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APRIL 30, 2011




Johnny Parton, new owner of Hickory Star Resort and Marina, stands with manager Denise Helms before the grand reopening of Nordstrom’s Galley restaurant at the resort. Photos by C. Taylor

New school bus routes are ready to roll Find yours on page A-9


Dr. Collier visits Cades Cove See page A-6

The ‘Star’ is rising By Cindy Taylor

Honor Air flies again See Jake’s story on page A-3


Union County has a new offering for fine food with casual dining. Nordstrom’s Galley reopened at Hickory Star Resort and Marina April 21, and folks couldn’t wait to taste Linda Nordstrom’s cooking once again. Nordstrom left a few years ago to pursue other options, and when the resort changed hands in January she was asked to return. Nordstrom did not hesitate.

“I’m happy to be back here,” said Nordstrom. “Hickory Star is under completely new ownership, and the guys running it have great plans for this place. Some places are beer joints that also serve food. We’re a dining establishment that offers some beer. We have fine dining with American fare, a casual atmosphere with family prices and really good food.” Nordstrom does a lot of the cooking but also has chefs whom

she has trained personally to prepare her own recipes. Everything is made in-house and prepared on-site. Nordstrom’s Galley is open 4-10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. The Galley will offer daily specials like prime rib and catfish and Nordstrom’s famous homemade desserts. Hickory Star’s new owners, Johnny and David Parton and

Fun abounds at revamped resort Dean Knuckles, have a number of plans in the works to revamp the resort and make it the place to be once again. They also manage Old Hickory Water Company. A new dock that can hold about 28 boats has been established for restaurant parking only, and the motel has reopened, offering nine remodeled units. The Parton brothers from Kentucky and Virginia, also known as the Blue Jean To page A-2

Bridge, highway projects 25 percent complete By Cindy Taylor


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Rumors continue to fly around the Highway 33 Bridge project as well as the Highway 33 expansion project. According to B.J. Doughty, Community Relations Officer for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, here are the facts. On the Highway 33 Bridge project, the contractor has completed abutments 1 and 2 and completed piers 1 and 6. They have also completed 90 percent of the grading for the roadway approaches. Currently, they are working in the water building coffer dams for piers 3, 4 and 5, which is why you can’t see the activity from the road. They are currently about 25 percent completed on this project. As for the rumor floating around that TDOT is taking bids on the project because they are unhappy with the current contractor, that is not entirely correct. TDOT is negotiating a change in the construction plans and the cost associated with that change. Those discussions with the contractor are ongoing right now, and TDOT did not disclose the content. The widening project on Highway 33 in Maynardville is also around 25 percent complete. The contractor is installing drainage structures and grading in the south side of the project. They will be mobilizing additional crews in the


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Crane barges continue work on the Highway 33 Bridge over Norris Lake. Photo by C. Taylor coming weeks. Also, they will begin sidewalk installation on the north end of the project. On April 14, the contractor began the installation of a storm drain pipe that ran from left to right of the centerline in front of Union County High School. The contractor waited until school traffic cleared to begin

his operation. One-lane traffic was utilized in order to excavate to the centerline then backfill using stone to expedite the operation. Then, the traffic was switched to work on the other side. The contractor completely backfilled the trench to accommodate the afternoon school traffic and resumed opera-

tions after traffic cleared. A heavy flow of traffic occurred around 4:30 p.m., mostly coming from Knoxville, when the contractor began filling the top portion of the trench with hot mix. Any additional crossings will be done at night or weekends so as not to impede the flow of traffic as occurred during this time.


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Fleischmann calls for deficit cuts By Cindy Taylor U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann was well prepared for his town hall meeting April 20 and, in his opening remarks, addressed the concerns of the Union County residents who attended. “We have just finished our first 100 days,” said Fleischmann. “It is a difficult time to serve. We have some really important problems facing this country, but we are starting off on the right track.” In his first 100 days, Fleischmann has co-sponsored a law that calls for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Regarding Social Security concerns, Fleischmann stated that anyone over 55 is safe from being affected by any cuts that may hit Social Security. He also spoke about the national debt. “Our national debt is staggering,” said Fleischmann. “Over years and years with our government, what happens is if they can’t afford it they put it on the deficit. That is wrong and

permits,” said Fleischmann. “They have started granting a few now. We have natural gas reserves that could last over 100 years. If we don’t develop our resources, we will continue to be dependent on foreign oil and the price will continue to go up.” Fleischmann says things are going very well in Tennessee. He is always seeking businesses for his counties and wants to be certain Union County shares in any growth. He addressed concerns about drug use. “Drugs are a staggering problem, and Mexico is a huge contributor to this,” U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann speaks during a town hall meet- said Fleischmann. “Unfortunately, Tennessee and ing at Union County Courthouse April 20. Photo by C. Taylor Kentucky have some of the bad for our country. Forty- they own so much of our worst problems. We are three cents of every dollar debt, it would be difficult to working very hard to see we spend, we borrow. The negotiate with them.” how we can help.” government has borrowed Fleischmann said that To date, Fleischmann has so much that major com- there is no need to continue handled more than 7,000 panies that hold our bonds to purchase foreign oil. He calls or letters in his first are selling them off. More stated that there is abun- 100 days. He said that if you than 50 percent of our na- dant coal, natural gas and call or write, don’t be surtional debt is held by foreign oil in America. prised if he personally picks countries. Suppose we have “I have asked why this ad- up the phone and calls you a dispute with China. Since ministration is not granting back.

Chiropractic and the ancients Chiropractic Outlook By Dr. Darrell Johnson, DC While chiropractic treatment has gained tremendous popularity and acceptance in recent years, the practice can be charted back to the writings of the ancients. Thousands of years before Christ, Chinese and Greek writings mentioned manipulating the spine and lower extremities to ease lower back pain. Hippocrates himself, the Greek physician whose name is synonymous with the ethical practice of medicine and who lived more than 400 years B.C., is credited with having written, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” In fact, the word “chiropractic” comes from “chiro,” the Greek word for hand and “praktikos,” the Greek word for practice or operation. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that spinal manipulation started to move into the foreground. Daniel David Palmer in 1897 founded the Palmer School of Chiropractic, which to this day is one of the leading chiropractic colleges in the U.S. Today, all 50 states recognize doctors of chiropractic. Chiropractic treatment is provided to U.S. military personnel, and chiropractors are part of the medical team provided for U.S. athletes at the Olympics. Talk with your chiropractor to find out more interesting details about chiropractic. Brought to you as a community service by Union County Chiropractic; 110 Skyline Drive, Maynardville, TN; 992-7000.

Pack 401 to host Cub Scout Roundup Cub Scout Pack 401 will have a roundup for new members 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Big Ridge Elementary School. Boys starting 1st through 5th grade this August are invited to join the Pack and enjoy a year-round program with plenty of activities. Info: 9929283 or

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By Cindy Taylor Beverage Solutions Group has been doing business in Maynardville since 2006 under the guidance of Steve and Doug Thompson and Linney Atkins. Even so, many in the communit y are unaware of all the c o mp a n y has to offer. “Although we still operate as a coffee and cappuccino business, our primary product we sell now is sugar,” said Thompson. “We sold in excess of 700,000 pounds last year. We have a unique cream and sugar station called a Perfect Serving Powder Dispenser that is the concept of my brother Doug. This dispenses a portion per push, is environmentally friendly

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Boys, have private property in the area and are excited about all of the renovations that are in the works for their newly purchased property at the resort. “We have done a lot of renovation, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Johnny. “We have worked on it steady since we bought it in January. We can offer outdoor and indoor boat storage and have shortorder food and gas at the dock. We plan to have the pool ready to open by the end of May, and the motel is open now. When you go to the lake, you go for fun. You don’t want to have problems. If you do, we’re here to fix it.” Denise Helms is the resort manager and has worked in the office for 26 years. “I am so excited to

Linda Nordstrom flips the Nordstrom’s Galley sign to “Open.”

come to work every day now,” said Helms. “These guys get out and work with you and give you the tools you need to do your work.” Local resident Bob Allen brought a crew to eat at the restaurant and commented on the new ownership. “When this is all finished, I think it is going to be great,” said Allen. Info: 992-5241 or www.

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ups at the Union County High School football field this month. Parents should bring a photo ID and original birth certificate. Early sign-ups are 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 6, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7. The early sign-up fee is $80. Late sign-ups are 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 20, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Late sign-up fee is $100. Info: 201-5249.

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Bid forms are available at the school system’s central office in Maynardville or online at www. Mail bids to Union County Board of Education, P.O. Box 10, Maynardville, TN 37807. One-year guaranteed pricing is required. Samples must be presented if requested, and specs on floor finish must be provided with the bid. Union County Public Schools reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Bids are due by 4 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2011. Delivery of supplies must be made no later than July 8, 2011. Info: 368-7682.

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The Union County Chamber of Commerce, located in the Historic Bank Building next to the Union County Courthouse, will host a business workshop 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 5, followed by a women-owned small business session. Paul Middlebrooks of UT and Jacqueline Merritt of the U.S. Small Business Administration will speak about registering businesses for procurement or contract opportunities with state

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Health fair upcoming The Union County Health Council will sponsor a health fair at the Union County Farmers Market 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7, at Union County High School. The health council is seeking health care providers to host booths during the event. Those interested in participating may register with UT Extension Agent Shannon Perrin at 9922812 or

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‘Thank you for your service’ PULL UP A CHAIR … | Jake Mabe

Korean era vet takes HonorAir trip to Washington


ichard “Dick” Booher heard a military officer with a chest filled with medals say something one time that he likes very much. “I’m not a hero,” the decorated veteran said. “The real heroes did not come back.” Booher doesn’t claim to be a hero. But, he is proud of his service in the Army during the early-to-mid 1950s, just after the Korean War ceasefire was signed. And he’ll never forget traveling to Washington, D.C., with 128 other World War II and Korean War vets April 13 on the HonorAir Knoxville flight. Trip of a lifetime. Moving memories. Booher grew up in Nashville and volunteered for duty after serving in the Army Reserves. He spent 15 months in Japan from June 1954 to September 1955, working as a battalion supply sergeant for the 1st Cavalry Division, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Battalion. For most of his hitch he was stationed near Sendai, which is the largest city located near the epicenter of the recent earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan. “It was very beautiful country,” Booher says. “As a battalion supply sergeant, I would go once a month to an ammo depot to get enough for one month. I got to see a lot of the countryside because they had a rule that

ammo dumps couldn’t be near any populated areas.” He remembers that the 5th Cavalry Regiment had a rule. Everybody regardless of position had to march 25 miles once a month. Twelve and one-half miles out, eat a little chow and 12.5 miles back. “I always made it, but some guys didn’t. They had ambulances waiting by.” He’ll never forget serving with three guys from West Point, Neb. He came back home – two weeks at sea – with one of them. “I always said if I ever got out to West Point, Neb., I’d look those guys up. But that’s pretty far away and I never did.” After mustering out of the Army in September 1955, Booher had three days to get from Fort Smith, Ark., to UT to begin college. He said he wouldn’t have been able to afford it were it not for the GI Bill. He also sold Bibles doorto-door for the Northwestern Company out of Nashville. He earned a degree in secondary education with a major in social studies. From 1966-70, he taught 7th grade geography and 8th grade U.S. history at what was then Halls High School. (Halls Middle opened in 1970.) His first year, he split duty with Judy Sharp. During his remaining time at Halls he co-taught with Frank Galbraith. Leland Lyon was chair and Paul Williams and

GED test dates set The Union County Adult Education Center will be giving the GED exam May 23 and 24, and June 20 and 21. The test will begin each day at 4 p.m. and will be paid for by the center. The state requires each individual be given a pretest before the official GED. The pretest takes approximately two hours and should be taken two weeks prior to taking the GED. Appointments can be made for the pretest by calling Melissa Carter at 992-0805. The office also has a representative, Vickie Thal from UT, who will help fi ll out the financial aid forms and offer career advice. Thal is at the center on Tuesdays and is available by appointment by calling the number above.

Hubert Lakin rounded out the department. J.W. Phifer was principal. Booher and his soon-to-be wife, Pat, were involved in a car accident on Western Avenue in the spring of 1974. He used a settlement to help pay for graduate school, earning a master’s degree in history from Middle Tennessee State in 1977. “That was the greatest learning experience I ever had.” He became a foster care counselor for the Department of Human Services in Knox and Blount counties, retiring in 1994. To supplement his income, Booher worked as the midnight supervisor at the Haslam residential treatment center until 2004 and continued working part time until March 2008. He left to take care of Pat, who was recovering from a hip replacement surgery. She died in June 2009. He lives in the house they shared in a subdivision off Ball Camp Pike. Booher calls the HonorAir trip “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” “It makes you feel like people appreciate the service you gave to your country. It gives you a good feeling. I’m grateful to (Eddie) Mannis for providing an opportunity for Korea and World War II vets to go.” Although he didn’t serve in combat there, Booher was

Korean War era vet and former school teacher Richard “Dick” Booher (far right) with World War II vet Richard May and his son, Allen “Wolfie” May, before the HonorAir flight to Washington, D.C., on April 13. Photo submitted

For more information about HonorAir Knoxville, visit or call 938-7701. particularly moved by the Korean War Memorial. It depicts men on patrol, wearing ponchos, carrying various weapons or a radio. Booher says he talked to one Korean War vet who once saw the memorial in dense fog. “He said it was almost surreal. And the looks on their faces are so life-like. It makes you stop and think about what those guys did for our country.” He remembers talking to another Korean vet, back in Japan in the ’50s, who’d fought in the Chosin Reservoir. “There was one road out of there and the Communists kept firing on them. Korea (in season) was extremely cold. He said they’d have to keep the trucks running all the time.” Korea is unfortunately known as The Forgotten War. Booher recalled that 36,594 Americans were killed in action, 103,284 were wounded and 8,177 are still missing in action. The Korean War has never officially ended. It’s a story that

no one should ever forget. During the HonorAir visit, Booher was particularly moved by seeing the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. He says the reverent silence was deafening. “When you witness that, if you’re not proud to be an American, there’s something wrong with you.” Booher says those on the HonorAir flight wanted for nothing. Guardians were assigned to a group of two or three vets. Doctors rode aboard all four buses while in Washington. The buses were given a police escort through the city. Both Knox mayors and Covenant Health CEO Tony Spezia were on hand at McGhee Tyson Airport to see them off and a welcoming

committee waited at Reagan Airport in D.C. The vets saw the Air Force, Lincoln, Korean War, Vietnam, World War II and Marine memorials and drove by the Navy Memorial. Booher says the trip ran like a welloiled machine. Each vet was given a HonorAir ball cap. At the Knoxville welcome back ceremony, people lined each side of the airport walkway, balloons arching overhead, while a 5-year-old girl sang “You’re A Grand Old Flag.” Booher received a letter from Gibbs Elementary 5th grader Matthew Trent, who told him that he plays wingback for his football team and intends to join the Air Force after he graduates high school. Matthew had something else to say, too. “Thank you for your service.” Call Jake Mabe at 922-4136 or email Visit him at, on Facebook or at

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Prayer Breakfast revisits Haiti The annual Union County Business and Professional Association Prayer Breakfast was held April 23 at Union County High School. The focus this year returned to the ongoing earthquake relief effort in Haiti.

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The Last Supper, portrayed by Cedar Ford Baptist Church. Cast members are: Kristian Pratt, Brian Riffey, Greg Leach, Tucker Greene, Robert Vandergriff, Mark DeVault, the Rev. Jeff Leach, Scott Skeen, Keith DeVault and John Neil Sexton.

Whitestone Church, in Powell, has continued an effort to provide for the 28 girls in the Coq Chante Orphanage, which is now housed in a temporary facility until a new orphanage is built. They have raised funds to build two new church/school facilities in the wake of the earthquake and have sent many teams of relief workers in the past year to continue humanitarian relief to an area that is so remote that there has been little outside help since the tragedy. The goal is to eventually have a new orphanage for the girls and use the existing temporary building as a boys’ orphanage in the future. Whitestone Church has been involved in the ministry in Haiti for several years and has continued their faithful commitment to the people in two mountain communities to help them survive and rebuild after the devastation of last year. Speakers Tamara Marcantel and Holly Turner brought updated video footage of the project and of the girls in the orphan-

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on April 18. Hundley has a GPA of 3.9 and has been on the dean’s list each year. She Young gospel musicians Josh Collins and Haley Brooks make volunteers with the United beautiful music for the Union County Business and Profession- Way and plans to seek a poal Association’s Prayer Breakfast. Photos submitted sition with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as age so that all in attendance chard and asparagus. Gary a forensic investigator for could see the progress be- Tharp will have tomato child abuse cases once she ing made and continue to and cucumber plants. Allen graduates. pray for those people. Haley Beeler will have assorted Brooks and Josh Collins en- potted plants including co- ■ Cedar Ford Easter tertained with the musical leus, marigolds and hanging Presentation baskets as well as tomato portion of the morning. Fifteen years ago, Cedar Info: www.atanieshope. and sweet pepper plants. Ford Baptist Church in LutThe market is held every trell began a presentation org. Saturday in front of the high that has grown into a yearly school from 8 a.m. until celebration. It starts with ■ Farmers Market noon. the preaching of John the Fern Walker update Baptist and concludes with April 30 will mark the ■ Lindsee Hundley by 17-year-old John ChrisJesus’ resurrection and third week for the newly Chandler and Mike wins scholarship ascension to heaven. The tian formed Farmers Market in Riffey. Along with church Lindsee Hundley is a scenes in between tell the members who are acting in Union County. Brian White 2008 graduate of Union story of Jesus’ life. of Whites Nursery will offer the play, it takes around 10 “The whipping scene County High weeping red lace leaf Japamembers for lights, music School who and crucifi xion are very and narration. This year’s nese Maples for $35 each. c o n t i n u e s graphic,” said member Lisa performance was held April Brian always buys freshto achieve Chandler. “Our chairman of 15 and 16 with an average of grafted trees and grows great things deacons Mark DeVault por- 130 seeing the play. Those them for several years bein her col- trays Jesus with such pas- who participate say they fore offering them for sale. lege career. sion that people come away have a desire to spread the This week will feature H u n d l e y from the play feeling that word of Jesus and help lead a plant exchange. Particiis a junior they have been in the pres- someone to the Lord. pants can bring a plant and at Lincoln ence of Jesus.” choose a plant from the pool Hundley This year’s theme was “We ■ Historical Society Memor ia l to take home in exchange. Need His Love.” The cast is University majoring in alDonna Riddle will have onhonors Carl Smith ions, spinach, kale, Swiss lied health with a minor in made up of 60 to 70 church Union County Historical forensics. She was award- members, ranging from the ed scholarships totaling ages of 1 to 70 years old. Society members listened $2,500 at a banquet at LMU This year’s play was directed intently April 17 as James




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REUNIONS ■ Horace Maynard High School Class of 1971 is planning its 40-year reunion. Those who would like to help get things started are encouraged to contact Donna Bailey Jones, 992-1555 or ucar1@, or Vickie Eastridge Keck, 910-580-4843. ■ The Reynolds family will have a reunion at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the Big Ridge State Park tea room. Come and bring a covered dish. Info: 992-3278.

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Perry and J.V. Waller celebrated the accomplishments of country music star Carl Smith in stories and musical recordings at the Union County Museum. Smith is one of three members of the Country Music Hall of Fame who was born in Union County. Smith came from humble beginnings but rose to stardom in the 1950s. The youngest of seven children of Doc and Ida Smith, Carl rode the Greyhound bus to Knoxville to pick his guitar on the “Midday Merry-GoRound.” At 17, he appeared on the “Cas Walker Farm and Home Hour.” His niece, Trilla Fern Walker, remembers how he would play his guitar in Knoxville and then come home to plow the fields. Smith married June Carter of the singing Carter Family in 1952 at Walker’s sister’s house in Blount County. This union lasted only five years and gave him his daughter, Carlene Carter, who also became a country music singer. In 1957, Smith married Goldie Hill, a country music singer who sacrificed her own career to be his wife. Carl and Goldie had two sons and a daughter. So, the next time that you hear a familiar but strange old county music tune, you just might be listening to one of more than 400 songs that Carl Smith, known as “Mister Country,” recorded.

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Union County 4-H will offer barbecue chicken lunches with all the fixings Wednesday, May 4. Each serving has a half side of chicken barbecued with the famous 4-H recipe, baked beans and chips for $8. Meals may be picked up at the UT Extension office in Maynardville between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Info or to order: 992-8038.


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.

TENNderCare available for children Lucille Hurst and June Hill celebrate their birthdays during the Luttrell Senior Luncheon on April 18. Photo submitted

Luttrell seniors enjoy luncheon On April 18, the Luttrell seniors met and had lunch at the Luttrell Community Center. The city of Luttrell bought lasagna, and the seniors all brought a covered dish. Birthday cake was provided by Gloria Fox, and Lucille Hurst and June Hill celebrated their birthdays. Twenty-six seniors attended.

MOMS Club cleans up Luttrell Park In honor of Earth Day, the local chapter of the MOMS Club supported the city of Luttrell’s efforts to keep Luttrell beautiful with a litter pick-up at Luttrell City Park on April 19. The moms in the club enjoy visiting Luttrell Park with their children and have cleaned the park several time since 2008. Pictured during the clean-up are: Valerie, Ava and Isaac Case; Kelly, Petra and Elijah Hensley; Eden, Waylon and Will Speirdowis. Not pictured is Marcie Shelton. Photo submitted

All enjoyed bingo, and everyone receiving a prize and blood pressure checks. Luncheon organizers thanked Donna Jones for dropping off bingo prizes for the seniors. Entertainment was provided by the Sharps Chapel Band. The next senior luncheon will be Monday, May 16, at the Luttrell Community Center.

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Craft Center plant sale is May 7 The Appalachian Arts Craft Center, located at 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris, will hold its annual plant sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Wildflowers, bushes, ferns, herbs and other plants will be available. This is a great way to get locally hardy plants at a reasonable price. Info: 494-9854.

Cancer Support Community programs All programs of the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee (formerly the Wellness Community) are offered at no cost to individuals affected by cancer and most are offered at 2230 Sutherland Ave. in Knoxville. Info: or 546-4661. ■ Weekly cancer survivor support groups, Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings. ■ Weekly support groups for cancer caregivers, Monday evening. ■ Weekly cancer family bereavement group. Thursday evening.

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: www. tenndercare or 1-866311-4287.

Cub Scout Pack 401 and their siblings visit the set of WBIR Channel 10 News and meet meteorologist Mike Witcher. Pictured are: (front) Joshua Inklebarger, Madison Cole, Samuel Meyers, Bruce Inklebarger, Seth Jackson; (back) Timothy Simonds, Riley Cole, Katilyn Simonds, Ross Richnafsky and Witcher. Photo submitted

Scouts tour TV station The Cub Scouts of Pack 401 recently visited the news center at WBIR Channel 10, where they toured the studio and learned about making the news program.

The Scouts sat quietly in the studio during the entire 30-minute live news broadcast and met meteorologist Mike Whitcher, himself an Eagle Scout.

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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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Touring Cades Cove NATURE NOTES | Dr. Bob Collier


couple of weeks ago, Grandma and I decided to go up and get a muchneeded Cades Cove fix. The weather was sunny, temps in the upper 70s and the wildflowers were coming on strong. We hadn’t tried out the newly-paved Loop Road, and we hadn’t given it our stamp of approval, either. And, in rummaging through some stuff, I had come upon a Cades Cove Auto Tour Guide booklet that was published in 1965, which I’m sure we acquired around 1970. So, we packed a lunch and headed for the hills, to see if we could get a newer version of the tour book to compare with our 40-year-old one. A brochure put out by the Smoky Mountains Association makes a striking statement: even if Cades Cove were to secede from the rest of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it would still be on the list of the 10 most-visited national parks! With no waterslides, bumper cars, bungee jumps, or fast-food restaurants, no motels or casinos, and still with 2 million visitors a year, you’d think there must be something pretty good going on up there. There is. Taken together with its rim of massive mountains, millennia of natural history and centuries of people history, Cades Cove is a spell-binding place. The

Smoky Mountain coves – Cades, Wear, Tuckaleechee, Cataloochee – are geologically unique places. Their flat, level floors are made of younger limestone rocks, surrounded by overlying, older, acidic shales and sandstones making up the mountains. This situation gives the cove floors sweeter, less acid soil than the rocky hillsides, excellent for growing corn, wheat, vegetables and grass for grazing and for hay. It’s potentially a great place to settle. There is no evidence that the Cherokee had ever set up actual residence in the Cove; the first permanent white settlers were John and Lucretia Oliver, who arrived in 1818. The area was very remote. The nearest town was Maryville, a three-day round trip. Many of the early folks lived their entire lives without ever leaving the Cove. Never very crowded, the Cove population rose and fell through the years, peaking at around 685 in 1850 and at 708 in 1900. There were still about 100 families living in the Cove when Tennessee began buying up the land for the national park in 1928. Which brings us to the present – sort of. One of the most fascinating parts of the history of the park, to me at least, is the difficulty the founders and early leaders had in deciding what to

do with the park once they had it. Some people wanted to make it another great wilderness park like the ones out West, complete with dude ranches and lots of horses. They imported rainbow trout and stocked the streams with the nonnative fish so that anglers could experience real trout fishing, like out West. Others wanted a network of paved roads throughout the park so everyone could experience every part of it from their car windows. They wanted big, multistory, rustic hotels like those in Yellowstone, Yosemite and Glacier National parks, with plenty of restaurants and amenities. And the one that really gets me, and it was seriously considered and debated and favored by the first park superintendent, J.R. Eakin – dam up Abrham’s Creek, flood Cades Cove into a lake 3.4 miles long and a mile wide, have a huge lodge on the lakeshore with a carillon bell tower and paddle boats for the visitors. Good grief! Thank goodness much more farsighted and wiser heads prevailed. They decided to preserve the Cove in such a way as to protect the natural features like the forest-covered mountains and the clear, free-running streams, and still show us 21st century people how life was lived in those mountains nearly

200 years ago. So now, as Grandma and I meander through the Cove, the forested mountains look down on a new and nicely-improved Loop Road with paved turnoffs and smooth stream crossings. We can see and visit half a dozen beautiful old log homes, a couple of magnificent cantilevered barns, a working grist mill and four “modern” frame buildings dating from the early 1900s – the three churches and the Becky Cable house at the Cable Mill area. And what’s the main difference between the 1965 Auto Tour and the present one? In 1965, the Cove’s fields were leased out by the park service to fortunate individuals to cut hay and graze cattle, supposedly to maintain the farm-like atmosphere of the place. There were three residences for those people listed on the Auto Tour, and along the road, fenced fields full of fat cattle graz-

ing on imported fescue grass. They are gone now, people, residences and cows. The fields are being carefully restored, one at a time, to the way they would have looked in the 1800s. The Park staff is planting the fields in native warm-season grasses, from seed found to remain in a few areas of the Cove. These grasses make excellent food and cover for the creatures that have lived in the Cove for centuries. People complain that the native grasses make the landscape look “weedy.” River otters, wiped out of the Smokies early on for their fur, once again swim in Abrham’s Creek. Peregrine falcons, once extinct east of the Rockies because of DDT, again fly over the Cove and raise a couple of young up on Duckhawk Ridge every year. A “Day Hikes” guide we got along with our new Auto Tour Guide lists 28 species of birds you should see in the Cove. Deer and turkeys

‘Little Bitty Quilt Show’ The Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris will host a “Little Bitty Quilt Show” throughout July with the theme “Summer Fun.” The maximum size of quilts that will be accepted is 24 inches on the longest side. Submitted quilts, entry fees and $5 per quilt must be turned in by Monday, June 20. Ribbons will be given including one for Best of Show. Info: 494-9854 or www.

Wildflower pilgrimage The 61st annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage will be held through Sunday, May 1, in the Great Smoky Mountains. The event, hosted by the University of Tennessee, will include art exhibits, merchants, guest speakers and more. Registration is open online at www.springwildflowerpilgrimage. org. On-site registration is available at Gatlinburg’s M.L. Mills Conference Center. Info: 974-0280.

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abound. And flowers? We saw some 25 species that day, showy orchis, crested dwarf iris, bouquets of yellow trilliums with red fire pinks. An amazing natural flower garden. As we destroy our ridge tops, muddy our streams and fill the landscape with abandoned big-box stores (think Knox County), it’s a comfort to know that there are yet a few sanctuaries where the natural world can go on as it was intended. The 800 square miles of mountains, streams and forests preserved within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park serve to show us what nature can create if given a few thousand years here and there. And a little time spent in Cades Cove can serve to show how independent and determined people can adapt to such a world, and live in it successfully for their whole lives. Spend a day in the Cove.

Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Info: ■ “Cold War Crisis: The U-2 Incident,” through Thursday, Sept. 1. Details the story of Gary Francis Powers, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who completed 27 U-2 photographic reconnaissance missions for the CIA until shot down by a Soviet missile in 1960. Includes photos, newsreels and personal items. AMSE lobby. ■ Open registration for 2011 AMSE’s Science Explorer Camp, through Sunday, May 1, for rising 5th, 6th and 7th graders (ages 10 and older). Campers will study insects, water, weather and more. Includes a tour of ORNL. Sessions are June 6-10 and June 13-17. Cost is $175 for members, $190 for nonmembers.

Living history weekend The Ramsey House Plantation, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, will host “A Living History Weekend: A Timeline from The French and Indian War to the Civil War” Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15. Info: 546-0745 or visit

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ennessee spring football games either do or don’t matter. In the case of exciting Volunteer quarterback Tyler Bray, the absolutely awful five completions in 30 pass attempts added up to no big deal because it was just the spring game and the wind was blowing. Coach Derek Dooley chose to put more stock in the previous 14 practices and said Tyler had done very well, thank you. In the case of beginning cornerback Justin Coleman, early enrollee who really should be enjoying the final weeks of his senior year in high school, back in Brunswick, Ga., shrimp capitol of the world, the spring game was supposedly a launch to-

ward fame and fortune. Oh no, it was not just an exhibition, an excuse to dress up and pick the pockets of enthusiastic fans. It was the real deal when high-jumping Justin Hunter twice ran fade routes and Coleman twice denied touchdown completions. No fear. Rare athletic ability. Perfect timing. Headlines. Hunter is 6-4. Hunter snagged seven Tennessee TD passes that counted last season, tied for tops among all freshmen in NCAA football. That’s the whole country, including Alaska. Coleman is 5-10. About this time last spring, he was finishing fifth in the Georgia 4A 110 high hurdles. He ran second in intermediates. He has come a long way, baby, in a very short time. On the sum-

mer depth chart for Tennessee football, he is a first-team cornerback. That may not hold in August. What you do in spring games either does or doesn’t matter. *** In three of the past four Decembers, the Heisman Trophy was awarded to Southeastern Conference stars: Tim Tebow, Mark Ingram, Cam Newton. Such dominance dictates that the SEC is a proper place to look for 2011 trophy prospects. There is an interesting list. Alas, no Volunteer is under consideration. South Carolina has two Heisman-types, wideout Alshon Jeffery (88 catches, 1,517 yards, nine TDs) and running back Marcus Lattimore (1,197 rushing and 17

of his imagery. And longer still before I stood beside the Grand Canyon and saw “carven by his power” his written words. I am grateful to Plunkett for reminding us that all creation is a love letter from God. On Easter Sunday an Armenian clergy pointed out | CROSS CURRENTS Lynn Hutton on the PBS radio show “On Being” that in the Creation story in Genesis 1, when it Jesus said to (Thomas), “Have you believed because says “God saw that it was you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen good,” the Hebrew could as and yet have come to believe.” (John 20: 29 NRSV) easily be rendered “God saw that it was beautiful.” I see his blood upon the rose And God said, “That’s And in the stars the glory of his eyes, beautiful.” His body gleams amid eternal snows, Which, of course, is exHis tears fall from the skies. actly what we say when I see his face in every flower; we can breathe again afThe thunder and the singing of the birds ter having been amazed by Are but his voice – and carven by his power the wonders of this world, Rocks are his written words. which bear God’s own thumbprint. All pathways by his feet are worn, I am grateful, too, to His strong heart stirs the ever-beating sea, John the Evangelist for His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn, recording Jesus’ words His cross is every tree. to Thomas. Thomas is, I (“I See His Blood Upon the Rose,” suppose, everyone’s favorJoseph Mary Plunkett) ite agnostic, the one who s is so often the case It was years later that I couldn’t believe until he with words I know by understood with more ma- had seen for himself. It was heart, I first learned the ture depth the meanings a week after Easter before words of Plunkett’s poem by hearing them sung. I was in junior high school and my social studies classroom was across and just down the Triple J Farms hall from the room where the senior high Advanced 865-254-5783 Chorus rehearsed. Day after day during that spring, 400 Zachary Ridge Road I heard these words by the Powder Springs, TN 37848 British mystic poet, and understood them with as much depth of spirit as a 13-yearCall for availability old can bring to bear.

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touchdowns as a freshman). Neither will win. They will split the vote. Trent Richardson is now the running back at Alabama. Multitalented Jeff Demps of Florida supposedly has a chance if he gets the football often and if the Gators win a surprising number of games. Michael Dyer of Auburn ranks high for a youngster. He gained 1,093 last season, broke a Bo Jackson record and made the 37-yard run that set up the winning kick in the national championship game. Heisman voters may consider past accomplishments. There are other All-Americans in the SEC. Tennessee has none. *** Ben Still, large offensive lineman, prep star in Memphis, mechanical engineering enthusiast with a 3.8 core GPA, says his football future is at Ole Miss. Ben is the son of former Tennessee All-American Eric Still but nobody is publicly complaining that DD did not offer a scholarship. UT has many young offensive linemen. Some of us get a warm, fuzzy feeling when high school

athletes follow family ties to Tennessee. On the horizon is Maryville quarterback Patton Robinette, among the favorite grandchildren of Pat Robinette, Vol basketball guard in the mid-1960s, smart student, career educator, exceptional human being. Keep an eye on developments. *** Ah yes, basketball is again in season. The Vols are enjoying individual skill sessions and getting acquainted with new coaches. In one such workout, players played without a basketball. They did interesting, little defensive slides from sideline to sideline while holding aloft 10-pound medicine balls. This can become strenuous work. Rumor has it that a few knees buckled. One player finally caught his breath and whispered that it was boot

camp worthy of Marines. Did anything like this happen in the Bruce Pearl era? *** Pity on Bob and Bert. Tennessee is talking to post prospect Yemi Makanjuoloa at Word of God Academy in Raleigh, N.C. Help me as I ponder how that name would sound on the Vol Network. Yemi is 6-9 and a developmental project. He came to the United States from Nigeria and was going to grow at famous Oak Hill Academy but has relocated. UT coaches visited. For the sake of our favorite basket announcers, maybe Yemi will attend Loyola Marymount or Siena or Hofstra. On the other hand, if he is good enough, maybe we’ll all learn how to say Mak-an-juo-loa. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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

Thomas saw Jesus. When Jesus offered for Thomas ■ Millers Chapel United Methodist Church, across from to touch him (a privilege McDonald’s on Maynardville he had denied to Mary on Highway in Maynardville, sponEaster morning), Thomas sors Food for Friends from 5-7 no longer needed proof, p.m. on the last Wednesday of but declared his faith by every month. This is a free meal exclaiming, “My Lord and for anyone in Union County My God!”, which was as who could use “on the house” soup and sandwiches. All those real and succinct an Affirin need are invited to come to mation of Faith as any that the church for food and fellowhas been written in subseship. Info: Beth, 857-6281. quent centuries. It was in that moment that Jesus mildly upbraided Men’s programs Thomas for having to see ■ Revival Vision Church, 154 to believe. But in so doing, Durham Drive in Maynardville, holds a men’s prayer breakfast Jesus also offered us our at 7 a.m. each Wednesday. All own personal, universal, are invited to join in praying once-and-for-all beatitude: and fasting for Union County. “Blessed are those who have Info: Jim, 684-8916. not seen and yet have come to believe.” We believe because we Music services ■ WMRD 94.5 FM hosts see Him everywhere!

“Traditional Hymns Hour” with Kathy Chesney from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. every Sunday. Call in your requests or dedications to 745-1467, and tune in to listen or sing along. ■ The Church of God at Maynardville will have a singing featuring Cross Connection at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Everyone welcome. The Rev. Charles McClure Jr. is pastor. Info: 992-0620. ■ Fellowship Christian Church, 746 Tazewell Pike, Luttrell, will host the Bewley Family for a singing at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Everyone welcome. ■ Oaks Chapel Church, 934 Raccoon Valley Road, will have a singing featuring the Berry Family at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Everyone welcome. The Rev. Roger Short is pastor. Info: 992-8767.

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


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Luttrell students recycle Keep Union County Beautiful and Union County Solid Waste thanked the 1st grade students and teachers at Luttrell Elementary School for their continued commitment to recycling. The students in each class made crafts and projects from ordinary household items that would have been thrown away. Union County Mayor Mike Williams had the diffi-

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Horace Maynard Middle honor roll Horace Maynard Middle School’s administrators recently announced the school’s honor roll for the third nine weeks period. ■ The members of Team KAOS are: (front) Courtney Booth, Madison Brantley, Sabrina Boggs, Cheyenne Marlow, Sierra Womble; (back) Hannah Young, Taylor Massengill, Kelly Dyer, Desirae Wilson and Megan Winstead.

Team KAOS sends a message star teams composed of girls from several middle schools. “It doesn’t get any more competitive. The players in AAU are the elite. These girls are putting in the effort by playing basketball nine months out of 12,” said Wilson. “My goal is to give these girls, and girls of the future, an opportunity to play highly competitive basketball, im-

By Cindy Taylor Volunteers Nathan Wilson and Randy Marlow are the proud coaches of Team KAOS, a 13 and under girls AAU basketball team based in Union County and comprised of 10 Horace Maynard Middle School students. Week in and week out, they face the best athletes in East Tennessee, 90 percent of whom are all-

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School system revises bus routes Union County Public Schools’ revised bus routes for the 2011-2012 school year have been released. With the addition of Paulette Elementary School, the school system has had the opportunity to restructure bus routes in order to provide a more logical, cost-efficient transportation system. In turn, this will also equalize student population at the elementary level. Union County Board of Education policy states: “Students will be guaranteed attendance at the elemen-

tary school for which a bus is routed to their homes. Parents/guardians wishing their student(s) to attend a school not on their assigned bus route may request their student(s) name be placed on a waiting list by the principal of the school of choice. Names are to be placed on the waiting list in the order received. Those on the waiting list are to be offered attendance at the school of choice in the order listed as space permits. Parents/guardians must provide

transportation for students to a school of choice.” If your child has been attending a school that is not on your designated route, he/she will receive a letter for further instruction in the next couple of weeks. It is the desire of Union County Public Schools to make every effort possible to make the transitions and restructuring process for bus routes as smooth as possible. Please contact Jimmy Carter at 992-5466 ext. 110 with questions concerning transportation.

The following is a list of schools and the roads included in the bus routes to each school. Sharps Chapel Elementary School was not affected by this change. All students living north of the Highway 33 Bridge are on the Sharps Chapel Elementary bus route.

Big Ridge Albright Road Ashley Brooke Lane Autumn Lane Autumns Way Beeler Gap Road Beeler Road Big Ridge Park Road Billy Lane Blue Bird Road Lane Boy Scout Camp Road Breeding Lane Brookview Drive Byrams Fork Road Cane Seed Hollow Road Cedar Lane Central View Road Chesnut Drive Christopher Lane Cierra Lane Club House Drive CNC Lane Cody Lane Cooper Road Cox Road Crown Hill Dark Hollow Road North Dark Hollow Road SouthDock Road Dogwood Trail Eagles Cove Parkway ELaneoria Lane Fern Drive Forgety Road Fox Hollow Lane Gilbert Lane Gips Mill Road Grace Ridge Road Graves Hollow Road Grissom Road Guyton Drive Harness Lane Hickory Drive Hickory Point Hickory Star Road, house # 572 and up Hickory Valley Road, house # 606 and up Highway 61 West, house # 1124 and up Hinds Creek Road Houser Lane Hurricane Hollow Road Hutchison Road Island Drive Jerry Hollow Road Jess Perry Road JFG Coffee Road Jones Lakeway Drive Joy Lane Judson Road Justin Lane Kanott Lane Keck Road Lakeridge Drive Lakeshore Drive Lakeview Drive Lakeview Lane Lakewood Road Lambdin Lane Lambdin Road Lett Cemetery Road Lex Lane Lick Skillet Road Linda Lane Little Bourbon Street Lloyd Lane Logan Lane Loyston Point Road Macedonia Church Road Malone Gap Road McAffee Lane McCoy Road Meandering Circle Melanie Lane Mill Creek Court Mill Creek Road Mill Creek Run Mt Olive Road Northshore Drive Ousley Gap Road Overlook Trail Panoramic Drive Park Lane Pearl Lane Reece Lakeview Ridge Circle Road Ridge Road Ridgetop Road River Ridge Road Riverview Road Robbins Road Royce Road Russell Ridge Road Sara Lane Satterfield Lane Sharp Lane Shipley Ridge Road Smith Lane Song of the Valley South Cove Road Sparks Landing Road Stacey Lane State Highway 61 Sugar Camp Lane

Sugar Camp Point Sugar Limb Road Summers Road Summit Lane Three Gable Lane Tudor Hollow Road Tumbling Run Estates Turner Road Wyrick Road Union Moores Gap Road Waterside Circle

Luttrell Acorn Drive Ailor Gap Road, from Highway 370 (house # 1133) to Tazewell Pike Alpine Drive Amanda Way Ann Street Ashley Lane Atkins Road Barber Road Baron Circle Booker Lane Bower Hollow Road Capps Road Cedar Avenue Clear Branch Road Clinch Mountain Road Clinch Valley Road Clinch View Drive Corryton Road Corryton Luttrell Road Davis Road Depot Street Dogwood Drive Donahue Road Duke Drive Duke Lane Dutchess Lane East Mountain View Road Eva Road First Street Fourth Street Front Street Gentry Lane Grace Avenue Harless Road, from Waverly Circle to Tazewell Pike Harless Ridge Highland Drive Hill Street Hill Top Lane Holly Lane Hubbs Road Hwy 61 East, house # 2100 and up J and D Lane Jane Dyer Road Jim Town Road Jim Town Road East Jim Wolfe Road Julian Drive Kelly Drive Key Stone Road Keys Lane King Way Kitts Road Luttrell Main Street Maynard Avenue McBee Lane Meadow Breeze Road Megan Lane Merritt Lane Michele Lane Misty View Lane Monday Road Monroe Hollow Road Mynatt Circle Mynatt Lane Nora Lane North Ridge View Old Highway 61 East Pamela Lane Park Road Peach Tree Lane Pecan Circle Peters Road Queens Drive Red Bud Circle Ridge Crest Road Roberts Road Rocky Top Road Rowe Chesney Road Royal Crest Circle Ruth Street Sallings Road Scenic View Drive Scott Road Second Street Shady Lane Smith Road South Ridge View Road Stoney Lane Stowers Drive Strevel Lane Tazewell Pike Third Street Thomas Road Top Side Drive Trellis Drive Underwood Lane Union Avenue Vaughn Nicely Lane Wallace Road Walnut Avenue

Walnut Lane Walters Street Warwick Chapel Road Waverly Circle West Mountain View Road Wolfe Road Wolfenbarger Road Wood Lane

Maynardville A J Lane Academy Street Accord Lane Ailor Drive Airport Road Albert Hopson Road Archer Road Ashley Drive Autumns Trail Bailey Lane Baker Circle Beeler Lane Bertha’s Place Black Fox Harbor Black Fox Hollow Road Black Fox Road Bob Wright Road Bowman Lane Broad Street Brookside Lane Bucher Hollow Road Buckner Road Bull Run Road, house # 612 and up Burt Smith Lane C Bird Lane Cedar Hill Cedar Lane Cedar Place Chesnut Grove Road Christina Circle Church Street Circle Drive Claude-Eva Lane Collins Lane Cooke Lane Cool Branch Copperhead Road Court Street Covenant Lane Creekside Road Critter Circle Damewood Hollow Dan Shumate Road David Drive North David Drive South Dayflower Way Donald Lane Dotson Creek Road Dukes Road Edmondson Lane Edwards Road Fall Creek Lane Fall Creek Road Forest Brookridge Fox Hunter Road to house # 899 Gibson Lane Goose Lane Grand View Drive Graves Lane Gray Road Green Acres Road Greenland Road Gregory Lane Grizzell Farm Lane Hayes Hollow Lane Hensley Hollow Road Hickory Valley Road to house # 605 Highland View Drive Highridge Court Highway 370, house # 604 and up Highway 61 East to house # 2099 Hogskin Road Hubbs Grove Road Ingle Swinger Lane Jeffery Lane Jerry Street Jessee Road Joe Davis Road Judys Lane KD Lane Keith Drive Kenny Lane Kentwood Circle Kettle Hollow Road Larry Lane Laws Road Lay Acres Lay View Lane Lewis Green Hollow Road Lillian Lane Link Lane Little Tater Valley Road Little Valley Road to house # 1320 Loy Lane Luttrell Road Lynn Drive Main Street Marine Lane Maynardville Highway from Kay’s Market to 33 Bridge McGhee Drive McLemore Lane Mill Pond Hollow Road Monroe Road Monroe Street

Mossie Lane Mulberry Avenue Munsey Lane Myers Lane Nave Hill Road Newt Cooke Cemetery Road Nicley Lane Oakwood Drive Old Highway 33 Old Springs Road Overton Road Overview Lane Owen Moore Drive Padgett Lane Paul Lane Pine Crest Drive Prospect Road Raley Road Ravyn Way Richardson Lane Richardson Way Riverside Lane Rose Drive Rosewood Lane Rush Lane Savage Lane Scenic Springs Lane Sexton Lane Seymour Lane Shirley Ann Lane Shope Lane Signet Lane Songbird Lane Spring Branch Road Spring Street Springside Lane Stiner Court Swan Seymour Road Tater Valley Road Texas Hollow Road Tharpe Lane Three Falls Road Tim Nicely Lane Tower Lane Tower Road Valerie Lane Valley Road Valley View Veterans Street Waddington Way Waggoner Lane Walker Farm Road Walker Ford Road Wall Street Wallace Lane Wallace Trail

Warwick Lane Wayne Shoffner Lane Wilco Lane Wild Turkey Lane Wilson Bailey Lane Wilson Lane Wood Ridge Drive Zachary Lane

Paulette Ailor Gap Road to Highway 370 (house # 1132) Angela Drive Arby Acres Ashley Acres Bailey Drive Barn Road Beard Valley Road Beech Drive Beeler Hollow Road Berry Road Betty Lou Lane Birch Hollow Road Booker Road Breeding Lane Brock Road Brooks Road Buck Lane Bull Run Road to house # 611 Burkett Roach Lane Burkhart Road Butcher Lane Butler Lane Caldwell Lane Chestnut Ridge Road Christy Lane Clear Branch Drive Clearwater Ridge Road Coleman Cox Lane Comb Ridge Road Cooper Lane Cox Lane Creekview Cross Creek Circle Cross Creek Road Crystal Mountain Road Cumberland Lane Denver Burkhart Lane Dogwood Lane Dogwood Road Dogwood Street Dorothy Drive Durham Drive Elm Road Elvin Hill Road England Lane England Road Farmall Lane Firebird Lane Foust Lane Fox Hunter Road, house # 900 and up Gloria Lane Gooch Lane Graves Road Hansard Road Harless Road to Waverly Circle Harmon Drive Hankins Hollow Road Heiskell Road Helms Lane Henry Lane Hickory Star Road to house # 571 Highland View Street Highway 370 to house # 603 Highway 61 West to house # 1123 Hill Acre Road Hillcrest Drive Hillside Circle Hillside Drive Holman Lane

Holt Lane Hummingbird Crossing Huntington Lane Irene Lane Jackson Road Jamie Street Joe Cooper Lane Jogging Street John Deere Drive Johnson Farm Road Johnson Road Karen Lane Keen Lane Lays Lane Little Valley Road, house # 1321 and up Loyston Road Lucas Lane Mae Lane Mamie Lane March Road Martin Road Maynardville Highway, Knox County line to Kay’s Market Meadowview Drive Middle Glen Road Midfield Drive Milan Lane Milligan Lane Morgan Heights Mountain View Acres Drive Noah Drive North Glen Road Oak Street Oakland Road Old Loyston Road Old Maynardville Highway Old Rugged Cross Old Tazewell Pike Ousley Drive Paint Horse Lane Parker Road Pine Drive Pine Lane Pine Road Pine Street Pinewood Road Possum Valley Road Quarry Road Raccoon Valley Road Raceway Drive Red Gate Crossing Lane Reed Lane Remington Drive Richardson Hill Russell Drive Sandy Lane Satterfield Road Shoffner Lane Skyline Drive Smokey Lane Snyder Lane South Glen Lane Summerset Way Texas Valley Road Thomas Weaver Road Timber Creek Road Timber Creek Subdivision Timber Lane Tobits Fides Road Tucker Lane Turner Hollow Road Union Chapel Road Waterlilly Lane Welch Drive Wenger Lane Wenger Park Lane West Melissa Dawn Whetsell Lane White Pine Street Williams Drive Wolfenbarger Lane

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GEAR UP seeks renewal By Cindy Taylor In September 2005, the state of Tennessee was awarded a $3.5 million federal discretionary grant by the U.S. Department of Education known as Gaining Early Awareness

Union County Patriots and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). GEAR UP provides resources to assist state efforts to increase the number of low income students who are prepared to enter

and succeed in postsecondary education. Union County High School benefitted from a portion of those grants five years ago. Jamie Branton was hired to help 8th graders prepare for college throughout their high school years. That grant is ending with this year’s graduating class, but Branton hopes to continue at the high school as GEAR UP Coordinator with the support of additional grants. “We have visited colleges and universities since

Jamie Branton is the GEAR UP coordinator for Union County High School. Photo by C. Taylor

these students were in 8th grade,” said Branton. “We are one of five East Tennessee counties that have GEAR UP. We do summer

college tours and youth summits. The students are placed in the position of starting college in a practice run that includes where to go for ID’s, immunizations, sign up for classes, locating their classes on campus, etc. This helps prep them for when they actually start college.” Branton has worked with more than 120 students at the high school during her five years as coordinator. They have traveled to colleges both inside and outside the state.


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The Union County School Board has approved the following calendar for the remainder of the school year: ■ May 26 and 27, will be instructional days for students. ■ Saturday, May 28, will be an abbreviated instructional day for students. ■ Memorial Day, May 30, will be an administrative day with no students. ■ May 31 will be the last abbreviated day.

Union County third baseman Josh Owens fires Union County High School pitcher Colby off a shot to first base for the out in the April Edds takes the mound against the Gibbs 20 game against the Gibbs Eagles. The Patriots Eagles in baseball action April 20. Photos by Ruth White fell 11-1.


■ Kindergarten registration for Union County schools will be held at each elementary school 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Registration for Paulette Elementary School will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Milan Baptist Church. Children who are 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2011, should enter kindergarten during the 2011-2012 school year. Parents must provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate, proof of a physical within the last six months or date of next scheduled physical, immunization records, copy of the child’s Social Security card, and two proofs of residency like utility bills. The principals of each school will have bus route information. Enrollment forms may be picked up at the Union County Board of Education

Open House Sunday, May 1 from 2-4 Seller to pay $3,000 toward buyer closing costs! Perfect home for a family that needs lots of space for entertaining. Master on main, 4BD/3BA, large home office, cathedral ceilings, walk-in closets, pantry, deck, patio, sunroom, gas FP, 2-car gar., professional landscaping. Full, finished bsmt. w/ pool table, dart boards and rec room. Approx. 2,856 sq. ft. $189,000 MLS#736892 Directions: North on Maynardville Hwy. from Halls. Turn left into Union Court across from Food City, make first right, then right on Accord Lane. Sign on property.

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Union County High School athlete of the week Weston Capps serves up a win By Cindy Taylor Weston Capps is a senior on the Union County High School tennis team and hopes to be a walk-on at East Tennessee State University in the fall. Capps holds an impressive record for his team in recent games. When Union County met Campbell County on April 19, Capps played No. 1 seed singles and won 8-2. He also partnered with teammate Corey Bryant for doubles, and the pair won 6-0. On April 21, Capps won singles and doubles, again with Bryant, against Grace Christian Academy 8-2 and 6-1, respectively. Capps was also part of the 2010 boys team that captured the district championship. Capps is the son of Brad and Deanna Capps of Maynardville, and his brother, Nathan, is in 6th grade at Horace Maynard Middle School.

office starting Monday, May 2. Info: Jimmy Carter, 992-5466 ext. 110. ■ Link your Food City Value Card with the school of your choice to earn money for that school. To link, ask your cashier at check-out. Even though the school isn’t built yet, you can already link your Value Card to Paulette Elementary School.

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