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Paulette Elementary School took a walk on the wild side March 25, as the school celebrated the end of the monthlong American Heart Association fundraiser that has been a school tradition. Students raise funds from friends and family, even bringing in their own piggy banks and allowances. This year, the fundraiser broke all previous records, contributing $8,026.29 to the AHA. The school gets a treat each year with a party in the gym kicked off by the administration team going all-out with a crazy, fun lip-sync performance. This year, principal Dr. Jason Bailey and his team went glam-rock with a rendition of “Welcome to the Jungle.” Led by teacher Nicole Hickle, whose daughter Milah is a survivor of heart defects and open heart surgery, the fundraiser started at Jason Bailey’s request even before the school was built. To page A-2

Catholic church offers scholarship

Saint Teresa of Kolkata Catholic Church in Maynardville is accepting applications for a $2,000 scholarship to be awarded to a Union County student graduating from high school in May. Applications are available at Union County High School or at the church, 4365 Maynardville Highway, and are due April 6. Info: 865-992-7222

American Heart Association representative Jenny Lawson (back) poses with Paulette Elementary School first-graders dressed in costumes to match the AHA mascots. They are Gage Savage, Jadien Hawkins, Ayden Nicely, Jayce Morris, Keira Collins and Levi Muncey.

Paulette Elementary School faculty and staff help students celebrate the end of their annual American Heart Association fundraiser with a lip-sync version of “Welcome to the Jungle.” Pictured after the performance are (front) fundraiser coordinator and teacher Nicole Hickle; (back) instructional facilitator Missy Fugate, principal Dr. Jason Bailey and attendance coordinator Roxanne Patterson.

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Schwegman: I just want my health back First plaintiff in spraying case speaks out By Shannon Carey

One day last summer, Charlie Schwegman and wife Mary came home to find tree-clearing debris along the Powell Valley Electric Cooperative powerline easement that runs for 500 feet down their driveway. They knew the drill. Every few years since they purchased their Sharps Chapel house, the couple came home to a similar scene, as the utility cleared trees “and let them lay there,” Schwegman said. As in previous years, Schwegman picked up the debris with his bare hands and arms and carried it into the woods. But something was different this time. This time, the cut branches had also been sprayed with a combination of five chemical herbicides, which Schwegman, the first to file suit against PVEC and contractor Progressive Solutions, LLC, says “ruined my life.” Near the end of June 2016, Schwegman developed a rash on his hands and arms which slowly spread to his back and legs. “Basically I found my whole body had been sensitized to something,” he said. “The only clothes I can wear are organic cotton. Then, my skin became very sensitive to heat and sunlight. I can barely walk the dog if the

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“I was unaware that I had been sprayed, so I was unable to take precautions,” he said. “They might as well have kicked in my front door and sprayed herbicide in my face. It was like assault with a deadly weapon. “I’m astonished by their attitude and the fact that they didn’t even think to notify people.” Now, Schwegman is finding it difficult to stay positive. He and his wife moved to Sharps Chapel because they loved boating on Norris Lake, something he can’t do anymore. Itching from the rash often keeps him awake all night. When his grandchildren come to visit, he can’t do outdoor activities with them. At first, Schwegman didn’t consider a lawsuit, but as his condition worsened, he changed his mind. “I’m not on a mission here to rectify the world’s wrongs,” he said. “I just want my health back, and I don’t know if I’ll ever get it.” Charlie and Mary Schwegman filed suit against PVEC, Progressive Solutions, Asplundh Tree Expert Company and Asplundh Brush Control Company, March 10, in Union County Circuit Court. The Schwegmans are represented by LaFollette attorney David H. Dunaway. PVEC’s general counsel, David Stanifer, did not respond by press time to a request for comment on this story.


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sun’s out. It’s really affected and destroyed my whole life. I sit around and pray for a rainy day so I can go out and do something in the yard.” When Schwegman started to hear reports from neighbors in Sharps Chapel about herbicide spraying along PVEC’s easements, and alleged health effects from that spraying, he didn’t believe his problems stemmed from the spraying. But as he went to more and more dermatologists, the worse his prognosis became. Finally, a doctor in Columbus, Ohio performed a patch test on Schwegman for 125 chemicals. “Out of 125, I was only allergic to two things, and it turns out the two things I’m allergic to are very chemically similar to what they mix in herbicides to make it spread out on the leaves,” Schwegman said. “That’s when I started putting everything together. I went back and started checking my calendar and connecting the dots.” Schwegman, is 67 years old, retired from a career in electrical engineering in Dayton, Ohio. He and Mary moved to Union County eight years ago after his son moved to Knoxville. He said he has no pre-existing history of skin problems. Schwegman said his problems could have been avoided if PVEC and Progressive Solutions had warned residents of the herbicide spraying beforehand.

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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.


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“I agreed, and oh, what a blessing,” said Hickle. “We have been doing this now for six years, and so far our little heart-loving school has raised $33,716.45!” On the day of the celebration, the total was announced as a little over $6,000. But as donations continued to roll in over the weekend, the total climbed by more than $2,000. “This is absolutely a blessing to me,” said Hickle. “I knew when Milah was diagnosed at six days old that our lives were forever changed, but I also knew God had a plan. With all my heart, I believe that God saw this school that wasn’t even built yet, the children that were in it, and the work we would do. “We are helping children like my daughter. We are making a difference here at Paulette Elementary, and I will always give God the glory.”

Friends Boutique co-owners Amy Weaver, Kathy Weaver and Pam Williams stand in their Maynardville shop, which opened March 10. Photo by S. Carey

Friends Boutique open in Maynardville By Shannon Carey When Pam Williams told her friend Amy Weaver that she was thinking of opening a clothing boutique, Amy replied, “Have you been reading my thoughts?” Amy and her motherin-law, Kathy Weaver, had

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been laid off when Mayes Bus Lines closed. Pam is a friend, and all three attend church at Union Missionary Baptist on Ailor Gap Road. They decided to go in together as equal partners in a boutique. “It was something I always wanted to do,” said Amy. “I prayed about it, and it was the right path to take.” Friends Boutique, located across Maynardville Highway from the Bookers Marathon gas station, carries hand-selected boutique clothing and jewelry for women of all sizes, plus a selection of cute littleboy clothing. The boutique opened March 10.



Kathy said the trio have dedicated their new business to God. Friends Boutique is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sunday. Info: 865441-8226, or search Friends Boutique Maynardville on Facebook.

Paulette Elementary School teacher Nicole Hickle, her daughter and open-heart surgery survivor, Milah Hickle, and American Heart Association representative Jenny Lawson at the “wild” PES fundraiser celebration

Patriots tennis player Conner Smith won a No. 1 seed 8-0 in singles. Pictured here, he gets ready to serve in practice at Union County High School.

Tennis Patriots serving up wins Union County High School tennis is acing the season openers with the men’s and women’s teams 2-0, and 1-0 in district play. On March 23, at Rockwood, the Patriot men’s tennis team won 9-0, and the women’s team won 7-2. At Gibbs on March 27, the UCHS team won 9-0 for men and 8-1 for women. Sophomore Conner

Smith won a No. 1 seed against Zack Bowlin 8-0 in singles. In doubles, Smith and Nathan Capps defeated Bowlin and Alex Hughes 6-3. Capps, a senior, won 8-2 in singles against Dalton Pratt, and senior Seth Beeler won a nail-biter 8-8 match with tiebreaker 7-3 against Alex Hughes. Freshman Conner Roberts won

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his singles match 8-1 versus Trace Miller, and another freshman, Conner Chesney, won his singles match 8-4 against Kelvin Chiu. Evan Matthews, a freshman and first-time player, won his singles match 8-0 versus Hunter Smith. Beeler and Roberts won their doubles match 6-1, and Chesney and Evans won their doubles match 6-2. For the women’s team, Neila Hanson defeated Madison Corum 8-0, and

Tamera Summers won versus Pom Bounyasophat 8-0. Freshmen Jaden Ayers, Alyssa Long and Aubrey Booker won their singles matches 8-0 as well. The UCHS women’s team’s only loss came at six seed. In doubles, the teams of Summers and Hanson, and Ayers and Long won their matches 6-0, and Booker and teammate Aimee LeFevers won 6-1. Kathy Cox is the UCHS tennis coach.


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This group of volunteers for the five-county Norris Lake Cleanup started from Hickory Star Marina and collected trash along the east shorelines of Big Ridge State Park. During March, 145 volunteers collected an estimated 30,865 pounds of trash from Norris Lake and the surrounding shores. Photo by K. Montgomery

Norris Lake cleanup tops 30,000 pounds By Shannon Carey Each year, volunteers from the five counties that surround Norris Lake come together with a common goal: to clear trash out of the lake before lake season gears up. That cleanup happened March 25, and the results are staggering. According to Julie Graham of the Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council, the March cleanup is vital to maintaining Norris Lake, which is a huge source of income for the area. “In many of the counties around Norris Lake, tourism represents one of the largest economies with the most private investment dollars,” Graham said. “The secondary economy is the homes built on the lake, which represent a significant property tax base supporting schools and other government operations.” Graham said this year’s trash collection will likely double that of recent years due to “amazing volunteer recruitment” and mild weather. In preliminary reports, 145 people volunteered, but many worked multiple days, resulting in more than 597 hours served. The total estimated weight of trash collected was 30,865 pounds, representing 558 bags of trash, 76 tires and various other debris, including two refrigerators,

one freezer, a mattress, lawn furniture and broken docks. Not included in that total were several piles of large foam blocks, which Graham said generally come from broken docks or abandoned, non-navigable floating homes. “Two years ago, the ice storm crushed docks on both the Powell and Clinch (rivers) leading to a lot of debris in the lake,” Graham said. “We are still working on collecting this.” Scout Troops, homeowners associations, civic clubs and concerned citizens formed the cleanup brigade. Gary Sharp is a longtime volunteer who has organized neighbors in the Stiners Woods and Helms Ferry areas for the past two years of the cleanup. “I got involved with the cleanup efforts because I love Norris Lake. Keeping it clean is very important in my opinion,” he said. “When I first got involved, all of the cleanup locations were nowhere near where I spend my time on the lake, so I decided to try and get a group together to work in our area of the lake. In our short time, we are seeing some progress.” Graham thanked Will Groos of the UT environmental restoration class, for coordinating the effort. She also thanked sponsors, including TVA, Hickory Star Marina, Beach Island Marina, Norris Dam Marina,

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Clusters of joy The living, the living, they thank you, as I do this day; fathers make known to children your faithfulness. The Lord will save me, and we will sing to stringed instruments all the days of our lives, at the house of the Lord. (Isaiah 38:19-20 NRSV) Time was, in my family, that births took place in January. Mother and two of her three siblings were January babies. Daddy was also born in January, as were his father and mother. There were jokes that floated around the family about how unfair it was to have so many birthday celebrations in the same month. That pattern has shifted now, to April. My brother Warren and his wife, Libby, are April babies, as are my daughter Eden and my husband, Lewis. My daughter Jordan is a March baby, and her husband, Justin, was born in October. Like them, I am an outlier in the April pattern, because although I was due in October, I dilly-dallied around until the first wee hours of November. I am especially fond of birthdays because of their power to make what would be an otherwise ordinary day into a special occasion. Birth-

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days bring back memories, tend to bring out old pictures and stories, and celebrate the life of one person. Sometimes when I am considering the joy of birthdays, I remember the birthday of our Lord, which we celebrate with all manner of food and gifts and partying, but too easily forget the birthday Boy and the difference He made in our world and in our lives. So, let’s celebrate the gift of life, not just on birthdays, but every day, and give thanks that we are here, alive, able to enjoy this beautiful world, with all its wonders and joys and challenges! Enjoy life!

Ronnie Jordan and Edith Daugherty celebrate their March birthdays at the Union County Senior Center in Maynardville March 21.

SENIOR NOTES Barbara Atkins, Ted Greene and Sadie Davidson celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style at the Union County Senior Center. The seniors had a St. Patrick’s Day party complete with food, music and plenty of green. Photos submitted

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Encie Foust – doin’ it his way

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In my writing, I always try to include our characters, or people who are sure enough of themselves to live life in the way they believe it should be lived. Encie Foust would have loved Narrow Ridge, the small community in Grainger County that is “off the grid.”

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Encie Foust standing in a newly completed grave a hermit, Encie never married, but he had a sweetheart, Bonnie Coppock, and they kept company for many years. Encie took Bonnie to the store once a week, and they kept company every Sunday after church. Encie attended Valley Grove Baptist Church for maybe 50 years, but I’m told he never joined the church. Encie hand dug a well and used a well bucket to get water. I’m told Encie used a wooden box for his bed, and I expect Encie probably made the box. Tragically, Encie had epilepsy and intermittently had seizures; but Encie was the village clock, gun and watch repairman. He would wear

several watches under his shirt sleeves in case a thief decided to come his way. Encie was also the Loyston community gravedigger, for which he charged $20 a grave, and he worked at a sawmill. One time, two brothers in the community died the same day. Two young fellows offered to dig one of the graves. Encie finished his grave before the two young fellows finished theirs – you see, experience counts. For a time, Encie maintained New Loyston Cemetery, and he came to the Bernie George Grocery Store every day to have a cheese sandwich for lunch. Encie purchased sardines

4-H Congress trip ‘unforgettable’ By Allyson Hanna 4-H Reporter My upcoming 4-H Congress trip filled me with eagerness and apprehension. I thoroughly enjoy traveling, but I was uncertain about beginning the trip not knowing anyone. However, just as my 4-H leaders told me, I formed great friendships and had an amazing time. 4-H Congress, held in Nashville, is for ninth- and 10th-grade 4-H members. This event provides 4-H’ers with hands-on experiences of how our state government functions, leadership opportunities, and the history and heritage of Tennessee. Check with your county extension office for dates on this trip and how to attend on a scholarship. I am appreciative to Farm Bureau for sponsoring my trip. After a comfortable ride in a spacious

by the case at the George Grocery, and sardines were his breakfast every day. During Encie’s lifetime, the area did not have garbage pickup, so Encie used a gully as his garbage disposal. One time a particularly hard spring rain washed the cans downstream, and they landed in a neighbor’s yard. The neighbor was puzzled until they learned the cans came from Encie’s place. Encie had always said he wanted to live and die at home, but when it was evident that the end was near, his sister, Orphia, insisted he go to the hospital, where he died. He is buried in Lynnhurst Cemetery at Knoxville.

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Paulette Elementary School PTO will host a fundbus, we arrived in Nashville at the Shera- raising flea market 8 a.m. to ton Music City Hotel. Everyone was given noon, Saturday, April 8. Vena green 4-H sweater, which we all proudly dors may set up their wares wore to many events and meetings. The for sale for $5 per space. Resfirst day we met our senators and represen- ervations are recommended, tatives in the War Memorial Building, voted as space is limited. Rain date on four bills, watched the Senate debate in is April 15. Info: Kandas their chambers, and attended educational Bailey, 865-386-4929 sessions at Tennessee State University. The following day, we held an election for our 4-H Tennessee officials. After voting, Big Ridge State Park will we took an entertaining cruise on the General Jackson Showboat down the beautiful host an Easter egg hunt, rain Cumberland River. Our last event was the or shine, Saturday, April 15. Citizenship Banquet and Inaugural Ball. Schedule: 10 a.m., 2 years This delicious formal dinner concluded and younger; 10:30 a.m., 3-4 our awesome experience. 4-H Congress is years old; 1 p.m., 5-7 years an unforgettable trip, and I encourage ev- old; 1:30 p.m., 8-10 years old. ery 4-H’er who is interested in leadership, Bring a basket and meet at education and meeting other great 4H’ers the Park Office. Info: 865992-5523. to attend.

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on the front porch, unaware of the praying mantis perched on the post to her left. I tapped Mother on the shoulder and said, “There’s your ol’ buddy, the praying mantis.” As Mother looked at the mantis, it turned its head, looked at her, and took off toward her in flight. Mother took flight also, as fast as she could go in the opposite direction. Mother proved she could fly without an airplane! Another time, Mother was sitting on the front porch in midafternoon. It was hot, humid, cloudy and sultry with the feel of an impending storm. Suddenly, there was an unexpected flash of brilliant lightning that seemed to come from all directions, followed instantaneously by a tremendous crash of thunder that shook the very ground on which the house sat. Mother dove for the front door, proving that she didn’t need water for diving. I am thankful to have good memories of both my parents. The few bad memories I have, especially of Mother, are the memories of how I wronged her. I’ll share one such story next week. It involved a trick that almost backfired. My mother could hold grudges (and some she took to her grave), but she always forgave me as only mothers can. I hope we can all say that we wish all children could have a mother as good as mine. There is no better.

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As I understand it, Encie lived down Hickory Valley Road near Earl Loy. He was an interesting person of many talents. His home was constructed of logs with a dirt floor. Over the years, the bottom logs had sunk into the ground or rotted to where the ceiling was less than 6 feet. Visitors had to bend down to come in the door. As originally built, the house probably had two rooms, but one room and the chimney had collapsed, so Encie just tore that part away and boarded up where the chimney had been. Encie, born Dec. 30, 1901, and died June 6, 1995, is the son of Victor and Alice Foust, and it is perhaps Victor who built the log house. People who recall Encie say he was a good housekeeper. Described as somewhat of

I inherited many things from my mother. One was a sense of worry. The difference is that Mother worried about others but never herself. I took more after Dad in that I tend to worry more about myself. From both parents I inherited slow movement. My father rarely drove over 30 miles an hour in downtown Maynardville. His walks through the house were always in slow motion. Many times I had the strong urge to take him by the shoulders and move him aside, but unknown consequences kept me patient. Dad was once in the living room, bending from the waist while tying his shoes. In my hurry to get around him, I accidentally cracked him right on top of his head with my elbow. The only body parts he raised were his head and eyebrows as he “stared a hole right through me.” That is one time I quickly got away. Mother had the “patience of Job,” a trait I (sometimes) share. She also passed a love of cats to me, a trait I later was thrilled to learn we shared with Lincoln. Mother often said no house was a home without a cat. Mother once told me she accidentally stepped on a kitten and killed it. Though this happened probably a quarter of a century earlier, she never got over it. Perhaps that partly explains why Mother moved slowly. Every task of her life was completed deliberately, meticulously and accurately. There are two times I remember Mother really “gettin’ a move on.” Mother was always afraid of a praying mantis. Once she was sitting

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