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The Autism Awareness Fun Festival and Walk will be held Saturday, April 1, at Wilson Park, with signup starting at 9:30 a.m., and the walk and festival starting at 10 a.m. All are encouraged to wear blue in support of autism awareness. There will be concessions, face painting, bounce houses, music, silent auction, photos with superheroes and princesses, and more. Donations are needed. All proceeds go to Aiden’s Helping Hands Fund to help Union County adults and children with special needs. Info: Ashley Lay, 865-661-0789.

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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, located 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.

Luttrell Elementary School Tech Convention presenter Jacob Johnson (right) helps Joshua Horner sign in to CoSpaces, an online platform that makes sharable virtual reality spaces that are viewable with the Viewfinder in the foreground. Photo by S. Carey

By Shannon Carey Luttrell Elementary School was abuzz with excitement March 24, as the student-led Luttrell Tech Conference kicked into gear. Two hundred students in second through fifth grade attended conference-style presentations by 24 students, covering everything from PowerPoint presentations to virtual reality. Student presenters and faculty wore Tshirts emblazoned with the slogan, “Technology is our native language.”

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Sharps Chapel residents Charles and Mary Schwegman filed a lawsuit March 10 in Union County Circuit Court alleging damage from herbicide spraying by Powell Valley Electric Cooperative and contractor Progressive Solutions LLC, the first lawsuit to be filed due to the spraying. The couple are represented by LaFollette attorney David H. Dunaway, who said more lawsuits may be on the way, but he is not at liberty to say from whom. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Progressive Solutions, PVEC, and Asplundh Tree Expert Company and Asplundh Brush Control Company. Dunaway maintains that the Schwegmans suffered damage as a result of the defendants’ alleged negligence. He said PVEC should have warned residents about the herbicide spraying. “They could have prevented this altogether by practicing the Golden Rule,” said Dunaway. Dunaway said Charles Schwegman is suffering from chronic, severe dermatitis due to exposure to the herbicides sprayed last summer, requiring ongoing, costly medical treatment and damaging his quality of life. “He is confined as to his activities for the

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Students echoed this from the other side, with one presenter saying, “It’s really hard to be the teacher.” Bowman thanked everyone who has helped with the conference, including the whole staff at Luttrell Elementary, principal Sonja Saylor, and Trevor Collins, who is the professional development coordinator for Union County Public Schools. “He is really taking Union County schools to the next level when it comes to technology,” Bowman said.

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general counsel for Powell Valley, said he and PVEC are “sympathetic to anybody that has any personal health issues. It’s something we take very seriously.” But, he said, PVEC contracted its brush control through “reputable companies” who used products approved by the state and federal governments. “Our position is that they tell us it’s a safe product, and it’s approved,” he said. Stanifer said the lawsuit’s allegations “are all news to us.” Herbicide spraying in PVEC’s service area will continue, he said, because the utility has to keep power lines clear to avoid outages. “This does not mean that we’re not sensitive to the needs of the community,” he said. “But we have to clear the right-of-ways for the power to run. If we had to hand-cut them, electric bills would increase.” The defendants have 30 days to respond to the lawsuit. No hearing date is set yet, but the case will be tried before a jury. “Powell Valley ought to face its community and let a jury decide whether its actions were reasonable,” said Dunaway. Representatives of Progressive Solutions LLC declined to comment on the lawsuit for this article. Progressive Solutions is owned by the Asplundh Company.


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rest of his life,” Dunaway said. The spraying took place last summer in an effort by PVEC to control vegetation growth under power lines. Residents did not realize what had happened until months later, and the community organized to combat herbicide spraying. Many Sharps Chapel residents have reported adverse health effects, death of pets and livestock, and loss of crops that they say began around the time the herbicide was sprayed. Meanwhile, PVEC and Progressive Solutions have maintained that the chemicals sprayed are safe and approved by the state and federal governments. Dunaway said that, while the single chemicals may be safe, the combination of five chemicals that were sprayed in Sharps Chapel has “synergistic effects” that can result in health problems for some people. “Think of it like a peanut allergy,” he said. “Nine out of 10 kids might be fine, but that one peanut could kill that one kid. You have a duty to warn against things like that. “It was incumbent upon Powell Valley, before they even started spraying this stuff, that they let the community know, those who are sensitive, those with allergies, stay indoors. It would have been very easy.” Tazewell attorney David Stanifer, who is

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scheduled for the Friday before spring break, but a school closure due to flu pushed the conference back two weeks. “They’ve been so excited for months,” Bowman said. “They were actually saying to me, ‘No! We want to come to school!’” The rescheduled conference went off without a hitch, although Bowman said it was hard to let the students take charge. “They’ve learned a lot by making their presentations, and I’m pretty amazed with what they’ve come up with, though,” she said.

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Students got to choose what presentations they attended during the day’s five sessions. And all conference-attending students got to have lunch together, outside, in what organizing teacher Cheryl Bowman hoped would be a session of sharing what they had learned. Bowman, also the sponsor of the school’s Eagle Tech Club, was inspired to create the conference by technology conferences she has attended as a teacher. She wanted to bring that experience to the students at Luttrell. The conference was originally

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YMCA starts mentoring for Union County kids By Shannon Carey

Creech Hardee, outreach coordinator for the North Side Family YMCA, speaks to ICare Union County about the new mentoring program. Photo by S. Carey

The North Side Family YMCA is starting a mentoring program targeting some of Union County’s most atrisk young people: those currently attending the Union County Alternative School. Creech Hardee, outreach coordinator with the Y, spoke about the program with ICare Union County March 23. The mentoring program comes from a grant the YMCA received from the Department of Justice. “We have made the decision to come to Union County with that program,” he said. “This stuff really works, and I’m a firm believer in the positive impact this has on kids.” While other mentoring programs go for one-on-one

pairing, this program will recruit as many positive adult role models as possible to work with the students, visit them at school and go on outings. “Somewhere during that process, the kids in that group are going to find someone they connect with,” said Hardee. Alternative School principal Chris Price had rave reviews of the program. “I’ve been at the Alternative School for 20 years, and this is the most excited I’ve been,” he said. “I’m really excited to get some kind of positive role models in their lives to say, ‘Hey, it doesn’t have to be this way.’” Students are assigned to the Alternative School for disciplinary reasons and are not allowed to take part

in campus activities while they are assigned there. Price said most students at the Alternative School have difficult home lives and live in poverty. Many have been exposed to violence or drug abuse. He also hears the students say they feel isolated or “thrown away” by being sent to the Alternative School. The mentoring program is aimed at combating those feelings. Hardee said he is making partnerships in the community to help with the mentoring program. Big Ridge State Park will welcome students and mentors twice a month to complete service projects in the morning and canoe or hike in the afternoon. Hardee said Union Coun-

ty High School’s student mentors, under the leadership of Danny Satterfield, will also partner with the program. These student leaders will go on the Big Ridge outings as well, and will also accompany the Alternative School students on supervised trips to the North Side YMCA twice a week to swim or work out. “We’re trying to break down some barriers, bring students together,” said Hardee. Job shadowing will also be part of the program. Hardee asked for as many adult mentors as possible to sign up for the program, as the time commitment is flexible. “Please sign up,” he said. “I think there is a lot of opportunity here.”

Mock Crash planned ICare is in the process of setting a date for the Mock Crash, a dramatic preprom demonstration of the effects of drunken driving. HOSA students will stand in as injured or dead students in a car crash, and other students will look on as emergency responders react. Union County High School’s prom is scheduled for April 28, so ICare volunteers, in partnership with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, are looking at the week of April 24 for the Mock Crash. ICare Union County meets 11:30 a.m. every fourth Thursday, at Revival Vision Church on Durham Drive in Maynardville.

Joyce Hopkins celebrates her March birthday at the Sharps Chapel Senior Center.

Celebrating January through March birthdays at the Luttrell Senior Center are Gloria Glenn, Robert Ford, Barbara Atkins, James Israel, Shirley Hill and Jearldine Hill.

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■■ Big Ridge 4th District Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. each first Thursday, Big Ridge Elementary School library. Info: 865-9925212.


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■■ Honor Guard meeting, 7 p.m. each third Tuesday, 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All veterans invited. Info: 865256-5415.

■■ Maynardville Public Library, 296 Main St., offers one-on-one classes on learning to use computers and other devices. Info/ appointment: 865-992-7106.

■■ Luttrell Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. each third Tuesday, Luttrell Community Center, 115 Park Road.

■■ Paulette 6th District Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. each second Tuesday, Paulette Elementary School cafeteria. Info: 865-992-5212.

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■■ 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. ■■ Union County Humane Society offers spay and neuter clinics for cats and dogs every Wednesday. Info: 865-992-7969. ■■ VFW meeting, 7 p.m. each second Thursday, 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All veterans invited. Info: 865-278-3784.



Business Expo is April 1 By Shannon Carey The team at Maynardville Public Library is gearing up for one of its signature events, the Small Business Expo. The event will showcase local businesses at the liJessica Raley brary 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event is in its second year, and librarian Jessica Raley said a wide variety of local businesses have registered, everything from credit unions to graphic designers. The event is aimed at raising awareness of the goods and services available locally. “We’re just hoping to get a bunch of local businesses,” she said. “This is local people doing business. They help the county and spend

their money in the county.” The Small Business Expo is hosted by the library in partnership with the Union County Business and Professional Association. Businesses attending may sell items at the event or give out information about their services. Small Business Expo Tshirts are available from Thunder Road Printing and Graphic Design for $15 for small through extra-large, and $20 for larger. A portion of the proceeds will go to Friends of Maynardville Public Library. Raley thanked Thunder Road for the T-shirts and gave additional thanks to The Illustrated Author. Raley also mentioned that the library is accepting applications for the Thunder Road Author Rally, now in its fifth year, to be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 9. Info: 865-992-7106

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Scouts boost food pantry

Boy Scout Troop 401 recently held a food drive at the Food City in Maynardville to benefit the Union County Food Pantry. The Scouts collected 640 items, and Food Pantry organizer Kitty Lewis (not pictured) thanked them for their work. Pictured are Scoutmaster Linda Myers holding Bugs Bunny; Michael Cattafi, Joshua Inklebarger, David Powell and Laura Cox-Jones. Not pictured are Randy Griffin, Caleb Branum and Rhonda Branum. Photo submitted

Lydia Young wins trip to California By Sandra Clark It was an evening of deferrals when the school board met March 23, with one very special honoree. Lydia Young, a member of Gear Up at Union County High School, was recognized as one of two students selected statewide to attend a youth leadership conference in San Francisco July 16-20. Sponsor Jamie Branton said she was thrilled to learn of Lydia’s selection, based on an essay competition. The school board approved Lydia’s trip, along with college visits for 12 Gear Up students to Carson-Newman University June 5-6; and 10 to Austin Peay State University June 13-16. Gear Up is a grantbased program that starts a cohort of students planning for college in middle school. It includes site visits for high school juniors. Branton is Union County’s coordinator. The board deferred three items, seeking more information: Coaching supplements: Director of Schools Dr. Jimmy Carter wants to pay coaches of major sports an additional supplement for working with students during the offseason. Board member Marty Gibbs asked for “more narrative” to define the offseason and the time spent for pay. For instance, what portion of a day worked qualifies for a full day’s pay? Testing: The board wants clarification from the Tennessee School Boards Association about a proposed change in how end-

of-course test results are factored into a student’s grade. Property line: The county’s historical society wants to install a guard rail on the property line between the Union County Museum and adjoining commercial property. The school board must approve, because the museum is on land leased from the BOE. Board members want someone from the historical society to answer questions, even though museum officers had given a tour of the land for Carter and board chair David Coppock. In other action, the board adopted the school calendar for 2018-19, but only after Carolyn Murr, president of the Union County Education Association, asked for consideration of spring break: “The closer spring break is to the end of the year, the harder it is to calm students (upon their return from spring break).” The 2018-19 calendar sets fall break Oct. 8-12; Christmas break Dec. 18-31; and spring break March 25-29. The first day for students is Aug. 2, 2018, while the last day for students is May 24, 2019, three days ahead of Memorial Day. Pepsi out, Coke in: At the request of UCHS principal Carmen Murphy, the board approved a new soft drink vendor. “We’ve used Pepsi for some 20 years,” said Murphy, but when she put out a bid request, Pepsi did not respond. Coca-Cola will provide full service on vend-

Lydia Young (right), a junior at Union County High School, is one of two Tennessee students selected to attend a youth leadership conference in San Francisco. She was recognized at last week’s Board of Education meeting by supervisor Susan Oaks (at left) and Jamie Branton, who heads the Gear Up program. Photo by S. Clark

ing machines (which will not dispense drinks with sugar) and provide rebates to the school. Murphy said soft drink sales generate $16,000 to $18,000 annually. Other trips approved by the board: 12 students to SkillsUSA competition in Chattanooga, April 10-12; sponsors Kim Malone, Robert Manley, Keith Nease and Eddie Satterfield; 60 students to Bodies Exhibit in Atlanta Jay 12; Sponsors Debbie Sharp, Beth Edmondson and Leslee Moore. Six of seven board members were present; Brad Griffey was absent.

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How long are your arms? What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. (James 2:14-17 NRSV) The faith/works discussion is 2,000 years old, but we still struggle with it. The problem is that having faith is fairly easy. We believe in God, trust in Jesus, and worship regularly and devoutly. However, when the going gets tougher, when we actually have to do something about our faith, take a stand, whether it is popular or not, face opposition or even real danger, what do we do? Pass the buck? Think someone else will fix it? There are children dying now in sub-Saharan Africa for lack of food. The pictures of these babies will break your heart: Their eyes are large because their cheeks are sunken, their mothers’ eyes are hopeless because they have no food for themselves and precious little for their

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Lynn Pitts children. My arms are not long enough to reach every hungry child. My wallet is not full enough to help every person in need. But there are ways to make a difference. Recently, at an intersection I pass every day, there has been a man standing there, holding a sign, asking for food. For various reasons I passed by without stopping. However, the other day, I rolled down my window and told him how to find a place that would help him. He thanked me. I haven’t seen him since.

FAITH NOTES ■■ Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, 4329 E. Emory Road, will hold a rummage sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, rain or shine. Items will include clothing, shoes, toys, household items and more. ■■ 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

The Rev. Paul Kritsch was officially installed as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sharps Chapel. Pictured are Kritsch, wife Dorothy Kritsch, visiting pastor the Rev. Roger Paavola and wife Pat Paavola. Photo submitted

Kritsch officially installed as pastor During Sunday services March 19, the Rev. Paul Kritsch was officially installed as pastor of Chapel of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sharps Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Roger Paavola, president of the Mid-South District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, officiated the service. Kritsch helped found the congregation, the first Lutheran church in Union County, in 2015.

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, 865-9924335, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ■■ UPLIFT, a nondenominational study/prayer group for Universal Peace, Love, Inspiration, Faith &

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

■■ Plainview Seniors meet 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each first Monday, Plainview City Hall, 1037 Tazewell Pike.

■■ Luttrell Seniors meet 10 a.m.12:30 p.m. each third Monday, Luttrell Community Center, 115 Park Road.

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New beginning for Butch Jones Marvin West

Last season was a double disappointment. The Vols managed to miss out on the SEC East championship in that inexplicable setback at South Carolina. At Vanderbilt, the Vols played themselves out of the Sugar Bowl. Just guessing, but there may have been some unrest in the ranks. Fans certainly fretted. This is almost like starting over. New deck of cards. The youth movement is complete. The depth problem has been reduced. In theory, 32 of 44 from the two-deep chart are returning. That sounds really good until you notice that many of the best players are gone. There is now more ordinary optimism where wild and wonderful expectations once lived. There is talent and better odds on development. Some who were injured have healed. Competition at several positions is already obvi-

ous in spring drills. If what we hear from players is fact instead of fiction, Rock Gullickson lit the fire that is supposed to warm up the future. He was an all-NFL strength and conditioning coach who just happened to be unemployed when Butch called. I can still hear Jones’ enthusiastic endorsement … “We are ecstatic to welcome Rock … I know what he stands for as a coach and a person … he fits the culture we are continuing to build at UT … he has a comprehensive plan that I truly believe our players will greatly benefit from … he is passionate about his work, tireless, detail-oriented, and has a tremendous track record of developing and motivating players … he will provide the type of training needed to compete at the highest level.” That sounded to me like Butch had a need and Rock had a chance to meet it. No question about defensive backs coach Charlton Warren. He got a very large pay increase to come from North Carolina to fill a void. If he teaches corners to look back for the football, he will be worth all $450,000 a year.

For another half a million, Butch purchased extensive experience and credibility in Brady Hoke. The former head coach at Michigan has a giant reputation among defensive line coaches. He does face a challenge. The Tennessee head coach changed the offensive staff without changing the offense. Tight end coach Larry Scott made the big jump, to coordinator, and undoubtedly influenced the selection of quarterbacks coach Mike Canales and wide receivers coach Kevin Beard. All three have south Florida ties. Walt Wells’ Middle Tennessee recruiting connections helped him become offensive line coach. What all this says is Butch Jones has improved his chances of moving on up in the world. Contract extension? Five million instead of four? Joy, joy, strike up the band. All we need now are defensive tackles, outside linebackers, secondary solidity and results. Nine more wins might satisfy John Currie until Butch can get to 10. (Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

An inspiring story of light in darkness I’ve been taught mostly by overhearing conversations like, “My sinuses are killing me,” and then a long list of home remedies for sinus ailments. But listen up! Sinus infections are not to be ignored. While this story is unusual, it is real and it is true. The setting of this story is Corbin, Ky., about the year 2000, when a young guy named Travis Freeman was 12 years old. Travis was living the good life as an only child with loving, caring parents when suddenly he got really sick. His symptoms were not the usual symptoms of sinus illness, and a number of doctors were missing the mark. Finally, it was discovered at the University Hospital in Lexington that a severe sinus infection had caused blood clots behind Travis’ eyes, and in cleaning out the

All these accomplishments he achieved while being sightless. He is a profesBonnie sor at the University of the Peters Cumberlands at Williamsburg. He teaches both Old Testament and New Testament courses. He is an inspirational speaker and can clots and infection, it took be contacted through the his sight. Freeman Foundation. His book, “Lights Out,” is a Travis married a lovely wonderful account of how he young woman in 2015. Traadjusted to a sightless world. vis’ aunt has a lake house He has minutely described near Union County boat dock the long list of adjustments – and, yes, they spent their required to function in a honeymoon in Union County. sightless world. His outlook As many of you know, I on life – then and now – is an obtain copies of the book or the movie, write: The Free- am and have been an active inspiration to everyone. Travis loved football and man Foundation, P.O. Box Lions Club member for many longed to play in middle 2371, Corbin , KY, 40702. years. Travis was the keyschool and high school. He Phone 859-904-9418 or note speaker at the District 12N 2016 Spring Convendid! For details of how, read I need to tell you that tion at Oak Ridge, and that is his book and see the movie “23 Blast.” The book “Lights Travis holds several college where I met this remarkable Out” was published by the degrees and is a graduate of man. It has been a year now Freeman Foundation. For Baptist Southern Theologi- since I met Travis, but he is information about how to cal Seminary in Lexington. an unforgettable person.

I used to enjoy watching the “ABC Afterschool Special” when I got home from school. Sometimes the real-life after-school tales were better than anything on TV. On the last half-day of school in second grade, I was excited because I was going to leave that afternoon to spend a week with my Aunt Fleetie on Hoitt Avenue in Knoxville. How surprised I was to get off the bus to find an 18-wheeler sitting in the fron t yard. Fortunately, the driver was able to park his truck without hitting either the house or trees. The driver, drinking a glass of milk as he sat with his back against a tree, said that he had not told his employer that he was diabetic when he was hired. Though she had never met him before, Mother was terribly worried “that poor boy” would lose his job because of this accident. On another afternoon, Mother told me a remarkable tale when I got home from school. She was sitting in the living room watching the “soaps” when suddenly the front door flew open and two strange women “came flying into the room.” Mother was not prejudiced, but she identified these characters as “ol’ Gypsies.” Though Dad was working close by in the garden, Mother was frightened. Even when scared, my mother kept a cool head. She managed to get the “Gypsies” onto the back porch. When Dad rounded the corner of the house, the uninvited guests got very excited. No need to bother – Dad also kept a cool head, virtually seeming to ignore them, though he kept a watchful eye.

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Then the phone rang. We had a black, wall-mounted, rotary dial phone in the living room next to the front door. People a hundred yards away in Green Acres subdivision would have had no trouble hearing our phone ring. Mother told the “Gypsies:” “I’ve got to get the phone.” One of the women said, “You didn’t hear any phone ring!” Mother replied, “I reckon I know when my phone rings!” Dad always insisted his bed be in the living room close to the Warm Morning heating stove. As Mother entered the house, she discovered a third “Gypsy” running from the bed (where she had been looking under the mattress) toward the front door. The other two joined their accomplice in flight. Mother called “the law,” and they picked up the fugitives. It turned out they had their clothing and huge purses crammed with items obviously stolen from other homes. (Un)fortunately, not one item was from our house, so “the law” could not arrest them. After all the excitement, Mother pondered how differently things might have turned out if the criminal who was checking out the mattress had looked at the wall over the headboard, where Dad kept his pistol hanging on the longest nail I’ve ever seen. My mother usually never got in a hurry, but next week I’ll share some times I’ve really seen her move!

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NOTICE OF SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE SALE Default having occurred under the terms of that certain Deed of Trust dated April 22, 2005, from David Beverly and wife, Susan Beverly, of record in Book TD 65, page 733, in the Union County Register’s Office, as amended by Modifications of Deed of Trust of record in Book TD 114, page 223, Book TD 120, page 207, Book TD 143, page 147, and Book TD 217, page 206, each in the Union County Register’s Office, and as assigned by instrument of record in Book TD 221, page 36, in the Union County Register’s Office, and RG Financial II, LLC, the holder of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, having so requested, notice is hereby given that the undersigned Successor Trustee will sell at public auction at the front door of the Union County Courthouse, 901 Main Street, Maynardville, Tennessee, beginning at 10:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, the following described property:




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301 Wallace Road, Luttrell, TN 37779 and Wallace Road, Luttrell, TN 37779 Union County tax map/parcel: 078-079.00 and 078-079.05 Complete legal description contained in the Modification of Deed of Trust recorded in Book TD 217, page 206, in the Union County Register’s Office Said sale shall be made to the highest and best bidder for cash and in bar of all equities of redemption, statutory right of redemption, homestead, dower and all other rights and exemptions of every kind, all of which are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, but subject to any prior encumbrances, unpaid taxes and all applicable easements and restrictions. The United States claims liens by Notice of Federal Tax Lien of record in Book FL 1, pages 531, 600, 601 and 614 in the Union County Register’s Office. The notice required by 26 U.S.C. § 7425(b) to be given to the United States has been timely given. The sale of the property herein advertised will be subject to the right of the United States to redeem the property as provided in 26 U.S.C. § 7425(d)(1). Other parties interested: None known THIS COMMUNICATION IS FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR.


Dated: March 16, 2017 Robert L. Kahn, Successor Trustee Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP P.O. Box 39, Knoxville, TN 37901 (865) 546-9321

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This is an exciting time in Tennessee football. Can you see the sparks and feel the thrill? It is the new beginning of Butch Jones’ coaching career. He has a new boss. He has five new primary assistants. He will have a new quarterback. This is Butch’s secondbest chance to become one of the truly famous leaders in the game. His first was when Dave Hart coaxed him away from Cincinnati as the replacement for Derek Dooley. He received a motivational boost in pay and inherited great facilities and the rich Tennessee tradition. Even with roster deficiencies, some degree of success seemed certain. There was almost no way Jones could do worse than his predecessor. Butch, indeed, built brick by brick and made considerable progress but did not set the proverbial woods on fire. His recruiting classes were better than his 3021 record. He lost a couple he should have won. Some pearls of wisdom were misconstrued. Critics sneered. Timing wasn’t too good but “champions of life” and “five-star hearts” sounded noble enough to me.

You might not think that an activity as sedentary as sitting all day at a computer could be physically risky. But you’d be wrong. Here are some factors to consider when looking at your workspace, whether it be at home or in an office: ■ Your computer monitor should be directly in front of you, so that you don’t spend hour after hour looking down, or up. Your natural eye, neck and head position should be about 2 to 3 inches below the top edge of the monitor. ■ Make sure your feet rest on the floor 6 to 8 inches in front of your knees. ■ Adjust your chair so there is support for your lower back and so you can lean back at an angle of 100 to 110 degrees. Sitting erect is not only tiring, but tough on the muscles between your shoulder blades. ■ The keyboard should

be 2 to 3 inches below the level of your wrists and you should have a wrist support pad in front of it. When you use your mouse, put a folded-up washcloth under your wrist for support or get a mouse pad with a built-in gel support, and rest your elbow comfortably on the arm of the desk chair so that there is no strain on your shoulder. ■ When typing a document into the computer, use a fastener that secures the document at the same level as the monitor. Setting your work station up properly can go a long way in helping you avoid the aches and pains that can come from long stretches at a computer.

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