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BUZZ To our Union County readers: It is with a heavy heart that the Shopper-News is announcing it is discontinuing its Union County edition after its April 26 edition. We greatly value the people and communities in this beautiful part of East Tennessee; however, we have been unable to sustain profitable operations here. This has forced us to re-evaluate our business strategy. We very much appreciate the many readers and advertisers who have long supported the Union County Shopper-News. Our parent publication, the News Sentinel, will continue to cover news as it arises in the county, and readers are encouraged to submit story suggestions to the Knox County editions of the Shopper-News at news@shoppernewsnow. com as well as to news@ Thank you.

Shoppers add sports columnist

Jesse Smithey, former News Sentinel prep sports writer, joins the Shopper team and will be writing about all things UT sports related, with some preps and other subjects thrown in. Check out his first column, which will continue in Halls and other Knox County Shoppers.

See story on page A-7

Water quality and missions, too

Cross Connections, a Corryton business featured recently by the Halls Business and Professional Association, has a simple motto: “If water runs through it, we can do it.” The full-service plumbing company also does good work in the community.

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Union County Farmers Market organizers Beth Bergeron and Donna Riddle hold trays of plants in one of the high tunnels at Seven Springs Farm. The farmers market will open for the season Saturday, May 6. Photo by S. Carey

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it’s more than that. They want the farmers market to be a place where the community comes together, where farmers meet and exchange ideas, where people just have a good time. And they’ve succeeded. Even on days when there’s not much foot traffic, the farmers and vendors are talking, having fun, and even grilling out. “The biggest thing is that we always have fun,” said Bergeron. “Everybody gets along, and I like it that way.” There have been challenges along the road. Finding vendors was one. Another was helping

The Union County Farmers Market opened for its first season in the summer of 2011. Back then, they had about eight vendors, a startup grant from the East Tennessee Community Foundation and a vision. This year, they’ve got more than 20 vendors to start the season. And they’ve still got that vision. Beth Bergeron coordinates the farmers market out of the Union County UT Extension, and Donna Riddle serves on the board. They said that their vision has always included folks buying local products and eating local foods, but

customers understand that “more isn’t necessarily better.” “I think they’re wow-ed by volume,” said Bergeron. “They think that if you’re not big, you can’t meet their needs.” Those 20-plus vendors run the gamut, though. From produce to farm-fresh meat to local honey to nursery plants and more, there’s more than enough at the Union County Farmer’s Market to fill any fridge. “We have the whole gamut,” said Riddle. “People can choose the food system they want, but our farmers’ produce has been picked in the last 24 hours in most cases.”

What’s more, several farmers market vendors this year are farm businesses owned by local youths, students who are learning the farming way of life, hoping to pay their way to college and keeping their family farms viable. “These kids are figuring out whether farming is something they want to do, figuring out what they can do to make family farms go today,” Bergeron said. Advertising for the farmers market has reached down into Knox County, and organizers hope to draw folks from outside Union County to shop up here. To page A-2

Catching up with Miss Food City By Shannon Carey Union County’s Callie Corum won the title Miss Food City in October 2016, and since then her schedule has been busy and celebrity-studded. After a short winter break, her itinerary kicked into high gear last weekend with the Food City 500. We caught up with Corum before the big race, and she said the experience has been filled with fun so far, as she juggled a busy school schedule with Food City appearances. “It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experi-

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ence,” she said. “You gain a whole new family when you join the Food City family.” Corum has signed autographs together with racing legend Richard Petty three times, met the Earnhardt racing family, visited the Richard Childress shop, and been part of the unveiling of a completely remodeled and reimagined Food City store in Oak Ridge. Near Christmastime, she rode in a private jet to deliver Christmas gifts to Food City racers in four cities. But, she made sure to keep time clear for the Christmas party at her “home store” in

Maynardville. Last week, she attended Food City Family Race Night in Knoxville on Thursday, signing with racing celebrities past and present, then headed to Bristol. She visited a children’s hospital Friday morning, then attended a flurry of events like the Drivers Dinner with drivers and their teams. She ended the weekend in Victory Lane, greeting drivers with Food City CEO Steve Smith and UT football legend Peyton Manning. To page A-2

A fond farewell

The first issue of the Union County Shopper-News is open on my desk as I write this. It’s dated May 30, 2006, and former Union County Clerk Jim Houston is on the cover announcing his retirement. On page three, there’s a perky intro and an even perkier photo of yours truly, announcing a great new paper for Union County. “A good, informative paper gives a community something to be proud of, something to look forward to. It binds the community together with a common voice,”

I wrote. You may have read elsewhere that today’s will be the last issue of the Union County Shopper-News. I’ll leave it to others to hash out the how and why of that decision. What I want to do is reminisce, talk about the times we’ve shared. Let’s take a look at this 2006 paper, the one a little old lady called the Shopper-News office to thank us for. She said it was like finding a rainbow in her mailbox. It was an election year, with no fewer than three contestants for the office Jim Houston would leave vacant.

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County Humane Society buildings. And boy, do I have some great tales to tell. There was the time I went up in a four-seater airplane with Larry Lay and former state Rep. William Baird and took some really spectacular aerial photos of Norris Lake. I also kissed the tarmac when we landed, but let’s not dwell on that. There was the afternoon I spent in Dolly Merritt’s kitchen as she showed me how to make her famous chicken and dumplins. To page A-2

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‘Growing’ strong This year’s Union County Farmers Market season kicks off Saturday, May 6, with a gala grand opening market running 9 a.m. to noon at Wilson Park that day. Top Flight BBQ will serve downhome breakfast and lunch. Eric Holcomb and Friends will play live bluegrass music starting at 10 a.m., and FSG Bank will sponsor Derby-themed children’s activities. UT Extension Agent Becca Hughes will use the ample greens available from the vendors to demonstrate making and dressing salads with local herbs. The market will be 9 a.m. to noon at Wilson Park throughout the season, with special events to be held every second Saturday. Sweetly Smuckers will visit the market May 13, with their famous doughnuts and pretzels. The annual Youth and Corn Festival will be held the first Saturday in August, with the market fee

waived for corn vendors. Bergeron said the Union County Farmers Market is going through the process to be able to accept SNAP benefits, and they should be set up for that later in the season. The starting slate of vendors includes: Fall Creek Apiary, Floating Axe Farm, Guzzle Hollow Farm, Hansard Farm, Hill Top Farm, Joe’s Garden, Jones and Company Meat Sales, Keck’s KackleBerries, Kettle Hollow Farm, Little Valley Nursery, New Roots Nursery, Nicely’s Goat’s Milk Soap and More, Papa’s Happy Hollow Farm, Ropes and Wings Ranch, Summer’s Agriculture, Seven Springs Farm to Table, Teresa’s Bakery, Tharp’s Plants and Produce, Tillman Rabbit Farm, Tindell Family Farm and True Vine Farm. For updates, search “Union County Farmers Market” on Facebook.

Miss Food City “It’s a blast, and I’m loving every minute of it,” Corum said. “I love being able to represent Food City and being part of a company that shares the same values as I do.” Corum’s family has a background in racing, from NASCAR to the dirt tracks. Corum said she feels like “a bridge between the pageant world and the racing world.” “It just fits so well with my life,” she said. The highlight of all this, though, has been getting to meet her hero Richard Petty. She said he has been kind to her and has taught her a lot through his interactions with the public at signings. Corum recalled seeing Petty interact with an elderly couple at a signing, taking the time to speak with them even though there was a line. When the couple walked away with their autograph, the man had tears in his eyes. “(Petty) is never rushed,” she said. “He spends time with each and every person. You can see what an impression you have on people just by taking a few minutes and talking to them.” In coming weeks, Corum will attend a tractor show in Bristol, the Food City Golf Tournament in Pigeon Forge, Food City store open-

Chamber announces mission, scope of work

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Callie Corum is the first Miss Food City to call Union County home. Photo courtesy of Krisna

By Shannon Carey

The first edition of the Union County Shopper-News, dated May 30, 2006, features former Union County Clerk Jim Houston on the cover.


From page A-1

And there were all those times I found myself with an hour to kill and just drove your backroads to see what was around the next corner. There were scandals and hard times, too. Driving to Tazewell to sit through that big voter fraud trial. Jail lawsuits. Embezzlement charges. You name it. We didn’t dwell on those at the Shopper, but we covered them, and sometimes our pens made people mad, and sometimes we made mistakes. I wasn’t the only scribbler recording your stories, either. I stepped aside for some years, first to have a baby and later to be the Shopper’s sales manager. Stephany Davis was there for you then, and Cindy Taylor, and Libby Morgan.

Bonnie Peters has written history for us from the start, and Marvin West was a fixture with his columns. Ronnie Mincey was a later addition. There were folks behind the scenes whose names you never saw, folks like Carol Springer, Janna Barrett and Melanee McGill working layout, and Patty Fecco, Darlene Kinsey and Beverly Holland on ad sales. So, from all of us, thank you for allowing us to be part of your lives, to tell your stories. Thank you for supporting us as you have. One last thing. Your community, your personality, your stories, those are valuable. Hold your heads high, and don’t let anyone tell you different. I know I’ll cherish them for the rest of my life.

Union County Chamber of Commerce interim president Thomas Skibinski announced April 20 that the Chamber has a new mission statement and scope of Skibinski work document. These, he said, are intended to give focus to the Chamber’s efforts in the future. “Defining the Chamber’s role in Union County will help us stay on task and keep from duplicating efforts with city or county government or other agencies in Union County,” said Skibinski. “These are intended to be living documents that future Chamber boards can revise as needed.” The documents were developed by the Chamber’s executive committee, including Skibinski, board chair Kathy Chesney, vice chair Mayme Taylor and secretary Shannon Carey. The Chamber’s mission statement reads, “The Union County Chamber of Commerce is an organization of Union County business people working to promote and protect the interests of Union County.” The Chamber’s scope of work is as follows: 1. Promote Union County Business a. Monthly networking events b. Business of the month to be featured on Chamber-preferred media

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ings and in August another Food City race in Bristol. “I live on a week-to-week basis,” she said. “But I love it.” She encouraged other young women to participate in the Miss Food City pageant. “It’s the most fun experience I’ve ever had pageantwise,” she said. “And in their eyes, you’re always a queen. You’re gaining so many opportunities and so many St. Mary’s Legacy mobile clinic sees patients at the people who are going to be Northside Community Center in Washburn each first cheering for you for the rest Wednesday and the Blessed John Paul II Catholic Mission, of your life.” 7735 Rutledge Pike in Rutledge, each second Thursday. Appointment: 865-212-5570. Info:

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Lions Club seeking scholarship donations The Union County Lions Club is accepting donations for the second annual Mark Martin Memorial Scholarship. In 2016, the Union County Lions Club awarded six $500 scholarships to outstanding Union County High School students. Anyone interested in donating to the scholarship fund should contact Union County Lions Club treasurer Ronnie Mincey at 865-278-6430.

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, 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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Cross Connections protects water quality By Shannon Carey Cross Connections, a fullservice plumbing company based in Corryton, was featured at last week’s meeting of the Halls Business and Professional Association. Owner Dennis Jones said, “If water runs through it, we can do it.” A master plumber, Jones previously handled plumbing for apartments. Now he’s heading a company that has a bigger mission. “We protect (public drinking water) from backflow, but our whole business is ministry based,” he said. “We give back to the community. Just yesterday, we worked on ballfields in Oneida. Sometimes (nonprofits) buy the materials and we do the work.” Cross Connections works for two utility companies and also does private plumbing. Services include: Team members of Cross Connections are Sam Darden, Tim Butler, Fran Houser, owner Dennis Jones and Josh Collins. ■■Free repair estimates ■■24/7 plumbing service tions ■■Water leak repair ■■Expansion tank instal■■Pressure reducer adwork ■■Repair or replacement ■■Water heater repair or lation, repair or replace- justment, repair or replace■■Plumbing inspections replacement ment ment ■■Water line installa- of all plumbing fixtures

COMMUNITY NOTES ■■ American Legion meeting, 7 p.m. each first Monday, 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All veterans invited. Info: 865-387-5522. ■■ Big Ridge 4th District Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. each first Thursday, Big Ridge Elementary School library. Info: 865-992-5212. ■■ The Back-To-Work Boutique, located in the Union County Schools Alternative Center near Wilson Park, provides free professional women’s clothing to women returning to the workforce or seeking employment. Hours: 3:30-5:30 p.m. each first and third Tuesday. Info: Pat Phillips, 865-992-5232, ext. 5024. ■■ 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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■■ Destinee Dowdy has joined Moxley Carmichael as public relations specialist. Dowdy came to the firm as an intern while attending UT and continued as the full-time lead intern after graduating in December.

Shabby Chic 33 Boutique held its first drawing for 10 percent of sales the first quarter of 2017, and The Journey Church in Maynardville was selected to receive a donation of $133. The pastor is Nick Maples, here with wife Anna and sons. Shabby Chic appreciates everyone who purchased from its Christian Novelties and hopes that each quarter the donation continues to grow. New items, including a new clothing line, are being added. Shabby Chic is at 820 Main St., Maynardville. Info: 865-745-3162

■■ Mickey Blazer has been appointed to the newly combined position of Executive Vice President of Pharmacy and Fuel Operations for Food City. Blazer brings more than 40 years of industry knowledge and experience to the position, including six years in pharmacy management. His new duties consist of the oversight of both fuel and pharmacy operations for the entire 134-store supermarket chain, which includes 101 pharmacies and 95 fuel/convenience stores.

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SENIOR NOTES ■■ Plainview Seniors meet 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each first Monday, Plainview City Hall, 1037 Tazewell Pike. ■■ Sharps Chapel Seniors meet 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each first and third Wednesday, Sharps Chapel Community Building,

■■Water saver toilets, shower heads and faucets ■■Drain cleaning The company philosophy is to use God-given talents to help customers. Jones said his plumbers have free rein to adjust prices if circumstances warrant it. The company specialty is cross connection services, working to keep pollutants out of public water systems. “We inspect water systems to find potential issues of cross connection and install backflow devices to protect your water.” The company also installs fire sprinkler systems and irrigation systems. Favorite nonprofits include Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society in Union County. Organizations include the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts, American Backflow Prevention Association, Tennessee Backflow and the Halls BPA. Info: 7432 Casselberry Lane, Corryton. 865-4846093.

meeting, 7 p.m. each fourth Thursday, small courtroom at the courthouse. ■■ Maynardville Public Library, 296 Main St., offers one-on-one classes on learning to use computers and other devices. Info/ appointment: 865-9927106. ■■ Paulette 6th District Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m. each second Tuesday, Paulette Elementary School cafeteria. Info: 865-9925212. ■■ 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.

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UCHS tennis winners The Union County High School men’s tennis team defeated Fulton 9-0 in an April 10 district match, with Conner Smith defeating Jesse Hurley at number one seed 8-1 and Nathan Capps defeating Zack Rader 8-0. The Patriot girls also won all their matches 9-0. One seed Neiliea Hanson defeated Island Stout 8-1, Tamara Summers came from behind to defeat Karalise Nikuze 8-4, freshman Jaden Ayers won 8-0, Alyssa Long won 8-1, Aubrey Booker also came from behind to win 8-5, Aimee Lefevers won 8-2 and Shania Rhynes defeated her opponent 8-5. In doubles: Hanson/Summers won 8-1, Ayers/ Long won 8-0 and in the third set McKenzie Daniels/Maddie Wallace won 8-1.

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MAYNARDVILLE ELEMENTARY END OF YEAR EVENTS ■■ April 26-28 and May 1-5: TCAP testing for third through fifth grades

■■ April 28: BETA Club dance, 6-8 p.m. ■■ May 5: Brenda Mincey Me-

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■■ May 17: fourth grade water fun day

■■ May 25: no school; May 26: last half day for students

■■ May 19: kindergarten graduation, 9 a.m.; fifth grade promotion, 11:30 a.m.

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Maynardville Elementary faculty and staff members get to know WBIR meteorologist Todd Howell at Career Day. Pictured are Carrie Beeler, Howell, Pam Clabough and Linda Nicely

Career Day at Maynardville Elementary Maynardville Elementary School hosted Career Day April 7, the school’s third year of the event. School counselor Kim Smith organized Career Day, welcoming fourth- and fifth-graders to meet and ask questions of various professionals. Presenters this year were: Union County High School’s cosmetology, health sciences, CADD, robotics and agriculture students; UCHS counseling depart-

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Phillip King of the Union County Sheriff’s Office and K-9 Sasha visit with students at Maynardville Elementary School’s Career Day. Photos submitted

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Smoky Mountain Homeschool 4-H Club recently held Achievement Day, with students completing projects and putting them on display. Pictured with their displays are Robert Schlacter, Zeb Schlacter, Allyson Hanna, Jessica Collins, Jeremiah Tindell, Jonathon Tindell, Joanna Kadron, Travis Hanna, Kaleb Hanna, Meradeth Whitley and Madison Collins. Photo submitted

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nah Wood, Payton Wyrick. Sixth grade honor roll for the third nine weeks (all A’s): Cade Ailor, Lauren Bentley, Grace Cooper, Spencer Cox, Makayla Davis, Gage Flatford, Preston Hall, Bridgett Maples, Alexxus Miller, Kailey Muncey, Emma Sexton, Evan Singletary, Amelia Skibinski, Gabby Vandergriff; (all A’s and B’s) Maddyson Loope, Brooke Adams, Skyler Akin, Kaliyah Allmon, Gracie Atkins, Jacob Bailey, Seth Begley, Chelsie Boling, Jessica Brichfiel, Lakin Brock, Michael Buckner, Hailey Causey, Tori Coffey, Rileigh Collins, Krista Cooke, Marcus Creekmore, Cayden Duncan, Kattie Emgee, Logan England, Aiden Gwaltney, Mariah Hensley, Jayson Huff, Tesseria Hughes, Emma Hurst, Kenli Johnson, Fayth Kitts, Benji Lock, Jeremiah Lowe, Patrick Milddleton, Cailey Mills, Toni Anna Moyers, Chase Odom, Preston Patterson, Savannah Paul, Ethen Powers,Kaylee Ratliff, Adrian Reeser, Tatum Ridenour, Brodie Roberts, Lakota Shelton, Hannah Shipley, Dewayne Shupperd, Dylan Simpson, Mia Simpson, Chloe Stubblefield, Leia Tanner, Kendra Thomas, Caden Walker, Michael Weaver, Waylon Whitaker, Hailey Williams, Johnnie Williams, Rylee Wilson, Noah Wolfenbarger; (A’s, B’s and one C) Tessa Braden, Ely Causey, Samerya Coffey, Emilee Crawford, Rebecca Davis, Madisyn Doane, Tristan Foust, Kayden Goodman, Sarah Hampshire, Mattison Hancock, Michael Keck, Gregory Kiser, Conner Mills, Dylan Muncey, Matthew Parson, Tessa Ray, Alexis Shepherd, Jordan Williams.

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Eighth grade honor roll for the third nine weeks (all A’s): Bridget Atkins, Emily Bentley, Brooke Black, Hailey Blevins, Cassie Dykes, Tyler Greene, Emmajenn Lovely, Caitlin Mays, Emma Moyers, Kyla Pressnell, Brooklyn Sharp, Bryson Sharp, Paige Strickland, Raley Tolliver, Jordan Walker, Mason Weaver, Lauren Williams, Jadyn Wolford; (all A’s and B’s) Bridget Atkins, Seth Bates, Hunter Boggs, Dalton Bradshaw, Aaron Bravo, Collin Carter, Jalyn Collins, Noah Conner, Ty Cooke, Ethan Corum, Jaiden Cox, Andrew Crawford, Cera Davis, Angel Dyer, Andrew Edmondson, Katy Effler, Breaunna Ferry, Andrea Goforth, Hannah Hensley, Kourtney Hensley, Kaylee Houston, Nayana Howard, Nylavia Howard, Tucker Jones, Caroline Lay, Natalia Leonard, Jaima McCoy, Nick Moore, Justin Muncey, Victoria Naglitch, Devin Nicely, Ben Oaks, Logan Rawlinson, Ethan Ritter, Lora Rutherford, Justin Savage, Sydney Shupperd, Nick Sizemore, Ronnie Stevens, Gabriella Tarnowski, Christopher Treece, Draven Vermillion, Ashlyn Walker, Kaitlyn Woodie, Cheyenne Wyrick; (A’s, B’s and one C) Samantha Asher, Evan Bailey, Nathaniel Branum, Travis Bridges, Alyssa Chadwick, Jennah Cox, Emilee Lawson, Nate Reynolds, Quatley Russell, Trevor Tolliver, Hannah Wilson. Seventh grade honor roll for the third nine weeks (all A’s): Cayden Brown, Riley Cole, Kadynce Collins, Mikayla DeLoach, Koby Dyer, Savanna Gerber, Gavin Graves, PaytonHelms, Macey Hutchison, Morgan Johnson, Makenna Satterfield, Dennae Schubert, Halli Seal, Rachel



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In the United States, chiropractic is often considered a complementary health approach. According to a recent survey about 8 percent of adults (more than 18 million) and nearly 3 percent of children (more than 2 million) had received chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation in the past 12 months. Additionally, an analysis of nhis cost data found that adults in the United States spent approximately $11.9 billion out-of-pocket on visits to complementary health practitioners—$3.9 billion of which was spent on visits to practitioners for chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation. Many people who seek chiropractic care have low-back pain. People also commonly seek chiropractic care for other kinds of musculoskeletal pain (e.g., Neck, shoulder), headaches, and extremity (e.g., Hand or foot) problems. An analysis of the use of complementary health approaches for back pain, based on data from the survey, found that chiropractic was by far the most com-

monly used t h e r a p y. A m o n g survey respondents who had used any of these therapies for their back pain, 74 percent (approximately 4 million americans) had used chiropractic. Among those who had used chiropractic for back pain, 66 percent perceived “great benefit” from their treatments. Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure—mainly the spine—and its functioning. Although practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

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Eunice Burnette sings for the Union County Senior Center’s Easter luncheon.

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Elvis, Easter lunch for seniors

Luttrell Senior Center volunteer Linda Damewood dances with “Elvis,” portrayed by D.J. Phillips.

Melba Lawson poses for a belated birthday photo with Elvis impersonator D.J. Phillips at the Luttrell Senior Center.

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Union County Shopper news • April 26, 2017 • A-7

Au revoir. Dang it! It has been a joy to write for the Shopper for about 20 years now; but, as has been said many times, even good things come to an end. It has been a joy to participate with the people of Union County in preserving our history. I’ve made many and lasting friends with the staff and writers, and I am grateful for that. I began working on Union County history in the fall of 1990 and was appointed Union County Historian in March of 1994. I’m proud to be from a long line of writers

Bonnie Peters

– Knox County Mayor Frederick Steidinger Heiskell, of the Knoxville Register and known as the Father of Tennessee Journalism; Mayor Samuel Gordon Heiskell, author of Andrew Jackson and Early Tennessee History; and John Netherland Heiskell of the Arkansas

Gazette. I’m almost ready to publish my ninth book; but until then look for me on the internet website Thank you, my readers, for every story, every picture and every contribution – George Lanz for that mess of ramps; Steve Epperson for the mess of trout, Sharps Chapel for the fish fries, Valalee Smith for the beets and turnips; Geri White Lett for maps and books; Mary Barker for the spring wildflower walks; for flowers, plants and vin-

tage seeds; and so much, much more. Oh yes, I remember all those really funny stories – especially the ones I can’t print. I could not have gone this road alone, and I thank you so much for all you have done. I continue to seek your help in digging up history. The City of Luttrell is working on a project, and if anyone knows of a military person from Luttrell being killed or missing in action in any war from the American Revolution to present day, please call me at 865687-3842 or email me at See you on HistoricUnionCounty. com.

Vol fans, watch NFL draft at own risk University of Tennessee football fans actually have a valid reason to watch this week’s NFL Draft. Pretty weird, right? After all, no Vol was drafted in 2016. No Tennessee player was selected in 2015, either. And it wasn’t like the 2014 NFL Draft did the Vols a favor. Sure, offensive lineman Ja’Wuan James went 19th overall to the Dolphins. Other than him, Tennessee boasted just a pair of sixth-rounders in linemen Zach Fulton and Daniel McCullers. That’s a three-year span that an FCS school would brag about. Not a storied SEC program. You’re not going to sway an Alabama five-star verbal commitment over to Tennessee with that kind of résumé. This time around, though, five – maybe six – Tennessee football players are expected to be drafted, the most since six Vols were selected in the 2010 NFL Draft.

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But I’m curious as to how the Tennessee fan base will react. When the NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night and defensive lineman Derek Barnett goes in the top 10 or 15, will Tennessee fans rejoice? When all-purpose offensive back Alvin Kamara possibly sneaks into the latter picks of the first round, will Vol fans tweet it up? What about when those two picks snowball into quarterback Josh Dobbs, defensive back Cam Sutton and receiver Josh Malone going in the first 4-5 rounds? Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin may get drafted, too. Will Tennessee fans enjoy it and genuinely be happy for the program


and those players? I suspect that will be next to impossible. Because, save for Dobbs getting drafted, you’ll probably just get upset again if you’re a Tennessee fan. You’ll only be reminded of what should have been this past fall, when the Vols were the clear favorites to win the SEC East and to return to a high-profile bowl game. When Barnett gets drafted, you’ll say: “How was the defense that bad with him up front? He broke Reggie White’s sack record!” When Kamara gets picked, you’ll say: “Why didn’t Butch Jones use him more?” When Sutton goes, you’ll say: “I thought he’d have played better this past season.” Then the demons will take hold and you’ll be reminded of the Texas A&M loss and how Tennessee inexcusably lost (coming off a bye) to a putrid South Carolina team with a nobody

Chosen by Grace and Mountain Grace. Everyone welcome.

■■ Oak Grove Baptist Church, 246 Oak Grove Road, Sharps Chapel, will host its quarterly Saturday night singing 6 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Featuring the Valley Boys. ■■ Union Missionary Baptist Church, 940 Ailor Gap Road in Luttrell, will host a singing 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Singers include: Newgrass gospel,

■■ Hansard Chapel Methodist Church, located on Highway 33 across from Tolliver’s Market, hosts a food pantry 6-7 p.m. each third Saturday. Gently used clothing is also available. Info: the Rev. Jay Richardson, 865-776-2668. ■■ 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 Hardee’s, 2825 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville. Info: Eva, 865-992-0185 or

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quarterback. And then, the Vanderbilt loss that ended up sending Tennessee to the Music City Bowl will resurface and your whole weekend will be ruined. Yeah. So. Maybe you shouldn’t watch the NFL Draft at all. I’ll save you the trouble. The first round will take hours. The Cleveland Browns have the first overall pick and screw it up. Again. Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett will inexplicably get selected before Tennessee’s Barnett, even though Barnett outperformed him in SEC play. And countless offensive linemen, who you’ve never heard of and likely won’t again, will go in the first round. But if you, Tennessee fan, must watch, it all starts at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 27, on ESPN. Good luck.

You are reading a piece of history. Many readers will remember a lead article from last year, “Death of a Funeral Home”. Today I am saddened to report another death. This issue of the Union County Shopper News will be the last. There are things I suppose we all take for granted. It was inconceivable to me that Ailor (Byrd) Mortuary would close, especially in that particular line of work. As many joked throughout the years, “People were just dying to get in.” It seems more realistic, though no less sad, that a newspaper would cease publication. I remember as a child the chosen newspaper in our house was The Knoxville Journal. My father, never a voracious reader and educated only to (not through) the second grade, faithfully paid a subscription to that paper until the day he died. The Knoxville Journal revived a few years ago, but I think it again stopped printing. Nevertheless, I was shocked to learn that the Union County Shopper News was folding. In earlier years, even from my childhood, my family received the Halls Shopper by mail. I credit Sandra Clark with extending the Shopper to the surrounding areas, giving each community its own printed voice to share its uniqueness and culture. (Sandra will be embarking on a new venture beginning May 1. You can find Sandra online at I found the Shopper papers traditionally filled with positive, upbeat items of general interest to the community. It was so refreshing to read a paper provided to the public at no cost that bragged on

Ronnie Mincey Teacher Time the community and made you glad you lived there. I have been privileged for the past three years and four months through this column to celebrate the lives and memory of so many who influenced my life. I am indebted to Sandra Clark for this great opportunity. I tried to remain true to the positive spirit of the paper. There are two articles the public never saw that might have crossed that line. One (my absolute best) was about my one and only experience with being audited by the IRS. Sandra suggested that it might flag me for further unwanted attention from that organization. Another involved my father “setting out” a family pet. Sandra thought that might upset humanitarians, even though the article ended with Dad going back and rescuing Brownie. So many of you who have read my column have been so very kind, and I appreciate each of you. I am saddened at this loss of the Union County Shopper News as a vital celebration of unique local history and culture. There are so many things I had in mind to write, and I will miss writing for you, just as I hope you will miss reading my weekly attempts to share humor and good memories of those I have loved so much. But the cliché says that “when one door closes, another opens.” Perhaps someday we shall meet again through the printed word.

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