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Handcrafted kayak a labor of love Sunset Bay resident and retired cabinetmaker Bill Clapsaddle stands with his almost-complete baidarka kayak, handcrafted of western red cedar, tiger maple, cherry, white pine and teak woods. Photos by S. Carey

Maynardville Public Library, 266 Main St., will host its second Small Business Expo event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1. All small or home-based businesses in Union County are welcome to set up a booth and share a day of networking and sales. Info: 865-992-7106 or

Inventor Bohanan to speak to group

Award-winning inventor and author Arthur M. Bohanan will be the speaker for the Sunday, March 19, Union County Historical Society meeting, held at the Union County Heritage Museum and Genealogical Library, 3824 Maynardville Highway. Bohanan patented “Method and Apparatus for Detecting Fingerprints on Skin” and discovered that fingerprints of children are chemically different from adult fingerprints. Among many other accolades, he has been featured in eight of the Dr. Bill Bass novels. All are welcome to attend the meeting, which starts at 2:30 p.m.

GOP to meet

The Union County Republican Party will hold a reorganization meeting 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Union County Courthouse. Elections of officers will also be held.

BOE meeting set

The Union County Board of Education will meet in regular session Thursday, March 23, at the Union County High School Auditorium. The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. with the meeting following immediately.

Mobile clinic visits 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: 865-212-5570. Info:

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This hand-carved wood loon has a Rare Earth magnet in its base and will serve as a handle to retract the skeg rudder of Bill Clapsaddle’s baidarka canoe.

By Shannon Carey For Bill Clapsaddle of Sunset Bay in Sharps Chapel, retirement has come to be about more than relaxation. It’s about finding his passion and finding himself. “You retire and you fish and you golf,” he said. “But you kind of start to lose who you are.” So, what does a retired cabinetmaker from Ohio do to find his passion again?

He builds a meticulously handcrafted wood kayak based on an ancient design. And he does it beautifully. “This has brought me back to who I am,” he said. The baidarka kayak is designed by Rob Macks, and it is almost complete in Clapsaddle’s workshop on the shores of Norris Lake. Baidarka is a Russian term and refers to the style of kayak used by the Aleutian

people, also known as Eskimos, to ply the frigid ocean waters around present-day Alaska. Those seagoing indigenous people used sealskin sewn over a light wood frame. Clapsaddle’s modern kayak uses thin strips of various woods like western red cedar and teak, all aligned and glued by hand to create the hull, followed by fiberglass cloth and six layers of epoxy inside

and out to make it watertight. The kayak is 6 feet, 8 inches long and weighs 35.5 pounds. It is rated for a 200-pound person on flat water and has two watertight storage compartments. Those storage compartments have lids made of wood inlay that exactly matches the hull. A rubber gasket and Rare Earth To page A-2

From Tennessee to Kentucky Bryan and Mize set sights high for final season

for the seventh-best total in school history. She had a total of 22 home runs and 150 RBI coming into this season. In Bryan’s first three seasons, she threw for over 300 strikeouts with a pitching record of 59-17. They have each been selected to either By Seth Norris the First or Second All Mid-South Time flies when you’re dominating Conference team every season. softball. However, they are sure not Union County High School to let the accolades go to their softball alums Casey Bryan heads. Sometimes, when and Bailey Mize have been Bryan is struggling a bit winning games together on the mound, Mize has since they were around to remind her how good 10 years old. As Patriots, she is. the pitching and catch“Casey has always ing duo led the softball been hard on herself, team to over 100 wins but she’s still betin their four years, inter than most on her cluding a sectional apworst day,” said Mize. pearance. “I just try to give her Now, they find reassurance and let themselves in the final her know that she’s got season of their softme and everyone else ball careers together at behind her.” Lindsey Wilson College The tight-knit relationin Columbia, Ky. ship comes in handy on the “I can’t believe that the field, especially for a pitcher end is so close,” said Bryan. and catcher. From a catcher’s “I can remember so many perspective, they must know times that Bailey has been there what motivates their pitcher, when for me on and off the field.” there are signs of a slump, and they They have both been there on the both need to know when to make adjustfield for each other since they made the ments. Ultimately, the biggest move up north. key for these two is trust. Mize is well over a .300 career Pitcher Casey Bryan and catcher Bailey Mize talk strategy during hitter as a Blue Raider, and in her a game at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. Photos submitted To page A-2 first season, she drove in 58 runs






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Kelly England is the new owner at Shabby Chic 33 Boutique in downtown Maynardville. Photo by S. Carey

England takes the wheel at Shabby Chic By Shannon Carey

The boutique is still offering unique Kelly England is the new owner of Shab- clothing and home décor. England has addby Chic 33 Boutique in the heart of down- ed a line of Christian novelty products, 10 percent of the sales from which will be dotown Maynardville. England is running the shop while keep- nated each quarter to a local church. When ing her previous job as regional operations customers purchase the products, they can manager for Dental Partners. She said she nominate a church to receive the funds, and decided to keep the shop running when her the recipient will be drawn at random from mother and previous owner, Tammy Bea- the nominations. Shabby Chic is at 842 Main Street, Mayson, started having health problems. “All the hard work and dedication she nardville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesput into it, I didn’t want her to have to sell day through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Info: 865-745-3162 it,” England said.

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magnets around the lids keep them watertight. Clapsaddle will also build his own paddle, based on an Aleutian paddle displayed in the Smithsonian Institute. Everything on the kayak is handcarved, from the bifurcated bow to the loonshaped handles that will raise and lower the kayak’s skeg rudder. Clapsaddle laid each wafer-thin wood strip by hand, glued, clamped and shaped each piece with a heat gun. He started the project just after Thanksgiving 2016, and he’s worked on it 10-12 hours each day since. “I’ve kind of thrown myself into it,” he said. “I was just excited about it, seeing each part of it come together. “Since college, I’ve been involved in restoration. I’ve always been attracted to history, antiques and wood. This boat is all of those things. The first time I saw one of these things I fell in love with it.” And when the kayak is done, it’s definitely going in the water to ply the pristine waters of Norris Lake. “That’s what it’s for,” Clapsaddle said. Clapsaddle was full of praise for Union County and Norris Lake. He and his wife, Pat, a pottery artist, couldn’t be happier. “The lake is huge, it’s pristine, we have a wild-

Bill Clapsaddle painstakingly glues thin strips of wood onto the frame of his baidarka kayak. Photo by Pat Clapsaddle life preserve across from us. The clarity of the water is incredible. The fishing is amazing. We like Union County. This is remote out here, but at the same time we like being a little away from things. This is a great place,” he said. While there’s no hard timeline for when the kayak will be done, Clapsaddle is excited to use it on the lake

Bryan and Mize “I think it’s a huge advantage, especially in a tight situation where we may need to make an adjustment mid-game,” said Mize. “We trust each other, where we’ve been able to learn and get better together throughout the years, and I think that’s a comfort level that a lot of pitchers and catchers don’t have the opportunity of having.” The duo is hoping that comfort level takes them all the way in their final season; it’s a feat they almost reached two years ago. As sophomores, the Blue Raiders made it to the NAIA World Series, and then advanced to the National Championship game. It was an experience that has just made them hungrier to get back after losing in the final game. “It was emotional,” said Bryan. “So much time and practice had been spent all season to prepare us for those games, it’s motivated me to do the best I can and hopefully we will be there again.” Winning it would be the ultimate sendoff for their careers. “I really don’t know how I could describe that,” said Mize. “There literally would be no better way to hang up my cleats than having ev-

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for the first time, and the neighborhood is abuzz with excitement as well. “They say that you don’t sit in a kayak. You wear a kayak,” he said with a grin. The Rob Macks website features completed canoes and building plans available for purchase. Info: www.laughingloon. com

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Casey Bryan and Bailey Mize played softball together at Union County High School and are now facing their final season as Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders. erything we’ve worked for pay off.” All eyes are on them now as they are nearly halfway through the season. Bryan has already racked up a conference player of the week award, and the Blue Raiders

are ranked in the top 10 in the country for NAIA softball. Bryan said they want to make their last year together “unforgettable,” and it seems they are well on their way.

Project Help is there for KUB customers By Sandra Clark

Let’s fix our roads by using the budget surplus and NOT by raising taxes!

“When representing you in Nashville, I love to use feedback from my constituents. Please visit the Gas Tax post on my facebook page and let me hear from you!” Paid for by Committee to Elect Jerry Sexton, Terry Winstead Treasurer

KUB customers in Union County are eligible for assistance through Project Help, a KUB representative has confirmed. Food City is a proud sponsor of Project Help, this year raising $38,601 through customer donations. Home Federal Bank donated $1,968 in check presentations at the Powell Food City on March 6.

The promotion, which ran Jan. 9 through Feb. 4 in Knoxville area Food City locations, was boosted by media sponsors including WIVK Radio. Project Help is an emergency heating-assistance program that helps pay for electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, wood, or coal for people who need temporary help with their heating bills. Project Help clients may have an emer-

Skibinski is interim Chamber president Thomas Skibinski of East Tennessee Computer Repair will serve as interim president of the Union County Chamber of Commerce until a permanent president can be found. The Chamber’s board of directors voted during a special called meeting March 8 to allow Skibinski to serve in the role. The move follows previous president Leslie Corum’s resignation March 1. Skibinski has previously served as the Chamber’s treasurer. Skibinski

gency need because of job loss, illness, injury, or disability, or they may be seniors struggling with the rising cost of living. “The continued support of the community is what keeps Project Help alive,” said KUB president and CEO Mintha Roach. “We would like to thank all of those involved with the fundraiser, which helps hundreds of local families in need each year.”

CORRECTION Last week, we mistakenly identified Ronnie Mincey as president of the Union County Lions Club. Mincey is the club’s secretary and treasurer. Phil Norman is president. We sincerely apologize for the error.

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Charlie Hamilton and Alec Cronnin

Abby Pursiful and Morgan Fritts

Photos by S. Carey

Joseph Watkins and Tyler Anderson

Union County CTE sends nine to state Nine students in the Union County High School career and technical program will advance to the state SkillsUSA competition in Chattanooga this April. They all placed in the top four in the regional SkillsUSA competition, held Feb. 22, at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Knoxville. In building trades, Tyler Anderson won second place in carpentry, and Joseph Watkins won second place in electrical. In cosmetology, Abby Pursiful was fourth in aesthetics, and Morgan Fritts was second in nail care. In automotive, Cody Grace won first place in automotive service technology,

Hunter Gray won first in MLR 2 Electrical, and Dylan Boggs won first place in MLR 1 Automotive Industry. In CAD, Charlie Hamilton placed in the top four for technical drafting, and Alec Cronnin placed in the top four for architectural drafting. Hunter Gray won first place in MLR 2 Electrical, Cody Grace won first in automotive service technology, and Dylan Boggs won first in MLR 1 Automotive Industry in the SkillsUSA automotive competition.

Kadron building bridges in Sharps Chapel By Shannon Carey

Jeremiah Kadron recently placed first in aesthetics in the East Tennessee Regional Model Bridge Building Contest. Photos submitted

Jeremiah Kadron, a homeschooled 10th-grader from Sharps Chapel, recently won an award for his bridge-building skills. But we’re not talking about making friends. We’re talking about building model bridges according to specific technical specifications in the East Tennessee Regional Model Bridge Building Contest held March 4 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge. Kadron said he has entered the contest several times, but this is the first time he’s placed. Modelbuilding is something of a hobby for Kadron. He enjoys drawing plans and then building his creations. “It’s relaxing for me, designing and building it,” he said. Each bridge entered must be built from 2/32-inch balsa wood, and contestants may construct the bridges by notching, laminating and gluing the pieces together,

but they may not stain or cover the wood. It took Kadron three days to design and build his model. While drawn plans are not required for the competition, he did it anyway. “I found that it’s easier to draw it out,” he said. But the big surprise came when his model was selected for first place in aesthetics instead of efficiency. The model held 13 kilograms, and Kadron was going just for practicality, not beauty. Turns out that’s what the judges were after this year: less is more. “They said the other bridges were going to extremes, and they didn’t build with the least amount of material possible,” said Kadron. It’s that ethic of conservation of material that Kadron hopes to turn into a career. He wants to go to college for mechanical engineering and later start a business designing and building offroad vehicles, some for recreation and some for emer-

Jeremiah Kadron’s award-winning bridge model

gency and rescue. Inspired by last fall’s wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, he wants to make emergency vehicles that are strong enough to do the job, but light enough to access remote areas. “I’d like to see how tough you can build something and have it not huge,” he said.

Singletary, Bills are science fair winners

Evan Singletary and Amelia Bills Photo submitted

Horace Maynard Middle School students Evan Singletary and Amelia Bills are the winners of the annual Union County Science Fair. Science fair projects are required for all Union County sixth-graders. Out of about 250 projects submitted, 12 were chosen for countywide judging. In addition to Evan and Amelia, those were submitted by students Patrick Middleton, Preston Patterson, Lauren Bentley, Eben Hansen, Johnnie Williams, Aiden Gwaltney, Rileigh Collins, Laken Evans, Alexis Shephard and Gavin Tharp. Representatives from the Clinch-Powell Educational Cooperative visited the

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A spring remembrance It has been said that a person is not really dead as long as one person remembers them. What a beautiful remembrance was sent to me last week in the picture you see here and the story with it. Some of the land belonging to Old John Hubbs, a Revolutionary War soldier, is still in his family. This particular piece of ground once belonged to William Montgomery Hubbs and his wife, Aster Merritt Hubbs, then the land passed to their son Onal and his wife, Evie Hubbs. Henry and Aleene Hubbs Thaller purchased this property in 1979. Now the land has passed again to their daughter, Eva Thaller. The gray house in the background of the picture belonged to Eva’s grandparents Onal and Evie Hubbs. They moved into a two-room version of the house about 1935, gradually adding rooms. Onal died in 1959, but Evie lived there until her death in 1973. Eva’s parents, Henry and Aleene Hubbs Thaller, bought the farm in 1979. They remodeled and lived in the old house until their house up on the ridge was

FAITH NOTES ■■ Hansard Chapel Methodist Church, 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. ■■ 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. ■■ UPLIFT, a nondenominational study/prayer group for Universal Peace, Love, Inspiration, Faith & Truth, meets 11 a.m.-noon Sundays in the conference room at

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finished in 1991. The bright daffodils were a gift to Onal from daughter Aleene. Onal had been farm manager on Baum’s Florist farm in Bearden at Knoxville until he had a massive heart attack about 1935, and the family had to move back to the farm while Onal recuperated. The Hubbs family could grow plenty to eat, but there was nearly no money; so Aleene dropped out of high school and took a job at the Standard Knitting Mill. Because Onal was missing the fields of flowers blooming on Baum’s farm, Aleene bought him 100 daffodil bulbs to plant on the farm about 1938. He and Evie planted a row of daffodils all around the yard fence. The daffodil blooms you are seeing are from bulbs dating back to 1938. The huge rocks were part of the foundation and chimney of the big log home built

Daffodils descended from bulbs first planted in 1938 adorn the Hubbs-Thaller homeplace. Photo by Eva Thaller by William Montgomery and Aster Merritt Hubbs, Onal’s parents, who died of flu in 1915. Cousin Etha Phipps was living in the log house when a burglar knocked over a lantern and burned down the house about 1933. About 1938, Aleene rolled the rocks

up the hill to make a flower bed, hurting her back in the process! When I look at the size of those rocks, it’s a wonder she could ever walk again. In addition to the daffodils, Evie planted white and pink peonies in the flower

SENIOR NOTES ■■ Union County Senior Citizens Center, 298 Main St. Info for all seniors groups: Melanie Dykes, 865-992-3292 or 865992-0361.

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Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. (Matthew 10: 17-18 NRSV)

■■ Luttrell Seniors meet 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each third Monday, Luttrell Community Center, 115 Park Road. ■■ Plainview Seniors meet 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each first Monday, Plainview City Hall, 1037 Tazewell Pike.

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■■ Sharps Chapel Seniors meet 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each first and third Wednesday, Sharps Chapel Community Building, 1550 Sharps Chapel Road.

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church members Jeff Garretson and Jeff Landis install a Lenten cross at the Sharps Chapel Community Center, where the church meets. Members of the church are displaying Lenten crosses on their front lawns The Union County Lions Club is accepting donations to share their faith with the community, an idea put forward by for the second annual Mark Martin Memorial Scholarship. Theresa and Jeff Landis. Landis and Garretson made crosses for In 2016, the Union County Lions Club awarded six $500 each home, and Cindy Garretson made hangings: purple for scholarships to outstanding Union County High School Lent, black for Good Friday, and white for Maundy Thursday students. Anyone interested in donating to the scholarship and Easter. The church meets at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday, and fund should contact Union County Lions Club treasurer hosts a neighborhood Bible breakfast at 9 a.m. every Tuesday. The Sharps Chapel Community Center is at 1542 Sharps Chapel Ronnie Mincey at 865-278-6430. Road. Photo submitted

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operates and Eva feels up to it, she has made many bouquets to take to the local nursing home to help elderly residents look forward to springtime. What a wonderful spring remembrance.

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bed. The last of those may have died; but Aleene had moved a couple of white peonies up to the ridge house, and they still bloom. Little trees and wisteria vines provide color at other times of the year. Some years when the weather co-

COMMUNITY NOTES ■■ Plainview 7th District Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. each third Thursday, Plainview Community Center. Info: 865-992-5212. ■■ Maynardville Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. each fourth Thursday, small courtroom at the courthouse. ■■ 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.

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for most months, but on the 15th for March, May, July and October. Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, because of the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. Therefore, the variance of the date. All of that is long ago history, of course, but it is also a reminder of the dangers of overarching ambition and self-importance. Even today, it behooves leaders of any area of endeavor – whether political, religious, professional, military, social or educational – to keep in mind their humanity, their responsibility, and their obligation to the people they lead and serve. And, importantly, it behooves all of us to remember our history, lest we repeat it.

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Difference of opinion Thirty years in the classroom

In comparison to recent athletics directors, John Currie may be cause for celebration. He brings an actual track record. He is relatively modern. He uses the word “cool.” John Currie He has personality and doesn’t do sun lamps or hair dye. Now that the music has stopped and noise has subsided, let us seek what passes for the truth. What we have here is a guarded difference of opinion about the new man at Tennessee. There is high praise, mostly from far-away places. There are biting local undertones but they do not sound lethal. Those who guided Dr. Beverly Davenport in her discovery and knee-jerk choice of Currie identified the precise qualities she sought: An established leader at a so-so Power 5 school who would see UT as a full step up. A man of integrity, yea, with respect for NCAA rules. A smart salesman (comfortable with other millionaires, keen at remembering names, polished at smiling and shaking hands). John demonstrated several skills in negotiating a very favorable bonus contract for himself. A builder and maybe even a visionary with proper appreciation for great athletes who turn all the wheels. Favoring athletes and academics is very popular. It discourages lawsuits about misuse and abuse. All that information and more was available in the official Currie biography or in glowing reports of his success at Kansas State.

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Some who actually know John, who worked with him in his previous years in Knoxville, have reservations. Some in Manhattan claim the community is pleased that he is gone. One UT employee, before and after Currie, is “flabbergasted” by the selection. John was supposedly No. 2 in being least liked. Ask later who was No. 1. After that, ask if being liked is important to being the boss. Another former associate said Currie tried to change the entire culture to reflect the Atlantic Coast Conference image, specifically Wake Forest, from whence he came. As for him morphing into a Tennessee guy, no way. “Not sure he could find Ayres Hall with a campus map.” A third said, being charitable, that John was a bully. There were other caustic words. John has been called Mike Hamilton 2.0, much better at raising and spending money than identifying, hiring and keeping winning coaches. He was Hamilton’s right-hand man in the knockout of Phillip Fulmer the week of the Wyoming game in 2008. Currie is also linked to Lane Kiffin. Ouch. One sincere critic wonders if Donna Thomas, prominent on the search committee, provided that information to Dr. Davenport. John is perceived as a micromanager. That is code for butting into subordinates’ business. There was a zing-

er from a support person: “John decided how many I’ve had dreams and food items, we had a good dill pickle slices should be nightmares about school laugh as they guided me in box lunches.” all my life. One of the into the proper pronunGo light on some of this most recurring was “linciation that they could stuff, all anonymous talk raing my class up” to go Ronnie understand. dio and coffee-break chatsomewhere though they Mincey My supervising teachter, presented as certified refused to be quiet in the ers were kind and pafacts, but don’t quote me. classroom, much less in tient with my shortcomOK to attribute good stuff – the hall. ings, though they surely Teacher Time intelligent, energetic, tenaThis dream was unknew I was nervous and cious, passionate. doubtedly a manifesta- taught, and that was “above self-conscious. I ended Keep in mind that Tention of my fear of loss of these students’ heads.” student teaching having nessee recollections are control, perhaps the thing The next class, a regular experienced what for me eight or more years old. We teachers fear most. It is seventh-grade English class, was the best and worst don’t know how maturity impossible to teach with- was the one with which I situations. I determined and additional experience out discipline, and few had no control. The fact that that if the real thing was may have changed Currie. things are more stressful one red-headed boy pointed as bad as the worst that K-State inside talk sounds than being in charge of a out one day, “Your britches I would tough it out for suspiciously similar but it group of out-of-control are unzipped!” didn’t help one year and find anothcould be prejudiced. students. Lack of control my situation. The wonderful er career. Certain Vol lettermen, in groups usually means techniques I had learned in Thankfully, being a some outspoken, were someone gets hurt. college in classroom behav- teacher in my own right wounded by the selection Thirty years ago al- ior management (such as was a good experience, process. They think Fulmost to the day, I began behavior contracts) didn’t and I stayed in the classmer was used as window student teaching seventh have much positive effect room eight years before dressing. They fear David grade. I had both ex- for me, either. That experi- going into administraBlackburn may never be the tremes, classes in which ence probably contributed tion. I have even taught same. Fans and media had I was in control that went to my continuing night- some adjunct community him believing he was a logiwell – and another. mares of lack of control. college courses in recent cal choice. The first class was a The next class, also a sev- years. Teaching at its best Most who really wanted small, below-grade level enth-grade English class, is never easy, but it has a genuine Vol for Life have reading class. I got along had one of the sweetest rewards that far outweigh elected to take a deep breath well with that group, so groups of seventh-graders. the stress. and go on living. We can still well that my supervis- Few classes I ever taught This spring I commarvel at Dr. Davenport’s ing teacher told me she were as polite as that group. plete my 30th year in “non-negotiable” criteria wished she could evaluate I was giving them an oral public education. I thank since she came to UT withme on that class alone. spelling test and called out God and every student out ever being chancellor at Next was the “C” math the word “coupon,” though I and colleague who supa Power 5 school. group. As Wanza Sharp gave it the Appalachian pro- ported and tolerated me Of all the things John Curwould have said, “I had nunciation “coopin.” After throughout the years. rie is or isn’t, has or hasn’t order,” but my supervis- I explained I meant those Next week we’ll look at done, something he said at ing teacher told me I was things you took to the store myth and legend versus the welcome party got my teaching like I had been to get a cheaper price on reality. attention: “The University of Tennessee can and should be the very best athletic pro■■ Large Market Basket workshop, 9 a.m.-3:30 gram in the country.” p.m. Saturday, March 25 or Sunday, March Terrific idea. Let’s go for 26, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 it. No more basketball col- ■■ The Union County Retired Teachers Andersonville Highway, Norris. Instructor: lapses, no more football Association meeting, noon Wednesday, Barbara Holt. Registration deadline: March losses to Vanderbilt, never March 15, at Hardee’s in Maynardville. Everyone 18. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or welcome. again last in SEC track and field, contenders in every- ■■ Appalachian Arts Craft Center Spring Porch ■■ Josephine Storage Basket workshop, 9 thing, national champs in Sale begins Thursday, March 16, at the center, a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, Appalachian 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton. Features several sports. Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway, outdated stock, seconds, student crafts and If I were coaching, that Norris. Instructor: Barbara Holt. Registration unjuried work by members of the Center. Sale deadline: March 18. Info/registration: 865-494would make me nervous.


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runs for two weeks. Info: 865-494-9854 or

■■ Bluegrass Breakdown and Silent Auction, 2-10 p.m. Saturday, March 18, Ball Farm Event Center, 2107 General Carl W. Stiner Highway, LaFollette. Presented by CASA of Campbell County. Live music, silent auction, free petting zoo with Little Ponderosa Zoo. Concessions available for purchase. Tickets: $10 adults; $8 for children; ages 6 and under free. Info: or 423-562-2700. ■■ Rooting Pot Planter workshop, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway, Norris. Instructor: Barbara Holt. Registration deadline: March 18. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or

MacKenzie Nicely

Nicely gets cosmetology license

Williams wins Luttrell Elementary Math-a-thon

Union County High School senior MacKenzie Nicely recently received her Tennessee cosmetology license through her work in the school’s career and technical program. She graduates in May and is currently seeking a position in the cosmetology field.

■■ Josephine Wine Basket workshop, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway, Norris. Instructor: Barbara Holt. Registration deadline: March 18. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or

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Craft Center fundraiser

president Mary Lee Keeler. “This is the original roof and it has been patched many The board of directors of the Appala- times. It’s critical that we replace it before chian Arts Craft Center, a nonprofit arts we experience any interior damage. We’re center in Norris, is holding an “SOS” (Save living on borrowed time.” Our Shop) fundraiser. The hope is to raise Anyone interested in making a tax-de$14,000 for a new roof for the Center, lo- ductible donation may do so by mail to AACC, cated at 2716 Andersonville Highway. P.O. Box 608, Norris, TN 37828, with “Roof” “The Craft Center has been a part of this in the memo line; online at appalachianarts. community for more than 45 years and in net; or by stopping by the Center and donatthis particular building for 30,” said board ing with cash, check, debit or charge.

Luttrell Elementary School student Luke Williams raised the most money of any Luttrell Elementary student in the St. Jude Research Hospital Math-a-thon this year. His fundraising totaled $400, and the schoolwide total was $1,265. He is pictured with teachers Beth Bailey and Lora Graves, who sponsored the school’s Math-a-thon this year. The school participates every year to raise funds for the hospital and help students practice their math skills. Luke won a $30 gift card and a Pie in the Face game from the school. Photo submitted

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