VOL. 12 NO. 5
Road projects tied to gas tax hike By Sandra Clark
Gov. Bill Haslam is lobbying hard for a gasoline tax increase, in part by sharing information on local projects that could be delayed if the revenue for roads is not increased. Mark Nagi of TDOT says Haslam’s plan would allow 962 projects to be completed, underway or under contract in the next 1213 years. Otherwise, at current funding levels, it could be 40-50 years before those projects are undertaken. Unlike most states, Tennessee does not borrow money to build roads. Union County projects include: ■■Johnson Road Bridge over N. Fork Bull Run Creek, estimated cost $200,000; ■■Edwards Hollow Road bridge over Little Barren Creek, $221,000; ■■Bower Hollow Road bridge over Bull Run Creek, $439,000; ■■Little Tater Valley Road bridge over Bull Run Creek, $160,000; ■■Beard Valley Road bridge over Raccoon Creek, $184,000; ■■S. Front Street bridge over Flat Creek, $742,000; ■■Rural access road from Maynardville to Luttrell north city limits, $5.9 million; ■■Rural access road from Knox County line to south of SR 144, $38.4 million. Haslam’s proposal calls for a 7-cent hike on gasoline and 12-cent increase on diesel fuel, while calling for tax cuts in other areas, including food, according to The Tennessean. Tennessee’s gas tax, which is currently 21.4 cents per gallon on gasoline, was last raised in 1989.
School board hears good news
Union County schools have initiated several innovative programs to boost student achievement. Principals presented portions of the plan at last week’s school board meeting. Because of deadline pressure, we didn’t get the report finalized for this edition of Shopper News, but we’ll have the full-blown report next week. Keep on reading!
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Union County High School teacher Pat Phillips stands in the Back-to-Work Boutique at the Union County Adult Education Center, a free clothes closet for women entering or returning to the workforce. Photo by S. Carey
By Shannon Carey Women looking for work can face some unique challenges, and one of those challenges is the need for professional, attractive clothing for interviews and everyday work-wear. That’s where the Back-toWork Boutique comes in. The brainchild of Union County High School teacher Pat Phillips, the project is sponsored by the Beta Pi chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society that promotes women educators. Housed in the Union County Adult Education Center near the
UCHS softball field, the boutique provides free professional clothing to women in need who are entering or returning to the workforce or going to job interviews. Each woman may choose three outfits with accessories on her first visit. Phillips was inspired to start the boutique by daughter Courtney Dyer’s work in the Knoxville Junior League with the YWCA’s clothes closet. She saw a need for Union County to have a similar program and organized the boutique with co-worker Sherrie Collins and retired home economics teacher Donna Christopher.
Initial clothing donations came from Beta Pi members. Chris Price of the Adult Education Center gave the boutique a room to use for free, and UCHS building trades instructor Keith Nease installed rods. The boutique opened in October, but so far no one has used the service. Phillips hopes that word will spread and women will start visiting the boutique. “I’ve taught seniors for many years, and we’ve had students who needed clothes for interviews, so I think the need is there,” she said. “I would hope that people would
By Shannon Carey
Union County High School track and field is about to paint the town red. And blue. And purple. In fact, expect a kaleidoscope of colorful fun at the My School Color Run 5K March 11. According to UCHS science teacher Aileen Beeler, who co-coaches track and field with Kristen Wilson, participants in the Color Run will run, jog or walk from the school to Union County Courthouse along Main Street, then return to finish near the UCHS football field 50-yard line. Along the way, they’ll be sprayed with liquid color at two stations. Then, at the finish line, all participants will be doused with solid color powder. White T-shirts with the Color Run logo are provided to participants so they can have a colorful memento of the race. Beeler said the proceeds will go to the track and field program to
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want to pass that on to the help purchase equipment kids,” Beeler said. “Dolike hurdles and discus, ing track is a good way and to help with expenses of traveling to to stay active, and it meets. Beeler said helps participants in the school does not other sports stay in shape all season. have a track right Students can get now, but the project is on the school college scholarsystem’s to-do list. ships for track, They recently dug too.” Beeler said and filled their she and Wilson own long-jump pit. came up with the idea about the The program is growing, too. same time. The race is sponWhile the roster isn’t final yet, sored through Beeler said 40 Union County High School My School Color Run, which prostudents have ex- track and field coach Aileen pressed interest vides the colors Beeler holds some packets in track, up from and T-shirts in of dry color that will be about 30 partici- launched at participants in exchange for a portion of the pants last year. the My School Color Run 5K. registration “We (Wilson The race will be the first 5K and Beeler) enjoy fundraiser for UCHS track fees. The route being active and is a certified 5K, and field. Photo by S. Carey healthy, and we and the race will
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be timed, but not officially timed. The UCHS run needs at least 100 entrants to proceed. Already, BSH Home Appliances of LaFollette is encouraging its employees to participate, and Beeler anticipates about 30 from that company. She is hoping to garner more corporate challenges, too. “We just want to get people out and encourage good physical health and encourage support for our team,” said Beeler. “We thought it would be fun.” If the 5K is successful, Beeler hopes it can become an annual event with a fair-type atmosphere. Entries are due Feb. 24. Volunteers, both students and adults, are needed to work registration, the finish line, spray colors and work the water station. Register online at www. UHSmscr.eventbrite.com, or visit Union County High School to pick up a registration form. Cost is $25 per person before Feb. 24, and $30 after that date.
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really take advantage of it and we could grow into a larger place and have more. I think it could grow if people really took advantage of it.” Phillips thanked everyone who has helped with the Backto-Work Boutique so far, and everyone who has donated clothing. More donations are being accepted. Needed are clean, pressed business clothes for women, as well as gently used business shoes, jewelry and handbags. Hours are 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every first and third Tuesday. Info: Pat Phillips, 865-9925232, ext. 5024
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Chamber welcomes new board members, elects officers By Shannon Carey The Union County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met Jan. 24, and president Leslie Corum welcomed nine new members to the board. New board members are Martin Shafer of Beth’s Buttons and Engraving, freelance writer Shannon Carey, Dr. Darrell Johnson of Union County Chiropractic, Rick Riddle of Seven Springs Farm, Joanie Brock of the Union County Vendor Mall, Janet’s Hair and Tan owner and Union County Commissioner Janet Holloway, Shannon Brooks of FSG Bank, Susan Oaks of Union County Public Schools, and Charles Wilson of the Maynardville Fire Department. They join Kathy Chesney, Greg Dyer, Joe Longmire,
Jake McCollough, John Mitchell, Thomas Skibinski, Trudy Tedder and Lynn Underwood on the board, as well as Union County Mayor Mike Williams, Mayme Taylor representing the city of Luttrell, Chris Medley representing the city of Plainview, and Maynardville City Manager Jack Rhyne. Corum thanked outgoing board members Dr. Jimmy Carter, Shannon DeWitt, Rebecca Mills, Justin Noah and J.V. Waller for their
service. The board elected officers. Taylor will be board chair for 2017 with Riddle as vice chair. Skibinski will serve as treasurer, and Carey will be secretary. Corum gave a recap of the Chamber’s activities in 2016 after she became president in June. She reported ribbon cuttings at Little Caesar’s, City Wash and Lube and Rustic Redo, plus several networking events. The Chamber
coordinated the Thunder in the Park fireworks display Labor Day weekend and had a presence at numerous events and festivals, including the Union County Heritage Festival, Art on Main, Big Ridge Bluegrass Festival and more. Corum has also participated in several economic development meetings and activities. The board voted to separate Chamber funds into two accounts, one for the Chamber’s operating bud-
get and one for tourism efforts. This will help the Chamber better track and account for funds from the county’s hotel/motel tax, which are earmarked for tourism. The Chamber’s annual banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Union County High School. Catering will be by Lil’ Jo’s BBQ with dessert by Teresa’s Bakery. Keynote speaker is to be announced. Tickets are $60 per individual,
with table sponsorships starting at $300. They may be purchased at the Chamber office or by calling 865992-2811. The Union County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, “A Night to Rise Up,” will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Union County High School. For info or tickets: 865-992-2811 or www. comeherecomehome.com.
The hanging site is marked Thanks to Road Superintendent David Cox and his crew, the site of the only hanging in Union County has a new sign. For those who have not heard the story, this is what happened: As I understand it, the home of Henry Snodderly Jr. and Serena Clear Snodderly was across Hinds Creek Road where Henry Snodderly had given property for a church and cemetery and from what was Snodderly Church and what remains Snodderly Cemetery. On Feb. 8, 1894, the Snodderlys are said to have been enjoying a quiet evening by the fire with their daughter, Lucinda, and grandchildren, Serena Pile and Sam Guinn, when suddenly two robbers broke
through the rainy night. Sam Guinn did not escape until after the robbers Bonnie forced him to pour out onto Peters the floor the contents of a bureau. He made a break while the robbers were distracted by the contents of into the home. the bureau and was able to The robbers with hand- notify Henry’s son, John, kerchiefs over their faces and neighbors. The faminstructed “throw up your ily was able to identify John hands,” and one of the rob- Stanley and Clarence Cox as bers then shot and killed the robbers/murderers. 90-year-old Henry SnodBy June 8 that year, Cox derly Jr. At that point, Sere- and Stanley had been taken na Snodderly tried to escape into custody. On June 26, to the detached kitchen, but 1894, Union County Sheriff about halfway between the E.S. Sexton brought the men main house and the kitchen, from Knoxville to MaynardSerena was shot and killed. ville to prepare for the trial, Lucinda Snodderly and which began June 28, 1894. Serena Pile escaped through The Honorable W.R. Hicks the back door to the kitchen presided. The trial ended and hid out in the woods June 29, and the jury’s de-
cision – guilty of murder in the first degree – was delivered June 30, 1894. On Aug. 24, 1894, Hicks instructed Sexton to fix an enclosure within one mile of the courthouse and to hang the men. A motion for a new trial was entered and the case appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court. The Tennessee Supreme Court’s decision held as the two men were sentenced to death by hanging. The court met at Knoxville the second Monday in September, but a decision was not entered until Nov. 12, 1894. The higher court confirmed the judgment and the men ordered to hang Dec. 22, 1894. The hanging of Cox and Stanley is the only hanging ever occurring in Union
Sign documenting the hanging site County. The site is on Monroe Road about an eighth of a mile from the highway. The sign is placed to be seen
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Luttrell Elementary third-graders Robert Moore and Kaden Carroll get a tasty lesson in fractions. Photos submitted
Math gets yummy at Luttrell Elementary
Luttrell Elementary spelling bee winners
Luttrell Elementary School announced the winners of the school’s classroom spelling bees. These students will compete in the school spelling bee, and the winner will represent LES in the Union County spelling bee. They are: (front) Alyssa Cardwell, Katie Johnson, Briseis Aljumaily, Sa’Rava Horta, Abigail Karnes, Emily Sawyer; (back) Clara Gross, Connor Lane, Ashlyn Whittle, Zachary Parks, Kaylee Tharp and Brooklyn Forester. Photo submitted
Luttrell Elementary School third-grade teacher Beth Bailey cuts a cookie cake to help her students learn about fractions.
Luttrell Elementary announces honor roll, perfect attendance Luttrell Elementary School principal Sonja Saylor recently announced the school’s honor roll and students with perfect attendance for the second nineweek grading period. Students making all A’s are: Asia Graham, Cloie Atkins, Serenity Braden, Kinley Farmer, Makena Graves, Zain Hill, Madison Muncey, Liliana Ochoa, Luke Williams, Scarlett Zamarron, A.J. Alam, Alex Dyer, Emmett Weaver, Kambrie Bailey, Weston Beeler, Bradley Douglas, Bailey Griffith, Leea Henry, Hayden Jeffers, Emily Sawyer, Hannah Wood, Gabby Bailey, Patience Boynton, Laken Graves, Sa’Rauya Horta, Andrea McElroy, Wanda Breeze Mell, Joseph Purkey, Makayla Vandergriff, Hannah Smith, Chase Shope, Kaden Carroll, Kailei Beeler, Sydney Graves, Olivia Jones, Cason Wagner, Briseis Aljumaily, Eli Chandler, Travyn Farmer, Ethan Sawyer, Janson Shupperd, Ciara Gross,
Emily Hughett, Braden Cantrell, Jaiden Craig, Seth Grigsby, Anthony Baker and Rebecca Boynton. Students making all A’s and B’s are: Natalie Beaumont, Alexis Beeler, Jeremiah Cantrell, Jesus Perez, Ashlin Quibodeaux, Rylee Webster, Markus Wallace, Aaron Coaker, Kaylee Johnson, Kinnedy Long, Bailey Ratliff, Jayda Wood, Carter Wyrick, Skylar Conner, Amber Dyer, Trinity Lawless, Dakota McClanahan, Molly McGinnis, Kyra Miracle, Michael Phelps, Kate-Lynn Smart, Morgan Burbage, Bryson Clements, Serenity Lackey, Alexis Pratt, Keirstyn Ferry, James Gavette, McKinley Howard, Mason Leonard, Leilani Moore, Khloe Shoffner, Fayth Williams, Courtney Boling, Bryson Bowman, William Cantrell, Jacob Ervin, Lucian Muskopf, Alyssa Cardwell, Kaine Coleman, Savannah Hundley, Nicoliah Hutchison, Alex Jacobs, Robert Moore, Izaiah
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Seabolt, Eden Webster, Lahstynn Coaker, Katie Johnson, Marley Orta, Hayden Shipley, Vanessa Coronel, Tripp Gladson, Valeria Gracia, Hallie McDaniel, Bianca Ochoa, Skye Davis, Jacob Houston, Jacob Johnson, Natali Perez, Hannah Savage, Kyleigh England, Candra Huff, Macy Leonard, Preston McClain, Savannah Moore, Austin Muncey, Jackson Rose, Kendra Thomas, Bryanna Gates, Anthony Acuff, Elaine Bailey, Brittany Birchfiel, Emma Johnson, Hannah Lawson, Madison Lawson, William Peck, Aleigha Corum, Abigail Dyer, Brooklyn Forester, Natasha Luttrell, Nick Wilson, Tanner Jones, Hannah Leonard, Brooklyn Muncey, Zachary Parks. Students with perfect attendance are: Kenzy McBee, Benjamin Alam, Nevaeh Hickman, Haylee Johnson, Jayden Maner, Olivia McClain, Aubrey McBee, Landon Peck, Victoria Walker, Logan Hemphill, Kaylee Black, Braden Millsap, Kyra Miracle, Ethan Corum, Weston Beeler, Morgan Burbage, Bryson
Students in Beth Bailey’s third-grade class at Luttrell Elementary School got a delicious lesson in fractions last week. Parents sent snacks to school with their kids, including a cookie Clements, Bradley Douglas, cake, brownies and cornBailey Griffith, Lucas Walbread, and students learned lace, Hannah Wood, Joseph how to divide the snacks Buckner, Jacob Bullen, Kierevenly among the whole styn Ferry, Catherine Zamclass. After the lesson, the maron, Courtney Boling, kids got to eat their portions Jacob Ervin, Autumn Kerr, of the treats. Joseph Purkey, Kaden Carroll, Chase Shope, Makayla Vandergriff, Hayley White, Eden Webster, Shawna Walton, Robert Moore, Aymaan Martin Dickey of Luttrell was named to the dean’s Judda, Alex Jacobs, Alyssa list at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, for Cardwell, Kaine Coleman, the fall 2016 semester. The list includes students who Nicoliah Hutchison, Alex have grade point averages between 3.5 and 3.99. DickO’Mary, Hannah Smith, ey is a junior majoring in engineering. Cora Arnwine, Katie Johnson, Jada Lundin, Tristin Quibodeaux, Cason Wagner, J.J. Buckner, Adam Bullen, Jacob Cate, Tommy Luttrell, Jacob Johnson, Summer Kerr, Trenton Purkey, Janson Shupperd, Lane Douglas, Kyleigh England, Candra Huff, Macy Leonard, Savannah Moore, Ciara Gross, Jackson Rose, Kendra Thomas, Braden Cantrell, Connor Lane, William Peck, Jaiden Craig, Natasha Luttrell, Nicholas Wilson, Lilly Boling, Alex Gavette, Tanner Jones, Winter Lane, Hannah Leonard, Kelsey Union County Chiropractic Clinic is Micheau, Zachary Parks and Abby White. now offering licensed massage therapy
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Hubbs Grove FCE and Silver Stitchers celebrate Christmas
Hubbs Grove FCE and Silver Stitchers celebrated Christmas at Bel-Air Grill. Pictured at the gathering are (front) UT Extension agent Rebecca Hughes, Zettie Booker, Wanda Wright, Connie Buckner; (back) Judy Sexton, Wanza Corum, Hubbs Grove FCE president Patsy MacKenzie, Linda Nordmoe, Cherry Lemonds, Rita Poteet, Gloria Holcomb, Gwen Johnson and Sue Seymour. Photo submitted
HAPPENINGS ■■ The jurying process for new members of the Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris, is in progress. Samples of handcrafted work, along with forms and $25 jury fee, will be accepted through noon Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Center. Info/ forms: appalachianarts.net or 494-9854. ■■ Bee Friends beekeeping group meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, Walters State Community College auditorium, Tazewell Campus. Speaker: Bodie Osborne; topic: bee nutrition and making more honey. All welcome. ■■ Big Ridge 4th District Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, Big Ridge Elementary School library. Info: 992-5212.
■■ Homeschool Moms meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, Hardees, Maynardville. Topics will include curriculum, leaning styles and resources. Anyone interested is invited. Info: 992-3629. ■■ American Legion meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All veterans invited. Info: 387-5522. ■■ VFW meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All veterans invited. Info: 278-3784. ■■ Solar workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Narrow Ridge’s Mac Smith Resource Center, 1936 Liberty Hill Road, Washburn. Workshop fee: $30; overnight accommodations available: $20. Registration deadline: Friday, Feb. 3. Info/registration: 497-2753 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ■■ Paulette 6th District Neighborhood
Watch meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Paulette Elementary School cafeteria. Info: 992-5212. ■■ Plainview 7th District Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Plainview Community Center. Info: 992-5212. ■■ Honor Guard meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All veterans invited. Info: 256-5415. ■■ Big Ridge 4th District Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, Big Ridge Elementary School library. Info: 992-5212. ■■ American Legion meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, March 6, 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All veterans invited. Info: 387-5522. ■■ VFW meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All veterans are invited. Info: 278-3784.
Mobile clinic visits Washburn and Rutledge St. Mary’s Legacy mobile clinic sees patients at the Northside Community Center in Washburn each first Wednesday and the Blessed John Paul II Catholic Mission, 7735 Rutledge Pike in Rutledge, each second Thursday. Appointment: 212-5570. Info: stmaryclinic.org.
Sweetheart supper is Feb. 11 Women In Action of Mountain View Church of God are hosting a “Valentine Sweetheart Supper” 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Union County High School. Menu: Turkey and dressing or roast beef w/gravy, vegetables, dessert and drink; cost is $20/couple or $12/individual. Carryout will be available. Each couple will receive a picture and a heart-shaped red velvet cake. Mavis Hughes will provide entertainment.
Driver License Mobile Unit schedule The Driver License Mobile Unit will be at the Union County Clerk’s Office 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. Info: 992-8043.
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Dance for Joy founder MaryCatherine Landry leads some of her ballet students in prayer before practice. She says opening classes in prayer helps students dance for the glory of God. Photos by S. Carey
Dance for Joy instructor and founder MaryCatherine Landry leads one of her classes through a ballet routine.
Landry follows call to ‘Dance for Joy’ By Shannon Carey
MaryCatherine Landry was 18 when she took her first dance class, and she knew immediately that she was on the right path. “I walked out of that class and stopped in the lobby, and I went, ‘Yes, this is what I have to do. I got so much joy out of this class today,’” she said. Landry went on to attend the University of Tennessee, graduating in 1985 with a degree in dance. She opened a studio with her best friend from college, and she stayed there for seven years, but she felt God calling her to something else. “It was right, but it wasn’t quite right,” she said. After praying about it,
she approached her church, Fountain City United Methodist, about hosting the dance classes that she would call Dance for Joy. The classes are for age 3 through adult, and include ballet, tap, modern, hiphop, creative movement, jazz and worship dance. Her mission is to provide quality, affordable, correct dance education to everyone who wants it. She keeps costs down by holding classes and recitals at the church, and making sure that costumes won’t break the bank. Landry has been at it more than 20 years now. About 10 years in, she started seeing the children of former students in her
classes. She calls them her “grand-dancers.” “I’m teaching the children of my children,” she said. “But it’s such a privilege that they remember me and bring me their babies.” Landry believes that everyone can dance, and everyone can benefit from dance, even if they’re not the most talented. For kids, it instills discipline and gets them vital exercise. And for everyone, it increases quality of life. “Not everybody’s going to be a professional dancer, but everybody can dance,” she said. “Sometimes, those with the least talent get the most joy out of it, and they need the opportunity to perform, too.”
But there’s another aspect of dance that Landry finds fulfilling and seeks to share with her students. She seeks to perform and teach dance “in a way that glorifies God instead of the person,” she said. Landry chooses music carefully, either Christian, classical or children’s music,
and routines and costumes are never suggestive or revealing. Every class opens in prayer, and she describes dance as “praying with your whole body.” “I know for me, when I release my own ego and I let God and the spirit flow through me that there’s a different sparkle,” Landry
said. “I see that in the kids, too.” Dance for Joy classes meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the fellowship hall at Fountain City United Methodist Church, 212 Hotel Road, Knoxville. Info: Find “Dance for Joy Knoxville” on Facebook or call 865-250-2107.
Picky Chick spring consignment coming soon The Picky Chick Spring Consignment Sale will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 2-4, at the Grande at Knoxville Expo Center, 5441 Clinton High-
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A Night to Rise Up Friday, February 17, at 6:30 P.M. Union County High School Maynardville Highway Attendance is by reservation only. Table Hosts and Sponsors needed. Please call 865-992-2811 or visit www.comeherecomehome.com 5 Platinum tables have been added this year. You can still buy Gold, Silver tables and individual tickets. Table sales will begin on Jan. 16, 2017. Platinum tables will be sold to the first 5 people to pay for them. Union County Chamber of Commerce 1001 Main St., PO Box 848, Maynardville, TN 37807 email@example.com
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‘Caring for All Creation’ concert at Messiah Lutheran Church By Carol Z. Shane Sometimes the best way to reinforce a message is through music, and that’s certainly the case with Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light’s (TIPL) Feb. 12 “Caring for All Creation” choral program at Messiah Lutheran Church. The organization’s mission, according to its website, is “to spiritually respond to the challenges of the climate crisis through upholding the sacredness of all life, protecting vulnerable communities and caring for the earth.” “As a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – the largest Lutheran denomination in this country – matters of social justice, including care for creation, are a high priority,” says Messiah’s Eric Murray. “By hosting the ‘Caring for All Creation’ concert, Messiah Lutheran Church is doing its little part in answering the call of God to pursue wholeness for creation.” Murray considers the joining together of different choirs “a wonderful sign of the healing and wholeness
which God desires for all people.” Along with Messiah, participating choirs are from Church of the Savior, UCC; St. Mark United Methodist Church; and Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church. Alexandra Engle, music director at Church of the Savior, has chosen two pieces. Engle “‘O Sifuni Mungu’ is an exuberant setting of ‘All Creatures of Our God and King’ from South Africa that is full of images of living beings, lands, and peoples, all engaging in active worship,” she says. “‘God of the Deep’ is not only about the metaphorical deep places in our own faith life, but reminds us of the vast treasures of the oceans that are in God’s care, and which must be a priority for us as stewards of creation as global sea temperatures continue to rise.” Tyler Owens, music director of St. Mark UMC, has chosen “The Work of Christmas” by Dan Forrest and “The
Majesty and Glory of Your Name” by Tom Fettke. “I chose the first for its beautiful a cappella setting of a gorgeous text. We’re just coming out of the Christmas season, and this text really emphasizes that, while Christmas may be over, the work of Christmas is just beginning. The second song was chosen specifically for the creation care aspect. The text talks about how we can gaze into the night sky and see the work of God’s fingers, from the birds of the air to the fish of the sea.” Joan McGinnis of Messiah has chosen “The Perfect Wisdom of Our God” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend and “For the Healing of Creation” by John D. Becker. Almost 30 churches across the state of Tennessee partner with TIPL, and all faith groups are invited to join. “Caring for All Creation” will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 6900 Kingston Pike, at the corner of Papermill Road and Kingston Pike. The concert is free. For more information, visit tennipl.org or call Messiah Lutheran Church at 865-588-9753.
Should the boss ‘friend’ on social media? By Sandra Clark Attorney Janet Hayes offered advice on business management in the age of social media when she spoke recently to the Halls Business and Professional Association, meeting at Beaver Brook. ■■Should a boss also be a “friend” on Facebook? ■■How about checking a Linkedin profile before hiring? ■■Should you read an employee’s personal blog? “You can look” at social media sites, but you can’t violate privacy, Hayes said. “You can be friends or not; there are no rules, legally. Just don’t do or say anything that might create discomfort at work.” Employers should be mindful that if employees post a review of your
business, the Federal Trade Commission requires them to disclose that they work there. “Put a policy in place.” If a manager gets a complaint that an employee or manager is harassing another on social media, “take that complaint seriously.” It’s legal to call in the employees and Janet Hayes ask to see that portion of their online writings that affect the workplace. But, Hayes said, you should consult your human relations department or a lawyer. The National Labor Relations Board has jumped into social media to say that “water cooler talk” is protected speech – and it’s more likely to be
He will purify But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. (Malachi 3: 2-3 NRSV) February, I discovered while researching material for this column, comes from the Latin “to purify.” The early Romans held religious rites to purify themselves for festivals that would be held at the start of the New Year. Their New Year began in March. Around 690 BC, Numa Pompilius turned a period of celebration at the end of the year into a month of its own, named after the festival Februa. (It sounds to me sort of like Lent – a time of fasting and purification before an important holy day!) So what should we do to purify ourselves? Well, we are a month away from Ash Wednesday, so we have some time to consider the matter. But it might behoove us to do some warmup exercises. Maybe we should spend time reading Scripture.
protected if more than one employee is involved. Employers can monitor email on company computers, but you should put in writing that employees have no ■■ Hansard Chapel Methodist Church, located on Highway expectation of privacy on such devices. 33 across from Tolliver’s Businesses should write a social Market, hosts a food pantry media policy and update it frequently. 6-7 p.m. each third Saturday. When employees use privacy setGently used clothing is also tings, they generally enjoy a right to available. Info: the Rev. Jay privacy and an employer should not Richardson, 776-2668. try to work around it. ■■ UPLIFT, a nondenominaJanet Hayes and her family live on tional study/prayer group for a farm in Strawberry Plains. She is a Universal Peace, Love, Inspirashareholder in Lewis Thomason, the tion, Faith & Truth, meets 11 law firm formerly known as Lewis a.m.-noon Sundays in the King and Krieg. conference room at Hardee’s, A graduate of Carson-Newman 2825 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville. Info: Eva, 992University, she chaired the board of 0185 or firstname.lastname@example.org. trustees in 2016. Her law degree is from UT. ■■ Union County Senior Citi-
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Take a look at some lesser visited books (Malachi, maybe, or Habakkuk?); there is good stuff there! Read the Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 3-11) and try to live up to them! Remember, we should purify ourselves before trying to lead others to a closer walk with God. Women particularly will enjoy the Book of Ruth, a love story for the ages. Men will profit from reading the Letter of James in the New Testament, a social gospel, to be sure, and one that calls on the men of the church family to help the pastor care for the flock. And pray!!!
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Winter workouts, then and now Marvin West
jump up again, forward tumble. Everywhere a player looked or landed, there was another assistant coach yelling for more speed and greater effort. Dickey said some players were overcome by the setting and spirited exercises and lost their lunch. He admitted the smell was terrible. One of his most dramatic terms described the winter workout scene: “A stinking mess.” Joe Graham, sophomore guard, landed right in the middle of it. There wasn’t room under Section X for all players. There were groups with different times to report. Joe was in the third group. “We arrived to the sound and smell of some of the
guys throwing up. In the middle of the winter, the room seemed nearly steamy. Everybody was sweating. I don’t remember how long we worked but it seemed forever.” Dewey Warren was there. The scene matched his imagination of Marine boot camp, only worse. “Under Section X was like a dungeon, dark and smelly, the worst place I’ve ever been.” Bert Ackermann recalls that complaints to Coach Dickey went unheeded. Robbie Franklin said there were more losses than lunches. “We lost several teammates that first winter.” Ackermann said it was a special learning experience. “It was the foundation for the great comeback of Tennessee football under Doug Dickey.” Now would be a good time for a great comeback under Butch Jones. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is email@example.com
LMU’s Duncan School of Law ranks high in bar pass rate The Lincoln Memorial University - John J. Duncan Jr. School of Law (LMU Law) posted the highest first-time pass rate in school history with the release of the July 2016 Tennessee bar exam results. With a first-time pass rate of 87.5 percent, LMU Law beat the state average of 73.23 percent for firsttime bar takers. Three out of the four re-examinees from LMU Law, or 75 percent, also passed the July 2016 examination. LMU Law’s first-time pass rate, re-exam pass rate, and overall pass rate of 85 percent were each the second-highest among all Tennessee law schools. “Our law school has some very happy graduates to-
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Saturday students January 1977 was one of the snowiest months in East Tennessee history. I recall, though official school registers don’t reflect, that there was only one day of school that month. My dad wouldn’t let me go because he thought it was too dangerous. It turned out not to be a full day of school. While Union County’s students might have enjoyed this unexpected month of extra Christmas vacation, it was paid for later in the year. We were required to attend school for eight Saturdays in a row during spring to meet state attendance requirements. Not surprisingly, there was much “weeping and gnashing of teeth”! I was in Marie Lynch’s sixth-grade homeroom that year. We “changed classes” (were “departmentalized” in education lingo). Each of the mostly traditional teachers handled Saturday classes in different ways. There wasn’t much difference in Ms. Marie’s spelling and writing classes on Saturday than any other day of the school year. I remember on at least one occasion she served us orange juice,
Ronnie Mincey Teacher Time peanut butter and crackers, the same fare handed out once monthly as “commodities” to economically disadvantaged families. Wanda Cox (now Byerley) conducted her Saturday classes just like any other day of the week. As we were more comfortable expressing ourselves to Ms. Cox than to Ms. Marie, we let her know that what we really wanted to do was watch cartoons. That’s what most kids did on Saturday morning in those days before the influx of social media made lots of children too “worldly” for simpler childhood pleasures. Ms. Cox surprised us one Saturday morning late into spring by letting us watch cartoons on the classroom’s black and white Philco television. She explained that she had been taught that once in a while adults had to let children do what they wanted so they could get more out of them when needed and to reward them
for hard work well done. Whatever the reason, we sure did enjoy cartoons that one Saturday out of eight. Sara Buckner was a fine grammar teacher who was “all business.” About all Martha Warwick had time to do with us on those Saturdays was take us to lunch. The time was moved up so we could be ready for early dismissal on each of those Saturdays at 1 p.m. We never had Raymond Johnson’s math or Ann Crass’ social studies classes on those Saturdays. I loved the Saturday lunches. What a treat it was to have hamburgers with dill pickles and potato chips in lieu of the usual fare of proteins and vegetables. As might be imagined, school attendance was low on Saturday. In general, a third to a half of students did not attend. This gave an added air of the unusual and mysterious. Those Saturdays were almost like a dream in which you have the strange feeling you are in the right place at the wrong time. Next week I’ll share about another time I was a Saturday student.
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Winter workouts are under way at Tennessee – famous new strength and conditioning coach, new goals, positive attitudes, favorable conditions. Motivation is firmly in place. Players need only review the Vandy video to conclude the need for improvement. The Vols have great facilities. Official description is state of the art. Modern machines are or were all around. Ambiance is the stuff of champions. Refreshments are available. The team will strive to get stronger and quicker. One plan will not fit all. Individuals, as Butch likes to say, will have individual programs designed to meet their needs. Rock Gullickson has a book of plans. He may have a scientific formula for reducing injuries. This is critical. The winter aspect of college football is completely different from the good old days. Robert R. Neyland suggested that players not get fat in the off-season, what there was of it. His idea of the lull between storms was a couple of weeks of fishing in Florida. Early spring practice was vigorous. Under the guidance of Bowden Wyatt, football players were encouraged to stay in shape. They could lift weights or participate in racquetball or handball. They could play intramural basketball or sign up for a volunteer, noncredit physical education class. Real live winter workouts arrived with young coach Doug Dickey. He had learned the value as an assistant coach at Arkansas. He was surprised that UT had nothing similar. Dickey told the story of sending forth a search committee to find a place for workouts. It didn’t find much. There was running room at Dean Planters Tobacco Warehouse. Weather permitting, there were open spaces at the agriculture campus. The report mentioned the possibility of the northwest corner of Neyland Stadium, under Section X. It was described as unsuitable, dirty, drab and dreary, space once used for storage. Dickey inspected it. He said the room looked like something left over from the Civil War, except dusty cobwebs appeared older. The coach could have made it better. He made it worse. He installed old mats on the floor and hung a heavy rope from on high. Those who thought they wanted to be on his football team were going to do agility drills, wrestle, fight and scratch as if their life depended on it and then climb that blasted rope, hand over hand, until they bumped their head on the concrete ceiling. Center Bob Johnson remembers a one-on-one war, Vols on opposite sides of the mat, no rules, do anything you want to get to the other side. Tempo was frantic for other drills, run here, jump there! Down on the mat, up on your feet, seat roll right,
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