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Updated October 22, 2015 11:59:28 AM
Ceremony puts official name to overpass

After the shocking revelation that CSX would shut down the Erwin Terminal for a host of railroad traffic on Thursday, Oct. 15, town officials took a moment to remember an individual that played a key role in the early success of the tracks.

Members of the community and the local and state governments joined at the Main Avenue intersection in town on Friday, Oct. 16, to officially name the recently built $10 million railroad overpass project by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) after the late Pat E. Brown. The overpass was finished in the summer for use, while a ribbon cutting ceremony for the overpass was held on August 10.

“This is a momentous day for us,” Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley said following the ceremony. “There were a lot of names that were suggested to us about naming the bridge, but the Brown family, and Mr. Brown, when he was still with us, were so responsive to the needs of the town and the county. He had a good business here and ran a good economy for Erwin and it was just fitting for us to memorialize him with this bridge.” More...

Updated October 22, 2015 12:00:14 PM
Father, daughter perish in plane crash

Two Indiana residents lost their lives after a single-engine aircraft crashed on Buffalo Mountain on Friday, Oct. 9.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department, which helped the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department search Buffalo Mountain for the crash site, identified the victims as William Gibbons, 45, and his daughter, Abbey, 15, on Sunday. Oct. 11.

According to FlightAware.com, the Columbia MFG aircraft, registered to Gibbons, was en route from McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville to Monroe County, Ind., after taking off at 6:32 p.m. on Friday.  More...

Updated October 08, 2015 02:21:59 PM
Festival wraps up fifth year

Music was able to fill the air during a damp weekend in Unicoi.

With inclement weather, the fifth annual Buffalo Valley Music Festival was still able to greet performers and music lovers to an enjoyable three-day stretch during the weekend at Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens.

The event was the third year at the premise in Unicoi and attendants were welcomed to over 60 bands, storytellers, singers, songwriters and artists lining the fields to provide various types of entertainment. More...

Updated October 08, 2015 02:13:51 PM
Outdoor offering focuses on youth

Drought weather across the area didn’t stop youth from enjoying the outdoors over the weekend.

Unicoi County was home to the annual Youth Outdoor Day on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Rock Creek Park.

With different activities during the evening, the event had to go without filling the pond due to recent weather hindrance, according to Richard Lewis with the Unaka Mountain Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). More...

Updated October 08, 2015 12:38:38 PM
Inaugural fitness challenge draws 102 participants

The inaugural Nolichucky Triple Threat, which was held on Saturday, Sept. 19, went off without a hitch, according to an event coordinator.

“The Nolichucky Triple Threat was a very successful event,” Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Delp said. “We had 102 participants.”

Delp said the competitors came from across northeast Tennessee and as far away as Nashville to participate in the outdoor fitness challenge that combined rafting, an obstacle course and a 5K run, part of which took place on the Appalachian Trail. More...

Updated October 08, 2015 12:36:47 PM
Unicoi BMA moves ahead with plans for own police force

Town of Unicoi Mayor Johnny Lynch announced that steps are being taken to create a security/police department for the town.

The Unicoi Board of Mayor and Aldermen convened on Monday, Sept. 21, at town hall to give notice to the public of the steps taking place for a police department.

Midway through the BMA meeting, Lynch explained that officials recently met in a planning commission meeting and formed a four-person committee tasked with gathering information on the process of starting a police department. More...

Updated September 10, 2015 12:28:57 PM
CHIPs receives $100K grant

Last week, a local non-profit organization received grant funds which will help it continue to assist homeless individuals and families in Unicoi, Carter and Greene counties.

On Thursday, Sept. 3, Katie Moore, a liaison with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA), visited Change is Possible (CHIPs) in Erwin to present the organization with a $100,000 federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG).

CHIPs Executive Director Carolyn McAmis said the grant funds will be used for the rapid re-housing of victims of abuse. More...

Updated August 21, 2015 10:49:13 AM
English: Scores show 'need for improvement'

District-level results from the 2015 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) were recently released by the Tennessee Department of Education.

The results show the percentages of students who scored either below basic, basic, proficient or advanced in the tested subject areas. In grades 3-8 students were tested in math, reading and science. High school students were tested in Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, English I, English II and English III.

According to Director of Schools John English, Unicoi County’s TCAP results demonstrated “the need for improvement.” More...

Updated July 30, 2015 04:48:11 PM
Seeley retires after 30 years on bench

After serving 30 years on the bench as the First Judicial District Circuit judge, Thomas Seeley, Jr., retired the gavel on June 30.

Seeley had the opportunity to speak with many members of the Unicoi County community, where he served as a county attorney in 1976, during a reception held in his honor at the Unicoi Tourist Information Center on Thursday, July 23.

“It has been awhile,” he said. “It is just great to relive old memories and see people that meant a lot to me over the years.” More...

Updated July 30, 2015 04:46:59 PM
Parris hired as Unicoi parks director

New Unicoi Parks and Recreation Director Courtney Parris knows the perks of small-town living.

A native of Forest City, N.C., Parris has hit the ground running since being hired as the town of Unicoi’s new parks and recreation director on June 29.

“I’m extremely blessed to be here,” Parris said in a phone interview with The Erwin Record. “Everyone here has been very friendly and it has been great so far.” More...

Updated July 09, 2015 02:16:40 PM
Fiber Internet service expansion planned

Erwin’s own fiber optic Internet service has continued to expand since its inception last year.

Erwin Utilities began construction on lines in October, Fiber Optic Engineer John Williams said. After test runs with customers in February, the service received the green light in March and is being used by different individuals in town.

“We built it to serve 1,200 people,” Williams said. “Our goal in the first year was to have 300 customers and we are currently serving 150.” More...

Updated July 02, 2015 01:12:46 PM
Sheriff: 'Ongoing feud' leads to shooting

What Sheriff Mike Hensley described as an "ongoing feud" reportedly led one man to shoot another on Sneyd Lane in Limestone Cove shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24.

An affidavit of complaint filed by the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department states that officers were dispatched to 238 Sneyd Lane in response to a reported shooting. When Deputy Joshua Johnson arrived at the scene he reportedly found a white male kneeling in front of 234 Sneyd Lane with his hands on his head. According to his report, Johnson asked the man, who was later identified as Jerry R. Jones, 54, 234 Sneyd Lane, if he was the shooter.

“... he responded, ‘yes, yes I am’,” Johnson’s reports states. “I then told the suspect he was detained and patted him down to make sure there were no weapons on his person for officer safety and placed him in the back of my patrol so that first responders could render aid to the victim who was at his residence.” More...

Updated October 08, 2015 03:06:02 PM
Panel approves employee insurance plan

There will be no change in insurance coverage for Unicoi County employees for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

In a 5-4 vote during a meeting on Monday, June 22, the Unicoi County Commission approved an option for the county employees to continue paying for their health insurance at the same levels as the previous fiscal year.

Voting in favor of this measure were commissioners Gene Wilson, Bridget Peters, Glenn White, Loren Thomas and John Mosley; voting against were Chairwoman Marie Rice and commissioners Jason Harris, Kenneth Garland and Walter Garland. More...

Updated June 25, 2015 05:10:27 PM
Board votes to operate on continuing budget

The Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to continue operating under the 2014-15 amended budget during their meeting on Monday, June 22.

Town officials worked on the amendment for the current budget during a work session meeting on Thursday, June 18, that transferred $873,227 in revenues to expenditures, shifting line items, to balance things out before the end of the 2014-2015 fiscal year on June 30.

“This is just transferring one line item to another,” said Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley.  More...

Updated June 25, 2015 05:07:44 PM
Farmers' Market opens for season

The town of Unicoi’s Farmers’ Market officially opened for the summer season on Friday, June 19, at the Unicoi Tourist Information Center.

The event is scheduled to go throughout the remainder of the summer, each Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to Jennifer Gryder, community development director for the town.

“We’re really looking forward to growing this event,” Gryder said. “We want to tie this in with our Mountain Harvest Kitchen, especially since that will use local products, people canning and making their own recipes. We’re definitely looking for more vendors who want to come out, especially ones with their own local produce. Everyone seems very excited about farmers’ markets and the opportunity to shop and buy local.”  More...

Updated June 25, 2015 05:06:23 PM
Grant will fund energy improvements

The Unicoi Tourist Information Center will soon be more energy efficient thanks to a grant from the state.

The state of Tennessee announced on June 15 that Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau awarded more than $3.1 million to fund energy efficiency projects of local governments and municipalities, utilities and state entities, including the town of Unicoi.

“Clean Tennessee Energy grants fund projects that help our communities become more energy efficient while providing long-term cost savings for taxpayers,” Haslam said. “I want to thank all of these groups for their commitment to improving our communities, our environment and our state.” More...

Updated June 25, 2015 05:05:38 PM
Political parties request primaries

Election time is around the bend in Unicoi County.

The Executive Committees of the Unicoi County Republican and Democratic parties recently met and agreed to request that the Unicoi County Election Commission hold Republican and Democratic primaries for local offices on March 1, 2016 to coincide with the Presidential preference primary (PPP).

According to documents provided from the county’s Election Commission, “state law requires a county political party executive committee to give a county Election Commission original written notice at least 180 days before the qualifying deadline if they intend to hold a county primary for all or some of the county offices eligible for a primary election.”  More...

Updated June 18, 2015 12:41:13 PM
Unicoi BMA passes budget, firearms ordinance

Zoning laws for retail stores regarding the sale of firearms and the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget both made it through final readings and were unanimously passed by the town of Unicoi Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday, June 15.

During the final reading for retail firearm stores, Town Recorder Larry Rea shared the two revisions made by the BMA during their previous meeting.

“Based on discussion from the last meeting, the definition of day care center was pulled from the general zoning ordinance, verbatim,” Rea said. More...

Updated June 18, 2015 12:37:56 PM
Ham radio field day set for June 27

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.

In these cases, according to a press release from the Unicoi County Radio Club, the one consistent service that has never failed has been amateur radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and even for the International Space Station.

Unicoi County “hams” will join with thousands of other amateur radio operators showing their emergency capabilities on Saturday, June 27. More...

Updated October 08, 2015 03:05:16 PM
Panel talks future of annex, jail

Unicoi County officials are currently considering whether or not – and how – to consolidate the county’s two jail facilities into one.

For several years, female inmates have been housed at the Unicoi County jail annex on Jackson-Love Highway. This facility is also home to the offices of the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department and county 911 center. Male inmates are held at the jail facility adjacent to the Unicoi County Courthouse.

According to budget figures provided by the county mayor’s office, for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, almost $460,000 was budgeted for operations at the annex and almost $700,000 was budgeted for the jail – for a total of approximately $1.16 million in jail operations. More...

Updated June 11, 2015 01:35:13 PM
Animal Welfare Board selects new chairman, reviews by-laws

Joann Tatro was named the new chairman of the Unicoi County Animal Welfare Board during the group’s scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 9, in Erwin.

Previous chair, Kari Pfaender, is leaving the board, but will still assist when applicable, joking with members that they ‘can’t rid of me that easy.’ Tatro, along with Linda Mathes, Chris Oetjen and Unicoi County Animal Shelter Director Jessica Rogers presented Pfaender with a thank you card at the conclusion of the meeting for her years of service with the board.

In new business, along with the election of Tatro, the by-laws of the welfare board were reviewed by members to set ahead for the new fiscal year. More...

Updated June 11, 2015 01:34:29 PM
UCMH opens new sleep lab

Members of the community, the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce and Mountain States Health Alliance representatives were on hand Monday, June 8, for the ribbon cutting of the new sleep lab at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.

The day marked the first time the sleep lab has been active since before Mountain States acquisition of UCMH in 2013.

“Sleep disorders are widely underdiagnosed and unrecognized,” said Dustin Flanary, director for the UCMH sleep lab. “Just a few statistics alone are alarming. If you have type 2 diabetes, there’s plenty of studies out there to support that you have a 72-percent chance of having sleep apnea. If you have hypertension, treated or not, you have a 43-percent chance of also having sleep apnea.” More...

Updated June 04, 2015 01:34:04 PM
Official: Downtown revitalization construction running ahead of schedule

Phase three of the town of Erwin’s downtown revitalization project is nearing the end, according to Public Works Director Riki Forney.

Workers have until the June 26 deadline to complete construction, but accelerated progress has the project running ahead of schedule, Forney said.

Forney entered his position a couple of months ago, replacing former director Mark Lafever, Forney said that sitting in monthly planning meetings helped prepare for his new role. More...

Updated October 08, 2015 03:04:58 PM
New manager greets community

Rocky Fork State Park took another big step in its growth on Friday, May 15.

Unicoi County residents, along with local and state government officials, were on hand to welcome the new park manager, Jesse Germeraad, during a ‘Meet the Manager’ event hosted by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation at the I-26 welcome center near Flag Pond.

“We’re proud of the park,” Senator Rusty Crowe said during the opening of the event. “This welcome center is named after Zane Whitson. I know everybody here terribly misses him, but I know that he would be proud of this moment.” More...

Updated May 14, 2015 03:01:21 PM
Shults-Davis in running for judge's post

The search is on for a new circuit court judge in the 1st Judicial District.

A public hearing and interviews were held on Monday, May 4, by the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments in Johnson City and three nominations were submitted to Gov. Bill Haslam for the upcoming vacant position when Judge Thomas Seeley, Jr.’s retirement becomes official on June 30.

Lois Bunten Shults-Davis, of Unicoi County, took one of the nomination spots, while Jerome Cochran, of Elizabethton, and James Edwin Lauderback, of Johnson City, are also in the running for the position. More...

Updated May 14, 2015 03:00:55 PM
Citizens question safety of Erwin plant

Members of the community were given the opportunity to share their concerns over the safety of Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) with the facility’s regulatory body during a public meeting at Erwin Town Hall on April 23.

Following a presentation by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the organization tasked with overseeing operations at NFS, regarding the licensee performance review (LPR) of the Erwin facility, members of the public were given the chance to question NRC officials about the safety of NFS.

As has been previously reported, the results of the LPR led the NRC to lower the number of NRC resident inspectors from two to one. During last month’s meeting Jim Hickey, with the NRC, said one resident inspector is the “normal inspection oversight” of facilities similar to NFS. Two resident inspectors had worked at the Erwin facility since 2004 until earlier this year. More...

Updated May 14, 2015 03:04:27 PM
Ramp Festival set for Saturday, May 9

A yearly tradition will be held once again in Unicoi County this weekend.

The 30th annual Flag Pond Ruritan Ramp Festival will take place on Saturday, May 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the old Flag Pond school.

“The festival has been a mainstay in Unicoi County and neighboring North Carolina,” said Anita Leger, secretary with the Flag Pond Ruritan Club. “It is the first festival of the season, ushering in a multitude of spring, summer and fall festivals in the area.” More...

Updated June 04, 2015 01:09:55 PM
Juveniles injured in wreck

Rock Creek Road in Erwin was closed for hours Monday evening following a head-on collision.

According to the preliminary crash report issued from the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), a 2013 Ford Focus was traveling eastbound on the road when it crossed the center double yellow line, striking a 2006 Ford F-250 Pickup towing a trailer with three horses.

At 8:20 p.m., the THP released a statement providing early information on the accident. More...

Updated August 21, 2015 10:51:43 AM
Peterson chosen as interim assessor

A new assessor of property has been selected.

In a 5-3 vote during a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 27, the Unicoi County Commission chose Wayne Peterson to complete the unexpired term of previous assessor Patsy Bennett.

The search for a new property assessor began after the resignation of the previous assessor Patsy Bennett. Bennett cited health concerns as the reason for her resignation which became official on April 2. More...

Updated April 30, 2015 02:21:48 PM
Erwin BMA approves interlocal agreement for ambulance service

An approval of an interlocal agreement for ambulance services between Unicoi County and the Town of Erwin for four years was approved by the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen during a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 27.

The agreement comes on the heels of the county and MedicOne Medical Response signing a new contract in early April.

The interlocal agreement passed with unanimous support. The only changes from the past agreement were a correction to ‘vice-mayor’ in reference to Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley and a new sentence to the agreement helping provide security to the town, according to City Recorder Glenn Rosenoff.  More...

Updated April 30, 2015 02:12:23 PM
Food cart ordinance passes on first reading

Approval and discussions of ordinances were on the agenda during the regularly scheduled Unicoi Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Monday, April 20, at the Unicoi Town Hall.

Mobile food carts will potentially be on the horizon for the town after ordinance 2015-237 made it through the first reading with unanimous support from board members.

“It is in the best interest of the town,” Mayor Johnny Lynch said. Lynch also stated that no opposition has been mentioned since the ordinance was created on March 9. More...

Updated October 08, 2015 03:04:49 PM
Lost mural found, on display at museum

Unicoi County’s history, including a mural that recently resurfaced after years in storage, will be on display this weekend during the official opening ceremony of the Unicoi County Heritage Museum and the Clinchfield Railroad Museum.

Curator Martha Erwin said the theme of the ceremony, which will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, is “Clinchfield Pride.” The ceremony will take place at the railroad museum and everyone is invited to attend and celebrate the county’s railroad history.

“Clinchfield Pride is the railroad museum’s chosen theme,” Erwin said. “The spirit of pride is always in style when we are perpetuating and promoting our area’s railroading heritage for preservation and posterity.” More...

Updated July 30, 2015 04:51:12 PM
Hospice volunteers needed to serve Unicoi County

A local hospice organization is hoping to capitalize on Tennessee’s volunteer spirit.

Bethany Leatherwood, a volunteer coordinator for Caris Healthcare, told The Erwin Record her organization, which serves Unicoi, Greene and Hawkins counties, is recruiting individuals to provide care to terminal patients.

Caris provides care to patients in their home, a family member’s home or a nursing facility. More...

Updated April 30, 2015 02:32:23 PM
English, Moorhouse chosen as finalists

Unicoi County Board of Education members have a plan in place in hopes of having a new diraector of schools by the middle of May.

The field of candidates applying for the superintendent job for the Unicoi County School System was trimmed down from nine to two during a work session held on Monday, April 13.

Of the nine, current county employee John English and former Morristown-Hamblen High School principal, Jeff Moorhouse, received the majority of support from the board members during the work session and were chosen as the two finalists for the position. More...

Updated October 08, 2015 03:04:40 PM
Awning being built to protect monuments

Five years of work and planning are starting to take form at the Veterans Memorial Park in Erwin.

Members of the Unicoi County Highway Department aided in renovations on Wednesday, April 8, by cementing holes on the property.

“This is a bit of a family gathering for me,” said Road Superintendent Terry Haynes, a fifth-generation military member of his family, in regards to the park.  More...

Updated April 16, 2015 03:11:17 PM
NRC begins special investigation into event at NFS

A special inspection is now underway at Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

This inspection, which reportedly began on Tuesday, April 14, is the result of an incident when an unplanned chemical reaction occurred in a two-liter bottle that held cleanup materials, a press release from the NRC said. The goal of the special inspection is to examine the events leading to the reaction.

NFS released the following statement regarding the incident: “On Saturday, April 4, 2015, NFS experienced an unplanned chemical reaction in a two-liter bottle (similar to a two-liter soda bottle) in one of its limited-access, locked storage areas. No one was in the area as it is used solely for storage. No employees were exposed or injured. There was no threat to the plant, the community or the environment.  More...

Updated April 16, 2015 03:08:54 PM
Board recognizes teachers, students

Recognizing students and teachers was at the top of the agenda for the regularly scheduled meeting of the Unicoi County Board of Education on Thursday, April 9.

The board first recognized students Carter Powers, Laura Rogers and Emily Williams and chaperones Renea Jones Rogers, Ruth Gaines and Bill Gaines for participating in the recent 2015 Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) conference hosted by the Tennessee School Board Association (TSBA) in Nashville during March.

According to the TSBA website, SCOPE “brings together 9th-12th grade students from across the state to discuss current topics in education. Participants will explore education issues through mock school board meetings, group discussions, and debates with their peers. These events are designed to give students an understanding of how school boards operate.” More...

Updated April 16, 2015 03:14:39 PM
Board of Education sets meeting to talk process

The process of narrowing the field of candidates for the director of schools position in Unicoi County will be underway next week.

The Unicoi County Board of Education met in a work session on Monday, April 6, to discuss the next steps in the process.

“We need to set a meeting to discuss anything we want to do with the candidates,” said school board member Garland “Bubba” Evely. “On how we want to narrow down the field, all the applicants ... I’m sure that’s something we want to do before we start the interview process.” More...

Updated April 09, 2015 02:08:07 PM
Agricultural technology advancements topic of event

Farmers and landowners from Carter, Unicoi and Washington counties recently had the opportunity to learn about the advancements of agricultural technologies.

Individuals were invited to meet at Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens on March 17 for the 2015 Appalachian Fencing School sponsored by the Unicoi County Soil Conservation District.

“The program is for all landowners who wanted to participate,” said Greg Quillen, Unicoi County NRCS-District Conservationist. “Essentially, with new technology of fencing on agricultural land, a lot of people are not aware of it. So today we’re actually getting to spend the day educating people about grazing, installing new fence and, we’ll actually build fences with this technology.” More...

Updated July 30, 2015 04:50:37 PM
Community asked to support to support Tayla

Tayla Smith is not letting Aplastic Anemia keep her down.

Tayla’s family spent the afternoon on Monday, March 23, at Fishery Park in Erwin as Tayla, brother, Trenton, and the rest of her family took in the day enjoying the activities on the playground.

It was a day without treatment, a day with no worries and mother, Felicia, is hoping her daughter’s story will inspire others. More...

Updated July 30, 2015 04:50:30 PM
Community rallies around family who lost home in blaze

After a fire engulfed their home on March 17, the Cole family from Unicoi has nothing but thanks for community members.

The family has received an outpouring of support since losing all their possessions in the blaze and it was evident during an event held at Teddy Bear Lane in Erwin on Saturday, March 20.

Lacie Barrett and husband, Matthew, helped organize a box truck to load donated materials for the Coles for a storage unit in Piney Flats, free of charge for three months. More...

Updated March 26, 2015 02:42:26 PM
Officers to begin training for emergency services unit

The formation of an emergency service unit is already taking hold in Erwin.

Erwin Police Chief Regan Tilson and Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley recently discussed creating a unit to help assist local fire units and ambulances in the area.

“This is not to take the place of the ambulance authority but to help when needed,” Hensley said during the March 9 meeting of the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen. More...

Updated June 04, 2015 01:11:21 PM
Bennett resigns as assessor

The Unicoi County Commission unanimously accepted the resignation of Patsy Bennett as the county’s assessor of property during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 23.

Bennett submitted her resignation in a letter dated March 17 and addressed to County Mayor Greg Lynch. The letter follows in its entirety:

“It is with great sorrow that I must inform you that I am resigning from my office of tax assessor of Unicoi County effective April 2, 2015. As you know I have not been in the office since late October because of my illness. I have kept in touch with the office making sure that it was running well, as well as doing some work from home. I have a good staff who served the citizens well in my absence. My hope was that my health would improve to the point that I could fulfill my obligations, but it was not meant to be. More...

Updated March 26, 2015 02:40:32 PM
Second readings of liquor, dining ordinances pass

Sidewalk dining and two liquor ordinances are now officially on the books in the Town of Erwin.

The town hosted its regularly scheduled Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Monday, March 23, with sidewalk dining, package stores and a liquor-by-the-drink ordinance receiving the greenlight from board members.

Dining will now be allowed on sidewalks, giving businesses like Hawg-n-Dawg, Steel Rails Coffee House and Choo Choo Cafe the eligibility to permit customers to eat outside the facade of the restaurants. Each of these establishments are already in accordance with required liability insurance. More...

Updated March 26, 2015 02:39:52 PM
Commission passes resolutions, rejects ambulance amendment

The Unicoi County Commission worked through a full agenda during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 23, at the Unicoi County Courthouse.

Members in attendance at the meeting were Chairwoman Marie Rice, Walter Garland, Jason Harris, Bridget Peters, Gene Wilson, Glenn White, Loren Thomas and John Mosley. Commissioner Kenneth Garland was absent.

First, the Commission unanimously approved two resolutions honoring the late Dwight Bennett and the late Dwight Shelton for their many years of public service. A moment of silence was also observed for each individual following the reading of each resolution by Chairwoman Marie Rice. More...

Updated July 30, 2015 04:50:22 PM
Contract options awarded to NFS

Millions of dollars in contract options were recently awarded to Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. (NFS).

According to a press release issued by the Babcock & Wilcox Company, the parent company of NFS, NFS received contract options from the U.S. Department of Energy, Naval Reactors Laboratory Field Office for work that will total $169 million.

In March 2014, NFS received a $302 million contract from the same office for fuel and materials services. According to the press release, the $169 million contract options were awarded under the $302 million contract. More...

Updated June 04, 2015 01:10:45 PM
Forney hired as public works director

Riki Forney is no stranger to the area and will be part of the Town of Erwin for years to come.

Forney was introduced as Erwin’s new public works director during the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Monday, March 9.

After 14 years with a non-profit organization in Johnson City, the opportunity arose for Forney to continue to work for the town. Forney has served on the town’s Board of Downtown Revitalization as vice-chair. More...

Updated July 30, 2015 04:50:13 PM
Project aims at providing K-5 students with backpacks, supplies

An idea is taking form in Unicoi County to help school children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade to start the 2015-2016 school year on the right foot.

Wendy Broyles, of Rock Creek Elementary, and husband, Lee, came up with the idea of a “Back to School Carnival” event that is tentatively scheduled for July 25 at the National Guard Armory in Erwin.

The idea for the event came to the couple after attending a back-to-school event hosted by Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Hampton, Wendy said. More...

Updated July 30, 2015 04:50:02 PM
Erwin BMA names overpass after Brown

A new name has been approved for the overpass being constructed in Erwin.

The Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved Resolution No. 1217-15 to name the overpass in memory of the late Pat Brown during its meeting on Monday, March 9.

“I’m thrilled and appreciate their support,” Lou Petterson, daughter of Brown, said of the BMA. “It has been up in the air for so long. I just don’t have words to express how happy I am and it’ll make a lot of other people happy, too. There have been numerous amounts of people asking ‘are they going to name that overpass after your daddy?’ He owned all that land and was in business since 1956. That’s where he spent his life and the fact it’s going to be named after him is remarkable because I was prepared for it to not be ... I’m just thrilled beyond words.” More...

Updated July 30, 2015 04:49:51 PM
NRC returns NFS to 'normal' level of oversight

Since 2004, Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) has operated under a level of increased oversight by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), including the addition of a second resident NRC inspector at the facility.

The NRC announced last week that because of improved performance by NFS in recent years the company is returning to “normal” levels of NRC oversight and inspection similar to other facilities of its type.

According to a press release issued on March 5 by the NRC, “... sustained improvement over the past several years, verified by NRC inspections, led to the conclusion that a return to the normal or core oversight level is warranted.” More...

Updated March 12, 2015 08:19:44 PM
Hensley, Chandler added to healthcare foundation board

The Unicoi County Foundation of Healthcare saw the number of members increase by two after the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital’s Board of Control meeting on Thursday, March 5.

During the meeting, board member Russell Brackins announced that Town of Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley and Erwin Alderman Gary Chandler were approved as the two appointments to the foundation by the Board of Control’s Executive Committee.

The board then unanimously approved Hensley’s and Chandler’s appointments. More...

Updated April 30, 2015 02:31:48 PM
UCHS Mock Trial team advances to state

The Unicoi County High School Mock Trial team successfully argued for a return to the state competition by receiving first-place honors at the regional mock trial competition for Districts 11 and 12 on Saturday, Feb. 28, in Washington County.

The 11 students that make up the team will compete in the state competition set for March 27-28 in Nashville.

“I couldn’t remember the last time we had a team finish first,” UCHS coach Sarah Shults said following the event. “I’m so excited for the team. They’re a great group of students that have put in a lot of work to get to this level. I couldn’t be any prouder of the team.” More...

Updated March 05, 2015 01:09:25 PM
Panel sends sidewalk dining ordinance to BMA

Round two is around the corner for a sidewalk dining ordinance in downtown Erwin.

The Erwin Planning Commission met on Wednesday, Feb. 25, and approved a new version of the ordinance which is now to be voted on by the Erwin Board of Mayor and Alderman’s meeting set for March 9.

The new form of the ordinance that will be presented in front of the BMA saw changes to the previous wording for Article 710.2.1.1, stating now that: “Restaurant shall be defined for the purposes of outdoor dining on public property as any building kept, used, maintained, advertised and held out to the public as a place where food is prepared and served to the general public.” More...

Updated July 30, 2015 04:49:42 PM
Commission chooses MedicOne

Barring any complications, the company providing ambulance services to Unicoi County will not change come April 1. The county’s current contract for ambulance service was set to expire that day. Failure to sign a contract before that date would have left the county without an ambulance service.

During a regularly scheduled meeting of the Unicoi County Commission on Monday, Feb. 23, the panel voted 7-2 to give Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch and County Attorney Doug Shults authorization to enter into a contract with MedicOne Medical Response, the company that has provided ambulance service to the county for the last four years.

Voting in favor of MedicOne were commissioners Gene Wilson, Glenn White, John Mosley, Marie Rice, Gene Wilson, Jason Harris and Bridget Peters. Voting against MedicOne were Walter Garland and Kenneth Garland. More...

Updated March 05, 2015 01:14:12 PM
Brown requests buyout

The Unicoi County Board of Education is scheduled to meet on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. to vote on buying Director of Schools Denise Brown out of her contract. The board is also slated to vote on appointing an interim director and finalize the process members will follow for hiring the next director of schools.

The board set Thursday’s meeting during a work session on Friday, Nov. 20. At the beginning of this meeting, Tommy Clouse, the system’s transportation and attendance supervisor, read a letter Brown sent to the board earlier that day requesting the board move forward with the buyout.

The letter stated: “After serious consideration of what is in the best interest of our school system, I am requesting that you buy out the remainder of my contract. I wish you the very best as you move forward with selecting a director of schools for Unicoi County. Unicoi County has a great school system and I feel confident it will continue to be a great system. More...

Updated June 04, 2015 01:10:56 PM
Training key for 911 staff

When emergencies arise in the Valley Beautiful, local operators are on the clock for any situation.

For Unicoi County’s 911 dispatchers, training is vital for them to successfully handle the many emergency calls received at their office on Jackson Love Highway in Erwin.

In recent months, dispatchers have used their training to talk two women through childbirth.  More...

Updated March 05, 2015 01:13:32 PM
Rep: Erwin Bojangles to open soon

Barring further weather-related delays, the new Bojangles in Erwin will open its doors in the very near future.

According to Steve Rex, area director for Bojangles, the restaurant, located at 508 Jonesborough Road, could open this week. No specific date was available prior to The Erwin Record’s press deadline.

On Friday, Feb. 20, the company announced the restaurant would open on Feb. 24; however, last week’s snowy weather caused construction delays, Rex said. More...

Updated April 09, 2015 02:10:20 PM
Residents warned of scam involving newspaper subscriptions

Johnson City Press Staff Reports

We have received reports from several area residents of a scam involving newspaper sales.

Anyone receiving a call purporting to sell Erwin Record subscriptions via an allegedly charitable organization identified as "Life Giving Memories" should collect information, including a phone number, and report the call to local law enforcement. More...

Updated February 25, 2015 03:26:13 PM
Search for new director begins

The Unicoi County Board of Education is set to meet in a work session on Friday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. to begin its search for the next director of schools.

Last month, the board voted 3-3 on the renewal of the contract for Director of Schools Denise Brown. The tie vote was essentially a vote not to renew Brown’s contract. She will remain as the director until June 30, unless the board opts to buy her out of the contract.

During the board’s work session held on Thursday, Feb. 12, one board member expressed her desire to buy out Brown’s contract that evening. More...

Updated June 04, 2015 01:09:34 PM
Number of animals euthanized at shelter decreases

The Unicoi County Animal Welfare Board met on Tuesday, Feb. 10, to discuss recent progress at the facility and the year ahead.

Different resources at the shelter have allowed the Unicoi County Animal Shelter (UCAS) to drop numbers considerably low, according to graphs presented during the meeting.

One of the more drastic improvements from previous years was the result of increased adoptions for both cats and dogs. The increase adoptions reduced lives lost in the shelter. More...

Updated February 19, 2015 03:14:35 PM
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The Unicoi County Commission’s Audit Committee held its first meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Unicoi County Courthouse.

Previously appointed to serve on the committee were Rob Stromberg, Ken Kiesel, John Harris, Karen Bailey and former commissioner Dr. James “Mickey” Hatcher. All members were in attendance at the meeting. Also in attendance at last week’s meeting were County Mayor Greg Lynch, Commission Chairwoman Marie Rice and County Finance Director Phyllis Bennett.

The Unicoi County Commission passed a resolution establishing the Audit Committee in March 2014. According to the resolution, which is based on T.C.A. 9-3-405, the Audit Committee is to “provide independent review and oversight of the county’s financial processes and the county’s internal controls, a review of the external auditor’s report and follow up on management’s corrective action, and compliance with laws, regulations and ethics.” More...

Updated March 05, 2015 01:13:20 PM
Alderwoman requests additional financial info

By Brad Hicks | Erwin Bureau Chief | Johnson City Press

Town of Unicoi Alderwoman Kathy Bullen wants to see a little more information included on the town’s financial reports reviewed and considered by the town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Bullen’s request was a topic of discussion at the regular meeting of the board held on Monday, Feb. 16. Bullen said details on electronic transfers, such as direct deposits, from the town’s coffers are currently not shown on the reports, something she would like to see change. More...

Updated April 30, 2015 02:31:37 PM
Downtown construction proceeding on schedule

Downtown revitalization was on top of the agenda during a regularly scheduled meeting of the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen held Monday, Feb. 9 at Erwin Town Hall.

The third phase of the town’s downtown revitalization project is currently on schedule, according to Jonathan Shipley, with Tysinger, Hampton & Partners, the engineering firm working on the project.

“Construction is progressing on schedule,” Shipley said. “Storm sewer installation began today, it will be projected two to three weeks before completion.” More...

Updated April 30, 2015 02:31:26 PM
UCHS FFA students sow first plants in new greenhouse

Months of work by the Unicoi County High School Future Farmers of America culminated with a step toward self-grown produce for the school last week.

After starting the 2014-2015 academic school year working on bedding for plants and working on their greenhouse, UCHS students were able to start planting vegetables during a ceremony hosted at the Indian Creek Nursery on Thursday, Feb. 12.

“You can see we built a lot of beds out of fiberglass,” UCHS agriculture teacher Lucas Anders said. “They’re definitely tired of drilling and bolting fiberglass together. They moved all this soil in with wheelbarrows, so they’re definitely excited. They get to see the planting and fertilizing stage and by the end of the semester, they get to see the growth and production, so they’ll get to see all sides of it. More...

Updated February 19, 2015 12:21:33 PM
Another judge recuses self from Mason's suit

Brad Hicks | Erwin Bureau Chief | Johnson City Press

For the fourth time since the it was filed more than four years ago, the judge or chancellor set to hear the local Masons’ complaint against the Town of Erwin and Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool has recused himself.

On Feb. 2, an order of recusal was filed in Unicoi County Circuit Court. This order, signed by First Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Thomas Seeley Jr., stated that since Second Judicial District Circuit Court Judge John S. McLellan, the judge most recently assigned to the case, has recused himself, Chancellor John C. Rambo has agreed to hear the matter to its conclusion and the case has been reassigned to Rambo. More...

Updated February 19, 2015 12:21:26 PM
Haynes: Road salt supply in 'good shape'

A prediction of six weeks of winter on Groundhog’s Day won’t stop the roads of Unicoi County from being prepared for inclement weather.

The area saw scattered showers on Monday, Feb. 2, but the roadways will be clear with the salt supply, according to Unicoi County Superintendent of Roads Terry Haynes.

“We’re in good shape,” he said. “I actually just filled the bins on Friday. We have three contractors we receive salt from – Detroit Salt Company, North American Salt in Knoxville and out of Saltville, Va. So far this winter we’ve used 110 tons worth of salt from November up until now. So we’re during alright.” More...

Updated February 19, 2015 12:23:46 PM
Second Annual Bark in the Brehm scheduled

The Second Annual Bark in the Brehm is an educational and fundraising event where we want to celebrate all things dog. It will be held on Sunday, February 22nd in the Equine Rehabilitation Center at UT’s Veterinary Hospital. Demonstrations will be going on throughout the day including K9 Search on Site and Dr. Albright’s Common Behavior Problems to name a few and many booths will be set up with local businesses, rescues and other organizations like Dogs on Deployment selling their wares and educating the community. There will be fun classes in-between demonstrations including loudest howler, best pet trick and shortest legs. This event is family friendly and we welcome you to bring your furry friends with you. Please check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/300504056811607/?ref=br_tf and our website at http://weyantellie.wix.com/barkinthebrehm . $5/person and children ages 6 and under get in for free.


Updated February 25, 2015 03:25:53 PM
Ambulance RFP finalized

A request for proposal (RFP) will be issued this week by Unicoi County for ambulance services.

During meetings on Monday, Feb. 2, and Wednesday, Jan. 28, members of the Unicoi County Commission’s Ambulance Service Committee reviewed the 2011 RFP, which was used to choose a provider the last time the county was searching for ambulance services.

This committee is chaired by Jason Harris. Other members of the committee are Commission Chairwoman Marie Rice and Commissioner Gene Wilson. More...

Updated February 25, 2015 03:25:40 PM
Towns aren't talking ambulance contracts – yet

Brad Hicks | Erwin Bureau Chief | Johnson City Press

Town of Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley wants to put the rumor to rest — the town is not currently pursuing its own contract with MedicOne Medical Response or any other ambulance services provider.

But Hensley said a delay in action by the Unicoi County Commission to contract with another provider may force the town’s hand, as town officials want to ensure its citizens have ambulance coverage.  More...

Updated February 19, 2015 12:22:54 PM
NFS: Unplanned fire contained

What an event report filed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) described as “an unplanned fire” at Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) in Erwin last month did not result in any consequences, such as environmental releases and employee exposure, according to NRC and NFS officials.

According to NRC event report #50748, the fire occurred in Building 110 – a research and development lab at NFS – on Jan. 21.

“During calcining of a water-rinsed polypropylene cartridge filter, flames were observed at the top of the furnace door,” the NRC report states. “The flames were contained in ventilation hood H-103. The flames lasted for 5-10 minutes, always limited to the top of the furnace door.” More...

Updated February 25, 2015 03:25:26 PM
County Commission opts to bid ambulance service

Despite a request from a representative of MedicOne to renew the county’s contract with the ambulance service provider, the Unicoi County Commission opted to bid out the contract during its meeting on Monday, Jan. 26, at the courthouse.

During the time for citizens’ comments at the start of the regular meeting, Daryl Gibson, vice-president of business development for MedicOne, asked the commission to consider approving the renewal of the county as is, then the two parties could make changes to the contract, such as lowering the $180,000 subsidy the county has paid annually to MedicOne, later.

“Can we just go ahead and pass it right now as it is and be done with it?,” Gibson asked. “... Resign the contract as it is and then we’ll talk afterwards.” More...

Updated February 25, 2015 03:25:12 PM
MedicOne CEO threatens legal action

By Brad Hicks | Erwin Bureau Chief | Johnson City Press

Puzzled. Baffled.

“Frustrated beyond belief.” More...

Updated April 09, 2015 02:10:00 PM
MSHA: New UCMH 'right on schedule'

A new hospital is in the future for Unicoi County, according to Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA).

The health system, which acquired Unicoi County Memorial Hospital (UCMH) in 2013, announced last week that strategic planning for the proposed 20-bed facility is ongoing by the UCMH visioning committee.

According the health system, the new facility will be located near Exit 40, just off I-26 in the southern section of Unicoi County. MSHA is expected to close on the property for the new UCMH in July. More...

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• From the Publisher's Desk - Fairies creating shenanigans (Sept. 2, 2015 issue)
• A Denney for Your Thoughts - Gritted bread brings back memories (Sept. 2, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Close of summer brings beach desire (Sept. 2, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Wild' depicts life of disaster and courage (Sept. 2, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Life's book has many chapters (Aug. 26, 2015, issue)
• A Refreshking Knapp - Summer brings two vacations (Aug. 26, 2015, issue)
• Library Happenings - New books reach range of interests (Aug. 26, 2015, issue)
• Senior Center News - Center looks for Olympic participants (Aug. 26, 2015, issue)
• Movie Night - 'Man from Uncle' is spy caper from past (Aug. 26, 2015, issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Local store addicting to many (Aug. 19, 2015 issue)
• Ready, Willis and Able - John Tilson's grandson shares story (Aug. 19, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Find brings back past memories (Aug. 19, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Cat hammocks donated to shelter (Aug. 19, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'The Gift' has tense mystery about past (Aug. 19, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Baker keeps tradition alive (Aug. 12, 2015 issue)
• Hood's Winks - Flight plan causes loss of sleep (Aug. 12, 2015 issue)
• In the Stars - Meteor shower to brighten up night skies (Aug. 12, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - White rocker finds new home (Aug. 12, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Rummage, bake sale planned (Aug. 12, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Rogue Nation' stands as one of year's best (Aug. 12, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Trying to erase some mistakes (Aug. 5, 2015 issue)
• A Denney for Your Thoughts - Restoration meets revitalization (Aug. 5, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Gospel singers to perform Aug. 6 (Aug. 5, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Writings of past finally available (Aug. 5, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Paper Town' is friendship (Aug. 5, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Let's open our history books (July 29, 2015 issue)
• Hood's Winks - Circuses influence history (July 29, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Elks golf tournament to help library (July 29, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - "Southpaw' step-up in boxing movies (July 29, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Wealth isn't counted in money (July 22, 2015 issue)
• A Refreshing Knapp - Budget solution offered (July 22, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Brain Games set (July 22, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Film planned for Family Fun Day (July 22, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Ant-Man' is small superhero with big screen impact (July 22, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Sometimes I'm a little 'spacey' (July 15, 2015 issue)
• Ready, Willis and Able - Columnist confesses to mess up (July 15, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Knoxville Zoo brings animals (July 15, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - New 'Terminator' goes to roots (July 15, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - My weekend was colorful blast (July 8, 2015 issue)
• Hood's Winks - Dancing bear still recognized (July 8, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Villains take stage at library (July 8, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - 'Snap' presentation on qualifications planned (July 8, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Ted 2' proves waste of time (July 8, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Please me a 'Fourth' (July 1, 2015 issue)
• A Denney for Your Thoughts - You have to care (July 1, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Still time to join reading event (July 1, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Blackhat' likely worst movie directed by Michael Mann (July 1, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - I got lucky in my upbringing (June 24, 2015 issue)
• A Refreshing Knapp - Beach offers contest for worst burn (June 24, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Focus centers on superheroes (June 24, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Smart phone, tablet tutorials offered (June 24, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Inside Out' brings originality (June 24, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - I'm quickly needing patience (June 17, 2015 issue)
• Habitat Happenings - Habitat seeks land for next family's home (June 17, 2015 issue)
• Ready, Willis and Able - Bee keeper shares bee tales (June 17, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Literary fathers impact lives (June 17, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Jurassic World' now crowned best of dinosaur series movies (June 17, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Many reflections in shine of show (June 10, 2015 issue)
• Hood's Winks - Honeymoon endures horse play (June 10, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Registration needed for programs (June 10, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Aloha' has much going for it, but comes up average (June 10, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Lots of areas open for learning (June 3, 2015 issue)
• Travel Talk - La Paz offers plenty to fall in love with (June 3, 2015 issue)
• A Denney for Your Thoughts - Flag Day is reminder of sacrifices (June 3, 2015 issue)
• Nerd's Eye View - Mad Max: Religion, feminism and the craziest guitarist you will ever see (June 3, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Many options ready for bored kids (June 3, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Tommorrowland' focuses on belief one can change the world (June 3, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Upcoming trips planned (June 3, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Passover is much appreciated (May 27, 2015 issue)
• A Refreshing Knapp - Genealogy study can shake tree (May 27, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Holidays offer chance for reading (May 27, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Mad Max' is disturbing with no plot (May 27, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Talk set to help with diversity (May 27, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - County has much to celebrate (May 20, 2015 issue)
• Ready, Willis and Able - Mystery quilt completed (May 20, 2015 issue)
• Travel Talk - Southern Spain brings blend (May 20, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Reading Program begins June 15 (May 20, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Hot Pursuit' falls short of entertaining (May 20, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Thanks given for support during festival (May 20, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Gardening seems to grow on me (May 13, 2015 issue)
• Hood's Winks - Area adds to list of favorites (May 13, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Transfer migration taking place to change library data systems (May 13, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - Some TV shows offering interest worth watching (May 13, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Specialties offered at festival (May 13, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Imagination Can Go a Long Way (May 6, 2015 issue)
• A Denney for Your Thoughts - Thoughtful gratitude: Hmmmm (May 6, 2015 issue)
• Travel Talk - Marrkech rated No. 1 destination (May 6, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - May brings many new offerings to patrons (May 6, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Age of Ultron' delivers (May 6, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Sometimes life gets too 'wordy' (April 29, 2015)
• Hood's Winks - Plan shows no mileage (April 29, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Book offers darker viewpoint than Grimm Brothers presented (April 29, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Amedisys to share options (April 29, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'A Most Violent Year' brings less than expected to screen (April 29, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Friend sheds some 'light' on past (April 22, 2015 issue)
• A Refreshing Knapp - More to it than winning (April 22, 2015 issue)
• Travel Talk - Austin offers taste of south in diversity (April 22, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - New books, DVDs, audios starting to arrive at library (April 22, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'True Story' offers drama in purest sense of word (April 22, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Some memories can't be 'beet' (April 15, 2015 issue)
• Ready, Willis and Able - Preserve local farm history (April 15, 2015 issue)
• Habitat Happenings - Spring brings much activity for Habitat (April 15, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Library has many offerings at no charge to area residents (April 15, 2015 issue)
• Nerd's Eye View - Latest NYC visit encompasses various arts (April 15, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - "Furious 7' best of franchise (April 15, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Some settling may have occurred (April 8, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Library's book knowledge can prevent many April Fool pranks (April 1, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Gospel music set for April 7 (April 1, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Gunman' leaves 'lukewarm' impression for action film (April 1, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - I am leaving well enough along (March 25, 2015 issue)
• A Refreshing Knapp - Spring sprouting all around (March 25, 2015 issue)
• Travel Talk - Nashville plays to tune of many interests (March 25, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Book stirs up past memories of Easter (March 25, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Sewing group helps area needs (March 25, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Run All Night' holds viewer with fast-paced entertainment (March 25, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Communities had much in 'store' (March 18, 2015 issue)
• Ready, Willis and Able - Bartering becomes yerdling (March 18, 2015 issue)
• Habitat Happenings - Habitat brings helping hand to families (March 18, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Preparations now underway for move toward new system (March 18, 2015 issue)
• Move Night - Book far better than movie with 'Before I Go to Sleep' (March 18, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - There's no place like home (March 4, 2015 issue)
• A Denney for Your Thoughts - Chairwoman is loaded for bear (March 4, 2015 issue)
• LIbrary Happenings - Summer Reading Program plans theme centered around heroes (March 4, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Whiplash' becomes available after Oscars (March 4, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Weather outside is frightful (Feb. 25, 2015 issue)
• Travel Talk - Marseille offers different take on France (Feb. 25, 2015 issue)
• A Refreshing Knapp - Tips given for writing bestseller (Feb. 25, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Kingsman' pleasant surprise as gentlemanly secret agent (Feb. 25, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Book on Jane Franklin leads to listing of other classics (Feb. 25, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - First, a word from our sponsor (Feb. 18, 2015 issue)
• Ready, Willis and Able - Love has many forms (Feb. 18, 2015 issue)
• Travel Talk - Knoxville offers variety close to home (Feb. 18, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Busy month offers much with READing Paws return (Feb. 18, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Jupiter Ascending' geared toward science fiction nerd (Feb. 18, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Talk to focus on whether property taxes can be lowered (Feb. 18, 2015 issue)
• Nerd's Eye View - 'Freak Show' curtain drops disappointment (Feb. 18, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Somehow, my heart isn't in it (Feb. 11, 2015 issue)
• Travel Talk - Valentine's Day offers many area option for good times (Feb. 11, 2015 issue)
• Hood's Winks - Life brings lots of questions (Feb. 11, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Changes coming with holds (Feb. 11, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Boyhood' chronicles 12 years of changes occurring in family (Feb. 11, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Programs to focus on healthy heart (Feb. 11, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - How did I get here so quickly? (Feb. 4, 2015 issue)
• A Denney for Your Thoughts - Historic site brings fresh start (Feb. 4, 2015 issue)
• Travel Talk - Memphis offers something for every taste (Feb. 4, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Christian fiction popular with patrons (Feb. 4, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Foxcatcher' joins trend of movies based on true stories (Feb. 4, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Billiards event beginning in February (Feb. 4, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Haggis now arriving at Gate 5 (Jan. 28, 2015 issue)
• Travel Talk - Tips offered for international travel case (Jan. 28, 2015 issue)
• A Refreshing Knapp - 'Softly' saying this on cancer (Jan. 28, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'American Sniper' brings real hero story to powerful movie (Jan. 28, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Library offers tutors online (Jan. 28, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - Maybe I shouldn't eat that so late (Jan. 21, 2015 issue)
• Travel Talk - Cusco blends Quechua with Spanish culture (Jan. 21, 2015 issue)
• Ready, Willis and Able - Hunter blows his own horn (Jan. 21, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Library offers tax form options (Jan. 21, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - ETSU pharmacy students offer tips (Jan. 21, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - 'Taken 3' brings entertainment, lacks sense (Jan. 21, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - I have some confessions to make (Jan. 14, 2015 issue)
• Travel Talk - Machu Picchu in breathtaking mystery (Jan. 14, 2015 issue)
• Hood's Winks - Some fuel given for thought (Jan. 14, 2015 issue)
• Library Happenings - Masterpiece Theatre captures imagination in show (Jan. 14, 2015)
• Movie Night - 'Unbroken' shows human spirit (Jan. 14, 2015 issue)
• Nerds Eye View - New Year brings entertainment buzz (Jan. 14, 2015 issue)
• From the Publisher's Desk - New Year offers fresh approach (Jan. 7, 2015 issue)
• A Denney for Your Thoughts - Resolve to allow for reflecting (Jan. 7, 2015 issue)
• Travel Talk - Plan ahead for Machu Pichu (Jan. 7, 2015 issue)
• Movie Night - Top 10 movie picks of 2014 (Jan. 7, 2015 issue)
• Senior Center News - Grant brings free exercise opportunities (Jan. 7, 2015 issue)