, and I wouldn’t ask anyone to do a task that I’m not willing and able to do,” she said. Centralizing the accounting will free up school money and highway department money, explains Dyer. Citing a $69,000 savings for the highway department alone, she said, “David Cox should be able to buy some much-needed equipment. And the school board can redirect $70,000 that previously was spent for accounting.” The new Finance Department will be funded from the county budget, but can and will pay for itself, according to Dyer. “For instance, we will save money by using the bulk purchasing power for paper products already being used by the school system. The schools are paying much less for those products than the county has been paying. I have identified Ann Dyer at work for the county Photo by Libby Morgan many opportunities to save a substantial amount of money. I grew processes to centralize accounting, “I’m looking forward to report- up poor, and I know how to save and chose to emulate Morgan Coun- ing our progress a year from now,” money.” ty, since the size, budget and popula- says Dyer. Moving the staff out of their retion of the two are similar. A weakness she quickly identi- spective offices and into 300 Main “This plan has long-reaching fied has been the lack of back-up in Street is scheduled to be complete benefits. It is an opportunity for the the event someone is not available by April 1. That’s when Dyer, Pat county to grow professionally and fi- to do their job. Morgan, Melissa Brown and Brenda nancially, to make the county stron“Cross-training everyone on Metcalf will be settling in and conger, to manage county finances with staff strengthens us in areas of pay- tinuing their jobs together, looking a solid plan. roll and accounts payable. I want all out for every penny.

The Union County Board of Education has narrowed its search for a new director of schools to 5 of 12 applicants and scheduled interviews in March. Interviews will be conducted at UCHS at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, and at 6 and 7 p.m. Monday, March 18. Interviews are open to the public. Finalists are local educators Dr. Jimmy Carter and Randy Arnwine; Dr. Gerald Miller, principal

of Glenwood Elementary School in Greene County; Regina Mathis, director of human resources for Swain County schools in Bryson City, N.C.; and Brandon Ratliff, principal of Marion Middle School in Smythe County, Va. Dr. Jimmy Carter brings a resume packed with credentials and a smooth upward trajectory including a stint as temporary director of schools when Wayne Goforth was suspended by a previous board.

Carter holds a bachelor’s degree from Te n n e s see Tech, a master’s and Ed.S. from Lincoln Mem o r i a l University, Carter and an Ed.D. from East Tennessee State University. He has taught at Luttrell Elementary and Union County High School. He was a

principal in the system from 1997 to 2003, serving at Sharps Chapel, Big Ridge and Horace Maynard Middle School. Since 2003, Carter has worked at the central office, as supervisor of instruction, director of personnel, director of transportation, Title VI and IX, insurance preparer, elementary and middle school supervisor, pre-K supervisor and safety coordinator. He was named Educator of the Year by the Union

County Business and Professional Association in 1998. Randy G. Arnwine, of Luttrell, has taught and served as pr incipa l at Luttrell Elementary School. He has worked as Arnwine a technology coach since 2005. To page A-3

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Ann Dyer is dedicated to saving money – tax money, for everyone in Union County. Union County’s implementation of the County Financial Management Act of 1981 allows the county government to centralize accounting and payroll for the county, the schools, the highway department and emergency services. County Commission unanimously adopted the 1981 Act last summer and named a Finance Committee. After considering many applicants, the committee appointed Dyer as the county’s first finance director on Dec. 1. Her official deadline for getting the department up and running is in early August. And it looks like she’ll have no problem making it all work. Her personal goal is a month earlier. “We will need to get through a few months of working out any problems or oversights. We have a good plan for moving payroll and accounting staff from the school system, getting all of us moved into a central location, and getting down to business,” says Dyer. “Training is ongoing now.” Dyer has help from the UT Institute for Public Service’s County Technical Assistance Service, which has been helping counties all across Tennessee do what Union County has decided to do. She was given the opportunity to study other county’s

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Emily Doane developed an interest in quilting just a couple of years ago. Her mother, Pat Pike, had been involved in the art form for more than 10 years and asked Doane to take a class with her. Emily fell in love with the craft but had a hard time finding fabric she really wanted for her projects. “Batiks were bright and pretty but too earthy and organic,” she said. “Reproduction prints held certain nostalgia, but I still wanted something brighter, bolder, more graphic and geometric.” While surfing the Internet, Doane happened upon

a blog that changed her quilting world. “Once I started digging I found this whole online planet containing a bustling community of modern quilters,” she said. This isn’t exactly your grandmother’s style of quilting. Doane said modern quilting is different from traditional in design, color and method. Her color preferences lean toward “color,” and she uses a lot of teal, coral, chartreuse, deep purples, pinks and grays. Most modern quilts are minimalistic in design yet bold, bright and graphic. The quilts are primarily functional rather than

decorative and frequently asymmetrical. The designs rely less on repetition and often lack visible block structure. Doane said she approaches quilting designs the same way she cooks. “I take in a lot of different ideas and let them stir in my head for a while. I am short on time so I find myself experimenting more with smaller wall hangings, pillows, doll quilts, coasters and placemats.” While Doane employs modern techniques and designs, she still favors traditional hand-quilting for the finish work on her To page A-3

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2013 Board Members ■ Tonya Atkins, A&B Bookkeeping ■ Jeff Cooper, Clayton Manufacturing ■ Tammy Hobock, New South Credit Union ■ Scott Inklebarger, Food City ■ Johnny Merritt, City of Luttrell mayor ■ Jack Rhyne, City of Maynardville ■ Kay Jones, City of Plainview ■ Tom Lammers, president, Hickory Pointe Homeowners ■ Janet McCracken, UC Humane Society ■ Rebecca Mills, Willow Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center ■ James Mulkey, Revival Vision Church of God ■ Susan Oaks, UC Schools ■ Shannon Perrin, UT Extension Office ■ Debbie Perry, Carmeuse ■ Darlene Wine, State Farm Insurance ■ Mike Williams, Union County mayor

State Sen. Frank Niceley (center, gray jacket) and Union County constituents gather at the Maynardville Senior Center to discuss judicial redistricting, workers compensation laws, TennCare expansion, TDOT, the Hwy 33 Bridge construction, construction contract award process, guns and the Second Amendment. The event was open to the public. Shown here are Chamber members and others with Sen. Niceley. Photo submitted

Chamber addressing education issues By Libby Morgan Improvement in education for Union Countians is high on the priority list of the Chamber. “There is a lot of common interest and crossover of goals between economic developers and educators,” said Julie Graham, Chamber president. “We need people here, ready to go to work with skills in place, in order to attract new business and industry to the area. We can get new jobs here with the right mix of an educated workforce and what we already have – a beautiful place to live.” The 2012 SCORE State

of Education in Tennessee report has just been released. It provides data on test scores, graduation rates and teacher evaluations. Union County scored low on improvement, actually showing negative growth on math achievement. Union County spends less per pupil than almost every other county. The Chamber sees this as a challenge to improve the quality of life in the county. How can Chamber members help? “Chamber businesses should identify what skills they think are needed to put people to work. Chamber leadership can then com-

municate with colleges and technical schools in an effort to bring those training classes here,” said Graham. “We watch for information coming to us from legislators, grant opportunities, studies done such as the SCORE report, anything we can learn about education, and disseminate it to our members and work to develop strategies to improve education in our county any way we can. We are here to help. “We are very enthused about GEAR UP TN programs at the high school. Students can take advantage of dual enrollment classes to get a head start on college credits, tutoring, financial aid counseling, and many more enhancements to our educational system already in place. “Improving education goes hand-in-hand with improving our local economy,” says Graham.

NOTES ■ The Chamber board of directors will meet at noon Tuesday, March 19, at the Chamber office.

Meet new board member Tom Lammers What issues that the chamber can address are most important to you?

Promoting Union County as a retirement location in order to increase the tax base of the county. Retirees do not put much of a burden on county services but have much to offer the county other than additional tax revenue.

Tell us about yourself.

I was born and raised in the Cincinnati area. After graduate school at Kent State University, I started a 41-year career in the railroad industry, which ended in 2008 with my retirement. The move to Union County was my tenth move

since college. I’ve been married to Dianne for 28 years, and we have two sons and one grandson.

to launch at 9:15 a.m. Be sure to bring your own gloves, as they are in limit“We are asking our This year boats will ed supply, and wear approfaithful volunteers (and launch from three Union Saturday, March 23 priate clothing: no shorts, hopefully lots of first-time County sites: Hickory Star ■ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. sturdy shoes (no sandals or volunteers) to come to- Marina, Beach Island Ma■ Rain or Shine flip-flops) and a hat.” gether once again and help rina (meet in the upper Anyone with a boat who clean up along Norris Lake parking lot) and Helms can ferry volunteers to sites by 8:30 to get bags, shoreline, campsites and Ferry. different sites, call Union instructions and be ready coves,” said Julie Graham. “Please be at one of the

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Cosmetology students competing at the regional level are Kimberly Deleon, Megan Lecce, Heath Helton, Jacob Maples and Logan Sexton advanced to regional competition in auto shop. Marissa Lutner and Breana Phillips.

The future of business By Cindy Taylor Three Union County High School students placed in the top five at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Regional Conference. These three will compete at the state level. Kristen Wynn placed 5th in economics. This is the second year Wynn has qualified for the state competition in architectural drafting. Eric Collins place 3rd in business

communications and Jordan Hurst placed 5th in introduction to technology concepts. Union County FBLA competed against students from eight counties. As part of their community service Union County High School FBLA members donate to March of Dimes, collect books for literacy and save can tabs for Ronald McDonald House. To date FBLA students have brought in more than 200 books and 25 gallons of can tabs.

Luttrell Seniors enjoy music, food By Libby Morgan With a big smile and a beautiful guitar, Tommy White delighted everyone at the Luttrell Senior Center with popular tunes, playing and singing songs from Elvis to Stevie Nicks, hymns to rock and roll. His moody, low register version of “Love Me Tender” halted all conversation in the room. White played prior to a Sammy Kershaw performance recently and shared a comment from Kershaw, “He said some of my songs were better than the originals.” Linda Damewood, center director, thanked Midway IGA for supplying the monthly birthday cake, Donna Jones for donations of treats and gifts, and the city of Luttrell for meat to go along with all the other delicious food for the noon meal. Damewood announced the Movies in the Park at Luttrell Park was a success, and proceeds from the

Jordan Hurst and Eric Collins, both sophomores, advanced to state competition. Photos by Cindy Taylor

Interviews set for new schools chief From 1995 to 2001, he was a supervisor for Union County Public Schools, working in personnel, safety, transportation, personnel evaluations, negotiator for the school board and ensuring compliance

with the Civil Rights Act of 1963. He holds the Career Level III Administrator designation, the state’s highest. Arnwine graduated from Washburn High School in

From page A-1 1975. He holds a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and a master’s from Union College in Barbourville, Ky. He has 45 hours toward a Ph.D. in education administration and supervision.

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events paid for a projector, the center. She said they PA system, a popcorn ma- look forward to doing it chine and the tables inside again this year.

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pieces. She is entering her first show this year, placing a modern quilt in the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild spring show. Doane is a member of Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild and encourages anyone who would like to learn more about quilting design to attend its meetings. KMQG believes that modern quilting has its roots in rebellion while simultaneously keeping its feet planted in tradition. Info: modknoxville@ “I haven’t run into any item I don’t like experimenting with in the quilted form,” said Doane.

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School security tops board agenda By Sandra Clark

The Union County Sheriff’s Office has a plan to enhance school security. It was presented to the school board last week by officer Dennis Nicely. “I hope we spend all this money and do all this stuff and nothing ever happens,” he said. Nicely proposed a $70,415 expenditure to CSI Southeast to install camera systems in each school which can then be monitored from the Sheriff’s Office. He said the county comTina Wilder (top, left) reacts mission is “willing to do to her lawyer, Virginia McCoy, what they can,” toward the following the Board of Educa- purchase. Director of Schools tion’s unanimous vote to upWayne Goforth said he will hold her firing. At left is Chris McCarty of the Knoxville law firm Lewis King and Krieg. He represented the school board during the proceedings. Photos by S. Clark

Tough case for teacher, board Tina Wilder will appeal her termination by the Board of Education to Chancery Court, according to someone close to the case. That’s good. A teacher should not lose her job because of one dumb mistake, but as mistakes go, Wilder put together a doozy. According to debate at last week’s school board meeting, Wilder and another parent sponsored an after-prom party for their daughters and friends at Wilder’s lake property in May 2012. The rules were set and all was well until the party was crashed by some beer-toting boys from Kentucky. Somebody (not Wilder) called the sheriff, and a raid resulted in Wilder’s arrest. Temporary director of schools Dr. Jimmy Carter terminated the elementary school teacher. The Sheriff’s Office confiscated more than 60 cans of beer (with Bud Lite the brand of choice) and a bag of car keys, collected by an adult who knew there would be drinking, said school board attorney Chris McCarty. “She told Dr. Carter there was no alcohol in the house, but look at the pictures,” McCarty said. “Alcohol inside the house, outside the

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house. We’re not talking Biltmore here. This is a cabin on the lake. She was convicted of a crime. She took a guilty plea.” Wilder was represented by Virginia McCoy, Halls native who works for the Tennessee Education Association. McCoy said over the course of the proceedings she has “become very fond of Tina. She is a competent educator and has been a good teacher for Union County. “What happened was not connected with her work.” McCoy said the board chose Knoxville lawyer Pam Reeves as a hearing officer, and Reeves opined that a 30-day suspension was ample punishment. “Wilder exercised bad judgment, but it should not be a career-ender,” said McCoy. “She has given honorable service to this school system.” The debate ended, and the school board voted 6-0 to uphold Wilder’s firing.

Pre-K registration Union County Schools is accepting enrollment information for the 2013-2014 school year in the Pre-K program. The voluntary Pre-K program serves at-risk children who are age 4 by Sept. 30. The Pre-K programs are located at Luttrell, Maynardville and Sharps Chapel elementary schools. Anyone interested in this program may contact the school you wish your child to attend, or phone 9925466, ext. 110, and ask for Jimmy Carter.

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look at the security in other school systems and report back to the board. Dr. Jimmy Carter said principals want standard rules about school access across the district. “We want to allow parents into the buildings, but only with standard procedures to be admitted.” Nicely said his system would have “one alarm button” that a school official could push if there is an active shooter. “If you cut a shooter’s time in half, you will save a lot of lives.” He said school doors should be locked, but law enforcement officers should have a key card to

Migration Last Tuesday I took a morning stroll around the grounds between rain showers, just to get a little outdoor air, before the rest of what was shaping up to be an indoor-type day. My Grandmother Collier’s double jonquils were blooming, the old coolweather bluegrass was bright green and the birds were singing. And they were really singing – as if they thought it was already spring (still officially 3 weeks away). The cardinals and the tufted titmice led the chorus, with support from the field and song sparrows, the eastern towhees and the Carolina wrens. Those are all guys who have hung in there with us through the whole dreary winter, along with the mockingbird and the brown thrasher, the blue jays and the robins. This time of the year, with all that morning chorus, it’s hard to believe that, in just six weeks from now, it will all more than double! With the arrival of the spring migrants, the songs will multiply so that some mornings it will be hard to sort them all out. Swifts and swallows, vireos and gnatcatchers, catbirds and wood thrushes, cuckoos and nighthawks, hummingbirds and wood warblers are coming back – species that through the eons have developed a lifestyle that many of us would envy – they live in a world where it is always summer. Actually, they live here in our environs less than half the year. We are loathe to admit it, but they are really South American birds that have found great success in raising their young by coming north for a few months each year. Here, they are able to raise their babies on the high-protein diet available to them in the form

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of the abundance of insect life that explodes around us every spring – gnats and worms, bugs and caterpillars. Animal migrations have fascinated and mystified people through the ages. Birds aren’t the only animals that do it – great herds of animals migrate across the plains of Africa; herds of caribou migrate in the vast far north of our continent. Monarch butterflies migrate from as far as Canada to a site in Mexico, to a place where not a single one of them has ever been before. But for sheer huge numbers (think billions), and sheer unimaginable distances, often thousands of miles a year, nothing in the natural world matches the spectacle of the spring and fall flights of the birds. These comings and goings are part of the local people’s lives; consider the storks returning over the centuries to the chimneys of Europe. The cliff swallows of San Juan Capistrano, having wintered 6,000 miles to the south in Argentina, have traditionally returned to the Mission each spring on St. Joseph’s day, March 19. And then there are the turkey vultures of Hinckley, Ohio, faithfully returning each year on March 15, in time for their big Buzzard Day Festival. The seasonal disappearance of the birds mystified the ancients and not-soancient folks who were observant and curious about such things. All those flocks of blackbirds and swallows, even the small songbirds –

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Birdwatching magazine has an article about that very thing. It seems that a gentleman with a group called the British Antarctic Survey by the interesting name of Vsevolod Afanasyev developed a device called a geolocator and used it to track the legendary wandering albatross on their decadeslong travels across the endless southern oceans. One of his colleagues, engineer James Fox, then adapted the device into a tiny 0.018 ounce gizmo that can be attached to the back of a small bird. A sparrow weighs in at about 0.7 ounce; a catbird, around an ounce. The geolocator contains a clock, battery, light sensor, and microprocessor, squeezed into a miniature device that causes these small birds no distress or problems with their flight. The system is not without its problems – each geolocator costs $200, and they only recover about 20 percent of them for analysis. Cloudy weather and even prolonged shade makes evaluations more difficult. But they have already made many remarkable discoveries into the details of when, where, how far and how fast various species of our birds travel. They’ve found that our purple martins use a broad area along the Amazon River for their wintering grounds; one of our eastern shorebirds, the willet, flies 2,800 miles each fall, before hurricane season, to gather for the winter in a small area on the north coast of Brazil. But probably the most spectacular example of this is the story of two birds called northern wheatears. They are small, gray and white, sparrow-sized birds that nest in Alaska. These two were fitted with geolocators. After their migrations, they were recaptured and the devices analyzed. And they found that the two little birds had left Fairbanks, Alaska, flown over

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New coach, first spring Spring football with a new coach is an exciting time. Anything may happen. I am reminded of two unusual changeovers with ties to Fayetteville, Ark. Former Tennessee captain and all-American end Bowden Wyatt had a sensational second season as Arkansas coach. The Razorbacks whipped Texas for the first time in 17 years. Arkansas won the Southwest Conference. Arkansas went to the Cotton Bowl. Fans went nuts. In celebration, they passed the hat and collected a small fortune. Wyatt tried to discourage wild-eyed generosity but they bought him a new white Cadillac and gave him a bundle

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Wyatt led an amazing transformation at Tennessee. He increased intensity. He established discipline. Players gained toughness, physically and mentally. One of his colorful sayings was “Hitch up your guts and let’s go.” The coach caused a shocking incident on the second day of spring. Fullback Tom Tracy was a very talented runner and free spirit but not a proponent of strict training rules. Opposite personalities of coach and star player hinted of a possible clash. One happened. Tracy suffered leg cramps in a scrimmage. He thrashed around on the grass and called for train-

er Mickey O’Brien. Other players downshifted into neutral in anticipation of a pause that refreshes. Wyatt ignored the fallen Tracy, ordered a manager to move the ball five yards forward, called for another fullback and re-ignited the scrimmage. Tracy was offended at the lack of official compassion. That evening he threatened to leave. Wyatt dispatched two assistants to help him pack. Losing Tracy was a sizable setback. Establishing authority enhanced Wyatt’s influence. A year later, Tennessee had one of the best teams in school history. Doug Dickey, coach on the field as Florida quarterback, became a young assistant at Arkansas. At age 31, he was named head coach at Tennessee. That was a shock.

Alder Springs gets name from bushes Alder Springs in Union County is unofficially defined as that area bounded by Alder Springs Ridge, Shipley Ridge, Warwicktown, both sides of Hickory Star Road in that vicinity, and a short distance up Little Valley Road. There are also Alder Springs communities in Campbell and Morgan counties.

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Alder Springs community was formed around a log church built in 1849. The community was so named for the alder bushes growing in the many wetlands in that area and, in particular,

the three springs at the site of the church. The original Alder Springs Church site was near the intersection of the present Hinds Creek Road and Little Valley Road and almost at the location of the Frank and Georgia Bridges Foust home. Some years later a weatherboard church was built about a mile from the original site and almost had to be moved to accommodate the new (in the mid-1930s) Hickory Star Road running from Hwy. 33 to Hickory Star boat dock. Back from the road, a brick church stands at that location today, but already the need for a larger church is emerging, and land has been purchased for a new church closer to the original site – the Ferrin Bridges and later Fonzy Woods property.

Few knew who he was. Bob Woodruff, new as the Vols’ athletic director, knew. He was Doug’s college coach. The Dickey family, Doug, JoAnne and three children, moved from Fayetteville to Knoxville without benefit of a complimentary Cadillac. Blowing snow inhibited their two-car caravan. One set of wheels was decent, the other a clunker Doug had driven to work. Along the way, ropes came loose and suitcases blew off the top of a car. It took a while but scattered stuff was recovered. Then, the old car broke down. Everybody and everything had to be crammed into the better car. JoAnne summarized, saying no matter how or when the Dickeys eventually left Tennessee, “We couldn’t be as bad off as

when we came.” Dickey thought he must find a quarterback in the spring of ’64. He was switching from the historic single-wing formation. The center had to hand the ball to somebody. Dickey tried Hal Wantland, tough enough for any assignment but not quick enough. He tried David Leake, waiter in the team dining hall who walked on as a football player and wasn’t half bad. Art Galiffa, nephew of a former Army all-American, eventually won the job. Believe me, there was no way to tell by watching spring practice that great things were about to happen. Butch Jones’ spring outlook appears better.

says about the alder (alnus) – the name given to a group of shrubs and trees belonging to the birch family … “Many alders are prized ornamentals, especially horticultural varieties of the black and speckled alder and the Japanese alder (A. Japonica), which is one of the largest and most beautiful members of the genus.” What I believe was there is the black alder called winterberry that has white flowers in spring and red berries in winter. The Audubon So-

ciety Field Guide - Eastern Region shows this one, so it is most likely that this is the variety at Alder Springs in Union County. Through land transfers over time, but without recognition of the history of the community, the alder bushes were destroyed. The late Carson Brewer told me there are some alder bushes still in East Tennessee. A worthy community project would be to re-plant a few bushes in the Alder Springs community.


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the Bering Sea, through Russia, across the Arabian desert, and wintered in central Africa – average roundAlder Springs Missionary Baptist Church about 1920. The trip distance, 18,640 miles wagon out front belonged to Robert Raley. Note how close – the longest-known migration of any songbird! to the road the church stands. All this research is just beginning. We’re learnBack to the alder bushes shrub, red alder, black alder, ing that whales can dive – apparently there are a deciduous and evergreen. more than a mile deep in number of varieties of this Encyclopedia Britannica

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Big Ridge, Blue Mud and Punkin Center By Bonnie Peters Most of the time the best research about a place is oral history told by the people who lived or worked there. The community of Big Ridge is located at what I call the lower end of the Lone Mountain Range that runs from Anderson County to Claiborne County. I haven’t found anyone who has documentation on the name Big Ridge, but everyone I talked with seems to agree that Big Ridge was so named because when the lake was filled it appears from the lake to be a really “big ridge.” Prior to the development of Big Ridge Park, the closest community to the park was known as Blue Mud. I discussed “Mud” with Ranger Sara Nicley, and she educated me that red clay is high in iron. Clay that has low iron content and is low in oxygen tends to have a slate blue color. Ranger Nicley told me that below the surface the soil at the park is a sort of slate blue. Also, I learned that long years ago a man in the area was cleaning out his spring and commented on the blue mud. From that the

community became known as Blue Mud until the name Big Ridge was taken. According to Ranger Nicley, there was a Blue Mud Post Office that was located in the log store on Satterfield Lane near the park entrance. Blue Mud was home to such families as Snodderly, Ridenour, McCoy, Warwick, Hale, Tudor, Daniels, Campbell and others. There is also an area along Highway 61 near Byram’s Fork that is called Blue Mud Valley. A part of this same community was also once known as Punkin Center, but this was more on the Hickory Valley side that ultimately was called New Loyston. New Loyston Memorial Gardens as well as Valley Grove Baptist Church are in this area. It was home to families of Malone, Branum, Elkins and others. Eddie Coppock said he had heard someone in the community received a letter addressed to Punkin Center, Tennessee, and that the letter actually made its way to the addressee! There is really no documentation on where these little settlements begin and end.

Union County 4-H service project Union County 4-H is collecting travel-size toiletries to donate to the Nashville Area Rescue Ministries. NARM is a Christian organization dedicated to helping the homeless improve their situation. Items needed are travel size toiletries such as toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitizer, bar soap, etc. Donations may be placed in the box at the Courthouse entrance or may be brought to the Extension Office by March 19.

Some chiropractic terms Chiropractic Outlook By Dr. Darrell Johnson, DC As is the case in any professional field, there are terms used in the field of chiropractic care that you might not hear outside the field. Just as you would ask any of your other health care providers to explain something you didn’t fully understand, so, too, should you ask your chiropractor to explain any terms you find unfamiliar. Here are a few terms you might hear: • Subluxation–a misalignment of a vertebra, which is one of the bones that make up the spine and through which the spinal cord passes. • Adjustment–the manipulation of a vertebra or vertebrae by the chiropractor to restore their proper alignment. The misalignment could interfere with a nerve that emanates from the spinal cord and passes through the vertebrae. That could cause pain or reduced function in the body area serviced by that nerve. • Paraspinal muscles–they are muscles that surround the spine and help keep it stable. • Disc–a gelatinous cushion between each of the vertebrae. The disc is a shock absorber of sorts and is subject to injury or deterioration over years. • Foraminal stenosis–the narrowing of an opening in a vertebra. • When you visit your chiropractor for treatment, be sure to ask him or her about anything you don’t understand. Brought to you as a community service by Union County Chiropractic; 110 Skyline Drive, Maynardville, TN; 992-7000.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 8 Youth Prayer Rally, 5 p.m., Union County High School commons, hosted by ICARe – Union County Drug & Alcohol Coalition and Stand in the Gap. Many prizes, dinner, music, skits testimonies and more. All teens invited. Workhop on communication for people with autism, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., East Tennessee Technology Access Center, 116 Childress St. John Halloran will present “Putting LAMP to Work: AAC Strategies to Promote Communication.” Open to parents, teachers and Speech Language Pathologists, as well as other therapists and professionals. Preregistration required. To preregister: trng or 1-866-998-1726. Info/directions: www.ettac. org or 219-0130.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15 “Night of Worship” presented by Union County Children’s Center, 7 p.m., Clear Springs Baptist Church, featuring Beech Grove Singers, the Berry Family and the Clear Springs Choir. Proceeds benefit the Child Advocacy Center. Info: 992-7677.

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Tennova Health & Fitness Center open house, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Free Guest Day all day. Free classes, free enrollment, free chair massage, door prizes and more! All guests must have a photo ID. Located at 7540 Dannaher Drive. Info: 859-7900.

Union County Historical Society and Museum open house, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Find out who your ancestors are and receive a printout of your family tree. Bonnie Heiskell Peters, Union County Historian, will be signing copies of her new book, “Tales from the Hills and Hollows of East Tennessee,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Okie’s Pharmacy in Maynardville.




The Young at Heart meeting, 10 a.m., Faith UMC, 1120 Dry Gap Pike. Guest speaker: meteorologist Julya Johnson. Potluck lunch follows the meeting. Info: 6881000 or email

Southern Gospel group Parable in concert, 6 p.m., Highland Baptist Church, 6014 Babelay Road. A love offering will be taken. Info: or call Byron, 680-8823.

Norris Lake Clean-up, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., multiple launch sites on Norris Lake. Info: Union County Chamber of Commerce, 992-2811, or Anderson County Tourism, 457-4547.


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LENOIR CITY 455 Market Drive Lenoir City, TN 37771

Between Market Square and Gay St.

SOUTH KNOXVILLE 7210 Chapman Highway Knoxville, TN 37920 Next to Burger King

Next to Bojangles

SEVIERVILLE 1037 Middle Creek Road Sevierville, TN 37862

MORRISTOWN EAST (423) 581-0981 Miller’s Landing 3101 Miller’s Point Drive Morristown, TN 37813 Across from Frank Lorino Park

MORRISTOWN WEST (423) 581-0981 3955 W. A. J. Highway Morristown, TN 37814 Across from Ingle’s

JOHNSON CITY (423) 794-5100 2004 N. Roan Street Johnson City, TN 37601 Between Starbucks and Taco Bell

KINGSPORT (423) 246-7511 2518 East Stone Drive Kingsport, TN 37660 Next to Lowes

Across from Wellington Place

(865) 544-5400 If you live, work, worship or attend school in the following counties you can Join Us: Blount, Jefferson, Loudon, Sevier, Hamblen, Knox, Roane and Sullivan as well as Johnson City. 2/20/13

Union County Shopper-News 030213  

A great community newspaper serving Maynardville and Union County

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