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The Union County Board of Education will meet 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the high school auditorium. A voting meeting will follow the workshop. The board will consider several technical changes to board policy, recommended by the Tennessee School Board Association to conform to changes in state law. Two teachers will be considered for tenure: Brooke Suttles, Luttrell Elementary, and Jamie Miller Jones, Paulette Elementary.
■■ Maynardville Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. each fourth Thursday, small courtroom at the courthouse. ■■ Union County Humane Society offers spay and neuter clinics for cats and dogs every Wednesday. Info: 865-992-7969. ■■ The Back-To-Work Boutique, located in the Union County Schools Alternative Center near Wilson Park, provides free professional women’s clothing to women returning to the workforce or seeking employment. Hours: 3:30-5:30 p.m. each first and third Tuesday. Info: Pat Phillips, 865-992-5232, ext. 5024. ■■ American Legion meeting, 7 p.m. each first Monday, 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All veterans invited. Info: 865-387-5522. ■■ Big Ridge 4th District Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. each first Thursday, Big Ridge Elementary School library. Info: 865-992-5212. ■■ Honor Guard meeting, 7 p.m. each third Tuesday, 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All veterans invited. Info: 865-256-5415. ■■ Luttrell Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. each third Tuesday, Luttrell Community Center, 115 Park Road. ■■ Maynardville Public Library, 296 Main St., offers one-on-one classes on learning to use computers and other devices. Info/ appointment: 865-992-7106. ■■ Paulette 6th District Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. each second Tuesday, Paulette Elementary School cafeteria. Info: 865-992-5212.
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Betsy Maples purchases honey and maple syrup from John and Mary Anne Cabbage at the Winter Farmers Market. Photos by Ayla Griffin
By Ayla Griffin It’s still winter, but the Union County Farmers Market is keeping locally grown products on everyone’s minds, and in everyone’s bellies, with its Winter Farmers
Markets. The pick-up event was held Feb. 11, at the UT Extension Office in Maynardville. Patrons could order ahead or drop in, and the indoor venue kept everyone
warm. Farmers Market organizers have even planned two more winter markets for March and April, and the Farmers Market is scheduled to resume its normal summer
routine at Wilson Park Saturday, May 6. The market is currently seeking vendors. Info: 865-992-8038, or search “Union County Farmers Market” on Facebook.
Derrick Merritt presents the splash pad proposal to Union County Commission as county attorney David Myers explains the wording of the letter of intent.
Splash pad may be dead in the water By Shannon Carey The latest effort to build a splash pad at Wilson Park in Maynardville may be circling the drain, as Maynardville’s Board of Commissioners responded to Union County Commission’s letter of intent with a refusal to split costs of maintenance and upkeep. On Feb. 12, Union County Commission heard from Derrick Merritt, representing a committee of five county commissioners, two members of the Maynardville board, Maynardville City Manager Jack Rhyne, and two community members. The committee recommended that the city and the county apply for a state parks and recreation grant to build the splash pad. If the county and city agree and their application is successful, the grant would be $300,000 at a 50-50 match, and the municipalities would split the match at a cost of $75,000 each.
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Merritt’s presentation also included the city providing water and twice-daily water testing for the splash pad, and the city and county splitting the cost of any ongoing upkeep. He asked the county to enter into a letter of intent with the city to split the grant match and upkeep. “I guess the city and the county’s not had the best relationship,” said Merritt. “It looks stronger if there are two entities working together, and if whoever owns the property applies for the grant.” Wilson Park is owned by the county. Commissioners were divided on the issue. Commissioner Chris Upton mentioned that the county is planning to use hotel/motel tax proceeds to pay for the grant match and upkeep, funds that are earmarked for tourism promotion. Commissioner Mike Sexton questioned
this use of funds, saying, “When the County Commission voted in the hotel/motel tax, we were assured that this money could not be used for anything other than tourism. Is there anything you can’t claim as bringing tourists into this county? We’re shooting off fireworks and building splash pads. It just seems a little far-fetched to me.” Commissioner Wayne Roach, who served on the splash pad committee, wanted clearer delineation of who would do what with regard to the splash pad. “If everybody’s responsible, it winds up that nobody’s responsible,” he said. “Are we going to have a written agreement as to who does what in this? Who’s going to clean this place up at night?” “I just don’t trust the city,” said Commissioner Doyle Welch. To page A-2
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Union County Director of Schools Dr. Jimmy Carter asks Union County Commission to rescind a resolution promoting “School Choice,” also knows as school vouchers. Photos by S. Carey
Outside resolutions trouble commission By Shannon Carey
Union County Commissioner Mike Sexton questions how funds designated for tourism promotion could be used to build a proposed splash pad at Wilson Park. Photos by S. Carey
Splash pad “We’re never going to know if we can work together if we don’t try,” replied Commissioner Janet Holloway. “I’ve talked to hundreds of people, and everybody’s for it as long as they understand us,” said Merritt. He said that maintenance cost for a splash pad is about $6,000 per year at the high end. Holloway made a motion to enter into a letter of intent with the city for the splash pad. Stan Dail seconded the motion. It was approved on a narrow margin with J.M. Bailey, Kenny Hill, R.L. Jones, Roach, Sexton and Welch voting against. The next night, Feb. 13,
From page A-1 Maynardville’s Board of Commissioners voted to send a revised letter of intent back to Union County Commission, this one with the city and the county splitting the grant match, the city providing water and water testing, and the county picking up the tab for all maintenance and upkeep. Len Padgett made the motion with a second by Tim Young. The motion carried with H.E. “Smiley” Richardson the only no vote and Lawrence Thomas absent. Union County Commission will consider its response in the next meeting, scheduled for March 13.
Union County Commission was troubled by outside resolutions Feb. 10, those resolutions sent to the commission by outside sources and lobbyists. The commission voted to take no action on a resolution “to urge passage of the IMPROVE Act by the Tennessee General Assembly,” a plan from Gov. Bill Haslam that combines tax cuts with transportation projects statewide. The vote was unanimous and came on a motion from Wayne Roach and a second by J.M. Bailey. “Why in the world do they want county commissions to approve this when we have elected a state senator and representatives?” said Roach. Commissioner Mike Sexton withdrew a resolution on the agenda to appropriate money to improve and maintain the Union County ferry, which he apparently proposed in response to the IMPROVE Act resolution. “I just think we don’t ask for enough,” he said. Director of Schools Dr. Jimmy Carter spoke to the commission in response to another outside resolution, this one approved with no comment or investigation during the commission’s January meeting. The resolution named a week “School Choice Week” in
Union County. Carter informed the commission that the resolution was sent from a lobbying group in California to promote school vouchers, and Union County’s school board is preparing a resolution in opposition to vouchers. “That is something our school system is against. It takes public money out of schools and puts it in private schools,” he said, asking the commission to “stand together” with the school board. “This (resolution) came from a group in California that lobbies that wants to make states do this because there is money to be made. I’m afraid it will end up in some sort of statistic.” Sexton argued for school vouchers, saying, “It’s only the ones that are failing that’s going to lose money, and if they are, they probably should.” Carter fired back, “I don’t think that taking public funds away from public schools is going to help fix a failing school. (This resolution) is a bargaining chip. Every year they gain a little more traction. I’m pro public schools.” The commission voted to rescind the resolution on a motion from Janet Holloway and a second by Bill Cox. Sexton was the only vote against.
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Charlie Hamilton is recognized by Union County Commission for being named Union County’s youth Volunteer Star.
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Union County High School student Charlie Hamilton received a standing ovation from Union County Commission and the public on an announcement by commission chair Gary England that Hamilton had been named Union County’s youth Volunteer Star. Volunteer Stars is an initiative by the governor to recognize volunteer efforts in each county. Hamilton is active in Union County Children’s Charities, Beta Club and the 4-H Honor Society. The adult Volunteer Star for this year is Union County Trustee Gina Buckner. bee will be held 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the Union County High School library.
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UCHS HOSA sending 24 to State Union County High School’s HOSA team (Future Health Professionals) sent 27 students to the regional competition at Carson-Newman University Feb. 1, and 24 of those will head to the state competition in Chattanooga April 3-5. Of those competing, 16 took part in individual competitions, and five participated in group competitions. Those placing for individual work include: Mikenzie Zook, third place, Behavioral Health Test; Connor Long, first place, Biomedical Laboratory Science; Chasity Thomas, fifth place, Clinical Nursing; Brittany Spangler, scoring 80 percent or higher on Clinical Specialty Test; Kali Buckner, fifth place, Epidemiology; Cassie Yadon, scoring 80 percent or higher on HOSA Reflection Test; Alexandra Moshe, third place, Job Seeking Skills; Saylar Epperson, third place, Medical Law and Ethics; Neilea Hansen, third place, Medical Photography; Scarlet Muncey, third place, Medical Reading;
Tamara Summers, first place, Medical Assisting; Kaila Tapp, fourth place, Nursing Assisting; Haley Beeler, third place, Nutrition Testing; Emma Hickman, first place, Physical Therapy; Molly Borboa, fifth place, Research Persuasive Speaking; Autumn Staley, fourth place, Veterinary Science. Groups placing in the regional competition include: Kelsey Albright and Reagan Savage, second place, Cert; Lizzy Boynton and Shelbi Fields, fourth place, CPR and First Aid; Madi Bailey and Jackson Brantley, fifth place, EMS; Madelyn Clevenger, Brooke Nease and Emma Johnson, first place, Health Education. Students Alyssa Long, Addison Jones, Cassie Yadon and Brittany Spangler served in the Courtesy Core for the competition, serving as patients or otherwise helping out. HOSA sponsors Debbie Sharp and Beth Edmondson attended the competition, along with Steve Massengill of UCHS Career and Technical.
Union County High School’s HOSA team shows its ribbons after the regional competition at Carson-Newman University. They are: (front) Sara Crawford, Raley Smith, Emma Hickman, Neilea Hansen, Madi Bailey, Scarlet Muncey, Kelsey Albright, Reagan Savage, Molly Borboa, Shelbi Fields, Lizzy Boynton, Mikenzie Zook; (back) Chloe Bowman, Alyssa Long, Addison Jones, Cassie Yadon, Brittany Spangler, Jackson Brantley, Autumn Staley, Saylar Epperson, Kaila Tapp, Madelyn Clevenger, Emma Johnson, Brooke Nease, Chasity Thomas, Tamara Summers, Alexandra Moshe, Kali Buckner and Conner Long. Photo submitted
Union County youth wrestler Trevor Linderman walks off the mat as Region champion in his weight class. He will compete in the state tournament Feb. 25 and 26.
Youth wrestlers Kayden “Bull” Goodman and Patrick “Beast” Middleton enjoy the sweet taste of victory at the regional tournament. Photos by Misty Middleton
Union County Youth Wrestling sending 12 to State tling coach Tommy Laughter, Goodman spent the first few years all-in on wrestling as coaches of both the high school and the youth program. “It got to the point where we were at practices five to six hours every day,” said Goodman. “To put that work in and see it pay off two or three years down the line, it’s a big deal.” Goodman made it clear that he and the other coaches are not the real warriors out there on the mats. The rigorous practices that the young kids go through say a lot about their character already. “Right now these kids are doing the hardest thing they’ll ever do physically and mentally,” said Goodman. “You can take any practice at any other sport
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and times it by 10.” It’s easy to see, these kids aren’t normal. “A normal kid would shut down because of the endurance that you have to have to wrestle,” said Goodman. “Our kids average losing two to three pounds a night just by working as hard as they do.” That hard work already paid off for Goodman’s son, Bull. The 11-year-old won a state title two years ago, and finished as a runner-up last season. “It’s one of those things that you can just sit back and look years from now and know that you coached
a state champion, and was the dad of a state champion,” said Goodman. “It was purely him and I’m proud to be a part of something like that.” Goodman believes that Bull and many of the other 12, including Linderman, who is currently the No. 1-ranked middle school wrestler in the state, all have legitimate shots at placing or winning a title in the state tournament this year. Those hard practices and toughness shown from the kids are clearly paying off for the youth program now, but it’s also prepping Union
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Goodman. “If I can keep the kids interested there’s no reason why Union County shouldn’t be a powerhouse.” The youth wrestlers head to Franklin for their shots at state on Feb. 25 and 26. We will update you on how the high school fared in its tournament next week. The youth wrestlers who qualified for state this year are: Kayden “Bull” Goodman, Trevor Linderman, Michael McGlaughin, David Cook, Angel Dyer, Tagen Cage, Patrick “Beast” Middleton, Adam Cook, Natalie “Nat” Beaumont, David “Turtle” Hopkins, Major O’Dell and Antonio Grasty.
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By Seth Norris When Union County Youth Wrestling started four years ago, head coach Wally Goodman did not imagine this much success, this fast. Since Goodman and his wife, Grasha, started the program, it has sent someone to the wrestling state tournament every single season. This year, a whopping 12 Union County youth wrestlers are bound for state. They range from kindergarten to eighth grade. Of the 12 who qualified, two (Kayden “Bull” Goodman and Trevor Linderman) walked away as Region champions. Although the program’s speed of success may be surprising, there’s no secret as to why. Along with Union County High School wres-
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Union County Community Foundation taking grant proposals By Shannon Carey The Union County Community Foundation is taking grant proposals to be awarded in 2017, the foundation’s first since 2013. Trudy Hughes, director of regional advancement for the East Tennessee Foundation, visited the Union County Business and Professional Association meeting Feb. 14 to talk about the Union County Community Foundation. The local foundation is a fund of the East Tennessee Foundation, which combines charitable gifts from all over East Tennessee, invests them and allocates investment income proportionally back to each community fund. Each community fund has a local advisory board that decides how to use the money. In Union County, the board members are
David Myers, J.V. Waller, Shannon Brooks, Bill Cox, Neva Kitts, Ronnie Mincey, Roger Pepper and Steward Oakes. “The local decision-making is very important,” Hughes said. “I live and my office is in Knoxville, but you know Union County better than anywhere else. That’s a real hallmark of our community foundations.” The Union County Community Foundation was formed by the Leadership Union County class of 2010. In its history, the foundation has awarded $8,700 to Union County causes. In 2011, the foundation gave funds for 4-H camp scholarships, the Union County Farmers Market and the Union County Heritage Festival. In 2012, it contributed to efforts to restore Oak Grove School in
Sharps Chapel. In 2013, the foundation helped fund several efforts at Union County High School, including library books, software for the arts, the boys and girls tennis teams, and the animal science program. Hughes said the Union County Community Foundation raised $5,000 last year. “We’re a hardworking group,” she said. “We don’t have a lot of money in our fund, but it’s growing every year.” Hughes encouraged people to include the Union County Community Foundation in their wills. The foundation will accept any asset of value, including jewelry, artwork and real estate. Info: Trudy Hughes, 877-5241223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
KARM’s Burt Rosen to speak at Prayer Breakfast Burt Rosen, director of Knox Area Rescue Ministries, will be the keynote speaker at the Union County Prayer Breakfast, to be held 8 a.m. Friday, April 14, at Union County Senior Center. Music will be provided by Gospel Streams, and Teresa’s Bakery will cater breakfast. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at Commercial Bank or Maynardville Public Library, or by contacting Prayer Breakfast chair Chantay Collins, 865-992-7106. The Union County Business and Professional Association meets at noon every second Tuesday, at Hardee’s in Maynardville.
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HEALTH NOTES ■■ “Getting Your House in Order,” a free end-of-life planning seminar, 2-3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, North
Knoxville Medical Center, 7565 Dannaher Drive. Registration required. Info/registration: 1-855-8366682 or tennova.com. ■■ Peninsula Lighthouse Group of Families Anony-
mous meetings, 6:15-7:15 p.m. each Tuesday, 1451 Dowell Springs Blvd. Newcomers welcome; no dues/ fees; no sign-up; first names only. Info: Barbara L., 865-696-6606 or email@example.com.
Luttrell Public Library recently hosted Customer Appreciation Day, with staff showing their thanks to their patrons for visiting and using the library. Library director Kim Todd thanked Food City of Maynardville, Pizza Plus of Luttrell and the Pit Stop Market in Plainview for their support of Customer Appreciation Day. “Luttrell Public Library is all about community and communities coming together to support education,” said Todd. “Lifelong learning means you are always on an adventurous journey from birth to your golden years.” Luttrell Public Library is at 115 Park Road, Luttrell. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Info: 865-992-0208 or www.luttrelllibrary.org.
Union County Shopper news • February 22, 2017 • A-5
Members of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sharps Chapel collected 1,414 diapers for the Union County Food Pantry in the church’s second diaper derby. Pictured are Cindy Garretson, Tom McCaffery, Margo McCaffery, Jeff Garretson, David Mobley, Karen Kitts, Kevin Kitts, Bob Bruns, Jane Bruns and the Rev. Paul Kritsch. Photo by Dorothy Kritsch
Diaper Derby doubles donation Chapel of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sharps Chapel recently completed its second diaper derby. The goal was to gather more than last year’s total of 726. The final tally was 1,414 diapers. The diapers were given to the Union County Food Pantry for distribution to area families.
The congregation began gathering the diapers on Jan. 15, Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, to demonstrate their belief that all of life is sacred from conception to natural death, and is to be nurtured and cherished. “Sometimes people think the church is only against everything which
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■■ “My School Color Run” for Union County High School Track and Field, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11, Union County High School, 150 Main St., Maynardville. An untimed 3.1-mile fun run for all ages and fitness abilities. Registration: UHSmscr.eventbrite.com. Business sponsorship opportunities available. Info: Aileen Beeler, 992-5232. ■■ Plainview 7th District Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. each third Thursday, Plainview Community Center. Info: 865-992-5212. ■■ Sharps Chapel Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. each second Thursday, Sharps Chapel Community Building, 1550 Sharps Chapel Road. ■■ VFW meeting, 7 p.m. each second Thursday, 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All
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■■ Rooting Pot Planter workshop, 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Barbara Holt. Registration deadline: March 18. Info/registration: 494-9854 or appalachianarts.net. ■■ Josephine Wine Basket workshop, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Barbara Holt. Registration deadline: March 18. Info/registration: 4949854 or appalachianarts.net.
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Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.” Thursdays-Sundays, Feb. 24-March 12, at the theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. The play is a live onstage version of the smash Broadway musical adapted from the classic animated film, especially written for ages 4 and older. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $12; special rate for adult and child entering together, $10. Info/tickets: 865-208-3677 or knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com.
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■■ Student Led Technology and Innovation Conference, Friday, March 10, Luttrell Elementary School, 241 Tazewell Pike. Students create and produce their own presentations on technology. Info: principal Sonja Saylor, 992-3441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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■■ Large Market Basket workshop, 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25 or Sunday, March 26, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Barbara Holt. Registration deadline: March 18. Info/registration: 4949854 or appalachianarts.net.
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The Lamb You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. (1 Peter 1: 18-19 NRSV) Your gift of Love they crucified; They laughed and scorned Him as He died. The humble King they named a fraud And sacrificed the Lamb of God. (“Lamb of God,” Twila Paris) Last week, in this space, I wrote these words: “God watched His own Son die, with no lamb to take his place.” The context of that was Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only, longawaited son in obedience to God’s command. Even as Abraham agonizingly raised his knife, God gave Abraham a reprieve, and allowed him to substitute a lamb for the sacrifice and let Isaac live. I read those words again, after the column was in print. It was only then that the truth dawned on me. Jesus was the Lamb who took my place, and yours. There was no substitute available to God. I had known that truth, of course, for years and years. Even so, it struck me anew, with a power that brought me up short.
It brought me face to face with God’s pain as He allowed His son to die. And it made me realize all over again how much God cared for – and cares for – these sinners that we are! Ash Wednesday is one week from today, March 1. It is a day of penitence and prayer. In whatever way you observe the beginning of Lent, spend some quiet time thinking about your own walk with God. Ask God to forgive your failings and to guide your steps every day. Give thanks for God’s mercy and love.
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Bunch’s tough choice – graveyard or penitentiary I have just read another account of the legend of Clarence Bunch, Gus McCoig and their gang. I had not realized that Bunch was from a section of Claiborne Bunch C o u n t y called “Bunchtown,” obviously named for the Bunch family. McCoig was from White Pine. From all indications, the motto of “Live fast, love hard and die young” would have been written by Clarence. These guys would go on robbing sprees. They were not content with one robbery at a time but seemed to enjoy the encounters as much as the money they took. In one story by Jack Neely, he says at times they might have 12 cars lined up in a traffic jam and would go down the line of cars robbing the traffic jam victims. If they wanted to rob you they would drive up behind you and shoot out the tires. They held up banks, stores and cigarette trucks. When Grainger County Sheriff Sam Roach finally arrested Clarence Bunch in Bunchtown in the summer of 1934, Bunch is said to have stated, “It’s either the graveyard or the penitentiary for me, and I’ll take the penitentiary.” Roach drove Bunch to Knoxville
but stopped by Charlie and Cleopatra Epperson’s home on Lay Avenue in Park City. They arrived on a Tuesday and were there two days discussing the terms of surrender; but Knox County Sheriff J.W. Brewer didn’t put up with a lot of nonsense. Bunch had agreed to surrender and told Brewer he’d call him at 11 a.m. – but didn’t. Brewer came to Lay Avenue after him. Knox County Chief Deputy Tom Kirby came with Brewer. When Sheriff Roach and Bunch came out of the house, Bunch grabbed Roach’s gun and Kirby shot him. Roach was charged for collaborating with Bunch. After about 10,000 viewings of the corpse at Roberts Undertaking Company on Union Avenue, Bunch took the long, slow ride in a hearse and was buried at Bunchtown. Bunch’s associate, McCoig, escaped the law until 1935, when he shot Union County Sheriff L. Bratcher Hutcheson at the Clinch River Bridge. In 1937, McCoig was electrocuted. At Hutcheson’s death his wife, Della, became Union County’s first woman sheriff.
FAITH NOTES Fundraiser ■■ Millers Chapel UMC, 2719 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville, will host a spaghetti dinner 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Dine in or carryout available. Tickets: $5 advance; $6 at the door. Info: Kathy Chesney, 865-566-3289.
Community services ■■ The Union County Food Pantry, 553 Fall Creek Road, is open 2-5 p.m. every second and fourth Monday. In case of inclement weather, the food pantry follows Union County Public Schools closures. Info: Kitty Lewis, 865-992-4335, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ■■ Hansard Chapel Methodist Church, located on Highway 33 across from Tolliver’s Market, hosts a food pantry 6-7 p.m. each third Saturday. Gently used clothing is also available. Info: the Rev. Jay Richardson, 865-776-2668.
Classes/meetings ■■ Alder Springs Missionary Baptist Church, 556 Hickory Star Road, Maynardville, will host its annual Men’s Retreat at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, and 9 a.m. Saturday, March 4. Visiting ministers will be the Rev.
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Special services ■■ UPLIFT, a nondenominational study/prayer group for Universal Peace, Love, Inspiration, Faith & Truth, meets 11 a.m.-noon Sundays in the conference room at Hardee’s, 2825 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville. Info: Eva, 865-992-0185 or eva. email@example.com.
SENIOR NOTES ■■ Union County Senior Citizens Center 298 Main St. Monday-Friday • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Info for all seniors groups: Melanie Dykes 992-3292/9920361 ■■ Plainview Seniors Plainview City Hall, 1037 Tazewell Pike Meet each first Monday • 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ■■ Luttrell Seniors Luttrell Community Center, 115 Park Road Meets each third Monday • 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ■■ Sharps Chapel Seniors Sharps Chapel Community Bldg. 1550 Sharps Chapel Road Meets each first and third Wednesday • 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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The second annual STEM Around the World will take place noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the L&N Station, 401 Henley Street. Families will experience Asian, African and European foods, watch cultural performances and learn about traditions and tolerThe Union County Lions Club is accepting donations ance through crafts and for the second annual Mark Martin Memorial Scholarship. activities. It is fun for the In 2016, the Union County Lions Club awarded six $500 whole family! Children can scholarships to outstanding Union County High School play in the KidZone for face students. Anyone interested in donating to the scholarship painting and fun games. fund should contact Union County Lions Club Treasurer There is a $5 cash donaRonnie Mincey at 865-278-6430. tion to experience the fun
Mike Viles and the Rev. Jerry Vittatoe. Everyone welcome.
at the L&N STEM Academy. Additional food will also be sold. The proceeds will benefit L&N’s class of 2017. Each year, the seniors provide a meaningful gift to the school. This is the major fundraiser for the graduating class. This is also a wonderful opportunity to visit the beautiful, historic L&N train station, opened in 1905. It now serves as Knox County’s first stand-alone magnet school. Info: 865-329-8440 or derek.griffin@knoxschools. org.
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POWELL - 20.53 acre Cattle Farm convenient to I-75. This property has it all. The property has two residences: Custom built brick 4Br 3Ba 2900 sqft & 2Br 2Ba 2000 sqft rental home. Plenty or work space with 52x48 metal barn with underground utilities, 40x70 metal barn with 14ft roll up doors & Pond. $1,000,000 (981058) NORRIS LAKE - Private and gated 2.08 acre lakefront peninsula on Norris Lake. 4Br 3Ba features: year round deep water on all sides, elevator, open floor plan, custom kitchen,w/breathtaking views of Norris Lake views, boat dock, launch ramp, concrete/steel catwalk and handicapped accessible. $899,000 (981728)
Union County Shopper news • February 22, 2017 • A-7
Who is in charge at Tennessee? The University of Tennessee has endured considerable criticism and some snickering because it wasn’t ready or able to immediately name a new athletic director. Alabama introduced a replacement for Bill Battle two days after he said goodbye. The secret courtship with Greg Byrne had been going on for months. Last summer, when Dave Hart didn’t get the contract extension he wanted, he announced his forthcoming retirement. Speculation has been romping along ever since. We’ve nominated two really good candidates. Neither has been ordained. OK, the Tennessee situation is different. First priority was to find a new chancellor. We finally got one but she was not ready to approve our suggestions. She wanted to look around. I dare not say that is a woman’s prerogative. I can say this delay caused a very bright Shopper reader to ask exactly who’s in charge at Tennessee? In theory, the chain of command goes like this: Coaches answer to the athletic director. He answers to the chancellor. She answers to the president. He answers to the board of trustees. Along the way, influential boosters chime in when they choose. Names on buildings probably carry more weight than little league contributors. I will not attempt a pecking order. You can guess who loans jets. In theory, trustees have the final say. Years of observation convinced me that trustees almost always approve whatever the president proposes. This is a political process. Money is the key word. How much does it cost and who is going to pay? Gov. Bill Haslam chairs
the board. Raja J. Jubran, UT engineering honors graduate of a generation ago, founder and chief executive officer of Denark Construction, prominent in Clayton Bank, is vice chair. He has had lots to say about settlements of Title IX and sexual harassment lawsuits but not much about athletic directors. Dr. Joe DiPietro, president of the university system, is a voting member except on audit and compliance matters. Ex-Vol Charles Anderson, CEO of Anderson Media, is an influential trustee. He is from the Florence, Ala., family that founded Books a Million. He is on the committee searching desperately for a new athletic director. He is also on the executive and compensation committee. The athletics committee: Spruell Driver Jr., UT graduate with a Duke law degree, is a contract specialist with Vanderbilt’s sponsored programs administration. D. Crawford Gallimore, graduate of UT-Martin, is chief financial officer for Hamilton-Ryker, job placement company in Martin. Vicky Brown Gregg retired as chief executive officer of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Her roots are in Cleveland. Brad Lampley, ex-Vol, twice a graduate of UT, is with Adams and Reese law firm in Nashville. Other trustees:
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Shannon A. Brown is senior vice president, human resources officer and diversity officer for FedEx. I had heard for some ren might have been “The Dr. William E. Evans, a time that Lincoln MemoriBobbsey Twins” rather graduate of UT Health Scithan us becoming “The al University was going to ence Center, retired as distart a doctoral program. Three Musketeers.” rector and CEO of St. Jude One day, Jason Bailey ap- Ronnie There wasn’t much I peared to tell me the time Mincey could do about the third Children’s Hospital. had come. He asked me to hurdle. We left for the twoGeorge E. Cates is retired go with him and work on week “boot camp” that bechair and CEO of MidAmour Ed.D. degrees. gan our doctoral saga on Teacher Time erica Apartment CommuniThree instant thoughts my 45th birthday. Durties in Memphis. came to my mind – too Baileys were correct. The ing those two weeks, we Dr. Susan Davidson is a much money, too much first hurdle was overcome. lived on campus in student professor of nursing at UTwork, I’m too old. I voiced The U.S. government was housing and were kept acChattanooga. none of these concerns, willing to loan each of tively engaged from 12 to John N. Foy, UT law but told him to find some- us $41,000 to obtain a sometimes 14 hours per graduate, is retired vice body else to partner with. $25,000 degree. How gen- day. Even Sundays were chair and treasurer of CBL In about six months, erous! not days of rest. & Associates Properties in Jason reappeared and said Second hurdle – LMU We spent untold hours Chattanooga. he could find no one, again loved our proposals. We in seminars designed to Candice McQueen, state asking me to be his “study were told by interview- teach us finer points of commissioner of education, buddy.” Now was the time ing professors that the dissertation completion. is an ex officio voting memto voice concern. program was designed We were told we could not ber. “Jason, I don’t have to be completed in two leave boot camp until we Sharon J. Pryse, UT $25,000.” His answer – years. For that two years had our topic firmly degrad, is president and CEO of we could get a student we would practically “sell cided and had completed Trust Company in Knoxville. loan for the full amount. our souls” to complete the (I believe 30) pages of a Dr. Jefferson S. Rogers is I didn’t believe it – why required dissertation. We rough draft of our respeca professor of geography at would the government were told to get our fam- tive dissertations. UT-Martin. loan us $25,000 when we ily’s support up front. My That boot camp was Rhedona Rose is executive were gainfully employed? enough to drive some of wife pledged her wholevice president of Tennessee Jason said his wife was a hearted support. the lesser dedicated away. Farm Bureau Federation. banker and had checked Along the way Jason I considered giving up, but Miranda N. Rutan is a into it. and I joined in our pur- my wife told me that if I student at UT-Martin. I decided to play along, suit of higher education did she would have it postJai Templeton, state comjust to prove Jason wrong. with Lauren Effler. Had ed on the FSG Bank sign, missioner of agriculture, is He had the information to I remembered, Lauren’s “Ronnie Mincey is a quitan ex officio voting member. apply for the program, so mother, Sarah Maness, ter!” I believed she would, John D. Tickle, UT grad, we made appointments for told me on at least two oc- so I stayed. chairs Strongwell Corporainterviews and completed casions that Lauren was Next week I’ll share an tion. our preliminary research unusual story of elevated going to get her doctorate Julia T. Wells, another proposals. status in LMU’s doctoral at LMU. Had I rememgraduate of the university, is It turned out that the bered that, Jason and Lau- program. vice president of marketing services for Pictsweet. Charles E. Wharton, UT grad, is president and CEO St. Mary’s Legacy mobile clinic sees patients at the Northside Community Center in Washof Poplar Creek Farms, a diburn each first Wednesday and the Blessed John Paul II Catholic Mission, 7735 Rutledge Pike versified holding company. in Rutledge, each second Thursday. Appointment: 865-212-5570. Info: stmaryclinic.org. Tommy G. Whittaker, UT grad, is president and CEO of First Farmers Bancshares. Note: Because we endorse transparency, I’ll tell you that Sarah West is related to one trustee.
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