Updated December 12, 2014 03:27:08 PM
Fatal wreck in Temple Hill community

A traffic accident around 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, resulted in the death of the driver.

According to Unicoi County Sheriff's Department officials, the driver, whose name has not been released, was traveling on Temple Hill Road when he struck the back of a large trailer.

The cause of the wreck is currently under investigation. More information will appear in the Dec. 17 issue of The Erwin Record. More...

Updated December 10, 2014 02:10:16 PM
BMA votes to move forward with third phase of revitalization project

The third phase of the Town of Erwin’s downtown revitalization project will soon begin.

The Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a notice to proceed during a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Dec. 8, at Erwin Town Hall. All members were present at the meeting.

Prior to the vote, Gary Tysinger with the engineering firm Tysinger, Hampton & Partners told the board that phase three would encompass Main Avenue in downtown Erwin from Union Street, where phase two left off, to Love Street, then up Love Street to Church Street. More...

Updated December 10, 2014 02:08:58 PM
Two plead in 2013 home invasion

Two of the men responsible for the home invasion that occurred on Pleasant Hill Drive in the Town of Unicoi on Dec. 9, 2013, pleaded guilty to several charges during an appearance in Unicoi County Criminal Court on Monday, Dec. 8.

According to Assistant District Attorney Ryan Curtis, Anthony James Davis pleaded guilty to kidnapping, aggravated burglary and assault for his role in the home invasion.

The other defendant, Cory William Livesay, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, aggravated burglary and assault for his role in the home invasion. More...

Updated December 10, 2014 02:07:16 PM
Judge Garland award presented to local author

The Unicoi County Historical Society hosted its annual Christmas Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Each December, the society holds its annual banquet to recognize the work done up to this point. The award that is presented is the Judge Walter B. Garland Award. Walter B. Garland was one of the motivating forces behind the creation of the Unicoi County Historical Society, going back to its inception in 1971. The award was started in 2006 as a form of recognition for those who have contributed to the preservation of history in Unicoi County.

The 2014 award was presented to A.J. “Alf” Peoples. Peoples is a third generation railroader who grew up in Erwin. Alf’s father, Jack, to the railroad yard and his mother took pictures of the father-son tandem aboard locomotives of the day. More...

Updated December 10, 2014 02:04:49 PM
Tree of Hope to provide Christmas gifts to local children

The Unicoi County Clerk’s office is hosting its annual Tree of Hope program again this Christmas season. The tree benefits countless children across the county.

The program works similar to the Angel Tree program hosted by the Johnson City Mall – different children in need have been added to the tree and people are encouraged to stop by the clerk’s office to pick up one of the ‘ornaments’ off of the tree.

Each ornament has a sort of card, or placard, that lists a particular child’s needs. People then go shop for the child based on their needs and return the goods to the office to be presented to the child on Dec. 20.  More...

Updated December 03, 2014 04:11:46 PM
Bennett remembered for public service

Local officials who served with Dwight Bennett were “shocked” and “saddened” by his death on Nov. 25. He was 63.

“Dwight’s death was a huge shock, not only to his family, but to us all,” Town of Unicoi Mayor Johnny Lynch told The Erwin Record. “It’s one of those things that just hits you on the side of the head. Nobody’s ready for it.”

“This was a total shock to us all,” Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch said. “My heart goes out to his family.” More...

Updated December 03, 2014 04:10:53 PM
UCSD warns citizens of phone scam

According to a Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department official, a national scam has appeared in the county.

“Starting last week, Unicoi County citizens began receiving calls from individuals who represent themselves to be agents with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service),” Chief Deputy Frank Rogers told The Erwin Record. “The individuals have attempted to collect private information from citizens.”

Rogers also said the department has contacted the IRS regarding the scam. More...

Updated December 03, 2014 04:10:02 PM
Man accused of assaulting pregnant woman by UCSD

A man faces several charges following an alleged domestic assault incident which reportedly occurred in the Town of Erwin on Sunday, Nov. 30.

According to an affidavit of complaint filed by Cpl. Stacy Wigand with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 11 p.m. on Sunday, Unicoi County 911 received a call regarding a domestic in progress at 107 Taylor Drive in Erwin.

“On my arrival I found a female and a small child standing outside near the driveway and a male subject standing on the back porch area of the house,” Wigand writes in the complaint. “As I approached the female, she began to explain the events that had occurred. At the same time, the male subject became very loud and belligerent.” More...

Updated December 03, 2014 04:08:30 PM
Protecting monuments goal of project

The monuments at the Veterans Memorial Park in Erwin will soon be protected from rain and the elements thanks to a new project to build an awning to cover the concrete plaza.

“We’ve noticed over the last several years that the monuments are being deteriorated by water,” said Terry Haynes.

The rain and weather have taken their toll on the relatively unprotected monuments. Haynes said that the concrete is beginning to crack and names on the monuments themselves are beginning to fade. More...

Updated December 03, 2014 04:03:22 PM
Community invited to enter inaugural holiday contest

Individuals and groups are invited to enter the inaugural Gingerbread House Contest, sponsored by Unicoi County Farm Bureau and coordinated by the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce.

“We are very happy to be working with Farm Bureau on this contest,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Delp. “We are excited to see what the contestants create for the contest. This is a wonderful opportunity for locals to showcase their talents.”

The theme of the contest is “Dreaming of a White Christmas,” Delp also said. More...

Updated December 03, 2014 04:01:58 PM
Facility expansion underway at Governor's Bend

Free Will Baptist Family Ministries’ (FWBFM) Governors Bend Assisted Living is in the process of a long-anticipated expansion to its Erwin facilities.

The expansion will be an 8-room addition on the rear of the current building. Six of the rooms will be 1-bedroom facilities and the remaining two will be 2-bedroom suites. The total size of the addition will be 6,700 square feet.

The expansion is of substantial size according to Colleen Cox, marketing director for FWBFM. The current building is around 50,000 square feet in size. The contractor doing the work is J.A. Street. More...

Updated November 14, 2014 02:40:45 PM
Farm history exhibit opens

The Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University unveiled an exhibit exploring the history and ingenuity of farming in Unicoi County on Thursday, Nov. 6.

The exhibit came to exist through work done by students in the “Documenting Community Traditions” course as part of the university’s Appalachian studies program. The work wasn’t just done by one class. Rather, each class from each semester played a role in making the exhibit a reality.

“It’s about kind of seeing how agriculture has changed in Unicoi County,” said Margie Richardson, a member of the 2013 class whose responsibilities included gathering all of the texts for all of the posters in the exhibit. More...

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