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BUZZ Tournament to boost baseball A cornhole tournament to raise funds for the Union County High School baseball team will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Lil Jo’s BBQ on Maynardville Highway. Early registration begins at 5 p.m. Cost is $20 per player. There will be cash prizes for first and second place. Rain date is July 11. Info: 621-4603 or 660-1839.
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IN THIS ISSUE Mynatts of Halls The Mynatt and Crippen families helped make Halls what it is today. William Tell Mynatt and Sarah Hassie Weaver Mynatt were Halls natives who married in 1908. In their 66 years together they brought 13 children into the world; eight lived long lives and three are still living. Children in order of birth were; Bert, Mildred, Theodore “Teddy,” George, Gene, Walt, Jack, Mae, William Tell “June” Jr., Ruth “Deuce,” Bob, Hazel and Pete.
Read Cindy Taylor on page 3
School board hits budget goal Union County Board of Education will end the year with a fund balance adequate to meet state requirements, according to Finance Director Ann Dyer. “State auditors noted we had $1.1 million in our operating fund (at the end of the last fiscal year), and they asked for an increase to $1.8 million. We have met the comptroller’s requirement,” she reported to the BOE on June 18.
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Society turns 35 The Union County Historical Society is a labor of love, and the county came together to celebrate that love June 13. Founded in 1980 with an aim to build a museum, the Historical Society has been staffed from the beginning by volunteers, funded by memberships, donations and book sales.
Read Shannon Carey on page 3
Ah! The Model A Hodge and Neal Walker grew up in Lead Mine Bend, sons of the late Malcolm and Hattie Walker. When Hodge was about 12 years old and Neal about 17, they went with their grandfather to look at a 1930 Model A Coupe.
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Shopper-News interns had a whirlwind day in Union County June 16, visiting Trinity Funeral Home, Union County Arts Co-op and the courthouse. Pictured here, the interns wait on the shores of Norris Lake for a ride on Helms Ferry in Sharps Chapel. They are (front) Charlie Hamilton, Anne Marie Higginbotham, Maddie Murphy, Laken Scott, Betty Mengesha, Bailey Lemmons, Abi Nicholson; (back) Amanda McDonald and Maddie Ogle. See more from the ShopperNews interns on pages 6 and 7. Photo by Ruth White
Teamwork fixes football field
By Shannon Carey
Senior Night, the last home game of the 2014 Union County High School football season, was a washout. Literally. Too much standing water on the football field made it unplayable. The opposing team had to host the game, and Union County’s seniors had Senior Night in someone else’s stadium. But teamwork, sweat equity and some good old volunteer spirit is ensuring that Union County’s seniors will always play Senior Night at home. The field needed grading to a slight slope on either side to make drainage effective. Also, the playing surface was uneven and unsafe. Eddie Graham, director of health and human resources with Union County Public Schools, took the project by the horns. In partnership with head football coach Tommy Rewis, he started making plans to bring in fill dirt to create the needed slope. Estimated cost, $45,000. “We just didn’t have that in our budget to do,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jimmy Carter. Enter Union County Roads Superintendent David Cox. Cox suggested that the slope needed for drainage could be created by scraping three inches of topsoil off the edges of the field, and moving that soil to the middle of the field. The field could then be tilled and sprigged with good Bermuda grass, one of the best playing surfaces available. Cox and the Highway Department did the scraping and sloping and only charged the
Gathered at the newly graded and sprigged Union County High School football field are (front) head football coach Tommy Rewis, Director of Health and Human Resources Eddie Graham, Director of Schools Dr. Jimmy Carter and Roads Superintendent David Cox. Photo by S. Carey
school system for fuel, taking a $45,000 project down to less than $10,000. “It was a stroke of genius,” said Graham. “The Highway Department and David (Cox) have been phenomenal.” Cox and many other volunteers, including son Taylor Cox, Danny Savage, Glenn Coppock, Gary Kitts and Will Phillips of the Union Farmer’s Co-op, and school maintenance workers Keith Beason and Jerry Lynn Walker, put in their own time to make the new field a reality. Crossroads Landscaping of Sweetwater even gave 500 additional bundles of Bermuda grass sprigs at no cost. “It’s just a community effort,” said Carter. “That’s what’s great about Union County is that people want to see good things and they don’t mind to volunteer their time to do it. It was good to see the community come together.” Summer practice for football starts July 2, and all signs point to a grassy field by then. “It’s a self-esteem thing for the kids,” said Rewis. “We’re going to have what everybody else has. Now, when these kids walk out they’re going to have a sense of pride. This whole complex is something to be proud of.” But it’s not just football players who use the field. Band members, cheerleaders, soccer players, all will benefit from the improved playing surface. “We don’t want to take away from the Highway Department, but we want to do the right thing for the people of Union County,” said Cox.
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No need to boost contingency fund By Sandra Clark Union County Board of Education will end the year with a fund balance adequate to meet state requirements, according to Finance Director Ann Dyer. “State auditors noted we had $1.1 million in our operating fund (at the end of the last fiscal year), and they asked for an increase to $1.8 million. We have met the comptroller’s requirement,” she reported to the BOE on June 18. The board will meet in special session June 29 to adopt necessary bud-
get line transfers. The next regular meeting is Thursday, July 16. Both are at 6 p.m. at the high school. ■ Horace Maynard Middle School will get a new principal, said Director of Schools Jimmy Carter. The system has posted for the position and he expects to start interviews June 29. ■ Carolyn Murr, president of the Union County Education Association, asked if teachers – all teachers – will get a raise, and Carter said he expects to know the precise amount of state funding by mid-July. “The BEP is a moving target until July.”
Murr said the professional collaborative conference (PECCA) should meet to discuss raises since 59 of the county’s 200-plus teachers have “topped out” on step increases. ■ TNVA: Carter said the Tennessee Virtual Academy will operate during the upcoming school year. “We’re currently enrolling (existing) students, but not taking new students at this time. … I want the board to have a say in that decision.” The BOE adopted a policy on use of school facilities and voted to bid out a new gym floor at Luttrell Elementary.
Gov. Bill Haslam stopped by Norris to present a grant check to the city. On hand was state Sen. Randy McNally, who thanked the governor for the $347,760 that will be used for East Norris sidewalk improvements. “This grant will be used to improve the quality of life here in Norris and that is what matters most,” said Haslam. The improvements will help the community to grow in a positive way.
Haslam presents Norris a TDOT sidewalk grant
Maynardville Public Library director Chantay Collins gives Summer Reading attendee Mak Bemer the first throw in the spider web game. Photo by S. Carey
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Summer Reading in full swing By Shannon Carey Maynardville Library director Chantay Collins says she has more than 300 readers signed up for this year’s Summer Reading program. With story time Tuesday and Thursday mornings and special programs on Fridays, Collins said she has “a really good crowd.” Students at Horace May-
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Gov. Bill Haslam presented a TDOT grant check to the city of Norris for sidewalk improvements, shook hands with residents, posed for photos and kissed baby Wyatt Ashley. All smiles is Wyatt’s grandmother, Amy Jones.
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Mynatt family huge in Halls history By Cindy Taylor
Harold Woods and Marilyn Toppins teach school for visitors to Sharps School, reconstructed on the grounds of the Union County Historical Society museum and library.
Jim Woods sings his new song, “Union County Dirt.”
Celebrating history for 35 years By Shannon Carey The Union County Historical Society is a labor of love, and the county came together to celebrate that love June 13. Founded in 1980 with an aim to build a museum, the Historical Society has been staffed from the beginning by volunteers, funded by memberships, donations and book sales. “We worked from 1980 to the early 90s to accumulate $125,000,” said current president Martha Carter. “We leased this land from the county for 100 years for $1.” She called first Historical Society president Gene Tharp “the bulldozer.” “He was the one who really held this together,” she said. The museum is two floors full of artifacts and memorabilia from Union County’s past, along with a complete library of historical records, all free and open to the public. Carter said visitors often can’t believe they don’t have to pay to access the records. “We have people who come from all over the U.S.
Martha Carter, Wanda Cox Byerley, Gwen Johnson and Patricia McKelvey are ready to greet visitors at the 35th anniversary of the Union County Historical Society. Johnson is demonstrating quilting stitches. Photos by S. Carey to come here,” said Carter. “Practically everybody that went West had to come through here to go over Cumberland Gap. Sometimes a son or daughter got married and settled here along the way.” Now, the Historical Society has more than 300
members, and very few live in Union County. Carter said most are out of state. Some visitors come from other countries to access the records there. “They say ‘We have traveled all over, and you all have got a jewel here and don’t know it,’” Carter said.
The celebration included music, food, craft demonstrations and “school” taught by Harold Woods in the log cabin Sharps School located on the grounds. Many Union Countians have volunteered for the Historical Society over the years, and Carter thanked them all for their service. Info: 865- 992-2136
Those who know Halls history will tell you that the Mynatt and Crippen families helped make Halls what it is today. William Tell Mynatt and Sarah Hassie Weaver Mynatt were Halls natives who married in 1908. In their 66 years together they brought 13 children into the world; eight lived long lives and three are still living. Children in order of birth were Bert, Mildred, Theodore “Teddy,” George, Gene, Walt, Jack, Mae, William Tell “June” Jr., Ruth “Deuce,” Bob, Hazel and Pete. Tell and Hassie built a legacy that continues. From 11 children came 26 grandchildren, 48 greatgrandchildren, 35 greatgreat-grandchildren and counting. Many still reside in the Halls community. For decades a Mynatt reunion brought well over 100 people. Brothers Bob and Pete Mynatt live in Halls on the original farm. Hazel Mynatt Brooks lives in Virginia. Tell and Hassie are remembered by family members as hardworking and a bit gruff, but loving. “Mommy and Poppy were believers but they weren’t church goers,” said Bob. “I think they probably sent us all to church so they could get some rest.” Tell was a school bus driver for years, but farming provided the family’s main income. Children were raised with a strong work ethic. When the brothers
left home farming wasn’t anyone’s end-game plan, but it did lead to one major Halls business. Mynatt Brothers Seed and Feed Co. Bert’s idea and opened in a block building in 1951. Walt, Jack and George were also involved. The business later became known as Mynatt Hardware. In 1957 the brothers added on to the building to make room for a furniture store. Eventually George branched out into the furniture end and Jack opened Halls Cleaners. Son Chris Mynatt still runs that business. Barbara Mynatt Gaylor and Gloria Mynatt Stout are daughters of Bert and Marie and the first grandchildren born to Tell and Hassie. “When Gloria and I were little we sat around the radio on Saturday night at Grandma and Grandpa’s listening to the Renfro Valley Barn Dance,” said Barbara. “When he was getting the store established dad (Bert) worked 12 hours a day,” said Gloria. “He left at 6 a.m. and came home after 6 p.m.” The Mynatts were true pioneers in Halls business who were also instrumental in bringing a telephone company, water company and banking to Halls. For the first time in more than 60 years the Mynatt Hardware and furniture buildings stand empty. Regardless of what the future holds, the site will always have a place in the hearts of Halls residents.
Veterans Place dedicated Mayor Mike Williams, Tennessee Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Many-Bears Grinder and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett stand in front of Union County’s new Veterans Place memorial just above Wilson Park in Maynardville. Dedicated with a ceremony June 13, the monument Photo of the original Mynatt Seed and Feed building from an ad in the 1952 Halls yearbook commemorates all veterans. Photo submitted
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opinion Ah! The Model A This Model A story was told by Robert Wyrick, son of Esther and the late Lath Wyrick. Robert is one of many members of the East Tennessee Model A Club. Hodge and Neal Walker grew up in Lead Mine Bend, sons of the late Malcolm and Hattie Walker. It seems that when Hodge was about 12 years old and Neal about 17, they went with their grandfather to look at a 1930 Model A Coupe. A neighbor had abandoned the car in a field behind his house and the car had been there quite a while. The neighbor had agreed to sell the car for $10 since he needed the money to get married. Their grandfather thought the stripped-down car would make a great hay wagon, so he paid the $10.
Their grandfather accompanied the boys to take the car home. They talked their grandfather into letting them have a battery to see if the car would run. They did get the car started but the joy was short-lived. Something popped and the car came to an abrupt halt. The boys continued to attempt to get the car running. Finally, after towing the car home, their grandfather made them a deal with two stipulations – he would give
4 • JUNE 24, 2015 • UNION COUNTY Shopper news them the car if they could make it run and if he could use it for deer hunting. At the time, deer hunting in the game reserve was illegal; and if caught, your vehicle could be confiscated. A short time before, a fellow from Maynardville had his new Cadillac and shotgun taken when caught with a deer in the trunk. Grandfather was not about to take a chance with his pickup if the Model A could stand in its stead. Over the next several weeks, the boys picked the brain of anyone coming by to diagnose the problem. This was an era when most men folks knew something about the timing procedure of a Model A, and the common diagnosis was that it was out of time. In spite of all their efforts, the old car just wouldn’t run. As a last resort the boys took the car to the local mechanic who quickly assessed the problem, walked over to his Model A junk pile and picked out a coil.
Model A Ford, similar to the one bought by Neal and Hodge Walker. He hung it on the Model A; and, when he hit the starter, it awakened from its slumber. Its joyful noise excited the boys. They drove the car for a while until Neal married and moved up North to work. At that time Hodge bought Neal’s interest. After a while the
old Model A went by the wayside. At the time of the story, Hodge owned a neat ’31 Coupe and a barn full of parts. Robert recently bumped into Hodge at the Model A get-together at Clinton; and yes, Hodge still has that ’31 Model A. Hodge still lives
close to home and Neal retired back to Union County. So far as I know, both are still in love with the Model A. When Neal (who has a wonderful voice) came back to Tennessee he joined the Better Way Quartet and still sings at community events.
turned to Union County as teachers in fall 1987. I enjoyed the occasional visits with Ms. Christy in to Tennessee from Florida. her kindergarten classroom Christy and I shared at Maynardville Elementary classes and homerooms toat the end of the teaching gether all through elemenday. Once we decided to go tary and high school. She shopping at East Towne was quite the social butMall (now Knoxville Centerfly. We were both in Ms. ter). The mall was practiGeneva Ailor’s eighth grade cally new at that time, and English class. Christy would was a place full of stores, a always stand outside in food court and a variety of the hall every day until the people. She seemed to postardy bell rang. Then with sess endless stamina, but a “Whoop!” she’d run to get in her seat before the bell stopped ringing. This occasionally elicited a less than favorable reaction from our beloved instructor. We went our separate ways in college – she to the University of Tennessee and I to Lincoln Memorial University. She and I were two of four graduates who re-
I was absolutely exhausted when that trip was over. Ms. Christy was literally a bundle of energy, and I practically had to run to keep up with her. Though we’ve worked in the same school system for 28 years, we haven’t seen a lot of each other during that time. We each became busy with life and our families and jobs. I was privileged to serve as Ms. Christy’s assistant principal at Maynardville Elementary for one year.
Having her there as a friend on staff made the move easier and more pleasant. Christy was always and remains a great encourager to me. I always feel a little happier after I’ve got to spend a few minutes talking with her. It’s always a joy to see her and reminisce over the “old times of our younger days.” Next week, another look at a Union County educator from the HMHS Class of 1983.
A constant friend She enrolled at Maynardville Elementary in the fall of 1975 and was in Ms. Polly Dyer’s fifth grade. I remember her as a very friendly, bubbly 10-year-old who seemed to find everything in life exciting. She carried that persona into adulthood when she became one of the 1983 graduates of Horace Maynard High School who became a Union County teacher. Upon college graduation this young lady returned to Maynardville Elementary as a kindergarten teacher. Later, she worked for the county’s Alternative Learning Center. She is currently on staff at the Union County Elementary Middle Alternative Center.
Ronnie Mincey TEACHER TIME Most importantly for me, Ms. Christy Smith is my friend. This winter will mark 40 years since she saw her first “live” snowflake. I can’t image her utter joy when in January 1977 there was only one day of school due to excessive snowfall. It might be perplexing to understand why snow was such a big deal to Ms. Christy until you know she moved
Intelligent Life Watercolors were art show favorites Susan Miller shows her watercolor titled “Alma Sue and Jo”, which won her the Best of Show award at the Fountain City Art Center’s open show. The painting features two of Miller’s church members. The show will be open to the public through July 9. The Fountain City Art Center is located at 213 Hotel Ave. Info: 357-2787. Photos by R. White
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Who is your hero?
“Who is your hero?” The little guy is nine or 10. He had been talking with his dad about heroes. Hit me cold with his question. I almost admitted I never had one but I didn’t think that was the answer he was seeking. I told him my father was inconveniently drafted into the military at age 39 to help win World War II. He never once complained. Years later, when I asked how he tolerated that upheaval in our life, he said “Simple enough, when your country calls, you answer.” This very special sermon about loyalty and responsibility sailed right past the youngster. “My hero is Justin Worley.” OK, you got me. Why? “He could take a licking and keep on ticking.” This was little-boy talk but grandfather Timex logic. The former Tennessee quarterback did not win enough games but got up each time he was knocked down and won considerable respect. And some genuine admiration.
Worley got clobbered. He was on his way to a world record number of sacks when he was ﬁnally decked for keeps. It was cruel and unusual punishment for a Volunteer. I blamed 2013 problems on the veteran offensive line which looked good in photos but did not perform at a winning level. In the beginning of 2014 I blamed the inexperienced and inept offensive line and wondered if receivers really knew where they were going and why they couldn’t create at least a small window of opportunity. Later I asked if Worley was holding the ball too long, looking for something that wasn’t there and would never be. After Justin was injured and the schedule softened and Joshua Dobbs arrived
out of nowhere and saved the season, I dismissed the offensive muddle as a misﬁt of moving parts. Worley did not run the Tennessee version of the read option very well and was not expert at salvaging broken plays. He did have leadership qualities. He took whatever came his way without ever blaming others. He showed up for work even when he didn’t feel like it. He had the heart of a champion. Justin Worley has more than enough of the other stuff to be the little guy’s hero. He won state championships back to back at Rock Hill, S.C. He threw for 5,315 yards and a state-record 64 touchdowns as a senior. He was Gatorade National Player of the Year 2010. Hmmm, wonder why South Carolina and Clemson did not recruit him? One analyst said “three stars, 30th among pro-style quarterbacks.” Another whispered “too slow.” Derek Dooley was delighted to sign Worley. He made one heck of a press release – pro size, great stats, practicing Christian, 4.07
grade-point average, goodguy award, everything from Feed the Hungry to Adopt a Highway. As you know, the partnership didn’t work out very well at Tennessee. Justin was poorly prepared for freshman appearances. He saw mop-up duty as a sophomore. He won the job as a junior and started seven of eight games before the thumb injury. He threw the key pass against South Carolina but didn’t see Marquez North’s unbelievable left-handed catch, where he pinned the football against his helmet. Worley would have enjoyed it but he was ﬂat on his back with a Gamecock rooting around on top of him. Justin was again the No. 1 quarterback as a senior and almost beat Georgia (handoff fumble). The 29th sack of last season, at Ole Miss, ended his college career – 23 TD passes, 21 interceptions, not much in the way of trophies. I’m going out on a limb. He may not make it in the NFL but he won’t end up on welfare or in rehab. He is an OK choice as a little boy’s hero. He ﬁts the role. (Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is firstname.lastname@example.org
One life, many stories By Cindy Taylor You don’t live to be a centenarian without having learned a few tricks. Mabel Wolfe Acuff has learned more than a few. Acuff celebrated her 102nd birthday on May 7. She says one of the things that helped keep her young was a career in teaching. “I really liked teaching high school because they can take care of themselves,” she said. “You could have a quiet time while they did their lessons.” The Rev. Jerry Baltimore pastors Little Flat Creek Church, which Acuff has attended since she was a child. “Mabel has been here forever,” said Baltimore. “She has trouble convincing people sometimes that she is over 100 years old. Her mind is still quick as a bear trap, and she seems so happy.” Acuff teaches a weekly Sunday school class, leads a women’s prayer group, plays the piano in church and can play the organ as well. She grew up in the Luttrell and Corryton areas. The house she once lived in on Jim Wolfe Road is still standing. She has outlived
The one who made the Pleiades and Orion, the Lord is his name. ... (Amos 5:8 NRSV) In the recent session of Holston Annual Conference, a speaker asked if we remembered what day of the week we ﬁrst professed our faith. Then he asked everyone in the room to stand if they were saved on a Sunday, then other days of the week, and ﬁnally, he asked those who didn’t remember to stand. I stood with the Thursday folks, because I had reason to remember. I was eight years old, and my church was having a revival. My brother was sick, and Mother and Daddy took turns going to church and staying home with him. On the way home from church that Thursday evening, I looked out at the sky and saw a streak of light – long and stationary in the sky – clearly not a shooting star. I asked Daddy what it was, but he was driving, and couldn’t look at the sky. I described it, and he said, “Probably a comet.” “What’s that?” I asked.
over. Acuff was teaching when World War II came along and helped register young men for the draft. She says she doesn’t have a favorite president. She Community says they all did something, services whether good or bad. She ■ Hansard Chapel Methodist still owns her ﬁrst wringer Church, located on Highway washer but is grateful for the 33 across from Tolliver’s Market, hosts a food pantry electric one she uses now. 6-7 p.m. each third Saturday. “I don’t think there is one Gently used clothing is also best invention,” she said. available. Info: the Rev. Jay “You have to build one thing Richardson, 776-2668. in order to build another.” Acuff spends her time these days reading, studying and attending her church. She still drives, just not as far. ■ Korean War Veterans ReShe isn’t sure why she has union luncheon will be held lived so long but says eat11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25, at Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 ing farm food might have Kingston Pike. All East Tenplayed a part. She ate whatnessee military veterans who ever they could grow, inserved during the Korean cluding meat. Her formula War (June 25, 1950-July 27, for life is pretty simple. 1953) are invited. Cost: $12. “Don’t drink or smoke, Veterans may invite spouses eat your meat and vegetaand significant others. RSVP bles, live for the Lord and requested. Info/RSVP: Rex stay out of trouble. I have Davis, 689-3900. had a good time.”
He explained, “A chunk of matter that has a long orbit, and a tail of light streaming out from it.” When we got home, Daddy, Mother, and my brother went down to the road in front of our house to get a better look. I, however, was afraid of it, and would not leave the house. As I remembered all of that, it occurred to me that maybe God had allowed Daddy and me to have that special memory, because two years later he died. When I stood with the Thursday folks, I stood with tears streaming, because I was reminded of a terrible loss, but also of the gift God gave me – a special moment with my dear, sweet Daddy.
■ Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 9711 Norris Freeway, 7-9 p.m. MondayFriday, June 22-26. Classes for all ages.
■ The First Church of God at Maynardville, 1599 Main St., Maynardville, 6:45 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 22-26. Theme: “Old Time Religion.”
Mabel Acuff plays the piano at Little Flat Creek Church. Photo by Cindy Taylor
her husband, but her son, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren are around. She loved to travel when she was still able and has been to Mexico and Canada and to Europe three times. She says getting around in airports has become too hard. One of her fondest memories is the Lindbergh trans-Atlantic ﬂight, and she has vivid memories of World War I – many from
listening to her mail carrier tell the news each day to a partially deaf neighbor. She was only in grade school but remembers the day her brother came running home with news that the war was
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Arts Co-op has something for everyone By Shannon Carey Shopper-News interns had yet another shopping spree, and yet again we apologize to their parents. This time, interns enjoyed a little treasure hunting in the rooms of the Union County Arts Cooperative. Susan Boone welcomed them to the store. Located in the historic Dr.
Carr House in downtown Maynardville, the Co-op showcases and sells the work of more than 30 artists and crafters. A tiny building next door houses music and art lessons. Eric Holcomb offers free music lessons every Wednesday evening. Info: 992-9161 or find them on Facebook.
Amanda McDonald enjoys shopping for unique items at the Arts Co-op.
Abi Nicholson, Charlie Hamilton and Anne Marie Higginbotham relax on the porch swing at the Union County Arts Cooperative in Maynardville.
A voyage to Braden By Charlie Hamilton Have you ever ridden on Helms Ferry? If you haven’t you should take a voyage. Helms Ferry is located off Old Leadmine Bend Road in Sharps Chapel in Union County. Helms Ferry is one of the last working ferries in East Tennessee. This ferry is a very important mode of transportation for the community of Braden and the rest of Union County. If it wasn’t for Helms Ferry the residents of Braden would have to go through Speedwell or LaFollette to get to
the rest of Union County. In 1936, TVA created Norris Lake as an artificial reservoir which flooded the community Loyston and created problems for people living in some communities like Braden. Helms Ferry has been in operation for some time now. We met Donald Sharp, the operator of Helms Ferry for 14 years, and he took us for the voyage. It is neat that a piece of East Tennessee history like Helms Ferry is just in our backyard.
Interns on the water Donald Sharp guides Helms Ferry across the river on a many times each day. He has been doing this task for 14 years.
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Shopper-News interns and their chauffeurs only got lost once on the way to Helms Ferry, deep in Sharps Chapel on Norris surprisingly, in the winter, Lake. Luckily, Google Maps he doesn’t put in a heater. saved the day. The ferry, possibly the last He just bundles up! It was also very unique in operation in Tennessee, that Donald showed us the serves to connect the Braden middle part of the boat that community with the rest of was made from part of a bridge in Union County.
Sharp pilots ferry 14 years By Maddie Ogle Donald Sharp of Union County has been operating Helms Ferry for 14 years. A ferry is a boat or ship conveying people or things over a relatively short distance regularly. From
2001 to 2015, he has taken people and their vehicles from one side of Norris Lake to the other. He says that on his off time, when he doesn’t have anyone to ferry, his sits by his truck and whittles wood. And
Union County. Braden was cut off when Norris Lake was impounded. Now, the only way for Braden residents to get to the rest of the county is the ferry or a long drive through Claiborne County. Union County Roads Superintendent David Cox says the ferry and the ramps leading to it have seen recent improvements through
a partnership with TVA, which provided $10,000 for the project. Union County only had to kick in $7,000. “We’re all about saving money,” said Cox. The ferry is free to ride. Interns enjoyed the ride across the beautiful, clear waters of Norris Lake, and they even encountered some wildlife: a goose and one fish.
Trinity embalmer wows interns By Shannon Carey
Myra Sloan was going on four hours of sleep when she spoke to the Shopper-News interns June 16. But that’s the nature of the business at Trinity Funeral Home in Maynardville. “We are 24/7, 365 funeral home,” she said. “There are no holidays for us.” For such a somber subject, Sloan made her talk interesting and comforting. She
described the process of planning a funeral, different traditions for embalming and funerals, and even the embalming process. Sloan spoke about dealing with grief and death of a loved one. “Love everybody to the fullest now,” she said. “We’re never promised tomorrow.” Info: www.trinityfuneralhome.net or 865-992-5002
It takes a special person Trinity Funeral Home embalmer Myra her work, this career wasn’t that this is God’s plan for her. By Amanda McDonald Sloan shows one of the personal size She said “I feel peace in Most people have been necessarily her first choice. urns to the interns. Photos by R. White to a funeral home but prob- When she was younger, she my heart that this is what ably wouldn’t think about prayed to God for direction. I’m supposed to do.” The staff at Trinity works all of the work that goes into Then one day a man she planning a funeral. Myra knew approached her with a hard to help families and Sloan, embalmer for Trinity message from God. He said customizes each funeral Funeral Home, deals with that God had come to him to best meet the families’ what your next phone call started learning about emit every day as she prepares and told him that he wanted needs. It takes a special perwill be,” Sloan said. balming she fell in love with Myra to work at a funeral son, such as Myra Sloan, to each body for burial. One day, a man came to the job and started to see it Although Sloan loves home, so now she believes work at a funeral home. her and said “Myra, God as a ministry. came to me in a dream and To this very day she besaid you need to work in a lieves that this was supposed funeral home.” to be her job. To me, Myra Sloan laughed. She had Sloan is amazing person der and ancestry of a person just by using By Maddie Murphy seen too many horror mov- because she wakes up every the skull and pelvis. I made many new I had an amazing time at the UT KidsU ies to want to work in a day just to work with deCamp for the second year in a row. I think friends and did fun labs, too. funeral home. Later, she ceased people and help their May 16, the Shopper-News interns went that it is important for kids to keep learnstarted getting interested families. Also, she can work to the Trinity Funeral Home, and I was ing over summer break and I wanted to and soon realized it was a on a tight schedule and still do something to further my learning in excited to get to share what I knew with pretty cool job. When she makes it through the day. Myra Sloan, an embalmer there. Overall the subject of forensic anthropology. I had a great time and learned a lot in the camp was a great learning experience the five days at camp. I can tell the gen- and I’m glad I decided to sign up.
A dummy head used to practice facial repairs at the funeral home
Myra Sloan’s amazing job By Abi Nicholson Myra Sloan has worked as an embalmer for 22 years. She has been to lots of schools talking about her job. In her high school years, Sloan wanted to be a speech pathologist. As she was training she still was indecisive what she wanted to be, so she prayed to God to give her a sign. “Every day is a new adventure, you never know
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Meet the courthouse crew By Shannon Carey
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Union County’s officeholders welcomed the Shopper-News interns and were glad to share information about what they do. Mayor Mike Williams led the tour with stops in each office, including visits with Register of Deeds Mary Beth Kitts, Clerk and Master Sandra Edmondson and the staff of General Sessions Court Clerk Barbara Williams. Intern Bailey Lemmons even researched her father’s childhood home in the Property Assessor’s office with help from Randy Turner and Tammie Carter.
Betsnat “Betty” Mengesha is the newest Shopper intern. She is a rising sophomore at Bearden High School and enjoys biking, rock climbing and watching movies. Her future plans include becoming a doctor. If Betty could have lunch with anyone in the world, she would pick YouTube vlogger Louis Cole, a British video creator. “Louis travels all over the world and is Mengesha always meeting new people so I feel I could learn so much from his adventures and have a fun time.”
Bailey Lemmons looks at a map of her father’s childhood home, thanks to the help of Randy Turner (pictured) and Tammie Carter in the property assessor’s office.
Not an ordinary mayor By Charlie Hamilton What image pops up in your head when you think of a mayor or politician? Most of the time folks think of people who dress in highclass business suits every day, that are very well off, and just don’t have time for public opinion. Well, let me just tell you that is not always
true. Union County Mayor Mike Williams is opposite of that. I am from Union County, and you can always see him out. He will ask you how everything is going, and ask for any changes if needed. Do you remember watching “The Andy Griffith Show” when Andy would walk around town as sher-
iff without his gun on his hip, and when Andy stated that wearing his gun would intimidate the people of his town? Williams stated that wearing a business suit would not make him approachable to the people of our county. Williams said, “Union County might be a small county, but it has excelled
past the expectations of what a small county can do.” I know Union County is growing every day, and with more people that will motivate with the public good in mind, it will grow and prosper. Williams is a down-toearth guy who really cares about our county and its future.
A friendly welcome at the courthouse By Betty Mengesha
In addition to the charming art galleries, wonderful scenery and an enjoyable ferry, Union County offers a kind and welcoming courthouse. Even with all the legal business being carried out, you are immediately able to see the kind of people who make up
Union County’s community. However, this courthouse wouldn’t be able to be so productive in their property, financial and court clerk departments without Mayor Mike Williams. Williams has been serving Union County as mayor for approximately five years. His passion for helping the
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THROUGH TUESDAY, JULY 7 Enrollment open for foster parenting classes to be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday beginning July 7 for eight weeks. The classes will be conducted by Camelot in the LaFollette office, 240 W. Central Ave. Info/to enroll: Susan Sharp, 423-566-2451 or ssharp@ camelotcare.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 Historic Ramsey House Annual Luncheon, 2614 Thorn Grove Pike. Guest speaker: Lisa Oakley, education director at East Tennessee Historical Society. Open to the public. Board meeting at 10 a.m.; guest speaker at 11 a.m.; lunch at noon. Cost: $20. Reservations required. Info/reservations: 5460745. Stir Fry Cooking Class, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., UT Extension Office, Maynardville. Info: 992-8038.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25 Beach Day cookout, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Union County Senior Center, 298 Main St., Maynardville. Bring a side dish to go with hamburgers. Live band. All seniors welcome. Info: 992-3292.
FRIDAY, JUNE 26 All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Andersonville UMC, 3944 Andersonville Highway, Andersonville. Cost: $8, adults; $6, children 12 and younger. Includes fish, cole slaw, fries, hushpuppies, drink and dessert. The Union County Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., 1009 Main St., Maynardville. Fresh produce, meat, plants, cut flowers, artists and craftsmen. New vendors welcome. Info: 992-8038.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 26-27 Oakes Daylily Festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oakes Daylilies, 8153 Monday Road, Corryton. Free. Includes plant sale, refreshments, kids activities, live music and more. Lunch available for purchase. Info: 800-5329545, www.OakesDayLilies.com.
community really shines through, and it is evident that he is a friend to all residents. His humor and desire to work hard for the public good really aids in making the courthouse a family. So if you have spare time during this summer, make sure you stop by Union County Mayor Mike Williams welcomes the interns to his Union County! office. Photo by Amanda McDonald
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Ballroom Dance, 7-9 p.m., Halls Senior Center, 4405 Crippen Road. Admission: $5. Live music by David Correll. Info: 922-0416. Film Night with Potluck Meal, 6-9 p.m., Narrow Ridge’s Mac Smith Resource Center, 1936 Liberty Hill Road, Washburn. Info: Mitzi, 497-3603 or community@ narrowridge.org.
Writing workshop, 6-8 p.m., Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Hwy 61 in Norris. Instructor: Kathleen Fearing. Registration deadline: July 10. Info/register: 494-9854 or www. appalachianarts.net.
SUNDAY, JUNE 28 Red White & Bluegrass, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, 701 Merchant Drive. Free admission. Family-friendly community event. Food vendors, inflatables, popcorn and games begin 4:30 p.m.; Kip & Jerry’s Rocky Road Show, featuring classic bluegrass and gospel, 6 p.m. in the gym. Info: wmbc.net or 688-4343.
FRIDAY, JULY 3 The Union County Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., 1009 Main St., Maynardville. Fresh produce, meat, plants, cut flowers, artists and craftsmen. “First Friday” celebration includes: live music, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, featured agribusinesses and more. New vendors welcome. Info: 992-8038.
SATURDAY, JULY 4 Independence Day Concert, 8 p.m., World’s Fair Park. Performed by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Free community concert open to the public; no tickets required. Sponsored by Pilot Flying J.
MONDAY, JULY 6
FRIDAY, JULY 17 The Union County Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., 1009 Main St., Maynardville. Fresh produce, meat, plants, cut flowers, artists and craftsmen. New vendors welcome. Info: 992-8038.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 17-18 Red Gate Festival and Rodeo, Red Gate Farm, 2353 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville. Info: 9923303 or RedGateRodeo.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 18 “Learn Bridge in A Day” workshop, noon-5 p.m., the Knoxville Bridge center, 7400 Deane Hill Drive. Presented by Kevin Wilson; hosted by the Knoxville Association of Bridge Clubs. Cost: $20. Includes 3 follow-up beginning lessons. Info/to register: Jo Anne Newby, 539-4150, KnoxvilleBridge@gmail.com or bridgeinaday.com. Ride for Independence, 9 a.m., Li’l’ Jo’s Barbeque, 2805 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville. Kickstands up, 10:30 a.m.; includes 2-hour ride through Big Ridge State Park, music by Hillbilly Jedi, discount eats by Li’l Jo’s BBQ. Proceeds go to support SCHAS Union County’s seniors. Info/to register: www. schas.org.
American Legion meeting, 7 p.m., 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All veterans are invited. Info: 387-5522.
TUESDAY, JULY 21
THURSDAY, JULY 9
Honor Guard meeting, 7 p.m., 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All veterans invited. Info: 256-5415.
VFW meeting, 7 p.m., 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All veterans are invited. Info: 278-3784.
WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, JULY 22-23
FRIDAY, JULY 10
AARP Driver Safety class, noon-4 p.m., O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Info/register: Carolyn Rambo, 382-5822.
The Union County Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., 1009 Main St., Maynardville. Fresh produce, meat, plants, cut flowers, artists and craftsmen. New vendors welcome. Info: 992-8038.
FRIDAY, JULY 24
SATURDAY, JULY 11 Happy Travelers trip: “Southern Fried Nuptials” at the Barter Theatre. Cost: $55, includes transportation and ticket. Info/register: Derrell Frye, 938-8884.
A puppet play: “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?” 10:30-11:45 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-6210. The Union County Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., 1009 Main St., Maynardville. Fresh produce, meat, plants, cut flowers, artists and craftsmen. New vendors welcome. Info: 992-8038.
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