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March 22, 2017

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Big Ridge State Park will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15. The event will be held rain or shine. Officials will hide 12,000 eggs filled with candy or prize tickets, and the Easter Bunny will join the fun. Hunts are scheduled by age groups: 10 a.m., 2 years and younger; 10:30 a.m., 2-3 years old; 1 p.m., 5-7 years old; 1:30 p.m., 8-10 years old. Bring a basket and meet at the Park Office. Info: 865-992-5523.

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 Thursday

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.

TennCare Kids provides services

TennCare Kids is Tennessee’s commitment to see that children and teens have the best start to a healthy life. TennCare Kids is a free program of check-ups and health care services for children from birth to age 21 who are TennCare eligible, including health history, complete physical exam, lab tests as appropriate, immunizations, vision and hearing screening, developmental and behavior screenings as appropriate, and advice on healthy living. Union Countians interested in the program should contact the Union County Health Department’s community outreach representative, Pam Williams. Info: 865-992-3867, ext. 131.

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Participants in the Union County High School Color Run 5K celebrate at the finish line by throwing powdered color in the air. About 85 participants braved the cold to support the UCHS track and field program. Photos by S. Carey More photos on page 4

By Shannon Carey The frigid temperatures the morning of March 11 didn’t stop about 85 hardy souls from hitting the pavement in the Union County High School Color Run 5K. A fundraiser for the UCHS track and field program, the race raised about $1,500, according to track and field sponsor Aileen Beeler. Each participant received a white Color Run T-shirt to wear on the race route. At various points, volunteers sprayed racers with liquid color. At the finish line, participants gathered

with bags of powdered color to throw in the air in a post-race celebration that drenched everyone in rainbows. Participants had the option to run or walk the route, which followed Main Street through downtown Maynardville and back to the UCHS football field. Beeler and co-sponsor Kristen Wilson plan to use the funds to buy more shot puts and discus, plus some new hurdles and parachutes for sprint practice. They will also use the funds to pay for entries into district meets for the stu-

dents who qualify. The pair thanked the Maynardville police and fire departments and other emergency responders who donated their time to block traffic and ensure the racers’ safety. They also thanked Food City in Maynardville for donating bags, cups, bottled water and bananas. They said the race could not have happened without the 20 student volunteers, plus track and girls soccer team parents who helped. “It was truly a group effort, and we are extremely grateful for the support,” said Beeler.

Henry Center supports Union County families cation program picks them up. By Shannon Carey “I believe Union County has one of the strongest programs Union County Commission hosted some special visitors for children with special needs that I have ever seen,” March 13, as Kathy Bryant of the Michael Dunn Henry said Bryant. “I love working in this county, and I Center, along with adoptive parent Lynn Shaw and hope to continue to do so.” son Johnny, told the Commission about the center’s mission. ■■ Sheriff’s report Bryant is an early intervention educator with the Henry Center, making home visUnion County Sheriff Billy Breeding told its that include Union County families. In the Commission that his department has the 2016 fiscal year, she provided serjoined the Tennessee ICAT Task Force, vices to 11 Union County families, helpwhich targets internet crimes against ing children overcome what she called minors. The Sheriff’s Office has re“Adverse Childhood Experiences,” or ceived $20,000 in equipment, tools ACEs. Those can include trauma, seand investigative training as a result. vere illness and congenital defects. “We do have those crimes happen “A lot of things that happen adhere in Union County,” said Breedversely to people happen because ing. of things that have happened in the He also updated the Commispast,” she said. “Early experiences sion on Sasha the K-9, who has influence how the brain is built.” already apprehended seven susShaw spoke about her experipects at a cost to the county of $1 ence with Bryant and the Henry per day. Center. Johnny has several con“Maybe she needs a raise,” genital birth defects and for much joked one of the commissioners. of his young life has been fed with ■■ Public records policy a feeding tube. These problems have made gaining motor skills County attorney David Myers difficult for him. spoke to the Commission about a “When Ms. Kathy started comnew state requirement that all goving to our house, that’s when things ernment entities adopt a public restarted picking up for him,” Shaw cords policy. This requirement would said. “She always brings me papers to include all courthouse offices and show me what I can do to help my son.” county departments. The basic policy The Henry Center’s services are free would establish a charge per page for to qualifying families, which Shaw said is copies, a charge per hour for an employee important in Union County. to research and find the records, and a point “A lot of people in our area are financially of contact for public records in each office. bound and are not able to utilize the Children’s Myers gave the Commission copies of sample Hospital rehab,” she said. “I don’t ever policies, adding that the county could want (Johnny) to feel, ‘I’m disabled adopt a uniform policy for each ofLynn Shaw holds infant Johnny, whom her family is adoptand that’s my excuse not to function fice or department, or that each ofin this society.’ I believe every child in ing. Johnny receives services from the Henry Center, and ficeholder or department head could Shaw spoke to Union County Commission about the center our county to be a special individual.” adopt their own policy. The Henry Center serves children and its benefits for Union County families. Photo by S. Carey The policy will be a topic of later from birth to age 3, at which point Commission meetings. the local school system’s special edu-

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Union County Shopper news • March 22, 2017 • A-3

County projects would get gas-tax funding; UCBPA seeks ‘likes’ By Shannon Carey Seven Union County road projects are on the list to receive funding if Gov. Bill Haslam’s Improve Act is adopted by the state Legislature. Marilyn Toppins spoke to the Union County Business and Professional Association March 14, with a summary of the Improve Act. “The gasoline tax we currently have is not able to meet the needs for our roads,” she said. Toppins said the Improve Act proposed by the governor placed a tax of seven cents per gallon on gasoline and 12 cents per gallon on diesel. Other elements, like a reduction of sales tax on groceries, were meant to offset the cost for taxpayers. The state Senate has proposed a three-year phase-in of smaller gas tax increases, with the tax on gasoline going up four cents in 2018, five cents in 2019 and six cents in 2020. The bill will probably receive more changes in the state House of Representatives, said Toppins, but Haslam has said publicly that he will honor whatever reasonable changes the Legislature adopts. Toppins said Union County will receive about $500,000 if the Improve Act

Union County Business and Professional Association members pose for a Facebook promotion of the Union County Small Business Expo, set for Saturday, April 1, at Maynardville Public Library. They are (front) Marilyn Toppins, Brenda Sweet, Gina Buckner, Chantay Collins; (back) Martin Shafer, Doris Jeffreys, J.T. Russell, Cindy Wyrick and Alicia Lucy. Photo by S. Carey passes. Luttrell will receive about $11,000, Maynardville about $25,000, and Plainview about $20,000. Projects in Union County that will receive funding if the act is approved include five bridges over secondary roads such as Johnson Road and Little Tater Valley

Road, along with safety improvements to Highway 61 between Luttrell and Maynardville, and four-laning between Maynardville and the Knox/Union county line, Toppins said. ■■ Expo promotion The UCBPA heard from

John Buckner Sharp Jr. takes his wings On Sunday, March 5, Dr. John B. Sharp began his heavenly flight. I think most of this Sharp family was in school with a Heiskell family memDr. Sharp Jr. ber of about the same age. My brother, Verlin Heiskell, shared a large room near the University of Tennessee with these Union County fellows: Richard Sexton, Charles Myers, Earl “Jack” Myers, Dixie Miller and John B. Sharp. I’m not sure if all of them attended each quarter, but all had part-time jobs to help with expenses, and all graduated. Sexton became a medical doctor; Earl and Charles Myers became lawyers; Col. Miller became a high school agriculture teacher in Loudon County, and Verlin Heiskell, who

FAITH NOTES ■■ Alder Spring Missionary Baptist Church, 556 Hickory Star Road, will have a special singing with Kevin and Tammy Spencer 6 p.m. Sunday, March 26. All are welcome. ■■ Hickory Valley Missionary Baptist Church will host its annual spring singing 7 p.m.

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settled in Oklahoma City after World War II, had the Southwest distributorship for Kirby Vacuum Cleaners. All served in World War II. John B. was an agriculture major and gained a master’s in agronomy at UT and a master’s in forestry at Duke. John received a Carnegie Fellowship to the doctoral program in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Harvard. To my knowledge, he is the only Union Countian to have received a doctorate at Harvard. Because I was my brother’s chauffeur when he returned to Tennessee for visits, I got to visit with all these classmates every few years as long as they lived. Saturday, March 25. Special guest: the Valley Boys. Everyone welcome. ■■ 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.

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The Sharp homeplace was about where the Board of Education building is now, and except for Dixie Miller, who frequently stayed at our house, all the others were within a mile or two of each other. They all had a good sense of humor and were always playing tricks on somebody. One time Verlin had put a coat in layaway at Miller’s, and they concocted an official-looking letter from Miller’s telling Verlin that if he didn’t get his coat up in a few days they would put it back in stock and he’d lose his money that he had paid. Verlin didn’t mention the content of his letter when he got in, but told them he needed to run an errand and would be back soon. Of course, Verlin dashed up to Miller’s only to find out it was a hoax. Can you just imagine what catching up is going on inside the pearly gates right now!

Chantay Collins of the Union County Public Library about promotion opportunities for their businesses through the Small Business Expo, coming up Saturday, April 1. Marvin Jeffreys of Thunder Road Printing is offering T-shirts to be sold at the expo for $15 each. The shirts will feature a map of Union County with businesses’ logos geographically placed on the map. Placement of your business logo costs $10, and can be arranged through Jeffreys also sent Facebook headshot frames for the attendees to use in a group photo promoting the expo. The photo will be placed on Facebook, and the person whose “share” of the photo has the most likes will win dinner at El Mariachi in Maynardville. Collins said funds from the T-shirt sales will go to Friends of the Library. “Friends of the Library

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Prayer Breakfast

The next UCBPA meeting will be at noon Tuesday, April 11, at the Hardee’s in Maynardville. The speaker will be Nicole Chandler of the Change Center of Knoxville. The UCBPA’s annual Prayer Breakfast will be held 8 a.m. Friday, April 14, at the Union County Senior Center. Breakfast will be provided by Teresa’s Bakery. Gospel Streams will provide music, and Burt Rosen of Knox Area Rescue Ministries will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at Maynardville Public Library.

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Back-friendly practices Chiropractic Outlook By Dr. Darrell Johnson, DC

You don’t have to rely solely on regular visits to the chiropractor to keep your spine and back feeling good. As with most aspects of your health, you can be proactive in maintaining your spinal health. Here are some steps you can take each day toward a healthy spine: ■ Start the day with some stretching. Reach your hands toward the ceiling and hold for 10 seconds. You should feel your spine straightening out. Then put your hands on your hips and rotate gently at the waist. Turn to the right. Hold for 10 seconds. Then to the left. ■ When you’re at the sink, whether it’s brushing your teeth or doing the dishes, stand as erect as possible, and, if possible, open the cupboard beneath the sink and put one foot up on the shelf. This puts your body in a tandem stance and moves your center of gravity closer to the sink, easing stress on your back.

■ When you’re at h o m e , children can pose all sorts of challenges to your back’s well-being. Picking up a squirming toddler is just one tricky example. Bend at the knees, not at the waist, and let your legs, not your back, bear the brunt of the lifting. That same rule, of course, applies to the lifting of any heavy or unwieldy object. ■ Cradling a phone between a shoulder and a cocked head, or staring down at your smart phone, are other ways to put unnecessary strain on your spine. These common-sense practices will help keep your spine in good order between visits to your chiropractor.

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Students entered in the Smoky Mountain 4-H Club’s baking contest are: Jessica Collins, Zeb Schlachter, Meradeth Whitley, Jesse Smith, John Smith, Kaleb Hanna, Robert Schlachter, Travis Hanna, James Smith, Madelyn Collins, Jeremiah Kadron, Joanna Kadron, Jeremiah Tindell, Joshua Sherritze, Jonathan Tindell and Allyson Hanna.

Smoky Mountain 4-H holds contests The Smoky Mountain 4-H Club held two contests recently. In the baking contest, held Feb. 14, the students in fifth through 12th grades entered healthy cookies, and fourth-graders entered cornbread. In the photography contest, held March 14, the students entered their best photos. In the baking contest, Madelyn Collins won first place among the fourth-graders with her hushpuppies. Jeremiah Tindell won first place in the Junior division with his Davy Crockett Bars. Jessica Collins placed first in the Junior High division with her Tortilla Cookies. Allyson Hanna won the Senior I division with Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Zeb Schlachter won first in the Senior II division with Healthy Banana Cookies. In the photography contest, Best of Show ribbons were awarded in each division. Meradeth Whitley won in the Explorer division for her landscape photo. John Smith won the Junior division with an animal photo. Kaleb Hanna won the Junior High division with a landscape photo. Allyson Hanna won Senior I division with a 4-H project work photo. Zeb Schlachter won Senior II division with a land- Students participating in the Smoky Mountain 4-H Club’s photography contest are (front) Joannah Kadron, Meradeth Whitley, scape photo. Allyson Hanna’s 4-H project work photo also Kaleb Hanna; (second row) John Smith, Jonathan Tindell, James Smith, Travis Hanna, Jeremiah Tindell; (back) Allyson Hanna, Joshua Sherritz, Jeremiah Kadron, Robert Schlachter, Zeb Schlachter and Dusty Smith. Photos submitted won Best of Show overall.

Color Run

From page A-1 Friends Whitney Melton and Mackenzie Cooke are splattered with colors after the Union County High School Color Run 5K finish line celebration.

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:

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

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Union County Shopper news • March 22, 2017 • A-5

Your idol

You shall not make for yourself an idol … for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Deuteronomy 5:8, 9 NRSV) We don’t think about idolatry in our modern society. When we hear the word, our tendency is to associate it with someone else – not ourselves – but some other person, some other country, some other denomination, or some other religion. Perhaps Lent is a season to examine our own idolatries, painful as it is. What would you have trouble giving up for 40 days? Meat? Golf? Candy? Facebook? Gossip? Whatever it is, it is an idol. (Obviously, there are things one should not give up for health reasons: breathing, eating, sleeping, bathing.) But if you can’t give up a soft drink or a hot dog or a certain TV show, maybe you should consider what is important to you. What is your idol? Be honest! Another decision you will need to make is deciding

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what positive thing you are going to do in place of the habit or activity you have given up. Instead of playing golf, perhaps you could volunteer in a soup kitchen. Instead of eating a piece of pie, you could bake a pie and take it to a retirement home. Instead of reading a book at home, read to a group of senior citizens. Instead of complaining about the kids next door who left their bike in your yard, invite them to a story time. Word of advice: don’t talk about what you have sacrificed, what good works you have done. The Lord knows. No one else needs to.

Of life and legend Presidents Day is celebrated as a federal holiday on the third Monday of February. Two presidents, regarded by many historians as the greatest to hold that office, were born in February – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Parson Mason Weems published a biography of Washington in 1809 in which he related the legendary story that as a youth the future first president chopped down a cherry tree. When questioned by his father, young Washington admitted his guilt. His father, in gratitude for the youth’s honesty, did not punish him. There was a joke once told of a family who in the olden days had an outhouse on the bank of a creek. The youngest son of the family had always had a strong urge to push the outhouse into the creek, and one Halloween night he yielded to temptation. The next morning the boy’s father asked if he had pushed the outhouse into the creek. “Yes, Father,” the lad replied, emulating his hero Washington. As the father reached for his belt, the youngster began to plead, “But, Father, when George Washington chopped down the cherry tree he told his father the truth and wasn’t punished!” The father replied, “Yes, but was George’s father in the cherry tree when it was chopped down?” Modern historians have determined that Parson Weems probably made up the story about Washington and the cherry tree. In so doing, he immortalized Washington and caused him to become a mythical figure. Reality is often far removed from actual historical events. This is particularly true of early American history, before the advent of technology and social media that now provide almost in-




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By Shannon Carey Union County’s farmers are by no means idle during the winter months, and the Winter Farmers Market is giving them a great location to sell winter goods, plus keeping interest high until the Union County Farmers Market’s grand opening in May. Farmers and patrons gathered at Saint Theresa of Kolkata Catholic Church on March 11 to sell and buy a wide range of products like farm-fresh eggs, winter greens, honey, maple syrup, beef and pork. Beth Bergeron of the UT Extension also was there with seeds and good advice for planting. There will be one more Winter Farmers Market before the Union County Farmers Market gears up. That Winter Market will be Saturday, April 8, at Saint Theresa Church in May- Audrea Capps talks seeds with Beth nardville. Bergeron said Bergeron of the UT Extension at the the Union County Farm- Winter Farmers Market. Photos by S. ers Market grand opening Carey will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 6, at Wilson Joannah Kadron shows the farm-fresh eggs Park in Maynardville. she had for sale at the Winter Farmers Market. Info: Follow Union County Farmers Market on Facebook.

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By Marvin West stantaneous political (mis) information. One young man who was heavily influenced by the morals depicted in Weems’ tome on Washington was later to become president himself – Abraham Lincoln. There has been much controversy surrounding the events of Lincoln’s life. Lincoln’s assassination legendarily put him in comparison with Jesus himself. As Christ died on what is now celebrated as Good Friday, Lincoln was assassinated on Good Friday, 1865. As the Savior was crucified after giving his life to save the world from sin, Lincoln’s life was taken after he had sacrificed himself for the preservation of the Union. Though both Christ and Lincoln are worshipped, reverenced and defended as victorious martyrs, there are those who don’t profess Christ and who think Lincoln was a racist tyrant. A review of Herndon’s “Life of Lincoln” states that Lincoln’s last law partner wrote his book to “counteract the worshipful view of Lincoln held by the public…” Published in 1889, it caused great controversy, in particular for Mary Todd Lincoln, who was most offended that Herndon alleged that Lincoln’s only true love was Ann Rutledge. When it comes to the study of history, how much is fact, bias and unrevealed? As was said of how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop, “The world may never know.” Coming next week, afterschool tales.



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Tennessee basketball is now two weeks in the general direction of next year, No. 3-to-be for Rick Barnes. Wouldn’t it be great to believe good times are just around the corner. Through my binoculars, the outlook appears much like the past. I hope I am wrong. The coach said the team that failed in February just wasn’t tough enough, physically or mentally. Fixing that is part of the coach’s job. Careful now. Some psyches are fragile. Shooting stats made me wonder if the Vols were trying to hit a moving target. Tennessee was No. 282 in America in field goal percentage. It was 301 in threepointers. The coach is in charge of shooting. In truth, 16-16 against a good schedule and 8-10 in the Southeastern Conference (if you don’t count the tournament loss) fits Barnes’ recent pattern. In his last four years at Texas, his conference record was 35-37. That’s why he is at Tennessee. But wait, you say, 8-10 exceeded expectations. Indeed it did, by a basket or two. Experts predicted UT would be next to last in the league. They erred. Effort alone made the team better

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than that. For much of the season, the Vols were fun to watch, even with flaws. They started some games as if they didn’t know when was tipoff. They blew big leads but never quit. February was fatal. Scoring sagged into the 50s. Shooting percentages slipped into the 30s. These were hints of exhaustion. Opponents may actually have read scouting reports and adjusted to what Tennessee could do. The Vols had no place to go. There was no inside game. Likely 2018 problems: There is no projected SEC star. No not one. Grant Williams is interesting. If he were two or three inches taller, he wouldn’t be here. He’d be engrossed in March madness. Tennessee does not have even a mid-level post player. No matter what you hear, there is a place for a good big man. For some strange reason, young point guards did not develop as expected. The

coach seemed surprised. He never stopped searching. The combination of disappointment and no answer means adequate floor leadership is yet to be confirmed. No question about defensive deficiencies. Guards couldn’t guard guards. There is no more Robert Hubbs, dearly departed senior. He exceeded a thousand points but left us wondering what might have been. If the roster holds, Tennessee will have no scholarship seniors, three juniors, four sophomores, two important redshirt freshmen and at least one newcomer who might make a difference. Barnes may know which player or players will provide leadership. I don’t. Well, Admiral Schofield and Williams might. The coach may know who will start. I don’t. Williams is one good bet. He was a delight in some games. He will be offered video seminars in what SEC officials are likely to consider a foul. Jordan Bone has talent and a lot to learn. If Jordan Bowden is going to be a key shooter, he must gain consistency. If John Fulkerson really gets well, if Jalen Johnson gains endurance, if, if, if. It would be almost won-

derful if Tennessee could become a championship contender. John Currie would order the removal of covers that hide empty upper-level seats at Thompson-Boling arena. Enthusiastic crowds would provide a home-court advantage. Foes would fear the Volunteers. Think how much young players must improve for that to happen. Consider the difference in three-star recruits and what top teams sign. Incoming Zack Kent, a project in rivals’ eyes, is 6-10 until remeasured. Derrick Walker, 6-8, says he will bring toughness and fast-motor. The scholarship that once belonged to Detrick Mostella goes to 6-6 young Frenchman Yves Pons. Interesting story: born in Haiti (Port-au-Prince), adopted at age 4 by a French couple, surprisingly mature at 17, genuine international experience, great potential but not nearly ready for prime time. Thank goodness Barnes, 63 in July, still sees the future. He has tournament history, 22 NCAA appearances. One thought related to returns: A couple of better, bigger players would speed up the process. Tell the recruiters. Marvin West invites reader reactions. His address is

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